Webcomic: Hexane


“Starting as a normal Sburb session, six players find themselves dealing with the resurrection of a demon from another world, and the avian beings who come with it.”
tiresiasArchivist, MSPFA description

Hexane is a Homestuck Fan Adventure by tiresiasArchivist. It follows 6 friends as they play their own session of SBURB. While it starts out as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Sburb fansession, things get... weird.

Can be read on the MSPA forums here or in a mirror here.

Contains examples of:

  • Advanced Ancient Humans: There were two civilizations of these. The Atlanteans and the Ramans.
  • After the End: As par for the course in a Homestuck fan adventure, the Exiles wander Earth in the future. Unlike in Homestuck, however, in Hexane the future Earth is overgrown with swamps and vegetation, although this may be because it has had some time to regrow, since in this case "the future" means 919 years after 2012.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Not only do the alchemiters make various combination objects out of nothing, Mack was able to make a working magic wand with his.
  • Alternate Self: Dream selves and alternate timeline selves. Erin also has a sprite counterpart made from her glasses.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Viy's original form was an evil version of this. It powered the Atlantean civilization's most advanced technology.
  • Arc Symbol: Slot machine symbols are used to represent the Exusia members as well as phoenix romance. There have been shown to be 7's, cherries, bells, lemons, limes, diamonds, melons, and bars. The Eye of Viy tends to show up in a lot of places as well.
  • Atlantis: Mentioned throughout the story, and then shown in the second intermission.
  • Bad Future: Larssprite and Macksprite come from a future where Lars never helped Erin enter, and she died. The rest of the players grew distant from Lars, and he was eventually killed by Mack.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The author's exposition on phoenix romance, written in the phoenix language. note 
  • Bizarrchitecture: Dell's additions to Nina's house.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: Drow Pimp in the Crib.
  • Butt Monkey: Qamarkino, full stop. To Theremina, at least.
  • The Cameo: The graves of the Scratchproof kids.
  • Cast Full of Gay: tA has stated that there are no straight characters in Hexane.
  • Catch a Falling Star: After entering his second gate, Mack falls from the top of Nina's castle, only to be caught by an underling.
  • Chromatic Arrangement / Rainbow Motif: The phoenix's colors are based off the colors of the rainbow, and their rooms and bumhandles are ordered this way.
  • Clock Tower: Nina's house has one.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Nina's grandpa qualifies.
  • Comic Within A Comic: Dungeons Of Sunnydale. Sort of.
  • Cool Starship: The phoenixes' unnamed ship.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lars's fight with Sis. Ouch.
  • Defictionalization: In-universe example of Mack's Dungeons of Sunnydale party.
  • Demonic Spiders: Quite literally, here. invoked
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Laraminia. She has plainly stated that she is intensely loyal to Viy, but nobody really seems to pay much attention.
  • Dumb Muscle: 0002, to the point where most of his dialogue consists of bear sounds. Godzillasprite, too.
  • Electronic Eyes: Cythedite seems to have acquired these as of Act 5.
  • Elemental Powers: Each of the Phoenixes have one.
    • Qamarkino has powers over air, Phobeimos has powers over fire, Meranimus can control water, Theremina commands metal, Cythedite can control flesh, Kroblanco has powers over earth, and Laraminia can control the emotions of others.
  • Ensemble Cast: Not to the extent of Homestuck, but Hexane has the humans, the phoenixes, and the Do S characters, in addition to the Atlanteans and Ramans.
  • Evil Laugh: Atlantean Qamarkino has one. KWEHEHEHEHE!
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Each phoenix has their symbol on their eye instead of an ordinary iris and pupil.
  • Fight Woosh: Here.
  • Formulaic Magic: Parodied when Mack tries to open his Cruxtruder.
  • Fusion Dance: The humanoid phoenixes are a result of a Composite version of this between the Atlantean Council and their purely bird phoenix pets.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Do S's (apparently frequent) parser errors when in Wizard Mode.
  • Get Back in the Closet: Mack is commanded to go back into his literal closet after he "comes out" of it. However, that's not how it works.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Atlantean superweapon. It destroyed their enemy's empire in one shot, but its power source transformed into an EldritchAbomination.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Viy hasn't done much yet aside from destroy Atlantis, but they're certainly what's caused all the threats to the humans besides your standard SBURB fare.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Happens to Kroblanco briefly in [S] Proceed.
  • Haunted Castle: Nina lives in one. It's filled to the brim with creepy dolls, odd knick-knacks, and... {{The Raven stone busts of people named Pallas?}}
  • Id Superego And Ego: A trio of villains are based on the Freudian concepts. The Id was represented by the Drow Pimp, the Ego by Asterion, and the Superego by an as-of-yet unknown entity.
  • Impact Silhouette: Mack creates one when the Drow Pimp sends him flying through Derse onto his Quest Crypt.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Mack allocates wands to his strife specibus before even getting a working magic one, resulting in a horrendous note  failure in his first fight with an imp. Also, Dell uses a birdkind specibus, using a bird statuette in his fight with his Bro.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: Do S save points.
  • Instant Runes: Mack's Scepter of Apollo appears to create these.
  • Item Get: You got the translation!
  • Joke Weapon: The Flowery Insult.
  • Killed Off for Real: The game Dungeons of Sunnydale, along with the main characters' player avatars, are destroyed permanently in Do S: End, leaving 0001 and co. as the only remnants of its existence.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    MR: yes, i'm here! sorry, i was exploring my house.
    EO: ...im not gonna ask.
    MR: yeah i'm not sure why i did it either.

    AMORIA: Nobody's even bothered to fuckin' kill us.
    AMORIA: It's like we've been forgotten about!
    AMORIA: Dog, it's like we're MINOR CHARACTERS!
  • Leitmotif:
    • Trench Warfare is associated with Mack and really the whole Swallow/Scathe family, having received three mixes all centered around them. Mack is also associated with the trombone.
    • Nina's music is emphasized on the drums, her primary instrument, and is also often littered with piano and pipe organ playing, reflected her Transylvanian upbringing. Her guardian strife theme was Chessmaster.
    • Lars is associated with keytars. His guardian strife theme was Scuffle.
    • Emmy is associated with the clarinet, but as of late has frequently had Drow Pimp in the Crib as one of her themes due to her possession. Her guardian strife theme was Ragtime Fight.
    • Almost all of Dell's music has a shamisen as the primary instrument. Just, shamisens. Anything with a shamisen is Dell's and anything that's Dell's has a shamisen. End of story.
    • Erin plays the banjo, but does not have many affiliated songs. Her guardian strife theme was Showdown at High Noon.
    • Qamarkino's associated instrument seems to be the rock organ.
    • Phobeimos is associated with the lute as well as the trumpet, and his themes are militaristic in mood.
    • Meranimus's associated instrument is the saxophone.
    • Theremina's instrument appears to be the electric guitar.
    • Cythedite's songs use a lot of string instruments and flute.
    • Kroblanco's instrument is the french horn and his themes have an epic, slowly-paced feel.
    • Laraminia's themes use the harpsichord and church organ, and are mostly ominous or frantic.
  • Lethal Joke Item: Birdkind sets up to be a Joke Item, until Dell totally owns his Bro with his bird statuette, and one-shots Fear with his Parrot Sabre.
  • Mad Scientist: Atlantean Qamarkino seems to be this.
  • Magic Wand: Mack's preferred weapon.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Laraminia. She has powers over the emotions of others, but apart from that she's extremely good at manipulating others in general. It's heavily implied that she had at least partial control over the Drow Pimp.
  • The Maze: Fear's labyrinth seems to be this.
  • Mickey Mousing: As a Homestuck fancomic, the flashes are this.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Drow Pimp kills Mack on his Quest Crypt, causing him to ascend as the Mage of Breath, a class perfectly suited to defeating the Drow Pimp.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mack's sprite, anote  Wizard Knight Crab Ghost.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: 0001 and co., unlike Prospitians, have rough black outlines.
  • One of Us: tiresiasArchivist has linked to T Vtropes on more than one occasion.
  • Origins Episode: The Atlantis intermission is this.
  • Overly Long Name: Played with. Nina initially refers to Phobeimossprite as Phuginnobeimuninnossprite, due to Phobeimos's head overwriting Huginn and Muninn in her sprite, before being told that just Phobeimos is fine.
  • The Pollyanna: Emmy spiked her computer on the floor and then ran outside grinning madly two pages later.
    • Subverted, it is eventually revealed that Laraminia has been manipulating Emmy's emotions so she gets into her session as easily as possible.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Viy's original form required human sacrifices and a "conduit" to function.
  • The Punishment: The origin of the phoenixes. They were the rules of Atlantis, but then their horrifying superweapon awakened Viy. He turned them into his servants as a KarmicTransformation.
  • Robot Maid: Erin's Erinbots seem to be little more than this.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Atlantean Cythedite thrives on this.
  • Shock and Awe: The Drow Pimp's preferred attack utilizes purple lightning.
  • Shout-Out: Many, but most notably to Problem Sleuth.
    • After Mack wakes up his Dad with trombone playing, [Dad] {{Western Animation/Rugrats goes to make pudding at 4 AM.}}
      • ->"He's lost control of his life."
  • Sigil Spam: The Atlanteans sure do love that Eye of Viy.
  • Six Student Clique
  • Slasher Smile: Lars has a nasty case of this.
  • Soul-Powered Engine: Viy started out as one of these.
  • Spiritual Successor: To one of tA's earlier works, Scratchproof.
  • Terrible Trio: Laravieve, Asterion, and the Drow Pimp fit the bill quite well, although they're more competent. All three of them work for Viy.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: A notable example occurs in [S] Break.
  • Throw the Book at Them: In a non-malevolent way. Theremina lobs a spaceship engine manual at Qamarkino's head while he's working on fixing the engine.
  • Tropes For Dummies: Dell and the phoenixes own Fuseboxes for Muttonheads and Starship Engines for Featherheads, respectively.
  • Villain Teleportation: The Drow Pimp's favored mode of transportation. Asterion also uses this.
  • Was Once a Man: The phoenixes were once the rulers of Atlantis. Then Viy transformed them into half-human birdmen. However, they do not look particularly monstrous.
  • Winged Humanoid: The phoenixes, although their wings aren't shown much. Ironically, the one wingless phoenix's surgically-attached airplane wings are always visible on his sprite.
  • Wrench Wench: Erin.