What's Aradia's weapon of choice? And is she more or less lucid than Gamzee?
Aradia knows how to use batons, maces and multi-tailed whips. I associate her the most with blackjacks and tonfa, and her ancestor is more about the cat-o-nine-tails than she is (it’s also a lot harder to kill somebody with a weapon like that so it’s not really practical for her to use as her main…).
She is completely lucid, and not like Gamzee at all, sober or otherwise. Um, I’m not sure where I put my formspring files so I cannot directly quote them right now, but the short of it is she is pretty content with her caste and wouldn’t ever try to run away from it like Gamzee did. imo he only seemed to understand that his ancestor was a bad person and didn’t want to be that way, so he got his religion and his slime and he was fine being stuck in a drug-induced haze until Dave made him realise his entire worldview was a load of crap. He’s a coward and a ticking time bomb. Aradia on the other hand is very stable, slightly detached, an observer. She didn’t try to fight her fate, or the fate of anyone else, because she believed it was unchangeable. As an indigoblood, she knows a lot more of her bloodline, their practices, and her ‘duty’ as the descendant of one of the most feared, respected and maligned people in history. She would probably be much more dangerous than Gamzee could ever hope to be, should she ever decide a total party kill is for the greater good, because she is disciplined, unemotional, and is completely, genuinely delighted by chaos. Aradia would have made her dad proud.
Not to say she is a bad person, because she’s not. She’s friendly, intelligent, good and loyal to her friends. She’ll put her life down on the line for you and for ideals she believes to be important and good. You just shouldn’t fuck with anything she wants to protect.
In canon I think Gamzee and Aradia kind of melded together after Act 5.2 or traded their positions on things after he became a madman and she became a god. I think that they had a lot of duality going on but I’m not sure if Hussie actually intended it.
thelibrandy asked you: May I have a full reference of your derpbent! Kanaya and Aradia, plz!!!! I would like to see their outfits so I can better cosplay them~~~ Thank you so much!
The thing with Kanaya is that she never wears the exact same thing twice and I have a lot of clothes stockpiled for use. These three are just the one I like the most, the one you see her in first (I’m gonna edit the first pages and retcon it to look like this), and a non-sari example. So you can do pretty much anything as long as:
Fabric patterned with simple plant/flower-type designs are also good, as long as they’re relatively subtle and she’s not like, completely covered in hideous clashing Hawaiian prints. (That’s someone else’s job.) I think that whatever designs—like her symbol, which I try to keep subtle for her—you must put on yourself, stitching/embroidering is really the best way to go. Try to avoid iron-on stuff if at all possible for Kanaya. She is a competent craftsman, and she makes her own clothes; it strikes me as out of character if she’s got iron-on stuff because she takes a lot of pride in her work. I understand if it is too time-consuming or difficult to do for a cosplay though.
Most of her dresses are saris. She doesn’t wear them exclusively, but she does a lot. Saris are actually just one gigantic, continuous piece of fabric that is pleated and draped over the shoulder. It sounds like a fairly easy costume to make, but looks can be deceiving. I think that you might have your work cut out for you with Kanaya, she is probably the most difficult character. Best of luck.
As for Aradia: she is extremely simple in comparison. She has a long dark grey v-neck sweater, black leggings, thigh-high socks, and black shoes. Her symbol is easily visible and iron-on is ok. There is nothing special going on at the back and her design is symmetrical.
The first one in this line up really tells you all you need to know about her main clothes. If you’re gonna put in extra effort, which you don’t really need to do since she doesn’t wear this super often, this is her war paint.
i hear that formspring is getting shut down. i tell you this because you wrote lots of stuff on the bloodbent formspring and it would be shame to lose it
Oh, yeah, they sent me an email about that earlier in the month. They are allowing people to download a .zip file of everything posted to their account before it goes down, so everything I wrote is safe on my hard drive (circa about 2 minutes ago). Thank you for sending a reminder or else I might have forgotten to do it, haha. They are .html files and I am not really sure how I’d make them available again to read, I guess I’d need to copy + paste all that stuff into a google doc or something?
R.I.P. formspring you kind of sucked balls but you were nice to have around. end of an era
But anyways, the premise was that the natural descendants of the ecto descendants could be sent wherever arbitrarily, and could in fact have swapped places with ecto ancestors, but that seems to be a needless complication, since I don't suppose you want/need any Reckoning outside of the ecto'd ancestors/descendants.
Yeah, they are just regular people. Any natural descendants living present day will die with the rest of Alternia because they cannot form that creation loop (they have a grounded parent) and they can’t hitch a ride like Dad did on another session (there is only one session in a scratched universe, and Bloodbent is not 12 actual characters + Sock’s hypothetical surprise fantroll). They lead a kind of nebulous existence to anchor the ancestors a bit closer to earth and to give a sense that there were more people out there, but mainly it’s because of a throwaway line in canon about the Empress killing off a bunch of heirs, or something that could be interpreted that way anyway. And if the Condesce had natural descendants it kind of stood to reason that some of the others probably did too, especially when our first introduction to them was Mindfang describing her uh, adult relationships.
the only non-character who really matters is the ascendant commander
Re: your other asks about ancestors anon, I think tumblr might have cut off half of what you wrote to me or failed to deliver one or two of them (I only got three asks including the one I responded to). I’m not sure what you are saying? If you could resend that would be cool because I want to know what your ideas were ): People don’t often talk to me about things through tumblr like that, I kind of wish they did tho. I have kind of been considering a sideblog for textposts but I am super lazy about it
Some stuff about how the ancestor stuff is set up in bloodbent below cut, I guess it might be kind of spoilers if anyone cares which I don’t think anyone does
i lost an ask somehow from an anon who wanted 2 know some things about these two. i think you could consider them pretty close?? she calls eridan her best friend but she’s a lot nicer to gamzee, though i guess that could be because eridan can take care of himself while gamzee does shit like lick highly neurotoxic frogs because he thought they looked tasty. she is also one of the few who doesn’t think of him as a big dumb joke, so there’s that.
anyway they’ll be spending a lot of time together because feferi is a natural at a space player’s frog capturing/breeding role and gamzee, the actual space player, is kind of afraid to touch them nowadays, especially when they are sorbet-coloured.
i actually really like this new way of posting
Regarding Kanaya being a bard and ignoring the male only restriction: the codpiece's purpose was to emphasize the male genitalia. Obviously, for female bards, the equivalent costume feature would be a bustier (likely padded). Whether Kanaya modifies the costume or leaves it as is is a different question. Would love to see her initial reaction.
no. a codpiece is armor for your crotch, it isn’t just a thing you put on over your pants to make your dick look bigger. and it will be kept the way it is in homestuck prime, because ridiculous codpieces are a lot funnier than lingerie and i don’t want like, real gratuitous fanservice in my au. it’s not going to happen ever sorry. if kanaya ever gets anything remotely similar to a bustier, it will not be a bustier, it will be a legit breastplate as part of a complete nonsexy suit of armor that is sturdy and reliable yet fashionable. trolls all have the same genitals anyway so if the guys have a thing like that (they dont) so would the girls.
i don’t think they would recognise it as genitals, just as a weird oblong thing that is very fun to bother other people with. provided a) kanaya ascends and b) pieces of god tier costumes can be alchemized, at one point they will probably make hundreds of copies of it and flood somebody’s room with them.
the codpiece discussion is over btw i don’t want suggestions about the bard of time codpiece/what she should have instead/what she should do with it ok thanks in advance
Hi Sock! ôuô Do you have any reference for all those dark patches your trolls have on their skin? I never really bothered before but since Derpnent Eridan has so much skin showing I thought it would be a good time to try and be SUPER ACCURATE. No rush if you don't, of course, since I probably won't be him again 'til November comes back around.
i’ve kind of be meaning to do this so i don’t need to sift through every picture i’ve ever drawn to get the blotches right, but i’ve been too lazy. this is a good a time as any! i am always surprised when people say they recognise that the patterns are all different, or that they notice them at all really.
i’m not sure how i’d do this with makeup? it might be really weird irl. i’m really kind of curious of how it’d look because even though coloured noses are everywhere in fanart i’ve never seen any cosplayers try colour or markings (beyond dark undereye). i wanted to myself back in october as terezi, but i didn’t end up going to c4, so it is still a mystery.
ok i did a mannequin that cycles through everyone’s pattern. i guess it is questionably nsfw although it’s a generic androgynous thing without any parts (or a head for that matter)?? i don’t know. i don’t know how to tag things
skin fax not relevant 2 costumes but might as well put down anyway while i’m here because it has been too long: it’s leathery and a lot more waterproof than human skin is. a baby’s skin is more permeable and also completely transparent, they only gain colour after pupation. the original purpose of the dark patches was to cover thinner skin and obscure the blood colour in ancestral forms, and since they were basically swamp monsters and spent a lot of time floating around in water and pulling themselves around in it by grabbing sticks and stuff they also had a bit of a countershading effect going on. neither of those are relevant to modern people at all but the blotches are still there. hairlines used to extend all the way down the spine, and they don’t anymore (or at least, they shouldn’t, some people might be unfortunate) but most people still have a dark line from the head to the tailbone. i guess they’d also have dark scalps too? the darkest area is the lumbar region where the skin is a lot thinner with a ton of blood vessels close to the surface; it is a big rough, ridged patch that is a site of gas exchange/iono- & osmoregulation/blood filtering, acting kind of like a kidney and/or the skin of an amphibian and [possibly] wings of a bat. it is one reason why they sleep in that slime. karkat does have a blackish patch there like everyone else but it is kind of broken up and does not cover the whole area, so the colour shows through a bit.
if you are terrestrial you also probably have six dots on your neck. those are where your gills would have been if you’d been blessed with a good blood colour, which you weren’t. the beginnings of the vessel loops are still there though, they are just not developed, so their colour is hidden under dark grey too.
apologies in advance if i butchered her outfit though….;-;
!!!!!! i missed this!!!!