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[Accepted]Zer0's Dionae Application

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BYOND Key: Zer0Winds
Character Names:
    Bismarck Kristensen (Retired)
    INDEX (AI/pAI)
    Gerhard Nielsen (Engineering Apprentice)
    Aksel Blackburn (Xenoarchaeologist)
    IA-39 (Anomalist)
    SIGMA (Corporate Reporter)

    REX (Roboticist/General Scientist)

Species you are applying to play: Dionae
What color do you plan on making your first alien character: N/A
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Indeed

Why do you wish to play this specific race:
    So, I was looking at applications when applying for IPC, and I noticed the Dionae, which was a race I honestly ignored at first. The applications showed interesting character concepts, and finally I interacted with one as SIGMA, for the first time. It was quite enjoyable, and that person inspired me to look at the Dionae page. I was taken aback, they were such a cool sounding concept, and the RP potential seemed amazing. I immediately realized that I indeed wanted to play a Dionae, at some point.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
Dionae are a plant-like group of organisms that link together to make one whole. This means that unlike a human, you are not one single entity, you are a collection of individual nymphs that each have their own memories, experiences. You decide what to do based on a consensus within your gestalt. As such you may be slower to respond. This leads to events that for example, a body part is lost, then the Dionae actually forgets any memory associated with that entity, like a language. Dionae are highly curious, and can be very intelligent, and the Nymphs in particular constantly wish to learn more.

Character Name: Wandering of Endless Space
Please provide a short backstory for this character.

    Wandering of Endless Space is a relatively new Dionae, only a few decades old since it's merge into a Cyclops. It's oldest Nymph grew from an egg that had grown aboard a ship. This Nymph's egg was brought aboard during a routine mining expedition on an asteroid, in the Frontier. The ship had the conditions needed for this egg to flourish. Eventually, it had hatched a Nymph, and immediately, it sought something to consume. It had originally scavenged random biological matter from the isolated section in the ship it had hatched in. It had fed on various fungi and ambient radiation... Once a crew member had found the Nymph, about a week after it's hatching, it had latched itself onto the man, and partook in their blood. This was it's first interaction with any organism. The crew had panicked, and began seeking to be rid of this strange creature. However, the Nymph had proven itself cunning enough to avoid being spaced.

    It had stayed aboard this ship, a constant "threat" to the crew, feeding primarily on ambient light and radiation, with the occasional blood from someone who stumbles onto it. This had been it's early life, living almost akin to a parasite, on this ship. In this time, it observed the crew. It watched... Learned their mannerisms, their work... One crew member noticed it watching, and decided to observe the little Nymph. He was fascinated by the small creature, rather than afraid. The Nymph, slowly gre attached to this crew member, one who showed it new things, taught it.

    This had gone on for months. At this point, the crew had gotten used to the Nymph, once realizing that it is no threat. One day, during a routine sweep around a patch of space, there was an error in the ship's air ventilation, and oxygen supply was not only cut, carbon dioxide was not being scrubbed out. There were no engineers awake at the time, as the crew was mainly asleep. Waking up, the crew panicked, and tried to fix the problem. However, it was a small ship, and it wasn't long before most of the ship's oxygen was depleted.

    The engineers, some having suffocated in their sleep, could not fix the problem. Some crew took their chances in an escape pod. Soon, the Nymph, was alone. No one was left. It now knew loneliness. This led to the ship drifting for years, in an open part of Frontier space, the Nymph aboard, feeding on the radiation and what little biological matter that could be supported on this now lifeless ship.

    Then, against all odds, the Nymph no longer had to be alone. In the void, the ship happened to be found, by a small ship belonging to one of the the Techno-Conglomerate's main capital ships. The crew of this ship boarded, looking for any sign of life, or at least, something to salvage. The Nymph, which silently waited, feeding on radiation, was intrigued by the new crew. They were speaking a language it was unfamiliar with. The boarding team's captain had found the Nymph, and they brought it aboard their own ship. On this ship, were more nymphs collected over the years.

    Soon, after the initial pickup, the crew had found that the nymphs had all merged to form a new Cyclops. They had become one new being. They all felt the same purpose; To learn, discover, but most importantly... To not be alone again. The crew was aware of the Dionae and their ways, but were shocked nonetheless. Soon, the Cyclops was dubbed Wandering of Endless Space, as each nymph had some memory of being alone, drifting in space, wandering the void, whether it was on an asteroid, comet, ship... But only one had felt the loss of someone close, and with it, Wandering of Endless Space had a morose attitude.

    Wandering of Endless Space was dropped off at a rather well-off Frontier planet at their request, where it worked until such time they could buy passage to one place they had heard of, that allowed them to fulfill their desire... Tau Ceti, home of NanoTrasen.

What do you like about this character?
    I have never worked harder on a background, so that's the main thing. The Dionae have truly interested me like no other race, being honestly the most Xeno you can get in this game and I feel like I could have so much potential for this character. I do admit this character's background is probably not unique, and I'll admit, I drew elements from other people's applications... But hey, learn from those around you.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?
    I give myself a 7 out of 10. I try my best, but sometimes I do slip.
    I'm still deciding what profession they'll go into, so that's why I didn't talk about their education all that much, since they do still need that degree for their field.

Edited by Zer0Winds
Added REX, new character.

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Interesting character and backstory. I would like  for you to explain how this certain Nymph feels about his situation. What does he think on the unending lonlieness, and the death of the only man that could satisfy a nymph's endless curiosty. What is it like to have your knowledge be limited? What does he think on humanity--Its blood, and their thoughts? What of the ambient radiation? Does he lust for more radiation, or is he sated? And, more pressingly, what of the other nymphs?

A cyclopes is a single entity made up of a large choir. You can't just talk about one singer. I am not asking you to write a whole backstory on each Nymph, but a mere rundown would be good enough. You just should show that you understand that the Diona is made up of multiple voices, not one large one. You should at least acknowledge their thoughts, or at least summarize them.

Expand on those two things and it will be good.

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The main one, the one in the story, felt a crushing loneliness when the one crew member died; and it would like to avoid the other nymphs feeling that loss.

On the topic of humanity it feels a desire to help them. The humans were it's first contact with other organics, and first understood it. It felt a sort of bond with them. The other Nymphs have differing opinions on humanity, but none of them are too negative per say. They all felt  the loneliness that comes from isolation... Being a Cyclops may help against that as they are no longer alone, working with the Humans will allow them to truly never be alone again. They do not know much of the Skrell, nor Unathi some Nymphs only seeing them a few times, and they know nothing of the Tajaran or the Vaurca,  none of them ever having seen them at all. There were IPCs aboard the ship.

They were all found by Scavengers in the Frontier, of the Techno-Conglomerate, whether it was from a derelict space station, a dead spaceship, or wandering a vast, deserted planet... Because of this, their knowledge is limited. This of course, does not satisfy their curiosity. Wandering of Endless Space wishes to learn, each one wishing to make up for the knowledge they could have known. While the crew showed them new things, they actively do seek blood to satisfy their craving for knowledge. About the radiation, it does not necessarily lust for more, so I can say it's sated. I will admit I do not have much on that, I will try to think more on that topic.

As I said, they seek blood as a source of knowledge like most Dionae. They had not had easy access to this source. They also wish to see new things firsthand. Wandering of Endless Space chooses to be in medical for these reasons: To help humanity, which first understood it and satisfy it, to make sure they are not alone again. To gain blood, through legitimate means, to gain more knowledge. And finally, to see and discover more. It's knowledge is not satisfied. As I stated, much of their knowledge is limited, as they were all alone, at some point. When they all finally tasted human blood, absorbing their knowledge and experiences... They realized what they had lacked.

By that I mean that as a player I also don't know everything in the game, and I want to expand my horizons.


Postscript Note:

I know of the fact they need to get degrees still, so since I didn't say anything about that in the Backstory, they went to a minor medical school, on the planet they left, to Tau Ceti. In Tau Ceti, they applied for citizenship, and afterwards they went to join a University, and as such, they are going to be only a Medical Resident on the Aurora, until such a time I can safely say they are graduated with a degree. Bland sentencing, I know. It's not necessarily the most well-thought out part of my story here.

Edited by Zer0Winds

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After some discussion, we've decided to accept this app. (It might take a minute to get your whitelist server-side though. I accepted this /just/ as a round ended)

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