Lots of Headcanon and Crap

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Older Dag, looking 20s-ish.
And no, she doesn’t have thick calves, the pants just hang looser from the knee down.

Older Dag, looking 20s-ish.

And no, she doesn’t have thick calves, the pants just hang looser from the knee down.

What’s in a Name?
Carwen, Dagger Cerulean (KNIVES STOP I THOUGHT WE REVOKED THE NAMING RIGHT WHEN DID SHE GET A MIDDLE NAME), Pax and Emmett.
With public schooling becoming an option as their growth slows down, the family has to sit down with the idea of passing around family names. The plant kids have never had to identify with one, but since Knives is so full of FUCK ALL and isn’t all that attached to anything, he just quietly steals Legato’s and suddenly his daughter (alright, she’s not going, but Vash made weedly noises until the man did something) is a Bluesummers.
Neither Nick or Vash want to pin the kids with the family name of “Wolfwood” because he may or may not be a wanted man currently (they honestly don’t know, but its easier to keep a low profile and go without), and with Vash having nothing but the title “The Stampede: behind him, they go for something old, easy, and obscure, and suddenly it’s family Saverem. It gives Vash the feels and suddenly he’s got something to write on his boys’ enrollment paperwork besides the names ‘Nick’, “Eriks’, ‘Pax’ and ‘Carwen’.
And Emmett has a last name—we just haven’t thought of it yet.

What’s in a Name?

Carwen, Dagger Cerulean (KNIVES STOP I THOUGHT WE REVOKED THE NAMING RIGHT WHEN DID SHE GET A MIDDLE NAME), Pax and Emmett.

With public schooling becoming an option as their growth slows down, the family has to sit down with the idea of passing around family names. The plant kids have never had to identify with one, but since Knives is so full of FUCK ALL and isn’t all that attached to anything, he just quietly steals Legato’s and suddenly his daughter (alright, she’s not going, but Vash made weedly noises until the man did something) is a Bluesummers.

Neither Nick or Vash want to pin the kids with the family name of “Wolfwood” because he may or may not be a wanted man currently (they honestly don’t know, but its easier to keep a low profile and go without), and with Vash having nothing but the title “The Stampede: behind him, they go for something old, easy, and obscure, and suddenly it’s family Saverem. It gives Vash the feels and suddenly he’s got something to write on his boys’ enrollment paperwork besides the names ‘Nick’, “Eriks’, ‘Pax’ and ‘Carwen’.

And Emmett has a last name—we just haven’t thought of it yet.

Morning Jog
Originally, this was supposed to have trailed off into a duckling-line of orphanage kids of varying ages and sizes, but paper is only so wide okay. D:
So instead you have Livio, Carwen, Pax (with a hanger-on), and Emmett.
I have no idea what those idiot boys are up to.

Morning Jog

Originally, this was supposed to have trailed off into a duckling-line of orphanage kids of varying ages and sizes, but paper is only so wide okay. D:

So instead you have Livio, Carwen, Pax (with a hanger-on), and Emmett.

I have no idea what those idiot boys are up to.

Think about it—

In their original, first generation state, Plants are fragile and cannot survive for long without their tank or bulb to contain them.

However, Plants in their Independent form are the ultimate invasive species. All strength, no weakness—the only flaw of the Plant is that once they are depleted of power, they die, and unless they expend all of their power and attempt to press further, their lifespans are unlimited.

Considering the potential for conversion or the birthing of future generations, once a single Independent hits the soil, the potential for full mass-species take-over essentially runs on a countdown clock.

Of course, as the Eye of Michael sees it, the Plants are the ultimate species. They don’t need food or water, so famine becomes a thing of the past. They don’t succumb to disease either. Essential, all suffering becomes a thing of the past, so long as conversions continue to take place.

If said conversions expand to take over the biosphere, while alternating in physical appearance, all species will cease to exist but Plants. The biosphere will have completely imploded, collapsing into an end of all strife.

Consider once discovering the ability to convert, the choices in Vash’s hands whether to let the his friends die, essentially leaving himself to the company of his brother for all eternity, or to potentially kickstart the end of all terran life by saving them. Technically all consciousnesses are preserved, but aren’t there still problems in this idea?

Chew on that. Where is your ethical god now?

I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so—

—or, second-hand Plants and how to become them.

Plants are volatile, powerful creatures that convert energy into mass of varying structures and make-ups. They can provide power to grids, create food, water—the possibilities are almost endless. However, with such a huge portion of them geared toward energy and matter conversion, there comes an addendum to their abilities.

Only a Plant can absorb another plant. For best effectiveness, this needs to be done completely and utterly. In conclusion of the act, the aggressor Plant will hold the powers and consciousness of the passive Plant. Knives does this in the series, by absorbing his first-generation sisters.

In non-Plants, the absorption of Plant biomass does not work the same way. Non-Plants cannot house the Plant consciousness the way other Plants can—endlessly adding one upon the other. Plant biomass, once introduced into a new non-Plant body will never decrease in amount—much like a nasty case of radiation poisoning. However, once the non-Plant body reaches a certain amount of ingested biomass, the cells of the ingested Plant biomass will begin to multiply and spread in the new host, until they’ve taken over like a cancer. Then, with the original personality intact, what you are left with in essentially a conversation from non-Plant into Plant.

Given enough time, the Plant powers would refill to full capacity in the newly converted body and as a show of that, given there is hair to change, the convert Plant’s hair would shift from their natural color to a shade of blond. At that stage, they are no longer human by any stretch other than appearance and act as a fully independent Plant.

Direct methods of ingestion of Plant biomass: transplantation of limbs, eating Plant flesh in any amount, etc.

Passive methods of ingestion of Plant biomass: transfusion of blood or other bodily fluids, in any amount etc.

WoD: Eye of Michael

Eye of Michael: They serve as the brute force of the organization. They train assassins for Knives’ use and are in charge of weapons testing and assignment. Wolfwood and Livio were trained here, under the tutelage of Chapel.

Hand of Raphael: Within all sects, the greatest number of scientists and mages are found here. These are the researchers who invent new and creative ways of altering the human body and are the ones who perform the alteration surgeries of those acting as assassins for the Eye. Dr. Conrad works in this branch, unbeknownst to Knives.

Wings of Gabriel: The Wings serve as scouts, messengers, and parents—though that term is not to be taken in a kind, familiar sense. The Wings kidnap adults and children alike for rearing and grooming into their positions within the organization. The Wings of Gabriel were the ones who adopted Wolfwood and transported him to the Eye of Michael for his training and stole Livio off the streets for transfer to the Hand of Raphael.

Crown of Lucifer: This is the executive and judiciary branch. The Crown of Lucifer holds the council for the entire joined group of sects. After Razlo’s violent outburst, killing several members of the Eye, Chapel had to answer to the council called by this group.

[All together, the group has multiplied immensely since their inception and their goal has grown from the ideal of liberating Plants, to the act of overtaking them and becoming them. Plants to this point, are the only creatures known without obvious weakness (silver to the Wolves, cold iron to the fae, etc). As Plants themselves, they wish to scrub the world clean and re-terraform the world into their own paradise, clean of vermin.]

AND THATS HOW YOU GET PLANTS

Between our standard headcanon for the series and our WoD schtick, there are some key timeline and setting differences, but how you make a Plant, or where they come from at least, are at base, the same.

In the beginning with Trigun: If it’s ever stated in the manga when the project to create Plants began or how it came to be, I have no idea. But for the time being, we’ll handwave the series’ whys and hows.

In the beginning with Wod!Trigun: Over 150s years ago, the original ShinRa family’s company struck out West with hopes of building a future. Though the family was not inherently of magic blood, they had enough connections on the inside of the Masquerade’s curtain to bring a team of Sons of Ether with them. California had been annexed from Mexico in 1848 and shortly after, while their main branch building was left along the California coast for shipping and resource purposes, they took a team and settled a ways out East from that in the desert, looking for a place they could practice and research without interruption.

In the beginning, the company’s founder was in fact interested in doing well for the world, especially in creating a means of unlimited resources in power so that the great expansions of the world would never have to cease. In this time, Project SEEDS was formed with intent of cultivating the arid and seemingly dead lands around them, giving the world another greener pasture to flock to and thrive in. Dr. William Conrad headed Project SEEDS and would until its end.

Hojo originally worked alongside the project as a consulting doctor and scientist, but later abandoned it for their ideals and his own works on the project which would later refine MAKO—a substance of immense power distilled from the earth magics in the hedge. Regardless, the team worked quickly, and their Magnum Opus became the creation of what they called PLANTS.

INTERMISSION: In standard canon, Plants are described as being inter-dimensional beings, created by man and tapped for their power. Now I don’t care who you are, scientist or mage, but you just don’t create something from nothing like that, not without wrecking havoc somewhere due to the vacuum formed from the potential shift in energy.

Instead what we have is a working theory that the Plants are in fact entities from another world/realm/whathaveyou. Fitting in nicely with both standard continuity and WoD!Trigun is that the earth scientists (or mages in the latter case) discovered them by accident and through their skills, gave shape to a form the Plants could exist in and survive in our dimension. As mankind is kind of big-headed, the Plants were given generally human forms to occupy, built from scratch. However, due to the volatility of their nature, in both continuities, Plants would not be able to exist for long without support tanks or bulbs to keep them.

They are amiable, naieve creatures, and so long as they are not treated with extreme cruelty, are generally accepting of what becomes of them. Hiveminded to their ‘sisters’, they speak to each other regularly—to those on either side of the dimensional rift. Humans and other creatures from this realm however, have no idea how to properly communicate with them, but at the least can monitor their condition and the state of their power flow.

At this same time, as Plants are growing in use—again, in either continuity—a groups that worships the Plants as beings of divinity begins to form. In the canon series, we see the eye of Michael. In WoD, things are a little more expanded…

Conflict arises in WoD!Trigun: Out in the American West, the great split occurs with the arrival of Tesla, the first Independent Plant. To understand her better, she is, in effect, murdered by a string of cruel experiments and vivisections at the hands of scientist and mage alike. The Plant worshippers who have been silent within the organization to this point, leave. The only to remain is Dr. Conrad, who has kept his involvement with the group hidden from executive eyes.

Outside of ShinRa, the group fragments into sects, each with a different purpose: the Eye of Michael, the Wings of Gabriel, the Hand of Raphael, and the Crown of Lucifer. Each has their separate function, but ultimately they serve to liberate the Plants.

When the births of Vash and Knives are discovered by Dr. Conrad, he remains close to Knives, outside the scope of their caretaker, Rem, and carefully leaves a breadcrumb trail of information that leads to the boys discovering the remains of Tesla and the logs surrounding her case. Both Vash and Knives react negatively, but in the end, it’s Knives’ trauma that triggers his Plant-based powers, and he vaporizes the entire compound. Free, he and Vash escape into the desert.

Conflict arises in Trigun: After Tesla’s discover, experimentation and murder, Vash and Knives are born and found by Rem, who cares for them. After their discovery of Tesla’s remains, Vash and Knives react in horror and begin to fear for their lives. While in this brief period following, Vash is reassured and comforted by Rem, Knives goes off the friggin deep end. This culminated in Knives’ sabotage of the SEED ships, which eventually crash to the planet Gunsmoke, and the death of Rem.

EPILOGUE: Together, the brother travel for some time, though some decades make their split, allowing Vash to experience humanity as he sees fit, while Knives dips further back into his seclusion. In Vash’s absence, Knives rediscovers Dr. Conrad.

Twenty years ago, the brother met up again and the city of July was lost in a blinding light and a terrible thunder…

楽園 (Rakuen)
Tsuneo Imahori

"Miracle of birth, my ass"

A 7k+ WoD piece in which Vash is large, Nicholas D. is largely useless, Meryl takes charge and Legato just wants to eat his goddamn cheesecake.

Also the music here isn’t to be touched until a portion near the end when Wolfwood splits the scene for a smoke break. You’ll know it when you see it. DON’T YOU DARE PRESS THAT PLAY BUTTON UNTIL THEN.

You may begin when you hear the chime.

CHIIIIIIIMMM~EEE

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Vash during his pregnancy. Will clarify his lack of scars later.

Vash during his pregnancy. Will clarify his lack of scars later.

Reproduction in Plants and Independents

PLANTS

In actual series continuity, we know about jack shit regarding Plants and their reproduction. Knives and Vash literally just APPEARED one day, floating in the plant tank.

Now, our idea is that standard Plant reproduction occurs automatically when the Plant is introduced to a fair amount of foreign DNA. So if some idiot is hiding in the power room on your ship and jerking off all over the goddamn Plant or someone cuts themselves by some means and bleeds on it, you’re gonna get kids. But seeing how the Plants are kept in continuity and the amount of safety and environmental sterility you’d want in the area surrounding it, it’s easy to see why there are so few independents running around.

Gestation time for standard Plants would vary, depending on the amount of conversation needed to take the foreign DNA and change it into something the Plant can use and build upon. The more complicated the form presented in the foreign DNA, the longer the gestation period.

Plant gestation is generally hidden, culminating in a sudden WOW WHAT THE FUCK IS IN THE TANK/BULB GET THAT OUT OF THERE. If they can generate power, food, and water, I’m sure they have no problem saving up the gusto until they can blink an infant into existence.

The offspring of a Plant will resemble the original host of the provided foreign DNA. Plants themselves resemble humans, but being created by, or at the least, pulled through into our dimension by people, the forms they have in this world have been made in our images. It’s human nature to create something similar to oneself for the sake of familiarity and comfort.

INDEPENDENTS

Unlike their parent Plants, Independents actually have some conscious choice whether or not to produce offspring. All Plants seen in the series are, at base, female, or possibly even intersexed. Offspring Independents will take on any sex allowed by the chromosomes of the non-Plant parent.

Independents house just as much potential power as their parent Plants, but with conscious control (give or take) over how their bodies react, if an Independent engages in sexual acts with the conscious idea of reproducing or something vaguely similar to that, chances are, something’s gonna take. Independents, regardless of sex, can reproduce.

In the case of the Independent carrying their offspring, the child will be another Independent.If the Independent impregnates another species, the offspring will in most cases, not be a Plant, but will be fully the species of their mother, or regarded as a hybrid of some degree.

When an Independent impregnates another species, the non-Plant species will have a normal term as defined by their species. However, while an Independent will take on the appearance and base physiology of their non-Plant parent, birth does not occur in the same way. At all.

While a Plant will reproduce with their offspring hidden until the moment they are physically brought into normal time-space reality, an Independent will host their offspring within their body. During gestation, the Independent will appear to have symptoms of a normal pregnancy as defined by their non-Plant parent. When the child comes to term, unconsciously, the body of the Independent will begin the alterations to their offspring that will allow said offspring to survive outside the Independent parent’s body. Without this step, the offspring would not be able to live outside the parent’s body. This process occurs within less than a day and may be extremely discomforting to the Independent parent.

During birth, the Independent parent’s body must not only alter their offspring to ready them for existing outside the parent’s body, but the Independent’s body must also expel the child in a manner that harms neither. Traditional birth in many species leaves both parent and child open to complications that could result in the death of either or both. Instead of compromising the parent body, the Independent’s body with make the necessary alterations to their own physiology to remove the offspring from their body without harm.

During this phase, the parent’s body may change drastically in reaction to their Plant-based powers fluctuating as they try to remain stable, but at the same time, birth some pretty motherfucking powerful stuff. With the offspring held at their parent’s core/center/abdomen during gestation, it comes as no surprise that the offspring exits in the path of least resistance.

A barrier is grown around the offspring during gestation and remains fairly thin during this span. During birth it hardens and manifest outside the parent body as well. The Independent’s skin and muscle tissue between both of these barriers is fused between them and the entire cavity the offspring have been gestating in will open. Because they have been inside their own encasement during gestation, the parent’s organs are never exposed or compromised.

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Fig. a: Birth in Human/Plant offspring is not pretty. Wolfwood is going to have nightmares for weeks.

After the offspring are removed, with nothing else to hold, the Independent’s body will revert to its original pre-pregnancy state. However, due to the extreme strain put upon the Independent during the pregnancy and birth, they will most likely show a visible power loss, characterized by the blackening of their hair.

If the parent Independent is on their last legs of power during pregnancy, the birth will most likely kill them. In a worst case scenario, unable to control their own degradation as well as the power inherent in their offspring, the immediate area may be vaporized in their destruction. To avoid this, it is possible for the parent to absorb their children, consciousness and all, as all Independents can to other Plants, but that’s just a dick move.