Comic 1114 - Check in on Edison

Posted on 5th Nov 2018, 10:21 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Check in on Edison

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Morgenstern 5th Nov 2018, 10:21 PM edit delete
You wake up the next morning.

While everyone else is preparing breakfast--and discussing the revelations made last night--you head to Bunker E to check up on Edison.

...When you arrive, you don't see her in her cell.

Her container is still intact, and the blood you put on it--and on the floor--look undisturbed. Peering through the glass, though, she's just... not there.


Skullrama 5th Nov 2018, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Eh, so she's invisible or something. Just talk to her.
Dromite 5th Nov 2018, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Welp. Its ghost busin' time.
WalkerOfSorrow 6th Nov 2018, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Ooooh Bustin makes me feel good! ;)
Cyanic 5th Nov 2018, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Twyll 5th Nov 2018, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Do not panic. Just calmly look around. Have Red look, too.

We could possibly annoy her into coming out by acting like we're indulging her, actually. "Oh no. Edison is gone. Where could she possibly be hiding. How scary oooooh." XD but that level of sarcasm *might* not be helpful to our relationship with her...
Skullrama 5th Nov 2018, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
That is a liiiitle mean, but also hilarious. Agreed though, keep it calm. Talk. Focus senses and/or see if Red can see her.
Limrix 5th Nov 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Agreed we should not panic. We should assume Edison is still in the cell.
Swagner 6th Nov 2018, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, don't open the door. Pretending to have already escaped to facilitate the actual escape is movie monster trick numero uno.
Blue_Elite 6th Nov 2018, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
The only time it is appropriate to panic is at a disco. Seeing as how there's no disco ball, laser lights, and it's not Nine in the Afternoon; now is not the time to panic. ;)
The Chicken Guy 8th Nov 2018, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
I'm worried that she hasn't left, or hidden. What if she just... ran out? Poofed? No real appropriate name on this concept, but she was much more active then the other girls. Maybe she burnt herself out?
Twyll 5th Nov 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Welp. After doing Incident F, might we be able to sense electricity now? Heck, Red is kinda a ghost now, so maybe *she* can see ghosts. Let's see if we can see anything out of the ordinary with as many ways of looking as we know.
Lunar Waffles 5th Nov 2018, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
+1 even becoming a ghost ourselves if we have to!
ReikoLupus 6th Nov 2018, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Let's ask Red about this XD.
Her senses for this type of things must be better than ours... Or are they ours?...
...It's complicated XD.
The point is, let's ask her XD.
Chaostraveler 6th Nov 2018, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
I agree with getting red. I bet that it would surprise Edison and that might be a novel enough thing to get her to talk to us a bit without any death treats. If not, some kind and supportive words to the effect of her taking some time if needed.
Allwarden47 8th Nov 2018, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Hell, now that we’ve been a ghost, maybe we should see if we can replicate bioelectricity from the red. That could only be useful. Although I will admit that I want zappy zap powers.
Frission 5th Nov 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Not the first time this has happened in the cells, remember she's probably hiding in the tube.
Guest 5th Nov 2018, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
Exactly! It’s very likely she’s hiding in there. Probably not even to trick us. She might just be extremely angry and upset still and want to be alone.

I wonder if she’s calmed down a bit though. We should talk to her as calmly as possible.
Lunar Waffles 5th Nov 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
if she is in the tube she might now even know we're here. calling out to talk is good yeah.
Toricon 5th Nov 2018, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Assume she's there anyway. The blood alarm didn't go off, and we can't see in her tube -- it's possible she's hiding there either because emotions or ambush.

Talk to her. Reassure her. We won't give up on her.

Tell her that we did the thing the scientists did to Faraday, to ourself, and fixed it.
The Chicken Guy 8th Nov 2018, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
By assuming that she's there, we run the risk that she is not. I like your idea, but let's get backup if we need it.
Ablaze 5th Nov 2018, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Could you just use the blood to manifest ghost red in the room? Seems Edison wants to play hide and seek.
lilJoshu 6th Nov 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
No, walls are ghost proof, that's why she can't get out.
Ablaze 6th Nov 2018, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
The walls may be ghost proof, but maybe ghosts can travel through to the red from your blood in the room
PurpleKetchup 6th Nov 2018, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
From her data file, she's always been a trickster even before snapping from incident F. I expect her to be real good at hide and seek.
Which is as fine a childgame as it gets, as long as it stays there and doesn't reach Saw territory, unlike last time.
undeadDreamer 5th Nov 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
We should say calmly "Nice try Edison."

She's a kid so she probably doesn't have the skills to figure out that we don't actually know she's hiding.

I just realized that may not be a good idea. Maybe gently saying her name?
Lunar Waffles 5th Nov 2018, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
Perhaps "Edison?(if no response)Edison,(if no response)are you alright?" perhaps with a little bit of sad in the voice? we did just give her a timeout for the whole night(more if i remember right). +1
Macheman7 isn't logged in 6th Nov 2018, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
"Edison, please don't do that." Say that and leave, return shortly with Tesla and Faraday.
Also, don't forget to check the ceiling.
Maybe take the time to reinforce your neck/face.
After bringing in the other girls, if she still isn't visible, tell her that you're worried about her and want to know if she's ready to talk yet.
Let her know that it's okay if she isn't ready, too. We don't want to rush her. Maybe buy some children's storybooks as a last-ditch effort and read them to Tesla and Farady (and Edison) in front of Edison's room.
Skullrama 6th Nov 2018, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Probably best to keep the other girls away from her for now. They agitate her.

They can visit when she's in a state where she isn't denying Faraday's existence so hard.
fellow 6th Nov 2018, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Were the tubes normally attached to the cells? Edison could be trying to loosen her tube.
Some Random Guy 6th Nov 2018, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
May not be happening, but we could check that.
pkrankow 6th Nov 2018, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Is Tesla or Faraday here to talk to? Talk to them and see how they are. Bring up Edison later in the conversation if she doesn't show herself.
Night Ot Eternity 6th Nov 2018, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Search around for a bit.
Talk to your inner demon.
Then wake up.
Twelveseal 6th Nov 2018, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Pretty sure Edison's in there. She's just changed her "frequency" a bit to not be visible.

Might be interesting to start talking to her, ask her about what her life was like before becoming a ghost. See if there's any books she might want to read or something.

Bringing in Red might be good, too, but I'd rather keep the other girls out initially. The stress level rises pretty quickly when they're together right now.
fellow 6th Nov 2018, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
They can't actually become invisible anymore after the scientists' first project.
Leafia_Barrett 6th Nov 2018, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
We're not opening that room up to check, for obvious reasons - she has to be in there, she couldn't have gotten out. Call out Edison's name - maybe she's in the tube. If we can't get her to show herself, then just tell her that we're not giving up on her and leave, but hopefully she's willing to hear us out this time. ...Not that I'd know what to say to her.
Lunar Waffles 6th Nov 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
if shes still quiet after we call out to her, that means she wont be yelling over us and we might get a word in edgewise x:
Limrix 6th Nov 2018, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
If we had to ad-lib, telling the story of when we were in the hospital to whoever might be listening might be good filler if we don't have anything in particular to say. Talking about ourselves and what we've gone through would help a lot if she's willing to listen.
Loose Cog 6th Nov 2018, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Are you sure,Limrix? She's not very stable, and our story is already pretty outlandish.
Lapdragon 6th Nov 2018, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
What would happen if we took all three ghosts to be "upgraded"?

I'd feel kinda bad about potentially destroying any discrete personality quirks that they've developed by being independent entities, but if they all started out as one dead girl, they might gain something by being merged back into a single ghost (and we likely wouldn't have to deal with fearing Edison anymore). Even more interesting is if we got the original little girl back (alive), but I'd honestly prefer her as a ghost, she's just too cool the way she is.
TGWMoC 7th Nov 2018, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Except that (I think), it doesn't combine the stuff you offer, it's a trade. As in, you have 10 pencils, you offer them, the tradesmen take them, and give you a colour pencil set that they already had. They keep the original 10 pencils.
fellow 7th Nov 2018, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
The ritual has a note with it warning you not to use it on people. We should heed that warning.
Lapdragon 7th Nov 2018, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
My thinking is that we've not got a "people" - we've got three pieces of a single broken ghost - I was thinking it's the equivalent of taking a handful of broken used pencil stubs, and getting a whole pencil (the combined essence that they started out as), or even a full mechanical pencil back (the original little girl). Regardless of how the math works out, I'd not be doing it without asking them first.

As fun as the three of them are, I feel bad for them - they're a DEAD LITTLE GIRL... she might want to continue living her life, and I'm pretty sure that Michelle and Caius are likely sterile, being tube-grown on the cheap - one or the other of them might want a child after all this is done with (assuming any of us live through all this).

On a side note, I've also given some thought to upgrading those stasis canisters that they were "stored" in. Naptime is all well and good, but it might not be awful if we got a container that had some new functionality to it - being able to take Edison somewhere and talk to her without having to risk letting her out would be useful. If we can rehab her then it's a moot point, but we've got the canisters and a ritual, it might be useful to see what we can get out of it - even if we don't use it on her anymore, we've got a whole townful of ghosts still to deal with.
Guest 8th Nov 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Also, what would be a better ghost, even if we were crazy enough to do this? Would we end up with something like Casper, the Ring girl, or Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man?
Sekwel 7th Nov 2018, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
To that end -- there was some chatter about speaking to the Tradesmen again via the other ritual.

We could ask what would happen if we tried; or what would happen if we used it with people in general. Just to satisfy the curiosity.
fellow 7th Nov 2018, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
I suspect people in this case might mean things with souls, I.E a sense of identity.
WalkerOfSorrow 7th Nov 2018, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
I'm prone to think that there is another ritual out there to unite three fragments of an original ghost. Trading them in for a better ghost is NOT a good solution. For all we know, it could work. But a much better direction would be to ask the Tradesmen how to put the three ghosts back together, and see if their price is reasonable. If we can learn it safely, I say we pay the price and look into this method.
Skullrama 7th Nov 2018, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
While they all started as fragmented ghosts of a little girl, after having their imprints strengthened and, more importantly, interacting directly with others so long to have developed their own personalities....

These are now three distinct little girls. Ghosts they may be - originating from someone else they may be, but they are now each their own person. Doing anything to erase their individual qualities would be murder. Having their own thoughts, feeling and memories makes them people, whether they are ghosts, robots, human beings or other.
Twelveseal 8th Nov 2018, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
For my part, I'm not averse to chatting up the Tradesmen on how to merge the girls, but let's not discuss trading people for better people...
WalkerOfSorrow 8th Nov 2018, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
To be clear, I was specifically saying that the trade ritual in discussion is one where you give over a bunch of things and get a better version of those things. Give fifty cars, get a better car. Give fifty vials of blood, get better blood. Give twenty-six cameras, get a better camera. The Tradesmen's definition of better is weird, but it is better in some way.

If we turned over Edison and company in that ritual, it would not be to combine them. That's why we need another ritual. That one is for giving up something in exchange. What we need is a ritual to help a lost little girl heal, and that's even if we're considering doing anything of the kind to three seemingly independent girls. Which I don't think is necessarily a good idea.
The Chicken Guy 8th Nov 2018, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Note also that the basic functions of the trade may change. Like when we got the syringe gun. That was a big jump.
psychoshen 8th Nov 2018, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to try to knock on the glass, like you would with a door, before entering a child's room. I don't know if that would come off as rude though, in zoos they often have signs to keep people from tapping the glass. If we do opt that way, we should respect Edison's wishes, whether she wants to talk or "asks" us to leave. If there's no response we might try prompting her by name.
The Chicken Guy 8th Nov 2018, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Random thought, but do you think Morgenstern ever anonymously comments down here to try and steer us in the right direction? Also, we should see if Edison is OK. The possibility that she has "faded" for lack of a better word is concerning. Maybe contact someone via blood, and have them bring the girls in to check.
guest 9th Nov 2018, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
most likely
Twelveseal 9th Nov 2018, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Had an odd,largely unrelated thought: can Red now talk to the other ghosts in town and maybe find out what went on in town/at the power plant?