For The Love Of Life 1 5 6

[00:12] <Minaplo> [There were a few hours before the operation was scheduled to begin. The medical wing was busy, setting up battlefield triage points, preparing all the supplies for emergency use…-
[00:14] <Minaplo> [But it was also here that one would find one of the key members of that operation- Fatima Nejem, the enigmatic pilot of DEVA-01, sitting in a chair in one of the patient rooms, at the side of a young man… William.-
03[00:15] * Zackv2 is now known as Zack
[00:15] <Minaplo> [Much of his face and body was govered in a thick gauze-like material- burn pads. His lovely blonde hair had been mostly burned away during the explosion, leaving behind a slightly uneven clump.-
[00:15] <Minaplo> [He was asleep. Or rather, in a coma. He had not woken since that day.]
01[00:23] <Yanmei> With time, there would be a faint sense of life somewhere just beyond that room. A brief, very muffled exchange of voices. Then the doors slid open. -
06[00:27] * Yanmei stood there in comfortable, brightly colored civilian clothes. She didn't look the least bit surprised to find the patient or his guest there; on the contrary, she drew her mouth a little tighter, giving off a grim appearence. -
01[00:27] <Yanmei> It took a few seconds, but she nodded to Fatima in quiet greeting.
[00:29] <Minaplo> [Fatima lifted a hand towards Yanmei in greeting. "Come to visit him?"]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "That's right? Although if this is a bad time…"
[00:31] <Minaplo> [She shook her head.]
06[00:34] * Yanmei nodded slowly. She took a few steps in until she was standing by his bed, opposite to Fatima. "How long have you been here?"
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Half an hour."]
06[00:49] * Yanmei nodded again, letting her gaze drift to his bed. He looked so… different now. Fragile. "Sometimes, when Isaiah was likes this, I would talk to him. Just about all sorts of dumb things. I'm starting to do it with him too…"
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh? What do you tell him, if you don't mind me asking?"]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "Just about whatever's going on? Complaining about people. Victories and losses. Updates on mutual friends."
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["I see."-
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["What do you think of him?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "The whole time he's been with us, he's been sweet and kind and polite. Mostly. And also full of surprises in a good way? You wouldn't expect him to be as fit or skilled as he is just by looking at him. Not to mention his babysitting skills…"
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Full of surprises." She said with a small smile, reaching over to stroke what could be seen of his brow. "Tell me, how did you meet him, and what did you think at first look?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "We met him when he was announced as a pilot. It was in the middle of combat tournament NERV was having. You know, for fun? I think it was broadcast internationally…"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["I see. Yes, I remember that…"]
06[01:31] * Yanmei nodded. "He showed up as a surprise challenger after one of our matches? Then he went one-on-one with Aline Blanc and beat her up pretty thoroughly~ And then immediately afterward, they were like, 'surprise, this is your fourth teammate'." She snorted softly. "It's like the higher-ups -planned- to stir up hostilities between us just with that sort of introduction. But William himself was polite enough to undo most of the bad blood and suspicion. He'd been raised by priests, so I thought he would be all innocent and stuff…"
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["… Oh?"]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "Yeah, like, he comes in with all of these idol posters, and he's all… humble. So you think he'd know very little of urban French culture or girls or any of that stuff? Actually, though, he ended up fitting in right away."
[01:43] <Minaplo> [She chuckled. "Not quite the naive choirboy you were expecting, then."]
01[01:45] <Yanmei> "Not at all. Has he always been that… adaptable?"
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["It's one of his talents."]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "I see."
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["He lived with you, too, didn't he? Did he make many friends?"]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "Yes. With one or two exceptions the other pilots were on his good side? And he was popular at school. Actually…" She sobered a little, frowning. "He was just getting over the death of one of his very good friends."
[23:33] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry to hear that. They were close?"]
01[23:40] <Yanmei> "I think so? He cried a lot…"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Did you know this friend, too?"]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "Yeah. She was an old classmate of ours? You might have met her at some point too."
[23:44] <Minaplo> [Fatima tilted her head curiously.]
01[23:45] <Yanmei> "Elena Clement?"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["Who was she?"]
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01[23:47] <Yanmei> "The pilot for EVA-22." Yanmei looked a little disappointed. "You really never met her?"
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["… Oh." Fatima's expression became one of horror for a moment before she hid it.]
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01[00:01] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei simply faced William again. "What do you think of us? Honestly?"
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["That's a dangerous question to ask." Said Fatima quietly. "I don't think you're inherently bad as a whole, you and your people. But I do think you are wrong about this… Federation."]
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01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah? What would lead you to say that?"
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["What are you trying to accomplish that the UN hasn't tried itself?"]
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01[00:12] <Yanmei> "Explaining that would mean getting into that conspiracy stuff that you're trying to avoid. Are you sure you want to hear?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["That's convenient." Said Fatima with a small smile. "So there's a -secret- purpose behind your Federation, too?"]
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01[00:27] <Yanmei> "Rule #1 of being an Evangelion pilot: Secrets are everywhere. And even those secrets have secrets. I -can- tell you that we're not malicious, though."
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["So I'm just supposed to trust that your Federation, which is a front for a secret purpose, is for my own benefit?"]
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01[00:35] <Yanmei> "If it helps, you can think of us acting in the interest of self preservation on a global scale. Which would, of course, also include your own interests too."
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["Doesn't help your case." Said Fatima. "There's really no difference between your Federation and the UN, is there?"]
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06[00:49] * Yanmei sighed. "That's pretty insulting? Of course there's a difference. We don't seek unquestioned control over every imaginable aspect of the entire world."
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["And the UN does?"]
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01[00:53] <Yanmei> "The individuals who keep it running do. The Human Instrumentality Committee."
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Through their conspiracy, right?"]
01[01:00] <Yanmei> "Do you know what 'instrumentality' is?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Is it something you can explain to me without referance to supposed conspiracies?"]
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01[01:06] <Yanmei> "It's something I'd like to give you some reading material on? You should at least become familiar with its meaning, because you're going to hear it referenced time and time again, endlessly."
[01:07] <Minaplo> [Fatima let out a sigh.-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Give me the quick version."]
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01[01:19] <Yanmei> "It's… an event. Your tech division told you that humans have AT Fields, right? Really weak ones? Instrumentality is the breakdown of those Fields."
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Breakdown?" Fatima folded her arms. "I know that humans caught in an anti-AT Field can collapse into LCL, is that what you mean?"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "It's similar? But what we're talking about is on a much bigger scale. Much bigger than what a single Evangelion's anti-AT Field can do."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Like the dead zone around Antarctica?"]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "Getting warmer. Think bigger."
[01:29] <Minaplo> [She shrugged. "Cut to the point, please."]
06[01:32] * Yanmei frowned at that. "Instrumentality is a global event."
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
01[01:48] <Yanmei> If she was fighting any sullenness, Yanmei kept it politely hidden. "An AT Field - even a weak one, like we humans have - is the thing that creates boundries between one individual's consciousness and another's. Turning into LCL doesn't kill a person. If it did, the cases of people coming back after dissolving wouldn't exist? It's just… a breakdown of the thing that keeps us separate from each other in all respects, mental and physical. So if the entire world breaks down, we have a case where no one is separate from each other. It's like becoming one entity."
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Ok."]
06[01:49] * Yanmei stared flatly at her.
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["Not how you thought I would react?" Said Fatima with a small smile. "You said it has to be bigger than the dead zone. Global. So it would require a force greater than the demise of Adam- the mother of Angels!- to create it. An Evangelion can't do that, you just said so. That means there's nothing that -can- do it, so to me, this is an interesting hypothetical danger, like a supernova, or
[01:51] <Minaplo> a gamma ray burst."]
01[02:27] <Yanmei> "Hah. Look, you're overestimating the amount of -effort- required for this? It can be done if you have the right parts. It's just a matter of creating something that's greater than a regular Eva or a regular Angel, which is possible if you have access to stuff like Adam's remains or its counterpart Lilith. Causing Instrumentality is easy, it's the controlling it part that the Committee has been fiddling with all these years. And, in the process of researching that, they've done some very nasty stuff."
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["Alright." She nodded. "Let's start from the top. Where's Adam's remains now?"]
03[02:28] * Zack is now known as Mikel
01[02:31] <Yanmei> "Out of the Committee's hands? You're still their subordinate, you know."
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Out of the committee's hands… So you have them."]
01[02:39] <Yanmei> "Me? They probably think so by now. Where are you going with this?"
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Well, if that's -really- how Instrumentality works, then isn't it more likely that you could start it, considering you have all the pieces? Don't pretend you don't, by the way. If they're out of the Committee's hands, there's only one group with enough power to keep them."]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Hah. All right, we'll pretend for a minute that you're right," said Yanmei with a good natured smile. "If I did, I'd make sure that every one of those pieces was dormant or isolated from each other so that we wouldn't have to worry about them reacting to each other weirdly. And as for intentionally setting it off… I don't want to be LCL? If I did, I'd just let Caine do whatever she wanted without interfering. So, yeah."
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Oh? So this can actually be triggered… Accidentally?" Said Fatima, her eyes wide for a moment. Then she smiled a little more. "I didn't know that. Now you seem even more reckless."]
03[00:50] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "Uh huh. You're totally just messing with me right now, huh?"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["You've been messing with me this whole time. Let's start from the top."-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["One: first and foremost, you state that Mary Caine intends to turn the entire world into LCL, without giving a reason why, which is unbelievable."-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Two: You establish that her doing this relies on pieces of entities that you possess."-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Three: You then establish that you are -entirely- not intending to use these pieces for your own benefit."-
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["Your entire tale is shady and unconvincing, designed to make Mary Caine look like a danger, whilst also trying to establish your superiority to her on a moral and physical sense."]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry? I was under the impression that you wouldn't be convinced either way, Miss Soldier. I'm just answering your questions as they come."
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Politician speak. You're weaving a narrative that you want me to believe, a narrative that coincides with your own beliefs."-
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Why, then? Why would Mary Caine like to reduce the world to LCL?"]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "The plan originally pitched to her more powerful allies was to create an existence free of suffering and loneliness, with her and said allies presiding over it all."
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "You can't be lonely if you're literally one with billions of other people? And you wouldn't experience suffering from either them or from external factors. I guess if you'd had enough of the world, you'd be comfortable in a place like that."
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
01[01:46] <Yanmei> "Anyway, she's been killing said allies."
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["Ok."]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "And she's also constructed her own version of that collective consciousness. Using souls of the dead. Over which she and she alone presides."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "And while that's worked out fine so far, she's looking into more permanent solutions. Hence Instrumentality. Also, she's a cyborg."
[02:05] <Minaplo> [Fatima simply doubled over.-
[02:06] <Minaplo> [When she had reined in her laughter- hand covering her mouth, shoulders convulsing, tears pouring out of her eyes- she began to reply.-
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["I am sorry, I am sorry, but…" She paused to wipe the tears from her eyes.-
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["A cyborg? So what? I ran into -four- cyborgs on my way here this morning! That doesn't mean anything. I know that Mary Caine was in a car accident. I know she has prosthetics. That doesn't make her untrustworthy."]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "It's pretty irrelevant? But it made you react just now, and that was nice for a change." Yanmei beamed at her. "Who told you about the prosthetics? Von Brandt?"
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Caine told me herself."-
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["And why do you expect me to react? You tell me tall tales without a shred of evidence…"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "Then… why aren't you asking Caine about her motives?"
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["Why bother? If she's anything like you, she won't tell me about this up-front. She'll simply insist that the purpose of the UN, like your Federation, is to preserve world peace and freedom."]
01[02:39] <Yanmei> "What was it you said before? 'Look to your front'? Why the sudden curiosity?"
[02:43] <Minaplo> ["What curiosity? I was here visiting my friend, and you decided to ideologise at me!"]
01[02:49] <Yanmei> "You -must- be joking. 'What are you trying to accomplish that the UN hasn't tried?' 'There's no difference between you and the UN, is there?' If you don't want me to talk about that stuff, then don't ask?"
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["You asked me what I thought of you! I was trying to be Socratic!"]
06[03:14] * Yanmei gave her a rather dubious look. "Why? What were you trying to illustrate? That the UN and the UEF are the same?"
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["First of all: to the common person on the street, they basically are the same."-
[03:18] <Minaplo> ["Secondly- I was trying to illustrate exactly what I've been saying from the get-go. I don't think you're a bad person, I think you and others in your inner circle are well-meaning, but without evidence, any accusation made towards the leaders of the UN can be made against you, and since you're both deep into conspiracies, to someone like me, buying into or listening to any of this will
[03:18] <Minaplo> simply muddle up my attempts to fulfil my duty and contract to no real avail."]
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "You were really convinced that I needed a full-on demonstration? That was just frustrating for both of us." But she was relaxing a bit more around the shoulders now, her arms still folded across her chest.
[01:23] <Minaplo> [Fatima shrugged her shoulders, turning her attention back towards William.]
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei sighed. "Look, your point isn't lost on me? I'd just prefer a more direct way of saying it. Anyway. I'll see myself out so that you can continue your visit in peace."
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["I said it directly plenty of times." Muttered Fatima.]
01[01:38] <Yanmei> "And that's why I gave up before? But when you asked me those questions, I mistook them as a sign of interest. And, well…" She shrugged.
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Heh."]
01[01:59] <Yanmei> "Anyway, I apologize. I should have read between the lines better?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> [She looked up at Yanmei, gave her a single nod.]
06[02:14] * Yanmei looked satisfied with that, backing off toward the door. "Like I said, though, I'll leave you two in peace. Please let me know if you need anything later."
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["I will. Go in peace, Zhang Yanmei."]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "You too." And very soon, she was on the other side of that door.

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