Cherry Blossom Procession 4 2 19

[23:47] <@Minaplo> [The sun was sinking into the west; between it and Aline Blanc lay all of France, as well as a little spit of Germany that now bore the colours of the French flag.-
[23:55] <@Minaplo> [The last German forces had been evacuated east of the Rhine, as had the Dysangelions, 00 and the Superheavies. The surviving veterans of Unicorn Company had been recovered, as had their units. The Divine Evangelion, which had berserked during the battle, had marched in disturbing silence back of its own accord, where it had been becalmed, then recovered, its pilot dazed, sick and unconscious from the strain of berserk, but otherwise uninjured.-
[23:59] <@Minaplo> [Aline had been on the bridge of the Damocles as the battle reports from across the theatre had rolled in. German forces on the French front had been mauled. The allied forces in Ukraine had suffered an unexpected rout, and Kiev had once again been lost to the Soviets; three army groups now retreated west, hoping to create a desperate defensive line in Poland and Slovakia.-
Session Time: Sun Sep 11 00:00:00 2016
[00:04] <@Minaplo> [The only front to have really held had been the Alpine line, where the newly minted Solomon Magister Amala had led German armies, along with Austrian jager-commandos and Phantoms in a defense against a vigorous assault from French legionnaires.-
[00:07] <@Minaplo> [Yet despite the grim news, it was not all bad for Germany. The ceasefire had dulled the emergency of the western front, the alpine line held, and already forces from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were moving to reinforce the line in the east.-
[00:08] <@Minaplo> [All Germany needed now was time to consolidate its forces.-
[00:14] <@Minaplo> [Sitting in the captain's chair of the Damocles was Sarah Holt-Caine, wearing her promised land uniform. She looked alert and clear-eyed, although her shoulders had slumped slightly in the hours since the fighting had stopped. "So, Ms. Blanc. A short battle, a ceasefire, and a new Angel. What are your thoughts?"]
[00:19] * Aline had been standing nearby, impassive, maybe even looking bored or frustrated, lip slightly bit. "…It sure was an odd battle. They swept forward, 07 struck violently, the new angel…" Aline bit her lip harder, the flesh sort of pitting but - due to Solomon resilience - not quite tearing or wounding. "…He's being a moron." She finally said.
[00:22] <@Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
[00:30] * Aline folded her arms sulkily. "Shinji, the one responsible for that. He's being stupid. That'll kill him much faster, take the Cradle with him. …I guess a new Angel is a devastating weapon but…" Aline pursed her lips again, unbiting. She didn't quite understand why she was still acting like this. Wasn't he just a put-on affair to make her infiltration of the UEF more authentic? Was that even it? …In the few seconds after
[00:30] * Aline that, Aline actually held her head. Goddamn fucking Mary Caine. Is this the real life? Is this just f- FUCKING QUEEN.
[00:39] <@Minaplo> ["… Are you alright?" Asked Sarah gently.]
[00:40] * Aline sighed. "…For a definition of alright that fits 'dealing with realizing possible mental conditioning to the tune of Queen lyrics', yes." Aline said awkwardly. "But uhm. Regardless, this is very messy. Or… …well. From a UN perspective it's definitely extremely messy."
[00:41] <@Minaplo> ["You're not wrong there. We haven't quite been able to pin down one Angel, pinning down two is even harder. Say what you will about your old boyfriend being an idiot, but he knows how to make Angels to last!"]
[00:43] * Aline removed her hand from her forehead now, and instead folded her arms. "I can't begin to imagine its capabilities. …It's a. …It's a regular octahedron. What does a regular octahedron even do? …If I had to guess, it probably goes entirely for durability and superior AT manipulation, or something like that. …Maybe some kind of optical prowess? Literal laser beams, something."
[00:44] <@Minaplo> ["That's the other thing that has people worried, yes. You can infer what Nel can do from its form. Most Angels were rather obvious. But yes, this is just… An octohedron. It hovers. It's rather pretty."]
[00:47] <Aline> "I can think of a nickname though. I mean, Nel is … what. Non-identified Angel, shortened? We can't use that again. … I… I remember a weird musing from a doujin game maker. Like, apparently 'eight' and 'night' are near-rhymes in a lot of languages for some absurd reason. …So why not call it 'Nox'? It's short, it sorta goes with Nel… and is a horribly pretentious reference nobody'll get but people it's been explained to."
[00:47] <Aline> Beat. "…Erm, but in all seriousness I would really expect AT assault from that thing, so I guess we should consider arraying our defenses accordingly."
[00:51] <@Minaplo> ["Eight and night rhyme in a lot of languages? Do they really?" Said Sarah, sounding genuinely curious.]
[00:57] <Aline> "Or like are… similar. English - one letter difference. Latin: oct-whatever, noct-whatever. The guy that mentioned it is Japanese but… yoru and ya? Or pa and …yo? …yo and …" Aline furrowed her brow. "I don't remember what he was on about."
[00:59] <@Minaplo> ["That's really interesting, Aline."]
[01:01] <Aline> "It's one of those weird trivia facts…" She admitted. "And roots in languages make it spread. …But yeah. I bet they have a real something-iel name in the UEF for it, though."
[01:03] <@Minaplo> ["Probably. Nox will do for us, though."-
[01:07] <@Minaplo> ["And yes, Nel… It's short for 'New Angel'. Bit sad, isn't it?"]
[01:08] <Aline> "…almost very sad. I mean, could've been a… ribbon name. Or like. It's mask. Makes me think of danse macabre or… something." Aine wiggled helplessly.
[01:09] <@Minaplo> ["Give me a name for it?"]
[01:10] <Aline> "Man, Sarah, I can't do that." Aline said with a whiny tone. "The name's already stuck!"
[01:14] <@Minaplo> ["C'mon, though."]
[01:16] * Aline wobbled in place, trying to think. "Uh… uhm. ……hm…" Then she snapped her fingers. "Marchioly."
[01:18] <@Minaplo> ["Marchioly?"]
[01:19] <Aline> "The assumed name the historical Man In The Iron Mask died with." Aline explained, smirking.
[01:19] * Aline paused. "…Possibly too pretentious…"
[01:27] <@Minaplo> ["Hahaha." Sarah laughed. "That's pretty great, though. Also, it sounds like a type of pasta, and that works for his body, too!"]
[01:29] <Aline> "…You know…" Aline said faux-conspiratorily. "I know what Angel tastes like."
[01:36] <@Minaplo> ["Haha-aa?" Said Sarah, her laughter halting abruptly.]
[01:38] * Aline just grinned catlike. "…Sorry. The look on your face was worth it. But yanno, pasta? Angel? …It's because of 00 having had its mouth unbound early on my request. Something about a demented idea to ensure I had combat capability with all limbs amputated."
[01:39] <@Minaplo> ["O-Oh. I… It must've been early days, then." Said Sarah gamely. "Because once your AT powers developed, you'd be combat-ready no matter how many limbs you lost."]
[01:40] <Aline> "Yeah, it was veeeery early." Aline looked a bit guilty. "Sorry, I didn't mean to pull the Creepy Prime Thing."
[01:40] <@Minaplo> ["N-No, it's okay." Said Sarah with a laugh. "I mean, who hasn't eaten something weird before…?"]
[01:44] <Aline> "Like a nuclear reactor!" Aline said with a textbook ':D' face.
[01:45] <@Minaplo> ["Hah, I know that story!" Said Sarah triumphantly. "It was all over the news!"]
[01:45] * Aline …raised her arms triumphantly! "That was almost the best propaganda anyone could have. No fighting, no bloodshed. Just Evas doing nonsensical things worthy of heavy metal album covers." Aline said… almost wistfully.
[01:46] <@Minaplo> ["…" Sarah let her grin drop into a warm smile. "It sounds like you miss it a little, Aline."]
[01:50] <Aline> "…Oh, I do." Aline said. "…I remember when it was… scientific excitement. At reality breaking like droplets of rainbow-shining oil in zero gravity. There, beautiful, waiting to be batted around like a kitten with string."
[02:03] <@Minaplo> ["That sounds like something worth missing." Said Sarah; she turned away slightly.]
[02:04] * Aline nodded slowly. "…Let's hope we get back to that, and soon. …For all we know this military setback might be the start of that."
[02:08] <@Minaplo> ["… Yeah." Said Sarah quietly.-
[02:09] <@Minaplo> ["This ceasefire… The German government's sent a request to open peace negotiations to the Federation without vetting it with the Security Council first. What do you make of it? Do you think the Federation will agree?"]
[02:11] <Aline> "It's a bold, possibly risky move. …Mary will almost definitely disapprove, but that's the kind of peace that leads to… secession." Aline suggested. "…So it sounds like Germany might realize what, to… well, Promised Land, the Primes, et al, is an open secret. That something is rotten in the state of the UN. The Federation has always put idealism first and then sort of trips over itself on pragmatism, so I think they'll
[02:11] <Aline> accept."
[02:12] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, I guess you're right." Said Sarah. "Besides, it'd knock Germany and its allies out of the war- that's a major portion of UN power, anyway."-
[02:13] <@Minaplo> ["Ezra says that the only thing hurting the chances of peace are UN meddling- and the Soviets."]
[02:15] <Aline> "The SOVIETS." Aline nearly spat. "Opportunistic bear-pig-dogs with a rate of 2 paranoid maniacs for each decent man. …but the UEF might sell out the Soviets at this rate. Germany's… really tempting a prize."
[02:22] <@Minaplo> [Sarah looked highly taken aback at Aline's attitude for a moment, but she quickly rallied. "I… Suppose the Soviets really are that bad, then." She said. "from what I've heard, Ezra suspects they'll want to keep the war going so they can annex half the Alliance."]
[02:24] <Aline> Aline wilted a bit at the abacktaken. "Sorry. …In the UEF they were seen as obstructionist, and in the UN I readily hear about how stupid their military gets. It's not that Russians are all bad, but… their military is rife with horrible people." She knitted her fingers. "I don't doubt it, though."

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