Comic 199 - Inject a rat

Posted on 7th Aug 2017, 3:19 PM in Blood on Mars
Inject a rat

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Morgenstern 7th Aug 2017, 3:19 PM edit delete
You ask Dr. Finch if he has any lab rats. He retrieves one, and you inject your blood into it.

You can now give commands to yourself, Dr. Finch, Fuse, Michelle, or a rat.

You also ask everyone about acquiring weapons. Michelle thinks Vasquez might have had a credit or something at a few places in the middle tiers, and could probably get a few weapons. Fuse knows where to get weapons fast and on the cheap, but it's in the lower tiers, and potentially dangerous to make a run for.

"We also gotta ask how far we wanna escalate this," Michelle says. "No tellin' how armed the guards there are... or the patrons, even. They'd outnumber us in a firefight, I'm sure."


JackFractal 7th Aug 2017, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
Yes.... :3
Xylas_Incarnum 7th Aug 2017, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
can we see if Jane's blood can mimic whatever it is that allows Fuse to use Pyrokinesis? The mad scientist in me is shouting "Flaming Kamikaze Rats!" off in the back distance of my mind.

As for how we do this, Shock and Awe sounds pretty damn good. Entering fast and loud, dropping or severely crippling, see shooting the hand(s)/a limb off, anyone who pulls a piece. .... I still want to do tests to see if Jane can make needles capable of penetrating flesh out of her blood while retaining their ability to infect and control others. That's not something she should use often but that's going to be handy real soon if it can be done at all.
PurpleKetchup 7th Aug 2017, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Can Jane try externalising some Red ? If her mom can do an entire talking spaceship, she can probably do something smaller scale.
Or is blood control the only trick she'll get ?
Kitty 7th Aug 2017, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
If we can somehow infect our target with our blood stealthily, then we can have him walk himself out of the club via mind control, no conflict needed. As unpleasant as such a thing is, it's no less unpleasant than the people who messed with our lives for fun. So really, the question is just how to deliver the blood to the target in as stealthy a way as possible.

Can we attach a syringe to the rat somehow? Perhaps we could lie in wait in the club's restroom for our quarry to come take a leak and stab him there? It'll depend on where the vents lead, and what sorts of access points we have.

Maybe best way to be stealthy would be to use something that is itself made of blood... How does our blood react when frozen? If we make a frozen blood needle, can we control that?

For now, we should probably focus on surveillance and figuring out what sorts of capabilities our blood has for infecting a target at long range.
Kitty 7th Aug 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh, we should also practice looking through the rat's eyes too, and controlling it. It probably feels a lot different from controlling and communicating with a human.
Wii G 7th Aug 2017, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm not saying they definitely shouldn't, but it might not be as stealthy as you think. If this guy is under the influence of Save the Queen then whoever's controlling the fake blood could feel the loss and instantly know you're there.
PurpleKetchup 7th Aug 2017, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm starting to wonder if we couldn't find a way to pick up the "messages" the printed blood use to control its thralls and just track that signal back to base, essentially.
If it's broadcast it covers the entire city down to the lower tiers so it shouldn't be too hard to detect.

(of course now I said that it's going to be a point-to-point relay system and we'll need to kidnap a live hostage...)
Xylas_Incarnum 7th Aug 2017, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't be a bad idea to steal some wheels for this. Either that or find a way to change the paint of our vehicles really fast. I mean, we still want to use our vehicles after this right? These guys have ridiculous amounts of money and influence. rather likely we'll be on their black lists after we're done with this portion of the story.
Vahno 7th Aug 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
I think a minor experiment is indeed in order. I doubt we could have the rat do Fuse's fire thing. It's his unique skill. We might be able to hijack it with enough practice, but... Well, my thought is to see if we can link two of our friends to sorta transfer skills in a way. Being able to let Fuse use Michelle's firearms skills would be useful. Or even just ourself.