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Empatheias Mods ([personal profile] simpathis) wrote2014-05-25 12:25 am

[ alignment ]


Alignments are a recently added game mechanic that allows characters to focus their crystal amulets to absorb a specific set of emotions. This relates back to the (currently still) mysterious beings, the Arehtei.

The current Alignment Spreadsheet can be found here.

❖ How Alignments Work

The IC explanation can be read here, but here is a more summary break-down as to how they work.

» Related to the Arehtei. The Arehtei each have a set of emotions that they represent. By aligning the crystal, characters are effectively directing their emotions toward that specific Arehtei. It is currently unclear what exactly is happening, but it will be explained within the next month or so. For now, just know it is something they will have to do for game progression and is a mechanic that will persist throughout the game. NOTE! Characters are not directly connected to the Arehtei through alignments, nor do they receive any special benefits. However, both of these can change as the game progresses.

» The Crystal. When a character aligns their crystal amulet to a certain set of emotions, those emotions will create larger emotion drops. The crystal will still absorb all emotions, but non-aligned emotions will be significantly smaller. As more of the aligned emotions are collected, the crystal will begin to change color to match its respective Arehtei. In addition, the color can be dark, neutral, or bright. More negative type motions will make the color darker, positive will make it brighter, and an even mix will keep it neutral. Each time a new emotion drop is formed, the crystal will momentarily shimmer.

» One Alignment. A character can only have one alignment at any given time (however, this could change depending on game progression). Players are free to choose which alignment, though it should be the one that best fits the character. If you later realize that another alignment might work better, you are free to switch it (explained below). For characters who do not have any "dominant" emotional sways, you can pick whichever you think would be easiest. If your character is more on the apathetic side or just really difficult to pin down to one, it is possible to force emotions, and there will be events and situations that give options for that to happen. Unlike before, the threshold for an emotion drop to count is much lower, so even if it's a half-hearted feeling, it'll work. In addition, to make things fair, for characters who have trouble with emotions, any that do happen will count significantly greater than they normally would.

» Switching Alignments. It is possible to switch alignments, however it's a bit of a long process. For players, all you have to do is just fill out the appropriate form. ICly, however, the character will have to create enough emotion drops of the new alignment to replace the old one. This could take several months depending on how full the crystal is.

» No Alignment Caps. You do not have to worry about being locked out of an Alignment. Even if one Arehtei has five and another has fifty, if your character would belong with the fifty, that's perfectly fine.

» No Record Keeping Required. As before, there is no need to keep a record of your character's progress. You can if you want, but it's not required. The only thing you will have to do is comment to the Emotion Tracker.

❖ The Alignments

There are seven Arehtei to choose from. Here are the emotions they represent and their color:

  • Aiada: envy and appreciation; mint green
  • Daimonia: grief and joy; coral pink
  • Elios: hate and love; blood orange
  • Peromei: despair and hope; creamy white
  • Piphron: distrust and trust; navy blue
  • Sosyne: anger and calm; periwinkle blue
  • Thras: fear and bravery; golden yellow

In addition to the named emotions, anything that would fall in-between the emotions would also count. For example, hate and love. Emotions such as fondness, annoyance, irritation, all levels of attraction, admiration, etc. Some emotions do overlap with others, so it's possible for an emotion to count for either set. For example, a feeling of wariness or uncertainty could fit under both Piphron (distrust-trust) or Thras (fear-courage).

The character does not have to display both sides of the emotion dynamic. If a character is just angry all the time, then Sosyne is still a best fit. It will make the character's crystal amulet sway to the negative side, but there are no real consequences to this. For now.

❖ Alignment Switch

If you'd like to switch your alignment, fill out the following form. Include in the subject line "ALIGNMENT SWITCH" so we can spot it easily.

If you have any questions about Alignments in general, comment to the Questions subthread.
warriorscribe: (Fatigued)

[personal profile] warriorscribe 2015-01-29 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
I have a question about Thras there - isn't courage acting in spite of fear rather than not being afraid? So wouldn't a character who is courageous be getting fear emotion drops either way?
hachimaki: (But I will not mourn for you.)

[personal profile] hachimaki 2015-02-25 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay despite the fact I've sat in a daze of confusion for two days over this, I think I've figured out how to word my question(s?). It mostly concerns alignments and alignment switches and how to choose!

The crystal changes color based on "drops" and the characters are brought here during an event that inspires a lot of emotion. So that event is going to create a large drop, initially staining the crystal. Let's say the primary emotion this event caused the character to feel was anger.

However, during their stay here and rather quick after recovery in fact, the emotion they most felt was distrust. Do I need to fill out an alignment switch? Do I initially align my character with Sosyne or should I have the forward knowledge that my character is going to lean towards Piphron?

I guess this is sort of a sub-question to this... Let's say a character's emotional motivation for everything they do is love and hate, but they arrive here without anyone they know or any canonmates. Obviously 'love' and 'hate' aren't getting tapped -- or, drops aren't getting made of them -- because the people they feel those emotions aren't present, and our natural instinct towards strangers is just going to be apathy or distrust. However, they're actively angry that they're being trapped in Emphatheias away from a goal or a loved one...

So, ultimately, do we align with 'surface' emotions, or deeper ones that are at the heart of the character's motivations? Do we align with the emotions that are the most 'active' in our character all the time, even if that isn't the root cause? Or, when those deeper emotions are tapped, are they just going to make a bigger drop that stains the color of the crystal overall? But you can only have one alignment...

I'm sorry this is such an unnecessarily complicated question, I just want to have a firm grip on this really great concept!
Edited 2015-02-25 17:01 (UTC)
hachimaki: (There you are beside me.)

[personal profile] hachimaki 2015-02-25 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
NO, this cleared things up perfectly and is exactly what I wanted to know! Thank you for a great and timely response!
warriorscribe: (Well...)

Alignment Switch

[personal profile] warriorscribe 2015-09-20 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Cherry
Character: Enoch | [personal profile] warriorscribe
Original Alignment: Daimonia
New Alignment: Elios
Reason: So Enoch's crystal was relatively new but still aligned to Daimonia by his conscious choice. Then this happened. A lot of deliberate love equals new alignment to love.
Questions: How difficult/easy would it be for him to go back to being aligned to Daimonia, accidentally or deliberately?
barredheart: (09 the world goes round no matter)

Alignment Switch

[personal profile] barredheart 2015-10-29 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Peace
Character: White | [personal profile] barredheart
Original Alignment: Peromei
New Alignment: Daimonia
Reason: Though Peromei might've been a good fit for her from what I understood of her initially, she's actually had a lot more points into Daimonia and I can see it actually fits her more than Peromei ever did.
Questions: Nope!
penduli: (66 you just have to want it badly)


[personal profile] penduli 2015-10-29 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Bella
Character: Black | [personal profile] penduli
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Daimonia
Reason: D's been fitting better lately. ...and he's kind of focusing on aligning himself to an Arehtei that isn't the giant rage whale, as per some of the references to past locals purposefully aligning themselves to certain Arehtei. Daimonia's the easiest for him to concentrate on!
Questions: n/a
feistytrader: (silph scopes go)


[personal profile] feistytrader 2015-10-29 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Cam
Character: Silver | [personal profile] feistytrader
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Aiada
Reason: Character development! He definitely started out fitting sosyne really well and in some ways still does, but he's kind of sworn off feelings anger and has a lot harder of a time finding any semblance of chill these days. The only things he's feeling with any real consistency is appreciation and love/caring about people, and the prior is a lot more than the latter. Well done, Silver.
Questions: Nope!
Edited (MISSING THE SUBJECT OOPS) 2015-10-29 06:46 (UTC)
opportunitycosts: (• i threw it all away)


[personal profile] opportunitycosts 2015-10-29 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Laena
Character: Alvin | [personal profile] opportunitycosts
Original Alignment: Daimonia
New Alignment: Piphron
Reason: After that stint with his pod, Alvin has some personal vendetta against Piphron and wants to show the stupid thing that trust can be formed. And who better to show that than a guy who not only has trust issues himself, but caused a lot of trust issues? Also, great way to develop him further.
Questions: None except those three above me reminded me I needed to do this ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
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[personal profile] greatestcool 2016-01-02 07:11 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Redd
Character: Ryuunosuke Uryuu | [personal profile] greatestcool
Original Alignment: Elios
New Alignment: Aiada
Reason: Thanks to CR and character development(?), Ryuunosuke has been hitting Aiada way more frequently than Elios and honestly, the constant hatred for humanity has died down a lot since arriving in Verens. As such, Aiada is a far more fitting alignment for Ryuunosuke. I didn't anticipate this at all when I apped him, whoops.
Questions: None!
rustyhonesty: (Hmm?)


[personal profile] rustyhonesty 2016-01-31 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: AL
Character: Jean Kirstein | [personal profile] rustyhonesty
Original Alignment: Aiada
New Alignment: Piphron
Reason: Jean's biggest reason for aligning with Aiada was because of how jealous he was about Mikasa's and Eren's close relationship. He was, however, able to get mostly over his feelings for Mikasa. He's always been a skeptic guy, and it takes a long while to earn his trust, so he's always been nearly-aligned with Piphron in that sense.
Questions: He's been in the game since last July, so his crystal should be pretty close to filling up for the first time. Would that affect the switching time?
shadowofpride: (Default)


[personal profile] shadowofpride 2016-02-08 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Taisa
Character: Pride | [personal profile] arrogantpride
Original Alignment: Piphron
New Alignment: Elios
Reason: After going home and getting "killed" by a human, he's got a lot more hatred towards humans and at the same, realizing what he cared about the most was his human family. So there may be some potential for him to learn how to love if the opportunity arises from here on out.
Questions: None.
nolongerasleep: (Default)


[personal profile] nolongerasleep 2016-02-16 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: Nadia
Character: Lithia Spodumene | [personal profile] nolongerasleep
Original Alignment: Daimonia
New Alignment: Aiada
Reason: It's actually going to be a conscious choice. Aiada was actually one I had considered for Lithia and her helpful nature would make her want to change to an Arehtei that actually would benefit more from her positivity.
Questions: She's actually getting close to completing her crystal, but it won't be completing before she dies on the 1st and that's going to be setting her back, is it safe to assume that when she returns the switch will happen pretty much right away since the drops reaccumulate?
gottacatch: (magnificent show)


[personal profile] gottacatch 2016-03-17 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Reena
Character: Red | [personal profile] gottacatch
Original Alignment: Thras
New Alignment: Sosyne
Reason: Semi-conscious choice (???) Red has always planned to change his alignment after finishing a crystal to help a different arehtei, and while this choice originally came down to Piphron and Aiada, two arehtei he knows are still greatly affected "negatively", Red's own personal issues with the arehtei of Calm and Anger (or the issues related to her) and his desire to work with her and to help has made all this focus on her lean him easily into her alignment. Especially since he's got to practice on his calm and all, man.

He may or may not also actually decide to deliberately do it on the 08/03, depending on current conversations, but the fresh crystal he got too will also help him lean towards her. Either way, ENJOY HIS EXCITEMENT, WAILORD WANNABE.
Questions: For a fresh crystal, would a week or so be enough for the alignment change to happen? Or would it require more?
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[personal profile] unerasable 2016-07-11 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: skarme
Character: Alphonse Elric | [personal profile] unerasable
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Piphron
Reason: It was always a toss-up. Sosyne still fits, but over the course of his in-game development a lot of the issues he's picked up have related to trust and distrust in some form: initially wavering on whether to trust each new canonmate despite them all being a little off, trusting Ed enough to start opening up again and himself to be a good brother, having his trust massively betrayed back in February's Pride miniplot but also finding new people to put his trust in... With all that in mind, I feel like it makes sense that a shift would have happened at some point, so if it's all right I'm gonna handwave that the most recent increase in focus on Pippy pushed his current crystal over the edge. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THIS WAY I DON'T EVENTUALLY HAVE TO THREAD WITH MYSELF
Questions: Nope.
hadthehighground: (My happy face)

Alignment Switch!

[personal profile] hadthehighground 2016-07-27 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: Darkfeather
Character: Obi-Wan Kenobi | [personal profile] hadthehighground
Original Alignment: Peromei
New Alignment: Sosyne
Reason: Obi-Wan's feelings have been shifting from a great deal of despair in the last few months to a lot of calm that has been much more prevalent. And really I hadn't considered before that all of his super chill Jedi calm should be counting more than it has rofl. So he's been heavily leaning in the calm area more than anything else, especially as of late. Plus he feels he's made a sort of connection with Sosyne and wants to be frands. The angry whale has captured his heart. XD
Questions: Nope!
lionhandler: (My rambling keyword style.)


[personal profile] lionhandler 2016-10-01 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: AF
Character: Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane | [personal profile] lionhandler
Original Alignment: Thras
New Alignment: Sosyne
Reason: A deliberate IC switch. Thras has all of Shaarnath going for him, Sosyne could use the extra dose of chill. We'll see if "extra dose of chill" ends up being what he actually contributes.
Questions: We good. :|b
barredheart: (35 but you can change the atmosphere)


[personal profile] barredheart 2016-10-04 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: Peace
Character: White | [personal profile] barredheart
Original Alignment: Daimonia
New Alignment: Piphron
Reason: With her second crystal being filled around the beginning of October, she's wanting to look forward and "start anew": for herself, that means trusting others more, so it's a deliberate switch in contrast to the incidental one she had last year! White's going to focus on trusting others more and feeling that she deserves the trust she's given too, and to do that she's going to basically use her desire to help the Arehtei to better herself. Piphron needs trust, and she's going to learn it.
Questions: nope!
absolutevalue: (∅ Ensuizan)


[personal profile] absolutevalue 2016-10-29 05:33 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Kyio
Character: Zero | [personal profile] absolutevalue
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Thras
Reason: The event causing it hasn't been threaded to completion yet, and the switch technically happened in early October, but not only has Zero been fitting the courage arehtei more than anything with the junk he does on a semi-daily basis (constantly looking out for others in his own stand-offish way, Enforcer stuff, so on), he also took a real heavy hit while protecting Kor in Thras's old domain during an ESO adventure, while under Thras's protection. Thras for days, basically. So yeah, switching for those reasons, with the situation noted being what triggers the switch ICly.
Questions: Eh.
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[personal profile] supersomatic 2016-12-20 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: Kyo
Character: Kor Meteor | [personal profile] supersomatic
Original Alignment: Thras
New Alignment: Piphron
Reason: Even though the concepts of being brave and taking action in spite of the fears you're facing still very much fit Kor's essence, his character arcs over the past few months have been very focused on the concepts of trusting people, and in developing and strengthening his bonds with others, ranging from the plot I had going between him and Dezel that ended during the Piphron event, to developing Somatic Bonds with a couple of his friends here finally (and several more in the works), trust has been an unintentional focus for a while now, much more so than anything bravery and fear might encompass.
Questions: No questions, but I do understand that this will remove Kor as a representative for Thras, so if anything needs to be done or worked out there I'm more than willing to do so!
huxceptional: (Well shit)


[personal profile] huxceptional 2017-02-23 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Sara
Character: General Hux | [personal profile] huxceptional
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Elios
Reason: While Hux has been a bit more evenly tempered lately, his hatred for the Resistance/Republic is still there and only continues to grow as he deals with the various people from those groups. Along with that, he's developing weird feelings that aren't really love per se, but a genuine care for Kylo Ren that he hasn't experienced before and may continue to develop in the future. Of course, at the same time, he also hates Ren and that resentment will also grow when he realizes his actual positive emotions toward him.

Questions: Nope!
jeido: (speaking - yoooo)


[personal profile] jeido 2017-05-29 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Slip
Character: Jade Curtiss | [personal profile] jeido
Original Alignment: Sosyne
New Alignment: Aiada
Reason: Jade's been steadily changing since he arrived at Empatheias, and one of the said changes is his slow disinclination towards apathy. I originally picked out Sosyne for Jade as a way of offsetting that, and right now it doesn't seem as needed. Aiada is also an interesting fit for him currently given how he's been coming to terms with the desires and ambitions that have caused and are causing him a lot of grief to this day. He's also been giving Aiada a good number of points since he got here, so I suppose that counts for something too.
Questions: Jade is due for a completed crystal this month--would this alignment change affect this completed crystal or will it come into effect for the next one? I'm supposing it's the next one given how late this is, but let me know if my assumption is correct or not!