Amanda Shanahan (Rabiesbunny)
I have a brother, sister, Father and stepmother, and a
great boyfriend of six years.
party/affiliation: Independent, leaning toward
conservative these days. My city is so liberal I find myself driven
to it, ha!
I finished out high school, but like many gamers, had such a bad
experience with public schooling.
Hobbies BESIDES gaming, eh? Well, I like to read books and research
World War II tactics and battles (recently I've been on a Rommel kick,
which earns me no lack of grief in our gaming group!). Playing my DS,
writing stories and doing art for my D&D
characters seems to take all my free time. I also enjoy collecting
Transformers and other action figures.
languages do you speak? A smattering of German and a
slightly smaller amount of Japanese. I fail pretty hard at any language
I try to learn!
Just to test the stereotype -- Have you ever lived, or are you
currently living, in your parents' basement? I have,
when I was under eighteen! Right now, actually, I'm living ABOVE my
boyfriend's mother's house -- she rents apartments, so
we rent from her. So I can honestly say I'm not a
basement dwelling crab though!
your favorite time of year, and why? Autumn.
Here in Minnesota it doesn't last long. Spring is too wet, summer gets
too hot, and winter's insanely cold. Autumn's dry, cool, and snow free
up toward the end of October. It's a happy time of year.
What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Preferably
I don't work on the weekend, so Saturday is spent with the gaming
group. When we're done, we almost always take a long walk along Lake
Superior and discuss the night's gaming, hit Perkins for dinner and
then crash. Sundays are lazy days; I prefer to spend them watching
movies and vegging before work the next day.
your favorite time of year, and why? Autumn. Here in
Minnesota it doesn't last long. Spring is too wet, summer gets far too
hot, and winter's insanely cold. Autumn's dry, cool, and snow free up
toward the end of October. It's a happy time of year.
your most prized physical possession? Well, if you mean
something I own, it would be my mother's ashes. That not included it
would be my Winnie the Pooh bear I've had since I was 2 weeks old. I
love that thing, and its music box still works. Makes me feel better
when I'm down.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd like to be more bold. I'm such a meek person around anyone but my
gaming group, and I feel silly for it.
your favorite toy as a child? My huge metal Tonka truck
- I wish kids these days had toys that awesome.
makes you cry? Code of Hero, the
episode in Beast Wars:Transformers where Dinobot
sacrifices himself. That episode turns me into a blubbering baby every
could be one superhero, which hero would you be? I would
want to be like my idol, Booster Gold; have awesome stolen future-tech
and be a jerk to everyone except for Skeets.
the one thing you want to do before you die? I've
already met my main goal in life, the one thing I needed to do before I
died; I saw Queen live in concert, with Paul Rodgers.
Freddie Mercury died when I was 5 or 6, but I still remember the day it
happened, and it broke my heart. I thought I would never get to see
them, but when Brian May and Roger Taylor went on tour with Paul I had
my chance. And it was to date the most amazing few hours of my life. So
I would have to say living to see a zombie apocalypse. ;)
you think of D&D 4.0? I hate it. It is not D&D
as we've known it before, and the drastic destruction of Forgotten
Realms goes against any of the previous literature and lore that has
been built over 20+ years of the product. The money-making scheme of
WotC has paid off, but they won't be profiting off of our gaming group.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Oh boy, I've got tons. My most recent one is becoming my
favorite, she's the only character who's survived our evil
campaign for the almost two years its been going. Umolka
Vhirkina is my Druid/Talontar Blightlord in our evil campaign,
running in the Forgotten Realms (D20 3.0/3.5 rules). Our campaign
is a primarily Zhent/Banite run party, but my Thayan woshiper of Talona
(goddess of disease and poison) has managed to stay fitting in pretty
I usually play evil characters that have redeeming qualities -- I like
them, and Umolka's the first evil aligned character I've ever played
who is almost
She's selfish, petty, and mean, though she's learned to at least love
someone nearly as much as herself recently. There's almost no way to
justify giving people horrible diseases, or killing them with poison
because it's what you do. It's just what she enjoys doing in life.
She's a challenging character to play, and I enjoy that the most.
(I promise, this is
leading to one of my favorite experiences with Umolka) Our campaign is
deviating heavily from the published 4.0 Forgotten Realms story, and as
it is heavily Zhent based, we had a lot of focus on the goings on of
Zhentil Keep. In our continuity, the Church of Bane (LE god of Tyranny)
all but won a civil war in the Zhentarim against the agents of Cyric
(CE god of Lies and Madness), and turned their attentions to their long
standing enemies to the south, the Dalelands. The Zhents set up an
invasion force, and Umolka was press-ganged into the Zhentarim for
purposes of the invasion. She and her party entered the forests at the
edge, and found something odd.
Months before Umolka had
been in the Dalelands briefly with her party members, visiting a party
member's parents, and Umolka's blightspawed rat had bitten a few forest
creatures. (Blightspawned is a template, a creature who is affected by
Talona's holy disease Blight touch, in which animals and magical beasts
affected can become slavering plant creatures, and eventually, undead.)
It turns out that this had started to affect the Dalelands, and by the
the Zhents arrived the forests and plains were full overrun with the
diseased animals. They attacked the Zhents just as much as the locals,
and Umolka was the only Talontar in the area with these abilities to
control the creatures. We ended up making it through the heavy forest
without a loss, and came upon a farmstead. Umolka's lover, a drow
assassin NPC named Rav, was told to scout it as it was suspected this
was the farmstead of Storm Silverhand.
A flash of light later
Rav was gone, and we approached the farm. Our party leader, a shadow
dragon disciple named Curos, knocked on the door and Storm Silverhand
walked out. The battle that followed was too short (as her build in the
3.0 Forgotten Realms sourcebook is extremely horrible for the
character, we destroyed her and we weren't meant to. Ooops...), and she
poofed with a contingency spell. Umolka, at not finding Rav anywhere
but finding a scorch
mark on the wall, later that night requested time off from night watch
to rest due to grief, but he wouldn't let her. She went to sleep
anyway, and he dragged her out in front of his troops and
tried to whip her for insubordination because his troops were nearby
and he didn't want to look bad. Umolka ended up getting free, and
within the day they were moving again.
As we approached
Shadowdale, we ran into a garrison of mounted troops that turned out to
be Cormyrian. This meaning that Cormyr was now getting involved in the
defense of Shadowdale, Curos ordered Umolka to fly back to the supply
wagons on his dracosteed and let them know that Cormyr was involved.
She did, and in doing so left her animal companion (a horrid rat named
Pox) behind to protect the Shugenja of Kossuth. The battle wasn't in
their favor, so Curos ordered a full retreat, but left Pox behind.
Umolka felt her only real friend die through the empathic link.
The following night she
found a blightspawned Gray Render that she had heard of in the area,
dominated it, and had it attack the caravan as it had begun its retreat
from Shadowdale. After she attacked Curos she fled into the woods, with
him following, and the dragon disciple easily killed Umolka.
She returned to life
with the aid of a Banite priest of some power, but now owes the church
of Bane her life, and so is forced to be more subserviant to them. The
relationship between she and Curos, due to her traumatic death, has
been an interesting and evolving relationship. The whole Dalelands
experience is the favorite thing that has happened with Umolka!
your favorite RPGs? D&D.
My group is HEAVILY roleplay based - it's character development first,
game mechanics second.
your first RPG session like? I started roleplaying on
Nights, on a server based in the Silver Marches. It was interesting,
but the egos and e-peens of the many roleplayers there ruined the game
your WORST RPG session like? My boyfriend is the DM of
our evil campaign we are currently running. At one time he was DMing
for 12 or so people, and it was sheer madness. One of our gaming groups
less liked members, a rich high school kid, had been insisting for ages
we come up to his house. His house was up in an area of town we call
zombie country, and it was the dead of winter, so the roads were bad.
It took us over an hour to go maybe 20 miles, and by the time we got
there he told us he had no food for us, then went and made himself
pizza rolls! But the worst was yet to come -- during the session his
character (a halfling tiefling) wanted gold for something. He asked my
boyfriend if his character could write his Erinyes mother a letter
asking for the gold. Naturally, being she's an Erinyes, my boyfriend
said no. The kid jumped up, yelled some profanities, and stormed out.
your all-time favorite person to game with? My
boyfriend, hands-down. We share such similar gaming tastes, and he
gives me the best ideas.
have anything gaming-related to plug? Actually, I do!
I've got forums running for the Northern Minnesota area, http://northlandgaming.freeforums.org.
Our gaming group, Critical Failure, are one of the only ones posting on
these boards, but it's open to any gamers who want to talk!
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