History FanFic / Cultstuck

17th Oct '15 9:18:24 AM Zadia
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* ElaborateUndergroundBase/TunnelNetwork: Where the Followers of the cult live, though some other cultists live on the surface. Tavros is surprised at how beautiful it is- most surface trolls don't consider beauty in their architecture.

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* ElaborateUndergroundBase/TunnelNetwork: ElaborateUndergroundBase/ TunnelNetwork: Where the Followers of the cult live, though some other cultists live on the surface. Tavros is surprised at how beautiful it is- most surface trolls don't consider beauty in their architecture.



--> ...which they were, except not in whatever fanciful ways they came up with in their impressionable minds -- but how do you even express that? "I'm not angry because you're doing things wrong, I'm angry because you're such ''dumbasses' about things!" [[SarcasmMode That sure would go over well,]] if they even parsed your words in a way that wasn't completely opaque.

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--> ...which they were, except not in whatever fanciful ways they came up with in their impressionable minds -- but how do you even express that? "I'm not angry because you're doing things wrong, I'm angry because you're such ''dumbasses' ''dumbasses'' about things!" [[SarcasmMode That sure would go over well,]] if they even parsed your words in a way that wasn't completely opaque.



** Chapter four focuses on some trolls we haven't met before, namely the ones investigating Karkat.




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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: One of the trolls in chapter four writes a ridiculous report where she puts in as many long words as possible (misspelling half of them) in order to make it sound better.

21st May '15 6:39:52 PM nombretomado
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** In [[HomeStuck canon]], Karkat is actually right handed, which is like being left-handed on Earth.

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** In [[HomeStuck [[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} canon]], Karkat is actually right handed, which is like being left-handed on Earth.
15th Mar '15 5:19:17 PM nombretomado
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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tavros saying that Equius "isn't too bad either, for a weird [[FurryFandom hoofbeast]] pervert."

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tavros saying that Equius "isn't too bad either, for a weird [[FurryFandom [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom hoofbeast]] pervert."
12th Jan '15 7:32:51 PM Racheakt
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* ShoutOut
** A hilarious one so subtle most readers require several read-throughs to catch it: ''"The sclera in his eyes what little you can see of them under saggy, bushy eyebrows is white, and the pupils are a weird, bright olive. [[Literature/GreenEggsAndHam It's like looking at a pair of fried eggs.]]"''
16th Jul '14 9:01:58 AM RosesSpindle
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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Karkat does not believe he is the MessianicArchetype, and [[RefusedTheCall does not want to be.]] Unfortunately, ''everyone else'' disagrees. Most importantly, the Empire disagrees, and sends out threshcutioners to [[{{Unperson}} kill him and everyone who knows him.]]



* CensorBox: Used to hide uncovered eyes and symbols in the Ask Blade Dancer tumblr (the cultists take hemoanonymity ''very seriously'').
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
--> GT: anyway, dad talked to me all the way home about attitudes and responsibility and blah blah blah i won't bore you with it.
--> GT: he made me bake like five cakes, though. five! he said it was to commemorate my manly decisive attitude which finally brought justice to the schoolyard, but i think it was also some sort of subtle punishment, because, well, i do admit i was incredibly lucky and things could have gone hells of wrong.
--> GT: and if they were really meant as a prize i really don't think he'd make me stay up until 2am learning how to pipe roses.

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* CensorBox: Used to hide uncovered eyes and symbols in the Ask Blade Dancer tumblr (the cultists take hemoanonymity ''very seriously'').
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
--> GT: anyway, dad talked to me all the way home about attitudes and responsibility and blah blah blah i won't bore you with it.
seriously'').
--> GT: * TheChewToy: Tavros, as he made me bake like five cakes, though. five! he said himself acknowledges: "I guess sometimes it's so sad it was goes back to commemorate my manly decisive attitude which finally brought justice to the schoolyard, but i think it was also some sort of subtle punishment, because, well, i do admit i was incredibly lucky and things could have gone hells of wrong.
--> GT: and if they were really meant as a prize i really don't think he'd make me stay up until 2am learning how to pipe roses.
being funny..."



** The blog (and ''Cultstuck'''s last chapter) mentions that many [[SpoiledSweet highbloods]] have converted to the Cult, [[TheMole and secretly support it.]]

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** * DefectorFromDecadence: The blog (and ''Cultstuck'''s last chapter) mentions that many [[SpoiledSweet highbloods]] have converted to the Cult, [[TheMole and secretly support it.]]



* TheExtremistWasRight: The cultists are utterly blind to reality. But they are spot on about Karkat's [[spoiler:(and Tavros')]] past incarnation, and Karkat ''does'' have a very interesting mutation (see WhamLine below).



* GoingNative: [[spoiler: Aradia]] theorizes that any spies who tried infiltrating the cult ended up joining for real, based on the fact that it has obviously survived.



* GoingNative: [[spoiler: Aradia]] theorizes that any spies who tried infiltrating the cult ended up joining for real, based on the fact that it has obviously survived.



--> AG: [[ClusterFBomb F8CK Y8U!!!!!!!!]]

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--> AG: [[ClusterFBomb F8CK Y8U!!!!!!!!]] Y8U!!!!!!!!]]
* LegendaryWeapon: Invoked; the threshcutioner cultist [[spoiler:kills himself with]] a replica of the Summoner's famous lance, so that TheEmpire will be scared and think that the cult is more powerful than it actually is.



* LegendaryWeapon: Invoked; the threshcutioner cultist [[spoiler:kills himself with]] a replica of the Summoner's famous lance, so that TheEmpire will be scared and think that the cult is more powerful than it actually is.



* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The cult's Elders. Fortunately, Grand and Plucker are there to sort them out.



* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The cult's Elders. Fortunately, Grand and Plucker are there to sort them out.



* OpenSecret: The cult is this among lowbloods. Everyone knows about it, if only through rumors, and some trade with it- but nobody talks about it. (The highbloods know considerably less, because, you know, ''insurgents''.)



* OpenSecret: The cult is this among lowbloods. Everyone knows about it, if only through rumors, and some trade with it- but nobody talks about it. (The highbloods know considerably less, because, you know, ''insurgents''.)



* ReincarnationRomance: A moirail variant. As in canon, Equius/Darkleer is [[SadisticChoice forced to choose]] between his beliefs and the life of Nepeta/The Disciple. And just like in canon, he chooses Nepeta.
** Subverted in the case of [[spoiler:Tavros and Vriska. They were apparently matespirits in a past life- when Tavros was The Summoner and Vriska was Spinneret Mindfang- but in the present day, Vriska is simply his obsessive StalkerWithACrush, and Tavros feels indifferent about her.]]
* ReluctantPsycho / TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Gamzee while going through withdrawal]] in Chapter 6. [[spoiler:He gets urges to kill Karkat, and takes sadistic glee in murdering a gang of threshcutioners. But he knows what he has become.]]



* ReluctantPsycho / TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Gamzee while going through withdrawal]] in Chapter 6. [[spoiler:He gets urges to kill Karkat, and takes sadistic glee in murdering a gang of threshcutioners. But he knows what he has become.]]
* TearsOfJoy: Karkat and Inditer's reaction to the events of Chapter 20. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (And probably the fanbase's.)]]
* TooMuchInformation: In Chapter 12, Feferi and Eridan end up having a fight over Trollian and Kanaya asks them to move it to a private chatlog.
-->AA: if anybody else feels the need to discuss their quadrant issues in this space
-->AA: please dont
-->TA: [[SarcasmMode aw 2hiit, ii had thi2 huge fuckiing paragraph wiith all my ii22ue2 paiin2takiingly de2criibed for general 2crutiiniity and you forced me two delete iit, AA.]]
-->TA: [[SarcasmMode how can you liive wiith your2elf.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Equius becomes a lot more sympathetic to the reader after his HeelFaceTurn.
* TheChewToy: Tavros, as he himself acknowledges: "I guess sometimes it's so sad it goes back to being funny..."



* ReincarnationRomance: A moirail variant. As in canon, Equius/Darkleer is [[SadisticChoice forced to choose]] between his beliefs and the life of Nepeta/The Disciple. And just like in canon, he chooses Nepeta.
** Subverted in the case of [[spoiler:Tavros and Vriska. They were apparently matespirits in a past life- when Tavros was The Summoner and Vriska was Spinneret Mindfang- but in the present day, Vriska is simply his obsessive StalkerWithACrush, and Tavros feels indifferent about her.]]



* ThrowItIn: This is basically where the frog ceremony in one side story comes from. The author commissioned an artist to draw Cultstuck!Karkat; picture had Karkat with a frog in a bowl; this went into the sidestory.
* TranquilFury: Equius goes into this once he realizes that the Empire are trying to cull Nepeta.
* TrueCompanions: Team Adorabloodthirsty upgrade to this, rapidly becoming a loyal, cohesive team once it becomes clear just how much danger all of them are in. Much of the early chatlogs are just everyone asking if everyone else is okay, and praising each other for their efforts in fending off the threshcutioners.



* TheSouthpaw: Karkat (and the Sufferer) have the opposite dominant side than do the rest of their species. This gives Karkat an advantage in combat with anyone whos used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (Its never specified which side is their dominant, but it works out to this trope for either them or every single other character.)
** In [[HomeStuck canon]], Karkat is actually right handed, which is like being left-handed on Earth.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Aradia is alive in this universe. Shes also the leader, or at least organizer, of her friends when Karkat goes missing.



* TheSouthpaw: Karkat (and the Sufferer) have the opposite dominant side than do the rest of their species. This gives Karkat an advantage in combat with anyone whos used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (Its never specified which side is their dominant, but it works out to this trope for either them or every single other character.)
** In [[HomeStuck canon]], Karkat is actually right handed, which is like being left-handed on Earth.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Aradia is alive in this universe. Shes also the leader, or at least organizer, of her friends when Karkat goes missing.



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Karkat does not believe he is the MessianicArchetype, and [[RefusedTheCall does not want to be.]] Unfortunately, ''everyone else'' disagrees. Most importantly, the Empire disagrees, and sends out threshcutioners to [[{{Unperson}} kill him and everyone who knows him.]]

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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: TearsOfJoy: Karkat does not believe he is and Inditer's reaction to the MessianicArchetype, and [[RefusedTheCall does not want to be.]] Unfortunately, ''everyone else'' disagrees. Most importantly, events of Chapter 20. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (And probably the Empire disagrees, and sends out threshcutioners to [[{{Unperson}} kill him and everyone who knows him.]] fanbase's.)]]



* TheExtremistWasRight: The cultists are utterly blind to reality. But they are spot on about Karkat's [[spoiler:(and Tavros')]] past incarnation, and Karkat ''does'' have a very interesting mutation (see WhamLine below).


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* ThrowItIn: This is basically where the frog ceremony in one side story comes from. The author commissioned an artist to draw Cultstuck!Karkat; picture had Karkat with a frog in a bowl; this went into the sidestory.
* TooMuchInformation: In Chapter 12, Feferi and Eridan end up having a fight over Trollian and Kanaya asks them to move it to a private chatlog.
-->AA: if anybody else feels the need to discuss their quadrant issues in this space
-->AA: please dont
-->TA: [[SarcasmMode aw 2hiit, ii had thi2 huge fuckiing paragraph wiith all my ii22ue2 paiin2takiingly de2criibed for general 2crutiiniity and you forced me two delete iit, AA.]]
-->TA: [[SarcasmMode how can you liive wiith your2elf.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Equius becomes a lot more sympathetic to the reader after his HeelFaceTurn.
* TranquilFury: Equius goes into this once he realizes that the Empire are trying to cull Nepeta.
* TrueCompanions: Team Adorabloodthirsty upgrade to this, rapidly becoming a loyal, cohesive team once it becomes clear just how much danger all of them are in. Much of the early chatlogs are just everyone asking if everyone else is okay, and praising each other for their efforts in fending off the threshcutioners.


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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
--> GT: anyway, dad talked to me all the way home about attitudes and responsibility and blah blah blah i won't bore you with it.
--> GT: he made me bake like five cakes, though. five! he said it was to commemorate my manly decisive attitude which finally brought justice to the schoolyard, but i think it was also some sort of subtle punishment, because, well, i do admit i was incredibly lucky and things could have gone hells of wrong.
--> GT: and if they were really meant as a prize i really don't think he'd make me stay up until 2am learning how to pipe roses.
15th Jul '14 9:34:12 PM Argon2
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There's also a (sadly inactive) FourthWallMailSlot [[http://ask-blade-dancer.tumblr.com/ here]], where Karkat's combat teacher Blade Dancer answers questions about the day to day life of the cult, but not the plot of the story. Like the story itself, it is illustrated. Characters/{{Cultstuck}}

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There's also a (sadly inactive) FourthWallMailSlot [[http://ask-blade-dancer.tumblr.com/ here]], where Karkat's combat teacher Blade Dancer answers questions about the day to day life of the cult, but not the plot of the story. Like the story itself, it is illustrated. Characters/{{Cultstuck}}



[[folder: Tropes in ''Earthbent!'' (Arc 2)]]

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[[folder: Tropes in ''Earthbent!'' (Arc (Act 2)]]
15th Jul '14 9:29:38 PM Argon2
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* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler: The Grand Elder/Horuss goes from a minor character in canon to a major one in this fanfic.]]
* {{Asexuality}}: Blade Dancer. Implied in his tumblr, when he says that he was "never that comfortable with concupiscent relationships" and mentions that the cult, unlike the Empire, allows its members to combine quadrants or leave them unfilled. Confirmed [[http://elanorpam.tumblr.com/post/90965616901/i-was-just-going-though-the-blade-dancer-ask-blog-again#notes here]].



* BenevolentBoss: The Grand Elder, who understands that Karkat ([[spoiler:and Tavros]]) is just a kid with [[WartsAndAll flaws]] who [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne doesn't want to act like the Cult's messiah.]] He's one of the few among them who treats Karkat like a person, and it's his influence that allowed Karkat to grow up outside the Cult.
--> The Grand Elder eventually reached the conclusion, or at least claimed to reach the conclusion, that they had been demanding Your Official Blessing for too many a Frivolous Occasion and they needed to clearly delineate When and Why you were to attend so as to not make Unreasonable Demands of Your Time. It didn't exactly solve your problems, but it gave you room to cope and a semblance of routine, which is about all you could ask for -- as you still don't know how to describe your issues with the whole thing.



* CoolOldGuy: The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Grand Elder.]] If Karkats opinion is anything to go by, hes the most reasonable adult on Alternia (not that this is saying much, since adults are banned from the planet and the ones there illegally... well). Hes certainly a lot more together than the rest of the cult. As Karkat's narration puts it;
--> You like the Grand Elder. He strikes you as someone who doesn't so much believe in the Sufferer as he happens to think the Sufferer was a Guy who said Sensible Things. He's also a huge, looming hulk of a giant, so people tend to shut up and behave when he's around, even though he's never raised a finger or attempted to assert his authority in any way.



* DefectorFromDecadence: It's implied that Nijinsky became this after disappearing from imperial society. Specifically, that he joined the Cult and became the troll we now know as Blade Dancer.



* TheFaceless: The illustrations of the Grand Elder avoid showing his face or the tips of his horns, although theres a brief description of his face in chapter 13. [[spoiler: This is to avoid giving away his identity too early- he is a minor canon character with a very distinctive appearance. The description was a strong hint, but an illustration showing his face would have revealed him as Darkleer several chapters early.]]



** Blade Dancer is this to Nijinsky...assuming he's not Nijinsky in disguise.



* LargeAndInCharge: The Grand Elder is ''enormous'', and the other members of the cult tend to defer to him. He does not particularly want them to defer to him, but since hes about the most level-headed cultist and is implied to have been around more or less since it started, hes ended up with a lot of effective power.



* LoveHurts: Eridan flips pale-red for Feferi, and is torn between wanting the moiraillegiance he's in with her already and matespritship.



* MeaningfulRename: The cultists choose new names that reflect their interests or jobs within the cult; it is entirely possible for them to change their name several times, or indeed as often as they like. The Grand Elder chose his name to reflect his size; on learning that people interpreted it as "the elder who is in charge", [[MyNameIsNotDurwood he attempted to rename himself Big Elder,]] but seems to be the only person who actually uses the latter form of his name. Even Karkat calls him Grand Elder.

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* MeaningfulRename: The cultists choose new names that reflect their interests or jobs within the cult; it is entirely possible for them to change their name several times, or indeed as often as they like. The Grand Elder chose his name to reflect his size; on learning that people interpreted it as "the elder who is in charge", [[MyNameIsNotDurwood he attempted to rename himself Big Elder,]] but seems to be the only person who actually uses the latter form of his name. Even Karkat calls him Grand Elder.



* OnlySaneMan: Karkat probably feels like this, having to deal with the cultists. Among the cult, the Grand Elder is by far the most levelheaded person weve met.

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* OnlySaneMan: Karkat probably feels like this, having to deal with the cultists. Among the cult, the Grand Elder is by far the most levelheaded person weve met.



* RapunzelHair: The Grand Elder. It comes down just about to his feet, and hes really, really tall.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Grand Elder.
** Which makes sense [[spoiler:since he's Darkleer and thus was alive during the Sufferer's time]].



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: John does a prankster's version of this to his bullies.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Grand Elder knew the Summoner personally, making him older than the law kicking the adults off the planet. [[spoiler: And as Darkleer, he's older than the cult itself.]]



* LoveHurts: Eridan flips pale-red for Feferi, and is torn between wanting the moiraillegiance he's in with her already and matespritship.




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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: John does a prankster's version of this to his bullies.
15th Jul '14 9:05:25 PM Argon2
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There's also a (sadly inactive) FourthWallMailSlot [[http://ask-blade-dancer.tumblr.com/ here]], where Karkat's combat teacher Blade Dancer answers questions about the day to day life of the cult, but not the plot of the story. Like the story itself, it is illustrated.

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There's also a (sadly inactive) FourthWallMailSlot [[http://ask-blade-dancer.tumblr.com/ here]], where Karkat's combat teacher Blade Dancer answers questions about the day to day life of the cult, but not the plot of the story. Like the story itself, it is illustrated. Characters/{{Cultstuck}}



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!! [[folder: Tropes in ''Cultstuck!''
''Cultstuck!'' (Act 1)]]



** ''Earthbent'' makes the Guardians into more ReasonableAuthorityFigure[=s=] than they were in canon.



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Cultstuck'' focuses entirely on the trolls; ''Earthbent'' opens with a chatlog between John and Dave.



* ArcNumber: [[http://elanorpam.tumblr.com/post/90087786651/so-your-update-had-me-rereading-cultstuck-and-i Scrapped]], according to WordOfGod.



* LongTitle: Karkat has one thought up by the Cult. We haven't heard it in full, but ''Earthbent'''s blurb gives us some idea of it.
--> [[ForeShadowing Lower than the lowest, higher than the highest.]] Scream of the Sufferer echoing through time, his Blood now Returned to redeem our crime. Signless Reborn, the Carrier of Blood. Grubloaf of Life, fill our starving souls. (...) Oh He Whose Blood Runs Purest, Descendant of Suffering! Rekindle the Righteous Rage, burn our shameful world. Oh Shadow's Serene, Pink Moon's Moirail, [[TheSacredDarkness Night of the world!]] (...) Oh, Grace of Blood, Comforter of the Weeping!



* MindScrew: Chapter 2 of ''Earthbent'' is narrated by a half-asleep Eridan, who acknowledges he is going insane. [[spoiler:It's implied that he subconsciously remembers what he did in the canon timeline]].



--> '''Equius:''' It is a pity that the culling drones will not make exceptions, but steps must be taken for the preservation of our race as a whole.

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--> '''Equius:''' It is a pity that the culling drones will not make exceptions, but steps must be taken for the preservation of our race as a whole.whole.

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Cultstuck'' focuses entirely on the trolls; ''Earthbent'' opens with a chatlog between John and Dave.
* LongTitle: Karkat has one thought up by the Cult. We haven't heard it in full, but ''Earthbent'''s blurb gives us some idea of it.
--> [[ForeShadowing Lower than the lowest, higher than the highest.]] Scream of the Sufferer echoing through time, his Blood now Returned to redeem our crime. Signless Reborn, the Carrier of Blood. Grubloaf of Life, fill our starving souls. (...) Oh He Whose Blood Runs Purest, Descendant of Suffering! Rekindle the Righteous Rage, burn our shameful world. Oh Shadow's Serene, Pink Moon's Moirail, [[TheSacredDarkness Night of the world!]] (...) Oh, Grace of Blood, Comforter of the Weeping!
* MindScrew: Chapter 2 of ''Earthbent'' is narrated by a half-asleep Eridan, who acknowledges he is going insane. [[spoiler:It's implied that he subconsciously remembers what he did in the canon timeline]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Bro starts to become one.

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12th Jul '14 8:10:31 PM Sheliak
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* {{Asexuality}}: Blade Dancer. Implied in his tumblr, when he says that he was "never that comfortable with concupiscent relationships" and mentions that the cult, unlike the Empire, allows its members to combine quadrants or leave them unfilled. Confirmed [[http://elanorpam.tumblr.com/post/90965616901/i-was-just-going-though-the-blade-dancer-ask-blog-again#notes here]].
9th Jul '14 4:53:24 AM Argon2
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* LoveHurts: Eridan flips pale-red for Feferi, and is torn between wanting the moiraillegiance he's in with her already and matespritship.


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* MindScrew: Chapter 2 of ''Earthbent'' is narrated by a half-asleep Eridan, who acknowledges he is going insane. [[spoiler:It's implied that he subconsciously remembers what he did in the canon timeline]].
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