About You What is your Byond key? Somenerd How long have you been playing on Baystation 12? A year and a bit, specifics unknown. What are the names of your better-known characters? CAPT Rip/Ripley Martins LCDR Anna Stall PO2/3 H-1 ENS Paean ENS Anjin Stall PO3 Sophie Artman Sophie, Deck Technician - GAS About The Species What alien species are you applying for? Dionaea Why do you want to play as the alien species? I love the idea of Gestalt Consciousness, and have been interested in the idea since the idea of the Geth from Mass Effect. Multiple organisms making up one being is an interesting prospect. I'm also excited to see where the current diona related updates are going as from what I can see in the discord. What are some example names for the alien species? The burning of Sulfur and the shearing sounds of tortured metal The whirr of machinery and the hum of starship engines Heartbeats upon the plains of a sullen, burning sky Summarize what you know about the species. The Dionaea are a species of plant like Nymphs, whose life-cycle involves finding other nymphs and joining together to create a Gestalt. These Gestalts can range from the size of a human, to the size of a space station, or larger, with some rumoured to exist within stars themselves. As the Gestalt grows in size and nymphs, it grows also in intellectual capacity, however it will also take longer for them to think. The Diona absorb light and radiation from their environment, with some gestalts reaching such a size and position that they feed off of stars, converting some of the energy and material into a usable form that they often trade with outsiders in exchange for the propagation of their seeds beyond where they can reach themselves. Dionaea are very curious, seeking out various forms of knowledge to help improve the Gestalt by observing their environment, which sometimes causes issues with Diona unaccustomed to human culture, as they lack a sense of personal space and will sometimes "observe" a bit closer than most humans would like. The negative reactions from such interactions would help to fuel the way the Diona develops, and they tend to pick up some "tricks" to be able to negotiate methods of obtaining knowledge they may not ordinarily have been able to access. Dionaea have their own language, Rootspeak, but is not a language that can easily be understood by those who are not also diona, requiring a lot of equipment to translate, as the language is based on electromagnetic radiation emissions. In terms of inter species relations, The Skrell were the ones who first encountered them during exploration voyages, with several agreements already in place between the two species. Humanity also enjoy a good working relationship, and are accepting Diona related material and services for many different purposes, with the Diona taking advantage of the distances they can achieve with their help. On the contrary, as a species with a relative lack of space travel, most of the Unathi have little to do with Diona, and the GAS do not generally see the Diona as mindful, hindering their relationship as the GAS look down on them as childlike.