He Who Arises In Might

[06:59] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. 13th of March, 2018. Episode Title: He who Arises in Might.-
[07:01] <Minaplo> [("This is Commander Hauptmann of NERV Headquarters. Acknowledging detection of Angel codename Michael. Hereby passing battlefield control over to Colonel Amatore-DeForest.")-
[07:01] <Minaplo> [("Acknowledged, HQ. Colonel Amatore-DeForest accepting command of all forces. Evangelion Squads one, two and three! Report readiness!")-
[07:02] <Minaplo> [It was a muster of what units they could spare, the ones they had repaired and could arm. Nine units in total, arranged against a foe that had teleported, an hour ago, into Normandy.-
[07:02] <Minaplo> [It had been a warning, a waving of a red flag, and NERV had reacted promptly. The nine Evas now stood on Paris-2, divided into three squads of three, ready to protect the city where it all began- and where it might end.]
[07:44] <Sept> "Evangelion Zero-One. Ready." Sera's voice was slower, much calmer than usual as he stood there, stretching his neck idly. As a giant machine of war.
06[07:45] * Aline sat calmly as well, only minor pre-battle jitters manifesting. She was checking all her readouts on the new hardware 00 was installed with. "Mmm…" But then she heard Sera. "Evangelion Zero-Zero, Ready!"
06[07:47] * Yanmei was fiddling with OTIS's volume - turning it way, way, way down, with a vaguely sour expression that vanished as soon as she heard the others sounding off. "Evangelion Zero-Four, ready to go?"
[07:48] <Minaplo> ["Evangelion Zero-Six, Ready!"-
[07:48] <Minaplo> ["Evangelion Zero-Nine, Ready!"-
[07:49] <Minaplo> ["Evangelion Zero-Eight, Reporting in!" "Evangelion Seventeen, Ready!" "Evangelion Eighteen… Ready."-
[07:49] <Minaplo> [("AT Fields, set to maximum!") Came the order.-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [("Target is Angel Codename: Michael, detected eight hundred metres north of the city centre. First Wing, move in to neutralise! Second Wing, move in to engage!")-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [And there he was, Michael, a powerful figure- but moving with… Humble strides. It was a strange, eerie image…]
[07:56] <Sept> "Moving… -in-." You could hear the grin. EVA-01 hopped and ran after the figure. "Commencing aggressive neutralisation!"
06[07:58] * Aline levelled and centered herself - while takking away at a console. "Deploying P-Fields and preparing target lock." And like that, William and Alexandrina would find themselves /aware/ of flowing possibilities.
01[08:06] <Yanmei> "Don't get too close," Yanmei warned her own wing, warily taking aim with her shiny bolter as they passed her, dashing closer to the front lines.
[08:07] <Minaplo> [("AT Field neutralisation complete! Wing Two, Support, commence attack!")-
[08:08] <Minaplo> [Rei was the first to attack, charging in, swinging her Daiglaive around her head, sweeping towards him. Michael swiftly avoided it, and also avoided a beam of pure AT Energy fired from Isaiah.-
[08:17] <Minaplo> [The next barrage was from the Support team, firing their Positron Cannons across the city, both hitting their mark- Michael's right leg.-
[08:19] <Minaplo> [The counter-attack was swift. A huge growing sphere of energy rippled through the air, and from it, Michael emerged, shooting straight up- where he used his superior height to begin his storm of attacks. A beam of energy struck through Ayanami Go's unit's head, and another beam melted a layer of Sera's shield.]
01[08:40] <Yanmei> "After him!" Yanmei snapped. Her Eva was still hanging back, a dull blue glow starting to form around the Sword in her other hand. A window opened up on Isaiah's and Rei's consoles, new data pouring onto it.
06[08:42] * Aline meanwhile fired a shot up, having focused rather dearly on it…!
[08:42] <Sept> "On it." 01's wings spread, and the Evangelion leapt off the ground, defying gravity. "Neutralisation back!"
[08:49] <Minaplo> ["Moving in to grab him!" Cried Rei, her telemetry filling with Yanmei's information. She moved in swiftly, pinning him in place-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [And now the barrage hit home. Isaiah's burning beam- almost blinding to look at- burned through the flesh of the leg, exposing bone, whilst Go's Maser rifle began to dissolve that very bone with sheer heat.-
[08:52] <Minaplo> [A flash of light from Michael's glowing red orb, and the Angel was off again, climbing ever higher. The air around it shimmered as it flew, and looking at it was as though one were to look at the world through a negative roll of film…-
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["(Anti-AT Field!"-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [A barrage of beams flew at William, striking his Eva in the chest, doing some damage- he grunted, and kept focusing.]
[08:57] <Aline> "Shit. And at that rate of climb…" Then Aline remembered something. "Rei, prepare for a catapult maneuver!" She exclaimed, while her gun whirred.
[09:04] <Aline> * "Yanmei,"
01[09:10] <Yanmei> "Catapult. Roger that~" Yanmei murmured peering at the data. Was this something they had even tested in the field before?
06[09:12] * Aline nodded, and 00 struck forwards and up along a diagonal line, moving closer… closer… closer to Michael. "Steady… Steady…!" Then at the last momeny, a mere 650 meters away, Aline suddenly /did something/. A wave of AT force propagated between 00 and 04, causing 00 to suddenly /whip/ back downwards, meeting an uprushing 04 on the way down. Yanmei might be close enough to…!
06[09:13] * Sept kept ascending towards the Angel, trying to keep its field down. "Amatore-DeForest. What do the synch fluctuations look like?"
[09:14] <Minaplo> [("You're holding stable, Evangelion Zero-One.")]
06[09:24] * Yanmei was suddenly up close and personal now… Or at least significantly closer than she had been before. "Thanks!" She capitalized on it with a battle yell as she soared in even closer, swiping at Michael's head and missing. "Tch."
[09:36] <Minaplo> [Rei and Isaiah swooped in now, Rei desperately trying to clutch onto him- Isaiah wrapping his arms several times around Michael, pinning him.-
[09:38] <Minaplo> [The Evangelions returned Michael's many favours now. Two beams of antimatter burned through the leg, and a final shot from Go vaporised the wounded leg. Michael roared, a cry of anguish as well as agony.-
[09:38] <Minaplo> [("High energy reactions within the target! Look out!")-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [Massive tumours suddenly boiled and burst from the stump, a whole new leg pushing itself out of the thigh. With another blinding flash of light, Michael was free, and away- raining down a curtain of blasts as he rose, vaporising Go's Eva's head- Go letting out a piteous shriek- and barraging William yet again.-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [("Hnng- Evangelion Twenty-One fine!")]
[10:02] <Aline> As everyone rose, Aline took aim, pumping off another shot. While Michael could easily dodge this, it wasn't about, actually, hitting him. She needed to get him to over-extend himself…!
06[10:08] * Yanmei was rising with the others, frowning at Go's status. "Isaiah! Rei! We'll try again!" She switched out her gun for the second sword she had brought with her, holding ready for the right timing…
[10:14] <Sept> "Keep it up, everyone. If anyone else gets picked off, collapse into a tighter formation, alright? I should be able to buy more time that way."
[10:25] <Minaplo> [Aline missed; Rei grabbed air, and Yanmei's attacks caused light wounds to most of his body, and a large ugly gash across his face.-
[10:25] <Minaplo> [But Isaiah raced up to grab him, only to simply go through him- Michael was gone.-
[10:27] <Minaplo> [He reappeared a second later, above Isaiah, but now he was moving, flying away, right into the midst of what remained of Wing Two.-
[10:28] <Minaplo> [It paused, just a few dozen metres away from Sera- and then unleashed an incredible, peerless barrage of energy and light. Plasma, antimatter, sheer focused tight beams of energy, anti-AT energy, all raining down on EVA-01 in a wave of power that would've vaporised two, three regular units…-
[10:28] <Minaplo> [… And Michael was already off, higher into the air, before the smoke had time to clear.]
06[10:46] * Aline let out a soft whine. "At this rate he'll soon outpace us…" But she was feeding data into her targeting computer now.
[10:47] <Minaplo> [("We can't let that happen! Move up, Wings! Faster!")]
01[10:56] <Yanmei> "Ma'am!" Yanmei zipped upward, closing the distance. Swords! Slash, slash. Her brow was furrowed, although it was oddly not from the frustration of the enemy's stoic reception. "We have to drop it!"
[11:03] <Minaplo> [Another flurry of long limbs from Isaiah, wrapping around Michael- and again, a barrage of energy from below burned its wounded, freshly regrown leg, clear off.-
[11:04] <Minaplo> [The last time this had happened, Michael had become that much faster, that much more dangerous, but this time it seemed he was at his limit. Could it be they were… Wearing him down?-
[11:04] <Minaplo> [He cried out in anger and pain, and once again his red orb flashed with light- he broke free, flying up into the air…-
[11:05] <Minaplo> [("Massive high-energy reaction! The readings are off the scale!")-
[11:05] <Minaplo> [("It's preparing its high-power attack!")-
[11:06] <Minaplo> [And indeed, the Philosopher's Stone now was glowing ever brighter, the very air around it starting to warp and tear from the sheer energy output. Anti-AT energy coalescing into such a small spot as to make the air around it more concept than reality…]
[11:12] <Aline> "…I know he's charging his superlaser, but… We need him to stop flying away. I'm going to jaunt him back down. Try to get near me before my second jaunt if you want to come with me down to surface level!" Aline called out, already preparing herself.
03[11:20] * ZackSleep is now known as Zack
06[11:23] * Aline then winked out of reality, as probability distortions started to, sadly, fade. She reappeared a short ways away from Michael, and nudged herself closer as 00's wings glowed with radiant energy. "Hello…"
06[11:31] * Yanmei let the others catch up to him first, and then quickly sprang at the Angel's body, swinging her swords at him again as soon as his Field went down. "You stop that charging!!"
[11:33] <Sept> "Take us down, Aline. Let's finish this."
06[11:34] * Aline smirked, and nodded at Sera. But she had a two-liner to finish. "…And goodbye!" SHOOP, down everyone goes, as 00 splashes into the Seine and everyone else is suddenly on the ground again!
[11:43] <Minaplo> [And at the last second, Aline managed to alter his attack.-
[11:44] <Minaplo> [Aimed as it was, there was nothing Wing one and Wing Two could've done to avoid it.-
[11:44] <Minaplo> [But Aline's actions threw off his angle. Suddenly, instead of being above, he was beside, on the ground-
[11:44] <Minaplo> [The attack was still monstrous. So much energy- it gouged deep into the ground, burning through part of the Geofront armour as it went, oblitering an entire park, thousands of homes…-
[11:44] <Minaplo> [Entire hills were simply vaporised.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [There was only one Evangelion in the path of the attack when all was said and done- EVA-09, still grasping Michael, the orb hovering directly before its chassis.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [Rei let out an agonising shrill shriek of agony before her comms died.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [And now, full of vengeance, wings holding aloft a body that was missing a leg, Michael hurtled across the battlefield, landing besides EVA-21 and William.-
[11:47] <Minaplo> [A blast of energy ripped across the battlefield, William narrowly avoiding it. and as so many times before, he dodged right into a beam of energy that simply vaporised 21's head, the Evangelion stumbling a little further, headless, before crashing into an apartment block and demolishing it.]
03[11:51] * Zack is now known as ZackAFK
06[11:51] * Sept had enough time to get out of the heavy attack's way, the Evangelion's foot-and-talon marks on the landscape suddenly seeming so pointless again, in contrast with that devastation. "Hmph. If you need protection, stay close. I'm going back in to neutralise."
01[11:53] <Yanmei> "We'll be right behind you." Yanmei's eyes still stung from the blasts, but she was centered and ready. "Isaiah, follow my lead."
06[12:00] * Aline aimed, focused… she breathed in and out. Idly, her eyes checked her shot count: 2/4. Then, with a sharp exhale, and a… "Coreshot." Aline let 00 send out an /astoundingly/ lucky shot right at Michael's core!
[12:21] <Minaplo> [Michael stumbled, the shot doing clear damage- and soon Isaiah was moving in, ready to push the advantage as soon as Yanmei left an opening.]
01[12:22] <Yanmei> Which she did, scooting aside to leave him room after beating viciously against the Angel's core with her twin blades.
[12:23] <Minaplo> [A curled claw fist smashed into Michael's core, and the blow sent the Angel reeling, smashing through several suburban neighbourhoods.-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [The smoke lifted around it, shrouding it…-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [("High energy reaction! We… What the hell?")-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [Two shapes hurtled out of the dust cloud.-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [Both of them Michael, one heading west, the other east.-
[12:24] <Minaplo> [("It duplicated itself?! How?") ("Time displacement. It's using an internalised Dirac Sea to exist in two places at once…")]
01[12:26] <Yanmei> "I-I know this trick! We need to take them both out at once!"
[12:27] <Minaplo> [("What? How do you…?")]
06[12:28] * Aline roared right back. "Explanations later, winning now! We need to get them now. With Paris-2 evacuated, I can use an Anti-AT beam on one of their cores!"
01[12:29] <Yanmei> "Then that just leaves the other one? Isaiah, can you reach it?"
[12:31] <Minaplo> ["I think so!"]
01[12:32] <Yanmei> "Then do it! The rest of us will provide support."
06[12:34] * Aline nodded solemnly. She whispered, almost inaudibly. "Please let my body remain coherent. Please." It was vaguely heartfelt… but soon, angry red emanated from 00 as it took skyward.
06[12:55] * Aline then let out a feral howl. "AaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!" As a beam of similarly bloody energy struck out at one of the two Michael bodies!
[13:07] <Minaplo> [The body vaporised in the massive expression of energy…-
[13:08] <Minaplo> [And the other was quick to retaliate, hurtling across the battlefield until it was directly above Aline. It didn't hesitate. Two hands, two beams of energy. One missed, the other decapitated EVA-00 in a single blow, sending the Evangelion, neck stump smoking, crashing into the Seine, where it caused the banks to flood.]
[08:11] <Sept> "Goddamnit," said the voice, low, laden with static. "We're making progress! Give him everything you've got!"
01[08:17] <Yanmei> "I'm on it!" Yanmei had slipped her bolter away and was already soaring after it - once again going slowly enough so that the others could neutralize before engaging creature. She held the Herald close to her body, and smashed it against the core with all of her speed and strength.
[08:20] <Minaplo> [Michael reeled back, floating, clearly defenseless- and Isaiah blindsided him, the claw digging and raking across the core's surface, showing cracks and fissures.-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [But it wasn't enough, and Michael pulled himself away, kicking away from them both and hurtling into the distance, firing a bolt of energy at EVA-04 that struck it square in the face. Strange light and energy dripped through the armour into the meat and blood and, of course, circuitry of the Evangelion's head; to Yanmei, it would be the equivalent of throwing a flashbang directly at her.-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [("EVA-04 is disabled! We need to react!")-
[08:22] <Minaplo> [("Commander Hohenzollern, you need to activate Priority One Emergency Countermeasures! We need to use the Morning Star Contingency-"-
[08:22] <Minaplo> [("No! This is Colonel Amatore. Gabriel-Wei, Ni, bring down its field. Sera, finish it off! This is your last chance!")]
[08:23] <Minaplo> [("EVA-01's Ratio is well over average! Is it safe-"-
[08:23] <Minaplo> [("Trust him!")]
06[08:28] * Sept leapt off the ground, wings spread as he sped towards Michael at an angle. "Safe for whom? The pilot? Hah!" At the same time on another channel, a duplicate of Sera's voice was requesting cover fire.
[08:31] <Minaplo> [And cover fire came, Alexandrina having rushed over to a supply cache, ejecting smoking burnt fuses from her gun and loading a new core in. She aimed and fired- the Angel dodging to the side, avoiding the beam entirely…]
[08:36] <Sept> And EVA-01 hit the ground sliding in front of the Angel, anticipating the dodge. "Thank you." Talons cut deep grooves into the low-built landscape as he planted one foot on the ground to steady himself, and another in the Angel's side, bashing an arm away with his shield. 01's sword whirred into life, and was thrust into Michael's core, lodged deep inside.
[08:38] <Minaplo> [The blade burst through the core, and the body, ripping out the other side.-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [Michael struggled, its hand slowly raising towards EVA-01. The Philosopher's Stone rose with it.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [With its right hand, it reached out, gripping EVA-01's arm, pinning the Evangelion in place. The Stone began to hum with power, floating forward, until it hit EVA-01's forehead.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> […-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [… And EVA-01's head hung, its body falling forward in a way akin to a puppet whose strings have been cut. It now stood, locked in place by its mechanics, in that stance, shield strapped to one arm, the other arm holding a sword. Michael's core was dark and lifeless now, but the body still stood.]
[08:50] <Minaplo> [("EVA-01 has completely powered down… Unit 04 coming back online!")]
06[08:54] * Yanmei was squinting oddly, her vision of the battlefield still very blurry… but she noticed the stillness around her right away. "Status. What's happened?"
[08:56] <Minaplo> [("Michael is down. I repeat: the Angel is defeated.")]
01[08:58] <Yanmei> She stopped herself from saying something startled, and shook her head, trying to look all business. "Understood. Permission to begin recovery efforts?"
[09:00] <Minaplo> [("Granted. Zhang to recover Unit-00, Ni to recover Go-")-
[09:00] <Minaplo> [And Isaiah was already off, sweeping across the landscape to land next to the ruined EVA-09, Rei's unit. EVA-08 scooped the unit's remains up, holding its burned and ruined torso to its chest protectively.]
06[09:08] * Yanmei stare-squinted at that for a moment before hurrying off to retrieve the headless EVA-00, looping one of its arm around her shoulders, and awkwardly balancing its bulk as one might attempt with a staggeringly drunk friend. "Let's get back to the ship."
[09:13] <Minaplo> [The first step of recovery was retrieving plugs. In essence, the destroyed Eva parts were dumped more or less unceremoniously on the main hangar floor, with the surviving units prying open the backs of Evas to rip out the Plugs.-
[09:13] <Minaplo> [After some twenty minutes, Aline would finally be given the chance to exit her plug, wash off- receive medical treatment for her burns- and rejoin the others…]
06[09:15] * Aline would be glad for the wonders of modern medical technologies - like biogel - in that case, and would appear pretty much fine, to most definitions of fine, as she walked into whichever room they were using.
01[09:17] <Yanmei> The room was the Bridge. Yanmei was already there, having freshly showered, her hair done smoothly down the back of her neck in a single braid. She had changed into civilian clothes - black jeans and ruffled shirt. -
01[09:19] <Yanmei> The other officers and Bridge Bunnies were still hard at work all around them, and Marianne was resting in her usual ornate Brother-style command chair, a familiar lion cub lazing around on the platform that it was elevated onto.
[09:20] <Minaplo> [A few others were there as well, Rei sitting in a chair, looking fatigued and worn, Isaiah next to her with an arm around her shoulders. Alexandrina, standing off to one side, looking almost dazed.]
01[09:39] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes were fastened on some of the monitors, but she couldn't get a good look at their contents. Every now and then, she'd glanced over at Isaiah and Rei, frowning slightly, but saying nothing to them in particular. "Are we picking up any unwanted surprise visitors?" she was saying.
[09:41] <Minaplo> ["Nothing on long range sensors." Said Frederic quietly.]
06[09:41] * Aline sort of tilted her head at Yanmei, and just… sighed softly. It had been a long day.
06[09:47] * Yanmei frowned, still very much on guard. She glanced at Aline with a distractedly muttered "Welcome back," and a regarded a chair close to Isaiah and Rei for a fraction of a moment before deciding to remain standing.
[09:48] <Sept> Something hit the door of the bridge with a bang. A moment later, the door slid open and Sera walked in meekly, holding his head. He was wearing a bathrobe and looking fresh out of whatever the opposite of a refreshing shower was. His eyes were bloodshot, and his hair stuck to his head, damp with LCL or water. He pulled up a chair and sat down, glancing around at everyone gathered and then
[09:48] <Sept> turning his attention to Marianne.
06[09:48] * Aline was sitting further away from anyone else, and looked around a little bit. Her attention was drawn by Sera's… unorthodox entrance, though. "…Wow, you look beat."
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["No kidding." Said Marianne dryly. "Good work out there, Sera."]
[09:51] <Sept> "'s a bitch," he agreed, wiping his hair out of the way with an unsteady hand. "Everyone did good," he muttered in response to Marianne.
01[09:54] <Yanmei> "Don't be so modest? You got in the last shot, after all."
[10:02] <Sept> "Please, go on, M-Marianne," he said, moving right on as well.
[10:03] <Minaplo> ["Michael's down, and we only lost four units. Comparatively speaking this is well above our expectations. Furthermore, we haven't detected any forces incoming intending to capitalise on the situation- nothing from Metatron, nothing from Caine."-
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, Isaiah, Alexandrina and Ni will be on rotating CAP for the next six hours. Sera, you should… Eat."]
06[10:08] * Aline rather pointedly looked at Sera, before shaking her head. "Well, at least it ended mostly well. I'm sure we'll hear about repercussions or problems eventually, but for now we can be glad it wasn't as harsh as it could've been."
06[10:09] * Sept pulled the robe a bit tighter around him, nodding a few times.
06[10:11] * Yanmei made a noise of agreement, but she wore an vaguely dissatisfied expression. "So… we're just going to wait until something weird turns up?"
[10:11] <Minaplo> ["No. We have our own plans to put into action, but our priority right now should be making sure we won't be getting any nasty visits."]
[10:13] <Aline> "Yeah, we have recuperating to do anyway." Another soft sigh from Aline.
06[10:16] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "I understand? Was there anything else, Colonel?"
[10:23] <Minaplo> ["No. You all did well. Thank you."]

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