Yanmei S Plan

[12:44] <AdEvaGM> [The Command Centre.-
[12:44] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne sat in her chair, hands clenched together, staring up hard at the viewscreen- waiting for Yanmei to arrive.]
[12:50] * Yanmei did, with much more composure than she'd had upon her return from Italy. In the past day, she'd settled into an office within the Geofront and laundered her civilian clothes. While she couldn't get back to her apartment for a proper uniform, she could at least look clean. And while she hadn't actually slept much, at least she had a place to go back to temporarily. "Colonel."
[12:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Souslieutenant."-
[12:55] <AdEvaGM> ["We've received orders from the Committee on how to proceed."]
[12:56] <Yanmei> "I see." She kept her face as neutral as she could, and tried scrutinizing the viewscreen for herself.
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> ["You are to lead the team once more, which is to consist of four units, including your own- they also want EVA-07 present."]
[13:02] <Yanmei> "07?" She looked back at her in surprise. "The pilots are still inexperienced, though?"
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> ["We'll just have to hope for the best."-
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> ["… They also want us to use Excalibur."]
[13:09] <Yanmei> "What." Yanmei's eyes hardened a little. "07 -and- Excalibur? Why?"
[13:12] <AdEvaGM> ["It appears that they're really pulling out every stop we have. I'm surprised they didn't requisition the Lance of Longinus."]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "At least that's one less danger to worry about?" She tried a halfhearted smile.
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed." She sighed.-
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> ["They've sent us a basic battleplan as well."]
[13:15] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[13:19] <AdEvaGM> ["'Mission goals should be to correct the flaws of previous battle. Instead of dealing with auxiliaries and Big Brother in operational order, Big Brother should be neutralised, tied up in close combat and isolated simultaneously.'"]
[13:23] <Yanmei> A difficult order. Yanmei knit her eyebrows. "We shouldn't have a problen neutralizing, and the auxiliaries pose no big threat on their own. It's the close range combat that concerns me."
[13:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Explain?"]
[13:32] <Yanmei> "He completely shredded Units 00 and 21 in physical combat. Even 01, although it's defenses were admittedly worn down by then? I could see us having a chance if there were two or more close-range combatants facing off against him, but one-on-one…"
[13:33] <AdEvaGM> ["We need to figure out why." Said Marianne, turning around. "Why did he win? What did he use?"]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "In the first two cases, he targeted isolated units that were less capable at enduring physical combat either by design or due to being worn down by ranged fire. He was… fast. Very fast. Good at using that speed to break out of neutralisation range easily or chain kicks and punches together on a single opponent. His own defenses were also pretty high?"
[13:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Speed and skill." A nod. "What else?"]
[13:45] <Yanmei> "He was able to enhance his attacks as well? And the weapons he used…" Yanmei frowned. Made little air quotes with her fingers. "'Weapons'? He could conjour them out of thin air in a second, and they were extremely powerful. You saw the damage that GPC did… Still, if we bring his AT Field down and keep it down, it shouldn't be a problem, right?"
[13:47] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right. We need to neutralise his field, and we need to limit his speed, and we need to bring down his defenses. I can't do much about the speed, but our 'commanders' have already told us how to do one and three."-
[13:47] <AdEvaGM> ["An Anti-AT Field."]
[13:52] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "We may not have a choice? I think he would target whoever was doing it almost immediately, and hard."
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Which is why EVA-07 should do it, as it's the most front-line capable unit piloted by someone who can use an Anti-AT Field."]
[14:06] <Yanmei> "Front line…" Yanmei quieted down, thinking. "All right. Still, I'll need someone durable and offensively capable who can help them out. Ikari Shinji and EVA-05."
[14:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Not 08?"]
[14:09] <Yanmei> "Not this time. 08 is vicious, but it can't take as many hits as 05 can?"
[14:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh-huh. Who else?"]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Ayanami Rei. Her EVA's defenses are second only to 01's. Also?" Yanmei frowned. "This leaves all the bases with at least two or more active EVAs should something happen. Except for…"
[14:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Paris."]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Yeah." That frown lingered, her gaze sinking somewhat.
[14:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't worry. We'll have the Grendel here, and we're putting a few other units on standby."]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "The scanners haven't picked up anything else, have they?"
[14:19] <AdEvaGM> ["There are still massive numbers of AT blips congregating in western China."]
[14:22] <Yanmei> "Think Major Liu can handle it?" Of course she could. She was Liu Lin! It helped to hear it, though.
[14:22] <AdEvaGM> ["I hope so."-
[14:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Speaking of China." Marianne smiled. "We've finally heard from Raphael's team. He has your mother."]
[14:28] <Yanmei> It was completely unexpected, and it sank in slowly. Yanmei's eyes widened little by little. "M-mom? They…?"
[14:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. She's alive and well."]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "They… th-they found her… She's alive and well." She spoke as if she couldn't believe it, slowly and tentatively. "I can see her?"
[14:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes- well, not right now. But yes."]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Not…? Where is she? Why not?"
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, they haven't arrived yet. They'll be here soon, though- a few hours."]
[14:39] <Yanmei> Few hours… Yanmei's hands moved a little and fell again, as if she wasn't sure what to do with them. "She wasn't hurt?" she tried to confirm again cautiously.
[14:40] <AdEvaGM> ["She's very shaken up, and she received a few scratches and bruises, but otherwise, she's fine."]
[14:43] <Yanmei> A few hours and she could see her. Yanmei reached for her hair, running a hand through her pigtails nervously. "W-where can I meet them?"
[14:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Medical division."]
[14:44] * Yanmei nodded quickly a few times. "I'll go there and wait, then!"
[14:44] <AdEvaGM> ["A-Are you sure?"]
[14:46] * Yanmei nodded again. Then, she made herself remember something. "When should I be prepared to leave? For Italy, I mean. Are the chosen pilots coming here, or will they meet us there?"
[14:46] <AdEvaGM> ["We're meeting here, so… You have two days."]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Two… ah. That's a really long time." Three days altogether. A day and a half to spend with her mom, but the EVAs and de Pteres and Silas were still out there.
[14:50] <AdEvaGM> ["It's as fast as we can go. Enough time for us to try to buffer Excalibur…"]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "They're going to try to make it safer to use?" Slight surprise. She hadn't known they could do that.
[14:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. Key word is try- Surov says he has an idea, but who knows?"-
[14:53] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne leaned forward. "I heard he's trying to find ways to build himself mechanical tentacles he can use…"]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "Oh god… gross…" Yanmei made a face. "Why?"
[14:56] <AdEvaGM> ["He says he can use them for tools." Said Marianne. "Like, having a tentacle with a spanner head, or a camera so he can look behind himself, or a maser pistol built into one of them…"]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "…are we sure we want him to mess with Excalibur?"
[14:58] <AdEvaGM> ["You have to admit, from a perfectly logical standpoint, he -is- the best man for the job."]
[15:02] * Yanmei sighed. "He's a total loon, though? You've seen his work. Captain Savage, that ship…Eevi…"
[15:03] <AdEvaGM> ["To be fair, Captain Savage is a very valuable member of this organisation."]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "I'm not suggesting he isn't? But…"
[15:04] <AdEvaGM> ["I understand." Said Marianne. "But look at it this way."-
[15:04] <AdEvaGM> ["He wants us to succeed, we all do. And since Excalibur is a weapon, there's little chance of him sending anyone insane on the way."]
[15:08] <Yanmei> "Hope you're right," Yanmei murmured. "Either way, there's nothing that can really be done about him? Not right now."
[15:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Right."]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "Anyway," she shook her head. "I hope his experiment works, for the sake of whoever is using that thing. Was there anything else?"
[15:13] <AdEvaGM> ["No. You're dismissed."]
[15:14] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Marianne." She smiled at her… the first genuine smile in quite a while, and turned for the door. -
[15:15] <Yanmei> There was a lot to worry about, and the loss of Blanc and William still clawed at her worse than ever… but finally, it looked like something good had happened.

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