Jump to content

Thesir's Head of Staff Whitelist Application

Recommended Posts

BYOND key: Thesir

Character names: Morgan Renalt, Sebastian "Rusty" Bucket, Gerard Fournier

How long have you been playing on Aurora?: About a week and a half

Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: I'm tired of playing the characters that I'm currently playing, and want to make a character who is able to take on a head of staff position, but don't feel like he should have to endure being a general staff member for long, if at all.

Why did you come to Aurora?: Honestly, I just wanted to play SS13 and the community and HRP status of Aurora attracted me.

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

Of course. I've read most of the others as well, although I don't intend on playing anything but CMO.

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: Roleplaying, in my opinion, is an interconnected storytelling exercise and a way to provide escapism into a fun environment. I enjoy being able to step into the life of a fictional person and has interesting experiences that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?: To me, heads of staff are players who are capable of patience while teaching the other players how to perform the roles in their department. In addition, a good head of staff player should be attentive to issues in their department and willing to intervene IC in order to help resolve issues between players before they become a larger issue.

What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?: Due to the whitelist application process, I feel like whitelisted players on this server are held to a standard of quality in their OOC behavior and their roleplaying interactions with other players. I am willing to help uphold that standard and provide feedback on the writing abilities of the other community members.

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

Character name: Dr. Gerard Fournier

Character age: 59

Please provide a short biography of this character (approx 2 paragraphs):Gerard Fournier grew up in the middle section of the vertical urban sprawl of a French Martian megacity (left unnamed). His father was a bartender and his mother was a secondary school teacher and an aspiring novelist. From a young age, immersed in the stories of dangerous missions outside of the Sol system as well as the harsh criminal underworld of Martian megacities, Gerard was interested in medical care; if not for the charitable aspects of the field, then at least for the lucrative paychecks. Relying upon the powerful NT corporation for much of his education, Gerard was taught standard medical procedure, basic anatomy of humans and xenos alike, virological procedures, and how to prepare for dangerous medical situations, all while indicating an aptitude for teaching other students. Following his graduation and armed with his new M.D., Fournier began work aboard the NSS Apus to experience a real research station while remaining near his friends and family in the Sol system. In his time aboard the Apus, Gerard sustained one injury from a laser pistol during one of the relatively rare hostile incursions upon the Sol-based station, while learning more about genetics, virology, and the types of injuries common among a research crew.

After his contract was fulfilled, Gerard spent a few years back on Mars to begin a family with his long-time romantic interest, a telescience researcher with a steady job on Mars. After only a few years into his son's childhood, he once again sought employment with NT.Using his talent for education and his medical knowledge, Gerard took on the position of managing the medical facilities while coordinating and teaching medical courses aboard the NSS Canis Minor. Here, he continued his duties as CMO and teacher until his son began his education aboard the Canis Minor, over 15 years later. Following this, he began to let his role as a CMO take prominence, pleased with himself for his advancement to a position awarded to him for his hard work and with his influence on his son's career choices. However, his inquisitiveness once again drew him towards interest in the NT research stations, and it was not long before he found himself taking an opportunity to transfer aboard a Tau Ceti research station. Now, he is set to enjoy his later years serving aboard the NSS Exodus/Aurora and making frequent visits to his family as they also tour around NT facilities.

What do you like about this character?: I like that this character is both an older gentlemen and a plain person from the Sol system, who has lived his whole life alongside NT with little conflict between himself and the corporation. I've enjoyed playing Bucket as an older character, and feel like I'm ready to play an older member of medbay staff again. This will only be my second older, human medical character. I also feel like this is a good opportunity to make a character who is both helpful and friendly, but also gruff and serious on the exterior. It's a decent challenge, and one that I welcome.

What do you dislike about this character?: I feel like a coarse exterior character may be viewed as rude or unpleasant in limited interactions with other crewmembers. I hope that I'll be able to provide enough depth to avoid that kind of reputation. I also don't feel like this character fits into a general staff position as easily as a head of staff position, which is slightly irritating but not insurmountable.

What do you think makes this character fit to be a head of staff?: He seems experienced enough to provide guidance and education to the medical staff, while also being able to be taken seriously when reprimanding negative actions or behaviors in the medbay.


Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions.

How would you rate your own roleplaying?:

I feel like I'm bad at judging my own roleplaying ability. I'll go with a 6 or 7 out of 10, to be modest.

Extra notes: Second app, after I deleted the first one like a scrub. This is just a quick biography still, though, so I welcome all feedback, especially since this is a character that I do intend to play.

Edit: Name is now changed

Edited by Guest
Link to comment
... pleased with himself for his advancement to the Tau Ceti system ...

... an opportunity to transfer aboard a Tau Ceti research station.


This is the only thing I would change. Perhaps change the first mention of Tau Ceti to something like, "pleased with himself for the position awarded by his hard work." Something about mentioning TC twice interrupts the flow of the paragraph. Maybe it's just me.

Now, I have not had the pleasure of much IC interaction with the listed characters, but what I've seen of Rusty was good. He's the kind of person that, for me, really adds to the immersion.

The app looks good. The biography is well-written and suggests that you put more than a fair amount of thought into this character and how you intend to play them. I like how, with these two paragraphs, we're introduced to three generations of Renalt. I think the whole thing shows a lot of promise.

I would love to see Gerald IC. Good luck, Thesir! :)

Link to comment

Whoops, that's the kind of thing that usually bugs me as well, but I failed to proofread thoroughly. Thank you for the suggestion.

I am still wavering back and forth on my feelings about Morgan as a character, so I am also conflicted about whether or not to introduce another person named Renalt to the station. Thank you for your interest and feedback on the subject, however. I'll take it into account.

Link to comment

Alright so, I just started to notice you within the past couple days in OOC. I don't believe that I have seen your characters ingame though. Judging from this application and how it is well written, I would feel fine with giving you this whitelist. Your OOC attitude and how you come across on forum posts impresses me and I feel like you are mature enough to be in the Head of Staff role. I would say a +1.

Link to comment

You're correct in saying that we haven't had any meaningful IC interactions, Owened. I try to RP with a lot of people, but it's sometimes difficult to spend any actual time with a character IC. Thank you for your time, your kind words, and the +1.

Link to comment

Thesir seems to make good characters with solid personalities. From interacting with Morgan and Sebastion, I can say with confidence that Thesir can definitely handle the character aspect of a Head of Staff whitelist.

Thesir OOCly is almost "too nice" but to a point that's not off-putting. He genuinely seems to be here to have a good time and contribute positively to the community. I'm more than happy with the attitude of seeing RP as a "storytelling exercise" as that's somewhat similar to how I myself see it. The only thing that Thesir may have trouble with is getting that potential "mean" angle across IC as it goes against the nature of his old characters.

Thesir, you can handle this whitelist and I don't see anything that could keep you from getting it. Your backstory is well written and seems to be a believable enough story for how a member of command would come to be in this universe. Now for the critical questions you ought to think of before playing this character. Does Gerard know Morgan Renalt? Is Morgan his prized son? Is their shared surname a coincidence? It's not impossible for family members to work in the same company, but it's a statistic to keep in mind. Some people, myself included, have had characters who were related. Sometimes it works out and adds a little something to the character. Sometimes not so much. If Gerard goes with the surname Renalt, chances are someone will eventually ask about a connection. Just be sure you have something ready when that happens. "Yes, of course!" or "Who's that?" Either way works fine.

This application has my support.


Link to comment

I do have trouble being "mean" IC at times. However, it's something that I've done in the past with some amount of success, and I hope that Sebastian will give me an unadulterated, unwavering nice guy to balance out my roleplaying style.

As for the Renalt stuff and all that, it's something that I've spent the last couple days mulling over in my free time while I've been busy with other things. I believe that I'll give it a go with Gerard being Morgan's father who is proud that his son has made a name for himself as a medical professional, but is struggling with Morgan's overzealous dedication to work and neglect of a real social life or definitive social identity. Which basically means that if anyone asks him about Morgan, he'll be happy that they've heard of him, ask them some questions, and then politely excuse himself to grumble and pace around. It should be fun, and a good change of pace. I have never played two characters who had/have such a close connection.

Thank you for your excellent feedback, Loow.

Link to comment
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Create New...