Comic 317 - Take a closer look

Posted on 4th Sep 2017, 12:45 AM in Unfathomable Hate
Take a closer look

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Morgenstern 4th Sep 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete
You hesitantly taste the water in the fountain.

It does, in fact, taste like water. Even if it looks a bit odd, it's otherwise perfectly fine.

You try to control some of the bloody lumps. They don't respond, and you can't feel anything through them. You don't suspect that it's your blood, but someone else's.

You take a closer look at the ... pillars? On closer inspection, they appear to be trees. The trees have all been cut down, but are bleeding from where they were cut. It's not a very appropriate thing for a tree to do. There's also a neatly organized stack of wood next to one of the stumps. There's no sign of leaves or other foliage, though.

It seems like these trees were never grown to be trees. They were just grown to make wood for someone else. Even left to their own devices, they could never be a forest. Just wood.

You peek into the door at the far right side of the island, the one not protected by barbed wire. Inside is, of all things, a toy store. There's more room to the right, but it's too dark to see what's over there. The lights just... abruptly stop halfway across the toy store.


Crestlinger 4th Sep 2017, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Stacked wood like for building a raft? See if there's any significance to what type of toys are present in the lit area.
Mochi 4th Sep 2017, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
wow, jesus. i feel... really bad for michelle, if this is how she sees herself. just wood for someone else... a tool, a means to an end. lab meat aren't grown to be people, they're grown to be tools, and even if left to their own devices, they're still not people. they're just wood, for someone else.

maybe that's why she thinks so highly of jane? because jane doesn't see her as just lab meat, jane sees her as an important person and friend. she told jane "oh, i was grown in a vat to be sold to the highest bidder" and jane's response was to treat her like she'd treat every other normal, non-lab grown human. probably a rarity. the toy store kind of furthers that. rows and rows of identical "toys" to be sold off and used.

i don't think there was anything back on the island that we could use for light, so we probably won't get much further in here. we should head back and, i guess, use the axe to chop through one of the fence posts holding up the barbed wire.
Mochi 4th Sep 2017, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
also just for clarification, the first door, with the cobweb in the corner, that's the exit, right? that's how we "got" here?
Morgenstern 4th Sep 2017, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Espylacopa 4th Sep 2017, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
The incomplete trees
the mass produced toys
representations of herself and others like her

Are you the first person to make her think she could be a person too?
Mochi 4th Sep 2017, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
exactly what i was getting at
Varil 4th Sep 2017, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
:( Poor Michelle.

Does Michelle realize how deeply these thoughts run? I think it's pretty clear at this point that however she feels about spiders they aren't the sort of deep-seated trauma that we'll encounter in dreams. If we'd visited Finch's dream instead, would we have seen his fears of being complacent, instead?

...though I guess we haven't ruled out spiders being behind the barbed wire yet, but somehow I doubt that's what we'll encounter.

Side thought...the cadence of the narration is a bit different here. Blondie jumped to the conclusion about the trees really quickly. Is that a side effect of being in a forced sync, having the other person's thoughts and feelings bleed into our own? It's not bad here, but in someone as awful as Macland it'll be another story.