Natasha S Affections Of Violence

#1[21:16] <AdEvaGM> [[Session 53: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 29th of July, 2017. Episode Title: Natasha's Affections of Violence.-
[21:17] <AdEvaGM> ["… Now remember." Said Marianne, standing on a little platform at the front of the replica command bridge/plug array. "This is being televised across the whole world, so make sure you don't mess up too badly."]
[21:23] <Sept> "It's training. That's the reason we shouldn't mess up. We're not here to perform."
[21:28] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne sighed. "It's -still- being televised, and it's still a reason."]
[21:29] * Aline at this point just waved her hand a little. "Best not to argue /too/ much…"
[21:29] <Yanmei> "This is more like an exam than a training session, anyway?" Yanmei was primping a little, combing through a pigtail with her fingers.
[21:32] <Sept> "Right," Sera nodded. "Of course I'll give it my all. Any last-minute changes?"#
#1[21:39] <AdEvaGM> ["No. Our first opponent is Leningrad-2, overseen by Captain Andrey Orlov." Said Marianne. "He favours a fairly conventional approach- lots of firepower and speed to wear us down."]
[21:44] <Yanmei> "Ugh. In other words, we need to focus on crippling those guys as soon as possible. Although I doubt they'll make that easy?"
[21:45] <Sept> "Mmhm. Who do you suggest we focus on first, Marianne?"
[21:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Their lineup's tough. Kyuu's focused on melee the same way Asuka and Yanmei are, and Ni fights defensively like you, Sera. And Natasha is Natasha."-
[21:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Prioritise Natasha, then Kyuu, and try to disable Ni as quickly as you can."]
[21:49] * Aline hummed slightly, in a contemplative way. "Probably only mild AT usage to be expected. Probably a cross here or there, and definitely funnelling."
[21:49] <Sept> "Likely. We'll just have to get the first strike, or outlast them."
[21:54] <Yanmei> "Hm. Was there anything else?"
[21:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Not for now. You guys can synch in and listen to the commentary now."]
[21:57] <Yanmei> "Yes, Colonel. Then, shall we?" Yanmei turned.
[21:59] <Sept> "Yeah. Let's go. We'll teach the others a lesson or two."
[21:59] <Aline> "Let's shall~"
[22:03] <AdEvaGM> [The Entry Plugs opened…-
[22:06] <AdEvaGM> [Meanwhile, in a central room above the 'Thunderdome' was a commentator's desk. Long and wooden and hard, behind it was a digital view of the battlefield. To the left and right, facing the 'fourth wall', were eight other, smaller screens- one for each command 'bridge', and another for each Plug.-
[22:08] <AdEvaGM> [Two commentators sat at the table. One was grinning, his gently handsome face framed with well-brushed blonde hair- he was wearing a labcoat.-
[22:08] <AdEvaGM> [Julien Lafabre -never- took off his labcoat.-
[22:08] <AdEvaGM> [And next to him…]
[22:12] * Sept climbed in, looking somewhat uncomfortable. Simulated synchronisation was a cold, empty experience compared to the real thing. Sera was grateful for one thing, though - there wouldn't be actual AT Fields in use.
[22:13] * Raphael is /not/ grinning. He stares at the digital display unblinkingly, hands folded on the table. He's looking resplendent in his full, unblemished NERV dress uniform, every button polished to a mirror sheen. They may have ambushed him with this, but Misato had convinced him to make the best of it…
[22:15] * Aline had, on the other hand, remained contemplative and a bit 'pumped' as she synchronized. She was looking around a few times, thinking about things, and even stretching, as the process began…
[22:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwelcome to the 2017 NERV Evangelion THUNDERDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!" Proclaims- yes, proclaims- Julien, clicking his fingers. "I'm your co-host Dr. Julien LaFabre, and with me is Group Captain Raphael Guillory!" Julien leans forward.-
[22:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Sorry ladies. He's ~taken~."]
[22:22] * Yanmei stared blankly at the commentator's desk after the synchronisation had completed, distracted but no less amused than she would be if she wasn't facing down a fight like this. They were like total opposites…
[22:23] * Sept did his best to tune out the voices, apparently serving the role of the distraction AT fields would usually cause for him. He felt the controls, made slight preparatory adjustments, had a quick word with OTIS…#
[22:30] <Raphael> "…" Raphael coughs and adjusts his cap. "Y-yes, well. The first matchup of the tourney is an interesting one. The Parisian pilots are a veteran unit, but NERV Leningrad is a potential dark horse in the competition. Their OD, Captain Orlov. Has his tactical roots are largely based around the old Russian combat doctrines of mechanized infantry, making him quite well suited t-"
[22:34] <AdEvaGM> ["AAAAAND that's nothing because the Parisian unit are battle-hardened, oh yes, but they're not just 'veterans', they're elite, in over 14 battles they have protected the Earth with their unique strategy of not dying and stabbing things harder than they get stabbed! I'm sorry, but there's no winter -here- to save the Russian's asses, oh ho ho ho -no- sir-!"]
[22:39] <Raphael> "Winter or not," Raphael breaks in, frowning a little now, "I think it's foolish to count out the Russian team this early. They may lack some of Paris-2's deployment time, but given the extensive training of all three Russian Pilots this may be more evenly matched than you suggest."
[22:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Training isn't everything! Why-"-
[22:41] <AdEvaGM> [There was a beeping. "Oh! It looks like it's about to start! And you know what this means." Julien slams the desk. "LET'S! MAKE! THIS! INTERESTING! Captain, on your desk is a letter. Within is a special parameter added to make the battle more interesting. Can you read it to the good boys and girls at home?"]
[22:42] <Sept> Something caught Sera's attention. Did the voices say something about a..?
[22:45] * Raphael blinks, only now noticing little envelope hidden behind one of the readouts. He slides it out and tears it open.-
[22:45] <Raphael> "Show your… 'burning spirit'." Raphael says, managing to give a remarkable impression of using air quotes without actually making the hand actions. "All Pilots must… scream names for their attacks as they fight. Is that really necessar-"
[22:46] <AdEvaGM> ["BURNING SPIIIIIIIIRIIT!" Shouts Julien. "Hell yes! That's my favourite parameter! Let's kick some ass! LET THE BATTLES BEGIN!"-
[22:47] <Raphael> "What."
[22:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, pilots." Says Marianne. "We deploy in three." The LCL was alredy in…-
[22:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Two…"-
[22:47] <AdEvaGM> ["One. Deploy!"-
[22:48] <AdEvaGM> [The battlefield was a full square kilometre of grey, ringed by roads- the four quadrants created by the roads were filled with fortified walls and supply caches.-
[22:48] <AdEvaGM> [As the Paris Evas deployed, they'd see across the field the three enemies- two white, one gold…]
[22:50] <Sept> "That parameter won't slow us down, at least. Let's do this."
[22:52] * Aline blinked at that declaration a few times, slightly rolling her eyes, and muttering something that distinctly included "Oh well." in it. But… She realized this time that she had the edge of speed, and quickly levelled 00's 'new' rifle at Ni. "Let's try this… Surprise Offensive Beam, go!" …and she fired a sudden, withering blast from the weapon!
[23:00] <AdEvaGM> [Ni's shield rose just in time, but the shot still ripped through the shield handily…-
[23:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Ooooh! A solid opening gambit from Aline Blanc, with her new Maser Rifle!" Julien winks at the audience. "With an IQ of 142 and a C-cup bust size, she's clearly one of the most eligible pilots on the field… But sorry boys! She's also taken!"]
[23:06] <Raphael> "Mr. Lafabre, that's quite inappropriate." Raphael says sharply
[23:07] * Aline was blushing, and stammered. "W-where did you get that?!" But she quickly bit her tongue to undistract herself. Or try to.
[23:07] <Yanmei> "…" A cough from EVA-04, whose pilot was currently engaged in a battle of its own to the north… a battle to find the most adventageous position from which to attack an encroaching MP EVA.
[23:07] <AdEvaGM> ["THE INTERNET!" Proclaims Julien happily. This was a lie. he got it from Mana.-
#1[23:07] <AdEvaGM> ["And don't tell me you weren't curious, Captain~"]
[23:09] <Sept> "Concentrate. They'll definitely try to catch us off guar-"
[23:09] * Raphael is suddenly wearing a luminous blush while remaining utterly stone faced. He keeps his eyes away from the vision of Aline's cockpit. "Of course I wasn't."
[23:14] <AdEvaGM> ["SPLIT THE WORLD OF SHADOW AND EVIL WITH A THOUSAND SHELLS OF JUSTICE!" echoed over the screen and the plugs as Natasha slammed into the road, Heavy Bolter spitting like a wildcat.-
[23:14] <AdEvaGM> ["SERA! DODGE IT-!"]
[23:14] <AdEvaGM> [Julien smirked but let Raphael have his moment.]
[23:20] <Sept> The burst was aimed assuming that Sera would take cover behind his shield. But as the fire started, he was already two steps from the port. 01 dove ahead, dodging most of the fire, simulated plating complaining. As the singed figure emerged from the smoke, it was aiming somewhere just past Natasha, the unfamiliar, surreal sound of the railgun echoing in the plug loudly. And a moment later,
[23:20] <Sept> he was behind his shield again, gripping a sword to his side, with 00 behind him.
[23:20] <AdEvaGM> [But Sera's own shot was parried by Ni's shield- Ni herself taking to the air and diving behind cover- a few hundred metres from Yanmei.]
[23:23] <Raphael> "A-a surprising tactic on the part of Pilot Volkova." Raphael begins, hurrying on and trying to ignore the colour in his face. "Typically she's a rather reserved fighter, so this is an unexpectedly aggressive move on her part. A heavy bolter volley is enough to shred even an Evangelion if a mistake is made…"
[23:24] <AdEvaGM> ["… But no mistakes were made and the superior team takes the inferior damage! Ohohoho." Julian beams. "We now cross live to our on-field correspondent for Russia's team, Edgar Chevalier…"-
[23:25] <Raphael> "… Wait, Mr. Chevalier is-"
[23:29] <AdEvaGM> [The home viewers would see the camera jump to focus fully on Russia's command centre, where Edgar was sitting in a wheelchair. He turned to the camera and started it off by smacking his bicep hard and throwing the rest of his arm up at the camera. "Now that was some -badass- hardcore bullshit right there!" He cries, fragrantly ignoring the censorship. "I didn't like Natasha back in training- cried too much- and if it were me I woulda just kicked 01 right in the face, but give the girl a fully automatic heavy machine gun firing antimatter bullets and she turns into a goddamned -tiger-."]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "What are they doing?" Yanmei muttered. "Well, Blanc. De Pteres. -There she is-. Bring her down ASAP! You guys can do it!"-
[23:31] <Raphael> "…" Raphael stares blankly at the feed for a second, before making a valiant attempt to rally. "… And who would you say has the upper hand at this point?"
[23:32] <Yanmei> "In the meantime, I'll play the cute decoy?" She winked into her vidcam. "I'll be playing the part of the decoy to these other girls?"
[23:32] * Aline meanwhile was moving more cautiously, and raised a… something. A shimmering pattern even beyond that of her normal AT Field. "I see. Try to stay alive, you two!"
[23:35] <AdEvaGM> ["I'd say Russia for s-"-
[23:36] <Sept> "We will. If you can keep the Ayanamis there…"
[23:36] <Sept> «there, Yanmei*»
[23:40] <AdEvaGM> ["AND NOW BACK TO A MORE IMPORTANT TOPIC!" Shouts Julien, cutting Edgar off before he can spew his lies. "The heroic leader of the Paris-2 team, Zhang Yanmei, dashes into enemy territory to lure away the enemy from her friends! At a cute 158 centimetres and a modest B on the chest, she's clearly the petite delight of the team… But again, boys, sorry-"-#
#1[23:41] <AdEvaGM> ["SHRED THE EVILDOER WITH THE RADIANT LIGHT OF JUSTICE!" Screams Natasha, ripping through the air to land a scant 30 metres from 04-
[23:42] <AdEvaGM> [A half second after Kyuu neutralises-
[23:42] <AdEvaGM> [And unleashing a storm of Bolt shells on the trapped Yanmei.]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "What do you mean by 'modes-" The gunfire cut off anything else she might have said, and she let out a yell instead, swiveling free of the worst of the barrage, but sustaining damage nevertheless. In the plug, she gripped and opened her hit hand a few times, grimancing.
[23:48] <Raphael> "While Mr. Lafabre discusses the chest measurements of underage girls, allow me to update you on the match at hand. Pilot Volkova continues to lay down a remarkable amount of firepower, this time on Evangelion 04. The Parisian team will need to eliminate her quickly if they wish to hold on to any chance of recovery."
[23:56] * Aline definitely understood that now, dodging a shove from Ni as she sent 00 leaping across nearly the entire battlefield, shoving out a palm. "Wave-breaking Maneuver!… Or. Wait, that's just neutralization WHATEVER."
[23:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei, now! Move in and take her out!" Said Marianne.]
[00:06] <Yanmei> "Haaah…" Yanmei reared back for an instant, and then launched forward, quickly closing the already tiny space between herself and Natasha. She raised her sword overhead, and brough it down brutally, the drone of the prog parts gorwing loud in everyone's ears. "Sparkling… Elegant.. CLASH!"
[00:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Oooh. Now there's a brutal hit! See? Now they're starting to swing back and there's no way 06 can-"-
[00:11] <AdEvaGM> [It was a hit that should've rightly ripped off the Evangelion's head. But at the last minute, it shifted, and the blade cut deep- but through sheer luck, hit absolutely nothing of important. Natasha growled in pain, and leapt back- wings beating- to land a few dozen metres away. "TO BEAT BACK THE DARKNESS WITH A MILLION BOLTS OF HOPE!"]
[00:23] * Sept stepped forward, trying to distract Natasha at the last moment, but ended up just getting himself in the shower of explosions and virtual pain. Almost instantly, EVA-01's arm and sword were no more.
[00:25] * Yanmei was in a lot of pain after that herself, trying to bite back another yell as some of the bullets dug into her leg, regardless. "Damn… make her pay for that… shut up, Otis…"
[00:38] <Sept> As soon as Sera could get 01 responsive again, he was back on the move, ducking away from Kyuu and dashing at Natasha. The shield in his intact hand had disappeared on the way, and what rapidly approached Natasha with an AT shimmer was a progressive blade, much smaller than the one just disintegrated. Inside his plug, Sera was deathly quiet.
[00:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, boo! He's not calling his attacks at all!" Cried Julien, clearly dismayed. "But-"-
[00:41] <AdEvaGM> [The attack cut into the wound left by Yanmei's sword and this time it cut -deep-. Natasha let out a cry, seizing up in the plug. "Ah-hurts-!"]
[00:43] <Raphael> "Hmmm." Raphael murmurs, steepling his hands on the desk. "It's too close to count either side out of the running just yet, although those were strong attacks from Pilots Zhang and de Pteres. These next few seconds will be critical." He says, pausing as he catches sight of a blinking monitor. "… We're getting requests to cross live to our… Paris correspondent?" He asks, giving Julien an uncertain look.
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah. That would be correspondent Kirishima."-
#1[00:49] <AdEvaGM> [The camera changes over to the Parisian command room, where Mana- wearing a very neat and attractive white button-up shirt with a vest and a shortskirt- is standing a little ways behind Marianne. "Hiya Raffy~" She blushes a little as she waves. "Do you like my outfit?"]
[00:53] <Raphael> "It's… fine, Sergeant Kirishima." Raphael says hurriedly, blushing a little himself. "What's the mood in Paris-2's command centre right now?"
[00:53] * Aline was, during the conversation, dashing closer to the melee that was being joined, and attacked suddenly. "Ignoring-the-odds Shot!" She cried, and while she was able to use her field to predict what was happening somewhat…
[00:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Hopeful but cautious! Disabling Natasha, even temporarily, was enough to swing the battle back in their favour!"]
[00:56] <Yanmei> "Happy… Glimmering… MURDER DRILL!" Having moved closer on Marianne's command, Yanmei's sword came down on poor 06's skull again and again. There was digital gore. A fair amount of it.
[00:57] <AdEvaGM> ["K-KYA-"-
[00:57] <AdEvaGM> ["… Murder Drill?" Murmured Julien, clearly horrified, and possibly mildly aroused.-
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> [Nevertheless the assault ripped the head from EVA-06, sending the body- spraying blood in torrents- jerking backwards and smashing into the ground.-
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> [A siren keened as the computers noted the defeat of an Eva.-
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> ["And the Paris team begins to take it away!" Says Julien.-
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> [Kyuu dodged Aline's shot, and swooped in to swipe at 01. "Uh… Ikari Cut!"]
[01:06] * Raphael raises an eyebrow, but otherwise keeps a professional expression as Yanmei tears apart 06's head. "Pilots Ni and Kyuu are still on the field, however, and have managed to escape damage so far. With two of the French evangelions suffering heavy wounds, there's still a tough battle ahead. Any thoughts, Sergeant Kirishima?"
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["If they lose de Pteres they're done for, Raffy." She giggled. "You look so yummy in that uniform…"-
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["… Oh god, I said that out loud…"]
[01:07] <Raphael> "AND NOW WE CROSS BACK TO THE RUSSIAN CONTROL ROOM."
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> [Edgar greeted them. "Man. Shit's turning back to Paris team, but the Russians are taking it back- Kyuu Ayanami's hittin some -heavy- blows. Reminds me of the time I fought her sister. She paralysed me."-
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> ["I…" Julian shoots Raphael a look, suddenly disconcerted.-
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't worry. It was totally hot."]
[01:17] <Raphael> "…"-
[01:17] * Raphael begins scanning the screens in the desperate hope of finding any other correspondent.
[01:19] <AdEvaGM> ["… So! Raphael. Who would you put money on?"]
[01:23] <Sept> Meanwhile, Kyuu's blows fell hard on 01, hacking through its AT field, its armor, its flesh… The near-limbless body toppled backwards, making one last desperate jab as its legs finally gave away.
[01:25] <AdEvaGM> [Kyuu's seemingly normal sword swept across, smashing the blade and melting its edge into uselessness.]
[01:27] * Raphael rarely looks quite this flustered, but he's putting on a brave face. And in truth, Raphael's idea of flustered was better than most's. "… W-well, that last blow almost manages to bring the two teams roughly level. However, if the Russian team can keep up this level of pressure they might be able to win the day."
[01:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Doubt it. The pressure won't last- the Paris squad'll win out. Sera's not -really- beaten- he'll grab her or something and turn it into a giant robot wrestling mud match."]#
[01:29] <Sept> The facade of Sera's face wavered, anger flaring in his expression. "This is ridiculous…" he mumbled.
[01:29] <AdEvaGM> ["And it looks like a bout of sore loser rising in EVA-01's pilot…"]
[01:30] <Raphael> "Hush, Mr. Lafabre."
[01:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Shan't."]
[01:33] <Yanmei> "Heartfelt Springtime Petal Storm!" Maser bullets rained down on Kyuu like so many lethal glowing cherry blossom petals.
[01:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Guh. Meimei's shooting at me too…?!" Kyuu shielded herself, and the blasts did damage- but not enough to put her down.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Well, you are on the other team…"
[01:36] <AdEvaGM> ["But…"]
[01:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah. Look, Captain." Said Julien. "Girls being obnoxiously nice to each other."]
[01:38] * Aline smiled a bit, as 00 tumbled away from Ni's continued aggression… "Sorry about that. You can feel free to attack us back though~" …Then 00 pulled up into a loose firing position! "Blinding Rifle Report!"
[01:39] <Sept> The bloody, limbless mess that was 01 inched away from Kyuu, slow though it was. "Otis. Find me my sword."
[01:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Sword located."]
[01:40] <Raphael> "I… am not sure what you're talking about."
[01:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Gah-" Kyuu let out a short cry, shook her head- and took to the skies, landing nearly on Yanmei's shoulders- swinging a blade at her as she went. "Ikari Falling From the Sky to cut you with a sword… Attack."-
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> ["… Nee-chan, I'm no good at this."]
[01:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Concentrate on fighting! Short-distance charge!" Ni sprints across the battlefield to loose a long swipe at Yanmei!]
[01:57] <Sept> 01's groping hand found the progressive blade of its sword on the ground, buried in gore. Sera grabbed it… and threw it into the air, taking out his rifle in an instant, taking aim… and just as the blade was about to hit the ground again, fired. The sword followed the bullet, diverging from its course ever so slightly, as they both flew at Kyu's Evangelion.
[01:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Gah! Swords and bullets-" Kyuu dodged left and right, narrowly evading both attacks. "Nii-chan! Guard me!"-
[01:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright!"]
[02:02] <Yanmei> "You won't get away!" Yanmei stood her ground with nasty Prog sword slashes. "Elegant - huh?!" They were being blocked by Ni's knife. "Ngh. Take this!" One slipped through her defenses, narrowly, almost on accident even, en route to Kyuu's head.
[02:03] <AdEvaGM> ["A-Agh-!"-
[02:03] * Raphael shifts his shoulders, the corners of his lips tightening at the shouts and cries from the Ayanamis but watching on nonetheless.
[02:03] <AdEvaGM> [The blade sundered right through and splitting the head in half. EVA-12 spasmed, then fell forwards into the blood.-
[02:03] <AdEvaGM> ["And… That wraps it up, almost, for the Paris team. They've definitely won this." Said Julien smugly.]
[02:07] <Raphael> "… So it would seem." Raphael says slowly. "Still, it was a strong performance by both teams."
[02:08] * Aline grinned, as her onboard maser stirred from its mount on 00's shoulder wing. "Ehe~ Warmed-Over Preparation Attack!"
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> [It was clear that the Evas were built for toughness, and yet again another rain of maser shots left marks- but hardly deep enough. A single shot jolted an arm however, leaving Ni hissing in pain.]
[02:33] <Sept> There was a yell as Sera, still on the ground, opened fire on the remaining Evangelion, railgun firing one shot after another, threatening to push 01 back on the slippery terrain.
[02:33] <AdEvaGM> [The shots ripped through EVA-17's torso, sending digitalised blood through the air- before it fell backwards, a virtual white plug visible beneath the ruined body.-
[02:34] <AdEvaGM> ["And… A wrap! Team Paris has -won-!"]
[02:38] <Raphael> "A fine match for everyone involved. Congratulations to the Parisian Pilots and crew, but the Leningrad team deserve to be proud of their performance." He says, his eyes lingering on the digital plug a moment longer than they need to.

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