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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!


• 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!
laodicean: (Paper Rock)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-18 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
I did think it would be scarier. I mean, the first one or two that jumped out kind of scared me, but. You were right, Velvet. We've figured worse than this back home together.

[Still, it's fun all the same. And a new experience to learn and grow from, which was the whole point of Laphicet coming here. So he doesn't really seem to mind if it isn't as scary as he anticipated it might be.]

I guess. It's hard to know who sees or hears me. But I'm getting more used to it.
oligomania: (no longer will this fight prolong)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-18 11:01 am (UTC)(link)
It's probably enough for the people living here. Maybe even for some from other worlds. [But they've got daemons roaming around outside villages and towns, not to mention what happens inside those supposedly safe places.]

Even if they can't see or hear you, you can still talk to them through the amulets. [It's better than how things were at home before the second Scarlet Night. There wasn't a way to communicate with malak if one didn't have resonance.]
laodicean: (Triple Gale)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-18 12:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. I guess if they weren't used to daemons and other things, like we are, this probably seems pretty scary.

[He's still adjusting to trying to consider things elsewhere, what it must be like in these other worlds so many others here come from. Without so much of what he learned or took for granted back home.]

That's true. If I sort of think through it. I'm not as sure on the images, since not everyone can hear me, but if it's sort of like writing that isn't so bad.

[It's just an adjustment, for him, given his timeframe of being a malak and all.]
oligomania: (no longer will this hate divide)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-18 09:00 pm (UTC)(link)
They seem to have their fair share of monsters so maybe it's the thrill of being scared while knowing it isn't going to harm them that allow them to see it as a form of entertainment.

[Things are different here but they'll find a way to adjust. They'll find a way to continue doing what they want even if they don't have the means they would have back home. Laphicet could still explore the world but it will just be differently.

She gives him a small smile, the ash falling around them is swept away by a warm wind until it leaves a clear sky above them.]

You're smart, Phi, you'll find a way to communicate what you want even to those who can't.

[Let's all be grateful that Velvet is a daemon because as a human she couldn't see or hear malakhim.]
laodicean: (The World)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-19 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Like a safe sort of being scared? I guess that's better then actually being scared because you're in danger. I hadn't thought of it as entertainment like Magilou's performances or something though.

[There's a lot he's still learning. So he isn't surprised there's different opinions or situations he hadn't come across yet. It's a work in progress.]

There's the amulets at least. That's enough for now. It's better than not being able to talk to them at all.
oligomania: (a revolution lies inside)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-19 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
Exactly. I'm not sure why people want to feel that way but apparently they do. [There were enough real horrors and danger that Velvet wasn't looking to experience it as entertainment too.] Some people never experience a lot of real fear so they might consider something like this frightening and like it.

[They didn't really know a whole lot of people like that. Most of them were far too willing to face death that they don't go out seeking it in a performance. This world apparently had different sorts.]

How many people have you met so far that have been able to see you? Outside of us and other malaks.
laodicean: (The gate)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-19 08:24 am (UTC)(link)
How many people? Hm....there have been a few! One girl thought I was a ghost because she heard me through the amulet but couldn't see me though.

[He tried to explain and reassure her, which worked eventually, but. Well. It's sure been an experience in learning not everyone could see and hear him. Adjusting to that and figuring who could and couldn't see him.]
oligomania: (and I'll stand)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-21 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
Hm. You'd probably do this job better than I would. [It is supposed to be about ghosts, after all. Velvet is definitely not ghost-like. More like the monster nipping at their heels.

She looks down the alley that all of the visitors are supposed to head down from this point.]

Are you going to keep going? There's still more to see after you get to this spot. A house and warehouse that finish up the tour.
laodicean: (The brilliant capital)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-21 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
Hm. But some people would still see me, so it might not work as well? I could try though, if there's something like this again another time. But you're right, there's still more. And I don't want to keep you if other people might be coming and you need to scare them.

[Velvet would be fine. She could handle this, even if someone might freak out and try attack her in their fear or something. He knows that. Knows he should let her get on with it.]
oligomania: (a revolution lies inside)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-21 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
You'd still be able to scare those who can't. [It isn't as if Velvet is scaring everyone who passes through tonight. But it's fine if he doesn't.

She puts a hand on her hip and looks down at him.]

Do you want me to come with you? [Laphicet probably won't get scared and even if he does, might be embarrassed if she comes along. He had told her that he didn't like being treated like a little kid and then said that he didn't like being called "Phi" so maybe he won't. But he also seems reluctant to leave. Might have something to do with the fact that he's been here without her for a month or just because Laphicet seems to enjoy being around her.]
laodicean: (Of vengeance)

[personal profile] laodicean 2017-03-21 07:03 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, maybe.

[He hadn't exactly considered the idea of taking up the role of pretending to be a ghost. Though he does want to be able to help out and pull his weight somehow even while here. He just needs to find something.]

But don't you have to stay here and scare people?

[Not that he's scared. He might have been the first time or two that someone jumped out suddenly, but. Laphicet is used to worse. Even if he just seems perhaps a little more clingy after the separation, and actually enjoys spending time with Velvet especially.]