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"Rubyyy!" Lapis called out in search of her, flying close to the treeline. Though not long after she began her flight, she was able to spot the scorched trail Ruby left on the forest floor. She returned at the ground and looked around for her. "...Ruby y-you left some things burning here but... that's alright! I'll... I'll take care of it for you!" She called out, trying to sound assuring but ended up sounding stressed. She used her wings to slap at embers and scorch marks that seemed most prone to catching fire, and continued her pursuit on foot in order to do this all the way down Ruby's trail. When she came across the fire, she eep'd and let her wings retreat into a protective coating of water over her body. Then she summoned more water, and began swatting the flames. She was able to spot Ruby amidst the fire, and called out to her again. "Ruby! S-stay right there, I'm coming! And please no more fire!"
Ruby heard Lapis calling out, and began scrambling away, though with so much thick underbrush it was increasingly difficult. "No! Lapis -- Lapis please, I'm not who you remember - I'm not even w-who I remember!" She said fearfully. "My mission - it was to capture you, to take you to Homeworld so they could do who knows what, and I didn't even question it. I'm a bad gem! Going to that Earth, just deciding to go along with it all - I shouldn't have survived that crash - t-that Ruby that actually cared about you, even w-without meeting you - she's the one that should have survived!!" Ruby cried out, from inside the fire. She was clearly flaming hot to the touch right now, as any flammable material near her caught fire immediately. She didn't seem to be lashing out at Lapis, just emotional and trying her best to stay away.
"No, Ruby, you're not a bad gem! I never met who you were before the crash. The only version I know of you is... you!" Feeling the heat from the fire build up to an uncomfortable degree in her shell of water, she is forced to stop firefighting for the moment and concentrate on lowering the temperature of the water around her. The heat, however, forces her to exert a lot of effort to do this. On top of that, she found herself having to summon an almost constant amount of water in order to replace what was steamed away. She wasn't made to be able to do that, but she tried to approach Ruby anyway. "I don't think either of us are who we used to be—none of that matters now! You care about me now, and... I'm glad you were the one who survived, or else I wouldn't have ever met you!"
Ruby stared at Lapis as she spoke, and her eyes creased with emotion. "B-but you don't know me... only now... only now am I starting to remember - r-remember little bits about who I am - and - and-" Her voice cracked and tears came to her eyes. "I wouldn't even want to be my friend." She said, standing back up to face Lapis with a hurt and jaded expression, though after a moment, she'd walk towards Lapis. "I don't want to hurt you. But... I also don't feel safe with anyone else. And I know, you don't think I would hurt you, but... I... I don't know anything for sure anymore... I don't want to remember something and..." She stopped as the fire burned around (but mostly behind) her. She seemed to not really be able to look at Lapis.
Assuming Ruby was still burning at the same intensity as she approached, Lapis looked like she was really starting to strain herself when it came to keeping the temperature of the water surrounding her low, and replacing what steamed away. She tried not to let it show, but she was beginning to feel a little woozy from the effort. "But if you still feel the same way about me, and this planet, and all the stuff we've done, then you are a different person now. Even if you do end up remembering everything, maybe we could... forget about it? We could keep creating our own assignments and continue being the Lapis and Ruby Group... squad." She gave a little wincing smile. "...please?"
For a moment, Ruby looked vulnerable. Lapis' saying, 'if you still feel the same way' left a sad look on Ruby's face that she wasn't really able to shake. The line 'Lapis and Ruby Group' hit her hard too. "The... the gem I was after that crash, the one you know... shedidn't exist, Lapis - I made her up to cope with the truth of what happened to my crew! I couldn't handle the pain of losing them, so I invented a captain to search for, to take my mind off of this whole thing!" Ruby said, rubbing her eyes, before looking up at Lapis. "And I walked right into Beach City, and met you, the gem I'd been sent to look for! And then I said I'd stay by your side. We got an apartment. And said we'd make a group, that'd be better than the Crystal Gems and Homeworld, we'd beat the corruption... but... but..."
Ruby looked down. "That was all a lie. A living lie. Even if I didn't know I was living it." She murmured. "I know the truth - about my mission, about my crew - and now I can never go back!" Ruby said, crying out with anguish. Lapis would likely have to back away from her or be blasted with intense heat.
Lapis was forced backwards from the heat, stumbling over brush and falling. She lost control over the water surrounding her and it splashed to the ground. However, she was so stunned and hurt, the fire didn't seem to faze her. Then, her expression darkened with a rarely-displayed emotion. Lapis became angry. "So.. this was all a lie?" She pushed herself to a stand, fists balled. "A-All of it!? You were using to me to forget about your crew!? THEN WHAT WAS THE POINT OF COMING HERE?" She shouted, the water that had dropped to the ground previously actually rose slightly behind her, and moved in waves side-to-side in time with her gesturing hands. "What was the point of ANYTHING we've done so far—talking to Crystal Gems, getting jobs, laying on the floor together and staring at the ceiling for hours, if it was all leading up to us coming back here and me discovering the truth—that none of it mattered. What, were you hoping some of your crew would be around so capturing me would be easier on you? I would've rather continued living without knowing the lie, or you chasing me right from the start! Well you were right! The Ruby that actually cared about me SHOULD HAVE SURVIVED!" She screamed, stomping her foot and unknowingly throwing the water behind her back at the ground.
Ruby winced at Lapis' sudden anger, her teary eyes reflecting genuine fear for a moment as she saw Lapis so easily controlling the water at her disposal. "I DON'T KNOW WHY WE CAME BACK HERE!" She shouted back reflexively. "I don't know... anything." She continued, uncharacteristically meekly, backing up towards the fire as if it were a means of comfort, though some of the fire in front of her was being doused by Lapis' water. Ruby's words lost their bite, and sounded more like explanation than piercing remarks. "You don't think when you're in a situation like that: when my ship crashed! I wasn't doing all that stuff on purpose - my mind - it wouldn't let me be who I really was! It was like I was trapped in someone else's body... and the whole time, I had no idea I was!" Ruby said, gesturing with her own hands, but having no watery hands with which to reflect her emotions.
"I -- I don't like who I am, Lapis! I sacrificed the lives of all of my crew-mates for a mission to capture a gem I didn't even know, all because my commanding officer said so. And I didn't like myself so much, that my mind forced me to invent someone new. And that someone... is Ruby. The Ruby that talked to Crystal Gems, got a job, and laid on the floor with you. I never had any control over her. And now that I know the truth, that Ruby just... can't exist anymore." She said, matter-of-factly.
Lapis shook her head slowly, staring at her with outrage and incredulous distrust. "I would have believed it if your gem was damaged in the crash, and that you made a new identity because you couldn't remember who you were. But I can't... I won't believe that you became so upset from losing your squad that you... started pretending the Ruby who crashed the ship was really the captain, and then you actually forgot who you were." She hissed with an uncharacteristic bitterness, while wiping away tears before they had a chance to fall. "You knew what you were doing the entire time! You used me and manipulated me until you were ready to come back here and confront what happened. You were my best friend; you gave me a purpose! But you don't care about me at all! You never cared about me! All you care about is your crew. Well now you have them, Captain Ruby." She leered, summoning more water. "And the worst part of it all is that the ship crashing wasn't even your fault. You're just guilty because you're the only survivor. I could figure that out right away, and I'm defective!" She shaped the water into wings. "Just take your crew and go back to Homeworld. But if you think you're going to complete your mission, then you're going to have to shatter me."
"No... no, I -- I swear, I didn't-" But Lapis' words cut like a knife. Ruby couldn't help but stare after word after word crushed her slowly. She seemed like she wanted to retort - wanted to disagree - but she had lost the willpower, and instead just stood there and took the brunt of Lapis' remarks. It was hard to tell whether Ruby got more teary, but it didn't really matter, since most tears she produced would sizzle away almost immediately on contact. The last line didn't even hit her that hard, because she was already too far gone.
She couldn't look at Lapis as she flew away, and once she had flown away, Ruby stopped, clenched and unclenched her fists, and then just threw herself down among the slowly burning forest. Without Lapis, the fire would be likely to rage on.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 17, 2018 3:32:36 GMT
Para was certainly busy back at the ship, rapidly tapping away at her data-pad's holographic screen. On the barely surviving ship screen a text line was slowly updating,
Data transfer: (60%)
Data Transfer: (65%)
Data Transfer: (70%)
And so it continued at a painfully slow pace, it no longer required input, leaving Para nervously pacing back and forth only to turn around to observe the unrelenting display. Already she had felt like she had wasted far too much time trying to preserve what was on here. In fact she was almost in a trance and nearly didn't notice the screen stop.
Data transfer: (100%)
In a quick jump she came over to the console and disconnected her data-pad, collapsing it back to its minimized state. Once that was done she initially started to construct something in her hands, before realizing the simpler way was to simply look around and scavenge a loose piece of metal. With a semi-bar shaped piece of metal in her hands Para faced the opened access panel, where her power devices was currently housed. Taking in a deep breath to ready herself she brought the pipe back and tossed it into the panel. This resulted in a bright flash much like when it was firsted installed, however this time it wasn't just the device but a number of lights and consoles glowing bright before shorting out.
Within moment the ship was left in an even worst state than before, even what little remained of the cabling was fried beyond repair. As far as she was concerned, whatever else might lay here was best left forgotten. Aside form her own personally research of course...
With her personal task complete Para left the now lightly smoking insides and began running out into the forest, trying with difficulty to track the two small gems. With the majority of the fires being put out by Lapis there was very little go off of, but the burnt patches still left enough evidence to very slowly make her way forward. By the time she had arrived it was only in time to see Lapis fly off in a hurry, and as far as she could tell the situation was far from settled.
In fact it was getting worse, the fire was obviously growing, with a vibrant Ruby at the center of it. Para came as close as possible, but the flames kept the rather fragile gem from nearing Ruby, "Ruby!" she had to nearly shout over the roaring flames, "What happened, what did she say?!"
She looked around at the forest being rapidly consumed by flame, realizing this was going to get out of hand fast, "You need to calm down Ruby, talk to me! Let me help!"
Ruby looked over. There was a moment that Para could see her considering her options. Ruby herself was beginning to glow less and less bright, her emotional state not getting much better, but it at least not being reflected in her temperature. She saw the fire all around her, and Para, cowering at the edge. Ruby pushed herself to a stand, but her eyes reflected a little bit of hesitation. "Padparadascha - I mean... I mean, Para -- we yelled at each other! She thinks I lied to her on purpose about who I was, and I can't think of a single way to convince her otherwise! And I don't know if I really have a reason to." She rubbed her face, before looking up at Para again past the fire.
"...can I trust you?! Can you trust me? Like I told Lapis, I'm different now - I'm not that Ruby you met, and I'm not sure what Ruby I'm going to be once I remember. But the more I try to remember, the more lost I'm feeling." Ruby admitted, wincing and taking a hesitant step towards Para.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 17, 2018 4:48:34 GMT
Para was honestly taken aback, the news that their confrontation ended poorly hit her oddly hard. She was growing surprised at the investment she had taken in these two gems' friendship. Letting Ruby vent, Para simply stood there at the edge of the flame listening as best she could.
When she had finished Para was very careful with her words, "In the name of all that is good on this world Ruby, I swear that you can trust me. Even if we may technically not be on the same side, I have nothing but good intentions for you. So believe me when I say you aren't the Ruby I met! But you're also no longer the Ruby you were. The more you try to find your place in this world in your memories, the more lost you'll be. You have to decide, to choose, who the Ruby you are going to be is!"
She had to take a couple steps back from the encroaching flame but her resolve remained strong, "Will you let yourself fall apart because of it, or will you choose to be stronger. There is a gem out there who thinks the world of you, who would and has risked being shattered to save you. And I know, I know, you would do the same! Because I feel the same way about a gem, and that feeling is too strong to be faked. Even if you weren't who you thought you were, that feeling was real! So you can choose to miserable and let this tear you apart," despite the heat Para extended a hand towards Ruby, visibly in pain, "Or you can be strong like I know you can be, and work to fix this!"
"So you can choose to miserable and let this tear you apart,"
Ruby, from the inside of the flames, stared out at Para. She was a far more broken gem than the one Para had known. She was a gem that was having to reconsider everything in her life. Everything was falling apart.
"Or you can be strong like I know you can be, and work to fix this!"
And then, with her final statement, Ruby clenched her fists, narrowed her eyes, and took deep breath.
Ruby walked forward towards Para as the forest burned behind her. As she approached, Para would notice that she'd calmed down immensely. She reached out and took Para's hand, gripping it tightly, while she looked up at Para with conviction. It would have been hot, but not scalding, despite the heat of the fire that she had started.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 17, 2018 5:22:28 GMT
The heat of the fire alone was intense, although heat was something Para had grown accustomed to during her time at the Forge she was still a fragile gem, and it took a great amount of focus not to retreat. When Ruby finally found her resolve and took her hand it likely should have been close to painful, but it was actually rather comforting. A crisis had been averted, or at least part of one.
Para smiled, albeit strained from the vestiges of pain still wracking her senses, "That's what I like to hear. I can't promise it'll be easy, but I know that your relationship can be mended. Knowing how much Lapis cared, she's still holding out some form of hope. So you have to convince her that you still care, that you always cared. How you approach this, I can only advise, but when it comes down to it it'll have to be you and you alone who fixes this."
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