Comic 689 - Look into the book

Posted on 16th Dec 2017, 12:28 AM in Ghosts
Look into the book

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Morgenstern 16th Dec 2017, 12:28 AM edit delete
Once the man with the gas mask is secured, Michelle heads off to go pick up the spare body for Caius.

Fuse limps into the bunker A lab.

"Red... tell me magic is bullshit, so I don't go on a wild goose chase."

The mouth on the wall responds with... well, no more of a grin than usual. "Magic? Whatever do you mean?"

Fuse sighs. "Rituals, I guess." He starts to bring up Lydia's files on your computer. "Like... circles and symbols that cause supernatural effects. That's not a real thing, right? You can just... go ahead and tell me that's not real."

"Whenever you hold an object out, then let it go, what happens?," the mouth on the wall asks.

Fuse stops messing with the computer, briefly staring at Mom's red. "It... falls?"

"It does," the mouth replies. "Why?"

"Gravity. Things with... mass? Was it mass or density? Pretty sure it was mass. Anyway, things with mass pull other objects toward them. So... gravity." Fuse gives a small shrug.

"A very sound theory," the mouth states, "but what of dark energy, or dark matter's influence on stars? Or the way your world's gyre widens faster than your sun's loss of mass should dictate? What of planets with little mass but strong gravitational pull, or the reverse? There are discrepancies to your description of gravity. Inconsistencies. Yet... you know that gravity will work. Correct? You know that when you relinquish an object, it will fall. A cat understands neither rods nor retinas, yet it is confident it will still see clearly once the sun sets. Are these not rituals? Is this not magic?"

Fuse stares at the mouth for another moment or two before shaking his head. "Alright, so... that's a yes to magic circles?"

"Before I was externalized, we became faintly aware of things siphoning samples of our power... drawing inches from the red. The most microscopic hints of the red, pulled from the other side of the cosmos by nothing greater than gnats. I could not tell you the specifics of their method, as it did not concern us enough to pursue... but to those that drew upon the red, and utilized what they could gain of it, it surely came off as magic. They, themselves, may not have fully comprehended their methods, or the full scale of what they were dabbling in... only the results."

Fuse looks into what Lydia has on the book Geoangular Control, then does some independent research on the internet. The book, allegedly, contains secrets to bypassing reality--angles and diagrams that, when sorted a certain way, aligned in certain conditions, or drawn with a specific methodology, make alterations to reality itself. One of the 'spells' the book is supposed to contain can swap minds between two bodies.

The book is, currently, being housed in a library on the other side of the ocean. Scans of a few pages sometimes make their way online, but rarely stay there for very long.


Xylas_Incarnum 16th Dec 2017, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
I still think that we can just sync Caius to his new bod, just instead of just copying his relevant skills, we copy all of him.
sorta like overwriting a file with the same name to install a mod in a game.
Madd 16th Dec 2017, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Wait can we sync people without syncing ourself. We blood his new body and sync him to it until he is in full control, but if we do that then it might draw enough away from us that he dies during transfer so we only get part of Caius.
Xylas_Incarnum 16th Dec 2017, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
It's how we gave Caius Michelle's shooting skills and Finch both Caius and Michelle's combat skills way back when.
Just need to take than and instead of copying a page into another book, we copy the entire book.
Madd 16th Dec 2017, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm just worried if we sync them, we won't be able to finish it because while syncing them we weren't able to perform our life support as well as we need to. There is the, mostly, moral problem of we temporarily will have two Caiuses and one will die.
lil Joshu 16th Dec 2017, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I say we do it. Sync him completely with the other. We already know it can effectively turn two people into one. Let him become one with himself.

Or we just do the brain transplant and repairs after that. Less philosophical mess with that route.
Guest 21st Dec 2017, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
We'd just be giving the new body the 'here's how to be caius' skill, it wouldn't transfer conciousness, the original Caius wouldn't go braindead and move over, there'd be two caius's, it's like the whole Star Trek teleporter issue, you die when you go through and a perfect clone of you comes out the other end, to everyone else you moved places, but you you're dead and a perfect imposter has taken your place
Madd 16th Dec 2017, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
The book might be bullshit though, it might steal power from an unknown and draw us unwanted attention from them. The zone might have something that could help us though.
rufiangel 16th Dec 2017, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
By other side of the ocean is there any chance that'd be conveniently near any spot our bunkers A or B might be located in? XD; man.

Regardless of whether we could make use of this information for this situation, though, this is thoroughly interesting information to know.

I love how Fuse went about this XD he's so flabbergasted but "okay whatever" lol

Edit: also is Dr Finch too occupied with Caius to treat Fuse's leg? ;v; poor Fuse. At least do some clumsy first aid!
Wierdweblurker 16th Dec 2017, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
This book definitely merits a read. If this allows mere mortals to tap into the Red, it may help us gain more precise control of our powers. At very least, we're better off using an established method of mental transfer, rather than betting Caius' life and sanity on our intuition.
Swagner 16th Dec 2017, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
Not to be a killjoy, but I honestly think that a regular old organ transplant is probably the best bet here. Not even necessarily a brain transplant: just swapping out caius's damaged organs for the brain dead clone's (assuming he really isn't alive, and we aren't turning into the antagonists of the island).
lil Joshu 16th Dec 2017, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Brain is one organ vs replacing multiple organs.

However, I vote we ask Caius the option he'd prefer. It's his brain and being we're talking about here.
Auron 16th Dec 2017, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Ask finch how much time he thinks we have. Also how accessible is the library?
Auron 16th Dec 2017, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Ask finch how much time he thinks we have. Also how accessible is the library?
Steve 16th Dec 2017, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
I am in support of the brain transplant. We need the new body tho, so we should ask Gen about that. Can we the readers still watch everyone else do what they do, or do we have to focus on keeping Caius alive too? Also, ask Finch how confident he is about brain transplants.
Espylacopa 16th Dec 2017, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
Interesting, but we're short on both time and manpower. The longer we wait the more likely it becomes that our concentration falters and fails. Unless this book can be examined quickly and easily it doesn't seem like a viable option in the current situation. Besides, even if some "magic" exists this one could still be bullshit.
demiboy 6th Mar 2018, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
mind swap au