This Too Shall Pass 3 1

[08:09] <AdEvaGM> [END OF EVANGELION. 23rd of May, 2018. Location: Paris-2, France. "This Too Shall Pass" 3.1-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [The story goes, or the way that I was told-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [There was a king that always felt too high and then he fell too low-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [And so he called all the wise men to the hall-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [And begged them for a gift to end the rises and the falls-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [But here’s the thing, they came back with a ring-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [It was simple and was plainly unbefitting of a king-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [Engraved in black, it had no front or back-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [But there were words around the band that said-
[08:11] <AdEvaGM> [Just know: This Too Shall Pass.-
[08:13] <AdEvaGM> [("Second and third starboard integrity points showing condition red!")-
[08:13] <AdEvaGM> [("Thrust at 65%!")-
[08:13] <AdEvaGM> [("Wait, we're losing power on the aft port propulsion-")-
[08:13] <AdEvaGM> [("03, compensate!")-
[08:14] <AdEvaGM> [The Dorian Lachapelle shuddered and shook. In their Evangelions, Yanmei would see technicians and engineers go sprawling across the ground, the deck itself listing to one side.-
[08:15] <AdEvaGM> [It was 10 AM on the morning of the 23rd of May. The morning of Operation Castor- the goal no less than to return to Earth and retake Paris-2 by force.-
[08:15] <AdEvaGM> [The four available Evangelions were roused, their pilots suited up and placed within their plugs.-
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> [Now the first challenge of their bold, risky plan loomed before them- getting the Dory off the ground.-
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> [("The stress is causing a cascade failure! Too much pressure is being placed on the stern-")-
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> [("Look out!")-
[08:18] <AdEvaGM> [Within the Eva hangar came a horrendous squeal of metal scratching on metal. The cage holding EVA-01 suddenly came loose. The Eva, still strapped to its wheeled deployment carriage, suddenly began to list forwards on the uneven deck! It began to hurtle forwards, along with other unsecured equipment, all of it heading for other vulnerable parts of the hangar- including helpless technicians.]
[08:32] * Sept reacted, after the initial and futile reactive start, by spreading his AT field in an effort to hold himself upright — or at least stop the downward momentum. "Everyone, get clear!"
[08:43] <AdEvaGM> [People tried desperately to scramble away as best they could, gravity and momentum working against them. The air around 01 shimmered and sparked as its AT Field spread.-
[08:43] <AdEvaGM> [Debris and equipment slammed and bounced off it, sending it everywhere erratically- but EVA-01 began to slow. By the time it hit a wall, its movement had slowed enough to protect itself as well as the wall.-
[08:44] <AdEvaGM> [There were a few injuries- a techie had been caught by the AT Field and slammed into the wall, not enough to kill him but enough to break an arm or leg.-
[08:44] <AdEvaGM> [("Full spread, compensation at 110%!")-
[08:45] <AdEvaGM> [With an alarming amount of shaking and rattling, the Dory listed back the other way- for a few seconds, long enough for everything to be tilted in the opposite direction. Before 01 or anything else could move too far, however, the Dory compensated, and the deck levelled out.]
[08:49] <Yanmei> In her entry plug, Yanmei was muttering softly to herself, gripping the controls tightly. No matter how bad this was, it probably wouldn't compare to the hell the crew had gone through during the Mars crash landing. But the leveling out was a good sign? Maybe they'd almost made it by now?
[08:52] <Sept> "Command, what's going -on- out there?"
[08:56] <AdEvaGM> [("…")-
[08:56] <AdEvaGM> [("We have stability! I repeat, we are airborne and holding!")]
[09:00] <Sept> "Good. Get this thing off…" With careful motions, 01 set to detaching itself from the carriage and bits of cage bolts, finding some purchase against further turbulence from the wall of the hangar.
[09:02] * Yanmei exhaled audibly. "Thank god… Let's hurry back before we test fate!"
[09:10] <AdEvaGM> [("Roger that! All hands, prepare for Dirac Jaunt in 10!")]
[09:11] <Sept> "Ready."
[09:13] * Yanmei nodded, bracing herself. "More than ready," she muttered under her breath.
[09:27] <AdEvaGM> [There was a sharp jerk- Yanmei felt the back of her head smack into her plugsuit's chair headrest-
[09:27] <AdEvaGM> [A moment of weightlessness…-
[09:27] <AdEvaGM> […-
[09:27] <AdEvaGM> [With a truly violent shudder- Yanmei saw, to her horror, a technician trip and go flying over a railing, catching the rail at the last second-, they emerged back into realspace.-
[09:28] <AdEvaGM> [("… Translation complete! Location: Ile-de-France!"-
[09:30] <AdEvaGM> [("Current temperature is 29 degrees celsius, the sun is up and the sky is blue!")-
[09:30] <AdEvaGM> [("Oh my God, I'm so fucking -glad- to be home-")-
[09:33] <AdEvaGM> [("Cut the chatter.") Came Marianne's voice. ("This is Marshal Amatore! Eagle Squadron to its posts! Evangelions, commence launch!")-
[09:33] <AdEvaGM> [The launch bays began to open, the cage clamps disengaging.-
[09:33] <AdEvaGM> [Yellow, warm sunlight flowed into the room… Outside was a blue sky, completely cloudless.]
[09:35] * Yanmei blinked, her eyes adjusting. For a moment, an expression of wonder came over her. "We really made it… Uh. I mean! Ready for launch!"
[09:38] * Sept clambered to his feet. "Parie…" He thought he could feel the warmth and scent of home again, for a moment.-
[09:38] <Sept> 01 prepared to leap out. "Ready."
[09:42] <AdEvaGM> ["EVA-05 ready." Said Isaiah, sitting in the Eva that used to be Shinji's.-
[09:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Ayanami Rei, EVA-09-D, ready!"-
[09:43] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-09 now looked like a true beast. A hundred spines and blades protruded from its torso and arms, and a large spiral unicorn horn jutted from its head. It… Had changed.-
[09:45] <AdEvaGM> [("Granting operational control over to Marshal Wellesley.")-
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> [Vid windows snapped open in their plugs, showing Alphonse's face.-
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Evangelion units- action!"]
[09:52] <Yanmei> "04, launching!" and 04 launched, propelling itself into the air once its restraints were undone. Blue skies~ "Keep together until we spot them," she warned.
[09:58] * Sept followed right behind. "01, out. Be ready for Bunker fields, too."
[10:07] <AdEvaGM> [05 and 09-D were soon to follow- and then spilling out the sides, painted blue and white, were the D-Titans of Eagle Squadron.-
[10:10] <AdEvaGM> [("Yanmei.") Fontaine. ("Remember, we're expendable- if you need us to do the dirty work, give the word without a second thought.")-
[10:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Strike, we're picking up hostile signatures." Said Alphonse. "We've confirmed fifteen E-Destroyers, and…"-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> [In the distance, they saw Paris-2. Spreading out like a grey and black blanket, snaking over the gentle hills and plains of the Ile-de-France, bisected by the Seine.-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> [They saw home…-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Three powerful AT Signatures. Dysangelions from the look of it."]
[10:40] <Yanmei> "Understood?" 04 raced ahead, branching off gradually. "Three is better than facing all of them? Rei, follow my lead. Let's do it just the way we planned during the briefing, okay guys?"
[10:42] <Sept> "Yeah. The rest of you, on me. Let's get in position. Stick together unless they start raining artillery."
[10:44] <AdEvaGM> [("Confirming- Scholastica, Agatha, Augustine.")-
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Got it, Meimei." Said Rei, cruising after Yanmei, the armoured bony carapaces on her Eva sliding and locking into a more aerodynamic form.-
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> [They heard the dull roar of artillery, and a second later something- a huge shell- the air around it whistling menacingly- slammed into the ground near Rei and Yanmei. A gigantic explosion enveloped the two…-
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> [… Although they emerged unharmed, it was nevertheless a rattling experience. With this opening shot, the battle began.-
[10:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Augh! Heavy fire in this zone!" Shouted Pham, her tiny, nimble D-Titan zipping through city streets, buildings around her becoming cratered and demolished by bolter fire. Next to her, Edgar cruised, evading them as easily as she was.-
[10:48] <AdEvaGM> [A bluish energy bolt burst forth from the city centre. Evangeline had to fly to compensate for her unit's sluggish movement, and she was an easy target- the bolt struck her D-Titan on the arm, leaving a huge gouge in the blue metal. "Under fire!"]
[10:55] <Sept> "Keep moving, this isn't defensible yet!"
[11:32] <Sept> "Yanmei, where do we set up? They're still too far out!"
[11:37] <Yanmei> Yanmei scowled. "Halt the advance. It's not like they don't see us? We'll have them come to us instead!" -
[11:39] <Yanmei> 04 swooped down to the ground on the banks of the charming Seine, her mini-squad following. "Barriers up! Go on the defensive!"
[11:42] <Sept> "What she said, form up!" Sera twirled the Lance around and struck the ground with it, spreading out a focused pearlescent barrier in front of them. "Isaiah!"
[11:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I've got it!"-
[11:48] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-05 skidded to a halt next to Sera, throwing a hand out. A plane of AT force burst into existence, bisecting the Seine right down the middle.-
[11:48] <AdEvaGM> [Rei was doing the same around Yanmei and the other D-Titans.-
[11:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Popping smoke!" Shouted Alex. A second later, the area was filled with a dense purple smoke…]
[11:49] <Yanmei> "Well done, Fontaine. How many more of those do you have left?"
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> ["…"]
[11:51] <Yanmei> "Fontaine?" 04 turned, Yanmei frowning.
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> [Charlemagne was standing in the middle of the street, unmoving. Completely unmoving. A leg was hovering in mid-air…-
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> [The smoke cleared for just a split second, enough for Yanmei to see it.-
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> [Two Dysangelions, one projecting a dense bluish field around it…-
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> [And the other holding a menacing staff, long and bone white with a prism built into the end.-
[11:53] <AdEvaGM> [The prism-wielding Dysangelion pointed it at their formation.-
[11:53] <AdEvaGM> [There was a bright actinic flash of energy, and suddenly the entire area was devastated. Buildings had literally melted into puddles of magma. The air had caught alight, spreading fire throughout the area. All of their D-Titans were burning, and huge chunks had been ripped out of Pham's!]
[12:11] * Yanmei wheezed slightly. 04 hadn't taken damage, but the others were… "That worked a little too well?" she muttered grimly. "Rei! We're going to retaliate! Target the one in black!"
[12:13] <Sept> "Taking her field down!" Sera focused his -everything- into a single burst of dissonant energy crashing and tearing into Agatha's field around them.
[12:14] <AdEvaGM> [Also the area was inundated with roughly 100,000 bolter shells that failed to do anything except drive down property values.-
[12:49] <AdEvaGM> [A second later, Agatha's bubble vanished into nothing…-
[12:49] <AdEvaGM> [("… One canister-" Alex coughed. "Hey, what happened? I'm on fire?!"-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, shit, shit, shit." Swore Pham, staring down the two Dysangelions.-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> [Alex turned.-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> ["… Oh, this is bad."-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> [("Bad?") Said Alphonse.-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> [("Ladies and gentlemen, this is exactly what I wanted.")-
[12:53] <AdEvaGM> [("Rei! Grab her!")-
[12:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes!" Rei sheathed her Daiglaive, and lunged forward. Before Agatha could move away, Rei had pinned her in a bear hug, the thorns in Rei's armour suddenly digging deep into the Dysangelion's flesh, locking her in place.-
[12:56] <AdEvaGM> [("Let's go all out!") Shouted Alphonse. ("Fontaine, mark that target!")-
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> [Alex raised his Positron Rifle, pausing for a second to recalibrate. ("Limiters off. Firing!")-
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> [The spray of bolts did a surprising amount of damage on the Dysangelion-
[12:58] <AdEvaGM> [("Data received! Aiming- firing!") Cried Eve. Her cannon hummed for a moment as power built- before firing a bright blinding beam of Positron energy that nearly tore Agatha's right arm clear off.-
[12:58] <AdEvaGM> [("Nataniel, don't wimp out!") Said Remy. ("Got your generators to double-max, hey!")-
[12:59] <AdEvaGM> [("Yeah, yeah, I got it!") Shouted Nataniel. He raised his customised Positron Rifle, levelled it at Agatha's head- and pulled the trigger. The shot burned into its right eye, sending the paralysed Dysangelion into convulsions. It let out a low dull roar of agony…-
[12:59] <AdEvaGM> [("It's all yours, angel!") Shouted Nataniel.-
[13:00] <AdEvaGM> [("Natan~") Chirped Pham girlishly, completely heedless of the damage her unit was taking. She raised her right sword and, with a single flick of a heavy metal finger, activated its power field.-
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> [Pham leapt through the air, swinging the blade of her sword right through the Dysangelion's neck. It tore messily away, its flesh burning and sagging, oils and fats sloughing off as the throat disintegrated.-
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> [With a final pained convulsion, the Dysangelion went limp.-
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> [("Scratch one beast! I repeat, the Dysangelion is down!")]

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