Part 48: Mission 17 - Entrusted Hope - Part 2: Its time for the Operation to begin.
: Only the #00 deployed
: The EVA-01! Is Shinji manning it?
: You alright, Shinji?
: If theres something I can do then Ill try my very best to pull it off.
: Well said, Shinji. And dont worry: youve got us covering your back, front, right and left!
: Shinji If anything youve my gratitude for just being willing to pilot the EVA.
: Now, as we said in the briefing, the #01 will man the rifle while the #00 will run defense.
: Yes, maam !
: Initiate Operation Yashima! Prepare to fire the positron rifle!
: Initiate the countdown! All units stand clear of the firing range!
: Bring it home, Shinji!
: No issues up to the stage four connections.
: Final safety device, released!
: Cock the rifle!
: Auto-tracking target. Sight calibration complete. Positrons accelerating, will be at firing threshold in 0.2 0.1 .!
: Shift to stage five. Activate the final connections!
: Directing all energy into the ultra-high voltage discharge system! Positron acceleration is at max! Pulse is stable! Everythings green!
: Aim it good, Shinji! Dont rush it! Were all here with you!
: Our victory
: And all of Japans electricity are now in your hands!
: Were counting on you, Shinji!
: (I dont have anywhere as much resolve as Ayanami I dont even think Im decent as a pilot for the EVA I didnt even know what was going on I just got it to move )
: (Protect humanity ? I cant even wrap my head around something so major, so I dont understand why I was chosen )
: ( And, yet, everyone still has so much faith in someone like me So Ill give this another try I want to live up to their trust !)
: 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
: He-He missed ?!
: But the targeting was right on the money !
: High energy reading coming from the target!
: Watch out!
: Shinji! Brace for impact!
: Shinji, are you OK?!
: Haah haah
: Status on the energy system?!
: Still active! Its already reloading!
: And the rifle?
: Also operational and cooling down. We dont know if it can manage another shot, though
: Dont worry about that well go for it anyway.
: Shinji, do you hear me? You have to get the #01 back to its perch right away!
: Haah haah kch !
: He cant handle it ?
: Im relieving the #01s pilot of his duty, effective immediately. The #00s pilot will man the rifle.
: Ikari !
: If hes useless, then weve to cut him loose.
: You ! Do you not care anything about Shinji?!
: Please, sir! He couldve ran from all this but he decided to pilot the EVA! Hes not giving up, so we should trust in him!
: Hrk rrgh
: Have faith in your son, in the #01s pilot! I know hell see this through!
: A-Again just one more
: Fine, Ill allow it. Do as you wish.
: Thank you very much!
: Shinji, lets try this again. All the energy in Japan, our hopes, the future of mankind, and all life on Earth everything is in your hands. You can do it!
: OK !
: Weve new Mimetic Beast signals entering the area! Theyre MS-parasite types!
: Are they gunning for the wounded #01?!
: Hrm !
: Leave them to us, Ikari. Everyone here saw the extent of your resolve, so we wont let any of them get a single claw on you!
: A snipers gotta trust the attackers to keep the enemy off his back.
: Yeah! So you trust me trust us, even!
: Troops, itll take another two minutes for the positron rifle to recharge! Keep the #01 safe from the Mimetic Beasts until then!
Mission Objective: Destroy all enemies, protect the EVA-01 for two turns.
Mission Failure: Any allied ship or the EVA-00 shot down, OR if any enemy attacks the EVA-01.
And heres the problem: the new Mimetic Beasts are special in that they dont have to follow the standard AI-guidelines of attack whatever is close and has decent HP. Rather, theyll actively make a beeline for Shinji and you have, at best, by the second enemy turn before they reach him.
My original plan was to send a couple of folks to keep them busy while I downed Ramiel for the Skill Part, which promptly went south when I realized the AI didnt play ball. As a result, I had to dump everything, bring our guys into the ships and RUSH them over because there are quite a bunch of them that you need to down in a turn and half (and theyll prioritize moving over attacking).
I could have restarted the mission and kept the Quarter and Minerva in position to MAPW the crap out of them when they arrived, but Id caught some demonic strain of the Spanish Flu at the time of the recording and couldnt be arsed to do it.
Fast forward a turn of desperate scrambling and the Daiku Maryu pulls over with my western team in range to engage both flanks.
The Windams all either need to be downed by this turn or walled off because they WILL reach Shinji if they get a clear move on their second turn. As for the Daggers, it can go one of two ways: if the squad is within 7 squares of Shinji, youll need to kill both because even with the flying leader gone, the squaddie will be in range to artillery strike the kid; if its outside of that range, then just taking out the leader will ground the Dagger and it wont be in range yet.
Keep that in mind when prioritizing which enemy to kill.
And heres the DK for Iczer-4 Full Power. Slick!
: The targets drill has reached ground zero! Its right above HQ!
: Ready the second shot! Hurry!
: New firing solution has been entered! Any further adjustments and compensations will have to be done manually by the pilot!
: Detecting another high energy spike within the target!
: No! Were not ready!!
: You did it!
*The #00 powers down.*
: Oh, no ! Rei !
: Ayanami !
*Shinji gets off the #01 and after her.*
: Hrrgh Aya nami
: Ayanami! Are you alright ?!
: Oh, thank god youre alive
: Dont say dont say that youve nothing else
: And dont say goodbye when youre leaving on a mission. Its too sad Gck aah
: Why are you crying?
: Im sorry. I dont know what to do at a time like this.
: Why dont you try smiling?
: Weve confirmation that Reis safe!
: Whew That was a bit too much excitement even for my taste.
: Recover both the #01 and #00, and bring the pilots along too.
: As for the remaining Mimetic Beasts, all troops
: They ran off ?!
: Say what? The things didnt get all scared cause of Shinjis rifle, right?
: They fled right after the Angel was destroyed Thoughts, Ritsuko?
: We know far too little for me to give you a conclusive answer. Still, its possible that the Mimetic Beasts saw the Angel as a threat on an instinctual level?
: Our business here is done Lets leave!
: Lou, wait!
: Why do you let nothing but that thirst for revenge lead you, Lou ?
: I was really worried we were screwed today, but we actually managed to pull it off.
: Hm. We all live to fight another day
: All thanks to Shinji and Reis hard work.
: Every one of you did an amazing job today. Why dont you return to base and get some rest?
Here are all the convos we missed due to the AIs sass:
: Ichitaka, all were doing is trying to buy time!
: I know, I know! Nows our turn to show how strong our barrier is! Come on, Rushbird!
: Dont run from this, Shinji If you do, youll be running and regretting for the rest of your life !
: Hey, ya big marble! Come and get me!
: Hold on, Hyouma! Youre going a bit too crazy with this!
: Nah, hes gotta make some noise or the thing aint caring! Lets put all our chips on Hyouma and let him handle it!
: Watch it, Kenichi! Youre in the things shooting range!
: I understand that, but the success of the operation hangs on the line! So Im stepping forward, and Im not letting a shred of fear hold me back!
: Look at this crazy crystal, camping out right in the middle of our turf! Well, youre not welcome here piss off!
: This thing is like a gun turret !
: Then I oughta close the distance and draw its attention over to me!
: Will we kill you first, or will you make it to the Geofront first ?
: This battles gonna come down to the wire !
: They just need a bit more time to get things set up for their Op!
: Til then, youre gonna find me and the Gaiking all up in your crystal grill!
: Will you be alright, Iczer-1?!
: Dont worry, Nagisa. This Angel changes its shape as it attacks.
: I need only pay attention to its tells, and Ill manage to react accordingly !
: Blah Playing baits so boring.
: Still, this is pretty exciting, dont you think?
: Eeh But, you know, the thing looks beatable, so no one would care if we gave it a shot, right?
: I like the way you think. Lets step out into the spotlight and run wild on this pebble!
: Keep your distance from the Angel, Kouichi! Youre inside its firing range!
: Shinji went and took this things blast on the chin! What kinda man would I be if I hanged from a safe distance and plinked away at it?! No, what I gotta do is to draw its attention away from them!
: I hope Ayanamis doing alright
: Why dont you try smiling?
: That was the first time I saw her smile
: Attaboy, Shinji!
: You slick sumbitch, you! That was damn good today!
: Absolutely. You stood your ground and pulled through youre the MVP today!
: N-not at all Im nothing compared to you guys
: Chill, man. Getting a pat on the back every now and then never hurt anyone, right?
: Yup Youve really gotten strong, Shinji.
: No need for modesty, Ikari. Todays victory was only possible because you mustered your courage, so stand proud.
: Um Thank you very much.
: You were also going to check up on Rei at the infirmary, right? Lets get to it, then the other MVP is waiting.
: OK !
By the operation center, Ritsuko ponders if Shinjis turned a new leaf today. Misato doesnt think people change that quickly, BUT she does think today marks a major point in his life. Perhaps, perhaps.
Misato inwardly tells Shinji to keep up the good work, but is interrupted when a call from Gendou summons her to his office. Whatever could he want? Misato already has so much to worry about
The techs have taken a look on the EVAs and they both, especially the #00, took significant damage. Itll take a few days to get it all repaired. Misato apologizes, but Fuyutsuki tells her not to: they were the ones who gave her the green light for todays operation. You neednt take responsibility for this, Colonel Katsuragi, Gendou adds.
Colonel? Indeed, shes been promoted. Misatos a bit surprised, but Gendous already moved on: hes heard that she apparently told the #01s pilot about Lilith. Fuyutsuki says theyll inform the LOTUS leadership themselves about both it and NERV HQs true purpose as its defender. As for the squad proper, Gendoull leave it to her to tell us, but asks that that knowledge is kept limited to our group.
As Misato sets off, Fuyutsuki wonders if this is really fine. Gendou is sure: The distortion is having major effects. It wouldnt be any exaggeration to say that things are already going off the rails.
Still, theyll carry on with the Schedule as is even if theyve no idea whatll happen.
: I understand. That child has awakened, and weve entered the summation phase, hm? (Kaworu.)
: Thats correct. The Dead Sea Scrolls Apocrypha has been fulfilled up to the Book of Law. The time of the covenant is close at hand.
: (Is it ? I feel that things are a little bit off.)
: Still, its the Third again You sure havent changed, huh ? Shinji Ikari