Please answer all questions to the best of your ability write what you believe. (Flip and sassy answers are entertaining but seldom useful for these purposes. False answers designed to mislead me and protect your identity will waste our time, and annoy the pig.) I will keep the answers in strictest confidence. If a question seems ambiguous, choose an interpretation and answer that. Answers may be as long or short as you deem appropriate. You need not be sober when answering these questions: in vino veritas. If you find yourself considering I dont know for an answer, try thinking of all the answers you would disagree with until you find something acceptable to yourself.
Blue. Midnight blue when I can get it.
Wizards robes, covered in formulae from thaumaturgy and physics. With a pointy hat.
If I had excellent reason to believe Id be happier afterward, whatever condition I was going to be in.
Packing is a pain. And I have to get someone to take care of my cats. For that matter, I really miss my cats, but they hate traveling too so Im not about to bring them along, especially given my professional reasons to travel. And airline food is terrible. Its kind of nice to find the nightclubs in a new city, though, but Im always having to watch my back there even more than usual.
Learning how things work and applying my knowledge. Fixing things that are broken. Coming up with better ways to do boring or impossible or impractical things.
Saved a lot of lives throwing healing magic around down at the clinic is probably ahead of the occasional threat Ive removed as a shadowrunner.
Five. It turns up in magic over and over again. Though three is pretty nice, too.
Theres a set of rules governing the fundamental operation of everything, though they may be funky enough that its impossible to model any meaningful volume of space rigorously.
These rules manifest in a variety of fascinating ways we still have no idea what the physics of magic is. Nature spirits seem to exist even without a shaman to call them up (since they have been observed to spontaneously manifest), but some trick of psychological orientation makes Hermetics incapable of conjuring and controlling them. (Elementals may or may not exist without a mage to conjure them; it's hard to tell.)
College was fun. I loved absorbing all the ideas that anyone had to teach, and playing with them in projects to really get my hands dirty with them. Some of the academic bullshit was annoying, but I can hack it for all the goodies there are to learn.
I liked Richard Feynman, who is damn near a mythic figure in physics. He was incredibly effective at coming up with new paradigms without being bound to tradition.
Cats. They understand me, I understand them. They dont lie to you, they dont hold grudges for perceived slights, they dont suck up to you because theyve been genetically programmed to be slaves. You have to earn a cats respect.
Signed away my life to a corporation in exchange for a scholarship.
I cant hold down a legitimate job while Ive got a corporation looking for me... and I dont have to get out of bed in the morning most days. I get to learn all kinds of neat things and occasionally fix something that needs fixing.
If they betrayed me first.
Well, the area-effect Ram spell is pretty showy, and it does a nice job of making opponents less lethal without hurting them much (though go-gangers can get a good deal of road rash that way).
Any death by slow, painful torture goes to the top of my list. Being very slowly eaten alive by numerous small creatures would be worse than merely a slow dissolution in acid, I think.
Im really not sure. I cant discard the notion that Ill dissolve away into nothingness at death and experience nothing at all, but Im hoping to permanently project my spirit to some metaplane or other. Im open to surprises, though.
Part of me wants to get out of the shadows and stop being paranoid, but Im not sure thats a survival trait. Getting rid of the need to be paranoid would be nice.
All extant charges against me dropped, a tenured professorship at MIT&T with lots of enthusiastic students ready to help out with research, and some hefty grant money.