Act 5 Act 2, Part 30 of 32
Doc Scratch Intermission, Part 5 of 6
Pages 4002-4035 (MSPA: 5902-5935) (in order this time)
Another ominous Gamzee eye title picture because why the hell not.
NOTE: SBES stands for Scrapbook Examination Station.
The fifth scrapbook selection screen has only one option so I guess I’ll go ahead and do that one.
Turns out that Karkat, like Terezi, spent some time in a fancy secret room and got a note from Gamzee. The note, strangely enough, becomes more pixelated as it transitions to a full picture of the room Karkat is in.
This image has quite a few differences from the 8-bit rendition shown above. I have pretty much no idea why that is. I don’t know if that room was also stolen from Earthbound or what.
PCG: I HAD TO LEAVE ABRUPTLY BECAUSE SOLLUX AND ERIDAN STARTED DUELING AGAIN.
PCG: AND THEN FEFERI AND KANAYA…
PCG: IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST.
PCG: AND NOW GAMZEE IS HUNTING US ALL DOWN IN MURDER MODE.
PCG: HE’S BEEN TAUNTING ME THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE’S MESSAGING DEVICES.
PCG: AND LEAVING ME DISTURBING NOTES.
PCG: I’M SURE OTHERS MUST BE DEAD BY NOW.
PCG: AND NOW SOLLUX IS BLIND AND I LOST TRACK OF HIM SOMEHOW.
Basically, the storytelling is now even more anachronic than previously. It’s weird that first we get this scene after he rejoins the alive trolls. Maybe it’s done for the sake of dramatic irony, or for the sake of revealing the right plot stuff at the right time?
PCG: I HEARD A STRAY HONK AND I RAN AND WE GOT SEPARATED AND
PCG: I’M STARTING TO THINK
PCG: THAT THIS MUST BE A DOOMED TIMELINE
PCG: THAT’S WHY I CAN’T GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYONE
PCG: THEY MUST BE DROPPING LIKE BEHEMOTH LEAVINGS OUT THERE.
Karkat’s belief that he is in a doomed timeline parallels John’s persistent refusal to believe bad things will happen. I feel like this is some kind of in-story remark about how absurd it is that so many characters are getting killed in short succession. A few months ago, in post number 45, I tried to come up with reasons why so much murder is happening all at once; I think they mostly all make sense but don’t change the weirdness of the rapid succession of murders.
PCG: AND THAT MUST BE WHY
PCG: FUTURE KANAYA WAS TALKING IN THIS MEMO
PCG: BUT NOW SHE’S DEAD…
PCG: WHICH MAKES THAT IMPOSSIBLE.
Whoa, wait a minute. I think Karkat later says that he doomed the timeline by giving up on finding the final frog, so what he’s saying doesn’t make sense unless he thinks this timeline is a doomed timeline that itself branched off a doomed timeline, a concept that I don’t recall being brought up at all. Is the mistake there because Karkat isn’t thinking straight? I don’t even know.
PCG: IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN THIS WAY.
PCG: GAMZEE ISN’T SUPPOSED TO GO CRAZY.
PCG: I THINK IF HE DOES
PCG: IT MEANS WE FUCKED SOMETHING UP.
PCG: IT MEANS *I* FUCKED SOMETHING UP.
PCG: HE’S MY RESPONSIBILITY, I HAVE TO MAKE SURE HE’S SAFE.
PCG: AND I DIDN’T DO THAT.
Karkat really seems to think keeping Gamzee safe is his responsibility. Is it simply because he’s the leader, or because he feels especially close to Gamzee? He was more worried about Gamzee than anyone else when the team started falling apart, which pretty strongly suggests a special feeling of closeness with Gamzee.
PCG: ONE TIME, ONE OF THE DOOMED ARADIAS TOLD ME SHE CAME FROM A TIME WHERE HE FLIPPED OUT AND KILLED EVERYBODY, BECAUSE OF MY FAILURE.
PCG: I DIDN’T TAKE HER SERIOUSLY, BUT I SHOULD HAVE.
Karkat is likely talking about the Aradiabot who was in that dream bubble scene also came from a time when Gamzee flipped out and killed everyone; though I don’t think that timeline was specifically caused by Karkat’s failure, it’s only typical of Karkat to blame the failure on himself. I wonder if that version of Aradia led Karkat to believe that Gamzee going crazy wasn’t supposed to happen? If so it’s a bit of a dick move but so is a lot of other stuff she did.
Near the rift in the kids’ session, Jade apparently can view the exiles on her monitor. I have no idea why that is, aside from transitioning to the exiles. Also, the memo board, as shown above, is called The Dropper Nest.
PCG: IT WAS BEFORE WE GOT TRAPPED ON THIS METEOR
PCG: BEFORE JACK SHOWED UP
PCG: BEFORE WE BEAT THE KING
PCG: AND I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, JADE.
PCG: THAT NO MATTER WHAT I SAID, I THINK THE FINAL FROG MUST BE IMPORTANT.
PCG: AND KANAYA, IF YOU’RE READING THIS SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST MAYBE…
PCG: I’M SORRY, YOU WERE RIGHT.
PCG: I WAS ALWAYS IN SUCH A HURRY TO WIN, I DIDN’T TAKE THE TIME TO DO WHAT WAS NECESSARY.
PCG: BILIOUS SLICK NEEDED THE GENES OF THAT FROG, AND BECAUSE I HALF ASSED THIS SO BAD EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE.
So basically, Karkat thinks that since he messed up with the final frog the whole timeline was doomed? If his theory is correct, which it isn’t, then I wonder what the timeline where they found the final frog would be like. Would the trolls have entered the universe and the kids started a successful session of Sburb? Or would Jack Noir still be on the loose despite all that? A little later it’s revealed that Gamzee was behind Jack Noir becoming a dog, which wouldn’t be possible if he hadn’t turned evil; maybe finding the final frog stopped Gamzee from going insane? That doesn’t really make much sense, but neither does a computer not exploding causing him to go insane (or anything else about Gamzee’s plot relevance for that matter).
This image calls back to another earlier picture of Jack that was featured in one of Karkat’s exposition dumps, the one following [S] Jade: Enter.
PCG: SEE, I WAS THINKING
PCG: ABOUT JACK, AND HOW HE CAN’T STAND FROGS.
PCG: AND I THINK I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON.
PCG: I THINK I KNOW WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN AT THE END OF OUR TIMELINES.
PCG: I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE CRITICAL MOMENT IS.
PCG: AND IT’S COMPLETELY MY FAULT.
Another mistake. Earlier in the comic and later in his timeline, Karkat said in that long conversation with John that he didn’t know what the critical moment was.
Maybe he didn’t want to tell John because it involves a mistake that he blames on himself?
Once again like Karkat’s earlier exposition dump, this one is accompanied partly with images of what the exiles are up to.
Warning: image dump incoming.
Note the red miles in the sky.
This is one of the most beautiful transitions in the comic. I’m really sorry for this whole big picture dump but I pretty much had to show this one in its entirety for the full effect.
Each picture is accompanied by a drawn-out statement that Karkat thinks he gave the universe cancer, which, aside from making no sense out of context, matches with the symbolism in his zodiac sign (Cancer), although I highly doubt it’s actually his fault, as I explained last post when I talked about the Reckoning being predestined.
Finally, the last scrapbook scene. I’ll do this one in the order that I think flows the best: first the genesis frog, then Dave talking to Gamzee, and finally Doc Scratch. That also happens to be the order of pages, which basically means that the pages in this post, unlike the last two, are covered in order. Oh, and there’s also the cool kid picture, but it doesn’t link to a full scrapbook scene, merely shows us the picture in full which I guess is throwing some silly nonsense into this whole increasingly crazy story.
PCG: ITS DEFECTIVE GENES PROBABLY MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOUR SESSION TO BE SUCCESSFUL
PCG: SORT OF LIKE
PCG: ITS REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM WAS DAMAGED.
PCG: WHAT SHOULD BE FERTILE GROUND FOR YOUR NEW UNIVERSE TO GROW
PCG: WAS REPLACED BY A MASSIVE BOMB RIGGED TO BLOW UP YOUR WHOLE SESSION.
The Tumor wasn’t actually used to blow up the kids’ session, but used to create the Green Sun with intent to destroy it. The Beforus session had a Tumor as well, but it actually was used as a bomb, to blow up all twelve players so that they can live on as ghosts. My guess is that each null session has a Tumor that is used for a certain purpose that varies between sessions.
This isn’t the first zoom out that ends up revealing Jack Noir. The zoom out from John sleeping from his quest bed did pretty much the same thing.
PCG: SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE IT COULD BE
PCG: WHAT’S WAITING FOR US AT THE END OF THE COUNTDOWN.
PCG: JACK WAS EXPELLED FROM YOUR SESSION SOMEHOW
PCG: HE THEN METHODICALLY DESTROYED ALL OUR PLANETS, PROSPIT AND DERSE, AND TRIED TO WIPE US ALL OUT
PCG: SO THAT WE COULDN’T DO THE SAME THING TO HIM AGAIN
PCG: BUT HE WAS ALWAYS SAVING HIS TRUE TARGET FOR LAST
PCG: THE ONE HE HATED MOST.
PCG: JACK WAS THE LIVING EMBODIMENT OF THE DISEASE ALL ALONG.
PCG: NOIR IS THE CANCER.
PCG: IT’S HIM.
So basically, through blaming himself on everything messing up, I guess Karkat found out what the critical moment is: Jack saving the best for last regarding his rampage through the trolls’ session. It’s weird how he incorrectly gave himself the blame for the mistakes but somehow correctly figured out the deal with the countdown.
The countdown above Karkat was originally only a minute instead of an hour, until readers pointed out that it wouldn’t make sense for him to only have a minute to find everyone and all that, after which Hussie changed it.
PCG: THAT’S THE END OF HOW EVERYTHING’S MY FAULT COMPLETELY, AND I’M GARBAGE.
PCG: HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT JADE! NOT THAT YOU SEEM TO RECALL THIS MEMO EVEN EXISTS.
PCG: IF YOU SEE KANAYA IN DEATHBUBBLE HELL, PLEASE TELL HER I’M SORRY I LET HER DOWN.
PCG: AND IF YOU SEE SOLLUX WANDERING AROUND TOO, LET HIM KNOW HOW ASHAMED I AM I DITCHED HIM LIKE A COWARD BECAUSE I HEARD A HORN GO HONK.
PCG: AND TEREZI
PCG: IF YOU SEE HER
PCG: COULD YOU GIVE HER A MESSAGE FOR ME?
PCG: TELL HER THAT
PCG: NEVER MIND.
This part almost seems like an emotional final goodbye from Karkat. It would’ve been pretty cool if it was shown to us earlier on, before he met up again with everyone, so that it would have even more of an emotional impact. He is essentially giving final messages to all the friends he feels the closest to, sort of like when the guy from The Martian (the book) gives messages to each of his crewmates. I like how he can’t think of something heartfelt enough to say to Terezi who he’s obviously not in any sort of relationship with.
PCG: SEEING AS AN IDIOT IN MAKEUP IS ABOUT TO ROLL OVER MY NAKED SQUEAL PIPETTE WITH A ONE WHEEL DEVICE.
FGA: Sollux Is Okay
FGA: Hes With Me Right Now
PCG: HOLY SHIT
PCG: YOU’RE ALIVE
FGA: Hold On I Really Need To Change These Clothes
The memo ends with this sudden surprise entrance; after this point we can assume Karkat got some kind of catch up or something, I don’t know.
I still don’t understand the whole thing of Gamzee flash-stepping.
I mean, I do understand it, but it looks weird as hell.
This scrapbook scene, just like the first one with John and Vriska and the one with Gamzee and Tavros, is one where we get to read a conversation that was previously described in text a long time ago; in this case Dave described this conversation in his earlier/later conversation with Gamzee. While the one with John and Vriska was there to transition to a dream bubble scene and the one with Tavros and Gamzee was just sort of there, this one is there because it has plot-relevant stuff.
In the image above, note that Gamzee is defiling Tavros’s corpse and apparently made out with it, going by the brown blood on his lips; this probably serves as contrast to his rap-off with Tavros which makes this even more nightmarish than it already was.
TC: it’s all your fault.
TC: IT’S ALL YOUR MOTHERFUCKIN FAULT.
I like Dave’s casual reaction to Gamzee bombarding him with shit he obviously won’t understand because it’s months before he started playing the game, which is a really stupid thing to do but when are the trolls ever not stupid?
TC: all my life i believed at a fuckin paradise to come what held the most baller, darkest of carnivals to join.
TC: AND A PROPHECY
TC: to tell all about a band of rowdy and capricious minstrels steeped in the good harshwhimsy.
TC: THE MIRTHFUL MESSIAHS WERE FORETOLD TO BE CRASHING THAT FUCKING PIE STAND AND BRING THE HOLY RUCKUS.
TC: like a giddy fuckin ninja one wheeling head long at the hugest fuckin horn heap shangri la’s got to see.
TC: I’M TALKING ABOUT THE VAST HONK, YOU BLASPHEMOUS MOTHERFUCKER.
TC: what i believed in it to be was so beautiful, us and them all mellowing in tents, bumpin sounds, tossing back the faygo and soaking the miracles up our faith sponges, while the special stardust rained down at our elixir sticky faces, like a bunch a fuckin fairy powder from religion space.
TC: IT WAS GOING TO BE US AND MOTHER FUCKING THEM.
TC: them and mother fuckin us. :o(
TG: this is like
TG: some trolling schtick right
TG: this icp shit
TC: BUT NOW.
TC: because of you.
TC: BECAUSE OF ALL YOU AND YOUR FUCKING OUTRAGEOUSNESS.
TC: you stole up all my miracles away by revealing at me how the wicked shit was really kicked.
TC: LIKE SOME FILTHY FUCKING SCIENSTIFF WHO AT OLD TIMES WOULD BE RULED UNFUNNY WITHOUT EVEN GETTING HIS FUCKING TRIAL ON.
TC: and now i don’t know what to think about the spiritual fantasies i had.
TC: HONK )o:
It sounds like Gamzee’s religious fantasies were ruined when he found out that he didn’t really worship clown gods, actually Lord English and/or himself. I don’t even want to know how he discovered all that stuff. Well, OK, I actually do want to know that, but it probably wouldn’t make any sense. That’s the thing with Gamzee: pretty much everything about him doesn’t make sense. Him thinking the ICP video is blasphemy may also fall into that category, at least if you consider that that’s the first thing he ever took dead seriously. This notion comes into play when people debate about such things as his supposed clown immortality or how he got to Caliborn’s session.
TG: dude are you an actual juggalo or not
TC: bro, that word you used isn’t nothing real i’ve heard of.
TC: IT STRIKES AT ME AS ANOTHER HERETICAL FUCKING BASTARDIZATION OF SOME SACRED SHIT I TAKE SERIOUSLY IN MY PUMP BISCUIT.
TC: i mean i guess, took seriously.
Surprisingly enough, Gamzee’s impression that juggalos are a bastardization of stuff he believed in is probably actually true. As I said several times throughout this post series, it seems that in Homestuck’s universe, ICP and all that stuff is humanity’s realization of subconscious knowledge of Gamzee, just as the zodiac signs were made in honor of the trolls.
TG: i cant even tell if youre trying to troll me with this or if you actually are having some weird emotional problem
TC: can’t it be motherfuckin
TC: BOTH THINGS.
“can’t it be motherfuckin BOTH THINGS.” is something of a memetic line that’s sometimes quoted among Homestuck fans. I could’ve sworn I said it in earlier posts but apparently I didn’t, going by a quick search.
TG: ok im telling you
TG: you need to watch this video
TG: the song isnt even supposed to be released for another year or something
TG: but i got it from an inside source
TG: this is as hot as it gets
TG: hang on lemme dig it up
Not sure if Dave thinks watching an ICP video will help Gamzee understand who he is, or if he just thinks it’ll be funny to see him react. It could be motherfuckin’ both things (there, I said it).
The Delirious Biznasty application shown above has several parallels with Serious Business, particularly its first appearance. The users in both cases (disregarding Betty Crocker) are all exaggerated stereotypes: in Serious Business’s case, ridiculously meticulous businessmen with business-themed usernames, and in Delirious Biznasty’s case, skateboarding dudebros who do ridiculously dangerous things with SBaHJ-themed usernames. Also, both of the programs show someone talking about a certain incident that matches with the stereotype. The background users of both programs are both heavily stereotypical and one-note, matching with the empty nature of the outside world of Homestuck—there’s the symbolism in the comic’s title again. Oh, and we don’t get to see the user of the software in either case converse with other users.
As for the part with Betty Crocker sending Dave the music video, this is, of course, yet another appearance of the company. Betty Crocker has been showing up a lot in this section of Homestuck, so much that one can only start to wonder what’s up with that. A little later we start getting more and more clues that Betty Crocker is the Condesce, and I suspect the company’s frequent recent appearances are one of them.
TC: MOTHER FUCK NO, BRO.
TC: i’m not looking on any more of your blasphmemes.
Once again, it seems logical to assume that in Homestuck’s reality, ICP itself really is a meme based on Gamzee. He doesn’t seem amused by the memes that have been made by his existence.
TC: I REALLY JUST CAME BACK ON YOU TO MOTHER FUCKING SAY.
TC: that while that sickening noise you did at me is your fault
TC: THERE’S SOMETHING I DID AT YOU WHAT’S MINE.
TC: i did something that’s motherfucking atrocious to your posse.
Basically, this means that Gamzee took revenge on Dave ruining his clown religion.
TC: MADE YOUR WHOLE CREW OF JOKERS GET TO BEING KINDA MENTALLY MOTHER FUCKIN
Gamzee refers to the beta kids as a “crew of jokers”, which reminds me of how Caliborn, his fellow Lord English counterpart, thinks the alpha kids are a bunch of useless idiots. Or more accurately, three useless idiots and one awesome cool dude.*
* 12/29/2018: This originally said “three useless idiots and one useless cool dude”, but then I realized the true meaning of Caliborn’s relationship with Dirk.
TC: i finally got all caught up in what’s true behind the sweet murdermirth of the bitchin bloodcircus.
TC: I REACHED DEEP DOWN AND GOT AT WHERE ALL THE REAL HARSHWHIMSIES WERE HIDING INSIDE ME.
TC: in the angriest ways i found up my dark ancestral chucklevoodoos within.
Chucklevoodoos are only vaguely described in this conversation, which may confuse readers. On his Formspring, Hussie offered a potential explanation as to what those are: psychic powers given to purple bloods to haunt the dreams of lower-blooded trolls, making them too afraid to ever consider initiating a rebellion.
TC: i focused on them through the rage you made me have
TC: AND I WENT AND MADE YOUR UNIVERSE…
TC: terminal. Bo)
Here, Gamzee directly mentions the name of his aspect (rage) when talking about what he did to make the universe terminal. The implication here is clear when you re-read: as the Bard of Rage, he indirectly caused massive destruction through rage. The way he inadvertently caused such destruction leads to the next part of this discussion: the multi-layered revelation that arises from the reveal that Gamzee created the doll in John’s dream room.
The obvious reveal is, of course, is that Gamzee created that clown doll. This means that the scary doll was a Gamzee thing, meaning that Vriska isn’t the only troll who is later revealed to be behind certain things. But the underlying revelation is more and more incredible as you pass through it: Gamzee’s actions are part of a large chain of events that led to a huge amount of destruction. In order: the Condesce sent Dave the ICP video; he later sent it to Gamzee; Gamzee watched it and suffered a crisis of faith; as an act of revenge, he summoned the clown doll in John’s dream room; the doll caused John to subconsciously draw clowns all over his wall; the drawings caused his father to think he likes clowns; John’s father got his son a clown doll for his birthday; the clown was prototyped into his sprite; the Black Queen made everyone dress like clowns; Jack hated it, killed the queen, and put on her ring; as a result, he became extra powerful; Bec prototyped himself and made Jack become even more powerful; he starts wrecking shit and you know the rest. I had a sort of eureka moment when I figured out that whole thing on my own.
In a nutshell, here’s what all this means: while Karkat said earlier that Jack represents the universe’s disease, Gamzee is the one who’s truly behind it.
TG: none of that really meant anything but ok
TG: also you have me confused for somebody else we never talked
TG: i guarantee i would have remembered you
TC: ALL THAT MOTHER FUCKIN MATTERS IS I REMEMBER YOU AND WHAT YOU DID.
TC: i’m just all letting you in on the ways i set the high justice in motion.
TC: MADE US MOTHERFUCKING SQUARE, YOU AND ME.
TC: me and you.
Just like Vriska, it seems like Gamzee is talking to past Dave to foreshadow his later influence on the timeline. That is really dumb and confusing, but whatever.
TC: as if i’d forget to do my chucklevoodoos to you too.
TC: TO FUCK UP YOUR DREAMS.
TC: make your worst fears come alive and get up on their haunts in your naphappy pan.
TG: what fears
TC: YOU MOTHER FUCKING KNOW, BROTHER.
TC: its the fuckin puppet.
This means that there’s yet another thing that turns out to be a Gamzee thing: Lil’ Cal being in Dave’s dream room. Finally, we understand why Gamzee is the most important character in Homestuck.
TC: THE ONE THAT’S ALL GOT TO BE MY BEST FUCKING FRIEND I GOT NOW.
TC: now that my other buddy managed to be having his head chopped off. :oC
I wonder if Gamzee would’ve refused to kill Tavros had he encountered him. Maybe due to this potential loyalty, Tavros would’ve been able to take down Gamzee, who he most certainly wouldn’t see as a friend anymore? That would be an incredible unlikely tale of heroism.
Also, Gamzee seems to only see Tavros as one of his friends, not Karkat or any of the other trolls. Is it because he seriously was into Tavros while he just saw the others as friends by default? Or is it because he finds Tavros to be the only one who’s mirthful enough for his religion, to the likes of the genocidal stuff the ICP and Guy Fieri did?
TG: oh god
TG: did my bro put you up to this
TG: i should have guessed he might have a hand in some of these shitty trolling escapades
Surprisingly, this is actually true in a way when you consider that an alternate version of Bro is one of the souls trapped in the puppet.
TC: I’M ALL HEARING THESE AMAZING MOTHERFUCKIN THINGS.
TC: i think he’ll help me refigure out what’s the real reality about the miracles.
TC: HE’LL HELP ME TO MOTHER FUCKIN DISCOVER THE TRUTH OF WHO THE MESSIAHS ARE.
TC: the real messiahs, not the false mess a lies, hahahahaha.
I think this means that Cal helped Gamzee figure out that he is the messiahs (it’s him)? Given that his own future self’s soul is inside the puppet, this makes me wonder if Gamzee thinking he is his own god is a self-originating time loop.
TG: my bros idiotic ventriloquist dummy is responsible for this schizophrenic bullshit
TG: is that what youre saying
TC: motherfuuuuuck yes, bro.
TG: what else does he say
TC: HE SAYS
TC: all in this funny little voice
TC: THAT IS SO
TC: it’s time
TC: TO GO
I guess this means that pretty much everything Gamzee talked about in his conversation with Karkat where he was first shown to be evil came from Cal’s whispers and all that.
TC: hahaha, here was i to come at you with all these unruly upbraids i got pent up.
TC: WHEN YOU KNOW MOTHERFUCKIN WHAT?
TC: i should be gettin grateful to you for sharing at me your way ridic heresies, brother.
TC: THE ROAD TO THE DARK CARNIVAL HAS NEVER BEFORE BEEN PAVED WITH LOUDER HONK HORNS TO TREAD UPON.
TC: and scare the living motherfuck out of the lowblood faithless with each step. ;o)
What exactly does this mean? Is Gamzee saying that it’s good to share scary media relating to his juggalo religion stuff?
TG: you are either literally an insane psychopathic murderer or some kind of trolling savant
TG: time to block you now but lets do this again ok
TC: YOU FUCKIN KNOW IT, BRO.
TC: i like you.
TC: WOULDN’T MIND TAKING THAT PALE MARSHMALLOW YOU GOT AS A NUGBONE OFF YOUR SHOULDERS.
TC: for this collection i got started on.
TC: ADD A LITTLE STRAWBERRY JAM TO THIS PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH I’M MAKING BETWEEN MY MOTHER FUCKING LIPS.
TG: holy shit
TC: hey, before you go
TC: HOW ABOUT THAT WE
TC: slam a little. ;oD
They both then proceeded to have one of the best rap-offs in the history of paradox space.
One question remains: how exactly did Gamzee become good at rapping? Maybe it’s another thing Cal told him through the Dirk soul component; that’s the only good explanation I can think of.
Finally, the very last scrapbook scene is Doc Scratch finding out who’s banging on the door. But confusingly, apparently Hussie can also hear the banging through the fourth wall or something? Not that I don’t already know what the banging really is. Note that Hussie is seen in a god tier space hoodie, matching with the fact that Kanaya is his zodiac sign troll, and giving us our first appearance of the colored space symbol.
Turns out that the banging is not on the door at all; rather, someone is banging a chair on something called the fifth wall, something we can only assume is even more pretentious and self-indulgent than the fourth wall. In Hussie’s own words, the fifth wall is “a partition separating two omniscient narrators, which when broken, allows them to mess with each other”.
And it turns out that someone banging on the fifth wall is someone who looks like Aradia. From what I’ve seen, her identity is very difficult to guess, perhaps one of the hardest things to guess in the comic.
I refuse to acknowledge this foolish man’s self indulgent rubbish. His frivolous charades have no place in this building, or anywhere in this reality.
How come Doc Scratch doesn’t know that the “foolish man” is in fact the author of the story he is in? He’s perfectly aware that he is in a story, but probably thinks of himself as the author as the smug puppet douche he is. This line is probably mostly a self-deprecating jab at the self-inserts, drawing a distinction between Andrew Hussie the author and Andrew Hussie the character.
Well this post sure was short, even shorter than I thought it would be. See you next time as Doc Scratch and Hussie have a one-sided battle pitting condescension against self-indulgence.