Now this theory has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with recent updates.
I was just randomly thinking about one of my least-favorite characters last night
And, I’ll be honest, I was kinda drunk.
So it might not make THAT much sense.
Mage of Doom has always been a hard Title for me to understand. The Aspect and the Class (that is what you call those, right?) are unique to Sollux. And he’s not exactly the most developed or prominent Troll. His powers and role have always been kinda vague and pushed to the background.
Since he can hear the voices of the dead (or about to die or whatever), I always just assumed that Doom was the element of death and that Mages could predict things involving their Aspect…or something…?
But then I started thinking about what else Sollux did that could be tied into his title and made no fucking sense. Like how he constantly avoided (permanent) death. The multiple dream selves, the half-deadness, the SOMEHOW floating out of his Dream Bubble out of nothing but sheer ignorance.
And then I thought: what does a mage do? Fucking magic, obviously. They do things that are unexplainable. They bypass and break the laws of nature.
So what if that’s the power a Mage has? The power to bend and break and avoid and ignore the standard “rules” of their element. Everything Sollux did seem to break the natural laws of death so he could keep living. Even the hearing voices could tie into this, as it warned him of Alternia’s imminent destruction. Like a shittier, more-painful Spidey Sense.
And, I’ll be honest, I don’t have the slightest idea how this could tie into the other Aspects.
That’s where this silly, drunken headcanon falls apart.
Also, maybe Doom is less a “generic darkness” element and has more to do with the Dream Bubble part of dying? That would also make some more sense in the context of Sburb and clear things up a bit. He bypassed the rules of the Dream Bubbles and shit.