Comic 375 - Respond to Fuse

Posted on 13th Sep 2017, 3:14 AM in Unfathomable Hate
Respond to Fuse

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Morgenstern 13th Sep 2017, 3:14 AM edit delete
You tell Fuse that you're here, and you're fine.

"W░at w░░ that? Y░u'░e not co░ing thro░░░ ░ery well, ░his computer is s░░t."

You say a little louder, and a little slower, that it's you. And you're fine. You ask him where he is.

"I dunno. It░░ dark, a░d there's li░░... ░oc░░oa░h th░░g░? I don't wa░░░ scare ░ou or anyt░░ng, but I've been ░░t░ing no░░ble░ds--"

It happens so suddenly, you can scarcely react.

A massive hand bursts through one of the walls.

It slams into you, palm down, like someone would swat a bug.

You're shoved, forcefully, through the floor.

You sink.

You plummet.

You somehow don't break anything when you land.

You find yourself thigh deep in sewage.


rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Rufi's attempt at decoding:

"What was that? You're not coming through very well, this computer is shit.

I dunno. It's dark, and there's like... cockroach things? I don't want to scare you or anything, but I've been getting nosebleeds--"
PurpleKetchup 13th Sep 2017, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Not even time to answer "...stop looking at Macland's porn, Fuse."
rufiangel 13th Sep 2017, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
MM, I swear, I am so friggin' worried about everything right now

Okay, well, it's confirmed then that Fuse is in here with us but just not in the same area. If we're looking for Fuse in here and he's somewhere dark, with cockroach things, then the sewers are more likely where he's at. Though why crappy computers are down here is anyone's guess.

Let's go find Fuse somewhere here. If I decoded that right, he's getting nosebleeds, which doesn't sound good. We need to get out of here together asap.

As a side-note, I've been doing some more thinking and I really think that - if it's possible - we should just MAKE an exit out of here. When we fell into this space we somehow bypassed that door with the Exit sign entirely, right? Maybe that *is* the trap and actually, there's still another way out. However Fuse came in, he might have actually come in through another entrance as well. In any case, we were slammed through the floor, so it's kind of unlikely we'll be able to find our way back up through that same way anyway. So it's worth thinking that there's more than one way out. In any case, finding Fuse is probably our priority now so yeah, just me thinking out loud.

EDIT: Mochi and I were chatting and the possibility that it's the Nothing trap creature thing interfering with our sync with Fuse came up, since you know, it can cut signals and crap with its stupid powers. I mean, logically speaking, our blood control worked in Michelle's force-sync when we blooded the soda machine, implying that our blood sync should work with Fuse since he already has our blood inside of him. If we're out of range or something from the Nothing creature, could we try to feel out and perceive through Fuse right now, now that we're in the sewers of Macland's subconscious and further away I guess from the obvious exit route?
Varil1024 13th Sep 2017, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
It's sensible that the Negathought is breaking the connection between us and Fuse. Though between that and how distant our red sounded before, it also implies that it has been eating at us since the moment we entered this dream, just not as actively as it was as when we stepped into Purgatory.

What weirds me out about this is that our red seemed to be saying that this trap will kill EVERYONE involved. Us, Fuse, AND Macland himself. That might explain why he was so reluctant to enact it.

But that means he fears our control and influence. He refuses to take Queen for the same reason. That lines up with what we've seen though. Macland both believes and feels a deep-seated NEED to be in charge. He'd rather die than be subservient to us...

...but if that's true why hasn't the trap stopped us from influencing him previously? Hmm. I really feel like something is missing from this puzzle. Either about Macland himself or the trap.
Zeddy 13th Sep 2017, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
Little to do except checking that door out.
Mochi 13th Sep 2017, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
good things: no corruption.
bad things: sewer, no exit.

now that we're down here how are we feeling? also i agree with rufi that the above area might've been a trap specifically for us. it's likely that fuse did come through an actual exit. and we need to find him, soon, and get the fuck out. nowhere else to try but the door, i guess.
Varil1024 13th Sep 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Okay, so I've been mulling over the "Nothing" this past night, and have some thoughts.

First : If we're lucky this effect is weaker than they expect. Remember that we had Macland drugged and unconscious during the procedure.

Second : I wonder if it might be a representation of repression? Of actively NOT thinking about or remembering something terrible. They implanted this not-thought by using horrible imagery, so the idea, maybe, is that it forced Macland to mentally repress it, but with the repression turned up to 11.

So leaving the room reduced but didn't eliminate the what we need to do is turn our attention away from it? Forget the Unthought? You can't fight Nothing, but you can ignore it.

I feel like this isn't completely correct. Anybody have any thoughts?

(Also we should definitely poke our head into the door, but first can we scale the pipe?)

Addendum : As others have noted, there's no corruption here...we should check on our red. Is she still under attack?
Baeronius 13th Sep 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Ah, I see you have fallen victim to a popular internet mind game. 11 = 10 is true, because 100% = 100% is true.
If we apply the theorem of the Nonconstructive Proof:
A nonconstructive proof establishes that a mathematical object with a certain property exists without explaining how such an object can be found. Often, this takes the form of a proof by contradiction in which the nonexistence of the object is proved to be impossible.
AlphaDragon 13th Sep 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Geez, I go to training and to sleep and wake up to the past 6 pages. Dang!

Ok, so yes we need to try the door. We also need to see if the grate is loose that the sewer is flowing out of.
As a note the pipe looks previously damaged, However considering our luck so far if we break it we will drown.
Also should we try to contact our Red before we go?
Baeronius 13th Sep 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
I could so imagine a word bubble over the hand saying "UNO!"
Kitty 13th Sep 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
It reminds me more of the card game Pit. "CORNER ON BLONDIE!"
Kitty 13th Sep 2017, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
MM, can we "schedule" tasks to do before we go to bed, so when you say "everyone slept and woke up" it's assumed that they happen? Because we need to work on meditation from here on out. It should magnify our force-sync abilities significantly, and especially should help with defenses against the Nothing-creature. But it will definitely take a while to practice, and the best way to do that is to do it regularly, every day.

The human mind is a powerful thing, and can deal with all sorts of strange concepts if it's trained to. We can possibly even do better at combating the Nothing than our red can, eventually, by leveraging the millennia of work that other humans have done before us on mental techniques.

We just need a few good sources on how to get started. Maybe the local library has a copy of "Taming the Drunken Monkey"...
PurpleKetchup 13th Sep 2017, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Well, well, well.

Explore and (hopefully) find Fuse.
The non-inceptive nature of these mindscapes is frustrating. What would happen if Fuse sets everything in there on fire ? Would Macland even notice his addled brain going poof ?
Guest 13th Sep 2017, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
When I speculated wether or not mom had a brain, I meant before she grew one- when she was a mass of flesh floating through space, what separated her from her red? Did 'mom' not exist until she grew a brain? If no, that means that her red decided on its own to grow a brain and not eat everything, and if yes, then what separated the two?
PurpleKetchup 13th Sep 2017, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
From what I got out of mom's red, for that alien species an individual "makes" their red, externalises it, shapes it to use as their body. It's just that this outer shape is independently self-aware. The individual might not exist on the physical plane, which helps the whole immortality thing.

However, I don't think using Jane's nature would help much in the current situation - we're not leaving Fuse behind, so the escape path must work for humans too.
Crestlinger 13th Sep 2017, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Reading up on this 'Nothing' I'm reminded of a scene from the book 'The Anansi Boys' where the protagonist meets a dragon who boasts: 'I am afraid of nothing!' Protag: 'Really? I just so happen to have Nothing in my pockets right now. Would you like to see?'
*Dragon gets in a cold sweat and flies off.
Could we do something like that here?
Alternatively, trick the big Mackers into fighting with the demon.