redesigns of my old beforan ancestors, this time all of my own design and made to seem more cohesive as a group :3 way more pleased with how everyone turned out this time around ///especially the ladies ooh la la//
some lots of info on their jobs and my headcanon beforus junk below if you’re interested, too!
ok! so here we go!!
first, some tidbits on my idea of beforan society and how it could have been portrayed uwu LOTS OF STUFF JUST A PSA
since it was stated that without doc scratch’s involvement, alternia was a generally peaceful planet, i like to think that it would hold a society more resembling that of our own, with average types of crime as well as it’s own cultural hot-spots.
like, for example, i liked the idea that white was a color often worn, kind of opposite to the alternian ancestors,
i also shamelessly incorporated that capes are totally “in” in beforan society gomen
another important thing i thought i’d include would be that fef was elected into her empirical position as the condesce? as in, there isn’t a high-blood running line of heiresses, rather a standing pool of candidates that, with the help of the current empress, choose the best possible person for the job.
still referring to the empress as the condesce because i’m uncreative and a nerd. i’m pretty sure that the hemospectrum doesn’t exist in beforus (correct me if i’m wrong), so i felt that would be an important portion of society to change.
another another thing i really enjoyed creating is this little thing called “the court”! when i did the event on my askblog, it really helped to tie much of the characters together as adults, which is important to me, considering i went by the idea that the twelve grew up together, grew apart for some time, and then re-connected as the people they would become.
the court is a select group of six individuals that shifts with the empress, who work together to bring out the best in beforan society and solve issues that can emerge. they meet up with the empress in increments to share their ideas on things from insurgent crime rate to gossip ;3c
there are other governmental positions as well— beforus does have an army as well as a naval fleet, mainly to protect the planet as a whole from violent outside races, as well as to quell problems from within. many people contribute to other minor sectors as well, involved in tactical things, technology, culture, and what ever else needs tending to.
everyone lives in a general area, some sort of large city with other small towns and areas of terrain and wilderness surrounding it. those working within the court usually reside in a compound that could be considered to be a more lax version of a palace, that houses officials in its walls as well as the empress, and many other people from all walks of life. criminals also inhabit parts of the city, acting through black markets and underground operations spanning the area.
beforus’s quadrant system, which was provided and finalized by nepeta in recent moments, is by no means the official romantic system of beforan society— in fact, she encourages it as a casual, helpful system that she designed to help ease romantic turmoil and problems many trolls had been facing (rather than that of the implemented system seen in alternia used to appease dangerous trolls and forcefully collect genetic material). the general ideas of the quadrants remain the same, but are designed to be much much more flexible, being more open to quadrant flips and other variations in relationships. it has become more and more popular, but is by no means the majority in terms of types of relationships.
—OK SO HERE ARE SOME BIOS YE—
first things first! i have some switcheroo ship ideas for beforan society— some are parallels to what could have been in their normal session, and some are completely cracks that i thought would be fun to toy with! but, that in no way means i’m against shipping these beforan trolls differently, so have at it!!
The Wayfarer: Aradia Megido
aradia is the standing messenger and field-agent for the court. she’s usually away on tasks that take advantage of her psychic abilities, generally up-beat yet slightly off kilter attitude, and thirst for new adventures and opportunities. she can often be seen doing a variety of things, but is particularly enamored with helping others out by speaking with the dead. many jokingly call her “the reaper” thanks to her morbid fascination with the dead, and she has eagerly adopted the nickname, so much so that she will occasionally pretend to actually be a harbinger of death, acting as a dull, monotone figure to freak people out when she speaks of the spirit world. she helps to manage much of the communication aspects of beforan society with her position.
she’s been moirails with tavros for some time, and they often travel together on long journeys. she has also been involved with feferi and sollux in a polyamorous red-rom relationship more recently— they keep it on the general down-low, but everyone who knows of it encourages and supports it. she’s good friends with nepeta; aradia, tavros and nepeta spent a lot of time together in the area between when they were wrigglers and adults, and bonded substantially as a group. she has also been black-flirting with vriska for some time, and has held a steady-yet-awkward friendship with equius for about the same amount. she also occasionally holds small talk about the spiritual world with gamzee, but they don’t consider themselves to be particularly close.
The Communer: Tavros Nitram
tavros is a traveler who is widespread known for his ability to commune with the lusus naturae, as well as his untroubled disposition and kindness. he’s often requested by others to help them out, and he’s been referred to as one of the most dependable trolls on beforus. he also has had some ties with delinquents because of friendships and older relationships, but they are weak bonds he doesn’t dwell on as much any more. he can be seen contacting and providing information to the court, but he doesn’t officially work for the court in any respect, preferring to travel the forests and planes around the city.
he’s been moirails with aradia for some time, and they often travel together on long journeys. he’s been in an on-again off-again red-rom with gamzee, but has been struggling with gamzee’s past involvement in the underworld of beforus. he’s best friends with nepeta; aradia, tavros and nepeta spent a lot of time together in the area between when they were wrigglers and adults, and bonded substantially as a group. tavros is unsure where his relationship stands with vriska at the time, even if they both consider themselves to be friends, or something to that nature.
The Archmage: Sollux Captor
sollux is the standing tactical and strategy coordinator for the court, working to help the army, naval fleet, and cultural aspects of beforus in any way possible. feferi has also enlisted him as one of his main three confidants, and personal archive scribe, so he accompanies her often. he has compiled a vast amount of knowledge, plus searing snark, biting sarcasm, and powerful psionics that make him an intimidating figure to outsiders. people of the court and inner friend circles know that he can be a bit of a computer geek when he wants to be, though. he helps to manage much of the technical aspects of beforan society with his position.
he’s been moirails with terezi for a good amount of time, easily feeding off of her wit and combining it with his own, making a dynamic power-duo relationship. he has also been involved with feferi and aradia in a polyamorous red-rom relationship more recently— they keep it on the general down-low, but everyone who knows of it encourages and supports it. he easily tosses banter with karkat and occasionally hate-flirts with eridan, but it is entirely uncommitted, seeing how eridan has been struggling with his own, more official black conquests.
The Eminence: Karkat Vantas
karkat is the standing leader of an elite army sector known as cardinal force, and also the army’s representative for the court. he runs land based operations, and is the brute force the empress occasionally needs when dealing with the criminal underworld of beforan society. feferi has also enlisted him as one of his main three confidants, and acts as a part-time bodyguard for her in problematic situations. he’s a bit stiff-lipped on laws and ordinances, and known to blow a gasket when he’s forced to cooperate with someone he can’t handle. he helps to manage the army and enforcement aspects of beforan society with his position.
he’s involved steadily in an auspitice with kanaya and gamzee, with kanaya acting as the mediator between the two. along with this, his final officially filled quadrant is occupied by eridan in the pale sector; they bicker, but are generally great with talking to each other, whether about the importance of battle strategies or court gossip. he has also begun to develop some feelings towards nepeta, which are being vehemently ignored and rebuffed, and has confused whether or not he’s feeling pitch towards her, or red. his previous drama with terezi has left them sort of frenemies, but with enough platonic feelings to talk. he easily tosses banter with sollux, and somehow decided he could manage to hold steady conversations with equius at times.
The Huntress: Nepeta Leijon
nepeta is the standing cultural and “official spokesperson” for the court. She is known for her ability to talk to people of all spectrums, and somehow manages to fare incredibly well in bringing people together. along with this, she also acts as the proper bodyguard for feferi, accompanying the empress when she is out and about, whether it be for business or just a casual excursion. other than that, remains a fairly free spirit, coming and going from the city to traverse the dense forests as she pleases. she has also become the instigator of the recent quadrant system, and encourages her friends as well as others to expand their horizons in terms of romantic endeavors. she helps to manage the people and whatever else is going on within beforan society with her position.
she currently has none of her own quadrants filled despite being an appreciative connoisseur of her own four romances; it is more important to her to tend to others rather than her self. she’s good friends with aradia and best friends with tavros, with whom she spent a lot of time with in the area between when they were wrigglers and adults, and they bonded substantially as a group. she’s also great friends with terezi as well as feferi, and is currently struggling with whether she feels pitch for karkat or not, based on past incidents and aged opinions— she has gone into slight denial though, and has convinced herself that she vehemently hates him in a completely un-romantic way. she has had lingering pale feelings towards equius, but they both respect his current moirailigence and remain good friends.
The Countess: Kanaya Maryam
kanaya is a rising star on beforus, known for her fabulously written novels on dark, supernatural and occult topics, as well as her incredible talent to manufacture the most dazzling fashion trends on the planet. she’s a media icon, but a humble one at that, and very many know her to be a kind, mother-like figure willing to engage in insightful conversations and occasionally humorous antics with those she considers close. she is not particularly involved with anything concerning the court or it’s matters at all, but that doesn’t stop her from making visits to see those working there and filling them in on her latest notes and designs.
she’s involved steadily in an auspitice with karkat and gamzee, acting as the mediator between the two. she and vriska have been media rivals for a very long time since they made their transitions into adult-hood, providing nothing short of a clusterfuck in terms of a pitch-to-red flipping relationship that can change in a blink of an eye; the media eats it up. she’s known to be friendly with most, but is public with her dislike of gamzee in particular— she simply does not like him, despite engaging with the auspitice. also, she’s seen as a romantic idol by many trolls on beforus, because hot damn, kanaya is a mega babe.
The Overseer: Terezi Pyrope
terezi is the standing political jurisdiction for the court. she is one of the highest detective workers involved with crime rackets around beforus, and is known for her diamond-sharp tongue and even sharper sense for sniffing out those who deal beneath the law. well versed in undercover operations, she also occasionally teams up to provide insight to the cardinal force, as well as imperial armada, but usually works alone with a small group of informants who help her piece together the puzzles of beforan crime. there is also a constant slurry of rumors surrounding her, the most popular, and incidentally true, stating that she fosters a large, dragon lusus known as pyralsprite that hides within caverns beneath the palace court. she acts as a judge and informal detective to aid beforan society with her position.
she’s been moirails with sollux for a good amount of time, easily feeding off of his wit and combining it with her own, making a dynamic power-duo relationship. she previously held a pitch relationship with gamzee, but it was turbulent and unstable, leaving her with a deep, non romantic hatred for him. her previous drama with karkat has left them sort of frenemies, but with enough platonic feelings to talk. she’s also great friends with nepeta as well as and aradia, and sometimes flirts pitch with eridan, who may or may not be returning her advances, as well as vriska, who also keeps it fairly casual and uncommited.
The Marauder: Vriska Serket
vriska is a rising star on beforus, known for a series of journal-like novels published that outline tales that weave her friendships and past experiences into an entirely new web of stories, as well as a shady past involved in underground trade and pirating, even rumors about being a once powerful mob boss. she has since abandoned actively working within the underground, instead living to pull people into her tales and bring the spotlight to her in a more suitable fashion. she has even been known to occasionally dip back into the underworld, fish up a few facts, and manage to tip off the authorities without surfacing as a snitch. she stays clear of the court on most occasions, but not who it’s made up of, and often blind-sides acquaintances with energetic split second visits.
she’s been moirails with equius for a short time, but long enough to know that the relationship has greatly improved both members of the party; she tends to need him more than he needs her, though, so it is not entirely ideal. she and kanaya have been media rivals for a very long time since they made their transitions into adult-hood, providing nothing short of a clusterfuck in terms of a pitch-to-red flipping relationship that can change in a blink of an eye; the media eats it up. she has also been black-flirting with aradia for some time, as well as terezi, which tends to be a more casual ordeal. having had a previous black relationship with eridan, they continue to bicker like in the past, but act more as friends.
The Engineer: Equius Zahhak
equius is a well respected inventor of weapons as well as other technologies among beforus, and has been commissioned by forces within the court and even the empress herself. he has immersed himself so entirely within his craft that many don’t know of his extreme strength, which he has been able to cope with by using some of his own contraptions. he also is notorious for ammassing one of the most vast collections of hoof-beast art around. generally, he will make short visits to the court to discuss transactions between others, but stay within the city for most of the time. he also has minor ties to past transactions made within the criminal underworld, and often makes visits to the empress to mention any activity he notices.
he’s been moirails with vriska for a short time, but long enough to know that the relationship has greatly improved both members of the party; she tends to need him more than he needs her, though, so it is not entirely ideal. he has held a pitch relationship with gamzee for a good amount of time, standing to cause some rumors about the violent interactions between the two. he has had lingering pale feelings towards nepeta, but they both respect his current moirailigence and remain good friends. he has held a steady-yet-awkward friendship with aradia for some time, and also manages to hold steady conversations with karkat at times, along with minor, happy brushes with feferi when they discuss commissions.
The Mirthful: Gamzee Makara
gamzee is a well known, generally benevolent spiritual medium that preaches and tells tales to any who will listen across beforus. he has had a residual short and violent temper left over from involvement within beforan crime circuits, but he has since given up that life in favor of a generally happier lifestyle. despite that, many of his friendships were originally formed when he acted as a notorious contract killer, so the bonds run deep. when he’s in a good mood, he’s a generally good fellow, and has made quick visits in and out of the court and city to travel and see friends as well as followers.
he’s involved steadily in an auspitice with karkat and kanaya, with kanaya acting as the mediator between the two. he’s been in an on-again off-again red-rom with tavros, but tavros has been struggling with his past involvement in the underworld of beforus. he has held a pitch relationship with equius for a good amount of time, standing to cause some rumors about the violent interactions between the two. he previously held a pitch relationship with terezi, but it was turbulent and unstable, leaving her with a deep, non romantic hatred for him. he’s not on particularly great terms with kanaya despite their auspitice, they generally dislike each other. he also occasionally holds small talk about the spiritual world with aradia, but they don’t consider themselves to be particularly close.
The Superior: Eridan Ampora
eridan is the standing naval task-force leader of the court. captain of the imperial armada, he’s known for taking control of situations over seas swiftly and productively, actively policing the oceans of beforus. previously, he had ties to being a pirate captain when he was younger, but has long abandoned that route. feferi has also enlisted him as one of his main three confidants, and acts as a part-time bodyguard for her in problematic situations. with a general air of confidence, he has made himself an impertinent member of the government and it’s tactical aspects. he helps to manage must of the ocean operations involved with beforan society with his position.
his only officially filled quadrant is occupied by karkat in the pale sector; they bicker, but are generally great with talking to each other, whether about the importance of battle strategies or court gossip. other than that, his quadrants are empty, but he has a number of possible black suitors, including sollux, vriska, and terezi. his most prominent and confusing possible relationship lies with feferi, which has baffled even him. generally, they act as friends, but occasionally end up flirting pitch in situations that allow for it.
The Condesce: Feferi Peixes
feferi is the current empress of beforan society, and manages all of her court members to create a better beforus for all. her life is a busy one, involved in court meetings, public announcements, business excursions, and other meaningful tasks managed by rulers. generally, feferi also takes control of the culling aspect in her society, deciding whether or not to provide wrigglers with a new custodian depending on how detrimental their situation is. she has also been tasked with helping to identify possible heiresses to the thrown, often traveling beforus to make her acquaintances with young wrigglers who fit the possible standards.
she has been involved with sollux and aradia in a polyamorous red-rom relationship more recently— they keep it on the general down-low, but everyone who knows of it encourages and supports it. other than that, her quadrants remain open, but her most prominent and confusing possible relationship lies with eridan. generally, they act as friends, but occasionally end up flirting pitch in situations that allow for it. she is also great friends with nepeta, and enjoys speaking to equius when they meet to discuss commisions.
okAY that’s everyone and everything i think
i hope that if you managed to read any, if not all, of this, you enjoyed it! i had a lot of fun re-running the event on my askblog again, and redesigning the aspects of the beforan ancestors i hadn’t thought to consider in my previous run.
if you want tell me what you think at all, headcanons, criticisms, whatever, i’d love to hear it :3 thanks for listening!!!