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Octavia smiled happily at Plum, glad to see the gem was so eager to see the sights
"I mean..I hadn't thought about stopping at any place in particular, but if you want to explore some then by all means I don't mind."
Bloodstone giggled softly, looking the trolly over of tech and calmly taking it to push so that the holo-clone didn't have to
"I suppose I could show you some of my own personal favorites on the way back to the house. In all honesty there are good areas to see. Ooooh, I could show you this good pizza place! Have you ever had pizza before? It's one of the best foods I swear that I've ever tasted that humans made!"
Octavia squealed happily and started spouting off other spots she was interested in as the two gems would walk out of the tower and out onto the streets of Empire City
Plum titterd and half covered her mouth as she walked along beside Octavia..
"Hmmm, Pizza, yes, I have heard the word, but not experienced the real thing so far yet. I know I was on earth long enough before I was relic bound, to have tried the whole.. .food .. thing. Mainly at my master's behest at first, but I expect much has changed since the past couple hundred years. If human tech and culture has changed that rapidly, I expect that just maybe they have progressed other areas of their lives as well."
As they neared the warp pad Plum took the initative, and drew her hand across her body, through the air as they approached, her pearl aglow with a mauve light, and in turn the warp pad begins a low harmoious magical hum, as a warm white light begins to pulse within the marble platform. As a pearl, particularly a high grade unit, her affinity at interfacing with homeworld tech and magic was innately capable.
She waited for Octavia to finish rattling off various suggestions of places to visit, frankly Plum didn't have complete comprehension of everything that the larger bloodstone gem was suggesting, but that was alright. The morning had started off a little bit upsetting and she knew that getting out of that tower would do her some good, and all the better if she could be of assistance to another gem, as that nature was somewhat innate to pearls.
"Well then, I shall trust you to show me an immerstive and enjoyable forray into the world the humans have built for themselves on this colony world.. for now, shall we depart? Ive taken the liberty of warming up the warp pad for lower warp latency, so it and I are awaiting your destination instructions." She chirped, looking optimistic even.
"You'd assume correctly. The humans have greatly improved over the many centuries. Im sure that things are different from when you were last outside...well, I guess anything?"
She shrugged and walked onto the warp pad with Plum before looking down to answer the question
"Oh! Uh...hm. Well I suppose the easiest solution may be to teleport to the shack. THere's a warp pad located in a cave thats not too far from where the shack is. Its the closest one I can think of besides the Crystal Temple and...well it just might be easiest for mine to be used."
Bloodstone sighed a teeny bit before looking down at Plum
"Are you able to sense the exact location of the warp pad or...do I need to give you specific coordinates? I dunno how it works."
While Blood might not have been the most tech-savvy, they had an idea of how the Pearls tend to operate with warp pads
The gem data that was flittering across Plum's wide open eyes stopped short as a proverbial dramatic sweat drop appeared by her forehead as her gaze dropped with an embarassed murmur. She indeed had not used the Earth warp network to any great extent, and didnt know quite what she was looking for or how to get there. But.. She DID get it warmed up for Octavia.. that counted, right??
"I .. er.. umm.. eh.. No. I am afraid I must admit that I do not, in fact, know the destination you have min mind miss Octavia. Perhaps I shall defer to your ..er.. familiarity with your destination and this warp network in making the final initiation of the warp pad then?"
Plum takes a teeny step to the side, with a blush on her cheeks, to make room for the bloodstone, and then places her hands on the handle of the trolly of goodies, including her relic tome, and pushes it back and forth a few inches a couple times , as if testing the continued integrity of the wheels of the cart..
"I then ..shalll ummmm... keep a good hand and a close eye on our cart then, lest it topple or get away on us in the warp stream. Sound good??"
She had been a little embarassed up until this point, partially driven by her ingrained natured to help combined with her usual ability to get any task done. But warping to places where you dont know where they are is a bit trickier. Fortunately her moment of embarassment was fading and she shoots a cautious glance up at Octavia, awaiting the final activation of the warp beam.
Bloodstone giggled and patted Plum on the head, sensing her embarrassment
"That works for me. Um..there should be a warp pad in the direct center of Empire City. I don't know specific coordinates but I feel that its good enough and I think it may be close to that pizza shop too! ."
Octavia was admittedly excited, she hadn't been on a trip like this in awhile, and it could be fun showing Plum the city anyway.
"Alright, if you can find that one warp pad then we should be good to go."
Bloodstone didn't have the ability to work warp networks as well as other gems and Plum seemed to have a better knowledge of how it worked, so it would make sense for her to lead the effort
Plum furrowed her brow slightly, and the tip of her tongue protruded a teeny little bit as she concentrated on feeling out what she figured would be the next nearest warp pad to her present location. It took a few seconds, but soon her puzzled expression evaporates and her brows twitch into a more confident 'I've got you now!' sort of expression as the pad glows a bit brighter and the low hum escalates to a higher ringing tone!
"Okay hold on miss! I think Ive got it locked in.. and awayy weeee g-"
Plum's words are cut off by the vivid cyan light that erupts out of the marble pad and pierces into the the air in the great hollow building, disappearing out of sight in a whoosh of bright energy. On the far side of town, rather near the park she had first met the peculiar janitorial gem at, the two arrive on the warp beam on an identical hexagonal marble warp pad, with the M Tower, their origin point, towering in the distance, some kilometers away.
"Go!... Or wait, never mind, um here we are then. Right!"
The smaller of the two figures standing on the pad quips to the other as the light fades and Plum looks about. This part of town was definitely different from the busy down town areas she had explored before. Squinting into the distance and the afternoon sun, she sees the green of the park she had visited some time ago, several blocks off between the towers..
"Ohhh I see! This is farther afield than I had gone before into the center of this city! Is this the place you had in mind Miss Octa-.....vi...a? What is that delectable aroma??"
Plum's head swivels about, being guided solely by her scent-sponge, and she looks across a paving stone plaza at an eatery with wrought iron tables and umbrellas outside. Wafting from the general direction, a medley of aromas.. cheese.., tomato sauce.., spiced meats.., fresh dough. It was an party of smells that any human would recognize as Pizza, and not just any old slice, no no no no. This stuff smelled like true masterwork! She stood there for a moment, just taking it in, even going so far as to grab and wiggle about her own nose, just to make sure it was working right!
"Um ma'am, is THIS the place you had in mind for this dish you mentioned?"
Bloodstone stepped off of the warp pad once the two gems got to the location, squealing happily once she took in the smells and saw the familiar store
"Yes! This is the spoooot!~"
The big gem was giggling happily before quickly grabbing Plum and dragging her over, the cart being taken quickly with them as she ran up to the restauraunt
"Oh Plum, this is my favorite pizza place in the entire city! It's got alll of my favorite dishes, you're gonna love it!"
Blood kept going on and on about the types of pizza she liked, mentioning something about dessert pizza and regular pizza and how much she hated spicy stuff and...well if it wasn't obvious the gem was a certifiable pizza geek
Plum's eyes widened a bit a she leaned her head away a bit in a measure of surprise, and gently probling at her ear hole with a finger as the ringing of Octy's sudden squeals fades from her head. Gracious me, this bloodstone could make some noise when she was excited!
~ "Yes! This is the spoooot!~" ~
"Erm, good ... good mistress, I'm glad we have landed upon the correct locationnn-wa!!!"
Plum is dragged along by the wrist, almost lifting her off the ground like a kite! In an instant Plum was transported over to a wrought iron table and chair, complete with a wide pastel umbrella that cut the late afternoon sun. The view was rather pretty all in all. The plaza had smooth cement, polished marble of various hues, and a fountain in the center, and all about were neatly arbored trees and shrubs. Even the noise of the traffic seemed to be a little ways off, hinting to her that perhaps they were in a more elite but slower paced portion of Empire City. On the Street beside the plaza, there weren't even any civilian vechilces that appeared to be permitted, only a line of quietly sitting yellow taxis.
After a moment or two, Plum homed back in on Octavia's little rant regarding all the types of pizzas and gave a grin, this wasnt too bad after all. Blinking she looks down at the table and sees that while she was gazing about, a pair of glasses of fresh cold lemonade had also either materialized or been placed on the table by a swift and stealthy human confection servant. She really didn't know what to call waitresses or servers yet...
"Hmm okay mis- er.. Octavia. I am trying to recall all the types you just listed off, but in correlating the names with the lists of ingredients on this... plasticy.. book.. thing.. The one you descrived as the Sicilian Pizza, sounds like a good one to start with. What say you?"
Bloodstone blushed slightly out of embarrassment, realizing how she had just dragged Plum along for the proverbial ride.
"Yes, yes. We can get the Sicilian pizza and..also the chicken honey mustard pizza. That's a personal favorite of mine."
Octi hummed as one of the waitresses walked up, the two of them soon entering a conversation about the orders and seemingly other stuff in general. Soon the waitress smiled and took the menus, leaving the two gems there at the table
"Is it bad if I know the staff by name? That was Maria, she is such a darling. Practically knows my order and..lets be honest, who can't recognize a gem like me?"
Bloodstone laughed a little and leaned back in her chair, looking over at Plum
"i know I sort of rushed you over here and all but..tell me, what do you think so far? The sights, sounds,fill me in! I'm curious!"
Plum paused for a moment and composes herself, fidgeting her wrought iron outdoor cafe chair into place a few times, until it was just so, then even going so far as to adjust both gem's coasters as well, after the waitress left them slightly askew by placing their water glasses down in a hurry. After the necessary amount of pearly fidgeting her eyes flick up as she snaps back into the here and now, just in time to catch the question that Octavia had sent her way.
"Why... what do I think? That's frightfully gracious of you to ask, well, I suppose I am thinking a quite a lot of things really! I still have the feelings from this morning and stepping out into an abandoned tower knocking about inside my memories. However, I owe you a great debt for showing up when you did and more or less saving me from my own silly self. We pearls are created, after all, to be fiercely loyal and to serve in whatever way we can, and to suddenly find one's self apparently abandoned can certainly umm.. put the fear of the diamond's into one's heart regarding their own worth and skill of service."
Flicking at the straw in her glass of ice water she finally leans in and takes a sip, water being a pretty easy thing for most gems to take in, even if they are new to the whole, eating thing.
"Now that I am here though, I must say I feel quite a bit better. I would say you were a most welcome distraction Octavia, but that would hardly be doing your compassion justice. Things here are at once so primitive and quaint, and yet given that the degrees of technology are so varried on this world, the advanced places almost feel like home by comparison.This little establishment though......"
She lifts her head and gazes about the lazy plaza in the gradually setting sun, the foot traffic, and the green space around, and draws in the smells wafting from the kitchen, through the open patio doors of their little venue...
".. This place, I think I like it. It feels like a mix of old and new, wakefulness, energy, and rest and repose. Lady Octavia, IS that the purposes of places such as this? Not simply for humans to refuel, but to also tend to their mental state, morale and relationships of various natures? Is that right?"
He head takes on a slight tilt as she asks the question, unwittingly taking on somewhat of the mannerism of a confused or curious pet.
Bloodstone smiled for a second and thought for a minute, trying to figure out just how to answer Plum's question
"I...I suppose so, now that I think about it. The humans do like to use things like this to help tend to themselves."
She looked around at the other humans, watching some of them talk in conversation, relax, just...have a good time
"You don't have to like that for me rescuing you, I know Pearls are meant to serve and all but..well, I wouldn't say you owe me a huge debt. I don't mind the company though, I'll admit..it can get lonely sometimes."
Octavia sighed a little before perking back up and smiling as the wait seemed to have paid off. The pizzas that had been ordered were brought to the tables and were..well, for lack of better description, looked delicious! The hot cheese, the good smells, if Bloodstones smile could get any bigger it did as she looked eagerly at the pizzas
"Well, this is...do you want to talk any more or should we dig in?"
She blushed a little and laughed softly at Plum, enjoying the experience as a whole now
Plum was bent down, with her nose very near the plate, peering at the pizza and scratching her chin like some sort of sleuth, as she examined the dish before her, as if she were some victorian parlor detective examining evidence.
After stopping short of poking the pizza with a stick to make sure it was okay, and not about to pop or explode or something, she gingerly picks up a slice from the large round serving dish, and with a slight squeak as the cheese nearly gets away on her, she soon has the portion on her own smaller plate.
"Who? Um? Wha? oh RIGHT! Well I'm glad to help any feelings of loneliness or despondency with the simple act of my presence, if I am able."
Soon the slice of pizza is up off her plate and hovering in front of her lips in a split second of hesitation, before she opens wide and with a rather audible and self motivating "NAHM!" sound, she bites off the end of the slice and waits a moment for the senses to process.
Maintaining her composure would be a simple task, were it not for the fact that her pupils were dilated to roughly 3X their normal size and little nummy tears were welled up in the corners of her eyes.
"Wh-- Why didn't we figure this stuff out millennia ago??!!" And with that the rest of the slice disappears in three or four rapid bites that leaves her with a bit of pizza sauce on her cheek as she scrambles to regain her composure.
"Why ummm, thank you miss Octavia, this dish has pleasantly shattered my expectations."
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Bloodstone giggled and smiled as she watched Plum dig into the pizza, she could remember having a similar reaction the first time she discovered it herself
"I'm glad it did so. You understand why I like it so much? It's quite delicious~"
She hummed and took a few bites of her slice herself before looking back over at Plum
"I believe that Homeworld lacked the proper ingredients to actually make something as delicious as this. Believe you me, this isn't even the only food item I've discovered that's...well, fairly delicious actually. I suppose I could take you to a few more of these 'restaurants' as I've discovered they're called. It's actually quite interesting to see how the humans try to sustain themselves."
Octavia smiled as she took another few bites, still happy at the results of Plum and the pizza
One ... Two....Three....FourFiveSix.....the last three slices disappeared remarkably quickly for such a small pearl. Well, it wasn't that she was small for a pearl, a bit shorter, but slightly stockier overall, but pearls are not supposed to be the most built gems anyway.. Back to topic!
"Oh my! I cannot believe I ate six slices. I hope I didn't go digging into your share Miss Octavia. I'm sure we could visit all manner of these restaurants until the city crumbles, but perhaps we should be continuing on to.. er.. wherever you said your dwelling was?"
She rose with a hop, then found herself smoothing down her skirt for modestys sake, then stands beside Octavia's chair to assist her up, should she desire it. Pearly habits seem to die hard it seems. Truthfully, while she had enjoyed being allowed to reorient herself on her own time at M Tower, the thought of getting herself back into the swing of things and helping out another gem had her positively tickled inside. No surprise, she was made to feel this way after all.
"Do you prefer to spend more of your time around large centers like this Miss Octavia, or are you more of a erm, field gem? As a hi-grade Utility model pearl, I was designed to perform equally well in the field or in more civilized capacities. I am rather proud of that fact actually!"
Octavia sighed as she stood up, brushing herself off as she paid for the food as best she could. She had finished off the rest of the slices herself, as she smiled at Plum
"Well...I suppose it depends on my mood really. Depending on the day, I like spending time in the city or at the same time I like to spend my time exploring. You have to realize that I've spent so much time cooped up at my 'base' that I like exploring the world around me."
The Bloodstone giggled a little bit, enjoying the reaction that Plum seemed to be giving. The Pearl was glad to be around, Octavia didn't seem to regret helping her out
"For now though, let's at least continue our path towards the base. It could take some time and I don't want to dilly dally for too long."
She held her hand out for the Pearl to grab, willing to lead her as much as needed
Blue Quartz: That was the worst hi ever XD Why ..?
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Blue Quartz: How the heck is everyone?
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Ruby?: I’m good! Just trying to get some threads and arcs started up
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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