MSPAPSA: I’ll invert your FACE!
The apparent trend of saying this player is “inverted” or that one “failed” is a blight upon the Homestuck fandom. There, I finally said it.
Point at Jade and Rose all you want, but the story dropped hints for them. To use an example I’ve seen recently, where do we see John being associated with Mage-specific themes and imagery like that? I’m not sure what would even constitute Mage-specific imagery. Just “magic” has been associated with two other classes and too many characters besides, and I wouldn’t even say Sollux is among all that. Same problem goes for Blood, just replace “magic” with “friendship”.
We shouldn’t be using this idea just to smooth over the holes where our assumptions don’t match up with our observations. Such a claim calls for its own evidence, its own case to be made, and it needs to be built on something more substantial than the same theory you’re invoking it to support or else you’re just ghosting a Waste of Breath.
On the Seer’s role and counterpart
Let’s work backwards, and construct a Hypothetical Active Seer Counterpart from the ground up. Something we ought to look at is what makes the Seer passive, yes? Well, there are a few options outlined by the bad doctor himself…
A Seer would not charge into the fray headlong but direct it as a conductor with a baton.
If Seers are content to direct others from the sidelines, perhaps a more combat-oriented focus is in order to compliment that, or at least something more hands-on than an advisory post.
She would have the sight to eschew the obvious gambits, and find the path to victory disguised cleverly as setback, or even imminent defeat.
Despite what Aradia later implied, this is more “strategy” than “tactics”. Strategy is about preparation, anticipation, and mitigating losses. Ought to dial that back, put more of a focus on the short-term.
She would behold the fortunes of friends and foes in totality, and appraise the contrivance of luck itself.
And now the thing that sticks out most to me. Do you see it? Good luck, because this quote doesn’t make any mention of it. For all their understanding, each of our Seers has one glaring blind spot right over his or her smug face. Rose blundered headlong down a grim, dark path. Terezi boxed herself into a corner pursuing Vriska. Kankri has no clue how not to alienate everyone around him. They spend so much time watching what their “friends and foes” are up to, they forget to mind their own footing. Now strike that; reverse it.
So to summarize our HASC, we have a player who must seek knowledge of his aspect from observations, informants, or even just gut intuition. He can’t reshape his aspect per se, can’t change its rules, but he can learn to follow the rules. Through his understanding he can chart a safe path for himself, and even find loopholes or other exploits to further his goals. A short-term thinker, he’s most concerned with the here and now, with confronting and surmounting the challenge before him, and thus is hesitant to concede any ground so long as he still lives to fight for it.
I may be mostly alone in claiming this doesn’t sound like Sollux, and I could write two whole other rants about why, but you know who it does sound like? It sounds like Dave. It sounds like a Knight.
so like, am i just really bad at drawing dudes, or is the concept of a guy not being anime-lithe that alien a concept to some people
If you’re looking for specific tips, one thing that might have helped in the John/Rose pic would be to either widen the sleeves, or maybe nudge his left shoulder inward a bit. In fact, his shoulders may be the real problem area; looking again, they seem uneven in size and shape, though the collar positioning could be affecting that as well.
But as to your actual question, I’ll say it’s a little of both. I know I’m usually caught off-guard seeing a teenaged dweeb like John depicted as “the Big Guy”, but logically someone may as well be the Big Guy, even when the ENTIRE TEAM IS NERDS. Also the fact that the source material shows the kids with consistently similar (or I guess similarly inconsistent) lankness has probably biased more than a few people.
how could this happen to me
i made my mistakes
— tentacleTerrorist [TT] sent thaumaturgeGodhead [TG] the file “Formydearbrother.jpg” —
TG: hey wow suddenly i feel like i really shouldnt open this or anything else you send me ever
TT: You won’t be able to resist for long. I can wait.
there is only one song that could possibly hold the glory of being the song that plays when SBURB players reach God Tier
and it is
Yaaawn. Needs a rock-orchestral version to be glorious enough.
when people like john/kat i wonder if they were brain damaged in the womb
Next time tell them you ship Kanaya/Karkat or some such. If they try to argue that “she’s not into guys”, then it’s a pretty safe bet.
I’m playing Pokémon Red again, and naming all my Pokémon after Homestuck characters.
I just caught a Pidgey, and named it Davesprite. heheheheheheh
….. Just caught Shoutpole the “!” Unown the other day. I shit you not.