Sign-ups opened yesterday for the second annual Homestuck Shipping Olympics! And have been freaking amazing to watch, I have a whole lot of awe for how the mods have handled the flood. I'm still hanging on the sign-up list page, watching new ships get confirmed.
(Also, how darling is that banner?)
I signed up for Team Terezi♠Vriska! Which I am excited and not a little terrified about. Honestly I ship Scourge Sisters in every quadrant, requited and unrequited and vascillating. But I ship them black most of all, and I think this is going to be awesome.
I actually meant to sign up for a smaller ship, since I've never written Scourge Sisters before, but blottingtheink and I were sitting there watching the sign-ups and Terezi♠Vriska kept not being confirmed yet and Kanaya♦Vriska, which had been our probably-big-enough-to-make-six-but-small-enough-that-we'll-get-on-it OTP choice, kept not even being nominated, and eventually we spooked ourselves into jumping on. The team's full to capacity now, but then, so are 41 other ships, plus 26 confirmed.
Some of them are amazingly weird. Dave♥Feferi is a confirmed ship, despite the fact that there are literally no Feferi/Dave fics on AO3. Jake♥John was one of the earliest ships to overfill, and that pairing has only 8 tag uses on AO3. Aradia♦Sollux also overfilled in a flash, which I am beyond delighted about, because I have combed AO3 trying to find good Aradia/Sollux in any quadrant, and it is distressingly light on.
Teams I am particularly excited exist: Aradia♦Sollux & Aradia♥Sollux, for the reason above; Jade♥Karkat, because I need so many more Jade/Karkat fics in my life; Jake♥John, because I am intrigued by the rush of interest, and I think they'd be a blast together; Kanaya♥Vriska, because fandom has been really slow to use those heart-eyes Kanaya punched into Vriska; Karkat♥Terezi, because they delight me down to a molecular level, and given what a big pairing they feel like there isn't nearly enough fic; alpha!Rose/alpha!Dave, because hell. fucking. yes.; Rose♥Kanaya♥Dave, because I am so intrigued about what this team plans to do with their dynamic, and I love the small amount of Kanaya/Dave that canon gives us; Davesprite♥Jade, because there's already been some excellent Jade/Davesprite fic since that update gave it canon, and I want so much more.
Unconfirmed teams I particularly hope make it: Aranea♥Meenah, because there is hardly any canon for them so far but by the time writing starts, with any luck there will be much more!; Condesce♥Handmaid, because they have so much and so little in common, the empress and the slave, the queen and the demon, the only two who saw it all, and also I'm sad that there's only one Ancestor ship confirmed so far; Dave♦Rose, because I will take all of the Derse twins, please, in as many quadrants as you can squeeze them into and also in none; Dave♥Rose♥Terezi, because look at those names, those are some great names; Davesprite♥Nepeta because wtf that is so random and awesome bring it; Auto-Responder♥Roxy because hell to the yes; Feferi♠Eridan because holy shit I could adore that; Jade♥Kanaya, I don't know, this one seems obvious, why would you not want this; Jade♥John♥Karkat because even better than Karkat developing independent crushes on both the derp twins is Karkat developing interdependent and requited crushes on both the derp twins; John♠Karkat and John♦Karkat, I'm a little confused that these aren't confirmed honestly; Kanaya♠Vriska because I will take any and all Kanaya/Vriska; Karkat♠Karkat because HOW AMAZING WOULD IT BE IF THIS FEST ACTUALLY PRODUCED THREE NEW KARKAT/KARKAT BLACKROMS?; Terezi♦Vriska because did I mention that I ship them in every quadrant? Pale Terezi/Vriska would be amazing.
Teams that do not exist that are making me feel tragic: 1) WHERE ARE THE ASHEN SIGNUPS? /o\ This is me speaking directly from my hypocrisy, because I listed my ashen choice third, but goddamn I would love to see an ashen ship competing in this fest so much. I actually spent a good part of today emailing blottingtheink plot for my Terezi♣Karkat♣Vriska regency AU, which was ... possibly not the most useful thing ever given that it is kind of diametrically opposed to the goals of our team. (See: ship them in every quadrant.) 2) where is the Kanaya♦Vriska? Yessssss in canon they were a disaster, but they wouldn't have to be, if things were just a little different, if they were older and knew themselves better, if Kanaya already had a flushed quadrant, if they hadn't broken up in those particular circumstances while they were surrounded by the end of the world. Kanaya is the only one who has ever looked at Vriska and said "I want to save you". Ever. 3) There are twelve Ancestor ships nominated and not one of them is Redglare/Mindfang or Summoner/Mindfang. Oh fandom, why do you not exactly mirror my tastes in every way. 4) ... but mostly the ashen thing.
FINALLY: I am so ridiculously delighted to be in a fandom that can put on a fest with nearly 70 ships and counting.
NO WAIT, FINALLY THE SECOND: If anyone from my team is reading this, hi! Come talk to me :)