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Rechkalov's (premature) Vaurca Application

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BYOND Key: Rechkalov

Character Names: Daniela Baranova, Andrew Stockstill, Stephen Perry, Patricia Pike, Patricia Bluthgeld, Felix Tainalov, Demosthenes (pAI), Anton Naumann

Species you are applying to play: Vaurca

What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): Tan-ish? Or possibly blue, in the like of Jewel Wasps?

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

Why do you wish to play this specific race:

Leaving aside the fact that I was in love with formics and such since my first reading of Ender's Game at the age of eleven, I absolutely dig all their potential.

There's just so much of it! From casual interactions with other crew members -the (mis)reading of human pheromones, uncomfortable touching stuff with the antennae- to their fundamentally different perspective on life, bound to manifest itself in all sorts of 'crisis'. I dare say I'm obsessed with the idea of exploring what would their philosophy be like through impersonation. Just take the most basic thing implied by the lore - the opinions an unbound Vaurca, millenias ago genetically programmed to worship the Hive Queen, think of the Queen in this day! Through impersonation, dozens and dozens situations are bound to arise that I would never think up, but that will force me to reflect upon and determine the bug's attitude and perspective on life. That's totally my fetish. And, I hope, if done properly, it could be interesting for those interacting with the character as well.

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

Oh. I'm afraid I might have expressed most of my views with regard to this question in the previous paragraph.

Of course, there's the gameplay aspect of behaving by different rules than other races, but I must admit that interests me little.

From roleplaying perspective, I imagine Vaurca's would be much less sensitive on emotional level -at least in the human sense, such as affection or anxieties etc etc- and hold fundamentally different systems of values.

I mean, it's a bloody bug. I would expect its player to be required to portray an alien mind, that is, a mind both consistent and meaningful (which is to say, avoid the typical clichés and simplified stereotypes) while at the same time disregarding notions that would be crucial for a human character - or deeply invested player, if you will. Unless, of course, they choose to play the brainless variant - but that is not what I long for.

I imagine we will have loads and loads of fun (and conflict) about interpreting authority.

Right. That is probably another thing. To portray an alien mind with different sets of values without being annoying as balls.


Character Name: Ka'Akaix'Shiest Vess'ex (goes by Talib in human space)

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

Throughout his early life, Ka'Akaix'Shiest differed little from the ordinary; his growth was uneventful, and afterwards he found his place within the VR of his 'mother', if you will, type CA. In retrospective, it is difficult for him to even make a guess at how much time he had spent there - the one thing he is certain about, however, is that one day, he grew bored. Bored of the endless possibilities of the collective virtual reality.

Assuming a body as an Unbound, Shiest began to pursue his innate curiousity and thirst for knowledge and new experiences relentlessly; this, again, is not so uncommon among the Unbound, but the oddity about Shiest is that he never stopped since, and continues not only observing, but constantly questioning to this day - not only seeing, but asking "why?" over and over again like only a philosopher -or a child- would.

In a sense, this only strenghtened his distaste for other Vaurca -so typical of Vess'ex hive- and in a way expanded it onto the members of his own hive as well.

While greater part of their origin, history and inter-hive affairs remains byond his grasp still, what he had learned had left him with a strange aftertaste to say at least.

It was only with the discovery of human space that Shiest began to have a vague feelings about where his issue with his own kind lay; to this point, he had only largely non-sentient fauna to compare Vaurca to, but with a whole range of new, alien, intelligent species, he grew more and more suspicious that it was possible for a developed civilization to be much more... life affirming.

Shiest threw himself into studies, and took the first opportunity to leave his hive he got, decided wholeheartedly to penetrate and relate to the alien creatures - assuming the name Talib from their literature (arabic name meaning 'seeker of knowledge' or 'student').

What do you like about this character?

Aaaand here's the possible catch in my application.

I want Talib to become a psychologist, or a counselor at least. THE PARADOX!

I am terribly excited about the idea (more like challenge!) of confronting people with as alienated perspective as possible while at the same time being actually useful and providing thought-provoking insight.

I also like how the 'student' core of his character makes an excellent excuse to lead long, winded philosophical debates.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?




Pretty please?

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