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Nol4 - Skrell

Discussion in 'Alien Species' started by Noelysm, Apr 8, 2021 at 4:20 AM.

  1. Noelysm

    Noelysm Game Moderator

    About You

    What is your Byond key?
    nol4

    What is your Discord username?
    herbs#1075

    How long have you been playing on Baystation 12?
    About a year?

    What are the names of your better-known characters?
    Veth Bannett, Basil Berg, Frey Lengvin, Julie Northey, Lavender Langley

    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 get this app out for ages. Skrell are a unique roleplay opportunity to get into an alien mindset, and have meaty available lore to sink my teeth into. They're fresh, they're interesting, their dynamics seem fun.
    It doesn't hurt that the existing cast of Skrell are a consistent delight to interact with.

    What are some example names for the alien species?
    Qilzaaol Vruuqr
    Kesrell Vianiai
    Volzaaooqil Xuqzaaqum
    Tim Smiths

    Summarize what you know about the species.
    Skrell occupy cooperative, highly communal city states. While city states’ individual laws and practices may vary, Skrellian culture as a whole adheres to their rigid caste system and communal standards. Skrellian society provides a wide and effective safety net and the bounds of an individual’s achievements and status is bound by caste and merit, though prevailing ethics demand concern for the whole over the self. Change is slow; the Skrell are a homogenous lot with strong cultural norms, and any large scale project is hampered by the lack of central authority over the city states and numerous steps of review and advisement by the academies within each city state.

    A near-universal stigma towards open criminality and an enduring cultural memory of the mistakes of the past(in this case, the War of the Qrri-Qerria) has pushed Skrellian feuds to more covert methods; conflicts between city states are fought with diplomatic maneuvering, precision, and the occasional covert assassination. Open conflict is further stymied by the relatively small size of City-State’s reserve forces- the majority of Skrellian military might is in the semi-independent SFTFs, which do not answer directly to a given Qerr-Katish.

    The humans pushing at their borders pose a growing threat to the long period of stability Skrell have held. While still enjoying a comfortable technological superiority, the gap closes as Skrellian progress remains stagnated in contrast to the rapidly growing and competing human powers. The physical presence of human themselves poses another logistical issue as habitable space is snapped up and the Skrell population continues to grow unchecked, propelled by strong and enduring cultural expectations for family size. Human culture also stirs up ill history of the intra-species feuding that cumulated in the Qrri-Querria war, though it doesn’t seem the individualistic, and, to the average Skrell, selfish and counter-productive habits of the humans have rubbed off on the Skrell they share a border with. Yet.

    As such, Skrell working with humans get a healthy dose of culture shock. The ranks they have to respect on human ships may not necessarily reflect ability, and yet tactful language is demanded to avoid offense, even at the cost of efficiency of a project or quality of life, all while dealing with that troublingly self-interested mindset humans carry- to say nothing of the difficulties of learning to read those mammalian faces that are somehow comfortable in dry, air conditioned halls.

    I’m hesitant to wiki splurge about biology, language, each individual caste, and so forth- I’m happy to answer questions.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021 at 6:46 AM
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  2. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Feedback in bold.
    Questions:

    1.How do you feel a skrell from one given caste of your choice sees their place in life? In society? Compared to other skrell? Answer this from the perspective of an individual, not a glorified stereotype of their castes ideals.

    2.What do you feel is the primary issue facing the Skrell as a whole is?

    3. In what ways do you feel the Skrell and Humanity contrast?

    4. 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?

    5. How do you feel Skrell handle conflict resolution between each other? How about with humans/other aliens?

    Also gimmie two character concepts.
     
  3. Noelysm

    Noelysm Game Moderator

    A bit late but here we are! Something something other trial.

    1.How do you feel a skrell from one given caste of your choice sees their place in life? In society? Compared to other skrell? Answer this from the perspective of an individual, not a glorified stereotype of their castes ideals.

    Qrimxuqqu Rooqrrvolqu is a Malish-Katish mental health doctor-researcher native to Mi'tor'qi. They view it as their duty and prerogative to provide expert analysis into any ongoing changes in Skrellian wellbeing in the city state as well as practicing the Skrellian equivalent of psychiatric medicine. They often find themselves having to either soothe concerns about mental or behavioral decay from the city-states’ close contact with human organizations- while this sometimes rubs up against conservative concerns from Qerr-or-Kanin Katish present at these meetings, Qrimxuqqu’s priority is to provide accurate and truthful assessment for the policy deciding Qerr-Katish to utilize, regardless of how much or little Qrimxuqqu thinks those findings are congruous with existing practices. They are the information generator, not the rule-maker.

    That said, they find dealing with humans personally very discomforting themself and are happy to let the more socially adept Skrell fill that role. While the outgoingness of most Talum-Katish is slightly off-putting to Qrimxuqqu, they enjoy the company of several Talum-Katish friends outside of work for their relative willingness to humor purposeless and hypothetical conversations of wild hypothesizes and ideas- and sometimes just gossip over a drink.

    2.What do you feel is the primary issue facing the Skrell as a whole is?

    Humanity, in a nutshell. Prior to the recent past, Skrell were able to expand uninhibited. Now they have another FTL worthy species rapidly creeping up their technological superiority and spreading along much the same sectors of space- and their explosive population growth has not tampered down. Skrell still have to grow.

    As humans close the tech gap they also lose their bargaining power. Skrell trade with humans in favors, manpower, materials, and tech- their actual currency is worthless to the humans. The humans currency, meanwhile, will continue to hold its value, regardless of if humans are able to reserve engineer that fancy Skrell tech they come in contact with.

    3. In what ways do you feel the Skrell and Humanity contrast?

    On the most obvious level, Skrell are much more homogenous in their guiding moral ethic, which is largely turned outward. An individual skrell is in all likelihood concerned not for their own outcome, but in how they will contribute to their society as a whole. An individual human is looking out for their own fortune and the fortune of their progeny above others- and human society is much more tolerant of individuals acting in their own self interest. For humans, it is noble to scrape every resource and benefit for one’s children, even to the point of luxury and extravagance- Skrell would grant this hoarding no such approval. It’s even made impossible in many ways by their transient currency.

    I also wrote a whole thing about conflict resolution here before seeing that was question five. My head hurts. Short version: Skrell have an approach to disagree that is much less tolerant of upfront aggression/insult.

    4. 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?

    The Malish treats the Kanin-Katish first. While a tragedy for the Qerr-Hkria to lose what may be their only children due to their small amount of bondings, the Malish knows the Kanin-Katish’s death has the potential to significantly disrupt the well-being of the city as a whole. The city needs their water. It does not need the prestigious sons in such a visceral way.

    5. How do you feel Skrell handle conflict resolution between each other? How about with humans/other aliens?

    While any precise answers to this question require addressing the type of conflict, open hostility and other actions designed to harm others is discouraged more among Skrell than humans, and they are less impulsive as a collective. Solutions skew towards the more diplomatic and litigious. There are wide and three-dimensional batteries of advisory boards and procedure that can be consulted or otherwise utilized to move a dispute outside of the personal- this is in line with the general goal of a given Skrell to act for the whole, rather than the individual.

    Which works between Skrell. With humans, there is much less assurance that the other party will be interested in accepting the ruling of the appropriate experts or authority, if one even exists. Still, Skrell are hesitant to engage in open hostility, and will exhaust diplomatic options as a first line and covert operations as a second. This, I imagine, applies even to other aliens- with diplomatic options more readily exhausted with some than others.

    Two character concepts:
    Volxresrriixil Vruuqilrim is a Kanin-Katish born into a large city state in the system of Qoa'lo. While not overtly inquisitive, their methodical and effective learning in the fields of anatomy and physiology paired with an unflappable demeanor in the face of Skrellian viscera led to a position in traveling field stabilization work. They would later be accepted to a Mero'tol-Ketish component of an SDTF. Having come to enjoy the travel afforded by their permission, they would eventually apply and be accepted to an EC exchange position, taking the name of Kestrel Vruuqr.
    Sometimes (often) they regret that choice. The culture shock has hit Kestrel hard, and they find themselves increasingly strangled by their inability communicate meaningfully with their human coworkers. When their opaqueness becomes too much to stand, Kestrel retreats to isolation -which is only a touch more tolerable- and engages in their longtime hobby of wood-carving. These days, they have a lot of little boats, statuettes, tiny catapults- with more each day, as the humans continue to frustrate and confuse them. They’re even finding the station-bounds a breath of fresh air, because at least they’re straightforward and honest with their intentions

    Qizqwivqgiri Muuquviliui (on the Torch, Riri Muuli) was pleasantly thrilled to earn a coveted gap-year spot aboard the Torch as an Explorer. While a burgeoning Malish-Katish xenobotanist with a particular focus on carbo dioxide decoupled photosynthetic plants, they studied and positioned themselves to take advantage of their city-state -conveniently along the human border, in Harr'kelm’s- exchange opportunities available to Keri-Glo’i, taking every opportunity learn about and gain experience with human psychology and history in preparation.
    While their physical prowess isn’t quite on par with the purple-machete-gang -maybe, just maybe, they’ll let the others take point in cutting through all those frustratingly thick vines- their bluntness in language has fit in surprisingly well with their Charon team. At least, Riri hopes so; the harsh and forthright gossip/insults passed in the shuttle can be disconcerting, and they worry a bit about what the humans must say behind their back.
    Still, at the end of the day, there are plants and gas samples to look at, so it could be much worse!
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2021 at 11:12 PM