Comic 532 - Make some calls

Posted on 21st Oct 2017, 11:25 PM in Chapter IV
Make some calls

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Morgenstern 21st Oct 2017, 11:25 PM edit delete
You ask Dr. Finch to call Jury.

You give Lydia's phone number to Fuse, and ask him to call her.

You ask Michelle and Caius to finish up supplying the androids.

You watch your raven.

You watch it follow the armored vehicle.

The vehicle makes its way from the middle tiers to the lower tiers. It drives around what feels like aimlessly, slowing down at times, but mostly keeping an even pace. It doesn't go too far into the depths of the city, mostly making wide sweeps around the upper-lower tiers... before making its way back to the middle tiers.

You suspect that the occupants of the vehicle are scouting things out. This may just be a preliminary run, a preview of sorts.

You're snapped out of it by Dr. Finch clearing his throat. You put a blood alarm on the raven, in case it sees the vehicle stop for any notable period.

"Apologies if we interrupted anything," Dr. Finch says. It looks like Fuse has returned, as well. "Jury says that, legally, nothing is preventing Reigns from hiring military contractors to act as a police force... nor is anything stopping him from tasking them with stopping criminals in the lower tiers. It's only a question of whether he goes through the proper channels to grant the PMCs authority, and if those PMCs can be caught acting outside the role as private police. That being said..."

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "Jury said she will be keeping a very close eye on Reigns' activities. If he so much as forgets to cross a T on the paperwork, the government will be knocking on his door. Thus far Theodore Reigns and Southern Pass are still in the negotiation stages, as far as anyone knows. Oh, and and and she said she'll look into a long term supply for our mechanical friends. Her hands are currently quite full, but she's been provided a copy of the list."

You look to Fuse. Fuse takes a deep breath. "So, first off... you guys should've warned me."

"About...?," inquires Dr. Finch.

"Lydia," Fuse replies. "She was, uh... real energetic. I'll put it that way."

Dr. Finch tries hard not to crack a grin, but eventually fails.

"Anyway, she said she's gonna do some digging on Southern Pass. She wants to find out every horrible thing they've ever done--especially in the line of crime prevention--and spread that info to the public. If people find out what a bunch of messed up psychos these mercs are, they'll raise a fuss about 'em being in the neighborhood. Reigns is a dick, but he lives and dies by his public image... if he's got protesters on his lawn, he might call the deal off."

"How does she plan to distribute the information, should she obtain it?," Dr. Finch asks. "I don't suspect her old news station would happily run that story."

Fuse shrugs. "Dunno. Pamphlets? She sounded pretty pumped about it, so I figured she has something up her sleeve. Also, I did some science--can confirm, we don't get internet on Mars Base. At least, my phone didn't."

You check on the raven again. You watch as the armored vehicle hits the city limits and continues onward, to elsewhere. Whatever they were looking for, they seem to be done looking for it.


Dragon_ANGL 22nd Oct 2017, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. Well, if nothing else, could try and drum up some bad PR for Reigns as well via yellow journalism (though obviously not through Lydia). For the science front, can we modify the bio printer to be a "normal" printer as well, and/or upgrade it to a more modern bioprinter? Might be good to have paper copies of our own data as well, as a non-electronic backup. Just in case a solar flare or some other form of electromagnetism wipes out the data.
lil Joshu 22nd Oct 2017, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
We don't want to do a plan like that ourselves either, we'd need an intermediary, preferably if we can find someone else with an axe to grind as well. Heck, it doesn't have to be yellow even. If we get real dirt and can get it out to someone who'd gladly share it, that'd be all the better. To the web, there's got to be several people that don't get along well with 'em.
Baeronius 22nd Oct 2017, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Heee. If a solar flare was strong enough to knock out data inside a bunker, we'd have a good chance to be killed by the radiation aftermath. The data... would proooooobaaablllyy not be a first priority.

Most systems are protected by a metal case, which acts as a partial faraday cage against external EmP. It's not a complete one, but the source would have to either be very strong,and very noticable, or right against the computer.

A power surge would be more likely, as that already has a clean path through the shell to the innards, but a circuit breaker or fuse would help to avert that.

I mean redundancy is always a good thing for data, but we have to plan within what our money has. So, judging by what the city is composed of, we're more likely to find some leftover memory cards that can be cleaned out, then squirreled away in various locations as backups.
Steve 22nd Oct 2017, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Well, we've got a lot to worry about now...
Nayru9572 22nd Oct 2017, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Is it still a good idea to let the raven follow the vehicle outside the city? Seems to me like it might stand out a bit there, so let's call it back to the street.

Maybe check in with Caius and Michelle as well?
PurpleKetchup 22nd Oct 2017, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
Caius and Michelle should explain to the proto-Juries that we're an independant team who will help them stay operational because their work is critical to us.
Also ask what kind of parts they would need to fix their sisters. They totally feel regret, so let's give them some hope instead.