Comic 107 - Take the elevator

Posted on 29th Jul 2017, 9:20 PM in The Hospital
Take the elevator

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Morgenstern 29th Jul 2017, 9:20 PM edit delete
Michelle presses the button for the elevator. It lights up, but... the elevator doesn't come.

"Odds are good," begins Dr. Finch, "that the hacker has control of the elevator. Even if we could get in it, he'd likely just use it to kill us."

Michelle tenses, tightening the grip on her gun. "So what do we do? It's not like that thing can get out, right? I wanna kill it outta spite, but it's not goin' anywhere."

You think about it... but you're not sure that's right. You live in a tiered city, with buildings stacked atop other buildings. You've already seen one monster that can carve open doors; if Dr. Finch was right, and that was all just practice for something bigger, then it's possible that whatever creature the bio printer is attached to can cut through doors as well... or walls. Or maybe ceilings.

If that's the case, then the monster could very well escape through the top of the hospital. You bring this up to the others.

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "True. If this beast has been given capacities beyond that of the one that impaled me, then... it could very well escape from bottom or top of the hospital."

Michelle huffs. "We might be able to go over old surveillance footage... try to catch where the monster's been, or maybe we'll get lucky and see where it is now. That's if the jackass in control of everything doesn't stop us, anyway."

Dr. Finch nods. "We do have a separate issue, I fear. If we're limited to the stairs for traversing floors, well... I can't see myself and the nurse rushing up five stories worth of stairs quickly, or without exhaustion, and that monster could already be making its exit. It could already be out of the building, for all we know."

"I know I can run up the stairs no problem," says Michelle, "but... yeah, you're right. That's gonna suck for you guys tryin' to keep up with me if this thing's still here. What would it even be doin'? Like... it's prob'ly just tryin' to get away from us, right? Get somewhere safer so it can make more monsters?"

"That's IF it's making more monsters," says Dr. Finch. "If it's really grown bio mass around the printer itself... it may be using any further bio paste it procures to generate more mass for itself. It might be prioritizing its own transformation into a larger, more formidable creature... which would buy us time, but not time we'd want to waste. It's building an army, fleeing across the city, or turning into a massive nightmare. None of these are good in the big scheme of things."


Xylas_Incarnum 29th Jul 2017, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
I'd say find a way to alert the local authorities to deal with it and bug out from the city, seeing how this has gone from "possibly solvable by meddling kids" to "The army's problem". BUT leaving the city's not likely to happen. ... There something we can overload to blow up the hospital and still have the time to leave the place before it takes us with? As my killing sense says "can't find the monster you're looking for? blow up where it's hiding. you'll either kill it with the explosion or later falling debris and rubble falling on it, OR it will come out wounded and bleeding for the final blow. or blows.

.... Come to think of it finding a way to short out the local power grid would probably also be a decent option.
Given how cheap the people running the place have been, I doubt this hospital has backup emergency power.
5007-574in3d 29th Jul 2017, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
The "local authorities" are guns for hire working for the corporations. There isn't an actual government.

I also think we may need to kill the power. The bio printer needs directions from the hacker, and if no power, no directions.
Vahno 29th Jul 2017, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
We need to call in back up... But... if the police is privatized... Augh.
Vahno 29th Jul 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Also... another thought. Who wanted Jane, and Why?
PurpleKetchup 30th Jul 2017, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Jane's blood understood the concept of ventilation shafts.
How does it handle the concept of an elevator?

Call it and take cover... if nothing horrible spills out, try smearing some blood inside, let the doors close (with everyone outside), then test the emergency brakes.
If that works out, no more deathtrap from that side.