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Respect. Respect! It was something 7XB had long since grown used to from their subordinates, quick to demand it on the rare occasions that those beneath them lost sight of their place; the quartz soldier would be the very first to correct them. By that same token, 7XB was never reserved in extending that same respect to their superiors: Agates, Diamonds, and other such gems created to occupy seats of higher power. It was a fairly simple chain of command, really, and one that must. Be. ADHIRED TO! Any gem without a major defect knew that, or so 7XB had always thought. On Earth they had already been slighted more they had in the last century at least, and they refused to take it gracefully any longer.
"None of that matters to me," they hissed caustically, a twitch away from poofing Howlite, or worse, "You would do well to remain out of my sight for the remainder of this mission. And SILENT." There was no room to argue with the seething quartz; truly such an arrangement was for the Howlite's own good. Still huffing like a mad, raging bull, they turned away in an effort to dilute the red they were seeing before continuing. "In the unlikely event that you have something prudent to say, you may whisper to the Fusion."
She let out a long sigh, pleased that things didn't come to violence. It was hard to tell with XB, they seemed to have a rather short fuse like many quartz. It first confused her why the authorities would send such a hot-head, but it started to make sense the more she got to know them. After all, the Diamonds had no idea what was going down here so having a big, though quartz handle the matter was rather smart. It was rather well known that a quartz didn't simply give up, the mission would be done no matter the cost.
With that conflict (hopefully) past that Pyrope simply gave Howlite a nod of confirmation, it was best he didn't upset XB a third time. She did give him a pat on the back, "Let's just finish this mission, I understand it aint so easy getting back into the job. One step at a time." And so she pressed on, notably in the direction Howlite had suggested.
He looked at Pyrope and whispered, "thank you." Then he remained silent. He hated this. He was an elite! He outranked him! Wait... Then the light bulb in Howlite's head turned on. He whispered to Pyrope, "Would now be a good time to say that I'm one of Yellow Diamond's elites and technically outrank him?" It wasn't wrong. As one of Yellow's elites he outranked Quartzes. He had gotten out of many bad situations that way. What most Quartzes hated about him was that Howlite's true defect was that he could think for himself. He could make his own decisions without considering what the Diamonds would think. That's what made him so dangerous.
Some rescue mission this was turning out to be; None of the gems they came across seemed to want to be recovered, but they claimed to be loyal at the same time. Save for the Pyrope fusion, who they didn't think capable of such a thing, 7XB had doubts about their proclaimed loyalty. But then, they had yet to attack them.. Unfortunately. 7XB was raring the ab excuse to 'defend' themselves, a welcome break from this nearly fruitless search and rescue. "Pyrope," they called over their shoulder, thick, bleached locks tossed from their eyes, "come' ere." Perplexing, the fusion. 7XB had seen a number of Pyropes in the past: they were a lot like Corridiums, but a bit less prevalent, understandably, as they were well known to be less versitile than Rubies. Those two, though, well, if their outburst a few minutes ago and their insistence on cooperation were anything to go by, this pair was different then any they had seen before. The Quartz wasn't sure how, not quite yet, but they intended to find out.
Just as soon as they had started moving in silence XB seemed intent on further questioning. Before moving next to XB Pyrope turned to Howlite, "Look, let's just get this mission done. It's going to be a long one, and I'd rather not piss XB off any more than they already are. Though... if they do keep getting in your face then well, maybe pull the rank card as you wish." With that said Pyrope walked next to XB, "Yes?" She made an attempt to read their face, but as seemed to always be the case they simply seemed to have the upset glare that they've held since meeting her. Still, she had a feeling that XB was by no means happy with here or Howlite. Conflict had been avoided, but it became clear XB was the sort to hold a grudge, at least for a while.
Howlite grinned. "Sounds good to me." Now XB was in for it. Just one more insult, just one! And he'd have XB by the gem at that point. A gem like XB who constantly preaches about following command would have no choice but to listen to Howlite. Something told him that this trip just got a whole lot more fun. He licked his lips as he scanned the area. He knew no one was around but he was so bored he'd do anything to break the tension. Then he looked at XB. Not yet. Soon but not yet. He figured he'd give the Quartz one last chance to quit being an idiot.
For another, silent moment they pursed their lips, staging their question in their mind, or at least attempting to; "I don't understand you, Fusion," they began oddly, their tone different, less edged than before, even if their expression remain unchanged, "but I expect you to understand that I am not the enemy, here." They were adamant in this, and rightfully so, since it was the truth, but something was truly bothering them, something they attributed to the other gem. They, perhaps, thought that this unnecessary justification would make them feel better. But was that even it? Was that what bothered them?
"What is it that's keeping you here?" She had said herself earlier, veiled beneath some shallow reasoning, that she preferred to remain Planetside, though the situation had barred further questions, giving 7XB time to myself upon this concern instead of exploding, hence the questioning. Perhaps..They should do that more often? "I'm no fool, you know."
She nodded in silence to gather her thoughts before speaking, "I don't really expect you to understand me, nor do I ask you to. But trust me, I don't see you as the enemy in any means. I'm sorry for snapping, but after being stranded her for so long only to have the first Homeworld agent I meet to question my loyalty... it hurt. Especially after everything I... we went through before Homeworld arrived." It was clear Pyrope was talking about her separate parts, something she didn't seem to do very often.
At her second question she actually chuckled, "I'm not a great lier am I. It's true I do have my reasons for staying here instead of heading home. To be honest..." She grimaced with a bit of embarrassment, "...part of me has grown fond of this place. Rebels aside, this place isn't too bad. Don't get me wrong, I believe our efforts of finishing the colony should be reinstated, but I could have been stranded on a worse planet. Much better than the barren bit of rock I, er... we popped out of. Though I do miss it somewhat, was where I came from after all..." Her attention was drawn skyward as she idly thought back to the planet she had came from.
Howlite listened in as Pyrope told her story. It made sense. Earth was a great place especially compared to one such as Homeworld. He had grown rather fond of the planet. He adopted several customs from the humans as well as met new gems who actually cared about his existence. Back on Homeworld, no one would even look at Howlite. His Quartz generals would always push him around and belittle him. That's why he became an elite. So he could show them how it feels to be inferior. His problem with authority ended up actually benefiting him in the long run. But right now may not have been the best time for that.
The day had been an odd one, the human hued gem that was none as Varis had been doing a lot of traveling as of late. He had grown tired of the amount of new gems showing up in Beach City.... almost none were Crystal Gems which wasn't.. all bad. He didn't like the amount of Homeworld gems showing up. If he had stayed he would have been fighting the whole city by now, he had ousted himself as a gem and was more then ready for conflict at this point. By that, he wasn't wearing his hood up anymore, showing his hexagonal shaped, neon green gem of variscite embattled in the back of the neck of his projection.
He was out near a train station speaking with a human vender, he was an older human, balding around the top of his head, bits of gray sticking out to the side. Larger type of a human, very round in the middle and wore what one could see the normal human vender in, blue jeans, white shirt, with a black apron. Varis was handing the man a few bills of human money, in return was getting a long, soft style pretzel. One of the many perks to knowing a bit of the plant is knowing the good food spots!
About to dig in he could hear what sounded like arguing, turning his head to the side a bit, his green eyes looking onto clearly three gems... two he had not seen before, then there was Pyrope... most likely the only Homeworld gem he figured he was on good terms with, despite how there first meeting had gone down. He could still feel a slight scratch even after the healing along his gem.
What he did next was kind of a shot in the dark... he just waited... maybe they wouldn't notice him though the people? He waited, and every few moments taking a bite of his pretzel... waiting.
Despite being one that normally paid abnormally close attention to their surroundings, 7XB currently found themself quite distracted. This was to their benefit, in this case, otherwise they may have realized that they hadn't really made it that far from the train platform for all the interruptions and attempting to wade through wave after wave of people. This information would only upset them, if they were to come to such a realization.
Color came faint upon their cheeks as the fusion recounted what they had said, and how it made them.. feel? For some reason this made them uncomfortable, like some bottomless well had just taken residence inside of them. It was an unusual feeling, completely alien, only befitting a conversation they could never remember having with another before. Their brow furrowed, for a moment; Feeling for some reason as though they should say something, the quartz took the moment of silence to frame their response. "It was not my.. Intention to question your loyalty to your Diamond, fusion," they began uncomfortably, letting it hang in the air for a breath before relenting, "I..May have allowed my frustrations to come through to strongly. That is-that was my own fault. Not yours."
They were mute again, granite orbs hawkish upon the red gem as they offered an answer to the querry that, while fairly new, had bothered the Quartz for awhile. "We must be seeing a different planet," they offered a bit more gruffly, still not at all fond of the Earth and it's natives; then, easier again, "I never truly considered my Kindergarten 'Home' either, truth be told. I wasn't there long, and, well, it was very long ago." Homeworld, now THAT was a home to be proud of, a crown jewel, dazzling in the void. They had only been once, but clearly it had left it's mark.
In retrospect, 7XB may soon regret not taking better care in their surroundings. Something felt..Off. they stopped suddenly, putting out an arm to halt Pyrope as well, coiling.."Wait."
Pyrope blushed a bit, feeling a tad awkward at having XB apologize, "Hey uh... don't worry about it. It's going to be a long job getting this planet back under control, I can't imagine leading one of the first efforts is easy. But next time, feel to just... y'know, talk to me? Might help to get your thoughts out." She could almost feel like she was starting to warm up to XB, despite their rocky start. Maybe this gruff quartz wasn't so bad after all.
"As for Earth, eh... I can't blame you. I hated the place too for a good number of years, still have my gripes to be honest, but it grows on..." Her voice trailed off as her eyes met the last person she thought she'd meet out here, "...you." Varis had a really bad sense of timing. She couldn't say or do anything, not with both XB and Howlite around, but she gave him an intense glare that hopefully conveyed "now isn't the best time!" All she could do was hope he took the hint, and no one else saw him before it was too late.
Howlite thought all was normal. Until Pyrope began looking at something. "What're you looking at?" He looked in the direction she was with his Tracker Vision. He spotted a gem. He could kill it right now. No consequence. But Pyrope obviously displayed some sort of care for this gem and may react aggressively. If that happened he knew XB would help her. He certainly couldn't fight off both of them. He simply whispered to her. "I see it. Don't worry it's safe with me." Then he looked at XB. XB was definitely a thorn in his side. He wondered just how long before he could rip it out.
All Variscite could see coming from the group was the glare that Pyrope had been shooting him... it was almost like he could feel the daggers coming from her eyes, and being jabbed into his face. Not so much a 'I wanna shatter you!" kind of glare but a "Why... WHY?!" kind of look. He looked across the three gems quickly, he didn't know the other two, only Pyrope. Shrugging slightly before... walking towards the group? Yes... he was passively walking in the direction of the group, passing by a few humans on the way.
Once close enough to the trio, if not attacked already, "Hey Pye, hello Pyre... uh... n-new friends?" he asked simply while taking another bite from the soft pretzel, his stutter wasn't out of fear or nerves but... just habit. Varis had little fear of a three on one... five? No three, every loyalist gem that had fought him ended up fleeing halfway though the brawl, or ran after Varis let them live, like that yellow cowboy with the gun... that was a good scrap. One of few fights that's ever stumped him was that Metal... after that what are three Homeworld gems? Even if he didn't want to fight Pyrope... and most likely wouldn't try too if possible.
His only real plan here was to try and lead the group away from the humans if things turned sour... These other two gems might not care about the humans... one of many reasons why he still had to fight for the Crystal Gems, this wasn't their world to take. Even if he had to protect it himself.
At first, 7XB feared that perhaps their impeccable sense of intuition had finally let them down. Other than feeling eyes upon them all, they couldn't make anything out in the sheer mass of humans around, looking for anything that stuck out of the crowd, some indication of a gem other than the three of them. But.. There was nothing.
At least at first. But then they spotted something out of the corner of their eye, something moving against the pull of the crowd of people, drawing 7XB's attention to the figure, now clearly a gem as the Quartz laid their complete focus upon them keenly, unaware as they were of Pyrope's stare. Their nose wrinkled in disgust as the gem came to stand before them, radiating an odor that 7XB would come to attribute to the twisted, brown thing the gem was knawing upon like an animal. Their gaze turned again to Pyrope as the interloper expressed some knowledge of them, as well as their individual parts. Familiar caution ignited again in their voice, gesturing between the two smaller gems, "Some.. Associate of yours, Fusion?" For a pair of gems who knew so little about the planet, they certainly seemed to attract attention. "Do you have a designation or one of those..Err.." what did they like to call themselves? "names?"
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