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Third Angel ascending into Acheron, Bethany Base

Bethany Base (ベタニアベース, Betania Bēsu) is a branch of NERV dedicated to the study and containment of the Third Angel.

The base is a joint operation between Europe and Russia,[1] with all operations announced in both English and Russian. The base itself is surrounded completely by water, with most contained within a submerged unit shaped like a giant chicken's egg (the smaller end pointing down).[2] The Command Center and its staff are housed within the Monitoring Command Ship Ural II,[2] on the outskirts of the base itself. The exact location is not confirmed, but given the base's joint nature and the oceanic setting, a good possibility is the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Russia's European section.[3]

The base is designed to facilitate the movements of resident "seal-guarding" unit Unit-05, or vice versa. In place of umbilical cable, the Eva receives power from tracks in the ceiling via extensions on the shoulder pylons.

Mari Makinami Illustrious and Ryoji Kaji are stationed at the base at the beginning of Evangelion 2.0.

AreasEdit

The base is divided into sections with names taken from the Greek underworld and Dante Alighieri's Inferno, with the result that the 3rd Angel's attempted escape is likened to an escape from Hell itself.

Limbo AreaEdit

This appears to refer to the large egg-like structure constituting the majority of the base. The corridors of Styx (see below) are indicated by their official full designations to be within the Limbo Area, and, when the Angel slices through the ceiling of the Styx Perimeter Loop and escapes the "egg", a Bethany Base operator announces, "The target has broken through Limbo Area! Now moving into Acheron!"

In Inferno, Limbo is the first circle of Hell, lying just beyond the river Acheron.

CocytusEdit

The Angel containment facility at the bottom of the "egg",[2] named for the the ninth and lowest circle of Hell in Inferno, a frozen lake where Satan in detained. Since the 3rd Angel was discovered in permafrost and subsequently captured, the Cocytus facility, in keeping with its namesake, probably kept the Angel in deep freeze. The 3rd Angel's dragon or snake-like design may accordingly be a nod to Satan.

Cocytus is not seen in the film. Background dialogue prior to the Angel's first on-screen appearance states, "The 3rd Angel has breached the Final Cocytus System."

Malebolge SystemEdit

Mentioned in background dialogue only. The system seems to constitute a series of obstacles intended to prevent the Angel from proceeding from Cocytus to the Styx Ring Shaft and then the Styx Main Shaft. It is activated in numbered pairs called Bolgia.

In Inferno, Malebolge is the eighth circle of Hell, a series of ten concentric circular ditches (each called a bolgia) surrounding Cocytus.

Styx ShaftEdit

The Styx Shaft links the base from bottom to top and is outfitted for Unit-05's use. The Angel is said to enter the Styx Ring Shaft prior to moving into the Styx Main Shaft.

In Greek mythology, the Styx is the river separating Earth from the Underworld, and it circles the latter nine times. In Inferno, Styx is the fifth circle of Hell instead.

AcheronEdit

Probably refers to the base's pillar-lined rooftop section. One of the operators announces that the Angel is "moving into Acheron" as it levitates through the outer hull, and the earlier line "We cannot allow [the Angel] to escape from Acheron!" further suggests that Acheron is the final safeguard measure.

In Inferno, the Acheron is the river bordering Hell, across which souls are ferried.

TriviaEdit

  • "Bethany" (Beth anya) is taken from the name of a Biblical village in the New Testament.[4] Incidentally, it was home to a Mary (Maria, in Japanese) of Bethany, while Bethany Base is the location where we meet Mari.
  • Mysterious glyphs can be seen on the floor of the base during the battle with the Third Angel.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. Subtitles by squall.leonhart, et al.
    Ritsuko: With their Unit-05 lost, Europe and Russia are getting Asia involved with their claims.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Evangelion 2.0 Complete Records Collection
  3. If the ship's name is a geographic hint, the base could be within the Kara Sea north of the Ural Mountains and Siberia. (...coincidence?)
  4. Wikipedia. Bethany (biblical village). Retrieved 2011-02-19.

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