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Spade was unsure what to do. She had heard rumors back on Homeworld about a defective Howlite who would kill and torture gems. The defect had a kill count of 180 confirmed and countless unconfirmed. The description of the gem matched this one. Tall, Predatory eyes, and sky blue. Either this was a coincidence or she was in the presence of one of the deadliest assassins in Homeworld history. She cowered as she remembered the stories. He moved like a ghost and fought like a devil. Every mission a kill and every mission was undetected. One minute a gem is shaking hands with a friend. The next they vanish and are never heard from again. She prayed to the Moon Goddess that this be a coincidence and this was not who she thought he was.
Howlite chuckled. "Excellent! We should get to work!" He looked at Spade. Why did Sulfur want her to live? Hmmmm.... How interesting. He then smiled at her. "Im thinking I can find your friends. Oh I just adore Sylvine Squads. They're like less efficient Howlite packs. You guys are like smart versions of rubies. Judging by your figure, I reckon you're a Spade correct?" He chuckled again. Spades were like really really tiny Howlites. He was starting to like this gem already. "So we got 3 Sylvines to find? Shouldn't be hard. Let's see... Previous Sylvines I've hunted would often search for communication devices to contact ships. The closest I can think of is.... The communication hub here on Earth. We could take a warp pad there."
The sapphire couldn't shake the discomfort she felt near Howlite. Having to rely on surface value was something she'd never encountered-- every gem could be read, and she knew there was something to this gem's ability to subvert her truth sense. Other Howlite gems could be read, so why not this one? Her jaw was set as she listened to the Broken Gem speak, and she sensed Spade's discomfort as well. There was something very wrong here, still this was all she could assume. However, the Howlite seemed to have a genuine respect for this Sulphur he and Spade spoke of, Padparadscha hoped that would be enough to assure the Homeworld aligned gems their safety.
When Howlite mentioned the communication hub, Padpara was tense. The last time she knew, the leader of the Crystal Gems had defiled the structure for his broadcast, declaring once and for all the traitorous nature of Earthbound gems. "The communication hub? Can we be sure it isn't crawling with Crystal Gems at this point?" Everything about this situation was off, so she couldn't even tell if this was a sound idea. How could it be? All at once, they had no choice, "If you can assure me that it's safe for us, we'll go," The sapphire gave a nod to Spade, hoping this would help the little gem regain some of her confidence.
Spade nodded nervously as Howlite asked if she was a Spade. Then one comment really threw her off. "Y-You've h-hunted S-Sylvines?" Her eyes widened. She whispered to Padparadscha. "I know who this gem is. That's Facet 57ZD Cut 9XR. He's one of the deadliest gems alive. If we ever hope to survive this, we're gonna have to do what he wants. Back on Homeworld I had heard stories. They'd say the worst part wasn't your death. It was the torture he'd perform before it." She then spoke to Howlite. "Don't take this offensively but... You are 9XR right?" She then hoped he'd say no. If she were wrong than she'd be the happiest gem on Earth. There was still a chance she was wrong.
Howlite smirked. "You're a clever gem Spade. Yes I am 9XR. Now then, I'll prove to you it's safe. I'll need someone to take with me in order to prove it." He looked at Spade. "How about you? You can be a good little soldier and come with me to the hub." He turned to Padparadscha. "Unless of course you would rather go with me to spare Spade of the potential dangers of the hub? Your choice." He chuckled. He knew they were afraid of him. Or at least Spade was. Padparadscha didn't seem scared no. More like cautious than scared. And she had every right to be. All it would take was a slight personality change and he'd have them both strapped down to his torture table.
The sapphire had heard stories about this gem as well, but she had always considered them just that-- stories. She would have to see for herself whether 9XR was as savage as Spade claimed he was. Her eyes narrow, she stepped up between Howlite and Spade. "I'll go," She interjected,"As far as I'm concerned, these sylvines are my responsibility." Padparadscha turned around, and took Spade's hand into her own, then lead the gem a few meters from the crash site. She slipped a small pebble into the sylvine's grasp, and leaned in close to whisper to the sylvine, "follow the trail back to my ship-- the trail is made from these. Keep it a secret. Signal me if you run into trouble. We'll find your comrades,"
She stood, and with graceful steps, made her way back over to Howlite. She looked the gem up and down. He was much taller than her, though not nearly as large as a soldier, and his gaze was grizzled and tired. She felt she had nothing to fear for the time being, though the unpredictability of this mess was grating at her. "Shall we be off?"
Spade nodded as she took the pebble. She knew she had to follow orders which she loved to do. She hoped Padparadscha would be ok. She was going to a rebel hub with a deranged serial killer. This was not good. She prayed Howlite wasn't gonna shatter Padparadscha. Then she'd have no way out. Upon reaching the ship, she sighed contently.
"If only Sulfur could see me now."
Then she remembered. Sulfur couldn't go with her. She started to ponder this. She couldn't take him. But he was her master now. That's right! Sulfur was her new master! She couldn't just leave him behind! She'd have to find him and tell him what was happening. But how? She didn't know what to do.
"Excellent! We should get going so we can get back before dark. Predators thrive in the dark. Onward!"
He led her to a warp pad and they warped to the hub. The place was empty and abandoned. Or so it seemed. Sure, the occasional corruption would slink by them but they pretty much avoided them. Howlite gestured to an empty hall.
"See? No gems. Just us. Now what we need to do is find out where the Sylvines are so we can send the signal directly to them. We couldn't broadcast it because other gems could pick it up. Then you'd risk attacks. You never know what hunters you'll find on this planet. So I take it you wanna do the honors of sending it?"
With a resentful expression, the corners of her lips pulled sharply down and her eyes narrowed as she watched every bit of Howlite's movement, she followed the gem to the warp. She worried that Spade may end up in trouble without someone there to help guide her, but all the same, they needed to locate the rest of the sylvine squad. Still, if word got out that the aristocratic gem had cooperated with an Earth dweller like Howlite, her reputation would be tarnished to say the least.
It was harrowing to look on the empty, dusted halls of the collapsed communication hub, yet she found herself feeling relief at the fact that the two of them walked here alone, for the sake of her reputation. She remembered the building in its hay-day, shortly after its construction she had visited. It had truly been a hub for gem kind, but now it was a hallow shell of its former glory. However, Padparadscha couldn't bear to let anymore of her weakness be presented, and she kept her mourning thoughts internal as they moved through the halls.
"I have the coordinates for each sylvine's communicators, but we can't be sure that they haven't lost them or ended up in compromising situations," Padparadscha said, dwelling on the fact that she had been in a compromising position herself,"But I'll attempt to make contact with them," She knew right where to go, but she stayed near the Howlite, not wanting to take her eyes off of him.
As the two gems made their way down the dark, abandoned hall, Padparadscha's sense was shooting off in all directions as she kept her careful eyes scanning the questionable Howlite. She halted, and turned to look at him with her brows furrowed as the gem seemed to be giving a thousand-mile stare at something that wasn't there-- he began to emote, mutter to himself. His intentions seemed to tear from one side to the other, Padparadscha felt like she was sprinting in aimless circles trying to interpret the subtle implications of his movements.
The stories of this gem's escapades back on Homeworld began to swirl through her mind. Her eyes widened, and she wondered what exactly was the deal with this gem. Considering the faction he had chosen, she assume he must be, on some level...broken. Those stories that Spade had brought up, along with the many other Homeworld gems who had found a morbid curiosity in speaking about such gruesome history, were something she had always considered to be myth. But now she wondered if there was something more to it than that. Her spine prickled as if she was being watched from all sides.
"Both? What are you talking about?" the sapphire said, trying to keep the ire out of her tone, or her raising concern being alone anywhere near this gem. "9XR?" She was feeling more uncomfortable by the second.
"Ok how about this guy's: we see what pans out here. Then we make the call. Agreed?"
Sulfur slammed Flurry into a column.
"Yeah I suppose."
Flurry stumbled around a little bit, dazed and disoriented so she gave him a thumbs up.
"Yeah Howlite I like it."
He continued to lead Para to the hub. Sulfur and Flurry followed them. Throughout the walk, Sulfur tried to stab Flurry and she'd jump out of the way or hide behind Howlite. After awhile they both stopped. Howlite gestured to the control console.
"Here you are. Ok guys let's figure this out."
Sulfur spoke first.
"The answer's obvious. Kill her! It would be so easy! You've killed Padparadschas before!"
The sapphire swallowed her disquiet as she listened to Howlite continue to talk to himself, completely ignoring her. She didn't want to follow him, yet, she didn't want to lose sight of him and end up at the mercy of this gem's weapon. She considered the possibility that he had some kind of communication device that she couldn't see, and in that case, would be laying some kind of trap for her with other Broken Gems. But, she was already here, and she steeled herself for whatever astonishing thing this gem would do next.
"9XR? Are you staying on task?" She tried to break him from his haze, though she wasn't completely sure if that would be a good idea. Still, her sense was obscured. What was it? There had to be more to it. She grit her teeth. Never had she been so eluded by an enemy. This was a bad idea, she thought, as they came upon the control room.
Padparadscha slipped into the room, her expression wistful. She couldn't enjoy being here, especially since the leader of the rebels had sullied the place with his heinous plea. The sapphire made her way over to the dusty panel, and brought up the coordinate console. "I'm going to try to contact them one-by-one," She said out loud, though she wasn't sure 9XR was paying attention to her at this point.
Just as the sapphire was about to finish punching in the coordinates, she whipped around, her wrath burning in her eyes. "Who are you talking to? What is this? What is going on? I demand to know! You said we would be here alone, but you do have comrades nearby, don't you?" She had enough. This was more of a trip than she had bargained for, remembering the diminutive way she had treated the mission before. The feeling of being on the edge of a knife was cutting her more than she could bear. She felt her dignity smearing away as she thought of how pitiful it would be if another Homeworld gem had seen the Padparadscha Sapphire fumbling and fuming such as she was. It was always a mistake to come to Earth alone!
"I knew it would be too good to be true that you could be trusted!" She sneered, "Where are they? The gems you're contacting, where?!"
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