Comic 312 - See her out

Posted on 2nd Sep 2017, 4:07 PM in Unfathomable Hate
See her out

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Morgenstern 2nd Sep 2017, 4:07 PM edit delete
Caius sees the woman out. You have the rat exit the house, and watch as the agent crosses the street, gets into her car, and drives away. You ask Caius if he can take a quick look around the home, just to make sure nothing's missing.

Caius wanders the house for a while. Everything seems to be in place. Even your blood on your bed is still perfectly intact. Caius steals some of your ice cream.

Once you're sure the agent isn't coming back--and there's nothing else weird going on--you return to pick up Caius and the rat. You thank him, and tell him he did a good job.

"Pfft, ain't nothin'. You get a lot o' practice lyin' to cops workin' for Elegance." Caius gives Michelle her badge back.

You and Caius relay the entirety of the events to the other occupants of the car. You also give Dr. Finch a heads up, warning him that at least one federal agent is starting to dig--it's not unlikely that he may get a visit in the future.

You make several suggestions: setting up surveillance at your house, contacting the federal agent with a burner phone, and acquiring ravens.

"Surveillance wouldn't be a bad idea," says Michelle, "though... how much are we talkin'? A decent setup with live feeds ain't cheap, and somebody'd have to watch 'em."

"You could just leave a rat in the house, maybe put an alarm on it," suggests Fuse. "The phone thing shouldn't be hard. I can set up a spoof system from Dr. Finch's computer so they can't trace the location. Just let me know when you want to take a swing at it... whatever you say to that agent, it needs to be good. We don't want her getting more fired up about catching you."

"Ain't it illegal to keep a raven?," Caius asks.

"Used to be," replies Michelle. "Used to be laws to protect 'em. Then some states started lettin' 'em be hunted, then some cities started lettin' 'em be bought and kept as pets."

"What about THIS city?," Fuse asks.

Michelle nods. "Should be able to get ravens from any pet store. Well, I say any--any pet store in the upper tiers. Maybe the middle. Maybe. Domesticated ravens ain't cheap, I don't think."

"We could catch wild ones," Fuse suggests. "Find out where ravens hang out, leave some snacks... how hard could it be? We don't need cages or whatever, we just need to hold one long enough to give it the blood."

"The blood, the blood," Michelle repeats, in a cadence like some occult chant. She's struggling not to grin the whole time, and failing.

When Fuse catches on to what she's doing, he starts in, as well. "The blood, the blood," he chants.

"I will bail right outta this fuggen car," Caius shouts. "You guys are gonna be strappin' me to an altar next, I ain't about that life."

The chanting stops when Michelle can't contain her laughter anymore.


tor 2nd Sep 2017, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
We could switch to pigeons as a form of surveillance, they would probably stick out less.
WalkerOfSorrow 2nd Sep 2017, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
The blood, the blood...
Mochi 2nd Sep 2017, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
oh my god, i fucking love these losers so much. they're so great, and caius fits in so well. our little misfit family is so precious~! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

i agree with fuse, we have to be sure that whatever we say to the agent is good. we need to figure out exactly what to tell her that's not going to make her think we're more awful than she thinks we already are. as for the ravens, we could poke around pet stores. i imagine they might be cheaper in the middle tiers than the upper ones. if we can get one, we can probably use it to help trick other ones into trusting us enough to let us stick them.

(i'm putting my votes forward for trying to get three total and calling them Edgar, Allan, and Poe)
Kitty 2nd Sep 2017, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
I was gonna vote Huginn and Muninn for names :P

Could we inject enough blood into a piece of meat that we could blood wild ravens by feeding them? According to the guys who work at the Tower of London, ravens do love steak.

If we can get domesticated ravens, though, that might make things easier on us for training... but on the other hand, domesticated ravens might actually look different from wild ravens (since domestication tends to change an animal's appearance; see the Russian Institute of Cytology and Genetics' domesticated fox project for examples). The domesticated ones might look or behave different enough from wild ravens to arouse suspicion.

On the third hand (we're an eldritch being, we can have as many hands as we want), some ravens are capable of speech, which is badass. We should try to find one of those, whether wild or domesticated, because we can have it rap on people's doors and say "nevermore!"
WalkerOfSorrow 2nd Sep 2017, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Much as I love a good Norse myth, I think EAP matches our group names better, since we have Jane, Michelle, and FINCH. omg we have a bird name among us already...

The benefit of an injection is a closed system. I don't know if having them digest the blood will go well, seeing as our blood behaves weird. Now that we're moving along with the raven plan, I feel the need to ask: how are we going to have them find her? I propose feeding the ravens Caius' mental image of her and saying to spot her from the air, confirm it is her from as far as possible, then come back. They are free to feed and care for themselves as long as it takes to find her, but they need to stay out in the world until they find her. That sound fair?

I also propose a three-way-split of our core group for a moment. Finch and Michelle can look into ideas for surveillance (unless we're using the rat), while Fuse and Caius go get a burner phone, and we can go visit our Red and our Mom's Red, and set up the rat on surveillance while we're doing that. Might also use that time to get a sense of our physical state and powers.
tor 2nd Sep 2017, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
We can also check on Mackland while we're at it, to see if anything of interest pops up.
Mochi 2nd Sep 2017, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
probably just more of him being a giant dingus
Mochi 2nd Sep 2017, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
i'd be hesitant to leave jane alone, especially if we're going to be at the house. fed lady might come back, or someone else might turn up.
WalkerOfSorrow 2nd Sep 2017, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
A fair concern, but we took down literal monsters in the hospital. And we're kind of a monster ourselves. The track record of people beating us is not impressive.
Kitty 2nd Sep 2017, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but Jane still can be taken by surprise (like with the flash grenade) and as of right now, she doesn't have eyes in the back of her head. Even when using bloodfriends to be able to see in different directions, we can only really focus on one point of view at a time.

Maybe we need to pick up a couple of snakes at the pet store, too. They have a wide range of vision because of their eye placement. And we could probably get some pretty hardy snakes for fairly cheap (maybe some local-ish variety of rat snake?) The only problem I can see with that is a potential incompatibility between keeping rats and keeping rat snakes...
Kitty 2nd Sep 2017, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Also, maybe we just need to work on putting eyes in the back of our head. For safety reasons. We can hide them under our hair when we're not using them! And that's less likely to put our friends at risk, if we can be more vigilant...

Sometimes you gotta be more of a physical monster to be less of a metaphorical monster, right?
Mochi 2nd Sep 2017, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
oh also if we go to a pet store, can we get finch another rat? to make up for losing malteser?
rufi (lazy to login) 2nd Sep 2017, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh, we are all such massive dorks, I love it XDDD

I guess we could get a wild raven if we knew enough about it. Dr. Finch tends to know everything, so maybe he could tell us XD;

But yeah, I think leaving Willard behind to keep the house under surveillance makes sense. However, that does mean we'll need to occasionally check back in on Mackey manually since the 'nurse' alarm will have to be foregone as a result (we can only do one at a time). I think that's fine, though.

(Fuse and Michelle really get along like a house on fire <3 I friendship-ship them so much <3)

(Also happy Caius ate some ice-cream HAHA XD <3)
Varil 2nd Sep 2017, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
I'm all for plan "A Bird's Eye View" and operation "Snake in the Grass", but I think that we should try to not swing by any pet stores if we can help it.

It's probably a bit on the extremely paranoid side, but I'd prefer we didn't leave any kind of paper trail, and in the event that someone catches us on surveillance or whatever our new pets cover would be blown.

On the other hand if we collect wild animals then nobody will be the wiser about just how big our menagerie has gotten.

Side thought, we *can* give general orders to animals and stuff too right? Like we can tell a snake "don't bite anyone unless I tell you to" to keep it from chomping our friends?
Mochi 3rd Sep 2017, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
i'd say we can give fairly specific commands to animals, so general ones shouldn't be too hard to manage. the rats seem to follow what we tell them really well, even commands like 'stay out of sight' and 'avoid this'.
Kitty 3rd Sep 2017, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
It's also relatively easy to give a snake a "don't bite" command, given that they're used to eating so infrequently, and most snakes would rather run than bite when it comes to self-defense. So as long as we keep them well-fed, that shouldn't be a problem. The big issue might actually be enforcing a "don't throw up at the first sign of trouble" rule... Unless we want them to go ahead and do that for the psychological impact.
tor 2nd Sep 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Hey Morgenstern, on a somewhat unrelated note what was some of the weirder stuff that has become relevant in the comic?
Morgenstern 3rd Sep 2017, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
I mean, for starters, somebody once asked if Dr. Finch had any lab rats around

and here we are
Mochi 3rd Sep 2017, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
we're going to turn finch's apartment into a zoo
Kitty 3rd Sep 2017, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
Morgenstern, I think we might need a "the blood, the blood" T-shirt.
rufiangel 3rd Sep 2017, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
Yessss XD
Morgenstern 3rd Sep 2017, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Also, apologies for the next one taking so long.

You might understand why when I post it.
rufiangel 3rd Sep 2017, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
*trembling in anticipation*

(no need to apologise senpai <3)
Baeronius 4th Sep 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
If I was sitting in the car and people started chanting about my blood like that, I'd be staring at the ground from embarrassment. Probably with my arms tucked between my knees, and gently nibbling on my lower lip.