Rei IV wrote:
I'm one who believes that's it possible a new Rei clone and her respective Eva, with her soul in place, was "eaten" by the 12th Angel (a la 10th Angel/Zeruel style) in attempting to stop it and then merged with Lilith with disastrous results and that's where Mark.06 comes in.....It could help explain the military vehicles down in Terminal Dogma.....there was full blown war that helped pave the way for Third Impact.
I'm not sure we need the Twelfth Angel to have merged with any version of Rei in order for to explain the state of affairs in Central Dogma (remember, NGE's Terminal Dogma is called Central Dogma in the Rebuilds).
It is by all means possible that Mark.06 was one of the Adams. Kaworu tells us that at some point after its initial sortie at the end of 2.22, the Eva was remodeled into an "autonomous type" -- possibly with a Rei- or Kaworu-based dummy plug, but not necessarily.
I can't help but wonder whether the Twelfth Angel merged with Mark.06, took partial or total control of the Eva, and then
descended to Central Dogma in order to (re?)initiate an Impact event. Commandeering an Eva may have allowed the Twelfth Angel to get down there without triggering any of the automated self-defense mechanisms (e.g., self-destructing Nerv HQ) that might ordinarily trigger if an angel made it down that far. (Think of Kaworu commandeering Eva Unit 02 in NGE.)
The helicopters and tanks that we see in Nerv HQ and Central Dogma may have been deployed in an attempt to prevent Mark.06 from making it to Lilith.
Once the commandeered Mark.06 reached Lilith and began to merge with her, an Impact event presumably would have been triggered (Angel + Adams/Eva + Lilith). It may very well be that the Spear of Cassius was not removed from Eva Unit 01 until this point. Possibly, the Spear was removed by a Rei clone in Mark.09, or perhaps even by Mari or Asuka in Unit 02 or Unit 08, and taken to Central Dogma to stop the unfolding Impact event. Presumably whoever came to the rescue impaled Mark.06 and Lilith -- or perhaps the dummy system in Mark.06 was able to regain sufficient control to impale itself once the Spear had been provided.
Meanwhile, with the Spear of Cassius removed, Eva Unit 01 may have resumed Third Impact back on the surface, bringing about the total destruction of Tokyo-03, the creation of the Failures of Infinity, and the other topographical changes we see in the surrounding area.
Whichever Eva stopped the Central Dogma Impact event may have then beheaded Lilith (or perhaps beheaded Lilith prior to spearing her and Mark.06?) and taken the head to the Command Center, where it was accosted by Failures of Infinity.
Of course, that only begs the question of how the re-initiated Third Impact was stopped. So that may, admittedly, throw a kink in the timeline presented above. This also doesn't explain why Lilith is kneeling on a mountain of Eva-sized skulls. But I nonetheless think that some version of the above timeline is plausible.
Anyway, fast forward to 3.33. Shinji pulls the Spears, Lilith explodes, Rei!Q chops off Mark.06's head, and the Twelfth Angel encompasses Eva-13.
Note that the Twelfth Angel doesn't begin to morph into something resembling Rei/Lilith until it comes into contact with Lilith's juices. Perhaps the angel not only came into contact with Lilith's remains, but began to absorb them
-- similarly to how Zeruel absorbed Eva Unit 00 and Rei II in 2.22.
Recall that in 2.22, the Door of Guf did not open -- and Third Impact did not really get underway -- until the awakened Unit 01 merged with Zeruel's core (which had absorbed Rei II).
In 3.33, Fourth Impact did not get underway until the awakened Eva-13 ate (absorbed) the Tweflth Angel, which by this point had begun to absorb Lilith's remains.
Assuming that Rei II was the vessel for Lilith's soul, as was the case in NGE, then we have a pattern emerging: Angel + part of Lilith + awakened Eva = Impact