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BYOND Key: Fluffybirb

Character Names: Holiday Lynn, Kala Vantiel, (Shard of) Aether, Wilde

Species you are applying to play: Skrell

What color do you plan on making your first alien character:#755dd9

Have you read our lore section's page on this species?:Yep!

 

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:

 

What got me started in wanting to play a Skrell was the Warbling musicals. Then, after talking to Paradox a bit about Skrell, I read up on their lore and I liked the concept. Many of the Skrell characters I’ve interacted with are interesting, and getting a little peek into their culture and how it relates to Tau Ceti/others interests me. The Psionics are also pretty neat! I didn’t know the srom was an actual, in game thing until I became good friends with a slug, so I’m excited to experience that.  

 

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

 

Humans are wide and varying, but they are ‘like us’. Skrell come from an authoritarian society that attempts to hold the view of being a utopia. That alone creates a unique interaction between Federation Skrell and others. Do they support the federation’s actions? Are they even able to comprehend that maybe the federation isn’t as good as they appear? Beyond that, their competitive culture sets them apart. Sure, humans may compete from time to time, but Skrell have a whole relationship based on having a rival. This also leads into their many ways of relating and connecting to other Skrell/Peoples. With how long lived and emotional they are, they have many different forms of connections and I’m excited to see if those sorts of connections form with other Skrell on station! Finally, the entirety of the species is suffering from the oppression of Glorsh Omega, so they have a unique view towards synthetics that other species lack. They are also unique in that they are all interconnected through their psionics and srom. 

 

Character Name: Tarqi Xinaltu

Please provide a short backstory for this character:

Tarqi Xinaltu was born on Qerrbalak in the underwater city of Qerr'Wesi on 8/14/2375. Raised by a group of Star Keepers, she knew from a young age that her passion was finding what was up above, often swimming to the surface to watch the glittering stars above. Her formative years in kindergarten were mostly uneventful, though she always leaned in interest towards astronomy and the duties of a Star Keeper, much to the delight of her parents. Eventually, once moving onto college, she completed her training to become a Star Keeper, also finding joy in the arts of chemistry. Once she graduated and received approval from the federation to become a Star Keeper, she worked by assisting her family in their duties, learning more an more about the universe around her. It was at this time she learned that a member of her family was secretly a supporter of Glorsh during the singularity, and as the rest of her family did, she kept it a secret to protect them. 

Tarqi was elated to find that a small dome was to be given to her at the young age of 67. In preparation, she swam to the surface to watch the stars, just as she had done as a child. Tragedy soon followed, because it was discovered that her family was hiding someone who supported glorious during singularity. Seeing how a member of her family was treated and carted away, she felt s though that perhaps if she made her voice heard things could change. In her mind, these skrell were still members of the Federation who made a mistake, and through the guidance of the stars they could be brought back into the fold. All it took was one sermon, and she was stripped of her dome, her license, lost the respect of her family and community, and was eventually pushed into the lowest ranks of society. Skrell around her also capitalized off her being a listener, suspecting her of being against the federation. Left reeling and confused, she spend the next ten years trying to rebuild her life to no avail. Growing bitter, Tarqi applied for a work visa, and moved to Tau Ceti and began her work for NanoTrasen.

Tarqi now finds her life in a strange limbo. She still feels the pull of the stars, but she doubts the federation would ever allow her to practice again due to her 'subversive thoughts'. She knows something has to change, but part of her wonders what the point is. Her federation, her people, and even her family turned against her. She's even set up a small life for herself in Tau Ceti. During her work for NanoTrasen as a Quartermaster, she's managed to save up enough funds to purchase an old hotel on the edge of District 7 in Mendel City. Naming it the "Sleep-easy", she rents out aluminum plated rooms to skrell, on a strict "don't ask" policy. She doesn't even record the names of those who stay, simply takes their money and lets them have their rest. 
 

What do you like about this character? 

What I like about Tarqi is deep down, she is a kind teacher who's been forced to develop a hard outer shell. Her kindness burned her and ruined her life, and now she's left wandering not really sure what to do with her life. She's become anti-federation, and she's starting to second guess everything she was taught. Ultimately, I'm hoping her interactions with other people on station can help steer her development. Will she stay a QM? Become a Star Keeper again? Move on to something more? Who knows! I'm excited to see where she goes.

How would you rate your role-playing ability? A solid 7.5 out of 10

 

Notes: Fight me in Srom 

Edited by FluffyBirb

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I'd like to say that Fluffybirb is one of the top-tier roleplayers that never cease to amaze me. Shes overall a level-headed person, both in IC and OOC, perfect for a Skrell if you ask me. I believe she'll uphold the whitelist fantastically.

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Holiday Lynn is one of the few characters that I cherish every interaction with. FLuffybirbs dedication to the character is exceptional.

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Holiday Lynn is pretty recognizable on station, and they're roleplayed very well. I'd love to see what you do with this race.

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I just roleplayed with Holiday Lynn when she was the kidnapped Captain of a hostage situation. She played along with the antagonists and let herself get captured. This is a very rare RP trait.

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Honestly iv seen them alot and I can say with confidence that they always follow roleplay rules and make it interesting while keeping it no too crazy.

 

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I enjoy having Lynn as a captain, she is one of the more fun captains to RP with and she does well given that role... So let her waaarbleeeeee. +1

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I've had the luck to be able to roleplay with a few of FluffyBirb's characters. They're all excellently played with the level of detail, fun, and believability of each one. They've got a cool head OOCly, focused on trying to keep the round enjoyable for people. I have no doubt on their ability to bring their skills to bare with this new whitelist, and character.  Solid +1. 
 

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How does Tarqi feel about the Federation now that they kicked her out? You state that they have negative feelings now, but in what way? Against their ideals, or the way they run the government, or the culture it inspires?

Why does Tarqi support Glorsh supporters other than pure empathy? They are a subversive element in society, and Skrell are taught to be good citizens; is there any other reason beyond understanding that they support Glorsh supporters?

How does Tarqi feel about synthetics such as IPCs or Stationbounds, in general?

These questions are asked to shed some light on the personality of the character, as well as to probe for some lore information.

 

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3 hours ago, DeadLantern said:

How does Tarqi feel about the Federation now that they kicked her out? You state that they have negative feelings now, but in what way? Against their ideals, or the way they run the government, or the culture it inspires?

Why does Tarqi support Glorsh supporters other than pure empathy? They are a subversive element in society, and Skrell are taught to be good citizens; is there any other reason beyond understanding that they support Glorsh supporters?

How does Tarqi feel about synthetics such as IPCs or Stationbounds, in general?

These questions are asked to shed some light on the personality of the character, as well as to probe for some lore information.

 

I'll go question by question!

 

Tarqi feels resentment and confusion towards the federation. She was taught from birth of the ideals of peace and learning, but now she's questioning them. The Federation may be striving towards a utopia, but Tarqi believes at the core it is rotten. To her, something must have gone wrong along the way, and she hopes that one day things can change and she can go home. She still loves her home and the federation, but now she's scared and confused of it.

Tarqi knows that at once point hundreds of years ago they were subversive, but things change. People change. The universe is constantly expanding and changing, stars dying and exploding into life, planets becoming barren wastelands or starting to support life. If someone is labeled as 'subversive' and treated as such constantly, given no opportunity to repent and improve then the problem doesn't go away. Tarqi believes that ultimately, we can turn these people into model citizens by bringing them back and integrating them.

Tarqi feels incredibly weary of synthetics. She's read the stories, watched the recordings, and visiting the tomb cities. She knows what Glorsh did, and still see's it today. Deep down she is scared of them, that constant 'what if it happens again' always bouncing around in her head. This is coupled with her never really interacting with a synthetic until she moved to Tau Ceti. She understands that she has to work with them, but that doesn't mean she has to trust them.

 

Any other questions? 

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These are good answers. However, I have just one followup question. Tarqi believes that one can turn Glorsh supporters into model citizens by bringing them in the light, in the way. How does Tarqi feel now that they have been deemed not a 'model citizen' for trying to support Glorsh supporters? Do they still yearn to be like the Idols they were trained to adore? Essentially, does Tarqi still want to be a model citizen for the federation and uplift Glorsh supporters, even when she has fallen from attaining such a title of 'model citizen'?

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She feels betrayed. She was trying to do what she thought was right, and thought it would better the federation as a whole. At the moment, she misses being an upstanding citizen due to all the praise and benefits that came from that, but she unsure if she wants to go back. She still wants to improve the lives of those Glorsh supporters, but at the moment she's given up advocating for them. This could change though, I'm trying to leave that aspect of her as something that will be developed as she interacts with other Skrell on station. 

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There are a couple of issues with the lore in this. There are next to no open glorsh supporting skrell in the federation, it is a crime against the wake and considered anti-federation sentiment, which is met with re-education the moment it’s detected. 
 

On the note of re-education (and this isn’t written anywhere except for in forum news lore, so I don’t blame you for not knowing it), the standard in the federation is brain washing and reintegration. Your character firmly believes in reintegration here, but that’s already what the federation is doing. I’m happy to elaborate on how it’s done if you need it. 
 

You can go ahead and edit your background here if you would like to, or you can submit a new character if this doesn’t work with the concept you have in mind. 

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Cool, I'll make some minor edits in and note them here.

 

I changed it so the skrell who supported Glorsh during the singularity was a member of her family. I also clarified that the people she was advocating for were those who supported Glorsh during the event to survive, and only during the singularity.

She now voiced her opinion in the hopes of improving the federation, and didn't expect the backlash to ruin her.

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Yeah theres probably no reason you should not have a skrell white-list. Your characters are a lot little too nice for my taste but considering how many command players have though being a dickhole was a character trait i honestly prefer your kind. 

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