I’m… not sure what this is about but thanks?
god i’m so fucking sleepy
i empowered myself to face another monday by listening to libera me from hell on loop all the way to work
she reaches down seductively. I guide her hand to my zipper. she unzips my fanny pack by mistake. raviolis spill out everywhere
catching up on OP, reading the mermen’s island arc
IT’S REALLY FUNNY that this question came in after the last one I answered. (They were far apart, time-wise, but it was like… a perfect pair up).
From a purely meta standpoint, Homestuck trolls only have the loosest of worldbuilding behind their biology and culture, and there are so many huge gaps that a person could spin up any number of ideas that could fit that gap. That said—
As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s a mystery and always would be. It’s really, really hard to separate out entrenched cultural biases with actual biological necessity, especially in a culture like the trolls’ where any challenge to the status quo is swiftly and violently crushed.
You can see this in action in real life with people who cling very tightly to evolutionary psychology and use it to try to ‘explain’ bullshit like why men are just naturally driven to cheat, or whatever the fad is this month. (Evolutionary psychology isn’t 100% bullshit, but the usual deployment of it all too often is.)
Like, why do trolls have to have two sexual quadrants? Why would they have to ‘for biological reasons’? They deposit genetic material into a receptacle, then that genetic material given to the mother grub who combines it (somehow) into an ‘incestuous slurry’. It’s all mixed together in the end — why would they need to have two partners, or any at all?
In the brief description of troll reproduction, the part about how the dominant genes rise to the fore and the more powerful the relationship, the more dominant the genes strikes me as a myth meant to maintain the cultural norm, especially since unreliable narration and subverting what the kids have always taken for granted is kind of a Thing in Homestuck. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense considering the whole slurry thing, and it strikes me as another reason to keep trolls divided and competing for the best possible relationships, rather than thinking of ways to fix their fucked up culture.
Then there’s also that troll quadrants map to human relationships and are essentially a very compartmentalized version of those but you’ve read that post already.
TL;DR — imo it would be impossible to separate the biological origins of troll quadrants from cultural pressures. It’s especially impossible considering we know almost zilch about troll evolution and more than a few cultural changes over time, and that they are presented as a cultural monolith, a very unlikely scenario in a species so cognitively like us and hinted at having a very large population. We can’t even begin to triangulate the possible origins with only one point.
Not to mention why do they need industrially-produced buckets if mixing genetic material out of the body is in any way natural
not only does it smack me as an artificial method of reproduction but also as incredibly fucking unhygienic