Comic 1044 - Guide the bug upstairs

Posted on 23rd May 2018, 9:56 PM in Hope
Guide the bug upstairs

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Morgenstern 23rd May 2018, 9:56 PM edit delete
You make some... well, random meat in the red and pull it out. You start to idly toy with producing pigments and toxins in the lump of flesh.

You also suggest to Caius that he could show Fuse some things, fighting-wise--especially involving kicks, since he has the mechanical leg now.

"Sweet kicks, I can definitely do," Caius replies with a grin. He takes Fuse aside, and starts to teach him some basic fighting.

While waiting for guards to pass, you add some pigment to your bugs' wings. It... doesn't seem that hard. To get a non-specific brown tone.

Probably harder to blend in with wallpaper and the like, you imagine.

Once the guards are gone, you send your bug upstairs.


rufiangel 23rd May 2018, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
My oh my, is that Knox I see? :O
Gri 23rd May 2018, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Depends, is Knox still himself?
Cyanic 23rd May 2018, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Knox was ever himself
Espylacopa 23rd May 2018, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
'Course he was, getting pissed off over some jocular name-calling doesn't seem like a very Thale thing to do, not reacting at all to Michelle calling him Paddywhack. If we're made to face him directly we should address him as Scar or something. If he's still Knox enough to get mad, maybe that's something we can use against him.
Skullrama 24th May 2018, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
As a thought - were Knox and MacLand kind of close? I mean, MacLand obviously knew Caius' name and felt bad about screwing him over - meaning he wasn't totally emotionally removed from his guards - and from what I recall, he and Knox were together fairly often.

If Knox hasn't been synchronized with Thale too thoroughly, would it be worth trying to blood him and let MacLand try to get him out of town? I wouldn't want to use our base to do it, as we can't trust him, but... hm. Hard to say, we really don't know him well. Maybe he was a double agent for Thale the whole time.

EDIT: Then again, if he was blooded, we could just compel him to answer our questions truthfully and ask if he is loyal to MacLand or wants to betray him. And we could always blindfold and earplug him (or literally turn off his senses with the blood/render hum unconscious), then take him through the bunkers to the door we have sitting in a warehouse outside town. MacLand could easily pick him up from there.
Cyanic 23rd May 2018, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
oof, our bug's really obvious in that door frame, maybe we should duck behind(above) one of those chandeliers, for cover
Gigafreak 23rd May 2018, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
If we can get onto the ceiling undetected, I wonder if we can scoot over to the sunglasses-wearing thugs and just... crawl down the wall/door between them and behind both their backs, that we might get under the door?
Cuttlefish 24th May 2018, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
We could also try dropping an egg and just letting that fall silently to the ground from above, and the shlorping to the egg.
Blue_Elite 23rd May 2018, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Aaaaaaand I'm going to guess those guards at the door aren't going to move out of the way anytime soon.
Bonus points: That's Knox there; the goon we believe is queened. AND he happens to be the one facing the direction we could move the bug into.

So... shall we take a chance with the vents? Hopefully they didn't bother to boobytrap the ceiling.
Cyanic 23rd May 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
nononononono, those vents are way obvious traps judging by how there's straight up 4 of them

Then again, our bug might immune to the poison from those things because it doesn't breathe
Gigafreak 23rd May 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
What poison? We smelled dead rats, not poison. The rats could have died from anything-- and if they died of poison gas, we'd have smelled THAT instead.
Leafia_Barrett 23rd May 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
We have eggs to work with, right? So if something happens to the bug, we can just warp a new one in. I say we risk it.
Cyanic 23rd May 2018, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
huh good point, we'll need to take time to set the bug up tho (pigmentation, creation, etc.) so let's be careful of that
Portal In Time 23rd May 2018, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
I mean it's not like it's gonna die

If anything, The Blood will just get a little jostled, y'know? Like with Edison, during her electrocution.
Skullrama 24th May 2018, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
...This raises the quesion -can our blood die? Obviously things our blood is in can die, but our blood stays fresh even when exposed to the air, pretty much forever. If thrown into a fire, does it burn? If enough electricity is applied, is it destroyed? I don't think we've ever been in a situation that tested this.
PurpleKetchup 24th May 2018, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Well, considering they had to freeze Red!Lasker solid in order to deal with it...
Hell, if Nil could destroy Jane easily, it wouldn't have bothered trying to strike a deal with her, so killing the spawn of a fragment of the red god seems a lot of work even for a creepy god of annihilation.

I'm pretty sure Jane, through proper red usage, cannot be permanently damaged by anything humans have access to.
Torture might be the worst they can do, so... let's avoid that until she can portal out of any tight spot at will.

Once she's Faraday'ed, she might be able to ghost out, portal her body into the red, then ghost-walk back home, portal her body back, and resume being alive. Maybe. I trust error!Fuse's opinion on it.
Skullrama 24th May 2018, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
Catastrophic damage to our human body runs the risk of opening up that whole can of worms with the brain vs. psychic sense of self.

But I was thinking more along the lines of our blood bug. Is it even really vulnerable, conventionally? It is not alive, just a puppet. Even if you destroy the meat, the blood can just make more meat. If the blood cannot be eliminated, is this golem not essentially immortal?
PurpleKetchup 24th May 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
As a purer expression of the red than Jane's human body, it's probably the case.
Blue_Elite 23rd May 2018, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
To clarify, let's test one of the other, not-being-monitored vents first. I'd rather not send in bug after bug right in front of what is probably more-or-less Patton Thale.
It might be a good idea to test the vent downstairs where no one is around to see if we can identify how the vents are trapped first.
Crestlinger 23rd May 2018, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
A public bathroom next to a guarded door? Smacks of vents/other access between the two.
pkrankow 24th May 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
I did notice the bathrooms. I suspect there is a service passage in between
the twoand plumbing. If the next, heavily guarded room has a bar with a sink that may share the service space, so our bug may fit.

We need to make our bug smaller and less noticeable. These guards are alert looking.

However since the men's an women's are definitely connected, and I am assuming the office has a sink, then we can go in the women's room first, service closet, then office.
ReikoLupus 23rd May 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, I think our only option is the Vents XD.
Even if something happens to the Bug... Is better if we know what exactly is in the vents before raiding the place. If it is a type of Poison we can analyze it to create an antidote, and if is a thing that moves on it's own... Is better if we know it XD.
Guest 24th May 2018, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. If we can move the bug from point A to point B without getting lost in the Red, could we potentially make a big egg that functions as a blood portal? If so, not only could we get Griz out of there with ease, it's something we can use in the future.
Player 1 24th May 2018, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
I was actually thinking of making balloons full of our blood, so when we throw it somewhere, we just made a blood portal!
PurpleKetchup 24th May 2018, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
At this stage, Jane could literally eat It for breakfast, regardless avatar.

... well, Pennywise would give her the runs, probably. Stupid clowns.
Blue_Elite 24th May 2018, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
A thought I wanted to throw out there regarding taking down Thale's monster: thinking how micro-organisms take down beings thousands of times larger than themselves, could we convert our blood bugs into parasites? Thale can cut off or eject "infected" tissue; but if we make beings that actively burrow and cut through tissue, it'd be like trying to cover a water leak: slows it down but doesn't stop it.
Ants make a good model for a digging insect that's hardy and will literally chew through anything. Plasmodiums (parasite that causes malaria) could be used to travel through blood passageways. The starfish model of ejecting one's own stomach could be used to eat through any bone put in our way.

I'll note we'll almost certainly need to go into blood mode in order to coordinate a large bunch of separate parasites all attacking Thale's monster from various points and digging into the thing at once.
Also it's likely going to be a mentally horrific process and we'll probably need some alone time with the cat magazine afterwards.
The bohemian 24th May 2018, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Spy around a little more.
Fuse pick nose
hide the bug
Drink A lot of alcohol tO replicate effects
Hve one of the other bunker residents learn weapon and bomb making.
Player 1 24th May 2018, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Whatever Knox is guarding, it has got to be important. Let's note that, and let's fly to the chandelier, and wait for the white-shirted guard to pass by, then go in the door labeled "WOMEN".