Comic 1136 - Assess the situation

Posted on 1st Dec 2018, 7:44 PM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Assess the situation

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Morgenstern 1st Dec 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete
You begin to pull more working blood out of the unclotted blood on the floor, just in case.

You check on the bug you had in the hallway's side room--it's still there, and intact. Whatever this entity is, it must not have noticed the bug yet.

You begin constructing more walls in the red--with more solid materials. Iron. Copper. You can still weave them together with muscle, but you want them to be more defensible if you need to stop another blast.

You focus on the electricity in the air--trying to read it, intentionally. You... can almost follow the network out of this room and across the building. It's faint, and you have trouble making out specifics... but at the end of the hall, past the webbed door, there's... something. A huge source of energy. You can't be certain, but it feels like the network of electricity all converges toward that point.

...The prophecy. Something about old gods falling, and new gods rising. You consider calling Pierce about it--Caius could use his alien... brain phone thing, which should be able to reach Mars.

Wait. Pierce's phone broke--you remember him mentioning it a while back, something about a ladder related accident. Mav's phone was confiscated by the cult, and you don't know what happened to it after that. You've used Crease's phone... but you can't remember if anyone actually got his number. You're not sure how you would go about calling--


Michelle steps forward, and starts to put a hand on your shoulder--but briefly has to pause, getting a tiny static shock from reaching near you.

She smiles, and finishes putting her hand on your shoulder. "You blooded 'em. Remember? You can jus' talk to him with your mind."



You send a mental message to Pierce, and relay the... well, the gist of the prophecy, as you heard it. You ask if he's read or heard anything like that.

"Hmm," he considers aloud. "Nothing all that specific, I'm afraid. That book you all brought back had... a very brief allusion to a changing of the guard, so to speak. It was more of a caution, really... that most magic relies on higher powers, and nothing--not even gods--last forever. Ancient tomes may become unreliable as the stars shift and realign. It is, if I remember the phrasing... a strange aeon indeed where such an event can occur. I would not call it a prophecy, in the strictest sense--old gods WILL fade. Everything has to, eventually."


pkrankow 1st Dec 2018, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Thank Pierce. It is reassuring that some of this is considered normal operation of a healthy universe.
Cyanic 1st Dec 2018, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
thank him, then ask him if he knows anything about big big ghosts that probably eat other ghosts

also let's try to get the meatwall mobile and not just ready to summon. Just make it like walk in front of us. We don't need legs strictly, we could be able to give it wheels?
Skullrama 1st Dec 2018, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, I'm still for blooding the webs. Is there any potential downside to doing so at this point?

At best it gives us a point to infiltrate the entity's power network and perhaps dictate energy charge and discharge from any web we blood. At worst, we can make portals directly on the things any further blasts would come from, which should at the very least make diverting it to the red easier.
winger 2nd Dec 2018, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
if i am correct the webs are solid energy and high electricity clots the blood so it may not even work
Limrix 1st Dec 2018, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Let's have the blood bug explore the last door in the hallway.
1. So. Webbing dangerous. Noted. I don't think there's a reason for anyone to stick around in the power plant. Let's set up a way to communicate with the entity remotely, like a mouth and ears, or a microphone and speakers. Then let's return to the base and keep exploring remotely.

2. We've encountered multiple issues that challenge us on the spiritual axis. It's important for everyone, not just Mine, to have a strong sense of self before we go to fight Carpenter and Nil. I recommend a group astral projection session to improve everyone's understanding of their souls, and to help them be more aware of them.
Chaostraveler 1st Dec 2018, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Skullrama, Limrix and pkrankow. With more blood available to portal it should be easier to absorb/redirect the electrical attacks. I think that we should try having the blood bug explore while we try to make a new blood wall/golem type creation to tank/function like a lightning rod.
Gigafreak 1st Dec 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
"That is not dead which can immortal lie. And with strange aeons even Death may die." A quote from the Necronomicon-- or perhaps a quote from someone quoting it from someone ELSE quoting the Necronomicon.
Leaving that aside...

Exiting the plant is likely not a great idea at this moment. The Entity That May Or May Not Be Psychic Ghostly Mutant Electro Spider Satan is out of energy and currently recharging; if we exit and come back later, it can greet us with a readied lightning bolt as we walk into the door, stalling progress even more than it already has so far (if Mine can even get a wall or cage deployed in time to survive it). If we're going to proceed at all, now is a very good time.

That said... The entity doesn't seem to be beyond diplomacy. It greeted the recon team with words rather than attacks on their first visit, and did not start firing lightning at us until we fired lightning at it first. (Maybe it even thinks that's how we greet each other?)

It's freaky as all hell, but it's responding to questions-- maybe we can feed the webs some small, controlled quantity of electricity so that we can continue to converse with the entity-- to hear more about what it is and what it's trying to do. ...And maybe a name or backstory, so I can stop calling it The Entity That May Or May Not Be Psychic Ghostly Mutant Electro Spider Satan. We should probably still conduct any such conversations with another cage either built around us or otherwise ready to deploy at an instant's notice, of course.

It'd be poetic if Mine can befriend this freaky-creature-that-desires-a-soul-for-suspicious-reasons and thereby give it a "soul" the way she did her own allies.
Loose Cog 1st Dec 2018, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Loose Cog
I'd like to point out the possibility that we could just siphon energy from spider Satan.
Limrix 2nd Dec 2018, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Let's not try that just yet. If we want to kill spider satan, it's a good plan.
Twyll 2nd Dec 2018, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
No, I think it may actually be a good plan for diplomacy. Mutant Psychic Ghost Spider Satan Zombie Goast Swarm just has *so much* energy that it's dangerous to us for it to communicate to us. If we can build an extension of our own "webbing" from the red, grounding into the red, to meet MPGSS-ZGS's webbing, that might keep us from being blasted to bits while hopefully still allowing for communication.
Skullrama 2nd Dec 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, I think that trying to hijack control of this thing's electricity is a good idea whether we end up talking or fighting - it puts us in control of the situation either way. If it turns out to mean no harm, we can make sure we don't hurt it and even relinquish said control if we decide that's the best idea.
Skullrama 2nd Dec 2018, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Building on what Twyll was saying - this webbing is organic with some metallic compounds right? Can we not just produce our own webbing from the red of almost the same exact structure (only soaked in our blood) and connect it to these webs? Then, if we hold a portal open at any time, we can actually make more webbing in the red and connect directly through the portal, letting us channel the electricity into the red cleanly so that it shouldn't clot so dang much?
Limrix 2nd Dec 2018, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Ok, that makes sense. I'm on board with that.
Skullrama 2nd Dec 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
We may need to pull a piece of the web into the red and dissect it so that we can copy it's structure as closely as possible.
1977 2nd Dec 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
By reading through the archives I just stumbled in the comments for this page

over what Loki said:
"If we can levitate a needle full of our blood, or a ball of our own blood, then we should be able to levitate ourselves! Mine can fly!"

I'm no real expert regarding flying objects and electricity, but I think the fact that we would not touch the ground would be good.
winger 2nd Dec 2018, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
while being in the air would not make MINE immune to electricity, plans can still be hit by lightning. but it would make it less likely to arc to MINE electricity naturally want to go to the ground a person is the easiest path in the open plain but if your in the air as long as your not in is normal path or lower then the source you should be in the fine