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As Flurry and Sulfur continued to push and shove, Howlite faced Padparadscha.
"I assure you we are alone. If you didn't already know, I am totally and completely insane! Basically the little voices in my head and I are having a little chat. A very important one so if you would be so kind as to let me get back to it?"
He turned to his hallucinations.
"Ok so plan A and plan B are both very viable. I can't seem to choose. If I went with A then I'd be compromising my morals. But if I went with B I couldn't scratch that itch. Hmmm... I dunno."
The anger and confusion inside of her were so white-hot that she couldn't react. The pure indignation of it all, the bizarreness of what Howlite had just said, it had her drained of her usual pinkish hue. Perhaps, from all of these things she was hearing, that was the one thing that Padparadscha could count on-- that this senselessness had come from a deranged mind, not special powers or technology that blocked her ability. She found herself almost hoping it was the case, otherwise it would mean that gems who were no better than rebels had a counter to her. The sapphire was beginning to feel somewhat unhinged herself at this point, her fists shaking, her eyes wide.
Suddenly, she made the connection. A or B. These were the two extremes in intention that she had been experiencing vicariously as she had been following (or perhaps, being followed by) 9XR. Her eye twitched. There wasn't a way to know what exactly these intentions were, but she knew she would have to deal with Howlite before she could finish her mission in earnest. She threw up her hands, almost admitting defeat.
"Both!" She said, in an attempt to taunt Howlite the way he had been taunting her through all of this,"I choose both!"
Padparadscha's eyebrows floated up as Howlite took her offer. She hadn't expected that, though she hadn't expected anything that was going on at present. Still, she had to tread carefully-- she couldn't figure that these two extreme intentions would simply cancel each other out, even if that's what she hoped for now.
The sapphire was never made for fighting, but she had her defenses. In a head-to-head confrontation with Howlite, as she had determined before, the chances of coming out victorious would be ludicrous. However, it would be quite the notch in her belt if she were to somehow capture or dispose of the notorious 9XR. As she punched in the coordinates to the first sylvine on her list, her mind began to set up the game of chess that may allow her to get close enough to this gem to take them down, while saving her own skin.
The control panel let out a disappointing beep, and the sapphire sighed heavily. "This coordinate wont go through. Time to try the next..." She eyed Howlite from her peripheral vision as she punched in the next coordinate. "So, 9XR. You have quite a reputation, I'm sure you know it well,"
"Oh you mean my reputation as the most lethal Howlite ever made? Oh yes I'm aware. I was Yellow Diamond's best Assassin. Now I'm no longer loyal. I'm not proud of the man I was. I'm not that guy anymore. Not completely. I've done my best to reconcile my spirit and body. I've taken up a true cause and I've made a name for myself in the human society. I happen to be a very wealthy and successful business man. I can never let go of my past. It will always haunt me. All I can do now is make the best of my current situation."
He then sat down on the floor and got into a meditative position. He closed his eyes.
A true cause? The sapphire thoughts seethed, what truer cause is there than serving the Diamonds?
The sapphire ruminated on Howlite's words as she again tried a coordinate. Her attention was brought back to the mission at hand when the receiver began to crackle and buzz. Her eyes widened, tinged with hopefulness. However, the receiver never cleared to show her a more refined image, it simply continued to let static feed into the communicator. Her eyes fell, but her stubbornness wouldn't allow her to close the transmission. "Sylvine squad, do you read?" She repeated the line a few times, and waited, tapping her finger on the cold metal panel. She stood silently as Howlite sat in meditation, before repeating again. Her hand curled into a fist, and she unloaded the transmission.
Padparadscha turned her gaze to Howlite. All I can do now is make the best of my current situation. There was something unsettling about the fact that she could now sense something akin to sincerity, through the fog of illegibility that were this gem's thoughts and emotions. She couldn't forget the fact that she was effectively a hostage in this situation, sapped of her dignity as a Pink Court sapphire.
"What is your cause, then?" She asked, her toned deadened.
Howlite kept his eyes closed as he spoke to Padparadscha.
"Chaos. If this planet is free from the rebels and the Diamonds, it will know peace. Some people say I'm a fool to think of such things. Perhaps I am a fool to think there is still hope for me. Yet I still do. Think on that."
He then remained silent and resumed his meditation. Meditation often helped him temporarily balance his mind. The longer he meditated, the calmer the voices in his head became. The screams would become whispers and then silence. However brief, it still felt nice to be at peace. If he could, he'd stay like that forever. But there was far too much to do. There was no point in helping his life if he never spent time living it.
Though she couldn't wrap her head around much of what he had said, she decided that she had heard enough, at least in this moment. She glowered at him for a moment. He talks as if the planet is sentient, he rationalizes as if he's not rebelling, she contemplated,inclined to agree with those who would call him a fool. Still, for a curious gem such as herself, hearing such thoughts that she'd never heard were intriguing. There was more to this gem than she could possibly imagine, she figured from her years of interrogating criminals and rebels alike.
Still, she had a mission to complete. She turned back to the panel, and began to set the last coordinates on her list. Her finger slid over the screen, she anticipated that she could get at least one response. Just one. She'd promised Spade that she would find the others, yet she was thus far failing to do so. With the final numbers entered, she waited, biting her lip, searching the screen with a longing light in her eyes.
The transmission came back. It was dark, surrounded by a cacophony of sound that couldn't be recognized through the damaged audio feed. Her heart thumping, she sent a call back to the signal she had finally picked up. "Sylvine squad! Do you read?" She repeated, a quiver of desperation in her voice. She waited, and many silent moments passed before she gave a ragged exhale, and shut down the terminal.
"This factor of the operation has been a bust," She admitted, but she absolutely refused to go back to the Diamonds without giving them what they had asked of her, or something at the very least. She cast her eyes on 9XR.
After a few more minutes, Howlite opened his eyes. He noticed Padparadscha staring at him with a focused gaze.
"Don't even try it. I know what you're thinking. I've been around loyals before. You all think the same. You Al think that if you brought old 9XR back to your Diamond, then you'll earn some sort of honor. Well guess what? In order to do that, you'd have to fight me."
Chibi Sulfur appeared once more.
"She's threatening! Kill her!"
Howlite shook his head.
"She has not yet crossed the Rubicon. We will wait. Have patience."
He then looked at Padparadscha.
"Sorry about that. They always come back just after a meditation. Anyway, since you're unsuccessful what say we go back and check on Spare? Make sure she's ok."
Padparadscha was taken aback. Gem-cuts meant for fighting typically had a good sense for things like this, but it was uncanny. Her hands remained curled into fists, but now that she knew Howlite was on his toes, it would be impossible to strike. The aristocrat was ambitious, but she was no fool. Still, perhaps she could continue to use him as an asset to her mission-- and perhaps, a moment where his guard would be compromised.
"I trust that she is doing fine on her own," The sapphire said, knowing the timid nature of the sylvine may keep her put, though one could never be sure in situations like this, "But, she may want an update on progress," She let out a heavy sigh. Three sylvines were running amok in the wilderness without guidance of any kind. It could be terrifying be to be alone on such a world so devoid of the works of gemkind.
Padaradscha turned and went for the door. She stopped short before giving a glare to Howlite, then peered out to make sure there weren't other Broken gems waiting for her around the corner.
Howlite followed Padparadscha back to the warp pad. He then looked at her with a smile.
"This was fun. We should get together again sometime. Assuming of course you don't do something stupid like try to get me back to Homeworld. That's get you in some deep trouble. Now then, off to business!"
They warped back to Empire City. Howlite switched to Tracker Vision and spotted Spade's signature.
"She's still on your ship. I can see her. Let's go make sure the poor soul is ok."
He started to approach the ship.
"Spade. Here girl."
He'd make clicking noises as well. As if he were looking for his dog. After a few whistles and clicks, he chuckled.
Fun? The sapphire hadn't felt this tired in a while. The stress of having this uninterpretable gem around her, without an entourage to protect her, was something of a living nightmare. Not only had her endeavor failed thus far, but the situation was a complete wildcard. Her spirit couldn't take much more of it, and she knew what 9XR had said was true-- she'd have to fight to get a hold of his gem, to present in the court. That was out of the question. Still, it had been a relief that the gem hadn't decided to go off on her.
When Howlite confirmed Spade's position, hope glimmered in Padparadscha's eyes. At least that had gone right. She had one of four sylvines, perhaps the other's would come in time. She gave Howlite a sidelong, resentful glance as he talked to a Homeworld asset as if Spade were a common Earth creature. The sapphire approached the small gem with a solemn expression, though her tone was still uplifted. "Spade! I...we've returned with...some news,"
Spade was hiding in ship when she heard Padparadscha. She walked up to her with a nervous expression.
"I have news too. I... I don't want to go back home. I want to stay here with Sulfur. He's been a better master than the Diamonds ever were. I can't leave him. I'm sorry. You can tell my squad I died or something."
She walked up to Howlite.
"you can take me to him can't you? I wanna go with you."
She concentrated and the logo vanished from her form. Then Howlite's logo took its place. She turned back to Padparadscha.
"I'm sorry things didn't work out. I just.... I can't leave him. He's too important to me. I'd die for him if need be. "
a better master than the Diamonds... tell my squad I died...I'd die for him if need be.
The sapphire's body was rigid, her wide eyes blazed with the intensity of the sun. "Spade..." Her voice tinged with molten anger, not hundreds of years of etiquette classes could help her withhold the immense tide of her ire as the words seeped from her mouth,"You know what that means, don't you?" There were many more things she wanted to say, but all of the words stumbled over each other, and she choked up.
You'd die for this traitor, a stranger, but not for your sisters? You'd be lead by a nobody rather than the perfect leaders, created for rule? You'd tell a court interrogator to her face that you want to become a criminal? Her fists clenched as her frustration boiled over.
"You'll be branded a criminal, Spade. You'll never be able to return. This...this Sulfur is more important to you than your family...fine, but I wont be lying to them. You abandoned them. You abandoned your purpose, your home," She was speaking through her teeth at this point. The most frustrating part of all of this was that, because of Howlite, there was next to nothing she could do. In normal circumstances, she could detain Spade, and bring her straight to prison for admitting such a thing to her. She had no idea how 9XR would react to this, but judging from his past behavior, he seemed to be itching for a chance to test out his weapons. Instead, she would have to return completely empty handed, and she would have to admit to her Diamond that two renegades had slipped through her fingers. "You're so lost, Spade. There is no better master than the Diamonds,"
"Oh don't listen to her Spade. Think about it. They sent you here knowing guys like me were running around? You think Sulfur would do that? You know I'm right. The Diamonds are flawed. Imperfect. Lambs for the slaughter."
He turned to the Sapphire.
"Tell me something. If the Diamonds create all gems to be perfect right? Take a good look at me. Is this what a perfect being would create? Am I an example of how perfect they are? They're hypocrites! Liars! Tyrants! Why serve them when you know you can leave them?"
He turned back to Spade.
"Come on Spade. Let's get you to your new home. Don't you worry. You'll never have to see this loyalist again. I'll make sure of it."
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