Comic 620 - Attempt to rest

Posted on 25th Nov 2017, 10:56 PM in Ghosts
Attempt to rest

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Morgenstern 25th Nov 2017, 10:56 PM edit delete
You update everyone else on the situation.

It is rather late, and from what Dr. Finch is saying, this will be a very intensive process. You decide to try and get a brief rest before Caius and Dr. Finch get back.

You manage to fall asleep quickly enough, but find yourself sleep-perceiving again.

"So... how?," Michelle asks.

"How what?," Fuse responds.

"The thing in Mac's brain. If I heard right, it... it basically did what Blondie does. It copied anesthesia and put Mac under."

"I'm sure that's not exactly what it did," Fuse states.

"It sounds an awful lot like that's what it did," Michelle counters.

"...Yeah, alright, it sorta does," Fuse relents. "Info leaks back and forth in a sync, right? Like, we knew going into forced syncs that the syncee could accidentally learn stuff from Blondie. We were worried Macland might figure things out about us if Blondie was in there too long. Maybe the thing in Mac's brain was able to like... I dunno..."

"Jack Blondie's powers?," Michelle asks, finishing the thought. "That shouldn't be possible, though, right? Or we'd all be doin' goofy blood stuff when we synced, or I'd be throwin' fireballs around. Blondie bein' in Mac's brain don't turn him into Blondie."

Fuse stares off to the side for a second, thinking about it. "Maybe..." He cringes, shrugging a bit. "...Maybe it made Blondie do it? Like, I used my fire powers in Mac's mind, and it caused me to burst into flames in real life. What if the... uh, backwards info leak let it kinda... trick Blondie into shutting down Macland Row?"

"She just got done sayin' she don't know how anesthetic works, though. Opioids an' stuff, sure, but not anesthetic. Finch don't even know how anesthetics work. How'd Carpenter's brain thing make her do somethin' she don't know how to do?"

Fuse and Michelle stare at each other for a moment, Fuse struggling for an answer.

It's finally Mom's red that answers, causing Fuse and Michelle to both jump.

"Perhaps the brain thing does know how anesthetics work."

Michelle turns to join Fuse in staring at the giant mouth on the wall, both of them stunned. It takes a moment or two for the idea to really sink in.

"So..." Michelle starts, concern visible in her face. "We got theory one, that the thing in Mac's brain wasn't invented... folks just kinda found a way to make it show up in other peoples' minds. And we got theory two... that the thing might know more than modern god damn science about anesthetics."

"Put the two together..." Fuse trails off, almost mumbling to himself more than talking to the others.

Mom's red finishes the thought. "What currently resides in that man's brain may be older, and in some ways smarter, than mankind itself."

There's a very heavy silence in the room before Fuse finally breaks it. "Dude, no offense because you've been real insightful, but you are not fun to have these conversations with."

Michelle laughs, but it's a stiff, nervous sort of laugh. The grin on the wall seems to tighten a little, just for a moment, as though the red is trying to smile wider.

"I do not take offense to that remark," is all it replies.

It's not long after that the bunker door swings open, and Caius and Dr. Finch return.


Bluhx2 25th Nov 2017, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Chill momma, also the fact that we're dealing with a different kind of ABOMINATION unnerves me. Jeezus, can't we just get ONE eldritch abomination a world please, thanks.
T41 26th Nov 2017, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
One man's abomination is another's god.
Baeronius 26th Nov 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Eldrich stuff is hilarious.
Lovecraft just dumped a bunch of things down that all are "the end of the universe" and yet if they have been around since the universe's creation... why haven't they ended it yet?

Stuff like that. Everything is specifically tailored to killing humans. But humans were not around at the start of the universe. etc etc.
Oh and the part where there are larger and more lethal universe-enders? What's the point of it having "more power" if it can't do anything more than destroy the universe?

Oh.. sorry... brainfart-rant.
DreamingofRoses 3rd May 2018, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
I know I’m eons late to the party but this is my first time reading through the comic and I wanted to address this comment. Lovecraft’s abominations haven’t ended humanity for the same reason we don’t go around eradicating viruses that don’t make us sick: they’re no threat and almost completely beneath our notice.
rufiangel 25th Nov 2017, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Alright, up and at 'em, Jane and Dr. Finch. Let's see if you can get far without getting blocked by this theoretical scary thing.

I recall people suggested Fuse go crack into Howler's apartment while Shirai isn't looking. Is that something he and someone else could do while Jane and Dr. Finch do their thing on Macland? 'ㅅ'
Twyll 26th Nov 2017, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Just in case it slipped through the cracks in earlier comments, I suggest we have Finch consider how Cleantex works, and see if we can apply that to our possible solutions for Macland's situation. Since Cleantex theoretically re-creates earlier connections between neurons, or strengthens those that have become weaker (since all memories really are is patterns of neuron connections), emulating it might allow us to sort of revert Macland to an earlier save state-- maybe even one before the Thing was stuck in his brain to begin with.
Blue_Elite 26th Nov 2017, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Sleeping Jane sprite: best sprite, or best sprite ever? X3

Discuss the "plan of attack" with Dr. Finch before going underway. Always good to see if anyone else has any suggestions before performing an operation like this.
Guest 26th Nov 2017, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
We need to... somehow focus on, at least temporarily, forcing a severance with Macland. See if that does it somehow. At least focus on canceling all effects on him. Force the blood to go inert in him.