Jun. 5th, 2011

secundus_cast: (Richard Dodgson)
Original Canon: "American McGee’s Alice"

Age: Not even he knows anymore

Birthday: October 6th

Status: Touched (Severely, specialities: Automatons, hat-making, tea-serving)

Brief History: Richard was born to Quentin and Nettie Dodgson, their only son. Growing up in London, Richard fully expected to take over his father’s hat shop once he was of age. Going a bit Creative at sixteen, however, put a crimp in these plans. Although Richard continued on with his hat-making apprenticeship, the local population was quite nervous about having a Touched design their headwear for them. Richard decided he should strike out on his own and set out for Secundus, where he founded Mad Hatter Haberdashery.

Although a skilled hatter who loved his job, Richard soon discovered he was growing very sick from all the mercury used in the hat-making process. He promptly took steps to extend his life – first by transforming himself from pure human into part-Automaton, then by creating machines to do most of the hat-making work for him. During this time, he met and befriended Lewis Carroll and his creations, in particular the March Hare and the Dormouse. He, March, and Dormy soon became nearly inseparable, and Richard’s basement lab in his shop became the site of many of March’s tea parties. He also became a good friend of young Alice Liddell, sharing with her his love of tea, riddles, and clockwork. After Alice’s parents died, he tried to take the young girl in, only to find his efforts stymied by his no-longer-human status. The best he could do was the occasional visit to her cell in Rutledge Asylum. Once she was declared cured and returned to the city to live with her aunt and uncle, he welcomed her home with open arms and gave her a job as a clerk in his shop. When she told him of her plan to become Secundus’s protector, he eagerly helped her create and test the weapons she’d dreamed up in bedlam as well.

Throughout all of this, Richard had given up any hopes of leaving bachelorhood. Content enough with his business and friends, he happily embraced Victor Van Dort into his circle upon meeting him. Little did he suspect that Victor would later befriend Miss Emily Cartwell – or that the “Corpse Bride” would end up seizing his attention more than any hat.

Relationship To Victor: Friend

Introduced In: Chapter Two

Note: Credit for Richard being named -- well, Richard, goes to NuttyIsa of devART. I literally cannot think of him as named anything else after seeing her call him that time and time again.
secundus_cast: (Sir Christoper Lloyd)
Original Canon: Alice In Wonderland (Hallmark TV Special)

Age: 45

Birthday: February 28th

Status: Touched (Severely, specialities: none)

Brief History: Born to Caryl and Louisa Lloyd as their eldest child, Christopher grew up fascinated by the tales of knights and dragons his father told. He made up his mind to become the bravest and best knight in the land once he came of age. Not even going Creative at age seventeen could sway him from his course – he simply added “brightest” to his list of attributes. Entering Her Majesty’s military service as soon as he was able, Christopher quickly rose through the ranks due to his brave heart and intelligent mind. Although never particularly good on a horse, he took to the sword like a fish to water, and earned a name as a particularly skilled killer of monsters. He also gained a reputation as a most prolific Inventor, coming up with thousands of ideas on how to improve his life and the lives of his friends. His successful slaying of the vicious Jabberwock earned him his knighthood and a personal laboratory in the palace, and he continued his experiments under the patronage of Her Royal Majesty. His chivalrous nature and unique ivory-colored armor soon earned him the nickname “The White Knight” among the populace.

Christopher often visited Secundus to meet with fellow inventors, and quickly made friends with Richard Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, and (upon his arrival) Emmett Brown. Fond of children, he would often entertain crowds of his youngest fans with tales of his greatest exploits. It was during one of these story sessions that he met Alice Liddell, and another firm friendship was formed. After the death of Alice’s parents, Christopher assisted her aunt and uncle with the expenses involved in treating Alice’s physical and mental wounds. When she finally returned from bedlam, she told him that she wished to be a warrior of sorts herself. Although at first unsure, Christopher agreed to help her train, and soon discovered her skills at monster-killing rivaled his own – a fact that made him very proud.

As was typical of most knights in the court, Christopher had his share of romances with young ladies. None of them ever really went beyond the stage of kissing and hand-holding, however, and his loves eventually drifted off to other prospects. Unconcerned, Christopher continued to live life in the moment, cheerfully welcoming Doc’s new assistant Victor into his social circle when he met him.

And then more than welcoming Victor’s ex-fiancé Victoria Everglot when he met her.

Relationship To Victor: Friend

Introduced In: Chapter Seven
secundus_cast: (Victoria Everglot)
Original Canon: Corpse Bride

Age: 18

Birthday: May 26th

Status: Regular

Brief History: The first child of Lord and Lady Everglot, Victoria proved to also be their only child, as Maudeline was promptly informed she would not survive another pregnancy. Disappointed in the fact they did not have a male heir to carry on the family line, the Everglots nevertheless raised their daughter to be their idea of the ideal lady. Victoria grew up shy and repressed in the tiny town of Burtonsville, rarely allowed out of doors and frequently lectured on her lack of perfection. Despite this, she also grew up as a kind and sweet young lady, with a hidden spine of steel when it came to those things she thought were truly important. She spent her days learning things like sewing and painting, entertaining herself with her maid Hildegarde, and preparing for the day of her marriage to a proper young man.

Eventually, when she was old enough, her parents arranged a match with the Van Dorts – rich fishmongers whom the Everglots loathed, but who had money they desperately needed – and the wedding was set for late January. Victoria curiously awaited meeting her groom-to-be, but a couple of weeks before the rehearsal, Victor Van Dort vanished. News soon came that he was living in Secundus, of all places. The Van Dorts pleaded with the Everglots to come with them to rescue their son, and eventually they agreed to see if there was anything worth saving in the match. Victoria fully expected to be terrified by the Mad Science Capital of the World and set out on the trip with dread. To her immense surprise, the city proved to be not even half as frightening as she’d imagined – in fact, she found the inhabitants (as Victor had told her) to be quite friendly.

Particularly, one Sir Christopher Lloyd.

Relationship To Victor: Arranged fiancee, friend

Introduced In: Chapter Six
secundus_cast: (Emily Cartwell)
Original Canon: Corpse Bride

Age: 18 (death age)

Birthday: May 26th

Status: Reanimated

Brief History: Emily was the only daughter of Frank and Amelia Cartwell – her mother died a few days after giving birth to her. Raised by her father and a kind governess, Emily grew up a romantic and dreamy child with a love of butterflies and flowers. As she became a teenager, she became fascinated with the idea of marriage and vowed to be wed only to her one true love. Unfortunately, she choose as her “true love” one Barkis Bittern, a poor drifter in town with a silver tongue and few morals. Barkis easily sweet-talked young Emily, but her father wasn’t taken in by the young man’s charms and nixed the match. Emily, unwilling to let her “true love” slip away from her, agreed to Barkis’s suggestion that they elope. Sadly for her, Barkis was merely interested in whatever money he could get from her, and murdered her in the woods outside town while she waited for him, stealing the gold and jewels he’d convinced her to bring and burying her in a shallow grave.

Her story normally would have ended there, except for the fact that Sally Finklestein, on a trip to the area with her creator, saw the skeletal remains of her hand sticking up from the ground and pointed it out to the doctor. Emily was promptly dug up, brought back to Dr. Finklestein’s castle, and brought back to life. Now a Reanimated, Emily decided she wasn’t going to let being a half-rotted corpse stop her quest for true love. She vowed to wait in the castle, watching those who passed through and searching hopefully for the one. Most men refused to have anything to do with her, but then one lucky day she met Victor Van Dort.

And then, through him, Richard Dodgson.

Relationship To Victor: Friend

Introduced In: Chapter Eight