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Chen Yakumo

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  1. If we do just put the backpack into the hardsuit slot, I would honestly appreciate the ability to put my backpack onto my hardsuit when it's not deployed, and automatically move to the hardsuit slot when the hardsuit deploys. I try really hard to keep my immersion when playing, and it often means my hardsuit ends up sitting in 'backpack' mode for comfort, which...does not eliminate the hand swapping problem. This also makes paramedics a bit less clunky looking as they inventory stance dance their wallet webbing belt backpack combo. I for one welcome our wallet-less, uniform-compliant paramedic changes. Another idea could be hardsuit specific inventory modules. EMT Rig can put medical-type items into it, Engineering can put Engineering-type items in there, and so forth. The occasional instance of a hardsuit not fitting into any 'one' category could give them a much smaller inventory module, but can fit a wider variety of items. Things like the Mining RIGs and Off-Worlder Exostellar-Skeletons would fall under this. This would give hardsuits a bit more 'capacity' in that they could store items specific to their intent, but not all the freedom that a backpack gives, so you don't have an EMT show up with four different energy carbines, which seems to be the big complaint against this. Sidenote: Didn't we have a note somewhere on the wiki at one point regarding hardsuits that specifically said you could put your backpack on your hardsuit after it was deployed?
  2. CCIA Staff Application Basic Information Byond key: Chen Yakumo Character names: Also Aria (AuroRa ServIce Android), Blossom (AI), and Pixel (pAI). Talus is my designated Spawn-As-Borg slot, but I rarely play Talus itself anymore. Most of them I don't play anymore. Age: Almost 26 Timezone: Eastern Time (GMT-5) What times are you most available?: Generally nights. I'm more likely to be active during the quieter hours than I am others, due to my work schedule. Experience How long have you played SS13?: Off and on for probably 6-8 years. How long have you played on Aurora?: Off and on for probably 5-6 years? How active on the forums, discord and/or server are you? Forums: Hahahaha...not at all. Discord: I sometimes pop in during work hours, and when I'm home Discord is always open, even if I'm not looking at it. I usually pop into the Aurora Discord while I'm playing, and I usually sift through it every now and then even when I'm not to see if there's anything I want to comment on. Most of my Discord time is spent in the General channel, though, since it already moves a bit fast for me to keep up with sometimes. Server: I've been playing most everyday for a few weeks now. Have you ever been banned, and if so, how long and why?: Technically? Yes. Actually? Not officially. There was a brief issue that resulted in a 3 Day Ban following a round regarding my EMT and some antags where I made a dumb decision and got served a 3 Day Ban for valid hunting. However, a couple of hours later I was told that the ban was overturned and downgraded to a warning (long since expired) by a higher-level member of staff, as the incident was isolated and I don't tend to do things like that. Also, there was a timeframe after I got a new computer where my BYOND CCID number matched other users from before I even joined Aurora that were permabanned. Not really ME in this instance, but I did mention I'd go full disclosure on the Discord. Have you ever volunteered as moderation staff for any other servers, SS13 or otherwise?: Yes, however it has been several years. I generally avoid staff-tier positions as they have a tendency to quickly become all-consuming and if you want to do your staff duties properly it's harder to take a step back to play. Do you have any other experience that you believe would be relevant to a position in the CCIA?: I've taken mediation courses in school, and I've more or less become to go-to in my friend group to handle complaints and give advice. Personality Why do you want to join the CCIA?: I've been around for a long enough time to see the server change and grow. I've seen a regular call for more CCIA applications (and mod applications, which I'll still never fill out) and I've found more recently that I enjoy handling investigations and disputes as my Detective (IRU-Oracle) in a very logical, purely interviewing note taking way. I'll always call back to the earlier days of Cargo when no one played Quartermaster and no one filled out paperwork that I was a major stickler on it, because I enjoy keeping things neat and organized. Paperwork usually gets worked into several of my characters as a result, when applicable. What do you think are the most important qualities for a CCIA Agent to possess?: CCIA agents should, at least OOCly, be patient first, and active second. No matter what the incident report is, it's a sure-fire thing that SOMEONE is angry at SOMEONE, and usually, when one person is, two or more people are. A CCIA agent should be able to keep a level, calm head when dealing with those reports so that they can see the middle ground regarding what actually happened, and make their decision based on that. Following patience and active involvement in the server, CCIA should be attentive and organized. If you're the only CCIA online, and a fax gets sent and you don't notice it, you're basically not online. Keeping an eye open for faxes and other tasks (incident report assignments, for example) is important, and so is making sure they get handled. Lastly, keeping everything neat and organized is critical to handling reports in the future. I'm not sure how much information is saved on the back end, and I'm not sure if there's a CCIA note repository on the forums, as I've never been one, but it becomes incredibly difficult to settle incidents and build up a record if you don't maintain that record and you don't have the resolution of the incident logged What do you think the purpose of a CCIA Agent is in an ongoing round?: When playing on the server, CCIA are more or less regular players with a bit of involvement if the station goes into Blue or Red. Under these kinds of rounds, Command staff are likely to send a fax to central and a CCIA agent should be ready to both receive that fax and respond to it, if possible. Outside of that, I imagine most AHelps would be handled by a moderator or admin, and I'm not sure if CCIA can respond to those in the first place, but if they can and there's no present mods or admins to handle an issue, I could see the Agent getting the information to a relevant staff member. What do you think the purpose of a CCIA Agent is outside of the server?: Outside of the server, CCIA Agents should be somewhat welcoming. Even if most of your staff activity is in-character, you're still staff. You have a special section in the Discord Online list, you've got a fancy golden name on Discord, and you show up in-game under the Staffwho verb. Paint a picture of maturity and an environment that says "Hey. If you have an issue, we're here. Welcome." Respond to concerns and questions when you see them. Be active enough that people remember your name. How do you handle stress?: I have a philosophy. "Is this going to matter in a year?" If the answer is no, then I generally avoid stressing out about it. If it won't matter then, why does it matter now? I used to be a stress-filled, rage machine that would fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. To be perfectly honest, I was a toxic little cretin. After truly adopting that philosophy though, I've mellowed out over the years. I do get worn down at times, particularly with my actual job, but I'm usually capable of taking a step back and breathe. How well do you work autonomously?: I work a full-time job in retail. 90% of my job is autonomy. If I'm not given anything to do at work, I find something to do in the meantime. If I have a set of tasks set before me, I find the best way to do them efficiently and properly. I generally take tasks as "my responsibility" and usually only seek help with them if I'm not sure how to go about it. Additional Notes: Additional notes go here. Unfortunately, there are none. So, this field is empty. Except for these sentences.
  3. I've only recently begun playing in Engineering. Specifically, an apprentice, as I knew next to nothing about the department besides some very bare-bones wiki reading and wanted to actually learn it in-depth. My small brain has issues with things like pipes and powernet and I was hoping to learn more in-depth in game in a way that might be easier for me. Val's been around for a good chunk of my apprentice rounds, both as a regular engineer and a Chief Engineer, and every time they've been an absolute joy to roleplay with. They've been very gentle with me as a player, making sure I'm following along both ICly and OOCly, and that in my opinion is something that is paramount to a command whitelist - being able to promote a healthy game atmosphere for both characters and players. Between him and another Chief Engineer that I won't mention, as it's not relevant, I've actually felt like I've learned a good chunk of Engineering and that I'm not being laughed at behind my back. I 100% believe that giving a whitelist here is reasonable, even though I've only recently begun interacting with him. Definite +1 from me.
  4. I don't mean to sound combative or dismissive when I say this, so please don't take it that way. I do agree with @Scheveningen and @Allakai 's points from earlier, but I also want to tack on a couple of things. The questions make mention of answering them with a minimum of one paragraph each. Each question has about one sentence to it, which gives very little information. Your character's backstory also seems to be more "Who am I going forward?" rather than "Who am I up to this point?" I feel that, if you touch up on the above points, and put a bit more "back" into your backstory, you'll be a lot better off during the review phase of your application. I won't make mention of grammar or punctuation in a negative light - those are things can be fixed in post, and judging an application purely on that would be foolish.
  5. I vaguely remember some of these characters, primarily the skrell anomalist Whryyl. You're actively mostly during deadhour, so we don't interact too too much, but the times we have were very enjoyable. You play a very organic, life-like character, and that tells me your roleplaying ability is up to snuff. Your OOC answers here are good, and I feel that if you're given a chance you won't disappoint anyone or let anyone down. Deadhour is problematic, since you can be SUPER ACTIVE and still be relatively unknown. I'm gonna +1 you here and hope you're given a chance to prove me right.
  6. I've interacted with Ramos quite a few times now. You've shown yourself to be active, you seem to have a solid grasp on the lore of the server, and you're honestly just a fun and chill guy to hang around with in OOC and discord. It's gonna be a +1 from me, dog. *Insert T'ChallaGetThatManAWhitelist.png here.*
  7. At the risk of sounding like a meme, I have roleplayed with several of these characters and I can safely say +1 look good. Each one is unique in their own respect, and I honestly didn't suspect they were all played by the same person. He's quite good.
  8. BYOND Key: Chen Yakumo Character Names: Chip Dawkins, Alissa Ali, more recently Camila Scherer and Anna Clark Species you are applying to play: Tajara What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): As I'll be playing a Zhan-Khazan, I intend to be completely black. Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Yes. I've also reviewed it again prior to rewriting my application. 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 said previously, I've been observing the various Tajaran players on the server and how they interact. The thing that caught my eye, originally, was the third person speech, and the rolling "r" in their words. It reminded me a bit of the Khajit in Elder Scrolls. After reading the lore (for a second time), I've not lost interest in that little bit, but that's all it is; a little tidbit. I've gained more of an interest in the civil war aspect and the notion of playing a relatively new player in the galaxy as a whole. Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: The icy planet Adhomai was only discovered in the last 50 years. Prior to this, the Tajara had no interaction with the galaxy; they didn't have any kind of technology that would permit it. In fact, if not for the Sol Expedition, they likely wouldn't be space fairing to this day. The noble leaders of Adhomai had been subjugating their workers and peasants, treating them like slaves for centuries before the expedition's arrival, and civil war was inevitable. Since 2421, the planet and it's people have largely been at war with themselves, with a brief 20 years of uneasy peace between the end of the first revolution and the assassination of President Rhagrrhuzau. On a non-military level, Tajaran life is significantly different from Humanity's. Living on a planet of snow and ice, Tajara have adapted both through evolution and through their lifestyle. Literacy is a relatively new thing to the whole species, due to the heavy restrictions placed on libraries by the ruling noble class. As a result, much of Tajaran history is preserved through song and theater, rather than books, and is also how the working class entertained themselves when they weren't hard at work. Prior to better heating and insulation becoming the norm, a working-class tajara would have a hot meal that could be downed swiftly, as the planet's atmosphere doesn't provide a conducive environment to longer meals. After all, it's kind of hard to cook and eat a steak if it turns to ice before you can. Character Name: Zahid Al-Barik Please provide a short backstory for this character, approximately 2 paragraphs: Zahid was born at the tail end of the first revolution, barely being old enough to speak a complete sentence by the time it reached it's official conclusion. He was born into a smaller village in the mountains, home mostly to miners and farmers. It was there that he got his first steps. His mind often comes back to here; a time when things were simple. He picked up his first pickaxe at the age of 14, and began his official career as a miner as soon as he was old enough. However, he always felt that he was out of place. He was good at what he did, but Zahid felt there was something more that he could be doing. He remembers the details of that fateful day in 2451 vividly. A Zhan-Khazan had assassinated the president. Zahid didn't know him, personally or otherwise, but soon members of his village began to disappear. Laws were passed punishing the Zhan-Khazan specifically. "This is an outrrrage." He had said at the time. The Hadii government had backed out of it's dealings with Nanotrasen, denying people like him the ability to get more money for themselves and their family, and now he was being punished not for who he was or what he had done, but for what he was born as? Word of rebellion began to reach his ears, and with each passing day in the mines he felt more and more curious. When the Adhomai Liberation Army arrived and took occupation of his village, he was all to eager to join their ranks. Casting aside his pickaxe, he learned the basics of combat. Before long, he had an idea. "If He werrre to join Nanotrrrasen's Securrrity deparrrtment, he could learn theirrr combat style. He could learrn theirr technology, and brrring that knowledge back." He had said. His superior at the time agreed, and Zahid found himself applying for, and joining Nanotrasen as an official member of their security team. What do you like about this character?: I had the idea for Zahid a day or so after I wrote my original application, but chose to withhold him since I had already written and submitted it. I really like the overall idea of the character; everything about him is entirely new ground that I've yet to cover. All of my characters have been loyal to Nanotrasen, and view their employment aboard the Aurora as just that; their employment. Zahid sees his employment as a means to an end. Rather than signing on to have a job to pay for a home, and other such luxuries, he's signed on to get more experience and more knowledge in combat and firearms so that he can better aid the ALA. Of course, he'll help the company as best he can during his employment; antagonizing his employer and getting on their bad side, as well as the bad sides of his coworkers, isn't exactly going to help the ALA at all, is it? How would you rate your role-playing ability?: I'd rate myself above average, on average. Though I tend to vary wildly from day to day. Kind of like throwing dice. It's weird. Notes: The application has been rewritten to be more backstory heavy and focused more on the unique portions of Tajaran society following criticisms from Loow. Thanks for offering your criticisms! Everyone who did criticize it at all said a few short words of "The backstory is kind of bland" or similar. I was able to work harder with the information you gave me, so thank you.
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