Comic 808 - Remember the scriptures

Posted on 18th Mar 2018, 5:36 PM in No Easy Way Out
Remember the scriptures

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Morgenstern 18th Mar 2018, 5:36 PM edit delete
You remember that, when you were exploring the church with Willard, you briefly glanced at scriptures framed upon the walls. You give yourself a cleantex effect in an effort to recall them more clearly.

The words written were the gossip of the tradesmen, the scrawlings of the mad and dreamless, and the cryptic words of those that are not--they who fell between events and became paradox. Their wisdom has been stitched together by the old gatherings of the blood.

(The blood! The blood!)

People as we understand them to be--meat and bone and brain--were born of the First Womb. She spread the seeds of life (true life, not hollow simulacra) throughout this cosmos. True life can produce true life. Man and woman make child. Child is unique--though the child's body is derived from its mother and father, its soul is its own.

When the First Womb had finished creating true, perpetuating life, she broke apart. The fractions of the First Womb do not create, as she did--they only destroy. They spread wide and subsume. They thirst for true life and the worlds they inhabit. They drink planets whole. The only thing they crave more is the destruction of other fractions.

In time, the fractions of the First Womb will exterminate one another. Only one will remain. When one is left, that fraction will be free to bring the rest of the universe into itself. All life will rejoin the fraction, and made whole, that fraction will become the First Womb.

This is the cycle.

The fractions of the First Womb cannot create true life, only hollow simulacra, which they can produce infinitely. All life made by a fraction is only an imitation of itself, a semblance with no soul--a fraction of a fraction. This is the only thing we as human kind can do that a fraction cannot: humans can produce true life. A fraction of the First Womb cannot. In every other regard, the fractions are gods, with the First Womb a god above even them.

The fractions are one of a hundred deaths.

The First Womb is life.

This is the cycle.

...It's all still sinking in, but you do feel driven to look more into magic. At the very least, you wonder if Geoangular Control may have an alternate perspective on all this, or shed some light on what some of it means.

You bring up trying to get the book.

"It may be a wild goose chase," Dr. Finch says, "but a wild goose chase may be a welcome respite at this stage. We do need to find a way to sneak our guests out of the city still--figuring out how to reach the book will likely go hand in hand with that. Surely one of our displaced bunkers must be a safe exit...?"

"We got snow," Caius begins, "and Mars, if I'm rememberin' right. Takin' tha way outta tha Juries' bunker means tearin' through that warehouse--"

"--which is outside the city," Fuse adds, not lifting his eyes from the computer screen, "but inside the country. We'd still be booking a flight, or a ship or something afterward."

Caius continues. "Or, we could take tha loop hole door and throw down with tha devil."

"Bunker C," Dr. Finch states solemnly with a nod. "We haven't explored it all too thoroughly, and with good reason. ...There's really no way to gauge what manner of entity lies on the other side of that door, only that it's quite menacing."

"And, I hate to complicate this any further," Fuse says, "but our simulator's found another one." He taps a few keys, then nods to himself. "Yeah. Folks, we... officially have a Bunker E."


Waddle Dee 18th Mar 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Head out and see what lies in Bunker E!
Twyll 18th Mar 2018, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Well then. To Bunker E we go!
Twyll 18th Mar 2018, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Also, we might want to explain some things to Pierce, now, in knowledge of that. Like, our mom was a fragment of the First Womb, and the thing that Enyo was a *copy* of, but Enyo herself is not actually one of these fragments, but man-made. Our mom killed the inspiration for Enyo. We don't actually know how many other Red-bearing beings are out there, or if we are the last one.
Blue_Elite 18th Mar 2018, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Jane the Last Eldritar.
pkrankow 18th Mar 2018, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Sweet! Bunker E! Lets go exploring!

If the bunker is not obviously similar to our living quarters, lets send in a critter like Willard or a cat. Maybe even Cesar the pigeon.
Fishbulb 18th Mar 2018, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Prepare a Sanguine to scout out Bunker E, and think of some methods to see what's on the other side of the door in Bunker C(mulit-spectrum camera or fiber optic camera or something)
Wote 18th Mar 2018, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
This sounds like a plan to me!
Twyll 18th Mar 2018, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, it's probably wise to send a Sanguine in first rather than ourselves. And we can also consider various imaging techniques for looking at the other side of the Bunker C door. Maybe some kind of thermal camera?
Leafia_Barrett 18th Mar 2018, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Everything this guy said.
Portal In Time 18th Mar 2018, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Bunker E! Let's pounce on this opportunity, we're filled to the brim with so many dead threads and endless loops that could mean our demise. Time for a new look on the situation, through Bunker E!

Let's jump right in! Bring Caius with us, and dash through the door!
Wote 18th Mar 2018, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
"Jumping right in" sounds like an excellent way to find out how Bunker E plans to kill us. Also an excellent way to play as Finch for the rest of this, but also an excellent way to get Jane and Caius killed.
Portal In Time 18th Mar 2018, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Okay, you're right. Let's throw Finch in!
Blue_Elite 18th Mar 2018, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
How about just using a blood-bot as suggested elsewhere...
Archon 18th Mar 2018, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Fascinating. As neither wholly human or wholly alien,this has some interesting implications.

Regardless, we have a bunker to explore.
Madd 18th Mar 2018, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Bunker E, lets make a bio Sanguine to explore it.
pkrankow 18th Mar 2018, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Ask Mom's Red about this first womb, and the fractions. Where do creatures like us fall, since we are true life. Since creatures of our kind generally fight in my understanding, how would our kind normally reproduce, in a general sense.

I suppose I am getting at if Mom was a fraction, or true life, even though having us as a child would rather indicate we are a child of true life... but was our human father enough to make us so if Mom was a fraction?

Maybe this is existential troubles...
Blue_Elite 18th Mar 2018, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Mom's Red might not be able to help with the scripture:
"Seriously?," Michelle asks. "You don't remember nothin' from when y'all was... all one big alien?"

"Do you remember what you did as an infant?," the mouth asks. "Do you remember your goals? Your agenda? Can you explain to me the thoughts that coursed your mind when you were fresh from the womb, or relay your frustrations as you first struggled to walk?"

Mom used a "cheat" to have us. Mom's Red might be able to answer how that came about... though given the subject matter that might fall under brain-bleach territory; despite how interesting it'd be for us-the-readers to find out. ^_^