Aeon Entelechy Evangelion (ANE rewrite)

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by EarthScorpion, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. EarthScorpion Fell on His Sword

    Yes. It begins.

    Perhaps a little information, for those who are not familiar with the history of this fic. Aeon Natum Engel was my first major fanfiction. It was long, complicated, and intricately plotted. It was, also, in an act of deliberate barbarism, throttled by me; killed off in a mean-spirited and cruel way long before I felt it was complete. Why? Because it amused me. Actually, that's not true (well, it did a little, but that's because I'm a bad person); the real reason for the death of Aeon Natum Engel was to enable the birth of that which is contained within this thread.

    See, Aeon Natum Engel was indeed my first project that went over 10,000 words (in fact, as it stands, it is the only one that has done so, much to the chagrin of the people who read Grimdark Battlefield Rhapsody and Unity is Hollow, in disproportionate numbers to how much effort I put into them... I am pleased, but it's mildly annoying, in a not-that-annoying way), and in that time it evolved. And I got better at writing. And reread my earlier chapters, and winced. For those familiar with Aeon Natum Engel, compare Chapter 2 to the CATO sequence, and you might see how I have an issue with it.

    So, I killed everybody in ANE (and, yes, everybody who appeared in ANE was dead by the end, with the sole exception of Nyarlathotep, because you can't kill the Messiah Entropy), and started again. I do not plan to do so again... honest.

    Aeon Entelechy Evangelion is not a mere textual rewrite, though. It will be different in quite noticeable ways. Starting with the fact that it... well, it starts with a Prologue. Because this time I actually know what I'm doing with the story, and where it's going, and how its going to end.

    The Prologue, incidentally, should be confusing as fuck. That is deliberate. Chapter 1 will be coming soonish (it currently stands at 6436 words, almost all of which is new material); this is a teaser, so to speak, which will be exclusive to spacebattles until Chapter 1 is finished, and the two sections go up on FF.net.

    The poetry, by the way, is both beautiful, and important. At least try to read it. :rolleyes: :D

    So, with that out the way... thanks-time, I guess. No, I'm not letting you have the story yet.

    The authors of the Cthulhutech setting of RPG books. Although I may not agree with some of the things that more recent books have done, they're still a primary inspiration source, and the corebook and Vade Mecum come recommended. They gave me a solid base, and if I may have pulled down some of the structure that they build on it, and established my own Cyclopean edifices, bedecked with technohorror and hard-sci, well, that doesn't speak ill of the base.

    The developer of the First Encounter Assault Recon series. Because that ladder fucking terrified me, and instilled a lasting a) fear and b) belief in the awesomeness of creepy little girls.

    The Neon Genesis Evangelion team. Because, despite the budgetary issues and the fact that some people seem to find the whole series as confusing as hell, you must have done something very, very right. Or something very, very wrong, that calls to something hidden deep in the human soul. I'm not sure. It may, on an outside bet, be because people like giant robot-cyborg-gods beating up giant-alien-gods. It's more probably because people like Rei.

    Uh... HP Lovecraft, I guess. You may have been a racist old bastard even by the standards of your less enlightened time, but, man, you came up with some gems. Ia! Ia!

    ... look, we're going to be here all day, if I start citing all my inspirations.

    Certain members of the closed-and-horribly-literaturely-incestuous small closed circle of Evangelion epic-full-rewrite-fic writers (yes, you know who you are), for general fic inbreeding, whether from providing examples of how to write social situations better, how to make characters in ways which are more than just deadpan snarkers, or simply in giving me awesome things to read, even if you're diametrically opposed in tone. Specific thanks must go to Academia Nut, though; Thousand Shinji is not only only the reason that Aeon Natum Engel exists, but he's the reason I watched Evangelion in the first place. And Nanoha. And Haruhi. Uh... now that I think of it, worrying amounts of my anime viewing material are due to his recommendations. And to flip the inspiration relationship, LatwPIAT also gets thanks, even if he has been thoroughly spoiled in what might be about to come, in how he has been used as a sounding board and thing that I throw ideas at, only to be told that perhaps it might not be the best idea to <REDACTED BY ORDER OF THE OSS>.




    Aeon Entelechy Evangelion

    A Rewrite of Aeon Natum Engel



    Prologue: The Words That Began the End of Everything



    ~'/|\'~



    Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic
    Orders? And even if one were to suddenly
    take me to its heart, I would vanish into its
    stronger existence. For beauty is nothing but
    the beginning of terror, that we are still able to bear,
    and we revere it so, because it calmly disdains
    to destroy us. Every Angel is terror.
    And so I hold myself back and swallow the cry
    of a darkened sobbing. Ah, who then can
    we make use of? Not Angels: not men,
    and the resourceful creatures see clearly
    that we are not really at home
    in the interpreted world. Perhaps there remains
    some tree on a slope, that we can see
    again each day: there remains to us yesterday’s street,
    and the thinned-out loyalty of a habit
    that liked us, and so stayed, and never departed.
    Oh, and the night, the night, when the wind full of space
    wears out our faces – whom would she not stay for,
    the longed-for, gentle, disappointing one, whom the solitary heart
    with difficulty stands before. Is she less heavy for lovers?
    Ah, they only hide their fate between themselves.
    Do you not know yet? Throw the emptiness out of your arms
    to add to the spaces we breathe; maybe the birds
    will feel the expansion of air, in more intimate flight.

    Yes, the Spring-times needed you deeply. Many a star
    must have been there for you so you might feel it. A wave
    lifted towards you out of the past, or, as you walked
    past an open window, a violin
    gave of itself. All this was their mission.
    But could you handle it? Were you not always,
    still, distracted by expectation, as if all you experienced,
    like a Beloved, came near to you? (Where could you contain her,
    with all the vast strange thoughts in you
    going in and out, and often staying the night.)
    But if you are yearning, then sing the lovers: for long
    their notorious feelings have not been immortal enough.
    Those, you almost envied them, the forsaken, that you
    found as loving as those who were satisfied. Begin,
    always as new, the unattainable praising:
    think: the hero prolongs himself, even his falling
    was only a pretext for being, his latest rebirth.
    But lovers are taken back by exhausted Nature
    into herself, as if there were not the power
    to make them again. Have you remembered
    Gastara Stampa sufficiently yet, that any girl,
    whose lover has gone, might feel from that
    intenser example of love: ‘Could I only become like her?’
    Should not these ancient sufferings be finally
    fruitful for us? Isn’t it time that, loving,
    we freed ourselves from the beloved, and, trembling, endured
    as the arrow endures the bow, so as to be, in its flight,
    something more than itself? For staying is nowhere.

    Voices, voices. Hear then, my heart, as only
    saints have heard: so that the mighty call
    raised them from the earth: they, though, knelt on
    impossibly and paid no attention:
    such was their listening. Not that you could withstand
    God’s voice: far from it. But listen to the breath,
    the unbroken message that creates itself from the silence.
    It rushes towards you now, from those youthfully dead.
    Whenever you entered, didn’t their fate speak to you,
    quietly, in churches in Naples or Rome?
    Or else an inscription exaltedly impressed itself on you,
    as lately the tablet in Santa Maria Formosa.
    What do they will of me? That I should gently remove
    the semblance of injustice, that slightly, at times,
    hinders their spirits from a pure moving-on.
    It is truly strange to no longer inhabit the earth,
    to no longer practice customs barely acquired,
    not to give a meaning of human futurity
    to roses, and other expressly promising things:
    no longer to be what one was in endlessly anxious hands,
    and to set aside even one’s own
    proper name like a broken plaything.
    Strange: not to go on wishing one’s wishes. Strange
    to see all that was once in place, floating
    so loosely in space. And it’s hard being dead,
    and full of retrieval, before one gradually feels
    a little eternity. Though the living
    all make the error of drawing too sharp a distinction.
    Angels (they say) would often not know whether
    they moved among living or dead. The eternal current
    sweeps all the ages, within it, through both the spheres,
    forever, and resounds above them in both.

    Finally they have no more need of us, the early-departed,
    weaned gently from earthly things, as one outgrows
    the mother’s mild breast. But we, needing
    such great secrets, for whom sadness is often
    the source of a blessed progress, could we exist without them?
    Is it a meaningless story how once, in the grieving for Linos,
    first music ventured to penetrate arid rigidity,
    so that, in startled space, which an almost godlike youth
    suddenly left forever, the emptiness first felt
    the quivering that now enraptures us, and comforts, and helps.



    - The First Duino Elegy, written by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by A. S. Kline.




    ~'/|\'~



    A single red drop fell from the once snow-white ceiling, falling down, down, though an empty void, only to splat into the crimson ocean that lay below. The concentric circles ran outwards, a wave through the clotting ocean, only to hit the shores of this sea of death, and rebound off; an endlessly intricate pattern of interference. Destruction and creation in one.

    The pale girl kneeling by the scarlet pool reached down, and with a pair of fingers, gently closed the eyelids, letting no emotions reach her face. Whatever she felt about this, to the outside world, she was a blank book. If there were words there, they could not be read. She adjusted the arglasses that perched precariously on her nose, perhaps a size too large, reading the data overlays that were still active in this pace, and tucked a dark brown lock of hair back behind an ear.

    She took a step forwards, an echoing retort in the near silence of the hollow space. What else was audible; the swish of her clothing? The inconstant rain down from the profaned ceiling? Her breathing?

    No. Not that.

    The second footstep was muted; a wet splat. Further steps would leave an asymmetric trail on those bits of the ground which remained untouched by the massacre which had occurred.

    Slowly, uncaring of the blood-drenched floor, but stepping around the drips that fell from the rounded ceiling, she made her way to the desk. Just as the droplets that rained down from the dome above left their own patterns of ripples, so did the sounds of her steps reverberate and echo in the chamber, setting up odd harmonics. The staccato pulses of the falls, the flowing beat of the interference of the footstep; they set up a rhythm that filled the empty space. All too soon, though, there was silence again; the silence not of the grave, for that is one of both decay and new beginnings, but of the void; hollow, empty, and meaningless in its immensity.

    With a few simple hand gestures on the surface, the desk shifted; carefully applied pressure breaking unnoticeable seals, the memoform underneath flowing upwards like liquid mercury to form a shelf-like structure. A flash of light; a triggered ward, simply ignored by the pale girl. Not even the dignity of acknowledgement was given to the ineffectual wards that should have fried her; mind and soul. The second layer, of activated orbs, in shifting yellow, purple, and a strange hint that burned at the eye awoke. The semi-autonomous constructs were programmed to attack anything that activated their trigger condition.

    They too were destroyed; their radiant light extinguished in her grasp.

    The bound extranormal entities did not even get the chance to be destroyed. The pale girl, dark hair not even displaced, stuck one hand straight through the surface of the desk; a brief, unnatural radiance flaring before immediately being extinguished, as she withdrew the untouched limb. The arglasses flared red, lighting up her eyes, as the augmented reality systems warned off a collapse of the waveforms of the sorcerous binding procedures. The things that had been anchored here fled; taking their new found freedom, and leaving. They could feel her, and it scared them to depths that their alien minds had never before experienced.

    It would have been better if she had smiled in satisfaction. She did not. There was not even the normal easing of tension from a job well done. She merely scanned her eyes to the contents of the desk revealed by her actions.

    Books in neat plastic wraps, every page individually sealed, to allow them to still be read while preventing damage to the antiquated tomes. Media storage devices, both modern isolated units and more ancient ones. An old combat knife, dating back to the 2060s, the black paint intended to reduce its shine peeling off. An picture, neatly framed, of a man and a woman together, standing by a beach, the sky red with the setting sun. An album, sealed with a DNA lock. The artefacts of a life; the anatomy of a relationship.

    Irrelevancies. The thing that should have been here was not here.

    She reached out, and lifted the knife, straightening as she did. “I know that you're there,” she said, her voice soft. “I knew that you would come here for it.”

    Another voice spoke, echoing in the empty room. “Naturally.” The voice was similar, but not identical; the intonations and speech patterns were subtly different.

    “It is not yours, you know. You should not be allowed to possess it.”

    The other voice let a hint of amusement creep into it. “Define possession.”

    “I had changed subjects.”

    “I know.”

    The dark-haired girl turned to stare at the ghost-like figure behind her, taking note of the bare feet that emerged from the bottom of the long garment, the blood smeared across the ground pooling around them. Two grey eyes stared from under a veil of white hair, crudely hacked to jaw length without much care or attention.

    She was covered in blood. Drenched in it. Her hands were red up to the elbow, caked in gore, rivulets still dripping from the hands.

    The dark-haired girl spoke. “That was tasteless.” She paused. “There are more efficient ways to kill.”

    There was a one-shouldered shrug from the ghost-like girl. “It was not inefficient. Inelegant, perhaps. But aesthetic preferences are nothing to the universe, while efficiency is a well-defined term.” A faint smile passed her lips. “Can you not say that you have not done the same?”

    There was a pause. Then; “Perhaps.”

    “I do know, you know.” A pair of hands were wiped against the overly-long garment, leaving the white hands somewhat cleaner, although still caked in dry blood. “They were not all human, you know.”

    A deep rumbling could be heard from outside.

    “That phrase has two meanings. Were not all of the individuals in the group human, or were they, individually not fully human? Actually,” she continued, without letting the other girl say anything, “both are applicable. And you knew that. How could you not have?”

    The corners of the white-haired girl's mouth twisted up. “That was nicely done,” she remarked. “It is astonishing,” she added, “the similarities.”

    This was also given due thought. “I would not say it is astonishing.”

    “No, you would not. So.” The girl brushed a stained lock of white hair behind an ear. “What will you do now? Try to kill me, perhaps?”

    There was a shake of the head. “No,” the other girl replied, face held impassive. “I would succeed in doing so, should I make the attempt. But I will not. Even though you deserve to die. You, of all people, deserve to die.”

    A subtle tension left the air. “I did not think that would be what you would do,” the blood-drenched girl admitted. “Last time we were this close... that was not what you believed at the time.”

    “Do not consider that representative,” said the other one, her face mask-like. “There were reasons for that; good ones.”

    “Was it necessary?” Something glittered in the back of the eyes of the white-haired girl, like a nova.

    “No. Necessity is false.” There was perhaps a hint of bitterness in the voice. “Nothing is necessary; everything is permitted.”

    “That is not what Hassan-i Sabbah said.” She matched the bitterness of her counterpart equally with her own amusement.

    “That is because he was incorrect. I have seen outside what others would call reality, out to the limits of what I could comprehend, and the statement “Nothing is true” is a counter-factual statement. If nothing, it is an absolute statement which includes itself in the list of impossible concepts.”

    “You attack it on the grounds of the fact that it is inherently self-contradictory?”

    “Why not?”

    The blood-drenched girl turned, and began to pace up and down, the slap of bare feet in coagulating blood echoing. “It is a valid target.” She paused, one foot aloof, and pushed some unidentifiable scrap of flesh out the way. “But you speak of reality, and self-contradiction? Have you ever thought...”

    “There is no need to explain that to me, especially not in such a transparent manner,” the other girl answered tersely. “You have no idea of how many times we have had this conversation. I already know what you plan.”

    Grey eyes locked with brown ones. “Really.” It was not a question.

    “Really.”

    “Well, you are...” she paused. “What would you have me call you now?”

    “Do not call me 'you', for one,” was the answer. “That is not who I am. Nor am I nothingness, some real part of an imaginary thing. But I am not unity; the imaginary part of an imaginary thing, either. Yes,” she continued, “I do understand it. Perhaps no-one else did. But you were not aware of her, the second one. That was not what you would have wished for.” She gave an identical one-shouldered shrug to that which the other girl had given not much earlier. “Call me Gilgamesh, then.”

    “Unusual name,” remarked the other one.

    “A name is an identifying tag, nothing more; an attempt to abbreviate an understanding of another person into a source for reference, which conveys impressions, rather than true knowledge.”

    A grin. “What would you say that the qualia of “Gilgamesh” is, then?”

    “Quite. Even though it is not precise.”

    “Oh. Why so?”

    “The proportions are wrong.”

    “And the gender.”

    The dark-haired girl stared back. “That is a lesser concern, as you know quite well,” she chided.

    “It does break the naming conventions,” the other girl pointed out, making her way over to one of the other bodies, evidently searching for something to dry off her hands. “The obvious one would have been degenerate with the last, of course. If we are changing things, should I call him Pallas Athena, then, wise one?” There was a certain trace of sarcasm in the words.

    “No. That is also deliberate. I am not who he was. And, anyway, it was not him who you should have called Pallas Athena.”

    Something could be heard from outside the cavernous office; some kind of voice, booming down from the heavens above. The noise was warped by its passage through the immense volume, channelled and funnelled in ways that made it hard to understand.

    “You know what that is,” said one of the two girls, their nearly identical voices indistinguishable in the noise.

    “Yes,” replied the other. “How could I not? I have been counting on it.”

    “It is time.”

    “Yes. It is time for Entelechy to begin.”



    ~'/|\'~
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  2. Shockz IT'S SINON TIME

    Well, holy shit, I thought "hey, I wonder when EarthScorpion is going to start posting AEE" less than thirty seconds before this went up.

    ...okay, reading it now.

    EDIT: Read it.

    THAT FUCKING LADDER. There are things in FEAR that make me question the developers' ideas of what is and is not scary (that godawful static in the first game, letting you know every single time something potentially scary is about to happen), but that fucking ladder.
  3. Vehrec HAB Mecha-Hater

    You know, posting things like this makes me want to break your kneecaps. They don't contribute anything to the story at all. Please don't make me break your kneecaps.

    Also, you two are wusses for being scared of a ladder. I don't care how scarry it is, having never played the games I'll still call you wusses all I want.
  4. havocfett The Face of Muslim Hegemony

    It's earthscorpion, everything is related to the plot in new and interesting ways.

    Or he's fucking with us.

    Or both.
  5. Jonen C F.M.D.G.

    It begins.

    The question now I think, is not who these two girls are (and if that were the case it would most likely actually be what these two girls are), but rather what do they want...
    Also was that an Assassins Creed reference in there? Are the Knights Templar getting involved in things this time around?
  6. Shockz IT'S SINON TIME

    It's not the ladder that's scary. That would be ridiculous. It's what you see as you climb down onto the ladder...standing right where you were a split second before...

    Anyway, comments. Poem is quite nice. Parts of it make no sense, but then, I've never been good with poetry. And parts of it are so scarily appropriate for an Evangelion/Lovecraft fic that I was about to ask if you wrote it before I Googled the author's name.

    Scene is appropriately mindscrewy. White girl may or may not be Rei; if so, other girl is either Yui, Alma, or both.

    ...It's both, isn't it? Which has so many Implications it's not even funny.

    I was about to comment on the Assassin's Creed reference, until I googled it and found out that Hassan-i Sabbah supposedly actually said that. Eh...Assassin's Creed wouldn't fit anyway. I mean, what with the humanoid gods and lost technology that doesn't break your mind.

    So, I'm eagerly awaiting moar AEE, along with all the sanity-shattering Implications, Connections, and possibly even Revelations I'm sure it'll bring.
  7. Vehrec HAB Mecha-Hater

    Meh, this universe doesn't really make sense anyways. Carl Sagan probably killed himself on the set of Cosmos after spending too long pondering the size of the universe in this setting. At least, that's something I'd put in the timeline.
  8. Lavanya Six Alien Space Bat

    Good to see v2.0 is starting up. I understand the desire to want to redo a work in progress. Looking forward to Chapter 1... AND to seeing your version of Iruel. Considering the MAGI already breaks the minds of its users, throwing the Angel of Terror into the mix in this universe should be mindrape-tastic for Ritsuko and Maya.
  9. Is it just me, or does it seem likely they are standing in Gendo's office, and Gendo is dead. This of course being towards the end ... DAMN YOU TIME TRAVEL!!!!!

    Oh, and I think Alma just acknowledged ANE's ending ... yeah that scares me.
  10. Forgetful Nuka Chemist

    Is this story truly released from the clutches of the old...?
  11. kingdragon Gatherer-of-Resources

    If Rei in the original ANE had 4th wall awareness, and Alma is the source of that, then does it mean that Alma will be in another metacrossover omake encounter with NGE:Nobody Dies Rei?
  12. oh gods, that would mean they ARE aware of ANE
  13. Oh! This is delightfully ironic!
    Having played FEAR (well, parts of it, including what I believe is the aforementioned Ladder (as opposed to the infamous MGS3 bossight)) I can say that they
  14. Lavanya Six Alien Space Bat

    Why's it ironic?
  15. Firefly17 A Living Punchline

    Well, this appeared earlier than I expected. Still confuses me though, need to go sit in a dark room and think about it.

    ANE prompted me to get hold of a book of Lovecraft's stuff, but I think I need to check out FEAR too. Still, even with only the EVA knowledge I have ANE was thoroughly enjoyable, and this will likely be the same, even if I miss some of the more subtle points, it's quite fun trying to work out what the hell is going on.

    On that note, I'm off to find the definition for Entelechy.
  16. Chuut-Riit Overshadowed by Awesome

    Make the prologue confusing as hell? Mission accomplished, EarthScorpion..
    I sure don't get it.

    (Crud, I ought to get back to continue reading Endymion and The Rise of Endymion anyway, as friends of mine were so kind and gifted me with a copy of the Hyperion Cantos for my birthday about a month ago.)
  17. Jonen C F.M.D.G.

    Actually, [the prologue] makes perfect sense. It's just lacking in context, or rather, the context is unclear.

    The way that it is unclear is masterfully done, by the way.
  18. RazorSmile ROU Once A Knife Missile

    Looks like post-ANE!Alma having a quick chat with post-AEE!Alma right before they reboot the universe again. Or maybe it's Nyarlathotep being a dick again, which is always an outside.
  19. Prince Charon Just zis guy, you know?

    <Vorlon>and so, it begins</Vorlon>
  20. Jonen C F.M.D.G.

    Ah, but how will it end?
  21. Rabe whatever I did I wasn't trying to piss you off

    Badly.

    Was this even in doubt.
  22. Ford Prefect What is Project Zohar?

    I wasn't much of a reader, ES, though I will say that I think you did a pretty good job when I actually did read ANE. I'd try keeping up with this, but I find the inclusion of FEAR to be something of a turn-off (I just don't like FEAR). Maybe I'll try keeping up with this, though it seems unlikely, but hey, good luck with it anyway.
  23. Jonen C F.M.D.G.

    My epileptic trees of the day:

    One, or possibly both, or neither, of the participants in the exchange in the prologue are the author.
    If neither, it is possible that they are making references to the author.
    It is also not outside the realm of possibility that the author is Nyarlathotep.
    Nor is it impossible that everyone who reads this is Nyarlathotep, merely extremely improbable.
  24. Forgetful Nuka Chemist

    Oh thanks, trying to break my mind?
  25. If you have one to break.

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