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It hadn't been all that long ago that Ame was drilling with her fellow comrades up on the Moonbase, carrying out the exacting commands of a veteran Homeworld loyalist. Everything had been so simple and clear back then, but now there was only one thing that was clear. Earth, her home, was being systematically destroyed; there was a good reason why the Crystal Gems fought against the gemkind empire. Still, the ways of the Crystal gems were strange and hard to grasp. Fortunately, one of the best ways to get to know a warrior was to meet them on the field and throw up some fists. Today, she meant to do just that with a soldier she had once been on much less friendly term with.
It still rankled her that Blue Goldstone chided her abilities as a natural born fighter, but Ame had to admit that there were things older gems knew that younger gems were just too young to yet know. Hard work and dedication over years could certainly add an edge to the existing talents of quartz gems, and other soldiers like them. As she sauntered around, getting a look at the famed Sky Arena for the first time, she waited for the arrival of the other gem. She hoped no-one wouldn't be taking a tumble off the side of this thing any time soon, a queasy feeling fluttered through her gut every time she neared the edge of the crumbling, ancient gemkind architecture. Though, even in it's derelict state it was more elegant than anything she'd seen Earthlings make...was that her loyalist side talking?
Before long, on the other side of the arena wall, a beam of light could be seen, carrying two passengers, Blue, and Opalite. The two would walk up the stairs, going over the things, they might touch base on, in today's training session.
Once in view, Blue gave a sly grin to the quartz soldier. "You ready for training?" She asked as Opalite made her way to a seat. Blue was carrying something, it looked like... A rug? But soon, Blue unrolled the rug and showed why she had it, it was many different weapons. "We won't be using our own weapons today, only these." She gestured to the variety of weapons, before quickly going for a menacing looking scythe, something Ame should be familiar with, as last time she saw it, it was pressed against her neck.
Blue gave her weapon of choice a few swings to test it before nodding. And as well, the only thing resembling a sword on the carpet, was a small rapier, that looked like it could very well be slashed in half by the curved blade of the scythe.
As Blue and Opalite appeared in a flash of light, Ame was snapped out of her train of thought. She glanced over her shoulder to spot them, then a giddy smile pulled over her lips. Ame gave a nod and a wave toward Opalite, who seemed to come by for some entertainment today, though she had to remember that this was a high-minded strategical gem; Opalite was likely still using her skills as an adviser, and perhaps she would play a key role in the coming battles of the War for Earth.
Though, soon her eyes pulled away from Opalite, and landed on the rolled rug Blue was carrying. "Oh, I'm ready!" She called back with a hearty tone. The rug did puzzle her for a moment however. Ame had to wonder if there were some secret Earthling technique using rugs, or if she might be disposed from the edge of the sky arena in a rug later today-- then the selection was sprawled out, and Ame realized what the game was; rather, she knew it could be one of two things, both of which she had experienced in the past with prior commanders. Her smile dissipated, though she kept a light expression as she reflected on the good ol' days, training with her unit. Ame's eyes scanned carefully over each weapon, having an innate sense for each of their strengths and weakness. Though, she definitely was best with her trusty falcata.
The falcata, in Ame's view, had more of a chopping action than most swords, perhaps with more utility and less top heaviness than an axe, though it remained that she was more than use to top heavy weapons. Her eyes were hence more drawn to the axes, though when she scanned over the rapier, and her lips pressed as she stifled a giggle at the thought of herself-- a seven foot tall heavy trooper-- swinging around a dainty weapon like that, which she honestly didn't have much of a clue how to use in the first place outside of the basic knowledge she was programmed with.
Her eyes trailed over to the scythe that Blue had chosen, and she swallowed dryly. She had been much less experienced back then, but it still wasn't all that long ago. She wondered if her second guess about the rug might be true, but she leaned down a picked a sturdy, broad bladed axe with a single handed grip. It was different from her falcata, but with a few test swings, she loosened up her muscles,"I'm ready when you are," She said, trying to keep a lighthearted tone.
Blue would nod as she moved around and away from the rug, standing in a sideways facing stance and holding the scythe with her rear hand. "Alright, first thing you need to work on, is your stance, when we fought back in the kindergarten, it was sloppy." She says. "Feet, shoulder width apart and always facing the direction your torso is." She say and motions to her feet. "Sideface, make yourself as small of a target as possible." She gestures to her torso "And always watch your opponents eyes, never the body, for only the eyes, cannot lie." She says and begins to circle the quarts soldier. "When circling, make sure to mimic your opponent's moves, until you are sure they should mimic you."
Ame's first instinct was for her brows to lower and her lips to press flat as some latent frustration bubbled up. Drilling with her comrades back home had always left her marginally irritated, but also glad to spend time with her fellow sisters-in-arms. Now, she didn't have her fellow amethysts with her to snicker and chat with while the drill master had their back turned. She supposed it was good to review old skills, but she had always considered her battle prowess to be an innate part of her, something that was there from the beginning; though, there had always been a considerable discrimination against Amethysts from Earth, and Ame had to wonder if that had something to do with it. For some gem she hardly knew to tell her that something as basic as her stance was askew, Ame was nearly nonplussed.
Except, her body reacted to the call outs as they were made; feet, shoulders, angle-- checked, and her fingers curled into her palms as she began to shadow Blue's movements, eyes focused as her blade was readied. Blue had an obvious advantage of reach and practice with her scythe, but the shorter axe that Ame held had an advantage in closer quarters. The trouble would be entering that limited zone of reach between the veteran goldstone gem and her scythe.
Ame decided what her next move would be; she leaped into a spin dash, and zipped out, aimed straight for Blue Goldstone
Blue chuckled as she stood there, then side stepped and gave a slight turn before bringing a round kick to hit the amethyst soldier, she kicked hard, she wanted it to be felt. "Expect the unexpected." She says. "By the end of today, you will be fighting like a goldstone, prove to me, you have what it takes." Blue says and makes a single jump, it sent her, way up into the air. Opalite's eyes went wide before she yelled. "Scramble! Eh... Serpentine!!!" At that, blue began making her descent, her feet together before they seemed to catch fire, she was surely moving a lot faster than when she jumped, using the earth's gravity and her own ability to control how she is affected by it yo rocket back down towards the quarts soldier.
Amethyst's true strategy hadn't been to tackle Blue, it had been to prompt the veteran soldier to move out of the way-- and out of the way she moved, just as expected-- clearing a path for the amethyst quartz to continue zipping straight passed the goldstone gem like a well greased metal bearing. Ame almost felt proud of her strategic move, leaping out of her spin-dash in order to turn around, with the intention of dashing back to throw out a quick swipe toward the back's of Blue's knee-- but by the time she'd slipped out of her spin dash, Blue had already leaped so high into the air that she was practically out of sight. Only when the goldstone came searing down from the sky like a meteor did Ame spot the large gem.
There weren't many ways for one to control their trajectory in mid-flight without wings or fins of some kind, though Ame was wary of the fact that Blue might have such a thing up her sleeve; she wouldn't rely on her sight to predict where Blue would land. Part of her was worried the huge gem would punch a hole through the sky arena and plummet to the ground, but she still had to prepare for the force. Ame again ducked into a spin dash in order to be a smaller, rounder target, and zipped toward one of the crumbling pillars of the sky arena. She decided to take Opalite's advice, and swiveled in an erratic, serpentine manner.
The quarts soldier jerked her body, and began spinning, this looked like some new form of spin dash. Finally, she hit the ground, the sky arena shook at the impact, and where she stood was a good sized crater, that had just missed the spin dashing quarts. She turned and began advancing towards her, intent on getting a hit. "You have strength over speed, use it." She says. "Old tactics won't work, you need to watch me, and do as I do." Opalite watched in awe as Blue approached the amethyst. "You're a great fighter, by all means, you must have been the top of your squad." Blue says. "But as a goldstone, I know the tactics they teach, as I trained some soldiers before, commanded a troop of my own of 20 gems." She lifted the scythe into a better swinging position.
Just as Amethyst was about to pull a maneuver, Blue had already smacked into the arena, sending shockwaves that caused the purple quartz to stumble out of her spin dash. She swiveled on her heels to quickly put the goldstone into clear sights, and she fidgeted with the grip of the axe in her hands while Blue spoke. Dust and debris flew up on the breeze, whirling around the gigantic blue soldier and her sycthe. The quartz's brows shot up as she realized the gem had left an enormous crater in the middle of the sky arena, and the fire of her competitive side was stoked to new heights.
It struck her that Blue was talking about her command station back at Homeworld. This caused Amethyst to take pause. The team she had once been a part of, the 6U Unit, had been the last gems she had sparred with. Had it been a good idea to abandon them, to train with a gem who had once been her enemy? She still couldn't answer that for herself, but for now she had to stay in the present. She shook her head, getting back into the swing of things as Blue lifted her scythe.
Blue had a big, showy style of combat that was full of fierce, weighty swings; the soldier in Ame couldn't help but to be excited by explosions and flashy combat. If Blue wanted to see some flamboyant brute force, Amethyst thought she knew just the trick to pull off. The sycthe was an intimidating weapon, but it could be countered. Ame gave a grin, and her power manifest; fire burst from her, igniting the axe she held, "I call this one-- Uh--I'm workin on it!" With that she let out a battle cry, and dove forward, attempting to weave around Blue's flank.
At that, Blue grinned, her sharpened canines slightly glinted in the light as she stepped back and kept her stance facing the quartz soldier. "Hah! Now that is what I like to see!" She calls out and dives into a spin dash, intent on baiting a swing out of her sparring partner as she rocketed towards the purple gem. Opalite stood and watched, worried, she hadn't seen this tactic before, it was reckless, and new in her eyes. Opalite leaned forward more and more as the gem she loved basically threw herself at the danger. Her wings unfurled unintentionally, twitching and flapping nervously as blue was now just three axe lengths away, and closing fast. So she came out of the spin dash, used a leg to launch herself upwards, and tuck back into the spin dash as she flew towards the amethyst from above.
As both of the massive soldiers barrelled toward each other with an uncanny speed, Ame couldn't contain her own giddy grin; combat sparked an adrenaline like chill that flooded her whole system, but caused the violet fire to burst as if gasoline had been dumped over her. As the purple quartz ducked to the side to get around Blue's flank, the other soldier gem had bounded into the air. No particular thought passed through Ame's mind, she just kept going on her instincts. Her eyes snapped onto Blue's for a split second, and she drew in the determination burning in the goldstone's lion-esque glare. Then, Blue tucked into a spin dash, and she knew she would have to move quick; Ame wouldn't let herself be put on the defensive.
She too was determined; to show these gems that she meant business, that she was capable, that she was someone they could trust to have their backs on the battlefield in the coming wars. All pistons firing, purple flames casting a violet hue over the battle, Ame braced herself for impact as she rushed straight for the oncoming gem that flew toward her like a hurdling truck. Her muscles flexed, and she pulled the axe back with one hand as she kept her other arm wide. In the half seconds before impact, Amethyst's stance was grounded, as the axe lurched out from the left, and her right prepared to grapple.
Steadfast and unyielding in direct line of fire, she predicted the next steps of her offense, knowing she was about to be flattened to the ground by the massive weight of the goldstone. But, if she could get a firm grip on Blue, and bring the momentum into her favor, she might be able to turn the tables.
Blue had used her ability to manipulate how gravity affects her, to make herself hit all that much harder. She practically tripled in weight because of it. The increased gravity also allowed for her to spin faster. Opalite watched all of this in awe, never fully aware how battle smart Blue was, not having to swing her scythe once and she was already a threat. The warp pad could be heard powering up and dispensing a gem upon it not to much later. And soon after, a rather large orange gem could be seen, leaning on the entryway, the gem on the back of her hand glinted in the little bit of light that reached it. It was clear she was a crystal gem, and here to watch.
Ame was ultimately not prepared for the immense heft of the blur that smacked straight into her, all wits and wind knocked clear out of the bracing soldier gem. For a moment it was as if her soul had left her body, the fire that had flicked over her skin was blown out by the sheer pressure of the wind created by the impact, but her Diamond-given instincts kept going without her conscious thought. The quartz's coiling muscles snapped like the jaws of a bear trap, clenching around Blue in the moment the gem had crashed into her. Left hand brought the axe down, and the right hand cinched onto Blue's uniform. Otherwise, Ame rolled with the inertia, allowing herself to relax and be pulled along with the momentum.
Pain was easy for her to ignore, but a quartz's light form could only sustain so much damage no matter how much she grit her teeth through it. If she were anything but a seven foot gemkind war machine, it would have been lights out. A foolhardy tactic like this was better used in a real life or death situation, but Amethyst's mind was too foggy to reflect much. She just held onto the goldstone with an unrelenting grip, wistfully hoped her axe would hit the mark, or that she would at least gain her wits back in time to counter Blue's next move.
In those moments, there was nothing but the next move she would make; she hadn't noticed the new gem on the scene.
Once she was grabbed, Blue could tell an attack was on it's way. So she pulled a tactic that she had only once more, she receded into her gem, and a half a second later, reformed to allow her the positioning she needed to push off the amethyst's chest with her foot. The scythe clanged to the ground nearby as she hand landed in a kneeling position.
Blue looked up from the position and chuckled as she stood up straight. "I think I've seen enough..." She says and smiles as she takes a step forward. "That, is far better than anything I've seen my old troops do, you made me panic." She says and reached forward to place a hand on the quartz soldier's shoulder. "I... Am truly homered to call you my sister in arms." She says.
At that, Opalite and the new arrival begin to walk forward. Opalite grinned up at Ame and clapped her hands. And the orange gem finally spoke up. "Impressive, wouldn't expect an amethyst to go toe to toe with Blue." She says.
The mindless body of Amethyst had been further shocked when the form she had gripped so tightly to suddenly morphed, and the kick to her chest sent a ripple of static pain through her nearly numb core. The quartz flopped to the ground, seemingly devoid of life in her eyes, and her hand clamped around the axe like the eternal grip of a stone statue. Though, the soldier still retained her form, and was vaguely aware that she had made a monumentally bad tactical decision for the sake of showcasing her dedicated, resolute nature to the Crystal Gems in the arena. She almost expected to sit up and see that she had become a crater herself.
Slowly, a spark emerged from her glossed over indigo gaze, and she pushed herself up, shivering as the numbness began to give way to a raw pain that could no longer be ignored. She doubled over where she sat, wheezing, and when Blue's hand touched her shoulder, she flinched; she'd forgotten to tell this gem about her aversion to being touched unexpectedly, but it wasn't only that-- any small movement or sensation caused her whole form to shudder. She tried to recover from the massive blow of force that had gone straight through her chest.
Ame squinted up at the other figure who began speaking, and for a moment the quartz had to wonder if she was seeing double; one orange, one blue... two goldstones? "Erg--agh--heh," She allowed a campy grin to pull over her expression, and her sore arm rose meekly to give a thumbs up
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