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The smoky Quartz waltched the smoke gray bubble floating before him Several days passed since they recived that pesky Light Mocha Pearl as a "gift" and the invitation to dine with Sulfur It was a grim night that day... but in the end, it ended better than Morion expected He watched the Gem inside the bubble... Sulfur Accordung to him, the last of his kind; the Diamonds ordered their destruction For a reason... Morion watched the cracked Gem... Two Humans brought a bowl of water to him He sent them to the healing fountain of the Crystal Gems, now under Bloodstone (or Chip?) protection for the healing water After they left, the Assassin popped the Bubble-prison and gently lowered the damaged gemstone to the bowl, the cold water Then sat back and waited... He gave Sulfur enough time to think about what happened in his Gem, and now, a chance to heal... maybe it was possible to save and heal him Maybe not But he had to try So the Smoky Quartz waited....
After some time, the gem began to glow. It floated into the air in front of Morion and started to take form. The form wasn't humanoid, it was liquid. The form continued to glow although it seemed to be a puddle. The puddle of light started to bubble and harden as it rose up. The half-liquid body staggered onto it's feet, clawing at it's face. It occasionally lost balance and used it's flimsy arms to support itself as it solidified. Finally, it twisted backward, standing up. The glowing stopped, the gem had completely solidified.
"No.. don't touch her... don't touch... EMERALD!" Sulfur shouted, summoning a blade and pointing it toward Morion, about five feet away. Realizing that it was not who he thought it was he desummoned his weapon quickly. He was breathing heavily as he looked around. "Just a dream... okay..."
"So I take it I'm here to be harvested yes?" Sulfur asked. "A pretty place for it, I suppose I should be grateful."
The Smoky Quartz was siting in his chair, in his usual suit The cane was on his side^^ When the gem started to move, he looked up from the laptop and put down his glass of whiskey Morion watched as Sulfur reformed... then ther silver eyes narrowed, when he mentioned an Emerald
"Yes Sulfur... it was just a bad dream, tho' I am curious, who is... or was Emerald?"
The Assassin admited
"Please, take a seat. How do you feel Sulfur? I think you noticed, you are standing in a bowl... bowl of healing water, actually, from Rose Quartz's healing fountain. Did it worked? The stolen water managed to heal your Gem... and mind?"
"I wish not to speak of it, had I been able to... why would it concern you? It has nothing to do with any affairs you are currently engaged in..." Sulfur said softly. His voice was very soft, but the wind carried it. It was as if he knew that the wind would blow toward Morion.
"I feel... as if my scream was hushed by the rushing waters." Sulfur said, sitting down in the bowl. "I am, yes... a bowl of Rose Quartz' healing tears! I have once been in the same liquid at the fountain itself. You surely remember, my gem was cracked, therefore I used my crystal ball to ask for assistance. Fortunately an emerald who goes by Em, not the one I was hallucinating about in my dream, helped me into the fountain."
When Morion asked about his mind Sulfur burst into hysterical laughter.
"Oh, if only that were the case... Wounds of the mind heal slow, and can often leave scars." Sulfur said, calming down. "Now may I ask a question as you have asked me so many. Why am I not shards at the moment?"
"I am a Watcher. Blue Diamond's Eye. Most of the Gems tend to forget, I am not just a plain old killer... For fifteen millenia I have worked alone, as an Infiltrator, infiltrated courts, colonies, Gem cliques and countless species, wearing masks and created false personalities, or just murdered the originals and replaced them. When my Diamond gave the orders, from watching Eye I became the Wrath, hunting down the targets as an efficient killer. I have danced that complex and complicated dance of the masquerade... never really had the luxury of real emotions. I had to separate myself from my new identity, and its feelings. Feelings, emotions, the mysteries of the heart were always just a weapons in my arsenal. Nothing real."
He shook his ehad
"It is a hobby of mine, to learn everything from somebody that I could. The little detalis, personal things... Sorry, I didn't ment to be rude...."
"I am glad, you are healed. This Emerald, Em... is a Crystal Gem? Just out of curiosity, since you captured that Pearl, but let Spinel go... yet both of them were Crystal Gems. I try to understand you"
He nodded again after the laughter "The humans have healers of the mind. Human minds, but I think maybe their mind-doctors could help you too..."
The Smoky Quartz refilled his glass, looked at Sulfur, if he wnated a glass too or not
"Do you want to be a pile of shards Sulfur? We could arrange that! I had my reasons to spare you....
"Well of course you aren't boring. That's why I invited you over to my diner..." Sulfur said, leaning back in the bowl as if it were a regular chair. "Yes I do try to learn from those I meet as well... I understand your curiosity, but I had no idea it extended to my own past." Sulfur floated into the air and paced about a foot above the ground as if the floor was that much higher.
"Well, she was wearing the homeworld uniform. Also, I have not seen her for quite some time. I am unsure where she went." Sulfur said, standing still. He then floated on his back as if laying in an invisible hammock. "I am a gem of honesty Smoky Quartz, He asked me to let her go in exchange for his capture. I agreed and let her go. He opposed me and did not give me the information I wanted. White Spinel barely existed in my eyes, any animosity I showed her was due to the fact that she got between me and my prey. The weak do not frighten me, but impudence will be punished. If you do not follow my logic then naught can be done, this is the simplest of terms I can put it in. We all do think differently don't we?"
"Mind doctors, scars do not heal, only wounds..." Sulfur then saw that he was being offered a drink. "Oh, no thank you, I am a lightweight. Is that even possible? Well... I can't hold my drink very well."
"Oh heavens no, these reasons were why I had asked. I have no particular desire to perish!" Sulfur chuckled, rolling over in the air.
"An Emerald... tho' I think since Pink Diamond forces arrived and claimed the Moon and the Moonbase, I am sure, you''ve heard it, and it is just a matter of time when Her Majesty, Pink Diamond arrives too o reclaim Her Planet, the Rebellion is technically over, and the Gems with the tiniest survival instinct relaized, it would be better, to summon the Diamond insignia of their court and quetly sneak back to our side to avoid punishment"
Morion sipped from his drink
"She seemed weak? Carefull Sulfur, your eyes can decive you!"
The he hummend the begining of a little song "Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream; Highlows pass as patent leathers; Jackdaws strut in peacock's feathers.
Black sheep dwell in every fold; All that glitters is not gold; Storks turn out to be but logs; Bulls are but inflated frogs.
Drops the wind and stops the mill; Turbot is ambitious brill; Gild the farthing if you will, Yet it is a farthing still...."
Then shook his head "So... I guess, you wonder, why did I spared you. I am curious, what do you think...?
"...You think that there is something to be seen in White Spinel? Perhaps you are right. Earlier I saw nothing in Fire Opal, but he is different now. You have brought out something in him that I believed could not dwell within a gem like him... If you can bring out greatness in a Fire Opal maybe you can bring out greatness in anyone. Perhaps even in me, but that is a bit of a stretch." Sulfur Chuckled.
He floated close to Morion.
"I suppose you don't know. You are a gem who accepts reality, like me, but you seem to have a sense of morals, unlike me." Sulfur said, pondering. "Sadly I believe you spared me only out of pity. I cannot think of any other reason. At any rate, I am glad you did. Life is good, no matter what plagues it."
"Fire Opal always had the potential inside him... he is special. But young. full of possibilites... potential!"
The Smoky Quartz let the Sulfur float closer
"Pity... maybe it was pity"
Morion watched the fire in the fireplace then sigh quietly
"Once... I had to impersonate a young lad. It was the part of a mission. There was something my "father" said. He was old, very old at the time. I went into his room, and he was sitting alone in the dark, crying. So I asked him what was wrong, and he said, "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance." I never understood what that meant until... Diamonds, it took me long, very long time to understand.... My shoes are too tight, and I have forgotten how to dance."
The Assassin sipped from his drink Then shook is head Chip never understood his annekdotes and lessons... but he hoped, sometimes the young Fire Opal sat down and think about them, trying to understand Or discuss them with with his friends But Sulfur was an "adult", maybe he was different... Not that it mattered
"I think Sulfur, you are not as bad as you want to convince the world and yourslef.... as I said, things are seldom what they seem"
"I wonder... If I have potential..." Sulfur said, zoning out again. It seemed that the more engaged with the conversation he became the more he would daydream. He then listened to Morion's tale. Sulfur seemed oddly disturbed by this, more than would be expected.
"...What does it mean Smoky Quartz. It is a riddle, but I feel it could have multiple answers. I have thought of several possibilities, some are haunting, some are insignificant." he said, clutching his head. "It sounds like... it sounds like someone who has lost their chance to change. Someone who is eternally broken, but his guilt does not matter, as it is too late to change anyway... Is that... is that what your story means?" Sulfur said, shivering.
"I am not bad Smoky Quartz. I am just broken and I do not know how to be fixed. I cannot be fixed." Sulfur said quietly. "All I know is that I enjoy my life, so I am gracious to have your pity."
"As for you, I think you have potential Sulfur. And you are not beyond redemption. There is maybe even help for you...! We just need to find it! I think it is not that hard and I am sure, it is possible to fix you. That is, if you want to be fixed.
This was improtant The most important thing actually It was up to Sulfur...
"Fire Opal.. Chip is young, fiery, hot headed but pure and good hearted Gem Sulfur. That is the reason why it is so difficult for him to release his anger and hatred. He is like the human teenagers. But at the end, tho' he had the chance to crush you, he made the right decision.
"What kind of potential do you believe that I have. I believe that I must have potential, I am a gem of pure potential. The reason that the diamonds wanted me harvested was because when I was first created I had no abilities. What they did not realize was that I could do something no other gem could. I could learn... I could excel at any art I put my passion into. Fine dining, Dancing, Fighting, and even Fusion, I learned those myself. I changed my capabilities."
"I suppose in order to explain why you should no longer pity me, and why I cannot change. It is time for you to learn about Emerald." Sulfur said, landing gracefully on the floor. "I never have told anyone this, naturally it is between us. You may want to shatter me after you hear it, but I still want our secret to rest between us. So, it was many millennia ago, I was on Blue Diamond's court, I was her advisor. Only eight Sulfur gems had been created, fortunately I had learned the fine arts of diplomacy. The other seven were harvested and I was on a short leash. Then... they started to produce Sapphires. Sapphires were dull and ignorant compared to my skill, but they had an ability I could never Imitate... the ability to see the future. At that point, everyone turned on me, the Diamonds, close friends, my Diamond... The only gem who protected me was Emerald. We ran away together and eluded homeworld for many years on earth. We... found ourselves in a relationship. She was my whole world, until homeworld sent Chalcedony. Chalcedony had also been in a romantic relationship with Emerald and hated me for it. Her relationship with Emerald wasn't requited, so she was determined to do more than shatter and harvest us. She brought us to a torture chamber, using technology that could manipulate our physical forms to cause us pain. I was strong, I endured, but Emerald was placed in front of me. I can still hear her screams... Then, Chalcedony shattered her. At that point I had broken, I don't know how many of homeworld's gems I shattered in my rage, but I soon realized that every shatter I took, made me feel content. It relieved stress and made me feel like Emerald was fine. Every time I shattered them, I wanted more. I did try to stop, I made some friends, but just when I felt as if I had turned around, the urge returned. I could do nothing to stop myself, I shattered my friends. I was imprisoned in a cave, inside my crystal ball. The dream I was in lasted for two thousand years, but... I can learn. I learned to control that Crystal ball, I spoke to gems, you included. Then ironically the first gem I would see in the real world was an Emerald. That is why I cannot work for homeworld, that is why I cannot ever change. Do you blame me... Smoky Quartz? " He looked deep into Morion's eyes.
The Smoky Quartz listened to the story of Sulfur It was a sad tory, really But he wasn't surprised, he walked to the window
"This is the way of te Empire. Gems Adapt. The old types became redundant, the more advanced ones will take their place eventually. Only the Diamonds are Perfect. And in the end, we all could say, while sitting in a room, alone and crysing in the dark "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance..."
Morion watched the horizon from the window, the Ciry; watched the Sun, as its finally disappeared, and the Night clamined His City while mumbled under his nose:
"There is a story about a man. There was this man... who had spent almost his entire life locked in a cell in a tower for some alleged crime or other, and had tamed little birds for company during his life sentence. They crapped on his bedding and ate his food, but he tolerated them and smiled at their flight in and out of the high barred windows..."
Morion watched the night sky Demetry, Bloodstone, Fire Opal, Spider Web Jasper... now Sulfur... the others... all were his "birds" "It is a beautiful night, don't you think Sulfur? Clear and calm... cold, like the eternal winter..."
The Assassin watched the lights of the City, the shining Moon
"Well yes I do like the cold, but your behavior... seems to be a contradiction." Sulfur said quietly. "If I am correct you are referring me to one of the man's birds. After listening to my tale I would assume that you would know very well that I am not a bird, but more of a venomous snake of some sort... I have not conquered my addiction, but I have directed it toward the monsters."
Sulfur looked at the moon.
"You see... If I go too long without shattering a gem, I lose control over whom I shatter, the urge becomes too strong. Since I have awoken I have only shattered the monsters, but if you believe that there is any potential within me that can be drawn out then you should first know that I cannot control my impulses!" Sulfur looked at the floor. "I am starting to think that it is ironic of you to say that I am difficult to understand..."
The Smoky Quartz nodded After all, Sulfur had the unfortunate "honor" to meet Morion in his mind... and they were not alone
"I think you have potential, master your condition and heal your mind and soul. Learn to control yourself..."
He sipped from the drink
"There are several path ahead of you. Your are fortunate... you can choose your destiny."
"The first is to end it all. I will shatter you painlessly, and grind your shards to fine dust, so nobody could use your Shards to make monsters."
He watched the City
"The second is the "sleep", you will retreat in your Gem and I will bubble you. You will be safe. Then when the times come, I will smuggle you to a planet and there you could be free. Truly. Nobody will judge you or hunt you. "
Morion turned to the Gem "The third is to "kill Sulfur". You will become another Gem, new person, new life... clean slate. Like in those human movies, like in the Witness Protection program."
"The forth is... to remain who you are, accept it, and seek help. I can give you every help that money could buy, experts, doctors... safety. But you have to want this help, I can't force it on to you."
Turned to the City again
"Soon the Derelict, the ancient Colony Ship I claimed years ago will be ready to leave this Planet with my humans and allies. I promised them salvation, a new home, a new Planet, far from the Gem Empire. I will keep my promise Sulfur. It is just a mater of time..."
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