I actually adopted the sapphire, and all credit for her design goes to @.ponpon-adopts!
Even tho Sapph is in the image too, I really only talk about Calcey here bc Sapph isn't all that relevant to the storyline until later and I'm still working out some things about her Calcite Lapis Lazuli (goes by "Calcey", which is pronounced as "Kelsey")
Weapons and abilities:
She can't use her powers, so she's pretty useless as far as homeworld is concerned. She can't terraform, she can't even fly. However, that being said, Calcey is actually very quick witted, even for a lapis. Lapis lazuli's aren't particularly weak, either. Sure, their powers are more impressive than their raw strength, but that doesn't mean they don't have any. Quite the opposite. I mean; CG Lapis can lift a gem as big and heavy as Bismuth with almost no effort! The calcite may impede Calcey's powers, but not her ripped bod.Backstory:
Calcey is a defective lapis. Her defects pretty much the fault of the kindergarteners. She was one of the last gems to be made on her home planet before the entire colony was abandoned (there wasn't much life on the planet so only a few gems could be made at the time
), so her production was rushed. Miscalculations and errors occurred due to the very small time frame the peridots had, and she came out with her gem trapped in a matrix of calcite. Her gem is actually a really deep, rich blue, which is a very valuable colour of lapis; but, obviously, half of it is stuck inside an inanimate piece of stone so she came out more lilac than royal blue. She has some white markings on her face and shoulders, but the worst of it is on her limbs - both of her legs from about mid thigh down are completely white, and the same with her arms, so that's why she doesn't wear a skirt anymore and she covers up with gloves. But also because she wants matching bell bottoms with her bestie, Sapph.
She hadn't really done anything wrong, per se, and I'm gonna give the diamonds the benefit of the doubt and say they didn't just run around shattering whoever they wanted and since Blue Diamond's most recent colony was a bust, she wasn't exactly rolling in resources. Plus, lazulis, even defective ones, are rare and expensive, and after some 'testing' was run on Calcey - and by testing I mean Blue ordered some quartzes to beat the shit out of her and see what happened - Blue determined that Calcey was pretty capable. She's assigned as an overseer, almost, but she's basically a glorified messenger. She's less strong than a quartz, but she's certainly way smarter than one, so she's sent around the galaxy to make sure morons are doing their job. She can't fly on her own, so she gets a ship.
She gets a material weapon made for her by a homeworld blacksmith (not a bismuth tho, since we know they're supposed to be architects)
suited to her, and it turns out to be a sabre (not the star wars sabres, and not the fencing sabres, it's a different sabre ok? ok)
. There's some joke to be made about a scottish person picking a sabre over a claymore or something like a true wuss (read: english cavalryman)
but... am i really qualified enough in 18th century history to make it? who knows. Calcey already looks like she came out of brave heart with her markings and colour scheme, ok, let's not talk about the act of union in my steven universe post.Ongoing:
Calcey, somewhat recently, was on her way to her ship to go look over some project BD's peridots were working on, but ended up falling into the homeworld kindergartens instead because she wasn't attention. Luckily she isn't damaged, but she obviously can't fly out, and the kindergartens are really far below the ground level of homeworld, it's kind of hard to climb. So while she's walking around the tunnels, trying to find a way out, she runs into one of those robots from "the trial" and they try to shoot her. And then she's saved by some little shit with an afro- oh fuck that's a sapphire.
Originally Calcey is all "thank you your clarity" "i owe you my life your clarity" and then she realises that hey, this sapphire doesn't have any diamonds on her and also why would she be in the kindergartens in the first place? since when do sapphires know how to fight?
So Sapph tells her "hey DUMBASS i'm a rebel and you do in fact owe me your life so pay up" she was joking to break the ice but... Calcey didn't really realise that. She 100% thought she was about to be made into one of those living objects to do favours for the rebels or something. But that's ridiculous, who would ever do that...?
Even though lazulis don't like to make friends that often, Sapph is just too... herself, and Calcey is sort of envious of her confidence and attitude. Sapph is the democratic leader of a small group of rebels, mostly defects but some of them are fusions and others are just gems who were sick of it up top, who all live below the surface of homeworld. Sapph asks an era 2 peridot, who kept her limb enhancers when she fled to hide out in the kindergartens, to fly Calcey back up. Sapph trusts her not to tattle because, I mean, she's defective too. She has to have some sympathy. And she does. In fact, she starts secretly flying her ship down there in between missions to meet up with Sapph, and they become close friends over time. Sapph is actually the one who gave Calcey her nickname!
One day, a peridot discovers a signal coming from an outpost on an abandoned colony, and reports to Yellow Diamond. Yellow gives her permission to go check it out to make sure it's not a crystal gem hideout or something, and Blue - having heard about this through the grapevine - offers Calcey to Yellow for the mission to help the Peridot around. The abandoned colony in question is, of course, Calcey's home planet, so she's bound to remember a bit around. Yellow accepts the offer because she's unwilling to spare any of her quartzes, but still doesn't trust a peridot to get the job done alone and Blue swears by Calcey's smarts. Calcey's ship is destroyed by Phoenix
, but after Calcey uses her big smart gem brain to wrangle the peridot with into agreeing to just pretend it's a malfunction and no-one was there and gets Phoenix to agree to let them both go, there's a little awkward silence because, like. They have no ship, Calcey can't fly, peridot is era 1 and has no limb enhancers to fly with either, and Phoenix refuses to go anywhere near homeworld ever again.