Von Brandt S Terms

01[22:58] <Yanmei> A sour mood followed Zhang Yanmei as she wandered the halls of the ship. Marianne had been right… she -did- need an XO to get her out of unpleasant tasks. If she had one, she would have been free to waste her day away, playing with Lizzie and chatting with her mother instead of seeing to …this. -
01[23:05] <Yanmei> Nevertheless, she tried to keep her back and shoulders straight as she walked along, determined to appear proper and stately in her ruffled black skirt and fashionable jacket. She was coming upon a small cluster of rooms with makeshift shops inside. They sold all sorts of things to the soldiers on board… candy, weapon accessories, electronics, magazines… She paused in front of one of them, hands clasped behind her back, wondering if a new holster would make her feel a little better about these circumstances…
[23:09] <Minaplo> [Unbeknowst to Yanmei, someone had in fact walked up next to her, mimicking her pose; the individual leaned forward, his head juust to the right of Yanmei's…]
06[23:13] * Yanmei whipped her gaze at him startled! Her hand made a grasping motion at her side out of habit, but she was unarmed, so nothing came of it.
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["Windowshopping on the promenade?" Asked Mr. Blue, clucking mischievously. "I had no idea you had so much free time…"]
01[23:18] <Yanmei> "W-why are you here?!" She took a step back. "If you snuck on board, you're in serious trouble!"
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["Oh, come now, Captain. If you think I snuck aboard, would I, firstly, be on the Promenade, secondly, be talking to you, thirdly, be in any way hindered by your security force?"]
01[23:27] <Yanmei> "Modest," she said dryly. "Time for a talk with Wellesley, then. I assume -he's- the one who invited you, what with how buddy-buddy you were acting earlier."
[23:30] <Minaplo> ["Actually, I think you'll find it was the work of multiple doorknobs." Said Mr. Blue, stepping back with a grin. "Boot Boy was one, Terry was two, and of course Mrs. Rei put in a good word for me… All of which had to go through that nymphy colonel of yours."]
01[23:35] <Yanmei> Nymphy! Yanmei scowled. "In that case, I have multiple people to talk to. What do you even want?"
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["Do you mean right now, or in the medium term, or longer?"]
01[23:36] <Yanmei> "All three?"
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["Well fine."-
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["Right now, I'm over here," He waved a hand into the air around him, "speaking to you, in order to say hello, and to greet you as befitting my role as a friend and indeed, ally of you and the Federation."]
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01[23:43] <Yanmei> "I don't remember making friends with such jerky attitudes." Yanmei primly tossed her hair. "And I'm surprised you're making the effort of being here when you have a criminal underground to conquer and hand over to Rei?"
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["Why, my dear Captain, you're making it sound like conquering that underground is something I need to do rather than have already done. Besides, today I'm taking one bold step towards both consolidating Ms. Rei's strength over such an element and my own very much celebrated rehabilitation as a fully-accepted member of your society."]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "And what step is that?" she said warily.
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["Follow me, and see."]
06[23:52] * Yanmei paused, not really liking the sound of that, but she nodded eventually, dropping her arms by her sides.
[23:57] <Minaplo> [He walked along the Promenade quickly, before abruptly stopping outside of a pair of large rooms. The Promenade had been constructed by Silas Caine with the intent for it to become a shopping mall on the Battleship, but most of the space allocated for shops had as yet been left empty.-
[23:57] <Minaplo> [Two of these spaces had suddenly been filled, with work teams inside busily installing equipment, laying down carpet, painting the walls…-
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Welcome to Blue's." Said Mr. Blue, puffing up. "Bar, grill, and tailor's."]
Session Time: Thu Jan 23 00:00:00 2014
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "You cook." She side-eyed him skeptically. "And sew."
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["I've been living alone for years. A man learns a few tricks." He grabbed the lapels of his suit proudly. "Hand-made, you know. By me. It'll stop a bullet."-
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["I'm not the best cook, of course, but I bet I can just hire a few ol' mafia chefs and that'll work out." He nodded sagely. "But just think about it! A place on the ship for people to relax and eat without having to go to the cafeteria. They can stop in here, put down an order for a pair of pants, and stay for a drink. It's fuckin' brilliant, I tell you."]
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "Mmrph." It was a decent enough suit, but she wasn't about to -say- so aloud. "I'm not sure how much of a profit you can make? We're not exactly swimming in money, here, and things are about to get worse."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["You mean, people are liable to drink more?"]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "You'll have steep competition for that~ Have you taken a look inside our regular cafeteria yet? It has its own full bar and entertainment area."
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["Does it have… Black jack?"]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "It has HoloBrothers Karaoke. It's very popular?"
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["Not the same. I'm gonna have… Blackjack! Roulette! Poker! Waiters who aren't Brothers, but are instead pretty girls! Or pretty boys."-
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["It's going to be a regular den of vice, just real clean and shit. Why don't you come in, eh? I'll get you a drink. Any drink."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "I'll pass? But there's something else you can get for me."
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["That's the spirit. Name your poison."]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> For a split second, she wondered if he meant that literally. "Information," she said carefully. "About one of our new prisoners?"
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Man. You want to know about von Brandt."]
01[00:34] <Yanmei> "You know him," Yanmei shrugged. "You're the only one here who does, really. What's his deal?"
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["I'd really rather talk about this over some drinks."]
06[00:41] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow and made a little gesture for him to lead the way past the mess and the workers to the alcohol.
[00:43] <Minaplo> [He strutted past into a back office room. He sat down, taking a bottle of whiskey out of a mini-bar, and placing it on the table with a glass.-
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["So, what do you wanna know about the Nightmare?"]
06[00:44] * Yanmei stood, leaning against a wall. "As much as you know? How did you meet him?"
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue tapped his head. "Guess."]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Of course," she sighed. "Was that before or after he went on to terrorize the NeoSpartans?"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Prrrobably before. Of course, it could've been done at the same time."]
06[00:55] * Yanmei nodded, frowning. "How much do you know about this guy's personal life?"
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Right now, or in the past?"]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Start with the past. We'll work our way up to the present."
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Well, I know he's German. Comes from a family with friendly ties to the Caines."-
[00:59] <Minaplo> [He rubbed his hands, grabbed his glass and drained it of whiskey.-
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["I know he's one of the survivors of the Shangri-La Settlement."]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "That would be…?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, you don't know? You're in for a treat."-
[01:04] <Minaplo> [He sat back in his chair, propping his legs up on the desk. "You've heard of A-Types, right? 4,000 people or so who are Evangelion-compat."]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "Of course?"
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Well, A-Types- like you- once had special abilities."-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["It was AT Field crap, before people knew what that meant, and it was so rare that no one could really study it. But you had some folks who could create fire outta nowhere, or levitate a ton, or fly…"-
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["The Shangri-La Settlement was a hidden little oasis in the middle of nowhere- that is, near Western China- that was home to a bunch of these dudes, who were all hiding from the outside world."]
01[01:11] <Yanmei> "You called him a survivor. They were wiped out? Was it 2nd Impact, or some crazy witch hunt?"
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["Mix."-
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["See, when 2I happened, every A-Type either lost their powers, or lost the ability to learn 'em. The Shangri-La Settlement relied on their powers to hide 'em, for example, by making anyone who came close irrationally scared or, instead of seein' a settlement, just seein' dirt. When 2I went down, poof! Suddenly the Settlement was there, and one bunch of people'd been lookin' for the Settlement
[01:12] <Minaplo> for years- the Russian Army."]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "…" Her brow furrowed. "It's not China's own army would have been able to stop them at the time."
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Damn right."-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["So yeah, they wiped the settlement out. Most died, a few lived. They dragged some of 'em back- von Brandt, and, oh, guess who?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "What? Who?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["The Night Witch herself."]
06[01:28] * Yanmei stared, and then she shook her head hard. "They were both kidnapped A-types who ended up with the Russian army. But von Brandt is a doctor, not a soldier like she is…"
[01:30] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue looked particularly smug. "Do you know what von Brandt's power was?"]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "Reading minds?"
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[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Telepathy and a form of mind control, yup. Apparently the loss of it was so devastating to him that he tried to re-learn it all through normal science… Or so they say." He grinned.]
06[02:05] * Yanmei did not grin back. She seemed deeply perturbed… until she remembered who she was standing before. Hastily, she tossed her hair. "How pathetic? But if that's true, it would explain a few things."
[02:06] <Minaplo> ["Oh~?"]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "You would know," she said primly. "Asuka Langley Soryu told me quite a few things about what he did to her and the others. I doubt he was any softer on you either?"
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["Oh, it depends, of course." Said Blue superciliously. "Weak, pliable people- people he could control easily- suffered relatively little. It was the strong, like me, or that Red Baroness you're so fond of, who suffered the true nightmares."]
01[02:17] <Yanmei> "The Re- ahem. Asuka made it sound like he was widely feared. But then, this is a group of small children we're talking about?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["I can't vouch for the NeoSpartans entirely." But he grinned, poured himself another glass. "But if you're a wee knee-high, and other knee-highs are disappearin', you're gonna become scared. If he's the one doin' the disappearin'…"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "Exactly. He wasn't the only one with that sort of reputation either? There was Riel too… but we are getting away from the point."
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["It's fun to get away from the point, sometimes."]
06[02:32] * Yanmei actually considered that. The more time she wasted here, the less time she would end up spending on to her next task. -
01[02:33] <Yanmei> "What about the rumors surrounding his love life?"
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["What rumours? It's well-known that he bumps the uglies with Mary Caine. You know. El tango horizonal." He clicked his fingers. "Cha cha cha~"]
01[02:35] <Yanmei> "Uuuugh, stop talking like that."
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Jumpin' the bones, unitin' the nations, makin' sweeeeet love."-
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Although, mind you, I don't actually know about that. I know they're, y'know, close, but sexual? I don't know if Caine has the parts anymore…"]
06[02:45] * Yanmei emerged from her disgusted grimace, but it was slow, difficult work. There were many horrors from that imagery clinging stubbornly to her mind. "I-I know, right? Whatever. I don't actually care about that? But I wonder what she was doing sending him to France. Would she trust him enough to have him search for things? Assess her enemies?"
[02:48] <Minaplo> ["Bet so."]
01[02:52] <Yanmei> "He's been doing some homework already," she grumbled. "Let's see him finish it from a maximum security jail cell."
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["Ohhhh, shit. You're gonna go see him now, aren't you?"]
01[02:54] <Yanmei> A look of annoyance flashed across her face. "Maybe. Maybe not."
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["So you are gonna see him. Gonna ask why he surrendered to a group of unconscious beaten up girls?"]
01[02:59] <Yanmei> "That's one of the things he'll be interrogated about, yes," she said grudgingly.
[03:00] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue began to chuckle ruefully.]
01[03:01] <Yanmei> "What? What do you know?!"
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["What I know is that you oughta keep sharp and on the ball." He said with a grin. "Or you'll be the one interrogated."]
01[23:15] <Yanmei> "Like I don't already know that? I've been careful."
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["Suit yourself."-
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["So as an aside, did you enjoy your little run-in with Walpurgis Night?" He beamed.]
06[23:22] * Yanmei glowered. "You're acting awfully smug over a few cheap, lucky shots?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Next time, they're dead."
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Pffft. You know, what you just said was 'I can be taken down by a few cheap, lucky shots'. Isn't it sad if you admit that you're weak enough to be defeated by luck?"]
01[23:27] <Yanmei> "Stop twisting my words? I would never admit to that!"
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["Then how'd they beat you?"]
01[23:38] <Yanmei> "You've already heard the story with your own ears? Stop getting a kick out of this! Shouldn't you be more concerned about your precious Rei taking a beating from those jerks?"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["My concern is about the fact that I wasn't there to see it." Said Mr. Blue. "Two groups of fit, good-looking teenage girls beating on each other…" He beamed. "… And the famous Zhang Yanmei, trippin' out…"]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "I did know such thing! I don't know which of the Ayanamis told you that, but clearly they were the ones who were 'trippin out'?"
01[23:49] <Yanmei> ^no such
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["I saw a Hallucinogenic Grenade's shell on the battlefield. You tripped out. Admit it."]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "No! Never! Why do you even care, anyway?"
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Reasons."-
[23:54] <Minaplo> [He held the whiskey bottle out to Yanmei. "You oughta go see the Nightmare now. Have a drink before you go, for fortitude's sake."]
01[23:56] <Yanmei> Still scowling, Yanmei shook her head. "I need clarity more than fortitude now. I'm not about to slip up."
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Fair enough."-
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Anyway. No hard feelings, right?"]
06[23:59] * Yanmei made one last face at him before turning to go. "Whatever? Good luck with your bar."
Session Time: Fri Jan 24 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["What about my grill and tailor's, eh?"]
06[00:01] * Yanmei paused. "Your establishment, then."
[00:03] <Minaplo> [He just grinned.]
06[00:07] * Yanmei huffed loudly and then swiftly fled the rest of the way, slipping past the workers and out into the Promenade. Once outside she straighted her jacket. That jackass! If she didn't calm down, before facing von Brandt…-
01[00:08] <Yanmei> She took a deep breath and started walking. Surely, she would pull it together on the way
[00:14] <Minaplo> [Von Brandt was being held in the battleship holding cells, near the bottom of the ship. As she approached the ship's aura of luxury gave way to a more steadily martial feel, and by the time she reached the security centre, she was reminded more of NERV HQ than of the Palais Elysee.-
[00:14] <Minaplo> [A pair of soldiers guarded the security centre, which was being run by a familiar face- Security chief Vimes!]
06[00:24] * Yanmei stared, paling suddenly and significantly, eyes locked wordlessly on him.
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["Good afternoon, Captain." He said, giving her a professional nod and a small smile.]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "M-Mr. Vimes…" She cleared her throat. "I didn't realize you were on the ship now too…"
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["It's where all the action is, Captain."]
01[00:35] <Yanmei> "Of course…" She glanced down the way the cells sat, and then quickly back again. "I should apologize for before…"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["You mean that little con you pulled on me, Captain?"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ]
01[00:42] <Yanmei> "…um. Yes." Her face colored slightly, but she threw her shoulders back and faced him squarely. "I don't expect you to forgive me just like that, of course…"
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["You admit that you screwed up though, Captain?"]
01[00:46] <Yanmei> "Of course I did!"
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Well, then, I suppose it's all water under a bridge. I can't stay angry at you for very long, Captain. Not after all we've been through."]
06[00:50] * Yanmei blinked a few times, and then looked away, ashamed. "Simon punched me for that, you know. When I saw you I was expecting… well. Something similar?" She was actually fidgeting now, in her discomfort.
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Well… You know, you do owe me…"]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I guess I do…"
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["So, I figure you probably need some kind of bodyguard…"]
01[00:58] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei nodded slowly, understanding. "I am kind of a big deal now. But are you sure?"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["It's gotta be better than prisoner watch."]
01[01:04] <Yanmei> "Heh. I can't say I'm that interesting to watch either, but consider it done."
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Good."-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["And what brings you here today, Captain?"]
01[01:07] <Yanmei> "I'm supposed to speak with a prisoner? We took him in last night." She quickly straightened up in order to look proper again. "A Doctor Von Brandt."
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Cell A-5."]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "Right. This won't take long?" She faced the door that would take her to him. "Let's take all the necessary security measures. This will be filmed, right?"
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Yes."]
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "Good." She edged a little closer to the door, waiting for it to be unlocked…
[01:21] <Minaplo> [The door opened, leading Yanmei down a corridor- where she would find Cell A-5…-
[01:23] <Minaplo> [The cell door was segmented into four parts; two parts on her side, two on his, and a transparent metal screen was in the middle. As she approached the top halves slid away, revealing the cell within. It was spartan, but clean, with a single bed and a bathroom in the next room over.-
[01:23] <Minaplo> [Two telephones sat on each side of the cell.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> [Ephraim Siskin von Brandt sat within the room, lying on the bed, staring at the door with the strange certainty of a man who knew she was coming.]
06[01:24] * Yanmei stared back. Then she offered a cordial smile, reaching for the phone on her side and holding it up to her ear.
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[01:28] <Minaplo> [von Brandt moved very deliberately, not rushing nor taking his time. With an utterly steady hand he picked up the telephone and held it up to his ear as well.]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "Hello, Doctor~ I came to see how you were doing today."
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["I'm doing quite fine, thank you. How are you?"]
01[01:38] <Yanmei> "I'm all right? Any day after surviving a battle is a good day, wouldn't you agree?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["But of course." He smiled a little wider.]
01[01:43] <Yanmei> "You must feel very proud of those Walpurgis Night girls. Not only did they survive, but they escaped as well."
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["I think it is impossible for anyone to be anything but impressed with them. Four mercenaries from Nigeria taking on and defeating NERV's finest, including four genetically-enhanced supersoldier Ayanamis?" He chuckled indulgently, shaking his head. "They are truly remarkable, are they not?"]
01[01:46] <Yanmei> "Certainly. I can't imagine the training they must have had up until now."
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["You would enjoy meeting with them, wouldn't you?"]
01[01:53] <Yanmei> "I'm sure that will happen eventually? Right now, I'm more surprised that they didn't take you with them when they fled."
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[01:59] <Yanmei> "Of course. You're an important part of the Human Instrumentality Committee? It's hardly to their advantage to leave you behind."
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["Indeed?"]
06[02:01] * Yanmei settled back slightly. "You must have some thoughts on this as well, Doctor."
[02:01] <Minaplo> [He smiled. "Why do you think they left me behind?"]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> "I believe it's because you asked them to, and they felt reluctant to take you by force."
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["That is one possible explanation. Why don't you give me another?"]
01[02:04] <Yanmei> "I would prefer some clarification, sir."
[02:06] <Minaplo> ["Really?"]
01[02:08] <Yanmei> "Yes, please. Is that what actually happened, or was there some other reason why you were left behind?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Just how strongly would you prefer clarification?"]
06[02:17] * Yanmei gave him a faintly puzzled look. "Are you, by chance, reluctant to provide an answer?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["By design, not by chance. It's a rare interrogator who believes they can gain answers without offering something in return."]
06[02:38] * Yanmei chuckled quietly. "All right. I'll play along? There are many other reasons why you may have been left. There might have been a dispute between you and the pilots, and after being left stranded by them, you decided to surrender. -
01[02:42] <Yanmei> "It seems unlikely, however, given that you trusted them enough to loan them the weapons they were using to attack my group? Another possibility is that you temporarily split up so that you could further incapacitate us while they went off to search for a way to transport us to an enemy ship or VTOL. And that… is such an unpractical plan that no one would attempt it. So! I believe that there must have been another reason, which is why I am turning to you for answers."
[21:50] <Minaplo> [von Brandt chuckled.-
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["That's a start. But anyone with a basic understanding of value knows that speculation holds unequal weight to information. You will have to tell me something I want to know."]
01[21:54] <Yanmei> "You'll have to be more specific?"
[21:57] <Minaplo> [He beamed. "Tell me about this 'United Earth Federation' of yours."]
01[22:03] <Yanmei> "I can't tell you much about a faction that was formed less than 48 hours ago? We're simply seeking to do what the UN appears to be incapable of doing while it remains under the control of Mary Caine. That's all."
[22:05] <Minaplo> [He simply smiled, as though waiting.]
01[22:13] <Yanmei> "That would be," she said slowly, "protecting our allies against nafarious forces without making unreasonable demand and without enabling a crazy person to unleash her own version of armageddon on them."
[22:16] <Minaplo> [His smile widened.]
01[22:17] <Yanmei> "You're unimpressed," she guessed.
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["Unimpressed? Not at all. I just simply wasn't aware that you were so fond of Azariah Caine as to emulate him to this degree."]
01[22:26] <Yanmei> "Heh. You're a little off with the 'fond' part? But you aren't the first person to make comparisons to the LN."
[22:27] <Minaplo> [He seemed genuinely surprised.-
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["… No, no. You must be fond of him. It's the only explanation."]
01[22:29] <Yanmei> "I've never personally met him. I just know that caused me and the rest of NERV a lot of trouble. Why would I be fond of him?"
[22:32] <Minaplo> ["Because you could not have arrived at your current endeavour through a process of logic." He chuckled. "Logic would bring you to a much more conciliable endeavour. The only explanations for your actions now are that you owe some level of fondness to Azariah Caine and his legacy, or… That you are an illogical person."]
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06[22:43] * Yanmei gave him a blank stare. She relaxed, then, slowly. "You have your own fondnesses, correct? You've worked hard for Mary Caine for many years. What was it like?"
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Asking for more answers before you've even earned the first…" He shook his head.-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [Ephraim leaned forward a little. "Tell me why you came to this endeavour of yours. You still haven't properly illustrated why you oppose Mary Caine so."]
01[22:50] <Yanmei> "It's not her that I oppose? This is political, not personal."
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["Indeed?"]
01[23:01] <Yanmei> "Indeed." she said firmly. "If you know anything of her plans, it would not be hard to make the connection between learning of them and revolting against them."
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["I'm afraid it's quite the opposite, my dear Captain. But please, don't allow me to stop you from illustrating your reasoning."]
01[23:03] <Yanmei> "What -do- you know of Caine's plans?"
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["Everything."]
06[23:12] * Yanmei stared. "Then I'm afraid it's you who should explain? Most people would be turned off at being forced, against their will, to participate in a global-scale level of what happened to the young pilot candidates at Eden base."
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["Do you believe that human agency is really the issue here?"]
01[23:14] <Yanmei> "You disagree?"
[23:15] <Minaplo> ["I believe it's more relevant to ask why you believe it matters."]
01[23:28] <Yanmei> "The bigger issue, clearly, is being turned into a primordial soup at all? I want to exist, and many others feel the same way. That's why we revolt."
[23:29] <Minaplo> [He laughed.-
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["I thought you knew more about her intentions…"]
01[23:30] <Yanmei> "Really." She gazed at him expectantly.
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[23:43] <Minaplo> ["You believe that Mary's plan will result in you existing as LCL forevermore, correct?"]
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06[23:46] * Yanmei nodded slowly, still staring.
[23:47] <Minaplo> [He laughed joyously.-
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["You couldn't be farther from the truth!"]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei put on a smile of her own. "Would you enlighten me, then?"
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["I would… If properly motivated to do so by information I desire."]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> Her smile turned apologetic. "I regret to bring this up? But you are not the only person I can ask for details on it. Anyway, I'm more curious about the circumstances that brought you to us."
[23:54] <Minaplo> [von Brandt laughed again. "Ask others, by all means. Just remember- caveat emptor."]
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01[00:00] <Yanmei> "Wise words for any exchange of information." She smiled sweetly at him. "As for those circumstances I mentioned, are you still unwilling to answer questions about them?"
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[00:03] <Minaplo> ["It seems curious to me," He said ponderously, seemingly ignoring Yanmei's question, "That you did not know all the circumstances regarding Mary's plan already. Either these other people you refer to are prisoners like myself, in which case you are out of luck, or they're allies of yours, in which case, why haven't they told you everything…?"]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "Come now. You cannot possibly believe that I am unfamiliar with being lied to by allies."
[00:07] <Minaplo> [He chuckled. "I would be more surprised if you weren't. But you need not fear, my dear. Everything I say is the truth."]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "…of course." -
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "As for the circumstances that led you to surrender…"
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["You certainly are focused on that topic, aren't you? Very well. I surrendered simply because I had more gain to do so than I would by retreating."]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Oh? You mean information?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Merely a component, my dear. Holistically, I wished to gain insight into the mindset of your Federation. I wanted to understand how such an organisation came to be, and how it intends to operate. To see if it is worthy of the lofty goals ascribed to it by you."]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "Why? For your own curiosity?"
[00:21] <Minaplo> [He smiled. "Indeed."]
01[00:28] <Yanmei> "Then this must have been a disappointing meeting for you."
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "If you had been satisfied with what you had learned, you wouldn't have asked for more information in exchange for Mary Caine's plans."
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["My dear, you're the one who asked for information. It would teach you the wrong lessons to assume that you could gain anything for free."]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "I understand that very well already. Maybe I could arrange for certain privileges in exchange for your cooperation."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "You'll have a boring stay here with things the way they are. I could have books brought down. Additional amenities, like T.V. or radio or alcohol… maybe if there were other people you were interested in speaking to, I could persuade them to visit."
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Well now, other people…"-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Very well. If you can persuade certain individuals to meet with me, then I will answer some of your questions. After I am visited."]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "There are certain people who are out of the question, of course. But, go ahead and name who you had in mind?"
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["Ayanami Rei, Ikari Shinji, Barzilai Surov, Raphael Guillory, Aline Blanc and… Oh, yes, of course. Isaiah Gabriel-Wei."]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "Ikari is out of the question. I will see about the others, however."
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Out of the question?" von Brandt laughed. "Why?"]
01[01:04] <Yanmei> "Because he's been bedridden for some time. He's in no condition to meet with anyone?"
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["So you decide with whom he meets, then?"]
01[01:07] <Yanmei> "I don't, but his doctors do." A wry smile. "Do you want me to give you a signed note from them?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["By all means." He chuckled.-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["How curious, though."]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "What is?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["You led me to believe that you considered human agency important. Yet it seems that you too are willing to regulate and control the weak for their own good." He smiled broadly.-
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["There is hope for you yet, Captain."]
01[01:14] <Yanmei> Yanmei's expression grew a little colder. "You have it wrong."
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Indeed?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "This doesn't even begin to compare with what the Caines have tried to do. It's just not a good connection at all?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["What a spurious claim, my dear. Where is your evidence?"]
01[01:28] <Yanmei> "Where's yours?" Yanmei put on another mild smile. "I have no doubt that you're excellent at what you do, Doctor, but we have only had two - possibly two and a half - conversations together? You cannot possibly glean that from one single action…"
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Then you won't have any qualms with informing Ikari Shinji of my request and allowing him to see me?"]
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "I will inform him and his doctors of the request, and I will leave the decision up to them."
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["Why the doctors? Why not Ikari personally?" He tutted.]
01[01:36] <Yanmei> "Because they've been the ones treating him and are more aware of anyone of what his condition allows him to do? Why wouldn't they be consulted?"
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[01:39] <Minaplo> [He shook his head. "But of course, it's only prudent! As I've been saying, my dear, control the weak for their own good. You've led us about in a great circle, you know."]
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01[01:51] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei kept that polite smile on her. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you thought that was a virtue?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["But you do know better, don't you, my dear?" He smiled.-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Now then, we have yet to truly answer the core question. You said I was wrong, that your actions don't compare with our own. Prove it, my dear."]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "All right. It's a matter of scale? Asking for a doctor's recommendation for an ill person's actions isn't the same as changing the entire nature of life on Earth? One is sensible, and the other is extreme beyond any conventional understanding of the word 'extreme'."
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Hardly, my dear." von Brandt chuckled. "You have a curious concept of our intentions. Humanity as a species is ill, and we are doing what is necessary to cure that ill."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "Is that so?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["Indeed."]
01[02:06] <Yanmei> "I never had any intention of excluding Ikari from a conversation with his doctors about our arrangement. Are the Caines including all of humanity in their plans? It concerns everyone, doesn't it?"
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["How else to cure humanity, my dear?"]
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "What do you define as humanity's 'illness' for starters? Its inability to shake Lilith's influence? Or is it some trait that you deem unacceptable? A lack of… persistance on its part?"
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[02:28] <Minaplo> ["My dear, if only the illness were so simple. It is a myriad of elements- Lilith's influence is just part of the disease. Consider that all too often, humanity is aware of the right course of action, yet fails to take it. Consider the weakness of petty wars and conflicts over transient gains. Consider crimes born of mental invalidity. Consider that humanity could achieve so much if so
[02:28] <Minaplo> much of it weren't mired with weak bodies or, even worse, weak wills. Consider suicide."-
[02:29] <Minaplo> [He shook his head, chuckling. "My dear, surely you understand what I mean. The pointless suffering thrust upon people you know, people around you… Yourself. Or you understand where there has been something important, something instrumental to you, that you have consistently been too weak to achieve. For example, your desire to protect that dear young man of yours, Isaiah Gabriel-Wei."-
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["You wish to protect him, yet consistently fail to properly do so. You admit it to yourself in silence, away from others, that you would do anything to ensure his protection, to keep him safe from harm, to keep him healthy. There is no limit, no threshold you won't pass. And yet you continually fail. Why?"-
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Why even now, he's in danger, out of your protection, and you feel helpless and frustrated. Your inability to act crushes you as though the whole world rested on your shoulders, and at the end of the day you would trade the weight of that world for the opportunity to act."-
[02:33] <Minaplo> [He chuckled, smiling in that fatherly way of his. "Imagine if you could. Imagine if you had the power, that protecting him was as simple as wishing it were so. Where the force of your will translated into force imprinted on the world. Wouldn't you give anything for that?"]
01[02:37] <Yanmei> "A power like that doesn't exist," she said with deliberate evenness. "And? Even if it did, it doesn't mean I'm helpless as I am now. I just have to find the right way of protecting him. That's all."
[02:40] <Minaplo> [He stood up fully, standing by the door. He was taller than she was, so he looked down upon her.-
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["And how would you protect him from the events that happened just a day ago? You don't even know what happened. You still aren't sure what's happening now and you know just as well that you cannot protect him from things you don't understand."-
[02:43] <Minaplo> ["Do you know what is truly sad, my dear? You try to hide it. You try to pretend it does not bother you as much as it clearly does, and so when I stand here, telling you something that you thought only you knew… You panic. You begin to question how."-
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["But I can tell you know that it is such an intrinsic desire that it radiates off you like heat off a flame. That desire to protect him… And that terror, feeling, knowing that nothing you have done so far has ever been enough. Knowing that sooner or later the day will come when your efforts aren't enough, and there are no second chances, and your desire to protect him will come to
[02:44] <Minaplo> ultimately nothing."-
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["And that is how I know that you would do anything. Because anything would be better than that."-
[02:45] <Minaplo> [He smiled broadly, chuckling like an uncle over his favourite niece.]
06[02:58] * Yanmei stared back. Her eyes were wide now, and the free hand that she had held in her lap was clasped in a tight ball now. "Y-you're wrong…" Damn her voice! Why did it sound so thin? "You're wrong," she said again, putting some more oomph behind it. "An intrinsic flame? That… there's no way!"
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Tell me, my dear, and tell me true now, what have you done in that desperation of yours? That recovery of his at the Synfront was quite remarkable, and you somehow tied his soul to that of EVA-08's… And how did you manage that, considering your rudimentary knowledge of AT Fields?" He chuckled. "Have you considered that somehow, that desperate scramble of yours led to the situation
[03:01] <Minaplo> yesterday? That he now sits beyond your grasp because of your actions? And that those actions may have destroyed the world?"-
[03:02] <Minaplo> [His chuckle became warmer. "Oh, my dear, sweet Zhang Yanmei. Don't you know that those who play with the devil's toys are brought by degrees to wield his sword? What did you do?"]
01[03:13] <Yanmei> "The situation yesterday was brought about by circumstances no one understands yet. It's premature to pin it on my actions? Anyway, you shouldn't even know about it! Not in as much detail as you seem to…"
[03:14] <Minaplo> [He smiled. "Excuses, my dear. It isn't what I believe that matters. You know deep down within that you are to blame. Nothing I say will change that."]
01[23:06] <Yanmei> "No wonder you and Mary Caine are together…" The first hints of anger had started to gather in her voice as well now. "You both presume -too much- about people."
[23:08] <Minaplo> [He chuckled, shaking his head.-
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["But now do you see, my dear? In your haste, your passion to protect him, you nearly doomed the world."-
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["And here we sit, Mary and I, our hearts filled with the desire to protect humanity, to ennoble it… And now you understand that nothing but the most extreme course of action can save humanity from its threats, and from itself. Just as nothing but the most extreme course will save your young man."-
[23:10] <Minaplo> [He beamed, showing off even, white teeth. His eyes locked onto Yanmei's. "Now how can you stand there and call us, judge us as extreme, when you walk the same path we do?"]
01[23:19] <Yanmei> "I do -not- walk the same path!" She tried hard to force away that anger. "And even if I did, her end goal, as far as I'm concerned, is insane? Unless you can prove otherwise to me by telling me what her full plans are…"
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Mmhmmhmm. I could do more than that, my dear." He beamed. "I could tell you -exactly- what happened yesterday, every detail. I could even tell you what you did to cause it, and what it means for the world."]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "You can't know what happened yesterday. You were in custody? And even our top scientists haven't released any statements on it."
[23:27] <Minaplo> [He laughed.-
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["But I do, my dear. Truth be told, you weren't quite able to shift me before it began. I saw the entire thing, but more importantly, I did more than see, I knew. Not even your top scientists really know, but I do, because I know of these things. I was expecting them to happen eventually, you see. These eyes of mine have known a great deal. So tell me, my dear. Look into my eyes and
[23:29] <Minaplo> tell me I'm lying, so that when the truth hits you, you can regret not asking me when you had the chance."]
06[23:34] * Yanmei met his gaze, firmly at first, but it gradually segued into confusion. -
01[23:35] <Yanmei> "… I can't say that you're lying," she finally admitted.
[23:35] <Minaplo> [He simply smiled. "I will tell you one thing. One thing without charge."]
01[23:36] <Yanmei> "What would that be?"
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["That what happened truly had the potential to end the world."-
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["And you caused it through pure accident." He chuckled. "Now, which one of us is more insane? The one who wishes to change the world, or the one who might do it accidentally as she meddles with forces she does not understand?"]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei fought to keep the glares away. What was she supposed to say to that? "Even if that's true…" but she had nothing to follow that up with. She grunted softly in frustration.
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["That's the other funny thing, isn't it, my dear?"-
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["You try so hard to cover things with falsehood and deception, so that you expect it naturally from others. And that is your weakness, because I have brought you down through nothing but truth."]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "Why? Why bring me or anyone else 'down'? Is that one of the reasons why you came with us?"
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["My dear, don't you understand? You were brought down because you needed to be. You needed clarity, you needed enlightenment, and I needed to bring you down- to bring down the wall of falsehood around yourself- to understand. It is simply not enough for you to call us insane, when you are so similar to what we are."]
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01[00:03] <Yanmei> "Don't think you've convinced me of that," she warned, eyes wary.
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Hence the need to bring down the wall of lies." He said with a chuckle.]
06[00:09] * Yanmei sat in silence for a short while longer. Then, slowly, she rose to her feet. "I have another appointment that I should get to," she said. "I want to thank you for your time."
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["And thank you, dear, for your kind visit." He smiled warmly. "You know, I must admit that you have grown into a beautiful and mature young lady. I can see why your young man is so in love with you."]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Thank you?" But the complement felt hollow. She almost didn't catch the 'grown' part and the silent questions that brought with it. "I'll be in touch when I've met with your requested visitors?"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Thank you kindly, my dear."]
01[00:16] <Yanmei> With a last polite nod, she set her end of the phone down, and turned away for the door at the end of the hallway.

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