As the meeting draws to a close Saitō receives a message on her PDA. Glancing up at Johann she gives him a curt nod.
"Very well Captain. I've been called by the Director, but I'll see you this afternoon for the Evangelion operational status report."
Folding up her reports, the Second-in-Command leaves as the Russian engineer Iosef Brezhinsky and Bradley Taylor worked out a preliminary research and development plan with the representatives from Prometheus.
The following week, as Johann chatted up the office
in his spare moments of off-time, he received a routine message directing him to meet the elusive Nerv Director along with the Nerv Second down in Hazardous Materials Containment. All of his afternoon meetings were canceled, the memo informed him.
Hazardous Containment is located roughly a quarter of a mile beneath the EVA Cages, one of the last major compartments of Nerv headquarters prior to reaching the very bottom of excavation and the off-limits chambers of Terminal Dogma. As he descends the small passenger elevator Fitz can see the wireless signal on his phone gradually die out completely. Of course, regular cellphones are always
useless anywhere in Nerv, but like all special-issue Nerv phones
his is equipped with a secondary radio that links in to a specialized network that has connection nodes all through base. There are cable connectors linking the network of wireless receiver nodes, allowing communication between the impermeable barriers of rock and shielded steel that separate sections of the base. Apparently the shielding above Terminal Dogma and Hazardous Containment was deemed to be too crucial to allow the wireless network to travel down here however, and no such signal is allowed. Communication is instead handled through conventional wired terminals, allowing easier control and isolation of systems penetration.
When Johann's elevator opens on the observation deck he was told to arrive at, he emerges into a dark and cold chamber about as large as a drained EVA launch cage. Above, a large section of Zuriel's core is slowly being lowered into a partially-flooded Cryo vat. Far below you, various components of the Angel are arranged in a variety of advanced containment and analysis units whose functions you can only guess at. Directly in front of you on the observation platform are the Nerv Director and his assistant. Megumi glances back at you, then looks to her boss. Harlan simply takes a long, slow drag of his cigarette and speaks without bothering to turn and face you.
"Glad you could make it kid."