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It had been a long journey from Homeworld to be sure, but at long last an archaic, worn-out transport had reached the Sol System, in route to the planet called 'Earth'. Or rather, this planet's moon by way of the Diamond base. Aboard this less-than-proud vessel were several Gems, the chief among them being a rather stir-crazy Quartz soldier, Clear Quartz 1R7J-7XB. They, and their small platoon of Rubies had been sent by Yellow Diamond to assist Pink Diamond's colonization forces by providing security detail..at least that had been their mission when they departed Homeworld.
The battered vessel would settle down upon the cold floor of the hanger bay, the faded diamonds emblazoned upon the sides glinting for a moment as the massive hanger door came to a close behind them. The hatch slid open, the plank sliding out to allow a large, pale Quartz Soldier to step eagerly from within, glancing wearily about the darkened chamber, A deep groan passing their lips as they momentarily lengthened their body, each and every joint popping as they savored, for the first time in months, an open space.
As the plank had lowered down to the ground it had rested but a scant from the foot of a Blue gem waiting in front of the entrance to the ship. Her disposition implied formality as she was brushing her fingers across a single holographic screen next to her, idly glancing at the entry way until the gem had emerged, she took a single calculated stride to the side to allow the gem to move downwards and stretch. She let out a near inaudible cough as she glanced at the gem before flicking the screen to cause it to vanish. The pyramid like objects still hovering in the air where the four corners of the screen used to be.
"I've been waiting here five minutes already" She noted before adding "Right on time though"
She took a single glance at the gem, before more of the triangles seem to emerge from a pouch she had resting on her hip,doubling the amount to have eight of the strange things hovering near her head.
"For the sake of posterity" She began, having the tinge of a accent in her voice "I want to run some rudimentary Geometric scans on you to verify details and to examine your medical state. Do not be concerned,i am a Eculase so my original designation is as a Medic. The Red Corundums that were assigned to you may go ahead if they so wish."
In those first moments that they had spent outside of the vessel in their rear-view in several months, they paid little attention to the medic Gem waiting by the foot of the gangplank-they were still acquiring their bearings, after all. When those words came upwards towards them, it became clear that this was the gem meant to brief them upon arrival, massive arms crossing across their broad chest.
"I apologize for the wait, ma'am."
Their arms fell, for the moment, to their sides, head angling towards the vessel, where four awestruck Rubies crowded at the head of the gangplank at rsther uneasy attention- at least two of them were rather.. kindergarten fresh, and had yet to see a diamond base before now. "Rubies!" That pulled their attention back towards their commander nervously, "You're dismissed, all of you. You know your orders. Follow 5AZ to the entry chamber." The Quartz would brief them when they themselves had been briefed. With a series of 'hup-hups' the diminutive soldiers departed.
"Clear Quartz Facet 1R7J Cut 7XB, reporting in to the Moon Base, ma'am. Those arms crossed again across their chest, posture as stiff and formal as ever. " Yellow Diamond has send me to assist in colonization security." That, of course, was a formality too, the manager would know everything required by pulling up their file, of course.
Euclase nodded and took a glance at the Rubies as they moved off.
"I hope nothing is amiss."
"Unlikely, but i tend not to take any risks" She reassured "If you would hold mostly still" With a swish of her hand four of the pyramids floated around and above the Quartz gem, forming into a rectangle, to the untrained eye it may of looked almost like a holographic screen that was horizontal. the screen and drones seemed to hover for a moment As Euclase used the other form droids to form a screen in front of her. At a reasonable pace the drones above the clear quartz moved downwards,scanning every inch of the gem in a single methodically downwards movement.
All the while Euclase's eyes danced across her screen as dialogue and diagrams came up, she seemed to verbally note things as it went along "Family Classification: Quartz, ID:Facet 1R7J Cut 7XB, as you had said. Gemstone location and shape" She paused for a moment as the droids scanned past the Clear Quartz's arms "Tetradecahedron with Symmetrical Hexagonal Facets, various microscopic chips and scratches along certain cleavage plains, likely general scratches from combat and training,nothing major or to be concerned about,well within the average wear for most warrior gems" She swiped across her screen bring up a diagram of the gem "Lacks impurities such as iron,ferric and manganese that normally cause colouring,meaning the Gemstone appears clear in nature" Dragging her finger back up it seemed to show up with a profile "Ahh, here it is,your file, Spin Dash variation and Ionized Gas generation.Under Yellow Diamond." She finished,letting out a tiny 'hmm'
The droids lazily flew back into Euclase's pouch as she looked back at the gem proper "Nothing major, as to be expected" She flicked around and began striding to the hangar exit "If you would follow me,ill give you a basic briefing and some general info about this base" She said as she had flicked around "Normally i wouldn't be the one doing these things,being the manager of this Moonbase, but there was a change of plans" she added as she was talking.
7XB had never been particularly fond of these medical scans, something about the holographic passing through their body always left them feeling..tingly. Irregardless, they remained stoic as the examination commenced and held their position, their salute. Much of what Euclase said they had heard before, though they found themselves inclined to agree with (and perhaps feel internally snug about) the medic's comments on their lack of impurities; things like that seemed rampant in the production of Gems these days, and let to the creation of Jaspers and amethysts snd other subspecies of Quartz gems that 7XB had.. varying feelings about. And soon enough the examination was complete, and they allowed their arms to fall and rest against their sides, relaxing. Or, about as close to relaxed as the Quartz allowed themselves to be. Following in the shadow of the comparatively diminutive Gem who the Clear Quartz was pleased to learn was, in fact, the manager of this base towards the exit, their stoic expression was replaced by one of genuine surprise, a slim brow perking in surprise. "A..change of plans, ma'am?.." Why? As far as they had heard, there had been no major issues on the colony. Communication issues, perhaps, but, well, they didn't want to step out of line with any unwarranted questions. "Some sort of.. situation?"
((I haven't really though of Euclase's height actually, i suppose she would be around the average height,Lapis and Pearl height)
"Some sort of.. situation?"
"nothing of grievous consequence" She assured, as she turned her head towards the gem.
As they exited the hammer they were greeted with the view of the earth in full view,consuming much of the skyline of the small rock. Clouds swirling along its surfaces as orb seemed to star down at all of them.
"Artificial Atmosphere" She clarified to a question that was probably never asked "Pink Diamond saw it fit to set it up to allow gem to communicate in between the bases and ships, it does make life easier doesn't it." She continued walking,this time heading towards the monolithic tower that stood well above anything else. "Anyway, I was chosen to brief you due to having first hand experience of the situation at hand, you see,i was the leader of the crew sent to Earth to find out what caused the cut off. So Pink Diamond deemed me the best person to inform some of our more" She chose her next word carefully "important gems" She paused "Plus im generally the most well informed gem on this base,i know pretty much everything that goes on here, so it means i usually know when the new gems are arriving"
She slowed down to a top before turning around a looking up at the gem,her arms crossed "Now what do you know about Earth and the current situation?" She asked "I assumed you would of heard some spattering of info at least?"
(Understood. 7XB is fairly tall, seven feet or so.)
A Diamond Base was a diamond base, as far as the Quartz was concerned, and those belonging to Pink Diamond did not seem all that different than those built by their Diamond. That was not to say they were not impressive, but they had seen much of it before. The view, however, of this lonely, rural planet over the horizon.. well, that was a sight you didn't see every day. "Earth?" They mused quietly, rolling their shoulders back with a light shake of the head, ivory hair tossed in the artificial air, "painfully little, I'm afraid: standard sized colony. Admittedly.. underutilized for its age." It had been around some time, after all, and still looked so..native. "We've not heard much back Home since the blackout. Ma'am. Only that, well," they didn't want to assume too much, but with what 7XB had heard.."perhaps something planetside was interfering with the Communications Hub? Not to propagate rumors."
She nodded quickly "As to be expected" She said after Clear had explained what she had known "Expansion had always been slow, through a combination of factors, the surface of the planet tends to be unpredictable, there had already been one cataclysmic event across the planet thanks to a asteroid strike around the time the planet was first claimed. Completely changed biological evolution on the planet and permanently shifted the ecological state, not to mention the planet is Geo-Dynamic with large portions of the planet slowly moving" She added "While most think its irrelevant information, i think its important to know that the planet can be unpredictably aggressive. As a relevant example, the planet often naturally generates its own form of Plasma bolts that can strike from the sky, in a far more powerful vein then your own ability." She changed subjects to back to more relevant details.
"We will move inside the base before i give you the full briefing" She explained "The Moonbase has a floor below the Diamond chamber that acts as a map and misc use room. Ill be able to display relevant information with my Trigon drones if we move into that room. Plus it lets me show you the way to Pink Diamond own control room,if you ever have the privilege of being summoned by her.You may already know layouts from your Own Diamond's base,but stuff may vary inbetween so i want to be thorough" She began moving once again towards the Tower, a gem standing at the entranceway barley visible in the distance. Euclase turned her head slightly once again and spoke "If you wish you can also bring your Rubies in for the briefing, but that is really your own choice."
The planet..shoots plasma bolts from the sky? That was something you didn't see every day, but Geo-dynamic colony sites, they weren't exactly the most dangerous thing in the universe. Then again, it was easy to say that when you weren't designated as a builder-gem. Euclase was right, though, there were some minor differences between this base and those the Clear Quartz had been stationed on before-and in truth, they couldn't help but feel..on edge, despite the familiarity, it was the property of a Diamond other than their own. At the mention of the possibility of an audience with Pink Diamond, their stoic eyes crawled up towards the peak of the tower, musing quietly. "I've already ordered them to muster there," after all, as she had said, many bases were similar. "And I will fill them in with any relevant extraneous details." The anticipation was steadily mounting, what had happened?
"Very well then" She replied with a kind smile,the entry to the tower getting closer and closer. Standing at the doorway was another quartz,similar in height to clear, with a distinct green hue. As soon as she saw Euclase she nodded and stepped to the side,allowing the door to slide open. Euclase entered to chamber, well lit with a ceiling that seemed to go on endlessly, the Murals dotting the walls of the chamber,with the 4 sides Diamond logo in the centre of the room.
Euclase moved fully inside, continuing to walk until she had almost reached the other side of the chamber, at this point she turned back around "I'm sure you recognise at least one of the Murals,if not more" She affirmed. as she gestured around the room. She let the statement linger for a moment before taking a single step backwards, the floor lighting up.
With a small hiss a series of stairs began forming, moving upwards and around the chamber to the ceiling,seemingly making a small gap on the roof to allow gems to walk through it "I hope you don't mind taking the stairs" She added, as she herself began stepping up them. For the rest of the staircase she remained quiet,only talking if she was actually asked a question by Clear Quartz. As she began getting close to the top she swiped her hand down near her pouch to retrieve more of her drones, swishing them away to the room above as she finally entered the map room.
The space seemed vast and empty, murals of what seemed to be star maps lay chiselled on most of the walls, the room was mostly dark,with a single blue pillar of light emanating from the centre. Euclase extended her hand forward, her drones entering the light as she herself strode to be next to it, the shadows on her face harshening.In this light she looked...intimidating, the blue of the room causing her own blue and white colours to almost blend in,leaving nothing but her Pink eyes and diadem to stand out. It became evident how striking of a gaze Euclase could actually give, her eyes seemingly piercing through the walls of the building itself.
It now became evident how Euclase had managed to maintain her manager position, her calm,motherly and kind disposition still held behind it a gem of great power and unwavering resolve.
"Now" She began, as the light next to her formed a hologram of the Planet Earth within it "Lets begin" her voiced echoed ever slightly in the empty room.
((I know i pushed this along abit,but i figured you didn't want to waste another 2 or 3 posts with just walking and idle chit chat.))
Voices bounced carelessly around the gargantuan chamber, their own included, whensoever they spoke, that is. "That I do.." their words came easily as pale eyes rose to the four distinct murals towering above them, striking and carefully carved. Though Yellow Diamond's mural was not front and center here, 7XB felt their eyes drawn to it for a moment, pensive, before current events pulled them back into the present. Across the chamber they spotted their assigned rubies, standing at attention..for the moment part, motioning for them to follow as the stairs ascended upward, followed by Euclase and themselves. The rest of the skyward ascent was rather uneventful, the Quartz straightening up as the reached the map room ,bringing themselves and their soldiers to attention before the manager and her model of the planet, Earth. In this light, it was clear to see how the medical Gem had maintained her station: 7XB had always possessed a great respect for strength in all of its many forms.
And now they stood before her, attentive and solemn.
As you may know Earth was designated as a low priority colonisation planet. Rich and dynamic in resources its kindergartens are rare,being able to manufacture multiple types of gems in close proximity to each other,but the unpredictable weather,terrain and wildlife meant that overall it was elected to be classified as a low importance planet for resource allocation. Along with this it was also the first project of Pink Diamond, a simple,but low resource task.
Images of the Earth over the decades flashed up.
colonisation efforts began many,many centuries ago, over the course of this time several structures were set up, a Warp system, Alpha,beta and Gamma Kindergarten, Sea and Sky spires, and so on,but this was only a 10th of what was planned.I'm sure you can see that the planet looks rather untouched compared to our other colonies.
a graphic of what Earth was going to look like after colonisation popped up.
Then about three sol rotations ago,something went amiss, a communications breakdown,both the warps and communication hub seemed to become damaged, making communication with the planet impossible, this came at a inopportune time as Pink Diamond herself was currently off world and was not slated to return for several rotations. Ships were sent by all Diamonds trying to find some answers...with a lack of results. Initially we thought that something on the planet was interfering with our tech. Stranger things had occurred naturally before so with some caution we kept sending gems,none had returned.
The projections jumped to static.
We did what we could until Pink Diamond returned, and at that point she elected to send a team down their to personally investigate, a Nephrite pilot, a Quartz to act as a guard, and fabricator under Blue Diamond, and myself.
She seemed to pause,almost bracing herself
after spending a short time on the planet it became clear what had occurred.
Sabotage, the warps
She showed a image of the damaged warps
intentionally damaged, the communication hub
She showed a image of the abandoned hub
Electro Magnetic Pulse. All led by this symbol
A star symbol flashed up on the screen
Allegedly its a splinter group,their origin we are not quite sure about, but they label themselves as the 'Crystal Gems' and actively and aggressively oppose the order of the Diamonds. They seemed to have some self righteous complex about protecting the natural lifeforms of the planet,while also breaking any defined caste they had, suffice to say they will not come quietly.
Our mission is to extinguish this rebellion before it can get out of hand, allowing colonisation to resume on the planet Earth.
She paused once more.
There is... something else we must fight aswell, it seems to be responsible for most of our gems not returning, and for the Kindergartens being abandoned.
She removed her Diadem,fully showing her blue and white gem as she pinched the bridge of her nose and switched the image once more. This time it showed a gemstone, from a glance it appeared to be a quartz.
Over the course of the cut off something,somehow has began 'infecting' gems,we are not sure how. It does something to them,to their mind and their body.
The image started animating,showing the Quartz forming, all seemed normal as it got to its mannequin stage,then it seemed to stop,its form glitching as it clutched its head,its form distorted and twisted into some sort of four legged creature that crashed roughly to the ground. It let out a growl and lunged before the footage cut out, she moved on to next footage, showing a different type of gem that was already half turning into a corrupted monster.
Who and when it affects a gem seems random, but it seems to fracture their minds and-
She closed her eyes as the projection played the distorted scream of the gem turning.
and the body follows.
It wasn't easy for her to watch, no matter how many times she had seen it. She had been a medical gem afterall, and now she had been faced with something that seemingly had no cause or cure. our second mission,if possible, is to gather more information about these 'corrupted' gems, it seems that placing them in a bubble stasis will stop them from reforming like normal gems, so transport when required is somewhat straight forward.
She placed her Diadem back on,snapping back to her old demeanour.
Usually one to maintain a fairly stoic decorum during these briefings, having been to so many of them over the years, their stern expression fell in what about only be a sort of disbelief, "A..rebellion?" They inserted incredulously; was she serious? Such thing as were unheard-of and rather shocking. Gems turning against the DIAMONDS? And for what, the denizen life of this low priority planet? Oh, the Clear Quartz could feel the rage building in their chest, as if the very idea in and of itself smeared their honor. That was, as they would find out a moment later, not the worst part. Pale eyes widened in what could only be restrained horror at the transformation playing out on the screen, an unfamiliar, icy chill clawing it's way upward along the Gem's back as a startled murmurs drifted amongst the Rubies. Monsters? How could..what could have happened to these gems? "Ah-um" They took a moment to clear their throat and recover themselves as the other Gem's query pulled them back to the task at hand. "Only two, ma'am." By now they had recovered their stern professionalism, " When I subjugate any of these.."Crystal Gems", should I bring them to this location?" Bubbled, of course, just like those..things. "And..if I come across any Gems that have gone missing on any of these.. unsuccessful missions, what are my orders for dealing with them?" One would assume recovery was optimal, but the Quartz did not want to assume, it wasn't their place, in this situation.
"We still know very little about the rebelling forces on Earth, as such if possible it would be ideal to bring any rebels in for questioning." She clarified "While though its against my own morals, it was order by Pink Diamond that you can convert over to lethal force if your own lives are in danger,or its too unsafe to try and contain instead of destroy. We don't need any more loss of assets on our own side and as such the lives of loyal gems do take priority over capturing rebels." She explained "Even you Rubies."
"And..if I come across any Gems that have gone missing on any of these.. unsuccessful missions, what are my orders for dealing with them?"
"Naturally these gems do represent a sizeable resource investment in all Diamond divisions. Gems from soldiers to commanders to technicians have all been sent, some didn't even have direct mission to earth and were simply trapped. So as i said the life of a Loyalist does take priority over engaging rebels, a sizeable portion of this is a rescue mission,we already had several ships moving to and from the planet to taxi the displaced loyalist back to safety on this base. It is for their Diamonds to decide the punishment if any that they receive. So you are not to engage in a fight if it is a detriment to a rescue assignment. We are getting our gems out of their before we wipe these rebels out, Understand."
She seemed to glance away for a minute,seemingly thinking of something else "That does remind me, since you are under another Diamond, im sure you know the technical rules stating that inter-gem fusion can be used as a combat tactic in dangerous situations, but how much leeway this has tends to be up to the Diamond. Pink Diamond is the least stringent about this,especially in this situation, the rebels seem to be using it to give them as edge, as such we can use it equally aswell."
She pulled her screen around in front of her, the image changing to a circle that seemed to peer at the rubies and quartz in the room. Shifting it to the side so they could still see her face she continued.
"You are fully allowed to initiate intergems fusions as both a combat and utility tactic while you are on Earth,being aware and accepting that fusing gems are responsible for any damages or failures within the mission that their fusion causes, as such you address that you can evaluate a situation and potentially retire or avoid a fusion that will have a personality that is a impairment to the mission at hand.
Do you accept these terms for allowing you to Intergem Fuse as you see fit." She asked, looking at all the gems.
"Understood, ma'am. We-" their affirmation came to a halt as Euclase suddenly began to speak, every fiber of their being threatening to twist as she began to speak not only about fusion, but inter-gem fusion at that! Their self control, though, could only do so much, a slightly perked brow the only indication of their uncomfortable surprise. Eyes slid, for a moment, to their troops, the Rubies. This talk made them uncomfortable, to say the least; it was distasteful enough talk as it was: fusion. But the Rubies, well, they didn't need to hear all of this talk..what else did you have Rubies for, but to fuse with each other? There was no need for, well, it really wasn't Clear Quartz's place to question the decision of their betters, they just had to nod and accept it, which they did.
"Yes, ma'am..I do." They nodded towards the little gems that made up their squad, "As do they. Right Rubies?" After a moment of good natured fumbling, their replied chipperly.
This Roleplay is a prequel to Steven Universe to an extent with some slight retconing and its own progression to the story that will turn out differently to how stuff plays out in the show.Thanks to the message by Rose Quartz several gems are rising up to protect Earth and have labelled themselves as the Crystal Gems. Others on earth are remaining aligned to Homeworld though despite the isolation of Earth from Homeworld
All gems on earth are still stranded, the communication hub is still offline and all the space warps are shattered, it has now been revealed that this is the work of Rose Quartz and her small group known as the Crystal gems. They have rebelled against Homeworld and have chosen to protect the Earth (Trapping themselves on Homeworld to keep the warps down).
Now both sides are fighting among themselves along with fighting against the 'Corruption' a virus is infecting many gems turning most of them into mindless monsters, but those with a stronger will seem to becoming something more sinister.
The Game has changed now. The question has finally been posed, are you against Homeworld or allied with them. Or do you have your own agenda that may or may not been assisted by the ‘Corruption’. Regardless the seeds have been placed down and although it is only the beginning the fight for or against Earth and the corruption has begun. The choice is yours for how it is shaped on the Original Steven Universe Roleplay Site.
Orginal Opening Plot Here Thread That Changed Everything
Differances Between the Roleplay and the Show
*Thanks to Rose Quartz' message the Gems on Earth are entirely aware that the Homeworld Gems intend to wipe out the human race.
*The "corruption" is being treated like a virus due to lack of info about it on the show.
*Garnet, Pearl and Rose are assumed capture on Homeworld
*Garnet,Pearl and Rose broke the space warps to delay Homeworld
*Thanks to Roses Message gems now know what the Kindergarten was used for