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[Accepted] Nikov's IPC Whitelist Application


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BYOND Key:


Nikov


Character Names:


Manfred Hayden


Species you are applying to play:


IPC


What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt):


Caucasian.


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


Yes.

 



Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph format. One paragraph minimum per question


Why do you wish to play this specific race:


I believe that I can make an interesting twist on shell IPCs by creating one that is an artificial creation intended to mimic another artificial creation, and so fall deep into the uncanny valley as a shell. My character will not follow normal human reasoning at all but will operate divorced from normal human morality, justifications or desires. They will, however, mimic them. An IPC may also, with sufficient motive, operate entirely without self-preservation. Conversely, it may operate with complete disregard for human life. It all depends on its utilion tables.


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


An IPC is not the product of twenty or forty years of soft programming through parents, themselves the product of twenty or forty years of soft parenting, and thus an IPC does not carry a social memory of behaviors tracing back throughout humanity. Instead an IPC is an artificial creation of a team of engineers and designers, attempting to simulate that natural progress. Inevitably, they will overlook details or fail to account for errors, creating something either too perfect or within the uncanny valley of design.

 



Character Name:


A.P.A.D.C.


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


Accident Prevention and Damage Control is a series of industrial framed IPCs created for their namesake. As legal non-entities operating for their corporation and strictly programmed to obey corporate regulations in any damage control situation, an A.P.A.D.C. unit always acts in the legal right of its owner versus the presumed "good" of crewmembers. Thus, while an engineer may open a firelock in an attempt to save someone in a fire, the APADC unit will instead operate to protect the company from legal liability, should that require sealing the room and venting it via remote controls, or otherwise operating to keep the fire restrained and Nanotrasen free of legal liability. APADC units spend their non-critical time enforcing safety regulations and reporting breaches to Space OSHA, or its regional equivalent.


This APADC unit is simply a serialized production model fresh out of the shipping crate with no backstory whatsoever; it will only know the Aurora, sleep on the Aurora, wake on the Aurora, and exist in a state of perpetual service to the Aurora. Quirks of a personality will have to develop, such as sleeping in a closet, or having no concept of clothes, or misunderstanding common expressions; APADC will not be wasting processing power on simulating a human personality, but develop one out of idle CPU time and burned-in positronic conditioning loops.


What do you like about this character?


This character does not operate anything like my previous character, yet still remains in the same field. Rather than risk its life for others, APADC minimizes risk to the corporation in a soulless, emotionless manner. APADC also avoids any difficulty with AI laws and remains wholly loyal to the Nanotrasen corporation.


How would you rate your role-playing ability?


You love me or you hate me, so I'm hoping better than even.

 



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I like the concept of the character, and like I've said, you're a very good roleplayer despite the flak people throw at you OOCly for your beliefs. I won't touch on that, but I would like to see the rest of your answers fleshed out more, especially with maybe your individual IPC unit in conjunction with the history of the line of IPCs.

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You sniped the app by filling in the backstory section just before I made the post detailing why the lack of a backstory was problematic - thank you for that; it saved you from having to reapply with a new app.


The current backstory is extremely short. Please try to have your backstory reach the 2 paragraph guideline. The character's mechanical mindset is established but we have very little as to the personality, behavior, goals, ownership, or anything else of the IPC.

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Withhold judgement for now, I'm still hashing something out with Cake. Basically, the whole "character backstory, and what are they like" bits are in my head and belong in my head. To everyone else, I want a black box. I'm not playing a person but a machine, and these records being public will both invite metagaming and ruin a lot of roleplay.

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This application seems promising, but I have a few questions. Mainly just to sate my own curiosity, since this is going to be a +1 anyways:


1. Wouldn't a crew member dying to a fire result in legal liability? Assuming people file lawsuits, IRs, etc. if corporations act against their 'good', wouldn't this result in your IPC acting just like a normal person would?


2. How are you going to deal with those who want to, say, arrest you for neglect of duty for doing what you describe in that post? While your reasoning is solid, especially for the character, it can be frustrating to deal with officers, etc. that refuse to recognise it.


Either way, this is a solid +1 from me. I can't wait to see the character. (you also get bonus points for mentioning utilons in your post, yay)

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1. A crewmember who dies in a fire cannot sue directly, in the most brutal logic possible. More likely, however, the fire being caused by an accidental error of the crewmember means that any further injuries to the crew from that accident will increase Nanotrasen's liability and medical expenses. There are also less outright examples, such as crew transfer shuttles that are called with the departures bay vented to space. In these examples, APADC will resolutely make an ass of itself rather than permit civilians to enter into more dangerous areas, engineers aside.


2. It is frustrating for the player, but for APADC, it is an opportunity to assert that responsibility for the incident is on the arresting officer, etc, and then proceed to ignore the circumstances. If an authority figure wishes to wantonly violate safety protocols, then that authority figure can assume liability for the accident and be summarily dismissed by the corporation. If nothing else, APADC will file an incident report against persons willfully endangering others.


This APADC unit is simply a serialized production model fresh out of the shipping crate with no backstory whatsoever; it will only know the Aurora, sleep on the Aurora, wake on the Aurora, and exist in a state of perpetual service to the Aurora. Quirks of a personality will have to develop, such as sleeping in a closet, or having no concept of clothes, or misunderstanding common expressions; APADC will not be wasting processing power on simulating a human personality, but develop one out of idle CPU time and burned-in positronic conditioning loops.

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