Comic 334 - Sync with Dr. Finch

Posted on 5th Sep 2017, 1:56 AM in Unfathomable Hate
Sync with Dr. Finch

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Morgenstern 5th Sep 2017, 1:56 AM edit delete
You inform everyone in the car what's going on at Dr. Finch's place.

"Nobody messes with the Finch," Michelle huffs. You see Fuse's expression wrinkle in the rear view mirror--if the situation wasn't so dire, he would probably start laughing.

"We should maybe switch drivers," Fuse suggests. "I, uh, don't actually have a license, and it's a long way back to Dr. Finch's."

"You were drivin' my truck, though!" Michelle shouts at him. "You're drivin' right now!"

"Yeah?" Fuse shrugs. "It was an emergency."

"I only drove like once, ever, in my life," Caius adds. "S'why I let Fuse drive this time. You guys was asleep! What else were we gonna do?"

You sync with Dr. Finch to try and get a better idea of what's going on. It seems the agent came to ask Dr. Finch about the hospital incident, and the people he met during those events.

During her questioning, a few large men kicked the door in and started shooting. The agent and Dr. Finch were slowly pushed back into his home, unable to maneuver out the door. They've barricaded themselves in the lab for now--Dr. Finch's place has heavily reinforced windows, not that it's stopped the goons from trying to shoot through the glass.

Though the men were wearing casual clothes, they all had the same haircuts, builds, and facial structures as the Elegance guards. It seems like Shirai went all in on trying to snuff your group out. You go ahead and grant Dr. Finch Michelle's gun skills and Caius' close combat fighting, just in case.


2FABZ 5th Sep 2017, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Maybe try and set up an ambush for the goons... There must be something in that can help with that

Also side note thank you for making this comic I've recommended it to all my friends! It's truly wonderful and entertaining so thanx
Passerby lost one 5th Sep 2017, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I'm with you on preparing for the goons,but ambush seems more likely best preformed by "gunslinger skills" with the smokebomb...should Flinch have one.

I know right? :-P I tried(still am by the way) to recommend this to my brother! Thanks again for the wonderful,near heart stopping rollercoaster sir MM.
Baeronius 5th Sep 2017, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if Finch has any drones in his house.
Even a simple cleaning drone could be used to distract the attackers, if he could project his voice through it. Possibly to make them think he'd escaped.

Or even if his house had a PA system for music, he could rig one speaker at a time to trigger to sound like someone moving through the house.
Kitty 5th Sep 2017, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
"Alexa, repel the intruders!"

"Okay Google, shoot!"

Good thinking, it IS the future after all. Finch might have some kind of remotely controlled domestic technology that could help provide a distraction of some kind.

If nothing else, he could have his Alexa-equivalent play Rocky Top until the baddies are annoyed to death. I just visited a house where the words "Alexa, play Rocky Top" were uttered WAY too frequently. It's a form of psychological warfare!
5007-574in3d 5th Sep 2017, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Psychological warfare? If you wanna do that, have Alexa play a Spice Girls playlist.
rufiangel 5th Sep 2017, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
*holds up hand* MM, question for clarification please! When we sync someone's skills through, like when we synced Michelle's gun-skills through to Caius, it kind of seemed like it didn't matter what Michelle was doing - she could be shooting at things herself while her skills were on sync. So can we assume that means it's a latent thing, and all we need from the person we're deriving skills from is their 'permission', per se - they don't have to be consciously feeding someone that skill, but Jane has to be consciously doing the syncing action actively, right? Just checking because if Fuse wants to switch drivers with, say, Michelle, while we're syncing Michelle's skills through to The Finchâ„¢, then just checking that that's cool.
Morgenstern 5th Sep 2017, 2:40 AM edit delete reply
Yup. Though you have to focus on keeping the "network" up, the participants sharing skills don't have to be actively engaged in the process at all.
rufiangel 5th Sep 2017, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Yay, that's great to know :D <3 thanks for clarifying!
rufiangel 5th Sep 2017, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing Dr. Finch may have to resort to stealing a gun from one of Shirai's goons, if he doesn't have any weapons hiding around here. He might be able to do it with Caius's close-combat skills. Oh geez, I'm so nervous. Please be okay, Dr. Finch. ;v; Nobody messes with the Finch!
Espylacopa 5th Sep 2017, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
A tight spot. We have "the Finch", even with synced combat skills he won't be the most physically capable, especially against the enhanced physical attributes these guys possess. And the agent's skills are still an unknown. Plus neither she nor we know to what extent we can trust one another. At least their assailants aren't any good with guns. Is there anything in the room that can be used to improvise a weapon or distraction?
sanches 5th Sep 2017, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Use his lab. Maybe some chemicals or boosters can help them.
worthless 5th Sep 2017, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
well you miss a day you miss a lifetime of excitement aren't ya im back and dam Michell just dam girl hard life like holy shit maybe we can help you with our blood and stop the whole clone melting thing hopefully I don't have anything to add other than that
Varil 5th Sep 2017, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Maybe the "fed" lady can call for backup? Or at least, maybe she has a spare weapon? A gun, a knife, a taser? Have Finch ask her if she has something he could use to back her up.

Keep in mind that he *cannot* take these guys in close quarters. Our best melee fighter is Caius...whose skills are probably roughly equivalent to these guards, who are considerably beefier than the Finch. He can probably catch them off guard with a weapon or the Fed lady's help, but he can't win a straight-up fight, almost certainly.
Varil 5th Sep 2017, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Bonus thought! Can our birds get there faster than we can? Flying to different tiers seems like it'd faster than driving. We could get eyes on the outside of the building, feed info to Finch on good escape routes or whatever.

Of course, if it takes longer than maybe 15 minutes either way then we're probably going to be too late to influence this.

Who should be driving, by the way? If we're close enough to get there before everything is over then maybe Blondie should drive? Michelle is probably a better driver but we might want her able to open fire as soon as we get close.
Kitty 5th Sep 2017, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Ooh we could even have our birds deliver a couple of syringes of blood, since ravens should be able to carry that much weight no problem. Might help in a pinch if someone gets shot and needs Jane to stitch them up remotely, or if we can blood our assailants.
AlphaDragon 5th Sep 2017, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Ok, I'm still not convinced she is a fed, call me suspicious, but we have seen a badge (We have a spare badge). We have a phone number that from what I read Fuse didn't get to check yet. No name.
As a reminder her goal is to find Blondie. So I am pretty sure if Blondie shows up that verifies everything, she may even try to detain her/take her somewhere.
...I would say use a Smoke Bomb (Preferable in a non-flammable container), then sync The Finch's hiding skills. See what Fed Lady does, but maybe have a tube of acid to spray just in case.
Mochi 5th Sep 2017, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
we really don't have much of a choice but to trust the fed lady, to be honest. we were all the way on tier 155 and i'm guessing finch lives in the middle. we might not get there in time, and the goon squad already knows where they are, so hiding isn't going to help. they haven't gotten through the door yet, which is good, but they aren't going to give up. i still think a wise choice might be calling finch, getting him to hand over the phone, and talking to her. seeing if she can call for back up might be a good idea but we have to remember that there are an inordinate number of dirty cops. if she doesn't have federal back up, then they'd be safer not to.
WalkerOfSorrow 5th Sep 2017, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
And I will continue to speak against that. Trust is earned, and even griswald has earned more than her.
Mochi 5th Sep 2017, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
there are armed men outside a room containing one of our allies whom the fed is clearly TRYING TO PROTECT by moving with him to the back of the lab and barring the door. "trust is earned" is bullshit in a situation where the two options are "death by gunshot via shirai's goons" or "trust the capable lady with a pistol who has yet to shoot or do anything other than protect dr. finch". she is the lesser of two evils and you know it.
rufiangel 5th Sep 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Just to add a note that for people worried about Dr. Finch not having the physical capacity to takedown someone at close quarters - I'm pretty sure that what he's able to emulate from Caius isn't his brute strength, but the skills as a martial arts technician. We can sync muscle memory through for that. He may not be able to punch someone in the face or crack a wall open, but he can use someone's strength against them, throw someone off-balance, trip them up, use just a small burst of strength against the right spot (like to break fingers holding a gun for example), twist out of a hold, etc. That's the impression I was under, and I'm hoping that if Dr. Finch can be able to use that to his advantage to also gain a weapon from the enemy, he might be able to then use Michelle's skills to actually overpower one. He's already imbued with them skills - hopefully they'll be useful!

I'm all for Dr. Finch using the lab's stuff if he can as well. -v-)/
AlphaDragon 5th Sep 2017, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
If we are having him fight might not hurt to sync both Caius and Michelle's skills to him at the same time. Would hate for there to be "Lag" when he needs a skill.
rufiangel 5th Sep 2017, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Actually, we've already done that! :) It's in the last line of the update for this page: 'You go ahead and grant Dr. Finch Michelle's gun skills and Caius' close combat fighting, just in case.' So no worries about lag. ;)
AlphaDragon 5th Sep 2017, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
So we did! This is why you shouldn't read comics at work. lol
PurpleKetchup 5th Sep 2017, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
What's Mackey doing right now ? If he's coordinating the attack, we can get good intel from his point of view.
No syncing, just a look-see at his current surroundings.
5007-574in3d 5th Sep 2017, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Finch is fairly safe for now. We need to sync Fuse with someone who is actually good at driving so we can come in behind Finch's assailants.
Crestlinger 5th Sep 2017, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
If we've been leaving things there that we've collected so far, the metallic helmets/masks would be helpful to don, not Just for head protection, but so at least 'fed lady' there isn't recognized. Any Projects he was working on of assistance or anything like nitrous gas canisters they can spray into the room with the guards?
tor 5th Sep 2017, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
I wonder what the agent got out of Finch.