Comic 910 - Receive the book

Posted on 8th Apr 2018, 1:14 AM in Shipping Off to Southden
Receive the book

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Morgenstern 8th Apr 2018, 1:14 AM edit delete
You hug the bookshelves as best you can without messing up the books. You thank the library again, and express that you hope the two of you can meet again someday--without such dour circumstances, and without having to break any rules.

You head to the stack of books... and you pick up Geoangular Control.

"o n e l a s t s u g g e s t i o n
(Let's cheat one more time, why not?)

t a k e t h a t t h i n g

y o u s h o u l d n o t h a v e

t o a p l a c e

y o u s h o u l d n o t b e

i f y o u w a n t t o l e a r n

s o m e t h i n g

y o u s h o u l d n o t k n o w ."

Before you can ask what the library means... you're no longer in the library. You, Caius, and Dr. Finch find yourselves just outside the glass dome, standing not too far from your motorcycle. Sitting in the sidecar is a canister of biopaste, which you spent an extraordinary amount of time buying instead of visiting a library that never existed. A very light rain has begun to fall.

Clutched in your arms is a green-covered book titled Geoangular Control. It's ancient, with yellowing pages, yet it's in very good condition.

"So, uh," Caius begins, "did that actually happen, or...?"

Dr. Finch smiles a little. "Technically speaking, I don't believe it did. We remember an event that never truly occurred, in a library that was never in Southden. Which means that..."

Dr. Finch points at the book. "...isn't just illegal, it's functionally impossible."

"Like growin' flowers on Mars," Caius says with a chuckle. He makes his way to the motorcycle and climbs on, but Dr. Finch hesitates. He turns his gaze to the sky, shoving his hands into the pockets of his lab coat.

"...Leopold," Dr. Finch says simply.

"Leopold?," Caius asks.

"My name," Dr. Finch clarifies. "Leopold Finch."

Caius looks at you, then back at Finch, his eyes widening a little. "...Damn. If you got a name like Leopold, why tha hell do ya go by Dr. Finch?"

"Because I'm a doctor," Doctor Leopold Finch replies. "I earned it. It's a title I take great pride in." He pauses. His gaze lowers. He gives a soft and somewhat sad smile. "It's also a title I hide behind. Being a doctor requires empathy and understanding, but also a certain level of detachment. If you let yourself become too involved, every... every hurt child, every dying patient would tear you apart. ...I've let that detachment, that emotional disconnect bleed into my life. Everything is cold and calculated, simple facts and numbers. I can't take math for granted, I can't be betrayed by physics, I don't have to worry what biology thinks of me. I can just be... a doctor, not burdened by biases and opinions and emotions and the other... the other painful things that make us human. I try to stay objective, try to stay above it all to... well, to protect myself."

Dr. Finch pauses, staring at the ground. "It's stunted my growth as a human being. I never look inward. I refuse to. When something does affect me on an emotional level the very act infuriates me. I don't... want to feel. I'm bad at it. I'm bad at dealing with people and I'm bad at dealing with myself. I want everything to be a cold, hard science and it all refuses. I'm telling you my name because..."

He looks at you, specifically. "You are, essentially, our leader. My leader. I should keep no secrets from you, and... to put it very bluntly, should something happen to me I imagine you will be the one to bury me. I know your name, you... you should know mine." He smiles again, wearily.

"S'funny," Caius says. "I got tha problem you got in reverse. I never look at stuff... y'know, rationally. I just do what feels right. I go where my heart tells me. I also get my ass kicked tha most, so... yeah. It ain't all it's cracked up to be. I wish I could look at tha world like you do--like it's under a microscope, like I ain't in it. ...'Cuz it does hurt. I fuck stuff up all tha time, and I know when I do it's 'cuz I wasn't thinkin'. I just run in half-cocked, no plan, and I get us in trouble or I get myself killed or... or whatever. Maybe that's..."

Caius gives a small shrug of his shoulders. "I dunno, maybe that's why I feel like I need you, Leopold."

Dr. Finch smiles wider. "I have walls," he says. "I have... I have emotional barriers that I've been putting up, and you... you've somehow still found a way to tear them down, repeatedly, walls that have been there so long I didn't even remember them. ...Walls I had grown quite used to. That's... that's why I wanted you to know my name as well, Caius. I want... I would like to put fewer walls between us. There are... still, a few things I haven't figured out yet about me. I don't have answers, but the fact that you've made me ask the questions at all makes me want... to know you better. To let you know me better."

He gives a light sigh. "It feels silly to be discussing all this now."

Caius grins. "Well, I did almost die again, prob'ly. Gotta get it all out there before I bite it f'real. Talk about it when ya wanna talk about it, you ain't gotta schedule a time to express yourself. You prob'ly don't want us spillin' your full name to everybody, right?"

Dr. Finch looks to Caius, still smiling wide. "I hadn't really considered it, to be honest, which I suppose is a step forward in and of itself. If... neither of you mind too terribly... I do think I would prefer to take this a step at a time. I'll... let everyone else in later."

Caius nods, and gives a thumbs up. "Your secret's safe with me, Doc. Wouldn't shock me if they already knew, though--Michelle's a cop and Fuse's a hacker." He shrugs one shoulder, his smile relighting. "S'cool, though."
Morgenstern 8th Apr 2018, 2:08 AM edit delete
As a quick OOC note to those that missed it: I am making a second and far more successful attempt at an official Blood is Mine store. Check it out now if you want BiM T-shirts, phone cases, and other goodies.


rufiangel 8th Apr 2018, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
That moment I post a comment exactly when the update comes up dangit XD;;;

Welp, time to head back to the bunker with our precious cargo in tow. That was crazy but beautiful.

Leopold Finch, heh. <3 Your secret is safe with us for now~ I really adore the character development and growth in BiM. It just feels so real.
Avery-Cross 8th Apr 2018, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
we should tell the others we got the book, and see how everyone else is doing, and then head back to the bunker
Twyll 8th Apr 2018, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
So, assuming the "thing we shouldn't have" is the book, and the "place we shouldn't be" is the Error Room. We might wanna try looking at the book fairly thoroughly *before* we take it in there, just in case my assumption is wrong, though :P
Verde 8th Apr 2018, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
The thing we should not have might instead refer to the soul killing super weapon of absolute death.
Macheman7 8th Apr 2018, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
Also place we shouldn't be might be behind Infinite Fall Bunker.
Mostly what you said though, because enaJ already taught us some things.
Swagner 8th Apr 2018, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
Oh, behind the looping bunker was the room with the voice, right? I'm not super keen on revisiting that one. The error room manages to sound safer.
PurpleKetchup 8th Apr 2018, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
This is how I understood it too - bring the gun to enaJ. We'll learn something mindscrewy though, so... can Jane carry the gun on her own ?
(check the safety is on !)
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
Something to consider for book vs. soul-gun: The book was meant for us, we were meant for the book. According to the library (and based on how xe seems to work), we were meant to get the book, just as we are meant to return it eventually.
Therefore, it stands to reason the soul-gun is more likely the thing we should not have, at least over the book. It's entirely possible it could still be something else other than just those 2 options but I'd definitely go with soul-gun over book for not-meant-to-have-ness.
Baron11704 8th Apr 2018, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
i can't think of a reason why soul gun is something we shouldn't have, like it's something that we don't want to have, sure, but it's not a book that we had to go to a physically impossible library to get. So yeah my best bet is book to error room. I wonder if we're about to become future Jane.
Eternity 8th Apr 2018, 3:23 AM edit delete reply
Well, this is the first time we've seen time travel, so could the "place we should not be" be the room where we ran into ourself?

Also would someone mind reminding me what the error room was, I lose track of things easily >_<
Memo 8th Apr 2018, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
The error room is the one you just referred to ;)
I agree we should go there with GC. (Since the book shouldn't really exist, yet it is)
The soul - killer gun is something nobody should have, so that could be it too.. maybe bring both, and hope it isn't as spectacularly dangerous as it sounds.
Mochi 8th Apr 2018, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
i'm going to assume the thing we should not have is the book, since it came from a library we never went to that doesn't exist and it is functionally impossible for it to be in our possession at this moment.

also, caius, dr. finch, you want we should leave y'all alone for a minute oooor...? ;P
CiciEnixa 8th Apr 2018, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
I know it's gonna be real awkward to mention, but I do kinda wonder if we will be returning home in the same seats or take the sidecar this time. Because I would not totally mind having Jane take the sidecar this time, just saying XD (I'd still stand here first and let Dr. Leopold Finch sit where he'd like to sit, and sit on the vacant spot XDDD)

Error room, what terrifying secrets do you hold?
rufiangel 8th Apr 2018, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
seconded, all of this XD <3
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Just to throw it out there: there's a case to be made for Bunker C and the X-box being the forbidden place and the forbidden item.
Bunker C is barricaded from the other side of the door. It's meant to keep US out, not whatever is in there in (I imagine it was in better shape to remove the barricade some 100 years ago if it wanted to then it is now).
As for the X-box, remember that whatever is in the error room is in a dilapidated state (recall the flower we were wearing was either dead or wilted on enaJ). If we bring the X-box in there, it might be in a deteriorated state that'll let us see what is in it and, more importantly, whatever is in it might itself be in an, "inactivated," and thus safe state to observe.

Just some food for thought.
fellow 8th Apr 2018, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
On the previous update, the l i b r a r y said that jane would be capable of pulling herself together in faradays situation. So, to get Faraday out of her situation, we'd have to give her jane's knowledge: Sync with her. We need to blood Faraday, possibly the entire bunker E.
Twyll 8th Apr 2018, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Maybe we can vaporize our blood somehow-- it might give Faraday something to cling to, like how electric charges build up in clouds, and then we can clump her together from there.

The easiest solution might be a spritz bottle, but perhaps we could fill a fog machine or a vaporizer/humidifier with our blood.
pkrankow 8th Apr 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
We don't need to blood Faraday. Faraday needs to give us an oath of loyalty or something. This will be in trade for assistance and mutual protection.

Her sisters need to do the same, and I suspect there will be only one more powerful, significantly more than an echo, entity, after a bit.
Fishbulb 8th Apr 2018, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
More food for thought, what if Elizabeth is the thing we should not have?
fellow 8th Apr 2018, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
The bit about giving weapons and monsters souls would have me think that Elizabeth wouldn't count as a thing.
Madd(No time to login) 8th Apr 2018, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
To the error room!
Ablaze 8th Apr 2018, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Just caught up...

I was going to suggest using the error room as a storage area for dangerous items, but now it's specifically requested. The gun is the obvious choice, but perhaps some of the other items could be placed there as well. The room might have a weird way of identifying what those unknown items are. One or more of them might actually be even more dangerous.
Leafia_Barrett 8th Apr 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Take book to Error Room. Let's break the laws of physics some more.
EDIT: Actually, maybe we should read the book first?

Ah... I was going to say "maybe whoever's in the side car should try to start reading the book on the way back" but that is a terrible idea in a motorcycle, even in the sidecar, because of the wind.
Frission 8th Apr 2018, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Yus! ...Carefully. >_> Also wrap the book in a nice cloth or something if we have it available. We just got this wonderful, very old thing. Last thing we need is the rain ruining it.
chaosblitz 8th Apr 2018, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Everyone is theorizing about what room we need to go to and if this book is the right one to bring and I'M just sitting over here geeking out over the fact that Dr. Finch and Caius are one step closer to getting together.
Matanui3 8th Apr 2018, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Now we just need Jane's real name...
skybirds15 8th Apr 2018, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Things to hug before we die list:

Sentient building (check)
Us but an alien (check)
An alien that's not us
Every human
Every cat
Robot (check)
A planet
Everything else that isn't Thale or Lasker
C-type 8th Apr 2018, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
We don't need to rush into things we shouldn't know. For now we should start reading the book are repairing the monitor.

Does Jury also fall into the monsters and weapons into people category?
EclairForce 8th Apr 2018, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Finally caught back up. Man was the 600 page 3 day sprint fun.

So in its entirety We have 2 threads I want to check in on.

A) our understanding of electrical brain impulses and how that connects to bringing Faraday together

2) What exactly we are going to learn in the error room. and I Figure It's the book we gotta take because much like the Library said it had to cheat to get us this so clearly we weren't meant to have it.

Honestly I think we should focus on curing the Best Ghostgirl trio first as messing with too much magic at one time can be a tad dangerous and our minds just got bent a little bit more than I'm comfortable for one day already.
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Since most of us are speculating I'll actually throw some suggestions about what to do NEXT out there:
Return to Bunker E. Drop off items to Tesla and introduce Dr. Finch. Maybe linger a little to watch her explore her presents. Get everyone else caught up and discuss next steps (read the book, investigate The Library's ominus hint, address one of the many, many other irons we have in the fire already, etc.) over dinner. I'm gonna recommend a pasta of some sort. Lasagna seems like a good victory meal after getting the book but spaghetti with meatballs dinner is fine if we don't have access to that.
pkrankow 8th Apr 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Return safely
Read book by ourself
Debate who else should read book and read book with them, Dr Finch definately, Fuse, Caius, Michelle probably.
Discuss Pierce reading book.
After book is read thouroughly take book to error room.
If this is not "correct" take book and soul gun to bunker C. Added prep may be needed.

Consult with Faraday and express that an oath of loyalty may be adequate to allow you to assist her. Explain your parents relationship, and how marriage allowed your mother was able to keep your father healthy for an unusually long life without your father being a thrall.