Homestuck Troll Societal, Biology, & Reproduction Head Cannon
This is the head cannon I’ve come up with after researching several dozen like theories. You may see things in here you recognize, I found that a lot of different theories shared the same thought on certain point if not the same wording.
Also I’m gonna just say SPOILERS now just in case!
The original reproduction method of trolls before the reset that caused them to become a brutal species was never lost. These abilities are still viable, but were brainwashed by fear and their oppressive society to believe that such reproduction was a sick and disgusting thing.
Thus genetic material is donated through the use of drones, buckets, and the development of a specialized creature as a surrogate mother troll, the Mother Grub. Instead of being cared for, the young were tested so only the strongest could survive to be adult trolls.
This was the outcome of the failed game session of the Ancestor trolls. In their reset, they were rewritten so that thru this method the best possible team would be produced to when their Sburb game. A fact that we know worked as the Actual Cannon trolls won their game and got jacked at the moment of prize claiming.
Biology & Reproduction
Trolls are hermaphroditic; their physical sexual characteristics are determined by the gender of their lusus only affecting appearance and personality. They possess both male referred to as a “bone bulge” and female referred to as a “nook” sex organs. The testicles are internal and located just below the ovaries.
Bulge - The core of the phallus is full of a system of chambers in which blood is quickly pumped or released out of. This allows it to widen its girth or extend its length when erect. A network of specialized muscle tissues (similar to those found in the tentacles of octopi) surrounds the core; this coupled with the inner core allows the phallus free movement without causing harm to itself. The bulge not only is used for the stimulation of the nook and injecting of semen, it also reopens the passage so the sperm & egg slurry can drain out or in. (more on this later)
Nook - Just a few centimeters below the base of the phallus is the opening to the female reproductive organs. They are protected by a series of muscles similar to a human’s labia. However in trolls these muscles not only keep their sensitive nook protected, but also help hold the phallus inside during mating. Individuals have control over these muscles, but an orgasm causes them to involuntarily tighten around the phallus to ensure as much genetic material stays in as possible during the mixing of the sperm and eggs.
The Troll vaginal organ has two closed cervical openings. The first is controlled somewhat voluntarily. If the receiving troll does not reach a certain mental state the first opening remains closed and blocks all incoming semen. This mental roadblock is an evolutionary tactic to ensure that only a mated pair can successfully breed to ensure the survival of the young, who require two adults and a lusus to raise them. The second opening remains closed until a heat cycle is triggered. Trolls experience small heat cycles every few Earth months. Showing little to no outside effects other than a subtle change in their scent, the Troll experiencing early heat cycle is relatively unaffected; it is only when a bonded mate shows interest in breeding that the full heat cycle is triggered. Subtle touches and actions, as well as the mate’s own release of responding pheromones, causes the Troll in heat to release a specific hormone that triggers a full heat cycle and the release of eggs from the ovaries. Unlike humans, troll ovaries produce egg similarly to testicles’ production of sperm.
The following heat cycle, which can last up to a week, affects both individuals due to strong pheromones. The pair mates between 3-5 times a day. The process of mating for the fathering troll is very taxing on their body. During this time the receiving Troll will often take care of the other as they expend much less energy in their role of mating and always finishes on the bottom so that the slurry drains into them. Trolls may switch roles during non-reproductive intercourse, but in the act of breeding the pair stay in the roles that they entered the heat cycle with.
When the heat cycle is complete, the receiving Troll can have anywhere from 1-5 viably fertilized eggs. Eggs are made up of a thick and leathery protein layer that protects the embryo inside of them. The fleshy outer shell of the egg itself functions as a placenta-like organ. Attached to the top of the egg is a structure similar to an umbilical cord and nutrient rich blood is passed from the mother to the developing grub. Internal gestation lasts a full sweep (26 months) where the mother will gain as much weight as possible to help the eggs build a storage of fat and nutrients for when the mother lays them in the final stage of their development. Due to the size and weight of the eggs the mothering troll is usually rendered nearly immobile
During this time the mother becomes very aggressive with both food and their mate. They will often reapply scent marks on their mate, which are made stronger by the hormones released by the eggs into the mother’s body. This is to ensure that the fathering Troll stays with the mother to help raise the young. A week or so before it is time to lay the eggs; the mother will go into a nesting mode. They will find a secure place that even their mate will not be allowed to go until after the eggs are laid. During this time the mothering troll begins to release pheromones that attract potential lusus’. The nest is often built as an extension of the mothering troll’s own bedding as they will instinctively curl around the eggs in a fetal position to keep them protected once they are laid. The eggs need little to no extra warmth as their fleshy outer shells are well insulated.
The actual laying process is primarily done alone or often in cases of a first brood, the mothering troll’s own “mother” or relative who has gone through the process will assist the younger troll. Egg laying is generally a quick and easy process, but first time mothers have a tendency to panic from inexperience which can cause harm to the eggs. The loss of an egg from unassisted first time egg laying is not uncommon. After the eggs are successfully laid the mothering troll finally allows the fathering troll near them. When the fathering troll touches the eggs it releases a bonding hormone and they enter a strong instinctual state where their main concern is protecting and providing for the mother and the eggs.
The time spent outside of the mother’s body is much shorter than the time spent inside. This break in the demands on the mother’s body allows them to recover from the physical demands before birth and the demands that await after the eggs hatch. The eggs signal when they are ready to hatch by alerting their parents through audible squeaks and chirps. These sounds trigger an instinctual reaction and the parents will assist the grubs in breaking through the softer tops of the eggs where the umbilical cord-like structure once was.
As trolls hatch from eggs, they have no belly buttons (no umbilical cord) or nipples (do not nurse young). Baby trolls known as “wigglers” that resemble horned caterpillars. Wiggler horns are mostly cartilage and act as highly sensitive sensory input appendages similar to insect antenna. The wiggler stage lasts 1.5-2 sweep (39-52 months) where the grub learns its parents’ scents bonding to them. The parents take turns feeding and caring for the wigglers. One is with them at all times. During this time they will start to mimic sounds with their limited vocal cords and observe everything their parents do. It is also a time that the wiggler is often exposed to limited social interactions, usually with family or trolls very close to the parents as well as the creatures attracted to be lusus. At the ends of this period the wiggler constructs a cocoon in an act they refer to a “pupating” in which they metamorphosis into the humanoid form. The pupa stage lasts for several months with one parent always there to guard them at all times. While away from the pupa, the parent trolls act normal, but when they are near the pupa they become highly aggressive to others save and the lusus’. The end of the pupa stage is signaled by a cry similar to human babies. The offspring need less help with this stage and leave the pupa at about the same development level as a 3-4 year old human child. Language is picked up quickly once the child is used to their fully developed vocal cords. After this stage, the young trolls have much less hormonal control over their parents aside from typical parenting instincts.
Trolls have what’s known as “grub scars” where their extra legs fell off during pupation. Trolls may have two or three scars on each side located along the bottom ribs. The scars protrude a bit from the surface of the skin, about as much as the knuckle of the middle finger while making a fist and are as sensitive as a human nipple. Their horns harden losing the majority of their sensitivity the further you get from the base. Stroking the horns near the base causes extreme pleasure and arousal.
Just because I have it my head. Once the social/psychological stigma of mating is overcome, trolls can mate with humans. Human are not as fertile as trolls meaning fewer possible eggs.
Mating with a Human Male – The troll is always the “mother” in these parings and has the possibility for up to three viable eggs. Wigglers with human fathers are the same as fully troll wigglers save their mixed heritage coloring.
Mating with a Human Female –The human in these pairing are always the mother and due to physical limitation humans can only carry one egg at a time, though in some very rare cases human women have been able to carry two. Human female skin tends to turn greyish while carrying and the laying process is hard on the mother as the eggs tend to weigh 9-11lbs. Once the eggs are “birthed” the mother’s skin returns to normal. Wigglers with human mothers tend to only have a single set of center legs instead of the standard 2-3 sets as well as mixed heritage coloring.
All the other stages after that are same as fully troll pairings as the mixture of genome types causes the human females to produce the appropriate pheromones.