Comic 483 - Exchange information

Posted on 8th Oct 2017, 7:02 PM in Doors
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Morgenstern 8th Oct 2017, 7:02 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You mention to Lydia that you have a pretty large sum of your own evidence against the bad guys, as well as someone who could upload that for her.

"Oh, yeah! That would be fantastic," she says.

She gives you access to Lydia's server. You can now upload hard evidence of misdeeds to a site that Lydia can access, and see Lydia's own evidence yourself (should some of it be worth, say, turning over to certain federal agents).

You and Dr. Finch also take some time to take care of Lydia, dressing her wounds, and giving her basic first aid. Dr. Finch determines that Lydia may have a bruised or broken rib, and he advises her on how to take care of it--it's the sort of thing that normally heals on its own, and shouldn't require a stay in a hospital, as long as she handles herself properly. You give her some pain relief medication from your first aid kit, since you do mostly do that sort of thing with your powers now.

You tell Lydia that Brother Hope may be involved in all this, and Patton Thale seems to be at the top of it, though you haven't gotten to investigate that end of things much yet. You also warn her strongly against messing with Arvin Carpenter, who's tied to all this but is incredibly dangerous.

You also give Lydia a syringe of your blood. You explain how it works, and why it might be necessary.

"We don't wanna pressure ya into nothin', 'cuz we know it don't sound great to be brought into a weird alien mind network," Michelle says. "But, I promise it's better than bein' under Thale's control. We're tryin' to do the right thing... those guys aren't. If it comes down to it... do what you gotta do."

You also ask Grizwald if there's any better way to contact with him.

"I tried," Lydia says. "He doesn't like cell phones."

"They give ya brain cancer," Grizwald says. "And sometimes tha government uses 'em to read yer mind."

"Be, uh, warned..." Dr. Finch begins. "Some of the cell phones in this city are tagged with tracking devices, especially those distributed by the church of Enyo. I don't recommend purchasing any phones from any businesses owned by or in coordination with Gesenai Shirai. Prepackaged, major brand phones from retail chains originating outside the city may be the safest bet."

"Wow," Lydia replies. "Okay. That's... a little nuts."

"Yeah," Michelle adds. "They got us pretty good with that stunt already. Broke into Finch's house, and hit 'em with a flesh eatin' virus. Did we mention not to mess with Carpenter, because... you really shouldn't mess with Carpenter."

"Message received~," Lydia responds. "That does sound super bad. Well, if you need to get a hold of Grizwald, I'm probably gonna try to hang around here on and off... so if you time it right, you might be able to contact him through me."

You say your goodbyes, and you head back to the bunker. On the way, you make a stop for flashlights, rope, and air filtration masks. You look into getting a drone, but there's some lengthy process involved with getting a drone license.

"That's preposterous," Dr. Finch says. "I can walk into a store right now and buy a gun, but I can't purchase a toy robot without jumping through hoops."

You settle for buying glow sticks. You discuss on the way back whether to just send a raven into Bunker C. "It may be the best manner of investigation, if there's actually something down there," Dr. Finch states. "Fuse and I may also be able to throw together a device to measure depth, if Bunker C is truly just a massive hole."

You return to Bunker A.

Comments:

rufiangel 8th Oct 2017, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Heya guys, what were you upto while we were out? :D

Let Fuse know about Lydia's server and yay, let's get cracking on exploring Bunker C and D. Shall we start with C first? :D lalala. We made a good contact! I'm happy X3

(On a completely unrelated note, is Broomie okay? XD; The hangover didn't get him, did it?)
Steve 8th Oct 2017, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
What Rufi said about Broomie. I too wish to know.
Morgenstern 8th Oct 2017, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern
Broomie's good. XD He's in his room eating burritos and watching Jojo with his friends atm.
Steve 8th Oct 2017, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Good to hear
rufiangel 8th Oct 2017, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I'm glad to hear he's all good XD; I was a little worried when he broke out the screwdriver! Good to know you guys are resilient. -v-)b
Nayru9572 9th Oct 2017, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
... Broke out the screwdriver? Dammit, I manage to watch it and I still get to miss the good stuff.
Baeronius 9th Oct 2017, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Baeronius
Bee aware. Say "Hive" for me.
Cuttlefish 8th Oct 2017, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Hand building a laser range finder vs tying a glowstick to a bird - I think the ravencopter is the way to go. We can always drop a glowstick in first to make sure there aren't defenses or a bottomless pit in Bunker C.
Kitty 8th Oct 2017, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
Or we could tie a glowstick to the end of a roll of string. Ravens can handle lifting string bit by bit, so I imagine that with our instruction, our raven could actually lower the glowstick into the bunker to check the depth first, before flying down.
Kitty 8th Oct 2017, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
...That reminds me of a few other supplies we should pick up. My standard Adventurers' Pack. String (sometimes string is better than rope), a couple of small empty bottles/vials/test tubes (I guess Dr. Finch probably already has some of those), a bag of ball bearings or marbles, chalk/markers/fluorescent tape, a steel mirror on a stick (for looking around corners), binoculars, crowbar, grappling hook, and... well I guess we'd look kinda silly walking around with a 10-foot pole, unless we can find some kind of extendable pole thing. Maybe an adjustable shower rod? You never know when a long object that can poke things at a distance will come in handy, especially when exploring dungeon-like environs such as secret bunkers.
Cuttlefish 8th Oct 2017, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
A scalpel on the end of some bloody bandages has worked so far for poking stuff at a distance!
Steve 8th Oct 2017, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
SEE, I TOLD YOU GLOW STICKS WAS A GOOD IDEA!!!! We have animal friends, which are more reliable than non-sentient robots, we should take advantage of this. I'm ready to start throwing stuff down Bunker C when everyone else is ready, I say we start with glow bird plan, and if things start to look dicey, we throw down the depth meter.
Cuttlefish 8th Oct 2017, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
We should have Fuse make a local backup of the files on Lydia's server. If the worst happens, and Lydia is compromised with STQ during her lone wolf investigation, then you better believe those files are getting replaced with some sort of nasty Carpenter virus.
rufiangel 8th Oct 2017, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Ooh, good idea.
AlphaDragon 8th Oct 2017, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Great idea
Guest 20th Dec 2017, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Wait I just realized something, no thrall of Thale can say his name. They always use nicknames, Father, Boss, Husband. Never has anyone ever said our name, it's always been Jane Doe or Blondie, and we know Jane Doe isn't her real name, hell we don't even know it. I think the whole 'they who must not be named' thing is a basic trait of the mind control and less something Thale set up to protect himself, which means someone who learns our true name could test for if someone is under our control hypothetically.
Guest 20th Dec 2017, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Wait I just realized something, no thrall of Thale can say his name. They always use nicknames, Father, Boss, Husband. Never has anyone ever said our name, it's always been Jane Doe or Blondie, and we know Jane Doe isn't her real name, hell we don't even know it. I think the whole 'they who must not be named' thing is a basic trait of the mind control and less something Thale set up to protect himself, which means someone who learns our true name could test for if someone is under our control hypothetically.