Here's my character. I may make slight adjustments before the game starts.
Matt Tatami is, to put it lightly, a weird kid. He was raised in America, often spending summers with his even weirder paternal grandfather. As he grew up, he became more of a loner and more rejected by regular high school society. He turned to the occult, secretly exploring the mouldering books in his grandfather's library. As of yet, not even his parents suspect that he's been an occult practitioner since he was 14. Magic appeals to him, even more than computers used to. It's a secret and intellectual discipline, practiced in private, that can be turned into temporal power with a little effort. It's everything computer hacking used to be for him, turned up to eleven. Of course, there are downsides. His occult studies have exposed him to the shadow world, that part of the cosmos only visible to some. It's dangerous, there, and Matt's no warrior.
Still, there was a showdown between him and a teacher who was doing something to the other members of his class. Matt was afraid he might be next. So, he marshalled what magic he's managed to learn and confronted the suddenly fanged and red-eyed Mr. Martin. That night culminated in Matt beating him to death with a baseball bat.
Nobody would have believed his tale, but there was enough extenuating circumstances that he could create a reasonable doubt of self-defense. Also, after Mr. Martin's body disappeared from the morgue ("Stolen," but leaving a trail of bloody footprints), everybody just wanted rid of Matt and to sweep the whole matter under the rug. His mother, in a fit of national pride, said that only a Japanese boarding school would do to get her son on the straight and narrow. He's managed to move into a private room in the dorm without too many questions being asked about his stuff, and he's kept his spellbook and bank accounts pretty much concealed.
So here he is.
Name: Matt Tatami
Level 5 (Smart 3, Mage 2)
Occupation: Student (Research, Arcane Lore, Computer Use)
Str 8 -1
Con 14 +2
Int 17 +3
Wis 14 +2
Attack: +2 (Melee +1, Ranged +2)
Focused (+2 Balance/Concentration)
Savant: Arcane Lore (+3)
Concentration: +8 (+2)
Computer Use +8 (+1)
Craft: Chemical +8
Craft: Electronic +6
Decipher Script +7
• Arcane Lore +8 (+1) (+3)
Research +7 (+1)
Speak Language 3 [English, Latin, Sumerian]
Read/Write Language 3 [English, Latin, Sumerian]
Profession: Programmer +6
Messenger Bag (Spell component pocket)
School Supplies –books, notebook, laptop (upgraded +1, broadband)
Really badass cell phone
Flash drive hidden in his mattress with backup spellbook
Encrypted file in an off-site server also containing a backup spellbook
Metal Baton under bed (+1 Attack, 1d6-1, 19-20x2)
Deluxe Evidence Kit
Deluxe Electronic Kit
Rope, handcuffs, etc.
Extensive Personal Library
Mage Hand X
Magic ID X
Change Self X
Obscuring Mist X
NOTE: Chris, it turns out that the Black Tokyo adds Charm Person back in, but it's 2nd level. So, soon enough.