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[Accepted] CommanderXor's Skrell Application

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BYOND Key: CommanderXor

Character Names: Fair few, too many to list. Can be seen here.

Species you are applying to play: Skrell

What color do you plan on making your first alien character: Light Blue

Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Yes.

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've always wanted to play a Skrell character. In fact, I wanted to apply for one as my first species but I was nervous to actually attempt to apply. Eventually I got convinced to apply for another species, and from there I started getting comfortable with making applications. I've always found the Skrell to be an interesting race. They've got pretty well grounded lore that has been expanded over the time I've played. They've got some interesting concepts to roleplay out such as the entire Srom and Nlom/Wake along with the social structure in parts.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: 

When it comes to the Skrell, you've got a selection of things that are different to just a stock human, some are backed by mechanics and some are purely done in the sense of roleplay.

The most obvious part would be the entire Psionic Wake/Nlom element. You have listeners and receivers. They're both quite common with a 50-50 ratio. Receivers are actually influenced and changed by the effects of the Wake. The listeners however are not influenced by the Wake itself and merely listen in to what others say. Some hold them with greater suspicion as they wouldn't be influenced, and partially due to the Glorsh-supporters mostly being listeners. Though most listeners do still confine themselves to what the receivers are influenced on. Another part of the entire psionic-like aspect is the Srom, as they are able to share far more than what they can with the Nlom, however the range is far more limited along with the fact some can block it out with special aluminium items.

Besides the Nlom and Srom parts, there is a entire more indepth social structure than a human would. Respect can be earned or lost within the first moments of meeting another Skrell simply by asking a set of questions and finding out their age and occupation. Humour can be frowned upon by the elder, and some settings it is outright shunned. There are set titles for people in regards to what they are, from lovers and mates, all the way to a Qu'Nioh - a person they did not suspect they would befriend but end up befriending.

Jargon Skrell also have to be wary of how they represent the Federation, as benefits - if any - can be stripped and they can come under the scrutiny of other Skrell of Jargon-make both within and outside of the Federation. However those that do represent the Federation well are met with benefits, a greater social stance and other novelties.

Another key point with Skrell is their major distrust of synthetics. From stationbounds, to IPCs to full blown AIs. They've been oppressed under Glorsh in the past and the blood still runs bad. Some of the younger Skrell population are less horrified and angered by the prospect of artificial intelligence but the majority of the population share the common thought that synthetic life is a threat that must be culled. This is further supported as the Federation outlaws synthetics within their space, and likely push the same thoughts and opinions on social media via Idols.


Character Name: Qaoki Oea'Kaei

Please provide a short backstory for this character:

Qaoki was born on the 3rd of January, 2416 early in the Radiant Era. His parents lived on Jargon and he was born there. His mother was a surgeon and his father was a chemist. The telepathtic bond shared between the two while he grew would strengthen and help form his early childhood interests. He was quite fond of medicine partially due to the bond with both parents. He passed through the Federation's kindergartens without error and enjoyed the teachings they offered and the social interactions with fellow students. Once he left, he followed after his parent's footsteps and enrolled in the Aliose University of Medicine to specialise in the field of chemistry.

He spent many years studying through the courses with multiple field trips amongst Jargon space. He focused mostly on his studies, albeit he did not abandon all of his social life and instead supplemented it with social media, following the life of many Idols and striving to be like them as he worked throughout the course-work. He completed a doctorate in medicine and a doctorate in chemistry. Once out of schooling he found himself working as a chemist within a hospital in one of Jargon's cities - specifically Kal'lo. Working within the hospital for several more years, he decided that to help further his social standing and to benefit the Federation, he would seek out a external job to help ensure that the other species would see the good-face of the Federation.

Seeking external employment he was given two major options, to work with Zeng-Hu pharmaceuticals or seek out a contract with the NanoTrasen corporation. The prospect of working on the latest vessel the NSS Upsilon was rather exciting and he signed a contract with NanoTrasen to work for them for a period of no less than ten years. However, he has been assigned to the NSS Aurora instead of the Upsilon for the time being to help prove himself to the corporation. Thus, he has found himself on a visa within Tau Ceti and employed on the NSS Aurora as a chemist for the medical department. He quite often attempts to post back to his parents, and social media back in the Federation, trying to hopefully become an Idol one day himself.

What do you like about this character?: I quite like how Qaoki tries to stick by the core-ideals set out by the Federation, trying to ensure he follows the Nlom, and tries to make himself like the Idols the Federation so-bluntly pedals. He's trying to further himself, but at this point is it because it is what he actually wants to do, or is it the not-so-subtle manipulation by the Federation's government and social media? It's hard to distinguish as he's become what the Federation wants. A hard-working Skrell, who confines to the social norms set by the government and is working to further both the Federation, himself, and the image of the Federation. Thus, I quite like this aspect to his character, I have to stop and think, 'would this help the Federation?' when making major decisions.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?: I would say that my roleplay is quite well, and over the time I've played on Aurora my ability has further increased. I can spin a good character concept, I can work with them, I can adjust them as time goes on the station and have them affected and shaped by the actions and events that go on the server. Overrall I would say that I'm probably slightly above the average player as I started roleplaying on Clockwork HL2 servers and am use to more text-based game than mechanics-heavy. Despite this I am quite good with adapting to a mixture of roleplay, and the actual mechanical functions of SS13.

Notes: None to really note!

Edited by CommanderXor
Fixed a education-backstory mistake.
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Hi. I will be handling this application.

On 15/06/2019 at 17:08, CommanderXor said:

He completed a doctorate in medicine and a doctorate in chemistry.

The dates don't add up. You say that Qaoki was born in 2429, which would make him 32 years old. This is not enough to acquire two doctorates, since an individual Federation schooling program takes 10 years, and you can start studying in a college when you're 19.

Correct this, and the overall application is good.

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18 minutes ago, VTCobaltblood said:

Hi. I will be handling this application.

The dates don't add up. You say that Qaoki was born in 2429, which would make him 32 years old. This is not enough to acquire two doctorates, since an individual Federation schooling program takes 10 years, and you can start studying in a college when you're 19.

Correct this, and the overall application is good.

Oops, didn't realise that. Meant a doctorate and a bachelors, must have accidentally slipped my mind late last night. I'll give it a fix, thanks!

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1 minute ago, VTCobaltblood said:

Skrellian education is not separated into bachelors, masters' and doctorate degrees. 

Was wondering why it only mentioned graduating a university after ten years. Must have misunderstood it. I'll push back the age by a few more years so it lines up more with the educational requirements set out.

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