Comic 648 - Bring in Dr. Finch

Posted on 2nd Dec 2017, 10:08 PM in Ghosts
Bring in Dr. Finch

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Morgenstern 2nd Dec 2017, 10:08 PM edit delete
Michelle helps mess with the door setup so that Dr. Finch can come down to inspect the plant man.

"I can confirm, none of our new gear has tracking devices. And..."

He stops when he sees the plant man grown to the wall. There's a little hesitance, but Dr. Finch eventually approaches him.

"My word, that is..." Dr. Finch takes a closer look. "Any aid we could provide him is... dubious, at best." You tell Dr. Finch what all you figured out regarding his internals. Dr. Finch nods solemnly. "Without functioning organs--and without knowing how separating him from the plant system would affect what little he has remaining... well. The best we could possibly hope to accomplish is, perhaps, transplanting his entire brain to either a working body, or a cybernetic equivalent... neither of which we have the skills or resources to do. Waiting until you've developed your powers enough to externalize an entire body, or until we could find someone able to safely move his brain into a mechanical husk, would dramatically prolong his suffering. And, and and and... even if we did all that, even if kept him here in this condition until an alternative was available, what's left of his brain would not account for much. His mental state must be quite deteriorated, not to mention psychological trauma. I... I do not wish to condone taking his life, however..."

Dr. Finch trails off.

"We are not in a position to save him. Not now, not with what we have at our disposal. Delaying a decision until we can feasibly save him seems... cruel."

"So what're we gonna do?," Caius asks.

"We could, perhaps, deactivate the system that sustains the plants. It's isolated from the rest of the bunker's systems, so it would only affect this room. That... might be a slow death, however."

You suggest that, if need be, you could just use your blood powers to end his life. It would not be hard to just... tell his body to stop living.

"Nah," Caius says, "I don't want ya to have to do that. If this is what we're gonna do, just... walk out, lemme put a cap in his dome, and we'll turn off tha plants afterward to kill tha rest o' this mess. It ain't right to make you shut a guy's brain off."


Xylas_Incarnum 2nd Dec 2017, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Caius's method is the best method listed here.
Lythar 2nd Dec 2017, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Kill him. It's a mercy at this point.
Swagner 3rd Dec 2017, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, if there's nothing we can do now or in the immediate future, then the quickest, least painful end would be best.
Followed by a very thorough cremation. We don't need a repeat of this mess because some sample of the plants gets out.
Blue_Elite 3rd Dec 2017, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
Fire + Mars Bunker = Bad.
Guest 2nd Dec 2017, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Is it possible to make him sleep for an indefinite period of time until we have acquired a body for him? That would let us reduce his misery with out killing him.
Blue_Elite 2nd Dec 2017, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
I could agree to keeping him in hibernation if whatever means we have of doing so would actually knock him out completely so he wouldn't be suffering.

Otherwise I gotta agree with ending him. I was hoping we'd have a more immediate solution that'd just take a lot of effort to pull off.
After Dr. Finch's assessment, I'd have no qualms with giving him a "final" rest.
2FABZ 2nd Dec 2017, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Yep mercy kill time RIP plant man
Archon 2nd Dec 2017, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
I'm in favor of keeping it alive for now.
Say what you will, but with how long it's been here I doubt a few more days are going to make that much of a difference.
Besides, might learn something useful.
Not every day you see something like this.

If you folks want to kill it now anyways, keep in mind the plant might try something.
BunnyMuffin 3rd Dec 2017, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Like shut the door so we will be trapped :(
Espylacopa 2nd Dec 2017, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
If we're gonna this guy's misery we wouldn't have to manually tell his body to stop living or use a bullet, but simulate some kind of drug overdose instead.
Steve 2nd Dec 2017, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
I'm with Caius. Let's just do it quick.
Blue_Elite 2nd Dec 2017, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
I was hoping we could try and separate the plant from the human and see what's left. But with Dr. Finch's assessment, the man might not even be sane anymore. Unless there's a way to confirm there's a tortured person in there and not just the last, lingering thoughts of a twisted mind, I'm going to have to agree to ending him.

Hopefully between this and the Nil incident, we've got enough motivation to really start trying to learn our eldritch abilities.
At the very least we can take solace in that he directly wished for his end and we're not just assuming.
Crestlinger 3rd Dec 2017, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
See if we can get his name first, cleantex it up if needed, but at least have Something to notify any potential next of kin with, Especially with Finch there, he may recognize it.
Guest 3rd Dec 2017, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
His name is probably somewhere in the notes he was keeping on the computer.
BunnyMuffin 3rd Dec 2017, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I think we should put it in hibernation, or do a nerve block. That way we can keep him alive if we need information or something, but also be humane. I don’t think we should kill him just yet. ;___; poor guy... also, the plant might be the only thing keeping the door open!! If we kill him, the door might shut and we will also be trapped!!!
Blue_Elite 3rd Dec 2017, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
If we go with the proposed bullet (the human part) and starvation (the plant part) it'll be a while (much longer than necessary for us to leave) before the plant part at the door withers and dies.
Portal In Time 3rd Dec 2017, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
... I think Caius has the best in mind, here. Maybe we should get Fuse to burn the room down afterwards too, if it wouldn't mess with the electricity.
Auron 3rd Dec 2017, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Keep him unconscious and try to make sure he has pleasant dreams. If we can do that it isn't cruel to keep him alive.
skybirds15 3rd Dec 2017, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
This is one of those no right answer times isn't it. Why can't we just be a reality warper.
BunnyMuffin 3rd Dec 2017, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
Can we wedge the door so it stays open before killing him, if we do? I’m worried we’ll be trapped +__+
Also, poke through his brain more, see if we can get more information about this place/other zones.
PurpleKetchup 3rd Dec 2017, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
Maybe one final hug before going for Caius' idea.
His pain receptors are down, so he'll only get some warmth after a few decades of growing alone.
Mochi 3rd Dec 2017, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
don't... don't hug the corpse. for one, he's rooted to the wall, and he's also.... mostly rotted away. so he's probably smelly, and very squishy.
PurpleKetchup 3rd Dec 2017, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
He's not a corpse? Just plant-colonised flesh, so definitely not rotting.
rufiangel 3rd Dec 2017, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
Caius is such a sweetheart. *;_;*

(I should probably make it clear that I'm not voting for going for what Caius suggested, though I adore his big-brotherliness. I'm not exactly sure *what* to do, but having him shoot the guy just so that Jane doesn't have to do the mercy kill seems... kind of odd, to me? Eh.)
Cuttlefish 3rd Dec 2017, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
What is left of this poor person seeks an end to their suffering. It would be inhumane to let this continue with no clear method of treatment. Let Caius give them the peace they seek.
Baeronius 3rd Dec 2017, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
We'll need to know if the plant matter has assimilated the nerve mass.
If so, shooting him in the head would not terminate his brain, as its cellular structure could have been appropriated into the plant materials.

You'd have to see if any of the plant's tendrils have escaped the room in any other direction, such as a crack downward etc.

And you would need something that can scan for traces of neurological activity. Jane could look for it... technically, but traveling mentally through the plant mass to find it would be quite the different experience.

Edit: Can he visually track people in the room, and can he discuss anything else now that he has been partially administered an analgesic.
Blue_Elite 3rd Dec 2017, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Jane can feel people die. Unless that rule has changed because of the biology of the situation we'll know if he's at rest or not.
Mochi 3rd Dec 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
it's okay, caius, we can do this. it's not like we haven't felt people die before.

actually, he might not know about that. either way, doing it with blood powers would be much kinder to the man, i think. we could simulate an overdose so he just... drifts away. like going to sleep.
lil Joshu 3rd Dec 2017, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Remove brain, put in jar, use blood powers to put brain in stasis, have juries build a cybernetc body (providing all the parts, and extra parts as payment for the work.) and then insert brain into cybernetic body.

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