Comic 462 - Go for the disarm

Posted on 3rd Oct 2017, 5:31 AM in Doors
Go for the disarm

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Morgenstern 3rd Oct 2017, 5:31 AM edit delete
You sync with Caius.

You use the doorway to bait the fake Michelle in close, then attempt to disarm her. You manage to fight the gun barrel back from being pointed at you... however, Michelle's brand of tube cop isn't completely without hand to hand training, and her vastly superior strength proves difficult to overcome. You buy time struggling against her, but you can't get the gun out of her hand.

Behind her, you watch as Caius and the fake Caius grapple. Your Caius is still woozy and unstable from being knocked out--he steadily begins to lose the fight, the fresher mockery overpowering and out wrestling him. The real Caius finally... grabs hold of the imitator's shirt... and pries it off of him. Caius take several punches to the face, barely able to defend himself as he puts his shirt back on.

Caius manages to get his shirt back on just as the fake Michelle slams you into the wall. She clears distance between the two of you, and nearly knocks you off your feet entirely. Before she can take aim and finish you off, Caius--your Caius--shouts across the room. "For fuck's sake, help me!"

'Michelle' quickly turns and fires.

Not realizing the shirt has swapped back between the Caiuses, she shoots the one currently without a shirt--the fake Caius. She shoots him square in the chest. He hits the floor.

She turns back to you, but the distraction gave you time to draw your own gun. You and the fake Michelle have a brief stare down, guns fixed on each other, as Caius approaches. He walks up behind the Michelle as calmly but as quickly as he can.

He grabs her arm. She doesn't realize what's going on until it's too late to fight back, Caius wrenching the gun from her hand. The pistol hits the floor, and Caius puts the fake Michelle into some kind of sleeper hold. She fights back, squirming, almost powering out... but Caius keeps the lock firmly applied, and she finally passes out.

Her unconscious body drops to the floor, and Caius heaves a sigh. You lower your gun.


rufiangel 3rd Oct 2017, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

and HOOOOOLY smokes Caius is friggin' smart

I'm so impressed and in love with Caius all over again


This update was amazeballs :'D
Cuttlefish 3rd Oct 2017, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I really need to stop accessing this comic from the latest page. All the updates happen at night for me. I jumped from 'let's get the rat' straight to gunshot Caius! :0
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Bookmark a link to an old strip and use 'load my place' ?
rufiangel 3rd Oct 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
It's really really not safe here anymore. Grab what we can, get Dr Finch and baby Red and let's get out of here as fast as we can, we can patch Caius up when we're somewhere safer.

I don't know if we want to interrogate fake Michelle or not, but I'm thinking it may not really be worth it. Take her gun and ammo though, that's always useful.

(AH! guess we should ask Caius what happened, too XD;)
Steve 3rd Oct 2017, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
I agree, grab the important things, loot the bad lab meat, and run... but I really hope there aren't more outside. and if there's a fkn army of fake Caius and Michelle out there... we are leveling the city.
Deadly Death Sickle 3rd Oct 2017, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
We should hug Caius first tho, WE ARE CERIAL HUGGER!
2FABZ 3rd Oct 2017, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
(also can you get more rats on the way to new home lol)
Nayru9572 3rd Oct 2017, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Okay, first: tell Finch he can come in, then hug Caius and compliment him for the great idea and save.

Then let's inform Fuse and Michelle, and I guess Finch too, of what just happened. Do we have a raven nearby? Have it check if there are any unpleasant surprises outside, and if there isn't one close enough send out the rat.

If everything's good out, we'd best load everything we want in and drive off (after looting Fake-Michelle, and checking her cellphone but leaving it here). We might also want to check we're not being followed.

PS: Loved this page, and I nearly thought it was our Caius who was shot when it first loaded. -_-'
tor 3rd Oct 2017, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
can't we grab her, inject her with some of our blood and get as much information out of her and then have her kill herself or something.
lil Joshu 3rd Oct 2017, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
It's obvious they're not a "fake Michelle" or a "fake Caius", but more tubecops from the same line, Michelle's and Caius's younger siblings.

Let's ask Michelle what she wants us to do with her little sister here first. She's got the right to make that call more than we do.
Mochi 3rd Oct 2017, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
i'm real glad i was half asleep when i read this, i didn't quite parse the panel before i got to the text, haha.

agree with most of what's been said -- check outside first, then grab finch, baby red, and the rat, and get the fuck out of here. part of me wants to leave some kind of message for shirai, but i'm not sure what we could do short of offing fake michelle, because she ain't gonna be nice enough to just listen to us and pass on what we say.

oh, and do hug caius, and give him some mild painkiller effect because damn.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
we secretly all know what we want to do... blood them... they can be of use and they are just expendable pawns to the enemy leaven them here is like to sign the death warrant and also I want to know their story and if while on our side they succeed what Shirai wanted and have them bring her the body we can have a conversation... a "bloody" one if need be what do you people say are you with me and if no why not?
Mochi 3rd Oct 2017, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
the fake caius is dead and the real michelle is way better than this cheap knock-off. we don’t need them.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
excuse you? cheap knock-off?!!?!?! im sorry but this isn't a toy store she's a person like everyone else with motives beliefs HER OWN NAME and living her right now, as I said, is like signing their death warrant ourselves, she didn't do anything wrong she's just fallowing orders, and were not 100% sure if not-caius is dead he might be IF we leave him like this with no medical care
Mochi 3rd Oct 2017, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
these two were sent to kill us by our enemies. they don’t want to be our friends. they were part of an elaborate but stupid plan to lull us into a false sense of security. yeah, she’s a person, sure. but she’s not michelle and we can’t trust her even half as far as caius could throw her. if we blood her and take her with us then we’d have to force her not to hurt, kill, or compromise us. i’m not about to start taking slaves.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
so...let her die then?
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
and as some interesting villains say nothing personal
Mochi 3rd Oct 2017, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
they would not hesitate to do the same to us.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
then why did they not have them out from the beginning? fast and easy, shoot on sight and why did they not kill Caius also? no silencers in this world?
Anonymous 3rd Oct 2017, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
One: They need Jane alive for her blood
Two: Once Caius dies, the plan is fucked. Jane will bail and get the fuck out of there or blood them both and then they're fucked. Jane will feel Caius die and she will be pissed.
Third: Yeah, it really is nothing personal. Impartiality is important in a CQC situation; especially if your foes look very similar to your friends.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
ok I don't think they have enough info for the first two points like Caius said Gesenai lost all her creativity when she got in cahoots with Thale its pretty easy to imagine why *cough* stq *cough* they might know if we feel people dyeing im not sure though, well you made a good point Anonymous
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
and they might be controlled by Thale for all we know... ok my jets cooled at the VERY least lets do what lil Joshua said let's ask Michelle what she wants us to do with her little sister here first
Mochi 3rd Oct 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
because gesenai shirai wouldn’t know a good plan if it bit her in the ass
lil Joshu 3rd Oct 2017, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
1. We're not making pawns. That's not our style.
2. They are their own people. Not fakes, probably more tubecops off the line, given little chance to become their own people yet. But still their own people. Probably recently contracted and just following orders.
3. Effectively speaking, they're Caius's and Michelle's younger twins.
4. Both Caius and Michelle should get a say in it.
5. If we blood Michelle's younger sister, we may be playing right into her toy-shop insecurity - crazy bad for morale.
6. If we DO blood Michelle's younger sister, we should probably spring for a make-over shopping trip for Michelle (clothes, tattoos, etc.) She's never taken the time to assert her own personality and identity; she should have the chance.
7. These two were chosen from their particular lines because they looked like Caius and Michelle. They were sent to our place -after- the conversations about throwing "more resources" at us. They could be booby-trapped against blooding in some way.

My personal suggestion:
Tie them up well (get advice from Caius and Michelle as to what would actually hold them), then when they come to (if both are still alive), try talking to them. Also find out if they've taken STQ (at which point giving them blood is the most respectable thing to them and their free will).
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
and when I said pawns I meant to the enemy they are pawns not us to them Caius was a pawn is he one to us of course not and that's all I have to say
lil Joshu 3rd Oct 2017, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Oh, okay, I misinterpreted your first comment about pawns. Sorry for misinterpreting.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
its ok water under the bridge
3rd Oct 2017, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Killing in the heat of battle and killing a captured enemy are almost completely different, asking Michelle to make that choice when the imposter no longer poses a threat might be cruel. We know she has some issue with how disposable they're designed to be.
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
They're both out of commission, so... I'm against blooding or killing any of them, assuming "Caius" wasn't killed there.
Check his pulse, if it's not too late quickly bandage the wound.

I'd like to propose a third path - extending a hand.
Jane could leave a bit of paper with a message in fake-Michelle's hand apologising for her situation, and that she can help get them (sisters/brothers) out of this entire drug mess.
No forcing them to work for her to repay the favour either.
Cuttlefish 3rd Oct 2017, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm on team don't kill/don't blood. It took a small application of literally-treating-her-like-a-person for Michelle to join team awesome. If we have time, we should check if they are directly STQ - and if so, inject them with enough blood to free them from the hivemind, then leave them be.
rufiangel 3rd Oct 2017, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
I actually thought the other Caius died at that shot to the chest. If he's actually still alive, then let's try to keep him alive (though, uh, not alive enough to try killing us again lol). Like just first aid enough to keep him breathing 'till their own team comes to salvage the situation. If he's still breathing at all, that is.

I still don't think sticking around in this house for long is a good idea. If we're trying to do the interrogation thing, do it somewhere else, but even then not for long because who knows if they've got trackers? But I don't think they'd tell us anything we couldn't already guess ourselves. Eh.

I don't think they'll die if we just leave them here (well, except for not-Caius if he's still alive but bleeding out) - they're commodities in the eyes of our enemies so it doesn't make a lot of sense that they'd be killed for 'failing'. As expendable as they're supposed to be, they're also expensive, so they're likely to get patched up and used elsewhere instead. They might actually be safer the less we interact with them.
AlphaDragon 3rd Oct 2017, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
I'm with Rufi on this one.
worthless 3rd Oct 2017, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
she at least not-Michel, she's queened,the way she past out that was a card from our book wasn't it? and not-Caius wasn't blooded because he's loyal to Genesei? I don't know I think im reading to much into this
rufiangel 3rd Oct 2017, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Fanart of tiny baby red ;v;*

lil Joshu 3rd Oct 2017, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Cute AND .. that's some fast turn-around on fanart. What program do you use?
rufiangel 3rd Oct 2017, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
<333 tiny baby red makes me so happy XD

I use Photoshop! I'm also just a very speedy artist :P
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
am cute and important!
Memo 3rd Oct 2017, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
So adorable!
Deadly Death Sickle 3rd Oct 2017, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
Wait, should the 'fake' Caius have a different hair style? Or did the enemy directly change his hair ?
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
They probably spotted him shaved somewhere in town. The Shirt was apparently harder to find. Collector's item from his personal wardrobe ?
Steve 3rd Oct 2017, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
In my opinion, we shouldn't put blood in more people than necessary. We are not like Thale, we don't need pawns to win, we just need our loyal friends. No reason to blood either of these two. We should grab the last of our important things, and get out before more fakers or idiots come after us.
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
I'd say it's fine to blood people asking Jane to help them get rid of Thale's influence.
We just don't have to keep 'em around or whatever.
hand 3rd Oct 2017, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, s'not like anyone on our side is bein' forced to stay and serve their blood goddess, not anyone human at least. Michell's and Fuse's joking aside.
Wii G 3rd Oct 2017, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Things tend to go badly for those who don't join up though.
PurpleKetchup 3rd Oct 2017, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Do they really ?
Right now we have zero experience with that. We offered Finch, Fuse and Caius the opportunity to bail and they all refused.
The two non-affiliated are also those who didn't need to get Red'ed (Grizwald & Jury).
We didn't exactly explain anything to the poor bartender. If he knew, he might have stuck around.

If we crack the Z50 gate's codes we'll be able to help people get out of Thale's grip and just hide them away without fearing for their lives.
I'm sure Michelle isn't the only tubecop with serious self-esteem issues. Just because they had the bad luck of working for our enemy doesn't condemn them to their terrible fate.
dasno 3rd Oct 2017, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
i say we take them both with try and patch them up then decide what to do with them as a group.
Kitty 3rd Oct 2017, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
I agree that Michelle and Caius should be the ones deciding what we do with their siblings.
Crestlinger 3rd Oct 2017, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Heh red shirt.
Memo 3rd Oct 2017, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
I too would like Michelles input on this, let's bring her up to date with what happened, and ask what she thinks.
Memo 3rd Oct 2017, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Also, just a thought, maybe we can use not-Michelle to get a message to Shirai, informing her about what really happened to Marland.
Crestlinger 3rd Oct 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Put those two in mom's red for storage, maintain comatose state for both, we may have need of them later. If room in truck bring the coach, because Caius will need to burn off some steam after that.