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She looked back at Padpara with a certain surprise in her eyes, they went cautious quickly enough after as she realized she let slip something she shouldn’t have. She knew by now beguiling the gem was a bad idea, there wasn’t much she could say that wouldn’t expose her in some way. Genuinely shocked by the hundreds of years these gems were possibly stuck here, she realized through her shock up until this point she was being careless. It seemed Padpara was remaining vigilant in identifying everything she could about Hematite despite their situation. “I …” she looked away, “I guess it was just my intuition.” She responded with (which was sure to show up something on Padpara’s ability.)
“What matters is that they have an idea of the way out,” She knelt down to the one below her, “Listen, we’ll get you out, but first we need to know how."
“No … warp.”
“Panel, console, flip …” she managed to get out, Hematite wasn’t even sure what the gem meant. "Command ... list ... flip."
She looked at Padpara, “what is she saying? Is it ringing any bells?”
Her eyes were trained on Hematite, analyzing the gem as she gave her answer. She didn't like what she heard, her lips pursed at what she discerned to be the first bald-faced lie this gem had told her. Before she could be drawn into further questioning, the fusion went on to divert attention from the subject. Keenly aware of such tactics, the sapphire wasn't herself ready to drop the issue. But, she would allow it to stew in her mind as she listened to Hematite make a proposition that the Homeworlder wasn't altogether sure should be accepted.
While it was now clear that they were, in fact, gems-- what could releasing them into the world do? Neither of them had any idea what had actually made these gems this way, so what kind of havoc could be wrought if they were allowed to wander the colony? Would saving these two mean that they were under obligation to save them all, as Hematites "intuition" had told her there were others? Certainly, Padparadscha felt horrible for them, but was it within her jurisdiction to even be here? Where would these gems even go? If anything, they should be poofed and taken straight to a lab on the Moonbase Headquarters to be examined.
She continued to eye Hematite, even as the peridot pushed herself even harder to get her point across. Then, it seemed to click for the sapphire, and her gaze shifted over to the control center. "She needs someone to...flip through the files, and find the command list?" Padpara said, her tone a bit lowered. Despite knowing these were gems...Padparadscha couldn't help but to feel threatened. She stayed her distance for a moment, trying to work up the courage to get up to the panel where the peridot had still been fumbling around with it.
As she took small, timid steps toward the panel, she hoped that the peridot might wander away, but she simply stayed there, still running her finger's along the technology. The sapphire's skin prickled as she got nearer-- what if it was some ruse to get her to come close? The idea that she could become the same husk that she saw in front of that panel made Padparadscha's sense for danger rattle like a bell. But, she forced herself to keep walking until she was next to the gem. She looked the peridot up and down. "Er...uh, maybe I'll just..." She felt incredibly awkward, and unsettled. The panel itself, albeit an early and overly convoluted design, would be relatively easy for her to navigate no matter whether it was upside down or not, but the discomfort of being near the zombified gem was almost too much to bear.
Then, she decided she could flip herself around to read the panel more easily, and to escape from the side of this unnerving gem-- she shot some plasma up to the ceiling, and used it to reel herself up. Then, she coated her feet in it, and carefully glued herself to the ceiling in front of the mechanism that would allow her to control the panel. Now that she was more comfortable, she decided to revisit her last concerns as she flipped around, looking for the command list.
"Hematite, if there are others, as your intuition has told you, are you planning to allow them all passage into this room?" Her wording was careful; she had ulterior motives in her question, with a tone similar to that she might use in the stands of the courtroom.
Hematite’s eyes looked over the ghoul of a gem conspicuously below her, there was a certain level of sympathy in her regarding these trapped gems, her innate need to care for others beaming as she did the unthinkable, kneeling into thunder-bolt position and reaching out to caress the gem’s face in her hands, she used her thighs as sort of pillow as she stroked through the gems’ hair and allowed her to rest with her as a kind of companionship. Something dawned on her, she couldn't believe Homeworld could treat their so called allies like this. “Sorehodo, koreha sore Homeworld atsukau karera no iwayuru Hoseki-desu …” she whispered to the gem with a disgusted unhappy look in her eyes. She watched diseased gem seem to melt to her touch and go silent, her heavy breathing the only sound she could make. The fusion’s gaze then shifted to Padpara distrustful, recalling her unbending loyalty to this sick Empire.
She kept her eye on the sapphire as she went to access the panel, having to first shift around the second gem ghoul in the room.
Then the sapphire spoke up, she sensed an unbridled amount of interest in her, this odd prodding that Hematite could only call ‘off’. There was conspicuous interest in her that Hematite didn't like.
She'd look away distastefully, “Unlike your empire-who abandons its so-called loyal subjects. I will not allow these gems to suffer this any longer.” she looked to the door, “Hopefully there is a way deactivate this machine and release the others as well.” she looked down at the suffering gem before her. “Oi, you need to tell us how to deactivate this device. What are we looking for in command list?” she stared the husk-like gem dead in the eyes as she spoke. The strange Peridot didn't reply right away, instead she made hoarse gasps as she prepared herself to speak. “Command line …. Prompt … test …. Release …”
She looked over at Padpara, “Please tell me that made some sense to you?”
"There it is again," She muttered under her breath at the string of cryptic words, but she kept her ears open for Hematite's next words. From where she dangled on the ceiling, her eyes stabbed downward as she was struck again by the impudence of this fusion. She grit her teeth. There were plenty of rational reasons for something like this-- no gem knew how exactly it had gotten this way or why, rescue attempts could have ended in more loss of life than it already had. On top of that, the eerie affect it had on these peridots over the millennia was enough to convince her that there had to be something that had made them that way, aside from being trapped in the dark. It was entirely possible that quarantine was the only way to keep whatever corruption had come over them from decimating the colony.
But, no matter how they'd been trapped here initially, the sapphire had no intention of ending up like them. She nodded at the thin-voiced words of their unexpected ally in this endeavor,"The command line...I know how the basic command line on my holo-apparatus works. Though, it's entirely possible that this older code will be different," With that, she scrolled around the command list to make sure she could get a handle on it. Then, she followed the commands that would bring up the box-- a very dated mechanism, though she had seen that the gist was more or less the same. So, she began to punch in strings of commands, following the guide of the command list, as well as the peridots words. "Get ready," She entered the commands-- and nothing happened, except for the blip that showed up on the screen, informing her of an error. Her lips pursed,"Hmm...I'll try again..." This time she organized the commands a bit differently, and was returned with another error. Now, she tinkered with it, her irritation increasingly exacerbated by this trial-and-error process.
"There, this should do it," She said, then entered. Finally, it seemed that the machine responded. A grating beep split the air for a second, and suddenly the room disappeared. The ceiling, floors, the door, the panel she had been working with, were replaced by utter dark, and a notion of being surrounded by emptiness. She couldn't see her hands in front of her, or anything for that matter, and she had a complete loss of her sense of direction. Naturally, she began to panic,"H-hello?!" She hoped to the stars and back that she could find the warps and fix this, and began feeling around in the pitch black air.
Hematite’s brows rose as she watched Padpara fumble with console, her hand combing through the Peridot’s hair as she seemed to be calming her down. Her expression grew more skeptical as the sapphire seemed to be failing her attempts at activating whatever mechanisms she was trying to imply through the coding. Awkwardly enough, Hematite had almost felt her heart sink as the gem made her final attempt, partially due to worrying that they may have loss the chance to save these gems.
But then, almost too suddenly, everything went dark. Beyond dark even. She heard something like a mechanical droning and the world became something of an abyss. She almost panicked, she resisted it only through sheer willpower. But when she suddenly felt a strong sense hysteria in the room, the underlying tones of the emotion and then Padpara’s own voice only seemed to confirm her assumption.
But, this fusion wasn't completely in the dark. Not literally at least.
She started to ping her empathic abilities with an intensity she normally doesn't use, usually because other gems would sense it almost immediately as it was quite disturbing to have that icy cold sensation chill you to the bone. But with its current intensity, Padpara and the many other gems trapped in here appeared to her odd second sight. Less a ‘visual,’ sight and more clairsentient one.
“Padpara.” she calmly called out into the dark, “Turn on your heel, and walk forward.” Hematite then lifted her hand so that way the gem wouldn't walk straight into her. She could still feel the faded gem beneath her. “Alright. We activated the panel, but we're still trapped.” She shook the greyed-out gem a little to get the Peridot’s attention. “What now?”
There was some silence, “ … release … seal.”
Hematite shook her head at this, confused. “Release what? Tell me.”
She wasn't altogether sure if she should be listening to Hematite in this situation; after all, there was no indication that this gem could be trusted on any level. But, there wasn't much else for her to go off of. The terror that this blank world gave her was insurmountable, and she decided that it would be best to not scrutinize the words coming from the fusion at the moment. So, she did as she was told, turning on her heel and walking forward, putting her own hands out in front of her to feel blindly for whatever Hematite led her toward. Then, her forehead bumped into something like a palm and she jumped back,"I-is that you?" She uttered, trying not to lose her sense for which way was up or down.
"Right...uh...release seal...I hope that's not a command line sequence, because I have no way of seeing the panel," She managed as she tried to reel in her fear,"Release seal..." The sapphire too had a difficult time wrapping her head around this one. It was clear enough that she, Hematite, and these technicians had been sealed inside of some kind of realm, and it would stand to reason that this peridot wanted that seal released, but the question of how was on the sapphires mind. She wondered how much longer the two of them could rely on the addled minds of these long forgotten peridots.
The sapphire began to mull over everything, and recalled that she had sealed a pipe that day, though she doubted it would have anything to do with this situation. The facility itself seemed to be powered by geothermal and steam energy, but as far as she knew there was no way to access the power grid without a central control panel to look at. She thought of other ways the words could be interpreted; releasing ones form could be one of them, but that was something the sapphire didn't want to consider doing, as it would leave her completely vulnerable. "I have to admit, I'm stumped," The sapphire finally said through the dark,"What seal could we possibly release from here? How could we even do it? I...imagine that the warp pads are still there, as they were the only things that remained unchanged by the reconstruction aside from ourselves...perhaps there is something to release over there?" Though she wondered if such a search was what got the other gems here lost in the first place.
She didn’t have to really feel the gem before she bumped into her extended hand, which the gem made an unamused, “In the flesh.” A dry remark to Padpara questioning if this were her. If the situation hadn’t been so grim, she might have found herself more amused by the gems lack of control over her fear. Noticing the sudden spike in hysteria from her- Hematite could only surmise that Padpara was fearful of the dark. Hematite found this slightly ironic actually, due to a more mystical source of information she was bestowed years ago.
Often, the dark was something akin to the unknown, the void—but more aptly and not, unfamiliarity- a sense of dread wasn’t uncommon in the shadows. Especially with a darkness so deep it was impossible to pierce, but she wondered if this was also a subconscious reaction from the gem. Did her fear of darkness reflect her inability to accept the unknown? To find the ability to act on one’s self and not the goals of others. She often felt the reason gems followed diamonds so strongly was a deep fear of existentialism in a way, they have nowhere else to go- when it came to working towards a cause that fulfilled them or at least the parts of them begging for a reason.
Ironic how beings made of light were so terrified of the dark, of the unknown.
Coming back to reality, Hematite realized the only the eyes they had were her own right away. This was also a problem, as it was a sure way to give off to Padpara that she possessed a rather useful sensory ability. But, if she were to save these gems, she’d have to search this darkness with her only key. But the issue was that all she could sense was the presence of gems, moreover these gems felt much like the one in her lap. She continued to ping her sonar, concentrating on each gem in the room, maybe there was something. And then, as she scanned over one gem, she suddenly felt an emotional capacity unlike the others, it wasn’t scared, but a sense of surrender-but unlike the other’s there was not even a bit of droning.
She whipped up her hair, swirling towards Padpara and tapping her on the foot, “Take hold of this, it’s the only way we’ll be able to stay together.” Then her gaze shifted to the black-sheep hidden amongst this strange abyss and her gaze narrowed. She carefully lifted the fading Peridot into arms and chose her strides carefully as she strode through the dark, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll try and figure this out. But first …” she said, stopping some distance from the odd source of energy. “Hello?” She called out.
There was silence …
“… W-wait … I’m not hallucinating. Tha-that’s an actual voice!” she heard a rather raspy voice call from the shadows.
"I-I can’t believe it, how many years has it been? How long?” she seemed almost too thoughtful at the end of that statement. “Far too long, far too—wait, how? why—this facility has been abandoned for centuries … maybe even longer. I must be hallucinating.” Hematite, made a kind of huff of her voice, “No, fool. We’re really here.” The fusion mouthed, disgruntled.
“I-I can’t believe it. I’m Peridot Cut … cut … I …” there was a moment of silence … “… I can’t, even remember. I am the proctor of this experiment, this stupid foolish idiotic idea of a mass containment field- a portable pocket-dimension if you will.” Hematite heard all of this, and most of it went over her head, but it seemed they were making progress.
She leaned over to grasp at whatever had just bumped her foot, when she began to realize that Hematite's intuition seemed uncannily good. How did she know where everything was? Did the darkness not affect the fusion the same way it did her? The thought grated at her; having to rely on this fusion for guidance through this situation was not only a bit humiliating, especially in front of other gems, but she was also reminded of that chilling feeling that she got every time she was near this particular fugitive. Only now, it seemed to be more intense than ever before. Unfortunately the situation was still too dire for her to overly scrutinize this strange power of Hematite's, though some things began to come together; this intuition seemed to give Hematite a sense for the position of things-- had this been why she couldn't sneak up on the fusion before?
The investigator dropped her train of thought once another, apparently sane-minded voice pierced through the dark. She didn't bother trying to look for the gem, but her head tilted in the direction that the voice came from. The eerie prickle that these lost gems gave her still ran along her skin, everything seemed off about them. But, she tried her best to trust them, as there wasn't much else that could be relied upon in this situation.
"Portable pocket-dimension?" She echoed, and tried to keep a conversational lilt to her voice despite her discomfort with this entire situation, "Oh, I know of a few gems who operate something like that, usually they're bulk resource collectors or some such," Then, she realized that such things had never existed in these gem's time, and their experience with it had been thoroughly traumatizing, to the point where this peridot would refer to something so revolutionary as stupid. Padpara wasn't sure how exactly to proceed without a hint of awkwardness tinging the cordial tone she was going for,"--it would seem your research here pioneered the technology," She added, trying to stay light, "Uh, but at any rate, it seems your comrade has suggested that we...release a seal, in order to get out of here?"
Hematite listened as the two conversed, she took on a more meditative stance as she tried to remain as calm as possible. “Well, yes. This construct is a proto-type variant of a special archetype of quantum materialisation. Though its uses are varied, ours were specifically commissioned and tasked to us by our illustrious Pink Diamond. This project, A-007 3X35 was to be utilized as a personal, portable living-quarters one could retreat to for comfort, safety and even to escape combat situations.” Much of it went right over Hematite’s head. She was intelligent, but not quantum physics intelligent. Her skills lay in other prospects she associated herself with. “So …” she started, but then couldn't bring herself to say anything. She was sure she got the gist of it. This was some kind of fabricated dimension that gems were toying with. She heard the name Pink Diamond again and she was starting to dislike the bearer of it. How far were these gems willing to go to expand their societies technology?
“P-pioneered … w-we head this technology! We’re beyond most other experiments of our time!” the gem seemed to be panicking. Hematite immediately sensed it, “Peridot, calm down. I don't think you realize how long you've been down here …” she tried to say without raising her voice.
“Wait. The release seal? You mean you activated the command list and prompted the controls?” the Peridot’s voice had a distinct combination of excitement and fear. “... we have thirty minutes.” as she said this, Hematite’s brow rose, “What do you mean, ‘thirty minutes’?”
“By accessing the control panel and using the test release command, you've prompted the deactivation of the entire test experiment which has been contained within this room. But, in order to fully deactivate the system and return to our original dimension, the administrative code must be inputted into a small portable console, which my assistant has. If not inputted within the next thirty minutes, the system will automatically override your last command and continue the test sequence. And since the entrance to original control panel lies inside the locked room you entered from. You will be trapped here … like the rest of us.” the look on Hematite’s face told a thousand stories. “So. We have to find your assistant, who I assume is somewhere in here, in the next thirty minutes, or we’ll be trapped here … possibly for all eternity?”
“ … to put it simply, yes." The proctor exclaimed.
“This is insanity! Why do you have so little failsafes for a experiment this dangerous?” Hematite scolded the gem.
“Its new technology we aren't a hundred percent sure we know how to failsafe.” the Peridot declared her excuse and Hematite dug her face into palms as she let out a long exasperated sigh.
The sapphire rubbed her chin as she thought over everything the head researcher said. She wondered just how many gems had been trapped here, if there had been rescue attempts in the past that went awry. Was this expanse endless, or were their limits to it? She imagined that, since it was an alternate dimension of some kind, then it may be extremely large, if not incomprehensibly. How far could a peridot walk in the span of a few millennia? Perhaps quite far. There came the possibility that they wouldn't be able to save everyone, and there also came the possibility that the key to all of this was wandering kilometers away, unable to be reached in time.
"It wont come to that, we wont be trapped here," Padparadscha piped up as the proctor finished speaking, a sudden determination in her voice now that there was a more tangible solution. Along with that, was the prospect that she could use what she already knew about the fusion's ability in order to figure out even more about it. "Hematite here has a spectacular intuition, isn't that right? Is it possible that it could be used to help us find the gems in this place?" It was incredibly strange to be speaking to gems without seeing them, especially since she relied so heavily on the cues that would help her determine what was true and what wasn't. For now, her truth-sense would be handicapped, as she only had the vocal tell-tales to go off of in this situation. But either way, Hematite had already declared her desire to save these gems, and if she wanted to be saved herself, Padpara didn't think that the fusion would be holding her capabilities back.
"Perhaps once we know where they all are, we could corral them together with a perimeter of some kind to get them all into one space. Or perhaps there is some way to get them to come to us..." She tapped her finger to her chin,"...and once we had them rounded up, it would be a matter of determining where your assistant is among them. It would be incredibly lucky if your assistant has retained the level of...cognizance that you have, but it appears this dimension has an unsavory affect on some,"
If Padpara could have seen the fusion, she probably wouldn’t like it—as Hematite had reeled around giving her something of a skeptical offended look, she was quite sure Padpara had caught on to part of her ability to sense gems, though – she’d keep her second advantage to herself. Her ability to sense emotions was more than enough to start an issue, as an ability such as her own proved to be extremely useful. Pursuits, finding lost children, diplomacy. The ability to understand someone’s emotional content behind their words was almost invaluable, and difficult to trick.
She listened with a dry expression as Padpara pointed out the only issue she found with this situation, this gem could be anywhere in the abyss, and who was to say it didn’t last for an eternity? Well, “Ah, well that is where we are fortunate.” The Peridot piped up rather matter-of-factly, “As said, this experiment was original tested in a small room, to which we set the parameters for, and had been using prior to the earthquake that caused this facility to go into an emergency shutdown protocol as we are testing other devices and future equipment here as well. Upon entering the warp pad, you were dissembled on photonic level and were brought here, into this room. Interestingly, if another were to enter inside, they would be unable to see us-but we could see them. This led some of our researchers into thinking we could turn this into a portable stealth device. But alas, you can see the major issue, no visibility of any kind and …” she seemed to grow dreadfully afraid for a moment, as Hematite could practically feel her emotions reel inward at the thought of something, “This, abyss … this darkness. It does something to gems over an extended amount of time. I’ve yet to see the effects on myself, but my assistant, and many others are succumbing to it.”
Hematite looked off into the distance, “I can sense fifteen gems in this area, counting yourself, proctor. From what it seems, they are all spread around the epicenter where the warp pad was before we teleported here.” She then looked to her, “Am I correct?”
“Y-your intuition must be something else, yes- there were exactly fifteen of us. H-how are you able to do that?” Hematite frowned at this, “Lucky guess. So, I find the assistant, and then what?”
“Well, you’ll have to access the console built into her limb-extender on her arm. It can be voice activated, simply say, ‘Administrative Protocol – End Test,’ and the entire system should deactivate returning every gem in here to our original dimension.” Hematite nodded at this. And then looked scrutinize at Padpara's position who was still holding a piece of her hair. She would take hold of that bundle and snatch it from her, “Be a good little girl and wait here, you’ll only slow me down anyways. Besides, you and your friend here talk about how lovely your idiot of a Diamond is together.” She then started to stomp off, pinging her sonar intensely with a rather wrathful look to her, she was most certainly starting to dislike this diamond, and she wondered if the others were the same. “D-did she just call our diamond an idiot? I’d reframe from such things whoever you are, you can be put on trial for that and the consequences are not nice!” The Peridot yelled through the shadows.
“Kimi wa Kongoseki,” She started with a growl as she searched the darkness … “koto ga dekimasu sasaru kanajo shiko tachi appu no roba!” She practically yelled the last part.
The new data coming her way was very valuable, so she listened closely, not only to the words of Peridot but to the fusion's response. It was an enormous relief to hear that this place was contained within a small realm, making the task of finding this other gem to be much more possible. It seemed that every gem trapped here would be able to rely on this enigmatic fusion's ability for their escape.
Despite everything, Padparadscha was impressed by Hematite's ability to sense the location of gems. No wonder she could never quite get a good ambush or trap set up; this would definitely be good to know, especially if the gem managed to escape once again (as much as she didn't want to think that would happen). She finally had something to correlate that strange, crisp feeling that bothered her when she was in proximity to Hematite, though she still couldn't quite say what it was. But, Padpara didn't focus too long on that as her safety-line was snatched from her grasp and her mouth fell open.
Again she was reminded that this was the enemy, especially when she made that biting remark about Pink Diamond. No matter how much the sapphire wanted this fusion to reconsider her ways, it would be impossible in this situation to show Hematite how truly generous and intelligent the Diamonds-- especially Pink Diamond-- were. It would continue to be impossible, until she could somehow convince the fusion to go back to headquarters. For the moment, the sapphire feared what might happen once the experiment was shut down once and for all. Though, it was an unexpected boon to have allies nearby. "Tch," Padpara brought her lips back together, then turned into the direction of the peridot proctor, with her voice lowered to a whisper. "Ah, well, that gem is actually a fugitive-- if you couldn't tell by her impudence-- who I've been tracking for some time. It's something of a twist of fate that we ended up here, though the rebel will be quickly apprehended once this debacle is dealt with,"
“Renegade? W-when did another upsurgence begin?” The Peridot was slightly confused, the gem didn't seem all too bad, in fact saving their lives was something she considered to be quite out of character for a renegade. But then again a renegade had always been painted as a cruel, dishonest, murderer set on betraying the Authority in every way possible. “She's quite an odd example of a renegade-- what dangers does she pose? And why is she aiding us if she’s only going to turn on us in the end?” it just didn't make sense to the Peridot, but then again maybe this gem knew more about this fusion than she knew. “In any case, I’ll follow your lead on this one. If she turns out to be hostile, I’ll do my best to aid you.”
Meanwhile, Hematite continued to ping her sonar and began to approach each gem. She was sure each one was some kind of Peridot. It was the hair. But some of them either lacked limb extensions or were missing them. But their states all seemed to show that they were … ill in some way. Each one barely responded to her touch, one even curled up in a corner shivering. This one garnered her attention more than anything as it still showed movement. Hematite would kneel beside her and reach out to tap what she hoped was her shoulder. “Are you the proctor’s assistant?” she asked. She only received silence at this point. She was wearing limb extenders, but in the dark it was difficult to distinguish any features to help her out. They were Peridots for star’s sake. Silly hair and little green bodies was the only thing she could go off of. She looked behind her and yelled into the dark, “How am I supposed to know which one is your assistant!”
The peridot proctors ears perked and she looked in the direction of the voice in the distance, “Her gemstone, it's on her belly!”
At that, Hematite grew redder than usually. She’d have to start feeling-up every gem in here which elicited an extremely embarrassed groan from her. She reached out and then recoiled her hand almost instantly, that was most certainly not her belly. But with some careful poking she surmised this wasn't the gem as her gemstone lay on chest.
She waited for the proctor to give Hematite direction, then contemplated her own approach to the questions the researcher had. As a field agent, Padparadscha had actually rescued a certain homeworld aligned Peridot-Olivine before, and she felt that she had enough experience with this kind of thing to effectively bring the other loyalist up to speed on what was happening in the world outside, perhaps even take her back to base to have her re-briefed and re-stationed.
The sapphire kept her voice lowered, prepared herself to give the proctor a jump-start, "This may come as a shock, but for the past handful of years there has been a strange phenomenon cropping up here on Pink Diamond's colony-- defection. Though, these little rebellions-- Crystal and Broken gems they call themselves respectively-- are split in ideology and small in number. They don't have too much traction, but they have managed to make themselves a nuisance. I'm not sure which group this rebel is aligned with but it doesn't much matter, either way she's a runaway. The fact that she has chosen to abandon her own kind and turn against our endeavors makes her very dangerous, especially during these turbulent times," She cleared her throat, "As for why she wishes to help...well, I imagine that if she could find a way out without releasing us as well, she would,"
Though, Padparadscha recalled that Hematite had seemed rather genuine when she'd declared her desire to help the peridots-- but she had to also admit to herself that she hadn't been analyzing those words so closely at the time, as her panicked state hadn't allowed her the focus to scrutinize as much as she would've otherwise. After a moment of contemplative silence, she spoke up again,"Your help will be greatly appreciated, comrade. This gem is actually a fusion, I should warn, and has the combative capabilities of three different soldier gems as far as I'm aware. After the fugitive is apprehended, I can provide transport for you and your team back to Headquarters,"
The Peridot listened in the dark intensely, mouth agape and her face stricken with awe at the events that transpired while she and her team have been trapped in this abyss. Rebellions, acts of treason. But, Padpara was painting her to be quite the enemy, a fusion and even moreso, a combat gem multiplied by three? Was she even sure she could take an enemy like this? The peridot spoke up with certain caution in her voice, “This sounds quite dangerous, you do realize you are dealing with a combat gem fusion-and not even of a generic kind, like rubies or jaspers. Are you sure you can take her? Should we try convincing her to leave whatever rebel group she's in before we try and challenge such a foe?” the peridot was nervous. This gem sounded like a dangerous thing to tackle on their own. “Maybe we should call for assistance? Perhaps another combat capable warrior who can handle such an issue?”
After a few minutes of putting her hands on every gem in here, Hematite finally came across the last of the peridots she was searching for, tucked away on the other side of the room. How and why she separated from her proctor eluded the gem’s intelligence but she was sure this was the gem they were searching for, limb extenders and a gemstone on her belly. She lifted the gem’s arm to her mouth and spoke out, “Administrative Protocol - End Test.” for a moment there was silence and her heart skipped, was she too late? But then, a mechanical voice spoke out, “Protocol Accepted, terminating current test sequence.” and suddenly, the clawing darkness went to a void-like grey and then blinding white; there a strange high-pitch ring as the dimension dematerialized and they were in dome-shaped room of blue decor and silvery tiles. Littering the the floor were the fourteen peridots squirming uncomfortably.
“Ha! Yes! She did it! Finally after so many years!” the proctor stood her feet, a strangely yellow, abnormally tall peridot with fox-like eyes and plump lips. She seemed almost frantic but it was more ecstatic happiness. She pulled up a very dated holopanel and stared at the contents, “And my data is still accessible and … and … by the stars.” she stared at the date and her eyes became something of a shattered empty glare. It wasn't just centuries … she’s been in here for almost a millennium, the current technology she had couldn't even log forward the time she was in exactly, showing corrupted code in the place of the final year. Her arms dropped, becoming almost catatonic as her broken expression fell on one of her attendees. But then, movement woke her from her trance, as Hematite walked over, scooped the desolated peridot on the floor into her hands and then laid her against several others she had been gathering together; a certain look of guilt, or sympathy in her eyes. She continued to do this until all fifteen were resting together and then spent her time kneeling before them. “Are they going to be okay?” she asked.
The proctor looked like she was still shell-shocked from the revelation she had seen, but she seemed to be slowly coming out of her trance. “I … I don’t know …”
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