Comic 1045 - Enter the restroom

Posted on 24th May 2018, 6:24 PM in Hope
Enter the restroom

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Morgenstern 24th May 2018, 6:24 PM edit delete
You wait until the wandering guard passes by the women's restroom before quickly--but stealthily--having your bug move across the ceiling, down the wall, and under the door.

Once your bug is inside the women's restroom, you have it makes it way to the nearest vent. Your bug starts to crawl into it, and--

as soon as your bug steps foot on the metal inside the vent, you understand exactly what the problem is.

The vents are, in fact, electrified.


Gigafreak 24th May 2018, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Is the bug intact enough to continue exploring with it? Can we have it fly and/or blood-levitate through them without touching the electrified surfaces? I imagine "stuck on the current" would be a problem normally, but that shouldn't affect blood-levitation, at least.
Skullrama 24th May 2018, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
Welp. The bug isn't really using muscles or nerves, so theoretically, we should be able to puppet it through electricity, perhaps with some extra hassle. Time to test the theory out, I suppose.

Alternatively - move the bug through the piping?

EDIT: Or, if the current is too much hassle, maybe we can give the bug little bone-boots for the feet.
Gigafreak 24th May 2018, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
My concern about bone boots is noise. Metal conducts sound very well, considering how many times "let's communicate from one prison cell to another by banging on the pipes in Morse Code" has worked in history. Someone will hear the bone-on-metal clack-clack-clacking from the vents and peek inside, whereupon our amazingly fashionable bugshoes will become a flashing "HI I'M JANE'S TINY BLOODMONSTER" billboard.

Is there a material in the body that insulates from electricity better than skin, but is soft enough not to make clacking sounds when striking metal?
Leafia_Barrett 24th May 2018, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Is the bug intact enough to repair? If so, repair it. If not, make one of the eggs into a new one.
pkrankow 24th May 2018, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Unless cooked through the bug should be "fine", more or less. A circuit requires a "there" and a "back" portion. If all at one potential you are "safe" as energy won't travel. Linesmen regularly service 120v and 440v wires that are live with bare hands using a long insulated ladders.

Now, bone and dry leather are not very conductive. So making pads of fingernail or levitating over voltage changes make only the static charge a problem, and that is not a problem till the third zero... but may make noise at higher second zero.

Also electric fences are not always on, they pulse. This saves energy. Unless they rolled their own controller and power supply there should be pulses a few seconds long every several seconds.

I would doubt the bug go hit enough to cook, they have people around these vents.

Check the plumbing. We can fit through a nonexistant gap of a syringe plunger seal, plumbing usually has outright holes around it with a trim ring over it. Even if caulked the likelihood of a complete adhered decorative seal is pretty low. We also can go through the pipes... at risk of getting lost.
Skullrama 24th May 2018, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Is it even a problem if the bug is cooked? It would certainly be more stiff to control if cooked and paralyzed but... We're just moving it around with our blood, it doesn't have to stay 'alive'. On the other side we can convert cooked meat to fresh, or shed it.
pkrankow 24th May 2018, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
We do need an answer to "annihilated" before we can take on Lasker...
Crestlinger 24th May 2018, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
If able shrink down to Smallest size and fly right on through to complete the Operation don't touch he sides (or the floor, or the ceiling)
pkrankow 24th May 2018, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Good call there
ReikoLupus 24th May 2018, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
2 Options:

-Make the Bug smaller and fly through the vent.

-Make bone feets with skin and meat in the end of the bone, but not connected to the skin and meat in the rest of the body. This way, the electrict current stops in the bone, but we have skin and meat in the end of it to move without making noise.