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"Oh, greetings Howlite my friend. As much as I'd like I don't think you should shatter this gem. He has made contact with some very powerful homeworld gems and is out of our hands. I do appreciate the offer at any rate." Sulfur said. He then looked back to Light with a glare. "You really are a foolish gem after all Pearl. Don't you know that pearls were meant to serve? You know, I could have shattered you then and there if I wanted to, that gem was your last hope of survival." Sulfur summoned a blade under Light's throat. One flick of his wrist and, given that Light didn't have any tricks up his sleeve, he would be poofed.
"Now give me one reason I shouldn't poof and return you to that gem, Smoky Quartz." Sulfur hissed. "You worthless crystal gems are the bane of us all, do you think you can stop the diamonds on earth?"
"Oh don't worry Sulfur. We don't have to shatter him. In fact don't worry about that Homeworld gem. I can get the information you need." He looked to Sulfur with his crazy smile. "You want him to spill everything or just what you need?" He approached Pearl and put his elbow against his throat. "We're gonna play a game! I'm gonna torture you endlessly until you talk. I'm gonna show you exactly what I'm capable of doing. Unless of course you'll talk now. Then I may consider not harming you. You see Sulfur here wants information. I'm the guy who can get information from anyone. So do you wanna take him or me?"
Pearl had no idea what could he say. He failed as servant, what else could he do. "Uhhhhh... I don't know actually." Howlite started scaring him, he was talking about tortures.Than Mocha started flying near their heads "No need to hurt this weak creature! Imagine what I could give you, I am such a great thing . I am probably the only living hologram in the universe. As long as this trash is not shattered I will be alive. I can help with things like... uhmm... searching for rare gems from sky. I can also create loud sound that can alarm you. I can be used as lamp or servant. This one hand is enough to clean or give food/drink. Anything you want! I will also tell you everything." Pearl was really confused when he saw what just happened "Mocha it can't work..."
"Howlite, I do wish you were correct, but this homeworld gem is far beyond us. We should keep our heads about us... literally." Sulfur said.
He then turned his attention to Light.
"Who is Mocha?" Sulfur said, raising an eyebrow. "Well I will be meeting with that Smoky Quartz in three days time. Given that your odd projection speaks the truth I suppose it would be best to be my personal pearl until Wednesday. I could also bubble you, but if I bring you to the Smoky Quartz in the state of a formless gem you will not be able to plead your case. He may shatter you on the spot..." Sulfur mused.
"Or better... he may offer to let me shatter you!" Sulfur chuckled. "If Smoky Quartz does give you to me, which will be more likely if you do not comply, then Howlite will get to torture you for a long while. Afterward, I will shatter you. Don't worry. Your shards will be put to good use." Sulfur smirked.
Howlite froze once he said shatter Pearl. "Uh Sulfur? Not to overstep my bounds or anything. Didn't we agree to not shatter him? Don't get me wrong, he's typically a giant pain in the neck but... I'm fond of him. He may hate my guts but I feel a brotherly bond with him. So I'm willing to break his spirit and get information... But I can't let him die. He means too much to me. I'm sorry but we already discussed about my list of gems to spare. It was only 3. I hope this doesn't bother you." Howlite lowered his head respectively. He really didn't wanna anger Sulfur but he also wanted Pearl to live.
"We are in big trouble... again." "I blame you for this."
Light didn't understand Howlite. One time he is trying to be friends, he is nice. However other day he see him with Sulfur, person that shatter nearly every gem on his way. Howlite was like moon, he had bright and dark side. Pearl belived that noone is bad, experiences are changing people. That gives a question, what happened in Howlite's life? They only thing Pearl knew is that he is defective. There are a lot of other defective gems so it was probalby not the problem. Pearl knew there is something more. He wanted to talk with Howlite in the past about this but everytime he was scared of him.
Sulfur looked at Howlite for a moment. His expression was unreadbable as he stared at his cohort. A long silence was in the air between them. Eventually, Sulfur smiled.
"Ah Howlite, you are so loyal, you are reluctant to commit an act but you are still respectful. I would normally scold you for this, but I suppose I am selfish to the extend that I know this will make you more useful to me. Do not give your dignity away so easily, few gems deserve it." Sulfur said with a warm smile on his face. "What do you believe that we should do with the pearl? We can't let him run around free after what he's done, if we bring him to the homeworld gem he may be shattered."
Sulfur's smile faded quickly.
"I understand how you feel, although I have no sympathy for this gem. Still, you should be able to think clearly in a crisis. What do you suppose we do?"
Howlite sighed. "I'll break him. He'll live... But he'll tell you everything. Once he talks I'll let him go. I can vouch for him. He won't tell anyone. I'd take a light cannon to save him. Look just give me about 15 minutes to prep the ship for him. Or we could just do it here if you have something sharp for me to use. Glass, rocks, a spike. Anything." He walked over to Pearl and whispered. "Please just tell him. I don't wanna torture my only brother. I will take no joy in it. Please don't make me do this."
"Howlite... now it is your change to choose side. I am going to stay with crystal gems and fight for this planet, I won't tell anything to Sulfur. You can be with me, Flint, Blue and others or you can stay with Sulfur and kill other gems, crystal gems too. Just do what you think is right, be sure that this choice will be worh it..." His theme started playing and it looks like Light is singing. Mocha probably was playing music. " Haaaa Haaaaahaaaaaa
Sulfur slapped his hand across his eyes and laughed.
"You really don't know how the world works! You foolish boy, Howlite and I are alike. There may be nobody else in the world who thinks like we do! He definitely does not want to change his mind for some pathetic rebellion. I do believe you're the only reason he's with you... crystal gems!" Sulfur spat. "You don't know what he is like, and you definitely shouldn't assume that he would risk our partnership for your dignity. Your life isn't even at stake you ungrateful fool! I gave you a chance to serve the most powerful Quartz I've seen in my entire life! What did you do!? You threw that chance away! I once even asked to be Smoky Quart's personal assassin, I was beaten by a cane until I was poofed!"
"Howlite, you cannot let relationships weaken you. If you really care about what your purpose is, you should let them go." Sulfur clenched his fists. "I'm not asking you to shatter him, but it's common logic that once you have nothing... you have nothing to lose."
For the first time in Howlite's 1000 year life, he was conflicted. Now he had to choose. Work with Sulfur and satisfy his inner darkness as well as learn his purpose, or join Pearl and have a family. He glanced back and forth between them. He started to get a worried look in his eye. His sarcastic, charismatic personality was now replaced with that of worry. As if he were on a balance. He could have one but not the other. "Uh.... Well... I choose...." He couldn't process his sentence. What was happening to him? He was 9XR. The defective Howlite who terrorized his prey and was a legendary torturer could no longer even finish a sentence.
"I didn't know you can sing... my voice is much better, you should play music next time and I will be the star here." "You still don't know a lot about me. Wich is weird because you live inside my head"
Light saw that Howlite have problems with choosing right thing. Pearl used to have the same problem long time ago when he didn't know if joining rebelion is right thing. If not Flurry and Para he would probably don't make right choice. "Howlite think about crystal gems are we really nothing for you like Sulfur say? Here on this planet we will help you found your purpose. However I think that you arleady found it but you can't see it."
"This is exactly what I meant Howlite. Your relationship with this pearl is limiting you, it's making you weaker." Sulfur put his hand on Howlite's shoulder. "Don't worry about it, I understand. I have been in your shoes before, but I was forced to move on. It was hard for me to accept the loss, but In doing so I blossomed as a fighter and as a thinker. I consider my loss a favor from the universe. I will give you this favor myself."
Ten blades suddenly materialized around Light. If Light were to move then the blades would dig into him, that is, unless he had any tricks he could use.
"We cannot let ourselves be limited Howlite. I will rid you of your limits. I will let you use your full power."
Howlite knew what he had to do. Suddenly all his darkness that he'd been holding back.... He let it out of the cage. "Put the swords away!!! I'll do this!" He grabbed Pearl by the throat. He then whispered. "Be glad I care for you." Then he backed back up to Sulfur. "Prep him for the ship. We aren't killing him but I will join you. Pearl... You will always be my brother but... What's the point of siding with gems who hate and fear me? I'll still visit you and the others but know this... From this day onward I am your friend but I am not a rebel."
Pearl though that Howlite is actually changing and will stay as crystal gem. He was wrong, gem betrayed rebelion and decided to join Sulfur. It was Pearl's the biggest nightmare. How many crystal gems will die now if Howlite don't care about thier lives anymore. The vision of death kept showing in his mind. The only safe gems were his best friends: Light, Blue and Flint. Light didn't know what he did wrong. He even started to not be so scared of warrior. It looks like some people just can't change.
"Howlite he is manipulating you! He will make you see death everytime. Don't do this! Stay with us, we... I need you! Just think about it. We let you be one of use even though you tried to kill us because we say something good inside you!"
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