Yanmei S Promotion

[07:31] <Yanmei> It was a brief moment of privacy. The bed next to Yanmei's had been rested in and vacated at least twice since her arrival in this hospital room, with accompanying swarms of medics flowing about it. Between the noise and the discomfort, she found it impossible to sleep even with the privacy curtain drawn around her own bed. -
[07:41] <Yanmei> When were they going to release her too? She hadn't seen any of the other pilots since they had parted ways at the elevator. Were they getting the same treatment? Her regular clothes had been carried off somewhere, and she'd been left with a familiar flimsy hospital gown. -
[07:41] <Yanmei> Her arm lay stiffly next to her, wound completely in bandages from the wrist to the shoulder and beyond. It hurt, even when she didn't move it. And when she did… well. She was trying not to do that very much at all.
[07:43] <AdEvaGM> [Footsteps beyond the curtain. They came closer, stopping- Yanmei could sense a person beyond them. "Yanmei? Is it alright if I come in?" Asked Commander Hohenzollern.]
[07:46] * Yanmei thought on that for a second. Made as if to rise, but quickly thought better of it, clenching her teeth a little at the pain. She settled. "Certainly? What can I do for you?"
[07:50] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern stepped through. She looked worn out and frazzled in a way that Yanmei wasn't used to seeing. She grabbed a chair and pulled it up next to Yanmei's bed, sitting down. "Sorry. I know it's probably a bother to come when you're still recovering."]
[07:52] * Yanmei shook her head a little. "No, no, not at all! I'm just glad to have something to do instead of waiting here? Um. Are you all right?"
[07:53] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm… Well, I'm fine. I admit, I'm a little out of sorts- this is all so much. I'm not sure I was expecting -anything- like this."]
[07:57] <Yanmei> "I don't think anyone was, really. Everyone did the best they could, though."
[07:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. You did very well down in Dogma, Yanmei."]
[08:00] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I think the worst part was actually getting there?" That was a lie, but a debatable one. "Did you manage to stay out of harm's way for the most part?"
[08:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I did. How do you feel?"]
[08:05] <Yanmei> "I'll be fine. I'm positive there a ton of people around here who are a lot worse off."
[08:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, that's true." Murmured Hohenzollern quietly.-
[08:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I'd like to know everything that happened during your… Journey."]
[08:08] <Yanmei> "Ah? The other pilots haven't talked to you about it yet? Or Group Captain Guillory?"
[08:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I haven't asked yet. I wanted to hear it from you first, as you're the leader and the one I trust to have kept her head over all."]
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[08:15] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei very nearly glanced away at that. "Right. Well. It was a pretty long Journey? We'd been called to the Geofront, but we didn't know why. The elevator suddenly shut down while we were on our way to command, so we had to pry the doors open to get free. The atmosphere was… odd. Too quiet, too thick. And then the shadows started attacking us."
[08:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Go on, please. What do you mean by shadows?"]
[08:28] <Yanmei> "Exactly what I said. They were forms made out of darkness. Like, completely insubstantial, you know? But they were capable of inflicting harm and could be harmed in turn. They took different forms, and save for the big ones they attacked in groups. We fought through them a few times, actually. Only… the big ones were too dangerous to approach. Prem- ah, Captain Savage could probably give some more details on that type." -
[08:34] <Yanmei> "But! There was some other weird stuff too. De Pteres vanished briefly during our travels and reappeared a short distance away, very much spooked by whatever it was he had experienced. We ran into Doctors Gabriel and Surov. The first one was normal, but Surov was… not. I trust that they've both been recovered?"
[08:35] <AdEvaGM> ["We managed to find them, yes. Doctor Surov seems to be highly injured and exhausted- he's nearby, in fact."]
[08:36] <Yanmei> "Did he mention Navah?"
[08:37] <AdEvaGM> ["No, he didn't. What's that?"]
[08:41] <Yanmei> "A lifeform created by him. His subconscious, anyway. There were certain patches of the Dirac Sea that weakened reality so much that even a human's weak AT Field could shape it. His created Navah. She ended up joining us for most of the journey, actually."
[08:47] <AdEvaGM> ["What do you think of that?"]
[08:54] <Yanmei> "It's weird," She said firmly. "She seemed more real as time went on. After the Angel was defeated, she was still there, helping out the medical teams. She still might be around… small kid, black dress, brown hair…" She frowned a little. "I experienced a similar thing later on, but that entity faded fairly quickly. -
[08:55] <Yanmei> A version of myself that warned me to think before being aggressive. Not that I'm aggressive? I'm totally not." She flashed the Commander a very sweet smile. "But. Her armor stayed behind after she herself faded as well. And that avatar's weapon at the end of things did the same thing…"
[08:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, yes. This was the dark armour you returned in, right?"]
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[09:04] <Yanmei> "That's right." Her eyes swept around the room briefly. "Those nurses did something with mine, but everyone else on the team had similar armor as well. I guess they went through something similar? But I don't understand why some things would cease to exist outside of the Dirac Sea while others - like the armor - continue to? It's weird," she said again.
[09:06] <AdEvaGM> ["The Dirac Sea doesn't really play by many rules. Perhaps it's something with how you viewed your 'warning' and how Doctor Surov viewed Navah."]
[09:10] <Yanmei> "Maybe." She thought of the Marionette, with a certain spike of dread. If they hadn't destroyed it, would it also have continued to exist outside of the Sea?
[09:15] <AdEvaGM> ["So when you met Doctor Surov, you met Navah as well?"]
[09:16] <Yanmei> "Yes, that's right. I'm actually not surprised he hasn't mentioned her yet."
[09:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Why's that?"]
[09:19] <Yanmei> "They don't seem to get along too well. Maybe he doesn't want to get too worked up or anything."
[09:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Strange. But you said he created Navah?"]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "Yes, that's right."
[09:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Would you happen to know why they don't get along?"]
[09:34] <Yanmei> "It's… not my place to say. It seems like a personal subject for him?"
[09:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, I understand." She nodded. "Very well. What happened after you met Doctor Surov?"]
[09:38] <Yanmei> "We found a Breach… a big void where nothing existed, just sitting in the middle of the hallway. De Pteres wanted to swing over it with his grappling hook to proceed, but there was no way in he- I mean. We decided that the best way to handle it was to just take another path instead."
[09:39] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern let out a small snort of laughter that turned into a cough. "I-I see."]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "Later on, we saw another one being created while we were still roaming the hallways. The Angel made it. It… came so close to us."
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[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["It attacked you?" Her eyes widened.]
[09:52] <Yanmei> "It did. It was on the floor above us, and we were trying to slip past it without it noticing? Most of us made it to safety, but then someone tripped and got its attention with the noise they made." She stopped, trying to figure out how to describe what happened next. "It shot at us, I think. Destroyed most of the hallway. Navah and I were almost sucked into the resulting void."
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[09:56] <AdEvaGM> ["That was close. Too close."]
[09:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah. If it wasn't for that grappling hook…" Yanmei shook her head, as if trying to clear the nerves that clung to that memory.
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["De Pteres rescued you?"]
[10:01] * Yanmei nodded now. "He tossed the hook and rope over to us and pulled us in."
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> ["I see. A lucky save! But what happened after?"]
[10:08] <Yanmei> "Afterwards… that was when we met our other selves. I talked about that already. And right after that, we ran into another huge shadow creature. We were cornered, but Savage saved us."
[10:20] <AdEvaGM> ["And that's when he escorted you to the elevator."]
[10:21] <Yanmei> "Yes. To fight the Angel. Ah… the Angel's Avatar, rather?"
[10:26] <AdEvaGM> ["And what was that like?"]
[10:28] * Yanmei regarded her bandaged arm. "Commander? Do you know about Excalibur?"
[10:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, of course. The weapon of Adam."]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "The form the Avatar took was the same one that Excalibur used to communicate with me during another mission that required me to have extensive contact with it."
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[10:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I see. Could you describe it for me?"]
[10:40] <Yanmei> "About nine feet tall. Unnaturally thin. It was wearing a smiling mask and had just dark, empty pits for eyes. It was carrying a sword of its own, and was ruthless with using it."
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> ["The sword you came back with."]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "Yeah, that thing." Mixed emotions flickered across her face, nudging her calm aside. "Is it a normal sword? Has anyone else looked at it?"
[10:50] <AdEvaGM> ["I took the precaution of sending it to one of the remaining working labs. According to the preliminary analysis, the metal of the blade is absolutely extraterrestrial, nothing like it on Earth. Its edge is extremely thin, but the blade seems to possess a hardness between ten to thirty times that of diamond. Other than that, though, it's just a normal sword."]
[10:52] <Yanmei> Relief now. For the most part. "Extraterrestrial material. Huh. When it was dying, the Avatar said that it wanted me to use it."
[10:52] <AdEvaGM> ["It could speak?"]
[10:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I guess it was, like, telepathy? It kept calling me 'Watcher'. Pretty weird, right?" She chuckled.
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Watcher? What do you make of that? Maybe it didn't know your name?"]
[11:01] <Yanmei> "I don't know… I didn't really ask it?" She settled into an easy grin. "It was such a difficult fight that I was focusing on not dying myself. Or not passing out in the aftermath, I guess."
[11:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, it seems like this thing gave you quite the run for your money. But you won, in the end."]
[11:21] <Yanmei> "We did! Everyone worked together." Yanmei sighed. "It's amazing that we managed to handle that monster."
[11:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, it is." Hannelore awkwardly patted Yanmei's hand. "I want to tell you something."]
[11:22] <Yanmei> "Yes?" She offered her another smile.
[11:24] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't have the paperwork done, but I've decided to promote you to full First Lieutenant."]
[11:25] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's stare turned a little blank. Then it rebounded, her smile spreading a little further. "R-really?"
[11:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. I think, personally, that you deserve it, and have for some time."]
[11:30] <Yanmei> "I thought there was supposed to be an exam for it…? Do I not have to worry about it?"
[11:33] <AdEvaGM> ["No, not usually. I think the Colonel wanted some more proof to add to her case for your promotion- Ikari was rather, er, stingy about things like that."]
[00:07] <Yanmei> Big shocker, that. Ikari being uptight about something. She didn't scoff openly about it; there was another, more important concern to look over. -
[00:13] <Yanmei> "There are quite a few pilots now, and quite a few team leaders as well? Under Ikari's system, there was only one open Lieutenant position. Is that still the same?"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Yes, for now. It may change in the future but if so we'll look into adjusting the ranks."]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Hm…" Yanmei's brow furrowed slightly. "There was another girl who was going up against me for the position. So this means she loses out?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["That's how command works, I'm afraid."]
[00:18] <Yanmei> "Is that really fair? I mean," Yanmei tossed her hair with her good arm, "I'm totally secure with my leader qualities and everything, but why me?"
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[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Do you have an alternative suggestion? Someone who might fare better?"]
[00:31] <Yanmei> "So I'm being offered the position because we lack alternative options?" Yanmei heaved a little joking sigh. "And here I thought I'd made a strong impression…"
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[00:36] <Minaplo> ["But you have. Don't deny that." Hohenzollern shook her head. "You were the best choice. There's just no other explanation for it."]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "Well, I'll just trust your judgement on that." She bobbed her head to Hoenzollern and smiled, lacking the mobility to do much else for now. "Thank you for your support."
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["You may not be so grateful before long." Said Hohenzollern wryly. "I hate to say it but your leadership skills might be put to the test very soon."]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "Ah?" She turned a little grave again. "Our next deployment, I take it?"
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Things are… Bad out there."]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "How bad, exactly?"
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[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Most of our units are tied down in direct base attacks, and other attacks besides. Blanc went down in Britain, which is being overrun…"]
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[01:00] <Yanmei> "That's… very Bad," she managed. "So we're going to Britain to find Blanc?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["No. We're sending you and de Pteres to Germany."]
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[01:09] * Yanmei took a second to process that. "Then, William is going to Britain by himself?" She guessed.
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["No, he's going to Finland to assist the Russian squad."]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "Then, we're just going to abandon Britain?"
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[01:16] <Minaplo> ["We're sending a covert team into try to find Blanc. We managed to quickly salvage 00's core with the Varangian Squad before the entire situation went to pieces. We don't have the units to spare for Britain."]
[01:17] <Yanmei> Those Varangian upstarts! Yanmei kept her composure carefully. "What's causing this? Something has to be. Something controlling all of those hordes…"
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Do you remember those things that attacked you in Philadelphia and New York? The ones that vanished away? Entities resembling those."]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Those things again?" Yanmei frowned. "So if we disable them, we'll stop the threat, right?"
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["I don't know, but I hope so."]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "What about the landship? Will it be assisting us too?"
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[01:50] <Minaplo> ["No. The Landship's resources are given over to helping Britain and Sweden."]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei looked downward thoughtfully. "Are we on our own, then? What about the Germany team's OD?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["He'll be assisting you, yes."]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "Excellent." She puffed up a little, tossing her hair once more. "Not to worry~ We'll be able to handle Germany and any of those controller things that are in the area as well. It's our job, after all."
[23:44] <Minaplo> [Hohenzollern nodded. "Good. I'm confident you'll handle the situation with discretion."]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I'm also sure I will."
[23:46] <Minaplo> [Hohenzollern stood up, and although she seemed a little awkward about it, smoothed down Yanmei's hair a little. "I'll see you after the battle. Take care, First Lieutenant."]
[23:50] * Yanmei blinked. By the time she thought to pull away from her, the gesture was already over and done with, and she smiled cordially instead as if it was a natural, everyday occurance. "You too, Commander."
[23:55] <Minaplo> [And with a smile she left, leaving Yanmei behind with her thoughts.]
[23:58] <Yanmei> Thoughts that were very much puzzled by this point, pulled in opposite directions on different levels. The promotion, the upcoming battle, Hohenzollern herself… She managed to sit up completely properly so that she could sort through them as the din of the hospital around her carried on.

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