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Post by Forge Master Para on Dec 18, 2017 10:43:36 GMT
(Now it's my turn to be sorry)
Para nodded, "I know it can't be easy, I thank you. There could be danger for all involved."
Continuing on until they reached the site, Para stopped just short of the main debris. Finally taking things into her own hands she raised a hand and began to emit light from her gemstone, illuminating large sections at a time in an orange light. She made no reply to Lapis or even stopped to comfort Ruby, it was time for her to do her job. Rapidly she went from each piece of scattered hull, scanning it over for a moment before moving on. Eventually she reached the main shuttle itself, sliding down to the bottom of the crater, stopping to really take note of the damage sustained.
Already she had made an assumption on the situation, but this damaged computer was something of interest. In true gem-tech fashion, it had at least partially survived both time and the elements. Without even asking, Para clambered into the vessel and began attempting repairs to the system. From her gems came wires and crystal panel replacements, attempting to slot the monitors back into place. She wasn't sure if it would work but it was worth the effort. Worst case scenario, it removed an electrical hazard. Best case scenario, they might be able to gather some information from what data might still be intact.
Ruby was comforted very slightly, but Lapis' assertion made her frown. "I think there might be no gem shards here because we saw them earlier..." Ruby said with an increasing worry, as she moved from underneath Lapis' arm to approach the ship, her eyes widening at the work Para was doing of her own accord. "Careful!" Ruby would have shouted when Para slid down into the crater, and she also would have run to the edge to look down. She squeezed her eyes shut and took an initial step back, perhaps out of apprehension or fear, before beckoning Lapis to follow as she too slid down the side of the crater, likely on her butt.
She stared up at the ship as it towered over her at the bottom of the slope, taking a deep breath in to steady herself, before she stood up and stared inside at what Para was doing. Her repairs were doing enough - she was managing to reattach monitors and reattach wiring to critical systems successfully. A monitor nearby flickered to life, displaying:
Lapis frowned, aware that what she said was intended to comfort, and that hadn't worked. She let Ruby go and followed her into the crater, also sliding down on her butt despite the fact that it would have had a much more gentle descent if she flew down. At the bottom, she stepped around Ruby to watch Para, and felt she needed to help. She began pulling water from her gem, intending to shape it into wires and panels too, then freeze the shapes solid. In the next moment she realized not only would that not work, it would probably make things worse. She sighed and let the water fall to the ground, and stepped up to Para. "Did you learn all this from working with the rebels? It looks like you know what you're doing." She glanced over to the monitor that had come online, and furrowed her brow. "'Auxiliary power source'? What does that mean? Shouldn't the ship have power already, if that screen's lighting up?"
Post by Forge Master Para on Dec 20, 2017 4:11:17 GMT
Para smiles sympathetically when she saw Lapis attempt to help, even if it was a lost cause. Actually she was glad she had stopped before she shocked any of them by getting the cables wet.
As she finished up her work Para replied without looking up, “I work with all sides darling, but yes. I was designed to be an artist, a designer, a glorified decorator.” There was clearly some disdain in her tone, “Homeworld wasted my talent having me paint and dress up ships and buildings. But I knew I could do more, so I taught myself how to turn my art into function.”
As if on que, the screen finally flickered on. Para simply stared at it for a while, processing the information and waiting to see if it would find its query.
“Hmm... no, it seems the residual power was not enough to start the ship back up. My assumption is that the main reactor is destroyed, likely the cause of the explosion. We require a secondary battery, at least enough power to power the data systems.” Putting her bag down Para began to pull out a number of her devices, “I will need some time to modify the last of my equipment, but it may be what we need.”
Once things seemed less sparky and dangerous, Ruby also climbed inside the ship. She looked visibly uncomfortable, rubbing her arm and looking at the tattered remains of the hull. In fact, she would have acknowledged what Para said merely with a nod, and continued through the ship. She walked over to the center console, or what was left of it, running a hand over a monitor with an enormous crack down the center. She knelt down and looked behind a panel that must have come loose in the crash, but shut it quickly when something sparked at her. She saw the crumpled captain's chair nearby and stood next to it, looking down at it with concern.
"I hope whatever data we find tells me about my mission... and more importantly where to find my Captain. Information about her location is what I hope we find the most, since I'm sure if we find her, we can find out my mission from her anyway."
Lapis ran a hand down the wall of the ship, once again feeling the memories encroach on her present state of mind—and slipping away as a result. She physically shook her head out and decided to occupy her mind with other things, blinking in realization of what Para said. "Batteries! We could go back to Beach City and buy batteries from the store! I could fly back and it would only take an hour to a day!" Then she reconsidered, pressing a finger to her lip in thought. "Wait, I don't think human batteries would work in gem ships." She sighed again, and sidled up to Ruby. "But as for the mission, we could always figure out how to cure the corruption. That way if those gems are your crew, they could tell us."
The words 'if those gems are your crew' seemed to make Ruby just more emotional, and she sighed again. "Stopping the corruption would be great, but that task seems beyond us, doesn't it Lapis? I mean, we're not Peridots or anything, we can't just... figure out a cure. I want to help, I really do, I just doubt how well we could."
Ruby looked down at the ground and thought for a little bit, walking around the ship and looking sadly at broken pieces, sort of like Lapis had done. Clearly this ship meant a lot more to her than meets the eye, as she inspected every piece of the ship like she knew it intimately before it was destroyed.
Lapis frowned again, watching Ruby inspect the ship. She followed closely behind, speaking with more fervor in a greater attempt to bring Ruby's attention back to her, and to turn her mood around. "We'll find a way! We've already done so many things that are supposed to be beyond what we're meant to do. We have a place we can say is ours, we found new jobs and duties without the Diamonds' guidance, and we own THINGS." She emphasized, big eyes twinkling in marvel at all of the items they own. "If we could do all of this by solving problems ourselves and making our own way, I bet we can find a way to cure corruption too. And we'll find your Captain." She huffed proudly, crossing her arms.
Ruby couldn't help but finally smile, just a little, at Lapis' enthusiasm and attempts to make her feel better. "You're right. Lapis. We can find my captain, and help fix the corruption. We can do it on our own - though... maybe we should see if we can talk to other gems, and get them to help us too, at least with the corruption bit." Ruby offered, with an earnest smile. "And maybe my mission was about corruption, and there'll be files in the system about it. Then we could just use the files from there to help heal... well, if those are my crew mates back at the apartment, then... to heal them. And we could heal all the other corrupted gems out there too."
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 2, 2018 12:18:37 GMT
As she set to work Para began to set the entire contents of her bag on the floor. All sorts of gadgets were there, from the shocking devices seen, to another shield, and a couple of other yet unused trinkets.
Once they were set out her next step was to disassemble most of it, exposing wires and cables that she then began to connect together around the shield device. All the while she listened in silence to the conversation going on.
The discussion of trying to cure corruption left a sad, almost guilty look on her face, one that she made an effort to hide. That slowly gave way to a smile however at hearing the determination these two had despite they had little to no success.
After quite some time she raised the device, a semicircle dish with a number of her shocking devices all connected by some thick cabling, along with some sort of box with glowing lights t haphazardly connected on the inside, “It is done. If this doesn’t work then... well either we’ll have to try again or there’ll be no computer system left.”
Moving to the consoles she opened up the cabling once again and began to bypass their connection to what would have been the reactor and instead hooked them directly to the device. She prepared to hit the button on the back of the dish, “I would suggest standing back a bit. Just Incase...” Once she was satisfied with the distance Para very gingerly pressed the button.
The immediate effect was... shocking. In a very literal, and painful way actually. There was a blinding flash and the sound of electricity, which eventually subsided to reveal a frazzled Para a few feet away from the device. Her hair was puffed up into a big ball and she had a rather surprised look on her face.
After a few moments she shook herself and came back into focus, slowly turning to the device nestled within the console. The electric devices were glowing a bright white and arcing electricity every few seconds, but aside from that it seemed stable. She turned to Ruby and simply motioned to the console, still a bit dazed.
Ruby shielded her eyes and stepped slightly in front of Lapis as they were blinded by the bright flash, before lowering her hands, eyes widening. "You really did it!" Ruby jogged over immediately, finding whatever input (keyboard, space keyboard, or otherwise,) and beginning to respond to on-screen prompts. "It seems like it registered that as an auxiliary power source..." The screen seemed to flicker slightly, and then she squinted as she read some more text. She smiled a little. "The flight transcript and flight recorder logs are still intact! But everything else is offline. I'm going to see if I can figure out anything from what we've got." Ruby tapped a key, and from a distance, the two could likely see many lines of text flood the screen. Ruby read as fast as possible, but it didn't take very many lines for her reading to slow down.
All of a sudden, her hands seemed to be frozen on the keyboard. She shook slightly, continuing to read. "B-b-b-but- no-" She shook even harder. Tears began to appear at the corners of her eyes. "That's - that's not-" She whimpered by the end. And with a grinding of teeth, and what looked like a mixture of anger, regret, and sadness, she turned around and stared at Lapis, tears rolling down her face. "I-I'm... sorry." And then she pushed off the wall and ran directly out of the ship, tears hitting the ground behind her. This left the console in plain view of the two.
Searching for auxiliary power source…
Auxiliary power source detected. Running system diagnostics.
Finalizing auxiliary power conversion… OK
Charging auxiliary power capacitors… OK
Initializing emergency lighting… OK
Biometric scan in progress… OK
Welcome Back Ruby F-3T2T C-6KP
Displaying existing notifications:
[WARNING] :: Primary and secondary navigation systems malfunction detected.
[WARNING] :: Primary and secondary propulsion systems offline.
[WARNING] :: Primary and secondary power generators offline.
[ERROR] :: Warp core malfunction detected.
[ATTN] :: One-time emergency protective systems are offline. Replace as soon as possible.
> Replay most recent transcript? Y
> Include flight recorder logs? Y
[NOTE]: Time is recorded using planetary standards, adjusted per sector.
[01:05:23] “Attention! Now that we’re in Earth’s atmosphere, we have to make sure we stick to our mission. With so many Gems running around, it’s going to be hard to know who’s a friend or foe out here. 1A3G, how long until we reach the surface?”
[01:05:47] “4 minutes until touchdown, Captain.”
[01:06:23] “Captain, what are we doing again?”
[01:06:28] “Our orders are simple. We find the defective Lapis on this planet and we take her back to Homeworld. Whatever the Diamonds decide they’re doing with defectives is up to them, not us.”
[01:06:40] “But how are we gonna know which Lapis it is?”
[01:06:45] “Well, first we’re going to ask her if she’s Facet-2H6K, Cut-11DL. There’s a possibility she won’t know how to communicate… but that’ll be a pretty good indicator that she’s defective, so my guess is that’s how we’ll know.”
[01:07:05] :: [Auxiliary ship controls are now active. USER: Ruby Facet-1A3G, Cut-3RG]
[01:07:10] :: [Throttle: 0%]
[01:07:11] :: [CONTROL LOCKOUT INITIATED]
[01:07:12] “What was that? Rubies, status report!”
[01:07:14] “Not me!”
[01:07:15] “Me neither!”
[01:07:17] “1A3G! Report!”
[01:07:17] :: [Calculated trajectory includes impact. Adjust immediately.]
[01:07:17] :: [Acceleration exceeds acceptable levels for this environment.]
[01:07:19] “I - I can’t do it Captain! I just can’t! That Lapis is probably just living out here and-”
[01:07:23] “What did you do - my controls are offline! 1A3G, whatever you did, you’d better fix it!”
[01:07:28] “I’m not going to fix it - I’m not going to let you ruin this gem’s life, or any of the life on this planet! This planet is beautiful!”
[01:07:29] [!!!] [WARNING] :: [CRITICAL IMPACT IN T-MINUS 10 SECONDS]
Lapis started at the sudden flash of light, but it was over before she had time to react any further. Upon noticing the console, she announced "You did it!" at the same time Ruby did. She let Ruby go over to the console on her own, while she herself stepped over to inspect the dazed Para's puffball hair. She tilted her head to either side as she keenly inspected the hair without a word, lips tense with concentration. Then she she began to smile, as if she were about to laugh at the sight.
Her smile dropped when she heard Ruby, and turned her attention towards the console. "Ruby?" She asked worriedly, as she began to step towards her. She bolted once Ruby began running, but had to double back towards the console to look for what had made her upset. She quickly scanned the contents of the transcript and suddenly didn't feel like running anymore. Her expression became a mix of shock and confusion. "W-wait... I was her mission? No, that can't be right. And... Ruby crashed the ship." She blinked, and glanced to Para as if she had to reaffirm this. "Ruby crashed the ship. Why would she do that...? Why would she sacrifice her whole crew for someone she'd never met?"Suddenly her expression became awash with horror."No... I'm the reason why the ship crashed! If I had done what I was supposed to do and went where I was supposed to go, instead of s-sitting at the bottom of the ocean, they wouldn't have had to come looking for me. And... then Ruby's squad wouldn't have had to come here." Another pause, and her eyes became glassy and reflective as she began projecting memories. Her mouth dropped. ”Wait... I’m wrong... Ruby is the captain! She didn’t crash the ship; that was some other Ruby!” She looked down, fists balled and eyes beginning to water. "...I’m so confused." She mumbled.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 13, 2018 4:07:12 GMT
Para sat there like a doe in headlights for a while, not entirely registering Lapis’ presence. The first thing she actually did was start feeling around her hair, noting it had taken to a rather ridiculous shape. Slowly she began patting it down, though she wasn’t making much progress.
Her efforts to fix her hair slowly ended as she became aware that whatever Ruby had read was not what she had hoped for. Before she could inquire Ruby was already gone, leaving the eerily lit console in the otherwise dead ship. Moving up from her seated position Para went over and began to read, putting a hand over her mouth to hide her shock at the development.
She looked to Lapis and saw the similar horror Ruby held and tried quickly to reassure her, “No no, this is... it’s good news in a way!” Although she didn’t sound convinced, “This means she cared even before meeting you, she clearly cared a lot for others. Enough to...”
Her eyes drifted back down to the console just before Lapis came to the same conclusion, ‘[01:07:34] :: [Impact imminent! Engaging Emergency Protective Systems. Most valuable asset: Captain, Ruby Facet-3T2T Cut-6KP]’
Just as soon as she reread it Para turned to see Lapis’ eyes go reflective and the truth hit her hard, “She didn’t even remember who she was... this entire time she...”
She closed her eyes and stopped to think, wanting nothing more to help but was processing the information herself. It was seeing Lapis begin to tear up that kicked Her into gear, “Alright, so maybe Ruby had come here to find you. And perhaps she wasn’t who either of you thought she was, but does that really matter? I know for a fact that Ruby genuinely cares about you, more than most gems care about anyone. So even if she was here to find you, that isn’t her anymore. And if you care that much about her, then we need to find her before she doesn’t something stupid.”
Para reached out for Lapis’ hand, “You can fly, you’ll find her easier than I can. I’ll have to catch up on foot, hopefully she hasn't gone far." Then Para turned back to the console and brought out her data-pad, stopping just for a moment to look back at Lapis, "Go!" Immediately turning back to her task, she took a cord out and wired the data-pad into the console while it still had energy, tapping furiously away at the holographic screen.
Lapis continued to stand there quietly with her head lowered as Para spoke, still allowing the guilt about the situation to wash over her. Para taking her hand was what forced her to focus fully on her and process what she was saying. She wiped her eyes away with the other hand, and used the brief period of silence when Para turned back to the console in order to respond to everything in succession. "It.. doesn't. You're right. I do! You're right!" Her speaking probably ended at the same time Para said 'Go,' and she jumped at her own sense of urgency. She ran back towards the exit, already calling Ruby's name, and accidentally let her wings slip off her arms when she first summoned them. She corrected this the second time around, and took off.
Ruby was rushing through the forest, but it was hard to see past her tears. At this point, the tears were for a lot of things - she was an emotional wreck. If she smacked into some plants on the way here, she smacked into twice as many as she rushed through the forest away from the ship. With her emotional distress, she glowed brightly in the forest and even caused some dead leaves to flutter into the air and burn up as she stepped on them.
In the end, her lack of clear sight betrayed her, and while she was running, she swept her foot forward, accidentally catching it under an raised root. She stumbled, yelled and tumbled forward onto a pile of leaves in between a few scattered trees. One leaf began to catch fire, and the flames were spreading, not that Ruby seemed to care, as she hid in the leaves and cried.
Howlite: You know you've done something wrong when Flurry is suddenly the wisest in the room
Jul 13, 2020 14:35:16 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