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Gaius BaltarCharacter's LJ: toaster_lover Character's canon: Battlestar Galactica (reboot)Brief personality outline of your character:
Baltar is the very model of a narcissist. He's an entirely self-interested intellectual, whose superior intelligence has yet to equip him with any substantial morals or wisdom. It has, however, granted him a superiority complex the size of a Cylon Basestar. His personality is a carefully crafted facade, covering his rustic rural roots so that he could be perceived as a cultured cosmopolitan man. Despite the fact that his entire personality is fraudulent, he's a pretty pathetic liar, really. Luckily for him, most people don't suspect him of foul play usually because he's not only a respected scientist, but more importantly doesn't seem capable of injuring a fruit fly.
After almost single handedly granting the Cylons the information they needed to attack and occupy Caprica, Gaius spent his time alternating between very occasional spasms of guilt interspersed with much more frequent bouts of protecting his own tail. His situation was certainly complicated by the fact that his ex(ploded)-girlfriend-who-had-turned-
out-to-be-a-Cylon was now living in his head, invisible to everyone else, but able to interact with Gaius on what was to him a very tangible and real level. Not only does she appear wherever he goes, but they can also retreat into their own personal mental summerhome whenever they choose (and sometimes, even when he doesn't choose to).
Baltar's relationship with Six has defined and altered his personality quite a bit during the years that followed the invasion of Caprica. She's convinced him of the existence of one true God, which goes against the polytheistic faith of the colonists, and he believes that he was specially chosen by this God for...some reason, though the specifics remain vague to him. (Six has clued him in that it has to do with the two of them having a child together).
Despite his many flaws, Baltar has no ill
intentions, and is much more a victim of his own occasional self centered idiocy than he is some sort of evil genius. He does what he firmly believes to be the best he can do with the hand he's been dealt, and wants to help
the humans left alive, and has assisted in saving the fleet many times. He is, however, perhaps the only human who also feels a strong sense of empathy towards the Cylons, because of his relationship with Six, and is the only human who gets to really hear 'their side' of things. He arguably loves Six, as much as he is capable of loving anyone other than himself. However, given that the Six in his head may be simply a manifestation of his own insane mind, this doesn't necessarily say much at all about his capacity for compassion.Brief history and background of your character OR link to a really good wiki page with their history. In either case, explain where they cut off from the timeline:
. I'm taking Baltar out of the end of S2, during his presidency on New Caprica. The Cylons have occupied, and he's remained a figurehead in the political scheme, but most civilians view him as a traitor.Sample post
: "Yes, well," Gaius continued, ignoring the pointed looks from others passing him on the walkway, who gave a wide berth to the man speaking to himself, "I fail to see how it's any more insulting to you than the temples back on the fleet." His tone was glib, but he knew he was treading dangerous waters. Today, however, he didn't care. Let her do what she wanted. He'd almost welcome the shift in routine.
Baltar was rewarded with the flash of anger in her eyes, the sneer in her lip as she regarded the vast array of temples surrounding them. Six came to a halt, unwinding her arm from his and stepping in front of him, so that he was forced to screech to a stop himself, staring up into her suddenly incensed face.
She always looked like an angel, even more so when she was furious. It was maddening.Good thing I'm already mad
, he thought bemusedly. He was in a dangerous mood today.
," she hissed, glancing around as if the passer-bys, or maybe even the ship itself, were going to overhear her. "It's a mockery
. All these religions gathered in one place, as if they were all equal
, all just as real." There was fire in her eyes. Sometimes he liked to see her squirming in an uncomfortable situation. "It's an insult to the true God."
"Maybe the true God needs to stop taking himself so seriously. If he is
the true God, he shouldn't feel threatened by a handful of incense burners and naked revelers," Gaius said, not flinching away from her burning gaze, and still sounding purposefully casual.
When she grabbed him by the scruff of the shirt and hauled him closer, he almost regretted it, if not for just a moment. Wide eyed stares from other passerbys showed him just how ridiculous he must appear right now, caught in the grip of his invisible lover.
," she said, her voice tinged with enough dangerous venom to make his own eyes widen a bit, "play around, Gaius.
We aren't going to ignore this problem. This... epidemic
"We.... we aren't?" he said, cursing himself for the slight stammer.
"No," she said, immediately relinquishing her grasp on him, face cooling into a terrible smile. "We're going to stop it."
He blinked. "Now... now hold on a moment..."
Six's hand grazed his cheek, a finger lightly tracing his jaw as she moved her lips close to his, the heat of her words caressing his own breath. "We're going to make them see the truth
He didn't want to argue anymore, he just wanted to feel her, be nearer to her, and he remembered, suddenly, where he was and what he must look like, lips parted in expectation, eyes half closed, leaning into the empty air. With a groan, he nodded and broke away. "Fine, fine, fine."
"I knew you'd see reason," she said, slipping beside him again, and running a hand through his air. He hated himself for how right it felt to acquiese. He'd help her, in what logical way he could, but he would not
go about burning down temples and churches. Compromise
, he thought to himself, that's what we need to work on.
Besides him, Six smirked enigmatically, as if she could read the thought.If the character has magic, mutant, or otherwise metahuman abilities, please explain what they are and outline EXACTLY how they function, as their powers may not work due to the nature of the ship or may need to be limited somehow
: None.Non-superhuman special abilities of note
: Gaius is brilliant, when it comes to science, mostly biological and medical. He can be quite skilled in social situations when he really wants
to be (after all, he managed to become close friends with the former president of the colonies), and his exploits with women prove that he's not devoid of charm when it comes to the opposite sex as well.