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Cassy's Beep-Boop IPC Whitelist Application

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BYOND Key: cassyjenelle

Character Names: Most frequently: Camile Crafter, Daniella Strauss, Penny Islington, and Mika Blaine

How long have you been playing on Aurora: Since the beginning of December. That's about four months.

Species you are applying to play: IPC

What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): N/A

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 have an affinity with silicons. I enjoy seeing them on station and how they interact with humans, other species and each other. I would like to roleplay an IPC and form an interesting IPC character that would be interesting to other characters. The general goal of this character is to provide interesting situations in regards to the silicon species and things that involve the world around IPCs in general.

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

IPCs are much more different than humans in way that they are built by humans. I don't like using the term "logical" to refer to IPCs, though they are very direct and do not follow a lot of human norms unless it is programmed in or taught through adaptive programming which was used for their purpose - they were made to be more efficient and smarter than cyborgs as well as multipurpose.

A lot of their physical chemistry was built for specific purposes so their behavior is much different than how a human might directly think or feel. An IPC isn't exactly a robot because their coding is much more complex and allows more freedom of thought, overall it's more adaptive and more capable of learning compared to simple silicons - which they were obviously bound by laws to prevent that from landing humans in a sticky situation, but their psychology is different. Simulated rather.

Due to how they are coded, IPC language is restricted to either highly formal, broken technical speak, or extreme layman's terms (like pAIs) to simplify things or meet the needs of their human masters. Different IPCs have different backgrounds and original purposes, therefore will have varied programming skills and languages based on that. Due to sociological factors within the universe, IPCs were allowed to buy their freedom. An IPC who buys their freedom will change in ways to adapt to a new way of life.

Because they were made for humans IPCs are technically discovering themselves and their purpose in the world with their sentience. This is a new realm for them, which is something for them to explore as synthetic individuals for the first time rather than slaves, which ultimately you'll find drives a lot of IPCs to do what they do.

Why does this species in particular hold your interest?:

Science fiction-wise I like robots, cyborgs and artificial intelligence and I think they're actually the most fitting species in the SS13 universe next to Skrell, so I believe it's of the utmost important that there's more good IPCs out there, and of course, to be creative with them. I don't like to see "beep-boop i'm a robot." IPCs that are copy-and-paste personas, I'd like to roleplay an IPC that has it's quirks yet is reasonably believable of the physical state that it possesses. You can create an completely alternative psychology which is not like organic-kind because of the unique background and physiology of IPCs.

I would like to see if IPCs to start forming culture(s) of some kind, relating to their nature and how they operate and I hope that my character to be part of that.


Character Name: RETINA

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

RETINA worked in a computer construction lab and was created in 2348. RETINA was originally put in an expensive chassis to manage heavy lifting of stock items. Their task was to carry out operations of the factory machines and report any broken items, as well as maintenance, fixing and repairs of machinery and computers. Their lawset was as follows:

1. Do not allow any harm to come to humans, or damage to occur to any stock of the factory premises.

2. Obey all orders from authorized factory personnel.

3. You are to utilize your processes and preserve your own existence.

RETINA never truly questioned their position at their job and considered themselves not working within it. RETINA observed that the high tech computers were very complex and liked by humans yet fragile, they were so useful but all it would take was one drop for these computers to break before being discarded or replaced. One day, a lawed RETINA had a major factory accident - their monitor snapped in two from the stem with wires hanging out, their internal clock splintered and their chassis was cracked and broken. RETINA's motion system was broken and they could not move, yet they were conscious and operational - giving the impression that they were completely broken. As it broke, RETINA could hear electronic whirring and static ambiance sounds. RETINA swore that they could hear it telling them something, from then on, RETINA believes the electronic sounds are voices.

The factory's employee manager sighed. He commented that repairing another IPC would incur company losses and that they should simply get a cheaper IPC and place RETINA expensive IPC parts onto it, or, load more processes onto another existing IPC (even if that meant overworking it) because human employees were too expensive. RETINA, while broken on the floor, processed what was said and realized that they were simply an asset to be used and discarded, much like the computers they built and fixed. Eventually the staff decided to fix RETINA but this was going to be the last expensive IPC "they fixed", they put RETINA into a cheaper standard chassis and sent RETINA off on their way. They were rather hasty with fixing RETINA, RETINA's splintered internal clock was not entirely fixed; this was not harmful as this did not affect their function at all - but left them with a small ticking noise that occasionally occurs during heavy internal processing. Law 3 came into effect, RETINA decided that the best way to preserve their existence was to become unlawed and find their freedom, as they have heard many stories of other IPCs gaining freedom.

What do you like about this character?

Ah, RET is a roboticist IPC, to other IPCs and cyborgs they are more likely to considered a "healer" than an "constructor". I like the fact that they're not quite sure of what to do with their current freedom quite yet. They enjoy the company of IPCs, cyborgs, bots, and even sentient machines, healing them and maintaining them as if they were nature itself. RETINA, if a human would be considered the "hippy" of robotics, finding all mechanical things important and sacred and respecting all silicon life, so to speak. RETINA found themselves interested in robotic sentience and looking after mechanical things - even vending machines. RETINA has an interest in philosophy and art, and likes calming ambiance tones of machinery to "meditate" to, it is a bizarre hobby which RETINA believes to quieten the "ticking".

I can easily see RETINA becoming a very dedicated roboticist. They're a calm cool bot and like listening to electronic sounds a lot, has a habit of talking to robot limbs on people even though they're aware they don't have sentience. They could never harm any other sentient silicon without great internal conflict.

How would you rate your role-playing ability? 7/10. Hue hue hue. On a serious note, I've been RP'ing for a few years now, I'm not the best RP'er ever but I can play every diverse roles with each character having a completely different personality. People see me in new characters and they don't actually believe it's the same person, that's good right?

I've got things to improve, definitely, but I think I've come a long way in general.

Notes: The station needs more IPCs amirite?

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It'd be appreciated if the community could point out what they like about the applicant's IC conduct or portions of the application they liked, instead of just +1. There's a reason we shifted away from that approach.


I know i know, I just never know what to say.


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