Comic 671 - Inform everyone

Posted on 10th Dec 2017, 12:04 AM in Ghosts
Inform everyone

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Morgenstern 10th Dec 2017, 12:04 AM edit delete
You inform the others of what happened.

"So we can't blood 'em," Caius says. "Guess we're beatin' his ass."

"Not without a plan we're ain't," Michelle replies. "We'd get mowed down crossin' that bridge. Maybe we could talk to 'em? Maybe whatever's keepin' the boss out's keepin' Thale out, too, and this guy's just a normal guy."

You send a message to Dr. Finch, and update him on the situation. You ask what he thinks.

"Hm. Hm hm hmm... that is interesting," he answers. "Cybernetics... something stopping the communication. A manual filter for brain signals not originating from their natural locations is feasible, but that would require both very thorough programming and intercepting every conceivable neural pathway, establishing a series of... well, check-in stations for every thought, instinct, impulse, and so forth. Even with what we do, something that outlandish being contained in a human head borders on science fiction. No... it's something else, something more than a simple filter. Something that could guard the brain from any potential errant signals, I just... hm. I'll have to consider it more, this is... quite a thinker."

You ask Dr. Finch if some sort of... cybernetic brain may be at fault.

"If his entire brain were replaced with a mechanical equivalent, he would neither sound nor act human, I suspect. Jury is a marvel in part because she's so very convincing, and I imagine a great deal of her body acts as assisting mechanisms for such advanced processing. A Jury-level AI stuffed into the width of a human skull... hm. I very much doubt it. Partial brain cybernetics do exist, but they shouldn't be able to block you out like that--they only enhance or affect very specific functions. No cerebral prosthetic should be capable of influencing the entire brain simultaneously."

You ask Dr. Finch--and Fuse--about ultraprex, and if that may have something to do with it.

"If ultraprex stops telepathy, that's news to me," Fuse states.

"If it were that simple, I doubt Macland would have risked himself so with Carpenter's experiment," Dr. Finch says. "I have never heard of ultraprex doing anything except... well, helping the body acclimate to mechanical prosthesics."


Crayssius 10th Dec 2017, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm... Right then, re-create Sanguine, but THIS time, make him out of bandages, a speaker, and multiple cameras. Then, send him to talk to the Mushroom Man
Crayssius 10th Dec 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
In fact, we should make about 5 of Sanguine.
Portal In Time 10th Dec 2017, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Yes, this is a good idea. SanguIIne, SanguIIIne, SanguIVne, and SanguVne.
Blue_Elite 10th Dec 2017, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
If you go with that naming theme, you miss the opportunity to name it Sanguine IV.
Frission 10th Dec 2017, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Haha, I love this. xD
Xylas_Incarnum 10th Dec 2017, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
inverted Cyber-men. Fleshy on the outside but the brain's been augmented.
Auron 10th Dec 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
What if he's got a mutation that helps with that?
Auron 10th Dec 2017, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Can we directly access the newly blooded guy's eyes?
Cuttlefish 10th Dec 2017, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
I know we can't connect to the brain - but how much control do we have that we can exert? Do we have vision, can we twitch a finger, or are we totally stuck? With how much dangerous or trappable stuff is lying around (rusty bridges/barely sealed barrels of toxic ooze etc), even making the mushroom man fire their gun unexpectedly with a finger twitch might be enough to harm them.
Twyll 10th Dec 2017, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, we need to do some experimenting to figure out what we can and can't control, and if we can get any sort of feedback that might tell us what's blocking our abilities. See how the blood interacts with his cells, see if we can perceive through him, that sort of thing.
WalkerOfSorrow 10th Dec 2017, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Agreed. If we can interfere with him on even a protein level, we might get Finch's help creating some kind of rudimentary virus. A protein strand that converts every cell it comes into contact with, into a cell we can control.

The higher a level we can control him on to begin with, the less finagling that idea will take. Alternatively, we create an auto-immune disorder. Convert his immune cells, antibodies, platelets etc. for two purposes:
A) Convert all other immune cells.
B) All converted immune cells must target his ultraprex, reject that, then target his cybernetics and reject them.

That idea's not super great for getting control of this guy, but if his body rejects his cybernetics, it might shake loose whatever is blocking us. And it will definitely cause this dude problems.
Tsukistar 10th Dec 2017, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
I dunno about you, but I kinda think that's just gonna end up killing him when we either screw up, or force his body to reject the ultraprex.
Baeronius 10th Dec 2017, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Well, *ka-grin*

Has anyone thought of the idea that this body may be Remote Controlled?

That he knows the radiation is horrible in there and didn't step in himself? He could be in a tube in the back of the area safely confined, using a bot body to patrol and maintain the crop.

*super drama music plays*
Crayssius 10th Dec 2017, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
That... actually sounds likely. Dang, man.
Espylacopa 10th Dec 2017, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
If that were the case I don't think the signal would be sent to the brain and not find it. Jane doesn't know enough about robotics and the path to their closest equivalent to a brain would most likely be too different from anything she does know to even form a working signal, much less start to send one.
Archon 10th Dec 2017, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
Spose this is a good time to go try a new type of golem.

Gonna need sand. Or cement mix.
One bag will do for the prototype.
Blue_Elite 10th Dec 2017, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
We could try parleying at this point. Say that we needed to make sure we weren't dealing with a Queen'd person and that what they were injected with is the only known antidote to Queen. Then try offering a bribe for information.
If we go that route, I'd recommend sending Fuse (non-intimidating and more low-tier looking) and have him synced with Caius for "negotiation skills."
rufiangel 10th Dec 2017, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
I'm kind of with Caius on this one, to be honest. Giving the guy time to strengthen security doesn't seem so great. Not saying we should charge in guns blazing, but I don't think we should dawdle too long before making a move.

As a side-note, front of the hummer! :D Neat!
Swagner 10th Dec 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Can he be perceived through, now? It might be worthwhile to watch what he does for the next little bit.
Frission 10th Dec 2017, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
I second this, and making a new bot w/ speakers. Let's try percieving through him while doing that. Like, tape a burner phone to sanguine II we can call him with maybe?