This is basically just porn of G’Kar’s desk. Admittedly, B5 made a lot of questionable visual choices, but G’Kar’s quarters are awesome.
Okay here, get backstory G’Kar headcanon because THAT’S HOW I ROLL. It… isn’t exactly headcanon because it’s more like… picking and choosing the canon I like and adding an extra flair of my own to it? But it’s long, so don’t judge me. And seeing as it’s so long, you only get the one headcanon since I got another ask about G’Kar headcanons from Ranger. It’s a win-win situation, don’t look at me like that.
During the final years of the first Centauri occupation, G’Kar was born as an only child to parents G’Qarn (name revealed in the third book of The Centauri Trilogy) and Na’Laq (name revealed in Dining on Babylon 5). Back then, they were in the servitude of an aristocratic Centauri who was high up in the government overseeing Narn, as well as a wealthy spoo ranch owner. Na’Laq, G’Kar’s mother, tended to the spoo while his father, G’Qarn, handled the day-to-day tasks required of him in the Centauri household which involved cleaning, serving, and other such menial tasks.
Once G’Kar was old enough, he took turns helping both his mother and father, but was soon ordered to help his father full-time in the household. The Centauri couple took a perverse pleasure in showing G’Kar off to their friends, boasting that Narns were best broken at an early age. G’Kar, however, was a spirited child, and showed signs of his infamous anger even then, though he always struggled to rein his emotions in, knowing that exposing them meant death. He masked snide remarks behind flowery words of praise, a trait he would develop later on in his life, as well. However, one evening, G’Kar was glaring quite determinedly at the Centauri master, who disliked his red-eyed stare and commented on it. G’Qarn stepped in to explain it was a natural result of their red eyes, and the Centauri punished him with ten lashes for speaking out of turn. Since then, G’Kar struggled to be obedient, not wanting his father to suffer at his expense.
As the years went by, constant exposure to the depressive spoo took its toll on Na’Laq, who grew weaker and weaker with each passing season. G’Qarn’s brother, G’Sten, was part of the resistance during that time, and urged his brother to take his family and flee to the underground with him. But Na’Laq was too weak to make the arduous journey, and G’Qarn was loathe to leave her behind. Still, any information he heard from his Centauri masters, he relayed to G’Sten whenever he got the chance to see him, sneaking out at night every so often to meet up with his brother.
Unfortunately, G’Qarn eventually slipped up. He had not slept one night to talk to G’Sten, and spilled a hot drink on the Centauri mistress. Enraged, she had him beaten and hanged from a tree for three days as punishment. On the last evening, G’Kar went to see his father against his mother’s wishes. G’Qarn urged him to go out and be everything he was too afraid to be, and told G’Kar how proud he was of him with his dying breath.
G’Kar’s slow-building fury, bottled up for all these years, finally took hold of him, and he vowed to avenge his father’s death. He ran away from home the very next morning and killed his first Centauri with his bare hands, and the knife he pilfered from the Centauri’s own belt. He was surprised and thrilled to find he’d enjoyed it, and began plotting the demise of the Centauri aristocrats who’d murdered his father.
For weeks, G’Kar wandered the streets of G’Kamazad until he was found by his uncle, G’Sten. G’Sten, worried at not having heard any word from his brother, had gone to the household to investigate (even at the risk of being caught and found out), only to discover G’Qarn’s corpse still hanging from the tree—and alongside it, Na’Laq’s fresher corpse. It fell to G’Sten to tell G’Kar that his mother was also dead, and this was what managed to snap G’Kar out of his rage-filled haze. The thought that he may have been responsible for her death by abandoning her in his fury made guilt and remorse wrack at his insides.
G’Sten took G’Kar in as his own and led him to the underground, where G’Kar met his cousins, aunts and uncles for the first time. He also encountered more Narns than he’d ever seen before, and for the first time in his young life, G’Kar felt a true sense of belonging.
Over the next few years, G’Kar fought in the resistance with his fellow Narns, and eventually managed to get the revenge he wanted from his former Centauri masters, killing them both with his own hands. He was not as satisfied from fulfilling his goal as he’d hoped he would be, but he had paid blood for blood and restored his family’s honour. The Centauri did manage to teach him one thing, though. Politics is a powerful tool—not powerful enough to grant immunity, but powerful enough to send messages, to promote change—even if that change was at their expense.
Once the Centauri had left Narn for good, he cast aside his old name and assumed the name “G’Kar”, both in honour of his father, as well as in honour of G’Quan, whose teachings were one of the only things that sustained G’Kar through that hard time in his life.
(From this meme.)
"My people,we have a way, you see. We know how, and sometimes even when, we are going to die. Comes in a dream. In my dream, I am an old man, it’s twenty years from now, and I am dying. My hands wrapped around someone’s throat, and his around mine. We have squeezed the life out of each other. The first time I saw G’Kar, I recognized him as the one from the dream. It will happen. Twenty years from now, we’ll die with our hands around each other’s throats."
Londo spends his nights surrounded by purple velvet, alcohol, and portraits of himself and other royal Centauri.
G’Kar sleeps in a potato sack on the floor.
Sounds about right.
Context: G’Kar was like “fuck this shit, all of you staying in your quarters are going to get haunted, I’m going to be over here actually sleeping instead of being guilt-tripped by possibly-angry ghosts, BYE!”
A misleading but still kind of accurate summary of this episode: Londo sleeps with Adira one last time before the end. G’Kar sleeps elsewhere in protest.
If this were a horror movie, Londo would be the guy who goes into the haunted woods without a map or camping materials. G’Kar is too smart to be a horror movie protagonist.
G’Kar is being genre savvy only to get jealous of all the “enlightenment” Londo and others received ;)
5x18 - The Fall of Centauri Prime