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Personal Quiz: Mirror Universe Rostov

Mirror Universe


Lineage ID? I could ask Alex to grant me one.

Current name? Michael Dragon Rostov

Aliases? The common ones most people use are Drake, Dragon, and Mike. Alex likes to use uncommon ones -- no, I'm not sharing them with you.

Rank? Consort to His Imperial Majesty Alexander Vitalis Gordon

Current primary enemy? Whoever's most recently tried to snuff Alex.

Current secondary enemy? Whoever just was bumped from the previous question.

Number of years you've survived? 26

Number of battles won? Twenty-two and a half. She was drunk so it doesn't really count.

Pets? I have a ball python, Basil. I raise mice for him but they're not really pets, even if Alex likes to name them.

Height? 1.778m, or just tall enough to nuzzle Alex's jaw.

Eye color? Brown

Hair color? Tan. I need to redo the roots soon.

Piercings? Twelve -- one in each nipple, one in my bellybutton, one in my left eyebrow, one in my tongue, three in my left ear, and four in my right.

Tattoos? A dragon on my left shoulder

Scars? Just two left. Alex doesn't like them, and had me get almost all of them removed. I'm most proud of the one above my left eyebrow.

Any major body parts missing or supplemented with a prosthetic? Nope -- organic and proud of it.

How much do you love the Empire? Omnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amori.

Current ship? I've named my Laser Standard the Kite.

How many people did you have remove to get there? None. It was a gift.

Next ship? I've had my eye on a nice Sunfish for a while.


Very tight pants or miniskirts? Very tight pants. I sometimes tell Alex that they're not going to be tight enough until they're soundproof. I'm not sure if he's taking me seriously or not.

Leather, Kevlar, or armor? Pleather, actually. Kevlar's too bulky, armor's too heavy, and real leather is made by skinning dead cows. Pleather's completely synthetic, plus it's so much more flexible in terms of applications.

Whisky or ale? Mead.

Rare wines and exotic delicacies captured from passing vessels in the name of the Empire, or haunch of targ with rotgut from the still in Engineering? The wines and delicacies, provided there's no meat in them. I'd never harm an animal.

Coffee or Jolt? Coffee.

Food or sex? Sex.

Do you enjoy devising your own interrogations or do you savor watching someone else do the tough extractions? You know, it's wonderful what you can do with just a few needles.

Knife blade: serrated, hook, or poisoned? Hooks. I've got this wonderful set of gloves made up like claws. Not good for throwing, but they're so much better than plain knives. Alex's thinking of introducing them into the military.

Gold or silver? Silver.

Bridges or tunnels? Bridges.

Growl, shout, or hiss? Hisses

Coliseum or torture chamber? Coliseum. While they're not as personal, on the whole they're a lot more fun.

Vulcans: mostly useful minions or servants who are too intelligent for their own good? Frankly, I think it's a bad idea for us to keep teaching them to read.

Ion storms: Cool or scary? Cool.

Vlad the Impaler or Niccoló Machiavelli? Machiavelli. He understood power wasn't in fear; it's in influence.

Lucrezia Borgia or Countess Bathory? Ooooh, tough call. At the moment, I'm leaning towards the Countess.

Colonel Green or Khan? Green

Sauron or Voldemort? Sauron. True, he was done in by a hobbit, but that's less humiliating than someone who can't turn off the caps-lock.

Beatles or Stones? The Stones, of course.

Daggers or swords? Daggers.

Mac, PC, or Unix? Unix. I know Windows is the Imperial platform, but I don't do official Imperial work on the computer anyway, so it doesn't matter.


Pizza topping? Scallions, but no cheese. I keep a strict vegan household for Alex.

Dessert? Apple crisp.

Energy weapon? Phase pistol. Simple, easy, gets the job done, not cumbersome.

Training film? In my line of work, the training is, you'll pardon the phrase, entirely hands-on.

Monitoring device? A thoroughly-bought ninja.

Method of keeping your underlings in line? Name-dropping.

Place to be kissed? Right here, sweetheart.

Imperial holiday? Alex's birthday.

Book? The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule.

James Bond villain? Boris Grishenko. I've always had a soft spot for geeks.

Quote? "If I had observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere." (Marilyn Monroe)

Word or phrase? "Yes." Because people in power hate to hear "No."

Website? Blowfish or Wikipedia. They're both very good if you're bored -- the other day I got from pasta to transgender in six moves. No, I'm not telling you how.

Least favorite thing? Not being able to go out in public without an armed escort anymore.


How many weapons do you carry on your person, approximately? Six, but I can use a piercing if I'm really in a pinch.

How old were you when you committed your first assassination? Seventeen. Oh, Sally Marcus, you poor girl. If only you'd been born with a gram of brains.

How many times has someone attempted to assassinate you? At least a dozen. But that's why I purchased the loyalty of my ninja. Nobody's ever gotten past her.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Probably with the next Emperor or Empress. Knowing what (and who) I know and how to do what I can do, job security is practically guaranteed.

What do you look for in a partner? Power. A good set of abs. Thick eyebrows. Nice eyes.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Emperor. Doesn't everybody?

What characteristics do you despise? People underestimating me or treating me like I'm a five-dollar whore. Anti-environmentalists.

How do you express anger? I get very quiet and don't use contractions.

Would you rather die or become a bureaucrat? I would die if I became a bureaucrat, and I'd rather go quickly.

What was your most satisfying revenge? Getting Sally to think that death was the only way out. It was harder to find the cyanide than to get her to take it.

Last person you went to dinner with? Pleasure or business? Culminated in sex or death? Alex. Business; we were dealing with some of the Guard's admirals' requests in person. Sex. He always needs to unwind after dinners like that.

Last crony whom you rewarded for a nasty job well-done? Haley Nightfeather, the little bird who tells me...everything.

Ever been a "Captain's Woman" or "Captain's Man"? My official title is "Emperor's Consort."


Had the drink Calypso Breeze? Yes

Any superstitions? I count crows.

First thing you think of when you wake up? Usually it's "Alex, give me back the sheets." He has a lot of nightmares and tends to twist around when he sleeps. After that, I tend to snuggle with him, which helps.

What's on your mouse pad? I have an optical mouse. I don't use a pad.

What's under your bed? Our toys, in a very securely locked box. A couple of how-to books.

How many people did you have to bribe to get into Imperial service? One to get my application in on time, and another to make sure I was the last audition of the evening. Nothing like waking up in someone's arms to seal the deal.

What Academy subject is completely useless? Media studies.

What was the last book you read? In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue? No.

Can you roll your tongue? Yes.

Hobbies? Origami, reading, sailing.

Should supervillains have capes? Hip-length capes, maybe. But they tend to get caught while you're trying to escape.

Which single store would you choose to extort tribute from? Blowfish or REI.

Greatest pet peeve? People mocking me because of how I got to where I am. I've known what I've been doing since I was seventeen.

Best thing in the world? Pre- or post-sex snuggling and whispering suggestions into Alex's ear -- he's never in any position to refuse me then.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Alexander Gordon, of course.

Co-writer: rainwoman
Original artwork graciously donated by Ivy LeVangie