Comic 744 - Take your pigeon back to base

Posted on 25th Jan 2018, 12:43 AM in No Easy Way Out
Take your pigeon back to base

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Morgenstern 25th Jan 2018, 12:43 AM edit delete
Michelle carries your pigeon into the hummer. You stop off for cheap burgers and chicken nuggets, and then head back to the bunker.

"He's kinda cute," Michelle says, "but not as cute as those cats."

You start to look through the pigeon--and the cats--to measure their condition, and see if they have any health problems. You quickly figure out that you are not a veterinarian; despite your increasing skills with human anatomy and neurological elements, you're not sure what to look for when it comes to pigeon physiology.

You leave the pigeon outside the bunker door to... uh... do pigeon things, giving your cats specific instructions not to hunt your pigeon. The cats themselves haven't moved too far from the bunker entrance, but have otherwise resumed cat business as normal.

You enter the bunker, heading for the lab. Caius and Dr. Finch are the only ones around; Fuse, Crease, and Zene have likely migrated to the barracks area, or maybe headed to the Mars base.

You update Caius and Dr. Finch, and ask about naming the animals.

"Names?," Caius asks. "We never named tha animals we had, did we?"

"The lab rat is named Willard," Dr. Finch replies in a matter-of-fact tone. "And the ravens are Edgar, Allan, and Poe."

"...Oh," Caius responds, then chuckles a little. "Of course. My bad. You grabbed tha fattest pigeon, right?"

"They were ALL pretty fat," Michelle answers.

"But did ya grab... tha fattest?"

Michelle sighs, trying not to laugh. "Just name the damn bird, Caius."

"I gotta see 'em first," Caius replies. "I can't name 'em without seein' em."

Caius heads outside to see the pigeon. Michelle just shakes her head. "We learn anything from sword man's body?"

Dr. Finch shakes his head. "Not much as of yet, I'm afraid. I began to do comparisons on the individual symbols--no particular language, though there's a strong resemblance to known, ancient hieroglyphs and the cuneiform of a few dead civilizations, respectively. Before I get side tracked and forget--we do still need to bury Dr. Camp at some point. We have a total of three space suits ready to go, whenever it's convenient."


Portal In Time 25th Jan 2018, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Oh, okay, great. Assuming the suits aren't lab-meat-sized, let's take Finch with us (and Fuse if he's interested) over to mars and bury him, being SUPER SURE that burying something with fake mars blood meeting REAL MARS BLOOD won't create another Lasker situation. See what Fuse has found in his memories, eat some food, and let's get to work!

Love the raven names, by the way :)
Frission 25th Jan 2018, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Then again this is Dr. Finch who did the repairs, who is, of course, A GENIUS. So there might be one lab meat sized. xD
PurpleKetchup 25th Jan 2018, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
To avoid red-mixing shenanigans, we could use Mars atmospheric pressure as a guideline.
Find a low-pressure barometer somewhere in the base (maybe the suits have one) and bury the body on a hill close by where the pressure is clearly under 600Pa. Wave hello to NASA's satellites scanning the area while you're at it.

Anyway, at that pressure water is either solid or gas (I assume the martian blood Z50 dug up was the solid kind), so the risk will remain as low as possible.
Baron11704 26th Jan 2018, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Man you thought about this hard huh
PurpleKetchup 26th Jan 2018, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Not really... That's my bread-and-butter.
Blue_Elite 25th Jan 2018, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
I just about did a dance when I found out the fan nicknames have become the in-story animal names. XD

Definitely eat and check on Fuse. Since we're not going up against the psychic abomination without a plan, we can either bury Dr. Camp (if Zene and Crease won't be an issue) or just call it a night and go to bed.

We also need to check on our Red who was MVP back there and actually became MIA for a while. If Red has limitations, we should probably get familiar with them before the next psychic attack.
If we can, spending some quality time with Red would be a good thing. Maybe brush her hair? It needs a good brushing.
skybirds15 25th Jan 2018, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I think it's because Jane's been calling them by these names in her head, cause we're her, and Finch has sort of taken all our memories.

Anyway, make sure Juries are good. Need to make sure that thread doesn't unravel. Don't need a big spaceship tearing up one of our bunkers.

I just processed the brush red's hair thing. hOw. Though she might want to talk to mom's red? Or something. She might have accidentally been completely absorbing into our brain with the recent brain breaking via blood hijack.

This comic, though, rare sentences everywhere. The pineapple must be shaved in order to juggle it.
pkrankow 25th Jan 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Red and Jane interact at times in Jane's "bedroom" which is a mental space that has "stuff" to interact with. Pull out a brush and a fresh uniform and brush Red's hair so Red is more presentable.

It is conciously changing the mental avatar to more closely appear as Jane.

Side thought: which apearance will Fuse see when separated from Jane?

Deep down Red will not change much, but the first bit of leaning on the blood to controll Jane's brain will be less traumatic, or possibly easier, or something i am not finding words for.

Red does not appear but does speak. She is still around.
Crestlinger 25th Jan 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Name of pigeon? Jared.
Blue_Elite 25th Jan 2018, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Coelasquid really has a knack for drawing fat/round birds/dinosaurs.
Madd 25th Jan 2018, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Since you didn't set it as a link I assume you meant embed the image like this.
lil Joshu 28th Jan 2018, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Now I will never be able to get out of my head that Caius is the love child of Commander and Jared.


He's a genetic combination of multiple people, and Commander is prototype lab meat as well and Jared is an expert at training minions to be stronger in that regard, and I could see them plumbing commander's group trying to build a 'more manly' team... I COULD see them combining those genetics...


He has Commander's physique, but Jared's hair color


Now I'm really not going to be able to get it out of my head. This is now my head canon until stated otherwise.


Which makes that last line of that thepunchlineismachismo comic all the funnier.
pkrankow 25th Jan 2018, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
One cat is Sylvester, and the pigeon is Tweety... or not

Dinner is a possibility, so is Pretty, as pigeon names.

If a cat has green eyes Emerald, Topaz for one with yellow eyes, Saphire to just keep the theme going.
Guest 25th Jan 2018, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
We have more spacesuits now but do we have shovels?
Also, those names are canon now? That's slightly unexpected.
Memo 26th Jan 2018, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Oh yea, we really should get around to burying the dead doctor. A body decomposing in a closed atmosphere is really not something we want.
We could burry the remains of sword-hands at the same time. If we are done with them.
But first, dinner, talk with Red and sleep.
Madd 26th Jan 2018, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, Dinner, Brush Red's hair, bury the bodies, and sleep.

Tomorrow we need to find out how to get Blobby dead so we can actually get Zene's mom.
Memo 26th Jan 2018, 3:41 AM edit delete reply
Do we have a bird, scouting Zene mansion?
If not, we should, so we know if the mother is home, and if she is alone