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Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 4, 2017 21:03:06 GMT
In the distance, the Moonbase gems could see a small Wandering Eye ship that flew closer to the base. The ship was of smaller size, probably holding one to three gems at most. The ship landed swiftly on the ground, opening slowly to reveal a tall, regal looking Coral, and a smaller Pearl beside her.
The Pearl followed her Coral out of the ship, trying to look confident. It was clear, however, that the small Pearl was not confident about herself in the slightest.
The two gems walked into the Moonbase, the Coral holding herself well and confidently, the complete opposite of the Pearl beside her, who was cowering behind her owner. The Pearl, Coral Pearl, was directed to her owner's new room on the Moonbase, quickly absorbing the directions and nodding before hurrying out of her owner's sight.
The Coral Pearl searched the Moonbase for her Coral's new office, hoping to find it before bumping into another gem. She walked gracefully and silently through the halls, wandering around. Hopefully her Coral wouldn't mind her wandering through the Moonbase. Coral Pearl's owner didn't get upset with her Pearl often, but Coral Pearl didn't want to know what would happen if she did.
Not paying attention to her surroundings, she bumped into a wall and fell down with a loud 'oof'.
OOC: Coral is an open character if anyone wants to take her.
Green Calcite huffed irritably as she marched through the halls of the moon base. She held two fingers to the earpiece connected to her visor, which displayed an image of her assistant in front of her. She seemed to be in the middle of an intense argument with a fellow scientist, not caring whether or not her colleagues heard her. She was being very loud, after all. The nonsense that Calcite was yelling into her earpiece was mostly gibberish, consisting of phrases like Goldbach's conjecture and Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory. A few Quartzes who overheard the conversation whisperedsome rather unflattering things regarding Calcite to themselves before carrying on with their duties.
Calcite was pacing now, and it was clear that the Homeworld researcher was becoming impatient. The Gem on the other end of the connection seemed to be growing impatient too, as with Calcite's exclamation of -
"Ugh! I can't believe her! She hung up on me!"
- gave a pretty good indication of how their conversation went. Calcite clutched a hand to her gemstone to calm herself down, feeling its warmth on her hands. Returning to her more composed self, Calcite sighed deeply. She had wasted too much time arguing with her assistant. She still had work to be doing, for Diamond's sake. She resolved to return to her workspace, which was a mess of books and papers.
She had come to the stairwell. She stopped at the threshold, about to ascend, until she heard a most peculiar sound from behind her.
A Pearl, and a high-class one, judging by her appearance. She was a magnificent shade of pink, one Calcite had never seen before. Her hair was full of swirls and hues of pink and more pink, and it was almost too much pink to take in. These details Calcite noticed second, as she noticed the fact that she was in need of help first.
"Oh goodness, are you okay? That sounded like it hurt. That didn't hurt, did it?"
Calcite knelt down and held out her hand, wishing to assist her in standing back up.
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 6, 2017 1:33:17 GMT
Coral Pearl opened her eyes to see a green gem, most likely a Calcite, standing over her, holding out her hand. Coral Pearl had to blink a few times before realizing the gem had asked her a question. This confused the Pearl for a few moments, since she had almost never been asked a question.
"Um, I-I-I'm okay, I think..." She answered in a soft tone, cautiously taking the other gem's hand and pulling herself up. Coral Pearl quickly examined the green gem. She was a Green Calcite, for sure. Most likely part of Yellow Diamond's court. Coral Pearl knew of a few Yellow gems, her owner working with them on medical advancements for the military. The soft-spoken Pearl wondered whether she should speak or not, and decided to go ahead and talk to the green gem.
"If you don't mind, could you tell me if you know where I can find the new Coral's room? I presume you've been here a while and most likely know the area..." The bright pink Pearl asked quietly, tucking a piece of wavy pink hair behind her ear. She wiggled her feet, looking down at her pastel pink slippers awkwardly. She hadn't really socialized much with other gems, most gems just ignoring her or only being interested in talking to her Coral. A Pearl at The Hub told the Coral Pearl that Pearls were 'to be seen, but not heard', so that was a rule the pink gem lived by. Talking really wasn't her specialty.
"Well, that's good to hear. That's very good to hear."
Calcite curiously examined the pink Pearl, unsure whether to believe her or not. She stepped closer to her, scrutinizing her carefully. Pearls were notorious "yes-men," which is a term she learned from monitoring human airwaves for so long. They would say anything to agree with someone else, whether or not they truly agreed. Satisfied that the Pearl was being truthful, Calcite returned to a much more comfortable speaking distance.
Calcite knew that speaking to a lowly Pearl would lose her some respect among her colleagues, but such a thing hardly bothered her. The poor girl needed help, for Diamond's sake. Calcite loathed the Homeworld caste, and how low-ranking Gems such as Pearls were often treated as nothing more than property. Calcite rebels against this accepted behavior with simple acts of kindness.
"If I don't mind? Why, questions are always welcome unless specifically forbidden."
A question is a lot less welcome when Green Calcite didn't know the answer, as she soon realized. The green scientist spent a moment working her jaw up and down trying to find the right words to excuse her lack of knowledge. "I, ah... I was aware that a Coral was to be transferred to the Moon base, but I know not of where they are to be stationed. Does this, perhaps, make you a Coral Pearl? I've never seen a Pearl with such vibrant colors before."
Calcite thought on the predicament for a short moment, then snapped her fingers when she quickly came to a solution.
"Ah-ha-ha. I should have a catalogue of the Moon base's staff in my workplace. If you'll allow me to relieve you of your current duty, I'd like you to accompany me there."
Her voice was nasally, but not at all girlish. Strong, deep and confident. Calcite turned to ascend the stairwell, and she cleared a dozen steps before turning to see if the Pearl was still following her.
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 6, 2017 11:09:34 GMT
Coral Pearl hesitantly followed the Green Calcite, nodding to her questions. Coral Pearl hoped her Coral wouldn't mind her straying from her duty.
The Pearl looked around the beautiful Moonbase, examining the colorful walls, rooms, and murals. She had never seen so many different colors before, and it amazed her.
The Coral Pearl looked back at the Green Calcite she was following. She could tell the gen didn't mind talking to a common Pearl like her, and she hoped that the gem would continue to be kind to her. Coral Pearl hated mean gems.
Calcite caught herself before she got too frustrated with the Pearl's lack of response. As a Pearl, she had probably been conditioned not to speak. It wasn't anything she could help, Calcite reasoned, so there was no use in getting angry about it with her.
"You have my permission to speak freely, you know."
She led the Coral Pearl after her without any further prompting, as no words were left to be said that wouldn't be idle chatter. She arrived at the end of a hallway, looking into a doorway. Calcite stepped through the threshold, looked up, and realized she was surrounded by books.
"Please, find a seat wherever there's room. Diamond knows we're running out of it."
Stacks of them covered her writing desk. Piles of leather and paper-backed volumes were scattered around the floor of the study. Some small leaflets rested in precarious balance on the arms of a chair, threatening to fall in a messy pile of paper if anyone breathed in the wrong direction.
Different thicknesses, weights, bindings and writings. Some had colorful and ornate covers, hand painted landscapes and portraits meant to represent the book's content. Others had only printed titles on the spines. There were many holograms projecting every kind of reference and thesis, dictionary and treatise. There were many more lighter books, written in both the Homeworld and Earthly languages.
Books were everywhere. No order or organization. Just books piled upon books, held up with a foundation of books, topped with a spire of more books. It was untidy.
"I apologize for the mess. Me and my assistant have been working around the clock to catalogue every natural threat on the surface of the planet. We're somewhere between 50,000 to 60,000. And that's not even counting the Crystal Gems."
Calcite sighed like a forlorn lover, her visor animating with several different overlays as it synced with the holograms in the room. She observed dull green status windows of the atmosphere of the planet below. To summarize the complicated array of screens, all outputs read sub-optimal for a full-scale invasion.
"You know, Beryl, I really can't decide if I like these numbers or not."
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 6, 2017 22:41:04 GMT
Coral Pearl gazed around in awe. She had never seen so many books in her existence! The amazed Pearl took a seat on a spare chair, gazing around. She picked up a book from the ground, in awe of the beautiful blue binding. "You have so many books!" She exclaimed, louder than her usual soft speech. Coral Pearl opened the book, tracing the words with a delicate finger. Her Coral never liked books, so the Pearl rarely saw one. But this room, she was amazed by. The Pearl loved literature, and the colors of every book put her in awe.
Coral Pearl closed the book gently, looking up at the Green Calcite. "Thank you for treating me kindly, most gems of higher status than me ignore me, or are rather rude." She stated, smiling softly as she set the book down and picked up another, tracing the yellowed pages with a dark pink finger. "Forgive me for my rudeness, but I forgot to ask you who you are. I presume you are a Green Calcite. Am I correct?" The pink gem asked, looking at the green gem again. The gem was being kind to her, and allowing her free speech, so the Pearl decided it would be rude not to act kindly towards the other gem.
Yellow Beryl hummed quietly to herself, simmering down from a rather heated conversation with her colleague as the low drones from the room's machinery lulled her back to her natural, passive state. She worked without complaint day in and day out, fixing issues as they popped up so often in the small and secluded workshop. Running diagnostics, recording, rerecording, it was soothing work.
She stayed in that state for Diamond knows how long until she was interrupted by the clanking of shined boots entering the cluttered room. Obviously Green Calcite, Beryl didn't bother looking up. The shrill voice only confirmed the tall gem's suspicions.
"You want to know what numbers I don't like? How about the 0.23% miscalculation on your portable surveillance sphere. With calibrations like that, the audio and video would be terrible. Or how about the number of errors on your data compiler? 13, Calcite. 13. They'd surely send you back to whatever kindergarten you grew from if it weren't for me, so you better be thankful."
Beryl adopted a soft smile as she finally rose from her work, stretching her shoulders and back as if she were hunched over for a long time. She folded her arms comfortably as her smile widened at the sight of her eccentric partner.
"Good thing I'm so nice, right? Anyways, let's put that argument aside for now. We can pick it back up later, but we have lots of work to d-"
Beryl's words trailed off into a perplexed groan as a splash of pink towards the door refocused into a timid looking Gem. A Pearl. Her eyes lingered on the bright-looking thing as she drank up the room before turning back to Calcite. She tried to appear as calm as possible, a forced smile on her face, as she drew her fingers up to pinch the bridge of her nose.
"Calcite, erm, can we talk about something just once before you start doing your Calcite-thing?"
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 7, 2017 0:52:30 GMT
Coral Pearl slid out into the room after the Green Calcite, noticing the tall Yellow Beryl she was talking with. The small pink gem fidgeted as the tension in the room grew, ducking her head when the Beryl looked over at her. All this awkward conversation was making the Pearl uneasy. She never really talked to anyone besides her Coral, and even then they didn't converse much. Plus, Coral Pearl knew neither of the gems she was with, and they could very well be rebels looking to capture or shatter her.
Of course, this wasn't the case, just Coral Pearl's overactive imagination and fears. She slowly examined the Yellow Beryl. She seemed normal, other than her taller-than-average height. Coral Pearl backed away at the mention of a private conversation, not wanting to intrude on the two gems' talk.
As she zoned out, the Pearl began to absent-mindedly do equations in her head, a nasty habit for a Pearl that was supposed to be nothing more than a servant. Unwittingly, she began to mutter the equations under her breath, closing her eyes and leaning against a wall.
The workshop was Calcite's refuge, her place of learning, research and the work she loved. It was the place she sought at any time she was away from it. She answered Coral Pearl quickly, a sort of dismissiveness to her voice.
"You can take some with you if you want. Me and Beryl have finished sifting through most of these volumes, anyway..."
Her and Beryl were the closest possible friends one could find on Pink Diamond's Moon base. They've been by each other's side for hundreds of years. They were so close, in fact, that they bicker like 'an old married couple,' which is another expression that Calcite picked up in her extended observation of human airwaves. Calcite gestured wildly as she spoke, as a naturally theatrical woman.
"Oh! I'm sorry, Beryl! Those inaccuracies must have occurred when you forgot to return the surveillance sphere to its ground state. Now, I would have zeroed it out myself, but I wanted to see how long it took you to realize your mistake."
Calcite returned to the projections in the air that she manipulated with her visor, swiping her fingers along their holographic surface to operate and monitor numerous devices and machines remotely.
"As far as I can tell there’s a really simple reason why the information-theoretic definition of magnetic resonance imaging can’t be straightforwardly extended to our continuous probability distributions. Although, it hasn't been pointed out to me by Beryl, so maybe I’m wrong."
She stuck her tongue out at her colleague with that last part. Her tongue quickly disappeared into her mouth when she noticed Beryl approach her with that forced smile Calcite has grown to hate in her time with the nine-foot tall gem. That smile that said only 'I am so done with you.' Calcite was immediately on the defensive.
"Beryl, these gems need help for goodness's sake! Pearls work non-stop. Certainly letting her rest her weary feet in our study for an hour or two isn't going to hurt anybody. Certainly not the Coral that she slaves away for."
Calcite leaned in closer to Beryl, hushing her voice, though Calcite still wasn't particularly quiet.
"Do you really think a big and important gem like a Coral is going to notice her Pearl has gone missing for a few moments? Judging by the example set by the Corals I've seen in my time, they spend more time admiring themselves in the mirror than they do getting any real work done."
The short gem scientist leaned back again, and looked over her shoulder as if to make sure no Coral had just heard her say something so heretical. It was Coral Pearl's own voice that pulled Calcite away from Beryl completely, and she was almost thankful for it. She wasn't very good at handing serious confrontation, which happens every time Calcite brings a low-class gem into their station to rest.
"Fret not, you're not being rude. I am Green Calcite-11B9C Cut-86WN. This lovely gem is my assistant, Yellow Beryl-0B5W Cut-6CS. However, simply Calcite and Beryl will do. Oh, and, um, Beryl, this is Coral Pearl. She likes books, you see."
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 7, 2017 1:29:03 GMT
Coral Pearl's eyes burst open quickly at the sound of the Calcite's voice, and she smiled softly. "Um, nice to meet you?" She said, ending the sentence on a question, not sure whether that was the right human saying or not. She blushed at the books part, ducking her head for a few moments, before turning to face the Beryl. "So, um, I'm guessing this is where you two work? I don't observe my Coral's work much, she doesn't allow it, but this seems like where a gem would research and study. I've always been fond of stud-" The Pearl stopped herself before she said any more about her bad habits, it was a risk to even think about them. Thinking about her bad habit of thinking unlike a Pearl usually spun out into Coral Pearl thinking bad of herself for a long while, which she didn't like.
the Pearl noticed the Beryl's tense fake smile and began backing up. "If you want me to leave, that's fine, I probably need to do something..." She spoke quietly, slowly backing out of the room.
Beryl huffed in surrender, taking stock of the colorful Gem in front of her. She seemed so rather submissive, a common trait in Pearls, no doubt, but a foreign quality to lumbering yellow laborer. Her face softened as she looked the Coral Pearl up and down. Then, she relented.
"No, no, you're fine here, I suppose. I just wish Calcite here wouldn't be so, erm, hasty, with meddling in someone's business without a second thought. Like my colleague said before, Cut-6CS Beryl."
Yellow Beryl adopted a casual pose to not put the timid Gem on edge, bending forward slightly at the waist and placing a hand on her hip as she whipped her hair out of her eyes. While she couldn't conveniently get to eye-level with the Pearl, she figured that a pose such as that would do the trick.
"This would be where we work unless we're green and clueless and find distractions at every available possibility - love and respect you, Calcite. You're free to hang around if you would like, just try not to be too distracting. Erm, read a book, ask a question, just feel as comfortable as you'd like and be prepared to jump when we need you to, if need be."
Post by Green Calcite on Mar 10, 2017 22:26:17 GMT
"Thank you for that, Beryl. Indeed, this is the research laboratory assigned to us by Pink Diamond's court. We've made countless invaluable contributions to the effort to stop the renegades, those Crystal Gems."
Calcite said the words Crystal Gems as if she were spitting out poison. She sighed, stopping herself before she got too worked up. Just thinking about them made her blood boil sometimes, and poor Beryl had to listen to many a long-winded essay on their treachery.
Calcite almost laughed when the Pearl stopped herself short. It's as if she were embarrassed to enjoy such simple things like studying the universe around her, and there was no shame in that. That was funny to the scientist, that a servant girl would aspire to be a scholar. The reason she almost laughed is because she remembered that Pearls weren't allowed to indulge in such simple pleasures on grounds of shattering.
A sobering thought.
"Oh, don't worry, dear. It's not like we'll tattle on you or anything. Here, tell you what. Give me a moment."
Calcite's holographic screens disappeared with a hand gesture, and she moved from her spot in the study. She passed through several machines and instruments that recorded and logged who-knows-how-many different variables and measured them against who-knows-how-many databases. (Certainly not Calcite, but she'd never admit that. The machines were Beryl's specialty.) She approached a messy bookcase and slid a medium-sized volume out from the shelf. Its title was Concepts of Modern Mathematics.
Calcite thumbed through the pages, hm'd to herself. It was a hm that said "This will do."And with that, she tiptoed through the mess of books to present this particular print to Coral Pearl.
"Here. I'd like you to have this. This is an Earthly publication, a book by the title of Concepts of Modern Mathematics, as you can see. Since it was written by humans, it is rife with incorrect information and is entirely in English. I've gone and corrected much of their poor judgements in the margins, as their definition of modern is woefully archaic."
She looked rather proud of herself with what she says next, her chest puffed out with her piggy nose to the air.
"If you're interested in study, there's no better way to do so than with notes written by a calcite."
Post by Coral Pearl Facet-6H75 Cut-6F7 on Mar 12, 2017 2:00:46 GMT
(Sorry my post looks odd, I'm on my phone)
Coral Pearl's eyes widened. "Thank you..." She breathed, tracing over the smooth pages with a delicate finger. She smiled at the Calcite's not-so-subtle brag, looking up from the book to look at her. Maybe living on the Moonbase wouldn't be so bad after all, now that Coral Pearl had friends.
Red Spinel decided to visit yet ANOTHER Homeworld stucture, the Moon Base. He walked inside to only see a tall, yellow figure, and a green figure. But what's this? A cute pink figure? Red Spinel, elite bounty hunter under Yellow Diamond decided to announce his prescence.
"Greetings! I am Red Spinel, elite bounty hunter under Yellow Diamond! Who are you and what are you doing in a place like this?"
He calmly approached the Coral Pearl and shot her a warm grin. This is pretty much Red Spinel in a nutshell. Acting like he is so amazing, only to when he sees a cute girl, he immediately goes into flirting mode. This is his BIGGEST quirk for someone who is essentially a badass.
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