Comic 527 - Wake up, check the lab

Posted on 19th Oct 2017, 7:13 PM in Doors
Wake up, check the lab

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Morgenstern 19th Oct 2017, 7:13 PM edit delete
You all wake up. Michelle starts making preparations to go scavenge parts from around the damaged sections of the city, and Caius microwaves burritos for everybody.

You head to the lab to check on Baby Red's progress, and to see if more bunkers have been discovered.

"We've cycled through all the possibilities those scratched codes gave us," Fuse says. "So now it's trying to brute force its way through all the other options. It might take a while, though it's already started to get hints of something. The problem is trying to find the right card code, key code, and fingerprint combination. The program's picked up one good fingerprint and two good key codes, but none of them go together. It's gotta fill in those blanks."

Dr. Finch wanders into the lab, clearing his throat. "I have gathered what I need, and I am ready to commence work when you are."

Fuse looks at Dr. Finch, then to you. "I guess this works out--I kinda wanted Dr. Finch around when I asked about this. That was Lasker down there, wasn't it?"

You explain to Dr. Finch what was in the lower part of Bunker B.

Dr. Finch nods. "I suspected as much. With no ability to destroy him, the best Zone Fifty could do was freeze him. At least we know where he's located, now--that's a vast improvement over not knowing."

"That's the part that's bothering me, though," Fuse states. "There was three of those huge ice containers down there. Three. Maybe they froze him and split him up, or cut him up before they froze him, but... it wasn't all together."

Dr. Finch's eyes widen behind his glasses. "And you fear that if it wasn't all together... it may not be all there. Oh... oh oh oh, that is a very valid point! An astute observation, Fuse--it's very possible that he was divided into more than three parts, and only those three are under Bunker B... leaving the remainder of Lasker to still be out there somewhere, potentially frozen in other bunkers."

"Yeah. That," Fuse says more solemnly. "The dude was big. If that's not even the whole thing..."

"Hm," Dr. Finch begins. "Hm hm hm. I do ponder if the 'rest of Lasker' would be contained quite the same way, or if Zone Fifty was dabbling in different methods of restraining him. Is there another bunker full of androids, keeping subdivisions of Lasker on ice for decades? Or or or did they experiment with the concept, perhaps utilizing their portal technology to isolate him in other ways? I must admit to being quite intrigued by the scientific challenge of subduing an ostensibly immortal entity, even if the idea of any of said methods failing absolutely terrifies me."

"Yup," Fuse says. "Now you guys get to worry about it, too. I'm gonna go take cars apart and try not to think about Lasker."

Fuse gives a sarcastic sort of smile, and a thumbs up, before going to go check on Michelle and Caius.


Akasha 19th Oct 2017, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Oh, you... you've got to be fuckin'...

Son of a fuck. Son of an absolute fuck. Y'know. This is... Awesome. Like, for real. It was enough that there were just those three fuckin gigachunks of Lasker down there. And now you're telling me there's more. I thought the whole thing was to stretch thin, not stretch from here to the moon or something equally ludicrous. Kinda surprised they didn't have to suppress any massive panic attacks or some shit, but, hey! I guess that's why they set up bases in the middle of seemingly nowhere. So that'd make sense.

...In any case, I really hope we find those other containment bunkers sometime soon. For the moment, uh... I guess we should try and finish having Dr. Finch patch us up?

edit: also hey guess who finally got an account. I'll figure out an avatar later. maayyybe
rufiangel 19th Oct 2017, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
It's shocking to find out we don't know just how friggin' big Lasker got or how many pieces they had to cut him up into :'D yikes.

I think this just proves exactly why they didn't experiment further with the Mars blood once THIS happened. Look how much damage control they had to do to make up for it!

Also, I wonder if we're going to meet some crazy people who'd actually want to stitch Lasker back together. Like Carpenter or something. >_> In which case, someone might be... I dunno, collecting Lasker pieces or something. And what we've just seen might be the only pieces left that aren't in that collector's possession.

... That was just a random thought but uhhhhh crap I hope I'm wrong XD;
Twyll 19th Oct 2017, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Somebody collecting the parts of the dead Lasker, huh... I think I saw that plot in an anime once. (Or twice, or three times...)
Akasha 19th Oct 2017, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
You know, originally, as far as I was concerned, the absolute last thing I'd want to deal with would be Carpenter revealing he has a fuckin' super robot or something. And now the idea of him or someone like him wanting piece the guy back together is just... No. No. No. I do not want that. Like, yeah, biological shit isn't his main thing, but... considering he made that bio-mech... let's just say the idea of Laskborgs came to mind and I am praying that that fuckin' prospect remains entirely theoretical. Ugh. Hopefully, that isn't his endgame plan or else... hoo boy.
rufiangel 19th Oct 2017, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

Dangit Akasha, now I'm almost convinced that's going to be a thing XD;;;;;;
Twyll 19th Oct 2017, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
Oh god, I sincerely hope someone doesn't go full Cthulhutech with Lasker.
Akasha 19th Oct 2017, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Yeah see, I'm no stranger to crazy eldritch abomination bullshit. Like, at all. Mind, I'm a stranger to figuring out how to deal with it with relatively normal people, our Halfcraftian MC who doesn't entirely know the extent of her eldritch powers aside. So, ah. Yeah. Fun stuff to think about.

Either way, I'm hoping the same as well, Twyll. I really hope one of the bunkers just isn't trying to harness the power of reds or something equally ill-advised at this juncture. Oof.
Mochi 19th Oct 2017, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
aw :C no more meatball. we'll miss you, little buddy.

uh... taking cars apart sounds like a good idea, scavenging for parts is probably a productive use of their time while jane gets fixed up. as long as we remember to keep an eye on them while they do it.
CiciEnixa 19th Oct 2017, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Oh wow, Baby Red's managed to branch out from its portable blobby cuteness. Good to see the flower's still there, though XD The growth isn't going to accidentally bump into any of Dr. Finch's tubes and equipment though, is it?

To the breakfast burritos! And pull Dr. Finch along, he could do with more burritos.
rufiangel 19th Oct 2017, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Fuse, that sarcastic grin and thumbs up XD lolol. I am glad to see that Fuse has lightened up a little though. It is nice to know he is no longer wrapped in agonising burnage. <3

That little flower by the spreading Baby Red made my heart hurt just a little. ;v;* We'll miss you, meatball.

I'm surprised to see the flower is still in Jane's hair XD I guess it's still fresh enough! When it seems like it may not be so fresh anymore, though, she could always press it and make a flower bookmark. Mm.

Anyway, ya, breakfast burritos, scavenge team and fixing Jane's shoulder and hearing up (it's been a while since she could hear from her ears!).

Just before we do so, though, maybe we should check on Macland real quick. See what no good his compatriots are up to, and whether his brain is doing any better this morning. Whatever we see, though, we can deal with it after the surgery and scavenging (and lunch, assuming the surgery/scavenging takes all morning).
Bluhx2 19th Oct 2017, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Well that's a bucket of fun. Now we have to worry if the other bunkers have Lasker's parts
Twyll 19th Oct 2017, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. I wonder if part of Lasker is sealed up in a wall somewhere? He is, after all, very much Titan-sized now.
Baeronius 20th Oct 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Heh. I "Tap Titans" in my spare time.
No biggie.
Steve 19th Oct 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Ok... who thinks Jane could go drink deep of this, and punt Lasker to the curb, without completely throwing her humanity to Mars?
Xylas_Incarnum 19th Oct 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Well, we're now rent free so what are we going to do about our cash flow? Seems like things have gone far past the point where wrapping this up cleanly withing the next couple weeks will be possible. I don't know how much cash has been stockpiled by now but I doubt it's gonna be enough to see us through to the end of what is now a campaign.

We need a source of income, whether it's legit or not is irrelevant to me, rob banks if needed, we just need something coming into our pocket books on a semi-regular basis.

Money literally drives the world right now, we need more of it.