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They flew to Lapis and Ruby's apartment complex. She led them inside and into the elevator, which in itself was probably a harrowing experience. Lapis obviously didn't seem to mind though. When they made it to their floor, Lapis stepped out and ushered Peridot to their apartment.
"They all look the same from the outside, but inside I think they're all different." She mused as she turned the knob to open the door. It was locked. She blinked and tried to force it open, before she facepalmed. "Ugh, wait, I forgot we need an actual key to get the door open." She put her face up to the door and began to call out "RUBY? ARE YOU IN THERE? I FORGOT MY KEY CAN YOU OPEN THE DOOR!?"
"JUST A MINUTE! I'm coming!" Yelled another voice from behind the door, definitely ruby-like. There was the sound of jogging to the door on carpet, which, if one listened carefully, would be accompanied by a softly spoken 'hup hup hup,' before there was some fiddling with the door's lock from the other side. The door swung open and, down below Lapis and definitely Peridot was Ruby.
"Sorry, I got lost in thoughts laying on the flo-" Ruby's sentence was cut short as soon as she realized Lapis had brought another gem. Her eyes widened again as she realized what kind of gem. "A... a peridot? Lapis... what... On - Earth? Did you get sent from Homeworld?" She said to this Peridot, stepping back ever so slightly with an initial defensive posture.
The elevator was perhaps the strangest human device Peridot had experienced. Being enclosed in a metal contraption and hoisted to the appropriate floor made Peridot review her faith in human engineering. It made her truly appreciate short-range warp pads. After seeing Lapis struggle with the door, Peridot looked at the device that barred her entry. Mechanical in nature, it seemed to hold the door closed without need of scanner for authentication before allowing Lapis to enter. Clearly it was a flawed design as it had barred Lapis from her own apartment. When a Ruby answered the door, Peridot was nothing but relieved to see another gem. "On a technical standing, yes." she answered Ruby, spotting the yellow diamond adorning her. "I am Peridot Facet-5 Cut-9XN of Pink Diamond's court. Lapis Lazuli has been showing me the human settlement of Beach City. We were planning to... trade, correct?" she asked, looking back at Lapis.
"Right!" She nodded. "Peridot wanted to learn a little more about the humans, and when I started explaining money I figured I could bring her to show what we actually use our money for." She held her wad of money in the air and shook it, beginning to grin. "Plus, since I just traded in another bag-full of scallops and we have more money than we need for rent, I thought we could use this as a chance to go out to one of the human stores and look for things we, y'know, think are nice; things we would want to keep in our apartment. If you're interested in coming, that is. I figured since we both pay for the apartment that it's only fair for you to decide what to fill it with too."
Ruby wasn't as fast to change the subject, but would wait for Lapis to finish talking before she continued. "Oh - I yes, I would be happy to come with you, as long as we end up leaving enough room in the apartment for other things. You never know what you find here on Earth. Though - I'll have to go collect all my money and put it in my bag." Ruby said, though the cadence of her sentence made her sound a little nervous. She gave a diamond salute to Peridot.
"I'm Ruby Facet-3T2T, Cut-6KP, ma'am. One of two remaining squad members of a mission that went haywire here on Earth. The whole planet is a little bit confusing at first, but I've spent a lot of time here, mostly looking for my Captain, Ruby Facet-1A3G, Cut-3RG, and you sort of get used to it. Um, ma'am." Ruby still seemed a little nervous around Peridot.
Peridot returned the diamond salute and then stood akimbo. "I will report back any findings of your captain, Ruby. More rubies would be a welcome addition. It's good to see a soldier gem. I can see you've been placed in charge of security for this Lapis and have provided a mechanical locking feature with the absence of modern technology. Good thinking." she stated with a soft but sincere tone to Ruby. She didn't seem to notice any nervous behavior and a faint smile graced her lips. "Which of these human establishments do you wish to visit? The place we came from must trade food, among other things. But if you wished to continue trade with him then we would not have left... Hmm..." she asked Lapis, mostly thinking aloud.
She shook her head, grimacing. "I wouldn't want to trade any of my money for food. I've tried to eat like humans before and it—" She shuddered. "...It doesn't work out very well. Maybe some gems are able to tolerate food but I'm definitely not one of them." She turned her attention to Ruby, still speaking to Peridot. "I figured Ruby would know where to go when it comes to human stores. She's been doing a lot of exploring of the stores and would probably know where to find... things?" The upward inflection meant this was also a question directed at Ruby. She returned her attention to Peridot. "Oh, and Ruby wasn't... uh... placed in charge of my security or anything. We're just sticking together. So far I don't think either of us have needed actual security. We haven't run into any problems yet?" She glanced back at Ruby.
"No problems that needed to be solved with force." Ruby agreed. "Like Lapis said, we just stick together for the most part. It's easier that way, especially since if we were alone, we wouldn't have anyone to bounce ideas off of. Since Earth can be so confusing, it helps to have someone else to ask about that sort of thing, especially because we don't have access to any sort of database that we could cross-check it with." Ruby's eyes fell on Peridot's limb enhancers, specifically her 'hands,' but she tore her eyes away so she could jog over to her bag. Near her elephants were several stacks of dollars which she stuffed away in a cheap drawstring bag that seemed to be from some sort of bagel establishment.
"I know a lot about human stores! Humans trade currency for all kinds of things, so its just a matter of what you want to buy! They've got furniture of all shapes and sizes, and one store sells these things called pots and pans, which humans use for cooking - I don't think we'll need those, since we don't eat." She tapped her cheek in thought. "There's the libb-rarry, where humans can receive reading material, called books. Some of it is instructional and some of it is entirely fake: just stories of events, not real events. Like the stuff they have for trade at the Comic book store! Those are fake stories about humans and other creatures that humans will make pictures and words about, and then put those in these books called comics! But there's the arcade too, where you test your skills to get tickets and trade those tickets to someone and get stuffed Earth animals, like these. Oh, and there's the hard-ware store, which seems to be where the humans buy tools for building..." She counted these things out on her hand. "Does any of that sound interesting?"
As Peridot stood and looked between the two gems as they spoke, her mind speculated on what the various stores Ruby had mentioned. She was curious what the fake stories Ruby spoke of were, or why they existed. Putting a finger to her chin thoughtfully she contemplated the places that sounded interesting. "The gem database on human culture or their settlements on Earth are horribly limited, it seems no-one bothered to study them." she commented, bringing her screen up for a moment and flipping through some indistinct files before closing and shrugging. "I'm simply here to spectate, I'll follow where Lapis or yourself go." she said with a kind tone, looking at Ruby. "Though the arcade does sound intriguing. What skills are tested there? I wouldn't assume it to be an arena of any kind, is it? Are tickets a currency as well?"
"The arcade's a great idea!" Lapis beamed. "That's one of the first human establishment Ruby and I went into, after all. But it's... strange. It's crowded and loud and colorful, and skills aren't really a... part of it?" She tried, biting her lip. "As in—the skills that would be useful anyway. Their battling simulations aren't very realistic and I don't think many of the machines require a lot of thinking, but I believe that's the point. And there's nothing for engineering or terraforming gems to display their skills. Also, while the tickets are a currency, yes, they aren't accepted anywhere outside the arcade. I've tried." She flashed her brow to acknowledge that the whole thing is strange. "The humans just go to the arcade for... uh... their own amusement. For fun, I guess. Ruby and I had fun at least with the few machines we tried. That's where we got our animals too, so that'd be a good start." She looked over to Ruby for confirmation on the idea, then added. "It's a shame we don't have Para with us though."
"The arcade is interesting! I've actually been there a couple times, once with Lapis and once on my own. Well... sort of on my own. Anyway, I should have some tickets still." She walked back over with her bag, but her expression seems conflicted when Lapis mentions Para. Ruby glanced up at Peridot as Para is mentioned however, explaining, "Para is uh... Well, she's a Padparadscha that lives here on Earth, ma'am. She's particularly helpful. Lapis and I have taken to calling her 'Para' - at her request, of course. There's a lot of interesting gems that have a lot of history that live here on Earth, surprisingly. When I crash landed here, I expected everyone to either be a rebel or a Homeworld solider, but it looks like there's all kinds of gems, ma'am." Ruby still seemed a little bit nervous around Peridot.
Peridot stood and thought of the concept of an arcade, her eyes staring off at random things while she thought. The idea of testing skills to earn a currency sounded like the easiest way to trade. Surely she could do everything a human could, better than even the tests they would design. Peridot looked at Ruby and nodded as she listened about their friend Para. "Surprising is an accurate description of the unassigned gems on Earth. My projects left me with a constant workload of tasks and only when assigned an escort or bismuth was I not alone. I'd never bothered to check rosters on the gems presently on the planet but I continue to encounter ones I've never heard of." Peridot commented, though halfway through she seemed to lose focus and ramble on. There was a tiny delay before she snapped back to the task at hand. "So, the arcade!" she exclaimed, orienting herself towards the door. "Does... Para have desirable... skills for the arcade?" she asked, drawing a correlation between the talk of the arcade and mention of Para.
"I would say so!" Lapis answered Peridot with big, awe-filled eyes. "In the time it took for Ruby and I to win 20 tickets from one of the machines, Para won 5000 tickets. Granted, it may be because she has more experience with human things than either of us do. She's the one who showed us the arcade after all. But anyway, wooooooooo arcade!" She cheered and... ran out onto the balcony of their apartment. She vaulted over the railing and caught herself in the air by forming her winged arms rather fast. Then it looked like she suddenly suffered a spasm in the air, but it was actually the result of starting to move forward, then having to catch herself and reverse without falling out of the sky. She got herself turned back around and onto the balcony again. Her cheeks darkened.
Ruby blinked at Lapis' comment and then looked over at Peridot, looking down at her limb enhancers. "Oh - right - you can fly too... of course, I should have expected that, ma'am. I'm used to jogging or marching or... whatever I need to do. Just shut the door behind you if you could, ma'am. I don't want anyone coming in and having access to our different objects while we're gone, since we traded currency for them, which means humans that don't have currency might try and take them. I believe it's because of the limited resources on the planet." Ruby gave a short nod to Peridot, before walking past her, throwing the lock so that when the door closed, it would lock. She grabbed her bag straps and jogged down the stairs to be ready to leave.
Peridot gave a laugh at the mention that Ruby couldn't fly. Not a laugh at something particularly funny, but rather as if laughing at something wrong because it didn't know better. "Walking would be an inefficiency when flight is still an option." she commented, walking over to Ruby. With little warning she picked her up, hugging her close from behind and walking over towards the balcony. Had Ruby not thrashed or made a loud protest, Peridot would have casually stepped up to the edge of the balcony and walked off. (If Ruby did protest, she would leave her to her own devices.) Her thrusters would have activated instantly, losing no altitude as Lapis had. Peridot's expression hinted that this was perfectly normal and nothing was wrong. "Right behind you." she said to Lapis, flying closer to her.
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" is being treated like a virus due to lack of info about it on the show.
*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