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Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 18:29:55 GMT
It was a deep night, but Empire city never felt completely dark. Though today it was especially unpleasant night... it was very cloudy, both the Moon and stars were hidden and it felt quite ominous for some reason. Even human felt that, since the streets were almost empty which was weird even at this hour...
Chip felt it too, even when he was sleeping. Chip usually enjoyed sleeping quite a lot, it was helping him sorting out his thoughts and he felt quite refreshed in the morning. Not tonight though. He felt quite uneasy. He was even babbling something incoherent. It went for several hours... then, for no reason, his fire wings sprung from his gem... setting the entire bed on fire instantly. Fortunately Chip room had the best sprinkler system in the entire tower... fire alarm woke probably the entire level, but not Chip... his wings disappeared, but he still slept very uneasy...
When one of the human quartzes entered the room and tried to wake the young fire opal up, he failed... instead Chip just summoned his lance, threw it and pierced the door... fortunately he missed the human. And he was still sleeping... the human Quartz saw no other way then inform Morion about what was going on...
The smoky Quartz was in his room, meditatiing Consulting with his inner demons and personal nightmares The brave human told him, whats happened So the Assassin sent them away, emptied the level and closed down. It wasn't hard tho', since the level was the young Fire Opal's "lair", not many humans lived there... just some guards Empty and dark, closed down level, with only two Gems... The Smoky Quartz walked calmly, in his usual suit with a cane, toward Chip's room... and stopped at the closed door Morion pondered a bit on the situation... the whole situation was a good excuse to poof Chip and solve that anoying "independent young rebel" problem of his once and for all But now, he only opened the door and stepped in, looked around
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 19:34:37 GMT
When Morion opened the door (with big hole in them, where Chip's lance went through) he could see that Chip is sleeping... but not exactly calmly. The whole room was wet from the sprinklers, the bed was still smoking from the fire... and then, without any warning Chip sat up, opened his eyes wide, sweating nervously. He appeared terrified, but only for a moment. When he saw Morions silhouette in the door he calmed down imminently (though he probably wouldn't if he knew that Morion was thinking about poofing him...)
The first thing he did was looking up, where his growing collection of bubbled gem was flying, among them two shards of his own gem. He appeared quite relieved when he saw them bubbled safely. "I'm sorry... I had... a nightmare... I think. I dreamed about my last shard... taunting me... it was... uhm..."
He talked at the dark silhouette in the doors. The dream was... combination of most things he was afraid. It was beyond terrifying. It took him few moments to find out, what destruction he brought when sleeping...
"It was Sulfur? I will grind that abomination to fine dust for this!"
Morion stumped with his cane Then walked to the bed, looked the bubbles Fiery orange bubbles with shards and gems... the Smoky Quartz felt a little pride, his young apprentice was a good hunter, a strong fighter It was a pretty nice collection
"I think my boy, it was more than a dream... the humans couldn't wake you. You were in somekind of... trance I think. Or you had a vision. Or a strong version what you had with your "little borther"."
The Smoky Quartz was a bit worried "Your dream..."
He sat down next to Chip "...tell me about your dream! Maybe that will help you, to calm down"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 19:54:12 GMT
Chip shook his head. This time Sulfur was innocent... well most likely. Not that it would safe that abomination from Chip's fiery wrath... this was even worse then Sulfur... Chip signed and closed eyes for a moment, like he was trying to make it all go away, but no cigar... "I dreamed about my shard... he knew me as well as I know myself... he knew exactly how to wound me... whatever I tried to do to stop him, he knew... I was powerless while he was destroying everything... but it wasn't just an instinct like that one in the iron worm... this one was... smarter..."
He said. He sounded exhausted, distressed and shaken.
"If it wasn't dream... I think he was... challenging me? Taunting me? I'm not sure... but what he showed me was... terrible. I will never let it pass..."
But his usual enthusiasm and self-confidence were not there...
"So it was not Sulfur... yet I am still thinks, that monster is responsible for this in a way; the mental assaults could potentially weaken your young mind's deffenses... so your dreams were open to "invade"
The smoky Quartz frowned But then listened to the dream And nodded
"I see... a smart one this time"
But Morion wasn't sure, that was it There was a nother possibility
"Chip... are you sure, it was your shard? Not... well... not you? I mean, are you sure, it wasn't only in your mind? Your suppressed personality?"
The Assassin asked quietly
"You were fighting against reality and reason quite a some time now Chip. Maybe deep inside you, you know you were wrong all along and now all this is affecting you. Like a festering wound...
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 20:43:53 GMT
Morion's words hit him like the semi-truck full of anvils. Could it really be the voice? But... Morion didn't know about the voice... he never told anyone... and he wasn't going to... that was his fight and he was going to solve it himself. "Suppresed personality?"
He asked after a moment.
"Look, I don't know if I am wrong or right... and I promise I will give Diamonds a chance... but right now I need to stop the shard. It's something I have to do. I always knew I will have to, but after this... dream I have to make it a priority. Please, I really need your help with this. I..."
He stopped for a moment like he was in pain.
"I... watched as he killed all my friends... destroyed our city... our home... you..."
The last words he said only with the biggest effort.
"You were made to be a Fire Opal... yes, your "programing" was incomplete. Or was it? Chip, it is quite possible, the Gem you destined to be was there all along! But rendered dormant when you became chipped... but was there all along, all the loyality, knowledge, the uploaded stuff, everything that makes a Gem who she is... was there. When your Gem healed all these things awaken... But "Chip" was too strong. While your true self slept, the fregments of your personality formed Chip. And now, deep in your subconscious... Fire Opal is fighting to retake his body. Sulfur dream-walk opened a door to him.... But this is just a theory, but explains, why are you fighting that hard against everything, reason and turth, reality... you are afraid to merge with your true self, embrace him, and accept the fact, you walked a false path"
"Trust me kid... I was there too. you saw my... "facets", reflecting my personality from different angles. Some of them are chained, some of them are free... And I noticed the signs on you. The signs of denial.. you desperately tried to grab anything that could be an anchor, including Bloodstone cursed "independence"... but slowly your grip is slipping and the reality is creeping inside your mind"
The smoky quartz sat there in silence a bit He had to admit:
"But this is just a theory... a frightening theory, and I could be wrong. I am not infallible, kid. But explains a lot, at least from my point of view...."
But Morion was open the possibility, he was wrong And a part of him actually hoped, he was wrong
"It is... just strange, a shard, that wasn't a part of you knew all these things. Tho' the link is possibly there, and he or she could access your memory, and learned your weak spots. I belive you kid... and I will help you to find your shard. As I promised."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 21:32:00 GMT
That was a scary thought... could the voice be trying to... manipulate him? Or was it just the shard? Could it be both of them somehow? He had no idea. But he was scared... "Please, at least now, stop with that... I don't want to start another argument, not now... I really hate when we argue... help me hunt the last shard down, bubble it safely... then I will know... if the weird dreams continue I will know it wasn't the shard..."
He said. He was a little sad, that according to Morion there had to be something wrong with him to believe in what he was believing.. but he was willing to give Diamonds a fair chance, he really was. He knew enough to know, that he didn't know enough. Diamonds might be the perfect and flawless being, however unlikely it seemed, he didn't know that... so he listened his instincts.
He felt a big relieve when Morion agreed to help him.
"Thanks... I know I don't deserve it... but I promise I will keep an open mind but... right now I need to finish this... "
His mind wandered a lot... it was hard to concentrate... he was just too much agitated
The Smoky Quartz nodded to the Young Fire opal If the nightmares continue, then Morion was right... He hoped he was wrong tho'...
"No. You don't deserve it... but it is not about deserving it or not Chip! I helped and helping you because I want to, and you need help. And you are important to me! That is now irrelevant you are fighting a war you can't win against reason and reality. As I told you before, I never wanted you be an obidient slave or midless servant. Yet you rebelled everyting I belive and tried to teach or show you yet accepted everything that turblemaker Independents like Bloodstone said to you... you closed yourself to anything that doesn't fit in your world. Mentoring you is like bashing my head against a concrete wall... But I guess I can't and won't give up on you. Rebel or Independent, you are Chip and you are my apprentice."
Adopted son so to speak
"I will not abandon you, just becouse you are in your teenager "phase"... now, any idea how wil lwe find your missing shard?"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 7, 2017 22:10:19 GMT
Chip had to swallow what he wanted to say, because he would start another argument. And he didn't have the strength to win one right now. After all Chip was learning a lot... he was opened to new ideas... he didn't close his mind. He just happened to think, that murdering billions of humans and hundreds of billions animals was a crime... so in the end he just nodded. "Where it could be... uhm... I... saw place in my dreams... but they didn't mean anything to me. There were... uhm... reddish rocks all around... canyons? I think... I'm not sure. Perhaps some kind of desert? Could be anywhere..."
He said. The memories were all hazy... and the details, clear few minutes ago were vanishing... like most of the dreams. But at least he had a mentor, who was willing to help him. That made him smile.
"I really appreciate your help. But I am not rebel... and I am not really independent either... I am loyal to you."
He had no idea if it meant something for Morion, but for him it meant a lot.
"So, you never seen that place before. Desert, possibly canyons... reddish rock. Not to much, but actually these things greatly narrows down the possible areas. Come...'
Morion nodded to the young Fire Opal
"I will send some Human Bismuths to fix your room... We have work to do! We have a large database you know! If there will be a war, I want to be prepared for it, and knowing the land is half of the victory. So my humans gathered maps, and data, pictures... the human's internet is a great help. So lets try first searching these keywords... and if you see a familiar site, we will investigate it. It is quite possible, your Shard tries to lure you somewhere, so I guess it will be easy to find..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 8, 2017 18:31:20 GMT
Chip just nodded.
"Thanks... this is... like 5th time someone have to fix my room... I'm starting to think I might be little accident prone. Though one time it was your fight with that rebel gem... still... I might have to move my bubbles... it would be quite bad if they got free somehow..."
He followed Morion to the database where he spent few hours searching...
The night was slowly ending by the time he finally found something. It took him few minutes to verify that.
"I got it! Must be this place! There is even one of the Kindergardens nearby... that can't be a coincidence... can it? That's the place... It has to be! He is waiting there... for me... "
"First of all, you burnt a hole in the walls and the door... what if your spear or flames hit your Bubbles? The humans couldn't wake you up... One or two reformed monster or shard in your room would have been your death sentence..."
In his trans like nightmare , Chip would have slept through his own shattering But the young Fire Opal avoided that fate So his Mentor helped him to search
"Hmmm.... a Kindergarten, yes. I am sure, I is not a coincidence Chip. Your shard tries to lure you there! But... why? It is a trap, that is obvious. The question is, what kind of trap?"
That was the real question
"Maybe the area is infested with Corrupted Monsters, or Rebels..."
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Jan 9, 2017 4:59:20 GMT
So their target was apparent - one of the kindergardens. But Morion wasn't wrong... it was obviously some kind of trap. But what kind? Even if that shard was more intelligent it still couldn't prepare an elaborate trap...
"I don't know... it have to be a trap, but what kind of trap... shards can't be clever enough to make alliances with rebels... and how could it be powerful enough to gather corrupted monsters... perhaps the entire area is just infested... with the corruption... could it be trying to lure me there to get corrupted?"
That was a scary thought, not that it was going to stop him from going... if the shard was trying to lure him here it worked like a charm...
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