Comic 270 - Venture into the hall

Posted on 23rd Aug 2017, 7:55 PM in Unfathomable Hate
Venture into the hall

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Morgenstern 23rd Aug 2017, 7:55 PM edit delete
You do your best to comfort Fuse. You assure him that Prophet, and all the others involved with this, will pay for their crimes.

You also ask him why he wears the visor.

"Oh, uh..." He self consciously adjusts it. "I just like the way it looks."

You update Dr. Finch and Michelle on what has happened. Dr. Finch is currently on his way to the Rockwell arcade to see if he can find Grizwald, but says he'll look into the warehouse's history when he gets done. You ask everyone if this could be the start of an EMP, or possibly an attempt to poison the water supply.

"Hm," says Dr. Finch. "Hm hm hm. Mooost of the city should be pretty well protected against an EMP attempt. A shield generator... that would be mighty hard to steal..." He pauses, adjusting his glasses as he drives. "They're quite sizable, yes? Yes, they are. But! But but but perhaps they built it there, inside the warehouse. I'm sure not all of those parts are for shield generators--who would need that many shield generators?--but it's not out of the question, I don't think, that the materials for a few are there. Stealing a whole one would be noticed, but a few shipments of the smallest, least significant parts going missing here and there every once in a while... that, that would stand out less. Though, if they have the know-how and the ingredients for a shield generator, there's no telling what else they've been cobbling together in that warehouse."

You relay this to Michelle, who nods. "Shield generators are... they're not the biggest, but they're pretty big. It takes a team and a truck to move one. If there's as many boxes of parts as you say there is... yeah, they could be buildin' anything in there."

You pick up the metal pipe, and you wander out into the hallway with Fuse. You move one of the small boxes of parts from the nearby shelf, revealing a vent.

"What are the odds it's trapped?," asks Fuse. "Metal vent. Metal doors. Everything here's made of metal."

You make your way toward Waldo's body. You retrieve his clown mask and his phone.

You--very carefully--attempt to bleed into the trapped door handle. It's a difficult task, as you absolutely cannot touch the door while doing so. Fuse is practically holding his breath as he watches from a safe distance. You can bleed on the door handle, but after several attempts, you can't... quite... get the blood to go inside the workings of the door.

"We need like... a big, sturdy plank, or something. I thought about turning some of these boxes into mitts or something, but I dunno if four layers of cardboard is going to be enough. Our clown was wearing gloves and this still got him pretty good. That's gotta be a strong... current? Voltage? I can't say I know much about rigging doors to electrocute people."


Mochi 23rd Aug 2017, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
aww, fuse is adorable. there are metal parts in the boxes, right? throw one of the larger ones at the side of the vent cover. if there are sparks, we know it's not safe. no sparks, we open it and go inside. a nut or bolt would be dense enough to make an audible noise. take some metal bits from one of the boxes to test other things, too. we could also use our bandages. they'd start on fire before they carried enough of a current to electrocute us. fire is also kind of bad, but we should be able to extinguish a small one easily enough. past that, there's not really much else we can do other than go through the other door. i'm wary of what we might find on the other side of it. though, to be fair, if there were people in the room on the other side, they probably would've heard the sound of someone being electrocuted to death and come to check it out.
oh hi there 23rd Aug 2017, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
all I am going to say is I agree with everything that was just said
WalkerOfSorrow 23rd Aug 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Itemized reply:

1. Get some metal bits and throw them at any metal thing we'd need to touch. Agreed.

2. Use bandages. Disagree. Our blood never coagulates, and the liquid may be conductive. It's also connected to us in ways other than physically.

3. Go through the other door, carefully, and applying any preventative measures we think up beforehand. Agreed.
Mochi 23rd Aug 2017, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
it was stated in a comment on the previous page from morgenstern that we don't feel any real pain through our blood link. also, as stated, the cotton bandage would ignite into flames before it carried enough current to hurt us. best suggestion would be to cut off a small piece of bandage, put it on the shelf, and wiggle it over to touch the vent cover.
rufiangel 23rd Aug 2017, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Agree with all the things, especially that Fuse is adorable. :P let's continue to be very careful...
Mochi 23rd Aug 2017, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
he is the most adorable.
oh hi there 23rd Aug 2017, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Baeronius 4th Sep 2017, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Water is actually an insulator.
It is the metallic impurities within water that conduct electricity.

*dramatic fact reveal!*

So... technically by removing all the loose iron from the blood, you could make an insulation layer, blood has iron in its core, but its not exposed enough to make a real pathway like the dissolved metals do. I mean it would eventually be used as a path, but if the volts were that high the door would be sparking against its own frame visibly.