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The fact is, among the only things Morion devoted any personal attention to were the houseplants. They were huge, and green, and glorious, with shiny, healthy, lustrous leaves. This was because, once a week, the Assassin went around the garden with a green plastic plant mister spraying the leaves, and talking to the plants.... Although talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Morion did. What he did was put the fear of God into them. More precisely, the fear of Him. In addition to which, every couple of months Morion would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly, or succumbing to leaf-wilt, or browning, or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the plants. "Say goodbye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it..." Then he would leave the garden with the offending plant, and return an hour or so later with a large empty flower pot, which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the garden. The plants were the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in Empire City. Also the most terrified.
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 26, 2017 19:41:26 GMT
It was some time since Chip was back in Empire city. After the mission with Bloodstone and Ice he sent a message he has some errands he just has to take care of. Now, he was finally back home. He wanted to see Morion, but he couldn't find him. He wasn't in his room... he wasn't on the ship... finally he tried to ask a human quartz where he was...
Now he was near a level he never been to before. It was nice and green, full of flowers. Flowers were looking really nice, healthy but... somehow strangely wrong. "Hello? Are you there somewhere?"
He asked, because he didn't see Morion. But he should be here somewhere... it was quite big here...
The Smoky Quartz blended in to the shadows It was natural for him... after all, he was an Infiltrator The Unseen A Watcher He watched his Apprentice... Chip The young Fire Opal changed so much... too much Morion tried to protect him... but Fate forced his hands For the greater good... sometimes sacrifices had to made The price was high... too high, but he had to pay it The rift between him and his apprentice was always there, tho' it seemed it started to close... but then it just became wider and deeper Without a birdge... not a real one at least Only a few rotten ropes, fragile and doomed to be destroyed by the ravages of time But they were still there... but the Assassin knew, not very long Maybe it was to late... maybe not He wasn't a Sapphire, only a fly tangled in the Web of Fate... watching the Spider of Time Silver eyes watched the young Gem Finally the Smoky Quartz came to a decision... ...and stepped out from the shadows to greet Chip His voice was barely a whisper
"Good evening kiddo..."
There was something in his hand Something little, something that purred
"He was hungry... when was the last time you give him food?"
The Assassin gently gave Chip pet kitten back to the Gem
"I was watching over him while you were away..."
It was a long shot, but once, the cat was an important part of Chip's life So it was important to the Smoky Quartz too Building a birdge across the abyss is a hard work, but one cat a tim... who knows? MAybe it wasn't that impossible
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 26, 2017 20:11:10 GMT
As often Morion just appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Chip wasn't going to get used to that... ever. There was something really creepy about it. Just knowing, that if Morion wanted he would be dead now. Not that he would think that Morion would do that... but it was still quite unsettling. "Oh, you took care of Ser Reginald? That's so sweet, thank you. I asked one of the Pearls to take care of him... I just didn't suspect I will be gone for so long..."
He said almost apologetically, though he was mostly apologising to the cat. He took him carefully and petted him. "I am sorry I left you alone for so long. Will you forgive me ser Reginald? You will? There never was more chivalrous knight then you."
He was talking with his cat for a moment. Then he let it climb on his shoulder. For some reason ser Reginald was doing that a lot. Even now, when he was much bigger then he used to...
"In turn, I would like to hear about your jurney... If you want to talk about it, of course"
"Several things happened. After a certain concert..."
The silver eyes narrowed a bit, not much, just a little He knew Chip was there... and saved someone But he couldn't blame Chip for doing that... the reports described the other Gem a young female. It wasn't so hard figuring out, that gem had to be the White Spinel aka. Flurry Light talked about So the Assassin smiled and continued "...a mob of humans dragged Light before me, in chains... I have the recordings, if you want to see it with your own eyes. Then another Gem arrived to the scene, threatening our humans... a Crystal Gem."
The Quartz gave a little time to Chip to realise the weight of such threat
"At the end, I ended the conflict peacefully. Light joined our side. The Gem turned out to be Beach City's second protector, Flint. Who abdicted his position as Protector and insted joined my side too... with his whife, a Blue Emerald. In live TV. But after the threats I couldn't let them stay, but sent them to Glass City. there they found peace and now they are protecting that little stronghold of ours. As for Light...? He lived with us like Bloodstone, for a time. Then a master Artisan came... claimed to be a Crystal Gem, but she was not one. Padparadscha and me formed an alliance, since she made enemies. Crystal Gem enemies. And our goal is the same: save as much humans and Gems from this world as much we could. Light left with Padparadscha... but as a friend. Bloodstone is in Beach City now, I sent a shipment of materials to Padparadscha, Bloodstone is guarding it ...The Artisan and I talked a bit, and now I am searching for a Sapphire for her... it is a secret project. Oh, and I have a Pearl. Black Pearl. I saved her... and she wanted to join and serve me. I wasn't too happy about it, but she needed something in her life to hold on to, a Mester, to recover. Untill she become strong enough she will be "my" Pearl...
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 27, 2017 19:25:51 GMT
Chip was just nodding, because that was pretty much everything he could do. What he was saying was quite... unbelievable.
"Well uhm... I... kinda healed my shards... some time ago. But since I couldn't separate the piece of Sapphire from it... I just left it there... and I kinda created a Precious Opal... I needed the time to think... think what to do next... "
He decided to tell him the truth.
It was quite hard to believe that he broke so many Crystal gems. Well broke wasn't probably the right word since he wasn't torturing them or anything... yet it was still quite hard to believe.
"So in my absence, you turned few Crystal gem loyalists... you get yourself a Pearl... and you took care of Ser Reginald? You had a pretty busy time it seems."
"You managed to heal your shards? Great work kiddo! I am proud of you!"
The Smoky Quartz patted the lad on the shoulder, carefully not to disturb Ser Reginald
"You... kinda created a Precious Opal? Care to ellaborate?"
That sounded interesting
"...so after a time of thinking alone, you came to a conclusion to do... what next? Sorry I am a bit curious..."
He admited then nodded
"Yeaaaaah... basically yes. And let these "converts" go, to be free... Light and Flint will tell the other Crystal Gems to avoid Empire City and our strongholds, so there will be no confrontations and battles, I hope at least, but more importantly, the possibility is there, the Crystal Gems slowly come back, when they tell them the life with us. I think most of them were just victims of Rose Quartz actions... but now realised, they made a mistake. I give them a chance to come back, come home. The Rebellion was never a real threat... just a joke. But after I'm finished, only a handfull of fanatics remain, and their former allies will bubble them to end this once and for all!"
"I have several plans in motion... among them is to heal Light Mocha Pearl's emotional scars... and to end the Broken Gem's threat. Starting with Sulfur's little pet, Howlite. Did you know, he once was a Crystal Gem? And a good friend of Light! I will not bore you with the details... but my main goal is to destroy the Broken Gems! One by one... by healing them. The unredeemables will be bubbled... again, by their former comrades."
The Smoky Quartz smiled and peted Ser Reginald
"When we last met kiddo, I've told you, I have a little time to go on adventures... you see now, it was true.
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 27, 2017 20:32:44 GMT
"Well... it seems like I might have kinda fused the shards into one gem... and when you fuse Sapphire and Fire Opal the result is apparently Precious Opal... and I think I will release the gem from it's bubble... I can't keep my little brother locked forever... right?"
This decision took him a lot of time... he was afraid to release his brother from the bubble. Mostly because he didn't know, if he created a person... or a monster...
"It's really nice that you are trying to help Crystal gem find their way. Then perhaps when Pink Diamond set her feet on Earth she will find a planet no longer plagued by a war... or psychopaths like Broken gems... but I am not sure you will have success with them... they might be beyond any help... like Sulfur... "
He had no idea, that Howlite was a crystal gem... but if Crystal gem took crazy psychopath like him in they ranks...
"Seems like you were right. But you still had time to take care of ser Reginald. You must really like him, or were you just afraid that he would punish you if you didn't? He is cute and cuddly ruler, but his wrath is terrible!!!"
He was holding ser Reginald in front of Morion... ser Reginald purred...
"Yes... yes you are right Chip. I1m sure you will be a great mentor! But you know my oppinion about Fusions..."
The Smoky qzartz wasn't too happy about it but he had to admit, Chip's shard was a sepcial case
"As for the Crystal Gems... yes, my plan was always to help restore the order on the planet, so the Diamonds would spare it. A planet plagued by war and chaos is worthless... and nothing more than a great target for practice for Yellow Diamond and her armada. We were lucky so far, Pink Diamond came, not Yellow Diamond. But the danger is far from over! And these Broken abominations are part of the problem. But so far my plan worked, Sulfur is gathering them, so they are in one place, not hiding Diamonds know where... "
Then he smiled
"Yes, I like cats, especially the ones with their own Fire Opals... and I'm sure, before him, even Diamonds would tremble!
He knelt before the purring overlord, with bowed head^^
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 28, 2017 13:26:31 GMT
"I know you don't like fusions... but I tried my best to separate the gems from each other and I couldn't... not without damaging the gems further... and given that he is three pieces joined together that are still just a big chunk of me... it was either this or nothing... "
And to add to that it wasn't exactly a fusion... in a sense that there was no really any chance to unfuse. The gem was a Precious Opal... nothing more or less...
"I should really spent more time with ser Reginald now. To make up for the time I was gone. But from what I heard I might be one of the last Fire Opals on Earth... so I guess Ser Reginald is really in quite illustrious club..."
Ser Reginald jump from his hands and started to play with a big leaf of nearby plant...
The Smoky Quartz nodded It was indeed a delicate situation Those shards were part of Chip once, but he is whole now... so the whole situation was strange
"We could say, Precious Opal is your brother... thus, the part of our family. I will welcome him, when he is strong enough to develope a mind of his own, a full personality and a projected body."
Then he smiled
"Yes, I think you two should spend some time together and relax, Ser Reginald required your presence... cats. They love warmth and love."
Morion ruffled the kid's hair
"Oh, by the way, I have sent Howlite's confiscated space ship with some materials as I mentioned to my dear friend and ally, the master Artisan Padparadscha. I sent Bloodstone to guard it, after all, this is an important shipment! But I didn't told you yet, why? As you know, my plan is to save as many humans, plants, animals and Gems as possible from this planet and find them a new one, far from the Gem Empire... the Diamonds. But as you and several Gems and Humans pointed out, in time the Diamonds will find that planet too. This is why I need Padparadscha help, he is an artificer. Master Artisan. Genius with the tecnology. I have ordered from her a cloaking device strong enough to hide a planet... or a whole solar system..."
"Along the planetary deffense shileds strong enough to whitstand the Gem ships fire from orbit and some energy canons, to help them to defend their future home. I'm not asked her to build them of course, just designs."
"But you know me... I'm always prepared. So Asked her another thing. To build a gateway to other dimensions, alternate realities... so if you know or meet any Sapphires, notify me; Padparadscha wants to experiment on it; nothing serious, she is a "good girl". So don't worry! You know our ship is big enough to save our humans and allies, but big enough to be a target too! So just in case... it never hurts to have a plan B. Or in our case Project: Exodus. Anyhow, I think I've told you everything that happened while you were away... "
Morion smiled, but was curious
"What did you heard and from who? About Fire Opals...?"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 28, 2017 20:26:00 GMT
"I know Para... I visited her once... she made me a shield... since I am fighting monster so often I could really use one... and she was kind enough to provide one. It's quite good actually... saved me from several nasty injuries..."
He said. He didn't have it with him right now, but carried it lately. He picked up ser Reginal again, since his game with the flower started to be a little to much... scratchy and those plants seemed stressed enough without a cat tearing them with it's claws...
Interesting was, that Morion was looking for a Sapphire... for some crazy sci-fi thing that was so impossible he didn't even want to dignify it with a response at first.
"Aren't Sapphires royalty? Like important royalty? Talking directly do Diamonds... knowing their phone numbers... getting invited to their party kinda important?"
"...and you forgot to tell me about her, it seems my dear Apprentice..."
The Smoky Quartz smiled But it wasn't a surprise Chip was a good boy... with his own life and secrets "Anyhow, yes, Padparadscha is very good, a master artisan. A perfect ally..."
"You have doubts about my plan Chip?"
"Padparadscha was sceptical at first too... but then realised it is indeed possible. As I said, smart Gem. As for the Sapphires? Yes. They are aristocrats, important Gems. With the ability to see the future. More exactly they can see the possible futures and pick the most likely ones. Padparadscha theory is, they could be used as a multiversal compass, to locate certain alternate universes, pararell Earths. Complicated stuff, and I'm not a scientist, but several of our Humans are! And they said, Padparadscha could be right. Never underestimate Humanity my boy!"
"So Padparadscha asked me to deliver her a Sapphire. Refused to give me the locations of Rebel Sapphires, she is a bit hypocrite, but she is okay with it if I can find and capture one for her..."
The smoky Quartz snickered
"Can't blame her... I gues she never had to deal this kind of repsonsibility before. Not to mention, she made enemies. Crystal Gem enemies, and as my ally, she is technically on our side, but like all geniuses, she is a bit slow to realise the obvious. And the other reason she refused to giver me the coordinates of the Rebel Sapphires is simple: she don't know any. When I visited Beach City and met her, it was clear, she spent her life mostly among her masterpieces, never had a life... the rebellion came and somebody told her, she is a Rebel, and thats all. But the Crystal Gems just used her, I think. For an Aristocrat; you know Padparadschas are Sapphires, just a different kind, so for an Aristocrat that is something that is hard to accept! The possible third reason is the nobility; enemies or not, rivals or allies, nobles have their own rules. Part of the complicated courtly games... She simply couldn't betray a fellow Noble by giving out her location to a hunter even if she knew any... But back to the Sapphire-question! Capturing one will be easy. As I said, they are Oracles... and sooner or later one will see me coming in her future and the future after that. For the greater good, that Sapphire will come to me, to offer herself to be captured and delivered to Padparadscha! You see, this Plan B, Project: Exodus could mean the salvation of this world... and a monht or two is a small price in Padparadscha's laboratory and workshop for it!
"you don't have to worry about it, everything will be okay, kiddo"
Post by Chip the Fire Opal on Mar 28, 2017 22:51:32 GMT
"We didn't exactly spoke much lately... you are busy with your plots... and plans... and everything... and I am out there... trying to protect your city... our city..."
He scratched Ser Reginald behind an ear, for a moment the cat seemed very, very happy.
"You always have plans... and plans within plans... and plans within plans within plans... you said it yourself... you have no time to go on adventures... and while you have your plans I am doing my best... I kept training I kept fighting monsters even though I don't like to... "
His posture changed quite a bit, the strength and self-confidence was suddenly gone. He was looking more like a kid again, more then in months...
"I was doing all of that because I wanted you to be proud of me... and I know, that you care... in your own way... but... "
He just didn't know how to explain it. Morion was thousands years old assassin... he lived hundreds of lives, he had families before, families he discarded as soon, as he was finished with his missions. What was he expecting of him? Something he wasn't? Probably...
"Never mind... I will try to get you your Sapphire..."
It was a cheap excuse from Chip But he was a kid So he was right^^
"I know... sorry kiddo, lots of things happened lately, things that forced me to do... other things"
The Smoky Quartz nodded
"But you know, my door is always open. But we are busy Gems... soon, everthing will be solved, and we have time again"
The Assassin promised
"I care about you Chip! And I am proud of you! I always was and alway will be!"
The Smoky Quartz smiled; it was true! Tho' Chip sometimes lied or tried to hide something from him, his mentor was proud of the kid The Young Fire Opal was the best Gem he saw since Demetry Strong, smart, good hearted, a bit rebelious, and wild
Melody: here is a link if anyone is interested
Jul 29, 2020 21:45:23 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"'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