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Currently of equally dubious importance, **612** is the arc number of Hivebent, just as 413 is the arc number of Homestuck. Most of its appearances in Hivebent mirror the appearances of 413 in Homestuck.

Despite Hivebent being over, the number continues to make occasional appearances throughout the story, often unrelated to the trolls.

## Appearances as a Date

- Hivebent began on the 12th of June, 2010 - in other words, 6/12/2010 - just as Homestuck began on 4/13/2009.
- While the Alternian calendar does not directly correlate to the Earth calendar, the story is set on Karkat Vantas's wriggling day: the 12th bilunar perigee of the 6th dark season's equinox, in the same way that Homestuck takes place on John Egbert's birthday, April 13th.
- The 612th day of Homestuck is December 16th, which makes the date 12/16/10, or 6/12/10 in the style that Andrew updates the RSS Feed with. A flash was made to mark the occasion, but it was actually released one day late.
- The update on 6/1/2011 has Vriska Serket attempting to challenge Bec Noir to a duel, consequentially leaving behind a pixie dust trail back to the troll's hiding place. This allows Bec Noir to quickly find the hiding place and explode the living shit out of it. Fortunately/unfortunately, this was an alternate time-line.
- The updates on 6/12/2011 include the beginning of Vriska's last pesterlog to John.

- Cascade was released on 10/25/11, exactly 2 years, 6 months and 12 days after 4/13/09, when Homestuck began, and 1 year, 4 months, and 13 days after 6/12/10, when Hivebent began.
- According to the update log, this flash (featuring the first appearance of The Condesce in Act 6) was released on 2/16/12 - 612 backwards and forwards. It was actually released one day later. Hussie has also noted it was originally meant for Valentine's Day.
- Although certainly a coincidence, it is interesting to note that the first command from an Exile occurred in an update released on 6/12/09.

## Appearances as a Time

- The mysterious box under the Doomsday Scale counts down from 6:12. Likewise, most countdowns in Homestuck count down from 4:13 or variations thereon.
- Before Aradia has her conversation about Sgrub with Sollux, her Crosbytop Computer displays the time as 6:12 AM.
- In this log, Past Karkat exists 6 hours and 12 minutes before Equius, and Future Karkat exists 612 hours in the future from Equius.
- The memo between Kanaya and Future Karkat implies that the session of Sgrub took 612 hours to beat. This is confirmed when Karkat says he was hatched several weeks ago. 612 hours spans 3 weeks, 4 days, and 12 hours, suggesting his ectobiology encounter happened early in his adventure.
- During a conversation late into the kids' session, Terezi instructs Dave to wire her 413 Boonbonds exactly 6 hours and 12 minutes in her own past.
- As soon as John opens Jade's cruxtruder the countdown shows 10:25, 6:12 + 4:13 = 10:25. By the time she gets upstairs, the countdown is at "a little more than 6 minutes" - most likely 6:12.
- The destruction of the Trolls' Prospit occurs with 6:12:00 remaining until the Critical Moment or 4 hours and 13 minutes after Jack entered the troll session.
- The destruction of the Trolls' Derse occurs 6 hours and 12 minutes after Jack entered the troll session or with 4:13:00 remaining until the Critical Moment.

- Retroactively, in one of the pages where Hearts Boxcars is struggling with Eggs and Biscuits, there are
**six**visible Eggs, each using a hat with**12**written on it, and 4 Biscuits each using a hat with**13**on it. However, this is~~clearly part of the ongoing gag~~most certainly a coincidence. - There are 12 trolls, each one 6 solar sweeps old, who will split into two teams of 6 to play the Alternian equivalent to Sburb.
- Each troll's first and last name has 6 letters, for a grand total of 12 letters in their full names.
- The two Alternian Frog Temples have 6 pillars each, one representing each of two teams, just as the Earth one has 4.
- The Sgrub cursor has 12 complete squares, just as Earth's Sburb cursor has 4 complete squares.
- The trolls' Prospit and Derse have 7 and 5 (12) dream towers each, while the Earth session equivalents have 2 each.
- 6 of the trolls have eyewear (Terezi, Sollux, Equius, Vriska, Eridan and Feferi), meaning a total of 12 lenses (assuming you count Vriska's blacked-out lens).
- Six Alternian Solar Sweeps is equvalent to thirteen Earth years; thus, one Alternian solar sweep is equal to two and one-sixth Earth years (2 1/6 = 216 = 612 reversed). This fraction is
**2.16**666667 when written as a decimal. - As of the 07/25/11 update, 6 and half trolls (
**6 1/2**) are deceased (as Sollux has "a foot on either side"). Eight trolls have been (entirely) dead, seven have received DEAD tags (Aradia did not receive a DEAD tag in the scene of her death), and Sollux has been K.O.'d and received the corresponding tag. As Aradia and Kanaya have left the state of death, this resulted in a total of**six**deceased trolls and**six**living trolls prior to the reveal of Sollux's transcendent state. - When Vriska's left eye is visible it appears as six pupils around a center one. So it is 6 and 1 pupils on one out of two eyes.
- The sum of the numbers used in the trolls' quirks (Aradia, 0; Sollux, 2; Nepeta, 33; Terezi, 431; Vriska, 8; Equius, 100 and Feferi, 38) is 612.

## Appearances as an Arbitrary Number

- Alternian architecture gives all windows 12 panes (which retroactively makes Earth's 4 pane windows a reference to 413).
- The "continue" command used during Hivebent is ======>, consisting of 6 equals signs. It also consists of 12 lines, each equals comprising two lines, one for each troll. This retroactively makes the Homestuck "continue" command of ==> a reference to 413, since it has 4 lines, and 3 symbols in total.
- The "Alternia" album costs $6.12, has 12 normal tracks and 6 bonus tracks. Its second track is 1:43 long.
- On the page where Dave receives John's wired boonbuck, the first three digits of the amount of money he has is 612 backwards. The next three digits are 413 backwards.
- When Dave sends 413 boonbonds to Terezi, he sends it 6 hours 12 minutes before the end of their chat about that transaction (from her perspective).
- In the minigame flashback to the creation of the troll paradox clones, it appears that infant trolls have 6 legs, again retroactively referencing the four human limbs.
- In her burst of randomness Aradia types "+ ?*rand(413^612)" after one sentence.
- John has 9,413,
**612**Boondollars after ascending to the very top of his Echeladder by extinguishing the flames covering LOWAS with The Windy Thing. - At the end of the flash "John: Rise Up" the dates 4/13/2009-12/16/2010 are shown, pointing out how the flash was released on day 612 (even though it was technically released on day 613). Reversing the day and month of the flash's release produces the number 1
**6/12**(reversing the digits has a similar result).

- The album "Alternia ♫" costs $6.12. It also has 12 regular tracks and six bonus tracks.
- The album "Alterniabound ♫" costs $6.12.
- "Terezi's Theme ♫", from the same album is 2:16 long.

- The album "The Wanderers ♫" costs $6.12. Note that this album focuses on the Exiles instead of the trolls. For why this may be significant, see above.
- The song "Battle Brotocol ♫" from coloUrs and mayhem Universe B ♫ is 2:16 long.
- The album "Homestuck Vol. 9 ♫" was released on June 12th, 2012.