Aline's Resistance (c)

(13:56:53) AdEvaGM: 07[11:46:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright then." William smiled a little, then put a reassuring arm around Aline. "I'm glad you're alright…"]
(13:56:53) AdEvaGM: 10[11:48:25] * Aline shook a little at the contact, but nodded again. "Yeah… They almost… Nn. That doesn't matter."
(13:59:55) Sept: "Yeah, it's past now. Did you see any good exits on your way here?"
(14:01:18) * Aline thought… "This might sound dumb, but I didn't think to look for them?" She waved the helmet in her hands around a little bit.
(14:07:57) * Sept bit down on a lip in thought. "I see. You still know more about this place than I do, so I'll trust your judgment. Let's head out."
(14:11:57) AdEvaGM: ["You came from there, so…"-
(14:12:06) AdEvaGM: [There were two paths- one to Aline's right, and one straight ahead…]
(14:14:38) * Aline turned to her right, pointing with her left - free - hand. "Well, that said, maybe this way will lead away from the block towards other types of rooms?" She slowly began walking that way, knowing that she was not just armored, but clad in an AT Field.
(14:21:16) AdEvaGM: ["Door up ahead."]
(14:24:01) * Aline looked at Will and Sera. "We should probably be careful about it." She sharply whispered.
(14:24:33) AdEvaGM: [William nodded. "Right. You want me to open?"]
(14:24:41) Sept: "Go ahead. We'll cover you."
(14:25:20) AdEvaGM: [He nodded curtly and headed over to the door, holding it and slowly swinging it open…-
(14:25:32) AdEvaGM: [It squeaked loudly and painfully. "Damnit."-
(14:27:18) AdEvaGM: [He peered in around the corner, his body tensing as he did so…-
(14:27:24) AdEvaGM: ["… Huh. It looks like a supply room."]
(14:28:56) Sept: "Lucky. Get in, everyone."
(14:29:13) * Aline staunchly resisted the urge to cheerily clap her hands. "Good." She moved in as well, starting to eye the stocks.
(14:32:31) AdEvaGM: [There were medical cabinets, emergency cabinets- mostly raided already- as well as a gun cabinet with ammunition that was peculiarly not so raided. Plenty to go around, and William stocked up on firearms.]
(14:34:52) * Aline eyed a rifle, and looked at the others. "I hope you can tolerate the stupid modulated voice, because I don't have three hands." She wagged the helmet.
(14:36:21) * Sept proceeded to wordlessly stock up on bladed instruments and a single firearm. He picked up a flashlight and tossed it to Aline with a nod. "I think we'll be fine, now. Just keep us updated if something… happens."
(14:37:47) * Aline caught it with her free hand, and noticed a thing of duct tape. "Kay-o. Helmet /on/." Shunk! Of course, in the meantime, she was hooking up a flashlight to a decently beefy rail-rifle.
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(14:43:12) AdEvaGM: ["Right."-
(14:43:27) AdEvaGM: [William led them out of the room and along the corridor once more…-
(14:44:23) AdEvaGM: ["…" He squinted forward. "I think there's something up ahead. Aline, your torch-?"]
(14:45:09) * Aline fiddled with it a bit, slipping a hand to the underside of her new GUNLIGHT. Click! "Okay." …and she poked her gun in!
(14:45:51) AdEvaGM: [… The flashlight clicked on for a brief second before immediately fizzling out.]
(14:48:02) Sept: "…shit." Sera immediately pushed ahead, since they'd definitely just given away their position.
(14:48:21) * Aline furrowed her brow. "Stupid thing."
(14:48:37) AdEvaGM: [The area ahead was blocked- debris, rocks, pieces of the roof- to the right was a door, barely attached to its hinges.]
(14:50:12) * Sept took up position by the door, signalling for William to open it with him.
(14:50:35) AdEvaGM: [William nodded, and, guns ready, tried to open the door- which promptly fell forward and onto the ground with a loud CLANG.-
(14:51:40) AdEvaGM: ["… Oh my."-
(14:52:16) AdEvaGM: [The room within had obviously been set on fire. Blood was splattered on the ground and against the walls, and they could barely see, writhing on the ground, a heavily injured Brother.]
(14:55:01) * Aline peered in, and… well. Her expression was unreadable, but… "Well…"
(14:56:10) Sept: "Aline? If they were all connected, they would've definitely caught you earlier, right?"
(14:56:56) AdEvaGM: ["Unless there was no one to catch her."]
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(14:58:06) Sept: "Hmm. Either way, he's alone." Sera marched into the room. "What happened here?"
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(15:00:03) AdEvaGM: ["W… Who is it?" He asked, coughing a little. "… Ah. It's you, dear brother."]
(15:02:12) * Aline extended a hand out towards the others, and stepped a bit closer. She decided to take a gamble. "What happened to you, here?"
(15:05:25) AdEvaGM: ["The lights went out, and after the Brotherhood Chantry collapsed…" He tried to sit up and groaned. "I don't know what it is. It's too fast for normal eyes, and it wouldn't let even my eyes see it. It was too fast for me to hit, too strong- it's like living shadow. It's a monster."]
(15:08:40) Sept: "He can't help us." Sera was halfway to turning on his heels and heading out, but turned back to the pitiful being and taking a few steps toward it. "You realise how badly you fucked up here, don't you?"
(15:09:06) AdEvaGM: ["Do enlighten me, oh cousin of mine."]
(15:09:32) * Aline nodded her head. "I see. Something that powerful is… troubling." A glance over at Sera. "But…" The pause lingered. "Very well. Speak."
(15:16:24) Sept: "You abandoned Azariah, perverted his ideals to their extremes, disrespected the very lives of the people you claimed to help, disrespected -Elisha-! We gave Azariah a chance every goddamn step of the way, and you just… Throw it all away."
(15:17:12) AdEvaGM: ["Oh dear, no." Groaned the Brother. "This is a special kind of hell. Lectures from a doll."]
(15:18:13) * Aline just chuckled, making sure to not /giggle/. No, a simple "Heh, heh, heh…"
(15:24:06) Sept: "And even at the moment of your death you don't have the slightest bit of clarity." Sera closed the distance between them, grabbed the Brother by the throat, and lifted him up against the wall. "I was there when he died! Where the fuck were you to stop them?!"
(15:29:05) AdEvaGM: ["Like death is special." Muttered the Brother. "That's what you never really grasped. Not even the most precious, rarest, purest person is ever truly marred by death. It's just a process, a stage." He coughed, a horrid gurgling wet sound.-
(15:30:44) AdEvaGM: ["You're the blind one. Following dear uncle Elisha, following dear father Azariah- who cares? They're both wrong, both shortsighted and blind. Neither of them realised that the Angels are right."]
(15:37:20) Sept: "No. Even if they're uniting us for something after death, we should be able to have this much. They're eternal. They can just wait for us to die. Politely."
(15:39:59) AdEvaGM: ["Idiot." Coughed the Brother. "How so little you… Know." The words were becoming slurred, now. He was clearly expiring.]
(15:41:56) * Aline was folding her arms at this point. And tapping her booted foot on the ground.
(15:43:39) AdEvaGM: ["We should be moving. Leave him."-
(15:43:57) AdEvaGM: [A quiet gasp of air as the Brother failed.]
(15:45:43) * Sept could possibly only help him along. "I'm sorry. But I'm still going to try and make it perfect." Sera roughly stuck the knife into the body, dragging it up towards where the core should've been. He let it sit there, for a while, before letting the body crumple back onto the ground. He walked away without looking at it again.
(15:48:07) AdEvaGM: ["…" William looked away, frowning. "Let's go."]
(15:48:40) * Aline sighed, but then nodded. "We really should."
(15:50:57) Sept: "We don't have infinite time, no. Thanks for waiting."
(15:52:43) AdEvaGM: [They began to head back the way they came- when a sound came to Sera's and Aline's ears. Distant… Scratching. Skritching…]
(15:53:51) * Sept just glanced at the others to see if they were reacting to anything. But he didn't slow down yet.
(15:54:20) * Aline looked over at Will and Sera. "You two hear that…?"
(15:56:03) AdEvaGM: ["Hear-?"]
(15:56:18) Sept: "Yes. Keep moving."
(16:00:29) * Aline slowly nodded. "R-right." And she kept moving.
(16:02:08) Sept: "I'll check out these rooms. Watch the hall. Stay ready."
(16:04:16) AdEvaGM: [William nodded curtly.-
(16:04:38) AdEvaGM: [… The first room was an empty ward- the beds were made and quiet, with the glittering glass eyes of stuffed toys staring back at him-
(16:04:50) AdEvaGM: [William's head snapped up. "Did you say something?"]
(16:05:57) * Aline shook her head with a no, as they wandered around checking the rooms.
(16:06:23) * Sept took the other side of the corridor, just closing the first door and heading for the second one. "Stay focused," he just repeated.
(16:07:25) AdEvaGM: [A testing clinic- a desk full of instruments, short beds and privacy screens…-
(16:07:33) AdEvaGM: [The third room was a small supply closet.]
(16:11:01) Sept: "Nothing here." Sera signalled for the three of them to keep on down the corridor.
(16:13:04) * Aline continued on, looking a bit at the rooms as she went on. "Ah."
(16:14:25) Sept: "Wait…" he whispered. "Something ahead." He edged closer to the corner to ensure he wasn't just hearing things, and to get the jump on whatever he might've been hearing.
(16:15:11) * Aline raised her rifle, but remained still for the time being.
(16:20:42) AdEvaGM: [What he saw was…-
(16:21:15) AdEvaGM: [Sera de Pteres- himself- looking irritable yet wary, walking down the hallway, wearing the same clothes as he was, and the same weapons…]
(16:22:52) * Sept glanced back for a moment, not quite sure of himself, but just raised his pistol, hoping the others would get the idea, if they hadn't already.
(16:23:17) AdEvaGM: ["What is it?" Whispered William.]
(16:23:17) * Aline so totally already had the idea, though she didn't know /what/ they were facing just yet!
(16:26:13) Sept: "Just don't give them a chance to retaliate. We can't afford that."
(16:37:40) AdEvaGM: ["Understood."-
(16:37:55) AdEvaGM: [The figure emerged. "Aline? T-" He stopped and stared at Sera.-
(16:38:15) AdEvaGM: ["…" William, with alarming speed, promptly opened fire with both guns- sending the… Other Sera fleeing.]
(16:39:01) * Aline stepped into the hall, her helmet unable to show her obvious confusion. "…"
(16:40:37) Sept: "Shit! Check these rooms, we need to know what's safe if they come back!"
(16:49:14) AdEvaGM: ["Ah, what the heck is going on." Muttered William as he stepped out into the corridor. "I can hardly see-"-
(16:50:36) AdEvaGM: [Sera opened the door- only to find himself staring back at him, next to a box of morphine. "…"]
(16:53:52) Sept: "Last mistake. William!"
(16:55:17) AdEvaGM: ["Coming! Aline, go!"]
(16:55:59) * Aline rushed in and pumped a shot past the real Sera's head… And hitting nothing.
(16:56:37) AdEvaGM: [William's own misguided shot joined her's, neither of them stopping the new Sera from moving forward and swinging a lanquid, but heavy, arm at the real Sera.-
(16:57:11) AdEvaGM: [Scratch-scratch-scratch-scratch. A shape was rushing out of the shadows at Aline… Sera. Another!]
(16:57:45) * Aline raised her arm in a sweeping, magnanimous gesture, trying to reach at the creature's mind! Because that's what she saw it as…
(16:58:10) * Sept ducked out of the attack's way and pushed the Sera back into the room. "What the hell are you after?"
(16:58:41) AdEvaGM: [But the creature simply shrugged a little, rippling- the light seemed to dim a little, and when it cleared, it was Shinji staring at Aline, with that sad, lost little expression of his…]
(16:59:22) * Aline shook her head and /tried again/, muttering under her breath. "Don't mock him like that…"
(17:07:31) AdEvaGM: [… Aline, later, would never be able to remember what happened first.-
(17:07:53) AdEvaGM: [The air went deathly cold, now, and what little light they had simply vanished, leaving only the barest idea of where someone was.-
(17:08:19) AdEvaGM: [And then- a horrible liquid sound as something burst like a ripe boil- something deathly cold splattered across Aline and Sera.]
(17:14:03) * Aline briefly wiped her face, then made an unseen expression. "These… are Voriel's shadowmen. How …/amusing/." But she focused her mind on the remaining one, and briefly giggled, the effect probably sounding fucked-up as hell.
(17:23:05) Sept: "They've been working with Silas?! Those assholes!" Sera kept up his duel with the junkie, failing to score any lethal blows, but making steady progress. It all still seemed like a dream, though.
(17:24:33) AdEvaGM: [William reached out now, grabbing the junkie's arms as tightly as he could-
(17:25:13) AdEvaGM: [Judo-tossed it over his shoulder and dropped the knee into its face, which exploded like a ripe pumpkin into a messy black goo.-
(17:25:15) AdEvaGM: ["…"]
[06:29:18] <Sept> "And to top it all off, they don't even die right…"
10[06:32:28] * Aline looked this way and that, her gun lowered a bit. "Not really relevant…"
[06:34:06] <AdEvaGM> ["At all." Said William with a wince, scraping away the ink. "Why do they look like you?"]
[06:39:16] <Sept> "How should I know!" Sera snapped. "But they have to be what did the subway station hits, so I'm not going to let that stop me!"
10[06:40:52] * Aline sighed, the gesture again probably sounding weird. "Be that as it may. We should get back to getting out of here. Going on a killing spree, no matter how much it satisfies you, isn't worth the effort."
[06:41:54] <AdEvaGM> [William looked down the hall, then back the way they came. "… Where to?"]
[06:44:55] <Sept> "I'm not-" Sera breathed out sharply and tried to recompose himself. "I'd really like to find my things first. If we find a safe exit first, we'll know where to run."
[06:46:39] <AdEvaGM> ["The exit should be down that hallway-" He nodded to the west, then frowned- a door was open down the hall.]
10[06:47:25] * Aline gestured towards the west. "We should make sure it's safe. And, well. I have nothing to find, but well…" She began to walk west, but then hesitated to let the others go.
[06:48:04] <Sept> "Yeah." Sera followed promptly, eyeing the doors critically as they went by.
06[06:57:51] * Sept had his attention on a door that had been left ajar in the chaos. "Wait." He swung it all the way open and stepped in.
10[06:59:19] * Aline waited, rail-rifle idle and at ready. Though in this darkness…
[06:59:48] <AdEvaGM> [The room was…-
[07:00:10] <AdEvaGM> [Once again a terrible, bloody mess. Something had obviously lost a lot of blood here, and had been dragged about, splashing the blood around copiously.-
[07:00:36] <AdEvaGM> [Whoever had done the killing had clearly not gone clean- blood drops and neat trails led off to the back of the room, out of sight…-
[07:00:47] <AdEvaGM> [Past a small steel table, on which, barely seen, were weapons.]
06[07:05:44] * Sept made his way into the room, staring into the far end dubiously. Until he noticed the table, that is. He stowed his pistol away and filled his hands with more familiar weaponry. "I think these are yours," he nodded towards the rest of the pile.
10[07:07:17] * Aline wandered into the room at that, and… let's say there was a strap on the rail rifle she could use to wear it on her back, as she took the rather large blade that was left over. "What is this doing here…?"
[07:07:23] <AdEvaGM> [William was by Sept's side in an instant, his hand reaching out and viciously snatching the pistol out of Sera's hand before he could stow it, sudden alarm and anger emanating from his very body.]
[07:08:33] <AdEvaGM> <Scratch>
[07:10:53] <AdEvaGM> [William frowned down at the table, a hand reaching out to take the revolver with almost loving grace. It was an oversized gun, a Smith and Wesson Model 29- the words 'Matthew 26:52' had been engraved faintly down the barrel. "What indeed? I left this at home." He murmured softly.]
[07:14:44] <Sept> "Make sure they're not trapped. They might just be trying to send a message."
10[07:17:43] * Aline nodded. "Fortunately… Sera, set the prog knife on the table for a moment, please?
[07:18:33] <Sept> "Hm? Ah, alright." Sera set it down and took a few steps back.
10[07:20:24] * Aline concentrated, and the prog knife lifted into the air on its own… moved towards the back of the room, then… "Lesse, switch should be…" She switched it on, remotely!
[07:21:46] <AdEvaGM> [The sound of whirring reached her ears…-
[07:22:22] <AdEvaGM> [But as they'd moved into the room proper now, the back of the room was not so dark, and this time they saw what was against the wall.-
[07:24:26] <AdEvaGM> [A body, crucified to the wall with large thick irregular metal spikes. It was clearly an Iron Guard of some kind, although a little larger than the usual frame- it was wearing grey, massively ornate armour- engraved with latin inscriptions and with edges of gilded gold- armor that was pierced in a dozen places. Blood ran in rivers, forming a little pool at the bottom of the wall.-
[07:24:49] <AdEvaGM> [A single weapon was impaled in its chest, where the core would have been- clearly some kind of long glaive or polearm, with the pole part snapped in half.]
[07:27:13] <Sept> "Oh -god-… can you see that?"
10[07:35:48] * Aline stared, even as she turned off the prog knife and mentally passed it to Sera. "Here." She whispered.
[07:36:17] <AdEvaGM> ["That's a Guard." Murmured William, horrorstruck. "What could do that to a -Guard-?"]
[07:38:01] <Sept> "…yeah, thanks." Sera absent-mindedly grabbed the blade from the air. He took a few hesitant steps toward the scene.
10[07:38:38] * Aline continued to stare, though, even as her AT Field re-shimmered to compensate for no longer being extended for the blade. "I… get… the feeling we'll find out."
[07:43:48] <Sept> "I sincerely hope not… Let's get moving, alright?"
[07:44:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Right."]
10[07:45:15] <Aline> "Yeah, let's." Aline said as she started to turn away from the mess.
[07:51:20] <AdEvaGM> [William grabbed the flashlight as he went, and flicked it on. It was dead. With a snort of disgust, he tossed it over his shoulder and walked out.]
[08:03:55] <Sept> "Any ideas on what could do that to all the lights?" Sera proceeded down the hallway in front of the two. "…this place is blocked, too. Maybe we can go around..?"
[08:05:50] <AdEvaGM> ["There were only two corridors heading west, and they were both blocked." Said William, distressed.-
[08:06:29] <AdEvaGM> [Within the debris was a discoloured purple arm, like that of a human's, with long (broken) fingers, leaking blood from where the limb has been cut off.-
[08:08:07] <AdEvaGM> [There was a door to the left, the plate bearing its name smeared with black ichor.]
10[08:09:00] * Aline gestured towards the door, even as she stared at the weird arm. "…Maybe there's a hole or something in that room…?"
[22:09] <Sept> "We can make one if it comes to that." Sera made to open the door without further discussion.
[22:10] <AdEvaGM> [The room within was…-
[22:11] <AdEvaGM> [First and foremost, the door itself was surprisingly heavy and reinforced. The room beyond was not dark, but lit with a dim pale light.-[08:18:54] <AdEvaGM> [The light itself emanated from a… Mass of meat and veins and organs and -flesh-, within the very heart of the room. The smell- the revolting stench of three-month-old milk, allowed to ferment inside a corpse- was overpowering and sickening to the stomach. The mess pulsed with a febrile heat.-
[08:19:40] <AdEvaGM> [Many parts of the mass had been severed and cut, some veins leaking sour white liquid; others leaked LCL.-
[08:20:17] <AdEvaGM> [However, possibly even more disturbing where the creatures. A collection of Banshees lay scattered across the room, clearly dead; indeed, one banshee was in and of itself scattered across the room.-
[08:21:22] <AdEvaGM> [On the very top of the pulsating, sweating mass was… A Reaper, one of the giant bioengineered battering rams Malchediel had generated so long ago. The sort of which Sera had slain with a well-placed sniper shot. The Reaper was clearly dead, its head cleanly severed from the torso, which had been cleaved in two.]
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06[08:31:36] * Sept entered the room right away, and soon regretted it. Try as he might have to look for clues as to what had happened, he could only look away and try his best to breathe through his mouth, essentially making him completely vulnerable to anything still lurking about.
10[08:32:49] * Aline was definitely feeling it too, as she was snuffling and snorting slightly through her nose. "Ugh…"
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10[08:42:00] * Aline was definitely feeling it too, as she was snuffling and snorting slightly through her nose. "Ugh…"
06[08:43:31] * Sept entered the room right away, and soon regretted it. Try as he might have to look for clues as to what had happened, he could only look away and try his best to breathe through his mouth, essentially making him completely vulnerable to anything still lurking about.
[08:44:54] <AdEvaGM> ["…" William gagged, covering his mouth feebly with his right arm sleeve. "What… What is -this-?"]
[08:45:41] <Sept> "They… shouldn't -be- here…" Sera managed.
[08:46:33] <AdEvaGM> ["We… We…" William stumbled away from the door, leaning against the wall. "We have to keep going, s-somehow. A hole or something."]
10[08:47:08] * Aline choked out her own words, her look of disgust invisible through the mask. "The Angel of Death's spawn…" But she then nodded. "Right. Just have to… case… the western wall…"
06[08:57:36] * Sept stumbled further into the room, kicking over banshee parts to see better, until he found… something. "Gah… I think we can get through… I'll check it out." He made one more futile attempt at cleaning the opening of the various types of gore in and around it, and squeezed through.
[09:04:26] <AdEvaGM> [The room beyond was marked with some of the creeping veiny vines of the Banshee mass; most of them looked dead and wilting, however, and although the room felt warm, it was too dark to see beyond a few metres.-
07[09:04:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright." William tucked his guns away and reluctantly reentered. "I'll go through next, so we can help you through, alright, Aline?"]
10[09:05:10] <Aline> "Mmhm." She curtly said.
[09:06:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Lend a hand, Sera." Asked William as he lowered himself onto the ground and began to crawl through. "Ugh."]
[09:08:35] <Sept> "Mmh." He was keeping his voice low, regularly glancing over his shoulder as he took hold of Wiliam's hand and pulled.
07[09:09:21] <AdEvaGM> [With a horrible squelching sound, William was pulled through. "I never want to do this again." He said shortly, turning around and preparing to pull Aline out.]
10[09:10:26] * Aline haltingly nodded, and… managed to affix her BFS to the same strap her rifle was on, starting to crawl through. She'd reach out when necessary, but then…! "You said it."
07[09:11:07] <AdEvaGM> [William tried to brush away some slimy goo from Aline's shoulder, but mostly succeeded smearing it around. He gave it up as a bad job and wiped his hand on his sleeve. "Shall we?"]
[09:11:52] <Sept> "Yeah. Let's go."
10[09:12:26] <Aline> "Let's shall." Aline chimed in, as the party MOVED ON AGAIN.
[09:13:16] <AdEvaGM> [As they moved they came upon a distressingly familiar sight. A room smeared with blood, from floor to ceiling, next to the originator of said blood- an unmasked Brother, his face pale and covered in a sheen of sweat, a pair of thin spears pinning him to the ground via shoulders and stomach.]
[09:17:29] <Sept> "Another one..?"
[09:18:11] <AdEvaGM> ["That appears to be the case." Said William quietly. "Wounded by our 'monster', no doubt."]
10[09:18:53] * Aline wasn't even trying, this time. "…Indeed. Though the spears give troubling implications."
[09:19:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Is someone there?" Coughed the Brother.]
[09:21:04] <Sept> "It's me. Did -you- see anything?"
10[09:22:25] * Aline would fold her arms, but she was wielding a rather large sword once again, so instead she just settled for a wary stance with it.
[09:23:21] <AdEvaGM> ["See…?" He coughed violently- blood began to trickle out of the corner of his mouth. "Not with my eyes. The… The -thing- is an acolyte of the shadows. I struck in one area, and it would just as quickly reappear in another area. Everything I did, it seemed to act as though it knew what was going to happen. After I…" He groaned, and his body gave a feverish shiver. "I got the children
[09:23:22] <AdEvaGM> out, and… I tried to-to ping it."-
[09:23:47] <AdEvaGM> ["It's definitely something Angelic. But why…?"]
10[09:25:58] * Aline now spoke, feeling… well, whatever she was feeling, it wasn't /quite/ pity, but it was a willingness to reply. "Not all Angels cooperate, after all… Just ask the Memory or the Scholar."
06[09:27:26] * Sept raised an eyebrow. "They can smell hubris, too. You say you managed to get civilians out safely?"
[09:28:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. In this area, at least."]
[09:30:49] <Sept> "…good job."
10[09:32:06] * Aline remained silent once more.
[09:33:29] <AdEvaGM> ["I appreciate it." He groaned. "I paid a high price for my chivalry. But… I doubt the energy I could have saved by neglecting them would have helped."-
[09:34:24] <AdEvaGM> [William nodded, and he walked over to kneel at Brother's side. "Is there anything I can do to ease the pain?"-
[09:34:50] <AdEvaGM> ["It's f… Fine."]
07[09:37:09] * Sept looked at Aline and William, nodding toward the door and heading that way himself in silence.
10[09:37:25] * Aline solemnly nodded at Sera, and decided to walk towards the door as well.
07[09:37:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Wait." The Brother tried to look at Sera and Aline.]
06[09:38:45] * Sept stopped, paused for a moment, then turned around to look at him. "Mmh?"
10[09:39:18] * Aline paused as well. "Yes?"
[09:40:16] <AdEvaGM> ["The monster- don't let it touch you, don't even let it get near you. It can suck the electricity out of the circuits, control it, direct it at you. If it touches you, it can suck the bioelectricity from your body, and it'll suck the body heat from you if it can."]
10[09:42:35] * Aline frowned beneath her mask, and with a troubled tone of voice, commented back. "Definitely dangerous. Thanks for the warning…"
[09:45:06] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded feebly. William got to his feet, taking out his revolver, a grim look on his face.]
[09:45:44] <Sept> "Yeah. We'll be careful. Let's go." Sera looked at William for a moment, but let him be.
10[09:46:40] * Aline peered as well, but decided to not do much about it either.
[09:47:32] <AdEvaGM> [William looked at them both askance, then headed out into the hall with them. "This is a fox's work and no mistake."]
10[09:53:48] * Aline huffed a bit, but she seemed to agree nonetheless, as she began to walk a little bit east, noting the blockage. "…I hear that."
[09:55:46] <Sept> "Silas placed himself right between people and Angels. He should've known neither would be happy about it."
10[09:57:09] <Aline> "Maybe he didn't?… Either way." She continued to move.
[09:57:20] <AdEvaGM> [William opened the door that emerged. "Maybe he did and didn't let it worry him."-
[09:58:33] <AdEvaGM> [The corridor was long and narrow, slick with blood of course. Broken picture frames hung limply from the walls and the barely-glimpsed area up ahead looked as though it'd been home to an incredible fight- hospital equipment was spread haphazardly across the floor, much of it broken.-
[09:59:47] <AdEvaGM> [There was the sound of drip, drip.]
[10:03:04] <Sept> The scene made Sera reconsider any reply he might've had. He gripped his weapons somewhat tighter as he emerged into the room.
10[10:03:21] * Aline looked around suddenly, as she walked around… "D-did you guys hear that?"
[10:03:30] <AdEvaGM> ["What, the water?"]
10[10:04:29] <Aline> "No, the… kid…"
[10:05:37] <Sept> "No." He glanced back. "Focus."
10[10:06:04] * Aline sheepishly nodded. "O-okay."
[10:09:02] <AdEvaGM> [They left the hall and out into the main area, where William almost immediately found the source of the drip, drip when a droplet of blood landed on his lip. He looked up- and let out a horrified hiss.-
[10:10:45] <AdEvaGM> [A member of the Silasian Defense Force- one of the Italian conscripts or a Child of Adam cultist, he couldn't tell- was suspended from the roof, the blood coming from his stomach- the contents of which had been pinned to the wall with a small spear. The man's face was a mask of agony- he had died slowly.-
[10:14:55] <AdEvaGM> [The soldier hadn't died alone, however. Dead SDF troops were scattered throughout the room, dispatched viciously and easily by their opponent. One man lay curled up against a wall, his face white as snow, as though he had somehow frozen to death.]
10[10:16:48] * Aline rather audibly 'tch'ed, her head craning about to look at the scene of carnage. "So violent…"
[10:19:00] <Sept> "Damnit…" Sera turned around to give the wall behind him a solid kick. "-Keep moving-."
10[10:32:14] * Aline was a bit shaky, but she nodded. Again. "Alright…"
[10:41:37] <AdEvaGM> [They moved into a sort of hallway- a double-door ahead of them, and a double-door to their right, marked PHARMACY.]
10[10:42:04] * Aline wagged a hand towards the door to the right. "Might be some supplies in there."
[10:44:05] <Sept> Sera nodded and pushed through the doors. The scene wasn't different from the others, so he kept it out of his mind as well as he could while inspecting yet another flashlight.
[10:44:42] <AdEvaGM> [The flashlight was different in that Sera could not tell if it was, in fact, working- the lightbulb had completely exploded.]
10[10:46:32] * Aline was meanwhile looking at the map, frowning. "…Ugh, predictable that any way of telling where we're going is shot to hell."
07[10:47:09] <AdEvaGM> [William stared at the scene mournfully- a dead, slightly charred nurse slumped over the desk- and turned to Aline. "You think it's deliberate?"]
10[10:48:03] * Aline turned to him. "It might be a bit paranoid to think that but… sure. Yeah."
[10:48:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, something is obviously trying to guide us." Said William. "We've had a map this entire time."]
10[10:49:25] <Aline> "…Eh? Guding I get, but a map?"
[10:50:04] <AdEvaGM> ["A trail, then- follow the bloody road."]
10[10:52:36] * Aline peered around, scooping up and passing over a thing of biogel - half of one, anyway. "Ahhh. You're right, there."
[10:53:03] <Sept> "Yeah. It's possible. It may be more comforting to think that than to think it's all random."
[10:53:29] <AdEvaGM> ["I would much rather think that whatever is guiding us would prefer us alive."]
[10:54:54] <Sept> "Even better," Sera agreed. Although he couldn't keep a slight laugh out of his reply.
10[10:55:33] * Aline then looked over at the flashlight. "Hey, you think the batteries might work with mine?" She gestured towards the rifle on her back, and specifically at the flashlight still taped to it.
[10:59:43] <Sept> "Worth a shot, if you want." Sera tossed the torch over and stepped back outside, trying the handle of the neighbouring door carefully. "This one's locked. I'm not sure if I want to look for another way around."
10[11:00:32] * Aline caught it, and quickly swapped the batteries… looking happy when hers worked. "…Oh, I think I have a little something for that." She stepped forward, and took a deep breath. "Shall I?"
[11:00:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Macedonian lockpicking, then."]
06[11:01:29] * Sept stepped silently out of the way.
10[11:02:03] * Aline nodded again, took another deep breath… "Haa!" And a plane of force broke its way into the doors!
[11:09:22] <AdEvaGM> [The wooden shards smashed against the far wall with an audible and very loud clunk.-
[11:11:36] <AdEvaGM> ["That went well." Said William dryly, half-springing into the hallway, sweeping north and south with his revolver. "Clear."]
07[11:13:05] * Sept stepped in, following Aline's light intently.
10[11:13:09] * Aline pulled out her rifle, and first looked south. The light splayed over what looked to be the blood trail, but also a clean spot. "…That… no. We're following the trail, so…" She turned around, and the flashlight moved northward…!
[11:13:46] <AdEvaGM> [Blood glistened up the hallway, up and up, towards…-
[11:14:24] <AdEvaGM> [A sort of black inky cloud, hanging in midair, it seemed- yet as their eyes focused, they realised that whatever it was was more solid than mere cloud. It was some sort of cloak…-
[11:16:57] <AdEvaGM> [The bearer of this cloke turned. It was… Humanoid, standing at around 5'7". It was slender and supple, clad in black armour curved to a clearly female form, adorned with strange symbols and lines. Its head was tall and crested, its eyes a deep baleful red. Two odd crests fanned out around its head like the adornments of a Mayan mask in some ways. A robe of sorts covered its legs- dainty
[11:16:58] <AdEvaGM> feet were barely visible beneath the infuriatingly distracting fluttering of its robe. It was hard to -focus- on this creature.-
[11:17:33] <AdEvaGM> [A long spear- about five feet long- was held in its right hand. The blade was ornate, wide and gleamed in the light. It didn't say anything, or indeed move.]
10[11:21:02] * Aline carefully removed her helmet, mostly to get rid of the infuriating voice modulation. She was still pointing the light, but… "Hello? You seem to be the one who has done all this…" Diplomacy go!
07[11:22:28] * Sept stayed firmly a step or so behind Aline, staring up at the being intently.
[11:28:41] <AdEvaGM> [The being tilted its head with a distinctively curious air- it didn't seem hostile. But it didn't speak, either, or otherwise move.]
10[11:31:38] * Aline pursed her lips a little before speaking further. This might be one-way. This might not even be anyway. But… She had to try. "Interesting… Well, violent as it was, thanks for, presumably, the help."
07[11:32:22] <Sept> "Ask it why it wanted to frame me, Aline."
[11:32:45] <AdEvaGM> ["What?" William frowned.]
[11:34:45] <Sept> "The shadowmen were its minions, weren't they? And I saw it, back then. So it's been around for a long time. What the hell does it want?"
[11:36:07] <AdEvaGM> [The creature responded simply by flicking its spear idly. Something flew into the flashlight's beam-
[11:36:18] <AdEvaGM> [Inky black residue from a Shadowman- the one slain in darkness.]
10[11:37:16] * Aline blinked suddenly. "…So you're wrong. It… She is probably just curious, while the shadowmen… maybe it was an early plot of Silas's…?"
[11:39:52] <Sept> "It means to say it just happened to be there to accidentally knock me out and leave me defenseless, too?"
10[11:40:36] * Aline frowned. "I… well…" Then a glance back to the creature.
[11:42:47] <AdEvaGM> [The creature stared.-
[11:44:11] <AdEvaGM> ["…" William's eyes narrowed. "She's not willing to answer, and I think she could if she really wanted to." Said William quietly. "Maybe now isn't the time."]
10[11:46:32] * Aline just coughed a bit, then nodded. "Yeah, as far as lists of priorities go, apparent benefactorhood is topping right now.
[11:50:14] <Sept> It wasn't quite the time for Sera to just accept that answer, either. He stared at the "As far as I'm concerned, you're responsible for years of my personal hell just as much as Raphael. I look forward to your excuses." He finally let his eyes wander from the thing. "Head the other way, then?" He spat out.
[11:51:09] <AdEvaGM> ["No." Said William. "We go where it leads."]
10[11:52:32] * Aline - while still pointing her light at the creature, gently bopped Sera on the head with the helmet in her other hand. "Idiot! You don't have a concept of what's appropriate, do you?"
[11:55:41] <AdEvaGM> [The creature continued to just stare, apparently quite willing to wait.]
07[11:58:10] <Sept> "Gh-hey! We- argh!" Sera looked at Aline for a while with a difficult expression. "I'll follow," he finally said.
[11:58:57] <AdEvaGM> [The creature seemed to be satisfied by this- it turned to the left- the creature's right- and walked off.-
[11:59:18] <AdEvaGM> ["What's it doing out of Paris, anyway?" Muttered William as he headed off after.]
10[11:59:52] * Aline did a little huff of exasperation, but nodded. "Thank you, Mr. Sera." And she began to follow. "That's another question we probably won't get to answer, but I figure either Silas or following us factors into it."
[12:01:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm." Murmured William. "A coffee shop's bad enough, but…"-
[12:01:51] <AdEvaGM> [They reached the corner where the creature had been standing just a few moments ago- it was gone.-
[12:01:56] <AdEvaGM> [So was the wall.-
07[12:02:32] <AdEvaGM> [Or rather… Aline knew there was a wall here. A wall and a door for a stairwell, but the wall was gone- not smashed, but as though it had never existed.-
[12:02:46] <AdEvaGM> [Instead it led into a wide square room, dominated by a heavy steel hatch in the very middle.]
10[12:05:05] * Aline strode in demurely, still Lighting The Way as she was, and now having the helmet sort of rakishly perched on her head - not fully on anymore, so she kindasorta could talk normally. And she let her hair stick out from it.
06[12:06:08] * Sept eyed the metal construct. "What's that doing in a hospital..?"
10[12:06:41] <Aline> "What's a vat of boiling LCL to convert people into Brothers doing in a hospital?" Aline near-snarkily replied.
07[12:06:58] <AdEvaGM> ["What's a giant pulsating blobby thing doing in a hospital, either?" Asked William a second after Aline. He headed over to the hatch and grabbed a handle. "Help me lift this."]
[12:07:35] <Sept> "…I see. Sorry." Sera promptly lent a hand to William's effort.
[12:07:51] <AdEvaGM> ["One, two, three-"-
[12:08:03] <AdEvaGM> [The hatch lifted open with a loud metallic yawn. Within was-
[12:08:08] <AdEvaGM> [… A ladder.-
[12:08:37] <AdEvaGM> [A ladder so long and deep that they couldn't see the bottom- all they could see was light- lights were clearly on down there.-
[12:08:53] <AdEvaGM> ["… This really -is- odd. Where does it go?"]
10[12:09:37] * Aline at that point decided to switch off the flashllight to conserve energy… and was already slinging the rifle on her back too, now a bit weighed down from all her gear (but not /quite/ that badly) "…Out?" She said with a bit of a shrug.
[12:10:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Underground, more like. Who goes first, then?"]
10[12:12:17] * Aline wandered over to the hatch, and with a bit of a breath… "Well, I might as well go first, after you guys going first so much."
06[12:12:53] * Sept nodded. "You have the light. We'll be right behind you."
10[12:13:06] * Aline thus began to climb down!!
[12:13:26] <AdEvaGM> [William nodded, and offered Sera the next spot.]
06[12:14:29] * Sept promptly followed.
[12:15:53] <AdEvaGM> [And William took the last.-
[12:16:29] <AdEvaGM> [The climb was… Long. After a few minutes, it was so dark that they could barely see- they regularly came very close to stepping on other peoples' hands.-
[12:17:56] <AdEvaGM> [It took them another ten minutes of endless climbing until the light started to brighten.-
[12:18:20] <AdEvaGM> [Even then it took another five before they finally started to be able to really see properly. Light strips built into the shaft lit up the rungs.-
[12:19:09] <AdEvaGM> [And finally- muscles aching painfully, eyes stinging- they hit the bottom, which was a nondescript box of a room with a single door.-
[12:19:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Praise Mary." Muttered William, rubbing his elbows.]
10[12:21:12] * Aline stepped out into the light as well, looking around a few times. "…Well, it's not like we're replete with options."
[12:21:57] <Sept> "Early for that," Sera told William. "That door won't lead back to Paris. Ready?"
[12:22:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Ready."]
10[12:22:20] <Aline> "Yeah."
06[12:22:29] * Sept pushed on the door.
[12:23:40] <AdEvaGM> [The door opened into what was clearly some sort of large, spacious waiting room- there were chairs, tables; the far wall was dominated by windows and a single large hexagonal blast door.-
07[12:24:01] <AdEvaGM> [None of this caught William's eye, however. Chances are it wasn't what caught Aline's or Sera's, either.-
[12:24:14] <AdEvaGM> [The windows looked out onto water. And beyond that…-
[12:24:58] <AdEvaGM> [Sat a battleship, a copy of the Independence, albeit a little smaller. Long, sleek, equally at home underwater in what appeared to be an underground cavern as it was flying through the air.-
[12:25:47] <AdEvaGM> [The battleship was lit up brightly, glowing in the murky watery depths like a beacon. The name of the ship was bright and clearly written on the side: Cyrus Achaemenes.-
[12:26:12] <AdEvaGM> [The hexagonal hatch was connected to a long docking tube, which was currently connected to the ship.-
[12:26:21] <AdEvaGM> ["… I don't believe it." Said William, awe-struck.]
10[12:27:15] * Aline stared out at it, eyes wide. "…As much as I'd want to use our EVAs, if we could even /find/ them… this… this might do."
[12:28:39] <Sept> "You mad bastard…"
[12:30:36] <AdEvaGM> [William grinned. "Let's get the hell out of this death trap."]
10[12:31:29] * Aline then paused. "…Salient question. Anyone here know how to drive a miniature superbattleship?"
[12:32:00] <AdEvaGM> ["… I watched a lot of Star Trek as a child." Said William sagely.]
[12:33:15] <Sept> "Silas could pilot it. I'm sure we can."
[12:33:45] <AdEvaGM> ["… I'm not sure that follows on as naturally as you think it does, but we have a better chance of piloting it inside than we do here."]
10[12:35:16] * Aline shrugged her shoulders widely. "I wouldn't mind a chance to put down all this crap, too." And so she headed towards the docking tube, though she still bore her rifle at-ready. Just in case.
[12:36:36] <AdEvaGM> [The docking tube airlock door was unlocked- presumably their spectral friend had done the deed- all it needed was for someone to press the open button.]
06[12:38:35] * Sept hit it. "Stay ready."
[12:39:05] <AdEvaGM> [The airlock door slid into the ground. The way to the ship was clear.-
[12:41:17] <AdEvaGM> [The walk to the ship was a lot easier than the climb down had been.-
[12:41:47] <AdEvaGM> [They still hadn't seen their mysterious benefactor again, yet… William presumed she'd be on the ship somewhere, and said as much.-
[12:44:52] <AdEvaGM> [The ship was also sealed with a solid blast door- this too was unlocked, and quickly opened, leading them into a square waiting room. Unlike the room they'd just left, this one was obviously a little more martial- solid walls and hard, study seats, no windows. There were three doors, leading off in all sorts of directions- one door aimed for the bridge, security central and upper gun deck;
[12:44:52] <AdEvaGM> another aimed for Hangar Bays 1 and 2, Launch Bays, Cargo Holds 2-4 and Quarters 6-10. And the last door headed for Engineering and Rear loading Hatch.]
10[12:46:56] * Aline drummed her fingers against her gun's side. "We should lock it up then make sure it's clear, first…"
[12:47:39] <Sept> "Agreed."
[12:48:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, for sure. Lead the way."]
10[12:50:07] * Aline went ahead and did just that. Best to clear the large spaces first, then ferret out the littles. So first up! Hangar bays.
[12:53:17] <AdEvaGM> [The Hangar Bays were large and expansive, necessarily so- each bay was the equal of the space set aside for the four Evangelions in the Geofront.-
[12:54:27] <AdEvaGM> [In fact, they were almost identical in build. A good turn, too, since EVA-00, EVA-01 and EVA-21 currently occupied three such bays- in various states of disrepair and mistreatment. EVA-01 was missing most of its armour and most of its limbs, and the other two Evas had obviously not been repaired at all.]
06[12:56:22] * Sept just shook his head at the state they had been left in. "Move on."
10[12:58:25] * Aline nodded. "At least we know where they are." Next up, probably the cargo holds.
[13:00:05] <AdEvaGM> [The cargo holds were all quite full of large shipping crates and the like. Whatever was in them was a mystery.]
10[13:01:52] * Aline muttered a bit. "…Hmph. So much for that. Ready to move on?"
[13:02:57] <Sept> "Yeah. As long as those aren't full of banshees."
[13:03:40] <AdEvaGM> ["It'll give the Spectre something to do." Said William lightheartedly.-
[13:03:43] <AdEvaGM> [Where to next?]
10[13:04:15] * Aline decided the next place to lead was to clear the quarters out before returning to the 'foyer'.
[13:05:05] <AdEvaGM> [The quarters were all more or less empty. A few of them still had the signs of habitation- books, bags, photos- but these were the minority.-
[13:05:10] <AdEvaGM> [Back to the foyer it was.]
[13:08:20] <Sept> "So do you think we could lock ourselves inside the bridge and have everything we need to pilot this ship?"
10[13:09:42] * Aline thought on that. "…We might need to go down to engineering if something breaks. I admit, I'm not a super-battleship pilot, so I don't /know/." She turned to William. "So who gets to be captain of the… …whatever we rename this thing?"
[13:09:44] <AdEvaGM> ["I think so." Said William.]
[13:10:32] <AdEvaGM> ["What's wrong with Cyrus?" Asked William, stroking his chin. "… I don't know. What do you think, Sera?"]
10[13:11:25] <Aline> "Oh, just because it's his name for it. I guess it doesn't matter."
[13:12:17] <Sept> "Silas would flip his shit if it was changed to something from Hindu mythology."-
[13:12:59] <Sept> "…I mean, if you just want to use Cyrus, that's fine."
[13:15:30] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't feel like Unit 21's up for a repaint job." Said William wryly. "We should head to the bridge and see what we can figure out.]
10[13:16:42] * Aline nodded firmly. "Right! Let's go figure out how to hijack a super-battleship." She actually seemed cheery for once.
[13:18:52] <Sept> "Mmh. What could go wrong?" And Sera followed the two of them.
[13:20:51] <AdEvaGM> [The bridge glimmered with high-tech equipment and consoles. The room was oval-shaped, with their entrance (via elevator) being at the rear; the centre of the room was a raised dais on which the captain's chair sat. Consoles ran along the outer ring, as well as forming two small rows as well near the back. The front of the room was dominated by a viewscreen much like the one in Operations
[13:20:52] <AdEvaGM> back home.]
10[13:22:12] * Aline began wandering around almost immediately, looking at consoles for labels, sheets, and other assorted miscellany. Or failing that, something that looked like a control yoke.
06[13:23:41] * Sept settled on taking a small rest on the captain's chair, to start with.
[13:26:14] <AdEvaGM> [At his touch the chair -activated-, a handful of holographic screens springing to life around him- computer consoles sprang out to the sides.-
07[13:26:57] <AdEvaGM> [There weren't any sheets for Aline, sadly. Nor was there a control yoke, either… It seemed to be one of those pesky ships that expected the crew to know what to do.-
[13:28:00] <AdEvaGM> ["What we're looking for is a console that might have some kind of omnidirectional symbol, like two protractors intersecting." Said William, his brow furrowed.]
10[13:29:07] * Aline looked over at him. "…Right. I'll get on that. Sera…" She finally saw the captain's chair going nuts. "Anything like that up there?"
[13:30:22] <Sept> "Hm. Let me see…" Sera fiddled around with the controls. Surely there was an autopilot here somewhere..!
[13:37:34] <AdEvaGM> [Sera did not, in fact, find a navigational console. He did however find a button that displayed a map of the ship- and the bridge, with labels.]
[13:40:42] <Sept> "I think I have some kind of instructions here… Try looking over there? That should be navigation."
10[13:41:08] * Aline headed over where he /ostensibly pointed/. "Okay!"
[13:44:36] <AdEvaGM> ["This looks like weaponry here." Said William. "Goodness, look at these-"-
[13:48:26] <AdEvaGM> [The navigational console was complicated at first, but it could be broken down into two basic areas- heading (which was, as William had suggested, two protractors intersecting in the middle- one controlled vertical heading, the other controlled horizontal.) and engine thrust. The engines were set to 'Idle- Submerged'.]
10[13:53:18] * Aline stretched her fingers out. "Oookay, let's do this." She began to fiddle with headings, at first just trying to get the hang of it… but then starting to get something that'd get them out of here - plotting a course for UN waters will come after we prevent a horrible crash.
[13:56:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Our first priority should be to open the cave doors." Said Will. "I used to own a smaller version of one of these- unarmed, of course." Said Will, looking down quietly at his console…]
[13:59:20] <Sept> "Of a submersible battleship?" Sera himself, meanwhile, manned another part of the consoles. He started with communications, looking for something to connect directly to the doors or to a network of the facility.
10[13:59:41] * Aline sorta …stared at Will. "You owned a submersible not-battleship? Impressive. "Anyway… oh, I was about to ask you to do that, good boy Sera."
[14:00:08] <AdEvaGM> ["No, it was smaller, not even a third of the size. A land yacht, if you will."]
[14:00:32] <AdEvaGM> [Sera would find a communications console to be… Complicated.-
[14:00:35] <Sept> "A land yacht? You mean a tank?"
[14:01:52] <AdEvaGM> ["No, I mean-" William frowned. "A 'land ship' is a term we used b… I-In Raphael's dream." He said quietly. "The official name is something like AT-SLAS Capable Craft- All Terrain Sea Land Air Space."-
[14:03:07] <AdEvaGM> [The communications console had a list of channels, a Long range mode, a short range mode, internal mode, a headset…]
10[14:04:45] * Aline hrmed. "Interesting…" But she looked over at where Sera was. "Need some help there? Navigation's useless without the doors open."
[14:05:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Maybe we should drill our way through." Said William dryly.]
[14:05:34] <Sept> "Tch. Are we even sure we can control them remotely?"
10[14:06:34] <Aline> "No idea!" Aline called back. "But… well. I guess we shouldn't spend too much time…"
[14:07:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Start pushing buttons randomly, Sera."]
[14:09:15] <Sept> "Got it." Sera started browsing the channels, while trying unrelated buttons, seeing if he couldn't get some kind of reaction.
10[14:09:37] * Aline suddenly cold-sweated. "Uhh…" She walked over towards the captain's seat now, looking at the computer consoles there while Sera… played with the comms.
[14:10:51] <AdEvaGM> [Sera's console started to beep. "Emergency Priority One Broadcast System engaged. Broadcasting distress signal on all frequencies and all languages."-
07[14:13:29] <AdEvaGM> [The captain's seat had a wealth of consoles. Aline could eye a log, a crew manifest, a handy damage report indicator, that useful map, ship specifications…-
[14:13:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Starting to think drilling is a good idea." Said William nervously.]
10[14:14:53] * Aline looked over where Sera was, while… "Okay, uh. Sera. Try pushing whatever you pushed /again/. Then look for NERV EVA frequencies, that ought to get their attention." She meanwhile began checking the specifications sheet. Weapons, weapons, weapons.
[14:15:21] <AdEvaGM> [The weapons list was… Something.-
06[14:17:02] * Sept tried to repeat the previous sequence, or at least locate the buttons so he could accomplish something related to the signals. "If they're out there, they'll -probably- want to investigate that. I'll try to make sure we're accepting outside communications, uh…"
[14:19:17] <AdEvaGM> [Two 50"/32 Explosive Impact Rail Cannons (fixed forward firing). Two Greater Positron Cannons (Fixed forward firing). Four Heavy Railgun turrets, four Positron Cannon Turrets, 200 point defense autocannons, AA missile batteries, and the Xerxes-class Pneumatic/Positron Bow Drill.-
[14:19:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Try putting the headset on." Said William.]
[14:21:29] <Sept> "Mmh." Sera held the set up to one ear. He'd watched enough movies to know professional comms experts didn't wear them on both ears.
10[14:22:01] * Aline looked up, as she… went ahead and sat in the captain's chair. "William! Let's do the drill thing. It's called a Xerxes-class Pneumatic/Positron Bow Drill. Try looking for abbreviations for that on the console, especially the X. Once we know what we're doing with the drill I'll hop the navigation controls."
[14:23:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I've already found it." Said William. "I'm going to try to deactivate the positron generation system though."-
[14:23:38] <AdEvaGM> [Sera began picking up voices- speaking in the language of Langley-Soryu.]
10[14:26:29] * Aline nodded. "Alright." …and then began walking over to Sera again.
[14:26:52] <Sept> "I've got… something, here. German? There's no way Silas' side would use German, right?"
[14:28:07] <AdEvaGM> ["From what I've seen, they use English predominantly."]
10[14:29:14] * Aline leaned over Sera's shoulder, and tried to look for a NERV France channel. Or something similar. Maybe UN main channel. In about that order.
10[14:31:43] * Aline quickly just batted him aside, and… first hit the emergency signal button again, then- "Belay the drill" -the gate control channel.
07[14:31:57] <AdEvaGM> [The computer was telling Aline that he was currently on the 'Valentine Channel- Bundeswehr Luftwaffe'.-
[14:35:19] <AdEvaGM> [The channel was selected- now another voice joined the cacophony in Sera's ear. "Send remote command confirmation."]
[14:37:24] <Sept> "…whatever you're doing, keep at it. I think you've got a connection to something around here."
10[14:38:04] * Aline waved her hands a little frantically. "Say something like 'Open the gates of Babylon' except in English?"
[14:38:18] <AdEvaGM> [The German words stopped- then someone said in rough English "Identify yourself!"]
10[14:39:20] * Aline suddenly put on her helmet and /yanked/ the phones away if allowed. "Is that really necessary?"
06[14:40:53] * Sept was gladly relieved from communications duty. The Chair was just fine by him.
[14:42:00] <AdEvaGM> [There was a silence.-
[14:42:30] <AdEvaGM> [Good news: with an almighty rumble, the gates began to open, heeding the voice of the master.-
[14:44:11] <AdEvaGM> [Bad news- the German channel responded with alarm and hostility. "What do you want?"]
10[14:46:03] * Aline sheepishly hit the gates button again. "…To tell you that I really hate this helmet's vocalizer software." Then… She lifted the helmet, clutching the comms headset. "It's Aline Blanc of the Paris-2 Evangelion Division. Apparently Brother helmets have a… voice… thingy…"
[14:47:16] <AdEvaGM> [William sank into a chair and started to laugh.-
[14:48:19] <AdEvaGM> ["What?" This threw the Luftwaffe correspondent a major curveball. Eventually he just did the prudent thing.-
[14:48:42] <AdEvaGM> [The Valentine Bundeswehr Luftwaffe channel faded, and was replaced with Valentine Channel: NERV-UN Task Force Command.-
[14:48:48] <AdEvaGM> ["… This is Doctor Surov."]
[14:48:54] <Sept> "You reached them?" Sera stood up again in alarm, causing the holographic displays to flicker in uncertainty. "Tell them we need to reach Marianne, now!"
10[14:52:09] * Aline gently pushed Sera aside, and sat down. "Aline speaking. We're in the process of commandeering the battleship Cyrus, and want to let you know that we'll be soon setting a course to UN waters. There was an attack on the place we were being held, in our favor. The Evangelions are onboard."
[14:52:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Commandeering a battleship?"-
[14:54:42] <AdEvaGM> [Surov's voice became positively… aroused. "I wasn't aware the Cyrus Achaemenes was ever finished! And you're commandeering it! Exemplary- to confirm, this model is in possession of a bow drill, am I correct? And the Void Engagement System?"]
10[14:56:15] * Aline actually giggled a little bit. "I didn't see the Void Engagement System on the weapons list, but we were trying to figure out how to get out - we managed it - But it does have the bow drill. Unfortunately, I think Marianne might be a better correspondant at this time. We'll need some help getting this thing to port, and then it'll be aaaaall yours."
[14:58:51] <AdEvaGM> ["The Void Engagement System isn't a weapon." Cut in Surov, because someone was being wrong about technology, and that's terrible. "It's a system protocol installed that granst the ship high-powered gravitational generation/inertial control/atmospheric sealing- and the engine parameters and subroutines to ensure the ship can feasibly be spacew-"-
[14:59:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Surov! What are you doing on the communications?" Cut in another voice, a sharp one.-
07[14:59:19] <AdEvaGM> ["It's Blanc."-
[14:59:22] <AdEvaGM> ["What?!"-
07[14:59:46] <AdEvaGM> [There was the distinct sound of someone wresting the comms away from someone else. "Hello?! Aline?" Marianne's voice.]
10[15:00:49] * Aline giggled further, really losing her sense of propriety, because she was imagining the two of them fighting with the comms headset. "Yeah, it's me. Like I told Surov, we're commandeering an enemy battleship after surviving an allied attack on our holding area."
[15:01:39] <AdEvaGM> ["You're what?! A -battleship-? Is this a regular battleship or one like the Independence?"]
10[15:01:52] <Aline> "Latter, ma'am!"
[15:02:24] <AdEvaGM> ["I wasn't- where are you?"]
10[15:03:20] <Aline> "…Italy? Uh…" Aline looked over at Will and Sera. "There's got to be some kind of positioning system on the navigation console, just don't /touch/ anything that looks like the engines until we have a heading!"
[15:04:20] <Sept> "Agh! We can't -stay- here! I'll try!"
[15:06:40] <Sept> "Look, they're all just numbers! How is anyone supposed to differentiate between them?!"
[15:06:45] <AdEvaGM> [That spinny globe thing with the two circular things intersecting each other looked like it could be a GPS…]
[15:08:04] <Sept> "Okay, look, I'll shout numbers at you from this thing, you tell me if they sound like coordinates for Italy. Okay?"
10[15:08:24] * Aline shook her head with a long sigh. "Okay Sera…"
[15:10:58] <Sept> And so the day went on…
[15:16:05] <AdEvaGM> [It took two hours and several near misses (somehow, the Cyrus Achaemenes had managed to grind its starboard side against part of the Babylon Gate on the way out, taking out roughly seventeen autocannons) before they were finally able to stand down. By then, the battleship was sitting above water, EVA-07 standing on its deck, along with the NERV Command VTOL and medical teams.-
[15:16:19] <AdEvaGM> [William had gone off shortly before surfacing to find the Spectre and hadn't returned.-
[15:17:42] <AdEvaGM> [In what would no doubt be a tremendous relief to all on board, Doctor Surov (who had helped design the ship) had far more ability to actually pilot the thing, ensuring that the ship would return home- a magnificent prize- in one piece.-
[15:18:20] <AdEvaGM> ["What on Earth -happened-?" Were the first words out of Marianne's mouth- after Frederic had guided them to her VTOL.]
10[15:21:08] * Aline clasped her hands, her array of weaponry /still/ attached to her back, but she smiled gently. "Well, it'll take a while to explain in detail, but it's a sweeping epic of Brothers, carnage, Shadowmen, really dark spaces, and an errant Spectre. I'm sure we can tell you ~all~ about it on the VTOL, huh?"

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