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Empatheias Events ([personal profile] empevents) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2016-08-18 01:25 am
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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 Thursday, August 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open Thursday, September 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. Based on the upcoming/current Piphron event, you are on your way to confront that crabby Arehtei who refuses to trust in anyone but himself. However, before you can even get there, you have to journey deep into the mountains and follow constantly changing and winding tunnels. Yes, you read that right—the paths and tunnels change, never actually going in the same direction. This makes getting lost and splitting up from your travel partner fairly easily. What's more, the labyrinth proves to be one giant trust exercise. The atmosphere is filled with doubt and suspicion, little voices whispering and digging into your deepest fears of betrayal and uncertainty. Is the person you're with really that trustworthy? How do you know they won't just leave you or worse—stab you in the back? Literally. Those who are strong of faith will be able to resist, but even they may waver. To get past the labyrinth, strong bonds will either need to already exist or quickly form, particularly between strangers. Those strong in trust will be able to better persuade and convince those who are susceptible to the suspicions. But other obstacles and challenges lay in wait. Steep walls to climb up or down, giant gaps to cross, a random but precarious rope bridge that could break at any step. And everything here is influenced by emotions. The stronger the will to believe, the more likely they are to pass safely. But when those doubts start to take hold...when it becomes too great to bear, then you will slowly turn to stone.

• Prompt E: The Empatheias-Shaarnath-Otherworlder Collaborative Expeditions need otherworlder crews to venture out into the desolate wasteland of the planet’s surface, and that means YOU. On an airship with several otherworlder allies, you’ve ventured forth on a several-day journey to explore uncharted territory. It’s hot, dry, and deadly if you slip away from your dunamis protection, but absolutely necessary if anyone is ever to find what’s left out there.

  1. Living on an airship in crowded conditions makes for close friends and fierce rivalries. Are you handling the pressure well? Do you seek out others to get to know them, or try to find a place on the ship where no one can bother you?

  2. What’s that in the distance? Is it -- a large terraced pyramid? Do you venture into it, or catalogue it and retreat away to let stronger souls venture within? And if your fellow otherworlders really want to explore, do you go with them? Or try to talk them out of it?

  3. Of course, the wasteland can still suffer fluctuations of emotion—which means that a simple trip off the ship has turned into disaster as the ground beneath you comes alive with writhing black tentacles! Though not large, they are numerous and hungry for blood and flesh. Better hurry back to safety—unless you need to rescue someone else! Or need rescuing yourself...

• Prompt F: With all of the current, living Arehtei now gathered, the next step is to start working on the world at large—and that's not going to be an easy feat when it's basically a giant wasteland, deteriorating with every passing second. So tests must be done first to study how effective efforts can be—and perhaps dunamis may be the key. In a protective area just outside of Shaarnath, those who wish to try and practice their emotions on the actual barren ground are allowed in. These are the types of tasks they can try to accomplish:

  1. Make any type of plant grow and see how long it lasts. This could be a flower, grass, a small tree, or even some kind of crop.

  2. With the aid of a water core, create a small pool of water and have it last as long as possible before the dry earth sucks it all in.
  3. Change the temperature from dry heat to something more comfortable and maintain it for as long as possible.

  4. With the aid of an air core, create pure cloud cover. As a side-challenge, alter the clouds to make it rain, but not storm. The rain should be one fueled by positive emotions, not negative (so no grumpy lightning or gloomy clouds).

And anything else a character may think of that is in relation to "restoring the land." The only thing not available to test is a living creature. Note: This is going to be very difficult and will require a great amount of effort and concentration. Small successes are more likely.

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include balloons and/or fire ants.

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!
itellyourstory: (that would be enough)

Eliza Hamilton | Hamilton: the Musical

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 09:00 am (UTC)(link)

...Ah. [ okay, she's here again. okay. She will have faith that she won't be alone. ]

I... I need to know where I can Alexander Hamilton or John Laurens? If... they're still here. Or any of their housemates.

itsatie: (Real glad)


[personal profile] itsatie 2016-08-18 09:09 am (UTC)(link)
Mrs. Hamilton.

[ There may be just the barest hint of smugness in him. He told Hamilton that there was a fair chance that she would be back and he was being overdramatic. ]

All but Burr are still here. Still at the house Jefferson and I originally rented. Do you need assistance getting here?
itellyourstory: (Default)


[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
[ There are, of course, people she missed more than Madison, but... well, honestly, he has good news, so the relief is palpable ]

Mr. Madison. Thank you so much, sir, I should be able to get there quickly.

How has he been?
itsatie: (Okay)


[personal profile] itsatie 2016-08-18 02:14 pm (UTC)(link)

[ Well. The hint of smugness fades, briefly, into an even tinier hint of guilt, before it smooths out into an emotional calm over the connection. ]

He loves you very much.

[ Not... well. ]

itellyourstory: (the fact that you're alive)


[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 07:34 pm (UTC)(link)
[ there's a flicker of worry, but Eliza keeps it more-or-less in check at the moment ]

That badly?

[ she's booking it to the house, but there's only so fast a middle-aged woman in heavy skirts can move ]
itsatie: (Default)


[personal profile] itsatie 2016-08-18 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Madison hesitates for a moment, then... ]


[ He does recall Alexander after Laurens's death, after all. ]

And he was sick, as well.

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workingon3: (Who are you?)

[personal profile] workingon3 2016-08-18 01:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank God. Where are you?

[ There's a sense of immense joy mixed with overwhelming relief that leaks through along with his words. He's missed you, Eliza.]
itellyourstory: (look at where you are)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[ John is here, and he doesn't seem to be reluctant to talk to her, which she figures he would be if Alexander wasn't here anymore. Her own relief is palpable as well. ]

On my way home. How long have I been gone?
workingon3: (Grab a friend that's your second)

[personal profile] workingon3 2016-08-18 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Too long, Eliza. About two months, I think. Alexander's gonna be so damn happy to see you, he's been...

[he doesn't finish the sentence. There's too much to say, and he doesn't have the words for it.

But, also... speaking of Alexander...]

Eliza, I'm on my way home too, if you get there before me wait up. There's stuff. we need to talk about.
itellyourstory: (is a miracle)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[ the lack of follow-up on that first sentence tells her most of what she needs to know. That request, though...

There's a spike of worry, a little fear under it, but she doesn't say anythhing. ]

Of course. I'm nearly there, but there's a bench not far off from the house, if I remember right. I'll wait there for you?
workingon3: (Which may afford you some amusement)

[personal profile] workingon3 2016-08-19 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ He beats her to the bench, but not by much, and greets her with a smile and a warm hug. ]

I've missed you, Eliza.

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[personal profile] hisdeargirl 2016-08-18 03:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A voice in her head, and an image of a woman. She was warned about that, but it is strange all the same. All the stranger when she mentions what surely could not be her husband... ]

John Laurens, ma'am?
itellyourstory: (is a miracle)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)

Eliza thinks that the girl is simply clarifying. ]

Yes, Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens, when I was here last he lived with Alexander Hamilton and Gilbert de Lafayette? Do you know him?
hisdeargirl: (Pls)

[personal profile] hisdeargirl 2016-08-18 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Martha hesitates for a moment, but...

It has been years since she has had more than letters from him. Even as complicated as everything is for them, she will never not love him, so...

He is my husband.

[ Present tense. If Eliza wonders about the timing of it all. ]
itellyourstory: (pic#10487253)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-18 08:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[ o shit

Okay this is... awkward. Considering the situation between their husbands. The spike of uncertainty and discomfort is clear, but there's also a gentleness. Clearly whatever is making her uncomfortable, she doesn't want to upset Martha.

But Lord preserve her, this is difficult. ]

And my dear friend, and the dearest friend of my husband's. You must be Martha, I'm Eliza Hamilton.
hisdeargirl: (Doc)

[personal profile] hisdeargirl 2016-08-18 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Martha is still extremely confused, but the words help. The recognition helps. ]

Yes, Mrs. Eliza Hamilton. [ Look, Eliza does seem older than Martha by a good stretch... ] I am Martha.

John is your friend? [ No, not surprise. Eagerness, almost happiness, for John is her dear friend, too, without a doubt. ] Is he - does that mean that he is in this place?

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lightthedarkness: (Um... what?)

[personal profile] lightthedarkness 2016-08-19 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
Oh ah, I know Madison-san works at a bakery, ma'am, and I think Lafayette-san is trying to start up a newspaper. Perhaps John and Hamilton-san are helping with that? At the very least, I can take you to Madison-san.
itellyourstory: (pic#10487253)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-19 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
[ Eliza is very very confused by this "san" business, but that's neither here nor there - John and Alex and Gilbert are all here. And Mr. Madison, as well? Eliza's relief is palpable ]

Alex is still here? Oh, thank god.

[ oh, where are her manners? ] Thank you, miss. I would very much appreciate that.
lightthedarkness: (Think think think)

[personal profile] lightthedarkness 2016-08-19 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
It... ah... would you happen to be named Eliza, by any chance? Eliza Hamilton?
itellyourstory: (pic#10487267)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-19 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
I would! Though you have me at a disadvantage, dear. Who can I thank for this assistance?

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allshotsfired: (pic#10138264)


[personal profile] allshotsfired 2016-08-19 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
[the thought comes through before anyone speaks is... god it's misery layered deep underneath about fifteen or so of false cheer. but then there's a moment, a spark, a sudden realization that no he's not dreaming and something comes through the connection that's the force of a storm, the force of tangled vines through cobblestone]

Eliza! Where are you? I'll meet you, oh my wife-

[please stop him before he composes sonnets over the connection, he just might]
itellyourstory: (if you could let me inside your heart)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-19 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
[ Eliza's laugh is amused but not unkind - more startled into laughter by his intensity than anything else. Her own happiness and relief is pretty easy to feel. ]

I'm on my way from the taskboard to the house - assuming you're still staying with Mr. Madison?

[ She assumes he'll probably come pelting at her before she gets halfway there, assuming he's not on the other side of the island, but that'll give him an idea of where to head. ]
allshotsfired: (Default)

[personal profile] allshotsfired 2016-08-19 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
I'm at the office, but i'll be home as-

[the voice cuts abruptly, then comes back after a minute]

-Sorry, I was gettin' a ride- I'll be home soon! Oh yeah, don't eat anything that's a fruit or vegetable, I'll explain later.

itellyourstory: (is a miracle)

[personal profile] itellyourstory 2016-08-19 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
[ Eliza tries not to get nervous at the abrupt cut-off, but doesn't quite manage. When his voice returns, she chides herself for being so silly, and...

No fruits or vegetables? What in the world sort of madness is she coming back to? ]

I'm not hungry at the moment, so that won't be a problem. Thank you for the warning. [ Not really aware of it, she picks up her speed a bit, leaving a trail of golden motes in her wake. ] I'll see you shortly.

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fightingfrenchman: (who's the best? c'est moi)

[personal profile] fightingfrenchman 2016-08-21 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[--There's a slight note of surprise, then a pleased warmth and --well, really, relief coming through on this end.]

Alexandre will be so pleased, my dear. Thank God you're back with us.