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Dark Teapot and shade forms

Dark Teapot and Sigmund Wren are the same person, but essentially in two separate timelines. Sigmund Wren’s timeline ends where Dark Teapot’s timeline begins, and vice versa, creating a chicken and egg time loop situation where it’s not really clear if he was “always” an aetherboss or not. Sigmund Wren was initially a person who became an aetherboss, but Dark Teapot was initially an aetherboss who became a person.

Dark’s additional “guise” identities that I always had a vague idea he’d have have to do with his connection with the dream spy agency.

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Twists:

  1. not-Shade-Vanadia has five personas, and everybody gets confused because everything in this universe comes in fours or eights and it’s like WHERE ARE THE OTHER THREE?!. It’s like the goats thing where they let two goats loose numbered 1 and 3 or something like that and the administrators kept looking for goat #2
  2. not-Shade-Vanadia is Dark Teapot. This is where his cosmopolitan mysteriousness and guise thing actually proved not to be just for show

The cool thing about having Dark Teapot in some past timeline as a member of the dream spy agency is that I gave him the name Sigmund because it sounded superficially profound, like oh, you must be a master of the infinite dark foggy labyrinth of the collective subconscious if your name is Sigmund. But specifically, one of Sigmund Freud‘s major things was looking for stuff in dreams… so, like, it’s kinda things coming full circle in a way. :p

Eterea, if they really wanted to, could probably just spontaneously go into anybody’s mind just through the power of being creatures formed of abstract ideas. There just needs to be some idea in there that vaguely relates to their base concept, or maybe even the current Aether locale they’re in, and whoop! They’re in. #mind: hacked

What made me think of this was a “cleverbad” quote:

Dream intelligence is the owner of the 2.

And I was like imagining a spy agency going through people’s dreams to find stuff and protect people…

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