Comic 739 - Settle down

Posted on 14th Jan 2018, 9:49 PM in No Easy Way Out
Settle down

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Morgenstern 14th Jan 2018, 9:49 PM edit delete
Zene helps Crease get accustomed to the big mouth on the wall. Dr. Finch starts taking a look at the bladed man's remains. Fuse steps out to call Lydia and Jury, and find out what he can.

You send the raven that's been waiting at the church toward Zene and Crease's house. That still leaves one raven at the church, and one at Rockwell Arcade.

You spend some time eating ice cream and talking with Michelle. You also try to take a look at your own brain to see if there's any damage--there's some slight neurological misfires and hints of a small intracerebral bleed, but the damage seems to have mostly passed. It healing on its own, this quickly and this smoothly, is a little odd... but you also brute forced your way out of a powerful psychic compulsion, so you're not sure what it's supposed to look like. This might be normal.

You and Michelle try to discuss non-life threatening things, like parrots and that girl at the hospital (Michelle is convinced Cam was totally not trying to hit on her, but you have your doubts), but inevitably, the conversation circles back around to what you're doing next.

If you're going to tackle the church, you're going to have to deal with that psychic thing from the back of the truck. You managed to power through it before, by letting your red take the reins... you're just not extremely comfortable doing that. It was like blacking out, and you felt... wrong, afterward. Red's aligned enough with your human sensibilities that she could handle all that without you totally going berserk, but it was still different than being you. You had emotions and instincts that weren't... human. The detachment scared you a little.

"Even if you could get good at that," Michelle says, "you'd still be goin' after the church alone. Right? Like, tryin' to get all of us on that alien mind stuff so the truck monster can't control us... that's a whole different level of what you're talkin' about, and I sure as hell ain't lettin' you go into that church by yourself. Nah, there's gotta be another way. Maybe we could get a... stronger psychic?"

When the thing was trying to take you over, it felt like arguing. Multiple different perspectives all vying for their own goals. It wasn't until they started agreeing on what to do that your control began to slip.

"Yeah..." Michelle says. "I kinda felt that, too. It was all my thoughts, in my mind, but they were tellin' me a hundred things at once--jump out the car, shoot yourself, shoot the driver, wait to get shot. They had to get on the same page before they could really get a grip on me. You think it's multiple psychics?"

What you saw in the truck definitely looked like one mass, though it might have multiple minds.

"Huh. That... would be somethin'. So, one tough psychic ain't gonna cut it. S'prob'ly why they could override you, too--if it was just one mind, you could duel it out, but if it's one monster with a bunch o' psychic powers behind it it'd be like fightin' all them psychics at once. Maybe we could get... I dunno, a team of psychics together, have 'em put some kinda whammy on us. Maybe there's somethin' in that stupid book about psychic defenses. I ain't... real excited about gettin' into occult stuff, but anything beats you havin' to monster out and let THE BLOOD steer you. I wanna keep you human, and travel sized for our convenience."


Waddle Dee 14th Jan 2018, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Although not an immediate priority, check in with Caius at some point. Make sure he's doing alright, and see if he's up for going out anytime soon.
Portal In Time 14th Jan 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
What we need now is RESEARCH. All we can find out from Lydia's book reccomendations. Give ourselves some cleantex, have all of us study seperate books for a few hours. We could probably download the PDF's on our phones, right? If that's the case, simultaneous readings would be ideal. We need to know the most important stuff the books have to give us. We could probably make some cliffnotes and stuff, to catch eachother up.

If we could, could we send Mom's Red over to the library holding the book on Geoangular Geometry Magic? Scout it out, maybe even let us know if it's in there at all? All we'd need is a few nerves to snake themselves over there.
Baron11704 15th Jan 2018, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure it needs a beacon AKA baby red but we can always ask
Twyll 15th Jan 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
I suspect that wouldn't be possible without tipping the folks at the library off, seeing as MomRed would need to create some sort of eye or something to be able to look at the titles of the books on the shelves, which would likely be noticeable :P But it can't hurt to ask.
Twyll 14th Jan 2018, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
We should try looking at Fuse's and Michelle's brains, too, just to make sure the psychic didn't do any lasting damage or leave a backdoor into their brains or anything. We might have purged our brain of any of that by going slightly alien, but they might still have issues.

Before we do anything, we need to blood more animals of different varieties. There are still feral cats around here, yes? We need some of them, if only so we can have at least one dedicated pair of eyes watching the bunker entrance at all times. It's making me a little nervous that we don't have a raven here right now, to be honest.

Also, we should grab some pigeons, and/or seagulls if this city has seagulls, because we need flying creatures that are also more likely to blend in in the lower-mid tiers. Heck, pigeons might even kinda sorta blend in in the lower tiers, because pigeons are really good at processing pollutants so they're likely to be less obviously warped than other wildlife down there. We might need to cover them in a bit of soot or something to make their feathers darker, or snip some feathers to make them look patchy, but they might not be too terribly out-of-place.
Madd 15th Jan 2018, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Yes! Lets get cats.
Blue_Elite 15th Jan 2018, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
"Michelle is convinced Cam was totally not trying to hit on her, but you have your doubts,"
I'd ship it.
Also the term is "fun sized" Michelle. Like Cam is. XD

We definitely need to be able to do something about the psychic attack. Even IF we went eldritch, our Red got tired just surviving the encounter. I'm not sure we even could bruteforce a head-on encounter.
Check with the references we've got: Grizwald, Lydia, Jury,... Macland (who knows, Shirai might have acquired an old library with tomes of forgotten lore she dismissed as superstition at some point).
Also don't forget to check with Dr. Finch to see if he finds out anything about those inscriptions on Swordarm(s)'s corpse.
Baron11704 15th Jan 2018, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Finch seems excited about those remains, heres to hoping we can get something out of the,
Guest 15th Jan 2018, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
If only there were some way to get Edison on our side, she could probably deal with the "truck monster" easily enough as all those minds seem to be sharing one horribly malformed body.
Guest 15th Jan 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we could devise some other way of disrupting the electrical signal/signals in its/their brain/brains. Get a high powered tazer and rush it/them before they can start agreeing on anything?
rufiangel 15th Jan 2018, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Willard on the bed <3 XD
Blue_Elite 15th Jan 2018, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
I enjoy the "Where's Willard" game Matt plays with us. :3
Twyll 15th Jan 2018, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Did we ever command him not to poop on our beds? We might need to check the sheets XD
Nayru9572 15th Jan 2018, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Well, I'd say let Zene's mom be for now. Though we might want to ask her husband if he's got a picture of her to make sure that The Church doesn't pull anything like sending her after us to make us kill her and feel guilty or something.
dudecallmecool 15th Jan 2018, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
I totally don't check to see if BiM is updated every few minutes. What are you talking about? I'm not obsessed..
lil Joshu 15th Jan 2018, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Blood powers training montage time.
Moopamoop 20th Nov 2018, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
"I wanna keep you human and travel sized for our convenience." Michelle just admit you have a crush on her it's not like she doesn't know she's been in your fucking head.