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Summon the Lulz
I spent more time than I expected making my Destiny Costume for Halloween in 2017, so I decided to try to get some extra use out of it. I'd had an idea kicking around in my head for a few years, and decided to give it a shot. This is probably one of those things where I'm literally the only person that catches all of the references, but hopefully there are a few laughs in it for a few other people.
This was originally going to be a series of (heavily-edited) live-action shots. For example, the heptadecagram summoning circle is something I actually put on the concrete floor of my barn in fluorescent paint, and lit up with UV lights.
However, I wasn't able to get the Lulz looking good enough in live-action form to finish this variation, and moved to a comic form as a result.
Why a heptadecagram instead of a hexadecagram?
- 17 is an odd number, which makes for a more ominous-looking star, because when inverted it looks like a pair of horns at the top.
- 17 is a prime number, which makes it vaguely cryptography-related. It also makes for a much more interesting geometric pattern than a sixteen-pointed star, which would basically just be four four-pointed-stars or squares rotated in relation to each other.
- It let me leave one point unmarked as a reminder of off-by-one errors, or as a reference to null values.
I ended up liking the symbol enough that I put some designs based on the heptadecagram on CafePress so I could order them myself.