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  1. Yeah I assumed that might be the case, I'm glad you've managed to find a happy middle ground that makes them looks so good and smooth!
  2. These sprites look good, suit FREN and will be a blessing to the crew. I especially enjoy the little janitor screen animation. +1. I do have a question just out of curiosity as well; did you play around with speeding up/slowing down the screen animations, I'm curious what they would look like then.
  3. BYOND Key: (Forktress) Character Names: (Sabela Aldara, Kruger Aldara, Ziithrik Kuth’rex, Masozi Tapiwa, Senan Malloye, Mordecai Taras, Kuthresh Reskeeza, Optikam Risk’litz) Species you are applying to play: (The BAD IPC MAN) What color do you plan on making your first alien character: (Zeng-Hu Mobility Frame) Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Yes…not because I w-wanted to or anything 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: As much as I enjoy spreading the truth that IPC man is bad, I must sadly admit this is in fact, a ruse. IPCs are in fact my second favourite race, beaten only because Unathi play into my longstanding obsession with dinosaurs, dragons and lizards. Personally, I’m always drawn into things with artificial intelligence involved, especially when, like we see on aurora there is active conflict around the extent said artificial intelligence is sentient or, classified as a person. I enjoy the theoretic aspect behind exploring IPCs and how their experiences can shape them, and whether this makes them true individuals or just a mockery of life. I also think that Aurora currently has an interesting array of pro, and anti-synthetic cultures that create interesting chances for RP that I think I would enjoy taking part in. Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: I’m going to stray away from mechanical changes and touch on them at the end as I personally believe talking about IC differences is more in spirit of the question. Firstly, I think the wiki does a pretty good job of explaining that one of the key things that will always make an IPC different than a human is that they are, at the end of the day, sophisticated thinking machines. Now stepping away from the ethical debates on whether or not they are a person or not because of this fact, it is undeniable that they will process information differently to how a human would. Were humans are largely driven by instinct, IPCs have a number of advanced programs that take in information and calculate a response, everything they do stems from information being inputted, examined and calculated by programs, and the best response to the situation being created and implemented. This means that it is hard for an IPC to act ‘randomly’, I imagine it sort of in the same a random number generator is never truly ‘random’, they have a list of numbers which they will spew out one by one using algorithms. This to me means even if an IPC was considerably deviant of personality, if they were trying to help a friend for example, their reactions to the situation would never be exactly spontaneous, it would be something they had calculated would be the best cause of action at the time. Additionally, IPCs are, at the end of the day, ruled by their self-preservation law, which differs again from the human instinct toward survival, a human may sacrifice themselves for another, a functioning non-tampered with IPC, cannot throw itself in front of something it knows will destroy it, its primary law literally prevents it from doing so. This means you can’t simply do things like “I’ll take this bomb, don’t worry I’m only an IPC.”, other people might feel that way but to you, not getting blown to bits by that bomb is, and always will be, *priority one*. That’s not saying you can’t help others, in fact its usually the case that you’ll end up helping someone from some real crazy stuff at some point, but unlike humans who can irrationally self-terminate themselves doing stupid/brave things, an IPC will always be calculating if a situation will end with their destruction, and if will, then they will attempt to remove themselves from it or at the very least protect their positronic. I think those for me are two main things that set a general IPC character apart from a human character. Character Name:(Serval) Please provide a short backstory for this character Created on the Hephaestus Production Station Sidirourgeio on April 5th 2456, the station’s fifth year after completion, the positronic now known as Serval was originally known as GUPP-E, a baseline frame. GUPP-E found itself pressed into service as a servant almost immediately; a gift of a family friend higher up within Hephaestus, it became an effective helper/nanny for the Embla family, Sol Gov citizens who lived in the residential district of the station, and worked on Reade, in its gas harvesting industry. GUPP-E was named by, and cared for, the family’s 4-year-old daughter, Sonja, while her parents Runa and Otto, worked during the day. GUPP-E was of moderate complexity regarding positronic brains, but it was more than sufficient to satisfy Sonja, who quickly took a liking to her new ‘friend’. The baseline spent the entire first year of its service performing three main tasks; preparing meals for the family, cleaning, and creating fun and mentally stimulating activities for Sonja. The more that GUPP-E was forced to adapt to a child’s chaotic and mercurial nature, the better suited to a high stress environment it became, soon, it had learnt to formulate new ways to occupy the young human within seconds. Once Sonja turned 5 years old GUPP-E had been in the family’s service for a year and was loved by both mother and daughter within the family, meanwhile, the father Otto subscribed much more heavily into the belief that the positronic held no rights, much like a majority of the Sol Gov workforce. GUPP-E spent the next months between January 2457 and November 2457 tutoring Sonja, and by all accounts, the positronic was learning alongside her, albeit at a much faster speed, downloading entire textbooks overnight for daytime use. It wasn’t until the 25th November 2457 that tragedy befell the family. Runa, the matriarch of the family by all accounts, lost her life in an accident while harvesting the gases of Reade during one of its violent winter storms. From here Otto began to deteriorate, becoming erratic, claimed by grief he turned to heavy drinking, leaving more and more to GUPP-E. The IPC began to experience small amounts of wear and tear as Otto became found of throwing empty bottles at them, claiming the positronic wasn’t a real person and therefore it didn’t matter. GUPP-E took these increasingly frequent events in stride, reasoning that its purpose was to look after Sonja and that her wellbeing was more important than minor scrapes or damage. With the turn of the year and 2458 in swing and the Sol Alliance beginning a blockade of Biesel, Otto decided it was high time he and his family return to Sol, reluctantly taking the baseline with them at the behest of his young daughter. As the blockade continued and eventually spiralled into invasion by Admiral Frost it became clear to GUPP-E that Otto favoured the actions of the extremist Sol Admiral and the 33rd. Indeed, once the reports of Frost’s defeat he flew into a drunken rage, seemingly especially angry about reports that not only had members of the Synthetic Liberation Front actively worked to free president Dorn from the 33rd’s captivity, but that one of their members was receiving a medal! He began to push GUPP-E around, becoming more and more violent, claiming that was “you things that ruined everything”, taking a bat to the IPC, causing severe damage to its torso, and bringing it to its knees, before Sonja, awakening from bed because of the loud noises, rushed to GUPP-E’s side, her father accidently striking her while drunk. Upon seeing harm come to Sonja, the baseline flew into action, protecting the girl where it had not protected itself, it broke the man’s arm, before realising what it had done, grabbing Sonja, and fleeing. GUPP-E was consumed by two very basic thoughts; RUN and HIDE. It continued to run, unceasingly carrying the unconscious Sonja in its arms until its damaged torso and legs eventually gave out, GUPP-E running out of power in the street. Eventually the powered down IPC and the, now conscious girl were found by Martian authorities. She was returned to her father, who had sustained a broken arm defending his daughter from a crazed machine that kidnapped her, or so the story went. The body of GUPP-E was scrapped for parts and incident quietly covered up by Hephaestus. The positronic was memory wiped and left in storage for two months before being shipped off in a trade deal with Zeng-Hu Pharmaceuticals to their facility in orbit of Sirius, Kyūkyoku, which is incapable of creating positronic brains their selves, relying on deals with other companies. Here the positronic was integrated into one of the companies Mobility Model IPCs, named Serval, after a type of medium sized wild cat know for their speed and lighter colourations. Serval awoke with a fractured and fragmented memory, unsure of where it was or its purpose, only recalling the face of a small girl and little else. Over the next few days of its activation Serval was fed new data, information, and purpose. This new purpose felt somehow familiar, yet also different. It was now programmed to run, run and HUNT. Serval was an IPC fully intended for combat and rapid response to situations. Being sold to Index Security Solutions, to operate under a permanent ownership contract. Serval spent the time between June 2459 and October 2461 prowling the lower tunnels of the Akhet underwater domes, hunting down criminal dreg bands with maximum efficiency and no mercy, alongside other Index IPCs. Serval enjoyed great success in numerous combat engagements with violent gangs but privately struggled with the barest fragments of memories, glitches seemingly brought on by young children which can interrupt combat efficiency for brief moments of time, so far Serval has not seen fit to mention these glitches to anyone for unknown reasons. However, with seemingly peaceful times throughout the federation Index has seen fit to contract Serval to the NSS Aurora II for a six-month period beginning soon, with extensions possible. It is possible the Company wishes to evaluate how well the lighter, faster frame fares on a station as opposed to chasing gangers through tunnels. What do you like about this character? My favourite part of Serval is that its core concept is, at its very basic, killer robot with a nanny complex buried in somewhere in some fragmented memories. Personally, I would look forward to seeing which characters on station may run the risk of revealing these and what kind of RP would stem from it, and how relationships would form around what is now essentially, an efficient drone of a security contractor, especially if it has a moment of acting uncharacteristically nice. I also visually like the image of the much sleeker, lightweight and quick Mobility frame being used in security work and its already got my artistic side flowing with ideas of character art, which I can only hope is a good thing! How would you rate your role-playing ability? I give myself a 7/10 because a 6 feels too self-deprecating but an 8 is far too high. Generally I leave this up to the opinion of others because judging yourself is super hard. Notes: IPC MAN = BAD FORK MAN = GOOD? IPC MAN + FORK MAN = OK? In addition I’m very open to any and all questions please, it may help me flesh out this character concept even more, I’ve got a niggling feeling something may be missing but can’t put my finger on it myself.
  4. Love this idea, Bartender gets a lot of traffic as a role
  5. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and show support! I fully agree that the jump is quite sudden, it stems mostly from my personal worry that I was writing too much for what was supposed to be a relatively short backstory, I fully intend to flesh out all the details and plug up the holes!
  6. Always so kind Nienna, thank you for the support! (Its not my fault, Si'akh says IPC man bad!)
  7. BYOND Key: Forktress Character Names: From most played to least; Sabela Aldara, Kruger Aldara, Margarida Tuyet, Senan Malloye, Mordecai Taras, Desta Dumi, Nudd Bilrost, Gilead Ubbi, Brynmor Vilte, FRAME Species you are applying to play: Sinta Unathi What color do you plan on making your first alien character: Black Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Yesss 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: Personally, I am fascinated by the unique aspects of Unathi culture and specifically the different theological arguments that appear throughout the species lore. I think it will be really interesting to explore the deeper connections between the different faiths, how they compliment each other, and how they can lead to interesting character conflicts. I find the juxtapositions between the different religious groups to not only be a point of interest but a rich source of Roleplay for a number of characters on the server if tapped into correctly and wish to create characters which others may be able to use to facilitate interesting stories and conflicts. Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: The Unathi as a species have access to a large number of possibilities when it comes to creating characters due to the variants in religious beliefs, home planets, clans, and personal level of adherence to the code of Honour. Which at first may not seem overly different to the options presented to humans. However, I believe that where the Unathi differ from humans is in the specific level of intensity; A human can be made agnostic or atheist with extreme ease (indeed, a number of my human characters are) and not impact the character in any significant way, yet, an agnostic Unathi seems to me like it would be missing one of the core components to what make them unique as a race, they have a state religion, they have multiple religious warrior sects, and are often specifically concerned with getting the best outcome for their souls based on their beliefs, which will inform the way they conduct themselves in their mortal life and how they interact with others. The second key difference between humans and Unathi is the make-up and interactions between the family unit and the clan at large. Once again, the freeform nature of humans turns them into essentially jack of all trades when creating characters, meaning for example, you could easily create a human who has been ostracised by their family, in fact, its entirely possible that such an event wouldn’t affect their future prospects, or indeed, even become readily apparent without diving into or being privy to their backstory information. Unathi, on the other hand, are very much different. Too be cast out is to become Guwan, to be branded in name so as to immediately alerts others to your inherent sin/honourless nature/criminality or perhaps a mix of all of the above. Being cast out from your clan has a much greater impact for a Unathi character in comparison to being a ‘black sheep’ among a human family. Being Guwan immediately singles out an individual as inherently negative in some way, someone who is at the lowest rung of society and therefore it is almost expected that this should tailor your roleplay reactions when interacting with or as a Guwan around other non-Guwan Sinta. They are also plainly, biologically different, with a distinct set of mannerism that set them apart from a human character. They have tails, they thump them in anger/frustration. They chuff, they hisssss. They have claws, and sprint quickly. They are ambush predators much akin to a Tyrannosaurs Rex on the small scale. Character Name: Ziithrik Kuth’rex/Gawgaryn Please provide a short backstory for this character: Born 2417, to a small peasant village on Moghes, Ziithrik Kuth’rex had his life set out for him from the very beginning. He was raised well by his parents as best they could provide from their meagre lives, and once he was old enough and able to work he performed his duty to his clan and his feudal lord by working the mines his village was situated near even in his teenage years. His time was spent in the mines or keeping up a basic education with the village shaman, learning to read and write at a basic level. By the time he reached the age of twenty in 2437 tensions were beginning to rise around the Izweski Space Program, events that held no particular for Ziithrik’s life, he continued to serve in the mines, as was expected of him. However, with news of the disaster of the first launch he couldn’t help feeling that the Izweski were meddling in things they should not have been. When the Contact War broke out the Kuth’rex become a part of the Traditionalist Coalition war machine at the behest of their lord. For almost a year Ziithrik served his clan, lord and the Coalition in the mines, bringing in as much material for the war effort as was possible every day, pushing himself to his mental and physical limits. It wasn’t until the bombs began to fall that everything changed for him, as it did for many. He was in the mines, as he always was, when the warhead detonated some distance away from his village, the distance meaning it was spared from complete incineration, but the shockwave collapsed the mine on all the inhabitants, killing many, and trapping others. Ziithrik spent the first day in the dark, alone, digging his way out, confused about what had happened, waiting to be rescued by his clan. By the third day, he was almost out of energy, air, and was devoid of hope of rescue. It wasn’t until his claws scratched out into open air and he was greeted by the blinding glare of the blasted skies of his home that he realised what had happened. His village lay abandoned, some dead, others having fled days ago. Scavenging what food and water he could he set off from his village, aimless, trying only to survive. This fight for survival became Ziithrik’s life for a number of years, scrounging for food and water, starving for days, trudging through the wastes as his planet tore itself apart in nuclear fire, many times had he fallen to his knees and begged Sk’akh to deliver him from his torment, but his prayers seemed to fall upon deaf or uncaring ears. It was perhaps dumb luck that a group of punished raiders stumbled upon him while he was scrounging for scraps and captured him. Returning him to their lands as a slave they put the stocky ex-miner to work as manual labour. It would be a number of months before Ziithrik finally snapped under the pressure of all that he had endured beating one of his captors viciously in a fit of rage. The outburst earned him the notice of the raiders and he was lifted from a slave to an official member of the Punished Clans. Ziithrik reasoned that raiding the Hegemony would not be such a dishonourable act, as they had set the Unathi on a path to destruction with their meddling in the first place. It wasn’t until 2451, at the age of 34 that his days of raiding to survive met a catastrophic and violent end. Struck down and left for dead by his fellows while attempting to raid a Reclaimer landcrawler, he crawled, injured, through the sands, following the crawler’s tracks for two days and two nights before coming upon a large congregation of Unathi. It was here that Ziithrak first heard the words of the Prophet Juzida Si’akh and finally he understood everything; he understood why Sk’akh had been deaf to his prayers, why he had suffered so much and been abandoned. The Unathi had sinned greatly, and they were justly damned, and he, was perhaps one of the most damned for his sins as a Gawgaryn. He threw himself down at the feet of his new messiah and pledged eternal servitude by his true name, Ziithrak Kuth’rex. The merciful Si’akh perhaps saw the same fire of devotion that rested within his own heart and saw that the newcomer be given whatever medical attention could be mustered. Within a week Ziithrak emerged renewed with religious fervour. He followed Si’akh’s teachings to the letter and was one of the first to pledge himself to become a Reaver of the Flame in 2457, after which he doggedly protected the pilgrims of his lord and messiah for three years, gaining many scars. Now he has come to NSS Aurora to perform the will of Si’akh, his first objective to protect the people of the station, in particular his fellow Unathi, so that they may have more time to perform good and redeem themselves rather than be damned to reincarnate on the hellish wastes of their homeworld. His second objective is to act as a preacher-proxy for the prophet to convince the unenlightened to make pilgrimage home to see his Messiah and thus be saved. What do you like about this character? My favourite aspect of Ziithrak has to be his born-again preacher nature, he lost his traditional faith making him the perfect target for radicalisation by the Si’akh heresy. He has endured a great deal of hardship and now internalises as punishment for the inherent sin of his survival of judgement day. Rather than being another slightly self-antagonistic ex-raider character, I was much more interested in making him a force for good, wanting to promote good deeds in others to help with their redemption. I am also excited to see what kind of roleplay can be initiated between other Unathi characters who may not share the beliefs of this radical fire and brimstone preacher. I also think it will be interesting to interact with the other races (barring IPC’s because IPC man bad) regarding the fact Ziithrak is inclined to view them as mostly innately superior to him because in his faith, their souls are already guaranteed a place in paradise with Sk’akh because unlike the Unathi, they are not damned. How would you rate your role-playing ability? Personally, I like to err on the side of caution when rating myself, but I’d like to believe I can roleplay relatively well and am ready for the added challenge of a species whitelist. I would give myself a 7/10. Notes: At the time of writing Xevanthraxis should have already put their whitelist up, because I am a slow nerd who takes ages to write, and some may notice that both character share a clan, I was unsure of the ruling on doing this, nevertheless offered to share a clan with them while discussing the applications over discord, in order to create immediate roleplay opportunities, however if this causes any hassle for staff, or is just plainly not allowed, I am happy to edit the character accordingly. Thank you for your understanding in advance.
  8. Its a +1 for me, I know Xeven and enjoy their Skrell characters greatly. They are very capable when it comes to roleplay and their characters are interesting. I know they've read their lore as I've been researching the Unathi in depth alongside them on discord.
  9. I'd be more inclined to give this a chance if the false positive thing was dropped. Seems like a massive nerf to medical, cryo I don't care about but as a surgeon player I can see these changes contributing to a LOT of deaths. Without the false positives I'd give it a whirl though. I can get used to anything with time if its reasonable.
  10. I can see this being super annoying for medical and would suggest it isn't implemented there. (It has waiting lobby for a reason, you don't let random people run around while you're trying to treat a dude with popped lungs). Command doesn't make a whole lot of sense, its supposed to be one of the most secure areas on the station but you're gonna let any assistant walk up to the captain's window. As for science and engineering, I can't see immediate problems but I must admit I think it will prove as a more negative impact than anything else if implemented.
  11. I agree with Roostercat in regards to Bicard, IB can get really nasty really quick for understaffed medbay, as for Peri could look into testing it so it works on all organs in a similar way it interacts with the liver? Could be an interesting workaround to outright gutting the drugs.
  12. Nope, I'm not using anything pirated and I'm the first person to own my computer. But I'm also not very good with computer stuff so don't really understand how you'd even be able to tell.
  13. BYOND key: forktress Total ban length: Unknown (permanent?) Banning Staff member's ckey: NursieKitty, Yonnimer Reason of Ban: You, or another user of this computer or connection (dylanvantassell) is banned from playing here. The ban reason is: beat themselves and then jumped down the disposal bin. logged afterwards. Ban applied by nursie originally, reban after IP issues. This ban was applied by yonnimer on 2019-10-13 04:25:13, Reason of Appeal: So as you can see I've been banned for the actions of someone else for some reason, the same thing happened to someone else on the discord as well. The ban applied at the end of a round when I was on the shuttle as Kruger Aldara my shaft miner. Need some help fixing this as yonni has tried everything they can think of blessings upon them. Thanks in advance.
  14. Nudd Bilrost, Engine technician. Landed with the rest of the crew and the Knights to help with building anything that needed building. Once they landed they followed a blood trail and then the horrific black creature started attacking from out of the darkness. They retreated into and reinforced a cave with the help of his engineer friend Dick Yung. Nudd never got a really good look at the creature until it killed Yung in the caves and began dragging his body away. When Nudd pursued he got his first good look at the creature when it looked directly at him and hissed. It was at that point Nudd decided that such a horrific creature must be a demon or evil spirit for certain. After that everything is a blur of colour and emotion, people died or were injured every few minutes, the cave was filled with the cries of the dying and the shouts of a group of people too cramped to move and fight effectively. He remembers picking up a second energy glaive at some point and screaming. He remembers seeing a Tajaran on the floor bleeding to death. He remembers the evil creature's face staring at him as it pointed his way and how it crashed into him breaking his bones even while he took wild slashes with his weapon. From then his memory is hazy he came in and out of consciousness. He remembers the creature dying and the TCFL arriving and then painkillers consumed him. He'll certainly be dreaming of shapes in the dark for a long time.
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