Complacency of the Learned

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Complacency of the Learned is a fiction book about wizards written by Roxy's Mom and a huge literary success. At least six volumes of Complacency of the Learned were released, all fairly long doorstoppers. A poster of what is presumably the cover hangs from the door of Roxy's room and features a caduceus on it.

The story of Complacency of the Learned directly relates to Lord English and the Condesce and was written by Roxy's Mom as a passive aggressive taunt to the Batterwitch.

Pre-scratch, Rose wrote another version of the story, an allegorical retelling of the events of the A2 Sgrub session. Both Doc Scratch and the Writ Keeper were shown to have an interest in this version.


The LearnedEdit

The Learned are a group of twelve wizard elders that is lead by Zazzerpan.


Main article: Zazzerpan

The leader and eventually sole surviving member of the wizard elders. He is known to have never lost a match of chess, not even to the gods.


Roxy named her cat after one of the wizards in the book, which she sympathizes with the most. Frigglish was cursed by Calmasis to write virtually unreadable works of his knowledge, similar to the proportions of both Complacency of the Learned and Homestuck, and ended up being killed by his own books (note that in the beginning of Homestuck, John says Colonel Sassacre's Text could kill a cat if dropped, and Roxy's cat faces this precise fate).

The DisciplesEdit

The disciples were a group of children, apprenticed under The Learned, that are convinced to rebel against their Complacency by Calmasis.


An androgynous young apprentice who is both the antihero as well as the main antagonist of the books. They turned their fellow disciples to their side and killed the wizard elders one by one, until only Zazzerpan was left.

It is heavily implied that Calmasis is a representation of Calliope and Caliborn's shared body, being an androgynous being, with a similar suit, in addition to the chains that the two wear in order to tether each other away from their sides of the room being shown in one shot. In the same picture, Calmasis is shown holding Doc Scratch's gun, which Calliope is known to possess. Even the name, Calmasis, could be seen as Calliope or Caliborn.



The books' main story is focused on Calmasis' efforts to kill all members of the titular "Complacency of the Learned", a group of elderly wizards led by Zazzerpan. All twelve are killed but Zazzerpan himself, forcing a showdown.

The cover art above depicts the final chess match between Zazzerpan and Calmasis. It has many similarities to the events on The Battlefield, such as becoming checkmated and eventually losing The King but not ending the game. This seems to reference a game of chess between Calliope and Caliborn in which Caliborn seems to lose his king, though he reveals it to be his queen in disguise. This enables him to win against Calliope, who, like Zazzerpan, had never previously been bested. The chess pieces Calliope uses also closely resemble the appearance of the two shown on the cover of Complacency of the Learned.


  • "Calmasis" is a pun on Lil' Cal and Salmacis, a villainous androgynous nymph in Greek mythology.
  • When she was younger, Roxy wrote her own wizardfic called Wizardy Herbert. It is not known how much Complacency of the Learned inspired this work.
    • In real life, Wizardy Herbert is a novel that Andrew Hussie began writing but never finished; he later incorporated some of its concepts into Homestuck. Zazzerpan and his Complacency were originally Wizardy Herbert characters.
  • Calmasis' mission to kill off all of the members of the Complacency mirrors Spades Slick's mission to kill all of the Felt.
  • Calmasis's green coat and red bowtie resemble the outfit of Whistles the Clown.

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