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[00:31:34] <Minaplo> […-
[00:31:45] <Minaplo> [The same room, albeit the guests were different.-
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[00:36:42] <Minaplo> [Of the UN delegation, only three actually sat. Closest to the table was Sarah Holt; she sat a little forwards, hands on the table, paying full attention to Vera.-
[00:39:31] <Minaplo> [To her left was Wu Yuanzhang. He sat firmly against the backrest, cool and confident; his expression was politely attentive, his hands folded across his lap.-
[00:40:44] <Minaplo> [To his left was skinny, scrawny Abeni Hamilton Elemide, sitting back in her chair, a little slouched; her attention seemed to be on the room itself.-
[00:41:59] <Minaplo> [By comparison, the other three stood. Frederick Ackerman stood behind Holt, whilst Eliphas Meir stood behind Wu. Ebele Natalie Achebe hovered at Abeni's left shoulder.]
10[00:46:44] * Vera smiled to them, to the majority of them one after another, before… well. Beginning. "Greetings. This would be, as best I can manage, your general team briefing. But first, I suppose I should ask. How have things been with settling in?"
[00:56:49] <Minaplo> ["Quite well, thank you." Said Sarah with a smile. "I prefer the outdoors myself, but one of your staffers directed me to the Inner Garden. It's lovely."-
[00:57:28] <Minaplo> [Wu gave Vera a slow nod as well. "Yes. I remain impressed by your facility and the readiness of your staff. A testiment to your ability."]
10[01:07:32] * Vera smiled back, warmer than before. "Well, thank you. Anyway, I must warn you in advance that the details of the attack are fairly… difficult. Insofar as we've tried a few theories and have leads, but getting an actual culprit has been hard."
[01:14:31] <Minaplo> ["So they've been clever." Said Wu.]
10[01:17:47] <09Vera> "Well, yes. It's also that there are questions left unanswered, and elements left unexplored." Vera explained. "…Namely, the most damning thing is that the attack occurred below the city, in an underground chamber once used as a monitoring facility by the Brazilian military."
[01:23:17] <Minaplo> ["Infiltration." Said Abeni. "Have y'all checked for cyber attacks in the last 24 months?"]
10[01:25:46] * Vera thought on that. She didn't remember that offhand, but… "I believe we paid more attention to other forms of infiltration. There was recently an issue with some sort of… stacked mind-control AT Power scheme. Wherein one was used to compromise an agent close enough to use their own, I believe. We rooted out the agent, and know who is likely to possess the power used on /them/. …But I suppose we can double-check long term cyberattacks."
[01:27:04] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh."-
[01:28:12] <Minaplo> ["Stacked mind control." Said Sarah slowly. "I'm not hugely familiar with AT Field abilities, but any forms of control I've seen personally have been fairly limited. The ability to control another into controlling another seems like it's on a different level entirely."-
[01:28:33] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Wu. "Do we know the identity of the one controlling your agent?"]
10[01:38:01] * Vera nodded. "We do. Local warlord, Paladin Konstantina. She has, …if I recall correctly… an ability that can plant suggested behaviors while suppressing memories of the time under her influence. It's one of the unique powers developed by the Iron Paladins, as per how the LN encouraged them to experiment with AT Fields."
[01:40:17] <Minaplo> ["An Iron Paladin? A dangerous foe to have." Said Wu.-
[01:40:46] <Minaplo> ["Whaddya know about the actual bombing?" Asked Abeni. "N2 warhead, underground chamber used by the military, what else?"]
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10[01:45:05] <09Vera> "It was timed precisely within a gap in our reporting and watch routine…" Beat. "And we didn't have much anything in the way of reasonable magnetic anomaly tracking until right at the moment of detonation."
[02:03:28] <Minaplo> ["Odd." Said Abeni. "Your lot probably have great magnetic sensor tech, you should've picked up on it."-
[02:03:51] <Minaplo> ["Which implies there was nothing to detect until the detonation occurred." Said Wu. "Curious."]
10[02:07:18] * Vera …sighed. "Which is a sticking point. We right now have two running theories as to /why/. The first, is that they somehow managed to assemble it piecemeal, and generated the antimatter onsite, or otherwise evaded magnetic detection. The… chamber it detonated in doesn't have a very large access point suitable for trucking in a whole N2 mine." She paused, for effect. "…The second, is a precision Dirac Jaunt, immediately before detonation. The infiltration means knowing the destination is possible, it's just… Precision. It was basically exactly at the centre of Campo Grande. …I've been told that, among anything even capable of Dirac precision to that level, are Angels and /maybe/ Brothers from that Italian fiasco. Anything else… has the same problem most eva pilots do - namely, the margin of error between 10 and 1000 meters."
[02:10:42] <Minaplo> ["It would be impractical to generate antimatter on-site." Said Wu.-
[02:11:28] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Sarah. "Precision Dirac…"-
[02:14:38] <Minaplo> ["There's a few in the UN ranks who can do it." Said Sarah. "Only two individuals, however, out of thousands."]
10[02:17:23] * Vera …raised a brow. "Huh. I wasn't aware of that." …Which in a way, she wasn't. She didn't have /confirmation/ of that at all, as much as she /suspected/ Solomon Primes could, it was all conjecture.
[02:18:48] <Minaplo> ["I also know of at least one individual in the Federation capable of it as well." Said Sarah. "The one known as Ezekiel- we saw him at the summit? He's an Angelspawn of some kind. He demonstrated his ability during a prisoner exchange."]
10[02:26:12] * Vera raised her brow /further/. "…Is that so. I guess that opens up the potential field." Beat. "…And makes everything as annoyingly predictable as I imagined it'd be." She looked frustrated! "Sorry, I mean… that basically, with the actual Angels defeated by and large, only the Federation and UN could possibly field something capable of that. And I'm well aware of the power struggle over Brazil between the two powers. And the presence of teams from each. …So in essence, it now falls on my lap that I have to finger one of your or their nations, barring something so dramatically unprecedented as to be absurd." Vera tried to sound less irritated, though. "As much as nobody fully understands the Brothers, they're… very dark horse."
[02:28:30] <Minaplo> ["Quite. Sorry to cause a mess for you, Vera." Said Sarah with a little smile.]
10[02:32:30] <09Vera> "…It's fine, I don't really feel like it was your mess to make. Even if we were to find UN culpability, it doesn't feel… 'you'. I don't know who /would/ do such a thing in either country - I know full well the people capable of it probably weren't the be-all masterminds, whether Ezekiel or either of the two the UN possesses."
[02:38:28] <Minaplo> ["Mm, agreed."-
[02:38:53] <Minaplo> [Abeni scratched the back of her hand. "So one theory is they built it on site. The other says dirac."]
10[02:40:04] <09Vera> "Yes. Transporting it whole would have been impossible in regards to the detonation site, and would've left a magnetic signature."
[02:40:28] <Minaplo> ["Heh." Abeni smirked.-
[02:40:37] <Minaplo> ["So most peoples' jaunts are imprecise, right?"]
10[02:41:12] * Vera nodded. "Yes, we have a reasonable amount of data from more talented Guard, and observations of evangelions and Angels."
[02:41:32] <Minaplo> ["Now is that the case with all use of dirac stuff, or just jaunting?"]
10[02:42:07] * Vera scratched her chin. "I believe merely jaunts. …Are you suggestion something like a… …Breach, I believe?"
[02:43:55] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I think that's the word for it." Said Abeni. "So why not both? They assemble most of it on site, then use a… Breach to put the actual core in."]
10[02:51:26] * Vera kept scratching. "That's a feasible enough possibility. It'd have a very short window to install it in, though. Which might be related to the timing and infiltration. …Thanks for the added angle."
[02:52:12] <Minaplo> ["Hey, it's what I do." Said Abeni. "I mean, it's how I'd wipe out a city if I wanted to."-
[02:52:22] <Minaplo> [Wu gave her a look, his brow furrowed tightly.-
[02:52:27] <Minaplo> ["Well it is." Said Abeni with a shrug.-
[02:56:57] <Minaplo> ["Regardless." Said Sarah. "It seems to me that the Paladin may be our only reliable lead at this point."]
10[02:58:27] <09Vera> "It does. Absent of anything much harder to figure out, that would be it." Vera slid a different dossier down and in. "There is an infiltration mission being drafted against her allies in an attempt to get better intel, though some of the Federation agents are quite talented at that as well, and… well. We can spread the net a little to accomodate the fact that wasting talent because of interpersonal struggles is foolish."
[02:59:30] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Wu. "What abilities are you looking to prioritise?"]
10[03:05:28] <09Vera> "We need a few angles. The first and most obvious, is interpersonal infiltration - disguise, ingratiation, essentially actually entering the organization and making them trust the agent in question. The second, would be more 'blatant' covert operations - observation, stealthy at that. Beyond that, the mission would also want a good operations/coordination agent or team to assist field agents, process reports, and, as needed, leverage force - which we can definitely provide too - to protect the agents if the operation fails. Otherwise…" She took a short breath. "Analysts of data in the warlord region and potentially with Colombian forces would be desired, as would anyone who could potentially aid Technical in getting a more complete picture of who or what could have properly perpetrated the attack in-and-of-itself."
[03:09:09] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Wu.-
[03:09:31] <Minaplo> ["I'm good at that stuff." Said Abeni. "Y'know. Infiltration. Hacking. Bugging. All that."-
[03:10:26] <Minaplo> ["I'm great with a gun!" Said Ebele cheerily. "And you don't get far in my outfit without knowing about hiding and ambushes."-
[03:11:07] <Minaplo> ["These two are fairly good at it as well." Said Sarah, nodding back towards Frederick and Eliphas. The latter instantly began looking away, as though he hadn't heard.]
10[03:12:23] * Vera smiled genially. "…Seriously, those two have been very aloof… Am I offending or annoying you?" She still gave some gentle nods to Abeni and Ebele.
[03:15:30] <Minaplo> ["No, ma'am." Said Frederick with a quick smile. "Just keeping watch."]
10[03:16:49] * Vera nodded. "Fair enough then. But I could see assignments to scout other areas, possibly inside Konstantina's own territory, to potentially achieve similar results of tactical value without the, again, personality clashes."
[03:24:22] <Minaplo> ["Good idea." Said Sarah. "And for the record, I'll try to ensure none of my team causes any hassles."]
10[03:26:48] <09Vera> "Good, I warned and got reasonable assurances much the same from the Feds."
[03:35:03] <Minaplo> ["Then I'm sure there will be no problems." Said Wu.]
10[03:35:56] * Vera nodded again. "Was there anything else any of you wished to say…?"
[03:36:53] <Minaplo> ["Nothing comes to mind." Said Sarah.]
10[03:48:40] <09Vera> "…Right then. I thank you for your cooperation, then." …Vera got moving to leave…!

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