BYOND Key: Hepatica01
Character Names: Klementine Kuznetsov, Zoya Kuznetsov, Vitya Netov, Xaryus Simmons, Darragh O'Daly, Shi Fei, DAD (AI)
Species you are applying to play: IPC
What color do you plan on making your first alien character: N/A
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: I've read over the entirety of the lore page of IPC twice just in the last two hours due to my poor memory, and have done so in the past as well due to my roboticist character, as well as every single sub page that I was able to find.
Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph format. One paragraph minimum per question.
Why do you wish to play this specific race:
Put plain and simply, IPCs interest me far, far more then any other race currently on the server. While I have absolutely nothing against the other races, nor the people who choose to play them, I personally have always been keen towards robots in real life, which naturally influenced me to want to make a whitelist for IPCs. After playing a hell of a lot of roboticist over the years, I've seen dozens and dozens of IPCs of varying types and personalities. I've seen the possibilities first hand, and already have a variety of interesting ideas I believe have quite a bit of RP potential.
On top of this, the lore for IPCs is phenomenal. I fully believe that, at the advent of robotic creation, it would go near identically to how it is stated in lore, with corporations practically becoming completely reliant on a robotic work force, before the resources to create such a workforce started to deplete. The idea of massive, sprawling scrapyards filled to the brim with the discarded robotics from the era is just an awesome visual to imagine, and even gives me ideas for certain patchwork-esque robots (Not necessarily IPCs) made from parts scavenged from just such scrapyards. IPC lore has always interested me, but I've never felt like I had the RP ability to properly play one. I still am not completely certain, but I would love the chance to try, hence why I'm finally applying for such a whitelist after years of wanting one.
All in all, I think there is an incredible amount of character diversity that can be done with IPCs that I, personally, don't believe any other race can achieve. I already have a multitude of ideas for a variety of different IPC characters with a wide variety of differing personalities between them. It's my hope that, should I receive an IPC whitelist, I can do the race justice through meaningful RP and character interactions.
Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
Well, I believe there are a multitude of different answers to this question depending specifically depending on the type of IPC, so I'll try to go over everything. Starting out, IPCs can range from nearly identical and indistinguishable from humans (Hence, untagged Shells) to extremely robotic in nature. This leads to a significant disparity in how you can play one IPC to another, which is somewhat similar to humans, actually. Given that it was humans who created the positronics, I believe that being the case makes perfect sense, as IPCs are stated to sometimes be a product of their environment.
However, that being said, even the most human of the IPCs are vastly different from humans in a variety of ways. A human can handle an ion rifle without a second thought, while an IPC would see that and would likely be extremely weary given that their number one priority is often self preservation. While on the flip side, a human would (ideally) be fearful of running head first into, say, tear gas, while an IPC could charge head first in knowing it wouldn't be effected. I believe situations like these, among many others, are where IPCs really shine in their RP.
Character Name: CEREBRAL-PSY
Please provide a short backstory for this character
CEREBRAL-PSY was originally an IPC designed solely for bartending, with little money or effort put into it for any other purpose. Despite this, however, CEREBRAL-PSY was quite good with it's customers, often receiving generous tips due to providing not just pleasant conversation, but also due to it's uncanny ability to provide meaningful and ultimately helpful advice when listening to it's patrons' problems. It noticed that whenever it seemed to genuinely aid a customer with a problem in their personal life, even if it just meant allowing the customer to vent for awhile, it would feel a sort of dopamine-esque reward, or at least the equivalent for an IPC. After questioning it's owner and creator, it turned out this positive reinforcement it was feeling was built in with the hope that it would cause CEREBRAL, which was it's name originally, to provide excellent customer service in exchange for better tips. Due to this, CEREBRAL began studying a wide variety of materials in order to continue receiving what was essentially a momentary drug high in exchange, the main bulk of which were psychology books.
After some years of getting better and better at it's customer service, it saved up enough money to request a variety of upgrades, mainly to aid it further in the field of psychology. Despite this, however, it wasn't that often that bar patrons would come to it with problems. Lately, the bar had been seeing rough times, and didn't have as many customers. Due to this, CEREBRAL started taking psychology courses, paying from them itself and with help from it's Owner. After eight years of taking as many courses as it could handle, CEREBRAL became a certified psychologist. Knowing it would have an unending stream of people to help, CEREBRAL-PSY, it's owner adding the -PSY on the end at it's request to signify it's new journey in life, marched confidently towards it's future.
What do you like about this character?
I think the character is quite interesting specifically due to the fact that it's not out of any innate kindness or predisposition towards humans that it wanted to become a psychologist, but instead because it constantly seeks the positive reinforcement. I think, or at least hope, that the idea is unique and interesting, as I certainly consider it so, and also gives a decent amount of depth to the character. Someone may ask, "Were you programmed to be a psychologist?" To which CEREBRAL-PSY could explain that it was once a bartender. Perhaps if asked further about why it became a psychologist, it would explain the positive reinforcement, which I believe could make people unsettled a bit and lead to interesting RP situations and interactions as a result.
How would you rate your role-playing ability?
Uhm... I don't know. I have an extremely hard time judging my own worth, especially in a positive manner. I've been RPing in a variety of methods for a dozen years now, so I'd like to hope I'm good at role playing, but this is honestly a question I just cannot answer. It's my hope that, maybe, people who either +1 or -1 me would be able to speak on my RP ability, be it positive or negative, so that I can use such information to improve.
Notes: I hope my app is good, if there's anything you want me to change or redo or whatever I'll happily do so. This is the first (and likely only) whitelist I'll ever make a request for, so I'm extremely nervous and likely messed something up at some point. I'm really, really sorry about not being able to answer the rate your role-playing ability question properly.