For The Love Of Life 1 5b

06[10:47] * @Aline stared out towards the Seraphim in front of her… and slowly nodded. "…right. Let's do this, coordinated assault, focus down one-by-one!" And when the others were beginning to neutralize the field of one of them… Aline let out a wave of three exploding, searing blasts of force, before immediately following it all up with a burst from her long mas. In the end, one of the Seraphim
06[10:47] * @Aline was just utterly wiped out by her assault alone!
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["Alright, let's go!" Shouted Asuka, charging another Seraphim, cutting through its torso- Kyuu following up to finish the job.-
[11:13] <Minaplo> [Kyuu's charge tore through it in a single hit, and instantly the counter attack came. The air around Kyuu was a sudden storm of positron energy and bolt shells, and within a second the Eva was plunging towards the ocean in a spiral, smoke and blood issuing from its chest, one of its legs just gone!]
06[12:09] * @Aline dove forward now, sending out a withering barrage of… mostly-dodged energy blasts as 00 surged forwards. In the distance, though, Aline would notice something she wished she hadn't… "Fuck, he's back! And I don't think he'll appreciate my wearing his skin as armor either…"
[12:33] <Minaplo> [("Where one is, others are also." Cautioned Ezekiel.-
[12:36] <Minaplo> [Sitting in the middle of the sea was a green and verdant island, with steep cliffsides. She'd seen the unmistakeable form of the Angelspawn Vrscika, crouching down, watching her, staring- and no, he didn't appreciate it.-
[12:38] <Minaplo> [It'd take only a second for their first problem to arise. A burning lance of light struck out from the island, collecting into a sphere within their midst- before exploding!-
[12:39] <Minaplo> [Kyuu screamed- her unit had been shielded from positron blasts and bolter shells by the untouchable DEVA-01; but the blast couldn't be avoided. Kyuu's camera cut out abruptly and her unit toppled slowly towards the ocean once again, and this time there was nothing to stop its descent. It hit the water with a splash, and began to sink…-
[12:42] <Minaplo> [… A thin shape burst from the trees of the island, slipping into the water with the ease of a dolphin, surfacing some kilometres from shore. To Aline, it looked like what could only be a mutated, demonic humanoid squid. A mind flayer was the term that came to her mind.-
[12:43] <Minaplo> [Its head was bulbous and elongated, studded with red squid-like eyes. Its mouth was a sharp, cruel beak, surrounded by long tentacles; its body, however, was humanoid, although grey and wet and slimy.-
[12:43] <Minaplo> [Three bolts of energy issued forth from its temple, streaking towards EVA-00!-
[12:43] <Minaplo> [("The Blue Asterion!") Shouted Ezekiel. In the command centre he shot to his feet. ("She's using the Asterions!")]
[22:50] * Aline focused her mind for a second, and the wave-pattern of 00's AT Field briefly distorted, almost glowing crimson instead of orange… as Kyuu and her Eva were suddenly shunted off towards the Battleship in a modified Dirac Jaunt! It went back to normal in time for Aline to then narrow her gaze and blow apart one of the Seraphim's heads with a single maser pulse… and then "What,
[22:50] * Aline other than 'blatantly Lovecraftian', is an Asterion?!"
[00:37] <Minaplo> [("Extradimensional weapons!") Said Ezekiel in response. ("Their bodies are never fully in this dimension, Aline. The Blue Asterion is the master of fluids like water, so stay out of it. When they attack you, they attack along multiple planes of existence- striking your 'self' directly. You need to be cautious.")-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure it'll die like any other Spawn." Muttered Asuka insolently as she hurried towards another Seraphim, locking it up with her attacks.-
[00:40] <Minaplo> [At this moment, however, Aline would find she had more problems than just an Asterion. The forces arrayed against her were, cleverly, all about long-range combat. The air around her was filled with positron blasts and bolter shells, with Fatima doing all she could to keep 00 safe.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [But some things got through. A great beam of intense white light burned its way through 00's leg armour, whilst that Asterion, still cutting through the water, lifted its head momentarily out to fire a thin striking light at 00… Which widened a second later into a massive blast. The physical damage was obvious…-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [The mental, less so.]
[01:05] * Aline frowned deeply, feeling parts of her wither again. It was all too familiar. "Nnngh." An eye briefly noticed an unseen /lessening/ of the Philosopher's Stone. "Regroup out of the artillery range and focus on that bolter squad. Do as much damage as possible, rendezvous at Asuka's position, and then I'll jaunt us over there!" …And, after waiting for the other two to get into position,
[01:05] * Aline Aline would soon shove them away as stated!
#0[00:24] <@Minaplo> [One more Seraphim, levelling its rifle at Aline…]
[00:27] * Aline just sort of blankly stared at it. "…Fuck you." 00 gestured absently, and a giant ray of AT force shot out at the 'phim… and when it dodged… "Fuck. Yoooooooooou." The beam bent back onto it!
[00:33] <@Minaplo> [The blast was enough to vaporise the entire top half of the Seraphim, leaving a disembodied torso to plummet into the ocean.-
[00:35] <@Minaplo> ["Ah, shit. We've got company!" Shouted Asuka.-
[00:35] <@Minaplo> [And indeed, from the west- three Seraphim flying in formation, dispersed over maybe two kilometres, firing short energy bursts from their rifles, moving to neutralise 02…-
[00:36] <@Minaplo> [From that island in the distance came two more assaults, great shining cross-shaped blasts of Angelic energy which 02 barely avoided.-
[00:36] <@Minaplo> [And then, beneath them, the waves and the water twisted and bulged, creating a shape- the shape of the Asterion! It was suddenly there, as though it had already been there- it waited not even a second before assaulting 02 from afar with the same energy strike that had damaged 00 so.-
[00:37] <@Minaplo> ["Damnit, teleporting bastard!"]
[00:39] <Aline> "Right. On it! I'll fix the problem once we get the fucking mooks out of the way!" And with another gesture, 00 sent a wave of streaking blasts outwards, which unerringly aimed at their targets.
[00:40] * Aline then peered out further. "…And deal with those spawn from the cult attack. Director Katsuragi, consider this an official request for N2 strike on those targets!"
[01:15] <@Minaplo> [("An official- alright. Katsuragi to command, we have received an official request for N2 support!")-
[01:16] <@Minaplo> [("Acknowledged, Admiral! This is Captain Amatore-DeForest, authorization code, Amatore-Alpha-Seven-Seven-Nine-Six-Gamma-Epsilon-Six-Two.")-
[01:17] <@Minaplo> [("This is Executive Officer Gosselin, authorization code Gosselin-Beta-Nine-Eight-Nine-Four-Two-Omega-Delta-Three-One.")-
[01:17] <@Minaplo> [("Coordinates locked in! N2 Warhead, fire!")-
[01:18] <@Minaplo> [Aline wouldn't see the N2 warhead being launched, but she could see its contrail as it streaked across the sky…-
[01:21] <@Minaplo> [Landing in the centre of the distant island. There was a roar of sound and explosion of light all in one, a gigantic plume, a lance of energy streaking into the sky, red and orange and angry… Followed by a wave of force emanating outwards, a shockwave of immense proportions. Even 00 felt the heat and force…-
[01:21] <@Minaplo> [The sea boiled and rippled and burst outwards, huge waves exploding outwards, travelling across the bay and inundating and flooding the beaches…-
[01:22] <@Minaplo> ["Damn, that's a big explosion." Muttered Asuka. "Won't kill 'em, but it might make 'em think twice. Ok, let's see-"-
[01:22] <@Minaplo> [And Asuka, in one fluid move, tucked herself into a ball, did a single backflip, and when it was over, her axe and naginata were stowed away, replaced by a pair of bolters. "It'd be a waste to not take advantage of your softening, Mrs. Ikari." Said Asuka with a wry smirk.-
[01:23] <@Minaplo> [The bolters spat out, aimed at the two outer Seraphim. Within seconds, the rain of shells had torn through and destroyed them, sending their wrecked bodies towards the ocean.]
[16:59] * Aline noticed something about one of their foes, actually. "…The Asterion looks as though it fights better in the ocean." …A grin, malicious and raw, formed on Aline's face. "Everyone, dogpile the Asterion and prepare for a Jaunt!" …00 then proceeded to dash forward on its wings, before surging into the ocean after the blatantly cephalopodic monster!
[18:59] <Aline> » Time passed in a blur. The Evas (and DEva) descended on the Asterion once Aline brought it onto dry land. While terror reigned, Misato's /ferocious yelling/ brought Asuka back from beyond the brink of madness, and with a coordinated assault, a False Lance tore open the path for Aline to raise her Long Mas and end the now-weakened beast with a well-placed shot. A moment to regroup, though,
[18:59] <Aline> and soon the trio jaunted once more, into the airspace of the island the three spawn were waiting at. While they took some damage from the N2 warhead, yes… they were in many ways mostly fresh, and came at the three units with wild abandon. Clawed charges, searing radiance, and gouts of lightning shot out. But with careful dedication, Asuka cut her way across the battlefield, another Lance
[18:59] <Aline> whizzed on by… and once again, Aline ended Mina with a single expertly-placed maser beam. When the dust from the ruined spawn settled, Karkata was raging against the group amidst Vrscika's violent assault, and soon, soon us the viewing audience would be brought back to the present by a massive inferno from the fiery spawn suddenly clashing against an angry orange AT Field, where it should
[18:59] <Aline> have eroded one of DEVA-01's ablative layers. Aline just chuckled. "It's only fair that I guard you sometimes in return."
[20:09] <Minaplo> ["So it seems." Said Fatima with a wry smile.-
[20:10] <Minaplo> ["Hey, you two!" Shouted Asuka, knocking one of Vrscika's claws away with her axe. "These bastards… They're reacting before I've even decided what to do!"]
[20:13] * Aline nodded a bit. "And… I don't have much recourse to hurt the one that matters!" …Her eyes drifted to something in the distance, now. "Unless…" It was silly. It was bizarre. It was even something of a hail-mary ploy. Yet… "Well, if we get /her/ down…" Her AT barrier collapsed suddenly, only for Mina's corpse to start buzzing and humming like one of Yanmei's 5.6 billion
[20:13] * Aline cellphones set on vibrate. …And then it was /hurled/ forcefully at Karkata's torso! "Asuka, bolters! You can handle Vr… Vrs… /that guy/ better than any of us can handle her!"
[20:47] <Minaplo> ["Heh." Asuka levelled her bolter, taking the time to neutralise… Before firing a single shot that tore apart parts of Karkata's armoured skull!-
[20:48] <Minaplo> [("Be advised, White, we're detecting an odd fluctuation of energy at your location…")-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [Vrscika crouched, getting ready to spring.-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [And Karkata raised a hand, heat forming palpably around it…-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [When they both suddenly went still.-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [In a single second, they simply… Turned into little more than wisps, fading away.]
[20:51] * Aline …tilted her head. Then realization struck. "…Metatron. She must think we're ripping them apart when they could help more elsewhere." A small sigh, before staring at the peak of the N2-ruined island. "…Still, that means we're safe to transfer over."
[21:03] <Minaplo> [There was some chatter.-
[21:03] <Minaplo> [("We suspect that the transmission point is on the island. Make your way to the centre and wait for further changes.")]
[21:12] * Aline nodded, even gestured with 00, and flew off to that site!
[21:17] <Minaplo> [Her allies went as well…-
[21:18] <Minaplo> [And there, they waited.-
[21:18] <Minaplo> ["This had better hurry up." Said Asuka impatiently, her Eva tapping the ground with its foot.-
[21:18] <Minaplo> [("… Anomalous energy buildup detected. Get ready, Wh-")-
[21:18] <Minaplo> [The island- all of it- trembled.]
[21:25] * Aline started down - 00 /had/ landed, but… it soon fluttered into the air again. "…I get this /very/ severe gut sensation the whole damn thing is about to go!"
[21:27] <Minaplo> [("Technical recommends you don't try to resist the effects, White.")]
[21:32] * Aline then… paused, sighing. "R… right then. Sorry."
[21:33] <Minaplo> [Cracks began to spread across the ground, now. Small to an Eva's eyes- so quite large for a normal person! They spread in every direction…-
[21:35] <Minaplo> [At this point, DEVA-01 grabbed EVA-00's right arm and 02's left, pulling the two Evas towards it. "Let's try to stay as a group."]
[21:39] * Aline even moved 00 down a bit on her own. "Yeah." She still had a significant feeling of trepidation, but had to agree.
[21:40] <Minaplo> [There was a curious, split-second sensation of weightlessness…-
[21:41] <Minaplo> [… Before the island suddenly -plunged-. They could tell it had done so, because in less than a second that horizon had gone from endless ocean to… Well, more endless ocean, but now it was in a wall around them, several miles high.-
[21:41] <Minaplo> ["Oh, shit." Swore Asuka, a second before physics caught up with the impossible.-
[21:42] <Minaplo> [The walls broke, the great deluge rushing into fill the void- falling in on them.]
[21:43] * Aline briefly muttered something about poetics, before she just… sighed pretty fucking deeply.
[21:59] <Minaplo> [The great mass of water fell on them with immense force, dashing them off their feet. It took about half a second before Aline's sense of direction and vision was completely disrupted.-
[22:01] <Minaplo> [Even the island seemed to be lost to vision. It may as well have been completely destroyed…-
[22:01] <Minaplo> [All around 00 was black. Black abyssal water…-
[22:01] <Minaplo> […00 floated quietly for a moment, before some force grabbed onto it, pulling it viciously in a certain direction… Then another…-
[22:02] <Minaplo> [Around and around, she was pulled, in a wider-but-narrowing circular pattern. A funnel.]
[22:04] * Aline was /trying/ to maintain stability. To be the rock. To be stable. …But all that really accomplished was exaggerating her own feeling of vertigo. Can somebody stop the entry plug I need to hurl.
[22:06] <Minaplo> [Dizzying, disorientating. These were good words for it, and in amidst Aline's aggressive disturbance, she'd hear… Whispers, at the edge of her careening consciousness.]
[22:07] * Aline …ended up trying to strain to hear them. They /had/ to be here for a reason.
[22:35] * Aline tried to keep her lunch together - and was succeeding, maybe because of all those unprotected jaunts - and… said something on her way down. "We'll lead you home."
[22:39] <Minaplo> [Faster, now, she was barely spinning, just heading straight down at dizzying speed-
[22:39] <Minaplo> [WHUMP.-
[22:40] <Minaplo> [And all of a sudden, 00 was sprawled spread-eagle on a hard, somewhat gritty surface. A surface that was not inundated with water.]
[22:41] * Aline let out a soft whine… before beginning the process of getting the EVA to slowly crawl onto its feet…!
[22:44] <Minaplo> [00 was underground. It had been ejected at high speed out of a nearby lake- presumably an aquifer or somesuch- and had landed, heavily, on a sand-covered stone surface. It was a fluctuating green, riddled with veins like malachite.-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [The cavern 00 was in was expansive by any normal measurement, with a high vaulted roof that would put any cathedral to shame. Much of the green stone wall was clearly natural, made smooth in many areas by water erosion, but it lacked the artificial straightness of the human hand.-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [The cavern itself narrowed towards a single direction, where it terminated in what seemed to be a corridor.-
[22:46] <Minaplo> [… The water began to froth, and a second later, DEVA-01 was hurled out of it, flying in a spectacular arc above 00 before landing some dozen metres away.-
[22:47] <Minaplo> [EVA-02 was quick to follow, but unlike the others its showy pilot managed to stabilise herself mid-leap, turning her flurry of limbs into a controlled, tight flip, before landing in front of 00 in a perfect standing position, hands on hips.-
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["I wanna do that again!" Crowed Asuka cheerfully.]
[22:47] * Aline …sighed, almost wearily. "Sadly, you won't be able to."

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