Between 11.3-11.4

[reblog of a Tumblr post]
BEE2 never fails to liven up the party

It’s a date and yuo caNNOT TELL ME IM WRONG

I don’t know if you’re talking about Skitter/Tattletale or Skitter/Sierra, but either way… can’t argue with that. 😉

During the incident with bakuda, the bugs in skitters swarm followed the last order she gave to them before she fell unconscious, which is why the John Cleese thing happened, since the last order she gave was essentially come to my position. So if she maintains the standing order of don’t attack people if I don’t tell you to, the people should be fine

Alright, yeah, I suppose that’s fair. But what about when she’s out of the area? Do they continue to follow her last order even when she’s out of range?

“I’m not sure I follow that logic” It’s not terribly sound, but the idea is that if he’s already that far gone, a few more hours won’t make much of a difference. They’re already in what statistics calls the “long tail”, where the probabilities are low enough that they’re basically flat.

Ahh. Yeah, I suppose that makes sense, at least somewhat.

The interactions here are great if you think about them from an outside perspective, especially ‘That won’t do. You’ll come with me.’ and ‘This isn’t really negotiable.’ Great examples of how some things Taylor does that are ordinary/altruistic come off as really intimidating due to context, power, awkwardness, and costuming. Sierra can’t see Taylor’s face, she sees a supervillain in a mandibular mask who just claimed she can flay cows with her mind, and she’s strong-arming her into a sleepover.

Yeah, she really came across more forcefully than she probably intended. Throughout the Sierra flashback, there’s a common thread of it not really having sunk in for Taylor that she’s seen as a villain even by those who accept her protection – she regularly seems surprised at Sierra’s hesitant wariness towards her.

Another good example, that I don’t remember if I commented on, was the way Taylor practically told Sierra she was good at delivering excruciating pain. She said that to assure Sierra that Sierra’s request for Skitter to hurt the Merchants would be carried out, but when you don’t know much about the person saying it other than that she’s a villain, it carries some scary connotations.

I really, really like the dynamic resulting from this.

“And then Skitter somersaulted through a window, and came back through the same window ten seconds later, carrying the redhead’s brother.” Achievement unlocked! Krixwell has joined the universe of Skitter Facts.

Ahaha! Yeah, I suppose that would fit right into that. 😛

Lisa looks very Eris with that apple. I could totally see her putting one in a PRT building that says “to the most heroic”

Oh my cod, yes. She totally would, wouldn’t she?

I gave her the apple because of the “fruit of knowledge” symbolism, but the Apple of Discord is so fitting too!

Because the “We’ve Got Worm” podcast was mentioned a while ago, I was reminded of something that happened there: the guy reading Worm for the first time guessed Tt’s trigger event with 95% accuracy the moment the relation between trigger events and powers was properly explained (Arc 4? Dunno). So, all the necessary information on that relation is present in the story already. You seemed to have difficulty seeing the connections between events and powers, but do you feel like speculating a bit?

My problem was that I originally, back when trigger events were introduced in Arc 4, hypothesized the connection to be far more concrete. For instance, I speculated that Taylor gained her bug power because in a moment of vulnerability and isolation, her brain reached out past itself to find company in the form of the bugs.

But when I started speculating further from there, I quickly turned out wrong with regards to Grue. I don’t see a concrete connection between his fight with his mom’s boyfriend and his power – in fact, Grue standing up for someone and fighting the threat head on was pretty much the opposite of my speculated trigger event for him, which involved him having to hide. Though I guess maybe he and Aisha had to hide from their mom’s boyfriend after that, and Karahindiba (or its like) decided to help in its own way?

So if I were to speculate on Tattletale based on my initial impression, it would involve a moment of intense uncertainty and lack of knowledge about something. I don’t quite think this is how it works anymore, but we do know from 9.3 that it would’ve involved psychological stress [here] rather than physical. We also know that Tattletale hates being called stupid…

Maybe we’re talking verbal abuse? Maybe Lisa went through early life with someone who constantly, unfairly derided her as unintelligent, ignorant and worthless, to the point that one of the harshest incidents led to her getting her power? I don’t know.

What do you think of the dichotomy of Taylor fighting groups of enemies while noticing her tea is bitter. It’s one of my favorite sentences in the whole story, wonder if it caught your attention?

It didn’t, really, but when you put it like that, I suppose it could symbolize Taylor still feeling on some level that this is wrong. That this is not what she should be doing.

If applied specifically to fighting the Merchants, I disagree, but I think if this is a thing, it goes further than that. Out to taking control of the area, to working with Coil, to being a villain.

It could be a seed of doubt for Dragon to work with.

The faster you get through Worm, the faster you can get to the mspaintadventures-style quest that someone did for a certain Worm character on the spacebattles forum. It’s hilarious and you would love it.

Ooh, that sounds like fun!

On the topic of controlling all the bugs in the world: just how strong do you think her power is? Right now, she apparently has absolute control of everything in range that she can control. If her range extended to the entire world, she would be insanely powerful. There’s an estimated 10 quintillion insects in the world, and she can control arachnids and crabs and who knows what else too.

To be clear, I was exaggerating to make a point – I doubt it’s anywhere near that strong. All I’m saying is that it could potentially be a lot stronger than it already is, and we really shouldn’t scoff at the 2-3 block range (4-6 when in overdrive) she has now either.

Anyone else mentally picturing Elevatorstuck during that anticipation gag?

Ahaha, yes, that’s perfect. 😛

Did you or anyone you know watch or care about the Super Bowl or it’s halftime show?

Only people I know online. The Super Bowl, or American football in general, aren’t really things people care much about in Norway.

(I did end up muting a liveblogger’s Discord server’s general channel as it transformed into football chat, though.)

Now if the players had been parahumans, that would’ve been a different story. 😛

Just an idea, but one really crude way you could use to semi-solve the issue of constantly jumping back to interlude 8 is to create a bookmark called current chapter which you update whenever you remember to do so. Even if you forget to do so for a month or more.. it’s still faster than clicking next all the way from interlude 8.

Ah, yeah, that would work. Although the issue seems to have resolved itself – it seems it might’ve been caused by the browser being closed improperly by the computer deciding to update, that kind of thing.

I read Homestuck… well part of it. On an old computer that didn’t have flash so I missed all the interactive parts. And then I stopped reading for a while and I lost my place. And now that I have a new computer I’m really not feeling like rereading the whole thing to get where I was and see everything that I missed. It was entertaining on the first read but I have my doubt on the second one… I’ve been considering Hiveswap though, can one enjoy it even if one didn’t finish the story?


I do personally think it’s better to read Homestuck before playing Hiveswap if you’re going to do both (Homestuck knowledge does put a few details and jokes in Hiveswap into perspective, and Hiveswap introduces some concepts from the second quarter and middle of Homestuck which one might consider spoilers), but Hiveswap is still very much designed to be enjoyable and understandable even if you don’t know a damn thing about Homestuck. Anything you really need to know, the game will introduce for itself.

I don’t have that perspective myself, but as far as I can tell from playing it myself and watching Jacksepticeye (who did have that perspective) play it, it does a very good job at being accessible and fun to people on both sides of the divide. It’s a slightly different experience depending on whether you know what Xefros is talking about from the start or you’re as clueless as Joey, but a good one either way.

How much you want to bet that stabbing was bad enough to hurt some of Skitter’s internal organs, piercing her costume or not? She doesn’t think about these things sometimes. (also I assume it’s a matter of time before you find an excuse to reference the penis ouija, if you haven’t already)

Hm, that’s a good point. It was still a pointy thing pushing her costume in towards her body.

I don’t really know what the chances of it causing internal damage are. Anatomy isn’t my strong suit. But it does sound more likely than Taylor thought.

As for penis ouija, I can’t help but imagine Sharks’ adventures in finding out what that meant in order to determine if it was spoilers or not. 😛

You’re on one of my favourite bits! I hope you’re enjoying it

I am, thank you! 😀

How do you think Taylor would react if her father will be injured (or even worse…) by someone? Try to imagine what would happen.

Oh, I’ve been imagining that for about four or five Arcs now.

She would not take that well. Maybe that’s what would make her boil over – we’ve been repeatedly reminded of the potential for her to lose control over her power if too upset, especially in the form of rage, and I imagine anyone killing Danny would really set her raging side off.

Sheesh, maybe that’s how the Undersiders end up fighting the Slaughterhouse, even. I sure hope not, but I can’t rule it out.

At least with Taylor and Danny’s run-in in 11.1, some of the angst is alleviated – if he got killed now, at least his and Taylor’s last interaction wouldn’t have been, well, 6.9.

“Let’s not underestimate the bug power.” Congratulations, you have just summarized Worm in six words.

Hah, yeah!

And to think, one of the first thing I did on this blog was underestimate the bug power. In Gestation 1.3, I was pretty damn certain she didn’t stand a chance against Lung without her plot armor.

I guess I was kind of right about that. If not for *PLOT*, she would’ve been in a lot of trouble at the end, but she did hold up a lot better than I expected at the start of the fight.


[Com’c str’p]

Vee: I’m wearing a mask. That makes me a superheroine!*
Victor: Or a villainess. Many of those wear masks too.
(Caption: *Not necessarily true.)


John, to Victor: You just *had* to say it.


I guess it was too much to hope that you guys wouldn’t end up finding Com’c, huh? Fair enough… Just know that these days I relate a lot more to Block than to my supposed author avatar. 😛

[For those not looking closer at this: Block was the embodiment of my self-criticism, a fourth wall breaking character who’d call out my author avatar on his bullshit.]

Really cool art by SeeYou_Blue, submitted by @seeyouintheblue (hmmm)!

This is a very interesting artstyle! I love the simple yet effective use of only one non-black color per character to make them recognizable by the outlines of their costume’s most distinct design elements. 🙂

I also like how Coil’s costume design makes it look like he’s balancing on one leg. 😛

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