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Blizzard's Whitelist Application - Head of Staff

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BYOND key: InquisitorJohn

Character names: Sage Sterling, Echoes of Ancient Times.



How long have you been playing on Aurora?: Somewhere around 5-6 weeks.

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: As I have read in guides when I first got into Space Station 13, something that is always told to newbies is to not start off in the more-complex jobs, since in any station, cooperation and stability is key - else you will just be a liability. You are told to start off by the simple jobs, to learn as you roleplay and so on. You are told that when you feel you are ready to go up a level in the pyramid, you should. There is nothing more wonderful for a roleplayer than trying out new and different things and concepts, and as such, I wish to try out CMO as to go further up the pyramid, and be able to play a more varying role in the station, as well as get more varying roleplay.

Why did you come to Aurora?: I initially came to Aurora for three reasons; one was the average playerbase the server got, which wasn't too low or too high, giving me the option to be able to maintain roleplay as well as learn as I watched others, since Aurora is pretty much the first server where I was able to hold decent roleplay. Secondly, there is not as much lag in Aurora as there would be in other servers. And thirdly, the level of RP Aurora demands for is simply what I always look for in a server. I personally enjoy servers where roleplay is a must, whilst there are some servers around which don't demand such.

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



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: Roleplay is a game genre where a person, the player, is able to create and portray a character of their own. They are able to mold and bend the character to the image and personality they wish, with no limitations at all (except in cases of lored servers), from appearance to personality. The character a player creates must be portrayed according to the universe they are in, as if they were real. In roleplay, all players are able to interact with each other's characters, form bonds, and portray the life of their character in the day to day life. To put it simpler, roleplay is the making of a character and 'being it', like if it were real life.

What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?: Heads of Staff are there to keep order OOCly and ICly respectively. OOC-wise, they hold power over their own faction (CMO - Medical, for example) and are responsible for their behaviour. They act as a sort of lesser moderator to keep watch after their respective faction within Aurora, and as well to aid them with any doubts they may have or problems they might be experiencing.

What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?: Whitelisted players, Heads of Staff mainly, as they do hold some power over non-whitelisted players in a way, this makes them responsible for their behaviour and acting, both IC-wise and OOC-wise. Heads of Staff are to correct, but above all help, players of the respective field they have authority on - guide them through, explain how things work, what to do and not to do (again, IC-wise and OOC-wise). To uphold this order in my respective field, to begin with, it is best to keep an open and understanding mind to the players, to not be as tough and punishing as some may be. Everyone commits mistakes every now and then. To uphold such order, what is needed is to be able to put yourself in your players' shoes.



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

Character name: Echoes of Ancient Times.

Character age: 85 (Diona).

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

Cultivated like most by botanists, Echoes was adequately grown aboard on one of NanoTransen's stations. Once Echoes had reached adolescence, it was let off to roam around the station. Usually found at the Library, it had taken curiosity for the people that frequented the Library - among it's favourites of course, the Librarian. He had gained a reputation among the bookworms to be one of the bitey Nymphs, creeping up on the bookworms to take a bite off their fingers without previous notice.

Echoes eventually began frequenting the Library often, becoming one of his favourite places. It could inquire all he wanted about many topics, and would recieve answers most of the time. The Librarian was a middle-aged human, who was a fan of many genres among books, had grown quite attached to Echoes. He would often read it classics from times when humans had not even found out about the existence of aliens and reference science books, so it could inquisition the Librarian all it could and retain the most information possible. This is how it acquired the name of "Echoes of Ancient Times", referencing the Echoes as the books, and Ancient Times as the time they had been written in. After the Librarian passed away and was replaced, Echoes had grown into a full-grown Diona. It's appearance is humanoid, yet does not resemble a human accurately, rather leaning onto a merge of the aspects the Librarian would often read to it in tales of monsters and creatures of legends.

What do you like about this character?: The fact that it is willing to bend and mold it's own being to suit humans and their culture.

What do you dislike about this character?: Nothing, really. I find Diona roleplay and Echoes roleplay extremely fun.

What do you think makes this character fit to be a head of staff?: Echoes of Ancient Times, with his age, has obviously inquired quite a lot throughout his lifespan; knowledge, proceedures, etiquette, etcetera. With the passing of time, he has slowly become more and more knowledgable of his surroundings, and how human society works - particularly a NanoTransen station. All together, combining his pacifist behaviour and the knowledge he has retained through all these years, he seeks to go further up in the "power-pyramid" so that he may be able to ensure the Medbay is always organized and minimize the failure of standard medical proceedures as well as be able to provide the Medical staff with the leadership and coordination they need.


Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions.

How would you rate your own roleplaying?: As I have previously mentioned in my Dionaea application, I have roleplayed in various games for quite some time now. Approximately five years. This does not mean, however, I am the perfect roleplayer or anything of the sort. I make mistakes every now and then like anyone would, and I may sometimes not give the most entertaining roleplay I may. Yet I am willing to put the best of my efforts into this opportunity I am applying for, regardless.



Extra notes: Forgot to answer one of the questions. Wrote this app ~3am, and my sincere apologies if I do have some mistakes here and there.

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Hey, everything's nice, answers on those questions are long enough and quite descriptive. I see no reason to not '+1' this application, but... Are you sure a dionea CMO is a good idea? Unless you want to become a hyperzine drug dealer, with their slowness I believe it will not be too good. I mean, dionea's usually talk slow, and talking may be needed to command and coordinate the medbay, and in the absence of other heads, sometimes even the station. And yeah, dionea's slow-walking. You don't want your patient to die, because a short walk from medbay's lobby to body scanner, and then to the operating theatre was 30 seconds too long. And what if someone wants you in the bridge? Don't you think dionea CMO is a bad idea? I can't really support this until you pick another character for your head of staff application.

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Heads of staff are restricted by race and CMO is one of only three positions a Diona can hold. It would be unfair to restrict a whitelist app for an arguably "poor" race choice. In fact this app is well written and articulated. There is also the fact that a CMO or any other head of staff really should be in a leadership role, delegating to the lower ranks and only filling in where their department lacks, or taking on SUPER important tasks. I expect a general surgeon to do their job, but I expect a CMO to step in and operate on Heads of staff to ensure that perfection is met.

I think Diona are some of the best characters I've seen, most of them being selfless to a fault. I think the articulation this person possesses, and from what bit I've seen of echos, warrents a chance. If their CMO diona creates issues, IC reports and DO actions can remove that character from the head position. Another note, the sample character here never even has to be used, this is simply so that the people who make the choice can determine the applicant's ability to create a well rounded character.

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Some relevant responses to the player themselves and the application would be useful, if possible. Advertising the application in OOC once a round is an option in order to get responses. Before Tishina and myself give a verdict on this app, we'd like to see some solid feedback. Thank you.

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Well, after some passive observation on InquisitorJohn playing Echoes's, I can safely say that the player in question holds a high standard of roleplay. They are using /me emotes and generally being a good roleplayer. However, I still don't see a dioneas being good CMO's, as sometimes speed is needed in critical situations.

+1, through

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John is a really good roleplayer, and I especially enjoy his Diona, Echoes. I have worked with him in Medical multiple times as my own Diona, Storm, and he is very good at what he does, and how he does it. He makes a interesting character, and has good medical knowledge. I support him getting a Head Whitelist, and he would make a great CMO.

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