That’s very cool. Imagine a usurpation phase that takes place in a single household. Makes me think of sci-fi/horror movies where some attack broadsides the whole civilization, so the drama plays out at a family and friends level.
The Vaylen have somehow managed to infiltrate the whole planet (maybe an orbital drop of egg-sized re-entry capsules) in one go, and they’re trying to take the society with their social structures and institutions completely intact.
For factions, you have the neighbours, MTV, the police, the mailman, the household’s german shepherd, the teachers of Speedvale High, and Suzie’s weird friends.
This may not be a very practical suggestion. The conflicts would have to be sufficiently “contained” that they didn’t wipe out whole factions. But as an understated drama, it might work.
Bobby (the bad egg from next door, a non-hulled Vaylen FON) circles up Julian Blythe’s other schoolfriends, then initiates a DoW to goad him into sneaking out of the house to go drinking near Parker’s marsh.
Mr. Blythe (human FON) thinks this small town is having a bad influence on his kids - too many drugs - and wants to move to the next county, but Ms. Blythe (another non-hulled Vaylen FON) won’t leave: she’s having an affair with the neighbour.
Suzie Blythe circles up the vice principal to persuade her that something weird’s going on with the teachers, but it falls on deaf ears.
That night, Julian gets hulled.