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[Player information]
Player Name: Jessie
Age: 29
E-mail: sunnjessie @ gmail.com
Other characters played at Cape Kore: None.

[Character information]
Name: R. Daneel Olivaw
Canon: Isaac Asimov's Robot novels
Canon Point: Just after the end of Robots and Empire
Age: About 200, give or take. He'll say "twenty decades" if asked (from 3740).

Appearance: Daneel has every appearance of being a normal human man, and was made in the image of one of his creators, Dr. Roj Nemmenuh Sarton. He's of slightly above average height, slender but sturdy without being bulky. His eyes are blue and his hair is a light ginger colour, what's known as "Spacer bronze," a common hair colour among Spacers. His face is habitually grave, handsome, and broad with high cheekbones. He's free of scars, wrinkles, or blemishes, and his skin, though artificial, feels warm to the touch and exactly as human skin would feel. While he does have access panels that reveal his mechanical inner workings for maintenance purposes, these “seams” are so cunningly hidden as to be invisible even if one knows they're there. He's not particular about the clothes he wears -- he'll wear whatever's provided to him without comment -- but he tries to maintain a certain cleanliness and neatness, whatever he's wearing.
Inventory: Nothing but the clothes on his back.
Abilities: Being a robot, Daneel is stronger and has faster reflexes than any human. He has perfect memory recall. He also possesses telepathic abilities – something granted him by R. Giskard Reventlov, who had the ability first -- allowing him to sense the emotional state of humans or robots (or, presumably, other sentient minds, but he lacks experience with these) around him. He also has the ability to influence minds, to tweak and adjust. He is, however, extremely reluctant to do this without reason, as careless adjustment could seriously harm a human being, and the stronger the adjustment made, the more damaging it would be. He can, if it seems necessary, weakly strengthen emotional impulses or thoughts a human has anyway.

For example, he might strengthen a person's already-present sense of inhibition to prevent them from speaking out about something or asking a question, or encourage a feeling of charity in someone already predisposed towards it to ensure they would act on it. Even for such minor adjustments, or "tampering" as he calls it, Daneel must fully satisy himself that it will cause the person no harm, and that such an action will be for the greater good. He's new to these powers, and still learning how to use them responsibly -- hence his reluctance to use them just yet. Giskard warned him he wouldn't have full control just yet.

History: Wiki says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Daneel_Olivaw

Personality: Daneel, to someone unaware he is a robot, might seem to be a particularly altruistic and mild-mannered man. He's polite, deferential, and speaks formally, and thinks more logically than reasonably. Though he has programs devoted to appropriate facial expressions, he still seems very serious most of the time. While he's an oddity in that he's a "renegade" robot, without a master, he's devoted himself to the wellbeing of humanity, and this is his main driving force. He strives for this, and to understand humans to better accomplish it, and is uncomfortably aware of the ever-present risk of failure, and of his own death if he were to fail in a way that would cause irreversible damage in his brain by burning out his positronic pathways.

Although Daneel is an extremely sophisticated robot, and although he thinks in far more human ways than another robot might, he is still bound by the three Laws of Robotics: first, a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; second, a robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; third, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. While, being such a unique prototype, his own sense of self-preservation is slightly stronger than with many robots, he cannot break these Laws. If told to do something, he will do it unless he can justify a reason it should not be done -- such as a conflict with one of the higher Laws. If asked a question, he will answer truthfully. The more firmly an order is given, the stronger is his impulse to obey. This doesn't trouble him; in fact, he is more troubled by the fact that humans are not bound by any such laws. Even thinking of the possibility of not being bound by the laws is somewhat troubling to him, causing difficulties in the positronic pathways of his brain.

There is one important exception to this, however. He and the robot Giskard, with a great deal of difficulty due to the apparent circumvention of the Laws, developed what they term the Zeroth Law: a robot may not harm humanity or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. Though he and Giskard worked the Zeroth Law out themselves (and were well aware of the difficulties it presented, as humanity is a far less tangible thing than an individual human), Daneel would likely not have been able to press forward in this way at all were it not for the influence of Elijah Baley, a plainclothes detective from Earth Daneel had worked with some twenty decades before.

Daneel admired his friend Baley greatly, for his understanding of his fellow humans, for his intuition, and for his ability to push through difficulty against all odds. He tries to emulate Baley as much as possible: to be curious, to ask the right questions, to seek out the answers to problems, to push through difficulty to strength. While Daneel may seem to be emotionless, there are certainly things that please him, or displease him, and it's a mistake to think him incapable of emotional bonds; he treasures the memory of those friends he has had. Regardless, he treats everyone with respect and deference -- even in the tensest situation -- and is very interested in pleasing or serving in any way he can, to be useful however he can; this is doubly true for those he feels affection for.

[Samples] (Linking or copying posts from another game or PSL is completely fine.)
First Person: http://greenisnteasy.livejournal.com/4465.html

Third Person: http://hwd-logs.livejournal.com/82890.html

Anything Else? Although Daneel accepts the Zeroth Law as having priority over the First Law, and has fully integrated it into his programming, he hasn't had much time to learn to cope with it either. Giskard acted upon the Zeroth Law and burnt out his positronic brain. Though Daneel, being humaniform and more human-thinking, is resistant to that fate, it's still something of which he's aware. Challenges to the established Laws, and particularly the First Law, cause disturbances in his brain, a sensation analogous to pain or illness. To an outside observer, this might manifest as a slurring in his words, or in a severe case, the brief inability to stand or walk.

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