For day three of Lapidot Anniversary Week (prompt: “fusion”),
I’m going to be doing some theorising about why I now believe that Larimar will
be the Lapidot fusion, based on the properties of the stone and its usage in
(Source: w w w . crystalvaults
. com / crystal-encyclopedia / larimar – please remove the spaces, I’ve
written it like this due to issues with posts not appearing in the tags if they
contain external links)
“Larimar is the embodiment of the tranquil Sea and Sky
This immediately reminds me of both Lapis and Peridot. Lapis, of course, has complete control of the
sea and she can fly – and Peridot can
also fly when she has her limb enhancers (as well as being the pilot of the
Hand Ship in Jailbreak).
“It brings the ancient wisdom
“Larimar is one of the cardinal Water element stones, yet is
born of Fire in its volcanic origins”
The fact that Larimar has volcanic origins is extremely interesting when you consider
that real-life Peridot can be formed in the earth’s mantle (along with
Peridotite) – which is something that Peridot herself mentioned in Gem Drill! We also have the connection to water again as
well, making it have relevance to Lapis too.
“Larimar cools tempers and calms fears, relieves stress…”
“Larimar is a crystal of serenity, promoting relaxation in
“Larimar is a powerful emotional cleanser and healer,
especially for phobias, panic attacks, stress-related imbalances, and excessive
anger or fear”
“It helps us moderate aggressiveness and deal with rage”
So, it could greatly benefit both Lapis and Peridot. They’ve both had more than their fair share
of stress and fear, and are both prone to exhibiting very bad tempers and/or aggressive
behaviour at times (with Peridot’s explosive tantrums, and Lapis’ brooding and often
“The more intense the blue and contrast within the [Larimar]
stone, the rarer and higher its value”
This jumps out at me for the fact that this principle also
applies to real-life Lapis Lazuli. Incidentally,
Lapis in the show also has a Gem that’s pure blue (as opposed to having any
“Larimar is a wonderful stone for mothers”
If you interpret Pumpkin as being the Lapidot “child”, then
this certainly takes on some relevancy!
Especially considering Peridot’s comment in Gem Harvest about missing the “pitter-patter of full-sized Gem
soldiers” (a reference to the expression “hearing the pitter-patter of tiny
feet”, which is used when talking about people who are imminently going to have
a child) when explaining why she and Lapis decided to grow their field of
vegetables in the first place.
“As a soothing Water element stone, Larimar cools hot
tempers and guides excessive passion into peace”
Peridot has generally become much calmer since being around Lapis, and
seems much more settled nowadays. Her
passionate side is still there, but it’s very much being used for good and
peaceful activities nowadays (such as “meep morp” and vegetable-growing). Could a fusion into Larimar with Lapis help
to further calm her, then?
“Larimar is an excellent stone for finding a soulmate”
As Peridot and Lapis barely leave each others’ side, I don’t
feel like this point needs any explanation.
“It facilitates the healing of unresolved issues or fears,
trauma to the heart, or past-life relationships”
I like the idea that Larimar can help with trauma –
considering that Lapis has had a very traumatic life and would appear to be
suffering from PTSD and depression as a result of this. I know the article here is referring to “past-life”
relationships, but it could still hold some relevance when you consider the
living nightmare in Lapis’ past that was Malachite.
“Larimar assists in identifying self-imposed limitations and
self-sabotaging behavior, especially toward martyrdom, and encourages taking
control of one’s life. It is particularly useful in admitting guilt, when
guilty, and in bringing about a sense of peace in truthfulness.”
Lapis started to express real guilt for her past actions in Alone At Sea (one such action, of
course, was effectively martyring herself in order to protect Steven from
Jasper - but deliberately hurting Jasper in the process). There’s a lot of horror in her
past that she still needs a helping hand to cope with. Likewise, I believe that Peridot is also burdened
with a lot of guilt for some of her past actions; which is something that she
appears to be bottling up.
Therefore, fusing into Larimar could help them both to make
peace with themselves and begin to let go of their pasts.
“It aids in breaking down the walls one has built around the
heart for defense, and allows for emotional release and the clearing of deep
emotional patterns. It helps one to reconnect to a previous, more natural state
of playfulness and joyful childlike energy”
I feel like this also has a lot of relevancy.
Again, Peridot is bottling a lot of things up – and quite
often, Lapis appears to be putting up a front in order to hide her inner
turmoil. The pair of them do have a lot
of playful energy at times, so Larimar could encourage (and completely embody)
“It emanates vivaciousness, humor, and a sense of one’s own
Peridot is the definition of vivacious! She and Lapis also have a shared sense of
humour (as seen in Gem Harvest, in
particular) – and Lapis wields an insurmountable
power over water.
“Light blue crystals [such as Larimar] help us accept the
life we have, develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They’re
excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in
curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful. Light blue
crystals also assist in dealing with grief, letting go of the past, and curing
I really think that this speaks for itself.
“[It] tempers excess, restores
calm after a storm, relieves stress, and neutralizes extremes”
This scene in particular was both a metaphorical and literal “calm after the storm”.
“Larimar also utilizes … a fresh, welcome energy that
moves us to serenity as new growth and life emerges. It brings hope, discovery
Much like Lapis and Peridot having a fresh start on Earth,
discovering this wonderful new planet together… and even creating new life
Population: Approximately 12 billion (Galaxy-wide estimates)
General Information: Escherra en Haari is a large planet classified as a Super Earth due to its size. Higher than earth gravity has created a planet with scattered archipelagos separated by shallow seas, leading to high levels of biodiversity and climates across the planet. Escherra en Haari orbits a red dwarf star, meaning that most plant and animal life appears to be an undifferentiated blue or black to human visitors. Native residents are capable of seeing a wide band of light waves and bright colors not visible to the human eyes. The planet is currently classified as: QUARANTINED.
The Quvari diaspora occurred about 100 earth years ago after Galra Harvest ships appeared in the Escherra system. It is believed that Quvari research into taboo technology, such as artificial intelligence and robotics may have attracted Galra attention. Even after so many years, pockets of resistance still exist on the planet’s surface as the surviving population has retreated underground. Sporadic bouts of guerrilla violence are still common.
The majority have abandoned the planet and have taken to a more nomadic life on re-purposed space ships. Many space stations and trading ports have large Quvari refugee populations. Do to their refugee status and work in robotics, cybernetic implants, and other forbidden technology, they are often treated as unwanted second-class beings and shunned from most Galactic Coalition political power.
Appearance: To most humans, Quvari appear as almost androgynous beings with light blue to dark blue skin. Under their native light, Quvari are actually covered in brightly colored and often fluorescent natural pigmentation that is undetectable to human vision. It is believed that the Quvari can live upwards of 600 earth years.
Sex and Reproduction: Although among the oldest of the species in the Galactic Community, there is little available data into the genders, sex, and reproduction habits of the Quvari. It is speculated that they are physically incapable of mating with species outside of their own, or their bodies produce proteins toxic to other Class I-Class V humanoid species, including humans. The reality is that any academic questions into their mating habits is met by a firm, yet polite “not your business.” Families appear to broken into small nuclear units made of a pair of adults and a small number of children.
Knowledge is prized among the Quvari among all else, blending science and technology with an almost religious reverence, though there appears not to be any significant religious organizations among the population. New knowledge, no matter how mundane, is treasured. This includes research into forbidden robotic experimentation and artificial intelligence.
Quvari tend to be calm and diplomatic at all times. While emotions aren’t repressed, excessive outbursts are often frowned on. Analytical traits are prized over passion. They are highly private and place great emphasis on being polite.
The majority of remaining Resistance fighters are Quvari.
Quvari seem to find ankles to be aesthetically pleasing and the wealthiest among them are often carried so they never put weight on their feet.
Okay, in hindsight coming to the party probably hadn’t been Y/N’s smartest idea. But when Johnny, the boy she’d been crushing since the start of the semester, invited her she’d couldn’t say no.
He’d shown interest in her and she’d been feeling homesick, guess going to school across the country did that to you. Here she was, stuck in the middle of nowhere. When accepting college offers going to school in Kansas sounded great, but that was before she stopped talking to her reason for thinking so.
The night had started out great. By the time, she’d gotten there the party was already in full swing. Music was blasting, people were dancing and the alcohol was following. Y/N danced with some girls from her literature class and chatted with different people from the party.
Johnny had been sticking close to her side all night. His hand barely left her hip and he’d been filtering strong all night. At first the attention had been flattering, but after a while it was getting concerning. He followed her everywhere and had quickly become possessive, kissing her and clinging to her.
Johnny had her pinned to the hall down some hallway kissing her neck. Y/N had tried to leave multiple times, but he came dragging her back in. Y/N pushed him off again.
Johnny whined, “C’mon now babe.”
Y/N nervously pushed him back even more, thinking quickly, “I’ve got to use the bathroom.”
Johnny sighed, but allowed her down the hallway. Y/N hurried inside and promptly locked the door behind herself, thinking quickly. She didn’t have many options, there didn’t seem to be any chance of Johnny leaving her alone and she didn’t see how she could push out past him.
She needed help.
Y/N panicked, she needed help soon. She could only hold Johnny off so long. Y/N tapped her phone in her hand. Who to call, who to call? Y/N sighed, she knew who she needed to call, but that didn’t make it any easier. She hadn’t talked to them since their fight, they’d tried to call her and talk, but she’d shut them out.
Sam and Dean.
Y/N sighed and opened her phone, she had no guarantee that they would answer, hell with them they might even have different numbers now, but nonetheless they were her best bets. Y/N’s finger hovered over the call button next to Dean’s number and let out a deep breath. She jumped when someone banged on the door.
“Y/N,” Johnny hollered.
“Be right out,” She tried to sound controlled, but it came out shaker than she would have liked.
Y/N waited for the floorboards to creak as Johnny backed away from the door before she pressed the call button. Y/N held her breath as the phone rang, praying that Dean answered.
“Hello?” Dean’s gruff voice asked as the ringing stopped. Y/N was so relieved she whimpered.
“Y/N?” Dean asked uncertainly, worried why his sister was calling after ignoring them for months.
“I need help,” her voice was soft and scared, setting Dean more on edge than he already was.
Dean was suddenly more alert than before, “What’s wrong?”
“I’m at a party and his guy won’t leave me alone. I tried to leave, but he just keeps kissing me and he’s a lot bigger than I am. I can’t get away from him. I’m scared Dean.”
Dean felt every nerve in his body set on edge. There was no way Dean was going to let this guy get away with taking advantage of his sister.
“Where are you?” he asked as fear began to flood through him, knowing he couldn’t get to her in time.
“At 312 on Bergen Street down at the University.”
“You’re in Kansas?” Dean questioned as he began to realize that you’d been down the street from them the entire time.
“Yeah I uh-” She was interrupted by Johnny yelling through the door again. “Dean you gotta hurry, he won’t stop.”
Y/N heard whispering on the other end and then, “Y/N?”
It was Sam.
“Listen, we’re on our way right now okay? We’ll be there in five minutes.”
Y/N bought herself another 2-3 minutes in the bathroom before Johnny all, but threatened to knock down the door.
Y/N slowly opened the door, trying to quickly move down the hallway and away from Johnny, but he was hot on her trail.
“What’s wrong babe,” his voice was wobbly from all the alcohol he had that night. “You were in the bathroom forever, was starting to think you’d slipped out the window.”
If only she would have fit. Y/N grimaced and tried to continue to head for the door, but he grabbed her arm pulling her back into him. His arms circling around her waist tightly. His lips found her neck once again and Y/N tried to shrug him off waiting for her brothers to hurry up and get here.
She heard them before she saw them. The second the front door slammed open she knew it had to be them from all the noise. She heard her brother’s rough voices shouting at drunken college students asking where she was.
Y/N knew the chances of the boys hearing her over all the noise was slim, but she still shouted, “SAM! DEAN!”
Relief flood through her as she saw her brothers come flying around the corner. Before she could say anything, she felt Johnny being ripped off her. Y/N stumbled back and into Dean’s waiting arms. Y/N instantly relaxed knowing there was nowhere safer than her big brother’s arms.
Sam had pulled Johnny off her and shoved him away, positioning himself between Johnny and his sister. Sam stood tall, towering over the young man.
“What the hell guys?” Johnny asked, clearly not realizing exactly what he was in for.
“What the hell?” Sam’s voice was dark and menacing. “You’re trying to take advantage of our little sister is what and that sure as hell isn’t happening on our watch.”
Johnny visibly gulped, clearly wary of the much bigger man threatening him, “Sister?”
“Yeah, sister,” Dean spoke up for the first time and his tone was as dangerous and challenging as Sam’s was. “A sister you’re going to stay far away from, understand? You’re going to keep your hands to yourself, because, well… I’ve got a gun and I’m always packing. You really don’t want another visit from me. Got it?”
Johnny stumbled back and nodded aggressively.
“Good,” Sam said, and before Johnny could react Sam swung his fist, knocking the teenager to the ground. He nodded at Dean and the two brothers ushered Y/N toward the front door and out into the cool night air. Dean guided her into the back seat of the impala and Y/N leaned back into the familiar feel of the worn leather.
Sam and Dean slide into the front seat and instantly turned around to face their sister. Worried showed on both their faces and Sam was the first one to speak, “You okay?”
Y/N sighed, she knew she was safe, Johnny wasn’t getting anywhere near her with Sam and Dean here now, but she was still pretty on edge and shaken up.
“I don’t know,” she admitted honestly and saw the murderous looks that flashed across both her brother’s faces. “That was pretty terrifying and I’m still shaken up about it. But I know I’m okay now, thanks you guys for coming.”
“Of course, that’s what brothers are for.” A bit of an awkward silence fell over the car before Dean spoke again, “What are you doing at school in Kansas?”
Y/N shifted nervously in her seat, “I wanted to go to school closer to you guys. I didn’t like being all the way across the country from you and so I thought this would be great, I would be five minutes away. I wanted it to be a surprise, I was going to tell you at graduation, but obviously that didn’t quite work out.”
“Y/N,” Dean shifted as much as he could in the seat to see her. “We really messed up with that. Sam though we should leave, but I was sure you wouldn’t mind. Turns out you cared a lot more in the past then we realized. I know we haven’t always been there for you, but we are so proud of you and we love you so much.”
“It’s okay, I forgive you.”
“Seriously?” Sam asked, raising his eyebrows. “You’ve ignored us for the last four months and now we’re just forgiven?”
“I missed you guys and yes, you have let me down a few times, but at the end of the day you’re there when it counts. You came and saved me tonight. You haven’t missed everything over the years and you always have the best intentions. You’re my brothers and I love you guys.”
“We’re going to try harder to make it to things now. No more missing because of hunts.”
“Yeah,” Dean agreed with his brother. “And we’ll make it up to you for missing this one.”
Y/N laughed, “Alright, but let’s go home. You can sweet talk me with all the wonderful things you plan to do for me there.”
The boys smiled as they turned back around in their seats, happy to finally have their little sister back.
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