Comic 1186 - Exchange phone numbers

Posted on 29th Apr 2019, 12:43 AM in Like a Bullet from Behind
Exchange phone numbers

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Morgenstern 29th Apr 2019, 12:43 AM edit delete
You ask about possibly exchanging phone numbers--just in case something goes wrong, or one of you has to skip town.

"I don't see the harm in that," Helen replies. She takes out a bulky looking flip phone with large, very visible buttons. It takes her a few moments to look up her phone number to give to you.

You nod to Caius, who calls Helen with his alien phone. He lets it ring once before cutting it off. "My phone's, uh, kinda in my brain," he says. "So... there ain't gonna be a number there to dial, but tha call back thing oughta work."

"Oh!," remarks Helen. "I see. How unusual."

You ask if there's anything she'd like to know about you and your group.

"Some other day, perhaps," she replies with a faint smile. "Curious as I am, I think knowing too much about you could be... dangerous, at the moment. For both of us. Once all the ongoing hubbub is over with and the stars have settled down, though, I think there's a lot we could talk about."

You shop around for a little while. The store's selection of books is... limited, mostly by virtue of all being pre-owned books people no longer wanted. You don't find much of interest--mostly old crime and romance novels, choose your own adventure books, and niche cookbooks. You do find some children's books, though, which you end up buying for the ghost girls.


5-5-13-6 29th Apr 2019, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Vote to portal the kid's books to them as bloodsoaked as possible- for Edison, of course
Nayru9572 29th Apr 2019, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
Let's not: that might make them harder to read.
WalkerOfSorrow 29th Apr 2019, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Compromise. We pick the creepiest book and soak it to hell. Then we give THAT one to Edison as her personal plaything.
Twyll 29th Apr 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Edison would particularly like bloodsoaked things unless *she's* the one who does the soaking XD Let's just... give her some nice psychologically healthy books. (Er, let's check over the books and make sure that they *are* nice psychologically healthy books and not about how girls are destined to grow up to be barefoot and pregnant or something. They're fairly old books, after all...)
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
+1 to Twyll. We're trying to make Edison LESS crazy, not more. Remember how much trouble she was as a psycho? We don't need that, and neither does she.
zophah 29th Apr 2019, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Well, looks like we got what we came for! Thank the nice lady and her cohorts for their hospitality and we can get back to training, planning, and learning.
Lunar Waffles 29th Apr 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
GS 29th Apr 2019, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
+1. Good manners cost nothing, but yield huge dividends.
Lunar Waffles 29th Apr 2019, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
that sounds like it should be one of the "Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition"
GS 29th Apr 2019, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
I think the FRoA that comes closest is "Make peace with your enemies from time to time. It confuses the hell out of them." ;)
GS 29th Apr 2019, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Oooh, 'choose your own adventure-books'? I love those.
Check if there are any from Jackson & Livingstone's acclaimed "Fighting Fantasy"-series! ^_^
Or maybe even Morgenstern's "Nast the Enchanter". ;)
Nabb 30th Apr 2019, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Guest 30th Apr 2019, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Totally not Nabb 30th Apr 2019, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
I still hold it personally canon that the baby chick Nast got ended up eating the universe.
GS 5th May 2019, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Me, I'm holding out hope Morgenstern will find time to write Nast again in the future.
That, or find someone be trusts to take up the baton.
Lunar Waffles 29th Apr 2019, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
Guess its about time to head home then. have pierce send the message.(or just write it if he doesn't want to have to pay the price)

ide also like to Blood Moms Red
(portal into Mines House and Portal back out. can even levitate the blanket to its kind of like a wall so Mine can just step through without any real problems)
then perform a normal Sync to try and learn Blood Speak. (not HOW to but rather the Language itself)

then preform various forced syncs on those willing to volunteer with moms Red being the "final boss" x:
Michelle first though, would love to see how things have changed, also remind Mine that she Blooded a vending machine there so she knows her blood powers work in at least a Mind-scape, with that hopefully leading to being able to use blood in astral form aswell.

as an aside, i wonder if Moms Red would be more aware of the information transfer then humans would be?
fellow 1st May 2019, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we should first just read the book and figure out how the message works.
Lunar Waffles 5th May 2019, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
yeah, but it will probably take Pierce awhile to make a convincing forgery of cryptic-ness x:
Young Nutz 6th May 2019, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
This is self-evidencery +1
fellow 6th May 2019, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Oh I ment before deciding who sends the message.
Limrix 29th Apr 2019, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Things went fairly smoothly here, assuming nothing's happened to our portal. I'd like to write up a list of things that we want to do, but can be done safely without Mine for when she's not around, or sitting waiting for an animal to go somewhere. Mine could practice her blood shaping exercises to pass the time, for instance.
Snervalton 29th Apr 2019, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Enh, the place is probably surrounded by now...
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Speaking of the list, can we please trade up mops to get an alien super-mop? I'm 0.32478% sure that it could beat Thale.
Tych 29th Apr 2019, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
is it weird I want Caius to grab one of those cookbooks?
Twyll 29th Apr 2019, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Nah, not weird-- maybe he could make a nice romantic dinner for Finch or something :3
HoSt. 30th Apr 2019, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
+1 to grabbing a cookbook or several
Limrix 30th Apr 2019, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
+1 to grabbing several cookbooks. Who knows what we could get if we traded some of those up?
Nabb 30th Apr 2019, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
+1 to Limrix
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
But if we get "To Serve Man", we burn it. With bloodfire. That we will invent for the sole purpose of burning that book.
Natural 20 29th Apr 2019, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Head home, then do EXPERIMENTS!:
1. Become the blood, then try to sync with Mine as if she's someone else. Maybe we can get the benefits of dissociation while maintaining our humanity.
2. Sync with Finch, then monitor Fuse's brain while he uses his powers.
3. See what Fuse's Combat form is (as in the ritual).
Guest 29th Apr 2019, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to note some concern that Fuse's combat form might turn out to be on fire. Given the fire risk, the mental changes Michelle experienced,and the exhaustion afterwards... I think we should be very selective about where we choose to try that out, if at all.
Natural 20 29th Apr 2019, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, we need to do the test in our town and not the bunker. As for the mental changes, they optimize the user's brain for combat, so I'm actually expecting him to have more control over his powers due to stress regulation, focus, and maybe kinesthetics improvements. He should be at less risk of burning himself than usual, and that's if the ritual doesn't just fireproof him outright.
Limrix 30th Apr 2019, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
I'm against using Combat #11 more outside of combat. It exhausts the user and gives them a desire to destroy we have no outlet for. Becoming the blood, coming to a conclusion of who we are, accelerating, and bloodcrafting anti-carpenter items are all things I would be behind, but let's get ritual we came to obtain completed first.
Natural 20 1st May 2019, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Well, we could test it in the challenge bunker instead and get something nice out of it.
Macheman7 29th Apr 2019, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
Go ahead and grab a couple cookbooks. Yeah, maybe you don't need the recipes, but cookbooks are like... This Human Earth Ritual of women passing down ancient bacteria and notes and such. Also, you all need to up your menu options.
Natural 20 29th Apr 2019, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Trading these up for a super cookbook sounds hilarious. Or we might get a book that's almost entirely off-topic but super informative. It's a win either way.
Mister 29th Apr 2019, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Hahahahha +1 to the great Cookbook trade up.

That sounds like the best idea.

although, you might get a cookbook for your brain. (cite: Caius' phone)
Twyll 29th Apr 2019, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
I also approve of both buying and trading up cook books. ...Although if there are any that have like, lovingly hand-written notes in them, we might wanna copy them somehow before we trade 'em up...
HoSt. 30th Apr 2019, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
+1 to trading cookboks up

Now I'm somewhat curious to trading up the crime and romance novels :)
Mister 2nd May 2019, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Maybe more crime and more romance?
AhZalea 30th Apr 2019, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
I say we grab some books for the village people, maybe ask them what they'd like first. They were getting stir crazy in the mars bunker, they'll get stir crazy in the village too. Might take longer but still...
GS 30th Apr 2019, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles 2nd May 2019, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
+1, we can ask them what sort of books they'd want.
Limrix 30th Apr 2019, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
We do still have to actually send the cryptic message once we get back. We should probably do that first. Not that someone else can't also do other rituals at the same time, but this one's on a timer.
The Chicken Guy 5th May 2019, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
As much as I love doing weird stuff, you have a point. +1 to responsibility
Young Nutz 3rd May 2019, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Oh man I love this style!