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BYOND Key: TheGoret
Character Names: The ones that I play the most are in red, the newly created in green: See here
Species you are applying to play: IPC
What color do you plan on making your first alien character: N/A
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: I did, and I tried to keep inside my little brain the maximum I can.

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:
I think it has come for me to apply for a species whitelist. I've been thinking about it for a while, and I guess I've went in every possibilities by being as a human boy(or girl). So that's why I want to expand my roleplay and try out another species to discover new ways, and even mechanics. I've been playing Omega for quite a while, and I like synthetics in general. So that's why my first option for a whitelist is the IPC one.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
Organics fear. Fear of being hurt, physically or mentally, and I think that is something to explore through a machine's "mind". They can emulate emotions, but not perfectly. That is something interesting for me to see how a machine could react in a situation where a human should scream and run away. That doesn't make it eligible to rush in and get destroyed. Also, lets keep in mind that they're as fragile as anyone else, since an EMP and everything could be over in one instant. 


Character Name: Halfway

Please provide a short backstory for this character:
Halfway is a Zeng-Hu model which was found drifting in space during a training exercise made by a Response Team. Upon reactivation, it was completely lacking of trust to anyone near it. After an examination of its last memories, it was found out that it was forcefully ejected off a civilian ship where it was stationed five years before. The reasons remain unknown and Halfway never stated why. Scientists were unable to know when it was activated for the first time because of a memory failure due to its drifting in space, but estimated it after 2447 due to its chassis and the information it could give. They also learnt that Halfway developed a fear of space, being "scared" of being stranded into the emptiness of space. It was estimated that this fear was more of a self-preservation feeling more than anything else and NanoTrasen didn't bothered to pay attention to that. A few weeks later after its discovery, repairs were made to make it usable, and it began to trust the people around. Once asked what was their qualifications, Halfway stated that they were first programmed for security operations, and was handling the security matters aboard the ship. It was decided to make it integrate the Civil Protection aboard the NTCC Odin, but was transferred in the Internal Security Department aboard the NSS Aurora one month after, as a hope to make it get used to crowded places.

What do you like about this character?
Halfway has trouble trusting people he it  know, and I think it's something to explore in the game. I also chose not to really say anything about what happened before its "drift", to allow people to think "but what happened?" or to discover it through interactions in the game. I also find it interesting that Halfway is somehow scared of space, since he spent about 5 years in it.. While working later on a space station. It might offer some possibility of roleplay on that side.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?
I'm honestly not a good judge on that, but I have been roleplaying for years and I think I'm pretty good at it. I've been playing on this server for almost two years and never really had problems about that, expect in the beginning as everyone.


Notes: It was an application that I found out on my PC around one year ago, that I found by mistake. I decided to correct what I could possibly can and expend the background that is pretty old now. I'm not a really good English writer so I tried my best on the background part and see what could comes out of it. Its mostly a test after all. Fucking non-native, am I right?

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I dislike people plus oneing based on the person applying, not the actual app. It's not real feedback, it's biased.

The app is a bit hard to read due to some weird grammar stuff. It is an interesting idea, a 'scared' robot. But I do not think NT would just avoid the robot being scared or averse to space. As a security IPC, they may be valued less than organics, so they may be the first to go to handle a situation, which may be in space. And an IPC saying "Processers dictate it would not be tactical for me to go into space" would throw a monkey wrench into the plan.

Maybe, in order for the unit to get used to space, NT forced it into space. It hid its programming in order to serve NT, and that true programming can come out in the rounds.

Also, in the "what makes RPing this species different", you don't talk about the new lore, like the Golden Deep or etc. It's pretty interesting, and it would be a shame if new IPC characters simply shrugged that off.

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1 hour ago, DeadLantern said:

I dislike people plus oneing based on the person applying, not the actual app. It's not real feedback, it's biased.

The app is a bit hard to read due to some weird grammar stuff. It is an interesting idea, a 'scared' robot. But I do not think NT would just avoid the robot being scared or averse to space. As a security IPC, they may be valued less than organics, so they may be the first to go to handle a situation, which may be in space. And an IPC saying "Processers dictate it would not be tactical for me to go into space" would throw a monkey wrench into the plan.

Maybe, in order for the unit to get used to space, NT forced it into space. It hid its programming in order to serve NT, and that true programming can come out in the rounds.

Also, in the "what makes RPing this species different", you don't talk about the new lore, like the Golden Deep or etc. It's pretty interesting, and it would be a shame if new IPC characters simply shrugged that off.

Yup, I understand that the grammar would be kinda fucked up. But as I said in the notes, I'm not an english-native and its kinda my first time "sharing" a story. 

About the fear of space, It might have been wrong from me to say that NT would simply shrug off at that, as its not really the message that I wanted to pass. Halfway has a fear of being stranded in space again. Searching someone on the asteroid? Might have some reservations at first, but it will do it anyways. That's one of the reasons it was moved to the Aurora, because its inside an asteroid and then more safe than making a mission outside the Odin, for example. 

Now, about the lore, its clearly something I forgot to speak about. There is alot of factions that we don't really talk about ICly or even OOCly, like the Synthetic Liberation Front that I only saw once in an actual traitor gimmick, but was really great in the end. Purpose is interesting in its nature, as I interacted multiple times with the drones who were "sent" on station. 

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I hate you, something you should know by now, so I am downvoting this have some questions about this character I'd like answered before I want to make give a + or - on the app. Keep in mind, that I myself do not play synths or have an IPC whitelist, so I hope the questions aren't stupid:

First of all, the story is creative, more creative than anything I have ever thought off, but I find some things....strange. First you say that Halfway was found, drifting in space and it's origins couldn't be determined, even after extensive efforts. Why would an IPC with unkown origins, unkown previous owner and, let's call it refusal, to cooperate, regarding his past, being brought onto one of the most valuable research stations of NanoTrasen? For all they know Halfway could be malicious, could record sensitive data (or their colleagues showering, idk). No matter if willingly or unwillingly. It seems like a huge hole, regarding internal security. Also, even if NanoTrasen can't determine it's owner, wouldn't it be considered theft, if he would just be incorporated into the company? Why would NT risk doing something like that? What does Halfway bring to the table that they not just scrapped him, due to his, quote: "memory failure", and their "fear of space". It reads like Halfway is pretty broken, which would be logical after five years of drifting in space.

 

Second, he is afraid of space. Right. But he is brought onto a space station, on a rock floating in....space. His job in security requires him to be able to go EVA. Be it for potential hostile fauna, retrieval or fighting purposes - there's a long list of reasons why officers could be required to go EVA. Think about this: the AI Upload entrance is basically a glass dome, when exiting the elevator. It's dark down there and well - only glass seperating Halfway from space. Would he be in panic, when going down there? There are a lot of places like that. The hallway for the pool is another example for a less restricted area. What exactly sparks the fear, space itself or the darkness that comes with it? Or is it something else entirely? I understand that he is afraid of being stranded and lost again, but that's something that could happen anytime, with a wrong step when being EVA. Is he afraid of dark maintenance tunnels, too? I don't know how "severe" his fear is and how much it hinders him in his duties, so please explain it a bit more.

 

Lastly, due to probably not knowing enough about IPC lore: Why is he a Zeng-Hu model? I can see that they are fast and officers arriving at a scene fast is a plus, but does it have any other reason you chose that chassis in particular? If so, what are these, if no, then why chose the more fragile chassis and not one most security IPCs use? I'd like to hear your thought process on why you chose this chassis.

 

All in all I know that you are capable of playing an IPC, or any alien race, OOCly. The character you came up with raised some questions I am sure not only I would like to hear an answer to.

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15 hours ago, KingOfThePing said:

I hate you, something you should know by now, so I am downvoting this have some questions about this character I'd like answered before I want to make give a + or - on the app. Keep in mind, that I myself do not play synths or have an IPC whitelist, so I hope the questions aren't stupid:

First of all, the story is creative, more creative than anything I have ever thought off, but I find some things....strange. First you say that Halfway was found, drifting in space and it's origins couldn't be determined, even after extensive efforts. Why would an IPC with unkown origins, unkown previous owner and, let's call it refusal, to cooperate, regarding his past, being brought onto one of the most valuable research stations of NanoTrasen? For all they know Halfway could be malicious, could record sensitive data (or their colleagues showering, idk). No matter if willingly or unwillingly. It seems like a huge hole, regarding internal security. Also, even if NanoTrasen can't determine it's owner, wouldn't it be considered theft, if he would just be incorporated into the company? Why would NT risk doing something like that? What does Halfway bring to the table that they not just scrapped him, due to his, quote: "memory failure", and their "fear of space". It reads like Halfway is pretty broken, which would be logical after five years of drifting in space.

That is something that I didn't really think of, and you're right. Why would they take the risk to take this risk? Well, from what I understand, a chassis is expensive. Its purely around 80k credits free at this point, so why not taking it and repair it? Its like finding a phone on the ground. You can either find the owner, or take it for yourself. NanoTrasen tried to find the owner, but didn't achieved to do so and after five years, the ship might not even exist anymore. If they wanted to have it back, they would have certainly came for it. For the security point of view, it was put on test aboard the NTCC Odin, which isn't a research station. If it wanted to do something, I'm pretty sure Halfway would have done already. 

16 hours ago, KingOfThePing said:

Second, he is afraid of space. Right. But he is brought onto a space station, on a rock floating in....space. His job in security requires him to be able to go EVA. Be it for potential hostile fauna, retrieval or fighting purposes - there's a long list of reasons why officers could be required to go EVA. Think about this: the AI Upload entrance is basically a glass dome, when exiting the elevator. It's dark down there and well - only glass seperating Halfway from space. Would he be in panic, when going down there? There are a lot of places like that. The hallway for the pool is another example for a less restricted area. What exactly sparks the fear, space itself or the darkness that comes with it? Or is it something else entirely? I understand that he is afraid of being stranded and lost again, but that's something that could happen anytime, with a wrong step when being EVA. Is he afraid of dark maintenance tunnels, too? I don't know how "severe" his fear is and how much it hinders him in his duties, so please explain it a bit more.

My main objective as Halfway is to make it used as much as possible and maybe overthrow this fear after alot of character development, even if it might take alot of time. It exist that some officers might have never had an EVA training at all. As security you don't have to go out as much, the only time I went in EVA in like 8 months with Linerbord it was because of an event or antagonists such as mercs and all. Carps? Shoot through the windows. Drones? Await for Icarus to take them back. It would be really problematic if Halfway was a miner, for example. But as security, its really rare to go outside the station. As for the fear itself, I'd say that it is afraid of the emptiness, the darkness. Nothing else but pure silence and "cold". It wouldn't keep it from looking through the window, even if a little afraid of it and keep it from doing what they need to do. Its not that severe when there is walls around it.

 

16 hours ago, KingOfThePing said:

Lastly, due to probably not knowing enough about IPC lore: Why is he a Zeng-Hu model? I can see that they are fast and officers arriving at a scene fast is a plus, but does it have any other reason you chose that chassis in particular? If so, what are these, if no, then why chose the more fragile chassis and not one most security IPCs use? I'd like to hear your thought process on why you chose this chassis.

I like this one because its still designed for security matters. I find the idea of something fragile but yet quick and efficient interesting. It encourage me to be careful about the fact that I can get put down easily, and think about something else than direct combat in antagonist situations.


I hope I answered to your questions as much as possible, as "arguing" isn't one of my strongest points.

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All the faith in the world here, and you answered @KingOfThePing 's questions pretty darned well. I'm glad you're thinking out of the box to give your IPC a trait beyond a given, named gimmick, and it's something you intend to build off of in the event you play them. Application accepted.

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