Comic 1198 - The End (Part 3)

Posted on 4th Nov 2019, 12:35 AM in The End
The End (Part 3)

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Morgenstern 4th Nov 2019, 12:35 AM edit delete
A very casual preface: Eventually, shit goes down. Purely off the cuff, out of character, I cannot begin to imagine how this would have actually transpired, I just know it would have been ugly; Thale had been humoring the idea of a "meat mecha" (specifically just making his core body ridiculous in size) before Mine's group was. Thale still has the size limitation (that is, whichever of him has the most blood has control), so by default, Main Thale has to be bigger than the thing that was under Hope's church. ...Which means the final showdown would have started with a full blown mech fight outside Thale's HQ.

Thale, having detached himself from his humanity and contorted his biology up to the point that he doesn't even UNDERSTAND pain anymore, AND having seen some of the things Mine does, has no issue making himself / his suit / a series of giant blood swords fly through the air. Thale's meat kaiju would also have had a creepy pseudo-female aesthetic to it as he pushes the idea that he is, in fact, the goddess Enyo.

Mine's suit would have a core (that being Mine herself) that Thale tries to remove, crush, explode by filling with gore, or whatever else he can muster... whereas Thale is, himself, his suit, mutated to ungodly proportions with no regard for his physical wellbeing, and thus Thale has no "core" or "heart" to speak of. Thale can't be ripped from the suit like Mine can--he IS the suit. Thale would probably have the edge for most of the fight just for his lack of fucks to give, but the giant worm from Ilworth would have busted out of the ground at some point to run interference and help Mine turn the tide.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group would probably have infiltrated the HQ in search of Thale's bunker door. Along the way, they'd battle Thale's hired goons, who are equipped with sealed and reinforced hazmat suits to keep them from being blooded, Stratemeyers, and cryogenic weaponry. The party would also fight multiple clones of Thale, each progressively larger and more mutated than the last, and more advanced versions of Liz (that is, genetically engineered / bioprinted monsters that look and sound identical to Mine's mom... before exploding into fucked up mom monsters).

Eventually, Mine would wear down and slowly blood the giant Thale outside, after he's weakened by a combination of Mine's mech suit, the worm, Jury and the feds, Shirai and Mac showing up in a helicopter with a rocket launcher, all of Lydia and Grizwald's propaganda making him doubt his own power (and rallying voices all over the city, both to support Mine and to denounce the godhood of Thale), and a pseudo-mental/spiritual battle with Mine over Thale's own resolve and identity versus Mine's will to live and see him stopped. She sufficiently bloods and commandeers his huge, grotesque, damaged body... and discovers that it's not really the main Thale at all. Mine can't use him to control Thale's own thralls. This Thale, this massive one, was never really in control at all.

Thale is still limited by the size restriction. The biggest Thale is the one with the most blood is the one in control, which means if it's not the gigantic monster Thale outside...

then there's a bigger Thale somewhere,

one who has been allowing this Thale to believe he's in charge since day one.

(It was revealed as early as the infiltration of Macland's club that giving blood commands a person is half-inclined to want to do anyway may keep them from realizing they're being controlled)

(This revelation causes the known/defeated/huge kaiju Thale to have a mental and physical breakdown, because he believed himself to be the main Thale, and the idea that he's been puppeted THIS ENTIRE FUCKING TIME BY A COMPLETELY UNSEEN OTHER psychologically destroys him)

The worm, heavily damaged by the fight, is granted passage into the red by Mine.

The party discovers the rest of Lasker on their way through Thale's half-destroyed building, still frozen. Thale knew better than to let Lasker out, but he's been using him for research, figuring out what Thale needs to finish becoming Mine's equal. Lasker, and Mine, have access to infinite blood from another dimension. Thale naturally doesn't, but he's had scientists hammering away at Zone 50 tech to CREATE an infinite space, and using bio printers to PRODUCE effectively infinite mass.

The group finds the bunker door--hidden in plain sight, the door to Thale's office, the key card slider concealed behind a painting of Thale's grandfather. Thale, this Thale, the main reoccurring antagonist Thale, had no idea; the presence of it was removed from his mind by his predecessor, a secret kept from even himself. Once hacked, the door opens to Bunker Zero, the original, the head office of Zone 50... which has been expanded, converted, and transformed.

Specifically, it has become Thale.

Administrator Thale.

The one that ran Zone 50 so long ago.

He's still alive, previously on life support, now sustaining himself both through fucked up blood science and by becoming the bunker itself. He fills it, he is spread along the walls and floors, a vast spatially inconsistent malfunctioning pocket dimension of his own design and he is all of it. He pulls mass from his "subjects," healing himself and perpetually growing. Even opening the door presents a hazard as the architecture lashes out and spawns horrifying creatures--Thale even tries to force himself through the door given the chance, to flow out and take over the city like he'd originally planned. Just switching the door to Thale's bunker is hazardous because he can open the door himself, so the party is forced to keep it on Thale's Normal Office Mode while they determine what to do.

If Mine can blood him--if she can produce enough sheer volume of blood to take over this original, controlling, central Thale--then she can force him to relinquish his grip on everyone, remove his blood from every body he's infected, and then will him to die. He is, at this point, beyond having a brain--he has organs that think, that are interconnected, but he's mutated himself far past anything human and a central brain is no longer within his anatomy, which means Mine has to take over all of him by brute force and blood quantity.

Basically, Thale's turned himself into an externalized red.

Blood drones don't work; Thale overpowers their attempts to take him over with the vastness and detached alienness of his mind, spread throughout his ludicrously large existence. Mine has to face him herself, with her own body, her own mind, and her own soul.

This is the decision the tradesmen warned about--sacrifice herself, or sacrifice her friends.

Knowing that no one else can survive in there, Mine decides to go in alone, and destroy the entrance behind her. There's a lot of disagreement, but it's eventually agreed that this is the way it has to be. Everyone--even Liz--takes a turn hugging her and saying what may well be their goodbyes.

Even as the door is slamming shut behind her, Mine is being impaled and torn apart by Thale, but she fights on into the dark. Thale's done something to the bunker that cuts off her telepathy. She is, for all intents and purposes, gone, and the door is destroyed after locking her in with Thale.

One month passes, during which the group has been trying--and failing--to pinpoint the physical location of the actual bunker (rather than just the broken entrance).

People all over the city begin to sweat crimson steam as tainted blood escapes through their pores and evaporates in the air. Thale's influence has been pushed out; his control is relinquished. He has been taken over and, presumably, made to die.

Mine does not return.

Pierce and Dr. Finch try to replicate their previous feat of summoning her, to no avail.

Somehow, this time... this time it's different.

Mine is silent.

Mine is gone.


Mathbird 4th Nov 2019, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
... oh.

I know there are two more parts, but ... I don't know how to react.
Kumondo 4th Nov 2019, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Hairball 4th Nov 2019, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
So much so fast. I understand some people’s thoughts on this, but each one of these summarized pages is a year or better of real time condensed. Maybe more depending on side challenges and influence from the peanut gallery.
Aston Whiteman 4th Nov 2019, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
OK....that's darn good!
Limrix 4th Nov 2019, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
I failed.
Anotherdamntimeclone 4th Nov 2019, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Mine is missing and i am scared.
Eternity 4th Nov 2019, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
I... I think I got something in my eye...
PurpleKetchup 4th Nov 2019, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Were you also chopping onions while reading this ?
zophah 4th Nov 2019, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
And thus came Mine's ascension. =)
Michael Chandra 4th Nov 2019, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Thale was a fake?! I'm sure we could have realised that, but even still, mind blown!
Sekwel 4th Nov 2019, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Gotta say, I'm loving this.
Azeltorez 17th Jul 2020, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
Shirai and Mac with a helicopter. I'm so glad they play in the end of this story -even if they did it for revenge/selfish reasons-. Not related to Mine being almost permanently gone, as well... she's probably fine.