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Empatheias Events ([personal profile] empevents) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2017-03-17 08:48 pm
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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!
frankenfran: (Better safe and shitfaced)

Fran Madaraki | Franken Fran

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-18 07:03 am (UTC)(link)
[Prompt B: ST0310 Part A]

[Fran definitely doesn't look like someone ready to go adventuring and killing beasts, but she's managed to slide her way into the group anyhow... Probably without even asking anyone or anything, she just fucking showed up like she was always supposed to be here. She tilts her head from one side to the other, considering, and suddenly raises a hand to get attention]

I know we're supposed to be exterminating them, but... Would it be okay if we saved a couple? Preferably a breeding pair... I'd like to keep them to study. Besides, aren't they a little too cute to kill?

[This could be said about any of the creatures they're being sent to kill]

[Prompt B: ST0310 Part B: Warning for body horror/some gore but nothing terribly detailed]

[There's bound to be causalities and all on an expedition like this. Not everyone can come out alive every time, right? And some poor soul has been apparently torn limb from limb or something, if the random arm dragging itself towards the town again is any indication--

Wait what?

Yep, that sure is a slender arm dragging itself around. It pauses and the hand writes 'come quick. Bring thread' into the dirt and waits. Do you follow it??

If you do decide to follow the arm (or pick it up and carry it and let it point out the way to go, which is the quicker method honestly) you'll come across one Fran.

Well, what's left of Fran. Various body parts seem to be flung around the ground, but Fran is still sitting with her upper torso propped up against a tree, her head half-hanging off, but smiling cheerfully

Oh, good, someone came! Did you bring the thread? I have a needle but I ran out of the thread when I was sewing my head back on!

[This is fine.]

[Prompt D: Warning for more mild body/eye horror]

[Fran's really just trying to avoid being caught up in this herself, casually shoving bystanders in the way so they can be hit in her place. Dammit man, she's a doctor not a moving target!

Besides, her body's still recovering from her last adventure outside the city (probably the prompt mentioned above, honestly)!

Case in point, when she's suddenly violently jostled from behind, making her stumble forward and... her eyeball pops right out.
] Oops! Excuse me, excuse me...

[She claps a hand over the socket and is on hands and knees now, accidentally tripping people as she tries to track down the wayward eye. Maybe it's come to rest by your foot, maybe you're one of the people accidentally tripping over her as she crawls on the ground. Either way the eye has some good luck to avoid being stepped on this long]

Excuse me, please don't move so suddenly, I need to find it--! [She could always get a new one somewhere but, like, it's her eye thanks] It's going to get so dirty... [UGH!!]
oligomania: (pushing through the lies within)

Prompt B, Part A

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-18 08:51 am (UTC)(link)
[Somehow Velvet's ended up paired up with this individual to go monster-hunting. She didn't particularly care that another individual was tagging along, it honestly reminded her of the days when both Magilou and Rokurou had decided to follow her before either of them actually joined in the fight.]

Do what you want so long as you don't get in my way. [Of course she has her own agenda once they get there and it isn't to just exterminate the monsters.]
frankenfran: (I'm not so good at organized events)

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-18 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, of course! I wouldn't dream of it.

[Fran looks pleased though.] You seem more than capable of handling anything that comes our way anyhow. Oh, but.. How do you kill them? Their bodies on't be totally destroyed, will they? I should probably save some parts too...

[She trails off, looking thoughtful as she starts calculating this out]
oligomania: (no longer will this fight prolong)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-18 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Good. [Nothing she dislikes more than someone who's useless.]

You don't have to worry about me, I've fought worse and survived. [Don't let the entirely bandaged arm fool you.] I have a variety of different ways but I'll be using a sword. You could probably bring back some parts. The client might even prefer proof that we've done our jobs rather than simply taking our word for it.

[She didn't know how well informed this guild was but Velvet didn't think it would be nearly as good as the Bloodwings were back home. As for how disturbing this conversation might be to others, Velvet takes it all in stride.]
frankenfran: (I'm not so good at organized events)

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-19 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
Well, if you're torn limb from limb, don't worry too much. I can stitch you back together good as new! Since we're working together for this, I won't even charge you. This time. [She's still gotta make a living normally, okay?

And oh yeah, for proof. That's a good reason to take samples back too, huh. Fran's gaze does slide to the bandaged arm, though.
] If you're hurt or something, I can help there too. I don't know if I could find new skin or something, assuming that's the problem, but if you find an arm you like I could switch them out...?

[This is a normal conversation]
oligomania: (and hate that I have seen)

[personal profile] oligomania 2017-03-19 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
That's reassuring. [Deadpan but hey, if that happens at least she'd still be able to get her revenge. Not that she'll need it.] Did you stitch yourself back together?

[If Fran wants to take her own parts back, that's on her. Velvet lifts her bandaged arm, hand curling into a fist.] There's nothing wrong with this arm, just what I need. Don't get any ideas of trying to take it for yourself, you'll regret it.

[Not said in a threatening way - more like a warning that the arm itself is more trouble than its worth.]
mon_dieu: by gottajuice (Animal Vegetable and Information)


[personal profile] mon_dieu 2017-03-18 11:51 am (UTC)(link)
[Antoine has been trying to get out of this too - food is hard to get out of fur - but he can't resist the plea of a damsel in distress!]

Ah, let me be helping you, fair mademoiselle! Eet ees ze duty of every noble gentleman to assist a maiden.

[He assumes she got dirt in her eye and is looking for a handkerchief or something. So he kneels down, looks around and...

... that's an eyeball.

... Apologies to your eardrums because Antoine has started screaming not unlike a six year old schoolgirl.
frankenfran: (i like being sick.)

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-18 04:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you-- [That's okay, Fran doesn't even appear to notice his screaming. She's sort of used to it as background noise by this point.]

Oh, there it is! [She crawls over and picks the eyeball up, blowing gently on it to try and get some of the dirt off of it.] It is all dirty. Hey, do you have some water and a cloth or something?

[She just keeps on pleasantly speaking like this is totally normal]
mon_dieu: by gottajuice (And I Quote The Fights Historical)

[personal profile] mon_dieu 2017-03-18 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[The good news is that he's stopped screaming. The bad news is he's pretty sure he's gunna upchuck any second. EW EW EW EW EW EW EW -

But, bragging from earlier aside, he is in fact a gentleman, and he does in fact have some cloth on hand. He is, VERY SHAKILY, taking out a hanky from one of the many pockets of his belt.

Y-Y-You can be using zis. And zen keep it. Seriously.
frankenfran: (thanks for letting me perform)

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-19 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
[Just don't throw up on her eyeball, please, it's gross enough as it is.]

Thanks! You're sweet. [Fran grins and takes the cloth, cradling the eyeball gently as she wipes away the dirt. It's not perfect but she figures her tearducts will handle cleaning off the rest of it, so she pops it back into her head. It takes a moment, but soon she pulls her hand away and grins. There's a line of blood down her face, but she seems...happy...at least...]

That could've ended badly! I didn't want to try and find a new one any time soon.... Hey are you going to be alright? You don't look so great.
mon_dieu: by olrasonicions (I Can Tell Undoubted Raphaels)

[personal profile] mon_dieu 2017-03-19 12:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[AUUUUUGH. He turns his head away, trying to control his stomach. But he can't actually say YOU GROSS ME OUT SO MUCH I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I'LL EVER EAT AGAIN because, y'know. Rudeness. But any food around them is curdling and going sour.]

I-I-I...I'm just not used to young ladies falling apart at ze seams so easily!

[A joke. Bad one, but. Still.]
notfresh: (12)

Prompt D

[personal profile] notfresh 2017-03-19 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[Herbert just barely avoids falling over the girl, stopping just before his legs hit her. A single, thin eyebrow raised at her.]

What is? [This may or may not be the best person to have found her.]
frankenfran: (i like being sick.)

[personal profile] frankenfran 2017-03-20 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
[Fran looks up with her good eye, hand planted firmly over the empty socket of the other; it's less about not wanting to freak people out and more about not wanting further foreign contaminants to get inside it or something.]

Have you seen an eyeball rolling through here? [She points at her good eye] It's round and pretty and looks just like this one. I need the one that has gold-orange iris. [Like there's any other eyeballs he could potentially get it mixed up with. Please.

And ignore the blood streaming down the side of her face from under her palm. It's fiiiinnee
notfresh: (06)

[personal profile] notfresh 2017-03-20 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
I can't say I have. [A glass eye then? That's how he interprets it anyway, well whatever she must have hurt herself pretty bad if she's bleeding like that, and her prosthetic popped out. Luckily for her he's a DOCTOR. Paging Doctor Sexy. But in all seriousness though he starts to glance around.]

Though more importantly it looks like you're hurt. Let me take a look. [Or don't, that's fine too.]