Comic 1197 - The End (Part 2)

Posted on 2nd Nov 2019, 7:59 PM in The End
The End (Part 2)

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Morgenstern 2nd Nov 2019, 7:59 PM edit delete
Jury and the feds help stall Thale's "renovations" in the hope of keeping his real body (?) and his secret bunker from moving anywhere else. With Thale's building getting half blown up, he's distracted, easing some of the pressure off the otherwise struggling party.

He does begin enacting one plan, though: the temperature control systems on the lowest tiers begin to "malfunction." This has been happening for a while, on and off--periods of extreme heat or extreme cold in tiers too poor for anyone to bother about, but the cold spells become more frequent and more dangerous, and the problem begins to rise. Entire tiers are ostensibly freezing over, forcing people out of their homes to higher ground as the temperature drops to ridiculous levels, and the rich upper tiers disregarding the problem.

This, in turn, begins to stir the riots again. Lower tier citizens begin fighting with middle tier citizens, fueled by shortages and lack of space as the broken climate problem continues to climb up the city. Theodore Reigns begins publically contemplating bringing in PMCs again.

It's really obviously a move by Thale. Thale, being aware of Lasker and how Z50 contained him (and not being aware that Mine is missing at the moment), may be trying to flush her out of hiding with the extreme cold... in addition to keeping eyes off of himself and stirring up the public. If Reigns brings in PMCs, he'd basically be bringing an army for Thale to take over. There's a sense of impending urgency, as this situation gradually worsens and as it becomes harder and harder to keep pressure on Thale so he doesn't move the "assets" out of the rubble of his building.

Liz, still stuck in Ilworth, can barely contain her rage--both at Mine potentially being dead, and the fact that it's even affecting her at all. Why does she care? She WANTS Mine dead, doesn't she? So why is Mine's absence weighing on her so much...?

"'Cause she's your sister," Edison says simply.

Pierce and Dr. Finch, through some combination of science and magic, manage to get Mine and Red (who still has a physical body) back. From there, portals allow everybody to get back together. Red lacks Mine's powers; she is a different person, her own person, for better or worse. Progress on a meat mech continues, Mine deepens her understanding of blood speech (and in the process, sees some of Mom's red's past and what her mom was before she was... her mom), and Bunker X gets finished up on the way to the big finale.

A quick rundown of things that were going to be featured in Bunker X, including but not limited to:

- An evil / mutated version of Michelle and Vasquez, with X-Michelle being able to fire blasts as though she had a Stratemeyer cannon in her arm, and X-Vasquez having the cybernetics that grant him superhuman strength. X-Vasquez would also turn into a bigger, meaner version of Spider!Vasquez on defeat.

- The bioprinter monster from the end of chapter 1, except the floor is replaced with a sea of boiling blood, and the party is limited to pieces of hospital debris floating in what's basically lava

- That huge monster that was under Hope's church

- A mindfuck of a sequence where Mine opens a prize chest at the end of a Bunker X floor, only to get sprayed with something and pass out. She wakes up in Bunker A and everyone's dead; this culminates in a showdown with X-Nimrod and X-Prophet in "Bunker A." X-Prophet claims to be the ghost of the real Prophet, and does indeed demonstrate ghost powers in addition to his regular bullshit. Upon their defeat, Mine wakes up and realizes she's still in Bunker X, and the rest of the party has no idea what's transpired.

- Shirai's mercenaries and Mac's bodyguards with Knox-esque transformations, a version of Macland Row if Nil had successfully taken him over, and X-Shirai with some kind of high calibur mounted gun running support

- A frozen over floor with weaponized Juries, ending in a fight with 1/3rd of Lasker. Parts are salvaged from these mindless Juries to help further beef up the Proto-Juries.

- Thale, if he had become part of the city

- A battle with an Error!Mine and BadFuture!Mine to prove that this Mine is the strongest version of herself. One starts the fight injured and the other is exhausted from running from ... something, but it evens out because they're fought simultaneously.

- Prizes of Bunker X included a Stratemeyer, more spells, and Mine's missing memory of her family that she originally gave up to get Nil out of her head

Other (non-bunker-x) bunkers would have been hit up, as well, but they were relatively small / non-critical lore bunkers, one-off weirdness for its own sake or tiny sequel/spin-off hooks.

The party would also find the bunker that houses the bunkers' Anti-Paradox System; the idea is pitched that Thale could be destroyed by dragging him into the Paradox Zone and shutting the system down, which would essentially erase Thale from existence. Like, entirely retconned out of the timeline. The problem is that only Mine can consistently enter the Paradox Zone (by making two portals to different locations occupy the same space), and without being able to weaponize that somehow, the only way to use it on Thale would be for Mine to grab him and paradox herself, which would likely unmake both.

Like the soul erasing gun, actual time travel, or that tradesmen deal to learn Thale's location, this is a Big Red Button that would provide an easy but bad end and nobody would have gone for it.


Mathbird 2nd Nov 2019, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
Hopefully this comes out right.

The summary style feels a bit weird, but it fits Option A. I think that the main reason it feels weird to me is that it's so different in style from how every other update has been. This reads more like a synopsis of what happened, leaving it to us to imagine the details.

But ... I think I'm fine with that. It's what I figured Option A would turn out as anyway, and I think that while it doesn't feel right in terms of writing style, plotwise it does the story justice and I could imagine the readers/players leading it in a similar direction anyway. I'm assuming that The End has at most 3 more parts remaining, and I'm looking forward to them all!
Morgenstern 2nd Nov 2019, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
I am currently looking at about 5 parts in total, yeah. The fifth part will be a little closer to the "normal" writing style, with 1-4 being synopses (is that the right word for plural synopsis? It's not flagging it as a typo) just because there's so much ground to cover.
Tych 2nd Nov 2019, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
so in other words this is PS1 Disc 2 or whatever 80% linear story telling what the objective is before being given control over the final world map(Xenogears disc 2 is what I am referencing)
PurpleKetchup 3rd Nov 2019, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
No thanks for reminding me of that particular traumatic experience...
Can I blame FF8 for this too ?
Anotherdamntimeclone 2nd Nov 2019, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Wow this all happening so fast and i love it.
Aston Whiteman 3rd Nov 2019, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
It's finishing off the story really fast.

It's appreciated.

Without artwork it's acceptable.

Thanks we guess.
Michael Chandra 3rd Nov 2019, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Thanks very much! The plot-twists are still boggling my mind even in synopsis form! O_O
Kumondo 3rd Nov 2019, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
I greatly appreciate that many of the medium scale threads are getting tied up aswell. Bunker X was described as very optional, but we got invested in it anyways, so I'm glad we get to know what was in store. I am very satisfied with the ending so far.
Guest 3rd Nov 2019, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Edison wins.
Limrix 3rd Nov 2019, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Now I'm wondering how they got an Error!Mine in the bunker, and how sturdy the boundaries between worlds really are.
GoldenAstronaut 3rd Nov 2019, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
First off, WHAT THE PINGAS! Second, I know that this is what the people voted for but it is still surprising. Most of the details are for us to imagine. I'm fineish with that but I would like it to be made normally and with all of the details included. If you don't want to do that, that's fine! But I just wanted to say that. And going into space?? I wanna know what made you do THAT.
zophah 4th Nov 2019, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Aw! Mine got her memory back! Yes!