Comic 908 - Talk to the library

Posted on 7th Apr 2018, 8:36 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Talk to the library

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Morgenstern 7th Apr 2018, 8:36 PM edit delete
You ask the being who it is, and why it wants to help. You also sneak a glance at the green book atop the nearby stack--its title reads, quite clearly, Geoangular Control.

"i a m t h e l i b r a r y
(I thought that was pretty obvious.)

i w a n t t o h e l p y o u

s t o p t h e c y c l e

i t i s f r u s t r a t i n g

j u s t a s t h i n g s

g e t i n t e r e s t i n g

e v e r y t h i n g

s t a r t s d y i n g ."

You ask the library if it could possibly help your friends. One of them is wrestling with one of the err... librarians, the other is trying to put a misplaced book back on the shelf.

"i t i s r e s o l v i n g i t s e l f
(Way to go, you're too slow.)

s o r r y a b o u t t h e

l i b r a r i a n s

t h e y a r e g o o d a t

p r o t e c t i n g m e b u t

t h e y a r e b a d a t

c o m m u n i c a t i o n."

As if on cue, Caius begins to ... teleport? Manifest? Into the air. ...And promptly drops to the floor, as he has no way to sustain himself in the air. He hits the top of the shelf with a groan. Dr. Finch arrives shortly after, climbing onto the shelf.

As Caius stumbles to his feet, Dr. Finch approaches him rather rapidly.

"Why are you being so reckless?," Dr. Finch asks. The waters are trying really hard not to move around too much, but there's definitely some splashing.

"Uhhh to save you?," Caius replies. "You're welcome."

"No... no no no, not just that," Dr. Finch counters. "Climbing the shelf in the first place, the the the the cage fight you agreed to without consulting us. You've needlessly endangered yourself repeatedly."

Caius shrugs. "Ain't a recent thing, Doc. S'what I do. I'm a man of action. I been reckless since day one. Why ya worried all of a sudden?"

"Do not attempt to turn this around on me, Caius," Dr. Finch scowls. "You've made aggressive suggestions, yes, and you've always been ready to act but throwing yourself into danger without considering the opinions of others is a behavior you typically abstained from until recently. We saved you from death, yes--but that was a very risky procedure with resources we only had access to then. You are not immortal, Caius, you can very well die and I can't guarantee that we can save you the next time."

Caius's expression softens, his confident aura starting to slip. "That... that's not what it is. It ain't..." He holds his hands up. "Y'know what, you're right. S'dumb. I been dumb lately. I'll slow it down. That's on me."

Caius starts to turn away, but Dr. Finch moves to stay in front of him.

"Wait--wait wait wait, no, if that's not what it was then what was it?"

Caius shakes his head very slightly. "Nah, I told ya, it's stupid. Don't worry about it. You're right, I'll get my act together."

Dr. Finch stares him down. Daring him.

"All the wild abandon you demonstrate on a day to day basis, you're really afraid to talk about this?"

Caius inhales sharply, straightening up a little. "I ain't afraid of nothin'. You wanna know tha truth? Truth is I was tryin' to impress you. I told ya, it... it was stupid, and I'm done now."

Dr. Finch squints, looking aside one way, then the other, before looking back at Caius. "It was stupid. Caius... Caius, you don't-- I... you've already impressed me. I am already impressed. You're one of the bravest individuals I know. You were making wisecracks while we were watching you die, you have nothing to prove--"

Caius cuts him off. "No, Doc, I don't think you're pickin' up what I'm puttin' down. Look, I get it, s'not tha type of guy you are. I thought if I tried hard enough, maybe I could find some--"

"--Caius, no, I... I I'm having trouble finding the words, but I am quite certain I know exactly what you're trying to say, and frankly--"

"--I wasn't tryin' to earn your respect, I was tryin' to get ya to like me. It was dumb o' me to think I could jus' change somebody, you are who you are and you like who you--"

"--Caius, who I am is... I barely even know! I thought I did, I was so sure of myself and what I knew and my certainties have all been dashed in the last, oh, I don't know... maybe since the hospital? Everything I thought I knew about myself has slowly crumbled away, and... and and and... and..."

"h e l l o f r i e n d s o f m i n e
(Boy, do I feel awkward.)

s o r r y i f i a m

i n t e r r u p t i n g

s o m e t h i n g b u t

i c a n n o t w a i t

f o r e v e r . i f y o u

w a n t t o s h o o t m e

s o m e q u e s t i o n s

n o w w o u l d b e

a g o o d t i m e ."

Caius and Dr. Finch both stop, turning to stare out at the... universe, beyond the bookshelves.

"...My word," Dr. Finch mutters, eyes wide.


Someoneyoudontknow 7th Apr 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
If Tesla hadn't been introduced a few pages earlier, I would say the Library is the best character.
Blue_Elite 7th Apr 2018, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
This is pretty much, "Best Characters: The Webcomic". We haven't even met Faraday yet who is supposed to be the most personable of the trio.
PurpleKetchup 8th Apr 2018, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
I personally put Faraday, Edison and Tesla on the same best ghostgirl level, which is only fitting since they were one before Z50 untangled them from each other.
Fishbulb 7th Apr 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
I guess the best place to start would be the cycle that Library is talking about. What is it, and how can we break it?
Xylas_Incarnum 7th Apr 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
. . . Wait did Caius and Finch just have. . . Well I think there's a ship getting written into canon.
Hat Lord 7th Apr 2018, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
hell to the yes!! i heckin squealed with joy wehn i read through this update it was so cute!!!

in any case, we should probably figure out what to ask the library, see if we can maybe learn anything that could help Faraday
Blue_Elite 7th Apr 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Shall we call it the U.S.S. Finius or Canch? X3
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
My vote's for Artificial Intelligence.
Wote 7th Apr 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
I've been calling them Cainch for a while, because Blood is Mine deserves barely pronounceable ship names.
Nayru9572 7th Apr 2018, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Also ask if there's a way to keep in touch even outside the library, since I definitely want to hear the library again after this.
UnfinishedArtComics 7th Apr 2018, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Nice pixel work. Really good1
Toricon 7th Apr 2018, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Ask for more information about the cycle; make sure that it is what we think it is.

Ask what would happen if it were stopped, and how to stop it in the first place.

Ask if Nil *also* wants to end the cycle, but more destructively; ask about the differences between the methods, and the results.

Ask how being half-mortal, half-fragment makes you special.

Ask how many beings that transcend the cycle there are.

Ask about the echoes that happen when the library starts talking.

Gently tease Caius about his crush.
Guest 7th Apr 2018, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
i agree with most of this, but maybe not tease Caius about his crush at the moment, that seems to be a bit of a stressful topic for him right now. we don't want to upset him, he's our friend after all
Toricon 7th Apr 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's fair. I said "gently" because he seems sensitive to it, but any amount is probably too much. We should just advise him to be a bit more clear and direct about what he's trying to say, rather than beating around the bush.
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, let's hold off on any teasing until that whole thing's had a chance to properly resolve.
Leafia_Barrett 7th Apr 2018, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
"Just when things get interesting, everything starts dying." Yeah, that's more or less one of the problems we're out to fix, at least in the long term.

So, um. Questions.
Before that, let's thank the library for helping us out.
Are there any other fragments left alive?
Why did this cycle derail the pattern? Was it literally just because our mom said "What if, instead, I didn't reset everything"?
What happens if the cycle is broken?
Because we're part human and part fragment, are we able to create true life or not?
How dangerous is the information in that book? Is the book itself safe to read? Is the knowledge alone going to have any bad repercussions? We've dealt with the fallout of an eldritch cogitohazard already, I'd rather we not accidentally start another one.
Speaking of that, what exactly is Nil?
Lastly, this one's a bit weirdly specific and tangential, but: Do you have any information on how we might go about condensing a destabilized electromagnetic imprint? There's a friend of ours that we want to help out.
skybirds15 7th Apr 2018, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
You know... this sort of crush thing might be a side-effect of the syncing/blood thrall thing. I mean... not necessarily a bad thing, but just something to keep in mind.
Madd 7th Apr 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Ask if this cycle is special, or if in the past(?) fragments have delayed the cycle.

Ask about preventing heat death, and maturing into a god without shedding our human form and the attached emotions, and you know continuing the cycle.

Ask about our existence, what are into relation to things as a hybrid creation of, at the time, the last fragment.
Blue_Elite 7th Apr 2018, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
We should totally say the library is huge and has quite a sizeable repertoire in as double-entendre a manner as possible (wouldn't want to come off as boring and predictable).

Then get to the questions.

Obvious one: What IS Geoangular Control? And also let's get a flippin' return policy established. I assume we'll be returning it once we're done with Thale, but then there's also Nil and Carpenter and who all knows what else may get summoned in between all those jokers.

Also ask if the library has a Facebook Mugbook page.

EDIT: Also we should totally figure out how to hug a library! Another notch off the bucket list!
Hat Lord 7th Apr 2018, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
I think we should ask the Library about a few things, including, but not limited to:
1) ways to help Faraday
2) any red powers we don't already know about
3) how we could go about ending the cycle
4) any weaknesses Thale may have that we don't already know about
Dromite 7th Apr 2018, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
I agree with at least asking about other abilities of the fragments, or if the library has a book that contains said knowledge.
Swagner 7th Apr 2018, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
We might want to ask the library what it is, and how it contacted us in the first place.
37212513 7th Apr 2018, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Ask about magics available beyond just requisitioning power from gods/demigods (like mana pooling or advanced mitochondrial control) and where we might learn more about these alternative options. {I kinda think something more stable might be a good idea, specially if someone other than Jane needs magic.}
Mochi 7th Apr 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
ask the library:
- if it's aware of nil
- the return policy
- if it has anything that can help us pull a ghost out of a Folkat System
- why it's going to so much trouble to help us
- if the book is safe to read
undeadDreamer 7th Apr 2018, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Hello library. Do you have any advice for us?
Blue_Elite 7th Apr 2018, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Have any book recommendations? X3
Just-think-about-it 8th Apr 2018, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
...well i knew it .
They have feelings for each other :3
Heroshima 8th Apr 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
hhhhn why is the library so casual
Rodrigo 4th Jan 2019, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
This is possibly my favorite comic to-date. Massive ho-yay over here.

The library is super-adorable and juxtaposing how inappropriate the timing of the resolution of Finch/Caius' sexual tension is friggin' genius.