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[Accepted] Leudoberct Vaurca Application

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BYOND Key: Leudoberct

Character Names: Declan Bynum, Daniel Pitchford, Atepomarus, Galliard Isemann

Species you are applying to play: Vaurca

What color do you plan on making your first alien character: (RGB 11, 43, 27)

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 want to play as a Vaurca because I find them interesting with their uniqueness. It's rare enough to see an insectoid race in a sci-fi setting, but I also like the inclusion of technology in their society, specifically with the use of VR prevalent in their race. I also find it quite interesting with how their caste system works, particularly with the differences between the unbound and bound Vaurcae, and how their purpose is decided from birth. I also like the vague sense of mystery regarding Sedantis, as it almost gives off an Atlantis feeling, being a lost planet whose fate is unknown.

Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human: Excluding the obvious physical differences between humans and Vaurcae, Vaurcae are different from humans in terms of the way they are roleplayed in a few key ways different from humans. For example, Vaurcae are unquestionably loyal to their hive, on a biological level, with any disloyalty being a complete anomaly. It is not based on ideology whatsoever. In addition to this, Vaurcae do not tend to exhibit the same levels of aggression as a human might. They do not go seeking fights unless a grave insult has been made, or if their life has been put in immediate danger. Aggression between hives tends to be quite subdued, and even in times of war, Vaurcae respect the sovereignty of a hive over its Vaurcae. This of course mostly only applies to the Unbound Vaurcae, as the Bound do not tend to follow any form of ethics or ideology outside of serving their Hive.

Character Name: Ka'Akaix'Sgzi K'lax

Please provide a short backstory for this character: An egg was laid in the colony of K'dath on the world of Tret, to the brood of Ta'Akaix'Zkaii'xay'yil K'lax. upon undergoing the imagotis, the egg that would come to hatch Sgzi was chosen as one of the Unbound. Left to mature for six months, and then implanted with its neural socket, Sgzi was thrust into the virtual reality of the brood of Zkaii, into the Ny'tatyk, or the Mother Dream. Within the virtual reality space, Sgzi underwent training in the ways of their brood, learning their way around machinery, deconstructing and reconstructing complex machines in virtual simulations, coming to know the inner workings of machinery like memory.

Upon hatching and receiving the rest of its augmetics, albeit minor compared to those that a Bound might receive, Sgzi was ordained to be sent away from the brood and the hive at large, leaving the space of the Izweski Hegemon to the greater stars, seeking to learn more of machinery to bring back to its hive. This quest brought it to NanoTrasen, where Sgzi sought to learn the ways of the megacorporation in the name of its hive. After a contract had been arranged with NanoTrasen, Sgzi was put to work as a Lab Assistant aboard the NSS Aurora, seeking to learn more of the robotics department.

What do you like about this character?: I like this character because I feel that it is a good way to dip my feet into two things I've not done before on the server: roleplaying as a Vaurca, and also working in the robotics department. I feel that Sgzi gives me a good opportunity to become more familiar with Vaurca roleplay and to make engaging roleplay with other players, as their role as an assistant should bring them into contact with many players who might seek to teach Sgzi or befriend them.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?: I would say that my roleplaying ability is fairly good. I've had lots of experience roleplaying on multiple platforms from World of Warcraft to text-based MUDs, and I've roleplayed on SS13 for a fair few years now as well.

Notes: N/A

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+1 on the basis that they roleplay functioning adults instead of brain dead children.

Honestly one of the people I know, that will take Vaurca serious and make the character refreshingly alien instead of a total meme.

Been knowing this guy since I started out in SS13 and the RP has always been serious, well thought out with them. Their characters have their own goals, urgency and mind that Leudo has been able to differentiate from his own state of mind. Apart from that they have been helpful to newcomers ICly and in LooC, which shows that they been working to strengthen the community. While I may not be the strongest lore person around, I have no doubt that Leudo will bring Vaurca lore to new and old players alike that are interested in it.

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Short, sensible, to the point. Zkaii is currently a criminally underplayed brood as is most of K'lax, and not going with the obvious choice of Vetju is pretty great. I can attest that Leudoberct is both a capable storyteller with their current characters, and that they've actively sought out advice in the Vaurca species discord. That said, a few questions jumped out to me while reading the app.

1) While Sgzi's backstory is what pretty much every K'lax character should follow, what can be said about them behaviour-wise? Are they more adapted to the aliens and more capable of working on a foreign station, or do they struggle with any social interaction outside their own species? Albeit it's mentioned this is a relatively new Ka, some Vaurca are played as having learned social basics in VR while others are played as hopelessly socially crippled. Would you say Sgzi leans more towards one or another, or something entirely different?

2) Zkaii's brood in particular has a different understanding on reality, in that Ny'tatyk is seen both as the definer of reality's structure and a small part of High K'lax's mind. This combined with their somnambulism and their likely adherence to the Mother Dream gives the brood a specially spiritual approach; how much do you think this would mesh into how Sgzi is roleplayed? Both making it a minor part of the character or one of the main traits can be fun, but I'm curious as to what you'd like to do with it.

All things said, a definite +1 for this app. Really looking forward to Leudo's new character in general and their experience as a bug player.

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54 minutes ago, ChloralCocktails said:

Short, sensible, to the point. Zkaii is currently a criminally underplayed brood as is most of K'lax, and not going with the obvious choice of Vetju is pretty great. I can attest that Leudoberct is both a capable storyteller with their current characters, and that they've actively sought out advice in the Vaurca species discord. That said, a few questions jumped out to me while reading the app.

1) While Sgzi's backstory is what pretty much every K'lax character should follow, what can be said about them behaviour-wise? Are they more adapted to the aliens and more capable of working on a foreign station, or do they struggle with any social interaction outside their own species? Albeit it's mentioned this is a relatively new Ka, some Vaurca are played as having learned social basics in VR while others are played as hopelessly socially crippled. Would you say Sgzi leans more towards one or another, or something entirely different?

2) Zkaii's brood in particular has a different understanding on reality, in that Ny'tatyk is seen both as the definer of reality's structure and a small part of High K'lax's mind. This combined with their somnambulism and their likely adherence to the Mother Dream gives the brood a specially spiritual approach; how much do you think this would mesh into how Sgzi is roleplayed? Both making it a minor part of the character or one of the main traits can be fun, but I'm curious as to what you'd like to do with it.

All things said, a definite +1 for this app. Really looking forward to Leudo's new character in general and their experience as a bug player.

1. As is mentioned in the wiki file for the Zkaii brood, it's mentioned that the vast majority of the Vaurcae inside of their VR tend to be Za, with Ka being a significant minotiry in the Ny'tatyk. It mentions how that Ka might underperform compared to the Za when attempting to emulate Unathi military doctrine in the Ny'tatyk, unless if they're already pre-occupied with existing work. I'm going with the route of Sgzi being in the latter category, and thus being unlikely to be able to properly socialise with other races outside of the topic of machinery.

2. It's referenced that the Ny'tatyk is considered as part of the Great Mother K'lax's mind, which has caused issues for some due to the unknown fate of the Great Mother K'lax. I believe it's referenced that Zkaii had hesitance to step up as the new High Queen, as if the Great Mother K'lax was dead, surely the Ny'tatyk could not still exist? Sgzi believes that the spirit of the Great Mother K'lax has merged with that of Zkaii, making her the definite and true High Queen, and feels honoured to be a part of her brood. This would likely make Sgzi a lot more susceptible to getting angry over anyone speaking ill of Zkaii, as it'd be one of the highest insults that could be made.

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While I dont know a whole lot about Vaurca I must say this Background sounds interesting, and their goal to bring some technology (or knowledge thereof) back makes a lot of sense for a Vaurca.

I dont think we have seen many Robotics Vaurcae either so thats an additional benefit.

Overall I can say although my interaction with Leudoberct only started a few days ago, I had plenty of time to RP with their Engineer. Their Roleplay is good. You can see that he put some thought in his character and developed it with a specific mindset. Yet he is flexible enough to make said character seem alive and interesting.

I dont have anything negative to add.

+1!

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On 08/11/2019 at 13:35, Leudoberct said:

1. As is mentioned in the wiki file for the Zkaii brood, it's mentioned that the vast majority of the Vaurcae inside of their VR tend to be Za, with Ka being a significant minotiry in the Ny'tatyk. It mentions how that Ka might underperform compared to the Za when attempting to emulate Unathi military doctrine in the Ny'tatyk, unless if they're already pre-occupied with existing work. I'm going with the route of Sgzi being in the latter category, and thus being unlikely to be able to properly socialise with other races outside of the topic of machinery.

2. It's referenced that the Ny'tatyk is considered as part of the Great Mother K'lax's mind, which has caused issues for some due to the unknown fate of the Great Mother K'lax. I believe it's referenced that Zkaii had hesitance to step up as the new High Queen, as if the Great Mother K'lax was dead, surely the Ny'tatyk could not still exist? Sgzi believes that the spirit of the Great Mother K'lax has merged with that of Zkaii, making her the definite and true High Queen, and feels honoured to be a part of her brood. This would likely make Sgzi a lot more susceptible to getting angry over anyone speaking ill of Zkaii, as it'd be one of the highest insults that could be made.

Excellent answers, and I really like the app! It shows a willingness to dig deep in the lore and use it. As an aside, and since this is largely unexplained on purpose, what do you think is the cultural importance of imagotis? Not really looking for a specific answer, but rather, what it means to you. 

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15 minutes ago, Bygonehero said:

Excellent answers, and I really like the app! It shows a willingness to dig deep in the lore and use it. As an aside, and since this is largely unexplained on purpose, what do you think is the cultural importance of imagotis? Not really looking for a specific answer, but rather, what it means to you. 

I'd say the imagotis is incredibly important cultural wise, because it's the entire foundation of how a hive grows, and how a Vaurca grows to fulfill their role in the hive, with their entire life practically chosen for them before they have even hatched. I'd say that even though they are technically "born" the moment they are laid as an egg, the imagotis is the true moment of birth, making it a very important thing in Vaurca culture, in my opinion.

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An excellent demonstration of the lore and very good responses to the questions thrown at you.

Application accepted.

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