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7XB's unspoken curiousity was soon (and quite unfortunately) sated: How fast could this beast possibly move? Before they could possibly have struck first they found themselves in the line of fire, a chunk of granite hurtling towards them at high speed, a moment of shock giving them little time to retaliate.
Finally, they snapped into action at the last possible moment, digging their heels into the fresh gravel beneath their feet with a grimace. This would not be pleasant. Open, armored palms took the fullz crushing weight of the boulder as the force drove them back, they could feel their vibration on their bones. A grunt, then 7XB readjusted their footing to spin hard, once, before projecting the rock back towards the sender: the oncoming corruption. The impact, and subsequent echo would, hopefully, give them enough of a distraction to slide downwards beneath the collision and under the beast. A shimmering blade glides from the forearm of their right gauntlet as they ground up a halt just past the beast's lower thorax, popping upward.
If they were quiet..Would it know where they were?
The corruption intercepted the boulder on its return grinding itself to a standstill,its own claw eviscerating the boulder like it was mere clay. The shards cascaded around,throwing out a bloom of dust and debris around them.The impact had succeeded in one form though,for a moment the creature had been blinded,the shards sending out a mix of shock waves for the corrupted gem.It was like trying to track a ripple in a rough ocean. This effect though did not last long, Earth doesn't generally retain shock-waves for anything but a short moment. The creature had felt it. The friction of a body grinding to a halt underneath it,subtle as it was, it was still a fresh signal in the fading wave of impacts that the boulder had left.
Its powerful legs launched the creature sideways,its feet digging into the left cliff face, one of its limbs was resting on a stray injector,one that was still mounted onto the cliff face with relative stability.Its small head snapped back upwards and twisted to be looking down on the ground, in Clear Quartzs area. Its gem seemed to glow as its front feet dusted the cliff face. No doubt relocating its bearings and the geometry around it. The creature let out a more guttural screech,this time something erupted from its gem, a small purple blob of some sort (No bigger than a basketball),aimed at Clear Quartz. Its seemed to fizzle as it travelled, almost like a mix of static, and of the fizz of a soft drink.
Euclase by this point had already made her escape,somewhat. While she was not in the immediate combat zone she was still present. As the battle had progressed Euclase's form had shifted, her features morphed into a medium sized avian,one she had recalled seeing on this planet may thousands of years ago. She had taken flight, gaining altitude with rapid sweeps of her new wings. The wind pushed against her as she doubled back around to the combat area. Staying hidden she perched on the top of the cliff face high above Clear and the beast, returning to her standard form she shifted position, almost like the pose one would do while bowing to a kind. One foot was forward her arm resting on her knee, her other knee was resting on the dirt. She had gazed down observing the battle, her own drones forming into a screen and showing a zoomed in display of the fight.
Truthfully, 7XB had been hoping that they would have enough time to jab at least a couple of holes into the corruption-monster's lower half, but it soon became apparent that such was not the case- more due to their own momentary hesitation than the creatures considerable speed. Though it was, perhaps, difficult to tell, the Quartz was still reeling from the sheer size of this gem. The only thing they had ever seen larger than themselves was a Diamond, and it was throwing them off.
'Alright', they ordered themselves sternly, 'get it together. We have a job to do. Just..calm down.'
This little pep talk seemed to have the desired effect as they turned to track the beast upward, only to find a glob of gelatinous..fizz flying towards them. Instinct guided them to dash forward-out of the way and into action. In the sudden movement they became a blur, their whole form taking on the gleam of their razor sharp blades as they spin-dashed forward, using the momentum generated by their sudden movement to sheer an effortless path through the sheer rock to the cliff face, their whirling blades providing the grip they needed to ascend the wall as skillfully as any climber (and much quicker). They rapidly came upon the perched beast, slicing through the injector on which it perched like a hot knife, rather than aiming for the monster outright.
The Fizz seemed to sizzle on the ground,leaving the rock underneath discoloured and burnt, indicating that being hit by it would of caused much the same burning to a gems form. The creature was taken by surprise as what it assumed to be full foundation gave way underneath it, the other legs gouged deeply into the Earth as the creature slid before losing grip and slamming into the earth sideways,with a resounding crash. The bloom of dust erupted out of the earth,causing the area to be obscured by dust. The creature though continued its resolve, shifting back onto its legs and using those front antennas to again relocate its bearings, the dust was thick but to a create that tracked through the ground this was not a issue.
Euclase tapped one of here drones,opening a channel up to the singular trigon that has still been on Clear's body. Despite the combat it has remained relatively unscathed,scuttling around the gems body and launching off when needed before reconnecting. The small thing crackled to life with her voice.
"By the looks of it the creature use the ground to see, based on it jumping onto the wall it needs to rescan its surrounding if it does any sort of quick vector changing movements." She noted to clear through the drone "Stay in the air if you can,and if not keep forcing it to relocate,that gives you a few seconds of blindness."
The voice crackling to life as they ascended the last couple of yards to the closest (large enough) hole to duck into startled the edgy gem-they had all but forgotten about the tiny little sprinkle latched onto their shoulder. It hasn't occurred to them in the heat of the moment that Euclase had been watching the fight instead of, well, keeping to her own objective? It was frustrating to the quartz, but that was within her authority, they supposed, to do such a thing.
However, the advice she gave was soon appreciated; She lent a certain battle perspective that 7XB lost in the haze of combat, and often struggled with. "Keep it moving.. right!" They panted, fingers curled into the outer rim of the opening as they braced themselves, " I'll keep them moving alright." With that, they let go of the edge, using the last bit of contact their feet had with the wall (while tumbling downward) to launch into another bladed spin, hurtling themselves at the beast with savage intent. With luck they would be able to strike the beast with their whirling blades before it could regain it's barings, or cause it to again relocate at the risk of potentially embedding themselves in the ground.
The creature saw flashes of movement, the shockwaves of Clears feet sliding down giving it somewhat of a decent guess of where the clear gem was moving towards. Its bearings already regained enough to be able figure out a attack was imminent, but with the clear gem moving into a free falling spindash, the creature lost sight of the gem above.
In a panic state it let out a another screech, its gem glowing as a sickly purple mist seemed to erupt out the front of it, its head snapped as fast as it could,spreading the mist in a line above, staining part of the wall but still leaving a line lingering in the air, a line that was now directly infront of the falling gem, a line that seemed to crackle with that same acidic hiss as the glob that had been launched before. In this case though with the mixture being so thin it would likely be far less corrosive then the concentrated projectile, leaving minor but painful burns on areas that it made contact with,worsening if the liquid pooled or was not wiped off.Regardless with Clear's momentum it was unlikely that the clear gem could avoid being doused in the mist as it made its beeline straight down for the corrupted gem.
Its massive claws had also raised up, trying to brace itself against a impact that may or may not be coming.
"Keep it moving.. right!"
"That's a abridged summary, yes" She responded
Euclase let out a irritated 'hmm' though as the creature seemed to spout a mist out of its gem "They seem to retain some form of the ability they have in a normal state,if this is who i think-" She trailed off to herself. Still observing the battle from above.
The Clear Quartz was no stranger to combat, and they were well aware that the speed and trajectory at which they were travelling left them no room to alter their course, even if they had wanted to. Deep within the swirling storm of blades that was 7XB's assault, they winced. If the cracking mist spewn by the purple gem was anything like the slime they had avoided, this was going to sting.
But the quartz knew how to give as good as they got, and 7XB intended to do as much now.
Their exposed flesh burned hot as the y burst past the corrosive defenses, hair sizzling as the purple sludge clung to it, gnawing away even as 7XB came out of their dash a mere yard before they would have made impact: Threading their massive fists together over their head, the quartz allowed the momentum to do the rest of the work, the entire, crushing weight of their body lending strength to their impact upon the top of the creatures eye-less: a preferable outcome compared to the intended frontal assault which the beast's claws would have rendered useless. Diamonds willing, they would avoid being caught between those massive mandibles.
((This may be a good point to have your gem crack,since i establish this sweeping attack which you likely reflexively guard by raising your arm with your hand which happens to have your gemstone on it))
The impact struck forcing the corrupted creature hard onto the ground,causing even the earth to crack slightly underneath its massive weight and the kinetic force dispersed by the Quartz gem that had struck it. It seemed to twitch momentarily and in one final act its back seemed to lift, the barb at the end of its abdomen whipping across the top of it to try and swipe the gem off the top of it, the barb acting as a blunt tool.
After another few seconds its form gave out and erupted into a bloom of smoke, the triangular purple gem hanging in the air for a moment before it fell harmlessly onto the ground with a soft thud. Its corrosive acid seemed to discolour and slowly fade from the area around. The earth stained by its purple returning to a normal colour, and the stuff left on Clear dissolving aswell.
Euclase jumped from the cliff,shapeshifting into the similar avian shape she had before, as she glided down to where the two gems had been fighting. Her small trigon drones following behind her like a small trail of pyramids.
As 7XB themselves had preached, countless times to their Ruby soldiers, it took only a single moment of laxness for disaster to strike. A hair of a second was all the enemy needed to get the upper hand.
Unfortunately, it seemed the heat of the moment caused the clear quartz to forget themselves, their hefty weapons flickering out of existence as they indulged in a moment of curiousity directed at the twitching corruption beneath them.
They hardly had a moment to feel sorry for the beast, however, as it's final attack caught them off guard. Acting on instinct, 7XB brought their left arm upwards to shield their face, bringing disaster. Having no time to summon their gauntlets, the claw struck hard against their gem,a wide crack forming upon the worn and batter quartz. They felt a shudder course through them, or was it more like a bolt of lightning?
As the gem poofed, they fell onto their knees, hunched over the ironically undamaged purple gem. "Luh-lucky, aren't youuuu?" They murmered while gathering it up into their right palm, the cracked g em upon their left brought to eye level. "By the stars, just..perfect." Falling back onto their haunches, they attempted to bubble the dusky gem, only to have it slip before their fingers as it became clear no bubble was forthcoming; Their gem flickered and.. sputtered from the crack. The y cast a glance to the approaching Euclase, recognizing her only by the color. "M-ma'am I'm sorry but..I need some help with.. this." By the stars, what were they going to do? So many years of service, so many (they had hoped) ahead of them. And now? A crack?
'This feels like the end.' either way, there mission wasn't over.
It happened again. Euclase had watched,or had more been stunned when the creature had made a impact with clear, normally she would not be concerned,excessive durability seemed to be a trait of those Quartzs, at least according to how many times she caught 8XM and 8XJ on the roof,or more so, falling of the roof of the infirmary,but she had so meticulously taken every detail of Clear including where her gem was located beforehand,so she knew,knew how they had drawn their hand up and where the creature had made contact.
Distant memories stirred before being buried once again with her mind. Her walk had turned into a run, her face marred with a look of determination, those piercing pink eyes,not threatening, but still extraordinarily driven. With a driving sweep she sent the drones off the take the purple gem, her focus still entirely directed towards Clear. As she moved Closer she moved her right hand up to her mouth,catching the tip of her glove in her teeth and pulling the glove off her hand but moving her arm away. Her bulky but delicate hands retained the same colour as the rest of her skin. The only significant detail being the twisted and almost burnt like flesh that seemed to be on her palm.
She crouched down next to the gem muttering to her self about medical details that Clear probably could not understand "I may not be a Rose Quartz but this old girl is still a combat medic" She stated as she moved forward to Grab Clears gem hand with her left hand. Her right hand tensing before she seemed to stabilise it and move it over the crack. placing her expose palm onto the damaged gemstone. Her hand seemed to glow slightly as she covered the gem with her palm. From what she was told the sensation felt rather strange, like someone was pouring a warm liquid inside their gem. She supposed in a form that is what she was doing, a mixture between shapeshifting and temporarily depositioning her own hardlight form to fill in the cracks, grafting the two cracked sides together with a layer of hardlight that would reduce further cracking and stabilise a form, as evident in its appearance it was obviously only a temporary solution. the crack was still clearly visible, but the gap was filled in with a white substance that looked like a gems glowing mannequin form, before they finish reforming fully.
Euclase wanted to be thorough though and kept her hand over the damaged gem,making sure to try to fill in and connect ever separated part of the gemstone back together. She was keenly aware of the sense of exhaustion that was slowly but exponentially creeping up on her, and the continued stinging and burning sensations that seemed to dance across her plam, a symptom she always got when healing gems but she continued.
The Trigon drones were busy at work though while she did this, the time for analysis would come later, for now their primary objective was to bubble the object, four of the small triangle latched onto the gemstone,almost like fingertips and created a light blue bubble around it.
7XB was, unfortunately, not ignorant to the irony of their situation: a strong, sturdy quartz rendered all but ruined by..well, whatever kind of gem that monstrous corruption had once been. The feeling of being cracked was..different than they had expected (though they certainly never desired it). It was like a cold chill running through the Gem's body, growing more intense around their gem and radiating outward until their fingers began to feel numb in the moments before Euclase took hold of their arm.
7XB very nearly yanked their arm from Euclase's grasp with the spasming strength of a wounded animal, especially as she laid her palm upon their wounded gem, though they did not do so. Eyes widened in wary (and weary) surprise as they felt the warmth radiating across their gem, liquid-light flowing into the newborn crack upon their gem, filling in every nook and cranny to form a strong, solid patch of sorts despite it's seemingly fluid nature. After a moment, the quartz retracted their hand, flexing the fingers, as if that would somehow test the strength of the bond. Ever the pragmatist, though, 7XB recognized the temporary nature of the repair. "Thank you," they said quietly, their grim gaze falling upon the medic, "how.. how much longer does it give me?" It couldnt last forever. They had known cracked gems, seen them get worse and worse until..
Euclase tensed her own hand again as the repairs had been finished, parts of her palm having the same appearance as the soft glowing liquid,like a layer of skin on her hand had been peeled away. It somewhat explained the mangled flesh and maybe her preference to give her hands gloved when not needed. She seemed tired for a moment before shaking it off.
"Your burns are less severe" She noted "I can graft them easier if you wish,but ill have to use my other hand" she explained showing the damaged palm from the healing she did on the gem "Suffice to say i don't want to use the power on this hand much more before it heals.My palms are ugly enough without needing to add another layer of distortion" She tried to add lightly.
She stood up regardless of the answer,if Clear wanted to burns healed it would be easier to do from a standing position anyway, she gestured for the drones to come near with the bubble,speaking again as she grabbed it "Relax,This will be a telling reminder of our morality, but your not gonna break on me anytime soon. Just, no summoning weapons,or shapeshifting, we don't need your gemstone strained by those" She tried to put Clear's mind at ease.
"Our first priority right now though,is getting you to the healing fountain" She explained, the mission could wait,or be failed, at this point she did not care. Her first priority was making sure that Clear's gemstone was repaired, she was still a medic even through everything and she had made a promise so very long ago, and she intended to keep it.
Their sharp gaze gained a rather blunted edge as Euclase rose, falling upon her palms and truly appreciating, for the first time, the apparent pain she went through to assist them.. temporary as it was.
Riding themselves, a deep crease carved its way across their pale brow. No weapons or shapeshifting..how would they complete the mission? Their strength was, of course, substantial, just ask the corruption..but all the noise they had made during the battle had surely alerted other, possibly bigger beast.
"Healing Fountain? I thought..well, I thought only Rose Quartz gems could heal a crack?" Either way, they were arguing. To think, a chance to heal their gem when they thought there was none. However, 7XB's main priority was still the mission. It was too dangerous for them to continue in this state, and they needed to protect Euclase. "How do we find it? If possible, can it be done quickly?"
"Rose Quartzs were not the only gems that can heal, they just became the standard because they have the highest chance of having a healing power." She corrected "Pink Diamond had a specialised healing fountain constructed here on Earth, supplied by the healing tears of the Rose Quartz's of our court who displayed the healing power." She started "it was meant to only be the beginning, a perfect testing ground to see what the tears could and could not heal, and when that was finished we would expand, a healing fountain on every planet." She seemed to pick up the energy being almost excited by the prospect "suddenly a damaged gem would be but a minor inconvenience, a gem shattered would just be a small puzzle to reassemble.Scraped,bruised, anything damage to the form could be fixed instantly and it could go ever further with even more testing and mixing, augmenting powers,speeding up reforms,maybe even being able to bypass retreating into your gem all together, and what would happen when we could improve the tears." She turned around to clear gesturing generally around, referring to the concept of the earth and this healing power.
"Your Diamond created armies to fight with,ships and the military, Blue Diamond creates technology, White Diamond refined the elite in our empire, and this is what Pink Diamond would add, we would create the ability to make ourself greater, to make ourself truly immortal. Every Gem, as unbreakable as the Diamond they were under, every gem 10 times more powerful then they are now, a single Ruby with the power of a Quartz army, and a Quartz with the power of a ship, and the Diamonds, ohh the prospects of making something already perfect even better." It was clear she was almost giddy with excitement, but she reeled herself in,realising that she was ranting "So umm basically, you cracked yourself in the right court" she mellowed down as she shifted her pink Diadem every so slightly on her head. "We need to make a B line for the ship" She explained her drone pulling up a screen with a map of where they are compared to where the ship was,"I intentionally detoured us as we went to help maximise our chances of finding a corrupted gem" as she said this a red line show their rather winding route that they had taken, dancing between rows up rows of the valley, a blue route showed the far less windy route back to the ship "This is the way we should take now, if we encounter another corrupted gem, we run instead of fighting, and if we are cornered...Then WE fight until a opening presents itself" She explained "After that, let me worry about getting to the fountain." She finished as she twisted back around on her heel to face forward, this entire time she had been walking backwards, a rather handy skill she had learnt in her busy life on the moonbase.
Despite the sluggish exhaustion that seemed to have suddenly overtaken them so suddenly, 7XB still seemed rather alert, and maybe a little surprised, that they had triggered such an excitement from the gem he was guarding. As much as she had prodded them earlier about being so reserved, it seemed Euclase as concealed as the Clear Quartz.
They watched her with a steely, hawkish curiousity, despite the dangerous situation that was their current situation, maintaining a close distance as she began to walk. She was much more impassioned now then 7XB had ever seen, until even they felt at least partially enthralled by the vision she was laying before them.
Now more than ever, they could see the wonder in such a thing. What would Yellow Diamond make of it? They couldn't help but wonder. By the time Euclase's final, much meeker syllable was uttered, they began to wonder how much farther away they were from the ship. Still, though, they managed an impassive nod, giving away non of their unrequested contemplations. For now, they watched the cliffs, mulling over the words spoken, and the excitement behind them.
It could be great. It would be. Until then, the fountain would suffice as a healing source.
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