Comic 614 - Check on Michelle and Fuse

Posted on 23rd Nov 2017, 9:38 PM in Ghosts
Check on Michelle and Fuse

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Morgenstern 23rd Nov 2017, 9:38 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You check on Michelle and Fuse.

It seems they are currently trying to talk the other Juries into helping them.

"NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE MAINTENANCE OF ZONE FIFTY SITE SITE SITE SEVENTEEN," says Site Seventeen staff member Eight of Twelve.

"DAMAGED ANDROIDISNOT A SITE SEVENTEEN STAFFMEMBER? DAMAGEDANDROID BEARS STRONG RESEMBLANCE TO SITESEVENTEEN STAFF MEMBER?," asks the newly built android.

"DAMAGED ANDROID IS N-NOT A MEMBER OF THE SITE SEVENTEEN STAFF," concludes 8/12.

"We brought you extra parts," Fuse replies. "I mean, like... in addition to the parts we brought you the first time."

"Yeah," Michelle adds. "I don't wanna say you guys owe us, but..."

"N-NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE MAINTENANCE OF ZONE FIFTY SITE SEVENTEEN," repeats 8/12.

"SITE SEVENTEEN ISMAINTAINED?," asks the unnumbered android. "COULD THESE UNITS ASSIGNNUMBERTWO PRIORITY TO BE FIXING BROKENANDROID?"

"NEGATIVE," says 8/12. "TO DO SO COULD POTENTIALLY DISTRACT DISTRACT DISTRACT FROM NUMBER ONE P-PRIORITY."

"THIS UNIT WaNTS TO REBUILD THE DAMAGED ANdROID," says 3/12, finally speaking up. "ZONE FIFTY SiTE SEVENTEEN IS FULLY OPERATIONAL. ADDItIONAL SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED. THE TASK WILL nOT BE A DETRIMENT TO THE STAFF'S MAIn PRIORITY."

"THIS UNIT WOULDALSO LIKE TO ASSIST IN REBUILDING DAMAGEDANDROID?," adds the unnumbered android.

"I think you're outnumbered," Michelle comments to 8/12.

"THIS UNIT IS NOT PROGRAMMED TO EMULATE F-FRUSTRATION," 8/12 replies, "BUT THIS UNIT WOULD LIKELY EXPERIENCE IT IF SUCH AN OUTCOME OUTCOME OUTCOME WAS POSSIBLE. THIS UNIT WILL RELENT TO THE REQUEST; THE STAFF OF ZONE FIFTY S-SITE SEVENTEEN WILL REBUILD THE DAMAGED ANDROID."

Comments:

Twyll 23rd Nov 2017, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Say thank you, and reaffirm our commitment to help them with their number one priority in any way we can. Ask them if there's any additional way we can help (although let them know that we might be delayed by about 24 hours).
Twyll 23rd Nov 2017, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Also, we should ask them how long it'll take to fix Jury, and if they need our help to do it. If they don't need us and it'll take a while, we should probably leave them to it, but otherwise, we might want to have at least one person there for when Jury wakes up to explain things to her. If we're not there, we should write a note to give her as soon as she wakes up, apologizing for bringing her there when she had said she didn't want to meet her "family," but there really wasn't any alternative, and letting her know what went down.

Also, heh, I guess Jury's gonna be meeting her family for Thanksgiving, in a way...
Steve 23rd Nov 2017, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
They seem more... put... together... a pun, damnit. Anyways, they seem to be more coherent, and with less vocal glitches. Good to see they are doing well.
PurpleKetchup 24th Nov 2017, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
August is totally tsundere.

"THIS UNIT IS TOTALLY N-NOT DOING THIS THIS FOR YOU, B-BAKA."
Blue_Elite 24th Nov 2017, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
She's perfect for the tsundere stutter.
rufiangel 23rd Nov 2017, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I like unnumbered XD I wanna call her Inquisitivity lolol (no it's not a real word, shh) (EDIT: Oh wait, that breaks the 'inity' chain. I'll have to think on this one -v-)9...)

Anyway, yeah, all for leaving a note for Jury and then bringing the crew together to eat dinner and recuperate a bit; I don't think we'll be getting much sleep tonight. Good thing Mom's Red is around so we can ask questions about the brain goblin thing if it comes down to it, though we need that hospital report, first. Let's check in on Macland to see if Knox is still around after dinner?
Blue_Elite 24th Nov 2017, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Well, technically she's 0/12 (since she's not one of the twelve) if that helps.

Don't forget we still have that eye in the school to check on as well. Though at this point I'm not sure if there's anything left to check on; presumably a lot of time has passed and everything has probably been taped off and left alone at this point.
rufiangel 24th Nov 2017, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I kind of like how you've been calling her Zero, too XD

Though Affinity did come to mind, hehe.
Blue_Elite 24th Nov 2017, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
I want to hug them all so, so badly. Like; all at once, partly because robot hugs and other-partly to see how they'd react. I imagine Trinity would say it's nice and Infinity would say they're not programmed to emulate affection. Don't know enough about Zero yet but I'd imagine she'd "ask" why they're being hugged or why they're not hugging back. XD

ANYWAY. Get an ETA ETR if possible, otherwise we'll have to settle with leaving a note that we'll check in every-so-often to take Jury back and to just hang in there in the meantime (ideally with "X♥X♥" on the note).
Edison deposit, Macland and school-eye check, mom's Red welcome-home-hug, dinner, possibly more traumatizing reveals from Dr. Finch (and reconciliation hugs), and bed.
PurpleKetchup 24th Nov 2017, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
So only her head was left ? Wonder what Edison did with the rest...

Anyway, some shower thoughts about Macland's situation. The memetic defence "installation" didn't require his conscious participation, but his eyes were kept open during the process.
A few guesses:
- physically, it would be stored as a (very) traumatic memory; so it should be 'sitting' in his hippocampus.
- the memory probably triggers (stimulus -> recall mechanism) whenever Jane syncs.
- once active it overloads the neurons and causes cellular destruction, leading to extensive brain damage.

We already know today that some drugs efficiently 'deconsolidate' memories (e.g. propanolol). After taking them and triggering a memory, you can actually 'edit' it and leave a different memory behind.
This is the future, so they probably have a commercial drug for it - in our case we want to scrub Macland's trauma away.

I think it's the first step we should do, before anything else. Once he's unburdened, next up is healing the brain damage. Jane could try and stimulate his brain activity so he heals faster ?
Portal In Time 24th Nov 2017, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
You really seem to know what you're talking about - I think I'll have to second this, it's too good of a command.
Portal In Time 24th Nov 2017, 2:36 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Please, please please please compel Fuse to hug the unnumbered Jury, she deserves it and we need it.
Blue_Elite 24th Nov 2017, 2:41 AM edit delete reply
I don't think hugging is Fuse's thing. I'm also worried that Michelle might break them.

We COULD ask if unnumbered PJ has a "designation" and offer a name if she doesn't. That'd still be nice.