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Your name: Cheryl Comeau (mrs_heronymus)
Location: Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Age: 24...very nearly 25
Sex: Female

Family: Anita and Ed... divorced, remarried Doug and Sara (respectively) Eddie, Eric, Emily...Nichole and Christina came with my dad's second wife, married to Jerome (aka heronymus_waat) with son, Jasper (JAC)

Pets: 2 cats, River and Zoe...we will hopefully add to the herd at a later date...dogs

Religion: I am currently an estranged and disgusted member of the Mormon church. As soon as I get off my bum and send the letter, I will be removed from their record books. If I lived in a perfect world, I would then be Agnostic. However, we want our son to go to a Catholic school, and they give enrollment priorety to parishoners, so I guess I'll be Catholic before too long here!

Political party/affiliation: Left wing democrat....according to a quiz I took. I tend to just be disgusted with politics...and people in general.

Education: I am a high school graduate. I dropped out of college after 1/2 semester of college accounting.

Hobbies: I enjoy listening to/singing music (this does not mean I am a talented
singer....I sing loudly and am probably an embarassment to anyone in
the car with me). I enjoy spending time with animals, whether they're
mine or someone else's...all mammals are wonderful (I'm sure other
animals are, too, just not to me). I sometimes enjoy reading. I love
spending ridiculous amounts of time aimlessly wandering through
stores like Target and Costco. I seem to have made quite a hobby of
losing the lottery every week. I like to surf the web and watch TV/movies.
Sometimes I like to roleplay... it doesn't tend to matter what, as long as I
can stand to be in the same room with the people I'm gaming with.

Community service: From time to time, I do volunteer work at animal shelters, but for the most part, I'm not a community person. I like to be home with my family and friends... or lack thereof.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? I have never lived in my parents basement. I have lived with both my parents and in-laws as an adult, but it was upstairs, in a proper bedroom.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Shopping... this can mean window or actual shopping. Or going to the movies, or something that isn't the exact same thing I do all week.

What is your favorite time of year? I love the spring. Really, I love all seasons, each for very special reasons, but spring is just happy....everything is green, flowers are coming up, it tends to smell nice outside (even in Chicago), the car starts running better again.

What is your most prized physical posession? That would have to be my cane. My brother and his wife bought it for me in Lithuania (that is where she is from) after I shot myself. For one thing, it's the nicest thing Eric has ever done for me. For another thing, the head of the cane kinda resembles a wizard (has a Gandalf look to him), which I think is VERY cool.

Did you have any embarrasing nicknames as a kid? Really, the only name I was every called as a kid was Cheryl-baryl. It wasn't mean, it just rhymed, and I was mature enough to know that they were stupid. Although... in 8th grade, I moved to a new school, and while no names were called, the stupid boys in the back of the class liked to bark at me. I wasn't fat (well, by Cosmo standards I was, but by human standards, I was a size 14...NOT fat). They were just stupid, but by that time, I had some pretty serious self-esteem issues, so it hurt...a lot. Sadly enough, it still does.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Our Atari. I was pretty young (6 or 7 maybe) and I used to sit there for HOURS playing centipede in my pajamas while wearing my dad's lawn mowing goggles (everything's cooler with goggles). For a while, I played with Barbies, but they certainly weren't my favorite. I suppose if you could consider the family pets toys, they were DEFINITELY my favorite. We grew up out in the sticks and had a couple dogs and a cat...you never saw me without an animal in tow!

What makes you cry? My crying is weird. I was never taught this by my family, but I think crying is a sign of weakness. I do my best not to cry. My husband will say that I don't cry when I should, then when I finally do cry, it's something silly like a movie, or even a scene in a TV show. The last time I cried, tho, the hubby and I were having a very serious, sad conversation about our son...that does tend to get to me.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I honestly don't know when I'd like to live. My complaints about todays time is mostly centered around politics. I would like to live in a time where my rights are protected, and I can marry anyone I want, and teachers have a decent salary, and there are harsher penalties for murder and rapists and hate crimes, etc. I suppose that's futuristic, but I can't say, because some of those ideals will come in the future, but some will diminish.

You've just purchased a small island off the coast of any continent of your choosing, and you are preparing to start your own country there. What does your flag look like? My flag would have a harlequin great dane on it.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
I played a human monk named Gena in a D&D 2nd Ed.
for quite a while. One of the funny stories about her is that she
started as a character I played in a pick-up game with a couple
people from my regular gaming group. We intended to play this
game every couple of weeks or so. We ended up having so
much fun (and, as luck would have it, free time), we played it
nearly every night. Our characters went from starting at level 5
all the way to level 15 in about 2.5 weeks.

My favorite story about Gena requires a bit of background info. Gena was orphaned when she was young and was raised at the monastary, where she also took her training to be a monk. At the age of 16, she set out for adventuring. She was a very quiet and spiritual woman. She led a very disciplined life. When she wasn't training, she was meditating. She fell in with a group of adventurers, and after several months, the group formed an inseperable bond.

One day, something terrible happened to Nym, the leader of the group (it's been a few years, I don't remember exactly what), that left him basically comatose. Gena didn't leave his side until he woke up, and when he did wake up, it was as if an instant love blossomed. They were inseperable and very soon after that, were wed.

In the groups adventuring, they came across the sword of Kas. We had a very powerful paladin in the group, and she was most likely the one that would be able to resist the negative effects of the sword. So, she picked it up with the intent of destroying the sword. She rolled two criticals in a row, thus, instead of destroying the sword, she killed Nym (Gena's new husband), and one of the other members of the party. On the third roll, she finally destroyed the sword. Of course, at that point, the damage had been done. Gena lost her center, feeling completely destroyed by the fact that her husband was just killed, she killed Veimar (the paladin). So, 2 or the original 5 members of the group were left. May I just say, thank the Gods for Wish and resurrection scrolls!

What are your favorite RPGs? I have only played in a few RPGs. I have played D&D, Star Wars, Champions, M&M, and general D20 games. I don't have a favorite system right now, but the most fun I have had in a game would have to be the D&D campaigns played in Texas and the M&M campaign in San Francisco. I had really great GMs, and also pretty damn good groups to play with.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG was 2nd Edition D&D. It was played in Arlington, Texas. I was an elven cleric named Xanaphia. It was awkward, as it was not only my intro to gaming, but also the first time meeting the people we played with (except my boyfriend...I knew him, but we didn't know the group). By the end of the session, I had caught on to what I really needed to know, and it just got more and more fun after that.

What was your WORST RPG session like? I'm not sure what game we were playing, but the worst RPG session I was in was terrible! The GM started the campaign with a really great idea, but after a few sessions, he didn't put very much work into the games and he would forget details from previous sessions that were important to the present session. The concept was very difficult to get into, and the fact that the GM was so unorganized just made the game fall apart.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My favorite all-time person to game with...well, I've games most with my husband...he introduced me to gaming. He is, however, usually the GM. As far as actual gaming is concerned, I love gaming with Adam Taylor...he likes to play dwarves in D&D, and he likes to throw things...the funny thing is, every time he throws something, he crits, which is just amazing! He is usually a rather quiet player, but every once in a while, he comes up with brilliant ideas that just knock the socks off of everyone else!

The other would be Tony... don't know his last name. He was in my M&M group in San Francisco. He's very good at getting into character. He is good about making sure everyone in the group is involved. He is just plain fun to be around. He has a lot of energy, has great ideas, and knows the gaming system. I would love to have him in a gaming group again


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