Comic 202 - Practice, and ask about control mechanisms

Posted on 8th Aug 2017, 3:26 PM in Blood on Mars
Practice, and ask about control mechanisms

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Morgenstern 8th Aug 2017, 3:26 PM edit delete
You practice perceiving through the rat. You also ask Dr. Finch about how your control and feedback work.

"There's still a great deal about it I don't understand! Your blood cells, from what I can gather, work on an entirely different scale than ours.

When computers were first built, they took up an entire room. Now we have cell phones with outrageous computing power. Examining your blood cells is like seeing that. There's processes happening at so minute a scale that my equipment can barely catch it all. Your cells "wirelessly" receive signals from, I assume, your main body--and then send those signals to the brain of the body they're in. Not via axons or dendrites, though there is an electrical process involved. The signal just... teleports, and I can't figure out where it goes between point A and B. It's like if I showed wi-fi to Alexander Graham Bell--he would think I'm a sorcerer. Something is definitely happening, but it uses mediums I'm in no way familiar with, and with mechanisms so small my microscope only catches a glimpse of them. My current theory--wild as it is--is that the signal is being passed through another dimension. There's been a few breakthroughs in recent years in the fields of multiverse theory--not like we're traveling to alternate timelines or anything, but mathematical evidence of something overlapping us. It's possible that your wacky extraterrestrial biology plays with extra-dimensional space, somehow."

"It would explain you teleportin' between blood pools," adds Michelle.

You explain a bit more about the red to Dr. Finch--how it can be externalized by "growing" it out of you.

"Hm. Hm hm hm, yes, that fits the theory nicely, then. It's likely that your cells send signals through the red. The "internal" red may not purely be an aspect of your imagination--it may be a sort of pocket dimension woven between your cells, or... something. After all, an entire talking spaceship can't just pop out of thin air--that mass and content would need to be somewhere. The "you" that you see in your red--and your perception therein--may all be electrical signals simulating sensation. The red sends impulses to your brain, imitating signals of touch, sight, hearing... so you feel like you're there. Attempts at a similar process have been made for virtual reality technology.

That's all hypothetical, of course. There's still a great deal it doesn't explain. Especially HOW."

You ask Dr. Finch if there might be a way to perceive Queen signals, specifically.

"Hm. Hm hm hm. It's a novel idea, but the signals resemble a normal neuron firing off so much, the distinction would be difficult to make. Most of the work is happening on a level beyond microscopic, and perhaps across our enemy's iteration of the red... or I suppose, more accurately, across the red of the Mars creature. I'm afraid I've no idea how we could track that."


PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Well, the good thing is Jane can't be tracked either while she does remote syncs. No special alarms for anything carrying her blood, either.
Infiltrating the club's vents with the rat should be feasible.

Practice smelling and hearing voices through our new rat-spy. That myopic eyesight won't do much.
Xylas_Incarnum 8th Aug 2017, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
That "Rat" really looks more like a bunny to me.

.... Either way think we can give it some sort of pseudo straight jacket vest thing made from bandages that have absorbed Jane's blood so it can mimic Oct-doc from Spiderman?
Vahno 8th Aug 2017, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Creepy... But also probably useful. Let's just hope it doesn't try to slip them off, or gnaw through them.
PurpleKetchup 8th Aug 2017, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Not sure about its usefulness...
Yeah, it would be great if we had to steal several tiny things, but a "doc ock" rat with bloody bandage-tentacles is less stealthy than a normal rat scurrying around vents.
Maybe keep that in store for another mission.
Xylas_Incarnum 8th Aug 2017, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Right, yeah. Doc Ock.
Knew it was something like that.