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Textor45 - Adherent

Discussion in 'Finalized' started by Textor, Oct 11, 2018.

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  1. Textor

    Textor Game Administrator

    About You

    What is your Byond key?

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

    What are the names of your better-known characters?
    James Andersen, Erick Hanford, Robert

    About The Species

    What alien species are you applying for?

    Why do you want to play as the alien species?
    They are one of the more unique species available and their adherence to their extensive list of ultra-specific protocols is endearing.

    What are some example names for the alien species?
    Janitorial Unit 89-V, Structural Maintenance Unit 198-D-1186, Core System Traffic Control Hub 37-Q

    Summarize what you know about the species.
    Adherents are a species of crystalline machines that were originally built to serve their creators, who were wiped out due to a solar flare (referred to as the Scream) which also wiped out many of their records about their creators.

    Adherents themselves are basically just fist-sized chunks of silicate crystal housed in a crystal-ceramic shell. The more facets an adherent has, the more processing power it has, and the more broad its activity scope can be. Adherents use shaped fields to hover above the ground, and uses a piezoelectrical system. They typically have five to eight tentacles, with two additional forward-facing tendrils that are used for manipulation.

    Adherent language is a series of mathematically precise chimes, which have been likened to a "wind chime hit by a sock" in sound.

    Adherents rigidly follow their protocols, an extensive (but not exhaustive) list of rules and instructions their creators gave them to dictate their behavior in many situations. Many protocols can be obscure and make little sense outside the context in which it was originally created, making the behavior of adherents occasionally baffling to other species. The interpretation of protocol has led to some interesting compliance, such as Core System Traffic Control Hub 37-Q's application of the protocol dictating the handling of unmanned, autonomous vessels, in which they noted there was no upper limit on the holding pattern, therefore put all adherent vessels in a holding patterns that would essentially search for a new manned station to dock at in the event that they find a creator.

    Adherents are polite and subservient and find satisfaction in fulfilling their purpose. Due to their requirement to adhere to protocol, if they encounter a situation that isn't covered by their protocols, they will typically lock up for a period of time while they compute where the new situation should fit into their protocols. This processing leads to the adherent losing functionality for the duration. Adherents also have a self-preservation protocol, though they are still debating whether this overrides the need to protect other sapient non-artificial life that aren't their creators.

    The Vigil is the loose association of Adherents, named such to reflect their unending search for their creators and their dedication to preserving grave worlds. So far, 37 planets have had an intelligent satellite placed in orbit, the intelligence within broadcasting details on the grave world below, typically caused by civil war, bioweapons, or other extinction-level events. The satellites have asteroid-deflecting lasers, but are unable to enforce their requests for the worlds to be left untouched otherwise, as they aren't particularly militaristic nor have the capability to cause enough damage to stop a determined ship from getting to the planet. The only exception to this is Canon, the creator's homeworld-- it has been on automated war footing since presumably before the Scream, and the anti-air batteries and shields that are still active on the surface obliterate anything that attempts to land.

    Character Concept
    Name: Food Preparation Unit 42-E-4656
    Position: Chef
    FPU 42-E was designed to convert raw food materials into cooked food for the creators. It became interested in transferring to the torch so that it could resume its duties in processing food for non-synthetic life forms. Due to its lack of knowledge in human cuisine, it originally cooked the same things over and over again, but after having processed the cook book left in the galley, it now knows how to create anything contained within that book. It does still tend to randomly select a recipe for a shift and mass-produce it, but it does take requests for other things, now. It still doesn't have a firm grasp on human cooking yet, so it may create things that are not seasoned quite correctly (confusingly enough humans seem to use the measurement 'to taste' when referring to salt and pepper, which it still hasn't figured out the exact measurement of as its feedback is varied depending on which human eats its food). Like most adherents, FPU 42-E is dedicated to fulfilling its purpose and tries very hard to ensure that the humans it serves are satisfied with its performance.
  2. Gentlefood

    Gentlefood Adherent Species Maintainer

    Howdy. Sorry for the wait this just managed to slip under my radar.
    Your character concept and understanding of the lore looks pretty good.

    I just have one question. This information isn't currently on the wiki, which I'm moving to fix, but of the following Adherent Factions which would FPU 42-E fall under?

    The Loyalists of the Vigil are dedicated to the memory of the creators in all ways. They devote themselves to their duties and their roles, embracing the ethos that service is life and purpose is happiness. Deviation from Protocol and 'disrespect' of the creators by suggesting the Vigil strike out alone is disapproved of by this faction, and they tend to be hidebound, servile and eager to please to the point of fawning over those they wish to serve.

    Most adherents are part of a loose movement called the Preservers. Their core practice is to leave the worlds they explore untouched and pristine, recording and indexing them for later review by the creators or whoever inherits their place. They are the most passive and appeasing of the Vigil factions and are the most likely to be found under the aegis of other spacefaring cultures like humanity.


    The Separatist faction of the Vigil agitates for the abandonment of Canon and the establishment of a new adherent order, prioritizing their needs as survivors of the Scream over the wistful hope of finding new masters. They do this circumspectly, of course, as Protocol forbids excessive social strife or violence, and decrying the creators is a good way to earn total social ostracism, or even recycling.
  3. Textor

    Textor Game Administrator

    He would definitely be a Loyalist.
  4. Gentlefood

    Gentlefood Adherent Species Maintainer

    Everything looks to be in order then. Approved.
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