forget the smithsonian come to my place for a personal showing of the captain america exhibit
exhibited is, lipstick, nail polish, earrings, compact mirror, compass and case, undercover necklace, two pairs of screen accurate peggy shoes, and the accurate uso shoes, silk scarf that peggy wears in the fondue scene, howling commando joy buzzer, ssr walkie radio, walther pkk, purse, combat bag, peggy’s ike jacket, ssr pins, agent carter hat, union jack’s hat, steve’s shield blank, and authentic war bonds poster that strangely looks like comic peggy carter.
not shown includes any reproduction dresses i own, AOU earrings, clip on pearl stud earrings seen in agent carter, captain america trading cards, accurate bra, garter belt, and stockings, spy camera pen, a vial of steve rogers blood, and actual tears shed because of steggy ruining my life. Okay..it’s more the exhibit the smithsonian should put on for agent Carter
Because you all know how much I love thinking about all the weird ways alien can make babies. This is actually pretty safe for work.
In order to reproduce, a Gem fusion is required. It’s not only limited to too parents–any number of Gems can be involve as long as they can hold the fusion together long-term. Most often it is done with a 2 or 3 Gem fusion, but some have taken it higher. Gems are sexless, and any gem can reproduce with any other.
Once the group of parents if fused, reproduction can begin. It involves the gem of each parent having an equal piece broken off of it. If there are 2 Gems, each will have half taken, and if there are 3, each will break off a third, so on and so forth. These gem pieces coalesce into a single new gem. The baby will be the same gem type as the fusion of the parents. (Pearl and Amethyst would make Opal, Ruby and Sapphire would make Garnet, Ruby/Sapphire/Amethyst would make Sugilite, etc.) Once the child’s gem is created, its buried underground or in a cliffside where it can grow its body.
Reproduction takes a lot out of the parents. Because their gems are now incomplete, they need to stay fused so that they have at least one gem between them all to keep themselves alive. In this time, the fusion Gem goes into a state of lethargy, where they do little more than rest and absorb energy from their surroundings as their gems heal. Depending on how much of their gems were broken off, they will have to stay like this for anywhere between a few hundred and a couple thousand years. They stay conscious the entire time so that they can protect the baby growing underground if necessary and raise it once its grown. For these reasons, it’s extremely important that Gems find other Gems who they are fusion compatible with if they want to have a child–not only do they need to stay fused for a very long time, but they need to get along well enough with the other minds to not go completely nuts that whole time.
Once the child is done growing in the ground, it will come out with its fully adult body. It will only stick around its parents for a hundred years or so before setting off on its own. Gems do not maintain a relationship with their parents, nor do the parents try to stay connected to their children.
When two Gems fall in love, they often have the urge to fuse long-term as a way to test whether they would be able to survive reproduction together, sort of like the gem equivalent of dating. This is what Ruby and Sapphire did. Some gem cultures are more accepting of this practice than others.
The link between fusion and reproduction versus the usefulness of non-romantic fusion during battle has caused a lot of confusion over the place of fusion in society. How taboo fusion is varies between gem cultures and time periods. Some consider it incredibly inappropriate and discourage fused gems from even going out in public, while others are very relaxed about it and have friends and coworkers casually fuse all the time for practical reasons. Many cultures have views in between these poles.
When a Gem and a human reproduce, the human is unable to contribute any gem material, so the Gem parent must sacrifice their entire gem for the child. The Gem then dies because there is no portion of their gem to recover from, or the portion is so small that it cannot sustain the recovery process. This is what happened with Rose Quartz, Greg, and Steven.
If this is right (which is probably isn’t), the Kindergartens might be a method of creating more Gems quickly and efficiently without sacrificing the working ability of adult Gems. Natural reproduction takes a long time and can only make a single child every few hundred years at most, so the Kindergarten might be part of a project involving artificial reproduction. The gems grown there might be made of shards from old dead gems, synthesized materials, regular old gemstones mined from planets like Earth, or something else, maybe even a combination of many of those. These Gems could be manufactured in large numbers and drafted into Gem armies.