Comic 723 - Get the combat model

Posted on 4th Jan 2018, 9:38 PM in No Easy Way Out
Get the combat model

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Morgenstern 4th Jan 2018, 9:38 PM edit delete
You and Fuse agree to get the combat prosthetic.

You stay with Fuse for as long as you can--making sure that nothing fishy is going on with the procedure. After a while, though, it begins to approach the time when Zene's father is going to get off work.

You head back to Bunker A.

You begin to make preparations for the trip, and you bring up possibly giving the dart gun to Michelle, rather than Zene--in the heat of the moment, it might be hard for him to shoot his own dad, even if it's just with a dart gun.

"It's not a bad idea," Michelle says, "exceeept that a dart gun ain't really made for long range shootin'. You might get like 200 feet out of a rifle made for like... huntin' elephants or somethin', if you're a helluva shot. Our pistol's easy to conceal, but unless I can get real close, we'd be gamblin' givin' it to me. I'm sure I could hit 'em, I'm more worried the needle ain't gonna have enough penetration from too far back--I'd feel real bad if the dart just bounced off 'em. You're right, though... Z could hesitate, or at least miss. I guess it's a risk either way."

Who do you want to take with you?

Who do you want to give the dart gun to?

Are there any other preparations you want to make before heading out?


Terrabrand 4th Jan 2018, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. Just caught up to this fascinating story like yesterday. Could we plan to give it to Zene and see if he's agreeable to being CONTROLLED to make the shot? Give an order when the time comes and all?
Portal In Time 4th Jan 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Welcome! We have a Discord, the link is over on the sidebar. And agreed, that is a good idea.
Auron 4th Jan 2018, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Bring up the possibility of using the blood to make sure Zene doesn't hesitate, with Zene's permission of course.
Twyll 4th Jan 2018, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, we can offer to basically steady his hand and help him pull the trigger. As long as he actually makes the decision to accept our help beforehand, I don't think it's terribly morally dubious or anything. Especially because we know his dad is at so much risk right now.
pkrankow 4th Jan 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Your effectve range of weapons is a bit off. I target shoot my air rifle at about 100 ft because it is fun, but it is still very accurate at twice that.

A scoped rifle is easily good past 100m, with competition classes over 500m. The longer ranges are using more powerful scopes and somewhat specialized rifles, but still something a gun store probably has or can order.

Handguns are effectve to around 50 ft only because aiming is hard, know your backstop.

I would be surprised if the tranq gun is not easily capable of 50 ft with longer range possible.
Memo 5th Jan 2018, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
The rifle mentioned is most likely a dart rifle. The air resistance for a dart is many factors greater, than for a bullet. Hence the much shorter range.
Baron11704 5th Jan 2018, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
This means nothing, morgenstern has put these range issues on us as a limitation, not to keep it close to reality, them not lining up with real physics isn't going to change much, the shot is going to have a chance of failing no matter what our real life rules say
wierdweblurker 4th Jan 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Send Zene in alone, but have Caius waiting in the vehicle in case the father is indeed Queened and attacks. Bring along a few conventional weapons in case of cultist backup. Zene can keep the gun, we can simply order him to take the shot...

Aaaaaand now I feel like the voice of evil.
rufiangel 4th Jan 2018, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
I'm going to suggest Caius stay behind in the bunker for the rest of the day, as he's just had a brain transplant and I think it may take some time before he's ready to rumble in any form or fashion besides smoking level >_>
Twyll 4th Jan 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, let's have Michelle tag along instead of Caius. Maybe Finch won't be using the computer for a bit so Caius can use it for video games or Netflix or something XD ...And now I'm imagining Caius and MomRed watching Breaking Bad or something together. Or maybe Jane has a subscription to Future-Crunchyroll and they can watch Cardcaptor Sakura or Puella Magi Madoka Magica or something...
Blue_Elite 4th Jan 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
They can watch Haiyore! Nyarko-san. It's Cthulhu Mythos if it was adorbs. ~^_^~
Twyll 5th Jan 2018, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Ahh, why did I not think of Nyaruko? It's perfect!
Auron 6th Jan 2018, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Remember: short instances of mind control are less morally ambiguous if you get permission first.
rufiangel 4th Jan 2018, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
I'd say just bring Michelle along with us, give the dart gun to Zene and ask if he'd be alright if we ended up having to make him take the shot? Man, I really hope this doesn't go to heck in a basket.

I guess just want to check in on Caius, make sure his head is healing up okay, and on Dr. Finch, see if he's good with patching up space suits and all that jazz. Maybe text Jury to see if she's making any headway arresting Carpenter. And maybe check in on Macland. Is he on a beach with Shirai yet? lol
RemnantSoul 4th Jan 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
I second this.
Memo 5th Jan 2018, 5:00 AM edit delete reply
I third this.
Also, we can give Zene level effect for the case he need to shoot.
We should probably also keep some normal guns ready in the car, in case things turn sour.
Madd 4th Jan 2018, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
We as Jane could get much closer than Michelle, Jane should you the gun. Finch is the only other person right now who could get close enough without drawing attention. Finch is busy with the suits, so it's probably just going to be Jane and Zene.

If we give it to Zene we have to give him a level effect when shit goes don't otherwise it won't work.
Blue_Elite 4th Jan 2018, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
It's not like Zene would be killing his father. It's just a drug; and one that cures a condition at that. It'd be like tricking a child to look away so you can give them a necessary vaccination shot.
I think it'd be fine to have Zene use the tranq gun as long as we sync him with Michelle. That'd also give him some basic self-defense skill as well, in case he's attacked by his father.
On that note we could do some very quick tranq gun practice while syncing Michelle to Zene, just so he can get the feel of it.

Jane and Michelle should go with Zene and bring some lethal guns, just in case Thale makes a move. Zene can still confront his father alone, but Jane and Michelle should be "just around the corner" in case of trouble.
I'm of the opinion Dr. Finch should stay behind, not just to work on the spacesuit, but also to be a ride for Fuse in case the situation with Zene's parents escalates very rapidly (we might end up encountering Zene's mother and others as part of a Thale ambush during this).
Memo 5th Jan 2018, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe we have to be included in the sync, when syncing others, and that is something we try to avoid, due to the blending effect.
Blue_Elite 5th Jan 2018, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
Nope! We're a necessary component (the others can't just decide to sync with each other just because they're blooded) but unless we're getting skills or giving skills, we're just an operator and not an actual part of the sync itself.

To put it another way, we can sync Michelle and Fuse so they get each other's skills without any mixing with us. If we sync Michelle, Fuse, AND ourself; like say to hack a police lock, THEN we'd blend ourselves with the others.
Frission 5th Jan 2018, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
Important preparation we're overlooking: Piggy/Kitty hoodies for everyone! D:
Portal In Time 5th Jan 2018, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
We get a Kitty hoodie, Fuse gets an Owl hoodie, Michelle gets a Snek hoodie, Caius gets a Bull hoodie, Zene gets a Squid hoodie, and Finch gets some Mickey Mouse ears!

Morgenstern! Make! πŸ‘ It! πŸ‘ Happen!πŸ‘
Madd 5th Jan 2018, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Finch gets a bird hoodie, it's only appropriate for him.
lil Joshu 5th Jan 2018, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I agree with Finch getting a bird hoodie and Caius getting a bull hoodie. Though I think Fuse should get the snake (maybe styled after Medusa Gorgon's?). Michelle should get a cute bear since she's a big teddy bear.
Portal In Time 5th Jan 2018, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
You’re completely right and I’m a fool.
Twyll 5th Jan 2018, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking Michelle should get a dog hoodie, because she's sweet and loyal and huggable.
lil Joshu 6th Jan 2018, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I could totes see doggie
Crestlinger 5th Jan 2018, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Make sure that whoever goes with Zene brings that police badge as well, Nothing stops an argument like credible authority. Sync shooting skills to Zene if required, 'Patton Thale' is key, if said, no worries, if hesitation, then shoot.
Post-darting/talking we explain that after picking Zene up for attempted break and enter we then received word of the church of Enyo getting weapons shipments and getting ready to mobilize for something (warehouse+tunnels). On learning of his mother's involvement we decided to have him contact you first to learn how deep this ran and will now go question his mother's involvement directly unless you have anything you would like to contribute.
lil Joshu 5th Jan 2018, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Michelle with Zene, she's best defense, and she can run with the explanation "I'm a cop" for normies.

Zene gets dart gun.

Preparations: More hoodies.
Blue_Elite 5th Jan 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
It seems we ALL love Morgenstern's hoodie design. X3
Auron 6th Jan 2018, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
When Zene meets with his father have him ask if his father knows who Patton Thale is. If he's not queened there's a good chance he'll reply with Thale's name and we'll look less suspicious.
Deadly Death Sickle 7th Jan 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
What happened to the big ass Tesla cannon Michelle had in chapter one when we need it