She Said I Hope The Lot Of Us Realize What S At Stake

[11:57] <Aline> It was a quiet afternoon. Weekend, nothing else going on… But there was more to it than that for Aline. She had been waiting for this moment, after solid weeks of training and tutoring, she /finally/ felt confident enough to read it. The book. /The/ book, the one Gendo had given her back in Japan. Hands gently pulled it open, as if understanding its contents suddenly made it volatile.
[11:57] <Aline> Maybe even dangerous.
[12:06] <AdEvaGM> [The book was organised into two parts- most of it was a rendition of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Vedic epic that formed a basis of Hindu scripture; but the small portion at the end was rather different, instead being something simply titled, "Notes by Elisha Caine (annotated by Ikari Gendo)".]
[12:10] * Aline was at least /somewhat/ relieved to learn that much of it was a known work… an entire book of secrets might be a bit /too/ daunting. But… Well, she already heard some of the parallels to that particular mythos before, so… Now was the time to see what the heck Elisha found in it. Since… since it seems to stand at the heart of the matter. Fortunately for her, Aline had already
[12:10] * Aline researched the Bhagavad Gita months ago, after learning from Kaworu about the names given to the intended roles of the Paris-2 EVAs, in the course of digging for the truth - so this could be internalized /completely/.
[12:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Notes: by Elisha Caine (annotated by Ikari Gendo)". The handwriting was neat and precise. "The Bhagavad Gita speaks to us of many things, but core amongst its principles are two tenets: the tranquility of action (as opposed to the temporal goals of said action) and the inevitabilities of life: life leads into death, death into life. It is perhaps a natural state of things, and ties in well to my findings on the Cycle of Reincarnation. However, as further studies have shown, the reading of the Bhagavad Gita gives us an insight into more than just Indian philosophy; it is here in these themes that we find the very reason for our existence, the reason our world was colonised by the First Ancestral Race five billion years ago, and why Adam and Lilith exist."]
[12:18] * Aline raised a /brow/. So… so not even the seeds were at all 'primal'. Even the creators had creators. A tree from which they fell. She studied /far/ more attentively now, because this… well it didn't change everything, but it did bring new depth to it.
[12:39] <AdEvaGM> ["But first, we must begin with the contents that led us to the discovery of Adam and, in time, Lilith; that is, the Dead Sea Scrolls. Found in 1947 by my father, Jeremiah Caine, and his associates-" (Gendo has written here, "Yutada Ikari; possibly Shardlake?") "the texts were purported publicly to be ancient documents related to the Hebrew Bible, Judaic life and other such things; in reality, these were mostly inconsequential data. The actual Dead Sea Scrolls found by my father were five billion year old manuscripts relating to the history of the First Ancestral Race, the existence of Adam and Lilith, and finally the most astonishing find of all: the existence of a metaphysical force known as the AT Field."]
[12:44] * Aline muttered slightly… "How can a document even last…" But she shook her head. To be here, to have this life, to have /all/ of this reality around her, meant it did exist. All those things have come to pass.
[12:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Fast forward to the year 2000. My colleague, Dr. Katsuragi, who worked with me in formulating my theory on the existence of a Super Solenoid Engine, travels to Antarctica to attempt to find and harness the power of Adam. I remain behind in Germany, studying history and geological studies in an attempt to find the location of Lilith. Dr. Katsuragi discovers Adam in Antarctica, along with a supremely important relic: the Lance of Longinus. Something goes wrong, and Adam wakes up and explodes. What record we have of that event from surveillance and a witness" (Gendo has written: "Katsuragi Misato") "lends evidence to the idea that Adam unleashed its store of souls into the world, that will eventually mature and attempt to reunite with their parent. Given Adam's nature, these 'Children of Adam' are likely to be exceptionally powerful." (Gendo as written: "He was right.") "However, the earthquakes that wrack the earth also reveal the 'Black Moon', Lilith's egg, under northern France; in 2001 an expedition consisting of myself and a few others successfully penetrate into this egg and find Lilith, damaged and broken for reasons unknown. We relocate her to Germany to begin study."]
[12:55] * Aline stared, and then… nodded to herself. "Created… I see. I /see/." This continued to change things. And make things even /more/ uncertain.
[13:04] <AdEvaGM> ["The product of that research is now well known by those who might read this. AT Field production (although, I believe, the first human AT Field production was in late 2000, by myself)" (Gendo has written, "Possibly referring to AT synchronisation between himself and Fontaine") ", the start of Project E; and, last but not least, deep insight into the history of our world and our own race. Because we found something very interesting in Antarctica. The Lance of Longinus was embedded in Adam, keeping it paralysed and disabled. That much was obvious."-
[13:04] <AdEvaGM> ["What was not obvious until study was that the soul of Lilith was embedded in the Lance."]
[13:09] * Aline shook her head, and actually shut her eyes in pain. She still remembered that sensation, dreamed or not. It was forever associated with the Lance, to her. But even so… To realize where Lilith's soul was!
[13:19] <AdEvaGM> ["The Dead Sea Scrolls hold information regarding the Lance of Longinus. Specifically, both Seeds of Life- Adam and Lilith- were granted a Lance of Longinus. With this information we began to piece together what happened. Adam came to this world naturally, and first; Lilith's arrival here was by accident, because the Seeds were never meant to meet or try to colonise the same planet; the Seeds create mutually exclusive environments for their offspring; furthermore, Lilith's arrival seems to have been far rougher and more ad hoc and her Lance seems to have been completely destroyed. When we realised this, it all came together. The Lances are -not- just powerful weaponry. They're security devices. They're sentient beings, given a limited amount of self-empowered will centred around one goal: to prevent two Seeds from both being awake at once, on the same planet; and to -certainly- prevent these two Seeds from meeting and merging."]
[13:24] <Aline> The last bit… well, it certainly gave Aline pause. Now what is the deal with /that/, hm? Though… well. An accident of an accident. Humanity is double not-meant-to-be. How… quaint. Nonetheless, she continued, consternation starting to grow on her face.
[13:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Thus, we know- or at least have a strong theory- on what happened. Adam's Lance detected two Seeds present on the Earth. It awakened and struck Adam down, sealing her. Lilith detected Adam, and moved in to try and consume Adam; the Lance struck her down and disabled her, draining her soul, but not before she was able to produce a small number of Adam-Lilith hybrid children" (Gendo has written: "The Disciples; supposedly Lilith's favoured children, but actually as much a corruption of her true purpose as we are"). ". Following that, however, Lilith became inert and her blood- LCL- seeped into the Earth and would, over time, give rise to biological life and eventually, us."]
[13:35] * Aline frowned. Frowned deeply. "Then that was… Lies. Lies, or ignorance." She could feel growing trepidation, but she'd finish this!
[13:41] <AdEvaGM> ["The question one might ask is 'why?' The Seeds have the same creators, and are clearly compatible on a metaphysical level. In fact, one AT Field is essentially identical to another on a conceptual level, regardless of whether it is Adam, Lilith, or human. The answer lies in the roots of what I call 'AT Civilization': the history of the First Ancestral Race, as shown in the Dead Sea Scrolls."]
[13:43] * Aline now studied ever-more-raptly, trepidation washing away, because now. Now she could almost feel whatever truth was waiting.
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> ["The First Ancestral Race existed over five billion years ago. Their origins are unknown. What is known is that they were beings of immense power, each one of them gods compared even to Lilith or Adam (who are gods compared to us!). Their civilization was impossible for us to really imagine, given our own history: it was peaceful, post-scarcity, with no need for physical resources, expansion- essentially, no needs at all. The people of this Race were immortal, undying and unaging with supreme control over their own forms as well as having an intimate, unmatched understanding of technology and science."]
[13:51] * Aline pursed her lips together. Somehow, rather than amazement at the possibility described, Aline's face instead furrowed with lines of worry.
[13:59] <AdEvaGM> ["At the beginning of this work I noted that the Bhagavad Gita stated that the tranquility of action brought about enlightenment, not pursuit of material goal; and that there were inevitablities to life. Life leads into death, death leads into life. Both of these things were ignored by the First Ancestral Race. They lived endless lives without death; but without death they had no reason to create. They were capable of great action, but with no material goals left they did not act. The leaders of this civilization came together and realised the same thing: the First Ancestral Race was plagued with apathy and inactivity. Without need to expand, the galaxy remained untouched by their radiance; without need for resources, they did not feel the rush or the drive of human beings with their small, limited lifespans. The First Ancestral Race was stagnating into eternal stasis."]
[14:04] * Aline nodded to herself. She felt right. And for the slightest moment, she had this odd twitch. "Hey. What do y-"… Then shook her head. "Right."
[14:18] <AdEvaGM> ["The leaders decided to enact a gambit that they called 'The Great Reincarnation'. The leaders concocted a plot in which the world upon which the Race dwelt would be doomed to complete destruction, a destruction so terrible and inevitable that not even these godlike beings would be able to halt it. But the civilization would not be destroyed itself. Instead, they forged a plan to save themselves and to hopefully bring about the revitalisation of their people. They would divide their incredible powers into two halves; one dubbed the Fruit of Life, which is immortality, limitless energy, naturality, the power of unlimited absolute territory; and the Fruit of Knowledge, which is science, artificiality, technology, creativity, invention, unlimited intelligence, and passion for discovery. Finally, they created seven 'Seeds of Life', beings of immense power that would embody either one of these Fruits. These Seeds were placed within seven Moons, along with a Lance of Longinus and a detailed repository of knowledge on the Seeds, the First Ancestral Race, the Lances, AT Fields and other such things. The Seeds were not to meet and certainly not to merge; a merged Seed of Life and a Seed of Knowledge would produce a fascimile of the First Ancestral Race themselves, thus only achieving the same false apotheosis the First Ancestral Race themselves had achieved instead of doing what was right, which was to seek out their own path amongst the stars before meeting the descendants of other seeds and forging a united whole only after they had had time to form their own unique strengths."]
[14:21] * Aline stared even deeper. Her eyes widened, and… She knew. More than ever.
[14:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Finally, they performed the last act that would preserve their race for the future. They reduced their people's bodies into souls, divided them into seven groups, and placed each group into a Moon. These souls were the original Souls that Lilith and Adam possessed when they arrived to Earth. In that time, Lilith has produced billions of more souls as people have been born, but the souls of the original- the souls of those who were once beings who lived as members of the First Ancestral Race five billion years ago- have remained in the Cycle of Reincarnation ever since. Each Moon contained a manifest of these souls, recorded in the Dead Sea Scrolls. For Adam's Moon it became the Angelic Prophecy; the list of the twenty-five Children of Adam that we expect to strike us in the next decade.-
[14:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Lilith's manifest became the Marduk Report."]
[14:33] <Aline> "So that's it." Aline couldn't really resist talking to herself. It was… appropriate for something so momentous. "Hundreds of lives, beginning with one grand but empty one - …and but two for them, then and now." She sighed deeply. "I hope the lot of us realize what's at stake."
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> [Gendo has added a note. ("It is in fact true that the A and E Genes are not passed on genetically but are seemingly random mutations. Presumably from the presence of these ancient AT Fields.")]
[14:39] * Aline nodded her head. After that… after that, that was simple enough to conclude. She chuckled absently, but her monologue was over. At least over in spoken words.
[14:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Lilith and Adam are nevertheless determined to consume the other, out of the same ambitious drive that leads them to creating life in the first place. They seek to strengthen themselves and their brood by the simplest methods possible. However, to think them as simple creatures is the height of foolishness. Lilith's soul, her writhing subconscious, wields a global power: the metaphysical entity known as Destiny."]
[14:52] * Aline blinked in almost open shock. That wasn't metaphor?!
[15:00] <AdEvaGM> ["The Seeds of Life are beings of immense power, but no power is as poorly understood as that of Destiny. Destiny is used to describe two separate, but loosely related concepts: Low Destiny and High Destiny. Low Destiny is the effect of random chance on a person. For example, a flood devastates a harvest, sending a man destitute, who then proceeds to steal from others, driving another to suicide; these events, unplanned and unrelated, nevertheless have a chain of causality that always starts with the natural world. It is the typical curse of humanity; Adam's offspring, being born of the Fruit of Life, will no doubt have powerful AT Fields and natural S2 Engines that render them immune to the whimsical vagarities of the natural world."]
[15:08] * Aline had already, actually, thought of that. She even mentioned that a lot to Voriel during their talks. The effect of random chance, thieving one's freedom from them.
[15:11] <AdEvaGM> ["The power of High Destiny is altogether more metaphysical. It is nothing more or nothing less than the ability of a Seed of Life to influence the AT Fields it has created; more than that, to direct them towards certain goals, and in extreme, active cases, actually read the thoughts of an individual and force them to think or perform actions that the Seed dictates, often without that individual being aware that they are, in fact, being influenced or controlled. High Destiny is the power of absolute control."]
[15:12] * Aline …found this extremely troubling. Words couldn't even describe how troubling.
[15:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Fortunately, there are two things that reduce the threat of this power."]
[15:21] <Aline> ! …Tell us more, Mr. Caine! That… basically is what Aline felt right now. She /needed/ to know that.
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Whilst Lilith is in her weakened, disembodied state, the power of her High Destiny is severely limited in scope to mild manipulations and actions. Although still powerful, these abilities lack the absolute ability to turn a person into a direct puppet. The other thing: should Lilith be returned to full power, the power of her Destiny will affect every living thing on Earth- except for one thing, created as a fascimile of Adam, and empowered by the soul of a Lilim, forged into an image of God itself."-
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> ["The Evangelion."]
[15:28] * Aline nodded, nodded again. "…I understand. And such an Evangelion…" …00 was dangerous. Dangerous things had immense power. And if that power protected her… A broad smile crossed her lips.
[15:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Many things remain a mystery about Lilith and about our people. But I have come to a logical conclusion. I found Lilith- but there exists the possibility that Lilith wanted to be found. I cannot know if my actions or thoughts are my own or those of Lilith. Whilst I am so affected, my own plans and hopes will never bear fruit. My work with AT Fields have unlocked the answers to many questions- indeed, I have gained a fragment of my own memories before the Great Reincarnation began. Lilith's Moon belongs to it, but it was not Lilith who created it. I was amongst those who decided that the Great Reincarnation must take place. I was amongst those who shaped the Black Moon into what it was. For the past five billion years my soul has been chained to Lilith, and it has all come down to this one point. The logic is clear: I will become Evangelion myself."]
[15:38] * Aline knew it was to be this way. Knowing that he was such, after all, was old news. But… even if they purport to chain him with human technology… Elisha Caine is free. Free from the thing that truly is stopping him. Aline looked out the window - time had passed. She looked out it longingly.
[15:47] <AdEvaGM> ["I leave the rest to Gendo and Ginevre. They understand what to do."-
[15:49] <AdEvaGM> [Elisha's writing ended there… And Gendo concluded. "The Cycle- chain or purpose? To break the cycle or sustain it forever? That is the choice of the Evangelions."]
[16:00] * Aline took the book and closed it with a solid, surprisingly firm clap. She could almost /hear/ the guy's voice saying it. But then she grinned again. "I have my answer, Gendo." …The girl actually posed in front of her (full-length, /of course/) mirror, the grin sharpening into the kind of smirk solely reserved for people doing things way too dramatic to be real. "I submit it thus, and
[16:00] * Aline every cruel thesis spoken against this pure answer… I'll disprove them. Our destiny is love. Hope. Wonder. And Gods be damned, I will /forge it/." …A long breath. Aline was satisfied with herself, and dropped the pose. "Now, what's for lunch?~"

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