Oni S Colors

[08:21] <Minaplo> [Clank. Clank. Clank.-
[08:24] <Minaplo> [It had started as 'routine'. Aline had been summoned to the third cargo bay of the Battleship for a purpose- simply put, they'd started receiving the first few shipments of advanced weaponry, and Lieutenant Archibald thought Aline should have a look and see what they were capable of- and more importantly, if she felt like using any of them in place of her trusty Long Maser.-
[08:25] <Minaplo> [For… Whatever reason or another- testing, they had said- the Thruster Team had decided to assemble several of them purely to show off. And in this they had called upon the assistance of…-
[08:26] <Minaplo> ["HUZZAH! SO LONG AS YOUR SONIC DRILL SHALL BEAT THRUSTER EXPERIMENTAL COMMAND PILOTING ARMORED COMBAT SUIT ZERO ZERO ONE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SUPERCOMPUTER MODULE RAFFY-2 DOWN, I DIE WITH MY HAMMER IN MY HAND!"-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [They weren't sure when it had turned into a competition to see who could build a weapon faster- a team of human professionals, or a single AI in an AC Suit, and yet it had.-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [And the AI was winning.-
[08:30] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["As you can see," Said Archibald to Aline smoothly, "The new weapons come in many different shapes and sizes, some are larger than what you are used to wielding in battle-" She gestured towards the Strategic Shell Bolt Cannon, "Whilst some are very basic designs but with special utility." She gestured to what looked like a very large shotgun. "What do you think, Lieutenant?"]
[08:36] * Aline kinda tilted her head left and right. She had put on a very subdued 'oh, my my' kind of air during the… impromptu competition beforehand, because Thruster Team - and their AIs - were certainly… bombastic. It made her wonder if the American Congress was this, uh, hardcore. Even so, she now continued her demeanor with a soft smile. "Ah, well. While I'm used to some heavy weapons,
[08:36] * Aline one of my criteria is that I can dual-wield it with my force weapon. Even so… mmm." She looked at the giant shotgun. "Close engagements are easily covered by said weapon, so that's why I still prefer a sniping-class sidearm."
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["Understandable." Said Archibald. "Might I offer some advice on potential loadout combinations, though, Lieutenant?"]
[08:44] <Aline> "Certainly, Lieutenant~" Aline chirped.
[08:49] <Minaplo> ["If you wanted to, for whatever reason, focus on a close-range loadout, to complement your weapon, the shotgun would be useful. Shotguns are best used at short, focused ranges, but furthermore, the slugs used by the shotgun aren't your typical slugs- they might not do damage, but they create a -lot- of force when used properly. Enough to unbalance an enemy so you can finish them with your
[08:49] <Minaplo> spear."-
[08:54] <Minaplo> ["Other close-ranged loadouts I would recommend would incorporate fusion weapons, as they have short ranges and are much more powerful close to the target. Fusion Lances are built specifically for close combat utility."-
[08:54] <Minaplo> ["If you wanted a medium-range mix of your spear and a weapon, then there's no reason to stop using your Long Maser."-
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["However, if you wanted more firepower without sacrificing your spear, then… Using F-Type equipment combined with an F-Type Bolter, Positron Cannon or a Maser Beam Cannon are all valid options."]
[08:59] * Aline was now scratching her chin and pacing slightly. "Mmm… I hadn't considered F-Type hardware… Because, well. You'll realize that that spear is a very terrifying weapon at full charge, so you can see why I'm a bit attached to using it. But high-powered F-Type weapons might be useful in a future engagement, surely!"
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["Yes. You can't underestimate the benefit that extra strength and armour bring. You'll be less evasive, but if you can use your AT Field defensively, you might balance that out. Basically, there are dozens of combinations here that you could suit to the situation at hand."-
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["I believe Pilot Weiss-Xylander is working on migrating primarily to F-Type armour from now on. For him, that's twice the firepower."]
[09:07] <Aline> "Ah~" Figures that William would, Aline considered. Maybe he'll have another named weapon to do a big AT-assisted super attack at the last second with. "Good enough, since he relies a lot more on enhanced weaponry than I do."
[09:12] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Archibald tore her eyes away from the posturing AC Suit and looked over at Aline. "Well, I'm sure you'll make your own decisions. Would you mind doing me a favour?"]
[09:14] * Aline eyed Archibald curiously, her head sort of craning forward. "Ah? What kind of favor, Lieutenant?"
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry that I'm foisting this onto you, but could you tell Chief Robért in the Eva Hangar that he should prep the Evangelions for maintenance and re-equipment?"]
[09:20] * Aline …kind of shrugged at that. "Guess I could do that, certainly isn't anything difficult!"
[09:23] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. I'll pay you back later."]
[09:26] * Aline gave a little nod. "Right!" And proceeded to head off in the direction of the Eva Hangar!
[09:42] <Minaplo> [The Eva Hangar was unusually quiet today. There were no repairs going on, no maintenance work being undertaken, no tests… It was almost deserted.-
[09:45] <Minaplo> [She'd find Chief Robért- a short, red-haired man with a squat nose and thick eyebrows- enjoying a glass of red wine, sitting on a chair on an observation deck overlooking EVA-21.]
[09:52] * Aline would walk over a bit, and… "Chief Robért? Lieutenant Archibald wanted me to tell you to prep the Evas for maintenance and re-equipment…" She had no idea what his reaction would be, given the rather poignant silence.
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["Oh really? Alright, I'll let the boys and girls know." He said, getting to his feet.-
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["Gets quiet here, dunnit? No one here except you, me and him."-
[09:58] <Minaplo> [He tipped his glass to someone down in the hangar, standing in front of EVA-21's mostly-submerged form. He was wearing a navy turtleneck and tan long trousers, had dark skin, and spiky white hair.]
[10:00] * Aline looked down at him, and for a second (because Aline is like that) didn't even see him, and thought he meant the EVA itself. But, no. That wasn't how the crew worked. "…Huh. Isn't he… Uh…" She wagged a finger. "I sorta know who he is a little bit."
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["Yeah? He's one of them E-Destroyer pilots. Dangerous folk, they are. Takes a lot of guts and a bit of crazy up here to get into a tin deathtrap like an E-Des. Not like an Eva pilot of course, miss." He said respectfully.]
[10:07] * Aline smirked. "Don't you worry about offending me, in all honesty, Chief. But… well. One person's dangerous is another's intriguing."
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah?"]
[10:14] <Aline> The smirk continued. "Well, mostly, he looks different and has a mysterious air to him. That and I think I've heard of him palling around with Yanmei at least once, back in the day."
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["He does seem to have a bit of the ol' air of mystery, yes." He nodded slowly. "Maybe you should say hello."]
[10:29] * Aline nodded her head. "Maybe I should. Thanks for the conversation~"… And assuming there wasn't anything else, Aline would /descend/ towards where Matthias was waiting around.
[10:37] <Minaplo> [Matthias didn't look over to her, but was rather just leaning against a railing, staring up at EVA-21. Up close, his mysteriousness was both enhanced and diminished.-
[10:38] <Minaplo> [On the one hand, he had clever, cloudy grey eyes, the sort that made people introspective, the sort teenage girls would get lost in (and probably had). They were oddly familiar for some reason, and yet unplaceable…-
[10:39] <Minaplo> [And on the other, literal hand, he held a half-eaten chicken burger from popular fast food chain, EZC. In fact he had a whole bag of EZC food next to him at his feet.-
[10:39] <Minaplo> [The 'EZC' stood for Eva-Zero-Chew.]
[10:42] * Aline could almost feel the internal groan at being reminded of the franchise's name, but thankfully suppressed any outward sign of it. "Ah… hi?" She wasn't the best at initiating conversations. "Figured I'd drop on by since I was in the area."
[10:53] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Lieutenant Blanc." He said quietly, looking over at her. With his free hand he grabbed the bag at his feet, holding it out to her. "There's seasoned fries in there, six or seven more burgers, some chicken, chicken nuggets, and those crumbed Evangelion chicken tenders that come with the dipping sauces. Help yourself."]
[10:56] * Aline stared a bit… wide-eyed, but accepted the bag and began to dig. "Do you always buy large like that?"
[10:58] <Minaplo> [There was like, four boxes of seasoned fries in here, and… Enough chicken meat to recreate three full chickens! Not including the chicken on the burgers. There was enough grease in here to make Yanmei squeal in alarm. How come this stuff hadn't killed him by now?-
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. I get hungry."]
[11:06] * Aline would conservatively take one box of fries and one thing of Eva Tenders - Which made Aline briefly wonder how Angel tasted, given all the eating that sometimes goes on with Angels and Evangelions. "I'll say. Still, I guess you could consider me just curious? Though I don't mind a free meal."
[11:14] <Minaplo> ["Free meals are good." He took a bite from his burger, chewing thoroughly.-
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Curious…?"]
[11:18] * Aline began to eat a little, starting with the fries. "Well, yeah. Mostly just… I don't know a lot about you, and you have this air of mystery or /something/ to you, too."
[11:26] <Minaplo> ["Air of mystery?" He chuckled. "Sorry. You probably don't see many people like me around."]
[11:31] * Aline smiled between scarfs of her fries. "Ah, nothing to apologize for. But I guess you're right, huh?"
[11:41] <Minaplo> ["Oh, just so as you know, this isn't my natural hair colour."]
[11:42] * Aline briefly tousled her hair. "Not entirely surprised. Between me, Yanmei, and the Ayanamis you can get quite the rainbow."
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["What's the story there? Is that biological?"]
[11:51] * Aline nodded. "It is. In my case, the doctors say it's some kind of rare mutation. Not albinism, but close enough? Something like that. Yanmei… wow I can't begin, but I'm pretty sure it's natural. At least the Ayanamis can be explained without resorting to 'extremely rare mutations'. But again in my case, it's been in the family long enough that that's where the family name comes
[11:51] * Aline from."
[12:00] <Minaplo> ["Blanc… Yeah, I see." Another bite of the burger.-
[12:00] <Minaplo> ["Ever wanted a different colour? Just curious."]
[12:03] * Aline thought about that, as she chewed through some more fries. "Not… really that often. Once I thought of maybe red, but then I realized it'd stand out a lot against my paler skin. I guess I like the subduedness?"
[12:13] <Minaplo> ["Fair enough. You could pull off a good Snow White though."]
[12:17] * Aline chuckled. "Oh, I don't doubt~" But she thought a bit longer. Crunch crunch. "I admit, white with dark skin is rather striking, so you made a nice choice."
[12:21] <Minaplo> ["Thanks. It doesn't make me look delinquent, does it?"]
[12:22] * Aline was in mid-bite, and waved her other hand (since the other other hand was holding a frybox). Swallow, and, "Naaaaaaah."
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["Oh, that's good news. I suppose some think it's weird." He took another bite.-
[12:28] <Minaplo> ["Your friend pilots this unit, doesn't he?"]
[12:30] <Aline> "Yeah, William Weiss-Xylander." Aline looked up at it for a moment. "It's kinda different, but that's because of, like… some kind of divergent design history or somesuch."
[12:32] <Minaplo> ["Executor-Pattern. I've read about it. I can see why they dropped it."]
[12:34] <Aline> "I can imagine. That many of those in the same role… would be rather poor, ultimately." Aline noted.
[12:37] <Minaplo> ["You're right. It's actually a problem the E-Destroyers have run into somewhat, did you know that?"]
[12:39] * Aline looked vaguely surprised - she didn't know it, but at the same time wasn't shocked. "Not offhand no. But I can sorta see it."
[12:41] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "The E-Destroyers are fast and nimble, and they have powerful weapons, but the only countermeasure our pulse rifles have to an AT Field is massed fire to disrupt the fields. That isn't too bad if we outnumber an enemy five or ten to one, but it's pretty inefficient. After the recent battle in the Synfront, they're starting to look into new types of weapons… New tactics. Do
[12:41] <Minaplo> you know how your Evangelion teams always has one person to go up close and cancel the phase space?"]
[12:43] <Aline> "Oh, definitely. Though sometimes we shuffle that job around… but yeah, there's the point position that's trained for defensive close combat."
[12:51] <Minaplo> ["Sera de Pteres and Ayanami Rei primarily for you. We can't cancel phase space like that, but a similar sort of development is taking place. Special E-Destroyers built for more durability, where most are built for speed. And we can disrupt the AT Field, but our rifles are long-ranged and powerful- they fire too slowly to do it efficiently. So give these 'point' units a faster firing,
[12:51] <Minaplo> short-range carbine and they can open up the rest of the squad."]
[12:54] * Aline slowly nodded. "Yeah, the value of rapid fire with pulse weaponry against an AT Field is something I learnt on foot, actually."
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["That's right, they gave you pulse weapons, didn't they?"]
[13:07] <Aline> "Some? I was specially issued one during that whole mess with the Children of Adam and the various organized crime syndicates." But a smile. "Either way, it was certainly handy, though possibly not as lethal as the weirder things like that Excalibur replica of Yanmei's."
[13:11] * Aline has quit IRC (Ping timeout)
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[13:16] <Minaplo> ["Safer, though."]
[13:17] <Aline> "Well, yeah. Even moreso for its bigger cousin, from what I've heard."
[13:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh? I haven't heard so much…"]
[13:20] * Aline let her lips purse. "I've only heard wild rumors and seen a little bit. Big energy surges, that it's alive and asks for 'payment' for its use or something like that, that it's inherently dangerous to even wield for us, that sort of thing."
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["Sounds like a demon."]
[13:32] <Aline> "For what its worth, it might as well be." Aline said… not ruefully, but almost casually.
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["A little like these." Said Matthias, gesturing towards EVA-21. "It looks pretty demonic. The horn, the eyes. It reminds me of an oni."]
[13:36] * Aline grinned. "A fitting demon for the nature of them, in all honesty."
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["You say so?"]
[13:46] <Aline> "Yeah. They're known for violence and brutality, often have self-deterministic streaks… but yet, there's two kinds - the whole red-blue oni duality. Some are souls fraught with rage and fury - others, chill and practical. It's like comparion 04 with 00."
[13:51] <Minaplo> [He chuckled. "00's red, and 05's blue, but they're the other way around on the inside."]
[17:29] * Aline shrugged with an amused look on her face. "Nobody knows the mysterious workings of the Evangelion color scheme."
[17:35] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps it's random. Maybe the MAGI decides by just creating a pair of random integers- one for color, one for tone."]
[17:40] <Aline> "Heh. That'd certainly be amusing, and I suppose it makes some sense."
[17:49] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly.-
[17:49] <Minaplo> [Eventually he gestured up at EVA-21. "Your friend isn't much of a demon, is he?"]
[17:52] * Aline shook her head rather firmly. "No." She quickly settled back down, now briefly considering the rest of the food she appropriated for herself. "He's pretty nice. Somewhat protective at times, though." Understated. Slightly.
[17:53] <Minaplo> ["Protective?"]
[17:56] <Aline> "Yeah, of me. Not that I really blame him for it, all things considered…" Aline pursed her lips for a second, before deciding to unpack the tenders while she continued. "I remember more than a few times where he guarded me rather heavily when I got hurt."
[18:01] <Minaplo> ["That's loyal. You must be pretty grateful."]
[18:04] * Aline looked shiftily at the Eva, and ate a chicken tender. The fact they managed to fry the fins into its EVA-shape was impressive, considering. "I'm grateful, but I'm sort of afraid of too much of that. There was once something, that I had forgot, and now I have another person…"
[18:09] <Minaplo> ["You're worried about his intentions?"]
[18:17] * Aline took a bite of another tender. Stalling for time. "…I know his intentions. Or at least I feel I do. It's… more that I moved on, I made a new life, because I /didn't know/ that I left him behind. If I go back, I don't know how bad it'll get."
[18:34] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so… He's like an ex-boyfriend?"]
[18:35] * Aline nodded her head. "It's like he is, yet because I literally don't remember my prior time with him… he at the same time isn't."
[18:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh. That's rough, buddy."-
[18:38] <Minaplo> ["He isn't inappropriate, is he?"]
[18:41] <Aline> "No, he's a gentleman enough, I just don't like the dull roar of conflicting emotions. I like him, but I know for the sake of my current relationship that I can't necessarly 'love' him in that way." Aline was still eating whenever she stopped talking, which helped mess with her body language.
[18:50] <Minaplo> ["Do you want to? If you could."]
[18:56] * Aline bit hard into a 04 tender - not that you could tell /that/ easily which was which. "You can't love two people without problems. But if I could… If things actually worked that way for some bizarre reason, I'd take it, after some hesitation."
[19:01] <Minaplo> ["You feel that strongly? You must be in pain."]
[19:05] <Aline> "It's… hard to define. I feel, more than anything, a sense of /loss/ when I consider him. But yes, it's rather frustrating. Especially seeing him throw himself into protecting me, knowing that I have someone else." Another tender bites the dust.
[19:11] <Minaplo> ["Loss. Like regret for what could've been?"]
[19:14] <Aline> "Yeah." Was Aline's simple reply.
[19:18] <Minaplo> ["Sounds like you wish you could live two possibilities at once."]
[19:23] <Aline> "Mm-hm." Aline was nearing the end of her box. "Which I guess is a bit… strange? Or maybe just stressful."
[19:25] <Minaplo> [He reached out and patted her on the head, which was strange, because his face was still serious. "I know how you feel."]
[19:29] * Aline kind of stared, because she agreed with that sentiment about his expression. "…Right. I'm not sure if I want to pry."
[19:34] <Minaplo> ["It's alright. My parents split up before I was born, and I was raised by my mother. I want to know what it would be like to be raised by my father, but I don't want to lose what I have already."]
[19:36] <Aline> "Ohhh. I can see that. But time and development are a bit cruel in those respects." Aline had a somewhat-understanding look on her face.
[19:44] <Minaplo> ["They are."-
[19:46] <Minaplo> [He cast his eyes up at the dormant Eva. "Wonder if demon here is listening to us."]
[19:49] * Aline stared up as well, in thought. "…Maybe it is. I've heard before they tend to listen more than some might think."
[19:51] <Minaplo> ["What do you think it thinks about us, then?"]
[19:54] * Aline waved a hand. "…I haven't the slightest. I have the luxury of knowing who a lot of Evas once were, but 21 is one I don't know that well."
[19:55] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it's a mystery to a lot of people. The Mass Produced Models are the same way."]
[19:58] * Aline was still looking up. "I suppose I shouldn't be surprised you either know, or know that others know, the rest. It's been so long since some of that was a secret."
[19:59] <Minaplo> ["I don't know everything about the rest, mind, so feel free to elaborate."]
[20:01] * Aline smirked, now looking back at him. "Well, to some extent it's good to keep some secrets, but… Maybe we could start with what you already know? I mean, I'll be honest, most of what I'd probably mention would be temperment and the like."
[20:06] <Minaplo> ["I know the basics. The psyches are all taken from a relative of the pilot chosen." He placed a hand on his hip. "I can extrapolate the identities of 02, 03, 05, 06 and 08 from that, but the Mass Produced and Demon here are a mystery. How does a day one clone lose someone special?" He shrugged, shaking his head. "And Weiss-Xylander is an orphan, so the list is too large. And 00, 01 and 04 are different, I'm told."]
[20:32] * Aline sort of… maneuvered her lower lip to one side. "You're right in that 00, 01, and 04 aren't relatives of their pilots, no. They're… well, they're all aspects of one person. A spiritual, protective, and angry side to simplify matters. Though I /suppose/ when you get into the twisted web of who and what things are, they make a bit more sense? But… I imagine that I'll get in
[20:32] * Aline trouble if I drop too much information, even this late in the running."
[20:37] <Minaplo> ["That sounds complicated." Said the master of understatement.]
[20:41] * Aline makes a big put-upon sigh. "/Tell/ me about it. It's enough just keeping everything straight, and projecting into an uncertain and turbulent future…" There was a brief flash of recollective (, psychological) pain at the thought of what was likely to be a future.
[20:51] <Minaplo> ["Does it have a purpose, the one-person-three-units thing? If you can't say, that's alright."]
[20:52] <Aline> "It… does, but I can't say what." Aline said as she pulled back from thinking about the future.
[20:54] <Minaplo> ["But it's important."]
[20:58] * Aline just nodded.
[21:01] <Minaplo> [He nodded in return.-
[21:01] <Minaplo> [But there was rising sound in the background, now, and Aline would see the technicians starting to gather…-
[21:02] <Minaplo> ["We shouldn't be in their way." Said Matthias, standing up straight now. He turned and offered Aline a hand. "If it's important, then I'll trust you. Let me know if you need my help. Even if you need someone who'll just listen. I'll be available."]
[21:04] * Aline took the hand. "You're kind." She said, as she stood up. "I hope whatever chaos is to come sees fit to spare you."
[21:07] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. It won't, but that's because I aim to be a part of it."]
[21:09] * Aline remained silent for a while - releasing her grip at the same time - before smiling softly, a smile that wasn't exactly cheery, but more of a step from somber. "Godspeed, either way. There's still the future."
[21:14] <Minaplo> ["That's all we need." He reached down and took the rest of the food- then turned and walked off, his back straight. He was quite tall- it wasn't entirely apparently when he'd been leaning against a railing.]
[21:16] * Aline would stare off into the distance as he wandered off, waiting a short while, before heading away in her own direction. That was interesting enough, he was a nice guy. Hmmm…

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