[Accepted] Elohi Adanvdo's Diona Loredev App

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Ckey/BYOND Username: ElohiAdanvdo

Position Being Applied For Diona Lore Developer

Past Experiences/Knowledge: I don't have much experience with actually doing anything like this, however I am a rather creative individual, making graphic novels and the like with their own lore and species. I have also been a consult on some lore and helped others develop and flesh out characters, backgrounds, etc, as well as worldbuilding in general, which I very much enjoy.

Examples of Past Work: I'm certain I've worked with a handful in the crowd, and some have seen me go on a rant about theoretical biology, as well as answering broad lore questions and general ones as well. As a matter of fact, Jackboot sent me here, and I've been entertaining the idea to work with Diona for a while.

Additional Comments: So, my plans. Diona. Wow, where do I start. First of all, fantastic species. They're more or less unique in design and function, and thanks to their mysterious yet calm, docile nature, make excellent creative fuel for both the developer. On top of my biology knowledge that I can apply theoretically (that no one actually cares about), I feel that this species can truly flourish as a people with a solid foundation and yet keep up their mystique to allow diversity and some creativity on the player's behalf. Pun may or may not be intentional. I will be certain to contact Diona players or other interested parties to enrich the lore with their ideas- this is a species for the community, after all. So why not involve them? I promise to do my best and make it a great experience for all involved, and thank you for taking the time to review this application.
~Elohi Adanvdo~

Characters thus far: |Ashley Long (Human Xenobotanist)|Uwasv Sidanelv (Unathi Engineer)|Rassvet Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Sumerek Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Protector of Tallest Tree (Diona Chaplain)|Oquoqua'Dali Walosh-Gadoki (Skrell Xenobotanist)|Ka'Akaix'Xiz K'Lax (Vaurca Miner)|R.I.P. (IPC Surgeon/Roboticist)|Titikakayi (Vox Merchant)|Moroz Zver' (Tajaran ERT)|
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Re: Elohi Adanvdo's Diona Loredev App

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Hey there. Loow here.

I'm here to keep things competitive and uncomfortable during this process.

I see a lot of promises, but what I don't see a lot of is promises.
You've said a lot, but not much has been said.

What aspects of Diona lore do you like?

What would you do with them going forward?

What's your own personal take on playing Diona? Do you like playing the species much?

You submitted your application with all the safe answers and broad statements, now you can feel free to rant and rave. This is a blank check, @Elohi Adanvdo. Tell me something that interests you, or some things. Don't be afraid to really tear in. Or hey? Maybe I just ignored some stellar statements you already made in your app? If that's the case, let me know. Build off of those ideas.

Give me something so this app stands out over any others that follow it.
Please.
"Would I rather be feared or loved?
Easy, both.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
On a side note, how funny is "The Office'?
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I'll see y'all tomorrow..."
"What are you?
Some kind of half-assed astronaut?"
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"There is no water in this air!"
"There's vomit on his sweater already...
Mom's spaghetti."
"Sweet dollar tea from McDonalds...
I drink that."
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[Secondary Admin PM] Tenenza: Gee, Loow. You're really doing wonders for the Skrell interest on this server. Your race is super cool and not at all irrelevant to my playstyle

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#3
Understood, sorry about that. It was just pointed out by several others that I was rather vague. So get ready for a possible wall.

For now however, it's 4 AM, and need some rest. But I'll be certain to give a more solid... everything, in reply. I promise to actually delve into it and become more in-depth. I think I was trying to go for an angle where I could pleasantly surprise everyone, but that obviously won't do, and you want assurance that the lore will actually be in good hands. So I'll sleep on it and we'll all wake up tomorrow morning with a small novel on this thread lol
~Elohi Adanvdo~

Characters thus far: |Ashley Long (Human Xenobotanist)|Uwasv Sidanelv (Unathi Engineer)|Rassvet Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Sumerek Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Protector of Tallest Tree (Diona Chaplain)|Oquoqua'Dali Walosh-Gadoki (Skrell Xenobotanist)|Ka'Akaix'Xiz K'Lax (Vaurca Miner)|R.I.P. (IPC Surgeon/Roboticist)|Titikakayi (Vox Merchant)|Moroz Zver' (Tajaran ERT)|
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Re: Elohi Adanvdo's Diona Loredev App

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Okay, back. And let me tell you, looking at something that tired-you wrote is like waking up to reading a text you sent after a night of drinking. "God I sound so stupid."

Now, to actually discuss my evil plans.

What aspects of Diona lore do you like?
From an IC standpoint, just how alien they still are. They've been around for quite a while, the Skrell knowing them the longest- 140 years now, to be exact. And Skrell are well-known for their intelligence and need to discover things. The fact that they have only scratched away at the tip of the iceberg says a lot... And the Skrell knows it. Because of that, Dionae still remain a source of unease and suspicion for all, despite their generally docile nature as worker gestalts. Their biology is not all that understood, their origins are completely unknown and even puzzling to the species itself. Dionae also possess a frightening ability to become a downright god by merging with one another and collaborating.

Yet, there haven't been large-scale aggression- it's only isolated cases with some larger specimens. They're also morally grey; they act as animals. If they see you as food, you are food. Even if you become a friend. Despite their vast knowledge, they seem to operate more off of the laws of nature than the laws of man. Added with their unique life stages, they're in a rather strange spot with the law. Most would try to shrug it off as "that's just what they do, and don't understand/don't feel the same as us". But no matter what, others will skirt the species out pure discomfort for just how creepy they can be.

In an OOC standpoint, the vast amount of unknown data means a lot of wiggle room for creation and exploration of the species-from every aspect. Their origins, their biology, their social life and moral code. But the most important of all, is how they interact with other species and integrate themselves. This species is a wildcard, and are capable of just about anything. To further describe this, I'll use Eywa from Avatar as a reference. Eywa is a force of nature, and is completely unpredictable, doing things on it's own whim. Dionae are very much like that power- capable of helping, or destroying. Or simply going about their business and reading the morning paper as the neighborhood burns to the ground. The species can go in any direction, and even if they become a big part of something or remain isolated for the most part, they will always remain a mystery.

What would you do with them going forward?
As stated in the paragraph above, the species is an unpredictable, mysterious wildcard that leaves a lot of room for creativity to take root. They can be directed anywhere in any way. My first plan of attack is to actually ask the players what they would like to see more of. This is a species with a community, and it involves the players and how they play their character. Depending on the answer, I can have them be further explored biologically and exploit more of what they are capable of. Or, I can look more into their dynamic with other species, become more involved with others- but it would more or less remain glancing blows. They are a species that seem to act more on a whim than anything, after all. I can also work more on their 'culture', or mechanics if players feel a need that something should be there and feel it's missing. Even though they are generally an autonomous species with no rule or culture, there's no such thing as true anarchy. Dionae as a species will, and do, function off of a common view, a base feeling or instinct on certain things such as morality, although 'deviancy' isn't really a thing for them. If one or two decide to suddenly go, "I refuse to consume sentient flesh" or "I wish to worship God", others will not bat an eye if they had eyelids.

Overall, no matter what the community chooses that needs more attention first, all aspects will be looked at, tweaked, added, or redone if need be. If there's no reason to touch it, then I'll leave it be. Why try to fix something that isn't broken?

What's your own personal take on playing Diona? Do you like playing the species much?
Despite my not playing my Diona much, they're very fun from an RP aspect, and a player has a lot of artistic licensing they can use. The species have individuals that can vary as much as any other, and I have yet to see any Diona that isn't simply "drifting". The characters don't seem to have every little detail fleshed out, and simply seem to be wanderers enjoying a walk in the park. Players are free to make up things on the spot, or have a solid background, maybe change it entirely because of the Dionae nature of splitting and merging/accumulating information, manipulate it, or act like Master Oogway form Kung Fu Panga as another reference- senile and slow, but deceptively sage. Don't judge me, I have a little sister that had me watch it with her and it was a good movie, okay? Or, they can simply act like a child, naive and new to the ways of the world outside of what they know. But even then, all of it can be changed. It's a rather flexible species.

Because of their slow and unique nature of a species, they make for very good RP- they're not very capable of rushing after something, so they stay behind with the others- such a civilians- while the others run about. Plus, they're just outright alien. People often want to talk to them out of curiosity more often than not, and being seemingly docile for the most part, makes it easy to do so. Others can also fear them- I've stumbled across one or two that have, and it created an excellent and interesting chance to interact with the characters. Overall, they are a creative species with a lot of freedom. But if there is a need to change that- which I doubt there is- it will be handled. The most likely outcome from that aspect is simply more refining of their individuality and more species lore.

As for my not playing them often, it shouldn't be too much of an issue. There are plenty of developers out there that don't play the species they moderate; as long as they're kept an eye on and make sure to keep on top of the duty and responsibility of a lore developer, there shouldn't be a problem. When I am able to play (I have some restricted internet access REE), I do it based off of who's playing and which department needs more help. When I don't or unable to, I always keep on eye on things such as lore news and discussions to keep on top of things.

If there are any more questions or you want more clarification (I know I can be vague until I actually do things or ideas are more focused on), feel free to go ahead and ask, and I'll do my best to answer. The format for this kind of application is rather vague, and my mind can meander a little in thought, so I have no problem with doing this in a Q&A style, and in fact would much prefer it. So please, ask away!
~Elohi Adanvdo~

Characters thus far: |Ashley Long (Human Xenobotanist)|Uwasv Sidanelv (Unathi Engineer)|Rassvet Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Sumerek Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Protector of Tallest Tree (Diona Chaplain)|Oquoqua'Dali Walosh-Gadoki (Skrell Xenobotanist)|Ka'Akaix'Xiz K'Lax (Vaurca Miner)|R.I.P. (IPC Surgeon/Roboticist)|Titikakayi (Vox Merchant)|Moroz Zver' (Tajaran ERT)|
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Position-wise, I would do as I stated earlier and first contact the Dionae whitelist and hold a discussion of what they'd like to see for the species as a good place to start.

I would also contact the other loredev staff and communicate with them. What was planned to happen with the previous loredev? What were their own ideas that they had planned for their species' interactions with Dionae? What would they like to see?

More or less compile complaints and suggestions as well as generally work with the community to find out what they would like to see done with the species before I jump into wonderland and start directing where the species would go.

Even after then, I would look to the community for tweaks that need to be done and inspiration if needed, but I'll be certain to do my best to keep things fresh and interesting. Although a generally freeform species in several aspects, Dionae are a peoples and aren't static.
~Elohi Adanvdo~

Characters thus far: |Ashley Long (Human Xenobotanist)|Uwasv Sidanelv (Unathi Engineer)|Rassvet Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Sumerek Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Protector of Tallest Tree (Diona Chaplain)|Oquoqua'Dali Walosh-Gadoki (Skrell Xenobotanist)|Ka'Akaix'Xiz K'Lax (Vaurca Miner)|R.I.P. (IPC Surgeon/Roboticist)|Titikakayi (Vox Merchant)|Moroz Zver' (Tajaran ERT)|
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Re: Elohi Adanvdo's Diona Loredev App

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Some questions that I want to ask you:

From our interactions in ooc and discord, you seems really focused in applying biology to the universe that you want to write about. We also had the issues of lore writers filling pages with scientific information, such as the case of planets having their mass and etc. Do you think you can get yourself away from such if ignoring biology will be more beneficial to story telling than just applying scientific accuracy?

Other concern might be about how you react to criticism, since some people did tell me you can have issues when it is about your works. How well can you handle criticism and people complaining about your work?
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I do realize I have my shortcomings, and have been working hard on improving that. However, this is more for the community than me. Yes, I will work on the biology- but it would be more of a fun freetime thing for me personally and not the actual focus. If I write something and the community doesn't like it, then I won't post it. I believe I've learned to become far more flexible as of late to meet the needs and expectations of the community. And it would be heavily applied here- this isn't about my character(s). This is about a community species. On top of that, this species is far more of a whimsical, mysterious entity that doesn't have to make sense all that much biologically.

As for criticism. That has been a slight issue for me in the past, yes. But as I stated, I'm learning. I feel that I've become flexible enough to take what I can get and toss the rest, and start from scratch. My personal works I can be more sensitive on, especially when I've thrown so much work into it. But I think I've gotten over it for the most part- I'm not sure how recent the complaints are, and I don't remember any current issues, but that should be water under the bridge, and I've learned. This is going to be a community effort, and there are going to be many rough drafts and revisions on certain things like events and the like, which is fine. It's all a part of the worldbuilding and creating a story. With things that arn't considered a spoiler, I will be looking to the whitelisted for approval or ideas. They're the ones that are going to be playing them, after all. But words don't mean that much as compared to actual efforts made, and I hope to get the chance to prove myself.
~Elohi Adanvdo~

Characters thus far: |Ashley Long (Human Xenobotanist)|Uwasv Sidanelv (Unathi Engineer)|Rassvet Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Sumerek Zver' (Tajaran Officer)|Protector of Tallest Tree (Diona Chaplain)|Oquoqua'Dali Walosh-Gadoki (Skrell Xenobotanist)|Ka'Akaix'Xiz K'Lax (Vaurca Miner)|R.I.P. (IPC Surgeon/Roboticist)|Titikakayi (Vox Merchant)|Moroz Zver' (Tajaran ERT)|
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#9
A few questions about yourself.

If accepted, you understand that you will be working with a team, which means interaction with others. I feel you burn hot one day, the next you're very cold. How confident are you in being able to handle applications, receiving complaints and working with others. Are you able to work with others, both the community and the staff team?

You won't be working on your own here, you'll be developing your respective species, you'll be dealing with the quality of roleplay presented by the current whitelistees, you'll be dealing with feedback and sometimes less than savory critique to your work, you'll be working with developers and you'll be working with the moderation teams, both the IC one and OOC one.

Now, I'm not really sure how you are on a personal level, I don't speak to you much yet I have seen you quite a bit on the different Aurora platforms we have. I'm still quite skeptical about your ability to work cohesively with the team. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
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Re: Elohi Adanvdo's Diona Loredev App

#10
I talk to Elohi quite often and would say I know them pretty well. I think they could do well in the position given their creativity. However, I just don't like this app too much. It's one of those apps where the applicant put a lot of words and said very little. Still I like the idea of actually going forward and exploring the Diona as a species biologically and perhaps socially.

I do have some gripes with Elohi though. I haven't seen them take much criticism before of any kind and Aurora likes to throw a lot of criticism around, constructive or not. I just don't know how they will handle that. I also don't know how they will handle working with the rest of staff. They haven't shown signs of aggression against staff or anything like that, I just don't know how they will mingle with others.

Can't say much else, I think they could be an alright dev but am uncertain overall.
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