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Sulfur instantly dropped the block of ice. It landed centimeters behind Variscite, nearly on top of her. Sulfur leapt in front of her. Not a single bad made it out of the cave. He surveyed the mountains nearby. Not seeing his target he deducted that it must be higher up. The mountain. He started to climb up the icy slopes. He could easily levitate but wanted to conserve as much energy as possible.
As Sulfur neared the summit he saw the one he was looking for. It was a corruption far more powerful than any he had ever seen. The reaper. It was a large corruption that seemed to be wearing a cape, this was actually just holographic flesh. The beast had an odd, elongated white face with holes in the place of it's eyes. It's wing-like arms had blades on the ends. It looked like death. Sulfur motioned for his trainee to slow down.
"There it is, the reaper... it is why we are here."
It took no genius to see that this corrupted gem in particular was very powerful. More than mere appearance, Variscite felt that she could 'feel' the beast's presence. It cast a dark aura, a malevolent presence was in the air accompanied by a sense of dread and despair. Twisting horns wore on the monster's head. The stretched out frame looked abstract in nature, yet what stood out the most to the tragic gem was none of these features. It was the being's eyes. They were empty, as if someone had hollowed them out long ago. These cold, black eyes stared at her, soullessly, as if she were nothing. The idea that this phantom-like creature was seemingly ignoring her infuriated Variscite, but also managed to capture confidence and raw determination within her soul.
Variscite stretched one last time before getting into a battle stance next to Sulfur, waiting for his sign that it was time to engage in combat with the Reaper.
He darted toward the creature with his blades drawn and leapt into the air. The beast swung it's blades at him. Three of his own swords materialized and blocked one of it's talons, but the other nearly dug into his side, only the blades in his hands could block this strike. However, as he blocked the force of the attack hurled him into the snow. The reaped flapped it's wings to get higher in the sky. Sulfur didn't waste any time and started to materialize blades and fire them at his target. In the air, the reaper was much more agile, darting back and forth, easily dodging the swords. Occasionally it would swing it's blades at Sulfur, who would sidestep to avoid them.
Variscite tried to quickly comprehend what had transpired between Sulfur and the Reaper in the last seven seconds as she darted into action. The charged gem looked for an appendage, perhaps any visible place for her grappling hooks to latch onto and tear, yet their was none. The cloak disguised the being's body as it moved at a ridiculous speed through the air. Variscite felt every violent movement the creature made with a gust of air that almost knocked her off her feet. Even so, she grounded her self and then, with precise timing, aimed at fired a hook with perfect accuracy into the monster's soulless eye that she hated so much. The moment she did so, the violet gem pushed off from the floor with her feet and shot a second hook at the cloak. This second hit was not so lucky. Nonetheless, it managed to catch on the beast's flesh as it carried her along. If Variscite though she felt the Reaper's power before, she was taken aback by an entirely new surge of energy as her adversary calculated its movements, throwing the air-born gem into rocks and several other hard objects with relentless force.
Sulfur watched Variscite's futile attempts to fell the beast. He watched carefully, looking for an opening. At first the beast seemed vigilant, paying more attention to him than it's attacker, but soon that changed as Variscite clung to it. The beast then became more concerned with ridding itself of it's unwanted cargo. Sulfur grit his teeth, this was his chance. He leapt toward the beast with both blades.
However, something happened that he did not expect. Two arms emerged from it's torso and reached between his fingers. The hands squeezed his palms with grips like iron. His hands made disgusting cracking noises and they were smashed by the reaper. Sulfur howled in pain and struggled to free himself of it's attack. The reaper's eyes glowed menacingly as it stared Sulfur down.
Variscite gawked at the site of Sulfur's struggle. It appeared to her that this corrupted gem had managed to over come the Count as it squeezed his hands, cracking and breaking his knuckles. It had almost entirely inverted this powerful gem's hands. Nonetheless, Variscite broke away from her shock and came to sense. She pulled herself closer to the creature by retracting the extension on her grapples. As she reached the creature, Variscite extended her short blades and slashed repeatedly at the monster's hide. The Reaper instantly let lose a horrid scream that chilled the bone marrow. The mounted gem, full of bloodlust, delivered several rapid, quick strikes, but also many slower, harder ones. She struck the abomination thirty seven times in all. Yet not even ones did she manage to cut through the thick skin of her opponent. No! Not even one scratch! This was utterly ridiculous! The Reaper turned once more on Variscite, giving her a husk-like stare as if to say, 'You are nothing. Just a insignificant fly buzzing around my face and irritating me, yet I guess I'll deal with you anyway.' It then abandoned Sulfur for a brief moment so it could fling Variscite into a nearby bolder.
Sulfur stood and looked at his mangled hands. He scoffed and dropped his arms to his sides. Five blades materialized in the air about him and he continued to fight with his mind. He levitated after the beast as it tried to gain distance. The Reaper was probably powerful enough to defeat them both, but it was insistent on fleeing. Sulfur continued to fire blades as the creature blocked them or darted out of the way. He eventually got close to the reaper and jumped, landing on it's back.
Sulfur took off his jacket and pushed it through one of the beasts' eyeholes. He then started to pull it out from the other, lacing it through the Reaper's skull. He pulled with all of his might, in attempt to shatter it's skull. The Reaper shrieked in agony and jerked violently, trying to shake him. Eventually it did, violently thrusting him into a wall of rock and ice. Sulfur groaned as he attempted to stand.
Variscite stood, trembled, but held her ground still. If she had been another kind of gem, the collision would have cracked her for sure, or at least proofed her. However, Variscite was, as her name suggests, a variscite. She, like a peridot, was difficult to poof. Despite her slick frame and trimmed body line, she possessed a durable 'tankiness.' This was how the miserable gem could take on unbearable amounts pain and anguish at once, and not faint.
Variscite could not let her ally die. First off, she was determined to "get stronger" and, eventually, win every fight she entered. Second, she had to prove to this person that she was worthy of fighting along side him. Despite his absurd power, she had to get on, or get close to his level.
Variscite glared coldly at the Reaper and readied her grappling hooks.
The Reaper locked it's gaze onto Variscite. It charged like lightning, and was on her before she had time to even fire her grappling hooks. It swung it's blades toward her, aiming to decapitate her. A loud clanging noise was heard when she should have been pierced. Sulfur had moved a few blades on either side of her. He struggled against' the reaper's strength.
Sulfur himself was looking about to poof. The frigid wind blew against his torso. Since he had taken off his jacket the cold air was ripping at his skin. His eyes bulged as he struggled to keep the reaper at bay.
"Go!" He shouted. Finally he was forced to desummon his blades, allowing the reaper to continue it's motion.
Variscite scowled as the blades came down upon her. At the last moment, she rolled out of the way, kicking the reaper while doing so, which of course did not harm the monster anyway. It was likely that the Reaper did not even feel it.
Variscite had been 'saved' by the leader she was attempting to impress. I could have dodged that without you... she thought. Perhaps it was her bitter resolve to 'save others' rather than being 'saved,' the exhausted gem did not know. Her feet felt like every bone in them was twisted and broken. Her legs were sticks with decaying flesh clinging to its previous host, unwilling to peal off. Her stomach felt as if lava and mucus were trickling through it, and her skull ached as if someone was repeatedly cracking a mace against it at a rapid frequency. In short, Variscite wished to poof, but could not, would not.
She smirked at the irony that the pain she felt now, almost made her loose site of the constant, empty loneliness that described her life. Although that was still much, much worse.
Variscite was no damsel in distress, but she would do as her boss said.
By the time Sulfur's blades had been knocked away Veriscite had moved. He didn't by any means regret his effort, however unnecessary it had been. It was a leader's duty to be responsible for the team, and that he had done. He collapsed in the snow, shivering. He looked back at Variscite as he sat there.
The reaper's body was solid, like iron, the kick probably hurt Variscite more than itself. The reaper had won the fight, but fortunately it didn't seem that way to the beast. Variscite's vigor in spite of the suffering she had endured probably made the reaper believe that she was full of energy. The reaper then decided to retreat. It flapped it's huge wings, sending a strong gust of icy wind at the gems. Sulfur grunted as the wind bashed against his body.
Variscite nodded and turned harshly on the retreating beast. Now was a chance for her to redeem herself. If she could just catch this beast...
The frigid air blew with such force that Variscite could hardly move her feet in its direction. She had to place all her might into not blowing away. Even so, the determined gem dug into snow and prepared to fire her hooks. At this point, she had a split second desition to make, the beast was about to take off, and she would be a failure. Not happening. Variscite launched her grapple. It is true that it would not do much damage to the corrupted gem, but it just might stick in part of its cloak-like body. The fighter launched both hooks at once. The weapons had just enough pressure force to tear through the harsh wind as Variscite fired them. The first one bounced of the Reaper's hide, but the second stuck. Variscite yanked with all her might, but was pulled up with the beast as it began to take off, taking her higher and higher off the ground.
The mountaintop was the highest place for several miles. The only other things that could be seen were smaller mountains that had sharp icy tips. As the beast lifted Variscite Sulfur noticed that her only option would be to be flung off of it's back to certain doom. He considered saving her, but in the even that she could defeat the reaper then he would no longer be haunted by it. It soon became clear to him that it wasn't worth it. Variscite was a Broken Gem. They would have to catch the reaper another time.
He tried to stand but collapsed, beaten from his duel with the reaper. Sulfur tried again to stand, pushing his body up with his arms, but collapsed again, his bare chest hitting the frigid rocks. The third time he stood and lunged at Variscite. He grabbed her and tackled her to the ground. The force ripped the grappling hook out of the Reaper. The beast shrieked and continued to flee. Sulfur flopped onto his back.
"I appreciate the effort...but there is no glory in suicide." Sulfur said. "Today we have fought well. Next time I challenge the reaper I will bring you with me."
Variscite silently watched as her enemy escaped, fading into a speck in the distance. She collapsed into the snow along with Sulfur, but remained siting rather than falling face down, as she felt like doing. If only Sulfur wouldn't have pulled me back, I could have beaten the Reaper... (lie).
Variscite felt so much pain at this moment that she wished for death. No. She could have fought harder. Should have fought harder. It was all her fault that the Reaper escaped. She had failed Sulfur, the Broken Gems, and... herself.
After a full minutes silence, her hands started glowing. Was it finally happening! And now of all times.
Variscite resummoned her grappling hooks. The had 'leveled up' again. The weapons full extension was seventeen feet. The chains had become just a little bit harder. Variscite smiled at one good thing that had come out of this mess.
Sulfur looked at her as she collapsed. The hopelessness in her movements was something he had seen before, something he had felt before. He was unable to move and therefore waited to regain strength before speaking. As he lied there he noticed Variscite's upgrade. It seemed that all gems had one way to get stronger, Sulfur however did those solely through training. Constant fighting had made his meager abilities very strong. He wasn't a strong gem the second he was created, but he knew how to use his powers to a fearsome extent.
Eventually he sat up. He looked at Variscite with a look void of emotion.
"You're trying so hard...I don't even know what your motive is, but you should know that at this point we are facing victory. You have gained power from this, and I have gained resolve. Not to mention that we are still alive, that itself is a miracle." Sulfur stood and put his jacket back on. "Even if we wouldn't have gained so many prizes on this endeavor, there is no reason to mourn. To learn maybe, but regret is always a negative thing. You should learn to keep moving forward with no regrets, you can't change the past, there is no use worrying."
Rat: I'm gonna try my darnedest. Posted an ad for RP in the Character Plot area, so alls I gotta do now is wait I think?
Oct 19, 2019 21:22:41 GMT
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