Aline 1

[17:42] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Aline 1. Date: 6th of September, 2026.]
[17:49] <Aline> The classroom was, at least for its purposes, about as full as it would be. Being a training classroom for new pilots, there weren't the throngs that a real school would have to support, but Aline liked it that way. She, even now at the fairly mature age of 26, had her social anxieties still, but in the position she was in now, as an instructor and trainer, she could hide behind the trappings
[17:49] <Aline> of the position at least. Right now, though, she was gesturing at a diagram that showed strange field lines and whorls centered around an EVA silhouette. "…The inverted spread pattern is difficult to use tactically, but has important strategic roles, so it's still fairly useful to learn… However, bending the AT field metric inwards requires a different kind of thinking than the basic
[17:49] <Aline> spread patterns…" The lecture was likely to continue on to describe all kinds of mental calisthenics needed to work it.
[18:00] <AdEvaGM> [… To a class that mostly didn't seem to be paying attention.-
[18:08] <AdEvaGM> [Four students in here today, the Paris squad. Rosalie Paget, the squad leader, was paying a sort of cursory attention; next to her was Padma d'Orleans, who wasn't even holding up with the pretense- she was doodling on one of her books. The token boy- Oskar Fontaine-Soryu- had spent the last half hour taking notes on his laptop. Or at least he appeared to be; in reality he was IRC-chatting with the girl at the back, Louise Windsor.]
[18:15] <Aline> For a moment, Aline failed to realize the lack of attention, but she had developed a ritual for this, and soon she went into 'scan mode', peering around. The computer activity wasn't quite obvious, though she knew she did the same damn thing in college… but Padma was pretty brazen about it. Still, Aline knew she was probably not the only one, so she decided to call for attention the best
[18:15] <Aline> way she knew - by sharply kicking the metal desk she was standing in front of. Her NERV uniform had a pretty solid pair of boots, so it didn't result in a yelp of pain, but rather a satisfying clang. "Hey! I know you're not paying enough attention!…" But the girl paused, getting an idea. "Say, do any of you know what actually /happens/ when you use this pattern? Like, what it really means?
[18:15] <Aline> It's pretty neat actually, or at least I thought so back in the day." Aline had mentioned Dirac Seas and pocket spaces, so it wasn't like they /didn't/ have it mentioned yet.
[18:26] <AdEvaGM> [Silence.-
[18:27] <AdEvaGM> [Rosalie reached over and nudged Padma, who finally looked up. Apparently not even the mighty boot-to-table had gotten through to her.-
[18:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Blanc wants to know what happens when you use the inverty thingy."-
[18:28] <AdEvaGM> ["The Inverted Field?"-
[18:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm."-
[18:28] <AdEvaGM> [Padma shrugged. "Creates your own Dirac Sea."]
[18:33] * Aline nodded curtly, and smiled a little. "But what's neat about it is that it's… in all honesty, your own little world. It might be empty, but unless someone else's AT Field messes with it, you /rule/ it. And it lets you do what I think is the most awesome AT technique of all - teleportation! That's how they got into space to fight Ramliel, after all. But I mean, with a powerful enough
[18:33] * Aline field, you can literally go almost /anywhere/, instantly. Not that we really approve of spontaneous trips to Mars, but…" She shrugged her shoulder. "I dunno, maybe I'm just a science nerd. But isn't that just a little cool?"
[18:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, that's pretty neat." Said Rosalie.-
[18:41] <AdEvaGM> [Louise put up her hand. "Question!"]
[18:43] <Aline> "Yes?~" Smile, smile.
[18:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Isn't it true that you spent, like, 90% of your career neutralising instead of doing all the cool shit?"]
[18:47] * Aline briefly paused, but raised a finger. "Actually, we got Sera to do it a lot. Sadly, the 'cool shit'-" Because she just didn't care about cussing. "-often ends up being messed up by neutralization. Bread-and-butter attacks like the Wave will work a lot better. Though there's a few neat ones that /are/ practical…"
[18:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[18:58] <Aline> "Yeah." Back to a smile, as she paced over, and tapped a few things on the projector. Now, a diagram showing ghost-images of a Gazardiel silhouette - each doing something different than the last - in front of an Evangelion shadow. "A more advanced technique called the probability field. It actually makes you able to predict what's likely to happen - defensively and offensively. In my
[18:58] <Aline> experience, it made sniping attacks a lot more accurate because you could see a number of different angles of attack all at once. A bit crazy to get used to at first, but it's like seeing the future. Which is another neat superpower-type-thing."
[19:11] <AdEvaGM> ["That sure sounds helpful!" Says Louise cheerfully.]
[19:17] <Aline> "It is~" Aline chirped back. "Anyway, that one's more difficult, so sadly it's not on today's plan. I was just using it as an example." She wandered back over to her computer for the projector, eying it subtly as she tapped out a few commands. Now, it was on the slide for Dirac Caches - which showed a little bubble with a positron rifle in it over an Evangelion.
[19:22] <AdEvaGM> [Oskar let out a sudden snort and averted his eyes, trying to hide what was obviously laughter.]
[19:25] * Aline was about to launch into another lecture, when she noticed that… and tapped a few more buttons, looking surprisingly /curious/. They had nothing to do with the slides, it seemed.
[19:31] <AdEvaGM> [Rosalie stared blankly at the screens. "… Yeah? Go on?"]
[19:34] * Aline looked back up, though was still peering at the computer every now and then. "Right. The Dirac Cache is one of the simplest maneuvers in the Dirac 'family' of techniques. With the advent of Assault Docks back near the Archangel period of the war, though, it's gotten a bit less useful. Still, it has some utility, especially for disaster recovery and heavy lifting. Can someone give
[19:34] * Aline an example of a nonstandard use of a Cache?"
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Sealing away a bomb, a meltdown reactor…" Began Louise. "Protecting certain objects of course. Transport- I mean obviously you can ship crap besides weapons, and it's lighter in there."]
[19:52] <Aline> "Right~ All good ideas, thank you." Another slide, this time the one for the Dirac Breach. While not as colorful, it vaguely reeked of what would have been like a diagram from Portal, if that game existed in this world. Coincidences across time and space! "And as you might guess if you've been reading up, the Dirac Breach is likewise a useful utility power that isn't quite as handy in live
[19:52] <Aline> combat… most of the time. It basically works by rudely punching a hole in space with a sorta loop-like field, and that sets a wormhole effect to the other end - you only need to see your target point, one way or another. Again, you could breach to anywhere you can get a feed from, even if it's on the other side of the world."
[19:58] <AdEvaGM> ["So it's useless for actually seeing anything." Said Louise.]
[20:01] * Aline briefly looked at her console, before she tapped the board again. "Yeah, its best combat usage is increasing range. Again, the Ramliel battle was the best case of its use in battle - and the Angel used it, too!… Though there were other missions where it was used for movement of people over distance quickly."
[20:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Question!" Oskar's hand.]
[20:04] <Aline> "Yes, Oskar?"
[20:04] <AdEvaGM> ["What happens when you dirac breach into an Anti AT Field?"-
[20:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Man, Oskar, you're a dick." Chortled Louise.]
[20:07] * Aline waved her hand almost -imperiously-. She hadn't 'minored' (read: Did internships with NERV science team for credit - while still a pilot) in AT physics for nothing. "While we've never done that in the field, it's likely that the Anti-AT field would harshly collapse the end you're trying to open within it, and break down the entire wormhole."
[20:09] <AdEvaGM> ["What happens if something is in the middle of the breach and you close it?"-
[20:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't be a moron." Louise tossed a scrunched up ball of paper at his head. "It totally gets sliced in half."]
[20:12] <Aline> "Actually, there's a decent chance it'll get shunted towards one end or the other. But it depends on so many things that you'd never be able to guess it without looking at all the facts right when it happens." Aline was definitely enjoying this, because she not only wanted the poor kids to /think/ about what they were doing… she also just couldn't help geeking out over theoretical scenarios.
[20:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Y'know, when you absorb only half a thing, half of it remains behind?" Said Louise.]
[20:26] * Aline taps her finger against the desk. "Right, the Abduction maneuver." A quick few keypresses, and it went to /that/ slide, which looked a lot more (again with the cross-universalities) Leliel-esque what with the deep shadow under the now-traditional Gazardiel silhouette, which was sinking into it. "Often, the problem with that one is that it creates a single 'zone' that it grabs from.
[20:26] * Aline It's usually shear forces ripping earth and buildings apart at the seams, though. Angels, EVAs, or even people usually get pulled in if they're on the edge, rather than cut apart."
[20:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh-huh." Louise said, going back to her computer.]
[20:36] * Aline nodded again, and began to gesture. "Anyway, an Abduction maneuver is highly risky, for obvious reasons. While it's more effective than a Cache at protecting things in a disaster scenario, in combat it just leads to the incredibly dangerous scenario of an angry Angel alone with you." And so the lecture went on, as Aline finished working through the Dirac family of AT maneuvers,
[20:36] * Aline which she was at least glad the kids seemed to understand. There were more, far more technical descriptions from time to time, though. Nonetheless, time wore on as it always does…
[18:32] <AdEvaGM> [And so they filed out, clearly relieved that the class was over. Before long it was just an empty room, Aline alone…]
[18:35] * Aline took a sigh, somewhat relieved herself, to be honest. "Kids these days… To think I can say that with a straight face." But she was going about turning off the classroom's computer, now.
[19:11] <AdEvaGM> [She'd notice, however, that the supposedly private chatrooms the pilots used in much of their free time was ablaze with discussion…]
[19:13] <Aline> …That was enough to make Aline stop, at least out of curiosity. She was quite expecting it to be thoroughly scathing. After all, she made the comment she did for a reason…
[19:21] <AdEvaGM> [It was partly scathing… But also dismissive, as well.-
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> [<RPAGE22> I think its time to put the horse to pasture~
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <PDORE23> Huh?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> that hole lesson was a waste of time, Padma :(
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <PDORE23> I wasn't paying attention
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <OSORE24> You didn't miss much. Just jabber jabber jabber.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> Like, it wouldn't be so bad if we actually learned anything. but like, hands up if you didn't know what a Dirac Sea was?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> See? That's what I thought. God, everyone knows she only got the job by going down on Ikari.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> lol, not even that.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> they barely talk, I herd
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <OSORE24> How do you even hear this stuff?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> * LWINDE25 shrug.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> I dun even know why they keep her around.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> i no! Wut can that old relic do anyway?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> and i dun mean eva00 lol
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> * OSORE24 eyerolls.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <PDORE23> It's useful
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> Erm, not really. What's your Ratio again, Padma?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <PDORE23> 98%
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> See?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> lol, blancy can barely hit 60% these days
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <OSORE24> I kind of feel sorry for her.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> y?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <OSORE24> I mean, give it a year or two and Padma's stuff will have totally replaced her's.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <LWINDE25> a year? more liek a month…
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> Yeah, we should just take lessons from Padma!
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <OSORE24> A petition?
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <RPAGE22> Nah, we just use 'AT Class' for naptimes.
[19:39] <AdEvaGM> <PDORE23> Naptime!]
[19:54] * Aline visibly frowned as she read it. "…Better than the others…" She was muttering quite a bit, as she decided to just go ahead with the shutdown procedure. She wasn't supposed to be made to feel old at just 26. Maybe if she pestered science team a bit more, but as an ex-pilot she didn't quite have the obsessive background some of the others did. Why, she only had had the time to get
[19:54] * Aline her master's degree, and she didn't have a doctorate yet - experience or not with advanced-physical AT effects, she'd just be another fresh-out-of-school researcher, NERV or civilian.
[19:59] <AdEvaGM> [Her phone- her NERV phone- rang.]
[20:03] <Aline> That gave Aline a bit of a start, and she picked it up quickly. "…Hello?"
[20:06] <AdEvaGM> [The voice of NERV's resident psychopath, Barzilai Surov, reached her ears. "My office. Come."]
[20:11] * Aline did her best to hide the general sense of 'oh fuck' that Surov tends to inflict on people, managing a terse "Understood, on my way.", and cutting the line there. Fortunately, the classroom was basically clean, so she could just wander out and turn off the lights and be done. While there was the possibility this was a /good/ thing, it was still Surov, good lord.
[20:24] <AdEvaGM> [He was sitting in his office, a folder sitting in his hands. "Sit." He said, the moment she entered.]
[20:26] <Aline> Out of a swift reaction, Aline did just that, but didn't speak just yet. She knew pleasantries were wasted on the man, so it was better to just let him Get On With It. She instead settled for gently folding her hands on her lap.
[20:29] <AdEvaGM> ["You rarely utilised the Anti AT Field, is that correct?"]
[20:31] * Aline nodded at that. "Correct. The danger to the pilot's own AT Field was a big part of the 'rarely', though. Daresay why you ask?"
[20:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I was under the impression that you hadn't taught Anti AT Fields to the pilots."]
[20:40] * Aline leaned back slightly. "It's not on the curriculum guide for that precise reason, and I'm leery of adding it and thus teaching them how to turn themselves into puddles of LCL - or indeed, others. Without Angel attacks, it becomes far less useful…"
[20:41] <AdEvaGM> [Surov finally looked up. "So you didn't teach Padma d'Orleans to use an Anti AT Field."]
[20:46] * Aline clucked her tongue a few times. "Precocious little one. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. But no, I did not. And without the clearance to warn them about the dangers, I'm in a bit of a tough spot here."
[20:50] <AdEvaGM> ["You have the clearance. Tell me, what was the -use- of the Anti AT Field?"]
[20:53] <Aline> "Simple. It gradually collapses all other AT Fields in reach. Entities with powerful fields cannot spread them or use field effects within its radius, and… it could be focused into a beam that not even Angelic resilience could defend against."
[20:57] <AdEvaGM> [Surov promptly pulled open a drawer, reached in and placed a figurine on the table. It glittered brightly, clearly pure diamond; it was a perfect recreation of EVA-23.]
[21:00] * Aline stared at it critically, eyeing its contours and shapes. "Do you mean to imply this was a result of her AT Field manipulations?"
[21:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes." He picked the figurine up. "The process at work eludes me. It eludes everyone except Padma. When I asked her how she created this figurine out of the air, her response was little more than a shrug." He placed the figurine back down, this time dropping it into Aline's hands. "Find out how."]
[21:08] * Aline took it, still examining its structure, before nodding firmly. She almost wanted to gush about the possibilities, but the general Business Mode kept her rational and proper. "I'll do my best. Once I've worked out the theoretical angles and see if she has any more information, I'll book some time in 00 to try to replicate it."
[21:16] <AdEvaGM> [He looked back down at his files. "Dismissed."]
[21:18] * Aline stood up succinctly, made a little bow, and then turned to walk away. She had a new, perhaps difficult, task in front of her, but it was /doing science/, which made her feel just a little bit more alive again as she walked out.

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