Polypa Goezee is a young Alternian troll living in Outglut during the time period of Hiveswap and Hiveswap Friendsim. Polypa was first revealed during the Hiveswap Troll Call event alongside Tegiri Kalbur on December 27, 2017. Her bullet points were "can't catch her if she's on fire*", "pittiless mercenary", and "gives excellent relationship advice... to the highest bidder", as well as a footnote saying "*bandages unrelated to fire". She appears alongside Zebruh Codakk in Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume Five, although at first she is disguised as a goldblood. She was designed by Poinko. Her bullet points altered as from December 6, 2018 to "Highblood, lowblood, doesn't matter. She'll take the job", "Can't catch her if she's on fire" and "Nuanced opinions on popular culture".
The name Polypa could be a modification of the word "polyp", the small, juvenile form of organisms in the phylum Cnidaria (jellyfish). Her last name may be a reference to Albert Goozee, a 20th-century British murderer. It may also be a modification of the word "gauze", referencing her bandages.
Her leaked placeholder name was "Survivor", an allusion to her history and dangerous job.
Friendsim (Dubiously Canon)
Polypa is an oliveblooded mercenary who takes jobs killing trolls of any caste for a living. Before the events of Friendsim, her hive was broken into by kids on (presumably) sopor who stole most of her belongings and killed her lusus. A psionic broke both of her legs for fun, rendering her immobile. She was trapped in her hive and left to starve, but she was saved by a tealblood (confirmed to be Tegiri in Volume 10) who lived in her neighborhood.
When she is first encountered, she is disguised as a goldblood wearing a hoodie with a sign not on the Extended Zodiac, two smaller fake horns and a piece of veneer hiding the notch in her horn. She pulls the MSPA Reader aside and tells them that the two are on a date to try and distract others from identifying her as the one who assassinated a well-respected violetblood.
If you freak out and make a scene when she grabs your hand, someone will come up behind you and smack your head and Polypa backs away. She scolds the player for letting her down and says that she will handle the situation on her own, as she's done many times before. She then leaps away after leaving a smear of violet blood on the player's hand.
If the player decides to take her to an apartment building, they'll go there and Polypa will break into an unknown rustblood's apartment. After breaking and entering she will ignore the player for a while while going on her palmhusk, then informs them that her contact was actually killed before she could get to Polypa. Before the MSPA Reader can even attempt to help her feel better, she tells them not to pity her since the two weren't actually close. She then goes on about how most trolls who work in the same field as her usually work with a partner, but she herself doesn't have a partner because she doesn't have anyone that she trusts enough. You suggest yourself as a partner for Polypa's work, but she turns you down and says that she only picked you out of the crowd because of your strange appearance.
She reluctantly agrees, but before she can tell you something else, the rustblood and his purpleblood matesprit come back home to find the busted door of the rust's apartment. Polypa sprints out and attacks them, but the purpleblooded troll stops her by grabbing her by the neck and then flinging her across the room. She jumps out the window and the player follows her quickly. After a little while running she starts limping and the player observes a glass shard in her calf and tries to pull it out, but Polypa stops them. She tells them that since they've been seen together that they have to split up. The player, heartbroken, tries to convince her that they can still stay together and be friends, but she scoffs them for trying to convince her about safety in numbers because of how their plan worked out. Polypa walks away and leaves the MSPA Reader curled up in a ball on the ground.
If the player decides to take her out for a movie and some soft-served grubcream, she'll smile and agree to it. Once you two enter the theatre in the mall, she'll pick a romantic comedy for the two of you to watch. When the movie starts the player starts noticing a lot of things about the movie, like its stereotypical portrayal of the lowbloods and incoherent audio. Polypa keeps a running commentary throughout and complains constantly about the movie, saying things like how she didn't think the book was this awful or that maybe it was, but it's been a while since she read it. The player is surprised by her criticisms on the movie, and then Polypa tells them about how she used to have a relationship advice blog when she was younger, though she didn't really know a whole lot back then. But it didn't last long, because a group of kids launched a raid on her hive, stealing various belongings and killing her lusus. Her legs were broken by a psionic as cruel amusement, rendering her unable to get help. She was left to starve and die, but was saved by Tegiri who lived in her nearby vicinity.
A troll in front of them rudely asks them to shut up and stop being so mushy and pale, and in response Polypa kicks her seat and tells her to mind her own damn business. Before the other troll can react, her moirail shooshpaps her and she calms down and goes back to watching the movie. The player is touched that Polypa told her about her backstory, but doesn't think it's safe to share it in a public space. She assures them that it is, and that the girl in front of them won't worry about her personal life. After the movie is over, the two of you go outside and Polypa receives a notification that her contact was killed rather than her bailing out. She grows angry very quickly, and the player has to shooshpap her to calm her down. She calms down quickly, but then gets her act together and tells you that she's on the clock and they have to be professional. She says that although you're kind of weird-looking and a mess, that you're actually alright and she wouldn't mind having them as a partner. The MSPA Reader tears up, and Polypa warns them that they're probably just gonna be bait. However, the player doesn't mind the arrangement in the slightest.
Polypa makes a brief appearance in Hiveswap Friendsim: Vol. 10, she can be seen waiting outside Tegiri's hive in the good ending. She spends a few moments engaging in friendly banter with Tegiri, then the teal invites everyone into his hive for an anime viewing session. The player is more than delighted to have a sleepover with two friends, happily basking in the warm glow of friendship.
In Hiveswap Act 2 Polypa appears in the gold and olive train car. She offers to do a job for Joey and Xefros and they ask her restrain Konyyl in her argument with Azdaja. Polypa agrees to do it for free because they are annoying her.
Personality and Traits (Dubiously Canon)
Polypa is very professional and calculated, being very cautious of her actions and trying to not get caught during an assassination. She is shown to be quite adept at her job; knowing how to blend into the crowd right after getting the job done and not drawing too much attention to herself in order to escape notice of the authorities. This is best illustrated just mere moments after the player runs into her: she quickly informs the player the few details needed to act natural, then begins getting into her designated character without a pause.
She's slow to trust people and doesn't have any quadrants. Before her tragic accident, she could have been a lot more innocent and naive as supported by her relationship advice blog and her bad taste in books. After said incident, she's less inclined to open up to others and has little regard for both highbloods and lowbloods, outright refering to them as scum. She shows a softer side to herself in her good ending, willingly telling the player about her accident and even letting them be her partner in crime. Should the player inadvertently break her trust in the bad ending, however, she will angrily snap at the player to leave, berating herself for ever placing faith in the player in the first place.
Polypa has fast reflexes and carries a weapon with her at all times; the weapon she's revealed to use is a dagger of sorts. This is probably due to her line of work as a hired killer, and since she's not one to shy away from high-risk assassinations, she has to be a skilled fighter to get the job done. She outright states that in order to kill the violetblood, she had to purchase a very expensive dagger and coat it with a similarly pricey poison before stabbing it in a very specific place in order to ensure that her target is indeed killed for good.
She is also shown to be quite emotional at times, growing quite irate or sad (depends on which ending) after finding out about the death of her contact. But when the player shooshpaps her, however, she calms down soon enough. While she might become overwrought with feelings, she knows better than to let her emotions get the better of her as being overly emotional doesn't do her any favours as a hired killer.
Relationships (Dubiously Canon)
In Hiveswap Friendsim: Vol. 10, Polypa reveals that she considers the MSPA Reader to be her moirail, cementing the fact that she indeed does like and trust the player with her secrets. Though, since the reader is human and is pretty unfamiliar to the troll concept of romance, is unsure whether or not they feel the same for Polypa. But according to the reader, Polypa is the troll that makes them feel the safest with.
In the same volume as above, Polypa maintains a good relationship with Tegiri and often comes over to his hive for anime club meetings. When interacting with Tegiri, Polypa is quite at ease in his company and would playfully tease him from time to time. She also has a nickname for him: Tegs. Despite their bond, however, Polypa goes out of her way to keep her real profession a secret from Tegiri. This is best illustrated when she casually states that her late appearance at Tegiri's place was due to losing track of time when assembling her new mecha models, discreetly shooting the player a sharp look so as to prevent the player from revealing her real job to Tegiri. In addition, she does not seem to realize that Tegiri harbours pale feelings for her.
- According to the Extended Zodiac, her sign is Leus, sign of the Flexible, making her a potential Prospit Dreamer and Hero of Breath.
- Polypa's quirk represents a ninja star thrown through the sentence until it hits a wall.
- Polypa was the first, and so far only, Troll Call troll to not appear as their Troll Call design in their volume of Hiveswap Friendsim. In all of Polypa's friendsim appearances, she lacks the bandages and ponytail shown in her Troll Call appearance, possibly meaning she will have sustained further injuries between the Friendsim and the actual Hiveswap.
- Polypa mentions that she loses a lot of jobs to a olive and goldblood team, which are implied to be to Azdaja and Konyyl.
- The phrase "can't catch her if she's on fire" on her Troll Call card references a comic by Christopher Hastings, who did additional writing in Hiveswap: Act 1.
- Her confrontation with by several trolls in the past might explain the numerous bandages she was depicted with in her card. The footnote adds that the bandages were unrelated to the fire, as it was Tegiri patching her up after her accident.
- It was confirmed that Polypa's design references standard shinobi look from Naruto.
|Hiveswap and Hauntswitch|
|Playable Kids||Joey Claire • Jude Harley|
|Playable Trolls||Xefros Tritoh • Dammek|
|Supporting Humans||Babysitter • Pa Harley • A. Claire • Mysterious Cult|
|Supporting Trolls||Trizza Tethis • Cridea Jeevik|
|Troll Call Trolls||Tyzias Entykk • Mallek Adalov • Daraya Jonjet • Barzum Soleil • Baizli Soleil • Nihkee Moolah • Chahut Maenad • Diemen Xicali • Skylla Koriga • Folykl Darane • Kuprum Maxlol • Amisia Erdehn • Polypa Goezee • Tegiri Kalbur • Tirona Kasund • Lynera Skalbi • Elwurd • Galekh Xigisi • Vikare Ratite • Boldir Lamati • Cirava Hermod • Tagora Gorjek • Ardata Carmia • Marvus Xoloto • Fozzer Velyes • Stelsa Sezyat • Wanshi Adyata • Bronya Ursama • Chixie Roixmr • Zebruh Codakk • Azdaja Knelax • Konyyl Okimaw • Karako Pierot • Marsti Houtek • Lanque Bombyx • Remele Namaaq|
|Other||Tesseract • The Lone Gunbirds • Green shadow monsters • Imperial Drone • Zoosmell • Cornibuster • Doc Scratch|
|Concepts||Troll • Extended Zodiac • Cherub Portal • Abilitech • Chittr • Scythian • Achievements|
|Locations (Earth)||Hauntswitch • Half-Harley Manor|
|Locations (Alternia)||Outglut • Dammek's hive • Xefros' hive|
|Acts||Hiveswap: Act 1 • Hiveswap: Act 2|
|Additional Media||Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1 • Vol. 2 • Vol. 3 • Vol. 4 • Vol. 5 • Vol. 6 • Vol. 7 • Vol. 8 • Vol. 9 • Vol. 10 • Vol. 11 • Vol. 12 • Vol. 13 • Vol. 14 • Vol. 15 • Vol. 16 • Vol. 17 • Vol. 18 • Epilogue)|