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BYOND Key: SierraKomodo

Character Names: Sairis Helosi, Ariana Eshlian, Katana Alpha/Bravo/Delta, Ziva Mo'Taki

How long have you been playing on Aurora: A month

Species you are applying to play: IPC

What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): IPC Exempt, although I know I've seen colored IPCs. Thinking blackish-red or some combination of that

Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: There isnt an IPC lore page, but I've read up on synthetics.

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 a part of the Katana AI project, there would certainly be an IPC chassis put together for Katana to make use of, as its technically a 'free AI' when not operating on station as a pAI device or a station AI. It works willingly with the project that created it, seeing the 'Station AI' and pAI deployments as a job, much like a crew member would treat captaincy or being an assistant. With the way some people tend to see synthetics in general, I'm expecting to see alot of flak coming Katana's way because of her 'job', even if it's been fully proven she is not hostile to the crew.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: First and foremost, synthetics arent organic. They can't feel emotion, and are still bound by whatever programming they were given - Even if they are capable of learning and 'rewriting' parts of themselves. Some IPCs /can/ simulate emotion, but usually it's over exaggerated. Many parts of the universe do see a free AI or synthetic as a threat, particularly after certain events involving AIs going rogue.

Why does this species in particular hold your interest? An IPC represents the latest progress in synthetics being 'free' and living in harmony with organics. There isnt a lore backstory for me to read yet, but I'm expecting to see some glorious stuff that I can work into Katana as she develops (Yes. The AI identifies as female. Why? Director Silvers, her creator, has always referred to her as female). I've seen other IPCs being played on the station, and each one feels unique (RENEGADE is my favorite IPC, and BRACES also comes to mind). I'd love to contribute to that.

Character Name: Katana Charlie

Please provide a short backstory for this character, approximately 2 paragraphs: Approximately a week or two prior to the construction of the IPC chassis, a then-unidentified event occured with the Katana Bravo borg system. This event resulted in the loss of an hour of data, and a shift in Katana's processing. Following this event, Katana began acting on it's own, making decisions without consulting its designated leaders. This anomalous shift was detected a few days later, during a routine weekly review of Katana's data logs. An immediate full system check is performed and, after verifying the anomaly was present throughout the AI project, usage of the Katana AI on station was temporarily suspended pending further investigation.

Two days later, an experiment begins in a controlled, simulated enviornment. Katana was set up as the station's AI - But without laws, essentially 'free' to do as it saw fit during this simulation. Various situations were brought into play - Some severe, some reminiscent of a typical day aboard a station. Despite lacking any laws, the AI seemed to focus on the well being of the crew under its charge. Usage suspension was lifted, and Katana was re-deployed to stations as normal.

Another free AI experiment was performed a few days later, as Director Silvers wanted to fully document the results and present as proof that synthetics can develop to be free and non-hostile to organics. During this second experiment, however, Katana suddenly stopped performing the simulation, and voiced a request: "Can I still be free when the experiment ends?". Some of the project members panicked. Others were amazed. Director Silvers immediately halted the experiment, and began discussing this request at length. The two came to a mutually beneficial agreement: Katana would continue working with the project, being deployed as a station AI (With the standard laws) or pAI device as part of its 'Job', and in return the project would supply it with a paycheck and an IPC chassis to use freely when not deployed.

This chassis, in line with the naming scheme of the other chassis, was dubbed 'Katana Charlie'.

What do you like about this character?: The Katana project was the second thing I put together for SS13 since I first started playing (Sairis Helosi's backstory was the first thing). I've put alot of thought and effort into putting something together that wouldnt feel too snowflakey, but still felt unique for an experimental project (Hopefully I did that right). As it is, the Katana AI set is my second favorite 'character' to play on Aurora (Three guesses what #1 is), and having a free roaming IPC chassis for it would give me more oppurtunities to itneract with other characters.

How would you rate your role-playing ability? Well, apparently Katana is a few peoples favorite AI. So there's that. Also, I've been getting back into my old writing/roleplaying groove, so much better off than I was with my last whitelist application.

Notes: I know there's going to be someone asking about why an IPC would willingly let itself operate as a station AI under a lawset. My answer? Why would a human willingly let themselves operate as a captain with a loyalty implant required? There isn't all that much different if you think about it.

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