...so quite likely, then.>>95133007>an alien who's wielded swords for longer than modern humanity has existed
How do you define 'modern humanity'? I doubt Pearl ever touched a sword before 6000 years ago.>>95136764
Get it through your head. This is not a well-organized combat unit. This is not the Imperial Marine. This isn't even Dad's Army.
These are rebels. They're misfits. A hybrid who was never supposed to exist. The smallest quartz in the universe. And a pearl who is literally living her entire life denying her true nature, even though it is demonstrated and stated over and over again that she is, after all, still a pearl. Used to be led by a glorified nurse who was scatterbrained at the best of times and who has been dead for over a decade now.
What do you expect? The SEALS? The Gems are incredibly strong and experienced, but it is a very idiosyncratic experience. The power and technological differential between humans and other organic life forms and gems is so huge that, under normal circumstances, colonization would be a matter of course. Once Kindergartens and other facilities have been established, all you'd have to do is wait. What could a human even do about a Kindergarten? Would they even understand what they are and what they do? Or would they never even wonder at all as, over centuries, across human lifetimes, crops gradually fail more and more, wildlife grows more sparse and fewer children are born each generation? They'd probably move to more fertile ground, i.e. away from the centers of gem activity, and dwindle when even those reservations are gradually drained. Would stone-age people ever have made the connection? And if so, what could they possibly have done about it?
In a military sense, gems are absolutely inept compared to humans. They have no tactics, no strategy - they move like a machine which simply crushes whatever is in its way. Even as individuals, gems have been consistently shown to fall short of humans.