Comic 973 - Do ghost things

Posted on 27th Apr 2018, 5:10 PM in Hope
Do ghost things

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Morgenstern 27th Apr 2018, 5:10 PM edit delete
You ask Red (who is still in your body somewhere) if she's okay, and what it's like.

There's a moment of silence. You stare at your sleeping body.

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "I'm... not certain that--"

"It sucks," your body suddenly blurts out. Half the people in the room visibly jump. Your body speaks with a distinct strain, not seeming to vocalize properly. "Brain's not all there. Have to do everything the hard way."

Ah. With far fewer neurons firing in the brain, it's no longer as simple as telling the brain to act--Red has to physically will the mouth to move, and form words manually, the way you'd move a golem around. She doesn't bother trying to do much more than speak.

You try to move some objects. Oddly, you feel some resistance, but actually moving things is still a challenge--you have to focus a bit on strengthening your presence in your hand, just a little more, to actually grab items.

You ask Caius if he heard the creepy ghost voice near the bathroom, when he was a ghost.

"Uhhh... no?" Caius arches an eyebrow. "I don't remember anything like that, nah."

You move toward the bathroom. It's still faint--even while you're in ghost form, the imprint is so weak that you can hardly notice it. It's not even part of a body--just a subtle movement, a fading glow, and a quiet voice... as though the volume were turned way down, or the person is far away.

"...hole in the information wall..."

"...probably kill me..."

"...program Rhetoric Delta..."

"...password is Old Heretic Rat..."


Portal In Time 27th Apr 2018, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Okay, that's very interesting! We'll have to take note, because we definitely have the "Make an imprint stronk" spell we can use. Who knows, maybe they're giving us the key to something to fix up the Ghosty Girls with??

Other than that, mess around a bit! Can we phase through the walls? If we phase through the bunker doors, do we teleport to the city door, or do we exit through the door on the physical outside of the bunker?
Twyll 27th Apr 2018, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Oh that's right, we *do* have that spell! Yes, we can definitely see if we can ask that imprint some questions.

I wonder if it's cognizant, like the ghost girls, or just an echo, and what kind of effect that would have on the spell.
a_name 27th Apr 2018, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
One more vote for the stronger-imprint spell.
Vole 27th Apr 2018, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
The scientist that hurt faraday was forced to by the director through his family,when no one was supposed to know stuff like that.So I'm guessing that the ghost will be him.
Twyll 27th Apr 2018, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
As someone mentioned on the last page, can we sort of adjust our frequency to see if we can attune to whatever layer that ghost is on, to see if we can hear it better? If not, then yeah, we probably ought to try that imprint-strengthening spell.

Once we're done being a ghost, we should tell folks what we heard, of course.
PurpleKetchup 27th Apr 2018, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
It's probably several ghosts - old Z50 staff chatting about their projects during a toilet break.
Which probably means plenty of gossip material for an attentive ear. Good thing we can cleantex through these later if needed.
lil Joshu 27th Apr 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Program Rhetoric Delta, Password Old Heretic Rat...

There's old computers here, might as well check them out.
pkrankow 27th Apr 2018, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Yes, tell the party.

"...hole in the information wall..."

"...probably kill me..."

"...program Rhetoric Delta..."

"...password is Old Heretic Rat..."

Are there functional antiques here? If yes, I am unsure if Fuse should start or wait.
chaosblitz 27th Apr 2018, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
quick, tell fuse and have him write it down. It's probably important.
Blue_Elite 27th Apr 2018, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
We need to practice de-tuning/powering down as a part of the Faraday practice anyway. We could try tuning the physical world out to see if we can hear better (inform the others first, of course, so they don't think we're flickering out).
PurpleKetchup 27th Apr 2018, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, maybe Jane can try and interact with Faraday from that new state of being.
pkrankow 27th Apr 2018, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Ok, I am rather convinced the brain is fine.
psychoshen 27th Apr 2018, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
It's an anagram. I wonder if all the passwords are that way?
37212513 27th Apr 2018, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Nice catch.
DÆMONBIRDY 27th Apr 2018, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Inspect precariously
attain rheoretic-ness from the project.
Madd 27th Apr 2018, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Observe this guy more.
Fishbulb 27th Apr 2018, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
If Fuse has time, perhaps he could boot up the Z50 computer and see if there's a Rhetoric Delta program on it.
Reiko Lupus 27th Apr 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
-Ask Fuse if there is a program named "Rhetoric Delta" in one of the computers in one of the Bunkers.
-Experiment a bit more with the Ghost form.
-Return to your body and do the ritual to Strenghten a Ghost. Let's put this imprint to talk XD.