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.