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Red Beryl's whole world was nothing more than a black screen. Intermittently broken by the long pulls of breath that she took in through her nose: slowly, leisurely. Thoughts came slowly and were focused solely on the inflation and deflation of her unnecessary lungs, all was peaceful.
She had originally scoffed at the idea of wasting time doing something in imitation of biological creatures. However, her Quartz trainer had insisted she at least try it and think of it, not as a respiratory function and more akin to something she could focus on in the heat of different situations... she had ignored that advice until very recently. When she had picked up three Rubies as a distraction force for this mission she had no idea what she was getting herself into.
Purple, ringed eyes popped open to survey the scene. Up until this point, Red Beryl had been sitting cross-legged in the center of the Roaming Eye with three consoles and a view screen just feet in front of her. The Peridot she had brought along was still sitting, staring intently at the controls in front of her.
Not sitting where she left them were the three Rubies, instead, they had gotten up and begun to scuffle with one another, ending up tangled in a large mass upon the ship's floor. There were no clues as to why the fight had begun, but after thinking for a split-second Red decided that she didn't truly care: perhaps a mission briefing would help them calm down and get their heads in the game.
Standing up in one fluid motion Red made her way towards the center command console where the Peridot was dutifully carrying out her orders to fly the ship. She idly praised the gem in the back of her mind, while shy and demure it meant that any commands ended up being followed to the letter, which in the end was the only thing that really mattered.
So, instead of simply spinning the chair around and taking command, she laid a hand gently on its head rest and spoke in soft terms "Get the presentation ready, it's time you four were filled in" and took the slight, nervous nod as a good enough answer to move forward.
Next were the Rubies who were brought into line by a simple clearing of her throat, snapping them into salutes though the one at the bottom of the pile only managed a few twitches of her foot, but it would have to do.
By the time she had settled down in the captain's chair they had sorted themselves out and now stood in a well-disciplined, if fidgety, line with the Peridot standing off to the side. A few taps of the control panel brought forth the desired images projected down from a holo-emitter in the top of the ship.
The two pictures were of complicated code that Red Beryl herself didn't fully understand, one of them was neat and orderly while the other was a shifting tide of numbers and letters "I'm sure that you're all wondering what this is. On the left" she points to the standard code "Is what USED to be the lifeblood of our Empire's communication code, before the actions of Rose Quartz" she gives an adequate pause for the angry murmurs to subside.
Ignoring the fact that no such noises are coming, just blank stares, she continues "As you can see it is clear and concise, with orders of which satellites it should be routed to, its destination and permissions. This" her finger turns towards the other image "… abomination is what Rose Quartz sent out all those cycles ago from the Homeworld Communications Tower, it has none of those things. It's more like a tightly beamed distress signal than anything else."
Motioning to Peridot to move on, the two screens disappear and are replaced by the image of a satellite drifting silently through space "Which means when it passed through Satellite Gamma 1079; a copy of the message was bounced and sent to the target location. Which just so happened to be Space Station Crucible".
The Peridot was White Diamonds lackey, given to you for the duration of this mission and she would have to explain the next parts, so following protocol you pass the podium to her with a glance. The Rubies innocent expressions never changing, only their eyes bouncing back and forth between the two of you like a game of pong.
Peridot's voice starts out shaky, but gains confidence as it goes, no doubt getting into the rhythm and feeling much more confident when it is only reciting facts instead of new ideas "R-R-Right, well uhm. Space Station Crucible is one of White Diamonds modular education stations" a few flicks of her touch stump enhancers brings forth the final image, a large rectangular space station painted with highly reflective chrome orbiting incredibly close to a huge O-type star
"When she transfers a gem away from another diamond they need to be taught advanced procedures and how the elites do things; and so, they are sent to stations like this. This secret station only gets two messages in the span of a hundred cycles, one received to tell them that they have students and one sent out when the training is done. Shortly before the Rose Quartz message was sent they received five Spider Web Jasper's to teach how to work as a pack. So, when they failed to send the all-clear just last cycle it prompted an investigation"
This is where Red took back over and held up three fingers "This investigation found three things. One, that the station is under complete lockdown. Two, that no-one is responding to any hails or attempts of communication. And Thirdly, that there is only one gem still producing hard-light on the whole structure" bored dead eyes stared out from the fringe of red hair, slowly twitching as one of the Rubies raised their hand as if they were still in training.
However, throwing a bone to subordinates always gave back in the end, Red Beryl had always been taught to indulge the pointless emotions of her underlings in order to get them feeling like she cared, so she nodded to the Ruby to ask her question. "We-ll, your eminence. Why does that need all of us? Isn't this just a cut and dry rescue mission?"
Red could feel a headache coming on, she understood the need for foot soldiers, but she would never understand why the scientists ever allowed them to be this dull.
However, her voice kept the same collected monotone that it always stayed "Best case yes, whoever is still alive is only injured and unable to work the controls" the Ruby who had asked the question brightened up, but she quickly nipped that in the bud "Worst case, they are the reason why everyone else is inactive and are purposefully ignoring our communications. Either way, the diamonds want this platform secured and we have to land to make sure."
The smile had slowly melted away in exchange for a worried look of fear, one which Beryl supported, not because of any sadistic pleasure but because it meant that they were finally taking this seriously and would give this mission the attention it deserved and demanded.
There was only one thing left that they needed to know "Meaning, should the gem we run into be hostile you three will split up and distract them until I've located their gem and am ready to strike. You three will then move in and seal their movement and I will deliver the shattering blow."
For the first time since their recruitment Red felt at ease with their resolute head nodding, the unspoken threat that their foe might be capable of poofing, or maybe even shattering them seemed to be doing wonders for their previously rowdy behavior.
With only a few minutes to go before the Roaming Eye dropped out of light speed Red turns to the Peridot "And you will be staying on the ship, keep tapped into the station's systems and make sure everything stays offline like it should" her answer is a diamond salute and "Yes, your eminence" before a terse silence returns to the ship.
The jolt of a gravity engine shutting off rocked the whole ship, luckily most of the gems had been seated and so weren't sent flying once they reached their destination.
In front of the Roaming Eye sat The Crucible, a towering rectangular shape drifting lazily around the pulsating heat of a blue star, completely at ease. With a few touches of the controls the entire ship began to tilt forwards and begin an automated docking system, as they approached nothing greeted them on the comms, and any windows on the intimidating structure had been made opaque by internal systems. Before long the Roaming Eye was right outside the docking bay, whose vacuum forcefield was hidden from view by a large blast door.
However, it stood no chance against the boarding laser which cut a large hole in the bottom of the surface of the door, allowing the ramp to be dropped and its cargo to walk through into the interior; passing easily through the blue field that separated them from the void outside.
Red Beryl stood slightly in front of the three diminutive Rubies behind her, studying the surroundings. It was a pretty standard hangar, Roaming Eyes and smaller escape vessels sat rotting in their docking cradles, all accounted for.
Deciding not to waste any time on dawdling she moves forward, fluid graceful strides coming effortlessly to carry her quickly across the room, the pitter of small feet and whispers from the Rubies carrying up the rear. "Wait, if all the ships are here. Does that mean that there really is only one survivor?" she decides to not let on to the secret that she can hear them perfectly fine, whoever had made their personalities hadn't exactly installed a quiet mode... unfortunately for her.
The door into the lobby was a simple interlocking affair, which unfolded not unlike a flower in order to allow them access on approach. The 'lobby' if you could call it that was a testament to the purpose of the structure, while most buildings would have a desk meant for greeting incoming guests this doorway opened straight into a locker-room ringed with metal safes packed to the brim with light cannons and various pieces of armor.
However, Red only had eyes for the two doorways on the opposite side of the room, one was a staircase that was unfortunately blocked by a glowing orange forcefield, she had seen them before and didn't envy any gem who had the misfortune of touching one. Meaning she would have to take a walk through the modular battlefield, but not without some precautions...
Clicking the comm link a line formed between her and the Wandering Eye "Peridot come in, we're about to enter the military course, make sure the hard-light projectors are all turned off. I'm not in the mood for a test run." a small burst of static followed by a short affirmative was her only response, prudent and to the point, she was starting to like this Peridot more and more.
This time the opening brought with it a blast of heat, that washed across Red's skin bringing a few gusts of sand along with it.
It looks like whatever the Jasper's had been training for included the presence of a desert, with the only way around blocked Red Beryl and her three Rubies stepped through the portal and into a large sand strewn room, from across the way she could see that the location of the next door was hidden by a huge black rock that sat in the middle. The sand dune crunched under their feet as they moved, even though it was only a few dozen feet across their movement was slow to the point that they could hardly walk.
When Red had reached the halfway point, nearly upon the rock, a voice from behind it cried out "Hello?" Before falling silent once again. Her hand flew up as her weapons appeared from thin air, a red metal gorget forming around her throat and gem while gauntlets came into being around her arms. Silently the Rubies followed the silent command, spreading out before holding their positions waiting for the commander to take action. She does just so, stepping around the rocks side in a combat pose, ready to destroy the gem behind it...
Only to find an immersion speaker (they were hung up around the arena, and programmed to make realistic sounds) half buried in the sand, light confusion crossed her face marked only by the furrow of her brow.
Bending down to inspect why it was making such a noise she found nothing immediately out of place, however right before she moved a reflection glinted in her peripheral, from the rock right next to her. Turning her head swiftly she zeroed in on the glints source... a group of eight pure black eyes that stared at her before bursting into a flurry of movement.
The rock had in fact been a massive fusion, simply curled up on itself, waiting patiently for its prey to approach, and now that they were trapped on either side it had made its move.
Raising itself up on two massive legs, six arms unfolding while two more stayed wrapped around its midsection. It's black and white coloration left little doubt to who this was. All five of the trainee Spider Web Jasper's had fused together into one being and were now actively trying to ambush any loyalist gems who came onto the station. As one giant arm came crashing down towards Red's body she channeled a burst of air out of the front port in her gorget, allowing her body to be pushed into an acrobatic backflip from a stationary position.
However, the sheer force of the blow sent out a blast wave of air that pushed Red skidding across the sand dune, looking through the cloud of sand she saw the fight that was unfolding.
While it had swiped at her, the three Rubies had taken that time to get into formation, allowing themselves to fuse together into a giant Ruby ready to take on the gigantic spider fusion. As the two fusions exchanged blows Red had settled into her zone, eyes flicking up and down the Titanic Jasper looking for its weak spot.
However, it was entirely in vain; everywhere she looked there seemed to be no sign of any gem and while she could still intercede and try to get some damage in, it wouldn't do much good against such a collaboration of strong gems. Those were her thoughts, until she noticed something that the fight in front of her was highlighting, no matter how many earthshaking blows the Rubies landed the Jasper fusion never removed the two arms from around its midsection; instead choosing to get pummeled by easily block-able punches.
Now having an idea of what it was hiding Red sprang into action, feet moving quickly enough across the top sand that she didn't even have time to sink in. Able to get into range thanks to the Rubies distraction she reeled back an arm and drove it straight into the fingers at the back of this Jasper monstrosity.
Everything seemed to go quite for a second as an echoing crack rang out, but a split second later the hammer dropped; the Red Beryl cylinder on her pneumatic gauntlets was accelerated at breakneck speed into the front block with an eardrum shattering blast. The fusions flesh which had not even budged under the initial punch exploded into ripples, which traveled down the length of the arm splintering it in multiple places.
Letting out a roar of pain the Jasper fusion struck out with the one last working arm, which connected cleanly with Red. Unable to get out of the way in time due to poor movement capabilities in the sucking sand there was nothing else to do but brace, bringing both gauntlets up in a crossed X position taking the brunt of the incoming force.
However, no amount of preparation could have saved her from just how strong a hit from a twenty-foot-tall giant is, it plucked her off the ground and sent her hurtling backward into a metal wall at the edge of the room. She was only saved from getting poofed by redirecting herself in mid-air with a jet of pressurized air, allowing her to slow slightly and hit the wall feet first; so instead of being turned into a pancake against the wall it only sent painful shockwaves through her soles.
Dropping face first into a sand dune had never been on her to-do list and the general unpleasantness of the situation made her realize why. Even through radiating waves of agony Red pushed herself up, but the next few moments were just her trying to get tiny particles of sand out of her eyes, unable to see anything she only heard the giant footfalls of something running away.
Finally scraping the last grain of sand off of her face she saw the scene before her, three Rubies laying unfused on the ground, some cradling bruises and other superficial wounds. That wasn't what worried her, their faces were unsure, she'd learned enough about manipulating soldiers under her to know that doubt was the biggest killer and so she moved to nip this in the bud. Striding over to the huddled mass of Rubies she spoke in a commanding tone "We need to get a move-on, if it's running that means it's scared and we don't want to give it time to wisen up" however passionate her wording, there was no sign of emotion on her face.
Not even when one of the Rubies looked up with large tearful eyes and said "Bu... But, this wasn't what we were told about. We should get back up, at least two more Rubies and we could match them in strength" bending down into a crouch Red's unnerving eyes were level with the Ruby that had spoken "And tell our handlers that we failed? You'll be lucky if they just give you two more friends to augment yourself with," her voice dropped into a slow, hypnotic murmur meant to scare with facts instead of direct intimidation "by my calculations they would just... throw you away and find five new ones to do the job" she could immediately tell her words had hit a sore spot; Rubies were foot soldiers, immediately replaceable and with no high value attached to their lives, so the threat of being thrown away spurred them on as much as it did her. Not that she would ever tell them that.
Moving back into a standing position Red laid out the game plan "Once we find it again, you three are going to fuse, grapple the fusion in place so that I can move in and shatter their gem once and for all, got that?" nods of acknowledgment went around the small group, hopefully, they wouldn't be too mad about her real plan; Red idly mused.
So, when she stood up and sprinted towards the door the three battered and bruised Rubies followed suit as best they could, passing through the next door they came into another testing room, this one filled with biting cold wind and snow that seemed to be falling in perpetuity, however, the fusion wasn't here either and so they continued on. Water that they had to swim across, floating rocks, zero gravity and rooms filled with electricity storms all passed in a blur until they reached the other side of the modular battlefields without any more resistance.
The final room was chromed like the rest of the station, with only an elevator tube, though it was missing one of its most important pieces; the actual elevator, Red could feel her heart racing, the thought of failure was spurring her on to action. She noted in a deadpan voice "They no doubt headed up to the main bridge" before connecting again with Peridot "Peridot, we need the elevator down on the main deck, where is it?" The response was filled with static, but still discernable "The station lockdown has sent it into its cradle below you in the engineering bay, I'll use the override codes to get it up and running. But remember, when you hit the restart button on the bridge the whole station will go through the rebooting processes, so be careful and wait until I'm onboard for that" as soon as the words ended there was a loud clunk from below their feet and the tubes doors slid open smoothly, revealing the reflective elevator interior beyond.
Stepping inside they had a moment to breathe after their harrowing flight through the course, soft repetitive music played from speakers at the four corners while she surveyed her group. All four had cuts, scrapes, and bruises and yet were lucky enough to escape from the fight without any serious damages and no cracks to speak of.
It was a few minutes before they reached the bridge, the elevator letting out a cheery ding as it came to a halt, its clear door sliding open to reveal their battleground before them. The bridge had doubled as an observation deck, instead of a solid floor it was simply clear glass allowing the scientists to look down and measure the students' progress, around the edges of the room were their terminals; blocky black data consoles all quiet now without their occupants.
In the center was the Jasper, still clutching its midriff, though now with only one arm while the other dangled pathetically at its side. With their arrival announced eight glaring eyes focused on them, "RRRAAAAHHHHH" the Rubies let out war-cries as they hurtled past, stopping only momentarily to link their hands together and fuse in a blinding flash of white light. Before stomping forwards to meet the Jasper in hand-to-hand combat, each meeting of their fists actually served to send buffeting gusts of wind across the whole bridge, blowing data pads off of their perches to crash into the ground.
Melody: I am doing pretty good
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