Comic 719 - Head back to the bunker

Posted on 30th Dec 2017, 3:24 PM in No Easy Way Out
Head back to the bunker

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Morgenstern 30th Dec 2017, 3:24 PM edit delete
You tell your ravens to make themselves less visible, and stick to the rooftops when they're not looking for food.

You grab some drive thru fried chicken, and you head back to the bunker.

"Hey," Michelle says. "We got a few candidates for the leg thing, and we got birds at all the places Zene's parents work. Oh, and disguise stuff."

"AND the items we require to patch up the space suits," Dr. Finch adds.

Fuse nods. "I beefed our security up, and rigged it so if anybody tries to get into our magic door we'll be alerted about it. I checked our bunker program... nothing new yet."

"You're still running that?," Dr. Finch asks. "Is there really a possibility of more bunkers being attached to our door?"

"Oh, hell yeah," Fuse replies. "With the system they used, there's like a bajillion possible combinations... just most of 'em haven't gone anywhere, obviously. We got lucky that the handful we found popped up so close together, and I mean that--like, it's a total dice roll at this point, the simulation's just brute forcing every possible badge-code-finger combo. We're more likely to hit places that had more people keyed in, since that's more combinations that could get into the door compared to like... one or two, out of an infinite number, that might've had access to an office or something. But... yeah. It's been running in the background this whole time. With all the weird shit we've stumbled onto already, I figured it wouldn't hurt to keep looking."

"Maybe we'll find an armory or somethin'," Michelle suggests. "Experimental guns an' stuff. We got enough creepy monsters, I want some big honkin' laser guns or... I dunno, a mech suit. Cool stuff, not just hundred year old horror stories."

"Alien booze," is all Caius says before he takes a long, slow puff of his level.


Crayssius 30th Dec 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Gosh dangit Caius.

But yes, we need lasers and mech suits.
Madd 30th Dec 2017, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Yes, we need some big fucking guns and mechs.
Blue_Elite 30th Dec 2017, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
I guessing Zene has been introduced to mom's Red then. :3 Between the actual drugs and the Level effect we can give, I'm starting to worry about addiction. :\

Anywho, strategizing time. We need to figure out if there's a way to get Zene's father to blood his wife or get the wife out in the open (in the upper-ish tiers) so we can blood her.
Also don't know if we want to TRY to explain the situation to Zene's father first or not. It's a lot to swallow all at once and without him being blooded, there's no telling what he might do with the info.

If we can get Zene's mother blooded, then we can try for a quick interrogation (basically what we've already tried on Robohobo and Zene) and then let them be on their way. Maybe Lydia/Grizwald can help them get out of escape from the city.
Warp 1st Jan 2018, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Addiction isn't an issue with level normally, and when Jane applies a drug effect via blood-powers it does so manually, without any of the usual blood-brain metabolic adaptations that define physical or mental addiction.
PurpleKetchup 30th Dec 2017, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
How about trying to give Fuse a real leg instead of jumping to prosthetics ?
Can always amputate later if it goes awry, plus it would give Jane some practice growing appropriate human tissues.

That is, assuming he accepts being pretty much experimented upon.
Portal In Time 30th Dec 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Ya know, that doesn't sound all too bad. Just have to work it slowly, as we pull out of The Red, but this is a perfect opportunity to try it out. If it goes awry, we can always just get him a cybernetic like we planned.
Baron11704 1st Jan 2018, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
We ended up with ear receptors in our chest, we know for a fact that our healing powers are not contained to the site of injury, if it goes awry we might have to do a lot more than just amputating his leg
Crestlinger 31st Dec 2017, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
Hmm speaking Of disguise stuff do we still have that collection of masks from the warehouse or are they back at Finch's place? Is it safe to go back there or Jane's house now?
rufiangel 31st Dec 2017, 3:23 AM edit delete reply
Caius XD

Well, might as well pull everyone into the Mars mess hall (maybe blindfold Zene again for that switch) and have our chicken while we discuss the best way to approach Zene's dad, if that's what we want to do. Let's check in on Zene and see if he's, uhm, okay? Poor kid. Will his friends and parents be going nuts looking for him, or is it normal for him to go under the radar once in a while?

After lunch, I guess we can try looking up the cybernetics places we've gotten recommendations for online and let Fuse pick which one he feels he'd like to try, and then go ahead and take him there. Probably with Jane and Michelle? Dr. Finch could start working on patching up the space suits in the afternoon.

I'm happy to hear that more bunker doors is still a possibility for us. :D
Baron11704 31st Dec 2017, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Just a really big gun that we just name 'Big Gun' would do us pretty good right now.
WalkerOfSorrow 1st Jan 2018, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
And then we blood it, and we give it a hat, and knit it a scarf, and it takes its first steps with Michelle's and Caius' help, and Finch would homeschool, and Fuse would be there for every PTA meeting, and Big Red would be there to congratulate it for a good report card, and we could take it on a road trip through all the tiers, and we can give it keys to the old car when it graduates, and buy it its first drink (but not when it's gonna be driving), and Finch will help it get a job...
Baron11704 1st Jan 2018, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
I just sorta meant, like, we just have a big old gun, we don't need to uhhh, treat it like a child. It's only going to hurt more when it gets destroyed somehow, we already had it happen with little robo (I think we named it sublime, or maybe sanguine). I won't be betrayed again
lil Joshu 31st Dec 2017, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Caius... alien booze? Seriously?
You already have access to alien booze! Just drink a beer, and then Jane can memorize the effect. Get super plastered the first time, then Jane can mimic whatever drunk level you want from then on, no hangover!
Baron11704 1st Jan 2018, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
Holy moly yes this, we need to learn how to make people inebriated, it could be a really good interrogation tool, let alone just the comedic effect. Also the morality of disabling our enemy's by just making them pass out drunk rather than actually physically disabling them
lil Joshu 1st Jan 2018, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I wasn't even thinking about the combat applications, that's brilliant... I was just thinking of comedic effect.
Warp 1st Jan 2018, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Jane, go ahead and give Zene a hug while he's still on level. We owe Zene a hug for sure. Also, ask Zene how his introduction to The Red went, and then ask The Red if it has any opinions on Zene's character.

Then, Let's offer Zene some Cleantex (effect), see if Zene is interested in trying to recall anything useful.
TheRatKing 29th Jan 2018, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
I've been hoping for more of a robot factory this whole time. Mechanical soldiers that we could program to build the weapons and anything else we would need and then use them.