Is Nepetaquest exclusively about Nepeta?
No. There are lots of (mostly original) characters, but Nepeta is a main character! Due to the adventure format there may be long stretches of time where we do not take her perspective. Please do not comment on this.
The story will end long before anyone enters Sgrub.
Why isn't this as funny as Homestuck?
I try to make it as funny as possible, but in general I have different strengths as a writer than Hussie. I can't pretend otherwise! So the story is going to have plenty of dramatic and sci-fi elements.
Why isn't it all playable?
Some segments will be dramatic and are supposed to end a certain way. Rather than sifting through user commands until I get the desired outcome I will just take the wheel. Of course you are welcome to submit commands anyway during these sequences, and if they are awesome I may do that instead!
Is this supposed to be canon or something?
This is a fanfiction.
Is it alright if I offer criticism?
Of course, but please do so via pm or, if you must post in the thread, I ask that you be polite and forward.
Are you still accepting fantrolls?
Sprited up fantrolls with typing quirks and personalities are always welcome submissions, though we are to a point where the permanent cast is fixed. Cameos are always possible but be advised that fantrolls may not live.
Can we chat freely in the thread?
Sure! I encourage it. Ideas I see in the thread could be incorporated into the adventure.
Vokken: Flip out at Nezumi.
Vokken: If you couldn'7 get 7rollian ou7 of her I don'7 see the use.
Nezumi: Master Nereus would be surprised.
Nezumi: Scoria enjoyed being manipulated. Surrendering control to another can be a rewarding experience.
Nezumi: Even a strong person can be controlled if you understand their shadow.
Nezumi: Nezumi doubts she can be manipulated by anyone else. Nezu is proud of herself...
Vokken: I'm going 7o be sick. If you live I'm going 7o fully rese7 you. You're obsessed in every personali7y. 7ime to go to square one.
Vokken: I have pu7 up wi7h you for so long. Longer 7han you know.
Vokken: So before you go and po7en7ially die I always wan7ed to 7ell you 7his:
Vokken: When we 7ell you 7ha7 you aren'7 a real 7roll that isn'7 some emp7y insul7.
Vokken: 7he only Nezumi with a soul was frozen and sliced into 7hin shee7s 7o make a 7empla7e for the res7 of you.
Vokken: "Nezu", you don'7 belong in anyone's quadran7. No7 even 7rash like Scoria. You're like a robo7 made of flesh ins7ead of me7al.
Vokken: Assuming 7ha7 is flesh. Your skin is hard as a rock. I s7ill don'7 unders7and how you move wi7hou7 breaking up in7o pieces. One of the many unse77ling 7hings abou7 you.
Nezumi: Nezu is sorry. Her skin is a dilatant material. Nezumi is soft if you touch her softly.
Vokken: 7his feels grea7, I am glad we are finally ge77ing 7his all aired ou7.
Vokken: You are the saddes7 7hing. A weapon of 7error who 7hinks she is a weapon of war. A dead person who doesn'7 realize i7. A doll who 7hinks she is real. I even dressed you up like a doll, on a whim.
Nezumi: Nezu suspected this. She doesn't mind.
Vokken: I'll be kind of glad when you're gone, I 7hink. 7he sigh7 of you makes me uncomfor7able.
Vokken: Cu7e cos7ume, bu7 7here is jus7 no joy in i7 since you don'7 feel degraded.
Nezumi: Nezumi apologizes for displeasing you.
Vokken: Jus7 go. Win. Lose. I don'7 care. I'm so 7ired.
Scoria: Read Nezumi's sultry fanfic.
Wow. Nezumi really gets to you sometimes, but she is a good writer. It is kind of flattering that someone cares about you enough to do this, especially in light of recent events. You have got to show this to Nepeta. Is she old enough to read this? Are YOU?
She is five sweeps now. Hardly a wiggler anymore.
Nepeta: Head to tracking.
abandonedFate [AF] began trolling arsenicCatnip [AC]
AF: I just looked you up on the viewport.
AF: I could flip out about what you are doing but it is probably it is probably going to get worse and I need reserve flip outs for when that happens.
AF: Anyway, you have some time. That lava is really, really slow. You could you could say it's got good poise!
AC: :33 < *purrplexed*
AF: Ahem...sorry. Here is something that that you CAN appreciate.
abandonedFate [AF] sent file nezumifanfic.txt
AC: :33 < oh wow!
AC: :33 < i f33l like i n33d purrmission to read this :33
AF: Shh. Don't tell pounce! We don't we don't want her deciding I'm a bad influence.
AC: :33 < she must really like you
AF: I don't know what to do with Nezumi.
AF: Lately she has she has been really frightening.
AF: I mean I liked her! She was so she was so aggressive and resolute. And incredibly charismatic and self-confident.
AF: And even even playful, sometimes.
AF: Everyone else thought she was a HUGE BITCH. I guess they were right.
AF: I thought she was my friend. It was it was all a lie I guess, a big joke to her.
AC: :33 < well i think
AC: :33 < being a good friend is kind of like a fight!
AC: :33 < people are always purrtending that they're STRONG and trying to push you away
AC: :33 < but that is just the right time to pounce
AC: :33 < don't you think if someone is suffering you can try to understand and thin it out a little
AF: But Nezumi is just is just so...ugh.
AF: I am the I am the one that's suffering! Suffering her.
AC: :33 < she could be reaching out to you!
AC: :33 < nezumi may be nasty and mean and all of those things
AC: :33 < and maybe all she is is all she'll ever be
AC: :33 < but maybe it isn't!
AC: :33 < you taught me that, fate
AF: I ...I did? I am pretty sure I am sure I didn't.
AC: :33 < yuh huh!
AC: :33 < you told me in the end nothing is inevitable
AC: :33 < the future isn't just a series of events happening in a box somewhere
AC: :33 < its us!
AC: :33 < if the future can change then so could she
AC: :33 < but if you let your pride or your anger or your fear get in the way then things never get better
AF: I never I never thought of it that way.
AC: :33 < you taught me that we don't have forever
AC: :33 < since the pawsibilities become fewer the longer you wait
AC: :33 < so we should make the right choices right now
AF: By the way I didn't think I didn't think you were absorbing any of that.
AF: You were just doodling on the blackboard like a ditz!
AC: :33 < i guess it didnt hit me until later :33
AC: :33 < fate people like you have something really valuable to give to people like her
AC: :33 < and maybe she has something to give you too :33
AF: She would just laugh her ass off if I said anything like that!
AF: I would look like a fool.
AC: :33 < then look like a fool!
AC: :33 < but don't be one
Last edited by aceofspudz; 09-10-2013 at 10:57 PM.
I just wanna say that I really, really like the concept of the afterlife in this story. Maybe that's partly because I had a fascination with that topic beforehand, but I think Hussie handles it in a really unique and interesting way I hadn't quite seen before. I loved that segment with Aradia and Doomed Dave, particularly when Dave asks if there's anything he can do to keep helping his friends, and she tells him no, because it's no longer any of his business.
Which is why I don't really understand all the complaints that the presence of an afterlife cheapens death. They're still dead, aren't they? Cheapened deaths are stuff like in DBZ, where a character dying meant absolutely nothing because you knew they were just gonna bring them back with the damn dragonballs anyway. Here you can still fear the death of a character because it means they won't be able to participate the same way in the story, but not completely erase them from the story if they do. And that's not pandering, either. Thinking that a dead character means they should be gone forever without a trace and we'll never see them again is a pretty shallow way of looking at death. Who's to say there isn't an afterlife in the real world? We just don't have the privilege of being able to see it while we're still alive, but these characters do. I'm completely fine with dead characters still being part of the story, as long as their deaths have consequence and it means there will be some degree of separation between them and the world of the living, since they are no longer part of it.
Originally Posted by Perseverance
I've made it quite clear that I personally have tremendous respect for what Andrew Hussie has accomplished with Vriska "as a character." He's written her perfectly into a character I have a visceral emotional reaction towards, a character that I "love to hate." Most other authors I've read do not match Hussie's skill in the department of creating such characters, and most other authors should be desperate to match him -- because in some respects writing great villains that leave a lasting impact is even more difficult than writing great heroes.
As for your point regarding Jack, the key difference there is that Jack is acknowledged by the author and by most readers as a villain -- or even as something "less" than a villain, as a mere "force of nature" that simply wantonly and haphazardly inflicts harm. My issues with Vriska are twofold: first, that the author and other readers refuse to acknowledge her as a villain, and second, that she rarely (if ever) faces serious consequences for her actions. It's not either issue independently but both in unison that cultivate my greatest fear: that Vriska will in some way be "absolved" and "forgiven" for her indiscretions despite a failure to change in any meaningful way, and that her role in the story will be as a lauded hero or antihero despite the abhorrent manner that she's treated Tavros and others.
I'd be just as worried if there was evidence that Jack was going to end up celebrated as a misunderstood hero who ultimately saved the day -- but there's no evidence whatsoever that could be interpreted to support such a conclusion. It's not that I hate Vriska so much because I've misinterpreted her into "being a real person" and I'm holding her to "real person moral standards" or anything. I "hate her" because her victories in Homestuck (and she always seems to win) represent what I view as bad moral lessons for literature to enforce: that bullies suffer no consequences, that sexual and violent action of a coercive nature can be justified, that such behavior requires no apologies to the victim, that the victim is actually the one responsible for his downfall and not the perpetrator. That's the nature of my visceral reaction -- it's not against Vriska as a character, but against the themes Homestuck would incorporate assuming that Andrew continues to adamantly support the notion that she's a misunderstood hero and not a villain. Does that make more sense?
Originally Posted by HasABeard
john: Karkat's log, stardate...beep/beep/meow. My space-wizardly vassal of the Planet Derse and I have just landed on a...strange structure surrounding the entire planet of Skaia. Niether asteroid belt nor planetary ring, it appears to be formed from the same material as the planet below...but connected and twisted like the gnarly roots of a stump in the Land of Frost and Frogs. There is no other structure like it within the Incisphere, perhaps...all known Paradox Space.
Walking this curving ground reminds me of...how far I truly am from my home on the Land of Wind and Shade. Our vehicle, the USS Dad's Spare, is...inoperative. Its pilot cannot properly control it in his current state...the device keyed to its ignition has been missing for some time...worst of all, its power source, the so called...Wind of the God-tiered, has been removed. Its removal somehow...coincided with our departure from Dad's Spare, a mystery yet to be solved.
Our mission..is to find a mythical bomb, The Tumor, at all costs. One lietent commander Rose Lalonde has requested our assistance in finding it, for...purposes unkown. However, I have been good personal friends with Miss Lalonde for several years, and I have come to...trust her judgement. We can only hope the natives prove as friendly.
Alternia has enough gravity for things like walking to look reasonably earth like, and Aceofspuds doesn't seem like the kind of person to things like "inertial suppression technology" without going all
armok--it was originally at L4 lagrange but then I thought it was more important to visually convey proximity to the planet without clunky dialog about where they were. So I just dropped the planet in without thinking about what that would do to the gravity. Now it is bugging me. Thanks a lot!
Adventures: Nepetaquest 2011 - A Hivebent prequel fanventure involving Nepeta, Alternia, and a pack of fantrolls. MAGI - Defeat all opposing MAGI and become the ARCHMAGI of Dust City.