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Though the Sapphire's question was unspoken, it certainly was an interesting one, and would have proven an interesting point of though for 7XB. For as many years as they had led the Rubies across the universe, just how many strange and hostile alien planets had they come across? And how many more had they brought to compliance in the long years before then?
It would have certainly served to put things in perspective. As if the Quartz didn't feel old enough already.
But one thing was for certain, this was the kind of tasks that the Rubies shined in, behaving as a well oiled machine as thet, somewhat gleefully, carved a passable means of travel through the jungle with 7XB required to do little more then oversee.
"Hm?" The question pulled them back to a more active attention, turning their eyes toward the Sapphire- she seemed rather on edge they noted. "Oh! Yes, um..'jungle' they call it here I think." They continued reassuringly, "irregardless of name, we've dealt with it many times, Your Clarity."
"Jungle? A fitting name I think. It must've been exciting to see so many different places!" The sapphire smiled up at 7XB, while she kept some of her attention focused onto her screen as the documentation continued. A newer gem under Pink Diamond's court, the sapphire had spent relatively little time in existence, let alone out in untamed regions of the universe. It reminded her of how far she'd come to be here. While she still enjoyed sculpting, she could never go back to it as her prime directive, not after tasting the thrill of discovery. Most gems would never be given the opportunity she was given, to change the manner in which they served.
It was one thing to have a prudent team, but to have one that was experienced in fields much like this one was another. Padparadscha was beginning to feel that she was anxious over nothing. After all, organics were hardly a match for gemkind, and if there were other gems here, it was doubtful they would be prepared for a team of fully equipped Homeworld dispatches. Still, she couldn't shake the disquiet in her. She peered into the path as the rubies dove deeper into the overgrown foliage,"They're certainly moving along, we'll reach the site much faster than I anticipated," Even with them making such progress, she regretted that she couldn't have landed more closely to the side. The more distance between them and the ship meant more distance between potential danger and escape.
"That they are," the quartz said lightly, turning their attention again towards the Ruby soldiers and their sizable progress- already they had carved a rather passable walkway through the previously-wild lands, the occasion stick or branch sticking out into the otherwise sheer cut path. They were proud to see how pleased the Sapphire seemed to be with their progress, but she may not be quite as excited with what would happen next. "After you, Your Clarity." They said, motioning to their growing means of egress out of the clearing. There was hardly a point in waiting for the corridiums to tunnel all the way through the jungle; They would be here all day. "I feel we best get moving? It may not do to linger too long." That would allow them to make progress while keeping Padparadscha safely sandwiched between the Quartz and Rubies..and serve to draw attention away from the ship if anything were to be drawn in by the noise.
She gave a nod and peered down the path once again, before she took her first steps into it. Being as short as she was, the sapphire wasn't bothered by the few branches that had been left. She passed under them, unperturbed, or walked around the more low hanging ones. Still, she was surrounded by the shadowy obscurity of the jungle. It seemed to close in around the group as she moved further from the clearing. She thought about how alone Pink Pearl was going to be, but at least she would have the ship and all of its technology.
The sapphire's eyes darted around the closed space, and she became more acutely aware of all of the movement around her. Some vines seemed to slither up the trees, while other creatures hopped in plain view, bright and colorful. She spotted a spindly web she only caught sight of thanks to the dew collected on its transparent strings. As she admired its design, her shoulder brushed against an unusual leaf-- it jumped away, and she flinched when she realized it was an insect who looked like a leaf. This place is already exhausting She thought to herself, knowing that they still had a ways to go until they reached the site. Even with the rubies taking point, and 7XB in the back, the deceptive nature of the jungle was grating.
The sound of a burbling stream was somewhere nearby. The ground beneath her feet seemed to feel more and more spongy. Padpara watched her step carefully, and focused on her documentation.
The Padparadscha Sapphire's quartz protector shared her annoyance with their current location. Would it have been too much for the ship to crash somewhere less remote and impassable, like an open field, or even a human citiscape? Even a mountain range would have been preferable- at least you'd be able to judge distance and tell exactly where one was in accordance with where you began.
But not here. The jungle they were chopping through seemed to go on forever and ever, though if nothing else the sound of a babbling brook gave 7XB some hope that the entirety of this journey wouldn't consist of this maze they were cutting through the living, tangled jungle. Having summoned their bladed gauntlet, just the right, they sliced at the occasional vine or branch, tired already of being scraped by objects that went over Para's head-"Sounds like we're coming up on some water," they noted, though it were obvious," we may need to cross it."
They weren't excited about that. The main reason? There was ALWAYS something in the water; That was one thing that didn't change, no matter what planet you were on.
As they moved along, the bubbling became more of a steady, monotonous roar. The streaming water seemed to become more powerful, yet still remained out of sight,"It's strange though," the sapphire said quietly as she stared down at her screen,"I didn't see a river valley here, or an impression...perhaps the canopy blocked it?" She moved onward, staring down through her screen, and noticed something about the ground. Twisted roots and small rocks jutted up through the porous, verdant moss. Between her steps on the moss, she realized the ground was springing back, and even with her light steps across the wide wooden roots, there was something of a hollow thump. It hadn't been like this at first, but it was becoming more apparent as the group moved forward.
Padparadscha's eyes widened as it started to come together for her. The surface they walked on was slippery, laden with dew,"Wait!" She said,"The...I don't think..." as she tried to get her words out, she stepped square onto a particularly mushy piece of moss-- her foot plunged through and the piece of moss fell far into the rushing water below. She was saved by the curling mass of roots. Though a bit shaken, she tried to get back up to her feet. "Rubies! Look out! We're not at ground level!" She called. It was easy for her to see how the little corundums could've missed it, but the surface they traversed could disappear in front of them-- or below them-- when they least expected it.
She bit her cheek as she tried to think of something. They'd already been walking for quite a while, turning back would mean losing time. But it would be worse to lose a gem. The lot of corundums were light on their own, but all together, and with the mass of 7XB added, there was the danger of the whole platform giving out on them. "I can...try to make a bridge? Though...I'm not sure how these organics will bear hot plasma,"
7XB's words caught in their throat before they even has a chance to respond to the Sapphire's concern, jolting forward instinctively to grab her. Small as she was, the Quartz could practically wrap their mailed fingers around her middle! Though she could likely pull herself out of the hole without their assistance, 7XB would do it anyway, lifting the rather diminutive gem with next to no effort, settling her down beside them- which just happened to be one of the last stable outcroppings of rock and root.
The look on the Rubies faces as there turned, simultaneously, to face Padparadscha was one of confusion, quickly widening into an expression of fear as they witnessed her near descent into the writhing water belong. Their feelings of confidence shattered,. They scrambled to clung to the surrounding limbs and vines.
This was not good! If 7XB had taken a step farther..well, things would have been worse. "I'm sorry, Your Clarity," they said apologetically over the rushing water, "I should have been more vigilant."
A bridge? "I wouldn't be too concerned with the organic life but.." the whining and wailing of the Rubies gave them pause, eyes rolling towards them, "we may wish to be quick. They..aren't the best under pressure." Though perfectly safe, for the time being, continued panic from the simple little rubies may put them all in more danger.
Still lightheaded from her brush with a fall through the lofty canopy, it startled her a bit to be lifted through the air, but she sighed in relief as her feet came down onto more stable turf. Padparadscha gave an uneasy smile to 7XB, and straightened out her skirt,"T-thank you...this jungle has quite a few tricks," With this deceptive terrain, she thought the group would need just as much luck as they needed vigilance. Her eyes flashed down to the precarious surface, then up to the frenzied rubies. She grimaced, watching the mossy branches spring and bow as they scrabbled up into the trees. Moss and stone began to slip through the cracks.
"I'm going for it," She hoped the surrounding area would be damp enough to prevent a full-on brush fire, it was the only thing she could think of to buy them a few more moments. The sapphire summoned a sheet of plasma, trying to keep its temperature cool as she sent it out across the unstable platform. The air steamed around the substance, cooling it more quickly than it would otherwise. It slowly stretched out to create a foothold beneath the rest of the team. Finally, the bridge would need to connect to something in order to be fully stable. She bit her cheek as she lined it up with every other tree. The edges of the sheet burned a notch through each thick tree trunk, giving support to the bridge. White smoke billowed up through the leaves, and sent insects and other small creatures buzzing around.
Again she grimaced-- if there were other gems nearby, the smoke might look very peculiar. On top of that, there was no telling how long this pseudo-floor went on, nor if it would pass right over, or under, their intended target. It took a lot of energy to create something like this, even when she tried to conserve her stamina. "What now? Keep forward? Should we scout out below? Turn around?" Turning around was something she wanted to avoid, but trying to lower themselves over a river would be a daunting task.
As a fellow user of plasma, though for a much more violent purpose, 7XB understood the stress that overuse of ones power could have on a gem. As such, they were as eager as the Sapphire to get the frazelled little gems back to safely.
As the Earth's atmosphere seemed to be cooling the plasma quicker than normal, it was soon cool enough to walk upon, for the Rubies, at least. Tentative at first, they clamored down from the straining vines they each clung to, one by one dropping down on the warm platform, scrambling to reach the safety of the outcroppings 7XB and Padpara clung to.
"Hm," 7XB began contemplatively, arms crossing over their chest, "Going back isn't a good idea, Your Clarity." They said, some delicateness in their voice," it would be dark by the time we reached the clearing." And if anything HAD spotted them, that would only serve to give away their ship. "And it's too dangerous up here. And we can't see anything." That only meant one thing:
"The only way forward is down." They would have to cross the river eventually, but not this high up. "We'll have to find a narrower point."
With her expression hardened, she nodded. It was settled-- going back, or continuing too long on this rickety path, was out of the question. Either way would be a fruitless exercise for the mission. When the last of the rubies stepped across the bridge, she retracted a small portion to allow her a port through to the bottom. Carefully, she peered over the hole, and judged the distance. It was dark, but she could see the water's glinting surface as it raced downhill, parallel to the faux-path. The surrounding stone that the river had carved into was a black mineral, glistening and no doubt very slippery. There were no good footholds, and as 7XB had pointed out, the river was too wide here to make any kind of descent with confidence. She closed up the hole, and turned to face the rest of the team. "The river looks to be draining into a basin somewhere in the North West,"
She would need a lot of energy to get the gems around this obstacle, so she needed to start planning wisely now. She wasn't entirely sure herself, but she knew that 7XB's experience would be invaluable in this endeavor. With the bridge already in place, she began to manipulate the cooling surface. It didn't want to budge, but it was beginning to become more hot and malleable. With some time to spare while it heated, she turned her head to glance up, "Should we follow the river up hill or downhill?" Her instincts were completely lost on this, it seemed like either way would be dangerous and exhausting.
Truthfully, 7XB had been hoping that some adequate foothold could be found directly below, or at least a point for them to regain their bearings on the banks of the river, not this smooth, slick rock that presented itself to them instead. "Hm." They groaned with some hint of frustration.
Nothing ever went easy on the Earth, did it?
"We need to follow it up hill," they replied finally, turning their intense gaze upon her, "The river should be at least a bit narrower the closer we get to the source. By some degree, at least, but it's our best shot." It also depended, to some extent, on the age of the river, but they didn't have much of a choice. "Are you.. certain you can handle it, your Clarity? The stress of the bridge is..well forgive me, but we don't know how long we'll need to go to find a crossing."
As she heated the platform, it seeped back, and pressed down the branches underneath it. She listened to the quartz with half of her attention, the other half focused on maintaining enough heat to morph her sheet of plasma into the right direction. Her focus wavered, 7XB's question gave her a moment of pause. She looked at them, making a quiet calculation on just how much it would take to keep this up. Already, she was beginning to feel a bit of wear.
In truth, she had no idea whether she would be able to keep it up for as long as the group would need it of her. But, she had to do what she needed, for the sake of the mission, and the safety of those she'd imposed it upon. "I...can, I can hold out until we find stable ground," Besides, what other options did they have? She smiled, hoping that at least the rubies would be fooled by her guise of confidence. 7XB had well seen the the upper limits of her capabilities, back when they first became acquainted.
She returned her attention to the bridge, and began to draw it out, stretching thinner in order to conserve as much new repertoire as possible. Then, she stepped down onto it, and beckoned for the other gems to follow her before she lowered it even further, down past the thick shelf of dirt and moss they'd been perched on.
7XB may not have possessed the innate ability to tell if another gem was lying or not, but they hardly needed one to tell that Padparadscha was far from sure of herself. It, perhaps, wasn't that best idea, but the Quartz did understand why she did it- had they not done the very same thing in the past, purely to keep those beneath them from panicking and melting down.
Unfortunately, one of the many unspoken rules of command, as the little Sapphire either knew or would soon learn, was that the reassurances one gave to their subordinates rarely didn't anything to soothe their own nerves.
So, for the sake of the rubies, they followed close behind her, a faint scowl upon their lips as allowed her to lead the way, trusting 2FG to keep a rather tight flank, as they descended benesth the brush.
It was like descending into an entirely new landscape. The vibrancy of the tropics gave way to a dim, foggy underworld, dominated by the echoes of the water spilling rapidly across dark stone. Sheer, jagged, algae covered rock framed the blackness of the water. The light from the hole left above them let golden light sparkle down onto the water's surface, highlighting its breakneck speed. She tried not to look down. "Utterly different..." Though, the place had a similar spirit-- the jungle was a cunning, living thing, that seemed to elude all expectation. The dark unknown surrounded them. It made her a bit nauseous.
The sapphire scanned the gloom. The tall rocks were lined by massive tree bases, obscured by billowing, opaque clouds. With this new perspective on the lower landscape, her eyes lit up as she saw a new opportunity. One side of the river was much closer than the other, though it would still put them on the wrong side to get to the transmission site. "Steady..." She said it to herself mostly, trying to keep herself from imagining what would happen if anyone were the opposite. There were no supports for this construct, but for the branches above them. Though every gem present was a user of pyrokinesis, she wasn't sure if they would be able to withstand the heat of being glued to the platform. She would have to move very, very slowly.
The sheet stretched, inching across the river, toward the closer of the two sides of the river. Padparadscha focused entirely on the tedious task. Soon, her bridge met with the rocks, who steamed as she sent a new generation of plasma to stick onto them. She bent and stretched it until it formed a level, non-slip surface for them to stand on while she took a moment of respite. I can do it, I already said I could, she told herself.
7XB had always maintained a certain silent curiousity towards these 'jungles' whenever they came across them- No matter the planet, no matter how far-flung it was from Homeworld, they were all similar. They essentially formed vast, organic mazes, a twisting mass of trees and vines latched together into an obstruction much more sinister than their base components.
"Indeed," they mouthed distractedly, the black rock that lined the river fortunately serving to amplify the Quartz's faint words, "Like..a different world." Despite the Sapphire's efforts, 7XB's width made it much more difficult for them to cross the small bridge then it did Padparadscha or any of the Rubies- the other reason they found themselves so distracted. Even if none of the other, simpler gems could tell, 7XB knew just how strenuous this was for her, and..well it was their job to protect her, right? That, of course, extended to her well being as well. As such, they were quick to bring their charges to heel, keeping them close so Padparadscha could retract the path behind them.
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Feb 20, 2020 16:30:34 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