Your name is Eridan Ampora, and there are times when you really hate being a SEA DWELLER.
A HomestuckMS PaintFanAdventure created by ckret2.In which a sea dwelling lowblood troll who would be considered a highblood in an Alternate Universe where the Sufferer's revolution had not succeeded but instead reversed the Hemospectrum engages in shenanigans in order to fill his non-pale quadrants; has various redrom tension with a ship-happy highblood Archeradicator who shares his love of Troll Disney sing-a-longs but may want to replace the sea-dweller's witch of a moirail; and engages in lopsided blackrom tension with the Imperious Grand Advisier, who may or may not develop black feelings to match the main character's.Also features: a gold blood hacker who attempts suicide and haunts the royal hive of Her Imperious Condecension, bringing back into the open red feelings between the two of them; a lowblood junkyard worker with sweat issues explores but mostly denies his caliginous feelings for a sopor-addicted subjugglator who is the friend of a First Guardian and a robo-legged gold blood; a turgid backstory is hinted at which involves several previously mentioned characters in addition to another lowblood with sinister motives; the aforementioned nefarious lowblood is revealed to be in cahoots with a coalition of sea dwellers hoping to create a class uprising; the love between lusii is explored and interspersed for comedic effect; and the periodic love affairs of a jade-blooded Luxplorer are thrown in for romantic intrigue.
Dream Weaver: Suweet Broski. He uses this power to easily collect information from his fellow royalbloods, and even some lowbloods as long as they aren't protected by sopor, which he uses to fuel his schemes.
Expy: Puppetman for Bro Strider, Rhosyn Lalond for Rose, Jadzia Harley for Jade, Jhonen Egbert for John, Daivat Stride for Dave, Hellza Jeffan for Hella Jeff, and Suweet Broski for Sweet Bro.
Fan Nickname: The insane gold blood outside SUBjugglatorWAY was nicknamed Travos by a commenter poking fun at a command ordering (the misspelled) Tavros to "cull this birdbrain this instant." It stuck, and is now the character's only recognizable name.
Similarly, Cuvier and Eridan on their drunken shenanigans received the nickname Team Saltwater Grape Taffy, or TSWaGT.
For Want of a Nail: Since the Sufferer's revolution succeeded, the hemospectrum is flipped on its head. The royals in canon are now at the bottom rung, whist the former lowbloods have stepped in as the new royalty.
And then Equius has one himself when Gamzee hate-snogs him.
Heel Realization: Nepeta combines this with My God, What Have I Done? upon realizing that despite her belief they were better as Moirails, she wasn't actually aware of how to support Eridan — and he already had a Moirail in Feferi. Something she hadn't fully registered despite talking to Feferi, as she was too focused on getting them together.
Keep in mind that, if she got with Eridan before successfully getting Eridan and Feferi together as matesprits—which is where she was heading—she would have been a moirail homewrecker.
Lethal Joke Character: In their first appearance, Suweet Broski and Hellza Jeffan were considered, well, idiots without any significance to them at all other than being Daivat's friends. Until we learn that Suweet is an evil mastermind and Hellza Jeffan is The Berserker. And the tropes are played completely straight.
Manly Tears: Gender-flipped. Aradia is the one crying a single manly tear while Sollux is sobbing inconsolably.
The Matchmaker: Nepeta wants to get Eridan and Feferi to go flushed for each other, mainly because she herself is pale for him, but now that he's confessed his feelings for her this may be veering into a Matchmaker Crush.
No Medication for Me: Since society believes sopor pills are necessary for lowbloods to be mentally stable, those who go without fall into this category. The most prominent examples are Eridan, Vriska, and Cuvier.
Noodle Incident: Although the readers have been given hints about what went down, we still don't know what exactly happened during this world's version of "Make her pay."
Word Of God says it may be part of a hypothetical upcoming [S] page.
Not A Date: Eridan and Nepeta go on one, with him thinking it's a date and her not realizing it.
Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: The author's stance is that all trolls have this and most injuries and deaths leave a horrid mess, but the cake has to go to Gamzee, who basically paints the whole room purple before passing out.
Narrator: There is blood on the floor. Blood on the walls. Blood on HIM, oh, God, there is more blood outside Karkat than you [Sollux] knew he had inside him.
Pailing For Services: Cuvier pails with Eridan in exchange for Ahab's Crosshairs. Neither remembers the encounter after, leading to a pleasant shock for Cuvier and an unpleasant one for Eridan when they wake up.
Parody Sue: Hakuba Dahaag. Unlike most Sue parodies, though, some of her actions are actually portrayed as creepy and annoying. She's somewhat a Deconstruction of the character type.
Pity Epiphany: Equius and Tavros both have one, in regards to each other.
Poor Communication Kills: "Your life seems to be fueled by stupid little misunderstandings that could be cleared up with five minutes of conversation."
Recursive Canon: This is what happens when Eridan looks up "ninjaquatic" on the Internet after being told to do so on the Internet. Apparently he's visited that page before. Possibly because he just lived it.
Running Gag: Be the Sea Dweller Lowblood. We always try to be the wrong sea dweller. Taken to absolutely ridiculous levels starting here. We go through almost every sea dweller we've seen before getting to the right one.
There's also the gag of sea dwellers and their collapsing and expanding bladder based aquatic vascular systems (hearts). It can take a tender or touching moment and turn it from collapsing-and-expanding-bladder-based-aquatic-vascular-system-warming into just funny.
Shadow Archetype: Eridan & Karkat. Eridan fails in redrom because he's never really pitied anyone but himself. Karkat fails in blackrom because he's never hated anyone more than himself. Then there's the whole mess of status and social isolation issues mirrored between them.
In a play on this, Sollux wants to get Karkat/Eridan back together after torpedoing it in the first place. Even though he's not entirely sure that's the best thing to do, or why he keeps thinking of 'ships', for that matter...
So What Do We Do Now?: Terezi, after having apprehended Vriska, mentions how she was treating life like a FLARPing game about justice rather than carrying out her duty as a legislacerator, and isn't sure what to do now that she's caught her target.
Stalker Shrine: Admittedly, Karkat and Terezi have a very good reason for collecting as much data on Vriska as possible, but the fact that their "Vriska file" is driven as much by romantic hate as it is by a desire to arrest her makes this qualify.
Thousand Yard Stare: While visiting the hospital, Karkat gets one upon discovering his blood somehow retained its candy-red color despite his recent transfusion of green blood, which should have left it temporarily muted and mixed.
Training from Hell: Threshecutioner training. Because she is a sea dweller, Rhosyn ended up having to repeat it twelve times before she would be allowed to join their ranks.
Triang Relations: All over the place, but the Nepeta - Erdian - Feferi triangle is probably the most significant. It's a type 4 for moirallegiance; Nepeta -> Erdian <-> Feferi. It's complicated by an overlapping matespritship triangle. Erdian feels unrequited matespritship towards Nepeta, and Nepeta wants to break up Erdian & Feferi as moirails by shifting them to being matesprits.
Twice Shy: Equius and Tavros both have flushed feelings for each other, but neither of them can work up the nerve to tell the other. Tavros is afraid Equius will only accept his feelings because he feels that he has to since he's lower than Tavros on the hemospectrum; Equius is afraid to tell Tavros because he doesn't consider himself worthy and pursuing a matespritship with a gold blood would be inappropriate.
Twitchy Eye: Rhosyn develops one upon receiving a totally random hatesnog from Karkat.
Two Lines, No Waiting: Many characters have plot points that interlink with each other. This means a lot of perspective switching whist times halts for characters off screen.
In fact, due to this, Eridan has spent all of the second thread in Karkat's room. The author joked that if he was still there when the thread ends, she would rename the adventure to "Karkat's Roomstuck."
Unresolved Sexual Tension / Will They or Won't They?: Many, but Eridan/Nepeta and Sollux/Aradia are the big ones. At this point, both are pretty much resolved. Eridan/Nepeta is sunk in both red quadrants, and Sollux/Aradia seems to be working despite Sollux being a ghost.
"There is no way that many people have voted, MUCH LESS that it stayed that perfectly tied for so long, MUCH LESS that the votes suddenly jumped up for one side that much. I KNOW there were some people who voted specifically to make it balance out, rather than vote for what they actually WANTED. Some of y'all in here admitted that. Clearly, someone else is spamming Vriska now. Fuck this shit. You're not getting Vriska or Kanaya. You're especially not getting Vriska, since it's at least confirmable that there is somebody cheating in her favor, if not that there are folks cheating in both's favor...Way to go! We're never having a vote again."