She felt Victoria’s body more acutely than she felt her own.  Every heartbeat, every cell brimming with life.

Like a flame at the end of a long fuse, leading to a stick of dynamite, her power traveled from the side of Victoria’s neck to her brain.  It was barely a conscious action on Amy’s part.

Uh oh.

What are you doing?

Putting her to sleep?

Victoria let go of her, pushed her away.  “What did you just do?”


Shit, this might be bad.

Amy could see the revulsion slowly spreading across Victoria’s face.

The magnitude of what she’d just done hit her with a suddenness and pain she likened to a bullet to the chest.  “Oh god.  Please, let me undo it.”

Is that revulsion a natural result of recognizing that her brain was manipulated, or a result of the manipulation itself?

She reached out, but Victoria stepped back.

“What the hell did you do?” Victoria asked, her eyes wide, “I felt something.  I feel something.  You’ve used your power on me before, but not like this.  I- You changed the way I think.  More than that.”

But in what way?

Whatever Amy just did, I think this is exactly why she didn’t want to mess with brains.

Tears welled at the corners of Amy’s eyes.  “Please.  This is what I was afraid of.  Let me undo it.  Let me fix it and leave, and you can go back to Mark and Carol and you three can be a family, and-”


“What did you do!?”

“I’m sorry.  I… knew this would happen.  I was okay so long as I kept following my own rules, didn’t open that door.  Bonesaw forced me to open it.”

Dammit, Hiveswap Act 1 trailer slogan, get out of my head, this is not a good time for a joke about Amy getting transported to an alien planet in another universe.

krixwell-liveblogs: TROLL CALL! A bit of context for my non-Homestuck readers: As a promo and way of maintaining hype for Hiveswap: Act 2, What Pumpkin spent a while publishing weekly “troll call” posts presenting new characters in cards like the one I made for Armmaster above. In them, there was a running gag that characters would […]

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.