Just Add Marbles

my noggin wasn't always this way, you know

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
OOC ± The New, Improved Character Survey of Doom
forgot the safe word
NOTE: this is really for 1.5 charatcers as you can't really get a good picture of Glitch without rambling AT LENGTH about Ambrose. When possible a simple answer will cover both of them buuuut sometimes it's just not gonna happen. Also yay wow loads of fanon ahoy.

Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy?
"Rangy" is an excellent answer, as is skinny, lithe, and lean. He's been indigent for close to a decade, getting a decent meal has been a rare thing. He's of average height, around 5'10" or so.

2. How old is he?
44. I totally cheated and went with "age of actor at time of filming," plus two birhtdays in Taxon.

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch?
It varies. He's of the nobility so he's trained to be perfectly poised, but without his inhibitions or an environment where perfect posture is required he's a bit of a slouch.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities?
For a man with half a brain who's been on the run for a decade he's surprisingly spry. He has managed to keep in good enough shape to personally take out four trained soldiers in unarmed combat, and is capable of walking long distances (though not without whining). He does have allergies, and I headcanon that he once dislocated his right shoulder quite badly and has some tissue damage there.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid?
Again, it varies. In his more Ambrosey moments he is light on his feet, but can just as easily be tripping over obvious obstacles. His mannerisms can be downright marionette-ish: quick, sharp gestures as he talks with his hands, a single firm nod to denote understanding, etc.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror?
Glitch more striiking than conventionally good-looking and he knows it. There's a conflict between his old vanity and self-consciousness about the zipper and his climsiness. He sees the imperfctiosn and acknowledges them, but also accepts it.

He does get a bit distressed by signs of aging, the crow's feet and gray hairs, due to his life post-headcasing being a bit of a void. He was in his early thirties when his brain was stolen and generally lets the math get muddled instead of dealing all the time he's lost.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred?
Amazingly pale. We're talking milky-white, alabaster, pasty, whichever cliched description of overly-pale you want to go with applies. Also he was tortured by goons and scientists working for an insane, merciless Sorceress (not to mention said Sorceress herself) and has the scars to prove it.

DETAILS ON SCARS as I am perversely obsessed: his right arm has a large burn scar from that time he was set on fire, as this is what is done with Scarecrow analogues (Azkadellia, in the dungeon, with an oil lamp), myriad electrical burns on his torso (alchemists), a brand below the back of the neck denoting him as a traitor, plus evidence of about a half-dozen overzealous applications of the lash down his back (longcoats), a long scar between shoulder and elbow on his left arm, several fainter ones on his left forearm and a significant one on his left flank (the Doctor's "warning shot"). This is why he loves his layers of clothing.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style.
Very dark brown, almost black, with a few strands of silver mixed in. Once upon a time it was just naturally curly, but years of neglect have matted it into short dreadlocks which stick out in all directions. There are a couple of regular curls near his temples which fall over his eyes. If a patient soul were to douse his head in detangler and gently pick through the mess with a comb, he'd have a nice head of soft, longish, wavy hair. Thanks to Levi this is a reality.

9. What color are his eyes?
A warm brown, more like toffee than chocolate. I cannot believe I just typed that. Sidenote: he has ridiculously long eyelashes.

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features?
There happens to be a zipper running straight down the center of his head, anchored at the hairline and ending at the back of his skull. It does open, granting one access to the inside of his cranium (where one will find a bit more than literally half-a-brain but still not a whole one). After that things which would be highly noticeable on normal people (like the prominent mole between his eyebrows and his beaky, crooked nose) lose significance.

11. What are his chief tension centers?
Not surprisingly, he can get tremendous headaches.

12. What is the character's wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit?
He will very nearly always be wearing his old uniform jacket, a brown Napoleonic-style tailcoat with gold braiding on the front, cuffs, and collar. It looks as though it has been ravaged by ferrets and left in a ditch for quite some time. The sleeves are barely attached at the shoulders and slit nearly to the elbows from the cuffs, the tails are tattered, and the braiding is just about torn off in places. Glitch adores the damn thing, and while he might get coaxed into having it repaired he is psychologically incapable of replacing it. Until he is forced to thanks to getting blown up.

Rather distressingly canon makes it look like he's worn the same outfit for YEARS, but given options he favors old fashioned style, a melding of Regency and Victorian...okay, think "steampunk", the more buttons the better, the more layers the better. He will dress casually from time to time, but even then he'll looks like something out of the 1920s. He prefers dark colors and earth tones, reds and browns and greens, as well as black.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them?
If he could, he'd go around in perfectly tailored, fitted clothes all the time so yes, and he is perfectly comfortable.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences?
In his duties as chief adviser to the Queen he wore a uniform that...made him look like a drum major. In canon we never see him OUT of this uniform, but based on the styles seen in the mini I think my outline above is fairly accurate. Also given what we see in the mini there is a very good chance he owned at least one kilt.

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando?
A gentleman does not discuss his undergarments You know what the hobo commando habit is hard to break DO NOT JUDGE HIM.

1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse?
His voice is towards the top end of mid-range and a bit raspy. His pitch can go up considerably when he gets excited or stressed about something.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate?
Usually he speaks fairly softly and raises his volume for emphasis. Glitch has a fairly lilting tone, treading carefully over and sometimes around words. He does hesitate and stammer as his half-a-brain tries to keep up with his mouth.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics?
His accent is a bit wonky due to being a Scotsman using an American accent the polish having worn off his upper-class pronunciation. As stated above he is made out of verbal tics which increase as he gets more stressed or emotional. Pronouns (especially "I") and conjunctions get the worst of it as he struggles to find things to connect one thought to the next. The glitches where he gets stuck in a loop are another matter entirely, he'll repeat a clause or short sentence over and over until redirected.

His manner of speech is amazingly informal (for instance he uses sorta, kinda, gonna, etc.) for someone of his background, due to his brain needing to make shortcuts.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency?
According to Baum canon English is the language of Oz, so he is a native speaker. The mini also gave us "the picture language of the Ancients" and Ambrose is/was a big enough nerd to know that as well, with Glitch likely hit or miss on being able to read it. I also headcanon that he knows some Latin, or at least can recognize it when he sees it.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations?
In his more Ambrosey moments he'll speak with soft, measured formality. That's also when the fifty cent words come out.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words?
Just about everything he says is spur of the moment with little conscious connection between his brain and his mouth. That's not to say he's good at it but it's all he has. The more he does try to concentrate on his words, the more likely it is he'll glitch out and lose his train of thought completely.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change?
Taking all of the above into consideration what we get is pretty much an awkward chatterbox. That said he does have a latent way with words; this is a man who can bust out with "You think someone would help them with their crops, maybe...build a doohickey with a couple of thingies." and then later comfort a friend with "She was happy to make the sacrifices she thought were right. We should all love someone that much."

Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart?
Glitch used to be the smartest guy pretty much ever, very much in a book-smart sort of way. He's lost most of that, but when one starts off as an off-the-charts genius a little lobotomy will just knock him down to a smidge above average intelligence. He gets things, complex concepts are not beyond him, he just can't always put them together and he REALLY can't articulate them.

He has also learned street smarts a bit in order to survive. He'll recognize overt danger and try to avoid it, and can fight his way out of something if he can't.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate?
Glitch is forced to think on his feet. As much as he would love the capacity to deliberate it is likely that doing so will just bog him down.

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical?
He loves logic, he loves order, but his mind is made out of chaos. Sorting through all of this takes up much of his mental energy, so he does rely heavily on his instincts and intuition. He also relies on the people around him to give him context, and will take his cues from them.

4. What kind of education has the character had?
University-level, probably with the equivalent of several post-graduate degrees. To use an Ozian term he is Thoroughly Educated and likely used that title. Ambrose Langwe, T.E.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about?
Ambrose dabbled in many areas, chiefly political science, physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Most of this is of course lost to Glitch, but he remains curious about very nearly everything and wishes he could better retain any new information.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert?
Extrovert. He wants to know people as much as he wants to know things so if someone looks friendly he's more than likely to say hello.

7. Describe the character's temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven?
Glitch is generally upbeat, in direct contrast to his traumatic life. Not content with merely stopping to smell the flowers, he'd love to flop down in a field of daises and spend the afternoon napping or studying bees. In an stressful or unfamiliar situation however, his mood can swing unpredictably from defensive to melancholy to nervous and back to his usual easy-going nature.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic?
If you are friendly to him, he will be friendly to you. If you are at all nasty, he will reciprocate. First impressions are key, and if he can't quite figure you out he will get flustered and unsure of himself.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react?
Reacting is his default, unless he has someone to follow into action.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight?
If at all possible, and if his is the only neck on the line, he will run. He is more likely to remember that he is capable of holding his own if there are others who need defending.

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks?
Glitch knows well enough to laugh at himself, fortunately. He loves puns and can be sarcastic. Pranks are fine so long as they are not played on HIM as he hates having his condition taken advantage of, or being made to look like a fool.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them?
Fanon has decided that his condition gives him ADHD-like properties. Unfortunately no medication will help him, so he muddles along as best he can, mindful of his issues but not despairing because of them.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person?
Well, he's forgotten graduting top in his class over and over again, getting an appointment from the queen, watching his creations go to work for the benefit of others, and many other moments because of that one time HE HAD HIS BRAIN RIPPED APART.

After that, meeting DG probably ranks a close second, as through her he met Cain and Raw and life started getting more interesting.

14. What does he fear?
Heights. Longcoats catching him. Doctors and other medical types. Mobats.

15. What are his hopes or aspirations?
Getting home, saving the world, and living happily ever after wit the girl he's besotted with. Pretty straightforward, but then Glitch enjoys simplicity.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him?
Glitch keeps more secrets from himself than he does from anyone else, really. He does not consciously hide anything.

Relationships - NOTE: Absolutely nothing is known of Glitch's family in canon. We're told nothing of parents, siblings, cousins, favorite uncles, nothing. Also no friends, significant others, children, political or academic rivals, none of that. So there is a TON of totally made-up headcanon ahead. Speaking of headcanon: he's a direct descendent of Princess Langwidere of Ev, who was the head-changing lady in Return To Oz. Sorry for bringing up traumatic childhood memories.
1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents.
As a boy born into a matriarchal nobility there was a chance that Ambrose would be raised as little more than marriage-bait, but the early emergence of his intelligence set him on a different path. His mother hired the best tutors for him, and when that wasn't enough he left for a boarding academy at twelve and barely looked back. Once he joined the court and began moving up the ranks of the queen's advisers his relationship with his parents improved, although it was never a close bond. They were proud of him and he respected them.

Ambrose's father died shortly before the war, and his mother fled to their ancestral home in the neighboring kingdom of Ev once it started. They have not been in contact since, and as far as she knows Ambrose was executed. As Glitch has only the vaguest memories of childhood, he may as well have been.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like?
He has two siblings significnatly younger than he is, a sister ten annuals his junior and a brother three annuals younger than her. He'd left for school by the time his brother was born and really only kept minimal contact. Both siblings went to Ev with their mother and also believe he is dead.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand?
When he was a boy his maternal grandfather encouraged his fascination with gadgetry. Said grandfather has since passed away, and Glitch doesn't remember him either.

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them?
He was more or less adopted by the royal family and so was very close with the Queen, her husband, and the princesses.

There were viciously slanderous rumors around court that the adviser's feelings for his monarch were not strictly platonic. Said rumors were true denied with swift and crushing surety.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet?
I can probably say that his best friend right now is DG. They met, rather inauspiciously, in a giant wicker cage, where they were being held as prisoners of the Eastern Guild Fighters (read: munchkins).

6. Does he have other close friends?
Cain and Raw from canon. He's good friends with a number of people in Taxon, especially Buffy.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people?
If one can get over his total weirdness and see the enthusiastic woobie underneath, then yes, he's cope-withable. Glitch is usually open to making friends, as it is WAY BETTER FOR HIS HEALTH than making enemies, so given the option he will always try to get along. Again, the importance of first impressions cannot be overstated.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends?
See above re: not remembering his actual family. Friends and comrades fill the void so they win always.

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once?
Unmarried, but romantically involved with someone. Ambrose did almost get to the engagement part of courting a lady once, but Things Happened.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse?
Saying "DG's his girlfriend" seems silly but...DG's his girlfriend. And bestest friend and confidant and wind beneath his wings, etc.

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest?
A lovely lass named Leona who was one year above him in school. Pretty, clever, and good enough to humor his advances, but sadly she was a commoner and thus it would never have worked. And though he'll never admit it (for a zillion reasons, none the least of which being that he's forgotten him) he had it bad for Levi for a while there.

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner?
Patience. Patience cannot be overstated for Glitch. Also respect, a sense of humor, not too high strung, smart, and once again a huge reserve of patience. Someone he can dance with is excellent. A good kisser is even better.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any?
No children, no grandchildren. Does he want any? YES Not in his current condition for fear he'll lose them or forget them.

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies?
Not in Taxon as of yet, but seeing as his face was all over "wanted" posters back in the O.Z. he'll be happy for the break.

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale?
Somewhere between a 2 and a 3. 2.5? Sure. *goes all meta-fanon* There's a notion in fandom that most people do go both ways in the merry ol' land, mostly as an affectionate embracing of the "friends of Dorothy" code. My reasoning for Glitch's orientation is that in canon we only see overt expression of interest in women. There's the affectionate mention of Leona, the fratboy ogling of Airofday, and the anvilicious subtext in that scene between Ambrose and the Queen. However...he still pings the gaydar, and this is entirely the fault of Alan Cumming who just can't help it.

So: he's gone out with both, slept with both, the ideal is the wife and kids but the right guy will keep him happy.

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him?
Woo boy. Let's be realistic: given his life over the past decade, especially when he was held captive by torture-happy sadists, sex gets some weird, unpleasant subconscious associations. Consciously he knows it's the thing that used to be awesome, so he's a bit frustrated by the anxiety that crops up for reasons he can't put into context. Stupid half-a-brain.

All that aside he'll take what he can get, really. Back in the O.Z. sleeping with headcases was taboo because, hey, probably used to be a violent criminal. Now that he's free of that stigma he'll likely want to explore that part of himself, but it's not a top priority.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits?
TURN-ONS: ...authoritative women, there's no way around that. Guys require at least a level playing field, or to let him take the reins. That said sex should not be srs bzns and playfulness is excellent.

1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type?
I picked March 25 as a default Ambrose/Glitch birthday once I discovered it was The Day of Dynamism, and giving him the birth year of 1967 puts him as a Ram so he's doubly-goated. Which...kinda works for Ambrose but then that makes more sense. He's got the Aries innovativeness, the desire to "boldly go" and make things better, faster, more efficient.

Glitch is...different, more like a dreaming Pisces or an emotional Cancer, but still with a dash of bravery. Of course as the Earth zodiac doesn't have a damn thing to do with the O.Z. none of this matters in the long run.

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life?
In canon there are several references to "gods," plural, and while Gregory Maguire may have built up some convoluted Ozian religion I'm not interested in sifting through Wicked to find it. Actually the "gods" thing never sat well with me as, you know, matriarchal society and many of the the major players in Oz history are female. /rant

Glitch is a man of science, but he takes comfort in Ozma's grace and Glinda's goodness, and as a loyal servant of the house of Gale he reveres the first slipper, Dorothy, for unifying the kingdom.

3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it?
While Glitch does have a very firm grasp on the difference between right and wrong, his survival instincts can override this. He has killed in self defense, he's traded all he had for safety or to avoid starvation, and then as quickly as possible he's forgotten about such things.

Without such extreme circumstances he stick with "do unto others" and always has the best intentions.

4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent?
Mostly curious, as his thirst for knowledge stretches to philosophy. He'll want to know the "why" of things, and if something strikes him as "wrong" he'll wish to debate it...after declaring how wrong/awful it is. This isn't out of malice, it's just his lack of tact.

5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them?
Given the chance to dropkick a munchkin he absolutely would, but then who knows how long those little buggers had him trussed up in a cage? He'll also be rather interested in knowing if you are a "good" witch or a "bad" witch if you introduce yourself as a magical practitioner. Oh, Oz, ILU ♥

Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt?
In a perfect post-canon world there's a villa in Central City and a secured bank account in Ev waiting for him. But this is not a perfect post-canon world. He's been indigent for a decade, he's got exactly two platinums to his name and the clothes which are presently falling off his back and that's it. However thanks to Taxon it doesn't matter all that much \o/

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him?
He was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, and even as a scholar and scientist he kept to his life of privileged nobility. It was a gradual decline from the palace to the gutter, the war serving as a harsh wake-up call once they began losing. His is a riches to rags story, and while he longs for quiet evenings doing whatever it is the upper classes do Glitch knows he will never truly fit into that life again.

3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others?
...all that said thanks to DG's arrival Glitch is now living in a big damn ice-encased palace. While she's taken to the servants quarters he has split the difference and taken a guest room. His old suite is there and available, but in its present condition (ransacked and looted, filled with a history he can't quite grasp) it is too distressing to spend time in. Over time he will try to fix it up and possibly reclaim some of his past.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on?
If he had to it would be books, glorious books. But there are hatches, and while they may not be the most reliable of sources he will quietly begin amassing volumes on a variety of subjects.

5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else?
Ambrose's skills as an adviser are actually debatable but that's him. Glitch's main occupation seems to be "lovable spazz" and he's got it down pretty well.

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time?
Glitch loves learning (or trying his damnedest to learn) and will spend hours anywhere there are a lot of books. He enjoys most forms of music, especially that which one can dance to. Given the proper mood and motivation (and someone brave enough) he could be a decent sparring partner

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods?
After having been without for so long Glitch can at time OVER indulge. He loves food as it is, but will forget meals just like he forgets everything else. Alcohol is tricky, the half-a-brain makes him a lightweight so he either needs to watch himself or have a designated...person to watch him. Also he's allergic to shellfish.

Which of the following do you associate with the character:

1. Color? green
2. Smell? ink, paper, and straw
3. Time of day? mid-morning, or brunchtime
4. Season? autumn
5. Book? a collection of poems by e.e. cummings
6. Music? big band, jazz, and Modest Mouse
7. Place? a garden, likely beside a decorative pool
8. Substance? metals, especially brass and silver
9. Plant? creeping ivy
10. Animal? a housecat, probably an ex-feral one

{{ Get the HTML here so you can do it yourself. }}

  • 1
This is ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING. I enjoyed it almost as much as I would enjoy reading a story! Love your headcanon. *glomps*

It took two weeks to compile but....yeah ♥ This is my baseline!Glitch, I think. he tends to vary wildly from fic to fic but if someone put a gun to my head this'd be final canon. Thanks for slogging through it!

For your further stalking needs there's the wiki =D

I love all your head canon. It's very, very impressive. And your reasoning for his sexual orientation is great. Bless Alan Cumming.

And Princess Langwidere! She scared me so much when I was little. And probably still does, actually.

  • 1

Log in

No account? Create an account