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[Accepted] DrHobo2k15's Vaurca Whitelist Application

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BYOND Key: DrHobo2k15

Character Names: Joe Anders, Frank Chaplin, Joel Chaplin, Jack Chaplin, Marvin Huey, Muriel Schmidt, Jim Fresco, Bob Dodie, JOEBOT

Species you are applying to play: Vaurca

What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): RGB 131 0 0

Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: A few times now but keep finding myself going back over it and referring to it. There's a lot to take in but I love it.

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've always loved insects and amateur entomology, and from playing on Aurora have just found them adorable (yes, I find them more adorable than the kitty-faced Taj'ers). Their lore is strange and alien but I love it, when I used to play WH40K (a long, long time ago) I collected and played 'Nids so love all the Alien Hiveminds and Broodmother concepts. Also there totally needs to be more bugs in general if the company is really using them as slave labourers.

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

The Vaurca are especially plagued by prejudice not from just being generally considered detestable creatures by most but in their low social standing to menial work with meager income. They are dependent on phoron and k'ois, without which they suffocate and die, but also due to the inorganic organs needed to phoronate the air, they are a challenge to clone by all but experienced medical staff. On top of all this, they must abide an insectoid speech impediment and a general lack of total comprehension of human ways.


Character Name: Ka'Akaix'Ziim Zo'ra

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

Ka'Akaix'Ziim Zo'ra of Ta'Akaix'Zoleth'akeh Zo'ra was initially an agrotech developer trained in xenobotany and molecular biology; working on new strains of nutritional k'ois, medicinal fungi and even potential bioweapons. An avid bioengineer that was free to travel and collect new specimens to benefit their hive when initially picked up by a human shuttle. Naively lured by processed k'ois bars into the cargo hold, they were sold by the humans to some slavers to work as a miner but eventually found an escape opportunity aboard a cargo ship. This was a long and isolating period of Ziim's life, as they hid and stole from the phoron cargos and cultivated fungal samples in pipes and vents of the decrepit vessel to survive before eventually leaving the ship to follow the familiar sounds of the Zo'ran hivemind. They found themselves aboard a bustling market station, unable to speak Basic but had made contact with their own kind. Though their kind was refugees and slaves, he was happy and welcomed with their company and taken in by them. They taught Ziim what Basic they knew and the ways of the Humans, in exchange he taught them the frugal techniques he'd developed to survive alone in secret.

This didn't last long before they were eventually found and arrested as an illegal and was shipped as a refugee to a processing facility far from their new friends. Ziim had long since developed a mistrust of the Humans and the machines they used but had become stoic to the difficulties of survival alone in the alien worlds, their docility was recognized as well as their calming effect on others of their kind was noticed and they soon found themselves indentured by a Nanotrassen representative at the facility. From there, they find themselves aboard Aurora still with their Prime Directive of developing useful xenoflora specimens to benefit their kind and to one day return to their hive with their discoveries and many stories of life out there.

What do you like about this character?

Well I like how they're stoic and determined but totally immersed in the alien worlds they'd never have imagined but still remain hopeful that they'll return home without any idea of how far they've ended up travelling from it. They value their kind and company as they know what it's like to be totally isolated for a few years. They may even have the equilivant of Vaurcan PTSD, who knows! I'd be quite excited to see how they develop.

How would you rate your role-playing ability?

After over 15 years of playing and running everything from AD&D, 3E, 3.5, Pathfinder, Paranoia, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, Traveller, Babylon 5 (the RPG), Red Dwarf (also the RPG), Dark Heresy, WFRP, Neverwinter Nights and many, many other weird and wonderful others like Og where ya have to work with an incredibly limited vocabulary; I'd like to say experienced and also most probably addicted to all the simulated immersions of developing characters in all manner of settings.


Notes: I've added 20 to R for colour to reflect on them being slightly lighter after hiding out on the cargo ship, though could change that back. I couldn't tell the difference between 111 and 121, I'm not exactly making it pink but was hoping for a bit of discoloration to reflect the squalor conditions before Aurora. As for speech I'm aiming for the vh and double z's, will need a bit of practice but should have it hammered out in a couple shifts.

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Yaaaaay another Vaurca app! I love it! I, too, find bugs "adorable" but I'm planning on specializing in entomology so... I guess that's a plus.

One discrepancy I found is that it isn't a matter of "learning" Basic. As the lore is right now ([mention]Bygonehero[/mention] may change this, I don't know where they plan to go with voices) they all have speech synthesizers implanted in their throats. Unbound may have an easier time with their accents (being able to pronounce sounds a bit better) due to extra augmentations (Bound do not have that luxury).

So what's your plan for this one? Lab assistant (vying for a Xenobotanist avowal) or just a straight-up gardener that begs chemists for unstable mutagen? I feel like the second would fit the backstory better, perhaps with the addition of bugging (AHAHAHA... not intended) the Research Director every now and then. Either way...

+1 from me

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TWO VAURCA APPS IN ONE DAY?!?!?! Hallelujah! I really like this backstory. It's different than the usual "I got picked to go work for the humanzz, boo." Obviously a +1 from me. Good luck to you sir, and I hope to see Ziim on the station soon. DOOOOM!



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Ermagerd! Thanks folks! Didn't expect a response this fast! Literally just went to the kitchen for a beer and came back.

Yeah you've nailed it Conspiir, start as a gardener begging for mutagen and slowly working up to the science department as a lab assistant to beg for avowal for xenobotany! Over many rounds much like how I developed Jack as a sec cadet, which was a great campaign to fully fledged officer and sometimes friendly warden. Yeah I wasn't entirely too sure about how they picked up language or whether it would have just been downloaded early in life from the Hive's internet but Ziim was never intended to really meet other species other than plants.

Thanks MFalco, I really got into the backstory there, started with just the concept of some bug out in the middle of nowhere following a trail of k'ois bar crumbs into the back of a shuttle then just went from there. Also the name absolutely came from Invader Zim!

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More bugzzz are required!

Also overall just gotta say +1 for reasons mentioned above. I’m also glad that somebody also finds Vaurca adorable! They totally are! Not like those gross kitty-cats.

Anyways i’d ramble on with more critique but im half-asleep, and everyone above said similiar things I would’ve said so. Yeah, more bugs are required to take over the station. I like your backstory, character sounds fun. I think you’ll do just fine.


Oh, and remember to pack k’ois and avoid suffocation. I died my first shift from that.

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