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They all exchanged glances before nodding to one another. "I think I can live with that." Blue said and stepped forward. "I can go first..." She said, partially to scout and partially because she wanted a look at the ship, in that seemingly harmless nod, there was an entire conversation, though, each one was going to look for route of escape in case things went south and communicate through other modes of conversing rather than speech. The tall orange goldstone stood behind Opalite as they basically lined up to be escorted to their holding cells, Blue found this whole 'being escorted to the holding cell' preposterous, but it was better than being abandoned on an island with almost no means of escape.
3JJ shouldered up to Blue as Diaspore summoned her gem weapon and pointed it at the goldstone gem, their face as impassive as ever,"If you would kindly follow me," Diaspore said lightly, then motioned for 3JJ to begin walking. The jasper lead Blue Goldstone into the hatch of the ship, where there was a blaring pink walkway spilling into several directions; one direction lead immediately into the bridge, where Pink Pearl sat at the controls and initiated the protocols necessary for the holding cells to have live gems in it. Padparadscha was there as well, and tapped one finger against the armrest of her seat, eyes trailing the posse of gems as the rebel was guided to the back of the ship. She again stood out of her seat, feeling a bit anxious about this decision she'd made, and leaned into the hatch to keep an eye on the remaining rebels who waited outside. If any of these gems acted out, the loyalists had plenty of leverage.
Blue was guided back to the holding area; a tight space where 3JJ's head was just shy of the ceiling. There were numerous containers for bubbled gemcores, but not many cells for the containment of wholly formed gems. 3JJ crossed her arms, and waited for Blue to get into the cell, while Diaspore prepared to press the button that would put up the disruption field. The tension in the air was thick as each gem tried to anticipate what these rebels were planning.
Blue stayed silent, stepping into the cell, she had to duck pretty low as she was taller than the Jasper. She sat down in the cell, staring at the ground, a blank, almost bored expression was on her face, she knew the risks this brought, as did the others, but they were willing to accept it if it meant they would be safe again. Opalite was next, looking for places that would easily conduct electricity, it wasn't hard as her entire cell was made of metal, the disruption field wouldn't have a big effect on her unless she tried to absorb the high concentration of this thing, which she would have to do to get out, she could only stick a finger through it before it would become to much for her, maybe Labradorite could do it, but, her and Blue were not near enough, and this space was almost to small for Blue.
Diaspore and 3JJ made sure the disruption fields were activated before they turned to go retrieve the final Crystal Gem they would be taking aboard. The two of them made their way down to shoulder up to Orange Goldstone, and direct the gem into the hatch as they had with the other gems. All the while, Padparadscha watched from a considerable distance, knowing that her subordinates were likely questioning her decision.
After all, this was war. There was no possible way for Padparadscha to concede to the ideology of gems such as the Crystal Gems. What she was doing might have been judged as completely ludicrous by other Homeworlders, who might have attempted to destroy these gems on sight as Padparadscha herself had tried to do in the past on multiple occasions. Though, she had a level of familiarity with them, and because of her career, she could extrapolate, and continue to see them as gems-- very lost gems, but nonetheless they were her kin. If there was any possibility that she might sway their thinking, or even extrude key information from them, then she would entertain this possibility.
The sapphire thought quietly to herself as she stepped down the hatch, and glanced over her shoulder for the other gems before she strolled right outside of the cells of Blue and Opalite-- across the hall from one another. She kept her keen sight flicking between them; in a way this was an experiment, as much as it was an opportunity for impromptu interrogation. "So, I'm curious as to what had compelled the two of you to be on this island in the first place. Was it a directive given to you by your...superiors?" She began, voice smooth and without the irritation that had earlier possessed her.
"We heard of an artifact, so we went after it." Blue said and shrugged as she looked at the sapphire. "And, we don't really have superiors, more, trusted friends, we trust them to be the leaders in situations needed, rather than boss everyone around and make them miserable." Opalite stated, Blue looked to her right, in the direction of which Opalite's cell was and then nodded. "That led to us hearing rumor of an artifact, and finding Orange." Blue said and waited for the next question, all while Opalite sat on the floor of her cell, crossing her legs, she had begun meditating, for once, she looked calm.
Orange had to sit down in her cell as well, as she was a good foot taller than Blue, who looked uncomfortable in the small cell, Orange had no problem with it, so it was probably the fact that Blue was being addressed by a homeworld gem that made her like this. She just wanted to get home.
Padparadscha's brow arched as she listened to the gems give their account. In the loyalist sapphire's perspective, a true leader didn't simply boss their subordinates around, but rather gave them a directive that would benefit the collective, molding them into effective members of society rather than allowing them to mill about, scattered and purposeless. A leader was a gem who others depended on and looked toward for an example of what gemkind was striving for. Leadership was a skill she was still learning, but it was an important one to understand, especially during war.
For her the information was good news; the Crystal gems were disorganized, without true direction from a united voice in the same way that Homeworld was-- this gave them several advantages. She tapped her chin and paced around the walkway between the gems, until she needed to step out and make way for the other gems. Once Orange Goldstone was locked up, 3JJ marched to the back of the containment center and stood at attention. Diaspore bowed to the sapphire, and made their way back to the bridge.
"So, you had heard of an artifact, but had no idea that this particular Orange Goldstone was held captive here?" She thought out loud, and pondered to herself before going on,"You made the decision of your own volition, without directive," What if their comrades had needed them elsewhere, the sapphire wondered, while they were on this escapade? How many Crystal Gems would be scattered around Earth doing their own thing when Homeworld brought the hammer of justice onto them? "I take it from your wording that you have a disdain for authority. Has that anything to do with your decision to rebel...Opalite?" She turned her fiery eyes onto the calm gem; after all, it sounded as if Opalite had been the one to pressure Blue Goldstone into rebelling, and it had been Opalite who equated words such as boss and miserable, something she found callow.
Opalite opened her eyes slowly. "I never stated that it was my preference to take orders from whom ever may be in charge on a given day. And I assure you, that is far from the reason why I decided to rebel against homeworld." She said and closed her eyes again, going back to her calm state. He wings slowl unfurled and gave a light flap, she hovered above the ground now. Blue chuckled. "We're on homeworld's top ten most wanted rebels list, and you don't even know why were there." Blue said and watched the field of energy in front of her. Orange did pretty much the same thing.
The three of them seemed pretty calm about basically being prisoners, that's what was unnerving, made the air all tingly. All the while, Opalite was slowly absorbing electricity from the ship around her, it wasn't easily noticed, but it was there, and noticeable enough for anyone who knew to watch for it.
Because of the de-ionizing alloys coating the interior of her ship, any ions that weren't neutralized by the alloy bounced into the free empty air, sending them into the siphoning of Padparadscha's constant ion absorption stream. However, she didn't notice much out of the ordinary, as there were constantly ions buzzing around in the atmosphere of Earth. The deal struck between them lead the sapphire to believe there was no reason for the Crystal Gem troop to protest their containment; after all it was only a safety measure for herself, her technology and her team. She was, as an interrogator, accustomed to a number of responses from gems that she had held prisoner, and considered these ones compliant for the time being.
However, 3JJ kept her sharp, roving attention between these rebels, who she believed should be taken back to the Moonbase. She cast a glare toward the sapphire, questioning this gem's motives; why would she allow these persistent enemies the chance to roam free again, especially after recovering their dangerous, hot-headed ally? Nonetheless she followed her officer's orders.
First Padparadscha looked to Opalite as the gem spoke, then her attention was caught by Blue, and her lips pursed,"You're correct. As far as I'm concerned, every rebel is guilty of the same terrible crime-- treason," then her eyes flicked back to Opalite, her intense gaze honing in on the rebel as she walked up to the disruption field,"So what was it then, that caused you-- a personal adviser to the resplendent Blue Diamond-- to commit one of the most unconscionable crimes known to gems?"
Opalite had begun a breathing ritual as she meditated. "I rebelled, because I knew I could be so much more than what they had me doing, I had abilities that seemed useless in the position I was in. So, I had begun working with a group of rebels, honing my skills with my staff and electricity manipulation. They taught me what any gem could do, if they pulled their heads out of the brainwashed state they're in." Opalite stated. "Haven't you ever been scared to admit you failed, because you knew you might be shattered?" Opalite said and looked Paddy in the eye. Orange listened and nodded from her spot in her cell, she knew this was true, as her story was similar.
She kept her narrowed, glinting eyes on Opalite; this gem she had pinned as the quiet ringleader of this small group, Opalite was a natural adviser, and it made every kind of sense that she might attempt to build her own miniature army from defected soldiers. The cunning gem's explanation was perplexing for Padparadscha, and the question that followed was even more so. Her brows furrowed, and she tapped her chin as she thought about it.
"So you questioned the judgment of those who had authority over you; they weren't utilizing you to your fullest capabilities?" For Padparadscha that was almost unthinkable, why would this gem's superiors not utilize every useful asset that the opalite had to offer? "I can certainly see why that may have been frustrating for you, but it doesn't excuse your actions," Normally during an interrogation, Padparadscha would abstain from answering the defendant's questions, but for now she would do what she had to in order to glean information from them. The more information they provided, the further she could get in her investigation as to why gems defected from Homeworld in the first place.
"As for your question, if the Diamonds had ordained that my failure was so monumentally horrendous as to warrant shattering, then I would face my judgment," She lifted her chin somewhat she spoke with solid conviction; it was the absolute truth, though she never planned to fail her Diamonds to such a capacity anyway,"Pink Diamond depends on me and the service I provide to the court. If I fail Pink Diamond, I fail gemkind-- gems could be shattered if I make the wrong choice, that is the price of having an exalted position, would you not agree as an adviser to your Diamond? Gems who once relied on you now have to rely on someone else," Her eyes pierced into Opalite. She judged this gem more harshly than the others, because she knew the weight of being an aristocratic gem; yes society treated an aristocrat more gently, but that was only because aristocrats often had high-stakes administrative positions. "Why did you decide to defect instead of suggesting to your superiors that you could be of use elsewhere?" Padparadscha herself had a history of exception, so it was difficult for her to grasp such turns of events.
Opalite looked to the ground in annoyance. "I knew you wouldn't understand..." She said softly. "They wouldn't listen to me, as the title implies, I was an advisor, I advised, half of the time I wasn't taken seriously." Opalite explained. "My words were put off, probably not even heard, all because the diamonds think they're all so high and mighty, they can't even listen to the one gem they appointed to tell them what seemed logical." Opalite had given up on her meditation and brought a hand up to cover her mouth. Tears had begun to stream down her face. "Even as a high ranked gem, I was a nobody to the one gem I admired before Blue came along. The one gem, I wanted to impress the most, didn't even notice I was in the same room, let alone on the same planet as her." Opalite had begun to cry by this point, even she was reluctant to leave homeworld when she did.
When the ex-aristocrat began her tearful explanation, Padparadscha reeled back a step, eyes widening at the sudden display of emotion caught her off guard-- especially from an upper echelon gem. The sapphire herself was quite emotional at times however, and there was something about a willingness to shed tears in front of someone that punched Padparadscha in the gut. It reminded her of herself when she was at her lowest points, unable to hold back.
As raw as seeing such potent emotion could make her feel, the sapphire couldn't excuse Opalite. Still, her harsh expression softened somewhat; it was clear that Opalite had a lot of frustration built up from her experience, though Padparadscha still couldn't entirely understand where she was coming from. "I'm sorry, Opalite," She managed, but her eyes seemed to lose the sympathy that she had felt moments ago as she looked onto the gem teary eyed gem. She felt that, despite what the gem had said, she was getting a better understanding of why this gem had defected from Homeworld.
The aristocratic sapphire pressed her lips for a moment, then spoke,"Being personally commended by the Diamonds means fighting to be among the best, to exemplify everything that homeworld stands for-- even then you are not guaranteed to be noticed. Some gems are at their best when they aren't," There were few gems outside of the aristocracy who ever got to speak to the Diamonds, let alone personally see them,"Ultimately we're here to serve by any means necessary, not to be congratulated for doing so,"
Soon, there would be a shift as the ship slowed, and came to a rest. The sapphire's holotech pinged, and she saw that the mainland had been reached,"We're here," She made a hand motion to her bodyguard and medic, then turned to look back at Opalite,"This is what I've deduced from our short questioning session. You, Opalite, were frustrated with the fact that your advisory was not heeded, that your abilities were treated as superfluous, and you couldn't accept your role in Blue Diamond's Court. How was it that you convinced one of Blue Diamond's top guardians to defect alongside you?" Her head tilted toward Blue Goldstone.
Blue looked down. "If I hadn't done what I did, neither of us would be here." She said. "Blue, what do you mean?" Opalite asked. "If I had chosen to shatter you over saving you, I would have shattered myself not long after, that kind of choice was just unfair, both choices make me look like a horrible gem, shattering the one I love, or rebelling against my planet." Blue said softly. "I didn't want either... but I had to choose." She had regrets for sure, but saving Opalite was not one of them, she loved Opalite, and that would not change. "Blue... I'm so sorry." Opalite said softly. "It's not your fault, I was the last goldstone anyway..." Blue said.
She pursed her lips as her eyebrow twitched; her words seemed to have glanced off of Opalite for the most part, though the sapphire had long realized there was some barrier in her communication with these gems who she could hardly understand. However, having her judgments and determinations heeded wasn't exactly her goal in this moment, rather it was hearing these gems out to see where their true motives laid. It seemed that Blue's motives were much more clear than Opalite's, but she didn't want to yet jump to conclusions.
"Well, it seems you have some sussing out to do. Orange Goldstone returns to you, a momentous occasion I'm sure," Padparadscha piped up, eyes flicking toward the large, fiery gem who was packed into the small cell like sardines in a can. She could continue to interrogate them, but for the time being the sapphire felt that would be an exercise in futility; she had her data, and it was time for reflection and analysis.
Her small wrist flicked up and she motioned for the servant gems to get to work, then typed into her holotech panel to alert Pink Pearl to her new orders,"You will all be escorted off of the vessel in the same manner that you were escorted onto it. No sudden moves," Her large eyes cut between the three rebels, while Jasper and Diaspore prepared to begin escorting the rebels out of the open hatch.
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