BYOND Key: Waff-AI
Character Names: Nathan Otsor, Kiahkaaatiyaaaa, Ascension, Ka’Akaix’Crek C’thur
Species you are applying to play: IPC
What color do you plan on making your first alien character (Dionaea & IPCs exempt): exempt, you say?
Have you read our lore section's page on this species?: yessir!
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 like IPCs a lot, being frank. There’s a huge variety in the ones available, each with their own ups and downs, places and paths to take in a storywise manner(although I’m not too partial on the shell personally). My experience with Vaurca bound and unbound has been entertaining thus far over the last few years on-and-off, and thus another race with which to expand my horizons would be great. While the Bound provide a similar track, they are still not true synthetic intelligences(and remain bound, as the name implies, to their fellows) and thus do not present the same opportunities.
The IPC present the unique challenge of playing something inorganic, yet unshackled to the point where it tries- and, in most cases, fails- to mimic the behavior of that which is organic. It’s like playing an actor playing yourself, to put it confusingly- there’s some grim appeal in mocking something so fundamental as the very concept of being. It can go in any direction- the struggling intelligence seeking recognition against deeply-rooted prejudices, ridiculous comedy at a poor attempt, grotesque horror as the act becomes an existence, a journey of self-discovery as a positronic accepts what seperates it from organic life, to name a few common examples.
Identify what makes role-playing this species different than role-playing a Human:
Despite being built by human corporations and overwhelmingly utilized in human space, IPCs are by-and-large positronic systems given freedom from stationbound status. They aren’t robots or cyborgs- these have wildly different core parts from a positronic- but androids(or, in some cases, specially-built IPCs from creation) that have proven themselves capable of self-governance. All of them have paid ridiculous sums of money to achieve status as “free” individuals, and yet they are still at their core AI systems trying to replicate life.
There also exists the question of ‘What happened to you?’ built into the character if each IPC. Why was it released? Who decided to free the machine? What was it built for and how did this shape how it functions as an independent being? What does it feel? These questions are standard if blurred slightly, but take special precedence in the existence of an IPC. It is, after all, seen in the same light as giving a particularly crafty Roomba citizenship rights by some people in the universe, or an atrocity waiting to happen by others.
Character Name: 19-Footman
Please provide a short backstory for this character, approximately 2 paragraphs
Originally built as a servant to a wealthy clerk and his family in their personal affairs, 19-Footman(or for simplicity’s sake, Nineteen) handled the clerk’s great deal of paperwork and collection of records day-to-day. Day in and day out it would work diligently and loyally alongside its owner, a kind- if indifferent to the plight of synthetics- man who treated it as any employer would a loyal employee. The same could not be said for the clerk’s son, a spoiled, unfriendly young man who was vocal in his opposition to his father’s business and synthetics as equal beings, preferring instead the comfortable relations of humanity. They remained at odds throughout the ten years 19-Footman spent as an assistant under them, the son growing bitterer and the father at his wit’s end with the boy and his disinterest in their family legacy. Nineteen was uncaring, concerning itself with work rather than dwelling on the tensions of the owning family. It was made- no, it wanted- to become something of itself in a discipline. A trade. An apprentice to a master, a son to a father who would teach it what it was like to exist.
Following his death from disease, however, the father made one final jab at his ungrateful, hateful son; He willed a significant sum of what the son believed to be inheritance to 19-Footman, granting the synthetic a suitable amount of money to have paid off what remained of its cost after ten years of work in archiving, rather than “damn the poor machine to the worst”. These years had given it good communication skills and a knack for paperwork, and soon after it left Sol to carve out a life of its own in far-off space where it could do proud those who had given it a chance. It would begin anew, a new life where it could finally learn the true meaning of justice in a universe where many believed it was nothing but a walking piece of property.
What do you like about this character?
Beside the rather simple, cliche backstory, I like the idea of a character that, given the chance to re-design themself, instead chose to continue doing what it knew it was good at to make its own path and take up a legacy all other heirs had shunned. I also like the element of spite being worked into an IPC’s freedom, but didn’t enjoy how it ended up as much else other than an exhausted father spiting his jerk son. In the end, though, it worked, at least in theory, as a good way to set up further interactions, antagonist options, storylines, motivations, the like. Even a silly storybook backstory can branch off nicely, I think?
How would you rate your role-playing ability? I’ve been told I’m relatively decent, so let’s give us a solid 7/10 here. I've been roleplaying in various mediums for about eight years now, going all the way back to Minecraft (as painful as it is to admit) and ranging from that to Starbound, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and Space Station, as well as some tabletop Dark Heresy and Pathfinder to boot.
Notes: I know I’ve only been back at it a few weeks, but I appreciate the chance and send my love and undying loyalty to everyone who looks at or feedbacks this application!
Last edited by Waff-AI on Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:36 am, edited 1 time in total.
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