The only fly in the supernatural ointment was that Rufus, being a self-proclaimed know-it-all, talked incessantly, offering opinions on topics Chip never asked about. It drove Chip nuts! Additionally, Chip worried about Rufus' existence being found out. So when the day came that Chip could no longer handle Rufus' blathering, he used one of his available wishes to take away Rufus' ability to speak. Chip then used a second wish to banish Rufus to the internet where he would no longer be at risk of being discovered.
At the time, Rufus had been complaining ad nauseum about what he viewed to be the shoddy state of the Appraisement Cycle proceedings at the academy. Rufus claimed he could do better. Chip told him to prove it. Rufus then outlined a series of questions which he claimed would be all he needed to properly assess a recruit's element proclivities. Once this site was up, Chip sent Rufus to live here. He then locked the site with a password only he knew.
Two weeks later, Chip was found dead in his secluded mansion, having expired after suffering a fatal asthma attack, his inhaler under a credenza in a room on the other side of the house. When cleaning out his home, Chip's mother found a sticky note on the bedpost of Chip's California King. The note read RufusOpines followed by a web address. She forwarded it to her regional dimensional Custodian who arranged for the site to be housed on the academy's servers. Rufus was found.
Far from feeling trapped, Rufus revels in running this site and having the opportunity to use his knowledge and opinions to steer others toward their natural element. His communication is limited to the programming put in place by Chip--programming suggested by Rufus himself, but that doesn't stop him from positing his views.
When you're ready, settle in for an 8-question session with Rufus to see what he suggests. It goes without mentioning, Rufus' opinions do not represent those of the ocademy's administration or its affiliates, and you should not feel compelled to heed his advice. Element attachment is a commitment not to be taken lightly, with relationships that will last through the ages. Thus, you should go where you feel you're truly in your element.