A Homestuck fanfic by adamantApoplectic, found here and mirrored on nepeta.mozai.com here. The stories are listed chronologically, but are actually written out of order.Red Dead Virgo (RDV) is at its core an Alternate Universe What If? fic, asking "What If? the trolls all had a different blood color than they do in canon?" The focus is on a Red Kanaya, who decided she simply couldn't hide her "mutant" blood color from her friends. This turns out to be a bad thing. However, the story jumps around a lot to several other trolls, all with different blood colors (shifted down five places from canon*), and more importantly different upbringings. The characters are somehow similar to the way they were in canon...and yet at the same time they aren't. A part of what makes the story work is the contrast between these Alternate Universe characters and their canon counterparts, and how much about them was nature and how much was nurture. This extends to most (pretty much all) of the relationships as well. Even SGRUB is a bit different, while remaining the same.This story has a gained a large amount of popularity, which has spawned fanart, other fanfics set in a similarly altered universe for the human characters, and even roleplayers. As such, it's worth reading.
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