- If reading Homestuck is necessary, I'm doing something wrong, because the characters themselves certainly haven't read it. Sure, if you've read Homestuck, you may be curious that the frog temple has carvings other than code, but those seven panels (panels is the word I needed there; thank you mad speculator!) should have been obviously noteworthy regardless. That said, having read Homestuck means that certain things will make sense before they get explained (e.g. "Princess Rarity"), and some things will be more obviously noteworthy than they would otherwise (e.g. those eleven rectangles at the bottom of her dream portrait or whatever it is, or Fluttershy's MURDER MODE background if you want to take that as foreshadowing and not just a joke.) But we're almost certain to get at least the basics of the SBALE interface demonstrated visually. Heck, maybe you'll even decide to challenge me to assign meaning to the parts of the interface that Andrew never even showed getting used. *asks for trouble.* That said, I could certainly go back and add some more explanation to some of the earlier fetch modus/sylladex pages, if people feel that the inventory stuff is totally nonsensical without the prior background.
On the other hand, as JapaneseTeeth said, I reference Homestuck in various ways that will simply make more sense if you've read it. "OH PSYCHE," for example, is a reference to the second(?) act of Homestuck, when we stop following a character who's already been introduced in order to introduce a third character. Here it was used somewhat in reverse, but it's still the same sort of thing and there's something horribly amusing about Lyra looking miserable. Or, heck, just Lyra in general. Similarly, certain lines will be quoted/paraphrased from Homestuck, e.g. Fluttershy captchaloguing Angel takes directly from the main character of Homestuck captchaloguing a salamander, and the black-and-white panels are references to an adventure preceding Homestuck as well as references to the ponyshrug image meme. I do this because Homestuck does it to itself.
So yeah, it shouldn't be necessary if all goes well, but it'd help in recognizing things are foreshadowing, and it will explain certain things at greater length than I will because I do assume that many people have read Homestuck and spending too much time explaining something totally familiar to them seems a bad idea. There'll be more depth there, at least for certain subjects, is I guess what I'm saying. But let me know if, in avoiding depth, I end up leaving out what's actually necessary.
- "I'm completely ignorant of most of what's going on and how this all works so please correct any stupidity on my part. I thought that Violet will choose whatever action they think is best for the story. So it's best to try as many things as possible and see what interesting stuff pops out of Violet's head."
It's a mix of what's best for the story and what people seem most attached to. Like, I had no real story-reason for going to the spa, but lots of people wanted to, and I felt bad about how scripted the flashback was in general, so we did that! And it ended up working out and was unintentionally incredibly symbolic, on two counts:
- It broke the twelve frogs into two very convenient numbers: five, which comes up a couple times in the carvings, and seven, which is the main number associated with frog temples in general. (You'll notice there are seven lilypads leading across the bog to its entrance; the same holds true in Homestuck.)
- The spa is run by two ponies, Aloe and Lotus. We only saw Lotus. Then we went into a frog temple with two time capsules, only one of which had a blooming lotus blossom. I can only wish that I had planned that. Trust me that whenever we see the blossom of the other one, it'll have been blue instead of pink.
On the other hand, yes, sometimes I'll definitely go with something just because it's going to be useful.
In this particular case, spamming different ideas could have been kind of destructive because in theory it looks like there are seven main possibilities for things to do next. If you behaved exactly like a random number generator, they'd just all end up getting suggested two or three times and that wouldn't help much. In reality, some things were more favored than others, and also there was an eighth possibility that got suggested, namely:
- Rarity deploying a cruxtruder: this is pretty popular, so I should explain why I don't think it's about to happen. Three reasons.
- Rarity is not guaranteed to know how important cruxtruders are.
- Even if she does, perhaps especially if she does, that would be an incredibly dick move on her part and it's not the sort of thing that should be done offscreen without at least getting to hear her motivation. It'd possibly be good for the plot, but horrible for her character.
- Twilight is going to get some research done here, and a cruxtruder suddenly appearing behind her would shift her priorities tremendously.
Right! That's a lot of text and there've been more replies since I started. Update-not-featuring-Rarity-being-a-dick to come later.
Thanks! Pegasus magic is kind of ridiculous all round, so it's fun to play with. It's only getting worse in later episodes, too, as Rainbow Dash is able to create clouds just by flying and other flying animals can sit on top of clouds. In truth, shoving in the HUB logo was done mainly because I couldn't for the life of me find a good image of the entirety of the canon temple elevator, so I had to make something up, but the change might well end up becoming meaningful later on.Forgot to mention, I also really like the fanon involving pegasi and floating furniture, and the idea that the wagon has to "think" it's rolling! That has to be the most perfect proposition for the properties of passive pegasus prestidigitation I've heard yet.
ETA: And then there was an entire page of discussion and suggestions. What have I gotten myself into.