Everyone who died on the meteor was decapitated, save Vriska who was too freshly killed. That disqualifies its evidential weight.
Hoo, boy. :T
This is one of the (semi-)rare questions where you’re asking the wrong person.
I can give you some practical and purely game reasons why dream selves exist, sure:
- Extra lives, which are necessary given the game’s perils and opportunities for sacrifice.
- They allow split influence from Skaia and the Horrorterrors directly upon the protagonists, echoing (for example) the cultural influences one would receive in a real life conflict between Creation and Destruction, what the game is built to represent in the broadest terms.
- If sleeping players are useful, then players are encouraged not to lose necessary sleep out of obligation to stay productive during a session. Some players may ignore this, like Karkat, but that’s at their discretion, and they’re liable to pay for not learning the lessons their dreams have to offer.
- "Waking up" one’s dreamself is aligned with spiritual awakening, with seeing and accepting things about one’s self or one’s situation that one had refused to recognize. There are thus some obtuse mental, emotional, and philosophical implications of dreamselves — their awakening, nature, behavior, and meaning — which are not explicitly specified. One of the game’s main goals is to help you grow up and mature, learning about yourself, after all.
- The existence of split bodies containing the same self - the operational qualities of which can be transferred or relinquished with a kiss - ties heavily into the concept of the ‘soul’ in Homestuck, of one’s individual uniqueness being representable by different bodies or ghosts across the void, even in scratched instances of the same universe. Thus, the existence and dynamic of dreamselves hints at this nature of reality to players. (I can’t quite find the link where I said this, but…) One instance I like to highlight is how John gave Dave the Stiller Shades in B1, heavily influencing Dave’s identity, but post-scratch guardian Dave in B2 acquired them himself. On a tacit look, you could say that the Stiller Shades were always an innate part of his very soul, transcending universes in its identity. However, another way to look at it is this: John may have been the one to inject the influence of Stiller shades into Dave’s soul in the first place, rather than a cosmic coincidence leading John to do so, meaning John literally affected Dave’s immortal soul across timelines! Just a possibility, though.
- One’s dreamself and real self represent twin halves (or in Captors’ cases, triplet thirds) of the same individual. This contributes to a sense of ‘dichotomy’, of a dualism of the self in ‘reality’ and the self in a dream-like ‘ideal’, and their unifying is implied — by Quest-Bed God-Tiering — to result in some semblance of perfection from a mythological point of view. There have also been instances of dream selves reflecting shadows of an original person, whether their ‘shadow roles’ or (in Jadesprite’s case) sides of one’s self one must come to terms with.
- (And of course, there’s the Problem Sleuth imaginary-self / imagination-world parallel that likely drove Andrew to spawn them in the first place.)
However, the reasons above do not cover all the reasoning behind dreamselves, their operation, and especially not why they exist. I’m the wrong person to ask about that, because the concept of the dreamself as it exists in Homestuck is rife with mythological allusions and parallels.
(I imagine a couple might reply to this post if they want your attention on the issue.)
(Not sure which “romance theory” you’re referring to, but:)
I would be surprised if there wasn’t a bit of an inexplicable Jane/Caliborn vibe once Jane is cursed and Caliborn’s head has popped out of Jake’s body. Nothing at all like outright romance, but it’d have to be sprinkled into the dynamic from Jane’s warped direction to partially explain her insane commitment to opposing the other protagonists. I think.
(Caliborn might egg on her insane leanings, but obviously wouldn’t reciprocate; her psychotic position would just be useful and an ego boost for him.)
Does that make sense?
So in the 16th century the Ottoman royal family kept fighting over the throne, so they made this decree that a ruler could legally kill off his brothers after taking the throne in order to stop them from trying to overtake him.
SO WHAT THEY DID WAS EXECUTE THEM BY STRANGLING THEM WITH A SILK BOW STRING
TO AVOID SHEDDING ROYAL BLOOD
C’mon guys reblog my gog-darned post it has historical relevance.
Ah, I wondered if it was something regarding Deus Ex Machina. Didn’t know the latin specifics!
EDIT: Another person, backgroundsculpter, commented:
god-tier in the machine => god in the machine => deus ex machina i.e. god tiering in Namco High is kinda ehh from a narrative standpoint
I still hope to get some sort of explanation when I play Terezi’s part and others in the future. (No need to tell me whether or not.) We’ll see in due course…
(Link to previous post, part 5) Contains Homestuck and Namco High spoilers.
- TIME TO DO JANE’S ARC! I am doing this. I AM DOING THIS. (Can’t wait!)
- (Note: I know I’m late with this post, so technically, I DID wait.)
- Time to offset Rick Miller’s endless conspiracy theorizing with Jane’s complete obliviousness to the abounding conspiracies threatening to destroy us all, any day now, any minute. So many conspiracies.
- As Jane’s romantic interest, I should choose a name most suitable for a colorful, mushy romance with her. The decision is obvious!
- *enrolls in the game as ‘RoLal*
- (I chose RoLal instead of Roxy to distinguish the name, in case Jane ever finds cause to mention the actual Roxy.)
- *fast-forwards past intro*
- — TALK CHOICE SCREEN 1 —
- Time to say hi to Jane again. But first to Terezi just cause I feel like another refresher…
- Mmm, and she says RoLal smells like cotton candy. What an encouraging sign! >:]
- Anyway, back to Jane!
- There’s that “All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl” phrase I mentioned in one of the earlier parts! Again, if you want to paint a normal person as having ominous potential, that’s a potent reference to invoke…
Believe it or not, it all felt pretty fast. I remembered text from pages like the Dave and Caliborn meta examples, or near examples of Jade breaking the fourth wall, and googled ‘mspa (phrase or phrases)’ to get to the pages quickly, like ‘mspa tundra’ for the failed meta memory modus matching. I remembered posts I’d made relevant to the subject from my major theorylist, which I could look at and link easily, or like other posts I’d made like the one about the juju half supercharging John’s powers, for which I’d google the likes of ‘bladekindeyewear supercharged john’. The whole post was together in fifteen to twenty minutes, I’d bet.
You’re mistaken, my friend: Both her (A) and (B) assessments were correct, though she doesn’t fathom the possibility yet. :)