Rei S Spirit

[16:38] <AdEvaGM> [Until NERV crews had arrived to take her to safety, Rei sat in her entry plug, which bobbed along on the Tyrrhenian Sea, floating on bright yellow flotation devices. To Rei's total surprise, every emergency system had deployed perfectly- the emergency broadcaster was working at full power, life support was working fine, even the lights were still on.-
[16:40] <AdEvaGM> [So she sat, curled up in her seat, eyes closed, looking for all intents and purposes calm and composed, even though her heart was hammering against her ribs. Rei felt- vulnerable, intensely vulnerable here.-
[16:42] <AdEvaGM> [At one point her skin began to crawl, her hair standing on end- and then she -felt- Excalibur's Glory pass by, about fifty metres if that- the shockwave sending her away from the blast…-
[16:43] <AdEvaGM> [Only for the massive gap created in the sea to start filling in, sending her careening backwards, nearly flipping the Entry Plug over. She yelped at the shaky turbulence, which knocked her from wall to wall.-
[16:47] <AdEvaGM> [The sea eventually calmed, however- and after that it wasn't long before a Salvage VTOL was arriving to pull her to safety and to recover her plug.-
[16:47] <AdEvaGM> [From there, it was off to NERV HQ, to the medical district- even though she insisted she wasn't actually hurt, which was true- because Doctor Clement took no risks in things such as this.-
[16:48] <AdEvaGM> [Of course, it wouldn't be long before the knowledge that Ayanami Rei was in the medical district would reach Raphael Guillory's well-formed, adorable ears.]
[17:25] <Raphael> It would be an hour or so before Raphael arrived, carefully opening the door and peering inside. Combat drills were being held deeper in the Geofront to keep those soldiers confined during the lockdown on their toes, and judging by the fatigues he was wearing and the light sheen of sweat on his brow he'd broken away from them the moment he was able.-
[17:27] <Raphael> He makes little effort to hide his obvious concern as he steps inside. "Rei… are you alright?"
[17:44] <AdEvaGM> [Rei's sitting up in bed when Raphael opens the door, and she looks up and smiles. "H-Hi, Raffy." She says- her left arm is wrapped around a stuffed toy, and she's holding it to her almost protectively- it's, on further observation, a replica of EVA-09.-
[17:45] <AdEvaGM> [In her right hand she's holding a picture book, reading to an astonishingly quiet Eevi, who is sitting with her knees tucked up to her chest next to Rei on the bed.]
[17:52] <Raphael> It's a testament to his worry or Eevi's stillness that it takes Raphael a good couple of seconds to notice Eevi, but he's clearly a little surprised when he does. "I see you have a visitor." Raphael says with a small smile, carefully taking a seat on the edge of Rei's bed. "Hello there, Eevi. Are you keeping Rei company?"
[17:54] <AdEvaGM> [Eevi nodded.-
[17:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Eevi-chan's so sweet. She came in here just to give me little 09 here…"]
[18:02] * Raphael 's smile broadens, chuckling quietly as he gives the stuffed toy a closer look. "That's very sweet of you, Eevi. Was it your idea?"
[18:05] <AdEvaGM> [Eevi nodded.-
[18:06] <AdEvaGM> ["It makes me feel a little safer." Said Rei. "Thank you for coming by, Raffy- I hope you weren't too worried about me, though."]
[18:10] * Raphael puts an arm around Rei, catching the little 09 between them. "I worry because I care, sweetheart." He says gently. "Are you sure you're alright? From what I heard from the Captain Gosselin and Doctor Clement…"#
[18:11] <AdEvaGM> ["It was a stressful battle." Admitted Rei. "I was really worried about Onii-chan, but now that I know he's safe, I'm happy."-
[18:14] <AdEvaGM> [Rei frowned quietly. "I feel a little, uhm… Nervous." But she shook her head and pouted. "But really, I'm fine, the Entry plug worked like they keep showing in the manuals and everything."]
[18:23] * Raphael raises an eyebrow. "They finally managed to calibrate it correctly? About time." Still, he falls silent for a few seconds, eventually giving a small nod. "… Alright. I'm glad Pilot Ikari's safe, at least. Don't be in too much of a rush to leave though, hmm? Doctor Clement knows his job, and you need time to recover whether there's physical injuries or not."#
[18:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, Raffy." She leans against Raphael's shoulder now, snuggling closer just a little. "… He wasn't like any enemy I've ever fought before. He was like some kind of hydra- every time we thought we had him under control he did something else."]
[18:34] <Raphael> "It's not surprising." He says, shifting to make her more comfortable. "From what I'm been told, Silas Caine was a genius even before he gained those powers."
[18:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah… It was horrible! He came so close to defeating us #again#…" Rei shook her head, frowning. "Did you hear about Leenie-chan?"]
[18:37] <Raphael> "That she was recovered?"
[18:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah! She stole a big flying battleship…"]
[18:37] <Raphael> "…"
[18:44] <AdEvaGM> ["And Sera-kun and Will-chan were with her, and the battleship has a #drill# on the end."]
[18:45] <Raphael> "Genius and sanity have trouble sharing the same space, I suppose." Raphael mutters with a shake of his head.
[18:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Suzie-chan is going to think it's the best thing ever."]
[18:47] <Raphael> "At least until they strap the drill to a robot." He grins.
[18:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course!"-
[18:48] <AdEvaGM> [Rei tilted her head for a second, looking at Raphael with an oddly inspired look.]
[18:49] * Raphael gives her a flat look. "#No#."
[18:49] <AdEvaGM> ["You totally could, Raffy! Mount a drill on a Dreadnought…"]
[18:51] <Raphael> "It's inefficient!" He protests. "Anyway, the Dreadnought units are best used as mobile weapons platforms. Our CQC units have shown mixed results at best."
[18:53] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll tell Blaisie-chan you said that." Said Rei loftily. "And #I# think he'll be very hurt."]
[18:56] <Raphael> "It's not a question of skill!" Raphael began, before eyeing her a little more closely and letting out a put-upon sigh. "… You don't get to tease me just because you're in hospital, young lady."
[19:00] <AdEvaGM> ["I can tease you whenever I like, Raffy."]
[19:05] * Raphael lets out a noise that sounds suspiciously like 'harrumph', but doesn't argue any further.
[19:07] <AdEvaGM> [Rei merely smiled.-
[19:09] <AdEvaGM> [The door to the room opened and someone stepped in- Doctor Surov. A touch pocket computer was in his right hand.-
[19:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Ayanami." He said.-
[19:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Doctor."]
#6[16:08] * Raphael releases Rei and gives the Doctor a polite nod. It had been hard to last long after Surov's arrival at NERV without hearing some of the… odder stories about the man, but apart from spotting him in the halls from time to time, Raphael's contact with him had been fairly limited. "Good day, doctor."
[16:13] <AdEvaGM> [Surov turned to look at Raphael with the air of someone who had only just realised he was there. "Guillory. You will no doubt be interested to note that amongst the Brothers' data, research and technology we found information pertaining to your current situation."]
[16:19] <Raphael> It takes him a moment to realize just what Surov is referring to, and with that realization comes a certain amount of horror at the idea that his "situation" had been going on for so long that it had taken something of a back seat. "… Ah." He says. "And why would they have any interest in that?"
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["AT-based physical transformations were how the Brothers increased their numbers." Said Surov. "They would acquire the terminally ill, the mentally unsound and the ones no body would miss- murderers, spies, gangsters, wealthy politicians- and submerge them in LCL that would transform them perfectly into a Brother clone."]
[16:24] <Raphael> "…" He's silent at that, taking a moment to process it and feeling a little ill at the thought. "… I see."
[16:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. This had the side effect of ensuring that no Brother died when Big Brother perished. However, none of the Brothers we've so far acquired retain any trace of the Caine personality. Subject - that is, Captain Savage captured one such Brother the other night, when the Brother reacted poorly to the backlash of Big Brother's death and fell out of the sky, slamming into the table at which Su- Captain Savage had been sitting."]
[16:31] <Raphael> "So their old personalities have returned, then?"
[16:33] <AdEvaGM> ["No. They are unformatted. Their motor skills are intact and their ability to use their AT Fields remains, but their personalities are infantile at best. The subject we acquired is, for example, deeply skittish, jumpy and fearful, no doubt due to his first few moments of proper sentience being falling out of the sky- made worse, no doubt, by finding oneself staring up at the face of Captain Savage."-
[16:33] <AdEvaGM> ["There were, of course, data files on you- the ones we recovered from the Chengdu base."]#
[16:36] <Raphael> "Mmm." He mutters. "From what we saw they were quite well-informed."
[16:37] <AdEvaGM> ["They understood your effect on females even better than NERV did."-
[16:37] <AdEvaGM> [Rei let out a stifled giggle.]
[16:42] <Raphael> His arm hidden out of sight behind him, Raphael manages to elbow Rei in the side without his expression shifting one iota. "That's… yes." He coughs awkwardly.
[16:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Your field creates a passive effect that, when a female is exposed to the sight of you in person, either in close or medium proximity, it triggers a near-euphoric effect similar to using a narcotic stimulant." Said Surov. "The data files report that several investigated females expressed obsessive thoughts- it seems that they found you literally addictive." His voice was dry, but then again, it was always dry. "It also explains why your appearance has a limited effect on, for example-" He gestured at Rei. "An Ayanami."]
[16:55] * Raphael 's face was stony, even as his cheeks rapidly began to turn scarlet. "… And I suppose it would be too much to hope that these files presented a way to fix that."
[16:56] <AdEvaGM> [Rei's giggle started to intensify. "B-But Raffy, don't you like having Minnie-chan's wuv~?"]
[16:57] <Raphael> "Stop that."
[17:00] <AdEvaGM> ["As a matter of fact, a solution to your situation #has# surfaced." Said Surov.]
[17:01] * Raphael gives the Doctor a slightly dubious look. "Is that so?"
[17:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed. The solutions are all theoretical, I must add- theories created by myself." Said Surov dryly. "But since I am not permitted to actually prove them on anyone unless they have good reason and can give consent, this reduces my pool of test subjects down to you."]
[17:05] <Raphael> "…" This was not looking promising. "What would we need to do, precisely?"
[17:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Science." Said Surov dryly. "Or am I actually speaking to someone who might understand the process?"]
[17:14] <Raphael> "Your condescension in the face of a basic question is appreciated, Doctor." Raphael says evenly.
#1[17:29] <AdEvaGM> [A pause, then- "We immerse you in electrically charged unused LCL utilised in the same way for first level Evangelion deep nervous synchronisation conduction tests for the first step, substiuting the nervous system of the Evangelion in this case for the nervous system of an AT-enabled individual with a strong imprint of your physical, mental and psychological forms. Second step involves mutual A10 nerve couplings set for open bidirectional functioning working alongside the same couplings set for open tridirectional functioning such as the ones used in the Dual Synchronisation Evangelion system. Third step involves allowing an AT morphic pulse to create a transfigurative resonance effect in and around your own AT signal, which will cause the libido layer to send a seminal creation AT infusion throughout your physical form, resulting in change to a hopefully desired appearance."]
[17:33] * Raphael blinks. "… Immerse me in LCL and reset my form wth the aid of an AT field. Alright." He nods slowly.
[17:34] <Raphael> "But haven't we already been through this?"
[17:35] <AdEvaGM> [It was at this point that a thin, prehensile metal appendage snaked out of Surov's labcoat, took ahold of his pocket computer with a metal claw-clamp and withdrew back into its habitat.-
[17:37] <AdEvaGM> ["No." Said Surov as though it were 1+1 and Raphael wasn't understanding. "The last procedure did not involve LCL, did not involve true and simple direct synchronisation and furthermore, it did not involve placing you, an Ayanami, a recovered Silas Caine clone and a paralytic Shadowman bearing your original form into the same synchronisation net."]
[17:39] * Raphael stares at Surov blankly for a few long, tense seconds.-
[17:39] <Raphael> "Of course." He manages eventually, his voice still remarkably calm. "Silly me."
[17:41] <AdEvaGM> [Rei was staring at where the mechadendrite had once been.-
[17:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Now then." Surov walked over to the bed and placed a capsule down on the bedside table. "These are the requisitioned experimental Excalibur sickness tablets that I designed, Ayanami." Said Surov. "Take one every twelve hours and record the results."-
[17:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. Thank you."]
[17:54] * Raphael eyes the tablets warily. The past few minutes had not done much for his view of Surov's scientific standards, especially when combined with the stories he'd heard around the base. "How much of her condition is due to exposure to Excalibur?"
[17:54] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't have a condition, Raffy." Said Rei with a frown.-
[17:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Much of it is oversynchronisation breaking down the borders of her AT Field's definition." Said Surov. "However, a being of her nature is almost always going to be subjected to some sort of proximity backlash from the Sword- in her case, nightmares and a weakened immune system. Ayanami San used to vomit compulsively after breaking synchronisation, am I correct?" Asked Surov.-
[17:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, Doctor."-
[17:58] <AdEvaGM> ["These tablets should help with the symptoms, but mere applied pharmacology won't be enough to prevent the effect."]
[18:00] * Raphael glances at Rei, frowning slightly. "I see. Thank you, then, Doctor Surov."
[18:01] <AdEvaGM> [Surov gave them both a curt glance before sweeping from the room.-
[18:01] <AdEvaGM> ["He's so creepy." Murmured Rei, watching the door close.]
[18:04] <Raphael> "… Did he have a robot arm?" Raphael asks quietly.
[18:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. It was like a weird tentacle arm." Said Rei quietly.]
[18:07] <Raphael> "Ever since I started working here I've wondered whether all the best scientists are… /eccentric/ or whether NERV just refuses to hire the ones who aren't."#
#1[18:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Eccentricity is key for all employees here, Raffy. Did you hear Sophie and Freddie talking on duty a few days ago?" She turned wide eyes towards Raphael.]
[18:19] <Raphael> "… No. And I get the feeling that you shouldn't have either."
[18:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Well." Rei looked a little abashed. "I guess it technically -was- eavesdropping. But Raffy, you should've heard it!" Her eyes grew a little wider. "They were talking about buying things like ropes and handcuffs and lots of chocolate…"]
[18:25] <Raphael> "I was less concerned with the eavesdropping than I was about you hearing that, actually." He says with a wince.
[18:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I like chocolate." Came a voice- that of Eevi's, who had, despite not making a sound for the last fifteen minutes, had been listening intently.]
[18:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Why is that bad though, Raffy?" Asked Rei curiously.]#
#6[18:29] * Raphael pauses, giving Rei a hesitant look. "… Nevermind, sweetheart." He says quickly, before turning to Eevi a little hurriedly. "SO, chocolate, hmm? So you've been trying out lots of new things?"#
#1[18:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes."-
[18:39] <AdEvaGM> ["I promised to take her to Boston for Christmas." Said Rei happily. "You should come, Raffy!"]
[18:43] <Raphael> "We'll see!" Raphael says with a fond smile. "It sounds like a good idea to me, but I'll have to see what Misato and Suzie think, ok?"#
#1[18:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Ok!" Rei beamed, though, and nudged him in the ribs playfully. "You could come and say hi to Minnie-chan."]
[18:46] <Raphael> "That's not funny." He mutters.-
[18:47] <Raphael> "So what other things have you decided you like, Eevi?"
[18:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Pineapple. Honey. Cold water. A breeze. Apples. A sauna."-
[18:53] <AdEvaGM> ["And you could explore Boston together, or New York, or Washington, like best friends ever~"-
[18:55] <AdEvaGM> ["… Shiny silver, little birds, cats, fir trees, silk, rabbit."]
[19:02] * Raphael gives Eevi a wide smile, having moved on to ignoring Rei entirely. "You must be doing a great job! Has anybody been helping you, or have you been learning all on your own?"
[19:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Felix has helped me."]
[19:07] <Raphael> "Ah. Doctor Castillo's very good at what he does. I'm glad you two have been getting along."
[19:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Felix the tiger."]
[19:11] <Raphael> Not even Raphael could successfully feign indifference at that. "… I'm sorry?"
[19:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Felix the tiger." Repeated Eevi.]
[19:13] <Raphael> "And…" He coughs, glancing at Rei for assistance. "And how has Felix the tiger been helping you, Eevi?"
[19:13] <AdEvaGM> ["He lets me ride on his back, and we go to a new place, and then I sample things in the new place."-
[19:14] <AdEvaGM> [Rei was not giggling now, but rather belly-laughing with abandon.]
[19:16] <Raphael> "… I see." Raphael says, growing less sure of himself by the moment. He wonders how others had reacted to a fully-grown tiger walking into a sauna.
[19:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Doctor Castillo helps, too." Added Eevi.]
[19:18] <Raphael> "Probably not at the same time."#
#1[19:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Sometimes." Said Eevi. "He was the one who suggested I befriend Felix in the first place."]
[19:25] <Raphael> "Well, that was… good of him, I guess. And I suppose Felix must be somewhat lonely with Doctor Riel injured."
[19:25] <AdEvaGM> ["I suppose so."-
[19:25] <AdEvaGM> ["It makes sense to pair her with the tiger." Said Rei. "Felix is so playful! Not like Lulu, who is kind of grumpy…"]
[19:34] <Raphael> "Either way, I think you're doing a wonderful job of finding things you enjoy, Eevi." Raphael says, seeming a little quick to avoid further mention of Riel. "You know, Suzie has been asking me to see if you'd like to come over and play sometime soon…"
[19:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. I will tell Felix."]
[19:37] <Raphael> "… We'll have to see about bringing Felix, I think." Raphael said quickly. Still, he was aware that Suzie would likely be overjoyed at the prospect of playing with a real tiger…
[19:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Felix is harmless, Raffy. You let her play with Pen-Pen, and he has claws on his wings."]
[19:43] <Raphael> "Between Suzanne's sword and Misato I felt she was fairly well defended."
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Eevi hasn't been hurt yet-"-
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> [The door opened, and the red-maned image of Terence Savage's face appeared. "Hello, Rei!"-
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Hi, Terry-chan!"-
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you mind if I borrow Raphael?"-
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh? Oh… Sure. Is it urgent?"-
[19:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I need him to help talk to the Brother we captured."]
[19:47] <Raphael> "Ah." He gives Rei an apologetic look and a quick squeeze. "I should probably go, sweetheart."
[19:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Be back soon, ok? Or else I'll ask Al-chan what the chocolate and handcuffs are all about."]
[19:50] <Raphael> "I'll try and bring Suzie in so we can have dinner together, if you'd like." He says quickly.
[19:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Yay!"]
[19:53] <Raphael> Another quick hug, and then he's on his way to join Terry. "Keep her company, Miss Nieminen, alright?"
[19:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes."]
[19:55] <Raphael> "Good girl. I'll see you both later." He gives them both one last wave before following Terry out into the hall and shutting the door behind him.#

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