Comic 928 - End the ritual

Posted on 12th Apr 2018, 7:05 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
End the ritual

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Morgenstern 12th Apr 2018, 7:05 PM edit delete
You agree to give up your meat golem to find out about your parents.

There's a brief pause as your golem is pulled out of reality.

"Your mother died of human complications. She fell ill with an otherwise normal sickness, acquired naturally, but it was a puzzle she could not solve in time and could not take to a medical professional. She had become human enough to be affected by such an ailment, but her human form had not built up enough of a resistance to fight it. She could have given up her humanity to ignore its influence... but she feared that she would not be able to return. She preferred dying as a human to living as a god.

...Your father's death was orchestrated. The muggers were hired by Thale. Satisfied by how easily your father died, Thale chose not to come after you in turn. He believed you were no threat to him."

You start to thank them, and ask to take your leave, but your exhaustion overwhelms you. You... feel like the tradesmen understand, though, as they begin to fade. Slowly, your senses return to normal.

"Holy shit," Fuse says. "It... changed her hair color. I guess."

Dr. Finch adjusts his glasses. "I... I don't believe that was the intent of the ritual."

Your knees buckle. Michelle rushes forward, crossing into the circle to catch you before you fall.

"Oh, damn," Caius utters, as he and Fuse both move toward you, as well.

"You alright?," Michelle asks. You nod. You tell them you need the bioprinter booted up... you're going to need blood. Also ice cream. Dr. Finch turns and heads off toward the Mars base, Caius following so he can stay outside and switch the doors around as needed.


PurpleKetchup 12th Apr 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Well then, that clears up that particular little doubt.
Mom-red probably had some time to come to terms with it, but let's be tactful. Also maybe break those news after sleeping some.

The tradesmen seem like very decent folks, very professional and friendly. Grabbing the book was worth it just for this (and the other times we'll surely interact with them).
Eternity 12th Apr 2018, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

Maybe we should try not to use the ritual excessively, since it seems quite draining (though that could just be blood loss).

Also maybe next time we have some time on our hands, we ask about Lasker's other location.
Blue_Elite 12th Apr 2018, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Draining to us and to our resources. If we abuse this too much, we won't have anything left to barter with.

Still, it's good to use if we get stuck or really need an answer to a question (though the price might be significant if we need the info quickly).
Tych 12th Apr 2018, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
one Fucking knew it

two how do we tell mom's red that Thale orchestrated our father's death and that he knew about us but did nothing cause he didn't see us as a threat with him not getting pissed off again? I don't think he will fuck up the neighborhood but it is hard to get a bead on him sometimes
Swagner 12th Apr 2018, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
While I suspect that he won't just go on a rampage if we tell him not to, it'd still be good to be tactful.
Blue_Elite 12th Apr 2018, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Just make sure xe's prepared for the news before giving it to xem. Try to keep xem calm and remind xem that we're already working on trying to make Thale pay for his many, many crimes/atrocities.
Madd 12th Apr 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Tell them that we did some trading, and some things were to maintain balance whereas others we're as memorabilia from the only human-fragment hybrid.
Nayru9572 12th Apr 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Assure them that a lot more happened than changed hair colours, and recap the main points of what we learned and had to give up.
Be careful when broaching the subject of dad's death to MomRed, however.

EDIT: also tell them to make a list of any questions they might want to ask next time. Kind of like a grocery list.
Twyll 12th Apr 2018, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
We can probably tell it "you might want to turn off anger before I mention this next part" since it did previously mention it could turn off or delay its emotions.
Fishbulb 12th Apr 2018, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
Hopefully it can turn off incomprehensible rage.
Blue_Elite 12th Apr 2018, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Get the transfusion and test out blood abilities while in "low-blood mode." Nothing strenuous, try commanding one of the cats or birds. With that tested, try converting bio-blood to Jane-blood. If that's too difficult, wait until tomorrow/we're rested to complete that.
Then explain everything to everyone over ice cream.
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Yes, check in on everybody and everything. No action other than to check.
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Recap the high points, we will cleantex and do a whole debrief after some rest.

We will likely need to do this again, but not anytime soon.

Food and liquids are more important than a transfusion...
Blue_Elite 12th Apr 2018, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
50cc of Mint Chocolate Chip? X3
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Twyll 12th Apr 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
We can hopefully add blood to ourselves by grabbing stuff from the Red, without having to use biopaste. We ought to practice using Red material, anyways.

Definitely ice cream and explanations, and also some salty foods-- we need to get our salt levels up too.
Blue_Elite 12th Apr 2018, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
We're not good at controlling volume when it comes to manipulating Red. We may end up giving ourselves way too much blood or staining the bunker with a tide of blood.

Use the bioprinter for blood-replacement as the safer option. We can practice more Red control when we make the next golem.
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Yes, practice drawing material from our red in a slow controlled manner
lil Joshu 12th Apr 2018, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
We've been able to pop our eyeball through the red, we just need to pop some red to replace our blood.
Baron11704 12th Apr 2018, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Obviously fill in the crew on the system, their seeming trustworthyness, and the deals we took and the answers we received. Also someone pointed out that the deals were specifically tailored to Jane's attachments, so consider sending someone else in, and have them ask the same questions but see if we get a more palatable cost.
Frission 12th Apr 2018, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Also, request her favorite teddy bear from the plushie pile. I feel like Jane needs something soft to squeeze right now. ;~;
Tych 12th Apr 2018, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
no no should be the Kitty
undeadDreamer 12th Apr 2018, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
No brown hair allowed for a year now. The meat golem and a flower should be missing.
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
The single flower will not be easy to notice I expect. If we need to disguise we are going jet hair.
pkrankow 12th Apr 2018, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
Next time we need a cash value thing with immediate emotional attachment such as a fancy dinner that is being cooked with the intention of having after the ritual...however it will be something that may be considered an acceptable barter.

We also take a bag of fresh produce as trade for simple goodwill. A fruit basket of sorts. Again it is a cash value item. It will have emotional attachment attached same as giving of gifts. Joy that a gift is accepted and acceptable... it can also have disappointment of being rejected.

When the trade was for a flower the emotional attachment of giving our friends flowers was (possibly) felt. The trade was for more than just the flower.
37212513 12th Apr 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
I REALLY like the way this guy thinks. (pkrankow)

On a similar line, it occurs to me that we don't have any solid memorabilia ourselves. We should take a group photo, print two, frame both, hang one in a safe place, and offer the other one to the tradesmen. Don't actually ask for anything, just see what they do. If, and only if, they say some shit about business, mention that a gift isn't business, they've been so nice so far already...