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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: (onwards my dark devas!)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-24 02:57 am (UTC)(link)
[At least at the present, despite all his posturing, he is pretty much just a ridiculous and mostly harmless teenager... at least outside of desperate survival situations.

Gundam doesn't notice that she noticed, as he's back to looking only straight ahead. His smirk just grows a little more smug at her response.]


Heh... It seems that you're smarter than most humans. This may just prove to be a most entertaining journey after all! [Including the hamsters was a good idea...]

The dark god is smiling upon you. Tell us more about yourself, you fiend! [At least coming from home, being called a fiend is almost like being called 'dude'.]
womanlycharms: ([smoking])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-24 10:34 am (UTC)(link)
Wouldn't have gotten this far if I wasn't.

[A harmless enough statement on the surface; no need to get into how getting this far, especially the most recent chapter, has been harrowing enough that she'd have nothing to say about extreme actions in desperate survival circumstances. Her morals might have straightened up remarkably since she was younger but that's not to say they're not still a little flexible where the situation calls for it.

She knows he doesn't mean anything by calling her 'fiend'; has gleaned enough about him to know it's all just part of the persona he presents to the world. All the same, she can't quite help the short, sharp spike of something like resentment at the term, enough to stir the air just enough to suggest a sudden short breeze before the moment passes. Seems she still has a few things relating to the Warriors of Hope to get out of her system, but that's something for later.

For now, it's a matter of deciding what to share and what to keep in reserve.]


Well now, let's see. I'm a once-divorced mom of one...he's a little older than you, maybe a couple of years or so.

[She's making a blind guess on ages but given Yasuhiro's educational difficulties, it's usually safer to assume he's older than teens or apparently-teens.]

Until recently I worked as a nurse but then...things happened. Nothing worth getting into, though.

[That's just depressing and she's in no mood for that.]

Your turn.
hamnation: (my laugh echoes from the bowels of hell)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-25 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
[He does notice that brief breeze, which tugs at the ends of his scarf a little, but he's puzzled as to what could have caused it. Could it have been a message from a passing seraph? It's hard to see, even for one of his diabolical status.

He may look disinterested, but he does listen to her. So she's bold enough to estimate the age of a being who is beyond any age... Interesting. At the mention of her work as a nurse, Gundam is reminded of Mikan, and his grimace tightens slightly. But it's not a feeling strong enough to affect the environment.]


You haven't provided your name. [His mouth twists into a smirk as he goes on.] A wise move, when you have no way of knowing whether I happen to be a Kodotama user.

[He glances towards her.]

Kehehe... You've still shown courage by joining this mad tour. And I will respect that by answering you! You see, I happen to be a lord of darkness, one who has risen from the very flames of hell itself! I am the future ruler of worlds, and the tamer of demon beasts... the one and only Gundam Tanaka!

[Gundam's volume and drama steadily raised throughout his statement, ending with a boisterous boom!]
womanlycharms: ([pleased])

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-25 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
[She had forgotten to give her name, now he mentions it; she'll blame the sudden spike in near-temper for that, though she'll address that soon enough.

If she notices the slight grimace at her job, she doesn't mention it; she's far more interested in learning about him right now and suffice to say his introduction doesn't disappoint.

Too bad Gundam's dealing with a serial nicknamer here.]


I see. And that's what these little guys are, Gun-D?

[At least she's following his own style of naming? Kind of? Not like she thinks twice about doing it either way.]

The name's Hiroko. Hiroko Hagakure. A pleasure.

[She hadn't been sure about bringing her full name into this but what the heck, maybe it'll pay off for her some day and someone will admit to knowing another Hagakure.]
hamnation: (a troubling thought indeed)

/reserve fistbump

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-25 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[Gun-D. His eyebrow quirks for a moment, and he wonders whether it is an honor or not to receive a name of equal level as the Devas. Ultimately, he decides to let her call him what she will. What does it matter what a mere human decides to name him?]

They are the four dark devas of destruction! They certainly are demon beasts, although these 'little' forms are only temporary shells. One day they will show their true forms, forms that are all the greater and incomprehensible!

[But he spares her another glance as she officially introduces himself. He recalls the name 'Hagakure'. It was in that dossier they saw at the amusement park, about the earlier killing game. He had been listed with the survivors... but he's not sure about bringing it up. Could it just be a coincidence?]

It's amusing to meet ordinary humans, from time to time. That's one reason why I've allowed the human race to continue existing. [That's as close as he gets to 'nice to meet you'.

After just a moment of thought, he decides to add:]


And that son of yours bears your name as well?
womanlycharms: ([making a point])

/heck yeah. Also loving the dynamic these two have!

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-26 06:14 am (UTC)(link)
[He's gotten off lightly, really, considering the alternative would have been Gungun; at least she's deviated a little from her normal habits this time. For now.

Her lips curve to a wry smile at his insistence that the hamsters are in some sort of disguise; still she plays along. Comes naturally to her, by now, and besides - she's in a different world now. Who knows what passes for normal here.]


Makes sense. If I wanted people to underestimate me, I'd go for something small and cute, too. And even now, I bet those teeth could cause plenty of destruction.

[Maybe not to the world as a whole but one step at a time.

Her amusement becomes a little harder to mask at the conceit that the continuance of the human race is down to Gundam and Gundam alone but she doesn't comment on it. He's asked a question, after all, and one that's hard for her to ignore.]


That's right. Only the best for my Yasuhiro.

[And as far as she's concerned, the waste of space that fathered him deserves to be lost to history.]
hamnation: (a lowly human stands no chance)

same! which is funny since he's everything yasuhiro hates

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-27 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, he'll definitely take what he can get!

It really is a world where such things could be normal. ...Of course, that still doesn't mean that Gundam's claim is real. He gives a light smirk at her comment about the teeth.]


You cannot even begin to imagine the damage that those tiny teeth could cause! [Gundam tugs at his bandaged arm as he says that, as if to indicate that they were the cause of it. ...Or at least that's just another thing he wants others to believe.

And there's that name. Gundam gives just a soft nod as he absorbs that. He's pretty sure that's the name that was in the file... and it may not have been the best picture, but perhaps Gundam can still pick out some of the similarities. Then he speaks cryptically.]


...I see. So he may be the very same one that I am aware of as well.
Edited 2016-07-27 15:08 (UTC)
womanlycharms: ([watching])

Yasuhiro has no room to talk, he's always in his own little world too

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-27 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my. Perhaps I should take a look at that sometime. Though I suppose infection is a fear for mortal minds, hmm?

[She's not going to actually start mothering him, she can appreciate that might not be all too welcome, but at the same time she is a mom and is a nurse and that means she can't not leave that offer of help should the eventuality arise that he does need it.

Though she doesn't have all too long to ponder that. In fact, Gundam's words are enough to bring her to a halt as she digests what he says. Safe to say she hadn't been expecting that.

She's not sure how many options there are to explain this, though it all points to them at least coming from the same place - if it's indeed the same Yasuhiro Hagakure and she has no compelling reason to think it wouldn't be. Or perhaps it's just that her mama bear instincts are blocking out that notion even if, as far as she's been able to tell, her Yasuhiro isn't here.]


Oh? Well, it's not like I know everyone he knows. Same school, perhaps?

[Not like she's unaware that Hope's Peak lets in some...quirky people, or some people with unexpected talents. Even Yasuhiro qualifies there, she can admit.]
hamnation: (the evil eye never closes)

Yes, that is true...

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-27 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Keheheh... [He laughs off her concern.] Such a wound is beyond human comprehension or treatment.

[It's also possible that the arm is perfectly fine and he just has it wrapped up to look cool. waits to see if the anime addresses this in any way

Considering that she could be a mother of one of the survivors of the killing game, Gundam will come to a stop as well. The devas themselves also halt and peer back at them curiously.

Gundam crosses his arms with a neutral expression as he answers her.]


I've never actually met the human. We were supposed to share the same school, but it seems that the will of causality had different plans in mind. [He's a bit bitter at being sidetracked from Hope's Peak, but his feelings are more mixed now that he knows that Hope's Peak was stage to its own killing game.

After a pause, he finally says the name as he glances towards her.]


...Hope's Peak Academy.
Edited 2016-07-27 17:27 (UTC)
womanlycharms: ([watching])

heads up, I'm away this weekend but will hit this again when I'm back ^^

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-07-28 08:39 am (UTC)(link)
Had a feeling that would be the case.

[Whether the bandage is for show or not, Hiroko doesn't doubt he has at least five possible stories for why whatever is under there is an injury beyond her understanding. he is not the first teen with a vivid imagination she's dealt with.

And speaking of that, she has to pause to try to wrap her head around what Gundam is trying to say. Or at least to let her thoughts settle into the first rational explanation she can find. Overthinking isn't really her thing.]


So...you were scouted but never got to go? Guess that figures, with the world going to shit and everything.

[And since she hasn't yet had the full story explained to her, that's about as much as she really knows. She knows everything started from Hope's Peak but as with the other Captives, she was kept largely ignorant of the killing game.

Though she won't ask anything further regarding Yasuhiro's fate. There's every chance Gundam won't even know and even if he does, there's a chance she won't like the answer. And that wouldn't be productive for the situation they're in now.]
hamnation: (a troubling thought indeed)

No worries! Have fun

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-07-28 03:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[Gundam listens to her explanation and shakes his head.]

You're speaking only part of the truth. The class that I was assigned to was one our way to our first day when we were forced into a field trip to a ridiculous island. [He scoffs.

But the rest of what she says still sticks out to him, considering what Monokuma had told them about the end of the world. Could this mortal provide truly trustworthy information on the outside world?]


...Is it true that the world is currently in turmoil?
womanlycharms: ([annoyed])

/returns from the fun-having

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-08-02 12:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[For all the things that aren't adding up, it's easy enough for Hiroko to rationalise them. If he's from a later class than Yasuhiro, and things were starting to fall apart, perhaps moving one class to a remote island was as much a part of the administration's plans as asking her son and his class to potentially spend the rest of their lives living in the closed-down school.

If he's not sure how trustworthy her words so far have been, what happens next might answer him well enough even before she does so herself. The air seems to darken, stirring with what could almost be a crackle as her hands curl to fists, instinctive anger flaring even as she knows he could well know no better. If he's been kept ignorant to the state of the world, there's a reason for it, but as calm as she tries to remain most of the time, it's impossible for her to pretend things haven't taken at least some toll on her.

When things start to bleed back to normal, they do so quickly enough to suggest she's enforcing her calmer side to subdue the inner raging delinquent; when she does speak, it's as matter-of-factly as she can for the gravity of what they're discussing.]


One way of putting it. 'Course, I haven't heard much about the wider world lately but if what happened in Towa's anything like what's been going on everywhere else, we've got ourselves one hell of a mess to clean up.
hamnation: (hear my law and tremble!)

Welcome back!

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-08-03 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
[Gundam makes some subtle glances around, taking note of the shifts around her. If he did not know any better, he would guess that she has some sort of magical affinity - much like himself, of course! But he does know better, and so he can tell that these must be the effects of her emotions on their very surroundings.

And her words do confirm that Monokuma must have been telling the truth. The 'World Ender', that Future Foundation... They must behind all of this.]


Hmph... I see. So that fiend may have been telling the truth after all. At least about that infernal 'World Ender'. [A few droplets of water sprinkle down on him from above, very subtly; could his thoughts be turning to the animals he's left behind?

But his train of thought quickly shifts as he turns towards her and tries his best to sound boisterous.]


You should not worry for much longer! After all, you have now just made the most powerful ally that you could hope for. The mighty Tanaka Empire will rebuild this world, even grander than ever before! I swear that upon my own foul name!

[The air around him seems to be... trembling, somewhat. But surely, he can't actually be feeling fear?]
womanlycharms: ([smoking])

Thank you!

[personal profile] womanlycharms 2016-08-03 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
'World Ender'...?

[His own impact on the atmosphere around them doesn't go unnoticed; were it not for her appreciation of how she, too, has managed to change things then she might even have put some stock into the bold claim of power he makes.

Instead, there's simply confusion over terminology because while Hiroko has heard a lot of names of organisations bandied about lately, World Ender has not been one of them. It's an accurate summation of the main driving force behind a world in chaos but still unfamiliar.

Which sets her to wondering just what Gundam might know.]


Can't say I know the name but maybe they're a separate group or something.

[If the Warriors of Hope could exist, why not further sub-groups?

Even taking into account all serious thoughts and discussions, she can't help but find something rather cute (yeah, she went there) in Gundam's proclamations. It's not like she really needs protecting, but the gesture's sweet if nothing else.]


Appreciate it. But maybe we should save that for when we get back to where we belong.

[And if she's trying to deflect from whatever's causing that trembling, well, that's just what she does.]
hamnation: (Default)

[personal profile] hamnation 2016-08-06 02:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[The continuation lies beyond the abyss...]