Comic 646 - Find out more

Posted on 2nd Dec 2017, 4:11 PM in Ghosts
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Morgenstern 2nd Dec 2017, 4:11 PM edit delete
You inject one of the more human looking parts of the plant man with your blood. He still has pain receptors, it seems, so you block their signals for now.

You check the computer.

It looks like this room's plant growth system was isolated from the rest of the facility--in fact, this computer isn't even networked to outside this room. Zone 50 was doing an experiment with one of the more stable strains of bioprinted Mars blood. Rather than injecting the plants directly, they were working the blood into the system, and letting the plants absorb it as they grew to monitor the effects. The plants produced were strange looking--not at all like the vegetables they were meant to be--but didn't seem to exhibit any unusual behavior.

You also find a file where someone was keeping notes.

It appears that one scientist found himself trapped in this section of the bunker, with the spatial door function switched off so he couldn't get out. He started keeping a journal on the computer, detailing his various attempts to get a message to the outside. He wasn't sure if they had locked him in intentionally, or if it was an accident--he began to fear that something had happened to the rest of the staff.

When he began to starve, and dehydrate, he resorted to eating the plants that were growing in the room.

He was uncomfortable with the prospect, but it seemed to keep him alive. His journal mentions that sometimes he could feel the plant going down--like it wasn't being swallowed all the way, or like the pieces were trying to fight their way back up.

Then, one day, his light paranoia became something more concrete. He could feel the chewed up plant material in his chest, refusing to go to his stomach.

Slowly, and painfully, it began to tear its way into the rest of his body. He speculated that whatever the plant had become with the aid of the bioprinted Mars blood, it was integrating itself into his own blood... because he wasn't dying. He theorized that the plant was avoiding anything that could kill him outright as it slowly turned him into a vessel for itself.

The plant broke skin one day, and began to grow out of him. Every time he slept, he caught the plant trying to root him to the floor or walls. He doesn't think the plant, or the remnants of broken down blood are smart enough to do anything sinister... it just seemed to be operating on weird, distorted instincts.

His notes become less and less coherent around this point. His brain simplified, the plant leaving only enough to keep him alive as it grew into his skull. He conveyed fear, and pain, but was no longer able to speculate... or even spell correctly.


Lythar 2nd Dec 2017, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, he's basically not sentient anymore. It would be a mercy to kill him. Sad as it is.
lil Joshu 2nd Dec 2017, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Unless we can fix him. He's injected now, we should at least see what we can do, and if nothing, then a mercy killing would be best.
Swagner 2nd Dec 2017, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
It might be worth picking Dr. Finch's brain to see if he thinks the guy can be saved at this point. He's still got enough brain function to be able to speak a little, so it might not be entirely hopeless. At the very least, if mercy killing him is the only option, then syncing with him first to learn what he knows about the mars blood, and whether it relates to Thale, etc. might be a good idea.
Blue_Elite 2nd Dec 2017, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Wow, there might not even be enough left of the poor guy TO save.

Shall we try some more of our newfound brain surgery talents? The idea would be to try and isolate human brain matter from the plant matter. Maybe not cure the guy, but see how far we can get to giving him his cognitive ability back at least.
Depending on how far we're able to get with that, the next idea would be to try bioprinting some organs and see if we might be able to literally put the guy back together. We might even be able to try the memory transfer process we used to "restore" our memories and transfer the scientist's memories into a blank bioprinted brain.

Then again, maybe I'm getting way, way too ahead of myself.
skybirds15 2nd Dec 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply

I still feel there's a way to help the dude. We could kill the plant, at least, and remove it from his system. See exactly what the plant did to his head, maybe it just... cut parts of his brain off, and they're still in there, unable to connect to the rest of his body. He can still sense, and has a self to kill, so there's hope.
Crayssius 2nd Dec 2017, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
We must now cure him and make him our plant minion friend! GIVE HIM HUGS!!!
Guest 2nd Dec 2017, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
If we keep him alive, could we please talk about moving Edison to a different bunker without anything living in it? Maybe add a lot of extra tape to the cannister and stick it in C?
Blue_Elite 2nd Dec 2017, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
The reason Edison is being kept on Mars is because of Patton Thale. She was given to Shirai by Thale and the canister has a tracker that seemingly is only reachable from the inside. If we put it on Earth, Thale might be able to get his toy back and use it much more efficiently than Shirai did (which by her own admission was so half-assed it might as well be called quarter-assing).
Blue_Fox 2nd Dec 2017, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
rip plant-scientist we should prob kill them though, it seems they are in alot of pain right now
2FABZ 2nd Dec 2017, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Its time for a mercy kill no matter how sad it may seem
Guest 2nd Dec 2017, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Hug him! And then mercy kill him.
rufiangel 2nd Dec 2017, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
That's... Horrifying. And so, so sad. ;___;

Is there truly nothing to be done for him? It just seems so sad, I feel like the poor man deserves to be acknowledged somehow.

Be very very careful if we're trying to cut him away from plants or whatever. The plants are using him as a vessel, and they're not hostile... Yet.
Archon 2nd Dec 2017, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Mm. I suppose that removes the possibility he knows something we could use.

I suppose I'm in favor of trying to find a way to help them, albeit less out of kindness and more out of a sense we might learn something useful.

Wouldn't be too torn either way though.
Archon 2nd Dec 2017, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Giving it a bit more thought, might be some merit to getting the plant to repair his brain.

Getting the plant to go from parasitic to symbiotic would be a significant boon in this.

...Tracking down the notes sold off when this site was decommissioned could give us a significant boon in this endeavor. Assuming we want to spend time/resources on hunting that down.
demiboy 5th Mar 2018, 6:14 PM edit delete reply