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Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 28, 2016 18:56:13 GMT
Chip smiled and nodded. They had an understatement. Then he started talking about warp pads. He knew about them, but never used one before. Mostly because he didn't know where to look for them... and even if he knew he would avoid them just because there was probably higher chance to meet other gems...
"Well... I actually don't know how to shapeshift... and I am too tired to fly... that... thing... whatever it was, was chasing me for hours... then I got nearly crushed to death by it... then you nearly poofed me... so... warp pads sounds really lovely right now..."
He said. The truth was, that he was also quite giddy to see the skyscraper.
"Well I actually know quite little about us, gems... I know, that imperfect gems are not the most popular... that peridots are huge jerks... but I have no idea what the creature that attacked me was... was it just shapeshifted gem? Or was it some kind of gem animal? Or monster?"
"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
"You already know we are formed, not born. 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. 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 our physical body 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. Our Empire is multigalactical, Homeworld is in another Galaxy... you can see that Galaxy with naked eye from Earth tho'... there... that is it! Our home.... that is the Homeworld Galaxy... a little bright blue-white fleck on the infinite tapestry of the Space."
Moiron pointed to a star on the night sky "The four Diamonds are Blue Diamond, White Diamond, Pink Diamond and Yellow Diamond. These four 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."
Moiron explained "Now, that monster... when Rose Quartz sabotaged the Kindergartens... and other Homeworld facilities something was released! Something terrible. I don't know for sure, what is it, actually. Something from beyond the stars? An Experiment or even a malevolent entity that escaped from imprisonment, we don't have enough information to be sure. Something that the Gems found on Earth then studied? It was an artifical creation? A biological weapon? Hard to say. But this thing is like a disease! We are callig it: "Corruption". Who knows, maybe an unfinished biological weapon... as far as we know it, it could be Alien in origin, like us, or maybe the Human's secret weapon against US... I have noticed the Corruption only affects Gems. Not Humans. Or plants. Or anything from Earth...!
He sighed "My best theory is, it was Yellow Diamond's pet project, a weapon or modification. The Corruption is transforming the Gems... in to Monsters. Slowly, consuming both the mind, the soul, if we even have one, and the projected body. Transforming them. As far as we know, there are stages of this Corruption, but nothing certain. We even don't know how its spread! Airborn? By touch? With liquid light fluids? Kissing an infected could doom you? We. Do. Not. Know."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 28, 2016 19:18:09 GMT
Chip listened, listened very carefully. Some things he already knew, like the projection thing. He was after all projecting his body right now... but most of it was quite new for him. He also had no idea, he should have some additional "code", but since he had no time to chat with peridots, he never learned it. Or perhaps he should've known it by default, like so many things he should know. Everything was ok, until he learned about the corruption. That worried him quite greatly.
"Uhm... should I be worried about the corruption? The creature touched me after all... it squeezed me quite tightly... could I be corrupted now? I mean... I feel quite fine... except the exhausted part... I don't feel corrupted... but could I be..."
He started to talk in circles. He, of course, had no desire to transform into monster anytime soon. So he didn't even get, that it could be something, that was produced by those perfect diamonds... but it might as well be something that rebels made to chase other gems from the planet. Right now that wasn't important...
"Do I look corrupted? I don't, do I? I think I'm fine... or... perhaps it will show up later? Darn!"
The Smoky Quartz grabed the nervous little Fire Opal gently by his shoulders
"You are fine! You are not showing any signs of mutation... so to speak. No spikes, no claws, sudden extra arms, or blade like rowel... your form is stable, without any glitches, or like that."
Morion nodded with a sigh
"But yes, I'm not going to lie to you, sadly the possibility of corruption is always there... since the Rebellion started. I don't know how old are you, but if you are from Earth, you formed before all that... before the Corruption. And after that you survived in the wild and yet, you are not Corrupted! See? I told you you are strong Chip! A resilient Gem, even you are chipped, you were stronger and resisted the Corruption... not like that unfortunate Gem that became that snake monster and lost her mind and tried to eat you..."
He explained calmly, squatting down to Chip so their eyes were on the same level
"If you are corrupted, the Corruption found a way into your damaged Gemstone.... we will find a cure. But you are fine, trust me. Don't be afraid!"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 28, 2016 19:54:42 GMT
Chip slowly calmed down as he was listening to Morion. He still checked, if there were no claws coming out somewhere or spikes or additional limbs, but he looked the same as always. Of course his next thought was, that having additional arms could be quite useful, but the "loosing once mind" part wasn't nearly as appealing. Since he was avoiding all gems, there was little chance to get corrupted, before... and now he knew about it, so he will be careful. "Well I..."
He wanted to say something, but was interrupted. The assassin, who was killing enemies for his diamond, who ran criminal empire, the scary shadowy guy, who just some time ago was transformed into huge terrifying predatory cat that possibly wanted to eat him just hugged him. Nobody ever did that before... once again, he blinked few times, just to make reality check, but he was still here and it was still happening. Chip wiped his eyes with sleeve of his hoodie.
The Smoky Quartz nodded and stood up It was tactical not to notice when Fire Opal wiped his eyes with the sleeve of his hoodie^^
"Come... we are almost at the Warp!"
Moiron walked next to Chip After a little silence, he asked:
"You have any questions? I bet you have several... don't be afraid to ask!"
He reassured the other Gem
"It is not your fault you don't know... things. Gems are formed fully grown and with the knowledge inside their Gems. Our Gemstone... it is hard to explain, but the gemstones are, in essence, the Gem being itself. Our physical bodies are merely a hologram with mass from within the gemstone, much like our weapons and outfits."
He summoned his scimitar
Moiron dismissed the weapon
"To be honest our Gem is like a computer's core. Without it, we are nothing, everything we are, memories, knowledge, everything, is in our gemstone.
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 29, 2016 4:35:59 GMT
Chip nodded once more and followed Morion to the warp. They were walking in silence for some time, but then Morion asked a question... Chip had many questions... to many to ask to be honest. Though he got answers to ones, that were truly important.
"Yeah, I know I should know more... but... I don't. That's why I want to learn."
He smiled and connected his palms. As he was pulling them apart a shiny fiery lance appeared between them.
"I know at least something... like how to use this thing. The only thing I use that is not a projection is this hoodie... and that's only because it's easier to pass as a human that way. And it's actually working quite well... I just need to hide my armored arm and hair... and even trained assassin could be fooled. "
He made a little joke. After all even Morion thought he was human at first.
"Well now... a shiny, fiery lance! And you said you are not a warrior... But you are designed to be one. If you were not, you would have a shiled instead of a lance. Do you know how to fight with it? Or want to learn...? A lance is good for attacking, but in the capable hands a quite useful deffensive weapon too!
The Smoky Quartz nodded "You are right. Using human clothes are not only easier, but quite comfortable and makes extremly easy to hide in plain sight. Usually I am in my silk suit, preferably Italian with maching shoes and cane. Humans love the stlye! And yes, you fooled me..."
"But not just me, your persecutors too! Gems rearly bothers to fit in... we are a superior species after all, but some cases its necessary. By the way, we can go shopping if you want... Money is not a problem."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 29, 2016 12:29:03 GMT
"Well I suppose I should have been one... and I have some knowledge of how to use that... seems like that was more important then to other stuff I don't know... I guess along with the wings... and this stupid armored arm it's pretty obvious what I should have been... "
Chip always hated that stupid armored arm. It was difficult to conceal and since he was rarely fighting it was good for nothing. The wings were useful though.
"Well I am used to be hidden... not drawing attention to myself. It was always safer option... I just had to get new one after I use my fire wings... fabric and fire don't mix well... "
He turned his back on him, showing big burned hole in his hoodie. His gem was shining through the hole.
"Humans may be the lesser species, but they will usually notice this... that's another reason why I was moving quite often... hoodies just happened to disappear in the area I stay in..."
In reality Chip never thought of humans as lesser, they had rich culture, art and sciences... they were capable of great compassion and wisdom, but also cruelty and stupidity... they were diverse, they had a lot in common with gems... not everything by long shot, but still...
"Well Fore Opal... sorry, Chip, we are, the Gems are conquerors, remember? Not peacful traders or something like that. As I said our society is extremely advanced and imperialistic matriarchy which maintains a strict caste system based on Gemstone and an empire of terraformed colony worlds. Some of those worlds must be conquered before. So producing Gem warriors, like Rubies and Quartzes are a must. It is essential for expansion. And our Empire is always expanding..."
The Smoky Quartz nodded
"So when Peridots upload the knowledge, they start with the combat sutffs... You have an enetrinty to learn other things, but the Diamonds need soldiers now. It is that simple"
Then he listened
"Fire wings... I always envied the Gems with wings... I've heard stories about winged Gems. They can fly darn fast... like faster than light fast. And their wings are strong enough to escape a planet's gravitational pull. Funny... In theory, if the stroies are true, you are maybe the only Gem that is not stranded here like the rest of us. You are truly free to travel among the starts like a comet... Fitting for a traveler Gem like you Chip"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 29, 2016 13:05:21 GMT
"I know, I was listening... we are warriors... intergalactic empire, superior... with perfect leaders..."
He said. It was obvious, that he wasn't entirely thrilled with this knowledge. After all, he wasn't warrior, he hated fighting... he had nothing against humans, he actually liked them more then gems... and even now he wasn't sure about all this. But he was willing to give it a try.
"I don't like Peridots... I doubt I ever will... the fire wings are the only reason I survived my first meeting with them. Though I'm not strong enough to fly so quick or so high... still, it's quite relaxing, seeing everything from above... "
It was ironic... he needed healers to be healed, but they were on Homeworld. But to reach Homeworld, he needed to be healed. Perhaps even them he wouldn't be able to do that though... seemed impossible. Higher he got, the most difficult it was to fly.
"Do you think that Homeworld forgot about us? I mean... they have ships right? They could fly here... but they haven't..."
He suddenly asked. It felt strange... like Earth was not worth all those troubles. There were, after all, millions planets out there... perhaps they moved on?
The Smoky Quartz walked next Chip in silence It was a hard question But the kid deserved the truth
"The Rebels have doomed this planet with their actions Fire Opal... The retribution will be... brutal. And I don't want to be among those who will need to answer to their Diamonds for their faliures. And crimes. Sooner or later they will arrive. The Diamonds will arrive! Eventually. This planet is a colony after all... always was and always will be! With precious resurces! And Yellow Diamond is as gracefull as a rockslide, when it comes to retribution. Legions of Rubie soldiers marching alongside the Quartz knights, Gem-powered warmachines, canons and vehicles, Peridots behind them to fix everything if needed... disgusting, but strong and feral Fusions... with our fleet, our ships blackening the sky... "
Morion shook his head
"IF we are lucky. You see... the Crystal Gem killers sabotaged and destroyed most of what our Home accomplished here. Dangerous monsters are all around, and we have lost contact with the Gem Empire. The Gems are without leader, and order... Chaos rules Earth. When the Diamonds arrive and trust me, one day they WILL arrive, what will they see? A planet lost in anarchy! Monsters and rebles... Personally I think, knowing Yellow Diamond's methods, her response will be to subject the planet to an orbital bombardment that will "glass" - that is, fuse the silica in the soil into glass - the planet and boil its oceans away. And I can't blame her! Our only hope is to establish a Colonial Court, restore order, so when the Empire arrives, the Diamonds only will find order and loyal Gems. The highest ranking Gem on Earth is Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite. He is the de facto Governor of Earth. Every Gem should bow before him and serve him, help him to keep the peace on this misrable Planet! We need Quartz Knigts to secure his rule and soldiers to keep the fragile peace! Gem aristocracy and culture..."
He looked away
"The porblem is... I haven't heard a word about him in a time. Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor, his excellency, the exalted Opalite is just... disappeared. But I think in his case this is just a self exile... He didn't... well... didn't seemed like he wants the responsibility of all this. And without a strong ruler, a Planetary Governor, the Gems on Earth heading towards chaos and anarchy... and eventually as the result of the War, we are going to divide Earth among ourselfs; local Gem-Lords and Ladies ruling over fiefdoms... like me over Empire City, or Starlight Swan, a Crytsal Gem claimed Beach City or Lady Chyrsocolla considers the Lunar Sea Spire as hers. See Chip...? This is why the War is so important... it is for our survival.
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 29, 2016 15:05:53 GMT
"So... if I understand it correctly... when the other come... and they will... they will blast this planet to oblivion, with everyone on it... us included? Since I don't know how it is with you, but I won't survive glassing of the planet... I mean... the Diamonds should be perfect, right? Even the yellow one... and glassing us, who did nothing wrong would surely be a mistake... or is that punishment for us allowing this to happen?"
This sounded too much as what Peridots did to him. You made (or are) a mistake? So you'll die! Yeah, Chip wasn't a fan of this idea. Everything that included mass destruction was bad in his eyes... but Morion was acting like it was second nature for gems. Was he right? After all even Crystal Gems were doing this by sabotaging kindergardens... were gems race of intergalactic jerks?
"I mean... it sounds little... excessive to me..."
"Yes... punishment. And to be honest we... well not you, since you are innocent in this whole mess, but me and the other Gems like me who suposed to prevent something like this are guilty. It is a bit hard to admit, but it is our fault, we let the Rebellion happen. Hubris is a terrible thing... We learned this in the hard way. So yeah, the Diamond's punsihment is somewhat justifiable"
The Smoky Quartz admited with a sigh
"But thankfully we have time to make things right! So tho' our future is grim and full of death and destruction, there is hope. Not too much, but enough to survive this! More so, the diamonds sent not so long ago a ship to save the stranded Gems!
This was the good news
"Thanks to the Crystal Gems jamming field and some monsters Black Star Diopside's ship crashlanded and can't leave Earth and she had to shatter her own crew.
This was the horribly bad news^^
"She is a Bounty Hunter, I will introduce you to her... if you want. And spider too! She is a Spider Web Jasper, an Assassin like me... cute girl, a bit bitter and sometimes I doubt her loyality, but we have to work with what we have, am I right? But I can totally understand If you want to be alone, a secret... as I promised I will keep your secrets.
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Sept 29, 2016 17:03:23 GMT
He said. It was... terrible just imagining that armada of spaceships would just obliterate everything on planet from orbit just because someone rebelled. But they had time to fix it! He could stand behind the idea of Earth not being destroyed while he was still on it. "Aren't you afraid, that loosing ship sent to Earth will lead to... the Glassing?"
That was disturbing thought. If he was a diamond, he would totally sent more ships to Earth after this one not returning... of course he would not cleanse it from space, but he wasn't psychotic like probably everyone else in his species.
"No, you don't have to keep me secret... and I will help you stop this, I don't want to die with Earth just because some rebels... that would be such a waste..."
He said adamantly. If there was anything he could do, he was determined to do it. It surprised him... but he felt like he can't let this pass...
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