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    The shaking is back now. Xiren pulls her arms in tighter around her legs, making herself just a little smaller. "Of course." Not like she can do anything against armed Vatican commandos with a knife. Not yet, anyway. "If you want to run, I won't judge you. You might be better used guarding R&D or the Pilot dorms anyway."

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    "Heh. Let's say for a second that I did run. I'd be leaving an area with cover and putting myself out in the open. Assuming I survived that, I'd be interfering with Director Mashimo's plan. That lowers everyone's survival rate. Then there's the fact that a dead Sin is really bad for Japan. No, I think I'll stay right here. And if we do get blown up? The name's Hiroji Funaki, and it's been an honor to serve with you."
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    Aoba looks to Takeo. "This child is an Angel? Then..." She looks to Ryall, beckoning her over to the monitor. "I want you to try and neutralize their AT field from here. I don't want to put you in closer, but you may be able to reach out as long as you know where- it's a far smaller distance than in Virtue deployments." She wants to bait the Angel, but it's maneuvering at random... she's not sure where would be safest. But Takeo has a good idea... she pulls up a map of the facility, looking at routes to the Virtue hangar from here, the medical ward, and Envy's lab. Three different starting points, at least one should be able to make their way there without running into the hostile...
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    Ryall nods, clenching her fists as she internally fumes at a lack of anything she can do in this situation. Taking a breath, she attempts to neutralize the AT Field of the strange "child". Breathe. You can do this; this is literally one of the first things they taught you in boot camp. Focus.

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    Looking at the feed, Ryall is able to Neutralize. It's... easy. A lot easier than it should be. At first, it seems like nothing happened.

    The attacker makes another wrong turn, ending up in a storage room. You hear Irina chuckle.

    "Good luck with the fire suppression system, you little ****."

    In storage rooms, server rooms, and other places where few people are expected to be, Babylon uses a neutral gas system to extinguish flames by robbing them of oxygen. With the electronic lock now engaged, he's stuck in there. And without oxygen or a way to regenerate, he can't blast his way out. He panics and tries repeatedly, barely managing a puff of smoke.

    Properly kitted out S2 now have time to arrive as he now tries to kick the door down. He'll make it through eventually, if they let him. They place plastic explosives on the door and detonate them before he can. A hail of automatic gunfire follows. He's dead.


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    It doesn't feel right. That wasn't an angel. That was half an angel. You were meant to be the other half.
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    Takeo's confusion about how easy that was is short lived when the truth comes to him. He's quiet for a few moments, even more new confusion taking the place of the old, among other feelings. This can't be right, but he knows it is right. He kills angels, not creates them, but that's what was happening here.

    "Lieutenant, I...know why he died so easily. He was still just a Sin, sort of...part of the angel I was talking about. His objective wasn't the captured cores or anything like that, it was me. I don't know how or why, but that - him getting to me, I mean - would have led to the angel. I don't understand it, I just know it. What the hell does that even mean? How does that make sense?"
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    "Part of...?" ...oh. Oh. This was... bad. The Vatican could corrupt Sins, and bring out some sort of angelic nature...? Were they trying to make a Wrath Angel, right at the heart of Babylon? So now there's three factions hunting down Sins for their own purpose, fantastic. First things first. "...excellent work, Ryall. Exactly as planned. Takeo. I'm temporarily designating the target Aleph- and you are to keep away from everywhere Aleph has been. Just in case. I suspect that they are a corrupted Wrath, and if they were after you, we don't want to risk any contact until the area has been sterilized. But this... we need to escalate plans. The Vatican can't be allowed to weaponize Sins like this, at the risk of future attacks like this. We need them neutralized..."

    A thought drifts. The AT drive shell. If they wanted to weaponize it... it could function like a dirty bomb. If they could get it into the Vatican... it might not take out the Pope. But it could destroy the infrastructure and support staff. Leave them decapitated as a force. And they could do it without sparking a proper international war. The question is, how could they get it there... Alternatively, there's accelerating the original plan. Ryall can neutralize an Angelic Sin's AT field, and she's been getting her firearms training... if she can be inserted into the Vatican, then...

    A third idea, then. A combination of the two. Ren... Ren could probably singlehandedly wipe out the Vatican, if inserted. But... that may be sacrificing her. This is... complex. There's a lot of ways to end this, but there's always a cost... she contacts Kazuma. Plans can wait. <Base secure, with damage. What's the status of the JSDF?>
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    The agent guarding you listens to his earpiece for a moment, furrowing his brow. He holsters his weapon and speaks up.

    "Funaki, copy." Turning to you, he adds, "We're clear. The last one wandered into the storage room and they blew it up with him inside. Seems like overkill, but it's over now. Need a hand?"


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    "We're still doing death counts. No one walked away. Some will have to be identified by their tags. We'll need to have a memorial service, and repairing our relationship with the JSDF will be difficult. We'll need to see that the survivors are taken care of. I'm not sure this trip to the US is a good idea with everything going on, but putting it off may be worse. If they fight another angel, and suffer more losses, while I delay my visit, it will be next to impossible to salvage. On the other hand, if we fight another angel while I have a Sin with me... I don't know anymore."

    There's a pause on the line, and Irina speaks next.

    "The commander will need some time to handle the JSDF, and will defer to our decision regarding B-US. I am in favor of continuing as planned. The risk of losing a branch to politics is too great."


    The base has suffered damage, and there will be reparations to the JSDF. -2 resources next fight.

    Kazuma has suffered one stress break.
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    Aoba starts with responding to the other command staff. "The mission to America is important. Irina, unless you'd rather accompany him, I'd welcome your support in mending the base and helping deal with the losses we took today. Meanwhile, I... I should apologize to the JSDF myself. I placed the request, and specifically said they'd be away from combat, I didn't expect... It's my fault for not predicting this. I'm sorry."

    Once off the line, she turns to the pilots. "You're dismissed, though I would prefer you stay in the dorm a while longer if you're not armed. We don't know for a fact there's anyone out there, but the Vatican slipped past our defenses once before."

    Aoba... really needs a drink right now.
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    "This is a difficult situation. The original thought was that, as the adviser to the US commander is also Russian, it would be more politically powerful to have me there. Kazuma also has pull in Russia, but it's not the same. And if we pull resources away from the meeting to fix our base, we're showing the US that we're not invincible." You hear her speak Russian away from the receiver for a moment, followed by orders in Japanese to the S2 agent to escort Alyona home. The sounds of a door opening and closing follow. "Speaking vaguely over this line is aggravating. Let me know when the Sins have been dealt with, so we can speak in person. I would exclude other staff as well."
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    Kazuma has left, taking Gabriel and Agent Mina Uchima with him, the latter to act as his official English/Japanese translator. Irina has been left in Japan to aid in recovery after the attack on the base.


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    After Kazuma left, Irina informed you that he requested she stay behind, citing a reason she found somewhat unsettling. He believes that Japan and Russia are the only true Babylon branches, and the other four are just auxiliary. And while it would be better for everyone if B-US remained effective, it is only a tool in the end, and B-J's continued survival is far more important.


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    While Alyona isn't in the same shape you are, she seems willing to stick it out. Your morning routine is hard on her, but she shows no signs of stopping. After your run, she speaks up - this has clearly been weighing heavily on her.

    "Before the attack, the commander had planned for mother and I to go to the US with him. He issued me a gun. He said it was important to have a show of force there, and part of that was to show that Japan had no civilians. But I thought they were our allies. Why do we need to intimidate them? And what he said to his translator... 'I know S2 standard operating procedure allows for warning shots, but under my direct command, you will not use them. Neither will you shoot to wound. If you draw your gun, it means that you have decided to end a life.' I'm glad I didn't go now."


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    Your wounds are starting to heal. The Sin's boyfriend has apparently been transferred now. She should be arriving shortly - possibly coming back with Kazuma. But the boyfriend needed special medical transport. He's apparently not often lucid. Some days are better than others, but a bad day is much more likely.


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    Last night was different. No strange feelings, no experiencing someone else. Just a woman's voice whispering in your ear.

    "Did you really think you were the only half angel there? I'm going to meet an old friend. See you soon."

    When you wake up, no one is there.


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    Kazuma has arrived. By the time you meet him and his entourage on the airstrip as planned, David has already taken the kids off base. On your way inside, you're met by Commander Richard Wright. The S2 agent with Kazuma handles the translation as the two commanders walk quickly.

    "Sorry to keep you waiting like this, Nakamura, but I have to meet with a political aide. You know how it is."

    "<The worst part of the job.>"

    "Ha. You said it. But Director Bykov wanted to see you - he says it's been a while."

    "<Yes, a fellow rapture veteran.>"

    "He's in the Virtue command room. Sloth will show you the way."
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    Chloe is a bit more sleep-deprived than usual, between staying up last night and getting up early to visit Marin before his airlift to Japan in the early morning. She sends Jeannette off with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for her and Rachel, and uses the remaining time between then and Commander Nakamura's arrival to work on her journal.

    Being separated from both Marin and Jeannette for most of a week is, frankly, terrifying. She already lost Marin's name for a second, and it hasn't even been half a day.
    Jeannette will still be coming back after dinner each night, so that by itself is only a little worse than usual, but... It's hard, incredibly hard, to have time to think and nobody around to anchor you.
    Fortunately, there's still a lot of packing to do. She can delay any idleness for a while longer.


    Commander Wright and Commander Nakamura get down to business the moment the Japanese entourage is off the plane. With no opportunity to introduce herself, Chloe blends into the background, keeping pace with the group and studying the visitors from a distance.

    When the attention and responsibility is suddenly thrust on her as their guide, Chloe allows herself time to take a deep, steadying breath, then calmly goes into the Japanese-style self-introduction she'd been rehearsing all week.

    "<How do you do? I'm the Sloth of Babylon U.S., Chloe Leclerc. My hobbies include singing, cooking, and translation. Because I will be transferring to Babylon Japan soon, I have been assigned to accompany you for the duration of your visit; if you have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to rely on me. I look forward to working with you! I'll be in your care.>"

    She punctuates the formal greeting with a bow. Her form isn't great - clearly self-taught - and it's deeper than it needs to be for the circumstance, but her intention should at least come through.

    "<Please follow me to the command room where Director Bykov is waiting.>"

    Along the way, she'll point out directions and signage for all the major areas that their guests could need. She'd be happy if Commander Nakamura relied on her as the starting point of their relationship, but she doesn't want the guests to feel as though she's B-U.S.'s watchdog, which means helping them become independent around the base and surrounding city.

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    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Takeo didn't wake up in a good mood. For now, he was dealing with all this half-angel stuff through anger, at the universe in general and at the angels and the Vatican in particular. It probably wasn't healthy, bur it helped stave off the doubt and uncertainty, and that worked for him right now.

    Keeping in mind Aoba's restrictions on him going where the Vatican Sin went, he makes his way back to her office. Aoba needed to know about this message, if it meant the Vatican had more ot their scum lurking around.
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    "<Good day, Ms. Leclerc. I've already received word of the successful transfer of Mr. Pascal. He is in stable condition at the Babylon Japan medical wing.>"

    "If you don't mind me asking, what was Bykov's role in the first contact retreat? He doesn't like to talk about it."

    "<Then you should respect that. I would never ask you about Desert Storm.>"

    "...Noted."

    The B-US commander is noticeably displeased with Kazuma's response. He remains quiet until you pass by the common room. A portly man in a suit is waiting there. Gluttony, Envy, and Greed are there as well.

    "There he is. I'll catch up after this."

    Commander Wright walks toward the man, and Kazuma keeps going down the hall. It seems he already knows where to go.
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    Kazuma's words leave Aoba off-center as well. She can't say she agrees, unless he knows something she doesn't... but he can be asked that when he gets back. For now, B-J is just her responsibility, so she doesn't have to care for the other branches in general. But now the branch is on her and Irina... Her first request is to the commanding officer of the JSDF contingent in the forest- she needs to offer her personal apologies. It was her own plan that led to... just thinking about it stings.

    Second request is to take stock of Babylon's fallen. She needs to coordinate their tributes. She does feel partial responsibility for it, but... if the attack had happened on the Vatican's terms, Ryall might have been away. Neutralization might not have been possible. But the fallen still deserve tribute, and then replacement needs to happen...

    Third is PR. Same as the first Vatican attack, this needs to be spun immediately. Not just as an attack on Babylon, either- this might be able to stir up a wave of Japanese patriotism after the attack on the JSDF that was doing nothing but clearing forests. Might help shore up replacements.

    Fourth... preparations to counter future offensive Sins. Ryall may not always be available, even if we know she can render them vulnerable. Ren seems key here... a way to counter Angelic fields. Maybe have her work with Ryall and the science department to see if they can create a containment field to emulate Ryall's neutralization capabilites.

    Fifth is to shore up Babylon security. She has some ideas- she wants to be able to lock down the base in case of a similar attack, and have personal control over the defenses. This will take time to implement, but she can begin planning.

    She's working on number six when Takeo enters. "Ah, Takeo... how are you doing after yesterday?"
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    "Fine, fine. It's fine. I'm fine." It is clearly not fine. "But how I am isn't important. I got something new last night. A message, directed to me specifically. Sounded like a woman." He hands over a torn piece of notebook paper with the message on it. "They're not done with this kind of attack yet, and I don't know who or what this old friend is. What can I do to help?
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    Xiren sleeps poorly that night, curled up rigidly with her knife clasped in one hand underneath the sheets, jumping at the slightest sound. As soon as the morning nurses arrive on shift she's up and about, walking the halls of the medical ward, looking to be anywhere but her room. Moving is still uncomfortable, but anything would be better than spending another minute marinating in the cold, stale panic of that hospital room. Maybe she should ask to be transferred to a different room tonight. Maybe that might even help.

    After the bustle of the patient transfer is over, Xiren seeks out her new friend among the orderlies. "How is the new patient? Do you think he'd mind if I introduced myself?"

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    "Takeo... this is important, but you need to be honest with me. Do you need to see Shara? As for the message... we're going to work on anti-half-angel... okay, that's an awkward term. I'm going to call them Nephilim. Anti-Nephilim defenses. But meanwhile... if you're like them, you might be able to awaken to similar powers, past your awareness. That might be an asset, except... I forbid it. Detection only. The Nephilim yesterday wasn't human anymore. Barely aware of the world past their purpose. And I don't want to lose you like that. If you feel anything else coming, come to me immediately, and try not to let it manifest.

    As for this voice... was it in your mind, or do you sincerely think someone was in your dorm last night?"
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    "Shara...won't be able to help even if there was a problem. Not exactly the usual situation she'd be used to. There are more important things going on here." Seeking to quickly move on, he focuses on Aoba's other questions.

    "She wasn't physically with me, no. As for what I can do...are you sure? I want to do more, need to do more than just sit here and...what, just send you messages?...and if I can do more...I'm willing to take that risk."
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    "This is an order, Takeo. Do not try and develop any new abilities. If you feel like more are coming to you instinctively, come to me immediately. You're valuable enough as a Sin, we don't need you to turn into a Nephilim. At the moment, you're literally our only early warning system, and losing you would be catastrophic. As a person, I don't want to endanger you, and as a Sin, you're too valuable to lose over a potential advantage."
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    The CO assigned to this is, you're informed upon making contact, not authorized to discuss the situation with you. You're instead connected to Divisional Commander Ruriko Zaizen.

    "Nakamura has already arranged for the death toll. With you as acting commander, I assume you're picking up where he left off? We expect Babylon to handle the pensions of the deceased, and the medical leave salaries of the injured. The current estimated total payout is seven billion yen, and if that number seems higher than you remember from your service time, you should be aware that your own commander petitioned for better JSDF pensions to keep Japan secure in the face of dropping enlistment rates."


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    Twelve S2 agents, the entire daytime kitchen staff, and a few unlucky custodians are among the deceased. PR recommends a memorial stone, but suggests that a public release will pressure the Japanese government to declare war on the Holy See, which may end up bringing Italy into it. They don't have the authority to tell you no, but they do have a responsibility to keep you informed.


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    While any technology that could suppress Ren's angelic field could hypothetically suppress any angelic field, they warn you that neutralizing her field may be dangerous to her.



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    "Oh! You're up! You must be feeling better. Yes, I'm sure he'll be happy to see someone his age for a change. Hmm, not sure how good his Japanese is, but I suppose there's only one way to find out, right? I'll show you where he is."

    The nurse seems pretty happy to lead you to him. As you walk, she pipes up again.

    "Scary attack yesterday. I hear they stopped him in the medical store room. I mean, I'm glad he didn't make it all the way here, but that's going to make things hard on us - they bombed our supplies."
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    Takeo is quiet for a few more moments, before sighing and nodding
    "I...understand. Okay. I won't. I just...want to do more. Help more. If I can't do more with my abilities...what can I do?"
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    "Perhaps he learned Mandarin?" Xiren suggests, with a mostly-unconvincing smirk. When the nurse mentions the attack, though, a particular piece of diction causes her to furrow her brow. "...Him? It was one person?"

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    "Well, only one actually got in. The rest were stopped outside, but... Well, we're coming up on it now. You'll see."

    She gestures toward a ward of JSDF soldiers as you pass by. A lot of beds and cots have been quickly arranged. They aren't used to having so many patients at once.

    "A lot more were beyond help. The last one made it pretty far in, and we lost a lot of people. They killed kitchen staff. Why? It's such a waste of human life."
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    "I also wanted to offer my personal apologies. I'm the one who proposed sending the JSDF in as labor- I hadn't considered that the Vatican might be planning an attack from there, and I sent them in as contractors. The blame for the incident falls solely on me, and if I can make any personal apologies or reparations for the event, please let me know. It will barely make a dent in the long run, but I will be contributing personally to the fund."


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    Being told that makes her reconsider... she wants to use this attack for leverage, but she doesn't want to start an open war between Japan and Italy. Which means... she should see if she can get in touch with anyone in Italy's power structure who might be able to negotiate, with this leverage. The threat of war with Japan- which could theoretically spread to Japan's allies, such as the US- might be willing to get them to offer some concessions. She puts the diplomatic corps on it.


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    If she doesn't want to endanger Ren, then... ****.


    Aoba is checking messages as she talks with Takeo. "Focus on your detection. It's arguably the single most powerful tool we have right now, in terms of the tactical advantage it gives us. And... we'll be keeping an eye on you to see if you start developing an active angelic aura of any kind. If so... then there may be something you can contribute to. That will keep you safe. So it's win/win."
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    "...fine. That will have to do." Takeo doesn't leave yet, though, hanging around a little longer while Aoba keeps reading. After a few minutes, however, he speaks up again. "Lieutenant, do you think I'm a risk, threat, anything like that? I'd understand if you did, but..." He trails off for a moment, before sighing again. He didn't really want to bring this up, but at the same time, he couldn't not, really. "I'm okay with having these abilities and uses and everything, but the thought off being more like an angel, and a potential danger to everything we're working towards...I don't like that. I know I said I was willing to take the risk, but it doesn't mean I like the idea of what happens next. I'd appreciate your assessment of the danger. You've tended to understand, and someone else's opinion would be...good to have."
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    At first, Commander Nakamura's curtness puts Chloe off-balance. He clearly doesn't need her directions, and seems to have other things on his mind.
    It's a relief that Marin arrived safely; knowing that allows her to focus wholly on her present situation.

    She walks silently for a short while, sparing a smile and wave for the Sins in the common area but unable to slow down, lest she fall behind Nakamura's quick pace.

    After a bit of surreptitious observation and thought, it finally hits her what's probably wrong. Lt.Com. Kuznetsov was supposed to be here; the two have been inseparable since the Rapture, as everyone in global Babylon knows, so something must have happened to keep her away. Hopefully she's unharmed...

    How do I handle Jeannette when she's missing her friends? Distractions are temporary, and substituting someone else just makes it worse... Snacks, though. Her face lights up when I surprise her with her favorite foods. Then there's the times when we went to see mémère and pépère and she had to deal with the loneliness all weekend... Secrets. Secrets are special. I remember how pépère would smile at her and invite her to play dominoes or sneak cookies, if she promised not to tell mémère. He winked at me whenever I overheard, but didn't invite me - that was their secret world. Now, if I scale little Jeannette up to Nakamura-size... I just need to let him in on a cozy meal and a mystery and his mood will clear right up!

    There's not much time before they reach Director Bykov. With just the Japanese entourage around... this should be fine. She gives herself a moment to compose in Japanese; good thing she's been brushing up recently.

    "Commander Nakamura, could I treat you all to a home-cooked meal this evening? I'd like to introduce you and my little sister Jeannette as well. And..."
    She sidles closer to Nakamura and lowers her voice, looking pointedly away. She can still be heard by the group just fine, but it conveys the right mood.
    "I'm worried about the continued safety of the Sins here. B-US treats us like children, which means we overhear a lot that may not go into official reports, and I keep detailed records. If there's anything I might know that can help you improve conditions..."

  28. - Top - End - #418
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    GreenSorcererElf

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    Spoiler: Aoba
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    "I know what I want to do in response to foreign troops killing Japanese soldiers in Japan. However, that isn't my decision to make. If you could recommend a counter strike against the Vatican as Babylon's official statement, it would go a long way in helping us make sure something like this never happens again."


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    While this can be done, Babylon will need time to arrange it.



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    "<Things not reported to Global? Ms. Leclerc, you need to understand that you're making a serious accusation. Mr.->"

    "<He's not here, Sir.>" The S2 agent cuts in. <"He stopped at the common room.>"

    Kazuma finally looks over at where Gabriel should have been. "<Get him back. We don't have time for him to deliberate on whether or not to introduce himself.>"

    "<Of course, Sir.>"

    She trots off to retrieve Gabriel.

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    Something is off about that political aide. His weight is distributed awkwardly - this isn't how a person should look when overweight. It's suspicious... But I don't know what is really going on here. I don't know enough about health and anatomy to make a diagnosis. If he's just unhealthy, and I draw my weapon, it will reflect poorly on Japan. Worse, this branch, already in trouble, may not receive the help they need. On the other hand, a meeting in the common room-

    "We need to go. Commander-"


    "They will catch up with us. If you can translate your notes to Japanese, assuming they aren't already, I will review them. This might be too sensitive for S2-"

    An explosion guts the common room, sending debris flying through the open doorway where Gabriel and the agent were standing. She was between him and the blast, and paid for it dearly.

    A large piece of a metal table frame is now lodged in her back, and pushing out through her stomach. When the dust and smoke clear enough for you to see, she's laying on the floor, staring in disbelief at her wound.

    Gabriel was thrown into the opposite wall. His injuries are less dramatic, but he's covered in cuts and burns. He doesn't seem to be able to stand of his own accord.

    The shockwave throws you off your feet. Kazuma is able to maintain his footing, but you land awkwardly, bruising your arm. Ash and drywall dust fill your nose and mouth. Kazuma helps you up while waiting for visibility.

    "<Wits about you, Leclerc! We're under attack!>"

    Upon seeing Gabriel and his translator, he runs over to them. He looks at the agent first, and grimaces.

    ""<I can't move her! She's impaled! Everyone inside the common room assumed dead! Call ahead to medical!>"

    He slings Gabriel over one arm, then places a call. The phone is placed on speaker in his pocket.


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    "B-US has just been bombed. Gluttony, Greed, Envy, and Commander Wright all assumed dead. Matinpoika is alive, but injured. He can still pilot. Make preparations for his Virtue to be sent over, then have Kuznetsov contact Russia. You do the same with the other branches. Request backup for B-US, and tell them I'm taking command for the next battle. If they each send one Sin with Virtue, we might just survive what comes next. And Mashimo - there have been two attacks on Babylon in as many days. If you're going to pull the trigger on the head of the snake and the facility, you need to do it now. There might not be another opportunity."


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    Chloe has one fatigue

    Gabriel has two injuries

    The S2 agent will not survive without assistance.
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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Griffon

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    After the dull pain in her arm brings her back from the initial surprise, Chloe is surprised at her own calmness.
    She's been through emergencies before, both as a pilot and as an observer in the Pascals' hospital. Panic helps nobody; calm helps everybody.

    Nakamura says they're under attack, but with how the explosion gutted the room, there's nowhere nearby that Vatican gunners could be hidden. They'll come running, but for right now, this is the safest place on base.
    Thank whoever is standing in for God that David is off-base with the children.

    And... there's someone she can help. Another opportunity to use the borrowed time she was gifted to save someone else. There's not a moment's hesitation.

    Chloe rushes to the S2 agent's side while pulling off her skirt - her tights are modest enough for now - and decorative silk scarf.
    "<I have medic training!>"

    She speaks soothingly to the agent in her accented English while using her scarf to bind and stabilize the chunk of table inside her, then bunches her skirt up to pad the wound.
    "You'll be okay, I promise. Breathe softly. It's better than it seems; Dr. Powell will fix you right up. You'll like her; she's the best part of B-US, kinder than anyone and full of experience. Rest easy now. Your job is to take care of yourself. That's good. <You'll be okay.>"

    Once the wound is tended as best she can, Chloe spares a moment to hold the agent's hand and stroke her hair a few times. It's not a wasteful gesture; lowering the patient's blood pressure and stress response will slow their bleeding and reduce the symptoms of shock.

    When the agent seems as stable as can be expected under the circumstances, Chloe continues holding her hand and uses the other to operate her phone, shooting off a couple brief texts.

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    Common room bombed. S2 agent impaled, stabilized. I'm with the Japanese, David and the kids are off base, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Wright presumed dead. I'll handle my group, you take care of the rest.

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    Base bombed. Take the kids as far away as you can. I'll cover for you. Reinforcements are coming, so don't worry about us. Take care of them please.

    From there... she's not really sure. Absorbing herself in her patient's care and Jeannette's safety gave her direction; with nothing more to be done right now, she continues soothing the agent until someone else spurs her to action.

  30. - Top - End - #420
    Halfling in the Playground
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    Xiren swallows hard and starts reflexively tapping her fingers on her thigh as she looks over the rows of hospital beds. "...One person did all this? They can't have been human. At least not totally."

    Another corrupted Sin like Ren? Not that anyone would tell me if they were. No one tells me anything anymore.

    And why would they? What use are you to anyone like this?

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