Comic 756 - Locate the crate

Posted on 21st Feb 2018, 6:49 PM in No Easy Way Out
Locate the crate

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Morgenstern 21st Feb 2018, 6:49 PM edit delete
You pet Willard.

He seems to be making a habit of waiting until just after people have woken up, then falling asleep where they were laying.

You also check on your cats and birds, mentally. Everything seems to be in order; they are out and about, doing cat and bird things, respectively.

You head into the lab. Michelle and Caius are trying to better explain what all is happening in the city, and some of the things they've witnessed to Zene and Crease; Fuse and Dr. Finch are discussing possible methods of getting Geoangular Control, but don't seem to have come up with much yet. Everyone's eating muffins.

You check on Baby Red.

"Am ready," it states simply.

You have a couple of muffins yourself, then pick up Baby Red. You explain your plan to triangulate the location of the mystery crate; Michelle accompanies you to sort the bunker doors out. Caius starts having to explain to Zene and Crease that yes, that meatball is alive.

You take Baby Red through Bunker B, wait for the doors to get switched, and then step through the entrance into the large crate.

You ask Baby Red if it can figure out where it's located, relative to the position of its other... er, selves.

"Little far," it says, before adding, "from home."

You ask if it's on the same... Planet? Continent? Land mass? As the red in your house.

"Yes, yes," it replies. "Left? West! Am west."

In contrast to Mom's red in the bunker, which is--

"Other land," it says knowingly. "Water between."

So, from what you can gather, this warehouse is at least on the same continent as the city your house is in, probably in the same country.

Bunker A, which is in a much colder climate, seems to be on a different continent than this warehouse and the city proper.


Leafia_Barrett 21st Feb 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... so we're somewhere on the city's continent, at least. Question is, do we want to risk exposing ourselves at this location when this location seems... a lot less isolated than the others are? Is this place even abandoned? For all we know, this could just be an unused corner of an active storage location.

I think... I think I like Twyll's idea from Figure out where you are - take a little camera-equipped bandage spiderbot and make just enough of a hole to put it through, and use that to scout around the room. Hiding something that small should be borderline trivial in this place, and worst case scenario, the door is literally right next to you, you can just turn and leave at any time.
AveryCross 21st Feb 2018, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
i agree, this plan also avoids possible injury to our little animal scouts
Fishbulb 21st Feb 2018, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Or a fiber optic camera (the ones with the camera on the end of a tube thing) that you could snake out through a tiny hole to take a peek.
Leafia_Barrett 21st Feb 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
That might work, but your distance would be a lot more limited.
Memo 22nd Feb 2018, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
I think we should let Willard sniff around. He has useful instincts to avoid being seen, and a rat in a warehouse is much less conspicuous than a small blood golem.
And he can climb.
BunnyMuffin 21st Feb 2018, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
“Little meatball” xD Yay muffins! Anyways, I think we should send a small bot to explore the warehouse. Cut just a little hole in the box for it to fit through, and see what we can find.
Also, I think we should leave our house be for the moment. Not worth walking into danger right now, we have other things to be doing.
Blue_Elite 22nd Feb 2018, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
Good to see Bab' Red back in all xes stunted speech glory. X3

I'd say consult with the group about exploring the crate room or not but honestly, we have zero other leads for answers to the brain monster problem and we can't sit on that forever.
So instead consult about the best way to make a hole to send a spy out through. I still support using Willard as a rat being discovered by a camera raises a lot less red flags than an automaton (blooded or not) but will relent to the popular choice if it's possible.