Comic 300 - Catch up with Dr. Finch

Posted on 29th Aug 2017, 11:29 PM in Unfathomable Hate
Catch up with Dr. Finch

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Morgenstern 29th Aug 2017, 11:29 PM edit delete
You all make it back to Dr. Finch's.

"I..." begins Dr. Finch, "may have ascertained the identities of both this Shirai and this Carpenter figure."

"Gesenai Shirai runs Elegance," interjects Michelle. "Caius told us. This is Caius, by the way." She motions toward Caius, who is busy checking out Dr. Finch's living room.

"Yes yes yes, BUT--" Dr. Finch raises a finger, "buuut but but she also owns a variety of other locations all throughout the city, including but not limited to numerous apartment buildings--"

Fuse cuts him off. "Wait, I got this one. Let me guess: Howler's apartment was owned by Shirai."

"Indeed!," proclaims Finch. "Indeed it is. Shirai most likely granted him the apartment, and made him well aware of the hidden room or rooms. As for Carpenter--I can't be completely certain, but I'm 95% certain it must be Arvin Carpenter. Formerly Doctor Arvin Carpenter, he had his medical license revoked when he was discovered--prepare yourselves--"

Dr. Finch pauses for effect, holding his hands outward.

"--conducting illegal experiments with biological components. Experiments such as, for instance, genetically engineering biological weapons out of bioprinted human tissue. A long list of horrid projects were found in his laboratory at the time of his arrest. Arvin Carpenter spent but a few years in prison before a lawyer, maneuvering a series of legal loopholes, had Arvin's sentence rescinded. That lawyer, in particular, had before then and since worked almost exclusively cases for..."

He pauses for dramatic effect again.

"Theodore Reigns?," asks Fuse.

"Patton Thale?," asks Michelle.

Dr. Finch's expression sinks and his shoulder droop, as though he's been deflated. "Oh, if it were only so easy. The lawyer has mostly worked cases for Macland Row."

Michelle shrugs. "Hey, it still ties 'em all together. Makes it more likely you got the right Carpenter."

You mention the half-cybernetic doctor that was working on Macland's mental defenses. Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses, nodding.

"A portly gentleman with a mechanical eye... do I believe that to be Arvin Carpenter? Yes, yes I do."

"Geez Louise," Caius says, speaking up for the first time in the conversation. "You're pretty fuggen' smart, Doc."

"A genius, in fact!," declares Dr. Finch. Michelle and Fuse heave audible sighs. You ask Dr. Finch if he can help you and Fuse with your injuries, since you had a very bad time at the warehouse. You and Fuse spend the next hour or so getting treated, Caius raids Dr. Finch's refrigerator, and Michelle checks out the news. There's a very brief mention of a warehouse in the lower tiers exploding, but it's being reported as a drug lab gone awry. It happens all the time.


rufiangel 30th Aug 2017, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
And we finally have a name for our green-eyed creep: Arvin Carpenter. There we go.

Lots of things getting tied together, now. Maybe we should look into what else Shirai owns, see what other locations might be worth looking into. It might provide more clues as to which TH is the guilty party (if not both).

Crestlinger mentioned before that we should remember to check that cellphone we picked off of Tiger-mask later. It's probably a burner but there's always the possibility it could could help us tap into communications between those psychos, perhaps.

Ah, I'm just so happy that we're finally taking a break. XD; Caius better not have a tracker or something stupid on him, is all I'm saying. (Ugh. Check just in case, now that I've thought of it.) (I love that Caius is raiding the refrigerator btw. I hope he left food for all of us though XD;) (Also, that self-proclaimed genius statement just made me LOL at Fuse's and Michelle's reaction XD)

Are we up to syncing with Mackey to get more secrets from him? Because I'm guessing we miiight not be in the mental space right now to do so after that nightmare of a trip to the warehouse. (To think that this day started with us goofing around and playing card games. Figures.)
PurpleKetchup 30th Aug 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Syncing with Macland after his exposure to that Morphogenic Engine is going to be dangerous. Better wait until Jane is well rested.
Also, Miss Shirai is most likely the lady he was talking to in the club.

From his comment about spending a third of his life bound, Caius was freshly produced the night right before we raided the club. Poor guy.

How's everything in terms of money ? Jane, Dr. Finch (and Caius now) lost their jobs, Michelle quitted, Fuse probably doesn't have any yet...
rufiangel 30th Aug 2017, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
You know, I didn't really think about that 'third of his life' thing - if that's true then DANG that is not a fun way to start his life XD;;;; can we check with Caius if that's correct?

Oh, as for money - I hope we're good on that. I mean, Jane's probably inherited quite a bit of money and I doubt she minds using it to help sustain this current lifestyle. I assumed all this time she was only working as a nurse because she wanted to. Hmm. MM can confirm. XD;
Mochi 30th Aug 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
god i hope caius doesn't have a tracker on him, that would suck. he's making himself comfortable, i guess that means he's sticking around. that's good! it'll be nice to have another person to drag into danger with us. at least the warehouse is taken care of. that'll set them back for a bit, i hope.

as for macland, i'm fine with just... leaving him for now. we can at least check on him from time to time and maybe mess with him a bit. being able to spy on him is a good in to these shenanigans.
Mochi 30th Aug 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
also, happy 300th panel!
rufiangel 30th Aug 2017, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
Dang, 300 updates - I didn't even notice! Updates fly when you're having fun it seems <3 Great work so far MM! :D
Mochi 30th Aug 2017, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
indeed! also i've been updating the page as we go, so i should have most of the new info we've gotten up there at this point.
rufiangel 30th Aug 2017, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh you HAVE been! You gorgeous Mochi you c'mere <3 *squish-hugs*
Mochi 30th Aug 2017, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
=3= <3
Mochi 30th Aug 2017, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
oh, and can we straight up ask caius if he's going to stick around, too?