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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!
unfairest_ofthemall: (Though He's Far Away)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-20 01:00 pm (UTC)(link)
O-Oh, right, of course.

[She clears her throat, trying again. She glances at Snow - huh. She's... familiar looking. But she dismisses it.]

Hello! How do you do?

[That does seem to get them to look up, at least.]
onebadapple: (What's this then?)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-20 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
[Snow White smiled as she placed a gentle hand on Apple's shoulder.]

She said, hello and how do you do! [She placed her other hand on her hip and the animals were quick to come to full attention for Snow.] There we are. You just need a firm but gentle hand.

Now then, everyone! Whatever this nice young lady asks of you, I expect you to do, a little cleaning up never hurt anyone, after all. And she even said you could whistle while you work! Of course, you can always hum a merry tune as well!
unfairest_ofthemall: (Someday I'll Find My Love)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-20 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[There's a bit of envy, but she's not letting that show through.]

Wow, you must have aced Beast Training and Care! I guess using it outside of class was just the tiniest bit harder than I thought.
onebadapple: (With a smile and a song)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-20 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Beast Training and Care? Goodness no, they're just my friends! [She giggled.] Is that what you're learning in school? How wonderful! Learning to take care of our animal friends is wonderfully important! [She held out her hand and a bluebird was quick to fly to it.]
unfairest_ofthemall: (And I'll Know Her)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-20 11:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh? You mean... you can do this just all on your own?

[Okay. Jealousy is a little seeping through here.]

I... I guess I just have to work much, much harder.
onebadapple: (Will you help me?)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-20 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[If there's one emotion Snow will forever be oblivious too, it's jealousy.]

That's a wonderful attitude to have! Working and trying your hardest is how you get things done! Although, having a smile and a song doesn't hurt either. I love to sing while I work. I'm sure they do too! Why don't you start a tune for them?
unfairest_ofthemall: (And Steal A Kiss Or Two)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-20 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I haven't exactly mastered making up songs all my own... But... this is a good opportunity to learn!

[She clears her throat. To be fair, her singing voice is lovely.]

This is quite a mess we've got
And it's looking not so hot
But if we work together right,
We can ... Ah... might... height...white...?
onebadapple: (Well isn't that wonderful!)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-21 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
But if we work together right,
We can make it all such a pretty sight?

[She offered in the same tune.]
unfairest_ofthemall: (Someday When My)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-21 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
[And just like that, the animals get to work - rolling up tablecloth, picking up silverware, and so on.]

Oh! It worked! Finally! I can get them to come to me easily, it's making them work that's always the hard part.
onebadapple: (The little things to bring us joy)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-21 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
You did it! [Snow White clapped and then turned to her own animal friends.]

Would you be so kind as to help her and the others out? [Her animals all nodded and the birds kept Apple's tune as they helped the other animals.] Now then, let's help out as well, get this place set to right! Just like in your song!
unfairest_ofthemall: (That Moment Will Be)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-21 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Of course. And one day, I'll get it right, I just need to practice. Someday, I might even be as good as my mother.
onebadapple: (The little things to bring us joy)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-23 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
Oh! Is your mother fond of animals too? That's wonderful that you have so much in common with her! And me as well. I'm very fond of animals too! Oh! But how rude of me not to introduce myself. My name is Snow White! What might your name be?
unfairest_ofthemall: (He'll Whisper I Love You)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-23 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I'm...




[She slaps her ears, and then laughs nervously.]

I'm ever so sorry, but could you say your name again? I must still be woozy from the world traveling... thing. I almost thought you said "Snow White".
onebadapple: (It's very nice to meet you!)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-24 09:03 am (UTC)(link)
[What an odd thing to do!]

Hmm? Well, you thought that because I did! [She giggled.] My name is Snow White, how do you do?
unfairest_ofthemall: (Comes To Me)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-24 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
[She blurts it out without thinking.]

onebadapple: (Modest child)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-25 07:24 am (UTC)(link)
[Snow White blinked and then blinked again, not quite putting two and two together because the idea of meeting her daughter, while possible, was not anything she would have ever considered happening while in Verens.]

Is your mother named Snow White too? I've never met another person named Snow White before! How funny!
unfairest_ofthemall: (He'll Whisper I Love You)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-25 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[Whereas Apple is putting two and two, adding it, multiplying it, dividing it... Anyway. There are far too many coincidences to believe that this is her mother - save for the fact that she's suddenly a preteen. The surprise and stress makes the ground crack under her, and even makes some of the animals run off.]

N-No way... I know this place takes people from whatever, but... whenever?!

You... Aren't you... supposed to be in the Evil Queen's castle? O-Or living with the dwarfs?
onebadapple: (Now what should I do?)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-27 07:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh! [She put a hand out to rest it on Apple's shoulder, since the girl was clearly distraught.]

Whatever is wrong?

[At the second set of questions, she smiled.]

Well, I was living with the dwarfs just before I came here, I had just bitten into an apple you see. I don't think I can return home until that curse is broken, though!
unfairest_ofthemall: (And Steal A Kiss Or Two)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-27 07:24 pm (UTC)(link)
But - but that means you are Snow White! THE Snow White! I'm...

[How do you explain this? Should it be explained? But Apple has been brought up to never lie and always say the truth even when it would be better to keep your trap up. Blame the mother from another world. So even thought she absolutely doesn't want to say it, it comes out.]

I'm... I think... I'm pretty sure... You're from my past. Or I'm from your future. Either way... I-I'm your daughter. Apple White.
onebadapple: (Will you help me?)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-28 05:30 am (UTC)(link)
[She blinked, and then blinked again. Snow White had a daughter? Did that mean she and her prince- Why on Earth would she name her after an apple, though? She hesitated for a moment and then slowly reached out, gently holding Apple's cheek, her brow knitted together as she tried to see her or her prince's face in this girl.]

Apple White... [Well, her skin was certainly white as snow! Apple was as pale as she was. And her lips were as red as the rose.... And her eyes...]

You have his same eyes... [She whispered, gently running a thumb along Apple's cheek.] This is so terribly strange... but to have a daughter! Oh how wonderful! [She smiled.] I think I know why I must have named you Apple.
unfairest_ofthemall: (Though He's Far Away)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-28 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
["Apple, your popularity points are declining, what is the meaning of this?!"
"Apple, if that girl doesn't poison you, how are you ever going to get your happily ever after?"
"Apple, you can't mingle with the rebels!"
"Apple, don't disappoint me!"

It doesn't really...mesh with the gentle touch on her cheek and the kind voice speaking to her. What happened in the years after Snow White married the prince...?

Apple manages to smile, trying to see the best in things, as always.

Of course! I was named after your legacy, after all, so I could follow in your footsteps.
onebadapple: (Now what might this be?)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-30 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
[That's cause your mom is an imposter and an outright bitch who is following in step-mommy dearest's footsteps.]

Oh... Follow in my footsteps? Is that what you want to do?
unfairest_ofthemall: (Default)

[personal profile] unfairest_ofthemall 2017-03-30 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course! It's all I ever wanted! I want to be just like you!
onebadapple: (I'll always remember your kindness)

[personal profile] onebadapple 2017-03-30 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Just like me? [Snow supposes it's not strange for a little girl to want to be like her mother.] Well, while there's nothing... wrong with that, Apple dear, I think it would be wonderful if you allowed yourself to be... well, yourself!

You're my daughter, you have all the best things about me and the prince and you can go even further and be even greater because of it! Surely there's some things you don't like doing even if I might? And that's alright! Maybe you don't like baking as much as I do, you shouldn't force yourself to... though I do insist you at least know how to cook.

You should learn what you can from your father and I, but you should still take those lessons to shine brighter as yourself, not as the next Snow White.