Comic 1123 - Talk to Pierce

Posted on 17th Nov 2018, 10:22 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Talk to Pierce

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Morgenstern 17th Nov 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete
You all agree on the plan: Michelle, Fuse, and Caius will resume their exploration of the Ilworth power station. You're going to head to Mars to speak with Pierce.

Caius grabs the bag full of tools, medical supplies, and other miscellaneous items--including some of your blood, just in case--and they head out.

You make your way to Bunker D, where you find Pierce in the hallway. You update him on the overall situation, and tell him the power should be back up in Ilworth soon... after that, everyone stuck here can move out to there.

"That is good news," he says with a nod. "While I've been enjoying the chance to get away from it all, and do some thinking... I do suspect the others are beginning to go a hair stir crazy."

You also explain the... well, as succinctly as you can, you explain what it is that you need to do, and what you're going to be facing. You tell Pierce that you need any advice you can get on becoming stronger, in a spiritual sense.

He nods solemnly, staring out at the flowers. "I believe you have conviction. That is good. That is... key. You must know what you want, or you will not reach it. Knowing who you are is important as well, however. ...A man can be many things. A fighter, a father, a writer, but who is he when he meets eyes with a demon? Who is he then, at that moment? If he does not know, the demon may decide for him, and a moment can mean a great deal. Many rituals invoke the power of someone, some god or force, in specific... and this often provides comfort to a caster. Stability. Presence of mind. When the moment comes, you are not a father, or a writer, but an agent of something greater. It brings confidence.

...That is not a luxury I would suspect you can afford, given the nature of things. You have no god to invoke but yourself. To be of two minds is a vulnerability that strange forces can exploit."

He smiles. Poorly, but he does, a stiff and wry grin.

"...But then you, yourself, ARE strange forces. You face Nil... but it is not just Nil, not this time. He will be Arvin Carpenter, as well. Two minds. Which will he be in the moment he meets eyes with you? They may have allied to some nefarious end... but they are not one. They are not the same. When you face them, you must want... greater than they want. You must know who you are, more than they know what they are. You are not some paltry occult hobbyist tugging on the coattails of a god. Remember this.

You are a god. Nil in Arvin Carpenter's body is no more dangerous than the First Womb in Mine Ametsuchi's body. Do not let them intimidate you. Do not let them dictate who you are. Know who you are.

The rest..." He tilts his head, almost feigning a shrug. "Is experience. The spiritual plane is different than the physical. It has different rules, different limits. Fewer limits, many would say."

The group arrives at the power plant. It's a bit easier to see, with daylight peering through the cracks in the ceiling. The wind whipping against the outside makes an uncomfortable sound, though it comes and goes.

"You know," Fuse begins, "I really thought this place would be less creepy in the day time."

Michelle shrugs her shoulders, reasserting her grip on her gun. "Maybe whatever the hell's here is nocturnal?"

"Yeah, wouldn't bet money on it," Caius chuckles.


Causticius 17th Nov 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Pierce is bestest priest :3
PastaCommander 17th Nov 2018, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
Inspect the spiderwebs but be careful
Some Random Guy 18th Nov 2018, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
Will we be able to control the three characters whilst Mine is doing the spiritual training, A.K.A. move into a different viewpoint in the story (other than the main character’s) and progress? Or, will Mine be really focused up on this, and our viewpoint in the story not chance for progress reasons?
undeadDreamer 17th Nov 2018, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Ask Pierce if he has any suggestions on how to practice spiritual thingies.
Skullrama 17th Nov 2018, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
This - gaining the experience is next. Perhaps get Red in on this - she hasn't been a ghost long, but she can experiment with us. If she can use the red while a ghost, then we should be able to overcome the barrier preventing us from doing so in astral form, mindscapes and other non-physical things.
Limrix 17th Nov 2018, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Mine: Contemplate Self
Power plant group: Caius should take point as the best close quarters fighter.
Others: Investigate the items we got from Zone 50.

We are an eldritch blood god. We are a human consciousness. We have distributed our mental load across our allies. Our thinking does not have to take place in our head. We should try distributing our thoughts into the red; using the red as the physical support for our psychic/spiritual form.
By doing this, we should be able to decouple our consciousness from our human body, while still having a human consciousness in control of that body.
Crestlinger 17th Nov 2018, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of in the David Eddings Mallorean 'The Seeress of Kell' where a demon and a dragon were trapped halfway in a body and neither could not have total control of it.
Corrode Carpenter's sense of self ans Nil will destroy him for us trying to take him over fully, thus losing his host. To Do that however it is time to talk to Red, Mom's Red, astral training, anything to pin to the wall who We are so the Many don't interfere in things.
AgentKuga 18th Nov 2018, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Haha the half-demon and half-dragon battling each other reminds me of Natsu from Fairy Tail.
Cyanic 18th Nov 2018, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
wait wait, I thought we were gonna scout the plant with a mini golem first? We could probably still do that, have it take point before we send the team in. Just in case
Skullrama 18th Nov 2018, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
We could, but then we wouldn't be training - we'd be focusing on scouting with a golem.

We just don't have time to do everything ourself.
Some Random Guy 18th Nov 2018, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
Let’s just momentarily check up on them when we have breaks from the training. We focus and the spiritual thingies for a lengthy (yet not entirely tiring) period of time, we take a moment to rest from the exertion, and while resting, we do a one-minute check-up. Ask Pierce if we could possibly handle such brief and fleeting moments of observance while such training is taking place.
Cuttlefish 18th Nov 2018, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Pierce makes a good point that while merged, Carpenter and Nil are not aligned. We are much more likely to succeed in combat with Carpenter than with Nil, so we should include in our approach some method to draw out as much of Carpenter as possible. Potentially, the more we piss off Carpenter, the less Nil will be in control.

I think, with permission of course, our next course of action as Mine should be to practice force-Syncing with Pierce.
fellow 18th Nov 2018, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Maybe Finch would be a better person to practice on. I wouldn't claim that Finch is similar to Carpenter, but they are both scientists and so their analytical sides are probably more developed than the everyone else's.

Though, we may not want to be force syncing while people are exploring the power station.

Edit: Also, Pierce's, well, person, has also already been eroded a bit by all of Thayle's syncing. So we want to avoid syncing with him for too long.
Cuttlefish 18th Nov 2018, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Good points! I'd considered Pierce due to his having more practice defending against spiritual incursion but had forgotten the condition we met him in. Possibly he could magically reinforce Finch's mental defences in some way to better mimic Nilpenter.
Twyll 18th Nov 2018, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
I’d really like to ask Pierce about the possibility of rejiggering the Church’s red-summoning ritual to possibly be able to summon a portion of Mom’s internal red, maybe with MomRed’s help. I feel like having access to her internal red would help us a lot—we could possibly get some advice or help with practicing from literally the only entity that has any experience being something like we are, and failing that, we could at least add more mass to MomRed.
Limrix 18th Nov 2018, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
+1 to asking Pierce to start research on a modified ritual.
Ablaze 18th Nov 2018, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
From what Pierce had said, I'm a bit worried about Red being a split off of our mind. If we truly need to focus ourselves spiritually, we will need her strength.
Limrix 18th Nov 2018, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
The important thing is that we are united in our efforts. We can become stronger together, and together we will face our struggles. It would help to have the rest of the group acknowledge Red's existence before facing Nil, but as long as we are unwavering in our goals, we will beat him.
Ablaze 18th Nov 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
That's a good point.

Actually our friends faith in us combined with their blooding might be a strong spiritual defense.
Tinkerbill93 18th Nov 2018, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm calling it now.

Tazer spiders.

Probably evolved to use the em fields in the ambient atmosphere for food or fuel or to catch birds.
Frission 18th Nov 2018, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
I don't know what Caius is holding there (or if he even *is* holding anything, it could be part of the background), but to me it looks like he's carrying a frying pan. This amuses me. xD
PastaCommander 18th Nov 2018, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Blue_Elite 18th Nov 2018, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
That's the machete. Kinda wondering why he doesn't have the shield out.
Anonymous Coward 18th Nov 2018, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Would using a really long and thick stick to clear the webs be a bad idea?