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After their initial encounter, Peridot couldn't help but seek to sate her curiosity on what Lapis Lazuli Facet-2H6K, Cut-11DL did throughout her day. She had only read about the Lapis Lazuli gems through reports but had never physically met one. She had assumed that once a planet was sufficiently terraformed to provide life that any Lapis working on the planet would just idle around. Earth was abundant with life of all forms and so it made her wonder what exactly a Lapis might do in the meantime. While Peridot had her main objective of regrouping with other Homeworld-loyal gems, she could easily excuse requiring extra time from lack of clarity with her task. That time could be spent scouting, as was her secondary objective anyway.
Today's mission was to "scout" Beach City and learn more about the gems there. With her small transport ship parked out of sight, Peridot walked into Beach City casually. While she wasn't attacked the last time she had entered the settlement, she didn't want to attract any additional attention by flying around. She hadn't thought of removing her pink diamonds adorning her knees and shoulders, though. Walking along the public areas that Peridot had spotted Lapis last she searched for the blue gem, her boots making a light clunking noise with every step. She was sure to find her somewhere, she just wasn't sure where.
Meanwhile, on the beach, Lapis strolled out of the ocean and onto the shore. She's wearing a net-like backpack filled with scallops. She gave a quick cursory glance to her surroundings, hiked her pack up, and set off into town. She paid no attention to the confused spectators who had just watched a blue woman emerge from the ocean.
On the boardwalk, she started on her way towards a oceanfront restaurant. On the way, she occasionally summoned water from her gem. The water enveloped her arm to form something like a liquid tendril, and she reached behind herself to drench her pack in chilled water. Once finished, the water retreated up her arm and sat around it as if it were adhered there like a sleeve. She was getting better all the time at manually manipulating water. She was happy with that.
If Peridot were to spot her here, it probably would be somewhere on the boardwalk with Lapis on the way to her destination.
An initial stroll through the town had yielded no signs of Lapis, though there were some strange looks from some of the local populace. The ones who paid her no mind had probably seen stranger things that day. Peridot had made her ways to the docks, suspecting Lapis of being around the water. She was mostly accurate, as she spotted Lapis leaving the water some distance away. Not wanting to yell or catch greater attention than what she was already getting, she turned to walk back to the boardwalk. It wasn't long before she was finally within normal talking distance.
Peridot looked at the strange backpack that Lapis wore and the strange things inside. She didn't know what to make of it but figured there'd be no harm in asking. "Hello again Lapis Lazuli." came a voice as Peridot approached to walk beside her, though he boots might have given her presence away earlier. "Are you... collecting rock samples?" she asked, eyeing the net.
Lapis had been lost in her own little world, so she hadn't heard Peridot come up on her. She blinked and started a little when she realized someone was next to her and speaking to her. She then looked up and grinned to see who it was. "Oh, hi Peridot Facet-5, Cut-9XN!" She said without a moment's hesitation, then frowned with confusion. "Er, rocks?" She stopped walking and actually turned in a circle to check her surroundings, trying to figure out what had caused Peridot to think she had been collecting ro—
She suddenly realized it. "Oh! Oh no, these aren't rocks. But they do look like rocks! They're some kind of living creature called a scallop, and humans apparently like to eat them." She hiked up the pack again and doused it with another slap of water. "So I gather as many as I can find from the ocean and trade them for human dollars." She stated without bothering to explain what a dollar was.
After Lapis' explanation, Peridot couldn't help but wonder what sort of strange living creature would choose to look like a rock underwater. With a hand on her face she bent at the hip to observe the scallops as the water ran around them. They would certainly be strange rocks if they were and their appearance was all too strange for Peridot to continue looking at. Standing straight once more, she would follow Lapis wherever she went. "I would not have suspected the humans to be able to consume such creatures. I suspected their diets were largely comprised of local vegetation and contained fauna. But they... trade these for human dollars? What does that accomplish?" she asked, already attempting to formulate the answers in her mind.
"Humans seem to be able to eat almost anything." She said with big, amazed eyes. "The only things they won't touch is food they've dropped on the ground. But they eat plants that grow in the ground." She shook her head. "It doesn't really make much sense to me, but then again I don't even like what eating feels like."
She continued on with Peridot following. "Anyway, the humans trade things all the time—usually labor or services to get dollars. And dollars are these... things that-" She looks up as she tries to find a way to describe them. "Well, they look like they should be kinda useless, and you can't eat them, but they're just about the most important to any human it seems. I believe Ruby called them a... currency?" She said with an unsure upward inflection, now forgetting to mention who Ruby is. "Well, anyway, you can trade for just about anything with enough dollars. Also known as money. or cash. or bills. or... bucks, cheddar, paper, green, dough, eh... they have a lot of names for it."
Peridot listened closely to Lapis as she spoke, trying to understand the concepts she was explaining. Opening up a screen, Peridot swiped at it and wrote in a gem script, making sure to keep notes on the situation. After writing a things down she waved the screen away to regain use of her fingers before pointing one upward as she spoke. "Oh, so you collect this... food... and trade them for dollars which can be in return traded back for... anything? What sort of things? What would humans have that would be worth trading?" she asked, making a mental note to ask about the Ruby she had mentioned earlier. Peridot had a sneaking suspicion that there were more gems than she'd like to think just wandering around Beach City.
Lapis rose a brow as she thought on that, before returning her attention up to Peridot. "Well, I guess the worth of what you can trade for really depends on what sort of things you want. From a human point of you, you can trade for just about anything with money. Food, things that are meant to help you relax, smells, uh... human-made objects that don't really have a purpose other than to look nice in a room-" Her face lit up. "Oh and rooms themselves! I have a plant-fiber stuffed replica of an earth animal called a giraffe. It doesn't really do anything, but I like to look at it and feel it. But it would get damaged in Earth's weather, so I and a Ruby who has a few stuffed replicas too—Earth animals called elephants—give money to a human every month, and he gives us a private place to..." She paused in thought again. "Well, I think the purpose of it was for us to live there if we were humans, but we use it to store whatever human objects we like."
Peridot's screen had opened up again and swiped more notes down onto it. She never looked at the screen, instead paying attention to Lapis as operating the display was so second-nature to her she put no thought into it. As she wrapped her head around the idea that dollars were used for the exchange of items she considered how this created a viable society. 'Perhaps things are not assigned to them, but rather must be traded for with dollars which must be traded for... food?' she wondered. Closing her screen and using her hands to gesture while she talked, she had more questions. "So you trade the food for dollars to use a human site to store things. But humans would live there." she said, the word "live" making sense to her, but not sounding right. "This human site is a place where you and a Ruby store things? Perhaps as a collection? What's the word... souvenirs?" she asked, remembering how seeing that word along human structures during her beginning years.
Lapis smiled vacantly. The rest of that made sense to her, but she had no idea what the word 'souvenir' meant.
They neared the restaurant now. It seemed to be a bar-and-grill style restaurant with seating outside and big windows. There was a big obnoxious sign that read THE FRESHEST SEAFOOD — HAND-DIVED OYSTERS AND SCALLOPS — TRY OUR BUTTER-STUFFED SEA CUCUMBER it's better than it sounds
"Maybe I can go retrieve my giraffe to show you after I'm done here, if that would help?" She offered, then put her face up against the glass. A man inside spotted her and vigorously waved a 'go around' gesture. She blinked and looked up at Peridot. "Oh, uh, they don't like to do this where everyone can see." Without another word, she shuffled past her and hurried around the back. Assuming Peridot had followed, they went to the back door and the same man from the front greeted them. Half-hanging out the door, he looked around suspiciously and asked "...Who's she?""A friend." Lapis responded for the two of them with a grin. "Is she DNR?" The man asked, to which Lapis responded "What's... DNR?" The man squinted and was quiet for a second, before saying "...okay hand them over." Lapis removed her pack and handed it to the man, and he abruptly shut the door on them.
Standing there and rocking on her heels, she returned her attention to Peridot to say "It usually takes some time for them to get the money. I get paid per scallop." A few minutes later, the man hung out the door again and returned her empty pack and a small wad of bills. "Thank y—!" Is all Lapis managed before the door is shut on her again. Frowning but otherwise unperturbed, she turned her back to Peridot and displayed the money.
As Peridot followed, she seemed too deep in thought trying to understand the concepts she'd recently learned to ask more questions. She theorized that humans had a currency for ease of trade in the event that food was unavailable since food was the most basic resource for them (in her mind). She was only brought out of this brainstorm by the restaurant and meeting the humans who had been inside. After the question was posed about her and the human disappeared after taking the scallops, Peridot stood akimbo with furrowed eyebrows. "Hm... DNR. An abbreviation. Perhaps "Diamond, Not Rebel"?" she thought aloud. When the man returned and handed Lapis her dollars and closed the door before the conversation was finished, Peridot pointed at the door. "That is the definition of curt. But primitive beings have a tendency to be that way given their short life spans." she explained. "And these dollars buy giraffes? Or other fiber-based creatures such as elephants? Or anything as you've explained..."
"Ooooh I see... curt." She nodded, cataloging that word for later use. "And, yeah this money could be used for anything I'd want! Some of it has to go towards keeping our apartment—that's the place we're paying for—but the rest could be used for anything, since we don't have to worry about food or survival things that humans would need. More giraffes is a good idea..." She thought on that for a moment, then shook the thought out of her head. "Anyway, if you want to see what the apartment looks like, I could show you where it is. You'd get to see the giraffe and the elephants... and maybe we can go out looking for human things to trade for together if you're interested." She offered, then summoning a stream of water from her gem to trickle down and envelop both of her arms—the necessary preparations for her wings, and Peridot would have probably seen by now.
Peridot thought for moment, scratching her cheek with a cylindrical finger (which felt more familiar to her than her own hands). "Curious. What other things could dollars be traded for? Anything is a general term but what could be truly worth the trade of dollars when those were traded for accomplishing a task not easily done by humans..." she spoke, mostly to herself. "Clearly then dollars would be traded for things that we as gems would not be able to produce, that's simple enough. Perhaps you should purchase more giraffes? I don't believe I've ever heard of any gem-tech by that name. Can you show me more human things for trade?" she asked, looking up at Lapis with an eager smile.
Lapis returned her eagerness with a grin of her own. "Sure! Here, you and I will go back to the apartment first and I'll show you some of our human things. That way, if you wanted to trade for something as well and you like any of what we have, you'll have an idea of what you're looking for. We'll go to one of the big human establishments that house things humans are trying to trade for money, and if Ruby's with us then she and I can find things for our apartment too. It works out for everyone!"
Regardless of Peridot's response (unless it was an outright 'absolutely not'), her eagerness would have likely gotten the best of her. She flapped her arms and took off into the sky, flying off in the direction of what can be assumed to be the apartment.
"Yes, I'd enjoy learning more of this apartment and trading concept. I'll be right behind you." she stated just as Lapis took off. With a jump towards the sky Peridot's boots shot green, focused flames out and pushed her up to follow Lapis. The high-pitched whistle and rush of wind as she ascended was a familiar and welcome feeling, having walked for most of the day thus far. As she flew she took a moment to look around at the various human establishments similar to the one they had just left. Humans walked up to these establishments and exchanged dollars for food or bags. This appeared to be the trading concept in play that Lapis had spoke of. 'How simple. Their society must lack a logistics system capable of replacing trading. I wonder if they'll develop such a system on their own in the next century.' she thought as she caught up to Lapis.
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