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Empatheias Mods ([personal profile] simpathis) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2015-08-18 03:20 pm
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TEST DRIVE: SEPTEMBER

— TEST DRIVE: SEPTEMBER —


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 Tuesday, August 25th and Applications open Tuesday, September 1st.

  • 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? The following emotions will have more effect than usual: fear, bravery, grief, joy, anger, and calm.

• 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.

• 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: (Taken from the Intro Log) Last month a giant tree overtook the clock tower in Merchant's Square, a place that's usually bustling with social activities and businesses. It still is, but this tree is more than just any normal tree.

  1. HELP! Unfortunately for you, you've landed somewhere atop the leafy branches of the tree. If you can't fly or climb down yourself, you might want to call for help, be it shouting at the top of your lungs or accidentally shouting at the top of your mental lungs for all to hear telepathically. Just be careful not to fall—maybe someone will catch you but would you really want to take those chances?

  2. Memory petal. Beautiful petals the size of one's palm continue to scatter about the city, most of them falling around the tower. These petals will start reflecting a memory of the individual closest to it. Memories are ranging from those that display one's greatest achievement to their greatest fears.

  3. In the tower. Did you happen to wake up inside the tower instead? Bet you weren't expecting it to be dark and dreary with rustling vines that move on their own. There are some hostile creatures, ranging from giant insects and snakes, but easy to fend off. It's even easier if you think happy thoughts. However, if you succumb to your fears, then things will worsen.

• Prompt E: The long awaited tournament has finally arrived, and you can be a part of it!

  1. In the Arena. Whether it was voluntarily or forced into it, you are now facing another Otherworlder to battle. Fortunately, it's not to the death. Unfortunately, how skilled either of you are is completely unknown. The biggest question of all is—can you even fight? But fear not, there's another secret weapon in your arsenal: your emotions. Whether it's striking fear into your opponent's heart with a bolt of courage, or making the ground break and crumble from the adrenaline, this battle will be unlike any have ever seen before!

  2. Sparring match. Maybe you're not quite cut out for an actual bout in the ring. But how about a spar instead? Or maybe you accidentally walked in on someone's practice and are now the target.

  3. Spectating. Shout louder! Let the stadium ring with your voice! Just try not to create too much excitement to actually cause the stadium to physically ring. Wouldn't want it to collapse on itself.

• Prompt F: The weather is a little hypersensitive at the moment, what with all the excitement in the air. Emotions are in full affect as people talk about the winners and losers of the matches. The results can be quite...interesting. For this in heated arguments, that is definitely a dangerous storm brewing around the area. Or maybe the air is getting so hot, things are starting to melt. Maybe it's the opposite—the air is ice cold and a blizzard might happen in the middle of summer! For those gossiping and squealing about their favorites, the sun seems to cast hotter and brighter rays upon them. The air just seems to be electrified! For those lamenting over losses, it just never stops wanting to rain.

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include something that looks a lot like a vuvuzela and/or mirrors.


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!
forgottenmagia: nanaroku | pixiv id 7463 (☸ YOU HAD ONE JOB)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
for Kokoro I guess bc who else is still reading the tdm now :V

d-3

[ But what if she doesn't want to squash the huge bugs and giant snakes.

Well, she tries to avoid killing them if she can, yay pacifism....but her attention is caught more by some of the flora inside of the tree, causing her to halt mid-step. ]


...I haven't taken many trips to the Forest of Magic, you know, but this distinctly reminds me of it.

[ poking a glowing mushroom ]
Edited 2015-09-06 21:30 (UTC)
nohproblem: (Cheerful mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think there are any trees this big in the Forest of Magic.

[ Don't mind Kokoro she's just... going on a field trip with mom... ]

Do you think we should defeat a monster or two while we're here?
forgottenmagia: carcharias | pixiv id 1006311 (☸ hypothesis)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, yes, but I meant more the environment. This seems like something Marisa-san might keep in her home.

[ the mushroom, that is

frowning, now ]


What are these monsters like, now?

[ anything that can be described as "monster-hunting" is not a subject to be discussed lightly with her, um ]
nohproblem: (Confusion mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know, I haven't seen any.

[ Squatting down to look at Byakuren's mushroom

Does Marisa's house have things like this in it? It must be hard to sleep if everything's glowing. ]


I heard a rumor that they're easier to overcome if you face them with a smile.
forgottenmagia: <user name="captainski" site="tumblr.com"> (☸ i burned the cake)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Then, I'd prefer to assess the situation as it comes.

[ ... ]

The monsters? [ tries...smiling....for the both of them, oh god it's awkward when she forces it ]
nohproblem: (Pathos mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Or maybe it's just facing them with joy in your heart. I don't know the details.

[ Refrains from trying to smile because we probably all know where that road leads

It is a dark place ]


If smiling is right, but showing a fearful face is wrong, then maybe I'll break even...
forgottenmagia: carcharias | pixiv id 1006311 (☸ ave maria)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[ That's why it was for the both of them but ALAS, IT SEEMS BYAKUREN IS WHERE MASKDAUGHTER INHERITED HER AWKWARD SMILE ATTEMPTS FROM

(shut up that's definitely how adoption works) ]


Is that so? I don't think it will be that difficult, then. You can leave it to me.

[ please don't smile ]
nohproblem: (I'm doing stuff probably)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Very well. Next time a monster appears, I shall watch as you defeat it without mercy!

[Kokoro

Listen

That probably isn't how Buddhism works]
forgottenmagia: carcharias | pixiv id 1006311 (☸ i hate my friends)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
...no, we're going to give it a chance, first. To see if it can speak, or if it simply attacks without mercy of its own, that sort of thing.

[ why.jpg ]
nohproblem: (Confusion mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Is that something that fearsome giant snakes do very often?

[ Kokoro you are arguably a monster show a little respect ]
forgottenmagia: kingin | pixiv id 334734 (☸ nnnnnnno thanks)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I want to avoid needless killing, is all.

[ DON'T SASS HER, MISSY ]
nohproblem: (Why even bother asking first)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
This is... the Noble Eightfold Path, or something like that?

tbh she wasn't listening for a lot of those sermons ]
Edited 2015-09-06 23:35 (UTC)
forgottenmagia: carcharias | pixiv id 1006311 (☸ and all my bones began to shake)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[ GIVING HER THE FLATTEST LOOK POSSIBLE kokoro come on ]

It's basic decent morals, regardless of one's religion.

[ ... ]

But yes, it's also a part of that. "And what is right action? Abstaining from taking life, abstaining from stealing, abstaining from unchastity.." Magga-vibhanga Sutta.
nohproblem: (I'm doing stuff probably)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-06 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
But isn't it also natural for youkai to attack humans? How can I practice that and still remain a youkai?

[ TIME FOR THE TOUGH QUESTIONS MAYBE ]
forgottenmagia: (☸ then they talk about apple pie)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-06 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[ NOT WHILE WE'RE IN THE DANGEROUS MAGICAL TREE, GOD

Byakuren stops poking at the mushroom, and rises to her feet. ]


That's something I've wondered for a very long time. [ How else are you supposed to say "train them to accept their eventual death, because terrorizing humans isn't something we can keep doing"? ] It's an unpleasant circle, I think, so there's no easy answer.
Edited 2015-09-06 23:59 (UTC)
nohproblem: (Why even bother asking first)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-07 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
In the same way, isn't it a giant snake's nature to eat anything smaller than itself?
forgottenmagia: <user name="captainski" site="tumblr.com"> (☸ dimwit buttkisser sidekick)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-07 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
[ dear lord you get straight to the point, don't you kid ]

Snakes without intelligence are only animals. [ you know, disregarding any snake youkai, snake gods, or other snake-like apparitions ] We aren't animals.
nohproblem: (Cheerful mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-07 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Okay.

[ listen, Kokoro mainly figures Byakuren is smarter than her, so there's probably some sense to all this weirdness. ]

When we see a monster, I will sit back and watch you reach a mutual understanding with it without mercy! How's that?

[ was that a joke or ]
forgottenmagia: mayoln | pixiv id 795608 (☸ reaching)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-07 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
[ Whether it was or wasn't, it makes Byakuren laugh. Really hard. She has to stop and brace herself against a vine, even. ]

Oh, good heavens. Well, that's a better op--

[ The vine retracts, cuing a very messy tumble over. ]
nohproblem: (Shocked Mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-07 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
[DON'T LAUGH AT BUDDHAJESUSMOM DON'T LAUGH DON'Toh wait I can't laugh properly anyway so that's easy.]

Be careful! Even if a vine looks like it can hold your weight, it might not!
forgottenmagia: nanaroku | pixiv id 7463 (☸ sway like skeletons)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-07 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ Shaking her head and looking at the empty spot on the wall in surprise. ]

No, no, it...shrunk back.
nohproblem: (Confusion mask)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-07 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
[ . . . ? ]

Maybe it was some kind of vine youkai?
forgottenmagia: <user name="captainski" site="tumblr.com"> (☸ even LESS money)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-07 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
I've never heard of such a thing, but...

[ squinting at the empty space ]

Didn't you say 'facing them with joy in your heart' helps?
nohproblem: (I'm doing stuff probably)

[personal profile] nohproblem 2015-09-07 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
I did... is that what just happened?
forgottenmagia: (☸ rhythm)

[personal profile] forgottenmagia 2015-09-07 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
Perhaps. But I didn't expect it so be so...noticeable.

[ toeing the spot to see if the vines come back....nope ]

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