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It was a peaceful afternoon The Smoky Quartz went to the best spa in Empire City Light music, big fountain, ferns and palm trees and a pool; bowls of exotic fruits, and colorfull birds on the branches Human "Pearls" , cute girls and strong masseurs The place where the rich and famous love to relax The Assassin was in a private room, in his pink fluffy bathrobe, rested in a comfortable chair Little cotton puffs between his toes, his hands rested in two bowls, preparing his nail for the pedicure... Avocado and seaweed cream beautimask on his face and the two slice of cucumber on his closed eyes Morion enjoyed the luxury, the peace and the sweet sweet music, some Vivaldi^^
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 24, 2016 19:20:57 GMT
It had been an interesting, yes thats it, interesting AND difficult week for the Heavy Scout. A chance encounter with some sort of heavily armored machination at her missing friend's house left her rather concerned as well as sore in a few key locations on her body, to say the least.
While a spa might indeed be the perfect place to unwind and shed the tensions of such a dramatic experience, it was not the only reason for her visit, the spa's ammenities were simply icing on the cake for the heavy scout tha strode down the halls in slippers and a dark blue bath robe. Sure her unusual skin tone, by human standards, stood out somewhat, but fortunately she was attractive enough and had a healthy little loaf of human paper currency in her backpack as well.
After checking her human made garments, some baubles and acessories, her poncho and backpack, into a locker in the change room, she had walked over to a changing screen, fluffy blue robe in hand and stood there a moment, proverbially scratching her head until she just shrugged and from behind the screen a magical chime and a slight burst of light as her appearance modifiers all disappeared and on went the comfy robe, apparently fresh from some sort of hot air tumbling device.
From there, we find her as she is now, meandering the halls, looking about for someone some good intel had suggested was here every second and fourth friday in the month.. Empire city certainly seemed to have its charms, and for the gem she was seeking, they had apparently latched on rather comfortably to his lifestyle.
Her footsteps took her down a hall with brass fittings, crystal lighting baubles, marble tiles and pleasant music, in other words, she was headed towards the high price super classy private treatment rooms, if she was going to find a Smokey Quartz crime boss with an affinity for pretty pink toenails.. this would be the place. Were it anyone else she would expect to see some of his cronies.. er.. pearls and rubies about, but there were none in the area that she had observed, unless they were in other rooms getting their toes done too!
After peeking in a couple rooms, the door behind which her objective sat reclined in a sort of half couch lounger chair, with a human estetician applying a coat of nail primer, swung quietly open and in strode Carbide, looking relaxed enough as if to appear that she was SUPPOSED to be there, despite it being a private room. The puzzled estetician furrows her brow, but a quiet nod from the scout seems to convince her to return to her work.
Taking the lounger to the left of Morion, Carbide stretches out with her feet crossed, an issue of Guns and Ammunition folded open in her lap (oh so lady like). Soon a mug of sharp, hot, coco with gratuious foam was brought to her side table by a server who while on the way out was passed by a masseur who took up position on a stool by Carbide's feet, the dragging of the stool legs on the marble perhasps just enough of a noise.. just barely.. that the other gem a few feet away might take notice..
It was so serene, tranquil, peacful and quiete afternoon... ...but sadly, it only was The Smoky Quartz sighed, when he heard someone sat in the seat next to him, and the rattling magazine, and the noise of the dragged stool... With a bit morose voice, he mumbled: "Excuse me Pearl, I thought I ordered a private session, not to share the room with some..."
The Assassin cold voice was a bit ill-omened He lifted one of the cucumbers to see who was the future corpse who dared to disturb his relaxation Then saw... Carbide? The Smoky Quartz sat up
But found his manners
"It is... an unexpected pleasure to see you Lady Carbide.
He leaned back with a sigh and putted back the cucumber "What do I owe this surprise...?"
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 24, 2016 20:13:40 GMT
Carbide rolls her gaze to the side, watching Morion sit up in relative surprise, the scout descending into a gradual titter that lasts for a few moments..
"Please please.. don't get up on my account..pink really suits you by the way.."
Carbide takes a sip of the piping hot coco and flips the page in her magazine, pausing for a moment to oogle a picture of a newly developed human made 40mm rotary drun multip purpose munition launcher, capable of launching canisters, gas, flares, sticky bombs, high explosives... and possibly also rolled up T Shirts.. but that was possibly just a pipe dream..
"Nice to see you too Morion, you should try the hot rock sauna here by the way.. just lay down right on the rocks, feels great.. But I am here chasing trouble only this time the trouble isnt you, at least I don't think it is, but you may have some idea of where I can find some answers thatll bring me closer to solving what I've got laid out before me.."
Carbide seems to lose cohesion of her thoughts for a breif moment as the masseur grabs up one of her feet and sets about a deep .....tissue?... projection.. yes, a deep projection massage on her lower leg, ankle and foot, making the heavy scout practically purr with half lidded eyes for a moment.
"Hmm? Oh right..A few days ago, The Grand Inquisitor and I set out to visit the residence of a mutual friend. Upon arrival we found our friend absent, and his dwelling occupied by a myserious robotic looking interloper. The thing is.. this machination.. was DEFINITELY built primarily out of Gem tech.. at least a good 60% of it. It moved like a great mechanical gorilla, was armored .. at least on the front.. to the frikkin nines..and it blasts iron shapnel with impressive force.. trust me.. and nearly Drove poor Opalite into the ground like a fence post.
Now before you go worrying about your tuxedoed gem-crush, he's fine, the two of us managed to do enough damage that it opted for a hasty retreat, although not before hurling some fine threats and insults our way."
Carbide squeaks a little bit then cocks an eyebrow down at the blushing masseur as the treatment got a lil high, up around her knee...
"Anyway.. thanks to a nice helping of data I got from your Kindergarten excavation, I know you at least planned to dabble in robotics, metahuman tech, whatever. I havent found anything resembling that demi human wreckage you had planned, but I know that youre not technician which means you had help. I need to track down who has access to gem tech and enouhgh proficiency to craft what I fought. Seeing as you have got your touch stumps on the pulse of the beating heart of gem tech salvage on this little world, you might have insight. Oh, and I don't care about buyer confidentiality, I know you probably dont care that creature tried to shatter me, but it put an awful lot of effort into getting at Opalite, the.. what was it.. "defacto governor of this planet?" "
"A mutual friend... I am still not sure about your aligance Lady Carbide, but you are the companion of Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite... I hope you honor his trust and not betray our Empire!"
This was a friendly warning But the news were bad, with a capital B
"I am glad Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite is fine... and I am glad, you survived the encounter too Lady Carbide! But not so happy about this stolen data thing... tho' understandable. You are a scout. Spying is a second nature for you I guess...But in the future please stay away from my researches! We are allies Lady Carbide... if you need anything, just ask!"
The Smoky Quartz reminded Carbide about their realtionship
"Now... lets see! First of all... it wasn't me. But I have a few suspects! My primary suspects are the Rebels. It would make sense. Starlight Swan had a battle armor... remeber? And Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite is the perfect target for the Crystal Gems! My next suspects would be that insane experimental monster, Yellow Peridot and her partner in crime, the Blue Zoisite, Hunter. I don't know if you knew or not, but those two traitor attacked my mansion with armed Gem ships... It is quite possible they raided my computers and stole my researches like you did. And they have the Gem tech to make such a technological monster!"
"Not so long ago a Gem landed on Earth... crashed to be accurate. Oh, before I continue, don't forget Lady Carbide, almost half a dozen Gem ships crashlanded around Beach City! And Diamonds know how many crashed on Earth. Plenty of wreckage to get some Gem-tech. I know, me and my humans gathered as much as we could... but I doubt I was the only Gem on a scavanger hunt! So, this new Gem... she is a Black Star Diopside, a Gem Bounty Hunter. She lost her crew, her crew turned to corrupted monsters... she said she was sent here to save the stranded Gems, but why would the Diamonds send a Bounty Hunter to a rescue mission? Anyhow, she is a killer, like Spider... oh Spider Web Jasper is back too! So she is a killer and have Gem-tech too..."
The Smoky Quartz mused
"Then... the last on my list would be Lady Obsidian. She is a scientist with the knowledge and the technology to make something like this, and she too have my researches."
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 24, 2016 21:24:08 GMT
Carbide nods along with Morion as he lists off the growing list of sustpects.
"Well I believe you when you say you were not behind this. You may operate outside the boundaries of some human laws, but you have not broken tennant with homeworld governance, so the prospect of you sending a loud clunky mechanaloid menace to do your dirty work against a home world official, seemed rather perposterous to me right from the get go."
She paused and thought for a moment, yes it was true that Starlight Swan was an armored fighter but she knew who that really was underneath all that armor, so that possibility was out. She had a breif interaciton with this Yellow Peridot that Morion had mentioned, but given her innate instability, it was unlikely that she had the composure and focus to pull off a stunt like this...
"Hmm, from what I understand this Blue Soistite and Hunter are a bit more direct in their mannerismsm and the bounty hunter you mentioned sounded little different. I think I am looking for someone who likes to have a big impact without having to get theri touch stumps dirty, or if not dirty, at least not put themselves into any real danger to accomplish their objectives."
~"Then... the last on my list would be Lady Obsidian. She is a scientist with the knowledge and the technology to make something like this, and she too have my researches." ~
That was a name that Carbide hadn't hear in several months, but it really struck a nerve in the scout, and she emitted a slight growl into her coco as she sipped, making a few bubbles in the hot liquid, a behaviour peciliar enough as to make her masseur pause for a moment and cock his head in confusion..
"I think you just may be onto something when you mentioned Obsidian, Morion. I thought I got her when I blasted one of her ships out of the sky myself!
I havent seen her directly in over 6 months or more.. and even then, it was only glimpses. Shes like a damn ghost, that I hope is material enough to feel a bit of hurt. Anyway, her drones swarmed Opalite and myself before, as I recall that attack poofed his body and drove him back into his gem that night.. had to keep fighting off those infernal machines with Agate in one arm, a ballistic cudgel in the other, and Opalite's gem core stuffed down my.. umm.. er... nevermind.. "
The scout turns a deep blackish plum in her cheeks and she glances away, looking a teensy bit embarassed..
"Hunter is the codename of that Blue Zoisite. He is a scout, once loyal to Blue Diamon's court, but after some time spent with my dear Bloodstone, he poisoned his mind with this "Independent" thing... then he become a full fledged traitor, when he helped Yellow Peridot to attack me! Sadly, my Oath to Bloodstone binds me and forbid me to hunt and kill them... but this is a small price for the good relationship with an Experimental Berserker who still have some hope to join me against the Crystal Gems... he is too strong and valuable to loose. My vengeance can wait... eventually he will be the one who hunt down those two Gems!"
The Smoky Quartz smile was dark and a bit sinister Then nodded
"Lady Obsidian... Last time we talked she captured Bloodstone. I strongly recomended to her let him go... and she did set my dear Bloodstone free. She is not without reason... Obsidian and Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite should work together! Our deadly alliance would shake this world!"
That was a pleasant thought
"I have a communicator device she gave me... state of the art gem tech. Who is Agate by the way? "
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 24, 2016 22:14:57 GMT
"Well pardon me for saying so, but there may be just a little bit of mutal animocity between Opalite and Obsidian since she well.. tried to kill him with drill bots..as in she wants to kill a homeworld official. Figured you would be more upset about that. Dont tell me some gems get a free pass when it comes to unlawful behavior just because they are good at something.. man those things sting..."
In the mean time the masseur had finished with Carbides feet and had depressed a pedal that reclined the lounger into a completely flat position. "Ooh this is the best part now!" The scout flops quickly over to her belly and scoots the robe down off her shouldrs and lets it drape over her hips and upper legs and tosses her long locks to the side while the masseuse begins to work on the projection of her back, albeit somewhat perplexed as to just how to work around the large uneven gem core of the Scout. Working on aliens was certainly not mentioned in the job description, the poor fellow.
"Well from what I can tell from face to face interactions with Octy, is that they will always be them, no two ways about it.. except in how they display either male or female gender formats. As for Agate, he is none of your concern, and thats all I shall say on that matter. Haha.. how wild would it be for me to just call up Obsidian. I dont know whether I would bust her chops or just spam her number with heavy breathing..I think thats a human thing they do to rivals."
Her vision spheres scan the room one more time and she reaches for her magazine.. using magic to stretch her amr just a little bit, but soon she has it open to a new page with an article about the virtues of high velocity amunition versus extra wear and tear on rifling.
"So.. that green food paste on your face, does it feel good, or do you just use it to dip those earth vegetable slices on your eyes, and then eat them? Sorry if I am a little out of touch on matters of luxurious living, hehe."
"I am just practical Lady Carbide! Don't get me wrong... I AM upset about this! But the fact is, Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite I think playing a game here with her. Taking his time... waiting the best opporunity to strike! I he would want she dead, she would be sattered by now. I think there is a reason Lady Obsidian is... allowed to do the things she do. Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite tolerate her... and this is just part of his grand, master plan! If it wasn't he already would have killed her... or asked me to do it"
Life is simple^^
"But if Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite is... too weak to deal with this.... now thats a problem!"
He was a bit frustrated "We sould work together damn it! Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite, Black Star Diopside, Lady Chyrsocolla me... you sould join us, pledge your allegiance to the Gem Empire once and for all, and end this madness! Start with Bloodstone we should "visit" the ... undecided Gems, oooooh I am sure you know a lot of those kinds and where to find them! Join us, or the Crystal Gems! Bloodstone, Spider, Morganite... and offer them a chance, one last chance to join us! Make the right decision!"
"Then we sould start to make things right! Obsidian? If she really attacked Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite for some petty personal reason, we will rip out her Gem! Yellow Peridot? Blue Zoisite? Starlight Swan? Zerul? All the insane, lost Experiments? The monsters? The Crystal Gems? Our army of Loyal Gems will cleanse the Earth!
The Smoky Quartz was dead serious in this matter He was ready to burn this world to ashes to destroy the Crystal Gems unless Opalite orders otherwise "Forget the luxury! What do you say Carbide? We have waited enough!"
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 27, 2016 8:32:53 GMT
Carbide huffs and shakes her head, rubbing her forehead with one hand... "You know, you can just call him Mr. O you know, save yourself a whole heck of a lot of time and syllables. As for purporting that Opalite is by any measure weak.. well I'll pretend I didn't hear that, hes faced stacked odds alone and beside me. Strength is measured not by what you crush with ease, but what you have to work for."
Things were getting a little tense and zealous up in this relaxation room, it seemed like Morion was itching for some sort of large scale fight and this had her rather concerned, he was even mentioning the names of some gems that she was pretty sure she hadn't had dealings with at all yet. It was clear that although she just came for information on who might have access to advanced gem tech recently, she was instead getting the full sermon of a very driven and dangerous gem. Just by the vibe and intensity that the smokey quartz gave off, it was apparent that in addition to running his little syndicate, he was becoming stronger in his own right, seeing as how he had a whole planet of adversaries to hone himself with.
"Why, the way you say all that, you hardly sound like you even need my help or Opalite's to start your little purge of retribution. Right now though, Opalite and I have our own mystery that we seek answers to. He's my friend and my place is beside him for this. We may be an odd pair, but somehow we understand one another.. neither being made with the regular rank and file in mind it seems. I believe the human phrase is to be 'an odd duck'. Speaking of humans, I think you might be starting to scare your estetician and my masseur as well, you dont want your clear coat to go on uneven do you?"
Her tone has a slight quirk to it, but her face soon hardens and her gaze focuses more closely, she seemed to be preparing a bit of a rebuttal..
"Those are some weighty words Morion, wanting to g out and dispense some fringe world justice on all these supposed dissidents, but a good chunk of the names youve mentioned, Ive not had any real first hand experience with. So pardon me if I don't just take the word of my 'betters' at face value, I never have. Its landed me in some trouble of course, but I was tasked with scouting dangerous, geologically unstable prospect colony worlds, which I did for a few thousand years, not long compared to yours or Oplaite's service Im sure, but one thing I did recognize is that when I submitted a report that marked a site as unfavorable, but 'squishier' gems were sent in anyway, they didnt make it back out, and that bugged me. I am built to take a stand and deliver my truth even to superiors, who eventually started to learn that even if they didnt care for the gems that were lost or shattered, that those kind of flops look bad, and waste resources for the empire. You may not understand my stance on this or why I do what I do, but some gems were made this way on purpose."
"I guess... you are right Carbide. And if Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite have other plans, I am not going to interfere with a sudden little crusade"
He leaned back The Crusade was adjourned^^ "Tho' I will be ready... Me and my Human Peridots are studying the salvaged Gem technology from the Kindergartens and the crashlanded ships... and Black Star Diopside have more or less functioning ship! The Hyperdrive is out, but the weapons and shiled are working... more or less. Empire City is my Domain, and I will protect it from the Monsters and Rebels... like Starlight Swan claimed and protects Beach City as hers. Or Lady Chyrsocolla the Lunar Sea Spire, but I am not sure in that one, but possible she already done it! Anyhow, Humans are crafty little monkeys, and it is just a matter of time and we will be able to replicate the energy canons and power shileds. Immagine, the Derelict, my dear ancient colony ship hovering majestically over my domain, like an island-fortress... Rebel-gem powered weapons and shields defending us from the dangers...."
Morion sighed dreamily
"It will be marvelous!"
Then ha "came back"
"Umm... yes. To be honest Spider and I are talked about this. Our theory is, Earth was a testing ground for Gem experiments and... well several other experiments and projects and the Gems like me, her, and Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite were sent here to... monitor the progress. Or be Watchers. And the Corruption is possibly one of Yellow Diamond's quasi-biological weapon that escaped when Rose Quartz sabotaged the Homewrold facilites. It was a strategically wise move if you think about it... Earth wasn't just the focus point of the Rebellion because of its beauty and the humans... The planet was and is a storehouse of secret projects and experiments and the Rebellion suddenly make sense..."
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 27, 2016 22:59:54 GMT
"Well I'm not too sure how I feel about the possiblity that the Corruption affliciton could be a homeworld weapon. Releasing it as such in any circumstance would be next to impossible to contain. The liability of such a thing would be enourmaous, especially considering the danger it poses to friendly gems as well."
She pauses to imagine the old colony ship actually being repaired and powered up again, it could be trouble, but getting a ship to hover off the ground in the atmosphere was one thing, bringing all it's systems back on line, including weapons, sensors and FTL drives, but the psychological impact of a hovering colony ship over some city would be massive for the humans.
"Makes you wonder just what other secrets are hiding beneath the waves or topsoil of this world, there could be more here than either of us realize. Is there really some sort of dampening technology in palce thats bringing down ships? Seems like not all ships are affected, although vessles like Opalite's are first class tech, inquistorial galleons, makes sense that they could resist the effects of a engine core isruptor field.."
Her masseur wraps up his work on her back and leaves the room, looking rather white as a sheet as well. Carbide blinks as she hears the door close, leaving her with just Morion and his feverish estetician. Sitting up she makes a reach for her deep blue spa robe, and soon has her modesty restored, more or less, although her mind was occupied, it could be seen on her expression.
"Yellow Diamond is a bit reckless... I was never a big fan of her tactics. Drop down legions of Rubies, some disgusting Fusion warmachines and win the fight by sheer numbers? Sure you can win that way, but the cost is pretty high... I know, who cares, they are just dumb, expendable Rubies, but still... they are loyal Gems! Our sisters! They fight bravely to their Diamond and die for her... they deserves better..."
Morion shook his head with a sigh
"And all these horrible experiments... just look what she did with that poor Peridot, Yellow Peridot! She became an insane monster. And poor Bloodstone? You know bloodstone right? And the other experiments that belonged to her on Earth... and now? The idea of the Corruption as a weapon? Dangerous... I have faith in my Diamonds tho'... Blue and White will stop this insanity I am sure!"
He looked at Carbide
"I have long suspected the Crystal Gems have a weapon or generator that makes the Loyal ships crash..."
Post by ~Panzerschurke~ on Sept 29, 2016 20:32:01 GMT
" Well if you can make a jammer that can reach into space and read the minds of gems, to tell a loyalist from a rebel and crash their ships selectively, then you're a better gem than I. One thing at a time though."
Carbide stands up and ties the robe shut, turning to glance at the ornate grandfather clock sitting against the far wall of the elaborate spa room as if expecting something..
"Well Morion, I thank you most kindly for the information and your assurances that the construct that attacked Opalite and I was in no part your doing, and for seeing me in a direction to look..But it seems I must be going...no rest for the wicked after all."
At that moment the door would open right on cue and in would walk three of the most powerful looking and rather rotund looking Human women with their hair up in tight buns, who take their place on either side of Marion's lounger. Carbide had seen what passed for Quartzes in Marion's Enforcer ranks, and these three put his thugs to shame by a country mile..
"Please do accept this gift of a deep...deep tissue massage from ...ah yes, Hildegard, Agatha and Brynhild... I am told that about 7 years ago they each competed on the Women's weight lifting team from a country called Sweden I think.. anyway it was for a human sporting festival called...the Olympics I think. Set some records for the event as I'm told. - Play nice, all of you!"
As Carbide closed the door behind her and made her way back to the lockers and retrieved her effects she couldn't help but giggle..it was important to treat others once in a while after all..
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