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BYOND key: SueTheCake

Character names: Ana Issek, Toot, Christine Hachert

How long have you been playing on Aurora?: Four to five months?

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: In all seriousness, simply because there is an inordinate amount of bad players that play security who either need guidance or firing.

Why did you come to Aurora?: Baystation turned into an awful place of light, 'look at us guys we're so hilarious' RP and a friend showed me Aurora.

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


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

Give a definition of what you think roleplay is, and should be about:

Roleplay is first and foremost exactly what the name entails; playing a role. You create a believable character with depth and insert them into a world of your own or other's creation and in essence take control of a virtual life. There are many different forms of roleplay, all tailored to specific playstyles. To each their own, but to me the best kind of roleplay is on the serious side with some funny stuff once in awhile. But given that at the end of the day roleplay is just a game, it is important to keep yourself distant from your character and to avoid attachment where IC things that happen to your character start to harm you in OOC.

What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?:

That would depend on the department, but ultimately the general consensus I would say is that a head should serve as sort of a guide for their department. In many departments, especially security, there are times where new players or people who need guidance pop up and this is where a head of staff shines. Not only should helping 'new recruits' be important to heads of staff, but in certain departments, leadership is needed to effectively get a grab on situations. Security is one such of those departments; given the high turn over rate that security suffers, coupled with the majority of alerts involving them and how easy it is to get lost in the swarm of things, it is important that someone stays on top not only to better the rounds for the officers, but to ensure crew or antags don't get shut down entirely unjustly. Heads are a check and balance to keep things in their department from ultimately exploding into tears and butts.

What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?:

Personally speaking, I never put much faith into or cared much about people that have whitelists. I never looked to them for 'guidance' or for 'examples' because of a myriad of extraneous circumstances. When it comes to people behind head whitelisted, all I can really say is I think head staff have an OOC obligation not to be bad at their job. Creating joke characters or other people that would never be hired as heads, or purposely playing an incompetent head is nothing but frustrating, especially in high octane high-stress environments like security. I don't feel that a whitelistee has any other obligation outside of ensuring they try to make the round as best for their department and the crew as they can, which feeds back into 'incompetent heads'. Certain positions, like captain or HoS, have the ability to shut down crew and antags very quickly, and without justification or reason it can quickly lead to a boring, dead round, or angry players.


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

Character name: Ana Issek

Character age: 30

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

Ana Issek, maiden name Ka'Rimah, fled Adhomai at around seventeen years of age to avoid an arranged marriage. With NanoTrasen having a monopoly on the planet's holding, they agreed to shuttle her off world if she agreed to learn and work for them - an employment campaign set up by the company to use the then 'newly-discovered' Tajaran workforce. She was educated in orbit of the planet and spent several years learning Common, security protocol, firearm management, and after she was employed in security continued her courses until she achieved her certification in criminal justice and forensic pathology. Now she is a veteran of the company, having been in employ for nearly a decade, and has proven a capable and motivated officer.

Her first assignment was to a mining installation on a barren, backworld planet, where she stayed for several years. After an incident leading to the death of her husband and other officers, she submitted a transfer to and was ultimately assigned to the NSS Exodus, where her tenure continued. The stress of work aboard a NanoTrasen station took a toll on her psyche, and now she is known amongst her fellow officers as being a by-the-book hardass, though those who know her better are aware she is more than capable of mercy and compassion. Ultimately, Ana Issek is a well-trained officer certified in forensics and has racked up an impressive arrest record... for a Tajaran.

What do you like about this character?:

As anyone that has seen Ana knows, she has a really snarky, sarcastic attitude. She isn't afraid to voice her opinions and more often than not lets the lawbook and her sidearm do the talking for her. She's the sort of cynical 'hard boiled' detective that I like, doubting human nature, doing what needs to be done in the line of duty (ie shooting a dangerous suspect) and in the process snarking her way down the road. But she is also very self-reflective and questions the extreme actions she sometimes has to take in the pursuit of justice, never knowing exactly for sure whether or not she had to kill that man, and if it was the right thing to do. She is very opaque on the outside to strangers, but those that know Ana really well are aware of the self conflict she has over her strong moral code.

What do you dislike about this character?:

The same thing. It's a double edged sword, really; Ana is very anti-social and is really only on the Aurora to do her job. She doesn't like making friends, she isn't very open, she abides by the book which can lead to innocents being imprisoned or the guilty being released. Justice is blind, after all. Technicalities, bad evidence, bad officers... she doesn't take to them very well, and at the end of the day Ana is a hardass because she needs to be. What she fails to realize is that a hardass isn't needed all the time. She doesn't show compassion or humanity very often because it's difficult for her to do so. And that leads to her becoming more embittered when all is said and done.

Do you think this character is fit to be a Head of Staff? (Please note that Head characters must be over 30, unless given special clearance):

Given that Tajaran don't live as long as humans so thirty is more like forty-five, yes. Her personality isn't the most compromising, but she has accumulated many arrests over the years and has shown loyalty to the company (more so because her certification is only recognized by NanoTrasen so finding work elsewhere would be a bitch) to a certain extent. She's a hardass and does things by the book, though that may come back to bite the company on the ass - which is why I feel promoting her not only to handle the incompetent security officers NanoTrasen undoubtedly gets complaints about, but also to give her a loyalty implant to cut back on that some would help them in the long run. Also, since she's a Tajaran, she's a less risky case than a human Head of Security; Tajaran have had a recent tumultuous history and a bloody global revolution, so NanoTrasen would definitely afford her a lot less leeway being an alien head and could terminate her following fuck-ups with probably less people caring. All in all, I'd think that promoting her would end up with more good than bad as the company is able to collar a potentially dangerous asset with an implant, spread some positive PR about 'equality' and 'Tajaran heads', find solace in the fact they can pull the plug faster or be a little more harsh as she is a Tajaran, and curb the incompetence in security's ranks.


Please provide well articulated and argumented answers to the following questions.

How would you rate your own roleplaying?: I dunno. This is a really... full-of-yourself question, and I don't really want to answer it. I'm not impartial enough to sit back and go 'oh man i'm so good at rp gimme a gold star teacher' and would rather have others testify about it in place of me. All I can say is that for better or worse I think Ana is at least a semi-well known character thanks to her demeanor and people will love her or hate her.

Extra notes: Dick planet.

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Yes from me. Lore-enforced space racism is kind of dumb anyway when it comes to head whitelists.

Have worked with. Responsible player, responsible character. Active contributor to community, yada-yada. Does not support me when I make bad code decisions and try to ruin the game. Pretty much the worst friend.

I really, really hate praising people. But I am willing to vote for this. Sec really does need some cleaning up, and I think officer cat is the right cat to initiate the purge.

dick planet

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Fucking hate Ana. Everything about her is just awful. Her personality is terrible. She's unfriendly. She's a constant bitch to any cat without a penis.

That said. she's a good character. Really convincing, and because of that, I support kittyhoss. +1

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