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  1. There are a few significant, fatal flaws with the backstory you've presented. First and foremost, I've not been able to find anything on the wiki that supports persecution of the M'sai in the People's Republic. In your google document sheet, you state that part of the reason for Komolov being anti-Republic is due to ostracization due to his heritage as a M'sai: However, there is no source on the wiki to back this up. The wiki states that the species of Tajara to face persecution in the Republic is the Zhan-Khazan; and Equally, consider that there are high-ranking public officials in the People's Republic who are M'sai. The head spymaster and the individual in charge of the Republic's version of the KGB, the PSIS is one such M'sai: Headmaster Harrrdanim Tyr'adrr. The Chief of the Navy, Samirro Qarrarhaz, is also a M'sai - and they are responsible for the pinnacle of Republic technology, the oversight of the Kosmostrelki and the Orbital Fleet. Even the face of the state news network, Andrey Borisov, is a M'sai. It is very hard to state racial persecution when the man beamed into your living room on your TV every night broadcasting state propaganda looks just like you. For reference, there are no notable Zhan-Khazan in any public-facing part of PRA society. Consequently, it is unlikely that Komolov would have suffered any serious persecution or racial mistrust, especially in the North, where pockets of pro-nobility sympathizers remained. Thus, with the main motivating factor of his disillusionment with the Republican government invalidated, I am perhaps having a hard time understanding why he would still take an anti-PRA stance. You admit yourself in the summarized backstory that his sister's medical care was only enabled due to the technological advancements seen under the People's Republic. She would not have survived the pre-war nobility's treatment of commoners. And post-secession, when the New Kingdom breaks away, you also state that Komolov's sister is then unable to be treated properly anymore. Surely that would instead spur anti-NKA sentiments? This brings me to the next part of the backstory that I find problematic. Komolov's father, who would have been 19 when he was born, would be an unlikely candidate in any law enforcement agency in the Kaltir region. By the time Komolov was born, the war had been over for at least six years. The People's Republic, as a fledgling nation, understood that there was still pro-noble sentiment, especially in the North. Law enforcement officers, who are tasked with upholding the pro-Party, anti-Nobility laws would scarcely be made up of nobility sympathizers like Komolov's father. A disloyal police force (who is armed) is a threat to a new government. It would have been expected, I would argue, for the arbiters of government law be proud or at least publicly Hadiist. You do not touch upon this delicate balance at all in your application. Komolov's family could still have been secretly pro-noble, but doing so openly would result in political re-education. With the PRA responsible for his sister's continued existence despite her debilitating condition and no substance for racial hatred that I can find, I, again, find difficulty in understanding exactly why Komolov is anti-Republic. Given how dangerous anti-Republican sentiment was in the North, and the Republic's historical inspiration, there would have been plenty of youth groups that Komolov would likely have been expected to partake in on penalty of consequences to the family. And at these political youth groups, children would be told to turn in their parents if they showed any anti-Party sentiment. This application to me does not seem to appreciate the significance of the Soviet/Fascist political machines and their impact on the family unit. At no point is it made clear that Komolov's family suffers any retribution for their apparently open pro-noble stance and public disdain for the Republic. And it goes without saying that if Komolov's father was a noble supporter and was found out, it would be exceedingly difficult for his son, then, to become a law enforcement officer. I find the idea of an 8 year old child studying law and athletics to work as a police officer a strange concept on its face - what child at that age really knows what they want to do as an adult? Komolov, without any significant or official education despite going to a 'center' as you describe it, is admitted as an officer on that merit alone as opposed to any sort of on the job training or cadet school. Additionally, consider that the police force he was part of would suffer internal strife or be part of the attempt to deal with the Northern revolution; it was hardly a clean break. Not everyone in the North was a royalist supporter. It is highly unlikely, then, that a significant portion of law enforcement at the time would assist the New Kingdom - and most conscriptions avoid what are considered 'protected occupations', such as medical staff or police officers. Everything after this early portion is mediocre. I can find things to nitpick, but the foundation itself is flawed; and really, when I read the line: it gave me significant pause. You had the inkling of an interesting backstory here, but instead what I see is an idyllic, unrealistic, and perhaps a little too Mary Sue history for a character who faces absolutely no repercussions for his or his family's conduct. While the populace of the North may have been sympathetic to the nobility, you'll note the wiki unequivocally states that the North was 'occupied' by Republican forces. This includes Party officials and Commissars. There was a route you could have taken to accomplish what you wanted, but you elected not to do it. Instead of shaping your character concept to the lore, it seems to me you had an idea in your head and opted, instead, to try and ramrod the lore to shape around your character, which is expressly not what you want to do. It shows only a surface understanding of Tajara politics and history, as a vehicle for an unrealistic Tajara. You could have made it so Komolov's father was a secret royalist working in law enforcement to try and undermine Hadiist censorship and persecution of pro-noble forces. He could have been found out and sent to a camp, disgraced - this would have been justification for your family's rejection by their local community. Komolov could have hated the Republic for harassing his family, taking his father away, and denying him his dream of wanting to work in law enforcement. The sins of the father are the sins of the son, etc. Then, when the New Kingdom secedes, political prisoners like his father are released, leading in to the next part of the story. You could have represented the hardship these fascist government policies had on his family. Instead, despite being an overt enemy of the State, Komolov's father works for the State, with no repercussion for views that would have been fatal to the wrong Commissar. Police states and surveillance are the bread and butter of totalitarian regimes. While you may have written a large backstory, in some cases, less is more. Bigger is not always better. I find this concept flawed on the outset and perhaps borne of communal ignorance of the totalitarian aspects of the People's Republic and an abnormal desire of the Aurora player base to romanticize the New Kingdom to be something that it is not. Your character has managed to avoid most of the suffering, oppression, and political intrigue that the average Tajara is subject to. He has, inexplicably, had a noble with bottomless coffers fund him, pay for his debts, et al - another symptom of the romanticization of the New Kingdom by the player base. The House of Commoners did not even exist at the Kingdom's conception. The nobility has never been completely magnanimous to their peasants. You even say as much in your application. Being a poor commoner himself, he apparently was not conflicted or even interested in his government's desire to ensure that he and his fellow poor people were not represented in parliament. Instead, he cries over a King - a King who nearly let civil unrest sweep across the nation then let a commoner sit in Parliament. At no point is Komolov ever conflicted in his views. He never questions them. He never grows. He's painted as a selfless, community-oriented man despite you saying said community hates him for being a M'sai. He's suffered nothing; his father is always miraculously safe from a brutal and bloody war, he's a 'dreamboat', he has a noble friend who pays for everything. And yet he just continues to accrue debt, despite already being in debt, with presumably poor credit if he spent years only being able to afford food. Despite this, he is able to attend one of the most prestigious law academies in the New Kingdom without even a secondary education, evidently. As I said before, I feel this application is flawed from concept and does not accurately represent the conflicted, often difficult lives of the average Tajara. It romanticizes the New Kingdom too heavily without acknowledging the consequences one would have for being a royalist sympathizer in post-revolution Kaltir, nor does it reflect, in my opinion, a desire to allow a character concept to grow in the confines of the lore. Rather, it seems to me you've tried to force the lore to adapt to accommodate your character, and that is a growing problem amongst Tajaran whitelist holders already. -1
  2. Suraya is a cool cat (heh) and the idea of loaded dice is delightfully simplistic.
  3. Omicega is an excellent roleplayer and is more than capable of portraying a Tajara character correctly. They have my full-throated approval.
  4. I was asked to post due to witnessing some of Frost's behavior in a recent event. During last week's Skrell arc, Frost most certainly excessively shadowed Kathira El-Hashem. As part of the round, Tup Commandos boarded the station and began to attempt to take custody of some refugees who had crash landed there. Wielding dangerous particle weaponry and advanced combat suits, they could go invisible, teleport, and even shot at and hit investigator Rose. Now, I would like to point out that during this round, Kathira El-Hashem was a visitor. I viewed the cyborg unit's camera several times after the aforementioned maintenance chase where Rose got shot, and in doing so I witnessed Frost basically following Kathira around the tunnels in other parts of the station. Given she was a visitor, she does not have innate maintenance access. This meant that Frost had to be providing her access, despite the fact dangerous agents of the Jargon Federation were lurking in there. This directly put a visitor in harm's way - a visitor they should not be permitting access to these restricted areas of the station to begin with. It was practically by her side almost the entire round.
  5. Reporting Personnel: Ana J. Roh'hi'tin Job Title of Reporting Personnel: Investigator Game ID: ccW-asNU Personnel Involved: Suvek Tokash, Head of Security Samuel Saudade, Surgeon Primary Witnesses: Kalil Al-Lawishurai, Security Officer IRU-Wulfwiga, Security Officer Secondary Witnesses: Johnathan Caladius, Captain Time of Incident: Real Time: ~12:00 AM Central, 7/9/2021 Location of Incident: NSS Aurora Nature of Incident: [ ] - Workplace Hazard [ ] - Accident/Injury [ ] - Destruction of Property [X] - Neglect of Duty [ ] - Harassment [ ] - Assault [X] - Misconduct [ ] - Other _____ (Place an x in the box that applies. If other, replace line and specify.) Overview of the Incident: Upon waking up from cryogenics, this one reported to the brig and acquired her gear. For at least fifteen to twenty minutes she went about her business normally before a routine check-in with the evidence lockers revealed one of the body storage trays was occupied. At no point did her boss ever clearly communicate that a security incident had occurred earlier in the shift, resulting in one crew fatality. A crewmember came under suspicion for allegedly causing this fatality, a fact she only learned after Officer Al-Lawishurai informed her of what had occurred, equally incredulous at the lack of communication. This one searched document storage for any evidence of an autopsy being performed, and found a half-completed form with none of the appropriate, accompanying paperwork. She was told that a medical doctor had performed the autopsy procedure themselves, despite the presence of other investigators aboard long before she woke up from cryogenics. This one then, as per protocol, removed the body from cold storage to re-perform the autopsy given that it was unlikely the medical doctor had the necessary qualifications to do one in this situation. Upon opening the body bag, she was immediately met with a shocking sight; the surgeon in question, Dr. Saudade, had left every single incision open on the corpse. Not only that, but they had also proceeded to remove the corpse's vital internal organs, such as the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, and the liver. Additionally, after re-performing the autopsy despite the body being so badly mutilated, she found evidence it had been further damaged post-mortem by the operating physician with unclean scalpel cuts in some places. As a result, she was not able to verify or ascertain the damage sustained by the victim at the time of their fatality and could not corroborate the state of the body with victim statements. Incensed, she requested a security officer to question the surgeon about the state of the corpse. IRU-Wulfwiga questioned the surgeon, who responded that he had, quote, "[...] removed and placed (the organs) into storage in case of emergency transfusion, considerin' no one could identify the body. Basically a vagrant." While noble, this failure to adhere to evidentiary standards is the exact reason why medical should never be performing these complex procedures in lieu of trained forensic pathologists. In short, Dr. Saudade irreversibly damaged vital evidence (the victim's corpse) by removing internal organs that then could not be biopsied or examined for damage, further aggrieved the corpse by damaging it during operation, and seriously hindered security's ability to investigate by not closing the incisions he had made on top of his previous actions, permitting advanced bacterial growth inside the corpse. When she was made aware of this admission, she requested Head of Security Tokash immediately arrest the surgeon for Neglect of Duty. Tokash seemed only marginally interested, asking if they had removed the organs beyond the original investigator's request for an autopsy. When this question was answered, the situation was not acknowledged by them for at least another ten to fifteen minutes. Then, a transfer shuttle was dispatched to the Aurora. Within only seconds of this announcement being made, Tokash said that the Odin could continue the investigation and all we could do was report this information to them. With ample amount of time to write and serve a warrant, additionally after having gotten the Captain's approval for the Neglect charge, he could have handled it then and there. There was no further investigation to be done. Dr. Saudade admitted to his actions. But Tokash failed to take responsibility as he should have and elected to delegate this issue to the Odin when he could have done it himself. It should be noted that, after he stated this, she informed him she would have to report this failure to perform his duties admirably; instead, she went to speak to Captain Caladius, who had not been informed of any of these details surrounding the case - the mishandling of the body, that is - and informed her that Tokash was keeping him up to date. Effectively, the Head of Security did not inform the Captain of this medical misconduct. When this one did in his stead, the Captain was furious at the medical staff and ordered the detainment of the surgeon with little time to spare. Dr. Saudade did not appear at the shuttle and was not apprehended when it left, indicating delaying dealing with this flagrant disregard for the chain of evidence custody until all were aboard the Odin was pointless. It more seemed to this one that the Head of Security was not interested in performing his duties, and as a result, the ISD's ability to make a solid case was greatly damaged. Did you report it to a Head of Staff or a superior? If so, who? If not, why?: The Captain, who immediately ordered the detainment of Dr. Saudade. Actions taken: Filed this report. Additional Notes: Please remind medical staff that they have no business interfering with security's investigations into on-site deaths. It is the job of the investigations division to investigate and absolve NanoTrasen Corporation from liability for all employee deaths that happen on shift, accidental or otherwise. While she understands they may have to in the event of a lack of appropriately trained pathologists, they must be informed to take extra care not to cause any further damage to the corpse and that is, in fact, evidence. The body should be preserved for an actual professional to do a follow up autopsy aboard the Odin post-shift if no investigators trained are on the schedule. (OOC: The deceased individual was an antag.)
  6. This is a research station, not a prison station. The brig is designed for short-term detainment, not long term holding. It's already been said but this idea is incompatible with the way our entire premise of a setting is set up. NBT might be different - but the Aurora? We're security officers, not correctional officers.
  7. If mechanical skills are added it would need to be with the caveat that antags can no longer morph from a janitor into a doctor lawyer phoron bomb-making ubercommando as soon as they get the big red T for Totally a Roleplayer next to them. I do not want to be subject to stringent mechanical restriction and then have them not apply to people for no real legitimate reason.
  8. I explained why I immediately fired upon arrival. The disruptor is a non-lethal weapon, and given that at least it appeared the antag had committed battery by pushing the Captain over and standing over him long enough to where it looked like they were trying to steal his belongings, I had cause to fire upon them. The antag chose to blow up the Captain instead of leveraging them - nothing stops them from making threats to be released from custody because the Captain will explode. They chose to play it the way they did. No one forced them to do it, and least of all me - it's not my fault they failed to see or elected not to take a more appropriate and self-serving course of action. They didn't disable the Captain in the bridge, they did it in broad daylight, in the halls, said nothing, had no speech bubble over their head (so again how was I to know they were typing) and were presently engaged in the very least the battery and assault of the captain and potential theft. As far as I saw it, I had reason to fire at them on sight, least of all because delaying might allow them to actually grab the Captain or manhandle him further. It is not my job to completely cover for the antag's mistakes. I gave them a chance by not calling all of security, but they chose to do this in a public hallway in broad daylight and I saw them do it. As such, I fired when I saw them because I had reason to believe not firing would enable them to further place the Captain in harm's way. The series of events that followed was entirely their own making. 'Release me from prison or I'll blow up the Captain' was just as much of a valid course of action. They elected not to do this. In the time it took me to move from the brig to the scene was a matter of seconds. Delaying to radio in what appeared to be a fistfight was a delay that could have enabled the situation to worsen. Ultimately the presence of other officers would have changed nothing, and I did not find it OOCly palatable. I think that's about the best way I can describe my thought processes in this situation.
  9. Addendum: I was not an investigator during the round in question, but a security officer, as the text of the warning apparently has lead people to believe I was an investigator.
  10. BYOND Key: SueTheCake Staff BYOND Key: Rotharia Game ID: ccH-cR2p Reason for complaint: Removal of warning, contesting moderator judgment. In a round that was particularly sleepy and boring, I was observing a character (Portnova's) interactions with the Captain. They lingered outside the bridge, met with him, they talked; I assumed that, given Portnova's status as a security employee, it may be work related. Either way, it looked pretty typical. Nevertheless, once the Captain led them out of the bridge, it appeared to me on my cameras that Portnova pushed him down. As a result, I moved from security over to the scene, where I used non-lethal disruptor fire to disable Portnova, believing they were taking the Captain's identification. It turns out that, no, they had explosive implanted him, and immediately decided to blow him up. My gun ran out of ammo, they tried to disarm me, I roughed them up some seeing as they just murdered the Captain in front of me, and then they went to medical. About ten minutes later, Rotharia PM'd me asking me why I didn't call for back up. I explained that I had no reason to, as at that immediate moment it was just a visitor who may have pushed over the Captain after some, perhaps, failed workplace negotiations. They never had a weapon in their hand, a firearm, or even any restraints. The text of the warning says I ran in to an 'attempt to take the Captain hostage' but there was no effort visible to take the Captain hostage. No restraints, no weapon, and they basically just stood there over him; it looked to me like they were trying to take his ID, and I wanted to stun them before they could grab it and run somewhere I could not catch them. I take umbrage with Rotharia's judgment call here. There are regular complaints, from both players and staff that security responds in full departmental force to relatively minor issues. At the time, this was not a call I felt required the whole department and the location was in such close proximity to me that response was easy. I ultimately OOCly did not want to send all of security after a lone antagonist which I feel would have been a bad faith gesture. At least one officer they could handle and potentially escape. But apparently there is no winning - security powergames by responding too much or plays poorly by giving antags too much leeway. Okay, sure. In any event calling for back-up would not have changed literally anything about the situation as it occurred, as I would have still been first on scene, still shot at Portnova, who would have still blown the Captain up. Visually there was no way for me to tell they were' taking the captain hostage'. They pushed him over, they were unarmed, they were presumably a lone antag, and I did not feel comfortable siccing all of security on a single person. There was no reason to. I judged the situation from a distance via cameras: 1) Portnova was not visible armed 2) Portnova still made no actual attempt to restrain or otherwise take the Captain hostage 3) Portnova was alone And then when I arrived on scene: 1) Portnova was still not visibly armed 2) Portnova still made no actual attempt to restrain or otherwise take the Captain hostage 3) Portnova was alone This warning seems to hinge on the fact I should have metagamed somehow that they used an explosive implant when there is functionally no actual way to tell this is the case under any circumstances without a body scanner or the antag's word. Portnova had opportunities to disable the captain in the bridge, a location much harder to access, and did not take them. As a result, this combined with the aforementioned visual cues indicated to me they were not trying to restrain him, merely steal his ID. Why do this in the hallway? They met him in his office for an extended period of time, were right behind him all the way out to the hall and only then chose to push him over. The logical conclusion, here, would be that they wanted his ID. This informed my choices. In the end, they turned out to be wrong, but I hardly see how OOCly this is something I deserve to be warned for. Calling for back-up would not have changed the outcome of the events, because I was way closer than anyone else, and I was purposely trying not to destroy the antag with the combined might of the entire security department. If anything I feel this is indicative of how poor an item the explosive implant is, as there is absolutely no indication it exists, and even when arrested Portnova could have still leveraged the explosive implant to secure her release. It's not like it still wouldn't go off. They made the conscious decision to react as they did. I went off all the information that is readily and visually available to me, and as I said, there was no visual attempt to even bother grabbing the Captain to restrain him. He was just lying on the floor, unrestrained, ungrabbed, with her standing over him, unarmed, and as a visitor. I had no justification to sic all of security on what appeared to be a battery case, when I had no actual way of even knowing they had put a bomb inside him - especially when they had opportunity to do it somewhere more advantageous to them. Additionally, I could have aimed at them, but given they could have grabbed the Captain's ID and ran into the bridge before the SIX shots it takes to make them fall over would have registered (especially considering aim only goes off once, and they were less than five tiles from doors I could not access, with an additional nearly full screen between me and them) it would have been less effectual. Again, had Portnova actually displayed a weapon or grabbed the captain or done anything but stand there over his head I would not have immediately fired on them, but there was no reason for me not to - because all they were doing was standing there and it appeared to be a scuffle or a fist-fight, not a bombing hostage situation. I can hardly call it 'poor judgment making on part of an investigator' when the information that would have changed my reaction is metagaming information not available under normal gameplay circumstances, or when I try to give an antag a fighting chance instead of slamming the entirety of security like a brick wall into them. Evidence/logs/etc:
  11. The parapen exists for a reason. You have tools for this. Instant stuns were mitigated from the game (stun baton, e-bow) because their counterplay is non-existent. I really don't see the need for this with the (in my opinion) outrageous TC reductions that were merged in making purchasing tools like the parapen even cheaper and easier than it was previously. Because, really, what would actually happen is the antag gets cornered by security and stalls for time until they can 1-shot click an officer. Might as well give them back their instant-down tasers then.
  12. I think Danse would do exceptionally well in the position of human lore deputy. His passion for human lore in general is apparent in the conversations we have - it's a bit of a bad meme that Danse has garnered a reputation as a 'Solaboo', and I feel like this is more extrapolating his opinions from how his character Iliasz is in game than anything else. Coenraad wasn't a nationalist, and he did not have this reputation back then. I've had nothing but good interactions with him on an OOC level as well, and it is very obvious where the jokes end and his real opinions begin. Having seen the work he's put into both his character(s) and his application for Visegard, it's clear to me that he has a great understanding of existing human lore and is passionate about expanding it and making it better. I give him my support here.
  13. I dunno where this 'OOC paragons of trustworthiness' comes from - the crew, in my experience, regularly playing, take any and every opportunity to question or doubt security's motives, traitor or otherwise. Even characters who never enable antagonist. No one ever takes security at face value. A change like this won't alter this. Security antags are miserable to play against and also deal with. They already have gear that enables them to more easily flatten crewmembers who get in their way with no TC investment.
  14. A fantastic opening to do what? Stealthily steal things that involve no one? Do an objective to pat themselves on the back at the end of the round? That is not the purpose of an antagonist. It is to craft a compelling narrative, which one cannot do if the spotlight is being hogged by the AI venting half the station. It's antics are just as liable to kill antags as crew, as well.
  15. Traitor AIs hijack the round. They were disabled prior to the AI whitelisting, and whitelisting will not solve this inherent issue. Multiple parts of the station have to direct their attention to deal with the AI, depriving other antagonists of an ability to craft a narrative.
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