Comic 912 - Deliver Tesla's things

Posted on 8th Apr 2018, 10:22 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Deliver Tesla's things

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Morgenstern 8th Apr 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete
Once you arrive, you head straight into Bunker E (remembering to leave your cell phones and other electronics near the front door). Caius unhooks the canister, and you use it to start delivering the things you bought for Tesla.

Like before with the blanket, she's... hesitant, at first, to take the items. She looks slightly confused, actually.

"They're for you," Caius assures her.

"Why...?," Tesla asks.

"'Cuz ya don't have much stuff?," Caius replies. "S'gotta be boring in there. All tha stuff you do got's real old. This is all new stuff."

Tesla looks from Caius... to you... to Dr. Finch. You introduce Dr. Finch, and assure her that he's the nice doctor you mentioned before--he's here to help, not just to do weird experiments.

Tesla looks suspicious... but she starts taking the things from the canister and inspecting them. Steadily, her caution turns into excitement as she starts realizing what all is there. The stuffed animals are what finally break her--the faintest hint of a smile finally appearing on her face, and tears filling her eyes as she hugs a large teddy bear you bought for her. She buries her face in it, causing her to walk an awkward path as she carries it, and her new blankets, back to the first blanket you brought her.

Caius motions with his head, silently suggesting you leave her to her things. As you all start to walk away, though, you hear her quietly say

"Thank you."

You look back into her containment area, but she's already started burying herself (and her teddy bear) under her blankets.

You, Caius, and Dr. Finch head back to Bunker A. Half the initial discussion is about how strange (but nice) the library was, with the other half of the talk being about how to cook a lasagna with what resources you have available.

There's also some debate about how best to use the book.

"We need to know exactly what we're fucking with," Fuse says. "Like, to the letter. This is heavy stuff, and Blondie's already found at least one spell that deals with Nil. We need to NOT accidentally cast a bunch of spells like that."

"I concur," Dr. Finch states. "Doing a thorough reading of the book, grasping all of its principles, and knowing full well what we're in for should be a priority."

"We took this long gettin' tha book," Caius says. "Now we know it's legit and we got it right here, and you guys don't wanna use it?"

"Seriously," Michelle says. "We ain't gotta cast the weird stuff yet. ...But that tradesmen ritual? You have to be wonderin' about that. The tradesmen are s'posed to be pretty tame, and we could get use outta that right now. We're up to our eyes in cheap handguns we ain't usin'. We got more ammo than we know what to do with."

"And fingers," Elizabeth says flatly.

"An' that book is huge," Caius adds, totally shrugging off what Elizabeth said. "Thale'll be friggen president before one of us gets done readin' it. And, ghost magic. Dunno what else I gotta say."

Dr. Finch shakes his head. "The section devoted to ghosts vis a vis arcane sensibilities may be far more informative and less dangerous than performing a spell outright would be. There is absolutely no reason to dive head first into the deep end, not with forces this potent."

"Last thing we wanna do is blow ourselves up," Fuse comments. "Or blow up Faraday, or turn our big pile of guns into a killer robot, or--"

"--See, y'almost got me 'til that last part," Michelle interjects. "I totally want a killer robot."

"What if the robot's trying to kill us?", Fuse asks.

"Then we blood it?," Michelle counters. "Duh?"

Dr. Finch sighs. "I feel as though we're getting off topic."


undeadDreamer 8th Apr 2018, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
First off let's go take the book to the error room to learn a thing we shouldn't know. I do hope we got that right.
lil Joshu 9th Apr 2018, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
EclairForce 8th Apr 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
So I'm going to begin with a 1,2,3 Dawwww

*Ahem* Anyways I agree with both parties, best part of having multiple people is though we can just go ahead and have the fairly tame fingers be used in an experiment while Finch and Fuse work on reading it. Beyond that we really do need to figure out what to do for Faraday.

As discussed in the discord her situation is much like our disassociation so it might be as easy as giving her something vaguely her shape to inhabit like a human body replica or a robot.

I say that's a fairly solid idea if any
Avery-Cross 8th Apr 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

before we do anything with the book, we have all the parts to fix the monitor right? i think we should work on that first
EclairForce 8th Apr 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Tych 8th Apr 2018, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Mochi 8th Apr 2018, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
aw, tesla, sweetie ;v;

oh hey, didn't we buy liz new clothes? she's been stuck in that bloody outfit for two days now. we should give her those so she can change into something not ruined.

on the subject of the book, i'm with the parties suggesting we actually try and understand it before we start attempting rituals and stuff. this is new territory, and as tempting as it might be to dive straight in, it might be productive to read the theory bits and also consult with pierce on what he knows of the tradesmen and anything else the book mentions.
PurpleKetchup 9th Apr 2018, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
We did, such that we could gradually fix her body without needing a wardrobe change to boot.
Maybe she's just too used to the old routine to wear them.
Twyll 9th Apr 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
We might not have given them to her yet, or she might not have had a chance to get changed. Let's make sure she's got them so she can start wearing them.
Twyll 8th Apr 2018, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Why don't we have Finch focus on reading the book? He's likely best equipped to synthesize the information from its scattered components into useful conclusions, and also probably reads and digests information the fastest. That way, we can have him explain his conclusions to us while Jane focuses on other stuff.

I agree that while Finch reads, we can try out the trading-things ritual (after we've made sure we've studied up on exactly how that particular ritual works, at least, to avoid surprises), since that does seem fairly innocuous. We might want to consult our former cultists first though, since they have experience with the Tradesmen. (By the way, did we ever hear from them about whether they want to live in the future-UK via the Ghost Bunker, or the future-US via Bunker B?)

I wonder what the Tradesmen will think of us, if our first exchanges with them consist of guns and poorly constructed fingers... Maybe we should trade them some flowers first just to avoid bad first impressions :P

How much work does the ritual take to do? Is it time-consuming, with a lot of drawing sigils or intoning for a long time, or does it consume materials like specifically colored candles or incense?
rufiangel 8th Apr 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, let's not jump straight into occult madness before we figure things out, first. I reckon we need to prioritise understanding some spells/rituals first, and spend time thoroughly understanding at least those if not the whole book.

Throwing in a vote to fix the screen next~

Also also. Tesla is the most precious blanket burrito. <3

Also also also. I love our group. <3 XD
Blue_Elite 8th Apr 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
We can split the difference with the book: Look up a spell immediately useful (like the "upgrade" spell) and then go back and read about the parts that make up the spell. It's faster than reading the whole book while preventing us from blindly running off a metaphorical cliff.
We'd DEFINITELY want to understand the tradesmen before doing anything. We need to know what exactly their prices are: if we're giving up physical goods, life force, memories, etc.

That said, I'd like to try and get the monitor operational for Faraday and at least have a plan about getting Ilworth's power plant up and running so we can hit the ground running if we lose the Bunker/the Mars guests go with the inhabit the uninhabited town direction (also don't forget to bring them lasagna).
Crestlinger 8th Apr 2018, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
Skip to the back of the book, see if there's any scrawled text/journal notes/DON'T DO THIS warnings penned in.
We have some samples to have examined: a glowy mushroom, blue cactus, and strange goo for Finch.
Could probably spend the rest of the day on monitor, etc repair and fiddling with the red and biopaste.
Fishbulb 9th Apr 2018, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
I'm worried the Tradesmen ritual will turn out to be a monkey's paw situation, where we'll end up with something dangerous.

I would suggest learning concepts and trying to apply them to Jane's red without actually performing any spells. If we do want to try a spell, the astral projection one might be useful to explore Mars (as long as astral souls are indestructible and/or don't require oxygen).
Guest 9th Apr 2018, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
0_o Was Elizabeth trying to be funny just now?