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[23:18] * Yanmei was relaxed in her seat, hands resting on the controls out of habit. The cameras inside the otherwise empty entry plug were capturing the expression on her own face in detail, which was, at this time, positively neutral. "So whose idea was this again, Mr. Riel? This was supposed to be a day off for us."
[23:34] <Isaiah> "Seriously." Muttered Isaiah.-
[23:35] <Isaiah> ["Hey, hey. Combat test data is important." Said Dr. Riel. "Ok. Are there any special rules you want me to put in place first?"]
[23:37] <Yanmei> "I'm fine with standard," Yanmei muttered. "Isaiah?"
[23:37] <Isaiah> "No, I'm alright. How long is this gonna take?"-
[23:37] <Isaiah> ["About 10, maybe 20 minutes."]
[23:39] <Yanmei> "That's not so bad. We'll be home again before lunch."
[23:41] <Isaiah> ["But you also have a six hour tactical briefing after."]
[23:43] <Yanmei> "What?! Our last meeting like that only took a little while! We even had a party after."
[23:44] <Isaiah> ["Ahahaha. I'm joking, I'm joking."-
[23:44] <Isaiah> "T-That wasn't funny!"
[23:51] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei tossed her hair, as if to say 'Yes, of course. I already knew that.' "Is this your first simulated fight, Isaiah?"
[23:54] <Isaiah> "Y-Yeah…"
[23:55] <Yanmei> "It's no different than a regular fight, except there's no real pain. Which is good! You'll be okay."
[23:55] <Isaiah> ["Actually, we've enabled feedback for this fight."]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "Huh?! Why?"
[23:56] <Isaiah> ["We've decided that it's difficult to get accurate readings unless you're feeling accurate feedback."]
[23:58] <Yanmei> "That's too brutal. Can't you reconsider?"
Session Time: Fri Mar 23 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Isaiah> ["I'm sorry. Ikari's orders." He said sympathetically.]
[00:04] <Yanmei> "…" That guy. Yanmei frowned deeply. "Can we tone it down so that there's a minimal effect, at least?"
[00:06] <Isaiah> ["Aaaaalright. A little."]
[00:09] <Yanmei> "There." Yanmei nodded confidently to Isaiah. "It won't be so bad."
[00:11] * Isaiah nodded slowly. "Alright. We'll see how it goes."-
[00:12] <Isaiah> ["Idly. I've been told to upload a special program onto your machines- an automated program that can tell you how to handle yourselves in a tactical situation. It's called the Onboard Tactical Interface System, or Otis."]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "That's new. We're being graded on something like that, now?"
[00:15] <Isaiah> ["No. It's just there to help you adapt to threats."]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "I see. Well." Yanmei nodded, her frown nearly making a return. "We'll see how helpful it is?"
[00:23] <Isaiah> ["Right. Alright! Five second countdown…"]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Isaiah~ Good luck, okay?"
[00:24] <Isaiah> "Same to you, hon."-
[00:25] <Isaiah> [There was a beep.]
[00:28] * Yanmei braced herself, waiting for the digitally-created world to reappear.
[00:43] <Isaiah> [The area in front of her went dark- then, rippling out across a yellow grid appeared digital Paris-2, and in the distance, EVA-08.-
[00:47] <Isaiah> [A video screen opened up to Yanmei's left, and a smiling, cheerful 3D computer image of herself appeared. "Hello. I am Otis, EVA-04 edition. I am available for all of your tactical needs."]
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Hello… Otis," she said. An AT Field flickered to life around her and shifted and she stared over at Isaiah. "It's good to meet you?"
[00:55] <Isaiah> ["Please insert combat parameters."]
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[01:08] <Yanmei> "We're going to win this while causing minimal damage to our opponent. Also without getting beaten up ourselves? Sound easy?"
[01:08] <Isaiah> ["Error: Parameters do not include identifiable target."]
[01:09] <Yanmei> "That would be Unit-08. Pay attention!"
[01:10] * ZackNap is now known as Zack
[01:10] <Isaiah> ["Acknowledged. Target: Evangelion Unit 08. Berserker class. Unit statistics superior at close-ranged fighting. Suggest long-ranged combat." Came Otis's digitalised voice.]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "It's a bit late for that?" Yanmei muttered, glancing up at the EVA that was hurtling at them at breakneck speed.
[01:16] <Isaiah> EVA-08 landed, feet sliding into the ground, AT Field spreading to neutralise Yanmei's own.-
[01:16] <Isaiah> ["Warning: Enemy unit speed capabilities exceed that of EVA-04's." Came Otis.]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Grrr…" Yanmei launched her bayonet at him wildly, most missing, one deflected by one of 08's claws. "So how do I get out of this?"
[01:22] <Isaiah> ["Advise AT-assisted flight to safepoint."-
[01:22] <Isaiah> A second later, Yanmei's AT Field died completely, a dark red mark disfiguring 08's face. The Eva reared up and lunged, acidic fangs hurling themselves towards Yanmei!
[01:23] <Yanmei> "Ngh!" She slipped aside just in the nick of time. "What now? He's making sure that I stay put!"
[01:24] <Isaiah> ["Advise hobbling strike to legs."]
[01:30] <Yanmei> "The legs? You know it can fly, right?" She slashed desperately at 08's head again with her sword.
[01:31] <Isaiah> ["Crippled legs impair dodging ability."]
[01:33] <Yanmei> "It still has arms to parry with."
[01:34] <Isaiah> ["Human reflexes incapable of dodging rapid-fire projectiles."]
[01:34] <Isaiah> <Parrying*>
[01:41] <Yanmei> "I'll grant you- ugh!" Whatever she was saying was lost as her sword was batted aside easily.
[01:42] * Isaiah capitalised on the opening, lunging forward, ripping into 04's abdomen and ripping away chunks of meat, blood flowing.-
[01:42] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat. Bite attack has acidic properties."]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "Aaaaagh… oh god!!" Was -this- reduced feedback?! She thrusted, catching the giant's leg. It left a nasty gash behind, but…
[02:09] <Isaiah> Another snapping maw attack, coming close to finishing the job…-
[02:09] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat."]
[02:12] * Yanmei staggered just out of the path, gasping hard at the pain that came with moving. "I know, I know!" She thrusted again at the same leg.
[02:13] <Isaiah> [An AT Field flickered into life, and a second later that maw- like a shark! was hurtling towards her…-
[02:13] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat."]
[02:15] <Yanmei> Yanmei dodged to the other side now, backstepping, and then using some fencing footwork to thrust again… this time hitting nothing.
[02:29] <Isaiah> And once again, 08 was waiting, lunging, a seemingly unstoppable blow…-
[02:29] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat."]
[02:33] * Yanmei avoided just barely and swung at the leg once more in the opening he left, scowling. This time for sure!
[02:33] <Isaiah> [Another AT Field shimmered…!]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "Are you kidding me?! His field can't be that strong!"
[02:34] <Isaiah> And a counterattack, although overly energetic- it missed 04 completely…
[02:47] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat."]
[02:48] <Yanmei> "Isaiah…" Yanmei braced herself. If that one had actually hit her… Her grip tightened around the handle of her sword. She hadn't wanted to make this messy. If she could just finish it cleanly…! She tried, her blows harder than before, more numerous as some strength started to seep back into her limbs.
[02:51] <Isaiah> [A blow hewed deep into 08's right arm, slicing armour and flesh, and another blow ripped the left leg clean off- the blow caused 08 to seize up for a second, allowing Yanmei further chances to strike…!-
[02:52] <Isaiah> ["Enemy leg disabled. Combat capabilities greatly diminished. Advice: Retreat to safe distance, open fire with ranged weaponry."]
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[02:56] * Yanmei didn't respond. She had, actually, raised her sword to deliver the killing blow to the head in order to finish it quickly, but when she tried to bring it down again, her arms seemed to freeze up.
[03:00] * Isaiah was still, not responding… Then with awkward fury, lashed out at 04's raised arms!
[03:00] <Isaiah> ["Warning: EVA-08 dangerous in close combat."]
[03:04] <Yanmei> "Ngh!" She felt it rend the air next to her, and she took quickly to the air, finally heeding the AI's advice. "Be quiet! I know already!"
[03:13] * Isaiah turned slowly, hobbling towards her…-
[03:13] <Isaiah> ["Range at acceptable distance for ranged combat."]
[03:14] <Yanmei> "If you say so? I'll probably miss if he doesn't come in at least a little." She set herself down and peered down the sights of her bolter. "Come on, come on…"
[03:15] <Isaiah> EVA-08's right eye suddenly shimmered, a rainbow corona heralding a pure blast of AT energy rippling through the area towards her-!-
[03:15] <Isaiah> ["Warning: Enemy is possessed of above-average AT Field energy."]
[03:18] <Yanmei> "What?!" It was almost too fast to react to, carving a path of destruction through the city landscape. 04 scrabbled, frantically, and found relief just a few short yards away.-
[03:38] <Yanmei> Whereupon she let all of her guns loose. "Take- !" but she didn't finish, because she realized what she was -doing-. "N-no!"
[03:40] <Isaiah> When the smoke cleared, EVA-08 was lying on the ground, legs gone, arm missing, torso smoking.-
[03:41] <Isaiah> … It twitched. Looked up at her. Leered.
[03:42] <Yanmei> Alive! It was still alive! Small tears of relief started to form, mixing with the LCL. She tried to steady herself.
[03:50] <Isaiah> It was struggling to crawl towards her…
[03:51] <Yanmei> One shot. End it. She stared down her sights again. She could at least do what she should have done in the beginning. Then she could apologize to him afterward. She tensed and fired the shot.
[03:51] <Isaiah> [The bolter ripped through the head, splintering it, leaving a smoking torso. It shuddered and fell.-
[03:51] <Isaiah> ["Enemy neutralised. Risk to pilot: Negligible."]
[03:54] * Yanmei spared no time opening a channel. She could relax only after she'd seen it for herself! "Isaiah! Are you okay? Say something!"
[03:56] <Isaiah> "Nnn…" His voice was groggy.-
[03:56] <Isaiah> [A robotic voice echoed faintly over the comms. "All systems critically damaged. All systems critically damaged. All systems critically damaged."-
[03:56] <Isaiah> "That… Hurt." He mumbled. He let out a pained chuckle.
[03:57] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry! I'm really sorry, okay?"
[03:58] <Isaiah> "It's ok. You can make it up to- *cough* to me some other way. Ow."
[04:02] <Yanmei> "Whatever you want," she insisted, leaning forward in her chair. "…awful. Your first time shouldn't have been so painful… Are you sure you're okay?"
[04:03] <Isaiah> "Yeah. Yeah, I'm ok. I'm not… -hurt-. The pain is fading already…"
[04:03] <Yanmei> "Good," she mumbled, and leaned back again.
[04:04] <Isaiah> ["Wow. That was quite a show. And I had money on Yanmei winning, too." Says James. He flicks a switch.-
[04:04] <Isaiah> ["Thank you for using Otis. Goodbye." The AI flickered away, and a second later the holographic world of Paris followed. Then, there was a hiss as the recreation plug opened.]
[04:06] * Yanmei climbed out all too eagerly, dripping LCL. She watched Isaiah's to see if he would do the same.
[04:09] <Isaiah> [His plug cracked open…-
[04:09] * Isaiah crawled out, trembling a little from the sheer nervous effect. He leaned against the side, taking deep breaths.
[04:40] * Yanmei was by him in a moment, her face anxious but for once not caring about who was watching closing enough to see. "You were really tough, you know? I thought I was done for at first."
[04:40] <Yanmei> ^closely enough
[04:43] <Isaiah> "I thought I'd win if I got close, but you were too fast." He grabbed her, pulling her close, burying his head into her shoulder. "Stupid Otis."
[04:44] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[04:45] <Yanmei> "Hehe. In my case, it kept telling me to get away, so you were probably right." She stroked his hair a moment. "Let's get cleaned up, okay?"
[04:48] <Isaiah> "… Mmm." He mumbled. "I think I'd like that." He looked up at her.
[04:50] * Yanmei smiled back at him. and with her arm still around him, decided to keep supporting him as they started walking.

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