Ciara Chipperfield (Psychiatrist)
Alexander Nietzsche (Surgeon)
Faith Windsor (Biochemist)
Vincent Lemmons (Quartermaster)
How long have you been playing on Aurora?: I’ve been playing since the 29th/30th of April, almost non-stop.
Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: I decided that I would apply for the command whitelist about two or three weeks ago. Initially, I came to this decision just because I had some ambitious characters I wanted to bring into play, some unique stories to tell; though more recently, my reasoning has expanded beyond that.
I've always enjoyed taking lead positions, helping a team advance, giving insight to people listening to me, and managing things from above- even if that means paperwork, as some know. This was a large reason behind me applying for this whitelist, it would allow me to manage the departments I know and love to play in and help those playing below my characters. It would accredit me as someone who can be trusted to steer someone's roleplay in the right direction. Even without a whitelist now, I tend to be relied upon to help those unfamiliar with the department I'm playing in (mostly medical) and to take lead, though without the title of department head, it sometimes becomes a problem which had led to some interesting but stressful scenarios that tend to leave one party flustered.
Another reason why I wish to be on the whitelist is that I believe I can introduce some interesting characters with real, believable yet unique stories to tell and draw someone into. A lot of my characters have traits that I leave for others to discover, or methods of interacting that are different to normal and all the more fun. With the whitelist, I'd like to introduce or further develop some of these characters to give more life to the shifts I'm playing in and to offer some more interesting interactions to those I roleplay with.
Finally, and the reason of least importance yet of most value to me, I wish to apply for this whitelist because it has been suggested that I do so by some friends, in character and out of character. This was what really pushed me to fill in this application when before I doubted myself.
Why did you come to Aurora?: I got involved with Aurora because I was new to SS13 and was looking for a roleplay-oriented community, Aurora was the first HRP server I checked out and fit the bill well. I’ve stayed since as most of the people I’ve met have been great to speak to. That and the lore is very detailed, browsing the forum’s lore sections have been quite interesting, especially some of the news articles which I’ve incorporated into my characters development.
Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?: I have, several times.
Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they? There was one instance where, when playing a surgeon, I made some drugs listed under the Advanced Chemicals section of the chemistry guide. I was given the heads-up that I should keep to basic chemicals else I’d be power-gaming, and have since when playing the surgeon. Asides from that, I’ve received no warnings nor have I been kicked out of a round.
Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph each.
Give a definition of what you think roleplay is and should be about: Roleplay is a form of escapism and story-telling set in a universe with it's own lore, be it similar or completely different to our universe. You envision and create characters with their own backstories, traits and ambitions, and weave them together with other people's characters during interesting interactions to come up with amazing, emotional stories. These stories then weave into other stories to expand on the universe you’re roleplaying in itself, leading to a collectively crafted and maintained universe. Decisions you make can impact future events, from small things such as destroying your relationships with other characters, to being the catalyst of universe-effecting policy changes.
What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?: Having thought about this a lot, I’ve come up with four main purposes for Head of Staffs in game:
Firstly, a head of staff should act as a liaison between non-antag players and antagonists. They should ensure everyone in their department is not left out and that everyone can enjoy something from the round. No fun can be had if there’s a crisis going on next door in another department and you’re sitting around doing nothing, not even aware of what’s going on.
Secondly, a fairly important purpose of a head of staff is to ensure cohesion between personnel In your department. They are to make sure no one is left out and that everyone is contributing towards a successful round in regards to a good, functioning department.
Further expanding on the second point, a head of staff should ensure communication between their department and others, keeping in contact with other heads of staff and coordinating things from above so everyone is working together and, if done right, more efficiently.
And lastly, but not least, a head of staff should root out problems. This is mostly done by being approachable for those who are new to the department or looking for advice, so they can be mentored, but can also mean giving a stern but constructive talk to those who are experienced but have slipped up.
What do you think the OOC responsibilities of whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?: I haven’t been able to think of any responsibilities that whitelisted players have differing them from standard players, though given that a whitelist can highlight those who are experienced and well-versed in the community’s lore, two OOC responsibilities could be to mentor those looking for help and to also introduce those to our lore, integrating it into their roleplay.
Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau Ceti and how it affected your character and their career? I wouldn’t say anything massively impactful is currently happening in Tau Ceti, definitely nothing that would have a significant and noticable impact on any of my characters.
Something to note may be the recent recovery of a marooned Sol Alliance captain’s corpse and drone who my quartermaster, Lemmons’, miners (Krovajson, Dmitri- all credit to them) rescued as he co-ordinated their recovery. This isn’t major but could be seen as his first recognition, giving him confidence and ambition and motive to become even better. He spent a large portion of his life assisting the Sol Alliance in their conflicts in the human frontier, this serves as a glimpse back to his previous life before he moved to Tau Ceti.
Faith Windsor and Alex Nietzsche pay little attention to the news, living in their own worlds. Windsor, especially, deals with things immediately before her and doesn’t like getting political.
What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted?
The roles I hope to play once being whitelisted are: Chief Medical Officer, I’m confident in my abilities to lead the medical department as a CMO, knowing what it takes; and Head of Personnel, a role I feel will introduce me to more aspects of the station than just medical, which I’ve stuck mostly to. I also intend to play the Captain role a lot later down the line, I’ve not yet drafted plans for the character which would take this Captain role however . I have plenty to learn and feel that jumping into such an important role immediately would only cause problems, in-character and out-of-character.
Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:
Vincent Lemmons (pre-existing) - Head of Personnel - Lemmons has a large background in business administration, having been a quartermaster aboard a merchant vessel he was mentored on, and later a Hephaestus Industries vessel. He moved to Nanotrasen when employment at Hephaestus Industries bore no fruit and the merchant vessel he worked aboard was inherited by a son who disliked Lemmons. He’s worked as a quartermaster for some time, and now wishes to step up to a more general administration role; that of a Head of Personnel.
Rosa Marcello (new) - Chief Medical Officer - I’ve not got a clear picture of what she will be like, though I intend for her to be a slight amalgamation of all my other characters, yet still completely different.
How would you rate your own roleplaying?: I’d rate my roleplay at around 7/10. I can be very detailed and particular when writing actions, being really descriptive and engaging for everyone involved, this is mostly seen when playing my surgeon who loves to teach interns/residents surgery.
I have noticed that sometimes I can be a little bit lacking when it comes to roleplay, offering no good me’s (this is a fairly serious problem depending on who I play), though this is a problem I’ve been trying to rectify so my roleplay abilities remain uniform regardless of my character and situation, once that’s sorted, I’d bump my rating to an 8/10. I’m always looking to improve, and feedback is appreciated on my feedback thread.
Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action? That is what I’d hope.
Have you familiarized yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles? I have read the wiki pages for the command roles I intend to play several times.