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Empire city was a city full of lights. The brightness of the city was so intense that one would not know that night had fallen at midnight. The noises of the buses and cars on the streets were loud enough to make one go insane, well that is if they had not lived there long. It was a large human city, but the humans were not alone. Empire city was currently home to many homeworld gems. These gems included one who was aligned to neither party. A frightening warrior gem who hunted down any unprotected gem that he could and shattered them for pleasure. Fortunately, most gems protected each other and he did not get far.
However, he often visited the parts of Empire city that were less common to visit. These areas were dark and full of crime. He emerged from a jet black limousine in front of a night club. Since the street was deserted he was free to draw the limousine into his gem, protecting it from greedy humans. He wore his hair in a ponytail, it was green along with his skin. He wore a trenchcoat and black jeans. He strutted toward the club, watching it through black sunglasses.
It was a little later than Ice would've liked to be out, but he found that the city of empires lit up at night, to the point where it didn't really matter what time it was. He was planning on staying at the tower, so he figured he'd do his part and learn his way around a bit better. He always felt nervous around the humans, so he decided to start small, finding an area that was much less populated than the rest of the city.
He crept along the sides of the buildings, slowly delving into darker territory, making an attempt at acting casual as he moved. His 'casual' movement was pretty much the opposite, getting worse as he got further away from the well lit part of the city. He accidentally ran into a small trash can, sending it forward with a loud bang. It wasn't very full, but a few objects still spilled out. He stopped and stood it back up, throwing some sort of shoe and a torn bag back in, and then crouching down to pick up a mirror. It was smashed into several pieces, but he figured it was likely due to the fall. As he picked each piece up, one by one, he saw a far off reflection of a person on one of them. He very suddenly dropped the mirror and ran in behind a building for cover, slowly peeking his head around the corner. It was dark out, but he was pretty sure it was a human, just because of their attire. He kept staring at them, worried, but confident that they didn't notice him... yet. Although he couldn't quite tell if they had noticed him or not, they were wearing some sort of black glasses over their eyes that made it difficult to tell.
Suddenly the figure in the mirror was gone. The wind howled and it was as if the mysterious person had never been there. The music in the night club was blaring but the howling wind could still be heard over it. As a long time passed, it seemed that the area was deserted. Right when it seemed that the person was gone for good a hand landed on Ice's shoulder. Their face twisted around to meet his. The figure seemed to have a floating ability, or else he wouldn't have been able to see Ice face-to-face.
"Hello there... this place is dangerous at night, what are you doing out here so late?" The figure said in a voice so soft that he could barely be heard. He took off his sunglasses. His expression was calm, but his eyes were still piercing.
Ice was looking down at the reflection off of the mirror shards, when suddenly, it vanished from all of them. Ice's eyes opened wide, and he started to shiver just a little more violently than usual. He slowly peeked further around the corner to see if he could find the person, but as he was doing so, a hand touched him on his shoulder. He froze, only turning his head to see what it was. "Waaah" Upon seeing the person from before, he jumped backwards, tripping over his own feet and falling to the ground. Ice just looked up at the person, as they talked in a disturbingly soft voice. He could already tell that the person was in fact a gem. For one, they're feet weren't touching the ground, and they appeared to be hovering somehow. But there was also the fact that they seemed to handle touching his cold body just fine. A human has water in them, there was no telling what would happen if they touched him, but he did know that they wouldn't be able to touch him for quite as long as this person just did.
The gem took off their glasses, revealing two eyes that seemed to dig into his soul. Ice spent a fair bit of time just cowering, before responding to the gem's question. "I... I was just out for," Ice gulped rather loudly "for a walk..." He didn't look the gem in the eyes when he talked, he couldn't, they seemed to shoot through him in a way that he didn't like.
Sulfur stood and looked at the gem. He floated a few inches off the floor, circling Ice. His expression was unreadable and showed no emotion.
"A walk? It's a bit late for that... I don't mean to pry but it seems like that is not the case." The Gem stopped circling in front of Ice. He looked into Ice's eyes again with his piercing gaze. "If I am right and you are not being honest with me then don't worry. You can tell me why you are risking yourself."
Sulfur moved close to Ice.
"You are not a human are you... a gem?" Sulfur looked closely. He smiled. "Yes, definitely. I too am a gem, I am sure you have noticed by now." Sulfur put his sunglasses back on and smiled at the gem.
The streetlight behind the gem was flickering on and off, but Ice could see that the gem was in fact green, but not of a type he could recognise. The whole situation made him feel really uncomfortable, and it wasn't a hard thing to read, Ice's entire body was quivering a lot more than usual.
The gem seemed to accuse him of lying, but it was pretty much the truth, he left out a bit of detail but overall he wasn't lying. Still, the gem hovered in the air in front of him, eventually stopping and meeting eyes again. Ice turned his head to the ground, shutting his eyes tightly. "It's the truth"
Ice wasn't used to other gems getting so close to him like this, especially ones that he barely knew. The good news was that most gems couldn't handle... handling him for very long with the cold they'd have to put up with, but the bad news was that this gem didn't even have to touch him, his presence alone was enough to invade his comfort zone. Ice had his eyes open again now, although he only looked up at the gem every few seconds, and rather awkwardly.
Ice's suspicions were confirmed when the gem outright said he was a gem, but he was already pretty sure of that. He had yet to see any humans who were green and floated. He felt thankful when the gem put on the sunglasses, although a little confused as to why anybody would be wearing sunglasses in the dark. He paused for a second, unsure if he should disclose information to this gem, but figured his name wouldn't hurt. "I'm... Ice..." He felt that a name for a name was a fair trade and asked the same thing to the unknown gem "Who are you?"
"So it is... well I suppose only a fool would lie under your circumstances. I don't take any gem for a fool you see, so I do suppose you are telling the truth." Sulfur said, backing off. He felt that being too close often disturbed gems, and now that he was no longer interrogating he had no reason to bother the gem. He smiled. "So, it is the truth, well I do suppose you couldn't be a human then."
Sulfur looked at the gem emotionlessly, he had made the gem uncomfortable.
"Ice, of course you are a gem I have never met..." Sulfur said, rubbing his chin. He then smiled. "Well I too am a gem you have not met, the last of my kind. I am Sulfur!"
Sulfur floated in a loop.
"Pleasure to make your acquaintance. Sorry to disturb your walk... is that a mirror?"
A wave of relief flew over Ice's head as the gem moved back, retreating from his personal space. He got back up onto his feet, but he still had a bad feeling about the whole scenario. This gem had apparently never heard of an Ice, at this point it was the norm, none of the gems he'd met on Earth would ever have worked anywhere close to a gem like him, so it made sense. However, what really bothered him, came from the gem's response to his question. "Did you just say... you're name is S, Sulfur?" Ice's teeth were chattering loudly as he spoke, and continued afterwards. Ice didn't like what he'd just heard, and hoped desperately that he'd heard wrong. If this gem, Sulfur, was telling the truth... If he really was the gem who Morion had mentioned to him, in his list of insane gems, then Ice didn't like his situation. He tried to remember what Morion said about him, something about him being a dream walker abomination...
Ice played along, trying not to give away the fact that it bothered him. But trying to play along, and actually playing along, were two different things, Ice's constant shivering could be giving him away.
Sulfur brought his attention back over to the broken mirror on the ground. "Yes it is, but it's not mine, it belongs to this big metal storage unit. I, I kinda... broke it though..."
"Well that is obvious..." Sulfur said. While his words seemed insulting, his tone suggested otherwise. He picked up a shard of the mirror and pricked his finger with it. It looked like it hurt, but he didn't react if it did. His face twitched a bit as he did, but it didn't look the same as a wince. He turned to Ice and threw the shard behind him dismissively.
"Well there would be no use in mourning it's loss now would there be, Ice?" Sulfur said in an almost sing-songy voice. "So, where are it's owners? Are they nearby?"
Sulfur looked around, as if he may spot Ice's pursuers by simply looking around him.
"If so, now would be the time to run. You cannot fix this mirror, if you can then they will still know it is broken. If you can fix the mirror you will not fix it's abilities. It is like not only tearing the fabric of your body but the fabric of your mind. Some things can't be fixed." Sulfur stomped on the shard until it broke.
"This is quite the fateful walk... this is the exact reason walks at night are dangerous."
Ice looked at Sulfur, concerned. He hadn't thought about the repercussions of breaking the mirror at the time, he figured it wasn't that big of a deal. But now he was filling up with anxiety over the matter. "I, I don't know where the owners are, it was just sitting here on the side of this road."
Ice became a little frantic as he watched Sulfur look around to see if he could find the owners.
The matters only turned from bad to worse when Sulfur explained the full extent of the damage. "I didn't know the mirror had powers! I swear! I can still fix it... I'm sure, just give me a sec.." Ice froze and winced as Sulfur broke one of the shards with his foot. He didn't say anything about it, he just ran around trying to gather all of the mirror's broken shards. His face was brimming with feelings of guilt and worry, stopping only to look over at Sulfur when he spoke again. He was right, it was a bad idea to come outside when it was so dark out...
Sulfur didn't know whether to laugh or shout. It seemed that the gem had gotten the idea that the mirror had powers. Ice seemed to be picking up the shards however, the opposite of the message Sulfur had meant to get across. He simply stared as the gem collected the shards. His face could do nothing but raise an eyebrow.
"Child, did you not hear me? You are too late to make this right, the mirror is broken. Once a mirror is broken there is no fixing it. Stop picking up the pieces, you are wasting your time to escape. Do you not value your reputation and freedom? Those are at jeopardy if you inconvenience someone." Sulfur said sharply. "You must not fear these ones who you have inconvenienced."
Ice started fitting the pieces back into the mirror, although it was quite obvious that he was missing some, and there was absolutely nothing to hold them in place. He was broken from his relentless attempt at fixing the mirror when Sulfur spoke again.
"I just, it's my fault, and.." Ice stared at the hopeless mirror, he knew he couldn't actually fix it, he just really wanted to fix his mistake. He took a deep breath. "No, you're right... I, don't have what it takes to fix it..." He looked up at Sulfur, with a rather sad expression, which slowly disappeared. "That's why I'm just going to have to go find a new one!"
He tucked the broken mirror gently in beside the garbage can, and started looking around to find a new mirror. There had to be one around somewhere, although it was a little inconvenient, searching in the dark. In between each streetlight he could barely even see.
"Yes it is, but you don't have to take the responsibility." Sulfur said softly. He watched Ice as he seemed very sad. Sulfur had no idea that Ice felt so strongly about the mirror he had broken. The sight of it disturbed him a little. What was left of Sulfur's conscience was stirred in an uncomfortable way.
"That is right, you cannot fix the unbreakable, you cannot dance if your shoes are too tight and you have forgotten how..." Sulfur said quietly. "You should stop worrying about things of the-" Sulfur was silenced by Ice's sudden exclamation.
"Oh.." Sulfur groaned. "You aren't going to ever find one lying on the floor you great buffoon!"
Ice snickered a little. "That's silly, nobody needs shoes to dance, and if you forget, you can just learn a new dance."
Ice was turned back at Sulfur, he felt like being called a buffoon was an insult, but wasn't honestly sure what it meant. He looked over to where Sulfur was pointing, a big building that was lit up with bright signs. "There's really a mirror in that building?"
Ice headed toward the building, speed walking, even if he wasn't entirely confident that he'd find a mirror there. He wanted to make sure that he got a new mirror to replace the old one, before the owners of the metal storage unit returned. He hated the fact that he'd gone and broken their mirror, and still felt the guilt on his back.
He was grateful that Sulfur had shown him where he could get a new mirror, Ice was starting to think that Sulfur wasn't quite as bad or insane as he was described in Morion's warning.
Sulfur sighed as Ice spoke. It was as if he felt like he was the only intelligent person in the area.
"Analogy wasted." Sulfur then watched Ice seem confused as to what he had meant. To Sulfur, this proved his accusation correct. "It's a human market. That is where humans go to retrieve items that they need on their various endeavors. Were you made yesterday, or is your knowledge of earth just so limited?"
Sulfur sighed again. As Sulfur floated with Ice to the store he tucked his legs in, as he didn't need them to hover.
"Say, Ice do you happen to be allied with homeworld? I assume so, but you can never be sure until you check." Sulfur asked. He sounded hopeful. "Well... are you!?"
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Feb 23, 2020 11:08:33 GMT
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