Boston S Stand

[09:37] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. 5th of March, 2018. Episode Title: Boston's Stand.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [They were all assembled on the bridge- Alphonse, Yanmei, Isaiah, as well as William, Alexandrina, Juuichi, Hachi, Chiisana, San, Ni, Go and Rei. Alphonse was standing separate, dressed immaculately in his Major's uniform.-
[09:40] <Minaplo> ["… Our force, divided as it is into two squadrons- Strongpoint A and Strongpoint B, set up on both sides of the river, will focus their attacks in the form of high-powered ranged batteries designed to subdue the Angel with overwhelming firepower." He said smartly.-
[09:42] <Minaplo> ["Lieutenants Ayanami Rei and Ayanami Ni will be coordinating tactical defense, whilst Ayanami Juuichi, Ayanami Hachi, William Weiss Xylander and Alexandrina Wales will focus on offense. Ayanami Chiisana Himesama, Ayanami Go and Ayanami San will be kept flexible, able to be offensive and defensive at the same time."-
[09:42] <Minaplo> ["Captain Zhang Yanmei and Pilot Isaiah Gabriel-Wei are to be reserve."-
[09:43] <Minaplo> [Alphonse wasn't saying this to the pilots- he was speaking to one person only, Marianne. Marianne heard all of this, paused- and then nodded.-
[09:43] <Minaplo> [It was a ceremony, almost- a military double-check before the beginning of the operation. Marianne stood from her chair. "Then I relinquish overall battle command to you, Major Wellesley." She saluted.-
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Ma'am." He saluted in return- and with that, Marianne left the bridge.]
06[09:46] * Yanmei stood at attention with the others, waiting politely for Alphonse to have his say. This reserve business felt… wrong to her still. Still, orders were orders. She would just have to deal with it until the next fight.
[09:49] <Minaplo> [Alphonse stepped up onto the Captain's dais, sat in the chair. He stared down at them all, and nodded. "Operation Dorchester will commence in t-minus sixty minutes. To your units, pilots!"]
01[09:53] <Yanmei> There was a moment in which she considered chasing after Marianne. She was probably heading for the Captain's quarters, with its massive viewing screen and lavish furniture. Or, maybe, she was heading to technical to make sure things were in order there, too. -
01[09:54] <Yanmei> But she saluted instead, and turned away with the other pilots. Off to 04!
[09:55] <Minaplo> [Alphonse called Rei back, said a few quiet words to her.-
[09:56] <Minaplo> [But Isaiah followed Yanmei, moving with the general crowd of mostly-clones around them. Alexandrina stood out, being shorter, with her silver hair, and her face a perfect mask of emotionlessness.]
03[09:57] * Zackv2 is now known as ZackAFK
06[10:01] * Yanmei side-eyed Alexandrina. Unsettling. She tried to catch her attention and offer a friendly wave as they went.
[10:04] <Minaplo> [A small, practiced smile back. A smile that reminded Yanmei of her own plastic PR smiles, back when she first started.-
[10:04] <Minaplo> [… Except Alexandrina was better at it.]
01[10:06] <Yanmei> That… irked her. -
01[10:07] <Yanmei> She would never show, it, though. -
01[10:09] <Yanmei> She drew closer instead, her own smile as warm as she could make it. "Sucks that we have to support you guys from the side? Just wanted to say good luck."
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. I have faith in our victory."]
01[10:15] <Yanmei> "Me too. You'll do great. And the Ayanamis will definitely be there to help if anything turns sour?" She shook her head. "Anyway, hit him a few times for me. And a few more times for Asuka."
[10:16] <Minaplo> [This brought a little, genuine smile to her face now. "I would not intend otherwise."-
[10:16] <Minaplo> [Time passed along.-
[10:17] <Minaplo> ["T-minus thirty eight minutes!"-
[10:17] <Minaplo> [William, Alexandrina, Juuichi and Hachi had already gone; Rei and Ni were being lowered onto the launch catapults.-
[10:18] <Minaplo> [By this time, Yanmei and Isaiah would already be suited up, but they wouldn't have been asked to actually enter the plugs yet.]
06[10:23] * Yanmei watched them set up from one of the many catwalks in the hangar. She had found and was standing next to Isaiah. "How do you feel?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["Alright." He said, giving her a reassuring look. He put an arm around her waist. "I had my doubts earlier, but now that I'm seeing it all in action…"]
01[10:28] <Yanmei> "I know what you mean." She patted his arm. "It'll be fine, I'm positive."
[10:30] <Minaplo> [("EVA-09, launch!")-
[10:32] <Minaplo> [With a mighty rushing of sound and force, the rail catapult launched EVA-09 and its pilot, Rei, out into the air- followed by Ni.-
[10:32] <Minaplo> [("EVA-04 and EVA-08 pilots, to your plugs.")-
[10:32] <Minaplo> ["Ah, that's us." Said Isaiah. "Tch…"]
06[10:35] * Yanmei gave him one last snuggle before pulling away. "Don't worry. I bet this battle won't even last five minutes~"
[10:38] <Minaplo> [He ran his hand across her testsuit-covered stomach. "I hope so~"-
[10:38] <Minaplo> [Time passed. ("T-minus four minutes!")-
[10:39] <Minaplo> [("The Angel Michael has been detected! It's appeared over Detroit-")-
[10:39] <Minaplo> [("It's destroying buildings in the city!") ("It's moved on! Now it's in Chicago! It's doing the same thing!")-
[10:40] <Minaplo> [("Report on the targeted buildings!") ("It's targeting industrial sectors! Residential areas unaffected!") ("Heh, our war capacity…")]
01[10:42] <Yanmei> "…" Smart bastard. Now, inside the entry plug, Yanmei clenched her teeth.
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["(EVA-04, launch!")-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [It was like being in a plane on take-off, only a lot more forceful. EVA-04 was hurled out into the air- the ocean beneath her!-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [("Take up defensive position around the Battleship, 04.")]
01[10:46] <Yanmei> "Sir!" She caught an updraft with 04's wings as gravity bagan to take over, and coasted. After a second, an AT Field flickered to life around her as well.
[10:50] <Minaplo> [EVA-08 soon joined her.-
[10:50] <Minaplo> [Boston could be seen in the distance, tiny, but Yanmei thought she could see the white blurry shapes of Master Model Evangelions.-
[10:51] <Minaplo> [She definitely saw the eventual burst of Dirac energy that heralded Michael's sudden appearance, in the south of the city.-
[10:51] <Minaplo> [("Emissary is alerting us to truce. Units have one minute to quit the field.")-
[10:52] <Minaplo> [("All units, prepare for combat. Gunnery units, focus your AT Fields on your weapons- we'll take it down with one strike!")]
06[10:56] * Yanmei fiddled with her console, trying to bring up a window with clearer visuals.
[11:00] <Minaplo> [Windows appeared from observation drones, showing the two Strongpoints- and the Angel itself. The gunner Evas were sporting vicious-looking Great Positron Cannons, which were humming as they charged…-
[11:09] <Minaplo> [And with a great rush of speed, Michael took to the air, far faster than he had in New Mexico. He was faster than the wind, faster than sound, even- a sonic boom burst about his body as he spun around the city…]
01[11:17] <Yanmei> Why…? She doubted he had gotten more powerful since the last battle. Holding back on them. How embarrassing.
[11:21] <Minaplo> [("Open fire!")-
[11:22] <Minaplo> [But Yanmei would soon see why- the Evangelions opened fire, the air lit up with no less than seven powerful, incredibly powerful beams of light, streaking out towards the Angel-
[11:22] <Minaplo> [… And it simply dodged through the fire.-
[11:22] <Minaplo> [("Two confirmed hits! Negligible damage from Unit 10!")-
[11:23] <Minaplo> [The Angel's response was fast. Its eyes shone, and in an instant, a huge cross-shaped area of Boston was blown apart, three Evas too encumbered to dodge, the fourth rolling to the side clumsily, only to be struck in the chest by a focused beam, which burned away a coating of Ablative plates.-
[11:23] <Minaplo> [("Units recharging! Fifteen second wait on next fire!")-
[11:24] <Minaplo> [("Damnit.") Alphonse's voice. ("It's too fast, and we can't fire enough in volume…")-
[11:25] <Minaplo> [A hail of energy bolts streaked forth from the Angel, a faster-than-the-eye-could-see positron beam striking Hachi in the chest- she screamed- and a hail of smaller bolts striking William's legs.]
06[11:31] * Yanmei watched, keeping her face carefully controlled. Not the best start… not the best at all.
[11:34] <Minaplo> [("Defense team! Move in, try to force it into the open!")-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [Rei leapt up, streaking across the sky at a speed already violently fast; a shiny-looking daiglaive was held in her right hand, a heavy shield in her left. She neutralised-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [As did Chiisana-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [And left Ni to leap in and grapple the Angel- slamming her shield against its body and trying to pin one of its arms-
[11:36] <Minaplo> [But that stone, that red orb, shone, and suddenly the air around Michael rippled with force- there were short shrieks over the comms- and the three Evas fell backwards, stunned, allowing Michael to leap over the river, blasting at William again!]
01[11:51] <Yanmei> Yanmei's brow furrowed. That-! That red light again!
[11:56] <Minaplo> [Hachi and Juuichi- working together, apparently- tried to neutralise the Angel again, only to be hit with another burst of red light-
[11:56] <Minaplo> [Which wasn't enough to keep Hachi down-
[11:57] <Minaplo> [And although the Angel took to the sky once again, it was in the dead middle of the Eva corps. ("Wales, firing!")-
[11:58] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's cannon opened fire, lancing right through Michael's wounded leg- and she wasn't alone! Rei, shaking off her daze, leapt through the air, spinning the daiglaive in her hand, letting out a growl as she brought its positron blade down on the Angel's head- to no effect! "Gr-!"]
06[12:03] * Yanmei hissed under her breath. If only there had been just a bit more force…
[12:13] <Minaplo> [Ni tried to catch up, but the Angel pulled away- appearing almost right next to Alexandrina. Another cross blast, ripping across a whole portion of the city, right across the river- which hissed and flash-boiled-
[12:14] <Minaplo> [And another focused positron beam at the same time, this time at Chiisana.-
[12:14] <Minaplo> [On Yanmei's display was a 2d representation of all the Evas in the field. Instantly, Hachi and William's Evas went red, then black, 4NO CONTACT1 flashing across their icons in red.-
[12:14] <Minaplo> [And Chiisana was screaming, her Eva's arm was ablaze…]
06[12:22] * Yanmei was trying hard to keep up… and wasn't doing so well at it. Hopefully command was doing a better job of forming a plan on the fly.
[12:24] <Minaplo> [("Prepare N2 warhead!")]
01[12:25] <Yanmei> "…" Apparently not. Yanmei put a hand briefly to her face.
[12:26] <Minaplo> [("Warhead configuration, sir?") ("Evangelion delivery.")]
01[12:27] <Yanmei> "Wait, what?!"
[12:28] <Minaplo> [("Rei! Move to Supply Point #4, and take on the N2 Warhead delivered there!") ("Hai!")]
[12:29] <Minaplo> [A window opened up from Isaiah's plug. "They're doing -what-?"]
01[12:32] <Yanmei> "Major!" Yanmei's voice was sharp. "This wasn't mentioned -anywhere- in the briefing?"
[12:33] <Minaplo> [("Neither was our battle plan dissolving in less than a minute!")-
[12:33] <Minaplo> [("N2 Warhead delivered!")-
[12:34] <Minaplo> [Yanmei would see EVA-09, Rei's unit, slam down next to a nondescript office building- a side of which recessed to display a squat black cylinder, the NERV logo emblazoned on the side along with a serial number.]
06[12:39] * Yanmei scowled darkly. -
01[12:42] <Yanmei> At least the city was evacuated. But the Evas… "Otis. Can 09 survive an N2 with its current armor setup?"
[12:43] <Minaplo> ["Tactical Analysis: Permitted AT Field Restrictions hold, chance is 99%."]
[12:43] <Minaplo> [There was a flash, and Yanmei would see Chiisana's and San's icons go black. 4NO CONTACT]
01[12:46] <Yanmei> About half of them down at this point. And the remaining ones, struggling.
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["Vicky!" Cried Ni. "Do your heartbreaker!"-
[13:05] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina scowled, and stamped EVA-06's feet down, into a crouch. One of her wing docks slid open, revealing an automated bolter- which spat a steady stream of fire, ripping chunks away from all over the Angel's body.-
[13:06] <Minaplo> [She braced her cannon, charged- drew her AT Field into it- and unleashed the bolt, which tore through Michael's wounded leg right through, nearly vaporising the foot clean off.-
[13:06] <Minaplo> [And that was when Rei charged, slamming the N2 warhead into Michael's chest- it exploded!-
[13:07] <Minaplo> [It looked bizarre. A huge conflagration burst out of nowhere- Rei containing the strength of an entire N2 explosion within the AT Field, directing it at Michael. She screamed- and Yanmei could see why, as the flames consumed Rei's Eva's right arm-
[13:07] <Minaplo> [But when the flames cleared, they had taken Michael's right leg.]
01[13:11] <Yanmei> It was… incredible. Yanmei leaned forward, eyebrows raised high. The barrage was actually working! At this rate, they could win!
[13:21] <Minaplo> [… And then Michael's leg stump suddenly began to blister and boil, huge tumours appearing- which rapidly exploded into a new whole leg.-
[13:22] <Minaplo> [The angel was moving faster than ever, and suddenly their achievements seemed to turn to dust. Within seconds, Juuichi's unit icon went black. 4NO CONTACT-
[13:22] <Minaplo> [A beam of light had disintegrated the head entirely, and Juuichi screamed…-
[13:22] <Minaplo> [Ni growled, her shield barely holding back Michael's fury.]
01[13:40] <Yanmei> She sank back down at the explosive regeneration. She spoke too soon. Way too soon! "C'mon! Damn it!" she growled under her breath.
[13:42] <Minaplo> [("Send word to fire control! F-F-E, Positron Impact Cannons!")-
[13:42] <Minaplo> [("Yes, sir! EVA-04, EVA-08, be advised, Battleship is preparing to fire Positron Impact Cannons!")-
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Ni!" Rei's voice. "Let's keep him in place until then!"-
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Hai!"]
01[13:52] <Yanmei> "You heard him, Isaiah. Stay clear of the cannons. Prep for retaliation."
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["Roger."-
[13:52] <Minaplo> [He moved away.-
[13:53] <Minaplo> [The cannons were titanic things, bigger than what an Eva could carry. The capacitors began to glow, the turbines spinning…-
[13:53] <Minaplo> [("Cannons at 110% charge!")-
[13:53] <Minaplo> [("Fire at will!")-
[13:54] <Minaplo> [A moment of silence… Yanmei could see Rei blocking Michael, forcing him into a corner-
[13:54] <Minaplo> [And then the thunder came.-
[13:56] <Minaplo> [The beams streaked across the sky, and this time Michael didn't dodge. Several city blocks were vaporised in an instant.-
[13:56] <Minaplo> [Rei dodged, barely- and Ni didn't, a sharp scream of pain over the comms.-
[13:58] <Minaplo> [When the smoke cleared, Michael was clearly damaged, his body smoking from a dozen small wounds- Ni had fared relatively better, but her Eva was clearly on its last legs, and the pilot herself was in clear pain.-
[13:58] <Minaplo> [The Stone shone red, and Ni and Go were stunned once more, Go letting out a small cry-
[13:58] <Minaplo> [Michael took to the air, striking EVA-06 in the head with a positron beam that burned out its eyes, Alexandrina adding to the cacophony of cries-
[13:59] <Minaplo> [And then came a true alpha strike against the only target Michael had left- Rei.-
[13:59] <Minaplo> [A cross blast burned away a layer of her shield, then came another positron blast that disintegrated the top half. Rei growled, holding her shield up higher, blocking a beam of plasma-
[13:59] <Minaplo> [Michael moved in for the kill, leaping into the air, wings wide. There was no way Rei could beat him with her teammates so demoralised.-
[14:00] <Minaplo> [Rei growled, threw down her shield, pulled out her knife. She'd try, though…-
[14:00] <Minaplo> [She crouched, sprung into the air-
[14:01] <Minaplo> [("Retreat! All units, fall back to the rally point! Tell the Emissary that we're retreating!")-
[14:01] <Minaplo> [Both Rei and Michael stopped in mid-air, staring at each other…-
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["…" Rei's shoulders slumped. She shook a little, fell back in the seat, and then slowly, lowered her Eva and grabbed the nearest destroyed unit- San's.-
[14:02] <Minaplo> [Michael stared- then slowly crunched down onto a building, wrapping himself up in his wings.]
06[14:06] * Yanmei had tensed, AT Field at the ready… but no retaliation came. Not for them or the battleship; the field pilots' screams reached them loud and clear. Then there was the order to retreat. -
01[14:08] <Yanmei> She stole a glance at Isaiah's comm window, and then back at Command's. "Permission to assist with retrieval?"
[14:12] <Minaplo> [("Granted, 04.")-
[14:12] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was pale. He had turned off the comms to the field group; the sound of so many screaming Ayanamis had been too much for him.-
[14:12] <Minaplo> [He glanced at her window, then glanced at the mission timer window meaningfully.-
[14:13] <Minaplo> [It read T-Plus 00:04:22.-
[14:13] <Minaplo> [Yanmei had been right. The battle hadn't even taken 5 minutes.]

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