Comic 265 - Get in the vents

Posted on 22nd Aug 2017, 6:37 PM in Blood on Mars
Get in the vents

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Morgenstern 22nd Aug 2017, 6:37 PM edit delete
You have the guard explain to Prophet that you don't have "tentacles"--if what he saw was the hospital footage, then it was just bandages and syringes you controlled. He starts to laugh, but can't quite manage it, and chokes instead.

"Of course. Wielding an assortment of scalpels with your blood soaked bandages is so much less terrifying, is it? You... are... a monster."

You have the guard try to explain that you're just trying to help people--that your intentions aren't malicious.

Prophet hisses through his mask. "Enyo is trying to bring balance to this city, and free it from the evil that grips it. You oppose Enyo, and Enyo opposes you. If Enyo is good... what lies on the other side of the coin... must be evil."

You have the guard tell Prophet that you just want to talk--that there's more to this than good versus evil, and you'd love to discuss this on more neutral ground. He hesitates, running a hand over his bald head. "Why... not... here? Why not show yourself... in person?"

You ask Fuse if he would be willing to sync, but you don't get a nod, or... any other kind of signal, really. You tell Michelle that you're going to join Fuse in the vents. "Alright. Be careful in there." You head out of the car, with Michelle taking the driver's seat in your stead. You sneak up to the warehouse and climb into the vents, and are now in the ventilation shaft with Fuse.


Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
pat fuse on the shoulder to let him know we're here. tell prophet that you don't feel that this is a very neutral situation. macland row could return at any time, and probably not alone (probably a lie, but he doesn't know that), we're already outnumbered, and nimrod is still uncomfortably within crushing distance of our man. tell him we'll meet him... i don't know. tomorrow, or something, alone, somewhere... maybe the hospital? tell him he has to come completely alone or we won't show. tell him we've got eyes everywhere just like enyo (also a lie... shh), and we'll know if he or his goddess tries to trick us.

in short, bluff the fuck out of him
Jimmi 22nd Aug 2017, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
If we're trying to get Prophet to trust us, in any capacity, we REALLY shouldn't start lying about stuff in the process. The last thing you want when trying to get someone to trust you is them finding out you've been lying to their face, especially when they already doubt what you say is true, and you're trying to prove to them it is true.

We can meet here today, but only so long as we have a secured out in case they're not actually interested in talking. That much we should probably talk about; establish some conditions and make it known that you're more than a little skeptical about physically entering a room with a man the size of a truck, especially if you're not allowed to bring backup.
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
i'd be willing to bet actual dollars that as soon as we walked in that room, we would die. enyo/TH has already tried (and succeeded, sort of) in killing us twice. they almost killed us in the hospital. there is nothing, nothing at all, stopping them from taking over nimrod and crushing us to pulp. they want us gone.
WalkerOfSorrow 22nd Aug 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I'm willing to stake my land where Mochi has. I took this man for a religious zealot psycho when he first said words, but I tried to suggest ways to reason with him anyway. He has proven he cannot deal in reason, so I say we step up to intimidation. Something like, "If we use your logic, then you must be evil, because we seek to free the city from what grips it, and you claim to be opposed to us. You're on the other side of our coin. Should we destroy you? We can see you, but you only see this man. If you want to meet us, now you decide how it goes down. Kill our mouthpiece, and talking will be over. We will show you our will through action. Free our mouthpiece, and we will meet you; in person, no fear games or power plays. Let us seek balance TOGETHER."
Vahno 22nd Aug 2017, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Will Enyo do the same?
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
very nice, 10/10 touche moment
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Is it possible to syringe dart the clown guy from here, through the vents? ;;; I guess that might be asking for too much (but if it's possible...). Do we need to quietly open that vent now?

The talking stuff suggested so far seems reasonable to me. -v-;

And yes on patting Fuse's shoulder gently. I know we can't see much when he has his visor on but try to at least get a read on his reaction because he's behaving pretty oddly :'D
Macheman7 22nd Aug 2017, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
Maybe change the subject a bit. Ask the Prophet how his friend came to be, and how any Goddess would sanction the creation of such a creature.
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
tbh he's probably just a mutant, like the prophet.