Reaper High Gemsona Week || Kailani as Golden Topaz’s Pearl
I had fun drawing this up. I originally planned on her to have a long braid since Kailani’s hairstyle is a braid, but I noticed all pearl’s we see so far have short hair. I feel like there are a lot of parallel between Kailani and Pearls. As an OC, Kailani believed she wasn’t as good as canon characters and had huge doubts in her own abilities. She believed for a long time that she was worthless, and it wasn’t until she made friends that she began to see that she did have worth. OC’s were looked down upon and ignored by most people, even still today.Now I’m not saying everyone hates OC’s but a good portion of people do, although it has gotten more accepting over the years. I feel like being a pearl is a good parallel because Pearls are often looked down upon as just being servants or something pretty to look at. Although we don’t know the extent of out Home World treats Pearls, we can see the self doubt Pearl shows in Steven Universe even after being away from that culture for so long. I decided to use that here too.
In this universe ‘Golden Topaz Pearl’ has been conditioned to believe she is nothing without her Topaz. She is told she is worthless and should be lucky Golden Topaz even wanted her at all. It was a very abusive relationship but the only one she’s ever known. During a mission to Earth with Golden Topaz she is left behind. Golden Topaz Pearl believes her Topaz will return for her and waits where the ship took off.But her Topaz never returns for her, instead Steven befriends her. At first she’s scared of everything, assuming that the otherGems would try to shatter her for not being with her Topaz. Although she is assured that she will be safe on Earth. She still wishes to return to Homeworld but would eventually learn how amazing it is to be free. She also stays at the barn with Lapis and Peridot because that seems to be where all the gems go these days.