"...decapitation has this 100% mortality rate that I'm just not comfortable with."
-- GM Auriane
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"She can be strong and stern, and she can be sympathetic and hilarious. She's a mother figure, and her heart's as big as Elanthia."
"I once saw Auriane turn a GM upside down and shake him until an event fell out."
"What can I say about Auriane? She runs our team with an iron fist! Seriously, I've never worked with a Customer Relations professional that has cared as much about their Customer Base then Auriane."
"She really cares about the players and does her best to see that they have the best possible experience, even if she has to kill them to do it."
"She never ceases in her quest for nouveau and innovative ways to enhance players' experiences."
"She writes the coolest, most gory text I've ever read. She also never hesitated to help me out when I was just starting. Thanks, Auriane!"
I joined the DR staff in August of 1999, initially brought on board to be an Events AGM. When Riel got promoted to SGM, she and Viani summarily swiped me and dragged me kicking and screaming in fear over to be in charge of the Mentor Society in October of 1999.
When I wasn't managing the Society, I was one of the core GMs in several of the long string of events that comprised the Sorrow War. Upon Verac's departure, I took over as Events Team Leader in September of 2000 and began building the team as you know it today.
In June of this year, I turned those reins over to GM Saija when I was offered the position of CE SGM. I currently oversee, not only the Events Team, but Premium, Platinum, Liaisons, Orders, ALAE, and the Hentaraen (news scroll).
I have the incredible fortune to work with some amazing folks on each of these teams, it has been a wonderful experience -- I don't have enough words with which to thank them for letting me play a part.
Where were you born?
New York City, New York.
Where do you currently live?
Do you have any pets/kids/both?
My beautiful little prince was born just last summer, I also have two terrific stepchildren who share a love for all things fantasy, including dragons. I have two cats (the survivors of an original seven -- the rest got voted off the island) and an 80lb Rottweiler mix that insists he's a lap dog, when he's not being chased by the cat or getting abused by GM Tribanin's fluffy girl dog, it's very embarrassing.
What is your current occupation?
What did you want to be while you were growing up?
A jockey, until I grew to almost 6' tall, then that kinda went out the window. Then a veterinarian, but there was way too much math in that, not to mention I found out I'd have to do surgery on cute fuzzy little animals in order to pass. Then it became a passion for writing, which I still have today. I would like to write historical fiction, breathe life into characters from the past and imagine how they might have dealt with things.
Favorite TV shows?
I don't really follow any particular programs regularly. Old SNL episodes, Kids in the Hall, Discovery, TLC, A&E, History Channel. Insomniac with Dave Atell (he's got the best job!), and The Jeff Corwin Experience. Corwin will kick Steve Irwin's butt any day.
Sean Connery, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Nathan Lane, Bill Murray, Russell Crowe / Katherine Hepburn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, Shirley Maclaine, and my all-time favorite -- Madeline Kahn.
The Chieftains, Cheryl Wheeler, Stephen McDonald, Loreena McKennitt, Faith Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and much to my husband's chagrin -- Rick Springfield.
My favorite authors are tried and true for me and I would recommend them to anyone, I like just about anything these ladies have written: Marion Zimmer Bradley (Avalon series), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series), Anne McCaffrey (Pern, of course), Margaret George (Cleopatra, The Firebrand, and Mary, Queen of Scots), Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles) and Laurell K. Hamilton (both the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books).
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
Cook College, Rutgers University -- Animal Sciences.
Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?
My favorite jobs are the ones I have now; new mother, SGM, and Paramedic -- I just wish there were more hours in a day. Least favorite was as a cashier for a supermarket chain that was located in between three large retirement communities, and the store did double coupons.
Medieval history, trashy romance novels, antique maps, writing and cooking.
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee (don't give me that Starbucks "french roast" junk, call it what it is -- burnt), a rare NY strip steak, Alaskan snow or king crab, and single malt Scotch.
Favorite board games or computer games?
Clue and Heroes of Might & Magic.
Favorite sports/sports teams?
Caber tossing (and catching ).
What would you do with a million dollars?
Pay off my debts and mortgage, buy a new vehicle, invest the bulk carefully to insure that we'd be comfortable and that my kids can go to college, then take my husband on a most excellent vacation (and fly first class for once!).
What three people past or present would you invite to dinner?
Queen Boadicea (Hey, anyone who can burn London down and make Rome send a legion after her has *got* to have some interesting stories.), Catherine The Great (Not only because of her political prowess but just so I can ask if the horse rumors were true.), and Grainne Ni Mhaille (aka Grace O'Malley, "the Pirate Queen of Connaught" who insulted Elizabeth I to her face and lived.).
What is your favorite quote?
"The best way out is always through."
-- Robert Frost
Name something you'd like to do before you die.
See a cure for cancer and HIV.
What's your favorite acronym?
CF, commonly referred to as "charlie foxtrot". Stands for "cluster ... foul-up."
Who is your hero or heroine?
My husband is my hero, he has a remarkable strength of will and a deeply ingrained sense of honor. He is my modern day Barbarian. I feel like I can accomplish anything with him behind me.
If you could have any musical group or artist, past or present, play at your birthday party, who would it be?
The Chieftains, especially if I could get some step dancers to come with them.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Immortality, provided I could share it. I'd love to be a spectator to history, one lifetime seems too short for all the things I'd like to see and do.
And the Zobmondo question:
If you had to choose, would you rather always almost have to sneeze...
...bang your funny bone every 15 minutes?
After careful consideration, I'd have to go with the funny bone. The "always" in the sneeze option is kinda scary, at least you get a tiny break between elbow whacks. Besides, if I got really desperate I could always live without an arm ... but decapitation has this 100% mortality rate that I'm just not comfortable with.
It's obvious that Solomon's letting the supermodels pick the questions. ;)