Yanmei S Debriefing

[21:40] <Minaplo> [The debriefing took place in what had once been a dining room- Vimes, Terence, Joao and Yanmei were seated around a long wooden table, other S2 agents surrounding them. A large television dominated the wall opposite Yanmei, and a portable holoprojector sat in the middle of the table.-
[21:42] <Minaplo> [They'd been led back to another safe house this time for the debriefing. S2 medics on hand had removed Yanmei's armour and treated her wounds, and had given her time to wash away the blood and the soot before giving her back her own clothes to wear. Underneath them, she'd feel the cool, liquidy texture of biogel settling into her wounds beneath the spongy gauze.-
[21:43] <Minaplo> [William entered last, bearing a tray of drinks. He too bore injuries- cuts and burns. He was wearing a loose white shirt and a pair of long trousers beneath them. "Drinks for everyone." He said, setting the tray down.]
[21:47] <Yanmei> "Thank you, William." Yanmei had freshened up as well as she had been able to, but without a proper suit or uniform she felt a little underdressed. It was just dark slacks and a plain, gray long-sleeved shirt for her. She took a bottle of water but didn't do much with it. This meeting…
[21:51] <Minaplo> [Terry took a huge bottle of beer, and Vimes accepted a glass of wine. Joao looked as uncomfortable as Yanmei felt.-
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["To whom are we reporting?" He asked nervously.]
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[21:54] <Yanmei> "Our superiors, Colonel Marianne Amatore-DeForest and likely the head of NERV's Section 2 as well. Please don't worry." Yanmei offered him a small smile. -
[21:55] <Yanmei> "They'll probably ask you to describe your involvement with these incidents. This will also be an excellent opportunity for you to represent the Alves Group's interests."
[21:58] <Minaplo> ["I see." He grabbed a glass of wine and drained it.-
[21:59] <Minaplo> [The television sprang to life, giving them a split-screen picture. On the left was Marianne; on the right, Jeanne Simon.-
[21:59] <Minaplo> [Simon's eyes focused on Joao. "Hello, Joao Alves."-
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["Merda."]
[22:03] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei had saluted in greeting, but now her eyes danced between Simon and Joao. "You're… acquainted with our guest, ma'am?"
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["I have heard of the heir to the Alves Group, yes."-
[22:05] <Minaplo> [Joao had a hand across his eyes, groaning a little.]
[22:07] <Yanmei> "The heir." Yanmei focused on him as well, an eyebrow raised. "I -see-."
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[22:12] <Minaplo> ["That isn't important at the moment." said Marianne. "Zhang, I need you to give me a full report from the very start of your… Investigation."]
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[22:16] <Yanmei> "Yes ma'am. We began yesterday at roughly 2 pm, with our arrival at the Verdun Rue Industrial Park. Workers there had reported both a missing person and multiple sightings of Charles Gamelin at the site." -
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[22:22] <Yanmei> "We spoke with the on-site manager, who confirmed the rumors and provided us with more information on the missing person, a night worker named Andre Boulles who was a former NERV employee as well. He said that Boulles and Gamelin had had several quiet meetings at the Industrial Park between the first of January and the eighth. -
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[22:26] <Yanmei> "During this time, certain cell phone componets produced at the plant had also gone missing and Boulles began to exhibit suspicious behavior. On the Eighth of January, he recieved a visit from our Security division at work, and vanished after he clocked out. We followed up with a visit to Boulles' supervisor and a visit to his apartment, where we discovered both large amounts of cash -
[22:29] <Yanmei> "and evidence of him having recieved a visitor with a compulsive organizing habit. Such habits would be in line with what we would learn about Gamelin later that evening, after we had taken a list of the stolen parts to be analyzed by our technical division."
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[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Learned where?" Asked Simon.]
[22:46] <Yanmei> "Heaven Purview, a drinking establishment and one of Gamelin's known hangouts. We had a discussion with a bartender there who was able to describe his mannerisms and personal likes for us. It's also where we ran into an acquaintance of mine by chance: newspaper intern Emma Rousseau. She was chasing a story connecting another missing man, one Maurice Schwartz of the Thruster Corporation, to the Alves Group."
[22:46] <Minaplo> [Joao shifted uncomfortably.-
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["And what happened then?" Asked Marianne.]
[22:49] <Yanmei> "We agreed to help her with gaining access to and searching through the missing man's apartment. We didn't find much: a letter, some money, and a rail pistol. The furniture in the apartment looked as if it had been moved aside to make room for something, but whatever it was was long gone by the time we got to the apartment. Like with Boulles' apartment, there was no sign of a struggle anywhere."
[22:50] <Minaplo> [Simon glanced off to the side, as did Marianne- presumably at each other.-
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["Go on." Said Simon.]
[22:54] <Yanmei> "We left the apartment by Emma's car, after we determined that we would need a translator to determine the contents of the letter. At that time we were attacked by members of the Alves group? The strategy was to ambush us with a car bomb and to pick off any survivors with gunfire from a nearby roof. Miss Rousseau was critically injured in the resulting battle, and all members of the attacking group were killed."
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["Not that I am saying that death was not coming to them," Ventured Joao, "But they died horrifically."]
[22:57] <Yanmei> "Yes, well," Yanmei coughed delicately. "Um. After that, we were picked up by Section Two agents and transferred to a safehouse for the evening. Rousseau was taken to our emergency care facility. The letter, I -assume- was transferred to someone who could read it, but I never did follow up on it."
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["It was translated, yes." Said Simon. "I'll leave the details until after you're done."]
[23:01] <Yanmei> "Yes." Yanmei's brow furrowed slightly. "The following morning, we found Mr. Alves outside of the safehouse. He offered his assistance to us, and we agreed on a compromise that would allow him to observe the next part in the operation. Truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised to find him aiding us later? But I'm jumping ahead of myself." -
[23:04] <Yanmei> "One of the things we learned about Gamelin at Heaven Purview was that he was interested in civic history and enjoyed older architecture. We decided to investigate one of Paris' historical landmarks that was also on our list of places where Gamelin had been sighted: Notre Dame. -
[23:07] <Yanmei> "I gained entry, was briefly reunited with William Weiss-Xylander who claimed to be volunteering there, and spoke to one of the Bishops who could confirm the sighting. Apparently, Gamelin had been resting in the cathedral, checking messages on a cell phone recently. The Bishop said that he had been injured. -
[23:09] <Yanmei> "When a Priest inquired after his well being, he fled, dropping the phone. The Bishop allowed me to have it and I headed back out toward the cathedral's main entrance. That's when I was confronted by another hostile group."
[23:18] <Yanmei> "They were disguised as visiting monks, and were carrying highly advanced weapons. After some exchanges the ringleader identified as a Children of Adam cult member, alluded to having successfully deployed a trap, and demanded that I accompany them. -
[23:20] <Yanmei> "When asked if Gamelin had provided them with weapons, he merely alluded to the late Silas Caine. With Weiss-Xylander, sniper support, and later Captain Savage and Mr. Alves, we were able to neutralize the attackers. At least one of the members has been taken in for questioning, and the cathedral sustained some fire damage from the battle. And that leaves us where we are now."
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["And the ringleader?" Asked Simon.]
[23:26] <Yanmei> "…injured, but still at large."
[23:38] <Minaplo> [Simon shook her head. "And what did he look like?"]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "Well… he was a swordsman? Gray eyes, long silvery hair, fine features. Frowned a lot."
[23:43] <Minaplo> ["And his equipment. What did it look like?"]
[23:45] <Yanmei> "He had a bolter pistol. And his sword was… it looked like a japanese sword. Incredibly sharp. It was so sharp that he didn't need much force behind it to actually cut through armor and wound people. He was in gray metal armor himself."
[23:46] <Minaplo> [A nod. "And the other cultists. What was their equipment like?"]
[23:47] <Yanmei> "Hmm. A combination of a heavy bolter and grenade launcher. I haven't seen anything like it before."
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["More like a normal bolter with an oversized firing chamber." Interjected William. "Presumably for a larger clip."-
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["How many were there?" Asked Simon.]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "Twelve, including the ringleader."
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["And the mobile phone, is it undamaged?"]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "Yes. It's with me now."
Session Time: Mon Dec 17 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Hand it over to Vimes after the conclusion of this meeting." Said Simon.]
[00:02] <Yanmei> The slightest hint of a wince. "Yes ma'am. Is there any chance that I can get it returned to me after you look over it? It's… one of mine."
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["You should've mentioned that."]
[00:07] <Yanmei> "Maybe," she admitted. "Should I also mention that I've checked all the new messages?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["… Yes." Simon glowered. "You should not have touched it!"]
[00:09] <Yanmei> "…" This was not the time or place to snipe back about it. "I'm sorry about that."
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Meddling with evidence in a S2 case carries considerable penalties." Said Simon. "Quite frankly, it is only your rank and position in NERV that shields you from a one week solitary confinement in a pitch black room- minimum."-
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["There are other immediate concerns, however."]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Such as?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["The situation at Notre Dame was a trap." Said Simon. "The mobile phone was the one Gamelin took from you, was it not?"]
[00:18] <Yanmei> "Yes, on both counts." Yanmei kept her voice carefully controlled. "But I didn't realize the phone was even there until I had met with the Bishop. It's not like it was bait in itself?"
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["No. But he must have realised that you were investigating these things personally, and so he went to the cathedral and acted in such a way that he was guaranteed to be noticed by S2. Gamelin knows our procedures, he knows that a police report on a person matching his description would be immediately forwarded onto NERV. You wanted the phone back, and so you'd be driven to chase him wherever
[00:21] <Minaplo> he went. Although it was luck that you arrived before S2 could formally investigate, it was still a trap designed for you."-
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["That makes sense. Those monks have been hanging about for a week." Said William, nodding.]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "How uncomfortable," Yanmei muttered. "It's like that incident in the subway tunnels again."
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["It feels off." Murmured Marianne.-
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["Gamelin was part of Counter-Intelligence." Said Simon. "But he showed great aptitude across a variety of skills. At the time he disappeared, for example, he'd been acting as a hidden agent within a Children of Adam splinter cell. I believe he has managed to somehow convince them to follow him after he went rogue- the weapons match. Grenade Combi-Bolters, Monokatanas- and unless I'm
[00:31] <Minaplo> mistaken, the man you fought was the one known only as Isaac, the leader of the cell- or as the case may be, former leader."]
[00:34] <Yanmei> "But that means he's not working alone, as we previously expected? So if we track down the rest of the cell, we'll be able to find him! Or at least find some more clues."
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Possibly. We'll have to look into it."-
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["There are other issues as well." Simon said gravely. "The letter we translated was about details of weapons dealing and the like. We asked Thruster Corp to do a count of its products. A computer count showed a perfect inventory."-
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["This only shows that Schwartz had the skill to doctor the reports, because a manual count showed missing products that make this situation much worse."]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "What sort of products?"
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["Bolters. Maser weapons, including Long Maser sniper rifles. Advanced types of grenades- several new positron grenades that were to be added to SOS's inventory, for example. Explosive charges, heavy weapons such as Rail autocannons. And finally…"-
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["The explosive cores of two Thruster Dreadnought Positron Torpedoes."]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "…" As Yanmei took in the list, she felt the tension form a knot in her insides. "Do we have theories on what he plans to do with all of that?"
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["The evidence points towards an assault on the Geofront." Said Marianne.]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "That's what I was afraid of. If you've spoken to Dr Surov, then you'll know that the missing phone parts could be used to build some sort of 'security spiker'."
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Simon. "And with Desrosiers' blood, he would have access to high-level controls. Terminal Dogma, the Magi, environmental systems…"]
[00:53] <Yanmei> A slow breath. "How can we preempt this, then?"
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Well, de Pteres had the idea of transferring the Elisha Caine blood security protocols to Blanc." Said Simon slowly. "His insistence on it was part of what caused him to be thrown into the brig."]
[00:56] <Yanmei> "It's not a terrible idea at its core." It seemed like she might have wanted to say more, but she recalled that they were in the presence of an Alves Group representative and that brainstorming was probably not the best idea.
[01:01] <Minaplo> [Marianne seemed to have a similar idea. "Mr. Alves, what we are about to discuss is information that is absolutely not open to non-NERV members."-
[01:01] <Minaplo> [He got to his feet, almost relieved. "I understand. I'll allow myself to be escorted from the room."-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["Good."-
[01:02] <Minaplo> [A pair of S2 agents took him out of the room, securing the door behind them.]
[01:04] * Yanmei waited for the door to close before speaking again. "You have to admit that it's better than leaving things the way they are? And unless he had someone on the inside, it would take him a long time to figure out who he should be targeting instead of de Pteres' friend."
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["You're right," Said Simon, "But that isn't what they really quarrelled about. The Commander wanted the security transferred to you, instead."]
[01:06] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow. "Why me?"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["She felt you were more reliable than Blanc, apparently." Said Simon.]
[01:10] <Yanmei> "I don't know if I'd feel comfortable with that."
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["Neither was de Pteres, but I don't think his reasons are your reasons." Said William, leaning back in his chair.]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "I'll bet," she sighed, a wry, thin smile taking hold. "He fancies Blanc as the more reliable one, huh?"
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["I don't know about that," Said William, "But apparently he refused to accept you as a candidate so long as you shared a Libido bond with Gabriel-Wei."]
[01:18] * Yanmei blinked. She glanced aside. "I wish I knew what to say to something like that. I can't exactly condemn him for it?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["Hum." Terry folded his arms and frowned. "That pup…"-
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["In any case, the Commander offered a compromise." Said Simon.-
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Me." Murmured William. "de Pteres didn't like that at all."]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "No kidding? You two never could get along."
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["No." Muttered William bitterly. "No, we couldn't. He never trusts me, and this… Thing about Blanc and me has only deepened his suspicion."-
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["De Pteres's knowledge of that, combined with an open condemnation of Caine, was enough to send him to the cells." Said Simon.]
[01:27] <Yanmei> "…what did he say about Caine, exactly?"
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["I think he said something about Caine being his enemy." Said Marianne. "It was a mistake."]
[01:32] <Yanmei> So that was all it took. "How long will they keep him there?"
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Not much longer, I think." Said Marianne.-
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["But the problem remains that Sera needs to be willing to transfer his security rights- otherwise Desrosiers' blood will have all that access." Said Simon. "The security spikes are a problem, but not too much- our doors are quite hard to move either way and there are other, more hardened security systems that can seal off doors in any case."-
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["The problem is with the torpedo cores." Said Marianne. "The torpedo cores aren't much use against the Geofront's armour, but if Gamelin is able to get inside, one of those cores can wipe out half of HQ."]
[01:41] <Yanmei> "So we keep him from getting inside. And the best way of doing that? Is to catch him before he can strike."
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Simon.-
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["You aren't to take part in those efforts, however." Said Marianne.]
[01:44] * Yanmei went rigid. "What?! Wait…" she composed herself. Brought out one of her best, most understanding smiles. "I thought we were doing pretty well. I've brought you all sorts of clues, haven't I? Don't be so hasty. If there's a problem, I can fix it."
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["The problem is that we have a VIP risking her life continually." Said Marianne firmly. "Your wounds were deeper than you let on. Vimes told me."]
[01:48] <Yanmei> Vimes, that bastard! Yanmei held on to her smile. "But if we let Gamelin get any further with his plans, my life will be in danger anyway. This is counterproductive."
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["Yes, but we can stymie him without you." Said Simon.]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "But I can help!" she insisted.
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["The risk is too great!" Said Marianne.]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "If this is about that cult, I'll be more careful. I won't even pursue them! I could work a different angle of the case…"
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Now, perhaps, you know how Emma feels." Murmured Terry.]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei opened her mouth. She shut it. She tried to keep a neutral face, but she was -seething-.
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["Mind you," Said Terry, louder, "My view of things remains now as it was then- let those with the bravery to pursue this do so." He said, shooting dark looks at the screen. "Yanmei is strong enough to take care of herself, and intelligent enough to investigate these threads. To remove her from the case is the wrong thing to do."]
[02:11] <Yanmei> Faint surprise broke the illusion of calm, no matter how tenuous. Would they listen?
[02:14] <Minaplo> [Simon and Marianne glanced at each other.-
[02:14] <Minaplo> ["We'll keep you in the loop, Yanmei." Said Marianne. "For now, at least, you are confined to the Geofront. You need to rest, you need to take things more slowly."-
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["You may be permitted to partake in field operations after that grace period has passed, depending."]
[02:17] * Yanmei searched their faces, and not seeing much else in the way of leniency, consented with a slow nod. "All right. I can live with that?"
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["Very well."-
[02:19] <Minaplo> [Simon nodded. "We'll analyse your mobile phone, search it for bugs, trackers or the like. Don't worry," She smiled, presumably thinking what she was saying was encouraging, "The Magi can recover any missing or deleted files or messages, so if Gamelin's been using it for his own ends, we'll know."]
[02:20] <Yanmei> "Oh. That's good to know?" She smiled back. Oh no. Oh god. Her mind was suddenly racing.
[02:22] <Minaplo> [Simon nodded. "Alright. Simon out."-
[02:22] <Minaplo> [The screen died.-
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Be careful, Yanmei. Amatore out."-
[02:22] <Minaplo> [Vimes turned to Yanmei. "Alright, Miss Zhang." He held out his hand.]
[02:28] <Yanmei> -Bastard-. "I think… I actually left it in my coat pocket." Yanmei patted down her pants pocket haplessly. "If you could just wait a moment, I could go grab it?"
[02:29] <Minaplo> [Vimes got to his feet. "Alright. Let's go."]
[02:31] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stood up. She bobbed her head to Terry. "Thank you for the support, Captain."
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["Anytime, Yanmei."]
[02:32] <Yanmei> "Right." And with that, she led the way.
[02:34] <Minaplo> [Vimes followed her, of course.]
[02:49] <Yanmei> And before long, they were at the coat in question, and Yanmei was going through its pockets, her heart thudding hard. She pulled out a phone… black, with no identifying features.
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["This is the phone?" Asked Vimes.]
[02:52] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Here." She held it out to him.
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Alright." He took it, looked it back and forth, put it in his coat. "I know you didn't want your injuries known, Miss Zhang. But I didn't have much choice."]
[03:04] <Yanmei> "Yeah, well." She almost rubbed her side, but stopped herself and sighed. "You were just doing your job, I guess. Um, listen. That thing means a lot to me, so if there's any way you could convince Simon not to keep it forever…"
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["I'll try, miss. I've been on this job since you arrived here in Paris." He gave her a small smile. "It sounds strange, but after so many years of looking out for your safety I suppose I've become pretty protective of you."]
[03:08] <Yanmei> She gazed at him in surprise, and then surprised herself even more by giving her own small smile back. "Thanks. I guess this break they're making me take is gonna make you kind of happy, then?"
[03:09] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Well, providing you don't sneak out or anything." He chuckled. "If you do anything untoward like that, I get my pay docked or even worse, fired. You know that, right?"]
[03:10] <Yanmei> "S-seriously?" She paused and then sighed again. "I promise I'll be good, alright?"
[03:11] <Minaplo> ["I hope so." He patted the pocket where the phone sat. "Anyway, I'd best get this back to HQ. You get some rest, Zhang."]
[03:13] <Yanmei> "Yeah. See you later." She headed for a couch in the safehouses' living room, and dropped down onto it.

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