Home. The meaning of the word, previously well-known and solid by many, is starting to be questioned by some. Our students are just finishing up their Junior year of high school, and soon they'll all have to start thinking of creating a new home for themselves, whether it be in the comforting familiarity of Lima, the exhilarating bright lights of New York City, or perhaps somewhere else entirely.
Regionals ended a few weeks ago, with the New Directions coming in last place against both the Dalton Academy Warblers and Carmel High's Vocal Adrenaline; the latter going on to place 10th at the National Show Choir Championships in May. Can the New Directions last after yet another crushing Regionals defeat? How will Vocal Adrenaline cope after not winning Nationals for the first time in eight years? That's up to you to decide. Our players have the whole world ahead of them, and their choices in these next few months can easily sway how harsh that world is going to be to them in the future.
The World Ahead is an AU Glee roleplay set during the summer after season two. We aim to be as interactive and inclusive as possible by allowing suggestions and voting on certain events, such as show choir competitions, prom, and a summer musical set up by Harmony. Take a look at the 'about' page to find out more!
After graduating from Carmel last year and winning the National Show Choir Championship, Jesse thought that his life from then on would be golden. Only it ended up actually being a little more like bronze, or those silk ribbons they give the runners-up. He’d been accepted at UCLA (in Los Angeles), where he, coming from a place where he was revered on a pedestal, expected to be the cream of the crop. But once he arrived and attended a few classes, he realized that he was nothing but just another fish in an immensely talented pond. His ego battered and bruised, Jesse returned to Ohio after only a semester, dedicating his time now to coaching those in Vocal Adrenaline and preparing them for the harsh reality of the world that he had to face. If anyone asked about his return, he would merely say that he found his true calling in show choir, hiding his shame and fears about not being as talented as he’d always thought. He still puts on his overly-confident and slightly arrogant persona, but feels that he needs to now focus on some smaller, more achievable dreams than gracing the Broadway stages with his presence. Dreams starting and finishing right where he currently was: in Akron, Ohio.
Jesse’s endgame ship is St. Berry, even though he doesn’t yet realize that he might still have the smallest of lingering feelings for Rachel. Since the roleplay began, Jesse has recently reunited with Rachel (x), Vocal Adrenaline placed a shocking 10th at Nationals under his coaching, and he was cast in the ensemble of Cinderella after unsuccessfully trying out for the Prince. We’re looking for someone who can play more of a season one & three Jesse— more clever and sarcastic, and less (for lack of a better word) stupid than his season two counterpart.
Tina is the often overlooked heart and soul of the glee club, gently but gladly offering her support when anyone needs it. And right now, that means literally anyone and everyone. The New Directions are in a state of chaos after losing Regionals, and in a time when everyone is shouting out “what about me?”, Tina’s the one in the middle trying to calm everyone down and think of what’s best for the group as a whole. Then there’s Mike, who she’s desperately urging to follow his dreams of dancing, but who just might give in to his father’s wishes and abandon what’s left of the glee club (as well as the rest of his dreams) next year, if not sooner. And in the midst of trying to ensure that everyone else is happy, somewhere along the line, Tina forgot about the importance of her own happiness. It’s not that she hates being in glee; quite the contrary, actually. She absolutely adores it and they’re all like a second family to her, but trying to keep the group from falling apart at the seams added to her constant efforts with Mike has been wearing her down and leaving her feeling slightly ignored and unappreciated. Now, she’s never going to be one to whine about how she needs to be in the spotlight, but Tina’s actually going as far to wonder if staying in glee is doing her more harm than good. They’re like family to her, true; but she also has a future to think about, and she’s never really been featured much there. Lately, Tina’s started to think that rather than spend her senior year desperately clinging to something that’s falling apart, she should start to put herself first and dedicate her time to something that will actually benefit her in the long run.
Tina’s endgame ship is up to the roleplayer, and she was recently cast as Minerva in Harmony’s community theatre production of Cinderella. She’s currently in a relationship with Mike right now and would like things to stay that way for as long as possible, but you never really can tell. We’re really looking for a Tina here that is more season three (mature, gentle, the voice of reason) and much less season one (insecure, rough on the edges).
Sugar is like Rachel in the sense that she also got anything she wanted in her young years, but also unlike Rachel in that her spoiled childhood carried on throughout her teenage years and went right to her head. The Mottas never reprimanded their daughter, for they truly felt their parenting methods were excellent. Due to being busy with both of their respective jobs, they never really had time to spend with Sugar, so instead they indulged her with lavish gifts and everything she asked for. This is what led Sugar, despite having not an ounce of singing talent, to become a member of Vocal Adrenaline. Mr. Motta agreed to heavily sponsor the show choir in exchange for her inclusion, and because of her father’s donations, Sugar thinks that she can get away with doing whatever she wants with group. While her father understands that Sugar’s voice is definitely not suited for a solo, he still expects her to have some creative control— much to the frustration of Jesse. Though Sugar thinks that she’s the next big star, she feels the same of practically everyone else, and is endlessly enthusiastic and supportive, despite her spoiled nature. Her high opinion of herself makes her someone that you feel like you should dislike by principle, but her constant state of unbridled happiness makes it impossible to do so. Next on Sugar’s to-do list is to get Jesse to agree to having the honor of being her boyfriend.
Sugar attends Carmel High, and her endgame ship is up to the roleplayer. She landed the role of Calliope in a production of Cinderella that her VA-mate, Harmony, is directing. Please, no “sorry, aspergers” with Sugar. We’re much more interested in seeing the (less offensive) Sugar of later seasons; a Sugar that is honest but not cruel, and who loves everyone just as much as she loves herself.
Coming from a very wealthy family that gave out a severe lack of discipline to their only son, Sebastian has pretty much had whatever he wanted handed to him on a silver platter. It’s not that he was specifically taught to think less of anyone who hasn’t, but his slightly arrogant demeanor is without a doubt a direct result of his upbringing. Without anyone to restrain him or knock his ego down a few notches, Sebastian considers himself top of the line and practically invincible. His “I’ll say and do whatever I want” attitude has resulted in clashes with several people, including (but certainly not limited to) his cousin, Harmony. But he’ll try and put up with her for Nick’s sake, as Nick puts up with his ways. The other Warblers don’t necessarily think bad of him, but for some reason, Nick has never said a harsh word to him, and so he’s the one person that Sebastian feels he can really trust. While he’d been at Dalton since his Freshman year, Sebastian had only joined the Warblers since the beginning of Junior year, due to both Nick and Jeff urging him to do so. It was after a particularly embarrassing Gap serenade that Sebastian was actually charmed and amused by Blaine, and asked him out immediately after. Blaine turned him down, but Sebastian is still hopeful, even going as far as to tone down his ego and insults in Blaine’s presence. He just wants a bit of fun and isn’t really thinking about whether or not it would last— his parents were never really lovey-dovey, so he hasn’t been exposed to a truly loving relationship and doesn’t really believe in the concept.
Even though he’s currently got his eyes set on Blaine, Sebastian’s endgame ship is up to you. But endgames? Right now, they just don’t exist to him. While eventual character development is a must for this character, no inner angst for Sebastian, please— this was just the way he was raised, and life-long habits are simply very tough to break.
After her family suddenly turning on her when she came out as bisexual to them, Brittany choosing to be in a relationship with Artie instead of her, and the New Directions experiencing yet another Regionals loss, Santana doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. Many people expected her to quit glee instead of Quinn, but it really is pretty much the only thing that makes her happy at the moment, so she’s not about to up and leave it. Oddly enough, Santana is one of the people who’s trying the hardest to keep the club together, because it’s the one constant and source of happiness in her life when everything else keeps crashing down on her. Her family is pretty much prepared to never speak to her again unless she “decides” to be straight, and she’s just lost the one person she really loved out of all of those flings. She’s closed off to pretty much everyone, despite the attempts of Puck to try to help her, as she finds it hard to trust anyone after the harsh betrayal of her own family. The only time Santana is really speaking from her heart these days is when she’s opening it up through song. Glee’s the best part of her day, okay?
Santana’s endgame ship is up to the roleplayer, though right now, relationships are the very last thing on her mind. She’s just come out to her family and the glee club as bisexual, but she’s still pretty adamant on keeping it a secret from the rest of the world. She feels that getting cast as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella is a perfectly-timed distraction from her personal life. We need a Santana here that delves past the outer layers and isn’t just a bitch to everyone— she really is nice sometimes. Well, to some people.
Sam comes from a long line of Dalton Academy alumni; his father went to Dalton, and his grandfather, and also his great-grandfather. So, naturally, Sam knew he’d be going there since before he was even in middle school, and he’s been attending since he was fourteen. While he, like many others, laments the lack of girls at Dalton, Sam really does love it there. He’s not a member of the Warblers and doesn’t associate with them much (although he could call almost anyone in the group a kind acquaintance) but he harbors a secret desire to join them, and has resolved to audition next year. Unfortunately, his father has recently lost his job, and unless one of his parents is employed soon, Sam won’t be able to attend Dalton next year. He’d have to transfer to McKinley, which has girls in multitudes, but just isn’t the school he knows and loves. Desperate to help both his family and his tuition in any way he can, Sam got a summer job delivering pizzas. The job is a secret, as so is his family’s financial situation and the fact that they now live in a hotel. While he knows that there’s no logical reason to feel this way and that it happens to a lot of people, he’s afraid to mention it to anyone. He’s unsure of their judgment, and wants to be treated the same as he always has been, instead of looked down on in pity. He just wants to be a normal teenager, and hopes that with the hard work and perseverance of both himself and his parents, he will be.
Sam’s endgame ship is completely up to the roleplayer, he’s a character that we have recently opened up, by popular demand. We’re looking for someone to play the nerdy, endearing blondie that we all know and love, but also add some complexity to his character, due to his family’s situation.
What is there to say about Noah Puckerman that hasn’t been said before? Quite a lot, actually; but he’s not going to let you know that. After being so set on becoming a father to a little baby girl last year and having that ripped away from him before he even got the chance to fully grasp the idea, Puck’s been feeling kind of lost at sea; he’s been drifting around McKinley with no real sense of purpose ever since, and in the past few months has taken up some of his old habits again. Not the bullying, no— he’s long past that. But he’s been dating around, and occasionally sleeping around. And now that the summer months are back again, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to re-start his pool cleaning business and get re-acquainted with all of the wealthy women around Lima. It’s not as if this was ever his life’s passion, but it fulfills a subconscious need to have a sense of purpose in his life that he’s been deprived of since Beth was given up for adoption and the glee club lost Regionals again. Once he heard the news about Santana’s family and saw how she closed up again, he tried to help her— not out of any romantic interest, but purely as a person who cared about her well-being. But she shut him out, just as she did with everyone else. He wants to keep trying, however, because he knows what it feels like to be treated like a stranger by your family, due to his dad’s abandonment. And maybe (just maybe) he might be able to bring some good into another person’s life, since he’s pretty much given up on it coming into his own.
Puck’s endgame ship is up to the roleplayer, but he’s currently got his sights sets on Santana. He does harbor some feelings for her, but the root of it all is him just trying to help a friend in need, so you can take this plot line in any direction. We’d love to have a Puck RPer who adds layers and subtle maturity to him, instead of just the “sex shark” stereotype.
Nick has always been the one with the level-head and a very high tolerance level for just about anything except disrespectful or hurtful behavior. He has many of the qualities needed to make a very good leader, but he has no false pretense or ego about it and is more than happy to let others take the lead instead, if they’d prefer. The early years of his life were rather calm and quiet, but then Jeff came along and turned his plans topsy-turvy. The boys grew to be more like brothers, inseparable always and unfailingly loyal to one another. So loyal, in fact, that there wasn’t a hint of tension when Nick started to date Harmony, even though Jeff (unknown to Nick) also had begun to develop feelings for her. And even though after they both met Sebastian at Dalton and Nick started to hang around with him more often, he and Jeff were still close, and feel that nothing could ever break that bond. Nick’s relationship with Jeff is purely platonic and brotherly, though he’s always been almost magnetically drawn to Sebastian in ways he still can’t explain. He’s more willing than others to let Sebastian off the hook for his mischievous ways, and lately he finds himself constantly thinking of the strangest things about him; such as his smile, the way he’s so completely unphased by what other people think of him, or how nicely the Dalton blazer fits his frame…
Nick’s endgame ship is up to the roleplayer, but he’s definitely got some feelings for Sebastian that need to be sorted out, either way. We’d love to find someone to play Nick who would explore the inner conflict regarding his confusing feelings for his friend, and whether or not he ends up finding he identifies more as bisexual or just a straight guy in love with another guy. Right now, he’s spending his time as King Maximilian in his girlfriend’s production of Cinderella.
Outwardly, Mike might seem like just your average teenager— football player, top student, supportive boyfriend— but few people know of the inner conflict growing bigger inside his head as graduation approaches. His parents have recently confronted him about slacking grades, and he’s being forced to choose between his family loving and supporting him as he applies to college to be a doctor or lawyer or something similar, or to be shunned by his parents as he pursues his real passion: Dance. It’s not so much his mother’s disapproval, as she’s always been kind and supportive towards whatever makes him happy; but Mike’s father, while still caring for his son, doesn’t understand the mindset of choosing to live a life of hardship. He only wants the best for his son in life, but has chosen a slightly harmful way to express that, which is where Mike is torn. He wants to make his parents proud of him because they mean the world to him, but he also doesn’t know if he could go into a career that he isn’t the slightest bit passionate about. And then there’s Tina, who he adores and respects so much, who is telling him to follow his heart. The problem is that he’s not sure which part of his heart is the one that he wants to follow.
Though he’s currently in a relationship with Tina, Mike’s endgame ship is completely up to the roleplayer. After all, Tike is setting up for some conflict, and you’ll have to decide whether or not they’ll be able to get through it together. Mike Chang is someone who’s known for being the world’s best boyfriend… like, ever, but he’s definitely got some issues with his family that are starting to creep into his relationship.
Jeff grew up in the same small town that both of his parents were born, raised, and started a life together in. His parents were the talk of the town— both were high school sweethearts, prom king and queen, and went off to become successful doctors before getting married and moving back to town to start up their own practice. Since he was born, Jeff has pretty much been expected by everyone in town to follow in his parent’s footsteps, but he’s always been just a kind-hearted boy with simple interests. He likes to spend time with his friends, relax, and help everyone around him be happy, and he’s perfectly content with his B-average grades. He doesn’t know what he wants to do as a career after high school, but he knows for sure that he definitely doesn’t want to be a doctor. His parents are anything but strict and unloving, but they do try to push him occasionally to do his best to secure a good, steady future for himself because they care about him. In the end, however, they’ll be happy as long as their son is, as well. Nick moved to town when both he and Jeff were ten, and they’ve been as close as brothers ever since. It was through Nick that Jeff’s parents found out about Dalton and decided to send Jeff to school there, and through Sebastian in their first year at Dalton that both Nick and Jeff met Harmony, Sebastian’s cousin. Nick and Harmony immediately started a relationship and have been together ever since, and Jeff has forced himself to keep his feelings for his best friend’s girlfriend a secret within himself.
Even though Jeff currently has a secret crush on his best friend’s girlfriend, Harmony, his endgame ship is entirely up to you. We’re looking for someone who can capture Jeff’s fun and lighthearted nature to bring some light into the roleplay when it gets loaded with drama.