BYOND key: Schmuck Lord
Character names: Joseph Lock (The one and only)
How long have you been playing on Aurora?:
It's been about a month and a half now of regular play
Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?:
My reason for this is twofold, the first of which is out of character. Command roles are important and should be played regularly as administration of the day to day is vital to the functioning of any station. At the times I typically play I seldom see head of staff rolls with the exception of the occasional Captain and Head of Personnel. I plan on maintaining a relatively small roster of characters even after my singular character on Aurora and because of that it would be good to elevate said character to a Head of Staff roll, for both administrative effectiveness and general help to the station at large, The second reason is an IC reason, Joseph Lock being my only character has taken a liking to the station and has supplanted himself as firmly loyal to NanoTrasen. He's dedicated, hard-working and most importantly ambitious. He wants to be the most help he can possible and he believes by getting promoted he'll be able to help out the most. In game he has been receiving physical and psychiatric evaluations for loyalty implants and getting to know the rest of security staff well, he really wants the job.
Why did you come to Aurora?:
More character development less action. Sometimes action happens of course but with the limited spectrum of HRP servers on Byond, Aurora seemed like the best place to move too after getting tired of all the fighting.
Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?:
Absolutely, I'll be planning on making additional characters, some potentially leaning of other command roles but I've made sure to familiarize myself with every facet that is the N.S.S Aurora's Security Team
Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they?
None that I know of
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 and role-playing I'd like to think is group storytelling. I would argue its the most organic form of storytelling for that matter. There doesn't yet exist another model where characters, shards of ones own personality and imagination can come into contact with something or someone completely foreign and develop off of it. It's because of that it is the responsibility hell, even the duty of role players to produce genuine and unique stories based off of each and every one of our own imagination. It's about being surprised, laughing, crying, experiencing and showing every emotion under the sun so that everyone, including the writers themselves can learn and feel from it. It should be a fun and fascinating exploration of ones own self and that of everyone else.
What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?:
If antagonists are the creators of conflict for the purpose of pushing the story the heads of staff exist to guide that conflict along a path that involves everyone currently playing at that time. Heads of staff involve other players in the conflict so that they too can experience their own character development and story. A secondary responsibility is to guide that conflict to a natural ending point as is with any conflict, it must eventually conclude. This while important is less so compared to the task of involving characters from all around the station in the story.
What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?:
The responsibilities of a whitelisted persons is an interesting thing to think about. They by definition of being on a list have been vetted and approved as to having a higher standard of roleplay compared to members who have not applied. So the biggest responsibility would be to maintain effective and interesting roleplay so that players who are less fluent or simply looking for an authentic experience have both a good setting to inhabit and good roleplayers to aspire too. At that point you're also a member of the community, that includes helping out both ICly and OOCly players who wish to learn or improve upon their own roleplay.
Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau ceti and how it affected your character and their career?
Tau Ceti is something of a second coming for someone like Joseph Lock. Growing up in the Eridani Federation with a Solarian mother, it seemed like the natural conclusion for the the Sol Alliace to lose another area to the corporations, let alone NanoTrasen, at least through his perspective. The fact that a rebellious admiral from Sol attempted to stop the corporate assimilation and failed, thats just icing on the cake. Moving to Tau Ceti from Eridani Upsilon to work for NanoTrasen, he just thought it was the best move, the Federation is a host of people who are steadfastly loyal and ambitious to rise in their corporations. The Republic of Biesel is practically NanoTrasens front yard, yes there are ambitious people but few who had grown up in the stratified society that is the Federation, and none with the cunning and ambition of an Eridanian. Lock also is well aware of the fact that NanoTrasen is one step away from being let on the Board of Five, better to put himself into a good position before it becomes impossible to get it.
What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted?
Head of Security is what I'll be playing right away, but I plan on branching out into IAA, and Head of Personnel in other characters to be created.
Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:
Joseph Lock thus far is my only standing character and he plans on achieving the job of Head of Security through his IC interactions. He's yet to have a formal interview yet with any personnel about said interest but he has had medical evaluations as stated previously for loyalty implants and if he'd be a good fit.
Other characters have not been created yet, but once they are crafted to their completion, they will be introduced into the aurora-sphere.
How would you rate your own roleplaying?:
A solid 8/10, I'll never be perfect but I always try to make my characters genuine and realistic. I type fast and sometimes that leads to me saying things before another person had a moment to respond but I try to police myself on that.
Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action?
Yes I understand and I don't plan on having an administrative action taken against me
Have you familiarize yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles?
Yes I have and I feel as though I can do the command roles justice.
The only uncertainty that I have in this application is the conflict of information between Heads of Staff and CCIA. On the format page for the whitelist it says that IAA is included in this whitelist application but I'm not sure if I'll also need to make an application to be central command internal affairs as well as regular internal affairs. If so then I'll submit that shortly. None of my answers or motivations change as a result of this note.