Comic 210 - Ask about politics

Posted on 10th Aug 2017, 12:25 AM in Blood on Mars
Ask about politics

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Morgenstern 10th Aug 2017, 12:25 AM edit delete
You bleed on some bandages, and apply them to yourself. You now have bloody bandages.

You ask Dr. Finch about the political climate. He explains some things you already knew, some you didn't. The city has a mayor, who is mostly beholden to the city council. The power of either is debatable--they're mostly just figureheads for the corporations. The city technically operates as a democracy, but with several caveats.

For instance, it is typically easier to access a voting booth in the upper and middle tiers than it is the lower tiers. "Safety" is often cited as the reason why. Because the upper tiers have a smaller population, their votes are weighted as more than those of the lower tiers. For this reason, the results of any given election often rely on the tiers toward the middle--they work as a tie breaker between the top and bottom of the city.

There are technically state representatives and a president that cover a broader range than the city alone, but cities have more power and rights than the state or nation. The focus of the power of law has steadily narrowed over time--there's even politicians now fighting for the power of individual tiers, citing that some crimes should be punished more harshly if committed in certain tiers. This isn't wholly accepted by the public yet, however.

You ask Fuse to set up his system so that Dr. Finch can also see the feed, once you've gotten it. He makes it so that Dr. Finch can also see the surveillance network from his cell phone.

You try to see if anyone else can produce your blood--you discover they cannot. Only you.

You grab some protein bars from Dr. Finch's kitchen, just in case.


Xylas_Incarnum 10th Aug 2017, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
So the world has devolved into a sort of City-state system politically. From the variety of skin tones here I'm guessing this is some form of The United States of America. Modern take on Ancient Greece or something in that vein.

So, Michelle wasn't able to get any heavy weapons?
Morgenstern 10th Aug 2017, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Not enough money to get one quickly, easily, and not noticeably.

edit: Aside from the shotgun. Nothing heavy-heavy, though.
Xylas_Incarnum 10th Aug 2017, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Right, should have figured that'd be the case.
CookieNommer51 10th Aug 2017, 2:40 AM edit delete reply
We should give Michelle the Shotgun she can probably do better with it than we can right?
rufiangel 10th Aug 2017, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
(I loved Dr. Finch's monologue btw, just saying it here. SO glad he didn't die. ;v;)

Okay, so it seems like there's some political manipulation going on behind the scenes we can't identify specifically but at least we can guess and are aware of it. Everything's been privatised so I'm not surprised that there isn't too much overall state pull compared to individual cities.

Given the surroundings Michelle scoped out, I'm thinking...

We can: a) stay at the 8-story hotel, b) break (quietly) into the cell phone place using Fuse's B&E skills after it closes as a temporary hideout for this operation c) eat seafood all night. :P Maybe. XD;

Is there anything in particular that Michelle or Fuse or Dr. Finch think are good courses of action to take at this point? I'm guessing Fuse will need to sit this one out as a hacker (props to the person who pointed out he might be more useful that way). EDIT: Wait, I just remembered he programmed everything to his cellphone so he doesn't need to be at a docked station; he can still go with us into the vents and be the hacker. I totally forgot that. XD; Nevermind, he's not sitting this out unless that arm is really hurting him.

I would also like to propose nicknaming the brown rat Malteser. Because it's malt-coloured. XD;;;
10th Aug 2017, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
He is an endless barrel of exposition.
5007-574in3d 10th Aug 2017, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
I thought there was a shotgun among our assets?
Morgenstern 10th Aug 2017, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
You did get a shotgun.
PurpleKetchup 10th Aug 2017, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
One thing that bothers me. Grizwald was able to enter, spy and exit easily enough, but that was before they knew you existed.
There's a serious risk they increased security around the club since, even if they don't exactly care about repercussions per se.

Regarding the club's rat infiltration; using anything that's across the street as outpost means Jane would have to navigate the rat through traffic, which probably won't work.
The hotel is interesting because it could let us enter from the club's rooftop, but someone would have to register and a single day might still be rather expensive.
The restaurant is interesting because a rat running outside wouldn't catch much attention if they added cameras, but sticking inside too long after your meal will cause undue attention.
The parking lot is a bit of an unknown, depending the cover provided by cars. Still, easiest place to escape from if it gets there.
rufiangel 10th Aug 2017, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
A fanart rendition of Dr. Finch's super monologue - I snipped out just the last bit but this one really made Dr. Finch even more of a character for me. <3


The last bit is my head-canon before Michelle popped in XD