Fontaine S Dinner

[14:30] <Yanmei> The dress was as terrible as ever, but Yanmei hadn't bothered to change after her meeting with Isha and Sera. She'd had plenty of time - quite a few hours, in fact - but her alternatives were really lacking. She had to make do with what she had. -
[14:31] <Yanmei> Now she walked along the hallways of that same residential wing, moving much more slowly than before so that her newest companions could keep up with her.
[14:42] <Minaplo> [Daji had no problems keeping up, running about Yanmei's heels, but Lizzie's little legs pumped hard to keep up. "Who, maamaa?"]
[14:44] <Yanmei> "Do you remember Mr. Jerkface, Lizzie?" She slowed even further to make it easier on the little girl.
[14:45] <Minaplo> ["Jerkface~"]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "That's right!" Yanmei beamed at her. "It's been a while since we've seen him, but he's here somewhere? We're going to say hello."
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Hihi?"]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Right! You can introduce him to Daji too."
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Jiji~"-
[14:50] <Minaplo> [The doorway was in sight now.]
[14:50] <Yanmei> So Yanmei stepped right up to it and knocked. "Anyone home~?"
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["Jerrrkface~ Jerrrrkface~"-
[14:52] <Minaplo> [The door opened, showing Alexandre. He was wearing a neat white shirt, black trousers, and a dignified, slightly disdainful expression. "Ah."]
[14:53] <Yanmei> "And a happy hello to you too," Yanmei smirked. "Do you have a minute?"
[15:00] <Minaplo> [He glanced over his shoulder, then stepped back. "Come in."]
[15:03] * Yanmei ushered Lizzie and the fox in ahead of her before stepping in herself. "Just dropped by for a friendly chat? Say hello, Lizzie."
[15:04] <Minaplo> ["Hihi~"-
[15:04] <Minaplo> [Alex closed the door.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> [His room was more of an apartment. They were in the living room, and there were two doors that presumably led to bedrooms. There was an attached kitchen, and Yanmei would smell the scent of cooking chicken curry a split second before her eyes registered that someone was in the kitchen.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> [Ginevre Fontaine turned around, her back to the stove. "Hello, Yanmei."]
[15:14] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened, and her mind could not fumble through its shock quickly enough to fill the second or two of dead silence that followed. "D-Director," she stammered at last, and cleared her throat. "You're looking well?"
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["So are you." Her gaze moved from Yanmei to Lizzie, and she smiled. "So this is Elizabeth?"]
[15:22] <Yanmei> Yanmei followed her gaze somewhat stiffly. "Ah… yes. I brought her with me?"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["She's very pretty. Hello, little Elizabeth."-
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Hihi…"]
[15:23] * Yanmei had the presence of mind to at least reach out and ruffle her hair. If Lizzie could put on her manners, so could she. "If this is a bad time we could always come back later?"
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["No, it's fine." Said Alex. "You should stay, mother's just making dinner."-
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["There'll be enough for everyone." Said Ginevre.]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "Oh, I see. Thank you…"
[15:27] <Minaplo> ["Yip yip!" Daji bounded around Yanmei's legs, then ran over and placed her paws on Alex's leg, staring up at him.-
#1[15:27] <Minaplo> ["… What, you have a fox? Why?"]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "Technically, it's Lizzie who has the fox. Isaiah got her for her. Sweetie, why don't you tell everyone what her name is?"
[15:32] <Minaplo> ["Jiji!"]
[15:33] * Yanmei nodded her approval. "It's short for Daji. We found her on our way to the States."
[15:37] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Alex neutrally. "… You know, we still don't know what exactly happened with all that…"]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Well, then." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Where would you like me to start? Our departure from the Synfront?"
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["Might be an idea," Said Alex, gesturing to the dining table, "To start with your capture instead. You know, from the beginning."]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "…" Her expression soured slightly. "The beginning, huh?" He -would- ask to start with the least pleasant part of the ordeal. Still, she threw her shoulders back and strode toward the table as if it was no big deal. "How much do you know about the battle with Caine's Evangelion abomination?"
[15:49] <Minaplo> [Alex joined her, as did Daji, who jumped up on one of the chairs, her head peeking over the table, little eyes focused intently on Alex.-
[15:49] <Minaplo> [Lizzie, one arm around General Bear, was content to play around on the sofa.-
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["I know it was powerful." Said Alexandre. "And that Elena Clement was the pilot…"]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "That's right. It defeated almost all of us, put Isaiah in another coma, and badly maimed de Pteres. Blanc saved everyone by teleporting it away to the Sun, pilot and all…"
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Damn." Said Alexandre.-
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Another coma, huh…"]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "They said he wouldn't wake up this time." she recalled darkly. "That thing -crushed- his plug like it was a soda can. The injuries to his brain and spine were terrible…"
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["And yet he lived." Said Ginevre.]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Miraculously?"
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["And so what did you do as a prisoner?" Asked Ginevre. She was dishing up now- three big bowls of curry, and a tiny little one.]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "I sat with him. A lot. But I wasn't the only one there? There were lots of other pilots to visit and talk with. And of course Lizzie was taken there too…"
[16:10] <Minaplo> [Alex frowned. "Yeah, I remember that. The Colonel was furious…"]
[16:13] <Yanmei> "Some dumb E-Destroyer pilot just smuggled her out there on orders. Can you believe it?" Yanmei scowled. "Of course, you don't have to be a genius to figure whose idea it was."
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["Caine." Said Alex quietly.]
[16:19] <Yanmei> "Naturally?" She glanced over at Lizzie's little game, and the dark clouds across her face began to break up. "It's another miracle that both she and Isaiah made it out of there in one piece."
[16:21] <Minaplo> [Ginevre placed the four bowls on a tray and carried it over to the table. A big bowl and a spoon was placed down for Yanmei, Alex and Ginevre herself, whilst the tiny bowl was placed on an as-yet empty seat.-
[16:22] <Minaplo> ["How did you make it out of there?" Asked Alex.]
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Um. Lizzie~" she turned abruptly to call her over. "Time for lunch?"
[16:27] <Minaplo> ["Yumyum~" Lizzie ran over, scrambling into the free chair. "Ooh, currycurry. Maamaa?"]#
[16:28] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She unfolded a napkin and preemptively spread it across Lizzie's lap.
[16:29] <Minaplo> [Lizzie pointed at Daji, who was sitting at attention. "Jiji eat!"]
[16:31] <Yanmei> "…" She eyed the fox warily. "We can feed her later. For now, I think she's just happy to bask in Mr. Fontaine's presence."
[16:34] <Minaplo> ["I'm quite used to the attentions of red-haired vixens," Said Alexandre smoothly. "But you were saying?"]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Hah." Yanmei glanced down at her curry and almost drummed her fingers on the table, but stopped short because she had manners. "Lemme see. The escape, right? It's complicated."
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["Start from the beginning." Said Alex, again.]
[16:41] <Yanmei> "Dr. Gabriel came to visit," she said slowly. "And came up with a plan to help Isaiah. To give him a chance to recover from his injuries using EVA-08."
[16:45] <Minaplo> ["Using 08?" Asked Alex, his tone surprised.]
[16:50] <Yanmei> "Permanent Synchronization? Have you heard of it?"
[16:50] <Minaplo> [Ginevre and Alex looked at each other.-
[16:50] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Alex. "It's one of the potential side effects of an E-Type Pilot piloting an Eva. It happened to Aline."]
[16:55] <Yanmei> "Did it? …when…? Well. In this case, since Isaiah wasn't well enough to synch with 08, we had use the libido effect to set it up. Not only did it heal him, but it gave him some odd abilities."
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
[16:59] <Yanmei> "He can use an AT Field now. And he can move 08 from outside of the entry plug… although I can't tell you how much of it is him and how much of it is the Eva."
[17:00] <Minaplo> ["'How much of it is the Eva'?"]
[17:02] <Yanmei> "Like… he's done things without really knowing how he did them? Using small Dirac seas to transport things long distances, for example?"
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["He's probably drawing on the Evangelion's innate knowledge." Said Ginevre.-
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["It isn't surprising." Said Alex. "Look, permanent synchronisation is kind of hard to explain…"]
[17:07] <Yanmei> "Could you give it a try anyway? I mean, we're sort of stuck with it now."
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Ok. Do you know how in some groups, there's the belief that if you have a part of someone, you can do things to them? Like, if you have a vial of someone's blood, and you heat it up, the belief is that person's blood will boil too. Because that blood's still a part of them, even if it isn't."]
[17:14] * Yanmei nodded. Superstition…
[17:16] <Minaplo> ["It's sort of like that. E-Types like Isaiah can hold souls in themselves. They can also hold fragments, but it doesn't necessarily have to be a broken piece like EVA-04's. Rather, it's possible for a soul to be in two places at once. So EVA-08's simultaneously in Isaiah and in 08, and in the right circumstances, an E-Type can control the soul it holds…"]
[17:21] <Yanmei> "Well that's… creepy? It makes sense, but it's still…"
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["That's how Eugenia Ranvier- also known as Kaworu Nagisa- had the power to change her gender and appearance." Said Ginevre. "She mastered some of Lilith's soul, and that connection remained even after the soul was removed."]
[17:22] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[17:24] <Yanmei> "Gina…" Yanmei frowned deeply again, forehead creasing. "Is it dangerous for him to use his abilities?"
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["It can be." Said Ginevre. "Aline risks a great deal of damage if she uses her abilities. It may be different for Isaiah due to his more intricate connection to 08's soul."]
[17:29] <Yanmei> "He really went all out. Twice. The first time was when he woke up to a really stressful situation. The second time he seemed to be more… self aware about it?"
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["I've got to be honest." Said Alex. "We don't really know the full mechanics of how this works. I've never heard of someone being able to pilot their Eva whilst not being in the Plug, but…"]
[17:35] <Yanmei> "Hm. You may want to talk to him personally. Or, like, monitor him while he's actually doing it? I can't tell you much on my end either."
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Fair enough. Let's leave it for now- so you permanently synchronised him, and he healed?"]
[17:39] <Yanmei> "Yes. Very quickly. Then he woke up and facilitated our escape. He damaged a lot of the Synfront, and then Jaunted away with me and Lizzie, and the Junior Magistrate who had been advising me during my stay there."
[17:39] <Minaplo> ["So he used 08 to break out, huh…"]
[17:43] <Yanmei> "That's right. He tried to take us somewhere, but it was a complete failure? We ended up in Australia for a few days, fending off the locals and the agents Caine sent out to scout for us. When 08 had repaired itself enough to move, we went to the States and got in touch with the Lindens and eventually ended up here."
[17:44] <Minaplo> ["Whoa, hold on. Slow down." Alex frowned.]
[17:44] <Yanmei> "What?"
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["You're summarising. Leaving out a lot of important things there, aren't you?"]
[17:46] * Yanmei leveled a long stare at him, another smirk slowly taking shape. "I see. You're interested in what we did in Australia. How we adopted the fox~? We have a kangaroo with us now too."
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["Yip yip!"-
[17:57] <Minaplo> [Lizzie quickly pulled her hand away from Daji's mouth, but she couldn't hide the curry sauce on her hand.-
[17:58] <Minaplo> ["I -am- curious, but there's a lot you haven't explained. Just at the beginning, you haven't talked about if Caine did anything to you, or about how Director Hohenzollern paid a visit to the Synfront, or your confession…"]
[14:43] <Yanmei> "My confession? You mean that sad farce? Lizzie, mind your manners."
[14:45] <Minaplo> [Ginevre was staring at her unblinkingly. It had been a long time since Yanmei had been face to face with her, and…-
[15:00] <Minaplo> [Ginevre's eyes, once so cold, had been warmed through sheer context. They could never be as cold as Caine's.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> [But the pool of sheer will behind them was still untouched.]
[15:11] * Yanmei paused, her attention caught, her own eyes narrowing slightly as she tried to arrive at a stare of her own that measured up. Could she do it…?
[15:22] <Minaplo> [A hand waved between them, breaking the stare-down.-
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["That's enough of that." Said Alex. "Mother, stop staring her down. Yanmei, quit stalling for time."]
[15:29] * Yanmei blinked, the moment lost, eyes shifting to Alex now. "Who's stalling?" she snapped. "There's not much to even say? I'm not insane, and all my body parts are still in working order, so it should be obvious that she didn't actually do anything to me. We left long before that infamous trial happened, and she called in a double to play my part."-
[15:30] <Yanmei> "A complete and utter farce, like I said? Everything that happened to Eva-22, its pilot, and the ground troops was all her fault, and there'd have to be something wrong with me, like, mentally, before I'd ever say otherwise."
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["What about Director Hohenzollern?"]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "I'm not really sure. She and Major Liu Lin came to visit and talk to Caine about releasing us, but we were attacked on the way to the meeting and separated. The Major, she… she underwent some kind of brutal conditioning. Hohenzollern, I heard, was sent back to Paris with a warning. I haven't seen her since."
[15:46] <Minaplo> ["Hohenzollern lost the little finger off her left hand." Said Ginevre quietly.]
[15:52] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyebrows shot up high. She deflated slightly, her irritation leaving her all at once. "…"
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["That's why we need to know." Said Alex. "What Caine did, what she's capable of doing. We're fighting a war of information with her, and it's a war we're losing badly. We need your help."-
[15:55] <Minaplo> [He… Reached out now with his free hand and with it, took Yanmei's.]
[16:02] * Yanmei didn't resist that. She looked up at him in surprise, which soon gave way to a gloomier cast as she weighed her pride against this seemingly honest plea. -
[16:04] <Yanmei> "After the three of us were ambushed," she said finally, "I was taken away for an interrogation."
[16:08] <Minaplo> [He nodded firmly, giving her hand a little squeeze.]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "I wasn't lying about her not doing anything to me? Not really. But she threatened Lizzie. Predictable, right?" She gave a wry chuckle. "If it had been me, I wouldn't have cared? But Lizzie was taken to the same place, although she was separated from us by glass. They were going to start cutting off her fingers…"
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["It's her modus operandi." Said Ginevre quietly. "Have you ever noticed that Doctor James Riel is missing fingers off his hand?"]
[16:19] <Yanmei> "Her handiwork. He's told me before, yes."
[16:31] <Minaplo> [A nod. "Doctor Luna Riel was asked to go through with the gestalt consciousness test at Eden Base. She refused four times, and so he lost four fingers… And then she broke."]
[16:40] <Yanmei> "Two fingers and two toes," Yanmei corrected distractedly. THAT was what the order Riel had disobeyed? James hadn't said anything about the details of it even after all this time… "De Orleans seemed to guess at what was coming. We'd had lunch a few days before this all went down, and he told me not to put up a fight against her. Worse, I couldn't misinform her the way I normal do either?"
[09:25] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "That double I told you about? The person used to stage the trial? She was present. And she could tell easily when I was lying. I don't know if it's because she knew me really well or if it was some AT-Field cheat, but between her and the threats Caine was heaping on Lizzie, I was pretty much cornered?"
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["By double, do you mean a clone?" Asked Ginevre, her tone concerned.]
[09:40] <Yanmei> "Yes. Her body was cloned, anyway? The soul inhabiting it, I believe, is a former Angel. She was also capable of piloting a Dysangelion - the one I fought on the coast with 04 before being dropped off in this facility."
[09:41] <Minaplo> ["Did she have to be inside the Dysangelion to pilot it?" Asked Alexandre.]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "Apparently not." She scowled at some memory or anything. "She's come after us before, you know. And when she did, she was giving the Dysangelion verbal orders from the outside."
[09:43] <Yanmei> ^memory or another
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Hm." He frowned. "That sounds… Worrying. It reminds me of something else."]
[09:44] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[09:45] <Minaplo> ["You need a Core or something like it to manifest an AT Field. True?"]
[09:47] <Yanmei> "Right."
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["Well, what about the Ayanamis?"]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "Um, well… I'm aware that they're special? But I don't know much about how they can do what they do."
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["You remember those other giants in the chamber beneath the Geofront?" Asked Alex.]
[10:00] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei flicked a wary glance vaguely in Ginevre's direction. "..yes. The Disciples."
[10:00] <Minaplo> [Ginevre was watching them like a hungry cat.-
[10:01] <Minaplo> ["The souls that were in those Disciples were removed, divided, and their halves placed into each Ayanami and their Eva unit. The Ayanamis use AT Fields that are powered by the still-living bodies sealed beneath the Geofront." Said Alex quickly.]
[10:06] <Yanmei> That was more than even Guillory had told her about them. She let it sink in and then shook her head. "Wait… what are you implying? That the clone - Joan - was made the same way?"
[10:08] <Minaplo> ["Not exactly the same way." Said Alexandre, shaking his head. "Using the same principles, perhaps. I'd say she was inspired by the idea of the Ayanamis. Splitting the soul between Eva and pilot… It's a brilliant way to get a high synch ratio and control berserking."-
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["But for her- Joan? Mm, maybe. She'd have to create the 'Disciple' herself. Or is that 'Dysciple'?" He added smugly.-
[10:11] <Minaplo> ["But if I know my dear Aunt, she would double up. She would make sure Joan had her own core just to be safe."]
[10:12] * Yanmei pretended to ignore the super lame joke. "She did have one. She showed it to me before?"
[10:13] <Minaplo> ["Mm, I thought so…"-
[10:14] <Minaplo> [He tapped the table. "A soul divided over a number of Cores… Now, where have I seen this before?"-
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["The Paris Evangelions." Said Ginevre quietly.]
[10:19] * Yanmei shifted uncomfortably. "After talking with de Pteres, I learned that Joan wasn't alone. There were two more like her. One of them is a clone of Blanc. Ugh. What is she trying to accomplish with this, anyway?"
[10:20] <Minaplo> ["Experimentation." Said Alex. "That's what I think she was doing by splitting the souls. She wanted to see if it'd give her some insight into why Father did what he did."-
[10:20] <Minaplo> ["In the meantime, the clones of you and Blanc- and probably others- could serve as spies or by taking your place in sensitive situations." Said Ginevre, her tone calculating.-
[10:22] <Minaplo> ["It gives her a weapon as well." Said Alexandre.-
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["It also proves a theory." Said Ginevre. "That a soul can be in two places at once, but also act as a unified construct."]
[10:28] * Yanmei just nodded, frowning deeply.
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["But I notice something." Said Ginevre.]
[10:29] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Little Elizabeth, hold up your hands, sweetheart."-
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Um."-
[10:31] <Minaplo> [Lizzie squirmed, in a way that was sharply evocative of Yanmei's squirms when she'd been caught out. She held up her two hands, the left one still conspicuously stained with curry sauce.]
[10:33] * Yanmei gave her a stern look! But there were more important things to worry about. "Are you making a point about her still having all of her fingers?"
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["Yes. That means that whatever it is Caine wanted from you, she acquired. What was it?"]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "…information. She wanted to know about Excalibur. And…" she braced herself, pulling away slightly. "Whatever I knew about Elisha Caine's plan. Which wasn't much? But she was able to make a guess at it with just that."
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["A guess? What guess did she make?"]
[10:40] <Yanmei> "Eggs. Er." She paused a minute, thinking back. "That he wanted to become a Seed using Eva-00? And that in doing so he could reshape humanity so that it wasn't dependant on Lilith. She said that she was going to try to grab EVA-00 now…"
[10:47] <Minaplo> [There was a pause around the table.-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [Alexandre sat back in his chair, contemplative. "I hadn't thought of that."-
[10:48] <Minaplo> [Ginevre frowned, a hand going to her chin. "Why would she need EVA-00 for that?"]
[10:49] <Minaplo> ["EVA-00 is integral to Elisha's plan, but not Caine's. So she wouldn't need EVA-00 in any special way."]
[10:58] <Yanmei> This was not the flood of anger or condemnation that she had been expecting. Yanmei, still a little stiff, glanced between them in bewilderment and tried to scrape her throughts together. "Isn't she just trying to hamstring his plan? So that she doesn't have to rush or worry or compete when executing her own plan?" -
[10:58] <Yanmei> "…what -is- her own plan anyway?"
[11:06] <Minaplo> ["It's true that taking EVA-00 would hamstring Elisha's plan, but that could also be managed by destroying 01 or 04." Said Ginevre, leaning back in her chair.-
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["We aren't exactly sure what Caine's plan is." Said Alexandre. "My father believed that she's trying to finish off Jeremiah's legacy. Trying to bring about Instrumentality- the collapsing of the AT Fields of the entire human race, and collecting their consciousness into a single vessel- like an Eva unit. In this way, the majority of humanity lives in blissful ignorance, not wanting for
[11:10] <Minaplo> anything, and their thoughts mingling in freely, nothing hidden, everything exposed…"-
[11:11] <Minaplo> ["This is SEELE's plan as far as we know." Said Ginevre. "We also think that SEELE doesn't intend to join this- gestalt consciousness, but rather exist alongside it, empowered as godlike beings."]
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[11:17] <Yanmei> "With the Eternity Drive, hasn't Caine already done that?" Yanmei scowled bitterly. "Isn't that enough for them?"
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["The Eternity Drive isn't the same." Said Ginevre. "If the Eternity Drive is destroyed, the souls will return somewhere… But reduce people to LCL, and the only way they can be rebuilt is through the power of a Seed."]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei leaned back in her chair, folding her arms. "-Can- it be destroyed? Like, shouldn't that be one of our goals now?"
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["Easier said than done." Said Alex. "God, you have no idea the sheer scale of… Of -it-. The Eternity Drive is a -horrible- thing, but if we had to list one thing as the pinnacle of human ingenuity, it'd be that. I don't say that lightly." He sighed, tapping his bowl. "The Eternity Drive has to be linked to Lilith somehow. Souls return to Lilith when they die, but she's somehow funneling
[11:32] <Minaplo> those souls elsewhere, then translating them into something that can communicate and be controlled…"-
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["We simply need more information."]
[11:41] <Yanmei> "More information." she echoed, and sighed. "Where would we even get that from?"
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["If only I knew."-
[11:44] <Minaplo> [Ginevre spoke up. "EVA-00… It -is- special…"]
[11:46] * Yanmei blinked at her before letting her face settle into something more expectant.
[11:48] <Minaplo> ["The other Evangelions are made by taking Adam's genetic template and merging it with the human genome. EVA-00 is unique in that it is simply Lilith's lower half torn off from the main body and grown separately."]
[11:52] * Yanmei winced, her skin crawling. "But if she wanted part of Lilith physically, couldn't she just march into the Geofront whenever she wanted for the upper half of it?"
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["Exactly. And the body isn't what she needs. She needs Lilith's soul."-
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["Unless she's thinking of using EVA-00 as her vessel?" Volunteered Alex. "But that doesn't seem like a tremendous priority…"-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["No. She can just use the same method to make another clone of Lilith." Said Ginevre. "There must be something in EVA-00 she wants… Or -thinks- is in EVA-00…"]
[11:56] <Yanmei> "Like what? Would its pilot have noticed it - whatever it is?"
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." Said Ginevre. "But there's nothing like that in EVA-00. The Soul of Lilith is divided into halves, and neither half is in the Eva itself. It's too dangerous. Even having Aline pilot it is risky- you saw what happened in China…"-
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["… Wait." Alex frowned. "China…"]
[12:01] <Yanmei> "…?" She turned her expectant face at him now.
[12:04] <Minaplo> ["EVA-00 took on Lilith's form. Remember?" He tapped his bowl more hurriedly. "What if the Joan-Dysangelion or whatever experiments weren't about testing the difference between Father's soul fragments? What if she was experimenting, trying to reproduce something similar to what happened in China? Half of Lilith's soul is in Aline Blanc. What if she thinks the other half is in the Eva
[12:04] <Minaplo> itself?"]
[12:13] <Yanmei> "It's… possible?" said Yanmei slowly. "She's been searching for that soul's whereabouts for a pretty long time? But if none of her agents were able to tell her anything about it…"
[13:19] <Minaplo> ["Funny." Said Alex with amusement. "Considering it was under her nose the entire time."]
[13:24] <Yanmei> "Like… the entire time?" Her forehead was crinkling slightly. "We -are- talking about the same Blanc, right? That thing's really inside her?"
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ginevre. "One half is, at least. At this juncture, I'm certain Caine believes that one half is either in Blanc or 00."]
[13:32] <Yanmei> Fighting alongside Lilith this entire time without knowing it… She crossed her legs at the ankles, clamping down on the nervousness she felt stirring. "So she's pretty much like Gina now?"
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["No, not exactly." Said Alex. "It's complicated. You know the whole story with Gina, right?"]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "More or less?"
[13:35] <Minaplo> ["Tell it to me."]
[13:39] * Yanmei hesitated. Gina had passed her much of that story in secrecy. True, it was so old that it was obsolete now, but… -
[13:43] <Yanmei> She kept any curses for breaking her promise to herself. "She was a clone. A hybrid between humans and Lilith. And she was the vessel for Lilith for a while, until she nearly caused another impact? After that they stripped Lilith away from her, and conditioned her to forget everything." -
[13:47] <Yanmei> "EVA-00, Gina's original Eva, was assigned to someone else. Gina herself… I guess she continued working for either NERV or Caine for a long time. She met Atticus Nelson while disguising herself as Nagisa Kaworu." A long, long pause. "And she fell in love, and remembered what she almost did. Eventually, with those memories, she came back to Paris-2, which is when we met her for the first time as 'Gina'."
[13:51] <Minaplo> [Alex nodded slowly. "Sounds about right. Gina was… Mother?"-
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["She was GEHIRN's first real experiment." Said Ginevre. "Designed to answer so many questions. Firstly: did we have the technology to design and create a human being from scratch? Not just -clone-, but create. Secondly: could we create an individual with seamless human and angelic DNA? Thirdly: could we isolate a specific soul- an E-Type soul- within Lilith, withdraw it, and implant it? Fourthly: how powerful was the seal on the E-Type soul? Could you implant Lilith's soul into it without danger? Could you have that person pilot a Lilith clone safely?"-
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["The answers to those questions… Were all 'not exactly'."]
[14:02] * Yanmei was quiet, listenin to the lecture. The plate of curry in front of her - now cold - had been completely forgotten about.
[14:04] <Minaplo> ["Our attempts to create a human being from scratch went poorly. At that point in time, the work was simply too complex, too huge for our abilities. We cheated."]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[14:17] <Minaplo> ["We took DNA samples from other people. At the time there were only six E-Types active, and we had access to them one way or another, so we took DNA from Elisha, Blanc, Gabriel-Wei, Simonides, Bellamy, and a sixth that I only knew by the codename E-T6. We brute forced the combinations, generating 720 hybrid bodies created from combining those samples together in various combinations."]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "720…" she echoed slowly. "…"
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["We chose the most stable one and purged the others." Said Ginevre tonelessly.]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "I… thought so." Yanmei failed to reach that same level of tonelessness. She kicked herself mentally.
[14:25] <Minaplo> ["The most stable was a hybrid of Blanc and Gabriel-Wei, so we created a batch of them." Said Ginevre. "After that, we attempted to implant Angel DNA into the batch, and in that we mostly failed. Many of them simply died, others underwent aggressive mutation and became something inhuman- at the end of it all we had a single successful hybrid."-
[14:27] <Minaplo> ["Except even then it… Didn't go great." Muttered Alex. "You'd think implanting Angel DNA into a person would make them stronger, right? Like with the Ayanamis or the Iron Guard. Not back then. The girl-clone that GEHIRN made was… Fragile. Really fragile. She has hemophilic and spent months allergic to the most strangest of things…"]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "You…" Yanmei had drifted off in her own head for a split second. Now she snapped back to the present, glowering daggers of fiery death at Fontaine. "You spliced -my- Isaiah's DNA with BLANC's?!"
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["And Elisha's, Simonides's, Bellamy's and E-T6's." Said Ginevre coolly. "And not me personally. To be specific, it was the Ikaris who handled the intricacies of that."]
[14:57] * Yanmei fumed. "Ikaris! I should have known!"
[15:02] <Minaplo> ["Continuing on. Our attempts to extract a specific soul from Lilith failed." Said Ginevre. "Which was a critical failure, as we required the final E-Type soul for the Eugenia body."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> Self awareness was registering slowly. Not to the point that she was ashamed of the outburst, just… highly aware of it being a teeny bit inappropriate even if it was completely and utterly justified. She tried to regain some composure. -
[15:06] <Yanmei> "What did you do then?" she grumped.
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa grumpy…" Whispered Lizzie to Daji.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["Yiiip." Whined Daji quietly.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["I didn't find out until some time after." Said Ginevre, hesitant.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["But Mary Caine simply had E-T6 killed and had us salvage the E-Type soul in there to put into Eugenia."]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Ah…?" She went still for a minute, not sure what to think of it.
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["And finally, we implanted Lilith's soul into the E-Type seal field. And that is where we learned of Lilith's complications."]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "You mean the AT-Field usage issues? Or… that business with almost starting Impact?"
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ginevre, mathematically.-
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["It was with Eugenia that we really learned about permanent synchronization." Said Alex. "See, Eugenia was- well, brilliant. A genius. And she had an innate talent for testing the boundaries- and at that point we didn't really know what the boundaries were or what lay beyond them. So she kept pushing them, and she synchronized permanently with EVA-00…"-
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["The problem lies with Lilith's soul being whole." Said Ginevre. "Lilith has slowly adapted to her soul being divided from her body, and so she has the ability to subconsciously 'whisper' to humanity. She isn't sentient as such, and so it isn't a true edict of 'Destiny', but it can build up and convince people, and it is so subtle they think they thought of it. So Lilith convinced Eugenia to synchronize with the soul within, which is something an E-Type can do- and Eugenia did. But synchronization works both ways."-
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Lilith was synchronized, so she was basically 'awake', and so she went berserk and tried to merge with EVA-00." Said Alex. "That's the part you know, right? After that, we realised- from what we learned from father as well- that dividing the soul causes it to go into a sort of violent shock mode, where the conscious mind shuts down. It can be reactivated in a few ways, like re-merging them, or the soul rebuilding, or other things, but the important part is that once we realised that, we split Lilith's soul in half and the Whispers stopped."]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "But… if a soul is divided, won't it eventually grow and compensate for its missing half?"
[15:23] <Minaplo> ["Like with the Evas, right?" Said Alex. "That's the beautiful thing about the E-Type soul. When it's fully active, and working properly, and the owner isn't synched to the soul fragment itself, it actually holds the fragment in complete stasis."]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "… I see. But if that's true, what happened in China?"
[15:27] <Minaplo> ["We think Voriel broke the seal." Said Ginevre flatly.]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "Huh?! A seal like that… would it be able to repair itself? Are we in danger of something like that happening again?"
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["I imagine it -could- repair itself." Said Ginevre slowly, "But I am unsure how long. Regardless, the fragment in Blanc will require some time to fully regenerate, so whilst it could happen again… I wouldn't be -too- worried."]
[15:31] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Yanmei nodded, but she didn't look entirely convinced.
[15:32] <Minaplo> [Alex smirked. "We got a little sidetracked. When I said the fragment was under Caine's nose, I didn't mean Blanc."]
[15:34] <Yanmei> "…then what did you mean?" She glanced a touch uneasily at him.
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["We had to put the other fragment somewhere. Where did you think it was, exactly?"]
[15:40] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned. "Another pilot?" Her frown deepened. "Do me a favor and don't tell me the details on that one?"
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["You don't want to know?"]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "Did I mention to you before that Joan's AT-stuff allowed her to scan my thoughts? If she's not dead yet…"
[15:46] <Minaplo> ["Hm, that's a good point."]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "Not that I didn't effortlessly resist her when I put my mind to it," Yanmei smugly tossed her hair, "but, well. Can't be too careful?"
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["Oh come on." Muttered Alex.-
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["In any case, we can't assume for sure that that is her reason for wanting EVA-00. Her experiments began before she interrogated you." Said Ginevre. "Nevertheless, letting her -have- EVA-00 is a poor idea…"]
[15:59] <Yanmei> "Agreed," said Yanmei promptly. "We should mobilize the instant any such attempt becomes apparent. I'm sure that Akagi and Isaiah could quickly jaunt an EVA or two to France if they needed to."
[16:02] <Minaplo> [Ginevre nodded.-
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["So you told Caine of what you knew of Elisha's plans, and then what?"]
[16:07] <Yanmei> "Well…" A slight pause as she got her bearings in that line of conversation again. "She had the information she wanted from me. She confined me to the Synfront's hospital after that. Lizzie too. Joan took me there. That's when she showed me her core and talked our previous meeting. Back when she was an actual threat as an Angel?"
[16:07] <Yanmei> ^about our
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Which Angel?"]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "…the Twelfth."
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["Clever." Muttered Alex.-
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["So Azariah -did- extract some souls from the Cradle of Adam, then." Murmured Ginevre.]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "How many do you think she has access to?"
[16:34] <Minaplo> ["No idea. I'd say five or six max." Said Alex.]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei tossed her hair to show that it didn't get to her at all. "She'll need twice that amount to make it a fair fight against us~ But yes. I didn't really make a move from the hospital until Dr. Gabriel appeared there. I guess I wasn't feeling so great at the time. Do you, uh. Know about what happened to him?"
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["We were told he was killed in an attack."]
[16:41] * Yanmei shook her head. "Suicide." She lowered her voice, glacing quickly and worriedly at Lizzie. "In front of Isaiah. Just as he was waking up from the coma."
[13:15] <Minaplo> [Alex and Ginevre stared at each other. They were clearly stunned.]
[13:17] * Yanmei took the opportunity to dismiss Lizzie from a conversation that was becoming too adult for her. "Here, Sweetie." She wiped Lizzie's hands with a spare napkin. "Go play with Daji a while, okay?"
[13:19] <Minaplo> ["'Kay, maamaa." Lizzie hopped down, running over to the living room. "Jiji!"-
[13:19] <Minaplo> [The fox shot Yanmei's curry bowl a hungry look before following, filling the living room with the sound of frantic giggles and yips.]
[13:22] * Yanmei turned back to the Fontaines. Her face was serious. "I saw the entire thing from the observation window. Gabriel had locked the door. He said his goodbye to Isaiah… and then he shot himself in the head with the gun he was carrying. Isaiah completely lost it after that."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["W… What? Why?" Asked Alex, turning to Yanmei again. "Why would he do that…?"]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "I've been thinking in over since then. Dr. Gabriel knew a lot." Her gaze didn't waver. "He knew about EVA-08. He knew how to made a permanent synch happen between it and Isaiah. Just days before this happened, he prepped an emergency kit in case we found ourselves on the run." -
[13:29] <Yanmei> ^make a
[13:30] <Yanmei> "I think… he knew how Isaiah would react to his death too."
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["How did he react, exactly…?" Asked Alex.]
[13:36] <Yanmei> "His AT abilities manifested? He wiped out a squadron of footsoldiers, two Ayanamis, an E-Destroyer, and a good portion of the Synfront hospital. And 08 began to berserk."
[13:37] <Minaplo> ["Good lord." Murmured Alex.-
[13:37] <Minaplo> ["He killed two Ayanamis?" Said Ginevre, alarmed.]
[13:39] <Yanmei> "Maybe. Probably. Wait. Their deaths would be big news, wouldn't it? But you haven't heard about it yet?"
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Er, not exactly." Said Alex.-
[13:50] <Minaplo> ["They've hushed up a lot about that breakout, we only learned that something happened due to spies. The other thing is that if an Ayanami dies, standard practice is to say they were 'critically injured but are recovering' whilst they requisition a backup body. The Ayanamis are probably right as rain right now."]
[13:53] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "Isaiah felt terrible about it afterward. He'll be glad to know that. I think?" She shook her head. "At the time, he cut through them and all of those other people and then went after Caine. 08 smashed its way to me, Lizzie, and my Junior Magistrate escort in the meantime?" -
[13:56] <Yanmei> "EVA-07 tried to disable it, but got smacked down pretty hard. Isaiah got close - so close - to reaching Caine, but we ended up retreating. Her AT Field was too much for him?" -
[13:57] <Yanmei> "So in the middle of all that Chaos, he opened a Dirac Sea, and we all Jaunted away."
[13:58] <Minaplo> ["Caine has an AT Field?" Asked Ginevre.]
[14:00] <Yanmei> "Unmistakably, yes. Part of Command was blown open either by the EVA or Isaiah. I saw her deflect his attacks."
[14:02] <Minaplo> [Ginevre and Alex looked at each other, clear worry in their faces.-
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["So she really is impossible to assassinate." Muttered Ginevre. "I'll pass that information on to Vercingetorix. But something worries me, Yanmei."]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[14:03] <Minaplo> ["He killed- or likely killed- two Ayanamis. I do not pretend to be an expert on Gabriel-Wei's social life, but I thought he generally adored the Ayanamis and they him?"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "That's true." Yanmei looked down. "Later, when he was himself, he was horrified and frightened over what he'd done. For a split second, too, right after he'd attacked them, I could feel remorse from him."
[14:09] <Minaplo> ["That's scary." Muttered Alex. "Although, if EVA-08 was berserk, then that might've fuelled his- rage. He probably didn't even realise it…"]
[14:11] <Yanmei> "Maybe. I don't even know how to describe what he was like? I just hope it doesn't happen again."
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["Agreed."-
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["What happened after the Jaunt?" Asked Ginevre.]
[14:13] <Yanmei> "We crash landed in Australia? And we stayed there for almost two weeks. 08 was too damaged to move, so we were stranded."
[14:14] <Minaplo> ["Australia? What part?" Asked Alex.]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Melbourne. The place was in really bad shape? Pretty well isolated, with not much tech, and a lot of gangs and angry wildlife."
[14:17] <Minaplo> ["Ah, Melbourne." Alex leaned back, smirking a little.]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "What. What's that look for?"
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["The NeoSpartan Programme went through a phase of particular enamourment with Australia at some point. Something to do with the lethality of the place. We spent awhile in the outback to learn about desert survival, and yeah, we spent a bit of time in Melbourne too, learning about urban warfare…"]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "You're making that up. It's way too big of a coincidence!"
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["It isn't a coincidence." Said Ginevre. "It seems like it, but don't forget that the NeoSpartan program saw its recruits taken to a lot of locations. Melbourne was chosen because it was an urban post-apocalyptic environment, but had a vibrant 'culture' there with a semi-feudal system that would be perfect to teach the NeoSpartans about group tactics against semi-organised militias. There were many other cities they were taken to as well."-
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["We had fun in Melbourne." Said Alex, smiling wistfully.]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "But why did we end up there of all places?" That smile only irked her more. "-We- had fun too."
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["Maybe the Eva chose it." Said Alex. "Lizzie might have memories or something, and it's safe from Caine in its own way…"]
[14:34] <Yanmei> "Maybe…" She folded her arms. "And it was, yeah. It seemed to take Caine's people a while to find us. In the meantime, we blended in?"
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["Blended in, huh." Asked Alex, who was trying not to grin.]
[14:39] <Yanmei> "You shouldn't look so skeptical? We totally blended in! It was a violent place, so we beat up some gangers and got some followers."
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah? Create an army?"]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "…maybe." Her eyes narrowed suspiciously. "Why? What have you heard?"
[14:45] <Minaplo> ["It just seems like the sort of thing you'd do. Asuka wanted to do it when she got older- she's gonna be pissed you beat her to it…"]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Is that so~?" Yanmei was smirking now too. "If you get a chance to talk to her, tell her that they know me by an alias down there: Ying the Liberator."
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["Ying the Liberator…?" He turned away, trying to fight the urge to laugh.]
[14:57] * Yanmei huffed, tossing her hair. "Whatever. They really loved me down there? Maybe I'll go back to visit when things cool down."
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. So what next?"]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "Well, we were invad- I mean, defending ourselves from a neighboring gang, when Joan and her Dysangelion showed up. So we fought them off?"
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["You fought them off…? By yourselves? With a damaged Eva?"]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "That's right? There was a battle between the Dys and EVA-08, piloted by Isaiah. And there was also a battle going on between Joan and myself? I managed to cut her pretty bady, so she turned tail and ran. I think the combination of 08 and Isaiah was puttng up a huge fight too?"
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Hmm… Alright."]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "After that, we had to leave Melbourne. They were probably going to come back later. So we jaunted away again, and ended up in the States."
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["A good pick there."]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Well, we -were- going to see Minerva Linden for assistance? But we ended up not having to."
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["She's not in the States anyway." Said Ginevre.]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well, presidents do have to travel abroad a lot, I guess?"
[15:45] <Minaplo> ["That they do." Said Alex, smirking a little.]
[15:51] <Yanmei> "I'm sure I'll be in the same boat eventually."
[15:52] <Minaplo> [He snickered.-
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["And that is when EVA-04 reached the US shore, and you fought the Dysangelion." Said Ginevre.]
[15:53] <Yanmei> "That's right. I'm sure you both know the rest."
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["What a weird story…" Murmured Alex.-
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Thank you for telling us." Said Ginevre.]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "It's no trouble. I hope I've satisfied your curiousity?"
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["Now it is our turn. You must have questions."]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "A few~ Like, I still have no idea how either of you came here. Or where the majority of this base's crew is from."
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["So you wanna know about the base…?" Asked Alex curiously.]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "That's right. Was Vercingetorix the one who funded all the construction and recruitment?"
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["No." Said Ginevre. "This place is older than NERV. Should I explain?"]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Please do?"
[16:14] <Minaplo> ["GEHIRN's main focus was research. To facilitate this they built several secret bases dedicated to research. The largest was Eden Base, which was converted into a full NERV facility later, but this place- Asgard Base- was first."-
[16:19] <Minaplo> ["Eden was all about the Evas and the pilots." Said Alex. "That's where a lot of Project E was done. But there were four research bases- Asgard was built here, Babylon was in Saudi Arabia, Eden in Algeria, and lastly you had Nirvana Base in Tibet."-
[16:20] <Minaplo> ["Asgard's role was technology." Said Ginevre. "Not Eva technology, but the technology needed for NERV to work. It is where the MAGI system was first developed, for example."]
[16:25] <Yanmei> So no horrible crimes against humanities here. Yanmei relaxed, ever so slightly. "So basically a lot of computers and communication systems? Interesting."
[16:27] <Minaplo> ["Not just." Said Ginevre. "This place is where the automated factories the Synfront uses were first developed and produced- and tested."]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "…you just mean they were tested to build machines, right? Non-organic machines?"
[16:33] <Minaplo> [Alex and Ginevre looked at each other, seemingly confused.-
[16:34] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ginevre slowly. "The automated factories weren't sophisticated enough at the time to produce anything like an Eva. They were used to simply expand its own industrial base for a time- until GEHIRN was converted into NERV. At that point, Asgard and the other bases were shut down and consolidated into Eden."-
[16:36] <Minaplo> ["The auto-factories were shut down, because even with all their brilliance, it was just easier to invest in Chinese industries, beef up their factories and get them to churn out the pieces we needed, with anything too sophisticated just being built on-site." Said Alex.-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["But as you can see, this place was not destroyed- it was sealed. Furthermore, a good deal of the old staff here defected to Azariah when he left. When Minerva returned, she secretly reactivated the place, upgraded the auto-factories, and set them to expansion again- this time with real speed, as she could just upgrade them using the modern Synfront plans." Said Ginevre.]
[16:45] <Yanmei> "Hm. I've run into some of the things she must have ordered to be made here already. New AC Suits and… D-Titans?"
[16:46] <Minaplo> [Ginevre nodded. "Yes. This place was supposed to help fuel her war effort, but thanks to its secrecy, no one realised it was reactivated- so it escaped the UN ban on the United States possessing super-heavy weapons."-
[16:48] <Minaplo> ["The staff here's usually drawn from all types of places." Said Alex. "We've got a few ex-LN people here… Most of it's NERV, though. Like Hyuga."-
[16:48] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I'm here because they were afraid Caine would try to capture me and force me to tell her what I knew." Said Alex.-
[16:49] <Minaplo> ["And I am here because Vercingetorix rescued me when Caine's stormtroopers tried to kill me." Said Ginevre. "He has ties here- this place is Linden's, but she is allied with him."]
[16:58] <Yanmei> "Makes sense? Sounds like they've made an impressive haven together. But exactly what is he trying to accomplish?"
[17:03] <Minaplo> ["Elisha's goal."]
[17:07] <Yanmei> "You're positive about that?" she said with flat suspicion.
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Certain." Said Ginevre with a cool, absolute tone.]
[17:19] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned slightly. "I'll take your word for it, then?"
[17:19] <Minaplo> ["You have doubts?"]
[17:21] <Yanmei> "That doesn't matter. It's not like I have anywhere else to go after everything that's happened."
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["You worry because he controls an Angel." Said Ginevre flatly.]
[17:25] <Yanmei> "You must admit that it's pretty suspicious."
[17:27] <Minaplo> ["I suppose that depends on one's perspective." Said Ginevre. "I am not the one who pilots a machine built from Angelic DNA…"]
[17:29] <Yanmei> "You mean a machine built specifically to destroy Angels like the one your friend has~? If you think about it, this is a pretty natural response."
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["The Evangelions were made to defeat Angels as one of many goals, but by definition the Angel Vercingetorix has is different." Said Ginevre coolly. "In fact, you're already familiar with the Angel. You've met it before. You owe it your life."]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "Excuse me? When did this happen?"
[17:34] <Minaplo> [Alex coughed. "Shoftiel."]
[17:36] <Yanmei> "…yes, well… Th-that was an especially weird one? And anyway, it died. You're not telling me it was reborn or something, are you?"
[17:37] <Minaplo> ["What's with the skepticism? Weren't you just saying that that Joan clone was the Twelfth Angel?"]
[17:42] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but we know how she was created, and we have a pretty good guess at why she follows Caine. This is different…"
[11:55] <Minaplo> ["I do know how this new Angel was created, though." Said Ginevre.]
[11:57] <Yanmei> "Do you?"
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["Yes. But it's safer not to tell you, if Joan can sense your thoughts."]
[12:01] * Yanmei hesitated, and then exhaled. "Fine. I understand that? Anyway, there's no shortage of time to find out how trustworthy this guy and his Angel are."
[12:15] <Minaplo> ["In any case, I think we can all agree that 01 and 04 out of Caine's hands is a good thing." Said Alex.]
[12:21] <Yanmei> "Oh, completely? I'm still not convinced she didn't try to do anything to them while she had the chance." She frowned at the very thought. "You're sure the tech crew here didn't find anything? Not even any bugs?"
[12:22] <Minaplo> ["They found some modifications." Said Alex, nodding. "A lot of them were minor, but one was pretty important- the S2 Organ's power output has shot through the roof compared to what it used to be, and it's having a big effect on the biology of the Eva. Same thing with 01."]
[12:27] <Yanmei> "Oh, yeah. De Pteres mentioned Vercigetorix doing something to them. Like removing some limiter? It's probably the cause."
[12:28] <Minaplo> [Alex and Ginevre looked at each other again, this time with some alarm.-
[12:29] <Minaplo> ["Limiters. The S2 Organ was developed under Caine's aegis, after all." Muttered Alex. "She had direct control of Eden, so she put limiters in to… What?"-
[12:30] <Minaplo> ["The S2 Organ turns the Evangelion from a human-built cyborg into a true demigod." Said Ginevre sombrely. "And Elisha's plan- and all of these plans- rely on them having that power. She would have limited it to restrain it so that its only purpose was logistics."]
[12:36] <Yanmei> "So this is a major positive for Elisha's plan. You two don't look very thrilled, though?"
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["I'm more annoyed than anything. Slipping a limiter past me into those Organs…" Alex muttered. "If we hadn't had those limiters at all, we would've ended the LN War in a -week-."]
[12:43] <Yanmei> "He did seem stronger last time. 04, I mean? Ooooh, I know." She clasped her hands together. "We can make this Vercigetorix check the other Evas for limiters and remove them too. That'll be an acceptable test of loyalty, won't it?"
[12:47] <Minaplo> ["We'll see." Said Ginevre levelly.]
[12:55] <Yanmei> "It's a really good idea~" She insisted. "Let's run it by him when he shows up here. -If- he shows up…"
[12:57] <Minaplo> ["It isn't too bad an idea, no…" Said Alex gamely.-
[12:57] <Minaplo> ["I said we'll see." Said Ginevre. "Right now, I'm conflicted on the idea of giving, say, EVA-05, the chance to become even more difficult to put down when it berserks…"]
[13:01] <Yanmei> "Oh." She frowned, looking vaguely disappointed.
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["Oh, then why don't we get him to try it on the MP Evas?" Asked Alex brightly.]
[13:07] <Yanmei> "What? -No-! I mean. Don't be silly. They're way too suspectible to following orders from people. Possibly our enemies included."
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["What, you don't trust Rei?"]
[13:12] <Yanmei> "No one's saying that? Rei is a perfectly fine soldier. I just think it'd be safer to leave the MP units alone, that's all."
[13:16] <Minaplo> ["Huh, fair enough… Maybe we should just try Asuka's then…"-
[13:16] <Minaplo> ["In any case." Said Ginevre. "Do you have any other questions, Yanmei?"]
[13:22] <Yanmei> "I think that covers it for me? Really, I should get going soon. Lizzie and I were going to meet up with Isaiah and the others."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["Would you mind helping me wash up first?" Asked Ginevre.]
[13:23] <Yanmei> "Certainly?" Yanmei rose, reaching for her own dish and Lizzie's empty one. "It's the least I can do."
[13:25] <Minaplo> ["I'll go play with the fox or something." Said Alex, grinning.-
[13:26] <Minaplo> [And so Ginevre led Yanmei into the kitchen, filling the sink up with hot, soapy water, briskly handing Yanmei a tea towel. She scraped Yanmei's untouched curry into a tupperware container and began plunging the dirty dishes into the sink, scrubbing hard.-
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to talk to you about Elizabeth."]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Well, this is sudden?" Yanmei gave a faint, polite smile. "What about her?"
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to say that she's looking happy and healthy. You've made for an excellent mother."]
[13:33] * Yanmei blinked. Not what she was expecting. "Thank you! I do try my best. Isaiah deserves a lot of credit too."
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["Yes, that's true."-
[13:34] <Minaplo> [Scrub scrub. Bowls were placed on the sink for Yanmei to wipe.-
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["I always wanted a little girl, you know."]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "Oh really?" Yanmei picked up a bowl and began to methodically wipe it down. "I'd think Alexandre would be a pretty decent son."
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["He is. But when I was younger, I dreamed of having a large family with lots of children." There was something wistful- and bitter- in her tone now.]
[13:47] <Yanmei> "Oh." For a second, she floundered for something to say. "I'm sorry it didn't work out."
[13:48] <Minaplo> ["As am I." She turned to Yanmei, looking a little sad.-
[13:49] <Minaplo> ["I'm not able to have children. Did you know that? Biologically, I mean."]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "Oh? Then Alex is…?"
[13:56] <Minaplo> [A small smile. "Elisha's work. He developed some technique to merge our AT Fields… Allowing us to have a baby even though I couldn't. Amazing, isn't it?"]
[13:58] <Yanmei> "Yeah, seriously." She glanced over her shoulder, listening to the sounds of play coming from the livingroom. "You must have been thrilled?"
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["I was." Said Ginevre softly. "It was incredible. Of course I had to give my life to him from then on. How could I not? He made miracles happen."]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "You shared the Libido Effect with him, then?" she said conversationally, reaching for another bowl.
[14:06] <Minaplo> ["I did."]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "May I ask a personal question?"
[14:10] <Minaplo> ["You may."]
[14:11] <Yanmei> "Were you ever worried? About, well. Being controlled?"
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["I think it's natural." Said Ginevre, nodding her head. "Sometimes, the connection between our intents and the actions we take are so disconnected that it feels like our bodies aren't under our control, and people fear that. So of course, I was worried about being controlled. And I still am, even though I've felt the sensation more than a few times at this point."]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "So what do you do about it?" Yanmei glared at another bowl as she set it aside, fully dried. "There must be a way to safeguard against it…"
[14:20] <Minaplo> ["I don't."]
[14:20] <Yanmei> "…"
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["I trust him." Said Ginevre simply. "I trust that when he takes control of me, he does it because it is necessary. Either to fulfil some goal I haven't seen, or to achieve some ends I'm too weak to take. He divided himself into three fragments and placed himself into three Evangelion units. For years he was lobotomised, engulfed in stupor, controlled like a puppet. He accepted that fate of his own free will, but I knew he was scared as well. It is the same for me. Who am I to refuse? If he can endure -that-, then I can endure him."]
[14:31] <Yanmei> "You're a very devoted person. Well… that's something of an understatement, really?"
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."]
[14:45] * Yanmei set the last bowl aside. "… Thank you again for the meal. And the conversation. It was… enlightening."
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome." She gave Yanmei the tupperware container. "I won't forgive you if you damage this."]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "I'll protect it with my life," she vowed, a little smile playing around her mouth. "You two have a good rest of the day."
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["And to the two of you as well."]
[14:56] * Yanmei parted with a little salute. She went off to gather Lizzie and Daji as well - although it was surprisingly difficult to pull the latter away. "Damn you.. stop bewitching my fox, Fontaine," she grumbled at the exit, as she struggled to juggle a squirming kit and a tupperware container full of curry.
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Yipyipyip!"-
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["See you~" Smirked Alex, rubbing the fox's head as they headed off.-
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Byebye, Jerkface~" Said Lizzie, waving with her free hand.]
[15:01] * Yanmei smirked at that, leading the way out and down the hallway to their own apartment. She passed Daji to Lizzie so that she could get the door. "Did you have fun today, Sweetie?"
[15:02] <Minaplo> [Lizzie struggled with Daji for a minute, until Daji got loose and leapt up onto Lizzie's shoulders, giving her a strangely furry look- like she was wearing a huge fur coat…-
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["Funfunfun, maamaa!"]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "Hehehe. I'm glad!" The door was open. Yanmei let the two run in ahead of her, while she shut it behind them and made for their mini fridge. Compared to the Fontaines' it was smaller and much less more spartan.
[15:05] <Yanmei> ^Fontaines' apartment
[15:06] <Yanmei> ^much more
[15:07] <Minaplo> [Lizzie would run in, and then suddenly come to a stop, the fox on her shoulders suddenly going stiff.-
[15:08] <Minaplo> [Yanmei would see why. Before them was a confronting sight.-
[15:08] <Minaplo> [It was large, and it had large teeth and sharp, focused eyes. Its hair was long and thick and grey, rugged and noble and dignified and rustic all at once.-
[15:09] <Minaplo> [It had four legs, three of flesh and bone and fur, and a fourth of steel.-
[15:09] <Minaplo> [It was a wolf.-
[15:09] <Minaplo> [It was -the- wolf.]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Impossible…" Yanmei stepped between him and her two young companions. "Lupe?!"
[15:14] <Minaplo> [The wolf gave a snort.-
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Who's that?"-
[15:15] <Minaplo> [The door to the bathroom opened up, and someone else emerged, someone rugged and mildly shabby but nowhere near as noble or as dignified as the wolf.-
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you're back!" Said Kaji Ryoji, having enough self-awareness to look a -little- sheepish.]
[15:22] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei picked her jaw up off the floor in record time, and folded her arms sternly. "-We're- back? Where the hell have you been for the last year, and what are you doing in my bathroom?!"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Going to the toilet?" He tried gamely.]
[15:28] <Yanmei> "That's not what I mean and you know it!" She pointed over to a chair and desk that were resting nearby. "Sit!" she snapped. "Why do you know where we are? Are you here for some… some assignment?"
[15:35] <Minaplo> [Kaji quickly sat down, trying not to look like he was a scolded schoolboy. "Ahh… Er, well, someone had to bring Lupe to his master, right?" He laughed. "Hahaha. Ha."]
[15:38] * Yanmei sighed. She gently took Daji from Lizzie's shoulders. "Lizzie? Do you remember playing with Lupe? Daddy's pet wolf?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Um…" Lizzie stared at the big wolf.-
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["Um, looploop?" She scratched her head. "Looploop!"-
[15:49] <Minaplo> [The wolf wasn't like the other creatures Lizzie spent time with. Daji was too clever and playful; Felix was really just a very big cat. But Lupe hadn't been some wimpy tiger cub grown in a lab. He had lived in the forests and had eaten what he had hunted.-
[15:50] <Minaplo> [Its eyes followed Daji unblinkingly.-
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["He was getting uncontrollable at Boston." Said Kaji. "Apparently they left him with San, see…"]
[15:53] * Yanmei held back a groan. "Really, Isaiah is the only one he'll listen to without… resentment. He was grumpy even when I was taking care of him while he was in the hospital. Here, Lupe…" she stepped toward him, reaching out to pat him on the head. "Remember me?"
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["Grr." It endured her petting, its eyes still focused on Daji, who was scrambling up Yanmei's shoulder. "Yipyipyipyip!"-
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["You have a lion, James's sister has a tiger, Isaiah has a wolf, even Misato has that penguin." Kaji shook his head, a wry smile on his face. "Rei has a cat, you know, like a normal person."]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "If I recall correctly, her household also has a banshee. I don't think you could necessarily call it normal?" She tried to catch and stroke Daji in order to calm her. "Ugh. I can't deal with this and lecture you at the same time. Are you going to be around the base for long? Let's catch up later."
[16:11] <Minaplo> ["Ban-Ban is really like Rei's kid, though." Said Kaji cheerfully, as though he hadn't said something outrageous. "I… Should be around for a few days. I have work here too, having just finished work elsewhere, I mean."]
[16:15] * Yanmei coughed at the Rei remark, determined to look mature about it. "All right. Let's get together. A lot's happened… but you probably know that already?"
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["You know me!" He said cheerfully, getting to his feet, patting Lizzie's head and ruffling frantic Daji's fur as he headed for the door. "Oh, Isaiah's on his way back, he just wanted to pick up something for dinner."]
[16:22] <Yanmei> "Thanks for the heads up? I'm sure he'll be happy." She managed a small smile for him. "See you around."
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["See you."-
[16:25] <Minaplo> [And he walked out- leaving Yanmei alone with Lizzie, a serious old wolf, and a fretting vixen.]

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