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mask or menace mods ([personal profile] maskormods) wrote in [community profile] etcelsior2016-08-24 10:21 pm
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Say Something, Anything


TEST DRIVE MEME
Considering apping into MASK OR MENACE? Want to dip your toes into the setting and get a feel of whether your character will fit into it? Or maybe you're just cruising and want to play around? Then you've come to the right place!

Pick any of the following scenarios below or feel free to make up your own, but don't be afraid to throw yourself at someone else's thread, either!

And remember there's only one rule in Test Drive Meme Club: have fun!

    01. The city of Heropa is what one might expect from a small, bright and cheery place, where locals are friendly enough and local shop owners might offer a free drink to welcome you to their fair city. Some of the locals might thank you for always lending your service to the nation, while others might not say anything -- but if you have something nasty to say, better not say anything at all, right? It's been a peaceful month, but memories are long in the Cold War. Some people usher their children away from anyone clearly not 'from around here,' while other natives may be brave enough to directly approach obvious imPorts and ask their thoughts on the war with Russia and what the imPort ambassadors are planning to do about it.

    ImPorts are a divisive issues, even in pretty Heropa.

    02. De Chima, Virginia, is a large city with a healthy economy, and though it's quieter, there are just as many citizens awed at your very presence. Look at you! Organic wonder! Science and technology are the lifeblood of this city, so you're likely to come across a good many locals taking your picture with the newest of devices. The imPort craze is at an all-time high, and you may find yourself cornered by overzealous imPort fans, media wannabes and opportunists alike, shoving cameras in your face.

    Their questions are likely to be fairly mundane, however; get ready for an interview about your taste in romantic partners, personal underwear choices, favourite foods, and more!

    03. Maurtia Falls, Pennsylvania, is having a heat wave. Every bit of shade you can spot seems to be occupied by locals or even wildlife seeking to get out of the sun. You might want to check out some consumerism-inclined shelter from the heat that even the night doesn't seem to relieve, be that a smoky and dart-eyed bar full of grumbling locals, or a grimy and industrial coffee shop (full of grumbling locals). ImPorts aren't being welcomes with a punch to the face today, but you might find your water closer to boiling than refreshingly cool or your beer with a surprise ingredient if you walk into the wrong establishment.

    04. Nonah, North Carolina, is the liveliest of all cities; loud, busy and there's some kind of energy in the air that gets everyone buzzing with excitement. You may find yourself in the midst of a few closed-off streets for some occasion or another - whether it be a food cart festival, no-car day, or something else! - and surrounded by the hum of people, the waft of food being served on the street, and plenty of attention

    Look there -- someone's demoing a VR roller coaster! Won't you give it a shot?

devoutish: (I always give 110%)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
[Sometimes Alfie just wants to ignore the locals who react to him (either positively or negatively) - but other times, when he's in the mood for it, he'll make something of a sport of mildly harassing them. Today, people who send nervous glances in his direction are getting openly stared at in return, and when mothers try to shield their children from him, he makes a point of bending down and giving the kids an exaggerated wave.

When he notices that there's another guy nearby that they're acting wary of, he raises his eyebrows at him significantly.]


Seems like today's the day to avoid the big scary imPort men.

[Alfie's accent is British too, albeit London Cockney rather than Liverpool.]
heckblazer: (Default)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
[John's shoulders visibly untense. Sure, it's a Londoner talking to him, but he doesn't feel like being picky.]

Good. Someone who speaks the Queen's.

[He shrugs at the numerous empty barstools around him in an invitation to sit.]

The brews here any good, bruv?
devoutish: (that's just murder math)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 06:43 am (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't know.

[He sits, but doesn't make a move to order anything.]

I was just passing by.
heckblazer: (sup)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 07:23 am (UTC)(link)
[Fellow Englishman who likes to be shady? Oh no, now he won't leave you alone.]

These not your usual stomping grounds, then?
Edited 2016-08-26 08:04 (UTC)
devoutish: (that's just murder math)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a new arrival.

[He looks John up and down.]

Like yourself, yeah?
heckblazer: (meh)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. Was hoping it wasn't that obvious.

[He absent-mindedly raises the glass before remembering himself, awkwardly setting it back down. God, he needed the drink but he couldn't risk any tricks.]

Since we seem to be... where ever this is and travelling through space and time seems fair game, might as well ask. Wouldja be any familiar with other-worldly affairs, mate?
devoutish: (that's just murder math)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I've learned a bit here. Yes.

[He inclines his head.]

But I've been here for less than a week.
heckblazer: (im too hot hot damn)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[Well, it was worth a shot.]

Fair 'nough. Been here all of 2 hours, myself. You haven't noticed anything...off about the food around here, though? No, er, unexplained side effects?
devoutish: (that's just murder math)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 09:09 pm (UTC)(link)
You think they're looking to poison you, mate?

[It might say something about Alfie's own world, too, that he jumps to a mundane explanation before magical tampering.]
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[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
That's one possibility, yeah. I might not still be around if the folks after me deigned to use mundane methods first, actually.

[Slowly, he exhales. Then he decides that he does not care if he sounds like a lunatic. Another glance around the pub shows that most of the patrons that haven't already left are still quite flighty and avoidant.]

Y'see, I deal with things most people don't think exist. Some of those things have their own customs. Like tricking a bloke with gifts - [he gestures at the pint] - so that you're stuck in their realm, or owe 'em. Ever heard how there's no such thing as a free lunch?
devoutish: (that's just murder math)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[At home, that sort of talk would definitely make Alfie think this guy is crazy. It still might, even here. But he's seen enough in the past few days that he doesn't immediately discount it.]

Yeah. And who's after you?
heckblazer: (>:|)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-26 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
It's a mixed bag. Some of 'em mortal, but some of 'em...not.

[He stares forlornly at the drink again, taking in the gleaming perspiration on the sides of the glass.]

...Bugger it.

[He lifts it up, takes a sip and swallows, waiting to feel something. For his stomach to fall out or for his hairs to stand up or for some other sign to indicate that he's entered a contract.]
devoutish: (I hate to pat myself on the back)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-26 11:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alfie watches him intently for about thirty seconds before piping up again.]

Are your innards melting?
heckblazer: (>:|)

[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-27 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
[Nothing. At least not yet. Even if it was a poison or a curse he can't bring himself to be concerned. Just means more excitement later.]

Is it bad I'm disappointed the answer is no?
devoutish: (I always give 110%)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-27 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Would you like to be poisoned, mate?
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[personal profile] heckblazer 2016-08-27 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
I'd just like to not be bored . Blokes like us don't do well in folksy little Americana settings. Either someone reckoned it would be funny to stick me somewhere totally nice and perfect, or they're not telling us something.

[Another beer appears I'm front of him and he helps himself, can't be bothered to be suspect.]

S'too quaint here, y'get me?
devoutish: (says right here you're a little bitch)

[personal profile] devoutish 2016-08-28 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
"Folksy" isn't a word I'd use for this.

[Fantastical, maybe. Futuristic, insane, even overwhelming.]

"Blokes like us", though, yeah? And what sort of bloke do you imagine I am?