Comic 840 - Figure out what to do next

Posted on 25th Mar 2018, 9:06 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Figure out what to do next

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Morgenstern 25th Mar 2018, 9:06 PM edit delete
You ask Macland how he's doing.

"Oh, y'know," he replies casually, "meds are giving me some weird ass dreams, but I'm not seeing any broken gods of unthought when I fall asleep so that's a plus. Constantly checking windows in case Thale finds us and sends a sniper or something. Same ol' same ol'."

Fuse returns. "I dropped off our presents for the Proto-Juries, too. We still got a ways to go, but... it's getting there."

You explain what Fuse missed, and what you learned from Macland--you ask if Fuse could look into Douglas Gargan.

"Sure," he says. "Though, if it really is a new company, there might not be much online yet... especially if he's as old as Macland was saying. Old dudes aren't great at using the internet. I might have to do some asking around the old fashioned way... y'know, when it's not dark outside. I'll see what I can drudge up from the net tonight, and try to fill in the blanks tomorrow."

You also ask Fuse if it would be possible to simulate the new card reader and run through its password combinations, similar to how the first one is being done. You want to see if there's a way to open out to Ilworth the way you can now open to the city.

"I mean, I could give it a shot," Fuse says. "The city door was still programmed into the city card reader, though, which shows a certain laziness... it just didn't work at first because it would've caused a weird paradox. The readers' inputs are identical, if I had to guess--give it enough time, we should find a code for Ilworth in the program we're running."

You state that tomorrow, you'll probably head back to Southden. The extra parts that Fuse scavenged should help you barter your way into the criminal underworld.

"I guess I'll keep diggin' around Ilworth," Michelle says. "I might compromise Fuse if I go with him, since the cops'll be keepin' an eye out for me. I keep hopin' to find somethin' good left over in the town, but more parts for the Juries ain't bad either."


Twyll 25th Mar 2018, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Is there someone we can send with Michelle? I hate to send her out alone... maybe Pierce would be okay with wandering around Ilworth, since it seems pretty safe and maybe he could help determine if it's worth fixing up a place and moving in there?

Alternatively, we should blood a dog and send doggo with Michelle to keep her company :)
Blue_Elite 25th Mar 2018, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
ACTUALLY, it'd be nice to get bird eyes in Southden. We should blood a local bird or three (I'd recommend Cuckoos simply and only because it'd be easy to name them: Larry, Moe, and Curly). Though I guess alternatively we could also do ducks.
Blue_Elite 25th Mar 2018, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking we could give Fuse a makeover and take him with us to Southden this time. Nice hat to hide his hair, sunglasses to replace the visor (just for the trip), and maybe a nice suit for doing business dealies. Make him look like a traveling businessman.

But all that can be saved for tomorrow. At this point I think it's time to break out Jane's sleepy-time sprite. Maybe do some meditation.
pkrankow 25th Mar 2018, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
If the other direction code was in the first reader, then the counterpart may likely be in the second. Free code with relatively high useful value of two places to prevent lockouts.

After that it is a second machine running permutations. Additional bunkers should show up more often.

If the difference between the regular code and the other direction code are predictable then having other direction access to bunkers may turn up handy if we need to move a large volume for some reason.

But I might be getting stuck on this idea. Fuse agreed already.

Yes, hair dye, new shades, fresh threads and have Fuse go check out repair shops with rare parts.
Mochi 25th Mar 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
taking fuse to southden is probably a bad idea. if he's identified as a mutant we'd be up shit creek faster than we can say 'oops'. also, there's his leg to worry about.
Madd 25th Mar 2018, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
Give fuse shades, a hat, and a hoodie to hide his hair.

Edit: Nevermind that Fuse can't be known as a mutant.
Leafia_Barrett 26th Mar 2018, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
Maybe Pierce or Zene could accompany Michelle?

EDIT: Also let's not bring Fuse to Southden. There are many reasons that would be a bad idea.