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here are my meager gemstuck contributions

Each of the characters can summon their associated strife weapon from their gem. John gets a hammer, Rose gets wands, Jade gets a rifle, Karkat gets a sickle… and so on. That one’s fairly obvious.

Gem placement is usually, but not always, governed by class. Knights’ gems are on their shoulders. (Dave’s gem cracked, and it summons a broken sword.) Seers and Witches get forehead gems. Sylphs have their gems located in the abdomen. Thieves have a gem in place of one eye, and Rogues have them in the palm of a hand (both relate to stealing: see what you want, take what you want). Princes and Maids have gems in their bosom/heart. Bards have crotch gems, a parellel to the legendary codpiece.

Breath players are one exception: John’s and Tavros’ gems are located on their backs. Both can summon wings in some way.

Role inversion results in a discolored, sort of clouded over gem. Witch of Void! Rose’s gem and wands are black, Seer of Time! Jade’s gem changes color frequently and randomly (like her randomized shirt signs), Crocker! Jane’s becomes bright red… and so on.

(( edit: Also (I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner) inversion is the same thing as gem corruption. When Rose gets corrupted, she turns into an eldritch beast. Jade turns into something Light-based, possibly a big eyeball monster? Jane gets all techno-y/artificial. Aradia becomes a frog-like shapeshifter, Tavros’ form spouts red miles, and Gamzee’s is bliss- and lax-inducing. ))

John and Jade love to fuse, and have loads of fun doing it. Dave and Rose have a harder time fusing, especially because of Dave’s cracked gem; they tend to save their fusion for the direst of times. John fused with Rose once, but found it really weird. Ditto to Jade and Dave.

Other common fusions include Equius/Nepeta (so stable they spend as much time together as they do apart), Terezi/Vriska, Sollux/Karkat, Feferi/Sollux, Vriska/Tavros (usually Vriska pressures Tavros into it against his will — an abusive fusion derived from an abusive relationship that almost always results in disaster), Eridan/Sollux (extremely powerful but unwilling to act), Nepeta/Feferi, and Dirk/Equius.

Calliope’s gem is green and located on her left cheek; Caliborn’s is red and on his right cheek. Together they form a very powerful — and very unstable — gem fusion. They would have unfused a long time ago, but Gamzee thought it would be hilarious to use advanced gem technology to weld them together permanently. Now the two souls, unfused in all but physical form, vie for control over their powerful shared body.

Also Caliborn wants to fuse with Jake and overpower both of them.

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I am really bad at art, but I wanted to do something for the Cosmere Challenge, “Needs More Ladies” so I decided to draw some of my favorite sword wielding ladies of the Cosmere. Shallan, Vin, Sarene, and Vivenna.

This is my first time ever doing fan art for anything, ever. I know it’s not great, but I wanted to contribute something to the fandom. :)

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I am way overdue with this, but I think we need to talk about THOSE faces. You know that ones, and if you don’t look at the first picture. I saw this on 4chan earlier today, and although it tries to explain just what the fuck happened, it still doesn’t fix that those faces are just creepy as all hell. Also, have a second one on the hour (sorry that it’s not in 1280x720 as I’ve been slacking on downloading the episodes). I could probably find more, but let’s stop there as these are freaking the hell out of me.

They look off, and even the “proper” expression looks surreal. The smiles are wide, but they are also very SMALL. Now let’s look at the next three. Look at how wide that smile on Fluttershy is, also it’s also BIG. Here’s another one, but with Pinkie Pie as a filly. Wide but also MASSIVE. Same with the one following it where she makes a zany face at a photo booth. They’re cartoony and way over-the-top, and that’s why they don’t look odd compared to the first two, which are just mild and freaky.

Sometimes the wide and small just isn’t wide or small enough. Picture number six is just the ones in the first two flipped upside down and looks super odd. To the right of it is another frown, but it’s more expressive and cartoony, and is also much thinner. My guess is that there’s a specific animation team (or a small group of animators within said-team) that is responsible for these faces (if you have a catchy nickname for them I’d love to here it), since it is not seen in every episode and didn’t make a splash until May the Best Pet Win, and they certainly aren’t incredibly common in the episodes where they are seen in.

Or something blah