Angel Of Mastery Angel Of Reunification

[06:27] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 13th of October, 2017. Episode Title: Angel of Mastery, Angel of Reunification.-
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[06:36] <AdEvaGM> [After the end of the battle with hated Silas Caine, the battleship, recovered Evangelions and a veritable cornucopia of new and interesting technology was taken back to Paris-2…-
[06:37] <AdEvaGM> [But there was no time for rest. There was barely time for repairs- they had to do half the repairs on the way as the battleship, now renamed theDorian Lachapelle. Their destination: China.-
[06:40] <AdEvaGM> [About two days had passed. The last day had involved much of nothing- Central Asia was a desolate place after Impact. Western China was moreso- they had spend the morning crossing a literal desert that spread across western China like the bald patch of a thirty-year old salaryman.-
[06:42] <AdEvaGM> ["… So then." Marianne was sitting in the command chair, a cup of tea in hand. The pilots had been assembled.-
[06:42] <AdEvaGM> ["You've all been briefed. We have half an hour until deployment."]
[06:46] <Yanmei> "About the Angel." Yanmei was there, of course, in a lightweight pale yellow outfit. A certain weariness clung to her for those who knew where to look for it. "Is there anything we should know about it?"
[06:46] <AdEvaGM> ["We haven't been able to gather much data on it yet."]
[06:50] * Aline was there as well, in her own outfit - green. "…Mm. It's not going to be easy, but at least it looks /simple/."
[06:50] <Sept> "Go in carefully, poke at it until we know what it is. It's worked so far."
[06:52] <Yanmei> "Right," she murmured. One good thing - at least they weren't starting the battle in the middle of a populated area this time. "Of course, we have this ship to back us up from a distance this time as well?"
[06:52] <AdEvaGM> ["That's one good t-"-
[06:53] <AdEvaGM> [A violent shudder shook the entire ship, sending a hapless technician hurtling across the bridge. "Wh-What the hell was that?"-
[06:53] <AdEvaGM> ["We're under fire!" Shouted Sophie.]
[06:56] <Yanmei> "What?!" Yanmei had grabbed a handy William for balance, and was now straightening up again. "It's attacking us from that far?"
[06:56] * Aline nearly fell over herself, but ended up crashing into the captain's chair, using it to keep herself stable. "It might be its spawns!"
[06:57] <AdEvaGM> [William had managed to keep his balance, no help from Yanmei. "Long range weapons-"-
[06:57] <AdEvaGM> [Another violent shake. "Our scout planes have imagery!" Shouted Sophie.-
[06:58] <AdEvaGM> [On the viewscreen shimmered… river basin, the basin itself craggy and dry, but the plateau above smooth and featureless. The same basin they were travelling over at the moment, although quite some distance away.-
[06:59] <AdEvaGM> [Featureless terrain, at least. Hovering above the plateau on both sides were-
[06:59] <AdEvaGM> [Qaphsiels. Dozens of them, each of them opening their wings like demonic flowers and firing those lethal bursts.-
[07:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Ablative gel shielding is holding." Said Archibald from the rear.-
[07:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. You lot, go get suited up. Sophie, take us in under the cover of the basin sides."]
[07:01] * Sept had already been on the way out, and thus found himself face-down on the floor when the next wave hit, fighting to get back up. "-Those-. Let's go."
[07:03] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei was staring at the screen. Just staring. It took a long, long moment for Marianne's orders to sink in. "…right."
[07:03] * Aline was moving all over /again/, but managed to stabilize herself again. "Yes ma'am!" …And so, so she stumbled and moved her way out.
[07:04] <AdEvaGM> [William scrambled out as well.-
[07:06] <AdEvaGM> [The Evangelions were already being prepped for launch. William headed off to the changing room. "See you guys on the other side!"]
[07:10] <Yanmei> "Yeah," said Yanmei distractedly. She was already peeling slowly off toward the ladies' side.
[07:16] <Sept> "See you, and good luck."-
[07:17] <Sept> Some time later, Sera's voice, electronically carried from the plug, was complaining slightly. "I'm not sure if the halo is… entirely technically necessary for what we're supposed to be doing."
[07:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course it is! That's the entire point!" Snapped an irritable scientist in a Swedish accent. "It's an enhanced A-10 headset, what do you -want-?!"-
[07:19] * Aline would end up spending a spare few seconds wrestling with her new plugsuit, the thin covering leaving… little to the imagination in various places. Gone were the framing bars of brilliant yellow, the built-up features. Instead, much of her midsection was flanked by a series of conduits on either side, with purple 'nodes' every so often, all on a once-again sheer yellow (thankfully
[07:19] * Aline a more pale color than 00's own loud yellow) segment, with deep, deep blood red 'pants' and shoulder/arm assemblies, which were thankfully not as thin as the center. She could be heard /complaining/, herself. "Marketing is going to have a /field day/ with this design… Ugh."
[07:24] <Yanmei> Yanmei's suit… did not look terribly different from her old one - something for which she was actually grateful as she'd passed by Aline in the dressing room and now again as she settled into her own plug. It was, perhaps, a little shinier, but it was still sleek and unaltered otherwise.
[07:24] <AdEvaGM> [William had very carefully avoided looking at Aline until he was safely in the Plug. William's new Plugsuit looked… Dashing, almost. Covered in flexible ceramic armoured plates and a sealed helmet with glass-like visor, it gave him the appearance of a futuristic mecha-knight.-
[07:26] <AdEvaGM> ["All units, move to the rail launch bays! 01 first, then 04, then 21, then 00!" Came Sophie's voice.-
[07:27] <AdEvaGM> [Within a few minutes, the units had been launched- at intense speeds, just like the vertical launchers- out into desolate, dry landscape.-
[07:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Proceed north-northeast for 10 kilometres…"]
[07:29] <Yanmei> "Ma'am." 04 lifted off the ground, keeping a very low hover. "Let's try not to stick out too much, okay? Not until we get into range."
[07:31] <Sept> "Yeah. Stay low. Maybe even catch them off guard."
[07:32] <Aline> "Off-guard, huh?" …It was worth noting that, shortly after launch, 00 just wasn't /there/ anymore. Show-off.
[07:43] * Sept followed along, trying to scout out the Angels' positions without getting caught quite yet.
[07:44] <AdEvaGM> [The continued to move forward- it was slow going, though, and the basin had an infuriatingly almost Zeno's Corridor-like effect on their perception.-
[07:45] <AdEvaGM> [Eventually- and Sera would see them before the others- the enemy became visible. Ranks and ranks of Angelspawn sitting in the dried up river, hulking bodies ending in glowing claws…-
[07:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Goodness." William murmured. "They're almost as ugly as 01."-
[07:46] <AdEvaGM> [Asmodels, by the hundreds, led by a particularly large specimen that looked more ferocious than the original.]
[07:46] <Sept> "Hey! Not okay!"
[07:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Sorry, sorry…"]
[07:48] * Aline shook her head. "Stay focused, guys!"
[08:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. You know what to do- blitzkrieg pattern." Said Marianne. "Take them like a storm and strike before they can react!"]
[08:05] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei was frowning. "Straight through the middle, to that large one."
[08:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I leave it to you, Yanmei. Guide them!"]
[08:09] <Yanmei> "Yes, Ma'am! Let's neutralize the Southwest group and break through it!"
[08:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Neutralising! You're clear!"]
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[08:16] * Aline meanwhile opened a link to Sera, from where she invisibly waited. "Sera, let's go for the big one while they're cleaning up the armies, eh? Neutralize-and-snipe."
[08:16] <Sept> "Yeah. Before they get their formations up. Going… now!"
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[08:21] * Yanmei in the meantime charged forward, slicing into the designated group with a yell. That seemed to work well!
[08:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Archibald, Impact Cannons, centred on the central group!"-
[08:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Cannons ready! Firing!"-
[08:22] <AdEvaGM> [The distant sound of massive guns firing…]
[08:22] * Aline would follow up both the charge and neutralization with a well-placed, if slightly anemic, shot at their leader!
[08:23] <AdEvaGM> [Aline would see her shot near rip the arm off the beast before it was obscured by the incredible dust and fire cloud as the shells hit home.]
[08:35] <Sept> "Clear a way through the middle! We can finish them before the others show up!"
[08:42] <AdEvaGM> [William's bolter opened up, sending a lethal stream of exploding bolts into the mass of Asmodels.]
[08:46] * Sept charged through before the dust had time to fall, sword cutting through first the last remnants of the group, and finally the larger Spawn behind their lines.
[08:49] <AdEvaGM> [His Prog Sword cleaved it straight down the middle, and it collapsed, shuddering into a mess- a low moan rippled through the monstrous ranks as they closed in on Sera, claws gleaming.]
[08:49] * Aline took a deep breath. "Sorry to do this to you guys, but this should lock them down a little bit." A shell of rainbow energy emitted from 00, encasing… effectively the entire battle taking place in the ravine.
[08:53] <Yanmei> "Urgh." A queasy feeling at the time distortion, but Yanmei ignored it, joining Sera at the front and slamming her words into the western group assaulting him.
[08:58] <AdEvaGM> [… And before long she found herself on the other side of said group, the enemies corpses around her.]
[09:06] <AdEvaGM> ["We need to keep going!" Said Marianne. "We've picked up an emergency distress signal from the Beijing group, they were expecting support sooner than this!"-
[09:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei and Sera, head off the reinforcements! Aline and William, mop up the main body!"]
[09:08] <Yanmei> "Let's go!" Yanmei gripped her weapons extra hard and took off at a sprint. "We'll leave the rest of these guys to you~" But the honey in her voice abruptly died when she realized just what the reinforcements -were-. "Shit."
[09:09] <AdEvaGM> [She didn't have much time to commiserate- one group of floating Qaphsiels opened fire with a shower of energy beams.]
[09:09] * Aline remained firm, even as she futzed around with field dynamics. "Stand firm, we'll be up to back you up soon enough!"
[09:10] <Sept> "..yeah. But nothing like a bit of vengeance, right Yanmei? Can you soften them up for me?"
[09:12] <AdEvaGM> [William's bolter swept into the last group, now…]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "Vengence, huh?" Yanmei sounded dubious. Still, there was no choice. "Go for the ones closest to you!" Her AT Field shifted and faded.
[09:17] <AdEvaGM> [… And immediately a rain of energy beams struck out at her, hitting 04 squarely in the chest…!]
[09:20] * Yanmei cried out! Sort of. The way her throat tightened up made it come out like a squeak instead. Still, she was unharmed and still on her feet, the thin ablative plating on 04's chest now cracked and smoking. She also had the presence of mind to sound slightly embarrassed afterward. "*ahem* Hurry up!"
[09:22] * Aline released an AT wave, after briefly furrowing her brow at… some kind of quandary. "We'll be coming soon enough!"
[09:23] <Sept> "Of course!" Sera lashed at the group of Qaphsiels from afar, knowing this time to keep himself away from the wings, at least.
[09:25] <AdEvaGM> [These were fast, faster in some ways than the original, and it was only with tricky actions that he managed to lance a few through their glowing eyes.]
[09:47] <AdEvaGM> [Loud whistling above as a pair of impact shells smashed into the core of the Asmodel group near Aline. Combined with William's firepower, they were quickly finished.-
[09:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Aline, William, move on to support Yanmei and Sera!"]
[09:52] <Yanmei> There were a series of explosions to the east, as Yanmei yanked out her bolter and took fire at one of the Qaphsiel groups. It had started to ascend, and so the shells exploded like fireworks in the air admist its memebers.
[09:53] <AdEvaGM> [… Which quickly turned into the deep baleful red blood of Angels, raining down and splattering across EVA-01.]
[09:56] * Aline nodded firmly at the command. "On it!" …The rainbow bubble suddenly contracted /sharply/, but a shimmer gleamed along 00's armor, as Aline sent it hurtling forward to back the others up!
[09:56] <Sept> "Ugh… nice work. Next one!" A burst of positron projectiles rained on another horde nearby, dropping a few of the Spawn from its ranks.
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> [William was soon following after Aline, AT Field shimmering as he came to a solid landing, heavy bolter having barely stopped firing.]
[10:04] <Yanmei> And Yanmei's own bolter started up again, as she took a shot at the last horde in their direct path. It took the blast without flinching. "Right. Someone else step up to it?" Her AT Field dimmed again as it reacted to the horde's.
[10:08] <Sept> "Leave these ones to me!" 01's progressive sword whirred to life once more as Sera charged the remaining group on the ground.
[10:13] <AdEvaGM> [And they were quickly dispatched.-
[10:14] <AdEvaGM> ["No time to waste. Move on! Support the Beijing team!"]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Yes Ma'am! Let's go everyone!" 04 sped ahead.
[10:16] <Sept> "Right behind you!"
[10:16] * Aline followed along. "Coming~"
[10:27] <AdEvaGM> [And so they sped off…-
[10:27] <AdEvaGM> [The sight before them was ghastly. The force they'd just hit was nothing more than a rearguard.-
[10:28] <AdEvaGM> [Gabriel hovered in midair, a vaguely humanoid shape of the female persuasion, the body terminating in floating sheets of flesh- like a robe made of skin. No arms- only huge wings covered in shifting, spectral patterns. It had a 'head'… A head with six faces.-
[10:29] <AdEvaGM> [Packed together were a squad of guardian Asmodels- and beyond, a huge horde of Asmodels heading off the Beijing team.]
[10:40] <Sept> "We're here! Let's turn this around!"
[10:44] <Yanmei> "Let's." Yanmei agreed, eying the Angel balefully. "Beijing team! How are you holding up? We got a distress signal."
[10:45] * Aline arrived with a thud, staring out forward. "Mm. Looks grim, but not /too/ grim."
[11:28] <Yanmei> A quick designation signal from William was all Yanmei needed to race forward, chopping one of the guards protecting Gabriel's flank into a bloody paste. "We'll do it like last time! But hopefully faster? Those are a -lot- of spawn over there."
[11:29] <AdEvaGM> [Disturbances as waves of energy and ammo exploded amongst that tide.-
[11:30] <AdEvaGM> [Gabriel seemed to hardly react at their appearance. Instead, her head began to rotate, the flesh of her neck ripping apart as the head turned into a whirling blur- only to reform once the head settled on a new face.]
[11:31] * Aline stared at that, even as she shot a - sadly deflected - shot off at one of the more distant Asmodels, and faded into invisibility once more. "I… Uh… Hm." She seemed at a strange impasse.
[12:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Opening fire!"-
[12:04] <AdEvaGM> [The bolter roared once more, the enemy before Sera exploding into gore.]
[12:05] * Yanmei flinched in her plug - not at the… the weirdness that was Gabriel, but at the attentions of another far more familiar Angel. Still, she shook it off and wound up just in time to dodge a nasty counter from another one of those larger spawn. "Good job, William!" -
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[12:08] <Yanmei> She made her own counter then, aiming her progressive sword square at the spawn's head, but… she could only stare in disbelief as it blocked it, the blade shattering in the process.
[12:18] * Sept opened fire on the foremost Controller, dealing what damage he could as he advanced toward the Angel itself.
[12:20] <AdEvaGM> [Great burning holes appeared in its flesh as his new rifle left its mark.]
[12:24] * Aline then, from her unseen vantage, breathed deeply, even though she seemed a little bit distracted… and then fired a damning shot at the very same target from her long-mas!
[12:24] <AdEvaGM> [… Which spitted the beast on a maser bolt, sending it collapsing to the ground.]
[12:58] * Yanmei exhaled. "Thanks," she muttered, and adjusted her grip on her remaining sword. Almost there! Just one grunt left."
[13:03] <AdEvaGM> [But then- a flash of rainbow light rippled across Gabriel's lovely wings. Within seconds, the ground around Yanmei was… Glowing?!-
[13:03] <AdEvaGM> [Four burning brands of energy whipped out and bound her arms and legs…]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "..?!" She reacted with alarm, trying to scrabble out of the way, but it was too late. "What?! What the hell's this supp-"
[13:06] <AdEvaGM> [And then she was gone.-
[13:07] <AdEvaGM> [It felt like she was being squeezed through a very tight tube or, perhaps, Aline's plugsuit. She couldn't breathe-
[13:07] <AdEvaGM> [… And then suddenly she was in the sky. Surrounded by nothing but air.]
[13:10] <Sept> "Yanmei! Shit, we need to finish these guys off and head east, now!"
[13:10] * Aline nodded curtly, even as a lingering disruption was starting to make 00 fade back into view. "Right!"
[13:11] <Yanmei> Weightlessness. For a split second there was only the blissful release from the pressure, but then gravity took over, and hard, sending her racing back toward the distant ground as she wheezed. "Haaah… no…"
[13:13] <AdEvaGM> [The Qaphsiels teeming on the plateau below instantly turned. Wings unfurled- and the sky was filled with burning red beams of energy.-
[13:14] <AdEvaGM> [The teeming melee below her, however, was being dominated by… A shape. A shimmering floating garland of red roses, circled around a large burning red rose. They pulsed. Once. Twice. Then an expanding black shadow swept out from the garland and across most of the Asmodel horde-
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> [… And then they were gone with a -crack-… Reappearing in the air far above.-
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> ["You have some time!" Said Chiisana, desperately.]
[13:22] * Aline stared up for the slightest second, before expanding the rainbow bubble of time distortion yet again. But not only that… 00 blazed in an entirely ridiculous burst of speed, making a swift horizontal leap right past Gabriel, and towards the last horde that wasn't teleported into the sky. "I think I can bring down these stragglers, then we can focus on the Angel in what little time
[13:22] * Aline we have before the party starts again!"
[13:26] * Yanmei didn't hear. She was too busy reeling in agony. A side glance caught one of 04's legs spiraling off at a surreal angle. -
[13:30] <Yanmei> Finally, the energy bolts from below stopped firing, and she felt her suit compress, and she snapped back to her senses, managing some wobbly control over her fall. "C-c'mon…" Wings open. AT Field back in place. She found a current to glide on, back toward the remaining horde on the ground. "Neutralising. Someone finish them off, fast! We should be focusing on the Angel right now, all of us!"
[13:33] <AdEvaGM> ["I know, I know, hold on!" Snapped Juuichi, opening up on the horde with her heavy bolter.-
[13:34] <Sept> "About time! I'll keep it busy!" Sera cracked the Tendril of Supremacy in the air as he finally rounded into close range with the Angel, starting the dance that preceded duels of this stature.
[13:35] <AdEvaGM> [Gabriel wasn't one to dance. She hovered in the air, seemingly unreactive- until her head began to spin violently, ripping the flesh of the neck- another face was chosen, white clear eyes burning. A rainbow wave of misty-like energy flowed over Sera- leaving him unharmed…]
[13:44] * Aline frowned at the change, but reached out with her field to push against Gabriel's… and shot a test bolt from her rifle…
[13:45] * Sept was breathing heavily, both from the exertion so far and the (despite everything) unexpected retaliation from the Angel. "Hahh… What does that matter? What are you after?!"
[13:54] <AdEvaGM> [But the Angel wasn't paying attention. It moved slightly to the side- the mas bolt passed by harmlessly- and its head ripped itself around once more, red eyes flashing at Sera. Three things happened at once.-
[13:54] <AdEvaGM> [Burning tendrils of energy ripped out of the ground, seeking to ensnare Sera.-
[13:54] <AdEvaGM> [A matching bolt of sheer force rippled past EVA-01's face, stripping some of the paint away.-
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> [… And Aline felt something…]
[10:31] <Sept> "Ha! I'm one step ahead! Secure the others and hurry back here!"
[10:32] * Aline gasped, and seemed to be… gurgling out words. "Nngh… no… wa-" Incoherent noises. "-out…"
[10:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Aline? Aline, what's wrong?"-
[10:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Colonel." Doctor Surov's voice- sounding more curious than worried. "00's Synch graph is fluctuating wildly- some of the pulses are reversing, others are severing- the AT Field frequency is shifting rapidly-"-
[10:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei, something's wrong with Aline!"]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "What?" 04 swiveled awkwardly, still hovering in mid-air, its stump of a leg still dripping. She reached for one of her wings. "D-dammit. Is it like the last fight? Should I disable it?"
[10:45] * Sept took a hasty step back from Gabriel, 01's head swiveling slightly as Sera turned to look at the command feed in the plug sharply. "Surov! The limiters on her suits, can't you shut it down? We can't afford this now!"
[10:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I'm trying-"-
[10:53] <AdEvaGM> ["No signal." He looked up at the screen. "Mental corruption present."-
[10:54] <AdEvaGM> [With a horrid screeching sound, EVA-00's started to convulse, its massive slabs of F-Type armor ripping themselves off the body, sloughing to the ground.-
[10:55] <AdEvaGM> [What it revealed…-
[10:56] <AdEvaGM> [A black, oily tar-like substance was oozing over EVA-00's body, a rainbow sheen glaring off of the surface. It was gathering in the cracks of the armour- which began to melt down, the tar sticking into the flesh.-
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> [And then- it was like an electric charge ran through the oil. It hardened suddenly, becoming more than liquid- 00 was totally inundated- and it began to mould itself into a shape.-
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> [A body, a tall humanoid body, wreathed in what looked like robes, reaching up to curl around an oily ribcage, a segmented neck- and an Angel mask.-
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> ["EVA-00 has become pattern blue."]
[11:01] <Yanmei> "…Understood." Suddenly the horrible flowerlike Spawn on the edges of her vision failed to be her most pressing concern. "I'll neutralise. Everyone else focus on the other one! Himesama, what's your status?"
[11:03] <AdEvaGM> [Static- apparently trying to get through to her Dirac Sea was proving difficult. There was a sudden break in the shadow- the horde vanished- only to reappear higher in the sky.-
[11:04] <AdEvaGM> [William's Heavy Bolter spat out once again, scoring deep gouging wounds on Gabriel's body- "We're bringing her down quickly! Come on!"-
[11:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Understood!" Juuichi lowered her bolter and fired- but before the first round could hit home, Gabriel was gone, disappearing in a crack of actinic void. "What?!"-
[11:05] <AdEvaGM> [Gabriel reappeared, a few dozen metres behind EVA-00.]
[11:07] <Sept> "…" Sera still didn't turn away from his adversary, whether out of focus or fear of it all coming true if he looked at her. "…kill Gabriel first. Throw everything you've got! Marianne, do we have N2 charges prepared?"
[11:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[11:15] <Yanmei> "Last resort. We can still turn this around," Yanmei spun after her, the Imperial Herald closing the awkwardly long distance between on the end of a whiplike arm. It bounced off the AT Field harmlessly.
[11:20] <Sept> "Of course," Sera admitted. "Now stop ignoring me, you…"
[11:27] <AdEvaGM> [Angel-00 turned to Yanmei- and a sleeve rose, gesturing at Yanmei. The Herald nearly leapt out of Yanmei's hand- but whilst she was focused keeping it in her grip, she suddenly felt her Eva rise and be hurled nearly a hundred metres, landing with a painful crash.]
[11:29] * Yanmei yelled through gritted teeth as the ground tore into her. When she settled, she was gasping and slightly dizzy. "Too close…"
[12:06] <AdEvaGM> [Gabriel turned now, her wings glowing a thousand different colours as she unleashed a barrage of energy at Sera- telekinetic bolts and bright yellow arcs of plasma energy, all of which missed…-
[12:07] <AdEvaGM> [And gave William the chance he needed to open fire. His bolter continued to fire until it finally ran out of ammo- but the damage was done, ripping Gabriel's legs clear off and sending the Archangel to the ground, a sound emanating from Gabriel's mouth- a screech of agony.-
[12:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Now! NOW! GO!"]
[12:08] * Yanmei was back on her feet and bounding forward, slamming the Herald into the fallen Gabriel over and over. "There!"
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> [Wounds that should have killed Gabriel- left their mark, yet miraculously vanished, only to reappear on Voriel nearby.-
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["It's a Libido Effect." Said Doctor Surov.]
[12:11] <Sept> "Keep it there!" Sera ducked under some more incoming fire, charging past Voriel to get a wide swing at Gabriel from a good angle - only to have the weapon rebound with incredible force, tearing it away from his hands. "Don't worry, keep at it!"
[12:15] <AdEvaGM> [The air shifted subtly- Yanmei felt her AT Field vanish, giving extra strength back to Gabriel.-
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> [With a sudden crumpling sound, Voriel crumpled- the robes vanished, the mask vanished, everything vanished- except the oil, leaving EVA-00 standing, malformed, vague. The robes and mask flew into Gabriel-
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> [Who, in a split second, turned the air around her negative, collapsing in on herself, a floating Dirac Sea-
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> [… Which vanished into thin air.-
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["What!? No! Track it! Now! AT detection network! Find me that Angel!"-
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["We're trying, sir!"]
[12:18] * Yanmei followed it with her eyes - or tried to. It was gone. Her grip tightened on Herald. "Don't let your guard down, everyone! Colonel, how's Blanc?"
[12:19] <AdEvaGM> ["No signal. Try getting some of that oil off."]
[12:19] <Sept> "It might teleport back to try and split us up again. Stay vigilant." 01 went to retrieve its lost blade with a deliberate slowness.
[12:21] <AdEvaGM> ["The other Hordes are vanishing, too. Via their Chantry, I would theorise." Said Surov. "I don't believe Gabriel will be back any time soon- it's far too wounded to risk combat."]
[12:23] <Yanmei> "A full retreat?" Yanmei frowned to herself even as she raised an arm to assist 00. She kept her distance, letting her AT Field do the work for her.
[12:26] <AdEvaGM> [The oil started to slick off- very slowly, it was unusually heavy- revealed unarmoured white flesh beneath.]
[12:29] * Yanmei continued to work, trying to get as much off as possible, jaw clenched in concentration. "Juuichi, please watch my back, just in case."
[12:30] * Sept was still glancing around suspiciously, weapons firmly in hand. "Dorian, can you approach? Or at least… get us medical teams here."
[12:31] <AdEvaGM> ["The anti-air units are gone, we're already on our way."-
[12:38] <AdEvaGM> [The oil slicked away- bare arm, bare stomach, bare human breasts- and a face. Aline's face, staring back at her.-
[12:38] <AdEvaGM> [The skin glowed- the oil flashed away in an instant.]
[12:40] <Yanmei> "What." Yanmei's arm dropped, and she stepped backward, eyes fixed in incomprehesion. "What. Is. This."
[12:41] <AdEvaGM> [There were explosions- explosions above Yanmei, to her right. Juuichi's Evangelion practically self-destructed, its head ripping itself from its shoulders- as did Chiisana's, her Evangelion dropping to the ground lifelessly.-
[12:41] <AdEvaGM> ["What's going on?" Marianne turned to Doctor Surov, who shook his head. A new communications window opened up on the viewscreen, on all of their plugs.-
[12:43] <AdEvaGM> ["The Ayanami Evas been remotely disabled." Said Gendo Ikari. "Zhang, de Pteres, Weiss- your orders are to subdue the being possessing EVA-00- immediately."]
[12:45] <Sept> "What do we… we -can't- just..!"
[12:45] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glowered at the window. There was a time and a place for questions, however, and she recognized this as enough of a threat to realize that this wasn't it. -
[12:47] <Yanmei> "We'll sort it out afterward, de Pteres. Subdue, not kill."
[12:47] <AdEvaGM> [William was already hurtling across the battlefield, heavy bolter laying by the wayside, his pistols taken out of his docks. "Always they try to take Aline away. No more!" He opened fire. "GO!"]
[12:52] * Sept cast an upset glance at William, at Gendo, his hands squeezing much too tightly on the controls. 01 raised its shield, facing the enemy.
[13:01] * Yanmei was swapping weapons quickly, the bolter being stowed away and a short metal spike pulled into the open. It expanded with a snap to full length as Yanmei drew back her arm, becoming more spear-like… and then she drew it forward, blinding fast, aiming for the giant-Aline's forehead.
[13:01] <Yanmei> ^blindingly
[13:02] <AdEvaGM> [The spear slammed into the forehead, vibrating violently- so violently that it shook itself apart, but left an incredible wound in the head. Giant Aline let out a cry of … Giggling ecstasy.]
[13:10] <Sept> "Stop it stop it STOP IT!" Sera lashed out at the creature with his force weapon, desperate to accomplish -something- against it.
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> [The tendril left bloody marks across the monstrous Aline's stomach- who arched her neck back at the seeming pleasure of the wound. Then with shocking speed and brutality, she was gone, smashing her hands- which momentarily became lethal claws- into William's Evangelion- the first blow smashing apart the ablatives, the second blow ripping through the F-Type armour- William let out an agonising scream.-
[13:16] <AdEvaGM> ["That's it. Archibald, charge the Positron Impact Cannons! All units, clear the target area!"-
[13:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, sir!" Archibald punched in the firing coordinates.]
[13:29] * Yanmei tried to focus, weaving her AT Field around the Herald, not liking the utterly alien feeling that came with doing so. She raised her bulky bolter and fired off a shot as if to stall, but it exploded against her skin without leaving a single mark behind. "Damn it. William, hold on!"
[13:44] <AdEvaGM> [William pulled away, shooting at her ineffectively.-
[13:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Help!"]
[13:48] * Sept dashed off toward William, flanking (?) the Aline and managing even deeper lacerations onto the body with his progressive blade. There was still no reaction, but if he could keep it up…
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> [The Aline turned towards Sera now, giggling, a glasgow smile on her face- she lashed out violently, a hail of blows- one of them breaking through his AT Field-
[13:51] <AdEvaGM> [And then the area was covered in antimatter annihilations as the Positron Cannon blasts hit home, obscuring the Aline- who roared in euphoric delight, despite the burning holes left in her body.]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "There!" A cry from Yanmei, and the Imperial Herald seemed to erupt into blue flames at last! She scrambled through the newly-blackened field, and swung at Aline (?) once, twice, thrice! "Sera! You okay?"
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> [Aline giggled playfully, smacking the sword away once, twice, and letting the third strike almost touch her chest before deflecting it.]
[13:56] <Yanmei> "Grr… You smug, stupid-!"
[13:57] <Sept> "I'm… fine," his voice responded promptly, the metal of the Evangelion creaking as it straightened itself out once more. "Just make her stop, I -can't-…"
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> [… Then she was on the counter-attack, unleashing a hail of blows at Yanmei…]
[14:01] <Sept> And Sera was there, somehow managing to keep her attacks distracted or off-balance enough for 04 to get out of the way.
[14:21] <AdEvaGM> [… And that was all the chance William needed. His Eva's wings flared out, glowing with energy than ran across his body down into his bolt pistol.-
[14:21] <AdEvaGM> [He raised it, levelled it with the back of the giant Aline's head.-
[14:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Requiescat in pace." He said, coldly- and pulled the trigger. Aline didn't even have time to scream- the bolt shell ripped her head apart in a gory mess, splashing blood and matter all across EVA 01 and 04.-
[14:24] <AdEvaGM> [The headless Aline stood motionless for a few seconds, then tottered backward and collapsed in a heap, its glowing skin fading into the light grey-brown of Eva flesh, the female features levelling away, the smooth skin taking on the old form of muscle and core.-
[14:24] <AdEvaGM> ["… Enemy signal vanished. Subject has been subdued." Said Doctor Surov.-
[14:26] <AdEvaGM> [But William wasn't listening. He tossed his bolt pistol away and knelt down next to the defeated Evangelion, his chainfist whirring as he sliced a hole into its chest. With a careful precision he plunged his free hand into the hole and pulled out- not a plug. The plug had vanished, vaporised by Lilith's own energy- all that was left was Aline- a small naked Aline, this time. "… Is she alive?"]
[14:31] <Sept> "…is that it, command? Can we go retrieve her safely?"
[14:32] <Yanmei> "We'll get briefed on whatever the hell that was, won't we?" The flames on the Herald were going out now. Yanmei's voice was tense. She searched the battlefield for the fallen Ayanamis.
[14:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Who knows." Muttered Marianne, the silhouette of the Dorian Lachapelle approaching from the west.]
[14:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Sera, move to recover 00." Said Frederic.]
[14:35] * Aline eventually stirred from where she was held, looking up at the face of… an Evangelion. She knew, vaguely, which one it was. But… what came next was not quite expected. She didn't cover herself up. She didn't stare much longer. Aline's head craned downwards, and she began sobbing, hands moving to cover her face.
[14:37] <Sept> "…yes, Frédéric."
[14:40] <AdEvaGM> [William cradled Aline protectively against the chestplate of his Evangelion. "It's alright. I've got you." He murmured fondly, like someone cradling a broken baby bird.]

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