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Behind every great hero is a story - a tale of brave deeds, cunning plans, self-sacrifice, and bold fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds.
It was another quiet day in the Forge Light Mocha Pearl was alone The Master of the Forge, Lady Padparadascha went to gather some exotic materials for her work, and she had enough turst in the Pearl's abilites, to leave him alone, basically in charge, untill she returns Music, work, Ibi, the Great "singing" along with the Gem... so life was perfect^^ It was easy to forget, the Planet was a Warzone... Soon reality knocked in the door, in the disguise of a call The consol started to beep next to Light, and automated systems activated On the monitor a Gem appeared... but not any Gem it was Padparadascha! Or... It was (maybe?) her, but the signal was horrible,
The signal was weak, and maybe jammed too The voice was barely udnestandable, and the picture was even worse It was hard to tell, who sent the message, but when Light tried to call Padparadascha, she didn't answered Maybe she was busy Or she was the one who sent the distress call! either way, the system pinpointed the source and gave Light the coordinates It came from near the Kindergarten
The radio was played on the Lady's Para anvil. It was playing a song, Light and Ibi were singing ^^
"Hey hey Para, please give me some hope
Hey hey Para, hey hey Para
I can't forget the taste, of the tea I drinked before
Draw a circle, there is Earth
Draw a circle, there is Earth
Draw a circle, there is Ear-"
Light stopped, there was a weird beep noise "Ibi! Did you just poop on Lady Para's machine? I told you arleady over 100 times that you can't do that!" Ibi looked at Pearl with a courius look "poop poop"
Suddenly a monitor activated. There was a gem! They looked like Para! However the view was rather glitchy, Light wasn't sure "Oh my! Lady Para? What is wrong?" However the chat was pointless, Light got really worried. "Lady Para! What is happening! Is something wrong? You know I hate joked like these! Wait... you never make jokes! So something must be wrong! Oh nonono! What should I do! I know, I will use the comunicator Para gave me!" Trying to contact her failed.
Light just knew something is wrong. He approached to the console "Wait... is that? Oh no... A KINDERGARTEN?!" Ibi repeated "Kindergarten! Kindergarten!" Light shook his head "I am dreaming, right?" He looked at the console again "Can't I just have few days without gem stuff...?" He made a fist "I can't just stand here, Para might be in great danger! I hope I won't fail or something."
Light grabbed the bag. He put there a comunicator, radio, rope, clock and a map. He turned to Ibi "Ibi, you are in charge now. Please take care of the forge" Ibi was cleaning his feathers "Ibi in charge! Ibi in charge!"
Light approached to the door "Please... be okay." He opened it and went to the Kindergarten.
With a flash of light, the Pearl warped away Facet Five... The location of the "Prime" Kindergarten; it was the first and oldest crime of the Diamonds (and the Gems) against Earth and Humanity The vast, foggy canyon with numerous holes carved out of the dark, dull purple rock faces (which are the "birthplaces" of many Gems) was a grim memento what the Pearl's Race did and a consant reminder why Rose Quartz Rebelled. It was a dark vision of the future of Earth Injectors dotted the landscape, some of which have fallen to the ground and been destroyed. The site had a single Warp Pad, which was decoratively surrounded by gems similar to those on the Injectors. Eerie fog lurked in the ruins, and in the fog, things moved... or it was just the trick of the mind? Who knows? The canyon was silent.
Sometimes a little rock fall down, breaking the deafening silence of the graveyard like atmosphere, or a bird (or a Gem monster?) squawked with strange, otherworldy sharp sound, but then the place was silent again. Light could hear his own breathing. Maybe he never noticed before, but he picked up it from the humans. The little Gem device in his hand showd him the way. Little green dot on the map In the fog, he saw... something. Or someone. A gust of wind dispelled the fog and Light was face to face with a horrible, macabre "statue"; an unfortunate victim of the Kindergarten's life sucking "side effect" A petrified standing corpse of a human, frozen in eternal silent scream!
The terrified Pearl backed, then stumbled across a rock, fall back, and rolled down a hillslide His painfull ride ended in Gem console, he bumped his head
"Please... try not to damage it with your head"
The quite sound came from a figure, standing next to the device, looking down the arrived Pearl She was lean and tall, and... ...she was a Gem, a Pearl! But not any Pearl! A Mocha Pearl!!!
She reached her hand to Light and helped him to stand up
"Sorry. My name is Mocha Pearl. Are you okay? It was quite a fall!"
The kindergarten, a nightmare for gems. Light tried to not panic while searching for his friend "I don't want to stay here, let's find Lady Para and get out of here. I feel like my gemstone is going to explode. For some reason I also feel like someone was watching me... Why do I have to be such a coward? Let's concentrate."
A small rock with the size of a mouse fall and made some noise. Pearl closed his eyes, summoned his weapon and throw it at the rock "Please don't shatter me!" Light opened his eyes to discover that there is nothing to be afraid of. "It is just a rock... I would probably be less afraid if there was someone with me. Last time I was here there was Crys with me. Not to mention Flint and Blue that used to still be Crystal gems back than." Similar moments were Light was freaking out happened few more times. He was hugging his bag like it was going to help. However he just had to look everytime at a place were he heard a noise with a hand near gem so he could summon a weapon.
He grabed the map that was inside his bag "This green dot is still here... does that mean Lady Para can't move? I hope I am not too late! I wasn't designed to live with so much stress."
Light saw something in the fog "Lady Para? Is that you?!" He started to run in this direction "You won't believe how much I have missed you! Are you okay...? Lady Para?" Light saw a dead human for the first time in his short life "AUGGGHHH!"
He backed and fall. He was screaming while having this terrible accident. At the end his head met some kind of hard object "Aww... Am I still alive? My whole body... it hurts."
There was someone else. "Ohhh! I am sorry, I didn't want to interrupt you in the thing you were doing!" He was quite scared and wanted to leave her as fast as possible. This stranger gave him a hand at that moment Light wasn't so schocked after the accident and could see person's gemstone "It is not possible!" He made few steps back so he would be away from Mocha Pearl "It can't be true! Wha- how- Huh?! You are suppose to be in Homeworld! What are you doing here?!"
When Light was created there were only 6 Mocha Pearls+ Light. It had to be one of them or Homeworld started to make more Mocha Pearls. If that was an old Pearl she would probably recognize his gem. It was just like her gem but had a little pit.
"You are a bit nervous... I can't really blame you! This place is horrible! I hate it"
Mocha looked around, hugging herself
She shivered, then looked to Light
"IF I am suposed to be in Homeworld, then you shoudl be next to your owner! White Pearls are fancy commodities, servants of high ranking Gems! Not explorels of spooky places!"
The sharp tounged Mocha Pearl poked Light chest with her finger
"I am here because my Gem communicator picked up a signal! A Padparadascha Sapphire's distress call. It was horribly glitched and can't really understand it, but it seemed urgent. Trusrt me White Pearl, I have already regreted comming here!"
She crossed her arms
"So... what are you doing here "brother"?"
But Mocha's voice became softer, more gentle; it seemed she was actually happy to find someone, and not to be alone in this scary place
"Yeah this place really is horrible..." Light was shaking from fear. He felt like he is looking at the ghost, like he met his past.
Light felt a little bit confused. Did this Pearl just say he is a White Pearl? It didn't make any sense. "Huh? What do you mean...?"
Light had wide opened eyes when he heard what his Pearl said "Lady Para! This Sapphire is my fr- I mean owner." Pearl bite his tongue, he didn't want to have a bad conversation with a Homeworld gem. "I also picked that signal and I was looking for her. I think it is she... like you said, the message was really glitched."
Light just had to say it. He didn't understand why this Pearl called him "White Pearl" "Why are you calling me like that? Can't you see my gem? It is brown, just like yours" Light felt a little bit uncomfortable, he grabed his arm from behind. He didn't knkw what to do. He couldn't just leave this Pearl. She had some informations about Lady Para. And him?
"Para? What a stupid nickname is that?! That Gem, your owner is a Padparadascha! If you must shorten her name, wich is a great disrespect, at least do it right! Padparadascha could be Padpa or Paddy but Diamonds, Para? What idiot chose the middle of the name as a nickname???"
"Truth to be told brother, I came on Earth with a mission with my.... companion"
She carefully avoided the word "owner" or "master"
"I belive, under our feet, in the facility, there is a terminal, holding an important information! A datafile about Rose Quartz, some kind of a recording, made by her Pearl. I came here to retrive it. In the wrong hands, that message could mean disaster!"
But in the hand of the Crystal Gems... ...or Homeworld? After all, that message is from one of the leaders of the Rebelion! The worlds of... her But Mocha didn't noticed or not really cared about Light reaction to Rose Quartz's Pearl She was more interrested about his Gem
"Hmm... I must admit, it is strange. You are like a White Pearl, but your Gem is brown.. ish. Much lighter tone than my Gem, but still, to the undtrained eyes, one can mistake you as a Mocha Pearl. But my companion is a Peridot, trust me brother, I can see the fine details. Maybe something went wrong, maybe you are just a mistake, or it was intentional, but you started as a White Pearl. But ended up like... this. Almost-Mocha-Pearl. You are like those prototypes, the Light Mocha Pearls... But they were mostly shattered or used as temporary powersources. Fatal design flaws and all. So I heard. "
She turned to the console
"Shall we go down? Your owner maybe down there... I bet she is after that important information!"
Light didn't expect Mocha's reaction. However this design had a pretty naughty nature "She likes when I call her like that..."
Mocha mentioned a "companion". It made Light realize that Homeworld Pearls aren't just walking alone. There just must be someone else. But where was that guy "Of course."
Pearl was schocked. A secret message? Rose's Pearl? What was the meaning of this. Light used to talk with this Pearl back in homeworld. She was... marvelous. He never met such an inteligent, funny, kind and free. She wasn't like the other Pearls. He had wide open eyes when Mocha mentioned her, was she is trouble? "A secret message?! I am sorry, I didn't want to yell. What do you mean by that? Could this be dangerous."
Tears appeared in Light's eyes. He couldn't believe it. But it was making sense. He was always wondering why he wasn't fully brown. Was he suppose to be someone else? It was just a schock. Light wanted to run away but had to stay strong . He quickly cleaned his face "Ahhhh sorry! I am just scared of Lady Para... we need to save her!"
The information about the Peridot suprised him. Only a few of peridots had Pearls. What if it was really a Mocha Pearl from the old workplace he used to be in? Did they start to make new Mocha Pearls?
"Yeah, let's go." He followed Mocha. They thought about his origins couldn't leave his mind "Why were all of them shattered or used as power sources? Weren't they good enough?"
Note to exeryone: The topic about prototypes in Steven Universe is complicated. It is because we actually never even heard of them lol But let's face it, gems are like robots. They are MADE to do a job. So for me it is pretty clear that it is possible to make a new type of gem or change something in an old kind. Like in real life, you won't succes in a first try. You will make few sketches before the final drawing or few bricks before the final cake.
In my storyline prototypes are edited unfinished gems or gems made out of scratch. Light was suppose to be a white pearl. However something weird happened in his gemstone and it was used later to make one of the first Mocha Pearls. That is why he is LIGHT Mocha Pearl, he has got something to do with a White Pearl. But it doesn't mean every prototype has got Light in name. For example if it was suppose to be Black Pearl (hi Blacky ^^) at first the name would be "Dark Mocha Pearl". It is just my theory how could this work in the show, you don't need to believe in this. It is imposible to roleplay here without adding something new. For example there is Morion, a Smoky Quartz that is not a fusion of Amethyst and Rose Quartz. We will never be 100% sure how does things work in Steven Universe universe... I hope none of you will have a problem with this. Thanks for reading (/ '^')/
Mocha nodded, but there was a little sarcasm in her voice
The other Pearl nodded, and put her hand on the console, activating it Bright light drawn a circle around them and the elevator started to move Standing on the hard light platfrom, the two Gem descended in to the dark bowls of Earth
"The other prototypes like you brother? As you know, some of them were experimented on to see, everything is "bug-free" or not. Then the rest, like you, were given to Gems for a "test drive" so to speak. And after their reports, most of them were shattered to make shard-drones, or put in a good use, like batteries. Naturally some of them were allowed to be live. If their owners requested it. But I guess not many Gems wanted an obsolite... beta verison. Now, keep in mind, beeing a prototype means, you are a... not as advanced than a "pureblood" Pearl, like me, you are weaker, and have falws I don't have. But I owe you a thank you. Without you and the others, my dear older brother, I wouldn't be here, and being... better than you!"
She smiled, like a typical little sister, who is the favorite child in the family^^ Miles deep the platfrom stopped. Light visited numerous Gem sites before, seen the architect of the days of old, the days Granny told him, or Lady Jady, or his friend and Mentor, mother like figure, Para; but it was obvious, those days were long gone Gem architecture become so... sterile, so stright forward, it left no room for the decoration The humans called this style "spartan" The chamber was nothing more than giant endless pit, with a platform floating in the middle, above the bottomless darkness A narrow sidewalk connected it with the mainframe, wich was deep inside the rock
"According my readings, this is the source of the distress call. A pity. It must be a recorded message. Not your owner. But I guess you are happy to hear that... Do you want to hear the whole message of this Padparadascha? "
There was indeed a Gem communicator on the console, with the little holo of the Padparadascha, waiting to be played
"And in the computer, there is the message of that Pearl! Do you know how to access it? I'm afraid, since I was never on this planet, my codes are useless. It pains me to say this, but you have to download this in to your memory... "
Light decided to ignkre her sarcasm. You learn how to stay calm in situations like this when you live with Howlite or the other Mocha Pearl he knew.
"I am coming..." He followed her. He didn't expect elevator in place like this. Pearl thought that Rebels destroyed everything here.
It was a soft topic for Light. He felt like someone is stabing him with a knife. He tried to calm his sadness. Light just had to work with her for now, it will end eventually. "Being new doesn't make you better in everything... I have got more experience."
The elevator finnaly stoped moving. This place didn't look that good "This design is so... rusty and primitive. I am pretty sure Lady Para would never want to be in place like this. It is just pure designed and ugly. Spending time with her make you more sensitive for the things that are following you." It was something that Light and Para had in common. They both were trying to make everything perfect. It was probably the reason why were they making such a good duet.
Light was confused "Why would I be happy? Lady Para is in danger and need my help. I just can't stand it... what if something bad happened? I would blame myself for the rest of my life..." Maybe this Pearl didn't had the good owner. That would explain her comment about Light being happy because of loss of Lady Para. "Yeah, let's watch this message." Light turned on the gem communicator (reaction to it- my next post)
After watching the video Light placed both of his hands on the console. "Yes, I can do this, it is not really that hard." It felt nice to be able to do something that this Pearl can't. His eyes turned green, it looked like he connected to it "Ohhhohhhohhhhoooohhhouohoh" Light wanted to download it and delete the original from the computer. Noone but rebels should see it. (Reaction to Pearl's message: my next post)
"Dear... you recived the same signal as me, and you tough it was sent by your owner. Now we found out, it wasn’t her. Why do you belive, she is in danger? Becasue she never bothered to told you, where she went? Or you couldn’t reach her with a communicator? Brother, you know, you are a Pearl! And on the top of it, a prototype, so don’t be surprised, you are NOT the middle of your owner’s universe...
She reminded Light „gently”, Pearls are nobodies^^ Well, not she, of course, after all, she is better than Light But she nodded, and watched the holo message
"Is this thing on? Stupid recorder! Testing! Testing! 1-2-3! Lets see.... okay. Okay, it works! Ahem! So... uhm... hello? I guess. If you see this message I left, that means I am now shattered. At least I hope I am! Don't mourn me! It was the only solution. I just hope, it was painless. I programed the robonoids to be quick and efficient! I know, I know, it was the coward's choice, but... it was still better, than the tought of hurting anyone! My name is Padparadascha. Padparadascha Facet-3XG7 Cut-4T4. And I... I am Corrupted. I made this recording to help others! I don't know, my sympthoms are unique or not, but if not, then maybe this could help others, to realize, they are too Corrupted, and warn the others. Or save themselves! So, to be honest I don't know how I became Corrupted. But eventually I have noticed strange things about me. I was an Artisan, maker of stuffs, so lived to my work, rarely visited other Gems, never been social, but I have noticed, the urge to be with my own kind slowly faded. Maybe it was the Corruption. Maybe my own personality... I don't know. But I spent more and more time alone, and talking with others, or be with them bacame more and more difficult. I felt uncomfortable, irritated, their presence was anoying. And I have paid less and less attention to the feelings and needs of others. Strange. Looking back, I can see this now, but back then I never noticed. My friends... gosh, I don't know if I even had any real friends, or not, but eventually, everybody left me, and I was okay with it. I was happy to be alone, working. Then came the... voices. First just strange tought, unfamiliar ones. I never tought of this and that, and so on. First I tought the solitude opend my eyes to new, strange things. I was wrong. Those unfamiliar, alien toughts were signs. The sign of the Corruption wich slowly creeped in to my mind and gnawed on my sanity. The toughts finally became whispers, like a tick, bloated on the blood of its host, the seed of Corruption inside me sucked the power out of me, fed on my sanity and toughts to became strong enough to talk to me! At least I think this is what happened... This "other" Padparadascha whispered in my head, not really words, but with feelings, doubts, questions. But after a time, when the Corruption inside me was strong enough, I could understand her words. My words. She mocked me! Sometimes laughed and enjoed my suffering, sometimes, just saw her from the corner of my eyes. She planted the seeds of self loathing, insanity and bitternes inside my mind. And tended them with her words, torturing me with her whispering and laughter, her constant persence! I could feel the tendrils of corruption wriggling inside my mind, like a tangled web of thorny wire, it was painful and their grip was stronger and stronger each day! I could feel them... I could sense them. See them, as they slithered under my hard light skin! But when I used knives, just my hard light liquid "blood" poured from the self inflicted wounds! And I could hear Her laughter! See her, feel her hands on my head, caressing my face! And feel those awful tendrils, those... those tencacles under my skin, in my body! I tear open more and more wounds, digging deeper with the knife first, then with my bare hands, my claws... And realized, I never had claws before. Never shapeshifted! Not consciously. I don't know, it was the Corruption, or my crumbling mind, but my fingers became longer and sharper, clawed. Sharp enough to tear chunks of my hard light flesh, to find those wrigling horrors I felt inside me! I tore open my chest, and I could see in the mirror the nest of tentacles of black ichor, and in the middle, my Gem. It was horrible sight... but I just laughted. Laughted like that other Padparadascha . We laughted and danced, danced the mad tango, untill I poofed. When I reformed, I was the same. No claws, no tentacles, no fangs. It was just a bad dream? Sadly, no. The security system recorded everything and it was horrible to see myself in that state. Then came the blackouts. I have lost hours... First I tought I didn't noticed the passage of time, working hard and all, but... but... I have set up the system to watch me. As its turned out, those blackouts were real, not just messed up time sense. During those blackouts, my mind was offline. The capability of higher thinking. I was like... an animal, driven by instincts and urges. Sniffing, stalking... hunting... killing animals around the laboratory. The Padparadascha in my head, me mocked me and the situation worsened.... the feeling of the wriggling Corruption returned, the whispers, the laughts, the longer and longer blackouts. I was dancing down a downward spiral straight to the point of no return! I still have some self controll. I am still in charge. I have ordered the the robonoids to shatter me, if I became a monster. I hope they will be strong enough! Before I hurt somebody. Thanks to the Diamonds, I am in the middle of nowehere, far from any Gem facility. But... But if my robonoids fail to kill me, please, please for everything is sacred, in the names of the Diamond! Hunt me down and end my reign of terror! If you see an orange...ish, clawed, fanged, gaunt, skeletal figure, with tentacles on her back, tendril hair, bestial eyes, aim to the Padparadascha in her chest and destory it, before she could hurt you! Before I could hurt you! - she looked to the recorder with tear soaked eyes, but gathered enough stregth to continue - I... I don't know, it is, it was the Corruption or not. It is possible, It is just the immagination of a lonely Padparadascha driven mad by loneliness. But if this recording could help even one other Padparadascha or any Gem, then my life wasn't a total faliure! May... May the Diamonds be with us all!"
Mocha watched the recording with borderom in her eyes At the end she even yawned
"Thanks to the Diamonds its over! Some Gems should never get a recorder! Do whatever you want with the holo disk, I don't need this.
She nodded to the great console
"We have work to do! Access the mainframe, search for the data. It is a file, with the name: Pearl's File. You can't miss it.
The Mocha Pearl waited and watched Light Entering a system was always... a strange feeling; Light eyes became empty, when his hand sank in to the crystalline surface; the world disappeared around him, became blurry, then he was in the endless stream of imnformation in the Gem supercomputer. Outside, Light just stood there, his eyes were like the Matrix dataflow But his mind was like a search engine, sorting out informations, searched for data, hunted the 'Pearl's File' file A sentinent program among the other programs; he left his hard light body behind; his glowing avatar inside the mainframe had to „fight” with firewalls and „guard programs” shaped like Quartz soldiers, but eventually found the file; it was represented a bubbled Pearl. Light could sense the file's contents. It was not a message, not really, it was more like recording of Rose's Pearl, more like a diary! Tho it contained several messages. As he anounced unconsciously with a silent whisper, he found it and started the download, Mocha smiled darkly, and her hand slowly moved to her Gem...
"I am sooo proud of you big brother!
Light could hear her words, his mind was still connected to his Gem and projected body; he could hear and see the datastream and the outside word in the same time, but had to focus to stay inside.Then the poor Pearl connection was forcefully cenceled as the computer exploded and pain shook his body and mind! Mocha Pearl stood behind him - Light later could faintly recal, he actually saw his little sister drawing out her weapon, a whip from her Gem... but maybe he was too naive, to suspect anything, maybe he was focused to the searching too much to really notice her - whip in her hand, that warped around Light Mocha Pearl! But her whip was not just an ordinary energy weapon, with it she electrocuted Light! The energy overloaded the computer, destroyed it (that was the explosion) Mocha plan was simple: she wanted to electrocute Light with the lightning-whip, untill he poofs, so she could take his Gem and the precious data within it^^ And who knows, maybe this betrayal was enough for light to do something...
Typical Mocha. If not Light's nature she would probably arleady got punched "She would tell me if she was going to go on a bigger trip... and she would probably take me with herself. Maybe your Peridot 'friend' is like that. But not all other gems are like them."
Pearl grabed his hands. It was just terrible and scary. Fe felt sorry for this Padpardscha.
Light couldn't believe the message. It sounded... familiar. He realized something, the same terrible thing could happened to Lady Para. It was clear now... this "other Padpardscha". Para also saw it. That is when she nearly killed herself, luckly Pearl saved her. And it wouldn't happen if Light wasn't a coward at the first place.
Light now knew that Lady Para was corrupted. She probably didn't want to tell him that because she didn't want Pearl to be afraid. However it was bad, she should have told him this. Maybe there was still a change to save her... he heard once about a gem that is a able to heal corruption if it is in early stage. Light new one thing, he need to talk with Para about it (ohhh Para ^^ new thread? ).
"Hmmm okay..." Light grabbed the holo disk and placed it in his bag.
Light entered a computer. Just a second later he could see his now pixel body in the green world full of weird things. Once a time there was a fire ball "Hmmm... I hope it is just an error, why would they want to kill a gem! Maybe they did it so Rebels couldn't mess here? I hope not. My real life is arleady really dangerous. Mostly because or Blacky and Howlite."
Pearl saw someone, it looked like a Quartz soldier "Hmmm excuse me! Are you programmed to help gems inside to search for files? I need some help!" However this starnger turned to Light and didn't say anything. Just a second later their eyes turned red and decided to tackle Pearl. However Light summoned the stick and shot a Quartz like antyvirus with a laser. Enemy was shattered on the one hit, they were not as strong as real Quartz soldiers"Good that Lady Para upgraded this old simple weapon! I don't know what I would do without her... that is why I need to find her. For now let's get this file." (PS: No, Mocha can't hear Light while he is talking in the computer, she is onky hearing "ohhhhhohohoh")
It was a long journey, full of enemies and other dangerous things. However he finnaly found it! And it wasn't just a message... it was something like diary. Eho knows what else could be there! Mocha tried to comunicate with him. Light touched his ear "Thanks Mocha! I will come back soon!" (this time she could hear him) Light popped the bubble and sucked the gem to his gem "It might be more important than I thought it is."
Suddenly there was an explosion "AHHHH!" When Light opened his eyes he saw Mocha trying to kill him! She was using her whip to do it... Light didn't even expect that. This weapon was suppose to charge, hack and fix machines, not to kill! "Ughhh! Why are you doing this!"
Light had to think fast. He summoned a hologram on her face. It confused her and made her blind for a while. At this time Light summoned a Holo Pearl "Holo#1! Cut the whip! Cut the whip!" Hologram's eyes turned red. It cut the whip and stood near Light with a battle position while looking at the enemy. Liht summoned his weapon.
Mocha Pearl hissed and attacked again with her reformed lighting whip; but she missed; tho' destroyed the holo Pearl and the energy weapon warped itself around a conduits, and with a crack of thunder destroyed it!
"Damn it! Stay still you good for nothing, obsolete Prototype!
The Pearl's striked with her weapon again, and missed Light... again But the blazing hot whip warped around a glowing energy crystal In the next moment, the world exploded aroud them! Sharp rock and sharper crystal shards showered, smoke was everywhere; Light almost fell off from the balcony of the main frame, but managed to stay on it Half of the bridge was destroyed too Mocha was no where to be found... But then the Pearl noticed her hand The explosion hurled her back, but she grabbed the edge of the destroyed bridge
"Brother! Brother help me!!!"
She cried out Light managed to grab her hand and look down to her But on her face there was no grateful smile and in her eyes there was nothing... just hate
"It... will.... be... MINE!!!"
Mocha shrieked, like a banshee, and with her other hand, tried to grab Light's Gem! Her fingers became blade like, sharp and deadly, they sank deep in the hard-light flesh of the projected body; she tried to grab the Gem and rip it out! The pain was excruciating; Light never felt something like that before; his sister tried to rip, tore out his Gem, everything that was him! The torment was almost enough to poof him, but Light managed to hold together his projection, and stumbled back Mocha lost her grip, the blade like fingers were soaked by liquid light "blood" of his brother, and the force she tried to use to rip out Light's "Heart" turned against him! Physics triumphed, and without a firm hold, she fall back... ...in to the all consuming darkness of botomless pit She screamed in terror; Light tried to catch her hand, but it was too late The Light Mocha Pearl’s fingers only grabbed the air and dark... He could hear her sister's fading scream... ...then there was nothing but silence It was... over. She was... dead. Nobody could survive this fall. She betryed him, she was a morderous, arogant and egoistical Pearl, who tried to kill him, rip out his Gem... but she was family (in a sense). She was his little sister. And now... she was gone. But Light survived, he knelt at the edge of the destroyed bridge wounded (and possibly not just physically) and weak, behind him the exploded Gem computer crackled with lingering energy. The memory core was destroyed But at least the holo recording of the Padparadascha was safe with in Light's backpack And Rose Quartz's Pearl's Diary? The super important message? Diamonds know, how much time passed untill Light was strong enough, gathered enough willpower to stand up, or sit up and preform quick slef-introspection? But it revealed a horrible truth: The energy attack of the lightning whip that overloaded the computer and electrocuted Light damaged the file It was almost destroyed Almost... Only three short pieces remained, and even those weren't complate Light could "see" it. Them. The first was a a short musing, he could see as Rose Quartz's Pearl as she was standing in the balcony of the Crystal Temple, mumbling under her nose
"Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they're a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world's problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone's control."
The second was a song like conversation between Garnet and Pearl
[Garnet]: I will fight for the place where I'm free! To live together and exist as me! [Pearl]: I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz! And everything thatShebelieved in!
And the third was another diary note According the time stamp, the last, before she left Earth with the Crystal Gems and destroyed the Galaxy Warp
"Everything I ever did, I did forHer...”
And that was all. These were the important messages (what remained of it)... or the late Mocha belived, it was important. Improtant enough to try to poof her brother for it! The private toughts of one of the Crystal Gem movement's founder The wrong hands these little fragments could be disasterous, morale blowing. But maybe for even Light, they showed another side of Rose's Pearl... Was Mocha Pearl a Loyal Gem, trying to serve the Diamond's and destroy the Crytal Gems from inside with this? Or a Crystal Gem, who tried to protect the movement, and the Rebels from the Truth about Rose's Pearl, save them from the pain of facing this side of one of the architects of the Rebellion? One thing was certain: the burden of this information was now on Light Mocha Pearl’s shoulders
Light was scared, he had no idea what to do. He could have used his gem weapon to attack. But it just didn't feel right. He couldn't just kill a Pearl that is from the same kind as he. Not to mention there were not a lot of Mocha Pearls because it was a new kind of gem. Probably still not in the mass production, only for their creators and really high ranked gem. Maybe there were some in big space stations as the help with cleaning, opening doors, hologram projector and small help in other sorts of work.
Sweat started to appear on Light's light skin. He was afraid that the worst part was coming... However it was just the beggining. Mocha caused an explosion. That is what happens when you are using a weapon in a place like this. When Light opened his eyes after the explosion the Pearl was nowhere to find.
Luckly Pearl heard her sister. She was grabbing the edge of the destroyed bridge. There was a giant hole under her. Light just had to something. He grabed her hand "It is okay! Just stay calm!" It was a mistake, Light saw her scary eyes... "Huh?! What are you doing! Please no!" Pearl shapeshifted her fingrs to claws and tried to grab Light's gem. It has been a long time since Light was forced to a physical pain. After a long time he finnaly have menaged to restore all his life energy, sadly Mocha's action could have drain the power from him.
"UGHHH Please stop! It hurts! I can't help you if you will keep doing this. It is too much!" Light started to yell in agony. His body started to give up. It could just poof in any moment now. And even if he didn't... the scars near his gem, the ones that destroed his toga with a laurel wreath on it, would stay there. Till Light would regenerate.
Mocha didn't make it. She fall. The sound of her cry was one of the worst things Light could have ever heard. "Mocha..."
Light covered his chest with his arms. He wasn't able to look at this sight. He knelt at the edge of the destroyed bridge wounded and weak, behind him the exploded Gem computer crackled with lingering energy. He had problems with breathing. "I will probably never understand my own model..."
"At least the Padparadscha's holo disk and Pearl'smessage is okay. Ohh right, I still need to check it." Light started to search it in his memory. Sadly it wasn't full "Huh? Oh no! It can't be happening... let's just hope that these fragments were worth all of this."
Light started to "watch" the first fragment "She always was really clever. And I can't dissagree here. But this message is nothing importantg. Let's check another one, please be full and usefull." He checked next message "Did she just said "she"? Did she dedicate her life for someone? I thought she is free. Was I wrong?" and no there was time for the last one. After watching this Light hit the wall "She isn't a free Pearl that fight for piece. She is just doint whar Rose Quartz is saying... and all of this informations are just worthles! What am I suppose to do with these!"
"I will take some rest and search for Para... I can't stay here for too long, Mocha's peridot may still be here." His shed a tear "Why did this happen to me... "
Behind every great hero is a story - a tale of brave deeds, cunning plans, self-sacrifice, and bold fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds. This story ended there, in the ruined center of a Gem facility The elevator was still functional, it quietly hoovered and took Light up to the surface ...back to the scary, gloomy valley of the Prime Kindergarten And tho' it was still filled with horrors and terrors, darkness and scarry things, Diamonds know, even Monsters... but who know, after whats happened down there, maybe the Kindergarten lost is dark effect on the poor Pearl's soul, perhaps the experience made him stronger... The Kindergarten after all was just what is was... a silent, shadowy memento of the Gems crimes against Earth, nothing less, nothing more In theory, it was the main reason for Rose Quartz to start the Rebellion But now Light was burneded with the knowledge, not every Gem rose up because of that The Sun started to set, painted the sky with its golden and crimson light The lonely Pearl stood there alone... and slowly stars filled the night sky Maybe Padparadascha waited him back home, in the Forge Maybe Light shared what he knew about Rose Quartz's Pearl... ...but that is another story ^^
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