Comic 1046 - Fly through the vent

Posted on 25th May 2018, 12:49 AM in Hope
Fly through the vent

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Morgenstern 25th May 2018, 12:49 AM edit delete
You pull your bug back for a moment. The bug is a little damaged, but not that badly--contact was brief. You patch it up, and rethink your strategy.

There doesn't seem to be any countermeasures besides the electrified metal. Thus, if you can just navigate your bug between the walls...

This is not as easy as it sounds. You spend a moment or two practicing flight, using a combination of your bug's wings and levitating it with the blood to try and keep a steady path.

Once you've got the bug in the air and... mostly, sort of stable, you send it into the vent.

Navigation is difficult--especially because the vent branches off and turns in various ways. Part of the vent just leads to the other restroom, but that's not what you're angling for--you want the room that the guards are standing in front of.

It takes you a minute or two, as you have to fly slowly, carefully... pulling the bug back out and repairing it won't be so simple a task if you get caught deep in the ventilation system.

Eventually, though, you shakily make your way to a vent opening that should be in the protected room.

It looks like a room for monitoring, and changing, the audio levels, lights, and other television production aspects of the sanctuary. Large windows overlook the main stage room from above--you actually didn't see the windows when your bug was in the sanctuary. You're guessing the glass is one way, and hidden from the view of the congregation.



Guest 25th May 2018, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Oh fuck. Is that Patton? His secretary is with the guy atleast.
Akasha 25th May 2018, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Right, time to get serious. Keep the bug in hover mode for this, and amplify its hearing in case you can't hear those two well enough.
Blue_Elite 25th May 2018, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
Would it be possible to develop natural rubber (or duplicate organic compound isoprene) on the ends of the feat? It's not like this bug is using fine hairs or anything for its wall-climbing ability.

Listen but TRY to stay out of sight. If they see a bug in the vent that's not being fried, I suspect Thale's paranoia will get the better of him.

Either making sure this place is empty or breaking into here is going to be a big part of the Grizwald rescue.

EDIT: Also: "Caius chuckles. 'We're paranoid 'cuz o' Bunker X now... we're gonna think everything's electrified.'"
Who's laughing now? ;>_>
chaosblitz 25th May 2018, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
How about we ask Dr. Finch about it? If that doesn't take too much attention away from what we're doing. We do seriously need to keep out of sight, though. (and yes, definitely tell Caius that the vents are *definitely* electrified)
Swagner 25th May 2018, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Oh look, an Elizabeth clone. Lets ask our Elizabeth if she recognizes that guy next to her. (Can we sync the image directly into her mind? Or could she identify him based on our description?) If we end up blood-portalling in, this might not be a bad place to do it, it's basically the perfect sniper nest pointed at the stage.
Espylacopa 25th May 2018, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
If we can do so while avoiding detection, Listen.
Baron11704 25th May 2018, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
Theres no way thats thale, i doubt he'd look that healthy, plus why would he ever have the need to physically be there
Guest 25th May 2018, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
That may not be his main body but that could still be Thale.
Nayru9572 25th May 2018, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
Then why have the secretary there? Their whole shtick is that Thale's oversynched with them to use them as mouthpieces.
Gigafreak 25th May 2018, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
No visible exterior windows or rooftop access stair on this floor... Vents would be an option if they weren't electrified. Wonder if we can find whatever gadget controls the electricity and shut it off. Might be in the basement, though.

Can we leave a "hearing egg" (egg with hearing hairs) hidden here, perhaps behind or under the A/V control machinery, and shlorp to another egg? We don't need to divert our attention actively listening in to the conversations going on here in this room as long as we can HEAR them; we can Cleantex to remember the contents later. Maybe set a blood alarm for "hearing one or both of these people leaving the room."
pkrankow 25th May 2018, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
As long as we are sure only ONE piece of metal is contacted. ONLY ONE. We can safely stay inside the vent. Electricity needs a circuit, which requires 2 pieces of metal. That said there might be better vantage points than the vent.

Getting behind the sound equipment on the left window ledge probably would be much better.
ReikoLupus 25th May 2018, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Let's hide our Bug behind the equipment. Hearing the conversations between those two can be usefull. And, when the raiding starts, making our Bug grow into a Great Golem and manipulating or detroying the equipment in this room can be a serious advantage XD.
The bohemian 25th May 2018, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
wiat can't we kill Thale?
I mean, we blood him, and the kill his body and damage his mind to no repair. Thought it will be Really hard, it might be wroth it.
The bohemian 25th May 2018, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
It's a bad idea, but if that is thale, then we could try a quick kill.
We need blood needles.
Have a bone needle on top on the bug, have it get under thale foot, he steps on it we do as much damage as we can, or try to posses him.
Skullrama 25th May 2018, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Assuming that's (a) Thale, and he and the secretary are oversynched... they might not have to 'talk' to talk. They might just stand there, being creepy while they just think, since they have the same brain.
pkrankow 25th May 2018, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Lol. So likely.
Espylacopa 25th May 2018, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Were that the case, why would they even need to be in the same room?
ReikoLupus 25th May 2018, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Damn, that's true XD. Maybe they simply are in the same room to have more eyes supervising the place. Well, then the only thing we can do here is planting an "Egg" to Hatch at the start of the Raid.
fellow 25th May 2018, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
We may not want to enter this room though, these two might notice, and we can't lay an egg in the vents. Maybe it'd be better to lay an egg on top of the walls of the toilet stalls?
Matanui3 26th May 2018, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
The music for this update (and I suppose others surrounding this one):