When the latest batch of episodes leaked I could not for the life of me get over how different Blue Diamond was from how she seemed in The Answer. I mean look at this shit
In her story, Garnet portrayed Blue as as a calm, cold, ruthless queen who would had no issue with ordering Ruby’s death on the spot for stepping out of line, that’s a pretty far cry from the big moping blueberry that we got here.
Now you can go and say that this was before Pink Diamond was shattered, but look at Blue’s court. It’s all bluish and pinkish gems with none of any other color, and the rubies assigned to Sapphire didn’t have a diamond on their uniform to show who they were working for. This was right after Pink Died!
Now take a moment to rewatch how Garnet acted when Blue Diamond was involved. Garnet was scared, mortally terrified of Blue, to the point that she didn’t want to get anywhere near her.
Do you think someone this terrified could really have given an accurate recollection of what happened on the day she was sentenced to death?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t doubt for a minute that Blue called for Ruby to be shattered, but I don’t think it was because Garnet broke some insane interracial love taboo. No, Blue had her sister’s murderer right there in front of her, and Sapphire had confirmed that she would face judgement…
AND THEN RUBY FUCKED SHIT UP!
Does this mean Blue Diamond was right to have Ruby executed? Fuck no it doesn’t, but all the same Blue here isn’t the insane, bigoted, love-hating tyrant that Garnet told us she was. She’s a deeply hurt, deeply flawed individual in a position of power struggling to hold it together after she watched her sister’s killer escape justice because a bumbling guard distracted everyone!
So yeah, she may still ordered an execution, but give Blue a break. At least half a break. This definitely was not in cold blood.
What started with my own Blue Sapphire, turned into a Sapphire for each Diamond.
I guess the backstory for these Sister Sapphires is that they were the very first of their color and gem to ever form thus their odd appearances compared to other Sapphires, and serve each Diamond as their main future tellers.
(Pink Sapphire went to Blue Diamond after the incident.)
Pink Sapphire also likes to sit a lot as it calms her nerves.💞
Yesterday I responded to an ask and said I wasn’t too sure of when Pink Diamond’s “shattering” occurred in the timeline of the war. While reviewing The Answer for another ask, I think I can say with more certainty now.
PD was likely shattered before the war began, and could have been the deciding factor that led Homeworld to regard the Crystal Gems as a serious threat.
One important thing to ask is why Blue Diamond was even on Earth in The Answer. Earth, as we know, is PD’s colony. Should there have been a diplomatic mission between Homeworld and the CGs, the representative of Homeworld should more appropriately be PD herself. But the way Garnet discussed the mission, it seemed that the talks would be between BD and Rose, the leader of the CGs.
To me, this indicates the real leader’s absence, and that’s why another Diamond had to be called in. Below are some other reasons supporting this.
1. The Gems in the Background
It’s interesting that the gems we see in the crowd are supposedly in Blue Diamond’s court. But there are two dominant colours among the bystanders: Blue and Pink.
And if we look at the individual gems, the blue gems are slimmer and more feminine in appearance. Majority are in ballgowns. On the other hand, the pink and red gems have wider builds and larger figures, or they’re wearing shorts, similar to the Rubies. This is because the outline of their legs is clearly seen, unlike those of the gems in gowns.
We’ve been working under the assumption that the colours of certain gems reflect that of their Diamond, and it’s even more obvious in The Answer because Garnet’s stylised storytelling makes it clear exactly to which faction a gem belongs.
This is odd, because it clearly appears as though BD was holding a session in her court, so only her gems should be the ones present and listening. PD’s faction doesn’t really have reason to be around, which leads to the next idea.
2. The Rubies don’t have diamonds on them
Something worth noting is that Homeworld-aligned gems all have Diamonds on their outfits. We see them on Lapis, Peridot, Jasper, and the Ruby Squad. But in The Answer, only Sapphire has the diamond on her outfit. The three Rubies assigned to her are insignia-less.
In the same way Jasper now has a yellow diamond on her jumpsuit, it’s possible that the Rubies had no diamond to pay homage to with their clothes. But something is strange about that. As I mention repeatedly on this blog. heroes who die are memorialised, martyred, and exalted. Since Homeworld is about to enter into tense relationships with the inhabitants of Earth, and the Crystal Gems clearly shed visible links to PD, it would make sense that the PD forces still loyal to Homeworld would maintain her logo, as a sign of respect to their fallen leader as they avenge her.
It’s strange that Homeworld would rather they show no sign they were once aligned to PD and instead walk around blankly.
Much like the pink nobles, Rubies and other Pink gems, I think, were being re-assigned and distributed among the other Diamonds. In the end, from what we know in the series, the more soldier-like gems, like Quartzes and Rubies, ended up with YD, who controlled the military. On the other hand, military tacticians, like the pink gem in the first picture with the ballgown, may have remained with BD as advisers.
It serves as evidence that PD was no longer around at this point in time. If she were, she would be right there with BD in her own palanquin, surrounded by the pink members we see in the court.
3. Their reactions to Garnet
One thing to note about the gems who immediately reacted to Garnet’s presence the she first fused, was that the gems caught onscreen were all blue. These were the gems with gut reflexes against fusion. And it makes sense that they would react more viscerally to Garnet than do pink gems.
The pink gems express their displeasure at seeing Garnet, but they weren’t as vocal about it as the blue gems were. And that’s because fusion is a common military tactic that gems in PD’s faction would have used. That’s why Peridot has the connotation of fusion as being a “war machine.” Even so, the context of fusion in battle is appropriate only when gems are of the same type, which is why they shunned Garnet too.
Blue gems, we’re led to believe, are aristocratic. That means there are much fewer chances for them to fuse, if they fuse at all. Their aversion to fusion, especially with a common soldier, would be very strong.
It emphasises the idea that the pink gems come from a very different context than do the blue gems, further supporting the idea that they’re from PD’s faction and not Blue’s.
If this is the case, I’d stand by the idea that PD was shattered sooner rather than later.
Yes, she was shattered. But you know what happens when you shatter a gem? You get gem shards. And you know what shards are?
Shards can communicate with each other, they can form (as limbs), they can sense someone’s presence, and they can even bubble each other. The shards in the Cluster know that they’re not alone, they know that they’re trapped, they know that they want to form and they can try to do so. To some degree, shards have thoughts, feelings, and a sense of awareness. Gem shards are capable of all those things.
This means that the gem isn’t truly dead; everything that belonged to the gem (mind, body, etc.) is simply split up. Gem shards can form and be sentient, but not like the whole gem. They are simply a limb of the gem with just a small part of the mind. They can’t actually talk, but something’s in there.
If being shattered is basically the same thing as having a cracked gem, only 10 times worse, then theoretically, it can be healed. If a crack in a gemstone can be fixed, so can a shattered gem if all the shards are put together in the right place and then doused in healing spit.
Think about it. A cracked gem is a gem with a piece of the gem chipped away. That piece is gone. When healed, the chipped piece is grown right back. Healing spit can, essentially, create new tissue to fill up the crack. Like I said, if all the shards of a shattered gem are put together in the right place, much like a broken ceramic pot glued back together, the healing spit can do its job.
And we don’t even need Steven to make that happen.
I’m sure all those Rose Quartzes would love to revive their beloved Diamond. And even if they wouldn’t, Yellow and Blue Diamond can easily force them to.
All of this leaves only one question: where are Pink Diamond’s shards?
My Diamond… *salutes* <> <> <> My wondrous lustrous luminous diamond~
My favorite SU character right now :D I mean I have always liked her charismatic villain-y character, but when I heard her singing, WOW!! <3 It’s just like those disney villain song moments in classic movies :D