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TEST DRIVE: MAY

— TEST DRIVE: MAY —


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 Monday, April 24th and Applications (Canon | OC) open a week later on May 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: Elios’ land was a great place to hold this year’s festival, but it’s always best to leave a place as you found it. This is especially important for the surface, as there’s a lot of work put into trying to heal the different domains that span the land down below Verens. Anyone who volunteers for cleaning duty is getting paid, and vouchers to several of the cafes up in Verens as a reward! For anyone not interested in cleaning but interested in a new closing ceremony of sorts, they can instead attend a fireside dance that will be held for the next few nights at the site of the festival once things are tidied up.
  1. Cleanup Ordeals. Not too much mess was left around luckily as most people who helped organize the Festival understand the importance of cleaning up the mess you make, but it looks like the tent areas have a lot left to clean up and take down. Removing flowers and string lights, packing up fabric and blankets, and generally picking up trash here and there left by festival goers is the main job. It’s a big job, and the festival organizers encourage anyone with special skills or dunamis practice to use whatever they have at their disposal to speed things along.
  2. Fireside Dance.It’s a small, simple gathering done once the sun has gone down and the sky is dark. The fire is stoked hot, surrounded by worn black stones painted with Elios’ symbol in red and orange tones of paint. The dance is a quick one, requiring two circles, an inner and outer one. Partners on the outer circle travel the inner circle and wind up dancing with each person in turn. Luckily it’s pretty quick to learn and everyone spirits run warm to match flushed cheeks. At the end, each participant is asked to throw a small twig into the fire and express a moment of love or hate, in the pursuit of balance.

• Prompt E: During the festival this month there was a curious prize at one of the game booths. Some of the Elios plushes from the bobbing for ducks booth seem to not have been plushies at all! After a few days of having one in your possession, The plush will engulf in non spreading flames and burn completely out, revealing one small egg, white or black. Depending on your mood the past few days, the egg will either hatch a leathery or feathery winged creature. Hopefully you’ve been in a good mood! Luckily, the creatures are only around long enough to perform their duty before winking out of existence again.
  1. Bad Egg. Negative emotions have lead to a sour and dark winged creature who is up to mischief. They will not listen to their “owner” and instead are quite often out to make things difficult for them. 3 misfortunes or specific instances of bad luck will happen over three days to their possessor while they run amok. A claw shaped trinket is left behind as a reminder to try and enjoy life and not get caught up in bad moods.
  2. Good Egg. Positive emotions will lead to a happy, bright and angelic feather winged creature. They’re mischievous as well, but often in gentler ways, and sometimes try to play cupid for their owner. These playful creatures will grant 3 small wishes over three days for their owner, such as desires for better weather, tastier food or small trinkets. No wishing for a million sylvs here! Once it poofs out of existence in a puff of glitter it leaves behind a small pearl as a reminder to value the things they have and experiences they get that make live worth living.

• Prompt F: A small ring of Circus performers from Thesthai have traveled up to Verens and set up a tent out near lake Niras. It’s a small Circus performance, a prelude to something that might be bigger in the future. All performances are done by the Circus members themselves, from acrobatics and magic tricks, to displays of fearless daredevilry with the help of Verens steam-punk inspired vehicles. Overall it seems to be garnering a lot of attention, causing a several day repeat showing of the activities. Performancy plays a central role in some setups, and they seem to be the most popular...
  1. Animal Experience.Enjoy the animal menagerie, all sorts of creatures are here. They’re all well taken care of, and seem to enjoy the food and pettings they’re getting from the attendees. Happy animals make for happy animal loving customers afterall! There IS one catch.. mischevious circus performers will cast performancy on those who aren't paying enough attention to their surroundings, and circus goers in the menagerie area may find something new if they look in a mirror. Animal ears and tails and a host of other features! Don’t worry. It’s temporary and all in good fun.
  2. Carnival Games. Carnival type games have been set up outside the main tent, including a lot of familiar games that may have been seen during the Zephyras Flower Festival. Ring Toss, water laser races, darts, and the good old fashioned strong arm competition are all part of the setup. The prizes here range from simple small toys to bigger 4 foot tall plushies. Careful though, some of these setups might actually be rigged. The house has to have an advantage, in the end. Where would they make their money?

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include geese and/or potatoes.


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!
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[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2017-04-19 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
There are some schools but, nothing publically owned. They tend to lean towards masters teaching apprentices their trades instead. It's effective for their society's slow recovery from the calamity.
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[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-21 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
[That's some relief! Kiyotaka must've just asked the wrong sort of question to the citizens here.]

So the main education system here is based on apprenticeships! Archaic, but tradition shouldn't be looked down upon! [It's definitely not as ideal as having a regular high school, but it's apparent that he is ignorant of this world and the obvious tribulations that it's been through. This is something that he needs to remedy right away!]

What is this calamity you speak of...? [Perhaps he should've went to the library before starting to talk to the voices in his head.]
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[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2017-04-21 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
The calamity was a planet wide war. You have heard emotions take physical shape here, yes? They learned how to pull on the energy responsible and converted it into tools of war.

That energy is also the life blood of all things. It tipped the balance.
[He keeps his memories of what Peromei showed him so long ago locked up in his head. No need to scare a newcomer.]
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[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-22 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
I have heard of that! I almost didn't believe it, but seeing the effects myself... it's impossible to refute the natural laws that exist here!

[Definitely strange... and honestly it's going to take a bit to get used to! But he's confident that he can adapt, he just needs to study hard and make sure no one is hurt by any of his emotions!]

So, the people weaponized emotions to cause a global war. A calamity that everyone's still experiencing to this day... [That's truly an awful thing. But if he reads up more on the situation, maybe he can help in some way? There's no public high school, but he can still do something, right?]

And by tipping the balance, do you mean that people were only feeling negative things?
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[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2017-04-23 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Not the people, the land. It started draining the land of the energy that gives it life.

[It's relieving to hear someone willing to adapt to the problems and hurdles facing them in this world. The problems aren't as dire now, but all the same.]

There are spirits that are the living embodiment of the lands they protect. They can't decide what they feel! Only we the ones tied to them can influence them. The war...corrupted them. The world was dying and they acted for the sake of survival. Thus the calamity begin.

This world has a consciousness, and it fell into a coma from all the energy taken from it. The spirits acted, and begin to slaughter their own. But one, sacrificed her life to save humanity. That Arehtei is called Simpathis. What do you think she did to ensure the future survived?
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[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-25 06:01 am (UTC)(link)
[Ishimaru intently listens to Nagito's explanation, taking in every word. The more he hears, the stranger it sounds, but it's better for him to learn about this now than later.]

Simpathis... gave up her energy, am I correct?

[He thought about the question for a while, turning the words over in his mind. That seems to be the right answer, but he's not fully sure for once.]
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[personal profile] eyeswideopen 2017-04-28 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I believe so.

What we do know is she sacrificed her life to ensure this island was safe.


[It is the right answer, and he's clearly pleased that the answer was reached so fast. Komaeda turns over the rest of the tale in his head and considers how to word it.]

Thras and Diamonia, protected their cities of their people. This was unknown at the time and until recent years. Why do you think they were not as corrupted as the rest? I'll give you a hint.

Thras is the aspect of courage and fear. Diamonia the aspect of joy and grief.
Edited 2017-04-28 16:26 (UTC)
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[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-29 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ah, this is like a pop quiz! Clearly, he has much to learn, but he's thankful that this person is suddenly testing him like this! It just goes to show that no one can stop learning!]

Those four emotions were still common despite the calamity? Yes, of course, they were still balanced!