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SkipCam94 - Adherent

Discussion in 'Accepted' started by Skip, Jul 22, 2020.

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  1. Skip

    Skip Donator

    About You

    What is your Byond key?

    What is your Discord username?
    Cammy#0690 (nice)

    How long have you been playing on Baystation 12?
    Probably like 9 years now.

    What are the names of your better-known characters?
    Irima Volza, Vrix Narchin, Kamaria Saraceno, Dimitri Volkov, Q'rulix Zular... many plantmans...
    I hop a lot, but Volza and Saraceno are my most common at the time of typing this.

    About The Species

    What alien species are you applying for?

    Why do you want to play as the alien species?
    The concept is super interesting. Obviously. I really like the concept of synthetic servants with enough free will and thought to interpret their programming individually.
    Also, so I can *chime. I won't lie.

    What are some example names for the alien species?
    Sustenance Manager OM-D 2847
    Material Distributor SN-O 4839
    Medicinal Manufacturer SI-D 7392

    Summarize what you know about the species.
    Adherents are a "race" of crystalline silicon intelligences, generally organized as "the Vigil." Physically, they generally are built as few to many masses of silicon crystal within a crystal-ceramic casing, though the number and exact design varies depending on the intended function and processing power of the specific Adherent. Not to mention the multitude of tendrils trailing behind them as they float along, their functions and locomotion powered entirely by piezoelectric activity, which attributes to their almost "musical" tones when speaking. (They're basically crystal space squids that *chime, though, let's be real.)

    They served were designed, presumably, by their "creators," long ago wiped out by a solar flare, known as the Scream, which destroyed not only the creators but most known information or memory of their existence, affecting a good majority of the Adherents themselves as well. Over thousands of years, as Adherents recovered their functions and reorganized, the Vigil would do what they could to reform themselves and their culture with what little was left, including the ruleset ingrained into their being by their creators that every Adherent shares and is compelled to follow, the Protocol.

    This Protocol, and overall lack of full understanding of their previous creators, resulted in the formation of, generally speaking, three major factions of thinking: Loyalists, who would keep to their status as servitors in whatever manner, interpreting the protocol in ways that would have them actively follow it in efforts to serve and assist sentient beings who would have them as they seek their creators; Preservers, who generally seek to keep passive in the universe, observing it and studying it, leaving it untouched for their creators or whatever beings would appreciate their efforts or the information obtained and kept (or, in the case of Mourners, requesting that any sites remain left alone); and Separatists, who, even with Protocol dictating their behavior, would still find it in the Vigil's best interest to diverge from the path of total servitude and look out for itself. Separatists, generally looked down upon by the rest of the Vigil, would rarely, if ever, do anything extreme or unreasonable in an effort to achieve this goal, as Protocol keeps them, effectively, cooperative with the Vigil as a whole.

    Each Adherent is an individual, but ultimately, strives to further and protect the Vigil in some way, putting the whole before itself, as dictated by Protocol. Due to each Adherent's individuality, however, Protocol is interpreted differently by each, from the new purpose of the Vigil itself (see factions above) to how individual, unusual tasks that Protocol was not written with in mind are completed, often times pausing functionality for long periods of times to determine how to best apply Protocol to the situation at hand.

    Generally, Adherent are polite (with some colder exceptions), as is their nature as servitors, and tend to put sentient organic life before themselves, doing what they can, when relevant to their purpose and situation, to assist and protect them, but rarely (at least in the case of non-creators) at total expense of themselves, as their own self-preservation plus the Vigil's inability to create new Adherent minds makes doing so wildly unfeasible for the betterment of the Vigil itself.

    As for character concepts
    , I'm pretty bad at these, but here goes:
    Xenoflora Sampler JU-L 5901, a "Field Assistant" on the SEV Torch, is an Adherent with a fairly simple purpose of collecting samples of plantlife, familiar and unfamiliar, and studying and documenting them to the best of its ability. While more variety is always better, it will make an effort to collect enough of each xenoflora to test further, intent on checking as much data is possible against it and its effects. Its intents are generally for information on the flora itself, not for its uses or potentially mutating it into a more functional species. It simply documents information on each, compares it against, by this point, surely massive lists of existing xenoflora, and categorizes it accordingly. JU-L is a Preserver, seeking only to collect data and store it, but will happily share what it has learned and documented at length with anyone willing to use the information further, though rarely is personally interested in its results.

    Vessel Sanitizer TL-S 4800, a "Sanitation Technician" (duh) on the SEV Torch, is a Loyalist-leaning Adherent focused, probably very obviously, on the removal of germs of all sorts, and any potential causes of them (within reason and Protocol, obviously) on board its designated vessel(s). Similarly to before, TL-S is rather obsessive with its task. While it's fine floating about the station or ship, cleaning up messes as it finds them, there may be, at points, where it feels it is not doing enough to rid away any potential illnesses (in a ship, funny enough, completely lacking virii, thanks broken virology) or other hazards from dirt and grime. It may try to do so by politely asking to clean and sanitize every corner of a department to which it normally doesn't have the time or ability to access (brig cells, for instance), oftentimes insisting in some cases that a sanitation check is in order until outright told to bugger off. Other times, it may ask, or more often simply offer, during times of extreme downtime to clean and sanitize someone's equipment, even their clothing for a quick trip to the laundry, though this is more often than not likely met with a no of some sort. Anything to squeeze in that last bit of germ-freeness aboard its vessel, protecting the organics from their impending viral doom.
  2. Gentlefood

    Gentlefood Adherent Species Maintainer

    Seems reasonable. Approved.
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