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Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:16:55 GMT
Black Lace Agate awoke with a cacophonous intake of breath followed by its immediate expulsion, along with what felt like most of her lungs. Dark gray eyelids flitting open to reveal the whites of her eyes alongside void colored iris'. The room would have been completely lightless if it weren't for the large hole far above Lace's figure, which let in hazy beams that did little to illuminate her surroundings.
The reason for this was the dust that filled the huge, open room; drifting down and being swirled around on gusts of air. Some of it seemed to be from the unnatural opening that had been created, but even more of the stuff had been stirred up from their fall; at least Lace presumed... wait, their?
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:18:32 GMT
With desperate urgency, Black Lace pushed herself up, while she had been poofed from the long drop and only recently reformed she didn't even stagger upon standing up. She was far too terrified of a specific possibility to give her own well-being or uncomfortableness any mind, all that mattered was Pink Beryl.
That's when her wide, horrified gaze fell on her clothing. Besides its normal off-white and black pattern there was another color present that made her nonexistent heart stop; Pink. The large square gem who had cared for her since coming from the ground was now shattered into a dozen small pieces, laid out upon her body and the ground.
"AAHHHHH" Black Lace let out an echoing wail that bounced around the walls off all the walls around her. Lace dropped to her knees on the ground and tried to pull the various scattered shards together, attempting to put them in the shape that she had spent her life memorizing, tears clouding her view.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:19:48 GMT
The deafening quiet of the crypt was broken by the scraping sounds of a desperate gem trying to put her loved one back together again. But, it wouldn't work; even with the pieces of Pink Beryl assembled together, there was no sign of them fusing back together or anything else that made it seem like there was any life left in them.
Lace dropped back onto her heels, moisture was now flowing freely from her eyes. Once proud shoulders drooped in defeat... what should she do? Now that she was alone there was no one to tell her what to do, she was useless. If Pink Beryl had been in this situation she would have taken charge immediately, worked something out. However, she wasn't here and her fate rested in Black Lace's hands and nothing was coming to mind; starting to panic Lace glanced around at the surrounding environment.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:21:05 GMT
It was nothing but bones and rocks, whatever humans had created this place had simply carved out slots for the remains of their friends and families to be stuffed in. The 20-foot walls of the dome like structure were covered in the crevice's, completely surrounding her; it was a fitting place to lay down and die beside Her Gem.
Sobbing softly Lace curled protectively around the pieces of Her Gem, content to stay close and guard them for the rest of her life. No matter how long or short that was; even as she thought this, the light from above grew brighter. Glaring beams of energy cutting through the darkness and dust to focus on the two prone figures below casting them in harsh contrast to the stone below them.
However, Black Lace couldn't muster any energy to stop it from slowly lowering itself towards her resting place. Not even some token defense, glaring was not even on her list of things to do. Eyes half-lidded and sad watching her physical death approach slowly, blasting gusts of dust and powdered rock everywhere. It didn't matter; she had already stopped functioning minutes prior.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:22:00 GMT
The large, flying object above them was the same scouting drone that had blown the ground out from underneath them. It was likely that the machine had registered them both as destroyed at first, only sticking around to take pictures of the engagement site for its archives. And Black Lace's own cries of anguish had drawn it to investigate further, the drone most certainly noticed that she was alive now; the laser cannon on its front charging up to prepare another shot.
Bright pink agitated electricity soared through the air, striking the ground right next to her. Glancing up in confusion as to why the normally perfect A.I. had missed; Lace noticed its predicament. Its elongated frame was too unwieldable for these caverns small space, turning the relatively easy shot into a predicament of trying to keep its wobbling weapon stable and on target.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:23:25 GMT
That wasn't what scared Black Lace into action, instead, that was a result of what happened to the hard rock floor of the cave. Instead of simply being blown into pieces; the laser bolt had melted the whole area away, the only thing left was smoking pink goo that didn't even look vaguely recognizable.
Black Lace Agate's face screwed up in hate, Pink Diamond had changed her tactics. She wouldn't have cared if the drone just wanted to shatter her; if anyone ever fixed Pink Beryl they could re-assemble her too. And if they couldn't then Lace didn't want to come back into the word. However, something else was now on the line, if she allowed Pink Beryl's shards to be hit by that beam... there wouldn't be anything left of her to be recovered.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:24:25 GMT
Lace now had a purpose, in one swift movement she gathered up Her Gem and jumped to her feet, taking full advantage of the trouble, this drone was having with tracking a moving target. Her free hand gesticulated wildly, summoning her weapon. A Gravity Lance popping into existence; colored in the same palette as Lace's clothing.
Now she just had to pick her target, the large glowing pink eye that sat right in the middle of the enemy ships faceplate. Behind it was no doubt the A.I. cortex that governed the actions of the killer robot. Gritting her teeth, and focusing all her strength into the one arm Lace swung the lance around and pointed its wickedly sharp point towards her chosen location.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:25:51 GMT
Behind the slowly swaying ship, a small black sphere appeared, perfectly circular and almost looking super imposed on reality. It made no sound and affected nothing around its own existence, without having a good feeling of your surroundings you would never have even known it had appeared. However, to the Gravity Lance in the hole below it was an irresistible force; by the time it had finished growing this fist sized gravity well would exert tremendous amounts of pull on one object in all of creation.
From Black Lace Agate's point of view, she only saw the gun powering up, slowly building up more pink electricity in its barrel, which she was staring down; pointed straight at her face. Time almost slowed to a crawl as the blast left its cradle, arcing fast as lightning down towards its helpless victims.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:26:48 GMT
She couldn't even feel the wind on her hard-light skin, only constant pressure. Black Lace was ripped from the ground and hurled forwards, Gravity Lance first; as the weapon's tip met the pink laser blast the Lance scattered it; sending the electricity scattering in every direction, blowing apart the rock walls all around the dome cavern.
Next was the ship, whose metal hull cracked upon contact; before bursting apart at the seams and letting fire spew from its innards. But even flames couldn't catch up with Lace and after those obstacles were gone nothing held her back from being flung full tilt up into the blue sky beyond the hole. Where she stared at the surroundings in complete shock. The whole world had turned white, powdered ice covered everything for miles around; as far as her eyes could see.
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:27:23 GMT
A few feet below her, the damage had finally caught up with the drone. One of its mechanical components going up in a ball of fire in smoke, accompanied by a shockwave that tossed Lace through the air like a ragdoll. Sending her face first into a freezing snowdrift. Letting out a yelp Lace fought her way free of the cold, dripping stuff. Looking down to make sure that she still had all of Pink Beryl's shards, finding that one of them had gone missing she started to frantically dig around. Finally noticing a glint of pink, a couple steps away, dashing over to get the complete set Black Lace hugged them all to her chest and whispering "You're safe now. I'll make sure you survive".
Post by Black Lace Agate on Aug 31, 2017 2:29:25 GMT
Black Lace's vision suddenly cut to black as something fell on her head. Startled, she reached up and pulled the object off, staring at the primitive device; even for humans... it looked to be made from some kind of oiled animal skin. No doubt those ancient creatures from the crypt below had created it. Lace would've thrown it away if she didn't have an extreme need for its services, pulling the draw strings open Black lace put all the pieces of Pink Beryl within the bag before closing it back up; attaching it to the back of her belt before continuing.
Black Lace Agate wasn't sure about her decision, without guidance she never really was; so, her arms rose up to hold her body. Almost as if she was keeping the pieces of herself together, stopping from being shaken apart by the nervous tremors that wracked her body. But, Lace couldn't stay here... she needed someone to guide her, and it didn't seem like there was any gem within the area.
Rising unsteadily up to her feet Black Lace Agate pushed on into the growing ice storm that was building on the horizon. There was no telling how long she would wander, but she had stopped really living down in that crypt, it was just a hard light shell walking away at this point; and they could continue for as long as necessary.
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