Hohenzollern S Speech

[20:40] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 24th of December, 2017. Episode Title: The Battlemask.-
[20:43] <AdEvaGM> [At around 11 AM on Christmas Eve, a general message would be sent to the phones of all NERV Employees requesting that they assemble immediately in the Geofront Operations HQ. The reason was simple: the new Commander was arriving and wished to address the organisation.]
[20:49] * Sept frowned at the message - or, at this point, who knew if it was at the message. Still, he'd show up in his casuals in a timely fashion.
[20:50] <Yanmei> Lizzie was not a NEV Employee, and thus would be spending quality time with a grizzled monk babysitter while Yanmei and William arrived in HQ. The former was dressed impeccably in uniform, phone in hand, craning her neck around to spot VC Thomas or attache Delacour, or anyone else able to offer a pre-speech assessment.
[20:54] * Aline eventually arrived, trailing well behind Yanmei, also in uniform, but looking a bit… neutral? Given what she's been through recently, it isn't surprising. But she tagged along all the same.
[20:55] * Raphael is there as well, dressed in a similarly impeccable uniform as he stands at the edge of the crowd, watching as the rest of the base begins to trickle in. His expression is slightly dour, but beyond that any thoughts going through his mind are being very carefully guarded.
[21:02] <AdEvaGM> [William is in uniform as well. The bridge staff are there, also in uniform, as are the doctors from Medical. Surov and his team have arrived, Surov looking positively disgruntled at having been dragged in here. He's not in uniform, probably to hide his mechadendrites.-
[21:04] <AdEvaGM> [Leon Thomas is also there, although Yanmei would note that his uniform is missing most of its rank insignia…-
[21:04] <AdEvaGM> [Sera isn't alone in 'casual' clothes, as Freya is there as well, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, looking rather worried. "Any word on who this new Commander is yet?"]
[21:06] <Sept> "I hear Jeanne rigged the HIC vote and appointed herself."
[21:13] <Yanmei> "Hmm…" Yanmei stared a moment longer before detaching from the others with an 'excuse me'. Not in proper uniform? Who was this fellow, and what had he done with the VC? She was about to find out. "Hello, sir!"
[21:15] <AdEvaGM> [Thomas looked over at Yanmei levelly. "Zhang. Come to listen to our Glorious Leader?"]
[21:17] * Aline was wandering almost aimlessly after Yanmei disengaged, and at first wanted to walk over to Raphael, but decided against it rather firmly. The guy would be made anxious by her, likely. So instead, when Freya asked… "…It's probably some other commander being promoted. That seems to be how it goes."
[21:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Tense atmosphere." Murmured Frederic to Raphael. "Look at Surov, he looks like a cross teenager…"-
[21:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm…" Freya rubbed her chin, torn between Aline's sensible opinion and Sera's deeply entertaining one. "Actually, now that you mention it I hear we were getting Fontaine back…"]
[21:19] <Yanmei> "They didn't give us much of a choice?" She looked around at all the chattering people. "Of course, curiosity's played a part too? No one seems to know who we're dealing with yet."
[21:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Hunh. Well, you'll all find out soon enough." Said Thomas gruffly.]
[21:20] * Aline looked surprised. "After her way out, I'm not sure they'd be willing to do it. /I'm/ thinking it's someone like from Russia or something."
[21:21] <Yanmei> "Come on, no hints?" She grinned hopefully at him.
[21:21] <AdEvaGM> [Thomas frowned. "I can't say."]
[21:22] * Raphael turns his gaze in Surov's direction and make a quiet noise of agreement. "I can't blame them for being on edge, though. This whole situation is…" He trails off with a quick shake of his head, thinking of his phonecalls to Rei over the past few days.
[21:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Wobbly." Murmurs Frederic.]
[21:24] <Sept> "I'd call it freefall," Sera chimed in.
[21:25] <Yanmei> "Aw…" But she knew better than to push it too hard. "The only thing that's apparent so far is that they have lousy timing. Christmas Eve… I bet there are other things you'd rather be doing too, right sir?"
[21:27] <Raphael> "Either would do." He mutters. "A regime change isn't what we need right now, but there's no avoiding it."
[21:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm, you're right." Muttered Thomas. "I-"-
[21:34] <AdEvaGM> [Footsteps above, on the Command Tower- where the Commander's chair and consoles sat. The room quickly fell silent at this, looking up expectantly. Some were nervous, other simply curious.-
[21:39] <AdEvaGM> [A woman walked out to the edge of the platform. She was somewhat tall- nowhere near as tall as Ikari or Fontaine- and she wore her NERV uniform jacket open like Ikari used to. Underneath she wore a solid black sweater. She had long light brown hair, and she wore glasses- even from this distance her brightly blue painted nails were visible. "Hello, everyone." She said, smiling.]
[21:42] * Sept idly gazed toward the woman, waiting for her to introduce the new commander.
[21:42] * Yanmei hushed when everyone else did, peering quietly up with a neutral expression.
[21:43] * Aline quirked her head, silently, and her gaze intensified, almost as if she could scan the woman.
[21:44] * Raphael has his hands behind his back as he waits in silence like the rest.
[21:47] <AdEvaGM> ["My name is Hannelore. Hannelore Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The Committee has chosen me to be the new Supreme Commander of NERV."]
[21:49] * Aline had one dominating thought. It was a petty thought. A stupid thought. But it made her face scrunch.
[21:49] <Yanmei> "Who?" Yanmei muttered under her breath. The name didn't ring a bell. At all.
[21:52] * Sept retained mostly the same expression, though his brows still went up quite a bit. "Is she new?"
[21:54] * Raphael 's eyebrow raises just a fraction, but the intense, assessing weight of his stare doesn't waver. She's not what he was expecting, but Gendo's guesses about the new Director are still fresh in his mind.
[21:58] <AdEvaGM> ["I can't really express how much of an honour it is to be standing here, looking at all of you, knowing that you- and I- are now working all together for the same noble goal. I know I'm not what you would call a 'known entity'. I was, after all, whisked away from my position as a Cologne Professor to perform this task. But I'll give it my all, and I expect the same from every one of you."]
[22:04] <Sept> "What the hell..?"
[22:05] * Aline sort of leaned back on nothing, shrugging at Sera's question, given that it was one of the few non-speech things audible.
[22:06] <Yanmei> Still not much change from Yanmei. She glanced at Thomas out of the corner of her eye.
[22:09] <AdEvaGM> [Her eyes swivelled on Sera with all the sudden precision and speed of a laser. She smiled. "You have a question?"]
[22:10] <Raphael> "…" Raphael tenses up very slightly, probably going unnoticed by all but Fred as his lips press tightly together. He glances at Sept out of the corner of his eye, but most of his attention is on Hohenzollern.
[22:11] * Aline started to sidle away from Sera, actually, moving behind the backs of taller NERV members… perhaps suspiciously close to Raphael. Some things…
[22:12] * Sept coughs slightly, but manages to reply with sufficient volume in his voice. "Regarding your qualifications, yes. I think we're all curious."
[22:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Well by all means, ask your questions."]
[22:16] <Sept> "What do you think made you more qualified than the other Directors, or Léon, in the eyes of the HIC?"
[22:20] * Yanmei had folded her arms a little, eyes darting back and forth between the two, as if a tennis spectator watching a match. At that last remark, they shot back to the new Commander expectantly.
[22:26] <AdEvaGM> ["… I see." Said Hohenzollern, her smile intact. "I think you will find that my qualifications are quite solid, easily the equal of any of the other Commanders- and from there, the Committee simply must have seen something in me that they admired." She continued smoothly, flicking her eyes back to the congregation as a whole. "I understand that these are turbulent times- Commander Ikari's tragic demise came at a time when we needed him most. It is clear to me that whoever performed this horrible act intended to weaken this critical organisation- acting both without and within. This cannot be allowed to occur. We must see past our differences, both personal and otherwise, and work together for the good of all."]
[22:32] * Sept nodded slightly to one side. "Of course. I look forward to working with you for the benefit of us all. I trust we will be able to achieve great results here."
[22:38] * Yanmei relaxed her arms again, keeping quiet. That was a good sign, wasn't it? Her not blowing up? Or a bad sign…
[22:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, quite." Said Hohenzollern in response, her eyes focusing on Sera once more before flicking back to the wider group. "There are, of course, a few announcements to make."]
[22:41] * Aline was, by now, behind Raphael, and halfway wondering why she was. Well, scratch that a little. She knew she wanted to stay a bit further away from Sera after that laser-eyes attentiongrab he did.
[22:45] <Raphael> That tension that had been building up around Raphael seems to evaporate all at once as the Commander's attention returns to the group at large, and it's only when he's in the midst of shooting Sept a very approving look that he catches sight of Aline huddled behind him - something that earns a double-take, even in the tense atmosphere.
[22:48] * Sept proceeded to try and normalise his heart rate and ignore the weird looks while acting like nothing's changed - possibly a futile task, considering Laser Eyes' teaching career.
[22:49] * Aline meanwhile nervously waved (keeping her hand low) at Raphael, and backed up a good foot or two from him with what looked like mortification on her face.
[22:54] <AdEvaGM> ["First and foremost, I would like to extend my thanks to Mr. Leon Thomas." Those eyes turned on Thomas now, who was staring levelly back. "He has been a bedrock of this organisation from its very conception. I will hope that he remains willing to advise both me and the new Vice Commander."]
[22:57] * Aline raised a brow at that, but naturally said nothing. She still was a bit leery of drawing attention to herself.
[22:58] * Yanmei actually almost started at that, swiveling around to gaze at Thomas properly, her eyes full of questions. He'd stepped down? "Why?" she murmered.
[23:01] * Raphael doesn’t quite know how to react to Aline, besides giving a very tiny return wave and hurriedly switching his attention ahead again. Luckily any chance to dwell on the matter is dismissed by the next announcement, as Raphael looks over at Fred with an unspoken question in his expression.
[23:04] <AdEvaGM> [Despite the quietness of Yanmei's words, Hohenzollern's eyes focused sharply on Yanmei. She smiled. "Because that is what the Committee wants. I'd like to introduce Vice Commander Serafina Raskova." She stepped back and gestured to her side, where another woman approached, dressed in a perfectly kept NERV officer uniform. She was about four inches shorter than Hohenzollern; Raskova was cold and sharp, her eyes darting from face to face endlessly, a long curtain of black hair framing her pale face and severe lines. Her eyes stopped on Frederic and narrowed.-
[23:05] <AdEvaGM> [Frederic had been looking at Raphael when Hohenzollern had spoke- but at those words his gaze swivels back straight at Raskova, meeting her gaze. His eyes widen instead of narrowing, however. "No way…"]
[23:08] * Raphael looks up at the new arrival as well, taking in the demeanour and noting the way she carries herself - both are filed away - but doesn’t seem to have the instant recognition that Frederic does. Still, Fred and Raskova’s reactions are enough for his eyes to narrow a little as well.
[23:09] * Aline by dint of being nearby, heard Frederic's exclamation, and frowned, though she had by now sidled behind someone else relatively tall.
[23:10] * Yanmei regarded Hohenzollern blankly. She -heard- that? And what's more, she admitted that this was the Committee's doing? Then this new VC was… She shifted her attentions slowly to her.
[23:10] <Sept> Well, at least he'd know where to start with on this one. Besides, it was quite clear Raskova wasn't the type to keep up appearances for the sake of diplomacy.
[23:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you, Raskova." Said Hohenzollern smoothly, moving to take back the presentation. "There is of course one other matter. The Committee has seen fit to send a special force to Paris-2 to safeguard against threats whilst the Evangelions are deployed, but also to protect the city in the case of a Berserk event- which I hear is an occasional problem." She smiled indulgently as her eyes turned towards Yanmei again. "They should have arrived by now, if you could turn your attentions to the main screen?"]
[23:15] * Yanmei for her part, smiled sweetly back at her without saying anything before eying the screen.
[23:16] * Aline stared up with a sense of dread, looking around her cover just well enough to see what was going on.
[23:17] <Sept> They certainly weren't wasting any time… Sera looked up at the screen as well.
[23:18] <AdEvaGM> [William - Aline's cover, naturally enough- turned as well, his brow furrowed in puzzlement.-
[23:18] * Raphael looks up as well, feeling a similar sinking feeling to Aline.
[23:29] <AdEvaGM> [The holo-screen resolved into an image of the Lachapelle, upon which stood a pair of… They would, at first glance, put them in mind of the old Valkyrie Solace. They had a similar profile- mostly bipedal, a little more clearly artificial than an Evangelion but more streamlined and natural than a Thruster Solace. Each one held a dangerous-looking bolter in their hands, a sheathed sword in an assault dock over their left shoulders, and what looked like some kind of positron rifle over their right. One was a dark blue, the other was dark grey.-
[23:31] <AdEvaGM> [Two cut-away screens appeared- to the cockpits, presumably. "This is Varangian Squad Leader. Orders complete, preparing to dock." Said a very pretty young woman in a blue pilot suit. She had medium-length blonde hair and dark blue eyes. Her companion remained quiet- he looked a little older, with darkish skin and white hair.-
[23:32] <AdEvaGM> ["I would like everyone to meet First Lieutenant Lilly Norling and Staff Sergeant Matthias Holmstrom." Said Hohenzollern with a smile.]
[23:33] * Aline eyed the sights critically, as if examining something in a combat database. Sterile, distant… but indicative of a potential danger.
[23:36] <Sept> No change in Sera, yet. They already had the Dreadnaughts, after all.
[23:36] * Yanmei gazed at them politely, keeping whatever was going on in her head away from her face.
[23:38] <Raphael> Raphael seems to bristle a little at this particular revelation, his eyes narrowing, but the expression doesn't last long.
[23:46] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern clapped her hands. "Well then, I think that's everything. I'm not one for needlessly drawn out speeches- please feel free to move to the cafeteria. I've had a hundred orders from Roman Pizza processed just for everyone here!" She said happily.]
[23:50] * Sept waited for the movement and noise to start, and then sidled up to Fred. "Spill it."
[23:50] * Yanmei regarded the faces in the crowd, sweeping through them to measure the level of alientation floating around.
[23:51] <Yanmei> ^alienation
[23:53] <AdEvaGM> [People's expressions were a mix. Some were now openly optimistic, some amused, others confused or baffled. A few were clearly suspicious, however.-
[23:54] <Raphael> For what it's worth, if Raphael is feeling alienated he isn't showing it, but he -is- watching Fred alongside Sera and clearly waiting for a response.
[23:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Serafina. An- old friend." Frederic frowned, leaning down to speak quietly to Sera and Raphael. "I served with her in the Ukraine. She became head of the Soviet Intelligence Service five years ago- what's she doing here?"]
[23:55] * Aline was rather surprised at Serasidling, but neutralized it quickly. Instead… "…Soviet Intelligence? Sounds hardcore. That might be why…"
[23:56] <AdEvaGM> ["You're right about that. The Death Cults in the Ukraine were terrified of her- they called her the Night Witch. This was back in 2002, though, she was barely older than you guys."]
[23:57] <Yanmei> "Hmph." she muttered, gaze flicking back to Thomas. "Like pizza's going to make everything all better? Please."
[23:57] <Sept> "Roman Pizza," Sera corrected. "But yeah, totally not better. But close."
[23:58] <AdEvaGM> [Thomas shrugged. "Could've been worse."]
[23:58] * Raphael frowns deeply. "… The Death Cults? Really? What could a child do to frighten them?"
[23:59] <AdEvaGM> [Frederic glanced back warily up at the command tower, then back to the group. "She would kill their leaders, in and out before anyone knew. Patrols would go missing. There were rumours she could vanish into thin air, or that she'd… Eat their wounded whilst they lived. All nonsense, of course, but whatever she did, she did it well."]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "You're a more creative guy than I am, sir." Yanmei grinned. "I think I'll pass on the meal, all the same."
[00:00] * Aline tilted her head a few times around. "…Interesting."
[00:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Heading home?" Asked Thomas.]
[00:01] <Yanmei> "Eventually. Maybe I'll go for a walk, first."
[00:03] <Raphael> "…" The frown deepens significantly, before he forces his expression back into something resembling neutrality. "… I see."
[00:07] * Yanmei offered Thomas a quick parting salute. "Let me know where your new office is later, okay? Everyone?" she bobbed her head to the other pilots and Frederic and Raphael before bowing out.
[00:08] * Aline lazily gazed at Yanmei leaving, before deciding to look at Raphael again, with a little worried pout on her face. Not for any real reason.
[00:08] * Raphael gives Yanmei a nod as she departs, looking somewhat distracted.
[00:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, then. That was… Interesting." Said William at a brave attempt at levity. "Shall we move on to the cafeteria? Speech or not I -am- rather hungry."]
[00:17] <Sept> "No, I could definitely go for a pizza. No matter who paid for it."
[00:18] <Raphael> "… Mmm." Raphael responds eventually, his hands finding their way into his pockets. "No point in turning down a free meal, I suppose."
[00:19] * Aline shrugged. "Let's go together. Our pack mentality will protect us from the herd. Or something."
[00:25] <AdEvaGM> [It would be a quick walk to the cafeteria, of course, where dozens of tables had been pushed together to form the pizza 'buffet'. People milled about, their moods and worries lightened by free food.]
[00:29] <Sept> "So… what do you think?"
[00:31] * Aline shrugged rather openly. "Hard to say. Some disconcerting, some harmless? I dunno."
[00:32] <Raphael> Whatever hunger he has for pizza isn't quite enough to push his way to the front of the crowd right now, though. He seems quite content to linger with the others. "She seems qualified."
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> ["She reminds me of Abbot Bastian in some ways. Has the same stare." Murmured William.]
[00:36] <Sept> "Yeah, that seems about right. Definitely a teacher type in there. But Raskova… seems very professional."
[00:36] <AdEvaGM> ["She and Surov should hook up, they seem made for each other."]
[00:38] * Aline shook her head. "…He likes them younger than that, it'd never work."
[00:38] <AdEvaGM> ["… Younger?"]
[00:38] <Raphael> "… what?"
[00:39] * Aline made a pretty big frown. "You pick up a few things about a guy when you've worked with him for so many years." Beat. "Assuming that's accurate."
[00:40] <AdEvaGM> ["… How young are we talking?"]
[00:41] * Aline looked about conspiratorily. "There were /rumors/ about… nn, I probably shouldn't say. It's… just… use your imagination."
[00:43] * Raphael 's eyes narrow to slits at that, and yet still… "We… can't take all of that as the truth, of course."
[00:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Ho, what's this?" Comes a new voice. A second later they're all in the shadow of one Terence Savage, who brings gifts- pizza brought from the table specifically for them.]
[00:44] <Sept> "Of course we can. It's not like it could make us think any less of hi-"
[00:45] * Aline suddenly shook. "Old gossip. Bad gossip. In fact, Illusion World gossip, which is quite possibly the worst kind."
[00:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmmm. I hope it wasn't anything about me." He handed a pizza box to Sera, the other box he holds to the world in general.]
[00:50] <Sept> "A man can dream. How are you doing, Terence?"
[00:50] <Raphael> "Ah, thank you, Captain." He says, giving the man a genuine smile as he collects a slice of pizza for himself.
[00:51] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm fine. Just heard the speech. She's a right and proper Echidna, our new Commander…"]
[00:51] * Aline smiled and nodded, following Raphael's lead and taking some choice cuts. "Is that so…"
[00:53] <Raphael> "I'm presuming you mean the spiky animal rather than the Mother of all Monsters, Captain." Raphael says mildly.
[00:54] <AdEvaGM> ["It could be either." Said Terence with a deep chuckle. "I think she liked you, Sera."]
[00:56] * Aline smirked. "What with those laser eyes - bam - right on you."
[00:59] <Sept> "I'm sure she's heard of me. But it's not like it was different with Gendo. He just has a different styl- had."
[01:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, speaking of which. Raphael, I want to speak to you about something. Over here, if you will…"]
[01:04] * Raphael finishes chewing through the last of his pizza slice's crust, nodding all the while. "Of course, Captain. I'll be right back, everyone." He says, heading off with Terrence - those left behind may notice he's practically forced to make two steps for each of the ex-Guard's one.
[01:04] <Sept> "Speaking of what, style advice?" Still, it was framed rhetorically, and Sera focused his attention on his Roman Pizza.
[01:05] * Aline muttered through a slice. "Of Gendo, you goof."
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> [Once they were a little apart from the group, Terence bends down a little, his voice low. "S2's investigating the assassination on all channels, and certain sources on the internet seem to be pointing at the Spectre doing the deed."]
[01:20] <Raphael> "… really." Raphael said, clearly more a statement of disbelief more than curiosity. Nevermind his distrust of the term 'internet sources'…
[01:23] <AdEvaGM> ["These aren't amateur sources. They're… Well, they're pretty reliable. In any case, Simon wants me to put together a plan, and I have an idea…" He looked over at Sera and the others…-
[01:23] <AdEvaGM> [Who had just been joined by a nervous young man. His face was instantly recognisable. It was Silas Caine.-
[01:23] <AdEvaGM> ["… N-Nice pizza, huh?" He ventured in Sera and Aline's general direction.]
[01:25] <Raphael> "I'm listening, Captain." Raphael says, the matter of sources dropped for the moment. After all, that was S2's department.
[01:25] * Sept glanced back at Savage, though interrupted by the newcomer. Sera took a quick step back. (Un)fortunately, his hands were otherwise occupied with Roman Pizza, and thus unavailable for drastic measures. "What the fuck, man?!"
[01:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not Silas Caine!" Shouted Bruce, throwing his hands over his face. "Don't hit me!"]
[01:26] * Aline blinked rather heavily. Then looked at Sera. "…Er. I'm not sure… Sera…" Oh dear.
[01:28] * Raphael looks around at the sudden burst of noise "… oh /god/." He growls, shooting an incredulous look back in Terrence's direction before moving towards the trio.
[01:30] <AdEvaGM> [Terence puts a hand on Raphael's shoulder. "Sometimes the lion cub must prove he is a lion." He says gravely.]
[01:30] <Sept> "Not helping! You could be explaining yourself -right now-!"
[01:32] * Raphael strains against his grasp for a moment - a difficult feat in itself - before giving in and giving Savage a hard look. "… it was /not/ a good idea to introduce them without some preparations, Captain."
[01:33] * Aline stopped. Looked between the ex-Brother and Sera. Looked a few more times, back and forth, back and forth… then suddenly bit her pizza hard enough to hold it in her mouth and /bodyslammed/ Sera.
[01:34] <Raphael> "… as you can see."
[01:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Speak for yourself. This is hilarious."]
[01:36] <Raphael> "…"
[01:42] * Sept was rather vulnerable when she came at him - the only thing he could do was keep the pizza box safe and out of the way as he hit the floor with a fair bit of force.
[01:42] <Sept> -
[01:44] <Sept> "…one of you give me one goddamn reason this was necessary…"
[01:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Stop fighting! I don't know what's going on!" Cried Bruce. "Stop it! Fatherrrrrrrrrrr! Help!"-
[01:44] <AdEvaGM> ["You're on your own, boy!"]
[01:46] * Aline didn't quite hear Bruce's admonitions until about halfway through… "Listen, you overaggressive fuckwit. Maybe, just /maybe/ you should actually do something other than shoot first and ask questions never! Uggggggh!"
[01:47] * Raphael looks at Savage with wide eyes. "You're honestly not going to do anything about this?"
[01:47] <AdEvaGM> ["No harm done."]
[01:48] <Raphael> "Until S2 arrives."
[01:49] <AdEvaGM> ["I -am- S2. It'll be fine."]
[01:49] <Sept> "You don't think asking 'what' is reasonable?! You…'father'? Did he say 'father', did Terence fucking put you up to this?"
[01:50] <Raphael> "Oh /god/." Raphael mutters for the second time in as many minutes.
[01:51] * Aline was starting to go into a cold sweat - realization of what she had just done was sinking in - and she suddenly felt torn. "Not… not in that tone! The kid's obviously terrified!"
[01:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Where's Gosselin? I need a betting man nearby. HEY! GOSSELIN!"-
[01:51] <AdEvaGM> ["What?"-
[01:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Come over here for a minute."]
[01:55] <Sept> "You want to handle this? I can let you handle this! I'm perfectly capable of taking a step back if he's innocent!"
[01:56] <AdEvaGM> ["I didn't do anything!" Cried Bruce, now in actual tears. "Oh god I don't know what's happening…"-
[01:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Sera's fighting again, I see." Said Frederic casually. "Fifty francs on Aline."-
[01:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Done."]
[01:57] <Aline> "B-but you shouldn't have stepped forwards in the first place!" Aline waved her hands. It was worth noting that the scrap of a pizza - she apparently ate the rest - was in one hand, so she was wagging a crust around a few times. "See? Confused child. It's 04 cutting through the middle of a 1st-year classroom and little Bruce losing his teddybear!"
[02:05] * Sept finally scrambled off the floor, now, dusting himself off with unnecessary force with a free hand. "-Please- just take care of it, Aline. We… we don't assume safety here. I'm -sorry-."
[02:07] * Aline slowly nodded, finally having enough time to calm down. "…Right then. I'll handle it." …Then, as if she had never been talking about him as if he weren't there… "Hi Bruce, sorry about that~"
[02:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I-I-I-D-D-D-" He wiped at his eyes. "S-Sorry…"-
[02:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Huhn." Terence slipped Frederic his fifty. "So anyway." He turned Raphael away. "The plan is to use Bruce and myself, with a group of backups. Lure the Spectre in, hit it with an AT Field, and then I'll finally have the slippery little critter."]
[02:16] * Raphael lowers the hand that he's been using to massage his temples and spares Fred a disapproving look before responding. "With respect, Captain, word around the base suggests that didn't work all that well last time."
[02:17] <AdEvaGM> ["No, which is why I need to train the boy a little more- and why I'm using nothing but the most resilient people for the very first part- him and myself, of course."]
[02:19] * Aline meanwhile was scratching her chin, obviously in thought. "…Hmmm… Maybe you should take a few deep breaths and calm down, okay?"
[02:19] * Sept didn't really have an appetite anymore. So he settled for just holding onto the pizza box, tapping on it and glaring at Terence.
[02:20] <Raphael> "Mmm. Well, if you're confident it'll work, then I'll leave it at that. You've engaged the thing more times than anyone else, I believe." He says thoughtfully. "I'm assuming I have some role to play in all of this?"
[02:22] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm hoping I can use your men as backup, including yourself if you're willing."]
[02:29] * Raphael thinks about that for a moment - which, if one was familiar with the ops Raphael regularly involved himself in, probably said a great deal. "Of course, Captain. We're one man down, as you know, but the rest of the team is available."
[02:30] <AdEvaGM> [Bruce looked timidly from Aline to Sept, as though afraid something else might happen.-
[02:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Good to hear. Ugh. I hate this." Terence glowered. "I am used to fighting shadowy foes, ones who hide and spring ambushes, attack from hidden angles, but I am not so used to fighting a foe who is literally invisible. I wish we could just -talk- to it."]
[02:31] * Aline waved her hand a few times. "It's okay. It's oookay."
[02:32] <Raphael> "That doesn't seem likely." He mutters. "But for what it's worth, I agree."

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