Diversion Task Force

06[07:11] * Aline knew the location fairly well by now, thanks to briefings… and probably a photo planted on her screen. "Engaging jaunt." …The dendritic sparkler of energy halted in mid-launch, before… suddenly /shoop/, gone.
[07:19] <Minaplo> [Aline appeared 200 metres above… Paris-2.-
[07:20] <Minaplo> [Only, it wasn't -really- Paris-2. It was nothing less than the most impressive work of art and holographic trickery ever designed by man: 20,000 holographic projectors working in unison to produce a near-perfect simulation of the city. When viewed from above, it looked identical.-
[07:20] <Minaplo> [No sign of 05 or 08 yet. ("Blanc, this is Battle Command. Begin Distraction.")]
06[07:23] * Aline …was a bit put off by the lack of backup units yet, but once again nodded. A second's hesitation would mean they'd arrive at the real Paris-2. "Acknowledged." 00's AT Field flickered as it settled down on the ground, and… a telepathic image of the illusionary capital city began to propagate at alarming ranges. For a brief second, every being within many, many thousands of
06[07:23] * Aline kilometers in all directions - more than the Earth's diameter - would suddenly envision the place.
[07:34] <Minaplo> [… Ten seconds passed. Then twenty. Then thirty.-
[07:34] <Minaplo> [("Dirac fluctuations incoming!")-
[07:35] <Minaplo> [… The air sucked and shifted violently as many-ton creatures appeared out of nowhere…-
[07:35] <Minaplo> [All of them barely metres from Aline. Too close.-
[07:35] <Minaplo> [Three Dysangelions, in perfect formation for attacking her.-
[07:36] <Minaplo> [… 05 and 08 were nowhere to be seen.]
06[07:39] * Aline was gesturing broadly with 00's comparatively-new force staff, making a little waggle of it. "Greetings and, uh, salutations, you three. Enjoy your trip?" …The way her tone was, it was obviously not literally cheery nor particularly honestly cordial, but at the same time, didn't have even a drop of sarcasm either.
[07:43] <Minaplo> [A voice beamed directly into her head- a voice she recognised as mostly Yanmei's.-
[07:44] <Minaplo> [("You could say that? We made advance bookings, you know.")]
06[07:47] * Aline managed to find it in her guts to play it up a bit more, and clasped her (not 00's, which were pretty full) hands and smiling. "Excellent. I see you decided to lead the talks, which is good. I didn't really meet you during the whole… /thing/. You were busy, no?"
[07:47] <Minaplo> [("Busy on Pluto, yes-"-
[07:49] <Minaplo> [("Alright, Joan, that's enough.") Another voice, this one more familiar. The voice was feminine, yet reminded her of Sera. ("Aline Blanc, I am Solomon Agatha. You have fallen into our trap. A Dirac Inhibitor has been placed in this area, and you now cannot leave, nor can reinforcements arrive. I offer you a fair surrender, with the promise that you will be treated well.")]
06[08:07] * Aline paused for a moment, thinking. Well, that wasn't really according to plan. "…I'm a doomed being, when you come down to it. A surrender and goodwill will only last so long before that fate overtakes me. No, it doesn't sound rational, but this time, I don't care that it does. I can only say this. Outnumbered or not…" Aline lowered her head for a second. "…let's dance." Despite
06[08:07] * Aline how hotblooded the last bit /should've/ been… Aline said it flatly.
[08:23] <Minaplo> [("Don't be a fool. We'll only tear you apart!")]
06[08:32] * Aline was still looking down. "From my perspective, captivity means, primarily, losing 00 to whom you answer to. I /suppose/ losing in battle would mean the same, just in a lot more pieces, but…" She tilted her head now. "If I just give up, we move that much closer to a gestalt consciousness ending to all of this. My reward for going for self-preservation would, ostensibly, be that -
06[08:32] * Aline I doubt she thinks the Eva pilots worthy of remaining corporeal. And that'd be nullification of self, or near-to. Logically, surrender and defeat become, effectively, identical. I'd rather not suffer, but it's just… this is crucial."
06[08:38] * Aline would, also, though… lower her long-maser rifle, and think for a second.
[08:39] <Minaplo> [("I understand your desire.") Agatha, again. ("I respect it, even. But I do not think this is wise. Nevertheless, it is your choice to make.")-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion readied its blade…]
06[08:56] * Aline would be pointing the long-mas almost straight down now, or thereabouts… but soon slightly corrected her aim. "Clever." She muttered to herself, before firing a shot. Into the ground(?).
[09:00] <Minaplo> [The shot hit home, and for a second, there was no effect…-
[09:00] <Minaplo> [… And then the area around them burst into light.-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [Aline's shot had struck the holographic emitter's power core, sending the entire thing into overdrive before it shut down completely…-
[09:02] <Minaplo> [… But that wasn't all. Aline realised, retroactively, that not only had their trap for the Dysangelions been intercepted, it'd been turned against them- a Dirac Inhibitor had been placed here in advance, hooked into the power supply…-
[09:03] <Minaplo> [There was a cracking sound.-
[09:05] <Minaplo> [And in the distance, about a hundred metres away…-
[09:05] <Minaplo> [Two Evangelions, friendly ones, arriving fashionably late.]
06[09:14] * Aline suddenly darted backwards, blowing past one of the Dysangelions suddenly, falling back behind her protective guard aka the Double Boyfriend Barrier. "…Sorry about that. They intercepted the whole shebang apparently?"
[09:19] <Minaplo> [Her Comms windows opened into EVA-05 and EVA-08's plugs.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [Both were empty.]
[09:21] <Aline> "…" She just stared forwards, then. That's certainly one way to do things!
[09:39] <Minaplo> [There was a momentary pause-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [And then Joan charged, only to slam into a plane of force as EVA-08, empty, yet seemingly active, threw up a barrier field, knocking the Dys back.-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [Agatha was more cautious, moving to neutralise 08- whilst Scholastica simply vanished, only to reappear a second later at point blank range to Aline herself!-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [("You won't escape this time!")-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion's eyes flared, and a massive power beam ripped through the air towards EVA-00….!]
06[10:14] * Aline suddenly tumblerolled out of the way, and with a gesture of the staff - whose light gleamed, then was matched by a flash from the Philosopher's Stone - a series of crosses rose up against her foes!
[10:23] <Minaplo> [The attack caught Agatha, sending her reeling a little- but Scholastica was barely affected.-
[10:24] <Minaplo> [EVA-08 shook its head, straining against itself- with a horrid wrenching sound, its jaw's wired dentures ripped open, revealing its sharp, brutal teeth. It charged across the marshy plain, lashing out at Agatha- who, still on the back leg, barely avoided the attack.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> [Joan stared at EVA-05, which didn't move.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [("… This has Ikari in it, huh? Time to crack that egg~")-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [A quick double-slash at EVA-05, which finally reacted, its eyes burning bright, a claw reaching up to grab one edge of the massive blade Agatha wielded- the other half cutting into 05's leg.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [But Aline's true opponent was here- Scholastica.-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion of Air lifted a hand, a massive sphere of pink-white energy coalescing against the ossified bone palm. It grew until it was flowing around the fingers- then it burst forth, an unstoppable beam that bent at odd angles to strike EVA-00 square in the back of the head.]
[11:13] <Aline> Once again, the Philosopher's Stone gleamed, scattering some of the energy away, as Aline picked herself up. "Not bad at all. But this is just the beginning." She then lunged forwards with the staff, projecting a number of blastwaves at that Dysangelion's head.
[07:15] <@Minaplo> [The barrage created smoke and radiation that made it difficult for Aline to see her target for a moment- but when the smoke cleared, she'd see that her attack had left little impact.-
[07:15] <@Minaplo> [Behind her, the clash of the titans would continue. EVA-08 slashed a claw at Agatha's Dysangelion, which lifted an arm to parry it away- only for EVA-08's maw to strike out, clamping onto the vulnerable arm and tearing away strips of ossified armour and flesh…]
06[08:02] * Aline was also shot at by a very close-up positron beam, and… realizing she couldn't dodge it, elected to just take it on the chest, gritting her teeth. "Nngh. Not bad, but…" The stone's radiance shielded her from some of the worst of it, and 00 remained standing. Then, in a veritable /flash/, Aline drew a bead on the all-too-close head of the offending Dysangelion, and grinned.
06[08:02] * Aline "Remember the base in the mountains? The thing about long mases? I've improved since then." Aline put one hand on the control surface's trigger, and the other made an obnoxious finger-gun. "Bang." AT fields suddenly leapt into being around her rifle, and with stunning accuracy, it pumped a round of maser fire directly into the Dys's head.
[09:12] <@Minaplo> [The shot struck home, a true and proper hit that buried deep into the Dysangelion's face. The flesh around its right eye cracked and began to slough off, melting, exposing its eyeball down to the nerve. It let out of a cry of agony-
[09:15] <@Minaplo> [EVA-08's struggle continued. It swiped at Agatha's Dysangelion, which took a hasty step back. The massive blade began to twist and warp, twirling into a helix-lined bident. It swiped the lance towards EVA-08…-
[09:16] <@Minaplo> [Which reached out with a claw. As the bident rammed into the outstretched hand the lance's metal began to suddenly compact, shredding-
[09:16] <@Minaplo> [The lance had burned halfway gone before EVA-08 reacted, grabbing the lance tightly and -tugging- it.-
[09:16] <@Minaplo> [The Dysangelion was pulled forward, smashing its head into EVA-08's own. The Evangelion growled, exposing dozens of serrated, acid-coated teeth…-
[09:17] <@Minaplo> [Before it pulled its leg back and kicked out violently, sending the Dysangelion sprawling. Not missing a beat, the Evangelion leapt, back-flipping the distance, landing with a straddle upon the Dysangelion's chest before it began to savage the Dysangelion's exposed arm with extra intensity.-
[09:20] <@Minaplo> [Scholastica continued to harass Aline. Reaching out with a hand, it simultaneously morphed its massive blade into a lance, drew power away from Aline's AT Field- then hurled the lance viciously at EVA-00's chest!]
06[09:22] * Aline dodged the attack, causing the weapon to sail away from her into the bank of a lake, and… let out a familiar wave of distortion, severing the drain on her field, and allowing her to power up her weapon again! However, this time, Scholastica was more than able to repel it, for the sake of not relying on AT Fields but her own reflexes.
[07:01] <Minaplo> [There seemed to be an aura of contempt around Scholastica's Dysangelion as it threw its hands out towards her, making fists-
[07:02] <Minaplo> [Yet they weren't attacking. Instead Aline would her the whirring of something behind her! The thrown Lance was returning…-
[07:02] <Minaplo> [And, arm whipping around at an impossible angle, Scholastica pulled free her other Lance, hurling it at EVA-00's front- a pincer!]
06[07:07] * Aline focused herself and breathed out deeply, suddenly dodging all of it at once, 00 bending and swaying in a way that was just as impossible as Scholastica's Lance-grab was! However, such impossibility had a source, a definition. EVA-00 was moving at Angelic rates of agility, and soon pumped off a number of precise single shots in terrifying succession, time itself bending slightly to
06[07:07] * Aline ensure she worked each one through. More shots than Scholastica could dodge. More powerful than her AT Field could deflect. Pow, pow, /POW/, all aimed directly at her Dysangelion's head!
[07:08] <Minaplo> [The first hit burned a gaping hole through the ossified armour plating…-
[07:09] <Minaplo> [The second hit ripped through layers of flesh and tissue, boiling an eye until it burst, sending the Dysangelion reeling in pain.-
[07:09] <Minaplo> [The third ripped through the back of its skull, destroying essential parts of the brain and spine. It shuddered, its head snapping back, sharp screams of pain ripping through the air-
[07:10] <Minaplo> [Then it slumped forward- only for the head to look up, the wounds suddenly bubbling with tumours. It was healing…!]
06[07:13] * Aline inhaled and exhaled again, before aiming one last shot, AT rifling of sorts putting a violent spin on the maser energy even as it emitted itself from the gun, distorting the light energy and granting it its unnatural power to pierce AT Fields. And pierce it did, striking through the skull once more, causing an explosion from the sheer heat generated by the sustained volley.
[07:15] <Minaplo> [The head exploded outwards like a watermelon or rotten tomato smashing into a wall. Chunks of bone and burning flesh went in all directions, leaving nothing but the ragged, torn remains around the stump of the neck.-
[07:16] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion stumbled backwards for a good twenty metres, then drunkenly took a step forward, hands raising towards EVA-00, the hands twitching with murderous intent-
[07:16] <Minaplo> [… Then the entire unit froze, its flesh turning red.-
[07:21] <Minaplo> [The red flesh turned to liquid, and within seconds there was nothing left but a large pool of red liquid. Behind her, Aline would hear the False Lances disintegrate.]
06[07:23] * Aline finished her heavy breathing exercises, and… began to turn over towards the remaining Dysangelions, and the berserk EVAs dealing with them. She checked her ammo, and in general got ready to deal with whatever came.
[07:26] <Minaplo> [Joan's Dysangelion, still pinned by EVA-05, turned its head sharply towards where Scholastica had been seconds ago. As if accepting some sudden truth, it turned towards 05, tucked itself into a ball and struck out, kicking the Eva off it.-
[07:26] <Minaplo> [Within seconds the Dysangelion was on its feet, hurtling into the air on its wings, then vanishing into nothingness.-
[07:33] <Minaplo> The burning hand came down and, with utter ease, sliced through the Dysangelion's remaining arm. It then began smashing its fist into the prone Dysangelion's chest- over, and over, and over, the armour cracking, then boiling, falling apart, the flesh being ripped away in strips- the claw cut straight down to the bone, tearing open, revealing ribs, a core- a small membrane…-
[07:33] <Minaplo> [EVA-05, now free of an enemy, rose to its full height slowly, its wounds already regenerating.-
[07:33] <Minaplo> [It turned to look at EVA-00, almost with seeming curiosity-
[07:34] <Minaplo> [… And then its eyes went dead, the Evangelion deactivating just like -that-.-
[07:38] <Minaplo> [But a small figure had appeared on the armoured crest of EVA-05's head, a human figure. It was too small to see any real details, yet Aline already knew who it was…]
06[07:39] * Aline …stared over that direction, and… shook her head slightly. She could've figured as much.
[07:41] <Minaplo> [The figure turned away now, gazing down on EVA-08…-
[07:41] <Minaplo> [Then the figure vanished, only to reappear above the prone Dysangelion. It swooped down like a falcon, ripping into the small membrane within the Dysangelion's chest. It grabbed something and tore it out-
[07:42] <Minaplo> [And Aline would recognise the armour of a Solomon Prime, covered in strange fluids.-
[07:44] <Minaplo> [The figure vanished, as did the Prime- but the Prime at least reappeared, suddenly dropping into EVA-00's hand. She was still awake, it seemed, yet even this being was trembling like a leaf. Its AT Field was completely subsumed by Aline's own.-
[07:44] <Minaplo> [There was silence. EVA-05 was still, EVA-08 had paused, the Dysangelion was clearly dead.-
[07:45] <Minaplo> [… And then EVA-08's arms began to melt, turning into a pair of gooey liquid tendrils. They whipped into the air and plunged into the Dysangelion's chest.-
[07:45] <Minaplo> [The sight was disgusting. The body began to distort and contract, as though the arms were vacuums and the body water; bone, meat, blood, all began to be sucked into and absorbed into the Evangelion.-
[07:46] <Minaplo> [The Eva let its tongue loll out- it seemed to be neverending, growing longer and longer, before, with a shimmer, turning into a liquid as well. The tongue it plunged into the Dysangelion's head, which began to be absorbed as well.]
06[07:49] * Aline …stared. And stared some more. She was gently holding the Prime in 00's hand, but still stared forwards. For some reason, despite the oddly macabre scene captivating her, Aline felt compelled to say something. Something… inane. "…Slurp."
[08:00] <Minaplo> [The arms and tongue pulled back, now, regaining their original shape and form. The Dysangelion beneath it looked dessicated… Hollow.-
[08:01] <Minaplo> [There was only one thing left. EVA-08 lowered its head into the chest cavity of the Dysangelion- wet, chomping sounds could be heard- before it began to pull back, straining. With a last -rip-, it pulled free, an oval-shaped organ in its mouth.-
[08:02] <Minaplo> [The neck bulged as the organ began to slide down EVA-08's throat, and with a sudden snapping of the jaws… Was finished.-
[08:03] <Minaplo> [EVA-08 rose, its movements elegant and efficient despite the sheer bulk moving. It twisted to turn towards EVA-08.-
[08:03] <Minaplo> [It lowered its head, and then its torso arched. Its four orange insectoid wings began to glow, brighter, brighter! They shimmered with energy and power-
[08:04] <Minaplo> [Before they shattered like a glass window, fragments flying in all directions, vaporising before they could land.-
[08:05] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion was crouching now, shuddering, its torso contorting and twisting, low animal moans and growls emanating from its maw. Tumours and bulges spread across its back, especially around the stumps of the wings-
[08:05] <Minaplo> [They exploded all at once, and eight wings shot out, black, angular, sharp like knives, white glowing lines traced across a surface that was dark like obsidian.-
[08:06] <Minaplo> [It rose, arching backwards now, and Aline would see the tumours spreading across its chest- its front armour plate broke off, smashing against the ground, revealing two vaguely sausage-like protrusions across its breast-
[08:07] <Minaplo> [Which both burst outwards, revealing two arms, clawed, long, lean and powerful.-
[08:07] <Minaplo> [The four-armed, eight-winged beast stood there for a moment, as if contemplating its new form-
[08:07] <Minaplo> [Before its AT Field shimmered around it, gathering above its head, a point of light glowing like a star-
[08:08] <Minaplo> [Which burst outwards, waves of energy rippling through the area, uprooting trees and sending boulders flying.-
[08:08] <Minaplo> [When all was said and done, a glowing white halo, the edges rippling with pinkish light, sat above EVA-08's head.]
06[08:16] * Aline at first just sat there, jaw slackened, slurping (there's that word again) up LCL like an engorging blue whale. But soon, things were going /nuts/. AT sensors pinging. Visual reactions. Warnings about cross-spectrum activity. She muttered "Slurp…" again, before suddenly twitching. Then twitching again. "…What… What?!" Hands flickered over holographic controls. "This is…
06[08:16] * Aline what is this. What /is/ this?!" Vision flickered for her. X-Ray. Infrared. A thousand spectra shifted. "I think we have a… I know we have a…" She mutter-yelped, a strange combination of stunned silence and frantic crying. Soon, 00's AT Field expanded, as the rifling around its Long Mas finally collapsed, instead forming a probing ping!
[08:26] <Minaplo> [The field…-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [The data feedback she received nearly overwhelmed her. Spots formed in her vision and she suddenly felt as though her hand was nothing more than an awkward hollow glove.-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [It passed, momentarily, yet…-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion was approaching…]
06[08:30] * Aline backpedaled with 00. "Get away. Get away! Don't… Don't attack me, please!" She clutched the Prime protectively, maybe out of some instinctive knowledge that it was probably Agatha who seemed relatively nice (Biases!) as 00 continued to backstep.
[08:30] <Minaplo> [One backstep. Two…-
[08:30] <Minaplo> [… And then the controls seized up. Nothing was responding. The hand triggers. No computer console buttons. Not even the AT Field.]
[08:32] <Aline> "W-whawha…?!?!" Aline cried out, and was practically punching the control surfaces, as if expecting them to work from abuse.
[08:34] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion was close. It was taking up Aline's vision almost entirely- her vision outside the Eva at any rate.-
[08:35] <Minaplo> [Framed against the black armour of EVA-08, Aline would no doubt see, appearing on the Eva's HUD- the only thing-
[08:35] <Minaplo> [A small red eye.-
[08:36] <Minaplo> [It was digital, with red edges and a red iris but the whites were… Black.-
[08:36] <Minaplo> [Red computer text began to scroll across the top of the HUD, too.-
[08:36] <Minaplo> [++++ HIGH ENERGY FIELD DETECTED ++++-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [++++ BEGINNING ANALYSIS ++++-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [++++ ORIGIN: UNCONFIRMED ++++-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [++++ NATURE: ANTI-AT ++++-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [++++ ANALYSIS DETECTING ANOMALIES ++++-
[08:38] <Minaplo> [++++ CONCLUSION ++++-
[08:38] <Minaplo> [++++ CHANCE OF IMPACT EVENT: 73.284089% ++++-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [++++ PREDICTED OUTCOME OF IMPACT EVENT ++++-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [++++ 9.457%: IMPACT SELF-ABORTION ++++-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [++++ 21.554%: INTERRUPTION BY EXTERNAL POWERS ++++-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [++++ 68.989%: TOTAL EXTINCTION EVENT ++++-
[08:42] <Minaplo> [The eye began to multiply, now. It split into two, which then split into four. To it left appeared another eye, which split into three. They linked together, framed by a mask-like area; four eyes down one side, three down the other.-
[08:42] <Minaplo> [The image began to replicate, now. Two masks. Three. Five. Seven. Suddenly, they were spreading across her entire HUD, filling her vision…]
06[08:44] * Aline understood a surprising amount of that, all said, even as she was beating the controls into seeming submission with her noodly arms. "Enough. ENOUGH! What the fuck are you talking about?!"
[08:44] <Minaplo> [++++ PERMISSION GRANTED ++++-
[08:44] <Minaplo> [++++ ENACTING PROTOCOL R.T.D. ++++-
[08:44] <Minaplo> [… The ground shook. The wave of energy around EVA-00 doubled, tripled…]
06[08:46] * Aline reached a hand up to make another valiant assault against the control surfaces, before something stopped around her, her body twitching. The hand went down… limply. Soon, the rest of her body followed, slumping to the side all over one of the two hand triggers.
[08:48] <Minaplo> […-
[08:48] <Minaplo> […-
[08:48] <Minaplo> [She wouldn't be out for long.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [She came to about three minutes later, sitting in the Entry Plug.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [Her HUD was clear, although the Evangelion was slumped over for whatever reason.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [It'd take a little bit for the obvious changes to strike her.-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [For one, EVA-08 was nowhere to be seen.-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [And secondly, the area around her- which had been green, full of trees and grasslands, little lakes-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [Was now a wasteland, burning, the water turned red and the ground blackened with fire.-
[08:52] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 still stood there, alone, unmoving, untouched by whatever had happened.]
06[08:54] * Aline was groggy and shaken, looking around frantically. "Wha… wha?!" This was extremely bad, whatever the hell happened. She reached for comms, then figured it would be better to see if her AT Field was working. She had to do something…
[09:01] <Minaplo> [It felt strangely sluggish.-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [Yet after a few tries, like she was warming up cold limbs, she'd feel control flow back again.]
06[09:06] * Aline closed her eyes now, rubbing one rather sore hand with the other, as a telepathic message began to form, bridging the gaps of distance to speak directly to Marianne. ("…This is Aline. Not only was the ambush counter-ambushed, but… 08 has… has become /something/." An image of what it looked like now came through, before words continued. "It ate one of the Dysangelions. Uh…
06[09:06] * Aline Ate… And uh… Protocol RTD and and comparisons to Second Impact and… and…") Aline gripped her forehead hard.
[09:13] <Minaplo> [The response came faster than Aline expected.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [("Aline Blanc, this is Ezekiel. Colonel Marianne Amatore-DeForest has been trying to contact you for the past five minutes thirty seconds, but your communications systems do not seem to be working. Nevertheless she has received your message and requests that you return to the battleship.")]
06[09:16] * Aline nodded her head. That'll work. ("…Thank you. I will do so immediately.") She sent, before taking another deep breath, a vast slurp of LCL, before 00 receded into its Dirac Sea… and she shunted herself and the Evangelion outwards to 'above the battleship'.

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