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ED-1S-0N Species you are applying to play: Tajara What color do you plan on making your first alien character: Brown(kochiba Hharar) Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Sure did, along with the additional pages on Tajaran lore. 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:
Hoo boy. So their history is basically russian history but with cats? Sign me up.
On a more serious note, I do really like their history and the culture, heavily-influenced by Russia. It makes them so familiar, yet still so distinct and alien at the same time. And there's so much to explore by playing a Tajara, not just when interacting with other species, but other Tajara as well, considering how diverse their backgrounds are. And I really like the ideas that I have for my Tajara characters--not just the one I'm applying with, but the others that I will make afterwards. Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
There are many, many different things about Tajara. From biology and physiology to all the socio-cultural aspects. We could go on for ages, so I'll try to be prompt:
Not only Tajarans are vastly different in terms of their anatomy(fur, clawed digits, feline eyes, sharp teeth) and their evolutionary history as predators, but in all the other ways, too. Having come onto the galactic stage only recently, they are still only learning of the other species. Their culture is conservative and family-oriented, they have their own religions that are still being followed by most Tajara(even though they are turning away from religion in PRA), there are three political factions on Adhomai, and all of them are obviously different--The communist RPA, the rebellious ALA, and the monarchist NKA.
I could write the whole Tajara wiki page here, but I think I'll write the most important thing here: that, the Tajara history, in fact, resembles humanity's. Now, hear me out--obviously, the Tajara lore is inspired by the history of Russia, but that does not mean that it doesn't show that the alien species out there, could possibly actually resemble the humanity-- in the socio-cultural aspect, specifically. Obviously, the humans are more advanced than the Tajara, but I believe that it creates a unique perspective on it all. Playing as someone who is the least advanced of all species(at least the moment, since Tajara are rapidly developing) makes for a very different mindset for your character--regardless if they're a scientist who knows as much as their, per say, human colleague, or a simple zhan-khazan miner who is, likely, dumber(sorry for the crude vocabulary) than their human colleague. Besides, on the topic of humanity-- they influenced, and still influence, the Tajara quite heavily. Not only is money being poured into Adhomai, but the culture, as well. For example, the greaser fashion that is now popular amongst the Tajara. Character Name: Rahaat Ikram-Almas Please provide a short backstory for this character
Born on the 9th June 2442 into a poor Hharar family of farmers, Rahaat lived in a small and insignificant rural town west of B'urr. His parents, who had been peasants prior to the first revolution, held their child in ignorance of how the People's Republic of Adhomai came to be--only occassionaly telling the tales of the abusive nobles. Rahaat knew little of wonders of technology or pleasures of life, spending most of his childhood happily helping his parents with the farm. He lived in blissful ignorance, however, his parents knew that living from one harvest to another, never sure of how the next winter will go, is not good for the growing child. It was then decided, when he was 7, that he would live with his aunt and uncle, in B'urr, studying in a school, and living in the safety of a developed city.
Feeling lost, far away from his parents, the new environment overwhelmed Rahaat--ultimately leaving his mind vulnerable the propaganda. His uncle, who had been part of the revolution, filled the young impressionable Rahaat's mind with the ideals of the revolution, preaching against the nobility and promoting equality. The calamity that came to be, when he was 9 years old, after the assassination of Rhagrrhuzau Hadii, plunged Rahaat further into his confusion--the only thing guiding him on his path are his willingness to learn and his newfound loyalty to the PRA.
The town that he was born in, where his parents lived, was now in ALA territory, and as much as he wanted to come see them, he was not allowed to. The first year after the second revolution he had not went to school. Afterwards, however, the lessons resumed-- with the propaganda of the government present much more than it was before. It should be noted that, even though Rahaat was always eager to learn, the subpar quality of education he had available and his own intellectual abilities had left him an underwhelming student. This made Rahaat sad, but when he was 15 and the conscription law was enacted, he knew that he could still be useful to the people as a soldier. And so, when he turned 18, it was his time to do his part.
Serving in the 788th Republican Artillery Brigade, Rahaat had never seen the enemy with his own eyes in the short time he had served. It had left him lost and confused, as he has been before--and questions started to rise in his mind. On one day as they were advancing on the western front, he had seen the result of the destruction he has caused-- a small village in the ALA territory was caught in the artillery bombing the day before. This had shaken Rahaat's belief in what he was doing.
Nearing the end of his short-lived military career, he had turned 19-- it was on this day that his life had taken a sudden turn. In the deep of the night, the camp that his squadron has set up was raided by a small ALA force. Jumping up suddenly as he heard the shots, immediately reaching for his weapon-- he feels a shot in his lower back, causing him to fall back on the ground. It was his squadmate that fired on him from the surprise. After the ALA forces were fended off, And Rahaat was taken care of-- they begged him to not let the superiors know what happened, and instead tell that it was the enemy that fired on him. With bitterness and regret, he accepted.
Rahaat was honourably discharged with a single medal for the campaign that he had served in. The shot of his squadmate resulted in Rahaat's nerve damage in the tail-- because of which he lets it hang loose, and his Siik'tajr imperfect. Being left with the feeling of betrayal and dissapointment, shortly after being discharged, he had sought to leave Adhomai and find a home elsewhere--somewhere far from the war that caused him so much pain, both physical and emotional. With the service benefits the government has provided him with, he had found a small appartment on Biesel to live in, and started studying in the Craterport University of Natural Sciences. Of course, he could not live solely on the support-- and found a job with NanoTrasen, on board the Aurora station, as a lab assistant, to learn and to aid him in paying for his humble living and education.
What do you like about this character?
Rahaat is a naive, young and eager to learn, but his life had not been kind to him. The life on Adhomai is harsh, but his had been even more so--in the end feeling betrayed by his own people and still looking to find out his parents' fate. I want to play Rahaat to see him grow into what he can become, and to see what the people around him will teach about the life outside of Adhomai-- or maybe even on Adhomai, should he meet and befriend the Tajara from the other factions. It is both my way to learn more about science, a department that I have not played much, and a way to start off playing Tajara. His backstory maybe a bit cliche-y, but I like how it shapes Rahaat as a character and gives him reasons for what he does and plans to do. How would you rate your role-playing ability?
As I said in my other app, I do not like to rate myself, and will instead simply say what I think what my strong and weak sides are. Well, first of all--I'd say I'm a pretty experienced RP-er and I have plenty of experience making characters, and working with the lore to make them fit in, be believable but still be themselves, and not the stereotypes. I can write! But, I'm still relatively new around here, and I have yet to learn about quite a lot of the lore of the Aurora universe. And I'm a slow typer so the round-based nature of SS13 really hurts the quality of my RP sometimes. Notes:
Phew. Finally it's done. Thank you to all the beautiful people who have helped me write this thing because, quite frankly, I'd probably never finish this app without the help of some people. That is all! pls accept me thanks