by ludo

Magic and the Marks It Leaves

So somehow “Ludo in the Wild” and a comment from @starcotp has lead me to having another trans Marco theory.

So a lot of this is conjecture but I’d still love to hear what you guys think.

Anyway in the book “Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension” Star mentions that magic leaves a mark when you have been around it as long as her and her family. These marks taking the shapes of the various playing card suits and other objects that seem to appear on the cheeks of her family.

My theory is what if those marks aren’t always physical but can be mental as well.

Anyway in “Storm the Castle” the wand blows up and Marco, Star and Ludo are all within the blast radius. Marco and Star protected by the crystal box and Ludo by his egg. This must have blasted loads of magical energy throughout the blast radius and theoretically possibly some residual energy when Marco and Star leave the crystal box and Ludo, their egg. So my theory is Marco and Ludo are exposed to this energy. Star is already marked by magic so.

Now, in “Ludo in the Wild” Ludo has a vision of Star that guides them to the new wand. Something Ludo has wanted since the beginning of Season 1, a wand to call their own.

In “Red Belt” Marco has a “stuck in life” dream. All we know is it is recurring (or at the very least similar dreams) but we don’t know how long it has been going on. All the dream is indicating is Marco feels stuck, like everyone in their world is going ahead of them while they are stuck in the same place. We also don’t know if these dreams are continuing or if they ended after Marco got their red belt.

And like I said, it is purely conjecture but what if exposure to magic in the way Marco and Ludo theoretically experienced causes them to have dreams and visions guiding them to their deepest desires.

We still don’t know a lot about magic and it is possible. Plus let’s assume Marco is trans and their dreams are continuing, if they don’t really know they are trans perhaps the magic exposure is struggling to guide them. Like Marco needs some knowledge of what their desire is for the magic to guide them to it.

And as I said, just a theory with a lot of conjecture but make of it what you will.

Enjoy :)

“We were extra hard on him to toughen him up, and look what happened!”

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Ludo is probably my favorite character in ‘Star vs The Forces of Evil’, and depending on where the writers are planning to take this, he might turn out to be the most important.

Who is Ludo?

In Season 2 of ‘Evil, the bard Ruberiot, who has vowed to sing The Truth, no matter the consequences, calls Ludo an envious jester. And yet Ludo might be the key to the core narrative of the show, and to the destiny of his entire world. 

Ludo is a fool. He is weak and stunted in every conceivable way - mentally, physically, emotionally, morally. 

In fact, one has to wonder how he even manages to be the heroine’s main antagonist at all. In Season 1, he had assembled a gang of vicious monsters and thrown his clan out of their ancestral home. Surely he must have SOME hidden talents?

In the episode ‘Ludo in the wild’, we finally learn what these are. For the first time, we really get to observe the pattern up close.

Ludo is alone. Weak, cold and hungry, surrounded by creatures much stronger and craftier than himself. 

He starts stalking them. They are kicking him around, and yet with glassy eyes, he keeps on following them into their nests, returning to their abuse like a moth to the flame. Except this particular moth is not flammable. They may feel pity for him, or disgust, but whatever he feels does not go any deeper than the most basic, ludicrous flashes of hunger, fear, pain and outrage. And… affection.

Are we starting to see how the trigger-happy warrior princess Star Butterfly might have first caught his attention? 

He’s always watching. Worming his way into his abusers’ lives, until they are becoming used to him. They think they know what their power dynamics are.

And then, in the blink of an eye, Ludo turns the tables. Perhaps even without realizing it himself, he has studied his abusers, knowing them on an intimate, if purely instinctual level.

If you are what you eat, and Ludo is all the way at the bottom of the food chain, then congratulations: Ludo is a part of you now.

Ludo’s talent is surviving abuse and mirroring his abusers (he even gets the better of Star Butterfly when he learns magic and steals her spellbook), in a twisted mockery of family relations. He did it with Arachne and the Bird (his two mothers…), the horde of rats, probably with his first troop of monsters as well. Oh yeah, and his actual family, where all of this started.

Ultimately, of course, his domain will fall apart. Once he has gathered his armies and his prizes, he hardly even knows what to do with them. All of his attempts at grandiose shemes are short-sighted and doomed to fail. As a survivor, he only lives in the moment. Easily tricked and robbed of all his achievements, or manipulated by those with much greater designs into doing their bidding. His armies of abusers are quick to turn on him again once he inevitably loses his focus, because frankly, they are not even sure why they ever… adopted him in the first place.

He has no past, and he has no future. It’s funny how he commands his army of rats to rebuild an ancient monster stronghold - ultimately doing little more than shoving debris around, before the house of cards inevitably falls apart again. In dreams and stories, houses represent your mind, your inner life. What does this ruin say about Ludo?

Ludo was the runt of the litter, and he has never grown up. Ludo is a child. Reverting again and again, repeating his cycle of survival and abandonment.  

There is a remarkable scene where the wise, ancient entity Glossaryck is trying to teach Ludo magic, and just after Ludo expressed his disappointment that convincing Glossaryck to work for him did not require torture, he immediately demands Glossaryck torture HIM. Just a couple of scenes later, he meekly asks Glossaryck to praise him, even tuck him into bed calling him “my darling”. 

Yeah, take a wild guess how those wires got crossed in Ludo’s head.

Ludo is attracted to abuse, to the abusive use of power, and abusers are attracted to him. He is the very focal point of the eponymous Forces of Evil.

Despite what you might have thought when you picked up this waaacky show, when it comes to Evil, with a capital “E”, they are being dead serious. Hint: it’s not the kind that is reliably confined to an impressive villain character, a single person or faction.

Star Butterfly will have to dip down and go deep.

As you might have guessed by now, the monsters themselves are not the Forces of Evil (though the Jury is still out on Toffee). They are the remnants of proud nations who have been decimated, robbed of their lands and pushed to the margins of civilization, many of them turning bitter and violent. 

In a way, Ludo is the ultimate monster.

And ‘Evil is his story.

The battle for the soul of that world is going to be fought inside Ludo.

Literally.

Villain Development

From a creepy old man 

Originally posted by regressionsimulator

To emotionally tragic man that’s been misunderstood 

Originally posted by marcymania

From a threatening villain 

Originally posted by fuckyeahperidot

To a dorky and lovable nerd 

Originally posted by doafhat

From a coward, childish, and annoying villain

Originally posted by ludogivemebabies

To a true threatening villain

Tomorrow AU
  • It’s midnight. Star is still wide awake. The fear she feels in her nightmares is terribly present for the first time in her life.
  • It’s a stupid idea. But she needs Glossaryck. She needs the spellbook. And most of all, she needs to get away from this dimension.
  • She has a spell to pack everything into a neat little bag, which she replaces her star purse with, and removes her room from the Diaz’s house. She doesn’t know how to fix the gaping hole in the wall though, so she just uses a massive amount of magical tape and leaves an apology on a sticky note.
  • She still has all of Janna’s makeup, and the foundation that Janna said was too light for her. She puts it on over her cheeks. She hopes it’ll help.
  • She tucks the note she tried so many times to perfect that night under Marco’s door, and gives it a final shove, her hand recoiling at the touch of the door.
  • She puts on the cloak that her mother had given her on her 12th birthday, saying it was a family heirloom made of the Unseen Threads that the Fates themselves use. It is only to be used when she needs to go into hiding. So, it was perfect for what she had to do.
  • Her sorrow and heartbreak are slowly turning to bitterness. That’s why Star needs to leave. 
  • She pads down the stairs, and remembers how just yesterday, she had fallen down the final step, uncaring of how she felt towards her best friend. At least, uncaring of what her strange feelings meant.
  • Star could never hate Jackie. She won’t blame her. Jackie is a wonderful girl, who’s cool, and pretty, and looks like the ocean. But she doesn’t want to see Jackie or Marco for a very long time.
  • Star passes by the kitchen, where she remembers how everyone lied about her cooking just to make her feel better. She wonders if she should let Janna, Ponyhead, and Starfan know where she’s going. She ultimately decides against it.
  • Her hair gets in front of her face as she swings down the stairs. She becomes irritated with it. Irrationally irritated.
  • She grips her dimensional scissors, swallows down an impulse, and walks towards the living room.
  • She tries to put her hair into a ponytail, but catches her reflection in the many photos of the foreign exchange students that have lived at Marco’s house. She sees her hair, the same as it was when she first got here. The same as it was when Marco befriended her and agreed she could stay. The same as it was when she and her fought together in every battle. The same as it was when she felt her heart shatter the day before.
  • Star grips her dimensional scissors even tighter.
  • She has to go back to Mewni. But her mother can’t know. Her father can’t know. No one can. She needs to get that spell book back from Ludo before anything else puts the people she loves in harm’s way.
  • She grabs her hair tightly and brings her scissors down on it, and feels a weight lift off her head, as if she had been released from a bondage she had never realized was even there. She looks at herself in the mirror, and feels hot tears rolls down her cheeks, which she quickly pats away before the foundation fades away.
  • Star uses a cleaning spell to get rid of the massive amount of hair on the floor, and just like that, she was someone else. She was no longer just Star Butterfly, a carefree magical princess from another dimension. She felt herself earning a title in this moment, like how her mother had when she had defeated Toffee once in battle. Her mother was Moon the Undaunted, her grandmother Eclipsa, Queen of Darkness, her great grandmother Solaria, the monster carver, and her great great grandmother, Celena the shy. But what would her title would be?
  • She shook off this thought. She opened up a portal to Mewni, and cast the only tracking spell she knew by memory. She stepped through, and the portal closed behind her. The Diaz house was silent still.
  • In a room where the Queens of Mewni have a tapestry of Fate woven for each of them, a new plaque rises from the ground. On it, words are carved on magically.

                                                  Star the Blazing

                           A heart of gold shines in the unending darkness 

                                 though forever shattered it may seem

                              And when it appeared all hope was lost

                         She rose like a star and earned the title, Queen.