Comic 201 - Experiment with possession

Posted on 8th Aug 2017, 1:37 PM in Blood on Mars
Experiment with possession

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Morgenstern 8th Aug 2017, 1:37 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You try out putting your blood in an IV bag and controlling it.

"I like the idea, but..." Michelle grimaces. "If I saw that thing lurkin' around in the vents, I'd burn the whole building down."

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "It is rather... err... off putting."

You also have trouble sensing through things that aren't either in direct contact with you or that have senses of their own, like people and animals.

"Have we thought about bugs?," asks Michelle. "Like... mosquitoes, leeches, spiders, anything that can inject people?"

Dr. Finch nods to himself, mulling it over. "It should be possible, though it might be strange to try and perceive through. Mosquito vision is... not great. They mostly rely on picking up body heat, and sensing carbon dioxide! Clearly your blood gives you some basic sort of sense you can operate--that you can feel anything through bandages or an IV bag astounds and bewilders me. But... but but but, for infiltration purposes, I don't suspect a bug would be much better off than a rat. Rat vision is blurry beyond a few feet, but their hearing and smell are superior to our own--and should be a little easier to adapt to than chemical sensors or thermal detection.

Spiders, likewise, put a lot of stock in vibration and taste stimuli, which may be difficult to navigate with. Despite their number of eyes, they are not typically great at seeing."

Comments:

Kitty 8th Aug 2017, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm... Looks like we need to practice with the rat, then, to see how well we're going to be able to reconnoiter with it.

Also, wonder if we could find jumping spiders anywhere. Those little guys actually CAN see well, and they're super-tiny and fast, and actually smart enough that it would maybe be easier for our human mind to sense through them properly... but that also makes them much harder to find and catch!

I guess we should just keep an eye out for any urban wildlife we happen across during our escapades, so we can see what's available. (Hmmm... peregrine falcons are city dwellers! Animorphs is all coming back to me now...) For now, let's practice with the rat.
PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Ask Red and Dr. Finch what they think about how the control and feedback propagate.
If you can detect the Queen controller's signature through your blood, you won't need eyes or anything.
PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
Also, is that a 'bio hazard' or 'radioactive material' warning on that cupboard over there ? Hard to make out at that resolution.
Morgenstern 8th Aug 2017, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern
It is a tiny radioactive material warning.
PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... does Finch own a PET-scan to go with that ?
Morgenstern 8th Aug 2017, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern
Not personally. The radioactive elements in his cabinet are an X-ray gun, and a device for sterilizing equipment.
PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the info - and also for the great story !
Xylas_Incarnum 8th Aug 2017, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Xylas_Incarnum
Probably would be better to go down the tech tree and get a remote control toy car and a wireless camera you can sync to a laptop or a computer Finch has around his house or something.

.... how much cash do we have actually?