Yanmei S Greeting

[08:31] <AdEvaGM> [The ski fields were wide and dominated an entire slope of the resort's mountain- no matter how many people were there, it would never truly feel crowded.-
[08:32] <AdEvaGM> [A ski lift went from the resort to another ski field, allowing for a lovely view of the area. It was near the embarkation point of one such ski lift that Yanmei would 'run into' a certain familiar face…]
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[08:39] * Yanmei ducked behind a tree long enough to straighten her hair and jacket hastily and to take a deep breath, and then she stepped out again, smiling and waving. "Ah, Colonel Liu! Hello, there!"
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[08:43] <AdEvaGM> [Liu Lin turned around. She was a little taller than Yanmei was; her hair was brown and straight, left free to fall around her face. Her features were sharp; a small, pointed nose, hawkish eyes, a narrow chin. "I'm afraid you're mistaken. I'm only a Major."]
[08:53] <Yanmei> "R-really?" Gaaah, she berated herself silently. Still, she'd already said it, and there was no taking it back, and she tried to rally cheerfully. "Sorry, sorry! Forgive the assumptions."
[08:55] <AdEvaGM> ["You're forgiven." She was wearing a red sweater and long black woolly trousers; over that, she wore a long white coat, high-collared, tailor-made and well-worn. It was something she'd worn since her warlord days- it was nearly as famous as she was. "Zhang Yanmei, right? You're pretty recognisable with that hair of yours."]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "That's right~" Yanmei beamed. "I wanted to introduce myself, especially after that battle we had. How's your team doing?"
[09:01] <AdEvaGM> [Lin gestured off towards the ski slope. "They were smarting after the defeat. I told them to take a day off to decompress. It's to be expected. They're all very fierce women in their own right- they take defeat poorly."]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "I can see how they would," Yanmei glanced off toward the slope thoughtfully. "They gave us a really hard time, though? And I hear that they won their first fight against Berlin. You must have only been training them for a short time, but they're already in really amazing shape."
[09:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Despite their personalities, they're naturally inclined to work well as a team." Said Lin, gazing down the slope. "I wonder if the same could be said about your own comrades?" She turned piercing green eyes on Yanmei.]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "Ah? Well, I'd like to say yes, but it's taken a lot of time, and team building exercises and fights to get to this point. I don't think there's anything natural about it? But somehow we've managed to be cohesive."
[09:17] <AdEvaGM> ["You're rather different from your comrades, then?"]
[09:20] <Yanmei> "Very much so. We all have different personalities and backgrounds, and before joining NERV none of us had had much military training."
[09:22] <AdEvaGM> ["An oddity. Of course, you all seem to have made up for that." She started to walk off. "Your dominance of the league charts grants testimony to that.]
[09:22] <AdEvaGM> "]*
[09:25] <Yanmei> "Why, thank you!" Yanmei started off with her. "The three of us have been working hard. A lot of the credit goes to both of our Operation Directors, though?"
[09:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Colonel Amatore is more formidable than she looks, I'll grant you that. Would you care for a hot chocolate?"]
[09:28] <Yanmei> "Sure! Please lead the way." She was, of course, already leading. Still, it seemed like the thing to say.
[09:31] <AdEvaGM> [Major Liu led her along to a solid bench overlooking the ski fields. She sat down, withdrawing a thermos from her coat and pouring piping hot chocolate into the cup before holding it out to Yanmei.]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "Thanks." Yanmei accepted it gingerly. Warmth~ She was dressed for the weather appropriately enough, in a pink and white striped jacket and thick white pants, but she never had liked the cold. "How are things in Beijing these days? It's been a while since I was last able to visit. Back then, NERV's facility wasn't in the best shape…"
[09:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Things are proceeding as best can be hoped. At least, the Minifront has been fully repaired- NERV is rather adept at rebuilding." Said Major Liu ruefully, taking out another cup for herself. "Things are slower topside."]
[09:44] <Yanmei> "I was worried about that. It seems like civilian communication systems still haven't been completely restored?"
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Rudimentary systems have been restored- post office, mail- but telecommunications outside of the military? No."]
[09:51] * Yanmei nodded soberly. "And how has Director Zhang been fairing? She has her hands full between the civilian refugees and restaffing NERV's Beijing branch."
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Odd. I would have thought you would know that personally…"]
[09:55] * Yanmei smiled pleasantly. "She's a very busy woman. I can follow what I can at a distance, but there's a lot that I'm missing?"
[09:57] <AdEvaGM> ["I understand. She has, to my knowledge, been handling her duties admirably. She works very hard. She is becoming rather popular amongst the milieu of Beijing-2."]
[10:00] * Yanmei nodded, seemingly pleased at that. "Did she recruit you personally for the OD position?" There was something amazing about her mom having connections to someone her own junior-high history textbooks had referenced repeatedly.
[10:01] <AdEvaGM> ["She did, yes."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "And you said yes, even though you were retired?"
[10:04] <AdEvaGM> ["I did."]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "How come?"
[10:05] <AdEvaGM> [Major Liu quirked an eyebrow. "Rather forward of you."]
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[10:09] <Yanmei> "It is," she admitted after a pause. "You don't have to answer that? It's one of those things that I've been curious about."
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[10:11] <Yanmei> [10:09] <Yanmei> "It is," she admitted after a pause. "You don't have to answer that? It's one of those things that I've been curious about."
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[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Why do you think I joined? I will answer your question, but I want to see your perspective."]
[10:16] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei took a sip of her drink while she thought. "After you reunified China, you handed over control of your military and eventually dropped out of sight. Even if I can't place your motives completely, it suggests that you weren't fighting back then for fame or power. -
[10:22] <Yanmei> "Even now, after joining NERV, you've kept a low profile and don't seem particularly bothered by being ranked Major despite your obvious military credentials. That suggests that you aren't interested in fame much now either? My mother - and NERV itself - is publically committed to preventing more widescale disasters, like Second Impact, from occurring. I was thinking that your motives might fall in line with that somehow."
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> ["You're on the spot. Have you ever heard of Cincinnatus?"]
[10:37] * Yanmei scrolled through the list of military tacticians that had been drilled into her mind by Marianne and Misato, but came up empty-handed. She shook her head.
[10:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. What about George Washington?"]
[10:45] * Yanmei nodded. That one she definitely knew.
[10:50] <AdEvaGM> ["The two have much in common. Cininnatus was an ancient Roman general and dictator. In those days, the Romans would, in times of crisis, suspend the Republic and entrust absolute power to a single man. Cincinnatus was one such man- he worked humbly on his lands until he was called to duty, and he executed that duty well. When the crisis had abated he surrendered his power and returned to
[10:50] <AdEvaGM> his farm. Washington was much the same."]
[10:53] <Yanmei> "I see." Yanmei nodded. "You're using the same code of conduct that they did?"
[10:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes." She nodded. "China's history has many heroes. Conquering heroes and warlords who sweep away the old order and claim China as its own- Qin Shi Huang, Liu Bang, Emperor Hongwu, Princess Pingyang and even Mao Zedong. We don't have many who did what Cincinnatus did. It requires a republican mindset, not an imperial one. Emperors claimed rulership as a -right-. Cincinnatus claimed power
[10:58] <AdEvaGM> as a duty. It's about realising the importance in preserving something larger than yourself."]
[11:00] <Yanmei> "I must say, Major, that it's one of the nobler reasons I've heard for joining this war."
[11:01] <AdEvaGM> ["What of your reasons, Zhang?"]
[11:05] <Yanmei> "Mine?" She blinked, surprised, and then settled. "To protect people, naturally~ But there are no specific ideologies about duty and leadership roles behind that notion."
[11:10] <AdEvaGM> ["I wasn't looking for ideologies. Just feelings."]
[11:16] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei crossed her ankles. "It's like I'm supposed to? People depend on me and want me to be someone who can fight the Angels and win. Loved ones and people I don't even know. So that's what I'll do."
[11:18] <AdEvaGM> ["I see. But do -you- want to be that someone?"]
[11:22] <Yanmei> "If it's for them," she said slowly. "I want to meet their expectations and I want them to go on living."
[11:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I understand." Said Liu slowly.]
[11:32] <Yanmei> Was it weird? She had the sudden sense that it was, as she finished her drink and rolled the empty cup between her hands. "…have you heard about that new cult? The Children of Adam?"
[11:32] <AdEvaGM> ["I have." Said Liu gravely, sipping from her own cup. "What do you think of them?"]
[11:37] <Yanmei> "I don't like how quickly they're spreading. I don't like how they're suddenly all over the world." She frowned. "Between that Angel's attack and the LN, the Chinese Federation hasn't been the most stable region recently? It would be easy to spread misinformation there…"
[11:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. Their agents are already becoming widespread in China. We've tried to ferret them out, but it doesn't always go well for us."]
[11:43] <Yanmei> "Are you concerned about them getting close too? I'd expect that the higher-ups and pilots would be pretty well protected regardless, but you never know."
[11:46] <AdEvaGM> ["We're well-protected, yes. I doubt the intelligence of any -normal- Child of Adam who attempts to hurt one of those young women down there. Director Zhang and myself are safe in our own way. I am always on the look out for attempts to endanger my person."]
[11:54] * Yanmei nodded her approval and casually reached into her jacket for something. "It's not a safety measure, but I was wondering if you could assist me with something…"
[11:55] <AdEvaGM> ["What is it?"]
[11:57] <Yanmei> "It's a little unusual but… it's a delivery." She withdrew a small parcel wrapped in decorative violet paper. It even had a small silver bow on top. Yanmei shifted a little awkwardly. "Um. It's for Director Zhang."
[11:58] <AdEvaGM> ["It must be a sensitive gift." Lin held out her hand.]
[12:03] * Yanmei hesitated a little but handed it over. "I wanted to give it to her personally, but the chances of getting away and taking a trip home are slim these days. I didn't want to send it through the mail, either."
[12:04] <AdEvaGM> [She nodded. "I'll see that it arrives."]
[12:05] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I'll see if I can't return the favor someday."
[12:05] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll hold you to that."-
[12:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I admit, you seem to know somewhat more about me than I do of you."]
[12:07] <Yanmei> "Oh?" She grinned. "If you have questions, then ask away! I'll answer anything."
[12:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Tell me about yourself. Anything you like, first."]
[12:12] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, here's something! Did you know that I've been to this resort before? It was a prize that the other pilots and I won during an international NERV sporting event."
[12:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Really? What did you do here last time?"]
[12:17] <Yanmei> "Well, lots of resting. I was feeling a little under the weather? Pilot Langley-Soryu too. It's how we became friends, actually. Everyone else was out having fun, and we were just staying behind and sitting in a bar, talking. There was also a nature hike with unfortunate incidents involving local wildlife too. Wolf attacks."
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Wolf attacks?"]
[12:20] <Yanmei> "That's right! They attacked a group of us, but they got scared away really easily… um, for some reason." A demure shake of her head. "One of them was injured enough to collapse, and my boyfriend adopted him. Back then we were just regular friends, though, not involved in any way. On the topic of wolf stories, you should ask Edgar Chevalier about what happened to him during that trip. I believe he was one of the correspondents for the Thunderdome broadcasts?"
[12:21] <Yanmei> - correspondents for the Thunderdome broadcast?"
[12:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I remember him." Said Major Liu, nodding slowly. "And your boyfriend adopted a wolf? Goodness…"]
[12:24] <Yanmei> "It's okay. He's totally tame now? I've had to do my share of feeding and taking him for walks. Both of them are over in Boston now, though, so I don't get to see them much anymore."
[12:24] <AdEvaGM> ["How are you handling that?"]
[12:30] <Yanmei> "I'm managing." Yanme flashed a photo-tastic grin. "There are events like this one, when we get to see each other. And we still call each other a lot. I'm keeping busy in the meantime. There's track, and training, and shopping… oh, and school, of course?"
[12:33] <AdEvaGM> ["It must be difficult to maintain your studies in this sort of climate."]
[12:34] <Yanmei> "Not at all! My grades are still pretty top notch?"
[12:37] <AdEvaGM> [Lin gave her a piercing look.]
[12:38] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed primly. "W-well… they're not horrible?"
[12:39] <AdEvaGM> ["A word of advice, if I may?"]
[12:39] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[12:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Be strategic when concealing the truth. Know what's important to hide and what isn't. If you misjudge its importance and the person you're lying to, you can quickly create more trouble than it's worth."]
[12:44] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei flushed a little. "Sorry. I hope this doesn't mean that I've created trouble between us?"
[12:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Not this time, no." She leaned back, mulling something over.]
[12:48] * Yanmei nodded, looking… actually a little openly relieved. "Something else on your mind?"
[12:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Your boyfriend… Gabriel-Wei, unless I'm mistaken?"]
[12:52] <Yanmei> "That's right! You'll eventually be fighting his team too, I'm sure."
[12:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. In fact, you're facing his team next. How do you intend to deal with his unit?"]
[13:00] <Yanmei> "Hm. His EVA is probably going to do the most damage out of the three of them. In fact, it's positively lethal at close range. Best thing to do would be to have Blanc disable him from a distance, with de Pteres standing by to assist her if he gets too close. The problem is that the other enemy EVAs are surely not going to stand by and watch us do this."
[13:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed. In fact, from the tactical data I've gathered, de Pteres is going to do little except give Gabriel-Wei free points- and he works astoundingly well with Ayanami Rei. They make a solid team."]
[13:05] * Yanmei nodded. "Worse, if we were to switch targets at the start of the fight and focus on taking Rei down, it would take some time. Time that Isaiah would use to catch up to and maul us."
[13:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. The trick, therefore, is to take Rei down quickly." She drained her cup.-
[13:06] <AdEvaGM> ["In one on one duels, pilots like Rei and de Pteres perform well due to their incredible swordplay. But they flounder against unorthodox combat styles."]
[13:10] <Yanmei> "Like, say, unique AT Field abilities."
[13:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes." Lin nodded. "Or EVA-08's limbs, for example."]
[13:15] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei glanced down at her own arms a moment, frowning. "Something that would allow their enemy to get a hit in, while keeping them at bay… Well, it's something to think about deeply."
[13:18] <AdEvaGM> ["I already have my own strategy."]
[13:18] <Yanmei> "You do?" Yanmei looked surprised.
[13:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Boston is CQC-focused, so I'm going to try to turn it into a shooting match. Juuichi I'm giving one of the Great Positron Cannons along with her standard Long Maser. Nana's Maser Carbines aren't cutting it, so I'm going to give her a pair of Positron Rifles instead. Chiisana will continue to use Crosses, although the effect may diminish at long range…"]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Interesting. Your team will have to constantly be on the move to prevent themselves from getting cornered, but it should work pretty well."
[13:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Luckily, we're a fairly mobile squad."]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Yeah, luckily," Yanmei murmured, remembering Isaiah's AT-enchanced speed. "I'll look forward to seeing how that battle goes. I hope you'll be watching ours too?"
[02:25] <AdEvaGM> ["But of course. The Paris and Tokyo teams are currently leading the league…"]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "That Katsuragi's going to make things a challenge, isn't she?" Yanmei sighed. "Say. In a bout, which do you think would come out on top? Paris or Tokyo?"
[02:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Why don't you tell me what you think first? Be honest."]
[02:29] <Yanmei> "The Tokyo Team's makeup is really similar to Boston's. I think if we have trouble with the latter, we're going to have trouble with the former, unless we adapt and learn from it. Fortunately, I think we're pretty good at doing that?"
[02:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Do note, of course, that Tokyo defeated Boston. You can't expect them to fight identically." Major Liu pondered.-
[02:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Essentially, which ever side loses a unit first is at a huge disadvantage, and Tokyo team is one of the most defensive teams in the field. Plus, they excel at both CQC and ranged combat. I suspect Tokyo might just take away the victory."]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "We'll see about that. All we have to do is find a way to break through their defenses. Probably by piling on that other Ayanami, Sho."
[02:39] <AdEvaGM> ["The trouble is, there's the chance that focusing your attacks on her will bring her down- but slowly, and that gives Ikari and Akagi their chance."]
[02:42] <Yanmei> "There has to be a way to attack and defend at the same time…"
[02:43] <AdEvaGM> ["An alternative- simply reduce the danger Sho poses without having to destroy her."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "Disarming her. A good idea~"
[02:45] <AdEvaGM> ["No, that won't work."]
[02:45] <Yanmei> "Eh?"
[02:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Disarming her is just like destroying her. By the time you've done it, you could've just destroyed her, it takes too long and your plan's in ruins. You need to find another way to neutralize her quickly."]
[02:55] <Yanmei> "There's the old Dirac Sea trick, but who knows how long that will keep up. As for something more mundane… hm. It's rather silly, but it might work if I modified a weapon or two."
[02:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
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[03:33] <Yanmei> "Messing up her mobility? Long-ranged, focused Positron shots to the kneecaps could be one way to do it. If she can't reach us, we don't have to worry about her."
[03:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Ill-advised against enemies with A-Type equipment."]
[03:34] <Yanmei> "Ugh, you're right." Yanmei scowled.
[03:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Think. How do enemies neutralise de Pteres?"]
[03:37] <Yanmei> "Angel mind tricks. Grappling. Special electrified armor. Croissants."
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[03:38] <AdEvaGM> [Lin's eyes narrowed, as if wondering whether Yanmei was mocking her.-
[03:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Then see? Why not have de Pteres merely grapple Sho away whilst you take care of Akagi and Ikari?"]
[03:43] <Yanmei> Thin ice now. Some of the levity vanished from Yanmei's demeanor. "But that would divide our manpower, wouldn't it? Me and Blanc against Akagi and Ikari…"
[03:55] <AdEvaGM> ["That's what Katsuragi wants you to think. She's going to frighten you into going for Ikari all at once and making errors." Liu Lin offered the thermos to Yanmei. "EVA-05 is slow, not nimble and quick like the Master Models. It's CQC entirely, which means assaulting it with swords is going to end badly. You and Blanc are perfectly capable of using firearms well- simply pick him apart from
[03:55] <AdEvaGM> long range- and altitude if you can."]
[03:57] <Yanmei> "And what about Akagi, who's pretty capable of returning fire?" Yanmei held her cup out hopefully.
[04:02] <AdEvaGM> [Lin refilled it. "She can't neutralise the both of you."]
[04:10] <Yanmei> "Thanks." Yanmei took another little sip. "So that's the answer. It sounds simple when you say it like that?"
[04:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Ikari is a simple opponent to face. Remain out of reach and shoot him. He can't deflect bullets with those claws of his."]
[04:15] <Yanmei> "Hm. Part of the trick is also to keep shooting, even when you think he's down and out. I've… had simulations against him before."
[04:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[04:16] <Yanmei> "EVA-05 is durable. A lot more than 04 is. I'm sure Katsuragi's upgraded its armor too."
[04:17] <AdEvaGM> ["That's why we invented Long Masers."]
[04:23] <Yanmei> "It sure is," Yanmei grinned. "Thank you for the advice, by the way."
[04:26] <AdEvaGM> ["You're welcome." She refilled her own cup.]
[04:34] <Yanmei> Had they really just beaten this woman and her team? Yanmei took another drink, trying to watch her from the corner of her eye at the same time, without making it too noticable. There was more to say, but she couldn't say it. -
[04:40] <Yanmei> Instead she decided to keep things easy and light and about battle.
[04:46] <AdEvaGM> [Time passed as the two talked…-
[04:46] <AdEvaGM> [Eventually, Liu Lin stood up. "It's time for me to be elsewhere."]
[04:52] <Yanmei> "Aw, really?" Yanmei rose to see her off, offering the thermos lid back to her. "It was fun talking to you~ Let's chat some more before this tournament is over."
[04:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, let's. Next time, why don't you bring Gabriel-Wei with you? I was friends with his mother- in fact, I didn't actually know she had a child."]
[04:58] <Yanmei> "Wh- seriously? Lili Wei?" There was… suddenly so much awkwardness. Yanmei tried to shake it off. "I'll be sure to tell him? He'll probably be really curious."
[05:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you."]
[05:02] * Yanmei let her brightest smile flourish. "This organization really is small in some ways. I'd better get going myself." Was saluting too formal? She offered a polite bow instead. "See you later~"
[05:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Goodbye, Pilot Zhang." The Tiger of Jinan offered her own politer, smaller bow before heading off.]
[05:08] <Yanmei> Yanmei took her own slower path across the snow, a new dazed expression forming as the former General headed out of sight. It was only for a moment, but she drew out one of her phones and flipped it open to regard something silently on the display. Then she closed it, and kept moving.

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