Spectre S Scrutiny

[23:39] <AdEvaGM> [The elevator slowly lurched to a stop, the heavy doors opening on a Parisian night.-
[23:40] <AdEvaGM> [Jean-Baptiste Severin- Marianne's special agent- stood at Yanmei's side, carrying with him several bulky boxes. Yanmei had been given a few as well.-
[23:40] <AdEvaGM> [The air was cold, the wind was chilly; but it was a clear night, the skies twinkling above.]
[23:46] * Yanmei stepped out of the elevator and peered around, shivering slightly beneath the long, tailored, brown coat that she was wearing. The trip up had been relatively quiet, but now she faced him - or tried to, craning her neck to peer around the boxes she held. "Now what?"
[23:47] <AdEvaGM> ["See that apartment building over there? The one with the crooked antenna?"]
[23:48] <Yanmei> The boxes swiveled slightly, and Yanmei along with them. "Yeah?"
[23:58] <AdEvaGM> ["We're setting this stuff up on the top floor."]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "It has an elevator, right~?"
Session Time: Sat Sep 08 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah."]
[00:03] <Yanmei> "Great!" Yanmei started for it eagerly. The sooner they were someplace warm, the better, and they would finally get to look inside of the boxes up there as well. "Have you eaten anything tonight? Maybe after this works, we could grab some chow?"
[00:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure."-
[00:06] <AdEvaGM> [The rest of the trip was uneventful- before long they found themselves in an empty studio with a wide window overlooking the city.-
[00:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. Let's get these unpacked."]
[00:08] * Yanmei nodded, set her load down in a corner that was away from the window and promptly started working on one of the lids.
[00:08] <AdEvaGM> [Within was a complicated-looking camera and tripod.-
[00:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Cameras and scanners." Explained Severin, opening one of his own cases. "They're powered with small positron charge packs, which the Spectre has a tiny bit more trouble nulling." He took one out and set it up, facing the window. "We've got two for physical images, one for electrosense imagery and two more for images of its internal body."]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "Huh. Looks like expensive stuff?" Yanmei picked up the tripod gingerly, as though she was afraid it was crumble to bits in her hands. "Where did you dig this up, anyway?"
[00:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Had it made custom by Doctor Surov."]
[00:17] * Yanmei immediately eyed the equipment with clear suspicion. "…"
[00:18] <AdEvaGM> ["He's good at this sort of thing, you know." Said Severin. "Say what else you will about him, but he's a genius with developing things. He made Captain Savage, after all."]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "I just didn't know he was in on this, that's all?" Yanmei tossed her hair and tried setting up the tripod.
[00:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Speaking of which, Captain Savage and a security team are waiting nearby for when the Spectre shows up."]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "So everyone's working together, huh? Do we know how we're going to make the Spectre appear?"
[00:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Because it's the first time you've been outside in a month, and the Spectre is interested in you."]
[00:34] <Yanmei> "So that's why you asked for my help. And here I thought it was because you were impressed with me?" Yanmei grinned, but her pulse had started to quicken as she remembered the gory details she'd heard about the Brother Base.
[00:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh."-
[00:35] <AdEvaGM> [It took a few more minutes for the cameras to be set up. Severin sat down on a chair. "And now we wait."]
[00:41] <Yanmei> "All right." And Yanmei sat too, pulling out a cell phone - only to put it away again, pouting, when Severin warned her about what it would do to the equipment surrounding them. -
[00:43] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[00:45] <Yanmei> So she chatted to him instead to pass the time and to shake the nerves away. About the adorable techicolor crayon scribble Lizzie had drawn of William that afternoon, and of Beijing and her mother. She asked him questions too, about what he liked to do in his spare time and movies he had seen recently.
[00:46] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm actually something of a writer." Said Severin. "Ever since I was a little kid, you know?"]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?" Yanmei leaned forward, interested. "Lemme guess… Poetry?"
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes and no." He said with a smile. "All sorts of things. Short stories, I tried writing a novel once-"-
[00:48] <AdEvaGM> [There was a crackle from the balcony, and Severin leapt to his feet at once, pulling a pistol from his coat. A second later, the balcony light blacked out.-
[00:48] <AdEvaGM> [The air grew cold…]
[00:51] * Yanmei clenched her hands into fists, and her heartrate jumped fast again. She took a deep breath, trying not to make it obvious to the cameras that were positioned around them, and remembered her own sidearm. She fumbled for it clumsily. -
[00:52] <Yanmei> A sharp mental shake. What was wrong with her? The last time hadn't been this scary. She'd just grabbed William and scrambled for the exit… but that wasn't an option this time, was it? And… and…
[01:00] <AdEvaGM> [The cameras and scanners turned as one, of their own accord- five red dots appeared on the apartment building opposite, and now that they were there, Yanmei could see… Something.-
[01:00] <AdEvaGM> [Barely. It was more as though she was seeing the -absense- of anything rather than the entity itself.-
[01:01] <AdEvaGM> [Flashes. Flashes of light as the cameras went off.-
[01:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Hah. It's working!"]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Guh…" Yanmei winced at all the flashing, lifting an arm to shield her delicate eyes. "It's… keeping its distance?"
[01:05] <AdEvaGM> ["It probably hoped to just observe us…"-
[01:07] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[01:08] <Raphael> !
[01:10] <AdEvaGM> [There was another crackle- the lights in the studio went dark, leaving them nearly unable to see, except by star and moonlight and by the flashes of the cameras.-
[01:10] <AdEvaGM> [The air grew colder, and darker- before long even that dim light was gone, as the cameras went dead and strange, artificial darkness filled the room.]
[01:15] <Yanmei> Suffocating darkness. Yanmei gripped her gun harder. "S-so how do you explain this?" Yanmei glanced sideways at the nearest camera. Hadn't he said something about them -not- being useless in the Spectre's presence? She couldn't see it, anyway. And she couldn't see Severin either.
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> ["I-"-
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> [But his words ended. A sound cut through the darkness- a sort of singing, whistling sound, and something wet splattered across Yanmei's face. The smell of iron filled the air.]
[01:20] <Yanmei> Yanmei aimed her gun into nothingness on reflex. That scent… the worst scent. "Hey! Say something!" But her words were likely just as useless as the gun in her hands. "Oh god… god…"
[01:23] <AdEvaGM> [Sudden force and pain as she was driven against the wall, a cold hand on her shoulder and another on her neck. It wasn't throttling her, it was holding her there…-
[01:25] <AdEvaGM> [The darkness faded a little, just enough to see- burning red eyes and a featureless face, a rigid, angular line like a smile running across its bottom jaw. Crests rose from the head…]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "You…" Yanmei stared, finding terror again as the shock and physical pain began to subside… but also anger, too. Long ago images of her broken, injured, bedridden mother and everything that had happened since then came back to her, and she tried to twist free. "You!! What do you even-?!"
[01:35] <AdEvaGM> [A pulse- almost like an electrical shock- rippled through Yanmei's body. Her phone vibrated. The Spectre plunged a hand into the pocket and pulled it out.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> It took a moment to catch her breath and focus on it again in bleary confusion. Her cell phone..?
[01:37] <AdEvaGM> [She forced the cellphone into Yanmei's hand…-
[01:39] <AdEvaGM> [And then quite suddenly, the wall behind Yanmei shook- she felt something punch through it, wrap around her stomach- and the wall -fell apart-. She fell backwards into a mix of plaster and dust, a sound ringing in her ears above that of falling debris- a voice. A familiar voice, roaring like a rabid lion. From the gloomy half-light she could see a hulking human shape and red hair…]
[01:45] <Yanmei> Premi- Captain Savage. She recognized him when the room stopped spinning, and she was able to climb to her feet. Her gun was gone now, dropped either amid the rubble or in the darkness of the previous room. -
[01:51] <Yanmei> Either way, she would get crushed in this battle if she did stick around. So she turned and began to stumble away, searching desperately for a way out in the gloom. "Retreating!" she called over her shoulder… although she hardly thought it was even necessary.
[01:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Huagh-"-
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> [The ground shook as Savage was hurled against a wall, collapsing it entirely and nearly sending him plummeting into the darkness. It was enough to nearly knock Yanmei off her feet, but the gloom was receding now- and someone was there to steady her.-
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> [She found herself looking into a face- the face of Silas Caine, in fact.]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "…" The first thing she thought of, oddly enough, was not the battle of Big Brother, but all of the images around the Dorian Lachapelle. For a split second, in her confusion, she wondered if it was a statue or something come to life. And then her damn senses kicked in, and she lashed out violently with a foot, taking a cue from Elene Simonides. Surely, the element of surprise was the only plausible way she would stand
[02:03] <Yanmei> - a chance against him? But it all went horribly wrong, and only took her off balance again without striking any vitals at all. "D-damn! Leggo!"
[02:08] <AdEvaGM> [But nevertheless he -did- let go, throwing his hands up into the air. "Stop it!"-
[02:08] <AdEvaGM> [It would take Yanmei a second to realise that it was quiet, and warm, and the darkness had faded…]
[02:12] <Yanmei> And unsurprisingly, without the support or any balance of her own, she just ended up crashing against the ground again, breathing hard. She rolled away, and pushed herself back onto her feet, and glared now that there was a little bit of distance between them. -
[02:13] <Yanmei> The Spectre was gone. At least that was something? But. Now what? Where was the rest of the attack team? Savage…?
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> [Savage was getting to his feet, shaking his head, his white robe coated in plaster and dust. There were bruises and cuts across his forehead, but they were sealing shut right in front of Yanmei's eyes.-
[02:15] <AdEvaGM> [Caine was standing there uncertainly, wearing that Brother uniform bar the helmet- Yanmei would notice that someone had pinned a NERV badge to the left breast-pocket. He looked around- then his eyes settled on something. He gave a little gasp of horror and covered his mouth.-
[02:16] <AdEvaGM> [Yanmei would soon see why. Severin was laying a few metres away from her- his body, laying in a pool of blood, headless. The Spectre had killed him in a single blow.]
[13:54] * Yanmei was still carrying the cellphone. It was something that she wasn't even conscious of until it slipped from her fingers and clattered to the ground. She dove after it when it registered, collected it, held it close to her, deliberately focusing on the spot on the ground that she'd picked it up from, hoping that her eyes would stop aching and stinging. -
[14:02] <Yanmei‘> Her face was still wet and sticky, and there were dark splatters on her coat, and she had to struggle to safely work her thoughts around both that and the first glimpse of the figure on the floor just a few paces away.
[14:11] <Minaplo> [A hand around her shoulders, warm and heavy. "Hey. Hey, Yanmei." Came Savage’s deep voice. "You ok? Bruce, can you cover Mr. Severin up?"-
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["S-Sure." Silas Caine walked over, timidly, reluctantly, wincing as he gently placed the head back next to the body- and tugged his own cloak off, covering the body with it.]
[14:18] <Yanmei‘> "I-it’s…" That pre-retching feeling wasn't quiet gone, and her eyes still weren't right. Still, she had to make an effort, stepping away deliberately. "It's not like I haven't seen dead bodies before?"
[14:21] <Yanmei‘> ^quite gone
[14:23] <Minaplo> ["Not like this, though." Said Terence quietly.-
[14:24] <Minaplo> [Footsteps on the staircase- the S2 squad was filing in, Mr. Vimes at the head.-
[14:24] <Minaplo> ["Please escort Pilot Zhang back to the Geofront." Said Terence.]
[14:33] * Yanmei` lifted her head and stepped toward them, opening her mouth out of habit to make some light complaint about needing escorts… but she shut it again a moment later without bothering. "…"
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["Come on, miss. We’ll get you to safety." Said Vimes.-
[14:35] <Minaplo> [Together the six S2 guards escorted Yanmei down the steps of the apartment building, down to the bottom floor, where a featureless black car was waiting.]
[14:38] * Yanmei‘ followed along, not glancing back at where Severin lay, covered or not. As Bruce was in that ganeral area as well, it also meant no parting gazes at him either, but that was something she could certainly live without. Instead, she glanced down at her phone, grip tight on the sleek casing in search of some comfort that didn’t exist there. -
[14:41] <Yanmei`> It only burned the encounter deeper into her mind. The weirdness with which the Spectre itself had grabbed and pushed it into her hand while… Huh. She blinked down at it suddenly and opened it.
[14:44] <Minaplo> [There was a message there, waiting for her.]
[14:45] <Yanmei`> She stopped short and stared, not quite understanding. And then, with a deft thumb move, she opened and read it.
[14:47] <Yanmei`> "…"

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