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  1. CKEY/BYOND username: Omicega Position being applied for: Human Lore Deputy Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page? Yes. Past experiences/knowledge: As far as staff positions on SS13 go, I've held staff positions on other servers prior to coming to the Aurora. The most notable of these would be CM, where I was a moderator and later administrator for a period of almost two years. I have some understanding of how server staff works 'behind the curtain', although I'm aware that there's a lot of differences between an administrative position and a lore-related one. I wrote lore snippets known as 'infocards' for a sci-fi themed roleplay community, which ranged from being basically long-form examine descriptions to more extensive blurbs about the setting's location lore. I've dug up some of them to serve as examples of my past work. I've been roleplaying semi-actively for a long time now in other communities -- primarily forum RP -- but my foray into SS13 as a roleplay medium started in around 2017. Examples of past work (please provide in a Google Doc or other easily accessible external link for sake of space): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GjUxhDSuPhXVXQDL3Ffu2RymqsFOjozD4h9oHQL48w4/edit?usp=sharing - These are examples of the infocards I mentioned as evidence of past experience. These were written throughout 2020 and are therefore relatively recent. There are other examples of general writing I could potentially include here, but most of them are either quite old, not entirely relevant, unfinished, or some combination of those. I’m happy to provide them if people are interested in seeing them, but I don’t have an extensive history of lore contributions here on Aurora or elsewhere on SS13. 1) Why do you want this position? Why do you believe that you could be a better deputy than others? The reason I play on Aurora at all is the strength of its lore and lore-related features. I've never made any secret of the fact that one of my favourite mechanical aspects of Aurora is the accent system -- something that helps players tie background lore more directly into their characters in a simple and effective manner. The world on offer in Aurora's lore is something that's kept me hooked trying new characters, new concepts, and new creations since basically day one, and it's out of a desire to put my own passion for the lore here to good use that I'm applying. I like writing and I'm confident that it's something I'm good at, and as I've grown to enjoy Aurora's setting more and more I've found myself wanting to contribute to it in a concrete manner more and more as well. I like to focus on aspects of lore beyond just the ‘quality’ of it in a vacuum. Something I like to bear in mind when writing lore or conceptualising anything is how it fits into the existing ‘framework’ of lore already on offer, as well as how this could translate to interesting characters, interactions, or setups within the game itself. In my view, there’s no point writing a planet that has reams and reams of detail to it if there’s no good ‘hooks’ off of which to build a character, antag gimmick, or something else that actually has potential to be taken by a player and turned into something interesting in-game. This is what I’d call the most important aspect of lore writing for me, actually -- taking a step back from the content itself and trying to view it from a casually browsing individual’s point of view, looking for where the unique selling point might be. 2) What are three things you enjoy about human lore? Why do you enjoy these things most? These should be ranked from one to three in descending order of favouritism. My absolute favourite aspect of human lore is (and people probably saw this coming) the megacorporate themes of the setting as a whole -- and more specifically, Idris Incorporated. Each of them offers a unique and interesting flavour to its contractors and often has strong tie-ins to particular areas of specifically human lore (Idris and Silversun, EPMC and Eridani, Hephaestus and Himeo etc.), and without the due attention and care given to human megacorporate lore I think the Aurora would suffer greatly. One of my big complaints about this aspect of lore was how thin on the ground it was on the wiki until recently, but thankfully some rewrites have cleared that up to the point where there’s a ton of scope to work with each of the big corporations and their named subsidiaries. Secondly, Solarian lore in general is something I enjoy Aurora’s general take on. Casting the largest human nation in the setting as something of a ‘bad guy’ is an interesting twist on the traditional angle of a somewhat xenophilic and open human nation forming the centre of a lot of sci-fi settings, and it throws the whole world into (in my opinion) a grey area for Solarian humans in particular, with the constant tug-of-war between Biesel’s crushing corporatocratic themes weighing up against the Alliance’s instability, xenophobia, and authoritarianism. The Human Wildlands lore added in the wake of the King of the World arc is something that only built on the lore I initially enjoyed reading when I came to Aurora, and the way the Alliance has developed throughout that arc and beyond has only made it more interesting to me. Finally, a more specific area of lore that I liked reading and playing was just Gadpathur. I just really enjoyed some of the themes it delved into. It’s pretty cheesy, even for Aurora lore standards, but I’ve seen some really engaging characters and round-related gimmicks built off that one piece of lore in particular. I had a lot of fun conceptualising, creating, and then implementing my own Gadpathurian character as well! The only criticism I’d level at it is that I think it’s a bit too wordy overall for what it is, but it’s one of the specific parts of human lore I’d hold up as a perfect example of the kind of ‘unique selling point/hook’ thing I mentioned in my last answer. 3) What is an area of currently extant lore that you'd like to improve or see improvements made upon? Why do you believe this area should see improvement? In a word -- Elyra. I think Elyra's lore is a huge question mark for human lore as a whole at the present time. I find it to be underdeveloped in general, with very short pages for its planets (if they even get full pages!) and an uninspiring and bland general theme of being the ‘nicest’ and most utopian human nation in the Spur to live in or have a character originate from. They lack a language of their own, unlike other major human players (Tradeband for Dominia, Freespeak for the Coalition, Common for the Alliance and Basic for Biesel), instead doubling up as speakers of Tau Ceti Basic for some inexplicable reason. I don’t want to go into too much detail as to why I think Elyra is bad, since I think the broader issue here is just a general lack of detail across the board, as well as a lack of any recent attention being given to the nation as a whole. For me, it effectively relegates Elyra -- a chunk of human lore that’s ostensibly on par with the Alliance or the Coalition in terms of its size, number of locations for character origins, etc. -- to being essentially glorified planetary lore. I think it’s a huge shame that locations like Aemaq with its chemical seas have fallen under the radar due to being smothered by Elyra as a whole, and I think fleshing Elyra out via more detail and some level of rewriting/revising existing lore would really help bring it into its own as a diverse and interesting character origin point. 4) Assuming you are given the position, which area or project would you like to work on first? Why? Ideally, I’d like to cut my teeth on a smaller and more focused piece of lore as an initial project or area of work. An example would be a specific Elyran planet rather than tackling the nation as a whole -- Medina, for instance. Elyra draws heavily on real-world cultural analogues that I have a lot of interest in already (Persian influences, for example) and I’d really like to build off of those existing themes and help flesh out one aspect of its lore in particular before trying to move work towards bringing it up to the same standard as other pieces of human lore in general. Starting with something I have a personal interest in seems to me like a good way to ease myself into potentially writing for things I maybe don't enjoy or appreciate as much further down the line, at the very least. 5) How effectively do you work in a team environment? Remember that you will be both working in the human lore team and the greater lore team. Your responsibilities are not just writing lore, but being a small part in something larger. I'm no stranger to working as part of staff teams in roleplay communities and beyond. I understand that this position doesn't offer carte blanche to just print off lore as and when I feel like it without consulting and collaborating with at least the rest of the human team itself, if not the greater lore team as a whole. In fact, the collaborative aspect of writing is something I actively enjoy in the right environment -- I find that feedback or active co-writing from other people invested in writing more often than not improves the end product. 6) What is your disciplinary history on the Aurora, if any? (Bans, Warnings, Whitelist Strips) Why did you receive these? I have never received any bans, formal warnings, or whitelist strips of any kind on the Aurora that were not later overturned. Here is the complaint regarding the one formal warning I briefly received before having it quashed and removed. (link) Notes: This goes without saying, but I’m happy -- and almost eager, even, I guess? -- to answer any questions anyone might have about this app as a whole. I’ve tried not to drone on and on and on and give overly wordy answers to anything, but there’s a lot more I could say about gunning for this position and what I think about human lore in general!
  2. Ckey/BYOND Username: DanseMacabre Position Being Applied For: Human Lore Deputy Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page?: I have, yes. I would like to point out that the event section is completely inaccessible to normal players, though. Past Experiences/Knowledge: Examples of Past Work (Please provide in a Google Doc or other easily accessible external link for sake of space): -HUMAN LORE DEPUTY QUESTIONS- 1). Why do you want this position? Why do you believe that you could be a better deputy than others? 2). What are three things you enjoy about human lore? Why do you enjoy these things most? These should be ranked from one to three in descending order of favoritism. 3). What is an area of currently extant lore that you'd like to improve or see improvements made upon? Why do you believe this area should see improvement? 4). Assuming you are given the position, which area or project would you like to work on first? Why? 5). How effectively do you work in a team environment? Remember that you will be both working in the human lore team and the greater lore team. Your responsibilities are not just writing lore, but being a small part in something larger. 6.) What is your disciplinary history on the Aurora, if any? (Bans, Warnings, Whitelist Strips) Why did you receive these? A final note:
  3. -STANDARD TEMPLATE- Ckey/BYOND Username: Rickymadenson Position Being Applied For: Lore deputy Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page?: Yes. I've read through the page and I'm aware of the responsibilities that come with this position, along with any consequences that might come as a result of misconduct or abuse of this position. Past Experiences/Knowledge: My experience is quite limited. I used to do text RPs and would occassionaly write sci-fantasy lore for it, but unfortunately those pages were lost along with my continuous swapping between laptops and PCs. One metagoal of mine is to obtain more experience through this role. Examples of Past Work (Please provide in a Google Doc or other easily accessible external link for sake of space): https://docs.google.com/document/d/16xVyypJ8Udpm0i0BbRs-tyE02TZSRJr-ujph-Ciabz4/edit?usp=sharing It is a WIP project I've been working on. It's entirely unrelated to Aurora, but it should provide an insight in what I can do. -HUMAN LORE DEPUTY QUESTIONS- 1). Why do you want this position? Why do you believe that you could be a better deputy than others? a. The reason why I want this position is because I like Aurora. It's a server I've been a part of for over five years and counting. I had the pleasure of working together with a great administration team, met countable people I ended up befriending, and I felt it was only appropriate I'd give back to this fantastic community in another way. Lore is a brilliant way to expand character backgrounds, provide topics for people to discuss in their rounds, perhaps use as catalysts for their characters' personal arcs or perhaps overarching stories through events! I am currently undergoign my first year as a History minor student in University, and wish to use my knowledge of the way historians write their works and research sources to help touch on the history of the Human race. I don't intend to make repetitions of history resurge into our lore, but I am a firm believer that History tends to have a habit of "rhyming" rather than "repeating", so with my growing knowledge I hope to nourish our lore with some tidbits along the way and of course, ensure people remain faithful to what is already established. 2). What are three things you enjoy about human lore? Why do you enjoy these things most? These should be ranked from one to three in descending order of favouritism. a. 1. Humanity's relatability. At the end of the day, we are all Human beings behind the PC. It makes it easier for us as people to connect to these characters in such a wide and contiuously expanding setting that allows for our characters to react towards. That goes to say that I'm not necessarily implying self-insertion here, but the ability to simply connect to a unique individual that we create to follow their journey with through this Universe. We are given just a treat of the character examples that we could base our next creations off, and I think with some additions to lore, we could expand this even more. 2. Humanity's diversity. By diversity, I mean their thoughts, ideologies, religions. Humanity is the most devisive species in our lore, with multiple space nations existing besides or opposed to each other. These nations all share their own goals, ambitions and futures for the Orion Spur. Furthermore, we even have separate thoughts, concepts and ideas within these very nations themselves, with different parites opposing each other, moderates, conservatism and progessivism taking their stands in the instellar podium of each respective nation (Biesel being a good example). 3. Humanity's dominance. Humanity, lorewise, makes up the most dominant species in the galaxy. You will find them almost anywhere, whether its travel by spacecraft, within the vast streets of Mendell City or some TV commercial model striking out the most corporate-friendly smile to sell you that animal tested shampoo with. In this almost dystopian future, Humanity remains at large and continuous to grow in its political strength. We can hardly even point at a single alien species and claim "They have the ability to overthrow them", because there isn't. 3). What is an area of currently extant lore that you'd like to improve or see improvements made upon? Why do you believe this area should see improvement? a. The most important aspect I'm looking into are primarily cultural, linguistic and perhaps the atmosphere on our lore. As I had mentioned in my second questoin, I adore the diverse nations and states that have sprout into the galaxy and how they reflect Humanity's tenacity to group together as likeminded people in likeminded states. However, I do get the impression that on the linguistic department, we're severily lacking. Elyra is a good example of this. A nation which has found its roots in Middle Eastern colonization efforts nowadays speaks a "remastered Esperanto", aka Tau Ceti Basic? Then we have culture. Sol Alliance, according ot the timeline of Humanity, is the result of the UN's desperate attempt to unite Humanity under a single banner and make the progression towards space smoothly. One of its largest members at the time was, in fact, China. China in our lore, has taken a much more liberal approach in politics, as they turned out to become the USA's biggest ally. This resulted in the USSR becoming more isolationist and steadfast in holding its power than.) We see tidbits coming back of China's influence in Earth's culture and how this eventually expanded along with Humanity to space. Monkey King is the most popular movie franchise produced by a Venusia film director, the Human wikia page depicts the female character dressed in a cheongsam, a dress belonging to the Chinese Manchu subculture which has been widely popular in its country of origins. By expressing these cultures or at least giving proper descriptions of them, I believe players could find it easier to write characters belonging to certain worlds, pick up the nuances and add them to sugar up their characters' traits. I find the atmosphere that our lore creates detremintal to how people feel when their characters engage within this world. The Orion Spur in 2463 is a corporate-controlled dystopian future where the Big Five holds political sway in a majority of Human nations, makes up the largest share in each system's economy and could easily cripple an entire planet by transfering its operations elsewhere if it deems them "unnecessary". Sometimes, characters seem to act far too nonchalant about this timeline. Yes, not everybody will believe that the Republic of Biesel is primarily a political entity working for Nanotrasen's interests, but surely most people would be wary of the power their employers hold within the vastness of space. People need to be somewhat remembered of this, whether its true newspapers, policies or lore fluff I'd love to see that at 4). Assuming you are given the position, which area or project would you like to work on first? Why? a. I'd like to help out with the effort to give Sol a bit more meat to stand on first. Perhaps I'd like to take a look into its military as well with some help, but my priority would be in assisting the lorewriter with expanding the Alliance's backstory in a single, clearcut wikia page rather than spread around into an incohesive mess that happens to be nowadays unfortunately. (That's to say I do not blame the present Human lore team for this. It has been a problem for much longer than that in fact.) Another important area I'd like to play on is Humanity's dominance on the Spur. I feel that people often times forget or take for granted how domineering Humans are supposed to be in this setting. The Big Five are all corporations which roots can be found back to Earth, aka Humanity. The most powerful military entities in the 25th century are all owned by Human empires, aka the Sol Alliance and arguably the CoC (from a defensive standpoint). The economic powerhouses are Human empires. Technological innovations, while still dominated by the Skrell, were pioneered by Humans. 5). How effectively do you work in a team environment? Remember that you will be both working in the human lore team and the greater lore team. Your responsibilities are not just writing lore, but being a small part in something larger. a. I would have to ask the teams I've worked with througout my life XD. But no, I would say I'm a fair teamplayer. I am open to ideas, and sitting around the table to discuss and possibly find a common ground. Comprimising is an important part of teamwork, because sometimes what is best for the team may not always be what your perfect envisioning of the outcome could have been. I am open to accepting feedback from my fellow lore deputies and lorewriters alike, but I'd also accept community feedback on particulair changes or improvements they would like to see. Hopefully a middle ground can be settled for during meetings, as that is my priority when it comes to undertaking major additions to oure lore. 6.) What is your disciplinary history on the Aurora, if any? (Bans, Warnings, Whitelist Strips) Why did you receive these? a. So far in my Aurora life I've only been warned once and that was during my first year on the server because of stealthcult. After that, it was me who handed out disciplinary consequences out to people. ;^)
  4. Hello to everyone in the community. We are now opening applications for Human Lore Deputy and the format for the application is listed below. Please give honest and concise responses to the application base questions along with the additional questions unique to the application for this position. Please copy and paste the questions into your application and provide your respective answers beneath their respective questions. Applications will be thoroughly scrutinised and applicants should be prepared to answer follow-up questions and interact with criticism to their positions in their application threads from the human lore team, greater lore team, and community members unaffiliated with Aurora staff. Civil conduct is encouraged from both applicants and those questioning the applicant, and applicants will be judged on their ability to interact with community members and criticism as well as to their answers given to the questions proper included in the spoiler below. Applications for the position of Human Lore Deputy must be submitted between the dates of 2021/05/17 and 2021/05/31, after which the Human Lore team and Greater Lore Team will make a final decision. This period is subject to extension at the behest of the Human Lore Maintainer or Lore Master. Tag all applications with the "Lore Writer" and "Human" tags. Applications made in the form of replies to this thread will not be accepted. Good luck to all applicants. ————— AS OF 2021/05/31, APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED
  5. Ckey/BYOND Username: Carpe Venenum Position Being Applied For: Human Lore Maintainer Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page? Yes! I think it's an excellent addition to how our lore runs, and something that the lore team has been sorely missing during my time there. Marlon's attempt to do the same thing was, frankly, bad, but the new R&R page is clear, concise and easy to both reference and follow. Past Experiences/Knowledge: In the past, I've been a Skrell lore deputy, Skrell lore maintainer, and Human lore deputy. I also have extensive experience with wiki editing. Examples of Past Work: While away from the lore team, I helped Borya and Schwann write things such as Silversun (my idea almost start to finish, ask Borya about it), Konyang (also my idea, including the Glorsh parts) and the Empire of Dominia rewrite (the history of which I helped proofread & edit). I'm quite proud of them. Additional Comments: My favorite things: My hated things: My main objectives:
  6. Ckey/BYOND Username: Valkrae Position Being Applied For: Human Lore Developer Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page? Yes, I have. Past Experiences/Knowledge: - Played on Aurora from 2014-2016(2017) - Ran a series of sci-fi government simulations on Discord known as Discord Plays Stellaris, which was a massive cooperative worldbuilding politics sim. - Years of cooperative worldbuilding experience, as well as Community Management as a result of DPS. Examples of Past Work: Discord Plays Stellaris: - The initial Reddit advertisement that was posted on r/Stellaris. - https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Roleplay/DiscordPlaysStellaris - The TVTropes page that was created by someone in the community. Additional Comments: THREE THINGS I LIKE: - The Tau Ceti Free Trade Zone: Capitalism is very based. - Human Diaspora: Humans everywhere, millions of lightyears from home. Manifest Destiny, but WITHIN THE STARS! - Liberal Democracy Intervenes in Everything: The Sol Alliance & NanoTrasen are a liberal democracy that likes to put its nose into everything, just like the GREAT UNITED STATES. THREE THINGS I DON'T LIKE: - Lack of player/political interaction: It'd be cool if there were some form of Congress/Senate that players could participate in that would have an effect on the Lore. - Dominia is weird, and I don't understand it. I get the lore behind it, but it's the specifics of it that I just can't seem to grasp. Maybe I'm just dumb. - More migrant-type factions, that don't have a set home? I'm not sure if that exists, but I can't seem to find it in the wiki. I like nomadic factions, since spaceborne humans are cool. MY MAIN GOAL: - Create a structured way of internal politics RP for some of the major nations, so that people who are interested in that nation can directly influence, and change their preferred faction. This will utilize what I've learned while running DPS.
  7. Standard Application Ckey/BYOND Username: TheBurninSherman Position Being Applied For: Human Lore Developer Have you read the Lore Team Rules and Regulations wiki page? I have, yes. Past Experiences/Knowledge: I’ve been playing on the Aurora for a little over a year now, and in my time there Human has been my most played race, with IPC coming in second and Tajaran and Vaurca at a distant third and fourth respectively. For the entirety of my play, the most important word to me above all others when describing my roleplay has been authenticity. However, in order to really portray characters less as characters, and more as real, believable people, it has required that I bring myself to be intimately familiar with the feel of the lore in the game, along with the finer details of where my characters are from. As a result, I have become knowledgeable on various corners of the human and synthetic lore, either through my direct research of them or through asking the respective lore staff for clarification and information on things that seem hazy to me. I hope that in a developer position, I will only learn more, either through the things I create myself or through inquiry and collaboration with the Human Lore team or other lore teams as they exist now. Examples of Past Work: I’ve never written lore for a greater community, however, I have built various worlds in pre-existing systems like D&D, Pathfinder, and Lancer for tabletop/online roleplay over the past four years. In terms of writing and writing ability, I have been an avid writer for most of my life since my early teens and have very much prided myself on my ability to write both informative and compelling works. I hope that I will only improve in that regard, and that a Lore Dev position would be a way for me to make things interesting and engaging for people within the community in regards to the Human lore, while also improving my own writing abilities from the feedback I would receive, either from the lore team or the community as a whole. Additional Comments: I want to thank all of my friends, supporters, and people who I consider to be mentors in the community for encouraging me to go through with this application. Without your help and confidence in me, I don’t know if I would have gone forwards and applied for this position. Position Specific Questions 1. Three or more themes, events, locations, people, or anything which constitute your favorite parts about human lore, and why they are your favorites. 2. Three of the same which constitute your least favorite or rather, most hated parts of human lore, and why you don't like them. 3. What your main objectives as human lore developer would be.
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