Comic 1126 - Practice astral things with Red

Posted on 20th Nov 2018, 5:58 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Practice astral things with Red

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Morgenstern 20th Nov 2018, 5:58 PM edit delete
Attempting to force a sync with Mom's red seems like a good idea--later, maybe. Doing so would disconnect you from the outside world, which means not being able to keep track of Michelle, Fuse, and Caius. You decide to try it, and pushing your own astral form, when your friends aren't in any potential danger.

In the meantime, though... you also don't see any reason why your Red shouldn't be able to do something similar. She does have a ghost body now, right...? It should be basically the same thing.


"We've sort of already proven we can," Red points out. "You gave me clean clothes and a flower in your head. I still have those in this form. I don't know if I can change me yet, but you definitely can... and you can make things in your headspace. ...As long as you think they're supposed to be there. We just need to work on getting you to own stuff outside your mind the way you do things inside--make yourself understand that other mental planes aren't any different than your brain room.

Look, last time you had to go to your imaginary closet and find me an outfit--just skip that part. You only did it because you thought you had to. We're still, uh, wired together or however it works. Just... have me be in different clothes. Just make it happen."

You concentrate.

She's right, you've done this before. It was just... in your room, in your mind, and you didn't know the rules back then. You treated it like it was actually your room, with all the things it should normally contain.

You did it without even thinking about it.

Nothing's stopping you from doing that here, now--changing a mental manifestation because you think you should be able to.

You know you should be able to.

You concentrate.

After several seconds of focusing, you change Red's clothes.


"...Not especially creative, but it's a start," she says with a smirk. "You just have to keep that same outlook. I'm just a thing your brain made. Well, I guess I'm a person now, but you get what I mean. Your ghost form's the same way--it's just your mental picture of you. You made a perfect copy of your stupid cat plushie in your mindscape, you should be able to do a lot more than that."

You do notice--as the initial rush wears down--that your hairs are standing on end, rising up as though you have collected a bunch of static.


While Fuse watches the front entrance, Caius and Michelle peek through the open door in front of the web mass.

As Caius steps into the long hall, the lights sputter and buzz... and then flicker on.

"Huh," comments Caius. "Tha lights came on."

"Maybe they got motion detectors...?," Michelle offers.

Fuse tightens his grip on his pistol, but keeps watching the front. "Guys, that's not good."

"What?," Michelle asks, glancing back to Fuse. "Somethin' happen?"

"No, I mean the lights," Fuse replies. "This place has been abandoned forever, and the wiring's five kinds of fucked. There's no good reason for the lights to still work. Also, motion detectors? Really?"

"Look," Michelle chuckles dryly, "I'm jus' throwin' it out there. What's the other explanation we got? Somethin's turnin' on the lights, tryin' to lure us in? ...Yeah, it's prob'ly that. Spiders are workin' the lights somehow. Dammit."

"We're freakin' out for no reason," Caius says. "You guys, I mean. I'm hella calm. The fuggen calmest. It's tha... tha electric stuff, right? Tha ghost bunker was doin' this, too, me an' tha Doc were super tense over nothin'. We were gettin' tha heeby jeebies last night, too."

"Yeah, but," Fuse shakes his head, "any lingering EM fields should've dispersed by now, I think. Dude, it's been a long time since this place was active. It shouldn't be hitting us like this unless, like... maybe we've got ghosts."

Michelle manages to balance her minigun between one hand and her knee while she unzips the bag on Caius's shoulder, and checks the ghost gun.

"We got... somethin'," Michelle finally concludes. "The gun ain't readin' it as all that strong, though. There's somethin', but whatever it is, it ain't right on top of us just yet."

"But somethin's been here, then," Caius replies. "Might be ghosts leavin' their... uh, ghostness all over tha place."

"Yeah," Michelle affirms with a grin, and a stifled giggle. "Their ghostness."

"Guys." Fuse gives a long pause, and takes a deep breath. "Do spiders have ghosts?"

Michelle starts to reply,

but Caius gets there first. "Fuse, shut tha hell up."


Guest 20th Nov 2018, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Activate cellphone ghost-busters theme: Go!
Cyanic 20th Nov 2018, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Big ghosts might be a thing, and they might be dangerous.

It might really be safer if we explored the power plant with a mini golem first
Guest 20th Nov 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
No Guts No Glory
WalkerOfSorrow 20th Nov 2018, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
Cyanic, it bothers me that I can't tell if you meant "big ghost" or "bug ghost." It bothers me because neither one of those are a good thing AT ALL, and the uncertainty makes it even worse.

Mini golems away!
Some Random Guy 20th Nov 2018, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
Some blood bug and/or flesh golem scouting is in order, mostly the former.
Limrix 20th Nov 2018, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
Things looked creepy when we came the first time, and they've only gotten creepier. We can spare some time to help scout. Something with long, prehensile eye-stalks might be good.
AgentKuga 20th Nov 2018, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
poor fuse
Guest 20th Nov 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Wicked, also, spiders probably could've ghosts if they were super smart spiders.

I think we should check out that big ripped wall section, and maybe heat up Cauis' machete with fuse's pyrokinesis and use it to cut the web kinda safely. like a hot knife though . . . well spiderwebs.
Liquid Bacon 20th Nov 2018, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
"super smart spiders"

<i>you're not making things better</i>
Frission 20th Nov 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
These three are hilarious. xD

Also, awww, but I liked the nurse outfit on red. D:
FunnyJoke 21st Nov 2018, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
They are amazing. :3
Hermit 20th Nov 2018, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Mine: Imagine Red in the tiger mask.

power station team: Carefully examine that severely damaged section of wall.

cat plushie: Ignore Red's comment. You're not stupid.
Mathbird 20th Nov 2018, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
+1 to the cat plushie ignoring Red.
WalkerOfSorrow 20th Nov 2018, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh no! If we start assigning personality traits to the plushie, IT will be the next thing to come alive.
undeadDreamer 20th Nov 2018, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
We are perfectly capable of creating non-sentient mental constructs.
pkrankow 20th Nov 2018, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Red needs a dress. No. Ball gown. Blue with red trim, expanded with a petticoat. Boots to kill, because utility even when dressed to 9's. Not just a flower, but a crown of flowers braided in.

Mine can do this.

Edit: no, Red can do this with help from Mine.
Some Random Guy 20th Nov 2018, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
My suggestion is to try one part of her clothing, and then attempt to complicate it. For example, give her jeans, add pockets, detail the threads, add buttons, rearrange the design and form, turning it into something very complicated. Then, when finished, reverse it to its original form, or as close as you can.

What I mean is to test our ability to change and revert things in this state of mind.
Loose Cog 20th Nov 2018, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
+1 to some random guy
undeadDreamer 20th Nov 2018, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Yes. Let's do this. Also we should ask Red to try, because unless she gets a separate body before we confront Carpenter/Nil she'll have to be there with us.
Limrix 20th Nov 2018, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
+1, and if Red can't, we should help her by giving her the ability to change herself until she can.
We could also try making Red upside down, with the idea that it's normal for her to stand on the ceiling.
pkrankow 21st Nov 2018, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Good idea to work with Red till she has control over her own appearance
Skullrama 21st Nov 2018, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
I'm down for helping Red help herself. She's part of us anyway, even if she's her own person, so it's still training, really.
Chaostraveler 20th Nov 2018, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
I think we should make a cuter outfit for Red. Maybe start with a nicer outfit and work up to something complicated like the ball gown that pkrankow suggested.

Power station team: examine the damaged wall and have Michelle keep an eye on the ghost gun. If there is a way around the webbing in the middle of the hall check the next door and the water heater(?) next.
ReikoLupus 20th Nov 2018, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Fuse, shut the hell up. I don't even Wanna to imagine it.
That's gonna give me nightmares...

Proceed with the Ghost Gun ready for Action.
...And let's hope we don't need it.
undeadDreamer 20th Nov 2018, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
On the discord it was brought up that maybe Mine did that by accident?
PurpleKetchup 20th Nov 2018, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
The ghosts of all the spiders you swallowed while sleeping.

Anyway, it seems Mine is charging up a bit too close to Dr. Finch. Let's avoid shock hazards and keep grounding in the Red.
Limrix 21st Nov 2018, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
It could be dangerous, or it could be beneficial. Asking Red can't hurt.
Crestlinger 21st Nov 2018, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Who you gonna call? <i>Not</i> Michelle.
Spooky lights are spooky, investigate the wired cylinder Without touching that webbing if possible.

While having Dr. Finch keep an eye on your electrical field, give Red another outfit change to bone armor to see if it takes and whether that static was anything to be concerned about.
The Chicken Guy 21st Nov 2018, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Just a thought, but if the wiring is borked, could the web somehow be carrying power to the lights?
FunnyJoke 21st Nov 2018, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Have the fun trio return home, seriously, the webs could be static, and all the creepy like. Also figure out bleach.
Also, make some kind of grounding so we don't hurt Finch in the static.
kingoftheworld 21st Nov 2018, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Twyll 21st Nov 2018, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Why don't we ask Red what *she* wants to wear? She's becoming her own person now; presumably that includes her own sense of style.
FunnyJoke 21st Nov 2018, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Eternity 21st Nov 2018, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Departure_Dave 21st Nov 2018, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
Watch out for the Ghost of Spider Satan.