Comic 1059 - Cage Hope

Posted on 4th Jun 2018, 2:02 AM in Hope
Cage Hope

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Morgenstern 4th Jun 2018, 2:02 AM edit delete
You have a piece of Grizwald's meat cage drop off, form a bug, crawl over to Brother Hope... and form the start of a new meat cage to contain him.

Hope continues to yell, beating against the inside of his meat cell, but it does no good. You and your group reach the stage and you ascend the stairs, approaching Grizwald. Michelle picks up Hodges' heavy pistol, and everyone takes to keeping watch with weapons ready.

"So what's the plan?," Fuse asks.

"I can prob'ly walk," Grizwald says, his voice slightly muffled by... well, meat.

"Might not be a good idea," Michelle says. "Wouldn't put it past Thale to snipe you just to spite us."

"We could carry tha whole damn meat pod out," Caius says. "Or you could... I dunno, grow it legs or somethin'."

You use your raven to check outside, and on the hummer. ...Oddly enough, no police have arrived yet. Everything looks fine.

You grow an eye on the meat slab covering the audio/video room window in the hope of getting a better look inside.

You do.

Just as whatever the hell Thale was working on squeezes its way through the door.


You barely manage to warn the others. The thing charges forward, plunging a ridiculously large claw straight through the window and into your meat wall, halfway injuring itself in the process. Blood dribbles out and bones audibly grind as its wrist... spins, like some kind of horrible drill, shredding through your wall faster than you can regenerate it. As soon as the monster has enough space, it dives through the window--tearing its own hide on broken glass and dislodging joints on the narrow frame.

It lands in the sanctuary below with a dull thud, bones breaking as malformed legs hit stairs.

"Fuggen..." Caius pauses, shaking his head. "You really let 'em do this to ya, scarface?"

It takes barely a second for the creature's bones to reform, and for its legs to reshape enough for it to run.

...And run it does. It begins barreling down the stairs, charging the length of the sanctuary straight toward you and the stage. It has a lot of ground to cover, however--it is a very big sanctuary.

While one of Knox's limbs is a massive (and apparently spinnable) claw, the other is... longer, thinner, almost cord-like and dragging behind the running monster. You think you've seen a similar appendage before on one of Thale's creatures.


Cyanic 4th Jun 2018, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
let's make a wall full of EXTREMELY sharp bones right in its path. It doesn't need to be stable, if it rams through the wall, it'll get cut in all places, and some bones will be stuck in its flesh, we then convert that bone into blood or make it explode, whatever we want

Everyone else, start shooting everything, AP with minigun first, the bone on its chest looks dense focus on the thinner limb, that has longer range.

We start shooting the syringe gun too

While all that is happening, let's get Griz out of the cage and use that cage somehow. Akasha suggested on the discord to turn THAT cage into our own monstrosity
Give it some sharp ribs for pincers and wheel-like legs because that will be faster to make and easier to control than normal legs


EDIT: also sync everyone with Michelle when we start shooting

2nd also, use the golden bullet with the scoped gun, level Michelle if she needs to calm down.
Aim for the chest
Leafia_Barrett 4th Jun 2018, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Everything Cyanic said.
ReikoLupus 4th Jun 2018, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
I like how you think XD.
But reserve the Golden Bullet for the moment the Monster is close enough. If we can Kill that thing before it is close enough to be dangerous, is better to not waste the King of the Bullets XD.
undeadDreamer 4th Jun 2018, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Get the super bullet to Michelle and have her fire it at the monster's head. Take no chances with it maybe having a bullet proof skull.
Portal In Time 4th Jun 2018, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Pool a fuckton of blood on the ground from our red, and portal Ol' Knox down to the red. The perfect anticlimactic ending to anything Thale could've possibly hoped for.
Cyanic 4th Jun 2018, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
I agreed with the idea on Discord, but already had way too much actions on my own comment to suggest it
1977 4th Jun 2018, 4:16 AM edit delete reply
Dromite 4th Jun 2018, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that would probably be the best idea for this situation.
Golnor 4th Jun 2018, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Are we 100% sure this would kill it, or will this just give thale access to the Red?
1977 4th Jun 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Inside the red Mine has total control.
When she decides there is no air then is there no air for example.
Therefore it would basically be an instakill.
Gigafreak 4th Jun 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Thale can redistribute the monster's deoxygenated blood to another body, and circulate oxygenated blood back to the Knox monster. The same goes for things like blood electrolytes and blood sugar, meaning it doesn't even need to eat or drink while it's stuck in the red.

However... If it's in there, it might be able to see OUT of the blood portals we make whenever we pull matter out of the red. Or even throw bone bombs out. Or catch a glimpse of Bunker A, which he is currently completely convinced we haven't yet discovered. Plus the bone armor ritual pulls from Mine's red; he'd get to see how it works from the inside.

Basically, throwing the Knox monster into the red sounds... far less lethal than explosive minigun bombardment, and gives Thale an extradimensional spy.
Guest 4th Jun 2018, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I vote for this idea
lil Joshu 4th Jun 2018, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
+1'ing this idea. It's slurp time.
Nick 4th Jun 2018, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Tobias23 4th Jun 2018, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
I like it. No frills, no resources, just a plain old middle finger to Thale, who doesn't have a red.
Skullrama 4th Jun 2018, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Might as well give it a try - have a plan to keep it from tentacle-grappling someone in with it though. Blood the tentacle with a crapton of bone spears maybe - he would have to rot it or we might control the creature.
Espylacopa 4th Jun 2018, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
The red is an area outside Thale's control. If we can pull him in, why not try to take him as our own instead of simply killing him?
Skullrama 4th Jun 2018, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Or, a thought I just had...

If we have him in The Red, where we can theoretically do anything... maybe it's not impossible to turn him back into regular Knox.

Or maybe it is, but, we could try?
chaosblitz 4th Jun 2018, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
I suggest we at least look to see if we *can*, but let's not get our hopes up.
Skullrama 4th Jun 2018, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
It's definitely a bit much too hope for, but it's worth trying.

If his mind has been oversynched by Thale, it might even be possible to restore it by synching with MacLand, who knows him best. This would require getting Nil out of MacLand's head first.

A looot of effort for someone we don't even really like, but... still probably the right thing to do.

Assuming we can drag him through a portal to the Red first.
Winged Crusade 4th Jun 2018, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Winged Crusade
Redeeming Knox and trying to set him free, if possible, is an idea I could be down for.
Skullrama 4th Jun 2018, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
As far as successfully pulling the Knoxbeast into the blood goes, we could have big ol tentacles or whatever erupt from it, wrap around him and drag him in.

Eldritch enough?
Guest 4th Jun 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
I was hoping we'd eventually do something like this
Heroshima 4th Jun 2018, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Shlorping the enemy down to our red seems like a nice idea. We should create some spikes in the red just in case.
pkrankow 4th Jun 2018, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
This has been discussed and proposed. With grinding tbe meatwall there is extra red and blood around.
Blue_Elite 4th Jun 2018, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Seen we have. Thale is likely going to try and hook someone and bring them into the grinder. If Caius can get in position with the shield, we can either use that to hold the needle arm while we burn/cut it away or give up the shield to buy us more time (assuming it manages to hook the shield).

Thale will keep pumping meat into that thing and regenerate it until it's "dead." We need to find where its brain is and try out our magic bullet (we can always trade up for another).
Slowing it down is our best bet for Michelle to blast away with the minigun to find the weak point before shooting the scoped pistol. It looks like it's designed to easily break through barriers with that drill hand but I'm willing to bet those big ol' feet and bulky frame would be slowed tremendously if we can soupify the ground. Maybe if we can make a blood bog or something with the consistency of quicksand. Can we use the limited blood portaling technique we used to remove the meat walls to draw that thing's legs down? Even if Thale just literally rips the legs out, that's flesh he has to waste on repairs and slows him down at the same time.

I'm assuming Thale has defenses to keep us from blooding his monster but if we get the chance might as well give it a try (at the very least try to find that brain we need to hit).
Gigafreak 4th Jun 2018, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
The team has a new option now that it didn't last time: blooding the tentacle-limb to force Thale to rot it off.

If we need to slow the thing down, maybe Mine could shoot a syringe at the floor in front of the monster and pop a meatwall in its path. Or a bone bomb if we'd rather try hurting it instead.
Blue_Elite 4th Jun 2018, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
My concern after seeing that thing break its own legs from that large fall and then fixing them in, "Barely a second," is that any and all damage we do is going to be temporary. VERY temporary. Having Thale rot off the tenta-limb may only delay him a few or several seconds as he immediately replaces it Dragon Ball Z style.
My other concern is Thale knows we know his weakness which is to aim for the brain. With that in mind, that monster's brain may or may not still be in its head. The brain may still be in the monster's head, it may be in that heavily armored chest cavity, or Thale might have moved it to somewhere less suspicious entirely.

If both of those are correct (and they may not), any damage we do should be focused on either slowing down the monster or finding its brain to kill it zombie-style (and of course basic defense as necessary); any other damage being superficial.

EDIT: Just to throw a guess out there - I think the brain is in the shoulder of the drill arm. The head is the most obvious place and looks unarmored, pretty sure that's a bait. The chest would be the next obvious place being right underneath the head and looking invincible. If I was Thale right now, I'd want to hedge my bets about the annoying group of miracle workers who took down my other "invincible" monster already. The drill arm already has some armor to protect it and the front of the arm is likely to get damaged/blown off simply over the course of combat. The shoulder offers relative safety and allows the monster to be regenerated in case the body gets completely blown away (with the idea of ejecting the arm from the body if it comes to that). Otherwise if the arm is threatened the brain can be migrated to the chest from the shoulder.
If I were to gamble on a blind shot that's my guess.
fellow 4th Jun 2018, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
The radioactive ammo might hamper its regeneration.
Espylacopa 4th Jun 2018, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
What if he has more than one brain?
Gigafreak 4th Jun 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Oh, forcing him to rot the tentacle isn't supposed to stop him outright.

It's supposed to force him to release someone he's snagged with it, since we don't appear to have a shotgun to shred it this time. He can grow a new one, but he won't be able to drill his target to pieces just yet.
Winged Crusade 4th Jun 2018, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Winged Crusade
I have to honestly say we should save the bullet, get a blood portal in the ground, and just devouring Knox with it. Blood the tentacle if it tries to pull us in, and have Caius ready the bone shield.

Also, open enough of the cage for Hope that he can see the monstrosity that’s fighting for “god.”
Twyll 4th Jun 2018, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
I think the blood portal is a good idea if we can make it work, yes. If we need to, we can make some tentacles/pseudopods in the red to pull Knox in.

We could make a little keratin window in Hope's cage so he can see out of it without Thale being able to get to him and add him to his meat monster.
DÆMONBIRDY 4th Jun 2018, 3:58 AM edit delete reply
Launch radioactive bullets at mutated knox and blood the superpierce so that it can be reused.
Nayru9572 4th Jun 2018, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
For the record, I still get the impression this is being filmed, so no using magic! If that gets filmed we'll end up against Jury at the very least, so let's not take the risk.
Dromite 4th Jun 2018, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
Alright, did anyone else see that thing in the window . We are going to have to prepare for that too.
1977 4th Jun 2018, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Do you mean our own meatcurtain with an eye the monstrosity just now destroyed to get in the sanctuary?
Fishbulb 4th Jun 2018, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
I think that's one of Mine's meat walls.
Ablaze 4th Jun 2018, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
After drilling through your wall, it now has small pieces of your bood and wall bits on it. Use those to grow an outer shell around the beast. While it can shred a cage, out might have trouble swatting bugs crawling up it's back. Grow meat slabs around it's legs. Pump toxin into it's flesh. Take out it's eye.
Liquid Bacon 4th Jun 2018, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
yes, this is a good idea. The only problem is that the blood isn't "inside" anything, but that didn't seem like a problem before? idk, the rules seem to be changing
Twyll 4th Jun 2018, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
We've learned to grow meat out of our blood and manipulate that, because we consider the blood part of us. In order to manipulate anything that *isn't* us, though, we need to have blood inside it. So, we couldn't puppet the monster from the inside unless we get blood inside it, but we CAN try to surround it from the outside.
Ablaze 4th Jun 2018, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Exactly! We don't need to control it. We just need to hinder it. Then shoot it while it's tripped.
Gigafreak 4th Jun 2018, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
All that makeshift saxitoxin we pumped into the tunnel monster... see if we can convert it back to blood! This'd bring the monster under our control and cure its poisoning at the same time-- then we can use its last strength to smash upward through the sanctuary floor and crush or devour Knox!
Skullrama 4th Jun 2018, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
I do like this idea. Hopefully Jury's team hasnt totally disabled the thing.
Fishbulb 4th Jun 2018, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Make some more eggs in the sanctuary and use them to grow meat bear traps to try to slow the Knoxtrocity down.

Edit: Also, maybe try some poison as well.
fellow 4th Jun 2018, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Grizwald needs to say Patton Thayle before we let him out.
CiciEnixa 4th Jun 2018, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I believe he did say Patton Thale right after saying Mine's full name to taunt Hope, so I think no worries on that end.
Blue_Elite 4th Jun 2018, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
"Adding salt to the wound, Grizwald's muffled voice speaks up from inside the meat cage. 'Mine Ametsuchi,' he says. 'Ya still can't say Patton Thale, though, can ya Harold?'" (No linky, just hit the previous button).
fellow 4th Jun 2018, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh hey you're right. No problem then.
Fishbulb 4th Jun 2018, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
As an addendum to my previous post, we should probably try to slow down the Knoxtrocity as much as we can with meat traps and poison, and look for a way to get out of the church with as much haste as humanly possible. We don't want to reveal too much about what we can now do, and it's also probably a bad idea to stick around for any of Thale's (probably explosive) contingency plans.
PurpleKetchup 4th Jun 2018, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Eh, there's like all the chances Thale will make bits of Knox explode whenever he gets close enough, especially if he can regrow stuff in seconds.

This is not going to be easy.
Blue_Elite 4th Jun 2018, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Just wanted to note completely irrelevant from any discussion the green eye on our meat wall is a nice touch.
PurpleKetchup 4th Jun 2018, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Mine can totally make tattoos out of melanin, so she could also make eyes of any colour.
She probably went something natural for convenience and speed's sake.
Madd 4th Jun 2018, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Shoot the fuck out of him.
4th Jun 2018, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
dunno if there's any fuck left in him to shoot :|
Twyll 4th Jun 2018, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
I agree with trying to shove the Knoxbeast into the Red, but we should definitely be ready for Thale to try to circumvent that somehow and basically be ready to give the command to shoot as soon as it looks like it's not working (although we can help it along with tentacles/pseudopods trying to drag him through).

Michelle should keep in mind that its brain probably *isn't* in its head anymore, if it comes down to using The Bullet.