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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!
bloodisthelife: (The Human race will bleed)

Dracula | Dracula...

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-18 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Prompt C

Ah-- but the use of telepathy is quite an unusual concept, is it not? [Though you may not be able to see it, one could certainly hear the almost seductive smile that was playing on his lips.]

But also one that could be easily abused. Tell me, has any such person done so? [Not that the "good count" would ever do such a thing. In fact he felt as though he had to add, as an after-thought.]

Out of curiosity that is.

Prompt D - The irritated bystander

[Dracula, being the proper gentleman that he is, wasnt so inclined to join in on the festivities as everyone else. He snarled and gracefully moved about, dodging a random pie, then grabbing someone next to him to take the prompt of a hail of fruit and vegetables. He was not having any of it, and made that very clear with the anger and annoyance written on his face.]

Cease this at once! I shall not be made a fool of!

Prompt F-3

Ah-- how truly...terrorifying. [Though he didn't look spooked in the least, in fact he seemed almost amused by their guide's attempts at horror. His calm smile never wavered in the least, even at the mention of some of the more gruesome aspects of the stories being told. Really, just who did they think they were trying to scare?]

This place almost reminds me of a number of places in my homeland. [Almost, that is. But nothing could be as horrifying as his castle, and his wives therein.]

Prompt G

[Out for a night on the town? A stroll through the woods, or just socializing? Well congrats, you've just run into a handsome, sharply dressed man. A bit of a weirdo on the surface, but also still charming in his own right. He was not opposed to escorting you to a more well-lit and more populized area either, in fact he might insist on it if you were wandering around somewhere more scetchy.

Speaking strange and sketchy, were those bone-chilling howls you just heard that of wolves? Or does your mind just write it off as local dogs barking and howling. They all sound the same, right?]

Ah, [He chuckled.] Children of the night. What beautiful music they make.
sunflowering: Do not take (Don't you love happy endings?)


[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-19 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
[His insistence to escort her is quite sweet. Despite her tendency to lean toward a late night schedule, she's come across a number of individuals who felt it unsafe to allow a lady to walk about alone after sun down. She had told him she was quite all right on her own, but he insisted, and in the end she's never disliked company.

Canting her head, she listens to the animals off in the distance.]

You think it might be wolves? [Curiously, before a smile tilts her lips up.] I'm not sure if they'd be this close to the city, but wouldn't that be something? Wolves are adorable!
bloodisthelife: (The blood of a new creed)

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-19 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
Perhaps, but that is just my rambling. [Well how could he leave such a lovely, young lady to waltz around by herself at night? It really can get dangerous, and he in his old man ways, was inclined to at least escort her somewhere safer. Though there was...ah-- yes, he could feel it inside of her, a similar poisonous feeling like the one inside of him. Though it was admittedly different from his own.

It was a curiosity that he felt compelled to solve and know better. Though he would not outright say what he is.]

Though you have such wistful thinking you have, my dear. [He offers her a smile in return.] While many wolves would certainly stay away from most human dwellings, some craftier, and certainly hungrier, ones may attempt to get close.
sunflowering: (Wasn't that right? ....No?)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-19 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[She certainly contemplates that, glancing back toward the direction they heard the howling in to begin with.] You think that they might target humans? [Or does he mean livestock? Neither would be idle regardless. She hopes it doesn't come to that.]

People often hunt down the larger animals in this area. It would be a little sad if they became targets after being drawn this way due to hunger.
bloodisthelife: (The blood of a new creed)

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-19 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
If they hunger enough. I've seen the effects of hunger on both man and beast. The blood is the life, Miss Kuran. [He has a wistful look on his face, despite the obvious, dreadful implications behind those words. Then he offers her an apologetic smile.]

My apologies, I did not mean to say something so...er, horrific. Regardless it would be disappointing to see such magnificent creatures become the targets for hunters.
sunflowering: Do not take (See the truth from the lies)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-19 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah- it's fine. [She doesn't really find it horrific so much as sad. Still, she shakes her hands to indicate that she isn't upset or the like.]

Besides, we agree on the same thing. [The wolve's don't deserve to be hunted down.] A-Anyway, I wouldn't want to see them hunted regardless. They're still super cute like domestic dogs. [It'd be like someone hunting down Mochi.] So let's hope for the best.
bloodisthelife: (The blood is the life)

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-20 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
Indeed, let us hope for a good outcome for our canine companions in the woods.

[He really doesn't care about them, so long as they do what he says. Though Drac doesn't let that show. Instead he only inclines his head.] Though as, heh-- adorable as they might be, I would recommend against going near one. Even a pet dog can still bite.
sunflowering: (Time for your rabies shot)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-21 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Don't worry. I'm somewhat of an animal person.

[Or something. Does liking them count? The demon horse from hell back home aside...]

It would be a problem if they began entering the city though. I have a very small doggy at home, and I don't want her to be hurt.
bloodisthelife: (Children of the night)

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-21 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
[That gets him to laugh in amusement, lips curling up in mirth while doing his best to hide his rather sharp fangs. Yuki, stop being such an adorable smol; just liking them does not count.]

As am I, young lady, as am I! [Controlling them with his mind-powers probably doesn't count either....]

Ah-- but I'm certain she would be far more worried for the security of her beautiful master.
sunflowering: (And I shall call him squishy)

[personal profile] sunflowering 2017-03-26 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe! She's just a puppy. But I heard that dogs are quite loyal.

[It's charming, even if she would prefer to do the protecting.]

This is my first time owning a pet, so I hope I'm doing all right.
dhamp: (4:(don't tell me that it doesn't hurt))


[personal profile] dhamp 2017-03-20 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Oh but an escort was not needed, not for this blind old dhampir. He does love company though, it just makes a nice night stroll that much better.

He's pretty frivolous, though, and he clasps his hands together. ]

Don't they just! If it's werewolves, do you think they would allow themselves to be charmed? I would so love to make out with a werewolf at least once~
bloodisthelife: (Children of the night)

[personal profile] bloodisthelife 2017-03-21 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
Werewolves? [He chuckles, amused by the prospect.]

Even a man who is pure of heart,
and says his prayers by night.
May become a wolf
when the wolfbane blooms.
And the autumn moon is bright. [His laugh is slightly louder after reciting those words, even more amused than before.] What fanciful thinking you have.
dhamp: (8:she says 'horror vampire')

[personal profile] dhamp 2017-03-22 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Does pure of heart or not matter when hooking up? [ Maybe the sort of hooking up, maybe someone with a purer heart would need a couple dates first but that’s just nice too. ] Rather than fanciful I’m just curious. Are you not?