Ok so part 2. I also think witch/sylph works because while a witch is very active, a sylph is very passive. Kanaya also says that a sylph is like a “more magical witch” at one point. The inversions support this. Inverting a Maid/Heir would be a Prince/Bard. Even the names point out a connection in a way. Maids and Bards both serve Heirs and Princes. With Witch/Sylph, both are known for their magic in myths, while a mage/seer are very wise and don’t use magic (argueable for mage) (sorry long ask)
With Maid/Heir inverting to Prince/Bard, a Maid actively maintains their aspect and keeps it from being destroyed, while a Prince actively destroys their aspect till there is nothing left to maintain. Eridan can be linked to an Heir of Rage because he passively is maintained/served by rage, which can be shown when he kills feferi, despite his reluctancy. Though, there is evidence pointing towards Witch/Heir and Maid/Sylph like feferis introduction. Sorry for the multiask thing - Sylph of Space
I did actually recently talk about what I think the classes main powers are and what they broadly do, I never really believed in the smaller verbs like maintain or serve or fix for various classes because they are far too limited in scope, the broader verbs that i believe apply to the classes are in this post here: http://dahniwitchoflight.tumblr.com/post/116136400217 and also the reasons why I think the broader definitions are important
but for Maid and Sylph specifically, it is because we have canon confirmation that Prince and Bard are destruction aligned classes, and that they are specifically male aligned classes also. (now Hussie has said its not like you cant make a female prince or whatever, but those classes are associated with both maleness and destruction)
so if Prince/Bard were to have opposing counterparts, those classes would have be aligned specifically with Creation and Femaleness, in order to be proper opposites. If they were anything else they would be misaligned and unbalanced.
and i know the whole creation/female and destruction/male things seems pretty sexist, but thats because it is, because its based on millennia of myths surrounding creation goddesses and war gods, and ancient times werent exactly pro equality, so when homestuck uses these themes in the story, it has that residual sexism lying around.
Space and Time and the cherubs themselves are the stronger examples, Space is feminine and associated with Motherhood and femininity and is the ultimate creation aspect, Time is associated with masculinity and is the ultimate destruction aspect.
and this is why Maid/Heir or Maid/Page just doesn’t work, because of all the classes besides Prince and Bard, the two most closely associated with Creation and Femininity are Maid and Sylph. So they are the top contenders for the empty spots of the Feminine Creation classes that we know must exist to oppose the Masculine Destruction classes.
We know at least the Maid is the active Creation one, and out of the passives left, nothing but Sylph actually works (besides the fact that Sylphs are already known creative/healers, just like Maids are. People always forget Healing is a Creation associated skill). Rogue can’t be it because its a stealing class, not creation, even though its female associated. Seer isn’t particularly female enough and its heavily knowledge based, no one would believe Seer was a creation class. and neither Page or Heir work because no one would for a second think they are female aligned.
and the whole masculine feminine thing is important because you can’t mark a pair of classes as particularly masculine and destructive, like Prince and Bard, without also marking two other classes as particularly feminine and creative. It would be uneven and unfair overall.
This is really my main argument for maid/Sylph, besides all the actual evidence.
there is a spot for a pair of Female Creation classes clearly marked that we know must be filled somehow, because you can’t have one without the other, you can’t have a pair of male only classes without a pair of female only classes, and you cant have clear destruction classes without also having clear creation classes. And If any pair of classes were meant to have opposite coinciding with the already heavily established themes of the story, it’s Prince and Bard.