|Applies to||systems, headmates, system functions|
|Coiner||The Etheridge Collective|
A Successor, or succeeding system member(s), are system members that have been designated with the host role, whether it's before, during, or after a Host Transfer Period. Depending on the orderly fashion (or lack thereof) of the transfer of responsibilities/power.
This differs greatly from co-hosts taking turns fronting, or temp-hosts being assigned in the case of letting the system member(s) with such responsibilities rest for a while. This is also different from a Pseudo-Original in that not every host, regardless of being a main, is the/an Original and not every system has one; although a Pseudo-Original can be more likely selected to fill in the/an Original's role because of any similarities, they do not have to be.
A Successor can be assigned by a host, or multiple hosts, who plan on stepping down for their mental wellbeing, or because the role has simply become boring to them. The system itself can also designate a Successor in the case of it finding the current host(s) unable to fulfill their role(s).
Any system type, regardless of origin or architecture, can experience a transfer of power.
Related Terms[edit | edit source]
- Heir: This term describes Successors who are to take over the responsibilities needed to lead an in-system government, which can differ depending on the system whether it identifies as a democracy, or a monarchy.
- Inheritor: An Inheritor describes Successors who are to take over the responsibilities needed to run a system, with or without a defined in-system government, but the circumstances regarding system member formation have made this Successor prone to inheriting distinct traits from the host(s) they are Succeeding. Pseudo-Originals may find themselves to be Inheritors in the case of a host transfer, but similarities do not always equal a higher chance to be selected.
- Leader: A Leader is a Successor who is supposed to function as a heir/heiress to a government, but finds that after the transfer of responsibilities is said and done, or later down the line, they decide they do not want to run a government and want to be the same rank as their fellow system members. They may or may not abolish the government structure in its entirety. A Leader, however, may still run a system, because they have those responsibilities, but may or may not use their power except in situations that call for it.