They weren’t really black, but time conflates color and infamy in the heart. -Lord Chausebranc
Battle of the Equator, 1927 (also called First Terawaki). The Crown Fleet sees its darkest day, somewhere above the Pacific.
As arms became more potent, stealth replaced the might of massed fleets. The Equator was a sharp turning point, seeing the Pyrrhic victory of the massed English fleet against the German pickets which sought to keep them from making the steam needed to break away from Earth’s gravity. The Emperor of Mars made orbit, but the Empress of Luna was lost to the sea. The defeat was for both technological and tactical reasons, though these both would take time to learn. With the loss of this grand vessel, relief of Phobos was in doubt and both sides burrowed deeper into the red tunnels of Mars in anticipation of a long siege.
Note: This was done with Corel Painter 2017. In-universe the image was painted by Kismet Clarke for the Imperial Times. He also has a small part in the story.
The past weekend, I was made aware of the Beforus Ancestors group and upon which I started yelling obscenities in a mixture of giddiness and overwhelming emotion of “AW C'MON!”. Of course, the more I hear about it, the more I’ve heard its a more historical look which clashes against the modern take our Zenkaikon group had focused on. However, reminiscing made me want to write down a bit of personal headcanons for the Beforus Ancestors, of which is a mix of my own ideas and what we had come up with between the group.
Karkat Vantas (The Vanguard)
Karkat was found by Kanaya upon crawling out of the caverns. When she saw is mutant red blood, she knew what her duty was, to bring him to the Empress. Once Feferi had laid her eyes upon him, she knew that this grub should be cuttled by no other than she. Unfortunately, cuttling has very low chances of working the way it was intended and much often leaves both trolls attempting to quandrant. Karkat eventually goes through as very complicated relationship with Feferi as they start to flip flop between red and pale, a relationship that is greatly looked down upon by Eridan, Beforan Fleet General and Feferi’s suitor. Karkat evidently chooses to end their entire relationship, choosing to pursue working within the government and finding a moirailigence in Gamzee. He starts off as a information collector and organizer and eventually meets Terezi and they begin a materspritship. He works his way through the system until he is promoted to the peacecore, working on keeping the kingdom united. He has a friendship with Sollux and Aradia based of off their ties with Highbloods and later on begins a partnership with Nepeta.
Aradia Megido (The Adventurer)
Aradia is given over at a young age to be cuttled by Vriska. She grows up being fed grand stories of adventure by her custodian causing her to go after her own adventures. Leaving Vriska, now as her healthy moirail, she ventures to the Eastern part of Beforus. At one of the ports, she comes across Tavros and instantly becomes black for him as she is unamused for his superficial reasons for travel. Later in life, she settles down and lives peacefully on an open ranch, not far from the capital.
Tavros Nitram (The Conquist)
Put under the care of Equius, Tavros’s first experiences were rough as his caretaker was too strong to handle a grub. After an incident that permanently leaves an open chip in his horns(which he covers with a red bandana), he is removed from Equius’s care. Wanting satisfaction and vindication, he begins traveling in hopes of attaining glory, fame, and possibly reuniting with his custodian(though never outright saying the last). Upon meeting Aradia, he becomes furious of her mocking and finding his wishes to ideals lukewarm. He dies at 42 sweeps, still exploring.
Sollux Captor (The Inventor/Informer)
Despite being the youngest of the ancestors at 10 sweeps, Sollux is very independent (maturity seems to frequently vary). Midway through his 7th sweep, he ran away from his custodian, Eridan, who started mistreating him when he and the empress showed mutual red feelings for each other. He lives in a hut just outside the capital were he does beekeeping and works on technological advances. Gamzee will occasionally stops by and checks in on how he’s doing as well as relays letters from Feferi. Throuhg Gamzee, Sollux met Karkat and they struck up a friendship for which Sollux will help dig up information alongside Aradia.
Nepeta Lejion (The Huntress)
Attempting to live orderly alongside her Moirail, Equius. Inevitably failing to do so, she left nearly all her belongings behind to venture into the wild. When her moirail died, she had lost all touch with the kingdom until she met Karkat. The two began teaming up of his peacekeeping missions and developed somewhat of a partnership. Even so, she still found herself to feral and kept minimal interaction with structured society.
Kanaya Marym (The Matronly)
Having lived prior to Feferi’s ascension to Empress, Kanaya grew up in the oppressed society created to by the previous queen’s scornful rule and is fully delved into her role as a jade blood when Feferi’s rule begins. By Feferi’s laws, she was tasked with matching lowblood to highblood pairs for cuttling. She guides the younger jade bloods into carving their own path than keep to the pressures of their blood colour like she was forced to.
Terezi Pyrope (The Enforcer)
Being a midblood, she is the modern minority of trolls not to be paired with a highblood, but by lusus. During her schooling, she learns of the history of the current Queen’s rise to power and is impassioned by the nature of the judicial system. Her natural talent for prosecuting backed by some divination abilities makes her induction into Beforan courts a smooth transition. But the unforseen meeting of Karkat had thrown her off greatly. Karkat Vantas is known to be a quite controversial topic in the kingdom and leaves her with much conflict over her career and her matespritship.
Vriska Serket (The Fabulist)
Vriska grew with high ambitions of seeing the world. She followed this dream by joining the Beforan Expedition Fleet, led by then Major Eridan. Her expectations extinguished after a few sweeps as a simple deckhand and frequent brushes of black with Eridan causes her to opt out fast. Having been off planet when Feferi gained power, she is surprised with a grub to be raised under her care, Aradia. To entertain Aradia, she begins embellishing on her life in the Beforan fleet and telling of grand journeys through the stars. She eventually causes crowd gathering and finds success as a storyteller and even builds a friendship with the empress. After Aradia seeks her own adventures, she finds herself more frequently in the presence of the lonely empress.
Gamzee Makara (The Wanderer)
Gamzee grew up the childhood mate of Feferi and Eridan. Lacking proper guidance, he finds himself spacing under the influence of sopor and ending up in far off towns during his adolescence. His jesterly time as an ephemeral hermit had earned him the title of The Mirthful. But when he returned to the capital to support Feferi in her conflict with the previous Empress, he was redubbed The Wanderer becoming one of her advisers when she claimed power. He continued to move as the road took him all the while acting as a messenger on Feferi’s behalf. When Karkat was fostered by Feferi, he grew fond and began to harbor pale feelings for the troll. After Karkat removed himself from the palace, he moved into Gamzee’s house which eventually led to their moirailigence. Seeing as he travels frequently, the two don’t see each other often but maintain contact through letters and calls often supporting each other’s endevours.
Pairing: The Doctor/ River Song, Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Summary: “The only reason she hasn’t killed him yet is because he showed up as quite the surprise. Madame will expect her to be patient, and River is sure her guardian will want to meet the king-no-longer-to-be before River pulls the very breath from his lungs. After all, what is revenge without a little gloating?“
In that scene in Hitler’s office, with River, [the Doctor] starts off being quite bad at flirting, and it gets better. As soon as the Doctor realises it’s about her trying to kill him, he’s at ease. When it’s her being nice, that’s what freaks him out.