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~ Crescentise's Head of Staff Application ~

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BYOND key: Crescentise.

Character names: Luna Fountain, Vitaly Zheleznikov, Aryss Wolfe, Loreili Ih-Na, Kiki Ran-Ayyah, Anatholy Tup-Ferras, Deidreth Kaas, Neil Khatchadourian. Help; number of characters approaching critical values!

How long have you been playing on Aurora?: Since about December 2014.

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: I told myself I wouldn't apply for head in a million years – or at least I'd completed certain goals I'd set myself. However, time passed. I became better at dealing with stress, trained myself up in several departments, and made a small dent in the community. I think I'm ready to try out RD, at the very least.

Why did you come to Aurora?: I started off in Apollo. Took a break. Returned to see it a barren wasteland. Remembered the Apollo-Aurora split. Went to Aurora. Tried it out, stayed for the HRP and familiar faces.

Have you read the BS12 wiki on the head roles you plan on playing?: Yes.

Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph each.

Give a definition of what you think roleplay is, and should be about: The definition of roleplay is in the name. Playing a role. In the context of ss13, your role is the character you create. You are to immerse yourself in the character and be as they would, through speech, emotes and actions. While playing them you are to keep in mind their past, their goals, their personality, and more. Roleplay should be about making a high-quality fictional person, and showing their character by interacting with others. That last bit is important. Roleplaying with yourself, while valid, is not so appropriate on the server. You should be doing your best to involve others. Hence high-level roleplay would also involve attempts at creating persistent storylets and in-character relations with others.

What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?: A Head with a fully-staffed department tends to delegation, and coordinating its department for a compromise of roleplay and efficiency. However, they will fill necessary holes in the department too, e.g. a CMO making vital chemicals when there is no Chemist aboard. They will apply themselves to fix problems relating to their department and staff, and assume a role of authority for the rest of the crew should they be the only Head of Staff. They are also responsible for personnel safety.

What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?: Whitelistees set an example for others with good roleplay and both IC and OOC behaviour. They are more prominent people aboard and so commit to a duty to represent the server to their best ability.

Please pick one of your characters for this section, and provide well articulated responses to the following questions.

Character name: Loreili “Lola” Ih-Na.

Character age: 79.

Please provide a short biography of this character (approx 2 paragraphs):

She was, plainly, the best among six Na spawn. One pronounced himself Dienabi, and began a self-imposed pilgrimage to Diona space, never to be seen again. Another was too afraid to leave Eriuyish, thereby stagnating in his home city, alone. Two became faceless soldiers for the Skrellian Confederation. The last? Even Loreili herself didn't bother staying in contact with her. Not after that sister failed her first year of university.

She was, therefore, the favourite of Necheril Sel-Na. The Chosen One to work on his brainchild with him as father and daughter. Hyper-regenerative implants that would go on to cost forty thousand credits apiece – after Loreili had worked on them, of course. All his bluster and self-importance, yet he never would have made it without her. After most of the hard work was done, she abandoned what she now saw as a solved puzzle.

She was, subsequently, searching for further intellectual stimulants. Loreili chanced upon a WetSkrell advertisement, and became driven to understand this alien, unfathomable concept of sexuality. Many body modifications and dance sessions later, she became Lola. SEE ME AFTER CLASS, her image winked, artfully draped in a labcoat and nothing else. THE SEXY SCIENTIST - PULL DOWN HER GENES!

She was, eventually, looking for stable employment. Flighty curiosities would not pay for pinkroot and satin sheets, and there was only so much she could wrangle out of the implants' profits. Lola finally recorded a response to that message from NanoTrasen about a potential contract. Now well-versed in human interfacing, shall we say, her long period of silence was wilfully forgotten by higher-ups.

She was, now, a Research Director. No mystery would escape Lola now.

What do you like about this character?: She is extremely open-minded. She is Skrellian. She is intelligent and knowledgeable – things I strive to be. She is a WetSkrell – something of interest that makes her not just a boring scientist after all! She always has an interesting tale to tell.

What do you dislike about this character?: She is fickle, switching her focus and interest easily whether it's a person or an area of study. She lacks a true sense of loyalty to anything except herself. She is, at times, overconfident. She is, at heart, intellectually callous with high standards.

What do you think makes this character fit to be a head of staff?: She acknowledges ethics and procedure while being in no way a slave to them. She treats subordinates with respect. She has decades of experience within the area she will be leading. She uses every method she has at her disposal for research - this means she will be inclined towards interdepartmental cooperation.


Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions.

How would you rate your own roleplaying?: S'okay. The opinion of others matters more, hence endorsements.

Extra notes: I'd like to ask some things. 1) Are RDs expected to leave Lamarr alone? 2) What knowledge do RDs have about antags and so on? 3) What else is there that I should know about RDs that is specific to Aurora?

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... she will be inclined towards interdepartmental cooperation.


Yes. We need more of this. All I have seen RD's doing 95% of the time in terms of "interdepartamental cooperation" is the robustion of antags with a fabricated protopistol, or asking Medbay/Sec to give them stuff for research, but that's it. I'm looking forward to seeing how you stand out from other directors in this aspects if you get a whitelist.


2) What knowledge do RDs have about antags and so on?

I know blobs aren't antags, at least anymore, but I remember a time where only the RD and maybe the CE knew about them. But last time I asked, apparently now EVERYONE knows. This takes some of the excitement away, IMO.

I can't get any more specific about antags, but this is a good starting point: http://wiki.baystation12.net/Identifying_Antagonists

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Cres is a top tier role player. I'd love to this character/cres join the whitelist/head of staff.

From what I have seen, Cres is a natural leader, whether it be ICly or OOCly. She's able to be assertive and keep her department members in check. She's also one of the best for creating interesting RP situations for people ICly, and that would only be better in a head of staff position.

I'd really like to see Cres in a head position, and I give this application my complete.

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Extra notes: I'd like to ask some things. 1) Are RDs expected to leave Lamarr alone? 2) What knowledge do RDs have about antags and so on? 3) What else is there that I should know about RDs that is specific to Aurora?


1. Unless you plan on doing a research experiment with them, yes, you are expected to leave them alone, just as the Captain is expected to leave their antique laser unless needed.

2. The Research Director would know what the other Heads do, that there are hostile elements (Syndicakes) that frequently seek to disenfranchise NanoTrasen, and they usually use violent methods. They are classified as a terrorist organization. They may know some things regarding Emags and such. For Lings, you may have read a research paper hypothezing about lings once, or a 'real account of the body snatcher' in a scientific backwater journal, but those would be loosely believed by anyone.

3. You won't be AS respected as the other Heads of Staff, except on Malf, where you will be treated like gold and protected while they try to make you fix the AI.

Other than that. Cres and I have not been getting along OOCly to be frank, however, I know she is very competent ICly, as a roleplayer and as a leader. Her characters are always sensible, and realistic. I endorse this with my big giant


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Cres is one of the most positive people I've met in this server, and she has quite the awesome roleplaying capabilities. Her flavour texts, and character records are interesting to read, and characters are always fun to interact with.

I support this

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2) What knowledge do RDs have about antags and so on?

All command staff know about Syndicate, but, as always, spacifics very fround round to round, so, be flexible. Generally speaking, meta only extends to knowing spacific details about their operation and items, such as knowing exactly how emags work, traitor call codes and other items. As an RD, you're often the person called to identify advanced technology and handle first contact situations (lings, vampires, wizards, depending if they are identified as alien).

Otherwise, yes, I fully endorse this application. Science department is exactly where we need the Best RP-ers and players with agency. As a head of staff, you can include the whole station in well thought out operations and experiments. Only your imagination is the limit.

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I love Crescentise's style of roleplay, she makes intricately noticeable characters with a good flare to them, never dull or uninteresting. She has a really excellent imagination to supplement this, and this shows in her character's personalities.

Thinking of her head of staff, considering her deep knowledge of Skrell, and her passion of the species (and knowing she is a responsible player too) I definitely think she can pull it off.

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This application gets a yes from me. I especially love the WetSkrell part of her characters backstory (I don't think I've ever seen a Skrell character that actually had that as part of their backstory. And now, I don't like it because of what it is, but because it's something I havent seen used IC before).

The character sounds like someone that might have some interesting interactions with certain synthetics as well (I'm thinking of Centurion, IAM, and Katana here), with the noted search for scientific mysteries.

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