Y9u… want t9 hear me talk? ….Well….
In that case, I w9uld 6e m9re than willing t9 enlighten y9u 9n s9cial issues inv9lving the hem9spectrum 9n n9t 9nly 6ef9rus, 6ut als9 9n Alternia as well. (Please n9te this is fr9m what I have f9und 9ut fr9m speaking t9 9ur descendents. I wish t9 inf9rm y9u 9f the fact that I am n9t a6le t9 speak fr9m a pers9nal level 9f experience 9n that particular planet since I was n9t a6le t9 visit while I was alive. I w9uld als9 like t9 use this time t9 take n9te 9f vari9us triggers that will 6e used thr9ugh9ut this sitting. They include 6ut are certainly n9t limited t9 hem9ph96ic slurs, ancestral a6use, vi9lence, death menti9ns, murder, h9micide, red r9mance, 6lack r9mance, and dictat9rship.)
First and f9rem9st, I w9uld 6e happy t9 inf9rm y9u 9n the cultural differences 6etween Alternia and 6ef9rus. While they are very similar 9n the 9uter shell, the inner w9rkings 9f each planet are, in fact, vastly different. The 6ef9rus culture is a slightly f9rg9tten 9ne in which 9ur quadrants were much m9re flushed as 9pp9sed t9 what 9ne might find 9n Alternia. That isn’t t9 say 9ne tr9ll w9uld have multiple matespriteships. What I mean is simply that quadrants such as m9railegences were much m9re tender and caring c9mpared t9 the average Alternian m9railegence. In fact, the value 9f l9ve and kindness 9n 6ef9rus m9railegences w9uld s9metimes even 9utshine the c9mm9n Alternian matespriteship, save f9r the m9re natural physical c9ntact. Kismisistitudes, 9n the 9ther hand, were much darker and slightly m9re danger9us. This gap 6etween red and 6lack relati9nships was the main difference 6etween the tw9 cultures. Pers9nally, I 6elieve this is why my timeline 9f tr9lls have such a difficult time getting al9ng with Alternia’s tr9lls.
As we’re 9n the su6ject 9f the Alternian tr9lls, I w9uld like t9 6egin 9n the t9pic 9f the hem9spectrum. Y9u may 9r may n9t 6e familiar with Alternian hist9ry—where the m9st hem9spectral a6use 9riginated—6ut f9r argument’s sake, I will simulate a 6rief hist9ry less9n. It 6egan with the m9st ancient ancest9rs, my 9wn kind’s p9st-scratch selves: The Signless (9r his ad9pted name, The Sufferer), The Handmaid, The Psii9niic, The Summ9ner, Redglare, The D9l9r9sa, Mindfang, Darkleer, The Grand High6l99d, Duelscar, and 9f c9urse, her Imperi9us C9ndescensi9n.
This st9ry 6egins with her Imperi9us C9ndescenti9n in her first attempts t9 c9ntr9l pre-scratch earth. In the middle 9f raising select earth children, h9wever, she rep9rtedly vanished fr9m the universe itself. C9nsidering her ties with L9rd English, this is n9t entirely surprising. I will express that I am impressed and slightly c9nfused as t9 her meth9ds 9f traveling fr9m 9ne sessi9n t9 an9ther with little assistance. I feel that d9es make her that much m9re danger9us. H9wever, since I am n9t directly inv9lved with that current situati9n, I will n9t g9 int9 detail 9n any s9rt 9f plan f9r her demise. Up9n arriving in the p9st-scratch universe, she had 6egun in much 9f the same manner—tw9 select human children under her care and the start 9f 6etty Cr9cker C9rp9rati9n. While the male child stayed 6ehind, the female human escaped the C9ndesce’s c9ntr9l 9nly t9 start her 9wn rival 6usiness under the surname “English.” 9nce the 6ar9ness had executed her, she then made her existence kn9wn t9 Earth thr9ugh 6CC. Desperate t9 rule 9nce again 9ver a tr9ll s9ciety, she 6egan enf9rcing laws 9n human kind, attempting t9 f9rce them int9 an unkn9wn way 9f living. (9f c9urse, this has its 9wn pr96lematic issues that may 6e further discussed later.)
Artificial dr9nes, carapacians, and lusus species 6egan inha6iting the earth at her demand. Attempting t9 recreate the hem9spectrum 9nce again, she had c9nducted mass experiments 9n the human race, m9st 9f which ended in death. C9njured cl9nes 9f past tr9lls fr9m 9ther w9rlds quickly j9ined the deceased and were ultimately fed t9 the 6ar9ness’s lusus, a h9rr9rterr9r. As far as I have read, she has g9ne as far as taking her place as queen in p9st-scratch Derse. She didn’t start 9ut this way, h9wever. She 9nce was a part 9f Alternia 6ef9re adult tr9lls had 6een exiled t9 the 9uter rings. Th9ugh her presence was 9f a6s9lute imp9rtance, there were many side st9ries—eleven at least—that pertain t9 my p9int as well.
The Sufferer, 9r The Signless, was a tr9ll wh9 had lived a relatively sh9rt lifespan. He was my 9wn reincarnati9n after the scratch in 9ur 9wn sessi9n, th9ugh 6ecause I 6elieve he als9 shared the title 9f the Seer 9f 6l99d, he was a6le t9 recall past events that happened 9n 6ef9rus. My 9wn ideas and pers9nal 6eliefs seem t9 have seeped int9 his think pan where they simmered until he was a6le t9 fully create his 9wn system 9f faith. His main 96jective was t9 travel Alternia spreading w9rd 9f a tr9ll paradise if y9u will; a paradise in which the 6l99d caste system had n9 meaning and suppressi9n was merely a c9ncept. Having 6een raised 6y the D9l9r9sa herself, The Signless grew successfully with9ut the aid 9f a lusus. H9wever, that did result in The D9l9r9sa a6and9ning her duty t9 tend t9 Alternia’s m9ther gru6. The Signless 6egan his j9urney and acquired The D9l9r9sa as his first l9yal su6ject. During his serm9ns, he had gained the trust and supp9rt 9f The Psii9niic as well as The Disciple. The Signless and The Disciple had filled quadrants with 9ne an9ther, much t9 my 9wn surprise. Quite frankly, the th9ught 9f my 9wn reincarnati9n 6reaking my v9w essentially with Meulin… N9t that I d9n’t find her a charming tr9ll, 6ut I w9uld have th9ught that my pers9nal 6eliefs 9f celi6acy w9uld have made their way int9 an9ther Seer 9f 6l99d…
The d9wnfall 9f The Signless was assigned t9 E%ecut9r Darkleer. During this 6l99dy scene, The Signless had 6een stripped 9f his cape and held with a pair 9f handcuffs that were later used as his sign with his new title, The Sufferer. The Disciple had als9 6een sentenced t9 death al9ng side The Signless, th9ugh Darkleer had taken pity 9n the tr9ll and let her free. She w9uld live the rest 9f her life in s9litude, eventually letting death take her.
The D9l9r9sa, 9n the 9ther hand, had n9t 6een as f9rtunate. Up9n The Signless’ executi9n, she had 6een captured and f9rced int9 slavery. The rest 9f her life had 6een spent under the c9ntr9l 9f vari9us sea-dwelling tr9lls, the m9st n9ta6le 6eing Dualscar. Eventually, The D9l9r9sa had met her demise under his hand.
The Psii9niic, in my pers9nal 9pini9n, had a far w9rse 9utc9me. He had 6een enlisted int9 the C9ndesce’s army, th9ugh n9t as a s9ldier, 6ut as part 9f her ship. 6ecause 9f his a6ilities, she grafted him int9 her ship, using him t9 p9wer the engine. He lived like this far l9nger than his 6l99dline sh9uld have all9tted 6ecause 9f the C9ndesce’s “t9uch” which had all9wed him t9 live a lifespan tenf9ld. 9nly while she had 9rdered her ship t9 return t9 Alternia did the Psii9niic finally pass with the Vast Glu6 released fr9m Gl’6g9ly6 during the descendant’s Sgru6 sessi9n.
The next n9ta6le tr9ll w9rthy 9f menti9n is Marquise Spinneret Mindfang. In her earlier years, Mindfang came t9 6e kn9wn as a savage pirate hunting f9r l9st treasures and d9ing such deeds t9 earn her and her crew a very deadly reputati9n. A c9nfirmed kismesisitude with Dualscar pr9ved t9 6e 9ne 9f her l9ngest relati9nships, h9wever, it turned int9 much m9re than that. Mindfang had 6een a tr9ll pr9ne t9 playing redr9m games with 9thers, never 69thering t9 hide this fact fr9m her kismesis. Dualscar’s jeal9us nature pr9mpted him t9 place a very high 69unty 9ver Mindfang’s head, 96vi9usly ending their relati9nship. This high 69unty is exactly what c9nvinced Ne9phyte Redglare t9 apprehend her (th9ugh later 9n had received 9rders fr9m the Grand High6l99d f9r this exact purp9se).
The tale 6etween Redglare and Mindfang is rather disheartening. In the tr9lls’ first c9nfr9ntati9n, Mindfang is taken 6y surprise 6y Redglare’s drag9n lusus, Pyralspite. With its 6urning, red stare, the lusus 6urned Mindfang’s visi9n eightf9ld and left her partially 6lind. This leaves her vulnera6le, and Redglare finds the 9pp9rtunity fit t9 cause great injuries, taking 9ne 9f Mindfang’s lim6s in the pr9cess. 9nce finished, she takes Mindfang int9 cust9dy where she w9uld await her trial.
In the trial under His H9n9ra6le Tyranny, Redglare attempts t9 6ring justice t9 Mindfang. H9wever, despite her visi9n eightf9ld g9ne, her mind p9wers are still fully intact. She uses these p9wers t9 turn the cr9wd against Redglare, successfully 9verthr9wing the legislat9r and ending her life. Mindfang escaped the trial 9nce defeating His H9n9ra6ly Tyranny and fled t9 Darkleer t9 c9mpensate f9r her missing arm.
Darkleer had 6een 6anished 6y demand 9f the high6l99ds f9r refusing t9 assassinate The Disciple earlier in his life. Mindfang came t9 him during his time 9f grieving demanding that he repay an unsettled de6t t9 her in the f9rm 9f a pr9sthetic arm. Seeing n9 reas9n t9 refuse, Darkleer appeased her 6y n9t 9nly c9nstructing the lim6 f9r her, 6ut als9 taking int9 his p9ssessi9n a cue 6all 6el9nging t9 9ne 9f Alternia’s First Guardians. (This c9mes int9 play much later in the st9ry, c9ntinuing 9n with Vriska Serket’s tale and ending with the eventual creati9n 9f L9rd English himself.)
Mindfang’s st9ry is rather anticlimactic fr9m here 9n 9ut. She eventually did return f9r her p9ssessi9ns, 6ut n9t 6ef9re getting herself int9 a l9ving matespriteship with The Summ9ner. In my pers9nal 9pini9n, Mindfang w9uld have 6een 6etter 9ff leaving the cue 6all with Darkleer, f9r she peered int9 it and f9resaw her 9wn future—a future in which her then l9ving matesprite w9uld c9me t9 murder her in the mixed 9f a l9w6l99d rev9luti9n. Yes, The Summ9ner w9uld eventually kill Mindfang, and he w9uld die s99n after, leading his 9wn rev9luti9n. He was rather inspiring, th9ugh I w9uld have t9 say that I disagree with the way he handled the situati9n. Yes, s9mething needed t9 6e d9ne a69ut Alternia’s s9ciety as a wh9le, 6ut a m9re peaceful meth9d w9uld have 6een prefera6le. 6lindly leading an army int9 an all-9ut war against high6l99ds as p9werful as the C9ndesce and 9thers like her was a very p99rly th9ught 9ut plan when y9u put int9 c9nsiderati9n that vi9let 6l99ds are 6i9l9gically a6le t9 live up t9 at least ten times the lifespan 9f a tr9ll 9f a warmer caste. That suggests that The Summ9ner c9uld have p9tentially 6een pitting himself and his armies against tr9lls that had 6een studying c9m6at f9r d9zens 9f s9lar sweeps even 6ef9re his armies had 6een hatched. A m9re f9rmida6le appr9ach c9uld have 6een suggested.
After that rev9luti9n, adult tr9lls had 6een 6anned fr9m Alternia; exiled t9 space t9 leave the planet 6el9w t9 6e inha6ited 6y the y9ung. I fail t9 see what s9rt 9f g99d that had d9ne c9nsidering the gru6s 9f the planet had still 6een raised under fear 9f the caste system. Granted, they had sh9wn m9re respect f9r 9ne an9ther, 6ut still had an undert9ne 9f utter h9stility thr9ugh9ut their 9wn s9ciety.
I supp9se that a69ut wraps up the less9n 9f f9rmer Alternian s9ciety. I w9uld like t9 take this m9ment t9 give y9u the 9pp9rtunity t9 list anything that may 9r may n9t have triggered y9u in any way, 9r t9 list any triggers that y9u may have pr96lems with in the f9reseea6le c9nversati9n. If I have said anything t9 9ffend 9r upset y9u in any way, perhaps it is 6est that I summ9n y9ur m9irail, assuming 9f c9urse that y9u have 9ne. In the case that y9u d9n’t, I truly ap9l9gize and wish t9 assure y9u that I meant n9 harm in saying that, h9wever, I d9 h9pe t9 c9rrect anything that may have 9ffended y9u in the slightest. F9r the durati9n 9f this next c9nversati9n, please feel free t9 st9p me at any p9int if y9u are feeling at all triggered and we can pause m9mentarily t9 evaluate y9ur feelings 9n the su6ject. I w9uld 6e m9re than happy t9 pr9vide y9u with such a thing s9 l9ng as I am n9t treading 9n any pale territ9ry. As y9u may 9r may n9t kn9w, I d9 n9t indulge myself with quadrants, s9 there is a6s9lutely n9 danger 9f my trying t9 pursue y9u in any way.
That 6eing said, d9 y9u feel the need t9 st9p at this p9int and seek 9ut y9ur m9re inner feelings a69ut any su6ject? …N9? Alright. N9w, as I was saying 6ef9re, that d9es c9nclude 9ur
serm9n c9nversati9n regarding Alternia’s 9lder adult tr9lls. N9w I feel is the 6est time t9 g9 6ack and take a l99k at the s9cial c9nstructs they had presented and just h9w pr96lematic th9se situati9ns are. First 9ff, I wish t9 start with The C9ndesce and her th9ughts 9f what a tr9ll ut9pia sh9uld present.
She is a tr9ll wh9 has taken it up9n herself t9 6elieve that seadwelling tr9lls such as herself and Dualscar are far superi9r t9 tr9lls 9f 9ther castes. While this is 9utrage9usly false, I w9uld like t9 p9int 9ut that she is under the impressi9n that she is in fact in the right. I am n9t pers9nally aware 9f her up6ringing, th9ugh I d9 6elieve th9se fact9rs d9 play a very large r9ll in this situati9n.
N9w, a tr9ll’s pers9nal 9pini9ns are 9f n9 matter t9 me. H9wever, I d9 96ject t9 acti9ns 9n 6ehalf 9f th9se 9pini9ns. 6ack 9n Alternia, The C9ndesce had her way with hundreds up9n hundreds 9f su6jects. During her rule 9n the planet, c9untless tr9lls were culled 6ased 9n 6l99d caste. I d9n’t need t9 state h9w repugnant this s9rt 9f dictat9rship is, and I’m h9ping my w9rd ch9ice will 6e en9ugh t9 sh9w my 9wn jurisdicti9n 9n the matter.
Let’s 6egin 6y l99king at her usage 9f tr9lls she th9ught 9f as 6eneath her, examining Darkleer first. The Zahhak relative had 6een a 6lue 6l99d under her p9wer f9r sweeps. He had virtually 6een unheard 9f 6y m9st until his 9rder t9 assassinate The Signless. Judging 6y his rem9rseful acti9ns thereafter, it w9uld 6e a safe assumpti9n t9 c9nclude that this had 6een a very triggering event f9r him. He had 9ften reflected up9n the incident and had ultimately let The Disciple free, suggesting that he was a very tenderhearted tr9ll underneath his hardened exteri9r. There is n9 d9u6t in my mind that The C9ndesce had m9lded his th9ughts int9 the 96ey-all-wh9-demand-it state in which it had turned. Such is the mind 9f a tyrant, I’m afraid.
The 9ther tr9ll I wanted t9 t9uch 9n is a tr9ll 9f the title Grand High6l99d. The title itself suggests a highly 6iased and self-righte9us pers9nality. While I d9 rec9gnize the vi9lent Capricaci9us traits handed d9wn thr9ugh that particular 6l99dline, in n9 way am I h9lding the Grand High6l99d t9 any less 9f my 9wn expectati9ns. This tr9ll put c9untless t9 a very 6rutal end, supplying m9st with a6s9lutely n9 mercy. His 9wn cham6ers splattered with the 6l99d 9f th9se murdered, I see n9 r99m in his animalistic mind f9r any s9rt 9f empathy 9r rem9rse.
Grand High6l99d’s relati9nship with 9rphaner Dualscar was 9ne 9f imp9rtance, 6ut als9 9ne 9f imminent danger. 6ecause 9f his Capricaci9us tendencies, he was pr9ne t9 9ut6ursts 9f vi9lence, putting even the m9st peaceful 9f tr9lls at risk when in his presence. Dualscar had served directly under Grand High6l99d f9r sweeps, keeping his kismesisitude with Mindfang a delicate secret under the juggal9’s n9se. This had w9rked 9ut w9nderfully up until the p9int Dualscar had placed the 69unty 9ver her head, which was a pu6lic display 9f inf9rming his superi9rs 9f her wr9ngd9ings. Up9n gathering this inf9rmati9n, Grand High6l99d s9ught Dualscar and swiftly 6r9ught an end t9 him. If studied well en9ugh, this c9uld p9int evidence t9 an epis9de 9f vi9lence, th9ugh it is very p9ssi6le t9 6e part 9f his everyday pers9nality as well.
Please keep in mind that Grand High6l99d’s 9wn pers9nality traits d9 n9t p9int t9 every 9ther tr9ll 9f his caste. There have 6een many incidences 9f vi9let 6l99ds 9f very peaceful and vi9lent natures alike, and are, in m9st cases, a nature versus nurture situati9n. While s9me traits are 69und t9 run in specific 6l99dlines, this d9es n9t g9 t9 say there are n9t diversities in each hue. The same can 6e said f9r all 9ther c9l9rs as well such as mustards with 9r with9ut psii9niic capa6ilities 9r c96alts acquiring mind c9ntr9l 9r enhanced visi9n. Pers9nalities and p9wers d9 fluctuate as vastly as genes, theref9re making way f9r a su6stantial am9unt 9f grey area. L9gic in 6l99d c9l9r and pers9nalities are n9t 6lack 9r white, and must 6e taken int9 careful c9nsiderati9n when dealing with issues 9r insecurities in this field.
F9r right n9w, I 6elieve that will c9nclude my less9n. I d9 h9pe that will res9lve s9me c9nfusi9n y9u may have had regarding tr9llian life 9n Alternia and/9r 6ef9rus. F9r any 9ther questi9ns regarding this t9pic, please feel free t9 either ask in appr9priate c9ntext 9r c9nsult further reading f9r y9ur 9wn kn9wledge. I am certainly n9t claiming t9 h9ld all facts 9f the ancient ancest9rs, th9ugh I am very willing t9 discuss 9r de6ate any statement 9r t9pic 9ne sees fit.
((I still have a little under 30 asks in there right now, but I figure a few more won’t hurt too badly. That way, if any of you have questions you’d like to submit right away, you can do that. I can’t really promise how quickly those responses will come out between my jobs, but I will make sure to try to get them out when I can. <3
That being said, magic asks and all that jazz are acceptable. I typically will go in chronological order, but if there’s something that’s especially fun and/or fits an ask, I may cheat a little. c;
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