As part of your application to the Mantell Syndicate, you are given an option to submit a 'Trial Run'. If you choose to use it, it's a method by which we get to know you, your character, and your style a bit better. The Trial Run is a short story you will write about your character's early interaction with the Syndicate known as a "Trial Run". Since from an 'in character' standpoint you don't apply to work for the Syndicate (they instead recruit you) ,this is considered the Syndicate's test of your skills and ability to improvise. Also, just because you 'fail' the mission doesn't mean that you've failed your test with the Syndicate. They've even been known to set up their own contractors after assigning them the mission to see how they handle un-expected twists and seemingly impossible or 'no-win' situations.
We've provided a number of 'story seeds' below for you to choose from that all represent missions the Syndicate might send a contractor on. Select a story seed you feel suits your character and/or one you think will make for the most interesting adventure. The seeds are intentionally 'un-detailed' so you can fill in the details yourself and personalize it. This is why two seperate members can write a story from the exact same seed and have them end up very differently indeed. You will also need to come up with a handful of custom 'twists' on the mission that you will have to deal with as you create your character's adventure. If you have further questions about writing a Trial Run, feel free to ask any member about it and/or you can refer to our online resources here.
Trial Runs are divided into three sections: Distribution, Asset Management, and Special Contracts. Each section focuses on a different type of mission. For example, standard 'smuggling' or more straight-forward missions are found in 'Distribution'. 'Asset Management' missions usually have to do with manipulation of various situations to the Syndicate's advantage, or cleaning up messes that have happened. 'Special Contracts' deal more with 'black ops' kind of missions that involve bounty hunting or even assassination.