Comic 506 - Tell the others where you are

Posted on 12th Oct 2017, 8:32 PM in Doors
Tell the others where you are

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Morgenstern 12th Oct 2017, 8:32 PM edit delete
You and Michelle head to the office area to tell everyone what you discovered.

"Yo. We're on Mars," Michelle says, with little warning or fanfare.

You have never seen Dr. Finch spin around so quickly. "Mars?!"

"Mars," says the small Red. "Yes Mars."

"Holy shit," Fuse says, turning in his seat. "Seriously?"

Dr. Finch stumbles over his words for a solid series of seconds before finally finding his thoughts. "That doesn't make any sense, if if if we were on Mars then..." He stops. He jaw tightens. "No no no it makes perfect sense! The oxygen system, the airlock, and and and those weren't hazardous environment suits they were space suits they were just... such basic prototypes, so vastly different than modern suits or those that came prior I just didn't see it! My word, we're on Mars!"

Caius shakes his head, exhaling hard. "I barely been outta the friggen city, now I'm on another planet. Geez Louise."

"We can't stay here," Fuse says. "We don't know how long or how well this bunker will keep holding up, we don't know if any of the blood still on Mars will react to Blondie... and we're still living on a hope and a prayer that no one else knows what we know about these bunkers. If somebody bought Zone Fifty bunker secrets, we'd be screwed in Bunker A but we'd be quadruple screwed in this bunker."

"We... we can't just abandon this bunker, though," Dr. Finch insists. "Imagine how much we could learn about this entire project. Imagine how much we could learn period, we're on Mars."

"Plus, we found a bio printer," Michelle adds. "It's massive. Not real sure if we can cram that through the front door or not."

"We might be able to disassemble it, and put it back together in Bunker A," Fuse suggests.

"And put it where?," Caius asks. "We ain't got a real surplus o' room at home. I kinda agree we shouldn't be livin' here, but we gotta keep the place on speed dial. Food an' a bio printer an' stuff's a big deal."

"Since when are you after a bio printer?," Fuse asks.

"Since I got tired o' seein' your beef jerky, invisible man lookin' ass," Caius counters. "We ain't gonna fight off monsters an' assassins an' shit just so one of us can die from a skin infection or somethin'."

"It's not that big of a deal. We're gambling every second we stay in this bunker--"

Caius cuts Fuse off. "Not that big of a deal? You bein' fuggen burnt? For fuck's sake, Fuse, I know a tough guy act when I see one. I'm a master of tha tough guy act. A quick trip to get you fixed ain't gonna get us eaten by Martians. This place held up for a hundred years, it can keep its shit together long enough to get you a skin graft. Don't tell me it's not a big deal, asshole. Tha painkiller thing Blondie does, that wear off yet? How long you been sittin' around miserable 'cuz you don't wanna impose?"

Fuse stares hard at Caius. He's breathing heavily, visibly furious, but he doesn't say anything.

Caius continues. "You wanna be a hard ass, you can do it after you get your skin fixed. We need that bio printer, an' if we can't find a closet to shove it in that means we need this bunker, too. Mars or no Mars."

There's a very long, uncomfortable silence before Dr. Finch speaks up.

"We should find out where Bunker C is located. Given the space allotted, it's the next best option after Bunker A to plant our small meat friend. Assuming, of course, that it's not off planet and and and that its anomalous nature doesn't present an issue of its own."

"The meatball figured out we were on Mars pretty quick," Michelle says. "The little guy oughta be able to do the same for C. If Blondie wants to mess with that, maybe some of us can go get juice for the printer... get that all knocked out and outta the way so we don't gotta mess with this place much."

Dr. Finch heaves a small sigh. "I would very much like to do some manner of threat assessment on this bunker, time and resources permitting. I feel like using it up and throwing it away is an incredible waste."


Morgenstern 12th Oct 2017, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Thanks to a bad arrangement of trees, I spent most of the day without internet. It miiight be sporadically on and off tonight and tomorrow. Just as a heads up in case of slow updates.
rufiangel 12th Oct 2017, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
A... a bad arrangement of trees? O_O

Thanks for the headsup, MM! I hope it doesn't keep borking, borky Internet can be a true test of human patience XD;
12th Oct 2017, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Trees, no one suspects then until it's too late.
Baeronius 13th Oct 2017, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
My project is complete!

►► Willard shall DANCE for you now. ◄◄
(YouTube animation I made)

(the video is currently "unlisted" cause it was uploaded to whatever account was open on this computer, oops! so I'm gonna make a new channel for this later and move it over then open it up)

Edit: Video is now uploaded to a proper channel for it, and is now Publicly open.

-- I just realized
October, Friday 13.
Day of upload.... uh oh.
Blue_Elite 13th Oct 2017, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Nicely done. :3
Steve 12th Oct 2017, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff...... damnit caius. Ok guys... as much as I think being on Mars is a VERY bad idea... this bunker is still the best there is, not accounting for location. I say we leave Finch and Fuse here, and tell them to look into _everything_ they can, to figure out how safe this place is. Meanwhile, Michelle goes to get human meat paste for the printer, and Jane investigates C with Lil-Red. Any ideas on what Caius should be doing? I'm thinking maybe help Jane and the meatball.
Blue_Elite 12th Oct 2017, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
I've been mulling this over and think we really should be keeping someone at Bunker A as a guard while we're in the other bunkers. Not just in case of possible intrusion but also to warn if the power goes out (and thus able to warn us before trying to go back to Bunker A).
Baeronius 12th Oct 2017, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Oh, and here I thought you were gonna say something like:
"The Treees! The Treeeeees!"

At the end.
rufiangel 12th Oct 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
There is so much to love about this update, hoooly smokes.

First off, I love Caius's outburst against Fuse; it showed a lot about his character, *and* Fuse's. And crap damn, Fuse, if you've been in need of a painkiller JUST SAY SO :'DDD Can we give him a quick boost of that now because HE'S NOT IMPOSING JFDLSFJ but... yeah. This whole exchange made me feeeeel. ;v;* Such a family. <3 Caius is the big brother that gives Fuse a good kick where he needs it XD; (Seriously Fuse needs to let himself be more fussed over, the way he immediately forced himself to stand up after he got up from the tub and then told Jane it wasn't that bad comes to mind. Bro, you got [as Caius hilariously puts it] beef-jerky, invisible-man ass going on. It's important to us that you don't struggle to sleep at night 'cause everything hurts.)

Secondly, Michelle's ideas sound good to me; we can probably send Michelle and Caius, maybe, to go get the biopaste while Fuse and Jane check out Bunker C (and Fuse can see how his science experiment went, while Jane brings Baby Red in to see what it thinks. (Potentially Dr. Finch/Jane can also give Fuse another check-up on his burns, see how it's doing.) Dr. Finch can mess around with the bio printer and/or processing in Bunker A, the other samples he picked up in Bunker D.

Still think we got more to learn from Bunker D, but I think everyone's a bit freaked out so we might need to shift the materials we *can* look at into Bunker A and just speed-dial (again, thanks Caius for the term) into Bunker D later when we need to.

(EDIT: Also, Dr. Finch is super cute in his nerdy ways, his reaction to being on Mars and anxiously noting it'd be such a waste to not learn more from Bunker D is perfection XD)

(EDIT2: If Caius wants to start designing a tattoo for himself, now is a good time XD kidding aside, I don't think we've actually had a meal yet so maybe he could go get us some food? Assuming Fuse and Jane go check out bunker C.)
Mochi 12th Oct 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
i’m in total agreement re: caius tearing fuse a new one. that was a lot all at once but… this is the kind of problem i’d advocate throwing a bulldozer through. i like that caius is apparently not going to take any bullshit from him, i think he needs that.

also: did you notice baby red has a flower?
rufiangel 12th Oct 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
OH MY GOSH BABY RED HAS A FLOWER THAT IS THE CUTESTJLDFSJ XD thank you for pointing that out Mochi!

MM, thank you, this is too cute XD (This had to have happened on their way to the office, Michelle watching bemusedly as Jane puts a flower on Baby Red, Jane is really such a small fluff <3)
Skybirds15 12th Oct 2017, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Glued on through sheer adorable, too. Now we just need flowers for the animals.
Blue_Elite 12th Oct 2017, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Kinda feeling like we need flowers for everyone to lighten the mood. Fuse could REALLY use a flower.

Also yay for Baby Red getting a flower!
Mochi 12th Oct 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
i’m with dr. finch. if this place is stable enough, it’s an excellent resource to have. caius has a point, too. it’s been here over a hundred years. it’s still standing. in fact, it’s in arguably better condition than the one we’re living in now. not a single crack, anywhere. i’d be more concerned about bunker a falling apart on us than this one. they built it on another planet, obviously they would build it to last. and the only way the martian blood will even know to react to jane is if it encounters her, which is easily avoided by not going through the airlock. it’s just blood, a remnant of a centuries old battle. there’s not enough of it to even have a consciousness.

also fuse, shut the hell up and let us help you, goddamnit. >:( clones trying to kill us is an imposition. carpenter’s continued existence is an imposition. you are not. not now, not ever. and on the subject of going to get biopaste, i think perhaps dr. finch should go, maybe with michelle. i don't think anyone would think much of a doctor buying biopaste.
lil Joshu 12th Oct 2017, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Seconded. Sure, we're at risk if somebody else has keys, but we're also 99.9% safe if they -don't- have access, because we're on another flippin' planet.

Heck, if we wanted to, we could get Mom's red moved to a bunker, and then figure out a way to help her move between bunkers (maybe a piece at a time, and we transport back and forth), move Mom's red over to mars, and then, if everything goes south, we just say "adios" to the whole mess and leave for the outer rim.
rufiangel 12th Oct 2017, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Dr. Finch with Michelle sounds like a duo that hasn't happened yet, so I support this XD (and it makes sense lol)
dasno 12th Oct 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
i know its an odd request but if they are out and about getting stuff maybe get some hair dye for Dr.Finch and some comfort stuff for everyone?
rufiangel 12th Oct 2017, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Steve 13th Oct 2017, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
no [/simply and quietly]
12th Oct 2017, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Dr. Finch nopes right out of C but Fuse seem okay with it. Now here Fuse wants out and the Finch wants to stick around.

Maybe I'm being reckless but I'd like to do some more digging in B.
Steve 13th Oct 2017, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
With the robots of uncertain functionality that don't seem to want a breach?
Memo 13th Oct 2017, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
I agree with not living in Bunker D. At least not before we have a confirmed status of the bunkers structural integrity. The whole "die in the vacuum of space" concern, is somewhat daunting. I do feel there is to much to learn here, that we can't abandon the place.

What I do think we need though, is a way to make certain that the place is safe before we enter. Opening a door from earth surface atmosphere, directly to Mars atmosphere, would be somewhat unfortunate.

Maybe blood a small grass - eating mammal, and then have it run around in the room with the pillars. We could use it as a detector, and it would not require any upkeep.
(Would not use Willard, as we are somewhat attached to the little guy)

Michelle and finch could buy one at a pet store, when they go to buy paste.
They should also buy syringes, as we have very few left.
lil Joshu 13th Oct 2017, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
If the plant chambers can grow things, in case there's a long time of being stuck, we should get some easy-to-grow high-calorie plants, like potatoes.

Tell them while they're out ... to get us... a shrubbery.
Memo 13th Oct 2017, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Nayru9572 13th Oct 2017, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
This is another scheme to get us a rabbit, isn't it?
Baeronius 13th Oct 2017, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Ah, so it's a rabbit Kickstarter.

Memo 13th Oct 2017, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
I was actually thinking something along the lines of a dwarf hamster or the like. It shouldn't have to eat much.
Personally I don't have any preference, it just need to breathe, so we know if it suddenly stops.
Deadly Death Sickle 13th Oct 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
@ nayru: actually I was the one trying to get the rabbit but, I now see how it annoys people and I'm stopping... but potatoes are a good idea, we should also consider growing tomatoes, they grow fast and have a lot of produce from just a few plants
Kitty 13th Oct 2017, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
...Ironically, this might *actually* be a case where a rabbit would make sense. After all that pushing for a rabbit, we have now actually finally found a place where a rabbit would in fact be perfectly suited to the environment, right after you stopped asking for one. The world is a ridiculous place XD

If someone can make it to a pet store stealthily enough, I'm actually tentatively in favor of getting a Mars rabbit or two. We could also pick up some more rats, and maybe a hardy snake or two (and some frozen mice to feed them, if they're ever in a position where we can't have them out hunting naturally like the ravens). Maybe buy a cat, or adopt one from a shelter? As long as we don't take the cat into the Mars bunker so it can stay far away from the bunnies :P The last thing we need is to check in with our Mars bunnies and be overwhelmed with them screaming "AAAAAAAAHHH CAT AAAAHHHHHH" in Jane's head!
Kitty 13th Oct 2017, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
...The more I think about the Mars bunny thing, the more it actually seems like a really good idea. We wouldn't even need to use them as canaries so much as just having them listen for air leaks with their super-sensitive ears, which is like the one advantage rabbits have over other small creatures for our purposes. And their ability to live on grasses and flowers. This is... how is this so perfect, why did everything suddenly start coming together like this.
Deadly Death Sickle 13th Oct 2017, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
And I guess the bunnies would naturally "fertilize" the Daisy's, in a way...
AnzuNeko 13th Oct 2017, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
It's coming together a little too well for my tastes.
Varil1024 13th Oct 2017, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Well I agree that being stranded on Mars would be...sub-optimal.

That said, I think our group is equally likely to die in, say, a frozen wasteland so it's a moot point unless one of these bunkers opens to a temperate, pleasant forest.

...also I just think having a Mars base is AWESOME so I want to live here now. If only lil' Red could stretch here.

I keep coming around to the idea that if only the space-warpy bunker were horizontal it'd actually be pretty perfect except for really messing with Finch.

In any case, yes, I doubt being here long enough to do necessary medical procedures is going to be any more dangerous than, say, exploring the brain of a sociopath who's been implanted with a subliminal unthought. I do think we should be VERY CAREFUL not to bleed on ANYTHING and maybe to keep Blondie herself from touching too much because we really don't need to fight anything long and thin here in space. Because nobody could here us scream up here. Except our friends, who might be a bit alarmed if we started screaming and we don't want that.