Silver Gleaming In The Dark

[06:42] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 17th of January, 2018. Episode Title: Silver Gleaming in the Dark.-
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[06:48] <Minaplo> [("Third level synchronization complete.")-
[06:48] <Minaplo> ["Deploy Evangelions!"-
[06:49] <Minaplo> [EVA-00 went first, the mag-catapult hurtling it out into the air, followed by EVA-01, 02, 21, then finally 03 and 08.-
[06:50] <Minaplo> [It was already a warzone. The air above Nairobi-2 was thick with small Angelspawn, smaller than fighter craft, of no danger to Evas- but nevertheless they made bloody war with the fighter jets that swarmed around the battleship. Missiles exploded, and were met with AT fire; vulcan cannons ripped batches to shreds, only to have a beast tear off the aggressor's engine.-
[06:52] <Minaplo> ["Evangelion Strike force, you are ordered to make your way to the Synfront immediately." Said Marianne. "Ignore enemies until I give the order."]
[06:55] <Yanmei> "Yes Ma'am." Yanmei was in the dreaded test plusuit once more, some of her more self-conscious areas strategically wrapped with gauze. Given the state that everyone else was in, it basically went by unnoticed. 04 unfurled its wings and glided for a bit, aiming for the target. "Let's go!"
[06:55] * Aline nodded from within her plug, 00 soaring right through the morass of enemies that were indeed being ignored, some even dinging off of its armor ever so often. "Right!"
[07:00] <Sept> "Got it, Yanmei. Right with you," came Sera's voice.
[07:28] <Yanmei> "De Pteres, how are you feeling?" Yanmei's voice was thoughtful over the comms, despite OTIS' infuriating voice in the background, blaring out MAGI data. "Up to leading a group of three at one of the side entrances?"
[07:30] <Sept> "I can do it. Who do you want?"
[07:31] <Yanmei> "I'll take 08? Blanc, want to come?"
[07:31] <Minaplo> ["You can have me, as well." Said Isaiah flirtatiously.]
[07:32] * Yanmei coughed delicately, turning slightly pink. "Ahem…"
[07:33] * Aline looked back and forth between the various vidscreens, and smirked. "I'll go with you, yeah."
[07:34] <Minaplo> ["Then it's you, me, and Tsubaki." Said William to Sera.]
[07:35] <Sept> "Yeah. On me." Sera started his descent towards the west entrance.
[07:36] <Minaplo> [And so 01, 03 and 21 took the west entrance… Leaving Yanmei, Aline and Isaiah to take the north.-
[07:39] <Minaplo> [The Synfront had lost much of its former glory. Where once the entire cavern had vibrated with a million million machines working in unison, now only the smell of fire and death hung in the air. Just at the entrance Yanmei would see huge bands of Annihilators swarming the streets, seeing little stories play out. A squad of AC Suits holding them off from the top of a building. An Annihilator
[07:39] <Minaplo> slamming through a door and dragging a screaming Stormtrooper out, before ripping him in half.-
[07:40] <Minaplo> [In the distance she'd see Synfront HQ, with EVA-07 there, flanked by two E-Destroyers.]
[07:41] * Aline was the first in Yanmei's group to act, moving forward and laying down a withering barrage of AT energy - a Cross Blast. "Collateral damage can go to hell, we need to break through!"
[07:47] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was quick into the breach after that, rending his way through a small handful of Annihilators…-
[07:47] <Minaplo> [As William replicated Aline's feat. "It's open for you, Sera."]
[07:48] <Sept> "On it." Sera tore his way into the horde, vaguely remembering the problems Annihilators had posed for them such a short time ago.
[07:53] * Yanmei was more conservative, hanging back and setting up for the eventual retaliation with a neut or two. If the carnage in the Synfront phased her, it didn't show. "Hang on, 07. We'll be there soon."
[08:27] <Minaplo> [More of them surged forward…-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [Annihilators flew through the air, their claws hurtling towards Sera, whilst a hail of cannon bolts whizzed lethally towards Aline.-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [Sera would feel the air buckle as Tsubaki and William arrived, unleashing their waves of energy…]
[08:29] <Sept> He'd missed his shield back in the Geofront. He didn't even have to slow down, here, just slam the shield forward and point his sword elsewhere. The Annihilators kept falling.
[08:32] <Yanmei> To the north, Yanmei finally dashed forward, drawing both the Imperial Herald and her Prog Sword. In a few minutes, she'd cut a path straight through the center of a horde, leaving the rest to dissolve easily.
[08:33] <Minaplo> [But then the air began to gather…-
[08:34] <Minaplo> [And suddenly Yanmei would see EVA-07 leap forward, as did one of the E-Destroyers, as a massive bolt of telekinetic force -slammed- into the HQ, levelling much of its top structure. One E-Destroyer was not so lucky.-
[08:35] <Minaplo> [The sheer force compacted it at first, its knees bending, then splintering and breaking, but before long the entire mech was -hammered- into the ground, metal buckling and collapsing, bending and twisting. The pilot screamed- a short lived scream as she was buried beneath tons of broken, jagged metal.]
[08:35] * Aline waded past Yanmei, throwing waves of force out even as the carnage began to become manifest on this scale of battle. She briefly grit her teeth.
[08:38] <Sept> "Tsubaki, William, I'm leaving that one to you!" And he dashed ahead, floating past smaller intersections until he arrived by 07, where he saw…
[08:38] <Minaplo> [The others saw it on his cameras, but it was impossible to describe.-
[08:38] <Minaplo> [Metatron was beyond simple human description. At best, one can convey what it was -like- to see her, here in all her glory.-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [She was as glorious as the moon in the sky, all silver surrounded by darkness; she was as terrible as the dawn that sheds light on a bloody battlefield. She was the light of the stars, barely glimped between clouds; she was the entire galaxy, a glowing plane of blinding light. She was lovely, and she was pure venom, waiting to destroy the edifices of Man. She was wondrous. She was horror
[08:40] <Minaplo> incarnate. Tears pricked in Sera's eyes unbidden.-
[08:41] <Minaplo> [None could claim her glory. This was a true God.]
[08:45] * Yanmei was… struggling to tear her eyes away from the feed. No, no distractions. They had to.. to focus.
[08:56] <Minaplo> [But the hordes were swarming- Yanmei was already surrounded by yet more of them!]
[08:57] * Aline actually stared for a bit, and mouthed something a bit too indistinct to read, before… simply banishing the feed showing Metatron for now. Insead, she was focusing, as best she could! In this case, that meant using her weakened field to defend against surging Annihilators.
[09:03] <Yanmei> "Trying to cut us off!" Yanmei growled, almost thankful for the distracting danger. 04 extended an arm much farther than a regular arm should have, smashing through a few stragglers swarming around 08. "One of you, get ready to run for it and back up De Pteres and the twins!"
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["I'm on it!" Shouted Isaiah…-
[09:07] <Minaplo> [But there was wind in the Synfront. And it was growing stronger. And stronger.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [There is a saying: a storm in a teacup. It means, essentially, making a great deal out of nothing.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [This was no storm in a teacup. This was a hurricane. And it ripped buildings out of the ground and sent them careening across streets, smashing through factories and flattening squads of Stormtroopers.-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [Rain poured in now, as did hail and even snow, a cavalclade of weather that made it impossible to see. Within seconds, Sera was invisible to anyone outside the epic storm.]
[09:12] <Sept> "07!" Sera tried to make some kind of contact. "Fall back, we have to wait for the others..!"
[09:12] <Minaplo> ["And let it break -?!-!$@?" The connection was bad…]
[09:24] <Sept> "Just… I don't know, don't try to take her on yet!" Sera tried to at least make sure the hordes didn't surround them while the others (hopefully) advanced.
[09:31] <Minaplo> [He ran by an E-Destroyer, shooting at the same horde he was now tearing into.-
[09:31] <Minaplo> [But there were screams over the comms as William went down, Annihilators cutting through his armour…-
[09:31] <Minaplo> ["They're c-cutting through! Augh! My stomach- they're- g-going for the plug! Oh god, help me!"]
[09:46] * Yanmei hissed something distinctly non-French under her breath. "William! Alright, hold off-" Whatever she was saying was cut off as a horde swarmed up, slicing into her chest armor. Her hands gripped the controls harder. "Hold off the charge to the center until I give the word, Isaiah," she resumed slowly.
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["Alright."-
[09:48] <Minaplo> ["Will-chan! Get off him! OFF HIM!" The hordes' claws blunted on a sudden wave of energy around the downed Eva, before Tsubaki unleashed massive blades of energy, eviscerating great numbers. Tsubaki panted slightly at the effort, sweat rolling down her face.]
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[09:55] * Aline frowned rather heavily at the screams and carnage, and just… sighed, even as she got into a defensive posture to try to weather the furious storm of attacks!
[09:59] <Minaplo> [She was spared the worst of it…]
[10:02] * Yanmei slammed the Imperial Herald into another neighboring horde and skipped aside, just in time for…
[10:03] <Minaplo> [A burning beam of energy ripped out of the storm, igniting the very air as it streaked towards EVA-00…]
[10:05] * Aline stared at it for just a millisecond… before 00 was already hurtling out of the way, sending out another plane of force as it then hoofed it over towards where 04 was advancing!
[10:07] <Minaplo> [Entire formations of Annihilators buckled and died beneath the blades.
[10:07] <Minaplo> ]
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[10:11] <Sept> With the remaining Destroyer's help, another army of Annihilators fell before Sera's blade.
[10:17] <Minaplo> [William took another hit, but with Tsubaki's help… A lot of the damage was nulled. "Goddamnit! This is a lot easier with F-Type armour… If only we had more time…"]
[10:28] <Minaplo> [But there were always more. They charged towards Sera…]
[10:29] <Minaplo> [But hundreds of them swarmed Isaiah, pulling EVA-08 down through sheer numbers. Isaiah started to scream. "GET OFF! DAMN YOU, GET OFF!" He flailed an arm, wiping out a small factory as he did so.]
[10:34] <Yanmei> "Isaiah!" Yanmei dashed for him, sweeping through another group of them until there was nothing but blood and flesh left, and then springing to his side. "Disengage! Hurry!"
[10:41] <Minaplo> ["I'm trying…! Ugh, so many…"]
[10:44] <Minaplo> [A Leviathan Bolter spat lethal shells, clearing off some of the Annihilators swarming Sera.]
[10:44] * Aline turned suddenly, noticing that their advance had halted. "Hang on, I'm coming!" And with a dash, 00 powerslid over to the proper angle, and released another blade, cleaving through some machinery as much as it did through some Annihilators.
[11:06] <Yanmei> "Thanks for that!" Yanmei slashed over an over, trying to finish another clump of them off, but it didn't quite happen.
[11:16] <Minaplo> [Sera would feel it before he saw it. The air above him compressing, becoming tight, telekinetic force gathering onto one meteor hammer-like point…-
[11:16] <Minaplo> [It dropped.]
[11:18] <Sept> And at the same time, The Destroyer and EVA-01 crashed halfway through the wall of a nearby building. And when the dust cleared, somehow both were still intact.
[11:22] <Sept> And soon enough, Sera scrambled back up to keep the hordes at bay.
[11:33] <Minaplo> [With a final imperious wave, Isaiah cleared the last of the Annihilators around him. "… Goddamn. Ok. I'm going to need a bit of time."]
[11:35] <Aline> "Right. I guess now we should figure out what to do next. Back up the others, or engage directly?" Aline looked… relatively contemplative for the situation.
[11:41] <Sept> "Annie, we have to retreat! Follow me!" Sera took one more look down the street, where he could still feel Metatron's presence, and disappeared down an alleyway.
[11:43] <Minaplo> [The E-Destroyer ran, stomp-stomp-stomp. Its slender frame tucked in behind a huge wall. "Enemies on your six!"]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "If we attack directly, we'll get cut off from everyone in that storm. If we could just even neutralize her…" She eyed her console, a clear expression of loathing and disgust taking hold. "What do you think… OTIS?"
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["Tactical situation poor. Chance of frontal attack succeeding: 12.55%."]
[11:46] * Aline overheard that, and nodded. "…Then we go… hm." She leaned over to check something. "I think Sera's mucking around to the southeast of us. We could back him up? Situation looks clean in the west."
[11:48] * Yanmei frowned, resisting the urge to order a frontal attack our of spite for the little AI. "Yeah, let's? We'll have to be clever and regroup. Listen up everyone!" Her voice carried over the comms clearly. -
[11:48] <Yanmei> ^out of
[11:51] <Yanmei> "We're going to try to find a more roundabout way to approach this one! Something that leaves us less open to attack. Those of you in the West, see if you can't do the same, and keep us updated on your progress. De Pteres, hang on just a little longer, okay? Backup is on the way!"
[11:54] <Sept> "Hold them off for a bit longer, then move again," he instructed Annie, before raising his voice for the general comms. "Got it. We'll hold on. We're retreating that way, anyway."
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[11:55] * Aline didn't even need to reply - 00 /shot/ into the air at ludicrous speeds, soaring over the buildings - for a second, Aline gawked at the cloud, but soon she landed… immediately casting out a wave towards the Annihilators harassing Sera with part of 00's flourish from the landing.
[11:57] * Yanmei stared down at something flashing on OTIS' screen. "Colonel! What's the meaning of this?! When did a 22nd model go even go into production?"
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["What!? What the hell do you mean, 22nd model?!"]
[11:59] <Yanmei> "Someone's launching an unidentified Eva!"
[12:02] * Aline suddenly craned her head at Yanmei's window, catching something about 22nd and unidentified eva. "The fuck?"
[12:06] <Yanmei> "Where is it? Can the Bridge locate it and establish contact with the pilot?"
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["I'm-"-
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["P-Pilot… Elena Clement… Uh…"-
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["Help me…"]
[12:13] <Sept> "…what..?"
[12:23] * Yanmei was already using her own meager AT Field, trying to pick out the newest Eva… but she failed, with all the other fields drifting around her. A huffy sigh, and she was sprinting quickly through the streets. At least she could find Sera's positioning easily…
[12:26] <Minaplo> ["Oh no! Oh god, oh god, d-daddy! Dad…d-"-
[12:26] <Minaplo> [The EVA-22 channel went dead. Static.]
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[12:40] <Sept> "Yanmei. We have to… what do we do?"
[12:45] <Yanmei> "We can't help her if we can't locate her! She's somewhere in there, somewhere near Metatron and all those stationed opponents." 04 appeared, finally, rounding a corner just north of the Eva Destroyer's position. "The three of us, we'll push in from your position, de Pteres. William, Isaiah, how are your units doing?"
[12:52] <Minaplo> ["Fully healed." Said Will.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> ["Same here, bar a few scrapes."-
[12:52] <Minaplo> ["I sh-"-
[12:52] <Minaplo> [A sound shook the air. It was audible even over the chaotic maelstrom that now enfolded them.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [The sound was a roar. The foundations of the very Synfront trembled and shuddered at its sound. This was no cry of the elegant God that dominated this arena. This was the brutal, harsh warcry of something else.-
[12:54] <Minaplo> [As an Angelspawn- gamine, with a wicked-looking face that ended in a single hole full of teeth- leapt out at Sera, he saw it. It was purple. A purple Evangelion, eyes glowing red.-
[12:54] <Minaplo> [It had four terrible, wicked arms. Two of them ended in bloody claws- claws that cut the very air as they moved.-
[12:55] <Minaplo> [Two of the arms held spears. Red bidents that shimmered in the air. With brutal ruthlessness, the Evangelion hurled it at Sera's aggressor, spearing it to the ground, splitting its leg like an egg. The Angelspawn writhed in agony, collapsing to the ground.]
[13:04] * Aline stared at the spears. You could even tell, because her eyes moved the slightest bit higher. Her mouth hung open, but no words came.
[13:07] * Yanmei was staring too, mutely, whatever plan she'd about to exposit on now completely lost.
[13:08] <Sept> The Spawn was fought off, but Sera's attempts at taking advantage of its aggression were denied by its AT field. He didn't seem to react particularly to the Spawn being torn apart in front of him right after, instead turning toward the other targets.
[13:08] <Minaplo> [With a horrific wrenching sound, the lance ripped itself out of the Spawn's leg, hurtling back into EVA-22's hand. With stunning speed- far faster than Yanmei's eye could see- it threw them both once again, both lances ripping through Simha's torso. The Angelspawn practically ceased to ecist.-
[13:10] <Minaplo> [But Sera would soon find those things disappearing. Metatron stared at the fallen Spawn. The other Spawn glanced at each other, back to their mistress- then without so much as a peep, they faded into nothingness. The storm came to a sudden halt, one last crashing of masonry and vehicles into buildings before the rain and lightning and ice stopped.-
[13:13] <Minaplo> [The berserk Eva looked down with those terrible eyes upon where Metatron once lay. It turned back to the devastated Angelspawn. And then its eyes looked up. It focused on EVA-04.-
[13:13] <Minaplo> [It roared.-
[13:13] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei." Isaiah urged. "Yanmei, get out of there."]
[13:15] <Yanmei> "Pattern…" She was still numb with shock, eyes catching the message on OTIS's screen almost as if by chance. "Pattern Blue. Everyone, regroup! NOW!"
[13:31] <Sept> "Mm. H-hurry, please. If we can get her out quickly enough…"
[13:32] <Minaplo> [Clang-clang-clang-clang-
[13:32] <Minaplo> [The sound of heavy crushing footsteps rang through the air as EVA-08 leapt onto the roof, its three-point-landing nearly collapsing the roof. Instantly, Isaiah struck out- but scored barely a glancing injury. "Aline! Now!"]
[13:33] * Aline nodded, unleashing a ferocious cross, this one seeming to /bend/ towards 22's head!
[13:34] <Minaplo> [EVA-22 sleekly sidestepped, lashing its claws out at EVA-08- before unleashing green flame from its mouth. Metal corroded away and stone disintegrated at is touch.]
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[13:52] <Yanmei> "Isaiah!" Yanmei raised the Imperial Herald high. "We'll pay him back! CHARGE!"
[13:53] * Aline had her doubts, but rushed it with her own lance!… Which pitifully bounced off of its field.
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[13:55] <Minaplo> [It wasn't any good. Even with the neuting its field was too strong… Even Yanmei's lucky hit barely did anything anyway.-
[13:56] <Minaplo> [It moved with a shocking swiftness, hurling its lance straight through EVA-08's torso. Straight through, as though all that meat and armour and muscle was just nothing. EVA-08 shuddered, spasmed- and went still.]
[06:50] <Yanmei> Isaiah! Yanmei rose slightly, a dark light gleaming in her eye. 04 gripped the Herald tightly and drew back slightly in preparation of sprining at Eva-22… but then stopped. Out of the corner of her eyes, Yanmei spotted the corpse of Eva-07, now hopefully long abandoned, and an idea came to her. -
[06:51] <Yanmei> "Anti-AT Field." That had worked against the last hopeless enemy they had faced. Somewhat. "Blanc!"
[06:53] * Aline frowned rather visibly, but slowly nodded her assent, making sure her comms were broadcasting on all friendly frequencies. "I understand." Then she spoke up. "Anti-AT Field deploying at the end of this message! All allied personnel, get as far from unit-00 as humanly possible!" …Then the sickening light grew, as Aline forcibly broke down the very walls of souls…
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[07:54] <Sept> "I'll tie it down, take it out fast!" Sera yelled, 01 taking the few running steps separating it from 22 and tackling it against the wall of the building, holding two of the arms against the wall with great effort.
[07:55] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion bellowed like an infuriated rhinocerous, lashing out at Sera, clamping down on EVA-01's right arm with those burning, murderous teeth…]
[07:59] * Sept yelled in pain, the stench of blood getting stronger. He took one hand off EVA-22's arms to push its head away, chunks of armor and flesh coming off with it. The damage was notable, but it wasn't slowing Sera down. Yet.
[08:01] <Minaplo> [Before long, a new roar filled the air as EVA-08 sprang back onto its feet, its arms swaying left to right, its jaw open, panting like a wild beast. Its left arm… Dissolved into a strange, tentacle-like tendril, the armour sloughing off, before it slammed into EVA-22's side and, with a disgusting *splllogh* sound, began absorbing biomass directly into itself, ripping jagged pieces of
[08:01] <Minaplo> meat off as it retracted its arm.-
[08:02] <Minaplo> ["Firing!" Shouted Tsubaki, firing a shot into EVA-22's head that would've melted any other Eva, but here merely disintegrated some of its head plating.-
[08:02] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei! Take it now!" Shouted Marianne.]
[08:04] <Yanmei> "Yaaaahhhhh!!!" Yanmei charged forward, smashing the Herald and the her progsword againsts its skull over and over while its arms were still pinned down.
[08:05] <Minaplo> [At first the blade cut easily into the armour and flesh, but then…-
[08:06] <Minaplo> [The resistance grew, and grew, and grew, and stopped completely. EVA-22 froze- then with a berserker's howl of anger, ripped its head free, the wounds suddenly regenerating. Its armed began to spasm, and suddenly bulk, quadrupling in size for a second as it broke EVA-01's grip.-
[08:07] <Minaplo> [With one foot it kicked him away, scrambled up the side of the building and lunged directly at EVA-00 with one of its False Lances, far too fast for Aline to even see, let alone avoid.]
[08:09] * Sept flailed to stay upright, arms reaching for 22's limbs. "No, no, no-" Sera was badly off balance and had no strength in his limbs. It was somewhat like a child pleading with an upset parent, no hope of stopping the attack, but hoping, maybe, to distract or delay.
[08:10] <Minaplo> [He would get his wish, and more. Far more. The Lance sliced through EVA-01's arm with incredible ease, but was nevertheless slowed enough to miss EVA-00's chassis by a mere metre.-
[08:11] <Minaplo> [Within the Plug, Sera would feel… Nothing, for a second. Just a flash of white light. And then, the sudden taste of blood in his mouth, a moment of pure, indescribable pain. Blood burst across the consoles, his plugsuit…]
[08:14] <Sept> The incredibly heavy bone structure of the Evangelion was exposed at more than one place – but that wasn't the problem. He'd felt this before, he'd felt worse. But never… "You…" Rapid breathing for a moment as Sera reached out with his other hand to check. "My fingers… You-"-
[08:15] * Sept is now known as Joshua
[08:15] <Joshua> "YOU TOOK OUR FINGERS!!" He roared, echoed by 01 as the restraints gave way and the furious light burned in its eyes.
[08:23] <Minaplo> [EVA-22 didn't seem to respond, instead grabbing the top edge of the building and flipping itself far over, sailing through the air before landing on top of another distant building.]
[08:26] * Aline focused her will… and talked to Will. "I don't know how evasive it is, but we need to get /some/ kind of opening in! Let's suppress it with focused fire!" She said this, right as she was opening up with a shot.
[08:28] <Minaplo> ["Roger that." William opened up with Saint Joan- his long, engraved Heavy Railgun- but neither of them were able to do more than suppress it.]
[08:56] <Minaplo> [Aline would be focusing on her gunfire, but… She'd notice in her cameras, the E-Destroyer's aim wasn't on EVA-22…-!
[08:56] <Minaplo> [The bolter in its hands spat lethal rounds, hurtling towards 00's back!]
[08:58] * Aline quickly dodged out of the way, and then cried out rather forcibly. "What the fuck?!" …She then frowned deeply. "We're being turned upon…?!"
[08:58] * Joshua flew after the rogue Evangelion, tackling it in the air feet first like some horrible mixture of primate and raptor, talons tearing into its legs, hands looking for a solid grip on the arms, the head… "YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM BACK! GIVE HER BACK TO US, YOU FILTHY, IMPURE..!!"
[09:00] <Yanmei> "Of course we are," Yanmei spat, brows furrowing as she watched Sera's rampage. Some of the color was starting to come back to her face. "You don't think this Superpowered Eva's being here and attacking us is a coincidence, do you?"
[09:00] <Minaplo> [EVA-22 fended EVA-01 off roughly, unable to quite match its vengeful speed…-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [Until it managed to get a solid grab on EVA-01's head, just for a split second.-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [It showed EVA-01 away, almost dismissively, as EVA-08 screamed out of nowhere, slashing a bright ribbon of pain across 22's body, acid and toxins eating away at its natural defenses as well as artificial ones.-
[09:07] <Minaplo> [This was a mistake. EVA-22 reacted with such sheer, pure hate and fury that the air around it burst into flames.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [It smashed the butt of one of the Lances into EVA-08's jaw, then again, then again, catching it in the throat, driving it into the ground.-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [It placed a foot upon EVA-08's abdomen, lifted the Lance, and impaled 08 through the throat with the other.-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [Then again. Then again.-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [Two lances through the chest, and then claws, digging into the torso.-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [The torso gave way with a horrific explosion of blood and bone.-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [EVA-22 then reached into the cavity with its mouth, taking bites and ripping out flesh and organs…-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [And then Yanmei would see it, rise from its crouch, something held in its mouth. EVA-22 rose into the air, the Entry Plug clasped beneath its jaws.-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [With one mighty -crunch-, the Plug snapped in half, one half flying through the air, spraying stray LCL in an arc.-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [The other half fell into EVA-22's outstretched hand. It raised the hand high, so Yanmei would see…-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [And made a fist with a horrific crunching noise.-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.-
[09:13] <Minaplo> [And then it tossed the remains off into the morass of buildings and ruins as though it were flicking away a bug's carcass.]
[09:14] * Joshua staggered backwards in the air, passively taking in the sight. "Zhang. ZHANG! We, we can't… We must surrender. Please. Blanc, the field…"
[09:15] * Aline shook her head. "It's berserk. There's no reasoning with it - it'll kill us all before it's sated!"
[09:17] * Yanmei was -screaming-. First writhing, arms across her chest as if the were was something trying to dig into her own body, and then, upon seeing the plug, forming gibbered half-words. Then it was gone, abruptly, just like that…
[09:25] <Joshua> The light flickered in 01's eyes as it descended to meet the rooftop below. "Please. That unit is Caine. He wouldn't hurt us. The three of us will be -unharmed-."
[09:26] <Minaplo> [EVA-22 wasn't waiting for their indecision as he pounced on EVA-21, quickly lancing through its chest, William's screams loud in their ears…]
[09:26] <Minaplo> [And the sight of him shooting at it with his pistols to no avail.]
[09:30] <Yanmei> "Shut UP!" 04 wheeled about sharply, facing neither Joshua or 22 now. She bumrushed the lone E-destroyer in all of her murderous fury. "They are trying to -MURDER- us! There -is- no surrender!"
[09:31] <Minaplo> [The E-Destroyer wasn't going to stand up long. An arm fell apart into pieces of jagged, rent metal and cables.]
[09:32] * Aline nodded grimly, a cross surging up at EVA-22 without even a hint of fanfare from Aline. "…She's right."
[09:32] <Minaplo> [… And the Eva practically batted it out of the air, now.]
[09:36] * ZackSleep has joined #nervfrance
[09:39] <Joshua> Yanmei's last order, at least, he could obey. Joshua shut up and EVA-01, on the verge of defeat, life force fading from its biomechanical limbs by the second, knelt down on the rooftop. The light faded from its eyes completely.
[10:05] <Minaplo> [And now EVA-22 was assaulting Tsubaki, the pilot barely saved by a layer of ablatives, scrambling away, leaving a single small gap…]
[10:08] <Yanmei> For Yanmei to blaze in, still slightly reeling from the self-detonation from the pesky E-destroyer. She was furious and dissappointed with herself for allowing the pilot a chance to eject, but the moment passed. Here was a chance to redeem herself. -
[10:10] <Yanmei> Quick a lightning, she drilled at Eva-22's face with her swords again, a wordless snarl escaping. Her fury pushed her to dig in deeper! She was doing it! She could see the wounds opening up again!
[10:10] <Minaplo> [Her blades caught.-
[10:10] <Minaplo> [They were stuck.-
[10:10] <Minaplo> [Not enough damage.-
[10:10] <Minaplo> [Not enough force.-
[10:11] <Minaplo> [Two hands gripped her arms, pulled her forward, smashed EVA-04 into the ground. Stab. Stab. Lances through the back.-
[10:11] <Minaplo> [Stab. She was flipped over, stabbed twice. Chest and stomach.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Hands dove into EVA-04's chest, ripping the cavity open. She saw as the synchronization broke, saw him with her own two eyes…-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Her vision was obscured as a clawed hand gripped the Plug and violently ripped it out.-
[10:13] <Minaplo> [… And held it. The Evangelion turned to EVA-00. It held the plug up. But the promised violence never came.-
[10:13] <Minaplo> [It was… It was smirking. It held the Lance up towards her. Smirking. Demanding surrender. It had won.]
[10:18] * ZackSleep is now known as ZackClass
[10:20] * Aline narrowed her gaze, and for a moment, just stared. Then… a private link to Tsubaki opened. "Tsucchin. When the entry plug falls, /catch it/." Then… public. "Listen and listen well. We will not be intimidated by such tactics. We will not go quietly, we will not cower and let the universe's fate falter. No! We will…" 00 began to shimmer. "We will stand. I'm sorry, Elena." Then
[10:20] * Aline it disappeared into a dirac sea. But what happened next… happened with blistering speed, too fast to be reacted to. Aline only managed to mutter, alone and without the ability for her comms to penetrate the sea… "Sayonara, motherfucker." Then the two of them - 00's glowing crimson star, and EVA-22's quite-solid body - just vanished with an empty /shoop/.
[10:22] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's Entry Plug hung in the air for a second, and then fell, cushioned before it could explode by Tsubaki's AT Field. She caught it…-
[10:32] <Minaplo> [One hundred fifty million kilometres above the earth, in the heart of Sol, where massive forces kept the entire Solar System moving, created life on Earth, lit the skies, warmed the airs…-
[10:36] <Minaplo> [Evangelion Unit 22 appeared. There was too much energy here, even for this mighty creature. It held out against the incredible force, the unparalleled heat that would eventually consume the planets that orbited the star- but not for very long. Pure fusion energy ripped through its limbs, melting them to less than nothing within seconds. The Lances floated through space, towards a shimmering
[10:36] <Minaplo> red light, but the rest of 22 was pushed in the opposite direction. Before long, what remained of it was beyond anyone's perception. It simply burned.-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [And eventually, the super-force of the sun undid even the False Lances, dissolving them into nothing.-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [And within the crimson star…]
[10:41] * Aline was nearly blinded by the radiance. In fact, for a few seconds, she /was/. 00 eventually switched to a relatively tame spectrum, and she could see the vague outlines of dense materials floating around - barely the fading shape of 22. Hardly the dissolving Lances. There was a long silence. Within her space, time was still relevant yes, but to Aline, it felt like an eternity all the
[10:41] * Aline same, as she pondered what she had just done. A long sigh - just a wave of LCL issuing from her mouth - was all that came. Alone with her thoughts, she waited in the radiance for a second longer… And then prepared herself for her return.
[10:47] <Minaplo> [There was silence in the Synfront.-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [Where EVA-22 had previously been fighting a brutal, one-sided battle, there was now only EVA-03 as the last Evangelion, holding an Entry Plug in its hand.-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [Silence.-
[10:50] <Minaplo> [And then, all around the central pyramid, eight glowing blast doors opened, and with sudden speed and force, a fleet of craft- E-Destroyers- emerged, stepped forward, and in one simultaneous action pulled Pulse Rifles from their shoulders, training them on Tsubaki. "You are in violation of the Universal Law of the United Nations!" Called one pilot. "Surrender the Entry Plug immediately!"]
[10:54] * Yanmei who had been curled up in her plug, rose her head slowly. "They're talking nonsense," she said slowly, over the private comms, voice cracking. "We'll pull out. Let the Colonel sort it…" she paused. Her spine grew more rigid. "Isaiah! He… you have to save his plug too!"
[10:54] <Minaplo> ["We already have his plug, Zhang." Came a voice. A cold, cruel voice.-
[10:54] * Aline could feel it coming. A return to Earth, to familiar ground. The star emerged… beyond the Synfront, amidst a ruined city. It coalesced and faded as 00 landed on the ground, Aline seeming to grimace slightly… but then she listened. She listened well.
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["You will surrender yourself to the E-Destroyers and into my custody immediately." Said Caine over the comms. "Or you will both be found in violation of the Universal Law and punished to the full extent of it."]
[11:07] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei scowled deeply. There was no way she could leave Isaiah with them, not even if he was in perfect health. "Violation, you say? I believe our actions today are perfectly justified."
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[11:12] <Minaplo> [There was silence.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [And then eight perfectly-aimed Pulse rifles fired at once, ripping through Tsubaki's AT Field. A short sharp screen as the head was vaporised in a single blow, leaving EVA-03 tottering, falling- before landing awkwardly against a building, hand still holding the plug.-
[11:13] <Minaplo> ["Consider that a warning shot." Came the voice. "Take the Plug."]
[11:16] <Yanmei> Unseen, Yanmei's face twisted. For a moment all of her hatred and loathing nearly spilled out, but instead, she lifted a shaky hand to swich comm channels. "Colonel! Are you there?"
[11:16] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei! Yanmei, I'm so sorry… W-We don't have anything left…"]
[11:17] <Yanmei> "It's… all right." Her mind was spinning. "I'll go into her custody for now? They're not leaving much of a choice."
[11:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm so sorry, sweetheart…"]
[11:19] <Yanmei> "Goodbye, Colonel…"
[11:21] <Minaplo> [She was crying. "Stay strong, Captain…"-
[11:23] <Minaplo> [The comms cut. An E-Destroyer grabbed Yanmei's plug from EVA-03's stilled hand…-
[11:24] <Minaplo> [And then it was back to the launch ports, and down, down into the depths of the Synfront.-
[11:26] <Minaplo> [No one could save her here.-
[11:27] <Minaplo> [She was placed within a small, white-tiled, white-panelled room. The socket through which the E-Destroyer had reached through sealed shut, leaving her in there alone.-
[11:28] <Minaplo> [A voice came over the speaker. A voice she didn't recognise. "Remove yourself from the Entry Plug and proceed to Decontamination, if you please."]
[11:30] * Yanmei sighed, lingering there for a few extra moments, wanting to curl up again. But no. She wouldn't give her the satisfaction. She reached up, straining at the emergency hatch until it came loose, and then pulled herself out.
[11:30] <Minaplo> [The hiss of LCL as it escaped. There was only one door.]
[11:31] <Yanmei> So Yanmei threw her shoulders back and strode for it, aiming for all the dignity she could muster to offset her red eyes.
[11:32] <Minaplo> [The door slid open automatically. She entered… It reminded her of a communal shower.-
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["Remove the plugsuit and await decontamination."]
[11:34] * Yanmei hesitated a moment, not liking the communal nature of this setup at all. Still, she did as told, absently folding the plugsuit when she was done and setting it aside.
[11:35] <Minaplo> [Silence, and then… Water as sprinklers in the roof turned on. It was cold, bitingly cold…]
[11:36] <Yanmei> She grit her teeth and put up with it, shutting her eyes against the freezing water.
[11:37] <Minaplo> [Eventually the water stopped. There was another door. "Proceed to Processing and await further orders."]
[11:40] * Yanmei shivered. She was trying to pretend that she wasn't. 'Processing'? Her eyes narrowed. What the hell was this? It was like… something she'd seen before in a movie or old tv show or something. Still, she moved.
[11:41] <Minaplo> [Within were two Storm Troopers, faces hidden with masks. Their armour looked pristine, as did their powerful weapons.-
[11:41] <Minaplo> [One of them looked at her, then gestured towards a bench, where a single white towel- oddly fluffy- sat.]
[11:44] * Joshua is now known as SyntaxTerror
[11:44] * Yanmei went for it at once. The masks made it hard to tell if they were staring at her, but she knew they were. She wrapped the towel around her body quickly, hiding the scars there. "Well?"
[11:44] <Minaplo> [The two guards looked at each other.-
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["Proceed to the next room." Came the voice from the speakers. "There you will meet your escort."]
[11:47] * Yanmei tossed her damp, dripping hair and swiveled for the door. She didn't have anything else to say to these two, manners or not…
[11:51] <Minaplo> [One of them tried to paw her as the door opened, grabbing at her towel. This was a mistake. Beyond the room stood a thin Indian man with a handsome, even pretty face, curly blackhair, wearing a crisp, impressive-looking uniform, white with yellow stripes- the same yellow as the stormtroopers. On his hip was a pistol. As the soldier grabbed Yanmei the officer barked in a language Yanmei
[11:51] <Minaplo> didn't understand, and the Trooper reeled as though Yanmei had suddenly electrified.-
[11:51] <Minaplo> [Following this experience, the officer turned to Yanmei. "Zhang Yanmei, I presume?" He asked in a surprisingly gentle tone.]
[11:55] * Yanmei stared back at him a moment, before breaking her gaze and hastily readjusting the towel. Lucky for her, it hadn't quite come off again. Even luckier, she hadn't had to kick or punch the offender herself. It was the armor that made her nervous… if she tried anything, would it even hurt them? -
[11:57] <Yanmei> Cold shivers went up her spine. She… didn't like this. Not at all. "Yes," she muttered. "Um. Thank you…"
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["No, that's quite fine. Where are your clothes, Lieutenant Zhang?"]
[11:59] <Yanmei> "I was instructed to remove my plugsuit for the decontamination process?"
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["There was supposed to be a simple outfit waiting for you in Processing."]
[12:01] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei turned sharply and -glared- at the guards still inside the Processing room. "I wasn't given one."
[12:02] <Minaplo> [The officer went pale with anger. He passed Yanmei and began a short, sharp tirade in that same foreign language. It lasted for a minute and a half.-
[12:02] <Minaplo> [By the time it was over, one of the Storm Troopers was sobbing.-
[12:03] <Minaplo> ["I am deeply sorry." Said the Officer upon his return, his voice once again soft and gentle. "Many of these younger soldiers lack breeding."]
[12:07] <Yanmei> "You're not the one to blame," she muttered. She didn't quite smile. "But thank you again? If you'd pardon me a moment, I could go back to retrieve my plugsuit until another outfit is made available. I would prefer to keep the towel as well, actually."
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["The plugsuit will be destroyed, I'm afraid." Said the officer. Instead he reached to his collar and unbuttoned his uniform. Yanmei would notice that it was essentially a greatcoat that fell to his knees; he took it off and held it out to her. If she buttoned it from top to bottom, it'd practically be a sort of dress. "Use this for now. I apologise for the incongruity of the situation."
[12:08] <Minaplo> He averted his eyes.]
[12:11] <Yanmei> She gave him a puzzled look. She hadn't actually been expecting much in the way of kindness during this visit. Should she feel wary? Was the coat boobytrapped? She slipped it on anyway, keeping the towel on underneath, of course. "I don't believe I caught your name earlier."
[12:12] <Minaplo> ["I am Isha Misra, Junior Magistrate and part of the Eleven Regiment. I'll be your representative. Do you know what a Junior Magistrate does in the Universal Law System, Lieutenant Zhang?"]
[12:17] <Yanmei> "You're like a diciplinarian or a judge. Someone who upholds and executes Universal Law and leads the armored soldiers at this branch."
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["That's right. I had a feeling you might know that, Lieutenant Zhang." Said Isha warmly. "I must warn you. Beyond this door, things will not be so… Controlled."]
[12:21] <Yanmei> "Am I being incarcerated, your Honor?"
[12:22] <Minaplo> [Isha blushed. "Please, call me Isha. As a Lieutenant, our ranks are practically the same. And you are, yes. I am sorry. The Universal Law permits a defendant to their right to representation, but simply put I feel as though I will be able to do little except give you moral support."-
[12:22] <Minaplo> ["But that is not what I meant. Some of the things we come across during our transit may upset you."]
[12:24] * Yanmei frowned, not sure of how to take that. "What about the rest of my team? Two of them were badly injured, and the third…" What -had- happened to Tsubaki? She couldn't begin to guess.
[12:25] <Minaplo> ["Miss Akagi is upset but unharmed. The Simonides twins…" He gave her a grave look. "It is unsure if Sophia will make it through the night, I am afraid. Elene had to carry her broken body to a shelter, and was nearly enveloped by the Anti AT-Field."-
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["Mr. Weiss-Xylander is not subject to any breaches of the Universal Law, but his Evangelion needs repairs and so he is being quartered here. De Pteres has been rushed to emergency surgery. We can drop by on the way if you like."-
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["Miss Blanc…" He faltered. "After she returned from her jaunt into the Sun, she returned to the Battleship."]
[12:29] * Yanmei nodded slowly taking it all in. Should have been more careful with the Anti-AT Field deployment. The fight had really messed up Sera. Blanc was… safe, at least. And… "Isaiah Gabriel-Wei?"
[12:30] <Minaplo> ["Your fiance is…"-
[12:30] <Minaplo> ["I am sorry, Miss Zhang." He said quietly. "As far as things go, he is lucky to be alive. He is lucky we do not need to replace most of his body. But…"-
[12:31] <Minaplo> ["He remains unconscious. We believe he may have entered a coma."]
[12:32] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei said nothing after that. She fussed with the sleeves of the coat, eyelids lowered slightly.
[12:33] <Minaplo> [Isha placed a hand on her shoulder, giving her a warm squeeze. "I am sorry. We should proceed."]
[12:34] <Yanmei> "R-right." She threw her head back once more and made to follow.
[12:34] <Minaplo> [Within a second of opening the door Yanmei realised what Isha meant.-
[12:35] <Minaplo> [The last time she'd visited the Synfront it had been unreal, unnatural, like some sort of movie set or a sci-fi world made real. But now reality had broken in greatly.-
[12:37] <Minaplo> [She was nearly bowled over by nurses rushing a wounded Storm Trooper on a gurney. He was missing his lower left arm and Yanmei could see that the gauze touched his ribs.-
[12:37] <Minaplo> ["Casualty reports coming in from Quadrant Sixteen! We need triage on Level B-2, wounded over two hundred!"-
[12:38] <Minaplo> [A Storm Trooper sat on a chair, his helmet off, his eyes red-rimmed, tears running down his cheeks. In his hand, he held another helmet. Yanmei would notice the rim of it was coated with LCL.-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Nearly two thousand caught within the Anti-AT Field alone-"-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["We need biogel over here!" "We're going as fast as we can-"-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Come, Lieutenant." Said Isha, leading Yanmei through the crowd.]
[12:47] * Yanmei followed quickly. She had seen similar scenes in the aftermath of the Dirac Sea incident in the Geofront, and like then she felt as if she was in the way just by standing there. "It was an awful battle," she murmured, but the words felt hollow.
[12:50] <Minaplo> ["Indeed. Come. They're about to begin the Magma Injections for de Pteres." He began to hurry.]
[12:51] <Yanmei> "Magma Injections? What's that?" She picked to the pace as well, feeling completely out of place. She had to make do without even shoes.
[12:53] <Minaplo> ["They're a method of cleanly amputating a limb or other such thing." Said Isha. "Extremely painful- agony-inducing- but it's very clean, precise…" He came to a corridor, which led to a door at the end. He gestured.]
[12:56] <Yanmei> "Amputations!" Yanmei hesitated. No, she couldn't exactly run away from this, either. She went to door and peeked inside quietly.
[13:01] <Minaplo> ["…" Isha followed, looking grim.-
[13:02] <Minaplo> [They came out into an operating theatre, looking through one-way glass. Below, in the operating room itself was Sera, strapped to a strong steel chair, bound twice at the arms and legs, a bulky-looking anaesthetic masked placed over his face that obscured his vision.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> [A team of doctors and nurses were busy at work. The focus was on Sera's left hand, over which a strange cylindrical contraption had been placed. A large hose connected the cylinder to a tank.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> ["Begin the Magma Injections." Said one doctor. Sera stirred. He was wearing a gown… They'd taken his plugsuit too.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> [The cylinder began to fill with liquid.-
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Magma Cylinder full, doctor."-
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Proceed to stage two."-
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Yes, Doctor." The cylinder was linked to a computer. From here Yanmei would see the nurse turn a dial all the way to the right, then flick a switch.-
[13:07] <Minaplo> [Instantly Sera -screamed-. Yanmei had heard a sound like that only a handful of times in her life. It made her think of being trapped in a boiling Entry Plug. It made her think of someone in so much pain that they wanted to -die-.-
[13:07] <Minaplo> [He thrashed about, but the restraints kept him controlled. His chest heaved, as though he was hoping to rip himself out via his own ribcage. He was screaming in short sharp bursts through his mask, his eyes wide and deranged.-
[13:08] <Minaplo> ["Magma Incineration complete, doctor. The hand has been destroyed."-
[13:08] <Minaplo> ["Excellent. Apply the analgesics and nerve gel."-
[13:08] <Minaplo> ["This is what they need this for." Said Isha. "Watch."-
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["Prepare the A.L. for surgical connection."-
[13:10] <Minaplo> [A nurse carried over a box- and he opened it and took out the contents, laying it on a small table. It was a gleaming silvery-steel bionic hand, looking skeletal, but powerful.]
[13:11] * Yanmei stared. She felt felt, and horrified, and this wasn't making her feel much better. "His hand. They destroyed the entire…?! And they'll replace it with that?"
[13:11] <Yanmei> ^felt sick
[13:12] <Minaplo> ["Yes. There's no other choice if he wants to retain use of his fingers." Said Isha. "Still, it is… Not pleasant to watch. Perhaps we should leave."]
[13:15] <Yanmei> But Yanmei didn't turn immediately. When she did, it was with a troubled look… one she immediately slipped away behind something more neutral she remembered who her escort was. "Yeah. They don't need us watching while they work?"

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