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“I guess it’ll take more than a kiss to heal damage from the Diamonds…”

Guess what just got confirmed beyond any doubt: Gem corruption was caused by the Diamonds nuking the Earth - the same blast we saw during Lapis’ story in Same Old World.

An interesting bit in Centipeetle’s story to me: she got orders to retreat (and never quite made it), and it’s explicitly stated she didn’t know what everyone was running from, so no reason for the retreat was given - but she knows beyond a doubt the blast came from the Diamonds, once it happens (I mean, it’s fairly obvious, yes, but I’m as always interested in how general knowledge, information, and awareness is being handled by the Diamonds and Homeworld as a whole). Also, the three diamonds she draws look like the oldest four-diamond insignia we’ve seen (the Sky Arena, for example, and Centipeetle’s ship), just minus Pink, as opposed to the modernised three-diamond triangle version. Implying that the removal of Pink Diamond was then a fairly recent thing.

Steven recognises her describing the blast as a song as well as a light - and again, as we see the explosion, a snippet of the very recognisable Diamond leitmotif plays, as previously heard here and here. The tying of music into the actual universe of the show and the importance of it to Gems (everything from all the singing, to Gems synchronising their forms using music and dance to fuse, to the destabilisers that look like tuning forks) is something I adore, and it makes another appearance here. Also, a detail brought up in a conversation with @zombee - what jogs Centipeetle’s memory is Steven singing the Chaaaaps jingle, suggesting, perhaps, that music, along with Steven’s much-built-up dream powers, might be a way of battling the corruption (after having caused it, in a sense - and hey, it was undeniably a part of Peridot’s arc, and parallels are always interesting).

Another thing about sound - and Rose’s shield, which played an important part here, too: remember the scene of Steven ending the fight against Lapis’ water clones in Ocean Gem, when the water blob hitting his shield causes sound waves that disrupt all the water constructs. A hint, perhaps, pertaining to how Rose saved Garnet, Pearl, and herself from the very sound-based corruption bomb, a game of frequencies? and also how she killed Pink Diamond maaaaybe

Homeworld seems to have been in a rush to be done with the Earth and get out of here - they didn’t wait for the retreat to be completed, as evidenced in the story of Centipeetle and her crew. This might also suggest the scarcity of resources Peridot recently mentioned hadn’t set in by that point, or wasn’t as bad - nowadays a single Peridot gets a ship sent to pick her up, and a Jasper is definitely deemed worthy of retrieval.

We’re left with Garnet, Pearl and Rose weathering the blast thanks to Rose’s shield (“In the end, your mother could only save a handful of her closest friends. If it weren’t for her shield, man, I don’t know…”), Amethyst safe and still incubating in the ground, and Lapis avoiding it thanks to being in the mirror (opening up the possibility of other Gems trapped in objects having survived unaffected, perhaps). There’s also Bismuth, mysteriously bubbled in Lion’s mane.

Other tidbits:

  • For all that she seems to have been on Homeworld’s side during the war and even still does the diamond salute, Centipeetle doesn’t seem to have any love left for the Diamonds (understandably) and her loyalty is first and foremost to her crew (and now Steven as well).
  • Garnet’s “This is the best we’ve ever seen it work.” reminds us Rose tried her healing powers on the corrupted Gems, too, as previously mentioned in Monster Buddies, but with little success. Pearl: “Who knows? Maybe when you have better control of your powers, you might help them in ways even your mother couldn’t.” It’s definitely about more than just healing spit or tears.
  • Corruption is a bit like a cracked Gem in that the Rose Quartz healing powers seem to help somewhat (at least temporarily), but in the end, as Garnet explains, the damage is mental rather than physical and cannot be healed the same way. Centipeetle seems to draw on her bond with Steven to recover (same as in the original Monster Buddies) - but she also starts reverting to her corrupted form after reliving her traumatic memories from the war.
  • The contrast between how Amethyst reacts to the corrupted Gems and how Garnet and Pearl do really drives home the difference in their experiences. Here we have Pearl’s frequent reminders to “be sensitive” and “not make fun”, combined with the exchange from way back when in Ocean Gem, with Amethyst’s very gleeful “All those monsters we fight used to be just like us! Right, Pearl?” - Amethyst never knew them as anything but monsters of the week, but for Garnet and Pearl many (most?) of these Gems were comrades, allies, and maybe even friends.
  • Centipeetle is a spaceship captain, and has a whole bug crew still on Earth thanks to them not wanting to leave without her! Appropriately, she has a spacesuit that matches Pearl’s. My attention is drawn to the scrap of cloth that conspicuously covers her chest - where her diamond allegiance insignia would be.
  • Steven makes out her name as “gurgle click click” and I’m still holding out for her gem to be maw sit sit (image source):
  • Crystal Gems vs the Diamonds final showdown could be… a battle of the bands? I am OK with this. And very recently at SDCC we had a Yellow Diamond song teased, so…
  • Yes, Pearl, please teach all of us Gem writing.
  • I am very emotional right now.

“It’s almost like… if MC Bear Bear didn’t tear the fabric of his arm, but the fabric of his mind”

When you stop to think about it, corruption is the perfect way to show this. 

First let’s start with a Gem’s projection. To make it simple, their Gem is their physical body. Their hardware so to speak. 

And a Gem’s projection is based on the software, not the hardware. It’ the way they interact with the universe around them. And it is, more or less, a design of their own choosing- within the limits of their own color palette and abilities. A literal reflection of who they are how they see themselves. And when they are in a state of psychological turmoil, that reflection can become compromised.

We’ve seen it before:

In Reformed, we see Amethyst facing her self esteem issues. The more she tries to be what she thinks everyone else wants her to be, the more unstable her projection becomes. That may have been partially from trying to reform so quickly so many times in a row, but the more frustrated she becomes, the worse it gets. It’s not until she takes her time to reform and tries to accept who she is that stabilizes.

We even see it in Garnet. In order for a fusion - any fusion- to stay stable (i.e. maintain a stable projection) they have to work together. Garnet is the literal physical embodiment of Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship. When something happens that shakes them enough and they can’t see eye to eye, the stability they find together is compromised. We saw it it in Keystone Motel and the literally titled Keeping It Together. It’s not until they work together again that she can regain stability to be continuous conversation between the two of them that creates her.

And then there’s corruption.

 We have the terrifying fact that the Diamonds have a capability/weapon that is specifically designed to destroy a Gem’s mind.Their physical body, their actual Gem, is unaffected. Normal healing won’t work because physically there is nothing wrong with them.  Hardware verses software, so to speak. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t something very, very wrong. It also doesn’t mean that they’re irreparably broken. Who they are hasn’t changed, but trying to break through the corrupted software to function normally may be all but impossible. We still don’t know if Centipeetle will ever be healed completely, but maybe she doesn’t have to be. It may be all about finding herself and her own brand of stability and happiness. Maybe that’s with her own fellow corrupted Centipeetles, we just don’t know yet.

What I do know is that this is probably one of the best metaphors for mental illness that I have ever seen. The difference between being cracked (physical injury) and corrupted (mental illness) is made obvious. Steven’s healing powers don’t work because physically there’s nothing wrong. It doesn’t matter how many band aids you stick on someone’s cut, it won’t cure their depression. 

And that is the kind of representation I am 100% here for.

SU Thoughts: Gem War, Corrupted Gems, and Nuclear Fallout

So aside from the fact that this precious baby got a happy ending (?), this ep brought some interesting insight on the corrupted gems and the Gem War.

Namely that the two are more connected than we might have realized.

So we know by the time the war ended the Diamond Authority had lost Pink Diamond (who may or may not have been Rose Quartz?). The war was certainly not going their way towards the end if we have the foreshadowing details correct. Quite clearly they were losing to the rebellion on Earth.

The Diamond Authority had everything to fear from the rebel Gems. Rose’s forces were not only impeding the colonization of Earth; they were halting its progress altogether. Besides getting in the way of expanding their empire, the rebels posed a threat to the Diamond’s otherwise uncontested power. If she had been so inclined, Rose might have even spread her rebellion beyond the confines of Earth and brought down the Authority.

The Diamonds would have been desperate at this point to contain the threat that was the rebellion – and, if possible, eliminate it.

In Same Old World, we saw the Homeworld-allied Gems were running in an absolute panic about something, doing anything to get off-world.Like they were running from a monster or enemy troops. 

Or the Gem-equivalent of a nuclear armageddon. 

Think about it. 

All the corrupted Gems were once normal Gems before they got caught up in the explosion.

The monsters we see are essentially the mutated products of a nuclear fallout.

Instead of being damaged on a physical and genetic level, they are damaged on a mental and emotional one.  Each and every corrupted Gem is suffering from the fallout, suffering in a mental state comparable to PTSD.

This was the last-ditch effort and aim of the Diamonds: to render the Rebellion crushed, catatonic, chaotic, and for all intents and purposes, dead.  

Even if it meant their own soldiers were caught in the crossfire.

The attack itself came from somewhere in Earth’s orbit, and given that the moon is home to a Diamond Base, it may have well been set off from there.

And we may have already seen the weapon responsible for it all.


TL;DR: The moon base is home to the nuke that corrupted all the Gems.

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Do you ever hear something so hypocritical, the world stops working for one long moment of bafflement?

I’m sorry, but Tarn, the guy who melts people alive and leads a torture club and ripped a guy’s head off over a dog to be cool, asking someone else to be reasonable is amazing

Moon Orb Theory

So this is a theory by e-mazing45 so give him all credit thanks.

Do we all remember in "It Could’ve Been Great” when Steven Paused to see the moon orb? 

What if that was the corruption device seen in both centipeetles drawings and Lapis’ flashbacks?

What if it was a big microphone? A loudspeaker that could allow “"the song” to be heard by all?

Now, everyone knows Yellow Diamonds voice actress Patti Lupone is a Broadway singer. Would it have made any sense for a Broadway star to play someone who didn’t sing in a show?

Marina Joyce is NOT kidnapped

I stayed up all night, watched her streams start to finish, and have followed this whole mess. Here’s some stuff that I can clear up for you, although I don’t have all the answers. 

The “Help Me” whispered in her video was her mothers voice. What she was actually saying was “Like Me” while giving an example of a spin. Likewise, the finger in the video is also her mothers. 

The bruises. She stated several times in her live stream that how she got the bruises is a “sad story” and “secret”, and I think you guys should respect her privacy. If she was assaulted or something, that’s really not the entire Internets business. 
(Later her mom said it was because she’s pale and clumsy and bruises easily… she fell in the park. Very possible she didn’t tell her mother how she got the bruises either.)

The 6:30AM Meetup: There was no meetup today. Anything regarding that is false. The meetup is actually for a party that’s happening on august third… she wanted to meet up with fans some time before the party started. 

“But she was nervious/scared in the livestream!” . There was 45k people clamoring for answers all at the same time. It was chaos. Any signals such as hair touching/making a heart were all accidental, she does them all the time. Hundreds of messages were being sent at once, I doubt she read a fraction of the “send me a signal” ones. 

“Creepy face in the corner of her room!” - It was a teddy bear. It’s in lots of her videos. 

“The gun in her room” She says this was a BB gun. I don’t know a thing about guns, so this MAY not be true?

“All of her weird, non-vegan twitter posts!” -
 They’re just stolen posts from other twitters/tumblrs. She probably saw they were popular or thought they were cute. Liking Pizza and Chicken nuggets is popular. 

All of those creepy deleted tweets/the black video/her second account/ect?” Fake, guys. Come on. It’s so easy to fake things. 

There’s a bunch of small stuff I didn’t address, but y’all need to calm down some.

The police checked on her earlier. Her mother was there with her. Her friend live streamed with her later too. 

She might have a drug problem. She might have some sort of disorder. And maybe there’s some sort of abuse.

But since she’s not being held hostage, I think that this is really something for her family/friends to address, and not millions of people on the internet. 

Context: We were exploring a dungeon and just finished combat against five Lizard Abominations. Four were dead, one was unconscious, and we were debating what to do with it. We were planning on dragging the live one to an NPC who was studying them, and we ran into some… complications.

Ranger: Okay, we’ve tied this thing up so that it won’t wake up and run away while we explore the rest of the dungeon, but I don’t think that’s secure enough. We should probably bury it up to its’ chest so that it’s definitely secure.

Druid: No, burying it in a grave’s too much work, and we’d have to dig it back up again later. Plus, what would a bit of dirt do that it being tied up wouldn’t? Let’s just leave it as it is.

Paladin: …You know, I do have a warhammer. We could just break it’s legs. It definitely wouldn’t be able to run away if it woke up. Damn thing’s already near dead anyways.

Sorcerer: What?! No! That’s inhumane!

Paladin: Yeah, it’s inhumane, but it’s also inhuman. Besides, I’m technically lawful neutral. I’ll go for practical over nice any day of the week.

Ranger: We're not breaking its’ legs.

Druid: No, I think [Paladin] has a point. Breaking its’ legs wouldn’t kill it, and it would completely prevent it from running off if it wakes up. I’m all for breaking the legs.

Ranger: Guys, no, we are not breaking its’ legs! What would the NPC biologist think?

Sorcerer: Well, I mean, we could. When we come back, I could just use Cure Wounds on it.

Paladin: Screw this, I’m rolling to break its’ legs.

Ranger: Dammit, I said no! I’m rolling to stop him.

The Paladin rolls a 7, and the Ranger rolls a 9 on athletics, preventing him from breaking the unconscious lizard’s legs.

DM: While you guys are arguing, [Alchemist] finished meditating for his short rest, and is now awake.

Paladin: Alright, fine. Let’s put it to a vote. Who votes we should break his legs?

Druid: Break the legs!

Sorcerer & Ranger: Guys, we don’t need to break the legs.

Paladin: Okay, [Alchemist], what about you? Are you for or against breaking the legs?

Alchemist: Look, my character just woke up, and has absolutely no idea what the fuck you’re all talking about, so I’m gonna have to say I’m neutral and just confused.

While this is happening, the Sorcerer decides to aim his Staff of Wild Magic at the lizard, in the hopes that it would shrink it, or create a cage around it, or heal it, or just do anything to move this conversation along.

DM: *rolls the percent dice* Okay, let’s see what that did. It… oh. Oh my. *bursts out laughing*

Everyone: Oh god, what did he do?

It takes the DM a while to stop laughing, but she finally answers.

DM: Alright. With your Wild Magic, you accidentally cast the spell Magic Missile. At 5th tier. Against an enemy with functionally zero hit points. A 5th tier magic missile fires eight shots. You have solved the problem of what to do with the unconscious lizard, because the lizard is no longer unconscious. The lizard has exploded into a mess of blood and gore, completely soaking your robes with blood and melted flesh. Great job. You did twice this thing's maximum health in damage with a single spell.

Sorcerer: …Well. Shit.

Ranger: …God dammit, now what are we supposed to bring back to the NPC?!

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warning!! super long post ahead

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