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TEST DRIVE: APRIL

— TEST DRIVE: APRIL—


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 Saturday, March 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open a week later on April 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: The Flower Festival is soon, and that means that a lot of caterers, cooks, restaurants and anyone involved with cooking are gearing up to participate in the celebration. This means that there’s plenty of places that are offering food at enormous discounts, or running food related events outside of their stores. One particular setup is in the center of the market area, where tables upon tables of food have been set up as a sort of buffet: pick what you want and pay as you leave! Unfortunately, someone mischievous has created a real problem. The buffet has turned into an all out food fight and it doesn't look like it’s stopping anytime soon...
  1. Join In. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Might as well join the fun since it’s happening anyway, and you’ve probably already found yourself victim to an errant pizza slice or something already. Grab a handful of whatever is nearest you or pick up a spoon and get that food flying!

  2. Pay up. The fun can only last so long, and none of the vendors are happy. While the food fight has been broken up, the place is still a mess. Participants and people caught up in the crossfire are all being blamed equally. Grab a mop and a dustpan and get cleaning. Or, try and argue your way out of being taken to the local enforcers station and given a hefty fine.


• Prompt E: It’s already spring, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who are still interested in a few last minute winter escapades. Luckily, with cores and emotion fueled dunamis, things like this aren’t exactly off the table yet. A small portion of Lake Niras has been turned into a winter wonderland, down to a thick layer of ice that’s almost strong enough to be skated upon. However, this isn’t what it’s being used for. The local Polar Bear club has decided to hold a springtime version of their usual event and currently has open registration for those who think they’ve got the willpower to take the plunge in the icy water.
  1. Dive Deep.Strip down to your skivvies or don a bathing suit and jump in! The challenge is to stay in the longest of 4 or 2, or to just beat your personal best. In lieu of joining up yourself if you don’t feel like freezing your tush off you’re more than welcome to lead the cheerleading team!!! ... Who are all dressed as different interpretations of Sosyne...

  2. Maintain The Cold. Those who aren't the participating kind might find themselves attracted to the more “Stage hand” like portion of the club event. Those who have practiced dunamis, the art of using your emotions to create all sorts of manifestations under control, might be able to help maintain the frigid temperature in the air that’s causing the snowfall. Or, if you’re just a really negative person you could be unintentionally making it worse. Otherwise, there’s always a need for a few extra hands at rotating the frozen water cores which are helping keep the water particularly icy. Just be careful and try not to get too excited or you’ll melt the cores!


• Prompt F: Ghost tours have become all the rage in Verens, and tonight you find yourself coming along, either willingly or by having one of the organizers pester you into it. But being a guest isn’t the only way to participate—they’re taking volunteers to “assist” as well, to help spice things up and improve the mood. Harness your emotions to make the atmosphere more sinister, or just hide in some bushes or around some corners to surprise someone with an old-fashioned “boo!”
  1. Sewers Dark and dank, the tunnels underneath the city are already a good place to scare or be scared. The tour takes characters through a lesser-used portion of the sewers, meaning it’s slightly less smelly, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for spooky stories. Don’t get caught by the mossgator or the restless spirits of its victims...

  2. Inside the Memory Tree The giant tree that stands in the city’s square hasn’t always been a safe place, especially the dungeon-like spaces inside. The twisting wood and vines have been home to all sorts of monsters that have been a threat in the past, from moving plants with sticky vines to shadow creatures with sharp teeth—or so the tour guides will say. The tree may not have been around long enough to have much history to it, but that doesn’t stop them from playing it up.

  3. Abandoned Buildings
  4. Always a necessity for any ghost tour, this leg of the trip will take characters past and through a few rundown places, including an old warehouse, a creaky mansion, and a set of dirty apartments. Don’t forget all the dark alleyways in between, or the stories of long-past serial killers who choked their victims to death right over there…


• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include maraschino cherries and/or knives.


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!
pinkidealist: (pic#10181925)

Elize Lutus | Tales of Xillia II

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
[ Get me out of here; Prompt D-1 ]
{It wasn't long until Elize came back (once again), but once she found out the Flower Festival was around the corner, she couldn't help but get excited. She'd always been a fan of these festivals, but the Flower Festival was especially fun. She enjoyed all of the activities going on and all of the different kinds of food they could find there, which really helped when she was trying to get her bearings again. Having that familiar event go on again helped with evening out all the differences there were by now.

She was just enjoying some of the food that was set up when a plate of food came her way, hitting her back before falling to the floor. It happened so fast that she didn't know how to react.
}

Hey! That was rude! {That doesn't stop her from throwing food back though. Too bad the person she was aiming for ducked behind someone else as a shield. She instantly felt bad.}

Oh no! I'm so sorry! I didn't mean.... Are you okay? {Already looking for something to help clean up the mess she made. Unless, you know, they decided to retaliate.}

[ Grounded right after she got back; Prompt D-2 ]
{Well, as much as she shouldn't admit to, she actually had a lot of fun after getting past the fact that someone threw food at her and she was now caked with food. She definitely needed to clean up after this, but not before getting caught red handed with food in her hand.

She had just recently come back and he was -- no doubt -- going to be grounded already. Great. That's not exactly the best welcome home gift to receive. It was only a matter of time until Alvin and Presa found out about this. Still, even knowing this, she knew she'd better help clean up. For one, she wasn't going to get away and two, she didn't feel right about partaking and not taking responsibility for her actions; she was slowly getting more mature. So with all the excitement dying down, she was going around helping the others who got stuck cleaning with their duties.
}

I'm sorry to get you into this mess... {Even if it wasn't her fault directly.}

[ Somebody help this poor girl; Prompt F ]
{She may have been a bit older than when she first met the others, but she was just as naive in many ways. Case in point, being forced to join in these ghost tours did not help her well being. And they had to drag her to a creepy looking abandoned building to boot. This house seems to have seen better days and as much as she tried to talk her way out of this creepy old place, there she was standing in an old abandoned house, said to be haunted.

People could tell her that ghosts weren't real, but what was that eerie feeling that someone -- besides those with her -- was watching her? Okay, okay... As long as the others were still with her, she would be okay.

Wait... Why was she all alone? Did she get left behind?
}

H-Hello!? Is anyone there?!

{Her emotions didn't help when they just made the eerie sounds and sights that much more exaggerated. Aside from the normal sounds, she'd occasionally hear the creaking of the wooden floors as if someone was walking around. It could be the others.... or it might be something else, but she decided her best bet was to follow the sound in hopes that it was some of the people she'd come in with.

Wielding her staff, just in case, she inched down the house hallways hesitantly. That's when she heard the creaking get louder.
}

I-Is somebody there? Please come out!

{But there was no answer, just louder creaking until she started smacking whatever was coming her way. She'll apologize once she realize it was just another person roaming around. Please forgive her for wildly swinging her staff around.}
Edited 2017-03-18 02:41 (UTC)
lastfonmasterguardian: (pic#8050987)

F

[personal profile] lastfonmasterguardian 2017-03-18 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
[Okay, so maybe Anise had joined the ghost tours because they seemed like a good way to make money, and she wanted to get ideas.]

[And maybe part of the fun for her was trolling people and seeing their reactions.]

[But did that mean that she would take advantage of somebody else being left behind? Somebody who was clearly alone and terrified?]

[You bet it did.]


Boo!

[Elize will find that she's no longer alone, because there's a giant animated stuffed bear (?) in the corridor with her. In daylight, the thing would probably still be terrifying, with the uneven stitches, mismatched fabric, and demon button eyes. In a haunted house? This is the stuff of pure nightmares.]

[Anise is there too, of course, but she's taking advantage of the darkness to hide behind Tokunaga, and provide fitting narration.]


I'm the ghost of stuffed animals past! I stalk the corridors of this haunted house, and eat children who become separated from the tour groups.
pinkidealist: (pic#10182092)

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
{Wasn't it her lucky day? Not.

Seeing the giant animated stuffed bear (?) shouldn't have scared her, considering she had a floating doll basically, but she wasn't quite in the right mind. So she immediately stumbled backwards, trying to find her footing again. In the meantime, she was trying to crawl backwards until she hit a wall.
}

N-No! I-I'm not separated! I'm-- {And then a clicked.} Wait.... That's... awfully specific...

{Frightened yes, but once she thought back to how bizarre that narration was.... and how specific... Have a floating talking doll hover around Tokunaga.}

Are you really a ghost...?
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[personal profile] lastfonmasterguardian 2017-03-18 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
[It was absolutely her lucky day! Anise usually charged for her performances with Tokunaga.]

[And what a performance she's making it. She has Tokunaga wiggle his arms in a way that could only be terrifying in a dimly lot haunted house, before adding more of her "narration." Forget that the narration is clearly a thirteen year old girl, it's terrifying! ...probably.]


Of course I'm really a ghost! I'm the souls of all the toys left behind in this mansion, given form. I only appear when...

[It's at this point Anise realizes she has company, and while a floating stuffed animal shouldn't scare her (considering Tokunaga), she's putting her all into the act, and is caught off-guard.]

Whoa! Don't tell me this place is really haunted!
pinkidealist: (pic#10181918)

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 03:38 am (UTC)(link)
{Okay, she was almost buying that despite starting to know better until that comment. Okay, obviously this was just some sort of prank. The kind that Alvin would do to her. So she's going to get up...}

So it is a prank then!
lastfonmasterguardian: (pic#8006623)

[personal profile] lastfonmasterguardian 2017-03-18 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
It's not a prank!

[It totally is a prank. You can tell she's totally not lying by how the air is starting to heat up.]

It's...a part-time job!

[You know, the kind where she doesn't get paid, and also the people running this whole thing don't know she's there.]
pinkidealist: (pic#10182057)

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
{Too bad she's naive enough to believe that.}

W-Well... It's still mean... {She'll hold onto Teepo now.}
lastfonmasterguardian: (pic#8006618)

[personal profile] lastfonmasterguardian 2017-03-18 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
[There's a small part of Anise that just wants to respond "Yeah, and...?" but this girl seemed pretty sweet, and she'd feel guilty doing that to anybody short of Arietta.]

[Instead she sighs, trying to salvage the situation the best that she can.]


It's not mean, it's fun. You know, doing a haunted house and stuff like that to get scared and stuff?
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
I... didn't ask to come in here... I was dragged in and then everyone disappeared...

{At least there's that. Besides, they can be stuffed animal pals (?)}
lordofcalamity: (I'm battling between the tears)

D-2

[personal profile] lordofcalamity 2017-03-18 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
[Velvet is in full cleaning mode when someone nearby speaks up, apologizing about all of this. She stops sweeping and looks over at the individual and isn't too surprised to see a young girl. Either the girl had accidentally gotten caught when food was being flung around or she had been one of the people responsible. Fortunately, Velvet has something of a soft spot for kids and sighs.

It's not exactly her job to lecture someone else's kid but no one would say that Velvet was the warmest person when it came to dealing with others.]


This is a waste of food but nothing to do about it except to clean it up. So long as you learn from this that food is for eating and not throwing, I suppose I can forgive you.
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
I just... I got so wrapped up in it when someone threw food at me... I didn't mean for it to go this far...
lordofcalamity: (and I'll stand)

[personal profile] lordofcalamity 2017-03-18 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
[The girl already looks plenty upset about the whole thing and she might even be scolded about it by her guardian or whoever was currently looking after her. In all honesty, the only real part Velvet doesn't like about all of this is how the food was wasted because it certainly seems like the vendors are making those responsible clean up.]

Then it's fine. Try to remember how you feel now should you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

[Velvet reachs over to grab a clean rag and holds it out for Elize to take.]

You should clean yourself up a bit before you go home.
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
{She... more than likely was going to. Welcome to having actual parents now, Elize. But she'll take the rag from her with a soft thanks from her end.}

I will. Is there... something I can help you with? {Meaning what to help clean as she tries to get the ketchup out of her hair.}
lordofcalamity: (no longer will this fight prolong)

[personal profile] lordofcalamity 2017-03-18 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
[It was certainly how things went when one had others looking after them in a parental role. Velvet remembers when she did something and Celica would scold her for it.]

Wipe down any surfaces that food is stuck to that you can reach. I'll go behind and sweep it up so don't worry about where to put it. [Typically she prefers to clean things herself so that it's up to her standards after but this was the consequence of her actions.]

When you go home, be sure to inform your guardians that you did help clean up after. They'll be glad to know you took responsibility.
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
Okay.

{And just like that, she'll be hard at work on her new duties. Besides the food fight itself, she was a good girl otherwise. She had no objections or complaints on her end. She got herself into this mess, time to get herself out.}

Do you think that would lessen the punishment...?
oligomania: (and I'll stand)

don't mind the account switch

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-18 07:08 am (UTC)(link)
[She watches Elize for a moment before continuing on sweeping and adding to the pile that was starting to grow bigger.]

It might. [Velvet doesn't know what the girl's guardians are like but...] In my experience, most guardians merely want to make sure that it won't be repeated. If you've already learned your lesson there's not much need to be unfair with the punishment. I'm sure they don't want to punish you but they do want you to make smart decisions and be good. Were it me, I'd be proud that you stuck around to help.
pinkidealist: (pic#10182042)

No worries!

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
{She didn't say anything at first. Instead, she was just soaking in the information, thinking on it a bit. She'd gotten used to thinking of Alvin as her dad, but even now it seems so surreal that she can experience things like this too; Even if it meant she was going to get into trouble.}

So... That's what it's like to have a real family, huh? {That slipped out. Just finishing up cleaning the table she was working on..} Well, I'm glad to help, even though it was partially my fault.

{Ah...}

Oh uhm.. My name is Elize. It's not the best circumstances, but it's a pleasure to meet you. {Gesturing towards the floating doll now.} And this is Teepo.

Hiya!

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[personal profile] trademark_skull 2017-03-18 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
[These ghost tours were just perfect for Emizel to practice scaring humans, skills that will someday be vital if he ever sees the Netherworld again. Even if he could just do small things like rattling noises, lower temperature, or dim lights - it was a blast seeing the reactions... and feeling them.]

[Although something about one of the voices seemed...familiar. Emizel paused everything he was doing to take a look. Who knows, it could be someone play a trick on him too!]

[B-but no. It was-- It really was her!]


Eliz--Ow. [S-swinging staff, not good. He huddled in a corner covering his head so the pain will stop...]
pinkidealist: Art found on Tumblr; (pic#10182112)

[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 09:47 am (UTC)(link)
{She was just so panicked that she didn't realize who it was. Not until she heard him call out. She stopped flailing to see who it was; Hopefully one of the people who had dragged her in here with them and left alone. But no...}

Ah... {It wasn't any them, but even better.} E-Emizel...?

{Once she realized it was really him, she stopped. She was still thinking of what to say when she heard the eerie creaking again, causing her to rush over to him and hold on to him out of fear.}

I-I don't want to be here...
trademark_skull: (Pinged)

[personal profile] trademark_skull 2017-03-18 09:54 am (UTC)(link)
[Y-you're...holding him. You're actually holding to him.]

U-um...you know this is all fake right?

[At least, it was supposed to be. That's what he signed up for.]
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 09:56 am (UTC)(link)
I-It is...?

W-Well... It's not fun.

{Being dragged in sucks. She'd like to blame Alvin but she can't.}
trademark_skull: (Wait time out)

[personal profile] trademark_skull 2017-03-18 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
[Luckily he does know the quickest ways out...]

How did you get here? [Because there could have been better places to meet than here.]
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 10:08 am (UTC)(link)
Well... I was dragged in here and then I got separated from the others...
trademark_skull: (Everything's gonna be okay)

[personal profile] trademark_skull 2017-03-18 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
[Well those no good goddamn--]

D-don't worry, I can get you out.

[There's many fake walls set up so the so called 'ghosts' can move around unnoticed. From there it's easy to find a door leading outside.]
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[personal profile] pinkidealist 2017-03-18 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
{She'll just follow him, holding firmly onto his hand for support, as if she was going to lose him. Once they were finally out, she could finally let out a breath of relief.}

T-Thank you.

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