For The Love Of Life 1 3

[06:34] <Minaplo> [END OF EVANGELION. Date: 4nd of May, 2018. "For the Love of Life" 1.3-
[06:35] <Minaplo> [Hours to Doomsday: -95:30:00.-
03[06:35] * ZackSoles2 is now known as ZackSleep
[06:40] <Minaplo> [There were seven of them in the room.-
[06:42] <Minaplo> [Yanmei, Sera and Aline sat at one end of a long table. Sitting on Sera's side were Elene and Sophia Simonides; opposite them on Aline's side sat Ayanami Go, the shy, grey-haired one, who stared down at the table and made little eye-contact.-
[06:44] <Minaplo> [The seventh of them was Ezekiel, the Emissary, who wasn't sitting at all. He stood near the wall farthest from Yanmei and the others, and had done so quietly as the pilots filtered in. Now that everyone was here, he was ready to begin.-
[06:44] <Minaplo> ["This is about reforging the Spear."]
06[06:46] * Aline would spend at least a brief moment looking one way and then the other, taking in the various people. She… felt slightly sorry for Go, but that was, by and large, neither here nor there. Instead, she just nodded her head as she replied to Ezekiel. "That it is."
06[06:48] * Yanmei waited for him to continue, having just finished exchanging nods and smiles with the others, her own smile now slowly sliding off her face.
06[06:51] * Sept looked up at him, tapping on the table quietly. "Four days remain."
[06:59] <Minaplo> ["One moment."-
[06:59] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and Isaiah entered. "Sorry I took so long. Here we go."-
[06:59] <Minaplo> [He handed two battery-powered digital clocks to Ezekiel, who nodded and placed them down facing the gathering. Both clock faces had bright red letters displaying the time: 11:30.-
[07:00] <Minaplo> [Isaiah took a seat next to Go, and Ezekiel… Hesitated. He seemed almost reluctant to continue.-
[07:02] <Minaplo> ["The information I am about to share with you in this room involves our operation to repair the Lance of Cassius. This information cannot be shared with anyone outside of this room, now or ever. Not with the high command. Not with friends or family. Not with children in years' time. No one."]
06[07:03] * Aline …rather markedly blinked. "Quite serious…"
[07:05] <Sept> "I'm sure we can live with that."
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06[07:09] * Yanmei folded her arms, seemingly unsurprised about the request. "Yeah. That's fine, Ezekiel?"
[07:12] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly.-
[07:13] <Minaplo> ["Aline Blanc, I want you to summarise for us the nature of the phenomenon you describe as a 'sea of dirac'."]
06[07:16] * Aline quirked her brow for a second, but relented all the same. "Basically, a Dirac Sea is an extradimensional space generated by, for the most part, a powerful AT Field, usually through field inversion. Either way, the field effect bends space and spreads a seperate existence from itself." She did tilt her head with a sort of 'is that adequate?' look.
[07:25] <Sept> "This is going to get overly complicated and dangerous, isn't it?"
[07:27] <Minaplo> ["This is already both of those things." Said Ezekiel quietly.-
[07:31] <Minaplo> ["Here is another request, Aline Blanc. Your thoughts on the following: 'it is possible for a Dirac Sea to exist in a universe where AT Fields do not exist'."]
06[07:34] * Aline seemed a bit… awkward at first. "…Well…" But memories of physics lessons came back to her. "There exists the possibility of /maybe/ creating a similar phenomenon through massive expenditures of energy, or perhaps enormous masses. Or both." Aline scratched her chin a little. "I've also heard theories about 'exotic matter' that might be able to bend space in more complex ways
06[07:34] * Aline than mere gravitation could, but such things are only theorized, not /discovered/."
06[07:36] * Yanmei looked a little uncomfortable, but she left the theories to those more experienced with them, waiting to see where they would lead.
06[07:42] * Sept didn't intend to break his brain trying to get ahead of the theories, either.
[07:46] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly. "These theories are known to me."-
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["Aline Blanc, who is the master of a Dirac Sea?"]
06[07:47] * Aline was very quick to answer. "The one whose AT Field created it."
[08:00] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "Aline Blanc, have you considered what might happen if you tried to open a Dirac Sea inside of a Dirac Sea?"]
06[08:02] * Aline shook her head slowly. "Not particularly… I'm imagining either some kind of strain might happen, since you'd be bending space ruled by someone else, to make your own space."
[08:09] <Minaplo> ["And if it were your own Sea?"]
06[08:10] * Aline frowned a little. "I'm… not entirely sure. If I were to guess, it'd draw energy from the previous one to support itself, but in the process probably creating some sort of… I don't know… tiered structure of some sort?"
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["That is quite enough." He nodded. "The concept of a tiered structure was what I was hoping you would introduce, thank you."-
[08:18] <Minaplo> ["Exercise: the universe tier in which we currently occupy, let us call it Tier One. In this tier, natural laws govern the mechanisms of the universe; these laws are the default, unaltered state." He took a tennis ball out of his robe. "I throw this ball, and force propels it to its target in a predictable way."-
[08:18] <Minaplo> [And to emphasise, he tossed it at Sera's head. Not too fast.]
06[08:19] * Sept caught it. "Why did you have- nevermind." He set it rolling back towards Ezekiel on the table.
01[08:23] <Yanmei> "But we can create more tiers?" Yanmei guessed, watching the path of the ball warily as it rolled across the table.
[08:24] <Aline> "…Pretty much, yes."
[08:25] <Sept> "Requiring more or less energy for each tier?"
[08:27] <Minaplo> [The ball stopped in mid-roll, then proceeded, in flagrant disregard of physics, started to roll backwards, faster, towards Sera.-
[08:30] <Minaplo> ["The question is difficult to answer because of the properties involved." Said Ezekiel. "In Tier One, an AT Field can override natural physics, but cannot permanently overwrite them. They can create, or create an opening, into Tier Two: formless or fluid space, or what you define as a Dirac Sea."-
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["Tier Two is higher than Tier One and is not bound by Tier One's laws. Tier Two's laws are defined by the creator, although intruders with AT Fields can override those laws just like in Tier One."-
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["There is no natural concept-"-
[08:32] <Minaplo> [He took a step to the left. Quite suddenly, he was standing behind Yanmei, her hands on his shoulders. "Of space as Tier One understands it."-
[08:32] <Minaplo> [Then he was back where he started. He picked up one of the digital clocks, stepped backwards, vanished… Then reappeared a second later.-
[08:33] <Minaplo> ["Or time." He placed his clock down onto the table.-
[08:33] <Minaplo> [The untouched clock read 11:34. The clock he'd taken read 11:40.]
06[08:34] * Aline eyed the discrepant clocks for a moment. "…Which can, in many cases, be very easily exploited."
[08:36] <Sept> "So that's what we need for a difficult project like this. Will field synchronization provide sufficient power?"
06[08:37] * Yanmei had jumped a little at the first teleportation and was now trying to look unruffled as if to make up for it.
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["No. This is not a case of power. A single Evangelion with enough time and energy could convert a Dirac Sea into a self-sustainable, mechanically-based universe. But that would be a huge undertaking, and not even all of your abilities would serve to create a Sea of such size -and- force a small enough level of time compression to complete it in four Tier One days. Even then, it still would
[08:42] <Minaplo> not solve our problem. Allow me to explain."-
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["Let us say I created a fully functioning universe within a Dirac Sea and using the rules of this universe, I created an object with specific principles. It would continue to use the specific principles of the Tier Two Universe, even whilst it was in Tier One. Consider a torch that is constantly aflame even without fuel. Impossible in Tier One, not impossible in Tier Two, and the rules of
[08:45] <Minaplo> Tier Two 'override' that of Tier One. That is an adequate- summary."-
[08:46] <Minaplo> ["With that established, what would it mean if the Lance of Cassius were unaffected by the principles of a Tier Two Universe?"]
06[08:47] * Aline drummed a finger or two on the table. "It was created in its own Tier, whether more complex, or simply just different - and thus has its own laws."
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["Yes. A- Tier Three. Nota Dirac Sea."]
[08:51] <Sept> "Huh."
01[08:55] <Yanmei> "So…" Yanmei said cautiously, "to fix it we would need to figure out what those laws are and apply them within the Tier Three universe?"
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["In a sense. We would need to bring the Lance and its components to the Tier Three universe."-
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["… Therein lies the problem."]
06[08:57] * Aline nodded. "We wouldn't really know what to implement, or… for that matter, how to even achieve that kind of universe, no? Or do we?"
[08:58] <Minaplo> ["The universe in question is actually a constant. It is not created, it is simply reached. Reaching it is, if I may express an opinion, far easier than it should be."]
[09:00] <Sept> "Then what? Is it going to dissolve crossing over?"
[09:01] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel actually seemed genuinely uncomfortable.-
[09:03] <Minaplo> ["(How to explain safely…?)… It is a universe that created the Lances. Physical objects with sentience, sapience, even something akin to AT Fields. It is where the Ever-Slaying Sword and its kin were created. It is where I was created."-
[09:05] <Minaplo> ["This is the problem. Each tier can be said to be expressed in a ratio, of how much it is shaped by thought versus how much it is shaped by matter. In Tier One- this Tier- it generally falls in the favour of matter and physical laws. Mind can override it temporarily but never enact permanent intense change. In a Dirac Sea, the ratio moves towards thought."-
[09:08] <Minaplo> ["Tier Three is the other side of the ratio. It is a universe where even the flimsiest of thought has total dominance over whatever physical presence exists. Thoughts can be- made real. In this place it is possible for a creature to create a sword forged from the concept of justice, that will hold a very real edge in this universe."-
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["I am the result of a conscious and deliberate effort on behalf of a fully realised mind. Consider the other possibilities. What else might exist in that place, the product of a mind neither conscious nor deliberate?"]
06[09:10] * Aline pursed her lips rather firmly. "…It sounds ludicrously dangerous."
[09:14] <Sept> "Are you saying we're not conscious and deliberate?"
[09:16] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel stepped backwards.-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [Four Ezekiels appeared around the table, in different places, going through different actions. "The Warmaster-" "was deliberate enough" "to displace himself through time and space-" "into a hundred"- "different places" "at once"-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [… And the sole Ezekiel stepped forward again, now alone.-
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["… So not really, no."]
[09:20] <Sept> "Yeah, that's definitely the only thing holding us back from omnipresence," Sera said with a raised eyebrow. "So what are we going to do to minimise risks?"
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["The Ancestors, long ago, managed to enforce a powerful law onto this place. One can create a doorway into the realm of thought, and one may keep that door open. But one cannot create a doorway out."-
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["So first of all: one of our number is focused entirely on keeping the doorway open. Second of all, we enforce group telepathy and synchronization to keep us focused and disciplined."-
[09:23] <Minaplo> ["Thirdly, if I give the order, the doorkeeper must close the door immediately, even if we are still inside the realm of thought."]
06[09:24] * Aline twitched. "I assume that last one, is to keep something horrible from leaving?
[09:25] <Minaplo> ["Yes."]
[09:25] <Sept> "How can you tell what's too dangerous and what's not?"
01[09:27] <Yanmei> Yanmei's brow was furrowed. She was glancing around the table, trying to gauge the room's level of bleakness.
[09:27] <Minaplo> [It was pretty bleak, no lie.-
[09:27] <Minaplo> [Sophia's expression was dark. Elene's was almost indignant. Isaiah's was pensive and grim, and Go looked terrified.-
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["That, Sera de Pteres, is a good question, and I pray your forgiveness, because I have no intention of answering it. In the realm of thought, knowledge is power, and like thought attracts like. Needless to say, even thinking about the categories a threat could fit into has the possibility of bringing that threat to us."-
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["However, I will admit that a fairly good and probably not too 'attractive' standard of how one categorises if a threat is too dangerous is this: it becomes too dangerous when people start to die."]
[09:33] <Sept> "And you're confident your capability to 'sense' things about the inner workings of these entities is greater than we can hope to have?"
06[09:33] * Aline gave Sera a /look/. "He /is/ a native of that universe, technically."
[09:35] <Sept> "I agree. We have to be sure. Things could happen."
06[09:35] * Sept was still looking at Ezekiel.
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["I am, considering that I hope that you have absolutely no capability to sense these things, since even that capability could be enough to bring them down on our heads."]
06[09:36] * Sept nodded, leaning back slightly.
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["I-I have a question." Asked Go timidly.-
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["What is it?"-
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["Are there things we specifically shouldn't think about?"-
[09:37] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel gave Go a withering look.]
01[09:40] <Yanmei> "Listen, Go," said Yanmei gently. "Just try to think about the mission once we're actually there, and nothing else, to be on the safe side. For the record, if things do look bad, we'll just pull out. I assume that we can enter this world as many times as we want if time permits it?"
06[09:40] * Sept gave her a bit of a wry look. "Yeah, we'll have things to focus on. That'll have to keep you from straying."
06[09:41] * Aline sighed rather deeply. "…Yeah. Also, Go." She paused, and looked at the Ayanami straight-on, turning in her seat to do so. "Whatever you do, don't think of potatoes."
[09:43] <Minaplo> [Go went from hanging on Yanmei and Sera's words to going utterly white at Aline's. "P-Potatoes?! Why not-?!"-
[09:44] <Minaplo> [The tennis ball spontaneously turned in a ninety-degree angle and hurled itself aggressively at Aline's shoulder.-
[09:48] <Minaplo> ["Ayanami Go, I implore that you listen to the sound of my voice and nothing else during this operation. I have confidence in you and your ability to focus on something of that nature."-
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["Um…" Go looked embarrassed. She flushed. "I-ok."-
[09:49] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel nodded. "Then shall we commence in- half an hour?"]
06[09:50] * Aline didn't even bother to dodge the ball. She deserved it. "…Sure. Sorry. That was probably a bit rash of a 'lesson'."
06[09:54] * Yanmei rose out of her seat with a sigh, reserving disapproving frowns for later. "That should be enough time to suit up and everything and meet back here."
[09:59] <Sept> "Sure." Sept got up as well, stretching.
[10:18] <Minaplo> [Thirty minutes later, the five Evangelions deployed, mag-catapults hurling them at top velocity out of the side of the Battleship. Ezekiel had deployed in Aline's plug, fitting awkwardly in behind her, his knees digging into her ribs somewhat as he contorted slightly to fit.-
[10:18] <Minaplo> [("… EVA-18 reporting all clear." Came Go's voice, ending the soundoff.-
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["Very well. Then let us begin. Sera de Pteres possesses the shaft of the lance, whilst Zhang Yanmei and Isaiah Gabriel-Wei possess the shattered spearpoint. Aline Blanc, when you are ready, open a Dirac Sea."]
06[10:22] * Aline would… shift a bit, knowing quite well the awkwardness inherent, but… eventually, she confirmed the command. "Right, then. Here goes…!" Unit-00 faded into its crimson fractal, as on the other end of the dimensional shadow, a vast Dirac Sea was born…
[10:30] <Minaplo> [Which brought the rest of them into it as well.-
[10:33] <Minaplo> [The fluid sea flowed around them- matter, perhaps, given no direction or form… All things which could, apparently, be focused into creating an entire new universe…-
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Simonides, you will have the duty of opening the portal into the realm of thought."-
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Got it."-
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Before then- Aline Blanc, begin telepathic link and group synchronization."]
06[10:37] * Aline didn't have to be asked twice. "Alright! Everyone hold on, because in spite of how weird things are /going/ to get, this might end up a bit weird in and of itself."
01[10:38] <Yanmei> "We're prepared for that?" Yanmei was already bracing herself in the entry plug, trying to think around the holographic Isaiah sitting in her lap.
[10:39] <Sept> "Yeah," Sera said. "It's simple. Don't freak out."
06[10:40] * Aline would, at any rate, establish both, sending out the pervasive AT connections in mind and soul alike.
[10:56] <Minaplo> [The sum of their fields gave them a greater level of power- all of them- than any of them could individually hope for, or indeed control without help. The Simonides, in EVA-07, began to draw on that power, Ezekiel feeding them the mental details- secretly, apparently. In many cases it reminded Aline of the same principles as inverting one's field to create the Dirac Sea, only…-
[10:58] <Minaplo> [Instead of inverting it and turning it inwards, the field, for lack of a better term, seemed to expand in odd ways, stretching out, yet not in any -direction-. This reminded her, oddly, of the sort of reaction a Libido Bond might act- reaching out somewhere, but not across space.-
[10:59] <Minaplo> [Whatever it was looking for, it found it. The AT Field rapidly became 'denser', occupying the same space yet seeming to fill with volume. A rush of power and- information, utterly incomprehensible, rushed through all of them, dizzying and disorientating, intensifying as the tension built up-
[10:59] <Minaplo> [Before being released in a sudden burst, the density given a proper form.-
[11:00] <Minaplo> [Before EVA-07 now sat a wide square vertical reflective plane.]
01[11:05] <Yanmei> 04 was first, drifting over to the square and pausing, warily. Slowly, it began to slink past the surface.
06[11:07] * Aline moved 00 forwards as well, but hesitated for a moment, looking over at the others' screens from within her plug.
[11:09] <Sept> 01 followed close behind, striding confidently onwards for now.
[11:14] <Minaplo> [And finally, EVA-18.-
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[11:36] <Minaplo> [… The realm of thought lay before them.-
[11:38] <Minaplo> [It was… Difficult to process. Perspectives seemed off. They could see, here; there was no visible light source, yet light seemed to reach them nevertheless, albeit in ways that bent and twisted. Half-formed shapes floated in and out of existence around them, yet if an Eva reached out for one of them, the extremely bizarre perspective would see their arm bend off somewhere behind them,
[11:38] <Minaplo> or else suddenly jar and stretch across miles and miles of space around them- until they shifted it, in which the arm would seem to vanish.-
[11:40] <Minaplo> [There was no gravity here, no up or down, no ground, or so it seemed; barely a few seconds after they arrived, they noticed something that very much seemed like ground, if only because of its relation to other objects. Half-formed shapes, crude, straight, wispy as shadow, all lay embedded on this invisible axis. They could see no ground, feel no ground, yet the impression of a ground
[11:40] <Minaplo> was given.-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [The vista which surrounded them seemed to go on forever, even as it responsed to their thoughts. Within seconds it felt as though they were in the huge eye of a huge storm, with swirling chaos in all directions, yet they themselves in a small island of quiet.-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [Inside 00's plug, Ezekiel closed his eyes.]
[12:01] <Sept> A pause, and the shaft of the Lance came loose from 01's grip.
01[12:04] <Yanmei> 04 gradually released the tip of the spear as well.
[12:04] <Aline> 00 waited silently, steeling and waiting.
01[12:09] <Yanmei> All of the rest of the fragments were also released.
06[12:17] * Aline nodded her head again, and… moved towards where the parts of the Lance were.
[12:36] <Minaplo> [*thunk*-
[12:37] <Minaplo> [An object the size of a large boulder (so a medium-sized rock to an Eva) bounced off of EVA-00's head, moving away in the opposite direction. It was oval-shaped, and brown, and rather dirty…-
[12:38] <Minaplo> [There was a moment of silence as they allowed, willingly or not, for this… Object to be processed as it floated through the void, tumbling slowly over and over…-
[12:38] <Minaplo> [It was Go who spoke first, her eyes wide like saucers. "P-potato…"-
[12:40] <Minaplo> [Just -saying- the word seemed to cause it to grow. Before long it was the size of an Evangelion's head, then the size of a head and torso and they couldn't seem to remember when it grew. It slowly crawled to a stop, before swivelling around and hurling itself towards EVA-18 with an almost aggressive speed.-
[12:40] <Minaplo> ["A-AAaah!"-
[12:40] <Minaplo> [Behind Aline, Ezekiel sucked his teeth in clear frustration.]
[12:52] <Minaplo> [The potato continued its course, and continued to grow in size, fed off of Go's focus. The telepathy link between the group had tried to push a sense of calmness into her flow, to cancel out the fear in doing so- and this had an effect.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [The entity began to hover around EVA-18's head, circling it slowly, lazily, letting out a low, reverberating sound… What was clearly a purr.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [The sucking of teeth behind Aline continued as Ezekiel prodded her in the shoulder and pointed at the spear pieces.]
06[12:55] * Aline slowly nodded, and stared out at the pieces…
[07:13] <Minaplo> [The slow, lethargic drifting of the Lance faded, the fragments given purpose. They began to float towards each other, slowly, then a little faster. Two pieces of the shaft collided and, instead of bouncing off one another, simply joined, the edges becoming indistinct and 'blurry' for a moment, until just a single piece remained behind.-
[07:18] <Minaplo> [The process, -this- process, was not a quick one. The pieces may have moved with direction, but they moved in that direction with aching slowness. It took what felt like half an hour for those two pieces to fuse…-
[07:18] <Minaplo> [Plenty of time for thoughts to slip and attentions to wander.]
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[08:16] <Minaplo> [Another two pieces recombined. Slowly but surely, a cohesive physical shape was taking place.-
[08:18] <Minaplo> [It was monotonous, dull work. Their attentions- and thoughts- wandered…-
[08:18] <Minaplo> [And so it'd take a second for them to suddenly notice the massive thick black oily tendril curling itself around the Lance pieces.-
[08:20] <Minaplo> [It wasn't alone, either. If they followed the tendril to its source, they'd see a veritable sea of identical tendrils, each as half as thick as an Eva, and many times longer. How long it had been there was hard to discern; in fact, a compelling argument could be made that it had always been there, and they simply hadn't found the time to look at it properly.-
[08:23] <Minaplo> [The sea of tendrils began to rise towards them; many of them curled against each other and rubbed one another; the friction of this meeting produced an utterly unusual sound. With each rough rub, notes from a song played; the same song, played by a hundred different orchestras- a familiar song, yet not one they'd probably be able to place, so ubiquitous it was.]
[08:29] <Sept> "W-What…"
01[08:31] <Yanmei> "Ezekiel…?"
[08:38] <Minaplo> ["S-Should we grab the Lance?" Asked Go.-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [The tendril sea continued to rise towards them. It was a lot faster than any of them were comfortable with.]
06[08:42] * Aline stared for a second. Then stared longer. Her right hand raised. It paused idly in mid'air'.
06[08:46] * Sept made a move for the reforming Lance, then, planning to extricate it from this invader somehow.
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06[09:10] * Yanmei yanked the gleaming Excalibur into view, scowling, just in case.
06[09:11] * Aline began to backpedal more than a fair bit…!
[09:12] <Minaplo> [The gleaming fat tendril around the Lance began to pull it away as Sera approached, the surface of it glistening a myriad of colours, the black rubbery surface slick with oil. It seemed determined to take Sera's prize…!]
06[09:14] * Sept pursued it, hoping to latch on to the base of the tendrils with a claw and seize a solid grip on the Lance itself.
06[09:16] * Yanmei watching his back, ready to spot and attack any ambushing side tendrils!
06[09:19] * Aline was circling around… or thought she was circling around, somewhat preparing herself to maybe do similar to Yanmei. But she seemed a bit unsure as to the appropriate methodology here.
[09:33] <Minaplo> [The tendril, slick as it was, nearly slid out of his hands, leaving them greasy and oily to the touch. He managed to get as firm a grip as he could, essentially wrapping an arm around the entire thing and squeezing in tight, his talons managing to barely clutch onto the surface.-
[09:34] <Minaplo> [It released the lance, the pieces 'floating' upwards, as it tried to coil around Sera instead; a morsel full of heat and energy more attracting than a dull lance, perhaps.]
06[09:38] * Sept thrashed around, treading in place like he was stuck in a quagmire, trying to find higher solid ground. None of the tendrils yielded any more of a grip than the others.
06[09:39] * Aline decided to, at that moment, become proactive! She sent 00 diving for the Lance! Or soaring. Or, well. Does it even matter? She can fly even in entirely concrete realms, so her mode of movement in an /abstract/ realm like this practically was a non-issue.
06[09:40] * Yanmei on the other hand, went for the tendril now engaged in combat with Sera, brandishing Excalibur.
[09:50] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 was able to grab the Lance easily enough, and extricate itself from the mess.-
[09:52] <Minaplo> [Sera's attempt at escape was undone as the grasping tendril, sliding away beneath him, suddenly rising up, curling around his right foot and seizing it! It shuddered, the oil on its surface oozing away, forming a powerful adhesive, essentially gluing itself to his foot.-
[09:54] <Minaplo> [The gap between the 'pointman' tendril and the rest was becoming much closer now…-
[09:55] <Minaplo> [When out of nowhere, it seemed, EVA-04 came to his rescue, cutting through the offending tendril in a single strike from Excalibur! The sword's edge had taken on a pale blue ambient hue which cut through the tendril before the blade even reached the surface.-
[09:55] <Minaplo> [The now-severed tendril fell away into the mass, a high, keening, one-second cry coming from the others below. They began to surge forward…!]
[10:02] <Sept> "Thankyou," he said, redoubling his efforts to get distance between himself and the oozing sea.
06[10:03] * Aline was clutching the Lance now, and 00's AT Field subtly changed. It seemed ready to flare up against any particularly exploratory tendrils… while 00… turned around. Facing the sea. Walking backwards at top speed (Somehow) while not completely fluidly moving (also, somehow) in a way that seemed, possibly, slightly unnerving, or maybe just absurd.
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01[10:04] <Yanmei> And… Yanmei was making a run for it too. "Go! C'mon, move it!"
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[10:08] <Minaplo> [Go was already moving, heading on upwards, pursued by her quick potato.-
03[10:08] * Oat is now known as Raphael
[10:11] <Minaplo> [They were mostly home free, the tendrils below continuing to rise- and quickly- but they seemed a little faster.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [There was an 'edge' to the sea of tendrils, however. They moved towards it, and luckily, the tendrils didn't shift to follow them, continuing on their vertical path. They were still below them at present, but it seemed that they were out of danger…]
[10:45] <Minaplo> [EVA-01 found itself hugging an object to its armoured chest. It was a thick book, easily over 1500 pages, and the pages themselves were glossy and white, with information broken up into paragraphs, flanked by informative pictures and thinking exercise boxes. On the front was a shiny fresh cover, depicting a young man in a hoodie doing a skate-board trip, whilst mathematic equations and
[10:45] <Minaplo> angles were drawn around him.-
[10:46] <Minaplo> [The book title was written in big white letters: "UNDERSTANDING PHYSICS, 2014 (Francophone Edition)".-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [On the very back was a sticker, on which was printed "$250".-
[10:49] <Minaplo> [Before anyone could react to Sera's incredible bargain, however, EVA-04 would find itself suddenly much heavier than it had been. If Yanmei looked down, she'd see two massive Eva-sized hands grasping around the chest- hands in tight white sleeves, under a red coat.-
[10:50] <Minaplo> [A long leg was entwining itself around EVA-04's right leg; the foreign leg was long, wearing simple leather shoes and tight white hussar breeches.]
06[10:56] * Yanmei tried to twist free in clear alarm! "Th-the hell?!" Could she get a glimpse of her assailant?
06[10:56] * Sept was bewildered for a moment, before taking a (mental) deep breath and trying to focus on ridding himself of his own apparitions first. Refocus on the Lance, let the book float or fade away… And ignore the voices.
[11:03] <Minaplo> [Sera would achieve focus. Unfortunately, the book was an actual physical object and here to stay.-
06[11:03] * Aline sighed deeply, and raised one of 00's arms, the other cradling the rest of the Lance. (somehow)
[11:04] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 and 04 would manage to see the new entity- Aline having a clear line of sight, whilst Yanmei would have to crane back to see…-
[11:08] <Minaplo> [It was a humanoid figure. Actually, it was proper human, albeit Eva-sized. The figure was that of a woman, long-legged with clear, smooth skin and long black hair. She was wearing a 19th century cavalryman's uniform, with long tight trousers, a blue dolman jacket on the chest, over which was a bright red jacket…-
[11:09] <Minaplo> [It'd take them only half a second to recognise the figure, bizarre and unusual as it was: Misato.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["IsAiAH-kuuUuuNnnn~" The giant crowed. As EVA-04's head turned, the giant Misato 'attacked', pressing her head- her lips!- against EVA-04's face, kissing it passiontely!]
06[11:12] * Aline raised a brow. 00's hand lowered, and went back to holding onto the Lance.
06[11:36] * Yanmei took it much less gracefully, fighting to free 04 from its grip… and failing pitifully. "G-goddamn it! Leggo! How dare you try to kiss him!"
[11:40] <Minaplo> ["its nO goOd uNlesS yoU're oNe wiTh mEeeEe~"-
[11:43] <Minaplo> [The Misato pulled away from the kiss, now embracing EVA-04 full-on, planting smaller, shorter kisses along its armoured frilled neck.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [The others went on ignoring this bizarre scene, focusing on trying to repair the Lance. Progress was slow without Yanmei and Isaiah, but progress occured indeed. Twenty minutes passed, pieces of the lance slowly fusing together… They were about halfway done with it.-
[11:48] <Minaplo> [The sea of tendrils rose, and was now moving past them. They saw now that it had a definitive shape; it was basically spherical, and they were now level with the equator. Around the middle of it, the tendrils began to give way to a wide, chocolate-dark surface, lined with massive horizontal trenches; below this, the rest of the object was shrouded in fog.]
01[11:53] <Yanmei> "I-ignore it, ignore it…" Yanmei was trying to push past… sensations to do just that. Whether it was successful or not was another story. She'd shut her eyes, and was scowling, her face red. "Lance, lance…"
[12:03] <Minaplo> [Another hour passed. The shaft of the Lance was reforged, and finally the work on the blade itself could proceed…-
[12:05] <Minaplo> [The Misato continued to cling to EVA-04. Over time the passion of its actions slowly dimmed until they reached the point where it was now; curled up against EVA-04's chest, head lying against its shoulder, snuggling peaceably.-
[12:06] <Minaplo> [The Tendril-thing continued to rise, and more alarmingly was starting to head towards them. Slowly it -seemed-, yet no matter how much they might try to move away, it was still slowly gaining on them.-
[12:07] <Minaplo> [Eventually, the blade, slowly, was forged back together- and all that remained was to reforge the two components- shaft and head.-
[12:08] <Minaplo> [For such a long, fraught and trying process, it all ended anticlimactically enough. The blade and the shaft met, merged- and finally the Lance was complete.-
[12:08] <Minaplo> [It was, as Yanmei had expected, essentially a huge version of the Lance Sera had taken from Gendo's grotto. A long shaft, ending in a pointed, drill-like head.-
[12:09] <Minaplo> [Unlike what Yanmei had expected, however, it wasn't doing anything. No glowing symbols adorned its surface. No light emanated from the head. It was… Just a dead lance.]
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[13:11] <Minaplo> [The Lance began to spin slowly in a clockwise direction…-
[13:15] <Minaplo> [… Whilst something was happening to the cuddly Misato clinging to EVA-04. Although it looked almost asleep, its eyes opened languidly, and it opened its mouth- wide… Wide… Until the jaw was almost touching its throat.-
[13:16] <Minaplo> [There was an odd, almost-buzzing sound. A second later, dozens of tiny shapes emerged from the maw- or so it seemed to the others. Yanmei would soon realise what they were when they began climbing up over EVA-04's head and staring in through its eyes.-
[13:17] <Minaplo> [The one thing Yanmei hadn't wanted.-
[13:18] <Minaplo> [More Misatos. Human-sized versions of the giant one currently clinging to 04. They ran wild, running across 04's body with wild abandon, filling the air with peals of raucous laughter. Five or six of them now stared into EVA-04's eyes, their own eyes wide, pupils dilated, huge grins on their faces.-
[13:21] <Minaplo> [The tendril-sphere continued to close on them, and now the shape on which the sea of tendrils sat was coming into the clear. The brown surface, lined with trenches, spread downwards in all directions. Directly to the bottom-left and bottom-right of the trenches were two thin horizontal strips of tendrils, all squirming and rubbing against each other, creating that music.-
[13:22] <Minaplo> [The shape was towering over EVA-01 now. Between the two strips, the surface suddenly began to taper off into a narrow sheer slope, jutting out impudently towards them. Flanking this surface were two huge depressions, sitting directly beneath the tendril-strips.-
[13:23] <Minaplo> [The shape approached EVA-01, moving faster if needed, until Sera could see nothing in that direction but the depression itself.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> [With a massive, slimy, squishy sound, the surface of the depression began to move, lifting with disturbing speed upwards towards the tendril-strips. Beneath the surface of this depression was a massive horizontal oval, bigger than EVA-01 by eight or nine times. The oval was broad, white and had a wet, gelatinous surface. In the middle of the oval was a rounded circular shape, primarily
[13:27] <Minaplo> grey with mottled hues within. Within -this- circle was another smaller cicle, all black.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> [Sera might not've realised it, but Aline and Yanmei would see it for what it was immediately: an eye.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> [If it was en eye, then that meant the rest of it was a face…-
[13:27] <Minaplo> [And so it was.-
[13:28] <Minaplo> [The face and head and hair of Dorian Lachapelle.]
06[08:26] * Aline blinked. Then blinked again. "…That's absurd. It can't be that big." Despite the almost-clinical /wording/, Aline's /voice/ was wavering, and she wasn't remotely moving. NOr was 00.
01[08:27] <Yanmei> The ceaseless laughter did little to help the situation, at least for Yanmei. 04 stiffened and then jerked slightly as if it might take for the hills, but it was almost as if the additional weight rooted it in place or… or at least reminded the pilot of something that kept her from leaving. Yanmei curled her hands more tightly around her controls and began to mumble to herself, eyes squeezed shut.
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[08:35] <Minaplo> [22:32] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's eyes shut at the exact same time. He averted his face as well, his chin against his chest so as to avoid even accidentally looking at the disturbing parade coursing around EVA-04's body…-
[08:35] <Minaplo> [22:33] <Minaplo> [Go, on the other hand, was shaking her head with hysteric fury, her grey hair flying in all directions, her eyes wide, bulging, even as she leaned back in aversion from pretty much everything. "No no no no no no no don't want it no-"-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [The potato-entity seemed to react to Go's incredible outpouring of terror. Its stable flight pattern vanished, and instead it began rocketing around in wide, drunken circles, mixed in with odd zig-zagging motions.-
[08:38] <Minaplo> [It was also getting bigger, too. Tumorous growths spread across the potato's skin, each growing bigger until they were as large as the potato itself, before exploding into another, full-size potato, which then merged with its first form. It continued to do this until it in and of itself were three times the size of an Eva…-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [Where it then propelled itself at the gigantic Dorian, its speed belying its fat, bulging, round unaerodynamic mass.-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [Before it could impact, however, a mind-bogglingly colossal hand came out of the unknowable fog below, moving ponderously, yet somehow managing to intercept the potato. It caught it around the middle.-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [Then lowered it down, into its mouth, and bit it in half.-
[08:40] <Minaplo> ["AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"]
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01[08:52] <Yanmei> "Go!" Yanmei made a frantic attempt to shake the Misatos off. "We're not… we're not staying here! Sera, grab the Lance!"
06[08:54] * Aline blinked a third time, her eyelid making a barely-audible sound. "Ah. It is edible." Once again, she seemed… almost oblivious, yet obviously scared. It was almost as if Aline had temporarily all-but shut down.
[08:58] <Sept> "Going!" 01 went after the Lance, ducking and diving as it tried to traverse past the vast hair-tendrils.
[09:02] <Minaplo> [The Dorian's tendrils didn't seem to be going after Sera. The entity itself was focused on devouring the potato, its mouth and teeth working, not in a normal chewing fashion, but in a brutal, forceful -clamping- one like a guillotine. Chop! Chop! Chop!-
[09:02] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless its eyes seemed to be pinpointed on EVA-01's back, the massive trenches in its forehead roiling and twisting into a frown.-
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[09:04] <Minaplo|Out> [23:02] <Minaplo> [The Dorian's tendrils didn't seem to be going after Sera. The entity itself was focused on devouring the potato, its mouth and teeth working, not in a normal chewing fashion, but in a brutal, forceful -clamping- one like a guillotine. Chop! Chop! Chop!-
[09:04] <Minaplo|Out> [23:02] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless its eyes seemed to be pinpointed on EVA-01's back, the massive trenches in its forehead roiling and twisting into a frown.-
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[09:09] <Minaplo|Out> [Yanmei's twisting and turning seemed to dislodge a good deal of the Misatos, and they floated away, their laughs turning to screams of shock (mostly. Some only laughed harder). Even the giant Misato was dislodged, and she floundered for a second, scrabbling wildly at EVA-04 before trying to follow. "NoooO! coMe baCk! i can mAKE it FeEl gOod!"]
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06[09:27] * Yanmei didn't slow down, at least not after that. She zoomed after Sera "Go! Blanc!"
06[09:28] * Aline paused - which is a bit hard to imagine considering she was already hardly doing anything, then shook her head. "…Don't worry."
01[09:29] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?"
[09:32] <Sept> "Yeah, split up. Just… take care of it."
[09:33] <Minaplo> [Go was, meanwhile, happy to fulfill Yanmei's directive and flee after them…-
[09:34] <Minaplo> [… Whilst the MegaMisato -also- followed suit, managing to latch onto EVA-04's foot. "whEeeEeee!"]
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06[09:58] * Aline began moving, though. "Right." She headed quickly for where Sera was!
01[10:00] <Yanmei> "Grr…" Yanmei tried not to glared back at Misato. As the mental back-and-forth among the pilots slowed and came to a consensus, she focused on trying to catch up to Sera instead.
01[10:00] <Yanmei> ^glare
[10:03] <Minaplo> [Go followed onwards, whilst the giant Dorian…-
[10:04] <Minaplo> [It continued to follow, yes, still at that same nonsensically slow pace that they couldn't outrun. As they clustered into a group around the Lance, the Dorian loomed over them, staring down at the group with disdain and disapproval.-
[10:07] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's attempts to ignore the MegaMisato… Well, it wasn't bright, was it? Trying to ignore this newborn entity formed of your thoughts. Like all children, it tried to get what it wanted most- attention. "tryIng tO fIx thE lAncE~? hOw cAn yOU hAAAAndlE It whEn yOU'rE sO tEnsE~?"-
[10:07] <Minaplo> [It pulled itself up, its right hand glowing, where it smacked it lightly into EVA-04's chest, the energy dispersing across the armoured torso.]
06[10:09] * Sept came to a stop, then, setting the Lance in front of him as he waited for the others to join.
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01[10:39] <Yanmei> "Urk!" The smack got a physical reaction out of her, at least. Yanmei paled inside the entry plug, and then quickly shook her head, sitting up straight. She had to ignore it! "L-let's try it again," she muttered, drifting in close to 01 and the Lance.
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["fElt wArm, hUh~?" The Misato, unhindered, pulled her hand back, where it glowed again, and placed it on EVA-04's stomach, the energy dissipating through the torso once again.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> [The Lance, however, was starting to respond, trails of thin bluish light beginning to coil around the base in a lethargic clockwise manner…-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [The Dorian froze.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [It turned its head slowly-swiftly to the left.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [Then to the right.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [It looked down into the fog below.-
[10:46] <Minaplo> [Then it looked back up, sweeping the group with its gaze. It stared at Aline for a moment, before its gaze swivelled towards… Go.]
01[10:53] <Yanmei> "I wasn't talking to you! Stop it!" Yanmei tried to swat the hand away this time, but the damage was already done. She struggled to focus again…
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[11:09] <Minaplo> [Aline would no doubt be trying to focus when suddenly, her Eva's eyes would be obscured by a thick viscous black sludge.-
[11:10] <Minaplo> [The others would see it, seemingly twisting out of the air, slipping and sliding over EVA-00 and quickly covering its upper half. Ripples spread out from beneath the surface as some bulging shape- not the Eva- moved.-
[11:11] <Minaplo> [The sludgy surface stretched, suddenly rubbery, before splitting, a perfectly round white face with three holes- each at the point of an invisible triangle- emerged. Its body was already constricting EVA-00.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["Emotional. Unreliable. Full of primitive unfocused energy. A slave to herself…"-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [The emotionally monotone voice. The face…-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [Voriel…?-
[11:13] <Minaplo> [The Misato beamed up at Yanmei, giggling, pulling its hand back-
[11:14] <Minaplo> [Only for its attention to be drawn away. For EVA-04's arm had been grabbed by something from behind.-
[11:15] <Minaplo> [Almost shapeless but quickly coming into focus, the others in the group would recognise the long twintails and round, youthful face of Zhang Yanmei… Albeit giant and armoured in an ensemble of bone-like armour and robes. The proportions were 'off', yet more familiar than Yanmei's current appearance.-
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Mine…" Hissed the entity. It began to twist EVA-04's arm- which left no real doubt as to its identity.-
[11:16] <Minaplo> ["hEy! hAnds Off!" Shouted MegaMisato, her hand striking out at the new gigantic Joan, which snarled and kicked back.-
[11:16] <Minaplo> [Perhaps Yanmei found this to be a relief.-
[11:16] <Minaplo> [After all, the two of them were now focused on each other (even if Mega-Joan was still trying to break the arm).-
[11:17] <Minaplo> [But something else began to happen, something less obvious at first. EVA-04's stomach, where Mega-Misato had hit it, was starting to stretch and distend of its own volition, growing and bulging, pushing the armoured plates out and away, a small fleshy globe there starting to grow…-
[11:18] <Minaplo> [The Dorian, however, acted, ignoring Aline (apparently he had no interest in the Voriel-coated unit). It reached out with a hand towards Go, who had ignored him…]
[11:58] <Minaplo> [Go managed to avoid the sweeping hand, but it meant she was drifting from the group. "Help me!"-
[12:00] <Minaplo> [The Voriel-thing constricting EVA-00 suddenly stopped, bulged oddly and shrank back, seemingly repulsed, allowing Aline a few precious moments of being able to move and see. 00's hands were already full, holding a black rectangular object with a plastic frame and a glass front…-
[12:01] <Minaplo> [A large, E-Scale smartphone.-
[12:02] <Minaplo> [EVA-04, meanwhile, was still a battlefield. The arm was continuing to bend and twist as Yanmei did nothing to try to prevent Joan or Mega-Misato…-
[12:06] <Minaplo> [That distended swelling continued to swell, larger and larger, each sudden growth spurt causing a wave of pain to Yanmei and Isaiah both. It was quickly growing to the point where it was larger than the Eva's torso…-
[12:07] <Minaplo> [A rounded shape began to bulge beneath the flesh, before retreating, replaced by ten different points pushing outward. Push, push- the points began to pierce through the flesh, revealing short, stubby fingers coated in EVA-04's blood, before the hands burst through and tore its way out.-
[12:09] <Minaplo> [The swollen abdomen burst open, blood and ichor spraying outwards, and the unwelcome, vicious entity within tore itself outwards, letting out a truly painful wail. It was a human, but ill-proportioned, not because it was warped by this place, but because it was a baby- with blonde hair and green eyes, howling in pain.-
[12:09] <Minaplo> ["HOME!" It screamed, a sad and pitiable pleading.]
06[12:22] * Aline was rather shocked by that event, though on some level, she shouldn't have been /too/ surprised. But what happened next, was… "I wonder…" Tap tap tap. The EvaPhone was messed with, flipping through features. "…" A glimmering of an Idea. Even though her stomach vaguely turned, Aline had 00 lift the phone, point it towards 04's… baby, and then, presumably, there was a sudden
06[12:22] * Aline artificial 'ka-click'. "Getting back to work in a sec."
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01[12:53] <Yanmei> 04 just sort of… hung there, twitching, for a while. The screams from the dual entry plug had either stopped or been drowned out by the wailing infant. -
01[12:54] <Yanmei> Eventually, clumsily, likely prompted by another violent jerk from Mega-Joan, its free hand wobbled toward the sheathed sword it was carrying with it.
06[12:55] * Sept took a glance away from the Lance, afraid of looking straight at the aberrations. With Yanmei getting steadily overwhelmed by the creatures, he left the Lance behind to tackle onto Joan, trying to hold her still.
[12:55] <Minaplo|Out> [The Joan hissed, and began thrashing wildly against Sera, leaving an easy target for Yanmei…]
01[12:57] <Yanmei> And she took it, still shaky, and awkward as it was from this close distance. The hits landed, and none of them hit her own, trapped limb. Slashslashslash!
[12:58] <Minaplo|Out> [The moment she drew Excalibur, they'd see that the sword was subtly… Different. The light was still catching off the edge of the blade, giving it a white-bluish sheen that glowed in the gloom of this space. The moment Excalibur touched Joan, the entity screamed, the sword slicing through her with no resistance. The two halves then caught on fire and quickly vaporised into nothing.-
[12:59] <Minaplo|Out> ["yAAAAy!" The Mega-Misato began clapping her hands enthusiastically, and made no real hostile gestures. "yOU'rE sO strOng~ <3"-
[12:59] <Minaplo|Out> [Whilst the horrific, grotesque baby continued to wail, hands grasping wildly in the air around it, before it managed to grab EVA-04. Suddenly lashing forward, it sank its teeth into 04's neck, ripping out a chunk of meat. "THIRSTY, MAAMAAAA…" It wailed.-
[13:00] <Minaplo|Out> [And EVA-00 was plunged into darkness yet again as the black cloudy mud that was the Voriel coated and restricted her yet again.]
06[13:24] * Sept searched for Joan a moment before realising she really was gone, then turning his attention towards the giant baby, grabbing onto it with both hands and tearing it off 04's back, bits of Evangelion coming off with it.
[13:26] <Minaplo|Out> ["AAAAAAA! LEGGO! LEGGO! MAAAAAMAAAAAAA!" It screeched, hands yearning for 04…]
01[13:28] <Yanmei> But 04 was already wobbling forward, away from them, blood streaming down its neck. It picked up speed… and aimed Excalibur squarely at the painted mask of the goopy Angel covering Eva-00.
06[13:29] * Sept hadn't quite thought it through this far, and hesitated on what to do with the thing. They did still need to buy time, so… Off the baby went, towards the conceptual horizon.
[13:30] <Minaplo|Out> [The baby screeched in pain and terror as it hurtled away…-
[13:30] <Minaplo|Out> [Whilst the Voriel-thing instantly burst into blue flame and quickly vaporised at Excalibur's touch, the mask melting into a white, plaster-like liquid before vaporising.]
06[07:41] * Aline took a deep breath, once the black cloudy mud of blackness went away. Soon, 00 was tapping away on the touchscreen of the EvaPhone. A text message was being typed out. 'Greetings. I apologize for any inconveniences caused so far. Could you please explain what you're doing for us?' …Wow, certainly going all-out on this one.
[07:51] <Minaplo> [The Dorian paused, Go taking the chance to give a wide berth.-
[07:53] <Minaplo> [He stared down at Aline now, eyes narrow, expression dubious. It withdrew its hand, slowly, down into the fog.-
[07:54] <Minaplo> [The hand returned a minute later, now holding a black plastic flip-phone, which the Dorian opened and ponderously held up to its ear. Its mouth opened, and a torrent of agonising sound burst forth, a massive, booming, deafening sound that hurt their ears and had no discernable words. Go clapped her hands over her ears and winced.-
[07:55] <Minaplo> [A second later, a much quieter sound came from Aline's phone. ("You better not be wasting my time!")]
06[08:01] * Aline nodded her head - and 00's - gently, this time opting to use the loudspeaker, making sure the phone mode was on. "I hope I'm not! It's just… we would be very troubled by being hurt, and will soon be done with what we're doing, allowing you to continue about your business unhindered by our presence!"
[08:12] <Minaplo> [Another titanic blast of sound and force.-
[08:13] <Minaplo> [("Bullshit. Look at all the little shits you've already created! The sooner I kick your asses, the less chance of you fuckin' us all up!")]
06[08:19] * Aline frowned inside her plug. The speaker turned on again. "You saw what that blade was capable of. We just have a few more steps left on what we're working on, which is important, dreadfully important, where we come from. I can't speak for the others, but perhaps we could do some… cleaning, of our fallout?"
[08:26] <Minaplo> [There was a flash of golden light, emanating from a point roughly in between Aline and Yanmei.-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [A momentary rift, it seemed, had been formed, and out of it came… The Lizzie-Entity, once again! Wailing in pain…-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [… Only it suddenly leaned forward, as though it were lying face-down in a pool. It thrashed its arms and bunched its legs up against its body. A dozen little points were forming on its back.-
[08:29] <Minaplo> [The points became more pronounced, then burst through in a single burst of force. A dozen spears, it looked like, which softened and unfurled into broad flower petals, which slowly opened, forming a large, slightly pulsating flower on the Lizzie's back.-
[08:30] <Minaplo> [Revealed in the centre of this flower, sitting cross-legged, was a thin figure strongly resembling Yanmei, wearing an open golden robe, her hair flowing long both behind and front. It had six arms, two of which were placed on its knees; another two were held upwards; and the last two were holding a bow and arrow.-
[08:30] <Minaplo> [The Deva-Yanmei wore a white cloth over its eyes, rendering it seemingly blind, yet this didn't stop it from masterfully notching an arrow and firing it towards EVA-04.]
01[08:36] <Yanmei> Yanmei - and likely Isaiah - had seen the flash and gaped at the transformation. When it came to avoiding that arrow, however, they were just a little too slow…
[08:37] <Minaplo> [A blast of noise from Dorian.-
[08:37] <Minaplo> [("Then you better get moving, pilot, or else I'm going to be very disappointed!")]
[08:41] <Minaplo> [The arrow actually exploded on impact, but nevertheless, it did little but singe EVA-04's armour somewhat.]
01[08:59] <Yanmei> But that was more than enough to make her retaliate! 04 surged forward, slashing wildly at the multi-armed archer and the giant baby that had spawned it.
[09:06] <Minaplo> [Excalibur slashed through the baby's neck, the right through the middle of the Deva-Yanmei. Both burst into blue flame and vaporised, the baby screaming in agony until the end…]
06[09:18] * Sept , waiting for the work on the Lance to progress, stayed vigilant and watched out for more advancing danger - though 04's latest assault mostly only left the Dorian…
06[09:28] * Aline simply stood vigilant, waiting gently and calmly… as much as she could, anyway.
[09:30] <Minaplo> [The Dorian stared, watching, waiting, mouth curled into a snarl of dislike.-
[09:31] <Minaplo> [Aline, meanwhile, would find something materialise in her lap. Her actual physical in-the-plug lap…]
06[09:34] * Aline briefly looked down at it in curiosity!
[09:35] <Aline> …Which prompted a very amused, if slightly odd look. She gently put the object on a part of the plug interior away from anything important.
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[10:19] <Minaplo|Out> [Time passed. More than they thought.-
[10:22] <Minaplo|Out> [The Lance began to hum, now. Symbols and runes began to emerge like invisible ink being revealed along the shaft of the lance. Flowing, elegant, indecipherable to their eyes, yet full of meaning, to gaze on them was to sense -something-, like a thought at the edge of one's mind. Present, but infuriatingly out of reach.-
[10:24] <Minaplo|Out> [The swirling light around the lance began to grow stronger, flowing into the drill-like point, which began to subtly turn and move…-
[10:25] <Minaplo|Out> [The Dorian watched, and if he had a visible leg he'd be tapping it impatiently. As it was, his arms were merely folded as he gazed down on them…-
[10:25] <Minaplo|Out> […-
[10:27] <Minaplo|Out> [Yanmei would suddenly feel an extra level of weight on her back as the Mega-Misato, unheeded, snuck up behind her, throwing her arms around EVA-04's chest, hands glowing with light that dispersed on impact. "dOn't IgnOrE mE~ thInk AbOut thE fUn wE'vE hAd~ yOU'rE sO strOng And wArm…~~~~ mAke mE wArm tOO, OkAy?~"-
[10:27] <Minaplo|Out> [Go, on the other hand, would find something grip her left wing dock and pull her around roughly, so that she was facing in the opposite direction of the lance.-
[10:29] <Minaplo|Out> [Before her was a man, half of his face obscured by his long, wild black hair, which blew powerfully in the wind(?). The part of his face that was visible, such as his chin, was strong and elegant and refined. He was a tall man, with a strong yet not grotesque frame, wearing fine black trousers, shiny leather shoes and a large brown coat over a white, high-collared shirt and a tight blue
[10:29] <Minaplo|Out> cravat. "Damned temptress, do you mean to win my heart and leave me here, an empty shell of a man?!"-
[10:29] <Minaplo|Out> ["Wh-wh-wh-"]
06[10:42] * Aline …briefly looked. Then blinked. Then eventually managed to look away.
06[10:42] * Sept edged somewhat closer to Go in case of defensive maneuvers, but kept his focus on the Lance for now.
06[10:43] * Yanmei hissed angrily trying to shrug Mega-Misato off without diverting too much attention away from their task. "Getoff! Hug someone else!"
[10:44] <Minaplo|Out> [Go, shuddering in her plug, her face glowing hot with embarrassment and shame, tried to turn away, only for the… Man to grab her and pull her back. "Damn it all, if you'll not be persuaded by words, what of actions?!"-
[10:46] <Minaplo|Out> [He unbuttoned his coat, one button at a time, then threw it off, revealing his white silk shirt in full. He gripped the middle then ripped it clean open, buttons flying off in all directions, revealing his incredibly toned chest, the perfectly proportioned body hair, and the finely-defined abs…-
[10:46] <Minaplo|Out> ["Look, then, on the heart of a true man as it beats before you pluck it out with your hands!!!"-
[10:46] <Minaplo|Out> ["Wh-Whaaaaa…"]
06[10:50] * Aline was blushing incomprehensibly. This is stupid! But why is it…?!
06[10:55] * Yanmei has less fixated on the man - although, it was impossible to completely ignore him herself - and more focused on Mega-Misato's hands, clear signs of apprehension quickly flooding her face.
[10:57] <Minaplo|Out> [The lance, all of a sudden, went dark.-
[10:59] <Minaplo|Out> [The drill-head began to move, now spinning in the opposite direction. It seemed to be made, not of a single head of metal, but rather a million tiny strands of some unknown substance. These threads fanned out in all directions…-
[11:00] <Minaplo|Out> [From the centre of this construction, white, hard light was gathering. In fact, it seemed to suck the illumination out of the very air, until Sera and the others could barely see past their own Evas' faces.-
[11:00] <Minaplo|Out> [Only that little ball of light could be seen, slowly growing larger, brilliant like a miniature sun.-
[11:02] <Minaplo|Out> [All in one second, it stopped. The sphere ceased to glow and instead solidifed, becoming hard, perfectly round, the surface glassy and reflective, like a glass ball holding a liquid. Like a core…-
[11:03] <Minaplo|Out> [The million strands divided into two semi-circles, which then divided further into quarters. The strands folded forward around the core, becoming like long, thin flower petals.-
[11:04] <Minaplo|Out> [Silence.-
[11:04] <Minaplo|Out> [The Lance spun of its own accord, moving with unerring accuracy, pointing squarely at EVA-04. The flower petals shifted forward, hiding the core entirely-
[11:05] <Minaplo|Out> [Before whipping open, exposing the iris within. There was light, like the split-second flash of a cannon muzzle before the inevitable eruption.-
[11:06] <Minaplo|Out> [A rainbow corona, and a split second later, a blast of hard, unforgiving light that made Yanmei's eyes burn and her chest tighten just from the heat. It fired right through EVA-04 and into the Misato behind, then onwards out into infinity, never stopping.-
[11:07] <Minaplo|Out> [… Yet when the beam had past, EVA-04 was unharmed. The Misato staggered backward, eyes wide; she opened her mouth, and a flood of blood passed forth, staining her pale cheeks and chin, dripping onto her clothes. A perfectly round hole had been blasted through the middle.-
[11:08] <Minaplo|Out> [Not a second had passed before the entire entity had dissolved into white light. The light was pulled inexorably into the lance, channelled into the shaft.-
[11:09] <Minaplo|Out> [Not missing a beat, the Lance spun around, aimed at Go's fantasy-man, and fired again. He tried to dive out of the way, only for the light to bend in mid-air and catch him. He, too, began to bleed, then dissolved, his substance absorbed.-
[11:09] <Minaplo|Out> [A pause.-
[11:09] <Minaplo|Out> [Then, the petals unjoined, and spun around, and within a second there was no hint of the flower-head but only that of the drill, the core buried somewhere in the shaft.-
[11:11] <Minaplo|Out> [Now that it was docile, they had a moment to gaze on the thing. It was long, as tall as an Eva, and flawless; its surface emitted a gentle white light that, when touched, felt like the warmth of the sun on a winter's day. Light flowed around the shaft, and around the drill-head; a thousand runes of all shapes and sizes ran up and down the shaft, telling a story no one could read.-
[11:11] <Minaplo|Out> [The Lance was finished.]
06[11:14] * Aline stood in awe, for a large amount of time… before she hit up the EvaPhone to comment to The Dorian. "Thank you for your patience. We're done here."
[11:23] <Minaplo|Out> [("Damn good riddance.")]
06[11:23] * Sept approached to retrieve the Lance, then. Would be a shame to forget it now.
[11:23] <Minaplo|Out> [It was warm and welcoming in his hand.-
[11:24] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's… It's all done?" Asked Go hopefully.]
01[11:26] <Yanmei> "Looks like it?" Yanmei was standing by, cheerfully. "How do we even leave?"
[11:33] <Minaplo|Out> ["Through the rift." Said Ezekiel. "It's still there."]
06[11:34] * Aline nodded firmly. "Indeeeeeeeed."
01[11:35] <Yanmei> "Then let's go?" 04 drifted, back in the direction they had come from.
06[11:36] * Sept just nodded, following before anything further spawned.
[11:36] <Minaplo|Out> ["Ahh." Go leaned back a little, stretching her legs. "I'm so sick of this place."-
[11:37] <Minaplo|Out> ["We're freeeee~"-
[11:38] <Minaplo|Out> [Behind Aline, Ezekiel's breath caught in his throat. He froze.-
[11:40] <Minaplo|Out> [An odd trill reverberated throughout thoughtspace, passing through the air as sound and force and thought. It caught their skin and senses, passing through them, making their very particles of their very bodies tremble.-
[11:41] <Minaplo|Out> [Aline felt Ezekiel kick out wildly, his foot smacking into her back. "Get out. Everyone get out! Now!"]
06[11:45] * Yanmei hesitated for a fraction of a second. And then… "Move it!" she snapped, putting on some very obvious speed with that. Even if he hadn't said it, that feeling on its own was enough to make her do it on her own. To the rift!
[11:46] <Sept> EVA-01 all but collapsed for a moment, somewhat mechanically restoring its balance one jerk at a time, tumbling through the air as its wings straightened it out. It scrambled its way for the exit, Lance in tow without looking back for a moment.
06[11:47] * Aline didn't seem to remotely respond to the kick. 00, on the other hand, responded /all too much/. It used every single non-Dirac method of AT propulsion, bending of physical law by being in a thought-space, and even more, that it could possibly muster. 00 was a gigantic crimson /blur/.
01[11:49] <Yanmei> 04's eyes flashed red and its movements became slightly more shuddery as a power struggle ensued… but whatever the result, the Eva finally reached the gap.
[11:51] <Minaplo|Out> [EVA-01 was the first through the rift, followed by 00. Go was next, and then Yanmei…-
[11:51] <Minaplo|Out> [Yanmei might look back for a moment, or perhaps they all would, just once, salt pillars be damned.-
[11:52] <Minaplo|Out> [They saw nothing in thought space except the normal chaotic storm.-
[11:53] <Minaplo|Out> [There were faint black lines, perhaps, fractals, drawn across the chaos as though it were a 2D image, but then they'd blink, and there'd be nothing.-
[11:53] <Minaplo|Out> [A sense of guilt would linger, maybe. As though something had been forgotten…-
[11:53] <Minaplo|Out> [But it would soon pass. They'd emerge on the other side of the rift, where EVA-07 and the Simonides were waiting.-
[11:54] <Minaplo|Out> ["Geez, what the hell took you? It's been-"-
[11:54] <Minaplo|Out> ["Close the Rift. Close it! Now!" Snapped Ezekiel immediately.-
[11:54] <Minaplo|Out> [With a gesture, EVA-07 did exactly that. The warped space behind them simply vanished.]
06[08:14] * Yanmei was still bristling with the adrenaline from the escape, peering over her shoulder at where the warp used to be. "Everyone all right?"
[08:18] <Sept> EVA-01 checked his surroundings rather frantically, finally looking down at the Lance it was holding onto for dear life. "…Yes."
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06[08:19] * Aline frowned rather deeply… "Yeah…"
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["Uh… Uh-huh." Go nodded, a little frantically.]
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[08:23] <Sept> "How long were we… in?"
[08:26] <Minaplo> ["Thirty-two hours by our logs." Said Elene. "The longest damn thirty-two hours of my life…"]
[08:29] <Sept> "And the doom clock?"
01[08:32] <Yanmei> "Day and a half…" Yanmei had gone pale. "That can't be right."
06[08:33] * Aline sighed rather heavily, raising a finger in the plug. "…Time doesn't work the same between the two realms, remember?"
[08:39] <Minaplo> ["About 61 hours or so." Said Elene.]
[08:41] <Sept> "…do we launch the assault now, or wait? Necessary preparations?"
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["You all look real ready." Said Elene, deadpan.]
01[08:42] <Yanmei> "We'll break. Meet up and go over the details. We can't just jump into something like this."
[08:43] <Sept> "Fine."
[08:44] <Aline> "…Yeah. It's pretty much almost mandatory."
01[08:45] <Yanmei> "Three hours to rest and… recollect ourselves. Then, head to meeting room. We'll fill you two in on what happened as well."
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["Generous." Said Elene dryly. "Ok, Aline. We've kept this place stable, it's your job to get us an exit."]
06[08:50] * Aline nodded almost half-heartedly, before… "Got it." 00 pulled back into its Dirac Sea, and… soon, rather soon, they'd all pull into a Jaunt back home!
[09:00] <Minaplo> [They returned to reality- stable, welcoming, dependable reality…-
[09:05] <Minaplo> [The battleship was still where it was, unchanged; although the same could not be said for the sky. It was night, now, and the stars were out, millions upon millions visible in a clear, cloudless sky…-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [The moon shone, its pure silver-white sullied by the angry red gleam along one of its upper edges. The Egg was growing…-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [It was at this moment that their sensors went berserk.-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [Their OTIS units chimed in unison: DIRAC SIGNATURE DETECTED.-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [The moon's light was, momentarily, occulted by a wide black disc, which spread, then suddenly developed aggressively at the cardinal points, turning it into a starburst. A second later, the disc was gone, replaced by something else: an Evangelion.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [It was framed by the white light of the moon. It was green; taller and more powerfully built than a normal Evangelion as well, with thicker armour plates well-fitted to a slightly disproportionate frame. The wide chest terminated in four arms; two across the chest, and another two hanging by its side. Two long False Lances were bolted into the back of its assault frame docks…-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [It was, in shape, almost identical to the Eva they'd fought in the Synfront. A model the technicians had dubbed a Divine Type.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [It lifted its right hand, which held, they saw, a telescoping rod; it burst out suddenly, and from the very top unfurled a large rectangular white cloth.-
[09:15] <Minaplo> [A white flag, which it then proceeded to wave.]
06[09:18] * Aline …stared. And then stared some more. "…That is both unsettling and bizarre."
06[09:19] * Yanmei stared up at it, her eyes hard. "Caine really did send us a helper, then. Fine. Command, do you hear me?"
[09:23] <Sept> "Damnit. Another one, or…"
[09:23] <Minaplo> [("About time, 04. We read you, and we see it.")]
01[09:28] <Yanmei> "Confirm the pilot's identity, and invite her down on the condition that she disembarks from the Eva immediately? We'll talk to her properly in the hangar."
[09:31] <Minaplo> [("Fatima Nejem, 04. She asks that you swear not to take any hostile actions against her or her unit.")]
[09:33] <Sept> "Obviously we won't."
01[09:34] <Yanmei> "Right. We won't attack her unless she gives us a reason to."
06[09:36] * Aline slowly nodded. "Won't do such a thing, then."
[09:37] <Minaplo> [("Transmitting.")-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [A minute later, the Divine Eva began to move, lowering itself down onto the deck. A square compartment on the deck slid open slowly, little lights flashing on the edges; a hangar platform appeared, and the Divine Eva stepped onto it. It was slowly lowered downwards, the heavy deck doors clamping shut once the unit's head had cleared the edge.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [Five other pads appeared as well for Yanmei's squad's convenience.]
06[09:41] * Aline would… thus, move forth in 00, heading for one of the pads, even as she had a rather pensive look on her face.
06[09:41] * Sept took one, then. Nothing like Evangelion accessibility.
06[09:44] * Yanmei did as well, still talking. "Make sure to search both the pilot and the unit -thoroughly-. Security's on standby, isn't it?"
[09:44] <Minaplo> [Go and the Twins did as well.-
[09:44] <Minaplo> [("Search it how? Go over it with our teams or what?")]
[09:47] <Sept> "Make sure she's not smuggling anything, and make sure the Evangelion isn't functional without her. Stay alert for Berserk events… and so forth."
01[09:50] <Yanmei> "Exactly. Thank you, de Pteres. Also, make sure the unit isn't rigged to self-denotate on a timer or anything insane like that. This might require a technical team to check it out personally, yes."
[09:50] <Minaplo> [A pause.-
[09:51] <Minaplo> [("She's telling us we'll have to do with sensor sweeps. She refuses to submit to a technical search.")-
[09:51] <Minaplo> [("She also says that it's dishonest to not have mentioned this as part of the conditions.")]
[09:53] <Sept> "Tell her she's full of shit. Safety of the ship is her safety."
06[09:55] * Aline …frowned a little bit, but said nothing, instead conspicuously busying herself with docking.
01[09:56] <Yanmei> "Wasn't it a given that we would check to make sure she wasn't trying anything weird? She can't be that naive." Yanmei scoffed. "Whatever? Do an initial sensor sweep. Once she's out of the unit, we'll check it more thoroughly."
[09:56] <Minaplo> [("… She's stopped the Elevator.")-
[09:57] <Minaplo> [("She says that if we're planning on just waiting until she's out of the unit, then we're idiots, because it'll berserk the moment we try.")]
[09:59] <Sept> "Well, then we keep our damn units ready, don't we?!"
[10:00] <Minaplo> ["Just do as the new pilot says." Snapped Ezekiel irritably.]
01[10:01] <Yanmei> "Tch. We'll go with the sensor sweep. Make sure she understands that her unit will be isolated during her visit."
[10:02] <Minaplo> [("Understood. She agrees.")-
[10:03] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't be long before Yanmei's units had emerged into the hangar, the pads moving automatically into position. They were able to see the Divine Eva appear- last, of course, due to the delay.-
[10:04] <Minaplo> [The unit was shuttled off via pad to a remote part of the hangar, an extra-large high-security alcove, hidden behing massive E-Scale blast doors.-
[10:06] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't be long before the plugs were removed, the hatches opened, and the LCL drained.]
06[10:12] * Yanmei made it out, clamoring onto a catwalk, still dripping, pausing to make sure that Isaiah got out okay. It wasn't long until she was storming toward the remote area where they had taken the new Eva. "Anyone who's curious enough to come along, feel free."
06[10:13] * Aline climbed out likewise, and… looked at Yanmei. "I…" There was a brief pout on her face, made worse by the discomfort of LCL-soaked hair. In a way, she sort of just stood there in uncertainty.
[10:16] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel then brushed past Aline, almost roughly, as he followed Yanmei. With a mild twitch of his shoulders, the LCL sticking to his face, hands and robes suddenly propelled itself in all directions, splashing Aline in the face.]
06[10:17] * Aline pouted even harder! But she decided that, well, if Ezekiel was going too, she probably should be in attendance! Run run run, skimpysuited schoolgirl!
[10:24] <Minaplo> [Isaiah followed after as well, catching up with Yanmei as he did so.-
[10:25] <Sept> After a brief consultation, it seemed for the best if Sera stayed synched and conscious for this. So he'd just have to join Live Via Satellite.
[10:26] <Minaplo> [There were battleship marines waiting in the remote section, standing on gantries placed higher than the one reserved for the plug's hatch.-
[10:28] <Minaplo> [Fatima Nejem had already exited the plug at this point, however. All they saw at the moment was her back. They could tell she was wearing a typical, tight-fitting plugsuit (although the model was unfamiliar); they could also see her long, silvery-white hair. It caught the light strangely, as though it were almost translucent…-
[10:32] <Minaplo> [She was tugging something out of the plug hatch. A small black suitcase, fit for overnight travel. A leather strap was caught on one of the handles within the plug; Nejem had to leap up and untangle it before she could finish pulling it free.-
[10:36] <Minaplo> [She turned, raising a hand towards Yanmei as they approached. A greeting, not a warning. "Peace, Zhang Yanmei."-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [She was tall, about five ten, with light green-yellow eyes and dark olive skin. Nejem's face was soft, a little rounded, lacking in many hard edges; she had small pinkish lips and a rather small nose. She had a well-developed, well-proportioned form, with long legs and arms, each possessing excellent muscle definition and tone. She held herself tall, although not rigid. She looked into
[10:44] <Minaplo> Yanmei's eyes squarely.]
06[10:46] * Aline for now stood by. This whole quasi-confrontational scenario was already making her uneasy, and Fatima's focus was pretty solidly on Yanmei anyway.
01[10:49] <Yanmei> Yanmei gazed back unflinchingly, extending her own hand to shake hers. During the walk, her scowl had worn off, and she was now in Professional Neutral mode. "Fatima Nejem. Welcome to our ship."
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["Thank you." She took Yanmei's hand, shook it vigorously. "I'm glad that we could meet this time in better circumstances than last. Peace, Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, Aline Blanc."-
[10:58] <Minaplo> [Isaiah gave her a nod. "Miss Nejem."]
06[11:01] * Aline nodded her head as well. "'lo." So casual.
[11:03] <Sept> "Okay, there we go. I have a connection, now," the speakers above crackled to life with Sera's voice. "Greetings."
[11:05] <Minaplo> ["Peace… Sera de Pteres, I think. You seem otherwise engaged."]
06[11:07] * Aline shrugged her shoulders. "He enjoys intimacy with 01."
[11:08] <Sept> "Correct enough on both counts. Desynch quirks."
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["I see."]
01[11:09] <Yanmei> "Fortunately, he has chosen to listen to us remotely while he sorts it out." Yanmei gestured politely. "And this is our other associate, Mr. Ezekiel. He was a tremendous help during our last operation."
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Peace, Ezekiel. That is… An antique name."-
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Yes." He said shortly.-
[11:10] <Minaplo> [A pause.-
[11:13] <Minaplo> ["Thank you for your welcome." Said Nejem. She stepped aside, her left hand grasping her suitcase; her right hand gestured towards the Eva. "Evangelion Divine Production Type Unit 23. I am unsure if it is custom to name one's unit, but I am considering it nevertheless, because I do not enjoy that overly wordy military mouthful."]
01[11:16] <Yanmei> "Heh. Normally we just shorten it to the unit number? But there's nothing preventing you from giving it a nickname." -
01[11:18] <Yanmei> She eyed the unit carefully, curiously. "I suppose you two were sent to us under Caine's orders?"
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Her 'expeditionary force', so to speak, to assist with the moon operation."]
01[11:20] <Yanmei> "Any updates or information from her side that can help us with it? I'm sure she's been monitoring the moon carefully as well."
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["Yes, but perhaps we can share it later at an official briefing? I dislike having to repeat myself. It will also give me a chance to be rid of this unlikeable outfit and this equally unlikeable liquid."]
[11:22] <Sept> "The same."
06[11:23] * Aline chuckled briefly at the comment about the outfit and liquid.
01[11:25] <Yanmei> "Right. We're having one in 3 hours. We'll show you to our showers, and give you to place to rest when you have some downtime. Please understand that you'll be watched very closely during your visit."
[11:26] <Minaplo> ["So long as they respect my privacy in my own space."]
01[11:30] <Yanmei> "Well, you'll probably receive the same respect for personal privacy that any of our own pilots would expect?" Yanmei said diplomatically. She gestured with her arm. "This way, please~"
01[11:35] <Yanmei> There was, in fact, a set of basic showers built within the Hangar area. It was closed off and divided by gender using only tall metal partitions. This was where Yanmei led her and the other pilots to.
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."-
[11:37] <Minaplo> [And so Fatima disappeared within.-
03[11:41] * Retrieving #nervfrance modes…
[11:43] <Minaplo> [It was at this point that Go emerged from her plug, shaking her head to try to dislodge some of the LCL. "I hate this stuff…" She grumbled quietly to herself. She began to head off towards the showers herself…-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel turned on his heel, his head snapping about to look at her. With very little warning, he crossed the distance in a short series of long, quick strides, grabbed her by the throat of her plugsuit and, before she could react, had slammed her against the nearby wall.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["Hggk-"-
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["You nearly killed us all." He hissed in anger.]
06[11:46] * Aline had also made it to the showers, and… stopped when Ezekiel did that, rather visibly shocked!
[11:48] <Sept> EVA-01 shifted. "You've served your purpose well enough, Ezekiel. Don't push it."
01[11:48] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened. After a long, startled pause, she tried to put a stop to that! "Ezekiel!" She said sharply.
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Do not seek to lecture me on purposes, Lilimspawn." Ezekiel didn't turn, but the expression Go was seeing was enough to make her own twist in terror.-
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Let it be known that I was farther, not closer, from my purpose in assisting you all in this endeavour with the Lance, and it is only due to a very sorely tested belief in the sanctity of life that I acted in your favour."-
[11:57] <Minaplo> [If Sera looked (or at least, bubbled observantly in a certain direction) around his plug, he'd notice a certain lance missing…-
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["I weighed the risks of allowing you to enter that place versus simply allowing this crisis to pass, and it was a very near thing. You, Ayanami Go, very nearly made me wish I hadn't acted at all."-
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["B-But…"]
01[12:03] <Yanmei> "-That's enough-." Yanmei snapped. "-What- did she do? And how is grabbing her like that going to help when whatever it was has already happened?"
06[12:04] * Aline was… wide-eyed and slightly unresponsive. She did, at least, eventually open her mouth. "Wh-wha…?"
[12:05] <Sept> It wasn't in Ezekiel's hands - merged into the E-scale one? Plug feed blind spots? "Ridiculous," was the only comment from 01.
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["Because she still does not understand what she nearly caused. Ayanami Go, you brought it down on our heads. I gave you instructions, and you failed to follow them, despite my expectations! If that- entity- had been allowed to escape the Thought Plane, you- body, mind, soul and all- would no longer exist. Nor would Zhang Yanmei, nor would Aline Blanc, nor would anyone on this planet,
[12:08] <Minaplo> or even in this entire plane of existence!"-
[12:09] <Minaplo> ["I- I didn't mean-"-
[12:10] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel turned away, now, looking at Yanmei and Aline. "Did I not give you all explicit instructions? Did I not impress on you all the magnitude of what we were attempting to do in this operation? This is what happens when you do not listen. This is what happens when you falter. Ayanami Go nearly brought about the ultimate end of everything."-
[12:10] <Minaplo> [Go, already trembling like a leaf and unable to escape- began to cry, to wail in terror and shame and fear, shaking her head wildly, covering her eyes with her hands.-
[12:12] <Minaplo> ["Ayanami Go needs to understand just how very close we were."-
[12:12] <Minaplo> [… Is what Ezekiel tried to say.-
[12:13] <Minaplo> [In actual practice, Ezekiel's speech had been interrupted about halfway through by the sudden intercession of a large bare foot square to the side of his face. So it actually came out something like "Ayanami Go needs to understahrrhgruk", instead of what he was hoping he'd in fact say.-
[12:14] <Minaplo> [The blow picked Ezekiel off his feet and knocked him through the air for several meters, causing him to land on the ground with enough force to bounce once or twice. Travelling with him had been a vague, man-shaped blur.-
[12:15] <Minaplo> [That blur didn't stop moving, quickly reversing from its strategic position on top of Ezekiel through a series of very quick, perfectly-executed backwards triple somersaults, landing square in front of Yanmei and the others.-
[12:18] <Minaplo> [It… Was definitely a man, about six foot two, and every single inch of him was perfectly-sculpted smooth, tight and tense muscle, as though he were a Greek masterpiece statue that had received the gift of life. His skin was light olive, and his hair was long, silky and dark, and his thin, sharp eyes a reddish-purple.-
[12:18] <Minaplo> [This was all obvious since he was, in fact, completely nude.-
[12:18] <Minaplo> [(And for the sake of Aline's curiosity, he was in fact, completely nude and anatomically correct.)]
06[12:20] * Aline totally was being a proper lady, oh paranthetical narrator. Still… she certainly gawked again… before… raising a hand semi-stiffly. "Uh-uh… Well… I'm slightly confused?"
[12:24] <Sept> "Huh. Thank you."
01[12:24] <Yanmei> "Yes." Yanmei agreed numbly, staring with still-wide eyes. "What?"
[12:31] <Minaplo> [The beautiful man stared at them all, his brow furrowed. He shrugged- the act sent ripples throughout the magnificently toned and sculpted muscles throughout his shoulders and chest. He turned around, looking at Go.-
[12:32] <Minaplo> [Go had been sobbing, her eyes red-rimmed and her nose snuffily. The dynamic entry had stemmed her tears mostly through pure shock, and the presence of this new figure wasn't helping. She stared at him blankly.-
[12:33] <Minaplo> ["He was only trying to frighten you." Said the man, his tone gentle and warm and reminding Yanmei, inexplicably, of warm curry dough. "Don't cry. It's alright now."-
[12:35] <Minaplo> ["Here, let me dry your tears." He looked around his person and, seeing little of use, reached up and grabbed a handful of his hair; with this, he gently wiped Go's tears from her cheeks.-
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["Um." She lifted a trembling hand to her cheek. She very slowly blinked. Her eyes glanced this way and that, towards Yanmei and Aline, as if pleading for help, before momentarily glancing downwards. A strong and sudden blush filled her cheeks, and she looked away, biting on her bottom lip.-
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh God." Muttered Isaiah from behind Yanmei.-
[12:39] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel, meanwhile, had pulled himself up, rubbing his face, where a large red imprint remained. He seemed calm- perhaps 'deflated'- as he walked steadily over to Yanmei and Aline's side. He gestured towards the man.-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Aline Blanc, Sera de Pteres, Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, Zhang Yanmei, and Ayanami Go: the fruits of your work."]
06[12:40] * Aline slowly nodded when he said that, and seemed… well. A lot more clear-headed at that. "…I'll say that that's an honor, then. If… an uh… you might eventually want clothes…"
03[12:42] * ChanServ sets mode: +qo Minaplo Minaplo
01[12:43] <Yanmei> "We'll get some spares outfits ready," Yanmei said quickly, perhaps relieved at the sensible suggestion. "But yes. Welcome to our battleship?"
[12:46] <@Minaplo> [He turned around. "Thanks. Are clothes necessary?"]
06[12:48] * Aline raised a brow. Something seemed… all too amusing about that sentence. "…Yes."
[12:49] <@Minaplo> ["Right."]
[12:54] <Sept> "Amazing. Another thing to cover in three hours, then. I'll see you there."
01[12:55] <Yanmei> "Right. I'll make some calls…" Yanmei eyed the shower a little longingly, and stepped away. "Please come with me, Mr. Ezekiel? And you too, Mr… er…"
[12:55] <@Minaplo> ["Armin."]
06[12:56] * Aline softly smiled. "…Ah, so you took my suggestion… Thanks."
01[12:58] <Yanmei> "Um. Blanc. When she's finished, could you please guide our other guest to the Bridge? And Isaiah…" She glanced at him, and then to Go rather pointedly.
[13:00] <@Minaplo> ["Right." Isaiah coughed, and headed off towards Go. "Come on, Go. Let's get you settled down…"-
[13:03] <@Minaplo> [Ezekiel turned to follow Yanmei, although he was looking at Armin. "I thought that might provoke you. So many moulds, it is not surprising your shape has not yet settled."-
[13:04] <@Minaplo> ["Hm."-
[13:04] <@Minaplo> [Armin turned up towards Unit 01. "Where do you want me after I get clothes?"]
[13:10] <Sept> A pause. "…just come see me when I wake up. You can brief me on this. The Bridge will give you instructions."
[13:13] <@Minaplo> ["Right."]
[13:14] <Sept> "Right. I'll see you all in two hours fifty."
01[13:15] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei turned away, now cheerily trying to drum up conversation with the two Angelic constructs as they went.
06[13:16] * Aline nodded politely, at any rate!

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