As described on the boy and his friends and a game they play together." Homestuck is the fourth story of MS Paint Adventures, and by far the largest one yet, with 7,720 pages (out of 9,624 MSPA pages) as of June 24, 2015. It started on the 13th of April 2009; 413 becoming a recurring number in-universe. The story contains foul language, violence, gore, and other adult themes., Homestuck is "a tale about a
Various numerical data about Homestuck are maintained here.
Homestuck's basic premise was inspired by games like The Sims, Spore, and EarthBound. Unlike previous Adventures, Homestuck is no longer primarily driven by reader submitted commands, Andrew having taken full control of the story during Act 4. However, he admits to still drawing inspiration from the speculation and fanart of his fanbase.
The Homestuck Beta, that was started on April 10, three days prior to the now official release, was Andrew's original attempt to start the comic, which he planned to make entirely in Flash, and drop the MS Paint-style art. However, when the Homestuck Stable Release came, it was revealed that it would continue its art style and use of animated GIFs instead. It was revealed a few days later in Andrew's blog that this was not planned, but rather, it was because doing a whole series with Flash was too difficult and time consuming for him. Although most of the adventure is still created with animated gifs, there are still occasional Flash updates which take the form of movies or even interactive minigames, and include music.
The game of Homestuck is shown to have Terezi when she attempts to play it on a record player, causing the game to at an inopportune time. It had to be taken to a scratch doctor in order to be repaired.. The first disc lasts until the . The second disc, resembling , was supposed to last until the end of the adventure, though it was later to only last through Act 6 Intermission 5. The second disc by
ACT 2 - RAISE OF THE CONDUCTOR'S BATON (Started 06/10/09, ended 10/11/09)
ACT 3 - INSANE CORKSCREW HAYMAKERS (Started 10/13/09, ended 01/15/10)
INTERMISSION - DON'T BLEED ON THE SUITS. (Started 01/16/10, ended 02/10/10)
- ACT 1 - MOB1US DOUBL3 R34CH4ROUND (Started 06/12/10, ended 09/19/10)
- ACT 2 - HE IS ALREADY HERE. (Started 09/19/10, ended 10/25/11) (END OF YEAR 2- )
INTERMISSION 2 - THE MAN IN THE CAIRO OVERCOAT. (Started 10/31/11, ended 11/02/11)
- ACT 1 - THROUGH BROKEN GLASS (Started 11/11/11, ended 12/11/11)
- INTERMISSION 1 - CORPSE PARTY (Started 12/11/11, ended 01/01/12)
- ACT 2 - YOUR SHIT IS WRECKED. (Started 01/02/12, ended 03/09/12)
- INTERMISSION 2 - PENIS OUIJA (Started 03/10/12, ended 04/13/12) (END OF YEAR 3- )
- ACT 3 - NOBLES (Started 04/14/12, ended 07/29/12)
- INTERMISSION 3 - BALLET OF THE DANCESTORS (Started 08/31/12, ended 11/03/12)
- ACT 4 - VOID (Started 11/12/12, ended 11/14/12)
- INTERMISSION 4 - DEAD (Started 11/14/12, ended 11/27/12)
- ACT 5 - OF GODS AND TRICKSTERS (Started 11/28/12, ended 02/16/13)
- INTERMISSION 5 - I'M PUTTING YOU ON SPEAKER CRAB. (Started 02/17/13, ended 04/14/13) (END OF YEAR 4- )
- ACT 6 (Started 06/12/13, current sub-act)
- ACT 1 (Started 06/12/13, ended 06/13/13)
- INTERMISSION 1 (Started 06/14/13, ended 08/27/13)
- ACT 2 (Started 08/29/13, ended 09/02/13)
- INTERMISSION 2 (Started 9/02/13, ended 10/16/13)
- (END OF YEAR 5 - no panel)
- ACT 3 (Started 10/16/14, ended 10/25/14)
- INTERMISSION 3 (Started 10/25/14, ended 10/26/14)
- ACT 4 (Started and ended 11/01/14)
- INTERMISSION 4 (Started 11/03/14, ended 01/19/15)
- ACT 5 (Started 04/13/15, ended 04/22/15) (END OF YEAR 6 - no panel)
- INTERMISSION 5 (started 04/22/15, current sub-sub-intermission)
The following portions of the story have not yet been released.
Note: While Hussie confirmed this act structure, and while this is one that has been hinted at at length throughout the comic, it's still possible he might subdivide further.
Acts 1-4: The End of the World
On his 13th birthday, John Egbert receives the latest computer game, a beta version of an immersive simulation game called Sburb. Working with his friend Rose Lalonde, they discover that the game allows the players to manipulate their reality.
A startling revelation comes, though - an apocalyptic meteor shower is beginning to destroy the world before their very eyes. However, the game gives them tools to escape their fate. John, Rose, and their friends Dave Strider and Jade Harley work together to flee the apocalypse and enter a new dimension called the Incipisphere. The Incipisphere is a world of "warring royalty in a timeless expanse," where the forces of Prospit and Derse struggle for dominion over the realm of Skaia in the chess-patterned Battlefield at its center. The kids are given primary guides - spirits known as Kernelsprites - to help them understand this new setting and the rules of the game. The four of them must fight against the monsters of the dark kingdom, controlled by the Denizens, and free the Consorts of the four planets circling Skaia. They must master the inventory system called the Sylladex, and understand the alchemy system the game provides.
John, Rose, Dave, and Jade slowly learn of their roles as the Heir of Breath, the Seer of Light, the Knight of Time, and the Witch of Space respectively. They must all undertake personal journeys, come to terms with their relationships with their Guardians, and wake their dream selves. They learn they must pass the Seven Gates, reach Skaia, and stop the Black King and Black Queen from destroying Skaia in an event called the Reckoning. However, it’s said that Skaia would buy the kids time by creating defense portals that would redirect the meteors to another place in paradox space – Earth. Some of these meteors are to "seed" laboratories like the Skyship Base on Earth, and carry Exiles – former members of the two kingdoms – to the year 2422, long after the apocalypse, for them to repopulate the Earth. Others spawn anomalies like the Frog Temple, and others become the meteors that hit the kids’ houses in the first place. However, another revelation happens as John eventually reaches a laboratory in the Incipisphere’s outer meteor belt called the Veil, where he uncovers a mysterious ectobiology machine. John accidentally facilitates the kids’ and their guardians' own existences. They are sent back to the past on meteors during the Reckoning as well, to set in motion the entire chain of events.
Act 5: Jack and the trolls
On their quest to grow up and fill into their hero roles, the players stumble upon signs that their mission will end in disastrous failure if they continue on their path. A weapon Jade tries to give to John accidentally ends up in the hands of Jack Noir, the nefarious archagent of Derse. He commits double regicide against the monarchs of Derse and becomes the Sovereign Slayer, wreaking destruction wherever he goes – something never intended to happen in the game.
They also learn that they are not the only group of people playing the game. Countless other sessions of players, on other planets in other dimensions, also exist. They begin to be contacted by the twelve trolls – players from another planet and another dimension, who played a session of Sburb (or, as they called it, Sgrub) long ago in the past. Many aspects of their session were similar, with their own twelve-planet Incipisphere, their own Exiles and more. These twelve managed to win their game, and discovered the ultimate purpose of Sburb – to create new universes. In fact, the kids’ home universe was created by none other than the trolls, led by Karkat Vantas.
However, something went wrong, and an indestructible, omnipotent demon was unleashed into their game. Before the trolls could gain access to the new universe, they were stopped by his appearance in the space-time continuum. It is revealed that this demon was actually a Becquerel-prototyped Jack Noir, who under complex circumstances got into the session of the trolls and prevented them from winning the game. The trolls soon get in touch with the kids, and begrudgingly attempt to help the kids in learning of things like the first guardians of Earth and Alternia, and the Green Sun which powers them. They work on a plan - to depower Jack by recovering a massive bomb called The Tumor and taking it into the sun, meanwhile causing a scratch to reset their session and escaping it via the fourth wall. The plan is for everyone to meet up in the new session. However, while the kids work to execute the plan, not all is well on the trolls' meteor. Several of the trolls begin killing each other, and the murderous Gamzee Makara speaks of his mirthful messiahs and a Vast Honk yet to come. Vriska Serket, a glory-seeking troll using her own mind powers in order to influence various events of the story, causes trouble among her peers and seeks to stop Bec Noir, but she is killed by Terezi Pyrope, a Seer of Mind who foresees a doomed timeline from Vriska's actions.
The plan goes off somewhat successfully, and all four of the kids reach god tier in the process. However, it is revealed that the Tumor is a bomb that detonates when the kids' and trolls' universes have been destroyed. This occurs when Jack Noir attacks Bilious Slick - the kids' universe, a frog bred by the trolls - and Spades Slick shoots Snowman - the troll's exiled Black Queen who's life is bonded to the trolls' universe. The resulting explosion gives birth to the Green Sun, which was never meant to be destroyed. The first guardian of Alternia, Doc Scratch, had deceived them by forgetting to mention just what the bomb actually did. Meanwhile, upon the death of Doc Scratch and the destruction of the two universes, a code activates and the evil Lrd English, a time-travelling crime lord, leader of the Felt and Doc Scratch's master, makes his arrival at the end of the trolls' universe and begins his own work.
Act 6: The Post-Scratch Session
The scratch resets the Kids' universe so that the kids and their ectobiological parents are sent to Earth at different times. Jane Crocker, Jake English, Dirk Strider and Roxy Lalonde, the B2 kids, are the new players in this instance of the universe. However, while they prepare to play the game, it is apparent that the odds are stacked against them. Earth is a corporate planet owned by Betty Crocker, who is really the Condesce, the former Empress of Alternia now in the service of Lord English and the usurper of the Black Queen in the new Incipisphere. Roxy and Dirk live years in the future in a flooded planet, constantly under threat of the Imperial Drones, and the God Cat makes all kinds of mischief for these new heroes. The B2 kids are contacted by two members of another alien species - the cherubs, consisting of the friendly and helpful Calliope and the violent and antagonistic Caliborn, who share the same body and are going to play their own session. Caliborn plans to kill Calliope as part of the 'game'.
Meanwhile, together with the surviving trolls, the original four kids embark on two separate three-year journeys to the B2 session. The newly-omnipotent Peregrine Mendicant sends a badly wounded Wayward Vagabond to the kids and trolls at the Green Sun, who then begin to travel through the Furthest Ring - the space between universes - on a meteor. PM proceeds to pursue Jack Noir as he pursues the meteor through the Ring. Meanwhile, John, Jade and the remaining population of their Incipisphere - shrunken by Jade's god tier powers - break through the Fourth Wall and begin to cross the Yellow Yard.
As the three years progress, the meteor's crew passes through dream bubbles, places made out of the memories of players. The bubbles serve as the afterlife for dead players and where living players go while they sleep. Through these dream bubble visits, they encounter the pre-scratch trolls, a group of troll players who are the ancestors of the more familiar trolls. They played Sburb and were forced to reset their null session with a scratch, resulting in the post-scratch troll session that the kids had interacted with. One of the trolls, Meenah Peixes, killed all of them so that they could survive the scratch and continue to exist through dream bubbles.
However, they soon discover that English has been destroying dream bubbles and killing players who are already dead, shattering reality in the process. Swiftly realizing the vast threat he poses to reality itself, they begin to come up with plans to combat him. Meenah seeks out her fellow dead players to amass a ghost army, while the dead Vriska plans to use a map of the Furthest Ring and follow English's path of destruction to find a treasure that could defeat him. Aranea Serket wants to find Calliope, who is now dead, having had her body permanently been taken over by Caliborn, who is revealed to actually be Lord English as a child.
As the B2 kids manage to enter their Medium, they find that there are no pre-entry prototypings. The planets are barren wastelands and all of the Underlings are skeletal. The new session is a void session where Skaia can never advance to its final state; the B1 kids must bring their Battlefield and their Genesis Frog so it can release the Vast Croak there. After months of waiting for the B1 kids to arrive, it comes to the day before their arrival. Calliope's spirit meets Roxy in a dream and warns her of the battle ahead. However, the Alpha kids are beset by relationship problems which threaten the unity of their group.
When the kids receive Calliope and Caliborn's jujus - cherubs' prized magical objects - the ensuing chaos leads to the four winding up on their Quest Crypts in the center of Prospit and Derse's moons. The Alpha Jack Noir receives Lil Cal, a cursed juju that had previously appeared all throughout the story. He becomes possessed and soon channels the powers of Lord English, using them to destroy Prospit's moon. Meanwhile, the Condesce uses yellow blood powers to destroy Derse's moon. The Alpha kids ascend to god tier, and are rescued from an ambush by Jade, who has just arrived in the session. The Condesce uses her powers to mind control Jade, who in turn mind controls Jane; the two kidnap Roxy and Jake, whereas Dirk and Alpha Jack are left at the edges of their Incipisphere.
The group on the meteor, which has almost reached the alpha session, is beset by their own emotional problems, and seems unprepared for the struggle ahead. John, on the other hand, is asleep on arrival. As Lrd English's destruction of reality forms a ring around the Green Sun, a sleeping John meets the ghosts in the afterlife, who have formed a pirate crew led by Vriska. As they approach the treasure, Aranea explains cherub biology and the origin of Calliope and Caliborn, who were raised in their infancy by Gamzee on a planet that was in fact a B2 Earth displaced in space and time.
She explains how Caliborn came to predominate over his sister and enter his own session. Aided by his new servant Gamzee, he began to activate a tower network that let him see the Alpha session - and let him talk directly to Homestuck's author, Andrew Hussie. He discovered that his own session was a dead session, an extraordinarily difficult type of void session that would never be able to produce a new universe, even with outside intervention, and thus possessed its own unique victory conditions. Playing this session, he amassed leprechaun followers which would later become the Felt, and continued to gain power in his journey. In the present, Spades Slick, who was rescued from the death of the trolls' universe by Hussie, takes charge of Ms. Paint and the resurrected Felt, and finds his own way to the Alpha session, planning to take on Lrd English. The pirate crew finds the treasure, which turns out to be a transparent Sburb logo. John, sticking his arm through, discovers that it is a gateway to any point in time and paradox space. He winds up appearing in many events in the story before appearing in the Alpha session.
Act 6 Act 6: Arrival in the New Session
In Act 6 Act 6, Caliborn hijacks the narrative and makes fun of Homestuck with his own version, 'HOMOSUCK'. However, Andrew Hussie is still able to tell the main story via the intermissions in this act. To retaliate, Caliborn puts some stardust into the cartridge hosting Homestuck, which puts glitches in the story.
The meteor crew finally arrives in the session, but Jade intercepts them all (except Gamzee) and leaves them divided into pairs on different planets. With the heroes now in her possession, the Condesce forces them to help enact her secret plan: no longer willing to serve Lrd English, she intends to betray him by finishing the B2 session, seizing the Ultimate Reward for herself, and recreating her empire in the new universe with Earth as its new capital, brainwashing Jane and Jade to these ends.
John's story-warping abilities allow him to let his friends know he is in the session. He and the imprisoned Roxy formulate a plan to use the Ring of Life - a legendary ring John found while in a dream bubble - to bring Calliope back to life and prevent English from killing her. However, he discovers the ring is missing. He is then warped into Homosuck, being out of the main action.
Meanwhile, the dead pre-scratch troll Aranea has taken it upon herself to take control of the situation in the way she sees fit, believing she can prevent Lord English from being born and use her Sylph of Light powers to make a new alpha timeline. Aranea mind-controls Gamzee to steal the ring and bring her back to life with it. She activates Jake's Hope powers. Jane and Jade attempt to stop Aranea and Jake on Jade's land, but Jake's Hope powers prove overwhelming and kill Jade, breaking her mind-control and sending her to Calliope's hiding spot in the dream bubbles. A large melee ensues; Roxy attempts to confront Aranea but is subdued, while Jake's brain ghost Dirk projection becomes briefly real and nearly succeeds at stealing Aranea's soul before disappearing again due to Jake losing his powers. Gamzee arrives and is battled by Terezi, as Dave, Rose, Kanaya and Karkat arrive on the scene. Bec Noir and PM arrive and take Jade's body to heal her due to their instincts inherited from Becquerel. The God Cat arrives and they give chase, while Dave plans to get Jade back so Jane can use her Life powers to bring her back to life. Jane battles Aranea while Rose, Kanaya and Karkat prepare to stop the brutal Gamzee/Terezi fight. Then, out of nowhere, an enraged Condesce arrives on the scene in her battleship.
In the resulting fight, Dave, Jane, Jake, Karkat, Gamzee, Kanaya and Aranea are murdered while Rose and Terezi are badly wounded. John warps back to the Incipisphere and meets up with Roxy on her planet, where Rose dies. Terezi arrives and demands that John use his story-warping powers to fix things, believing him to be able to alter history without dooming the timeline. They make a plan for John to visit his denizen while Roxy visits hers. John visits Typheus, where he is offered a choice, and he realizes that with his powers he can erase the oil covering his land, dispersing it throughout history, and also blowing the glitches out of the story. He then transports his planet to the void and resumes warping through reality. He soon remembers a phrase he and Terezi came up with before he left to visit Typheus - 'there's no place like home', and teleports back to when John and Terezi were planning.
Meanwhile in dream bubbles, while Meenah and Vriska are forming a close matespritship (romance), Jade and Jane have met Calliope in her hiding spot, and they tell stories of their lives while Jade and Jane cosplay as trolls. However, Jade and Jane reveal they are from a different timeline - the first difference being when John's planet exploded while aboard the yellow ship on the three-year journey, killing him and leaving Jade mostly alone. However, Jade met an alternate version of Calliope who prevailed over her brother, and learned that it was the result of the choice the alpha John had made with Typheus. However, Jade still made it to the new session, where she and Jane would be enslaved by the Condesce. However, an unexpected extra character came with the meteor crew and put Jade out of commission, and then led the heroes in an assault against the queen.
This was because of Terezi's plan - the 'there's no place like home' test proving successful, Terezi had given John a list of instructions to alter the past that will help them prevent the bloody battle Aranea started. Using codewords linked to thoughts Terezi had throughout her timeline, John jumped to various points in Terezi's life before, during and after her SGRUB session. The result is that Terezi never killed Vriska, allowing her to live on to help the meteor crew on their three-year journey. It was Vriska who stopped Jade from splitting them up on the meteor by putting her to sleep, led the assault against the Condesce, and also put Jane to sleep (after Jane killed the Roxy of this new altered timeline). This means that Jade and Jane are asleep, not dead - they are not casualties from Aranea's battle, because that battle never happened. Further ensuring this doesn't happen, John also picks up the ring during his mission so Aranea can't take it, and then teleports back to his planet, where the Roxy from the original timeline is staying in order to stay alive. John warps the two of them and his planet back out of the void.
Caliborn unveils his masterpiece at last: a stop motion production consisting entirely of claymation Vines, depicting events he watched unfold with his own two eyes via the monitors on his planet, the Land of Colours and Mayhem. He takes these events to be endgame, and his future. In this sequence of events, taking place after his victory over Yaldabaoth (with the Felt nowehere to be seen), he gains many a treasure. From Yaldabaoth himself, he is granted a red Juju chest. In addition to this, through unexplained methods, he also gains the flashing eyeballs of Lrd English and comes into ownership of the Ring of Void. While he's showing off the ring to Gamzee and Lil Seb, all eight kids are zapped into the scene by John. Before they can even fight, however, Caliborn opens the chest, revealing the Sburb logo Juju inside, which is solid white at this point. He immediately uses it to suck up the four B1 kids and trap them inside of the Juju forever. After this, it turns transparent, the form John found it in, so Caliborn quickly stores it back in the chest and banishes it to the void using his ring. The B2 kids then begin to fight Caliborn, kicked off by Dirk demanding to have Lil Cal back and Gamzee inexplicably being cut in half, and Caliborn quickly knocks all four of them out. Dirk gets back up to fight him, but is once more quickly dispatched. As this happens, Jake arises and unleashes a massive Hope aura, knocking Caliborn out, leading to him respecting Jake and taking on his last name. Dirk gets up once more after the two of them are knocked out, when Arquiusprite suddenly appears, metal horses in tow, to restrain Caliborn. Dirk uses his Prince of Heart powers to rip out Caliborn's soul, catching Arquiusprite and half of Gamzee in the crossfire. He stores the three souls in Lil Cal, whom Roxy banishes to the void. Caliborn narrates, explaining that his strong soul and communion with the void will give him the power to eventually resurface, before retiring from his masterpiece, and art altogether, to finally go fight his denizen. And he does resurface, as Lil Cal's full timeline is shown next, starting with Gamzee recreating him in Dave's dream room from Dave's own nightmares. Meanwhile, the MSPA Reader has a mental breakdown.
This is interrupted by Vriska, who recounts her meteor trip in the new timeline through photos on her computer, posted to Vriskagram; Gamzee was no longer a threat, either to Terezi or Paradox Space in general; Terezi and Vriska grew close, as did Karkat and Dave (along with WV, of course); Rose was encouraged to give up her drinking habits thanks to Vriska; and Vriska took the place of Gamzee as the B2 kids' guide, giving them different sprites than those in the pre-retcon timeline.
With many recurring thematic elements and such a thick, dense plot with so many characters, how the heroes will break free from the cycle of destruction of reality is anyone's guess.
The comic has a sub-comic, the totally rad Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, written by the character Dave Strider.
Differences between the Beta and the Stable Release
- Main article: Homestuck Beta
Besides the art, Flash, etc., Homestuck had many changes made to it when the Stable Release came out. Here's a list of some elements Beta had that the Stable Release didn't:
- The story started on the tenth of April instead of the thirteenth (both in-game and in real life), and starts on a Friday.
- Likewise, the Sburb Beta was released on the seventh of April instead of the tenth.
- John is ten years old instead of thirteen.
- John has a white buckle on his belt, and his shoes are black with white shoelaces rather than white with black shoelaces.
- The hammer and nails are on the desk rather than on the floor.
- Beta only includes the colors green and red, while the stable release has many others.
- You cannot see the other items inside the Magic Chest.
- You "place" the items in your Sylladex instead of "captchalogue" them in your Sylladex.
- It includes a command that the Stable Release didn't: "John: Move green icon to MAGIC CHEST and click." It is excluded because only Beta uses the click-and-drag option.
- John attempts to retrieve his arms from a drawer in his bed instead of his dresser drawer, because the bed drawer is missing in the Stable Release.
- The CD rack beside his computer is missing.
For unknown reasons, four page numbers are skipped in the MSPA numbering, namely(in troll romance), (between Rose and Dave discussing the Horrorterrors), (after [S] JOHN: RISE UP.) and (between John fleeing from Jade on LOLAR). While most of these pages are blank, 8270 is actually a duplicate of 8269 where both the "Go Back" button and the forwarding command button lead back to 8270. Consequently, the actual number of Homestuck pages is four fewer than subtracting the overall numbering would imply, discounting easter eggs and links to images such as Jadebot's dream log or certain characters' drawings.
Homestuck has gone on hiatus several times for various reasons.
- From September 6th, 2011 to October 25th, 2011 to work the EoA5 flash.
- From October 25th, 2011 to November 11th, 2011 (the start of Act 6), with the Intermission 2 flash posted as an unscheduled surprise update on October 31st.
- A series of pauses in July and August of 2012.
- Pause 1 (from July 1st to July 9th) to work on the Synchronize and Unite flashes.
- Pause 2 (from July 9th to July 28th) to attend San Diego Comicon and work on EoA6A3 (with an unscheduled surprise update on July 17th after SDCC).
- Pause 3 (from July 28th to August 30th) to work on the Homestuck books and then-unannounced secret projects (including the Homestuck Adventure Game Kickstarter and possible Namco High).
- The Year 4 Megapause, from April 14th, 2013 to June 12th, 2013, to work on the Homestuck Adventure Game and books, attend conventions and plan out Act 6 Act 6.
- The Gigapause, from October 16th, 2013 to October 16th, 2014, to continue working on Homestuck. Andrew Hussie stated he planned to eventually post a final "Giga-update" which would completely finish the comic. However, he later stated he would go back to serial updates in October 2014, after a full year of the Gigapause.
News posts are archived here.
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