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[Accepted] Caelphon's Skrell Application

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BYOND Key: Caelphon

Character Names: Hanru Smith & Jadeen Wallows

Species you are applying to play: Skrell

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

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: 

Since I joined Aurora, I have been interested in the Skrell. They're a highly-advanced and inquisitive species, with the ability to use psionics, but besides their mechanics the species is extremely interesting regarding how one would have to show a high level of restraint as the Skrell express their emotions quite different, and always appear to calm. The inner-workings of the Skrell is also interesting, regarding their Federation that is based entirely on achievements, meaning Skrell are rather ambitious and always attempting to grow and develop themselves. The Skrell's religion (or semi-religion) also piqued my interest as I wish to play a Skrell who solely relies on the Stars in order to guide and teach. 

 

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

We, the player behind the screen, are human. We know how another human would act, or we expect to know how someone will respond due to their emotions, but with Skrell no one knows besides other Skrell. They solely rely on their vocal expressions and body language in order to display their emotions in their current state, and to others Skrell might seem 'calm and boring' but theres a myrad of different ways for a Skrell to roleplay their emotions, such as by using their headtails or by indicating by the noises they can emit.  Skrell are naturally drawn to the unknown, it is in their religion, and its one of the Federation's cornerstones.  Besides the at of roleplaying Skrell, they are also biologically completely different. Skrell have psionics, but also don't have teeth but are also mostly vegetarian so they rely on soft, chewy fungi in order to get sustenance. Skrell are also one of the galaxies oldest species, they're practically the old-grandpa of the universe. 

 

Character Name: Uptari’Xixi Kaaxi

Please provide a short backstory for this character: 

Birthed almost two centuries ago, Uptari’Xixi Kaaxi begun her life near the depths of Quuat, where The Kaaxi Qu'draa were situated far from. Her Qu'draa continuously put off her education when finally they decided to return to the city and enrolling her, however it was almost twenty years after she was born. 

Uptari struggled with her education, and was atleast a decade older than most of her peers and no matter how hard her Qu'draa attempted to push her academically it never yielded any prominent results and she remained struggling throughout her academic career, and when she was roughly seventy years old she finished a sub-medical degree which allowed her to be (in human terms) a Registered Nurse. Uptari took this as an oppurtunity to go and attempt to find employment options within Fertility Clinics, always ensuring other Skrell Qu'draa were educating their off-spring. 

Uptari was an employee at the Clinic for roughly six decades, before she terminated her contract, where she then returned to the city of Quuat, instead investing her time in aiding a devout believer of the religion of Qeblak Qu'Xiix Vuugix in his religious and atrological studies and spent a further five decades feverently studying the stars and their patterns with the Skrell. During this time period Qu'Xiix health began to decline, and when he finally passed it left Uptari truly devasted and she wept for long after his death, staining her eyes with black ink.

Uptari, whilst mourning, continued to look into the Homeworld's night sky, before it dawned upon her what the Stars truly aligned her to do, and she realised it was to teach. The Skrell taught the juveviles in the area for almost seventeen years, recanting the knowledge she has gained from Qu'Xiix to them, as well as teaching them the various constellations that had guided them for so many centuries. However, she soon found herself longing to embrace the stars and spread their knowledge further than the small community surrounding Quuat. Uptari relied on frugality for almost four years in order to gain enough credits to uproot her life and replant it, and in January of 2462 Uptari managed to travel and secure a citizenship within the Republic.  

The Republic amazed the Skrell, the communities of all the different species, cultures and languages. Uptari felt almost immediately that the Republic was her calling, but one dark sinister thing stood out -- Soulless Megacorporations. It sickened her to see how they treated the other species, paying them less or evening advocating enslavement. It didn't take long for her to realise that the stars guided her towards the Republic in order to assist in teaching others to long for the unknown and the discovery of such. She began to look for career oppurtunities, and Uptari soon landed herself the position of Chaplain aboard a quaint research station within the Romonovich Cloud. 

What do you like about this character?

I like this character because she has flaws, and has had a life before that of coming to the Aurora. She didn't one day decide that "oh, I best be going to the republic." but instead it took her almost one hundred and thirty years to realise where she truly wanted to go in life. 

How would you rate your role-playing ability?

I believe I have a good understanding of how to roleplay, as well as I believe I have the ability to roleplay well. I am still learning, and I think I can do better in some circumstances but other than that, I do believe I have a good roleplaying ability. 

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I am surprised I missed this application. I have only really interacted with their character Hanru Smith, and they add a great element to the kitchen that makes it feel more alive whenever they are on. Taking orders, delivering, the discussions. A lot of things that add to the experience.

 As for this application itself. I think it is a well enough concept. You also do not tend to see Skrell that struggle much when it comes to their education, especially those in the Federation. It's only natural that some would slip under the cracks. Seeing how that and other events shape them would be interesting.

+1, might have more to add later.

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