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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!
mansplains: (With an iPod Touch's case)

pretty fly(nn) for a white guy cecil | tales of the abyss

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-18 07:26 am (UTC)(link)
Taskboard -> Tea Party;
[Well, Guy needs money. The question is: how desperate is he?]

[Evidently, pretty desperate, if he's crossdressing to sneak into a woman's tea party. He's done a lot of crazy things in his life. Pretending to be a woman wasn't one of them. But he really needs this cash--- and evidently, has little dignity to part with. Or little shame. Or both.]

[Now, he's a pretty tall guy with a decent amount of muscle, and his features aren't exactly feminine. That, and his aversion to women means all his experience is from observation, in this case, it definitely isn't enough to save him. Here is now: hunched over to try to look dainty, wearing a very unflattering dress, and face caked in make up. Like, seriously caked. It's too much.]

[Now-- either you're catching him in the process of dolling himself up-- in which case he'll give you a very strained smile and mutter:]
Don't ask.

[Or: you're also going to this shindig. As either a fellow crossdresser (if a guy) or a regular guest now probably scarred for life (if a girl). "Gal" keeps "her" distance from the women in the actual party, hiding that horrible splotchy face with "her" sleeve.]

[That is, until an actual woman gets a little too close and "she" gives out a very unladylike scream]


Aaauuugh! [Followed by a cough an attempt to put on a falsetto:] Oh... dear me! I apologize for the outburst.

[He's doing great]
D -> Food Fight;
[Now, Guy wasn't involved in the fight. He didn't so much as throw a meatball. But as a career manservant/nanny, he's used to cleaning up other people's messes. He takes up a broom and a dustpan with minimal complaints and a shrug, progressing at a very efficient pace.]

[Now, either you've been dragged into the clean up effort like him, in which case he offers you a friendly wave and a quick (but ominous) warning--]


I wouldn't step there. It's not all food stains.

[Or: you're not so cooperative, and the fuzz is looking to drag you away and fine you. In which case, Guy will speak up, despite the fact that he's a complete stranger]

--It's alright! This is a friend of mine. We were just about to start cleaning up.

[And hopefully that will be enough]
F -> Memory Tree;
[Guy's only barely paying attention to the tour. There's no fontech involved, so it's nothing to geek out over]

[Still, fake stories or not, it's a pretty impressive tree, so while the tour guides are spinning impressive tales (timshot), he leans back on the wood (which he shouldn't be doing!) and crosses his arms lazily. If anything, he'd like to climb from the outside and explore, but every single time he tries to sneak off he gets caught]

[So, he strikes up conversation (for the moment), instead, nodding over to you]


So. What kind of memories do you think are in this tree?
Wildcard;
[Hit me with anything! Or leave me a blank comment if you want another prompt.]
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artoriuuus: (what the heck)

Tea Party; not the man I play here but omg Guy (also will avoid spoilers unless you're OK with them)

[personal profile] artoriuuus 2017-03-18 08:30 am (UTC)(link)
[Velvet isn't the tea party type of gal, but when she does, she cleans up pretty nicely, wearing a dress and a hairstyle appropriate for the occasion.

As for why she's here when she isn't the kind of person to be found in such an occasion under normal circumstances, let's just say someone by the name of Magilou put her up to it, along with the promise of information.

She's more or less bored out of her mind, not really minding where she's going when Guy's unladylike scream breaks through her thoughts when she gets a little too close. Raising a dubious brow at the decidedly unfeminine figure before her, she folds her arms and asks:]


...What are you doing here?
mansplains: (I knoow the road looks tough ahead)

I haven't played yet (i'm the slowest in the wooorld) so that would be awesome, ty!!

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-18 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[As nice as Velvet looks (and gynophobic as he is, he can still appreciate looking at beautiful women), having her so close makes "Gal" break out in a cold sweat, wilting and edging farther away in "her" seat]

Oh! [No falsetto can truly hide the Johnny Yong Bosch, but "she" tries] Excuse me! I'm new here and I was graciously invited to this beautiful party.... I seem to be a little flustered!

[For a guy who spends so much time around women, you'd think he'd be a little better at impersonations]
artoriuuus: (can't be helped)

lmao that's OK, and got it!

[personal profile] artoriuuus 2017-03-18 06:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[Nope, if a while ago, she wasn't sure, this time, she definitely is certain about "Gal" actually being a "Guy". Not that she knows his name, but the comparison in her mind works.]

"Flustered"? Sounds more like you've got a bigger problem on your hands.

[She isn't buying the falsetto, by any means. Sorry, Guy.]
mansplains: (Can't you just leave us alone?!)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-19 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
[He really is conveniently named for this exercise]

--Please don't get so close to me!

["Her" voice cracks with that, ready to swoon. At this point, people are starting to look over, so Gal clears her throat and attempts (fails) to save face]

You're right! I seem to be falling ill. [There's a noise that's supposed to be an embarrassed giggle... presumably.] I think I need some air.
artoriuuus: (what the heck)

[personal profile] artoriuuus 2017-03-19 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
["Don't get so close"?

Velvet narrows her eyes at him. What's this guy's business? Is it because he didn't want to get found out despite his paper thin disguise?

Still, she can't really ignore him, faked illness or not. This person was extremely suspicious and it seems that she might come across some information by keeping an eye on him.]


That sounds like a good idea. [She nods.] I'll accompany you.

[For what it's worth, she will oblige Guy's request and will keep her distance as they move along, whether he likes the tagalong or not.]
mansplains: (Not to be called the blacks)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-23 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
That's very kind of you! But I'd prefer to be alone!

[Not. Even though she's respecting his space, (thanks for that, Velvet!!) he walks (or rather stumbles, because he's wearing heels...) a little faster, trying to ditch her. Naturally, it doesn't work, 1) because he's in heels, 2) because there's nowhere to really run...]

[Once he gets to the balcony he breathes a sigh of relief-- then corrects it to a girly sigh of relief---]

[Is "Gal" going to be straight with her, now that they're alone?]


I appreciate your concern, miss, but-- please stop following me! I'm afraid the other ladies are going to get the wrong idea.

[Nah.]
artoriuuus: (watch it)

[personal profile] artoriuuus 2017-03-24 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
[A gut feel tells her there's something up with this guy, and it's through this interaction most dubious that she's finally realizes what kind of information Magilou mysteriously wanted her to keep an eye out for.

...Blackmail, huh.

Which is why she persists on following him--easily enough as predicted--and brings something up once they're at the balcony and presumably out of earshot:]


I don't know about getting the "wrong" idea and I also don't like repeating myself, but I'll ask again--

[She shoots him a glare, along with it an unspoken implication that if Guy's answer proved to be less than satisfactory, something unpleasant will be in his future.]

--what's a guy like you doing in this party?

[The first reason that came to her is the possibility of skeeving on the ladies, but given how this person has been acting at the slightest bit of contact, she has her reservations.]

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haillenarte: (54)

tea party (i'm sorry)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 02:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[francel is also crossdressing, in a long wig and a dress that pairs well with his girlish face — and somewhat exasperated, too. on the one hand, it's a little flattering that guy might mistake him for an actual woman... on the other, they did go into this party together, and is he really so unmemorable?]

Guy, please! 'Tis I, Francel.

[he answers in a distinctly masculine mutter, so that there can't possibly be any further misunderstandings.]

You look unwell. Perhaps we might slip out and get you a breath of fresh air.
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mansplains: (Str8 white man)

don't be i'm the one who wrote this nonsense

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-18 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[What can he say, Francel's disguise is just too good. (Or there are enough women here to put him on edge, regardless of who his crossdressing partner in crime is....)]

P-Perhaps that would be best....

[Now that he realizes that this is not in fact a woman, he's willing to lean on Francel a little to play up the theatrics. Anything to get a rest.]

Would you walk me outside, Fran-- Francia?
haillenarte: (51)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Francelle.

[apparently he decided on his girl name and is sticking to it.

guy's aversion to women is certainly something, but it's nice to know that francel is not so convincing that the man will run screaming from him. he supports guy by the shoulder as they walk (in a distinctly masculine fashion, oops) to the nearest balcony.]


I don't believe I caught your name? [he means guy's... female alias, of course...]
mansplains: (Everyone thinks that I've got it easy)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-19 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
Oh-- excuse me. [Away from the actual women, Guy can relax a little, and even drops his terrible falsetto once they're at the balcony.]

[Happy to help, Francel, happy to help.]


-- Just call me Gal. [Hilarious!!!] Thanks for that, by the way.
jeido: (skit - smile)

D

[personal profile] jeido 2017-03-19 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
[In this case, Jade is merely an innocent passerby. Or so he swears, despite having secretly partaken in the food fight one way or another.]

Oh? What might it be?
mansplains: (Str8 white man)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-23 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
[Yeah, Guy isn't fooled. Sorry, Jade, he knows you too well.]

Actually, I take it back. Feel free to step in it, Jade.

[He's going to regret this shortly, isn't he]
jeido: (smile - can be a million things tbh)

[personal profile] jeido 2017-03-24 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
[That would be an understatement, unfortunately.]

Not going to be a gentleman today, Guy?

[He claps a hand on Guy's shoulder, keeping up the smirk despite the other's change in tune.]

Lead the way for a frail old man like me, please?

[And of course, despite his sickeningly sweet words, his grip on Guy's shoulder certainly is firmer than most of the aforementioned aging folk, though Guy could probably slip out of it if he dared try. The keywords being "dare" and "try".]
mansplains: (Can't you just leave us alone?!)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-30 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
Why always me... [look]

[he's not afraid of Jade, he's not---- okay, who are we kidding, even in metatext this will never fly. He gives up immediately ; it's not like he isn't used to being pushed around or being the butt of a joke at the hands of Jade, anyway]


Are you sure you don't want to just sit down? An old man like you, you might break a hip.

[he says, in the driest of tones.... but starts to lead Jade regardless]

Where to?
heartofalioness: (Um what?)

D

[personal profile] heartofalioness 2017-03-19 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[Allura's one of the cooperative ones; fun as the food fight was, it's only fair that they help clean up and pay for the goods used as ammunition.

She's also very obviously female, so sorry about that, Guy.]


Dare I ask? It's not blood, is it, did anyone get injured?
mansplains: (I knoow the road looks tough ahead)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-23 05:47 am (UTC)(link)
Auuugh!

[Yeah, sorry, Allura, he's taking a big jump back]

Er--- not exactly. Trust me, you're better off not knowing.
heartofalioness: (Save Me)

[personal profile] heartofalioness 2017-03-23 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
I'll... take your word for it? Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.
mansplains: (No!)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-23 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
[Once he's a few feet back he recovers from his onset of cooties, and it's time to turn the charm back on]

No need to apologize! I'm just glad I could prevent you from, an, ah, unfortunate accident.

Things got pretty wild around here.
heartofalioness: (Calm Smile)

[personal profile] heartofalioness 2017-03-23 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
[That certainly gets a smile out of her.]

That they did; it's been a while since I've been a good food fight, and never one on such a large scale!
mansplains: (I've got no one to talk to)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-23 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
The clean up's a huge pain, but it's kind of impressive, isn't it? It's like everyone had the same idea at the same time. It was an outright food war, not just a fight.

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jamminshield: (twiddling thumbs)

A

[personal profile] jamminshield 2017-03-25 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
[Another apparent girl hurries over to give Gal some back up. Steven has somehow managed to get his hair into pigtails (possibly through shapeshifting...) and is wearing a cute dress. He steps between Gal and the other woman, quick to provide an explanation.]

I think what she meant to say was "Aaauuugh! Girl, where did you get those pumps?!" [He grins brightly.] They're super cute, and my friend's just really really shy about asking about it!
mansplains: (Can't you just leave us alone?!)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-30 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
[Thank you for this valiant rescue, Stevanie... Guy appreciates it and takes the opportunity to hide behind this literal child to protect his dignity]

[And breathe]


T-That's exactly right! This whole party has been a little overwhelming for me, ehehe... I apologize for my rudeness.
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jamminshield: (um okay)

[personal profile] jamminshield 2017-03-30 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
See? She apologizes and everything! [He nods quickly to back up the Gal.]

She's not used to crowds. She... lived in a tower for most of her life! [It's the first story that came to mind.]