Mister White

Along with Mister March, Tempus White is one of the two chief henchmen who serve The Looking Glass, and he is the elite commander of Alice's Rabbits. He is a Gatewalker Contractor.


Mister White is a quiet, courteous, exceptionally reclusive and elusive individual, normally seen only when he is engaging in business on behalf of the Looking Glass. He always dresses in an impeccably spotless all-white tailcoat, gloves, and half-mask, and his right coat pocket contains a highly polished silver pocket watch. The inside of the watch lid is a round compact mirror, which he uses to communicate with Alice when he is in the field. The watch also contains an additional useful quality: it is a Talented Artifact, with the ability to speed up, slow down, or stop time, for up to one subjective minute of duration for the user, per use, after which the watch has to be rewound with a key which White wears around his neck on a silver chain. White takes advantage of his Artifact's powers, both for quick movement through mirrorless areas of the City, and for efficient execution of his duties for Alice.


Sometimes, when Alice wishes to handle a particular piece of business personally on Meatside, she will use White's pocket watch mirror to borrow his body, while he relaxes in the deep solitude of Mirrorside. When she is in his body, however, her finesse and control over the stopwatch is somewhat limited compared to White's own abilities, so she generally leaves most tasks to him, favouring his incredible efficiency and promptness.


While Mister White is utterly implacable in the performance of his work, and will not permit himself to be delayed in his appointments, he is not cruel, nor without mercy. When Alice orders him to kill somebody, he makes quick work of them, usually ending their life during a time-stop between their heartbeats.


When not on an assignment, White travels the City ceaselessly and rapidly, never staying in one location for longer than a few minutes. Outside official business, he wears his white coat turned inside-out, so that only its velvet black lining is visible, allowing him some camouflage in the City's dark streets. He avoids all social interaction which is not strictly part of his work for Alice, and Alice is the only person with whom he ever speaks directly, with very few exceptions. He issues orders to the Rabbits through letters dropped into their coat pockets. He has no permanent residence, but when he needs to recover from injuries or rest from his work briefly, he has free use of any of Alice's safe houses.


To see his white coattails flashing in a dark alley at night is to see your doom approaching you, but also to know that it will be so swift that you will not have time to notice any pain or fear. Compared to Mister March, Mister White is a fairly pleasant encounter. He takes his reclusiveness extremely seriously, and he will freeze time as a last resort to evade anybody who attempts to initiate conversation with him. He desperately hates to be kept in one location for longer than a few minutes, and he generally does not appear to become tired, despite constantly being on the move and deliberately making himself difficult to find. Only Alice is always able to contact him, but even Alice makes it a point to leave him plenty of solitude, beyond issuing him assignments.


His ability as a Gatewalking Contractor is the ability to slow or accelerate his quarry's heartbeat, or stop it entirely, from a considerable distance (but still within viewing range). This allows him to kill without even touching a person or spilling any of their blood. The Obeisance for this power is a compulsion to be at another specific location at a specific time; he has an extreme preoccupation with time, and this manifests itself as an obsessive-compulsive need to perform his duties at specific strokes of the clock on specific days. As a result, he is very bothered by anything which would delay him.


Connections:
The White Rabbit. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. 1865.
"A Kind of a Stopwatch." The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling. 1963.
Rolo Lamperouge. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, Goro Taniguchi. 2008.
S. R. Hadden. Contact, Carl Sagan, 1985, and Robert Zemeckis. 1997.

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