Shinji Undone

[21:19] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 19th of January, 2018. Episode Title: Shinji Undone.-
[21:21] <Minaplo> ["Colonel, we're picking up contacts to the west. They read as friendly, but I'm not so sure."-
[21:22] <Minaplo> [The Dorian Lachapelle hovered in the sky east to Paris-2, casting its aegis and shadow over all of Northern France. The cannons here could hit locations as far away as England and Germany. What little real damage it had sustained was well on the way to being repaired.-
[21:23] <Minaplo> [Colonel Amatore-DeForest sat in the Captain's chair, frowning a little. "Do we have visuals?"-
[21:23] <Minaplo> ["Yes, Colonel. On screen."-
[21:25] <Minaplo> [Two wings of E-Destroyers sailed through the sky at top speed. This immediately set alarm bells off in Amatore's head.-
[21:25] <Minaplo> ["E-Destroyers! Is Caine reinforcing Paris-2 already?" She narrowed her eyes. "They don't seem to be armed, and they're coming from the west…"-
[21:26] <Minaplo> ["…" An alarm began to sound throughout the bridge. "Colonel, those E-Destroyers are packing AT Fields!" Cried Archibald. "And they're reading as Pattern Blue!"-
[21:29] <Minaplo> ["What?!" Amatore stood up. "Angels…?!"-
[21:30] <Minaplo> ["Colonel, according to combat data, in some battles in Africa the Angels were capable of hijacking and taking control of electrical systems, including Superheavies." Said Archibald. "I suspect that's what's happened here."-
[21:31] <Minaplo> ["They wouldn't send a fleet of E-Destroyers alone. There's gotta be an Angel nearby, or a Controller. Expand the Interception network! Get our satellites online! Dispatch, go to Condition One, and scramble the Evangelions!"-
[21:31] <Minaplo> [… And so the alarm would sound throughout the ship. "All Evangelion pilots, report to Hangar Bay E immediately. This is not a drill. I repeat…"]
[21:33] * Aline was there, rushing forward at full tilt, even though the dress she was in somewhat protested being dashed in. Her hair was flipping everywhere, and it was the most she could do to just /go/.
[21:36] <Minaplo> [Hangar Bay E was a flurry of activity. Technicians ran to and fro, desperately trying to prepare the Evangelions for launch.-
[21:36] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 had taken no damage in the last battle- it stood ready to go.-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [Asuka was already in her Entry Plug, already in the synchronization process. And far off in EVA-01's bay. Aline would glimpse a figure- Shinji- standing alone, in his plugsuit- his was mostly translucent, but lined with glowing circuit-like lines. He stared up at his Eva with a distant, inscrutable look.]
[21:41] * Aline took only a second to spare a glance at him, frowning deeply… before heading over to change into her plugsuit, to get onboard 00. To fight.
[21:41] <Minaplo> [("Begin LCL injection…")-
[21:44] <Minaplo> [Within minutes the Evangelions had been deployed; rail catapults hurled them out into the air, EVA-01 and EVA-02 hovering through the air with A-Type Equipment.-
[21:47] <Minaplo> ["Pilots, be advised. The enemy are possessing large numbers of Annihilators, just like the Synfront. We've also detected the Angel. Or Angel Controller as it is. No core, uploading tactical data now."-
[21:49] <Minaplo> [CODENAME: Kanya. It was an entity shrouded in liquid-like armour plates, long strangely amorphic blades hanging off its body. Its body possessed eerily familiar qualities- in many ways it resembled a woman's body, bent and changed and warped. Its legs were long and slender, but also clawed and bent back upon themselves; its face was unsettling. So human-like, and yet… Not.-
[21:50] <Minaplo> ["Priority is the Controller. Sending deployment coordinates now!"]
[22:11] * Aline settled down onto the surface of Paris-2, only to, noting Asuka slightly, leap forwards towards the same piece of cover she could see her heading for, going with blistering, but somehow diminished from last time, speed!
[22:15] <Minaplo> [Asuka and Shinji also headed forward, their powerful wings propelling them through the air.-
[22:16] <Minaplo> [The base's automated turret defenses opened fire now, positron bolts searing metal plates off an E-Destroyer, revealing only pulsating flesh beneath.-
[22:32] <Minaplo> [Asuka snapped off her shots now, most of them being deflected. "Oh, come on."]
[22:34] * Aline herself snapped off a shot at the same E-Destroyer, grumbling slightly unintelligibly… before, almost as an afterthought, sending a searing cross right through its head, no doubt causing a nasty explosion of flesh and steel.
[22:36] <Minaplo> [The E-Destroyer careened through the air, flattening a block of apartment buildings.-
[23:00] <Minaplo> [The enemy moved forward, the tide of Annihilators moving over the bridges towards the three Evas.-
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["Look out!" Shouted Asuka as a hail of red energy bursts flared toward them- "Positron bolts!"]
[23:01] * Aline stared wide, and managed to dodge one, even as another struck the barrier plate she was sharing with Asuka. "Got it!"
[23:10] <Minaplo> [The Angel's eyes flashed, a corona of rainbow light bursting from them. Aline knew the warning signs even fore it hit- a blast of energy ripped its way through her ablative coating, incinerating it.-
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["Hey!" EVA-05 turned. "Are you alright? I-"-
[23:12] <Minaplo> [But the Angel wasn't finished. Kanya's head tilted forward, and where there was but smooth skin emerged a third wide black eye, roving madly, before it focused on EVA-05- and widened.-
[23:12] <Minaplo> [A slash of white light rent the sky, stabbing into the Evangelion's chest- and the air was filled with blatant, horrendous noise.-
[23:13] <Minaplo> [And Shinji froze. The words died in his mouth. He began to groan and thrash about- EVA-05 levelling a building as it went.-
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["No! No! Aline, why-"-
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["Someone cover him!" Shouted Marianne.]
[00:01] * Aline was certainly unhappy at Shinji being mentally attacked, so… she focused her mind, unleashing another cross at it even as her field started to shimmer with the telltale signs of a spread-pattern change. "The controller is getting too hot to handle!"
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["On it!" EVA-02 crouched like a cat ready to spring- before leaping into the air, swapping its bolters out for its axe and Positron Naginata. It brought the Naginata down on Kanya, cutting across the porcelain face- before being hurled through the air by a wave of AT Energy.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Nnnngghhhharrgh!" Asuka landed hard, rolling several times and crushing several city blocks. But she was back on her feet once more, charging- this time to no avail.-
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["Preparing main cannons!" Came Archibald's warning. Aline's HUD flashed with the planned targeting coordinates.-
[00:05] <Minaplo> [But Shinji was still suffering. "A-Aline, you… Didn't…"]
[00:41] * Aline frowned even deeper. "Shinji…" But… she looked beyond, and leapt out after the gleaming enemy. "Enough of this…!" But she wasn't quite ready to fire, even as her field washed over it.
[01:52] <Minaplo> [And now they seemed to be surrounded…-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Ugh! Get off me!" Asuka lashed out vengefully at a horde of Annihilators, causing huge swathes of the hated beasts to die, only for more to swarm and take its place, bucking and ripping her armour… "A-Aaaagh!"-
[01:53] <Minaplo> [Aline would find herself under heavy attack. Annihilators surrounded her, and tentacles lashed at her, weakening not only her body but her very soul.-
[01:53] <Minaplo> [And amongst it all, Shinji cried and he wept and he pleaded. "Aline, why…!? Help! Why did you leave me!? Why?! I-I-I'm trying… T-To be strong…"]
[01:54] * Aline actually moved closer to his EVA, even if she was ultimately just positioning herself tactically. "I'm doing the best I can!" She could feel herself decaying with the tendrils' depredations, and it didn't feel heartening. "Rrrgh!" A wave of force shot out, then!
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["I-I'm being… Overwhelmed! I can't move…" Growled Asuka. She broke free of her scrum, flying away, but was quickly set upon by a pair of E-Destroyers, who tackled her through the Louvre, ripping EVA-02 apart through the back. Asuka screamed as her feed went dead.-
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["Why…" Shinji was curled up in his plug, his hands over his head. "I can't- I can't understand it. Kaworu, you- you betrayed me with Kaworu!"-
[02:54] <Minaplo> ["And William- I'm just… Nothing… Just a toy…"-
[02:56] <Minaplo> [The Angels were swarming EVA-00, bringing it down. The air around Aline burst with strange, warped colours. Her hands began to bubble, it seemed, before her, bursting at the seams with tendrils and shapes- an entire veiny tree burst from her stomach, lined with a thousand faces. Silas, Kaworu, Shinji, all of them screaming and laughing and-
[02:57] <Minaplo> [… Electric shocks ripped through her body, snapping her out of the mad visions. But all she could see now was sky. Dimly she heard Marianne tell someone to prepare the N2 mines. They were going to nuke her.-
[02:57] <Minaplo> [She was going to die.]
[03:15] * Aline shook her head violently, even as she knew she was starting to fade. If she couldn't turn to herself… "NOT YET." She managed, in a surprisingly flat tone for yelling. And, taking in the last bit of her will… "00. Listen. It's time you woke up. Remember all those glorious possibilities we saw? And what else is possible?" It was solemn, like a prayer. "Realize them, for the sake
[03:15] * Aline of the world!" And she released that bit of will.
[03:24] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 was silent…-
[03:24] <Minaplo> […-
[03:25] <Minaplo> [The eyes began to fade. Or perhaps it was Aline's own consciousness?-
[03:25] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion remained silent as Aline's strength fled.-
[03:25] <Minaplo> [There was nothing left to control the Eva except a plea.-
[03:26] <Minaplo> [A hand twitched. It moved, through the rubble to its side. Its hand fell on something. A spear.-
[03:26] <Minaplo> [It grabbed the spear, which began to -change-. Energy crackled down the shaft- it grew longer, sleeker, the hard straight blade becoming elegant and curved.-
[03:27] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 did not roar. It did not announce its presence with the furious nothings of lesser beings.-
[03:27] <Minaplo> [It rose into the air, the Lance in its hands, the debris around it floating into the air, almost serene-like despite the enemies that surrounded it…-
[03:28] <Minaplo> [The air around EVA-00 exploded, a wave of heat and light washing over the surroundings, the debris scattering as its AT Field revitalized- full of power and full of possibility.]
[03:39] <Aline> From there, 00 regarded the controller, Kanya, with some unplaceable feeling. Contempt?… No. It was too calm for that. Possibly pity. In a sudden burst of insane speed, the evangelion rushed up close to it, first changing its spread pattern as a globe of familiar time distortion engulfed Paris-2, quite possibly freezing time for the occupants of any bunker underneath… but that was only
[03:39] <Aline> the prelude. Then, bands of shimmering force locked around it, binding it tight… and with a simple gesture, the Lance of… the Lance of /Truth/ pointed at it, and from it spewed a torrent of unimaginable magmatic fury.
[03:41] <Minaplo> [The intense beam of heat was easily greater than any fusion weapon. The Angel was not so much destroyed as vaporised, the attack burning a hole into the ground that nearly ripped through the entire Geofront.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["Good lord, it's… It can't be doing this!" Cried Marianne. "It can't!"]
[03:48] <Aline> But it was. And while it returned to more 'mundane' AT powers, if such a term even was realistic, 00's cold fury was still transcendantly dangerous, as it tore waves through enemy hordes with casual flicks of the wrist, and seared the E-Destroyers with a plethora of crosses.
[03:51] <Minaplo> [The attacks practically flattened entire neighbourhoods. Freed of his traumatic fetters, Shinji let out a howl of hate, charging into combat, goring an E-Destroyer with his horn. It died immediately, sparking and crackling as it fell.]
[04:08] <Aline> 00 was no slouch, even though it spent a lot of time cleaning the lesser foes, lost-faced Annihilators reaching no destination save oblivion… and soon, time came for the E-Destroyers that remained. Even as crosses exploded in a symphony of symbolic carnage, another burst of magma, even mightier than the last, surged onto it!
[04:09] <Minaplo> [The E-Destroyer faded into mere nothing ness. Behind Aline, EVA-05 slipped its restraints, roaring into the air as it tore apart one last foe.-
[04:15] <Minaplo> [The last surviving E-Destroyer slammed into EVA-00's body, fusing with it momentarily, before its insides began to shine with an actinic light. The E-Destroyer exploded, bathing the area in antimatter…]
[04:19] <Aline> But it didn't matter to 00. Why would it? It simply focused its AT field inwards, repelling the blast with almost trivial ease. What happened next… was perhaps a bit haunting. With disturbing precision, and manifesting burning AT energy when needed, 00 surgically sheared off various plates of its armor, eventually deciding to openly stretch when it finally cleared off the armor from a
[04:19] <Aline> lot of its body, leaving naked white flesh to show to the whole world. It gave 05 a significant look, before marching off into the countryside like nothing was amiss.
[04:25] <Minaplo> [EVA-05 threw aside the last pieces of the ruined E-Destroyer, staring off after 00 as it went. It stared. It stared. Eventually, slowly, it left the piles of corpses behind and ran off after 00.]

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