Protect Love

The love between two people is something very special and when it is taken away, it can be horrible indeed. In these stories, something has harmed the relationship between yourself and the one you love and you must fight to rekindle that love. Remember that these stories are about something that changed to take the love away. If you want find love in the first place, that’s Obtain Love.

Man vs Man
With this kind of opposition you have a direct competitor for your love. Whether it’s another lover or an authority figure that has stated you must no longer be together.

Example:
Introduction
Cyclops (Symbol) and Marvel Girl (Lead) have finally gotten together and have had several blissful months together. Wolverine (unexpected Ally) has had several run ins with Cyclops as he feels Jean really loves him.
Conflict
However, Emma Frost (Threat) has need of Cyclops’s skills in service to the Hellfire Club and uses her telepathic powers seduce him to their side.
Suspense
Xavier (Doubter) rules against a rescue mission at the moment as most of the X-Men are currently battling magneto in the savage land. Wolverine (Unexpected Ally) offers to track down Cyclops and help with the rescue. The pair go behind Professor X’s back and stage a daring break in to the Hellfire Club facility and fight their way to Cyclops.
Climax
It culminates in a battle between Jean and Emma inside Cyclops’s mind as Cyclops battles wolverine in the physical world. Eventually Jean is successful and Cyclops is freed of the mind control although Wolverine will take a while to heal from the injuries he sustained because he wouldn’t hurt Cyclops.
Resolution
Jean must now decide if she wants to be with Cyclops or if Wolverine’s selfless sacrifice and assistance has won her heart. Meanwhile, Professor X and Cyclops are both angry at them for directly disobeying orders and putting themselves in danger.
Conclusion
Jean apologises to Cyclops and the Professor for going against orders but secretly believes she has done the right thing and the couple have a few more months of happiness before something else will come between them.
Or maybe…
Frustrated at the fact that the X-Men are placing following orders above the safety of its members, Jean and Wolverine storm out of the Xavier Mansion and go solo for a few months, during which they have a whirlwind romance.

Threats: The other lover, The new boss, A parent of family member
Symbols: Your lover, Your child, Your best friend
Doubters: Your best friend, A parent, Your employer
Unexpected Allies: Your lover’s relative, A former lover (yours or The Symbol’s), A complete stranger
Twists: Make The Symbol also be The Threat to represent them turning against you. Create a classic love triangle by The Threat making your Symbol into their Symbol for an Obtain Love story.

Journey Leg Goal Ideas
Introduction: Taking the relationship to the next level, Helping the symbol achieve something they really want, Getting the unexpected ally to stop bothering you
Suspense: Win back what you have lost, Convincing The Doubter to help, Overcome the threat, Find allies
Resolution: Achieve the obvious happy ending, Achive the alternative solution, Make up with The Doubter or The Threat
Journey Leg Belief Ideas
Introduction: What you believe about relationships in general, What you believe about the symbol, How you see your future together
Climax: An assumption you make about The Threat or The Symbol, What you believe about your chances of success, How you expect your relationship to be after you win
Conclusion: Your thoughts on relationships, trust or betrayal, How you see your future together, How you now love someone more than The Symbol

Man vs Society
When society turns on your relationship, something has been done or revealed about one of you that make your relationship no-longer acceptable. Whether, it’s a dark secret revealed or some an act committed that ostracises your character.

Example:
Introduction
Beast (Lead) in his earlier most human form and Storm (Symbol) have been dating for a few weeks, enjoying going to galleries and movies together. Iceman (Unexpected Ally) has been making a lot of sarcastic comments about how Storm is too hot to hang out with a weird looking geek like Beast. A group of teens lead by Chuck (Threat) that hang out at the bus station have also taken to making wolf whistles and cat calls at Storm as she passes.
Conflict
Beast has been performing experiments to try and remove his ape like features and one serum kicks in while they are on a date, leaving him with blue fur, fangs and claws. Chuck sees Beast’s new form and whips up a crowd of people into shouting abuse and throwing rocks.
Suspense
Storm is getting frustrated that Beast is spending all his time in the lab trying to reverse the effects while Nightcrawler (Doubter) tries to convince Beast to avoid being seen in public as it’s just not worth the abuse. Iceman finally intervenes and convinces Beast that it’s not the new look that’s the problem (both he and storm rather like it), but that he’s more concerned about what strangers think of him than his friends.
Climax
Taking Storm out to the cinema, Beast runs into Chuck and his friends who start to hurl abuse once more. Relying on his quick wits he runs verbal circles around Chuck, causing even some of Chuck’s friends to chime in on Beast’s side. Humiliated and angry Chuck leaves the crowd and heads for home.
Resolution
Beast needs to decide whether he will continue to try and undo the changes that he has inflicted on himself or if he will embrace the role of spokesman for the non human mutants.
Conclusion
Beast manages to reverse the effects and goes back to his more human appearance and can rejoin polite society once more.
Or maybe…
He embraces his current look and instead spends more time hanging out in public with Nightcrawler and Iceman to try and build Nightcrawler’s confidence. Something that doesn’t necessarily bring him closer to Storm.

Threats: The Symbol’s best friend, A pillar of the community, A local Gossip, The leader of the new friends, A parent or family member
Symbols: Your lover, Your child, Your best friend
Doubters: Your best friend, A parent, Your employer
Unexpected Allies: A social rebel, A defeated enemy, A fellow outcast
Twists: Make The Symbol into The Unexpected Ally and have them help you overcome your need to obey the social norms. If The Doubter makes you The Symbol in their Obtain Love story you have another interesting love triangle.

Journey Leg Goal Ideas
Introduction: Increase your standing within society, protect your secret, Build a life together
Suspense: Prove that The Threat is a hypocrite, Find a new place in society
Resolution: Help others that are being persecuted, Enjoy your refound status together
Journey Leg Belief Ideas
Introduction: An Assumption about your place in society, Why you must protect your secret, An assumption about your Symbol’s beliefs
Climax: The lengths you will go to to oppose those that support the threat, Why society should change, How you are just like those that persecute you
Conclusion: Your thoughts on joe public, How you see your future together, What you are willing to sacrifice to stop that happening again

Man vs Nature
Sometime you are separated by the fates or forces of nature themselves, normally they are in some way lost and unable to return without your aid.

Example:
Introduction
Wolverine (Symbol) and Marvel Girl (Doubter) have returned to the X-Men, although their relationship has cooled substantially. New member Jubilee has taken to Wolverine as a father figure and hangs on his every word.
Conflict
Wolverine has a major falling out with the X-Men and heads off into the Canadian wilderness. Desperate to mend the rift between them Jubilee begs Marvel Girl for help. But, she feels that it’s better just to let wolverine get over it on his own. So Jubilee heads to the far north in search of him. She encounters Sabertooth by chance, who is also tracking Wolverine but has decided to wait out a big storm that’s coming and mocks her determination to drive on.
Suspense
Stranded at a truck stop in northern Canada and without any of the equipment she needs to survive the arctic weather, Jubilee is approached by an intense teenage girl that later reveals herself to be X-23. She provides the skills and equipment to get them to wolverine.
Climax
Battling through the storm, X-23 and Jubilee manage to locate a semi-frozen Wolverine sheltering in a snow hole and haul his barely moving form back to a “borrowed” pickup and start the drive back as wolverine starts to recover. They are attacked by Sabertooth who is determined that no-one is going to find out that a couple of little girls beat him to Wolverine. The girls stall him long enough for Wolverine to recover and drive off Sabertooth.
Resolution
The grumpy Wolverine shows no appreciation for the help and instead he chastises them both for risking themselves in such a stupid way. Jubilee needs to decide if she wants to stay close to Wolverine despite the aggravation and the risk or if other friends might be better.
Conclusion
Jubilee argues with Wolverine about how much safer he is when he’s got people to watch his back and how much safer they are with him to watch his. He relents a little and makes a big show of going back as a favour to Jubilee.
Or maybe…
Jubilee has had enough of Wolverine and his moods and tells him to go and hide in the mountains if that’s what he wants. She and X-23 did just fine while he was down and maybe X-23’s just the new blood that the x-men need.

Threats: Your ambassador, A former escapee, The mocking sorcerer, a doctor
Symbols: Your lover, Your child, Your best friend
Doubters: Your best friend, A guide, A ships captain
Unexpected Allies: The mad woodsman, A rich benefactor, An enemy of The Threat
Twists: The Doubter can also become The Threat if are certain enough of the danger of pursuing The Symbol into the unknown. If The Threat wont help because your Symbol is The Symbol in their Obtain Status story, it becomes a race to save the girl.

Journey Leg Goal Ideas
Introduction: Do something fun together, Improve your immediate surroundings, Make your home safer
Suspense: Deal with natural hazards, Get to where you are going, Find clues to what happended
Resolution: Get home and relax, Make the Symbol understand what you went through, Make a new home here
Journey Leg Belief Ideas
Introduction: Why you have the edge in familiar territory, Why your symbol is important to you, An assumption about what is best for your Symbol
Climax: Why it will be better when you are back home, Why your Symbol needs your protection, An Important survival rule
Conclusion: What you think of your home now, Thoughts about trusting your Symbol’s decisions, How to exploit the environment you have explored

Protect Love

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