Comic 852 - Go sell some car parts

Posted on 28th Mar 2018, 12:46 AM in Shipping Off to Southden
Go sell some car parts

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Morgenstern 28th Mar 2018, 12:46 AM edit delete
You, Caius, and Dr. Finch head back to Southden.

Along the way, you talk to Macland about other cities--whether there's another place that's safe, easy to get property in, maybe with a low cost of living...?

"Hey," Macland replies, "you find one, you let me know. I lived in that city my whole life. It's trash, but it's my home. I know some nice resorts, some good vacation spots... but places to settle down? Still working on that one. Hey, though, if you're just looking for a place off the beaten path to stash some goods, throw a dart at a map. Patton's real local, and storage is easy business--if you're not picky, the world is your oyster. If the storage place looks broke it probably is, and broke people don't pry if they wanna stay in business."

You also get in touch with Michelle, and suggest she find a sturdy place in Ilworth to... er, reinforce, maybe as a fallback position. Just in case.

"That I can do," Michelle says with a smile. "By the way, our thunder gun's kinda weirdin' me out. It's got a... uhh... heating problem? It gets real warm sometimes. Not like it's burnin' my skin or anything, I just don't know enough about pocket generators or whatever to know why it's doin' that. I looked at that guide Finch left, but I can barely read the thing, an' he didn't mention it randomly heatin' up. Might be somethin' to look into when y'all get back."

You reach Southden and head to the sub level in search of a shady looking auto shop. It doesn't take too long to find one, either--the seedier parts of the underground stand out, and as Fuse predicted, a few of the shops advertise things like speedy paint jobs and no background checks, guaranteed. Caius picks a random shop out of the less scrupulous looking ones, and you all head inside.

Caius does all the talking, showing the man the bag of rare car parts. The mechanic tries to downplay it, acting like they're not that big of a deal... but he's definitely interested in buying them. Caius plays hardball at first, getting into a rather intense negotiation over the value. Dr. Finch cringes, as it looks like Caius is getting a little too into the argument for its own sake, but...

eventually, Caius settles on a lower price for the goods, plus information. He also seems to earn the respect of the mechanic for standing his ground--and for coming off like he knows what he's talking about. The mechanic forks over a stack of local money, and takes a huge puff from his cigarette.

"Wha' kinda info ya lookin' for?," the mechanic asks.

"Well," Caius starts with a slight grin, "me and my friends here are new in town."

"Roight, roight," chuckles the mechanic. "Could tell by ya accent."

Caius nods. "I need a tag for my bike, some papers to get around tha city... y'know, tha usual. I got shit to do, though, so... I wanna make it quick. Y'know. Not a lot o' red tape."

The mechanic grins wider, taking a smaller puff of his cigarette. "I know whatcha mean, sir, I do. Tell ya what..."

He gives Caius a corner address.

"...Ya go there, there'll be a bloke on th' corner. Stupid 'air, long coat, can't miss 'im. Good frienda' mine, 'e's real good at gettin' 'round red tape. Sure 'e'll do business wit'cha."

Caius gives the mechanic a firm handshake, and thanks him.

"Anytime, fella, anytime," says the mechanic.

You step outside, and head back to the motorcycle. Caius hands you the money.

"That... was impressive," Dr. Finch admits, sounding surprised. "Does this go on the list with the plumbing and legal knowledge, or...?"

Caius shakes his head, smirking a little. "Nah, I learned that from Mac. I used to watch 'em do some negotiations at tha club, he tossed me a few tips here an' there when he got enough drinks in him. Don't think I'm much of a talker, but I can lie and I can sell shit."


psychoshen 28th Mar 2018, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
When we make a deal for the documents, we need to do half or a quarter up front and the rest after we're done at the library, so we know the stupid 'air long coat bloke isn't going to screw us over by tipping off the authorities.

If we're still going with academics from a foreign country here to do research, the accent could play in our favor. I'm not sure if in this world being a foreigner means more or less scrutiny.
Ditch accent:
A) Modify tongues
B) Have Fuse and Finch cook up voice modulators
C) Do our best to imitate the locals
Keep accent:
Finch should pose as a teacher researcher
Jane should be Finch's teaching assistant
Caius should act as a bodyguard/personal assistant
(Sorry, I didn't want to typecast you Caius! It's for the greater good.)
Golnor 28th Mar 2018, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
I like the keep the accents idea. The more we can fit into peoples preconceived ideas about us the less specifics they will remember.
pkrankow 28th Mar 2018, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
It is a tourist destination, or as wannabe tourist destination. The accent we have needs to simply be genuine. Our word choices need to be careful, because an American "napkin" is used at the dinner table, but in some other English speaking countries a "napkin" is used by women on their period.
Mochi 28th Mar 2018, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
changing our tongues might not do much aside from make us talk weird in general. accents aren't physical, or genetic, they're environmental. learned behavior from living in a place where people speak with strong accents. that's why you sometimes get people whose accents seem to fade over time if they go to a different country. they're not in that same environment, they're in a different one, and it affects their manner of speech over time.
Twyll 28th Mar 2018, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Time to go meet a sketchy guy, then! We should be ready to sync a bit of knowledge on how to deal with sketchy people from Fuse if we need to, but hopefully this will be relatively straightforward because we have, as Macland would put it, mmmmmmmmoney.
YetAnother 28th Mar 2018, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Sadly, I'm almost never around for updates so I can't make proper tactical decisions, but I feel like throwing out a long-term task. We ought to try the following tricks:
1. Blooding not the people, but the city itself. As in "externalize a LOT of blood into water circulation systems". Then setup a OnDrink(DrinkerData dd) callback in our brain to subconsciously de-Queen everyone who drinks blooded water.
2. Even more stupid trick: our mom could manipulate the body of our dad without blood. What's stopping us from doing the same? Of course I ain't offering to marry someone just to check if that would work, but if we could get someone swear allegiance to us in some badass ancient way, that may have the same effect. Bonus points if we pull it off on someone Queened while Thale is not looking.
pkrankow 28th Mar 2018, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
We need the city to accept us as owner or otherwise bonded then nothing needs blooded. Goes back to marriage like Mom and Dad.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
Oh Caius, you say you can sell yet you sell yourself so short. :<

We'll want to get details about how far the fake IDs will take us. Ideally they'll get us in the dome; but if not, I'd rather find that out now rather than when trying to get into the dome. We have Dr. Finch's sub-level infiltration plan as a backup worse comes to worse.
If the IDs are good and we can go to the guards, we should ask for recommendations for places to study or learning. If the guard includes a/the library, we shouldn't have to sneak around the place. If the guard DOESN'T include it, that's a good hint we may have to be stealthy about checking out the library.
Leafia_Barrett 28th Mar 2018, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I have a feeling that tubeborn units just end up with a shit sense of self-esteem by virtue of their circumstances.
Just-think-about-it 28th Mar 2018, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
I really want to know something ,its need not so relevant to the story Dr.finch and caius like each other ? Or i am the only one shipping them and reading hints about that ,i mean caius mentioned something about being gay? sorry if that is a bit random but love will always bloom even in Chaos :). Anyway habe a good Day and sry for spelling mistakes,my phone is trying to Make every Word german :/
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Actually the spelling is pretty good. It's mostly just weird grammar and punctuation mistakes (commas attached to words on the wrong side, spaces lacking or in places where they shouldn't be, etc.).

Caius is confirmed gay but Dr. Finch is more-or-less straight by virtue of having had a wife.
Everyone is pretty close due to being fire-forged friends but no one that we are aware of (and that's a large amount of awareness) is romantically involved with one-another.
Leafia_Barrett 28th Mar 2018, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Dr. Finch is confirmed to be not gay, but bi is always an option. :P
Golnor 28th Mar 2018, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Since we are talking to "friends in low places", we should check out the drug scene for Queen. Just because Thale is local doesn't mean he won't try to get eyes in other cities.
pkrankow 28th Mar 2018, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
On storage businesses and "broke" there are different kinds of broke.

There is maintenance done on schedule, good fences, walls, and roofs but the counters, interiors, and other non-essentials are rather worn. Exterior paint is sequentialy worn as the crew takes a week in the summer to paint the next wall or fence section, and it obviously takes several years to get back to the start.

There is also broken down. Failing perimeter fences, leaky roofs, the entire complex with broken pavement, entirely bad or nonexistant paint, and so on.

We want the former. A business that has been in for the long haul, and plans to stay.
PurpleKetchup 28th Mar 2018, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
The thunder gun's acting up... Is Faraday trying to communicate ?
Heat bursts aren't exactly easy to decode... A bit too slow to cool down for Morse to be viable.
Maybe check the gun in the IR spectrum, see if it has any visible patterns ? That's assuming we can get our hands on a camera with a thermography mode.