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Indicolite was wandering about in one of the floors of the Lunar Sea Spire. He found the location quite fascinating and we was glad that it was still a place for gems to interact and mingle with one another. Indy had asked Carbonado to meet him here so that they could get better acquainted, without the annoyances of sparring gems, or any other dangers. Indy wanted to befriend the black gem because he knew that he would be a powerful ally if needed. It was almost poetic, their strengths and weaknesses both covered each other, and Indicolite figured that if the 2 of them were paired together, they would be quite the powerful team.
Another benefit to teaming up with Carbonado would be that he would have someone to make difficult decisions for him. Indy wasn't the best at choosing between major options, and he figured he'd just go along with whatever the black gem did, then justify his actions with reasoning later. He also knew that he'd also be a good check on any excessively brash decisions made the other gem, which would benefit both of them. All this thinking was driving Indy nuts, and he paced about to relieve some tension.
A sudden Pillar of light flashed over the Warp pad of the Sea Spire, signaling an incoming gem. Carbonado rather lazily exited out of it, his hands on his pockets and his shoulders slouched as he moved towards the Sea Spire, yawning a bit. He had been called over to the Spire by... um, blue guy? No, that wasn't right; Indicolite, right. Indicolite had asked for his presence, and since the black gem had nothing to do, he had acceded to come. Even if his steps were lazy, his eyes were rather well trained on the ground, making sure he wouldn't trip over anything again. Last time he had found himself inside the 'Proving Grounds', a training area for gems. While it had proved useful, it had also been a rather tiring and annoying experience.
His eyes moved upwards as a pair of feet come into his line of sight, his gaze settling on Indicolite's face. His half lidded eyes were accompained with a pull of his lip. "Yo, what's up." he greeted, his arm rising lazily to wave at the other gem, "So what did you want to talk about, again?"
Indy looked up from his pacing as Carbonado made his appearance, he examined the black gem briefly before grinning. "Heyyy, glad that you could make it, go ahead take a seat anywhere. He gestured to the room and the obvious lack of any chairs at all with in the chamber. The blue gem shook his head at his own terrible joke, then adopted more serious facial features. "But in all seriousness, I just wanted to get better acquainted with you because.. well.. Indy was unsure how the black gem would take it if he told the truth, his reasoning would most likely come off as controlling or as if he was using Carbonado, but Indy decided to go ahead with the facts. "I figured that we'd be good allies, we could both definitely benefit from assisting each other. He arched an eyebrow, his last statement sounded more like a question, and he wanted to see how Carbonado would react before asking any real questions.
Carbonado dropped to the floor, his legs crossing under him as he yawned once again, scratching the back of his head as he gazed at Indicolite, waiting for him to start the convo. His head tilted to the side as he spoke; allies? "If a gem isn't my enemy, I tend to assume they are my ally. Or at least not interested in putting a knife on my gem." he said, his half lidded eyes gazing up to the blue gem's own. If Indicolite simply wanted assistance from time to time, he could simply ask. "If you ever need my help or anything, don't hold back and just ask. I probably won't say no." There were few things the blue gem could ask him to do that he would actually say no to. So long as he didn't ask him for anything that could basically be translated to 'die for me', he was pretty good.
Indy managed to keep a blank face when Carbonado actually took his invitation to sit, and plot down onto the floor. He listened to the black gem explain the 'terms of conditions' for being his ally and Indy was just short of appalled. Wow, okay this guy is way simpler than I had originally thought The blue gem furrowed his brow as he thought of what to say next. "Er.. well I guess that's a simple way of determining friend from foe... but uh.. it's not that sim- err forget it. Well, I would definitely would feel awkward about asking for help from gem I know nothing about so uhh, I'm gonna ask you a few questions." Indy searched his mind for the questions that he had prepared earlier, and he cleared his throat as he 2 specific one popped out. "Do you have a stance in the homeworld versus crystal gems conflict? And how do you feel about fusing in general?"
Carbonado cocked his head to the side. He agreed that it wasn't that simple, at least in Homeworld. But from where he stood, Earth gems seemed to be a lot friendlier than Homeworld gems. Perhaps it was because they had grown alongside humans, or simply because they hadn't been under the regime of Homeworld; Carbonado didn't particularly care, it was somewhat refreshing to see friendly gems, even if as consequences of the lack of regime, there were a couple of gems who were definitely... troublemakers, to put it gently. The purple gem that had appeared on the temple to gift them with necklaces made with the fragments of a dead gem came to mind.
"Well, I was born in Homeworld some... 1009 years ago, I think. Or at least, that's how old I am. I'm currently a Crystal Gem though; I don't particularly care about the war or the conflict in general, but I have friends here, something I can't say on Homeworld. So there is my entire motivation, I guess." He scratched his chin, pursing his lips as he thought over the question that the blue gem asked. "About Fusion... as a Soldier, I was taught it was nothing more than a combat utility to make weaker gems able of competing with stronger ones." he said, shrugging. "But... Since I've arrived to Earth, it has come to my attention that it is actually a rather... intimate act; and there is only one gem on Earth I wish to fuse with." The image of an Red headed Orange gem smiling at him came to his mind, making him blush slightly.
Indicolite nodded approvingly as he noted that Carbonado took the time to carefully think over his questions before answering. He was found the black gem's reasoning to be very sound and he could relate to some of the things he was saying. Indy took in the answers that Carbonado and went them over thoughtfully, trying to figure out what made the black gem tick. After a few moments, he nodded again before shrugging his shoulders. "Welp, to be honest, the answers you gave me pretty much told me everything I wanted to know about you so uhh, I mean I guess you can ask me a few questions if you really want to." He raised his eyebrows and grinned to show that he was willing to answer any questions.
The Black gem cocked his head to the side. "Why did you ask for my help? You seemed to know both Onyx and Chuck- er, Chalk better back at the training grounds." Not to mention, Carbonado didn't feel as if he had made any lasting impressions back there; well, no good ones, anyways. "And, so long as we are asking questions; What's your stance on this war? I will be honest, I don't particularly care for a gem's alignment. Crystal Gem or Homeworld gem, if you don't attack me or a friend of mine, we can by all means be friends." He knew such a thing was just bound to cause troubles for him in the future, but he preferred to burn bridges when he got to them, rather than preemptively try to solve yet nonexistent problems.
Indy was caught off guard when questioned why he had chosen Carbonado, but he still had an answer. "Er well, Onyx I believe is lacking in.. well just general experience, and the Emerald's strengths and weaknesses match mine, rather than compensate for any failings. As for my stance on the war, I have remained neutral, and I hope to remain neutral as long as possible." Indy tapped his chin thoughtfully as he explained his stance. "I believe that both sides have reasonable justification for their respective causes, and frankly, I find myself able to see being on either faction." The blue gem paced about, remembering the moment that all the gems found out they were stranded on Earth, and the quick division of gemkind on the planet.
Carbonado tilted his head to the side slightly; he was a homeworld gem, but... "Honestly, I wouldn't call Homeworld's a true justification. The truth of the matter is that our planet is unnecessarily war mongering, and I suspect, that they prefer to completely suck dry a planet of its energy, rather than take what they need and perhaps wait until it recovers." The point of him saying this was: No, Homeworld justification for completely destroying a planet's lifeforms was hardly any good, and was arrogant, selfish, and damn near sociopathic when thought about carefully.
Though then again, Carbonado didn't really care much about that; weird.
"Just saying, we Homeworld gems are kind of dicks about it; if you join them, don't be surprised if you are eventually abandoned or betrayed. After all, you are an Earth gem, and there is likely bound to be some stigma over it; after all, this is the first world with a Kindergarten where gems born from it have rebelled."
Indy coughed as Carbonado responded to his answer, crossing his arms and adopting an almost scientific look. "Well, I still find that there is justification for both sides." Indy paused as he thought of a good way to get his point across, when he spoke, he did so slowly. "I'll put it this way, yes, it is ultimately a bad thing to suck the life out of a planet, but gems lack any way to create new gems naturally, unlike the humans. By creating kindergartens, we ensure the continuation of gems as we know it. Of course, as I said before, there are good points to both factions, such as if it's moral to put the fate of another species into the hands of gems. Yet many creatures hunt other lifeforms to maintain their survival, it's known as 'survival of the fittest.' Is the taking of the planet Earth simply 'survival of the fittest?'" Indy paced back and forth as he gave arguments for both sides of the conflict. The blue gem sighed as he stopped listing different factors and turned away from Carbonado, deep in thought. "You're definitely wrong about one thing however, I assure you I'm from the homeworld, and I've served in the homeworld military without any experiences of betrayal or abandonment."
"Survival of the fittest generally implies the death of a single individual, not the complete elimination of another race, and as I've said before, the kindergarten is perfectly capable of generating gems without completely taking all the energy of a planet; but that's not what Homeworld wants, is it? Gems are completely different from other lifeforms; we are immortal, unnaffected by the passage of time. By all means, we should have long since filled our planet to the limit. If we were peaceful, of course. But we are instead conquerers, traveling to other planets and forcefully implanting Kindergarten facilities upon them, only to recover the numbers we lost while forcing our wills upon other lifeforms across the galaxy. Bluntly put, we are far and wide across the universe, the biggest, most purposeless assholes in the history of history. We kill entire races and destroy their planets in order to restore the numbers we lost while killing them, all without any true objective; if I had to say, it would seem that for all our advanced technology, we are likely the biggest barbarians on the universe." After saying all of this... he chuckled.
"It's funny because I already knew this like 7 centuries ago; and I still don't care about it. I could have just as easily killed anyone in my path; would you believe me if I told you that before making any friends, my reason for joining the Crystal gems could be accurately resumed as 'Earth is boring; but not nearly as much as Homeworld'?" He actually laughed lightly as he said this, the sound of his laughter echoing within the Spire's empty walls.
The blue gem rolled his eyes as he listened to the argument that was to be expected of someone who had already joined an allegiance. Thankfully he was facing away from Carbonado, so the black gem couldn't have possibly seen his facial expressions. He waited for Carbonado to finish his rant before turning around to face him and shrugged, "You do make interesting points, but I think I'll still remain neutral until I have.. further reason to pledge my allegiance to either of the factions." He mentally filed away the black gem's opinions on the matter, which seemed to contradict his statement about not caring, but Indy decided he would find out more about it later. He strolled around the room as Carbonado explained how he viewed homeworld as more boring than Earth, and at that the blue gem looked skyward. "That is true yes.. Earth is certainly more interesting that the Homeworld.. but.. the homeworld is still.. well.. home."
"Home is where the heart is, humans say. I have nothing I would call a friend on Homeworld, so I have no reason to fight for homeworld. I have friends on Earth, which form the more solid reason for me to so much as to consider fighting." He said, scratching his chin with a half lidded expression.
"I've said it many times, but I don't actually care about Homeworld's actions, or Earth's fate in general. I was a soldier for little over a thousand years, and while not aware of Kingergarten true purpose, I was well aware that the beings on the planets we were sent to 'subdue' did not want us there. And I still crushed more than a few heads under my heel. And I would have done the same with humans and Earth Gems if I hadn't found Earth more entertaining than Homeworld. Ultimately though, I picked a side simply because gems I became friends with chose it. If they had chosen Homeworld's side, I would have stayed on Homeworld's side too." He yawned a bit, leaning back on his arms.
"You are free to stay neutral if you want, but I will be blunt with you; I dunno which branch of the military you were part of, but off in the front lines, there was no such thing as uncertainty. When the Homeworld soldiers come in, they will ask you where you stand, and anything but 'Homeworld's side' will recieve the same response as 'Earth's' or 'Crystal gems'."
Indy slumped slightly as the black gem restated his opinions, but he quickly shook himself to attention. He knew this conversation was going about in circles and he was eager to talk about a different subject. He quickly responded to Carbonado's note on remaining neutral, "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." He nodded assuredly, almost as if he was convincing himself before moving on. "So, tell me about these friends of yours, that you are willing to fight for. What makes them special to you?" The blue gem paced around a bit before deciding that he too would sit down, he managed a rather large rock with a somewhat flat surface and plopped down onto the makeshift seat.
Melody: friends over mysteries
Sept 8, 2021 8:14:25 GMT
Morion: Friends non the less
Sept 8, 2021 18:41:44 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