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Meta arrived on foot this time, and carried a case at her side.
Just as she had the last time, she did not wait for an invitation inside, or even bother knocking.
Instead, she carefully set the case she'd been holding at her feet and opened the doors to the forge herself.
Meta was not a strong Gem. She could not have hoped to force the heavy metal-and-stone aperture open via brute power. Instead, she felt with her energy-sensing abilities for the channels that powered the mechanisms to open the doors, briefly overloaded them with her ability to direct energy, and then guided the doors the rest of the way open manually.
With her way in clear, Meta dusted her hands off, picked up her case and stepped inside. After the internal mechanisms of the door had a moment to cool and re-calibrate, they slid shut.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 10, 2017 8:50:54 GMT
Meta would find Para situated in the main room of the forge, the center of which was dominated by the anvil she currently used as a table, using a data-pad with a worried look on her face. Quickly she flicked through different screens, "What... what? This makes no sense, why would the power-" she looked up to see Meta enter and things clicked.
"Welcome back dear, if I had to guess you're being rough on my doors. I would appreciate if you didn't stress the systems too much..." It was a minor issue, not really one for concern, yet she deemed it worthwhile to mention. With that said she recollected herself, "I suspect you have come back victorious, I don't think you are the sort who likes to report failure."
Meta answered by way of demonstration, opening the case to reveal twelve of the cylindrical, battery-like components, cleaned of the various interal fluids they'd been submerged in within the Injectors, and set in three neat rows of four.
"Truth be told, I got rather pre-occupied and distracted after we spoke, and completely forgot if you wanted ten of these, or one dozen. So i decided to play it safe.
She marched primly to the anvil where Para worked, and set the open case atop it, standing back after she did so and resting her hands on her hips.
"I.... Apologize for the issue with the door. Old habits die hard, even after.... Well. A very long time. I'm used to powering things myself, I suppose. I forget most modern technology doesn't run on atomic energy."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 10, 2017 11:06:25 GMT
Para's eyes lit up at the reveal of the batteries, "Oh my, yes perfect." she counted them out and set two aside, "I afford myself two for prototypes and then ten for primary use. Work begins now."
Immediately Para walked off to the back of the room, where she brought forward onto the anvil an odd device. It looked like some sort of harness, made of various connecting pieces of metal that would fit over a torso. It was incredibly crude, but served as a baseline prototype. On the front of the chassis was a socket connected with various wired to what could only be described as an odd shaped semi-circle of seemingly solar panel type material.
"Within theory, judging by previous power tests, each battery should last about an hour. After which they will become useless, hardly even worth recycling. As such I suggest simply discarding them as you wish upon consumption. The actual field is what needs to be tested, as such," she slotted in a battery into the socket in the front of the chassis, "we shall test it first. Not on your form, on the slight chance it explodes on itself of course."
Stepping back she pulled out a remote controlled switch, "I suggest moving a safe distance away."
Post by Meta Autunite on Jun 10, 2017 23:33:10 GMT
"Ten hours will have to be enough."
She considered the figures in her head. She doubted her energy-signature would be even remotely traceable on the scorching, shrouded surface of Venus. She'd only need the field active for the trip there and back. She'd need to store up a great deal of energy to make that quick a trip to Venus, though. No matter. She'd pull it off. Meta Autunite did not fail.
She nodded and stood back at Para's precautionary words.
"I don't mean to pesterk but how will the model integrate with my ship? As I said, the Lightstrider has its own cloaking field, but I can't guarantee it will stand up to modern Homeworld sensory detection equipment."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 13, 2017 5:53:39 GMT
Before flipping the switch Para addressed her question, "The model was more difficult to transfer into a personal model, as such I set out to do it while you were not present. Modifications for ship use will be as simple as plugging it in and setting some parameters." a bit of a smirk grew on her face, "And I assure you that my system is nothing short of cutting edge."
And just like that she pressed the switch, and in a flash the anvil had disappeared. Notably the chair just a little bit adjacent to it was still visible, the field projected by this thing was very minimal. It held for a good while, in fact the device was almost entirely silent, but then a buzzing noise could be heard emanating from where the device would be if it was still visible. Shortly afterwards a crack could be heard and the room was filled with a sudden flash of blinding light.
When vision returned the cloaking device could be seen once again, although the power source on the front had seemingly exploded (leaving a nasty mark all along the front of the device). Para walked up to it without much caution, "Hmm, that went fairly well." drawing a cloth from her nearby tools table she set out to wipe it clean, "Some minor adjustments and this should be within acceptable standards."
Meta watched closely, observing how the device worked and probing at its energy with her senses.
"With my control over energy, I should be able to up stability and efficiency moderately, although I'm too out of practice with delicate work to fuel something like this all on my own."
Meta spared an appreciative grin for Para, folding her gloved arms over her slender ches with a rustle of fabric on fabrict, Gem sparkling with the movement.
"Your work is good padparadscha. You could make a lot of big-league crafters blush, even with working conditions and materials leagues below what most Homeworld or other large-scale operations would consider acceptable. Name any substance and component availible within this star-system, and you'll have it when I have my ship."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 13, 2017 10:56:13 GMT
Para nodded, "I was previously unaware of your power over energy, that should simplify things greatly." While she talked Para was working with various small tools to realign the battery slot, as well as reconnect or replace wires that had been damaged. Luckily the chassis was still intact, it seemed it was mostly the internal parts that suffered. "It appears the systems still need calibration, they ended up actually drawing from the battery too quickly and causing a rather violent short-circuit. It shouldn't happen again... hopefully."
When she eventually looked back up there was certainly pride in her expression, "Oh you are too kind dear, truly. I admit that my current situation is but a fraction of the capabilities I could have back on Homeworld, but the Forge has its own charm that I've learned to enjoy. We've actually been doing rather well, projects like this are only possible due to a rather generous donation from..." she paused with a smirk, "Let's just call them, a good friend with connections. Sadly they are the said connection who was intent on leaving Earth so I can no longer depend on them. Your services will indeed be necessary..."
Inputting a battery into the device now Para motioned to it, "As for now though, this device is ready. The primary prototype can also be moved once the ship is available so that it may be inserted. Adaptation should be a non-issue, I designed it from an already existing ship's cloaking field so there is minimal work to do."
Despite the device supposedly being ready Para began to wave her hands around it, streams of light floating from her gems onto the chassis. The previously barren (and rather stylistically unpleasing) metal framework began to be filled in and covered by hardlight panels. Notably the panels were colored around Meta's colors, "This may look like armor but I warn you that any direct hits could very possibly damage the systems beyond functioning."
Post by Meta Autunite on Jun 17, 2017 20:46:29 GMT
"Seeing as I'm going to be invisible to sensors and traveling at something around 5,000 miles per second when I get up to full speed, being hit by weaponsfire shouldn't be an issue. I'll need to watch out for abyssal debris, but if I've turned into such a poor flyer in a few thousand years that i cant dodge space-detritus, I probably don't deserve to make it to Venus."
"What kind of temperatures can it take? I can be careful with it in-flight, but that entire planet is around 800 degrees Fahrenheit. I can do a lot to absorb those kinds of temperatures and keep them away from it, but it's still going to be in conditions much hotter than earth, especially on descent."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 18, 2017 10:01:18 GMT
Para managed to miss the sarcasm in Meta's voice, "Yes I would suggest not colliding with space debris. Although most matter in space is incredibly far apart so it would take quite the failure to do so."
Her face contorted, "Er... those temperatures could be an issue. The power capsules are meant to withstand both high temperatures and pressures, but the current framework is made of a rather basic alloy. I will have to replace it with a more resilient metal. Easily enough done, but it will take some time. Once that it is done it should be able to resist conditions beyond what you will be facing. Well, that is aside from descending from atmosphere if you intend on doing that personally..." she tapped on her chin for a while before speaking again, "I suppose we will just have to trust you can shield it properly with your abilities. We could reasonable test it here if you wish, but I imagine you know your limits fairly well."
She couldn't help but pout, "I am sad these decorative panels likely won't survive long under such heat... what a shame."
Post by Meta Autunite on Jun 23, 2017 18:08:42 GMT
Meta laughed as the joke went right over Para's head, but sobered up as the Craftsgem went on to detail necessary modifications.
"Right. How long do you think the necessary modifications would take you? Are there any materials here on Earth you might be able to use to speed the process up?"
Meta raised an eyebrow as she questioned the other Gem.
"And, as a matter of fact, I am more than willing to participate in testing. The best part is, you don't even have to worry about explosion-related safety-protocals. I could float on the boiling outer surface of this system's star and be unscathed. Although I'd end up with a lot of excess energy I'd need to vent later, which would be hazardous for anyone else..."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jun 26, 2017 5:12:11 GMT
She waved her hand, "No no, I have all the materials required. It will take me a couple days though, a fulls day of work at least."
"I am oddly not surprised you are willing to participate in testing, but if your limits truly are as you say then it will not be an issue. The device will be able to exist under the conditions you'll provide, and thankfully a little bit of overheating would likely only cause short moments of system failure rather than full on destruction." Para looked over it again, "If you must 'vent' please ensure it doesn't damage it. I would like to gather from its mission if at all possible, to help with any future iterations."
"Anyways, I can make sure it is delivered to you within a couple days. I imagine sending it to the Temple would be a safe way of getting it into your hands?"
Meta folded her arms over her chest and listened patiently as the Padparadsha Gem explained what she'd need to do retrofit wise. And then the request for the device intact.
"Well, if it's not intact, I may not make it back. Or I may make it back with a fleet of Homeworld interceptors and fighters right on ky ass, which is bad for everyone. I assure you I will do everything within my power to make sure the device remains in stellar condition-- I'm not careless. I have a realistic, perhaps cynical understanding of what can happen to complicated technology on a dangerous mission, but I am never reckless in this manner of situation.
Upon the last question-- the matter of sending the device to the temple, Meta hurriedly shook her head.
"No, no. The temple is not as secure a location as it once was. I will return here personally for the device. You are not to dispatch it to the temple or anywhere else, and, if possible, I would prefer you tell no one else of its existence."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jul 10, 2017 3:25:02 GMT
Para nodded, "Very well, I trust your skills and this tech will keep you safe. I am looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor." Her head hung to the side in a questioning manner as Para listened to Meta talk about the Temple, intrigued but slightly confused by her reluctance to use the headquarters of the Crystal Gems.
"You believe the Temple not to be safe anymore? Most interesting, though I can see some truth in the idea." she paused for a moment to think before continuing, "Very well, return here to pick it up if you wish. And of course, just as I expect your confidentiality about my own affairs, I will not speak a word of this project or your plans to anyone else."
"You will absolutelt have my discretion in return. I appreciate your services. I will return again in several solar cycles."
With that, Meta bowed slightly at the waist in a gesture of thanks and appreciation, then turned, the fabric of her outfit's coat-tails seinging behind her, and strode out of the room, down the corridor, and to the massive, reinforced entryway.
There she, probably to Para's appreciation, opted to open the door properly this time, taking to the air as soon as she was through. There was a faint whoosh upon her initial acceleration, and then, moments later, a muffled sonic boom as the Crystal Gem pierced the sound-barrier and made for parts unknown. Perhaps the not-so-safe crystal temple? Perhaps somewhere else entirely.
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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