Nerv S Nature

[23:08] * Yanmei waited until the massive vidscreen faded before dropping her salute and sighing. The conversation that she had just participated in would have been so much better in person, but here she was, still in the Paris-2 Geofront, using the Bridge's communication equipment instead. It was hardly fair. -
[23:12] <Yanmei> She tried to get a grip on her frustrations for now by glancing around at the rest of the bridge crew. Things were slow, so maybe she could pick up a conversation about something else? But then she eyed the empty work station where James used to sit without meaning to, and felt suddenly unhappy all over again. "…"
[23:20] <AdEvaGM> [The vidscreen faded out into the holographic projection of the Earth, focused over North America, which seemed littered with little blue discs and a few red ones.-
[23:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Status report in five, Colonel." Said Frederic at his console.-
[23:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Understood, Captain."]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Thanks for letting me make that call, you two. Is there anything I can help with here?"
[23:34] <AdEvaGM> ["I think we're good, but if you want to stay around, I won't complain." Said Marianne.]
[23:45] * Yanmei nodded and found another spare chair to sink down into, eyes on the globe curiously.
[23:50] <AdEvaGM> [There was silence in the command room for a few minutes. Eventually, there was a quiet murmur on the consoles.-
[23:52] <AdEvaGM> ["EVA-08 has engaged scattered Angelspawn in East Ohio, Colonel." Said Frederic. With the press of a few buttons, the global image faded out into a satellite picture of EVA-08, long stretchy arms making mincemeat of the small Gazardiel-spawn around it.-
[23:54] <AdEvaGM> [There was the sound of an opening door as William entered, wearing a casual t-shirt and long trousers- he looked up at the screen.]
[23:56] * Yanmei half-rose out of her seat. "Isaiah-!" But it looked as if he was doing okay. "He'll be fine, won't he?"
[23:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. This is pretty routine." Said Marianne. "I mean, what's the worst that could happen?"-
[23:58] <AdEvaGM> ["08 goes berserk and takes a vacation to the Great Lakes again." Said Frederic dryly. "It's a shame that they don't have any major artillery support."]
Session Time: Wed Jun 06 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Yanmei> "08 would be more inclined to go snacking, wouldn't it?" She caught a glimpse of William by the door and smiled. "Hello Weiss-Xylander."
[00:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Good evening." Said William, sitting down next to her and returning her smile. "And he really will be fine. There aren't enough there to bother any Eva unit."-
[00:03] <AdEvaGM> ["There's not even enough for 08 to get a good meal." Said Fred. "But it's interesting- the Angelspawn seem to disperse into small groups of three or four when they aren't fighting. It makes them hard to pin down."]
[00:09] <Yanmei> "That's intentional, I'm sure," Yanmei muttered, but she still watched the Isaiah fight with a troubled expression. She would have to call him next, wouldn't she? "I'm surprised that France has been more or less free of them lately? Well… after that first battle, I mean."
[00:11] * Rynol has quit IRC (Ping timeout)
[00:13] <AdEvaGM> ["We suspect they're congregating near the mother Angel, but it's hard to pick spawn from Iron Apostles." Said Frederic.-
[00:13] <AdEvaGM> ["They probably know it's suicide to come here, anyway." Said William.]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "That's the spirit!" Yanmei grinned at him again. "You're pretty confident after your first real fight."
[00:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I know what to expect, now."]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Sure you're okay? Having contact with that Angel left you bedridden for a day or two, right?"
[00:25] <AdEvaGM> [He smiled. "I'm fine. I'm more worried about you and Aline."]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Heh. I've handled worse." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Blanc, though? I hear she didn't get hospital time, but…"
[00:27] <AdEvaGM> ["She got a few days." Said Marianne.]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "Huh. Really? Nevermind, then."
[00:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I made sure to check up on her." Said William gravely.]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Oh?" She tried to match his expression.
[00:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah."-
[00:37] <AdEvaGM> ["What're you up to now?" He asked.]
[00:39] <Yanmei> "Nothing much. Just keeping the Colonel and Captain Gosselin company as they scan for Angels."
[00:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you want to go find something to eat?"]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "Sure!" She glanced at Marianne and Frederic. "Want us to bring something back after?"
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, if you don't mind." Said Marianne.]
[00:48] * Yanmei nodded, and turned. "Let's go, then~ Ah, by the way, Weis-Xylander…"
[00:50] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm?"]
[00:51] <Yanmei> "You like little kids, don't you?" She was leading the way, through the doors and into the hallway.
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[01:00] <Yanmei> "One of them is probably going to be staying with us. Have you met Isabelle Bellamy?"
[01:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, I haven't!"]
[01:03] <Yanmei> "She's another pilot. She's been… ill, on and off, ever since she became one. She also has a daughter that I've taken care of for long stretches because of that."
[01:07] <AdEvaGM> ["I see…"]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "She's pretty friendly! I'm sure she'll like you. She adored Isaiah, too."
[01:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, are you about to take her under your care again?"]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "Yes, that's right. It …might be for a really long time this time."
[01:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah. I understand."]
[01:20] <Yanmei> "…Actually, Isabelle completely lost her vision recently."
[01:32] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded slowly. "I've heard. It's a great shame."]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Is it right to seperate her from her daughter?" Yanmei gazed ahead, frowning. "If she's in as much pain as I imagine her to be, the baby would absolutely at least be a small comfort to her."
[01:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Why don't we discuss this on the elevator?"]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "Let's," she muttered, and hurried on toward said elevator.
[01:40] <AdEvaGM> [He stepped onto the elevator. "What's your motivation for separating her from her mother?"]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "You'll think I'm paranoid," she muttered, "but it stems from Isabelle's new role in the plan to battle Metatron and the other Angels. How much do you know about it?"
[01:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Not that much."]
[01:49] <Yanmei> "The Angels are organizing themselves using a system of communication called the 'Chantry of Light'. Isabelle is basically our key for tapping into it due to some of her unique circumstances? But it might be lethal to her as well."
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> ["I see." He lifted a hand to his chin, frowning thoughtfully. "You're afraid it might end up being lethal to the daughter, too."]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "In a way. How likely do you think it is that the daughter could be used to apply pressure to her mom in the wrong hands?"
[01:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, absolutely certain." He said slowly. "But how likely is it that she would end up in the wrong hands?"]
[02:02] <Yanmei> "NERV is an organization that is so dedicated to eliminating the Angels that they've blatently disregarded things like human dignity and ethics on a regular basis. That little girl has been in the wrong hands for a good long while."
[02:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Uhm." He coughed, looking deeply awkward.]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei sighed. "Sorry. It's not absolute, of course. It's just a huge worry of mine. If I could talk to Isabelle herself, I could have a better idea of what to expect from the people over there…"
[02:23] <AdEvaGM> ["I… I'm not sure it's healthy to automatically assume that the 'people' over there are going to hurt her."]
[02:24] * Yanmei gazed at him in genuine surprise. "Why not?"
[02:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you really think most people in NERV are evil?" He asked, and there was a note of sincere sadness in his words.]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "Not evil. It's more complicated? There are some wonderful people here… like Marianne and the rest of the bridge. And the doctors."
[02:45] <AdEvaGM> ["What about the technical staff, who assemble your weapons, and repair your armour and Evangelion?" He asked, his frown deepening. "Or the security teams who keep you safe?"]
[02:50] <Yanmei> "Or the people who cook for us and make us comfortable when we have to work long hours. Or the additional military forces backing us in battles. Yes, I know."
[02:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Then why would Kenya be different…?"]
[03:02] <Yanmei> "It's not Kenya itself that's different? It's the circumstances that Isabelle is in. It's already been decided that she has to be sacrificed for this big communications-tapping plan. Without that plan, our chances of success in this war are much lower than they would otherwise be. If they use her daughter to coerce her cooperation, it won't be because they're bad. They'll do it because they deem it necessary."
[03:05] <AdEvaGM> ["But what if she doesn't need to be coerced?"]
[03:08] <Yanmei> "Then… then there's nothing to worry about."
[03:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Then can't you just speak to Isabelle?"]
[03:13] <Yanmei> "Yeah," Yanmei sighed. "I'll be persistant in getting through to her. We'll work it out together, of course."
[03:13] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded slowly. "The daughter's safety is important as well."]
[03:19] <Yanmei> "Absolutely it is!" Yanmei nodded as well. "It would be great if you could meet the two of them in person sometime."
[03:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I'm sure it would."]

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