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[15:29] <Raphael> You can do a lot in three days. This is an objective fact, and likely one Ezekiel had in mind when he'd offered his boon. This, however, discounts the strain involved in actually achieving all those possibilities with the limitations of a pitiful human body.-
[15:29] <Raphael> In short, Raphael was running himself ragged. In the eigh hours since the battle with Mortens and the Asterion he'd had three briefings, designed provisional new Superheavy squads with the aid of Sarah Holt-Caine, assigned members of Technical to refits for the Peacecraft, detoured to Medical to check on the wounded, and finally made a far-too-brief pit-stop to check on the various members
[15:29] <Raphael> of his family.-
[15:29] <Raphael> After all of that, he'd managed to find (Or, in reality, been given strict orders to find) twenty minutes to look after himself; To shower, eat, shave…-
[15:29] <Raphael> … but instead he found himself in the brig, on the way to meet one of their many new prisoners.
[15:43] <Minaplo> [The Gendo's brig was identical to the Dorian's own. He had no problem finding his way around.-
[15:44] <Minaplo> [Many of the cells were occupied by prisoners, a few of whom were Iron Guard prisoners, many more of whom were normal humans being held in quarantine until they could be proven to not be a threat.-
[15:45] <Minaplo> [Then there was Augustine, who fit into neither category.-
[15:47] <Minaplo> [He had disposed of his armour, and now wore nothing more than a pair of white trousers, leaving his torso bare. In the time since Raphael and Aline had literally carried Augustine out, he'd regained the ability to sit up. He did so now, a book in his hand- the only boon he'd been allowed before his powers were suppressed.-
[15:48] <Minaplo> [His body bore many, many wounds. The cuts had sealed and the bruises were fading, but only slowly; he looked like he'd been pushed head-first through a blender.]
[16:05] * Raphael gave the Prime a nod of acknowledgement as he approached. He was still in his flightsuit, but he'd managed to snag an (unironed) uniform jacket to wear over the top of it to provide a modicum of respectability. He picked up the phone on his side of the surovite and waited, hoping that Augustine was actually able to reach his.
[16:07] <Minaplo> [Someone forward-thinking had placed Augustine's receiver by his side. He picked it up.-
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Hello, General." Said Augustine. He smiled, but judging by how the smile pushed a clearly broken nose up towards his eyes, it wasn't fun.]
[16:14] <Raphael> "Mr. Augustine," he bowed his head again. "It seemed to me that I owed you a thank you. I'm sorry that it's left you in a cell."
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh, thank you." Said Augustine.-
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Don't feel too bad, General. I understand the reasoning behind it."]
[16:26] <Tao> "Mm…"-
[16:26] <Tao> "Marshal Caine seemed to suggest that going after Mortens was your own choice?"
[16:27] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Augustine. "Mortens and I have a sort of history…"]
[16:36] <Raphael> "He seemed to have a lot of that," Raphael said as a look of distaste flickered across his face. "Well I appreciate it. Ms. Blanc and I wouldn't have been able to do it in time, and if we'd taken any longer…"-
[16:36] <Raphael> He waved his hand as if to encompass the vague and suitably apocalyptic events Ezekiel had promised.
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Augustine.-
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["He and his allies have caused more than their fair share of misery. But with him dead and the Void Asterion destroyed, we've made the world a little safer."-
[16:40] <Minaplo> ["Sarah was the one who pieced it together in the end, you know."]
[16:41] <Raphael> "Which part?"
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["The relationship between the Angelspawn, the Virus Guard and Albus." Said Ezekiel. "She's been working on the question of the rogue Angelspawn for months now- you saw that at the Istanbul Conference. She started by looking for the major intelligence behind the Spawn, as they had suddenly became coordinated."-
[16:48] <Minaplo> ["She realised that the Virus Guard were being used to produce… Avatars of a kind, a sort of brain for the virus itself, but the avatars in turn seemed to burn themselves out in a matter of a week or two. She suspected that the virus was trying to find a host with enough power to survive the stress. She then started to link it to the appearances of the Asterion- although we didn't quite know what it was- such as its stunt with the Shadowmen."-
[16:49] <Minaplo> ["The Asterion was seeking out entities of power. It tried the Shadowlord, and then it tried the new Eva at Brazil, perhaps not realising what it was. Ultimately, it found Albus. Or he found it."]
[17:07] * Raphael blinked. "That's… impressive. Very impressive. I'm not sure if our side worked out some of that, and we had more access to the pieces of the puzzle."
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I had the same reaction." Said Augustine. "So I've been working recently to try to prove her theories. Once we did, of course, we realised that we needed to help."-
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["And this is where I owe you my thanks- and my regrets."]
[17:19] <Raphael> He watched Augustine curiously, leaning one shoulder against the dividing wall the handset was fitted to. "How so, sir?"
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["One of the boons most true to my heart is the ability to shape my form." He said. "I have lived many lives and I remember them all, so changing my physical form is like changing clothes, in a sense. However, in my servitude to Mary Caine, I've had to take various forms in order to advance her directives. One of those was as the informant Monica Messina, which was me, and… I do apologise for the deception."]
[17:33] <Raphael> Raphael's expression snapped closed like a steel trap, and for several second he was utterly silent as he ran through every conversation he was able to recall. Eventually he relaxed a fraction.-
[17:33] <Raphael> "That's… disappointing," he muttered, massaging the bridge of his nose with one hand. "I'm fairly sure we didn't give you much actionable information. Not directly, at least."-
[17:33] <Raphael> "I'll have to tell Hirano you're not dead."
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Thank you." Said Augustine. His smile faded with a sigh.-
[17:37] <Minaplo> ["I tried to do as much good as I could with it. Mary didn't realise it, but her ability to control me diminished to a degree when I was in other forms… I did my best with the wriggle room I had."]

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