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The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
- Alan Kay

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.
- Arthur Schopenhauer


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Technocracy "Am I in favor of science? This is a trick question, right?"
New World Order "We're not telling people what to think; we're only trying to show them how."
Mage "Are you familiar with the term 'cargo cult'?"
Order of Hermes "irony, n.: Making a science out of irrationality."
Sons of Ether "Partial acceptance of the scientific method is better than no acceptance at all."
Virtual Adepts "The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis to the Traditions' ant colony."
Nephandi "A difference of degree from the other superstitionists, not one of kind. But ... what a degree."
Mortal "You're all so much alike, and yet every one of you is different."
Vampire "Stephanie who?"
Werewolf "Haven't we devoted enough study to the medieval Christians' re-interpretation of the Iron Age warrior ethos?"
Changeling "Um ... I'm a psychologist, not a psychiatrist, but I can refer you to someone who's good with delusional disorders."
Demon "Shifting blame for one's actions onto a mythical Other is among humankind's oldest and most common habits."
Wraith "If you mean that our remembered perceptions of the dead influence our own actions, then of course."
Hunter "Please, think about what you're doing. I understand you're upset, but hurting someone won't solve anything. Why don't you put that down so we can talk about what's bothering you?"

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RP Hooks
  • Alisandra is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCP Department of Psychology, doing research on human behavior modeling. She recently completed a successful defense of a well-received dissertation in Mathematics, and is occasionally shanghaied into teaching introductory sections for either department. If you attend, work at, or teach at the University, you may have met her, or at least heard of her.
  • She bears a striking resemblance to an idealized version of the late Dr. Alison Beaumarys, a promising researcher in human biology and genetics who died in an auto accident about eighteen years ago. Anyone who remembers Dr. Beaumarys is likely to notice.
  • When not at the University, she spends a lot of time haunting libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, and other quiet places to sit and read.
  • Thanks to her unusual looks, it's quite rare for Alisandra to go out in public without being noticed -- maybe you've encountered her before, in which case it's probable you'd remember.
  • If you're a practicing physician, you may have prescribed -- or refused to prescribe -- pain medication for her.
  • Alisandra is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish and is happy to assist in overcoming language barriers. She is currently studying Arabic in her copious free time.
  • Thanks to a somewhat sheltered childhood, Alisandra has relatively little experience of the outside world, and is therefore intensely curious about it. If you look, sound, or act in a way that she finds exotic, she might be interested enough to inquire further.
  • Members of the Technocracy may know somewhat more about her, her father (retired cognitive scientist Dr. John Moorcroft) or her late mother.

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Warning: Dark Themes Ahead. Alisandra is, in a lot of ways, a genuinely pleasant, friendly, and agreeable sort of character. She is not going to threaten to cut your throat, murder your children or ruin your life -- not that the threats would be in any way convincing even if she did. She won't start a fistfight with you if she doesn't like the way you dress. She'll probably apologize if you don't like the way she dresses. She's nice. She's helpful. She's a good person.

That doesn't mean that roleplay with her will always be pleasant, friendly, and agreeable. There are some dark elements in her background and her personality, and some of those elements may (probably 'will') come out in play. Those elements may be upsetting to people who've dealt with similar issues in real life. If you're one of those people, you should always feel free to tell me that something's bothering you, and I will work with you to arrange to extricate your character from the situation and avoid repetition.

About Risk. I have Alisandra set as a Risk 1 character. This is not because I don't want bad things to happen to her -- if you want to take some action that affects her, temporarily or permanently, then go ahead and do it and I will do my best to roll with whatever it is you come up with. All I ask is this: make it fun for me, too. Give me a reason to want to play it out, rather than just feeling obligated to. Treat me like a collaborator rather than a competitor, and I will cheerfully go along with almost anything you can dream up.

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Study for the head of Venus.
John William Waterhouse, around 1900.

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Full name: Alisandra L. Moorcroft
Date of Birth: May 1, 1995
Nationality: American
Occupation: Postdoctoral scholar
Demeanor: Perfectionist
Apparent Age: Just out of high school
Height: 5'8"
Weight: Slender
Eyes: Pale green
Hair: Reddish black

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Notable Stats
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Uncanny Appearance -- no one ever confuses Alisandra with someone else, and very, very few people will fail to notice and remember her presence. Unless her face is completely covered, she always counts as "drawing attention to herself" -- even if she's just sitting quietly, it's hard for her to be stealthy or forgettable.

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  • Teen Genius: And, honestly, a little self-conscious about it.
  • Indifferent Beauty: Actual third-party IC assessment: "No offense to Alisandra, but she has the sexuality of a tree stump."

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Apple Apple.jpg I thought genuinely nice people were extinct.
Brandon J3.jpg Ani's keeping you busy!
Brandy Brandy02.jpg Miss ya, BFF.
Erzsebet Erz10.jpg Oh Em Gee! Dr. Klaussenburg, could you please sign my copy of your dissertation?
Liesl Liesl-6a.jpg I'm kind of intimidated by your sheer confidence.
Trekome Sha'ul 3.jpg Happy engagement!

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I know it's a cheat to use paintings rather than photos, but that's sort of the point: Alisandra is a character who looks like she's used a cheat code for Appearance. And there's really no good way to deal with that visually, because any image I pick is not going to look like that to someone, probably a large portion of someones. This is just the least bad option.

You can get a much better idea of Alisandra's looks by thinking of whatever dark-haired young woman you, personally, find most attractive, and then imagining that person painted in idealized soft focus by Waterhouse or Alma-Tadema or Frederic Leighton or some other late-Victorian era pre-Raphaelite stylist. (For those with more Renaissance tastes, consider Botticelli or Fra Lippi.) Is it any wonder she wears sunglasses and cowls and shawls whenever she can get away with it?

"My Sweet Rose", John William Waterhouse, 1908 "Miranda - the Tempest" (detail), John William Waterhouse, 1916 "Mars and Venus" (detail), Sandro Botticelli, about 1483 "Flora and the Zephyrs" (detail), John William Waterhouse, 1897 "Psyche Opening the Golden Box" (detail), John William Waterhouse, 1903

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don't place faith in human beings
human beings are unreliable things
don't place faith in human beings
human beings or butterfly wings

- Machines of Loving Grace, Butterfly Wings

i won't believe in heaven and hell
no saints no sinners no devil as well
no pearly gates no thorny crown
you're always letting us humans down

- XTC, Dear God

now that i know what i'm without
you can't just leave me here
breathe into me and make me real
bring me to life

- Evanescence, Bring Me To Life

sitting in an armchair
with my head between my hands
i wouldn't have to feel like this
if you'd only understand
too many misunderstandings
causing such delay
and if it doesn't work like this
well i'll try another way

- Cranberries, Wanted

young girl in the market, music to the men
when the men leave her eyes are red
when her eyes are closed again
she sees the dark market of above
and she sings
"they say the most horrible things
but i hear violins"

- Conjure One, Center of the Sun

these are the days of miracle and wonder
this is the long distance call
the way the camera follows us in slo-mo
the way we look to us all
the way we look to a distant constellation
that's dying in a corner of the sky
these are the days of miracle and wonder
and don't cry baby don't cry

- Paul Simon, The Boy in the Bubble

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