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BYOND Key: Crescentise.

Character Names: Luna Fountain, Cherry Lovett, Loreili Ih-Na, Vitaly Zheleznikov, others.

How long have you been playing on Aurora: A month and a bit.

Species you are applying to play: Tajara.

What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): She would be of the Njarir-Akhran ethnicity. But I can't say any further, as I would need to play around with the editor for far too long, agonising, before deciding.

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: First of all, I want to be able to integrate or at least observe the shenanigans of the extensive Tajaran community and be able to understand all of that mrowling. Second of all, I had wanted to create this character for a long time and the Tajaran species, by far, suits her the most.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: You have to convert hardsuits, you are at an advantage in hand-to-hand combat. The tail provides a significant form of expression you can utilise in /me emotes. They are a lot more clique-orientated, family-based and their history can have a very great influence on their behaviour.

Why does this species in particular hold your interest? Kitties. I love kitties. I also love /me emotes. I'm excited to make lots of kitty-specific emotes. Ummm. I find it difficult to answer this question when the 'why do you wish to play this specific race' one is so similar. Basically, I have a character in mind, Tajaran culture fits extremely well with her backstory, and I wanna at least be able to observe and better interact with the other kitties on board.

Character Name: Liudmila Stojash.

Please provide a short backstory for this character, approximately 2 paragraphs:

Liudmila hails from a line of Tajaran plutocracy, which was 'tainted' by one female who refused to inbreed and was cast out into peasantry. This figure, now referred to in the family as Grandmother Yanisbeth, fled Adhomai, and remained the only survivor of her clan which would be exterminated systematically in good time. She made a new life in the Tajaran 'slums' or 'alienage' of Little Adhomai in the Republic of Biesel, where her descendants are now based.

It wasn't the best place to settle down, put it that way. It was rife with poverty, crime, and racial conflict. And yet it suited the Njarir-Akhrans. Far more emphasis was placed on, well, survival, and avoiding the human supremicists, than their fur patterns. The refined education of Grandmother Yanisbeth was passed down in a system of home-schooling, but slowly withered in its relevance. Her learned descendants branched out into low-paying, practical, yet technical jobs, while learning to cope with the conditions of Little Adhomai.

Liudmila, then, was the daughter of the combat medic named Marina Stojash, and the Zhan-Khazan gang lackey Varun Kosalapov. Marina ran with this gang in Little Adhomai, doing her best to deal with the injured in conflicts, and keeping an eye out on her beau Varun. While a decent marksman with a silver tongue, he was addicted to Space Drugs and prone to terrible moodswings. Liudmila and her younger sister by seven years, Lena, might regularly fix dinner for Varun and his superiors. They had to, or else they might be threatened with a gun in the evening. That was also the punishment for refusing to administer Space Drugs to Varun, speaking out of line, you name it. Sexual assault was also on the table; thank Messa it never came to fruition. However, he shot Marina one night.

Liudmila garnered some of her father's respect when he forced her to be an aide to one of the lower-ranked chemists who manufactured the goods. She survived due to pragmatic terror and her innate wisdom, learning a good deal of 'selective' chemistry, while organising for Lena's application for school and finding an alternative home for her. As a young adult, when she had finally completed these important tasks, she fled.

There was no denying that Liudmila, or Liuda for short, was innately attractive in her youth. She had an enviably slim figure, with aristocratic features and an elegant, subtle fur pattern of stripes. She instantly caught the eye of a moderately successful Hhrarar entrepreneur and proceeded to become a stay at home housewife, bearing first a boy and then a girl. She raised them, memories of her early life making her neurotic and also prone to moodswings all throughout parenthood. Would Varun find her? Would he find Lena? Was this all what she wanted?

Her husband's business began to topple, showing his true colours. He placed extremely high academic pressure on both of his children, among other things. He was no Varun, but while Liudmila's son would follow in his fathers footsteps, working in finance at 24 years old, her daughter committed suicide while she was just 19. Secretly blaming her husband for the latter, and their worsening financial situation – she never wanted to go back to how it was – she separated from him on decent terms with some sum of money.

Liudmila is 47 now and has almost completed a Chemistry degree. In her extensive search for proper employment, something she'd never had, she was fortunate enough to land an interview with the forwards-thinking NanoTrasen. Her extremely pragmatic nature and cleanliness led them to accept her as a Janitor. She might have been back in the throes of casual racism, but it was better – so much better – than the distant past...

What do you like about this character? She's... my mother. As a kitty. In spess. I respect the character a lot from her origins, as well as her potential for interacting with the other Tajara. In terms of family she's rather estranged, so no doubt she would be motherly to anyone she deemed fit.

How would you rate your role-playing ability? I've been trying to get over my self-deprecating nature for a long time now, so let's try and be a little more 'out there'... I think I'm pretty good, actually! Whenever reading something I say it in my head; this means that I can better emulate the tone of what to say and incorporate vernacular idiosyncracies pretty well. Also I enjoy making detailed, memorable /me emotes, as it brings the 2D pixelated spessmen to life for me.

Notes: This character is very important to me, because she's based on my own mother. I want to be able to understand her better, use her qualities for interesting roleplay, and see where I can take her in the community.

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