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BYOND key: JKJudgeX

Character names: Vyleon Black

How long have you been playing on Aurora?: Couple of Years?

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: Tired of not having a Research Director/Research Director is my favorite role.

Why did you come to Aurora?: Wanted an HRP or even just good regular RP Server.

Have you read the BS12 wiki on the head roles you plan on playing?: I've played and know every role in the science department and have been RD for years on other servers.

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:

RP is about stepping out of the real world and working with others to produce a fantasy world complete with nuanced interactions, drama, and action. It's about being someone else for a while. It should be about forming a lasting and entertaining experience, and testing one's boundaries rather than trying to always play the action-hero. I've RP'ed/GM'ed since 1988 in various tabletop and online games, so I'm not a stranger to being in character, or DMing multiple NPCs simultaneously.

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

The Heads of Staff exist to provide leadership to a department and to guide the department's actions when necessary. The Heads should respond to emergencies and keep their employees safe and productive. Much like our bosses in real life, they should be in charge of making difficult decisions and cooperating with higher-ups in order to ensure efficient and smooth processes.

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

Playing a head should be done with a mind towards consistency and playing by the rules. With the added power granted to the character, abuses of power, poor RP, metagaming, and powergaming are all magnified in their impact on the enjoyment of the round. A whitelisted player should be doubly mindful of this and ensure that his or her actions be always pro-RP, pro-fun, and anti-grief. Further, not AFKing while holding an important role, and communicating with admins and other heads when they are forced to exit the round prematurely are important.


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

Character name: Vyleon Black

Character age: 42

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

Born in 2415 to Praleon and Naraa Black, Vyleon Black always carried a keen interest in the sciences. Raised to be straightforward and strong-minded, he is a fast thinker and eloquent speaker. His childhood was slightly impoverished and rough, but his interest in science kept him above it. Due to outstanding performance in school, he was able to enroll in college one year early, and from 2440-2447 earned a Ph.D in Particle Physics, as well as a Masters in Chemistry. Along the way, he married a competitive classmate, Itali Weir, and they had a daughter who was named after Vyleon's mother, Naraa. Unable to find employment immediately following college, he enrolled in an internship with Einstein Engines, which was cut short in 2448 due to the tragic disappearance of his wife and daughter, an unsolved crime which Vyleon is still suspected of being responsible for by some, though he was proven innocent. Vyleon believes that a large corporation kidnapped them in order to steal scientific research that Itali had been working on involving wormhole science. Vyleon suspects every major corporation including Nanotrasen, but keeps his suspicions completely secret.

From 2448-2450, Vyleon worked for Zeng-Hu Pharmaceuticals as a Chemist while recovering from the loss of his family, and undertook night school to study Psychiatry as a coping mechanism. With his three degrees and solid field experience, Vyleon was able to secure a position with NT in 2450 as a Research Scientist, and eventually served as Research Director at various outposts and organizations under NT. In 2455, Vyleon applied to work off-planet, and was transferred to the Aurora as a Research Scientist, occasionally serving a shift as Chemist or Psychiatrist when the science roster was full. Today, Vyleon respects NT, but has trouble trusting the organization due to their over-reliance on synthetics, loyalty implants, and A.I. Vyleon is highly knowledgeable of the science department, and is usually willing to teach newcomers to the department how to do any of the related jobs. He is generally quiet and calculating, and from a command position very stern but not unapproachable.

What do you like about this character?: Vyleon's past makes his consideration for his own well-being somewhat unimportant to him at times, which means he will take risks to help coworkers in need. He occasionally abuses drugs, but not enough to jeopardize his employment and not usually on the clock. He is a character that is easy to connect with because he doesn't pull rank unnecessarily, and enjoys one on one connections with coworkers and others. He's also very accepting of alien races and all forms of sentient life.

What do you dislike about this character?: Vyleon is not much of a fighter, and will generally fold under physical threat. He is security averse, which makes him seem more suspicious at times. Playing an older character, to me, means to be more laid-back in general, which is not how I like to play all the time, but it's how I play Vyleon. He's also a little bit crotchety at times and will openly use profanity for effect, things I try not to do IRL/OOC. He's also depressed due to the disappearance of his wife and child, and this closes off any romantic opportunities immediately, and leaves him seeking Psychiatric treatment or other reprieve from time to time.

What do you think makes this character fit to be a head of staff?:

Vyleon has a ton of experience in the science department and can be relied upon to risk himself on behalf of the station, crew, or even just super important research. He puts science first and foremost above all things, and I think this is the mark of a good Research Director. He is generally clever and quick to apply department-specific solutions to station-endangering problems, and, he's played by a dedicated SS13 player with a few years worth of experience in the science department.


Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions.

How would you rate your own roleplaying?: I'm great at it if I can get some cooperation or responses out of people. I even emote sometimes when I'm 99.9% sure no one is in range to see it.

Extra notes:

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So, I've had some decent experiences with Dr. Black, no serious roleplay with him really but I' ve seen him around mostly doing toxins research. I would give this a +1, but there's one hangup I have and its your both IC and OOC crusade against paperwork. Namely, one time when I was Interim RD, Black flat out told me he refused to do any paperwork. As Director, would you satisfactorily do your part in the Bureaucratic paperwork machine?

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I'd like to note that A) I DID refuse to do the paperwork, but B) I undid and dismantled any work that was being asked to have paperwork associated with it.

Vyleon generally doesn't disobey chain of command unless it's dangerous not to... but, instead of doing paperwork, he will gladly just do something else instead, which is what he did.

I'll do paperwork as rules require for satisfactory running of the position.

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I've talked with Judge's character quite a bit, ICly their on friendly terms. From my perspective Judge is a really good individual, and I'd love to see him in a staff position. I could ramble on about how I feel like he is perfect for the position, but rather I'd like to make a solid, quick point. Judge tends to stick up for what he perceives as right in a situation, regardless of how much flak he receives for it. One main issue in my mind with heads of staff is they tend not to bother with touchy IC subjects due to the consequences and issues that arise from such situations, and I'd like to think that Judge would be willing to put himself in those positions to help players that have been (pardon my french) fucked over by IC situations, and with no one to assist them.

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Application Denied. However, please don't let this discourage you from applying in the future. If you'd like to know the reasons behind this, please PM Garnascus and TishinaStalker. It's recommended you contact us, and allow us to offer explanations and hopefully help you in learning from the reasons for this denial before putting in another application.

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