Warp S Supremacy

EVANGELION. Date: 20th of September, 2017. Episode Title: Warp's Supremacy.-
[06:49] <AdEvaGM> [("ETA one minute…")-
[06:49] <AdEvaGM> [("Destination reached. Radiative shielding holding.") ("Deploy stimulants, let's wake our boy and girls up.")-
[06:51] <AdEvaGM> [The Evangelion carriers had safely carried the four Evas across Europe and Central Asia, a journey that took twelve hours. About an hour into the flight, sleeping pulses had been deployed along the synch nets- minutes later, all four pilots were sound asleep.-
[06:54] <AdEvaGM> [With a sudden jolt of awareness, all four pilots would now find themselves stirring back to wakefulness…]
[06:59] * Yanmei blinked and then stared, a faintly sour expression on her face as she tried to remember where she was. "Oh," she muttered, peering down at her control panel.
[07:01] <Sept> "Ah… India. Angel. Right," Sera said to himself, trying to shake himself back to the real world - or, at least, the precious last few minutes it could still feel like the real world.
[07:01] * Aline took a deep breath, half-remembered dreams giving way to a single exhale of LCL. "Right…" She muttered.
[07:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Refreshing." Said William quietly.-
[07:04] <AdEvaGM> [Outside of their plugs, the world was grim and grey. In every direction it seemed as though the sky was hidden by a thick black sea of storm clouds. Rumbles and the distant strikes of thunder were the features of this new world.-
[07:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Ok, are we ready? Dropping Eva units and allowing them to deploy to own power in three, two, one…"-
[07:05] <AdEvaGM> [With shuddering jerks, the four Carriers released the holding clamps, and the four Evangelions began to fall. Below them they could see the dark, hollow remains of a city.]
[07:19] * Yanmei gazed sullenly down at their destination as she freefell toward it. After a few seconds, a pair of white, feathery wings deployed from 04's back, caught an air current, and sent her gliding closer to the Angelspawn hordes. "We'll bust through these guys first, of course. Let's sweep our way east to west, and then settle on the main Angel." -
[07:21] <Yanmei> She landed with a crash, sending up a small cloud of ash and gray dust that briefly obscured her. A bolter shell screamed out from its midst, breaking the cloud apart, and making the shifts in her AT Field more apparent to those watching.
[07:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Aline, Sera, Will, move along Yanmei's left flank and clean them up! Move it!"-
[07:25] <AdEvaGM> [The Angel itself was nothing more than a black inky ball hovering in the middle of a shattered ampitheatre. As the Evas landed, however, the ink began to coalesce and take shape, forcing itself into something more solid.-
[07:26] <AdEvaGM> [A humanoid body emerged from the sphere, draped in ink that dropped from its body like robes, a faceless mask hiding its face, its arms bound across its chest. The movement of the ink gave them a glimpse of a single giant eye within that mass.-
[07:29] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll follow your lead, Yanmei!" Cries William, his Evangelion's arms lifting. Both were barely visible, having been converted into massive gun carriages for a pair of heavy bolters.-
[07:29] <AdEvaGM> [The guns unleashed their withering storm, gouging a horde violently…]
[07:31] * Aline simply glided down on pure force, 00 settling on the ground with its weapon-bearing arms folded. "Let's get these hordes over with quickly, then!" The folded arms lashed out to either side suddenly, and a planar AT wave seemed to /unfurl/ from their midst…!
[07:31] <Sept> "Got it." A burst of positron tore through the scattered remnants of the group as Sera advanced with 00 and 21.
[07:34] <AdEvaGM> [The horde was reduced to a handful of scattered survivors-
[07:34] <AdEvaGM> ["William! Call the targets, provide fire, guide the team!"-
[07:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes ma'am." William smoothly turned his firepower on another Horde, and over half of the creatures within died instantly.]
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[07:37] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's eyebrow twitched, but she contributed anyway with the usual AT-Field work on the same horde.
[07:41] * Aline had a firm, determined look on her face as 00 waded through the atomic ruins, brushing past rubble with a slow, steady, lumbering pace… before settling in one spot. The arm bearing the Lance of Tears pointed it almost accusatorily, but then cast a wide swath, releasing another devestating wave across every single target in sight!
[08:03] <AdEvaGM> [They collapsed, the front line dissolving into blood and bone.-
[08:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Excellent work, everyone! Keep it up!"-
[08:03] <AdEvaGM> [The Archangel did not turn- rather, its inky round mass reshaped itself, an eye appearing for a split second. A corona of rainbow light, a pulse of energy at Yanmei…]
[08:07] * Yanmei yelped! A reaction that was perhaps understated with the amount of damage being inflicted on her EVA… and then swayed, stupified.
[08:09] <Sept> "Keep it together! We just have to get through a few more!"
[08:10] <AdEvaGM> [The eye reappeared, a shadowy bolt striking EVA-04's chestplate, followed by the hordes hurling fireballs from their mouths. More hordes were materialising around Raphael…-
[08:12] <AdEvaGM> [The eye vanished, only to reappear to bring EVA-01 into its gaze.-
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Damnit, we need to keep the momentum! Frederic, what's wrong with Yanmei?"-
[08:17] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not sure- there's nothing wrong, but her brainwaves are going mental, it's like she's experiencing some kind of memory-"-
[08:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Jog her!"-
[08:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Yessir!"]
[08:23] * Raphael has quit IRC (Quit: <Mina‘Haplo> ’T' is for Tao, who is Tsundere as hell :|)
[08:26] <Yanmei> The stupor faded and the missing reactions to the blows she had just taken came at last. "Ngh! What the hell?!" 04 wrapped an arm around its midsection. "What…?! Grrrr!!" Blame fell on the nearest visible enemy, the group swarming around 01 now, and she let loose some poorly-aimed gunfire at it accordingly.
[08:27] * Aline meanwhile seemed to dismiss that final group, instead marching forward and casting another wave almost casually at the newcomer hordes.
[08:28] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[08:29] <AdEvaGM> [The front line seemed to collapse from the energy wave!]
[08:38] * Sept -stopped- all of a sudden, as if to think over his next move. Yet with 04's example, it was probably more… Sera shuddered violently and leapt at the remaining Angelspawn with a strident cry, tearing apart the last of the forces daring to remain by him.
[08:40] <AdEvaGM> [Blood spilled once again in the wreck of New Delhi.-
[08:45] <AdEvaGM> [Vague shapes could be seen reflected in that liquid- hundreds of electrified tentacles hurled themselves at 01, just as a volley of fireballs careened towards Aline.]
[08:45] * Aline managed to deflect some of the barrage heading towards her eva, at least…!
[08:48] * Sept knew not to rely on his AT field now, instead going on the defensive, taking steps backward as he sliced through tentacle after tentacle burrowing its way through his armor.
[08:56] * Oat has joined #nervfrance
[08:58] * Raphael has quit IRC (Ping timeout)
[08:58] * Oat is now known as Raphael
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei! Move up and engage! William, fire support!"]
[09:09] * Yanmei charged forward, slashing at the source of the new tentacles. "Hang on, de Pteres! William, leave this group to me!"
[09:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes ma'am!" He promptly turned his guns elsewhere. "Aline! Support me!"]
[09:11] * Aline nodded swiftly, and moved forwards to cast out another wave, which thanks to deflection, the Angel proper must feel is a constant light breeze by now - but the spawn definitely felt her power. "Done and done."
[09:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Thanks!"]
[09:38] <Sept> Sera, having finally finished off the stragglers from the first wave, joined Yanmei's attack, flanking the horde. "Keep it up! We're almost there!"
[09:39] <Aline> Oh?
[09:47] <AdEvaGM> [… Suddenly the air around Sera seemed thick with tentacles. Yanmei, too, would find herself assailed- from all sides, dozens, hundreds, impossible to parry all of them…-
[09:48] <AdEvaGM> [Raphael's eye continued to lash out. William let out a yelp- that quickly turned into one of relief. Aline was less lucky- but Yanmei was unluckiest of all, EVA-04 shuddering to a halt once more, a shadow burst hurling itself towards her.]
[09:51] * Aline gritted her teeth and beared it, staring forward through her glasses at the enemy that was making such an assault!
[09:56] * Yanmei didn't scream. Likely, couldn't. In her plug, her eyes veiled over, eyelids lowering, and yet the tension on her face was still there, her upper lip curling somewhat.
[09:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei! Come on, come on- do it again, Fred!"_
[09:56] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm trying…!"]
[09:57] * Sept stubbornly stood in the shadow's way, however, an arm thrown back, nearly losing its grip on the sword as the dark forces assaulted 01's flesh.
[09:59] <Yanmei> "Ah-!" Fully awake again. Her gaze darted around wildly as though trying to find something, 04's head turning with hers.
[09:59] <AdEvaGM> [Hordes. All around them…-
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei, if you can hear me, I'm going to eliminate the group to your right." Said William.]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "G-goddamned Angels…" Yanmei was breathing hard, as the pain from the tentacle attacks seeped back into her. "I read you, Willi -fuck off, you little creeps!" Her blades slammed into the closest mass of Angelspawn, over and over.
[10:04] <AdEvaGM> [And she kept slicing until they were all dead. The bark of heavy bolters let Yanmei know that the other mass were gone as well.]
[10:05] * Aline was, meanwhile… seemingly still, but 00's field shimmered and waved. "Adjusting…"
[10:16] * Yanmei was breathing hard. "All… all right. They're -dead-. Let's focus on what's important now. William, could you move in to help with neutralization, please?"
[10:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, ma'am."]
[10:17] * Sept took a step back, cleaning up the parts of the horde that ran and tried to get away from Yanmei. And as the stream started to thin, he turned his attention and his rifle to the Angel.
[10:18] <AdEvaGM> [And then the eye, once again…!]
[10:28] <AdEvaGM> [A second later, it unleashed a burst of shadow energy- before turning its attention towards EVA-00. Aline would feel the dual blows of an alien force in her head seconds before the shadow burst struck her Eva…]
[10:29] * Aline was about to grind out a grudging, pained "Oh /hello/ th-" but obviously got cut off, in this case by a minor jolt of pain through the synchronization link! "It's… messing with me, neutralizing like Sera does. But hopefully that leaves it open!"
[10:40] <Yanmei> "De Pteres. You all right over there?" Yanmei made a complicated move that shifted her prog sword to her stronger hand, and the majestic Imperial Herald to the other.
[10:40] <AdEvaGM> ["William! Move up!"-
[10:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes ma'am. Yanmei, can you clear the way?"]
[10:42] <Yanmei> "Not a problem?" Her AT Field flared and then dimmed as she moved, taking the Angel's down a few notches with it.
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Opening fire!"-
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> [The bolters snapped, bullets ripping into the Angel. Many of them simply… Bounced off the inky side as it hardened.-
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Come on…!"-
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> [… A few struck through, splintering the side…-
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> [And then ripped through, smashing the eye, sending the Angel twitching and spasming to the ground- it let out a final roar, before it dissolved.]
[10:44] * Sept took a few steps toward the noise - confused, but long strides. And then he stopped again. "Is it… dead?"
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["We're not picking up an AT Field…"-
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["… Nor are we detecting a core." Said Marianne. "Great. I'm going to get shredded."]
[10:46] * Aline had already been raising her rifle to prepare the shot that… apparently wasn't needed? But… "It seems almost too easy after last fight. Nondetection or not, I've got a bad feeling about this."
[10:47] <Yanmei> "…? How can that be?" Yanmei didn't let her guard down yet. "Was the core actually in the eye?"
[10:47] <AdEvaGM> ["It looks like." Said Marianne. "… What a waste. Alright. There's nothing left for us here, then."]
[10:50] <Yanmei> "Yes ma'm. Let's get out of here, everyone."
[10:50] <Sept> "Good. Let's go." 01 turned around and started walking to where they'd advanced from.
[10:51] * Aline slowly, oh so slowly nodded her head, looking into the distance. "…Hm…" 00 walked away, but Aline, out of sheer paranoia, did a high-detail ping with her AT Field, just because she couldn't shake that strange feeling.
[11:01] <AdEvaGM> […-
[11:01] <AdEvaGM> […-
[11:02] <AdEvaGM> [The ink shimmered at that, and immediately coalesced into a solid object- a morningstar, all black with a jagged head.-
[11:03] <AdEvaGM> [It floated into the air, and with a sudden scent of ozone and the sound of something sliding, slipping about- the mace materialised a hand, then a body… A full humanoid body, armored and black, intimidating, slightly taller than any of the Evas.-
[11:03] <AdEvaGM> ["LOOK OUT!" Shouted Will-
[11:03] <AdEvaGM> [As it hurled itself at Aline, hand first.]
[11:04] * Aline backed off, having actually noticed it, her own field glowing and shimmering with the chaotic sprawl of infinite probability. "I /knew/ it!"
[11:14] <AdEvaGM> [The hand missed, barely- but it surged forward again, a ringing pain smashing Aline's head back forcefully into her chair. When the stars faded, the hand was clasped over EVA-00's face.-
[11:14] <AdEvaGM> [CRUNCH!-
[11:14] <AdEvaGM> [The pain shot through Aline's head like a thousand sharp daggers. She couldn't see…]
[11:15] <Sept> "KILL IT!" Sera yelled, turning around and running back after the Angel without hesitation.
[11:16] <Aline> "Y-y-yes!" Aline stammered.
[11:24] * Aline then charged up her lance, the weapon glowing with energy…! But she ran smack into an AT Field, though it was a wonder she could hit with her eyes swimming with the stars!
[11:28] * Yanmei had turned, grimly, and was now doing things with her AT Field. The Imperial Herald began to glow dimly, and she made an effort to wedge open the monster's own field with what power she had left over.
[11:39] <Sept> EVA-01, meanwhile, hacked at the field uselessly, trying to pry it open at his end with either sword or mind, but failing to get a grip with either.
[11:39] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not going to be able to get through with that field." Said William.-
[11:40] <AdEvaGM> [The Archangel turned, swinging a huge clawed gauntlet-hand at EVA-01, before dropping the shoulder and trying to simply smash Sera off his feet.]
[11:41] * Aline simply nodded, as 00 leapt backwards /over/ Raphael, and towards the formation William and Yanmei were holding. In the middle of her flip, Aline committed some of her energies to weakening its field!
[11:51] <Sept> Finally, the Angel seemed to want to fight fairly, even if only for a moment. Sera threw all of his weight at the Dark Prince's in an attempt to push it back..!
[11:51] <AdEvaGM> [If this had been the strange, inky blob from before, perhaps he would've been able to knock it down…-
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> [But this was the Dark Lord, now- and all his efforts entailed were a weakening of his field.]
[11:55] <Yanmei> There was a cry as another Evangelion flanked the Dark Lord and sliced into him with both drawn swords as his attention was diverted. Within her plug, Yanmei's face was intense.
[11:56] <AdEvaGM> [But her prog sword met with unusual resistance, despite the mighty blows- and when she pulled the blade away, the only sign that she'd done damage was the leaking inky mass from the wounds. It didn't flinch.]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "Grrr…." Stupid… at least fall down or cry out or wince in pain, or -something-! "Colonel! His defenses are way high even without the Field!"
[11:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I know. There's nothing we can do, it just seems to not want to give in…"]
[12:08] <Sept> "YOU KNOW WHO I AM!" EVA-01 hurled itself at the Angel, finally getting it off-balance. Sera cried triumphantly, kicking and tearing at the thing's limbs.
[12:13] <AdEvaGM> [But the blows simply… Refused to leave a mark.-
[12:14] <AdEvaGM> [The dull roar of Will's bolters joined the fray, but they left only small wounds…]
[12:29] <AdEvaGM> [Clank. The thing rolled, pushing itself back to its feet…-
[12:29] <AdEvaGM> [It lunged at Yanmei, a quick jab, before immediately pulling back and swinging its morningstar, as hard as it could, into EVA-04's left leg.-
[12:30] <AdEvaGM> [The impact could be heard for miles. The leg -snapped- off, flying away and crushing a ruined apartment block.]
[12:40] * Aline grimaced, but it was only an expression. Her voice was silent, as the extra targeting hardware in 00 moved about… and then, so too, subtly, did the maser rifle in its hand, pumping out a blast of energy aimed down at the Angel's right leg!
[12:49] * Yanmei -screeched-! There was a string of sluggish words following in mixed languages ranging from English to Chinese, and then her comm went out abruptly, and 04's eyes darkened.
[12:50] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei! No- try to get her awake, now!"-
[12:50] <AdEvaGM> [But the Archangel was already turning away, swinging its mace once more, smashing it into EVA-01's chestplate with extreme force.]
[12:57] <Yanmei> 04's eyes glowed crimson suddenly, as if the clash of the morningstar against more metal was an alarm clock that sounded especially for him. "rrrrRRRRRRR!!!" -
[13:00] <Yanmei> And there was blood, as the EVA jammed the Imperial Herald into the Angel's turned back without much fanfare other than another following snarl.
[13:05] <AdEvaGM> [The armor cracked, ichor started to pour…-
[13:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Now, Sera! Attack!"]
[13:06] <Sept> "DIEEEE!" Sera started hammering on the Angel's midsesction again, the cracks growing louder and, eventually, changing into a different, softer sound.
[13:07] <AdEvaGM> [The armor started to crack and rip away… Eventually dissolving, leaving a black spark in the air.-
[13:07] <AdEvaGM> [The spark convulsed and pulsed, then…-
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> [Spread, bursting like a grape, but a grape frozen in mid-air. Slowly, it reformed. Tentacles solidified. Eyes, little red specks, appeared…-
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> It twirled vertically, a shiver rending the air, which seemed to twist and bend as though suddenly affected with non-Euclidean geometries. This odd pulse was aimed at… Sera.]
[13:24] <Sept> "NO! I SAID GET AWAY!" Sera flailed at the Angel, the attacks having more of a defensive purpose this time.
[13:25] <AdEvaGM> [The Angel began to spin, and that same shimmering -unnaturalness- rippled through the air, in all directions- it paused, as if expecting some effect…]

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[14:12] <Minaplo> [Crash.-
[14:13] <Minaplo> [EVA-04 went flying through several dozen blocks of buildings, demolishing them all flatly.-
[14:14] <Minaplo> [Above them, the clouds broke, ash-spoiled polluted rain lashing the streets and the armor of the Eva units. 00, 01 and 21 all stood dormant, their eyes open but their bodies not moving…-
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["W-What's going on? Why can't we wake any of the other units?!" Cried Marianne. "C'mon! There has to be something…"]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "rrrrrr…" A low noise from 04 as the ash started to settle. It's red eyes flickered.
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["04 can't do this by itself…"-
[14:22] <Minaplo> [… But a reaction was occuring within the berserk Eva. The flesh around its torn ruined leg was starting to bubble…]
[14:26] <Yanmei> "…rrrRRRRRRRRRR!!!" The noise turned into another ear-splitting roar. Light bounced oddly around the EVA - there was the shimmer of its usual AT Field, and then it grew brighter. -Blazed-.
[14:32] <Yanmei> Bone and muscle surged from the stump where its leg had been, taking a loose, bloody form that regenerated further. It sprang up, still gripping the Imperial Herald, and the light show raged on as glowing ephemeral tendrils wound around it like snakes.
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["E-EVA-04's regenerated its missing leg!" Cried Frederic.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["I can see that! I had no idea…"-
[14:35] <Minaplo> [The Archangel surveyed EVA-04, its protean body giving no hint as to its thoughts…-
[14:35] <Minaplo> [Then, quick as lighting, a whip-like tendril lashed out at EVA-04, ripping through the base of a nearby skyscraper, before lashing out again at 04!]
[14:39] <Yanmei> Who avoided, just as fast, springing high overhead before dropping back down right next to the Angel with a crash. "RRRRRR!!!" It slammed the gleaming Herald into it over and over, claws on its other hand joining in.
[14:40] <Minaplo> [The blows were massive- each blow saw the ground crack simply from the sheer exertion it places on EVA-04's body.-
[14:40] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless, all four of them glanced off of the Archangel's powerful AT Field.]
[14:50] <Minaplo> [The Archangel immediately countered, burning tentacles flying towards EVA-04 from all directions…]
[14:55] <Yanmei> Useless effort. It sliced easily through those tentacles, severing and dividing them with the force of its strike. Another howl, and the savage blows kept raining down upon Raphael's main bulk, relentless.
[14:56] <Minaplo> [A splash of messy black ink across a dozen buildings. Another splash- a chunk of something a little more substantial.-
[14:57] <Minaplo> [Nothing would be left… Those tendrils simply melted away.-
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["It's not dead yet." Muttered Marianne, clinging to what she knew. "We didn't see a core. We-"-
[14:58] <Minaplo> [The ink began to flow together once more, now, and those tendrils started to reform…-
[14:58] <Minaplo> [But not into the same shape as before. The beast that formed was…-
[14:59] <Minaplo> [Just to look at it provoked a sort of chaotic collapse of the mind. Its very form denied physical laws to the point of nausea. Tentacles and wings and eyes…-
[15:18] <Minaplo> [It lashed out, a tentacle brimming with burning energy, piercing through EVA-04's right leg and burning away at some of its armor. A second later, the Angel was gone… Reappearing nearby, smashing through a high school.]
[15:21] <Yanmei> And 04 was suddenly airborn, crashing down right there behind it, leg still smoking. It raised a claw high, and -smashed- through a few good layers of the Angel's AT Field.
[15:28] <Minaplo> [But immediately he paid for it. Lashes of energy, ribbons ripping through EVA-04's arm, before the Angel was off again, this time with AT Energy, skidding away, crashing back into that arena…]
[21:38] * Aline was the first to stir, as she looked out… "Ugh, what was I doing…" Her tone was far more tired than command might have remembered, but soon she saw… /it/. "Oh god. That's what I was doing." Slowly, anger started to burble up to the surface… But so did a reminder of how she went down fighting. So, too, would she fight now…! A long mas was raised, and fired its blazing report
[21:38] * Aline at… whatever the ungodly fuck Raphael had turned into.
[21:57] <Minaplo> [The horrific beast- all tentacle and flesh and wing- leapt across the battlefield now, a tentacle hardening, blazing with energy, falling upon EVA-04 with intense force, lancing through the body-
[21:57] <Minaplo> [Before the Evangelion had time to stand, the Archangel was pinning it to the ground.]
[21:59] <Minaplo> [There was a strangled yelp from William- whatever he was uttering he was uttering too fast to make any sense- as his guns fired wildly at the Angel as it flew.]
[22:03] <Sept> The first thing Sera did as he awoke was switch off all communications as he concentrated on something more important. "Take its heart." The sword in his hands had never felt so comforting as when he sliced through parts of the Angel's wing with it.
[22:10] <Yanmei> 04 was not Amused. Growling, it strained against the mass of tentacles, and then wrapped its own strong arms around the creature, pinning a good number of them to its body.
[22:15] <Aline> But now, Aline realized her true fury. "All that time feeling worthless." 00 focused its power. "Abused." Energy swelled. "Rejected." Then, a crack. "I'll end you for that!" And a rising cross blasted through the creature!
[22:20] <Minaplo> [William's shouts, people would realise, were in Italian.-
[22:21] <Minaplo> [The heavy bolters dropped with a heavy crash. A bolt pistol fell out of his wing dock- and his AT Wings began to glow. Energy gathered…-
[22:21] <Minaplo> [And a forceful bolter round embedded itself into the fleshy mass, detonating with extreme fury.]
[22:32] <Minaplo|Out> [The beast shook the blow off, and -leapt- at EVA-04, a tentacle cleanly ripping its right leg clean off.-
[22:58] <Minaplo|Out> [The next blow smashed into EVA-04's right arm, ripping through a layer of metal plates.]
[22:59] * Yanmei -roared-! Its uninjured arm tightened and tightened, heedless of the monster's struggling appendages until there was a sick crack and they went suddenly limp. With another mad cry, it threw the Angel to the ground and clawed at it over and over, the Imperial Herald seemingly completely forgotten about.
[23:00] <Minaplo|Out> [The beast dissolved into a puddle of messy gore and blood and flesh- flesh that began to boil, began to form faces.-
[23:00] <Minaplo|Out> [Seconds later, a shockwave rippled throughout the ground as a dozen tentacles rose, many of them bearing mask-like faces, a bulging, pulsating egg in the very middle of the mess.]
[23:02] <Sept> Sera's finger hovered over the unmute button. But judging by the others' reactions, he hadn't been alone. There could be no communication, no tactics here. They would just have to rip it apart together.
[23:03] * Aline gawked at the resultant transformation in shock, but quickly got back her nerve. In fact, she was returning to the combat groove. "Okay. William, this might get a bit trippy. 04, I know you can't hear me but stay focused!" And Aline attempted communication. And tactics… while 04 and William both found themselves confronted with a keen sense of future probabilities, that flowed
[23:03] * Aline around them with instinctual ease.
[23:04] <Minaplo|Out> [… But this seemed to horrify William, who laid down a litany of oaths and curses in Italian, mingled with tears.]
[23:07] <Minaplo|Out> [The new form, it seemed, could attack far quicker- it hurled tentacles in every direction, including one at EVA-04 that ended in a disgusting, salivating sucker.]
[23:10] * Sept dove past a few of the tentacles and regained the distance the Angel had made between them. With a yell, he brought the sword down on it again.
[23:10] <Yanmei> 04 had been blown backwards onto its back… but its AT Field had formed around it again to form an agonizingly bright wall of light moving, swirling light.
[23:11] <Minaplo|Out> [… But the prog sword simply sent sparks off the skin harmlessly.]
[23:16] * Aline backpedaled, keeping up her AT distractions while shooting a single maser bolt. With Sera silent, William cussing up a storm in /Italian/, Yanmei hidden under the fog of 04, and herself running on pure adrenaline, what the hell was the point in talking?
[23:23] <Yanmei> 04 made it to its feet, the bright lights waning somewhat. A strange blue flame seemed to flicker up the sharp edge of the sword it was clasping.
[23:24] <Minaplo|Out> [… Only for EVA-21 to smash into it, a tentacle wrapped around its leg. "EYAAA-!"-
[23:24] <Minaplo|Out> [21 and 04 went sprawling into a pile- Raphael holding a bolt pistol in its hand. Or rather, a tentacle had melted around the handle. It began firing wildly into the Eva-pile.]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "rrrRRRRRRRRRR!!!" 04 exploded upright, knocking poor William aside. Its wings spread and carried it to the Angel, and it smashed the Imperial Herald into it once more.
[23:44] <Sept> "No blades. But have to break through. AAAAAAA!" Sera gave Raphael's shell a sharp kick, and it definitely left -some- mark…
[23:45] * Aline gripped hard the control surfaces of her EVA, already having flashbacks to the battle against Padma. That same sense of desperation was starting to creep into her. This thing was /unending/. Still, she had nothing left to do but keep pounding. Adapt to the course of battle and /keep the pressure on/. Another cross lit up the dark clouds…!
[23:45] <Minaplo|Out> [Between 04's blade, Sera's fist, and Aline's cross, the hard shell was starting to crack, disgusting greyish fluids pouring out…]
[23:52] <Minaplo|Out> [But then the tentacles flew, mostly at Sera- one blow smacked his Prog Sword away, and another… Tapped his Evangelion's chest.]
[23:59] <Sept> "No, no nononono GETOUT" Sera blindly fished around the plug with his hands for the compartment, unable to take his eyes off the thing it was crawling up oh god get it off..! Sera slashed at the leg desperately, blood and grey gushing into the plug, he couldn't stop piloting now!
[00:01] <Yanmei> "RRRRR!!" The Herald came down again and again, savagely cracking through the shell and spilling out more liquids. There was a pause as tentacles surged at 04, but the light deflected them aside easily.
[00:03] <Minaplo|Out> ["Sera! Sera, what's going on?!" Shouted Marianne.-
[00:03] <Minaplo|Out> [EVA-04's blow, once again, slew the beast, its stolen tools falling to the ground…-
[00:05] <Minaplo|Out> [The faces lay staring up at the Evangelions, before… They began to bubble. The faces rose on thin, gossamer bodies, long lascivious tongues lolling out of mouths.-
[00:05] <Minaplo|Out> [They all formed faces. Familiar ones.-
[00:06] <Minaplo|Out> [Viviane. Isaiah. Padma. Surov.]
[00:09] * Aline widened her eyes in shock, as years of nightmares, and one hellish day all came back. /Again/. Just seeing that face… But she quickly bit her lip hard enough to feel pain, and focused on a quick AT Maneuver. "Will, your gun!" It slid towards 00, then moved on an arc to the ground, right at 21's feet.
[00:10] <Minaplo|Out> ["T… Thank you." He murmured, his accent remarkably different.]
[00:25] <Sept> "I got it. I got it it's gone back to kill- n-no, YOU BASTARD!" Sera was reluctantly separated from his sword, his only real comfort. He took a few shots at the Angel with his rifle, more of a statement than an attack.
[00:37] <Minaplo|Out> [It ignored Sera- instead lashing out at EVA-04, the horrid black inky 'body' that formed its head reaching out with a shining hand-!]
[00:38] <Yanmei> 04 snarled! A slimy thing struck it dead center in the chest, leeching away some of the light that enveloped it. It retaliated… a stab that tore painfully through the creature's own field and a second one that struck it true.
[00:39] <Aline> Meanwhile, Aline was watching almost coolly, brief shudders sometimes passing through her form as she looked at some of those faces… But nonetheless, she fired off a cross!… That… had… no effect?!
[00:41] <Minaplo|Out> ["I… Can take it…" William raised his dual pistols. "How did it…"-
[00:41] <Minaplo|Out> [A single shot- no, two shots!- the first ripped through the skin, the second entered the hole, detonating extra-deeply…-
[00:42] <Minaplo|Out> [But it didn't seem to deter the Archangel. It focused on EVA-04, and with a crack like a whip, Isaiah's jerking tongue lashed out and tore off the Eva's sword arm, which quickly dissolved into mush.]
[00:43] <Yanmei> The Imperial Herald clattered to the ground. -
[00:45] <Yanmei> And 04 scooped it up with the other arm deftly, lifting it overhead, and bringing it down again, severing Isaiah's face neatly down the center. It slashed again, not letting up, seemingly more infuriated than normal. "RRRRRRRR!!!"
[00:46] <Minaplo|Out> [Blow upon blow upon blow. The body shuddered as the faces began to quaver and die…-
[00:47] <Minaplo|Out> [The inky black body that commanded the mass began to keen, loudly and painfully as it dissolved. The white mask faces shattered, clattering to the ground, crushing the ruins of blown out cars and buses.-
[00:47] <Minaplo|Out> [A pool of black, a gleaming red core, and a barbed chain was all that remained.]
[00:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["There we go. William, deploy your containment pod!"-
[00:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["My… What?"-
[00:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["Your- capture the core, you have a containment pod-"-
[00:48] <Minaplo|Out> [William stared blankly at Marianne, as if having trouble remembering who she was. "… M-My pod…"-
[00:49] <Minaplo|Out> [He reached up, over his shoulder. A stick, that folded out into a rectangle that folded out into a prism. He held it out around the core- and a stasis field materialised.]
[00:51] <Sept> Sera flipped the switch, finally. "We're capturing it? You're all sure we can do that?"
[00:52] <Minaplo|Out> ["We should. Keep your neutralisations up- the pod emits a numbing field that should dull it." Said Marianne.]
[00:52] * Aline shook her head a few times, as if to beat out cobwebs in it. "I remember… it was… for the Chantry, right? Something like that…" She seemed a bit uncertain, but nodded at Marianne's command, keeping her neutralization going.
[00:53] <Aline> *, contributing her own new neutralization to the team.
[00:54] <Yanmei> In the depths of 04's entry plug, the body of Zhang Yanmei started to shift from the position it had been in throughout the last half of the difficult battle. "N-not bad, Smugface…" Sleepy words that failed to register on the comms. 04's eyes went blank, and then… silence.
[00:55] <Minaplo|Out> [A second later, the Evangelion toppled to the right.]
[00:58] <Minaplo|Out> ["Well… It was a bit chaotic." Said Marianne brightly. "But that wasn't so bad."-
[00:58] <Minaplo|Out> [William placed his bolt pistols back in their wings, turned off his comms, curled up into a ball and sobbed into his hands.]

(All below is the Warp Spasm effect.)
[13:30] <Yanmei> "RRRRRR…!" Rage from behind again! 04's AT Field reacted with New Raphael's and another savage blow unsurprisingly followed.
[13:31] <AdEvaGM> [The body began to rip, clearly breaking apart- glimpses of red core could be seen…]
[13:31] * Aline was quick to contribute a shot as she battered down the field, too. But it wasn't quite enough yet…
[13:33] <Sept> "STOP..!" Sera yelled by himself in the plug, hints of desparation seeping through into his voice. "CHANGING..!" He drew his sword again, raised it high above his head and brought it down on what remained of Raphael.
[13:34] <AdEvaGM> [The body split, and the sword didn't stop. It cut through the core, cutting it in twain…-
[13:34] <AdEvaGM> [… And it exploded, energy washing over the Evas. A scream echoed through their minds… Somewhere, Metatron was in agony…]
[13:40] <Sept> "Dead..?!" Sera demanded from amongst all the chaos.
[13:42] <AdEvaGM> [There was no reply.]
[13:43] <AdEvaGM> ["… That was a core. We know it was." Said Marianne with a sigh. "That's it."]
[13:45] * Aline sighed as well. "It might've changed forms again if we left it as a core anyway. It's a slippery one for sure."
[13:46] <Yanmei> 04 tilted a head up to observe the stars. There was nothing -left- of the Angel, but for some reason it wasn't throwing a tantrum.

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