Sera's Syncreticism

(12:23:55) Sept: [Sept pushed on through the thick fog of the Louvre, passing by out-of-focus installations, monuments to his lives he couldn't quite make out through the fog. Why was he here, though? He hadn't died.-]
(12:23:59) Sept: [Had he?]
(12:36:17) Minaplo: [It was hard to tell. Death was hardly a new or unfamiliar concept to Sera, but that didn't mean it was predictable.-
(12:37:06) Minaplo: [Out of the fog he'd see a painting emerge, attached to a wall so featureless and blank that it barely existed. The painting was a swirl of colour- violent reds, stark whites, offensive oranges and vibrant neon greens…]
(12:41:16) Sept: "That's… not right." Yet, glancing back, he could see the haze getting denser, more menacing by the moment. Sera began to approach the mess of colours cautiously.
(12:46:32) Minaplo: [The colours reacted to his approch, starting to swirl clockwise.]
(12:48:59) Sept: A few more steps, the colors dominating more and more of his field of view…
(13:17:15) Minaplo: [It was as though he were looking at the painting with the wrong set of eyes. Just when he'd think he'd see a pattern forming in the swirls, he'd lose grasp of it.-
(13:17:49) Minaplo: [This happened several times… Perhaps there weren't any patterns at all. Or perhaps it was something he couldn't read.]
(13:20:07) Sept: Not much unlike everything else he had seen on his way. Hadn't this once been a place of refuge? Maybe there was another way through here…
(13:23:49) Minaplo: [Perhaps. There were other paths through the fog, he saw. Other doors.]
(13:30:37) * Sept was sure he'd never found anything in here - or his way out - by staying still. There had to be something in here he could make sense of.
(13:41:21) Minaplo: [The moment he walked through the door his foot sank into nine inches of LCL. And the door vanished behind him.]
(13:48:22) * Sept panicked, frantically looking for a foothold, but instead falling forward face first.
(13:56:08) Minaplo: [The breath was forced out of his lungs, leaving him stunned and dazed as the entire world around him shuddered, convulsing inward, then out again. A wave of LCL burst from the wall behind him, forcing it open, washing him away.-
(13:56:47) Minaplo: [He was forced with the tide, sent crashing along the floor and the walls- until it finally passed him over, leaving him in a corridor.-
(13:57:25) Minaplo: [The corridor was nearly without fog, although the very far end was indeed misty. But more importantly, it wasn't featureless. Mostly it was, but in the middle of the room was a massive diarama, encased in glass.-
(13:58:00) Minaplo: [The diarama featured a valley, filled with snow, erosion of billions of years having given the valley a very strange, ethereal appearance; stone pillars rose like the ribs of a giant beast.]
(14:02:43) Sept: Having coughed up the foul liquid from his lungs, Sera forced himself back to his feet, panting. Unsteadily, he approached the structure, trying to make out more details before another wave.
(14:04:44) Minaplo: [It was a forested valley, although it looked very cold. There were two figures standing within it.-
(14:04:55) Minaplo: [A tiny little Sera de Pteres, facing a mighty white stag.]
(14:08:18) Sept: It was painful to look at. For a brief moment, Sera had an urge to take the entire thing and smash it, to never remember it again. But he hesitated, and it passed.
(14:09:35) Minaplo: ["Nature wonders why you exist."]
(14:11:30) Sept: "It's not alone." Sera turned around.
(14:13:42) Minaplo: [Viviane sat against a wall, her legs hugged against her chest. "What are you, really?"]
(14:17:22) * Sept sat down by the diarama so that their eyes were level. "I don't think I'm unlike you."
(14:19:25) Minaplo: ["Why do you think that?"]
(14:24:10) Sept: "I'm not going to live forever. When I die, I have to rely on someone else, like a descendant, to fulfill my wishes."-
(14:24:46) Sept: "We've both lied to ourselves a lot, and keep doing so."
(14:28:07) Minaplo: ["You don't have any wishes."]
(14:36:03) Sept: "I don't?" His eyes turned downward in thought. After some time, he faced up again. "I still want you to have a world to live in. I want to get to know you again."
(14:36:38) Minaplo: ["You don't have wants."]
(14:38:38) Sept: "I'm sure I do. I just… can't pursue them, unless I get through this first. So it's pointless to think about them."
(14:38:54) Minaplo: ["You can't think about them." Viviane raised her head.-
(14:39:03) Minaplo: ["You're just someone else's dream."]
(14:42:15) Sept: "That's not true. I have a soul of my own..?"
(14:43:46) Minaplo: ["Does an Angelspawn have a soul? At best you are like an Angelspawn, just something created by a higher being to serve a purpose. You're nothing but a dream. The light that shines from you is simply reflected, coming from somewhere else."]
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(14:46:43) * Sept looked lost for a moment, eyes flitting about. "But why is that wrong? Can't I… I can still survive this, find a life. I've seen it!" His tone was pleading, not argumentative.
(14:47:54) Minaplo: ["Is that why you fight, dream? To become real? Or because fighting is why you exist? That's why you became a pilot, isn't it? The Eva made you feel real. Now you can't do anything without it."]
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(14:55:18) Sept: "One's just a crutch. I can make it without him. If I can just live in peace, not like in Raphael's world… There are still people who make me feel real."
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(14:57:16) Minaplo: ["You're lying to yourself."]
(15:06:52) Sept: "What can I accomplish by dying? It's one or the other. A pointless end isn't any better than continuing to serve."
(15:10:09) Minaplo: ["You don't understand. You're just a straw dog."]
(15:13:33) Sept: "I'm..?"
(15:14:18) Minaplo: ["You're nothing but a manikin, created by scared villagers to ward off evil spirits. So long as they need you to scare them away, you'll exist, but the moment the spirits are gone, the moment the dream ends, you'll be thrown away into the trash."]
(15:19:56) Sept: "But I -deserve- a life..!"
(15:22:22) Minaplo: ["Many dreams deserve to live, but they are just dreams." Viviane smiled. "What would you do with a life, once you got it?"]
(15:36:57) Sept: "This can't have been pointless, Viviane."
(15:38:02) Minaplo: ["Of course it can."]
(15:58:38) Sept: "But then I -should- just lie to myself..?"
(15:59:19) Minaplo: ["No. You should accept that you are just a dream."]
(16:00:53) Sept: "-Why-?"
(16:02:01) Minaplo: ["Because it is the truth."]
(16:04:47) * Sept lowered his eyes again, opening and closing his mouth once.
(16:05:13) Minaplo: ["What would you do with a life?"]
(16:09:01) Sept: "Forget..?"
(16:09:51) Minaplo: ["Forget what?"]
(16:16:10) Sept: "A life begins and ends. It shouldn't be interfered with by what comes before and after."
(16:18:01) Minaplo: ["But what if life has no end?"]
(16:22:00) Sept: "What does that mean?"
(16:23:41) Minaplo: ["The Ancestors, Adam, Lilith… The Evangelions, for them, eternal life is not so unlikely."]
(16:24:19) Sept: "I'm not… like them."
(16:25:11) Minaplo: ["You aren't." Said Viviane. "Why me…? Was it because you thought that this was a normal life?"]
(16:33:55) Sept: "I just thought you'd understand. You were made to fight, too."
(16:34:49) Minaplo: ["No. I was simply -changed-. You were -made-."]
(16:35:11) Sept: "…"
(16:36:21) Minaplo: ["We aren't the same. My life could have gone in many directions, but you were made for one purpose."-
(16:36:46) Minaplo: [The entire place convulsed, now, and the air was driven from Sera's lungs. He felt it reverberating in his stomach- the onrushing tide…]
(16:43:40) Sept: In a last effort, he tried to reach out to her, to stand up and cross the space between them. But he couldn't even make a sound, let alone accomplish such a physical feat.
(16:47:20) Minaplo: [The wave of LCL came, and washed them both away, taking the diarama and smashing it against a wall.-
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(16:48:04) Minaplo: [When the tide subsided, Sera was in another corridor, this one with more mist and fog. It was cold and a sharp wind bit into his flesh. There was only one thing in this room- a small stuffed bear.]
(16:56:32) Sept: "You…" Sera said, out of breath. "Are you here to tell me the same thing?"
(16:58:33) Minaplo: ["No." Came another voice. Natasha's. But it wasn't coming from Vassa.]
(17:02:58) * Sept took a step back, hesitantly tearing his eyes off Vassa and looking for the source of the voice.
(17:04:28) Minaplo: [Now Natasha was there, standing against a wall, smiling at him.]
(17:10:08) Sept: "I don't know what to do."
(17:12:08) Minaplo: ["That's alright. Not many people do."]
(17:16:12) Sept: "…"-
(17:17:03) Sept: "I'm going to have to betray something I believe in to do the right thing. Maybe everything. No matter which one the right thing turns out to be."
(17:17:30) Minaplo: ["What do you have to do?"]
(17:20:50) Sept: "I was made to help Elisha. And I was made to help Mary. And I want to help Aline and Yanmei."
(17:21:06) Minaplo: ["What does it matter what you were made for?"]
(17:29:14) Sept: "I don't have the strength to do otherwise. It'll ruin me."
(17:32:22) Minaplo: ["What if I said that wasn't true?"]
(17:35:18) Sept: "What do you mean?"
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(17:36:20) Minaplo: ["What if you could be strong no matter what path you chose?"]
(17:41:16) Sept: "That would change things."
(17:43:07) Minaplo: ["It'd mean you could live the life you wanted to live."]
(17:44:07) Sept: "Or at least try."
(17:46:45) Minaplo: [Natasha smiled and began to walk towards him.]
(17:52:01) * Sept looked at her a bit apprehensively. "It's going to be painful, isn't it..?"
(17:58:05) Minaplo: ["Of course. The question is for you to answer: is it worth the pain?"]
(18:00:46) Sept: "It's the only thing worth it."
(18:01:33) Minaplo: [She put a hand on his cheek. It was cold. But… Less cold than the rest of his place.]
(18:03:11) Sept: "I'm sorry about what happened to you. That you could never show me your city."
(18:10:43) Minaplo: ["What was I…?"]
(18:17:47) * Sept raised a hand to hold on top of hers. "The best friend I'll ever have. You listened to me. You brought me great hope for my friends' future. Hope that we could -be- friends, to begin with. The pilots. Despite everything."
[20:00] <Minaplo> ["A transient ether bond fading in the sun." Murmured the voice of Viviane, who was sitting against the wall once again.]
[20:02] <Sept> "What other kind is there..?" He said, not taking his eyes off Natasha.
[20:07] <Minaplo> ["The words of a dream, who has only ever felt reflections of reality." Murmured Viviane. "True bonds outshine such feeble things as suns."]
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[20:15] <Sept> "I'll find you, you know. Once the pilots are no longer needed. You can decide for yourself."
[20:17] <Minaplo> ["You'll have to find yourself first." Said Viviane.-
[20:17] <Minaplo> ["Don't worry." Said Natasha. "You've taken something from everyone, haven't you?"]
[20:23] <Sept> "Yes. They've helped me already."
[20:24] <Minaplo> ["What did you take from me?" Asked Viviane.]
[20:27] <Sept> "Your violin I used to get past your death. But I don't need it to remember. You freed me and so many others. I remember you in the feel, the scent… the taste of it."
[20:43] <Minaplo> ["You were the one who freed them." Said Natasha gently. "You did it all."]
[20:45] <Sept> "Did I forget her..?"
[20:50] <Minaplo> ["Right now, you need to try to not forget yourself." She murmured.]
[20:51] <Sept> "Of course. Of course… How do I..?"
[20:58] <Minaplo> [The world around Sera convulsed, and once again the air was expeled from his chest. He could feel the wave coming as the ground shook beneath him.]
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[21:06] * Sept tried not to let go of Natasha's hand, and prepared for the wave. You were supposed to relax, right..?
[21:26] <Minaplo> [The wave was too powerful. It gathered Sera up in its force and threw him to the ground- by the time he regained his senses, Natasha and Viviane were long gone- and his head hurt.-
[21:26] <Minaplo> [Above him was a statue in white marble of a beautiful, but stern-looking woman, wearing ancient armour.]
[21:34] <Sept> His lungs were on fire by now from all the stress, and coughing them free of the liquid was getting more painful each time. Supporting himself on a wall, he stood up. "Natasha, Viviane..?"
[18:08] <Minaplo> ["Why are you here?"-
[18:09] <Minaplo> [Ginevre was sitting against the back of the statue, her arms at her side, staring with empty eyes up at the roof.]
[18:12] <Sept> "I… don't remember. I was piloting, and they took her. Maybe I had a stroke?"
[18:13] <Minaplo> ["Who'd they take?"]
[18:18] <Sept> "Tsucchin. And several Evangelions. 04. 01."
[18:18] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
[18:20] <Sept> "I don't know."
[18:32] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
[18:33] <Sept> "Ginevre..?"
[18:37] <Minaplo> [Ginevre slowly got to her feet, turning to look at him. Her gaze was brutal, piercing, and made him feel- fell.-
[18:37] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
[18:46] * Sept took a step back, the creeping fear at the peripheries of his mind suddenly taking hold. "Please, stop. You have to understand..!"
[18:48] <Minaplo> ["Why don't you know? Elisha would know! He wouldn't accept this! He'd find out! What are you doing? Why don't you know?"]
[18:53] * Sept stopped his retreat, familiar emotions welling up again. "I- I haven't been able to remember all of it, alright?! I don't remember you having any choice in this – I'm still going to make it better!"
[18:54] <Minaplo> ["Don't make promises you can't keep." Murmured Viviane, reappearing sitting on top of the statue's shoulders, staring down at Sera dispassionately.-
[18:55] <Minaplo> ["Don't you know what to do, Sera?" Asked Natasha sadly, tucked in under the statue's legs.]
[18:58] <Sept> "What happened the last time I listened to you? I'm going to make myself remember everything, and -then- I can start to untangle this mess."
[19:14] <Minaplo> [Ginevre approached.-
[19:15] <Minaplo> [She towered over Sera, he'd see, and every bit of her was as menacing as the cold marble and silver of that statue. "You need to know."]
[19:16] <Sept> "I WILL!"
[19:17] <Minaplo> ["Then hurry up and do it already!"]
[19:31] <Sept> "I've been trying – I couldn't risk losing everything when there could be a safe way, but…" With some effort, he looked away from Ginevre, to the side, briefly glancing at the two other figures behind her. "But I'm losing myself already. This isn't going to get better."
[19:44] <Minaplo> [If Sera had been clothed, Ginevre would've grabbed the front of his shirt. Instead she gripped him around the throat, her hand tight like a vise, and hoisted him up into the air. "You have deviated, you have alienated allies and refused opportunities and everything you do buries Elisha deeper into failure and misery and I have had enough. Enough groping in the darkness, enough flailing about in the mists of your own mind. Use your thoughts. Tsubaki! Why! No more delays!"]
[19:53] * Sept gasped for air, lungs already all but giving up from the repeated drowning sensation. Ineffectually, almost lazily, he tried to get a grip on her hand. "Need m… time… to prepa…" he wheezed.
[19:54] <Minaplo> [Ginevre stared at him, eyes flinty.-
[19:54] <Minaplo> [And then she leaned forward, kissing Sera firmly, pushing air into his mouth, into his lungs, which suddenly burned. His head swam for a split second.]
[19:59] <Sept> Foggily, he tried to keep looking for those hands. What if the grip returned..?
[20:01] <Minaplo> [But it wasn't Ginevre's hands he needed to worry about. Someone else grabbed his arms, pulling him away. Viviane's hands dug into his biceps, her touch burning cold- his skin began to wither at it.-
[20:02] <Minaplo> [Ginevre grabbed him by the shoulders and tried to pull him back. Were they working together, or…?]
[20:05] <Sept> "What are you..?"
[20:07] <Minaplo> [The ground shook, the walls convulsing, Sera's lungs burning as the air was forced out. They didn't care, about the walls, or the room, or Sera's breathlessness, or the incoming wave. They kept pulling and tugging…]
[20:16] * Sept still didn't know if he was dead – nor whether or not this was just him finally not being able to take any more. Would they just sweep his remains away, whether that was a puddle or a lifeless body?
[20:18] <Minaplo> [The tide collected him, gathering him and washing him away, stronger than their grips. He was stolen from them.-
[20:19] <Minaplo> [And so he flowed, now, the current of the LCL propelling him along powerfully. It was painful, but it was also warm, infusing his body with energy, healing the damage caused by such icy touches.-
[20:19] <Minaplo> [And then he was unceremoniously propelled up onto a rock.-
[20:20] <Minaplo> [The rock sat within the middle of what looked to be a gigantic lake of LCL, beneath a natural cavern. All throughout the cavern were passages, through which LCL flowed.-
[20:20] <Minaplo> [Not a cavern. A heart.-
[20:21] <Minaplo> [In the distance, at the end of every artery and vein he would see what appeared to be shapes, flickering shadows, nothing more than the shadows caused by a false light. But it was all he knew.-
[20:22] <Minaplo> [The rock rose above him like a spire, jutting forth towards a certain point, a sign which it saluted like the centurion to the emperor. The sign was a glowing white moon, and upon this moon sat Tsubaki, unclothed and untouched by the world below. She was brighter than the moon.]
[20:30] <Sept> "Why did they take you?" he asked the moontsubaki, working his way to his own feet again.
[20:41] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki turned and looked down at him from her throne, and she smiled. It was angelic, beatific. She held a hand out.]
[20:44] <Sept> "What is it you want?"
[20:45] <Minaplo> [There was a sound, a far-off sound of beating wings. But Tsubaki wasn't the source, and she didn't change except to keep smiling and hold the hand out a little farther.]
[20:49] <Sept> "I don't know this place. How can I be here?"
[20:52] <Minaplo> [Was she saying something? It seemed like her mouth moved, but he couldn't hear anything- nothing but the beating of distant wings.]
[20:56] <Sept> "Come here, Tsubaki. Please, I can't keep you safe if you're up there."
[21:04] <Minaplo> [But she shook her head, her hair flowing like a wave pattern.]
[21:08] * Sept began to look for ways to fix this himself, then. Could he climb toward her? Run? And what -was- that sound..?
[21:10] <Minaplo> [The spire up towards Tsubaki was smooth, but it wasn't sheer- in fact it was like a spiral, a smooth ramp circling around the bone.]
[21:11] <Sept> So the trek began, reluctantly, with no small sense of foreboding.
[07:10] <Minaplo> [It was easy going, at first.-
[07:11] <Minaplo> [But before long the path began to become steeper, more vertical; and Sera would realise that the smoothness of the spire was now his enemy. He had nowhere to put his hands. No bars or restraints, or rocks…-
[07:11] <Minaplo> [The higher he got, the louder and closer that wing-beat sound became…]
[07:27] <Sept> "Tsubaki, please…" It took all of his concentration to stay upright – he'd never make it in time if he resorted to crawling. With step Sera grew more and more certain he'd lose his footing and plummet down.
[07:34] <Minaplo> [Steeper, but he was coming closer…-
[07:34] <Minaplo> [Much closer. He could hear what she was saying now, even though she was saying it so softly…-
[07:34] <Minaplo> ["Mother, mother, mother…"]
[07:41] <Sept> "TSUBAKI!"
[07:47] <Minaplo> [She looked over at him, her words stopping.-
[07:47] <Minaplo> [He was very close to the top now, close to that outstretched hand.]
[07:50] <Sept> "Tsubaki, why are you doing this, can't you come back with me..?"
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["Onii-chan… I wanted to be with mother." She said, smiling down at him. "All this time I wanted to be with mother, so I have been looking for her and trying to stay with her for as long as I can. But Onii-chan, I found something out today, something really important…"]
[07:59] <Sept> "Please, come down, Tsubaki…" His advance was, in addition to the steep, fatally smooth climb, hindered by hesitation.
[08:09] <Minaplo> ["But Onii-chan, look!"]
[08:16] <Sept> "…" Reluctant for a plethora of reasons, Sera turned away from the middle of the spire.
[08:17] <Minaplo> [He would see…-
[08:18] <Minaplo> [The rush of LCL, from so many places- little caverns and aqueducts pumping the orange liquid into this giant 'heart'. But from this high up the light of the Moon began to distort his view somewhat. The LCL seemed to be catching the light oddly, forming… Pictures.-
[08:19] <Minaplo> [They were split-second things, but they were there. Memories. A snow-crested Bastille, there for a second, and then gone. Bunting. A croissant. The fall of a roof, the sharp stab of pain before death, the…-
[08:19] <Minaplo> ["I was looking for Mother." Said Tsubaki. "Mother, Mother, Mother, where are you, Mother? But I found myself in this place."-
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["Look at all the pictures, onii-chan. They are all like a shattered mirror. All they do is give you glimpses and need to be put back together…"-
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["Onii-chan, I wanted to know why I was here in this place, but I saw all the memories of everyone coming here and I realised why."-
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["I was looking for Mother, but Onii-chan… I am Mother."-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [There was a horrid sound that filled his ears, the mix of a screech and a roar. It set his body shaking, trembling. He nearly lost his balance.-
[08:22] <Minaplo> [High above him, he saw the source- twelve white, pale, naked bodies, all with long black wings, beating in unison, flying in a perfect circle around him, their faces frozen in rictus grins, their red eyes popping wide, their hair blue.]
[08:27] <Sept> "-Tsubaki-… I can't…" He couldn't face away from the figures. Just the eyes were too much, seeing right through him into his soul…
[08:29] <Minaplo> ["Onii-chan, you're looking for Mother too, right?" She leaned down, now, reaching a hand out towards him, inches away from his face. "Don't you want to come to Mother…? I can make you happy again…"]
[08:34] * Sept was terrified of the offer, yet couldn't bring any distance between the hand and him. "No, not yet, I… I can't! They need -me-!"
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["Don't you wish to become one with me, Onii-chan…?" She smiled, and her smile was lovely. But it was terror. Even nightmares can be beautiful.-
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["You have been lonely for a very long time, Onii-chan. Come to me…"]
[08:40] <Sept> "You're too late… You're too late, I can't now…" Sera found himself wanting to apologise, tears welling up in his eyes.
[08:40] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry, Onii-chan." She said, looking away.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> ["I'm going to take you inside me forever, now. I know you'll understand… It'll be better this way. Mother is going to make it better for everyone."-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [-Wham-.-
[08:42] <Minaplo> [One of the flying harpies above swooped down, catching him around the middle. For a second it seemed as though he might inexorably plummet into the LCL, but instead it held on, clutching his biceps, hoisting him up.]
[08:52] * Sept was petrified. Even if he could squirm himself free, where else could he end up but the LCL? What had he done wrong..?
[08:52] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki smiled, and watched.-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [The harpy flew higher, higher, holding him up- and screeched, the sound filling his ears and driving away his thoughts.-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [It opened its mouth wide, the teeth sharp and serrated- and bit into his shoulder, breaking the skin and bone beneath, blood gushing from the wound.-
[08:54] <Minaplo> [The other harpies set in on him now. They bit into his leg- tearing the skin off, pulling the meat from the bone and swallowing it-
[08:54] <Minaplo> [He was food.-
[08:55] <Minaplo> [They held him up as they ate, slicing open his belly and digging their maws into it. He felt his insides torn out, saw them taking his stomach, his heart…-
[08:55] <Minaplo> [His vision began to blessedly fade, and with it the pain, but he would see, as his last sight, the burning red eyes of an Ayanami harpy, staring into his own, the mouth opening wide…]
[09:00] <Sept> Would this be enough for them? Maybe they'd forgive him for having tried to kill them, now.
[09:01] <Minaplo> […-
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["… Sister, you overdid it."-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [He was… Somewhere.-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [He couldn't see, it was dark, but he was lying down in bed…? Or maybe his eyes were closed…]
[09:04] <Sept> Did he have eyes? Maybe he didn't. Sera tried to remember what it was like to be alive. Was this anything like it..?
[09:05] <Minaplo> [It… It was.-
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["He's fine? Geez, you overreact…" Something was dabbing at his lip.-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [… His lip was wet.]
[09:08] * Sept tried to open his eyes. His hands were still there, weren't they? He tried to move his fingers.
[09:09] <Minaplo> [They were.-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [Yanmei was hovering over him, dabbing at his lip with a tissue. The tissue was bloody.-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [She was wearing a military uniform, a black, form-fitting, rather tight version of the Magistrates' uniform…-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [She wasn't the only person there, but Sera couldn't see the other yet.]
[09:11] <Sept> "Sis…ter?" he groaned, throat unresponsive and aching.
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["Here you go." She held a bottle of water out to him.]
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[09:22] * Sept made an effort to reach out and grab the bottle. "What happened?"
[09:25] <Minaplo> ["I probed your mind and made your nose bleed." Said… Yanmei? Leaning back and folding her arms. "It's totally gross?"]
[09:26] <Sept> "The nosebleed..?"
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. And your mind is full of a lot of naked girls… I had no idea you were so dirty?"]
[09:32] <Sept> "Stop. You were in my mind. You were… why I woke up?"
[09:33] <Minaplo> ["More like why you were asleep…" She giggled and leaned forward, rubbing at his nose again. "It's ok~ I didn't do any damage <3"]
[09:41] <Sept> "You didn't..?" Sera's eyes opened wide. All in one moment, the bottle was out of his hands and Sera was rising. His hands closed around Yanmei's throat as his knees found a stable, upright sitting position. "I WAS SO CLOSE! YOU HAD NO RIGHT- NO UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOU WERE TAMPERING WITH!!"
[09:43] <Minaplo> [He caught her off-guard, his hands fastening around her throat. "Hrk-"-
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["That's enough." Came the other voice. Someone else appeared, grabbed his arms and pried them off Yanmei's throat- easily.-
[09:44] <Minaplo> [It was a girl, wearing the same uniform Yanmei was wearing. She had black hair, tied into a bun, and startlingly familiar blue eyes. She held Sera's arms firmly, and stared him down. "Calm down."]
[09:47] <Sept> "She doesn't- I. Don't. -Dream-." He motioned towards Yanmei, to try and get the girl to understand. But his lividity was fading already.
[09:48] <Minaplo> ["I know. Everything you saw was the product of Joan's probing." Said the stranger- the strikingly familiar stranger- in a soothing tone.]
[09:51] * Sept gritted his teeth. "Why..?"
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["Akagi was taken by an Angel, and it was hoped that your mind might hold some clue as to why." She turned quizzically to Joan- for that is who the Yanmei-looking girl was.-
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I found out why." Said Joan.]
[09:59] * Sept turned to face Joan again as she spoke. One of his arms lay at rest at his side, now, the other still being held by the girl, if less forcefully. "You took Elizabeth."
[09:59] <Minaplo> ["That's me! I had to break your arm because you were being stupid, too? But I'm willing to kiss and make up if you are…~"]
[10:01] <Sept> "Why was she taken..?"
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["Her mummy wanted her." Said Joan with a shrug.-
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["You should worry about other things." Said the stranger. "You need to eat, to drink- you've been unconscious for nearly a week."]
[10:05] <Sept> "Her..? Tsubaki. Why did they take Tsubaki?"
[10:07] <Minaplo> ["Oh, that." Joan rubbed her face. "Eh, I'm not sure I should tell…"]
[10:09] <Sept> "You took it from me. You can't do that and leave me behind with those… visions."
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["Well you should know, then?" Joan scowled. "You're dense… Ugh. Akagi was taken because she's got half of Lilith inside of her."]
[10:15] <Sept> "…" Sera straightened out his legs and lay halfway back down on the bed.
[10:34] <Minaplo> [And a second later, the stranger had a dinner tray in her hands, holding it over him. A huge bowl of curry sat on it, still steaming hot. A spoon sat next to it. "I made it myself."]
[10:38] * Sept looked down at it, then back at the stranger. He only seemed to notice her now. His eyes squinted just a little, his mouth hanging slightly open, stuck trying to say something.
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["What is it?"]
[10:50] <Sept> "I don't understand… are you real?"
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["Of course." She said, holding a hand out for him to touch.]
[10:53] * Sept reached out, enveloping her fingers in his hand, holding them there for a moment. His eyes drifted back down toward the meal. "Who are you?"
[10:54] <Minaplo> ["I'm Agatha."]
[10:56] <Sept> "You're the sister..?"
[11:14] <Minaplo> [She nodded.]
[11:22] * Sept took the tray and lifted it onto his lap. He tried a spoonful of the curry, smiling a little.
[11:25] <Minaplo> [The curry tasted good! In fact it -suited- him just fine…-
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Ugh." Joan rubbed her face. "I'm gonna go tell Scholastica about this, then we'll make a report to ol' grumpface. Meet us outside the Dysses when you're done?"-
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
[11:36] * Sept continued eating. "I don't know those words. Who are you? Are you clones? I mean, you don't have to, if you don't…"
[11:36] <Minaplo> ["I'm as much a clone as you are." Said Agatha cheerfully.]
[11:43] <Sept> "I see." More spoonfuls of delicious curry.
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["You'll have to forgive Joan. She- is not gentle."]
[11:46] <Sept> "Of course."
[11:52] <Minaplo> ["Are you in discomfort?"]
[11:53] <Sept> "What do you mean?"
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["Physically, I mean. Do you feel- unwell? In pain?"]
[11:54] <Sept> "No, no, I'm fine. I feel good."
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["That's good. Is the curry good? I know you enjoy it, but you probably don't have enough of it these days."]
[12:04] <Sept> "It's very good. I've been missing it. Thank you."
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome."]
[12:12] <Sept> "What do you do at the Synfront, Agatha?"
[12:16] <Minaplo> ["I'm a Solomon Prime and a Dysangelion Pilot." She replied proudly.]
[12:19] <Sept> "Dysangelion..?" Sera paused, looking uncomfortable.
(14:07:49) Idrilyn: ["You don't need to worry about that just yet." Said Agatha soothingly. "You'll learn soon enough. Just eat up for now."]
(14:14:04) * Sept chose to believe her, for now, soon enough swallowing the last of the curry and setting the tray aside. "Thank you. Really."
(14:27:07) Idrilyn: ["You're welcome. There's some spare clothes here, and a uniform if you want it."]
(14:29:56) Sept: "Good. Am I free to move around the base?"
(14:30:14) Idrilyn: ["Ah. Well." She smiled. "We're not at the base anymore."]
(14:30:45) Sept: "-What-?"
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(14:32:48) Idrilyn: ["It's pretty heavily damaged, and it's not exactly suitable right now, so we've relocated elsewhere whilst it gets repaired."]
(14:39:02) Sept: "Ah, so… where is this? What about all the patients being held at the base?"
(14:42:00) Idrilyn: ["Well, they're mostly being treated wherever. They're fine, mostly… And I can't really tell you 'where'. Get dressed and I'll show you myself."]
(14:45:56) Sept: There was a certain sense of foreboding, at that. "I see. I'll be out in a minute, then."
(14:47:20) Idrilyn: [She nodded, and left.]
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(14:53:24) * Sept took out the Junior Magistrate's uniform, laid it out on the bed, looked at it for a while. But he couldn't possibly put it on. He got dressed in the simpler outfit prepared for him, and followed Agatha outside.
(15:12:05) Idrilyn: [The decor of this… New place was quite similar to the Synfront, but subtly different… Yet different in -familiar- ways.-
(15:12:10) Idrilyn: [It was an infuriating experience.-
(15:12:17) Idrilyn: ["You look good!"]
(15:13:23) Sept: Sept's brow was furrowed as he tried to find some kind of hint about the place. "Mmh. Let's go."
(15:20:00) Idrilyn: [And so they walked.-
(15:28:07) Idrilyn: [After ten minutes of walking, they climbed a flight of stairs, emerging into a perfectly round room. It had two features worthy of note- a single computer console in the middle, and the far right half of the room was made to recede.]
(15:33:07) Sept: "What's this place for, Agatha?"
(15:44:53) Idrilyn: ["Observation." She entered a command into the console, and the wall began to recede open, like an observatory.-
(15:45:00) Idrilyn: [Like an observatory.-
(15:46:00) Idrilyn: [There was some sort of hard, transparent material over the gap, now, but beyond that- a void. A space so empty that it screamed to be filled.-
(15:47:05) Idrilyn: [Millions, billions- quadrillions of stars in every direction, their full and crystal glory undiminished.-
(15:49:26) Idrilyn: [And directly above- why, it was nothing less than an entire world. A world of grey clouds- clouds that rolled back, and became like silver glass. For before them was a world of endless, clearest blues and verdant greens and unshifting, mighty, pale yellows and whites.-
(15:50:30) Idrilyn: ["Japan," Said Agatha, pointing. "China, Siberia… France will be up shortly, but you may want to hold your breath- it's a long way down."]
(16:04:27) * Sept felt nauseous, taking a step back from the sight, trying not to look straight at it. "Shit, you could've warned me!" he yelled, in an accusing tone.
(16:08:51) Idrilyn: ["I'm sorry! I wanted it to be dramatic!"]
(16:15:02) Sept: "Well, it worked!" Sera huffed in irritation. "Of course it's a nice view and everything, but…"
(16:23:27) Idrilyn: ["But…?"]
(16:29:03) Sept: "But it barely answers one of my questions," he said, turning away from the heavenly glory of the view. "What is this place for? How did I get here?"
(16:39:06) Idrilyn: ["This is a Battleship. You're familiar with the Dorian Lachapelle? This is one of those, called the Sword of Damocles. I brought you here from the ruins of the Synfront."]
(16:51:23) Sept: "A battleship..? How many of these are there?"
(16:53:35) Idrilyn: [She laughed. "Only two, now. The Dorian and the Damocles. Of course, Azariah scheduled three full Battleships, and a handful of smaller craft… He completed two, and the third, this one, was mostly unfinished. We finished it."]
(16:56:29) Sept: "I see…"
(16:58:04) Idrilyn: [Agatha looked up at Earth, sitting above them, her eyes wide. "… Earth. Do you think it's worth it?"]
(17:05:45) Sept: "Of course it is," he replied, staring into the abyss ahead.
(17:08:10) Idrilyn: ["If you could go anywhere, right now- where would you go?"]
(17:11:30) Sept: "Anywhere?"
(17:14:29) Idrilyn: ["Yeah."]
(17:15:45) Sept: Pause. "I don't know."
(17:18:37) Idrilyn: ["You don't?"]
(17:23:43) Sept: "Where is there to go, now? I can't escape this. I -literally can't escape people who both have spaceships at their command-."
(17:24:49) Idrilyn: ["But…" She looked back at Sera.-
(17:25:15) Idrilyn: ["If the Earth is really worth it, if it's worth all your pain, there has to be some place you want to go, or some place you want to see, even if you can't escape anything by going there."]
(17:29:00) Sept: "It's not worth it if I'm alone at the end."
(17:30:30) Idrilyn: ["But aren't we always alone at the end?"]
(17:32:26) Sept: "I don't think so."
(17:34:10) Idrilyn: ["So some are, some aren't?"]
(17:37:11) Sept: "I don't think we're talking about the same thing. Death is irrelevant in this."
(17:38:25) Idrilyn: ["You're talking to someone who knows that better than you do." She said softly.-
(17:38:58) Idrilyn: ["I just… Think it's sad." Agatha turned away. "That there's no one so important to you that you don't want to see them -right now-, and damn the future… Or the past. Or anything else."]
(17:42:15) Sept: "I… guess," Sera admitted with a hint of guilt. "But they'd be the ones to suffer if I did. And some of them will still be there once we're through."
(17:42:45) Idrilyn: ["You're too young to be so old." She said teasingly.]
(17:43:51) Sept: "How can you be so young?"
(17:46:58) Idrilyn: ["Is it possible to be so old that you become sick of being old? It's like that." Said Agatha, turning around and giving him a bright smile. "Worrying about this, about that- there are always things to be worried about, but there are also things to be enjoyed as well. And they might not come again…"]
(17:52:18) Sept: "Even at a time like this?"
(17:59:21) Idrilyn: ["Especially at a time like this."]
(18:02:53) Sept: "Hmph."
(18:03:34) Idrilyn: ["What?"]
(18:09:07) Sept: "You think you've done your part, had your fun, and now don't care if the universe ends because you made the wrong decision?"
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(18:25:15) Idrilyn: [She turned on her heel to stare at him. She didn't seem angry, just… Focused on him absolutely. "False dichotomy. People can't be divided into apathetic and completely involved. People do what they can, and that's what I do- I do what I can, and what I can do is a great deal. But… You're so worried about this and that, the world, Destiny, the Universe's fate, but you can't even
(18:25:15) Idrilyn: tell me whether there's a place or a person that you want to be with, right now. If you worry too much, you become nothing -but- worry… Just a puppet to fear."]
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(18:41:42) * Sept matched her stare - or at least tried to. He still couldn't quite face her without his mind starting to wander. "I can't possibly agree. 'Want' and 'enjoy' are what turn people into puppets. They're what cover the seams when you reorder things, intentionally or not. I still want to know if you or anyone else really brought me up here!"
(18:42:38) Idrilyn: ["So what do you want? For everyone to worry, all the time?"]
(18:48:18) Sept: "I want this to not last forever. But even if it comes to that, is the one life too much to ask for?"
(19:03:26) Idrilyn: ["But that's exactly what I mean." Said Agatha patiently. "Do you want anything at all for yourself?"]
(19:10:58) Sept: "Of course I do," he said in a strained voice, looking away into the void again. "It just… -doesn't exist yet-."
(19:12:17) Idrilyn: [Sera's skin began to crawl, suddenly.-
(19:16:18) Idrilyn: ["It is not his fault." Came a new, cool voice from behind him- astonishingly close behind him. "He is an incomplete being designed to fulfill a single narrow spectrum of life- he cannot comprehend things outside of it like 'want' or 'joy'. He is not fully developed like you or me. He is built around energy and fear, and whoever controls that fear controls him although he cannot see or
(19:16:18) Idrilyn: admit that and lacks the faculties to do so. He is the perfect puppet- so consumed around monolithic traits that he cannot even question the means by which he is controlled. Even now he fears to admit that you may be right, because doing so would admit that he wasted precious opportunities in the past that he will never have again."]
(19:25:42) Sept: "Unbacked insults. You're wrong." Sera turned around, as calmly as he could.
(19:27:06) Idrilyn: [Aline Blanc floated a foot off the ground. She wore the same uniform as did Joan and Agatha; her long white hair streamed out behind her, floating as though underwater. Her eyes were closed firmly, and she wasn't smiling.-
(19:27:41) Idrilyn: ["Scholastica!" Agatha frowned, folding her arms. "Please-"-
(19:30:52) Idrilyn: ["Consider, sister, that he treats the truth as an attack. Consider that, similarly, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia and go from there." She said in a cold monotone. "A human cannot fly and Sera de Pteres cannot accept the truth. Challenges to his narrow view are always threats, insults and attacks, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is not his fault. He was
(19:30:53) Idrilyn: not designed to think, only to do."]
(19:40:24) * Sept cocked his head slightly, taking in the scene for a moment, then began to walk again, past the white-haired impostor and into the corridors.
(19:41:00) Idrilyn: [… And right into an AT Field. He could not pass.]
(19:44:21) Sept: "And what business do -you- have with me?"
(19:45:01) Idrilyn: ["You are late. You were both supposed to rendezvous with Joan in the Dysangelion pens."]
(19:46:08) Sept: "Why is that? -You're- the esteemed pilots."
(19:48:39) Idrilyn: ["You want to know what they are."]
(19:50:52) Sept: "..very well."
(19:58:36) Idrilyn: [And so Scholastica turned and led the way, still just hovering a foot in the air. With a slightly put-upon sigh, Agatha followed on.-
(20:03:09) Idrilyn: [But as the journey continued, Agatha became a little outwardly nervous, starting to fidget.-
(20:05:27) Idrilyn: [But eventually they would come to a room that, like so much of what Sera had seen since he had awoken, looked very familiar, but was 'crooked' in some uncanny, intangible way.-
(20:05:42) Idrilyn: [It was undoubtedly an Evangelion pen, but the proportions were off, the shadows longer…-
(20:09:35) Idrilyn: [And the creature that dwelt within that cage was clearly like an Evangelion, but… off.-
(20:10:14) Idrilyn: [The body was white, made up with white armoured plates, but they weren't the advanced thick metal armour of EVA-01; they were ossified bone, growths.-
(20:10:52) Idrilyn: [Spikes jutted from its shoulders and along the back of its spine, which was slightly curved, reminding him in some ways of a bird of prey.-
(20:12:01) Idrilyn: [But the greatest, most jarring difference was the head. It wasn't the simple, utilitarian muzzle and armoured cap of EVA-01, or the elaborate, outlandish, insectoid headpiece of EVA-00, or even the animalistic vicious visage of EVA-05. It was…-
(20:12:20) Idrilyn: [It was a mask, a white blank mask, the only discerning feature being two wide black eyes.]
(20:19:59) Sept: "…" Sera began walking to the side, to get some idea of the thing's size. "How do they work?"
[21:24] <Minaplo|Out> [Joan rolled her eyes.-
[21:25] <Minaplo|Out> ["A Core containing the empowering soul, and an S2 organ to provide the energy needed." Said Scholastica.]
[21:29] * Sept continued staring at the dormant beast. "So the thing separating them from Evangelions is the maturity of their and their pilots' souls?"
[21:31] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yes." Said Scholastica. "You could put it like that."-
[21:31] <Minaplo|Out> [Agatha clapped her hands on Sera's shoulders. "What she means to say is that- well, Evangelions use #human# souls…"]
[21:40] * Sept stepped away from the touch. "Angels, then? How did she come up with the souls for these things - and you?"
[21:42] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's totally obvious?" Sighed Joan. "Where do Lilim souls go when they die? They go to Lilith. Where do you think Angel souls go?"]
[21:52] <Sept> "Hopeless," Sera muttered. "But you can't just extract souls as you want from it. Can you?"
[21:54] <Minaplo|Out> ["Azariah Caine did." Said Scholastica. "He extracted several Angels from the Cradle of Adam. He had the Cradle of Adam grafted into his body, trying to control it with permanent synchronization. He stored the souls in the Synfront, and that is how we were found, because ever since Azariah Caine died, the Cradle has been missing."]
[22:01] <Sept> "Ikari hid it. Whether or not it was stolen when he was killed…"
[22:05] <Minaplo|Out> ["Regardless, that is what we are." Said Agatha. "And that is how we came to be. Azariah stole us from the Cradle, and then Mary placed us in new bodies. Two new bodies, to be exact." She looked up at the Dysangelion. "Each of us are in two places at once…"]
[22:08] <Sept> "But why us? Just so #she# can be put on a pedestal to make a mockery of Yanmei in front of the world?"
[22:30] <Minaplo|Out> ["Actually, yes?" Said Joan. "That is one of my talents. I know how sweet Yanmei thinks, acts, I know when she's lying, what scares her, what she craves in the darkest parts of her heart… How to break her, too?"]
[23:08] * Sept turned to face her, now. "Yeah? And what's in it for you?"
[23:18] <Minaplo|Out> ["What, breaking her isn't enough of an incentive?"]
[23:20] <Sept> "Even if that might lead to the subjugation of your entire species."
[23:22] <Minaplo|Out> ["I don't cleave to your script, sorry. I'm not going to play my 'part' like that? I don't really think Zhang Yanmei is exactly out to make friendly with Angelkind. She hates us."]
[23:34] <Sept> "And the master of this ship? Of you and me? Could you stand up to her even once?"
[23:35] <Minaplo|Out> ["As much as you could."]
[23:37] <Sept> "Then we don't have to worry, do we?"
[23:39] <Minaplo|Out> [Agatha started to laugh. It was a refreshingly honest sound.-
[23:41] <Minaplo|Out> [Scholastica remained quiet and motionless, but Joan gave Sera a sickly little smile of her own.]
[23:45] <Sept> "Were you designed only to fight us, or is there something on top of that you can tell the councils?"
[23:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["We were designed to fight many things-"-
[23:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["Ahem." A new voice, coming from the door.]
[23:53] <Sept> "Oh wow, I was just thinking this party's still a few freaks short of a circus!" He yelled, crossing his arms to face the voice.
[23:55] <Minaplo|Out> [An Iron Guard stood on the threshold, in full armour- the armour of a Lord High Magistrate. He had thin, grey hair and a powerful, stern face. He was, of course, flanked by two Stormtroopers.-
[23:55] <Minaplo|Out> ["Watch your attitude, de Pteres." He said curtly.]#
[23:59] * Sept made a sidelong glance, betraying a hint of guilt. "My apologies, Magistrate. Maybe 'ringmaster' would be more appropriate for the analogy. Can we help you?"#
[00:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["De Pteres, you are to report to Logistics in order to be outfitted for duty." He said, curtly. "I have deployment orders for the Solomon Primes. Scholastica and Agatha, you have a free period-"-
[00:01] <Minaplo|Out> [Agatha smiled, and Scholastica even seemed to be floating a little higher.-
[00:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["Joan, they want you to take your other self out and try to locate Zhang. We're feeding you the coordinates of the Dirac trace-"-
[00:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["What, all 200 or so of them?!"-
[00:02] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yes, we want you to do them one at a time."-
[00:07] <Minaplo|Out> [Joan -simmered-, looking deeply bitter. "Yes, Lord Magistrate." She muttered, adding under her breath- "'Lilim doll'."]
[00:14] <Sept> It took a moment to get through the air he was trying to put on, but this time it was Sera's turn to laugh, sincerely and loudly, clutching himself and bending over.#
[00:22] <Minaplo|Out> [With a murderous look at him, Joan climbed up onto the edge of the railing and jumped off. A second later, her Dysangelion reached out and grabbed her firmly- yet not enough to cause damage- and tucked her in against its chest. The air stiffened around it- Sera's skin suddenly crawled- and a split second later both Dysangelion and Solomon Prime were gone.]
[00:26] <Sept> "Well. Good luck, both of you," he said, to the absent Joan and Yanmei. "I'm sure I'll see the rest of you around." And he took off for Logistics. Wherever that would turn out to be.

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