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GBG Session 27: The Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

Darkling Feb 26th, 2012 34 Never
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  1. <Darkling> The trip home was an interesting one, especially smuggling a troll along and having Corrin unconscious, but somehow it was managed. Back in the apartment Lit constructed a quick containment shelter for the troll out of thick plexiglass and plywood. In no time at all they had the troll under quarantine, and the pilots safe from it trying to devour their heads.
  2. <Darkling> In the living room, Lit sat the still unconscious body of Corrin in one of the armchairs across from the couch, taking a seat himself. With the other pilots there as well, he woke the boy with some smelling salts, and the a light slap to the cheek.
  3. Corrin jerks, then sits up, still groggy. "Wha..."
  4. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja is pacing about, having taken on a strange new hairstyle since returning home. Her hair is in a pair of quickly arranged buns, one having a spoon through it and the other a pair of scissors. She sits down on the floor after Corrin wakes up.
  5. Rasia stands guard by the plexiglass prison, growling at it if it ever gets too rowdy.
  6. <Wilhelm_Faustus> The Aryan sits quietly, lost in thought as he stares.
  7. <Darkling> Lit holds out a cup filled with water. "You should drink, you've been out for nearly a day and a half."
  8. Corrin looks to the cup, then up to Lit, the fog fading. "We're home..." Corrin realizes, still putting the pieces together. He doesn't take the cup. He winces, reaching up and feeling his face with one hand. "What did you do?"
  9. <Darkling> "I knocked you out because you were causing a problem that could have gotten one or more people killed." Lit says flatly.
  10. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja waves about as flatly as Lit was talking once Corrin starts talking.
  11. Corrin just glares, not responding.
  12. <Corrin> "...And the troll? What happened to it?" Corrin demands when Lit doesn't continue. His tone is strangely angry for something like this.
  13. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Blue eyes fall on the Israeli.
  14. <Rasia> She's squatting down on all fours, watching it intently.
  15. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "The troll is here and in confinement. Let's just hear what Lit has to say before we jump to hostilities, Corrin? I'd rather Lit didn't knock you out again." Lahja says quietly, but with obvious annoyance.
  16. <Darkling> "As Lahja said, we brought it here, it is safely in containment."
  17. Darkling> Lit sets the water down in front of Corrin and sits back with a sigh. "Now, we need to talk."
  18. Corrin jerks his head at Lit's last comment, watching the man warily.
  19. <Darkling> "You've obviously had some things wracking around in your brain throwing doubt on everything going on."
  20. Corrin nods again, oddly tensing further at this. He still doesn't reply.
  21. <Darkling> "Not to mention some trust issues, and I don't blame you." He leans forward. "I should assure you Corrin, that I mean you no harm. I am sworn to protect you pilots by any means necessary, as you are the key to protecting the rest of humanity. You can think whatever you want about anyone else, and I'll be happy to explain what I can to you, but you have to trust in me, and the other pilots. We are your friends, your family."
  22. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja glances at Lit, then Corrin. Then she nods in agreement. Family members do all kinds of warped things to each other.
  23. <Corrin> "Swore to NERV, sir?" Corrin retorts when Lit's done. "What's that even mean, now?" He struggles up, half-rising from the chair. "Protecting humanity? Protecting the pilots? What about the Black Moon, sir? What about him!" Corrin points to Wilhelm. "What about Ivy? What about Rasia?" Corrin's breathing heavily, and his rant breaks off into a rasp, throat dry.
  24. Rasia tears her gaze away from the troll, watching him silently.
  25. <Darkling> "I swore to myself, Corrin, and to the family and friends that I've lost, that I would let as little harm come to you as possible. And what about Wilhelm? He came to rescue you and Rasia, and you dare to question where his heart lies?"
  26. <Darkling> "As for NERV, they are like any other organization and have corruption in it, why do you think we brought the troll here, and didn't give it to them?"
  27. Corrin shakes his head. "All I know is that you lied to us. Sir. About him, about all of it. They lied too. And corruption?" Corrin practically spits the word, anger suddenly boiling to the surface. "It could have turned the Moon off all along, sir, and you're saying there's corruption? NERV's not corrupt, it's sick. Wrong."
  28. <Corrin> *that Moon
  29. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja sighs, sounding more than a little frustrated. She shifts her position, lying down on the floor to stare at the ceiling. "Maybe NERV is sick and wrong. But like I said, let's save the hostilities and accusations for later." She's straining a little now, trying to keep her irritability in check.
  30. <Darkling> ""You can accuse anyone you like Corrin, it isn't going to help anyone's situation. If you don't want to trust me, then don't, but I'm still obligated to keep you safe, as well as the other pilots."
  31. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Like it or not, Corrin, we're still on the same side. Forget NERV, SEELE and EI. It's the five of us against everyone and everything else."
  32. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja lazily thumbs up toward Wilhelm.
  33. Corrin doesn't have a retort for that. Five. Not six. He desperately wants to correct Wilhelm, ask what about Ivy, but he doesn't. He slumps. "I want the truth." he says quietly.
  34. Rasia stands, letting the troll relax a little as she wanders over, gazing pointedly at Wilhelm.
  35. <Darkling> "Pick a place to begin then."
  36. <Wilhelm_Faustus> A look up at Rasia...is that shame? He looks away, back toward Corrin.
  37. <Corrin> Taken aback, Corrin looks about the room rather than respond. His expression seems more baffled than anything, though there's something else in there. "Why save that?" he finally points. A safe place to begin, one that doesn't trip over any of the tangled threads of thought going through his head..
  38. Rasia twists her head to look at the troll, a little curious to hear the answer to this herself.
  39. <Darkling> "We can learn from it, a lot from it, that we wouldn't be able to otherwise.
  40. <Darkling> "Maybe we can learn what we need to do, or prepare for, to end this once and for all."
  41. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "I think it might be important. Call it intuition." Lahja adds quietly. Still not too enthusiastic about having a troll around, obviously.
  42. <Corrin> "End this?" Corrin echoes, looking up again. "You don't mean killing trolls?"
  43. <Darkling> "I mean end the attacks on our world by the Jotun, end the Fimbulwinter. Restore our planet to a hospitable one and end the famine across the planet."
  44. <Corrin> "That..." Corrin blinks. "That thing can do it, sir? How?"
  45. <Darkling> "I'm not sure, it's not clearly outlined, but there are ways. The Black Moon isn't a tool to end the winter, but a living thing, another Jotun. But there is something else that can be used, and I think we can find it with the right kind of help."
  46. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja twitches. A living thing large enough to block out the sun. She might just have paled a shade or two.
  47. <Rasia> Rasia flinches a little herself.
  48. Corrin takes all of this in, and finally just nods, the scale of the threat seeming to escape him, or at least being quashed by sudden hope. "How'd you find out about this, sir?"
  49. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Wilhem takes hold of one of Rasia's hands, looking none too comforted by the thought of the Black Moon either.
  50. <Darkling> There's a cough from the kitchen, a man in a white suit standing there. "I helped him."
  51. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja turns her head.
  52. Rasia tangles her fingers with his, just in time to snap her head around.
  53. Corrin jerks around, fists balled.
  54. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Hello, Vaettir."
  55. <Darkling> He nods to Wilhelm. "I have been helping Lit along with some information, here and there."
  56. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja notes the white suit, bringing herself to stand and then making a lazy salute.
  57. <Rasia> "Who are?"
  58. <Darkling> "Me? I'm an agent, a spy, an infiltrator, an assassin when need be. I'm an all around jack-of-trades, and I just happen to be on your side." A devilish smile flourishes on his face and he winks to Rasia.
  59. Rasia narrows her eyes, measuring him. Probably a blade somewhere on him, but is he fast enough...
  60. <Corrin> "Why?" Corrin asks, still tense. His gaze flickers to the other Pilots, then back.
  61. <Darkling> "Because I can, and because I don't want to be liquified to an orange goop." He says snidely.
  62. <Rasia> "Goop?" The word itself erases the aggression on her face. She looks a little dazzled by the word.
  63. <Darkling> "Like poorly made jello."
  64. Corrin blinks, the meaning of the newcomer's statement going over his head. Not an unfamiliar feeling, but the dislike of it is new. "What do you mean?"
  65. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "Orange goop. I see a lot of that on my better days."
  66. <Darkling> "If things don't go well, what do you think will happen?" He asks the question, hands open in front of him almost pleadingly. Lit remains silent, letting this man talk for himself.
  67. <Rasia> "...dead prey."
  68. <Darkling> "Smart girl."
  69. <Darkling> Lit decides to take advantage of the silence. "I can't say I trust Mr. Vaettir here, but he's proven his information is good."
  70. <Darkling> "So Corrin, are you with us?"
  71. <Corrin> "Yes."
  72. Rasia cracks a smile.
  73. <Darkling> "Good. Now, we have a troll to interrogate." He gets up from the couch.
  74. <Rasia> Aaand back to frown. She lets go of Wilhelm's hand to squat down by the box and watch it.
  75. <Darkling> Lit gives the clear cage a kick, causing the troll inside to skitter away from the edge where it was apparently watching everything going on in the living room.
  76. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Inquisitive, if nothing else." Wilhelm stands, hands slipping into his pockets.
  77. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja wanders over toward the troll containment unit. She's oddly relaxed despite the situation, though she does sigh a little at the kick.
  78. <Darkling> "What can it tell us about the Black Moon?"
  79. Corrin stands behind Lit, glancing to the other Pilots, then back to the cage.
  80. <Darkling> The creature looks up at Lit, eyes vacant, but mouth dripping with saliva.
  81. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Tell us about the Black Moon."
  82. <Darkling> It looks back to Wilhelm and starts to gibber madly, hands flailing about.
  83. <Wilhelm_Faustus> His gaze turns slightly. "Tell me Rasia, what would you do to it if you could?"
  84. Rasia blinks, looking up at Wilhelm, and back to the little blob. "Eat."
  85. Rasia clicks her teeth, just to be sure.
  86. <Darkling> It stops its gibbering, eyes fixing on Rasia.
  87. Corrin blinks at that, looking between the two.
  88. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Once more now, more clearly. Tell us about the Black Moon."
  89. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Hm. I suppose that makes sense. The Black Moon hid the World Serpent, Jörmungandr, which is on its way to devouring this world now."
  90. <Rasia> "Stupid. World too big to eat."
  91. <Darkling> It makes some more noise, and points at Rasia.
  92. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "Well, it doesn't need to eat everything at once."
  93. Rasia squints at being pointed at.
  94. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Can it be killed?"
  95. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Will that end the threat of Ragnarok?"
  96. <Darkling> Its bulk shifts side to side.
  97. <Darkling> It makes a single grunt.
  98. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja looks to Wilhelm.
  99. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "No...I suppose it wouldn't, that'd be too easy. So how -do- we stop Ragnarok?"
  100. <Darkling> It looks happy about whatever it just said.
  101. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "I'd like to avoid that one."
  102. Corrin just stands there, brow furrowing in thought. "Can we trust what it says?" He looks to Wilhelm too at that.
  103. <Darkling> It looks to be thinking.
  104. Rasia purses her lips, leaning in close to watch it.
  105. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Our little talk didn't mean much to you, hm?" He looks to Corrin over his shoulder.
  106. <Darkling> It lets out a few more noises, hands moving this way and that.
  107. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "What about controlling it?"
  108. <Darkling> That seems to get its attention, as it salivates all the more.
  109. <Wilhelm_Faustus> The boy stares, waiting for an answer.
  110. <Darkling> It gibbers happily about the subject.
  111. <Wilhelm_Faustus> The Aryan stands, running a hand through his hair. He hesitates a moment, then leaves out to the balcony and up to the roof.
  112. <Rasia> "!" Rasia gives the troll a harsh point, and scampers to give chase to Wilhelm.
  113. <Darkling> Lit looks after him.
  114. <Corrin> "What did it-" Corrin begins to ask, then stops as Wilhelm disappears.
  115. <Darkling> The troll itself even stares after.
  116. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja watches him go, then looks to the troll, then to Vaettir, then to the troll again. "Must have been something interesting."
  117. <Darkling> "Interesting indeed, I can't wait to hear the details." Vaettir places his hands in his pockets looking positively smug.
  118. <Wilhelm_Faustus> The boy reappears, pulling Rasia with him. He has a determined look, squatting down. "What do we need to do it? I know where Yggdrasil is."
  119. <Darkling> The troll chatters away.
  120. <Corrin> "Wilhelm. What did it say?"
  121. <Wilhelm_Faustus> He holds up a finger. Hold on Corrin, drooly is speaking.
  122. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Another look over his shoulder, seeking out Lit. "Where's the Spear?"
  123. <Darkling> "It was recovered from the wreckage at the UN battle. They have it deep in the base."
  124. <Wilhelm_Faustus> That doesn't make him happy. "Anything else to tell us before you're released?" He looks back to the Troll.
  125. <Darkling> It looks at the boy, then throws itself against the side of the cage in a rage.
  126. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "I guess not."
  127. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "I've got a couple of questions. Just looking to get some probably useless knowledge."
  128. Rasia bares her teeth.
  129. <Darkling> "As do I." Vaettir pipes up.
  130. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Lets hear it, before it stops cooperating."
  131. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "Where do Trolls come from? And what's their relation to the Jotun, if any?"
  132. <Darkling> It stops trying to break free, the plexiglass covered in a smear of saliva and blood.
  133. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Vaettir?"
  134. <Darkling> "We've at least figured that one out," he says plainly.
  135. Corrin is squinting at the barrier, looking at the outline past the stains. He looks back to the others at that.
  136. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "I'll fill you in on that one Lahja, once we're done with this one."
  137. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja nods.
  138. <Darkling> "Oh, I can fill you in now, for everyone's enlightenment. Trolls are the offspring of the Jotunn."
  139. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Mmh. There's no real distinction otherwise. They're just...smaller Jotunn."
  140. <Darkling> "But, it does bring me to my question." Vaettir leans down the peer close at the troll. "Where's your mother, little one?"
  141. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Where indeed? "Let's hear it."
  142. <Darkling> It makes a choked noise.
  143. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "...its mother is on her way."
  144. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja blinks at that.
  145. <Darkling> With that the troll starts bashing itself against its container once more.
  146. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "I think that's all we're getting."
  147. <Darkling> "I wouldn't mind, dissecting it," Vaettir smirks, a knife in hand suddenly.
  148. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Do...whatever." He stands, hands in his pockets.
  149. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with that." Lahja says as she wanders off abruptly, that being the extent of her objection.
  150. <Darkling> =============LATER=============
  151. <Darkling> Vaettir has left, leaving behind a bloody stain in their training room from where he pulled the troll apart. It's evening now, and the pilots are alone at home with Lit.
  152. <Darkling> Lit is busy trying to clean the blood from the walls and floor.
  153. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Wilhelm is occupying the roof, staring up at the Moon and wishing it was cold again.
  154. <Rasia> Rasia helps the big guy, though not in the most sanitary of ways.
  155. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Lahja wanders out of her room after a while, looking thoughtful and a bit troubled.
  156. <Darkling> Lit looks to Rasia as he scrubs away.
  157. Rasia licks her lips, turning to look at Lit. "Sad?"
  158. <Corrin> Corrin is standing in the living room, looking uneasy. He's been standing in place, partly because pacing is still difficult but mostly because he might bump into one of the other pilots. He's not sure if he's ready for that just yet. Finally, with a deep breath, he heads off into the hallway, gaze straight ahead.
  159. <Darkling> Lit shakes his head. "Not when you're around Raz."
  160. <Rasia> "Afraid?"
  161. <Darkling> He pauses, and goes back to scrubbing.
  162. <Lahja_Ilvainen> Seems Lahja is having trouble pacing as well for a change, albeit probably for entirely different reasons.
  163. Rasia leans forward, touching his arm to make him stop.
  164. <Darkling> He looks up at her again.
  165. <Rasia> I can smell your fear, Lit. Something like that, her gaze is concerned.
  166. <Darkling> "Don't worry 'bout me. We've too much riding on us for that."
  167. <Rasia> "...Lit, family. Family talks."
  168. Corrin stops at Lahja's door, and knocks. Once, twice, then lets his arm drop back to his side.
  169. <Darkling> He looks around before plopping backwards off his knees. "I just want to keep you all safe.." His face twists, not really having had anyone to confide in for a long time. "It's getting harder and harder."
  170. <Lahja_Ilvainen> And then Lahja lifts a hand, getting ready to knock on the back of Corrin's head, but she thinks better of it. "I'm right here."
  171. Rasia creeps closer, having to lean up really high to wrap her arms around the big oaf. "Lit...do good job."
  172. <Darkling> His big arms wrap around her, squeezing back a bit, no words need to be said.
  173. Corrin turns around. "Pil..." No, not Pilot. All of that was wrong. He looks around. A blink. "Lahja. You alright?"
  174. <Darkling> After a moment longer, Lit releases Rasia. "How is Wilhelm doing?"
  175. <Rasia> "Go see." She rises, squeezing Lit's hand and scampering for the ceiling.
  176. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "No." Lahja says calmly. "But it doesn't matter. You have questions?"
  177. <Wilhelm_Faustus> The Aryan is occupying his old spot on the roof, staring up at the Moon.
  178. Rasia settles down next to him, leaning over until her head obscures his view. Or possibly her tit, whichever gets there first.
  179. <Wilhelm_Faustus> A blink. "Hey."
  180. <Rasia> "Wilhelm okay?"
  181. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "What about you?" A hand caresses her cheek. "I have a lot to explain to you."
  182. <Rasia> "Yes." She nuzzles his hand, biting his thumb. "Am okay. Worried."
  183. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Everyone is, but it'll be alright. We'll stop it."
  184. <Rasia> "Yes. Together." A confident nod. She truly believes she can stop something that she can barely comprehend, Wilhelm.
  185. <Corrin> Corrin hesitates at that, but presses on. "How did it happen?" He finally asks, voice flat.
  186. <Wilhelm_Faustus> Who is he to tell her she can't? Someone once said there are no limits, only plateaus.
  187. <Rasia> And if she can't? If it breaks her? She curls in, wrapping her arms around the Aryan, only worsening his overheating.
  188. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "A grand conspiracy involving our Trollworm from school being led to the UN Dome." Some irritability is starting to show through that calm. "I could point out all the little points of interest for you, but in the end her Aesir turned on us at the UN Dome. I'm not sure what to make of the rest."
  189. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "You're amazing, Rasia...but always remember I'm here for you, and there will be no more lies. I won't let anything break you if I can help it."
  190. Rasia buries her face in his chest. "Cannot break."
  191. <Wilhelm_Faustus> He runs his fingers through her hair. "I hope not. We need you."
  192. <Rasia> "We?"
  193. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "The team, all of us. We need you. I need you and want you. Understand?"
  194. <Rasia> Comprehension flashes, and she nods in reciprocation.
  195. <Wilhelm_Faustus> He strokes her head, fingers running through her hair. "How are the others?"
  196. <Rasia> "Lit worried. Corrin confused. Lahja...strange."
  197. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Not so different from usual, then." He sighs. "I'll talk to Lahja tomorrow, and we'll have our talk tonight."
  198. Rasia nods a little. "Lahja talk about?"
  199. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Whatever she still has questions on, or listen to whatever is on her mind."
  200. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "I wasn't a very good son, and I could improve on being a good friend."
  201. Rasia cracks a smile, licking her nose. "All bad children."
  202. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Says my better half."
  203. <Wilhelm_Faustus> "Let me tell you about where I'm from." He lifted his free arm, pointing to the Moon.
  204. Rasia rolls over to look up at it, eyes peeled.
  205. <Corrin> Conspiracies...UN Domes...In the end, it all comes down to what he's already been told. Five against the world. He failed Ivy. He can't fail them too. "Lahja...I'm sorry." Corrin finally forces out, the words feeling inadequate even in his mouth. When he continues, there's a harsher note in his voice. "Do you know who did it?"
  206. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "NERV refused to track down that worm. Someone knew how to lead it along, probably had an idea of what trollspit or whatever would do to her while she was in her Aesir. With all the infiltrators and organizations I can't say I know which one holds the most responsibility. They might as well all share the blame."
  207. <Corrin> Corrin doesn't object at all to that. "You were right. I know it isn't much, but you were right."
  208. <Lahja_Ilvainen> "I know. But you're still a better person than me." Lahja moves past Corrin and into her room, shutting the door behind her.
  209. <Darkling> ==========END==========
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