She Said What No A Trap

[19:22] <Dorian> [[Session 30: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 13th of June, 2016. Episode title: She said, "What? No… A trap…?"-
[19:23] * Dorian sat in NERV's Headquarters, staring up at the holographic screen pensively. The pilots should be arriving any second now…
[19:27] <Sept> And soon enough, Sera was there, looking well-rested and prepared. "Hello, Dorian."
[19:28] <Dorian> "Sera."
[19:29] * Yanmei tossed open a door and breezed right in, all smiles, seemingly composed, greeting the crew and technicians with amicable hello's. She was still in civvie clothes, naturally, having just arrived. "So! What's the situation this time?" she wanted to know, coming to a stop before Dorian and right next to Sept.
[19:29] * Aline arrived quickly enough, trailing a bit behind Sera by about half a minute, looking a little winded, but otherwise fine. "…Here."
[19:32] * Dorian nodded to Frederic, who pressed a button. The holographic display, showing a map of the world, zoomed in on Europe… Then in on the Alps- then finally on a small corner of Switzerland. A rocky, heavily mountainous area, with a frozen lake and what barely counted as paths… And of course, standing inert on one of those paths, was an Angel. The display displayed the Angel in another window.-
[19:33] <Dorian> [Object: FOURTEENTH ANGEL. Codename: Shoftiel.]
[19:36] * Aline eyed the result on the screen rather curiously. "…It's not moving?"
[19:36] <Dorian> "-They're- not moving."-
[19:36] <Dorian> [A carapace-like object encircling the Angel's torso was highlighted by the display. Another dialogue box opened up.-
[19:37] <Dorian> [Object: FIFTEENTH ANGEL. Codename: Ambriel.]
[19:37] <Sept> "Hmmmh…" Sera eyed the Angels critically. "Have they done -anything- after their arrival?"
[19:40] <Yanmei> "Attacking in pairs again," Yanmei muttered under her breath. "I guess they're waiting for us to show up or something? How considerate."
[19:41] <Dorian> "It fell over at one point."
[19:42] * Sept frowned deeper. "Because of the… snow?"
[19:42] <Dorian> "No, it just fell over."
[19:43] * Aline blinked a bit. "…Fell over." She did seem a bit… weird? Almost hopeful. "Hold on… I'm getting intel."
[19:46] <Dorian> "What can -it- tell us?"
[19:47] * Aline nodded. "Okay. The larger one… Shoftiel. Likely to be The Heart by title. Seems to be surprisingly emotional, and… had doubts about the Angels' mission. I wouldn't be /too/ eager for obvious reasons, but negotiation might be possible. It might be complicated by the fact that he does /not/ like Voriel… on ethical grounds. I can't blame him, considering." But then she looked
[19:47] * Aline into the distance, at the screen. "The other Angel is actually /controlling/ him. So we'd have to disable that one first to go for this plan."
[19:50] * Dorian quirks an eyebrow. "Indeed?"
[19:50] <Yanmei> "It's better than nothing? But it still leaves us in the dark as to their actual capabilities."
[19:51] <Dorian> "It hasn't shown any capacity yet except for clumsiness."
[19:51] * Aline nodded. "Well. I can expect the one controlling it is going to possibly try to do the same to us. Be careful of that. The other one… probably strong once 'angered'. If that makes any sense. I'm just guessing, since I /think/ combat capabilities aren't really what he's studied up on."
[19:53] <Sept> "Negotiate..?" Sera let out a dissatisfied little 'hmmph'. And a groan at the suggestion of a controller. "We'll be fine even if we don't know everything about them, if we just stick together…"
[19:55] <Dorian> "We'll see how it goes." Said Dorian, rubbing his chin. "Yanmei."
[19:55] <Yanmei> "Colonel?"
[19:56] <Dorian> "It's only fair that you give the order to move out." He grins.
[19:58] * Yanmei offered a tiny smirk back, and then cleared her throat, putting on an official-sounding voice. "Evangelion Pilots! Let's move out!"
[20:02] <Sept> "Yeah. Let's." Suddenly dispirited. Wonder why..?
[20:02] * Aline was a bit surprised, but… "Right. Let's do that!"
[20:06] <Dorian> [… And before long, they'd be climbing into their plugs and inundated with LCL; their Evangelions would activate and synchronise- EVA-01 had been equipped with the F-Type equipment. The graceful cyborg was now… Huge, a good fifteen metres taller, with massive dark green armor plates sheathing its body.-
[20:07] <Dorian> [… And as last time, the three Evangelions would be deployed by the supply elevator, and continue in their efforts to make Evangelion Carrier pilots obselete by taking to the skies under their own power.]
[20:15] <Sept> "Aline. Stay close, alright?" Landing preparations… complete. We have touchdown. Onto the ground. His shield seemed somehow… insufficient, now.
[20:16] <Yanmei> There was worry this time, beyond the usual stomach butterflies, as 04 was prepped and it lifted off. She kept a pleasant expression on, but she kept sneaking glances at 01 from her monitor during the flight, giving one last one before touching down on snow and rock, sending up a small white plume around 04's feet on impact.
[20:18] <Aline> 00 settled onto the loose path with a gentle pad, the already-giant EVA now dwarfed by the heavily-armored one Sera was piloting… and it itself was loaded down a lot. Now, it carted a surprisingly-familiar massive weapon, bolted to a support frame around its body. The Great Positron Cannon, the very same weapon that defeated Qaphsiel so long ago. Just carrying it slowed 00 significantly,
[20:18] <Aline> though…
[20:26] <Dorian> [Shoftiel was silent for a moment. The Evangelions didn't seem to register, until… It shifted, skittering across the snow towards the Evas; the mass on its back started to bubble, and black oily tentacle-like limbs burst out… And more… And more; these it directed in a giant mass at EVA-01 and 00!]
[20:26] <Sept> Incoming attack..! Sera stood fast between himself and 00, letting himself smile defiantly just a little. He could stop anything they threw at him or his family, now!
[20:26] <Dorian> [The tentacles were blocked by 01- but they wrapped around his arms and torso, locking him uncomfortably into place. He couldn't move…!]
[20:28] * Aline almost reacted, but… she suddenly blinked. "Ah… Ah! Thanks, Sera!"
[20:30] <Sept> "Nngh. No problem, Aline." Still, he didn't sound particularly distressed. "Just give me an advance warning if it tries to use Voriel's tricks, okay?"
[20:30] <Yanmei> "De Pteres! Are you okay? Can you break free?" In the north, Yanmei skittered closer, her AT field fading as she tried to bring down the enemy's.
[20:31] <Dorian> [Shoftiel reacted to EVA-04 immediately, a streak of rainbow light flowing toward the Evangelion and hovering about it.]
[20:33] <Yanmei> "A-ah?"
[20:33] * Aline stared a bit closer… and popped a window to Yanmei, while relaying it Sera and command. "Yanmei. That's a tracking beacon power. I… picked it up from studying Voriel's abilities. It will have a much easier time hitting you, and you'll be unable to hide. Be careful!"
[20:34] <Sept> "Yeah, I'm… just give me a second…" 01 squirmed around, freeing one hand… and soon finding himself in position to tear the rest of them off. "Be careful, Yanmei," he echoed. "I'll be there in a minute!"
[20:35] <Dorian> [Shoftiel turned immediately toward EVA-04, another horde of tentacles flying out and grabbing EVA-04 handily…!]
[20:36] * Yanmei was too distracted by the light to bound out of the way! "Crap!"
[20:38] * Aline focused carefully, working with some of the targeting hardware on 00. "I'm trying to focus. I only have 6 shots with this thing, so I have to make every one count. Hang on!" Controlled breathing. Trying to aim carefully…
[20:59] <Dorian> [Shoftiel… Reached out, a venomous blue tentacle streaking through the air at intense speeds. It ripped through EVA-04's torso completely and pulled out, secreting bright orange venom as it did so- which immediately began to burn into EVA-04's flesh.]
[21:00] <Sept> "No, no, no… Yanmei! Get back! We'll handle this!"
[21:02] <Yanmei> A strained cry from the entry plug! 04 convulsed, either involuntarily or a desperate attempt to move that didn't pay off.
[21:04] <Dorian> ["Yanmei…!" Marianne was frantic, trying to look over her controls. "Damnit…"]
[21:17] <Sept> The ground shook as 01 raced to close the distance to the Angels before it did something worse! It was heavier, and clumsier than what he was used to, obviously, but Sera was surprised to be able to still cover the distance without problems. A hasty swing at Shoftiel missed, but hopefully it'd be enough to taunt it into switching targets..?
[21:19] <Dorian> [The Angel was small. Especially compared to the giant Eva; it was, all up, maybe 30 metres tall. But as EVA-01 swung at Shoftiel, it vanished into nothingness…-
[21:19] <Dorian> [Appearing in front of EVA-00. With a rainbow flash, Aline's AT Field was neutralised, and a rainbow beacon hovered around her…-
[21:20] <Dorian> ["Wait…" Marianne slammed a console. "What? No… A trap…?"]
[21:21] * Aline stared… "What… No! Damnit!" 00 backed off, almost lumberingly slowly. It pointed the giant gun at the Angel, but it was that very weapon that diminished its ability to flee! "SEEEEEERAAAAAA! Get your ass back over here!"
[21:21] * Sept swiveled around, looking for his suddenly missing quarry. "Don't…" And he saw it. "You fucking -coward-."
[21:23] <Dorian> [Shoftiel unleashed a horde of tentacles at EVA-00, managing to come incredibly close to trapping it completely…]
[21:24] <Aline> …But 00 was, shockingly enough, faster than that. "No no no /no/. You can only get so many points for your stupid ambush!"
[21:27] <Yanmei> "Ngh…" One arm move pressed awkwardly to its midsection, 04 wobbled forward. "You… stupid Angel, making me… look stupid…" It touched off the ground and landed between Sept and Aline, its pilot uttering another faint growl under her breath.
[21:35] <Dorian> [There was a burst of light from Shoftiel's eyes, and a rainbow corona…-
[21:35] <Dorian> [Before a massive burst of energy ripped through the ground and across the Swiss mountainside! An Angel cross!]
[21:47] * Sept rolled to the side in time and dashed off after Aline, muttering something to himself repeatedly.
[21:57] * Aline had screamed in response to the attack, and only barely held on, 00's chest greatly burnt. Later, though, she shook her head… "About damn time. I have a chance here, and I'll have to wait a bit for it to cool before I can fire again. Here goes…!" …Pathetic. Couldn't even hit with her giant cannon at point-blank range.
[21:58] <Dorian> [Shoftiel shuddered momentarily as Sept's prog knife dug into its carapace- into what was, in reality, Ambriel- before it reared up, unleashing a wave of tentacles through the air and slapping 01 harmlessly… Or so it seemed. One of them grabbed 01's leg and, despite the Eva's immense size, picked it up and hurled it off a cliff!]
[22:12] <Yanmei> "De Pteres!" But she made herself settle down again. Like hell a little fall off a cliff with kill 01 when it was wrapped up in that thing! She dug her feet into the ground and scrambled in with a yell to take its place, bayonet thrusting forward! "Gonna try to slow it down!"
[22:13] <Dorian> [The progressive bayonet dug deep into the carapace that was Ambriel, ripping chunks of it away and revealing the pinkish flesh beneath…-
[22:13] * Sept yelled in surprise, but there was only a vague thump, unaccompanied by the pilot's commentary, as 01 landed and immediately bounced back through the air and into the fight! "How the hell does it do that?"
[22:14] <Dorian> [A shimmer in the air as EVA-04's AT Field was neutralised, a sliver of rainbow light floating around it once more…-
[22:19] <Dorian> [Then a horde of tentacles, snapping out and at the Evangelions! They smacked into 00's AT Field, and EVA-04 dodged, but EVA-01 was once again snared…!]
[22:22] * Aline stared forwards… and her eyes briefly passed over the GPC status readout. "Mm. Still charging." So, with a bit of focus… she resumed the markerlight lock she was holding… and attempted to hock an acid loogie at the Angel!
[22:23] <Sept> Sera's voice was wavering just a little. "Right. I th-think I have its attention. Tear that thing off..!"
[22:36] <Dorian> [The Evas were clustered around. Now was the time…!-
[22:37] <Dorian> [The tentacles formed a perfect triangular prism, which started to rotate, shining with sudden AT Energy. A rainbow corona, and a wave of prismatic force, shining with colour, burst out, ripping into the three Evangelions with equally lethal energy!]
[22:39] * Aline well. Cried out in pain! She was getting hit by the feedback hard… And not only that, but the support beams that were keeping the massive positron cannon in her grasp suddenly gave way, and 00 was left carting a gun too unwieldy to fire!
[22:41] * Yanmei was -screaming- as the LCL around her turned to liquid fire. Happening… happening again!! No no, anything but that! Anything- her yell, her thoughts, cut off abruptly.
[22:41] <Dorian> ["No! The synchronisation-!"-
[22:41] <Dorian> ["The nerve pulses are reversing! Damnit-"-
[22:41] <Dorian> "… All Evangelion units. EVA-04 has gone berserk!"
[22:42] * Sept kept himself under control for now, though the force finally pierced and dug into his armor. "Just k-keep it up, we can— oh."
[22:43] * Aline bit her lip. "…As long as we keep clear, this /might/ tilt things back in our favor!"
[22:53] <Yanmei> Red eyes flicker to life without furtherado. A howl tears across the battlefield, long, furious, -aching-.-
[22:55] <Yanmei> It takes all of a minute for 04 to size up the comparatively scrawny opponent, and another minute to dig ragged claws into its back, pulling something free from Shoftiel's body that resists uselessly, its nerve cables snapping one by one, spurting unidentifiable liquids
[22:59] <Dorian> [The parasitic creature known as Ambriel is ripped off, revealing a cracked red core underneath the armored and thick flesh. The carcass is thrown aside…-
[23:00] <Dorian> [Shoftiel looks around, trying to take stock of a situation that it really does not understand. Tentacles drop EVA-01 like a ton of bricks. AT Fields flicker to life as Shoftiel ends its neutralisation, and it -jumps- out of there, landing with a skid a little way away.]
[23:02] <Aline> 00 peered up, matching Aline's own gaze motion-for-motion. In spite of the raging EVA all too close to her… She and her EVA stood silent, raising a hand tentatively at the Angel, levelling its gaze back down when it landed. "Listen…"
[23:02] * Sept scrambled back to his feat from the sudden turn of events. "What… what now? Aline?"
[23:03] <Aline> "I will attempt mental contact. If 04 tries anything dodgy, keep him busy." …she focused hard!
[23:09] * Aline then stirred. "…Sera. He wants us to… to back off. I don't know what he's about to do, and I'm trying to negotiate. He removed the neutralization, though, so… trust me, for now. If you think you can defend yourself while stopping 04, that's fine." HEr words /were/ a bit clipped, but 00 flew off, nonetheless.
[23:10] <Sept> Sera took a few quick running steps after 04, but stopped. "Dorian? Dorian, we need to slow him down. I-I'm sorry."
[23:10] <Yanmei> 04 didn't do anything dodgy exactly. It did throw its body forward in a howling violet flying mass that smashed into the ground in front of the remaining Angel, feet-first, sending chucks of ice, rock, and dead trees flying.
[23:16] <Dorian> [The phase space shimmering around EVA-04 started to shimmer and break down, an incredibly fast tentacle-whip hurling itself at the torso of EVA-04!]
[23:16] <Dorian> "Understood. Do whatever is necessary!"
[23:17] * Aline came on the lines. "…I'm trying to suggest that it target the head to prevent undue risk to Yanmei."
[23:17] * Aline then, though… began to lower the massive positron weapon into a small valley. "If all else fails… I still have this thing."
[23:31] <Yanmei> 04 narrows its eyes at the tentacle whip-crack, standing aside in the nick of time to avoid it. It counter - clasws shredding the air in front of the Angel in a near-miss, and then the other claw raising overhead and -smashing- down, catching a shoulder and leaving the front of its torso in ribbons.
[23:34] <Sept> "Elisha… come on, over here… -Please-." Sera tried to coax the Evangelion away, but… it wasn't working. He charged in, approaching from behind 04.
[23:34] <Sept> "Aline, i-if we can't do this, what are you going to..?"
[23:35] <Aline> "Pop 04's head off. This is the most powerful gun in existence."
[23:36] <Sept> "But… Yanmei…"
[23:38] <Dorian> [Shoftiel staggered back at the sheer blow, looking down at the purple ichor flowing from its wounds. With a shimmer of AT power, it -burst- into the air, twisting and, with a sonic boom, hurling itself into the distance- away from the battle.]
[23:40] <Sept> "…there." Sera tried to place a hand on 04's shoulder. "It's gone. Let her go."
[23:41] * Aline lowered her head. "She's unconscious. She won't feel it. And it's not going after the plug." …But then, especial attention to command. "I have conviced The Heart - Shoftiel - to leave humanity alone. Considering the fear it feels from this conflict… that was an easy sell. But we defeated Ambriel - possibly The Deceiver - and liberated a neutral party. So be it that the neutral
[23:41] * Aline party was an Angel, /I/ consider this a mission success, as soon as 04's calmed down."
[23:42] <Dorian> "Right." Dorian sounded a little dubious, but at least he was rolling with it. "We'll see if 04 calms down…"
[23:49] <Yanmei> Unforgiving red eyes follow the retreating Angel. 04 is still standing, breathing deeply. A second ticks by. Two seconds… and then another roar blasts into the air around it. This one is filled with hatred, frustration, at its escaped prey!
[23:51] <Sept> "L-let her go. You -promised-." Sera's knife was still lowered.
[23:53] * Aline finished setting up the massive weapon, support struts digging into a mountain trail, goats fleeing in absolute terror (hur). "…Gun's ready. I just need a bit more to aim and shoot and then, with luck…" Aline made a little popping noise with her mouth, vaguely like blowing a raspberry. "Pop goes the berserker."
[23:54] <Dorian> "You have permission to fire."
[23:54] * Aline nodded. "Thanks~ I figured, disabling the head of a berserk unit would probably be clear there."
[00:07] * Sept raised his knife in a vaguely threatening gesture. "D-don't, or I'll…" An awkward pause between them, and the knife collided uselessly with 04's AT Field. Sera… whimpered inaudibly.
[00:09] <Yanmei> A gutteral noise that sounded vaguely like a snort. 04 lifted a mighty set of claws and let them hammer down on 01's arm, hard! There's a crash and squeal of tearing metal.
[00:15] * Sept lets out a miserable sort of whine instead of anything more spirited, almost entirely covered by the crash of his shield hitting the ground. "I-I'm sorry. I did something wrong, I… I don't understand… Why can't you let her go..?" Reluctantly, Sera made a few quick lunges to clear up space, and took a step back from the monster.
[00:22] * Aline stared… "Sera. Some times…" Target… lined up. Charging particle accelerator. S2 output at maximum, switching to battery power. "…An EVA is filled with hatred that knows no bounds or reason." Locked. Positron generation rate stable. (…odd, the accelerator's fluctuating…) Powerup complete! "At that moment, you can only silence them, and wait for their recovery." FIRE!
[00:23] <Dorian> [The Positron Cannon opened fire! … But a few seconds into the blast the energy output faltered and shorted out- a far more tepid blast smacked into EVA-04's head, but enough to leave a lasting mark.]
[00:24] * Aline softly punched her console. "Damnit! I need almost a minute for the emitter grid to cool down. Sera, either finish the job or keep him busy!"
[00:46] <Yanmei> 04 was not pleased. It rocked a bit and followed the angle of the shot, first with its eyes and then with its body, racing up the side of a neighboring mountain and vanishing over the summit with a careless flip that set it down on the descending slope with a crash. Ice crystals surged up, dazzling the air
[00:47] <Dorian> "It's going for Unit 00. Call the First Squadron! We need an airstrike at -these- coordinates!"
[00:47] * Sept scooped his shield off the ground, a jolt of pain running through his hand at the motion. "I… can't stop it, Aline. I'll come down there. We'll do it together."
[00:51] <Aline> "I know, Sera. It wants me. I hurt it." An idle gesture. A chunk of snow-coated rubble hovered in the air… then shimmered with a brief orange sparkle as it shrouded in AT energy. 00's fingers flexed into a 'gun pose'. It pulled back to mimic recoil… and the rock flew towards 04's head!
[01:03] <Yanmei> It bounced off a prismic something in the air, which shattered. 04 paid it no mind, and kept running!
[01:03] <Dorian> "Air support en route. SERA! GET OUT OF THE WAY!"
[01:16] * Sept stared helplessly as 04 sprinted past his challenge. "…oh! Got it!" The cannon… "Aline, get ready." Sera held his knife at the ready, then quickly dropped the stance and shoulder-tackled 04.
[01:19] * Aline nodded. "Got it!" Accelerator online, cooldown complete, FIRE! This one was on-mark. Right…?
[01:25] * Yanmei staggered sideways, jostled off target, but quickly rebalanced itself with a menacing rumble. It sprinted again, slipping past a blue beam of positron energy that streaked over one shoulder, ignoring the explosions from the airstrike, claws extended for 00's face…
[01:27] * Aline tried to dodge, she really did… but she had stopped short, untill…!
[01:33] <Aline> …until 01 protected her. But then, 00 (almost lazily) tried to bop 04 in the head with yet another piece of rock. Aline's real mission, though, was getting a good, solid target lock.
[01:38] <Sept> Sera, meanwhile, had drawn his positron sword and was looking for an opening in the berserker's stance. "Give me something, Elisha…"
[01:45] <Dorian> [… It wasn't Elisha who responded first.-
[01:46] <Dorian> [Massive bombs dropped on the area, shelling EVA-04 endlessly. When the explosive heat and light shifted away, the Evangelion was bleeding badly.]
[01:51] <Sept> That was as good an opening as any. Sera stepped in with a quick feint, and then thrust the sword at the gleaming red eyes.
[01:59] <Yanmei> There was a second bright red geyser. 04 writhed and kicked up a snow and blood mist, falling backward. An agonized howl reverberated in the air, bounced off the mountains and through the valleys in an endless echo.-
[01:59] <Yanmei> Then. Silence?
[01:59] <Dorian> "… EVA-04…"-
[02:00] <Dorian> ["… It's powering down, Colonel."]
[02:01] <Yanmei> Telling if it had gone offline by the glow of its eyes was impossible now. It had grown perfectly still, though.
[02:03] * Sept just watched for a while. Then, as the events slowly set in… "Yanmei. Yanmei! Dorian, get us help! I'll go get her out!"
[02:04] <Dorian> "Right. Support teams are on the way!"
[02:09] <Sept> And eventually… Sera would be outside, tugging at the release hatch of the EVA-04 Entry Plug with fear for Yanmei's state settling in fast and faster. It was cold, unbelievably cold, yet the metal burned his hands.
[02:09] * Aline was… packing up the Positron rifle. She seemed… not blase, but convinced Sera had everything… in hand.
[02:12] <Dorian> [With a hiss and a jet of hot LCL, the hatch opened, revealing…?]
[02:14] <Yanmei> The plug had, during this entire time, been completely silent from the inside. It didn't look as if that was changing, even as the hatch gave way. Yanmei was there, and in the dim light of the plug one could determine that all four limbs were still attatched, and that there wasn't much excess blood dispersing in the LCL pool around her.-
[02:15] <Yanmei> Her eyes were shut, and she was slumped over in her seat. The exposed skin on her face and neck were… pink. Abnormally so, as if she had gotten a terrible sunburn.
[02:19] * Sept leaned in carefully and scooped her up in his hands. He held her close, listening. A pulse..?
[02:21] <Yanmei> A strong one! Although she didn't stir when she was lifted.
[02:24] <Sept> Wordlessly, Sera would proceed to hold her until the teams arrived, protecting her from the cold, the last thing he could protect her from.
[02:30] <Dorian> [Eventually the teams would arrive, securing the plug that sat in the ominous shadow of the berserking Evangelion, and the even larger shadow of the implacable 01. Sera would hand the injured Yanmei over to her medical team, headed by a very pale and sick-looking Isaiah, before the larger salvage teams would arrive for the Evangelion itself.]

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