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Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 8, 2016 19:52:37 GMT
Warp pad activated and revealed two gems, that arrived near the Kindergarden. It wasn't a nice view... dead place, covered by destroyed machinery and scars of old battle. And yet, not so long ago, this place was giving live to dozens of gems... Chip included. His first thought was of this place... his life has begun here. And it was this place that shaped his entire life... both literally and metaphorically. Last time he was here though this place was full of gems. Some were taking care of newly formed gems, some were taking care of the machinery... now, this place was dead in more ways then one.
"Well... here we are... where it all began... "
It was obvious Chip was still afraid of this place. There was memories that haunted him, he almost felt like there are still peridots, waiting to finish what they started years ago. There probably weren't any for years... as he understood Kindergardens were shut down not long after he emerged...
Suddenly he felt like this was a bad idea... he wasn't sure he wants to confront his past, even though it was probably the only way to get rid of his fear of this place. He looked at Morion, hoping for some words of wisdom or encouragement....
"See... we arrived at the first try! You are a natural!"
He patted the Fire Opal on the back
"Ahh... the Kindergarten! I tried to reactivate it you know almost half a year ago! Well, at least one of the Injectors. We had a nice little camp, let see.... yes, over there! Generators, lights, everything! We... me and my humans almost suceeded! But it ended in a catasrophic explosion and a shockwave that could be felt all around the Earth! See that petrifed vegetation? That was a side effect..."
Morion rested on his cane
"Memories... we come here to cannibalize Gem technology and take what we can."
But Chip was the important
"It must be hard for you Chip... to see this place again. To be here again."
He turned to his Apprentice
"One of my Human once told me a story. Two monks, a younger acolyte and an older priest, were traveling to a village to assist in the Moon Festival there. On their way, they came upon a rushing stream, with a beautiful young lady in Moon Festival finery, fretting at the stream's edge. "Oh, please, good monks! Won't you carry me on your back over the stream so that I do not ruin my festival dress?" "No! Not possible! Our Order forbids us to touch a female!" To the shock of the younger monk, the older priest smiled... "Of course my dear, please hop up on my back and I will carry you across." The older monk dutifully carried the young lady across the stream and set her down gently on the other side. The girl thanked the priest profusely and then made her way to the Festival. While walking towards the village, the youtful acolyte fumed and internally raged until he could take it no longer! "Elder Brother! How dare you carry that woman across that stream, when our Order prohibits that?!" "Younger sibling... I put the girl down on the other side of the stream. Why are you still carrying her...?"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 8, 2016 20:29:28 GMT
"Warping isn't all that hard... all you have to do is think... "
He said. The fact was, he was afraid of this one. He knew very well he didn't want to come here... but he had to. Yet he was afraid his sub-consciousness will overwrite his conscious mind. Apparently he was still stronger then... well himself... "Well... couldn't you try again? Even failed try generate results right? You know more now... perhaps you could do that... if this place even deserve it... I think this place should be destroyed... completely... "
He wasn't even trying to be impartial. He hated this place so much! He hated everything about it and he was glad it was shut down. He understood what Morion was trying to say - this place was in the past. It had no control over it now, or at least it shouldn't have... but it did...
"Do you see that part of the Kindergarden? There I emerged from the ground... but not all of me... small piece of me is still there... somewhere... probably in dozens of pieces. Lost forever. I can't forget this place when I'm still here..."
"Yes... all you had to do is think. But this place is different! I am proud of you Fire Opal!"
The smoky Quartz smiled with a nod
"I could try it again... but there is no point now. It is only the mater of time and Pink Diamond arrives! Then we don't need to use this damaged, sabotaged wreckage! I am sure, the diamonds will destroy these Injectors, and will find a new, better place to build a New Kindergarten. Soon you will have sisters Chip!"
"Yes, I can see it... The shape looks good tho'! But I am not a Peridot. To me, most of it looks the same. But your hole is not so bad! The sabotage and the landslide damaged it... but it look intact! So... we are here to dig around? A good old workout, some excavation, to find your shards... I hope your shard didin't found a host and escaped, become mosnters..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 8, 2016 20:49:45 GMT
Chip shook his head in denial.
"Nah, I don't think we would be able to find them... the landslide shifted everything... it could be anywhere. And I really hope that didn't happen... piece of my running somewhere, being a monster... that's scary thought... are shards even capable of doing that? I never though about that..."
Chip looked around and slowly walked towards his hole. It was deeper then most holes around, because he had to came through the landslide. It felt almost like coming home... home to a drunk and oppressive father... he wasn't sure how he felt about this.
"It's so weird... I remember coming out from this hole... making just few steps, before I was intercepted by the peridots... then they started talking... then... I'm not sure what happened then..."
He looked puzzled for a second, trying to remember something, but wasn't able to...
"Gem shards have a powerful partial consciousness that has been harnessed by Gems throughout history to create semi-sentient drone soldiers with the capacity to follow basic orders. Gems once created an army of these drones but found their obedience waned as the shards overdeveloped inside their uniforms and turned on their commanders. You see, any shard inside any sort of container could become a monster!"
"But if you remove the shard in time... they are safe to use. I shattered several Monsters and Crystal Gems, so have plenty of shards... about your shards? Sorry Chip... it is possible, some of them are now monsters. Enything could be a container... even mud. Or animals. Or a bunch of wires..."
He rested his hand on Fire Opal's shoulder
"Maybe your shards have your memories... are you sure, you want to hunt them down? Bloodstone told me about a place that could heal Gems! You could have a cleaer slate, free from the burneds of your past..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 8, 2016 21:58:17 GMT
Chip listened carefully and what he heard he didn't like at all. The very thought that part of him was running somewhere, causing mayhem was unacceptable.
"I never imagined something like this was possible... I just thought that those pieces are lying dormant somewhere... but, they are still me... well incomplete me, but I am also incomplete me... are they?"
He felt even more incomplete then ever. Part of him could be running amok... he haven't thought about finding them, but since they were potentially dangerous he just had to!
"I need to find them just to be sure, that they are not causing any harm... even if it will take years... they are me and I am responsible for me. What would you do in my position? I would love to be complete again... but how could I be when this could be happening..."
The Smoky Quartz nodded with a sigh Shards are dangerous^^
"Yes, in a sense, they are you. Parts of you. I... can't really tell what parts tho', but I guess, like memories, feelings. Moments of your existence. Dreams. Or "trash data". If you like to think yourself as a very avanced Artifical Intelligence... parts of your coding."
Morion felt sorry for Chip
"Your "evil doppelgängers". But incapable to form their own ful body. Like parasites they are searching for a host and steal that form... or like a virus, to overwrite the original coding..."
The Assassin explained
"And there is the possibility, your shards become corrupted... so they are not just regular monsterlings... but corrupted ones! But I think we are lucky ere... I saw your Gem. It is only chipped a little bit, so I think no more than three or five shards of you are around, on the run..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 9, 2016 7:25:41 GMT
Chip just shrugged. After all it wasn't Morion's fault that those shards could be so dangerous.
"Well, I will have to find them... then I can take it to the healing place you talk about... and then I could be complete again... without leaving parts of me to torment the world... now I just have to check they are not in the ground, dormant..."
He said. Without waiting his lance materialised in his hand. He pointed it at the place he was "born" from and shoot immense fire from the tip that just annihilated the hole and blasted it open. The hole got a lot bigger... and it wasn't a hole anymore... more like a crater. He just walked in it and started searching...
"You don't need them to be healed tho'... but yes, without them, the memories, knowledge, dreams... or personality traits you lost with them are gone too. Without them... you are Chip"
The Smoky Quartz explained This was serious mater, since to Chip... well, this was quite an improtant thing at their first meeting
"Nothing less... but nothing more either! Even one shard scould change that kid! One plus one equals two. And the two can't be one anymore... only if two lose one..."
"With all of your shards? You will be Fire Opal.. okay, as a healed Gem, you would be a Fire Opal too, and you are a Fire Opal now... but with those shards and their data you would be the original Fire Opal, you suposed to be. And... maybe you wouldn't like that fellow..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 9, 2016 8:14:31 GMT
Chip stopped, thinking. Who was he? Was he the perfect Fire Opal he could be, if he got his pieces back... or was he who he was right now. Would he change if he found out the rest of him? This was a little too much for him... he should get back together, be the gem that he was suppose to be... the problem was, he rarely did what he should have... he was free to do what he wanted... perhaps with the knowledge that was possibly locked in his shards he would become someone else...
He appeared completely lost for a moment. It was obvious he was thinking hard, but he was going nowhere.
"I don't know what to do... should I become what the Diamonds wanted me to be? Or should I be just me? Is that enough? Or is it the only way..."
He sat down and hid his face in hands, it wasn't obvious if he is thinking or crying or what he was doing...
The Smoky Quartz watched Chip It was a big decission... he knew it
"I know... you are not the bigest fan of my sermons about our Matriarchs..."
Morion smiled "Or to hear again and again and again about their Perfection..."
"But they are wise... on the other hand, they just give the order to the Peridots with instructions "we want this and that" so we are not their creations!"
The Assassin explained with a warm smile, and sat down next to the kid
"You are what and who you are Fire Opal. Chip. Personally I think even without the Shards, you are complete. A fine Gem. With them? You wouldn't be the same Chip. But don't forget, we are Gems! We adapt! Every day you, as Chip learns and experiences new things... and they are changing you too! Slowly. Since you are with me, learning from me and from other Gems... you have changed! You are not the same Gem that was attacked by that Monster, am I right?"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 9, 2016 12:05:03 GMT
Morion was right, Chip wasn't the biggest an of the Diamonds or their supposed perfection. For him they were just tales... some distant monarchs that did nothing for him. He could believe they were wise, but hardly perfect. And he didn't blame them for what happened to him... that were the Peridots... "Yeah... I have no idea what to do right now... but I know I have to find them... without him all this is just academic..."
He said and started digging using his lance. "Whatever I choose I know I don't want them out there... I want them safe... safe for them and others..."
That much he knew... even though he had no idea where they were... if there were still under ground... or shattered completely... or running somewhere causing harm... or perhaps they were in some nice bubble somewhere out there...
"Yah, I supose, that is true... we have to find your shards. They are belongs to you. And we don't want to give the Crystal Gems more weapons... but I guess they are "above" of using Shard drones...."
The smoky Quartz smirked
"Did you practiced the Bubbling? You will have to bubble your Shards you know! That is the safest way! Not to mention, practical way...."
The Assassin looked around
"Lets see... you emerged chiped... or became chiped after your "birth" Fire Opal? This is important! If you crawled out from your hole, after the accident chiped, then the shards must be inside... if your Gem became damaged after you came out, then they are around somewhere... and we may have to dig! "
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Oct 9, 2016 19:41:51 GMT
"I think I should be able to bubble just ok... "
He said quite shortly. He didn't go into any details, but his voice sounded, like he is believing in himself in this for some reason. "I emerged chipped... it happened during a landslide... as I understand it happened some time before I emerged and it was the reason I emerged later then I should... so I guess the shards should be there somewhere? But the landslide could moved them? Otherwise I could see them now..."
He said and spread his hands around himself. There was nothing, just charred remains of a hole... no shards anywhere.
"It could be anywhere... how should I find them?"
He asked desperately. He really wanted to find them...
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