Comic 581 - Look closer at the canister

Posted on 14th Nov 2017, 9:00 PM in Ghosts
Look closer at the canister

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Morgenstern 14th Nov 2017, 9:00 PM edit delete
You take the federal ID. Fuse helps you move the body so you can take a closer look at the metal canister.

As you're carrying the corpse, you update the others--specifically mentioning the red thread. You ask if any of them have heard about any serial killers with similar behavior.

"I'm afraid I'm not too well versed in the world of serial killers," Dr. Finch says, "but but but I DO ████e a computer handy. I'll see if I can dig up anything invo██ing that particular modus operandi."

You feel... a buzzing? Like a humming noise that seems to drown out some of his words. It almost sounds like radio static, but... in your head.

"You alr██ht in there, Blondie?," Michelle asks. "I ██ly got part of t█at."

With the body moved, you can see the canister more clearly. There is a Zone Fifty logo printed on the side of it.

Fuse looks to you, having taken a glance through the window of the bloodied door. "There's, uh... an eyeball stuck to the desk in there with a needle. Looks like there's something written on the chalk board, too, but I can't make it out from here."

Your hair begins to frizz and rise again.


Bluhx2 14th Nov 2017, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
It's an electromagnet...? Or a trap?
Xylas_Incarnum 14th Nov 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
not good, not good at all. Break down the door, shoot the window, whatever it takes to damage that chalk board. This parallels a magical trap too fucking well for my comfort. so break all of it, oh and keep an eye on that corpse. For some reason I doubt it's going to remain all that inert.
rufiangel 14th Nov 2017, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
This is horrible and creepy and scary ;________;

Get away from the canister, hurry over to Fuse (so he's got our back) and tell everyone you're experiencing some weird buzzing in your head?

Should we ask Red what the heck is going on in our head right now? >_> She tends to have a better grasp on these sorts of things.

Otherwise better focus on blocking it out because this is not good.
Twyll 14th Nov 2017, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Let's tell Fuse not to look at the chalkboard-- actually, can we have Red look at the chalkboard and not us, somehow? Is that a thing we can do?

I just figure she's less likely to trigger Explosive Runes or Sepia Snake Sigil or whatever nasty stuff must be written there, but we need to look to see in case there's some kind of clue.
Twyll 14th Nov 2017, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Ahhhhhhh wait wait wait, that's right, there was something about there being EM pulses when psychic mutants use their powers, right? So... we might be dealing with a really, REALLY powerful psychic here.

We need info on countering psychic powers, stat. Ask Fuse what he knows, ask Finch, Caius, Michelle, and while we do that, look for the psychic so we can start distracting them from using their powers as soon as possible.
Portal In Time 14th Nov 2017, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Okay, so illusion like this can affect human minds.. Get your Red to look around, if that would make a difference. And do not look into that chalk board further, unless you want to maybe die.
Blue_Elite 15th Nov 2017, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
As some have probably already surmised, it appears the static comes from the killer meaning it's a good way to tell where xe is by proxy (but unfortunately no direction).

Let's continue towards the "front" of the school, weapons ready (I think the fire extinguisher works nicely as a shield as well as a weapon so mainly just gun out for Fuse). At this point we've got a good idea of what we're dealing with (mutant/lab experiment) and should try to meet up with Michelle and Caius.
As long as they're grouped up, we should probably have them try to come to us as well; provided we can still communicate with them.

Also we should quickly rest that floating eye back in the plant facing the exit backdoor to keep an eye on that.
Since I'm punning already and an update too late: I've heard of being strangled by the red string of fate but this is ridiculous.
Guest 15th Nov 2017, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
This reminds me of the radios in silent hill.

...hrm. Do we have any devices.
Baeronius 15th Nov 2017, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Oooh. Oooh. Forensics.

Check the spatter pattern against the angle of attack and measurements of the droplet dispersal to find the angle of original incident.

Errr... I mean....
If the pattern is clean enough, the source of one or more injuries that produced the blood could be found, as well. (That is, the position inside the room the blood came from.)
The shape of the spatter tells the velocity (longer= more force) The impact disruption)smaller splats around the core splat, can tell the height that the blood fell, and the direction of the spatter can give a direction to triangulate as the source.
lil Joshu 15th Nov 2017, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
This... does not bode well.

Is the blood being hacked somehow?
Baeronius 15th Nov 2017, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
It would not be unheard of if the Zone Fifty people developed a material, that the Blood they were observing, could not function as well when it is nearby.

They might have made something equivalent to lead that blood transmissions cannot pass through etc.
Auron 15th Nov 2017, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
alien blood alien blood alien blood.
Guest 20th Dec 2017, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
Psychic inhibitors...? Maybe...? But if that's the case then that might be the safest place to get away from an invisible mutant, if he uses the psychic 'trick the brain into not seeing you' approach