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It had been quite some time since Padparadscha had seen this particular zone. She took a moment to appreciate the sight of the calm ocean waves rolling beneath the ship as it zipped along Earth's hazy blue atmosphere. As they came nearer to the shore, she slowed it down. This beach was nearby the enemy headquarters-- though she couldn't say where exactly it was, she determined that this would be a more dangerous mission. For that reason, she'd brought along her trusted Pink Pearl, the gem who would watch her back during this most recent caper to Earth's surface.
The two of them were briefed in a diagnostic mission, and Padpara was ready for this to be a simple endeavor. Though it seemed that Earth refused for anything to be simple, it was a naturally ill-tempered orb. Any trip to the surface could go any number of unpredictable ways-- having her pearl beside her would double the chances of her success. "We're nearing the designated zone," She said, her own eyes flickering across the ship's aperture screen. Soon the beach came into view, and the sapphire brought her vessel around to be stashed in a cove of trees. Her brows came together as she spotted something odd in the distance, as they came in for a landing. From where she was, it was hard to say, but it looked like some kind of blast zone. Her nerves prickled."What do you suppose that is?"
Pink had been staring at the odd thing for a while now, trying her best to figure out what it was. "I-I don't know, Your Clarity. It could possibly be a human thing." She said, still focusing on the object. It looked like it had.. Crashed? Human's were very clumsy and it would make perfect sense for them to destroy something they made on accident. But this looked more high-tech than a human technology. It looked like it was something of Homeworld Technology. One of Pink's eyebrows' raised in confusion.
Pink squinted and moved her head closer to the object, thinking that maybe this would help. It didn't. "Should we get closer to it? What if it's a Homeworld gem crash?" She said in alarm. The Rebel's might have fired something at it to make it crash! This could be dangerous.
It had been weeks since the crash-- The blink of an organic eye to a gem. The sea shore was littered with remnants of charred metal and dented framing, glass shards were spread in a circle surrounding the crash site several meters away from the ship, shattered into microscopic shards resting on the ground like snow flakes, invisible like black ice aside from their faint twinkle. The peculiar distance and circular shape of which these particles of glass possessed together would appear unnatural, almost staged. Along with the shards organized into a ring, was another by the mountainous wall casting it's shadow on the beach below. It was composed of sand, slightly raised as if pushed by a force of gravitation, as if a wave from the sea had ridden itself of it's aquatic form and taken on a shell of sand and minerals from the shore. All forming itself into once more, a perfect circle even further away from the rubble than the last.
In the midst of all this, a lone pearl would lay motionless inside of the aforementioned ship. As weeks had passed, she had worked on composing her form. Finally, she was ready. Pearl felt herself wake, she felt the light find itself in her being once more, as if phoenixed. Her spherical gemstone would gingerly ascend from it's dark, smoke filled prison. Communions of pure light would intersect and dance around her gem, forming a humanoid shape, details crawling off of the base formation and creating her hair and epidermal covering. Pearl would gently float down until her sandals were meeting with the sand and metal below her feet. She staggered and struggled to keep her balance for a few passing moments, glancing here and there to stomach her surroundings. "Ah....Hn.." She grunted, noticing her Master's shattered remains. What had she done..? Where was she? She could hardly remember the crash, let alone how she got here... Pearl headed out toward what appeared to be a way out. She reached her arms out and pushed against a damaged, loose panel, managing with a bit of a struggle to pry it open using her weak, fragile pearl arms. Melo Pearl boosted herself out of the opening, tripping out of the hole and falling onto the sand.
She squinted at the odd shape, and he eyes widened as she thought she caught the sight of movement there. "A gem?" She said aloud as she realize there was something crawling out of the dark mass. She swiveled in her chair, and began to summon her field tools out of the containers in the ship. They had a job to do, but the lives of valued gems were far more important to the pink-court sapphire than the particulars of her mission. As much as she loathed to think that she would end up pressed for time, it took much less energy to push back an assignment than it did to create a whole new gem. She looked up to her pearl, and gave a firm nod.
"You're right, not many other gems have access to space flight technology. This is most likely a downed comrade. Get ready Pink-- we're heading out. Keep a sharp eye, there could be traitors anywhere around here," Her tone pressed urgently as she prepared herself to head to the surface of the alien planet. Padparadscha and her pearl shared a similar fear in that moment-- what had caused the crash? She tried not to dwell on the possibility that rebels could begin to open fire on them from any position around here. As she prepared herself, she waited for her pearl to do the same-- and to get the door, naturally.
Pink Pearl nodded back silently. She opened the door and it quickly slid open. She then summoned her sword. Questions pulsed through her mind-- Will we be attacked? Is the gem important? Were the Rebels behind this? Were the Rebels still here? And what about the Mission? These all swam around Pink's head. She was lost in thought, praying that nothing bad would happen. Her eyebrows furrowed in annoyance. Pink rubbed her eyes with one hand and stepped away from the door so Padpara could step out.
Pink Pearl stared outside, seeing a bit more movement. There HAD to be a gem in the odd shape. Or at least a human. But how did it get there? Was it in the shape? Did the thing fall on them? It was too confusing! If the rebels were nearby, would they shatter her? After all, she was only a pearl. She was a very common gem type but there wasn't many in the solar system at the time. Surely if the Rebel's were here they would just take her and make her be THEIR servant. But no one could predict the future- Well, besides some Sapphires-. She would just have to 'Go with the flow', Whatever that means.
Pearl asked herself. She brushed the dust and sand off of her knees using her fingers which extended from her rich walnut skin. Her wrists were banded with bell-spread sleeves which cut off before her elbows. Melo Pearl stretched her limbs, and then, she started to walk, stepping over the sand below her feet with her thin, fancy sandals over and over. Pacing in circles, continuously surveying the area and the scene. Where was she? What brought her here? These thoughts swarmed the slender Pearl's mind like bees buzzing around their hive. What a predicament.
Padparadscha hurried close to her pearl as the two of them made their way onto the fine grain sand, heated by the sun. The ocean waves rolled, bringing with them the smell of crisp, salty air and the sound of gulls chattering in the distance. The peaceful scene around them was a contrast to the rising tension the sapphire felt. Her pace quickened as she saw the shape begin to circle the crash-- the gem seemed okay herself, but the scene began to look more grizzly the further they went. Charred chunks of hull were strewn across the beach, and sand melted into rough glass around the radius. She realized that the gem had been a pearl-- where was her patron?
The sapphire slowed her approach as the two of them came closer to the blast zone. She didn't want to startle the gem, but she also needed to get to the bottom of this. "Excuse me," She said clearing her throat. There was the urge to give a Diamond salute, but she still didn't know who could be watching from the shadows. The last thing she wanted to do was out herself in enemy territory. "Don't be alarmed, we're here to help. Padparadscha facet 10C8A cut 8QE, and this is my pearl," She nodded her head toward Pink. "Please tell us-- what's happened here?"
Startled from the unexpected visitor, Melo Pearl jumped in surprise. She turned and posed herself in a wary stance, one foot in front, one back, arms down and fists clenched. "!" The Pearl observed the two gems who stood before her with a shifty eyed gaze, before realizing that she was in the presence of a Sapphire, one with her very own pearl. Pearl poised herself and saluted to her superior. Were it not for the pink diamond insignia adorned on the Sapphire's epidermal coverings, she'd have responded immediately, but... Something about that insignia-- It made her feel cautious, afraid. Melo Pearl could not pinpoint what about the strange symbol made her feel like she was in danger-- But the fear was there... In fact-- As it stood, a lot of her memory seemed out of place. She could recall basic Homeworld information, hard coded into her information banks, and yet, she could not remember why she felt so worried about that pink diamond, or who that shattered gem in the crashed ship was, or even more-so, who she herself was..
Yet, as if by instinct, she had saluted, that was something she could recall. Melo Pearls are a rare cut of Pearls on Homeworld, and just as Earthly Melo Pearls, which come from a snail as opposed to a clam, they are made with a different process as well. She swallowed her fear, and despite her conscience, pushed it aside. Pearl nodded and bowed, before poising herself and once more doing the diamond salute. "G-Greetings, Your Clarity. I.." She couldn't find the words to use. "It appears that this... Vessel-- has crash landed, You-Your Clarity."
(Seeing as how Bingo needs some time off, we can say that Pink Pearl is staying near the ship or something)
The sapphire had analytical prowess, but it hadn't been needed to surmise as much as the distraught pearl said. Her eyes glared down at the salute for a moment, and she realized that this pearl was out of sorts. It was almost as if she hadn't a clear idea of what had occurred or where she was, but Padparadscha was determined to get to the bottom of this. Her eyes narrowed in suspicion as she looked this pearl up and down. "Indeed-- a rather grizzly one at that. Though I'm glad you've survived, we'll need more information. Where is your patron?" The sapphire hoped that another gem could spare more detail on the event as she began to circle the crash herself. A sinking settled in her as she trailed around, trying to get a better look. She knew from the fact that this was a Melo Pearl that her patron must've been a rather important dignitary, though she couldn't know for sure which gem that may have been. The crash itself made it difficult to discern even the model of ship, with her non-technical knowledge.
"I'm going to run a diagnostic," She announced as she climbed down into the crater, stepping over bits and pieces of the hull,"But just in case it comes up negative, I'm going to need you to try your hardest to remember,"
"My... Patron.." Melo Pearl tapped her chin and looked up, puzzled, raising one eyebrow. "I am not sure that I... Have a Patron." she responded in an unsure manner. "Do I?" she continued by stacking a question. The Pearl watched the Sapphire with a wariness in her heart, eyes closely fixated onto her gemstone, although she had no reason to feel this way, she did not feel safe nor comfortable around this mystery gem or her Pearl. Melo watched the Sapphire pace around to observe the crash site, witnessing her lower herself into the crater and approach the scene.
When Pearl heard the Sapphire continue to speak to her, her eyes darted open, and she snapped to attention. She poised herself and nodded "Yes, Your Clarity--" For some reason, referring to the Sapphire by that name made her uneasy, although she should be honoured in her presence, throughout all of the mayhem and confusion all Melo could feel was fear. "I-I can do my best." she pushed her focus onto trying to remember, but all she was firing was blanks. Nothing, not a thing except the hard coded things which she was made for.
Padparadscha wasn't encouraged by Melo's tone, nor her words. But, it was something, perhaps there would be clues inside of the ship's husk. She used a pick to gather samples from the sand around the crater, and chose a few samples of the hull to add to the tubes around her belt. After she sealed up her sample tubes, she flipped open her slate and put down some notes. When she was done with that, she dipped into the panel that the pearl had previously popped off. She was instantly struck by the sight-- the glittering, crushed remains of a gem. She gasped and recoiled, her hands flew over her mouth. "By the Diamonds..." Her voice wavered. She swallowed, and turned her back to the scene so that she wouldn't have to look at it anymore. "A-a gem, shattered,"
Being a court official and interrogator, she had played a part in the process that would send many traitors and criminals to be shattered. But, she was always spared the sight of it, and the shattering of gems always left a distaste in her. Even as the sentences were given, she often wondered if there was a better way. Of all of the disturbing things she'd witnessed on Earth, she'd hoped that seeing something like this wouldn't have ever been one of them. She glanced up toward Melo Pearl, her eyes wide. "It's-- it's okay pearl, if you can't remember," She still couldn't hold herself together as much as she wished she could.
As much as she didn't want to see it, she turned back around, and looked around the scene of carnage. She flipped through her holoscreen and pulled up her recording tools, and took photo and video evidence. She opened one of her sample jars, and carefully placed the pieces of the shattered gem into it.
If the woeful tone of the pink Sapphire's voice was any indicator, she'd discovered something truly disturbing. Equally unsettling was the wide-eyed expression delivered at Melo Pearl as Padparadscha Sapphire spoke. Melo Pearl could tell something had gone wrong, but it hadn't been clear to her that she'd already noticed it--- But it hadn't clued her into the situation. Yes, the shattered gem shards in the remains of the ship were those of Melo's Master. "I'm sorry-- Your Grand Clarity. All-- All that comes to mind is the--" Pearl paused as she contemplated the weight of her words. That Pink Diamond on the Sapphire's body was something important..
It signified that Padparadscha belonged to Pink Diamond's court--- Pink Diamond's court...... That's when it hit her. If only for a second, images of a gem-- Her Master being shattered by Pink Diamond...? Pearl's eyes shot open, as the graphic image briefly flashed before her eyes. The high class gem defenseless, restrained by a blue sphere... And then, the foot... After the flashback, Pearl gasped, mouth agape, but then-- She realized that not a speck of the memory explained anything to her, nor did it make sense in the slightest.. Most specifically, the ship was included nowhere in this memory, meaning that the memory, in retrospect for the few moments prior, was not crucial. Melo decidedly kept the information to herself, pulling together, and saluting the Sapphire "Sincere apologies, I do not know what came over me, your Clarity."
"Did you discover anything..?" The Pearl meekly and quietly inquired. She spoke softly, so as not to come across as disrespectful or overconfident to her superior. From the tone in Padparadscha Sapphire's voice, the despondent Pearl could hardly scratch off the idea that something was wrong. Despite the Melo Pearl's concentration and brainstorming, she could nary recollect even a salvaged train of thought, even one thing from before she woke up. Pearl simply visually examined the Sapphire, and politely stood by, waiting for her superior to verbalize down to her in response. Her body stood like a statue, motionless and sturdy, amidst the quelling crash site and dust which had settled around her.
The sudden, unsettling stillness that had come over Melo moments ago gave the sapphire a chill. She couldn't read truths or untruths within a gem that didn't have knowledge pertaining to the events in question, and that was even more unsettling for the veracious sapphire. It made her think back to a time when her powers had been averted by a gem's psychological state. Everything about this was suspect, and all the same, the sapphire didn't know how she would react to such a course of events.
The pearl's words made Padpara even more uncomfortable now, but not for the prior reasons. Now, she didn't know how to tell the gem, if she wasn't already aware, that the one who had possibly been her benefactor had been shattered. It was hard to say what kind of gem it could've been, through the shimmering slivers and dust that she'd managed to collect. From her knowledge, it wasn't possible for this gem to be recovered, even with the most advanced of Homeworld tech.
"Pearl, your propriety is appreciated-- but please, mind your salutes here. There could be rebels anywhere, we need to blend in as much as possible," She said quietly,"As for what I've found...I'm sorry-- but...the other gem that was with you in this crash-- they didn't make it." Each word came out like it's own burden, weighing more and more on her as the image of the sight flashed through her mind again. She bit her cheek, trying to distract herself from those thoughts.
Melo Pearl nodded nervously as her overgem ordered her to cease the salutes, but suddenly, with fear in her eyes, she raised her hand ever-so-slightly. "R-Rebels...? Are we in danger?!" she began showing trace amounts of stress, as she looked over to Padpara ever so fearfully. "I... Oh no! N...!" She was acting out of line for a Pearl. How dare a Pearl act ever so bold in her tone of voice. No longer acting meek and quiet, now she seemed stressed and as if talking to the Sapphire as an equal. She hadn't realized how she was acting, due to the pressure she was currently feeling.
...And then she heard the news about her Patron. Her expression dropped. She seemed destroyed, she seemed very very freaked out and distraught. "Oh..." She looked very shook, she contemplated releasing her next line of speech, but as if nothing, the words slipped from her mouth, like a moist egg ejecting itself from a mother snake. "I... I saw the shards, your Clarity."
Her brow furrowed as the pearl revealed that she didn't know of the rebel threat. She swallowed. It was clear that Melo was from off-planet, but Earth was much more well known throughout the empire after word of the rebellion broke loose. It was hard to imagine that this gem hadn't heard of it. Perhaps she simply didn't realize the location was close to the rebel base? Padpara couldn't be sure.
"Be at ease," She said, her tone soft, keenly aware of the fact that this pearl wasn't all in her wits at the moment,"We're not in immediate danger, but this site is rather conspicuous. It's only a matter of time until it garners the attention of other gems, we should get moving,"
When the gem admitted that she'd known of her comrade's death, Padparadscha gave a solemn nod, and her eyes flicked away from the pearl, who was without a benefactor or knowledge of what had happened to that gem. But, the sapphire knew talking on that right now would be painful for both of them, especially so for the pearl who had just undergone a trauma that her cut of gem was never meant to face. On that notion, she had another question that she hoped Melo would be able to answer, but if she couldn't, it would be telling. "Do you...remember your facet and cut?"
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