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Duncdar - Skrell

Discussion in 'On Trial' started by Duncdar, Aug 5, 2019.

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  1. Duncdar

    Duncdar Assistant

    About You

    What is your Byond key?

    How long have you been playing on Baystation 12?
    1-2 months

    What are the names of your better-known characters?
    Olivia Hart

    About The Species

    What alien species are you applying for?

    Why do you want to play as the alien species?
    They have a society and culture that's interesting to play and interact with in a multi-species environment, and it’s something that I want to be able to contribute to after having my own positive experiences with Skrell characters. I want to be able to have an effect on others' roleplay in this way, and to have the opportunity to approach situations from a different perspective than a human on the Torch would.

    What are some example names for the alien species?
    Yriilvueoxi Xriolhi - Yrill'xi Xriol
    Vixiiqizinoiuv Qree'olixae - Vixiuv Qree'ol
    Vuloeus Auloxaal

    Summarize what you know about the species.

    Skrell civilization, like most other caste-systems, is largely organized in a corporatist manner, with individual Skrell belonging to a corporate (social) group that guides their participation in society. The level of social cohesion depends on the caste, as Raskinta-Katish would work as a genuine corporate, collectivist group, while Talum-Katish, although the most individualistic caste, still presses class-specific mores and values into its members. An individual Talum-Katish might not put the whole above the individual in the same manner a Raskinta-Katish or Kanin-Katish may, but as a group they still produce members of Skrell society that serve a specific function in the creation of cultural goods that benefits their civilization. Their nature (or ability, maybe) to be free-thinkers facilitates this goal.

    Appropriately, one can call Skrell civilization "organic," in the sense that each caste makes up a part of the social body (the corpus) which only functions efficiently if each corporate group fulfills their social obligation and cooperates with other groups to keep the corpus working harmoniously. This sense of “caste cooperation” isn’t perfect, however, but conflict within the caste-system is generally not physically confrontational, instead focusing more on debates and intrigue.

    Education forms the foundation of not only impressing appropriate caste behavior and skills, but is also the bedrock of Skrellian politics. Legislative power develops from the Academy system, with teachers/professors being appointed as legislators to the local Xaq Moglar based on their standing in the academy. Individual city-states are ruled by a Qerr-Katish monarch who handles the executive responsibilities of their municipality, receiving advice from their chosen council, the Qerr-Koal, comprised of at least one member of each caste that ought to be an expert within their respective area.

    Ultimately, Skrellian politics (and civilization as a whole) is organized in a way that strives to be efficient and place qualified individuals at the head of society by taking a tempered and methodological approach to their own development and their interactions with other species.

    Despite me making them seem like Vulcans, Skrellian emotions as a species aren’t describable as calculating and aloof. And although they can be perceived as such by others due to their difficulty in effectively communicating emotion through facial expressions and non-Skrellian languages, Skrell are able to deftly use their own language to indicate deeper emotions than humans might with their use of tones and pitches. Neither is Skrellian culture lacking in development, with a wide-array of singing, art, and sports that are enjoyed, at least in some form, across all castes. How each caste practices their culture (and perceives Skrellian culture as a whole) differs, as for example a Raskinta-Katish in the SDTF might appreciate a song celebrating the beauty of their city-state, sung by a professional Talum-Katish singer, as a symbol of solidarity and community, a Qerr-Katish might interpret the song as being indicative of their successful local leadership and prosperity, and the singer themselves might not have any specific purpose for the song at all—it’s just them sharing emotions they think others ought to feel.

    I hope this is enough! I feel that summarizing anything more (like biology/family) would be wiki regurgitation, and I've spent enough time talking about vague Skrellian polsci!
  2. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Hello I am sorry this took a while to get to I was on holiday.

    Thanks for making an effort to interpret things, looks pretty good.

    Gimmie two character concepts.

    Answer these questions:

    1. A Raskinta-Katish, working as a security officer in a building where numerous corporations occupy office space, is confronted, during a night shift, by a Skrell that they recall having seen working in the building regularly for the past couple of years who, upon entering the building, informs them that they have forgotten something of import in their office and they need to get it, but they have left their pass elsewhere and do not currently possess it. They ask the Raskinta if they can enter, what do they do?

    2: A Kanin-Katish working on a human space station, is employed as an engineer. The Chief Engineer of the station, another Kanin-Katish, is their direct superior. One day the Kanin notices the Chief Engineer working on a part of the stations power distribution system, which, to the Kanins' knowledge, no fault or malfunctions have been reported for. The Chief Engineer, noticing the Kanin, tells them that the system fault has been repaired and that they should not discuss this matter with anyone. What would they do?

    3. A Malish-Katish, serving as a trauma surgeon in the emergency department of a large central hospital, is beset with a sudden rush of patients, as are most other hospital staff. The Malish now has a serious situation infront of them, they have three patients: Two of these are the sons of the city-states Qerr-Skria, badly wounded from a shuttlecrash. Their wounds are deadly, and will require vital medical treatment soon. The other possible patient is a Kanin-Katish, who you are aware is the supervisor of the Cities water treatment and processing plant, responsible for the water supply for the entire city. They have been brutally wounded carrying out vital repair tasks to the system and are, likewise, in need of urgent treatment. Whoever is left to be treated second has exceptionally low chances of survival. Who would the Malish choose to treat first, and why?

    4. A Qerr-Katish who is the Qerr-Skria of a city state on a planet with a diverse, complex ecosystem. One day, a human corporation makes contact, asking to establish a resource gathering deal where the Skrell harvest a plant that is not currently of use to the Skrell. In exchange, they offer a large sum of money that would be beneficial for the city states outer territory trade. Upon reading the proposed deal, it is clear that the humans plan to harvest great quantities of the plant. How does the Qerr-Skria proceed?
  3. Duncdar

    Duncdar Assistant

    1. Without a pass, the Raskinta-Katish wouldn’t grant the employee entry to the building and would ask them to return with their pass. Although they’ve no specific reason to doubt the employee, the rules and regulations exist for a reason, and violating corporate procedure because of an entry-pass wouldn’t even cross the Raskinta’s mind. If other methods of entry exist, and Raskinta is more comfortable with the employee, they might point them in the direction of paperwork authorizing a temporary pass or other official operating protocols for gaining entry, but given the night shift this might not be an option. Otherwise: no pass, no entry; come back with it.

    2. The Kanin-Katish would likely nod their head, obey the instructions of their superior, and continue on with their duties. They’ve no reason to not follow the instructions of their chief engineer and would defer to their judgment/experience. The added complications of working on a human space station would also likely create a closer inter-caste sense of community and a deeper implicit trust between them.

    3. The Malish-Katish would have a utilitarian outlook when treating the patients and ought to maximize the greatest good for the greatest number. Given the immediate importance of repairing the water plant, the surgeon would treat the supervisor first. Repairing the water plant the entire city-state relies upon is a greater necessity than the (presumably still important) sons of the Qerr-Skria.

    4. If the Qerr-Skria doesn’t refuse the corporation’s offer outright, they would likely first put the issue before their Qerr-Koal to determine how harmful the deal may be to the local ecosystem, what restrictions/responsibilities would need to be put upon the corporation, and how damage might be mitigated. However, I think the deal would simply be refused because it shows to the Qerr-Skria that the human corporation places no value (well, outside of monetary) on the planet’s delicate ecosystem and doesn’t care about or respect the damage their operations will cause. No amount of regulations on the corporation will change their view that the skrellian ecosystem is just another resource to be exploited.

    Character concepts:
    Sylo’oviux Quuvaxol - Syliuv Quuvol

    Skrellian orbital facilities need medical professionals just as much as any city-state, which is exactly where Syliuv Quuvol has spent most of her life. Her Qarr-Maqa, a Malish-Katish, was one of several healthcare providers on such an installation, and Syliuv experienced a more ordered lifestyle that many others in her caste would be unfamiliar with or find more suitable for a Raskinta-Katish. Growing up under the command of the local SDTF presented its own set of challenges to Syliuv, who finds she has difficulties relating to both her own caste in the city-states and the more communal castes she grew up with in skrell space. Her own trouble in being social with the other castes, the limited number of Malish-Katish on-board, and the focus of her Keri-Gloa meant she spent most of her time in the station’s clinic, frequently assisting the physicians there with basic tasks. Upon reaching twenty, due to the demands of the station and her own restlessness, she began working officially as a surgical technologist (though more frequently just as a clinical assistant). At the prompting of one of the Raskinta she was comfortable around, Syliuv volunteered to join the SDTF and was eventually selected, becoming a Mero’ta-Ketish.

    Ever uncertain of her future, Syliuv signed up for the Expeditionary Corps transfer program as a medical technician, hoping she’ll gain experiences that’ll help shape the direction of her life after her loan period is over.

    --Gameplay wise, while she may be able to handle stressful situations a tiny bit better than the typical Malish-Katish, Syliuv would likely fall back to their experiences growing up in skrell space. She’d manage stress, especially in clinical settings, by going through learned, rote checklists of “A, then B, then C” without much deviation; such methods might be met with confusion by Malish from city-states.

    Xuquol Qizul

    --I hope this isn’t too unconventional, but I don’t really ever play roles other than medical, and I was hoping that making a character for the Xilvuxix is appropriate. Since I plan to eventually play on it a little bit, I figured this might be a good chance to have a character concept critiqued/approved for the ship. If that’s not okay, I can go ahead and write up a third concept, but it’d probably be for, say, a Malish pharmacist.

    At home in the soft thrum of a spacecraft’s engine room, Xuquol Qizul had admired the ability of the skrell to travel space since their Mi-Gloa. This sense of fascination stayed with them as they developed and matured as a Kanin-Katish on a skrell-human border colony, and although they were intending to leave their Qlor-Gloa as a Qerr-Mog, they withdrew from their academy early to pursue life in the SDTF. The chance to have a more fundamental role in skrellian society than installing/designing engines was practical to them, and they worked in an orbital shipyard calibrating ship engine subsystems while putting together their SDTF application. Although moving away from the community they grew up with was difficult, Xuquol found purpose in their work and their attempt to join the local SDTF.

    After eventually being accepted and working as a Xiqarr-Ketish in their SDTF, the communal living and lifestyle helped Xuquol handle being so far away from their original community as they began forming a new one. As they continued to mature, Xuquol forwarded their interest in working on reconnaissance ships/operations to their commander, and through a combination of ability and good fortune, found themselves assigned to the SSV Xilvuvix.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  4. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Questions, yup yup yup. Though for four, I suppose, though it may vary from place to place. Getting human cash for galactic trade is an extremely useful thing.

    Not a transfer program. It's an exchange programme. They're not transferring into (joining) the EC.

    Only real note for your Qizul. SDTF's are high competition entry. You don't tend to get in unless you're good.

    Other than that, looks good. Approved.
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