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TEST DRIVE: JANUARY

— TEST DRIVE: JANUARY —


Welcome to [community profile] empatheias' test drive meme. This test drive is to help interested players test their characters in the game's environment. We've included a few prompts that incorporate specific elements of the game, though you'll find all of them have a lot of leeway for players to get as creative as necessary. Before diving in, here are a few things we'd like to remind everyone about the game in general:

  • Date reminders. Reserves open Sunday, December 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open Sunday, January 1st.

  • OC Reminder! Just a quick reminder that original characters are allowed. Those interested can also use the test drive. OCs do not need to be reserved.

  • Emotions are key! Empatheias' premise focuses on how anyone's emotions can affect their environment, be it big or small. While not every emotion will cause a reaction, significant ones definitely will. How much effect a character will have will ultimately be up to you, the player. Also, while we're giving a lot of leeway for the test drive, keep in mind that there will be some limits in the actual game.

  • Everyone has an amulet. All characters have a unique amulet that is specialized for them. It will contain all of their emotion drops and it serves as the network device. Remember, communication is telepathic. Otherwise, it works basically the same.

  • Assume the character is already in the game. Because "OMG WHERE AM I IS THIS REAL LIFE" threads aren't going to be very helpful in this test drive! Plus those are going to happen in-game, anyway. So to make things easier, just assume that they've been around at least a week or so. Still learning the ropes, but not a complete "first day" experience.

  • First or third person allowed. Your threads can be in either first or third, but we'd advise being flexible about it. Remember, these threads can also be used in your application for samples! Reminder: We only require one sample and it can be done in either format. We have also made a change to our sample requirements, so look over the Applications page!

Now with that out of the way, here are some prompts you guys can work from!


PROMPTS

• Prompt A: How about giving the emotions a try?

• Prompt B: Refer to the Task Board and choose a task your character may be interested in taking up. For this prompt, you could have your character ask for help, already be in the middle of the job, or react to it in some way. Perhaps they were an unfortunate victim or want to create a job countering an existing one. You could even have a prompt making a job request. Creating jobs for the purpose of the test drive is absolutely doable.

• Prompt C: How about giving the amulets a go? Start a telepathic conversation and see how it works. Remember, the amulets are sending out the owner's thoughts so might want to be careful about how the stream of consciousness goes...

• Prompt D: Isn’t it supposed to be frozen and snowy this time of year? Normally, yes! And the fact that lately the sun has been out and the temperatures have been rising to almost early spring temperatures certainly… is strange. Has pollution ruined the environment of Empatheias beyond repair?! No! Of course not. While concerning at first, the unseasonably warm weather is because of the extreme amounts of positive emotions running through the population of Empatheias. While this early thaw might be nice, it’s not exactly expected and comes with some unfortunate side effects other than a pleasant afternoon in the sun.

  1. There’s been several snowfalls, and the ones at night are especially prone to staying for a while only to melt away as the days go on. This has caused a few problems, especially during the daytime. Large piles of mushy snow will slide off of the high angled roofs of the city, and wet, mushy snow is way worse than normal snow. Ice patches on the sidewalks are even more frequent and dangerous, so careful where you step.

  2. Homes and sidewalks aren’t the only thing suffering from this fluctuating weather. The roads too, are becoming dangerous. This means only one thing! Any idle hands are given shovels and bags of salt and are put to work handling the iced over roads. Just watch out for any skidding carriages and wagons as you work!

  3. Draining water is creating a problem in the slums as well. Many volunteers are being deployed to the lower sides of the slums to help direct water with the use of dunamis or more traditional ways such as sand bag piles and other obstructions. The buildings themselves are also suffering from the cold moisture and ice that form under the awnings. Careful not to get spiked if one falls.


• Prompt E: This year for Selenium more intimate get togethers are happening throughout the city alongside the regular practices. Smaller gatherings around warm fires to stave off the colder nights are the stage, and small delicately sweet snacks accompany refreshing drinks for those who decide to camp around the fire for a few hours. But it wouldn’t be Selenium if they weren’t honoring the dead, so of course that takes center stage.

  1. Those who have gathered around the fire are, at one point or another encouraged to get up and share a story about a love one they’ve lost. It can be a happy or sad memory, or anything in between. Of course, there is no obligation. Perhaps your character is chosen to go next? Or is there a lull between storytelling where you get to talk to the neighbor seated next to you?

  2. Instead of being sold, these simple bracelets are given to those who volunteer a memory to go inside them. Fashioned from leather, a golden hued metal and copper, the bracelets’ centerpieces are elaborate containers with a glass top to display the tiny fragment of memory petal inside. The petal, once a part of a larger one has been infused with a warm memory of a loved one at request of whoever managed to obtain a bracelet. Though most memories are of those past, in this case those who are alive or separated from the bracelet’s creator can also be depicted. What image appears on yours?


• Prompt F: There have been reports of "ghostly activity" occurring around the various cemeteries and graveyards in all three main cities. Most have been harmless, but others have caused some alarm and help is needed.

  1. A few of these incidents are harmless pranks by the local and foreign kids teaming up with one another. Moving flowers and gifts, making strange sounds or running past as shadowy figures. Help find these kids and put them in their place! Or maybe it's you who is part of the pranking.

  2. While the world does not have traditional ghosts, those of the dead can leave residual emotions that can take on a ghostly form. They can wander about and act out on the emotions left behind. Anger, grief, joy, regret—anything is possible. While they cannot directly harm anyone, they can still directly cause damage through their own emotions, not to mention the emotional damage from those who witness them. For now they remain near their graves. Help keep them there and disperse the lingering emotions to put them at rest.


• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include blueberries and/or chipmunks.


For your threads, put the Character Name and the Canon in the subject line to help readily identify them. You're also welcome to use more than one prompt for respondents to choose from. If you have any questions or want to brush up on the game information, refer to the Game Information entry. Otherwise, tag around and have fun!
properprincess: (159)

Sonia Nevermind | Dangan Ronpa 3 (SPOILERS WILL HAPPEN)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-20 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
Prompt B
[When she sees the prompt requesting musicians able to play music to make others feel various emotions, Sonia can't help but find it interesting. While she would never be the Ultimate Musician like Mioda-san, she's had training in more than one instrument and is more than able to play pieces if she's heard them before.

It's not that hard to secure an interview with the Owlskin Troupe. As she sits down at the piano, she lets out a bittersweet before beginning to play a sad tune. And while she's not as powerful a singer as the popstar responsible for the song, she gives forth a clear and pure effort. It's not hard, when she feels every word of the song for someone that is actually there on the island.

As she plays, she keeps her eyes closed and just feels the song as her fingers cross the ivory keys. She only opens them when she's done, and her face if flushed and she smiles brightly.]


Did I fulfill the requirements? I'm sorry that I'm no professional musician.

Prompt E-2
[Selenium is a difficult time for Sonia, as she has many memories to regret and lots of people lost to remember. However, when she's handed the bracelet to place a memory inside, she only stares at the petal as it starts to depict a happy time.

Inside, there is a small blonde girl, long hair perfectly styled as she stands in between two radiant and regal people who can only be her parents. There are others surrounding them, all talking to the girl and giving her gifts while bowing and receiving their own gifts in return from her tiny hands.]


I'd forgotten this Christmas celebration, but that's the year my mother gave me a horse. I don't think we had a better year than that for gifts to our citizens though.
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[personal profile] oratorical 2016-12-20 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
[Leia isn't there to audition, nor is she part of the troupe, she's there as a show of support for her friend. The song isn't one she's heard before, and she has no context for Sonia's take on it, but as far as performances go, it sounds great to her. So as is natural once a performance is complete, Leia applauds, a standing ovation for Sonia's efforts.

Later, once the audition is complete, after Sonia's received whatever feedback from the troupe, Leia seeks her out to give her own feedback on the performance.]


I thought it sounded very good. I didn't know you could play the piano, though.
properprincess: (sonia025-p4091824_zpsea5e9cb8)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-20 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
[Sonia is only too happy to have her friend there, especially since she hasn't even told Komaeda that she was coming to do this. Her smile turns to one of embarrassed pleasure at the applause and praise.]

Thank you very much, Leia-san. I'm sure that it could be done better by someone else, but I love the song very much. [No, she is not thinking about him right now and you can't prove it.

At the statement about her choice of instrument, the princess startles a bit before the air takes a slightly chilly breeze.]


Ah, yes. I can play the piano and sing a little. I've had instructors my whole life. I can also draw and paint and the like. A princess must be skilled in all aspects so that she can understand things that might come up in the lives of her subjects.

[If she sounds like she's quoting someone or something, she is.]
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[personal profile] oratorical 2016-12-20 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
[Uh-huh. Sure she's not. But Leia won't make assumptions and tease her on that possibility, not yet anyway.]

I've heard something similar before.

["A princess must think of others always," or something along those lines. She knows it's true, but it still is something she doesn't like being reminded of. So instead, she changes the subject.]

So what did they say? Were you accepted?
properprincess: (ZeYk1qT)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-21 02:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[No, tease her. Lord knows she needs it. And, well, it's not like he's the only possibility, considering how close her relationship is with a certain green-haired Pokémon trainer. She deserves all the teasing ever, to be honest.]

I'm not at all surprised. Our upbringings have always sounded extremely similar when we talk about them. I suppose that's to be expected when one is the princess of a country or world. Responsibilities to one's subjects doesn't change much.

[The fact that she manages to say that with a fond smile says that she doesn't see her rank as a burden. She once did, of course, but she's had time and experiences and a lot of bad things happen (that she remembers) to help her come to terms with who and what she is.

And the change of subject is nice before she dwells too much.]


Ah, they did like the song and my performance. They told me that I made one of the judges cry, though I'm not at all sure how that is possible.
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[personal profile] oratorical 2016-12-22 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
You weren't trying to make him cry, were you? They did ask for emotional music.

[She'll tease her about that, her eyebrows raised and the slight beginnings of a smirk on her face, because Leia's sure the real reason the judge cried is probably due to feeling some sort of a connection to that song. It's a good kind of song for that.]

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sobored: (Despair Should Always Be Shared)

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[personal profile] sobored 2016-12-20 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
Oh really? What'd you get them?

[She obviously knows she's not wanted here, but that's not going to stop her from acting cheery and being nosy. Nope. After all, if she stayed away when she wasn't wanted, she'd have a really limited social circle, now wouldn't she?

So just ignore Junko coming up behind her and trying to catch a glimpse of the petal.]
properprincess: (sonia032-p27326_zpsseyrlexz)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-21 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[There was a time when having Enoshima Junko so close would make Sonia violently ill and so angry that lightning would begin to spark around the two girls. Even when she knew about the time she spent as a member of Ultimate Despair, she hadn't truly known the depths and nuances of what that life was like.

Now, however, after time back home and many memories—both good and bad—returned to their proper place in her mind.... Well, Sonia will never see her as a friend. Ever. But she sees her as less an enemy and more as a nuisance. Lower than Souda-san and Hanamura-san, to be sure, but not someone she wants to actively kill.

As such, the princess lets out a tiny resigned sigh as she turns to the former model to answer her.]


Various things. Since they all had different occupations and personalities, one cannot give a blanket gift and hope that no one gets offended.
sobored: (If You Won't Laugh You Do Something Else)

[personal profile] sobored 2016-12-22 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
[Not even remotely the reaction she was looking for. Freak out, throw lightning at something, call your friends to come save you, Sonia. Don't do that whole putting up with her thing, she doesn't like that.]

I don't know, if that's the case, maybe you're just not giving them the all the right blanket gift. I mean, I got your entire class the same thing and I don't remember hearing a single complaint.
properprincess: (DBlAWxT)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-24 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
[Eh, she's got all her time as a member of Ultimate Despair behind her now. And after so long of dealing with Enoshima before her departure and then with all the mishaps with the Future Foundation and retrieving Mitarai to join the rest of them, she is too over Junko Enoshima and her tricks.

As such, she knows now that this girl is dead and she can do nothing to her here or back home that would be irreparable.]


Blanket gifts show a lack of consideration for them as people. Giving individualized gifts shows thought and time spent on them as their own person.

[She turns to stare at her kouhai with a long-suffering smile—the one she gives Hanamura or Souda after they've been exceptionally creepy and annoying.]

The only reason we didn't complain about your "gift", Enoshima-san, is because you gave us no choice. Brainwashing, kidnaping and killing are not very nice gifts in the first place. Your taste in presents is lacking flavor, as Cilan-san would say.
sobored: (You're Supposed To Laugh At That Part)

[personal profile] sobored 2016-12-24 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
Ugh, what's with that look? It's so...so...ugh. It's patronizing and condescending and pitiful and all these other things wrapped into one. Seriously, talk about showing a lack of consideration.

[She's annoyed, it's true, but her reaction's a little overblown here. Getting that look from Sonia isn't as bad as getting it from some other people. It's not fun for her, sure, but it could be worse. Then again as a sign of things to come and continuing to show that her Despairs grow further and further out of her reach, it's still pretty despair inducing.]

And yeah I gave you no choice, so what? Lots of people give shitty gifts and don't give a choice. That's why people get stuck with a bunch of shit they don't want instead of braving the awkwardness of asking for a receipt.

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hamnation: (not another word)

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[personal profile] hamnation 2016-12-20 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
[Gundam lingers nearby as she receives the bracelet, and warmth surges in the air around him as he watches both Sonia's reaction and the image reflected in the petal. Both are sights that could warm even the darkest of hearts, and he stares at the bracelet for a moment as he dwells on the innocence of the scene. The same could be said for all of their class, but right now he feels it towards Sonia especially: she deserves so much better.

Self-awareness kicks in and he glances away, with scarlet flushing onto his cheeks. Even as he mutters, there's some warmth in his words.]


...It looked very pleasant.
properprincess: (lExMG4d)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-21 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
[To say that she wishes that her life was different would be stating the obvious. However, Sonia knows that wishes are just that until they are put into practice. She and the others of their class are what they are. She's made her peace. In time, so will he.

However, the sight of his slightly flushed face and the obvious warmth in his voice makes her wistful tone drop as she turns her attention from the memory to the young man beside her.]


It was a pleasant holiday, but it is a world that no longer exists for me. [Her hands clench and she puts the before her in the hopes of not letting any distress show. No, she must concentrate on the here and now, not then.] Now we must focus on going forward, yes? I would much rather turn my attention to making pleasant memories with all of my friends here than what once was, Tanaka-san.
hamnation: (declaration)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-12-22 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
[He clears his throat as he regains his composure and nods.]

Of course. That is the dark power that we wield... the ability to shape the ery course of the future with our own hands and fueled by our will! [Is he talking about all of them as a whole or the two of them specifically? Tanaka isn't sure at all.]

Even so, there is still value to be found in looking back at one's origins... [Even aside from how cute someone was a child!] May you draw power from that long-passed memory.
properprincess: (sexy)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-24 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
[Her smile for him is fond and personal. Though they might be surrounded on all sides, she feels as if they are on their own personal island, just the two of them and all of their common memories.]

You're right that it is our power, and ours alone, that will shape our futures and that we can learn from the past as well.

[Her hands relax from the fists they make and she allows her fingers of one to brush his nearby arm. The sound of wind chimes is followed by an unseasonable warmth that is extremely pleasant.]

Not all of my memories are unhappy and I am grateful to have them all back. One day, I hope that you will also be able to say that.
hamnation: (this better not awaken something in me)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-12-26 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
[As her fingers brush by his arm, he feels an odd warmth surge in his heart, matching the warmth that is now around him. ...And a similar soothing warmth surrounds him at well, along with some faint sparkles.

Still, he manages to meet her eyes as well as her smile.]


The seal on my memories is not one to be easily undone, even by one of my power. [He's not even sure if he's ready for it. To face the full sum of everything that happened to him in those lost years...

But maybe someday he will be. So he glances away and chuckles with an air of confidence.]


Kehehe... But perhaps one day, your prophecy may come to pass.

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eyeswideopen: (I always wanted to become)

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[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2016-12-20 04:16 am (UTC)(link)
It's lovely. [He touches her arm as he stares down at the scene. He pointedly ignores the bracelet resting in his other hand. It's obvious who and what he'll see. In some ways he's not ready to deal with it. At least, not yet.]

If there's one thing that comes of this time, it's remembering. Ha, until I came here I didn't understand how important that was.

[He doesn't want to put it on. Yet. Sonia is his friend and she would be patient if he had a problem.] ...should I?
properprincess: (soniam011-p4091824_zpscb3dc66d)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-21 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
It was. [Absently, she moves her hand to take the one of his on her arm. As much as she likes to claim that she has as much inner peace about the way things have turned out, having her best friend at her side does help to mitigate a lot of things. Besides, she sees that he has his own bracelet and knows that he has his own demons that he's come to terms with but doesn't necessarily wish to have shown to others.]

Remembering who and what we are is very important. At all times. However, holidays are extra precarious if one doesn't wish to dwell on the not so nice aspects of one's past, it's true.

[If he's not ready, she won't push. And if he wants to talk, she's there to listen. But, if he's ready to brave it, she's there to support him completely.]

I cannot answer that for you, Nagito-san, but it will get no easier by avoiding it either.
eyeswideopen: Art by Pixiv ID: 43313053 ([Nanami] You're entirely too good)

[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2016-12-23 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh I know avoiding this won't help. I have to eventually. She might return one day and if I don't get this out now... [He turns slightly and claps the bracelet to his wrist. The stars are spread out over head, perfectly illuminating the lovers below. Nanami's smile just for him alone, and he can remember the words he'd said to her. As they'd sat side by side on the back porch of his master's home.]

...That was the night I fell in love with her. [He whispers, not wanting to disturb the recollections playing out before them.]

For all it's ups and downs, I don't regret the three of us had that chance. ...it's just going to be awkward now. I don't doubt Hajime would confess again. But we have the added complication of well,

[He hasn't told anyone about it so his voice drops lower as he looks to the side. This is embarrassing.] I'm his fiance now.
properprincess: (sonia011_2074382)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-24 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
[She's quiet as he shares the memory with her, brief though it is. It brings up her own bittersweet thoughts of their friend—both versions of the girl. When she speaks, her voice is just as soft as his.]

It is hard not to love Nanami-san. Both versions of her were kind and sweet, full of life and caring for those in her sphere. We were all lucky to have met her and loved her.

[She squeezes her best friend's hand and continues to watch the memory until he confesses his secret.]

So, you've decided to move ahead? I'm pleased to hear it. [And she is, even if a tiny piece—a very tiny piece—of her heart is jealous.] I absolutely demand that you allow me to assist you in everything. it is my duty as your best friend after all!
eyeswideopen: (Is that what you want?)

[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2017-01-02 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't have it any other way. You don't know how much I appreciate your strength and wisdom. [He turns and reaches for her hands. It's no secret to him that she wishes she had courage in other areas. But relationships take time. Hers is less violent than the start of his was.

[His eyes glint as he adds softly,] You were dearly missed not just by me. ...if you want something, reach for it. Take hold of the day.

Don't be like we were at first. It hurt so much, Sonia. You saw that yourself.
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[personal profile] insinerated 2016-12-22 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I'm no Simon Cowell, but I think this counts as a pass.

[ Akane's going to comment on it, if only because she was in the area and well, if she gets the chance to make a joke, she might as well make it, right? It just makes thing a little more fun on her part, really. ]
properprincess: (DBlAWxT)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-24 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
Who is Simon Cowell?

[While the rest of Europe is obsessed with America, Novoselicans had their eyes turned towards Japan. Tell her about American Idol.]

Is he an important figure in history?
insinerated: (pic#10438690)

[personal profile] insinerated 2016-12-26 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know if you can call him an "important figure in history"... but he was notoriously famous for being one of the strictest judges in American Idol several years ago.
properprincess: (HqctKyP)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-12-26 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
I'm afraid that I am not acquainted with that court system. Was it like a tribunal?

[American television. What is that?]