Mina Unleashed

[06:31] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 16th of January, 2018. Episode Title: Mina Unleashed.]
[06:37] <Yanmei> [On Janurary the 16th, shortly after 7 pm, the Parisian Eva pilots would each receive an urgent text from Isaiah Gabriel-Wei asking them to come to Zhang Yanmei's apartment immediately because of an emergency. It would also request that they each come heavily armed and with a cell phone.]
[06:47] <Sept> Sera still had most of his gear packed and ready after the last time they went after Gamelin, so preparing didn't take that long. After a short trek, he knocked on the door of her apartment.
[06:52] <Yanmei> The door opened and Yanmei stood there, distracted between him and the display of a cell phone. She was dressed up in her own familiar black gear, a bolter and two swords strapped on over it. "De Pteres." She stood aside, allowing him entry.
[07:15] * Aline took somewhat longer to arrive for a reason that should be obvious - she brought a friend. "I sure hope you have a spare suit of armor in that war vault of yours, Yanmei…"
[07:15] <Minaplo> ["Why?"-
[07:15] <Minaplo> [Leaning lazily against a wall in red armour and a big bulky blue cape was Asuka Langley-Soryu. "Oh."-
[07:15] <Minaplo> ["it's Bakaface."-
[07:16] <Minaplo> ["W-What?" Shinji- who'd followed Aline in carrying her gear- awkwardly peered over the top of a sword. "Who're you calling bakaface? You've got freckles!"-
[07:16] <Minaplo> ["You've got a giant freckle right above your mouth!"-
[07:16] <Minaplo> ["That's-"-
[07:17] <Minaplo> [There was the sound of something breaking. The Spectre- unseen in its camo cloak- appeared, smashing its lance into the wall hard enough to crack the plaster.]
[07:18] * Aline jumped slightly at that, and shook her head. "Enough squabbling. If he's good enough to scare off one of those big spawns…"
[07:19] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed delicately. "Yeah. That's probably a sign that we should get going? Come in. Ikari, I'll loan you what I can." She was already unstrapping the heavier of her two weapons.
[07:20] <Minaplo> ["Are you sure, Lieutenant?" Asked Chiisana Himesama, wearing some sort of elaborate dress-armour combo, her umbrella abandoned for an unsubtle greatsword. "You fight better with two weapons."]
[07:21] * Sept frowned at the energetic exchanges between some of the pilots. "Mmh. So, we found a new lead? What's going on?"
[07:22] <Yanmei> "Unless you have a weapons cache with something nicer in it, I don't think I have a choice," she said wryly. "Anyway, I can manage with a sword and a bolter if I have to? And yes. Not just a lead. Gamelin's making his move. Tonight."
[07:23] * Aline nodded at Chiisana. "It's fine, we can recquisition or 'acquire' something better if need be." But… then her face soured. "Great. Just… great. So we're going to have to Do Something while the rest of NERV defends itself, no?"
[07:25] <Yanmei> "…I'm still trying to determine that. I just got the news myself from an unofficial ally. Apparently, we're dealing with an entire organized army of humans and spawn alike. Hundreds of them." -
[07:27] <Yanmei> "He's been teleporting more and more spawn into the city. Really big ones, using these… portal things. There are already enough of them here to give us problems, and on the human side they have explosives powerful enough to reduce HQ to rubble."
[07:29] * Aline raised a brow at that last bit. "So they should be prevented from gaining access to HQ proper at all costs? Though… that's not really our specialty. As pilots, all our training works on hunting big game, as it were."
[07:30] <Minaplo> [The Spectre banged the butt of its lance against the floor.]
[07:32] <Yanmei> "… we do have help." She eyed the spot where the thump came from. "Please come out? You should be able to communicate directly."
[07:33] <Minaplo> [The Spectre, in a single flourish, pulled aside its cloak, knelt on the ground, and placed a hand to the floor.-
[07:33] <Minaplo> [Everyone felt a mild shock, and… Their phones vibrated.]
[07:34] * Aline would, of course, pull out her phone, checking its text functions quickly!
[07:35] * Yanmei was already half-occupied with the phone she was carrying around with her. She moved closer to Isaiah so that he could see it too.
[07:37] <Sept> "Gh. -This- asshole, again? You still trust it with your life?" Sera was in less of a hurry to check his cell, busy giving the Spectre a Look.
[07:42] * Aline gave her /own/ Look at Sera once she finished reading. "I see. Then that's a fitting mission. I, at least, accept."
[07:42] <Minaplo> ["W-Well, if you're in…" Shinji gave a compliant nod.-
[07:42] <Minaplo> ["Agreed!" Said Chiisana heartily.-
[07:42] <Minaplo> [Asuka rolled her eye at Chii, but didn't protest.]
[07:45] <Yanmei> "We'll need to inform our bosses about what's up before we run out there." Yanmei frowned down at Isaiah's phone. "They don't have a clue. And de Pteres, be civil, please. The Spectre has been watching our backs throughout this entire mess."
[07:46] * Sept nodded. "Very well. I'm with you."
[07:47] <Minaplo> ["So am I, of course." Said Isaiah. He turned to the Spectre. "Don't worry. Sera hates a lot of people for no damn reason."]
[07:47] <Yanmei> "Isaiah."
[07:48] <Minaplo> ["Sorry." Isaiah coughed.-
[07:48] <Minaplo> [He, for the record, was wearing full Storm Trooper armour, except his was white. Over his back was hung a very long sword. Sera would recognise the apparatus for a Positron-charged blade.]
[07:52] <Yanmei> "So." Yanmei moved for a closet, and pulled out a steamer trunk, quickly undoing the combination lock on it. "Here. I've got some standard UN stuff around her. Once Ikari suits up, the nine of us can…" she paused. Looked up. Did a quick head count. "Wait a second…"
[07:52] <Minaplo> [The rear door opened.-
[07:53] <Minaplo> ["Sorry I'm late." Said William, replete in his Dirac armour. He strutted in, twirling his dual revolvers, tossing them into the air and letting them fall into his holsters of their own accord.-
[07:53] <Minaplo> ["And it's ten, Yanmei."]
[07:55] <Yanmei> Showing off again. Yanmei stood up, a chestplate in hand, eyebrows raised. "Ten?"
[07:56] <Minaplo> [A tall, weathered, tanned man stepped through the door. He was wearing a poncho over a Jesuit habit, bandoleers strapped over his chest, a pair of rugged-looking revolvers hanging in their holsters. He wore a sun-faded hat.-
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["Ma'am." He tilted the hat to Yanmei with one hand, and took a swig from a whiskey bottle with the other. Once the tilting was done, he cuffed William round the head.-
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["Ow!"-
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["I didn't teach you to show off like a gunslinging peacock."-
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["You also didn't teach me to partake of the Devil's brew…"]
[07:58] * Aline raised a brow. Again. "…Well, the more's the merrier. Ready for the Big Hunt?"
[07:58] <Sept> Sera shook his head at the display, looking to the other pilots for shared opinions.
[08:00] <Minaplo> [Asuka was nodding in a way that suggested that perhaps she'd spontaneously developed something of an attraction for William.-
[08:01] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was busy jamming a helmet on, and Chiisana merely raised arched eyebrows of mild ladylike disapproval.]
[08:02] * Yanmei was wearing a polite smile. Secretly, she'd been hoping for the human tank, Terence, but she would take what she could get. "*ahem* I believe introductions are in order? Brother Joseph, welcome to our Special Operations Pilot Group. And the Spectre."
[08:05] <Sept> "Welcome," Sera echoed flatly before turning to make another check of his equipment.
[08:06] <Aline> Speaking of equipment… With a muttered "Sorry for making you carry all of that…" Aline began to finish gearing up - getting her helmet on, shouldering her positron rifle, and putting on her 'boom bag'.
[08:08] <Yanmei> And Yanmei shoved the UN gear into Shinji's arms before turning to the rest of the group and clapping her hands together once, cheerfully. "So! Who wants to ring up HQ and tell them about this? Miss Himesama, would you do the honors?"
[08:15] * ZackSleep has joined #nervfrance2
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["Understood." Chiisana dialled a number and held it up to her ear.-
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["No signal."]
[08:17] <Yanmei> "…?" She regarded the Spectre curiously.
[08:17] * Aline frowned rather heavily. "Maybe they disabled the cell network?"
[08:18] <Minaplo> ["Possible." Said William. Behind Aline, Shinji was throwing things onto the ground and sneaking off to suit up.-
[08:19] <Minaplo> [The Spectre looked at Yanmei for a second, then back to Chiisana. A shock ran through Yanmei's hand.]
[08:20] <Yanmei> "The kitchen. Should be a landline over the counter."
[08:20] <Minaplo> [The Spectre moved immediately, grabbed the landline phone and ripped it out.-
[08:20] <Minaplo> [It landed with a clatter against the wall.-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [She jabbed a finger into the phone line, and concentrated for a second.-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [Another shock ran through the group.]
[08:23] * Aline almost chuckled, for some reason, at the phone shenanigans, but the report that came… "I guess we have no choice but to move out and stay close to one another. There will be no reporting in that isn't done in person, it seems."
[08:23] <Yanmei> "No. We absolutely -cannot- leave them in the dark. They'll be slaughtered."
[08:24] * Aline wagged a finger. "'that isn't done in person'."
[08:24] <Sept> "Who can we afford to send back, then?"
[23:30] <Minaplo> ["And if the entrances are already under attack?" Asked Chiisana.]
[23:31] * Aline pondered that. "…Then whoever we send is screwed. Maybe we should just wing it."
[23:31] <Minaplo> [A sudden tremor shook the ground.]
[08:35] <Sept> "Ugh. Look, that would be unfortunate, but it looks like it's the most we can do. Could the Spectre establish communications from outside the base, before it gets spotted?"
[08:36] <Minaplo> [Shock.]
[08:37] * Aline nodded. "AT senses. Of course. We… I'm thinking we'll just have to attack now. That thing right now is probably part of the attack going on. I'm thinking time's running out."
[08:39] <Minaplo> ["About time."-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [Asuka reached under her cape and pulled out a hefty-looking axe with a chainsaw edge. She swung it once or twice. "And here I thought screwin' Bakaface was ruining your good sense."]
[08:43] * Aline stuck out her tongue, but started to head towards the door. "Yanmei could probably make a crack about who /you're/ doing, but now's not the time and it's obviously proven false, eh?"
[08:44] * Yanmei was distracted, making a vaguely sour face. "…there's a chance, of course, that their own communications equipment is still operational. It would have to be if Gamelin was directing a group that mixed and that large?"
[08:45] <Sept> "Mm. We can see about that, yes. Get ready then, everyone."
[08:48] <Minaplo> [There was a meaty whir of blade as Asuka flicked her blade on for just a second.-
[08:49] <Minaplo> [Chiisana got to her feet, gripping her sword tightly.-
[08:49] <Minaplo> [William took out By the Sword and twirled it once before returning it to his coat.-
[08:49] <Minaplo> [Shinji left the kitchen, jamming on a helmet that was a little small for him.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [The Spectre was standing stock still, waiting for Yanmei to take the lead.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [Isaiah reached behind to grip Caliburn's hilt tightly.-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [And Brother Joe reached behind the wall to pull out what looked like a multi-chambered self-reloading grenade launcher.]
[08:52] <Yanmei> "You know the way, right Spectre?" Yanmei strode forward, lowering her visor over her eyes. Her armor gleamed as she moved to the front. "Let's do this."
[08:54] * Aline gripped her positron rifle, head obscured under her own helmet (which she had spent quite a bit of time messing around with), and smiling from under it. "Fuck yes."
[08:58] * Sept followed silently, wiping some unseens stain off a brightly-colored sleeve.
[09:00] <Minaplo> [They emerged from the apartment block, walking out onto the street. Here the smell of smoke and fire was suddenly apparent.-
[09:03] <Minaplo> ["To the hideout, then?" Asked Isaiah.]
[09:04] <Sept> "Yeah. We shouldn't stay outside any longer than necessary."
[09:04] * Aline nodded. "Of course."
[09:06] <Yanmei> "Remember that this is a covert mission. Let's not get into any scrapes unless we absolutely have to." She nodded to the Spectre to guide them.
[09:10] <Minaplo> [There was the sound of a chainaxe turned on for a second before the Spectre led them off.-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [It would not, however, be long before they found trouble. Taking backrounds and alleys, they'd find the smell of smoke growing thicker…-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [And run into what had once been a police checkpoint, but what remained of it was fire, rubble, dead bodies and ruined cars.]
[09:16] * Sept caught up with Yanmei, looking ahead worriedly. "Hmh. Check the cars for working radios? Could be dangerous."
[09:18] * Yanmei‘ eyed the wreckage with a frown. "They look pretty much done? But anything’s worth a shot at this point." She panned around first, carefully.
[09:18] * Aline paced around the area warily, her rifle levelled at… the whole scene. She also looked around ever so often.
[09:25] <Yanmei‘> "…no. Wait. Something’s wrong." Her frowned deepened.
[09:28] <Sept> "Agreed - Get back, find cover. Take that building if there's an attack?" Sera indicated the closest door that looked like they could get through it.
[09:29] <Yanmei‘> "No. We should leave this place entirely. Just find another way around, presuming we haven’t already been spotted."
[09:31] <Sept> "Got it." With careful steps, Sera started to retrace his path back to where they'd came from.
[09:32] * Aline backed off as well, looking very apprehensive and pointing her rifle towards the ruined checkpoint as she did so.
[09:34] * Yanmei‘ moved back with similar caution, bolt rifle pointed at the scene.
[09:34] <Minaplo> [And so they retreated, towards a building- the Spectre seemed irritated, but went along with it.-
[09:41] <Minaplo> [Yanmei would be the one to see it first…!]
[09:42] <Yanmei`> "Sh-! Take cover!"
[09:53] <Minaplo> [A loud roaring retort as a bolt shell exploded into the wall behind Aline’s head…!]
[09:53] * Aline blinked, almost stupidly, then nodded. "R-right!"
[09:59] * Sept dove behind a parked car, flat on the ground. "What now?!"
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["Into cover!" Shouted Isaiah, gesturing at the building Sera had pointed out.]
[10:10] * Yanmei‘ was already moving, pulling Isaiah behind.
[10:11] * Aline finally got her composure, and waving on the others, rushed in as well, taking up the rear along with Shinji!
[10:15] * Sept dashed after them, staying as low as possible. The woes of the melee class.
[10:38] * Yanmei` scoped out the hallway ahead as soon as she pushed through the doors. She didn’t stop running, however, aiming for a side door up ahead. "Move it! Split and keep quiet! She pointed to the door across from her selected one. "De Pteres! Asuka!"
[10:40] <Sept> "On it! Guard the corridor, I'll secure the room!"
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Hmph." Asuka bolted past, ripping the door open and slipping inside, followed quickly by the Spectre, Chiisana, and William- who paused and braced against the door, bolt revolvers out.]
[10:42] <Minaplo> [Isaiah tore after Yanmei, and Brother Joe braced against -her- door, revolvers drawn. "Three's a frog hoppin' in the fog…"]
[10:44] * Aline looked at Shinji, and flatly nodded, before heading after Isaiah as well.
[10:45] <Minaplo> [Shinji ducked in after, testing the balance of the chainsword, looking tense beneath his tight helmet.]
[10:53] * Sept went for the doors leading out of the room, taking cover by the closest one and turning toward Chiisana and the Spectre. "What are we up against? Can you sense anyone waiting for us in the building?"
[10:54] <Minaplo> ["Two's a toad, slipping on the road…" Sang William in conjunction with Joe.-
[10:55] <Minaplo> [Chiisana closed her eyes…-
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["Humans. Twenty-one. And…" Her eyes snapped open. "Angelspawn."-
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["One's a 'pole, waitin' for his hole…"-
[10:57] <Minaplo> [Simultaneously the two gunslingers emerged from cover, opening fire, the sound echoing down the hallway and filling the air with the smell of gunpowder. There were cries of pain, one sharp and agonized, the other long and drawn out.]
[11:01] <Sept> "Yan-" The opening of the firefight cut him off. "Yanmei! Hear that? They have Spawn!"
[11:05] <Yanmei‘> "Then we can’t stay here long!" Yanmei's voice carried dimly over the gunfire. "Finish them fast!"
[11:16] * Aline looked over at the others. "I've got an idea. Breach through to hit their flank." …and without ceremony, Aline gently opened the bedroom door near her and wandered in, starting to reach into her backpack.
[11:30] <Minaplo> [Isaiah followed her in, Caliburn ready.-
[11:30] <Minaplo> ["FIRE IN THE HOLE!"-
[11:30] <Minaplo> [Behind her, Joe dived to the ground- and Sera would see William do the same, just as two grenades landed and exploded- setting the walls and door ablaze.-
[11:30] <Minaplo> ["They're smoking us out!" Shouted William.]
[11:37] * Aline called out from the bedroom. "Just use a thermodynamic cancel with an AT Field!"
[11:44] <Minaplo> [But the fires suddenly went out, the air growing deathly cold.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [The Spectre stepped through the burned out wall, readying its spear.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [Four cultists in the hallway. Large guns. Swords that'd cut a man in half.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> [The Spectre cared little, rushing like lightning down the hall, a single slash of the spear slicing one man's arm off, and cleanly cutting through the leg of the other.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [All most of the teammates would see is huge amounts of blood splatter the floor and walls.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [And screams that'd haunt their nightmares.]
[11:48] * Aline was probably too nuts to care, as she was holding back the urge to /whistle/ as she was installing a full kilogram of plastic explosives on the south wall of the bedroom.
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["God teacheth my hands to war!" Bang.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> [Joe spun one revolver into his holster and drew the other. "And my fingers to fight."-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["You -always- use that one!" Shouted William.-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["It's the only one I care to remember, boy!"]
[12:17] * Aline finally finished setting up her explosives, and surely there was carnage going on while she backed off, right?
[12:18] <Yanmei‘> The banter made Yanmei grit her teeth. Explosions, flames, and blood… And likely more explosions. She eyed Aline warily.
[12:18] <Minaplo> [Asuka dove out, cape flattering, firing down the hall, as did William.-
[12:18] <Minaplo> [Electricity shot through the blood, and the sounds of people dying painful, hot deaths reached Yanmei’s ears.-
[12:19] <Minaplo> ["How much longer?!" Shouted Shinji to Aline.]
[12:19] * Aline grinned a grin that was way too smugly satisfied for the situation. "Now~" Beep.
[12:22] * Aline would also, it was to be noted, have her arms spread out wide, even as her finger pressed the remote detonator. Something about high explosives really brought out the ham in this girl.
[12:23] <Minaplo> [… The force would be enough to almost knock her skidding for the rest of the way.-
[12:24] <Minaplo> [Walls -shattered-, tiles ripped off the ground, toilets exploded, baths and showers collapsed, hair products caught fire, beds erupted in flame…-
[12:24] <Minaplo> [The sound of smaller explosions rippled through the building.-
[12:24] <Minaplo> ["HOW MUCH DID YOU PUT ON?!" Shouted Shinji.]
[12:25] * Aline was thankfully braced against the wall. "I didn't have a good… idea of how… far the wall was so uh… a whole kilo?"
[12:25] <Minaplo> ["WHAT?"-
[12:26] * Aline stood up dazedly. "S-sorry!"
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["No time to bicker!" Shouts Isaiah, his voice oddly distorted by his armour. "Let's go!"-
[12:28] <Minaplo> ["I-I can see the next floor… And the floor above…" Muttered Shinji.]
[12:34] <Sept> "IS EVERYONE ALRIGHT?" Sera yelled, emerging into the corridor from his room, clearly shaken by the sudden explosions.
[12:37] * Yanmei‘ stumbled out from her own door, dazed and coughing on smoke. She started for the northern door, but paused, spotting something in the pool of blood and gore stretching across the hallway. "Head north! I’ll catch up!" She darted for it, slipping on the blood.
[12:41] <Minaplo> [She'd see, reflected in the pool of blood, a familiar image…-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [Robe, sword, hat.-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [The leader…-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [And a grenade…-
[12:42] <Minaplo> [A second later, the area was flooded with sharp eye-burning light. Asuka let out a cry.]
[12:43] * Aline managed to close her eyes in time, and even covered them with one hand!
[12:44] <Yanmei‘> "You-!" She recoiled at the light herself, but some odd spots in her vision were the worst to come from it. Perhaps the visor had something to do with it? She growled softly under her breath.
[13:00] <Minaplo> [Yanmei’s vision would be obscured, not by blood, but by flashes of AT light. One goon, who had been staring absently at the bloody mess of his friend, was vaporised, sending ammo exploding through the air, his skin melting, his fat burning into greasy smoke.-
[13:01] <Minaplo> [Isaac rolled away from the ammo explosions- sidestepping another AT Explosion, burning his arms.-
[13:13] <Minaplo> [But a shadow fell over him, now. Yanmei would see them…-
[13:13] <Minaplo> [Two Angelspawn, each taller than Terry by a half and probably able to pick up a tank. Thin legs, long clawed arms, spikes for elbows, a glowing red core…-
[13:14] <Minaplo> [A cultist, shot in the head by Joe, lay against the door. One of the Angelspawn picked it up and tossed it aside, the air between it and the Spectre shimmering.-
[13:14] <Minaplo> [The other threw its chest out, skin bulging as energy ran into its core, which began to shine…!-
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["YANMEI! LOOK OUT!" Screamed Isaiah.]
[13:18] <Yanmei‘> A split second was enough. Throwing herself to the sides was unthinkable, not when she was boxed in by the Spectre and a wall. She dove forward instead, clearing the scavanged body, slip-sliding in blood as a horrible light filled everything.
[13:22] <Minaplo> [Asuka stumbled backward, William dragging her out of the blast.-
[13:22] <Minaplo> [The Spectre didn’t even try to dodge. The energy consumed it entirely…-
[13:23] <Minaplo> [When the light cleared, the Spectre still stood, huge parts of its armour missing, revealing white human flesh- that was quickly covered as the armour regenerated back to full size. The Spectre slashed its lance across the air defiantly.]
[07:04] <Yanmei> T-too close. The laser had passed over her as hoped, leaving her a little sweaty and shaken from the stinging heat, but when she looked up she found that only a few feet and a bloody corpse seperated her from the hulking monsters.
[07:05] <Minaplo> [The Spectre charged, pushing the beasts back as it went. It turned to face Yanmei, and it whispered.-
[07:05] <Minaplo> ["Go."-
[07:05] <Minaplo> [The air vibrated slightly, shaking the walls, splinters and a broken burned plank falling onto the bloody floor.]
[07:05] <Sept> "Yanmei!! Get the hell back!"
[07:12] <Yanmei> "You-" But the Spectre had already passed by and was on the attack. "Damn it… I know, de Pteres! Retreat!"
[07:14] * Aline was, kinda frantically, running out the door and past them while this was going on.
[07:16] * Yanmei wasn't long behind, skating through the gore again after an initial stumble to her feet.
[07:18] <Minaplo> [Behind her was a clash of blades as Isaac flew into the fray, bringing his katana down over and over against the Spectre.]
[07:22] * Sept unhooked a grenade from his belt, took out the pin and gently tossed it aside down the hall behind him. "Wait until she's clear," he murmured to Himesama as the smoke started to fill the corridor. "Go!"
[07:43] * Sept reached the end of the corridor, slamming his shoulder to the heavy door - but it didn't budge. "Aline! We need this open!"
[07:44] * Aline was dashing as fast as she could. "Okay, okay! This time I'll use a decent amount, but get /out of the way/."
[07:52] * Yanmei had also made it to the door, but at this development she grunted and spun around, staring at developments to the south. "More time! Alright. Let's keep them from overtaking us in the meantime!" -
[07:54] <Yanmei> She made another dash, this time south, drawing her bolt pistol and aiming it at one of the cloaked figures that had slipped around the Spectre and was hurrying after them. She squeezed the trigger, and watched the shell sail through the smoke cloud, exploding against him.
[08:00] <Minaplo> [He staggered, but continued to approach-
[08:00] <Minaplo> [As behind him, one of the Annihilators picked up the Spectre and slammed it against the wall- only to find the Spectre had slipped out at the last second. It rapidly turned into a dogpile as the Cultists swarmed it.]
[08:02] * Aline meanwhile was already getting things underway, pulling out a (mercifully, smaller) brick of C4 and beginning to screw around with her detonator caps.
[08:04] <Minaplo> ["Make sure it's smaller this time." warned Shinji needlessly.]
[08:04] <Aline> "I know, I know. Next time I shouldn't overthink wall thicknesses."
[08:08] <Minaplo> [The smoke was clearing- Yanmei would see Isaac stabbing his blade into the mass and returning bloodied.]
[08:10] * Yanmei hissed under her breath, and slipped up to a side door, opening it to form a barrier. "Joseph! William!" she barked. "Open fire! Asuka, over here! Follow my voice!"
[08:18] <Minaplo> [But then Yanmei would see a terrible sight-
[08:19] <Minaplo> [The Spectre plucked from the dogpile by an Annihilator, shaken like a ragdoll, a burning bright spear of light ripping through its leg- with a final swing sending the Spectre hurtling off out of sight, the leg still dangling from the Annihilator's claw.]
[08:25] <Yanmei> "Fuck… FUCK!" She slammed a fist against the door. "SHE'S DOWN!"
[08:25] <Minaplo> [A hail of blistering gunfire from both ends of the hall answered Yanmei, a bolt shell tinking off her breastplate. The firer went down from a shot from Joe. "Focus, girl!"]
[08:26] * Aline wasn't even aware of what was happening, so busy she was. But soon, she backed off… only to hear it. "Well shit!" She was definitely in a different state of mind than Yanmei, as she plunged the detonator button.
[08:31] <Minaplo> [The wall exploded outwards, showering the area with rocks and dust. But the door was clear…-
[08:31] <Minaplo> [It led out into an alleyway. An escape!-
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["Sera! Got any more smoke bombs?" Shouted Shinji.]
[08:33] <Sept> "No - Chii! Do we have new hostiles? Any more Spawn?"
[08:33] <Minaplo> ["No, but they've moved to cut off the exits. Still easier to leave this way, but it'll slow us down and we could be caught in a very bad spot."]
[08:45] <Yanmei> Still reeling a little, Yanmei found Asuka's collar as she came closer and yanked her into the sideroom before returning fire herself. "Go! Now!"
[08:47] <Minaplo> ["What?! You go, you idiot! I can handle myself! I can see now!"]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "Shut up! Just do it!"
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["Urrrrrgh! We shouldn't be fucking running-"-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [A bright lance of light ripped through the door, narrowly missing Yanmei's head. In just a few seconds the Annihilators had advanced so quickly…-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [Followed by cultists!]
[09:14] <Yanmei> There was the smell of singed hair. "Asuka." For everything that was happening, she was still, somehow, clawing at and trying to regain a sense of calm. "Just do it."
[09:23] <Minaplo> ["Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!" Asuka roughly pushes out of the way and runs off.-
[09:23] <Minaplo> ["YANMEI! WE ARE LEAVING!" Shouts Isaiah.]
[09:23] <Yanmei> "Right behind you! Hurry up!"
[09:44] * Aline was hurrying too! Hurry hurry to advance the narrative, for great justice!
[10:00] <Minaplo> [The others were rushing out, now, just as the Annihilators came charging down the hall, followed by the cultists.-
[10:00] <Minaplo> [The alley was cold and concrete, trash littering it, but that wasn't important- they were blocked off now by the bulk of an Annihilator…!]
[10:01] * Aline looked at Sera, then at Chiisana, and pulled out an anti-armor grenade. "Ready?" As if expecting them to have already thought of it.
[10:06] <Sept> "Yes. Chiisana, an opening, please! Now!" And the grenade sailed down the alley.
[10:06] <Minaplo> [The air shimmered as Chiisana focused, the defenses of the Annihilator decreasing rapidly as the grenades flew towards it…-
[10:07] <Minaplo> [Aline's blew a hole in its leg and Sera's was lodged in its ribcage, sending it crashing to the ground, only for the soldiers behind it to charge at them, screaming curses.]
[10:11] <Sept> "It stopped! For now - keep going!"
[10:13] * Aline had already been backpedalling around a corner now…!
[10:18] <Minaplo> [Chiisana was following after, even as the cultists began to curve-
[10:18] <Minaplo> [Only to run into a hail of bullets, followed by Isaiah slashing one of them clean in half, coating the entire area in blood- especially visible on Isaiah's white armour.]
[10:19] * Yanmei was next to him a moment later, cutting into a neighboring cultist much more cleanly. "Nicely done?"
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["I overswung."]
[10:20] <Yanmei> "You're fine."
[10:20] * Aline meanwhile was muttering something about Evangelion, Destiny, and missed shots. "Whatever."
[10:35] * Sept appeared back into the back alley from his cover, as well, and finished another one of the cultists off with a simple vertical slash, the man crumpling to the ground without much fuss. He turned to face the wounded Annihilator, waiting for it to make the first move.
[10:35] <Minaplo> [The abomination got to its feet, shaking its head groggily, turning and starting to move towards them-
[10:36] <Minaplo> [Whilst from Asuka's end of the alleyway, a wall exploded outwards, showering her with dust and wood and masonry- she barely sidestepped a gleaming spear of light as an Annihilator emerged-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["YES! FUCKING YES! BRING IT ON!" She charged, smashing into it with her axe- to no avail.]
[10:39] <Sept> "Uh…" Sera glanced down the alley toward the noise. "I'd better… Yanmei, I'm leaving this one to you!"
[10:40] <Yanmei> "Right! Isaiah, go with him." She glanced to the wounded Annihilator. "We'll clean up?"
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["Clean up. You're funny." Says Isaiah, his voice warm, even as he runs to the south- leaving the alley deserted except for Chiisana's ongoing duel with a cultist.]
[10:44] * Yanmei tightened her grip on Little Excalibur, and ran, splashing through the blood with a wild cry! Now she was up close once again, slashing at the hulking Annihilator with everything that she had! -
[10:44] <Yanmei> While her first blow was off, the second passed into it's midsection, and she braced her footing, pushing the sword in as hard as she could.
[10:46] <Minaplo> [The sword sank deeper and deeper- it was pulling the sword in!-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [But before long the sheer edge was ripping its body in half, blood spraying across Yanmei's visor, her armour, the wall- with a final splorchggguhslob, the body erupted, smacking an oversized heart and three lungs into Yanmei's face.-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [It smelled awful.]
[10:51] <Yanmei> "GHKKK! GUGH!" Her disgusted cry echoed down the alleyway. Her nose… noooo, it was in her hair too!
[11:08] <Minaplo> [Sera was followed by the others- behind him he heard a horrific noise as a man exploded against the wall, bounced off and landed in a pile of flesh and bone- but ahead he'd see-
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["DOWN!" Shouted William, a flash bang erupting-
[11:08] <Minaplo> [Asuka not in time-
[11:09] <Minaplo> [The Annihilator scooped her up, and the cultists behind took the opportunity to open fire.]
[11:16] * Aline took her own opportunity to fire, aiming a burst of positron shots at the looming Angelspawn. "This might not do any damage, but it'll weaken its AT Field!"
[11:23] * Sept took advantage of the opening and dove past an attack to get in close, cutting wide swaths across the Annihilator's midsection.
[11:24] <Minaplo> [It roared, dropping Asuka once again. It stared at Sera with unmistakeable confusion- then hate.]
[11:41] <Minaplo> [The sound of smashing glass would hardly be noticed. "C'mon, through here," Said Shinji, hacking at the glass with the chainsword.-
[11:41] <Minaplo> [… And then Sera would see something. A grenade arc over the Annihilator, bounce off a wall, and land at Asuka's feet.-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [It exploded- shards ripping into exposed parts of his chest- behind him, Joe swore and ahead of him a cultist screamed.-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [Yanmei wouldn't have time to notice as she saw a ball of explosive light hurtling her way…!]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "Godda-" She had been sprinting, hard, to catch up to Isaiah and Sera, and now she was rolling forward, half-diving, half-blown off her feet by the blast.
[11:44] <Sept> The blast threw Sera against the wall, and he had to roll back to avoid the Annihilator catching him off-balance.
[11:44] <Minaplo> [Isaiah grabbed her arm to steady her. "Whoa, now."-
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["Eh, I can't see, what's going-?" Asuka flailed about, most of the shards miraculously absorbed by her cape. She lashed out at the Annihilator, catching its claw, giving Sera a moment…!]
[11:49] * Aline took that moment first, battering its AT Field back down the moment it was starting to re-establish itself. "Now's your chance!"
[11:50] <Minaplo> [Aline's bolts scored wounds across its chest…!]
[12:04] * Yanmei climbed wearily to her feet and raised her bolt pistol at the bit of black hat peeking out from behind the spawn. Unfortunately the shots went wide, detonating against the wall in puffs of dust, rock and smoke.
[12:04] <Minaplo> [And she'd see Isaac turn- leer at her- before vanishing into the ranks- gone…]
[12:17] * Sept continued his work on the Annihilator, opening up new wounds at a steady pace, shielding Asuka whenever he could.
[12:18] <Yanmei> "Grrr…!" Yanmei's eyebrow twitched and she wheeled to face the Annihilator and the rest of the squad behind it.
[12:21] <Minaplo> [Instantly, their ears would be deafened by the sound of a handful of bolters firing in unison. One shell sent shrapnel into Asuka's forehead- another struck William square in the chest, sending him hurtling back several metres.-
[12:22] <Minaplo> [Sera's armour was marked as well, the shockwaves near shattering his arm and sending his bones and organs shuddering.-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [But before they could fire again, a shape burst from the gutted apartment-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [Wearing the tattered remains of the Spectre's armour, wielding its lance, fragments of its helmet around her face, was unmistakeably Ayanami Rei.-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [And she looked absolutely murderous.]
[12:27] * Sept glanced back at Chiisana, utterly confused as he tried to make sense of things in the midst of all the pain.
[12:28] <Minaplo> [Chiisana was staring, her expression matching Sera's feelings perfectly.]
[12:29] * Aline looked on from the distance, recognizing the figure… and only after squinting through her glasses did she recognize the /armor and weapon/. "…So that…"
[12:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared. Then her gaze darted to the right and left of her, trying to measure reactions. "C'mon! Focus! Think later!"
[12:33] * Aline nodded, and raised her rifle for another burst, but… "Damnit, my aim's off."
[12:48] <Sept> "'Focus'?!" Sera fought the Annihilator's arm out of the way and slashed at its leg. It screamed, letting the weight off the leg and falling - low enough for Sera to cut into its shoulder with all of his weight, all but cutting the arm off. The wail only intensified, and the Spawn's other leg buckled as well. Sera followed up by leaping onto the ruined shoulder, using the singed wounds as footholds, and aiming one more deep stab down the back of its neck.-
[12:49] <Sept> The Annihilator went silent, and Sera waved his blade around, dripping Angel fluids. "We're -literally- swimming in Angels, dolls we know nothing about and the remains of people and this isn't the time to consider what the -shit- we're doing?!"
[12:50] <Minaplo> [And then the entire body burst into flame.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> [Behind Sera, the sound of cries of fear and dismay as the cultists, no longer reinforced or led, began to let the inherent terror of their situation infect their minds.]
[13:01] * Yanmei stared blankly as the flames leapt higher. It seemed that she was going to make a retort, but her jaw just hung sort of slack for a moment until she remembered what it was going to be. "N-not when we're in the middle of a fight, is what I'm saying! We'll get to that stuff in a minute."
[13:02] <Minaplo> [Chiisana tore past, leaping over the flames, throwing her sword at one of the cultists before dropping to pull it from his torso.-
[13:02] <Minaplo> [The other cultists fled, the Spectre chasing them- their screams of terror ended abruptly.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> [Only two cultists remained, apparently too terrified to speak or move.]
[13:04] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei stepped forward, bolter aimed. "Drop your weapons! Ikari, Himesama, pick them up, please, for safekeeping?"
[13:05] <Minaplo> [The two men stared.-
[13:05] <Minaplo> [One kept staring. The other began vomiting helplessly.-
[13:05] <Minaplo> [Ikari was able to disarm the shellshocked one- Chiisana gingerly confiscating the other's.]
[13:07] * Aline folded her arms now, rifle slung along her back. "Well then. It looks like we have…" For some reason 'prisoners' didn't sound right to her. "…Leftovers."
[13:09] <Yanmei> "Ugh…" Yanmei shot the Chiisana an apologetic look. "Indeed we do. But let's… make sure we're really alone, and take a quick breather so we can sort things out."
[13:11] <Minaplo> ["Hear, hear." Said Joe, pulling shrapnel out of his skin, and reloading his gun. "By the virgin, you young bastards get into some serious bullshit real quick. I haven't had a fight like that in months."]
[13:13] <Sept> "You know what goes really well after a good fight? -Explanations-. I'll let you ask the questions. Asuka, clear the building with me?"
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["Ugh, hold on, let me-"-
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["I'll clear it with you." Said Isaiah. He tossed Asuka some biogel. "Use this."]
[13:18] <Sept> "Oh. Thanks. Take it easy, Asuka. You did great."
[13:18] <Yanmei> "All right, then," Yanmei sighed, and approached them firmly. It wasn't long before they were restrained with a few thick leather belts and straps and sitting against one of the walls as Yanmei talked to them. -
[13:21] <Yanmei> "We'll start with the easy questions. When did your people spot us? Did you anticipate our moving through this area from the beginning?"
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["Isaac followed you. You're easy to track." Said one of them. "We set up ambushes in several places."]
[13:23] <Yanmei> That rat… "What did you do to our telecom network? Don't tell me it's like this throughout the entire city…"
[13:25] * Aline by now was milling about, possibly /acquiring/ herself some /supplies/ from the looted armaments, but otherwise letting Yanmei handle the interrogation for now.
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["We… We did it to the Geofront. One of the Glorious Emissaries was able… It's like… It's like a faraday cage, except- it also blocks out landline signals, everything. The perfect dead zone shell."]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "But these things still work somehow." She dangled a bloody radio in front of him. "Otherwise you wouldn't be carrying them, and you wouldn't have been able to coordinate those ambushes as quickly as you had."
[13:29] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. They're special." The cultist coughed. "The Emissary can choose which signals to allow through, see. What's the use of a wall if you don't have gates?"]
[13:30] <Yanmei> "Hrm." Yanmei folded her arms. "Is Gamelin heading to the Geofront along with the rest of your troops?"
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["Heading?" The cultist laughed, a frantic, insane sound. "Lord Mina is already there. He's been attacking it for the last hour. He has forces in the Geofront, and on the flying battleship, and their orders are to kill all inside."]
[13:34] * Yanmei bit back a curse, her face twisting slightly. So there was no helping them now… "Lord Mina? Is that what you call him? Hmph. All right, then. Where are you people hiding the boy? And all those other people you kidnapped?"
[13:35] <Minaplo> ["At our base." He coughed.]
[13:40] <Yanmei> "You're going to tell us the safest route to your base now. And then you're going to show us how to use your equipment. No funny business. We'll know if you try? And if you do…" She glanced over to the bloodstains that the Spectre had left behind.
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["… I don't fear death. Or I didn't."-
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["But we work with God's chosen. You work with Lucifer itself."-
[13:41] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't be long before a route was sketched, and Yanmei given a brief education as to how to use the radio.]
[13:44] <Yanmei> And Yanmei started to turn away to call a quick meeting… only one last nagging question got to her. "What is his ultimate goal? The Evas? The Seeds? Did he even tell you?"
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["Paradise on Earth. To give victory to our glorious Empress."]
[13:47] <Yanmei> "Because that gives us -so- much to go on." Yanmei rolled her eyes. She raised a hand to signal everyone to come in closer as she stepped away from the prisoners.
[13:47] <Minaplo> [And so they did. The Spectre emerged once more.-
[13:48] <Minaplo> [Much of her body was bare, and it was definitely Rei Ayanami- or -a- Rei Ayanami. Pale, red eyes, blue hair-
[13:48] <Minaplo> [A moment of concentration and before long the armor completely reformed.]
[13:50] <Yanmei> "We'll have to change our plans." She tried to pretend that the armor reformation wasn't as startling as it really was. "Gamelin's already at he Geofront."
[13:51] * Aline briefly eyed that display, but didn't seem to linger too long, before going over to Yanmei as beckoned. "I overheard, yeah. So… it looks like we're going to have to handle him."
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["Anything on the radio?"]
[13:52] <Minaplo> [Asked Isaiah.]
[13:53] * Sept returned shortly after Isaiah, blades clean by now - there was nothing to be done for the suit.
[13:55] <Yanmei> "Well, I can use it now, at least. With these we can track the troops' orders, or we can make our own network. For now they have everything else pretty solidly shut down over there - easily fixed by taking out whatever's causing the disturbance, though?"
[13:56] <Minaplo> ["Let's have a listen, then." Said Isaiah.]
[13:58] * Yanmei nodded, pressed her lips to her mouth to signal to everyone to quiet down, and then flicked it on.
[13:59] <Minaplo> ["… Lord Mina, this is Brother Isaac. The attack on Babylon and her lot have failed. But I have worse news. A contingent of American soldiers are closing in on your position."-
[13:59] <Minaplo> [It was the monk- that awful leader…-
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["Understood." It was Gamelin, his voice- but it had -changed-. It was now smooth and delectable and it appealed to the very core of the human mind. Suddenly everyone would feel their skin shiver and strange, warm feelings spread through their body. "We must accelerate our attack. Karkata, take another Body and assault the Command Centre. Find Guillory."-
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["Break him."]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei switched the radio off slowly. For a while, she was silent.
[14:05] <Sept> "Ughh. Just shut- thank you. What the hell happened to that guy?"
[14:06] * Aline raised a finger. "He said 'Take another Body'. It… it should be fairly clear. These Spawn /take hosts/. 'Mina' is not Gamelin as much as Gamelin has /become/ Mina."
[14:09] <Yanmei> "So why resort to this, if these spawn can spread… that way? Shit. The hooded guys said that he had spies on both the battleship and the Geofront, so -everyone- is in danger."
[14:09] <Sept> "I guess it does us no good to wonder where the hell they originally came from. What's our plan now?"
[14:10] <Aline> "It might require a setup of some kind? I… don't quite know." Aline looked at Sera a bit. "We can't leave their base of operations untouched, but at the same time, we definitely need to help at the Geofront…"
[14:11] <Yanmei> "We'll split, five people to a team. Neither of these operations can wait?"
[14:13] <Sept> "Alright. If you don't mind, I'd like to get Anselme myself."
[14:14] * Aline frowned a bit, thinking. "…Fair. I think I'll go to the Geofront then."
[14:16] * Yanmei nodded at that. "Sera, if you encounter anything - anything at all that might hint at his plans or weaknesses - you have to get it while you're there. You'll probably run into some underlings with more information on it, at the very least? We'll give you guys a radio too, if there are any more unbroken around."
[14:20] <Sept> "Got it. We'll need at least one AT user with us, in case we run into any more Spawn."
[14:22] <Yanmei> "I want the Spectre with you. She's been there before."
[14:23] <Aline> "Then I guess Chiisana goes to the Geofront, for the same reason." Aline said softly.
[14:25] <Sept> "Yes. Let's get ready to leave, then. Don't forget your souvenirs."

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