Comic 1111 - Return for now

Posted on 26th Oct 2018, 8:54 PM in Hope
Return for now

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Morgenstern 26th Oct 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete
"Look," Fuse begins after a moment of silence, "we wanted to give the place a once over. We did that. We don't need to push any harder while it's still dark out."

Michelle hesitates. Her gaze narrows, fixed on the webbing-like substance at the end of the room. After a second or so, though, she relents with a sigh. "Yeah, you're right. We did our recon. Let's get the hell outta here."

Caius watches the way out as Michelle and Fuse back their way out of the power station. As she exits, Michelle hazards a glance at the... pale, yellowish substance clinging to the walls. She doesn't recognize it, but... in her limited experience, it looks organic.

The three begin to trudge back to the bunker.

"So what're we lookin' at?," Caius asks. "Metal eatin' spiders?"

"Something like that," Fuse mutters. "The metal definitely could've been chewed through."

"Spiders ain't real known for eatin' metal, though," Michelle points out.

"Yeah," Fuse replies with a nod. "Near a power plant, out in the sticks... probably a mutation, but both the hunger for and means to eat metal is... I dunno. Kinda weird."

"They messed up tha wires an' shit too, right?," Caius asks.

Fuse nods. "Yeah. ...Yeah."


The group returns, and reports their findings (though you were mostly keeping track anyway).

"Hittin' it tomorrow, prob'ly with a golem, would be safest," Michelle concludes. "We don't know what we're dealin' with and there's no reason to risk anybody's life over it."

"I should ask, though I completely understand if you're not certain--" Dr. Finch starts, "--how certain are you that it was spider webbing?"

"Not really certain at all," Fuse muses.

"Yeah," Michelle adds, "I'm guessin' spiders 'cuz we're lucky like that, but it was so thick... coulda been anything."

"What else makes webs?," Caius asks. "Like... if it ain't spiders, what tha hell is it?"

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "Well, webbing is just a form of protein fiber--silk, which a number of creatures produce naturally. Certain crickets, fleas, weaver and bulldog ants... even some bees use silk to reinforce their wax structures. And silkworms, of course."

"A number o' creatures produce naturally, ya said," Caius points out.

Dr. Finch nods, smiling a bit. "Indeed, I felt the need to specify. In an attempt to produce silk more readily or with different properties, scientists have a history of genetically modifying animals. Most notably, perhaps... goats."

"Goats?," Fuse scoffs, shaking his head. "You're serious."

Dr. Finch nods again, grinning wider. "Genetically modified to produce silk proteins in their milk. Specifically, like those of a spider."

"I'm startin' to think we deserve half this nonsense," Michelle laughs dryly. "A monster with hooves, horns, and spider parts is like... that's Satan. You're describin' the devil."

"Y'ever seen a goat's eyes?," Caius adds, likewise chuckling. "Tha creepiest. Now picture an eight pack of 'em--"

"We don't have any reason to believe we're dealing with spider-goats," Fuse finally interjects.

"True, true," Dr. Finch admits. "I'm only suggesting that we may have more than spiders to concern ourselves with."

"Yeah," Michelle sighs through a forced, somewhat sarcastic smile, "could be giant bees or somethin'. Goat-bees."

"Mutant goat-bees," adds Caius.

Liz finally interrupts. "I don't know how you people get anything done with all these tangents."

There's a pause... before Faraday speaks up. "I bet goat-bees are very fluffy. They sound delightful."

"Sheep-bees," Tesla adds, fighting back a quiet giggle.

Liz sighs.

"Well," Michelle replies with a more earnest smile, "if it turns out to be sheep-bees instead o' the thing I'm now th'most afraid of and only know exists because o' you guys so thanks everybody... we'll try to bring one back."

"If it helps any," Fuse responds with a grim smirk, "I, too, am now terrified of Spider Satan."

"Mutant Spider Satan," adds Caius.


Xylas_Incarnum 26th Oct 2018, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Uhhhm.... come to think of it, we could try seeing what we get if we trade up some chapter 1 makeshift flamethrowers to the traders. I mean, let's face it, that's a far easier and less suspicious way to get a reliable flame thrower than to buy one from an arms market. And we should get a flamer soon-ish anyways, fire works on some things bullets don't. And we're due for some more of those at this point.
Japster 26th Oct 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Would we give it to fuse, so he could boost/control it?
Xylas_Incarnum 26th Oct 2018, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Fuse's pyrokenesis doesn't work that way or isn't strong enough to do that, I can't remember. Either way there's credence to that old saying "Fire cleanses/purifies"
Blue_Elite 27th Oct 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I was actually thinking of "upgrading" Fuse with a weapon that sprayed flammable liquid (kerosene, gasoline, old soda, etc.) as the handguns are getting more and more outclassed against the supermutants Thale/Bunker X throws our way. Something as simple as a super soaker with some liquid propane (think a gas furnace) would do wonders to augment Fuses's pyrokinesis.
Xylas_Incarnum 29th Oct 2018, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Eh, in that sense we'd just need to give fuse some "water balloons" filled with napalm or something, but a regular flame thrower's more effective given how much less concentration in a fight it requires in comparison.... Though practice might make it easier.... dunno I don't think we've thought about fuse doing a bit of pyrokinesis exercise before.
Chaostraveler 27th Oct 2018, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
+1, I believe that Michelle might want the flamethrower if she hates spiders as much as I do
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I think that this could be a good idea, but definitely test it in an isolate open area. The last thing we need is to set fuse (or any one else for that matter) on fire again.
Cyanic 26th Oct 2018, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
The ghost sisters are so adorable c:>

so what say we hit the sack and send in a golem tomorrow? Also just test out that biomech arm before sleeping and there we go

+1 to trading some ghetto flamethrowers though, maybe get some sort of incendiary projectile weapon
WalkerOfSorrow 27th Oct 2018, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
We need to hug Spider Satan.
Lunar Waffles 28th Oct 2018, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
Mutant Spider Satan. also, if possible, yes more hugs.
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
If we could hug our way out of every problem, we would already have beaten Thale, married Michelle, solve all the world's problems, and created a penguin-albatross hybrid. Those are our priorities, right?
Some Random Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
You cannot stop the hugs.
WalkerOfSorrow 30th Oct 2018, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
It is amusing that The Chicken Guy thinks the hugs can be stopped.
Lunar Waffles 26th Oct 2018, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
Once again
have Mine talk with moms(and maybe hers) red about stuff, there is a lot they know that mine doesn't.
Such as how moms red can fly/be in space(making its own air even)?
Does Mines red WANT to be manifest?
how can one manifest a red in a controlled manner?
what kinds of tricks the blood can do that we haven't thought of?(at least the ones MOM has done)
can blood portals be forcibly opened from inside the red if there is no blood on the other side?
can we use the red to "Shoot" things out of portals?
why do humans go crazy in the red, is it something we can shield them from?
If we Mix our blood with water can we control the water(because it would be inside of it)? wait, we can test that one.
Is the blood being inside something a limitation mom had or just us? If just us is it because we think that way?(given Chapter 1 its doubtful but still plausible)
What happens if you close a portal when something is half in and half out?(any dangers to that?)
then go to sleep XD
Cyanic 26th Oct 2018, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
+1 to all these, but there's a lot of that and we can probably only do some light questions right now
Limrix 26th Oct 2018, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
+1 to talking to mom's red.

I'd like to add to the "existing in space" question, how did mom deal with the cold and radiation?

I think if we want to test our blood "in" something, we should have a number of tests, and get Dr. Finch's help to make sure we're being scientific about it. Things that come to mind are: Water as mentioned, a liquid that doesn't mix with blood, like oil, powder, and a pile of small things with an inside, like rigatoni.
Twyll 27th Oct 2018, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
The idea of blood pasta is hilarious to me. Also the idea of more rigorous experimentation with our abilities is good, because it can help us figure out our current limits-- we've gotta remember they're just *current* limits tho, and we may be able to break them in the future.

I like the questions idea. It'd be nice if we could externalize Red. I would also like to explore the idea of connecting to Mom's internal red via summoning ritual, since we know that specific reds can be contacted. That would allow Mom's Red to be able to "update" its memories, since it does share memories of hers from before she externalized it. Is that something Mom's Red would like? It may be strange, from a grieving human perspective, but we could have *some* kind of connection to Mom even after her passing.
undeadDreamer 26th Oct 2018, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Questions is a good idea.
Taenidia 27th Oct 2018, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
+1 to questions

Some human people read before bed. We alien people Red before bed, instead.
pkrankow 26th Oct 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Laughing to death here.

It was mentioned last page about investigating our ravens' memories. Ravens live some 21 years in the wild per wikipedia.
Waddle Dee 26th Oct 2018, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure that getting the thoughts of an animal, including its memories, would require a forced sync with it. We still haven't tried that with anything non-human, so... maybe if the potential reward was higher?
1977 27th Oct 2018, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
The potential reward is getting our memories back.
What more do you want?
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Key work here is POTENTIAL. The probability of this raven having the memories we would need is slim already, plus the added risk of syncing.
pkrankow 29th Oct 2018, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
The reward is still significant and the risk potentially low. We can back out early if we must. We can also try compelling the bird to be more open about the experience. Time is little issue, try now, try again later.
Dangerousgirl105 26th Oct 2018, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
When are you coming back to Webtoon?
Tych 26th Oct 2018, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
um weird fact I know about but Ant's are known to eat copper wiring

also what the hell was that ending "sheep-bees" I'm still laughing at that
Fishbulb 26th Oct 2018, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
When we send a golem in to investigate, I still say we should get a sample of whatever webbing or chitin is in the power station. Who knows what kind of mad science we could do with enhanced spider-goat-sheep-bee-cricket silk.
undeadDreamer 26th Oct 2018, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Okay somebody needs to point out that most of the people here don't have parents, and then somebody else needs to start singing "It's the Hard Knock Life." Others may join. Mwa ha ha ha ha.
Taenidia 27th Oct 2018, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
It's a hard-knock life for us
It's a hard-knock life for us
'stead of blood-slaves, we conscript
'stead of losing, we get ripped
It's a hard-knock life!
Don't it feel like the villain's always plotting?
Don't it seem like the news is never right?
Soak a towel in blood that's never clotting
Throw it at his head and then get in the fight!

The Blood's why all your dreams at night get creepy
The Blood dictates if you grow or if you shrink
And some days you'll take level 'till you're sleepy
But at least no-one here's gonna force a sync!
AgentKuga 27th Oct 2018, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Aw gawd no haha
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
This is the greatest webcomic parody of a song I've read since the one parodying the Magic School Bus. (I won't say where it came from, partially because the comment is now gone, partially because I feel weird mentioning another webcomic on this site. It just feels wrong)
Espylacopa 27th Oct 2018, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Radioactive Mutant Alien Ghost Magic Robot Spider Satan
The Chicken Guy 27th Oct 2018, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Morgenstern, did you write this just so you can make one of the challenge bunker rewards a sheep-bee?
Cuttlefish 27th Oct 2018, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
This song always gets stuck in my head for the longest time.
fellow 27th Oct 2018, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Spider stan, spider stan, does whatever and he's satan.
Some Random Guy 29th Oct 2018, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
Spins a web, any size,

And probably has goat eyes,

Look out! Here comes the spider stan.

On an unrelated note, I just recently caught up on the entirety of Blood is Mine, and am very interested to see what this monstrosity may look like.
Lunar Waffles 29th Oct 2018, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
Welcome to the present! if you want to snowball ideas best place is probably the discord. we get into a lot of stuff there. x:
PurpleKetchup 27th Oct 2018, 3:43 AM edit delete reply
If needed we can also ghost-recon the place, I doubt mutant spidergoatbees have evolved ways to interact with local EM field fluctuations.
Some rooms will probably be shielded against those (it's a powerplant, after all), so bring some golems with to open them.

Maybe quickly check on Edison ?
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
I don't like sending the ghosts in. They are basically children, mentally. (As far as we know). +1 to checking on Edison though.
PurpleKetchup 29th Oct 2018, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Nono, the only ghost I meant was Mine - after resting, she can try flexing her ghostly form, which should be about as powerful as Faraday is (and impervious to physical damage).
Hell if I ever want to put the girls in the line of fire.
37212513 27th Oct 2018, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Dinner. Has this team eaten this night or are they going to forget... I only did a quick look, but I didn't find a reference to food. If nobody else finds anything, make these guys some quick fix so they don't go to bed hungry, k?
The Chicken Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
I think Morgenstern does that automatically, so this doesn't become Cooking Mama: Dystopian Future. Although I would absolutely buy that game.
Guest 27th Oct 2018, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
We could conjure the ghost of Illworth, and see if they know anything.
We know there are imprints there. They might be useful.
The Chicken Guy 28th Oct 2018, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
The alien negotiates said we already have everything we need to deal with Thale. They may be referring to the soul destroying gun. If It works the way I think it does, it would wipe out the entire hive mind that is PT. However, that could also apply to our sacrifice. Us, and everyone with our blood could also be destroyed. Additionally, the backlash of innocent people infected with PT could be potentially awful. We could kill thousands of innocents. I say we do the eliminating ritual to get rid of that gun once and for all. It's just a lose/lose situation, and we love our serial hugger too much to risk losing her, or any part of the family. Plus, we would risk the destruction of the fattest pigeon, which would be a great loss to me personally.
The Chicken Guy 28th Oct 2018, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Apparently the Title bar does nothing, so I will clarify: I had this thought last night, and haven't been keeping up with the comments to know if this is a known theory, so this could be extremely out of date.
Szled 28th Oct 2018, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
I'd suggest asking Caius if he has any prificiency with any kind of melee/throwing weapons, if yes make a bunch of bone variants of it and do the trading ritual hoping for a a ritual in return that could summon it, do the same with Caius's shield, just in case.
Some Random Guy 29th Oct 2018, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
When we have some more free time, knuckle dusters made of knuckles would sound lovely. +1
Mister 29th Oct 2018, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of trade ups... why don't we have plasma swords or light sabers yet?

And do we want to bet on how many bone swords you'd have to trade to get one of the above? ;)
Some Random Guy 29th Oct 2018, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
I'm just gonna slide right in here and call it the Shoulder Blade.

Rodrigo 11th Jan 2019, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
Teenage Mutant Spider Satan