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WellingtonSkellington - Diona

Discussion in 'Alien Species' started by Anna May, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Anna May

    Anna May Bartender

    About You

    What is your Byond key?


    What is your Discord username?

    Ripley's Believe It or Else™#1660

    How long have you been playing on Baystation 12?

    A few months now, I am not sure what month I started specifically, but sometime during early to mid summer.

    What are the names of your better-known characters?

    Anna May - Former Lab Tech, Now Bartender

    Mariah Mayfields - Roboticist/Cybernetic Technician

    Artemis - Flying Surveyor Robot

    About The Species

    What alien species are you applying for?


    Why do you want to play as the alien species?

    To bring a bit more diversity to the Torch, and I have always found the idea of playing a being formed up of multiple individual consciousnesses to be very interesting. Plus, I also greatly enjoy playing more... inhuman characters, and look forward to exploring roleplay options as one of the more exotic races aboard the Torch.

    What are some example names for the alien species?

    Grasses Rustling In The Starlight, Steel Gently Cracking Open Stone, Alarms Blaring In Steel Corridors.

    Diona names are oftentimes much longer, but they shorten them for the ease of other species.

    Shortened name examples: Grasses Rustling, Steel Gently Cracking, Alarms Blaring

    Summarize what you know about the species.

    Dionae are a race of drifting, plant-like creatures who shared their seeds with other members of the galaxy when they eventually stumbled upon a massive diona gestalt in orbit around a star, where they were feeding on rare gasses and minerals the star produced. After some time spent translating the diona’s strange language composed of electromagnetic waves, they eventually came to an agreement to spread the diona’s seeds and gestalts, in exchange for access to mining rights on the planetoids and have spread throughout the known galaxy.

    A dionae’s life begins when their seed nodules being planted, and growing into a small, cat-sized diona referred to as a nymph. These nymphs spend much of their time exploring, observing, and attempting to absorb as much information about their environment as possible. Assuming the nymph hasn’t been eaten, or otherwise destroyed, it will find another nymph, and the two nymphs will begin to merge their neural tissue together, forming a nascent gestalt. In this state, the gestalt is largely formless, as the nymphs are still in the process of gaining more mass by merging with more nymphs. This nascent gestalt will continue absorbing information around it, gaining as much knowledge, and other nymphs, as possible. Afterwards, this nascent gestalt becomes a gestalt, which is a combination of fairly coordinated nymphs that have fully merged their neural mass. They can range in size from about the size of a few nymphs, all to way up to the size of a celestial body.

    Dionae can speak with one another through their language known as rootspeak, which they do by producing short-wave radio signals with their antenna, and to non-diona sounds like a chorus of various creaking and rubbing of plant matter. They can also receive long-wave radio signals from large groups of diona in the form of global rootspeak.

    When gestalts are first formed, the diona usually does not have an understanding of things like social norms, or personal space, and all of these things are learned through experience and feedback from those around them.

    As a general rule, Diona are fairly slow. Both in the literal sense, that their movement is very slow and deliberate, and in the mental sense, as the gestalt makes decisions through consensus of each individual diona. This coupled with the sheer amount of neural mass that composes the “body” of a gestalt, slows down the thinking speed of a gestalt considerably, when compared to other races.
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  2. Anna May

    Anna May Bartender

  3. Anna May

    Anna May Bartender

    Steel Gently Cracking rustles and creaks, "We have bumped this app..."
  4. Anna May

    Anna May Bartender

    I just think they're neat.
  5. purplemontart

    purplemontart #1 Tree Dad Game Administrator Diona Species Maintainer

    Just to clarify a couple of things first:
    • The seeds were engineered by the Skrell for whatever mystical reasons they had, normally diona grow like polyps from inside a larger, mature gestalt.
    • They don't reach the "consensus of each individual diona", because as you say, they've merged their neural mass. There is no individual diona any more. Rather it's because of the sheer amount of neural matter that slows down their thinking and decision processing.
    Alright now that that's done, please give me a character concept.
  6. Anna May

    Anna May Bartender

    Character concept:
    Steel Gently Cracking Open Stone (shortened to Steel Gently Cracking).
    Steel Gently Cracking is a xenoarcheologist aboard the Torch, most of the original nymphs that forms their gestalt being from a crashed supply drone that was carrying several diona seeds, which were scattered on the grassy planet on impact. Shortly thereafter the Torch was operating in the area, and a member of the science team was excavating around the impact site, before being surprised by a newly-formed gestalt, which was observing them curiously, following the scientist as they went about their business. The scientist allowed the gestalt to follow them onto the GUP, and after some deliberation with command, was allowed to stay aboard the Torch, where it eventually absorbed enough other nymphs to enter it's samen state, and was eager to attempt to replicate what it had observed.
    Steel Gently Cracking is fairly new to seeing other lifeforms, let alone sentient ones, and is very eager to learn from the other members of the Torch. Steel also looks forward to uncovering new knowledge, both metaphorically and literally via their excavations and sharing their discoveries with others, even if they do seem a bit... odd to their coworkers.