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BYOND Key:
- MattAtlas

Character Names:
- I was known for playing Erana'Weshi Xoqia and Araa Plenek. Nowadays I play Emily Cress and Luo Jingyi the most.

Species you are applying to play:
- Tajara.

What color do you plan on making your first alien character:
- 138, 54, 15 (Ruddy)

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

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:
- It's very easy to assume why; Tajara have a lot of interesting inter-species conflict and I think they're the one that does it the best. It comes out a lot on-station and there are a ton of different character concepts you can play as one due to the sheer amount of lore. Sure, it's a lot to get through, but it's worth it. I've played lots of humans now and I think it's time I go for something fresh.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
- Obviously, the political tensions between different Tajara are the number one difference. This greatly affects how they view eachother on the station. Rarely does humanity have this, if at all. The amount of lore is pretty humongous, making lots of characters possible, and it's all a very different outlook from what humanity has. There's a lot of areas that humanity hasn't explored; mysticism, to name one of the biggest. Something else that also stands out is that you're not playing someone that's on the same status as humans.

Character Name:
- Kortnev Ndraanovich

Please provide a short backstory for this character.

Kortnev Ndraanovich, a Njarir'Akhran Tajara born in 2424, three years after the event that sparked the start of the uprisings. By this time, his parents had already narrowly fleed from their original keep shortly before its slaughter into the northern part of Harr'masir, where life was decidedly not easy. Their life was relegated to an isolated and small settlement in the icy mountains. Food and water were equally scarce, not fitting Tajara of noble lineage.

Over the years, Kortnev's father had taught him skills necessary to his survival while his mother taught him the more academic parts in her spare time, including their belief in S'rendarr and Messa, as his mother believed in the original Njarir religion and she was the one to pass down her knowledge to Kortnev. As time went on, the situation seemed more and more hopeless, with little keeping the family alive. It turned out that most of these skills had to be learnt on the spot by his parents; they were not things the nobles were accustomed to doing themselves. They cursed the greedy peasantry for initiating this unnecessary bloodshed, and Kortnev picked up on it.

A few months after the rebellions end, Kortnev's father gave them the all clear to return to the area around Kaltir. The family was sickly at this point, but they had hung in there. A slow and painful descent from the upper mountains later, they had finally arrived at Kaltir. But it was not without cost; their lives were changed for the worse. With no territories or land left, without a name anymore and with a deep-seated grudge, they settle in their new home.

From this point on, their destinies split. Kortnev's father was relegated to military service and his mother tended to their new, small room and belongings. Moved by the lack of local medical personnel and the desire for a more 'noble' occupation, Kortnev sought out education to receive a medical doctorate and become a surgeon. The local IAC camp was always full, with lacking surgeons due to excessive needs during the PRA assault. During one particular day, Hadii's assassination happened. Yet another grim reminder that the republicans caused all of this. More slaughters would continue, he thought; this was a war made by the greedy peasantry, who plunged Adhomai into endless slaughter. While he wished to see the New Kingdom regain its rightful reign, it was most likely a pipe dream. A wish to leave this planet was born, but it was still not considerate enough.

Soon after their doctorate was acquired, Kortnev proceeded to work for the IAC camp near Kaltir. As the days went on, more and more soldiers were slaughtered by the same republicans. The war against the PRA seemed endless, with countless victims reaching the camp where he had been working. At this point, Kortnev decided to leave the planet behind, since there was little hope left. As much as he wished for the NKA to rule again, it looked less and less possible as time went on. In secrecy, he approached the IAC personnel near their camp and asked to leave and assist elsewhere in space. He had told nobody, not even their friends, in a show of cowardice.

A few troubled years and reassignments to several refugee camps later - from the Frontier to Tau Ceti - and he has now been hired by Nanotrasen as a surgeon, a more stable job considering the need for money. In 2461, he has been promoted to a chief medical officer, and reassigned.

 

What do you like about this character?
I'd say it's the unique outlook on the war, it's a view I don't really see represented often. It'll clash with many characters since it's a pretty controversial way to view the current conflict in Adhomai, where the PRA is in the wrong for the slaughters they've done. In addition, working with a character who has things to hide, and things that make them weak is always good. I'll enjoy these two aspects the most, but there's lots of other stuff too; Ma'take seems really fun as well.


How would you rate your role-playing ability?
- I'd say a solid 7.5/10. In introspection I'm good at immersing myself into a character, but I often struggle to come up with ways to make a character stand out from the rest.

Notes: bruh momento numero dos

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😩 Suns bless the north.
RP-ing with Matt is always fun and I really want to see what he can do with non-human characters. :) The application looks solid, and the only thing I can say is that you could've answered the question with more words, but you still brought about your point.
+1 fun guy detected

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Despite being a weeaboo Matt is always fun to RP with, and I'm also excited to see what he can do with human characters. The only issue I have with the application is that he is playing a disgusting counter-revolutionary that supports the illegitimate dictatorship of the nobility over the workers and peasants of Adhomai.

+1 but also DEATH TO ALL THOSE WHO STAND IN THE WAY OF THE WORKING PEOPLE

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What a great application! This is a point of view rarely seen from Tajara: the nobility. I like that the character feels stifled; they should be ruling from a stately manor watching people grow their food, not working like some commoner. It will be very interesting to see how he interacts with Zhan or M'sai on station, especially when it comes to treating them.

One thing that is a little strange that the Njarir Mother in this story follows Ma'take. It is certainly a racial religion--it's kind of like finding a South African practicing Hinduism. While it isn't as far fetched as that analogy, I'd like an explanation. I would doubt the explanation that the mother adopted Ma'take to blend in with the peasantry--that is not befitting a noble, but they may have become used to that.

More on the character's motivations would be good. You certainly have enough to be passed, this is just because this character is so interesting. Perhaps he thinks he can rebuild his family name by achieving reputation in Tau Ceti? Maybe he is so doubtful of the NKA's existence for a particular reason. Maybe he truly believes that the NKA could grow into a true empire, but watching his entire family crumble makes him doubt that the nobility could gain the same power they used to have. 

Great application!

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10 hours ago, DeadLantern said:

What a great application! This is a point of view rarely seen from Tajara: the nobility. I like that the character feels stifled; they should be ruling from a stately manor watching people grow their food, not working like some commoner. It will be very interesting to see how he interacts with Zhan or M'sai on station, especially when it comes to treating them.

One thing that is a little strange that the Njarir Mother in this story follows Ma'take. It is certainly a racial religion--it's kind of like finding a South African practicing Hinduism. While it isn't as far fetched as that analogy, I'd like an explanation. I would doubt the explanation that the mother adopted Ma'take to blend in with the peasantry--that is not befitting a noble, but they may have become used to that.

More on the character's motivations would be good. You certainly have enough to be passed, this is just because this character is so interesting. Perhaps he thinks he can rebuild his family name by achieving reputation in Tau Ceti? Maybe he is so doubtful of the NKA's existence for a particular reason. Maybe he truly believes that the NKA could grow into a true empire, but watching his entire family crumble makes him doubt that the nobility could gain the same power they used to have. 

Great application!

Thank you for the response.

1) I didn't know that, actually, and it's a good point. I've changed the religion to S'rendarr and Messa.

2) The motivations for leaving are mainly that their bloodline will be destroyed if they remain on Adhomai, so at least someone should leave and escape. He already knows his parents don't approve of it, but he sees it as necessary. As the conflict is going on, it doesn't seem like the NKA is getting anywhere.

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Ma'ta'ke is the most predominant religion in the NKA given its status as largely rural with S'rendarr and Messa dominating the cities. I didn't see an issue with Njarir living amidst the peasantry practicing the religion, in fact one of the major Ma'ta'ke gods is a Njarir.

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On 30/09/2019 at 08:05, Menown said:

Ma'ta'ke is the most predominant religion in the NKA given its status as largely rural with S'rendarr and Messa dominating the cities. I didn't see an issue with Njarir living amidst the peasantry practicing the religion, in fact one of the major Ma'ta'ke gods is a Njarir.

I didn't see an issue either--I'm not doubting that it's not possible, it's just that it wouldn't be a very common sight in Adhomai. I just wanted an explanation on why or how.

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While the backstory is fine and I know you are a good roleplayer. I am a bit confused by this:

On 30/09/2019 at 02:48, Datamatt said:

2) The motivations for leaving are mainly that their bloodline will be destroyed if they remain on Adhomai, so at least someone should leave and escape. He already knows his parents don't approve of it, but he sees it as necessary. As the conflict is going on, it doesn't seem like the NKA is getting anywhere.

The NKA made some military progress, mostly by being able to drive the PRA out of their continent this year. What does exactly does he means by "it doesn't seem like the NKA is getting anywhere."?
However, since there is no date of when he left, It would make sense if it happened before those developments.

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7 minutes ago, Alberyk said:

While the backstory is fine and I know you are a good roleplayer. I am a bit confused by this:

The NKA made some military progress, mostly by being able to drive the PRA out of their continent this year. What does exactly does he means by "it doesn't seem like the NKA is getting anywhere."?
However, since there is no date of when he left, It would make sense if it happened before those developments.

It was before the PRA was driven out, yeah. The 'few years' was hinting towards that, but I fucked up by not including the actual date he left. Which would be about 2458, so after the attack on the Parliament.

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