==> StIT Reader: Survey The Mayhem
==> StIT Reader: Listen to pontification
==> StIT Reader: Offer to listen to Keeper's excellent theories about quadrant shippingHell no. Keeper made her bed and she can sleep in it. Or more specifically she stole your chair and she can sit in it. Yeah, that metaphor scans, kinda. Anyway it's probably just Keeper's intractable destiny to fuck everything up forever.
Hold on, though, it looks like one of the other Keepers has something to say.
==> Sam Coper: Sort this mess out
Sam Coper: You know Alternian culture is bullshit though right?
Sam Keeper: What the heck? Who are you?
Sam Coper: I'm you, but way, way calmer. Way calmer. Jesus buddy. I'm the you that actually learned to cope with things instead of doing an acrobatic fucking pirouette off the handle every time something goes wrong. And also I figured out that I can make this God Tier outfit have a cool skirt and shit, look at it!
Anyway, for real though, Alternian culture is bullshit, and so is your destiny, and that's... actually kind of a huge theme within the comic.
Sam Keeper: Ok, look, you're gonna have to break this one down for me a bit more.
Sam Coper: With pleasure.
See, Homestuck, among many other things, reveals that lots of stuff we think is natural or an inescapable fact of reality is actually a social and historical construct! And in fact, Homestuck shows that our identities might be a lot more free and fluid than we think.
==> StIT Reader: Try to understand.
♦ represents Moirallegiance, a kind of platonic romance that involves two people acting as stabilizing forces in each others lives♠ represents Kismessissitude, a passionately antagonistic relationship where negative emotions are erotically charged♣ represents Auspistism, where one person acts as a mediator between two others in order to diffuse the passionate feelings that would otherwise bloom into Kismessissitude or possibly Matespriteship<3 span="">3>
The problem is that when the subject of troll romance is broached, our sparing human intellects instantly assume the most ingratiating posture of surrender imaginable.
Sam Keeper: Well sure, the Quadrants are a totally fantastic way of understanding relationships, and Hussie's a damn fool for not realizing it!
Sam Clicker: CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK
Sam Keeper: Oh god it's getting spores everywhere, that's horrifying.
Sam Coper: [clears throat] Right?
Sam Keeper: Oh, uh, yeah s-
Sam Coper: Not so fast! This is basically the story that we're told, but remember that what narrators say and what the NARRATIVE says are two different things... and even the stories that narrators tell might have different morals than what those narrators give them.
Sam Seeker of Many Names: Yes and the details of Alternian society are [weird titters] quite horrifying!!
We also know that there was an entire caste--lime bloods--who were WIPED OUT ENTIRELY for being a threat of some sort to the Hemospectrum!! We've never been given a solid explanation for this--it could be merely the influence of the baleful Lord English who loathes that particular color... but I think there's some hints in the narrative, particularly the claim that the limebloods were a threat to the caste system, and the presence of the ruby red blooded MUTANT Karkat at just the place in the hemospectrum where the Limebloods should have fallen, that suggests they may have been particularly prone to blood color mutation or even transformation. As I write this my friend essayofthoughts (who I definitely would not sacrifice to further my MAD QUEST for the name of a DEAD GOD!!) also has let me know of a theory that limebloods were particularly good at conciliatory relationships, adept to the point where they represented an unacceptable limiter on highblood capacity for violence and so were wiped out in order to further the aims of Empire!! What a pity that they were all DESTROYED UTTERLY ahahahaheheheh!!
Sam Keeper: Ok, but how does this apply to the rest of the comic?
Sam Coper: Well, there's a number of narratives that parallel this idea.
Sam Keeper: Wait, the quadrants have a... "dark side?"
Sam Coper: Like most social constructs, yeah.
But if there was one theme to be hammered through his thick skull, it would be the trolls' cultural preoccupation with romantic destiny. Yes, the romantic landscape is rife with false starts and miscues and infidelities, red and black. But every troll believes strongly that each quadrant holds one and only one true pairing for them, and it is just a matter of time before the grid is filled with auspicious matchups through the mysterious channels of TROLL SERENDIPITY.
In short, their belief is that for each quadrant there exists a pair or triad of trolls somewhere in the cosmos that were... made for each other.
Past Sam Keeper: Which I totally called by the way.
Sam Coper: Oh no.
Sam Keeper: Oh HELL no.
Sam Keeper: No, no absolutely not, fuck that, fuck you, we're done here.
If we look at someone like Dave we can see that there's a fascinating parallel between a series of realizations that he has about his childhood and destiny. We see him come to terms with the fact, most notably, that his childhood with Bro Strider was in fact extremely abusive and neglectful and he carries a lot of baggage because of that. We also see him realize that many of his behaviors were driven by an internalized fear of his own queer identity and a strong reaction against the possibility of queerness. And finally, we do see him kill a proxy of Lord English but the fated final battle that many predicted never comes to pass, and he seems to come to terms with the idea that he really is, for real, not interested in being The Great Hero that his Bro ostensibly was, he's not doing some refusal of the call bullshit, he's just not into it.
Sam Coper: That's right! In the end, what's best for us might be to plot our own course entirely.
And I think the best course is for me to take over this blog entirely.
Sam Keeper: Wait, hold on, what the fuck?
Sam Coper: If you want to read the draft for this, as well as the draft for the next few articles, you can as a $1 subscriber to my Patreon!
Sam Keeper: Jesus, can you at least plug the book?
Sam Coper: Yeah, I was just about to get to that, hold your horses. Get it? Horses?
Sam Keeper: I take it back. This "distributed self" thing is a bunch of bullshit.