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The kindergarten was quiet. The only movement seen in the trench-like pathways appeared to be the misty fog that always seemed to loom overhead. The eeriness of the abandoned facility would create a tense atmosphere for many beings wandering through, yet the Obsidian soldier perched atop a lower peak within the kindergarten looked on it with a mild sadness coupled with tension. It would have taken a gem with a significant dedication to remain in the same spot as she did for so long. However, she decided she had enough waiting.
Obsidian jumped down from her perch within the kindergarten with a thud, causing a disturbance of the dust and rubble around her. She stood at the height of a Jasper with similarly intimidating broad shoulders and muscular form. The appearance of her skin was a dark charcoal tone and hair silver in contrast. Her black Homeworld-styled tunic was joined by brown, translucent armor pieces on her shoulders, arms, and legs. Her gem, a polished sphere of obsidian at the base of her neck, and pink diamond accents on her tunic reflected the light whenever it shone through the fog.
She began to make her way through the corridors of the Kindergarten. Despite any of the twists and turns in the facility, she didn’t seem to be lost. If anything, she made small but quick wary glances around her. Her heavy walk and her manner of carrying herself suggested a careful confidence, focus, and determination.
"My my."Larimar said softly, hand brushing the underside of her chin as she observed the massive, unnatural valley cut in the ground. "I've heard rumors, but not seen anything quite to this extent. Well! I think that decides it then. Why don't we all go in?"Turning around, she put her hands on her hips, flipping her hair into place as she waited for the two other Gems to catch up.
"Milady. We cannot recommend moving so far ahead of our protection, in the future. Many say such facilities as these are dangerous - you could have gotten hurt." The first one to speak was the slender fusion - 'Blue Pearl'. The other Gem simply stood next to her, bowing his head and giving her a look that Larimar interpreted as relief.
"You two are such worrywarts." Larimar said in false lamentation, throwing her arm over her head and leaning back. "I'm not defenseless!"
"With due respect, My Clarity, it is imperative that you allow us to perform our jobs." The green one, a Titanite, spoke finally.
"He is correct. I suggest that you stay in the middle of our formation - only for your own safety." The fusion commented, gracefully pulling out her twin swords.
Larimar simply shook her head and sighed, moving into a group as the two had suggested s they finally plunged into the depths of this new unknown.
Obsidian kept to the main path of the kindergarten as she made her way out of the facility. Continuously wary, she kept looking around her, seemingly alert for anything which would aim to surprise her.
She walked a similar path in heading out as the group of gems featuring Larimar entered in. Listening in for any movement around her while moving mostly quietly, it is likely Obsidian noticed the group first, and out of caution, she ducked into one of the many holes embedded into the wall. She crouched slightly to fit but didn't hide herself away too far, instead keeping towards the front of the hole to observe the group in passing. She watched closely for signs of aggression, as well as any outward indicators of identification.
Titanite scoffed from beneath his mask - the being trying to hide its presence was doing a poor job. He tapped Larimar's shoulder in a close set of patterns, signaling to the surprised Gem that they had company. Blue Pearl, also having noticed, simply continued on as normal - guiding Larimar along the way. Ducking behind a rock, Titanite formed crude claws out of crystal and scaled the wall almost like a spider, and before long he was hanging above the unknown's hiding hole - at least what he thought it was. Releasing his power, he cleanly summoned his staff before landing on the ground lightly, weapon ready as he peered into the unknown, Larimar and Blue Pearl a few seconds away from reaching him.
The quieted banter from the approaching group seemed to alert Obsidian that perhaps she had been spotted. She gritted her teeth together and quickly withdrew, a foot sliding backwards in the dust. While unclear about those approaching, caution seemed absolutely necessary, no matter if it was a Quartz or a Ruby. She ducked further into the hole and fell into a defensive stance, her eyes kept on the Amethyst-sized window to the outside.
After a passing second, Obsidian drew in a quiet, sharp breath, then summoned her weapon, a battle axe, certainly not ideal for defense in the small space but readying it regardless, just as a figure dropped in front of the hole.
Any tension visible in Obsidian could be observed only in the tightening of her stance and the grip of her polearm. Her face gave away no expression, save an intensity in her gaze. She said nothing and held still, eyeing the unfamiliar gem warily.
"Obsidian." Titanite breathed out, eyes warily regarding the polearm in the other Gem's hands. "State your purpose."
Larimar and Blue Pearl caught up, the latter slouching over to get a view into the cut-out, swords in hand, while Larimar struggled to peer over the others' shoulders, an expression of curiosity on her face. "Oh hang on you two. What if she lives here? You've her backed into a corner with no explanation!" She scolded, clicking her tongue. Titanite and Pearl backed off - though only slightly. Larimar, now able to see the Gem at normal height, gave her a wide smile. "Hiya! I'm Larimar. Who are you? Oohhhh, and do you actually live here? That'd be like, so weird, but not in a bad way..."
Obsidian's gaze flicked between all three of the gems as they made their presences known, which didn't seem to help her be any less tense. Upon Titanite's and Pearl's slight backing off, Obsidian stood slightly straighter, though she did not lower her weapon just yet.
She looked to Larimar, assessing the aristocratic gem, and nods her head down slightly in acknowledgement. "... Larimar, I am Obsidian Facet 4X9 Cut 6VT," she introduced, speaking softly, "No, I do not live here; I was stationed here, to protect the kindergarten from threats during its construction and operation." She glanced out to the abandoned facility past the gems, the frown in her expression betraying an amount of grief or conflict about its current state. She then looked to Larimar again and asked, "If I may ask you the same question, what is your purpose in this place?"
"Purpose? Ah! Well, we decided to investigate rumors that this place even existed - and to see if any Gems were hanging around in the general area, y'now? Which i guess there are, considering you were stationed here..." Larimar said thoughtfully, looking up to the sky.
"My Clarity." Titanite interjected. "We don't know what faction this Gem follows still, please be careful."
"We can just ask them, you know..." The lithe fusion sighed, tilting her head. "In fact, I shall. Obsidian, are you a rebel or do your loyalties still lie with Homeworld?" The answer to that question, unknown to the cornered black Gem, would end up being rather inconsequential to them either way - and was more to test the waters, so to say.
Obsidian frowned gently in response to this question, and it seemed to catch her off guard for a moment, if only slightly, as if she was questioning whether such a situation was even a reality. She blinked, her gaze trailing off to the left, then she regained her composure and answered firmly and curtly, "Are we not all bound to our duty to Homeworld?" This seemed to be the only answer she was willing to give at the time, or the only answer she was capable of. Her defensive stance still did not waver, and for as long as she was backed into the hole, she would leave her weapon at the ready. "... have you encountered any other gems in your time here? Any of the Most High Pink Diamond's court?"
The two Gem guards exchanged worried glances, but Larimar seemed undeterred by Obsidian's statements. "I mean technically yes, but some Gems on this planet have been not following Homeworld's orders. A bit odd, don'tcha think? I believe that your the first Gem that we've met, honestly, so I can't really answer your second question..." Larimar snapped her fingers, as if she had forgotten something important. "Oh, but wait, you're still in a hole. Sorry about that." A quick hand motion and both Titanite and Blue Pearl deftly moved to the side, allowing Obsidian ample room to exit the dugout if she so wished. "We're not gonna attack you if you don't attack us!" Not that the Gem was crazy for being cautious - but it didn't hurt to state her intentions.
"... odd, yes." Obsidian, for the most part, still seemed perplexed by this idea presented to her, even as Larimar signaled for the others to back off. She blinked and shook her head, her gaze caught by the rocky wall beside her. A moment passed after they had moved, and Obsidian looked up at them, a small look of discontent shaping her face. "I will not attack you... those are not my orders." She straightened up, for as much as she could in the small space, her battle axe slowly disappearing from her hands. While it was clear an Amethyst climbed out of the hole she stood in, Obsidians of her type had a good six inches on them, standing roughly around eight feet tall, making the space rather cramped for the gem soldier.
Obsidian moved from the hole, slowly climbing out, and now standing fully at her height in front of the aristocratic gem group. She had relaxed her posture, but it was clear she still held an amount of cautious tension. "It is likely not safe here... With no amount of gem patrol, one could caught out by an Earth-dwelling beast at any time," she advised.
"Earth beast? I don't think you're gonna find anything prowling around the kindergartens. There are literally zero traces of organic life around here, and a few Gems really know about places like this." Larimar traced the hole of another Gem, a Jasper if she could guess, while idly looking up at the walls dotted with holes. "How long have you been here, Obsidian? The rebels have been a thing for a while now..."
The two gem Guards made sure to give Obsidian space, but stayed within easy melee range - eyeing the black Gem in case she made any moves towards the more demure cyan one. Out of respect, the duo had their weapons vanish as a sign of faith that was hopefully not misplaced.
"Ah-..." Obsidian started to say in protest to Larimar but then paused. Her statement seemed to explain some things to the gem while also bringing up more questions. She huffed a sigh as she looked around them at the facility, the grid of holes in the walls, the layers of dust settled over everything. The aristocratic gems may notice Obsidian too had a light blanket of dust on her form. "The rebels, yes, I am aware of. We fought against them in their first attacks on this kindergarten and Homeworld operations. ... I was not ordered to leave my post, so I have remained stationed here since then, waiting." She frowns gently. "If I am honest, Larimar, I thought I would have been called from this planet by now, or called to regroup with others."
"Ah, that makes sense then." The aristocrat stated airily. "I think the Diamonds presume you're either shattered or turncoat considering the nature of these facilities."
"Unlikely." The fusion cut in, leaning against the rock wall. "They wanted to keep Gems out of a place like this. If they had reason to believe the initial force was destroyed, they'd send another in. Unless..." She frowned. "Unless Pink Diamond didn't let them. In that case, there would be reinforcements and no way to contact any remnants of the original guard team. A bit odd, though, if you ask me."
"Have you any plans now, Obsidian, or are you going to stay? I understand loyalty, but the most likely explanation is that they don't even know if you are still here, and can't exactly waste time and resources to bring a message into hostile territory to Gems that might not be there."
The question Larimar presented didn't seem altogether surprising to Obsidian, as if it was a conclusion that had crossed her mind already. It likely still wasn't a pleasant reality to face though. She nodded her head in a slight pitch forward. "You are right, Larimar. I should not expect My Lady to go out of her way for my well-being.
"In that case, I should... seek out others, or..." She looked around. "Find my way around this planet, perhaps. Have - 'the rebels' taken complete control of this Earth planet, or do gems loyal to Homeworld remain?" she asked, looking from Larimar to her Quartz bodyguard. "... and - should I be concerned about you all? Wary of you that I must defend from an attack?"
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