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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!
redstainedking: (Listen up this is plot relevent shit)

Oswald Baskerville | Pandora Hearts

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-18 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
A
No.

[Soft spoken, a few shadows gathering at Oswald's feet as he watched them for a moment, gaze tracing the outline of large wings fidgeting underfoot. Head tilted to one side, curious as a few black feathers popped into existence. Fondness was there, causing a few of those black feathers to tint red near the tips.

Yet what he had spoken to was another winged creature, perched on his shoulder, trying the snatch a bit of popcorn from between his fingers. A box of it in his other hand]


This isn't for you. [A displeased croak from the raven, beak clicking, even as it tried again. Still, there was a faint smile at the bird that decided he'd be a proper perch, temporary companion that it might have been.]

G
[There was a slowly building pile of maraschino cherries being placed on a plate, picked from some sort of monstrous dessert that had been placed on the café table in front of Oswald. Carefully plucked as he was trying not to make something of a face.

Reminded him too much of something else, he'd even tried one and. No. No. Not going to eat those, they could go there and... well.]


... What am I going to do with these...?
captainfoureyes: (chat)

G

[personal profile] captainfoureyes 2017-03-18 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
Er... do you not like cherries?

[ 'Don't be a picky eater' -- he remembered being told that when he was younger. These days, Mikumo was the kind of obnoxiously straitlaced person who'd clean his plate even if it contained something he didn't like. But maybe this fellow wasn't a fan of sugary fruit? ]

Usually, people think they're the best part...
redstainedking: (Shhhh. He's sleeping)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-18 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
Normal cherries.

[These? These were both two sweet and he found the way they simply... burst when bitten into was unpleasant.

Oswald liked cherries, he did. They didn't have that same sort of effect when eaten, they weren't overly sweet. Some even had a slight bitter sort of note to them. These? These were some sort of monstrosity.]
captainfoureyes: (oh?)

[personal profile] captainfoureyes 2017-03-18 03:30 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I see.

[ Well, it wasn't as though they could be recycled; that'd violate food safety regulations, surely. If this place... had food safety regulations?

...Oh god.]


Do you have a little sister or someone who likes sweets? Maybe you could bring them home.
redstainedking: (Seriously Jack?)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-18 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
[There was a momentary pause, a cherry held with a spoon just above the little pile o the plate.]

She isn't here, and neither is my niece. Though the both of them often preferred meat to sweets.

[Then the cherry was dropped right on top of the pile. Looked like the last one at least. Why did something need so many cherries on it? Let alone ones that tasted like they'd been soaked in some sort of sugary liquid. Oswald liked sweets, he did.

Those things were just. No.]
Edited 2017-03-18 03:37 (UTC)
captainfoureyes: (oh?)

[personal profile] captainfoureyes 2017-03-18 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
A family of carnivores, huh? Sounds lively!

[ Mikumo himself was an only child. But this guy looked like a dependable older brother type, maybe.

Did 'she isn't here' mean that she wasn't in town? Or did it mean she was in another Neighbor country? Was it polite to ask? ]


They... certainly gave you your money's worth, though.
redstainedking: (Needs more sleep)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-19 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
Down right blood thirsty. [It's spoken so evenly toned that it's hard to tell if he were serious. The flat expression hardly helped, but then again that was simply Oswald.

Some things would never change with him.]


They did. This place was recommended to me by an acquaintance.
captainfoureyes: (sigh)

[personal profile] captainfoureyes 2017-03-21 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
Is that so? Other than the cherries, how was the rest of the dessert?

[ Maybe Mikumo could make a note of this place, use it to treat people who helped him out. He was sure that the people here enjoyed gifts as much as anywhere else. ]
redstainedking: (How about no)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-21 09:11 am (UTC)(link)
Satisfactory.

[Said without a hint of a smile, and very even-toned. Tapped his spoon against the bowl, there was still a good bit of the ice cream left-]

More so when you want something sweet.
sunflowering: (This way)

G

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-18 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
[She's shocked. The absolute best part of a sweet dessert was the cherry on top. But then, as far as vampires went, she had the sweetest tooth of all. Blinking, she can't help but notice him from a table close by, and his somewhat unhappy question.]

Eh...? That's always my favorite part. You're supposed to save it for last to savor it. You don't like them?
redstainedking: (Then the world died)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-18 03:38 am (UTC)(link)
You can have them if you want.

[He is using a spoon to get them off after all. One that hasn't yet been used for any sort of eating of anything.]

I like normal cherries, these remind me of something else.
sunflowering: (Here puppy...)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-18 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
[A proper lady and pureblood wouldn't take someone's left overs. They wouldn't even consider it. But then... there really hasn't been one like Yuuki before.]

W-Well I would hate to let them go to waste... [She'll take them, yes.]

What a shame though! Did you try one, or is it a texture and appearance sort of thing?
redstainedking: (That was really weird)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-19 07:55 am (UTC)(link)
I would as well, a reason I'm collecting them on a plate like this. [He really, really disliked wasting food. He did, but some things he couldn't stomach eating.

Reason he was more than happy -even if it barely showed, no more than a soft sort of momentary bit of 'fairy' light.]


I tried one, and they remind me far too much of something else. Texture wise.
sunflowering: Do not take (Our little secret!)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-19 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Well I'm happy to to save you from such a travesty! [Or something like that...] I'm sorry if it spoiled your meal though. That's a shame.
redstainedking: (H's still following isn't he)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-20 10:26 am (UTC)(link)
[His head bowed a little, more of a tip, but there was still thanks in the motion nevertheless.]

It didn't spoil it. I was not given an entire bowl of them, after all. [.. Unlike the time his sister sent him an entire bowl of grape tomatoes.] I was more worried about them going to waste, and if I would have to stomach them or not in the end.

[Oswald would have eaten them, in the end. Which would have not done well for the area around him.]
sunflowering: Do not take (All because you believed in me)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-21 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm...

[Well, it's good that he isn't the type to waste food. Too many people are. Fortunately, Yuuki has never been the picky sort. Her brother on the other hand...]

Well, I guess you'll know better for next time, right? You'll be able to warn them to leave it off.
redstainedking: (Flipped upside down)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-22 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
Mm. [A soft sort of hum.

He's not the talkative type and it certainly shows, but he's been making efforts. Somewhat, even if his tone remains almost... Well, it isn't monotone, at least, just even.]


Never liked wasting food.
justpastdawn: (okay but how about murder though)

I am morally obligated to G also

[personal profile] justpastdawn 2017-03-18 03:48 am (UTC)(link)
You give them to me. Obviously.

[Kevin, ever so casually, slides his plate beneath Oswald's fork. Seriously, bro, why are you even bothering to put them on a different plate? Put them on his.

You know. Now that Kevin is here which he may or may not have been a few seconds ago. Probably he wasn't, because his piece of chocolate cake does not have any bites out of it yet.]
redstainedking: (I don't even know right now)

yes, good.

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-19 07:51 am (UTC)(link)
[... He's not even surprised anymore. The cherry is dropped rather promptly onto Kevin's plate, and without hesitation the place that he'd been dropping them on was turned over onto it as well. A small mountain of cherries.

At least they weren't going to waste, and Oswald could enjoy the other parts of the dessert without having to bite into another of those things.]


Obviously.
justpastdawn: (Comfort eater)

[personal profile] justpastdawn 2017-03-25 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Ooooooobviously.

[Kevin is very satisfied with his cherry mountain. Which is sitting on top of a raspberry mountain, his cake being a raspberry chocolate cake, because Kevin has no respect for much of anything.]

I'm surprised you dislike them so. Do they make things too sweet for you, with the sauce they come in?
redstainedking: (I don't know what you want)

[personal profile] redstainedking 2017-03-25 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
Less the sweetness and more the texture of them.

[Everything else he was going to eat without issue, this small mountain of ice-cream and whipped cream. They reminded him far too much of a certain fruitable and he wasn't going to have any of that nonsense today.

At least he wasn't going to have to worry about them going to waste thanks to Kevin.]


I'd rather have a regular, fresh cherry.