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Offline Haseri

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Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:39:43 am »
Space, a very penultimate frontier. Humanity have made their mark amongst the stars, colonising dozens of worlds, more every couple of years. The hope of finding alien intelligence is becoming ever more fruitless. Explorers are lucky if the find microorganisms, let alone intelligent life. Much more common are artefacts of ancient civilizations, the earliest seems to have disappeared just as humanity started to evolve, the latest just as humans invented the radio.

The year is, with our calender, 2709 CE. Much of the first half of the 3rd millennium was spent colonising the Solar System. Sometime in the 26th century, faster than light travel was discovered. Travelling between stars was now feasible, using the warp in space-time caused by the star's gravity to their advantage.

You are part of an exploratory/diplomatic team, on the SCSS (Space Corp (pronounced core) Star Ship) Hawking. Your job is to explore systems, discover relics of the past or to go to the furthest reaches of the federation to settle disputes.

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Character Template
Name:
Gender:
Age:
Role - Occupation: See below
Description: See below
Personality:
Origin: Born on Earth? Give a general area. A colony? Give it at least a name. A space station? Again, give it a least a name.
Background:

Role and Occupation
In the Space Corp there are six 'roles', shown by the colour of the required uniform.
Command - Those who control the ship. Includes navigation. Wears green uniform.
Security - Clad in white, they maintain peace on the ship or station.
Enginering - Yellow. Keep the ship running and in good repair.
Medical and Science - The doctors, psychologists, chemists, geologists, xenoarchaeologists, etc wear blue.
Marine - When not in combat gear, a marine wears black.
Civilian - When aboard a Space Corp vessel, usually a transporter, all civilians must wear red until arrival.
(The difference between Security and Marines? Security are more like police, i.e. non-lethal force; Marines are more combat focused.)

Then describe their occupation within that role.

Description
Some humans despaired at the lack of alien life in the universe, and so took it upon themselves to make them look alien. Popular changes include alternate skin pigmentation, green being very popular; or skeletal changes, changing the shape of bones, most popular being changes to skull shape. Mass media have dubbed these 'Gennies', although most of the time the change is cosmetic, rather than genetic, although real genetic changes are possible and not uncommon. The true 'Gennies' do group together as a separate race most of the time, but there usually aren't enoughed to sustain themselves genetically. However, despite these changes, humans and 'Gennies' can still interbreed, causing little to no problems, especially with cosmetic changes.

That said, many humans have not had any such changes, and 'Baseline' humans are still in the majority.


The RP will be Arc (or 'Episode') based, like the Superhero RP. Like Superhero RP also, each episode will need someone to play the antagonist. We will sort out antagonist roles when enough people join.

For now, make characters and feel free to ask questions.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2009, 10:50:27 am by Haseri »



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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 10:53:42 am »
Does the character have to be human, or can it be a robot?
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 12:20:29 pm »
I don't see why it can't be.

Just put the manufacturer in 'Origin'.

Looks-wise, they'll be more Kryten than Data. We quickly learned that if we try too hard to make robots look realistic, they just look creepy.

Note that robots only have a mediocum of free will. Enough for some robots to form a political movement to get their official name changed from 'robot', which comes from the Czech word roboti, meaning serf labour or hard work, to something else. There is currently no concensus, but 'Droid', in homage to Star Wars, or 'Anthroid' have been thrown around.

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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 02:26:36 pm »
Name:Security Anthroid Monitoring Megacomplex Y (SAMMY)
Gender:Personality and voice Male
Age:As old as the ship
Role-Occupation:Security, monitors ship and applies tasers to threat entities
Description:An AI system that controls cameras throughout the ship.  Throughout the ship, small portholes open to his system of pipes.  The thing closest to his "head", his taser/arm, also the only part of him that can talk, can move through this system of pipes at high speed to any one of these cameras.  Cameras are normally the color of the walls but glow red when a threat entity is located.  Tasers are designed to be nonlethal but effectively he can apply as much voltage as he wants, though his prime directive prevents him from doing so normally.
Personality:SAMMY is an automated system and thus does not have a personality.  He only follows orders.  However every droid has a personality segment.  Those who do not need it, like SAMMY have it blocked off.  SAMMY's blocking off is starting to leak.  On a processing level, SAMMY is intended to be a more masculine counterpart to the more female SAMMX but in effect due to SAMMY's more dominating personality, SAMMX hardly ever does anything.
Origin:Was built as part of the ship, by the people who made the ship.
Background:SAMMY was built for the purpose of maintaining the ship's security, but over time he has become more and more of a seperate entity.  SAMMY is like a second security.  If SAMMY doesn't catch you, the normal security will.  If the normal security doesn't catch you, SAMMY will.  There's one major bug in SAMMY's programming, which is that it doesn't quite clearly define what a threat entity is.  He's supposed to figure it out himself.  He's concluded that a threat entity is what the majority of people say it is.  Let's hope he doesn't change his conclusion...
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2009, 04:43:46 pm »
Name: Heterius Krull
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Role - Occupation: Marine
Description: Heterius is a tall and very, very muscular man.
Personality: A mean and cruel marine.
Origin: (Space Station) Terrafix II
Background: Heterius was war-like from age 5, he loved to pick on his younger brother Verden. When he turned 14, Verden was 11 they played war every day. Then when he was 18 he enlisted. Then he went to boot camp, the instructors were tough and he could take all the punishment they gave him.  He was taller and stronger than most other marines at boot camp too.  When he turned 24 his 21-year-old brother, Verden died in a spaceship accident. Evidently it crashed into an asteroid. When Heterius went to see his brother's ship it was burnt. Even now Heterius is looking for the person who shot the ship down.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2009, 04:57:28 pm by Spartan King 95 »
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2009, 04:45:19 pm »
Come on Spartan, flesh out your bio more!  I seriously doubt your RP abilities based on it.


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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2009, 04:57:42 pm »
Name: Heterius Krull
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Role - Occupation: Marine
Description: Heterius is a tall and very, very muscular man.
Personality: A mean and cruel marine.
Origin: (Space Station) Terrafix II
Background: Heterius was war-like from age 5, he loved to pick on his younger brother Verden. When he turned 14, Verden was 11 they played war every day. Then when he was 18 he enlisted. Then he went to boot camp, the instructors were tough and he could take all the punishment they gave him.  He was taller and stronger than most other marines at boot camp too.  When he turned 24 his 21-year-old brother, Verden died in a spaceship accident. Evidently it crashed into an asteroid. When Heterius went to see his brother's ship it was burnt. Even now Heterius is looking for the person who shot the ship down.
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2009, 12:58:15 am »
Name: Lieutenant Hector Purdie
Gender: Male
Age: 39
Role: Chief Scientific Officer (Medical)
Description: Hector is the authorised scientific expert assigned to Command aboard the Hawking. He is responsible for all scientific personnel aboard, and acts as an advisor and liaison for the rest of the command crew. Previously the Chief Medical Officer, he was given a field promotion after the unfortunate discorporation accident which presumably claimed the life of the previous CSO, Diantha Lee. To reflect his rank and status he wears a green uniform with a blue pip.
Personality: Grudgingly officious. Not particularly content with his current position, but willing to perform to the best of his ability.
Origin: The Elysium Mons Scientific Institute, Mars.
Background: Hector was born, raised and educated on Mars and graduated with honours in Astromedicine at the Elysium Mons Institute and was assigned to a number of ships and stations in various medical positions. Two years ago he was assigned to the Hawking as Chief Medical Officer on its maiden voyage. A year later he was promoted in the field after the CSO was mysteriously dematerialised.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2009, 07:05:45 am by Krakow Sam »
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2009, 01:23:05 am »
Name: Damian DeMarco
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Role - Occupation: Engineering - Chief Engineering Officer.
Description: Tall, slender, and slightly pale.
Personality: Although Damian usually has a kind disposition, he has learned over the years that sometimes you have to get a bit angry to get things done.
Origin: Damian was born in the First Human Colony on Mars. It was established in 2327, and has since thrived. Damian's family lives close to the colony's launch port. That allowed Damian to see the spaceships come and go, which explains his interest in space travel.
Background: Damian has always been fascinated by space travel. Of all the toys he had, his set of toy space ships were his favourite, closely followed by his action figure of professor Gillion, one of the chief researchers of the team that discovered FTL travel. Though most of his family thought this was weird, and tried getting him to play with toy soldiers and other toys they found more "suitable for a boy", Damian couldn't be persuaded. He hung on to his toys, all the way through school, in which he was always in the top of his class. He even kept them when he went to the Elysium Mons Scientific Institute, to study 'Faster-than-light Propulsion Systems', to nobody's big surprise.  He had also picked up an interest in robotics, and he chose a minor in 'Robotics and AI'. Again, he graduated in the top of his class. After that, he worked on several small transport vessels with increasingly more responsibilities, each time taking his treasured toys with him. His quick ascension through the ranks didn't go unnoticed, and he was finally selected as Chief Engineer aboard the SCSS Hawking, giving him responsibility over all the engineers and maintenance, a job he accepted proudly.

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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2009, 06:09:22 am »
Name: Dalin Zlatan
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Role - Occupation: Medical - Aide
Description: Small, thin, pale-skinned with an augmented  right arm.
Personality: He has always been calm and shy, and gets rarely angry.
Origin: Zhivko Research Station S7, outskirts of Sol System.
Background: Dalin was born and live most of his early years on Zhivko Company's Research Station S7. His parents were both scientists there, for Zhivko, researching regeneration and making the human body more durable and extend human lifespan. When he was 22, rumours of unethical tests where people were harmed or even killed.
Later that year, military ships, apparently told about it by an informant, appeared without warning and marines raided the station.  Dalin lost his right arm in the raid. The rumours were revealed to be false, but over a hundred people were injured, including his mother. Dalin travelled away, living for three years on Earth and another one in Mars. He then joined the SCSS Hawking, where he became a medical aide.
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2009, 10:10:09 am »
Name: Herman Saimin

Gender: Male

Age: 32

Role - Occupation: Medical/Science - Chief Geologist

Description: Slightly shorter than average and of average weight. Brown hair long enough to be pulled into a ponytail, and blue eyes. He maintains a constant level of stubble along his jawline, on his cheeks and across the upper lip.

Personality: Mostly quiet and keeps to himself. Is liable to go into a fit of rage if over-angered.

Origin: Genshin Colony on Venus. Genshin was the third colony of Venus established in 2452. Herman graduated from the Genshin Academy of Natural Sciences.

Background: Born on Venus in 2677 CE, Herman was fascinated from an early age with geology and meteorology due to the restricted access to most of the outside areas from the colony domes on Venus. The restriction was due to some issues from the still mostly sulfuric atmosphere, and active volcanoes. As he grew, he would occasionally sneak out of the Genshin dome with a hazmat suit and collection tools to take samples of the soil and atmosphere of the planet. After graduating from high school, he quickly enrolled in the G.A.N.S. and took a geology major with a meteorology minor. Graduating top of his class at age 25, Herman spent the last seven years of his life helping the terraforming scientists of Venus alter the environment of the planet into one more receptive of human life, and hopefully one day remove the need for domes over the population centers of Venus. Recently, he was recruited to the exploratory team of the Hawking as the chief geologist.
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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2009, 11:11:38 am »
Name: Reginald "Reggie" Oleander

Gender: Male

Age: 31

Role - Occupation: Command - First Officer

Description: Reggie is what most would describe as a pretty boy. He always makes sure that he's the best looking person in the room, both in and out of uniform. Reggie has dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and has had his skin augmented so that he never has to worry about working for that vibrant tan ever again.

Personality: Reggie usually appears to be off in another world and only spends time on the bridge when he has to; this leads at least a few people to believe that he is somehow unfit for his job. It doesn't bother Reggie very much though. He is always watching and evaluating the situation and takes his job very seriously. Reggie is somewhat deceptive by nature and often lays traps along the path for people who wish to know more about him; still, there are reasons why he is the first officer on board the ship... and by that token, there are also reasons why he isn't the captain.

Origin: Born on the Messier 82 Monitoring Outpost

Background: Reggie spent most of his early life on the M82 Monitoring Outpost - the boondocks of explored space as far as he was concerned. His parents both served as researchers and spent their days watching and analyzing the activity in M82. Most of Reggie's childhood was spent exploring the outpost and getting into trouble. At the age of 12 he accidentally jettisoned a shipment of special tiny instruments during one of his late-night excursions. It became very apparent that Reggie was not like most of the people on the outpost. He was not a scientist and most of the people on board considered him a dead ringer for janitorial work or maintenance, much to his parents' chagrin. Not wanting their son to live a life of insignificance on the outpost or to become a criminal, Reggie's parents decided to send him to the naval academy back on Earth. Reggie spent the next 15 years as an enlisted man. He eventually made officer and was assigned to a small scouting vessel. After several years of solid performance Reggie made captain and was moved to a much larger cruiser-class vessel. As a captain, Reggie was required to have an intimate knowledge of every part of the ship he commanded. He did his job well and was praised by his superiors for it; however, it was not meant to last.

After an incident, Reggie was forced to step down from his command. With his naval career behind him, Reggie tried to find work in the shipping industry but there was no place for him. Every place he applied at seemed to be on track but mysteriously fell apart at the last minute. And then one day completely out of the blue, Reggie received a message that he'd been selected as a candidate for first officer on board the SCSS Hawking. Having nothing better to do, Reggie decided to go for it. It was not exactly the kind of space travel that he was used to but a job was a job.

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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2009, 11:22:36 am »
Do people want an active captain (going down with the teams), or a passive captain (just giving the team their missions)?

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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2009, 11:23:56 am »
Dunno. I think it might be best if there is as little contact with the captain as possible. Or at the very least, the caption should not be someone's primary character.

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Re: Space Opera RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2009, 11:24:52 am »
If that's the way others feel, I'll play the captain.