Comic 263 - Talk to Prophet

Posted on 22nd Aug 2017, 3:06 AM in Blood on Mars
Talk to Prophet

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Morgenstern 22nd Aug 2017, 3:06 AM edit delete
"I'm not antithetical to Enyo," you force the guard to say. "I'm... like Enyo. I'm not possessing this guard--I'm speaking through him, just as Enyo can speak through you. Enyo is not telling you everything. You're waging a war against the rich... but some of Enyo's followers are the richest people in this city. Macland Row is receiving numerous benefits from your goddess. You're all being played against each other."

Prophet wheezes. You can almost feel him grinning behind the mask. "Is that... what you think? That I'm being used? Quite... the opposite. Row, Shirai... even that sociopath Carpenter. They're all the real pawns in Enyo's game. Enyo has granted me... their... their resources. Their computers, their weapons... even this warehouse. With Enyo's help, I am... turning their own guns... on themselves. They have no idea... what I'm going to do... to them."

You check on Fuse. He's reached the end of the ventilation shaft, and is firmly in the warehouse. The vent appears to be looking out into an office of some kind, where a man in a clown mask is standing guard.

Fuse appears calm--however, perceiving through him, you realize that he is incredibly angry.


Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
keep talking to prophet. lure clown over to the vent and knock him out somehow. don't let yourself be seen. what is fuse so angry about? i'm guessing either it's because this is taking so long, or because we're trying so hard, or (most likely) because of prophet threatening to kill buddy? maybe? i'd put money on the last one, honestly... too bad fuse isn't telekinetic or we could whack clown mask with the chair.
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Fuse, bro. Are you okay? ;_; Is he... is he angry with *us*? Because we've just been silently shuttling back and forth between perspectives and it's bound to be frustrating on the listening end. And we *did* just send him, alone, through the vents. Which is horribly dangerous. I don't know. I'm incredibly worried. The last thing Fuse is, is expendable. *sobs noisily* Fuuuuuse

EDIT: I think if Fuse is that incensed, he's not going to be good at using his pyrokinesis at all unless we're planning to blow up the building or something. I know we're talking through the guard but I'd rather check in on Fuse. Also because I'm so worried. :'D
Dragon_ANGL 22nd Aug 2017, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
With that comment about the computers (assuming we're still sharing all this info with the current party), he might be thinking that it's this Prophet who framed Howler and/or did the Hospital thing himself.

ALSO! If we don't already know who 'Shirai' and 'Carpenter' are (too lazy to check the new wiki/previous comics one by one), tell the good Doctor the names, see if he recognizes them.
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
cross-reference the names with the list of members at club elegance. the sigil of enyo was featured above the door to the vip room. this can wait until we're done here though, i think, trying to juggle fuse and the guard is probably hard enough.
Tsukistar 22nd Aug 2017, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Take a moment to check on Fuse - calm him down a little if need be and make sure he's gon be alright + have a level head when we need it.
oh no 22nd Aug 2017, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
we should probably use our mind powers and give fuse some of that level
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
i feel like a sith lord for thinking he should use his rage as a tool, but angry people can make some stupid choices. he might resist our efforts to calm him down but it eould probably be in his best interest.
AlphaDragon 22nd Aug 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
I don't think giving him level is the right thing to do unless we ask him. "Hey Fuse, you seem kinda upset, you want some level for your nerves?" He might not appreciate his free will being removed from the equation.
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
yeah, no, of course.
Eternity 22nd Aug 2017, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
Maybe just ask Fuse what's up, then see if there's any way we can help him. Also, in case that theory mentioned earlier is correct, we should also try to make it clear to him that he is NOT expendable.

Also ask Prophet why he wants to harm the people he mentioned.
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
you guys wanna know what i fuckin forgot?

when we first met fuse he was queened. he almost shot jane and michelle before jane stopped him. he was unwittingly being used by "Enyo" or TH or whoever the ring leader is and very nearly didnsomething horrible. he has every right to be pissed off at how nonchalantly prophet is talking about all this, at the whole thing. not to mention that, because of these assholes, his friend is going to be executed.
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
That's true. Actually, except for Dr. Finch, we've all be queened O_O; But yeah, what you say makes sense. But now I'm wondering how privy Fuse is to what the Prophet is saying, because until this point I was under the impression that we had to deliberately state the action of telling or relaying the info to our companions for them to get the info. It could be that our syncing has gone into auto-sync-knowledge mode at this stage, which would be useful but also kind of surprising.
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Updated the wiki-thing! Basically, to add one-green-eyed creeper-man. -v-)7
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
(to the tune of "purple people eater" by sheb wooley)

no-hair, wide-grinned, glowy eyed creeper man,
no-hair, wide grinned glowy eyed creeper man,
a no-hair wide-grinned glowy eyed creeper man,
sure looks strange to me! (glowy eye??)
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Fanart of Fuse in the vents:


;v;* <--still so worried
Mochi 22nd Aug 2017, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
be safe, my precious flamey vent gremlin
rufiangel 22nd Aug 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
XDDD this response just keeps making me smile hahahaha <3
PurpleKetchup 22nd Aug 2017, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Ok, Prophet is still kinda open to discussion, but thinks he's on top of things.

Jane should detail what she knows - that the "Enyo" he's linked to is definitely not a goddess but just someone loaded with special blood, and that she was murdered twice before she even knew she could do similar tricks.
Elaborate on the dangers of letting the controller run amok.
Ask for a truce and push that diplomacy.

Oh yeah, also check if Fuse's anger is natural or induced somehow.