Hello, fantroll community, I bet you thought you’d never hear from me again. Well, regardless, I’m still surviving on the outskirts of pesterchum and tumblr searching for unrecognized, untapped, or just generally un-appreciated literary potential. I have found a lot of it- but during this search I actually started listening to a bit of Insane Clown Posse. It struck me after analyzing their music and the wicked word that a lot of people have overlooked some very basic things in their pursuit of creating proper subjuggalators either unintentionally or completely by choice. In either case, I wanted to write down all of my findings and my own interpretations on the true religion of the Dark Carnival within the Alternian Universe for anyone who wishes to strive towards a character who is as accurate as canonically possible to the actual Juggalo Mythology and way-of-life. I will go in sections and maybe even occasionally have deviations or graphs, but for the most part I will start out fairly easy.
If you truly want to know about the Dark Carnival and if you truly want to fine-tune your juggalo to be a real wicked motherfucking clown, then continue to read. If you’re looking for an excuse to protest against my findings, keep reading. I might namedrop people.
Part One: Motherfuckin’ Introduction
If you’re in the fantroll community or roleplay homestuck-related matters then you probably are familiar with the religion of the Dark Carnival that is often present in the background of many subjuggalators and tragic-storied lowblooded trolls who have had bad experiences with it. The idea of the religion originates from the rap group “Insane Clown Posse” and “Psychopathic Records”, whose music may or may not be awful depending on the listener. Generally, the practicing of the religion is defaulted to indigo-blooded trolls only with a very strict policy against any other castes, although it is very conceivable that one can still adhere to the wicked word despite not being Indigo. In fact, it would be a main goal of any practitioner of the religion to convert as many people as possible to their lifestyle to be saved. There’s been some debate as to how the system of the religion is run, but I personally like to believe that in every district of Alternian land there exists a main gathering area (The Gathering) as well as several independent churches/traveling carnivals/stationary carnivals whose presence could be compared to different factions of Christianity. Of course, one could also merely practice the religion in their spare time and devote little time to mass congregation.
Two examples: A brother and a Sister
Part Two: Wicked-ass politics
The Indigo caste themselves are guard-dogs of the spectrum and its potential enemies. Anyone who rejects this rejects the entire theory of the Alternian social system, and it is very rare that any one indigo would become more powerful than Her Imperial Condescenscion would allow. Indigos aren’t supposed to ever be in charge of any real political power as they would pose a massive threat to the hierarchy as it stands. The Dark Carnival is, as the Empress sees it, a tool of manipulation for a healthy portion of the Indigo caste to do as her whim desires. This could be done by labeling specific targets as heretics and ensuring their death by the hand of any practicing subjuggalator or even labeling an entire caste of blood (see the limeblood theory) as heretical and ensuring the mass slaughter of any troll sharing the hue of that labeled caste. Of course, if one were to adhere to the lime-blood theory (that they were wiped out by an executive political decision towards mass culling) then it would be inconceivable that any serious and practicing subjuggalator would not ruthlessly slay one of heretical blood the moment they found out their hue.
An example of an independent practitioner
Part Three: Ethics, Leaders, Wealth, and Death (Blood, Guts, Fingers, and Toes)
So, are there head honchos to the religion? Sure, absolutely. They’re called Ringmasters, and may be in charge of anything from an entire division to a humble church or farm. Any leader of a large body of subjuggalators would be the ringmaster of that body. The Grand Highblood himself could easily be seen as a ringmaster as well as a wildcard member of legendary status. THE RINGMASTERS ARE NOT CORRUPT AND WILL ONLY BE RINGMASTERS AFTER DEVOTING THEIR ENTIRE LIFE, BELIEFS, AND PERSONAL LUXURY TO THE WICKED MOTHERFUCKING WORD. IT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF HERESY TO EVER USE THE CARNIVAL TO ONE’S OWN ADVANTAGE. IT IS HERESY TO STEAL FROM THE CARNIVAL. IT IS HERESY TO GO AGAINST THE WICKED MOTHERFUCKING WORD. IT IS HERESY TO HAVE PERSONAL WEALTH THAT YOU COULD EASILY ALLOCATE TO THE FURTHERMENT OF THE CARNIVAL YET DO NOT. IT IS HERESY TO ACT SUPERIOR TO A FELLOW BROTHER OR SISTER. YOU ARE ALL WICKED CLOWNS IN THE EYES OF THE WRAITH AND THE CARNIVAL OF CARNAGE. YOU WILL ALL ADHERE TO SHANGRI-LA AND GO TO HEAVEN OR SUFFER THE FATE OF A FIREY HELL IN HELL’S PIT. THIS IS NON NEGOTIABLE AND IF YOU BREAK THESE RULES AS A SUBJUGGALATOR YOU WILL BE EVEN MORE BRUTALLY PUNISHED THAN A NON-BELIEVER BECAUSE YOU KNOW BETTER.
YOU ARE DOWN WITH THE CLOWN UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD IN THE GROUND.
On top: Most likely to make it to Shangri-La
On bottom: Most likely to make it to Hell’s Pit.
A ringmaster of a body is the superficial law of the body after the law of the Dark Carnival. It is absolutely inconceivable that a ringmaster would ever deal with anything heretical with anything other than swift and brutal punishment or rehabilitation (torture- a popular form of dealing with non-believers who have commited heresy. One possible option would be to force the non-believer to open the riddle box, which could contain anything from instant death to maiming and mutilation to a fresh bottle of elixir (faygo). Another option which is often used for mass cullings and the slaying of heritics is the Tilt-A-Whirl, a carnival ride which moves so fast once entered that it will literally paint the surrounding area with the blood of its occupants and “separate the body from the soul”). The ringmaster is there to make difficult decisions that are otherwise not explicitly stated in the wicked word. An example of a decision would be if a subjuggalator were to encounter a human.
We can safely deduce that crimson red is a heretical blood, but an intelligent subjuggalator would be conflicted as to what to do as they would understand the proclamation was never issued with a species of entirely crimson red in mind. Worse yet, should the human never have heard of the wicked word before, which would immediately make it the subjuggalator’s responsibility to make them see the light of Shangri-la or suffer the consequences of not spreading the motherfuckin’ truth, an act which is heretical in nature. Why not just kill them? Subjuggalators randomly kill people all the time, right? Yes and no.
Pictured above: The Walking Dead
Pictured above: The Walking Conundrum
Culling is the Indigos purpose in the caste. Murder will easily make a brother or sister happy and giddy, and (contrary to popular belief) the axe/hatchet is the preferred weapon of choice for most. Clubs are a close second. However, killing with no purpose other than sport is actually frowned upon in the Dark Carnival. The wicked word believes in a purpose for all, which is where things start to blur into gray. It is very easy to pass a kill off as “in the name of the messiahs”, an excused which is always encouraged. Popular targets of cullings, however, include heretics to the spectrum, heretical (mutant) hues, the obscenely wealthy, and those who don’t understand that their actions have consequences to them (the idle/ignorant). Do not think, however, that if you don’t meet any of these qualifications it means you are safe. A subjuggalator always needs blood to paint, brother.
Chapter two coming soon.
Things to consider never doing:
- Subjugs who don’t care about their own religion at all
- Subjugs who are obscenely wealthy and/or politically powerful
- Subjugs who kill everything in sight if it isn’t indigo
- Subjugs who don’t kill mutants on sight (unless they have second doubts about their own religion)
- Subjugs who think the carnival is just partying, sex, and faygo (Not to say there isn’t a shit load of it)
- Mixing scotch with beer