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I don’t understand why so many of these asks are on anon because it’s not like you’re asking anything weird. Unless you’re logged out or on your smart phone or something. Ah well, it doesn’t matter!
33: Concept of home and family?
Colress- Oh dear. He really doesn’t have much of a concept of either, and ‘home’ is simply where he lives when he’s not required to run around all over the place with Plasma.
Both his parents were also researchers. They, too, were trying to bring out the full potential in pokémon and were partners both in life and in research. They also dealt with genetic experiments and creating pokémon (working for a private client who was unknown to Colress). Their focus involved using atomic energy, basically trying to make a radioactive pokémon. When Colress was ten, there was a criticality accident at his parents’ lab. They both received lethal doses of radiation and died of acute radiation poisoning within days after the accident. It was not a pretty sight at all. Neither parent wanted Colress to see them like that and it wasn’t safe for him to see them either. He basically couldn’t see his dying parents and he found himself without parents at a young age. He was an only child and was put in the care of his uncle who he only vaguely knew, who sent him straight to boarding school (this is why he failed the fifth grade; he couldn’t take it. Smart little guy worked his way up two grade levels though later on). This may be why he has OCD too; he was so out of control of his environment and circumstances when he was younger, now he feels the need to be in control of things on a certain micro level. It’s ultimately trauma/residual fear of being out of control.
Essentially, he just doesn’t have a family. He’s estranged from his uncle (who passed by now anyway) and lost his mother and father who were really good parents to him. As an only child, he had no siblings to confide in, and he never made any real friends growing up either, so he’s basically used to being alone.
OCD aside, he’s fine now. He’s a very resilient person; however, he’s extremely cold as a result and isn’t very open to allowing himself to be attached to anyone.
Anyway, he didn’t consciously decide to basically do what his parents did (research how to bring out the full potential in pokémon). It just kind of happened.
Ingo and Emmet both view each other as the most important people in their family. As identical twins, they have a lot in common and have only known life as twins. At the same time, they’re very dependent on each other and don’t do well if they’re away from one another for prolonged periods of time. Even just a couple of days can make them feel antsy.
Both parents are very openly affectionate with them. When growing up, if they wanted toy cars, they’d get toy cars; if they wanted dolls, they’d get dolls. They weren’t really pushed into anything they didn’t want to do; at the same time, when they were little, they stressed their parents out a lot by being little rips.
Emmet’s a little wary of their mom because she lost her temper in a very bad way with him when he was little. What happened was that the reason Emmet has prefrontal cortex damage is that their mother just lost it and hit him very hard in the head with a blunt object without even thinking. She was still a young parent and Emmet had gotten her so angry, basically wrecked something very important to her. Once she realized what she did, she was horrified. This happened when the twins were about four years old, and this is why they act so different in personality.
They’re alright now for the most part, but Emmet didn’t get close with her. Ingo’s much closer to their mom than Emmet is. Both are close with their dad.
As far as ‘home’ is concerned, that’s the one place that no one else is allowed. At the end of the day when they aren’t at work, home is almost a ‘sacred’ place, so no one’s allowed in.
…except Elesa, from time to time, when she runs out of nutella and takes Ingo’s.
46: If they were to fall in love, who (or what) is their ideal?
Colress doesn’t have an ideal. He doesn’t even consider falling “in love” and finds that expression to be ridiculous. That doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t find an SO, but this is just something that isn’t even on his mind. If it happens, it happens. No reason to set limitations, he’d reason.
The twins are apprehensive to make changes in their dynamic, so this prevents them from really considering an ‘ideal.’ Everything would change if that aspect of either of their lives changed. Ah, dependency issues.
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1: What does their bedroom look like?
Colress’ room is relatively spartan, but that’s not to say that it lacks taste. He really likes clean lines with a contemporary look. There’s a lot of black, white, and gray in his apartment with other neutral tones (tan, brown, etc.). Lighting in his room tends to be dim. He only has one brighter light by the bed if he decides to read a book before sleeping. There isn’t enough space on his shelving unit for all his books, so some of them are piled up in the corner. They’re in different places throughout his bedroom, earmarked and highlighted, many times left open. It’s extremely clean but not necessarily tidy. He very rarely makes the bed (black blanket, white sheets). It’s not unusual to see his personal laptop on the floor by the bed (he keeps two; the one for work is in his home office).
He’s got your typical nerd doodads scattered on various surfaces— a buckyball, a Rubik’s cube, a gyroscope, filled in sudoku puzzle books, a Newton’s cradle, a plasma globe (no pun intended), a ship in a bottle, a model mecha bot he put together and painted himself— you know, all that nerd crap. Most of that stuff is from when he was a kid, stuff his parents got him that he never really thought to put away. The only recent item among them would be the sudoku puzzles for when he gets painfully bored. He has miniature framed photos of space hung up on one of his walls in a sequence.
Ingo & Emmet - Sue me, I see them sharing a room. Sorry, but I think they’re weirdos with major attachment/enmeshment/dependency issues on each other and get comfort out of massive cuddles.
That’s not to say they share everything. There is a definite “Ingo’s side” and “Emmet’s side” of the room. Ingo’s side is very neat and meticulously organized. Emmet’s side isn’t necessarily a disaster, but it is cluttered and it’s got clothes on the floor, various items all over the surface, shoes on the floor, unintentional boobytraps. There are often crumbs in the sheets either because Emmet tries to eat in bed or feed his pokémon in bed.
Ingo’s side has more black decor and it’s rather minimalistic. Emmet’s decor is more colorful. All the art choices are Emmet’s and Ingo doesn’t mind them. One of Ingo’s hobbies is ikebana, so there may be fancy flower arrangements all over the place, including the bedroom. He switches them out for something new the moment he sees them start to wilt.
19: What do they think about before falling asleep at night?
Colress generally thinks about what he needs to do next, things he would like to do, things he would like to start or finish. Occasionally he will think about past events, but he’s very future-oriented.
If Emmet was upset by something that day or if he’s just in a bad mood in general, he will brood or sulk over it before he falls asleep; otherwise, he falls asleep pretty quickly.
Ingo will usually replay single line or multi line battles in his head, especially if he lost. He’ll dwell on it until he tires himself out.
36: What makes them feel guilty?
Colress - he feels partially responsible for Ghetsis’ injury. Though Ghetsis went ahead and decided not to listen to Colress’ warnings, Colress still proceeded rather than refused. He knew when he was doing it that he really shouldn’t, and while it is Ghetsis’ fault for disregarding him, Colress’ hand was ultimately on the switch. Ah, yes, I’m referencing headcanons I fleshed out in this fic I wrote.
Colress’ parents both passed when he was ten years old as a result of a freak accident. Of course, he wonders what his parents would think if they knew he worked with Plasma; he’s convinced that they wouldn’t approve.
Ingo - he nearly abandoned Emmet when they were in their early twenties, threatening to never speak to him again. This basically traumatized Emmet and to this day, Emmet has fears of Ingo just leaving one day, never to be seen again. It really scares him. So Ingo feels really bad for being responsible for one of Emmet’s major insecurities.
Emmet - constantly being spoiled, constantly insisting on his way, being manipulative or just a huge jerk until he gets people— most specifically, Ingo— to cooperate with him just makes him feel like a shitty person when he thinks about it. He knows he takes advantage of Ingo constantly, and though Ingo will bend to his will, he knows his twin doesn’t enjoy it. Sometimes Emmet just can’t help himself. That doesn’t mean he can’t think about it later and wish he was able to handle himself more appropriately rather than flipping out or doing something insane.
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4: What would they do if they needed to make dinner but the kitchen was busy?
Ingo would simply say, “Get out of my kitchen, now.”
5: Cleanliness habits (personal, workspace, etc.)
Ingo is very meticulous. His clothes are arranged by color and season. His desk area is marked alphabetically. He’s got a whole system that would give a well-organized library a run for its money. In fact, he’s so used to his system, that he always puts things back in their right places, including in the kitchen (which is his domain). Emmet gets a kick out of rearranging the seasoning cabinet because Ingo sometimes doesn’t even look at what he’s reaching for, he’s so used to the right items being there. Of course, Emmet regrets this when oregano and salt are used on the cinnamon buns instead of cinnamon and sugar. Ingo will make Emmet eat them as punishment.
He’s very meticulous with his personal appearance as well. Showers every day, takes care of his sideburns each morning, and uses a lot of products to keep up his appearance.
Did Ingo’s 14!
22: Given a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and nothing to do, what would happen?
It depends on Ingo’s mood. He may start listing things that he needs to do, or he may start adding up the expenses of the month. On occasion, he may start doodling, but he’s terrible at drawing (unlike Emmet). When he throws his doodles away because they suck, they really do suck. Usually he will toss them to Garbodor to eat, but Garbodor likes them and keeps them in its secret poké-stash.
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14: Physical abnormalities? (Both visible and not, including injuries/disabilities, long-term illnesses, food-intolerances, etc.)
Like Emmet, Ingo’s got a nice big hook nose. Not abnormal, just striking.
Unlike his twin, his teeth are straighter (opted for invisible braces when he was in his late teens while Emmet didn’t) but he’s missing a molar on the upper right side. He got into a nasty fist fight once and he got it punched out. Ah, the things brothers do for each other, jumping into a fight when Emmet can’t! It’s his most recent blemish, as he managed to get pissed enough to wreck someone while on duty at work. Can’t get fired if he’s his own boss.
He has a scar on the back of his knee AGAIN from fighting. When he was 16 he got into a fight in the parking lot after school, fell on some rotting telephone pole wood where a rusty nail was sticking out and it got him good.
He also has a scar on his inner lip ONCE AGAIN FROM FIGHTING but this happened on the playground when he was about 8, defending Emmet after someone called him a butthead or something, idk. Anyway, he got punched in the mouth and his teeth cut the inside of his lip and partially split it, so there’s scar tissue there.
…and he’s usually so calm.
I almost forgot to add that each twin has tinnitus and slight hearing loss from working in loud subways trains all day.
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21: Turn-ons? Turn-offs?
Akuroma - he’s pretty asexual. He’s generally more attracted to science, fine architecture, and ideas than people. When he is attracted to someone though, it starts out as strictly intellectual attraction. However, Akuroma needs to find a person physically attractive if he’s going to have a sexual connection— which takes forever, given his OCD. If that happens, it must be kept interesting or he’ll see it as repetitive meaningless motions that he’d soon abandon for something more intellectually stimulating. This will tend to result in Akuroma being a huge S if he’s in a relationship. He will play the M, if it keeps things interesting. Boredom and low IQ are his biggest turn offs.
Emmet - be good looking, be able to cook, enjoy the odd medical and cross dressing fetish here and there and he’s satisfied. Biggest turn off would be anyone who isn’t willing to play around.
Ingo - …he actually really likes someone who is good with domestic duties. If you compliment his cooking, he’ll melt. Additionally, if you make a worthy fencing opponent and are attractive, he’ll have his eye on you. Biggest turn off is being taken for granted; he’ll probably judge you pretty harshly if you suck at battling too.
25: How do they see themselves 5 years from today?
Akuroma - 40 years old and hopefully with his research published, credited, and recognized.
Ingo & Emmet - neither want much to change. They’ll be 43 and following safe driving rules as usual. They don’t mind if the external aspects of their life change; they just don’t want anything to change between them or with their work.
49: Is this person afraid of dying? Why or why not?
Akuroma - Not per say; death in and of itself doesn’t bother or scare him. What bothers him is that life has a time limit, which curtails how much he can research, discover, and pursue. Life just isn’t long enough to accomplish everything he’d like to.
Ingo & Emmet - what scares them about death is one of them dying before the other. Whoever remains wouldn’t be able to handle it.
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27: What is their biggest regret?
Colress - he’s got quite a few, but most of them revolve around Ghetsis. He wishes he was more perceptive of him initially. He is now very perceptive and knows him better than probably anyone Ghetsis is currently in contact with, but there were some very disconcerting aspects of him that he overlooked during their first meetings. This resulted in him getting involved in things that he found distasteful, to say the least.
Emmet - most of his regrets are centered around Ingo. He’s violated Ingo’s trust multiple times and has done downright nasty things at certain points. What makes him feel worse is that Ingo consistently forgives him unconditionally.
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But I did them both for 4 already! I can answer for another character though.
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48: If this person were to get into a fist fight, what is their fighting style like?
Emmet would distract his ‘enemy’ in order to land his punches and make sure this person regrets provoking him. He’d predominately hit the face and make sure his opponent looks like a huge mess. He also probably enjoys it to a certain extent and want to draw it out.
Ingo would make one swift hit, likely a very hard punch in the gut, and be sure to knock his opponent out. Then he’s done.