Empire S Bleak Revelation

[23:04] * Yanmei was seemingly in high spirits as she breezed through NERV Headquarters. She had escaped from the hospital a little over thirty-two hours ago, and had seen little of her guardian since then. Now it was time to rectify that. -
[23:07] <Yanmei> Portions of the Geofront were still in blackened ruins, so it took a few twisty detours before she came to her destination: to door to Marianne's office. She smoothed down her skirt, took a moment to decide if she wanted to slip into a more serious disposition, and then went with that she had. "Colonel?" She knocked.
[23:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Come in!"]
[23:11] * Yanmei pushed the door open. "Morning!"
[23:15] * AdEvaGM was sitting in her office, sipping tea- "Ah, good morning."-
[23:15] <AdEvaGM> []*-
[23:15] <AdEvaGM> [She wasn't alone. A handsome blonde-haired man sat opposite to her, sipping his own cup of tea.]
[23:19] * Yanmei glanced between the two, faintly surprised. "Pardon me? I didn't know you had a guest already." She rallied with a smile for the man. "Zhang Yanmei. It's good to meet you."
[23:20] <AdEvaGM> [He glanced at her, and nodded. "Jean-Baptiste Severin. The honour is mine." He stood up.-
[23:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you for the tea, colonel. I'll see what I can do about what we discussed earlier. If you don't hear from me, well…"-
[23:21] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne nodded. "I understand. Thank you, Mr. Severin."-
[23:21] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded, and turned to leave, closing the door behind him.]
[23:23] * Yanmei watched him leave… and then immediately shot Marianne a quizzical look. Had Linden just gotten some competition? Well… no, actually, that parting had sounded more buisinesslike than she'd hoped.
[23:23] <AdEvaGM> ["It's nothing you should worry about. Would you like something to drink?"]
[23:26] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I think I'd like that." Yanmei took a seat of her own and sighed deeply. "It's just that I thought I'd find you under a mountain of paperwork instead? Is Gosselin helping you out with that?"
[23:45] <AdEvaGM> ["A little. Some I've done, some I'm keeping to later. Will wine do?"]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Sure!" Wine, the drink of the mature. Yanmei sat up a little straigter. "Um. About the other day…"
[23:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm? What day was this?" Marianne took out a bottle of red and a glass- and poured a drink for Yanmei.]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "Well, I'm talking about the battle? You haven't said much about it yet…"
[23:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, we lost." Said Marianne simply, draining her cup of tea.]
Session Time: Fri Apr 06 00:00:00 2012
[00:05] * Yanmei stared into her glass after accepting it. "Yeah. We sure did. It's a miracle we're all still alive."
[00:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Literally."]
[00:07] <Yanmei> "…what happened, exactly? I think I missed the finale…"
[00:10] <AdEvaGM> ["EVA-00 was defeated, then 01 went down- then 00 went berserk. In an… Unusual way."]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Ah?"
[00:17] <AdEvaGM> ["According to the Commander, it tapped into the power of Lilith, since it was so close, and that's how it destroyed Azrael."]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "I-I see…" Yanmei scrunched her brow. "But… relying on something like that again is dangerous, isn't it?"
[00:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. The Commander has told me in no uncertain terms that if it happens again, we'll all be disciplined."]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "So what should we do? The enemies are going to get even tougher than the last one, aren't they?"
[00:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, they are, but…" Marianne's brow furrows.-
[00:25] <AdEvaGM> ["You already knew about Lilith, didn't you?"]
[00:29] * Yanmei stopped in mid-sip. She blinked at her. "Huh…?"
[00:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh come now. I know when you're hiding something."]
[00:29] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[00:32] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei resumed drinking for a moment, her mind whirling furiously. "Some weird things happened during that battle," she began. "The Angel told me some things."
[00:35] <AdEvaGM> ["…" Marianne frowned. "Why don't we go for a drive?"]
[00:37] * Yanmei tried to hurry and drink down the rest of her wine. She placed the glass aside, and stood cheerfully after she had. "Let's!"
[00:38] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne grabbed her laptop, folded it up and led the way.-
[00:39] <AdEvaGM> [About 20 minutes later, they were off, driving through Paris-2's roads towards the countryside. The roads themselves were damaged in many ways, as if an earthquake had rent the area; roads had buckled here, split apart there…]
[00:42] * Yanmei watched the scenary fly by, her mood a little dampened by the sights. Paris was simply Paris, but it was a reminder of what lurked in the weeks ahead. She rubbed her neck with a frown.
[00:44] <AdEvaGM> ["So I'm assuming you lied because you didn't want the mics to hear."]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "…I can't seem to do it convincingly when I'm up against you," Yanmei sighed. "I'm sorry."
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> ["I know you too well." She smiles.]
[00:49] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[00:51] * Yanmei gave her a small smile back, and then looked up, beyond the city, to the cloudy sky. Someone else would be demanding answers after that performance, she was sure… "Marianne. Do you believe that the Angels can communicate? With each other, I mean, not just with humans."
[00:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I suppose it makes sense that they can."]
[00:54] * Yanmei nodded. "Suppose they were capable of communicating from long distances. Coordinating with each other. What would we do then?"
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, are you asking me from a scientific or military standpoint?"]
[00:59] <Yanmei> "Military's your forte, isn't it?" Yanmei smiled wryly. "If I wanted scientific, I'd go to the Commander or something."
[01:01] * Zack is now known as Nanashi
[01:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Fair." She smiles.-
[01:03] <AdEvaGM> ["If they were capable of long-distance communication, I'd want to find some way to hack it, or at least figure out how."]
[01:04] * Yanmei nodded. "I thought you would say that? The fact is… it's not a hypothetical situation."
[01:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "One of them has woken up. A really powerful Angel who's capable of talking to and organizing the others. But the way they communicate? It's really weird."
[01:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Howso?"]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "It's like a light. And singing. But you can't perceive it normally, and even when you do, you can't make out what they're saying. It just leaves you feeling dazed."
[01:19] <AdEvaGM> ["… You've felt it, then?"]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Yes. Twice before. I'm not sure how to make myself do it at will? It just sorta… happened."
[01:21] <AdEvaGM> ["When?"]
[01:26] <Yanmei> "Back during the Angel Spawn invasion. That monster, the Twelfth Angel, was directing the spawn constantly. So the use of that type of communication was more flagrant in that incident than any other so far."
[01:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmmm…" Marianne frowns. "And you don't know how to do it at will, so how do we do it at all? How do we 'hack' it?"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "I don't know. Supposedly it was easier to access when I slipped into a 'trancelike state'? Some of the other pilots might be sensitive to it too. I'm a little lost on details, though? It's probably worth consulting with the Tech Division or something to find out more."
[01:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm, you're right. I'll do that, see what we can find."]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "Thanks." Yanmei toyed with her hair, winding a pigtail around her fingers. "I hope we can come up with something."
[01:38] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne came to a stop, now that they were on the outskirts of the city.-
[01:39] <AdEvaGM> ["If they were coordinating with each other, then I imagine there's more than one out there right now, all working towards some goal…"]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "There are at least five of them left. Among them is the coordinator and the strongest Angel, Metatron. The one who just woke up. You can think of the last Angel we fought as her significant other?"
[01:47] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne nods. "Five of them…"-
[01:47] <AdEvaGM> [She takes her laptop out and opens the screen. "We've had some disturbing reports from the AT Interception Network recently."]
[01:48] <Yanmei> "Huh? What type of reports?" She leaned over a little, trying to see.
[01:48] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne turned the laptop towards Yanmei. It was a map of the world.-
[01:48] <AdEvaGM> ["The blue dots represent AT Field detections. However, in every case the detections have lasted less than a minute."-
[01:50] <AdEvaGM> [There were 15 across the United States, 4 in Brazil and 2 in Gran Colombia; 5 in Australia, 9 in Indonesia and 11 in Japan; 16 in China, 5 in Russia, 9 in Germany and 29 in France.]
[01:51] * Yanmei stared at the little blue dots. A sort of nervousness was beginning to creep into her eyes. "You think something's already started, then."
[02:02] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not sure. It could be one Angel. It could be dozens. But there's something that worries me. I want you to take a look at this video." She pressed a button, and a grainy image appeared of an old man with a beard, wearing a long black robe. "Say when."]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "What is this…?"
[02:07] <AdEvaGM> ["It's a video from an apocalyptic religious cult calling themselves the 'Children of Adam'."]
[02:08] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Seriously?" Yanmei rubbed her face. "First that Covenant of Light and then the Liberated Nations, and now this?"
[02:09] <AdEvaGM> ["It gets better. Shall I?"]
[02:09] * Yanmei nodded.
[02:10] <AdEvaGM> [She pressed play.-
[02:23] <AdEvaGM> ["The Truth is coming!" Shouts the man. "I have seen it! All here have seen it! He comes, the Messenger of God, wreathed in light and born aloft on heavenly pinions! He has given me the Divine Truth- soon, He will lead us to the world of perfection, with the help of his brothers and sisters of Heaven, will purify all mankind and unite us for eternity in peace! Give your love not to those
[02:23] <AdEvaGM> charlatans, those harlots of NERV- they who would pervert God's Children, taking his mighty ichor and birthing unholy Evangelions from that despicable act! They fight against the Will of God itself- the Bright Angel has spoken to us, my brothers. Is He not divine? Does He not perform miracles?"]
[02:27] <Yanmei> "What," she murmured, "on earth did these people -hear-?"
[02:32] <AdEvaGM> ["It gets worse." Says Marianne grimly. "This happened in the United States, just 100km from Boston. They…"-
[02:33] <AdEvaGM> ["The Bright Angel will reward us, the true faithful, with paradise." Says the man. "Those who fight uselessly against His will must be punished. Bring out the heretics!" He roars, lifting his arms into the air- and the grainy camera view changes to focus on a pair of cronies, dragging out two people, bound and gagged- male and female- wearing what are obviously NERV uniforms.]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei watched on. The corners of her mouth tightened ever so slightly.
[02:35] <AdEvaGM> [The preacher's words are drowned out by voices, but he takes a bolt pistol out of his robes.-
[02:36] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne closes the lid. "We've been enforcing a total media blackout on this. But even so…"]
[02:42] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei closed her eyes a moment. "I can't tell if this is just a gross misinterpretation or deliberate misinformation. In either case, will this be a problem? We still have a ton of supporters, don't we?"
[02:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Well…" Marianne rubbed her chin. "Yes, we do, but the problem is that these Children of Adam crazies are multiplying. Furthermore, they're everywhere. 80% of those intercepts earlier saw a chapter of the Children grow there within days. They're fanatical, merciless and surprisingly well-equipped."-
[02:47] <AdEvaGM> ["My belief is that those intercepts were Iron Guard Apostles. Even though the LN is destroyed, we estimate that roughly 200 Iron Guard Apostles escaped our notice, and beyond that, 8,000 Iron Guard are still unaccounted for. Even if we assume they're distributed equally, that's 95 iron Guard per location and 2 Apostles each."]
[02:50] <Yanmei> "What can we do about it? It sounds like it's completely out of control aa it is."
[02:50] <Yanmei> ^as it is
[02:53] <AdEvaGM> ["We're getting into contact with the UN and local governments to declare the Children of Adam a terrorist organisation- not hard- and we're trying to get the appropriate measures in place. Military raids, that sort of thing. We haven't confirmed Iron Guard presence yet, but when we do, we'll get Raphael and his lot to take them out."]
[02:55] * SyntaxTerror has joined #nervfrance
[02:58] <Yanmei> "It hasn't even been a month since Azariah was destroyed, and already something like this is happening." Yanmei frowned sullenly out the window. "Couldn't we have a breather at least?"
[02:59] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm afraid not. Unless you're willing to ask an Iron Guard to a football match?"]
[03:02] <Yanmei> "I'll pass?" Yanmei managed a little smirk. "Unless I can make plays from an armored tank? What about NERV's PR, by the way. Are they planning any countermeasures in terms of boosting our reputation?"
[03:03] <AdEvaGM> ["There's not a lot we -can- do except to say 'Well, we're pretty sure the Angels want us all dead'."]
[03:07] <Yanmei> "Bleh. I guess we're pretty busy wth other matters anyway."
[03:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmm." Says Marianne. "Anyway, we now have a priority."]
[03:17] <Yanmei> "You'll let me know when you find out more information about tapping that communication thing, right?"
[03:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, 'course."]
[03:21] <Yanmei> "Good." Yanmei nodded. "Thanks. I knew I could count on you, Marianne."
[03:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, no worries. Should we start heading back?"]
[03:27] <Yanmei> "Sure~ Maybe we can stop by some shops on the way back?"
[03:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure, we can do that."]

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