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"Rubyyy!" Lapis' voice could be heard outside the door of their apartment, followed by a solid thunk and a soft "ow..." In her haste, she forgot that the door needed to be unlocked. She was used to coming in through the balcony. She came in a moment later, beaming, with a collection of tools in her netted mesh backpack. "I just had a great idea!" Assuming she was able to get Ruby's attention, she continued. "We're having so much trouble getting into the Crystal Gem Temple to use their warp to the cloud arena, yes?" She grinned. "What if we built our own arena here on the ground! That way, we wouldn't have to use a warp pad every time we wanted to go train."
Ruby was sitting in the middle of the room. Despite the fact that she was now technically much less innocent (and more 'professional,) she still found herself sitting on the floor instead of at a chair, or laying flat on the ground and staring up at the ceiling. Today, she was drawing a map of Beach City, albeit in crayon, marking spots they'd been to, and spots they hadn't. The map was really bad since Ruby was trying to use crayons on paper - on the carpet. She looked up and listened, then nodded with a smile. "That'd be way easier! But where would we build it? And how would we build it? We don't know any Bismuths or anything. Unless you can build with water."
Lapis laughed—something close to a spirited giggle. "I'm a terraformer! I should definitely know how to clear land for an arena!" Lapis set her bag down. The bag was long enough to contain the tools without spilling, but now without support the bag simply flopped on its side. Inside was a collection of axes, hatchets, shovels, and glue. "I think we should go outside of town and cut down some trees, we could put them in a circle somewhere out in a field." She paused for a moment to consider something and frowned momentarily. "Maybe it wouldn't be as good as something made out of stone, but... I haven't seen Bizzy since the last time I went to my kindergarten. Trees will have to do, if that's alright with you."
Ruby nods and looks at her map, which included the forests surrounding Beach City. "Trees are okay - and - well... if we want the arena to be hard to find, we'll have to put it far away from where any of the humans live." She drew a circle in red crayon around a portion of the forest, and nodded. "This is probably fine. It's won't seem that long if you know where you're going, but you'll probably miss it if you're not looking for it!" Ruby paused as her eyes dragged over to the tools. "Oh wow... are these all human tools? Can you cut down a tree with something made out of a tree?" She picked up a wood-handled ax and looked it over.
"Apparently you can; that's what the human told me anyway. But if this doesn't work I think I know how to split a tree with water, since I know how to split a rock. I may need you to get... really angry and punch a hole into the tree first if we have to do that though." Lapis stepped over and inspect the shoddy map, smiling as if she thought it was perfect. "This does look like a good place for it. It's out of the way enough so that we don't bother anyone, and it's still close enough for us to make it back to the apartment in the same day." With a huff of effort, she took up her bag and slung it onto her back. "I'll let you lead. You're the one with the map."
Ruby looked practically ecstatic that Lapis thought her map was good, and she grabbed her own bag, took the map and jogged to the door, probably with Lapis in tow (but she wouldn't leave the apartment until she was following with the tools.) "So how big is it going to be? Really big? And are we going to have training targets? I bet we could make them out of wood, like the rest of the arena!" She paused as if thinking about something else.
"...also, what sorts of things would we use training dummies for? Punching? Hitting with water maybe? Do we need to have some water nearby for the training to even work?" Ruby said towards Lapis, a little worriedly.
"Dummies?" She blinked. "Well... maybe we should just make targets instead of finding someone dumb to practice on." With the tools already on her back, she was ready to follow right away. "Anyway, maybe it shouldn't be huge, but it should definitely be big enough for us to do a lot of moving around in it. I think it would be a good idea to train what we do best on the targets, so I guess you would do the punching and I would use water. It's not as if we need to be near water anyway, remember? I can only use what comes out of my gem." She slipped into thought, tapping at her lip. "...I guess I could work on doing more things with it. One time I made a shield, so... maybe I can find other things to turn it into. We might even figure out some ways to combine what we can do and fight as a pair." She smiled at the thought. "These days I don't really want to do things on my own anyway, which isn't really the way a Lapis Lazuli should be thinking. If we run into trouble, it's more likely we'll be together instead of alone."
"Of course! And I'm only a Ruby after all. We're not meant to fight alone. Not that I don't think I could probably take on a human or two, but I wouldn't have stood a chance against that corrupted gem fusion on my own." Ruby said, putting a palm to her chest to indicate herself. "Unless I get really really mad, like with the last one. Then maybe I could. But I won't always be really really mad when we're fighting, so..."
They walked out onto the street and turned to head out of town. "I wonder if we'll ever have to fight a Crystal Gem. I can imagine having to fight a Homeworld gem, but... well, we almost had to fight that gem that looked like an Earth animal."
"I hope not. I have a lot of friends in with the Crystal Gems, but... I guess we would have to try to stop them if we ever caught them committing one of those atrocities we've heard about."
She went quiet for a period after that, allowing herself to be swept up in the mundane bustle of Beach City. The idea that the gems living nearly right down the street from her home might one day become adversaries unsettled her. "...But I hope we won't have to make that decision. Going on our own like this, I thought it might have made it easier to make friends from both sides. I think that's true for now, but I never thought that it would mean we would have twice as many enemies." She allowed herself to play with a glob of water, if only to keep herself distracted. "...Once we spend some time training like this, I think we should try to fight a corrupted gem to fight. We could practice on something real, and we would have a new gem to keep bubbled up."
"Someone new to help," Ruby nodded, "and someone to practice fighting too. I mean, if that's the only way to get them bubbled and then get them help." She clarifies as they make their way through Beach City.
"And it's okay. I don't think we'd have to fight anyone. Everyone - other than that one weird corrupted gem we just met - seemed to want to talk more than fight. I guess I'm just worried that one day we'll run into a gem that wants to fight more than they want to talk... but maybe I'm just projecting." Ruby said, tapping her pointer fingers together nervously, before looking over to Lapis. "I'm sure none of that is going to happen though! But it's better to be trained than untrained."
"It doesn't really make sense to me why anyone would be like that, but.. I think you might be right." She murmured, looking away for a moment. "But you're right about that other thing too. It's better to be safe. Others are trying to find their own way to protect themselves anyway. One time I met two gems who would... uhm... fuse for no reason, even when they weren't in danger..."
She paused after that, almost as if she regretted bringing it up.
"...but I guess they did say it was just to protect themselves."
Another pause. She rolled her shoulders, hiking up the bag, and gently cleared her throat despite there being no reason for a gem to clear their throat.
Poor old Ruby didn't see any of this happening and was focused on listening to her and looking at the map. "I'm not sure why gems would fuse like that all the time. Probably they just got used to being a fusion since it meant they could always dish out a lot of damage whenever they want!" Ruby said, smiling over to Lapis after a moment. "I can understand that, as a gem that's... not so big." Then she blinked and went to answer Lapis' other question.
"We're not so far away now... I think. I mean, without being able to see from above, I don't know exactly where we are. But I guess it doesn't matter if we're exactly there, as long as we're far enough away from Beach City."
"I would try to fly and see where we are, but the last time I did that all of the tools fell out of my bag." Apparently she didn't consider the option of taking the bag off for a moment. As they approached the forest, Lapis spoke again. "So.. we could stop here, I think. It's probably far enough away from Beach City to where we won't draw too much attention." She set the bag down and approached one of the trees with a blob of water in her hand. Setting the water to the tree and rubbing it—she was either petting the tree or feeling for something—she spoke up again. "...I don't know what our arena is going to look like, but we can probably start by cutting some trees down."
Ruby nodded to Lapis and walked over to a tree. "Let's see..." She cracked her knuckles and reared back, punching into the tree once to see how much she could get out of it in the first place. With a well-placed punch, she managed to knock a quarter of the trunk out, ripping it away. As it turned out, with great strength, and without bruising and abrasions to worry about, punching a tree actually wasn't a terrible idea.
She continued to punch away until a portion of the trunk sort of spun out of place, and the tree began to topple over. Luckily, it was headed in the opposite direction of Lapis and Ruby, but it didn't fall all the way down, it simply leaned on a nearby tree at a 45-degree angle. Ruby stared at it.
Lapis stared in amazement, mouth wide open and smiling. When it finally (kind of) fell, Lapis cheered. "That was amazing Ruby!" She hurried over to inspect where the tree was leaning, and tapped a finger to her mouth as she thought. Then her smile returned and she went to get the axe. "Now we just have to knock this other one over," She said as she readied herself at the base of the second tree. Bringing the axe up as if it were definitely heavy for her, she brought it down and cut a tiny notch at a weird angle. Apparently having expected this, Lapis then set the axe down and set her hand to the tree. Water flowed from her gem and into the little notch, then flash froze. She thawed again, then froze again. She repeated this over and over, with the trunk beginning to split as years of weathering took place in an instant. She stepped back from the weakened tree, beaming. "Okay, give this one a punch too!"
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