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    Moonshanks - Yautja Application

    Yautja Whitelist Application
    Personal Information

    Byond ID:
    Moonshanks

    Discord ID
    Moonshanks#3223

    Marine Name
    Viktor Mallard

    Character Information

    Name of the Yautja Character you wish to play
    Zabin Laur’ke

    What clan are you joining?
    Clan Luar’ke

    If Other (Minor Clan), what is the Clan Name?
    -

    If Other (Minor Clan), Minor Clan Lore
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    Yautja Character Story
    Docs link: ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/e...5AA1_KJEy8/pub )

    Zabin Laur’ke

    “Dusk fell on than-guan causing shadows to grasp their ever growing tendrils across the jungle floor. In the distance, sharp claps of gunfire percussed a steady rhythm as the ooman tribes spelt out their differences in blood. A beast named shadow stalked the shadows around a cenotaph, waiting for their quarry.

    It was smaller than its kin, and weaker too. Lar’ja had barely scraped through their trials. They had passed their first, it was bloody and they were almost killed serveral times. The prey they took down was equally unimpressive. Through their small stature, and small hunts Lar’ja hard been branded with the name insect, by all who knew of him.


    A hunter by the name Yeyinde had committed a sin worth death. They had stolen the mask of an ancient elder, claimed that they were worthy of his legend, and that they were honouring his memory. The Laur’ke had been alerted to this trespass against the ancients. Looking to bolster their ranks they offered the hunt to the newly blooded. Lar'ja had taken an oath to kill Yeyinde, to protect the ancient temple. He had haunted his prey for days, tracking by the ways of old, and ignoring his technology. Yuatja were too reliant on their cloaks, masks, and bracers, if he relied on his technology Lar'ja would too be easy to spot.

    As dusk turned to night and the shadows consumed the foliage, Lar'ja became aware of a disturbing of leaves, a rustle of movement. The familiar shimmer of a thermal cloak disrupted the air as the hunter Yeyinde stood tall in front of the cenotaph. It was clear enough that he cared not for honour, as he seized his hands on the Sandstone door slowly cracking it open.


    Lar'ja exploded out of the treeline, launching himself shoulder first into the back of Yeyinde. Shadow failed to do anything other than bounce off of Yeyinde’s hulking frame, stumbling in between the bad blood and the sandstone door.

    “I have been sent to kill you ic'jit! You must die for your crimes.” Lar'ja cried out, shuffling to his feet and drawing Bakuub his spear.

    “You… Insect… Will bring me down? You are not worthy of this task, your will is as weak as your flesh! Both shall be torn open shall you not let me pass.”

    “You must die.” Lar'ja retorted “I swore an oath.”

    “Then you will break it!” Yeyinde cackled, crashing his hydraulic grip around Lar'ja’s throat. Lar'ja, fumbled in reply, losing his footing across the loose leaf covered ground as he attempted to haul Yeyinde back. Yeyinde cocked their head in amusement at the attempt, flinging Lar'ja against the door, spraying a cloud of green blood. Dazed, Lar'ja gasped for air.

    “Killing you will do the elders proud!” roared Yeyinde, dragging aside the sandstone to reveal the cenotaph within “You are not Yautja! You are weak! Your tainted blood has no place in the hunt!” He punctuated each insult by pummeling Lar'ja against the sandstone, sending Bakuub skittering across the cenotaph floor.

    Squirming, Lar'ja finally found his grip, planted a foot in a crack in the ground and launched himself backwards, sending Yeyinde skywards breaking their grip from his throat. Yeyinde, the larger of the two, was the first on his feet.

    “Enough play, you are prey, you deserve a prey’s death” clicked Yeyinde, spreading wide his mandibles, and taking a ceremonial dagger from atop one of the empty sarcophagi.

    “This is a sacred tomb Yeyinde! You take what doesn’t belong to you, and spill the blood of a Yautja in these walls? I am bound to kill you, you will die!”

    “You are not Yautja, this is but a sacrifice, to the elders, no one will remember your name Insect.” Laughed Yeyinde, lunging forth with the dagger raised aloft in both hands.

    Lar'ja drew his own dagger, darting forth to meet Yeyinde from below, aiming to drive their blade deep into Yeyinde’s trunk. He was not quick enough. Yeyinde was faster, bigger, and stronger. He simply batted Lar'ja’s blade aside with a swift kick to the shoulder. Yeyinde’s steel found its mark, biting hard into Lar'ja’s neck, spraying yet more vibrant green across the tomb. Lar'ja faltered and slipped in the viscera, his life gushing out of the hole in his throat.

    “Just as I said Insect, easy, weak. Your life is mine to take”.

    Yeyinde grasped the struggling Lar'ja by the back of their skull, bunching up their tendrils ready to cut them free.

    Nau'je Luar’ke was watching from the cenotaph door. She decided that now was the time to show the heretic who’s honor he had questioned. She stepped in, and with a swift de-cloaking, cracked Yeyinde in the temple with her combistick.

    “Yeyinde, you have desecrated this tomb.” She clicked without emotion.

    Roaring, Yeyinde dropped Lar'ja’s form and charged. Nau'je bested him with ease, crashing the combistick down and behind his ankle, causing Yeyinde’s leg to buckle. She followed it up with a swift flurry of blows, cracking ribs, fracturing bones. Yeyinde, aware of the ever approaching nature of his death, lashed out, forcing Nau’je to step back. He took this chance to run, replacing his brave visage with that of a coward.

    “On your feet Insect, you have failed your oath” Nau'je stated bluntly

    “You are not a great warrior, Yeyinde is right. You are weak, you are small, you can not win in a test of might.”

    “I can prove myself” Lar'ja coughed. “I can pull out that bad bloods bones and use them to mark my strength.”

    “You will die trying, Shadow. An insect cannot bring down a giant through might, but through cunning and tact, they can make them hurt. To prove yourself you must bring down the traitor before the sun rises. In failing your duty they have taken what does not belong to him. He must be killed for it.”

    With that, Nau'je departed leaving Lar'ja wounded, but alive. The humiliation was pain enough, he was proven weak. Pressing thwei crystals to his broken body, he gathered up Bakuub and stepped out into the night.

    The beast named Shadow began the hunt.

    Yeyinde had covered ground unknown, his teleport disabled by the Laur’ke ship above. The hulking form of Yeyinde left an easy trail to track, with footprints carved into the soft dirt, and snapped branches of the thick vegetation marking the way to Lar'ja’s quarry; it was only a matter of following in swift silence.

    Lar'ja's mind raced along the way, Nau'je had spoken true, and he must swallow his pride. In an open fight to the death with Yeyinde Lar'ja was too weak, too small, and too easily bested. He would have to set a trap, and not one that Yeyinde could detect with his technology.

    Lar'ja paused, Yeyinde’s tracks were growing closer and closer together. He had clearly stopped running, and these tracks could be fresh. The sky lightened ever slowly as Lar'ja’s trap was planned.

    Yeyinde stepped into an oasis in the jungle with his thermal sight active, looking carefully at each opening to spot the familiar shimmer of a Yautja cloak. Nau'je would not sneak up on him. He strode into the waist high water, stopping briefly to survey the surroundings.

    A sudden flash of a plasma caster lit up the treeline to his left. His eyes darted right to follow the tracer, but all he saw was motionless foliage.

    Bang and flash filled his senses as the treeline cascaded into flames, he dropped his thermal sight crying out in pain as the overloaded sensors blinded him. Yeyinde widely unleashed a plasma volley on the treeline in panic.

    White hot sharp pain thrust through his back and out his chest. He looked down in shock as blood turned the water green. His strength left him as he struggled to cry out, gargling blood.

    “Killing you will do the elders proud.” Uttered a mud-covered Lar'ja as he drove Bakuub through Yeyinde’s heart, ending him and the hunt.

    “You did well Lar’ja.” Nau'je noted stepping out from the shadows.


    “You followed me?” Lar'ja asked.

    Nau’je cocked her head in amusement. “You were bait, nothing more, but you proved yourself worthy.”

    “I did as I promised Nau’je. But I am not Lar’ja. Yeyinde relied too much on his strength, stature, and technology. I am a hunter of a different nature. I am Zabin.

    The sun rose on than-guan as the beast named Insect rose tall above his prey. His oath had been kept. His true name had been claimed. The tomb was safe once more.

    Confirmations

    Have you read the honor code and do you understand that if you breach the honor code you may be subject to disciplinary action and have your whitelist revoked for a set amount of time?
    Yes

    Did you read the application process page?
    Yes

    Do you understand that any behavior that is unbecoming of a member of the community may result in you having your whitelist revoked? Such things include, but are not limited to: Racism, toxicity, excessive or malicious trolling, abuse of staff or etc.
    Yes

    Do you understand that you may face having your whitelist revoked, or other disciplinary action undertaken, should you be banned or warned on the CM discord?
    Yes

    Do you understand that you cannot advertise your application on any platform for votes. Do you also understand you may not edit this application 1 hour after it has been posted?
    Yes

    Do you understand that community members may report your in-game actions on the forums, and that you may be asked to defend your actions.
    Yes

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    Well respected, been around for a good second, i feel he would fit right in, +1
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    alrighty, I do have a few worries about the application you are well respected in the community, yes, but I barely see you in-game or at all aside from in-game events where you provide exposition and leave, and that brings on some worries on my part about your rp as of now. along with the use of ooman within the story which is not bad but along with many grammatical issues the story ends with a hc break in the form of cloak hpcing someone. your character is also unknown to me I have been active for some time now and do not see Viktor at all.

    overall, you are a really cool dude and I trust that you could get the wl and be good with it, but you need to get back into the game I will be -1 this app for now.

    but I will give you a few questions to see how much you understand the code that may sway me.


    1. how would you handle a pred body on the human ship?


    2. A marine walks up to you and calls you a "roid freak." how would you respond?


    3. what would you do if a pred is downed along with the human they are hunting?


    4. the queen is consistently following you trying to cap you how would you react?

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    Thanks for your feedback. Apologies if my reply is formatted strangely or includes errors, I’m doing this on mobile as I don’t have access to a pc right now.

    Would it be possible to point out my gramma or spelling errors as an example? I’m dyslexic, though I did spend the better part of a week and a half on this application (maybe a week?) and my word processor didn’t pick up any spelling mistakes. Are you sure it’s not just British English vs American English?

    As for when I’m online, it’s usually in the morning UK time, so I understand that you don’t see me much as you’re in a US timezone.

    I’ll answer the other questions below.
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    1. how would you handle a pred body on the human ship?
    Pred gear must be recovered. As a Luar’ke Zabin specialises in recovery of gear and artefacts. I would head to the ship, and locate the gear while cloaked, then extract it from the ship. I would move quickly and away from the normal hallways to avoid detection. If the gear was in CIC I would sit and wait until it was empty, or a opportunity for extracting it without violence presented itself.



    2. A marine walks up to you and calls you a "roid freak." how would you respond?
    There’s no reason why a pred would understand what “roid” means, but if I could, I’d probably quip back something like “my physique does not come from Thwei weakling”. I would then probably offer a honour duel by pointing at them and saying “prove your physique human”. If they didn’t want an honour duel I’d go find someone else.


    3. what would you do if a pred is downed along with the human they are hunting?
    If it was a hunt and not an honour duel, I would recover the preds body and let them die… they died in combat, preds don’t like being revived SFAIK. If they had stated earlier they wanted to be revived then I’d do so. The human prey proved themselves worthy, they would be thrown back to the fob for medics to revive them before they went DNR.


    4. the queen is consistently following you trying to cap you how would you react?
    It depends on the context. The queen is not a valid target, but presuming she has been following me for a while and is attacking me. I’d probably do my best to crit her then make some distance so she can recover/be recovered. Honestly I don’t like using stuff other than melee so I’d probably try to make distance and warn the queen that I don’t wish to hunt her. If she continues after all that then she’s valid pred, and I’d crit or kill as above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonshanks View Post
    Would it be possible to point out my gramma or spelling errors as an example? I’m dyslexic, though I did spend the better part of a week and a half on this application (maybe a week?) and my word processor didn’t pick up any spelling mistakes. Are you sure it’s not just British English vs American English?
    You are not allowed to edit the application currently and I can't explicitly point anything out I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonshanks View Post
    Pred gear must be recovered. As a Luar’ke Zabin specialises in recovery of gear and artefacts. I would head to the ship, and locate the gear while cloaked, then extract it from the ship. I would move quickly and away from the normal hallways to avoid detection. If the gear was in CIC I would sit and wait until it was empty, or a opportunity for extracting it without violence presented itself.





    There’s no reason why a pred would understand what “roid” means, but if I could, I’d probably quip back something like “my physique does not come from Thwei weakling”. I would then probably offer a honour duel by pointing at them and saying “prove your physique human”. If they didn’t want an honour duel I’d go find someone else.




    If it was a hunt and not an honour duel, I would recover the preds body and let them die… they died in combat, preds don’t like being revived SFAIK. If they had stated earlier they wanted to be revived then I’d do so. The human prey proved themselves worthy, they would be thrown back to the fob for medics to revive them before they went DNR.




    It depends on the context. The queen is not a valid target, but presuming she has been following me for a while and is attacking me. I’d probably do my best to crit her then make some distance so she can recover/be recovered. Honestly I don’t like using stuff other than melee so I’d probably try to make distance and warn the queen that I don’t wish to hunt her. If she continues after all that then she’s valid pred, and I’d crit or kill as above.
    1. A safe answer, it is acceptable.


    2.preds do understand terms like steroids but keep in mind you should not honor duel anyone who insults you. In this situation I would usually just grab them and throw them into a wall or just punch them. The comment itself is sorta lrp so you are allowed to hunt and kill them. otherwise this is good.


    3. good answer but a pred will never ask you to revive them if they are downed in a hunt. The act of being revived after being defeated is dishonorable and will most likely get you honor dueled by the pred you saved. still a good answer


    4. I don't like the way you answered this one. and keep in mind you can lpc the queen, I would not enter combat with a queen almost ever due to the fact that the hive follows her everywhere. by entering combat with her you risk getting pushed into a wall and capped. In this situation you should utilize the cloak and lpc to down her and her entourage and then cloak to make a fast getaway. but if you are in a situation where you are forced into fighting the queen which is almost never. You will be allowed to use dishonorable weapons due to the fact that you will prolly get attacked by a pred capping squad. Overall I dont blame you on this one too much but you should keep in mind you are in control on if you are seen or attacked too often.

    overall your answers are decent and I think I can trust you enough to give you a chance I think there will be many things to iron out but its nothing time and understanding and reading hc more can help. +1

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    4. I don't like the way you answered this one. and keep in mind you can lpc the queen, I would not enter combat with a queen almost ever due to the fact that the hive follows her everywhere. by entering combat with her you risk getting pushed into a wall and capped. In this situation you should utilize the cloak and lpc to down her and her entourage and then cloak to make a fast getaway. but if you are in a situation where you are forced into fighting the queen which is almost never. You will be allowed to use dishonorable weapons due to the fact that you will prolly get attacked by a pred capping squad. Overall I dont blame you on this one too much but you should keep in mind you are in control on if you are seen or attacked too often.
    Fair enough, if a queen is trying to cap me I’ll be getting away with or by any means necessary. Probably just stunning them and then using my cloaked speed to break enough distance to teleport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by safecrown2253 View Post
    story ends with a hc break in the form of cloak hpcing someone.
    The hunter who gets blasted in the story seems to have been a bad blood based on actions & reactions from the others in the story, nothing they did is explicitly against HC but assuming the intent was for them to be a bad blood, cloak HPC is valid as they are considered dishonourable.

    Onto the app:

    Your story was acceptable, it had some minor grammatical errors here and there but your explanation for their presence is more than enough to satisfy a handful of minor mistakes. It is kind of unbelievable that what is effectively the weakest blooded would be trusted to handle a Bad Blood, but this is something that isn't too egregious for a story and can be handwaved with the justification that they basically just hoped the Bad Blood would get rid of the blooded for them (which you allude to in the story anyway).

    The hunter character itself seems fine, I don't have any qualms with it.

    The big roadblock for me is this:

    I don't think I have ever seen you in-game, I don't know anyone who says they have either. I cannot vouch for your ability to stay IC and roleplay and have not found someone able to either, and that is immensely concerning to me. The Yautja WL is something that many people have been accepted onto, and have been unable to handle the feeling of pressure and "being watched" that ends up coming with it, there will be people who dedicate their rounds to killing every pred and relentlessly trying to end your round in some of the most frustrating ways possible, and it is something that has resulted in the burning out and huge negative outbursts (that usually massively break HC) from many WL holders in the past. On another whitelist it's something I think could be overlooked somewhat, but the Yautja WL is so uniquely frustrating and has a long history of these things happening, that it's something that I personally cannot ignore.

    Without vouches for your ability to RP and keep IC things IC, I cannot in good conscience support this application currently. I think you have a lot of potential and could be a good Yautja, but cannot give my support at this time, which makes this a -1.

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    It is kind of unbelievable that what is effectively the weakest blooded would be trusted to handle a Bad Blood, but this is something that isn't too egregious for a story and can be handwaved with the justification that they basically just hoped the Bad Blood would get rid of the blooded for them (which you allude to in the story anyway).
    The Laur’ke are ruthless, and I felt it would be too on the nose spelling it out any more directly then I did. Zabin was 100% bait, if they died the Laur’ke wouldn’t have given a shit, and they expected them to die anyways.

    The hunter who gets blasted in the story seems to have been a bad blood based on actions & reactions from the others in the story, nothing they did is explicitly against HC but assuming the intent was for them to be a bad blood, cloak HPC is valid as they are considered dishonourable.
    While not super clear, Zabin didn’t cloak the entire second half of the story, they note to themselves that cloaking will probably make them more obvious as Yeyinde would be looking for signs of pred tech:

    “Yuatja were too reliant on their cloaks, masks, and bracers, if he relied on his technology Lar'ja would too be easy to spot”


    As for the elephant in the room, of not many people seeing me RP I typically only get time to play in the morning UK time, which is the lowest pop the server gets to.

    I usually also only play roles that I can also moderate with, so SEA, rifleman, xeno under the name BID.

    While I understand that you need to see to believe when it comes to RP. I can clearly show that I care strongly for curating a HRP environment, through the amount of work and care I put into my events, providing a custom PDF dossier for each one that I curate myself, taking care to stick within the naming conventions for ships, ranks, experimental gear e.c.t.

    Usually I’ll spend between 1-3 hours planning and prepping an event over a couple days.

    Before it was disallowed I also tried to grow a HRP group with echo, but that failed due to personality conflicts.

    Essentially, I recognise that this is the biggest hurdle to my app, but I just wish to make it clear I take every opportunity I can to RP or facilitate RP environments. I’m aware that staff do not get caveats for how they are required to spend their time in CM and I respect that. But the reason I play and RP during super low pop, or not as frequently as I could, is because I spend the rest of my time within CM completing my manager duties, and assisting other staff running events, or handling reports.

    Again if this is too big of a hurdle to my app, I will change tactics and ping specific Pred councillors when I’m playing online so I can prove my enjoyment of RP.

    Here are just some examples of the resources I make to create a HRP environment (I can provide more on request):

    https://imgur.com/gallery/iEWMloY

    https://i.imgur.com/XUTLiDY.png
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