So today I was just kind of idly thinking about Arkturuse and their song for some reason, sort of singing it while slightly thinking about how I’d improve it when the time came to redo it from lazily putting music to too many words into being an actual song more suiting of my prog rock type sensibilities
And that kinda made me briefly think about Stolen Heart and Aiyalam’s songs (which were incidentally in a similar state)
And then I just kinda on the spot started making up a NEW song for Aiyalam.
That kinda got me thinking about how my thoughts on the Synthesis attribute have changed very recently and how perhaps,
I like finally realised what the Stablehand Aether and Aluma are like after the longest time
It’s like a phylogenetic tree
The thing is like, time in the Aether is measured in “alterations” which are changes to the “code” of the universe, as represented in “hex editor” format with gibberish strings in Aiyalam’s spinning notebook?
That’s pretty much exactly like DNA mutations. Measuring “alterations” is basically the same exact thing—minus the fact the Aether doesn’t have actual “time” to compare with it—as measuring the time between divergence of species by looking at the background rate of neutral mutations and how many such mutations occurred between the two species
So every different timeline in Aluma is like a branch on a phylogenetic tree.
I just figured out why Aluma has these impossible-sounding mythical creatures that in reality all happen to coalesce in the flaredrakeicorn and the kamaileopard
Eight different Antecedents each saw one of Arkturuse’s two Patron-Accessories and each one had a different impression of it. For instance Vistula the Dawn looked at Xera Flaredrakeicorn and saw them as a bright white griffin-like creature with a bluegreen shimmer, the “umao”, some Antecedent in Grævonia looked at them and went ‘oh it’s a bright kinda fiery thing this obviously must be the Phoenix’
With Zyra Kamaileopard there are these extinct creatures right and so the Antecedents look at it and they think they see the extinct creatures, kind of an amusing inversion of a cryptid story where people find the ‘bigfoot’ in something way more amazing that nobody realises exists because people were too busy talking about cryptids
That makes me think, it’s kinda possible other Aetherbosses’ Accessories had some role in Aluma too. I can’t immediately think of what Rosetta and Clearfill would be doing, but Dark Teapot is already known to have done stuff in Aluma under a male persona called Sigmund Wren. It’s possible The Air and Spiral may have followed him during that time.
Me: I could have tea, or I could have herbal tea
Me: Herbal not-even-really-tea? While writing the Dark Teapot guidebook? That would be a sacrilege
As of today DTP’s Sigmund Wren form actually has an archetype name: Gent.
Gents are, literally speaking, gentlemen (though of any gender). In terms of the actual archetype, they are disciplined and solid with experience to the point of seeming a little imposing, and are really good at knowing exactly what they need to do to ‘succeed strategically’ at a given situation. Gents are like, those people who are scary good at predicting exactly what you’re gonna do before you even know it and hold this at their sides as a weapon against you.
But they’re also, well, gents, and would generally not use this power for evil. They can be a bit underhanded, bending rules to achieve their own aims cause when you’re smart you just get free morality passes like that, but they have no desire to exploit people just to see them exploited or to selfishly get ahead. Their overall aim is to do good (though they first of all aim to do good for their “gentry group”, whatever special privileged circle that may be, before doing good for everyone else), and every underhanded shortcut they take in secret is meant to lead to the best possible outcome for everyone.
I finally went back and used my newest decision on attunes to figure out the bosses. By figuring out what attunes they were I could match them up to attributes, since each attribute has associated attunes.
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.
Something I’d been wondering about for a while is assuming DTP is an aetherboss (I’d never been sure whether he was or not) where did his female form go
I’d been thinking he has a bunch of different guises, maybe 5 of them, each with a distinct furry theme (the aetherbosses are weird about their theme making them look vaguely like furries, actually… SH, Ark, and Aiyalam all have creatures in their themes) that has a different half-mask; a handful of things about DTP were from failed Zacharie [OFF] headcanons so the idea of doing something with multiple masks and forms was kind of in the same vein
I realised that perhaps his guise forms could all be the female form collectively, so he has more of a distributed, mysterious identity than the other aetherbosses
But if his guise forms are all female that really makes him like Shade Vanadia. I think DTP really is gonna be not-Shade Vanadia after all…
I realised, probably Nassak can just walk through the Depths if he’s careful
Before now I’d always imagined there just being this sliding glass door at the back of the Saucer Nexus with a warning sign that had a stylised abyssal and “DANGER” or something, and if anybody stepped out into the Depths beyond that door the abyssals would just immediately eat them (Dark Teapot or an Insulator or somebody would probably just suddenly show up and block you from going out the door as soon as you opened it)
But Nassak has like Portent-sense, so he could detect abyssals before they snuck up on him,
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
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