Do you think the speculation of the Ruby Squad sent to Earth could've been the elite. I mean they wouldn't send just any Rubies, your thoughts.
Anonymous said: I have to ask about the rubies, I mean in regards to them being possible elites. Just look at veteran Eyeball and cunning Navy, just two of the five. Do you think they could be elites, why send 1 out of 5 experienced rubies to Earth. Except Leggy.
So I’ve received two asks asking about a specific word: Elite.
And I don’t know about that word because it’s never mentioned in-show. That means that it carries a lot of the baggage and connotations of our world. Elite would refer to the highest, the best.
For me, it insinuates that this Ruby Squad is the best Ruby Squad there is on Homeworld. And the reasons for this are that 1) It’s Earth. 2) Eyeball and Navy know what they’re doing.
I’ll talk about the latter point first. I feel like Homeworld aspires for higher standards than the bare minimum. Saying that Eyeball is a veteran is not saying a whole lot. I’m all for declaring the competency of the Ruby Squad. It’s something I’ve been reiterating over and over that Homeworld trains its gems and makes sure they can get the job done because they can’t afford to keep wasting resources in failure.
Nonetheless, the point often cited is that Navy was able to deceive the Crystal Gems in Room for Ruby, which the CGs were able to do easily, twice, without much effort. That’s not saying a lot for the Ruby Squad except that on the third try, they finally wised up and beat the CGs at their own game.
Eyeball’s attacking Steven, and Navy’s flinging them out of the plane were signs they were upset and angry and spiteful which is something people tend to be after being sent on two wild goose chases by the same people. But other than that, they did exactly what their job entailed.
My point is, Rubies are guards. They were sent to retrieve and guard Jasper. They were assigned to guard nobility like Sapphire. These are important gems, and they aren’t all trained to fight, again, like Sapphire. Rubies have to be competent, or the rare aristocratic gems with special war-winning abilities would have been assigned other gems as guards at this point.
I’m not incredibly surprised at all that they were able to pull one out from under the CGs because the CGs had drastically underestimated them at this point.
As for their location being Earth, the Diamonds still think Earth is a relatively safe place. Save for the emerging Cluster, they don’t think there’s a threat. That’s why they sent a lone civilian the first time around, Peridot. And even when Jasper went missing, it wasn’t a threat of other gems that caused them to send for a rescue team. It was because of the Cluster, which hadn’t hatched yet to the best of their knowledge.
Blue Diamond visited Earth herself without guards to escort her. That’s how safe the Diamonds think the planet is. So I don’t think Earth is a huge factor in sending their best team.
If there’s anything to take away from this post, it’s really that we should be expecting more of Homeworld and the forces they send. SU has shown us that Homeworld isn’t playing Bond villain. The Diamonds aren’t irrationally destroying everything that irks them and their citizens aren’t bumbling henchmen. They don’t have a huge self-destruct button for their own base that anyone can waltz up to and press. They are an organised civilisation much older than those of Earth and there’s a reason they’ve been able to sustain such rapid technological progress. It’s not to say the Ruby Squad isn’t good at their job, but I’d be hard pressed to say they’re the best.