Comic 257 - Ask if he's alright

Ask if he's alright

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Morgenstern 19th Aug 2017, 4:47 PM edit delete
You have the guard ask if Prophet is alright.

"...Yes." He takes a moment to catch his breath. "The air up here is... not... what I'm used to."

While he fights to recover, you tell Dr. Finch what's going on.

"The air up here?," Dr. Finch mutters to himself. "He must be from one of the lowest tiers. The closer you get to the surface, the worse the pollution becomes and the more frequent mutations are. A good deal of the population living near the surface of the planet have adapted to the horrible pollution--some of them even have radioactive blood. The clean air may be affecting him in a negative fashion. My only advice is, perhaps, to play into his delusions."

Prophet finally gets back to his feet, adjusting his robes. You have the guard suggest that joining the Enyo followers may not be so bad--are there any rituals? Meeting places? Anything else you need to know?

"Just... one. Very important one."

Prophet fishes around in his pockets for a moment... before pulling out a small object, encased in a towel. He unravels the towel, slowly revealing a needle full of Save the Queen.

"This formula will enlighten you. It will give your body... to Enyo."

You quickly feed this revelation back to Dr. Finch.

"No, no no no!," Dr. Finch blurts out in a panic, "That... that that that means that Enyo IS TH! TH has been manipulating this shadow cult, and by extension the Prophet, by pretending to be a religious figurehead. That mutant is being used by the exact sort of rich scum he opposes, likely to... to to to push the class war. Maneuvering the rich to hate the poor, the poor to hate the rich... Macland and Prophet both work for TH but would probably kill each other given half the chance. By destabilizing his circle while having them all play into the overall agenda, TH can pull the strings without any fear of his agents banding together to stop him. Prophet's faith, Macland's fear... they're all just tools to keep the circle working for TH, whether they want to or not.

It's not a fracture in the church at all. It's misinformation to further obfuscate TH's role!"

Prophet grabs his own wrist, steadying the hand that holds the needle.

"Will you agree to it? To pledge your loyalty to the queen? Will you let me inject you with the blood of the goddess?"


PurpleKetchup 19th Aug 2017, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Ah crap, it's worse than I thought. The entire cult is subverted.
If Jane shows up right now the controller will use that prophet and his buff mutant bodyguard to kill her.

We must clean them both of Queen before diplomacy can even start.
Any strategists around ?
Eternity 19th Aug 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
I say we just roll with it, let him inject us. Our blood will overpower it anyway.
Eternity 19th Aug 2017, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Oh. Right. He knows it's us. Yeah, they'll probably kill us... But if we inject them before talking it out, they'll never believe we're the good guys. Hm... Yeah, I got nothing. This is a bit of a pickle...
Mochi 19th Aug 2017, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
our blood will probably overpower the queen, so i think we can have the guard be injected. if it gets him out of the warehouse, then we can get him to us and hopefully work with him, that or give him the chance to get out of the city. i can't see him being down for what we're doing but we can probably afford to take the chance on him. if he gets violent we can put him down if we need to.
Shrek 19th Aug 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Say no. You have to remember that we're supposed to be a normal guard for Elegance. Normal people don't like being restrained, blindfolded, taken to a strange place, then offered to take some strange drug from a cult leader.
Vermillion 19th Aug 2017, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Have him start whimpering in fear and pass out in pure terror.