So I’m considering a group AU.
I don’t have details planned out, but I have this dark!tf2 verse in mind, and I’d think it’d be interesting to play out.
Basically, RED and BLU no longer work under the same umbrella company. MannCo as it is ceases to exist, and far more devious people take over each company. They’re rich enough to expand on their companies, growing them and turning them into rival corporations. It goes beyond that – they are large enough to expand worldwide. They have secret documents that could end the world, or cause war. Security forces are top notch. World is falling into chaos as RED and BLU grows. Friendships are tested and/or ordered to be terminated. Any hostility that existed between the opposite teams is increased tenfold. Friends and family are torn apart, and mercenaries become more than just mercenaries, they become part of their companies. A hivemind.
Brainwashing, positive reinforcement, and even a bit of torture is used to ensure loyalty. Blackmail is also part of the picture. However these new leaders can ensure complete obedience and loyalty, they will use it. They don’t want people, they want puppets. They want people to defend their teams, their lives with as much enthusiam as can be mustered up.
Our mercenaries are subjected to all of the above. Some may have succumbed and given in. Some may be held prisoner. Some may be escapees on the run. The world is on the very precipice of a dystopia. Can former friends reconnect? Can they save their friends from themselves?
I had this idea swimming in my head for a few days, and I had to write it out. Even if it’s not a group verse, I still think it’d be interesting to play out with one or two or more people. It’d be interesting to see how each merc/class handles a mass scale war, along with copius amounts of psychological and physical torture.
It would definitely be a dark verse, so anyone with a faint heart or sensitivity to such subjects should probably steer clear.