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PR's smile faded as Padparadscha said she couldn't see Pink Diamond yet, but when she understood that Padparadscha finally understood that she meant no harm, she got determined again because knew that if by a small chance at least, they could help her instead of just judging her acts. "Thanks for understanding my Clarity..." She tried to make the Diamond salutation but was still stuck.
Hearing that she must complete an assignment, she looked to her hands bounded. "M-My Clarity..." She stood on where she were in silence, each minute that passed inside this ship was making her insane in a strange way, she was off, trying to do the impossible, survive the inevitable and the only one that would listen to her there would be herself, alas Peridot gave up too.
Her brow raised, then she realized that the peridot was likely attempting to ask for more freedom of the bridge once again. Though, the gem was mistaken if this was the case. "I don't believe you understand my intent here. You have acted in an entirely chaotic manner this entire time," She spoke with a subdued tone, her eyebrows floated up,"-- and I don't yet have enough of an explanation to help you deal with this issue. In due time I will give you an assignment,"
Padparadscha wasn't an oracle, or a diplomat, or an emotional consultant. She was an investigator, an interrogator; these were the talents she would use to face her predicament with this dual-personality gem,"Perhaps you, PR, are not one to wish harm onto others. However, there is another part of you who does, who has expressed the will to be dangerous-- gemicidal even. I am a part of the law circuit of the court, and I'm not fresh from the kindergarten. You can't expect me to take threats on the life of the Diamonds lightly" She raised her chin and pursed her lips,"PR, the things that have happened today can't just be brushed aside. I must get to the bottom of it before you can be given any confidence. If you would indulge me, I wish to have a talk, with Peridot, while we are on our way to the moonbase." Padparadscha gestured to one of the chairs, suggesting that the gem might have a seat.
Pink Pearl finished tapping in the coordinates and began to prepare the ship for take off, it lifted gently into the airspace as the sapphire spoke.
With a sad mood, she walked towards the chair slowly and sat down. Apparently she had much to say, but every word she heard back was more painful than expected. PR puts her hands on her chest, still bounded, feeling pain on her Gem right after sitting. After sometime she looked at the Jasper and smiled expecting her to feel that she meant no harm.
She was getting tired of waiting, her Gem was feeling more painful from time to time, wanting to do her assignment soon so she would have something to do at least. PR contracted her own body as thought on something to ask.
"My Clarity... Have you... Ever used your feelings above your wisdom... On any occasion? If so, what happened? If you don't mind answering of course"
Her brow arched as the peridot asked her a surprisingly personal question before Padparadscha could get her own interrogation going. The sapphire tapped her finger on the arm of her chair and allowed her eyes to wander away from the other gems in the room. The true answer to the question was yes; she had allowed herself to be in all manner of strange situations due to her emotional whimsy. Though, she had always managed to get the job that she set out to do done.
"That isn't of your concern," She assured the gem as her eyes trailed back up to meet the green gem's. "Feelings are capricious and often ill-informed," She could only think back to the recent upheaval of her relationship with a quartz who had defined her experience on Earth,"Knowledge built over centuries of work done by gemkind should be respected, wisdom is your ultimate asset in the field. Now--" She gave a stern look to PR; she could tell that it was still PR talking due to the manner of speech, but she still needed to understand where the other side of this gem was coming from,"Why do you ask?" She began her interrogation, her large perceptive eyes glinted in the light.
With her eyes closed, she was trying to relax while talking to Padparadscha, actually being nervous now wouldn't help at all, although she needed to release her feelings that were stuck there by them. PR didn't mean to upset Padparadscha, she just wanted to know more about her, know her better. "Sorry my Clarity... But the world is not a battlefield... if you can see at least a pinch of hope on the darkness, that means you're alive, if you can feel good or bad, that means you're alive" Maybe she was being fool or naive, but she was being honest with what she believed, even if someone breaks it for her, she will find a way to stand up again.
PR decided to open her eyes and look to Padparadscha. She was about to say something but gave up on the way, she just kept looking with a sad look on the eye, she couldn't help but show it, show that she was unhappy because she saw an trace of feeling on Padparadscha when she decided to not answer.
Her mood changed suddenly. "Look, PR can be a brat, i know My Clarity... But... Look, i was stabbed in the back long ago real good, i know the feeling, that's because i don't trust no one... But somehow this brat is changing this, if you give a chance... That's all" When PR came back, she was worried that she did something bad. "S-Sorry, did i do something wrong my Clarity!? Please, i didn't do on purpose!"
The sapphire listened with a flat expression. Her eyes flicked to the floor of her ship for a moment before her eyes trailed back up to meet with the Peridot's as she spoke. After PR spoke her peace, Padparadscha opened her lips to say something, the paused when the other side of the green gem showed herself; Peridot interjected with something surprisingly collected.
Padparadscha drummed her fingers on the arm of her chair as she thought. Her own mistakes in the past had caused enormous problems; she had once trusted a Crystal Gem who used her to attack the base, but her life had also been saved on some occasions by Crystal Gems. This gem claimed to not be a part of the rebel syndicate, but the sapphire herself had many issues with trust after her work in the Sol System.
Her hands clasped together and she looked at PR and Peridot,"Peridot emerged to simply ask me to trust you, nothing else," She assured calmly, then pursed her lips,"I'm not sure what's best for you, my specializations don't lend themselves to this delicate and difficult work of healing. However, I am of the Pink Court-- just like my Diamond, I believe all gems can be saved, even the corrupted, even the rebels. All gems who seek help from Pink Diamond will receive it. To be a part of the Pink Court, you must be a gem who embodies this creed," She stood up out of her seat, clasped her hands and walked up to the green fugitive,"I shall give you one of two assignments; You can either reside on the Moonbase and help gems in the medical facility, or you shall remain on Earth and seek out gems who are in need of help-- then help them. Which will you choose?"
Such a nice though, believe that all gems can be saved, it reassured PR, and when she heard about the assignments, she almost stood up to jump out of happiness. "W-Wait, really? Can i go free to help other-" But what if help them meant doing this on the hard way, Peridot would love it, but PR couldn't afford to do it, even if this Diamond seems nice. "-... I guess i'll go to the medical facility at the Moonbase if you let me... It's for the better, i already have these" She looked to her Healing Spikes on the floor.
Peridot was curious in testing out her Healing Spikes in other Gems besides herself, so she took control with this in mind. "No, seriously My Clarity, first: These spikes have healing proportions, it will be the only way i can help there, and since no one at the Moonbase tries to do something with me, we're cool... Oh, and second: i can't call you Clarity anymore, my stars, i saw a bunch of reactions of yours that if you give me a torch at the darkness, i'll be less impressed than you are with my personality issue, tho i guess the brat will still-" PR was struggling to come back, and finally did it. "Stooop! ... Please tell me i still can go My Clarity" She was sitting down again and trying to calm down.
This time, the sapphire waited a moment before trying to interject her own thoughts, as she knew better by now; this questioning was like having three gems trying to talk over each other, but she still wasn't use to the idea of one gem being having two distinct minds. She listened to PR with a nod, and then waited for Peridot to speak as well.
Her brows went up at the technical gem's assessment,"Apologies for my careful assessment of your condition. I was never trained to deal with gems who have...a mind like yours, but my ability to closely read idiosyncrasies has given me the ability to isolate your behavior patterns, and recognize when you have switched. I fear that gem minds have not been widely studied or understood in general, we are simply bid to do as our Diamond's ask. But, I think you working in the Medical Facility will be an exciting chance for you to participate first hand in research about gems like you and others who need help. Perhaps it will even give us insight into how corruption works..." Her voice trailed of as she slowed down her speech.
The ship aimed for the Moonbase, and Pink Pearl made her quiet but firm announcement,"Prepare for take off; engaging friction shields, engines, compression fields," Afterward, the pink space cruiser's engines winded up and burst forth, propelling the gems straight toward the moon.
Before long, the ship had zipped through the thinning atmosphere of Earth and into the vast empty expanse between the azure orb and it's moon. Other Homeworld ships dotted the black backdrop like glittering jewels suspended in space. Meanwhile, Padparadscha continued,"When we reach the medical facility, I'll get you acquainted with the overseer assigned to that division of the base, Euclase's assistant," Pink Pearl guided the ship toward the Moonbase's hanger, and searched for the designated parking spot for Pink Diamond's court members. "--But stay close to us, or the consequences could be dire. Since the last attack, security has doubled," The Homeworld gems prepared to disembark from the ship.
Hearing Padparadscha apologizing made her feel kinda bad, after all, she wasn't the one causing trouble here. "N-No, it's okay, i'm the troublemaker here, you're just doing your job for a kind Diamond, aren't you?" PR actually had all trust on Padparadscha, because she had no idea of what she was going to face. After a while, when she looked at the window, she saw a purple Gem, with her Gem very cracked. She immediately she warned Pink Pearl while running towards the window. "Pearl! Look, there's a-" The Gem she saw vanished after get shattered from the crack. "-Gem... Out there... I can't believe it" It happened so fast that probably nothing could be ever done, but it shocked PR enough so she got paralyzed. "Why didn't i save her? Why didn't Peridot do anything!?" She asked and let Peridot get control, because she wanted to know by Peridot.
"It would get me in trouble damaging the ship brat, also..." Peridot came back at her seat. "Excuse me but if you want me to help, you'll need to deactivate temporally the security as my Spikes contains substance that can melt Gems until they become nothing" She gave a cynical look at Padparadscha, then laughed. "Security above your court must be the answer, whatever, i'm not the one that needs these Spikes... Not up here" PR heard herself talking like that in a way that she could lose all the control if she didn't take over again, so she tried, and Peridot gave the control to PR, not even struggling. "My Clarity... Are you okay? I heard what i said, it was awful, of course you care about them right?" She gave an patient smile, but she was getting sick of her other half by now, although she needed the other half to save that Gem.
The sapphire listened for a moment before her brow furrowed, and the corners of her lips drew down. Pink Pearl recoiled from the peridot, her eyes widened as the gem made a sudden approach. Padparadscha glanced out toward space, but by the time she and the other gems had looked to where the Peridot was pointing, the object had apparently disappeared. With no time to react to what the peridot was talking about, and very little context for the rest of what the gem was saying, Padparadscha found herself more confused than she had been in a while. Certainly, the entire mission had gone off the rails to a degree, and she was returning with more than she bargained for.
She tapped her wrist and brought up her holotech screen,"Hmm...I'm sending a search and rescue dispatch from headquarters. No need to act hastily," She mused, unsure. As she wrote her dispatch, she included other notations, hoping to be clear about why she was making the request. Then, she looked back up with her brows floating in thin arches over her lowered lids. Her lower lip twitched before she began to speak,"Yes well, if you are capable of melting your own kind, and can talk about doing so with such flippancy, I would say that is precisely why I have kept you restrained up to this point,"
Then, she looked to the window, and still didn't see any sign of a gem there. Nonetheless, she glanced back toward PR,"Oh, of course I'm fine. I'm simply confused. Are you suggesting that I eject you from the ship so that you may gather this gem yourself?" Her tone was thick with incredulity,"Perhaps I could allow it, but if the gem is free floating in space, it could cause you to become another causality if your trajectory is misaligned. It could be more appropriate to wait for search and rescue,"
"Your comrades, friends that you care about i mean My Clarity... I can't save that Gem i saw anymore, it got shattered after the pressure hit its huge crack" PR tried to explain to her while was getting a little impatient. The restrainment was starting to hurt PR so bad she couldn't move her arms easily anymore. She wanted to get free but she already knew the answer, so she was just making the best she could to deserve trust, but it was getting harder through the time.
PR glared at Padparadscha without emotion, she was tired, her hopes were low, but she still were trying her best. "I won't give up you know..." She said crestfallen without noticing her Spikes were still on the floor, that could be dangerous.
As befuddled as she was, the sapphire just kept at it, as she wasn't one to quit either. The case would be cracked one way or another, and she'd finally understand-- or at least she hoped she would.
"Ah, well--" The sapphire's words were short and snappy as she spoke, her infamous impatience glinting through her modulated demeanor,"Of course I care, I work every day to help my fellows. My entire purpose is to do so, in fact. I would not be putting so much effort into helping you if I didn't care about you, and every other gem," She spoke with more and more passion as she went on, flinging her arms up in a grand gesture,"All of gemkind should be working in harmony, helping and caring for one another! Instead, these blasted rebels are throwing a wrench into the gears, pitting gems against gems in a historically diabolic plan to take from Pink Diamond, to take from all of us!" She pressed her lips, and brought her hands down into her lap.
Padparadscha tilted her expression toward PR, and raised her chin,"So it's good that you don't give up. Never give up on your fellow gems, and never give up on yourself," She only gave up on one gem, and she had regretted it ever since. Her eyes glazed for a moment as she thought back to the gem she had sent to his final trial, then looked back up to PR,"Be a bastion of loyalty in a time when gems would hurt their own...always believe in your ability to live up to the expectations of your Diamonds. They created you, so know that you can meet any challenge they offer you,"
The ship finally came to a rest in the hanger, and Padparadscha finished the search and rescue dispatch request. If there were gemshards floating out in space, the dispatch would recover them. For now, she wanted to take the Peridot to the medical facility. As the engines whirred down, and the hydraulic hatch steamed off, Jasper prepared herself to keep a tiger-like gaze trained onto the green gem. Pink Pearl's hand danced over the controls as she prepared for the disembark. The sapphire herself stood out of her seat and walked toward the hatch.
Once PR heard what Padparadscha said to her, she gave a little smile because was glad that she actually care about them and her too. "I won't give up My Clarity, don't worry, and thanks for caring about everyone... I apprecia-" She gave a little cry out of pain both on her chest and on her hands. "-Ah... Sorry My Clarity, i'm not feeling good" She tried to hide the pain, but it was no use. Although she appreciated what Padparadscha said earlier, PR still couldn't think of the Rebels as enemies, neither troublemakers, just Gems that wanted freedom. After talking about Diamonds, she crossed a line, even for PR. "Expectations of my Diamond...? I can't match these expectations, for some reason, she always gave me impossible requests, but when i finally got a mission... It's like White hated me, tho i'm nothing to her"
When PR realized that her Shoulder Spikes were on the ground, she remembered of what Peridot said. "My Clarity, can you please take this? I can't enter with this, but i can't work without this either. I don't want to activate any alarm" She offered Padparadscha her Shoulder Spikes. "Please, don't use it, the user gets permanent damage on its Gem when uses, that's why my Gem hurts so much" That's what she knew by now at least. PR followed Padparadscha slowly.
She listened as PR spoke, and waited with her hands clasped behind her back near the door. Jasper walked toward the door as well, intending to guide PR along with them. Pink Pearl too stood out of her seat once the bridge had been secured, and she let down the ramp. The sapphire's brows furrowed as she heard PR's account of things.
"I do hope you will feel better after a visit to the medical facility. Perhaps the faculty there will know how to treat you," She mused, then pulled her lips as she thought about the rest of what PR had said,"Impossible tasks you say?" Padparadscha leaned over to the spikes, then tapped them lightly with one delicate finger, bubbling them. The bubbles floated beside her as she stepped out of the ship, into the hanger of the moon base. Gems of various courts rushed to and from their ships, but Padparadscha kept a steady pace until she stepped off of the ramp, then paused. "What sort of impossible tasks do you speak of? I'm not sure a Diamond would hate her own creations, especially not one as impeccable as our brilliant White Diamond," Padparadscha spoke matter of factly, and looked off to the side as she began to plan her course through the commotion of the hanger. As soon as the other gems caught up with her, she would begin to pace across the hanger, toward the door to the terminal corridors.
Actually White didn't hate her, just asked for tasks that she could do by herself, but normal Gems couldn't. White demanded that your subjects should be as perfect as her. "I don't want to talk about this, but... I guess i need to get this out of my chest" PR took a deep breath and cleared her mind from other thoughts besides what she was asked for. "I was designed recreate a kindergarten on one specific planet, but due to the amount of failures like trying to make the Homeworld kindergartens more organized, or trying to clear the Homeworld from the Off-Colors... I couldn't do it" She kept following Padparadscha with fear in her eyes.
"Due to the amount of failures, when i failed on my last mission that i was designed for... I was going to be shattered, so i ran away" Finally in a long time, PR was talking about the past clearly, without panicking, but what would Peridot do with all these information, is still something hidden even from PR. "Now, My Clarity, if it's not to ask much, please be safe. I don't know how much longer i can control myself" PR was seriously worried that something horrible might happen to them.
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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