About You What is your Byond key? Vandalxx What is your Discord username? miros#1005 How long have you been playing on Baystation 12? consistently since February of this year What are the names of your better-known characters? IK-E 4760 Ariana Solis Corbin Doyle About The Species What alien species are you applying for? Dionaea Why do you want to play as the alien species? I've had many interesting roleplay experiences with Diona and enjoy playing non-humanoid aliens. What are some example names for the alien species? Cold Rain Upon Grass Whilst Thunderous Beating of Weapons Fire Upon Metal Twisting (long form names) Cheese And Meat Between Two Slices Of Bread Diamonds And Metal Shining (short form names) Summarize what you know about the species. SHORT SUMMARY A "Diona" is actually a collection of smaller organisms combining and fusing together to form bigger shapes. The singular entity actually called a Diona is a small cat sized insect creature with many legs and a single eye. These small Nymphs can fuse together to form shapes of varying sizes while combining the knowledge they collected while in the Nymph form. These forms can be planet sized layered Gestalts to human sized Dionae that you would see aboard a space ship. THE BIOLOGY A Nymph's flesh is Hard and protective while the underside has a line of material that makes it easy for them to fuse with other nymphs. Diona don't need to breathe, instead they sometimes intake and expel gases to help with internal cooling and waste management. They also do not posses a central circulatory system. They use different segments of their body to transfer nutrients like a plant. When a diona grows large enough, the neural matter they posses grows with them, often increasing the time for brain processing power. Although this also increases its information processing capacity. Diona don't have any DNA. Their method of storing reproductive information is unknown and does not match any known form of cellular life. Speaking of cells, Diona are cell based and the cells they are made of are quite large, being visible to the naked eye. These cells are fibrous and lack a nuclei. Dionae usually have trouble forming themselves into the shape of a human and often move unnaturally and don't face whoever they are talking to. DIFFERENT STAGES Once a diona collects enough pieces of nymphs, it will go through several described states of growth. After enough combine, they create a Nascent Gestalt which is just a small group of uncoordinated nymphs in the shape of a blob. They search for more members and knowledge in this form, hoping to grow larger. The next and final stage is a dionae gestalt. Active and coordinated nymphs form into varying structures and forms. These can range wildly in sizes. THE SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE AND MENTALITY Dionae are curious, intelligent and passive creatures. They feel pain in a way, emulating like a human would while not feeling any real pain at all. Dionae will take on the mannerisms and observed traits of people they see around it. This is a side effect of it's information gathering and hoarding instincts. Dionae themselves do not have names, instead giving long and poetic descriptions of events or surroundings that they observed during their lifetime. On the previous note about them being passive, Dionae just simply do not recognize why someone would want to harm another being. They do not practice the concept of personal space (due to the whole forming into one being thing) and will usually surprise humans with their violations of personal space. ROOTSONG AND LANGUAGE DIonae can speak a variety of language in their forms, using monotone speaking patterns or using heavy bass rumbles or grinding sounds. They also have their own language, which is unique in many ways. Rootspeak are two different patterns of radio waves which most Dionae can emit. This first is a high frequency wave with limited range. This is use to talk with other dionae or nymphs at close range. The other uses very low range frequency waves to communicate with other gestalts and dionae at long range. This has a tremendous range, reaching beyond solar systems. They can use this to communicate to other gestalts. Singular nymphs have the capacity to understand both frequencies but can only emit the high range one. CHARACTER CONCEPT My Dionae would be called Looks to the Moon Over Endless Unwavering Cycles or Looks to the Moon for short. Looks to the Moon was born upon a gestalt surrounding a gas giant. After a short time they were greeted by a skrell ship visiting the gestalt they were fused with. While communications with the Skrell was established, a mutual agreement was arranged to trade several nymphs for examination and seeds for spreading. Moon departed from the gestalt and boarded the scientist Skrell vessel. During the trip, the Nymphs were gathering information from the Skrell and eventually formed into a Skrell-like form. Many years passed and eventually the Dionae came across the torch, being given to them by the skrell for their knowledge and skill in botany and cooking. They keep this Skrell-like form to this day.