Weaver S Colleagues

[07:19] <Weaver> [Session 1: NEON GENESIS WIZARDELION. January, 2018. Episode Title: Weaver's Colleagues.-]
[07:20] <Weaver> [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uprBLCY4UaQ]
[07:20] <Weaver> [England. The middle parts. What used to be a city that sometimes could've been described as 'bustling'.-]
[07:22] <Weaver> [Different kinds of things walked the streets, now. Angelic monsters that had forced Man to retreat under the bed and into the closets. Few buildings still stood as the street-walkers tore more of them down each day, whether for sport or in pursuit of some grand design. You would've been hard-pressed to find a human being remaining there, alive or dead.-]
[07:23] <Weaver> [Further down, there were tunnels, much of them thanks to the city's subway system. A few were remnants of ancient bunkers. There, the people had survived a bit longer. That day, there were still small animals living in the tunnels – ones that were suited for life in the dark. All that W and his squad of Iron Guard had heard of them on their way through was a faint rustle, always retreating
[07:23] <Weaver> out of sight behind the next corner.-]
[07:28] <Weaver> [Instructions had been given out, preparations made to the tune of "Understood, Lord Wizard". And soon the tunnels were filled with a deafening, terrifying noise, as the Knight Captain of his Iron Guard, in her heavy armor, tore through one of the industrial ventilation shafts by the subway tracks. Most of them lead upwards, but this one did the opposite.-]
[07:32] <Weaver> [Things responded to the noise from the darkness. Terrified squeals of the residents of the subway system, followed by the enraged roar of the occupants of the city above. They wouldn't have much time.-]
[07:36] <Weaver> [Nor would they need it. As soon as Knight Captain Euphemia confirmed her safe landing, another of the Iron Guard laid out a rope for Weaver to descend with. It was an easy fit after a giant had made its way through, only the sharp, twisted corners of ravaged metal to look out for. After he safely touched down, the rest of the squad followed, the echoed sounds of the hordes still audible
[07:36] <Weaver> from above.-]
[07:36] <Weaver> "Insertion complete. Collapse the entrance."
[07:43] <Minaplo> [The last Guard down was Ardashir, who landed with enough force to shake the walls slightly. He turned and sent a pulse of AT energy through the gap, bringing a portion of the subway wall down onto their impromptu entrance.]
[08:03] * Weaver listened for a while. The noise from the tunnels was gone entirely, but there was also nothing else down here. The air was a bit stuffy, but the lights still worked. The facility had been built much in the same style as the Paris-2 Geofront, it seemed. "No alarm. They may have cut them. No use against the enemy they were expecting, after all. Ekkehardt, get those comms up. We should
[08:03] * Weaver be close enough to get through the jamming soon. Squad Ethan, move out. We must to get our bearings while we still can."
[08:08] <Minaplo> ["Yes, my Lord." Came Ekkehardt's voice, distorted through his helmet.-
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["My Lord," Came Ardashir's voice, "Should I get to work scouting for AT signatures?"]
[08:13] <Weaver> "Yes, it should be safe now. If something's going to detect you, it's going to be aboveground, and we already have their attention."
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["Understood." Ardashir was silent for a half-second, then nodded. "I'm detecting a handful of weak signs in this direction." He said, pointing to the north.-
[08:16] <Minaplo> ["Eileen, you're on point. Move out!" Said Euphemia One.]
[08:22] <Weaver> "We'll follow them. Anyone but my team is expendable, but refrain from being needlessly trigger-happy. The occupants may not pose a threat to us, as they are."
[08:23] <Minaplo> [There was a chorus of understanding.-
[08:24] <Minaplo> [And so they moved. The place was 'maze-like' in that it had many twists and turns, but in reality once they stepped onto the main corridor, it would lead them directly to the heart of this place- it would just be very, very circuitous in doing so. The corridors were littered with cubby holes and storage rooms that would double as ambush points easily.-
[08:25] <Minaplo> [A few minutes of this and Ekkehardt would speak. "I've circumvented the jamming signal. Now monitoring communications."]
[08:28] <Weaver> "If you find anything, forward it to me."
[08:30] <Minaplo> ["Yes, my lord. They're using two channels, one is emitting an automated distress signal along a channel reserved for NERV operations. The other is local communication. They are not aware of our presence."]
[08:36] <Weaver> "Worker will have some kind of signal up. It could be intermittent broadcasts, or some other kind of bread crumbs. Keep looking."
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["Understood, my Lord."-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [And so they continued onward. Eventually Ekkehardt would report a third channel, over which a series of short, abrupt broadcasts were being played. They were listing 'classes' of the infected above and noting their threats and how to avoid them. Bread crumbs indeed.-
[08:39] <Minaplo> [But Ardashir would be the one to lead them to their target. "They're close. Very close."]
[08:48] <Weaver> "Keep going. I'll monitor you from here." Weaver took out his pocket computer and brought up a feed from Knight Eileen's helmet.
[08:58] <Minaplo> [And so they progressed. W would see a door open-
[08:59] <Minaplo> [And shouts of alarm. Gunfire bounced harmlessly of Eileen's armour. But there was enough light for W to see…]
[09:08] <Weaver> "Amateurs. Tell them to stop shooting, Eileen."
[09:09] <Minaplo> [There was the tell-tale sign of a Chainsword being slammed into a wall. "HOLD YOUR FIRE!"-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [This had the intended effect.]
[09:14] <Weaver> "Alright, I'm coming in. Keep them under control." W stowed his device again, took out his rifle for show, and followed Eileen.
[09:18] <Minaplo> [There were three soldiers in there, armed with railguns. They were twitchy and paranoid, understandably, and it took them a while to recognise W when they saw him. "Wait, aren't you-"]
[09:19] <Weaver> "The one who ordered you to not be shot, yes," he said, sounding a bit impatient. "Where are they?"
[09:23] <Minaplo> [one of the soldiers pointed wordlessly towards a distant corner, where, next to a crate of tomatoes…]
[09:38] <Weaver> [Sat a young man, blonde, clad in a bluish uniform that was nowhere near what the soldiers were wearing. "You're late and unannounced, Weaver," said Trooper, biting into one of the barely-ripe fruit. His other hand was around the grip of a railgun, same as the soldiers. But unlike them, Trooper seemed completely unfazed by the events, or the reunion.-]
[09:40] * Weaver raised an eyebrow. "You're working with them, now?"-
[09:42] <Weaver> ["Just to get out. It took them a good while to realise that was an option for them. Some of them tried to run for it when the aliens first hit. It's a miracle the rest of them didn't kill themselves waiting."-]
[09:42] <Weaver> "Agreed."-
[09:46] <Weaver> [The exchange attracted more people from behind cover, beyond the next corner. "Don't shoot," one of them said as he appeared into the room, hands up in mock surrender. The other one trailed silently behind him.-]
[09:57] <Weaver> [The one in front was Talker, a boy with dark hair and glasses, wearing casual clothes under his light armored vest. He looked about the same age as Weaver and Trooper, but everything about him seemed more… animated. Even now, he was the only one deliberately displaying any kind of emotion – smiling unhealthily smugly, in fact. "I thought this was supposed to be challenging. The aliens
[09:57] <Weaver> might as well just let us walk out."-]
[09:57] <Weaver> ["Our odds of success have gone up considerably," Trooper agreed.-]
[10:02] <Weaver> [The other new arrival wasn't paying attention. He was approaching Eileen, staring. "Are those Iron Guard suits? Which generation are they? Can I see the inside?"-]
[10:04] <Minaplo> [Eileen instantly levelled her bolt pistol.]
[10:08] <Weaver> [Silvery hair, and an appearance that might've been at home in Victorian times – cravat, gloves, and suit – this was Worker, the third and last of Weaver's colleagues. He was shorter than the others, maybe even a year or two younger. But his energy and curiosity when it came to matters technical more than made up for it. "W-Weaver please tell it to lower the- oh, bolter technology!"-]
[10:13] <Weaver> "Not a threat, Eileen. And there'll be plenty of work to do once we get out, so contain yourself, Worker."-
[10:14] <Weaver> [A gloved hand opened and closed, so close, yet so far away from the technological marvels of the Iron Guard. "Yes, of course, work…"-]
[10:15] <Weaver> "Now, you people." W turned to the soldiers, still awkwardly along in the scene. "You may have noticed I'm taking over. How do we escape from here?"
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["We… Don't know." Admitted the soldier gormlessly. "We were sort of trying to find that out."-
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["For the past week."-
[10:27] <Minaplo> [Worker grabbed W's sleeve, partially to get closer to his glowing positron gun. "Ooh, did you get my broadcast? I was hoping someone would pick it up and make our escape for us and I think it worked!"]
[10:33] * Weaver let him examine it for a moment before straightening out his posture. "There's nationwide interference. There was next to nothing in the air aboveground. Elaborate."
[10:39] <Minaplo> [Worker frowned. "I made my own NERV broadcast so I figured -someone- would pick it up. I even piggybacked the carrier wave with a warning about the types so people would be prepared and know what to bring and- you didn't get it?"-
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["The signals were jammed until about one hundred metres away, and that was only after we breached the surface." Said Ekkehardt, his voice quiet and slow. "The surface probably has jamming substances built into the armoured crust."-
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["My Lord." Murmured Euphemia. "It is imprudent to discuss these things whilst the enemy closes on our position."]
[10:45] <Weaver> "Certainly. Is there any surveillance gear left outside the complex? Any vehicles you're confident were spared?"
[10:49] <Minaplo> ["Nothing." Said Talker. "And they weren't about to give us vehicles."]
[10:56] <Weaver> "As long as it isn't a VTOL, it won't be of use. Euphemia, your estimation. Do we have sufficient firepower to extract back through the city?"
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["My Lord-"-
[10:57] <Minaplo> [Talker's brows furrowed at the mention of 'lords', now that he was sure he wasn't hearing things.-
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["I believe we do. The larger risk is to yourself and your VIPs."]
[11:07] <Weaver> "That is acceptable. Get ready, everyone. We're moving out. This place will be considerably more dangerous once any doors are opened, so don't leave anything crucial behind."
[11:14] <Minaplo> [And so they turned to their 'chores', gathering up whatever equipment they considered 'crucial'. The soldiers were nervous, and were quite satisfied with their guns.-
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Incoming. -Lots- of incoming. Three hundred enemies." Said Ardashir. "Active Fields amongst them."]
[11:22] <Weaver> "We've got our work cut out for us. You soldiers, cover the rear as we advance. Make sure we're not ambushed. Squad, we keep moving."
[11:41] <Minaplo> [And so they moved up, through corridors…-
[11:41] <Minaplo> ["Lord! Stop Eileen from opening that door!" Said Ardashir. "The area beyond is full of foes."]
[11:43] <Weaver> "Squad, hold position. Any active AT fields?"
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["Three in the nearest vicinity."]
[11:47] <Weaver> "Check the rooms behind us. Quick."
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["They're coming from that direction as well."]
[12:23] <Weaver> "Prepare your weapons, then. We'll open the doors on our terms, before they get through."
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[12:32] <Minaplo> ["Understood, Lord."-
[12:33] <Minaplo> [There was a bright light as Ardashir burst into flames, the soldiers reeling from him in horror- but he chuckled at their antics, for he was unburned.-
[12:33] <Minaplo> [To Weaver's left, Eileen prepared herself to open the door, a Guard to her left preparing grenades…-
[12:33] <Minaplo> ["Three… Two… One… NOW!" Shouted Ethan.-
[12:34] <Minaplo> [The doors slid open, and immediately the sounds of shrieks and inhuman howls filled the air. A second later the sound was drowned out by that of grenades and flame.]
[12:37] * Weaver kept shifting his focus between the two entrances, critically eyeing the formations of the two Guard groups. "Have you taken on this kind of enemy before, Knight-Lieutenant?"
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["Not exactly like this, but the shape is the same. Human waves to screen the tanks."-
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["We cut down the waves and hit the tanks before more come up. ETHAN SQUAD! CUT THEM DOWN!"-
[13:13] <Minaplo> [And so Eileen would begin wading into the horde, scything them down with her sword, which she wielded two-handed, whilst Ekkehardt slapped his bolter to his chest- where it magnetically sealed- and took out his knife and pistol, settling into grim tooth-and-nail fighting with the horde, who screamed and smacked at him with crude axes and pieces of wood.-
[13:14] <Minaplo> [The flame continued to rule to Weaver's right as Ardashir, laughing with delight, sent gouts of flame down the narrow corridor, consuming dozens of foes. Before long, Ardashir was pushing ahead…]
[13:25] * Weaver took one last look at both, then turned to halfway face the wall, so that the soldiers couldn't hear. "So the current plan is an international coup with Vercingetorix, who thinks of himself as some kind of shady mastermind. I have a team and a modicum of resources and influence, so he's counting on our help taking down the overlords of NERV and the HIC. He also knows who we are,
[13:25] * Weaver so he'll be expecting us to pull something."
[13:53] <Minaplo> ["Shit, you had to buy our location, huh?" Muttered Talker, unimpressed.]
[14:02] <Weaver> "-Yes-, I wasn't prepared for the black swan of us being in literally the only country inhabited by aliens get back there's one now," Weaver said, hurriedly motioning the group away from the Annihilator making its way past the corner.
[14:03] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, it's a big one, you know that core can channel nearly a full two megawatts of power and can probably incinerate a battletank in a single shot-"-
[14:04] <Minaplo> [It swooped at Eileen, who desperately sidestepped. She grabbed onto the arm as the Annhilator pulled back, slashing across its left eye, black ink splattering the walls.-
[14:04] <Minaplo> ["Stay back, my Lord!" Cried Euphemia, hefting her hammer and charging into battle.]
[14:13] <Weaver> "No kidding? Good thing Iron Guard are better than tanks. I-" Euphemia's yell cut him off. He dug out his computer again, monitoring the situation a bit more closely. "I got the Guard from the girl they cloned Euphemia-" A nod back toward the corridor. "- from, used them to get a foothold and figure out a base. You'll be proud to know I nailed doing your job seducing her, Talker."
[14:37] <Minaplo> [The four of them watched Euphemia sprint down the hall, shove her hammer into the Annihilator hard enough to knock it over, before she began to smash it furiously over and over, bones and armour cracking.-
[14:37] <Minaplo> ["I really really doubt that, Weaver." Said Talker. "Really."-
[14:39] <Minaplo> [A Berserker guard rushed around the corner- and was promptly set aflame by a Ethan's Multimaser, the bright flash of red light burning the corrupt warrior's head clean off.-
[14:39] <Minaplo> ["The front line is being pushed back, we should secure the line of retreat." Muttered Trooper.]
[20:35] <Weaver> "What is there to secure? The plan is to push through here."
[20:53] <Minaplo> ["I know that. But your squad is suited for medium to short range combat and most of them are getting bogged down in CQC." Said Trooper. "If we pulled back and caught them in a crossfire, we could thin their ranks. Once their broken, we push right through."]
[20:57] <Weaver> "The city is crawling with them, delays might attract more opposition. Do you still recommend it?"
[21:16] <Minaplo> ["More opposition later would tax our resources in the long run, in exchange for short run victories, although surviving now is also a priority." Trooper paused for a moment, staring with narrowed eyes at Ethan, who fired a salvo of shots down the hall. "Do not recommend."]
[21:26] <Weaver> "We'll leave it open." He glanced down at his screen. "That's two active fields left. We're making progress."
[21:29] <Minaplo> [Next to Weaver, Worker stood transfixed, staring as a flaming Annihilator skull flew bounced down the hallway.-
[21:31] <Minaplo> [And down the other end of the room, the mad cackle of a Berserker Guard ended in a bloody gurgle on the point of Ardashir's sword.]
[21:33] <Weaver> "That's the southern front under control. Ekkehardt, move to assist the northern side."
[21:45] <Minaplo> ["Yes, my lord!" Ekkehardt rushed off, firing his bolter, whilst Ethan quickly loaded a new power pack into his multimaser.-
[21:46] <Minaplo> ["That's the special FE1-3 Multimaser with toggled infrared targeting scope and solar-adapted power charges-" began Worker.-
[21:46] <Minaplo> ["Yes, child." Ethan hoisted the pack onto his shoulder, watching as Ardashir slew another Berserker. He fired, but the bolts went wide.-
[21:48] <Minaplo> ["You know, I was working on a new sort of targeting scope for some bolters that can add a special thrust system and computer-guided navigator to the shells allowing them to lock onto targets and hone in even around allies or corners, I call it-"-
[21:48] <Minaplo> ["Hush, child!"]
[22:07] <Weaver> "These are my peers, Knight-Lieutenant. You will address them with proper respect. That said, maybe if he had some tech of yours to look at… He's been deprived for a while."
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["Yes, my lord…" Says Ethan neutrally. He takes his bolt pistol and thrusts it at Worker.-
[22:19] <Minaplo> [The bolt pistol is built for a Guard's hands; in Worker's, it looks like a strangely malformed SMG. He has to carry it with both hands. "Oooh, look at this, Weaver, you see the reinforced Surovite in the grip so the big hand doesn't break it when it squeezes, and I see they've added the new lightweight plasteel alloy to the firing chamber, that's surprisingly high-tech of them…"]
[22:31] * Weaver listened to Worker's explanation, leaning in slightly to examine the finer points of its architecture. You don't survive in an isolated underground facility without a healthy cross-field interest in your fellow residents' work.
[22:45] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile, there was a cry of rage from the south as an Annihilator appeared, peeking around the wall, before snapping out to grab Eileen around the waist and hoist her into the air.]
[22:58] <Weaver> "Need help, Euphemia?"
[23:07] <Minaplo> ["No, my lord." Euphemia said, rushing to her battle sister's aid. A single massive smash broke the Annihilator's arm, sending it sprawling, allowing Euphemia to fall upon it with vengeance, smashing it with fury and to a near-pulp.-
[23:08] <Minaplo> [The sound of screams and fire came from the north as the Annihilator in -that- direction was split apart with an almighty -shrrrrkplog- sound- the work of a bolter. Ardashir now stroke forward over the small pile of corpses, flame bursting from his hand, his laughter filling the halls.]
[23:13] <Weaver> "Right, it's time to move out. You back there, we're going!"
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["R-Right!" The poor bloody infantry began to run through, just in time to go green at the sheer carnage the Iron Guard had wreaked. They saw Euphemia stride over a pile of corpses literally a metre high.-
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["My Lord Wizard," Came Euphemia's voice. "May I suggest you take the other path? There are less- obstructions that way."]
[23:19] * Weaver checked his feeds, quickly switching away with an expression of disgust. "I see. We will do that," he replied, with a mostly neutral tone.
[23:28] <Minaplo> ["Better than tanks, huh." Said Talker with a smirk, even as he held a handkerchief over his face as he stepped through Berserker ordure.-
[23:28] <Minaplo> [Worker was immune to such sights, however, when shiny technology was on hand. He reached for a fallen Berserker's chainaxe, when-
[23:29] <Minaplo> [Ethan reached out and grabbed his hand gently- for an Iron Guard. Worker let out a whimper.-
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["Leave the arms of these cursed dead, lordling." Said Ethan gravely, releasing Worker and continuing on.]
[23:40] <Weaver> "Leave them. There'll be plenty more."
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["These aren't the newest anyway." Said Ardashir, who was easily the friendliest of the guards even if he enjoyed excuses to set people on fire en masse. "Wait until we get home, we have dozens of the latest models of chainaxe just waiting for someone to inspect."-
[23:42] <Minaplo> [He nods to Weaver. "Enemy contacts, Lord, distant but closing, to the south and north."]
[23:45] <Weaver> "Noted. We keep moving."
[23:48] <Minaplo> [And so they did. Before long, they'd come to another branch, to the north and south, but these paths seem to curve back the way they came.-
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["Concentric corridor pattern, I'm sure of it." Said Ethan. "It's common enough in secret fortresses like this."]
[23:51] <Weaver> "This is crazy. If this keeps up, we'll go faster if we start blowing through walls."
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["Thaaaaat'd be a bad idea." Said Worker. "See these walls?" He knocked on one. It sounded quite solid.]
[23:57] <Weaver> "Who knows how much time the builders had."
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Right, but the thing is that these walls are solid- to a point. They're actually designed so that if you knock one part down, you'll knock down an entire section- and set of some small bombs that actually cave the whole roof in."-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Diabolical." Said Ethan coolly.]
[08:04] <Weaver> "I see." Silence for a moment as they continued. "Has the eastern group started moving yet?"
[08:05] <Minaplo> ["That they have." Said Ardashir. "Like water levels. There's also enemies moving towards us on our northern passages too."]
[08:37] <Weaver> "How quickly can you set up explosives back there?" Weaver asked, pointing. "Collapsing parts of the facility would buy us ample time with little risk. Objections, Worker?"
[08:44] <Minaplo> ["No objections-"-
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["Explosives?" Ardashir laughed. "My lord, everything is explosive if I should so wish it. Leave it to me." And the Guard Apostle marched off, the air around him continually burning in a wall of fire.]
[09:12] <Weaver> "The rest of you, prepare to hold them off. The position isn't as protected as the last one."
[09:38] <Minaplo> ["Yes, my lord!"-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [There was the high 'whrr-whrr' of a cross blast, followed by the unmistakeable sound of a cave-in. The entire floor shook and shuddered, and Worker was toppled over with a squeak.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [There was, also, satisfyingly, the sound of screams.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [But Weaver would have other matters to contend with as a squad of berserkers rushed down the hall…-
[09:40] <Minaplo> [And survived maybe ten seconds before his beautiful bodyguard turned them into extremely bloody messes.]
[09:43] <Weaver> "Let's cover the east side!" Suppressing fire was laid down, the Guards in front not minding all too much, but the less-armored ones behind them fell one after another.
[09:53] <Minaplo> ["Heh." Ardashir walked forward leisurely, holding out his left hand. He clicked his fingers- and a gout of flame flashed down the corridor, burning and cleansing.-
[09:53] <Minaplo> [One of the victims, a Berserker, stumbled about in flames, clearly visible from W's position…]
[09:56] <Weaver> He took the shots, positron projectiles leaving holes in its tattered armor…
[09:58] <Minaplo> [And before long the flames filled his iron shell, turning him into but a kind of lobster.-
[09:58] <Minaplo> [He collapsed, roasted, and berserked no more.-
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[10:41] <Minaplo> [To Weaver's left, the Guard were falling back a little, now, an Annihilator towering over a horde of raving corrupted humans.-
[10:41] <Minaplo> ["Look out!" Cried someone- one of the Guard, most likely-
[10:41] <Minaplo> [But like a pneumatic ram, the Annihilator launched one of its lances of light across the hall, piercing Trooper, who let out a short, sharp shout of pain…]
[10:44] <Weaver> "Move!" As soon as he regained his senses from the sudden shock, Weaver grabbed his wounded colleague's arm, leading him and the rest of the civilians hurriedly backwards, ushering the soldiers in ahead of them.
[10:46] <Minaplo> ["-Shit." Muttered Trooper, who was breathing hard and ragged. "Glancing blow, too close to my ribs and vitals, but-" A prod. "The energy cauterised the wound. I won't bleed out. Pain doesn't hurt."-
[10:47] <Minaplo> [There was the sound of a massive explosion behind them, and the hallway lit up. A second later, Weaver would see Euphemia land in the intersection on her feet, perfectly; before dashing down the hall. There was the sound of something very heavy being hit very hard, followed by gunshots and maser bursts, then the sound of something with huge guts exploding those guts across five square
[10:47] <Minaplo> metres of terrain.]
[10:51] <Weaver> "Good. We'll keep going, then. We head east."

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