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  1. Exbent Kanaya grew up in the caverns so she’s had more cultural assimilation drilled into her
  2. I’ve been playing it sort of as a joke sort of serious but her “acts of rebellion” that she keeps fondly referring to as a phase were like
  3. Sneaking out of the caverns to go to cerulean parties or visit a public bookhive (normally only frequented by teals)
  4. Reading romance novels
  5. Having a crush. At all
  6. And ppl are like aw haha. So rebellious
  7. But for her, and the expectations of her upbringing,
  8. That’s a lot
  9. In HS proper Kanaya tends to be self sacrificial and committed to holding people together even if it’s not a particularly happy fun time
  10. She’s one of the only people who puts up with eridans bs even when he calls her a slut. And then she friendzones herself by being vriska’s moirail bc vriska needs a moirail
  11. Etc etc I feel like a Kanaya actually raised in this much more demanding environment would probably take the responsibility reasonably well
  12. Like she wouldn’t fight it as much as other jades might
  13. But I’d view the Cloister as probably even more of an assimilation machine
  14. I’ve been personally thinking of it as one of those cult “therapy” places like straight inc., where they’d give you privileges over newer folks if you treated them cruelly
  15. A lot more stepford wives than like. Violence or anything
  16. Sorry dude I’m talking SO much
  17.  
  18. levToday at 4:13 PM
  19. its ok!! this is helpful information
  20. im just wondering like whats the point of having space nuns
  21.  
  22. AbsylpheToday at 4:13 PM
  23. I have opinions on that
  24. Gimme a sec
  25. alright so
  26. imo
  27. and this may not jive w/ everyone's opinions
  28. the dolorosa was singlehandedly responsible for the two rebellions that fractured the heirarchy of alternia
  29. the first major rebellion was just her, leaving her duties in the caverns with a mutant she was supposed to kill, and then that grub growing up and becoming a major icon and orator preaching against the caste system
  30. and then the summoner's rebellion came in the wake of that, probably centuries later, supported by mindfang, who had personally profited off of the quashing of the first rebellion
  31. i've always headcanoned that there would have been EXTREME repercussions on the jade caste because of how much trouble one rebellious jadeblood caused them
  32. in abby's tl, jades were systemically blinded so they couldn't see mutant hues or the way out of the caverns and they'd have to learn the hue of eggs by temperature
  33. in the friendsims, we have a very like... xenophobic, almost, society underground, in charge of reproduction and early care
  34. jades aren't allowed to leave, though they sneak out anyway (and often enough that it's common knowledge that jades are immune to the sun). they aren't allowed to fall in love, so they have all these frantic and ill-conceived romances young
  35. bronya's route is very "big brother is watching you"
  36. she maintains like, a secret nursery for sick grubs, where she takes them to heal from illnesses so they can pupate and survive to adulthood
  37. it's NOT ILLEGAL for her to do this
  38. but she's also terrified of any drones finding out because genuinely empathetic behavior is suspect
  39. she makes a big deal about feeling "neutral" regarding the empire
  40. she is pretty much their star student, compared to the other jades, but even she is sneaking around trying to live her life before it gets ripped away from her
  41.  
  42. AbsylpheToday at 4:29 PM
  43. in both the canon route and the fake route, lanque mentions smth about like,
  44. in the canon route, smth about his boyfriend flaking on him or something
  45. but in the fake route, he says this poem that read (to me) like he had a jade boyfriend. and his jade boyfriend had recently gone off planet and he was feeling really lost and angry about it
  46. lanque's behavior in his sim was gross, but also i feel like i could have dealt with it if the narration itself didn't feel so condescending toward the reader
  47. like, i can take the behavior, surgically removed from the game, and construct motivations for lanque
  48. if that makes sense?
  49. and i'm fine with those
  50. anyway. in both routes it's like, implied he had a falling out with his SO or something and so this party is kind of like, a rebound thing?
  51. he's literally only here to get laid, he makes it very obvious
  52. he sluts around, buys drugs, tries to get YOU to do drugs
  53. and then immediately hides when bronya shows up to drag him home
  54. like again. his behaviors are Gross but also it reeks of Terrified Teen In Denial Tries To Escape Problems By Drowning In Illicit Substances
  55. i think he's supposed to be the oldest jadeblood, probably destined for the cloister very soon, so he's just desperately trying to experience everything he can before he has to go to space church for the rest of his life
  56. god i really just said all this and didn't talk to you about why i think jade cloisters are a thing huh
  57. bonehead of the year award
  58.  
  59. lev Today at 4:51 PM
  60. o yeah u did say u were going to explain that lol but i had forgotten
  61.  
  62. Absylphe Today at 4:51 PM
  63. anyway i have a social reasoning and a functional reasoning for cloisters being a thing
  64. keep in mind these aren't actually canon. we're just supposed to believe jades go to space church forever and uhh.... that's the only reason we're given
  65. socially, i think the way jades raise each other in an insular, controlled environment is living evidence that trolls don't need lusi, they don't need to be violent, and they can function, thrive, and be healthy in large family-type systems
  66. for this reason. i feel that they could easily just be branded by propaganda as a caste that is defective because they have "natural" empathy (which honestly is more nurture than nature because they're all hand-raised by other young girls in the caverns and never leave)
  67. so! they're branded as defective and banned from procreating, to artificially keep their caste "rare"
  68. they're necessary. but they don't die as fast as other castes because they're not exposed to the way life is outside of the caverns
  69. so then when they reach adulthood, obviously they can't stay on planet, bc then their empathy might balloon up and cause them to kidnap the next signless
  70. so they're cloistered. in space. to keep them away from the rest of the culture, at large
  71. functionally i think they could probably serve as like. a really weird... alien motel
  72. like if their duty is still to the propagation of the species maybe they're just like. bucket ubers
  73. im here 2 collect ur bucket
  74. i forgot to take a right turn at sigma 5 smh
  75. be there in 2  hours
  76.  
  77. levToday at 5:32 PM
  78. ohhh
  79. that makes a lot of sense
  80.  
  81. AbsylpheToday at 5:33 PM
  82. Idk I have 2 hcs on that front
  83. Either trolls only reproduce once, right before they go off planet for their trials or whatever
  84. (So they have to get their quads in order in time)
  85. Or only deployed trolls reproduce and space nuns gotta bring that nasty sludge back to alternia
  86.  
  87. levToday at 5:36 PM
  88. ewww
  89.  
  90. AbsylpheToday at 5:36 PM
  91. It’s goo!
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