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Peace and quiet. Finally. After days of working (and technically betraying her old comrades) Pyrope finally had some time to relax. And where better than the tranquil Sea Spire. Of course this was where it all kicked off, but what were the chances the proverbial lightning would strike twice. She was stepping around the rubble of the structure all too familiar to her, running a hand through her hair, "FINALLY!" she sat down with a thud, "Oof, I've been waiting so long to finally just let my hair down." She stretched out wide, yawning as she did so, resting her arms behind her head. She spoke up seemingly to herself, "Just you and me, for some well earned alone time." And with that she closed her eyes and settled in.
Did the Crystal Gems use the warp pads these days? They did, right? Turquoise was 99% sure that they did. Which was why making a stake-out near the warp pad in the Sea Spire was the perfect plan. No crowds of rebels like in Beach City, no lack of any kind of life like in the desert; the Sea Spire was likely to be a success for Turquoise. Everything was set up perfectly. Turquoise had made a little hut out of cylinder-shaped rock samples she drilled out of the base of the spire. It blended in quite well. In fact, it blended in well enough that the red fusion didn't notice her at first after warping in. Turquoise patted herself mentally on her own back, congratulating herself for creating such a flawless structure. Moments later she wished that fusion actually had seen her small hut, for when she sat down, the thud caused the cylinders to collapse on top of Turquoise.
Before she even had the chance to spy on the fusion, Turquoise's hut had fallen into pieces. Startled, Turquoise jumped out of the pile of cylinders, jumping against the wall and onto a nearby pillar. Looking down from it, she stared down about six feet at the red fusion. "Watch out where you're sitting!" She shouted, trying to sound tough, even though she was obviously nervous, the way she was sitting on her knees and holding the top of the pillar with both hands like a scared cat. "You could have squished me!"
The crumbling hut had startled Pyrope somewhat, sure this place had seen better days but it wasn't every day something fell apart around her. Of course it took her a minute to realize the cause of it, looking up at the gem yelling at her. Initially she was upset her alone time had been disrupted again, but slowly a smile grew on her face and a faint chuckle even broke out, "Heh... Sorry, guess I don't know my own strength." At this point she stood back up and turned to the pillar, looking as if she had developed a sudden interest in it. She ran her hand over it, "Though it does raise the question..." She began to dig her fingers into the stone, threatening to collapse the whole thing, "...why were you snooping around, hmm? Most gems I know don't make box forts and hide around warp pads." A moment later she feigned surprise, as if some idea had struck her, "Don't tell me, you've got a crush on me!" With that she gripped the pillar harder, an audible crack as the stone gave way, still stable but would not be for long if she kept it up. She looked up at the gem again, a wicked smile on her face.
"Aah!" While the fusion's grip on the pillar strengthened, so did Turquoise's. But Turquoise's grip wasn't to scare someone, like the Fusion's; it was a grip of fear. This fusion was mad, if you asked Turquoise. The way it was grinning up at her sent a chill through her spine. Not to mention that she had the audacity to insult Turquoise's less than perfect building skills, which was an incredibly rude thing to do. "It's called a stake-out, and it's very serious business!" Turquoise shouted down, as another crack in the pillar caused her to be forced to hide a scared squeal. "Now state your gems, facets, and cuts, or I'll be forced to take action!" She didn't tell the fusion, but taking action would in this case mean fleeing as quickly as possible, while making some rude gesture.
As the pillar started to show more signs of weakness, Turquoise took out her grappling hook, threw it into the ceiling, and swung over to a new pillar. Having found the safety of a new pillar, she took one more frowning look at the fusion. "This is your last chance! I'm warning you!"
There was a brief moment of surprise as Pyrope watched the gem swing across the room, onto another pillar. She released her grip on the pillar, not really wanting to smash the place up if she could help it. Despite her tough act, she really didn't want to destroy this place anymore than it already was. She turned around, crossing her arms and leaning against the pillar, "Really? That's what you're most concerned about? Hmm..." she cocked her head to the side, as if she was deep in thought. "Alright then, I suppose I owe you that much. Pyrope, cut 29b facet 2. How about yourself, hmm? Little miss spy." Of course the cut and fact details were entirely false, likely registered as some other pyrope made in her kindergarten.
With the heat having been taken away a bit, as the Pyrope fusion had stopped threatening to destroy this amazing work of architecture, Turquoise could calm down a bit. After all, a gem that revealed their cut and facet just like that just had to be a loyal gem. While the fusion leaned with her back against one pillar, Turquoise sat down and crossed her legs on the other, looking down on the giant woman. "Turquoise Facet-4D2N Cut-7XF." she said, as a small smile appeared on her face. No one had called her a spy before, and though she realised she shouldn't be someone she wasn't, Turquoise still liked to hear other gems appreciate her side projects. "And I'm a field researcher actually. Spying on rebels is just kind of a side project."
Pyrope kept her casual demeanor lent up on the pillar, glancing over her nails as if they were suddenly the most interesting thing in the world. She continued talking with a grin on her face, "Well, you're not doing that great of a job so far. I don't see any rebels here, sort of a flaw in your plan. Hmm?" She looked back up at Turquoise, resting her arms across her chest again. She stood up and strutted around the base of the pillar Turq was on, "So if spying on gems is just a side project, what exactly is your main project. If you'd indulge me..." She certainly wasn't getting her relaxation, might as well toy with the gem that interrupted her. Nothing harmful, just simple mind games, maybe convince her to leave long enough for a nap.
"Again, it's called a stake-out, dummy." Turquoise chuckled, feeling safe on top of the pillar, she was comfortable enough making risky jokes like this at gems who were taller than herself. "It includes waiting at a specific place for targets to come to you. So I'm sure if we wait long enough, a rebel will show up for me to spy on." From this height, she nearly had the urge to toss something at the Pyrope fusion. She didn't want to hurt her, but she just had that urge. But it wouldn't be very beneficial for her possible friendship with this fusion, so she chose not to do so.
"As for my primary objective, it's to take rock samples in research of the best places to create kindergartens. But enough about me; it's you who I'm interested in. How long have you been fused for?"
She couldn't help but giggled, "'Dummy'? I'm not the one hiding under a rock little Ms. Nosey. Y'know if you wanted to find rebels all you had to do was walk fifteen feet in any direction on this planet. They practically grow on trees around here. Er... in rocks I suppose." She noted Turquoise didn't bother to come down from her height advantage, not than she could blame her. These two weren't exactly friends, for all she knew Pyrope might swing once she gets close. Her eye twitched a bit when she mentioned her being a fusion, resuming her previous glare, "You're a perceptive one, aren't you..." She sighed, uncrossing her arms and sliding down the pillar until she was sitting down with her back to it. "That's not really any of your business, bub. But if you want to know about me, I suppose I owe you something."
She looked up to the sky as she recalled her history, "I was made off world with tons of other pyropes, sent her to do the usual guard duty. Was guarding the primary Kindergarten when it fell actually..." Without realizing it she ran a hand across the gem located on her chest. There was another long sigh, one less full of irritation, "And like everyone else I've been trapped her since." She paused for a while, still staring up at the sky, before turning her attention back to Turquoise. Her scowl was present again, "I do tend to blabber, much to your advantage I'm sure. Why don't you tell me why you are spying on gems, hmm?" The previous joking tone was all but gone, an almost threatening tone behind her question.
Turquoise smiled proudly when the Pyrope fusion called her perceptive. She nodded and smirked. "Turquoises are made to be perceptive. They're particularly good at finding things. It's kind of our thing." At this point she was just bragging, but she meant every word she said. Obviously Turquoises weren't the most perfect gems - she was well aware that that honour went to the Diamonds - but they still were skilled researchers, and this wasn't something Turquoise was quiet about.
So apparently this was one of those fusions who didn't stop being fused after battle. Turquoise would be lying if she said that didn't make her at least a little bit uncomfortable. It just couldn't be good for somebody to be fused for that long. How would they deal with all the thoughts? It would be best if she kept quiet about it for now though, since she wasn't feeling like being squished by an oversized grunt.
"Where have you been living for the past decades? The bottom of the ocean?" Turquoise joked, when she was asked why she was spying. "Obviously I'm trying to find information on the rebellion. What else would I be spying for?"
Pyrope stood up and began to pace around, "Nah, I tried the sea floor, didn't work out. Too dark, and not exactly comfortable." She became distracted thinking over the last bit of her life, kicking over the occasional rock she came across in her pacing. "Since things fell apart I move from place to place, smart to stay mobile. Makes it hard to be tracked." She arched an eyebrow at Turquoise, "In theory..." Not stopping for her reaction she continued, "Favorite place to relax has been here for a while, has a nice calming air to it. More-so when it was still intact, but it held up well enough." Bringing her pacing to a halt she leaned against the pillar Turquoise was on, looking up at her, "What about yourself, how long have you been on this planet? I imagine this spying business is relatively new for you, seeing as you don't know the first place to find a rebel apparently." Another smile found its way on her face, swapping places with her glare once again.
At this point, Turquoise had lost all signs of her extremely careful ways, which she had show when the conversation started. It was clear the fusion wasn't going to attack her, so as she got a little less tense, the sea green gem laid down on her belly on top of the pillar. With her arms dangling over the edge, she looked down at the Pyrope fusion with a smile on her face. "Well, I've been here for a while now. I think it's been at least three millennia?" She lifted her arm with the wrist tech for a moment, and moved her finger over the holographic interface. "Hmm... Yep, that's 3412 years, to be precise."
The way Turquoise was laying on top of the pillar, her loosely tied back hair was dangling over one shoulder. She clearly had stopped putting a lot of attention in her hair. Outside of the weak attempt of having it tied back, Turquoise's hair was just a little too big for someone who was continuously doing field research. An observant gem might see this as proof of how Turquoise had lost touch with how she appeared to others, and instead had put all of her thought into her research. If it wasn't for her visor, she'd likely get hair stuck in her eyes all the time.
"Now, though you are correct in guessing I'm new to spying, I do know where to find rebels. The beach of Beach City is crawling with them. But," Turquoise raised a finger, to accentuate her reasons, "I don't want to get spotted by a handful of rebels. So I tend to seek out the lonely ones, which seem to be attracted to large gem structures."
"Heh, so you pick on the stragglers hmm?" There was no real insult meant, more of a lighthearted jab, "I can't blame you really, it's smart. Especially for a smaller gem like yourself, I don't expect a field researcher to be in the thick of rebel territory. I have to say though, you've certainly been here pretty long, longer than most gems on this planet. All young pebels it seems..." She mulled things over in her head, more than a little hesitant. Eventually though she did speak back up, "You know... as long as your spying is fairly harmless... I wouldn't be entirely against acting as an escort for a mission into 'rebel territory'. It's what I... we were made for after all." There was an odd look Pyrope adopted for a brief moment, a flash of discomfort, though it lasted only a second returning to the slight smile she held for the time being.
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