Comic 1130 - Prepare for the power station

Posted on 25th Nov 2018, 10:40 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Prepare for the power station

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Morgenstern 25th Nov 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete
You decide to do some smaller preparation for hitting up Ilworth's power plant in earnest--specifically, making a better weapon for Caius. You drip some blood on the floor, using it to open a portal... and you begin to mentally construct a hammer in the red.

Out of bone.

"It needs to be friggen huge," Caius comments. "I'm talkin', like, heavy as hell. Keep in mind, I'm lab meat too--you make a hammer for regular people, I'm jus' gonna break it."

"If we're makin' suggestions," Michelle adds, "You should keep some blood in it. Not totally hollow or nothin', but... I think I got some ideas, if you can still move the hammer mentally."

It's a tough compromise, making a hammer that's so dense and heavy that only a genetically engineered individual could wield it but ALSO containing enough of your blood that you could possibly move it... but you give it a try. You're not actually sure how well you'll be able to manipulate it with your powers, let alone if you'll be able to use... whatever Michelle's ideas are, but eventually, you finish the hammer.

You use the material in the red to physically push the hammer out into this plane. It's... not perfect. You tried to put a skull on it, but you haven't... really practiced. Making skulls.

"Nah, that's perfect," Caius replies. You do see him wince, just a bit, as he hefts the hammer from the floor with both hands. Having to exert himself just a little to carry it, though, steadily brings a grin to his face. "Yeah... that's it. I dunno if this is tha most metal thing you done, but it's gotta be in tha top ten."


He turns it over in his large hands, the grin maintaining as he gets a better feel for it. "Yeah. Hell yeah." Caius nods, his gaze meeting yours. "Thank you. I mean it. I never used a hammer like this before, but I'm sure as hell gonna learn."

"...Like Thor, first handling Mjölnir," Dr. Finch comments with a smile of his own.

"Really?," Michelle chuckles. "You gotta nerd it up like that?"

"Nah," Caius says, shaking his head. "That's still pretty damn metal."

You, Michelle, Fuse, and Caius head toward the Ilworth power plant. You weigh your options on the way there--the pros and cons of just... flooding the entire building with blood. It would give you far, far more to work with than just a skin bug or a meat golem... but Fuse and Dr. Finch may be onto something about the risks.

By the time you arrive, you decide on a third option, somewhere in between. You also form your armor.

A great deal has been said about 'bending the rules.' You have trouble manipulating blood if it's not contained, but you've circumvented this--maneuvering blood inside bodies, inside the red, even inside a syringe. A lot can be said about what is or is not 'inside,' about what that means in the big scheme of things, but a very different question has crossed your mind--

what is blood?

Does a fibrin mesh and a dense wall of platelets sticking together constitute pure, uncontained blood, in the strictest sense? While your blood was in a needle, you could turn it into skin and that was good enough to 'trap' blood, to make it be 'inside.' It was just a surface composed of what was, moments prior, blood. Can coagulated blood--in a fully gelled form--count as an 'outside?'

You bleed out onto the floor of the power station... and you start to work. You collect blood in the red... and you make a clot.

A big clot.

Around the blood.

You step back from the portal... and shove an enormous blob of coagulation, containing more conventional blood, out into the room.


"Holy shit," Fuse remarks.

"...Alright," Michelle concedes with a nod, "Dunno what I thought was gonna happen, but I'll admit that ain't it. Does... does that work?"

You will the enormous clot to move. It's... awkward, to put it kindly. Lacking proper appendages, you kind of half roll, half wiggle it around. It drags blood wherever it goes, the rough floor slowly shredding at the clot's surface.

...Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. You're leaving a trail of potential viewpoints and portals.

"So now we got blobs," Caius states, as though he's trying to explain it to himself.

Fuse nods, slowly, solemnly. "Look, I know we're toeing the line here, having some real... philosophical discussions about what's metal and what's nerd stuff, but... I really feel like summoning slimes is well into nerd stuff territory."

You resist the urge to tell them you're also thinking about making a wand.


Twyll 25th Nov 2018, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Make the wand--- and summon it from the red via a magical girl transformation sequence.

Do it.
undeadDreamer 25th Nov 2018, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
undeadDreamer 25th Nov 2018, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Also we should try to make some of the bone armour turn pink if we can.
Gigafreak 25th Nov 2018, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Seriously, though... a stick of bone, containing a bunch of blood, has some practical uses. Mine could levitate it using blood-kinesis, and then fire electricity from it without risk of shocking herself. Probably sturdier than trying the same trick with a syringe, too.
Archon 26th Nov 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
One one hand, I'm not sure if we've the proficiency to pull a transformation sequence off.
On the other, I'm mildly curious how the attempt will go, and thus give my approval.
Twyll 26th Nov 2018, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
I mean, at this point it may just be "spin around in a circle and hum some music while making funny hand motions" XD Since we've already got the bone armor on, it would be more of a weapon-summoning sequence, less of a transformation sequence, really. But we can hone our transformation sequence later.
YetAnother 26th Nov 2018, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
"With a flick of wrist and a stom of foot
Mine retrieves a wand
Outta own hand
She can easy now lightninhg bolt your butt"

I'll see myself out.
Limrix 26th Nov 2018, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Blood wand concept: image
Cyanic 26th Nov 2018, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
super +1
ReikoLupus 26th Nov 2018, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Make it!
AgentKuga 26th Nov 2018, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
I have been scarred from too much puella magi madoka magica but I give my approval for all of the above.
Mister 26th Nov 2018, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking a staff or a sceptre, but wand would be ok.

Also, Take the idea of hammer inc. blood to spears, or knives. A fleet of flying pointy death objects flying through the air would be pretty formidable.
chandler1498 25th Nov 2018, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Boredone 25th Nov 2018, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Hug the blob! Then send. It on scouting duty, assuming we can see out of it.
Twyll 26th Nov 2018, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Ooh it DOES need a hug!

Also I think we may need to make one of these for the home bunker that's got a derpy face and cat ears, like the ones in Slime Rancher.
Limrix 26th Nov 2018, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
+1 for scouting duty. And making more slimes later.
Cyanic 26th Nov 2018, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
good point! the blob needs a hug
and cat ears are an even better addition than limbs!
Causticius 26th Nov 2018, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
+1 for hugs

We can probably give it eyes, since it's basically just an externalization of our RED. Tentacles would be better than solid limbs, and easier to manage to boot. Maybe something like octopus "arms" with suckers on them to roll the slime forward would help.
Twyll 26th Nov 2018, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking we could just do pseudopods-- less solid than tentacles, but easier to make and unmake as needed.

Eyes might be difficult because it kinda rolls and squishes and so they'd never be in the same place, but we could... maybe just plop a bunch of eyes inside so at least some of them are always facing in the direction we need? Or we could add eye stalks coming out the top, like a snail.
Some Random Guy 26th Nov 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
I suggest a thin yet durable cytoskeleton made of bone and tendon, to give the thing a little more shape and coherence.
PurpleKetchup 26th Nov 2018, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
Add darker patches for eyes and a smiley face.
Asrioth 26th Nov 2018, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Sekwel 26th Nov 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Reflect on how the blood slime might be the best idea we've ever had.

Let's make a mental note for later to figure out where our current limits are with red manipulation. Measured in the standard unit of blood slimes, of course.
Anes Mt Siin 26th Nov 2018, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
Nerd metal, if it's not a thing it should be.
Tych 26th Nov 2018, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
+1 to comment
Guest 26th Nov 2018, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
1 word:
Twyll 26th Nov 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
When we make the biomechs, we DEFINITELY need to make them dragon-shaped. Cover 'em in bone- or keratin-scales, have 'em breathe jets of blood or flashes of lightning. It might be difficult to get them to fly, but we could at least give them wings for stability (like how birds flap their wings to stabilize themselves when tearing apart prey on the ground).
Cyanic 26th Nov 2018, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Ok, now give it a mouth and say "am big now"
because that reminds me of baby red, but like... big

but seriously, let's give this thing some rudimentary appendages for moving and attacking, and some optics (not saying eyes as that might not be entirely accurate)
that thing is definitely taking point

let's proceed!
Guest 26th Nov 2018, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
It's just a recolor of something else MM did.
Guest 26th Nov 2018, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Should we get a sample of that web thing for Finch to look at?
Some Random Guy 26th Nov 2018, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
Yes, and also ask about the examination of the mutated parts from Bunker X. I forgot about that stuff, and I want to know how's it been going.
Mathbird 26th Nov 2018, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
Seems like no one's mentioned this here yet: name the blood clot Blobbert (full name Robert Brian Clot courtesy of Gigafreak)
Twyll 26th Nov 2018, 2:41 AM edit delete reply
The discord appears to have already adopted Blobbert as the official name.
PurpleKetchup 26th Nov 2018, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
His name is Blobbert Paulson.
Crestlinger 26th Nov 2018, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
Nice work. Lol if you could trade the slime up for a king or metal one. Potential hammer name? Tenderizer.
pkrankow 26th Nov 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
It is Sargent Schlock in costume!
Leafia_Barrett 26th Nov 2018, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
A wand of bone and blood to cast Lighting spells from. Yeah, that is a thing. Fuck it let's do it.
I'm Right you know 26th Nov 2018, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
For the record, something can be both nerdy and metal at the same time.
pkrankow 26th Nov 2018, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
On the weapon topic: bo staff. Make for Michelle, Fuse, Dr Finch, and ourself. Durable, thick bone exterior, skinny bone sponge interior with blood. Proper length is about a hand taller than the user.

Yes, I know Dr Finch is likely not joining us.
Loose Cog 26th Nov 2018, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
Coat the surface of Caius's hammer in blood.