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Okay, but let’s talk about Dave and Terezi for a second, specifically their fraymotif.

screenshot taken by terezipyropeofficial

Terezi and Dave used their combined powers to “revive” Dirk, after Dirk was killed by Spades Slick via dozens of point blank gunshot wounds. We can assume this death was heroic, as he didn’t begin to revive on his own, and he certainly didn’t deserve a “Just” death. So for a few seconds of the flash, Dirk Strider was permadead. 

But then Dave and Terezi used their classpect powers in conjunction with each other, in the fraymotif you see above.

Now, from the image, we can get an idea of what exactly their combined power actually is. You can see Dirk and Jack English doing a variety of different actions, with the timeline splintering off in different directions based on the choices Dirk makes as to how to go about fighting Jack. 

Once the fraymotif fades, Dirk is fine, and is in a much different situation combat wise than he was originally- the battle never went in that direction, so he never died. This is, obviously, time travel- that’s clear from the get-go. But what’s remarkable is that it’s a type of time travel we’ve never seen before in Homestuck. 

Time travel in homestuck- even John’s retcon powers- involves the person in question physically traveling back in time, so that if they want to change their own actions, they have to carry a conversation with their past self and convince them to act differently. In Terezi and Dave’s fraymotif, though, nobody actually physically travels back- at least not in the sense we’re use to.

Considering that, in the picture above, every cyan branch represents a barrier between potential timelines- there’s actually no duplicates in the image. Every given timeline shown has one Dirk, one Terezi, and one Dave. Rather than there being two of someone, because someone went back and changed things “manually”. 

Mind as an aspect represents choices, the reasons people have for making those choices- and other choices they could have potentially made. Combine that with time travel, and it’s clear that their combined ability is to retroactively cause people to make different choices than they originally did. Dirk never died because he never made the combat decision that led to his death. It’s a type of time travel that leaves no fingerprints- nobody runs into another version of themselves, nobody meets anyone from the future.

you just happen to make a different choice than you would have originally, probably not even realizing something is different.

and odds are, only the player(s) who did it are aware.

it’s a form of time travel where you BECOME your past self, rather than encounter them. and that’s remarkable. that’s unprecedented in homestuck. seamless time travel like that has endless potential, it’s like an “undo” button in photoshop. considering that it forces the person in question to make a different choice, it’s arguably a form of mind control.

in conclusion:

terezi & dave are a fucking powerhouse. 

my dash is 97% homestuck for the first time in literal years and I’m feeling nostalgic and excited and happy and sad and everything is so bittersweet because it took so long to get here and i seriously missed upd8 culture so much and to experience it one last time with everyone is one of the best things i could have ever experienced again and basically just. 

reading homestuck was one of the best decisions i ever made and i met so many wonderful people through homestuck and one of my closest friends through homestuck and basically yeah my story is just like everyone else’s but

that’s what makes it great

we have this piece of media, this one giant conglomerate of music, text, animation, images, and games that brought so many people together into this weird, silly, fun, exciting, and unique experience that is homestuck upd8 culture and just

thank you hussie for creating this

thank you musicians for providing the amazing sounds we’ve been blessed with

thank you artists and animators who’ve made contributions to homestuck throughout the years, and a huge thank you to those who’ve worked on [S] Collide

without everyone, including the fans, this wouldn’t be the same at all. this experience would not have existed without everyone playing their part. and that’s what makes homestuck upd8 culture so fun. we’re all in this together, screaming into this blue website about this silly comic, and i wouldn’t have it any other way

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I was VERY VERY EXCITED to work on this part of collide. The direction from Andrew was basically ‘Lord English in Undertale style’ so I did several mock ups. The first image is the one that made it into the final flash (without colors). I also did several fullbody sprites, but you don’t get the cool Pool Ball Eyes animation from it because it’s so small.