Comic 906 - Apologize to the librarian

Posted on 7th Apr 2018, 4:40 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Apologize to the librarian

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Morgenstern 7th Apr 2018, 4:40 PM edit delete
Caius swings Dr. Finch back to the shelf. Dr. Finch almost doesn't get his grip, but after a brief panic, he's back on the bookshelf.

"Look," Caius says, "I'll climb down real quick, I'll grab tha book, s'no big deal--"

You disagree. You can't actually tell where the book fell to. That means if Caius chases it, he'll be leaving your perception, as well. And, even as fast as Caius can climb, you don't think he can get to the book and back before--

the librarian begins to manifest. Teleport? It was always here, it just wasn't here now.

Now it's here now.

Its lights circulate and surge. You... think it's analyzing Dr. Finch, but it's hard to tell.

"I... I I I I," Dr. Finch stutters, "I would just like to formally apologize. I am sincerely sorry and it was a complete accident."

The librarian's tail clicks, once, then twice. Something's... unhinging, or disconnecting, in its tail. The clicks steadily become more rapid. It has wings, but they don't flap--they just... subtly move, and the creature becomes spatially adjusted to maintain its flight.

Dr. Finch continues. "We can... we we can go fetch the book, if you like? If if if that would be easier for you...? This was, I'm sorry it was very much an accident--"

The librarian's tail grinds as it lurches back, recoiling, readying to strike. Air hisses from its openings. Its lights brighten.

Caius yells, and goes flying off the bookshelf, straight past Dr. Finch.

"Caius!," Dr. Finch screams. The pointed end of the librarian's tail comes whipping forward, attempting to embed itself into Dr. Finch's torso. It misses as Caius slams into the librarian in an attempt to tackle it. It almost works--the librarian and Caius seem to blink in and out of existence for a moment, rapidly shifting from one place to another, as the librarian tries to stay in the air. Caius holds on tight, wrestling with the creature. In between blinks, he attempts to yell at you.

"G---- climb! I ca--- hold it o--- tha hell are y--- aitin' for?!"

"Caius, no!," Dr. Finch yells again, straining his voice.

Caius, and the librarian, are suddenly gone.



Not gone.

They're... below you.

Further out.


...Upward. They're above you. They're definitely higher up.


Gitaxian 7th Apr 2018, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Climb. Climb very fast.
Tych 7th Apr 2018, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
umm yeah get to climbing up and maybe find the book and Caius also if you can find the book Dr.Finch dropped and return it also if your able try and contact an administrator or head librarian or something just try and find someone who can be reasoned with to explain what happened and get this thing from going well further off the reigns
fellow 7th Apr 2018, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Cross check with red in what direction they are and then head there. If you can, adrenaline yourself up for faster climbing.
Nayru9572 7th Apr 2018, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Let's not go with the adrenaline. If we rush, someone might accidentally grab a book again, which might summon yet another librarian.
Twyll on her phone 7th Apr 2018, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Adrenaline might actually *enhance* our accuracy and make it easier not to slip up-- enough adrenaline causes your perception of time to slow down somewhat, allowing for greater physical accuracy.
Nayru9572 7th Apr 2018, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
Welp. Not much of a choice but to try and follow.
Now that I think about it, maybe we should've asked Red for her input before we started climbing. Can we talk to her and try to check on Caius while climbing without risking to accidentally grab a book ourselves?
Also, maybe assure Finch this stuff isn't his fault/ give him a level effect if needed.
fellow 7th Apr 2018, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
One thing we could try, with possibly disasterous results, is to try make an organ from the red that can mimic the way the e n t i t y talks(Like, via the same channel), and try to communicate with the librarian using that.
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Jane: Climb after them. Check on Caius.
Finch: Climb back down if you can - try to put the book back. Maybe that will pacify the librarian.
Twyll on her phone 7th Apr 2018, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Dammit, we are an eldritch blood goddess of hugs, we should be able to get through to his thing. Time to stop communicating humanly, and start using Blood Speech or whatever this thing might be able to comprehend. Don't *say,* but *will it to understand* that we will replace the book it if wants or we will refrain from interfering or we'll do whatever if it will just *communicate* with us instead of attacking; but we WILL NOT accept violence against our friends. If it didn't want us to accidentally touch books, it should have given us a friggin' ladder when we asked!
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
This is a good idea to try.
Tych 7th Apr 2018, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
okay Eldritch blood goddess of Hugs is officially my new nickname for Jane/Blondie
psychoshen 7th Apr 2018, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
I think Jane and Finch should stick together, so they can watch each others backs as they climb for more librarians or Geoangular Control. I don't think Finch wants to get separated anymore than the group already has.

Keep checking on Caius, let him know we're on the move, maybe boost his adrenaline and fix any injuries he might be receiving.
Madd 7th Apr 2018, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Go get the book and put it back
Mochi 7th Apr 2018, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
climging back down to retrieve the book is about the only way i can think of to pacify the librarians. we're not supposed to touch the books, but maybe if they recognize that we're fixing what we did wrong, they'll chill out? it clearly didn't understand finch when he was trying to communicate it, but this place is not built for coherent communication. actions, however, always speak louder than words.
pkrankow 7th Apr 2018, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Hard call. Get the book and replace it will involve remembering where it goes. It will also involve getting it. It may pacify the librarians. Or it may not.

Continuing onward will leave the librarian and Caius in a fight. I doubt it will pacify anybody.

Cleantex effect may help with replacing the book.
Swagner 7th Apr 2018, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
I think having Finch replace the book while Jane continues upward is the best bet: if it doesn't work, then we haven't wasted any time.

Did we bring any blood needles in? Blooding the librarian might be an alternative means of pacifying it.
chaosblitz 7th Apr 2018, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
eeeeh, I think it's a bad idea to try and blood the alien thing. If it actually tries to hurt Caius (like drop him from up there or attack him) then yeah, go for it, but we should probably not try anything until then. (plus, it seems like the librarian can alter reality in here. It might be able to tell that we're trying to blood it, and I honestly don't want to find out how it will react if it thinks we're a threat)
Blue_Elite 7th Apr 2018, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
I'm very hesitant to try altering physiology while we're here. Speech, climbing, even our sense of touch don't work like they're supposed to. If we make any changes we should observe to make sure they're not hurting more than helping (if we can even observe like this).

I think we need to split up at this point. Dr. Finch should count his way while climbing down so he can remember where the book goes and hopefully put it back into place (I'd rather not leave with the librarian mad if it can be helped).
Jane can continue to head up for the book we're here for.