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Gem Class Analysis: Pearls

Prior to the recent Steven Bomb, some of the most divisive fan theory characterisations have been for Blue and Yellow Pearl. Theories would range from their having a close and intimate relationship with the Diamonds, to their being physically abused, to it sometimes being a mix of both.

And we can understand the source of what seems like a contradiction. That these Pearls, in particular, are serving the Diamonds directly puts them in a very privileged position, not exactly in the modern sense of the word.

That Pearls are in such close contact with the ruling elite makes them privy to the goings on of upper Homeworld that other gem classes would remain ignorant to. At the same time, they’re also living objects, dehumanised and treated as utilities rather than individuals.

It’s a unique position of power and powerlessness and, unconsciously, we as fans pick up on that; hence, the muddled characterisations of what their relationship with their Diamonds would have been like.

In the latest Steven Bomb, we got to see more of all of these characters and we know now that their relationship isn’t one or the other but somewhere in between.

“Oh no. It was very serious. When I still served Homeworld, I saw it myself.”

In that regard, I want to talk about how Diamonds and their Pearls relate to each another, and look at the implications this has for our very own Pearl, who admits she served Homeworld at one point.

1. The function of the Pearl class

To get this out of the way as early as possible, Pearls are being dehumanised. It’s not right to limit an entire class of gems to objects and prevent them from having individual inclinations, when other gems can manage some level of individuality. Pearls are individuals with their own capabilities, thoughts, and feelings.

Even before we knew about the Diamonds, the way other gems like Peridot initially treated our own Pearl showed us that Pearls are one of the lowest classes on Homeworld.

Words like “owner,” “stand there,” and “hold your stuff” were being thrown around. Not much was expected from them.

In light of all the new information received, a consolidated understanding of what Pearls were expected to do on Homeworld would help in the succeeding discussions. And what we know is that Pearls were gems created specifically to serve particular individuals. This service did not entail doing a job like other gem classes.

Other gems serve a specific function in servicing gem society as a whole. Like builders, soldiers, technicians, and leaders.

This public- or collective-oriented approach to organising gem society makes a lot of sense considering the way the gem life cycle is perpetuated.

The reason we don’t have gem classes specifically for private affairs, like the home life, is because their concept of “home” is much different from ours. Gems are born as full adults; they don’t need to eat or sustain themselves physically. That means a lot of our human necessities don’t apply to them.

That in turn puts the service sector of Gem society, where Pearls are, as something extraneous to functioning. 

It’s much the same for social constructs. Would the Ruby Squad consider themselves a “family?” Probably, but not in the way we understand the word. Instead of families, gems are groups into classes. And in these classes they socialise each other on what it means to be the gem they are.

The best example of this would be the soldier gems, who train each other and depend on each other in missions.

Leggy, the newbie “just born yesterday,” according to Rebecca Sugar’s early sketches of the Rubies, was being oriented by her more senior teammates.

Even though we felt threatened by the Ruby Squad, and Eyeball in particular, Leggy had absolutely no fears hiding behind the latter and it’s more than clear their shared experiences made them more cohesive as a unit.

In that way, gems don’t seem to spend a lot of time with gems outside their class.

The very “function” of Pearls is very different from that of other gems. Their work is relegated inward into the private sphere. They attend to very specific individuals. They are always with gems who aren’t like them.

And the key to this is the value system on Homeworld.

I talk about the utilitarian nature of Homeworld a lot of the time. So in a society in which utility is one of the key aspects, having work that is visible, like the creation of buildings or the colonisation of planets, puts a high premium on certain types of gems.

Service is invisible.

It’s not as easy to measure the impact of telling people they’re great everyday has on the rest of their lives. But this is the work Pearls do. Their work makes Pearls appear like they’re of even less use, which in turn puts them lower down in the eyes of individuals.

It’s very similar to how the work of medical nurses wasn’t recognised as legitimate until very late on in the history of medicine. Nurses comforted patients, checked on them daily, and attended to them, while doctors stepped in for a diagnosis and prescribed the treatment plan.

Because one involved something tangible and the other involved the daily grind of caring for another human being, the “usefulness” of latter was taken for granted.

It was (and in many places still is) very difficult to quantify the effects of their contribution and they were viewed lowly.

2. Servicing the Diamonds

Now to the specific question: What exactly do Pearls do?

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You should have something against religion.... "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness."

One thing I’d love to see in a future TF series is a Starscream that isn’t looked down on, degraded or made a joke. I want a Starscream that may not be liked among the Decepticon ranks, but good Lord is he respected.

He’s no Megatron, but he’s his own breed of scary. He’s the Crown Prince of a polity/kingdom that has stood on its own for milllennia. He has commanded airstrikes on Autobot settlements and bases and refuses to leave anyone alive. He is a master manipulator that can serenade you so well you don’t even know you’re being played until it’s too late. He graduated top of his class in Crystal City and he’s been involved in numerous secret raids on Autobot bases and has over 10,000 confirmed kills.

I want a series where Starscream shows up and the human governments get this look on their faces that says we are so fucked. I want a series where the kid allies almost pee themselves with fear when he lands.

Starscream is the Second in Command for a reason–he’s not Megatron, not by a long shot, but he is not to be taken lightly.

(Okay so I guess I’m using this doodle of him because why not)
Part of my once-in-a-while post series of tackling some profile-relevant stuff for my Ocs, since I have a lot of them:

Master Quijo Doto– He’s a very chill Jedi who has a fairly strong force empathy that allows him to bond with living things quite easily, making him work well with animals. A part of his skills in conjunction with this is also being one of the Jedi who can aid in healing others that have fallen to the dark side, even working with turning Sith once in a while. 

Despite his occasionally incomprehensible antics and choices, Quijo is still a Jedi Master. He is capable of being very serious– he’s still formidable in combat and, while he is able to compromise once in a while, he still follows much of the Jedi code.

He’s Jiktin’s master and, due to circumstances, has unofficially began to teach some others who have lost their masters. Other than that, he rarely leaves the Core Worlds and, if he does, he usually heads off to random planets to meditate and poke nature.


Time Crystals Are Real, But That Doesn’t Mean Time Is Crystallized

“Still, time crystals as Wilczek originally envisioned them – in systems in thermal equilibrium – really do appear to be impossible. You have to have an open system, and the system needs to be driven at a periodic frequency with imperfections that aren’t too large. Over-drive it, and the crystal will “melt,” losing the properties that made it so interesting in a periodic fashion. We still haven’t crystallized time, and likely never will. But the ability to make a system, that when all you do is pulse it in a particular way, returns, periodically, to a uniform state over and over again, is truly remarkable.”

When you think of crystals, you likely think of an interlocked, repeating lattice of atoms or molecules. That’s exactly what a conventional crystal is. But recently, there’s been an exciting new idea, first proposed by Frank Wilczek in 2012: that it would be possible to create a time crystal, an entirely new class of system. You might think that this means that time – rather than atoms or molecules – are crystallized, but that’s not quite right. Instead, particles that are coupled together would spontaneously return to the same state, breaking the symmetry known as time-translation invariance. A method for building one was proposed just last year, and already two independent teams have made it work!

Come get the story on time crystals, including what they are, how they work and what it might mean not just for physics, but for our future.

I was just talking to my sister about My Little Pony and I meant to say “Diamond Tiara” but I accidentally said “Yellow Diamond” instead, and… That would be a very different situation for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, wouldn’t it