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Zerul was in the beam of light. He looked around wondering where he was. When his hand touched the wall of light it cut away revealing the cold emptyness behind it. He peers through and suddenly got Déjà vu. He backed away from the wall just as the light path reached its destination. He lands on the pad safely but now he had no clue where he was. He looks around the Sea Spire was all he could see for miles. "Where the heck am I?" he looks down at the water and see it flowing into the endless void below the tower. He backs away from the edge. "What the heck is this place?""Now your bugging me Quiet down its bad enough i hear your thoughts.""Hush Sketh i think i hear someone."
The Smoky Quartz Assassin was there when the Warp-pad activated He came here to enjoy the Gem architecture, the panorama of the endless ocean... and since it was somewhat neutral area, to chek out, if any Gem was around. The Lunar Sea Spire was disappointingly empty, somewhat abandoned... It was understandable tho' After all, Wars tend to ruin social life... When the Warp activated, the Gem retreated back to the shadows, watched the arrival of Zerul Actually the doubble voice wasn't a surprise to Morion, lately the Zoisite was the only "sane" Gem he have met... he suspected, this was one of Yellow Diamond's experiments, like Bloodstone or Yellow Peridot
"You are my friend in the Lunar Sea Spire..."
The Assassin walked closer, but kept respectfully distance, not to scare the new Gem He was in a tuxedo with a cane, without any mask. He was a tall ('Quartz tall^^) Gem (but not bulky like a Jasper or Amethyst, his kind was slender) with long grey hair and silver eyes. It was evident, he was wearing real, human clothes, it wasn't his projection, since the shirt and vest hided his Gem. His skin tone was a bit grey...ish, like the smoke, but he could pass as a caucasian man.
"... in a temple that was once an oasis for Gems on Earth! At the top, there is a shrine to the Moon Goddess..."
The Assassin pointed up, then rested his hands on his cane, with a friendly smile
"I'm afraid we haven't had the pleasure to meet before... let me intorduce myself! I am Smoky Quartz, from the Morion variant - Facet-7F2R Cut-8YQ; Her Majesty's Blue Diamond's loyal servant, I AM her eye... I am her Wrath! Currently lended for a few missions to Her Majesty, White Diamond... you can say, I'm a licensed hunter, assassin of our Matriarchs. Don't be afraid... this is a neutral place. There is no place for violance here... "
Zerul turns to face morion and pulls out his sword. He listened to Morion's explanation and put away his weapon. "Um...Hi um...what was your name?""He said his name was Smoky Quartz Morion variant Facet-7F2R Cut-8YQ""I dont even understand what that means" he looks the Smoky Quartz over. "Um...are you a gem? and who is this Blue Diamond you speak of?" He keeps his distance from the Smoky Quartz as he was unsure what this person was planning. "My name is Zerul...You said this place was Lunar Sea Spire? Where the heck is that as i have no clue how i got here to begin with." He looks back to the warp pad then back at morion unsure if he should try and flee.
"My, you are confused... or both of you, if I am correct. Come, the next room have some nice tables and benches to sit on. It is comfortable... and I can explain everything. It seems to me, you have a lot of questions!"
The Smoky Quartz waited a bit, then lead Zerul to the other room to sit down (or stay, whatever Zerul preferred^^)
"Lets see... yes. Yes I am a Gem. Like you. But at the moment I can't figure out your Gem-type. Gems are an extraterrestrial species, we are a conqueror race. Gems' physical forms are hard light projections from our gemstone which can be customized at will, with our only constant feature being our gemstone and color scheme. Shapeshifting is not permanent and Gems will return to their "default" form eventually. Although our species has no sexual dimorphism, Gems' physical forms typically have characteristics associated with human femininity. But as you can see masculinity is common too. We are shapeshifters after all... Anyhow, because of this, all Gems are inherently sexless."
The Quartz explained
"Thus we are formed, not born. It is... a bit hard to explain, but I will tell you that. Eventually. The Cut and the Facet "code" is a way to tell us apart. I am not the only Smoky Quartz, I am a Smoky Quartz, from the Morion variant. I am a Morion. But you can call me Moiron. It is easier. Where was I? Oh yeah! Our society is extremely advanced and imperialistic matriarchy which maintains a strict caste system based on Gemstone and an empire of terraformed colony worlds. Gems are engineered to adapt to a variety of conditions and cannot die by any natural cause. We do not have to eat or sleep to survive, and our bodies will also automatically alter themselves to fit the conditions of whatever planet we are on, such as adjusting mass for gravity. We can, however, still eat and sleep if we desire. When the physical body of a Gem is seriously injured, we will retreat into our gemstone to regenerate. Regeneration is special in that we can make permanent changes to our physical form while regenerating. The only way to permanently destroy or "kill" a Gem is to destroy its gemstone. All Gems lesser than the Great Diamond Authority are made to serve the Diamonds."
"The Great Diamond Authority is the matriarchal body of Gem leaders who rule in absolute power over Homeworld and the existing Gem colonies. The three Diamonds are Blue Diamond, White Diamond and Yellow Diamond. These three perfect being our rulers. The Great Diamond Authority has great influence on Gems of lower caste and members of their courts. Each member of a Diamond's court wears a diamond emblem on their outfit; the color of the diamond emblem worn by followers depend on the Diamond. Well, we used to wear them, but since the Rebellion this is not so common on Earth."
"This is the Lunar Sea Spire. A Spire. Built by the Gems as the part of the colonization of this planet. Gems used to gather at the Spire, but, in current times, the Spire has been abandoned thanks to the War.
The Gem looked to the warp
"You came here by a Warp Pad. That thing over there. In short, Warp Pads are teleportation devices created and utilized by Gems. They need only be willed into activation by their user. This lets out a beacon of light and phases the traveler to whatever location they were aiming for. Warp Pads teleport their users through another dimension, the Warop Space, to locations within the current dimension...."
Morion leaned back, resting his hands on his cane, with friendly smile
Zerul followed Morion inside but didn't sit next to him still unsure about this guy. He sat across the Smoke Quartz next to a crystal tree thing that was a bit worse for ware. Once Morion sat down he began explaining things. Some of the stuff he had already heard of but the extra stuff was intresting. Once morion was finished Zerul looked over at the warp pad. "I want to know more about that burning room i was in when i first woke up. before being lunched into the places between the beams of light in the warp." He looks back at Morion. Zerul had no clue he was on Homeworld when that happened and he was purged from a labritory dedicated on warp tech.
"I will be honest with you Zerul... I have no idea what is this "Burning Room"... or where is is"
"You know... the Homeworld is in another Galaxy.... our Empire is huge. The Warps connected this Colony... this would-be-colony to the Empire, but the Galaxy Warp was sabotaged. Now only the little warps are working. On Earth. We can't even reach this planet's moon... or the nearest colony in this Galaxy! We are stranded here. This Burning Room must be on Earth somewhere..."
The Smoky Quartz shook his head
"If you could tell me more about it... maybe we can find it. Maybe it was... a laboratory? Sorry, But I have noticed you are... two.
Zerul sighs and tries to think. "It was a white room with a strange mirror on the far end of the wall. below my feet is a crystal pad of some sort.""Dont forget the empty space between the warp beams.""Quiet Sketh i was getting to that!" He looks around the room unsure what to do now. "I doubt im from earth because when i woke up I was in the middle of nowhere. Trees as far as the eye could see. the only nearby town was Saphhire Coast. Where ever the heck that is." He sighs and looks back at Morion wondering what his take on all of this was. "I hope Octavain isn't worried about me. I kinda just vanished without a trace.""He seemed ocupied so im sure its fine."
"Zerul and Sketh... hmm... nice to meet you. Both of you. I supose you are not a Pearl or a Gem that capable of projection. Then you would already done it. Project a body for your... other half."
Morion shook his head
"Sorry, continue.... White room, strange mirror... crystal pad... Interesting. Saphire Coast you say? And trees. I think then you were on a Colony. But to be honest, I can't say it for sure. Strange tho'... the Crystal Gems sabotaged the Warp system long ago. But it is possible you were phased out from the reality, stucked the timeless void... then you arrived here. For you it was just a blink, but the rest of reality moved along. This is my best theory at the moment. That or the one about your mind. Maybe your memory from this Bruning Room is just... like a broken mirror, shards everywhere, reflecting the truth from different angles. Memory shards. It is clear you are a bit... amnesiac. Maybe your memories are echoes from your life before your memory loss. The third theory is... well... that you are my friend is one of Yellow Diamond's experiment. We have several of them on this planet, and you are another poor unfortunate soul. Victim of that warmonger brute. As I said, Gems are formed fully developed, but we do need some traning... maybe you are a "newborn" but without the proper traning and teaching. Or the truth is hiding in the combination of these three theroies, or something entirely different ones. Sorry Zerul, Sketh, I am so sorry... "
"I wish I could help you more..."
The Quartz watched the other Gem with sad silver eyes
"But.. maybe I could help you. If you accept my help of course... ahh... Octavian. My dear Bloodstone Jasper. Don't worry, he is a Heliotrope Quartz Knight, one of the Experiments I've mentioned earlier. He will be fine. But naturally, if you living with him, he wants to be your guardian... Not the best idea to accept that offer, but thats your choice.
Zerul sighs unsure what to do. He tries to think but he interupted by Sketh. "You really want to trust this guy? He looks like the type of guy who will turn on us once we outlive our usefulness. I would love to see him burn right now." The left arm began to burn a black flame. "NO! NO need to do that. He just offered to help us. he said nothing that forces us to take his help." He stands up. "Im..sorry Morion But if accept your help. i fear Sketh will just cause more harm." He rubs his left arm the flames were gone but the bandages were now burned off revealing the star pattern underneath it. "If your unsure what the flaming room is. or where it was. then i wont bother you with it. but um... could you tell me how to work the warp pad....i got here by accident as i didn't know how to use it."
"And wise too! See Zerul, your... hmm... other half understanded quickly the Gem social structure! Cast based society! Wich means, naturally, usefullness is a must! If somebody is useless, his or her Diamond is... not happy. But don't be brash and silly my dear Skeith! Never threaten a Gem you don't know! Earth is a dangerous place, and we are at War! Civil war... the situation a bit tense. But as I said, this is the place of tranquility, not violance and fight!"
"No harm done friend Zerul! Don't worry! It must be hard to live with your... hm... darker side. But this is the important part, to understand, Sketh is a part of you, as much as you are a part of him! And of course I can help and explain to you, how the Warps work...
Zerul didn't look at Morion. He had to live with this curse and it was negatively affecting everyone he met. "I cant keep Sketh from threatening people. I can barely keep him contained when he thirsts for blood." He rubs his left arm before finally looking at Morion. "Would you please show me how to operate the warp pad. I would like to go home and think for a bit. Your company was nice to have. though the conversation hasn't gone the way i was hoping." He sighs and walks over to the Warp pad He waits for morion to give an explanation on how it works before stepping on it and trying it out. "See you later Morion. I hope the next time we meet it will be under better circumstances."
"Maybe you should give him a bit more... freedom?"
Morion suggested with a polite smile
"If Sketh wants blood and violence... well... why not give him some "playtime"? In return your "brother" could lend you his powers, his strength and wisdom, unique or at least another point of view in certain situations, his help... or simply silence when you want to be alone"
The Smoky Quartz smiled
"This is a big planet... there are plenty of Gems for Sketh to play with, or even humans. You, Zerul, is a good boy... I can see that! You have that same vibe that surrounds Bloodstone. I bet, you are a Quartz, a Knight! You... or Sketh could beat the snot out of some Crystal Gem Rebel scums for example, and you could be poroud of him! After all, these rebels are responsible for our situation here! But this is just an example Zerul! Think about it! "
The Gem asked then nodded
"If you or Sketh wants to talk with me, Bloodstone knows how to reach me. Come... I will show you how the Warps work."
He walked to the Pad
"As I said, they need only be willed into activation. There are countless Warp Pads all around the world, you just need to concentrate to the one you want to go. Knowing the Warp-system, where are the pads is a must, trust me. But as I said, there is a War. So the Warps are crucial strategic points. If you are not cautious enough, you could end up in the middle of a trap, surrounded by hostile Rebels!"
The Smoky Quartz pulled out a little map
"I always carry maps with me, it is a bit bad habit of mine. I was an Infiltrator, wore many faces and personalities... and a map could be a life saver! I will mark you the Warp pads I know. With red the ones that are close to a Rebel base, like the Crystal Temple in Beach City, and with blue the safe ones, like this, near Empire City. Here, take it..."
He gave the map to his new "friend"
"It will make your life easier... and give my huggs to Bloodstone! And Hunter...."
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