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Moonstone opened her eyes in fear of what she might see... maybe she warped wrong? She hadn't done much warping in her time. She felt the coldness on her gem and felt right at home. She took one step off the warp and immediately fell face forward, she immediately regained her balance, brushed the soft, cold dust off of her and began to walk around. She wasn't expecting the floor to be so soft, it was kind of funny. She laughed half at herself and half at the earth, it had so many surprises. She sat down in the snow and started to mold small figures from the snow, one was a peridot she saw once from one of her visions, another a gem she wasn't sure the type but it looked important. She didn't get far into her sculptures before she saw a shiny metal in the distance. She decided to watch it to see if it moved.
The cruel northern winter was over, but its affects on the land still stretched for kilometers out into the hazy white horizon. Spring snow still suffocated the land with winter silence, brave tufts of haggard organic plant life sticking up like dark needles from the pure white backdrop. The only thing that broke the stillness of the tundra were the howling gusts of icy wind that swept down from the distant, sheer mountain peaks who loomed far off over the rocky grey foothills.
The wind was almost enough to blow Ari off of her foothold as she took it easy, step by step, sliding over the surface of the fresh snow with her ice boots. The boots were old and worn, but she didn't need them for their fur lining or cracked leather surface-- rather for the metal spikes that kept her anchored to the frozen land. If she were like most gems, perhaps shape shifting would've been ideal, but it was her curse and her boon to be without those powers. Her opaque goggles reflected light that bounced up from the snow, but the mid-morning was dark today.
She needed to make it to the warp pad, but the arsenic gem considered turning back as she peered up at the sky; completely blotted out by the roiling, dark clouds. A frown pulled at the corner of her lip, and she glanced over her shoulder, down the long path of tracks she'd left in the snow. Already, the tracks were filled in as whirls of snow drifted over them.
As she turned back to look toward her destination goal, her spidery brows furrowed. A pale shape, difficult to make out from a distance, but as she kept trudging forward she realized it was... a person? "Hey!" She called through the wind and snow,"What 'er you doing out here? A storm's coming, you'll freeze! Next village ain't for kilometers!" Ari stepped closer and closer, her facial expression obscured by the mirror like goggles.
Moonstone looked at the metallic shape through the snow blowing through the air and through the strong winds heard it's words to her... ''It doesn't think I'm a gem, she thinks I'm a human." She said to herself, leaving the metallic figure hearing slight mumbling "What on earth is intelligent as a gem but isn't a human or a gem? Is this another gem? Maybe... Is she from Homeworld?'' She ducked lower into the soft yet hard blanket of white crunchy snow not sure if she should run or stay. She felt a crunch below her, she looked back and her little snow statues had been crushed back into the ground below her. She looked back at the metallic figure/maybe gem to see what it would do next.
When she heard no answer to her call, and squinted her eyes at where she thought she'd seen the pale shape of a person, Ari's frown deepened,"Maybe I am gettin' old, eyes playing tricks on me..." She muttered as she gave a tap to the gemstone on the side of her head, as if trying to jump start it. The probability of anyone being out here, gem or human, was extremely low; she decided to keep herself on track, and continued her steady march through the wind.
The arsenic made a bee-line for the warp pad; she'd memorized it's position after thousands of years of using it, and it was a good thing since the portable warp she'd crafted was malfunctioning lately. However, the closer she got to the warp, the more her eyes were pulled toward the snow, and her goggles picked up the outline of something against it; her eyes wandered down and she realized it was a person after all, prone against the frosted earth.
A grin curled at the corner of her lip-- this wasn't just any person, but a gem. No sane human would be caught out here like this, laying on the snow when a storm was coming, on top of that the other-worldly appearance of this person convinced Ari that this was a gem. There was no telling just yet whether this was a rebel or a loyalist, but either way she had confidence in her ability to talk her way around them. "No need to hide," She maintained her light smirk as she spoke. Though she knew it was logical enough for the gem to try to conceal herself, there weren't many places to hide out on the tundra plains, especially not from a gem who knew this place like the back of her hand,"The name's Ari, not every day that I find a gem in my back yard. You out here on duty?" She kept her pace, walking toward the gem in the snow. The sooner she figured out what this gem was doing here, the sooner she could figure out what could be done with her.
She went from lying down to sitting down with her knees pressed against her chest, holding her knees while facing the figure. She heard it's words and backed away slightly. She looked at it with a bit of fear and uncertainty. She heard it's question and froze.
Moonstone wasn't sure how to answer... by the way the figure spoke it was clear she was a gem from homeworld. She wasn't sure if she should lie and risk being caught or tell the truth and risk being caught in a fight. She definitely couldn't beat this gem in a fight, it was best to lie. "Um... yes I am. I just got lost." She was not sure if she sounded convincing but she just had to wait and see.
She kept walking until she stood over the guarded gem laying in the snow. It was a lot easier to discuss things from this distance, and she could get a better look at the gem. Though, despite being closer, she still didn't recognize her. Whoever this was, she must've been rare, possibly even an aristocrat of sorts given her sleek, classy appearance. However, the possibly noble stranger seemed to lack the proud temperament of most aristocratic gems.
"Lost eh? I'll say. Ain't nothing out here except for rocks, snow, and lemmings," Ari couldn't imagine what business this gem would have out here, unless it was to find and capture the arsenic brigand who had been hiding from homeworld for millennia. If there were any more projects slated to be built in her back yard, she wasn't going to let it happen.
However, the gem didn't seem like a fighter, or any kind of gem hunter, inquisitor or otherwise. She didn't seem like a site inspector, or a builder either. This loyalist seemed timid, and Ari didn't quite recognize the gemstone,"Well, no need to be lost any longer," She chuckled,"If you gotta get somewhere around here, I could guide you there," Ari's brows rose,"Unless you'd rather try to find your way by yourself...but like I said, there ain't nothing out here, not for hundreds of kilometers," She paused for a moment, peering over the stranger, attempting to find her gemcore and figure out what sort of task she had.
"Say, what are you called, anyway? Sorry I've...erm...been away from home for a while, a little rusty on gem types..." She gave a wide grin to the gem and stuck out her hand to try to help her up to her feet.
"O-oh I'm Moonstone..." She took her hand with the hand her gem was on and stood to her feet. "And thank you, I just need to get back to the warp pad, what's your gem type?" She spoke trying to find any sign of her serving home world, though she had to admit, she was having a bit of difficulty placing the gem before hers' gem type. She hadn't seen many gems in her time.
She didn't see any signs of home world on her appearance, but she just waited for a reply while brushing off the snow from her dress and arms, a bit in her hair and gem as well. Her gem felt cold even without the snow being on her gem, a bit like her home... her kindergarten. Anyway she tried to shake these thoughts from her head and succeeded, she waited for a chance to ask about the gems loyalty. Hopefully she was a rebel... or at least a neutral gem, by the looks of where this gem appeared to live by her snow gear she did look to be neutral.
She maintained her grin as she helped the gem get to her feet, and let her arms fall to her sides as she listened to Moonstone's introduction. In the process, she spotted the gem's core on her palm, and came to the conclusion that she must be telling the truth about that at least.
Ari's eyes narrowed slightly at Moonstone's next claim. It seemed unlikely that the gem had made it out here without the use of the warp, but there were some ways it could have been done. The arsenic didn't jump to conclusions, but she was incredulous,"Huh..." She mused to herself for a moment, realizing she needed some more information to make a sound determination about who this was or what she was doing here, but for the time being she would go along with it,"Well, it's been a long time since I've seen any Moonstones," In fact, Ari wasn't sure she could recall the last time she'd met one,"But it's nice to meet ya,"
The outlaw was tempted to simply ignore the request for her true gem-name. She was a known criminal, certainly in Homeworld's databases, it would be ludicrous for her to give out her true name to just anyone who asked. "Well uh, it's not important. I usually go by my nick-name these days," She gave an awkward grin and motioned for Moonstone to follow her,"The warp ain't far from here, I know exactly where it is. In fact, I was just heading there myself, I've got some things I've got to check on," The arsenic maintained her cheery tone, trying to seem on the up-and-up so as not to tip off this fancy seeming gem.
Moonstone smiled, "It's nice to meet you, too... what's your nickname?" She said getting a bit more comfortable, she had a nickname... gems back on home world didn't usually have nicknames so that was a good sign but she still had to be cautious. "And thank you for showing me back to the warp pad, what are you working on? Maybe I could help, I don't really have anything else to do." She said half to be polite and half to not be bored with the rest of her day since she didn't really have anything else to do with her time, maybe she could be useful. After all, the gem did seem to be doing something important, the gem seemed important in general without being a high class gem. Something she wasn't very used to seeing.
Ari's eyes shifted from side to side and her look of puzzlement deepened. She scratched her head, wondering about this gem for a moment as she became increasingly confused,"Erm..." The arsenic gem spoke while grinning,"I go by Ari these days," She reasserted. Perhaps it was simply hard for Moonstone to accept a gem with a human nickname, the first time she had said her nickname must've passed under the gem's awareness.
Her grin fell a bit as she considered how to answer Moonstone's next words,"Oh, so...you're not on duty then? I thought you said you needed to get back to something from the warp?" Ari's brow arched as she posed the question. It was hard to read this situation, she still wasn't sure if this gem was a friend or foe, but Moonstone seemed approachable enough for these questions to be answered, and she shrugged, "But if that's really the case..." Ari's arms crossed,"I could use some help, yeah-- you ever been spelunking before? I need to go cave diving to recover some materials. We'll have to be careful though, the area I'm heading to can be dangerous; not only is the cave itself deep and narrow, but corruptions tend to be attracted to the area. I think it's the old gem tech scattered throughout," She motioned for Moonstone to follow her, stepping over the permafrost until the warp pad came into view, and she stepped onto it,"Shall we be off?"
Her casual smile faded into a rather awkward smile as she realised her mistake or rather stupidity. "Oh, yes you mentioned that before." She laughed awkwardly. "It must have slipped my mind, I just wasn't expecting to see any other gems here."
Her smile began to fade into an even more awkward expression as she began to notice her lie was coming undone. "Oh yeah but I think it could wait a little bit, it wasn't too important anyway." Maybe if she seemed to take home world less seriously the gem next to her would feel like she was more of a rebel. It was a bit of a stretch to think that she had to admit but it was worth a try. "Besides, I've never been spelunking before and it sounds a lot more enjoyable than walking around in nothing but snow for a few hours." Moonstone finally lost her awkward smile and became more relaxed again as she stepped onto the warp.
Ari wasn't buying Moonstone's story, but she smiled anyway-- if anything this was a good indication that the gem wasn't from Homeworld after all, it would just be a matter of seeing what usefulness the gem could give to her. Ari rubbed her chin, then spoke,"Well, hopefully this little side trip wont put you too far off of schedule," She gave a wink, and shrugged,"But warning ya, this could take some time,"
With that, she initiated the warp, and in a beam of light, disappeared from the frozen northern wastes. Then, she reappeared somewhere much warmer and darker-- around them was an enormous cavern, stalagmites built up from the ground, some joining with stalactites above. Water droplets fell like a light rain around them, highlighting the clear crystalline structures that had grown into the warm, damp space over time. Ari tapped the gem on the side of her head, changing the mode of her goggles so that she could see better in the dim cavern light. She glanced around, and stepped off of the warp pad to head deeper into the cave. "Keep on the look-out," She whispered as she stepped,"We could find just about anything down here. Except for humans, or most organic life-- it's way too hot and humid down here for them,"
Moonstone felt a bit stupid from her awful lie, she planned to ask Ari what her faction was in a while. The timing didn't seem right to ask now though. She was pulled back from her thoughts as she felt the warp being activated.
She arrived a small amount of time after Ari had. She looked around at the beautiful cave while the feeling the air being heavier than the tundra's atmosphere only added to the feeling of wonder and surrealness. Moonstone walked off the warp and followed the gem ahead of her still looking around and making sure to cover her gem from the light water falling from the roof above her. "What materials are we recovering by the way?" She asked in the same volume as Ari, snapping out of her daydream as she remembered why they were there along with the fact there might be corruptions, though she never really forgot.
The arsenic kept her eyes moving and her diagnostic grids running as she stepped over sharp crystals and old, smooth stone. She continued her search as Moonstone asked her question; though Ari wasn't usually fond of questions, there wasn't much the gem could do if she didn't know what they were looking for, so she slowed to a stop, and tapped her belt. Into her hands materialized a light blue disk, with hairline fractures running throughout its crystalline structure. For a moment she simply looked over her best work, and sighed.
She glanced up to Moonstone as she spoke,"Well, you see, I built this nifty device-- it's official name is the celestial warp, but I call it a portable warp pad. It's pretty neat, took me a long time to get the materials to put it together," The arsenic engineer gave a sigh,"But a while ago I broke the thing, threw it on the ground too hard trying to use it quickly, and the whole structure ended up cracking. I can still use it, but not like I use to be able to," She held the device out for Moonstone to get a better look at it,"See this crystal? Bluish, translucent-- that's what we're looking for,"
She leaned forward as her eyes lit up in amazement. "You built a portable warp pad? You must be an engineer or a scientist then, right? Either way it looks amazing..." She studied the item to get a mental picture of what she was looking for to be able to identify it better as she did she noticed it looked like a gem but she didn't know about gem artefacts yet so thought nothing of it. She also picked up on the feeling that the gem didn't like to talk much, maybe it was just answering questions but she decided to stay a bit more quiet and enjoy the scenery.
Moonstone looked around, seeing similar crystals, not so similar crystals, rocks and natural patterns on the wall of the cave. She had never seen anything like it before and was overwhelmed with a sense of complete astonishment, but it was a good overwhelming feeling almost like adrenaline. She had completely forgotten about her thoughts of corruptions being down there paired with the fact she wasn't a fighting gem at all due to the emotions. "This is a really beautifull cave, Ari. I wonder how earth is able to create these structures without even being sentient... not even trying to build such wonders."
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Nov 14, 2019 18:11:30 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