Comic 813 - Check the desk

Posted on 19th Mar 2018, 3:06 PM in No Easy Way Out
Check the desk

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Morgenstern 19th Mar 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete
It's a bit of a journey, but you manage to have your homunculus climb up onto the chair, then onto the desk.

There's a few stray pages scattered across the desk, but they're mostly just technical documents you can hardly parse, like half-filled requisition forms.

There's also two blue binders. Using your golem's bony little arms, you manage to get the binders open.

Contained within are very old research documents. At first, they appear to be about electrical phenomena--specifically, neurological signals getting picked up and imitated by ambient waves from specific generator models, speculation as to what triggers these brief imprints, and test results with different generators.

The second binder goes off the rails a bit. Scientists speculated that some of the more significant, consistent and provable hauntings that Zone Fifty had documented may have been massive neurological or even pseudo-psychic imprints in ambient electricity. As EMF induction became more prevalent, reports of ghost sightings began to increase dramatically.

Attached are graphs, maps, and statistics showing unconfirmed hauntings and Z50 confirmed hauntings, compared by year and the spread of induction in major cities.

The theory is that most "ghosts" are imprinted electrical entities--not wandering souls, as myth suggests, but firing brain signals being duplicated via unknown means by electromagnetic fields and then firing randomly. These imprints, for reasons still being studied, tend to fire off years or even decades after being "learned" by an EM field, and thus the person the signals were "learned" from has usually moved out or passed away by then. This creates the illusion that the errant signal is their "ghost."

There's also speculation that the brain interacts in some way with EM fields specifically upon death, especially if the deceased was under extreme duress at the time of passing, but that research was ongoing.

In the margins of the documents are hand written notes, mostly regarding outliers and edge cases about more bizarre reports--ghosts that reflect the trauma that killed their original, for instance, or the ghosts of an entire ship crew that washed up on the anniversary of the wreck. These events eluded explanation from Zone Fifty.

On the wall are pinned newspaper clippings and pictures, mostly about one particular house. The house looks large and old, and the news is about two separate events: first, a man brutally murdering his family before killing himself in the house. The other stories, fifteen years later, are about the house struggling to sell due to its reputation for being haunted.

You send your golem through the middle door.


BunnyMuffin 19th Mar 2018, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Try to look at the titles of the books on the shelves. Then, go into the next room.
Waiiiiiiiiiiiitttttt a sec....... I’m getting Edison vibes from this. Tread carefully.
Archon 19th Mar 2018, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
Suppose that explains the no electronics bit.
Continue rummaging about, this place looks like there's a lot more to learn here.
Madd 19th Mar 2018, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
Tell Fuse and the rest that we found an EM ghost research facility, that may be using them for power generation. And that we can't bring any electronics into there because of the containment fields.

Look around a bit here.
pkrankow 19th Mar 2018, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Does Fuse's legs count as electronic?
Cheshire777 26th Sep 2021, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
...Oh dear. Is that a hint about the house from MDA? Could be a coincidence, but still noteworthy.
Momerath 29th Nov 2021, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
I wondered about the house too but I'm not sure the MDA house looks old.