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Classpect Phrases

I was in my discord chat, and someone said something that sent my brain into classpecting. I started writing simple phrases for what each class does with their aspect.

Muse: “Blank(s) is very very weak, but I understand everything about it/them, and I have to use it/them to create and raise an army against a common foe. Blank(s) will do everything in its/their power to help me succeed.”
Lord: “Nobody else can Handle Blank(s) Like I can, so I have to take absolute control, despite Blank(s) being incredibly powerful, and have always been against me, trying to stop me.”
Page: “I learned I dont have enough Blank(s), so I have to build it/them from scratch.”
Knight: “Blank(s) is/are something I hate about myself, so I put on a mask of (opposite of Blank) to keep people from knowing I have Blank(s)”
Seer: “I know a lot about Blank(s), but I have to keep myself from being distracted by (The opposite of Blank.) In order to grow and become useful.”
Mage: “Blank(s) is a/are bitch(es), but I am learning to make them/it my bitch(es).”
Sylph: “Blank(s) is/are dying, and I have always understood how it/they work(s), I have to save it/them.”
Maid: “I have to work backwards against Blank(s) to build more of it. Blank(s) will have to be fixed for this to work, but Blank(s) is working against me too.”
Bard: "Blank(s) have/has always abused me, and I have grown calloused and hateful of it, but it will soon explode in a magnificent way in myself.”
Prince: “There has always been so much Blank(s) around me I have begun destroying it wherever it shows up, but I had to learn that everyone needs a little bit of Blank(s)”
Rouge: “I always gave everyone all my Blank(s), But I have to learn it’s okay to take some Blank(s) for myself.”
Theif: “I have a natural thirst for Blank(s) and will always strive to get more, however, I had to learn not to starve my allies of Blank(s), so It doesn’t come to harm them.“
Heir: “Blank(s) has always been a large part of my life, and I always understood it/them, but I have to help it/them grow in others, because Blank(s) needs to help us grow.”
Witch: “I have grown up underneath a great being of Blank(s), however, the basis of Blank(s) needs to change in order for anyone to have a chance to survive, and I have to change it/them.”

Homestuck classpect musings

Something I realized last night: the only reason Homestuck actually has a plot is because the characters involved are all forced to play using pre-built character sheets; if SBURB/SGRUB had a halfway decent character editor built in, then a party of 3-4 dedicated powergamers could easilly snap the game in half.

Put simply, it’s actually pretty obvious that not all classes and aspects are created equal (no matter what some might say on the matter), and some simply become so utterly gamebreaking once explored that it isn’t even funny. To just give two examples that use nothing but canon information: Seer of Time and Seer of Space.

In canon, Seers are shown to see things and foresee events governed by their aspect. Rose, Seer of Light, is able to know the exact most fortuitous path that the meteor group needs to take, no matter how insane or convoluted that path actually is, and Terezi, Seer of Mind, is able to foresee the results of people’s decisions, possibly to the point of knowing what you will do before you do, and might even have been able to read thoughts if she had God Tiered (as evidenced by her being able to see Brain Ghost Dirk, actually see him, despite being blind at the time).

Meanwhile, Time and Space are the only aspects shown to be mostly literal, albeit with some esoteric connotations, literally governing the fabric of space and time. All Time players are shown to have the ability to time travel (a trick which is outright weaponized by Dave), Aradia is shown to be able to actually stop time for an enemy, and Lord English uses time itself as a weapon, wielding stable timeline loops as both sword and shield. Meanwhile, on the Space side, Jade is able to freely manipulate the mass and volume of objects, able to make a planet small enough to fit in her hand without any change in density, and alternate future Caliope is able to all but rewrite reality, manipulating the physical world in a way which, due to timeline complications in the Farthest Ring, should be impossible.

Combining this knowledge, Seer of Time and Seer of Space get really, really broken. To start with the weaker ability: a Seer of Space would be able to see everything, anywhere, at that exact moment. They wouldn’t exactly be able to foresee things, time being explicitly out of their control, but they would have perfect knowledge of reality at any given moment, making them a mathematical demon. No matter where you ran, they could catch you. No matter where you hid, they could find you. No matter what precautions you took, the only way to get around a Seer of Space would be to exploit either time based shenanigans, or to wield Void powers (something which even the omniscient can’t get around).

Meanwhile, a Seer of Time would be ridiculously, abominably, unstopably insane, able to foresee any and all conequences of everything that might or must happen, along with knowledge of when things must happen for events to unfold. While they themselves might not have any time travel powers (or at least, being so weak with time travel that there’s no real reason to bother), they wouldn’t actually need them, because they already know what the future holds. To give one small example of how insanely broken a Seer of Time would be, they would be able to know the exact moment needed to set off a packet of explosives, the blast from which would cause air turbulence, which would interact with the weather patterns already in existance, which would cause a cascade of unlikely but perfectly timed events to create an EF5 tornado, which would conveniently touch down just before it’s time to fight the Black King.

And this is just parsing canon information; I’d shudder to imagine how some other classpects would be, if fandom speculation is correct. Heir of Hope, assuming that Heir means, “protected by, and responsible for,” and that Hope means, “possibilities, dreams, and that which might be,” would mean that an Heir of Hope would be protected by possibility itself, to the point of trancending luck; all which is and might be would bend over backwards to protect the Heir of Hope, to the point of surrealism. A Prince of Void, using canon info here, would parse as, “one who destroys, or destroys through, that which is hidden or does not exist,” and would mean that a Prince of Void would be able to simply destroy the nonexistance of anything, probably able to create things to a far greater degree than Roxy in canon, who merely steals their nonexistance rather than destroying it. A Lord of Blood, assuming Lord to mean, “one who holds command and dominion,” and Blood to mean, “unity, community, and fraternity,” would parse out as, “one who commands unity,” and that ads up to the literally perfect leader, able to command any disparate group into a single well-oiled machine.

Really, the only reason Homestuck has a plot at all is because the characters shown actually have some pretty shitty classes and aspects. Give me a Seer of Time, a Knight of Space, an Heir of Hope, and a Prince of Void, and the biggest danger would be them arguing with themselves.

“In Welsh, the very word for ‘meaning’ (ystyr) comes from the Latin historia which has given the English language both ‘story’ and ‘history’ …  The old Welsh word for ‘story,’ cyfarwyddyd, means ‘guidance,’ ‘direction,’ ‘instruction,’ ‘knowledge,’ ‘skill’ … Its stem, arwydd, means ‘sign,’ ‘symbol’ … and derives from a root meaning ‘to see.’ The story teller (cyfarwydd) was originally a seer and a teacher who guided the souls of his hearers through the world of mystery.”

J. H. Delargy, “The Gaelic story-teller,” quoted by Alwyn D. Rees and Brinley Rees, from Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales (Thames and Hudson, 1961)

Beings of the Ancient World; Oracle, from the Latin verb ōrāre, meaning ‘to speak’. 

“Servant of the Delphian Apollo
Go to the Castallian Spring
Wash in its silvery eddies,
And return cleansed to the temple.
Guard your lips from offence
To those who ask for oracles.
Let the God’s answer come
Pure from all private fault”

Tea Leaf Reading ~ Tasseography.

The art of reading tea leaves is referred to as Tasseography (or Tasseomancy) and is a divination or fortune-telling method that in western tradition interprets patterns in tea leaves. The term also refers to the reading of coffee grounds, especially in the Middle Eastern tradition.

This one is for all of those who want to separate Africans from using the term/color “Black” as an identifier, empowering characteristic, dominant determinant and primary form of representation:

—“…the color black was symbolically important as the color not only of death but also of fertility, new life, and spiritual resurrection.”

-Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts, Jeremy Naydler.

BLACK DOES NOT ONLY MEAN BAD. BLACK DOES NOT ONLY HAVE ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE NEGATIVE.
PLEASE LET US UNLEARN WHAT OTHERS HAVE MADE US BELIEVE IS DOCTRINE. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL.
IT IS LIFE.

-Onyx