Komm Susser Tod 2 3

[07:07] <Minaplo> [END OF EVANGELION. 13th of May, 2018. Location: 'The Pentagon', Arlington County, Virginia. "Komm Susser Tod" 2.3-
[07:19] <Minaplo> [They had arrived on Earth with Sera and the others, courtesy of Vercingetorix. He'd then quickly taken them to a special room, thousands of miles away in the eastern United States- a secret room, part of a secret area build beneath the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.-
[07:25] <Minaplo> [In this special area only, Yanmei could move freely, but beyond that would be impossible- safe assumptions were that the entirety of the building otherwise was bugged. And so Minerva, who'd arrived with her, quickly hurried Yanmei away into what looked like a small, elaborate surgical theatre, although instead of a bed, there was a stool. There were no mirrors; instead Minerva quickly did
[07:25] <Minaplo> her work, prodding here, poking there, adding temporary prosthetics, makeup to certain areas, until it seemed to Yanmei, several hours later, that every inch of her resentful body had been beaten into a different shape. Most curious amongst Minerva's tools were a pair of small thin rods, which emitted a beam of low light. One for the skin, one for her hair- lightening or darkening the skin
[07:25] <Minaplo> as needed, and changing the colour of her hair as necessary. Minerva assured her the effects were only temporary.-
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[07:25] <Minaplo> [Eventually, Minerva would clap her hands. "Alright, all done." She said. She led Yanmei into the next room, where she'd finally be able to look at herself in the mirror…]
06[07:36] * Yanmei stared into the mirror. She was older now, by a good 15 years, at least. Her eyebrows had thickened, her nose had grown longer, her eyes were a touch rounder, her skin had significantly darkened to a light brown color, and her hair - now a darker shade of brown - had been rolled into a simple french roll. The added padding on her body was seamlessly hidden behind a clean gray suit. -
01[07:36] <Yanmei> "I-Impressive," she muttered.
[07:38] <Minaplo> ["I'm pretty pleased." Said Minerva with a grin. "I can't do much for your voice, so try to sound less like yourself."]
01[07:40] <Yanmei> "I'll try?" Yanmei tucked something under the collar of her shirt - the red pendant that she had been wearing up until now. "Do I have an alias for this mission?"
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["If anyone asks, your name is Sandra Bayes." Said Minerva, holding a folder out to Yanmei. "Try to familiarise yourself with the details in here. Your ID's in there as well; make sure you're wearing it, or else you could find yourself in some trouble. Remember, people aren't supposed to know you're here."]
01[07:52] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei took the folder carefully, frowning slightly. "Is our intel on Congressman Gaspar in here too?"
03[08:02] * Syntax is now known as Sept
[08:10] <Minaplo> ["That's right."]
01[08:16] <Yanmei> "All right, then. Any more general advice? Where and when do we rendezvous for the return jaunt to the ship?"
[08:27] <Minaplo> ["We'll play it by ear. At most, five days. Knowing Gaspar, he might try to stall us." Said Minerva. "Ok. Time for us to go over what we need to do."]
01[08:32] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Let's?" Yanmei forced herself to stop glancing into the mirror, focusing on Minerva instead.
[08:44] <Minaplo> ["Ok. So, you're going to be meeting Gaspar at a nearby rendezvous point. Your goal is to persuade him to see that it is in Brazil's best interests to join with the UEF." She said. "Now of course, you can tell me what our major problems are…?"]
01[08:55] <Yanmei> "The first problem is that he's already pro-UN? Or pro-World Order, I guess. The second is that we haven't really proven that we're the stronger faction choice yet."
[08:57] <Minaplo> ["And the third?"]
01[08:59] <Yanmei> "The third is probably challenging whatever propaganda Caine has been spreading around in our absence."
[08:59] <Minaplo> ["The fourth?"]
01[09:05] <Yanmei> "The fact that everything we have is resting on that recording of yours. Caine has probably not been outright menacing to Brazil or any of its allied nations, and we can't really prove she's a threat."
[09:11] <Minaplo> ["Exactly." Said Minerva. "Have you had a chance to see the hologram on it?"]
01[09:18] <Yanmei> "Before we left, yeah. It looks pretty good to me."
[09:19] <Minaplo> ["I had to have Mr. Blue's help with faking it, amongst others."]
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01[09:27] <Yanmei> "I heard James helped too. They're a pretty good team?"
[09:28] <Minaplo> ["That they are." Said Minerva with a smile.]
06[09:39] * Yanmei shifted her weight and paced around a bit, trying to get used to moving in this new getup. "Think that's everything, then?"
[09:42] <Minaplo> ["I think so. How're you feeling?"]
01[09:44] <Yanmei> "Confident, of course?" She made as if to toss her hair… but, of course, she couldn't really thanks to her current hairstyle. "I've spent a lot of time watching other politicians do this sort of thing."
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["You'll be excellent." Said Minerva warmly, smoothing down Yanmei's shoulders and collar.]
01[09:51] <Yanmei> "Thanks. Will you be here the entire time?"
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["I will."-
[09:55] <Minaplo> [Minerva paused, holding a hand up to an earpiece. She nodded slowly, then looked over at Yanmei. "His stealth VTOL's arrived."]
01[09:56] <Yanmei> "It's showtime, then~ I'll go up to greet him."
[10:10] <Minaplo> [And so Yanmei would be directed to a room several floors up, in a whole different section of the building. It took her fifteen minutes, and along the way she passed hundreds- even thousands of people!-
[10:10] <Minaplo> [And none of them spared her a second glance.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Eventually she was led to an empty conference room…]
06[10:18] * Yanmei took a seat. She had gone through the folder on the way there, and was at least familiar with the basics of Sandra's life. Now all that was left was to wait…
[10:24] <Minaplo> [… And wait. And wait. half an hour passed without event…]
01[10:31] <Yanmei> …he was -certainly- taking his time! At some point, Yanmei had whipped out the folder and had started scrutinizing it again. By now she absolutely did know everything. And no, she was not annoyed. She wasn't even close to annoyed? Of course not.
[10:42] <Minaplo> [Another -15- minutes passed before the door finally opened, a secretary walking in and sitting down, followed by Ricardo Maria Moreno Gaspar himself.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> [He was a tall, thick man with neatly combed, razor-straight silver hair and a strong, powerful square chin. He had keen eyes under narrow eyebrows, and a rather long nose. He sat down.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["You are my liaison?" He asked, his tone skeptical.]
01[10:51] <Yanmei> "I am~ Sandra Bayes." She hefted herself up and extended a hand. "I trust you had an excellent trip?"
[10:54] <Minaplo> ["No." He reached out and shook it. He had a strong hand, and he -squeezed-.-
[10:55] <Minaplo> ["I did not. Now, I have come all this way in secret on this fool's errand, the least your lot could do is offer a man some food."]
01[11:05] <Yanmei> "I'll see what we can do." She didn't flinch at the handshake, looking him dead in the eye until it was over. Then, she met the secretary briefly at the door to arrange for some appetizers to be brought in from somewhere. -
01[11:07] <Yanmei> "Let's chat while we wait, shall we?"
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["Very well. What is your 'deal' then, Miss Bayes?"]
01[11:24] <Yanmei> "I'll be frank. The United Earth Federation has recently come across some information that is critically important to Brazil's welfare. We are passing it along to you." Yanmei pulled out a USB stick and pushed it across the table toward him.
[11:26] <Minaplo> [He stared at it skeptically. "A USB stick."]
01[11:31] <Yanmei> "Surein Optodata Rod," Yanmei corrected. "They look very similar from the outside, but any computer expert can verify it. They will also verify that it's impossible to alter or replicate data on devices like this one."
[11:42] <Minaplo> ["I know what they are. How'd you find one of these?"]
01[11:54] <Yanmei> "A skilled intelligence agent of ours recently recovered it while doing some digging in the New World's archives."
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["I see." He took the rod, eyeing it critically. "And what am I going to find on this?"]
01[12:03] <Yanmei> "You will find a recorded meeting between UN officials and New World commanders as they discuss their future plans for your country and its resources."
[12:04] <Minaplo> [He chuckled. "Oh, let me guess. You're going to start talking about how the New World's planning to subjugate Brazil."]
01[12:05] <Yanmei> "You don't seem very surprised."
[12:06] <Minaplo> ["That's the narrative you're trying to sell me, yes?" He sighed, rolling the rod back.-
[12:06] <Minaplo> ["A man is hungry, here." He grumbled. "When is your food going to arrive? I thought the United States invented fast food."]
01[12:10] <Yanmei> The food would arrive shortly. It was a tray of fresh hamburger sliders, topped with bacon and cheese. There were vegetables on the side, along with dipping sauce.
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[12:12] <Minaplo> [Gaspar eyed the sliders, picking one up, pinched between his thumb and forefinger. "You statians make tiny bite-sized big macs now?"]
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01[12:14] <Yanmei> "We have for a while now. They're extremely popular these days!"
[12:20] <Minaplo> ["Hm."-
[12:22] <Minaplo> [He ate his fill, offering his secretary some as well. After ten minutes, he wiped his fingers and spoke.-
[12:23] <Minaplo> ["Thank you for the food, but let's get down to business." Said Gaspar. "Miss Bayes, I don't want to waste my time, but nor do I want to waste yours, so let's make this quick. State your case as to why Brazil is in danger, and why the UEF is our only alternative."]
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01[12:38] <Yanmei> "It all comes down to Evangelion-scale combat. I understand that Brazil has a unit of its own, yes? But it's still greatly outnumbered by the number of units in the UEF and the NWA alike. If the New World was to invade with their multiple units, Brazil would be at a disadvantage."
[12:50] <@Minaplo> ["And if the UEF invaded Brazil, the same would be true." Said Gaspar. "Assuming the UEF has Evangelions -left-, which is not at all guaranteed after what's happening on the fields of Europe."]
[13:00] <@Minaplo> ["I don't suppose you -can- tell me where the UEF's Eva corps is? Or maybe its battleship, the Dorian Lachapelle? So far, we've been told that they were destroyed in orbit, and I'm not seeing much to dissuade that- unless you have something to say…"]
01[13:42] <Yanmei> "Where are Caine's own Evas? For that matter, where are the fearsome Dysangelion units that we've heard so much about? The battles in Europe would be over within the week if they were deployed there, and yet Caine wastes time and resources by sending her smaller units out. Why? Because they are preoccupied elsewhere. They can't be fighting Angels because there are no more Angels left, and there is only one other type of enemy that warrants using that many of Caine's Eva-scale units."
03[13:47] * ZackSleep is now known as Zack
01[14:09] <Yanmei> "Obviously, giving away the Eva corps location would jeopardise whatever strategy they're using to keep Caine's units busy. But. Which faction was circulating those rumors about their defeat to begin with? The NWA would certainly benefit from it; it would be a morale blow to the nations still fighting them and it would keep other nations from wondering how they managed to let an enemy - one that was likely already badly damaged from the final battle with the final Angel - from slipping away. Makes you wonder what else they're not telling the truth about…"
[14:16] <@Minaplo> ["Nations lie in war for their own gain, that's a fact." Said Gaspar. "Nothing wrong with that. However, it does raise an interesting question. If you're managing to keep the NWA busy, even after all the losses you suffered fighting the final Angel, then surely you don't need Brazil's Project Cavaleiro to help you out, do you? No, all you need to do is ensure we stay out of the fight…"]
01[14:38] <Yanmei> "If the NWA has its way, there's no way you -can- stay out of the fight?" She shrugged and tapped the Surein-Optodatas lightly with an index finger. "And yes, we'd rather have you on our side and not on theirs. That's common sense, isn't it?"
[14:41] <@Minaplo> ["Of course, but that's also Brazil's strength." Said Gaspar. "You both want us on your side, since we can tip the balance in your favour… But we can also tip the balance in the favour of your foes. I have no love for your Federation, but I don't feel the need to join the NWA either. My end goal is to keep Brazil out of the war… And what better way to do that than to make you both so
[14:41] <@Minaplo> afraid of us joining the other side that you'll leave us well enough alone?"]

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