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"That works out well" She noted cryptically as she glanced around "It seems the other corrupted gems have not been drawn in by our fight,quite the opposite it seems" While still on guard the duo continued walking for easily at least another 20 or so minutes. While the route she had taken have been intentionally windy it had still pushed them rather far away from the ship itself.
"Ill need to take a closer look at the gem and yours when we are on the ship" she added as they turned around a corner "It should be here" She tapped something on her screens and the ship shimmered back into its blue colour, the front of it opening up to let the two gems back inside. Euclase made her way rather briskly over to the control panel when Clear was inside,wanting to get off the ground as fast as possible,through a flurry of typing she set the coordinates for the healing fountain,something she had locked in her mind from many years ago, the ship made a small shudder as it lifted back off and ascended high above the clouds.
"I would run FTL travel to get there in a second but with your form in its current state i don't want to strain it, and im not a Peridot so i cant configure the Gravity engine to your specific mass. So normal flying will have to suffice for now" She explained as she twisted back around in the chair to face Clear Quartz.
'Clearly we have different concept of working out well.' The quartz gem thought to themselves. While they were relieved that the fighting hasn't attracted any of the other corruptions, they couldn't help but feel.. ashamed because of it? 7XB had been entrusted with Euclase's defense and now this crack was preventing them from doing their duty, at least to some extent. It was as failure as any other, and the very thought of it made them rather surly; They remained rather surly and reserved as they came up on the hidden ship.
Settling themselves as best they could against the wall of the ship, gently easing themselves downward upon the floor, giving themselves a moment for the weariness they had been battling to wash over them. It was a dull, Persistent throb, something the Quartz wasn't at all used to. Drowsy gaze turned to their compatriot as she began to speak, giving a slow Bob of their head in acknowledgement. "Ah, I see," they murmered, beginning to feel even more like a dead weight, "very well."
Euclase had not spent the last several hundred years around Quartzs without picking up some of the finer methods of how to read their mood, her inherent empathy as a medic also helping her to be a bit more emotionally astute in comparison to other gems. To put it simply she could generally read how most gems were feeling after a few moments, but even without her skill it was rather clear that 7XB was feeling rather sullen or down, the exhaustion from the damage Gem clear not helping.
Euclase let out a sigh as she split her Diadem of her forehead and left it on the console, she moved out of her chair,crouching down and looking straight at Clear, she spoke in a gentle but stern tone "I know that look" She started "May i ask you of what your mission was? Not the general goal,not my mission, What your objective in this task was" Euclase was of course referring to two major aspects, to subdue and defeat a corrupted Gem and to guard her from threats that may be present.Where she was going with this was still unclear but it was obvious she had some sort of plan.
Since they were usually quite a bit better at hiding their emotions, 7XB was rather surprised when Euclase crouches before them, bringing herself rather even with the rather ragged looking quartz. The crack must have been affecting them much more than they had anticipated, the weariness pulsating through their body leaving them as exposed as a raw nerve; They were far too tired to pretend to be okay, at least at this very moment. It made them especially uncomfortable, though the ever-stubborn quartz would never admit it.
Unable to tell if they were about to be reprimanded or not, 7XB raised a thick brow, almost hesitant in their answer. "To subdue and recover a corrupted gem for research. And, to protect you, of course. That's the, well, main one."
"Exactly, and we currently have a corrupted gem subdued and secured a few feet away from us, additionally" She put her gloved hands together "Im here with a nay a scratch,scuff or bruise that was not induced onto my body of my own willingness and accord " A warming smile spread across her face as she rubbed her forehead with her thumb and finger "you have completed your mission so far splendidly my dear. It is I who have failed in several regards through my own negligence and mistakes, and it is I who will be take full responsibility for the overall failure to achieve all mission objectives." She explained pointing her finger at the gem "So I wont stand any of this nonsense about feeling lesser because of the events of today, and don't pretend like you weren't thinking it in some form" She asserted "I spent my life around Quartzs, so i've become fairly good at reading your kind" She added lightly.
She hoped at least partially that there little pep talk would help to cheer up the other gem, despite this though she could still see that alot of it likely had to do with crack fatigue. She had never seen Clear take so much as a knee before and now she was before her, slouched against the wall of a ship. She had seen the symptoms many times before, the sweeping exhaustion that seemed to wash over a gemstone when it was damaged, some could push past it, or in some cases it did not occur at all,but in gems who were cracked for the first time she almost always saw it, the burns were likely not helping either, sapping vital energy away from the gemstone to heal the form.
"Right" She pulled of her other glove, exposing her scarred but undamaged hand "I'm tending to those burns, its a shallow graft so i should be able to do most of the burnt regions without much issue. While we are doing it" She snapped her other fingers as her drones began rotating around the bubble,scanning the gemstone, at the same time another three drones emerged from her hip pouch and surrounded clears hand,scanning her own gemstone. Four more drones emerged and creating a screen next to clear aswell, streams of data running down it as a 3d scan of Clears gemstone started to be drawn on it. She moved her uncovered hand to start tending to Clear's burns the glow on her hand leaving what amounts to a glowing graft on the burn area.
Though the fact had been right in front of them several times, the rather stubborn quartz has only really noticed it now- Euclase was kind. Much kinder than many of the gems 7XB had come across in their lifetime, even other Quartz gems. Fortunately, their caste rarely ever put them in the path of such gems, leaving them instead to look upon such examples with a discreet disgust, one hidden away behind the blackout that was their usual expression. So..they appreciated her firm sort of kindness, especially in this moment, a slim smile pulling at their lips.
"Burns? Oh, right.."
They had somehow neglected to notice the scorch marks upon their exposed skin, throbbing gifts from the corruption that just now began to sting. Or rather, their fuzzy mind had only now taken the time to register them, even as the grafts took hold. "Right, I hardly noticed." They seemed to be exerting themselves, now, slowly regaining their normal, solid composure.
Euclase let out a small chuckle, shaking her head slightly "Honestly you Quartz's could be missing a arm and only notice because you left hook isn't flooring the gem in front of you" She finished up with the burns raising her hands up as her gloves materialised on them with a distinct magical 'gong' "No more Acid baths for you though,and your hair may be a little rough from the damage. I would recommend a reform after this mission,best way to make sure everything is fixed"
Euclase glanced back at her screen and let out a small 'ahh'. The screen now showed a 3d rotating wire frame of Clear's Gemstone,with the cracks marked in a distinct glowing red"as i though" she noted before sliding her fingers across the screen "I suspected as much," She glanced back at Clear before turning back and tapping on her screen "I think i know why the gem was such a handful,it seems she was a Silica like you, based on what i can see her she was some sort of Chalcedony and a high ranking one at that. I suspected with the corrosion powers that she was under White Diamond, and this seems to confirm that mostly. Very impressive Clear, you just defeated what was in all likelihood a Elite Agate" She let out a tiny smile before her expression dropped "So it seems like no one is safe" She added sadly before a tinge of panic and realisation flickered into her eyes she started typing rapidly on her screen "But ill have to get back to the Moonbase to confirm it, if it is, this starts raising some questions that we thought had already been answered." She added as she tilted her head back and rubbed her forehead again, letting out a sigh.
7XB laughed lightly, their admittedly stubborn spirits seeming to almost visibly lift with each quiet chortle; It was very much like the dispelling of a cloud. "Hey now," they mused in lighthearted response to Euclase's prodding, "It's a point of pride, you know. Someone's gotta get things done." They would be the first to admit that Quartz were not quite the brightest cut of gem, but they weren't meant to be, were they? Pathfinders, protection, they didn't need the patience to pore over files for millennia.
"Hair? Oh, stars." Another thing they neglected to notice, fingers curling around a charred lock of hair, the bone white sharply contrasting with the deep-fried edges. How annoying. But then, their expression grew serious as a more detailed look at the split in their gem was presented to them, and more news of the corruption. What she had been, who she had been before this, even the Diamond she was under. 7XB couldn't imagine.. becoming one of those monsters. "What happened to her?.. how can this be possible?" It filled them with a cold Dread, this dark, unknown variable, and a certain compassion for the monster they had just fought and struck them such a blow. "Should we return first?"
"No,not with your Gemstone in its current state. Besides,we needed supplies from the fountain" She answered "As for what happened, something broke inside her,something we must fix, but currently we don't have much leads. If we could target a gem through the entire corruption process we may be able to find a factor, but we lack the factors that cause it and besides, it would never go through,I've adamantly refused to sign off on any plan that involves trying induced corruption and even My Diamond tends to be on my side with this, at least currently. I fear for the time that she changes her mind"
She seem to glance around idly,closing her screens and placing her drones back into her pouch "and considering what I have...." She trailed off,her voice becoming a whisper "I heard things,things i was not meant to overhear, snippets, conjecture really, she doesn't want to use it,they saw what happened, but the others, they don't understand like she does" Eculase cut herself off "I have said too much,the walls have ears and the screens have eyes. It is foolish to put you in the same danger i am likely in."
She stood back up and moved towards the control panel again taking a seat in front of it "I hope though,for all their sakes that the rebels surrender soon" she said quietly.
"Ah, okay," 7XB said with a nod, almost relieved that there was some other reason than their own well being. That was their way, to put the sake of the mission over their own well-being. "Supplies are..are good." Their expression grew much more pensive then, almost grim as Euclase began to speak of things much more serious, adapting a tone that the Quartz long ago learned was reserved for things that aught not to be spoken about. Who are the 'They' she mentioned? They couldn't help but wonder about that, a suspicious gleam in their eyes as they glanced about; They had a guess, of course, as to what she meant, but refused to believe it, much less vocalize it. They would never speak such heresy.
Their steely orbs locked on her, lips chewing each word before they spoke, almost mournful in their conviction, "Unfortunately, ma'am, I don't think they'll have the good sense to do so." They had tasted the hollow, emptiness of war countless times, and it had left a lingering sour taste in their mouth. Who knew what horrors the rebellion would birth in days to come. If nothing else, this thought only strengthened 7XB's resolve to play their part in bringing this insurrection to a swift end.
"The rebels are disorganised, filled with both metaphorical and literal defects, the fact of the matter is by fighting for the planet and for their own deviations, they are simply inviting conflict among themselves. Personalties and methods will be questioned and clash, without a overseeing and ultimate power they will simply not be unified enough to lead a proper attack." Euclase observed, while she was not strategist she had learnt a fair bit from the backlines when stationed on Earth. Quartz willing to tell stories while they were tended to, without a fight some found conversation to be the next best thing.
"We must be cautious around the fountain,its healing properties may make it a natural hot spot for rebel activity. In which case we wait it out until the coast is clear. If that is not viable we exploit that deviation i mentioned, they are none the wiser to what side we are on, and they lack the tools to verify whether we are loyalist, or recently changed rebels." She let out a small smile "There is many a narrative we could spin if needed, being that i am both from Earth and......" She seemed to pause for a moment, looking down slightly "outmoded” She snapped out of it and continued “Point being that we have an in if we must disguise a rebels.” She swished her hand in a dramatic fashion as she spoke the next part “The fleeing Euclase and the noble Quartz that helped her to escape. Granted though if all is ideal we shall not need to make contact with the rebels"
((Should we actually make a new thread in Roses Fountain after you post, i was tempted to say that it should be Open,that way a degree of RNG decided whether we encounter rebels, but im not sure wether that may also result in the thread stalling if a member joins but then leaves, what do you think? Should we leave it open for others, closed like this thread (for the sake of narrative flow), or open it to only one or two members?))
Though they did not personally agree with Euclase's analysis of the situation, they could appreciate the hopeful nature of it. She was not wrong, of course, in anything she said, as it was all true. The 'Crystal Gems' were little more than slavering defects, and the Quartz sincerely hoped to be proven incorrect.
But something told them that, unfortunately, that would not be the case.
Thenext mention of rebels was even more distasteful- "Hopefully, it doesn't come to that, ma'am" the very idea of even pretending to be a rebel to save their own life left a sour taste in their mouth. "I feel I would make a rather poor rebel." If it came to that, of course, they would do it for the good of the mission, but they wouldn't like it. "And, if I may say, you didn't seem all that outmoded to me."
(The fountain is fine, I say make it closed, or open to maybe one other gem.)
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