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Post by Meta Autunite on May 27, 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Summer was coming, and, among the thick thorns and lurrid flowers of the garden, perhaps it had already made its nest. Cicadas and crickets mixed their stoccato song with the gossip of birds nesting higher in the canopy of thorns, and the ribbit of frogs making their home in the cool water that overflowed the fountain, leaving the whole area lush and marshy.
Meta's booted feet touched down on the lip of the fountain gently, water sizzling slightly where it flowed under the treads of said boots.
The tall green-and-purple gem's hands were tight fists at her sides.
She eyed the water below her for some time, as if it might impart some useful bit of wisdom to her.
"You always tried to be so gentle."
She spoke to the likeness of Rose within the fountain.
"Mixing propriety with war. That was one of your strongsuits. Don't kill what you can bubble. Don't bubble what you can bring to your side."
Meta sighed, and the air that came from her mouth wavered with heat and crackled with a tiny arc of heat lightning.
"I've never been very good at that. Times are changing. You never understood, Rose."
The last few words held a hard, dangerous tone to them, and Meta's knuckles cracked as she clenched her hands a little tighter.
"Maybe if you were here... You could talk me out of what I need to do."
Jasper was darting through the thorny bushes carelessly, dragging Pearl by her hand as per usual. It would almost seem as if Pearl is concerned about any new, mysterious or dangerous situation by default while Jasper usually dives into problems head-first. Good thing these two have each other to balance this mess out.
"Come on, Pearl! - It's gonna be fine... I mean, I was right about the city!"
Jasper yanked out of her mouth rather loudly, however not loudly enough to resemble a distinguished voice from the distance.
"We. Didn't. Have. Any. Money."
Pearl remarked in a worry, her face eyeing every possible corner for potential danger as Jasper quickly dragged her along.
"But we got away!"
Jasper said, chuckling for a while, still running through the lush and thick growth of roses.
"I'm starting to think that I'm a bad influence on you."
Pearl said, only mustering so much as a sigh in order to show her discomfort. Before soon, Jasper and Pearl both arrived at the very fountain, hidden behind a bush, clear of Meta's view. Jasper peeked from around the corner, staring at the giant statue of Rose in middle of the fountain in awe.
"Whoa.... Who is that lady? - She is pretty."
Jasper proclaimed in awe, pointing at the tearing statue of Rose Quartz. Pearl already anticipated that she will have to explain everything, therefore she started biting her fingernails frantically.
Meta's head snapped in the direction of the soft voice with mechanical, jarring speed as it reached her. How had she not noticed the other gems' arrival more quickly? She needed to be more observant. Keep her mind open to her surroundings.... A small part of her very quietly registered that her obliviousness was born from the feverish, brooding focus that filled her sense her long rest. The rest of her mind quickly crushed the thought.
One of her hands came up, flickering with heat and tiny flames.
"Show yourself, immediately."
Meta rose from the fountain, hovering upwards until she bobbed perhaps 45 feet above the fountain, peering down at the area, expression hard and severe, eyes fixed on the source of the voice, hand trained in the same direction, glowing with sullen heat.
As soon as Meta went into this state of awareness and apparent fury, the roles reversed. Jasper jumped back, looking scared and afraid like never before while breathing heavily. However, Pearl swiftly moved in front of Jasper, summoning a weapon in a flash of light, which appears to be a saber of some kind. She stood her ground, her knees shaking really visibly... She was afraid just like the naive Jasper, but she was determined to stand for her companion.
"You.. w-w-will n-n-not h-h-harm her!"
Pearl shouted, her voice stuttering on every second syllable. Meanwhile, Jasper broke into tears, letting a few drops run down her cheek ever so often. She didn't want to see Pearl mad again, so she pulled Pearl by the leg.
"P... Pearl? - Don't be mad, please."
Jasper said, trying to gain a fraction of Pearl's attention while clearing the tears from her eyes. Pearl looked back at Jasper only for a brief moment to say the following.
"Stay out of this... You got us into this mess, now I will have to get us out of it."
Pearl said, sounding unusually stern and angry. This sort of reaction broke something in Jasper. She suddenly snapped out of her weeping for a while only to turn her back on Pearl and run away into the thick growth of roses, resuming her lamenting.
Pearl yelled out in reaction to Jasper's actions, reaching towards her with her hand... Perhaps not fast enough to catch the Jasper before she ran off.
"Now look what you've done... Homeworld always ruins everything... Even my only friend."
The former servant added again, turning towards Meta with disgust in her face.
Post by London Blue Topaz on May 29, 2017 5:29:04 GMT
London Blue Topaz was discovering new places all the time, she loved following behind others but sometimes she had to branch out. Stumbling over the bushes she sang a little catchy song she heard on what did the humans call it? Ah right a 'T.V`. She had no idea how it worked but it was a fun past time. Singing away she didn`t hear any thing before something ran right into her. Knocking to the ground with a loud 'Omf' she blinked at what ran into her. She saw a small figure there, it looked like it was running from something. She peered around the bushes to find a gem facing off against another, weapon drawn. There was some type of fountain behind them it shown a very pretty woman looking like she is...crying? Why was she crying for? Why do others always loved fighting? It was just wrong to her. But she has found out the hard way she could not summon out her weapon at all. But she didn`t care she got to her feet and ran right out there standing in between the two gems her gem with a crack in it clearly showing the the light. "What is this? What`s the point in fighting?"
Post by Meta Autunite on May 31, 2017 20:28:00 GMT
Meta hovered for another stretched out moment, lips as tight of a line as the one her threatenung hand traced towards the Gems below, then slowly lowered her hands, shoulders sagging as the Gem exhaled the breath she'd been holding.
"There's no fight..."
She began to descend from on high, gaze fixed on the Gem with her weapon out.
"Put away your weapon, Pearl. I'm not with Homeworld. I....."
The tall Gem looked rattled and unsure for a second.
"I thought you two WERE. There are altogether too many Homeworld Gems on this planet these days, and when you're someone who's Gem they'd be more than happy to bring before the Diamonds for shattering, you can never be too sure."
Meta rubbed at her brow as if to dispel a headache.
"My name is Meta Autunite. And I take care of the Crystal Gem temple, and, in the past, I've bossed what remains of the Crystal Gems around when no one more qualified is about to do so in my stead. I'm about as far from Homeworld as you can get....."
Pearl said in odd bewilderment, letting the blade disappear back into nothingness. She looked at the peculiar, tall gem with the notorious pearl confusion, displayed so very often by Pearls that are without an owner.
"A Crystal Gem? - Then you have to help me find Jasper... It is your fault that she is gone anyways!"
She quickly retaliated at Meta, almost as if she didn't realize that it was her brashness that was responsible for scaring of her companion. Regardless of that, it was clearly obvious by now that Pearl wanted, perhaps even needed, Para's assistance. Maybe it was the fact that Pearls always need to be someone's companion by nature... Or perhaps it was just a genuine worry.
Meanwhile, Jasper was still running through the thick rose growth, too far for anyone to hear her or even see her. She still seemed teary for a while, though that feeling quickly dissipated.
She said in a childish naivety, almost as if she believed herself to be near enough Pearl to hear her cries. She was wrong though. Something growled in the bushes in reply to her cry... It definitely wasn't Pearl.
Meta snorted in wry amusement, lips curling up at one end of her mouth.
Her gaze turned on Blue Topaz, and she eyed the gem thoughtfully for a moment.
"I hope you're here to take a nice, thorough dip in that fountain and repair that crack."
She stated, rising from the ground and turning her attention on the matter of tracking down the fleeinf Jasper. It took her only a brief moment to locate the Gem's energy. Accelerating, Meta swooped over the thick canopy of vines, thorns, and foliage that surrounded the fountain, and with a slight but sustained jet of heat, burned a tunnel downwards, landing several meters in front of the frightened Gem.
"No need to run. There's no fight. Just a misunderstanding. Your Pearl is worried for you, and it won't do to have you running around alone out here."
Post by London Blue Topaz on Jun 3, 2017 5:27:05 GMT
London Blue Topaz didn`t know what to do, she just stood there shock and confusion on her face as she looked from the green gem to the tall yellow green gem. "Homeworld?...wait that`s.." She mumbled trying to understand what they were saying, she remembers Cinna saying something about them. Somewhere in her mind she knew they were bad just by the sound of them.
"Meta Autunite? I have not seen you around before?" She pointed to her.
Then she directed to the Pearl. "What is this Jasper? Is that the figure that ran into me? Is it your friend? I will help you find it!"
Her eyes turned to stars at the thought of going on adventure, a actual one rather then just wandering around. But when Meta turned towards her she glanced eyeing the gem. Her head tilted in confusion, what crack? Fountain? She was about to ask right as Meta`s feet blasted off into the air levitating her.
"Woah..." She watched in amazement her eyes wide as she saw Meta fly over the leaves and trees then stopping. She wants to do that! Why can`t she do that? She looked to her feet then jumped in the air willing herself to fly. But of course she landed flat against the ground.
"No... You don't understand. - There was something in the bushes! - I'm afraid."
Jasper said, affectionally running towards Meta. As soon as she was close enough, she proceeded to wrap around Meta's leg in some sort of shallow yet genuine, naive affection. Suddenly, that something growled in the bushes again, forcing Jasper to run away from Meta once more... Her little legs took her deeper into the growth.
Meanwhile, Pearl was left behind with Topaz, both of who obviously couldn't fly or jump like Meta. She turned towards Topaz and held onto her mouth as she let out a small chuckle. Still, that servant Pearl deep inside of her offered London Blue her hand in order to assist her in getting up from the fall.
"You Crystal Gems are really something... One crazier than the other."
She said, automatically assuming that London Blue is here with Meta, almost as if she was oblivious to their previous exchange.
"Now quickly... we have to find Jasper!"
Pearl added, propelling her feet into a jog, which's target was the lush and deep maze of Roses outside of the fountain.
Meta's eyebrows climbed her forehead incredulously as the small Gem embraced one of Meta's long, rather volumous legs. Admittedly, Meta, her leg particularly, was probably a good hugging-target-- Soft as Gems went, extremely warm, and with plenty of volume to hold onto when it came to her thighs. But Meta was not precisely used to physical affection, and so she bristled with confusion and very nearly took off info the air, settling back down when the little Jasper released her and ran off again.
"What are you...? Come back here!"
Meta was about to pursue the much smaller Gem when the growl caught her attention. Meta stiffened and turned the full weight of her attention back on the source of the growl, manifesting a crackling, blinding ball of energy in one hand, and holding it at shoulder-level in a wordless but very effective warning.
"You. Whoever or whatever you are, identify and show yourself immediately if you don't want to have a very bad day."
Post by London Blue Topaz on Jun 3, 2017 21:59:34 GMT
Topaz glanced up at the chuckle, feeling embarrassed, and smiled at the pearl as she saw the hand offered meeting that hand with her own she got up.
"I guess you can say that. Even though I have no idea what Crystal gems is and what Homeworld is exactly. But yeah sure!" Of course there is some gems she has meet that isn't that crazy like Cinna. Or at least she thinks so.
Topaz nodded her face turned to determination as she followed behind the Pearl. She will never get over how pretty this place is as she ran past lush bushes and trees.
She heard a far away noise stopping for a moment she pointed to where she heard it, "I hear something over here!" She called out.
Pearl finally managed to catch up with Meta, visibly worn and confused by the whole unnecessary situation. She turned to the green-ish gem, her eyes furrowing into an expression of apparent anger.
"Where. Is. Jasper?!"
Pearl yanked out of her mouth, obviously dragging more unwanted attention from whatever aberration crawled around the bushes. Which wasn't a good idea at all, considering that her own life now had to take priority to finding Jasper, as conflict with whatever was lurking around was almost certain. As soon as that thought crossed Pearl's mind, as soon as she realized that they are not alone, it was too late. Pearl's leg was grasped by a navy blue, leaf-like appendage. Strongly, it attempted to pull Pearl into the walls of roses, but she wouldn't give it... Pressing her body against the ground, pearl grasped a hold of nearby roots by one hand, while extending the other towards meta, as if she pleaded for help.
Meanwhile, Jasper somehow managed to make her way back to the fountain of the "Pretty Lady" from earlier, who obviously was Rose Quartz. She seated her little body near the crying statue. As a child, Jasper started waddling her legs in the air as she sat on the edge of the watery spring of healing.
"So uh.... I saw the big gem talk to you, Pretty Lady..."
Jasper said, pausing for a moment.
"Would you talk to me too...?"
She added, squeezing herself closer to the motherly figure of Rose Quartz.
"I don't really know what's going on in here... I just know I'm scared and I don't want it to be this way... But Pearl never listens to me... She never tells me what's wrong... I know she is hurt... But she won't tell why."
The little gem continued talking in a surprisingly sad and empathic way to a statue of someone she never met, calming herself down in the process.
Sighed Meta at the Gem monster. She lobbed the orb of plasma, and it ripped through the thick thorny greenery protecting the plant-like monster, leaving burning stems in its wake, and struck the creature squarely, detonating with a deafening boom and a 25 foot fireball. The burning hot blast-wave might have damaged Pearl too, but Meta was doing something. Absorbing any heat and fire that came Pearl's way, and hurriedly grabbing the smaller Gem up as the shockwave from the explosion freed her from whatever remained of the Currupted Gem's appendage and sent her bouncing along the singed earth.
"Please stay out of the way."
Meta had to shout to be heard over the roaring fire and still-fading rumble of the explosion.
Behind them, the garden burned for dozens of feet in every direction, and the place where Meta had tossed the ball of plasma projected a large plume of oily black smoke that made it impossible to see what had become of the Gem Mutant.
Post by London Blue Topaz on Jun 6, 2017 2:49:56 GMT
Topaz followed behind the Pearl she could tell this gem was angry about something. As Pearl spoke she was about to get in the middle of it when she fell to the floor screaming Topaz whipped over to see the appendage having a tight grasp on Pearl.
Glancing around as the Pearl fought she grasped hold of the Pearl's hand in a instant tugging her free.
She screamed again as Meta blasted her weapon at it nearly missing her and Pearl. Panting she continued pulling Pearl till she was away from Meta. She looked around seeing the destruction that lay waste around them.
"Why did you kill it?" She panted pulling the Pearl close to her now not trusting the gem before her.
Melody: as usual, just waiting for posts
Feb 23, 2020 11:08:33 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" 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