Let me be upfront when I say that, as far as I know, there has only ever been one example of a character going Grimdark in Homestuck: Rose Lalonde. Jade’s brief time spent as Grimbark!Jade is not the same since her shift was caused by Her Imperious Condescension’s mind-control, not the Horrorterrors. The Horrorterrors are the key to becoming Grimdark, and as Rose displayed, they don’t control you; they invert your aspect.
Aspect inversion is a tricky subject. How the aspects invert is fairly simple - each aspect has an opposite, after all:
Breath - Blood
Light - Void
Time - Space
Life - Doom
Heart - Mind
Hope - Rage
But class inversion is harder to pin down. There is the Passive-Active dichotomy that Calliope discussed with Dirk (Prince is active while Bard is passive), but this is not an inversion. Inverting someone’s class would require finding the class that acts as its direct opposite. As such, I will be using @classpect-shet‘s Class Inversion Guide, which can be found here. The inversions of classes are as follows:
Heir - Mage
Seer - Witch
Knight - Rogue
Page - Thief
Maid - Bard
Sylph - Prince
For example, if I were to go Grimdark, I would go from being a Knight of Rage to a Rogue of Hope: one who distributes inspiration and positive emotions through inspiration and positive emotions. A Mage of Space would become an Heir of Time. Et cetera. When Rose went Grimdark and succumbed to the Horrorterrors, she became a Witch of Void: one who manipulates nothingness and ignorance through nothingness and ignorance. The meaning of her words were concealed to the point where no one could understand what she was trying to say. In other words, manipulating her secrets to make others ignorant. She managed to obfuscate the troll’s viewport of her and those who she was near, creating a Blackout. Vriska said as much when she tried contacting John after their encounter with Jack on the Battlefield when she advised him to get away from Rose so she could see him.
Unlike Trickster Mode - which is incredibly unlikely to occur even with a Cherub influence in their session - going Grimdark is a very real possibility for a session so long as players (probably Derse-dreamer) have a connection to the Horrorterrors. How one would turn it off is a matter of debate. Rose only returned to being a Seer of Light when she died, so there’s no way of knowing if it can even be stopped aside from death.
So yeah! Grimdark! I’m not sure how to end this, so I’ll just add a badass picture of Grimdark!Rose
Here they are, all six Weavesilk Homestuck Aspect Inversion Desktops! Hooray! Download them here! Share them with your friends!
I also managed to break my sidebar on my blog, which had links to all my other desktops and other goodies. So, because I’m lazy and will rebuild that later, here’s a link to the folder with all of my other Silk Homestuck Desktops.
This isn’t the end, though! Tomorrow, I’ll be releasing simple, flat icon versions of all of my custom symbols so that others in the fandom can enjoy them.
As always, download, spread the word, etc! All I ask is that you do give mention to me if you use these in works of your own. And if you do use them for your own works, be sure to share that work back my way - I’d love to see what you do!
I KNOW YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF ANTI AND DARK BEING SEPERATE BUT HEAR ME OUT: Anti is like a brother to Sean but they share a body so like, as time goes on Sean starts seeing Anti as evil and bad, so he follows out on it. BUT upon meeting Dark, anti kinda reverses back into protection mode and Dark is just all ANOY MODE. so kinda inverse but over time Anti adjusts and finds that Dark just wants attention more than anything so soft neck bites 100% -☕️ anon
i love this!! i’ve been fond of the idea of anti and jack being stuck together in the same body, but somehow eventually anti manages to break out and have his own body.
this is adorable. just that slow build up between them. i love it!!! 💛
Levi got lunch with his squad, which turned into an afternoon, and he forgot about cleaning Hange’s lab until it was dark out (and cleaning that place is a lost cause without natural light). He went the next morning and opened the door, expecting to find Hange smug from her successful distraction and clucking at him for being sloppy and a clean-freak.
Instead he found her running amok, dumping all her junk into one corner of the room to try to protect it from Levi’s (ruthless) incursion while babbling to Moblit about titan toenails. The gloating never came, but Levi found that the prevalence of rumors about him was inversely proportional to the time he spent hanging out with the Survey Corps.
@sekhmet06, thank you!! I had a lot of fun writing this =D
I’ve given this a lot of thought. A lot of people I’ve spoken to have said that they stopped watching the show after the 50th anniversary special. When I ask them why, the answer I typically receive is that the Doctor saving Gallifrey instead of destroying it, in fact undermines his characterization thus far. Now that he’s saved his world and its people, it doesn’t make sense for Nine, Ten, or Eleven to behave the way they did, or feel the way they did about the Time War.
People seem to forget, or not realize fully that the destruction of Gallifrey was the culmination of untold years of fighting in the Time War. It was the climax, the final act of devastation that would finally end things. How many years did he fight before he reached that point? How many things did he do and see and experience before he decided “No more?”
I practice Grey magic. This is to say that I do not recognize good & evil as finite ideas, or even the mile-markers on a defined spectrum. Rather, I see magic as something more simple than that in structure: a subtle influence over our physical, emotional, and perceived realities.
I suffer from depression, dissociation, and anxiety. Let me first state that my anxiety is not derived from social interaction but from the entirety of how I perceive and feel reality. My dissociation stems from the combination of my depression and anxiety. This has a huge effect on my craft.
My craft is pragmatic. It is therapeutic in its creation and application, but more so it focuses on what can be changed. Sometimes it is more practical and comforting to practice what some would label as dark magic (curses, hexes, vampirism, ect).
My “dark” magic is also a blessing in disguise. My curses are built with deliberate loopholes. Not for me, but for the target. I tend to curse those who are selfish, unkind, ungrateful, disrespectful, belligerent, bigoted (This goes for left-wing people as well), and ignorant people. These curses vary depending on the target, but the results are always similar: Once the target learns a lesson and applies it in their life, the curse ends then falls away and the hidden blessing is all that remains. Example: I come across a hateful person (A racist, transphobe, homophobe, xenophobe, ect). I’d cast a curse of self-sabotage on them. This is a curse that influences self-sabotage every time the target is hateful (whether in action or mind). Once this person realizes how their actions effect/affect other people, the curse ends and is then replaced with the inverse. Every time they are accepting and kind they become filled with a determination and clear-headedness that is beneficial to their decision making.
Using witchcraft while living with depression can be agonizing. It can make it difficult to practice at all, or give you a burst of energy that you have very little control over. This makes my craft unpredictable sometimes. This is why my spells are intricately designed. Even though my body and soul may be exploding with uncontrollable energies, what energies I can siphon into the spell, will cause very specific effects. Living with depression often kills my inspiration. Which, as an artist, writer, witch, and musician, infuriates me to no fucking end. I deal with this by being open to change on a moment-by-moment basis. I do some pretty unpredictable things, even from my perspective. This keeps me alive.
I don’t often do posts like this (on any social media site), but I feel as though I may be of some use to others who may struggle with the same problems, but maybe feel as though they have less of a handle on it. Because medication is like witchcraft: You can’t rely on it, action must be taken on your end to get the desired results.