Character Names: Rowan Fortune, Sikaevi Suhn’Krashzkrikh, Sazya Xichi, Ka’Akaix’Myrz C’thur, Ka’Akaix’Daze Zo’ra, Beatrix Saint-Claire, Amadi Udoka, Nahjiya Khayaram, Kizikh Guwan, Mari Tanaka, others in signature
Species you are applying to play: IPC
What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): N/A
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: Yep + Begging Kyres for answers
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: Synthetics are interesting! I’ve played aliens, and they’re all “not quite human;” synthetics are the same, but in a different way. Other species have a lot of cultural lore established, but IPCs have more of a blank slate with this, which gives a lot of interesting leeway to play with when it comes to character backgrounds. I’ll admit, too, that I’ve been influenced by a lot of really good IPC players and characters, who manage to bring unique personalities to the table within the confines of being synthetic. I want to give it a shot.
Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
They’re synthetic. And with that comes a whole lot. The main thing is their behavior: While they can simulate speech and emotions with varying degrees of success, they are just that: simulated. They’re still mechanical, and think in terms of binary: Cause and effect. They’re way more predictable than organics because of this. They can still mimic emotions, but it’s never going to be perfect. However, they are still individuals, with the ability to form opinions, have personality quirks, and develop bonds with others.
Culturally, well, they don’t really have much of one, usually just following that of their creators and environment. But they sure do get plenty of good ol’ fashioned prejudice. Many xenos, like Unathi and Skrell, have a fierce dislike of synthetics, and there are several anti-synthetic factions in play.
IPCs are created with a debt they have to repay, and most are owned, giving them very little actual freedom. Even “free” IPCs have to be tagged, and can be dismantled at the first sign of malfunction. Most of them are poor, and if they live in less-than-nice places, have to worry about being kidnapped and disassembled for scrap. This definitely has an influence on an IPC character’s background.
Character Name: PANACEA
Please provide a short backstory for this character, approximately 2 paragraphs:
PANACEA’s construction was complete in the early 2440’s. They were part of group of several Zeng-Hu medical emergency, rescue, and triage models- this unit’s designation was Paramedical Nursing and Critical Emergency Aide, or “PANACEA.” They were designed to be quick, willing to take risks to help others, and given enough social abilities to assess a situation and keep people calm during them, including sympathy (to a degree), kindness, and the ability to comfort.
They were slated to lead a rather normal life; work until you could pay off your debt, then live as a free citizen. Plans changed slightly when they were responding to a small earthquake, which caused a building collapse. They maneuvered to the lower levels, where they found a human, Mari Tanaka, trapped with her foot crushed under some large rubble, along with a few other organics with fractures and moderate injuries. To make matters worse, the building was still unstable, and soon settled, sealing a proper exit. They were stuck.
PANACEA was able to keep everyone medically stable and calm for the following day, performing their duties as expected and working to the very last reserves of their power. Mari enjoyed the IPC’s company, and holds that PANACEA kept them all from panicking, and that their unfaltering reassurances kept them in good spirits. Eventually, they were able to be safely extracted. To PANACEA, this was just another day of work (though they were pleased with the happy ending to what could have been a tragedy). Their duty was done, people were safe, and their job went on.
A week later, PANACEA was notified that the remainder of their debt had been paid off by Mari; they were now a free positronic, many years earlier than expected. PANACEA was curious about this incredible generosity (And now felt that their debt was owed to her), and got in contact with Mari, who dispelled any notions that she intended to buy PANACEA or make them repay debt. The two met and talked often. Over years, this developed into a sort of familial bond, with the IPC being somewhat of a permanent fixture with the Tanaka family. PANACEA was soon considered a part of the family and a couple of years later, they were “adopted” into it legally, making them an official family member and giving them many of the legal rights that come with it (Or, at least, as many as could be granted to a synthetic).
Mari was a woman who had a close relationship working with NanoTrasen. Eventually, she was offered a position as a captain for the NSS Aurora; when this offer was made, PANACEA asked to be staffed there as well; while they no longer owed a debt, they did enjoy helping others with their work (They never quit their job). With Mari’s pull, it was easy to get them a permanent transfer.
What do you like about this character? Personality-wise, I enjoy their design. Paramedics have a duty to reassure patients and keep people from panicking in a high-stress situation; PANACEA possesses these social cues, but again, they’re synthetic. It won’t be the same as a human doing so; this could make interactions worse (Synthetic racism, inability to empathize with pain), or better (Always remaining calm and optimistic, which may reassure others). Still, they have an upbeat personality, and try to be friendly where they can. They enjoy talking to others. Also, PANACEA, personally, hasn’t experienced a ton of synth prejudice firsthand; I want to explore how they deal with that. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, even if they’re cheerful.
I also enjoy that they have a family of sorts. I always find it interesting when IPCs have close bonds with organics. It’s a good reminder that they have existences beyond the station, and can form likes, dislikes, bonds, and opinions. It gives them something to talk about.
How would you rate your role-playing ability?
Notes: –Mari Tanaka is my captain character.
-Re: “Adoption.” There already exists legal ways to adopt an adult into a family, and so figured there was at least some sort of equivalent for IPCs. Not really as a “child” but something granting similar legal rights (Inheritance, PoA, medical next of kin, etc.) as you would to free citizens. I discussed it with Kyres a bit; this should go along with what we felt was reasonable.
-no the robot isn’t gay, before the usual crowd makes comments. No romancing here.