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It was a beautiful night in Empire City. A red gem walked down the streets in search for the infamous M Tower he heard about. The only sounds he made were from his combat boots. This place was crawling with Homeworld gems, like himself. This was no doubt that it was here, in the City. He scoured everywhere, but didn'the bother asking anyone. He was hunting for the tower. The gem in charge of the City and M Tower might be watching him as he wanders. He can actually see a camera. He looked into it. He was, in fact, being watched.
"Keh? Who is watching through this surveillance device? I bet it is the master of the M Tower! Reveal yourself to me and take me there!"
Actually the tower wasn't that hard to miss^^ It was the tallest skyscraper In the middle of the city, was Empire City's Gem Lord and Protector's base Or home... The M Tower - as some Gems called it A giant skyscraper, glass and steel "human Spire", a bit upgraded with scavanged Gem tech, and a stollen Warp Pad in its great hall The Smoky Quartz's home and base And the residency of several Gems The Smoky Quartz, the Morion The Fire Opal, "Chip", the Eternal Flame, the Rising Phoenix The Spider Web Jasper, Spider The Herald of Pink Diamond, the Fusion Gaspeite Tho' she not lived inside the building, but Black Star Diopside, the Gem Bounty Hunter sometimes parked her cloaced ship next to the skyscraper... It wasn't their home, but Morion provided and reserved rooms/homes for Gems like Morganite, Lady Chyrsocolla, Bloodstone, Obsidian (with a shovel^^),; Amber; Carbide and even Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite! The M Tower was a big building, with plenty of empty rooms... it was a small price for the City's safety that the Smoky Quartz provided; he protected Empire city from Humans, Rebels and Monsters alike... and it was the center of his web of influance (and the beating black heart of his criminal empire) And the home of lots of humans. His Humans... The security was tight (the usual thugs in shades and suits, headsets, patrolling in pairs) and not-so-hidden cameras watched the corridors The guards were armed... columbian and Jamaican thugs It was a mini-Spire, well guarded fortress A base But a luxurious home in the same time... Before the building there was a huge crater, and in it a huge black monolith with golden names. A lot of names... The victims of the Crystal Gem villain Heliotorpe, the Crimson Death's rampage... a sad monument. Aaaaaand actually a titanic ship parked above it... as well as the city^^ ( reference: this thread^^ ) The Red Spinel was lucky, one of the Black Guards - human soldiers in SWAT armor, mimicing their boss Gem armor with a Blue Diamond insignia helped the Gem out and showed him where to go And alerted Morion So the Smoky Quartz waited the new Gem before the "Spire" He wlecomed the Gem in his humanoid form, but not Gem "armor" He was a tall ('Quartz tall^^) Gem (but not bulky like a Jasper or Amethyst, his kind was slender) with long grey hair and silver eyes. It was evident, he was wearing real, human clothes, - black silk suit - Italian with maching shoes - shirt, tie and cane. - it wasn't his projection, since the shirt and vest hided his Gem. His skin tone was a bit grey...ish, like the smoke, but he could pass as a caucasian man. One hand rested on his cane ""I'm afraid we haven't had the pleasure to meet before... let me intorduce myself! I am a Smoky Quartz, from the Morion variant - Facet-7F2R Cut-8YQ; Her Majesty's Blue Diamond's loyal servant, In the past fifteen millenia, I was, and I AM her eye... I am her Wrath! Currently lended for a few missions to Her Majesty, White Diamond... you can say, I'm a licensed hunter, assassin of our Matriarchs"
Morion bowed his head a little with a Diamond salute
"...and I am now the Gem Lord and protector of Empire City. Welcome to my Domain"
At long last, he was face to face to THE Morion, THE strongest Homeworld gem on planet Earth. Red Spinel was in awe at the presence of the great Morion. He was all that Red Spinel hoped that he would be.
"At long last, I finally get to meet the one and only Morion! Lord of Empire City! It is an honor to meet you! I am Red Spinel Facet R3S9, Cut 4F5. I am anot elite bounty hunter under Yellow Diamond! I came here to shatter the rebels who call themselves 'Crystal Gems'. I find thrill in doing so!"
He also did the diamond salute.
"I want to work for you, but I am guessing that one does not simply get to work for you. If so, I will gladly do what I need to do to be approved by you."
Morion watched the new Gem A Red Spinel... lately a lot of Spinel appeared More so, a lot of... Yellow Court member It was not that good sign
"I am not one, nor the only Morion, but I understand what you mean. Honor to meet me? I am curious, why? Why do you think it is a honor?"
"Come Red Spidel... walk with me!
Inside, then to the ship
"So, you are a Bounty Hunter. You are not the first who came here. The last one was a Black Star Diopside... she is somewere here too! But she is from the White Court... I think. So, you came here to shatter Rebels... and when did you arrived?"
The silver eyes were full of curiosity "You find hunting Crystal Gems... thrilling? Strange..."
It interested him to see the great Morion seem so humble. It was mainly an honor to meet him because he is so close to a Diamond.
"It is an honor because you are THE Blue Diamond's eye and her WRATH nonetheless! You are Gem Lord and Protector of Empire City! You have lots of status! Why wouldn't it be an honor to meet you? I want to be as great as you!"
He followed Morion when he told him about a Black Star Diopside. So he wasn't the only bounty hunter here. He took up the next question.
"I arrived here not too long ago. A couple weeks ago, give or take."
He then heard that to Morion, the thrill to shattering gems was strange.
"One that failed to see what was about to come, and alowed the Rebellion happen... but your words are flatering Red Spinel. I am not great... just a Gem like you
He smiled to the Bounty Hunter
"I am sure, you are a great hunter. It is just a mater of time, and you will claim your place among the legends..."
The future was always bright... for some "Couple of weeks... what do you think of Earth so far? If you have a ship, my ship's hangars are almost empty, you are welcome to stay."
The Smoky Quartz walked with the hunter "Sorry my poor choice of words, I was just surprised, you find hunting and killing our own kind thrilling. I think this fact makes you a great and efficient hunter. I love to Hunt too... actually during my little "vacation" in Columbia, I was nicknamed "El Diablo que hace trofeos de los hombres" "The demon who makes trophies of men"
"So, what do you think about the Crystal Gems and Independents? Or the situation on Earth in general?"
Even though he said he was just a Gem like him, he still knows that he is as close to a Diamond as any Gem can get. He raised a brow to the question on whether or not he still has a ship.
"Yes, I still do have a ship. It is cloaked in a forest somewhere, but I can always find it on my tracker. So, cloaked or not, I will ALWAYS be able to find it, even if it were to get stolen. Plus, Earth is not too shabby! How do you think of it?"
He heard about his vacation in Columbia and he chuckled because of the name that was given to him.
"That is a GREAT name!"
Morion then wanted to hear his opinion on the Crystal Gems and Independents.
"I think that the rebels are terrorists to Homeworld. Why would you betray the Diamonds? They did NOTHING wrong! And the Independents? I still don't have an opinion."
"The technician Peridots on Earth were bubbled or shattered. During the first days of rebellion, they were the first target, after all they were the caretakers of the Kindergartens and most of the Gem technolgy, facilities. Without them, the Loyal Gems forced to adapt, to use scavanged technology from dangerous sites, and fight with the rebels without the aid of our usual stuffs."
"BUT the Crystal Gems never lost their technological advatage if you think about it Red Spinel, sensors, technicians, everything they had when the rebelled... "
But the tables have turned!
"My point is, never underestimate Humanity my dear Hunter friend! Look around! This ship once was an abandoned old Colony ship... rotting away in the jungle. I have claimed it and started to collect technology. From abbandoned Gem laboratories, facilites, the Kidnergartens, and from crashed ships... with the help of my Human "peridots". I gave them an opportunity to study and a chance to experiment! All you can see here was fixed by them... scavanged or stolen Gem technology, human technology and hybrid technology of the two races... clever little monkeys! I am NOT a Peridot, tho' I gathered some knowledge under the milleniums during my missions... so I could help them, but the Derelict as I nicnamed my ship is now flying thanks to the human ingenuity!"
The Smoky Quartz explained
"The Crystal Gems neglected Humanity... I have emberaced them. So, my point is, your ship is out there, and tho' cloaked, humans could find it... but more importantly, the Crystal Gems could find it ... or Independent Gems. Never forget, we were trapped on this misrable world... and your ship is a chance to escape!"
He warned Red Spinel
"And yes... Crystal Gems are terrorists... and victims. Victims of Rose Quartz. Just like us.
He grit his teeth at the dire thought that Homeworld Peridots were SHATTERED by those Crystal Gem bastards. He wanted to slam his fist down in fury, but there was nothing to slam it down on, and he wanted to keep his cool, so he didn't.
"I can also call my ship here with THIS!"
He took out a device that looked like a radar/GPS. He pressed a button and set the location to the hangar in which Morion provided to him.
"Even though I could escape, I still need to do my job. Also, those poor rebels. They are confused due to Rose Quartz. They need to be reminded that they should serve the Diamonds like they were MEANT to do."
Morion nodded "Do you mind if my human Peridots examine your cloaking field generator? And your Gem destabilizators if you have any... it is a great weapon in a Hunter's hand! I understand if you says no... "
The Smoky Quartz had the bad habit of collecting technology if anything Earth made you creative and adaptive Then nodded
"Exactly Red Spinel! They claim, they have rebelled for Humanity, for the Planet! I've seen Rose Quartz message. "Rise up to protect Earth!" But what did the Crystal Gems did for the Planet and it's natives? The Rebels destroyed Gem facilites, bases, sabotaged the Kindergartens, the Warp Network, the Communication Hub... and for what? Their "freedom. Not some noble goal to save a planet or a species... but purely selfish resons. The Crystal Gems doomed Earth. After all, it was pure blind luck Her Majesty, Pink Diamond sent her armada.... and not Yellow Diamond. Pink Diamond is benevolent, good hearted Goddess... Yellow Diamond is a Warriror Goddess... and her methods are? It was never the question If, but when the Diamonds will arrive! This planet is a colony after all... always was and always will be! With precious resurces! And Yellow Diamond is as gracefull as a rockslide, when it comes to retribution. Legions of Rubie soldiers marching alongside the Quartz knights, Gem-powered warmachines, canons and vehicles, Peridots behind them to fix everything if needed... disgusting, but strong and feral Fusions... with our fleet, our ships blackening the sky..."
Silver eyes watched the Hunter
"It was just dumb luck, Pink Diamond came... and all of this could end peacfully. Not in fire and destruction! To be honest I still thinks, Rose Quartz was the Diamond's agent... and all of this, the Rebellion was just Yellow Diamond's trick, to lure out the tratorous Gems. Destroying the Galaxy Warp didn't saved Earth... just stranded the Gems on it and made them easy target for the, you know... space ships we have. BUT... Rose never ordered the Crystal Gems to share technology or warn Humanity, just pissed of the Diamonds... you are from the Yellow Corut, maybe you can tell, Rose Quartz is a Rebel leader with the foresight of a dead starfish... or it was just a cunning plan from your Diamond's part?
He hesitated to answer Morion's question about the human Peridots examining his ship and its cloaking field generator and gem weapons.
"Sure! Your human Peridots should have the privilege of learning about our technology."
He took out his twin crossbows and showed that they can change between rapid fire and sniper modes. He also took out hardlight string and attached it to the hardlight crossbow bolts and the crossbow itself so it could function as a grappling device. He then offered them to Morion so his human Peridots can examine them.
"Not only these can destabilize gems, but they can be used for grappling!"
He then heard his spiel on the Diamonds. He was perplexed.
"What are you suggesting? Are you saying that Yellow Diamond is tricking us in some way? No, impossible..."
"A real piece of art! I must say, you are lucky to have the best equipment Hunter! Yellow Diamond must be proud to have you in her Court!"
He was still examining the weapon, aiming and such, when the Red Spinel asked the "impossible"
"Yellow Diamond is a Diamond Red Spinel..."
Looked at him with silver eyes
"Everything they do is for the good of the Gem Empire. The Gem kind! Since they are perfect beings, there is no such thing as "impossible" when it comes to them or their ways or plans! Yellow Diamond used Earth, Pink Diamond's planet as a testing ground for her experiments. A Yellow Peridot, that turned to a monster, a Bloodstone turned to a berseker weapon, countless other experiments... heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the Corruption as we call this thing would have been a Gem "biological" weapon or a captured Alien entity that escaped from Yellow Diamond's laboratories when the Crystal Gems sabotaged our facilites! "
"Your Mistress is a clever one... I rearly say anything kind about her, since she is the total opposite of My Diamond, but I must admit, sometimes Gems forget, she is a Diamond! As I said, a Warrior Goddess! Sparking a rebellion with a "mystical leader" to lure out the Gems with doubts... gather them on a Planet and then destroy the only means to escape? Not a complicated plan. Actually as an Infiltrator I have done this around ten or eleven times."
Morion rested on his cane
"I have an advice for you Red Spinel, if you would ever became a leader, remember my advice! If you fear a man is guilty of treachery, place him with your lieutenants and treat him like a dog. Soon, he will begin to seek others to conspire against you. That is how you root out a rat."
Red came in realization that his Diamond is in fact, brilliant. She is a Warrior Goddess. She knows how to employ strategy and do everything that is best for her empire.
"You are right, and I do know this. I was a bit confused, that's all."
He then heard him talk about how this rebellion is an elaborate means to destroy the traitors. This was an ingenious way to destroy conspirators before they can overthrow you. He grinned at the advice Morion gave him. It is great to get advice from someone that most people lookec up to. Almost like how good parents give advice to their children.
"Thanks! Your advice is BRILLIANT!"
An idea sunk into his head.
"Maybe sometime we could go hunting, since you love it too."
"War is an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will. And the Diamond's will is the strongest. Your confusion is understandable Red Spinel, but don't worry, and most importantly, you don't have to be ashamed! Learn from your mistakes! Learn the lessons of the past, for what has happened is happening. What has happened will happen. By understanding the past, you will learn how to act now and how to prepare for the future."
The Smoyk Quartz explained
"All things are necessary - war, peace, the edge of the sword, and the sound of a poem. With understanding, all things are one. Only when you are in the grave will you have nothing more to learn."
"Your Diamond is a Warrior Goddess, thus she is not always tolerates faliure or weakness... luckly you can avoid both of them by learning.
"As for the hunting trip... I will try to find some time to do it, but as you can see, my time is limited, I have to watch over the City, the Gems, the Rebellion, just to name a few... sadly I don't really have much free time anymore. But thank you for your offer."
He was relieved when Morion said that his confusion was understandable and that there was no need to feel ashamed. After all, he did not want to disappoint Lord Morion.
"Thanks! I can REALLY learn a lot from you!"
He grinned at all the helpful information and advice that Morion was providing to him. Red Spinel, however, has only ONE weakness that stands in the way of him becoming the best bounty hunter. That weakness is feminine gems. He has a tendency to flirt with them. So he has to elimate that weakness. He frowned a bit at the fact that Morion does not have much freetime.
"Oh... Well, when you are free to do so, just let me know!"
Melody: Hi! Yep, that is true
Dec 30, 2019 10:51:32 GMT
Melody: honestly the site is not very active, but I try to make sure that every new player is doing okay
Dec 30, 2019 10:52:55 GMT
Melody: so feel free to message me here or on the discord if Njrk (the owner) is not answering
Dec 30, 2019 10:53:30 GMT
Melody: Also, you have got a decent app Chatoyant. I don't think you will have problems with being accepted. I am only not sure about your weapon, in the show it was very op, Njrk will have to take a closer look
Dec 30, 2019 11:07:42 GMT
Melody: It might also be good to state if you made the art for your Aquamarine or not
Dec 30, 2019 11:09:33 GMT
Fulgurite: Always wonderful to see new users. The shoutbox is still somewhat in use but the more reliable chat is the discord channel. But either way, welcome to the site.
Dec 30, 2019 11:29:49 GMT
Chatoyant Aquamarine: Thank you! Yes, that's the thing I'm still unsure about as well. I tried looking into other tractor beam and levitation based abilities that have been approved on this site and modeled and tried to nerf mine based on those. Will have to see!
Dec 30, 2019 12:58:23 GMT
Chatoyant Aquamarine: Ah, and that's true. The art's mine, could go edit that into the app before I forget. x)
Dec 30, 2019 12:59:32 GMT
Melody: I think it is good. Njrk already said it in chatbox that he is pretty busy, but I will try to inform him on discord about your app
Dec 30, 2019 13:08:05 GMT
Melody: I have got an idea. Njrk in some threads suggests that abilities/weapons could have a cooldown. It could be a nice way to nerf your weapon, but not too much. For example, maybe after using it in 2 posts it will shut down on its own for one post?
Dec 30, 2019 13:15:38 GMT
Melody: it is just a suggestion, I really don't know what Njrk will say about it
Dec 30, 2019 13:16:43 GMT
Melody: time measures, weight and stuff like that are nice, but they don't always transfer well into the roleplay. Time is especially a tricky part, that is why we usually use posts instead
Dec 30, 2019 13:20:04 GMT
Chatoyant Aquamarine: Understandable that people would be busy around this time of the year, I don't mind if I have to wait a little. A cooldown could be a good idea if it's deemed that the weapon could use a little more nerfing. I'll keep that in mind!
Dec 30, 2019 13:31:27 GMT
njrk97: Ill try and look at it tomorrow, but yeah the gem wand presents some issues, its sorta why i avoided the more modern gem tech on the site IE widespread Destablizers. Like they exist but since Pink is not Dead the Resource issues and tech focus of Era 2
Dec 31, 2019 1:08:37 GMT
njrk97: has not become that prevalent.
Dec 31, 2019 1:08:54 GMT
Chatoyant Aquamarine: I'll try to make some adjustments beforehand. I’ll let the original description stay as it is so you can read it but I’ll send some notes to you so that you don’t have to start from a scratch.
Dec 31, 2019 4:25:34 GMT
Flurry: I knew that was coming
Jan 15, 2020 3:05:39 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