About You What is your Byond key? Monimus What is your Discord username? Monimus How long have you been playing on Baystation 12? Since 2016-ish. What are the names of your better-known characters? Cassian Darrow, Chief of Security. About The Species What alien species are you applying for? Skrell Why do you want to play as the alien species? I've been meaning to make an application for Skrell for quite a long time, generally because I've always enjoyed interacting with them IC. Having read through their lore, I'm looking forward to trying something new and playing something other than a human for a bit of a different roleplay experience. What are some example names for the alien species? Uwoozii Vri'Vrix Zixuuq Zixqil Aylas Sheffield Halian Starsong Summarize what you know about the species. The Skrell are a bipedal, amphibious race hailing from Qerrbalak in the Qerr’Vallis system. The species still bear the hallmarks of a water-dwelling people; gills found on the back of their neck and protected from the elements by three headtails, webbed fingers and feet, and large dark eyes that allow the Skrell to see underwater and in poorly lit areas. Their heads (simple, when compared to that of humans) do not allow for much in the way of facial expressions, and this has often (when taken in conjunction with the limited ability for Skrell to convey emotion or feeling through human language) lead to the wrong assumption by humanity that the Skrell are not an especially emotional race. This is not the case, and instead the Skrell are very much an emotional species – with a vocal range wider than that of humans that lends itself to captivating song and moving oration. Similarly, their written language is unique in that it focuses on conveying the feeling of a story and is more visual than human literature. Technologically, the Skrell are more advanced than humanity and have a long and rich history that is estimated to date back to at least 20’000BCE. The ‘early years’ of their civilisation appear to have greatly influenced the Skrell as a species, with the Qarr’kloa Civil War for example leading to the formation of the independent system of city-state governance that still exists to this day. Similarly, the Qrri-Qerria War remains a stark warning against indulgence, individualism at the expense of society, and unchecked ambition for conquest. As a whole, the Skrell seem to have learned from these past ‘mistakes’ more effectively than humanity has proven able to do – and this in part may be owed to their form of government that is something of a mix between a monarchy and meritocratic democracy. The various academies of each city-state form the legislative body that works in tandem with a monarch (though each monarch has to pass ‘tests’ that prove their eligibility for the role, again speaking to the meritocratic nature of the species), and while this has certainly proven an effective method that has allowed the Skrell to expand and flourish, it does make the cities particularly slow to react and implement change. This has proven to be a growing issue after the recent establishing of relations between Skrell and Humanity, with the latter’s long-term monetary economy proving to be a particularly difficult issue for the Skrell, who have traditionally not hoarded individual wealth. Relatedly, Skrell society is made up of a caste system that has created generations of Skrell passing down their knowledge in specialised fields of work. Certainly, the caste system massively influences the individual lives of the Skrell, but where humans may look at this system as an assault on individualism and ‘trapping’, the Skrell do not carry such considerations. For them, it is a means of most efficiently organising their local society and maximising their own potential. Within these castes, there is still the potential for some mobility – with all castes for example having Qerr-Koal who advise the Qerr-Skrria, and are more adept and involved with politics than others of their own caste may be. More than this, the caste system impacts more than just employment and is instead something that can shape the lifestyle and attitudes of each Skrell. Whether they’re a more individualistic, adventurous Talum-Katish or a fundamentally communal, pragmatic Raskinta-Katish. Something that’s important to stress is that castes don’t seem to function as a ‘rank system’, and while individual Skrell within each caste may perform functions more important to the city state than others, there does not appear to be an innate superiority to any of the castes. I’m wary of regurgitating wikilore, so I’ll happily answer questions.