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IT LOOKS DELICIOUS.
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Either way, this page could probably be merged with Sburb.

The Ultimate Riddle is a concept in Homestuck, first alluded to by NannaspriteSburb Logo and later elaborated on by Karkat Vantas. It seems closely related to Time shenanigans, Weird plot shit, paradox clones, and the immutability of fate. According to Karkat, the gist of the Riddle is that:

YOU WERE ALWAYS THE KEY TO SEEDING YOUR OWN EXISTENCE THROUGH THIS GAME. AND ANY HOPE THAT IT COULD HAVE PLAYED OUT DIFFERENTLY OR THAT YOU COULD HAVE AVOIDED THIS WHOLE MESS WAS ALWAYS JUST A RUSE. [...] BECAUSE IF IT DIDN'T GO DOWN THIS WAY THEN HOW WERE YOU EVEN BORN, GET IT.Sburb Logo

The clues to the Riddle are found in the game world in the form of strange poems that players discover during their various quests. Karkat mentioned that these poems are also necessary to solve Weird puzzle shit.

Karkat also mentions the Riddle in relation to his backwards trolling of John and the Time shenanigans that result in this chatlogSburb Logo, when John contacts Karkat, who realizes that his own future actions will trigger John's desire to contact him, causing their present conversation.

The ultimate riddle could be a reference to enlightenment. There are exactly seven gates opened in the game before solving the ultimate riddle. This could be alluding to chakras, and how there are exactly seven chakras. Once all of the chakras are opened, you supposedly receive enlightenment. Enlightenment in other words would be the solution to the ultimate riddle.

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