Comic 909 - Ask the library some questions

Posted on 7th Apr 2018, 10:49 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Ask the library some questions

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Morgenstern 7th Apr 2018, 10:49 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
First off, you thank the library for helping you, and you... compliment it, on its incredible size and the vastness of its stock. You ask how dangerous Geoangular Control is, and if it's safe to read--will there be any repercussions to using it?

"h a h a h a h a
(Pretend that was bashful laughter.)

i t i s t h e m o s t

p o w e r f u l b o o k

i c a n g i v e y o u

w h i l e a l s o b e i n g

t h e s a f e s t

a n y t h i n g s t r o n g e r

w o u l d c a u s e y o u

t o d i e , s o m e h o w

g e o a n g u l a r c o n t r o l

i s p e r f e c t l y s a f e

i f u s e d r e s p o n s i b l y

a n d y o u d o n ' t t e l l

t h e f b i ."



You ask the library about the cycle, and what you need to do to stop it.

"o h t h a t ' s e a s y
(Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.)

d o n ' t s t r e t c h t h i n

d o n ' t d r i n k d e e p

d o n ' t l e t t h e o t h e r

f r a g m e n t d o t h a t

y o u a n d t h e f r o z e n o n e

a r e t h e o n l y f r a g m e n t s

o f t h e o r i g i n a l r e d g o d

r e m a i n i n g."



Nil wants to stop the cycle too, right? What is Nil? Does the library know who Nil is...?

"n i l i s a n o t h e r g o d
(But not as cool as you.)

h e w a n t s t o e n d a l l

t h o u g h t , d e s t r o y

a l l s e l v e s

i t i s n o t a n e n d t o

t h i s c y c l e

i t i s a n e n d t o

e v e r y t h i n g."



Why is this cycle derailing? Is there something special about you that lets you end the cycle...? What happens after you derail the cycle?

"y o u a r e u n i q u e
(Well, unique to this cycle.)

a s e r i e s o f e v e n t s

l i k e t h i s o n e h a s

h a p p e n e d b e f o r e b u t

t h i s i s t h e c l o s e s t

w e ' v e e v e r b e e n t o

a s u c c e s s .

t h a t ' s w h y i a m

b r e a k i n g a r u l e o r t w o

i f w e r e s e t i p r o b a b l y

c a n ' t d o t h i s a g a i n

i r e a l l y t h i n k y o u

a r e t h e o n e .

a f t e r y o u b r e a k i t

w h o k n o w s ?

w e ' l l b e b l a z i n g

n e w t r a i l s a t t h a t

p o i n t ."



Since you're only half fragment, but also half human... does that mean you can make true life, or not? Does the library even know?

"t r u e l i f e i s f u n n y
(Getting to the birds and bees here.)

t h e s o u l i s n o t w h a t

p e o p l e t h i n k i t i s

i t i s a s e n s e o f s e l f

i t i s s p i r i t u a l a n d

m e n t a l i n d e p e n d e n c e .

y o u h a v e a l r e a d y b r o u g h t

l i f e , t r u e l i f e

t o e n t i t i e s t h a t l a c k e d i t

a n d c o n t i n u e t o d o s o .

y o u h a v e m a d e m o n s t e r s

a n d w e a p o n s i n t o

p e o p l e ."



Does the library know of any red powers you might have, that you're unaware of yourself?

"y o u a r e a p i o n e e r
(Blazing those trails.)

i d o n o t k n o w y o u r

f u l l p o t e n t i a l .

t h a t ' s w h y i l i k e

y o u s o m u c h ."



Is there a way to stop the heat death of the universe?

"o h g e e z
(Breaking out the tough questions.)

l e t o t h e r g o d s a n d

a l i e n s w o r r y a b o u t

a l l t h a t ."



What IS the library? How did it contact you in the first place?

"i a m s m a l l e r t h a n a g o d
(But bigger than a man.)

i a m j u s t w h a t i a m

w h i c h i s , a l i b r a r y

i d i d n o t c o n t a c t y o u

i j u s t p u t m y s e l f w h e r e

y o u r f r i e n d w o u l d n o t i c e

m e . i f y o u m e a n t h e

s p e e c h t r i c k , t h a t w a s

m a g i c . t h e t r a d e s m e n

d e l i v e r c r y p t i c

m e s s a g e s o n t h e c h e a p ."



"Fuse had two different recollections of how he stumbled upon you," Dr. Finch points out. "One in Lydia's notes, one on a random website far before that. ...Did you alter his memories?"

"i d i d n o t
(Not something I can do.)

m y p l a c e i n l y d i a ' s

n o t e s e x p o s e d m e t o o

m u c h s o i c h a n g e d w h e r e

h e w o u l d h a v e s e e n m e .

a n o r m a l p e r s o n w o u l d

n o t r e c a l l t h e o t h e r

h a p p e n i n g b u t f u s e i s

a l i t t l e m o r e p s y c h i c

t h a n h e t h i n k s h e i s ."



"...Wait," Dr. Finch says, holding up a finger. "Wait wait wait, no. Are you saying that you... you altered the events that lead up to Fuse knowing about you? You changed the very events themselves, not just his perception of them... and that his even knowing two different alternate series of circumstances had occurred, THAT'S the anomaly? You're... you you you're suggesting that you can time travel."

"t i m e s l i m e d i m e
(Crime thyme lime, rhyme.)

n o o n e g i v e s h u g s

l i k e m i n e

t r a v e l i s f o r

l e s s e r b e i n g s

i d o n o t t r a v e l

i s i m p l y a m . "



Okay, this... might be pretty oddly specific, but the library seems to have a lot of information, including on you and your friends. You ask the library if they might know how to condense an electromagnetic imprint that's grown too powerful to be contained in its original shape. You... have a friend you're trying to help.

"i c a n n o t s a y f o r s u r e
(I'd be tipping the balance too much.)

h o w e v e r

y o u h a v e a s t r o n g

s e n s e o f s e l f a n d

y o u u n d e r s t a n d t h e

e l e c t r i c i t y o f t h e

b r a i n p r e t t y w e l l .

i f y o u w e r e i n h e r

s i t u a t i o n i t h i n k y o u

c o u l d p u l l y o u r s e l f

t o g e t h e r ."



You pause, considering what you might want to ask next. Dr. Finch speaks up again. "...Question. What is your return policy? When is the book due, and will we be able to find you when that time comes...?"

"i w i l l b e g o n e
(I shouldn't even be here.)

b u t w h e n y o u a r e

d o n e w i t h t h e b o o k

y o u w i l l r e t u r n i t ."

"How?," Dr. Finch asks. "If we're unable to reach you, how are we intended to return the book? ...When we're "done with it?" What does that even mean, I don't--"

"s h h h h
(You worry too much.)

t h a t w a s n o t a

c o m m a n d o r a

s u g g e s t i o n

i t w a s a f a c t .

w h e n y o u a r e

d o n e w i t h t h e b o o k

y o u w i l l r e t u r n i t ."

Comments:

Avery-Cross 7th Apr 2018, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Avery-Cross
we should thank the library again for all the help
Toricon 7th Apr 2018, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
The library is giving a lot of long-term help, but we also need to focus on surviving the short term. Does it have anything else that can help us stop Patton Thale?
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
Leafia_Barrett
You mean "literal magic" isn't enough?
Toricon 7th Apr 2018, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
...Right. Never mind, then.
Mochi 7th Apr 2018, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Mochi
thank you very much for the vote of confidence, library. i mean that sincerely. it's a much-needed boost of morale after what has been a pretty shitty couple of weeks. if you think we can do this, i'm inclined to believe it a little harder than i did before.

i really hope we can meet again. oh, and if you have any buddies who might also be willing to bend their rules to give us a hand and are as personable as you are... please send them our way. having a cosmic being or two in our corner would be nice.
Twyll 7th Apr 2018, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I like the library. Let's express a desire to meet it again, hopefully in a way that doesn't require it to bend the rules.

Interesting that we've given true life to entities, plural... I wonder who that is. Ms. Voclain, Baby Red? Can't think of anyone else... Then again, maybe it's a little time-wobbly and thinking of something that happens in our future :P It's highly likely we're going to bestow more true life upon people whom Thale wants to be merely slaves, after all.

Does it have any other advice to give, maybe answers to questions we didn't think to ask?

Also, does it need anything in particular, other than for us to just not end the universe?
Mochi 8th Apr 2018, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
Mochi
matt actually confirmed in the discord that what it's referring to is us treating caius, michelle, and liz like people instead of like things.

"You embraced the power of humankind, and literally helped the soulless find souls."
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Agree on wanting to cross paths again someday. Xe might know of all our exploits without us telling xem, but no words can replace hugs.

We should also find out a way to hug xem. I'm thinking either hugging the book or hugging that doorway that serves to connect the library to our world.
Leafia_Barrett 8th Apr 2018, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Leafia_Barrett
"You have already brought life, true life, to entities that lacked it and continue to do so."
Oh gosh. Um... wow, that's... really heartening to hear.
This whole thing has been a huge morale booster, honestly.

I guess our business here is done, then? Time to take the book and be on our way.
T41 8th Apr 2018, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
I want to hug the library but I'm not sure how to go about doing so.
Twyll 8th Apr 2018, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
We DEFINITELY need to hug it somehow. After all, it says "n o o n e g i v e s h u g s l i k e m i n e" and we just wouldn't be Jane if we didn't take it up on that challenge :P
Frission 8th Apr 2018, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
Frission
Ha! Darn straight! xD
pkrankow 8th Apr 2018, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
pkrankow
Yes
echo 28th Jun 2018, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
I just realized, since the library "speaks" in text rather than actual sound, that line could be referencing our protagonist rather than the library talk-writing about itself.
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
We should tell the library we hope we haven't gotten xem into too much trouble and thank xem.

I still also like the idea of doing an item-get pose complete with fanfare when we get the book.

EDIT: The library has given us so much. We should ask if xe has a name. If not, we can give xem a name. I was thinking, "Booker Wordsworth".
undeadDreamer 8th Apr 2018, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
Anything else you want to tell us in particular? Will we ever meet you again?
Waddle Dee 8th Apr 2018, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Thank the library for its answers and hug the nearest bookshelf.
rufiangel 8th Apr 2018, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I have been loving all the updates in the library thus far, and the amazing spritework for the backgrounds, the librarian, the climbing sprites, etc. And the incredible descriptions of the voices, and the library entity's way of speaking. I love it all~~ ;v;*
rufiangel 8th Apr 2018, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
A couple of follow up questions, if they're allowed.

"b u t f u s e i s

a l i t t l e m o r e p s y c h i c

t h a n h e t h i n k s h e i s ."

Wait, so he has more psychic powers *beyond* his pyrokinesis?

And like Blue suggested - would like to ask the entity what we can call it. Unless it likes being called The Library, that's fine too. :P