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Your name: Christopher Lee Swanson. I generally go by my last name due to my high number of friends named Chris.
Location: Washington.
Age: 20
Sex: Male

Family: I currently live with my mother, (Father stationed in Japan in navy), my older sister and her fiance, and my little sister.

Pets: A beautiful dog with a misunderstood mind whom I love very much, her name is Sugar, (though she is black). As well as a red tailed boa named Sandy, whom has escaped her cage and I miss very much.

Religion: To be honest I lost my belief in god a good couple years ago. I hold myself as an aspiring devil worshipper. I do not say this to sound cool, or even to be funny. I believe if the Christian religon is true, then I am most comfortable accepting Lucifer’s word over God’s command. Though I have high interests in the Norse and Greek mythologies.

Political party/affiliation: I am proud to say I am Republican. I agree with many of the points the Democratic party brings up, but I do not believe they are always true.

Education: Graduated high school and have small amounts of college.

Hobbies/Activities: I draw, quite often, and quite well. During my high school years, and even still, I drew comics for me and my friends to enjoy. I also enjoy writing short stories and hope to one day publish a book series or even better a graphic novel (fancy word for comic book) series.

Just to test the stereotype - have you ever lived, or are
you currently living, in your parents' basement?
parents have never had a basement. But if they did I would probably
prefer to live in it until I made enough money to become independent.
This stems mostly from troubles in my life that drive me to be anti-social
at times. Also, I like the cold dark feeling that I’m trapped in some terrible

What is your favorite word and why? My favorite word is ‘Metaphor’. I use it most often
and the idea that a word could make me think so deeply simply upon hearing it fascinates me.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
To be honest and blunt, and insanely vague: Not angry. My daily life tends to put a lot of mental stress on myself, mostly mild irritation in bulk, causing me to end the day in a fit of rage.

What are three things you can't live without? The ability to draw, friends, and music.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? If I could choose one superpower to have, it would be telepathy, not to be confused with telekinesis which is the physical manifestation, just reminding all of you. I tend to get to know people really quickly and easily, and can understand when people say one thing, what they truly mean. So if I can read people so well, I may as well have a good reason why.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I have always, since I was 14 and knew what I wanted, to sing for a heavy metal band. I am very creative and can even simply make up, intelligent, convincing, and powerful lyrics on the fly. In the very least make up in depth situations with great description on the fly as well.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Motorcycle. I have always liked to bike, and the idea that I could ride a two wheeled motorized bicycle has always entrapped me.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I would go to Norway, in the early times of the vikings. To experience a life dedicated to gods who wish us to conquer, and be merry until the age of Ragnarok. I choose this because I’ve always wondered what it was like to simply set off to a new world, with the hopes of conquering a new land, and seeing strange and exotic things.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Have at least one of my comics that I have, or will draw, be viewed by a larger number of people all around the world.

If you could master a single subject in school, what would it be? Math. I have never understood complex maths. And I would some day like to. To be honest I’ve failed College Algebra twice.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. My favorite RPG character was in a Gestalt D&D v3.5 game. His name was Merco, a Fighter Sorcerer. He began at age 19, the lowest for the campaign. He was full of ambition and always ready for a new challenege. Suffered nothing from noone and was always ready to help
those in need. Using his magic to aid himself and his friends he used his
sword and shield as his most forward point in a battle.

In time he came to be haunted by a being known as ‘The Phoenix,’ an entity
somewhat like a blackguard, who had the power of ressurection. After a
while the group managed to kill the monster, Merco having delivered the
final blow, became the host of this strange being until it could ressurect, as
they were not strong enough to truly destroy it yet.

In their travels to seek the power to destroy it Merco met a high preistess named Cerese, whom he fell deeply in love with. Needless to say they eventually married and we had a new Cleric/Wizard for our team, NPC of course. By about the time Merco was 25 the phoenix had come to be able to posess other people temporarily. The creature took over a pirate who slew Merco’s wife in her sleep. Unable to save her life he had hit a point of rage and despair. After having been temporarily unable to control himself and killing 5 innocents, he was faced with the horrors that had become part of his life. It was at this point that threw down his heavy armor and sword to Odin, and prayed for guidence and forgiveness. In order to attone for his deeds, Merco became a paladin, who would now wear only light armor, bear no items of value save to himself, and his weapons would henceforth be his once, and returning compassion.

He was given a greatsword for the times when evil would not turn from it’s path.

With his new life ahead of him he once again became comfortable with his friends and no longer feared harming them. As time passed he defeated many opponents simply by showing them he cared, and that there was truly something better they could work for.

In time the gods returned his wife to him with the blessing of a valkyrie. Through the sacrifice of their lives Merco and his wife, with the aid of their friends, were ale to destroy The Phoenix entirely. And that was the end. To paraphrase and make several long stories short of course.

What are your favorite RPGs? D&D and Hunter: the Reckoning.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was A kind of unnerving D&D session. I played in a game with people who wouldn’t explain the rules well enough, threw me into a random character, and just weren’t to pleasant of PCs, mostly threatning to cast spells on me and chastising me for my mistakes. I didn’t play D&D for a year afterwards but decided to give it a try again.

What was your WORST RPG session like? This question is answered just the same as my first RPG session.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My best friend Brendon Butler. We were just such good friends in high school and in D&D our characters were able to create synergy and function together really well, despite the stereotypical players who hindered most of the game.


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