Imperatrix Zhang

[06:45:23] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. 21st of March, 2018. Episode Title: Imperatrix Zhang.-
[06:48:04] <Minaplo> [It was nearly midday when messages went out, summoning the Paris Three to the Main Briefing Room…]
06[06:53:04] * Yanmei arrived promptly, her uniform neat, clean, and accessoried with a number of shiny silver bangles. There was a worn out look to her face, however, when she opened the door, saluted to whoever had already assembled there, and took a seat.
10[06:57:49] * Aline came as well, not too long after, also in uniform because ~reading the atmosphere~. She gently took her own seat.
[06:59:27] <Sept> The symptoms of insomnia were still clearly visible around Sera's eyes, but he'd managed to make himself presentable otherwise, back in his usual red. "Hey," he said, walking over to his seat.
[07:05:06] <Minaplo> [The Briefing Room was bustling, crewmen running back and forth, giving papers and information out. Marianne was sitting at a desk on the stage of the room- which was ampitheatre-like; Vercingetorix was with her, as was Mazarin, Alphonse and Minerva.-
[07:05:44] <Minaplo> [A quick glance around would see most familiar faces there- The Ayanami pilots, Alexandrina…-
07[07:07:07] <Minaplo> [William and Isaiah joined the three of them soon enough, Isaiah settling down next to Yanmei comfortably, whilst William took a seat next to Aline, giving her a brief smile before he took up a grumpy expression.-
[07:07:16] <Minaplo> [It didn't seem like they were ready yet, giving them all a chance to talk.]
10[07:12:46] * Aline sort of looked at William curiously, wondering what the deal with the grumping was… but she decided against saying anything about it right now, instead just sighing.
06[07:13:24] * Yanmei fiddled restlessly with the notebook she'd brought. "Been a bit scarce lately," she murmured to Isaiah. "How's Rei?"
06[07:13:44] * Sept wasn't in a particularly gossipy mood, glancing around at all the figures with an expression that was either bored, worried or both.
[07:18:58] <Minaplo> ["Rei? She's good." Said Isaiah quietly. "How're you?"-
07[07:21:31] <Minaplo> [William's mood didn't seem to really be helped much by Aline's sigh. He turned his gaze around the room, his eyes settling on one specific figure- Matthias Holmstrom. Will's expression filled with distaste.-
[07:22:57] <Minaplo> [Sera, on the other hand, would find his scouting suddenly interrupted as a pair of hands grabbed the back of his head, pushed him down and began rubbing their knuckles very hard against his scalp. "Boom! Sneak attack! Wish you had eyes in the back of yer head now, don't you?!"-
[07:23:12] <Minaplo> [That voice- it could only be Asuka.]
10[07:24:54] * Aline finally spoke up, if a bit softly. "…What did he do?" Directed at William.
[07:25:20] <Minaplo> ["Hm? What did who do?"]
[07:27:19] <Yanmei> "Can't complain?" Yanmei muttered. "Lizzie and I have been spending lots of time with 'Grandma Mingming' today. She graceously offered to babysit her while we're here."
[07:27:44] <Minaplo> [Isaiah smiled. "What, I didn't get invited?"]
06[07:28:09] * Sept jumped in his seat, making one of those noises that are genetically hard-wired. "S-Stop, quiet, lay off me!" he whined, hands frantically flailing for a grip and trying to force her hands off.
10[07:28:49] * Aline waved a hand subtly around William, off into the distance. "Holmstrom, you're practically staring a hole into him."
[07:31:03] <Minaplo> [And so Asuka redirected her hands into sharp jabs, poking him hard in the ribs. "Cannae, bitch!"-
[07:32:02] <Minaplo> ["Oh, er." William looked a little sheepish at being so easily read. "Nothing, just… I think he's a bit of a creep, I guess."]
[07:32:10] <Yanmei> "Would've been if you hadn't pulled a disappearing act~"
10[07:34:58] <Aline> "Oh?" Aline decided against just sharply correcting him from her own experience. "How you figure?"
[07:35:08] <Minaplo> ["Right, yeah." Isaiah's smile quickly dropped, and instead he folded his arms, looking away.-
[07:35:59] <Minaplo> ["Ahem." William glanced towards Matthias before continuing. "I saw him kinda hitting on Princess Alexandrina a little while ago…"]
10[07:37:34] * Aline looked rather confused. "…Hitting on her? That seems unusual for him, at least from what I've seen."
[07:38:37] <Sept> "Yeah? Trasimene!" he barked, going on the offensive and catching one of her wrists in a cold, hard grip, the alloyed edges scratching her skin.
[07:39:05] <Yanmei> "Oh come on. I'm just teasing." She gave him a little poke in the side. "Why don't you drop by when we finish up here?"
[07:43:59] <Minaplo> [William shrugged helplessly. "Yeah, I know, but…"-
[07:44:24] <Minaplo> ["Gah. Lemme go, Bionic-baka." Said Asuka, tugging at her hand. "Lemme go or I'll bite your ear."-
[07:45:24] <Minaplo> [Isaiah swatted her hand away, looking annoyed. "Don't do that."]
10[07:49:01] <Aline> "Fair enough, I guess." Aline also-helplessly said, though she was somewhat aware of the other conversations around her.
[07:49:22] <Sept> "As much as I'm tempted, I wouldn't wanna complicate Alex's relationship." He carefully loosened his grip, leaning back again comfortably, with a bit of a smile. Keep talking, idiot. They can smell fear and weakness. "I did miss you, though."
[07:50:22] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei pulled back, uneasily at first, and then folded her arms. "Fine. Tch."
[07:53:28] <Minaplo> ["…" With an irritated sigh, Isaiah got up and walked off, settling down by himself in a corner.-
[07:55:51] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. Well of course you did. You wouldn't be human if you didn't~" Crowed Asuka triumphantly.-
[07:55:59] <Minaplo> [A voice cut through the crowd, bringing the bustle to silence.-
[07:56:15] <Minaplo> ["Quiet and seats. It's time to begin the briefing." Said Marianne.-
[07:56:53] <Minaplo> [And everyone would in fact settle down. Yanmei would note out of the corner of her eye Chiisana gliding past Isaiah, punching him in the back of the head as she went.]
10[08:02:12] * Aline had already quieted, and was already seated! Even so, she stared forwards with palpable tension…
[08:02:44] <Yanmei> "!" Yanmei stirred slightly, shooting Chiisana her sternest look.
06[08:04:16] * Sept took a deep breath and awaited whatever fate had in store for them.
[08:07:46] <Minaplo> [Marianne, Mazarin and Vercingetorix now held court. It was Marianne who spoke. "We will now commence briefing for Operation Imperatrix- the plan to overthrow the Geofront."-
[08:08:01] <Minaplo> [There was a sudden, stunned silence- and then gaps of shock.]
10[08:10:38] * Aline had heard the plan already, but… she felt a certain wave of unease at the shocked mood. Who /knew/ how this would go from here?
[08:10:53] <Sept> So far, so good. Sera just gave a bit of a nod.
10[08:10:56] <Aline> Okay. Aline had heard it was going to go down. Not the plan per se.
06[08:11:45] * Yanmei glanced around, perturbed. How many had been unaware of their plans to do this, and how many would resist it?
[08:18:50] <Minaplo> ["Our tactical goal is to claim key equipment and items from the Geofront." Said Marianne. "Lilith, the Lance of Longinus, Excalibur and the MAGI Systems taking priority, in order of highest to least. Our strategic goal is to strike a deliberate blow against Mary Caine, weaken her, and formally begin our rebellion against the corrupted UN and her New World Order, inspiring our allies and
[08:18:50] <Minaplo> other dissidents to join us."-
[08:19:11] <Minaplo> ["If anyone disagrees or dissents to this goal, you are free to leave."]
[08:21:45] <Sept> Sera's eyes didn't stray from Marianne.
06[08:21:53] * Yanmei eyed the other pilots carefully before flipping her attention to the front of the room once more.
10[08:22:21] * Aline had also looked around, but eventually focused back.
[08:24:15] <Minaplo> [There were many tense or worried looks shared around the room… But no one moved.-
[08:24:38] <Minaplo> [There was a metallic hiss as all the doors sealed and locked.-
[08:25:50] <Minaplo> ["For everyone's safety, from this point on everyone in this room is to be considered a security risk." Said Marianne. "Your every actions will be monitored and watched. You are forbidden to access external communications or leave the Battleship."-
[08:26:41] <Minaplo> ["If for some reason you -must- leave the Battleship or access external communications, you must request permission from me personally, and if permission is granted, you will be put under heavy personal guard."]
[08:32:41] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face remained calm, even as she reached into a pocket as if to make sure that the cell phone she had been carrying was still there.
10[08:33:53] * Aline sighed softly. Understandable, but still a bit… offputting, even.
06[08:34:44] * Sept seemed surprised, positively so. He rested his chin on a hand, now looking a bit more interested.
[08:36:57] <Minaplo> ["An interference field will be erected to block any cellphone calls." Said Marianne as an aside.-
07[08:39:18] <Minaplo> ["This plan requires our forces to be divided into three task forces. The Diversion Task Force will be an Eva-based force designed to decoy and divert Dysangelion reinforcements. It consists of Pilots Blanc, Ikari and Gabriel-Wei, with Blanc in command."]
10[08:44:22] * Aline frowned rather visibly at the mention of Shinji. Him piloting will be… different, now. She wondered…
06[08:46:42] * Sept nodded. The general strategy did work for the Michael operation, too…
06[08:47:34] * Yanmei couldn't help glancing over at Isaiah, but she kept quiet.
[08:50:49] <Minaplo> ["The second task force is the Breaching Force. This is also an Eva-based force, whose goal is to breach the Geofront armour and gain access to NERV HQ."-
[08:52:32] <Minaplo> ["The third task force is the Assault Force, and their actions will take place within HQ itself. It will be composed of commando units with people in this room having command. You will work to secure special objectives, assist our main forces with destroying the enemy garrison, and to capture key enemy personnel."-
[08:53:21] <Minaplo> ["Please choose now which Task Force you will belong to."]
[09:02:45] <Sept> "I'll… be of more help 'piloting'," said Sera, indicating his hesitation.
10[09:05:24] * Aline eyed Sera now, but decided to leave it at that. Still, to be facing Dysangelions… This wouldn't be easy at all.
[09:05:39] <Yanmei> "Assault Force," Yanmei volunteered, raising her hand. She couldn't see Chiisana at the moment, but she imagined that she was staring.
[09:10:41] <Minaplo> [The rest of the room made its preferences known.-
[09:11:10] <Minaplo> [Ultimately the majority were on the assault force, less out of preference and more for the fact that some, like Rei, simply didn't have a battle-ready Eva to even pilot.-
[09:11:51] <Minaplo> [Sera would, in the end, by joined by Ni, Alexandrina and Asuka.-
[09:20:09] <Minaplo> [The briefing, all in all, took another two and a half hours. A lot of information was covered- unit specs, estimated resistance, other contributing forces (Such as the French Army, the Americans, and the Ying Liberation Army (many people gave Yanmei funny looks at this). Objectives were also listed-
[09:20:45] <Minaplo> [Not only including the earlier goals such as Lilith, but also targets to capture: Commander Hauptmann, Director Hohenzollern and Vice-Director Raskova.]
06[09:26:14] * Yanmei took all the notes she could, a focused frown stamped on her mouth.
06[09:27:58] * Sept couldn't quite maintain that level of attention with his energy levels, but he stayed mostly on track.
10[09:28:33] * Aline was attentive and focused, but didn't really take notes, she just focused and listened. Instead, the paper materials she had were being used to sketch out possible plans and the like.
[09:29:02] <Minaplo> ["And let us not forget our strategic goal." Said Mazarin quietly.-
[09:29:28] <Minaplo> ["Right." Marianne nodded. "Zhang Yanmei, would you please join us, to inform the group of your plan?"]
[09:32:19] <Yanmei> "Yes ma'am." Yanmei rose from her chair. A few minutes later, she was standing on the stage, peering out onto the crowd. -
[09:36:23] <Yanmei> "As the Colonel mentioned before, Operation Imperatrix is a step on the road to weakening Mary Caine's New World Order. We will, however, not be alone on this journey. Following our success at the Geofront, we will solicit the aid of individual countries that have chafed under the Order's corruption. -
[09:44:33] <Yanmei> "Our goal is to establish an alliance - nay, a worldwide network that not only protects us, but the citizens of the involved nations as they too pull out of the UN. We call this network the 'United Earth Alliance'."
[09:48:04] <Yanmei> ^United Earth Federation
10[09:50:06] * Aline raised a brow. A neo-LN, is it…? She then closed her eyes and smirked.
06[09:51:00] * Sept rolled his eyes a bit at the ham level fluctuations in the room, but didn't seem to disagree with anything.
[09:59:15] <Minaplo> [There was a strange, tense silence…-
[09:59:33] <Minaplo> [People seemed almost- not resigned, but it followed that this rebellion would not end in just a rogue battleship. People expected more.-
[09:59:51] <Minaplo> ["There is the question of leadership." Said Vercingetorix. "To that end, Zhang…" He waved, bidding her continue.]
[10:09:15] <Yanmei> "Right." She pulled on a brilliant smile. "I will be taking the reigns of this rebellion as your supreme leader and acting diplomatic representative~ I accept your faith with a strong sense responsibility, compassion, and the will to mould a better future for ourselves, our allies, and the entire world itself."
06[10:12:57] * Sept nodded solemnly. Slightly better.
10[10:17:02] * Aline let her head loll to the side. …Well, here's hoping she manages well.
[10:19:24] <Minaplo> [There were murmurs throughout the gathering, gossip…-
[10:19:56] <Minaplo> [But the tone didn't seem negative. In fact it was quite positive, and eventually someone shouted to Yanmei directly.-
[10:20:27] <Minaplo> [It was Nana. "You're the best there is for this, Yanmei~"-
[10:20:52] <Minaplo> [After that, a few others began joining in- Rei and Chiisana both shouted encouragement, and a few people even began to clap.-
[10:21:02] <Minaplo> ["Alright. I think that's everything." Said Marianne. "Dismissed."]
10[10:24:12] * Aline stood up, but… she decided to look around a bit, obviously waiting for everyone else to start filtering out of the room.
06[10:26:42] * Yanmei had almost frowned at Nana's encouraging shout… but the stage lights were on her, and what's more, it had quickly been drowned out by other shouts. So here they were. Tossing her hair and still smiling, Yanmei began to descend from the stage.
06[10:30:02] * Sept looked up at the Glorious Leader for a moment, then began to head out himself. Things were sounding marginally better than what he'd been hoping for.
10[10:33:32] * Aline would continue waiting, mostly now for Yanmei to catch up with the general group of people.
[10:33:58] <Minaplo> [People were indeed starting to filter out now…]
[10:38:24] <Yanmei> Of course, the first person Yanmei went to was Isaiah, smiling warmly at him. "so, what do you think~?"
[10:41:35] <Minaplo> ["… I'm a little blown away, actually." He admitted, giving her a warm, even shy smile back.]
10[10:43:42] * Aline hesitated for a second, before drawing a bit nearer to Sera, having subtly noticed the boy's reactions to some of the declarations. "So it begins."
[10:46:10] <Yanmei> "Oh ho~? Just from that?" She sat next to him, taking his hand. "Sorry about annoying you before."
07[10:47:56] * Sept paused there with a frown. He turned to look at Aline, glancing around shiftily. "Sure. This operation… I don't enjoy splitting us up, but it's the best tactical call."
10[10:48:58] * Aline shrugged her shoulders att that. "We can't be together in every engagement, no. Besides. We've had plenty of time apart, what's one more operation?"
[10:51:04] <Minaplo> ["It's ok." Said Isaiah guiltily. "It wasn't really you. I was just- my head's been a bit of a mess recently, all the stress, I think. I felt pretty guilty about being away so much recently, and I was just being oversensitive. It's alright."]
06[10:53:43] * Yanmei nodded. She patted his hand consolingly. "I was serious about that visit with mom. Do you want to see her? OR do you just want to hang out a while and get your head on straight?"
[10:53:51] <Sept> "It's more for my sake, but… sure. It could be much worse." He nodded to her. "I'd say good luck, but I know you don't need it."
10[10:55:48] <Aline> "Much, much worse, yes." Aline looked at him as he nodded. "Same to you with yours. Your unstoppability should help them a lot."
[10:57:33] <Minaplo> ["I'd like to see your mum." Said Isaiah. "… But not just yet." He looked around.-
[10:58:41] <Minaplo> ["Honestly, spending a bit of time with you in the quiet sounds great right now. You were amazing up there." He added, admiringly.]
06[11:00:13] * Sept fidgeted a bit, trying to find words. "Shinji… any progress at all?"
10[11:01:48] * Aline frowned. "Some. He's been less fearful lately, at least, though… well. In general he's still on edge and has problems with meeting people he hasn't seen the inner shape of yet. His piloting is hopefully a sign that a step has been made, though." Aline's frown deepened. "Or a sign of our desperation."
06[11:07:20] * Yanmei chuckled. "All I did was give the facts. But," she leaned against him a little tiredly. "Thanks."
[11:09:27] <Sept> "Yeah." Sera pondered that for a few more moments. "…good luck with him."
[11:10:28] <Minaplo> [Isaiah put a comforting arm around her. "Sounds like Miss President of all Earth needs some relaxation time~"]
10[11:12:05] <Aline> "Mmm. That, that I will need luck with. Maybe when this is all over his /conditions/ at least will be fixed by all the…" Aline waved her hands in the air faux-mystically. "…Stuff."
[11:15:18] <Yanmei> "Miss Glorious Leader," she corrected primly. "And it's hard to take a break with so much going on. Maybe in a few months…"
[11:16:00] <Sept> "Hah. We can hope."
10[11:16:59] * Aline then smirked suddenly. "Hey, have you ever given much thought to what you'd do after the wars? If we won, of course."
[11:19:04] <Minaplo> ["What about a small break right now? I bet I could make time…"]
[11:22:26] <Sept> "A tremendous amount. For the longest time. Sometimes it felt- feels, futile. I'm afraid that when I find my fragments again, maybe I'll dismiss all of it as idiotic."-
[11:22:30] <Sept> "Why? Have you?"
[11:22:35] <Yanmei> "Heh. Well, that much I think I can manage~"
[11:23:58] <Minaplo> [Isaiah grinned. "Let's get going. You know, we still haven't used that jacuzzi in our bathroom…"]
[11:24:38] <Yanmei> "I forgot we even had that thing?" She stood up, offering her arm. "Shall we?"
10[11:27:10] <Aline> "Yeah, a little. I'm going to go back into science, and probably further AT Field study. This time, I'll make sure it works, because I'll be in a universe not designed to wring out despair and lead to crushing death, but one that just has a /probability/ of such." That sounded a lot more underwhelming than she initially thought…
[11:30:27] <Minaplo> [Isaiah took it, raising up, his eyes twinkling. "I submit to my Glorious Leader~"]
[11:32:17] <Yanmei> All too happily, Yanmei led the way~
[11:36:19] <Sept> "Mm. I want to run a bakery." Either something very interesting was happening elsewhere in the room or he was deliberately avoiding eye contact. There was nothing interesting happening in the room.
10[11:38:14] * Aline giggled a bit at that, actually lightened by the choice. "Ah~ I hope you'll be good at it~"
[11:39:17] <Sept> "To make a croissant from scratch, you must first remake the universe."
10[11:43:44] <Aline> "…Well, yes. But it will be a damnably /good/ croissant."
06[11:49:15] * Sept laughed. "Yeah, I could fight for that."

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