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Empatheias Events ([personal profile] empevents) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2017-04-17 04:19 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 Monday, April 24th and Applications (Canon | OC) open a week later on May 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: Elios’ land was a great place to hold this year’s festival, but it’s always best to leave a place as you found it. This is especially important for the surface, as there’s a lot of work put into trying to heal the different domains that span the land down below Verens. Anyone who volunteers for cleaning duty is getting paid, and vouchers to several of the cafes up in Verens as a reward! For anyone not interested in cleaning but interested in a new closing ceremony of sorts, they can instead attend a fireside dance that will be held for the next few nights at the site of the festival once things are tidied up.
  1. Cleanup Ordeals. Not too much mess was left around luckily as most people who helped organize the Festival understand the importance of cleaning up the mess you make, but it looks like the tent areas have a lot left to clean up and take down. Removing flowers and string lights, packing up fabric and blankets, and generally picking up trash here and there left by festival goers is the main job. It’s a big job, and the festival organizers encourage anyone with special skills or dunamis practice to use whatever they have at their disposal to speed things along.
  2. Fireside Dance.It’s a small, simple gathering done once the sun has gone down and the sky is dark. The fire is stoked hot, surrounded by worn black stones painted with Elios’ symbol in red and orange tones of paint. The dance is a quick one, requiring two circles, an inner and outer one. Partners on the outer circle travel the inner circle and wind up dancing with each person in turn. Luckily it’s pretty quick to learn and everyone spirits run warm to match flushed cheeks. At the end, each participant is asked to throw a small twig into the fire and express a moment of love or hate, in the pursuit of balance.

• Prompt E: During the festival this month there was a curious prize at one of the game booths. Some of the Elios plushes from the bobbing for ducks booth seem to not have been plushies at all! After a few days of having one in your possession, The plush will engulf in non spreading flames and burn completely out, revealing one small egg, white or black. Depending on your mood the past few days, the egg will either hatch a leathery or feathery winged creature. Hopefully you’ve been in a good mood! Luckily, the creatures are only around long enough to perform their duty before winking out of existence again.
  1. Bad Egg. Negative emotions have lead to a sour and dark winged creature who is up to mischief. They will not listen to their “owner” and instead are quite often out to make things difficult for them. 3 misfortunes or specific instances of bad luck will happen over three days to their possessor while they run amok. A claw shaped trinket is left behind as a reminder to try and enjoy life and not get caught up in bad moods.
  2. Good Egg. Positive emotions will lead to a happy, bright and angelic feather winged creature. They’re mischievous as well, but often in gentler ways, and sometimes try to play cupid for their owner. These playful creatures will grant 3 small wishes over three days for their owner, such as desires for better weather, tastier food or small trinkets. No wishing for a million sylvs here! Once it poofs out of existence in a puff of glitter it leaves behind a small pearl as a reminder to value the things they have and experiences they get that make live worth living.

• Prompt F: A small ring of Circus performers from Thesthai have traveled up to Verens and set up a tent out near lake Niras. It’s a small Circus performance, a prelude to something that might be bigger in the future. All performances are done by the Circus members themselves, from acrobatics and magic tricks, to displays of fearless daredevilry with the help of Verens steam-punk inspired vehicles. Overall it seems to be garnering a lot of attention, causing a several day repeat showing of the activities. Performancy plays a central role in some setups, and they seem to be the most popular...
  1. Animal Experience.Enjoy the animal menagerie, all sorts of creatures are here. They’re all well taken care of, and seem to enjoy the food and pettings they’re getting from the attendees. Happy animals make for happy animal loving customers afterall! There IS one catch.. mischevious circus performers will cast performancy on those who aren't paying enough attention to their surroundings, and circus goers in the menagerie area may find something new if they look in a mirror. Animal ears and tails and a host of other features! Don’t worry. It’s temporary and all in good fun.
  2. Carnival Games. Carnival type games have been set up outside the main tent, including a lot of familiar games that may have been seen during the Zephyras Flower Festival. Ring Toss, water laser races, darts, and the good old fashioned strong arm competition are all part of the setup. The prizes here range from simple small toys to bigger 4 foot tall plushies. Careful though, some of these setups might actually be rigged. The house has to have an advantage, in the end. Where would they make their money?

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include geese and/or potatoes.

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!
boldsimplicity: (This is the plan)

when two big hams meet

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-19 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
[Ishimaru can't stop himself from making a startled yell when the obviously evil voice begins to echo in his mind. W-what sort of trick is this?! Ignoring the fact that people are now giving him strange looks and some even slowly walking away from him, Ishimaru decides to yell back in his head.

He never thought he'd have a battle in his own mind, but he must stop this!]

H-hello evil voice in my head! [He may have said some of that out loud too because this intensity can't simply be contained to just mental shouting.]

I don't know who you are or how you're in my head, but I simply won't let that comment slide! Schools are the foundation for building up effort, the only way people can change the world!

In fact, I find it sad that you could think that they are insignificant!! If you put more effort into your studies, you'd understand what I'm saying here!

An underground school for warlocks is simply not the same. I have no intention in becoming one!
hamnation: (you have insulted my honor (dr3))

the ultimate showdown

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-19 01:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[It's cool Ishimaru, it's totally cool. There's just a Satan shouting in your head at the moment, everything is Fine.]

Hello indeed! [He answers that relatively casually, glad to be recognized for the evil that he is, before he goes back into the dramatics.]

Is that what you truly believe? Hmph, well I find it pitiable that you put such faith in a frail and broken system. They only teach humans how to continue humanity's foolish ways. Occasionally there are lessons about truly interesting subjects such as learning of the world's various beasts, but those are few and far between!

If you refuse my ways, then you are the one who is missing out! Through dark magic and alliances with various demon beasts, one can change a world much more easily than relying on mankind's ways!
boldsimplicity: (Default)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-21 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
[Nothing about this is fine!! The ultimate moral compass hearing such dastardly words in his own mind...!]

Yes! I truly believe this! If there are problems in the system, I will work hard to fix them! It's my duty as the chairman of the public morals committee to create such an environment!

Dark magic won't fix anything! For one thing, it's not real!
[Even though he's somehow talking to Ishimaru like this!! Truly strange, but he can't let that affect him!]

Only through the effort of ordinary people can the world change!
Edited 2017-04-21 01:20 (UTC)
hamnation: (i've already plotted your doom)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-21 01:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[The denial of dark magic may annoy him, but if anything, he can appreciate the stranger's resolve.]

Kehehe... So that is your human ambition. You deny the power of dark magic, yet you will strive to accomplish feats through mere 'effort' alone.

You fiend... Your ignorance may be your undoing! And yet, it may be amusing to see how far you can get!
boldsimplicity: (How dare you disrespect the chair)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-22 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
[A f-fiend?! There's nothing morally wrong with believing that effort is everything!]

I-I'm not a fiend! You're the fiend if you truly rely on dark magic or other lazy methods to achieve your goals! You'll never understand the importance of hard work by continuing this path!

[He has to prove this to all those geniuses out there too! If he can convince this evil voice in his head about his determination, then he's already one step closer!]
hamnation: (you must BURN for your insolence)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-22 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[The person is almost fun to tease... but then that retort managed to succeed in frustrating Gundam, and so he barks back evilly.]

Lazy?! Calling me a fiend only flatters me, but the rest of your statement reeks of falsehood! There is nothing lazy about the dark path that I've traveled. It is I who has come into conflict with the forces of the underworld itself! You should not compare me to a mere layman... My power has been well-earned!
boldsimplicity: (WHAAAAAAAT)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-23 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
[Is something like that true? But dark magic doesn't exist, right?! Ishimaru normally wouldn't even consider the idea, but he's having a shouting match in his head after being transported to a strange world without any warning whatsoever.

Not to mention, this completely suspicious person was able to hear his initial thoughts about the lack of schools here! COULD IT BE THAT HE'S BEING TRUTHFUL??]

Is that how you were able to hear my thoughts and enter my mind?! Are you channeling demons from the underworld?! That's heinous!

[That's truly what's going on, Ishimaru... A+ reasoning there.]
hamnation: (my laugh echoes from the bowels of hell)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-23 01:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[A surge of pride shows itself clearly through the connection.]

Fuhahahaha! That's very good, as I delight in being absolutely heinous. I have forged pacts with many demons and mastered many forbidden arts.

[A beat.]

...But, to be honest, this interception of your thoughts is due to this world's natural magic, as opposed to my own. I do not have to rely on my evil power so much in this place!

[Or rather he learns this world's magic to hide his lack of actual powers.]
boldsimplicity: (Default)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-25 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
That's hardly something to be proud of!

[Oh... so he's not responsible for this mental connection? Ishimaru doesn't think he's lying-- honesty is one good trait he could say about this evil presence! Although, the real answer is just as strange, the world's natural magic...]

But if you aren't responsible for this, it seems that you aren't as heinous as I originally thought!

[He's starting to doubt the whole dark magic thing now, but he hasn't thrown the idea completely out yet. THIS WORLD IS TRULY CHALLENGING HIS THINKING...]
hamnation: (this is not what was prophecized!)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-25 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
What?! You can't take that back!

[His frustration is palpable through the connection, and he tries to make his voice sound even scarier!]

I am more heinous than all of your nightmares combined!

[Although, he's actually petting some animals at the local animal shelter as he has this conversation, so some images of fuzzy kittens may leak through.]

If you kneel before me now, I may forget your transgression when Judgement Day arrives!
boldsimplicity: (Declare)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-27 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
Since I was wrong with my assumption, I must take it back! Also, sending images of kittens is typically not something an evil fiend would do! That's far too cute!

[Wouldn't a true evil send pictures of... demons?? OR EVEN WORSE, STUDENTS DITCHING CLASS...]

I must decline! I do not wish to set that sort of example for others here!
hamnation: (hear my law and tremble!)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-27 06:11 am (UTC)(link)
Hrngh...! Cute as that may be, that does not constitute true proof! They could be kittens born of the devil himself!


You will serve as an example, whether you intend to or not!
Edited 2017-04-27 06:11 (UTC)
boldsimplicity: (This is the plan)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-04-29 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Kittens are not born from the devil! They come from other cats!!

[Bulletproof logic there, Ishimaru.]

Is that a challenge? Then I accept! I won't bow down to you no matter what you say!
hamnation: (my laugh echoes from the bowels of hell)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-04-30 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
[He's really loading up those truth bullets!]

True as that may be, not all cats dwell in our earthly realm! Even the underworld itself has a need for creatures so furry!

Fuhahaha! Your defiance is entertaining. You will regret those words in time!
boldsimplicity: (Here me out)

[personal profile] boldsimplicity 2017-05-01 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
I don't believe you! What proof do you have that cats come from the underworld?! I'd would think that such a place would burn their fur right off!

[He really is still standing in the same spot and arguing with Gundam in his head. At least the people around him have stopped giving him strange looks... mostly because they wanted to avoid the weird kid.]

We shall see! But I will say this now to not get your hopes up! In fact, you may be the one on your knees when we finally meet!
hamnation: (you cannot best me)

[personal profile] hamnation 2017-05-03 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
Proof? My very word is proof! Everything I say is the testimony of a high-level being. And if you truly believe that the hellcat could be defeated so easily, then you are only underestimating the power of they and their fur!

[Poor Ishimaru... the animals surrounding Gundam are far less judgemental, especially since he pets them even while he shouts mentally.]

A bold claim for a human! Kehehe, now I'm interested to see how far you get.