History FanFic / Cultstuck

7th Dec '17 3:05:59 AM Zadia
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* RealityEnsues: Tavros runs into a nasty case of this when he's trying to escape through the tunnels: even when he finds Karkat and thus has someone to guide him, the tunnels have lots of cracks and uneven surfaces, so while Karkat by himself can easily move through them, they suddenly become a lot harder to get through when he's pushing a guy in a wheelchair. It gets worse when [[spoiler: Karkat is poisoned and their path to the Dark Hive leads them down a long flight of stairs.]]
** At one point in the story, Karkat fights a threshecutioner, and this trope occurs in both a good way and a bad way: The good way is that while the threshecutioner is bigger and stronger than Karkat, Karkat's done far more training than him, so he can easily hold his own- in fact, he's better. The bad way is that while Karkat's been taught to fight, he's never been in a fight for real, so when he draws blood, he's shocked and horrified and it nearly gets him killed.
25th Sep '17 6:42:30 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/293686/chapters/469808 Cultstuck!]]'' by elanor_pam is a completed Homestuck fanfic in which the Cult of the Signless survives to the present day on Alternia, and is a major influence (and [[StopWorshippingMe irritant]]) in Karkat’s early life.

Not long after his sixth wriggling day, Karkat’s mutant status is discovered. He must flee from his hive, while his friends plot to save him and preserve themselves, and the Cult plots to move him to a planet that has never heard of the Empire.

The plot alternates between Karkat’s escape from his hive (headed towards the cult’s stronghold) and his friends’ conversations and attempts to take matters into their own hands. It is completed, but ends on a SequelHook; the author states that she will continue the fic. A fan-made [[http://elasticpoodle.tumblr.com/tagged/Audiobook audiobook]] is in progress, though it only currently covers the first two chapters.

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''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/293686/chapters/469808 Cultstuck!]]'' by elanor_pam is a completed Homestuck fanfic in which the Cult of the Signless survives to the present day on Alternia, and is a major influence (and [[StopWorshippingMe irritant]]) in Karkat’s Karkat's early life.

Not long after his sixth wriggling day, Karkat’s Karkat's mutant status is discovered. He must flee from his hive, while his friends plot to save him and preserve themselves, and the Cult plots to move him to a planet that has never heard of the Empire.

The plot alternates between Karkat’s Karkat's escape from his hive (headed towards the cult’s cult's stronghold) and his friends’ friends' conversations and attempts to take matters into their own hands. It is completed, but ends on a SequelHook; the author states that she will continue the fic. A fan-made [[http://elasticpoodle.tumblr.com/tagged/Audiobook audiobook]] is in progress, though it only currently covers the first two chapters.



* AmbiguousGender: Tavros can’t tell if the cloaked cultists are male or female. He finds this very awkward, as he worries that he could offend someone through not knowing.

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* AmbiguousGender: Tavros can’t can't tell if the cloaked cultists are male or female. He finds this very awkward, as he worries that he could offend someone through not knowing.



* ArtShift: The illustrations are in different styles for different characters and moods- blocky and simple for the Cultist Greenblood chapter, sketchlike with animations for the early part of Karkat’s escape, psychedelic for sobering-up Gamzee, and so on. The murals [[spoiler: that Aradia found in her explorations]] also reveal that the cultists' religious art has undergone a lot of change over the years, becoming more complex and abstract over time.

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* ArtShift: The illustrations are in different styles for different characters and moods- blocky and simple for the Cultist Greenblood chapter, sketchlike with animations for the early part of Karkat’s Karkat's escape, psychedelic for sobering-up Gamzee, and so on. The murals [[spoiler: that Aradia found in her explorations]] also reveal that the cultists' religious art has undergone a lot of change over the years, becoming more complex and abstract over time.



* BerserkButton: Do not threaten Karkat. Gamzee will go off sopor and kill you. Do not threaten Nepeta, or Equius will kill you.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Do not threaten Karkat. Gamzee will go off sopor and kill you. Do not threaten Nepeta, or Equius will kill you.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: The cultists have some traits of this. They’re spacey and fanatical, but they are also extremely competent, and probably have the most advanced medicine in the empire. Blade Dancer, Karkat’s combat instructor, is the best example so far- he waxes poetic about the founder of his style and can apparently be driven to tears by a bad stance, but is really good at his job.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: The cultists have some traits of this. They’re They're spacey and fanatical, but they are also extremely competent, and probably have the most advanced medicine in the empire. Blade Dancer, Karkat’s Karkat's combat instructor, is the best example so far- he waxes poetic about the founder of his style and can apparently be driven to tears by a bad stance, but is really good at his job.



* CharacterDevelopment: Eridan has gone through some since the game ([[ForWantOfANail didn't]]) begin. It’s lampshaded by the others, although they also remind him how insufferable he used to be.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Eridan has gone through some since the game ([[ForWantOfANail didn't]]) begin. It’s It's lampshaded by the others, although they also remind him how insufferable he used to be.



* {{Cult}}: The Cult of the Signless. They’re sympathetic, in that the rest of their species is a whole lot worse- but Karkat’s discomfort with them is entirely reasonable.

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* {{Cult}}: The Cult of the Signless. They’re They're sympathetic, in that the rest of their species is a whole lot worse- but Karkat’s Karkat's discomfort with them is entirely reasonable.



--> The system only favors them on a surface level. If you’re a highblood, you have to act as expected from a highblood or be steamrolled by your own peers. Lowbloods will always expect the worst from you, unless they’re quadrantmates. And you’ll have to watch as your lowblood quadrantmates are slowly and inexorably crushed by a system that for all intents and purposes values and favors you — and yet, despite all these resources you theoretically have access to, there’s very little you can actually do for them without losing this favor and becoming a target as well. You gotta be on top of things to preserve yourself and yours, and you gotta toe the line or lose your grip, and toeing the line means giving lip service to the very bullshit that threatens you and yours.
--> After an entire highblood lifespan of losing however many good, decent lowblood friends / quadrantmates / underlings to this ocean of bullshit, all while watching from the top of your safe little boat with full knowledge of how precariously held together it actually is, and surrounded by assholes trying to convince you that it should be in your nature to not give a shit, wouldn’t you be thoroughly sick and tired of upholding this bullshit?

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--> The system only favors them on a surface level. If you’re you're a highblood, you have to act as expected from a highblood or be steamrolled by your own peers. Lowbloods will always expect the worst from you, unless they’re they're quadrantmates. And you’ll you'll have to watch as your lowblood quadrantmates are slowly and inexorably crushed by a system that for all intents and purposes values and favors you — and yet, despite all these resources you theoretically have access to, there’s there's very little you can actually do for them without losing this favor and becoming a target as well. You gotta be on top of things to preserve yourself and yours, and you gotta toe the line or lose your grip, and toeing the line means giving lip service to the very bullshit that threatens you and yours.
--> After an entire highblood lifespan of losing however many good, decent lowblood friends / quadrantmates / underlings friends/quadrantmates/underlings to this ocean of bullshit, all while watching from the top of your safe little boat with full knowledge of how precariously held together it actually is, and surrounded by assholes trying to convince you that it should be in your nature to not give a shit, wouldn’t wouldn't you be thoroughly sick and tired of upholding this bullshit?



* EverybodyKnewAlready: It turns out that many lowbloods have some knowledge of the "the gray cultists", at least enough to know that they worship "the forbidden iron messiah". Although most of Karkat’s friends didn't know about them, Sollux and Aradia have both had dealings with them, Nepeta knows ''something'', and Aradia has explored several of their former bases.

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* EverybodyKnewAlready: It turns out that many lowbloods have some knowledge of the "the gray cultists", at least enough to know that they worship "the forbidden iron messiah". Although most of Karkat’s Karkat's friends didn't know about them, Sollux and Aradia have both had dealings with them, Nepeta knows ''something'', and Aradia has explored several of their former bases.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Karkat specifically has to avoid the sea, and a cultist begins to address him as "Higher than the highest, lower than the lowest..." [[spoiler: In this AU, Karkat’s mutation also gives him gills. He’s a seadweller, and his blood color is directly between the highest and lowest on the hemospectrum.]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: The "Ask Blade Dancer" tumblr account, which takes questions when it’s active.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Karkat specifically has to avoid the sea, and a cultist begins to address him as "Higher than the highest, lower than the lowest..." [[spoiler: In this AU, Karkat’s Karkat's mutation also gives him gills. He’s He's a seadweller, and his blood color is directly between the highest and lowest on the hemospectrum.]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: The "Ask Blade Dancer" tumblr account, which takes questions when it’s it's active.



* IKissYourFoot: One of the cultists does this to Tavros. Tavros is confused and a bit scared, since he can’t feel what they’re doing to his foot and suspects they might be trying to eat it.

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* IKissYourFoot: One of the cultists does this to Tavros. Tavros is confused and a bit scared, since he can’t can't feel what they’re they're doing to his foot and suspects they might be trying to eat it.



* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Some of the children raised by the cult were picked because the adult cultists thought they were cute and couldn’t bear to let them into the harsh world. The majority are orphans [[note]]Some of which had their lusus killed by Eridan, according to the author[[/note]] or were too weak/sickly/injured to survive as little grubs, though.

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* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Some of the children raised by the cult were picked because the adult cultists thought they were cute and couldn’t couldn't bear to let them into the harsh world. The majority are orphans [[note]]Some of which had their lusus killed by Eridan, according to the author[[/note]] or were too weak/sickly/injured to survive as little grubs, though.



--> ...and it suddenly, finally hits you that Karkat is a Mutant and that you should care but still don’t.

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--> ...and it suddenly, finally hits you that Karkat is a Mutant and that you should care but still don’t.don't.



--> Your body creaks as you push to your feet, heavy and sluggish. Carrying her tied-up body all the way up seems like such a chore! Regardless, she’s proven too dangerous to allow any freedom, and too important to leave behind.
--> You hear the tapping of feet above your head, and can’t believe your eyes as your fellow tealblood makes it to the bottom of the stairs.
--> “Hey!” your voice sounds nearly two sweeps younger as you approach him. “Most of the team is lost, but the target is secure, just help me get her to the buggy and we’ll be able to interrogate—”

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--> Your body creaks as you push to your feet, heavy and sluggish. Carrying her tied-up body all the way up seems like such a chore! Regardless, she’s she's proven too dangerous to allow any freedom, and too important to leave behind.
--> You hear the tapping of feet above your head, and can’t can't believe your eyes as your fellow tealblood makes it to the bottom of the stairs.
--> “Hey!” "Hey!" your voice sounds nearly two sweeps younger as you approach him. “Most "Most of the team is lost, but the target is secure, just help me get her to the buggy and we’ll we'll be able to interrogate—”interrogate—"



--> Your lungs lock up. You turn around, slowly, but not enough to miss the way the girl discards the rope on her arms. Your eyes track the ends. There’s no fray. The other ropes are similarly unwrapped, as if kept only for show.
--> You walk out of the door, heart on your throat. You don’t know where you’re going, you just want to leave the ghastly corpses, the ghastly girl, you just want to be away from your failure, just for one second, just to catch your breath. You blink at the path, and it ends just in front and something in you does not like that, or what lies beyond. And beyond there’s white, and snapping jaws, clicking pincers, baleful eyes. Several of them. They’re all staring at you, and you know it.

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--> Your lungs lock up. You turn around, slowly, but not enough to miss the way the girl discards the rope on her arms. Your eyes track the ends. There’s There's no fray. The other ropes are similarly unwrapped, as if kept only for show.
--> You walk out of the door, heart on your throat. You don’t don't know where you’re you're going, you just want to leave the ghastly corpses, the ghastly girl, you just want to be away from your failure, just for one second, just to catch your breath. You blink at the path, and it ends just in front and something in you does not like that, or what lies beyond. And beyond there’s there's white, and snapping jaws, clicking pincers, baleful eyes. Several of them. They’re They're all staring at you, and you know it.



--> “So,” you go on, hesitantly, “I'm not really as scared of her as I used to be, and, I'm not that angry anymore either... mostly I'm annoyed that, every time she sends me a message, she's apologizing for the wrong thing, in the wrong way, and then gets angry when I don't answer her back... and then she tries to mind-control me into messaging her back, which is just sad, because it just means she's holding a conversation with herself, which she must have eventually figured out, because she stopped trying after a while now that I think about it. And I actually... I miss her, kind of, and the fun we used to have, and I think she also misses me, from the volume of messages she keeps sending, but when all of this went down I made the decision, which I intend to stand by, that I wouldn't be her friend again until she knew what she really did wrong, and what she really should apologize for, because if not then she'll really never learn why we were sad, you know? And... I really hope she'll learn soon, because [[TrueCompanions we're all supposed to stand together...]] we have a lot of stuff to do..."

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--> “So,” "So," you go on, hesitantly, “I'm "I'm not really as scared of her as I used to be, and, I'm not that angry anymore either... mostly I'm annoyed that, every time she sends me a message, she's apologizing for the wrong thing, in the wrong way, and then gets angry when I don't answer her back... and then she tries to mind-control me into messaging her back, which is just sad, because it just means she's holding a conversation with herself, which she must have eventually figured out, because she stopped trying after a while now that I think about it. And I actually... I miss her, kind of, and the fun we used to have, and I think she also misses me, from the volume of messages she keeps sending, but when all of this went down I made the decision, which I intend to stand by, that I wouldn't be her friend again until she knew what she really did wrong, and what she really should apologize for, because if not then she'll really never learn why we were sad, you know? And... I really hope she'll learn soon, because [[TrueCompanions we're all supposed to stand together...]] we have a lot of stuff to do..."



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Eridan’s trolling of the Threshcutioner who was impersonating Karkat. Apparently, he proposed red once, black twice, referred to himself as Lord High Snappertail, and implied Tavros was his kismesis and Vriska his moirail.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Eridan’s Eridan's trolling of the Threshcutioner who was impersonating Karkat. Apparently, he proposed red once, black twice, referred to himself as Lord High Snappertail, and implied Tavros was his kismesis and Vriska his moirail.



* PoisonedWeapons: Karkat and Tavros both quickly come to the conclusion that [[spoiler: the incompetent Threshcutioner’s]] weapons are poisoned.

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* PoisonedWeapons: Karkat and Tavros both quickly come to the conclusion that [[spoiler: the incompetent Threshcutioner’s]] Threshcutioner's]] weapons are poisoned.



--> Above your head, the Sufferer’s Scion innocently insists on your escape together, offers you a position as one of the Hallowed Guardians of the Scripture, and tears escape your eyes unbidden as you shake your head to yourself.
--> '''Karkat's narration:''' "That's a ''bullshit'' plan!" you spit out, jumping to your feet in a surge of angry energy, your previous terror forgotten. "What the hell are those bastards ''thinking!?'' Isn't it enough that all my neighbors are in the culling row, you have to add your own color to the shitty murder picture? All to make the highbloods think we’re stronger than we actually are!? ''This is the most bulge-kickingly awful plan I've ever had the dubious privilege of having my auricular sponge clots assaulted by."''

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--> Above your head, the Sufferer’s Sufferer's Scion innocently insists on your escape together, offers you a position as one of the Hallowed Guardians of the Scripture, and tears escape your eyes unbidden as you shake your head to yourself.
--> '''Karkat's narration:''' "That's a ''bullshit'' plan!" you spit out, jumping to your feet in a surge of angry energy, your previous terror forgotten. "What the hell are those bastards ''thinking!?'' Isn't it enough that all my neighbors are in the culling row, you have to add your own color to the shitty murder picture? All to make the highbloods think we’re we're stronger than we actually are!? ''This is the most bulge-kickingly awful plan I've ever had the dubious privilege of having my auricular sponge clots assaulted by."''



* RetiredBadass: Elder Charter, by WordOfGod, used to be "a pretty damn badass action guy, and the possibility is high that he’s ''still'' a pretty damn badass action guy."

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* RetiredBadass: Elder Charter, by WordOfGod, used to be "a pretty damn badass action guy, and the possibility is high that he’s he's ''still'' a pretty damn badass action guy."



--> "Somebody dig ‘im out!"

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--> "Somebody dig ‘im 'im out!"



--> "Somebody remind ‘im we don't do that, and then ''dig ‘im out!''"

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--> "Somebody remind ‘im 'im we don't do that, and then ''dig ‘im 'im out!''"



* SociopathicHero: Gamzee, very much so. He’s a terrifying homicidal maniac, insanely protective of the one or two people he cares about. Howver, given that the trolls trying to kill Gamzee are trained to be cold-blooded killers (and he's showing this side in defense of Karkat) it's hard not to see him as sympathetic.
* 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 who’s used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (It’s never specified which side is their dominant, but it works out to this trope for either them or every single other character.)

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* SociopathicHero: Gamzee, very much so. He’s He's a terrifying homicidal maniac, insanely protective of the one or two people he cares about. Howver, given that the trolls trying to kill Gamzee are trained to be cold-blooded killers (and he's showing this side in defense of Karkat) it's hard not to see him as sympathetic.
* 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 who’s who's used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (It’s (It's never specified which side is their dominant, but it works out to this trope for either them or every single other character.)



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

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



* WhatTheHellHero: Aradia, Sollux, Terezi, Kanaya, Eridan, and Feferi to Equius. Twice. First, for his reluctance to help Karkat after finding out he’s a mutant. Second, for [[spoiler: not taking Tavros’s peril seriously and giving him a suggestion for obscuring his location that ended up informing the impostor of his location]] (although the latter was unintentional, and they get him to apologize for it).

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* WhatTheHellHero: Aradia, Sollux, Terezi, Kanaya, Eridan, and Feferi to Equius. Twice. First, for his reluctance to help Karkat after finding out he’s he's a mutant. Second, for [[spoiler: not taking Tavros’s Tavros's peril seriously and giving him a suggestion for obscuring his location that ended up informing the impostor of his location]] (although the latter was unintentional, and they get him to apologize for it).
30th Jul '17 8:43:07 PM chickpea
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**Off screen no longer! See Chapter 5 of Earthbent.
30th Aug '16 7:08:05 PM Sheliak
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* FascistButInefficient: The Alternian bureaucracy. Most of those tasked with investigating the heresy are either spectacularly incompetent or far more interested in their personal drama than in actually doing their jobs. Standouts include the high-ranking official whose main agenda is getting a romantic rival killed and the random go-between who posts pictures of a crime scene [[spoiler: including the Lance of the Summoner and coded cult messages cut into the walls of Karkat's hive]] to the Alternian equivalent of the Internet.
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.]]"''
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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 who’s used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (It’s 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. She’s 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 who’s used to opponents who are dominant in the other side. (It’s 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. She’s 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}}



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