Alexandre S Crew

01[23:19] <Yanmei> The mess hall had been packed with rows upon rows of new and old soldiers that day, to the point that it had been impossible to find a table for three. And even if they had, one of the men there had politely explained, they could not accomodate one of them, based upon her species. Not that Yanmei could blame the rules; they had to draw the line somewhere, and eating next to a wolf or a full grown tiger probably would have been a demoralizing experience to those not used to it. -
01[23:25] <Yanmei> Still, this left her and her lunch party with something of a problem… which she had reluctantly solved by heading to the Prominade. Blue's Bar and Grill was, well, a -bar-. And there were a number of shiny and blinky things in there that were distracting to even adults. And the proprietor was Mr Blue. Still… they did make a mean plate of grilled chicken strips. They had even provided several sauces on the side in little dishes that could be used for dunking. -
01[23:27] <Yanmei> Right now, she and Lizzie had split a big plate of them between themselves, and probably their third companion too, from the way that Lizzie's hand occasionally slipped out of sight beneath the table and the excited yips that followed. -
01[23:28] <Yanmei> "Lizzie, -no-," she said for the millionth time after catching her sleight of hand. "Eat your lunch!"
[23:31] <@Minaplo> [Lizzie flushed red with either embarrassment, shame or irritation. "But maamaa! Jiji hungryyyy!"]
06[23:36] * Yanmei fought back her own frustration. "Mama's making sure that -you- don't go hungry. You're a good friend to Daji, but you need to eat lots to keep your strength up?" -
01[23:38] <Yanmei> She dipped a strip into the honey-mustard sauce bowl. "Besides, you have already fed her a hundred chicken pieces. She can't possibly still be hungry."
[23:38] <@Minaplo> [Daji licked her lips, her beautiful tail swishing from left to right.-
[23:39] <@Minaplo> [Lizzie let out a big sigh. "-Ok-, maamaa." She took a chicken piece, dunking it clumsily into a bowl of garlic aioli, before chomping it up. She gave Yanmei a big smile after doing so.]
06[23:42] * Yanmei beamed back at her. "That's my good girl~ Does it taste good?"
[23:43] <@Minaplo> ["Yum-yum, maamaa."-
[23:44] <@Minaplo> ["That -does- look yum-yum, doesn't it?" Asked a certain someone… A familiar voice. Yanmei would look up to see the mild smirk on Alexandre Fontaine's face.]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> And Alexandre would notice that Yanmei's face briefly froze in shock. "F-Fontaine! You've started eating here too?"
[23:50] <@Minaplo> ["I came in here with Asuka last night, yeah. We ate, had a go on that fighting game… It's honestly a pretty cozy place. Hi, Lizzie."-
[23:50] <@Minaplo> ["Hihi, Jerkface!"-
[23:50] <@Minaplo> [Alex's expression became sour. "You know, I saved your life at Eden."-
[23:50] <@Minaplo> ["Uuu?"]
06[23:52] * Yanmei coughed. To hide the fact that she was laughing. "Speaking of Eden, you know Isabelle's somewhere on board too, right?"
[23:54] <@Minaplo> ["Mmm, I do." Said Alex.-
[23:55] <@Minaplo> [He suddenly looked down, to find that Daji had left her seat and was now standing next to him on her hind-legs, staring up at him, her front paws on his leg. "Hi, fox."]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "What -is- it with you two anyway?" Yanmei muttered, eying the fox. "You aren't secretly hiding food anywhere on you, are you?"
[23:58] <@Minaplo> ["No. I broke the habit of instinctive food hoarding years ago." Said Alex, clearly mystified. He reached down and scratched the fox's head.-
[23:58] <@Minaplo> [Daji's eyes closed, and she leaned into his scratchings, deeply enjoying herself.-
[23:58] <@Minaplo> ["Anyway… Uh, I actually came to see if you were busy."]
01[23:59] <Yanmei> "Take a seat? We've got some time before my lunch break is over."
Session Time: Wed Feb 19 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <@Minaplo> ["That won't be necessary. I was hoping you'd come with me to meet a few people."]
01[00:01] <Yanmei> "Oh? Like who?" She made an effort to hurry up, taking bigger bites of her food.
[00:05] <@Minaplo> ["The rest of Eagle Squadron's arrived. They're all NeoSpartans, and I believe you'd find meeting them to be rather enlightening."]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "Hm… All right?" She waved over the waitress so that she could grab them a box to go, quietly urging Lizzie to finish the strip that she had been chewing on. -
01[00:13] <Yanmei> Before long, they were ready to go, Yanmei nodding at Alex to lead the way.
[00:17] <@Minaplo> [Lizzie did so, and then hurriedly hopped off the chair, grabbing Yanmei's hand.-
[00:17] <@Minaplo> [They left Blue's behind- Yanmei could hear the sound of Viviane's violin playing away…-
[00:18] <@Minaplo> [Before long they left the bustling Promenade behind and were into the residential part of the ship.-
[00:19] <@Minaplo> [Alex turned to Yanmei as he walked along, eyeing the top of her head. "Hmm," He murmured dissatisfactorily.]
01[00:19] <Yanmei> "What?" She eyed him back, warily. "Did some food get on me or something?"
[00:22] <@Minaplo> ["You're taller. And your legs are longer." His eyebrows furrowed. "That little thing in Niagara really changed you, didn't it?"]
01[00:25] <Yanmei> "They say it made me much cooler-looking~" Yanmei tossed her hair. "You totally agree, right? I promise not to tell Asuka~"
[00:29] <@Minaplo> [He rolled his eyes. "It suits you, I suppose. You did need height- 5'5 might've worked for Napoleon, but these days it won't cut it if you're trying to rule the world."-
[00:29] <@Minaplo> ["And I can't really complain about the legs, I guess."]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "No one complained about Minerva Linden's height when -she- was taking over countries," Yanmei pointed out. "But thanks."
[00:33] <@Minaplo> ["You're welcome."-
[00:34] <@Minaplo> [They came to a stop outside a door. It was an unusually-spaced door- that is, the distance between this door and the others was larger than usual.-
[00:38] <@Minaplo> ["Alright. Are you ready? You're going to meet a celebrity."]
01[00:38] <Yanmei> "Heh." Yanmei tossed her hair again smugly. "You mean like another President? Or another Princess? I'm already used to that~"
[00:39] <@Minaplo> ["Not quite."-
[00:39] <@Minaplo> [He hit the door buzzer.-
[00:39] <@Minaplo> [A few seconds later, the door opened, revealing a man.-
[00:43] <@Minaplo> [He was about six foot tall, wearing grey trousers and a simple black t-shirt, over which he wore a large apron, the sort used in a dangerous forge. Thick, fat brown gloves were placed over his hands, and security goggles were secured over a pair of spectacles.-
[00:45] <@Minaplo> [The man's apron was covered in little scratches and burn marks…-
[00:46] <@Minaplo> [He took the glove off his right hand, pulling the goggles up over his eyes. He was African, and he had a strong, attractive face with soft eyes. "Alex, hey!"-
[00:49] <@Minaplo> ["Remy. This is Zhang Yanmei." He gestured to Yanmei. "Yanmei, this is Remy Fabien Awala. I'm sure you've heard of him."]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "You're…" she tried not to frown as she thought about it. "I think they showed a film of you in school once…"
[00:53] <@Minaplo> ["Africa after Impact? About endangered species?" He volunteered with a smile. He had a warm, soothing voice, like the sort you'd use to rock a baby to sleep.]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "That was it! Welcome aboard, Mr. Awala. We're happy to have someone of your superb academic standing with us today~"
[01:00] <@Minaplo> ["Thanks for the welcome." He offered her a hand. "You might not know this, but a while ago, one of your people bought a lion cub off me for you. How's he doing?"]
01[01:02] <Yanmei> "Reggie? He's big and healthy! You should come and see him sometime?"
[01:04] <@Minaplo> ["I'll be glad to."-
[01:05] <@Minaplo> [There was a roar from inside the room, and Remy winced.]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei smiled. "His siblings sound like they're healthy too."
[01:07] <@Minaplo> ["Hahaha. Those aren't his siblings." A strange expression infused his face, one of sudden intense enthusiasm. "Come in, hey! Take a look, you've never seen anything like these!"-
[01:07] <@Minaplo> [He stepped back into the room, walking… Somewhere. Yanmei would have to enter if she wanted to see what he was doing.-
[01:08] <@Minaplo> [Alex's expression was one of grim resignation.]
01[01:11] <Yanmei> That made her even more wary! "Fontaine?"
[01:12] <@Minaplo> ["Come on, let's go." Said Alex, stepping into the room resolutely.-
[01:12] <@Minaplo> [Daji hesitated, then followed after him.-
[01:12] <@Minaplo> ["Maamaa?"]
06[01:12] * Yanmei held Lizzie's hand firmly. "Stay close, ok?"
[01:14] <@Minaplo> ["Ok, Maamaa!"]
01[01:16] <Yanmei> So Yanmei followed after at a slower pace, her eyes out for danger!
[01:17] <@Minaplo> [A section of the room- a wide section, about six metres by seven- had been converted into a… Pen.-
[01:18] <@Minaplo> [Cleared of furniture (although not all decorations; one wall showed a fresco of Thruster Solaces standing over Paris), the pen was a wide open space filled with little curios- trees, plants, toys of all shapes and sizes…-
[01:18] <@Minaplo> [Little beds of straw were provided too.-
[01:19] <@Minaplo> [The pen had been fenced off by thick surovite bulkheads, although there were clear portions of it, which were simply transparent surovite.-
[01:19] <@Minaplo> [Inside were four… Lions?-
[01:23] <@Minaplo> [They were cubs, maybe about two and a half feet long. Yet although Yanmei recognised them as lions at first, she soon realised that these were… Off.-
[01:25] <@Minaplo> [One cub turned its head, and as it did so Yanmei realised that the light shimmered along its body as though it had caught on metal, even though it just looked like fur.-
[01:26] <@Minaplo> [Two of the cubs were play-fighting rowdily, jumping at each other, slashing each other with claws that looked abnormally long; longer than Reggie's by far. One of them lowered its body, growling- then opened its mouth and roared.-
[01:27] <@Minaplo> [Except, the sound of the roar was mingled with another sound. As it roared, a gout of flame burst from its mouth, inundating the other cub. Lizzie screamed in shock and surprise…-
[01:27] <@Minaplo> [But when the fire cleared, the other cub was completely unhurt.-
[01:27] <@Minaplo> ["West African Armoured Lions." Said Remy proudly.]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "The Mutant-Lions…" Yanmei breathed, her eyes wide. "Are they… -secure- in there?"
[01:30] <@Minaplo> [Remy confidently rapped on the surovite. "Completely secure." He said cheerfully. "This is military-grade surovite. They eat through any lesser metal, hey!"-
[01:30] <@Minaplo> ["Remy…" Alex shook his head.]
06[01:31] * Yanmei pulled Lizzie a little closer, concerned. "I'm… surprised they were allowed on board? Was bringing them along the only way to keep them safe?"
[01:35] <@Minaplo> ["It was one of my requests." Said Remy happily. "I'm studying them currently, documenting them, trying to see how viable they are as a species… I'm in a critical phase of my research right now, I just couldn't leave 'em behind."-
[01:35] <@Minaplo> ["Here, come closer, have a look at this." He crouched down next to one of the transparent screens.]
06[01:37] * Yanmei came closer, but only by a step or two. "What are you doing?"
[01:39] <@Minaplo> ["Just wanna show you something, hey!" He chuckled. "Don't be afraid. I wouldn't bring them on board if I thought they'd be dangerous. Look, this is surovite, it resists bolter shells at close range. You're totally safe."]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "I-I know that! Lizzie, stay back, ok? Mr. Jerkface, would you please hold her hand for me?"
[01:40] <@Minaplo> ["Tch." Alex took Lizzie's hand.]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "Thanks." She moved closer then. -Slowly-.
[01:49] <@Minaplo> ["Look at this." He gestured to the two fighting cubs. One of them struck the other in the side, causing a strange ripple across its flank as light shimmered off the fur. "It's fur-like, but the composition is metallic. Just before it takes an impact, different fur strands lock together and become rigid, causing the blow's impact to diffuse across a wide surface. That's their armour. Pretty
[01:49] <@Minaplo> amazing, hey?"]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "Is it as indestructable as it looks?"
[01:51] <@Minaplo> ["It's pretty tough. Killing one isn't easy. The flesh itself is pretty tough, so you've got a lot to cut through. The bones beneath are reinforced, and are hard to break. Subduing them is easier- these ones I can just headlock and smash into the ground until they cry uncle, but their mum isn't so easy. If she gets uppity, I need to strike her in the eyes, the back of the neck, or squarely
[01:51] <@Minaplo> in the throat."]
01[01:54] <Yanmei> "You… headbutt them. -Them-. The kitties with the furry armor on? And their mother…" How was he not dead yet? Yanmei stared at him.
01[01:55] <Yanmei> ^headlock them
[01:55] <@Minaplo> ["Sure." Said Remy, as though not sure why she was so surprised. Then he laughed.-
[02:01] <@Minaplo> ["You should see the mother. I bought her a month and a half ago, pregnant, off an Iron Guard who was keeping her as a pet. She's about fifteen feet long and weighs about a thousand pounds, hey. These things aren't even two weeks old, yet they're growing like mad."]
01[02:06] <Yanmei> "God. They'll be Reggie's size in another two, I'll bet? Um. Will this pen be comfortable enough as they grow?"
[02:08] <@Minaplo> ["Probably not." Said Remy cheerfully. "I'll need to expand the space…"-
[02:09] <@Minaplo> [Daji quietly crept over now to between Yanmei and Remy, gazing through the clear surovite into the pen.-
[02:10] <@Minaplo> [Remy's attention was caught, and he looked down at her. "A fox, hey? She's beautiful. Hello, you." He reached down, stroking her along her body and under her chin. Like with Alex, her eyes closed, and she moved into his rubbing.-
[02:10] <@Minaplo> ["Where's she from? This isn't an ordinary fox."]
01[02:11] <Yanmei> "You can tell just by looking at her? She's Australian…"
[02:13] <@Minaplo> ["That explains it. She's probably the kit of Impact Ferals." He bent down, kissing her fondly on the top of her head. "Australian foxes like these are known for their intelligence and their comprehension of human ways. She'll be a loyal one, I think."]
01[02:14] <Yanmei> "It certainly seems that way?" She glanced up. "Isn't that right, Lizzie?"
[02:14] <@Minaplo> ["Yup-yup~" Lizzie giggled. "Jiji~"-
[02:15] <@Minaplo> [Alex folded his arms. "So you know, Remy here isn't just intending to stop his studies at Armoured Lions. He has other creatures in mind, too."]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Like foxes~? Maybe other things that are cute too?" Yanmei tried petting Daji in the same way out of curiosity.
[02:18] <@Minaplo> [Daji let out a little yip of pleasure, running the bottom of her neck deeper into Yanmei's fingers.-
[02:20] <@Minaplo> ["Not quite, hey. Foxes are cute, but I've got me eyes on bigger prizes." He grinned, his eyes sparkling. "I've been reading all I can about these critters they call Angelspawn. I'd love to get my hands on 'em, see how they work, if they can be tamed. Right now I'm trying to look for an Annihilator since they're the most common, but I've asked my Iron Guard friends in Cameroon to keep me
[02:20] <@Minaplo> posted if they hear anything about Reapers or Apocalypse Engines."]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "I don't think that's wise?" she said flatly. "They're nothing like these little guys…"
[02:23] <@Minaplo> ["I can't help but agree." Said Alex.-
[02:25] <@Minaplo> ["I knew you'd say that." Said Remy, grinning, his enthusiasm completely undiminished. "But if you'd heard what I heard… There are reports of Annihilators roaming the wilds aimlessly. They aren't being ordered around… Hell, they even ignore other animals or people unless they're within close range. They're killed on sight by most militaries, and that's kinda sad. I know they can be
[02:25] <@Minaplo> tamed, and discovering how is just half the fun, hey?"-
[02:26] <@Minaplo> ["It'd be brilliant to be able to get my hands on an Apocalypse Engine!" His grin grew somehow wider. "Taming that mother would be a wonder of the world in itself, but it'd be so worth it! Think of the diversity and energy it brings to the fauna of our world! Oh, I can't wait…"]
01[22:55] <Yanmei> "You'd fit right in with our technical staff," she said dryly, "Except for your restraint. Look, if there was any practical way to contain living Angelspawn, one of our scientists would have done it by now? And also used its DNA to create a bunch of baby testube monsters."
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["… Doesn't Princess Alexandrina have a baby Annihilator?" Asked Alex.-
[22:59] <Minaplo> [Remy's head whipped around so fast he nearly gave himself whiplash. "What?!"]
01[23:02] <Yanmei> "Yes, but she was created from dead specimins. I think." Her face darkened. "She better have been."
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["And there's also Ban-Ban, the Banshee Rei taught to read…"-
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["What?!"]
01[23:06] <Yanmei> "Oh, yeah," she said almost sheepishly. "There's Ban-Ban, yes. But that was a special circumstance? He was a baby when Rei took him in. Also there was strange AT-stuff involved?"
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["I have to see these." Said Remy immediately.]
06[23:14] * Yanmei shot Alexandre a look, as if to say 'look what you've done'. "Now Mr. Awala, please calm down."
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["But you don't understand! This could inform my entire thesis!"]
01[23:19] <Yanmei> "We could probably arrange a meeting," she said slowly. "But you can't try to use the information you learn from them to capture more. Okay?"
[23:21] <Minaplo> ["Why not?"]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "Because… we… don't have any space here to put it? Or in any of our facilities."
[23:28] <Minaplo> ["But we do." Said Remy stubbornly. "I made sure to check."]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "What I mean," said Yanmei, trying again, "is that we lack the technology to keep it properly subdued? Plus, there's no promise that it won't try to contact its 'mother' or send it messages about us. It's a security risk."
[23:36] <Minaplo> [He sighed. "That's why I need to see the baby Annihilator and the literate Banshee, though…"-
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["Remy!" Said Alex sharply. "Permission denied!"-
[23:37] <Minaplo> [The command was like a whipcrack. Remy flushed suddenly, and all of a sudden he backed down. "Understood, hey?"]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> Yanmei's expression when she glanced over at Alex was almost grateful. "Thank you for your understanding, Mr. Awala? Now…" something to change the subject… "I can't help but notice that you two seem pretty familiar with each other… beyond being teammates, I mean? Fontaine keeps calling you by your first name~"
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["He didn't tell you?" Remy seemed surprised. "We were both NeoSpartans."]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "Heh. That shouldn't surprise me? Well, you're in good company. Have been around to visit Asuka yet?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Not yet. I've mostly been getting set up." He stood up.-
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Hey, I've got something I bet you'll wanna see."]
01[23:53] <Yanmei> "…oh?" she tried on a polite smile.
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["You've probably been thinking all this time, 'This guy is just some crazy nutter', hey?" He laughed, pulling on another glove and snapping his goggles down. "Too much time in the sun? Well, I'll show you how these little guys interact with me, and then maybe I won't seem so crazy."]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "W-what? Wait a minute! You're not going -in- there?!"
Session Time: Thu Feb 20 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Of course I am!"-
[00:00] <Minaplo> [And he turned and walked over to a sealed blast door along the right-side edge of the partition. He began to punch in a code.]
01[00:01] <Yanmei> "Wait! They breathe fire!" Yanmei blurted out, as if that was something he already wasn't aware of. She reached out for him. "Fontaine! Say something!"
[00:03] <Minaplo> [Alex had resolutely folded his arms and was watching.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [The blast door opened, and Remy stepped through, the door sealing behind him. They saw him through the transparent partition…-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [He walked over to the cubs and sat down.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [As he did so, the cubs all turned at once… And pounced!-
[00:06] <Minaplo> [Or at least, so it seemed. It wasn't an aggressive pounce. One cub leapt up onto him and began to lick his face, whilst another batted at his hand, then rolled over to expose its soft, un-armoured belly for him to scratch. Another cub leapt into his lap, curled up and stayed there, whilst the fourth began running in a circle around him, jumping around…]
06[00:07] * Yanmei had jumped at the pouncing, covering her eyes. But when there were no screams of agony following that, she peeked out again. Their behavior… "They're like Reggie," she realized, astonished.
[00:09] <Minaplo> [Alex smirked.-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Of course they are." Said Remy, his voice audible through a wall mic. "They're still lion cubs, they like to play." He scratched the belly of the one on its back, and batted at the one running around, causing it to yap and jump with more speed and energy.-
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["They don't burn me anymore, they know if they do, they get punished. Sometimes it happens accidentally, but they're good cubs."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "I see… well, you certainly have a rapport with them." She glanced at Lizzie's reaction, somewhat warily.
[00:18] <Minaplo> [Lizzie was watching them closely. She started to clap her hands and giggle. "Cute, maamaa!"]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "They are, huh~" Yanmei smiled at her fondly. At least she hadn't been scared…
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa take?" Asked Lizzie hopefully.]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> "…" Her smile froze. "N-no, Sweetie. They're, ah… Mr. Awala's friends! They'd be sad to leave him behind…"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Aw, ok."-
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Feeding time." Said Remy. "You guys might wanna get going…"]
06[00:31] * Yanmei nodded quickly, remembering the fuss the little girl had made about hunting while in Australia. If she saw those 'cute' little lions tearing some prey apart… -
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "Thank you for inviting us in. We'll probably see you around later?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["I hope so. Thanks for visiting!"]
06[00:35] * Yanmei nodded her final goodbye. "Come along, Lizzie. You too, Daji." And she turned for the hallway again.
[00:40] <Minaplo> [Alex followed them out.-
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["On we go." He said, leading the way…-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [… Although he slowed after a minute or so to turn to Yanmei, a dissatisfied expression his face. "Your leadership style leaves a vast amount to be desired." He said bluntly.]
01[00:42] <Yanmei> "-Excuse me-?" She glared.
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Back there, with Remy, when he was pushing to capture Angelspawn. You didn't assert your authority. You tried to misdirect him with lies and excuses. It's weak and feeble."]
02[00:45] * Suzune (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) Quit (Quit: )
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "I don't remember anyone asking for your opinion on the matter." Annoyed, she tossed her hair.
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["You're supposed to be the leader of this movement. If you can't trust in your own sense of authority even after that, then step aside and let someone else do it."]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "Like your mother?"
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["You could definitely learn from her." Said Alex sourly. "This has always been your weakness. Always willing to indulge in deceits and misdirections instead of relying on your own sense of authority! It's why you have such trouble organising Blanc and de Pteres in combat!"]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> "What trouble?" she snapped. "It's none of your business, so just drop it!"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Of course it's my business." Said Alex. "This is your movement, so your conduct is everyone's business."-
[23:53] <Minaplo> [He took a step toward her, his face only inches from her own. "Order me to drop it, and I will."]
06[23:58] * Yanmei didn't back down. In fact, she puffed up, eyes glaring. "I -order- you to shut the hell up!"
Session Time: Fri Feb 21 00:00:00 2014
[00:03] <Minaplo> [He stiffened slightly- then his shoulders relaxed, his posture losing its heat. He took an easy step back.-
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["That wasn't so hard, was it?" He said amiably, in his usual tone- as though no altercation had happened at all.]
06[00:05] * Yanmei gave him a long, sharp look, apparently still riled up. "What's -with- you?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Just seeing how far I'd have to push before you'd use your sense of authority." He said airily. "In future, don't wait until you get mad before you lay down the law, alright?"]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Jerkface! You think you know so much!"
02[00:10] * Minaplo (~ua.ten.tenii.nyd.881-702-7-85|olpaniM#ua.ten.tenii.nyd.881-702-7-85|olpaniM) Quit (Broken pipe)
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01[00:11] <Yanmei> [00:09] <Yanmei> "Jerkface! You think you know so much!"
03[00:12] * Suzune is now known as Suzune|ZZZ
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa…" Lizzie was clutching at Yanmei's leg, looking upset. "Why maamaa fight?"]
01[00:18] <Yanmei> "…!" Crap. She'd forgotten who they were with… With a deep sigh, Yanmei reached down and ruffled her hair. "Mama lost her temper," she murmured. "It's okay now, though? No more fighting."
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Ok, maamaa." She hugged Yanmei tightly, to let her know all was forgiven.-
[00:22] <Minaplo> [Daji ran over to Alex's side, placing her paws on his leg, staring up at him with fond, yet accusing eyes…-
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["What?"-
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Yip!"]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> "Looks like your second girlfriend also wants you to behave," Yanmei smirked, even as she comfortingly rubbed Lizzie's shoulder.
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["So it seems." Said Alex darkly. "Either way. Let's be moving on. There's still a few other people you ought to meet…"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "Right, right… Who else were you thinking of?"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["Actually, do you mind if we drop into Blue's? I know you've just been there, but it was a little warm in Remy's room and I could do with a drink. I'll tell you about them all there."]
01[00:37] <Yanmei> "All right…" she gave him a strange look, but she moved off in that direction, holding Lizzie's hand.
[00:39] <Minaplo> [A return to Blue's, and this time Alex had a glass of wine… But apparently by the time he arrived he was hungry, too.-
[00:40] <Minaplo> [So they found a little parlour and this time, Alex had some battered crispy chicken pieces with dipping sauce, along with a single toasted fried chicken burger with a plate of fries- the fries being seasoned and covered in melted cheese.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [He let Lizzie and Yanmei have some, of course, yet much to (no doubt) Yanmei's dismay, he also would constantly take a piece and feed it to Daji, who was at this point cuddled up next to him.-
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Here you go, Daji." She grabbed the chicken piece from his fingers. Alex, smiling, turned to Yanmei. "So we currently have the First and Second Auxiliary squads- Eagle and Fox. Eagle is my squad, and Fox is the Japanese unit made up of some schoolmates of Ikari's. All Eva-compatible. My squad's all NeoSpartan, but there's two in Fox as well."-
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Yip?"]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "Not that sort of fox," Yanmei corrected, and then paused, feeling silly. There was no telling how much Daji actually understood them. "So who are the two men out, anyway?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Two fellows by the name of Asari Keita and Musashi Lee Strasbourg. Musashi's father was French, but his mother was Japanese-Chinese. He has pretty dark skin and black hair. Tall, pretty toned. Keita's Japanese- he has dark hair, pale skin, and is, last I checked, not quite five foot tall."]
01[00:54] <Yanmei> "I should go and greet them too at some point," she muttered. "If they put them with regular soldiers, they must be pretty easy to get along with."
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Err."]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "…I see. They're horribly maladjusted in some way, aren't they?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Musashi's great, he's super-friendly, but Keita is… Extremely haughty, proud, arrogant and always looking to prove himself. He and Edgar are eternal enemies because Keita used to pick fights with him nearly every day. Keita's still the same, he likes to start fights with people who think they're stronger than him, and he's an incredibly brutal fighter."]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "We'll just have to hope that the people he comes in contact with here won't let him push their buttons much. Or that he doesn't run into Edgar? But what are the chances of that happening?" She chuckled.
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["He already ran into Edgar the other day."]
06[01:11] * Yanmei stopped chuckling abruptly. "By chance… just how much stuff did they break?"
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["A window, a chair…" He dangled a chicken piece over Daji, who snapped it out of his fingers.-
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Lizzie slammed her hands on the table. "No feed Jiji at table!" She shouted furiously.]
06[01:21] * Yanmei stared at her, shocked. An outburst was so unlike her… "Lizzie." She reached out and patted her hand. "She's right. Stop that, Fontaine."
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["Is that an order?" He asked smarmily.]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "It -is-." She gave him a stern look.
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Fine, fine…"-
[01:23] <Minaplo> [There was a sound in the distance- the door of the bar slamming open with great force. Someone had entered, furiously.-
[01:27] <Minaplo> [Naturally, this would involve them somehow, and a few seconds later, Yanmei would see a woman standing in the middle of the bar. She was young, Yanmei's age at most, with long straight black hair that fell to her neck. She was wearing a combat suit that reminded Yanmei of the Stormtrooper armour Matthias wore when he was piloting his E-Destroyer. That is, it consisted of a high-necked
[01:27] <Minaplo> sweater, the soft, warm collar fitting in under the chin. Over this was worn a one-piece jumpsuit- her's was dark grey.-
[01:32] <Minaplo> [Over this was a power armoured chestplace, the collar of which fitted over the bottom half of the sweater collar. It was onto this power-collar that the helmet would go. The chestplate covered her collarbone down to her hips, where it, later, would be joined via flexible segments to another piece which would cover the crotch and, in turn, connect with the leg pieces. Hers was silvery in
[01:32] <Minaplo> colour.-
[01:32] <Minaplo> [She turned around, looking in all directions, before her eyes fell on their table. Her eyes narrowed, and she stormed over- heading towards Alex.-
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["What the hell is this?" She demanded, tossing a datapad down onto the table.-
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["A datapad?" Offered Alex airily. He gestured to the woman. "Yanmei, Pham Thi Tien. Tien, Zhang Yanmei."]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes went suddenly cool, but a polite smile stayed on her mouth, and she inclined her head in some vague acknowledgement. "Hello, Staff Sergeant? Please explain why you're interrupting our lunch."
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["You stay out of this!" Snapped Tien, turning back to Alex. "You! You've got a lot of nerve if you think I'm going to accept these customisation guidelines! Are you trying to get Nataniel killed? You're stripping the armour from his unit!"-
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["I'm making it lighter so he can keep up with you-"-
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["Like hell you are! I don't need him to keep up with me, that's why he has a gun, Alex!"]
06[02:07] * Yanmei had bristled, rising out of her seat as if to match Tien's aggression. "EXCUSE me."
[02:08] <Minaplo> [Tien turned on her heel. "SHUT THE HELL UP!"]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "YOU shut the hell up! GET OUT!"
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["No! I'm damned if I'm going to take orders from a Chinese here!"-
[02:12] <Minaplo> [Lizzie started to cry, her hands clenched into little fists, whilst Alex buried his face in his hands.]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "If that's the way you feel, then why are you even on this ship? Pack your bags and get off."
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["Again with the orders! I'm here because Alex asked me to be, and I don't answer to you, Huangdi!"]
06[02:26] * Yanmei rolled her eyes. "Dead wrong! You really should leave, if you're that clueless about my intentions."
[02:44] <Minaplo> [There was little warning. In a split second, Tien snapped a fist at Yanmei, headed for her throat!]
01[22:44] <Yanmei> But Yanmei stepped aside, her face lapsing into an brief incredulous expression, followed by an angry stern one. "Seriously? What are you doing?!" She barked. "Put your fists down before security closes in!"
[22:47] <Idrilyn> [Tien seized up, hands balled into fists, staring at Yanmei with rage in her eyes.-
[22:47] <Idrilyn> [She turned around, took a few steps away, then turned on her heel and walked back towards Yanmei- only to turn away again, repeating the action a few times.-
[22:49] <Idrilyn> [As she did so her eyes were closed, and she took deep breaths, a maneuver that was difficult at first and slowly became easier with repetition.-
[22:50] <Idrilyn> [Eventually she came face-to-face with Yanmei, opening her eyes, looking squarely into Yanmei's own.-
[22:51] <Idrilyn> [She held her hands up, palm outward, as though pushing gently at Yanmei. "Look, things got out of control, I'm not trying to start a fight, I was just trying to sort something out with Alex, I wasn't intending to try to hit you. Ok?"]
06[22:55] * Yanmei softened a little. She sighed. "No, I get it. Shouldn't have tried to jump in like that." She held up her own hand too, although it was extended to offer a handshake. "Let's try this again?"
[22:58] <Idrilyn> [She stared at the hand, and took another deep breath.-
[22:59] <Idrilyn> [Eventually she reached out and shook Yanmei's, maintaining contact only briefly before withdrawing.]
01[23:00] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei took her seat again, and then gestured to Alex, as if to say, 'please continue'.
[23:05] <Idrilyn> ["Now." Alex said airily. "As I was saying, I was reducing his armour so he could keep up."-
[23:06] <Idrilyn> ["But," Cut in Tien almost before he finished. "I'm using a C-Unit, Alex, he's not going to keep up with me anyway! He has a gun, he's -good- with guns, reinforce him and keep him in that roll!"-
[23:07] <Idrilyn> ["But our lineup…" He tapped the datapad. "Edgar and Eva are both using slow, reinforced units. Remy and I are using A-Units, I'm not comfortable with a squad that only has one fast unit."-
[23:07] <Idrilyn> ["But that's actually a bonus. The fewer of us there are, the more we can rely on the element of surprise whilst everyone else holds the line. That's a basic tactic."-
[23:08] <Idrilyn> [Alex frowned, before glancing over at Yanmei. "What do you think?"]
01[23:15] <Yanmei> "I'm more inclined to agree with her," Yanmei was seeing to Lizzie, quietly stroking her hair and dabbing at her face with a napkin. "This is a long range unit? If you're going to lighten one of the units, it makes sense for it to be one better adapted to short ranged combat. They're the ones who would benefit from bursts of speed the most."
[23:17] <Idrilyn> [Tien folded her arms, looking at Alex with a 'satisfied?' expression.-
[23:20] <Idrilyn> [Alex stared at them both, then shrugged, tapping the datapad, changing commands. He picked it up and gave it to Tien. "There."-
[23:21] <Idrilyn> [She gave him a sharp, short nod, then turned back to Yanmei. "Captain." She said stiffly, giving her the same nod, before turning and leaving.]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "Staff Sergeant." Yanmei returned the nod and watched her go. -
01[23:24] <Yanmei> "…" She peered down at the mound of cheese fries in front of Alex and held back quite the grumble. "Go ahead and say it, then."
[23:25] <Idrilyn> ["I'm impressed." He admitted slowly. "You handled that excellently."-
[23:25] <Idrilyn> ["Well, not the 'butting in' part, but the… Defusing part."]
01[23:28] <Yanmei> "So my leadership skills aren't entirely crap, huh~?" She tossed her hair smugly. "I don't envy you, though. She seems difficult to work with."
[23:32] <Idrilyn> ["You have leadership skills, you just need to use them in situations where you aren't pissed." Said Alex sourly.-
[23:32] <Idrilyn> ["And… Yes. She can be. But there's a reason she's here."]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[23:34] <Idrilyn> ["Out of all the NeoSpartans you know, name the ones who've had long-term involvement in a conflict."]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "Define 'long-term'? There were quite a few involved in the LN War."
[23:35] <Idrilyn> ["Long-term as in 'from the moment the programme ended'."]
06[23:35] * Yanmei thought and then shook her head. "None."
[23:37] <Idrilyn> ["-Except- Tien." Said Alex. "That's why I need her. She has experience. She knows how to fight. And she might come off as hot-headed but she values a battle plan more than anyone else."]
01[23:38] <Yanmei> "Maybe. But many of the people she 'fought' are widenly known to be innocent civilians. It doesn't sit right with me."
[23:40] <Idrilyn> [Alex tapped the table with his hand idly.-
[23:43] <Idrilyn> ["I'm not going to deny that. But let me ask you this: those civilians, the one who live in Han settlements in Vietnam, what were they doing there in the first place?"]
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01[23:50] <Yanmei> "They were colonists, I think. But the conflict was between the people of Vietnam and our government! There was no need to involve civilians."
[23:53] <Idrilyn> ["Alright, Yanmei." Alex's tone was conciliatory. "Let's say Tien decides that she won't target civilians. What would the smartest thing be for the Government to do in return?"]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "To either root out and eliminate the terrorists, or to make changes in the way they're treated so they have less of a reason to rebel."
[23:57] <Idrilyn> [Alex chuckled.-
[23:58] <Idrilyn> ["No, you're missing my point. If Tien decides civilians are off target, all the Government needs to do is put civilians in every installation, every convoy…"]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "…oh. I guess that's also an acceptable strategy."
[23:59] <Idrilyn> ["So when you're in Tien's situation, if you declare civilians to be untouchable, then you've defeated yourself."-
Session Time: Sat Feb 22 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Idrilyn> ["Now, if Tien wants to achieve her goal of driving the Chinese out of Vietnam, Yanmei, she needs to hit them where it hurts. She can't defeat the Chinese, she knows that. But she can make a situation so costly, make it not worth the effort…"]
06[00:08] * Yanmei grumbled under her breath. "Ok, -fine-. But for the record? The Federation's not going to do anything resembling either side of that conflict. So you have to keep an eye on her, ok?"
[00:08] <Idrilyn> ["Sure. But she'll be expecting the Federation to hear her- or rather, Vietnam's- plea."]
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "We do have Major Liu's influence." Yanmei frowned. "This is Tien's opportunity to approach her directly."
[00:12] <Idrilyn> ["That's not a great idea."]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?" Yanmei smirked a little, portioning out a few extra fries for Lizzie. "Think she'll try to hit her too?"
[00:13] <Idrilyn> ["I think she might try to kill her." Said Alex seriously. "Who led the invasion of Vietnam?"]
06[00:17] * Yanmei groaned, wiping her fingers on a napkin. "Alright. So we keep those two -far- apart. Not that Major Liu would fall to the likes of her~ But it's in the interest of avoiding a nasty international incident."
[00:19] <Idrilyn> [Alex nodded.-
[00:19] <Idrilyn> ["What do you think about this? Vietnam's independence. Divorced of Tien's actions."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "It's… complex." Yanmei crumpled the napkin absently. "If you'd asked me a few years ago, I wouldn't have even given it much thought? But our country's government hasn't always been fair to the people it's governed in its outlying territories. Their request for independence isn't surprising. But at the same time, our economy has become pretty dependent on their manpower and resources? So giving them up means dooming lots of Chinese to struggling in poverty."
[00:28] <Idrilyn> [Lizzie reached for another fry, and Alex reached over, plucked it out of her hand and ate it.-
[00:28] <Idrilyn> [Lizzie scowled. "My chippy!"-
[00:32] <Idrilyn> ["Then the food the Chinese eat is a mouthful stolen from a Vietnamese child." Said Alex. "And the only difference is that the Chinese are strong and the Vietnamese are not."-
[00:32] <Idrilyn> ["It doesn't have to be like that, though." Said Alex. "You hold the solution."]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "I'm sure you could have made that point without a demonstration," Yanmei said dryly. She took a fry of her own and handed it to Lizzie to make up for it. "I could try to negotiate between the two, yes. But I don't know how that would make China less dependent on them."
[00:37] <Idrilyn> ["No, you don't understand me." Said Alex, shaking his head. He leaned forward.-
[00:39] <Idrilyn> ["The Chinese, even with the Impact damage, is still a giant. It has, what, 600 million people, its pouring money into the Southland Restoration Project, but the main problem is that it needs food to feed its people. Right?"]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "Yes, that's right."
[00:40] <Idrilyn> ["China's also a major industrial state. Its cities produce a lot of goods, and to fuel those goods it needs resources from abroad. Right?"]
01[00:44] <Yanmei> "Right."
[00:47] <Idrilyn> ["Now, if the various states- Vietnam, Korea, Mongolia, so on- were independent, China could still feed its people by paying for the food and resources by selling the goods. But then it wouldn't be able to fund the incredibly expensive Restoration Project. That's what the government says in response to calls for independence, right?"]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Yes, exactly."
[00:52] <Idrilyn> ["That's the power of the Federation. It should have the power to make laws that member nations are obliged to follow, but it can also command the resources of those nations to the good of all. Here's the deal you could offer: China gives independence to Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, etc., and in return, the Federation offers to subsidise the project. Or even bear the entire cost. With incomes
[00:52] <Idrilyn> from the entire world, it wouldn't be hard, and if the Federation begins disarming armies, you'd have even more money to play with. Even better, offer Eva units to assist the project…"-
[00:53] <Idrilyn> ["Vietnam goes free, China gets its southlands back without paying heavy costs, and you reinforce the Federation's prestige."]
01[00:58] <Yanmei> "It's a solid plan, with a few tweaks. I don't know about the Evas being able to help with that, but we should have plenty of other resources to loan them after the war. Even so, on their end, it's still pretty risky. At this stage, who knows if we'll be wiped out or not?" -
01[00:59] <Yanmei> She rolled her head from side to side slightly. "To convince them, we'll either have to slap down some insurance, or put on a damn good showing, or wait until after we've won."
[01:07] <Idrilyn> ["It'll have to wait until after the war. Even Tien knows that. But… A lot of people are going to expect this from the Federation. The Finns, the Ukrainians controled by the USSR… The Vietnamese, the Thais, the Burmese…"]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "We'll need lots of cooperation from nations we accept in order to pull this off." She smiled, seeminglly self-satisfied.
[01:09] <Idrilyn> ["What?"]
01[01:10] <Yanmei> "Nothing. I just have one more thing to look forward to now."
[01:11] <Idrilyn> ["… What, handling the pit of vipers that is the nation-states of the world?"]
01[01:18] <Yanmei> "I wouldn't be the first to manage it? Don't you worry~"
[01:19] <Idrilyn> [He gave her a dubious look. "Fair enough…"]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "You know what? Let's get some ice cream to go with these fries. My treat?"
[01:26] <Idrilyn> ["Sounds good to me." He grinned.-
[01:26] <Idrilyn> ["Oh, by the way… I've asked the Colonel if we can schedule some battle simulations between Eagle Squadron and Dorian Squad." He smirked. "She accepted."]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "Is… that so?" She smirked. "Looking forward to seeing the outcome."
[01:32] <Idrilyn> ["So do I."]
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "Good luck in advance."
[01:35] <Idrilyn> ["The same to you." His smirk widened.]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "Heh." They would see who would actually need luck here… "Well, then! Let's see about that dessert." And she raised a hand to signal the waitress.

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