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Alternia (and its pre-scratch counterpart Beforus) are planets in Universe A from which trolls originate.

Alternia is the centre of the Alternian Empire and has a green moon and a pink moon (with its own, smaller pink moon). It is the setting of much of the first half of Hivebent, and years sweeps in the future, it is the setting of the Midnight Crew Intermission. Alternia is also a significant setting in Hiveswap, Hiveswap Friendship Simulator, and Pesterquest.

Beforus is almost identical to Alternia, although it lacks an interstellar empire due to its greatly differing troll society. It also lacks Alternia's Green moon. Beforus has never been depicted, but the pre-scratch trolls of the A1 session play a significant role in the plot of Homestuck.


Alternian Troll society is similar to insectoid eusociality and is dictated by the spectrum of 11 (once 12) blood colours that trolls hatch with, known as the Hemospectrum. The highest colour on the spectrum gives orders to the colour below them, who gives orders to the colour below them, and so on, securing the oppression of the much more plentiful (but weaker) lower colours. Trolls exhibit significant symbiosis with other organisms on Alternia, and these also play pivotal roles in their society. One example of this is the Lusus naturae which have evolved alongside trolls to act as caretakers for the youngHS.svg. One unusual recent feature of Alternian society is the fact that the planet is populated only by minors. During the time of Homestuck and Hiveswap, the empress of the Alternian empire is Her Imperious Condescension, Meenah Peixes.

Beforan Troll society differs greatly from Alternian troll society due to its much kinder and more peaceful system where higher blooded trolls take care of the lower blooded trolls. Trolls of all ages live and remain on Beforus. During the time of the Alpha trolls, the empress of Beforus is implied to be a pre-scratch Feferi Peixes.


See also: Future Alternia and Alternian Empire

Beforus existed in the pre-scratch iteration of Universe A, and featured a peaceful but weaker society. The trolls of Beforus who would go on to play their own session of Sgrub would find that Beforan society left them unequipped to handle its intense difficulty, and they were forced to scratch their session, effectively erasing Beforus with it, and creating Alternia.

Due to the Session Glitch that affected Universe A, post-scratch Alternia has Doc Scratch as a first guardian, who artificially introduced the green moon as well as Gl'bgolyb who would become the lusus of the fuchsia caste. The threat of global extinction from Gl'bgolyb allowed The Condesce (or perhaps an even earlier Empress) to set up the oppressive system of the hemospectrum, which was rebelled against on a large scale on at least two occasions. The second rebellion resulted in the banishment of all adult trolls into outer space to conquer new planets for the Alternian empire.

The major events of Alternia's history were the intended outcome of Doc Scratch's minor alterations, ensuring that the trolls would excel at playing Sgrub by turning them into an aggressive race, as well as ensuring the arrival of his master.

During the events of Hiveswap, a third, smaller rebellion would occur at the advent of the royal heiress, Trizza Tethis.

Alternia was destroyed by meteors due to the Reckoning and eventually repopulated with exiles from the trolls' session. As such, the Intermission takes place on Alternia.

Physical characteristics[]

Planetary system[]

Alternia and its sun.gif

Alternia's solar system is located in an unknown galaxy in post-scratch Universe A, a continuum separate to that of Universe B, which contains Earth. Its location inside its galaxy is unknown, although Doc Scratch at one point mentionsHS.svg that a location at "the edge of the galaxy" visited by the Condesce is particularly far from Alternia. While this could imply that Alternia is located deep within its galaxy, it could equally be on an opposite edge.

Alternia's system appears to have a single, large, red star, which bathes Alternia in sunlight that appears far brighter than that experienced by Earth. The large, red depiction of its sun could indicate that it is a red giant, although this is difficult to determine due to its stylized depiction.

If there are any other planets or celestial bodies orbiting Alternia aside from it and its complement of moons, they are unknown.


The pink Alternian / Beforan moon and its pink moonlet.

Alternia has two moons, one green and one pink. The green moon is home to Doc Scratch and his apartment that resembles Felt Manor. This moon first appeared in the aborted, non-canon Felt Forum Adventure created with input from Andrew, and has since appeared in canon. It appears that a whole felt city is on the green moon that looks a lot like Real City Streets in Problem Sleuth.

Little to nothing has been revealed about the pink moon thus far except that according to Aranea it was the only moon that existed in her life on Beforus (the green one being an addition after the scratch of her game session), that Meenah lived there while she was in hiding, that it may have been the locationHS.svg of the pre-scratch Frog Temple, and that it has a wee pink moonlet orbiting it in turn. Aranea also leads Terezi to the pink moon in a dream bubble so they may confront her session's Thief of Life.


Alternian sunlight is so intense most creatures on the planet, including trolls, can't withstand it, preferring night and shady places; looking directly into the sun causes instant blindness, as experienced by Terezi. Simply dawn's rays also causes severe sunburn and blistering (Dubiously Canon).[1] Kanaya is mentioned as being one of the few members of the species to enjoy its rays, with the entire Jadeblood caste being able to withstand them (Dubiously Canon).[2]

Lusii, however, are fine going out in the sun for short periods of time, because "their coats reflect light, or somethin' to that effect" (Dubiously Canon).[1]

Alternia's acid rain consumes the MSPA Reader.

It is shown in Hiveswap Friendsim that Alternia is prone to downpours of highly corrosive acid rain that is strong enough to dissolve a human down to the bone.[3] However, presumably due to some impressive native biology, trolls seem to be little affected by this (although Stelsa Sezyat does note that acid "ruins her skin"[4]). (Dubiously Canon)

Alternian biosphere[]


Main article: Troll

Xefros and Dammek, two Troll inhabitants of Alternia, enjoying local cuisine.

Alternia is the homeworld of the Troll race; a species of grey-skinned orange-horned humanoid aliens who have a major role in both Homestuck and Hiveswap. While adult trolls lived on Alternia in the past, in Homestuck's time period it is inhabited almost exclusively by the young, the adults of the species being offworld conquering planets for the Alternian Empire.

In the future, Alternia is home to Carapacians in the form of the trolls' Exiles, including the Midnight Crew, as well as The Felt.

Inhabitants of Alternia are known as Alternians.


A custodial lusus.

Aside from trolls and mother grubs, the lusus population shows us that Alternia is home to a greatly diverse population of terrifying creatures, including dragons; giant spiders; hermaphrodite cow-centaurs; sea-goats; fairy-winged miniature bulls; rams, multi-mouthed felines; bicyclopes; crabstrosities; giant flying whales; giant flying seahorses; and eldritch abominations such as Gl'bgolyb. Two other lusii include the cuspidated grimalkin (colloquially known as a deercat) and the glacial treetrudger (a giant sloth-like creature).

Many types of Alternian wildlife are used in the Fiduspawn game, including fidusuckersHS.svg and horsaronisHS.svg.

Feferi, who is quite fond of aquatic life, cares for a great number of cuttlefish and a few aquatic hoofbeastsHS.svg, who have fishlike hindquarters and tails, but otherwise are anatomically identical to Earth horses such as Maplehoof from the withers forward, including the forelegs.

Terezi accused Senator Lemonsnout of embezzling beetles, and then produced a sack of beetlesHS.svg as evidence.

Other creatures mentioned include hoofbeasts and musclebeasts, mentioned to roam the planet at night. Both are used interchangeably with the Earth concept of a horse, in phrases such as GET OFF YOUR HIIGH HOOFBEA2THS.svg and fuck [his] dou8ledealing and the stupid muscle8east he rode in onHS.svg, although generally musclebeasts are depicted as more centaurian. Based on the appearance of their aquatic variety, hoofbeasts appear to be roughly identical to Earth horses. Musclebeasts are so strong you don't even know. Also, Kanaya once alludes to muscular Erect Livestock when talking to JadeHS.svg, and she also describes them as hermaphroditic - this may be a more detailed description of musclebeasts. Another phrase used by Alternians is "the lion's share", but it is unclear whether they have lions.

The blue Frog Temple, surrounded by green prehistoric serpent bones.

Ancient serpent bones.

Terezi and Nepeta mention cholerbears in their roleplayingHS.svg, and Karkat refers to one while trolling JadeHS.svg. Cholerbears are probably similar to the panserbjørne, or armored bears, in that they have thick forearms and may wear armor. When roleplaying, Terezi refers to herself as a dragonyy'ydHS.svg; however, Terezi's unhatched lusus is referred to merely as a dragon, and it is pointedly made clear that dragons are real. This suggests that the "dragonyy'yd" race is an alternate term only used in roleplaying, or a fabrication of Terezi's entirely, the details of which may not necessarily match up with real dragons. Dragonyy'yds may be reminiscent of Drakonids commonly present in Earth roleplaying games, and thus they may be half-troll, half-dragon creatures, just as Drakonids are half-human and half-dragon creatures to us.

According to Kanaya's introduction page, undead beingsHS.svg rise from the sands at sunrise, stalking the land and feeding on light and the living. Those who hunt the undead use chainsaws as their weapons of choice, although such activity is said to be as dangerous as hunting the nightly musclebeasts.

Alternia was once home to prehistoric serpents, which play a major role in Alternian (and Beforan) mythology. Their green bones can be seen in the area around the blue Frog Temple, and a set of ancient serpent bones can be found near Aradia in part 1 of Openbound.



  • During the "name entry" screen the planet was first named "Turdodor Fuckball" using the Daedric alphabet from the Elder Scrolls series of computer games rotated 180 degrees. However, this name was promptly rejected. Next, "Trollplanet" was entered and accepted, although it is translated as Alternia.
  • Alternia's musclebeasts are based on works from Andrew's time as an art critic depicting incredibly buff centaurs and other absurd animal hybrids.
  • Alternia has 48 horoscope signsHS.svg, implying that the session that created their universe consisted of 48 players. This suggests a series of cascading powers of four (4 [41] players in the kids' session, 16 [42] players in both the kids' and the trolls' sessions, 64 [43] implied players in the kids', trolls' and unknown group's sessions). The cherubs' session can be considered to have only a single player, as Calliope's personality has been completely subsumed into Caliborn's, which fits this pattern as 40 is 1. Another pattern is found if you divide the number of players in the session by decreasing numbers, as followed: 48(created trolls' universe)/4=12, 12(trolls)/3=4, 4(kids)/2=2(cherubs).
  • The image used for Alternia is a stock image of Russia's northern coastline. The continent in the southern part of the planet would then be Novaja Zemlja ("Newland"). Images of Mars are used for the pink moon and its smaller pink moonlet.
  • Alternia was named by Radiation.
    • The planet's name "Alternia" was actually from the companion album for the trolls, and not the other way around.
    • Its name seems a play on "alternate," seeing as how it's an alternate version of Beforus. Beforus can be read as "befor-us", a reference to how it came "before" Alternia, if scratching is viewed as putting a session in the past. Both references are noted by Karkat in Openbound.
  • The angle formed between the pink and green moons in Intermission 2HS.svg, if placed on a clock face with the pink moon at 10, would make the time 10:25.


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Hiveswap and Hauntswitch
Playable Kids Joeysymbol.png Joey ClaireJudesymbol.png Jude Harley
Playable Trolls Ariborn.svg Xefros TritohTaurcer.svg Dammek
Supporting Humans BabysitterPa HarleyA. ClaireMysterious Cult
Supporting Trolls Picen.svg Trizza TethisCridea Jeevik
Troll Call Trolls Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkScorist.svg Mallek AdalovVirnius.svg Daraya JonjetCapriun.svg Barzum SoleilCaprimini.svg Baizli SoleilSagicorn.svg Nihkee MoolahCaprinius.svg Chahut MaenadArrius.svg Diemen XicaliTaurist.svg Skylla KorigaGemittarius.svg Folykl DaraneGemnius.svg Kuprum MaxlolSagira.svg Amisia ErdehnLeus.svg Polypa GoezeeLibittarius.svg Tegiri KalburLiblo.svg Tirona KasundViriborn.svg Lynera SkalbiScornius.svg ElwurdSagicer.svg Galekh XigisiTaurza.svg Vikare RatiteLelo.svg Boldir LamatiGemrius.svg Cirava HermodLiga.svg Tagora GorjekScormini.svg Ardata CarmiaCaprist.svg Marvus XolotoAro.svg Fozzer VelyesLicen.svg Stelsa SezyatVirmino.svg Wanshi AdyataVirus.svg Bronya UrsamaTaurra.svg Chixie RoixmrSagimino.svg Zebruh CodakkGemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxLepia.svg Konyyl OkimawCaprira.svg Karako PierotArittarius.svg Marsti HoutekVirsci.svg Lanque BombyxScorgo.svg Remele Namaaq
Other TesseractThe Lone GunbirdsGreen shadow monstersImperial DroneZoosmellCornibusterDoc Scratch
Concepts TrollExtended ZodiacCherub PortalAbilitechChittrScythianAchievements
Locations (Earth) HauntswitchHalf-Harley Manor
Locations (Alternia) OutglutDammek's hiveXefros' hive
Acts Hiveswap: Act 1Hiveswap: Act 2
Additional Media Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1Vol. 2Vol. 3Vol. 4Vol. 5Vol. 6Vol. 7Vol. 8Vol. 9Vol. 10Vol. 11Vol. 12Vol. 13Vol. 14Vol. 15Vol. 16Vol. 17Vol. 18Epilogue)


Hiveswap Friendship Simulator
The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Befriendable Trolls
Volume One Scormini.svg Ardata CarmiaArrius.svg Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira.svg Amisia ErdehnGemrius.svg Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist.svg Skylla KorigaVirus.svg Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga.svg Tagora GorjekTaurza.svg Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus.svg Polypa GoezeeSagimino.svg Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius.svg ElwurdGemnius.svg Kuprum and Gemittarius.svg Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo.svg Remele NamaaqLepia.svg Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkTaurra.svg Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxCaprinius.svg Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio.svg Zebede TongvaLibittarius.svg Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist.svg Mallek AdalovViriborn.svg Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer.svg Galekh XigisiLiblo.svg Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo.svg Boldir LamatiLicen.svg Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius.svg Marsti HoutekCaprira.svg Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn.svg Charun KrojibVirmino.svg Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro.svg Fozzer VelyesCaprist.svg Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius.svg Daraya JonjetSagicorn.svg Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci.svg Lanque BombyxCapriun.svg Barzum and Caprimini.svg Baizli
Supporting Characters Doc ScratchLusiiMother Grub
Locations AlterniaOutglutArdata's hiveBrooding cavernsOld WatchtowerClown ChurchDoc Scratch's Tower
Related Concepts HiveswapPesterquestTrollTroll CallFriendsim Music
Volumes Volume OneVolume TwoVolume ThreeVolume Four
Volume FiveVolume SixVolume SevenVolume Eight
Volume NineVolume TenVolume ElevenVolume Twelve
Volume ThirteenVolume FourteenVolume Fifteen
Volume SixteenVolume SeventeenVolume Eighteen
The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Pesterable Homestuck characters
Volume 1 JohnLogo.svg John Egbert
Volume 2 RoseLogo.svg Rose Lalonde
Volume 3 DaveLogo.png Dave Strider
Volume 4 JadeLogo.png Jade Harley
Volume 5 Cancer.svg Karkat VantasVirgo.svg Kanaya Maryam
Volume 6 Capricorn.svg Gamzee MakaraScorpio.svg Vriska Serket
Volume 7 Sagittarius.svg Equius ZahhakLibra.svg Terezi Pyrope
Volume 8 Taurus.svg Tavros NitramAries.svg Aradia Megido
Volume 9 Leo.svg Nepeta LeijonGemini.svg Sollux Captor
Volume 10 Aquarius.svg Eridan AmporaPisces.svg Feferi Peixes
Volume 11 JaneLogo.png Jane Crocker
Volume 12 JakeLogo.png Jake English
Volume 13 RoxyLogo.png Roxy Lalonde
Volume 14 DirkLogo.png Dirk Strider
Supporting Characters DadRose's MomCryptid McWhiskersDave's BroBecquerelLusiiKarako PierotBoldir LamatiDoc ScratchThe CondesceBrobotRoxy's MomThe Director
Earth Locations John's houseRose's houseDave's houseJade's house (Pacific Island) • Jane's houseJake's house (Pacific Island) • Half-Harley Manor
Alternia Locations Karkat's hiveKanaya's hiveGamzee's hiveVriska's hiveOutglutDoc Scratch's TowerEquius's hiveTerezi's hiveTavros's hiveAradia's hiveNepeta's hiveSollux's hiveEridan's hiveFeferi's hive
Related Concepts HomestuckHiveswap Friendship SimulatorTrollPesterchumThe TreasureChumroll