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Jude lives at Harley Manor on the outskirts of the town of Hauntswitch on Earth, in the B1 universe. In 1994, 14 and a half years prior to the beginning of Homestuck, he is outside playing with Joey and Tesseract when a monster attacks. This causes Jude to lock himself in his treehouse to escape. While there, he helps Joey make her way to the safety of the manor's attic, where he has been keeping a mysterious cherub-themed device.
Personality and Traits
Jude is largely defined by his neurotic tendencies and love of conspiracy theories, among them aliens. He constantly investigates strange tabloids and keeps a close ear on the activities of a Mysterious Cult from a nearby mansion. Although often overly cautious, Jude proves himself to be dependable and is shown knowledgeable in strategy, security and avoidance tactics. He is not above pestering and pranking his sister, however, and is generally a goofy, clumsy kid.
Jude is a huge fan of The X-Files, preferring Mulder, but is willing to compromise for Scully for his sister. He appears to like birds, especially pigeons, as he has three of his own. He also has a large white python.
Jude's strongest relationship is with his elder sister. Jude often makes an effort to annoy Joey and Joey is often annoyed at Jude's interests and finds herself somewhat frustrated at his clueless self-assurance when she's not always able to stay confident in herself. Despite this, Jude shows himself to be a caring brother who constantly worries for his sister's safety. The two are able to get along and work together well enough in the event of a crisis. Joey often interacts with Jude's online friends.
Not much has been said about Jude's relationships with his absent father but it is implied that Jude's view on his Pa is less overtly negative as Joey's, as he chooses to keep his surname as Harley despite Joey taking their mother's. Jude shares his father's interest in the strange and mysterious, although Jude's interests take a more conspiracy-theory slant.
Jude's relationship with his deceased mother is not elaborated on much, but he clearly misses her. The lack of photos with both Jude and his mother might indicate that she passed away during, or shortly after Jude's birth.
Not much has been said about Jude's relationship with his and Joey's babysitter, but it is implied he at least considers her to be rational and dependable adult, and capable in combat.
Jude has three trained pigeons, named Frohike, Langly, and Byers. Prior to the events of the game, he favors Frohike, likes Langly, and is disappointed by Byers. After Frohike's unfortunate demise at the hands of the monster vanguard, and Langly's cowardice and betrayal, he finds that Byers is incredibly lucky and actually okay at his job as carrier pigeon.
Jude has been mentioned to have a circle of friends he interacts with on the internet. Apparently Joey also interacts with them on occasion. He plans to call for their help to deal with the monster invasion in his home.
- Jude is a unisex name of Hebrew origin, meaning "praise". It is popularly associated with the Beatles song 'Hey, Jude'.
- This association with the Beatles song is referenced in the Steam version of Hiveswap: Act 1 when the player plays as Jude for the first time.
- The Lone Gunbirds are a reference to the "The Lone Gunmen", a spin-off series of The X-Files.
- When you try to enter his room as Joey, she states that it is most likely locked and she doesn't want to deal with his pet python.
- According to how there's a Tube Highway all across the house from Jude's room, it is easy to assume that this "pet" Joey mentioned is either a rat or a ferret. The pet was revealed to be a large white python by James Roach.
- The dangerous cult that Jude is going after appears to be real and can be seen overlooking Half-Harley Manor though a hidden window of his treehouse.
- Jude appears to know something about the strange Cherub Portal in the attic, as he correctly identifies it as a portal when discussing it with Joey and has its blueprints in his tree-house.
- He believes it has ties to the mysterious cult he's been collecting information on, but otherwise does not know its functionality.
- In the game proper, the text on his walkie talkie is light olive, despite neither his symbol nor a relative's symbol being that close in color.
- His symbol was yellow-green earlier in development, though.
- The reason for the differentiation in color could be due to a swap between the text color that would be associated with his sister's symbol, a sort of green, and his, which bears a version of blue, although it is a very different green.
- Jude listens to Enya music, one of his cassette tapes of her music is in the casette player in the living room of the manor. You can trigger the dialog by using the tap-dance shoes on the cassette player.
- If you use the portal key on the cassette player, the music will start playing through the headphones, even though Joey stated that the cassette player was out of batteries.
- Many fans have noticed that he shares a similar resembelance to Jake English and Roxy Lalonde's (that Jake ) in the shipping parody artwork within the Homestuck webcomic. Many fans have speculated and/or theorized that he could be the same child, especially considering his name is unisex, he only takes his fathers name and that his hair looks exactly the same.