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The Beta Kindergarten was a location Titanite hadn't often visited, though this was for a good reason. He'd recently gotten back into the swing of things so to speak, and as such was checking about the locations he knew of for any signs of Homeworld development on Earth. He had a feeling that something may have been sparking up again soon, either way, he was simply patrolling about the place so to speak, ever vigilant of anything that might be lurking about a corner somewhere.
The midday sun nicely complimented the sweltering heat of the desert around, well, nicely is an odd way to put it. It was terribly hot. If Titanite were a human, this heat surely would have been bothering him something fierce. Nonetheless, he continued patrolling through the canyon-like halls of the Beta Kindergarten, cautiously glancing over each, awfully misshapen exit hole that dotted the walls of the place.
He always found it curious how they all came out so... Well, incorrectly. Either way, he made sure he left no stone unturned, well at least with his ESP he wasn't. He stayed ever vigilant, making sure he was well aware of whatever was lurking about the place.
Howlite had taken a lovely stroll to the Beta Kindergarten. He had just poofed a nice Agate corruption. It was fun. He tossed the gem up in the air and caught it over and over as he walked around the Kindergarten. He began to sing.
"Sweet Dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
Travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to be used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused"
He was gonna continue but something caught his eye. Or rather someone. It was Titanite! He walked over to the Crystal Gem with a smile.
It took him a moment, but just as his ESP picked up something nearby, he heard an all but familiar voice, jumping a little as he turned around and instinctively summoned his weapon. Though, a moment after he did this something seemed familiar about them. It had been such a long time, but this was a gem he'd met before. The name escaped him, but he remembered them as a Broken Gem, so he remained wary. Not quite in a combat stance, but he kept his weapon summoned.
"You-- I know you from somewhere. I can't quite put my finger on it... You were at that auction in Empire City all that time ago, weren't you?" He asked curiously. He took another moment to think, where else had he seen them? Another memory at the Sea Spire came to mind, a battle with an old adversary that he'd seen him in, though he didn't quite remember Howlite having participated too much. "You were at the Sea Spire as well, weren't you? I remember you being there when I fought that Fire Agate. I can't quite remember your name, you'll have to refresh my memory."
He was confused as to why they'd approached him so casually, especially while he was so on guard. Either way, he wasn't quite certain that their intentions were purely conversational. Either way, he was ready for whatever may happen. ...Though chances are nothing really would happen.
"It's Howlite. How could you not know my name? I mean, I'm a pretty big deal around these parts. Just saying. And yeah I remember you Titanite. I uh never really had the chance to help you fight the Agate. Though she did come after me later. Oh and how'd the auction treat you? I remember I have you everything but the wine. What'd you do with it?"
He started looking around at the Kindergarten.
"So what exactly are you doing out here anyway? You lost? I was here for a hunt which I just finished. A nice lovely Agate corruption. Too bad it didn't last very long. But hey how's everyone back at the Crystal Temple? I hope you guys are all doing well."
Howlite, that was the name he was trying to remember. What was the deal with that 'being a big deal?' Had Howlite been making himself big with the humans as Morion or Chip had been? He wasn't at all impressed with this demeanour, but he was glad to see that this wasn't an enemy.
"I've been doing fine, thank you for asking. Oh, and regarding what I did with those books, I've got them stored where I live, just for future reference, those poem anthologies can be quite interesting to read and all that." He said plainly. Howlite had asked him so many questions, he was almost finding it difficult to keep up. Nonetheless, he kept calm and continued answering them one by one.
"Firstly, no I'm not lost. I've spent a very long time on this planet, I know the surface like the back of my hand. I'm here looking about for Homeworld activity I guess, can't just sit about doing nothing instead of doing what I'm supposed to be doing as a Crystal Gem." He said once more in a calm tone. "As for the temple, I'm not too sure. I haven't really been around there for a while, not to mention I'm not sure there are even many Crystal Gems there to begin with."
Another thing confused him, did Howlite still hunt down corruptions for fun? That wasn't something he'd even have considered enjoyable, those gems were once like them for crying out loud! This fact didn't quite amuse him at all. Either way, he awaited a response. ...He still wasn't quite sure when he'd become a 'big deal around these parts.' That would imply he was big around this Kindergarten, which was quite unpopulated from what he knew. Nonetheless, he didn't quite remember this self righteous tone being so prominent in Howlite. Regardless, he stood under the desert sun. Awaiting a response.
"I'm glad you're ok. I ain't seen you since... Well actually I'm not too pleased of how I last saw you. It wasn't ok what I did. I've recently been turning over a new leaf. I don't kill anymore for starters. I no longer go after rebels. Oh and don't tell anyone this but.... I'm planning on coming back to the rebellion."
He looked around to be sure no one heard him.
"Not now of course. I need to show them I am sincere about wanting to join. Then I will. I'm tired of being the bad guy. I don't like what I've become. So I've been busting my ass off trying to change for the better. Slugger always said there was good in me. She's helping me find it. I am so sorry for everything I've done to you and your Faction. I shouldn't have left in the first place. I was consumed by my need for vengeance. But now I'm seeing things clearly. I'm not the man I was."
Titanite almost couldn't believe his ears. Was this really happening? After all that he'd done, after all the awful things he'd done as a Broken Gem, Howlite was trying to make a change. He was in slight disbelief, this wasn't something that could be taken so lightly! It was reassuring to hear that he was at the very least trying to atone for what he'd done, but once more, this wasn't something one could take lightly.
"You really are...? That's uh, that's pretty sudden I guess. I mean, don't get me wrong I'm pretty happy to hear that. Moving away from that sort of stuff and joining the rebellion is great to hear, but it's just not that easy I don't think. Well, at least you're planning on showing your passion for it beforehand at the very least." He said in a calm tone.
Howlite's next set of 'apologies', in a sense, really caught his attention. He really was tired of all this, tired of being a bad person. And though it did seem that he had adjusted himself in a sense, he'd never actually directly wronged Titanite. Though the other members of the Broken Gems most certainly did, Howlite never really did. His apologies were at the very least appreciated, but they were directed towards the wrong person. Titanite needed to make this clear to him.
"Well- as good as it is of you to be making efforts like these, you never really did me any harm. I mean, sure, you threatened to shoot me that one time, but really I've seen much, much worse from other people of that god awful group you were apart of. I appreciate the apologies, I really do, but you've barely done me any harm. Really, you need to direct these apologise to the others you've harmed. I might be able to forgive you on behalf of myself, however I can't forgive you on their behalf. ...Same goes for those other Broken Gem goons. I'm not sure if you were apologising for them or not-- I'd assume not, but I've got much more beef with them than I ever have with you, Howlite." He stated plainly. What he said really was about right, though he'd forgiven Howlite for what little they'd done to him, he couldn't speak for the rest of the Crystal Gems or for any others he'd harmed.
Howlite had smile but as Titanite continued, it began to slowly fade away and by the time Titanite finished speaking, Howlite had a depressed look on his face.
"Yeah I get it. And I appreciate your forgiveness. I just wish the others were as easy. You know something funny? I left Homeworld thinking I would no longer be treated like a monster. As a freak. But thanks to my trust issues, I've started the cycle all over again with the Crystal Gems. If the pattern matches Homeworld, then it's only a matter of time before I start getting beaten to near shattering simply for asking questions. From there I'll be an outcast. With no one but my family. And then I'll once again fall into a black hole of rage and confusion. Sound about right to you?"
Howlite wasn't lying. These were all things Homeworld used to do to him.
Titanite listened to this little tragedy of Howlite's, his expression staying largely the same, save for his brow furrowing just a bit. Though it was unfortunate to hear of these things having happened to Howlite, they were in charge of their own life, and their own destiny. Titanite felt the sudden need to make this clear to him. He'd done everything in his power to make himself feel better after the travesty that had befallen him, he needed to make sure Howlite did the same.
"Howlite, look. I get it, alright? That feeling of alienation and that overbearing risk of being killed due to a slight imperfection. I'm not sure if you know this, but I was made defective, Howlite. And because of that they tried to shatter me. My first moments existing were a struggle for survival, and I haven't let it break my psyche." He stated plainly.
"I understand how you must feel, Howlite, but really, you can't let yourself fall into some kind of psychological breakdown. Besides, the Crystal Gems aren't anything like Homeworld! ...Well from what I know they aren't at least. We have compassion and kindness for what we do, unless you've done damage that's entirely irreparable, I can guarantee you won't find yourself being beaten into a fit of rage and confusion. Either way, you're the master of your destiny, you can't let the actions of others dictate what happens to you." He spoke in a reassuring tone.
This was a topic he was indeed quite passionate about, the whole caste system of Homeworld really set him on this ideal of freedom amongst gemkind, this case with Howlite seemed no different. Nonetheless, he'd spoken his mind and was hoping Howlite had taken something from it.
Howlite was in shock. Another defect? How was he so... Calm about it? If Titanite was correct and he grew up the same way Howlite was.... Something must've been wrong with him. He sighed.
"I'm sorry. I had no idea. You know something Titanite? You've given me something that I haven't been given in a long time. Hope. If someone like you can make it in life without becoming like me... Maybe there's hope I can change. Thank you for that. You don't know how long it's been since I've been truly hopeful for something. Normally when I get scared I act all casual or try to kill someone. But truth is, I've never really had hope. For myself that is. I'm sure you're probably super busy but.... You think you could hang out with me sometime?"
Blue Quartz: That was the worst hi ever XD Why ..?
Sept 18, 2019 20:49:34 GMT
Blue Quartz: How the heck is everyone?
Sept 18, 2019 20:49:58 GMT
Ruby?: I’m good! Just trying to get some threads and arcs started up
Sept 19, 2019 1:17:24 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