amberite: Sollux Captor, a Homestuck troll with grey skin, warm-colored horns and one red and one blue eye, depicted as an adolescent. He's peering out from behind his (also red and blue) glasses. The expression on his face is fearful, curious and determined. (Default)
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For Wires and Stars, the long Sollux/Psiioniic fic [personal profile] titianarchivist and I are writing.

Now that we're actually headed toward the central pairing of the story, I thought some readers might like a bit of background noise on some of the issues and how we're addressing them, since this is LONGfic and not a one-off. So, this is gonna be a FAQ/IAQ - reader questions and our own questions that we answer in process, updated as the story goes.

We're also going to address some Homestuck stuff here for any readers who are new to the fandom, as time goes on, and detail headcanons for bits and pieces that come up. Let's start off with a few pragmatic questions about titling and formatting:

Q. Why is this set up as a series on AO3? How much of it will there be?

A. We have at least two main acts of story, as well as an interlude, planned. The story begins concurrent and more-or-less compatible with Homestuck canon for Hivebent (though see disclaimers about character ages, below) and will break away at a specific and obvious point.

Q. Where do the chapter titles come from?

A. They're song lyrics, from specific songs that we've selected for the soundtrack because most-to-all of the lyrics will have significance in the story. We encourage readers to go read the lyrics and/or get hold of the songs and speculate.

Current list:
Ex Reverie - Cedar
Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage
Maria McKee - Breathe (Harvard Opportunes version)

Q. How old is Sollux exactly at the beginning of all this?

A. For reference we're using the headcanon that one Alternian solar sweep = approximately 2.6 years, for maturity purposes if not chronological purposes. So 5 sweeps = about 13 years and 6 sweeps = nearly 16.

This is based on canonical characterizations: troll maturity doesn't seem to correspond to human assumptions very well - which is no big surprise given that they're as much guardians over their lusii as vice versa. Everyone has a lot more irons in the fire than we'd expect for 13-year-olds, going into SGRUB. So we just picked a slightly more sensible-seeming time conversion and we're going with that.

Q. I'm confused. Is this an incest thing or not?

A. Yes and all depends on what's relevant to your definition? The principal characters are more or less clones, so genetically, yes. They don't have a socially constructed familial relationship. There are some mentorship themes as the story continues.

Q. Is this a healthy relationship?

A. Let me just take a moment to respond to that question with a volley of deranged, hysterical laughter before I start addressing it coherently.

(Shrieking cynical cackles fill your headphones if you left them on.)

Anyway. We have a teenager who is still learning how to be a person, and a thousand-year-old biocomputer who has long since forgotten how to be a person. They are both dealing with impaired mental health and horrible isolation. One of them is uncannily ancient and powerful, and every fragment of autonomy he has left is deeply concealed and dissociated. The other possesses some kind of social life, and at least an order of magnitude more freedom. But they're both coming into this from a crapsack world, both making it up as they go along, and they may do terrible things to each other along the way without meaning to.

Sollux sort of has cheesy postcards of what a normal life looks like by Alternia standards and that's the closest anyone is gonna get here -- even if this were a non-sgrub AU, which... (well, you'll see when we get there.) (Part of what makes Homestuck awesome is that it's about people becoming themselves in really desperate situations. But that's a whole nother academic lecture and you can buy a ticket to that one later.)

When agency is limited, capacity for consent is limited. This is true on both sides. Wires and Stars is a story about two people who are in inherently fucked up situations, trying to be good to each other despite everything. That can be a healthy thing sometimes. It's not issue-free, for sure. We're aiming for the top right of this graph here, where everything is beautiful and everything hurts.

Enjoy the ride and feel free to ask questions.

Date: 2013-01-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arethinn
You can't say "trolls" and then show me any kind of graph divided up into fours and not have me think "quadrants." Is that weird? I mean, could you, coincidentally perhaps, map them onto your graph there just for a lark? Or is it one of those things where naw, same shapes in some cases but it doesn't really pan out? (Like the other day Cel and I were for some reason trying to match up the Mane Six ponies with the Spice Girls. Don't ask.)


amberite: Sollux Captor, a Homestuck troll with grey skin, warm-colored horns and one red and one blue eye, depicted as an adolescent. He's peering out from behind his (also red and blue) glasses. The expression on his face is fearful, curious and determined. (Default)

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