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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 Monday, July 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open Sunday, August 1st.

  • OC Reminder! Just a quick reminder that original characters are currently 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: EVENT SPECIAL. Feel free to check out Light of Helisium beach party and use the prompts from there! It ranges from standard fare beach fun to the major highlight of the year: Verenthian Warrior. It's like the extreme Ninja Warrior obstacle course but with a twist. There are also giant crabs that may or may not be set loose. Alternatively, maybe you'd prefer the masquerade side of things. A chance to pretend to be someone you're not and perhaps find romance.

• Prompt E: IT'S A BUNNY INVASION! Driven out by the gophers that have swarmed the fields, the bunnies have turned toward the city for food. And as luck would have it, many of the farmers are also transporting their crop to the city storehouses for safekeeping due to aforementioned gopher problem. One of the wagons carrying large crates full of carrots and lettuce has turned over, and those bunnies are just swarming all over the place. Oh, but you can't kill them. The Wildlife Society is encouraging more humane methods. They are: crates made out of cushions, pillow traps, carrot costumes to act as bait, and a special ocarina that is said to help attract the rabbits. The ocarina may or may not help depending on the tune played and may actually make them angrier.

• Prompt F: There's a new popular game in town where two people work together to get through a specially designed maze. One person goes through the maze while the other is standing on a platform above, using telepathy to give directions. The catch? The maze is completely dark and the one going through it only has floating ball of light to help illuminate their path. The one giving directions has a clear view at least, so it's up to them to get their partner out. What makes the maze "fun" is that there are various "traps" and obstacles in the maze. Nice partners will help their friend avoid them. The trolls, however... Well if they'd like to see their partner get splashed with paint, hit with pillows, or have random costumed "creatures" pop out to scare the crap out of them, that's an option, too.

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include fake explosives and/or jars of hot wax.

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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Shion | No.6

[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-18 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[ C ]

[Shion is intrigued with the idea that the amulets are used to communicate. What an intelligent creation. The amulet itself doesn’t seem that technologically advanced but it would still serve the same purpose.]

Hello, my name is Shion. Testing… one, two, three? Can anyone hear me?

[ D ]

[The beach is gorgeous. Shion is sitting near the shore building a little sand castle. It was so nice to get some fresh air and enjoy the warm weather. Near him a little cream colored mouse scampers into the sand castle he’s built. He smiles at it.

It still feels so strange being in Verens, and even more so at a festival. This place reminded him of home sometimes and he wasn’t sure how he felt about that. If a certain someone was here with him...who knows how suspicious they’d be of Verens.

Water laps at his castle and one of the towers collapses. Shion sighs softly, lost in thought.]

[ E ]

[He likes animals. So the bunnies don’t bother him in the least! They’re actually very cute! On his shoulder a tiny cream colored mouse sits and squeaks up in his ear. To anyone with him the mouse looks like an ordinary field mouse, but to Shion it was a genetically engineered mouse with the ability to act as a computer.]

Hamlet counts sixty-four in the general area… How we’ll get them all back in the crate… I have no idea? Let’s try the ocarina?

[ wildcard me! ]
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stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (lllllllladiez; and dudes whatever)


[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-19 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oh no it's adorable. The mouse, not the dude, okay, Lance isn't that much of a flirt.

...yes he is, who is he kidding.
] Sooooooo. Hamlet, huh?

[Excellent, best opening line ever.</small]
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-19 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shion raises an eyebrow, not understanding the flirty tone of voice. Or not picking up on it.]

Yes, this is Hamlet, he's very helpful.

[He smiles. The little mouse runs down his arm and sits in Shion's now outstretched hand.]
stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (what is a doki)

[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-19 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[Eh, Lance has dealt with less enthusiastic responses, it's all cool. Besides, before he can flirt further, omg tiny mouse.]

Awwww, he's so tiny!
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-19 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shion giggles and lets Hamlet do a little hop on his hand. He was a very dramatic little mouse.]

I'm glad you like him. Do you want to hold him?
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-19 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
...Well as long as you don't try to steal him or something...?

[Shion tilts his head, regarding him carefully.]
stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (charming shounen protag)

[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-19 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
[Lance shakes his head, quickly.] No way, dude, I'd never! Even if he is super cute and tiny and I love him and want to knit him a tiny pair of mittens.

[Holding out his cupped hands now, hopefully.]
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
[Shion stares and then laughs gently.]

Well alright then.

[He holds up his hand to Lance's cupped ones and Hamlet scampers over and sits, looking up at Lance with bright beady red eyes.]
stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (bweh)

[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-20 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
[Lance pretty much melts into a gooey pile of Paladin. He keeps his hands very still and doesn't move around too much, but he gives Shion a look of the utmost wonder and joy, eyes wide and -- are those tears? They are definitely tears.]

He's...so tiny....

[Uh-oh, Lance's mood-driven soundtrack is starting up, there we go.]
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
[...Was that music he was hearing...?]

Ahh, why are you crying? He's- uh- Yes he's very tiny...?

[Shion was so confused, was Hamlet effecting him that much?]

Are you okay?

[Hamlet squeaks and stretches.]
stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (bweh)

welcome to lance, the human disaster

[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-20 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
[Yes, that was definitely music and it's getting louder as Lance watches Hamlet squeak and stretch and be tiny and cute and perfect in his palms. His eyes are definitely watery when he looks up, beaming in pure joy.]

It's...been a while since I saw...Earth mice.
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)

[Shion really didn't know what to do with this guy, standing here crying with Hamlet in his hands and strange music blasting from... somewhere.

So he just shifts uncomfortably.]

You can use him when you need to I suppose...? As long as he comes back to me.
stick_u_in_a_wormhole: (meh boring)

[personal profile] stick_u_in_a_wormhole 2016-07-20 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[Okay, okay, Lance is taking a deep breath and the weird music is slowly dying down. No crying, gotta man up, gotta be cool, don't freak out the cute mouse or the cute mouse's owner.]

Nah, I'm fine, I'm cool, I just...I just got here and...stuff's weird. This place is really super weird.

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[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-19 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[Maya isn’t very far away, building her own sandcastle, just a little further from the water than Shion. When she hears the waves coast up onto the shore, she glances up from her own concentration and watches as one of his towers falls in on itself, crumbling into a pile of sand. She gets up and strides over to him, brushing some of the gritty sand off of her legs on her way.]

You shouldn’t build so close to the water! [She says so pointedly once she reaches him. Maya kneels down on the other side of the sandcastle and pokes at the newly formed mound of wet sand.]
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-19 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)
O-oh! I'm sorry!

[Shion was pulled from his thoughts quickly when the girl joins him and he carefully tries to fix his muddled castle.]

I wasn't paying attention, I thought this would be a nice spot...

[Hamlet squeaks and escapes the collapsing sand castle to scurry up his arm onto his shoulder. Hopefully this girl wasn't frightened of mice.]
spiritedafey: game, happy (O_O ; surprised)

[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-19 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[Maya sits and stretches her legs out in front of her and reassures him with a smile.] It’s a nice spot! It’s close to the ocean, so the people in the castle can go swimming whenever they want. [She points to the waves and then to the castle.] You have to make a wall though! To protect your castle from the water!

[She watches his hands work to try to rebuild the fallen tower but her gaze is broken when a mouse scampers out from where the tower once stood and she falls back a few inches.]

EEP!!! [She doesn’t mean to shriek so loud but it’s a normal reaction to when a creature suddenly appears, right? She’s cautious of the mouse, watching it crawl up his arm and rest on his shoulder, and even then she’s still wary.] Is he your friend?
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Ahh I see, sorry I've never been to the ocean before until today so this is all very new to me!

[But then she's shrieking and Shion doubles back, eyes going wide. Hamlet squeaks angrily at her and he scoops him up off his shoulder and holds him tight in his hands, hiding him.]

Please don't be scared, yes he's my friend. His name is Hamlet. He's not a real mouse if that helps you feel better.
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[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-20 01:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[When he takes the mouse in his hands, Maya relaxes her shoulders a little bit and leans forward again. She hugs her legs to her chest and rests her chin on her knees, watching the mouse wiggle his nose and whiskers. She isn’t particularly afraid of mice, but when something scurries out from where you’re looking, it can be a little scary.]

I’m not scared, he just startled me. [Maya tries to brush off the look of fear like it’s nothing she looks between the mouse and him.] Hamlet? That’s a cute name for a fake mouse, but he looks pretty real to me!
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shion relaxes and gives her a small smile.]

Yes... he was built that way.

[He looks a little sad for a moment but the expression slips away quickly.]

Hamlet, can you show her a picture of a castle?

[The mouse sits down and suddenly becomes still before it's eyes project a hologram of a castle floating in the space between them. If Maya picks to touch it her hand will go right through the image.]
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[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-20 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[Maya watches curiously and quietly, waiting to see what me means by “built”.]

UWAH! That’s cool! [When it begins to project a castle between them, she falls back a little in surprise, eyes wide in disbelief. She slowly reaches out to touch the castle, but she hesitates as her fingers are about to brush the castle walls.]

Is he a robot mouse?! What happens if I touch it?

[She stares at Shion with a furrowed brow and waits for his permission to touch the image. She’s afraid that if she does, something bad might happen – maybe the mouse has special eyes that will shoot lasers at her hand if she goes to touch the castle.]
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-20 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shion just smiles gently and goes into full nerd mode.]

It’s a holographic projection. That’s a photographic recording of a light field that is displayed in three dimensions rather than formed by a single lens. Hamlet will just stabilize the image if you disrupt it with your hand.

[He demonstrates by doing it himself, the image flickers but snaps back into position when he removes his hand.]

And no he's not a robot... He's biologically engineered though. A cyborg. He eats cake like normal mice do.
spiritedafey: game, happy (starry-eyed)

[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-21 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[When Shion waves his hand through the image, she watches in complete bewilderment when it blurs out and then readjusts itself again. Maya follows his lead and does the same, and removes her hand quickly when it does it for her as well.]

Ha!! That’s so cool!

[She shifts across the sand closer to Shion and stops beside him, her interest in the mouse and excitement reflecting in the shimmers in the air around her. The waves come crashing in a little bit closer, too.]

Did you build him? He looks so real!
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[personal profile] asterflower 2016-07-21 02:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Did you build him?

[This question makes Shion wilt and look away.]

N-no I didn't...

[Shion should have been expecting that sort of question especially if he was showing Hamlet to someone.]

He belongs to someone very important to me.

[He'd just been lucky to show up in Verens with Hamlet. It hurt to think about who he left behind. The air gets cold around Shion and ice starts to form on the sand near him.]
spiritedafey: game, happy (smiling ; with eyes closed)

[personal profile] spiritedafey 2016-07-21 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[Maya immediately senses the sudden change in his demeanor. The air around them gets a little cold and Maya folds her arms against her chest and brings up her legs. She readjusts when the once-warm sand begins to freeze over.]

Oh… well, that’s okay! [She tries her best to keep the smile on her face, so when she pats the ice that’s forming, it begins to quickly melt away. Phew, close call.]

Well then, Hamlet must be very important to you! [Maya’s hand absentmindedly reaches up to graze the magatama she’s wearing at her neck.] Plus, he’s cute!

[She tilts her head and her cheek rests on her knees, and smiles wider at Shion.] My name’s Maya.