Matthias S Explanation

[23:46] <Minaplo> [The Special Mess Hall was a lot smaller than the battleship's main cafeteria.-
[23:50] <Minaplo> [Which wasn't to say it was less grandiose. The Special Mess Hall was made for officers, so in fact, although being small, it made up for it. As people entered, they'd find themselves flanked by Italian marble columns in the style of Ancient Rome; directly in front of them was a nine foot tall statue of Silas Caine dressed as an ancient Roman General, also in marble. The floor was a hugely detailed mural depicting General Silas leading a glorious army of Iron Guard across a battlefield, banners streaming, whilst above them, Thruster Solaces marched, colossal edifaces of unstoppable war. Before this divine host, angelspawn and UN soldiers- working in tandem, it had seemed?- fled in terror, whilst Dreadnoughts and an Evangelion lay smoking, laid low by the crusaders' fury.-
[23:51] <Minaplo> [The Special Mess Hall also had a fine kitchen with all the modern appliances.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> [In fact, one of the major differences here was that the officers were allowed, even encouraged, to cook their own meals; there were plenty of places to do it. There was also a fully-stocked pantry.-
[23:55] <Minaplo> [And it was currently at this pantry that Mana Kirishima stood, staring up at the corn flour container that sat on the very top shelf of the pantry. Tentatively, she reached for it.-
[23:55] <Minaplo> [And stretched.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> [And stretched.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["Nnng." Why? Why couldn't she have been a little bit taller? Five little feet and three miserable inches wasn't enough…-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Here." Said a cool-sounding, exotic voice. She looked around- and saw as someone far taller than her stepped past gracefully, and masterfully reached up, plucked the corn flour off the shelf, and handed it to her.-
[00:00] <Minaplo> [Mana stared at it. And then she stared at her benefactor, who was none other than Matthias Holmstrom. So tall! So mature-looking! Such cool hair! And he was a robot pilot to boot! It was like a fantastically yummy angel sent from heaven, just to help her, who put the statues themselves to shame, surrounded as he was with-
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["You take care." Matthias walked off.-
[00:01] <Minaplo> [It is obvious that these two people had vastly different interpretations of the same event.-
[00:02] <Minaplo> [Matthias smoothly grabbed an eat-in tray off a bench as he went, the tray nearly sagging with the weight of food. Matthias walked over to an empty table, sat down on a velvety-cushioned plush armchair, and tucked into his crumbed chicken parmigiana, with astonishingly fresh and hot melted parmesan cheese and fresh tomato sauce, with some basil, rosemary, garlic and a bed of french fries with sea salt and thyme.-
[00:03] <Minaplo> [His first chicken parmigiana of three.]
[00:13] <Yanmei> At a nearby table, Yanmei looked up from her meal as he passed. Her own tray was laiden with lots of simple fruits and a drink, and there were several books resting open next to it on the tabletop. -
[00:16] <Yanmei> She had hoped to get some work done, but this place was even more distracting than the main dining hall. She spared a scowl at Roman General Silas and shut her notebook. "What do you think, Rei? Time for a break?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Mmhm." Rei nodded, quickly- almost with indecent haste- slapping her book closed and putting it down on the table.]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "This sucks," she complained, and then sighed. "Sorry. You must be bored."
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["It's not your fault." Said Rei, shaking her head. "I need to start reading books more. Al says so. He says it's good for my mental discipline."-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["… But these books are really dull."]
[00:33] <Yanmei> "Law books tend to be, yeah. They're like, so super serious…" She turned her body a little now, to smirk meaningfully in Matthias's direction.
[00:36] <Minaplo> [Matthias was eating away innocently…-
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["Hm? What's up, Meimei?"]
[00:39] <Yanmei> "Ah. Never mind. Want to go over and say hello?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Sure. I don't really know him, though."]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "You haven't met? Let's go, then. He's nicer than he looks?" She stood up, gathering her things before making her move.
[00:47] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded, getting to her feet and following Yanmei.]
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Hello Holmstrom~ Do you mind if we join you~?"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["?" He looked up at Yanmei, having just taken a mouthful of food. He chewed, swallowed, and then gestured to the chairs. "Feel free."]
[00:51] <Yanmei> So Yanmei did just that, sliding into one of the chairs. "How've you been? We didn't really get a chance to talk during that tournament."
[00:53] <Minaplo> [Rei sat down as well, next to Yanmei.-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Been alright." Said Matthias, shrugging. "Been keeping busy with practice. I've been helping out Pilot Wales recently."]
[00:57] <Yanmei> "Have you?"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["I have."]
[01:00] <Yanmei> "Like, with her aim? Or, like, confidence building stuff?"
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Her shooting skills, other things. The shooting training comes first, everything else happens whilst we shoot."]
[01:08] * Yanmei nodded. "Right, right. Whatever you're doing, I'm glad to hear it. You have something of a big brother streak, you know?"-
[01:09] <Yanmei> She glared briefly at Roman General Silas. "Like, a literal big brother. Not the lame unflattering kind."
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["Thanks." He said, with a quick smile. "Wales has problems. I can tell from how she handles her gun."]
[01:20] <Yanmei> "You can?" Yanmei pondered that a moment, wondering how it was possible. -
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Ah. This is Rei." she added, nodding at her. "The pilot for EVA-09?"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["I'm Matthias." He held out a hand to her. "Pilot of E-Destroyer-V 2, callsign Timer Wolf. Some of my friends call me Wolf."-
[01:30] <Minaplo> [Rei took it, and shook it. "It's nice to meet you."]
[01:37] <Yanmei> "We were just chatting with Wales the other day, together. Did you know that she's agreed to adopt someone?"
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["Adopt someone? You mean that Annihilator miniature."]
[01:42] <Yanmei> "That's right? Do you think it's a good idea? I'm curious."
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["From what I overheard of your conversation, I would say her mind's in the right place, but her heart is another question."]
[01:49] <Yanmei> "You… you were listening?"
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["A little."]
[02:02] <Yanmei> "Wh-" She floundered for a moment, huffing indignantly. "W-well, what do you mean about her heart, anyway?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Do you diet?"]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "Occasionally?"
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["Then you know the feeling when your mind says it's wrong to eat something, but your heart makes you eat it anyway. That."]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei frowned. "What, then? Do you think she'll end up treating the Annihilator badly?"
[02:10] <Minaplo> [Rei frowned worriedly.-
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["Possible." Said Matthias slowly. "Another alternative is that she's taking the Annihilator on because it's emotionally safe."]
01[23:35] <Yanmei> "How? Taking in an Angelspawn would be totally stressful for someone like her?"
[23:40] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["There’s no risk." Said Matthias, taking another mouthful of chicken.-
[23:41] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["The Angelspawn’s designed to imprint, so she doesn't need to persuade it or befriend it for it to be loyal, and she can do whatever she wants and it will remain loyal, which is safer than human emotion. And if she -does- find it too much for her, no one would blame her for it."-
[23:42] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [He finished off his chicken, and began on the second breast.]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> "What’s your assessment, then? Was giving her the spawn a mistake?"
[23:47] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Not yet." He said, taking another mouthful. "Giving her the spawn wasn’t a safe option, but safety doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea, or vice versa. This could help her in the long run, if it challenges her, which is what she thinks she wants to do."]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "Hm. You're quite the psychologist, Mr. Holmstrom. I'm going to try to stay optimistic about that challenge myself."
[23:59] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Just practice with observation." Said Matthias with a small smile.]
Session Time: Thu Aug 29 00:00:00 2013
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "What else have you been observing while you’ve been on board?"
[00:27] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["People, usually."]
01[00:31] <Yanmei> "Like Major Katsuragi~? Or the Bridge crew?"
[00:32] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["I’ve ended up observing those people in passing."]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "Did you learn what makes them tick?"
[00:33] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Not usually."]
01[00:34] <Yanmei> "Tsk. What about dark secrets?"
[00:35] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["No dark secrets, only normal ones."]
01[00:37] <Yanmei> "Oh~~?"
[00:39] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Yep." Said Matthias, taking a mouthful of cola.]
06[00:39] * Yanmei gazed at him with bright, expectant eyes.
[00:40] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["I know you like to gossip, for example." He said glibly.]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "That’s just a filthy rumor?" she said smoothly. "Isn't that right, Rei?"
[00:41] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Um…"-
[00:42] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["So," Said Matthias, as though he hadn’t paused at all, "If I tell you anything, I can expect you to keep it to yourself?"]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "Of course?" She smiled brilliantly.
[00:47] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["And you understand that if you don’t keep it to yourself, I will both find out and wreak a vengeance on you worthy of the Viking blood in my veins?"]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> That didn't sound fun! She almost frowned… but she didn't. "Of course~"
[00:50] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["What do you want to know, then?"]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "All of Katsuragi’s secrets. Like, all of them?"
[00:56] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["You should ask her, then. I only know what I can tell from observation."]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "Then… her observable secrets!"
[00:57] <Mibbit`Haplo> [Rei was watching this with a frown…-
[01:02] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Major Katsuragi is trying to drink less alcohol and tries to replace it with coffee. She’s happier now than she used to be, because sometimes she acts happy and sometimes she doesn't realise she's not acting. She is very fond of you."]
06[01:07] * Yanmei opened her mouth to reply, but nothing came out. "…"
[01:12] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I think Major Katsuragi sees some of you in her, and that makes her want to help you, but she doesn’t know how. Perhaps she's only just recently learned how to help herself." Matthias continued on. "So she wants to be your mentor and your friend and isn't sure how to be both."]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "Th-that's enough insight, okay?"
[01:18] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Alright. Someone else?"]
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "I’ll pass," she grumbled, carefully not making eye contact with anyone now. "You completely took the fun out of this anyway? With that 'no spreading things around' rule."
[01:25] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["So you admit to gossip."]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "That’s not gossip? It's sharing!"
[01:27] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Sharing someone else’s secrets -is- gossip." Said Matthias.]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "Not if it's entertaining," Yanmei said primly.
[01:33] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["It’s rarely entertaining for the person themselves." Said Matthias. "Plenty of gossip about me, most of it untrue. My secrets remain secrets."-
[01:34] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [He took a mouthful of cola, then gave Yanmei a keen look. "A person who gossips understands that gossip is treacherous, so I wonder why someone like you enjoys gossip so, considering how much you hide."-
[01:35] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Perhaps because you work so hard to hide them, you unconsciously want to reveal those secrets to the world, to give yourself relief, and you gossip, knowing that inevitably, you will be gossiped about as well, your secrets revealed, without you saying them."]
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01[01:50] <Yanmei> "Hah. Now you’re completely overthinking things? I don't have secrets like that? And even if I did, there's no way I'd like them out in the open." Yanmei tossed her hair irritably. "I doubt you would either."
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[01:52] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Matthias leaned towards Yanmei until his eyes were only about two feet away from her own.-
[01:55] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["I don’t want my secrets out in the open. That's why I don't gossip." He said quietly.]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "Fiiine." Yanmei folded her arms, breaking eye contact once again. "Keep your awesome gossip."
[07:40] <Minaplo> [Matthias shrugged, turning back to his meal.-
[07:40] <Minaplo> ["You've been busy recently." He said to Yanmei.]
[07:42] <Yanmei> "Yeah," said Yanmei. "You probably heard about the trial?"
[07:47] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I saw it happen."-
[07:47] <Minaplo> [Rei looked away awkwardly.]
[07:48] * Yanmei looked a mite uncomfortable herself. "You were there? In the cafeteria?"
[07:50] <Minaplo> ["I don't always eat here." Said Matthias with a small smile. "Sometimes I don't feel like cooking. And a person like me eats a lot."]
[07:55] <Yanmei> "You didn't help us out back then? I guess that means you were totally confident in our ability to take care of things~"
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[08:06] <Minaplo> ["I estimated that you'd be able to handle yourself, yes."]
[08:07] * Yanmei beamed. "What do you think? About this whole mess, I mean."
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["Pretty bothersome, considering the challenges we have waiting for us in Paris."]
[08:20] <Yanmei> "I know, right? But if they postponed the hearings until after we'd dealt with that Angel, there might be even more unrest from the technicians in the meantime? Maybe what they should really be doing is administering mass psychiatric evaluations to the crew and stuff."
[08:22] <Minaplo> ["They don't have the time." Said Matthias. "They need to prepare for the battle, and they need all hands on deck."]
[08:26] <Yanmei> "Hrmph. Maybe. Aside from repairing the Evas and changing our course for France, I haven't seen as many preparations going on this time. Like, no word on who's going to be in charge of the next operation or anything?"
[08:27] <Minaplo> ["That's because Paris-2's NERV branch has been replaced."]
[08:29] <Yanmei> "Re-replaced!" She stared. "What on earth are you talking about?!"
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["You've been too busy to hear about it." Said Matthias. "But shortly after the battle in Boston, the UN quietly sent a detachment of men and materiel to Paris-2, which now has new staff, new OD especially. Officially, Colonel Amatore is no longer the OD for NERV-00, but rather NERV-07, the Mobile Branch- the battleship."]
[08:36] <Yanmei> "Wait… wait, wait." She held a hand up. "Who's in charge of the Paris-2 Branch, then? What's going on with the employees we left behind in France?"
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["They're still there, or are awaiting transfer." Said Matthias. "Hohenzollern is still in charge of Paris-2."]
[08:38] <Yanmei> "The pilots originally stationed in Paris… do you think they'll be officially reassigned too?"
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["I do. It's already being put into practice."]
[08:43] <Yanmei> She waited for him to continue, her eyes intense.
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["They've commissioned three new Evangelion units to garrison Paris-2 in your stead- that's what I've heard at least."]
[08:50] * Yanmei didn't say anything for a while. She flopped against the backrest of her chair.
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["It's not all bad. There's some good element to it."]
[08:56] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?" she said warily.
[08:57] <Minaplo> ["They placed a full wing of E-Destroyers on garrison in the city for the battle. That's 20 individual E-Destroyers."]
[09:02] <Yanmei> "It would be safer if everyone just evacuated the place. Who knows, we may have to use multiple N2 strikes this time?"
[09:03] <Minaplo> ["The civilians have already been evacuated."]
[09:08] <Yanmei> "I meant everyone. Why are they even reassigning us, anyway?"
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["No idea." Said Matthias. "Maybe they figure we're better at being mobile, maybe they want you out of the way."]
[09:18] <Yanmei> "Hmph. What about you? Are you stuck with us, or are you heading back to Paris-2?"
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm with you." He said. "We're heading to Paris anyway, and my unit's on this ship."]
[09:20] * Yanmei nodded slowly. A deeper frown came to her. "What about your so-called squad leader? She hasn't shown her face around here since Isaiah and I arrived."
[09:20] <Minaplo> ["She's in Paris-2." He said.]
[09:22] <Yanmei> "With luck, maybe she'll stay there and we won't have to deal with her at all."
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["You will eventually, when we arrive in the city." Said Matthias. "We're part of the battle as well."]
[09:24] <Yanmei> "Ugh." But there was a sliver of hope. Maybe Lilly Norling would get shot down or crushed or something. "Best of luck to you, then."
[09:24] <Minaplo> ["Thanks." He cut up his second chicken breast and began to eat.-
[09:25] <Minaplo> ["There's also the new OD…"]
[09:25] <Yanmei> "…yeah?" she said warily.
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["Lord High Magistrate Hauptmann. Heard of him?"]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "That's… that's the guy the HIC wanted to replace Orlov with."
[09:33] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Rei looked up, frowning. "Hauptmann… Dieter Hauptmann?"-
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["Right on both counts." Said Matthias.-
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["Al said he was one of his tutors for the NeoCompanion Project."]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "So he knows what he's doing, tactics-wise? But that doesn't make him any more trustworthy. Please tell me the Colonel's going to be issuing orders to the Evas deployed from the ship in the net fight instead of leaving it in that guy's hands."
[09:37] <Yanmei> ^next
[09:43] <Minaplo> ["I can't be sure. But Hauptmann…" A strange emotion crossed Matthias's face. It was almost…]
[09:45] <Yanmei> "…you okay?"
[09:45] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." He said, nodding. "Do you want to know about Hauptmann?"]
[09:46] <Yanmei> "I think I had better," she said gravely. "If he was part of the NeoCompanion program, than he was probably a real jerk, huh?"
[09:47] <Minaplo> [Matthias paused, and the reason became clear a second later.-
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["Actually, Al said Hauptmann was one of the best teachers he had." Said Rei.]
[09:49] <Yanmei> "Really?" Her eyebrows raised.
[09:51] <Minaplo> ["He said that he was really smart, and stern, but he wasn't cruel, and was always fair."-
[09:52] <Minaplo> [Matthias nodded slowly. "The tragedy is that Hauptmann is a man of excellent character."]
[09:56] <Yanmei> "Like Hohenzollern," Yanmei muttered. "Like, I don't know if her character's 'excellent'? But she clearly doesn't deserve to be their pawn."
[09:57] <Minaplo> [Matthias nodded slowly. "That's right. Hauptmann is in his position out of duty, not selfishness or pride…"-
[09:57] <Minaplo> ["But he was a clever man ten years ago, and now he's an Iron Guard with all that entails."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "Is… that so." She shook her head. "Newly operated on? Or was he part of the LN effort?"
[10:03] <Minaplo> ["No. Hauptmann is UN, and always will be UN."]
[10:09] <Yanmei> "Hm. How do we even deal with this," she muttered. "I guess we just avoid him as much as possible. I dunno?"
[10:09] <Minaplo> ["We'll have to learn to live with it for now."]
[10:11] * Yanmei just nodded again, soberly.
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["Paris-2 has also received an infantry garrison."]
[10:17] <Yanmei> "Has it? They're not saying that'll help against the Angels, are they?"
[10:22] <Minaplo> ["No." Said Matthias. "But a full regiment of Storm Troopers, that's 5,000 soldiers total. There's only one reason to deploy that many men- security and anticipating a ground attack."]
[10:23] * Yanmei sighed. "This is irritating?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> [He looked at her curiously.]
[10:28] <Yanmei> "Whatever their excuse may be, it's either a move to reinforce Hauptmann's - and by extension, the HIC's - power over the current and new staff, or an act of sheer paranoia by those same parties."
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Considering how belligerent France has been towards Caine recently, it's not an insensible precaution."]
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[10:39] <Yanmei> "Like, how belligerant are we talking about here? There's the stuff that happened with the cultists, and I heard about some protests after the Synfront battle. You don't mean there's more…?"
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[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Mazarin threatened to make the Security Council dissolve the HIC after you were captured." Said Matthias.]
[10:47] <Yanmei> "Oh. Right." Yanmei shifted around a little in her chair. "Mr. Isha mentioned something like that before? I guess those tensions are going to flair right back up as soon as the Angel's beaten."
[10:48] <Minaplo> ["Exactly."]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "Well… here's hoping something happens before things escalate to all out war over there."
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["A miracle?"}
[10:57] <Yanmei> "Sure, you could call it that."
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["Is it really certain that we're going to have to fight?" Asked Rei dejectedly.]
[11:03] <Yanmei> "It looks like it's going to be really hard to avoid?" said Yanmei with a little calculating frown. "Although we should at least do whatever we can to avoid those ground troops."
[11:04] <Minaplo> ["Avoid, as in, avoid hurting them?" Asked Rei innocently.]
[11:09] <Yanmei> "If we avoid fighting them altogether, then there's no way we can hurt them," said Yanmei brightly.
[11:09] <Yanmei> ^-
[11:10] <Yanmei> "Those three new EVA projects though… That's a different story? That worries me."
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh?" Asked Rei curiously.]
[11:15] <Yanmei> "Remember the EVA-22 unit? We might be going up against three of those if they're completed. After all, I doubt they're working on them just as a means to protect the city?"
[11:17] <Minaplo> ["I wasn't there for that battle." Said Rei. "But… I know that's the thing t-that hurt Zaizai…" Her face clouded, and her eyes narrowed. "It was powerful, right?"]
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[11:22] <Yanmei> "Yes. Until Blanc ended abruptly things, the pilot was also suffering a lot? If these things are similar, it'll pretty much be a death sentence for whoever they stick inside them?"
[11:23] <Minaplo> [Rei winced. "That's no good. But Meimei, it might not be that type of Evangelion. It could be three Master Models… Or one of those Dysangelions you met."]
[11:25] <Yanmei> "I've considered that. The Dysangelions, anyway?" A faint, smug smile came to her. "I'd rather face them than another EVA-22."
[11:26] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure I understand." Said Matthias. "This Evangelion you fought in the Synfront. What made it different compared to your unit?"]
[11:32] <Yanmei> "Raw power? That's even excluding the hard-to-explain interpersonal stuff. 04 is a lot stronger now too, though, so who knows. Maybe the power imbalance isn't so extreme now."
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["Raw power…" Matthias frowned, leaning back in his chair. "Examples?"]
[11:52] <Yanmei> "Its stamina - or at least its healing abilities - was well beyond the damage that we could inflict. And its own attacks were way more than any one unit could handle. The design of the thing, with those four arms, made it able to attack more rapidly than usual too, both long-ranged and up close thanks to its weapons."
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["How many units did it take down by itself?"]
[11:57] <Yanmei> "Three. Four if you count 01."
[12:00] <Minaplo> ["That sounds like it's more than just an Eva. That sounds like it's Angel-level."]
[12:01] <Yanmei> "It does, doesn't it? Even Metatron seemed to run away when it showed up."
[12:01] <Minaplo> [Matthias's eyebrows rose. "Suspicious. Perhaps it thought it was on your side…"]
[12:02] -Zack- [Global Notice] For those who are actually on Obsidian, the server will be going down in roughly 10 minutes. When it comes back up there will be a new IP and 6667 will also be open again. Happy days.
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[12:03] <Yanmei> "Possible. I'm sure it was also because she had what she went there for."
[12:04] <Minaplo> ["She did?"]
[12:08] <Yanmei> "I think so. I mean, I'm sure part of it was revenge-driven? But she was trying to recover the soul of one of her subordinates. It was stored in the Synfront, you see…"
[12:11] <Minaplo> ["I don't understand."]
[12:17] * Yanmei looked around and the leaned towards him, lowering her voice. "It's like this," she said. "The soul of an Angel, its essence, is something that can be seperate from its body if you know what you're doing. Especially if they're dead. During the LN War Azariah Caine experimented with this a lot using Angels that the Evangelions had defeated."
[12:17] <Yanmei> ^separated
[12:17] <Minaplo> ["Alright…"]
[12:20] <Yanmei> "At some point, Metatron sent someone over to talk with Mary Caine about ending the war. Kind of like… an Emissary of her own. The soul existing in that creature's body? It apparently belonged to a former Angel. Someone Metatron was attached to. Can you guess what happened next?"
[12:21] <Minaplo> [Matthias's eyebrows shot up, and his normally stoic face became full of surprise. "Peace-?!"]
[12:23] <Yanmei> "Peace." Yanmei confirmed, her voice full of anger.
[12:24] <Minaplo> ["She killed this emissary, then…?"]
[12:25] <Yanmei> "Yes. And hid its soul in the Synfront somewhere. Sometime during the attack, she released it."
[12:29] <Minaplo> ["Ah…" Matthias frowned. "And Metatron got what she came for, and you were left there in the heart of Caine's base, with a dangerous foe. It was a trap."]
[12:31] <Yanmei> "Yes." That anger was still lingering. "A successful one too?"
[12:32] <Minaplo> ["That's mad…"]
[12:39] <Yanmei> "This is what we're up against." She gave a shrug. "So, in light of that, we have to be really careful when we're entering Paris-2? We don't know what else she has planned for us."
[12:40] <Minaplo> ["Seems like it's safer to stay on the battleship unless we have to."]
[12:43] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Entering the Geofront, at least, is probably out of the question for us?"
[12:44] <Minaplo> ["Hm…" Rei frowned. "I don't mind that too much. Everyone important to me is on the ship anyway."]
[12:51] <Yanmei> "I left a few friends and responsibilities back there," Yanmei muttered. "Need to be sure they make it to this ship too somehow."
[12:53] <Minaplo> ["Hm, I see. Do you want me to help you with it when we arrive, Meimei?"]
[12:59] <Yanmei> "We'll see? I don't even know what I'm doing yet. Let's just focus on your case for now, and we'll work the rest of that out later."

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