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She wasn't anywhere. But she had to be somewhere, right? As if on cue, a soft yellow light began to radiate throughout wherever she was.
So they didn't shatter her. Was she in a bubble? She'd never been bubbled before, so she wouldn't know. Yet nothing felt off from any other time she'd been forced to regenerate. Maybe they'd take her to wherever the Crystal gems were. What would she do then? She'd been on this planet for the nearly six thousand years she'd been alive, but, she'd never really seen anything that made her want to defend it. Sure, she supposed, after she'd flown past the barren canyons that made up the kindergarten, this planet was quite beautiful, no that she'd had anything to compare it to. As for humans she didn't know how to feel about them. She'd seen them from afar on several occasions but had never bothered to interact with them.
As for the gems she'd met since she ran away, she had no idea what to make of them. They were so unlike the gems from her battalion. They didn't act the way gems were supposed to, the sincerity of their concern was so completely foreign to her. Surely they had some ulterior motive.
Whatever their reason, she'd have to put herself back together to find it out. If they were still there when she came back that is.
Fluorite would've set the Citrine within the waters of Rose's fountain. "The water seems so pure... so... so refreshing. I'll... I'll get in." Fluorite could use some of it's healing properties as well. His gaseous state manifested until he became solid again. He pulled himself up and into the fountain, embracing the refreshing waters.
Fluorite smiled, feeling energized yet relaxed. His gaze trailed to see the Citrine had been glowing a soft yellow hue. His eyes filled with excitement and relief. "You're okay... You'll be okay," he said as he backed away from the gem.
She'll need some space after all that has happened. Especially that I brought her into Crystal Gem grounds.
The purple gem stood still, keeping sight on the glowing Citrine.
Citrine rarely took long to reform and this time was no exception. Her gem rose through the water and hovered just above the surface, glowing brightly as it did so. Her body shifted through it's most recent forms before settling on her new body.
She blinked a few times as her vision came into focus. Things were a lot pinker than she remembered.
'Well, clearly this isn't the beach.' She thought, It was definitely a place made by gems, but probably not meant for gems like her. She cupped some of the strange pinkish water in one of her hands and watched it flow through the cracks between her fingers with a small smile. For the first time in quite a long while, Citrine felt at ease.
At least until she caught a flash of purple out of the corner of her eye.
The purple gem and the other citrine were here too.
Of course they were.
Her panic wasn't nearly as much as it was on the beach, maybe it was the calming atmosphere of the fountain, or maybe some small part of her realized that for whatever reason they were just trying to help. Still she backed away from them and pulled herself up onto the steps leading into the fountain, leaving her feet still dangling in the water.
"What is this place?" She asked, watching them warily.
Fluorite caught the shift in her form. His eyes sparkled, a gem's beauty from reforming was remarkable. "Different. The fountain works wonders." He mildly ignored some of her fearful nature. The fountain was the perfect place to be.
"You're in Rose's fountain. We took you here when you retreated. It's nice, right?" He said, waving his hand in the water, creating more ripples.
"You're free to leave if you so desire, I understand," he muttered waving a hand for emphasis.
He pulled himself from the water to sit on the ledge, letting his feet hang in the pink water. "It's technically Crystal Gem's ground in a way. It is by Rose, the one they all look up to." Fluorite rose his head from the Citrine to the towering statue.
"Nice? It's absolutely beautiful, not that I have much to compare it with." She chuckled. "I've really ever only seen this place, that beach, and the kindergarten."
The purple gem said she could leave if she wanted.
She watched as several pink petals drifted slowly into the water. The breeze that carried them brought along with it an unfamiliar but pleasant scent. The choice should have been instantaneous, get out of here as fast as possible and hide until Homeworld came and inevitably destroyed the resistance here on Earth.
That plan was starting to sound less and less appealing.
"Y'know, you might actually be stuck with me. For a little while at least."
She followed his gaze toward the statue in the center of the fountain. It was the pink gem from the transmission. Who had she been before she decided to turn traitor? A common gem who'd simply had enough? The existence of this fountain seemed to prove otherwise.
Hearing the compliment from the Citrine brought a smile to Fluorite's face. "I would tell you more about the Crystal Gems but I know little. What I do know, is that they protect this Earth with their life. The beauty here is just so amazing." He hopped back into the water and moving to scoop up a petal. "The petals and color fit her. I wonder what it's like to meet her....," Fluorite said in admiration.
"I'm glad you're choosing to stay," he announced, looking at her with a soft smile. "Forgive me for earlier, gems are just so precious. All gems are valuable. In my eyes, at least. Or... how I try to see it." As the sentence went on, his stare shifted down in disappointment. "I guess my temper is what keeps me back from officially calling myself a Crystal Gem." Fluorite glanced to the statue, "Rose wouldn't want this kind of behavior."
Citrine shrugged. "I dunno, you seem like you'd fit right in. You got your ideals and you're willing to fight for them. Me on the other hand, I can't really say the same."
She lay back on the steps and looked up at the sky. "As a soldier, you're really not allowed to care about anything unless your superiors say you are. You get your orders and do as you're told, until one day a gem you've never seen before broadcasts something across the entire planet. And that something gives you the radical notion that maybe, you're worth something"
She laughed and folded her arms behind her head. "And then you desert your post, crash land in unfamiliar territory, meet some gems with equally radical ideas of what gems should be, get poofed and wind up in a place like this. Which isn't the worst possible thing that could've happened, all things considered."
"I take that event as a compliment," he smiled foolishly. Fluorite leaped to the ledge near the Citrine while in a crouching position, "I'm Fluorite. Purple as ever, and don't have any real motto's to go with Fluorite." He extended his hand out to the gem, "This is a tradition that I see humans do. They call it 'formal greeting'."
Fluorite only had adequate knowledge on human behavior, yet found it fascinating. "Take my hand, we shake and that is how we greet... friend~" He chimed with a small singing tone in his voice.
The purple gem fixed his position to something more comfortable, yet keeping his hand out to the Citrine. "You know, I'm glad that I can at least make you consider that you are worth something."
Suddenly the purple gem was much closer to her. Instantly she sat up, tense and wary. This strange formal greeting ritual involved being much closer to gems than she was comfortable with, but she managed to rein in her panic to a degree as she took his hand.
"Uh, Citrine, But I guess you already figured that out. And that's about it really." She relaxed ever so slightly.
"I'm not entirely sold on this whole thing yet." She said gesturing from Fluorite to the fountain and whatever lay beyond. "But, It's not like I could go back, not that I want to," She laughed.
"But, as a soldier, my life had a certain predictability to it. Now, I have no idea what's going to happen as I move forward and that's... unsettling to say the least. But, with a friend, it might not be so bad."
Fluorite caught that she had use the word 'friend' in the last sentence. He gave a warm smile to Citrine, "I just want to help... You seem you've been through a lot. No gem, or anyone, should feel so awful. Having their life planned and everything so predictable," he sounded irritated at the idea, shaking his head. "I honestly suggest getting comfortable here. There's freedom on Earth, you can be who you are and not what someone tells you," he sighed, leaning against the steps behind him.
"Now, I'm not telling you to instantly choose Crystal Gems. But consider your options. Do you want your life controlled by Homeworld, or be free on Earth? If you're willing to fight for Earth and it's life, then that factors in to Crystal Gems."
Fluorite placed his hand in the water, idly swishing his hand through the water of the fountain.
"You're right, It's not a choice I'm gonna be able to make instantly." Citrine said, picking up a petal that had fallen on her lap. "I've never had much of a choice in anything with Homeworld, but, I had a purpose, or at least it felt like I did. I knew what I was for, even if it was never up to Homeworld's standards."
She rolled the petal between her finger and thumb, crushing it.
"But, if I became a Crystal Gem, after that broadcast from Rose, It's inevitable that they'd be going to war against Homeworld. Wouldn't that just make me a soldier again?" She flicked the crushed up petal into the water, it floated to the surface a moment later, good as new.
'Would fighting for something be all that different than fighting because you're told to?' She sighed and pulled her feet from the water, tucking them beneath her.
"You'd think, being made here, I'd want to protect this planet. Yet, I don't know a lot about it. I don't really know much about a lot of things to be honest." She laughed.
Indicolite wearily stumbled through the entrance of the fountain room, making a tremendous racket as he stomped closer to the pair already there. His entire light based projection was covered in a multitude of slight scratches, with mirrored the small scrapes on the blue gem's gemstone. Without acknowledging either gem's existence Indy meandered closer to the fountain before turning away from the healing waters. With some flair, the blue gem spread his arms wide before allowing gravity to pull him into the fountain. He landed with a splash in the pink soothing waters and as soon as he made contact, Indy's wounds began fading away. Finally, after a few moments, Indy sat up in the water and studied the other gems. He immediately recognized Fluorite, and offered a slight waver before studying the other gem, Citrine. Indy began swishing his hands through the water as he arched an eyebrow curiously, "Who's your new friend Fluorite?" Indicolite finally noticed the solemn expression that the two gems carried on their faces, and with a tone of awkwardness he stood up. "Uhhhh... did I interrupt something?"
Fluorite nodded, "In a way, you'd be a soldier again. There is going to be a war in time against Homeworld. You still make the choice who to side and none at all if you don't want to become a soldier. I could consider myself as a soldier... I just fight for Earth willingly, not manipulatively and in fear like Homeworld." He rubbed his chin in thought, 'She has a point. You are somehow like a soldier, but it's the choice of a gem if you want to side with them.'
"It's not mandatory to decide, but there will perhaps be a time," he explained with a shrug, "Kindergarten was made to make other gems for Homeworld, it's not your fault in any way if you choose not to fight for the planet you were created in. They forced something upon you, but now you are given liberty to choose." Fluorite sighed, he wasn't sure how to explain himself. He moved his head upward to the falling pink petals and smiled.
The moment was short lived, though, when a gem stumbled from the warp pad. "Oh dear..." Fluorite watched the gem just making his way to the fountain and be healed before coming back up.
"This is Citrine..." The purple gem held a up a hand, as if to signal Indicolite to pause, "This place isn't all that private, it's pretty public, though I don't blame anyone. If you'd like, we could move elsewhere," he suggested before turning back to Indy. "Kinda sorta, but it's nothing of your concern and nothing to worry," he shrugged slightly.
"Maybe I'll just choose not to fight then." She smiled and picked up another petal. "But that's not really choosing is it. But It's still gonna be a while before they're here so I've got time, between now and then, I might find something worth fighting for."
She shouldn't have been so surprised when she heard the warp pad activate. A place like this would have been invaluable to gems in the know. She watched the tourmaline cautiously as he approached them. Relaxing a little only when it seemed that he and Fluorite knew each other.
These gems had so far been unlike what she was used to. Fluorite had already made it obvious that getting defensive like she had earlier was a waste of energy. Unlearning five thousand some odd years of survival instincts would be hard, but it probably wouldn't hurt to try.
"Uh, no I- It's okay, Fluorite." Citrine said.
She turned to face Indicolite, stiffly holding out her arm in an attempt to mimic Fluorite's gesture from earlier. "Like he said, I'm Citrine, Facet-" She shook her head, it would probably be pointless to indicate her facet and cut numbers as well, having gone from one of hundreds to just one of two, that she knew of at least.
"No, Just Citrine. Uh, greetings?" She said, her smile strained and awkward.
Indy was slightly crestfallen when Fluorite had suggested in a not so subtle way that Indy didn't belong, but he shrugged it off. It wasn't really his business to meddle in other gem's business, and so the blue gem prepared to leave, up until Citrine let him know that it was totally fine.
"Ha! You heard her Fluorite, I'll be staying and butting into your conversation." With that he turned to Citrine, but before he could introduce himself, Citrine beat him to the punch and even held her hand out for a shake. Indy gladly took her hand in his and gave it a quick, but firm shake before releasing it. "I'm Indicolite, but you can call me Indy for short." He had noticed how Citrine stopped short of saying her facet number, and he smiled reassuringly. "Ah, so you're from homeworld? You can go ahead and tell me your facet and cut number, after all, it's what makes you... you." To make her feel a bit more comfortable Indy decided to share his own number. "I'm Indicolite, blue Tourmaline variation from set #1026"
Melody: here is a link if anyone is interested
Jul 29, 2020 21:45:23 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"'s Origin is still unknown, some suspect it was a viral infection, other claim it was a Diamond experiment gone awry and other suspect the organics were behind it. Regardless no one seem to have a proper answer about what it was and why its only isolated to Earth
*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