Comic 1133 - Send a bug

Posted on 28th Nov 2018, 7:01 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Send a bug

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Morgenstern 28th Nov 2018, 7:01 PM edit delete
You create a bug, similar to the one you used at Hope's church. You expel it from Blobbert.

You check the machine on the left, with all the monitors, first. Most of the damage is like that in the rest of the facility--the edges of the holes are jagged and inconsistent. It looks... chewed, if you had to guess. There's also more of the yellow-ish fluid. Michelle's thought that it may be some kind of saliva is looking more and more likely.

You also send your bug to investigate the various gauges on the right side of the room. This device in particular looks untouched, except for the dust and wear of age. It's wired into the ceiling, though--if whatever did this was just looking for electricity, why wouldn't it come after this machine?

You begin to suspect that whatever it is, it may not just be eating metal in general... it appears to have hunted for something specific, maybe something in the composition of the more complicated electronics and wiring in the building. It tore its way into some areas, but left others alone entirely.

You remember what Dr. Finch said--about creatures being genetically modified to produce webs.

Thinking about it reminds you of something else (probably from Dr. Finch's memories): that many, many experiments have also been done in an attempt to fabricate stronger silk, usually by integrating microscopic metals into the mixture. Sometimes this is performed via direct genetic alteration or engineering, but other times the process is simpler--like spraying spiders down with a water-graphene particle mix, or giving them food laced with carbon nanotubes.

If... whatever this is was physically fed something like that, over several generations it may have developed a taste for it. That could explain why only some objects are damaged--the creature may not have sensed anything it wanted out of this machine.

...Though, that could also mean the webs are even stronger than you anticipated. You're not too sure.

It could also mean that they're conductive.


ReikoLupus 28th Nov 2018, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Shoot lighting at the web in front of us and see what happens XD.
Twyll 28th Nov 2018, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
I'd suggest maybe zapping *different* webbing, and using only a little bit of electricity XD but yes, let's do science!

I suggest the webbing in front of Blobbert, since it just seems to be covering the door and not connected to what might be Psychic Mutant Ghost Spider Satan's nest. We can have Blobbert do the shocking, and just send the electricity via the red.

Disturbing a spider's nest is a *great* way to provoke it into attacking you defensively, so let's not shoot electricity at the big ol' mass of webs just yet. (I'm not sure about the defensiveness levels of psychics, mutants, ghosts, or Satan, though.)
pkrankow 28th Nov 2018, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
I believe it is said


When you start shooting lightening.

Excitement and quite possibly reverb. A thunder crash would definately help.
Limrix 28th Nov 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
+1 to using Blobbert. Any zapping should be done a safe distance from our bodies.
Blue_Fox 28th Nov 2018, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
but maybe isolate a bit of the web and then zap it as not to disturb spider satan
Some Random Guy 28th Nov 2018, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
-1, seems dangerous, we may be setting off an alarm if we mess with a potential spider's web
AgentKuga 28th Nov 2018, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
I’ll say give it a try but good point, or may alert the spider. But you never know unless you try.
psychoshen 28th Nov 2018, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
I part of our current problem is we don't know enough. Whatever it is we're finding, we don't know if it's hostile, friendly or just plain neutral. Randomly shocking an unknown entity doesn't seem like something we'd do and given that it has chosen to live in a power plant, it might like it even.
Guest 28th Nov 2018, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
hmmm... can we soak blood into the web (or subsume it into our web) to get a sense of their molecular arrangement?
Some Random Guy 28th Nov 2018, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Some Random Guy
First off, let's drop blood from our blood bug onto the tough webbing and yellow stuff, so we can take samples of them for Finch to examine later.
Ablaze 28th Nov 2018, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
It might not be a spider. It could be a goat! A lot of experimenting with spider silk is applied to goats to produce webbing though their milk. In this case we could have a giant mutant goat spider! But goats do like to eat strange things.
Lunar Waffles 29th Nov 2018, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
technically i think they just CHEW anything, not actually eat it....unless its edible x:
Loose Cog 29th Nov 2018, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
FunnyJoke 29th Nov 2018, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
A Perpetual Motion Machine, you mean?
Aren't those impossible...?
Twelveseal 29th Nov 2018, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. I wonder if it's not the creature, but the web itself that's destructive to imprints...
Szled 29th Nov 2018, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
There was a comment about giving Blobbert a cat tail and ears, after we just have to figure out colour it grey and we have a tabby slime from slime rancher, we could make an army of them... That would adorable, and terrifying... But mostly adorable!
Cuttlefish 29th Nov 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
We have a much better handle on what the spider(s) likely eats - which gives us the option of baiting an irresistible trap rather than pushing deep into the nest, if we wanted.