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The larger gem smiled for a moment before her traitor thinkpan pointed something out. 'She's right there!' it screamed as her eyes locked onto the offered hand, 'your target is well within reach, so reach out and grab her!'. She blinked for a moment before reaching out and extremely carefully shaking the newly named Flurry's hand as if it was made of porcelain and she was scared it might break if she gripped it too hard.
When she pulled her hand back she let out an audible sigh of relief when it was clear her gripping pads hadn't activated and pulled the other gem back with them. She was frightened for a moment at what her instincts had told her. Maybe she really had spent too long being ordered around, her internal voice had sounded like one of the more frequent requesters of her service back on Homeworld.
"As long as my superiors don't find out." Dumo said, finally relinquishing her connection to them for the time being. "I'm Dumortierite Facet-2B Cut-1G, Sometimes my name is shortened to Dumo so you can use that instead if you like... I think, I'm fortunate to have met you today, Flurry."
As an afterthought she dismissed her gauntlets, she certainly wouldn't be needing those.
Flurry giggled a bit, not quite understanding what had happened, she had assumed this was just Dumo being silly, or a little bit awkward. The little bit of rigid movement that Dumo made hadn't apparently been obvious to the spinel. Flurry grinned widely, glad that even this random quartz soldier, who had proven to be more than just that, had a nickname too. She wouldn't go as far as to ask them to convert to her cause...but she did hope to get there someday. "Glad to help...um Dumo!"
She then felt some color come to her cheeks, which was a pale blue in her case, as she recalled why they met. She put her index fingers together shyly. "Um...I'm lost by the way...do you know how to get out? I was going down those paths and I can't find out how to get back where the warp pad is..."
Dumortierite let out another barking laugh. If she knew the way to the Crystal Gems warp pad she wouldn't be here, she'd have tried to go straight to the source and steal a Crystal Gem there instead! She pinched the bridge of her nose as she tried to think of the best way to assist Flurry before coming to the most obvious solution and standing up. "I can't say I know where it is, but I'll help you look for it."
She turned around and stuck one of her gripping pads to the wall experimentally, testing to make sure that the closest wall was sturdy enough for her tastes. Seemingly satisfied with the result she sat herself down and gestured to her back. "Climb on, we'll be able to navigate this place easier from the top than from inside... not to mention with less interruptions from the Corrupted."
Dumo had a thought then, something she might try later... she could probably get away with turning over a poofed Corrupted Gem to her superiors to get around having to deliver a Crystal Gem, tell them that they must have corrupted on the way there or something.
Flurry looked at the gripping pads, seeming a bit impressed at this ability. She'd met gems who could jump high, fly, or use something to manipulate the rock to get over the valleys, but this was just as interesting. It gave her plenty of ideas for how well it could pair with her cloud if Dumo climbed something tall enough. She looked at the gem's back, Quartzes were large, and most spinels were small, so she should be fine, but still, it seemed a bit precarious. She reasoned that she could use her cloud to stay afloat if worse came to worse. She had a bit of trouble even getting onto Dumo's back, considering her limbs were so short.
"Hee hee! This is gonna be fun!" She said, grabbing onto Dumo's shoulders for support. "Are you lost too Dumo? That's okay, I get lost all the time!"
Dumortierite tried to stand as still as she could for Flurry while she crawled onto her back, the experience was rather uncomfortable and let Dumo know without a doubt that this little White Spinel had little to no experience when it came to climbing. Once she settled in Dumortierite stood up and made sure Spinel was gripping on well enough.
"I'm not lost, I just don't know where the warp pad is." She said as she moved to the wall and began to climb up it while moving all about the wall to avoid weak spots. She took the first few moments of climbing to let herself adjust to the feeling of having a weight hanging onto her back and decided that it was somehow comforting... she'd sort through those feeelings later.
"I never have to worry about terrain issues, so as long as it's a location on the same planet I don't need to use the warp pads anyway."
Flurry smiled as the climbing began, comfortably resting on this gem, not confident in her ability to hang on, but confident in Dumo's ability to climb. It did seem that Dumo was made to climb, after all. Flurry was a white spinel. Some spinels were used for entertainment, some for combat, and some for a variety of other purposes. It was a bit surprising how diverse spinel gems were in their functions. White spinels however, where the healers, who were meant to aid soldiers in combat. As a result, they had little skill at anything else, and other quartz soldiers were told not to waste the time to protect them once they had used their healing ability. "Well...if you aren't lost...how come you don't know where the warp pad is..." Flurry paused, that was the wrong question. "Um I mean...how did you get here?"
Dumortierite, of course, continued to climb as her passenger talked. She felt a bit of a dark-blue blush developing when she was asked how she had gotten here. She recalled the difficulty she had with the human public transport system and the mangled heap of metal she had left as the only remnant of that transport machine she had totaled somewhere near the metal rails that strange faster-moving machine she had hitched a ride on to get here.
She wondered if the wreckage was still on fire... "Uh- I ran." She explained lamely... I mean, it isn't entirely a lie, she had ran the rest of the way to the kindergarten and she certainly would have ran the whole way if she hadn't found those nonsensical Human transportation machines.
"It's not like this places location is a secret or anything..." she gave a short laugh "at least not anymore, Rose Quartz certainly didn't leave the Diamonds any wiggle room when she revealed the purpose of the kindergartens."
Flurry grinned, she loved to hear about Rose Quartz!
"You bet! Rose Quartz is the best! She made sure everybody knew what these places do to the earth. I never thought...that a place that makes gems like me could be so super bad for the earth." She paused, forgetting to ask if Dumo had some strong opinions of the place. "Um, y-you weren't made here...on earth right Dumo?"
She watched the top of the valley as they climbed. If Dumo didn't know where the warp pad was, was that a good thing? Was that a secret? Would knowing about it make it easier for Dumo to get homeworld gems to find her friends? Maybe this wasn't such a good idea. She did like Dumo, but Dumo was a homeworld gem after all... perhaps she was too reckless this time.
Dumortierite gave a noncommittal grunt. "Don't worry about offending me with talk about the Kindergarten. I..."
She had to stop herself for a moment. Dumo had just made a real connection with this Gem, did she really want to jump right into discussing the literal sticking point between the Crystal Gems and Homeworld Gems right off the bat and risk alienating her?... No, she didn't.
...But that wasn't going to stop her. "I'll be honest, I don't understand why everyone is quite as upset as they are about how Kindergartens work. They drain life to make life, I won't say that's great and all but I don't find myself particularly caring about non-Gem life. We can do everything they can and then some with more efficiency and skill than any of them can for longer than they can, case in point if you guys in the Crystal Gems hadn't appeared this planet would have been drained without any sort of strain on Homeworld at all."
Flurry frowned. That was an interesting way to think about it. She couldn't really say it wasn't logically sound, but she didn't like it much either.
"You know, I think the life on this planet is pretty great. They don't last as long as we do, and I don't think it's fair that we take that way from them. See, I think it's worth fighting for something if you think it'll make people happier in the long run, and if we just give up, the people of this planet will be in trouble..." She played with one of her pigtails. "Oh! Oh! When we find the warp pad I'll have to show you some human things! It'll be so fun!"
She paused. "Um, maybe it would be better to walk instead."
The climbing Gem mumbled something under her breath in thought as they neared the top of the cliffs, she had been expecting a better argument of worth regarding the local wildlife beyond 'I think they're pretty neat and it would be a shame if we crushed them'. "What if we didn't deprive them of their short existences, just stopped them from growing more of them? Like when a gem series becomes obsolete, instead of shattering all the obsolete gems they're allowed to continue working and such until their inevitable natural expiration."
She was visibly happier when it was suggested that they don't need to go to a warp pad, if she had been capable of it her hair would have probably turned a shade lighter out of the sheer joy she derived from not needing to see one of those accursed platforms. "Walking is nice, I'd love to do that instead of looking for some Warp pad."
Flurry was in deep thought the whole way, what Dumo said wasn't very happy, but it did seem to make sense. For a second she really had to consider it. It made sense, but something about it she just didn't like. "Gems do live longer...but I don't think that makes us more important, I think everyone deserves a chance...If we don't let them make more of them, there won't be anymore. That...that makes me sad for some reason, I don't know why."
Upon reaching the top of the valley wall the gems were treated to a view of the kindergarten and all of it's morbidity. Flurry looked at Dumo curiously. She was surprised. Flurry was glad to have suggested it, but also very...very confused. "Dumo, you want to walk? I guess you love walking but it seems super far...I don't even know what's around here...where were you before you got here?"
"I absolutely prefer walking over using a warp pad. Whenever I did jobs back on Homeworld the only thing I even had to consider using them for was interplanetary travel." Dumortierite explained once they were standing firmly on the ground at the top of the kindergarten. She looked around, trying to find where she had entered the area so she could retrace her steps back to the rails of the Earthling transportation machine.
"I remember doing my work back on Homeworld..." She released what Flurry could now identify as one of her trademark barking laughs as she proceeded to ridicule herself. "Listen to me bellyache like some big-shot, acting like I've got it bad. Some Gems have been here for thousands of years and I only got assigned to this rock less than a year ago!" She continued to laugh at her own joke for a minute longer.
Flurry smiled respectfully as Dumo talked about herself. It was definitely an unusual story, but who among gems actually had a normal life? She was glad to hear this, also it suggested that she wasn't still plotting against the crystal gems, at least for today. She didn't rush Dumo, and allowed her to laugh for quite a while before she decided to interrupt. Eventually Flurry stood and brushed herself off. "Um...where were you before you got here? I just warp her when I come...so I'm not sure how to get somewhere fun on foot." Flurry paused and rubbed her chin. "So, have you tried eating human food yet? I love icecream! Its like, cold and great and...tastes like...how it feels to get a hug!" She paused again, pondering over that analogy.
"Human towns have great and fun stuff! You'll see why we protect them!"
"I was Just at- a Homeworld base for a little while. I used some of the native's transportation devices to get here." Dumo said to explain herself, stuttering a bit at the beginning when she remembered that she was talking to someone who was definitely in the: 'don't reveal where your base is, she is on the opposite side of the war' category of gems.
She shook her head to signal a negative response when food was mentioned. "I've never even been to a human settlement, much less done whatever this 'eating' thing you're talking about is..." she had to think for a moment before it dawned on her. "Oh! Eating is that thing organics have to do that my crunch processing is similar to, right? They chew up stuff and then they have to process it or they die."
She took the lead as she talked, walking towards the nearby train tracks. She wondered if there was going to be another one of those human transportation devices on it... now that she thought about it those things were really similar to the monorails back on homeworld, did that make them duorails? deuxrails?... doublerails?
Melody: how are you doing? Are you going to make a character in here?
Jun 29, 2020 17:20:05 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"'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