timidvi - Diona

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timidvi - Diona

Postby timidvi » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:40 pm

meditations on a vine crawling up a high wall, fed by the chorus of the rising sun, and learning to understand the way (Meditations)

BYOND Key: timidvi

Species you want to apply for: Diona

Name of Characters In-game: (If applicable) Brooklyn Sedd, Ruby SRV-XIII, Ileravel Aossi

How long you've been playing Vorestation: A bit less than a month or so, on and off?

What is this character's backstory?: An adult Diona gestalt about 213 years old, or so it estimates. It doesn’t really keep track of time; for such a long-lived species, it doesn’t really think it matters. So it’s probably off by, say, a decade or two.

The Diona, when asked for its name, refers to itself as “meditations on a vine crawling up a high wall, fed by the chorus of the rising sun, and learning to understand the way”, but accepts simply being called “Meditations”, and has begun to call itself as such out of consideration for other sapient beings’ patience. The name, it says, refers to the moment in which the gestalt began to explore the concept of spirituality, and what that would entail for a species incapable of feeling emotions, but are highly motivated by intellectual activities and pursuits. Its answer was to adopt, modify, and start to spread a form of Taoism which emphasized intellectual consideration of mystery, and philosophical and poetic contemplation of the origin, growth, and end of existence.

The gestalt often engages in various “vore”-related activities towards this end. Principally, this is through the method of “absorption” via a similar mechanism as is used to incorporate Diona individuals into larger gestalts, since this allows Meditations to learn about and experience growth of body and mind, the beginnings of consciousness, the end of the individual consciousness, so on and so forth. Periodically, the gestalt also engages in “digestive” activities, despite it no longer being biologically necessary at its stage of life, to help it meditate on the mechanisms which sustain cell life, on the ends of an existence and a consciousness in its whole, and more. These activities are typically consensual; occasions where they are not would usually occur because Meditations failed to recognize that the entity did not desire to be consumed or absorbed.

Some example names of the species: “meditations on a vine crawling up a high wall, fed by the chorus of the rising sun, and learning to understand the way”, “flowers blooming and wilting in a meadow, displaying the fragility of life”, “the chorus of the midday star, singing on the leaves of the blue tree”, etc etc

Summarize what you know about the species: Dionaea are a gestalt entity first found about 300 years ago, orbiting a star in the system of Epsilon Ursae Majoris. They were spread across the galaxy due to a deal in which their seeds would be planted in new systems and environments, in exchange for allowing miners and explorers to establish habitats on the bodies of their super-organisms, enabling other species to access the rare gases and elements only accessible to creatures living so close to the stars.

They are typically highly peaceful, to the point of pacifism, except in their nymph stage in which they require sustenance through blood to develop, often resorting to biting others without warning to obtain it. They are typically highly driven by curiosity, and are intelligent if very slow in thinking. Perhaps due to their nature as collective organisms, Dionaea do not have a natural concept of personal space, and this understanding is typically developed over time and through personal experience.

Their physiologies are also especially strange; although cell-based, they follow precious little of the established rules concerning such life. While seeming to be plant-like, they have neither DNA nor RNA, don’t breathe except to Rootsing, and their inner bodies are filled with cavities and channels through which individual Diona nymphs often travel, and much of the rest of their bodies are formed from dead and hardened diona-flesh, rock, and “filler”.

Play out the following simulated RP scenario (also feel free to alter this, as it is just an example scenario):
Recruiter: "So, tell me about yourself... what was your name again?"
Meditations: We call… Ourselves… Meditations… On a vine… Crawling up a high… Wall… Fed by the… Chorus… Of the rising… Sun… And learning to understand… The way. …This one… May simply… Call us… “Meditations”… Easier… For your… Kind…
Recruiter: "Riiiiiiight..." The recruiter scribbles on his notepad, taking down notes. "Tell me about how you came to live on Virgo Prime."
Meditations: Came with… The shuttles… The space craft… Latched onto… The side… And went… And followed… Wherever they… Would go… Found vine… Decided to… Spread mystery… Of the Growing…
Recruiter: The recruiter nods, hardly making eye contact as he reads off the standard list of questions. "Do you have any past experience working on NanoTrasen stations?"
You: “A few… Times… Over… Long times… And short times... Different things… Odd… Jobs…?
Recruiter: He nods again, writing down some notes, or perhaps doodling. It's impossible to tell which. "And what do you think you can bring to the company?"
You: “We bring… Curiosity… Investigation… Acknowledgement of mystery… The method of… Understanding. If the Seed is… Known… All things… Soon follow…
Recruiter: "Very well. Thank you for your time. We will contact you as soon as there is an opening suited for you." The impatient recruiter finally looks up again and waves the applicant along, ready for the next potential new employee.
You: “… You… Are welcome…”

Why do you want to play this species?: I’m a fan of the slow but curious and intelligent creatures. Also felt like having a character with a bit more of a dominant streak (more pred, less prey), especially one that was centred mainly around absorption with a side of digestion. The uniqueness of the plant-likeness of Diona is a plus. Other than Prometheans, of which I’m not much of a fan of playing, and possibly Proteans, which are a race that, as far as I know, aren’t even finished, Dionaea characters are really the most logical option.

What do you expect them to bring to the station's RP by this character being allowed?:
Doesn’t the idea of a slow, meditative plant-like creature devoid of real emotion and perpetually intellectually driven seem like it’d mesh well with Eastern spirituality (especially meditative practices) with a bit of a Gnostic bent? What moreso if the same thing can incorporate Vorestation’s titular themes? Seems like it could be interesting, right?
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