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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 SBURB parallel to the canon team.

It is a horror story, meant to go completely wrong, and probably going to kill every character in the process. and various fantrolls archetypes. The story mixes action sequences, twisted horror and dark humour.

It's notable for being a Deconstruction of most of the fan troll archetypes.

It contains multiple Flash games and movies (the most popular one being Silent Hive) and features multiple drawing styles, meant to reflect the respective kinds of madness and inner demons of the main characters.


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  • 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.
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  • A Winner Is You: The end of both minigames.
  • Backstory: A lot. The Tozy subplot is mainly done of and for backstory.
  • 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 origins stories.
  • 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...
  • 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 Grâce 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, fandom mechanics and common fandom archetypes. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 preform 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.
  • Mortality Ensues: God Tier Vamuin.
  • 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Amazing Stalker Trio. All three of them are true to the definition: Ophiuchus has an insane obsession with the Main Twelve, Sectra successively falls in love with all of them (starting with Karkat, and then, developing a crush on each of them), and Copycat, first appearing as also focused on the Main Twelve, is finally revealed to hold an unrequited love for Sectra.


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