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Daneel has a number of telepathic abilities, which he's had for about a year. He's still relatively new to them, but and still learning what he can do with them. He's also not inclined to tell people about this, because it would get him deactivated back home.

First: He can read emotions -- not distinct thoughts, but the general emotional state of people physically near him. He knows what a human mind should feel like, or what a robot mind should feel like. He doesn't go digging, because that's not how his powers work, but any emotional responses in the situation are apparent to him.

Question: Is this fair game? Can he sense things from your character? Is there anything unusual about their mind that might suggest not-human to him?

Second: Daneel has the ability to subtly influence and change emotions in people. He can encourage a feeling of trust, or a sense of charity, or suppress the desire to act. Because too strong a change will cause harm, he's reluctant to actually use this ability unless it's essential for the greater good. He's certainly not going to go make your character do something they normally would never want to do, because he is bound by the Laws of Robotics.

Question: Bearing in mind that I have no intention of using this aspect of his abilities without some OOC discussion beforehand (because of the massive amount of abuse inherent in this ability), and I therefore don't plan on Daneel using this ability very often, would your character be immune? For what it's worth, in his canon, this sort of power doesn't work as well against other telepaths.
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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.

July Logs

Jul. 31st, 2012 09:35 am
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Daneel arrives, with a gap in his memory unlike anything he's had before, and addresses the network asking for a roboticist to look him over. Bruce asks him a few questions and then shows him around. The Doctor takes it upon himself to check Daneel over, and all is well.

The same day, Jason arrives, and Daneel inquires after his well-being.
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There are going to be two aspects to this post.

First, Daneel possesses strong mental powers, although he's new to having them. He can read emotions -- not distinct thoughts, but the general emotional state. He knows what a human mind should feel like, or a robot mind for that matter. So, the first question I have is can Daneel read from your character, and what general impression he might get. If your character is not human, can he figure that out listening to the way their brain works?

Second, Daneel has the ability to subtly influence and change emotions in people. That is to say, he can encourage a feeling of trust, or a sense of charity, or suppress the desire to act. Because too strong a change will cause harm, he's reluctant to actually use this ability unless it's essential for the greater good. He's certainly not going to go make your character do something they normally would never want to do. Because of the massive amount of abuse inherent in this ability, I don't plan on Daneel using this ability very often, and certainly never without express permission from the person in question for that particular instance. Still, if for whatever reason they're immune in general, say so.
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✢ The Player
Player Name: Jessie
Age: 29
LJ: ...I don't actually have an active non-rp LJ anymore. I had one once, but it hasn't been updated in like... a million years.
AIM / MSN / Y!M: “Sunny Breaks” on AIM.
E-mail: sunnjessie@gmail.com
Other Characters: None!

✢ The Character
Character Name: R. Daneel Olivaw. The “R” denotes that he is a robot.
Fandom: The Robot novels by Isaac Asimov.
Canon Point: After the end of Robots and Empire.
Age: Just over 200.

Appearance: Daneel was designed as a prototype humaniform robot, and he appears perfectly human. He was, in fact, designed to resemble one of his creators, Roj Nemmenuh Sarton. Daneel has a handsome, grave face with strong cheekbones, and hair in a typical shade of “Spacer bronze” as it's known, kept combed neatly. His skin, while artifical, feels convincing and is warm to the touch. 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.

Abilities / Powers: 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.

Inventory: Daneel has the clothes on his back, nothing more. He doesn't own anything, nor has he ever felt any particular need to.

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. 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.

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

First Person Sample: http://greenisnteasy.livejournal.com/4465.html

Third Person Sample:There was a gap in his memory.

Daneel was unused to that. He remembered everything that had happened to him. He did not sleep. There were never unexplained gaps where he did not know what had happened, and that there was one now was... well, troubling, to say the least. It spoke of something seriously wrong.

Had he been deactivated somehow, temporarily? He was still, well, himself, so if that were true, whoever had done it had taken care to keep power to his brain. That seemed unlikely. The other potential was that there was something seriously wrong with him. A side effect, perhaps, of his new programming. Giskard hadn't mentioned that, but then, perhaps Friend Giskard hadn't anticipated that Daneel's brain would react that way.

Daneel sat up, slowly, and then stood, watching himself closely for trembling in his fingers, for unsteadiness on his feet. He could detect no disturbances in his pathways, not a single thing amiss -- he felt fine -- but in a case like this, he could hardly assume all was well. It clearly wasn't.

There was a device nearby; he had noted it immediately but only now did he investigate it. He listened to the message that played, his expression solemn, but the message explained nothing. In fact, it raised more questions than it answered.

It seemed all his plans were dashed by the wayside, now.

Other: 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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