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Some time after regaining his freedom and joining Opalite in his work Agate decided it was time to start to make connections, or at least meet connections that Mr. O had already made. He wanted to take the initiative and prove he was ready for this duty, going the extra step as to make friends in all the right places. The 'king' of Empire City would make for an excellent start...
This was his first time in this massive place, it actually saddened him that he hadn't discovered this amazing city sooner. Suffice to say he'd find some fun things to do here, once he was done with work of course. The second thing he noted was the rather imposing ship flying over the city, the first fully functional ship he had seen. It made him curious beyond belief, but for now he made his way to the rather impressive 'M Tower', stopping to take note of the memorial outside the building. Something about it struck him as odd, but tucked away the thought for the time being. Moving on he made his way to the actual building, trying to find someone to direct him where he needed to be. Not one to know technology too well Agate didn't exactly call ahead for an appointment, he was just sort of hoping his new title would be enough to get him an audience.
The Black Guards - human "quartzes" Morion liked to call them - greeted the little Gem With guns aimed at her ready to shoot to poof They were the special warriors of the smoky Quartz; humans from all over his criminal empire, web of influence. And humans who had joined his cause. Police mans, soldiers, thugs... it mattered not, where did they came from, two things were immportant and common in them: They were - first and foremost - Humans, sons and daughters of the Planet Earth And they all had some previous experience with war and fighting, be it a street gang, the army, or anything They had the warriors heart The third common thing was: they were all trained by the Smoky Quartz, personally Dressed in black SWAT-like body armour, mimicing the smoky Quartz Gem armor, with a Blue Diamond insignia on their chest, armed with heavy weaponry One of them accompanied the little "pebble" to the King To one of the Smoky Quartz's living rooms
Morion was a tall ('Quartz tall^^) Gem (but not bulky like a Jasper or Amethyst, his kind was slender) with long grey hair and silver eyes. It was evident, he was wearing real, human clothes, - black silk suit - Italian with maching shoes - shirt, tie and cane. - it wasn't his projection, since the shirt and vest hided his Gem. When the little Gem arrived, the Assassin was in the middle of a duel With a Human A harpsichord duel! (<-- check the link^^ ) After the applause, the Gem turned to his guest with a smile
"Good afternoon little one... welcome in my Domain!"
A human servant gave a glass of whisky to his master, who stood up, and walked to the Gem; resting on his cane, Morion sipped from the glass
The guards' reactions were startling to say the least, although he made an effort to keep his nerve. Thankfully one of the things he had picked up as of late was a bit of confidence, managing to not completely freak out. Instead he simply jumped and briefly introduced himself and asked to see the man himself.
Following quickly behind the escort Agate admired his surroundings, the tower was an impressive structure both outside and in. Truly being in charge of such assets in the city had its perks for Morion and whoever else lived here. Upon reaching the living quarters he stayed silent, enthralled by the musical competition he managed to catch. When the two of them finished he gave a round of applause, "Bravo, bravo! Very wonderful, both of you!" As ever the little blue gem carried a wide smile, akin to that of his mentor.
He took off his hat for a moment and bowed, "Not at all, not at all! I take it you are Morion, yes? It is a pleasure. I am Agate, apprentice of Grand Inquisitor Opalite and by extension a member of his Inquisition on this planet. I heard you had assisted my friends in their en-devour to save me from a certain mad scientist. I hoped to make your acquaintance and get to properly know the gem partially responsible for my rescue. If you would take the time of course." In a very formal fashion he said all of that while in his slight bow, head lowered with his hat to his chest and one foot hooked behind the other.
The Smoky Quartz nodded to te little Gem "Nice to meet you. I'm gald , you liked the "duel"! Don't worry this is a safe haven for Loyal Gems, it is true. And yes, I am that Smoky Quartz. Smoky Quartz from the Morion variant - Facet-7F2R Cut-8YQ; Her Majesty's Blue Diamond's loyal servant, In the past fifteen millenia, I was, and I AM her eye... I am her Wrath!
Morion bowed his head a little with a Diamond salute
"...and I am now the Gem Lord and protector of Empire City... and several other areas. Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor's, his excellency's, the exalted Opalite's friends our my friends too..."
The Assassin smiled
"A mad scientist... that would be Obisidian. I wish I could say, I helped to save you from her... but I rather call it "support"."
Morion admited "So, you are the part of Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor's, his excellency's, the exalted Opalite's Inquisition? How nice... But be careful little one! Earth is Her Majesty's, Pink Diamon's Planet! Technically Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Inqusition don't really have the authority to ... well do anything without Her approval. On the other hand, the Colony is still in chaos, every bit of help is improtant to restore the order and avoid the catastrophe!"
Agate was genuinely interested, "Protector of Empire City, hmm? I didn't think any gems took much interest in human activities. Especially with a gem with such an impressive title as yourself. Good to hear you are a friend though, can never have enough of those."
He shrugged, "Well maybe you didn't fight directly, but your assistance played its own role in ending..." there was a slight pause before saying her name, "Obsidian's plan. And I am grateful for that, I can only imagine what could have happened otherwise."
Quick to change the subject from something so personal Agate quickly changed the topic, "Yes indeed, I am Mr. O's personal apprentice, and proud to call him a close friend. And trust me, I have been made aware of the situation. For the most part at least. I understand that the Inquisition's reach isn't total, but we're here to do the job set out for us. To restore peace and order here on Earth, to route of those gems who are a danger to everyone including themselves."
"Anyways, enough about me, tell me about yourself! Who is the gem atop the throne? The one and only 'protector of Empire City'!"
"It is a bit long and complicated story to be honest Blue Agate"
The Smoky Quartz admited
"But I have made my base here, then worked hard to protect it from Rebelious and Independedt Gems, from Corrupted Monsters, from other Humans, from insane experiments and mad scientist... and the humans soon started to call me their protector. Then I have trained some humans, showed them how to defend themselves and each other. As I said it is a long story and this is just the tip of the iceberg"
He nodded And listened "So, Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite sent you to spy on me? Test my loyalty? I was expecting something like that..."
"Ahh... and about me? There is nothing special. Really. After your master refused to step in to the light and gather together the loyal survivors, secure Earth and form a Colonial Court I took the liberty - among other things - of saving as many Gems as possible, turned humanity against the Rebels, fixed with the help of my human friends that old colony ship above us... turned back some of the Crystal Gem "heroes" to our side on live TV... as I said, it is another long and complicated story. "
He chuckled, "Spy is such a strong word, I much prefer to say I'm simply educating myself. Of course I'll report back my findings, but it'll be nothing but the truth I'm sure. You're a smart gem, you wouldn't be where you are otherwise after all, so I know that you know not to obscure any details from the Inquisitor or his agents." It wasn't so much of a threat as it was just stating what he knew, gems of all rankings knew better than to work against any part of the Inquisition. At least not blatantly...
"I'll be honest though, I'm here on my own will more than anything else. I wasn't sent on a specific mission, I'm simply here to meet the friend of my friends." He went silent as Morion went on about himself, piping up only once he was done, "Refuse is putting it harshly, don't you think? It isn't exactly Mr. O's job to lead a colony, I think he's more suited for his role than playing general. That aside, you've done good work then I suppose. I sort of missed it all on account of being stuck in a tin can of a suit and all, but it sounds like you've made yourself an asset. I was going to ask about that ship though, it's not exactly a usual sight. At least, I don't think so..."
"Blue Diamond is MY Diamond Agate... but time to time She lent me to Her Majesty, White Diamond to help the White Court missions. Technically I was above, so to speak, the Aristocracy, the Gem Nobles and the Inquisiton of Her Majesty, White Diamond. Never had to explain or justify my actions to anybody, only My Diamond. So don't expect from me clever plotical plays..."
Morion smiled Of course it was a lie, as an Infiltrator he learned to dance that complicated dance in the halls of power, played courtly and political games - be it the Gems or other races - and mastered the art of the thousand masks to hide behind How to be a shadow, a mistery Smoke and darkness "Tho' I was working colse to my Diamond I never had any formal rank or tite like your Master little Agate! Nefore the arrival of the Herald of Pink Diamond, that disgusting Fusion Gaspeit, technically speaking Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite was the highest ranking Gem on the Planet after the dissapreance of Lady Musgravite... so it would have been His responsibility to gather the Gems under His banner and hold togather the crumbling order, as a strong and respected leader, to lead the Gems of Earth out the chaos and restore the Order. But you are right, it wasn't his duty."
"I am sure, Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite just waited the opportunity to serve Her Diamond the best way he could, and untill then gathered information and watched Earth... BUT He certanly made my life harder and tho' my respect is great, I can't forget the Gems lost in this insane war and conflicts the Rebels started and He as a Planetary Governor, and strong Colonial Court could have avoid or prevent. Not to mention the Gems we could save as an unified Gem Court... including you! With him as a Governor, Lady Obsidian would have been the part ot that Court, like you. In a sense it was Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite fault, you were captured and tortured by that mad Gem!"
The Smoky Quartz was a bit bitter Without Opalite strong presence and leadership, the Gems scattered, and good Gems lost in the fights... ...like Demetry His beloved Demetry Morion clenched his fist... but then silenced the howling voices in his head crying for vengeance It wasn't Opalite's fault, he lost him. Sure it would ha been easy to blame the Grand Inquisitor, but would have been pointless So he smiled to the little Gem
"As I said, you are right... It wasn't His job. Nor was mine. But we are Gems! We adapt! So I changed my mask, and from shadow, became "solid". Never wanted to lead, yet here I am... I am not a Sapphire, not an Oracle to see the Future and tell you for 100% sure, what could have been... just a Gem in a position that I never wanted. I have paid the price Agate insted of Him. Yet I still can respect Him. And help him or his friends anyway I could!"
"But the Inquisiton have no power or authority in my Domain! I will treat you and other "Inquisitors" as honored guest, like Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite... but I will personally hunt down, poof and bubble anyone who try to harass the Gems or Humans under my protection!"
The Smoky Quartz warned the little blue Inquistior and walked to the window
"The Derelict. the Ship's name. I gave her the name; it is fitting don't you think? Not an usual Gem ship... ancient beyond human comprehension, rised from the grave by my will and Human ingenuity. Upgraded, armed. More than a base. More than a home. It is a Symbol Agate..."
Agate nodded along, "I speak nothing of ranks and positions, merely the function that this Inquisition serves. Gathering knowledge and acting in quick and concise strikes to makes things right. I'll make sure to report back that nothing has changed, you still fully support any missions Mr. O undertakes."
Listening in silence it was impossible to tell how Agate really was taking everything, that always present smile masked whatever his true feelings were. However for the first he actually reacted, to some small extent, as Morion mentioned Opalite and the dealings with Obsidian. His hands clenched into fists behind his back, "I respect all that you have done Morion sir, however I must say that if you talk of the Grand Inquisitor like that again I will have to call this meeting short. He did all he could to protect me and that should not be forgotten. Understood?" He spoke very formally, but it was clear Morion had struck a nerve with him, although that smile was wide as ever.
"Anyways... despite you not being made specifically for this job it sounds like it has suited you. You've certainly taken it in your stride at least." Agate then walked over to view the ship through the window as well, "I will be honest, that's the first ship I've seen. It's impressive, but what exactly is it a symbol for might I ask?"
"He did all he could to protect me and that should not be forgotten. Understood?" The Smoky Quartz nodded
"I am sure, he did his best! After all, he IS Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite... I am just saying, he took a diferent path. A Path that led him to basically nowere, not a step closer to secure Earth, restore Order and protect the peace! But correct me if I am wrong Agate!"
Morion asked her Almost begged He wanted to be wrong, wanted to be corrected!
"After all... this is the reason the Inqusition exist, not to harass and turture Gems, but to Protect them! And the Gem Empire..."
"It's impressive, but what exactly is it a symbol for might I ask?" He looked to the ship
"I think you'll find his path did in fact lead him somewhere. Over the last year or so Mr. O has made a number of friends and allies which are now working along with him in his current mission. And besides, things were rather relaxed back then. It's all a bit more hectic nowadays, it's the perfect time for him to act. Order and peace will be restored, just maybe a little later than you would have liked, yes?"
His smile became a bit more genuine, "Oh yes, and protect we will! We're going to do some good work here, I just know it." Agate's eyes then scanned the ship, notably his pupils seemed to shrink as he focused on the distant vessel. "Hmm... hope. Something we could all use these days..."
He let the silence hang for a moment before speaking, "Well I suppose I owe you a few answers, feel free to pick away at my mind if you so wish."
"Actually I have several questions. But lets start with the most important ones!"
The assassin smiled and a human servant offered a drink to the blue Gem
"Please take a seat! Snacks? Or coctai lshrimps? They are delicious! I made them myself... So..."
He at down to a chair, near a fire place
"If it is not a trouble for you... what happened? To be honest, I don't know your full story! Just heard this and that, little things, never the whole thing. I suspected Carbide tried to hide the fact from me, you are a bit rebelious, like her and tried to protect Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite's reputation..."
Morion admited "So, please, tell me your stroy, how you became the... hm... apprentice of Her Majesty's, White Diamond's Grand Inquisitor , his excellency, the exalted Opalite then got captured, and the story of your rescue is an interesting tale, I'm sure...'
Agate seated himself and excitedly took a shrimp cocktail, "Oh don't mind if I do, I do love to eat now and then. Although I've never had anything so... fancy!" he nibbled on it while Morion asked his questions, eventually setting down the snack half-finished, "Ah right, that. I sort of figured it would come up, though I don't really enjoy talking about it. But I asked you plenty so I suppose fair is fair."
He drew himself up in his chair, "At first I wasn't Mr. O's apprentice, not exactly. I learned a few things from him but he mostly was off on business. It wasn't until after all of this that things became more official." It was at this point his cheerful tone began to waver, "As for what exactly happened... that is a long story that I prefer keep short. Let's just say that no one suspected Obsidian to make such a bold move, she sent an agent who hunted me down at my home and brought me to her. Using a bit of shapeshifting and some tech shemasqueraded to be Mr. O, putting it in my head that it was him that had done... well let me just show you."
Turning around in his chair Agate revealed his gemstone between his shoulder blades. It was noticeably scarred with various bits of remnant tech that was wedged deep into hairline fractures. It looked rather painful, yet the gemstone (and be extension Agate's projection) seemed oddly stable. Sitting back straight Agate continued, a bit of a haunted look in his eyes, "She messed with my memories, clouding my thoughts with implanted visions of my friends turning on me. The assault on my mind and the rough integration of tech was... unpleasant. Skip forward what seemed an eternity later to what would be the final fight, Carbide managed to overcome the odds and damage the suit that I had been prisoner in enough for Mr. O to arrive and collect us both. And there he took me as his apprentice, and now here we are."
He cleared his throat, "I think she was trying to use me like a 'two birds one stone' type of situation. Get rid of Mr. O while also getting me as a... I don't even know what to call it. I suppose we were both lucky Carbide got caught in it, she really is the one responsible for saving me. Directly at least. Anyways... I uh, hope that answers that. That's about as detailed as I'd like to get."
"As for Mr. O's reputation, I have full intentions to prove his faith was not misplaced." There certainly was a bit of determination about him at least.
The Smoky quartz listened carefully He leanded back, silvers eyes watched the blue agate The story was dark and grim, like the face of the Assassin
"Lady Obsidian managed to capture Bloodstone, one of my allies, with drill-bots. Lets call them drill-bots. Little pesky devices, drones with drills. At least what I've heard about them. Or was it an electro-net? Sorry, she wasn't the only victim of Obsidian"
"I'm not going to lie to you, for a time, I had allied myself with this Gem. But that partnership is long over! But thanks to that I managed to freed Bloodstone with carefully choosen words. And help Carbide to find you. At least I think the information I gave her helped to find you."
"Obsidian will be hunted down, her crimes are too great. But we have to be careful, since the Planet is Pink Diamond's world, and we have no jurisdiction here, like the Inquisition have no power in my Domain. Any attack against Obsidian could end in a political nightmare! And I think she knows this, that is why she is quiet. Waiting the opportunity to escape to Pink Diamond, when she arrives."
He nodded, "I became rather familiar with her drones... And trust me, I know how deceptive she is, I can't blame anyone for trusting her initially. At least from what I hear your information helped direct them, I don't think they were certain who exactly was behind it till towards the end." The fact that he wasn't the only target of Obsidian worried him, what if she made a similar move on someone else?
"As for... Obsidian herself... she can't be allowed to continue as she is. I'll be honest I don't really know what I'd do once she was captured, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. But despite being limited I think we have to agree that a move will have to be made. She's too dangerous left alone." It was odd hearing that Mr. O and his group might actually have some restrictions on them, he had always assumed he was top dog around here.
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