Sera Exploring

[21:30] <Minaplo> [Parts of the apartment were still smouldering. Occasionally, a creak would shake the building and another little bit of masonry would collapse from the upper levels.-
[21:31] <Minaplo> [The group had divided- Yanmei, Aline, Shinji, Isaiah and Chiisana had gone one way, hurrying toward the Geofront- and were soon out of sight, leaving the others to go the other way- towards Gamelin's HQ.-
[21:32] <Minaplo> [The Spectre- reclad- was standing statue-still, her garments fluttering a little in the chilly breeze.-
[21:32] <Minaplo> [Joe and William were reloading their guns, extracting many metallic clicks and clacks.-
[21:33] <Minaplo> [And Asuka was absently rubbing her side, looking resentful, her other hand grasping her axe.]
[21:36] <Sept> "Ready? Let's go, then. Asuka and I'll take point, Spectre, William, Joe, stay on guard and watch for enemies. Okay?"
[21:37] <Minaplo> ["Got it." Said Joe, holstering his guns and slinging his grenade launcher over his shoulders.-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [William nodded.-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [The Spectre didn't respond with words, of course, but simply slashed the air with her spear.-
[21:39] <Minaplo> ["Heh. Leave it to me." Asuka said, shooting the Spectre a quick dark glance.]
[21:44] <Sept> "We've got a few objectives. We're looking for whatever jammer they're using. If we can, we'll get Anselme out – if you're not familiar, he's a younger me. Avoid Gamelin if we can. Did I forget anything?"
[21:45] <Minaplo> ["Stance on prisoners?" Asked Joe.]
[21:50] <Sept> "They're cultists for an AT-wielding… entity. I think it's too much of a risk to leave them. Interrogate, maybe, but finish them off after. Anyone they've imprisoned… who knows what they do in there. We'll deal with it then."
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["No Switz. Got it." Said Joe.]
[21:52] <Sept> "Keep a low profile for now, then. For what it's worth. Let's go."
[21:53] <Minaplo> [And off they went.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [It was as if the city's people had gone to ground. Perhaps they had. Goodness knows they had plenty of chances to train that instinct. They met no one on the street, no cars.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [They came to a street that bore the signs of combat. Men wearing French army uniforms lay dead on the ground, sparsely mixed with the odd white-robed cultist. Many of them bore the telltale wounds of bolt rounds and sword wounds. More than a few had missing limbs or heads.-
[21:56] <Minaplo> ["Odd." Said Joe.]
[21:58] <Sept> "Yeah?"
[22:01] <Minaplo> ["Army soldiers." Said Joe, kneeling down next to one. "But there should be more. If the army knows about this, they should be all over the place."-
[22:01] <Minaplo> [He stood up, turning back towards Sera. "But they're not."]
[22:03] <Sept> "Scouts for a main force?" Sera shrugged. "Maybe they're hesitating, stuck outside. Or do you think they're broken, disorganised already?"
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["I don't think your man would attack the Geofront without a plan to deal with the Paris Expeditionary." Joe frowned. "I don't think they're in any state to fight, but I dunno -how- your man got them like that. Anyway, it's not important right now. Just…"-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["It gives me the willies."]
[22:07] <Sept> "This is Paris. The people here know how to fight. If Gamelin's given them structure, they'll easily be on par with the military. Keep going."
[22:10] <Minaplo> [Joe and William trade glances before following on.-
[22:12] <Minaplo> [It isn't long before they have to take detours to avoid the flow of Gamelin's reinforcements. They often march in blocks of fifty or a hundred, often with Annihilators- far too much for the five of them.-
[22:14] <Minaplo> [The flow becomes thinner the closer they get to their destination, however, curiously; by the time they arrive- a large dilapidated apartment block in the middle of a still-destroyed section of the city- lined with haphazard platforms between balconies and buildings and ringed by fortifications- Gamelin's base of operations is deserted, or so it seems just by looking at the front.]
[22:18] <Sept> "Goddamnit. Any objections to going in, now?"
[22:25] <Minaplo> ["They might keep a skeleton crew behind." Said Joe. "I mean, we came this far, can't hurt to have a poke inside…"]
[22:28] <Sept> "Alright. Let's see if we can't find some answers."
[22:34] <Minaplo> [The ramshackle fortifications are gated with a scavenged portable chainlink fence, and is easily bypassed with almost any weapon the group possesses.-
[22:35] <Minaplo> [Artefacts of old inhabitants- before Gamelin came- litter the area. In one area is a decaying children's playground with jungle gym and slide; in another is a car, one whose owner left and never came back to claim.-
[22:36] <Minaplo> [The front doors of the apartment building were made of heavy, solid wood.-
[22:36] <Minaplo> [They were utterly alone. The absense of people, even guards, gave the entire area the feeling of intense eerieness. Cities should not feel deserted.]
[22:42] * Sept was growing more anxious with each passing moment. Still, he signalled for the others to keep watch as he and Asuka cleared the first few rooms. Eventually, he turned to the Spectre. "Is there -anyone- here?" he asked, irritated.
[22:43] <Minaplo> [The Spectre focused for a second. Sera's skin crawled.-
[22:43] <Minaplo> [Finally, she nodded and smacked Sera lightly on the shoulder, shocking him a little- and sending his phone vibrating with text messages.]
[22:46] * Sept took out his phone, staring at it for a moment.-
[22:50] <Sept> "We're taking the basement first. Seven fields down there. Six on the higher floors – but if they're scouts… Hmph. Take the basement." And he'd lead the way forward, quietly, to the nearest way down.
[22:50] <Minaplo> [And thus into the basement.-
[22:51] <Minaplo> [It consisted of a storage room and a boiler room and both were completely empty.]
[22:58] <Sept> "Gh. Check for passages? Possible you're just picking up vagrants from the sewers, Spectre? Check again. If they can notice the pings, we're screwed already either way."
[22:59] <Minaplo> [The Spectre focused once again.-
[23:00] <Minaplo> [And then pointed at a wall on the same level as they, much of it obscured by crates and other detritus.]
[23:01] <Sept> "Asuka." Sera nodded toward the wall and started moving the obstacles out of the way himself.
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["Eh? Really? Geez…"-
[23:06] <Minaplo> [She headed over and began clearing crates herself.-
[23:06] <Minaplo> [Between the two of them they made good time, although eventually Asuka would come to a pair of crates, stacked vertically, that she simply could not budge.]
[23:19] * Sept gave it a few solid shoves, then started going over it more carefully. He was already glancing at Asuka's axe hopefully when he found the mechanism to open the crates. "I swear. This proves, again, how immature these Angels are."
[23:19] * Sept headed inside, motioning for the others to follow.
[23:19] <Minaplo> [There was an impatient rustling from behind him as the Spectre followed.-
[23:22] <Minaplo> [The room itself was clearly a cell block of sorts, albeit not uncomfortable, nor extravagant; it was more akin to a dormitory with no internal walls. Seven individuals lay on their beds or sat on their chairs. At the sound of the door opening they scrambled, looking scared and apprehensive. The ones on beds pretended to be asleep, whilst the ones on chairs clearly wished they were elsewhere.-
[23:22] <Minaplo> [One of those on a bed- one who hadn't looked around, and genuinely did seem to be asleep- was Anselme.]
[23:30] * Sept looked over the room, briefly. "Looks like seven civilians," he noted to those coming behind him. He raised his voice slightly, looking at the place's inhabitants. "No one moves until we give you permission. We're not with them. What's been going on here?"
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["We- we are prisoners." Said one. "My name is Schwartz, Maurice Schwartz. They took us for- purposes." He mumbled. "Technology work, assembling things. They were not cruel unless we refused to work."]
[23:34] <Sept> "What do you know about what's going on outside?"
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["Very little." Said Schwartz. "We were let out, but only blindfolded and taken to where we were supposed to work."-
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["Then we worked." Said another.]
[23:36] <Sept> "Did you speak with their leader? Mina, Gamelin, whoever?"
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["He spoke at us. Never let us see him." Said Schwartz.-
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["He- he was a friend." Said the other. "Before this. Now he is… Different. Very different. I don't understand."]
[23:39] <Sept> "I can sympathise. And the kid?" He nodded towards Anselme.
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["No idea." Said the man. "I think they've been bleeding him, he often comes back sickly."]
[23:43] <Sept> "We're gonna have to take him. It's a warzone outside. I suggest the rest of you wait here, we can send a team in once this blows over."
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["A-Alright." Said Schwartz, nodding slowly.]
[23:51] <Sept> "I'll get him. Then we'll go clear the rest." Sera nodded to Asuka, heading further into the room for Anselme, his knife still drawn. The others in the group, maybe everyone in the room, could see he hadn't dropped his guard.
[23:52] <Minaplo> [Anselme still hadn't moved, just sleeping. He looked thinner, paler. He really did look weak and sick.]
[23:55] * Sept picked him up, hoisting him over his shoulder, and headed back for the exit. "We'll leave it so you can get the door open from the inside. You know, if a few days roll by. If it turns out you're the last people alive in Paris."
[23:56] <Minaplo> [The prisoners did not look at all heartened by that. On the contrary, they started to look panicky.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["Eh?" Asuka kicked Sera in the shin the moment she could. "Don't listen to this idiot. Someone'll get you out before you know it, the little scuffle outside is nothing I can't handle~"]
[23:59] <Sept> "Oof. Y-yeah, just take a day off work. We'll get things rolling like normal soon enough."
[00:02] <Minaplo> [Before long they were back outside.-
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["Here, now." Said Joe. "Lemme carry the boy, if you're taking point it's no good for you to be lugging him."]
[00:05] <Sept> "Mm. Go ahead. Let's head for the top floors. Can't afford to miss anything."
[00:08] <Minaplo> [Joe offloaded his launcher onto William and then took Anselme.-
[00:09] <Minaplo> [Up stairs, up stairs- up to the fifth floor. Where four people were, according to the Spectre. Nothing but an unlocked door kept them from whatever lay on this floor.]
[00:12] * Sept paused for a moment, motioning for Asuka to get ready to head in. He tried to listen for anything going on on the other side.
[00:13] <Minaplo> [Footsteps, it sounded like. Just the one.]
[00:23] <Sept> "…" Sera listened for a bit longer. He didn't look happy about the progress they were making. "Cultists are free game," he whispered. "Anyone else, disable them first. Ready?"
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Got it." Said Asuka. The others nodded.-
[00:26] <Minaplo> [Except for the Spectre, who was ready so long as she was awake.]
[00:28] * Sept counted down silently, and tried the door, ready to kick it in if there was resistance.
[00:29] <Minaplo> [Unlocked. It swung open.-
[00:30] <Minaplo> [Sera would see (whether he peeked in or rushed in) that the walls had been knocked out and replaced with what resembled a triage or field hospital. Beds, medical equipment…-
[00:31] <Minaplo> [Three of the beds were occupied, two men and a woman, stripped down to simple gowns, whilst a fourth person, presumably a nurse or doctor, walked from bed to bed, checking on his patients.]
[00:34] * Sept took a few hasty steps inside, then stopped, swearing loudly. "What is this place? What was this building used for?" he demanded of the medical person.
[00:34] <Minaplo> [The doctor whirled around. "What?! Who are you? What are you doing here?!"]
[00:38] <Sept> "We're people who came here looking for something very specific, but only found some kind of halfway house! What've -you- been doing here?"
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Tending to these people!" Shouted the doctor. "They're injured!"]
[00:50] <Sept> "And that's just fine!" Sera sighed. "What's above us, then?"
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Wish I knew. Lord Mina restricted access. Only people of the rank of Principality and above could access it."]
[00:57] <Sept> "Asuka, you're a Principality, right?"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[00:59] <Sept> "Awesome. William, Joe, think you can keep these guys under control?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I majored in 'hospital suppression'." Said William sarcastically.]
[01:02] <Sept> "Alright. We'll head up. See you in a moment."
[01:12] <Minaplo> [The Spectre followed Sera, because it cared little for his orders.-
[01:12] <Minaplo> [Up the flight of steps. Another door, this one was… Reinforced. It looked like a solid slab of metal, actually.]
[01:18] <Sept> "Yeah, so. I can't see any risk to damaging what's inside, so… Think you could contain a bit of a detonation to get this door out of the way quickly?"
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Who, me?" Asked Asuka.]
[01:20] <Sept> "-Spectre-. Can you do something like our barrier fields well enough to shield us, maybe even redirect some of the force?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> [The Spectre eyed the door. It looked back at Sera.-
[01:21] <Minaplo> [With a violent lashing of her elbow she smashed the very frame of the door- it crumbled to pieces.-
[01:21] <Minaplo> [The door stood for a second, then toppled back smashing into the ground with a CLANG.-
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["No fair! I could've done that!" Said Asuka huffily.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> [The room within was… Small. This floor still contained many rooms, it seemed- this was merely the entrance.-
[01:30] <Minaplo> [But within was a guard, clad head-to-toe in dark steely power armour. He was looking down at the door in shock- before he looked up, levelling a bolter. "Invaders!"]
[01:42] <Sept> "You think?! Take him down!" Sera was in a poor angle to rush through, so, like a gentleman, he ushered Asuka and the Spectre in first.
[01:43] <Minaplo> [Asuka leapt past him, clearly pissed that the Spectre had stolen her glory. The man brought a heavy-looking steel mace up to parry her first blow, but the other two caught him in the leg and chest.-
[01:44] <Minaplo> [The Spectre then proceeded to steal her spotlight once again, seeming to charge a little past him- only to spin around and smash her elbow straight through the back of the man's head.-
[01:44] <Minaplo> […-
[01:45] <Minaplo> [Asuka reached up with trembling hands and wiped chunks of brain matter and eyeball off of her face. "You…!" She growled, her tone bubbling with rapidly-heating fury.]
[01:48] <Sept> "Good work. There's one more." Sera pushed past, heading for the next room.
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["SHE DID THAT ON PURPOSE!" Screamed Asuka. "BRAINS IN MY HAIR…!"]
[01:51] <Sept> "One more!" Sera repeated, slamming the door open.
[01:52] <Minaplo> [The room beyond was…-
[01:53] <Minaplo> [Larger. No electric lighting, only candles, copiously covering a series of tables in the middle of the room and along the wall. Dusty curtains hung from windows. The room had four doors- and was completely quiet except for a tinkling little music tune.]
[01:58] * Sept took out a flashlight just in case, illuminating the room further as he walked in. "Spectre! Where's the last field?"
[01:59] <Minaplo> [She pointed a little to the right of the rightmost door.-
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I'm the Spectre, I can punch heads off, I can ping things, mrmrrmrmrrmrm. Why am I here? Stupid Yanmei, stupid idiot Fontaine, stupid dumb Sera…"]
[02:03] <Sept> "There -should've- been more resistance, you know that!" He moved in to get the door indicated, tearing it open if necessary.
[02:05] <Minaplo> [The door led to…-
[02:07] <Minaplo> [It was a long chamber that immediately made Sera think of a chapel. A red carpet ran up the middle; chairs littered the space around the middle aisle. At the very far end was a simple altar, a painting of a beautiful woman with six wings and a silver robe smiling; lilies had been placed before her.-
[02:09] <Minaplo> [Sitting on a short pillar, snug in a round alcove, was a sphere, perfectly round; it was inert, but a small silver smark glowed within beneath its black surface. It hummed slightly.-
[02:10] <Minaplo> [A man, or a woman- it was hard to tell- was kneeling in front of the orb, wrapped in a thick white robe, apparently kneeling. He or she didn't react at all to Sera's violent entry.]
[02:19] * Sept took a few slow steps toward the figure. "Look, we've come all this way, the least you could do is give us a greeting."
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["This is a place of peace and meditation. If you are here to pray, then I welcome you." The voice of a young woman.]
[02:26] <Sept> "Sorry. There's a strong AT-based force in here, and it's either you or the artifact over there. If there's a slightest chance they're aiding your forces, we have to investigate them."
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["So you do not come in peace, then."]
[02:29] <Sept> "We intend to stop the Empress, if that's what you mean. Earth is ours, for whatever moment remains of our time."
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["Is there not room on it for both of us?" Sighed the woman. "Ever do humans seek to destroy that which is fairer than they."]
[02:36] <Sept> "When did you ever come to us with words of peace? I would -love- for this ordeal to be over. But right now, your brainwashed cult is killing -my- friends, and for what? To -force- peace on us?"
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Peace will never come so long as you continue to wage war. You don't understand." She sighed. "Death is so ephemeral. Life is eternal, truly eternal. Death is the little sleep between eternal life. If you had not waged your pointless war, we could have embraced peace so much more quickly, taken to live with the Silver Empress in her paradise."]
[02:53] <Sept> "Paradise?! There'll be nothing to call paradise if we spend all of our energy fighting an endless war until the seeds are reunited!"
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["Then stop fighting it."]
[03:03] <Sept> "You don't understand! It has to be the both of us! Call off the attack! It's more than death you're giving them, you're..!"
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["I have no authority to do that. I am but a faithful girl, nothing more. If you want to speak to the Empress, then you may…"-
[03:05] <Minaplo> [The sphere began to shine, the humming turning into a vibrating…]
[20:33] * Sept winced as the pitch of the sound changed. "…yeah, I'll take that." He glanced at the rest of his party. "If something happens, just head back. Right?"
[20:39] <Minaplo> ["… You're really going to -touch- it?" Asked Asuka, astonished.]
[20:45] <Sept> "Yeah. What, you don't think a synch test is any less suspicious?" He reached out to the orb.
[20:48] <Minaplo> [He touched the orb. It felt perfectly smooth and cold as ice, but the moment he laid flesh against the surface it reacted.-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [The soft shining light brightened into a blinding white glare. Asuka and the Spectre immediately tensed, alarmed, as Sera was consumed by light.-
[20:49] <Minaplo> [The Sphere's surface became warm… Then intensely hot as its surface roiled with energy.-
[20:59] <Minaplo> [He could see…?!]
[21:03] * Sept was prepared for some shock, but he still swore at the pain as the orb activated, groaning as he tried to make sense of the flood of information.
[21:15] <Minaplo> [The energy rippled over the sphere, which became unbearably hot. The skin on his hand began to blister-
[21:16] <Minaplo> [The sound that filled the air shook the rafters above with its force- Asuka clapped her hands over her ears as the orb screamed-.
[21:16] <Minaplo> [The blisters boiled, and flames began to break out on Sera's flesh. They spread- rapidly- and suddenly the hand was -burning-.-
[21:16] <Minaplo> [He couldn't pull it away. He couldn't pull it away!]
[21:31] <Sept> "Stop…" he murmured as the pain started to creep deeper into his hand.-
[21:46] <Sept> "YOU UNDERSTAND NOTHING!" Sera screamed over the noise, his knife making a wide arc and impacting with the orb right by where his other hand was attached.
[21:48] <Minaplo> [His knife didn't have the mass or force to slice through the alien material of which the orb was forged- but the blade cut deep into it, filling the air with sparks. The orb shone brightly for a second- before its energy was expelled in a single burst, sending Sera flying clear across the room.-
[21:58] <Minaplo> [The light and the impact dazed him- he couldn't see. The burning heat in his hand had greatly cooled, however.]
[22:02] <Sept> "Ughh…" He tried to feel around, to get up, left hand recoiling at the touch of anything. "No luck…"
[22:03] <Minaplo> [Someone grabbed his shoulders. "Idiot, stop moving- just, sit down for a second…"]
[22:07] * Sept flinched at the touch, but soon calmed down, right hand supporting his left as he tried to assess the damage. "My glasses..? My knife."
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["Your knife is fine, idiot, way better than even yourself. You shouldn't have touched it! Oh, it can't be worse than synchronisation, herp herp herp, my name is Sera de Pteres and I think it's funny to touch angelic artefacts with my bare hands mrrmrmrrmrmrm- you idiot."]
[22:15] <Sept> "They don't understand… there's something we're missing, Asuka. A god could sort this."
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["What the hell do you mean? Stop babbling and speak English!"]
[22:34] <Sept> "She's upset. The Empress is. This is all vengeance for… for what? There's someone operating between the two sides. To find a solution to this – a solution beyond the destruction of both sides, you need an omniscient god to see it from both perspectives."-
[22:36] <Sept> Sera righted his glasses, vision finally returning. "Mother."
[22:39] <Minaplo> [Just in time for him to receive a ringing, forceful backhand to the face.-
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["Get a hold of yourself!" Snapped Asuka.]
[22:48] <Sept> "He- stop that!" Sera took a deep breath through gritted teeth. "Check… the other rooms. I'll catch my breath."
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["Then if we do that, you should do something useful. Look." Asuka pointed at where Sera had hit the wall- the impact had opened a secret door just to the left of the impact.]
[22:53] <Sept> "See. Calculated as shit. Ungh." Sera tried to muster some strength into his legs.
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["Look, I'll go explore the other rooms. The Spectre- eh, the bitch can do what she wants. Don't kill anyone." Said Asuka, stalking out of the room.-
[22:55] <Minaplo> [The Spectre was standing by the pedestal that had contained the orb- she bent down, picked up the ruined fragment and pulled the knife from it, flinging it into the wall near Sera for ease of recollection. She then turned her eyes toward the cultist girl, who was lying against the wall, staring at them both mildly curiously.]
[22:58] * Sept slowly got back to his feet, walking over to the passage Asuka had pointed out. "Just keep her there for now," he said to the Spectre.
[23:00] <Minaplo> [The Spectre knelt down and gazed at the girl, the unfeeling glass-like eyes of the helmet glimmering with reflected candle-light.-
[23:07] <Minaplo> [The room was small, barely larger than a walk-in wardrobe, and smelled musty and dank. A table sat at the height of Sera's knees, covered in papers, which were themselves coated in scrawls. Papers were stuffed into pigeonholed cabinets all around the room.-
[23:08] <Minaplo> [But it was too dark to see or read anything. He'd need a candle or a light source to read.]
[23:10] <Sept> He holstered his knife to instead take out his flashlight, browsing the papers gingerly with his burned hand.
[23:17] <Minaplo> [Of course, the first thing he's notice was that the walls too above the cabinets were covered in spidery handwriting, sometime entire pages' worth of information written neatly row-by-row in tiny writing, sometimes huge untidy scrabbles of one or two words each. Words like 'Empress' or 'Angel' or 'Pilot' or 'NERV' or 'Seed'-
[23:21] <Minaplo> [On one wall he had placed a hugely complex network of pictures, linked together by arcs of ink with small descriptors of relationships or ties, sometimes a simple line to and from, sometimes two or three to represent discordant relationships. From a glance Sera saw himself, Yanmei, Aline, Isaiah, Shinji, William, the Ayanamis, the NeoSpartans, other pilots, the NERV command team, the Directors, the HIC, the Evangelions, Sera's schoolfriends, Anselme…-
[23:24] <Minaplo> [The pages were covered from top to bottom in words. Gamelin's personal diaries were very exhausting to read; he mentioned troop movements, idle plans, food, things he saw or remembered, then would discuss other things. Several times the word Excaliburwas inserted as a non-sequitur, dropped without context into the middle of a sentence.]
[23:29] <Sept> "We don't have time for this…" he muttered, and started stacking the diaries, briefly leafing through each of them for anything on their immediate attack plans.
[23:32] <Minaplo> [A few diary entries noted brief outlines, or asmuch as could be gleaned. They mentioned mass assaults on the Geofront, and boarding the Battleship; and mentions of planting positron bombs in both also came up.]
[23:35] <Sept> "This we can use… it wasn't for nothing."
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["KAAAH!"-
[23:41] <Minaplo> [The sound of distant crashing from another room.]
[23:42] <Sept> "Shit!" Some of the diaries toppled over to the floor as Sera left all of them in the cabinet, bolting for the door.
[23:53] <Minaplo> [He'd soon find the source of the disturbance as coming from the direction Asuka had gone. Running in that direction, he'd come to a room- it looked like an armory, although most of it had been stripped bare.-
[23:54] <Minaplo> [Asuka was looking angry and embarrassed, a huge glove on her left hand menacing with sharp, lethal claws. They crackled with energy.-
[23:54] <Minaplo> [The glove-claw was also embedded in the wall.]
[23:55] <Sept> "…"
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["Uh." She tugged.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> [The glove pulled itself free and promptly slammed itself into the other wall, pulling her along for the ride.]
[23:57] * Sept took a step back as Asuka flew past her again. "A… possessed weapons storage?"
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["No, it's just- I think I hit the super-powered mode, and this stupid thing was made for Iron Guard, it thinks I can pick up a house! Yagh!"-
[23:59] <Minaplo> [Asuka wrenched it free, pirouetted perfectly in four resolutions, and was then launched past Sera's shoulder and through the wall.]
[00:01] <Sept> "How did you turn it on?" Sera yelled after her, alarm creeping into his voice. "How do I..?"
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["There's a… A switch or something on the wrist."]
[00:03] <Sept> "Just… stay still then, don't impale me!" He chased after her, trying to get a grip on the thing.
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["Well it's ok -now-."-
[00:06] <Minaplo> [Indeed, Asuka's original problem seemed to be that she embedded the first so deeply into the wall that the switch was obscured. Now she was lying halfway through the wall and thus the switch was quite easy to grab- although her right arm was pinned on the other side.]
[00:07] * Sept hesitated once, then half-closed his eyes and reached out to turn the switch with his one remaining good hand.
[00:08] <Minaplo> [The switch had three settings. If he turned it all the way to the left, presumably that'd turn it off; but there was a middle setting that, theoretically, would let Asuka or Sera use it without propelling them through the air.]
[00:11] * Sept turned it down to the middle setting, then quickly backed off, right hand hopefully still intact.
[00:11] <Minaplo> [Asuka swung it- and this time it left a goodly hole in the floor, but didn't propel her through it.-
[00:12] <Minaplo> [The sound of sudden gunshots rang out, and Asuka's glove-claw narrowly avoided large-calibre bolt rounds.-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["Check your fire! It's us!"-
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["What the blazes are you two doing up there?" Snapped Joe. "You're makin' noise like two burnin' cats going at it in a sea of tequila!"]
[00:15] <Sept> "You- Just shut the fuck up, we'll be there in a moment!" A deep breath. "This was what you found? They didn't have a comms base here?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["No." Said Asuka irritably, struggling out of the wall. "There was a room that looked like it might've been but it's been stripped."]
[00:18] <Sept> "…right. Any more of these weapons in there?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Just the one." She muttered, pulling it off. "You take it, I don't want the stupid thing."]
[00:21] <Sept> "If you want." Sera caught it, refraining from putting it on just yet. "I'll grab the diaries I found, I'll meet you downstairs. Okay?"
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
[00:24] * Sept headed inside the chapel room and started collecting the notebooks again, checking to make sure the ones with the information he wanted were still there. "Who are you, tranquil girl?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["My name is Selene Pelletier." She said quietly. "I used to go to your school, once. Don't you remember me?"]
[00:31] <Sept> "No, I didn't particularly pay attention to the people there. Are you happy here?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["Happy? Yes. This was a place that made sense. I lost my parents last year. This place offered solace, and… Explanations."]
[00:34] <Sept> "Why are you in such a high-ranking place? And how? Surely there's more common places of worship for you."
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["I am quiet and dedicated. I am Lord Mina's personal assistant, so I go where I please. I come where when I can but often I go elsewhere."]
[00:45] <Sept> "Alright. You're coming with us now, though. We need to ask you some questions once these battles are done."
[00:45] <Minaplo> [Selene got to her feet slowly. The Spectre gripped her arm to help her up, and let go once she was stable.]
[00:48] * Sept took the stack of diaries under an arm and turned to face the Spectre. "Escort her with us. Try to keep her alive if we get attacked, but… don't kill yourself over it. You're valuable."
[00:50] <Minaplo> [There was a dismissive sound from the Spectre. With one elegant sweep she tripped Selene and simultaneously swooping her up in her arms before brushing past Sera.]
[00:51] <Sept> "Right. You too." Sera followed, casting one last glance at the pedestal.

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