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Possibly Unpopular Opinion(?)

i think the gems looking like ‘humans’ could work if they were all designed to be somewhat Uncanny Valley-ish or i guess just straight up alien depending on how this goes

i’m no good at articulating exactly what i mean but here’s some examples off the top of my head w/ minimal revision of what i’m talking abt

Pearl (and pearls in general perhaps) being pretty but her limbs are too long and heck she’s just Too Long in general. maybe ‘jointed’ looking elbows/knees/other bendy parts to sort of give off a sort of mannequin/doll feel??? maybe has a ‘spidery’/spindly motion to her

Lapis keeping the mirror eyes and having her arms be either Too Long(again) or kinda like an oar w/fingers (to force water around w/), maybe legs kinda like a waterstrider bug to kinda stand on water (in this case maybe have arms/hands that are similar)

Amethyst keeping her more ‘catlike’ features, maybe getting some more sharp teeth (for the sake of keeping it animate-able i’m gonna say they’re just sharp ‘V’ teeth but im mostly imagining a sort of  general ‘carnivore’ mouth) - maybe she has spikes too

Rose just generally being pretty but it’s the sort of pretty that’s just deeply unnerving?? kinda like a really realistic porcelain doll?? i have no idea how to word this honestly 

All Gems ranging from either “uncanny valley people” to “holy shit what is that” depending on their relative strength or something i dunno

The Diamonds are just fucking gigantic blobs of tinted light w/ ‘faces’ and discernible forms when they want (or need?) those - the murals of them are art of their most ‘common’ manifestations of what they wanna look like

feel free to add more if you have other ideas bcs im fresh out and the first sentences of this post became less and less relevant as this went on im sorry

Several egregious abuses of luminosity layers later…

Rainbow Quartz! A really disorienting and gorgeous lightshow of a fusion, her every movement leaves afterimages and her voice has a siren-like ability to send people into a giddy, suggestible state. Despite her mannequin-like body, she moves with an unnatural sibilant grace. Her fingers and the tendrils hanging from her arms are able to take the shape of razor-sharp blades. She also has a very nasty bite and the ability to unhinge her jaw to sink those lovely gleaming teeth in. Greg got a very nice view of her in the ‘music video’ but let’s just say this is one beauty that most people during the war probably really didn’t want to see. 

I was seriously divided between giving her a more human-like face like Rose, and a more ‘beakish’ face like Pearl’s, so the idea is it can slide between them a little bit- when her jaw is unhinged her face configures more into a snout lined with teeth.

Rose’s “floral perfume” becomes an overpowering odor of lilies, and those who are not already inoculated by Rose or Rainbow will find themselves disoriented, blurry-eyed, and headachey. Overexposure results in weakness, delirium, and loss of consciousness.

The tendrils on her head resemble lily petals, but are in actually more like the tendrils of an anemone. Touching them yields a luxurious silky texture, and a prickling sensation that rapidly numbs the entire affected area for an hour.

Also, yes, she has an inordinate number of eyes. 

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Rose and Steven! so many petals

Now you might be saying “Clockie, where’s Rose’s eyes?” the answer: what do you think those bulbs on her head tendrils are for? 

Doing a weird/spooky design of Rose in a largely canon-compliant AU is always fun because you know whatever she looks like, she still showed up at Greg’s concert and he proceeded to give her a free CD and then gush about her to Marty for an impressive length of time.

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