This is what started the rebellion, the first act of treason from Rose Quartz, but here’s the thing, we’ve already seen the scene directly after the act of poofing pink diamond. (I specified ‘poofing’ and not ‘shattering’ for a reason, bare with me)
This is it. Right here.
If you’ve watched Rose’s Scabbard as many times as I have (so many, too many) then you know how this scene goes.
Rose: “Pearl, I’m going to stay and fight for this planet.”
This dialogue is so, so important. They’ve reached a breaking point (ha) here. Something that Rose just did has pushed them both into needing to make a choice. There’s no going back. Rose chooses to stay.
It’s important to notice her expressions here.
The first thing that strikes me is that for a few frames she’s looking away from Pearl, looking back. What exactly is she looking at? The evidence of what she’s just done? Pink Diamond’s Gem?
But it’s her eyes that really do it for me.
She looks haunted.
Then the urgency of the situation comes in through the dialogue, and here’s why I think this just happened.
Rose: “You don’t have to do this with me.” Pearl: “But I want to!” Rose: “I know you do. Please, please understand, if we lose we’ll be killed, and if we win, we can never go home.”
She’s done something punishable by death, so she gives Pearl the option of leaving. She still has time to give Pearl the option of leaving.
This, if nothing else is proof that Homeworld doesn’t know that Pink Diamond has been poofed yet, that the act of treason has just been committed. They are the only gems who know what has happened, we know this because not only does Eyeball confirm that there were witnesses to Pink Diamond’s shattering but, in the beginning of“The Answer” when Pearl and Rose first attack, the Ruby guards can be heard crying out:
“Who are you?!” “Show yourselves!”
At that point all Homeworld knew was that there was a rebellion, they didn’t know who had rebelled, who attacked Pink Diamond.
Back to Rose’s Scabbard.
If Pearl returns to Homeworld now it’ll be without consequence, she won’t be blamed because nobody knows what just happened, Pearl can lie, claim no involvement, anything. Rose knows this, tries to protect her by offering her a means of escape. (It’s obvious by her body language, her hesitation, and her resignation that she wants Pearl to stay but she would never ask that of her, but that’s another post entirely ;D )
Pearl declines, of course.
(Rose looks so relieved and happy and ajshgjakhgs)
We’ve just witnessed the start of the rebellion and the birth of the Crystal Gems.
Now this. This is where and how Pink Diamond was shattered.
The rebellion is underway, a thousand year war. The Crystal Gems are outnumbered, outgunned, and it all comes to a head in the strawberry battlefield where it seems that White Diamond has been sent in to finish them off once and for all.
This mural has always reminded me of something straight out of Sailor Moon.
And I believe the same scenario played out here. The odds were stacked against them, they were facing total defeat. So Rose, like Usagi, uses her last resort, her strongest weapon.