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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!
hellfire_gouka: (embarrassed)


[personal profile] hellfire_gouka 2017-03-18 07:44 am (UTC)(link)
[It seemed like a good way to pass the time and get his mind off of things, when he heard about it, and even if he was a little daunted by the idea of going down into the sewers (ewwww), the rest of it seemed fun enough. This way he could take a look at the unique architecture of Verens, too—and things are better with friends, right?

At some point he notices that friend has vanished from sight, though—probably after he got too invested in examining the buildings and thinking about their construction—and while he's not too worried at first, thinking she may have simply lagged behind the crowd, his concern eventually starts to grow.

It's when he's really starting to worry (and the atmosphere around them has gotten more dim thanks to the collective emotions of the tour group) that Azura finally springs up, and he lets out a yelp, practically jumping out of his shoes as a crystalline crack echoes in the air.]


[But then the blue hair registers, and though his heart is still pounding in his chest, he chuckles weakly with a nervous grin, a hand over his chest as his shoulders slump. He's trembling slightly thanks to the burst of adrenaline.]

Haha... Geez, you really got me... [W-why... Now everyone is staring...]
Edited (i forgot a word.) 2017-03-18 07:46 (UTC)
lazuline: (thirteen)

F it is!!!!!

[personal profile] lazuline 2017-03-18 08:47 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh, she does feel a little bad. Just a liiiittle. But not bad enough not to giggle from behind a hand. She notices the staring from others however, and steps over to set a hand lightly on Shinu's arm.]

It looks like I might have been too good. [You gonna hang in there, new friend?] It took you a while to get here, you must have gotten distracted by all of the buildings. Did you find anything interesting?

[talking about his interests will help right? RIGHT?]
hellfire_gouka: (curious)

[personal profile] hellfire_gouka 2017-03-18 09:06 am (UTC)(link)
[No no, he's fine, he's fine... really...]

M-maybe. [Okay, so Shinju was a little spooked. But now that Azura is safely located, his anxiety starts to fade in earnest, and the touch on his arm helps, as well. Even if she's also the cause of more flipping out. What a good friend she is...

His left hand goes to scratch the back of his neck as he tucks his chin against his chest, trying to ignore the heat in his face.]

Yeah, I uh... got a little lost in thought. Some of the buildings around here are so weird, I have to wonder how they can stand in the first place...

[Magical steampunk buildings do not logical sense make.]
Edited (bleh flow) 2017-03-18 09:09 (UTC)
lazuline: (twentysix)


[personal profile] lazuline 2017-03-18 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
[Are you absolutely sure though. ...Azura won't push, so Ferran can at least save some face.]

They certainly are different. But they seem very old, so surely whatever method it is they've come up with to make it work, works well. [She pauses for a moment, stepping around a bit of rubble as they move along with the tour.]

If you're really curious, we could always explore on our own. [no more scares from Azura, cross her heart.]
noblegarnet: (f: ok then hotshot)


[personal profile] noblegarnet 2017-03-19 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
I... guess so. [He looks something between baffled and incredulous.]

I was thinking it's probably because of the feelings magic thing, honestly... which I'm not sure I'll ever get the hang of.

[Normal non-feelings magic, he can do. But he had enough trouble handling things when they didn't literally manifest around him. Even so. He's not going to argue with the chance to admire them anyway.]

Well, only if you're interested. I don't want to drag you along just because I want to see something.
lazuline: (fourtyone)

so grumpy *pinches cheeks*

[personal profile] lazuline 2017-03-20 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
[The smallest smile plays along Azura's features as she playfully hooks one of her arms with Ferran's own.]

Don't be silly. I would not offer if I didn't find some interest in it myself. But you're right. Perhaps it does have something to do with the magic they have here. [Emotions. Azura has gotten better at actually displaying her own, but having them on display otherwise still is strange. They have quite a bit in common...

...with that, however, she waits until they're passing another gap in a few buildings and lightly pulls Ferran along with her. If they're going to be mischievous and sneak off, she's down.]
noblegarnet: (f: everything is perfectly fine)

waaaugh /swats

[personal profile] noblegarnet 2017-03-20 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
[He does brighten up a little bit when she says she's interested, and though he's a little embarrassed by the gesture, he doesn't move to pull away, either.]

There is a lot to see, that's for sure. [And if she's willing to hear him go on about his world's architecture...

She gets no resistance from him when she pulls them through an alleyway, a bit of nervous excitement buzzing in him, gentle noises almost like wind chimes following them. Sure, they've been here for a little while, but the city is still a pretty big place, and there's a strange sense of freedom to being here that makes him both giddy and a bit intimidated. ... partly because he has a terrible sense of direction.]

So... should we stick around here with all the old stuff, or is there anything else you wanted to take a closer look at? [Every district has its own charm—well, the slums are scary in a way, too, but even they make him think of movies where something cool happens in the rundown districts.]
lazuline: (twelve)

[personal profile] lazuline 2017-03-20 09:28 am (UTC)(link)
[Azura has no real preference on where they go herself, as long as the boring non-ghost filled tour is over and they find something more interesting to do.]

Oh, hm... It looked like the Administrative Quarter had some interesting buildings. Much different from these. [and taller, and also more well lit, considering the darker time of day. It'd be easier to see things.]

But it's a bit of a walk. What do you think?

[Though her countenance seemed about as even as usual, along with the sound of wind chimes small notes of various cool tones trailed along after them, enhancing the sound the chimes made themselves.]
noblegarnet: (f: everything is perfectly fine)

[personal profile] noblegarnet 2017-03-21 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
Works for me. [Ferran has no problem walking around for a while, and because that giant crystal tower is there, he doesn't think they'll have any problems finding it, either.]

The library is over there, too, I think, so maybe we could sit down and look at some of their books if we get tired.

[He hasn't had the chance to go in there just yet, so it would be a nice way to spend the evening even by itself.]