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purplemontart - Skrell

Discussion in 'On Trial' started by purplemontart, Oct 14, 2019.

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  1. purplemontart

    purplemontart #1 Dad Game Administrator

    About You

    What is your Byond key?

    How long have you been playing on Baystation 12?
    Since summer 2018, with several month long gaps in between.

    What are the names of your better-known characters?
    Somhairle Vines, Sarah, A Splatter of Blood

    About The Species

    What alien species are you applying for?

    Why do you want to play as the alien species?
    Who doesn't want to be a frog? I'd been meaning to apply for a while, I like their aesthetic and the "otherworldliness" they bring even when more humanoid than most aliens.

    What are some example names for the alien species?
    Axrika Qood'Via, Mrixtrlvetal, David O'Donald, as they might just adopt a nonsense name or one from the culture in which they're residing for a time.

    Summarize what you know about the species.
    So space frogs are from Qerrbalak. They're cold blooded and amphibious, with gills at the back of their neck protected by their head tails, which are longer on females. Their skin can range from reds to yellows to blues and is slightly translucent in places. They are exclusively vegetarian, and are physically incapable of digesting animal proteins, which can lead to sickness. Traditional foods are fungoid.

    Society is divided up into five castes. The Qerr-Katish are leaders, diplomats, managers, and are the only ones that can be appointed Qerr-Skria, or king. They also can't be appointed Xaq Moglar, or judge. Malish-Katish are the scientists of every kind. Kanin-Katish are builders, engineers, assemblers of many things. One of the most populous castes. Talum-Katish are artists, filling roles such as chefs, entertainers, artists and those that create for enjoyment. Raskinta-Katish, lastly, are the warriors. Career soldiers, police, bodyguards, Raskinta can be found across these sectors and are rarely seen outside Skrell society as a result.

    Castes tend to differentiate themselves by clothing, as well as having predominant skin colours. Qerr wear soft, shiny clothing, tending towards a flowing design and are generally green. Malish wear what can be described as simpler forms of Qerr-Katish clothing and tend towards skins of lighter blues, yellows and greens. Kanin clothing is rugged with the Skrell mindset being expressed through other forms such as jewellery, and have generally darker skins though pale yellows aren't uncommon. Talum clothing is colourful and expressive, stylistically a mix of Qerr and Malish, with their skin also being generally brighter with blues, pinks and oranges. Raskinta skin skews towards reds, blacks, yellows and browns, and usually choose to dress as other castes do while not working so as not to stand out, though it is normally easy to move in.

    A thing to note is that castes are not strict, live this way or to hell with you type societal organisations and are more a way of life. Though belonging to a certain caste will skew you towards certain jobs, it's not out of the question for a Talum-Katish to be the leader of a troupe of entertainers, heading their business ventures and managing their performances, a role that might otherwise be seen as "belonging" to the Qerr-Katish.

    Skrell culture is non-monogamous, with most Skrell having several partners available for reproduction purposes. A Bonding happens to create an effective family, designating one as the primary parent, or Qarr-Maqka, and the other as a supportive role, the Qrri-Maqka, who provides financial support. Different castes tend to have different sized families as indicated by the number of bondings, with Raskinta-Katish tending to have very large families.

    A misconception can be that Skrell are emotionless, or suffer from stunted emotions, but this arises from the fact that they struggle to express emotion when speaking ZAC, due to the comparative simplicity it places on expressing emotion compared to skrellian.

    As a species with a space-faring culture thousands of years old, with millennia long relations with alien species and cultures such as the Ascent and the Dionaea, and with a homogenous culture and political hegemony, Skrell are very self-confident. Extremely interested in learning about and researching the unknown, they are quick to volunteer or enact changes in other species' cultures and viewpoints, but are at the same time wary about non-Skrellian influence on their own.

    Many Skrell city-states and their SDTFs have agreements with the Expeditionary Corps, which provides for Skrell to serve aboard EC ships. This is not an exchange service, rather, the Skrell in question are made full and proper members of the EC. This also allows for humans to serve in and experience the Skrell SDTF in a similar fashion. While most are volunteers, some have been ordered for whatever, potentially not altruistic reasons their SDTF or city-state might have in mind. Many Skrell serving as explorers, as in the job rather than the rank, are students on more or less the equivalent of a gap year, learning about human culture and scientific methods.
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  2. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Hello there's a fair bit of wiki regurgitation here which is stuff that I generally do not need.

    Please have a go at these two questions.

    Tell me about how you think a Skrell of a caste of your choice in a relatively regular environment may view their place in society.

    Tell me how you think a typical Skrell may view humanity and compare them with their own species on a cultural level.
  3. purplemontart

    purplemontart #1 Dad Game Administrator

    Axrika Qood'Via is one of the Kanin-Katish, specifically, he works as an mid-level engineer in astronautics. As a kanin-katish, he feels very strongly that he is a vital member of society. It took years of training and education to get where he is, and while he isn't high profile or even the only one that does his job, he feels that this doesn't diminish it in the slightest. He sees how some members of other castes can rotate around within their caste, maybe being a diplomat for a decade before becoming a lawyer the next decade. While he knows these jobs are vital, and that being able to apply skills to a wide variety of situations is important, he also knows that because his skills are not so easily transferable, he is all the more valuable for it, as is every one of the kanin-katish.

    I think your bog-standard Skrell probably looks at humanity with healthy doses of fear, respect and haughtiness. On the one hand you have humanity's seeming knack for warfare amongst themselves because of cultural differences, which to a modern Skrell coming from the culturally homogenous background they do would be somewhat strange. This extends out into maybe a viewpoint that humans are much more warlike than Skrell in general as a rule, which threatens various diplomatic efforts Skrell have done and can lead to thoughts that humans don't particularly value peace between even different cultures. But humans, while doing it later than Skrell, did achieve space travel in around the same sort of timescale as Skrell themselves did, which is probably nothing to sneeze at. However, still, human technology is comparatively primitive, humans still have a huge amount of cultural variety compared to Skrell having only some, and really the differences are so great that the fact the peace has lasted as long as it has is pretty miraculous.
  4. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Kay. Just a couple clarifications/expansions on that - Kanin thing is ok. Skrell do war, but mostly with other aliens who are just outright hostile. They also do some internal conflict, but it's mostly precision covert ops/assassinations. Skrell culture also does vary quite a lot, especially from planet to planet. Remember, all city states are standalone entities, and they are spread across a great many planets, well off into space humanity hasn't even touched yet. While the caste system may persist everywhere, as well as the general structure of things, Skrell from, say, Qerr'balak are culturally fairly different in the minutia from Skrell on the human border worlds or from the far off regions. Sure, there's a lot of similarity and a massive degree of homogeneity because of their rather rigid and established state of affairs, but they do get cultural variance, as expected from many individual states on different planets over hundreds of years.

    Gimmie two character concepts. Different castes.
  5. purplemontart

    purplemontart #1 Dad Game Administrator

    Akkil Vi'Vayqlik is one of the Malish-Katish. A physician by trade and training, his education meant he was able to successfully apply to become a doctor with his SDTF, undergoing further training to finalise his placement with the Mero'ta-Ketish. His SDTF was in charge of patrolling several trade routes near the fringes of Skrell space, clearing and deterring pirate presence. This lasted for several years when, to his surprise, he was informed that he would be volunteering for an attachment with the human Expeditionary Corps as part of their Torch mission. Accepting the order, of course, he nevertheless found the experience left a bitter taste in his mouth, one that he directed towards his would-be human companions, something not helped as he learnt more about humans and humanity in general.

    Akkil is of average height and build for his age, at 40, with a defining feature being that his headtails are noticeably shorter than the average. His skin is a bright azure. His close work over the years with his Kanin-Katish brothers in the Mero'tol-Ketish lead him to swing more and more conservatively-minded, relishing his closeness with his fellows in the SDTF, which his assignment to the Torch broke, something he sees as abandoning them. Perhaps unwilling to blame his SDTF over the "other", this has left him expressing his distaste through condescension towards the human element of the Torch, though he maintains a professional disposition while on-duty. Nevertheless, as he has worked with humans and the various other species present aboard the Torch, his views have begun to shift, particularly in his thoughts on the doctors and medical technicians he works alongside.

    Qiilket Tristveq is a Kanin-Katish within the SDTF’s Xiqarr-Ketish, further specified down to the caste which performs tasks such as janitorial and culinary work aboard SDTF ships. As a cook, Qiilket was relatively standard. He was good at following the basic recipes for working with the military ration stocks his ships were outfitted with, and could cook most of the menus from memory, having done them perhaps thousands of times during his service. And then, he struck up a friendship with a Talum-Katish while on leave. The Talum had been travelling aboard the ship Qiilket had been serving on, having performed some diplomatic service somewhere, and departed at the same city-state where he had planned his leave. A chance meeting in the port and a few drinks later, the two were getting along famously. They grew closer over the years, and impressed by his friend’s adventurousness, on the spur of the moment Qiilket volunteered for an exchange with the Expeditionary Corps. And to his surprise, he got it.

    Qiiket is built well, and tall. A burnt orange, he is quick to make friends, though his struggles with expressing emotions in ZAC challenges this aboard the Torch. Somewhat nervous preparing foods containing animal proteins, he nevertheless takes a pride in his work that reeks of Talum influence. He still has difficulties reconciling the cultural differences between him and the humans he now serves alongside, and he has a strong longing for a return to skrellian culture, but he takes this as part of the adventure, and tries to not let it show.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019
  6. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Your first and second character concept shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the Skrell-SCG relationship. Could also do with some more fleshing out beyond job and being mildly miffed with humanity on one and a little more personality on the second to boot.

    I am distinctly concerned by your lack of familiarity with the Skrell's place within the setting as it pertains to the Torch.

    Please take the time to go and re-read the Skrell page and adjust. If you have any questions or want to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  7. purplemontart

    purplemontart #1 Dad Game Administrator

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    purplemontart #1 Dad Game Administrator

  9. Eckles

    Eckles Senior Administrator Game Administrator Skrell Species Maintainer

    Hello sorry for the delay.

    Will approve to warble.
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