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Steven Universe Spoilers - The cluster by storm-rao Steven Universe Spoilers - The cluster by storm-rao
SPOILERS, IGNORE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLUSTER YET

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HOLY CRAP I WAS RIGHT ABOUT IT! Hundreds of minds joined in a purpose as a conjunction of fractured selves barely aware of their state or each other, but all knowing something was wrong, speaking in a fractured voice with tiny elements of a whole. I WAS RIGHT!!!


So... uhm

I was talking to a friend, and it suddenly hit me. Do the Gems/shards experience the passage of time inside the bubbles? Me and a real friend discussed this, he expected not as poofed THEN bubbled, you are probably unaware of time passing. I think one might, otherwise why did the Centipetal not instantly try and murderize Steven?

ANYWAY

The Cluster. A thing of horror, a thing of pity. When it appears, it screams in agony as it tries to become... well, you can see it before it glitches.
It doesn't hurt Garnet, it's not pulling her apart. That is Garnet suffering a Heroic Bluescreen of Death in the face of something so personally and philosophically repugnant. I think it was trying to beg for help. I don't know if that means smashing the shards to dust, or untangling them, or maybe just bubbling it for whatever oblivion that may or may not hold.
How much of each Gem remains?

This image was designed to try and capture that scream of agony, and Garnet's reaction. It obviously has enough sentience, even if it's purely physical awareness, to scream. But to recognize someone, to hold and not hurt, that takes a little more. The limb-pairs just flopped about mindlessly. The Cluster, to me, is aware. Both of its surroundings, and of its own nightmareish state.

The text inside the image is designed to be four minds trying to attain one goal. Initially I had one colour asking most of the questions, one with only the italicized moments, and one that was just faded spots. I reworked it so that I didn't have strong lines of following colour, and gave each fragment their own texture. The basic text colour is modelled on the eyes.

When I wrote out the text as I usually do, it didn't feel right. I wanted to try and get the fragmented nature across as thoroughly as possible.

Given all that, this image was born.

For those interested, the original passage looks like this:

I-I-I am/We-I-You? Who?

 

Am/We? Feel bro-ken. Who are I/you?

 

Want-want-want

 

You/who?

 

I/we/where?

 

Tem-ple?

 

I/you/we?

 

Feel

 

Crys-tal

 

We-/-who-/-am-/-me-/-us

 

Rose?

 

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Orangecandy12 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Professional Writer
The cluster is nightmare fuel in itself, being a hastily-glued together monster born from fallen gems, but knowing that it is sentient to some degree makes it even more terrifying. Plus, I swear I could hear the clusters in nightmare hospital saying things like "Rose? Rose, help!"
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PROFUM333 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
uh i think i heard that too 

for me when patient 1 (the big armed gem mutant)
running and bangging
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storm-rao Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
oh man, I need to go back and watch that episode to see if I can hear such things!
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like the Gem version of Frankenstein's Monster, except every individual 'piece' of the monster can remember being an individual and is constantly feeling the pain of being severed from the rest of their original bodies. Major nightmare fuel when you think about it.
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storm-rao Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
and it looks like they might react to each other as of Nightmare Hospital. I have to wonder if the individual shards are attracted to each other, trying to piece themselves together.
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C-arnelian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
{ my god. I think the same about that. And I think that the cluster was just trying to help for Garnet because how you said,they hold her and not hurt her. I'm really curious about the cluster and this art is really good }
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storm-rao Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Thank you very much! ^.^
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darlingvalkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
...Jesus *faves*
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storm-rao Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
thanks
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