jumpingjacktrash asked: i read the whole blog from the beginning looking for this, because i was sure it'd been answered, but i didn't find it: WHY was eridan the only one of feferi's friends who could help her feed her lusus? 'holding trollkind hostage' as an adolescent seems to be the crux of why he's said to deserve everyone's enmity, but it just doesn't seem logical, and i think i must've missed something important there.
Well, the answer is twofold.
Firstly, Eridan gained mostly everyone’s enmity for saying that. For being abusive and self-centered and wholly willing to put that on the table. The biggest part of the offense rest not on whether he was the only one able to feed Gl’bgolyb or not. It’s that having taken upon himself that responsibility, he was willing to use to try and bully Feferi into his flushed quadrant. That’s unacceptable behavior, regardless of the actual weight behind the threat and most people would consider it abhorrent not only in general, but in particular when aimed at someone of higher blood.
On the other hand, there’s the actual weight behind the threat. It’s been mentioned before that under Condesce’s rule, any contact with a Heiress was punishable by death. So anyone who was friends with Feferi was doomed to be culled, as a way to isolate her as much as possible.
The point of that is to make sure the Heiress doesn’t have the chance to stage a coup, but instead spends most of her time working on keeping her lusus well fed. Of course there was a small group of adult seadwellers who took care of Gl’bgolyb, when no Heiress was around to do the job or to ensure that even if the Heiress was failing at her job, trollkind wouldn’t be completely eradicated. Even if Feferi had failed at keeping Gl’bgolyb fed, the group of adult seadwellers would have taken over to ensure trolls weren’t destroyed, but the whole thing was psychological warfare to ensure the battle for succession was slanted in the reigning Empress’ favor.
But that wasn’t something Feferi knew before dethrowning Condesce, and neither was she aware of the level of scrutiny she was subject to, and how much did Condesce know about what she was doing. Neither did anyone else.
Eridan was necessary and useful and important, with the help he gave Feferi hunting lusii, because he helped buy her time to reach out and meet people and actually plot and make things happen. He worked hard. But his attitude and his willingness to manipulate Feferi and emotionally blackmail her made him a liability, even when Feferi was quite capable of replacing him by then. (Which she did, using Vriska, and sometimes Gamzee, for the task, instead.)
The logic behind Eridan’s fall from grace is that he had a place within the coup and the group. He could have participated and taken on a bigger responsibility, once Feferi was a bit older and more focused on preparing for her fight with Condesce. But he proved himself unable to handle the responsibility and unable to see that what he’d done was wrong. He knew Feferi’s original plan was to wait until she was seven and come clean to her friends, because it’s mostly highbloods who know about the ban on contacting the Heiress. (The rationale being, highbloods would actually be important allies, whereas lowbloods are just culling fodder anyway.) At that point, she expected to be able to decide whether she wanted to ask them for their support, if she felt strong enough to defeat Condesce, or if she was going to tell them exactly what she ended up telling them in Distrait: you have three sweeps to erase all proof you ever had contact with me or you’ll be culled when the time comes. If she was going to fight, and she wanted to believe she would, Eridan would take over her duties to Gl’bgolyb completely and free her to prepare and put all her efforts towards the upcoming fight.
Eridan proved how nearsighted and immature he was, and how little Feferi could rely on him, because he was willing to use her trust in him as a leverage and try to manipulate her into doing what he wants. And while Feferi was very much a teen herself, she had the foresight to understand that she couldn’t go ahead with her plans with Eridan pulling that shit on her.
In general, it has less to do with Eridan being “the only one” who could help Feferi - though he was, in a sense, because Feferi was too young to really ask anyone to risk their lives for her like that, without any obligation to do it - and more with him being a complete douchenuzzle. Feferi ended up offering Vriska the deal only because at that point Vriska was about to die anyway, either via Gamzee or via Terezi. You could say that by offering Vriska Eridan’s ‘job’, Feferi saved her and bought her enough time to fix her shit enough to be useful.
At that point, Eridan was merely cast aside from the main plot and no longer really involved in the whole coup and stuff. Feferi certainly didn’t want him dead or anything. It was his attitude and his actions, in the following sweeps that lead Terezi to decide he was a liability and could very well jeopardize everything they’d worked for so hard. Terezi, unlike Feferi, has no qualms about killing people who she deems deserve it, and in her mind, Eridan very much deserved it. But that’s a different bag all together.
so it was basically a “shinji get in the fucking robot” situation, i dig. :D
i was thinking because of the ‘convicted traitor’ thing and how perpetually angry everyone was, he must’ve betrayed them to the condesce or something. although i suppose in a society like the alternian empire, hurting the empress’s feelings IS treason.
Hm, I think it’s not so much hurting the empress’s feelings as a proven tendency to prioritize his own personal state of not-getting-any over the lives of every living troll in the Empire, not to mention the real effect his sudden turn would have had on the coup, even if he did overestimate his own importance.
I mean. The story ends with, “So then we had to rely on Vriska instead.” It’s not the same as the genocide that Eridan thought would happen, but it’s certainly more than hurt feelings.