Current musings on the Hatter...Player Name:
SkyreStory Book Title/Fable:
The Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.Character Name:
He likes the name Leopold. However most people abbreviate it to Leo. He does not have a surname. Age:
He appears to be in his thirties. His actual age is unclear due to the effects of forever Teatime.Face Claim:
Unknown. It's hard to say who he is.Hair:
Black. Greying at the sides. Something he will deny if asked about it and then blame on the Queen of Hearts if pressed.Eyes:
Yes. Two of them. Violet. Please note the that the Hatter is severely visually impaired. Weight:
More than the doormouse, but less than the March hare! That's about 150,000 teaspoons in old money.Height:
A nice even five foot and thirteen inches.Physical Description:
The Hatter is immaculately dressed for High Tea in a black evening suit and a top hat. He was wearing a bow tie, but has discarded this in favour of an open collar, because it's impossible for him to retie the damned thing at the moment. He is always clean shaven and seems to have developed the odd trick of simply not being in the way when things get messy. As a result he is and will always remain spotlessly clean and sharply dressed. He's tall and slender with long, thin fingers and striking violet eyes that gaze straight ahead unseeing. They glitter disconcertingly in the darkness or when examined closely. The Hatter seems to see as well or equally badly in the darkness as in light.
Considering he is almost blind he is rather inexplicably good at card tricks.Other Notable Features:
The Hatter always has a top hat with him and a gold fob watch on a chain which he checks fairly regularly. It's not that he's interested in the time as such. With his eyesight he can't currently read it at all. It's whether or not the watch is still ticking which concerns him. He also has acquired a black dress cane with a silver top. Quite where he got this is anyone's guess. He did not arrive with it. The Hatter is evasive on the subject if asked about it. Likes (non sexual):
"Singing. Riddles. Chaos. Watches and clocks. Magic. Clothes. Anything that isn't tea, sandwiches or cake. Queens. Being free. Time."Dislikes (non-sexual):
"Tea, cake and sandwiches. Six o'clock. Queens. Being bored. Being made to do things."Personality of Character - in story:
The Hatter is frozen in time after displeasing the Queen of Hearts with a song. Although the days change it's always six o'clock and Teatime. This has resulted in the Hatter becoming somewhat unhinged and erratic. His equal parts and simultaneous fear, loathing and adoration of the Queen of Hearts hasn't helped his sanity much either.Personality of Character - out of story:
Not much better than in the story. Escaping from forever Teatime in Wonderland has somehow resulted in the Hatter becoming in a conventional sense almost blind. He sees the world as a shadowy, blurry mess. Not all of the shadows are friendly or even real. This probably doesn't help calm him down.
He remains extremely erratic and unpredictable. His moods swing and change without warning and he is prone to fixations or obsessions. He has a deep dislike of anything associated with Teatime and has a love hate relationship with all female members of royalty. He both dispises and adores them equally and at the same time. He enjoys being able to do as he pleases, even if he has no idea what to do with his freedom.
He is obviously intelligent and can be very talkative. He understands right and wrong, truth and lies, guilt and innocence, but considers them to be some else's problem that do not apply to him.
He understands what manners are, but chooses to ignore them in favour of general irreverence and equal disrespect of everyone. Except female royalty to whom he will probably be overly polite and formal to the point of being fearful and nervous around them. Under stress or when he is alone he is prone to talking to himself. He would never admit to it, but he misses the company of the March hare and the doormouse. As a result he is a bit lonely. In short the Hatter can only be relied upon to be unreliable.The day the world changed:
"When you offend the Queen of Hearts horrible things can happen to you. Take me for instance. I was just singing a little song to entertain her Highness at an intimate party and the next thing I know it's always six o'clock, always Teatime. Oh the days pass you know, the sun comes up and goes down, but it's always six o'clock, always Teatime. One gets rather sick of Teatime after a while. So when I found a rabbithole I said to myself, I said "Anywhere is better than this miserable moment of forever Teatime." And down I went without stopping to think how I would ever get out again. So what if this world is shadowy and vague, so what I say? Time passes here! Listen, my watch is ticking! What? You think it's running slow? I think it's about two days wrong myself. A touch of butter should fix that. What was I saying? Oh yes! I'm free! I'm free! I'm free! No tea! No Queens! I'm not going back. No how, no way."Sexual Preference:
He's straight, but only vaguely aware of concepts like attraction, love and lust.Turn Ons :
Queens. Watches. Honestly he has no idea about this stuff and doesn't really understand the question. Turn Offs:
Cake. Tea. Cake and Tea. Tea and Cake. Queens. Blood (He doesn't like the smell or feel of it). Pain.RP Thoughts/Plans:
The Hatter is likely to be unpredictable and may side with good or evil as amuses him or he sees fit. He is unlikely to side with any character who seeks to return all the characters to their story. He has no desire to go back to it always being six o'clock and Teatime. However he may sympathise with another character who is clearly lost and struggling. Or he may take the mick out of them.
Ultimately his loyalty will be to himself and anyone he decides is a friend though rather than to an idea or concept. Self preservation is key to the Hatter, but he could be a hero if he wanted to. Just don't rely upon it.
Please note that the Hatter will have no recollection of Alice. Forever Teatime is something of a hideous endless blur to him. He is likely to consider her to have been a delusion or a passing fancy.