For The Fight Between Freedom And Survival You Can Not Advance

01[19:43] <Dorian> [[Session 20: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 6th December. Episode Title: For The Fight Between Freedom and Survival.-
01[19:46] <Dorian> [The sands of the Sahara stretch like a band across Africa, a dry, sandy wasteland, home only to nomads, and even then, just barely.-
01[19:46] <Dorian> [There are places in the Sahara that have been undisturbed for centuries, perhaps even longer. Despite the unstable region, conflicts remain away from the Sahara, for how can one sustain a war in the middle of nothing?-
01[19:48] <Dorian> [A giant metal foot slams down upon an asphalt path, dark cobalt blue. The sands shake with the passing of a new generation in warfare.-
01[19:48] <Dorian> [Four Hours Ago.-
01[19:48] <Dorian> [The Pilots had arrived on the 4th of December, their Evangelions covered and protected. They'd been assembled here to be given a briefing on the situation.]
03[19:53] * Oat is now known as Raphael
06[19:53] * Yanmei was there, protecting her eyes from the searing sun with blue sunglasses, her expression as calm and docile as if they were meeting in HQ's usual briefing room. Any technicians out and about would recieve a pleasant smile, and she aimed one at the Operations Director regardless of the grim atmosphere.
06[19:56] * Aline didn't /need/ sunglasses. Her own prescription glasses had light filters integrated into them, and… the technology had the noticeable effect of causing them to glint /furiously/ in the sunlight. However, also unlike Yanmei, Aline was hardly looking pleasant. She looked… grim. Grim and determined and like there was something brewing inside her. That damnable glint did nothing to
06[19:56] * Sept is quite a bit more fidgety than usual today. Too many parameters at work here, and so far from home. But there -was- more to be won here, too…
06[19:56] * Aline soften her appearance.
01[20:05] <Dorian> [Atticus is present, too, as is Tsubaki- the latter being rather agitated in the former's presence.-
01[20:06] <Dorian> "Pilots." Said Dorian, an advanced digital display in front of him. "The Liberated Nations' First Advanced Super-Armored Division is heading north towards out position. You all know why we're here." The UN had specifically requested the Evangelions' involvement here. "Our mission is simple: Destroy the Super-Armored Division at all costs."-
01[20:07] <Dorian> [The digital display flickered, before- a picture came into focus. A blue and red Evangelion, marching down a road… Flanked by five Thruster Solace units. Three of the Solaces had replaced their right arm with giant cannons.]
06[20:08] * Sept cleared his throat just as soon as he could pry his eyes off the impressive figure of Unit 05. "Dorian? Why do they have Solaces..?"
06[20:09] * Dorian shook his head. "Not even we know. We suspect that a spy infiltrated the Thruster Solace Project. These are Mass Production models- you can tell, the armor is thinner."
06[20:10] * Aline shook her head. "…Thinner armor. That's good. That means the armor-piercing power of my positron weaponry isn't…" Aline closed her eyes, taking a deep breath. "Ah. Sorry. Isn't going to be as necessary on them."
[20:10] <Sept> "Is… that why Atticus is here? Are we going to disable them like that time?"
01[20:10] <Dorian> "Not this time. This time you just need to shoot them in the head. Atticus is here to pilot… Something else."
06[20:12] * Yanmei examined the formation quietly. "This bothers me. The Solaces are likely ranged weapons, if based on their predecessor. And 05…?"
01[20:12] <Dorian> "… Is designed for berserking."
06[20:13] * Sept looked rather worried of the prospect. Still, he glanced at Tsubaki with a weak smile, on the off chance she was actually paying attention.
[20:13] <Aline> "…Shooting in the head. That was my optimal solution for 05, too." Aline sighed, though, at what Dorian said. "That's a bizarre design choice, but knowing what 04 is capable of… That's going to be disturbing. And effective."
01[20:13] <Dorian> [Tsubaki was! She seemed… A little different. A little more wired. She gave her nii-san a nod.]
06[20:16] * Yanmei let her face shift into something unreadable after hearing 05's specialty and further discussion on it. "Well. What should we do, Major?"
06[20:16] * Aline then reflexively nodded her head, before twitching, as if shocked that she did so. She actually had nothing to respond to.
01[20:17] <Dorian> "The battleplan is simple. Yanmei and Atticus will take the left flank. Tsubaki, Aline, on the right. Sept in the middle. The flanks take out the Solaces, Sept, you keep 05 in place until the flanks collapse. -Do not engage- until I give the order."
06[20:20] * Sept raised his head to retort, but thought better of it. "…understood, Dorian." He seemed disappointed.
01[20:21] <Dorian> "With you in the centre, Caine will focus fire on you, Sept. That's fire that won't be hitting anyone else. Keep that in mind."
06[20:22] * Sept nodded neutrally. "Alright, Dorian."
06[20:22] * Aline sighed. "You'll get your chance, seriously." …Aline paused. "…Also, please for the love of God, /try/ to be careful and /not/ to target the torso of 05. I /know/ we can get Shinji back, and there are a whole boatload of other tactically-useful parts to blow up."
01[20:22] <Dorian> "Aiming the head remains the best policy. Legs are also a good target."
06[20:23] * Aline nodded again, a weak smile forming.
01[20:24] <Dorian> [There was a -thud-. A heavy, solid, ground-shaking thud. Atticus looked up with a grin. "Poseidon's here!"]
06[20:24] * Yanmei had been nodding with a low "Hm" when the ground tremored, and she blinked up in alarm "Poseidon?"
01[20:25] <Dorian> [Atticus was out of the seat, though, rushing outside.-
01[20:26] <Dorian> "Poseidon is the codename for what Atticus will be piloting. Go take a look."
06[20:26] * Sept followed to the closest window, trying his best to look disinterested.
06[20:27] * Aline leaned over to go see, herself, but… the mentions of Atticus reminded her of something, and she slunk closer to Tsubaki. Slowly.
06[20:27] * Yanmei wandered to the door at that, much less disinterested. This thing was going to be supporting her, after all, and Atticus was going to be piloting it more importantly.
01[20:27] <Dorian> [What sat outside was… A robot. A -massive- war machine, taller than an Evangelion and larger, too. It was shaped like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, almost; a positron rifle sat attached to its chin, whilst mounted on its shoulders were a giant rocket launcher and a Heavy Railgun.-
01[20:27] <Dorian> "The T-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser Custom. The Evangelion Killer."
06[20:28] * Aline did comment, on her way over to Tsuchin. "Well, they did give it a positron weapon, so they didn't totally drop the ball on that mission profile."
01[20:29] <Dorian> [Tsubaki was staring at the T-RIDEN-T with wide eyes, a note of awe within.]
06[20:29] * Yanmei stared. The design itself was a little lame, like something a hyperactive 5-year-old kid would come up with, but its size… she whistled. "So this is what NERV has done with the stuff it's obtained from the Solace project?"
01[20:30] <Dorian> "No. This is a separate UN Project- designed by the Heavy Industries, though."
[20:31] <Yanmei> "I see."
06[20:32] * Aline then… put a hand on Tsubaki's shoulder, to get the girl's attention.
06[20:32] * Sept nodded to himself before returning to look at the tactical displays idly.
01[20:32] <Dorian> ["Ah-?" Tsubaki looked about.]
06[20:35] * Aline leaned in to whisper! …In Japanese. <"Don't let your fear of Atticus get the better of you. He was fighting the same battle that Shinji lost. He had to hold his mind together. You don't need to forgive him, you just need to know that he won't hurt you again. I'll make sure. Sera-niichan will make sure. We all will. Just form up with me and we'll get through this.">
01[20:36] <Dorian> ["Ah…" Tsubaki's eyes narrowed into a determined look. "Hai, nee-chan!"-
01[20:36] <Dorian> [Hours passed. Hours that grew longer as they grew closer to -that- time.-
01[20:37] <Dorian> [Eventually, all five pilots would find themselves in their vehicles, whether Evangelion or T-RIDEN-T.-
01[20:37] <Dorian> [A sandstorm had been raging for days, it seemed, but now… It cleared. And less than a kilometre away…-
01[20:39] <Dorian> ["All United Nations forces." Came a young voice, broadcast on all channels. The voice of Silas Caine- a voice some would find painfully familiar. "This is Silas Caine, Commander of the Liberated Nations's First Advanced Super-Armored 'Audacity' Division. I have no wish to bring you harm. In the interests of everyone here- please, surrender."]
01[20:42] <Dorian> ["…" Tsubaki was quiet, staring firmly ahead.]
06[20:43] * Sept was looking at 05, somewhat worriedly. "I'll keep him busy. Stay safe, everyone, alright?"
[20:45] <Yanmei> "Worry about yourself, de Pteres. We're starting out with the easy jobs, after all." Yanmei was gripping her controls with a faint frown.
06[20:45] * Raphael looks exceedingly calm inside the VTOL hovering at the head of the squadron, but his hands tight around the controls. "Air division, remain steady until the Major gives the order."
01[20:46] <Dorian> ["Yes, sir!" Is the well-drilled reply.]
[20:47] <Yanmei> "Are you okay over there, Captain? All settled?"
06[20:48] * Aline stared down the forces arrayed in front of her. The girl's voice was /forceful/ as she replied back. "No. The war between the UN and the Liberated Nations… that doesn't matter. The war between the father of this ghost I'm talking to, and NERV… That's more accurate, but still not important. No. The war your father declared on /love/, by sacrificing it on the altar of his goals?
06[20:48] * Aline THAT is what I'll fight. And I'll never surrender from the forces fighting back against that! Go tell Rei to give up on her brother, because…" Then her voice rose to a goddamn hotblooded boast of fury. "…Because that is JUST AS FUTILE AS ASKING ME TO STAND DOWN!"
01[20:48] <Dorian> ["Uh." Atticus seemed highly strung. "I'm fine."]
01[20:48] <Dorian> "… There is your answer, General Caine."-
01[20:49] <Dorian> ["…" Caine was quiet for a moment. "So be it."]
01[20:51] <Dorian> "Air units. Move ahead of the main force and engage their skirmishers."
[20:54] <Raphael> "Acknowledged."
06[20:59] * Yanmei started forward as well, on her eastern side of the battlefield. "It'll be fine, Captain. I promise that this won't end messily. Well. For those Solace units it might…"
01[21:03] <Dorian> [A thundering boom as a Solace opened fire. It was one of the artillery Solaces, with the cannon arms- a giant shell smashed into 01's chest, causing a massive explosion- that caught the VTOL wing in its blast.]
06[21:04] * Sept starts his advance, raising his defensive (for now) field as he moves. The barrage starts right away, Sera's shield doing little to shield him or the VTOL escort.
[21:07] <Raphael> The cockpit is a mess of red lights and smoke as Raphael's VTOLs are all but wiped out in the explosion, with his own aircraft spinning wildly towards the sands of the Sahara. "-ne engine is out, going -nd land and evac-" Then static.
01[21:08] <Dorian> "Guillory! Guillory, come in!"
01[21:08] <Dorian> ["… Guillory…" Muttered Atticus. "Damnit. I'll make you pay-!" The Land Cruiser Custom starts stomping forward, a targeting computer appearing on Atticus's HUD.-
01[21:09] <Dorian> ["Stop…" growled Tsubaki, at her controls. EVA-03 started to lurch forth. "KILLING PEOPLE! I'LL SCRAP YOU PUPPETS ONE BY ONE!"]
06[21:11] * Aline …twitched. Dear god /what/. But… she regained composure, and focused her mind, a hand going to her temple because she was, basically, starting things off with a bang. 00's hands traced out the now-familiar octagonal disc of her barrier field… before the whole thing leapt forwards, the poor MSS trailing behind it as the EVA landed in front of (and to the side of) 03. "Tsuchin!
06[21:11] * Aline I checked up on your battle role. You're a sniper, so… Let me be your cover! My glorious barrier will protect you."
06[21:13] * Dorian was sending combat data to 03 already.-
01[21:13] <Dorian> ["Right, got it! Thanks, nee-chan." Tsubaki was gripping her Rifle in two hands, a grin spreading across her face. "Mother, take their heads right off…"]
01[21:19] <Dorian> ["… Two can play that game, Aline!" 05 strode forward, and as it stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its Solace guards, it raised its hands. "AT FIELD, MAXIMUM!"-
01[21:19] <Dorian> [A giant field of light spread into existence, identical to Aline's in every way.]
06[21:20] * Aline commented quickly, on friendly-only channels. "Sera! You can't get any closer than 100 meters while he has that up, unless you go around it somehow. Keep that in mind!"
03[21:20] * MarshallLunch is now known as MarshallRTEast
[21:22] <Sept> "Mmh. Thank you, but the plan is for him to come to me, isn't it, Aline?"
[21:25] <Aline> "I know that, I'm just… warning you so you don't bang your head against it like Sam did. …If you watched the videos. I think you were out by then."
[21:26] <Yanmei> "Unfortunately, I can't do much good all the way out here," Yanmei muttered to herself under her breath, as 04 kicked up a cloud of sand in an open dash across the field. Snipers had it easy!
01[21:29] <Dorian> [A boom to match the Artillery Warrior's cannon as the T-RIDEN-T opened fire. Accelerated metal slug whipped by 04's head, hurtled toward the Warrior, which raised its shield… Only for the shell to rip through arm and head in one clean shot. The head sparked, before exploding, the Solace falling backward into sand. "Scratch one!"]
06[21:33] * Sept turned more of his attention -and his shield- to the west side of the road now. There wasn't much he could do if the positron brigade opened fire, after all…
06[21:34] * Aline calmed herself, taking deep breaths as she walked forwards, guarding Tsubaki a little more closely now.. and letting her concentration redouble itself to amplify the barrier field to maximum power!
01[21:48] <Dorian> ["Now that I have you where I want you to be…" Atticus's field spread even wider, now completely shielding the other Artillery Warriors.]
06[21:58] * Yanmei raised her guns, strafing forward once again. "All right. Firing." And she did! At one of the Solaces. But it was all for naught, as the blow bounced harmlessly off an arm. Yanmei narrowed her eyes. Hated those things…
01[21:59] <Dorian> ["Good aim, Yanmei." Said Atticus, he and the T-RIDEN-T suddenly taking to the skies, wings deploying from the side. It crossed 360 metres in a few short seconds, slamming into the sand next to EVA-04.]
[22:02] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Capt-" The ground shook behind her, and she glanced over her shoulder to suddenly find Atticus' Dino-bot up close and personal. "…"
01[22:02] <Dorian> ["This thing can fly." Said Atticus lovingly.]
[22:03] <Yanmei> "I see," she chuckled. "That's good, though? I think you have a better shot at taking out the rest of those Solace copies than I do."
06[22:05] * Aline ordered 00 further onwards, frowning heavily as she went. "Uugh. I hope we'll make more progress soon."
01[22:05] <Dorian> ["Aiming now!" Came Tsubaki's voice. Her dreaminess was long gone, replaced with undisguised enthusiasm.]
06[22:12] * Aline stared forwards. "Y… Yanmei, even a tiny bit of neutralizing will make this easier for us. The faster the artillery units go down, the faster we can get moving. I want Tsuchin's shot to count!"
06[22:14] * Sept lurched back into motion from his defensive stance, turning around to take part in the glorious sport of dogfighting for a moment. The white-hot blade of his knife pierced straight through the hull of one of the fighters headed beyond Aline's barrier, exploding in what would in other circumstances have been completely non-tragic and awesome fireworks.
01[22:25] <Dorian> [One of the Solaces, the one Yanmei hit, stared… Then its chest plate opened up, a long-barreled cannon emerging. A hole appeared in EVA-05's field…-
01[22:25] <Dorian> [… And a bright actinic flash of red light burst through the air, slamming into 04's left leg.]
03[22:31] * MarshallRTEast is now known as MarshallGassi
06[22:33] * Yanmei didn't scream, exactly. She did stumble at the pain, and when she tried to steady herself, her leg wobbled badly. "Sh-!" She -glowered- at the targets behind the barrier. They would pay for that!
01[22:44] <Dorian> [The T-RIDEN-T seemed to freeze for a moment… Before slowly, turned, its chin rifle turning toward the leg that was just hit. "Please forgive me." Mumbled Atticus… As a blue blast issued from the barrel, snapping into 04's knee.]
01[22:44] <Dorian> "…"-
01[22:44] <Dorian> "ATTICUS?!"-
01[22:45] <Dorian> ["I don't have any choice!" Screamed Atticus. "Big Brother needs me- I- I have to fight for him!"-
01[22:45] <Dorian> "… All units, be advised. The T-RIDEN-T has gone rogue. You are authorised to disable it."
06[22:46] * Aline stared in shock! "…What the hell?!…" She removed Atticus from the friendlies-only channel on her unit. "Yeah. Yeah! Remember, it's a machine, not an EVA. You won't need to pierce an AT Field."
06[22:46] * Aline then pushed a few buttons…
[22:47] <Yanmei> "Aaaaughh!" The pain from that second blow, she couldn't hold it in. She had a sudden flashback to her leg being broken by 00 a good year and half before, and it was a moment before she could find the ability to talk, let alone piece together what was happening. "C-Captain…?"
[22:47] <Sept> "He needs all of us, you -idiot-!" 01's head turned from the buzzing flies by him toward the abomination masquerading as comparable to an Eva. "I -warned- you!!"
01[22:49] <Dorian> [A bright beam of blue issued forth from Yanmei's rifle- smacking directly into the Artillery Warrior's arm, which came up at the last second. "Those damn arms."]
01[22:49] <Dorian> [Atticus was sobbing in the cockpit.]
01[22:57] <Dorian> [… A bright red flash struck at 00, piercing the barrier field with almost absurd ease, striking 00 straight in the chest…!]
06[22:57] * Aline sent 00 leaping forward, the tail end of a screaming syllable coming on her line when she switched it back to friendlies-channel. .,..Only to lead to a scream of /pain/!
01[22:57] <Dorian> "Damnit. EVA-01! Cover 00!"
[22:59] <Sept> "WHAT?! AND LET ATTICUS-?"
01[23:00] <Dorian> "DO IT!"
[23:03] <Sept> The head of EVA-01 looked at Aline, and back at the T-RIDEN-T again. The audio feed was cut off after a loud metallic clang, and what sounded like the beginning of a scream.
01[23:05] <Dorian> [Another red strike, seconds later, striking 00's left leg- and another third blast, towards 01…]
06[23:07] * Aline let out another pained, terrible scream, punctuated by tears. Once the scream subsided, though… Her muttering voice echoed over the feed. "I screwed up. I screwed up, I planned it all out and I still screwed up…"
[23:12] <Sept> The positronic blast flew wide of 01, dissipating into the air far behind him, or however that works. Either way, it did irritate 01 sufficiently to encourage him to move up toward Unit 00, where Sera skidded to a halt, extending a shielded hand in front of Aline.
[23:29] <Yanmei> "…Captain." Yanmei had pieced things together. Her breaths were ever so slightly labored as well, as if she was just catching her breath. "I know what you're doing. I understand. But!" Pain, now, although it wasn't a physical pain. "You…you know what I have to do now too, don't you?"
01[23:30] <Dorian> ["Yes…" Said Atticus, sobbing. "I-I can't stop, Yanmei. I can't. Big brother… Do it!"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> That wasnt what she wanted to hear. Her hands shook at the controls. "I… I was hoping you'd use that Nelson charm to talk me out of it? I don't… " She shut her eyes. "I don't care if you forgive me. Just survive!"
01[23:35] <Dorian> ["I… I'll try…" He would dodge. He would. It'd be easy…]
03[23:36] * MarshallGassi is now known as MarshallRTEast
[23:38] <Yanmei> Finger on the trigger. Her breaths were coming up short again. Hands still shaking. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry!!" There was a tremendous hail of gunfire. Sparks danced off the frame of the T-Riden-t. Yanmei shut her eyes again somewhere halfway in between, because they were blurring and stung too badly to keep focus.
01[23:39] <Dorian> [He couldn't dodge. His hands simply wouldn't move…-
01[23:39] <Dorian> ["I guess this is fate."-
01[23:40] <Dorian> [The bullets and energy blasts ripped through the T-RIDEN-T. First, they snapped off an arm, the arm's chainsword clatting against the side. Then they ripped through the body, first weakening it, then striking straight through it. A final blast ripped through the head, immolating it completely, then the body.-
01[23:40] <Dorian> [The T-RIDEN-T collapsed with a great groaning of metal and steel… Before exploding several times, until nothing was left but a ruin.]
06[23:40] * Sept heard the explosion. More than that, he felt it. There was no need to look. It was clear what had happened. The shield slammed down into the sands with force, -this close- to severely wounding some of 00's toes.
01[23:42] <Dorian> ["…" Tsubaki shook her head, then, with an almost disdainful toss, threw her rifle aside. She gestured behind her- and out of the sands came a giant katana, hurling itself into her hands. "Enough of this gunplay! I'll heave their heads from their hulls myself!" 03 started to run, before, with another exertion of AT Energy… Jumped into the air, doing a front flip forward, before landing a scant 20 metres from 00.]
06[23:44] * Aline stared in horror at what Yanmei… was forced to do. "…The bastard." 00 easily avoided the whole toe issue, leg damage or no. Aline raised her rifle, and fired… "I have nothing better to do. Tsuchin, Sera. I can't do all of this myself."
01[23:50] <Dorian> [The blast vaporised the Artillery Warrior's shield arm, before petering out against its head.]
06[23:51] * Aline let out a wearied cheer. "…Well. That helps some!"
Session Time: Sun Aug 07 00:00:00 2011
[00:03] <Yanmei> "…ll." Yanmei's plug had been wrapped in silence since her last attack. Not even the sound of sobbing had made it onto the comms. But now she was making a noise, and it was a low one, full of undisguised malice and mingled rage. "I'll kill you." 04's eyes glowed slightly brighter and it loomed closer, and the remains of Silas's field broke apart like a shattered windowpane.
[00:03] <Sept> A half-mechanical scream echoed from 01. A challenge issued.
01[00:04] <Dorian> [A louder, far more human screm echoed from the comms of 05.]
01[00:17] <Dorian> [A gatling burst of Positron shots impacted against 00's field, before a few tore through, slamming into 01.]
01[00:17] <Dorian> ["Let's end this, mother! END IT WITH THE BLADE!" Tsubaki bolted forward, katana held in hand, but her attempts to violently behead one of the Solaces went astray.]
06[00:19] * Aline frowned, looking at Tsubaki. "…Those ones close to him are being a pain." She raised her rifle, followed the trace of the designator, and fired a single quick pulse!
01[00:23] <Dorian> [And it burned into the Solace's arm.]
02[00:27] * Sept (if.atsiakajaal-asile.801-131-311-88a|rreTxatnyS#if.atsiakajaal-asile.801-131-311-88a|rreTxatnyS) Quit (Quit: I wonder what this does?)
01[00:31] <Dorian> [… Jaws ripped apart.-
01[00:32] <Dorian> [05 seemed to physically grow larger, a horrific howl shaking the entire desert.-
01[00:32] <Dorian> [As EVA-01 rushed to attack one of the Solaces, it'd find itself intercepted mid-run, EVA-05's claw impaling it straight through the chest.-
01[00:33] <Dorian> [The other Evangelion pilots would see… Exactly that. A still, impaled Evangelion, 05's hand covered in blood, on the other side.-
01[00:33] <Dorian> [… Then, the other claw, straight through. And with one single flex of its arms sidewards, EVA-01 was ripped in half, its shoulders and head smacking against the ground messily, its legs and what remained of its torso following after.-
01[00:33] <Dorian> "… T-The Berserker Eva…"
06[00:34] * Aline stared wide-eyed and in shock. "…He's given it over to her. Dear god. Everyone… Everyone form up behind me. I don't care what your rank is, just /do it/, please!"
01[00:36] <Dorian> [Tsubaki was silent, then… "N… NII-SAN! NII-SAN!"]
06[00:47] * Yanmei wasn't shaking anymore. That roar resonated in her, something familiar and horrible, but there was a dead-eyed serenity to her that cancelled it out. If she was going to die, she wasn't going to do it without punching as many holes into 05's face as she could… and so that's what she attempted, spraying it with bullets from behind Aline's barrier.
01[00:48] <Dorian> [Some of the bolts bounced off 05's AT Field, but the positron blasts cut straight through, slamming into the body and the horrible beast's left arm… For a moment, it looked as though the arm would be torn right off, but with a single flex… Flesh grew back.]
01[00:51] <Dorian> [Tsubaki stared at her target. Then- with one charging sweep, impaled it through the head, tore her blade out of the top, and severed it at the neck with a return swing. The Solace collapsed to the ground.]
06[00:57] * Aline smiled, if very fleetingly. "Good job, Tsuchin! One more on this side to go!" …Meanwhile, though, 00 rushed ahead, sliding its barrier wall to hedge off all the remaining Evangelions from the berserking 05… and switched into Japanese, even though she /knew/ she probably wouldn't be heard. <"Rei-chan. Your game'll be with me! If you'll play the Oni, I'll play the Nurikabe!">
01[01:12] <Dorian> [EVA-05 charged fearlessly towards 04… Aline's barrier shattering as it passed without pause. It was heading towards 04… It was barely 10 metres away…]
06[01:15] * Yanmei … stood her ground, raised her favorite rifle, and unloaded it until she heard the dull click of an empty ammo clip. Her face was tense, and her eyes were blank save for a sharp glint of anger.
01[01:21] <Dorian> [Tink! Tink tink! The bullets left clear damage marks, but the Evangelion wasn't stopping. It reached towards Yanmei with its right arm, when…-
01[01:22] <Dorian> ["STOP!" EVA-03 landed, unfolding from a tucked in ball to full stance in half a second, bringing its katana down on EVA-05's right arm. In one clean strike, it ripped straight through. Yanmei would find the arm slide off, flipping and flopping at her feet.]
06[01:23] * Yanmei blinked, stunned. "A-Akagi…"
01[01:24] <Dorian> ["My name is Akagi Tsubaki. I am the protector of my family- whoever they may be, no matter their name or nationality. My mother is with me. You will -not- harm my sisters!"]
06[01:25] * Aline gaped… but then tried to smile. Tried so hard. "That… that'll make her weaker. Thanks!…" With a wave of its hand, 00 dispelled the barrier, the barely-there echoes of the AT Field fading back into the invisible shell around it. Then… it slowly marched towards the melee. "I don't have many choices left. Keep going, I'll do what I can, even if it means taking insane risks."
01[01:36] <Dorian> [EVA-05 let out a howl of pain, turning… Back towards 03.-
01[01:36] <Dorian> [… Then there was a blur of movement, Tsubaki letting out a shocked yelp.-
01[01:38] <Dorian> [EVA-05's maw ripped 03's head clean off, and with a brutal squeeze… Burst it like an overripe tomato. A claw slammed through the Evangelion's chest, ripped. Ripped. Ripped. Ripped. EVA-03 fell to the ground, its torso utterly stripped of armor and most of its flesh gone, revealing its bones.-
01[01:38] <Dorian> [Tsubaki screamed. "NO! NO NONONONO ITS HERE NO DON'T NO I'M I'M NOTHING-"-
01[01:38] <Dorian> [Her screams continued as her entry plug launched, and clattered to the ground a mere 100 metres away. "PLEASE! NO! I'M SORRY, I-I…" Sobs.]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "Akagi!" Her last bullet… Yanmei aimed square in the center of the monster's forehead. "Damn it… For what you did to Atticus-!" A flash of violet light leaped from her gun!
01[01:44] <Dorian> ["GrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…" The beast's eyes flickered as it took the blow.]
06[01:49] * Aline moved closer. "Yanmei. Remember. /Remember./ It's 05 in command now. And…" She raised the positron rifle as 00 entered a dangerously close range. "It's time for her to sleep and forget this carnage." Targetting. Markerlight data received. Aline's finger pumped against the plug's trigger. A beam of positrons issued.
03[01:51] * MarshallRTEast is now known as MarshallStepMania
01[01:58] <Dorian> ["RoarrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" 05 howled… And lowered its head, charging. A low sweep of its claw saw one of 00's legs cut cleanly from the hip.]
06[01:59] * Aline cried out in /astounding pain/! "Thaaa… THAT LEG AGAIiighghhh!…" It faded into incoherency, as she passed out cold.
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Blanc…"
[02:04] <Yanmei> Within the plug, Yanmei gritted her teeth. "Don't think this is over!" There was a shimmer, and 04 sprang backwards, toward the makeshift base that they had been using, seeming to glide on air currents like a bird until she landed, a long distance away, next to the aircraft carrying a spare ammo clip
01[02:16] <Dorian> [The berserk Evangelion roared, ignoring Yanmei as it started to feast. An entire leg was torn off- 00's other leg…-
01[02:16] <Dorian> [Menacing jaws leapt for the torso now, to feast upon the fool within, who dared to try to steal her brother…-
01[02:16] <Dorian> [… And was met with sheer AT Force.-
01[02:16] <Dorian> [EVA-00 rose into the air, its limblessness no longer a problem.-
01[02:17] <Dorian> "EVA-00… Has gone berserk?!"-
01[02:17] <Dorian> ("It's worse. EVA-00's AT Field is reading as pattern blue…!")
[02:17] <Yanmei> "What?!"
01[02:19] <Dorian> "I don't understand. How is 00 reading as an Angel…?"
01[02:19] <Dorian> "Anyway, it doesn't matter. Yanmei, we need you to destroy the Solaces attacking the base. After that you'll need to wipe out whoever survives."
[02:20] <Yanmei> "W-what do you mean 'whoever survives'?"
01[02:21] <Dorian> "00 and 05 will fight to the death. Chances are the survivor will then attack us…"
01[02:21] <Dorian> "If 00 survives, it may try to attack the Geofront."
[02:22] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened, and there was a long pause on her end. "Blanc… 00 would…?"
01[02:23] <Dorian> "We have to assume Blanc is incapacitated."
[02:24] <Yanmei> "…" Her voice cracked a little. "I… understand, Major."
06[02:29] * Yanmei dropped the empty clip from her positron rifle, and jammed a fresh one into it instead.
02[02:32] * MarshallStepMania (~if.atsiakajaal-asile.742-511-411-88a|RllahsraM#if.atsiakajaal-asile.742-511-411-88a|RllahsraM) Quit (Ping timeout)
[02:39] <Aline> [00… seemed, for the briefest moment, to just pause, staring at 05. The mandibular plates around its gaping maw click-clacked rhythmically, while its 6 eyes glowed a dread ruddy-purple. The head craned to the side… And, with an almost imperceptible shimmer, suddenly /lunged/ lighting-quick to tear into 05's torso, AT field chasing its teeth to tear body and soul alike! Not to mention
[02:39] <Aline> the chunks of armor and flesh it took with it. Oddly, though, it was amazingly quiet for a berserking EVA. Unsettlingly so.]
01[02:44] <Dorian> [EVA-05 howled in fury. It could -smell- its enemy, but… At the last second, it stopped.-
01[02:44] <Dorian> [Turned its head towards the sky, and, with unnatural reactions, covered its chest.-
01[02:45] <Dorian> [… Which was a good idea, as several stealth bombers flew over head, dropping an incredibly large payload.-
01[02:45] <Dorian> [They exploded off of the Evangelion's body, the first few bombs repelled by the armor… Before ripping into the torsos, sending the damnable beasts tumbling into the dirt… 05's Plug was exposed and visible.]
06[02:49] * Yanmei damn near cringed at the sound of explosions. But her focus was in another direction, at the twin Solaces menacing NERV's staff and crew. Rays of violet light, an ungodly amount of them, slammed along the body of the first.
[02:49] <Aline> [00 barely even noticed what was happening, as it had not quite noticed the bombers. It /had/ noticed 05's reaction, and… curled its body tight to try to protect itself. It wasn't enough. It only prevented the most catastrophic damage, as even insulated by a slightly increased amount of armor, the damage still ended its operations, only a mournful groan to mark that it had even tested
[02:49] <Aline> its voice. Even so, it carried in the wind…]
01[02:51] <Dorian> [The body of the Solace started to crumple, turning its head and sending a wave of Positron blasts towards Yanmei. The last shot the Pilot fired, however, caught it square in the jaw, vaporising it completely.]
06[02:53] * Yanmei turned fire on its brother, but ran dry after only three of four shots. Growling under her breath, she adjusted her grip on both weapons, and charged, bayonets swinging madly.
01[02:54] <Dorian> [It caught the bayonets with its hands, bringing them to a roaring halt… Before its hands were cut straight through.]
[02:55] <Yanmei> "HaaaaAAAH!" She rammed forward with her shoulder, throwing it off balance and onto its back, just shy of the base itself.
01[02:57] <Dorian> [The ungainly robot stumbled backwards, before wobbling and collapsing. It aimed up at 04 with its gatling guns, which started to spin…]
[03:01] <Yanmei> … but they never got the chance to hit. Still more bayonet blows jammed pointy tips well into the head of the Solace, penetrating the eyes on its molded humanlike face.
01[03:02] <Dorian> [Crack. Crack. Crack. CRACK! The head split open, its eyes dying…]
01[03:02] <Dorian> "…" Dorian sighed. "Thank -God-. Stand down, 04."
06[03:04] * Yanmei did. But not without a few more unseemly blows to its lifeless metal husk. But it wasn't alive… not an Angel or EVA or human. No matter how hard she hit, trying to harm it further was a useless act. She could only stew in frustration as 04 straighted up to its full height again.
01[03:05] <Dorian> "05 and 00 have been pacified… We did it, Yanmei."
[03:07] <Yanmei> "Yeah," she said quietly. "We did." She was trying not to look at the wrackage of Atticus' craft. Or the wreakage that was 00. Something hard to describe boiled inside of her. "…the rescue crews?"
01[03:08] <Dorian> "Already on the way." Said Dorian. "There's someone who wants a word with you."
[03:08] <Yanmei> "A… another time, Major. I don't really feel like talking?"
01[03:10] <Dorian> "Are you sure? It's Isaiah."
06[03:12] * Yanmei hesitated. "Please ask him to stand by until I return to Headquarters. And… give him my apologies."
01[03:13] <Dorian> "I'll pass it along. Sit tight, Yanmei."
[03:17] <Yanmei> "Yes, sir." So she sat tight. The video feeds might show her shoulders trembling at occassional intervals, but mainly she waited with a closed, hollow stare at nothing at all.

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