Adam S Dark Shadow

[06:39] <Minaplo> [("Launch Evangelions!")-
[06:41] <Minaplo> [The battleship mag-catapults charged to full capacity, then launched at shocking speeds, propelling EVA-00, 01 and 04 into the air. So fast they were that for a minute they simply glided before they began to lose altitude, when their wings or AT Fields would catch them.-
02[06:46] * Raphael (ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR#ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR) Quit (Quit: <Minaplo> I like Louis XIV, because he seems like this incredibly wasteful extravagant partyboy, but beneath that double chin, jowls, fourteen ermine capes, moustache, 15 pound wig and 18th century parachute pants is a cunningly machiavellian mind.)
[06:47] <Minaplo> [35 minutes ago, Marianne had summoned them to the bridge, informing them of the situation quickly. The anti-AT Field Dead Zone over EVA-05 had vanished, and EVA-05 had, without responding to any communications or messages, simply turned around and walked off, moving unerringly to a specific spot- Niagara Falls.-
[06:47] <Minaplo> [Their objective was simple. Retrieve the Berserk Eva, and the pilot within.]
06[06:49] * Aline let 00's wings catch it, indeed, before looking around at where 01 and 04 were. "Prepare for jaunt…!" She commented, before 00 became the familiar dendritic 'star' of its Dirac Shadow. There was probably a short moment to react.
[06:52] <Sept> "Prepare for anything, too," Sera noted.
01[06:52] <Yanmei> "Understood…" said Yanmei numbly. She clutched her controls tightly, bracing herself.
[06:53] <Aline> …And it happened, as a small zone of air containing the other two Evangelions was suddenly /shooped/ away into the area of the Niagara Falls!
[07:00] <Minaplo> [It was darker here, closer to nighttime- the sun had just sunk into the western sky, a reddish-orange dusky visage in the distance.-
[07:00] <Minaplo> [Standing in the middle of an island flanked by the Niagara Falls, the entire urban region around it completely evacuated, was Evangelion Unit 05.]
01[07:04] <Yanmei> "Colonel, we made it. The Eva almost looks peaceful…" Yanmei noted. She'd exhaled and straightened up upon their arrival, seemingly a bit more comfortable now.
02[07:04] * Aline (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) Quit (Quit: )
03[07:10] * Suzune (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) has joined #nervfrance
[07:10] <Sept> "Yeah. No immediate reaction. Can we proceed?"
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03[07:11] * Aline (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) has joined #nervfrance
[07:13] <Minaplo> [("Permission granted, Dorian Squad.")]
01[07:27] <Yanmei> "All right. Here's the plan? We're going to do this simply. Neut, grapple, decapitate."
[07:29] <Minaplo> [At that moment, video windows opened in all the plugs. Each one showed the same thing.-
[07:29] <Minaplo> [Isaiah, sitting in the plug, his head resting against the back of the seat, his eyes closed. He looked pale, sick. He hadn't eaten in days and it was obvious.-
[07:30] <Minaplo> ["… What are you doing…?" He mumbled, barely audible.]
01[07:31] <Yanmei> "!" Yanmei leaned forward. "You're awake?! Thank goodness. Isaiah, we're taking you back with us, ok?"
[07:31] <Sept> "What does he mean by that..?"
06[07:32] * Aline looked… shocked. As if she was reacting to something the others weren't.
[07:34] <Minaplo> ["… No. You can't… Go away…"]
[07:35] <Sept> "Proceed as planned. Full neut possible?"
01[07:38] <Yanmei> "Wait. We can talk him down? I'm sure of it." She tried again, her voice calm. "Isaiah, it's -us-. Deactivate your Eva. C'mon, you need proper rest and food!"
06[07:39] * Aline thought. "…If it's berserk… he might… not be able to…?"
[07:40] <Sept> "He could have contacted us if he was in control and reasonable. Yanmei."
[07:41] <Minaplo> ["No. Go away. None… None of you understand. I'm… I'm so weak… This is our only… Chance. Come back. Come back later… Let me die first…"]
06[07:45] * Aline opened her mouth to speak, but… she peered instead, expecantly, at Yanmei's comms window.
01[07:47] <Yanmei> "What are you trying to…? What's wrong with you?! Blanc? Colonel? Can anyone analyze 05 for anything out of the ordinary?"
[07:47] <Minaplo> [("It's not responding to our commands, but we can't scan anything inside the Plug, Yanmei…")]
06[07:50] * Aline shook her head a little. "I can try to push in a bit closer and analyze the AT Field, but… I don't know if that'll do any good."
01[07:52] <Yanmei> "Then… we'll move in and disable it. This can't continue?"
[07:52] <Sept> "Who are you saving with this, Isaiah?"
[07:54] <Minaplo> ["E… Everyone. Yanmei. I'm saving Yanmei… Nngh." He clapped a weak hand over his face. "Go away!"]
06[07:56] * Aline approached closer, and tried to push her field out to scan, not enough to be a ping, but enough to make gentle contact. However… "I'm not getting a good read…" She began.
[07:57] <Minaplo> [… There was a slight static crackle in the air.-
[07:57] <Minaplo> [It didn't seem very important for a second, but Aline…-
[07:57] <Minaplo> [Her comms line suddenly went dead.]
[07:59] <Sept> "Yanmei, is there any other reason he'd be ready to di- Aline?"
[07:59] <Minaplo> [Isaiah let out a short cry of pain, then suddenly went still.-
[08:00] <Minaplo> ["The next one who tries something like that dies." He said in a completely calm voice.]
[08:03] <Sept> "…problematic. Aline might need help."
[08:04] <Minaplo> ["I'm not going to say it… Ugh." His calm voice collapsed, the pained, weary one returning. "… Take EVA-00 and go. Away. Last… Chance."]
01[08:06] <Yanmei> "…" Deep breath. "We're repositioning ourselves between the target and 00. Isaiah, this is -your- last chance. Please. Don't you want to come back and see Lizzie?"
[08:07] <Minaplo> [Isaiah let out a groan. He covered his head with his hands, and it was obvious to see and hear that he was crying.-
[08:08] <Minaplo> ["Of course I do. Of course I do! I don't want anything more than to go home, but can't you see? I can't! I have to die now!"]
01[08:08] <Yanmei> "Why?! We can help you! If you did something wrong, we can understand!"
[08:09] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[08:09] <Minaplo> [The hands dropped.-
[08:09] <Minaplo> ["It's too late." He sighed. "You don't want to know why, but you want me to tell you anyway, right?"]
01[08:10] <Yanmei> "We do want to know why? Please. This is me. You can tell me anything…]
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["I don't think I can. But…"-
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["… I'll trust you one last time. Please, don't hate me."-
[08:12] <Minaplo> [He sat up. "If you hadn't come, I'd be dead right now. My body was about to give out, but you're so worried that without realising it, you're feeding me your own energy through the Libido Effect."-
[08:12] <Minaplo> ["So now I'm too weak…" He sat up a little, repositioning himself. "I'm… I'm sorry."-
[08:13] <Minaplo> ["You deserve to know the truth, but I don't want to tell you. Yet… I trust you. I trust you to do the right thing and kill me the moment I've done so."-
[08:14] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, when Impact happened, I was still in my mother's womb. She and I received a dose of S2 radiation that would've killed me if it hadn't been for her own protection around me. As a result of that, I… I changed. My genetic structure became malleable, more resistant to unnatural changes."-
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["But that wasn't all. I received something else on that day, Yanmei. Something entered my soul- my E-Type soul- and was sealed within."-
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, don't you see?" He hung his head.-
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["Even from before I was born, I've been part Angel. From the moment Impact happened, something's lived inside me. Adam."-
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["That's why SEELE hunted my family, that's why they took me away. To seal me, to seal Adam, to stop the inevitable."-
[08:17] <Minaplo> ["They programmed me to unseal that power within myself, and linked that power to a photograph of my own mother. When my father killed himself, he tore it- do you remember that?"-
[08:17] <Minaplo> ["From that time, Adam has been completely awake, and now…"-
[08:17] <Minaplo> ["Now… I can't stop it. Yanmei, I can't stop. It's too late. Yanmei, I've…"-
[08:17] <Minaplo> ["I've become Adam."]
06[08:20] * Aline came to. "At the… the last… but… without division failsafe… no…" Aline was now far more afraid than she was before. There was something mysterious afoot anyway.
[08:22] <Sept> "You heard that, Aline? It's safe for him to die, right?"
01[08:24] <Yanmei> Become Adam… Yanmei stared at 05. She swallowed hard. Forced her voice to retain a certain… evenness. "We can help you? It doesn't have to end with you dying. You're still Isaiah, aren't you? Even if you have that thing in you."
[08:25] <Aline> "He… broadcast it to me while I was unconscious." Aline had started to quicken her voice. "I have no idea! I don't know what'll happen to the contained soul when it - if it - hits the Eternity Drive!" Dilated pupils. Rapid breathing. "I don't know…"
[08:29] <Sept> "Won't it just be released before that?! A dead Eve shouldn't be capable of containing it!"
01[08:31] <Yanmei> "Stop talking like that!"
[08:36] <Sept> "-Straws-, Yanmei. Please be reasonable."
06[08:38] * Aline was quietly freaking out, though she did look rather incredulous, seemingly at Sera.
01[08:39] <Yanmei> "We can pull it out. Divide it. They did the same with Gina! We just have to get him to a… a lab or something!"
[08:46] <Minaplo> ["No."-
[08:46] <Minaplo> ["It's easy enough to pull out a stunned girl and a diminished Seed." Isaiah rose slowly from his seating position.-
[08:47] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry. To all of you. But that's not going to happen today."]
[08:47] <Sept> "… It's beyond impossible, Yanmei. -You can not ask anyone to shoulder that risk-."
06[08:49] * Aline was now looking from monitor to monitor, as if unsure who to listen to. "Uh… This…"
[08:51] <Sept> "Is there something else, Aline?"
[08:51] <Minaplo> [EVA-05's Entry Plug was suddenly empty.-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was now perched upon the head of EVA-05, standing tall, completely, seemingly unfettered by any physical or mental weakness. His eyes were open.-
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["I'm going to say what Aline could not. What she knows and feels in her heart: Elisha Caine, he dies today."-
[08:53] <Minaplo> ["Not because I want it to happen, not because he deserves it, but because it is simply the way of things. He has no more role in this. This is beyond all of you. All that you can do now is accept Destiny."-
[08:55] <Minaplo> [ADAM'S DARK SHADOW.]
01[09:37] <Yanmei> "That's not fair…" Yanmei was trembling. "That's NOT FAIR!" She slammed a fist against her console. "I'm moving in! Blanc, get get away from them!"
[09:37] <Aline> "On it!" Aline shakily replied, as 00 shot away and charged an AT Field around its long-mas…!
[09:39] <Sept> "…I see. We stand here, then, pilots! Amatore-DeForest, please prepare everything."
[09:39] <Minaplo> [Isaiah… Or Adam? He slowly rose above EVA-05, crossing his arms across his chest. He didn't move, didn't make any overt hostile gesture- yet EVA-05 took off, roaring in anger, the entire air around it billowing and folding and twisting as a myriad AT Field effects changed it. It charged down EVA-02, a vorpal claw burning…-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [("On it! Yanmei, look out!")]
06[09:55] * Yanmei skipped aside narrowly, watching as 05 splintered the trees that had been behind her.
06[10:00] * Aline meanwhile suddenly lowered the field she was gathering, and instead, 00 leapt into the air at dramatic speed, and then… "I can detect force nullification at work. Yanmei, get ready to for a catapult gravity kick!" …And soon, a catapult reaction was causing 00 and 04 to switch places!
01[10:06] <Yanmei> 04 hung in the air for a split second as if weightless… and then dropped like violet-colored comet. Yanmei yanked it upright, tucking one leg underneath, the other outstreached, foot posed and aiming. "YaaaAAAAHHHH!" -
01[10:08] <Yanmei> The impact sent debris flying around 05 and Aline, and dust choked the air. When it cleared, 04 was rising from a crouch, and there were visible dents in the armor encasing one of 05's legs…
[10:11] <Minaplo> [The Berserk Eva rose from the ruined terrain around it, leaving a huge outline within the soil and earth; the impact had shook the region, sending huge volumes of water from Niagara into the miniature lake.-
[10:11] <Minaplo> [… And then quite suddenly, EVA-00 stumbled and was smashed violently into the ground, as though a giant hand from the sky had simply punched it down.]
06[10:35] * Aline shook headily. "This isn't working…! Group synchronize on my mark!" Aline started counting. "3… 2… 1… Mark!" Her AT Field started to shudder and bend around her allies'…
06[10:43] * Sept had meanwhile seized 05 in a grapple hold, struggling to keep its attention. "Got it!"
[10:44] <Minaplo> [("Yanmei, Sera! I've sent you advanced targeting data! It sounds brutal, but I need you to focus all attacks on EVA-05's head!")]
01[10:47] <Yanmei> "Under-" Yanmei sprang forward, pulling back an arm "-stood!" She let the punch fly! And then another! And another!
[10:47] <Aline> …The resulting synchronization sucked away their AT Fields, giving it all to Aline. In a sudden flash of speed, 00 moved slightly again in spite of being held by invisible force, the gleaming philsopher's stone around it probably why. Despite having literally double the energy to utilize now, Aline was now forced to pull a /lot/ of it into something when she now acted once more. "Commencing
[10:47] <Aline> Anti-AT manipulation!" And suddenly, 05 became rather heavily sapped. "I've hindered its natural regeneration as much as I can, go now!"
[10:49] <Sept> "Standard procedure, Amatore-DeForest! We're on it! Good work, Aline!"
[10:50] <Minaplo> [The energy swirled around EVA-00, before erupting into the air around her as a massive swirling halo of a million different colours, a sickly, lurid and fever-vivid halo of light…]
06[10:59] * Yanmei kept it up, punching and screaming, the great, heavy blows finally seeing an effect on the enemy Eva…
[11:04] <Minaplo> [The armor and the flesh beneath began to buckle, bones breaking and giving way beneath the knuckled fists…]
[11:17] <Sept> "Allow me." EVA-01 stepped in, entering closer into 05's personal space, swinging a heavily armored fist to finish off the berserker.
[11:25] <Minaplo> [The first punched through the front bone, through the brain, and through the skull completely, the meat and carapace exploding outwards like a watermelon filled with shrapnel. Blood went everywhere, fouling the helmets and armored frames of the Evangelions.-
[11:26] <Minaplo> [Isaiah- or… Adam, still hadn't visibly moved, yet the air around him was starting to deform. Huge roiling lights and globs of fusion power began to form around him, before unleashing in a single massive storm of burning, blistering energy and light that tore through EVA-01's defenses, roasting its right leg to the point where its armor began to melt, fusing with the flesh beneath.]
06[11:29] * Aline strained herself, pulling up a barrier wall, and… then… "Changing Anti-AT pattern…" She muttered to herself, as now, Adam's deflection began to wear down from the sickening display!
06[11:39] * Yanmei jumped to the occassion, breathing hard from the exertion with 05. She scrambled for and closed a huge violet fist around the mother of all Angels. Despite her speed, the Eva's fingers were gentle, as if Yanmei and 04 were handling eggshells or glass.
[11:40] <Minaplo> [Isaiah- or Adam- still didn't react even as EVA-04's hand grabbed hold of him. He simply stared up at EVA-04's eyes…]
06[11:42] * Yanmei stared back at him wordlessly. She didn't move to hurt him further. Just stared, her eyes growing more and more glassy…
[11:43] <Minaplo> [("We've lost readings with EVA-04!")-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [("But Adam's gone inert as well-")-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [("Damn…")-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [("Reactivation readings inside EVA-05! Alert the pilots!")-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [("Aline, Sera, get ready! EVA-05 isn't dead yet!")]
[11:44] <Aline> "I didn't /think/ so!" Aline commented frustratedly, as she was focusing on keeping that field down.
[12:30] <Minaplo> [A single clawed hand suddenly twitched, then hurled itself skyward, its spasms causing the bone to bend backwards on itself. EVA-05's head was now nothing more than a mass of tumors and bulbous growths, which in seconds exploded into another whole unharmed head.-
[12:31] <Minaplo> [The juggernaut rose to its feet, shaking its head to clear away the blood and dust. It glanced at Aline, then turned back towards Sera. Like a pair of great warrior apes facing off, it puffed out its chest, cracked open its new mouth and roared; a sound so horrible, so loud and terrible that windows shattered, the surface of Niagara trembled…-
[12:31] <Minaplo> [And even the Pilots in their plugs felt a sliver of fear.]
03[12:31] * ZackSleep is now known as Zack
06[12:34] * Aline hopped backwards at that, and kept up her focus, even as she multitasked on keeping on a hard aim!
06[07:33] * Sept backed off from the berserker, having tried to dismantle some of its armor in the meantime. "Just taking it down again, then? We can't keep doing this for long."
06[07:35] * Aline had focused for a while longer, and nodded. "As best we can!" …And she pumped off a /very/ sure shot, funneling around it again with her prodigiously vast (borrowed) AT reserves.
[07:37] <Minaplo> [("Surov, I need data! Tell me what's going on down there!")-
[07:38] <Minaplo> [The Maser blast tore through EVA-05's skull, splatting freshly-regenerated brains once again. Yet almost instantly the wound vanished, brains regrowing at an inhuman rate. The Evangelion seemingly ignored EVA-00, instead focusing on 01… On Sept.-
[07:39] <Minaplo> [A claw, shrouded in barely-contained energy, swung towards him, threatening to bury themsevles within his chest-!]
06[07:44] * Sept took hold of the arm connected to that claw, barely slowing it down at all as it gouged through the plating, leaving a significant crack in it. Repositioning his feet, he wrenched the claw back out, finding some semblance of space in the fight.
[07:46] <Minaplo> [The claw was removed, EVA-05 taking a single step back to compensate for the momentum and shifting weight. It quickly stopped, then reared back, preparing to strike again-
[07:46] <Minaplo> [("Whilst it's open! Attack!")]
06[07:48] * Aline was quick to act, readying her rifle, taking aim for a short second or two, then firing a mother of a shot.
[07:53] <Sept> 01's wings impossibly lifted it off the ground again as Sera hopped lightly off 05's arm, for easier access to its head.
[08:00] <Minaplo> [The talons raked across EVA-05's face, an eyeball being torn from its socket by the wicked claws.-
[08:00] <Minaplo> [Another Maser bolt tore through the base of the neck, the Evangelion's limbs momentarily going slack. It slumped, hands suddenly going slack…-
[08:01] <Minaplo> [Then not even a second later, giant throbbing tumours began to expand through its head, exploding into new parts- new eyes, new nerves. It immediately lunged up, grabbing at EVA-01's large shield and bodily tearing it off, throwing it carelessly into the water, where it caused a tremendous splash.-
[08:01] <Minaplo> ["EVA-01's lost its last remaining ablative defenses!"-
[08:01] <Minaplo> [("Damnit, why won't it go down?! What's happening to 04! Blanc, report! Sera, try to slow it down somehow-!")]
[08:03] <Sept> "She's undoubtedly doing something incredibly irresponsible. 05's still… under control. We're on it."
[08:04] <Aline> "…Yeah, uh. 04 is holding onto Isaiah-Adam and not… doing anything? I think they're in some kind of trance. I'm keeping his AT Field down in case he breaks through though. 05 is being /very aggravating/ though." Despite the rather tame words, Aline's tone was very frustrated.
03[08:34] * Yanmei is now known as Zadkiel
[08:40] <Minaplo> [A shimmer of energy rippled through the air.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [Slowly at first, yet more quickly, Adam- Isaiah- and EVA-04 began to… Dissolve, starting at the extremities and working their way in. As they dissolved they were replaced by small motes of red light, which quickly began to merge together, filling the space left behind.-
[08:42] <Minaplo> [Before long, all that remained of them was a glowing red core- EVA-04's- and a pulsing wave of light…-
[08:42] <Minaplo> [… Which began to reform around 04's core, rapidly turning into some sort of shell, or… Egg.-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [("Unidentified dirac singularity forming on the battlefield! Contact with 04 lost!")-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [("It's turning into a singularity egg! Adam's trying to merge with EVA-04! Can't we get through it?!")-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [("Space around the egg is massively distorted! Blanc-")-
[08:44] <Minaplo> [But whatever they were going to make Aline do was cut off. The Egg unleashed a massive wave of energy and sound, flattening buildings, causing massive gouts of water to flood the coast around Niagara. The Evangelion Units themselves were knocked a little aside…-
[08:45] <Minaplo> [But they wouldn't have time to focus on that. EVA-05 lashed out again, a single burning claw piercing through EVA-01's chest, pulling outwards to take with it armour plates, bone, the odd organ…]
06[08:47] * Aline was firing on 05 when that happened, and yelled out suddenly, even in the middle of aiming and shooting. "What the shit? Is this… Are we going to go into third impact now?! Sera, what the fuck do I do? They were going to… say something…"
[08:56] <Sept> "…no. That's not our plan. We have protocol RTD, we have… any number of N2 charges -surely on their way as we speak, right-, and… and we've come this far." A pause, as if taking a breath. "We'll be fine, Aline."
[09:13] <Minaplo> [("-out-!")-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [A pulse ripped through the region, and suddenly EVA-01 would find itself… Very fast, being drawn to some point in the sky!-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 stared at 01 as it flew away, an almost curious expression in its scarred face…-
[09:15] <Minaplo> [Before it turned to EVA-00. It opened its mouth, showing a lethal fanged maw. It lowered its head, roared, and charged, its horned head aiming straight for EVA-00's plug…]
[09:24] <Aline> But mysteriously, Aline managed to get 00 to deflect /that/ blow, instead bashing 05's head up onto 00's own. The Philsopher's Stone glimmered as it diverted some of the kinetic energy of the strike. But soon, Aline was on the offensive, jumping with her AT Field to be beside Sera again… or well, where Sera would land anyway… and pumping off a quick shot at the head of 05 once more!
[09:47] <Sept> "You have to avoid it for a moment, Aline! There's some adjustments I have to…"
[09:52] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 stared- then leapt across the gap on all fours, its claws preparing to dismember EVA-00…!]
06[09:53] * Aline frantically dodged one of the hits. "Stop it! Stop!" She cried…!
[10:03] <Aline> But soon… Aline reared up, and backed behind one of 01's legs to pop off another shot. "Whoever designed 05 to be this ridiculously unkillable is NO LONGER MY FRIEND!" Aline sulkily exclaimed.
06[10:05] * Sept finished his calibrations, stepping in to slap 05's dirty claw away from Aline as she backed off. "Well, technically, all Evas…"
[10:12] <Sept> "Gh. This is too close. We need -something- down here!"
[10:29] <Minaplo> [A ripple appeared in the air…-
[10:29] <Minaplo> [It was about sixty metres wide and fifty high, and was grey and unformed…-
[10:29] <Minaplo> [… The surface of it broke, and an Evangelion roared out! Red, with white and gold highlights, a massive chain-axe whirring in its hands!-
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["HYAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"-
[10:30] <Minaplo> [Whack! Whack! Whack! The axe slammed into EVA-05's head, stunning even it with the sheer savagery. A million little shards of metal tore away and flew throughout the air, whilst massive slabs of meat slid away, faster than 05 could heal them.]
[10:31] <Sept> "…thank you."
[10:31] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome~? Asuka the Great is always ready to save her subjects!"]
[10:32] <Aline> "I will… …" Aline paused. "Thanks." But then she fired a much less effective, but still damaging, shot!
[10:34] <Minaplo> [But EVA-05 was staggering backwards now, taking utterly disgusting amounts of damage, faltering; still deadly.]
[10:42] <Sept> "Listen, you two, if I don't… you have to finish this. I don't know if Yanmei is salvageable, but you have to… -try- to get them back. 04 and her." As he talked, 01 slammed into the berserker, seizing hold of its shoulders with hand and claw, shaking its balance and pulling the regenerating flesh every which way.
[10:44] <Minaplo> [The entire torso shook and swayed with the savage blows, and finally, there was an awful, -stretching-, ripping sound.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [Sera pulled, and without realising it his talons had latched onto EVA-05's spine. With one violent pull, he'd torn it out via its neck.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 swayed drunkenly for a moment… Then collapsed, falling backwards.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [It didn't regenerate.]
06[10:47] * Aline frowned at the carnage, but after all she had seen… a dismembered spinal column was laughably tame. "Nnn. I need to know what's in that… egg… thing." Aline stepped forwards in 00, and focused her mind. "Here goes…!" Some of the energy she had left manifested a pale orange plane, which descended over the egg, gently permeating through its insides, testing its field, its
06[10:47] * Aline structure, and returning data to Aline, almost like an electron tunneling microscope or similar scientific device might have. She was trying to build a picture in her head…
[10:48] <Sept> "Just hurry. And be careful. And… I mean."
[11:10] <Aline> "…Right. I think I have a plan. Asuka! Prepare to join Group Synchronization!" Aline let a beat pass, as she clenched her fist firmly. "And then we are /crashing their psychic party/."
[11:11] <Minaplo> ["Wait-"-
[11:11] <Minaplo> [("Blanc, what?!")]
[11:12] <Sept> "I'm not exactly… we have to, don't we?"
06[11:14] * Aline nodded solemnly. "It's the only way we're bringing Isaiah and Yanmei back." She could feel contact beginning, as she pulled Asuka in, but… there was a Significant Lag Time. "The souls inside are waning and waxing. Even Adam's. If we can engage them mentally, we stand a chance of saving Yanmei and Isaiah. I've already initiated first stage contact. I'm sorry, if this doesn't work.
06[11:14] * Aline But it's this or a total extinction event."
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Shit. Fine!" Asuka tossed her hair. "Then I'll conquer the psychic world just as easily as the physical! DO IT!"]
[11:15] <Aline> "Now that's the Red Empress I know! Let's do this shit!" ENGAGE.
[12:20] <Minaplo> [… And EVA-01 took one step forward, then another.-
[12:21] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 twitched, its body spasming, its right arm rising like a ghoulish puppet's. It held a claw out towards the Egg…-
[12:21] <Minaplo> [And EVA-01 came closer, until it was only a few metres away from the heart of the Egg, where the distortions were most violent. Parts of 01's armour ceased to exist, only to return a second later in completely different colours.-
[12:22] <Minaplo> [EVA-01 placed a hand over the Egg…-
[12:24] <Minaplo> [The air began to violently twist and collapse in on itself. At the same time, energy began to coalesce around the Egg, forming a coherent shape. First, a cavity, then ribs… A spine… Flesh, organs, muscle…-
[12:27] <Minaplo> [The Egg's mass and matter erupted outwards, sending even EVA-01 and 00 sprawling. A truly disgusting amount of EVA-05's meat and blood- which had been liberally scattered about- flew in all directions, crushing cars, houses, and staining Niagara Falls pink.-
[12:28] <Minaplo> [EVA-01 would land face-up within Niagara, whilst EVA-00 would find itself slammed through several city blocks, only to have to duck to dodge EVA-01's broken shield, which whizzed over her head menacingly.-
03[12:29] * Zadkiel is now known as Yanmei
[12:29] <Minaplo> [The Anti-AT Field Aline had projected collapsed, all of it imploding onto a single point then fading.-
[12:29] <Minaplo> [The sun had gone down in the west, and above they could see… A clear night sky, filled with a trillion little stars.-
[12:30] <Minaplo> [And where the Egg had been, now stood, once again… EVA-04.]
[12:30] <Minaplo> [("This is the battleship! Status report! Come in, 00! Come in, 01!")-
[12:30] <Minaplo> [("No feed to 04's plug yet, let me recalibrate-")]
06[12:32] * Aline smiled warmly, even if she had diminished some in the process of what had happened. "…I'm here. It worked. It /worked/.!"
[12:32] <Sept> "H-Here. Fine." Even that simulated voice managed to sound nauseous.
[12:37] <Minaplo> [("Thank God for that. You all did a great job out there.")-
[12:38] <Minaplo> [("Yeah, great.") EVA-02 had toppled over Niagara Falls and was now lying torso-down, legs up in a thicket of rocks. ("Now I have a giant headache… You guys suck!")]
[12:40] <Sept> "Yeah..? What is it you want from us?"
[12:41] <Minaplo> [("Asprin. And when I get home? You can all shout me dinner for a week. Ugh. This is so embarrassing…")]
06[12:42] * Aline practically giggled from the general 'release' she felt from knowing the strategy worked. "Aspirin is fine~"
01[12:45] <Yanmei> The feed to 04's entry plug eventually flicked back on, with some initial interference. There would be two people inside, both familiar and yet unfamiliar. There was the Yanmei from the world inside the egg - taller, lean, athletic, her long hair afloat in the LCL surrounding her. Most of her scars were gone now, although some remained along the left side of her torso, drastically faded. -
01[12:47] <Yanmei> There was a certain relaxed -poise- to her limbs now, even though she was reclining, naked, with a young man snuggled up next to her. -
01[12:52] <Yanmei> Said young man had also inexplicably grown a few inches of height and hair, the latter of which corkscrewed out like a fluffy halo around his head. The scars of previous battles and gunshot injuries that had once littered his chest had been wiped clean, revealing only clear, very pale skin. -
01[12:55] <Yanmei> His eyes were large, clear, and rather tired, a few shades deeper than they had been before. The shape of his face had also changed ever so slightly, so that there was a rounder, softer look to it. He too was naked… -
01[12:56] <Yanmei> For a few very awkward seconds, they both stared at the console, as if it had just dawned on them that they were being watched.
[12:57] <Minaplo> [Asuka stared back at them, her mouth agape.-
[12:57] <Minaplo> [… And then a second later, she began to catcall…-
[12:57] <Minaplo> [("We have visual confirmation of Captain Zhang and Pilot Gabriel-Wei!)"-
[12:58] <Minaplo> [("Welcome back, Captain Zhang.") Said Marianne, her voice warm, even giddy.]
01[13:01] <Yanmei> Poised, collected new-Yanmei… turned slightly red. "Shut up, Asuka. And thank you, Marianne? It's good to be back…"
[13:02] <Minaplo> [("Would you like a bit of privacy, Captain~?")]
01[13:04] <Yanmei> "I don't think so. Everyone's tired. Shut up, Asuka. You too, James," she said pre-emptively. -
01[13:05] <Yanmei> "Everyone… you all did really well. Thank you."
06[13:06] * Aline nodded firmly, smiling. "It was more complex than it was intended to be, but… Mission accomplished. Why don't we clean up this mess and go home, no?"
01[13:10] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Yanmei smiled. "I think that's a very good idea."
[13:10] <Sept> "Yeah. Well done, Aline. But can we… skip that first step?"

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