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[Accepted] NiennaB's IPC Application

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BYOND Key: Niennab

Character Names: Finley Greyson (Surgeon), Morgan Day (Miner)

Species you are applying to play: Baseline Frame IPC

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

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:

(One paragraph minimum)

I have always found fascination in the way that IPCs converse but more importantly, the history and political backdrop that surrounds them as a race.

Given the unique background of IPCs, it also presents an entirely different range of backstories and role-playing opportunities I'd like to explore. Something in particular I'd like to explore is how they're able to survive and thrive in this world despite not being considered people, and instead property.

Additionally, I find it interesting that a player will need to filter the way they put their thoughts to words or feel when playing a synthetic. A race that feels no pain and emulates emotions will think and problem solve issues much differently than a human would.

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

Similar to what was stated above, an IPC is different from role-playing as a human both in the way they speak but as well as how they interpret the world around them. Where as a human might be ruled by their emotions in a given situation, an IPC would think more objectively. Also, the social differences that influence the characters personalities are going to be vastly different from IPC to human, opening up a different way of role-playing. One such example would be the question of sentience as well as the political issue surrounding their identity as property.

IPC are treated and paid less compared to their human counterparts, while also requiring less for sustainment in terms of housing and sustenance (or lack thereof).

Character Name: Flotsam

Please provide a short backstory for this character

Sarah Nievan, born in Sol, moved to Tau-Ceti with her family. Marrying too young, the marriage eventually ended in disaster and she left Tau-Ceti. Returning to Sol, Sarah Nievan studied at Mars University, obtaining their PhD and gaining employment as a Scientist for NanoTrasen.

Having endured a painful divorce, Sarah sought companionship amidst her day to day routine, opting for an IPC of her own. Looking for company and eventual extra set of working hands, Sarah purchased a positronic brain with the hope of eventually saving up for a baseline frame to host it. And so, more or less, without a body but not without a mind, Flotsam was born into the world.

In it's early life, Floatsam started out as a glorified desk ornament and conversation companion before, once provided with a spider-bot body, moving on to basic tidying and organizational duties. It was once Sarah had saved up enough credits and purchased a dated Baseline frame, Sarah had succeeded in creating a personalized and affordable servant. From there, Flotsam was programmed with an understanding of Robotics and was hired on at the Aurora, providing a secondary source of credits for miss Nievan as well as an understanding of maintaining itself.

Despite meeting workplace safety standards, the use of second-hand parts leaves Flotsam with plenty of room for improvement at the hands of its owner. Ironically, Flotsam has been employed as roboticist, fabricating top-of-the-line Nanotrasen-approved prosthetics and robotics equipment while equipped with its own dated hardware.

Floatsam has been programmed with a keen attention to detail. However, what this has also amassed is an obsessive need for spotless and tidy work spaces as well as an almost parental concern over it's creations. Flotsam carries themselves in an often quiet contemplation and will often converse with it's creations, despite the sentience not being shared.

What do you like about this character?

I am very excited to play a race that is beyond the standard Human or Off-Worlder Human. In addition to that, I'm excited to see how being owned by a player character will make for interesting roleplay, both within and outside of antag roles. Although partly unrelated, I am excited to learn Robotics. So far in coming to the server, I have only learned Medical and so I would love to play the other departments.

Lastly, roleplaying with IPCs such as Scalpel, Akila Jaethia, Sterben and Copper have provided endless inspiration for me to eventually feel the need to create a white-list for myself.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?

I consider myself a 7/10. I have done a lot of roleplaying over the years outside of SS13 and I like to hope that my characters are well-rounded and realistic. I do however notice that my characters tend to speak with similar mannerisms and so it is my hope with delving into the other races that I can improve this element of roleplaying.

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10/10 artworks, would advertise to friends again :)

I have seen her join, I have seen her grow and I was waiting for a long time for your app! I think an IPC will suit you well, seeing how persistent you are with your characters. Enjoy every round with them.

Good luck, +1

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 Floatsam started out as a glorified desk ornament and conversation companion before,

Floatsam play despacito

As someone who's helped with the app, I can safely say that Nienna's put in a lot of time to working on a believable IPC and I'm confident that they won't do anything too snowflakey or unrealistic with their whitelist.

I like the idea that it's attached to their older creations and a synthetic who has to contend with a life of having to jump from body to body and being used in whatever capacity their owner wanted to put it in. I hope the whole social difference between humans and IPCs is explored in depth given at the end of the day, Flotsam is property.

This app gets a +1 from me.

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A well-rounded app with some answers I find acceptable. One thing here caught my eye though that I'd like to go over before accepting this -

On 21/07/2019 at 07:37, niennab said:

From there, Flotsam was programmed with an understanding of Robotics

With no definitive dates to work off of here, I can only assume this was relatively fast. Try to keep in mind that IPCs are currently restricted to a relatively slow (compared to other robots at least) rate of learning to balance out their skillsets and rationalize them in comparison with their organic coworkers. This counts only for post-manufacturing, implying that knowledge can be implanted into the positronic as it is constructed, but the wiki explicitly states modification beyond that point would need to be careful and meticulous or not be done at all.

I don't consider this enough to go against the app, however, so moving onto the next point.

Positronics themselves, as I had informed the applicant in DMs, are not ludicrously expensive. One can assume they are roughly just a bit more expensive than a frame itself, making them an investment for the wealthy without being something absurd to even consider. The wiki will be made to reflect this soon.

Application accepted.

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