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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 Saturday, March 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open a week later on April 1st.

  • OC Reminder! Just a quick reminder that original characters are 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: The Flower Festival is soon, and that means that a lot of caterers, cooks, restaurants and anyone involved with cooking are gearing up to participate in the celebration. This means that there’s plenty of places that are offering food at enormous discounts, or running food related events outside of their stores. One particular setup is in the center of the market area, where tables upon tables of food have been set up as a sort of buffet: pick what you want and pay as you leave! Unfortunately, someone mischievous has created a real problem. The buffet has turned into an all out food fight and it doesn't look like it’s stopping anytime soon...
  1. Join In. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Might as well join the fun since it’s happening anyway, and you’ve probably already found yourself victim to an errant pizza slice or something already. Grab a handful of whatever is nearest you or pick up a spoon and get that food flying!

  2. Pay up. The fun can only last so long, and none of the vendors are happy. While the food fight has been broken up, the place is still a mess. Participants and people caught up in the crossfire are all being blamed equally. Grab a mop and a dustpan and get cleaning. Or, try and argue your way out of being taken to the local enforcers station and given a hefty fine.

• Prompt E: It’s already spring, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who are still interested in a few last minute winter escapades. Luckily, with cores and emotion fueled dunamis, things like this aren’t exactly off the table yet. A small portion of Lake Niras has been turned into a winter wonderland, down to a thick layer of ice that’s almost strong enough to be skated upon. However, this isn’t what it’s being used for. The local Polar Bear club has decided to hold a springtime version of their usual event and currently has open registration for those who think they’ve got the willpower to take the plunge in the icy water.
  1. Dive Deep.Strip down to your skivvies or don a bathing suit and jump in! The challenge is to stay in the longest of 4 or 2, or to just beat your personal best. In lieu of joining up yourself if you don’t feel like freezing your tush off you’re more than welcome to lead the cheerleading team!!! ... Who are all dressed as different interpretations of Sosyne...

  2. Maintain The Cold. Those who aren't the participating kind might find themselves attracted to the more “Stage hand” like portion of the club event. Those who have practiced dunamis, the art of using your emotions to create all sorts of manifestations under control, might be able to help maintain the frigid temperature in the air that’s causing the snowfall. Or, if you’re just a really negative person you could be unintentionally making it worse. Otherwise, there’s always a need for a few extra hands at rotating the frozen water cores which are helping keep the water particularly icy. Just be careful and try not to get too excited or you’ll melt the cores!

• Prompt F: Ghost tours have become all the rage in Verens, and tonight you find yourself coming along, either willingly or by having one of the organizers pester you into it. But being a guest isn’t the only way to participate—they’re taking volunteers to “assist” as well, to help spice things up and improve the mood. Harness your emotions to make the atmosphere more sinister, or just hide in some bushes or around some corners to surprise someone with an old-fashioned “boo!”
  1. Sewers Dark and dank, the tunnels underneath the city are already a good place to scare or be scared. The tour takes characters through a lesser-used portion of the sewers, meaning it’s slightly less smelly, but there’s still plenty of opportunity for spooky stories. Don’t get caught by the mossgator or the restless spirits of its victims...

  2. Inside the Memory Tree The giant tree that stands in the city’s square hasn’t always been a safe place, especially the dungeon-like spaces inside. The twisting wood and vines have been home to all sorts of monsters that have been a threat in the past, from moving plants with sticky vines to shadow creatures with sharp teeth—or so the tour guides will say. The tree may not have been around long enough to have much history to it, but that doesn’t stop them from playing it up.

  3. Abandoned Buildings
  4. Always a necessity for any ghost tour, this leg of the trip will take characters past and through a few rundown places, including an old warehouse, a creaky mansion, and a set of dirty apartments. Don’t forget all the dark alleyways in between, or the stories of long-past serial killers who choked their victims to death right over there…

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include maraschino cherries and/or knives.

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!
haillenarte: (18)

Francel de Haillenarte | Final Fantasy XIV

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
prompt b, st0308.
[it's not really the strangest thing he's ever considered doing for money — or at all really — but one way or another, francel is now crossdressing to infiltrate a tea party. perhaps you're going in with him, or maybe you've just been helping him get ready! either way, he steps out of a changing room wearing a skirt, a wig, and some heels... and he's... really... kind of distressingly convincing.

he clears his throat with a kind of deep coughing sound, and then speaks in a slightly breathier voice than usual:]

Well? Do you suppose I might fool a woman?

prompt d.
[it strikes francel as a dreadful waste of victuals, but who is he to stop an entire town from having a food fight? he sees where things are headed after the first thrown pie, and — with as much ishgardian dignity as he can muster — very smoothly grabs a plate of dessert and slips beneath the nearest table, planning to simply eat until everything is over.

as it turns out, you are beneath the same table; he brushes against you as he crawls underneath, and he murmurs something that might be i'm sorry, sliding back in an attempt to give you as much space as possible. once settled, francel smiles apologetically and half-raises his plate of cake in a mock-"toast."]

My apologies — is there room for me here? My frame is ill-suited to hiding beneath tables, I know...

[he's 6'7" despite his baby face, so in all likelihood, it is a little cramped.]
Edited 2017-03-18 03:51 (UTC)
raretalentindeed: (What's up there?)


[personal profile] raretalentindeed 2017-03-18 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
[At least the person he's sharing space with doesn't take up much room at all. But projectile foods are dreadfully dangerous for a pixie who could get taken out by a flying dinner roll.

But oh my! Whoever this is strikes Tinkerbell as very fascinating. She's seen people before, even tall people, but never anyone with ears quite that shape. It's taking every ounce of self-control she possesses not to reach out and touch them to satisfy her curiosity.

She flits back and forth, trying to take in everything she can, leaving a thin stream of pixie dust to flitter down in her wake.]

There's plenty of room here! I'm just staying where it's safe.

[Wasn't she not supposed to talk to people? Well too bad. Doing it.]
haillenarte: (16)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
[tinkerbell is equally fascinating to francel. what a tiny being! she resembles what little he's heard about the gridanian elementals — no, actually, she better resembles a nymeian faerie, but he's seen precious few of those. she'd best not touch his ears, though, that might get weird fast. he almost reaches out to let her land on his hand, but he stops himself — perhaps that's rude. she's not a trained falcon or a bluebird or something.]

Oh? Should I escort you somewhere safer? I imagine an errant loaf of bread would be far more dangerous to you than to me.
raretalentindeed: (Let me see...)

[personal profile] raretalentindeed 2017-03-18 06:51 am (UTC)(link)
You're telling me. I barely missed being clobbered by a flying cookie!

And it looked like such a good cookie too.

[Just a tiny pout. All those new and tasty foods going to complete waste.]

An escort would be great. If you don't mind braving the battle.

[Flit flit flit. Looking for a pocket somewhere to take shelter.]
haillenarte: (13)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[he gets the idea from the way she's flitting around. chuckling, francel pulls open his coat, indicating an inner chest pocket that was not originally designed to hold much more than a slip of parchment or a letter-opener, but (by virtue of how large he is already) is certainly big enough to hold her.]

I'm afraid this is the only breast-pocket I have. Will it suffice?
Edited 2017-03-18 14:20 (UTC)
raretalentindeed: (I have the best idea!)

[personal profile] raretalentindeed 2017-03-22 07:34 am (UTC)(link)
That's perfect!

[Tink dives right on in and hangs out with her arms resting on the edge of the pocket.]

Just don't forget I'm in here and bump into something.

[But ah, this fabric feels great. Her tiny tinker hands start touching it then examining the stitches and there's an oooh from her.]

This is really well made. You have a tinker tailor?
thatgoodnight: (instead i'll find a new kind of joke)

B for beautiful omg....

[personal profile] thatgoodnight 2017-03-18 12:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[Also probably not the strangest thing Noctis had ever done for money, but definitely one he's less than thrilled about. Still, here he is, likewise fairly convincing with a wig, dress and heels of his own (albeit fairly low ones) - just... grumpier about it and maybe kind of bored waiting for the other one lucky (?) enough to be drafted into this. Thus, when Francel steps out, he'll find Noctis amusing himself by precariously balancing on the edges of just the heels - a move he soon comes to regret as the throat clearing startles him, and he loses his balance, stumbling and only saving himself from falling by virtue of stumbling into the wall. Grace personified, here.

In any case, trying to cover up his idiocy by just ... casually leaning on the wall after that, he plays it cool and gives Francel a once over.]

Probably. [He thinks if he didn't know Francel was a guy, he probably wouldn't have guessed at first glance. Or second. Or even third. Like, damn son. Dude looks like a lady.

... albeit a lady with some questionable fashion choices. Noctis keeps finding his eyes drawn to the bright feather sticking out of the cap.]
... are you really gonna wear that hat?
haillenarte: (03)

the prettiest princess

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 02:16 pm (UTC)(link)

[francel lifts his hat's brim off his head, then snatches it off entirely, looking at it with mild interest.]

Ah, you are quite right... hats of this fashion were popular in my home city, but yes, perhaps I should leave it off. It was rather rakish for a man, but a proper lady — well-bred — would not wear such things.

[that's... likely not noctis's particular objection to it, but whatever the case, francel sets his hat aside.]

Have you never walked in heels?
thatgoodnight: (maybe i really should stop...)

[personal profile] thatgoodnight 2017-03-18 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[Hearing that, Noctis silently hopes to never visit Francel's home, if hats like that are popular there, especially if he had to dress to local tastes. Francel taking the hat off has one additional benefit, as well, in that it ever so slightly reduces the amount by which he towers over Noct - who frowns at the question and pushes away from the wall to stand up more properly. He shrugs, crossing his arms and hoping his embarrassment isn't too obvious.]

I was just messing around. Have you?
haillenarte: (30)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[francel shrugs.]

Most men of my standing sport respectable heels to their boots. A lady's might rise somewhat higher, but, ah, given that I am...

[tall. too tall. he gestures vaguely to himself.]

...Well, the ceilings in these buildings disagree with me from time to time, so I chose a heel of no more than three ilms.
thatgoodnight: (in your hands)

[personal profile] thatgoodnight 2017-03-18 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
[Noctis snorts at the description of disagreeable ceilings, looking down at his own shoes and turning one leg a bit to eye the heel. It's only about two and a half inches. (He can only guess that's what Francel means by 'ilms'.)]

It's mostly just women who wear higher heels back home. Should I have gone taller?

[Next to Francel, Noctis feels particularly short. Even with the heels, he's still a bit less than 6'.]
haillenarte: (56)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
No, you seem of acceptable stature for a Hyuran woman.

[...that... he didn't say that in a mean way, but it sounds kind of mean?]

Shall we be off? [francel extends his arm for noctis to take — and then catches himself.] Ah — er — forgive me. Force of habit, you see.
thatgoodnight: (why would you do this)

[personal profile] thatgoodnight 2017-03-18 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[He knows 'hyur' are basically humans from Merisia's grumbling, which sort of makes it worse.]

Acceptable statue? [The echo comes out in a slight distressed whine. That just makes him feel even shorter. He sighs.]

It's fine. [Oh stars, they're probably going to have to curtsy and things, aren't they? He'd sucked up his embarrassment enough to ask Iris for tips on walking in heels and sitting in skirts before coming here, but he hadn't actually given any thought to the rest of the mannerisms. He'd had to learn proper etiquette and protocol and all that growing up, of course, and now he's momentarily regretting having deliberately blocked most of it from his mind. He's pretty sure there had been a few notes on the proper behavior of ladies in return that he... can't remember at all.

Well... whatever. It'll be fine. He'll just follow Francel's lead and whenever in doubt, he'll just -- pretend he's Luna, or something. Still, Francel's other asides and mannerisms do make him wonder...]
Are you a lord or something back home or is it just really formal there?
haillenarte: (57)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[francel seems to hesitate for a fraction of a second before he says simply:] I am nobly born, yes.

[he daintily brushes his hair over his shoulders as he walks.]

That being said, the city of Ishgard expects a certain level of decorum even from its commoners. So, to answer your question... a bit of both, I suppose.
thatgoodnight: (aaayyyup)

.... francel needs to wear glasses more omg

[personal profile] thatgoodnight 2017-03-18 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[ -- ok walking in these isn't all that bad, but he'd hate to think what walking on higher heels would be like, and he really hopes no one asks him to run in them.]

Hm. [Ishgard sounds rather stuffy, between the dumb hats and the way he's imagining the 'decorum.'] I see...

[Absently, he reaches up to adjust the wig's bangs before he realizes he probably shouldn't run his hands through the wig hair lest he dislodge it, so he just awkwardly drops it to his side again. This is going to be the most awkward tea...]
sweetcarnage: (Stay another song)


[personal profile] sweetcarnage 2017-03-18 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Sure, room for one more! It's gonna be really cozy with you under here but I don't mind.

[Peri gives the man a wide grin as he joins her under the table. She's covered in all manner of food and drink, with her clothes stained and her face looking like she took a cream bun to the cheek. Not that she seems to mind.]

You waiting for a chance to start a counter attack too? You've got a really nice weapon there, think of the mess it'll make! [Talking about that plate of cake there.]
haillenarte: (48)

[personal profile] haillenarte 2017-03-18 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[oh dear. she's... in need of a handkerchief, isn't she? it's nothing personal, but francel's a little delicate and fastidious, so he offers a weak smile in response and scoots his legs in toward himself. he's not too fond of making a mess...]

Oh, I would sooner eat it, if it's all the same to you. I'm too fond of... [he didn't actually check what kind of cake it was before grabbing it; he looks at the plate.] Too fond of strawberries and cream to... er, throw it.
sweetcarnage: (Oh I know I know about your kind)

[personal profile] sweetcarnage 2017-03-18 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[At this stage she needs at least five handkerchiefs. Probably a bath. But no matter, getting messy during a fight is all a part of the fun.]

Aww, well that's okay! I know the cake here is pretty delish, though I think I could do better than what they have... Ooh, hang on!

[There's someone coming over! When they come a little closer to the table, Peri hurls a handful of pie right at the person's face. The poor person, blinded by pastry and tasty apple filling, quickly recoils and stumbles away.]

Got 'em right in the eyes! [...] So you were saying something about strawberries and cream?