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"Sheeeit," Dalton whistles, "He went right in to the dam."

Twenty two miles out, there is a fifteen year old boy realizing the power of friendship in a mech that is fifteen stories tall. He has touched bottom in the ocean of despair, and realized that his self pity only harms those that care for him- that rather than reject the feelings of those that love him, he should become a man worthy of those feelings. Tears are flowing from his eyes as he sends a ten ton fist of steel and burning passion in to the eye of the mysterious invader known only as CODENAME: TENGU. His Rapid Reaction Guardian Class DUELIST has lost an arm, its reactor is spent, and its been torn in thirty different places by the massive alien invader. Cables and wires twenty meters long trail behind him, twitching and sparking, and all science says that what he is doing is impossible. But somehow he fights on, to defend his world. And you got a fine front row seat, on the hill across the city in your engineering LAV from this struggle of titans.

That isn't your concern though. I mean, of course you want the kid to win. Nobody wants huge ass space monsters stomping around. You earnestly hope he manages to set aside his emotional problems. It's just that the kid is bashing TENGU's massive bony skull in to a dam that is holding back water enough to flood the whole city, and- yes, Kowalski from below points at the municipal records, probably enough to cause severe flooding in at least one hundred acres of land. Which you and your team would have to clean up, on top of the giant monster viscera. Viscera? Fine. Flood damage? Now that's a bitch and a half.

From soldier to glorified janitor. And if you get on the horn to tell the kid NOT to bash this thing's head in to the dam? You'll get that bitch XO jumping down your throat about not putting more stress on the kid.

You just really wish Kowalski wouldn't tune in to the kid screaming and shouting to himself on the radio.

>Assets list incoming.
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>>26371862
I'm waiting OP
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LAV Engineering Vehicle - Equipped with dozer, winch, high pressure hose, scouring soap, and a M242 Bushmaster that you've never really ever had a chance to fire. Not really anywhere close to regulation, but no one gives a shit.

Crew:
Commander - You.
Driver - Sgt. Dalton. Way too in to the monster fights part of this. Laid back guy, too tall to fit well in your vehicle, but he can drive you places, and seems to know well enough to keep out of range of any of the massive invaders. Which sadly is more than you can say for some in your line of work. You would hate to see him actually tested in a high stress moment though.

Radio, Coordination, And Most Technical Stuff - Kowalski. Creepy girl. Probably a fan of the mech pilots. Pale haired, but hard working. Doesn't do social stuff, which is fine by you.

Ecological Impact Officer - Ambrose. Nobody likes him, because he's the one that makes you hose down EVERY building, and check EVERY corner for EVERY last scrap of invader to get marked down for future pick up by the labs. Dick. He's in the back of the LAV, curled up by a welder, sniveling and looking through a rulebook.

You've all also got the usual jokes for gear- M9 Beretta, clean suit with respirator, and radio. Which doesn't really mean anything, but what can you do?

"That dam's gonna break," Dalton doesn't sound upset. He seems kind of pumped up almost. Moron.

"That dam breaking will flood the city, and a great deal of the surrounding area," Ambrose butts in, needlessly, "Somebody needs to tell the boy to stop."

The radio screams. The boy is screaming/crying about his brother over it. Kowalski wipes a tear from her eye, then goes back to her laptop, tapping away coordination with HQ. Ambrose coughs.

"Somebody REALLY SHOULD tell the boy to stop?"

Of course. You're the commander. You should do it. And further piss off the wonder team and their handlers. Just what you need.

>Call HQ.
>Call the kid directly.
>Leave it. Above your pay grade.
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>>26372050
>Call HQ

"Are you guys seeing this? You have to be seeing this, and you know what's gonna happen when the dam breaks down."

Kid's got handlers for a reason. Let them do the handling.
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>>26372050
Call HQ.
They want to chew us out for it? They can be the ones to tell the residents of that city that they can't return to their homes because they've been destroyed and the land contaminated worse than Fukushima and Chernobyl by Invader cell cultures.
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>>26372050

Call the kid directly.

'Many more brothers are going to get taken out if you don't stop now!'
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Call HQ
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>>26372050
>Call HQ.

Talking down psychotic kids is not in the job description.
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>>26372050
>Call the kid directly
Notching from HQ won't compare to cleaning up the food area
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You give a look at Ambrose. He gives a mealy shrug. Dick. Not even military- though, you guess none of you are technically military now, being deployed to UN support services.

"Kowalski, get me HQ."
"Yes sir," She crisply says, tapping at the radio, before handing it over. You nod appreciatively, then haul out of the LAV, and put up your binoculars to take a look at the battle. Dalton has the fancy optics down below, but at least you get to stand up straight through the hatch.

"HQ, this is Charlie Niner."
"Charlie Niner," Ugh, great. Ramirez. Chipper girl with a mommy complex a mile wide, "This is HQ, what's up?"
"Yeah, HQ," You put up your binoculars, and wince. That thing's head is a crater sending green goop flying everywhere, and the kid is STILL wailing on it, "Are you guys seeing this? You have to be seeing this," They narrate every fucking thing like they're god damn telemundo football announcers watching the world cup, "And you know what's gonna happen when the dam breaks."
"Ted-cha- that is to say, Specialist Theodore is having a very stressful time right now, Charlie Niner, and is doing his best! Handler Natasha is already trying her best to reach him!"
"Don't you guys have, like, safety overrides or some shit, I mean," You glance through the binoculars. TENGU fires a laser blast uselessly in to mid air, and the kid lifts the creature bodily in to the air- for a moment, you feel relief, before he literally body slams the Invader in to the dam, making a noise like thunder that is loud to your ears even at this distance. You note with some panic that some water is starting to spray through- real credit to whoever designed the thing actually, "You do know there are, like, people in the city, right?"

"Leave him alone! You don't understand, don't understand what it's like to risk your life!"

You did originally sign up to do just that, but you leave that alone for now.
>Keep trying hear.
>Ask to speak to the handler.
>Contact the kid directly.
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>>26372234
Ask to speak to the handler.

"Don't understand? I signed up for this, every fucking time you have a battle, me and my team risk their lives and health dealing with the cleanup of whatever alien bacteria and viruses are in that shit. Don't you tell me we don't know what it's like to risk our lives.
"And you're completely ignoring the lives that are going to be lost when that dam breaks. Or are a hundred thousand people acceptable losses compared to telling the pilot to not get them all killed?"
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>>26372234
>Ask to speak to the handler.
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>>26372234
Speak to the handler
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>>26372234
Contact the kid directly.

Man now that I think about it command is pretty inept.
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>>26372321
Ya know, with the way the kid is fighting, there's got to be TENGU blood in the water. The entire reservoir is now contaminated; where are people going to get their water from?
Can we even decontaminate the entire dam's lake?
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>>26372302
>>26372307
>>26372308
>Get me the handler!
Writing.

Also, while I'm writing, I'll throw out some example backgrounds. If you guys can come up and agree on something better, I'll take that. Also, whenever you feel like it, offer custom choices. Word limits is the only reason I don't offer that explicitly in every post.

You are:
>Male
>Female

You became an officer by:
>Managed to score well in the academy. Have good leadership skills, and know military theory.
>Jumped in from college. Technical knowledge learned from university.
>Earned it on the field. Rugged, tough, and distinctly blue collar earns respect from the enlisted.
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>>26372387
Male.
Went into the military engineering corps straight out of college back during peacetime. Earned our NCO stripes during the initial Invasion. Went through accelerated officer training at the Academy on recommendation of our CO.
We're considered close to a mustang by older officers who had a full Academy education, but we've got enough leadership and theory to get by; no connections from the Academy, though.

We've had a bit of combat and killing by working through crisis zones that were overrun with bandits after the attacks.
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>>26372472
How old are we, though? This would probably put us in our late 20's or early 30's.
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>>26372387
>Male
>Earned it on the field. Rugged, tough, and distinctly blue collar earns respect from the enlisted.
Because fuck yeah, Mustangs.
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"Don't understand? Ramirez, we are out in the field just the same as him, risking our lives to clean that shit up so we don't have a repeat of Atlanta. There's a lot more on the line than just Specialist Theodore here, and that includes all the people in this damn city."
"Y-You don't understand," And she starts blubbering. Shit, there you go again. You've got a big fucking mouth. Gotta focus, you see that the kid is kicking the TENGU full on in the chest now.
"Okay, look, just let me speak to Natasha, please?"
"...Fine," At least she stopped crying. She sounded venomous though, and strangely pleased? But then there's a crackle, and you hear Handler Natasha's screaming.
"GO! THEODORE! VENGEANCE FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE! VENGEANCE FOR MARSEILLE! FOR CARTER! FOR ALL THAT HAVE FALLEN TO INVADER DEPREDATIONS! LET FURY BE THE BALM TO YOUR SORROW, THEIR BLOOD BE WATER TO WASH AWAY REGRET, THEIR PAIN YOUR GREATEST HAPPINESS!"

You knew Handler Natasha had a rather traumatic past. Actually being at the Joburg Incident would have stressed anyone. But up until now, you had trusted that command had seen a good reason in employing her. To be sure, you had heard much of the bond she had formed with Theodore and the rest of the pilots. But her fervent tirade makes you wonder if she got over that incident.

"Uh, Handler Natasha, this is Charlie Niner, I-"
"What? Who is this fuck?" Rather more distantly, "Ramirez, what have I fucking told you about interrupting me while I compose my pilots? Who in HELL is this?"

>Name, rank, and serial number.
>No time! "Tell Specialist Theodore to stop it, he's going to break the dam!"
>Other.
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>>26372657
>No time! "Tell Specialist Theodore to stop it, he's going to break the dam! That flooding will kill a whole lot of the people we're supposed to be protecting!"
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>>26372657
Other

Ma'am do I need to remind you that this is a combat operation and that letting your emotions get the better of you could jeopardize the mission as well as innocent lives. Now get a grip on yourself and Specialist Theodore.
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>>26372709
Pretty sure logical reasoning isn't gonna work when the OD is channeling Doomguy.
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>>26372657
>other
"Shut the fuck up, Natasha. You aren't the only one fighting here, nor are you and your pilot the only ones who will die if you don't get your head out of your ass.
"There's a hundred thousand people in that city and that Theodore is going to kill via flooding if you don't get him to STOP HITTING THE DAM!
"Fucking shit, you're a handler, you're supposed to notice this shit."
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>>26372741
>>26372709
>>26372694
Merging.
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>>26372741
second
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Well, this quest looks goddamn awesome.
As long as we dont clamber into one of those things and be the big goddamn hero, i can see this going on swimingly.

Sure, maybe handler at one point, that sounds good.
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>>26372839
I'd rather be the guy that tells the pilots and the OD, "Yeah, you got problems, but so does everyone else. Be a bitch all you want in your private life, but don't bring that shit into the workplace."
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This is a total crock of shit. Where the fuck did the UN find these people?

"Ma'am? Have you noticed somewhere in this that Specialist Theodore is hitting the fucking DAM? That contains easily enough water to drown every last living soul in the city- along with, by the way, the secret base under it? Get your god damn head out of your ass, and get a grip, on both you and the kid there, before you do the Invader's job for him!"
"Dam?" A squeak of an abused office chair, "Hm. Did not realize. One moment," She sounds almost calm, before she starts screaming again, "THEODORE!" Some kind of scream of recognition from the kid, "Stop beating the damn thing, and listen! The core is the key! The core! Pierce the core!" Some kind of mangled scream that might have been a question, "IMPROVISE! You wish to avenge, yes? Then do so! DRAG IT TO THE CELL TOWER, AND IMPALE IT!"

You drop your head on to the top of the LAV. Technically, not as bad. But there were going to be a lot of very upset people very soon. At least the networks would probably be overloaded already with everyone trying to post a stream to megainvaderfight or greenbloodgood. How they managed to justify this budget versus conventional forces, you could never understand.

Specialist Theodore screams some sort of mangled noise and then you see his Duelist get a grip on the mash of Invader, dragging it up, and off of the dam- to your consternation, you see some trickles of water dribbling out of the dam- no flood yet, but you'd have to get there ASAP. The kid's Duelist hauls the creature behind him, dragging through town, it ineffectually clawing at the mass of steel and plate. Heading for a tower.

>Call for repair crews on the dam ASAP while you decontaminate the areas you can reach.
>Get to the dam pronto, spot weld where you can so it doesn't break before real repairs can be done.
>Fucking breaking a cell phone tower? Really? "Use those fucking fancy mech knives you have, don't break more shit!"
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>>26373024
Cell phone tower is non entity. We'll still have landlines so it's not critical.

Get to the dam to spot weld. Call in for additional decon crews
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>>26373024
I wish I could pick 2

>Get to the dam pronto, spot weld where you can so it doesn't break before real repairs can be done.
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>>26373024
>Get to the dam pronto, spot weld where you can so it doesn't break before real repairs can be done.
Forget the cell tower, at least he is away from the dam now.
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>>26373076
>>26373067
>>26373053
Okay, getting to the dam ASAP.
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>>26373053
>Cell phone tower is non entity.
Unless the city's emergency services repeaters are mounted on it. But we would know if they were in-character.
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>>26373024
>Get to the dam pronto, spot weld where you can so it doesn't break before real repairs can be done.
Also call it in.
"This is Charlie Niner to all Engineering Teams! Forget the cell tower, the networks can fix it later. Converge on the dam, and begin preparing for repairs."
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>>26373024
>Get to the dam pronto, spot weld where you can so it doesn't break before real repairs can be done.

Also, have Ambrose collect samples of the dam(n) water and analyze it for invader contamination. And get the cleanup crews on standby.
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"Thanks, though, did you really have to have him use a cell tower? Those are expensive," You clamber back down in to the body of the LAV, and tap at Sergeant Dalton, and point for the dam. Dalton stares bug eyed at you, "You have those fancy knives for this shit, don't you?"
"You have to understand pilot," Natasha replies, "Theodore, he bears a great fury in his heart- has a need to vent it. Merely using a knife wouldn't be enough."
"Right, well, whatever you say, I have a flood to prevent."
"Of course. And Charlie Niner?" Her voice sounds cheery, "Speak to me in such an insubordinate manner again, and I will personally see to it that you are put in to Hell from which there is no escape. HQ out."
"Ma'am," You murmur. She DOES outrank you, you suppose. You switch to the Engineering band, "All units, this is Charlie Niner, get to the dam, I repeat, get to the dam."
"That's a combat zone! You're crazy, I don't wanna go out like Pinkerton!"
"It's this or drown boys, and you're in the base still, right? You can come out opposite side of the Duelist."
"It'll take ten minutes to deploy, but we'll get there."
"You got five, or you best get gills. Charlie Niner out."

You slam down the radio. Kowalski looks up with a vague amount of annoyance, before going back to tapping at her laptop. Dalton, you notice, still hasn't got you rolling down the hill.

"Dalton, talk to me, why aren't we fucking moving."
"Have you not noticed the fact that THEODORE is out there, ready to do serious violence in a death machine the size of a skyscraper?"
"I noticed, but that dam isn't going to last much longer, Sergeant, and I am in command here, right?"
"Fine, sir," Dalton sounds irritated, shakes his head, "How you want it? Quickest would be straight through," He's joking, but he has a point, "If you're NOT suicidal though, I can try going full speed through the cratered town. Also, might pick up some of that Invader crap on us."

>Choices next post. word limits...
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Ambrose frowns, "Well, this LAV was NBC proofed, and passed inspections for that...In 1988."

"And the last inspection?"
"1988."

Dalton nods, points at Ambrose, "See? You can trust it, it's reeeeaaaal seasoned sir."

Kowalski is already getting herself suited up.

>Quickest path is a straight line.
>Try to avoid them, but be fast!
>Safety first. Be as quick as possible while being as safe as possible.
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>>26373557

Suit the hell up, and go straight through. The quicker we get this done, the less exposure to that shit we get on us.
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>>26373504
This bitch is KINKY.
I like her.
Only joking. Never stick it in the crazy, even if she IS Russian and kinky.
>>26373557
>Quickest path is a straight line.
Yea verily, though I charge through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am driving a storage-container-sized mass of fuck you.
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>>26373504
>>Quickest path is a straight line.
risking our lives is barely noticable in the big picture her
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>>26373583
>>26373597
>>26373657
Straight line it is. Writing.
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>>26373657
Honestly, after the shit we've done, what can Natasha threaten us with?
"Ma'am, all due respect, I cleaned up the shit front the Atlanta Event and the Joburg Incident. I've been cleaning up the messes left behind by genocides and industrial accidents since before you were born. Everyday I go out there with NBC gear that hasn't been certified since before the Berlin Wall fell, dealing with mutagenic alien viscera that makes VX nerve gas look tame in comparison. And I have to somehow protect the civilians caught in the combat zones from you and your pilots. So really, any Hell you send me to will be a step up."
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You nod, "Okay, Dalton, you have a good point."

Dalton looks relieved. It's important to treasure these opportunities.

"The quickest path is a straight line. Go on through."

Dalton seizes up, his eyes bug out, and he looks back at you, wide eyed, "Th-th-through sir? You mean, just-" He raises a shaking finger, and points, "DIRECTLY in to the path of Specialist Theodore the Magic Murder Kid and his latest punching bag that bleeds fucking DISEASE?"
"Actually," Kowalski's voice is muffled by the respirator she's fitting over her face, "No known transmission of the disease from Invader's has occurred, the reaction in humans is allergic, although it-"
"Techniciain? You're rambling again. Sergeant? You have a hearing problem?" You lean in to Dalton's sweating face, and point, "Straight. Through."

"Ye-yes sir," Dalton turns, puts his hand on the throttle, shakes his head, "Funny that I thought that driving in engineering would be EASY."

Your LAV roars to life, and surges down the hill, smashing through the thicket. You notice Ambrose is looking pretty green around the gills and worried himself, having a death grip on the bars to keep himself up right. Kowalski has one hand keeping her laptop steady, while the other hand types away. Dalton stares ahead, pushing the throttle as hard as he can, making for the dam.

Directly ahead of you, a massive monster of metal walks, dragging a bleeding alien beast across the countryside, dripping green.

>Gimme 1d100 rolls. Since Dalton is inexperienced, we'll need two rolls above 50.
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Rolled 72

>>26373867
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Rolled 59

>>26373867


>kicking lady luck in the cunt
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>>26373913
>>26373919
Well, I mistyped the difficulty. My bad. But I'm not going to take it back or anything. You're in the clear. Writing.
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>>26373867
>thought that driving in engineering would be EASY
>anything in engineering being easy
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This quest has potential. Go on, OP.
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>>26373972
I say when we get there, we make Ambrose do decon while we handle spot welds.
"You know Ambrose, YOU'RE RIGHT. We DO have to take every precaution against contamination. That's why you're going to work that hose and decon every square centimeter of this 10 by 10 by 10 meter cube as required by Section 4, Chapter 3."
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Your LAV clears the hill, for a moment suspended in midair, before slamming down in to the grass with a teeth rattling jolt. Dalton pushes forward, his eyes like a maniac playing chicken with a train, pushing dead ahead towards Specialist Theodore, his bleeding monstrosity, and the dam beyond them.

You glance down to Dalton, then back to the Duelist and the Invader. Then back to Dalton.

Fuck, he was taking you entirely literally. You open your mouth to say something, before the LAV bounces off of a rock, sending your head in to the ceiling of the LAV, and back down. Bit your tongue. Great. You glance up, and holy crap those things were big close up, and oh god Theodore noticed you. You see the massive metal thing's head turn to regard you as your LAV bullied forward. Dalton is cackling now. TENGU twists, green and awful in the Duelist's grip, green blood spraying from between the massive steel fingers. Dalton doesn't care. Keeps going forward. You're about to say something when another jolt occurs, and the LAV is flying again, this time sent in to the air by the Invader's frantic thrashing, wheels gripping in blood muddied Earth, sending a spray up on either side of the LAV. You pass under the shadow of the Duelist, and see a claw of TENGU's land behind you, just a bit slower, and that thing would have crushed you like a soda can. Another spray of dirt, another shaking judder of the LAV, a momentary fishtail, before Dalton evens it out, and then you're back on solid roads, speeding on cracked pavement for the dam.

Dalton is laughing, hollering, screaming in joy. You stand up, rubbing your jaw.
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"Did you see that?! Did you fucking SEE THAT?! Hoooooleeeeeee SHIT, I am a motherfucking GOD, I am the hybrid bastard of Evil Knieval and fucking ZEUS!"

"Dalton," It really is actually hard to be mad at him right now, but you really don't want to repeat this episode, "Y'know, when I said straight through," You glance back at the shrinking pair of walking WMDs, "I didn't mean that you had to go directly through them," Dalton stares up, uncomprehending. You raise a hand, shimmy it in an imaginary line, "You could have turned?"

Dalton stares at you blearily, before his eyes widen, and he rethinks what he had just done."Oh. Shit," He swallows hard, his smile withering, "Uh, about what I said earlier, about being the demi god hybrid of-"

"Yeah," You take a seat, "Eyes on the road Dalton. You did good, but next time? Just remember you can go around."

Ambrose looks distinctly green behind the face plate, but, sure enough, he was ready and impeccably professional. Not very good at the nitty gritty though. More of an academic sort. Civvie to the bone. Kowalski has shut her laptop, and has her eyes closed. Whether this is her weird meditation, or her trying not to be sick, you're not sure. She was technically minded, but thankfully with all the machines you have back here, that's not a hindrance. Not much stamina though. She tired quickly, and when she tired, she made mistakes, and didn't want to admit them. Minor mistakes, but a minor mistake on a lab report is very different from a minor mistake on a weld. Dalton is tough, and follows directions easy. Not much brain, but that wasn't a problem so long as you could micromanage him.

>Get all crew possible working at spot welds?
>Split crew up to optional choices.
>Other.
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>>26374100
I agree with this guy, let Ambrose be on Decontamination duty while the rest work on the spot welding.
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>>26374355
yup!
>Dalton needs a recommendation for bravery
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>>26374355
>>26374377
Okay, Ambrose goes on decon, while everyone else gets to play with the tools. Writing.
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>>26374287
Split the crew up.
Us, Ambrose, and Dalton on spot welds.
Kowalski on using the gear to identify stress points that need welding.
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>>26371862
This is a cool quest. I approve OP.
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Rolled 17, 4, 12 = 33

"Okay, people," You stand up, sway as the LAV rolls up the hill, making for the dam top, "We're going to need harnesses- remember to check your harnesses, and make SURE that you are attached on something solid enough to hold your weight. After that last adventure," Dalton gives a nervous laugh, "It'd be damn anticlimactic if you fall or drown because you had a loose cara...Carb...Y'know, the clip things."
"Carabiner."
"Thank you Kowalski, yes, a carabiner."
"Well, I'll need someone to check me, my only memories of climbing were, god, how long has it been-"
"That's why you're on decon, Ambrose, we need to get this place scrubbed down so that we can get more workers here without having to worry about NBCing the lot of them."
"What?" Ambrose sits up suddenly, shocked, "You want me to cover the dam? ALONE?"
"You're not a trained welder either Ambrose, don't worry about it. Just make a start on the east side, Dalton'll drop you off, and you can clear it for the next wave, got it?"
Ambrose looks stricken for a moment behind plate and mask, before sighing, "Yes, yes, you have a point. I do think that I could help though."
"Too bad regulations prevent it. Right, are we all clear then?" A chorus of yessirs, "Okay," You nod. Four people. One massive dam, with significant damage. All you needed was to keep it alive for just a bit longer, so the heavies could come in and help, "Let's do this."

>Roll me a 1d20. Best of first three linked to my post.

>>26374394
Hm. Sorry, I probably should have held off longer. Especially since you were the only one to actually link the post with the question.

In future, I'm going to hold off ten minutes before deciding votes, barring it being a matter of intense debate.

>>26374412
Eh, it's an idea been running in my head for a long time. Clean up crew in Evangelion with the numbers filed off.
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Rolled 10

>>26374579
I vote that we look like Anson Mount in Hell on Wheels.
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>>26374579
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Rolled 13

>>26374579

>Lady luck? FUCK!
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>>26374615
And apparently i can't roll
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Rolled 19

>>26374579
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Rolled 14

>>26374635
>>26374615
>>26374604
Okay, thanks. One last roll, then writing.
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Rolled 11

>>26374579
We need a promotion after this.
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>>26374668
>Implying HQ isn't gonna give us shit about our stunt
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>>26371862
I've got to say, your in media res beginning is awesome.
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>>26374700
Are we the loose cannon cop on the edge of MDRU? Cause I'm pretty sure we are.
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Hey OP, is this actually in the Eva universe or just a look alike?
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>>26374700
We just prevented the UN from adjusting the agency's budget, should be our defense.
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>>26374807
There's only one way to find out: sneak into the pilot's quarters!
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>>26374668
>>26374740

I don't WANT us to steal the "main characters'" thunder. Let us be the grey eminence, the people doing all the work behind the scenes, let's not get involved with the main plot or overshadow anyone. We're our own fucking protagonist, and we don't need to invade their turf to be awesome.
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>>26374842
We can do a little bit of both. Some level of interaction with the "main characters" would be very interesting, if only to show that we're part of a larger world.
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>>26374842
For that we need to be higher ranked so that we can't just be pushed around and overruled by the pilots' handler.
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>>26374891

We got her to direct Angsty McTeen away from the dam, so in a sense we pushed her around.
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>>26374932
I wonder what could possibly be worse than what we're doing right now. I mean a desk job would be kinda nice all things considered.
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Rolled 61, 91, 97, 45, 28 = 322

Ambrose is dropped off at the side of the dam along with enough industrial detox to sterilize a New York subway station, and the equipment to make a makeshift decon station. The lab techs would appreciate that at least a start was made. For their job.

The combination of NBC suit, even the ones all space age-y and high tech as yours, and welding gear is an awkward combination. Though you made fun of the weird spandex and plate crap that they made the pilots wear, at least it wasn't bulky as shit as the gear you have to tote around in. The climbing harness makes it even worse, but, you didn't really have a choice when it came to this. Even as you step out, you can see the puddles of goo.

It wasn't acidic. It was basic. Awful stuff- some kind of super base previously unknown to science. When first shed, you had to stay way the hell away if you were living- exposure to the skin usually meant crippling, awful, fatal death. Survivors rarely went unscathed. After that though, it got spongy, before eventually turning solid. But it would still emit toxic gases, and hurt to the touch. Usually blended in with whatever it landed on. Bad stuff. Even in Atlanta, you still get dead kids in playgrounds after digging up a chunk of Invader blood. Viscera was the shorthand for it. There's an official name, but you haven't had to say it in quite a long time. CORT didn't seem to stand high on formality these days.

You go down the team, check that they're hammered and hooked in properly. You have about a hundred meters of cable. Should be able to reach all the breaches. God, but you looked ridiculous with all this shit on you. You stop in front of Kowalski, frown. Test her line. Loose carabiner. Shake your head. More used to lab and decon work. You resolve to keep an eye on her, make sure she doesn't make mistakes.

With a few last nods, you rappel down, and get to work. This will take some time.

>I'm rolling for your friends. Gimme 3 1d100, 60 and above for our nameless protag.
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>>26374980

Why are we even out in the field in the first place? Shouldn't clean up crews, you know, be deployed AFTER the goddamn monster fight? Like, we sent Ambrose to start decontamination, but what's he going to do if a chunk of monster lands on where he just cleaned up?
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Rolled 16, 33, 36 = 85

>>26375067

Here goes.
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>>26375067
>Jesus CHRIST Dalton.

>>26374807
I like Evangelion, but I like it too much to fuck it up with my clumsy, inaccurate fanfictioning. Consider it an affectionate parody. I'm not going to lie, I'm basically almost entirely inspired by Evangelion, but I don't know nearly enough to give it a proper treatment. Only watched the original TV show.

This'll also give me a chance to go strange places with my angsty teens in giant robots fighting giant monsters setting.
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Rolled 33, 94, 74 = 201

>>26375067
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>>26375077
Yeah, it's definitely out of the ordinary to be out in the field during a monster fight, but in this case, the dam seems to have made enough of an impression on the players that they want to go out and try to fix it now.
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>>26375077
It's possible that there was some miscommunication involved, or there are some fears of toxins being spread but the body parts.
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Rolled 92, 24, 56 = 172

>>26375067

OP, how many rolls are you taking?
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>>26375118
>He hasn't seen EoE
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>>26375118

This is good. Gives a chance to bring in other influences like Pacific Rim or whatnot.
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>>26375144
>>26375122
>>26375098
Well...I was thinking there would be three rolls of 1d100, but I clearly miswrote that.

>>26375151
Are you talking about the original follow up movies? Cause I saw those. Asuka had a pretty boss fight.

Haven't seen any of the new Eva, if that's what you meant. I was thinking of holding off until it was complete, but from what I heard it was kinda...Meh. Though, that's from what I heard.

ANYWAY ENOUGH ROLLING, I HAVE WHAT I NEED. WRITING.
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>>26375175
>>26375175
Dis gud quest OP. Dis gud.
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>>26375077
We're in the field NOW because the dam is about to burst and us and our spot welds are the only thing that will keep it from being breached in the ten minutes before the actual engineering division gets here.
Without us the dam would have been broken and the city flooded.
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>>26375175
I'm talking about this. If you don't know what this is, you've got no business talking about Eva. You seem to know your stuff though.
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I'm trying to find pics of those NBC cleanup crews from Evangelion, because I love the suits. But I can't.
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Dalton is a natural pro at this. You see him swing from leak to leak, assessing- patching where possible, and clambering back up and down with plates to weld in with those too difficult. You're actually surprised that he's outpacing you at this.

Kowalski on the other hand...This clearly isn't her strong suit. She nearly drops the welder once, and almost goes flying indiscriminately in to a wall. You and Dalton end up having to do her share of the work as well, and though Kowalski tries to help, you can tell that she's embarassed, and doesn't know what she's doing. You were sure she was welder trained. Though, welding in a workshop, and welding hanging off of a cable in front of a damaged dam, trying to get a grip with NBC equipment surrounded by toxins and poisons is another thing altogether.

Eventually, you employ her as a courier, moving needed supplies back up and down the dam. She remains silent the whole time.

A lot of water, a lot of pressure, and you're still working on seals and patching cracks frantically by the time you hear the welcome noise of chinooks coming in. You spare a glance over to the distance, where you remembered Theodore was. A few swings to glance between the buildings, and yep. TENGU is spitted upon the tower, twisted and broken though it may be, a massive corpse with a stake through its heart.

You remain on to assist the rest of the crews as they work to shore up the dam- the stream it's built on has flooded a bit, and the water level surely has gotten some lakeside property flood insurance used, but the crisis is averted. The city is saved from the flood.

Not that you'd know that by the time you get back up the dam, and hear the radio chatter excitedly about another victory of CORT's brave pilots defeating an invader. I mean, yeah, he beat him. But fuck, did he have to beat him to death against the dam?
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You're sweating like a pig in your gear, and after an hour's worth of work, you really don't feel like being a walking sauna anymore. After making sure you're not needed with Colonel Fairbairn, you make for the decon station, giving an appreciative pat to your ELAV on the way out. Girl did good. You shake off the green that coats your glove as you walk along.

Decon is a time honored tradition of impromptu hazing where a bunch of technicians get a chance to vent their sadism on people just trying to do good work. Ah, it was good when you were on the other side of the plastic sheeting.

Hoses and foam work over your suit. Then you remove the suit, hand it to a man who will probably burn it, then sit around, give blood samples, pass the contamination badge, get swept by Geiger counters, walk through an ultraviolet bath, have to answer a battery of security questions, and then finally you're handed a clean set of clothes, and booted off with the rest of the crew in an airtight room to wait for a bus to take you to base.

Safety first. That's the motto. Kowalski isn't here- you're guessing she's moping by the LAV. Probably hoping to sneak her laptop out like she always does. Dalton is in the crowd, and gives you a nervous nod. Ha. He's still scared you're going to fuck him over for the stunt. You can see Ambrose inside the decon station, looking bored, but following the rules to the letter. His fellow techs are looking aggravated. One good thing about Ambrose, he is even handed in being a stickler.

Another glorious day in CORT clean up.

>And that's all I've got so far. I'll need to think up new plot hooks later, and actually figure out where I'm going with this. Just written on a whim. I probably need a name for this guy at any rate. Anyway, sorry for the short stuff here. Thanks for reading!

>>26375248
>"How disgusting."
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>>26375497
>dub
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>>26375497

Come on, give us a debriefing at least. I want to see the not-geofront and not-NERV HQ.
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>>26375525
I want to meet not-asuka and steal her not-panties.

Wait, how old are we?
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>>26375497
Thanks for writing. This is a pretty interesting premise, to see the Super Robot/Kaiju genre from the perspective of, not even the Poor Bloody Infantry but the Cleaners that have to fix and clean up the messes created by the angsty protagonists.
At least they're safe in a multi-story combat machine; we're working in uncertified hazmat suits made by the lowest bidder, and a single tear can mean a horrible, painful death.

We should probably have the water tested for contamination. TENGU was bleeding a lot into the lake, after all.
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>>26375572

From the description it didn't seem like invader blood is virulent, just toxic. No pathogens, but the water would probably be contaminated.
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>>26375525
Ennnhhhh. Bad precedent, but sure, that makes sense. I guess I can go on for a little bit before I have to run my other quest.

Before that though, let's go ahead and decide on who the character will be between these two choices. Gimme a name! And I will put down copious BACKGROUND SHIT.

>>26372472
>>26372623
Any age you think is reasonable. Not Second Impact occurred fifteen years ago, if that matters. After the Johannesburg incident, there were many infected by the fallout of Invader Viscera, infecting a great deal. A series of brushfire wars were set off after first Johannesburg, then Atlanta brought the horrors of infection to the public eye. Your man might have cut his teeth in these battles to restore public order, to prevent whole sale slaughter of the infected, or to enforce quarantine. He might even have been at the battle of Atlanta, or Johannesburg, or {INSERT CITY HERE}. Valorous action in these battles, or in the peace keeping affairs in the viscera conflicts might have been the reason he made officer.

Viscera has not shown any virulent properties. It seems to be mostly toxic- however, there have been reports of hallucinations, sudden personality shifts, and even mutations reported among victims in Johannesburg and Atlanta.

Like Evangelion, for some reason, the Invaders only choose to attack not-geofront for now after their previous seemingly random aggression. Where not-geofront may be is up to you guys. The world has gone through severe changes after Not Second Impact, so that way I don't have to worry too much about geography.

>>26375522
I was like freaking fourteen when I first saw it, what do you want from me?
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>>26375918
Let's make Not Second Impact be in the ruins of Las Vegas!
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>>26375918

wait wait wait. First you talk about infected, then you say viscera doesn't have any virulent properties? How does that fit together?
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>>26375918

Let's roll for where the geofront is. We can pick a few points on the world map and let the dice decide.

I vote for Hamburg.
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>>26375952
Why no Silicon Valley?
Because SCIENCE.
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Rolled 22

>>26375973

durr forgot the 1
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>>26375959
Eh, you're right. Infected is the wrong term for it. Affected is a better term.

Basically, those exposed to the toxins and had them in their system either through inhalation or exposure to the skin.
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Rolled 59

>>26375952
Las Vegas Ruins
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>>26375989

So it's sort of like Tiberium, then. I see.
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>>26375918
Nathan Kurling. Age 38.
Going with >>26372472
Had 3 years of being in the engineering corps when Second Impact occurred.
Did work in the brush wars, enforcing quarantine in Atlanta (with lethal force), cleanup of Johannesburg, and keeping things working, and people alive, at the Siege of Kiev.
Compared to the specialized backgrounds of the three pre-gen backgrounds, this one makes us a Jack-of-all-Trades type.
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>>26376051

Supporting this.
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>>26376000
...Yeah. That's basically almost entirely what I was thinking of when I started this.

I did manage to talk myself out of having Nod/GDI show up.

>>26375995
>>26375952
Second Impact occurred in Las Vegas then.

Western half of the US along with Mexico is fucked then. Probably everything west of Ohio.

>>26375981
Amusingly enough, I just googled up a list of cities for shits and giggles and #22 is Vienna. Vienna sound good to anybody?

>>26376051
>>26376067
Nathan Kurling. I can get behind this, but I'll give it another ten minutes to let somebody else have a chance to step up.
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Rolled 39

>>26376084
Vienna? Hells yes, time for glorious bureaucracy.
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>>26376084

Could still have a messianic cult arise with a charismatic, apocalyptic prophet as the central figure.

Also, would be interesting if viscera could be used as a resource. Maybe it's loaded with rare earth minerals, or maybe it has long-chain carbohydrates that can be easily converted to energy. Something like that.
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>>26376084
Vienna? Surrounded on all sides by priceless history? Hundreds of years worth of human history that can be casually wiped away by a careless step from an inattentive angsty teenage pilot?

Yeah, sounds cool.
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>>26376084

Vienna? Is there a dam close to it?
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>>26376167
There is now
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Rolled 71

>>26376167
In the FUTURE there is.
There's already a kilometer-long artificial island there so a dam ain't no stretch.
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>>26376150
There is a cult though, that do regard the mutations and the viscera as 'gifts,' and the Invaders as angels of an angry god.

They're mostly ineffectual, but they have lately really liked to cluster around Invader corpses to steal from the bodies, usually with fatal results.

CORT has dictated that any and all matter relating to Invader bodies is under their strict control, and refuse to let anyone else have access to their samples or research.

>>26376167
Nowhere near! There is at least one hill though. So, basically, I'm entirely inaccurate. I'll have to figure out Vienna.

Also, Nathan Kurling, veteran of damn near every conflict in this mess it is. Engineer, well rounded. Worked for his place, and has the record and scars to prove it.

Okay, enough talk, debriefing time.
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>>26376285

Hmm. Maybe this takes place in another city, then. Maybe TENGU attacked elsewhere, not at the primary site for some reason.
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>>26376336
Or it landed somewhere else and was making its way to Vienna, and we intercepted it before it could reach Vienna?
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I dunno. I think that Johannesburg is a great location for second impact. This whole second impact idea in Eva being that like 50 percent of the human population is dead. You could have a world where Africa Australia and the east coast of the Americas suffering heavy casualties
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"Lieutenant Kurling?" You had just gotten off the bus and was aiming for the lift to your quarters for some much deserved rest as a reward when a young man looking fresh out of basic in a CORT beret approaches you with a salute.

"Commander Dollfuss would like to see you sir. A personal debriefing," the head of CORT. Never a good sign. Actually, you reflect that this probably will be the first time you'll ever exchange words with the man. The guy usually liked to stay down, way down in the bowels of the GeoFront. Far away from your quarters. At any rate, despite everything, there was no way in Hell you'd be able to get away with pissing off the commander as well as Operations Director Natasha. Oh Hell, maybe that's what this is about.

"Lieutenant Kurling?"
"Yes? Oh, yes, of course I will see him, right away," You mumble, trotting after the young man as he leads the way to the lifts.

The young man is a nice enough sort. Kaplan is his name, and apparently he's an eager fan of the Duelists. He's a bit disappointed that the program is so slow to produce more, but he is glad that the Invaders seem to be focusing their attention on Vienna.

"They're attacking us at our strongest point!" He happily confides. You are surprised about this as well. It's a bit disappointing though, in a way. You were a soldier, a career soldier, but now, you were a glorified janitor. Not the best thing to have in mind when the boss calls you in to a meeting for a Q&A.
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You're surprised when Kaplan does not lead you to an office, instead directing you to a hangar. It's vast, if mostly submerged in a strange reddish liquid that frothed orange where it reached wall. You glance over the sides of the railings, wrinkling your nose at the smell. Smelled of mold and rust almost. A disinfectant would make the most sense you suppose. Along the cat walk bisecting the massive room, you see Commander Dollfuss, gray haired and sharp eyed leaning on a railing with his right hand, a cane in his left, seemingly looking eye to eye to the Duelist partially submerged in the red fluid. It's Theodore's Duelist, Unit 2. You're taken aback almost immediately when you note that the armor plating at the shoulder of the missing arm has already been replaced. They worked quick down here.

"Lieutenant Kurling," Commander Dollfuss turns his gaze from the metal monstrosity to look at you, a warm grin spreading on his face, "Glad to see you," He teeters on a cane for a moment, before swinging to get in to closer range, offering a black gloved hand to you. You gingerly accept, feeling awkward in your sweat stained field uniform, "Kaplan, go to Ferdinand, inform him I'll need the helicopter ready by 5, would you?"
"Yes sir!" Kaplan gives a smart salute, then marches off. Eager to please, that one.

"Herr Kurling" Commander Dollfuss seems almost as if he's giving up the ghost, with his pallid complexion, "I understand that there was an...Altercation with Operations Director Natasha today, was there not?"

You internally groan. Oh god damn it, yes, that's what this was about.

>She was egging on Specialist Theodore, he would have broken that dam if I hadn't called her.
>It was just a request. I don't see the big deal.
>Altercation, sir?
>Other
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>>26376584

We've been under too many commanding officers to be unprofessional. Let's do this by the book.

"Sir. I informed the Operations Director that the fighting between TENGU and Unit 2 would threaten the structural integrity of the dam, which would cause massive flooding in the area. I'm pretty sure you saw it all on your monitors, but I felt the need to remind the Director of the danger to the civilian population and local infrastructure."
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>>26376584
If I may talk freely? Yes, I do fear that at times such things are unavoidable in high-pressure situations such as the ones we're facing today, Herr Kommandant.
> giving up the ghost
Germanisms pls.
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>>26376584
>>She was egging on Specialist Theodore, he would have broken that dam if I hadn't called her.
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>>26376584
>Other
"Sir, while I understand that Director Natasha was, and is, supposed to be concerned with the pilots and the tactical picture, the dam was suffering critical damage that would have led to a catastrophic loss of life for no tactical or strategic gain, and would have led to a reduction in our logistical readiness."
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>>26376584
Altercation sir?
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>>26376625
>>26376668
Hmm. These two seem the most similar. I'll try to mush them together- calling it for professional recollection of incident. Writing.
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To be honest, the way the Director was handling her pilot was a bit hard to believe.
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Keep professional. Gotta keep professional. Being unprofessional was what got you in to this mess in the first place. Level. Calm.

"Sir, though I would hesitate to call it an altercation, I will explain what happened. During the course of the encounter between Unit 2 and Invader codenamed TENGU, there was a hazardous amount of damage being inflicted on K├Âlnbrein Dam. Had things gone unattended, the loss of life and infrastructure would have been catastrophic. I am sure that Operations Director Natasha was aware of the risks from HQ, but I felt it my duty to remind Operations Director Natasha, and by extension, Specialist Theodore of the risks."

Commander Dolfuss nods, placing both hands on his cane, and leaning forward, "And immediately after this call, Specialist Theodore withdrew from the dam, yes?"

"Yes sir."
"As it happens," A shaking, geriatric hand reaches into his pocket, and pulls out a folded piece of paper, "I have a transcript of the radio contact that you made."

Oh dear.

Dolfuss draws some glasses, places them on his noise, and then clears his throat.

"Ma'am. Have you noticed somewhere in this that Specialist Theodore is hitting the fucking dam? That contains easily enough water to drown every last living soul in the city- along with, by the way, the secret base under it? Get your got, got," Dolfuss adjusts his glasses, nods appreciatively, "God damn head out of your ass, and get a grip, on both you, and the kid there, before you do the Invader's job for him."

Dolfuss sniffs, seemingly in offense at having to read such vulgarities, then glances over his spectacles at you.

"Lieutenant Kurling?"

To be fair, what you were originally thinking of saying was WAY worse.
>"To be fair, what I was originally thinking of saying was WAY worse."
>"Do you not hear what Operations Director Natasha says to Specialist Theodore? Why are you acting like I'm the bad guy here?"
>"I got a little heated."
>Other
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>>26376880
Yeah. I'm going for a silly tone.
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>>26376894
>"I got a little heated."

And, to be honest, sir, so did the OD. I'm pretty sure everyone were. You know, humanity's survival being in the hands of teenagers and all.
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>>26376894
>"I got a little heated."
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>>26376894
>"I got a little heated."
"Sir, I understand the need for discipline, especially going up the chain of command, but the lives at stake were in the thousands, and if the slurs I uttered contributed to making OPDIR Natasha realize the seriousness of the situation, I stand by my words."

>not knowing that soldiers curse all the time when in combat situations. Well, we generally don't do it when we're radioing command.
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>>26376894
>Other
"I focused on the rapid communication of mission-critical information over the adherence to strict operational protocols of address, sir."

Try to keep a straight face. Try to keep a straight face. Try to keep a straight face.
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Calling it for a little heated. Along with the text contributions.

>>26377007
I really like this comment also. I'll try to shimmy in some of it.
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"I got a little heated, sir."

Commander Dollfuss raises an eyebrow. Through a herculean effort, you keep yourself from rolling your eyes. The slings and arrows of working for a civilian organization.

"Sir, I understand the need for discipline, especially going up the chain of command. But the lives of an entire town were at stake, and if the slurs I uttered helped make OPDIR Natasha understand the seriousness of the situation, I stand by my words."

"Hm," Commander Dollfuss taps the head of his cane with a single long finger, "Operations Director Natasha assured me she knew of the danger, and was going to be directing Specialist Theodore away from the dam as it was."

Right.

"Sir, as it was, I had to rush in an patch weld the faults. It will probably take years to repair the damage-"
"Thank you, Lieutenant Kurling," Commander Dollfuss's jowly face shakes slowly, "I understand your concerns, but I wished to be sure that there were no further problems. Natasha was kind enough to explain that tensions were high, and has no complaints regarding your performance, but I do need to be sure that there are no issues. The stability and psychological well being of the pilots is THE most important thing to CORT, and by extension, to the whole of mankind," Commander Dollfuss leans in on his cane, blue eyes glittering, "I do not want to have any strains upon the pilots, understand? When an operation is ongoing, it is the duty of Natasha to make sure the pilots act the way they should. No distractions for them. We don't need to worry about the dam, it was solved," A weak smile, "Understand?"
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You note three things. First, Natasha was ranting like a serial killer's schizophrenia, and apparently Commander Dollfuss approves. Second, apparently Natasha wasn't the one that brought complaint against you. Third. Apparently he does not want you talking about the dam incident. Especially to the pilots.

Commander Dollfuss smiles, like a kindly old teacher at a kindergarten, who just managed to get a student to color within the lines.

>Understood, sir.
>Who brought up the complaint then, sir?
>You want me to pretend that that operation was just fine? We nearly lost a town because your kid went nuts, sir.
>Other.
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>>26377282
>Understood, sir.
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>>26377282
Wooooonderful. The guy who massively outranks us has told us to drop the issue.

>Understood, sir
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>>26377282
>Understood, Sir.

Also, what a massive clusterfuck of an operation.
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>>26377282
Understood, sir. Out of curiosity and if it is not to presumptuous of me to ask, who was it that made the complaint?
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>>26377348
SNITCHES GET STITCHES
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>>26377282

"And if the dam HAD burst, Sir? What would you have told the pilot then? I'm pretty sure being told you are responsible for half a million civilian deaths and twice that many people reduced to homelessness is the definition of a 'strain'. Ever since I got transferred over here, I keep hearing that we're all in this together, we're all a team. Well, maybe we should act like one. Communicate, coordinate, contribute. Instead of all this hush-hush and tiptoeing around the pilots. If I may speak freely. Sir."
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"Understood, sir."

Writing.
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>>26377282
"Completely, sir"
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>>26377377
As much as I would LOVE to say this, I also think that it would result in a non-zero chance of us turning up dead.

Go with, "Understood, sir." Sometimes you just have to smile and take it up the butt.
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>>26377600

You know, in the original series, the reason Fuyutsuki was Gendo's right hand man was because he was the only one not afraid of him and able to tell him to fuck off or tell him off when his plans were wrong.
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>>26377600
Maybe next time we let Natasha set off a clusterfuck and make her deal with the political and psychological fallout?
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>>26377282
Too late, but maybe we should have pointed out that the Geofront is not rated to have that much water on top of it, and it WOULD have flooded, killing everyone here. Either through drowning or because the power is out and air circulation is down.

He was not safe down here, in other words.
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>>26377624
We're not a right-hand man.

>>26377631
We're talking about thousands of live here.
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Dr. Dollfuss's face crinkles up into a grin, and he nods at that, "Very good, Lieutenant. I knew you would understand. You're a good soldier," He waves at you, and then turns to hobble away, "That will be all then. Just follow the red line. That will take you back to your areas."

You really wish you could have said a lot more at that point, but what was the point? This operation was fucked. Admittedly, this dam thing was the nadir of your (short) career with CORT, but the fact that everyone seemed content to just let it slide away, for fear of upsetting someone? Oh well.

You weren't a soldier nowadays. You were a janitor. And probably the only person that gave a damn about collateral damage in this base. You follow the little red line back to the elevator, watched by the lenses of cameras all the while.

As soon as you get back to the level you're cleared for, you're waylaid by Dalton, suddenly coming around the corner in a rush as soon as he saw you. For once, he's in a clean uniform.

"Sir! Uh, hey, I heard you, uh, talked to the big man, and, uh, I was wondering-"
"He's wondering if he's due for cleaning the toilets, seeing as you went to the commander and all," Ambrose comes up, a smile on his face, trying to fit in. Seriously, cleaning the toilets? There are so many more refined and awful things you could do.

Dalton gives a nod. Dalton seems to be under the misapprehension you're mad at him or something. You really are tired, and don't have time for this shit at the moment.

>No one's in trouble. Where's Kowalski?
>No Ambrose, it's about you actually. Don't tell anyone I said this, but...
>No one is in trouble. Actually, just got orders from up high that we're not supposed to mention the dam incident.
>No, fuck off, out of my way, I'm going to bed.
>Other.
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>>26377624
That may be; but taken as a whole, CORT strikes me as a tiny bit more unhinged than NERV. And that's saying a lot.
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>>26377680
>No one is in trouble. Actually, just got orders from up high that we're not supposed to mention the dam incident.

Orders are orders. And at least we're going to try and maintain some damn professionalism even if no-one else will.
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>>26377680
>No one's in trouble. Where's Kowalski?
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>>26377680
>No one is in trouble. Actually, just got orders from up high that we're not supposed to mention the dam incident.

And here I was, just itching to bring you up for a commendation for that driving stunt you pulled. But the good doctor had other plans.
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>>26377631
I would not go that far. As >>26377679 pointed out, we are in a situation where fuckups ain't tolerated. Not from anyone. We can keep on reminding her of the repercussions of particular shit breaking. Just gotta be more polite about it.

>>26377704
This. The fact that the boss's last comment was, "Follow the line," was not without significance, I would wager.
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>>26377680
>No one is in trouble. Actually, just got orders from up high that we're not supposed to mention the dam incident.
"And where's Kowalski? She needs to hear this too."
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>>26377780
Seconding.
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>>26377816
>>26377780
Hm, I'll go with this suggestion then. Writing.
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>>26377780
>>26377816
Thirding
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>>26377780
>>26377816
>>26377906
Fourthing
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>>26377780
>>26377816
>>26377906
>>26377920
>>26377891
Same-faging.
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>>26377946
>26377891
Really?
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"No one is in trouble," Ah, your eyes can roll freely now that your job and possibly life are no longer at stake, "Actually I just got orders from up high we're not supposed to mention the dam incident," Both men look at you with surprise, and Dalton opens his mouth to shout a question, when you raise a hand to stop him, "We can discuss it in a bit. Where's Kowalski? She needs to hear this too."

"Kowalski?" Ambrose taps his chin in consideration, "Last I saw, she was heading to the gym with her laptop in tow."
"She took it kinda hard that she was so useless on the welding job," Dalton shrugs, "Not that it's any of my business mind, but I think she had this whole aloof yet confident image going, and fucking up with the welds was real bad for her."
"Well, she's not a welder, she's a laboratory assistant, and is technically skilled-"
"You saying that Lieutenant here shouldn't have taken out on the dam?"

"Enough," You interrupt, feeling a splitting head ache rising, "Gym, right?"
"Yes, sir," they both say simultaneously.

Her laptop in tow. She didn't seem the type, but terrible visions of her updating a blog with details of what happened last mission flash through your head. She didn't SEEM the type. Then again, you also thought she could handle herself on the wall.

>Ambrose, go get her, tell her to meet us at the cafeteria.
>Dalton, go get her, tell her to meet us at the cafeteria.
>I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria.
>Let's all just go to the gym, we can talk there.
>I've stopped caring. I'm going to bed, we can sort this out later.
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>>26378087
>I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria.

Honestly can't trust those other two clowns to handle social situations well.
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>>26378087
>I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria.

Let's handle this personally.
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>>26378087
>I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria.
Better do it in person if she's being a Tumblrite.
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>>26378116
>>26378114
>>26378111
Quick.

Writing, this'll be my last post for the night I think.
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>>26378087

Pfft, blogs. As if all lines of communication out of the Geofront aren't being monitored and censored by CORT.

Incidentially, do we have an AI on the base named CORTANA?
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>>26378087
>I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria.
We should take care of this personally.
We remember what happened back in Atlanta when somebody leaked the video of some people trying to break quarantine.
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"I'll go get her, meet us at the cafeteria, alright?"
"Wait, so, that dam-" Dalton is slow on the uptake.
"Cafeteria, Dalton, I'll tell you when I get there. Keep your mouth shut until I get there, okay? That goes for you too Ambrose."
"Yes sir," Ambrose sighs, in a typically passive aggressive Ambrose way. Civvies.

You march off to the gym. It couldn't be. The Geofront is deep underground. Really freaking deep. She couldn't pick up a signal down here, aside from the Geofront's wifi, which you're pretty sure is all kinds of tapped and monitored. Kowalski wouldn't be that dumb.

The gym is actually fairly reasonably sized, for being part of such a vast and ostentatious facility. A section for changing rooms, showers, lockers, and then the actual floor which has various work out machines. The biggest splurge is a rock wall, one of those ones that goes around on a belt. Maybe all those insurance payouts CORT had to pay out actually did eat in to the budget.

There aren't many people here at the moment. You can see one of your fellow clean up engineers using a jump rope, a security guard doing bench presses, and over in the corner, on a bench, Kowalski tapping away at her laptop.

You cross over to her, and she glances up, frowns, "You don't seem to be here to work out, sir."
"'Fraid not. We're having kind of an impromptu team meeting. Need you at the cafeteria, Dalton and Ambrose are already there."
"I see," She frowns, then nods, "I can be there. I will need to change back to my normal clothes, and wrap this up."

>'Wrap what up?'
>Sneak a peek at her laptop.
>Just grab her laptop and look. You're a superior officer.
>'Just hurry it up and get to the cafeteria. It's really important.'
>Other
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>>26378384
>'Wrap what up?'
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>>26378384
>Other
"Sure thing. Also, orders from command, and I mean right from the very top, no talking about the dam incident."
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>>26378419
This.
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>>26378384
>Other
"If what you want to wrap up is something about today's exploits, I'm afraid we've been given the clampdown from above. We've been forbidden to speak about the dam incident, and to be on the safe side, I strongly advise you not to talk about today's op at all. Otherwise, see you in ten at the cafeteria," then leave.
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>>26378454
>We're forbidden*
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Okay, writing.
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"Sure, sure, take your time. Just, wanted to mention? Orders from the top, and I do mean the very top- no talking about the dam incident. Really, you should probably not talk about today's op at all," Kowalski looks up, eyebrow raised, "See you in ten at the cafeteria."

You walk away before you can see more of a reaction.

You don't have to wait long in the cafeteria. By the time you've sat down with Ambrose and Dalton, Kowalski is walking through the door, holding on to her laptop bag with a death grip, glancing left and then right, before finding you. She didn't even really change, just threw a big hoody on over her workout clothes.

She joins the three of you at the table, looking thoroughly miserable. You all remain silent, looking at her.

"Well?" She finally lets out.

"Nothing, just wondering if you had anything to say," You really couldn't afford another Atlanta.

"I don't have anything to say, sir," She looks down at the table, to her laptop bag, "I haven't told anyone about it. But..."

She unzips the laptop bag, looking kind of ashamed, "I do take notes. For someone important. I didn't realize that there were rules against it- I never noted anything anybody couldn't find in the news."

She lets out the laptop, and sets it on the table.

"I figured he of all people should know."
>cliffhang
>Okay, done for realz. Very tired now. Gotta sleep.
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>>26378690
Good night, man, thanks for the quest today.
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>>26378690

When's the next one OP? When's the next ooooooooone?
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>>26378690
>"I figured he of all people should know"

Oh fuck, she's taking notes for the pilot, isn't she?

Also, well done OP, awesome quest. Are you going to archive it yourself, or should one of us?
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Ach, was hoping for more.

Well, very cool quest, OP. I will stay tuned.
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>>26378711
Well, uh, I dunno. I'll see whether or not I can wriggle out of a hike tomorrow- for now, let's say 20:00 4chan time.

>>26378783
I...I have no idea how to archive. I'll go to suptg and learn I suppose.
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>>26378938
Great quest OP! Looking forward to more.
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>>26378938
If you don't know how to, then I will.
I'll use the tags Collective Game, Ground Crew Quest, mecha, NotEva
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>>26374377
How do we get Dalton a medal?
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>>26375175
>Safety Officer !RKF.iF2YqE
Fuckin' short version on Rebuild.
1.11 is pretty damn fun, basically the first few episodes of the series (up through Ramiel) with better animation resulting from a much higher budget.
2.22 is where things go off the rails. Asuka's different, still fucked up, but fucked up in different ways, most obviously a little less self loathing. There's a new character, a British bint named Mari who steals a lot of screentime that should have been Asuka's. She's interesting, but the fact that her presence detracts from the presence of one of the characters we actually give a fuck about is frustrating. The ending is WEIRD. Zeruel EATS Rei, and Shinji initiates 3rd Impact trying to get her back, but gets stopped when OUT OF NOWHERE IS FUCKING KAWORU WITH A GIANT SPEAR THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE LANCE OF LONGINUS BUT WHO THE FUCK EVEN KNOWS AT THIS POINT. This seen was the REALLY divisive thing. Some people were all "Fuck yeah, Shinji being badass" others were saying to the first group "Like father like son, he went full Gendo."
Q has PISSED PEOPLE OFF, and I will explain why. Basically, Q is only half of a fucking movie. Originally Q and || were gonna drop on the same day, with the idea being that you'd see one, then go see the other. But that didn't happen. First it was bumped to some time this year. Now it's been changed again to an indefinite release date. So now we have half a movie and a multiple year fucking wait for the second half. As such, the pacing is COMPLETELY fucked, and we get like no screentime for this ASSLOAD of new characters that get introduced in the first fifteen minutes, then abandoned for the rest of the film, and pretty much no info on what happened during the 14 year timeskip (yes, 14 years). || MIGHT save it, but as it stands now, Q is not all that good.
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>>26380791
Kiddin' me? Fuckin' everybody loved 2.22. There was one type of fan who didn't like it, and you know who. Picture related.

The idea about Q and || being dropped on the same day is outdated info. Those plans were scrapped before 2.0 was even out. It's just an excuse some people use to make Q seem better than it really is.

It's not half a movie, it's an entire movie showed in it's entirety in the cinema, no additions to the BD, nothing. It's a finished movie.
That's why there is an indefinite release date. It wasn't supposed to come out until later.
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>>26382419
...Wait. 2.22 and 2.0 are different?

What the fuck is going on with evangelion.
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>>26382978
>2.22 and 2.0 are different?
Only in that 2.22 is the DVD/Blu-Ray release, and has some retouched footage.
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>>26383048
...Are there any big differences? That guy in the screencap seemed to think so (maybe?) about that.
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>>26383140
He's butthurt because his waifu Asuka got dunked while Rei got saved by MAGICAL RAINBOW SHINJI.
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>>26383140
You're misinterpreting it.
Everyone calls it 2.22 now because the home format release is what we all have on our hard drives. But that guy was likely posting during the shitty camrip days, when it was still 2.0.
Also, he's an idiot because
>implying Anno would ever let Rei win
>implying that wasn't trolling the Reifags AND the Asukafags
>implying Touji's Little Sister isn't gonna win
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>>26383334
Nothing can stop the waifu wars.
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Misato is mai waifu of the forever
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>>26383370
Seriously though, I AM an Asukafag to a degree, but I like to think I'm rational.
I don't hate Rei like some of my counterparts do. In fact I like Rei as a character. A lot. I find her fascinating in her strangeness. I just hold that Asuka is a better match, but more importantly the one that the original work pushes for.
Rebuild is a whole other sack of potatoes, but IF Rei is still a semi-clone made from Yui and Lilith, then it's unlikely that she'll be the winning girl this time, either.

The thing about Touji's Little Sister winning was a joke.
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>>26383559
Although I would give her the dick.
Sorry Touji, but your little sister's hot.
And (if my math is right) legal.
Yay, timeskip! Not really. Fuck the timeskip. Fuck it in the ass. With a sandpaper condom. If you're gonna introduce a whole new set of Bridge Bunnies, along with a whole new fucking organization, they need to take the time to EXPLAIN THAT SHIT TO THE AUDIENCE!
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>>26383662
>And (if my math is right) legal.
She should be by Japanese laws which is the only thing you'd need to concern yourself with.

>>26383559
>>26383334

>but more importantly the one that the original work pushes for.
True that, but does Anno still care?

>>26378690
That was really neat. Thanks for running.
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>>26383729
>She should be by Japanese laws
You're aware that it's only the national AoC that's 14, and that each and every one of the Prefectures have much less creepy ones, right?
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>>26383729
The only thing Anno has ever cared about is trolling.
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>>26383729
>does Anno still care?
I think the better question is "Can Anno more effectively troll us by changing it, or by making it LOOK like he's gonna change it, then keeping it the same?"
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>>26383789
I am aware, and may I inquire what the cut-off date for creepy is to your personal moral compass?

>>26383813
>>26383802
...only valid responses, I guess.
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>>26383789
> creepy
I don't think it's creepy, but well, OPINIONS.
It's 14 in my country as well.
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>>26383789
You're aware that it's between 14 in 16 in most countries including the west too?
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>>26383662
One explanation (supported by what Kowaru says) is that these movies aren't a remake, but the next cycle of things happening in a similar, but slightly different way.
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3.0 dub when
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>>26384562
>implying Asuka and Mari kicking ass together was not the only good thing to come out of Q
Would have been better if they were swapping appropriate insults though, considering that Asuka is German/American and Mari is British.
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>>26384644
> Dub
2/10, made me wince.
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>>26384664
>not watching Eva dubbed
Sure, it's not quite the same without the old Gendo and Fuyutski, but Eva without Spencer, Keith, and Grant isn't Eva at all.

Japanese Shinji is ultrashit.
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>>26384759
I didn't like the Eva dub so much. Wasn't much to do with the voice acting. Was more translation stuff. It had thing is pseudo translation where people don't actually talk like how they do in the dubs.
>W-What are you saying so suddenly!?
Sort of stuff.
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>>26384759
Oh, one of those people.
Never mind my comment then.
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>>26384818
Generally, the performances were decent. Not great, but overall pretty decent, especially for it's day. But the direction was pretty fucking miserable.
See the needless, cartoonish "blech" added after Shinji and Asuka's (terrible) kiss for an example of the moronic decisions in direction that hamper the dub. She wasn't disgusted, she was upset that he wouldn't kiss her back. The gargling was to throw him off, so she could maintain her pride. This is made quite clear later when, during Asuka's mindrape, we see her in the bathroom afterwards, looking utterly CRUSHED.
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>>26385362
That's a pretty awful example. She gagged for the same reason that she washed out her mouth.
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>>26385362
> soulless publishers caring about the source material enough to accurately dub it
Hahahaha, no. You don't break into that kind of business by focusing on artistic integrity or even just a minimal standard of taste.
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>>26385362
Don't see how the addition of the "blech" changes her character motivations. That said it's silly that they added it.
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I saw the thread and the discussion and it made my sister and I start ranting about the shittiness of 3.33.

>whale eva, she said
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Sorry guys, just bumping in to say that I won't be able to run it tonight. It'll have to be on Saturday that we pick this up again.

Just letting you know if you guys were following the thread or anything.
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>>26387462
kk
wut tz you iz OP?
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>>26387496
...What?

My timezone is western US pacific.
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>>26383334
Only shippingfags are really pissed off at the last two movies. Not to say the last one was really good, but they hated it the most.

2.22 barely gave any screen time for character development outside of Shinji and pretty much ignored Touji/Kensuke. 3.0 did a retarded timeskip of *fourteen years* with none of the pilots aging, people acting retarded and the issues of 2.22.

>>26384661
You mean part. Can't have them be *too* foreign after all.

>>26384664
Dubs can be okay. Mostly if you watched them when you were a kid, then it can just be weird to watch it subbed years later.

Dubs pretty much have to work with finished animation and dialogue without taking into account the VAs so it always feels a bit awkward.

>>26387505
As opposed to east coast US pacific? Hurr
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>>26383334
That guy was recent, you may look at the date. I wrote 2.0 because that was when the "cinema" version was out, and the plans were scrapped before then.

>Also, he's an idiot because
He's an idiot because he's a jealous piece of shit. Nothing more needs to be said.
God forbid Rei gets thrown a bone once in a while, 2.0 revealed how shallow some parts of the fanbase were.
3.0 isn't as revealing because the reactions are more or less uniform.
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>>26389911
>You mean part.
Genetically, yeah, but she grew up bouncing between NERV facilities in Germany and the US, so culturally she may as well be from Mars.
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>>26389911
Actually, there is a Western US Timezone that isn't on the pacific.
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>>26393197
Heh, true.


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