For The Love Of Life 1 1

[06:47] <Minaplo> [END OF EVANGELION. Date: 1st of May, 2018. "For the Love of Life" 1.1-
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[06:49] <Minaplo> And slowly, you come to realise-
[06:49] <Minaplo> It's all as it should be-
[06:49] <Minaplo> You can only do so much-
[06:49] <Minaplo> If you're game enough,-
[06:49] <Minaplo> You could place your trust in me-
[06:49] <Minaplo> For the love of life,-
[06:49] <Minaplo> There's a tradeoff.-
[06:50] <Minaplo> We could lose it all,-
[06:50] <Minaplo> But we'll go down fighting.-
[06:50] <Minaplo> And what of the children?-
[06:50] <Minaplo> Surely they can't be blamed for our mistakes?-
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["… All systems, report!"-
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["Procedural Simulation systems, check!"-
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["Tactile Feedback Simulation systems, check!"-
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["Ballistic and Physics Simulations systems, check!"-
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["Anti-physics Simulation systems, check!"-
[06:53] <Minaplo> [The checklist sounded throughout the Testing Command Centre. Marianne stood on a raised platform, the wall in front of her one giant computer screen. Behind her stood Makoto Hyuga; and behind him were rows of consoles, each manned by three people.-
[06:53] <Minaplo> ["This is Amatore-DeForest. All pilots, report in!"]
01[06:57] <Yanmei> "This is Zhang Yanmei. Things look normal so far?"
06[06:58] * Aline crisply looked aroung, checking everything around her. "Aline Blanc here, situation's okay."
06[06:59] * Sept just couldn't find a comfortable position, having been out of a regular plug for a while. "Sera here, seems fine."
[07:01] <Minaplo> [Marianne looked over at a technician, who nodded importantly back. Marianne turned back to the screen, which had a camera on each Pilot. "What's up, Sera? Is the Plugsuit irritating you?"]
[07:02] <Sept> "No, I'm -fine-," he quickly replied. "It's nothing."
[07:03] <Minaplo> ["Would you like special dispensation go to suitless?"]
[07:03] <Sept> "…"
[07:05] <Minaplo> ["Very well. We're beginning the synch-simulations on 00 and 01 now."-
[07:06] <Minaplo> [A mild electrical current running through the LCL in their plugs. A second later, Aline and Sera would experience a familiar kaleidoscopic flash as their senses were momentarily scrambled… And when it cleared, they saw… The simulated Paris around them.]
06[07:08] * Sept stretched in the plug and proceeded to fiddle with the controls to see if everything was responding properly.
[07:08] <Minaplo> [It was.]
01[07:08] <Yanmei> "Colonel?" Yanmei sounded somewhat puzzled.
[07:09] <Minaplo> ["Yes?"]
06[07:10] * Aline was leaning back and more or less waiting politely, at this point.
01[07:11] <Yanmei> "Is something going on? Shouldn't I be simming with them?"
[07:12] <Minaplo> ["No, nothing's going on. I just wanted to be a little more cautious with your Synching. We haven't used your Dual Plug config with the simulation yet… Standby."]
01[07:12] <Yanmei> "Right."
[07:12] <Minaplo> ["Begin synchronization, EVA-04-D!"-
[07:15] <Minaplo> [Yanmei would see the same, familiar burst of sensory data she saw as a kaleidoscope. However, as it happened, strange sensations began to course through her body, fluctuating wildly…-
[07:15] <Minaplo> [Then, a moment later, they settled down, and her vision changed to match that of the simulation.]
06[07:19] * Yanmei seemed to be gritting her teeth through something, but apparently it passed. Now, she frowned down at herself, shifting about in her chair experimentally.
[07:20] <Minaplo> ["Everything alright, Yanmei?"]
01[07:22] <Yanmei> "It's… scrambly. I'll get used-" she paused, touching her own cheek awkwardly. "I'll get used to it."
[07:25] <Minaplo> ["The Simonides twins are on the line for you if you need advice. Would you like us to turn on the Dual Imager?"]
01[07:26] <Yanmei> "Yes, please."
[07:26] <Minaplo> ["Activated."-
[07:26] <Minaplo> [A second later… Isaiah appeared in Yanmei's Plug!-
[07:27] <Minaplo> [Although the others, Sera and Yanmei, would also see Yanmei appear in -his- plug, before the Yanmei camera feed became dominant.-
[07:27] <Minaplo> [He was sitting on her lap, and he seemed like he was just a hologram. "This is -weird-…"]
06[07:29] * Sept eyed the feeds critically. "Mm. Sure is."
06[07:29] * Yanmei had literally jumped at his holo-appearence. "That's… hrm." She reddened somewhat. "Is this what the twins experience too?"
[07:35] <Minaplo> ["That's right."-
[07:35] <Minaplo> [Isaiah grinned, then turned around and began nuzzling Yanmei's neck softly.-
[07:36] <Minaplo> ["… Er. Not that part, though." Muttered Hyuga.]
01[07:39] <Yanmei> But instead of decending into the obvious response, Yanmei went very still, trying to sort through something. Temptation? Or more strange sensations? "Isaiah," she said calmly. "Let's stop that, please. We're supposed to be focused on breaking things. Winning." she corrected herself hastily, glancing at the feed to Command.
[07:41] <Minaplo> ["But you're wearing such a cute plugsuit~"-
[07:41] <Minaplo> [There was silence from command.]
06[07:42] * Aline was still waiting, and sort of smirked a bit gently.
01[07:43] <Yanmei> "Isaiah. -Focus-."
[07:44] <Minaplo> ["Tch. You're so professional~" He sat back around, squirming a little in her lap to get comfortable.-
[07:44] <Minaplo> [A comms window opened to the Evas. At first there was nothing but the sound of laughter, which suddenly cut off with much awkward coughing. They'd see the face of Alex reflected in it.-
[07:44] <Minaplo> ["Ahem. Eagle Squadron, ready to go!"]
06[07:52] * Yanmei stared at Alex's comm with a subdued sort of venom. They had -heard- all that? "Welcome, Eagle Squadron. May the best team win?"
[07:53] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."-
[07:53] <Minaplo> ["Alright. Simulation begins in 30 seconds. Your goals are to defeat the enemy. Dorian Squad, the enemy is coming from Germany, massed on the German Border."-
[07:54] <Minaplo> [The thirty seconds ticked down…-
[07:54] <Minaplo> ["Begin!"]
01[08:11] <Yanmei> "Let's move out!" Yanmei was doing just that, seemingly testing the waters at a slower-than-normal speed. "Keep a tight formation? Whatever they throw at us, we'll be better off as a group."
[08:13] <Sept> "Germany?" Sera eyed the information on the screen. "Oh, because they're Eagle squadron. I get it. We'll be at a disadvantage in a ranged engagement, though, so I'll head in first, alright?"
[08:13] <Aline> "Agreed. Sera, keep cover on me, okay? I need to be closer in this kind of theater." And Aline jogged up with him!
[08:16] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was quiet. He was going along with it and letting Yanmei give the orders…]
[08:19] <Minaplo> [Suddenly, in unison, the OTIS of each unit would chime- "Visualising Strategic HUD Map."-
[08:19] <Minaplo> [Each Plug would suddenly have a small map of the entire battle zone (Eastern France) to their left. Enemy units were blue dots, allies red. They could see one dot moving for Reims very quickly…-
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["Target Identified: Eagle-3, Pham Thi Tien."]
[08:24] <Sept> "Right. Three's heading up the formation, I'll just engage her head on once I get there."
01[08:26] <Yanmei> "Go for it. We'll back you up in a minute? Sending data…"
[08:31] <Aline> "In a minute? Hell, I'll back you up now!" Even as 00 marched north through the French countryside, it… did something. A veritable firestorm of energy bolts began streaming out of its raised staff, and guided by uncanny forces, streamed towards every single member of Eagle Squadron!
[08:34] <Minaplo> [Most of the units avoided it…-
[08:34] <Minaplo> [Although OTIS registered two confirmed hits on Eagle Leader (Alex) and Eagle-2 (Eva).]
[08:36] <Sept> And amid the storm, Sera clashed with Eagle-3, his attacks finding only air as Pham's comrades closed in…
[08:41] <Minaplo> [The fore was a bulky Titan, and it was obvious from the way it moved that it was Edgar. It wielded a Positron Sword, and its arms were both plated with heavy shields. The jets that kept it afloat propelled it right into the melee, an imposing wall of surovite between Sera and Tien.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [A second later, in coordinated bursts- enemies that were mere dots on the horizon opened up, a veritable rain of positrons flooding towards Sera!]
06[08:46] * Sept backed off, giving Tien and Edgar some space as he weaved back, trying to get a step ahead of the Titans' targeting algorithms, some of the fire harmlessly burrowing through his AT field.
[09:02] <Minaplo> [A heavy-duty blast of positron energy rippled from across the border, striking one of EVA-01's ablative plates on its shield. Half a second later, Eagle-3 (Tien) swooped in low, slamming a Positron sword into EVA-01's left leg, then propelling itself -up- to slash at its chest and head!-
[09:02] <Minaplo> [It landed on his other side, ripping its sword out as it did so.]
01[09:12] <Yanmei> "Hold out for just a little longer!" Yanmei crashed down from a long-distance float, closer to the center of the fray, but not close enough to join it. She yanked out her bolter and turned it on the closest attacker but… the shell crackled and exploded in mid-air before striking him.
[09:23] <Minaplo> [("Yanmei, hey!") Remy's face appeared, his expression super-enthusiastic. ("Kinetic barriers! Pretty cool, huh?")]
06[09:27] * Aline rolled through a massive swathe of terrain, and unleashed a… perhaps ill-planned… kinetic wave of force on Tien, Edgar… and Sera. "Brace for impact, Sera!"
[09:27] <Sept> "No hurry, they're not getting through!" 01 held its ground, steadying its stance. "Go ahead."
[09:31] <Minaplo> [Tien and Edgar managed to avoid it, although Edgar wasn't quick to press the attack. Instead he began to circle around EVA-01… ("Yo, Sera. When'd your Eva get so chunky anyway?")-
[09:35] <Minaplo> [Sera was obviously off-limits, being so… Chunky. The other Titans shifted their aim, and now Aline would find that ever-so dangerous curtain of positrons turned towards her… And her, without the ability to use focused movement.-
[09:35] <Sept> "Little by little. It was a good way to encourage me to not try to kill myself for 01 in battles," Sera grinned.
[09:36] <Minaplo> [It was the Fierabras unit, Eagle-4, who dealt the truly key blow. A single well-aimed blow struck EVA-00 square in the middle of the head…-
[09:42] <Minaplo> [("Them geniuses in Technical solve all kinda shit, huh?") Grinned Edgar.]
06[10:09] * Yanmei slipped the bolter away. "Impressive~ The people who made these things really knew what they were doing?" She then yanked out a knife and then… closed the distance between Tien and herself, slicing rapidly at her, and then just as quickly snapping off a few energy bolts of her own.
[10:11] <Minaplo> [But Yanmei's assault was blocked.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Edgar swung an arm out, catching Yanmei's sword with the blast shield. Servos whining at the immense force, with a final surge it shoved EVA-04 back. It gave Tien time to get away, only taking a glancing blow from an energy bolt.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Tien slipped out, and suddenly Aline would find herself being harassed with the little mecha. It leapt into the air, pulling one blade-holding arm back- then swung out with massive momentum, cutting deep through the flesh of EVA-00's right arm.-
[10:13] <Minaplo> [("Zhang, just so as you know, I'm ready to accept your surrender at any moment.") Came Alex's voice.]
06[10:19] * Yanmei laughed. "Keep waiting, Fontaine. Just remember that you're welcome to do the same at any time."
06[10:40] * Aline seemed, other than biting through some simulated feedback pain, surprisingly serene. "I should've done this earlier. My bad." The Philosopher's Stone glimmered brightly, then cast its light over 00… but then, 00 swiftly extended a barrier of force-absorbing energy over to Yanmei and Isaiah's unit-04! "There!"
01[10:41] <Yanmei> "Huh? Thanks!"
[10:51] <Minaplo> [Eagle-5 (Remy) began to pull away, firing just a single shot at Sera before moving…-
[10:51] <Minaplo> [Sera's massive morningstar might've torn off Edgar's left arm, but he still had a right; he sheathed his sword and rushed in, trying to pin Sera down!-
[10:52] <Minaplo> [The action was little more than a distraction, however, as Sera would feel a well-placed positron bolt strike him square in the spot Eva had hit; this shot, fired by Nataniel, tore straight through the middle, EVA-01 sagging to one side awkwardly as its leg became an encumbrance.]
[10:53] <Sept> "Judo means nothing when the difference in sheer force is this big, Edgar."
[10:55] <Minaplo> [("Wrong, bud. Double-wrong. This ain't judo. This is just Sun Tzu.")]
[10:56] <Minaplo> [("Less chatter!") Alex swooped in, trying to grab EVA-00 and pin her down.]
06[10:58] * Aline maneuvered around the grapple at the last moment, though!
06[11:07] * Yanmei had her hands full in the meantime, charging after Remy and slicing into his machine, the edge of Herald now blazing hot with energy. With a terrific crunch a leg went flying, and deep burns sank into its chest and arm.
[11:11] <Minaplo> [("Not cool, hey?")-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [Tien gritted her teeth, looking over towards Yanmei… Then sighed, her jets propelling her across the battlefield. She landed next to Yanmei a set of small cannons built into her unit's chest firing full-bore.]
01[11:15] <Yanmei> But Yanmei turned at just the right moment and the cannonfire brushed past. In the entry plug, she smirked.
06[11:28] * Sept hurled another AT-enhanced mace strike at Edgar, this time crushing right through a leg. "Still balancing? How much experience do you have on these things?"
06[11:29] * Aline then raised 00's staff, which glimmered with light, before a series of crosses started firing from the ground. Many were dodged, but one grazed Edgar's unit, while the other /impaled/ Remy's!
[11:38] <Minaplo> [("Plenty.") Said Edgar proudly. ("Losin' a leg ain't no thing-")-
[11:38] <Minaplo> [("Ah, damn.") Remy leaned back in his cockpit, scratching his chin. ("No good. Sorry, Alex-")-
[11:39] <Minaplo> [Nataniel and Eva opened fire, two burning positron bolts headed for EVA-04. BUt without Remy to pin Yanmei down, she easily avoided them.-
[11:40] <Minaplo> [The two bolts sailed past, and although the simulation would've calculated their ultimate trajectory (a small winery and the entire town of Soissons respectively), they never quite got that far. Only a few hundred metres past Yanmei, the bolts suddenly faded out of existence.-
[11:41] <Minaplo> [The artillery units faded a nanosecond later, followed by Alex, then Edgar, then finally Tien.-
[11:41] <Minaplo> [A full two seconds later, the entire simulation ended… And they found themselves back in the plugs.-
[11:41] <Minaplo> [("Break Synchronizations! Pilots, out of the plugs and on deck!")-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [An alarm was sounding, they heard now; a constant wailing klaxon. ("Condition One. All Hands to Battle Stations. Condition One…")]
[11:45] <Aline> Well shit, Aline eloquently thought, as she scrambled to get out of the simulation plug!
[11:45] <Sept> "…let the records show we were totally winning."
[11:45] <Minaplo> [("You shut your whore mouth, Sept.") Grumbled Edgar.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [("Enough! Everyone, out of the sims!") Snapped Alex.]
01[11:48] <Yanmei> Yanmei emerged from her plug too, dripping and scowling. "Let's go! Bridge! We're short on time here!"
[11:48] <Sept> "Of course, of course!" Sera hurried out, as well.
06[11:49] * Aline ran after them, her hair a dripping, sticky mess from the ~LCL~.
[11:51] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was quick behind Yanmei, shaking his head, a little dazed from the sudden disconnect.-
[11:52] <Minaplo> [The bridge was on high alert as they entered, Marianne having taken her position on the captain's chair. "Ops, I want full visual on the anomaly."-
[11:53] <Minaplo> [The viewscreen focused on the night sky. It zoomed in on the moon…-
[11:54] <Minaplo> [Which then zoomed in further on a small, angry red sphere on the side of the Moon. The image resolution refreshed, and it came into focus.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Look familiar?" Asked Marianne.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> [It did.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> [Aline would know what it was immediately, and Sera would know what it generally -looked- like.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> [It was the same thing they'd seen at Niagara- a Singularity Egg.]
06[11:55] * Aline stared. Then stared harder. "Ffffffffffff."
[11:55] <Sept> "…Aline? What is this?"
06[11:56] * Yanmei was just staring blankly at it in confusion. She too turned toward Aline questioningly.
[11:57] <Aline> "…A Singularity Egg. The same thing Adam formed with you and Isaiah at Niagara." Aline tersely replied, before becoming more worriedly curious. "The /hell/ is on the moon that could form that?"
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["Oh, shit." Isaiah cursed.-
[11:59] <Minaplo> [It was at this point that two figures suddenly appeared- via a Dirac Sea- on the bridge of the Battleship.-
[12:00] <Minaplo> [One was a beautiful blonde young man. He wore a red silken robe with black hem; one of Chinese make it seemed, over which he wore a white coat. He carried a golden sceptre, and was staring up at the screen in concern. Despite his new outfit, it was unmistakeably Ezekiel, the Warmaster's Emissary.-
[12:01] <Minaplo> [The other…-
[12:01] <Minaplo> [… Was Vercingetorix.]
06[12:04] * Yanmei cursed under her breath. And then, seeing the latter of their two guests she cursed again, although this time she had the sense to politely do so in Chinese, a language that most people on the Bridge would find inaccessible.
06[12:05] * Aline just stared, as if there was a brief crash going on in her brainputer.
[12:08] <Minaplo> [Marianne seemed completely unfazed by this sudden appearance. She swivelled in her chair to face them. "Report."-
[12:08] <Sept> "… ugh. -How-…" Sera chewed on his lip, thinking it over.
[12:09] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel took a step back, so as to look at them all. "The Egg is Metatron. She has claimed the Conception Weapon you call the Lance of Longinus, and is using its innate power to elevate herself to the position of Seed of Life."]
[12:12] <Sept> "…I see. So…"
01[12:13] <Yanmei> "What do we do?" Yanmei was focused firmly on Marianne now.
[12:14] <Minaplo> ["Aline Blanc. How did you collapse the Egg during the prior engagement in Niagara Falls?" Asked Ezekiel politely.]
06[12:15] * Aline looked at Ezekiel, and… sighed softly. "We went in there mentally, and with the power of 04's Elisha and Ikari Rei, the two of them divided Adam's soul while the rest of us helped to salvage Isaiah and Yanmei's souls."
[12:16] <Minaplo> [Isaiah looked deeply uncomfortable at the recitation of this…-
[12:18] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel nodded. "I am afraid that your solution is untenable in this situation." Said Ezekiel. "In the Niagara Falls case, you were able to connect to individuals already inside the Singularity. The Singularity itself was very weak, since the Mother had to emerge from within someone else's soul. Thus something as mild as mental contact was enough to disrupt it."-
[12:21] <Minaplo> ["This Egg, however, is much stronger and more stable. It is already more than ten kilometres wide, despite being only an hour old. The shell has hardened and become extremely reinforced, as was the intention. It is impenetrable to any external influence that would try to interrupt the apotheosis of the being within."]
06[12:23] * Aline frowned deeply. "What options do we even have? If it's effectively impenetrable to external influence, and we already know we don't have someone on the inside to conect to, /and/ it's more stable…?"
06[12:25] * Yanmei seemingly held her breath for a reply to that, her face grim.
[12:26] <Sept> "So we skip right over the sensible plans. What desperate measures do we have?"
[12:26] <Minaplo> ["You do not comprehend the enormity of the situation." Said Ezekiel. "The egg is impenetrable. There is nothing we possess that can breach it."]
01[12:29] <Yanmei> "But what else is there for us? We can't wait until it hatches to do something."
06[12:29] * Aline paused. "So its hatching is inevitable? If it does so, it will cause massive damage to the moon, and… we'll be dealing with a third Seed."
[12:31] <Minaplo> ["The Egg will expand until it consumes your moon completely. The energy burst of its hatching alone will cause two thirds of the Earth's surface to become unliveable. I believe this will happen in seven days."]
[12:32] <Aline> "…"
01[12:34] <Yanmei> "You said there was nothing we possess that can breach it. Is there nothing in existance that can? Even if we don't have it?"
[12:35] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ezekiel. "The Egg is designed to be impervious to anything that would interfere with it. However, like many things designed by my Creators, it has a built-in weakness so that if they wished to cancel it, they could."-
[12:36] <Minaplo> ["Thus the only thing that can pierce the Egg's shell is a Security Device, a Conception Weapon equal to the Lance of Longinus within the Egg. Your Creator had one such Security Device, but it was destroyed during the war eons ago between the Mother and your Creator. If any fragments remain, they are lost to us."]
06[12:37] * Sept cursed, shaking his head. Completely impregnable? He muttered something about confirming the information. "What kind of Device? What form did it take?"
01[12:37] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened. They honed in on Vercingetorix. "Tell them."
[12:37] <Minaplo> ["Tell them what?"]
06[12:38] * Aline looked at Sera. "…Another Lance, maybe?" She did sort of look at Vercingetorix curiously, but…
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["A Lance, similar in basic design to the Longius, although the details were different." Said Ezekiel, confirming Aline.]
01[12:39] <Yanmei> "What you told me on that boat?" She was frowning even harder now. "There's a shard."
[12:40] <Minaplo> ["You tell them!"]
[12:40] <Sept> "…wait. Isn't he dead?"
01[12:42] <Yanmei> "That's another thing. Please remove your mask before I go any further."
[12:42] <Minaplo> ["Shan't!"]
06[12:43] * Yanmei glared at him. She turned and then glared at Marianne, as if she had something to do with this.
[12:43] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, time is off the essence. If you know something, please, let us know."]
06[12:43] * Aline wasn't /amused/ per se, because she was fresh off of some rather dire news, but… She didn't seem to be reacting with the same anger that Yanmei was.
06[12:44] * Sept seemed disoriented by the pace of things. "No. No, we- we have -days-, you don't have to say anything."
01[12:47] <Yanmei> "That's right. Colonel, you can't expect me to say anything if I don't know who's listening. How many enemies do we have right now? If they get to it before we do, we're all doomed. Please tell us what's going on."
[12:48] <Minaplo> [It was Ezekiel who responded.-
[12:50] <Minaplo> ["This is not the time." He said firmly. He turned on his heel towards Vercingetorix. "Remove your helmet."-
[12:50] <Minaplo> ["I can't! Yanmei's right, we don't know who's listening, or who's watching. If I remove my helmet, and an enemy sees it…"-
[12:51] <Minaplo> ["He does have a point." Said Ezekiel, turning on his heel back to Yanmei.]
[12:52] <Sept> "He doesn't! What do we care about that anymore?! This is -idiotic-!"
[12:53] <Minaplo> ["Then tell us what you know, Yanmei! If it can save the world, it does not matter who hears it!"]
[12:55] <Sept> "You can't do that! This is not how we end it!"
06[12:55] * Aline finally piped up. "…Spies or no spies, his identity probably isn't that important to us." …She then /winked/ at Vercingetorix, before turning to Yanmei. "We can probably guess that what you're going to say anyway. The only thing that matters is the details. The /where/."
[12:57] <Sept> "Please, this… this is absurd. We can't even be discussing it like this."
01[12:59] <Yanmei> "There is an easy way to solve this. You." She pointed to Bridge Bunnies. "Shut down all video feeds coming to and from this room for thirty seconds. All additional staff needs to leave. Doors locked. I want the Colonel, Ezekiel, the pilots, Riel, Sophie and Frederic and no one else."
06[13:00] * Sept did his best to stop hyperventilating in the meantime.
[13:00] <Minaplo> ["Fine. Everyone heard her. Move!" Said Marianne.-
[13:00] <Sept> "Locking the doors is pointless if people can just Jaunt out…"
[13:01] <Minaplo> ["I suspect it's to prevent people from getting -in-." Muttered Isaiah.-
01[13:01] <Yanmei> "You." She pointed out Vercingetorix. "You stay too. And the point is to keep people from getting in."
[13:02] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's request, regardless of Sera and Yanmei's conversation, was fulfilled. Video feeds were shut down, staff driven from the room, doors were locked. Only the requested people stayed.-
[13:02] <Minaplo> ["There." Said Marianne.]
06[13:02] * Aline had her arms folded all the while.
01[13:03] <Yanmei> "Thank you. First, take of the helmet. There should be no danger of spies for either of us now?"
01[13:03] <Yanmei> ^off
[13:03] <Minaplo> ["Is it really that important…?"-
[13:03] <Minaplo> [A dark look flared in Ezekiel's eyes. He turned swiftly, beating Vercingetorix around the head with his staff. "Stop being insufferable!"-
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Tch! Stop that. Ugh." Vercingetorix sighed, then reached up to grab his helmet. He twisted it to the left- locks came undone- and slowly he took it off.-
[13:05] <Minaplo> [… It was none other than Shinji, looking shamefaced and irritated in equal measure. "There. Satisfied?"]
01[13:06] <Yanmei> "Thank you for humoring us." Whatever reactions Yanmei had toward this were suppressed. At least for now. She held up a hand as if to stop additional chatter before it began. They had 30 seconds, after all. -
06[13:08] * Aline sighed and gave a sympathetic look at the same time, but left Yanmei to talk.
01[13:12] <Yanmei> "There is a shard of the lost Lance. The Angel Zeruel found it in the Mariana Trench a few months ago. Ikari planned to keep it hidden until it was urgently needed… at least that's what he said. There are two questions that remain, though: will it be enough, and how can we figure out the exact location so that we can retrieve it smoothly? Is Zeruel even still around?"
[13:15] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ezekiel. "He is hiding, but he is around, awaiting his master's orders."-
[13:16] <Minaplo> ["As far as I know," Said Marianne, "The Lance of Cassius, after it was shattered… Lilith tried to recover all the pieces to rebuild it. But there was always a piece missing… In fact, we took the Shards when we took over the Geofront, but as I said, there was a piece missing. It sounds like Zeruel found our last piece."]
01[13:19] <Yanmei> "So… we actually have more than one shard. We can actually complete the entire Lance and make something powerful enough to stop the Third Seed from being created."
[13:20] <Sept> "S… so how do we get to it? Can Zeruel just jaunt in and out?"
06[13:20] * Aline nodded, looking a bit better now. "That's… good. I'm imagining it won't be easy even with it, though."
[13:22] <Minaplo> ["I do not think he would leave the shard with Zeruel." Said Ezekiel. "We will need to see if he had Zeruel hide it, or if he hid it himself. If he did not use Zeruel to hide it…" He turned to look at Shinji.-
[13:22] <Minaplo> ["I don't know where it is." Said Shinji defensively. "He might've left clues… In his home base… But they won't be -easy- to understand."-
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["Furthermore," Ezekiel turned back towards the pilots. "Assembling the Shards is not enough to reforge the Lance. We need the expertise, and we need a great power to reforge it physically, and a great power to reawaken the Spirit that dwells within the Lance."]
01[13:24] <Yanmei> "What sort of power are we talking about here?"
[13:25] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel gave her a sympathetic look. "The power of a Seed."]
06[13:26] * Sept felt hairs standing up, despite the lingering dampness. "… You said seven days?"
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["Six days, eighteen hours, thirty four minutes. Give or take half an hour."]
01[13:30] <Yanmei> "We focus on getting the remaining shard first - if you would please talk to Zeruel." She nodded to Shinji. "In the meantime, we'll carve out a private place on this ship to hash out the details of how we're going to do this? It's a very slim hope, but it's better than nothing."
[13:31] <Aline> "Yeah. I /think/ we have the resources. I don't know about the expertise part, but we can… try our best, I guess."
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["Thirty seconds is up." Said Marianne. "We'll follow Yanmei's lead on this. Understood?"]
[13:35] <Sept> "Understood."
06[13:35] * Aline nodded swiftly, but said no more.

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