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Empatheias Events ([personal profile] empevents) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2017-03-17 08:48 pm
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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!
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.

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.]
mansplains: (Everyone thinks that I've got it easy)

[personal profile] mansplains 2017-03-30 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
[B u s t e d.]

[Now that they're out of earshot -- and this woman clearly has him figured out -- there's no need to keep up the pretense.]

You don't let up, do you.

[That pathetic excuse for a falsetto drops and he goes back to his Johnny Yong Boschness]

I'm here for information. Same as you, right?

[It's a guess, but he's pretty confident in it. After all, she stuck out, and was quite inquisitive. He must have seemed suspicious in his Perfectly Legit Disguise]
artoriuuus: (can't be helped)

[personal profile] artoriuuus 2017-03-30 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't be where I am right now if I did.

[Insofar as her goal and progress towards it goes. Even if it didn't take rocket science to figure out Guy's "disguise".

For what it's worth, she isn't that surprised Guy has managed to figure her out as well. Blubbering as he was as a woman, she did consider the possibility that it might've been an act all along.]

And yeah, someone told me I might come across that over here.

[As with Guy, she didn't see a reason to keep up the pretense of being a regular guest around here. A more direct approach always worked for her best, after all.]

So, what's your true deal here?