Last Edited By: Marsh of Sleep Sep 9 11 1:28 PM. Edited 2 times
This is all tentatively offered. I really want to re-read the manga again and get all my facts straight, but here is the idea that's been plaguing me for the past several weeks:
Way back whenever, 800+years ago in the Soul Eater universe, I'm going to pretend that Shinigami and Arachne were a thing. You're like, well... whatever, Marsh can ship whatever crack she wants, but hear me out!
For whatever reason, just believe that they were together. Emphasis on 'were'. Pretend that Arachne was a decent witch, intelligent, powerful, sexy, blah blah blah. Shinigami was ...whatever he is, minus eight hundred years.
Shinigami and the other great gods of overpowered B.S. are roaming around hunting bad guys and bad witches like the superhero mafia or junk, and everything is shiny. But Arachne wants in! She wants to help her man-god with his world cleansing. She looks down her nose at the rest of her kind, muddling with their pathetic powers and making a mess of things. But she has potential! She knows there must be a way she can help the superhero mafia.
And so she works. She tries. She designs and tests weapons for the great gods, but they are not good enough! Witches are powerful things to kill! They're like diamonds- the only things that can really harm them are themselves. Out comes the book of Eibon, like a cookbook.
So Arachne, for the sake of Shinigami, becomes the heretic witch, killing her own kind to create demon weapons. She doesn't feel much more than a mild guilt about it- the witches were on her man's list anyway, and now their souls will serve the greater good! Over many years, she creates dozens and dozens of demon weapons, introducing them into humanity and creating weapon bloodlines. She introduces weapons to the great gods! And everything is happy and asskicking.
But Shinigami figures it out eventually, and he is outraged! To use the souls of others in such a way, and from her own kin! The harvesting of souls is not her job, for one, and what she has done to them, how she has manipulated them, is monstrous and abominable. When confronted, Arachne is truly confused. She had done it all for him! For the superhero mafia! Isn't it easier, now? Isn't it easier to resonate with a magical weapon and cleanse the earth?
She says this much later, but I think it's applicable: "It matters not who originated it, nor who did the creating... what matters is what you achieve from it in the end." Which is in chapter 58-ish.
So they're divided. And Arachne becomes the next on the list, much to Shinigami's regret and godly heartbreak or whatever. The gods give chase, and Arachne must flee everyone- hunted by those she had tried to help, and hated by the witches she had betrayed. Enter Mosquito and Giriko and whatever followers she might have acquired underground, which I won't go much into here because I really haven't thought much about it.
Yadda yadda yadda, Shinigami gets a little too close to her hideout, Arachne sends spiders everywhere, shoves her soul into a golem and plays dead. Being stuck in a golem for a long time, half-living in fear and feeling betrayed, probably does something to a person's mentality. She watches the planet while nurturing resentment. She watches the old gods and her ex end up using the weapons that she had been condemned to death for creating. Watches Asura EAT his weapon. Watches Shinigami create the DWMA, training her 'children' while he sits on top of Asura to keep the world in check.
Fast forward 800 years. Her little sister lets Asura loose, Arachne comes back to life, Giriko is her lapdog, and she has an entire CULT that worships the grounds she walks on.
Aaaand she eventually is slain by a weapon descended from one of the many she had created herself- A scythe, like she had crafted for her lover~.
DO YOU NOT SEE THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS STORY?!? Aahhghhg Arachne has always fascinated me, and the more I think about it, the more in love with the theory I become. Also, sometimes I pretend she's Kid's mother, but that's more of a cracky idea that I'm not sure belongs with this theory.
...But spiders are pretty symmetrical~
Anyway. If I wrote the story surrounding this idea it would probably be from Arachne's POV, from her time revering Shinigami, to becoming a fugitive, to having Giriko at her side, and her eventual death. It would be like... a magnum opus.
Well, granted if it's a decent theory or whatever. Thoughts? Feelings? Hysterical, mocking laughter?