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You can't be Ophiuchus the Great because Ophiuchus the Great is currently busy dressing his Nepeta doll!

They were never meant to win.

Alabaster: The Doomed Session is an interactive comic based on Homestuck, and more precisely on the Hivebent arc, written by Cauchemar. It details a troll session of SGRUB parallel to the canon team.

Focusing on a group of trolls meant to parody various fandom and fan session archetypes, Alabaster is about how one troll wanted to speedrun SGRUB on the hardest difficulty he could muster, bringing his friends and acquaintances along for the ride. As it is a horror story, this plan goes completely wrong in the bloodiest, most terrifying way possible.

Like its parent series, the comic contains multiple Flash games and movies (the most popular one being Silent Hive) and Art Shifts.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Arc Words: "The Flesh Must Grow".
  • Art Shift: Each of the players has a specific "Mode" that changes the art style when important plot moments are happening. Vaumin has Movie Mode, which makes everyone more proportional, Ginneo has Cute Mode, which turns everything into a cutsey version of itself, Batori has Makeup Mode, which depicts her actions as stylistic gothic illustrations, and Renart has À La Mode, a mode that makes him resemble fashion sillhouettes and views other individuals as scribble figures save their horns. A minor troll even had a Comic Mode that turned their actions into a recolored comic panel.
  • Ash Face: Horribly subverted.
  • Author Avatar: Notoriously brief appearance (probably in contrast to Hussie's frequent avatar). Cauchemar appears, starts running away from a random threat, get stopped by an inquisitive Formspring question and dies, all in the same scene.
  • A Winner Is You: The end of both minigames.
  • Backstory Horror: Ginneo looks cute until you learn he's twenty years old. Copycat seems to be funny enough in her imitation of canon characters until you know she does it out of amorous desperation. Ophiuchus the Great sounds merely disturbing until you discover what he's really up to. Also, all of the Denizens have horrific origin stories.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: Vamuin deactivated the Dream Bubbles for every Player, thinking it was an option for losers. Except for Sectra, with the intentions of humiliating her when they win. In true dramatic ironic fashion, his action done in spite to put her down has in reality guaranteed that she will be the only one who survives this story, whether she lives or dies.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Ginneo's signiature trait. First introduced as part of his "Grubbyfur" gimmick, then becomes extremely appropriate the more he encounters the horrors the game throws at him.
  • Broken Record: Octolon, once his prototyping starts to decay. He eventually goes back to normal speech patterns.
    Octolon: I'mfineI'mfineI'mfineI'mfineI'mfineI'mfine
    Octolon: (dragging himself to Goldie) thefleshthefleshthefleshthefleshthefleshtheflesh
  • Brutal Honesty: Renart, frequently.
  • Cardboard Pal: Played horribly straight.
  • Celeb Crush: Done in a weird way with the Main Twelve (the canon trolls), which aren't really famous on Alternia in-story, but the Amazing Stalker Trio is obsessed with them, reflecting the obsession of real-life fans with Karkat and his friends.
  • Character Development: Each of the main characters evolves drastically during the story. Vamuin goes from overconfident, overpowered troll to complete victim, Batori is forced to face her greatest fear, Ginneo grows up...
  • Coincidental Dodge: Copycat when Ophiuchus is trying to shoot her.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Ginneo pesters Vaumin to help revive his corpse, but Vaumin was too busy having sex with Batori's dreamself to notice.
  • Comic Role Play: Constantly, with Ginneo and Batori as the main offenders. Strangely, despite being a Very Serious tabletop roleplay, Crossover never roleplays during pesterlogs.
  • Comic Sutra: When Vamuin explains troll reproduction to Ginneo.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Khthonios's origins and implications for the Hero of Entropy.
  • Coup de GrĂ¢ce Cutscene: The end of the Skytroll minigame.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Renart via exploitation of Skaia's clouds manages to predict and be prepared for almost anything, although not the precise timing of events.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Mostly of Homestuck, fan sessions and common archetypes both in and out of the fandom. The story plays horribly straight a lot of "jokes", and fun little fan concepts such as "bloodswaps" (the idea of trolls with their respective blood colors swapped) turn to nightmare.
    • The Le Intermission parodies Scratch mechanics and Guardian/Kid Role Swap AUs by only switching the heads of the lusii and trolls, but explains how the changes put an even worse Fantastic Caste System in its place. Even that gets parodied in the in-universe webcomic HORTMUSTCK, which does the same with home planets, but instead of actually getting a cool planet-themed person, Jane's equivalent is a human-shaped pile of rocks.
  • Depraved Dentist: Octolon attempts to torture Goldie with a dentist drill attachment, although it is left nebulous whether it succeed in doing so before Goldie was automatically prototyped.
  • Dysfunctional Family: All trolls have a weird quirk about their relationship with their lusus, but Goldie and Ginneo are the most prominent. Ginneo did something to force Goldie into his current role, and Goldie in turn puts creepy riddles and deadly traps in every room for him to solve as a "game".
  • Earn Your Bad Ending: The Light Ending is reached since page 1108. The adventure is currently at page 2293 and while the Bad/real ending looks closer, we aren't there yet.
  • Eaten Alive: The Progenies' stomach. Added Squick effect for the precise process.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Denizens. The Minions. Most of the Underlings, after poorly chosen prototyping.
  • Eldritch Location: The Debug Room, a location that contains numerous glitches and otherworldly creatures. It also has elements of Fisher Kingdom, as Ginneo and the child are frequently transformed into various forms the more they progress.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Ginneo's bad at giving the other players nicknames, such as calling Vamuin "Fanny" or Batora Batty.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Tentacle King. Or maybe it's another kind of tentacle-on-troll action.
  • Face Plant: Vamuin after getting hit by a particularly powerful monster, on his way to perform the Scratch.
  • Fantastic Caste System: We find once more the Alternian castes related to said blood colors.
  • Goofy Suit: Jack Noir is forced to wear a whale suit.
  • Harmless Villain: Ophiuchus The Great, though eccentric, is handled so ludicrously he hardly seems like a real threat. Zig-zagged horribly, as, while Ophiuchus fails to harm the main twelve directly or leave much of an impact on the story as a whole, he routinely performs atrocities on captive trolls in attempts to simulate his perfect world. These include complete blood transfusions in attempts to create "bloodswaps," drugging and kidnapping, forced sex as "shipping", etc.
  • Head Desk: Done on walls and computers.
  • Horrifying the Horror: The nightmarish troll species will find worse than them.
  • Human Mail: Edwardsprite is chopped/torn into bits and stuffed into boxes, a note from the Underlings indicating that he was killed for being a rival for Batori's "affections".
  • Killer Teddy Bear: Truncare, the denizen of Evisceration, is a massive teddy with a deformed right hand.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Vamuin about SGRUBrip.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: Vamuin all the time: "I kno°w my Bat... much better than yo°u kno°w yo°urs, man, if yo°u kno°w what I mean", "After I o°wn yo°ur ass at spo°rts, ho°w abo°ut I o°wn yo°ur ass at spo°rts... the epic way? If yo°u kno°w what I mean", etc.
  • Layman's Terms: Vamuin chooses the "Lowest Blood" setting at the beginning of the game, which sets the language to Layman's Terms... for trolls. Dred is not pleased to deal with it.
    All these foreign-sounding words like bathtub or safe just give you headache.
  • Mobile Menace: The Minions, one particular Progeny, Renart, Ophiuchus the Great.
  • Moment Killer: Nietzsche interrupts Jack Noir and Vamuin's intense battle just as Jack was about to suffocate Vamuin with his face.
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game: SGRUBrip, a troll-tailored, uncensored, Hard difficulty version of SBURB. Plus since it's a pirated copy, it contains failsafes to destroy the illegitimate Players. Sadly, our heroes are said illegitimate Players.
  • No Fourth Wall: In opposition to Homestuck, Alabaster usually keeps the meta stuff out of the way of the narration. Then there is the Glitch and Light Ending parts, special sequences which are complete craziness, playing not only with the readers and the support, but also with other webcomics.
  • Psychological Torment Zone: The OBSCENE complex, and particularly the Forbidden Zone.
  • Psycho Party Member: Renart is a serial killer who uses to horns of his victims in sculptures. Renart happily manipulates his teammates for his own ends and treats them as beneath him, right up to killing their loved ones. To make doorknobs. Renart just seems to get off on violence.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Vamuin's typing quirk elongates when he's pestering a character he's flirting with, and noticeably shrinks when he's disgusted or terrified. The cannon in Renart's big bloody scene.
  • Spawn Broodling: Tentacle King and Progenies.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ophiuchus has an insane obsession with the Main Twelve, and Copycat secretly grills Ginneo about Sectra's personal tastes.