September 28, 2012   206 notes

The Waste Land

Several months before I’d even heard of Homestuck, bladekindeyewear predicted that the Maid of Life would invert her role.  My thoughts differ from his - he seems to think that the Doom aspect is a less than auspicious one, while I want to say Heroes of Doom may be second only to Heroes of Time when it comes to bailing their co-players out - but I agree with him that Jane is going to invert her aspect.  In fact, I think she already has.

"The Waste Land" is the source of Rose’s "They wait…" quote from [S] Seer: Descend, and the B2 session players are they who wait.

And the wait doesn’t sound like it’s going to be much fun.

Jane, in particular, is stuck in a rut.  Her pre-Sburb life was more normal than her co-players’, and she thinks of herself as a practical realist.  Unlike Eridan, who only thought he was, she does actually seem to be an empiricist; she accepts God Cat’s abilities easily, because she’s seen them for herself, but rejects the notion that Roxy lives in the future and that Crockercorp is run by the Batterwitch because her friends aren’t able to show her proof.

Jane is holding to a set of assumptions about how her world works that held up well enough back on Earth, but won’t do her many favors in the Medium.

At their best, Doom players are realistic and appropriately skeptical, but in a bad situation they can become pessimistic and closed-minded.  When the rules don’t appear to allow for a good outcome, they may decide to just give up.

Jane can’t restore life to her land by herself; Nobles can only toil in futility.  She’ll need divine intervention in order to succeed at her personal quest.

Jane and Rose have a few things in common, not least of which is that they both entered the game resisting their aspects to the point of inversion.  The B1 session didn’t leave its players much time to work on their own personal quests, either, and it’s not like those have stopped being a Thing - there are god tiers left to climb and some growing up left to do.  The rain of LOCAH isn’t accomplishing much right now.  Perhaps someone ought to try playing it?

Here’s the context for that quote from [S] Seer: Descend:

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

"The Waste Land" is a poem about spiritual stagnation, about being alive without really living.  It’s hard to change, and it hurts to try and end up failing anyway; it’d be much easier to just lock in to the old patterns that used to serve you well and tell yourself there wasn’t any other choice.  But the potential for growth and rebirth is waiting within the Land of the Maid of Life… well as within the Maid herself.

Also, let’s just leave this here.

'That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?

O keep the Dog far hence, that’s friend to men
Or with his nails he’ll dig it up again!’

Tags: homestuck homestuck theory Jane Crocker Maid of Life Life aspect Doom aspect Aspect inversion They Wait hey there would you like to talk about aspects

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    Life player who has suspected tending toward inversion, THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO ME.
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