For The Love Of Life 1 3 2

[21:45] <Sept> "Sweet breeze. Any dark clouds?"
[21:50] <Minaplo> ["It's night. They're all dark."]
[21:51] <Sept> "Any rain clouds?"
[21:52] <Minaplo> [The sound of sniffing.-
[21:53] <Minaplo> ["Yes. A large one, sixty-sixty-five kilometres west-northwest."]
[21:58] * Sept sat down on the ship's deck and looked up, breathing in the cool air. "What other magic tricks can you do?"
[22:01] <Minaplo> ["Magic tricks?"]
[22:04] <Sept> "Superhuman things. Teleport? X-ray vision?"
[22:11] <Minaplo> ["Teleport, fly. Can't be killed. Great strength, speed, agility. Extra-sensory perception, energy and matter manipulation that mostly translates into destroying things or stopping things. AT Field manipulation abilities, nowhere close to Ezekiel's."]
[22:13] <Sept> "Wow. I'm starting to feel like I'm the most mundane artifical person around here."
[22:17] <Minaplo> ["Do you want abilities like that?"]
[22:18] <Sept> "Hardly matters at this point, but sure would've helped."
[22:19] <Minaplo> ["You made it this far without them. That shows you have a superhuman ability of your own. Perhaps you have the power of Heart."]
[22:20] <Sept> "…no, if you check the records, I'm pretty sure you'll see I died a bunch of times."
[22:22] <Minaplo> ["Like dying is such a big deal."]
[22:23] <Sept> "Says you!"
[22:23] <Minaplo> ["Says me, speaking to a man who has died several times."]
[22:25] <Sept> "Who's now blind because his soul's got a read fault or something!"
[22:25] <Minaplo> [A pause.-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["Blindness is a terrible affliction. I hope it passes soon for you, friend. It is hard work describing to you every beautiful girl I see."]
[22:27] <Sept> "Back-breaking."
[22:30] <Minaplo> ["So begin my labours."-
[22:31] <Minaplo> ["But my friend, is it not true that you control an Evangelion? That seems impressive to me."]
[22:37] <Sept> "Yeah, that was a lot more fun before he get all this power with the Dreamer. It -is- impressive, of course. Once we deal with Metatron, I'll have influence over all of the remaining potential Impact events, or close enough."
[22:39] <Minaplo> ["What will you do with that influence?"]
[22:39] <Sept> "How will I know until I've done it?"
[22:41] <Minaplo> ["What do you plan to do?"]
[22:50] * Sept shrugged. "I try to talk to people and figure out what they want, but they don't know any better than I do. It's mostly just a veto, at this point."
[22:53] <Minaplo> ["Huh."-
[22:53] <Minaplo> [There was a sound, that of a door sliding open. Faint footsteps.-
[22:56] <Minaplo> ["Three people. Two armed guards. One's a girl. Pretty. Five foot ten, dark olive skin, long white hair. Dark green trousers, black boots, a rose-pink shawl and headwrap." A pause. "Lovely and curvaceous. Long legs."]
[23:05] <Sept> "Oh. They're watching her, not protecting, right?"
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["How will I know until I've started a fight?"]
[23:12] <Sept> "If they keep glancing at her rudely, twitching at every quick motion she does."
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["Then yes."]
[23:22] <Sept> "Which way?"
[23:27] <Minaplo> ["Five-thirty."]
[23:29] * Sept turned and stood up slowly. "Hey! You're Fatima, right?"
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["… Yes, that is right. Fatima Nejem. You are Sera de Pteres?"]
[23:36] <Sept> "Yeah! Welcome, again. They been treating you alright?"
[23:43] <Minaplo> ["Well enough. As well as could be expected. Thank you for your concern."]
[23:44] <Sept> "No problem. Been to the Synfront recently?"
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["I was there once before the revolution, yes."]
[23:48] <Sept> "Where are you usually stationed, then?"
[23:51] <Minaplo> * AAAAAAAGH DAS RETKON *
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Hard to avoid in my current role."]
[23:52] <Sept> "Whuzzat? I thought you guys were just roaming mercenaries?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> [She shook her head. "Roaming mercenaries don't acquire Evangelions."]
[23:56] <Sept> "Mm," he nodded to the air by her. "How's it recovering? Get most of the facilities and quarters back up yet?"
Session Time: Wed Jun 04 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["I shouldn't say. My apologies."]
[00:04] * Sept looked a bit disappointed. "Yeah, that's alright. What about your Evangelion? Moody?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["I couldn't say."]
[00:11] <Sept> "You -could- say it'd berserk if we tried anything."
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["Yes, but by design."]
[00:20] <Sept> "Ahh. So you don't have much time on it yet?"
[00:21] <Minaplo> [Silence.]
[00:22] <Sept> "Sorry. I know what it sounds like, but they're not dangerous questions."
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?" Her tone sounded quizzical, confused.]
[00:34] <Sept> "Hm? Did I miss something? I'm… blind," he waved a hand towards his face. "right now. Should've said."
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["Oh."-
[00:36] <Minaplo> [Armin. "Fatima nodded at you when you asked about time spent."]
[00:43] <Sept> "Yeah, you can cut in with that stuff, Armin." Sera scratched his left arm uncomfortably. "We're still working this out," he apologized to Fatima.
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["I understand. I was not aware that you were- affected."]
[01:01] <Sept> "That's a fair description of me on an average day. You're here just for this operation?"
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Once the Angel is dead, there will be no more reason for us to align."]
[01:05] <Sept> "Why do you think that is?"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["I would think it obvious."]
[01:20] <Sept> "People on both sides have a lot of differing opinions about it, including higher-ups. Just world domination?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Dysphemistic, that phrase." She replied. "It looks at the concept of world unification with jaded eyes."]
[01:29] <Sept> "I apologize, I didn't mean it like that. Does your concept include Instrumentality?"
[01:30] <Minaplo> [There was a pause.-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["I… Suppose it does." She asked cautiously. "I'm sure governments will still need bureaucracies even in the future."]
[01:38] <Sept> "There's a lot of things we do with Evangelion that aren't fighting. You should try to look into them, if you can."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Yes, you stopped a volcano once."]
[01:43] * Sept laughed loudly, taking a while to gather himself. "Yeah, I did, didn't I?"-
[01:49] <Sept> "Mm. I don't really know how to ask you if you even care, but I could ask if you'd like to join me for a chat with a friend who… might be able to enlighten you on some things?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["What 'friend'?"]
[01:58] * Suzune (902.721.681.27|enuzuS#902.721.681.27|enuzuS) has joined #nervfrance
[02:03] <Sept> "Isabelle Bellamy. She used to hang around at the Synfront. Ex-pilot."
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["And what can she tell me?"]
[02:14] * Sept tilted his head to the side in thought. "You live it long enough, it gets harder to separate it from the everyday things. Immortal, intertwined souls, ancient space civilizations? Illuminati stuff," he handwaved.
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["… Ah."]
[02:36] <Sept> Sera's face lit up as he indicated her with an open palm. "Yeah, see? I have no idea what anyone but those of us most mired in it will do with that information, but I -also- hate the idea of people continuing to pilot about without knowing what we're heading for."
[02:38] <Minaplo> ["Ah. So you're the old veteran taking pity on the new meat?"]
[02:39] * Sept nodded solemnly. "Yes. Absolutely."
[02:42] <Minaplo> [A gentle hand was placed on Sera's head (Armin, judging by the size of the hand and the angle), turning his head slightly to the left.-
[02:50] <Minaplo> ["Then I'll take your advice, such as it is, but free yourself of any pre-conceived expectations you may have."]
[02:53] <Sept> "Right. That's quite fine."
[02:54] <Minaplo> [A pause.-
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["Feelings about the operation?"]
[02:58] * Sept scratched a hand in thought. "We don't really know what kind of resistance we'll be getting, so we'll just have to adapt. Tricky… but not as tricky as the board is going to be once we -do- succeed. Volatile."
[03:00] <Minaplo> [She ignored that little hook. "We can make estimates, based off Metatron's previous tactics. Large number of Angelspawn. The Angel Azrael."]
[03:02] <Sept> "Yes. Limited knowledge of Divine type capabilities, so we'll be relying on you to be the judge of your limits."
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["This wandering mercenary hasn't survived so long by overestimating herself."]
[03:04] <Sept> "An Evangelion isn't as straightforward as a human. But I believe you."
[03:06] <Minaplo> [She laughed warmly, her voice quick and rapid. "My Evangelion has four arms. I believe you when you say they are not straightforward!"]
[03:10] <Sept> "Hah. You can tell me again when it blinds you."
[03:11] <Minaplo> ["Blindness is not a typical side effect of piloting." Said Armin seriously.-
[03:11] <Minaplo> ["I'll keep that in mind." Said Fatima, her tone still light.]
[03:12] <Sept> "Well, I'll look forward to working with you." He extended a hand a little ways out to be shaken.
[03:16] <Minaplo> [A hand took it, and shook it for a few seconds before letting go.]
[03:17] <Sept> "Crush the UEF and maybe we can do it again," he smiled.
[03:17] <Minaplo> ["Hah."-
[03:18] <Minaplo> ["Feel free to call on me if you wish." Said Fatima. "And thank you for the company, Sera de Pteres, and… Armin, was it?"-
[03:19] <Minaplo> ["Armin Ansgar. You could say I'm like his protector."-
[03:19] <Minaplo> ["A bodyguard?"-
[03:20] <Minaplo> ["More. He keeps me close to his bed."-
[03:20] <Minaplo> ["I…"]
[03:24] * Sept shook his head. "He's not human, it's not a… thing. Don't worry. Nevermind."
[03:25] <Minaplo> ["Not human?"]
[03:33] <Sept> "That doesn't make it any better, does it?"
[03:36] <Minaplo> ["I was… Wondering what he -was-, then."-
[03:36] <Minaplo> [Armin chuckled.]
[03:39] <Sept> "A sentient weapon. Sort of like…"-
[03:40] * Sept paused, hands trying to craft the analogy out of thin air. "…"
[03:45] <Minaplo> [There was a light 'whomp', followed by the 'tink-tink!' of something hitting the ground.-
[03:45] <Minaplo> [Fatima let out a loud sudden cry.]
[03:46] <Sept> "Ah. Yes. Thank you."
[03:57] <Minaplo> [There was another sound- like a discharge of electricity- and Sera felt a sudden gust of wind blow through his hair and clothes.-
[03:57] <Minaplo> [A pause.-
[03:57] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh." Fatima's voice, suddenly quite high.-
[03:57] <Minaplo> ["I should go." She said hurriedly.]
[04:01] * Sept coughed. Maybe sometimes, blindness was no impairment. "…I understand. We'll meet again."
[04:10] <Minaplo> ["Yes, yes we will. Peace on both of you!"-
[04:10] <Minaplo> [Her footsteps were rather quick as she left… The sound of a door in a distance.-
[04:10] <Minaplo> [Armin was silent for a moment.-
[04:10] <Minaplo> ["See what being rude does? You drove her away!"]
[04:13] * Sept turned away from him with his hands behind his back, as if to look at a glorious sunrise. "Your dirac whatever bullshit doesn't store your clothes."
[04:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you can see!"]
[04:15] <Sept> "I can hear."
[04:17] <Minaplo> ["Your loss."]
[04:20] <Sept> "Clothes are important, Armin. You should try to keep them on."

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