So, like, I started reading Homestuck on the advice of a friend, and was actually pretty annoyed that I liked it. Because it’s really long and that’s annoying. And then I reached the beginning of act 4 but I was so bored by the previous stuff that I quit.
Now I have been convinced to try again, and liveblog it, so here goes.
Is it weird that I really want to know more about Rose’s mom? Is Rose right about her mom being a jerk, or is she being a typical brat who assumes their parents don’t actually love them? I hope it’s the latter, personally. Maybe her mom just has no idea how to connect with her daughter, which would be adorable. Or maybe she really is passive aggressive and wants to always outdo her daughter. That would not be adorable.
“CG: THIS HAS BEEN EXPLAINED TO YOU SO OFTEN IT WOULD MAKE ME SICK TO MY HUMAN STOMACH IF I HAD ONE OF YOUR HUMAN STOMACHS.”
Whoever this troll is, I find him utterly adorable.
CG: FINE YOU CAN THINK I’M A FUCKING DOUCHE AND MAYBE I AM BUT HERE’S THE FACT, IDIOT. CG: I’VE ALREADY HAD LOTS OF CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU. CG: IN THE FUTURE. I MEAN YOUR FUTURE. CG: I’VE KIND OF BEEN WORKING BACKWARDS HERE FOR A WHILE. CG: AND IT’S A LITTLE FRUSTRATING. CG: EVERY TIME I GO FURTHER BACK YOU KNOW LESS AND LESS, AND YOU DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING I SAID BECAUSE IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET. CG: AND I HAVE TO REPEAT MYSELF A LOT. CG: AND I’M GETTING PRETTY FUCKING SICK OF IT.
Seriously I love this entire pesterlog, I am having to keep myself from just quoting the whole thing here, because his rage over the fact that John can’t remember things that haven’t happened yet is too cute. Poor guy just can’t get how linear time works.
I am so excited! So now we know that they’re on Earth, it’s after the meteor bombardment caused by the Sburb game, and they’re there to rehabilitate the planet, as well as helping John and co. via the computers.
It looks like there’s supposed to be one exile for each of the four, but I can only remember three exiles so far. And of course I can’t remember who goes with who to figure out if there’s a significance to whether Dave or Jade doesn’t have an exile. Or maybe the exiles double up or something, or I’m forgetting one and it doesn’t matter at all.
Regardless, it’s cool to finally see how they connect and see that the exiles weren’t just some boring aside. I was getting annoyed every time we got dragged away from the main story to visit them and can town.
GC: BY NOW YOU SHOULD R34L1Z3 TH1S WHOL3 M3SS W4S 4 B1G S3LF FULLF1LL1NG CLUST3RFUCK
I’m a little disappointed I got ambiently spoiled about who this guy is. I guess my new friends were right when they told me to avoid Homestuck spoilers at all costs, but it was a bit hard considering everyone is obsessed with him and it took me a while to put Homestuck on the blacklist.
Not that I know much about him, aside from the fact that some fictionkin think they are him.
Hey, uhh, so apparently nobody asked you anything yet? umm this is weird, usually there's like 10-15 people all over every new liveblogger (apparently bladekindeyewear is following you? That's always a good sign). Ok. I... uhhh... Good luck! That's really all I can say. Oh, and that it only gets better from here on out, but I'm sure you knew that already!
I got one other ask that I haven’t answered yet. Also, I have a guard to make sure that no spoilers sneak through, and I don’t know if she’s been deleting asks to protect me, the sweetheart. Can’t say why I haven’t gotten any asks, but thank you for yours~
God, guys, I feel so dumb for not realizing that the trolls might be fucking with John and trying to get him screwed over or killed. I mean, they're trolls. It’s right there in the name. I hope I’m not this optimistic and trusting in real life or I’m in for a world of hurt. Also, wtf John, why were you so trusting? I hope that doesn’t get you hurt later on. Like of course you’re not supposed to just jump way ahead and kill some big monster in its sleep.
And apparently now Dave can time travel? And has arms and is tall? I’m actually more concerned with the tall thing than the time travel.
I’m concerned for alternative timeline Rose. I hope she’s not stuck out there in some hellscape. I can’t even deal with the alternate timeline stuff right now, too much is going on. Damn.
TG: did you guess that by trolling john to his grave TG: and making me splinter us off into an alt timeline TG: that you were basically complicit in making our timeline go the way it was supposed to go all along TG: where future me is now helping dave and we just keep playing TG: and our actions ultimately lead to the trouble youre all in now TG: thus leading you all to troll us incompetently GC: OH GC: NO >:[ GC: 1 D1DNT TH1NK OF TH4T
Ahahahahahaha! In your face, troll! You go, Davesprite!
I wish I was better at predicting things, I really have no guess about what troubles the trolls are having. I’m not even sure if they want to help our four or hurt them! But I’m hoping that part of the problem is John getting revenge on GC for that shitty trolling.
You can ask anything, you can get all the information you want, and your sprite will give you answers clearly and not in riddles, and after making sure John is okay you get distracted talking about nacho comics?
Sometimes I don’t want to post my thoughts on things in case I am super wrong and it was already explained and I just forgot.
Is Skaia Earth? If the black king gets to bombard Skaia when he wins, and Earth is currently being bombarded, then it makes sense, right? Also, Skaia is close to Gaia who is the goddess of Earth and stuff.
But then that would mean the exiles are on Earth since the white queen is there, right?
I do not like the Black Queen but I am DEFINITELY not okay with Jack cutting off her finger and then killing her. And stealing the sprite powers. Jack is probably way more dangerous than her. He seems seriously unhinged.
And he has whatever super weapon is in the green package. Which Jade says will return to John when he needs it but this is still not good. And soon he’ll have whatever power comes from Jade’s kernelsprite unless she’s intentionally avoiding going to the Medium which wouldn’t surprise me, tbh.
Those are my notes so far, thanks to the recap. I started them to keep track of screen names but hey, why not keep track of everything, since this story is so ridiculously complex so far?
So, since it’s the one year mark and I’ve got a handle on things, a leetle bit of thoughts:
Questions and theories/predictions/wild guesses so far:
Who was the Wayward Vagabond before he was exiled? I’m guessing not a king since that would be way to obvious with Windswept Questant being the white queen. I want to guess he’s either an artist or some kind of Medium cosmologist, since the chalk drawings seem important, but really, I’ve got no clue.
Other than being assholes, what is the trolls’ motivation? Probably not to get the four killed, since GC seemed to be upset by the idea that she got John killed in the alternate timeline and she did guide him to the second gate afterward. Do they want to undermine the game as well, to stop the world ending from taking place on other planets?
Did the trolls’ families also get into the Medium, like John’s dad, Rose’s mom, Dave’s brother, and Jade’s dogthing? Since John and Rose both wrote the equivalent of genetic codes on their walls, and their parents seem to have some idea of the game and what to do in it, they must be important.
Why were the exiles exiled? Now that I know the trolls also had 12 corresponding exiles, it must be the nature of the game.
Prediction: Jade being able to see the future via her dream self is unique, and there’s not a troll who could do that, which is what makes our heroes special among game-players. She enables them to undo the system, or at least attempt to.
Prediction: It’s also unusual to have one of the kings or queens as an exile, but it’s happened this time due to Jade’s machinations with the package that lead to PM getting the ring from WQ. The fact that WQ is on fucked up Earth and not Prospit is going to end up protecting her.
The White King will also give up his crown, without dying, so PM can try to get the package back, but Jack won’t give it up, especially not after it enabled him to get the ring from the Black Queen.
So the overriding question I have right now is just how does the trolls’ game differ from the humans’ game? That way I can figure out what’s a normal part of the game (like the exiles and the kernelsprites) and what’s not (like Dave time travelling and having aliens interact with their game).
I am having creepy Evangelion flashbacks. Or maybe Matrix? Are these clones or are they being drained for power? Or ~imprisoned~? Did John’s dad and Rose’s mom see this before they went off where ever they went off to?
I thought the chess pieces were just a visual metaphor!
When Rose’s kernel joins, will that introduce the time dimension or something? Because it’s already 3D, right? So time is left?
Damn, Jack is just regiciding everywhere. And WV came so close to stopping the war! Or at least pausing the battle for a second.
Did Jack destroy the kernel scepter or can he grab it and use it and become super Jack?
And OH NO PM go get that other scepter! Even though the four kernel things vanished?
Now both the white queen and king have abdicated, and the black queen and king have been killed. Jack has the BQ’s ring and possibly the BK’s scepter, dream Jade has the WQ’s ring (but is unaffected by its power) and nobody has the scepter. I guess the whole two kingdoms vs. each other thing is over?
CG: REALLY THERE’S NOTHING MORE TRAGIC THAN THESE NULL SESSIONS FULL OF KIDS ENTERING THE GAME AND FULFILLING SOME COSMIC DESTINY SHIT JUST TO GET WIPED OUT AND LEAVE BEHIND AN EMPTY POINTLESS INCIPISPHERE FOR ALL ETERNITY.
This makes me wonder if the trolls have interacted with other groups. How would CG know about the other groups, much less care, if they hadn’t?
Also kind of not surprised that John and Jade are siblings, and so are Rose and Dave. It seemed kind of likely that they would be family. Although this does make me wonder, because the dream selves of either set are together on Prospit or Derse, and Rose said that thing to Dave about him being a moon prince. Maybe the four are going to take the place of the abdicated White Queen and King, and the late Black Queen and King. The numbers fit perfectly, as does the family relations.
Especially since CG said that Jack was the big difference between the troll game and the human one, and Jack was the cause of the abdications and deaths.
And Nanna and Grandpa were siblings, too, but maybe adoptive siblings?
And there’s the frog meteor with the flashback of Nanna and Grandpa and a Derse agent being so kind as to accidentally throw copies of Sburb into a time flower thing, so that Jade could get them later.
Ok, so you're really not going to comment on the fact that the guardians are literally clones of themselves and therefore have no discernible origin? That doesn't even faze you? ...You're going to do well in this comic :)
I had kind of assumed that they were clones of like, natural born people, but then I guess they showed up via meteor like the kids, so…But that would mean that the whole Sburb thing was set up like at least 100 years prior (since baby Nanna, I think, was shown as first appearing in 1910). And that it was already set up who would end up getting through the bombardment and nobody who wasn’t related to the guardians had a chance.
Also. I’m really used to stories like this that are so poorly written that those kind of plot holes are normal and not worth pointing out. I guess I should stop thinking that way, eh?
This equipment would soon be used to create Becquerel, a mutated combination of the genes from an ordinary dog in the early 20th century, and the DNA code in one of Rose’s journals. AR? hides in the lab when he hears one of Jack’s henchmen, the Draconian Dignitary. DD is carrying Rose’s duplicated journals which he stole from Dave, and Dave’s beta which was used as a bookmark.
Oh shit, Bec was made by one of Jack’s henchmen, using the DNA code Rose was told multiple times to destroy? That cannot be good. Nope, not good at all.