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It is with sad hearts that we share some terrible news. Christopher Chow, known to the gaming community as Brithrax, passed away on May 12, 2006. Brithrax was very well respected across the gaming world. He was a longtime friend to many guilds and gamers, but to Phank he was part of our family.

We dedicate this update to you, Brithrax, our friend and our brother. We miss you, Brith.

Brithrax was from New Jersey, where his mother still lives. He trained as a computer engineer and worked for IBM, then went back to law school. He was a patent lawyer for several years, moving to California in 2005 to work as a corporate lawyer. He died peacefully in his sleep on May 12 at a hotel room in San Bernadino, where he had been visiting for the car races, a favorite pastime of his. He was 41 years old.

In the gaming community, Brithrax was "old school." He played a monk on Everquest's Fennin Ro, then moved to Druzzil Ro with Seekers of Norrath. He also was in Vindication and was one of the founders of Township Rebellion. And, we are so very glad to say, Brith was in Phank. His friendships spread across many other guilds, as well.

Brithrax was one of the greats. He was an extremely talented and passionate player who first and foremost took care of his friends and his guilds. Always kind-hearted, friendly, and witty, he approached the game with a desire to have skilled fun with his friends.

Our hearts, thoughts, and condolences go out to Chris's family. To Brithrax, thank you for enriching our lives. Phank on, Brithrax, wherever you are. May you have peace, rest, and lots of raptors to level up on.

"[Brith] was a monk and a warrior par excellence. What's funny is, here we are in a game world, but having known "monks and warriors" we can conjur up an image of respectable versions of each. And to leave others behind who only knew you as that, but respect you as that, I don't think that's such a bad legacy. If Ghel were gone tomorrow and someone said "he was a good ranger" I would probably be proud of that. So I'm thinking that wherever Brith is, even if we only knew him as a warrior or monk, he would smile that we remembered him as something he obviously loved being." -- Gheltire
To honor Christopher, his family has set up the "Albany Law School - Christopher S. Chow Memorial Prize." Donations received will fund an annual prize given to a graduating student from Albany Law School. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make your donations payable to "Albany Law School - Christopher S. Chow Memorial Prize." Contributions can be sent to:

Institutional Advancement - Christopher S. Chow Memorial Prize
Attn: Professor Alex Seita
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

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