GH<3<Summoner. Ancestral PBJ. What are your thoughts?
I ship this like burning.
If it’s portrayed as anything like functional - which is how I prefer it - it’s a study in totally rejected power imbalances. The Grand Highblood is older, bigger, more experienced, higher-blooded, a major political figure in his own right… and the Summoner doesn’t give a shit. He refuses to not be taken seriously, because damn it, he’s the Summoner and he knows he’s a clever, capable, hot piece of ass, and the GH should be honored that he can find time in his busy schedule of tearing down everything the GH stands for in order to personally fuck with the guy. Or personally fuck the guy, as the case might be.
And, of course, sometimes the tables get turned because it wouldn’t be a healthy kismesistude if the same person always came out on top and the GH does have all of those advantages… but he’s a little too intrigued by what the fuck the Summoner is going to do next to just have the troublemaker executed and the Summoner is just a little too amused by the whole game to just assassinate the Grand Highblood while he’s close enough to do so, even though in either case it would make their lives a lot easier to just eliminate their rival while they have the chance. They’d both rather live life to the fullest while they can, and each is simultaneously a brilliant challenge to the other and the biggest threat to his partner’s way of life.
“There is weird fan fiction out there — weird. They write stories and do manga cartoons of what they think you get up to behind closed doors. Some of it’s funny. Some of it’s full-on sex. Get Martin to show you some.”—
If it hasn't been asked yet then of course the obvious choice: Karkat/Gamzee paleship feelings
Oh god they are my babies where do I start
So Karkat is the biggest paleslut ever, right? Constantly trying to take care of everyone. I mean, I can see where the Kar<>Sol and Kar<>Kan shippers are coming from, even if I massively don’t agree with them. The thing is, though, there’s only one troll who ever really tries to take care of Karkat. Everyone else assumes that the angry little guy either has it under control or is too much work to bother with, but what’s Gamzee’s very first appearance in the comic? He’s checking in with Karkat just to see how Karkat is doing. Yeah, ok, he wants to make sure they’re all on track for Sgrub, too, but it takes a while to get around to that. Later, even in his stoned state, Gamzee’s really kind of disappointed that he can’t adequately comfort Karkat over Sollux’s first death.
And while Karkat will advise and berate any idiot who come to him… he talks about Gamzee constantly. It’s Gamzee and Gamzee’ss issues and safety that’s constantly on his mind. He’s annoyed that half the group has wandered off, right before shit starts going down, but it’s Gamzee specifically that he worries about.
Gamzee recognizes that Karkat needs to be worried about, and Karkat recognizes that Gamzee’s worth worrying about.
There’s also the very important aspect that Karkat needs to fuss over someone else. It’s a huge part of who he is; he’s not happy unless he’s solving someone else’s problems. Most people don’t need as much pale attention as Karkat feels the need to give, but Gamzee does. There is no state in which Gamzee is not a threat to either himself or others.
There’s also the fact that I’m inclined to read Gamzee’s rampage as, among other things, an attempt to get Karkat’s pale attention. Oh, yes, there’s definately other things going on - revenge on Vriska, taking instruction from Scratch/Cal, etc - but he wanted to be stopped. He specifically wanted Karkat to stop him and said as much several times. I still believe that he wouldn’t have killed anyone (except insofar as he was orchestrating Vriska’s death) had Karkat not sent someone after him. He was crazy and violent and had had pretty much every stabilizing influence in his life yanked out from under him, and he believed that Karkat was the one troll who could make it all better. Karkat can stand between him and the world and yell at everything so he doesn’t have to.
So yeah. I think I’m rambling now. Basically Karkat<>Gamzee OTP forever.
I don’t really ship this? But I don’t not ship it either, it’s just kind of on the Pile Of Ships I’m Fairly Apathetic About. It’s not a dealbreaker - I’ve read some really good Karkat/Dave fic, both as a redrom and a blackrom - but I don’t particularly have much in the way of shipping feels about it.
I guess it’s partly that they never really take each other seriously? They don’t like each other much, and they don’t respect each other enough to really hate each other, either.
*shrug* Again, it can be done well, but it’s not a ship that particularly inspires me.
I think what I love best about caliginous strawberry jam is that it highlights both how incredibly fucked up Dave is and the possibility that, as difficult and dangerous as the situation was, Gamzee’s breakdown may be the first step in his recovery.
Dave first: I think that if any of the human kids are genuinely capable of a blackrom relationship, it’s Dave, because he’s already been conditioned to perceive competition, mind games, and dangerous forms of strife as acceptable ways of interacting with someone. He’s… I’m not even sure I’d say he’s starved for attention so much as that his ideas of what constitute positive attention are rather warped from a human point of view, and that brings him nicely in line with some aspects of trollish thought. He’d understand and appreciate the rivalry aspect of kismesistude in a way that I don’t think any of the other kids would. I’m not sure we can really call what we’ve seen from Dave in canon hatred at this point, but he does seem to waver between “kind of freaked out” and “really likes to mess with Gamzee,” and the fact that they had one of the best rap-offs in the history of paradox space has got to count for something in the rivalry department.
Gamzee… now, Gamzee has spent a significant chunk of his life so fucked up as to cast doubt on whether he’s even capable of caliginous feelings. Not only does he not even get irritated at other people, he doesn’t - or at least claims not to - understand why he should be mad at them. When he first started waxing black for Dave, it seemed like a joke - which it was, but only insofar as everything about Gamzee is a joke. It wasn’t until later, when I understood that he’d been off the slime for a bit at that point and when they had the second (form Gamzee’s POV, first from Dave’s) conversation, that I started realizing, wait, no, this is Gamzee actually being pissed off at someone, possibly for the first time in his life, and I was happy for him. Dave brings out that whole complex of emotions that Gamzee has little to no experience with. And he doesn’t have the personal emotional connection to the rest of Gamzee’s rampage that most of the other trolls and even some of the other humans have.
And the fact that they experienced their two conversations in different orders is, to my mind, significant, especially from Dave’s end. Gamzee’s interest is clear - Dave questioned his religious beliefs in a big way and then laughed at his response. But I think it’s worth looking at that from Dave’s point of view, the ranty crazy hateful conversation happened first - and he still jumped into the other one with both feet. He suspects that Gamzee is being completely sincere about this, and he still wants to mess with him. That’s where I see the real seed of this ship being plausible.
Plus they’re two hot guys who are hot together, I should probably point that out before I lose my annoying shipper club card or something.
BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE BEING TERRIBLY OBNOXIOUS Roxy/Rossan go
Nai, what are we going to do with you?
In some crazy AU of an AU where they exist at the same time in the same universe… yeah, ok, this could… work? I know you ship them as rails-with-pails, and while that’s a concept that usually squicks me the hell out, it could work with them - Roxy is pretty much the most sexually frustrated 15-year-old ever to sip a martini, and to be honest, although he certainly holds lofty romantic ideals of what he’d like to have someday, Rossan does tend to kind of blur the lines between quadrant activity sometimes. He’d see it as his duty to help her get over Dirk (the “somepeople’spants will stay firmlyinplace” theorem being in effect) and hey, if that’s what he needs to do to snap her out of it, well, we all make sacrifices for the people we care about, right? ;)
At the same time, though, I think they could be really good for each other in a pale way, even if they have a kind of fucked-up moirallegiance where feelings jams are post-coital pillowtalk as often as not. They’re both pretty self-centered, but in very different ways, and I think they’d balance each other out some. Rossan would help Roxy unwind, Roxy would get him to maybe focus a little more on things other than where his next lay is coming from.
Also Rossan’s behavior can just as easily turn toward the “annoyingly insistent wingman” act - he spends about as much time speculating and trying to advise on other people’s love lives as he spends pursuing people himself - and actually I think Roxy could indulge in similar activites. They’d be dangerous to turn loose together. No one would be safe. No one.
THERE, I ANALYZED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ALPHA KID AND A FANTROLL ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?
But then you’d have to explain mystery dungeon, there are no humans in them.
…I ruin all the fun, don’t I?
There are humans tho? You just don’t see them
You know, how the main character was originally a human and all.
….I believe this is sound for games-verse, but not so much for anime-verse.
oh i sea
Nope. The Gen II games explicitly take place several years after the Gen I games, and it’s strongly implied that Gens I & III are roughly concurrent, as are Gens II & IV, because gym leaders from those games show up in the other region in the later-gen games and remakes.
So recently I’ve been seeing some misuse of terminology commonly used re: asexuality. And it’s bugging me a bit! So in my own infinite vanity, I decided to compile a list of some useful terms people seem to get muddled up a lot, and some other concepts that, again, people sometimes get sort of… wrong.
lol now of course now I’m going to somehow fuck something up myself or something
Please note that these are the commonly accepted definitions as I understand them, but that individuals sometimes adapt them to meet their own needs!
Asexual: used both as an umbrella term for ‘the asexual spectrum’, and as an identity which involves a lack of sexual attraction to people. (Does not necessarily mean, ‘does not have sex ever’, or ‘does not desire sex’.)
Ace: an umbrella term for ‘the asexual spectrum’; a person who calls themselves ‘an ace’ is somebody on said spectrum. (Tip: calling someone ‘an ace’ can be kind of bad if they’re not OK with it! It’s a little dehumanising. Like if somebody called me ‘a transgender’ I might be angry at them, see?)
Grey-A: somebody who falls into the ‘space between’ being asexual and not being asexual. Usually used as an umbrella term.
Grace: apparently the counterpart to ‘ace’. It seems to be new-ish? Hey, so did you know that ace people are puntastic? What the hell is up with the puns.
Demisexual: somebody who only experiences secondary sexual attraction. Basically, a person who isn’t attracted to somebody for their looks, their mannerisms, their mind, etc., but who experiences attraction instead based on their emotional bond with the person. E.g you fall in love with them and as a direct consequence, find them sexually attractive.
Hyposexual: sometimes a synonym for grey-A, often used to specifically mean someone with a dramatically low or non-existent sex drive. So, basically, doesn’t want to have sex. Not necessarily the same as being asexual.
Aromantic: does not experience romantic attraction. Please note that contrary to very popular belief, this is not the same as not experiencing love, period. It refers to romantic attraction.
Grey-romantic: basically the romantic equivalent of the above grey-A definition.
Queerplatonic: a relationship that is not “typically” romantic/sexual/both. No, not like “really really good friends”. It’s sort of… idiosyncratic, I suppose, it’s difficult to define. I usually tell people it’s sort of like being a couple without the romance, but that’s not necessarily true for everyone.
Zucchini: the above, which started as a frustrated joke at how any attempts to define queerplatonic are thwarted by a lack of adequate vocabulary, so let’s just call it something random and call it a day. (As in, ‘XYZ is my zucchini’.)
___romantic: hetero-, homo-, pan-, etc. Basically, romantic orientation as held separate from sexual orientation.
Asexy: like sexy but for ace people who don’t find the term appropriate. The puns just keep coming, y’all.
Aversive/repulsed: this is a personal declaration that a person is personally squicked out/triggered/generally doesn’t react well to sex. This is a pretty wide category: some people only have the reaction when it’s about them having sex, some people have it regardless of who’s doing the sexin’. It does not mean that they think sex is objectively this terrible, repulsive thing, it means that they have a personal reaction of repulsion/aversion to sex. I cannot emphasise this enough, mmkay?
Indifferent: exactly what it sounds like. Somebody who just doesn’t really feel either a desire to have or a desire to avoid sex. ‘Apathetic’ works too.
Why do you keep making cake jokes: apparently this is an ‘ace people like cake instead of sex’ thing or something, which is clearly wrong because pie is superior, goodness, keep up people.
Asexual symbols: the ones I know of are ace cards (hearts typically means romantic, I believe it’s spades which is used for aromantic/general?), a black ring on the middle finger of the right hand, the AVEN triangle (which isn’t related to the pink triangle), the asexual flag (black, grey, white, purple), and… probably more I don’t know.
AVEN: the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. This site. Contrary to popular belief, not the be-all-end-all of the ace community. Kind of controversial for some people, since there tends to be a focus on a specific type of ace narrative that’s considered acceptable, but also a community a lot of people get a lot out of. Personally, I’ve got no experience whatsoever with the place beyond observation.
Now, things asexuality is not:
Celibacy: celibacy is the avoidance of sexual behaviour through a concious decision. It doesn’t automatically say anything about who you’re attracted to or what you enjoy doing.
Abstinence: see above.
Hating sex as a concept: not saying that nobody in the ace community engages in anti-sex rhetoric, but there’s nothing inherent in asexuality that encourages it. Asexuality and slut shaming are absolutely different. And also slut shaming is terrible, don’t do it.
‘Lacking in sexuality’: in the sense of, ‘lacking sexual appeal/a fictional character who is homosexual but not shown acting sexually/etc.’; basically, asexual as a descriptor. This is really common, like, when talking about double standards in the media; ‘they made this gay guy so asexual compared to all the straight guys!’. No. They didn’t allow him to express his sexuality. There’s a difference in those two concepts.
Ahhh, now I feel better. This was sort of bugging me recently, seeing all this misinformation going around. And now I have something to link people too, I guess.
It should be noted that a lot of people in the LGBTQA spectrum found “queerplatonic” to be an offensive or inappropriate term when it was going around a while back, as “queer” is still actively used as a slur in many, many places, and some of us found it very appropriative to use it in this way. Not saying you should never ever use the word queerplatonic, but keep in mind that it may rub people the wrong way.
Oh geeze. A while ago I wanted to enter the homestuck music contest, then I realized the type of music I make and the type of music Hussie likes are, to put it lightly, not very similar. But I still had the idea for Aradia and all her clones singing an Andrews Sisters style, creepy accapella thing so I…made a rough of it anyway.
Yeah…not sure why I’m sharing except if I weren’t me I’d want me to post it. Unfortunately I am me, so…dang.
Welcome to the wonderful world of being a “whatever the hell I want to post” blog! I hope this works out well for you. :)
I hope so, too! I’ll prob soon start reblogging old-as-sin stuff that everybody saw already that I remember finding awesome but not reblogging cause “Naw come on keep it to Homestuck-stuff” or “Naw come on all followers will be super annoyed if you flood their dash with that shit”. Hehehehe.
Does it sound weird and stalker-y if I say I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of non-Homestuck stuff you’re interested in?
You have pulled over in a rainstorm, just outside the city, at 12:00am, to let some clown-faced asshole you’ve never seen before, into your car, so he can kill you. You are completely fucking shithive maggots and you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. He stares at you in a way you can’t even begin to describe. When he says your name you realise what’s on his face isn’t even half of it. And so, it is with a double fingered salute to common sense that you raise a brow and ask if he needs a ride.
There is no scenario in which they are not perfect.
Karkat ignored the pounding. He even ignored the "Vantas I know you're in there! Open the damn door!" It was against his principles, particularly the one where breathing hadn't completely palled yet, to open his door to Vriska Serket. He didn't know what she wanted, but he knew he wouldn't like it. What he couldn't ignore was the moment she stopped yelling. "Please! Help me!" The panic was unmistakable. Vriska Serket was petrified of something. Karkat opened the door and hauled her in.
It's seeing the dried blood over the usual, sticky faygo stains and the awful state of Gamzee's facepaint that compels Karkat to take his moirail by the hand straight to an ablution chamber with some fresh towels. He would dunk Gamzee in the tub if it were necessary, but while Gamzee may seem just as content to stay filthy, he doesn't protest the order to clean up. He does, however, flinch away when a damp cloth is pressed against his face. Shooshpaps may be required to remove the clown's paint.