— Lord English and the Treasure Map —
With as little fanfare, he seized the opportunity to follow the Thief’s trail quickly before it dissipated, and destroyed their hideout in the veil.
What is Vriska on a treasure hunt to find, exactly, out in the Furthest Ring? There have been some guesses.
But more importantly, and as the largest hint of all, you have to look at the side implications. In a turn of phrase, you need to “turn the chessboard around”, and examine the motives of those who made this all take place.
The first thing you have to know is that Doc Scratch intentionally arranged Vriska’s death!
In [S] Cascade, we see Gamzee on his chat client, speaking with Doc Scratch. Gamzee tells Doc that he’s just finished doing everything Doc told him to do… shortly after Vriska was killed. This means that Doc intended it all along: He had Gamzee invite destruction through Rage in Terezi, narrowing her outlook on the possibilities available to forestall Vriska’s fight with Jack, until it was too late for her options to be anything more than killing her or allowing everyone else to die.
Why arrange her death? So she can cause unfathomable destruction:
AG: I thought you said you would 8e 8rief????????
I’ll say one last thing.
Though the magnitude of the ensuing destruction resulting directly from your actions will be neither possible or necessary for you to fathom, there nevertheless ought to be a silver lining.
The only question is whether you will live long enough to see it.
I’m not a gambling man.
But if I was, I wouldn’t bet on it.
Vriska was not responsible for Jack Noir, no matter how much she intended to be: a First Guardian of some variety would have been created in the kids’ session regardless, and even if John had succeeded in prototyping the blue lady doll, Bec still intended to jump in.
In other words, the unfathomable destruction she’s meant to bring about has yet to come.
So… Doc Scratch arranged Vriska’s death intentionally, expecting specific and further action out of her. And Vriska is currently using Lord English’s helpful reality-cracks - assistance she only thinks a coincidence - to pave a path straight to an important treasure, just like Jack Noir followed her trail in the doomed example above.
VRISKA: Really, everyone’s pretty lucky I died so I could do all the dirty work on this. Let’s get real, no8ody’s 8etter prepared to take on the treasure hunting duties than I am.
Lord English is USING Vriska to lead him to something important.
But what? A weapon? An important juju, like Calliope promised to send? A ghost? A person?
We don’t know for sure. But as others have pointed out, we at least know where it is.
VRISKA: We’ve explored ancient crypts, networks of 8urial mounds, dusty old tom8s, giant pyramids, you name it. Hints a8out the endgame are hidden all over the place.
X marks the spot!!!
The alpha session is a hideout shrouded in a protective shell of Void, imperceptible and possibly and unlocatable past a certain point without extraordinary measures. Regardless of whether the ‘Ultimate Weapon’ itself is important, whether it’s an item, a ghost, Jake English himself, or what have you… the ultimate consequence is this:
Lord English is intentionally having Vriska lead him STRAIGHT TO THE ALPHA SESSION.