You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: This page has been protected to prevent editing or other actions. You can view and copy the source of this page. == Biology == [[File:Gems.png|thumb|left|180px|The essences of individual Gems are contained in their gemstones. The rest of their bodies is merely a projection.]] Individual Gems are living, intelligent gemstones that can project a tangible humanoid form. They have no heart or heartbeat, and may in fact possess no internal organs, although they can create them by shapeshifting. An x-ray of a Gem will reveal no skeletal structure and nothing other than the gemstone, although it may also show things they have consumed. Most Gems have access to superhuman powers such as shapeshifting, Gem bubbling (forming a bubble to contain smaller objects), weapon summoning or elemental control, and Gem fusion. Gems seem to be mineral-based lifeforms due to primarily being living gemstones. A Gem's gemstone is positioned somewhere on their physical form (which is basically a solid light hologram/projection), such as the forehead, palms, chest, back or navel. The position varies from one individual to another. Though pure Gems are referred to in feminine terms and commonly have feminine traits, Gems are a genderless race, with Steven Universe being the first male Gem to exist, as well as the first Human-Gem hybrid. Despite this, Gems with more masculine appearances and voices are not completely unheard of. [[File:Gems2.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Different Gem castes illustrating different phenotypes.]] Most Gems generally take on a feminine or androgynous Human-like form, though notably distinguished by the lack of gender-defining traits such as breasts. For the most part, they appear to lack external ears, and some Gem types may lack a nose or have only one eye. The forms they take are only constructs their gemstone creates for them, which follows restrictions set by their biological caste. Their appearance varies from Gem to Gem, but their colors are mainly composed of the color palette of the gemstone they possess. If a Gem's physical form is destroyed, they will retreat into their gemstone in order to create a new form. Most Gems are also capable of shapeshifting, but this is known to consume a lot of energy and leave a Gem exhausted when done for too long. They are functionally immortal and cannot die from old age, but can die by other means, such as being shattered. If a Gem is severely injured, their body dissipates in a burst of dust or smoke, leaving behind their gemstone, which is vulnerable and unable to move until the Gem finishes regenerating. In addition, if a Gem's gemstone is damaged, their physical form will become distorted. Gems do not need to eat or sleep, but are nonetheless capable of doing so, and they can get physically exhausted. They're unaffected by changes in gravity, and do not need to breathe, but do appear to have functional lungs for speaking purposes, and are not immune to gasping for breath. It's not known how they digest food, though it's implied that they can simply convert it all to energy. While Gems can't die from food poisoning, they can still get sick to the point of vomiting. === Reproduction === New Gems are created from facilities called Kindergartens. While biological reproduction is an alien concept to Gems, it is not impossible for them. Although Gems can't reproduce with each other, at least one (Rose Quartz) was able to produce a Gem-hybrid offspring by shapeshifting to create a reproductive system. Her son, Steven, inherited her gemstone, without which she could not project a physical form and subsequently "died". === "Corruption" === While Gems are normally sapient, they can be become feral and animalistic in a process known as "corruption" that was caused by an attack on Earth that was intended to kill every Gem on the planet but failed. Nephrite, for instance, was formerly a normal Gem, but became a centipede-like beast when corrupted. Corruption also seems to function like a disease, and can spread through fusion, as seen when Jasper fused with a corrupted Gem she had captured to battle Smoky Quartz and eventually became corrupted as a result. === Fusions === Gems are also capable of fusing with each other in order to assume a larger and more powerful form that can comprise of two or more Gems in number. Stable fusions of up to six Gems are known to exist. The fusion forms often have more than one pair of arms (or legs in Malachite's case), and may also have multiple eyes, depending on the number of Gems the fusion is made of and the compatibility of the individuals. However, this seems to only apply to different types of Gems, as fusions of Gems of the same type do not have additional limbs. Gems cannot fuse with Humans, but Gem-Human hybrids can fuse with Humans, as Steven did with Connie to form Stevonnie, and with Greg to form Steg. Hybrids can fuse with pure Gems too, as Steven formed Smoky Quartz with Amethyst, Rainbow Quartz 2.0 with Pearl, and Sunstone with Garnet. Even feral, corrupted gems are capable of fusion, as Jasper fused with the corrupted Ocean Jasper to form Zebra Jasper. A second form of fusion is known as "force-fusions" or Cluster Gems. These are very unstable, and attack non-cluster Gems to find their missing shards and become "whole" again. Successful fusion requires harmony between the individual components. If multiple Gems stay fused for too long or have a fusion with an unstable personality, they can slowly lose their individuality as a result. Return to Gem. Retrieved from "https://aliens.fandom.com/wiki/Gem"