Ok, everyone. I’m going to harness the power of chemistry to explain why Dirk’s planet is the only one that needs gas masks.
Obviously, Jane walked around on her planet without needed special breathing equipment. As anyone who has ever seen a balloon should know, Helium is lighter than air. The gas appears to be exuded from vents in the earth. Some of it goes into the balloons, but the rest would rise above the heavier breathable air (which is mostly Nitrogen, interestingly enough). You might get a squeaky voice from LOCAH, but you won’t suffocate.
Neon is also lighter than air. All Noble Gasses are colorless until a current is run through them. The presence of colored bands in the atmosphere of LOPAN suggests that there are clouds of charged particles floating around in the upper layers. This could lead to some interesting weather patterns, included storms and lightning, so that’ll be fun to look out for.
Xenon is heavier than air. Jake’s planet, LOMAX, has a big X marks the spot canyon in the center. The heavy Xenon gas would sink into this rift. Since it’s glowing, it must also be electrified. I would avoid going down there, especially since Xenon is an anesthetic. You’d probably pass out before you were electrocuted or suffocated.
Krypton is also heavier than air. Unfortunately, Dirk’s planet doesn’t seem to have any wells for the gas to sink into. Therefore, breathable air would be forced higher, and if you walked on the surface you’d get a lungful of Krypton. Though Krypton is not toxic, you could suffocate if that was all you had to breathe. It also creates a feeling of euphoria similar to nitrogen narcosis… in other words, you’d be getting a little high. I’m guessing there are so many skyscrapers on LOTAK because the consorts, whenever they were alive, built higher in order to reach breathable air.
I’ve uploaded a simple pair of resource packs you can layer on top of whatever texture packs you’re already using, giving you a spiffy Skaia sun and different awesome planetoid moons for each of the moon’s eight phases. (Or the gold and purpose Prospit and Derse if you want something simpler, but the planets are my favorite.) They’re all high-res (512x512 images) and are cool as shit to have in your sky even if you don’t know what Homestuck is, or are using virtually any resolution textures for your blocks! I mean, in the images above, you see it against Minecraft’s default 16x16 textures and it still looks fantastic.
Felt like drawing some pink-haired cuties! Lomax from Parallax on the left, Pandora from Devil’s candyon the right! Both of these characters have a lot of the traits in design that appeal to me a lot so they were really fun to draw!
Made this picture for the Alabamastuck BAM event and its theme on Nobles (centering around the four nobles wearing finery based on their lands)!
I took… entirely too long to finish this so I didn’t get it in on time to be used for what it was intended for, but I think it was used as a print? Either way! It was fun to work on, and is dedicated to the hard-working folks who make our Alabamastuck events happen.