Comic 1010 - Mess with the eye

Posted on 9th May 2018, 9:23 PM in Hope
Mess with the eye

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Morgenstern 9th May 2018, 9:23 PM edit delete
Once you've confirmed that you have full control of the eye, you and your allies march into the hallway.

Caius drags your deceased bone monster away from its current spot, and begins to investigate the hole in the wall, and behind the desk.

Michelle rips open one of the vending machines. ...Just to see.

You mess around with the big eye monster you blooded. While you don't fully comprehend its cybernetic enhancement, the addition can be activated with the eye's will--so you can simply prompt the eye to fire the laser itself. You test it out, charging up and launching a beam into the ceiling.

You do not suspect the eye can free itself from the ceiling, though--at least, not do so and still be of use. Its grown into the floor and ceiling and attached itself to the wall, and lacks the capacity to hold itself up (or walk on its own).

You explain all this to the group.

"So, do we kill it and take the implant?," Fuse asks. "I'm not looking for laser vision myself, but Dr. Finch might have a field day looking at it."

"Maybe after we reach the end," Michelle says. "Right now this sucker could still work as a trap--kinda like how we used the meat wall back there. Whatever's next, we might be able to bait it back here."

"I ain't found jack," Caius says. "Hole ain't got nothin' in it, an' tha only thing in tha desk drawers is a damn cat magazine."


Cuttlefish 9th May 2018, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
I have a guess as to what is next... Mr. Vasquez, Michelle’s shitty old boss. Michelle blew him into chunks in one hell of a resignation.

Also, read cat magazine and drink soda, for old times sake.
AgentKuga 9th May 2018, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Yep, probably Vasquez. wonder how he's gonna look like and michelle's reactions. she is officially my favorite character.
GIgafreak 9th May 2018, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
If it's not Vasquez, it's probably going to be the hands or the door-ripping monster that tracks by "smells like people" scents. If it still relies on its nose, we can bait it around by throwing meatballs at walls-- or even have it stare at a particularly overwhelming scent source while the team sneaks past behind it.

...Overwhelming human scents... Perhaps the smell of vomit. Stomach (hydrochloric) acid, butyric acid, and bile. Jane's a nurse, so it's nearly guaranteed that she's had to clean up some vomit messes in the line of duty-- and learned the contents thereof from medical school. Form some bubbles of vomit-scents in the Red, wrap some meat around them, and toss them like water balloons.
skybirds15 9th May 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. I don't think the red would have those things specifically. Like... the red of a giant alien monster having HUMAN spinal fluid and HUMAN stomach bile would be weird.
skybirds15 9th May 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Also: we have soda, now. Soda usually has a smell.
Gigafreak 9th May 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
Soda has a smell, but it doesn't smell like people. Remember, smelling <i>not</i> like people is how Jane was able to sneak past it before: she smelled like fresh linens the first time, and like lemons the second time.
Pouring sodas on ourselves isn't the plan here, though. Masking scent isn't the point of the stink bomb idea, and it won't be enough in these well-lit rooms; it did have eyes, but Jane was able to hide in dark hallways last time.

An overpowering person-related scent (such as vomit), applied to a far wall, may demand the monster's attention-- while the team sneaks behind it without it ever noticing them. The monster did once investigate a room that had a vent leading to a toilet, after all.

Also, I figure if we can create keratin in the Red, it shouldn't be too hard to create other common bodily secretions in the Red-- hydrochloric acid and bile, which break down some Red meat to produce butyric acid (the stuff that actually stinks, apparently).
Terrabrand 9th May 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh right the cat magazines. That brings me right back to my archive binging days.
Tych 9th May 2018, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
it's not going to be Vasquez it's going to be Spider Vasquez
fellow 10th May 2018, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
What if it's not just vasquez but also michelle?
Portal In Time 10th May 2018, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Ooh, yeah, MM said that Michelle was originally going to be on Vasquez’ side, but we went out of our way so much to help her that he changed that... I really hope her would-be boss fight is here.

Edit: ISNT here. I don’t want to fight her, demony bunker version or not
fellow 10th May 2018, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Well, the old Michelle would've been trying to capture Jane. This Michelle would be trying to shoot us with what might just be another stratemeyer. As nice as it'd be to get another gun like that, an encounter like that might be over our level a little bit.
AgentKuga 9th May 2018, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
thank you, Updoot, for informing this of this update.
Toricon 9th May 2018, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Read the cat magazine.
Hambone 9th May 2018, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Rejoice in the spoils of the desk. WAIT, IT COULD BE A TRAP. Few of us would suspect to the eye, with blooded bandages and look at it that way?
Cuttlefish 9th May 2018, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Wait, could Caius just carry the eyeball around? Portable laser gun!
AgentKuga 9th May 2018, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
eeeeeehhhh, the eye is pretty much an eye and a lump of meat, right?
Fishbulb 9th May 2018, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
Hold onto that magazine. It's probably the key to solving the floor.
AgentKuga 9th May 2018, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
From what I see, the floor is already solved, right?
Cuttlefish 9th May 2018, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
“You hold the cat magazine out towards the neo-bio-printer X, as it is about to unleash its ultimate attack. Suddenly, it begins printing nothing but kittens. Like, so many kittens.”
Ghest 10th May 2018, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Face-eating kittens.
undeadDreamer 9th May 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Jane take the cat magazine.
ReikoLupus 9th May 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
First and most important:
-Read the Cat Magazine. It's for science, we NEED to know if it is the same magazine.

After that:
-Contact Finch to ask him about good measures against acid. And to ask if he wants the Ocular-Laser.
-Make a Big Shield of Bone covered in Keratin for Caius, and Bone Brass Knuckles of High density with spikes. We can't create an autentic Gauntlet in the spur of the moment, but I think this is enough for now XD.
-Try to create a damn BIG Golem. If all our experiences till now made us learn something, is that BIG enemies are a pain to deal with. Let's use our own BIG things XD.
Hambone 9th May 2018, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Quick note, for most kinds of chemical contact with skin, immediate treatment is usually irrigating it with massive amounts of water. Specific acids have specific neutralizers, but without sending that to a lab it's unlikely we can tell.
Ablaze 9th May 2018, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Take the remains from the brain monster, combine it with the eye, (and maybe some near from the red), and make a mobile turret monster!!!
skybirds15 9th May 2018, 10:19 PM edit delete reply know, I don't think the rest of our party knows about the cat magazine we found in the drawer of the hospital. So, like... weird, esp. seeing how this room contained neither the spiders nor the meat wall. I guess it did sorta contain the eye.
Crestlinger 9th May 2018, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Anyone want a used gross bone whip? It Would be a good thing to remember to make from the red later if not. Loot the magazine, read remotely. Grab a can or two from the vending machine, shake them, and proceed. Be ready to retreat behind sniper vision if required.
Terrac 9th May 2018, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Blue_Elite 9th May 2018, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Do NOT read the cat magazine. Don't even open it. That's a bolded item, it's not part of the default Zone Fifty facility this place is in and definitely was planted there.
That said, we should still take it. I'm expecting an explosive runes type trap where the book will explode either upon being opened (most likely) or being read. If we can use that on say, the final boss monster of this floor, I think that's our win condition. For that reason, I'd like to blood the magazine so we can fling it later on.
Also take a Cola Soda or a few. They can be Jane's weapon of choice now. Either by chucking the cans or spraying the monsters with 100+ year old soda (oh hey, that'd probably be pretty rank. Great way to cover up a scent).

Keep the eye untampered with until we're done using it. That precision laser is too useful to lose to experimenting while we still do these challenges.

Make a meat scout and scout out the next room.

EDIT: I wonder what we could get if we traded up a bunch of those sodas. A soda-soaker possibly? We got a syringe-gun when trading a bunch of syringes with the intent of using them to inject Jane's blood into others. Should... should we try doing a trading ritual and see if that's allowed?
Hambone 9th May 2018, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, everyone is so gung-ho with that mag, it really is the perfect trap.
pkrankow 9th May 2018, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
The cat mag was self therapy in the first chapter. It probably is safe. Don't all crowd around it, someone must keep eyes up.
Was bold the first time too.

On the cybernetic eye... is this a one-way dungeon?
lil Joshu 10th May 2018, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Agreed, might even be helpful in some way.
Memo 9th May 2018, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Take the cat magazine. Do not drink the soda.
We must remember that this floor is not the original Z50 floor. It is made special for or rather against us. That soda could contain anything.
We should bring some with us though, they could prove useful, just don't drink any.
37212513 10th May 2018, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Made for and against us. Also, might want to reread some of the comments back in chapter one. I'm starting to think that's what Morgan did...

As for the cat mag, it's a mem at this point, plenty safe, just don't expect exactly the same content. If Jane turns around an says she's read it, Michelle will say something about weird cat porn...
Leafia_Barrett 10th May 2018, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Considering how dangerous the rest of this place has been, I think we should still be careful opening the magazine.
Sekwel 10th May 2018, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Seconded. It is precisely where forces aligned against us would put a trap.

Paranoia for everyone.
Blue_Elite 10th May 2018, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
It's only paranoia if you're wrong.
lil Joshu 10th May 2018, 2:07 PM edit delete reply