Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Sisters Weirde

This is a re-working of my failed premise for a Time Travel TV series, as originally put forth in challenge by Plok.

The Sisters Weirde

Briefly (aka the Hollywood High-Concept Pitch to ADHD Execs)
Three magical sisters muck about in the timestream, creating much mayhem and hijinks. Hilarity and paradoxes ensue.

A drama-comedy (as opposed to The Office, which is a comedy-drama), specifically in the vein of Jeeves and Wooster, but with fantasy elements thrown in.

Three sisters, based roughly on the Fates, are mystic personifications of Life/Birth/Healing (Chloë), Death/Sickness/Entropy (Aisha), and Balance/Harmony/Moderation (Moira). They
are ageless and immortal, can read and speak any language, and have the ability to travel backwards and forwards through time.* Their purpose in life is to prevent stagnation within humanity and promote cultural/spiritual/intellectual evolution by finding periods of complacency and mucking things up.

Naturally, each has her own philosophy on how best to do this, and they often end up working against each other. Part of the humor and dramatic tension of the show will stem from one sister's carefully crafted plan being disrupted by another's. Thus, the heroes of the show are also its antagonists.

Main Characters
This is ideally an ensemble show, with no one sister more important (or necessary) than the others. Each personifies an important concept, and cannot exist without the others for balance. They are not rogue agents, nor do they serve a heavenly hierarchy. They simply exist as cosmic constants, much like Neil Gaiman's Endless.

Chloë Weirde: The youngest sister (yet still immortal), Chloë appears as a young woman between the ages of 16 and 20, though she has the ability to make herself look any age younger than that (including a newborn). She is however incapable of appearing older, and is often frustrated at being treated like a kid by "mere mortals". (This should happen often, to comedic effect.) She can never EVER pass for 21, no matter how hard she tries. This frequently makes her upset, but never to the point of violence; in fact, she is all but incapable of violence, as her sphere of influence is based on life, birth, and healing.

In addition to the powers inherent in being a Weirde sister, she also has the abilities to increase the fertility of anything (this is frequently unconscious; a recurring comedic theme can be the mortals around her suddenly getting pregnant); heal any wound, physical, mental, or other; and even raise the dead.

She is cute, perky, clearly in love with life, and a helpless romantic. Not stupid by any means, she is however very impulsive and reckless, as youths are wont to be.

Moira Weirde: Easily the most accessible and sympathetic of the Three; if we must have a heroine to make the show work, she is it. Moira is the middle sister, and as such has spent a significant chunk of eternity mediating between Chloë (whom she feels has a good heart, but is more than a bit idealistic) and Aisha (whom she regards as wiser, but more cynical due to her age and nature). She has the patience of a saint, and a good heart that is nonetheless tempered with the knowledge that sometimes unpleasant things must be done for the greater good.

Her default appearance is that of an attractive woman in her early 30s; however, she has the ability to appear anywhere between the age of 20 and 40 (this last ability frequently endears her to her baby sister, who then proceed to tear up the town as 20 year old college hotties.) Regardless of her age, she exudes class, maturity, warmth and motherly love.

In addition to the powers inherent in being a Weirde sister, she has the ability to see and comprehend all relationships a mortal possesses, along with the knowledge of how to make them better or worse; she has a supernatural knowledge of art, politics, religion, economics, history and psychology; and she can make two or more mortals reach a compromise about anything. She is the ultimate facilitator and negotiator. Despite this, she is frequently flummoxed (and more than frequently exasperated) by her sisters.

Aisha Weirde: The oldest sister, she is the femme fatale in its most literal sense: death, the plague-bringer, the ender of life. In addition to the powers inherent in being a Weirde sister, she can destroy any object (including ideas and philosophies), kill anything living (with as much or as little pain as she desires), and instill fear with a look. Paradoxically, she can also cause a mortal to orgasm with but a touch (la petite morte).

Dark, elegant, graceful, and strangely alluring, Aisha can appear as any woman between the ages of 40 and 60, but always has an exotic air about her. If
Chloë is the kitten and Moira is the cat, Aisha is decidedly the cougar. She is unashamed of her sexuality, and enjoys scandalizing others with it. She frequently sees mortals as her playthings, which brings her into conflict with her sisters more often than not. However, she isn't made of stone, and a sincere display of affection from a mortal can often change her jaded, cynical heart.

She gets along best with Moira, who admires her practicality and ability to get things done;
Chloë sees her as heartless and needlessly cruel. For her part, Aisha respects Moira's patience and negotiating skills, and (though she'll never admit it) really does envy Chloë 's ability to see the best in anyone -- though this doesn't keep her from being annoyed at her youngest sister's immaturity and seeming inability to plan ahead.

*Being time travellers, they are able to manifest multiple versions of themselves within the same time. This is not considered paradoxical for them, as they are indestructible and immortal. However, since each "version" comes from either the "past" or the "future" relative to the "present" character, time-shifted versions will either not know what is going on (if they're from the "past") or know too much (from the "future"). As this will be very confusing for the audience, it should only be used for comedic effect and not to advance any serious plot point. Consider it a metaphysical version of the "mistaken identity" trope.

The Sisters Weirde and all associated names, conventions, and concepts are copyright Erin Palette 2007.

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