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As the conversation quickly switched from the distressing topic on Howlite, to Padparascha asking of the origin of Pink's arrival on these specific coordinates, Pink turned her head from the flower back to the two Sapphires.
"Oh, yes, back on my colony, there is a gathering of sorts where Sapphires from around the planet will gather together and interact, share knowledge, and if there is a disruption on the planet, negotiate a peace. I personally hoped that more of the outlying colonies would do similar traditions, maybe even Homeworld, but I have yet to see such a thing, or Homeworld itself, and since it seems you both don't have much knowledge of such a thing, I suppose maybe only the colony does such a thing."
Pink wondered maybe it was for the best, as the effect could be good, or bad depending on the colony, or Homeworld.
There was a glimmer in her eyes when Pink seemed to take a hold of the strand of conversation she'd presented. More relaxed, she gave a look around the rolling landscape "Ah! I envy your travels, Sapphire, but it seems we've both missed on opportunities to enjoy such an occasion as this," She shifted, and gestured with a broad stroke to the green pasture around them,"You know, I've been coming here for years. Gems from all over the universe meet back on Homeworld-- I've met sapphires who'd once attended such a gathering-- they must've been from the same colony!" Padparadscha gave a beaming smile to her fellow pink-court gem,"I've been having my own musings about the nature of being a sapphire, so I thought these coordinates would be rather apt,"
She paused for a moment. That had been something that she'd never really said out loud, so it was strange for her ears to hear what she'd been thinking all this time. Having other aristocratic gems here certainly piled onto the things she had to think about; Often she thought of dignity and clarity as the key virtues of sapphires, but a certain amount of communal sense was also a part of the instincts of sapphires. Maneuvering the minutiae of delicate conversation, and conveying better understanding to those around them. She tapped her chin with her finger, "This is the first true Gathering of Sapphires that Earth has been host to, as far as I'm aware,"
A peculiar thought passed through her mind. Would rebel sapphires feel compelled to such a thing? To gather among other sapphires? She supposed that she wouldn't know-- these other gems seemed to be on the right side of things. Aside, rebels were defective, off kilter; she decided that those two kinds of sapphire-- loyalist and traitor-- would be incomparable.
"My travels were rarely an opportunity to do anything beyond the mission itself. My Diamond control a vast amount of territory and, unfortunately, some problems arise at certain points. My task was simply to arrive, solve them and return as quickly, as was in my powers. I think my mission to Earth is the longest I ever spent on a planet that is not the Homeworld by far. It helped me to learn a great deal about this planet... "
He explained. It never occurred to him, that gems on those planets developed their own traditions. It was quite obvious in retrospect. And this gathering was one of them.
"So yes, we gathered here, on the first Gathering of Sapphires on Earth. It is really good to know, that there are 3 of us... question is - are we going to do something productive? Find a way to end this conflict?"
It was quite exciting to think that Padparascha had met Sapphires from her own colony, and while she hadn't met many of the sapphires who remained there, she wondered if there was a connection somewhere, Some gem she knows, that Padparascha knew.
What a mystery!
"I wonder if you've met a sapphire that I had met previously!" Pink replied to Padparascha in excitement, triangles, triangles everywhere! On a side note...
Pink felt sort of bad for Sapphire, he had to jump from mission to mission, without exploring local traditions, maybe he'd get to spend time on a colony after his mission here, and would experience what type of traditions there were.
As he continued, Pink wondered, what were they going to do that was productive, how would they solve this conflict on this specific planet, which seemed to be full of hostility, and monsters.
"...In order for us to do anything on the matter, we would need a representative for this planet, someone who knows what the rebels of this planet want, or require to compromise..." Pink spoke, holding her chin in thought.
"Do either of you two happen to have that knowledge, and would be willing to represent, earth? Or, should we decided how to handle the rebels, in a way that would end the conflict, but doesn't result in a compromise..?" She asked. Stars, she hoped that she hadn't stepped over a line, attempting to apply reason and logic to the situation.
She enjoyed Sapphire's prudence, and it seemed apt for them to have such a discussion given their contentious location. A gathering, dedicated to sapphires and the Earth-- this day was becoming more productive by the minute. It was a bit exciting to think that the groups contemplations might be of some use to the Diamonds in the future. She also had to commend Pink Sapphire's flexibility in her thinking, but the word compromise made the loyalist sapphire purse her lips.
"Pink Diamond is unquestionably the representative of this planet, her colony," Padparadscha answered, her words a bit short,"I've been her representative in court cases that her majesty couldn't attend personally. I couldn't claim to know what the rebels want, however," She wondered if the rebels themselves even knew what they wanted. They seemed to be a rag-tag rabble of defects, as far as this sapphire was concerned. "A way to end the conflict without compromise? Either the rebels relent and seek justice at the hands of the Diamonds, or...they will be destroyed. It depends on how hard the rebels want to make this,"
The rebellion was still young. A pit welled in her stomach, the conflict could go only one of many ways. The thought that so many gems would have to lose their lives over something so confusing and terrible was hard for the sapphire to come to terms with. Why? That was a question that hung like a solid weight on her mind. It was hard to imagine that the rebels would make things easy, as much as she wished for it.
Sapphire was a little puzzled. Padparadscha was an unquestionably intelligent gem. But it seemed the hold rebels in very little regard. He could not be perfectly sure, but it appeared she felt deep hatred for Crystal gems. But was there any reason beyond their apparent betrayal of the Homeworld?
"What rebels want is beyond obvious. It never was any secret - they want their freedom. They want to be able to choose their own destiny. They want to protect the planet Earth and also it's native inhabitants - humans. But I am afraid that this conflict escalated beyond a negotiation. Too many gems were shattered on both sides."
And also the pride of Diamonds was injured. They are not going to forgive that anytime soon. There were more rebels than anyone suspected. If there was going to be a war it would be long and costly one, with many many more shattered deaths. "I am afraid neither side will be willing to give up easily."
Crystal gems would rather die fighting than give up. And Diamonds couldn't let this go unpunished, this rebellion could spread beyond this world in the entire Empire... a risk Diamonds couldn't take. It was far easier for them to glass this entire planet from the orbit...
"There has to be something we can do besides shattering the rebellion, and causing unnecessary casualties to Homeworld!" Pink spoke in retaliation, her voice slightly raised. "As you said Sapphire, too many gems have been shattered on BOTH sides, there must be something we can agree upon that would stop this endless cycle of conflict and death." She continued, attempting to reason with them. It was never too late to compromise, there was always a way!
"Think, what could be agreed upon that allows both Rebels and Homeworld gems to live in a peace?" She finished, Slightly embarrassed that she had raised her voice slightly at her comrades. She hated conflicts, and there simply had to be some way for both factions to live in peace.
After all, living free could be considered a possible "Custom" of this planet, and the humans, surely there was a way that Home-world could deal with organics, like a zoo or, something of the relevant nature.
Freedom. Choice. Individuality. These were all words that had been given to her on multiple occasions to describe what the rebels wanted. But, no matter how many times other gems said those things, the sapphire could not, and would not, understand. It sounded alien to her, a language completely outside of her grasp. It sounded preposterous, impossibly foolish. Her irritation had climbed to a height that made it difficult to keep her ruminations on the rebellion quiet, until she no longer could manage such a feat.
"What?" She couldn't keep the bite out of her tone, the cutting edge in her glare had come back with a vengeance,"They've trapped themselves here and shed their dignity as gems, what freedom is there in that? They had freedom, to serve. Their destiny was to serve. To choose one's destiny as if they're some purposeless creature is utterly absurd-- and they think they're the ones protecting this colony?" Again her pearl grew uncomfortable, recognizing that the sapphire's temper had begun to flare in earnest. Memories of every gem who Padparadscha met, who had denied her help, who had turned their backs on Homeworld, flashed through her mind. It was too much for her. "No gems would be shattered in this conflict, had the traitors simply accepted themselves and their fate!"
She turned to the younger pink-court gem, her whole expression dripping with the hatred she felt for rebels, "Rebels and Homeworld, living in peace? There is no compromising with deserters, dear. Sapphire has spoken a truth-- negotiation isn't an option. To end the conflict, the rebels must acquiesce. It's inevitable that they will bend to the will of the empire. The sooner they do so, the sooner the lives of gems can be spared." Her words were absolute, like a gavel striking a sound-block.
"I must admit, I am slightly disappointed with your single mindedness. We are Sapphires, we have a great deal of freedom. Yes, it is earned by a lot of delicate and extremely difficult work, but we have privileges that most gem wouldn't dream of."
He tried to explain to Padparadscha. It was slightly disturbing that gem of this importance could project such narrow tunnel vision. "Imagine a Pearl, gem who was created to serve. She does what she is told... or a ruby, common soldier, that is very much expendable, and she knows it. Is it so difficult, that there might be a Pearl, that wants to do something different? Or a ruby that doesn't want to be thrown into a battle where dozens of his cut are shattered? If you want to negotiate with the enemy, you have to be able to think like the enemy after all..."
That was diplomacy 101.
After that, he turned to Pink Sapphire.
"Imagine it like this... rebels want freedom, they want to be left alone... in their mind it's easy - there are hundreds of billions of planet out there. Why can't Diamond just leave this one alone and find another? There are several planets in Crystal system, they could mine others... but Diamonds can't allow this impudence to go unpunished... they can't allow having their power challenged... there is no middle ground... what they want is mutually exclusive... "
What nobody realised was, that the current status of Gem Empire was untenable. Sooner or later the whole Empire would collapse. They could learn from humans. The Earth was the future of Gem Empire... he forsaw that...
Post by Pink Sapphire on Aug 20, 2017 17:55:50 GMT
As she attempted to retaliate yet another response against Padparascha, Pink found she had nothing to say, her mouth hanging partially open, only to snap shut as she turned away, and listened to Sapphire's responses.
He seemed to get the point of what she wanted to say to Padparascha, while she would have worded it fairly differently. In Pink's thoughts, she believed no gem would be willing to die just because someone asked them to. Sapphires wouldn't be soldiers if they were told to be, when they were more suited for diplomatic reasoning.
However, as he explained, Pink seemed to get the point. There may possibly be no way for this conflict to end without extremes coming into play, if they truly wanted to be left alone, and have the freedom to do as they pleased.
She remained quiet, partially looking to Padparascha to see how she would respond, or suggest they attempt.
However, her mind began to wander, holding on to Sapphire's explanation as it explored ideas on the very topic.
Though her job description carried with it negotiation, the bargaining she did was always farcical, baited and barbed. It was a way to tease information out of suspects in the interrogation chamber before such gems would be faced with the Diamonds in the judicial courts. It was good fortune for both sides of the debate that Padparadscha wasn't a mediator, but rather, an investigator-- an enforcer of law and order. Provoking gems was something of a specialty for her. Her servant stood very still as the discussion went on. The pearl's eyes flickered to Pink Sapphire, who seemed to be sitting in contemplation as well.
"Ah, so my suspicions are true then-- these gems have a defect which allows them to put their petty egos before the good of all gemkind," She retorted, her glare narrowed slightly at the blue-court sapphire,"To think like the enemy, a useful tactic indeed-- you've been on Earth an awfully long time now haven't you, Sapphire? It seems you've had quite the opportunity to glean what it is that these rebels think. You've spoken many truths today." Her senses never told her that this aristocratic diplomat had been contrary. In fact, the gem seemed to glide around her analyzation with a grace befitting one of such prestige. But, she was dogmatic in her pursuit of justice, and she knew from many long years working in the courts that even the most noble of gems could turn coat. Padparadscha didn't like what she was hearing at all, even if Sapphire was only playing devil's advocate.
"It is true that the rebels cannot, and will not be allowed to simply exist here. Perhaps the Diamonds will bestow their benevolence upon those who show repentance. But it seems that defects such as those behind the rebellion would need to be reminded of their honor, and their place, first."
This Padparadscha seemed too stuck in her ways to understand. He saw gems like her - privileged, with too much freedom. She didn't see that life of most gems wasn't like her so it was hard to imagine their suffering. Then again she might be just too gemwashed by Diamonds.
"I certainly am on Earth longer, that would be completely pleasant, but I will remain here as long as is required to finish the task that my Diamond gave me. When it comes to my findings I tried an experimental procedure... it is called "talking with them". In order to learn about them, I talked with several rebels. I offered them a chance to explain their position and they did."
The mere detail that he ended up joining them was not important right now. "I am afraid that those I spoke with failed to project any kind of defect, flaw or corruption. They were just normal gems in every way. They simply CHOSE to become rebels... as much as I wish we could simply say "some defective gems joined" it is not that simple. Therefore I failed to think of simple way to end this rebellion. My Diamond would be displeased with my failure..."
Post by Pink Sapphire on Aug 20, 2017 22:08:55 GMT
Pink was back in her mind again, thinking of what this Sapphire had said, blatantly ignoring Padparascha's response as she was more concerned about the words he had spoken. She was thrown off, and part of her didn't know how to respond to any of this. In fact, she felt as if she didn't have enough information to make a correct statement, or a true one at that.
Maybe she should wait a awhile before she spoke again? Get a decent hold of what exactly she should say? She wasn't sure.
She carefully watched both gems as they continued, She even noticed that Sapphire seemed to have more information then Padparascha, regarding the rebels. As she listened farther she was met with information, that he had spoke with them, and even began to defend them, that they were "Normal gems."
How could they be normal when they strayed so far from the right path?
...Could humans possibly make gems sick, making them want to betray Homeworld?
Now, Padparadscha was trying to keep herself from reeling at Sapphire's words. The pink-court sapphire stared at the other aristocrat for a moment, the arches of her brows floating up as she tried to hold her composure. Sapphire seemed to play devil's advocate quite well, perhaps not out of place entirely for a gem of such stature in the courts-- but using the words normal to describe rebels sounded exceedingly out of line to her ears. It also seemed that the Sapphire had finally relented to the question that both her and Pink Sapphire had lingered on; what exactly had kept him on Earth for so long?
This was providing more ammunition for the case she was building in her head already. It seemed that her provocation was working in her favor, but she still couldn't get a thorough reading. "Normal?" She echoed, then shifted in her seat to square up her shoulders. "You've been honest, Sapphire, so I shall be as well. I too have had an opportunity to speak with deserters on their philosophies-- Broken and Crystal. Paradoxical, abstruse, self-defeating in some cases, are phrases I would use to describe them. Normal is the antithesis of what I would call these gems."
She gave a side-eye to the pink-court gem who had fallen silent. It was hard to say what the gem could be thinking, but she hoped that the two older gems weren't getting too embroiled in the discussion without her. Pink had mentioned her own meeting with gems of this world, and it seemed that her experience had been just as unpleasant as Padpara's own. Her eyes flicked back to Sapphire,"The question seems to be, how have we arrived at such disparate conclusions?"
Sapphire remained unmoved. There was no reason for him to become angry or emotional in any way. He was keeping a calm mind. He appreciated, that Pink was trying to be honest, even if she was still very stubborn.
"I mean that their decision wasn't influenced by some dysfunction on their part or some kind of outside influence. Their path may be misguided and in strict contrast of what is considered normal, they left their position among courts, they betrayed their Diamonds, and yet they did it anyway. One has to ask a simple question - "why". Why would so many gems, and we are talking about hundreds, do something unthinkable like this?"
He knew the answer of course - because Diamonds were tyrants, selfish and cruel. Other gems were tools, basically slaves. And Diamonds didn't care about any of them, every gem was easily replaceable. And some gems weren't ok with that. Sapphire wasn't ok with that as well.
"I found interesting parallels in human history. There were several conflicts, where lesser humans rose against their masters. It is considered a noble effort against impossible odds. Something that is noble even if it fails horribly with thousands of dead. In the end, it led to freedom for all of the humans. Perhaps those Ideals inspired the first Crystal gems?"
It was as good a guess as any. He joined the rebellion after it started so he honestly had no idea how it started. He knew only, that Earth is the future of Gem Empire...
Melody: how are you doing? Are you going to make a character in here?
Jun 29, 2020 17:20:05 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