Comic 469 - Investigate the thing in the corner

Posted on 4th Oct 2017, 11:27 PM in Doors
Investigate the thing in the corner

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Morgenstern 4th Oct 2017, 11:27 PM edit delete
You have your rat check on the... thing in the corner, propped up against one of the containment tubes.

It looks like a torso, a head, and one arm. The shoulder is slightly damaged, revealing hints of wire and circuitry. Most of its features are hard to discern, as the android is caked in frost.

You send the rat to check the object a little further down the hall; it appears to be the android's missing arm.

You tell the others what you're seeing.

"They gotta be some kinda test subjects, right?," Fuse asks. "Like... maybe they got an incurable disease or something, and they were frozen for later."

"Perhaps..." Dr. Finch starts, but it takes him another second to collect his thoughts. "Perhaps... perhaps perhaps freezing them was the only way to stop them."

A very long silence sweeps the room.

Dr. Finch takes a deep breath, looking genuinely nervous. His eyes dart about behind his glasses. "Zone Fifty's property was auctioned off by the government, yes? Yes. That's how those rich fiends we're being hunted by gained access to the Queen documentation in the first place, and learned of the bioprinted Mars blood. Those frozen figures, these bunkers... they weren't sold. Zone Fifty either concealed their existence even after being shut down or the government chose not to sell them. A space warping bunker, a generator that's still operational after all this time... those things are easily worth money, yet here they are, unowned. Instructions for how to brew mind control serum were sold off but not those containers, not this bunker, not the generator."

"If they're that fuggen dangerous," Caius says, "then why keep 'em at all? Why not blow the place up when Zone Fifty packed its bags?"

"The only reason I can think," Dr. Finch replies, "the only reason I can come up with... is that perhaps an explosion wouldn't, or couldn't, do the job. Perhaps there was a chance of whatever is in those tubes surviving even a thorough demolition. A biological weapon, or a radioactive element, or or or or... something that couldn't be easily destroyed, only contained."

"Or Lasker," Fuse states.

It brings the room to silence again.

"L-L-Lasker would be larger," Dr. Finch finally says, forcing the words out. "Yes? Yes. If what we know of Lasker is accurate then Lasker would be substantially, SUBSTANTIALLY larger and not at all shaped even remotely like a body. Lasker is not in those tubes. He's not. He can't be."

"Whatever it is..." Caius concludes, "it needs to stay in them tubes."


Akasha 4th Oct 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Disturbing implications abound. In any case... Best not to linger. Check the room in the middle. If there's /only/ tubes there, then dash back out and check the room on the right. Take some time to warm the rat back up if need be, but otherwise, just dash, glance, and dash, if nothing especially interesting pops up.
rufiangel 4th Oct 2017, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
For some bizarre reason I accidentally read that as 'just dance and flash, and dance' and I thought 'what?'

I mean...
it wouldn't be the first time we made Willard dance XD;;; Plus he'd keep himself warm that way!
Akasha 5th Oct 2017, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Hah, wouldn't be the wackiest misread I've seen happen.

Clearly, the answer to dealing with any would-be threats is to dance furiously. They'll either be in awe of our skills or just too ashamed of themselves in their inability to beat a rat in a dance-off. /Clearly/.
rufiangel 5th Oct 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Well, now you've got me thinking about everyone's dance skills.

Want to bet Caius has got a random samba dancer somewhere in him, too? XD
Akasha 5th Oct 2017, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, I'm more hoping he has musical talent instead of dance talent and /that/ comes into play somehow. He's got knowledge of government red tape and plumbing, so maybe he has some kickass pipes of his own and happens to be good at carryin' a tune or something. Or maybe I'm just being patently absurd. Only time will tell.
Archon 4th Oct 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Should probably make a note to examine the android remains later.
Might be repairable, or more likely something we can salvage.
rufiangel 4th Oct 2017, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Gosh darn, that is some terrifying stuff :'DDD we really shouldn't touch too much, then? What on earth could these be? Not Lasker... maybe.

Maybe do a wee bit more exploration to check out the other rooms real quick before calling Willard back? This whole place is giving us the heebie-jeebies. :'D

Though maybe we could possibly consider putting that android together again? Maybe? That could be wildly dangerous though, hum. Depends on what our more technologically-knowledgeable minds make of that idea.
PurpleKetchup 5th Oct 2017, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
I'm thinking they're Lasker's victims. When a red goes rampant like this, any injury it causes would also infect the target with the red, so any soldier you throw at him become its thralls...

His rampage must have been absolutely bonkers and they didn't have any solution to deal with the mind-controlled soldiers. Icing them was the short-term solution.
Which means... maybe Jane can help them, if she injects a looooot of blood in each guy to fight the enemy's red. It won't be as easy as StQ though. That red knows how to fight.
rufiangel 5th Oct 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
That's a really good theory! :O

I thiiink we might want to not try the injecting with our blood thing juuust yet XD;;; but that's definitely interesting...!
2FABZ 4th Oct 2017, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Question what is Lasker????
rufiangel 4th Oct 2017, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
Go here and do a search for 'The Lasker Report', or scroll down until you find it. It has all the answers you need.
PurpleKetchup 4th Oct 2017, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Lasker is the poor dude they first injected with Queen, followed by actual Mars blood (from Jane's mom's enemy).
The 'mindless' red reacted to Queen strongly, killed Lasker and started growing to destroy everything.

You can read the details in #188.
PurpleKetchup 4th Oct 2017, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Keep checking the rooms, carefully.

Wonder if that's Jury's sibling there.
If it's safe to enter, I'd like to retrieve it and have Fuse search it for backed up logs.
Deadly Death Sickle 4th Oct 2017, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
Deadly Death Sickle
Right about now, I have a very bad feeling about the location we are at... This... Can't be good
sTEVE 5th Oct 2017, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
Steve 5th Oct 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Ok... calmed down a bit... MM you are a madman, and we love you, but why do you do this to us? I'm really hoping we don't have to worry about these things. That said... Maybe we could have Red fold them into oblivion so no one has to worry about them.
Baeronius 5th Oct 2017, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
Well... what if they're just confused alien hybrids just like Jane?
Ya know, they lived their lives not knowing something then BOOM the Government took em away and froze them for studies.

There could be a Cloropyte (plant human hybrid) or a Xenomorph (not the "Aliens" variety, Xenomorph literally means a foreign transformation) Or other varieties of alien-human hybrids.
Kitty 5th Oct 2017, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
I guess we should be really flattered that Jury trusted us to hide out in a bunker connected to this place... Like, she trusts us not to accidentally trigger the tubes full of scary death, and that's kinda heartwarming to me. (And super-terrifying of course.)
Steve 5th Oct 2017, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
She may not even have known what was here. She may have thought it was empty.
Baeronius 5th Oct 2017, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Okay, android body. I believe we can retrieve it and set it up for a mild repair. Keep the arms and legs detached.

If it manages to boot up, we can analyze it. If it then asks about it's limbs, tell it truthfully that it's limbs were detached because too many things were up and attacking us. Then talk to it to asses it's design or intent.

If it doesn't boot, then we can talk to Jury for advisement, or possible data recovery. That is if Fuse can't get something out of it.
The cold air should have preserved the circuits pretty well.
Guest 17th May 2019, 4:30 AM edit delete reply
Lasker could indeed be in those tubes. All of the tubes. Long, thin things fit fairly well into discrete containers when you cut them up enough.