lol, i decided to try getting openrc working, following an old outdated 2013 tutorial. i installed the needed openrc packages from the aur, attempted to uninstall systemd fully, but it didnt go thru. not realizing i didnt have an inittab file in /etc, i rebooted my system awaiting to begin the big openrc configuration, only to meet the screen saying there was no inittab file aand to choose a runlevel.
I had to force shutdown my tower by holding the power button, booted into parrot os, investigating a possible fix for the inittab issue. i ended up having to reinstall systemd-sysvcompat, edit the grub kernel parameters, gen a new grub config, bypass a kernel panic by using one of my fallback images, lol. i was able to fix the issue, but i'll have to research openrc before i jump into that again.