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TEST DRIVE: AUGUST

— TEST DRIVE: AUGUST —


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!


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: 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!
hamnation: (i am but a passing visitor)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-19 12:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ah! The Dark Devas have shown their faces! That makes his smile even more pronounced and it causes bell-like sounds to chime around him.]

Is that so? Hm... I will have to put my own enchantment on such a camera if it is found, to ensure that they do not also transmit out very souls!

[Gundam is someone who is very guarded about his emotions as well. The cameras do sound concerning to him because of that, but he still has convinced himself that he can hide his emotions no matter what. So he'll just try to act like it's not a big deal, especially in front of the dark queen.]

Keheheh... Yes, fliers would be an ideal method to spread my mad new world order! [As the devas rest on shoulders, he reaches out with one finger to pet one of them, and he remarks in a relatively softer tone.] They seem to be well-fed.

[That, of course, is Gundam for "You've taken good care of them."]
properprincess: (group012-p1387233_zps39365f40)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-20 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
[She is so pleased for both the Dark Devas and Gundam to have found one another again. It is a good moment for them. Her hair is not green. Shut up.]

Yes, it can be most inconvenient to have our emotions so open to others, but that is why learning control is important here. Perhaps Komaeda-san or Meteor-san would be willing to assist you in learning that. I... cannot do that at this point in time as I am still a student.

[Don't worry, Gundam. Sonia's got your back.]

They have been wonderful companions in my time here. It has been my pleasure to make sure that they have been fed and entertained enough.
hamnation: (the evil eye never closes)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-20 12:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[Is it actually turning green though?! As for Gundam, bells keep ringing as he gently pets at his hamsters.]

There is nothing I can learn from the likes of him! [He means Komaeda.] Keh heh heh... I have already mastered the control of many arcane arts. It is mere child's play to transfer that experience to something as simple as one's 'emotions'!

[Of course, he'd like to pretend that his emotions don't exist to begin with.

But, his smile grows a little more as he glances towards her, and the air may be growing warmer.]


It is good that you properly appreciate the dark blessing that they have bestowed upon you with their presence. And you even know the proper offerings to make... I have to say that it's impressive.
properprincess: (sonia002-p3124086_zpslmfmysu8)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-22 11:50 am (UTC)(link)
[Yes, of course it's really turning green. That's the thing that happens to her when she gets jealous or envious. You can even see a few drops of dark green gathering in the crystal swan around her neck.]

Tanaka-san, I don't wish to disagree with you, but there is much that you can learn from Meteoor-san and Komaeda-san. They've been here for much longer than either of us. Harnessing the power of this world is not as simple as one might think.

[Bravado won't help you here, Gundam.

But his smile is sweet and it helps her jealousy at the fact that the Devas want to be with him again lessen and her hair slowly fades back to the natural golden blonde it was before.]


It was the least I could do for them. And for you.
hamnation: (a troubling thought indeed)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-22 03:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[The green in her hair certainly catches his eye as he glances towards her, until it fades away. He does see the similarity between that and the crystal, but he still does not quite understand. Still, he focuses on what she has to say at the moment.

Bravado is not an easy thing for Gundam to dismiss. But neither are the words of Sonia Nevermind. He folds his arms as he addresses her, while the dark devas cuddle against his scarf, keeping that warm feeling in the air. He speaks with a reluctant tone.]


...Should I ever find myself lacking in such a power... Even one as wicked and formidable as myself will keep those names in mind.

[He still doesn't particularly care for Komaeda. But maybe that 'Meteor' fellow could be agreeable, especially with a name of such astral proportions.

But there's another hesitant pause of a different nature as he considers the rest of her words.]


I am sure that the Dark Devas earned your favor. When under their protection, it is only natural to present such offerings. But...

[Now he turns away, and the warmth starts to fade.]

...You don't owe me anything.
properprincess: (sonia025-p4091824_zpsea5e9cb8)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-23 03:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[It would take someone less observant than Sonia to see the way that he changes and is a little more respectful of her words. She's not at all sure that she deserves the change, but it is nice to know that he is actually listening to what she has to say.]

I would be happy to introduce you to Meteor-san if you wish. [A small blush dusts her cheeks as she continues, softly.] I can also share what I have learned if you'd prefer that.

[The tinkling of glass can be heard again as he compliments her. When he turns away, however, it quiets down, as she tries to hide her disappointment in the action.]

We are classmates, Tanaka-san. And friends too, I hope. Your words to me at that time, your actions... I've had time to reflect on what they met. Taking care of the Dark Devas has been a pleasure and an honor. That I'm able to return them to you now makes me very happy.
hamnation: (th-thanks)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-24 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
[Gundam does certainly have his share of respect for her words and her insights. After all, she's proven herself to be far from an ordinary human. And to be a being who understands him so easily. That's why he showed no reluctance in working with her in that last investigation. It was hard for him to believe in an absolute trust for others. Yet Sonia had proven herself worthy in more ways than he had imagined, as evidenced by the Dark Devas resting on him in the peak of health.

He does give a soft nod to confirm that he's listened to both of her offers, but that is not a matter that he intends to confront on this day. He focuses on the rest of what she says. Again, she manages to be so sincere in speaking to him, and her words pierce through the darkness of his soul. Gundam remains facing away from Sonia, yet he tucks part of his face into his scarf regardless, in an attempt to hide the red that flushes across his face. Yet, at his cheeks warm, so does the air around them.

But it's not right. It shouldn't be right... Not after what he's done. Gundam speaks slowly as he continues to look away form her.]


...Sonia Nevermind. Your words are far beyond what a sinner of my caliber deserves. [He's an actual murderer now, and he's convinced himself that there's no turning back from that.] ...Yet, that being said, I suppose that even this dark heart is stirred to know that my estimates were true. That you were able to take care of such demon beasts... and of such a parting will...

[She's survived, the devas have survived, and she's been rendered happy. Gundam does find himself pleased to dwell on all of those things, even as he feels uncertain about his place in all of this.]
properprincess: (OaYhqwt)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-24 05:03 am (UTC)(link)
[Even though he turns from her, she can see a bit of his face over his notorious scarf, feel the air warming around them, with a different heat than that from the summer sun. It's both lovely and painful, like many of the times she's thought of him since that fateful moment.

The fact that he is punishing himself like this makes it all the more painful.]


We are, none of us, spotless, Tanaka-san. We carry our own demons and ghosts with us as we make our way in the world. And I am not being completely metaphorical.

[She knows that she her soul is foul with the stains of her own misdeeds, though she might not remember them completely.]

But, as others have told me since my arrival, if you wish to be a better person and strive to do so, then you will be. Everyone here has a past, good and bad. We cannot let those be the only thing that define us as a person.

[She points to the bunny army he's amassed and the Dark Devas resting in his scarf.]

I've often heard that animals are better judges of people than we are. And those here seem to respect you and bow to your superior will. Therefore, I will trust their judgment in this matter.
hamnation: (a troubling thought indeed)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-24 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[Gundam can't bring himself to face her, not after what she's done. Yet she continues to invade his ears with her soft voice, and the warmth around them continues to grow.

Her words do ring with a certain amount of truth. He looks down at the rabbits, so lively and adorable. They're still drawn to him, just as they were in the past.

But, at the same time, he does not feel that this is a path he can turn down from so easily. Gundam kneels down amongst the rabbits, and he pets them as he speaks.]


Keheheh... You speak very powerfully. As expected of someone of your status. However, allow me to correct one thing. These animals... cute as they may be, they are demon beasts hailing from the depths of the netherworld, so it is only natural for them to recognize a sinner as their own. [As he speaks, the warmth starts to fade and turn into a chill.]

I cannot deny that everyone has their personal demons, and in some rare cases a shinigami... But none of those people are Gundam Tanaka. Gundam Tanaka, a wicked being set apart from humanity! One who failed to live peacefully amongst humanity and violated their laws! Such a fiend... [He gives a sad chuckle, with frost coloring his breath.] ...Could he truly change?

[He pauses for a moment before he goes on energetically.]

Such an ideal solution could easily prove to be impossible!
properprincess: (soniag002_zps5d47dd0d)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-26 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
[As much as she respects Gundam and wants to give him as much encouragement as he might possibly need, but after recent events, hearing those she likes talking down about themselves is bad.

The air around her grows dark, thunder clouds rolling in and lightning flashing between them before soaking both Sonia and Gundam in seconds as a fierce wind whips her hair and his scarf around them.]


If you wish to change, to reform yourself, then you can! Do not put yourself down before you even put in any effort. You are better than that, Tanaka Gundam!
hamnation: (hear my law and tremble!)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-26 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[Gundam's eyes start to widen in surprise as the storm whips up, and the devas take cover within his scarf while the bunnies all huddle up under the nearest awning. He's still new enough to this world that such a display of emotional power is new to him. He lets both Sonia's words and his clothes soak in for a moment.

Then he barks a boisterous laugh.]


Fuhahaha! So you've finally unleashed your full power, you dark queen! [He says that entirely in a complimentary fashion.]

You still acknowledge the greatness of even a monster such as myself. ...I suppose that I have no choice but to respect your words. But, even with that respect... They are still just words! [He clenches his fist, far from ready to forgive himself. But he is not pleased at all with himself at this conflict, and a concentration of winds whip up around him.]

To call demon lord's change simple would be the underestimation of the century! Even one with an inner eye as advanced as my own cannot track how many rituals it will require! Would one truly go through such lengths to help someone so heinous?!
properprincess: (fai-to)

[personal profile] properprincess 2016-07-30 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[Despite her irritation, she can't help but find his laughter and attitude a light at the end of the tunnel. It is, after all, something she hasn't been 100% sure that she and the others would hear again. Of course, she never imagined that she'd be so close to those here in Verens either, but it is a situation no one could have foreseen.]

Yes, and with training, Tanaka-san, you can learn to do so as well. [Her eyes are softer than before, but she is still ready to be stern to her most stubborn of classmates.] It is not easy and I am still a novice, but it has been rewarding!

[She takes a step forward, her anger calming down to understanding and empathy for his plight.]

I never said that it would be easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy to accomplish. No, it will be hard and there are many obstacles, but that is why we must help one another, every day, to achieve a level of acceptance within ourselves. You are not alone, nor will we let you feel that way.