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The Underground Mods ([personal profile] undergroundmods) wrote in [community profile] thetube2016-04-28 09:31 pm
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Test Drive Meme: April/May 2016



Welcome to the Underground test drive meme! This is where you can try out the AU version of your character, start some potential CR and get a feel for the world of the game. Choose your character's species, read up on the available factions and you're ready to go. Put your character's name and canon in your subject line when you post, tag out, and have fun!

Note to current players: Activity in this meme counts as game canon! So you can use it for activity check. If you end up playing anything that you can't or don't want to use as game canon, it's fine to ignore it. (In that case you shouldn't submit it for activity check.)

Here are some prompts to inspire you:

1) GOING UNDERGROUND. For some people, London is an escape. A place to be anonymous. A place to be themselves. Or a place to hide. Steeped in ancient magic, it attracts supernatural types from all over the world. Of course, that doesn't mean its inhabitants are always friendly to newcomers.

2) CHOOSE YOUR LEADERS. The Night Council election campaign is in full swing and on 5th May the supernatural community votes for its leaders. Visit any supernatural haunt and you'll find people arguing about who to vote for – not to mention the volunteers handing out badges and flyers in an effort to win your support. Try to keep it civil, folks.

3) THE PUBLIC WANTS WHAT THE PUBLIC GETS. (29th April) The Night Council candidates gather in a town hall in Westminster to explain why the supernatural community should vote for them. Traditionally a noisy and raucous event, it's your last opportunity to heckle question the candidates before the election. There are four separate Q&As: first up are the candidates for Shapeshifter/Meta Human representative; then candidates for Witch Representative; then Vice President; then finally the candidates for President will take to the stage. They each make a short speech and then take questions from the audience. Or if you want, you could just turn up for a free meal: in the room next door there's a sandwich buffet plus tea, coffee and fruit juice, so it's a good opportunity to mingle.

4) FIRE FESTIVAL. (1st May) The fire festival of Beltane is a time of celebration for witches, marking the beginning of summer. Come along to the bonfire for music, food and drink, flower crowns and fertility rituals.

5) SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. (1st May) Beltane is also a time when the barrier between the human world and the Other Realm is at its thinnest, making it easy to pass from one realm to the other by chance. You might even have an encounter with the mysterious and mischievous fae.

6) WHAT'S DONE CANNOT BE UNDONE. You've gone too far, done something you know you'll regret. Maybe you ran away, broke a promise, even committed a crime. Maybe you've been supernaturally transformed. Either way, there's no going back.

7) WHAT ANGEL WAKES ME FROM MY FLOWERY BED? Oh, sweet mortal. There's an enchantment on you that makes you suddenly, devastatingly attractive. Especially to more magical types.

8) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. Anything goes.
bellbound: (this cat is curious)

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[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-07 05:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"You know, tonight is not a good night for witches to be walking home alone."

The voice comes from somewhere near the girl's feet and there's a hissing, otherworldly quality about it. A small white cat emerges from beneath a parked car, sharp gaze fixed on the girl. His collar proclaims that he's not one of the free fae crossing over from the Other Realm. He's the bound sort, already in service to a witch and to the whole of Circle Midnight.
archisorte: (Folded arms)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-07 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Reines looks down at the voice's source, her eyes suggesting that she's more entertained by the warning than genuinely interested in taking it into account.

"Most likely not," she says lightly, her voice butter smooth. "But it's the route I've gone with nonetheless."

There had, over the years between the passing of Kayneth Archibald and Reines taking up the mantle of being the family's head, been rumours that the man had started to research in the darker arts. A fae lead to the death of him and his fiance according to some of the rumours. Others named a student responsible, and sometimes it was hypothesized that it was just a gunshot wound.

Reines knew it was the first one thanks to the extensive notes left behind. She also knew it was on her to ensure that those rumours be quashed entirely and expunged from memory, which meant toeing the party line of Circle Daybreak was essential. Even if Kayneth's research had been fascinating to read up on, and the few summonings Reines had tried in the family's ancestral home outside of the city had been nothing short of a thrill.
Edited 2016-05-07 23:54 (UTC)
bellbound: (oh please - what now?)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
She's either very confident or acting suspiciously. Mogget is a cynic and chooses the latter interpretation. He pads over to her, tail in the air, sniffing for any sign of fae magic.

"May I ask why?"
archisorte: (Folded arms)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 05:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"Is 'because I felt like it' a good enough reason?" Reines asks in turn. It's closer to the words of a petulant child than a mature witch who should carry herself with dignity and grace, but it's also the truth of the matter.

There's no sign of fae magic about, if only because it's been a long time for an opportunity to dabble with the stuff has presented itself.
bellbound: (bound & belled)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 06:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"That isn't a reason." It isn't even an excuse. He cleans his whiskers with a paw, careful not to allow the bell on his collar to make a sound. "It's none of my business, I'm sure, but shouldn't a good little Daybreak witch be warding herself against the temptations that may present themselves on this fair night?"

As a fae bound in service to Circle Midnight, Mogget always knows a Circle Midnight witch when he sees one. This witch is not Circle Midnight; ergo she must be Circle Daybreak. So he's guessing, but it's an educated guess.
archisorte: (Calm explaining)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"Probably," Reines agrees, nodding her head. That's all sorts of confirmation about this particular visitor, and it pleases her to hear it. "And wouldn't you be well within your rights to do something beyond offer me pleasant conversation? Unless all this talk is prelude."

That last part being true wouldn't surprise Reines at all. Honestly, it's what she's expecting.
bellbound: (take off my collar - go on)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
He pauses with the whisker cleaning. Well, that's not the response of a good little Daybreak witch, is it? How intriguing.

His gaze is unblinking. "Prelude to what exactly?"

If she wants something from him, she'll have to ask.
archisorte: (Arrogant)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
A single elegant shrug is the response, coupled with, "I'm sure you could come up with a few creative ideas."

Not that that's the ideal outcome, really. Reines would rather not have to actually us any magic this evening, and risk any movements that would make her appearance anything less than perfection itself.

"For my part, I'm happy to part ways and remark upon this encounter to no one."
bellbound: (better than you)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
He could come up with all sorts of creative ideas that would most likely get her killed, yes. He toys with that idea for a moment, tail twitching.

"What is your name?" he asks eventually.

If they are to part ways, he'd like to know who she is so that they could meet again.
archisorte: (Staring)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Isn't there some writings about true names and power with fae?"

Reines has read enough of her late uncle's writing to know damn well that you don't give names to fae if you value your life. Her smile is thin, asking how dumb do you think I am?
bellbound: (Default)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
So she knows something about fae, which means she's not entirely stupid.

Mogget's eyes gleam. "Oh, you don't have to worry about that with me. I am but a servant, already in service to another of your kind. I merely wish to pass on your interest to my mistress."

Totally innocent. No hidden motives here.
archisorte: (Sneaks up from behind)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"You must be very fond of her then."

It's a sharp right from the question at hand, but it's follow up is something Reines is genuinely curious to know. "Do you enjoy being bonded to her?"
bellbound: (unimpressed)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"As much as the fly enjoys the web."

That would be a no then. Nor is it something he wants to talk about. The cat's expression turns flat, not inviting any further questions.
archisorte: (A thought)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"Quite what I thought."

No one enjoyed being stuck in servitude to another, that was a universal truth regardless of living in this realm or the other.

"So then why even bother me if you didn't have an ulterior motive?"
bellbound: (better than you)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"I was curious." After all, he is a cat. "And I have told you, I will pass on your name if you are willing to share it."

She seemed interested in him because he's a fae. And with that being the case, she may be of interest to Circle Midnight.
archisorte: (Arrogant)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"At least your form suits your personality."

Really, physical description is probably more than enough information to go by if details were to be shared. Ideally they won't be, but Reines has low expectations on that particular front.

"Of course I presume that it's different in your court, and rather hope you're not stuck here for much longer."
bellbound: (unimpressed)

[personal profile] bellbound 2016-05-08 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
He scoffs at that, which comes out as a hiss. "Spare me your pity. We may meet again."

Clearly she isn't going to share her name, so physical description will have to do. He's heard sympathy from witches before, all misplaced. Mogget has been on this earth for far too long to believe any of it.

The cat turns tail, padding away. She will have to face any dangers from the Other Realm by herself.
archisorte: (Facehand)

[personal profile] archisorte 2016-05-08 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"Good evening then."

Honestly, it was genuinely meant, Reines thinks to herself as she continues onward to her flat. But then again fae are fickle things, and so offense at a statement like that should be expected. No matter though, whatever this fae decides to do is guaranteed to make life interesting.