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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!
womanlycharms: ([wink])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-21 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[Komaru's quick, Hiroko will give her that. She's not sure how true that might have been before all hell breaking loose in Towa City but it's true now and probably just as well for Komaru because it's safe to say Hiroko's intentions in approaching hadn't been to assist with her escape.

Well, not right away, at least.

Still, just because they've left the store behind doesn't mean Komaru's getting off lightly. Hiroko may well have allowed herself to be led, but there's just that little hint of trouble in the amused smile she offers at Komaru's thanks.]


Worried someone might've tried to steal you away and to the nearest priest?

[At least there's a truly-meant compliment buried somewhere in the tease, not that she's going to admit as much just yet.]
omaru: official sprite (SPRITE ► th-that's not true!)

!!!

[personal profile] omaru 2016-07-22 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The fact that it's Hiroko who saved her makes Komaru even more grateful, because Komaru wasn't expecting her to be here at all. In fact, she thought that she was the only one from Towa that was here, so to know that she wasn't completely alone was very reassuring. In fact, she was just about to mention as much until the older woman's quip catches her by surprise, causing her words to fail her and for her to become a flustered mess right then and there. ]

N-No! T-That's not what I was thinking at all...! [ Her being a bride? It's not exactly something that Komaru can envision happening, and she can just hear Fukawa's snide remarks in her head if she were here to hear that. She's still not over her saying that she lures in the creepy types...which, along with Hiroko's comment, kind of makes her want to avoid marriage for the time being. Just so that doesn't come true. ] I-I just thought it'd be better for someone else to take on the job instead of me...

[ ...Except now she fears that Hiroko might've had a point there. ]
womanlycharms: ([making a point])

Had to be done ^^

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-22 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah? That's too bad. Figure they must've seen a cute blushing bride in you.

[And young as Komaru is, she's probably still a better bet than Hiroko who could never have been accused of suiting the innocent bride look even before her divorce.

Beneath the teasing, Hiroko is of course aware that there might be something in the fact that they're both here, considering they were both Captives. She just doesn't see much reason to get into that just yet and especially not when Komaru's only just escaped an unwanted modelling job. So the lighter subjects it is.]


Maybe we should start you off easy. Get you some shoe modelling gigs or something.

[She's joking, but in a way that suggests she'd also be more than happy to make this happen at the slightest hint of interest on Komaru's part.]
omaru: official sprite (SPRITE ► if you say so...)

so glad to see a hiroko around c: also sorry for the late tag!

[personal profile] omaru 2016-07-25 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
...I think I'll pass.

[ While shoe modeling is far better than bridal gown modeling, she'd like to avoid any modeling gigs whatsoever in the meantime. But now that that's settled, it's time to address the elephant in the room here. Komaru doesn't necessarily believe that the reason Hiroko is here as well is related to the children's game - after all, she hasn't yet seen any Monokumas nor have they tried to hunt her down themselves - but she does find it strange that she's the only one from her world here. ]

So, Hagakure-san...I didn't know you were here, too.

[ Obviously, but it's an ice breaker at least. ]
womanlycharms: ([making a point])

c: it's all good!

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-25 06:35 am (UTC)(link)
[Ah so they're talking about this anyway. She supposes it was inevitable, really, even if she wishes that they didn't have to consider the possibility of this being murder games mark...whatever number they were up to now.

Doesn't mean she can't still attempt to keep things light until they reach a point where that has to change.]


Didn't know I was here myself until recently. Fufu not here with you?

[Hiroko hasn't seen Toko yet but it's not impossible that she's around here somewhere. Unlikely, given the predicament Hiroko had found Komaru in, but definitely not impossible.]
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[personal profile] omaru 2016-07-26 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
No, she isn't...

[ Which was odd. When she first arrived here, she was surprised and a little scared that she didn't see Fukawa anywhere, but she knew the girl didn't abandon her. They were friends, after all, and their moment at the shrine only solidified that. She could only conclude that she alone was brought here for whatever reason the forces that be brought her here. ]

But it's really good to see you here, Hagakure-san. I've been here on my own for a while now.

[ Komaru wasn't as close to Hiroko as she was with Fukawa, but it didn't mean that she didn't appreciate her being here. ]
womanlycharms: ([making a point])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-26 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
Huh. Strange they'd only bring one of you.

[And Hiroko can only imagine the freak-out Toko must be having. But that's not the important part right now.]

But hey. We're survivors, right? Not much they can throw at us that we can't figure a way around.

[She knows it's not that easy, of course, but someone has to point these things out just in case Komaru hasn't managed to reassure herself along those lines. She doesn't add that she'd break the face of anyone who tried to seriously harm Komaru but then she doesn't feel that it's a thing she needs to say, by this point. Either Komaru knows, she never finds out because people are smart or someone will slip up and it'll become clear then.]
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[personal profile] omaru 2016-07-29 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, you're right.

[ It's not as though Komaru really fears being in this place - at least, she hasn't found a reason to fear it yet - but Hiroko's reassurance does help, and Komaru genuinely does appreciate it. It's nice to have someone here to encourage her, just in case she happens to fall into despair while she's here. ]

I can't help but wonder why we were brought here, though. I mean, there has to be a reason, right?

[ Towa City had one, so she assumes the same of Verens. ]
womanlycharms: ([watching])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-08-02 12:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Be strange for there not to be.

[It's rare that anything this extraordinary would happen for no reason at all. For an incomprehensible reason, an inexcusable one or both, potentially, but not for no reason at all.

And if it's her and Komaru and not Toko, it's not so hard for Hiroko to think of one possible reason.]


Think it has to do with that 'game' those brats were running? Would explain why it's just the two of us so far.

[And if she's now sharpening her focus for any indication that anyone else from the Kill List is around, well, it seems a logical enough thing to do for her.]
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[personal profile] omaru 2016-08-02 11:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Could it have something to do with the children's game? Komaru doesn't think so. After all, she didn't wake up with the bracelet that had strapped onto her earlier, so she'd find it hard to believe that the Warriors of Hope were behind all of this. If they were, she's fairly certain the world would look much more catastrophic compared to this, what with the Monokumas running amok and slaughtering people. That hasn't happened thus far, but she could never be too sure. ]

Mm...I don't think so. I haven't seen any Monokumas around here, and nobody seems to have noticed anything out of the ordinary...

[ And from what she knows of the kids, they wouldn't suddenly have a change of heart about their plans. ]
womanlycharms: ([smoking])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-08-03 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
That's true. Probably couldn't have walked around this long unchecked if they were behind this.

[It's not like she exactly blends in here, even in a place where 'ordinary' has a slightly different meaning.

Which leaves her fresh out of answers and that means no point in worrying any more. If there's a reason, either they'll find it or it'll find them and they can deal with it then.]


Be nice to be able to wander where I want when I want, at least. That should make it easier to find answers.

[Besides. Fun as it can be to get other people to do things for her, she hadn't really enjoyed being cooped up for too long.]
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[personal profile] omaru 2016-08-04 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ It is nice, but Komaru's more relieved about the fact that she no longer has to fear for her safety rather than acquiring answers about their situation. She honestly doesn't mind being here too much - it's strange, yes, to suddenly be in Towa City one moment and then here the next, but she's had a pleasant experience here so far. ]

Yeah, really. It's a lot safer than Towa City.
womanlycharms: ([pleased])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-08-05 08:33 am (UTC)(link)
Maybe.

[Hiroko isn't so convinced that they're safe. Danger can lurk in the most unlikely of places, she knows this, but she's also aware that Komaru isn't as accustomed to thinking that way. What happened in Towa City was extraordinary for the both of them, but she's always got the impression that it was more so for Komaru than for her, given her background.

Still, she won't dwell. There's enough else for them to take in.]


Looks like wedding fever's hit pretty hard, either way. Wonder if they all know what they're getting themselves into.

[It's playful far more than bitter; she's made her peace with her own mistakes and just hopes things work out better for the couples around them.]