Comic 933 - Check on the ritual

Posted on 14th Apr 2018, 12:38 AM in Shipping Off to Southden
Check on the ritual

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Morgenstern 14th Apr 2018, 12:38 AM edit delete
You give your cats some treats, and start filing your numerous additional rats through the bunker door.

You also ask Caius if he's doing alright.

"Yeah," he says. "I just..."

He pauses. He sighs. He shakes his head. "I ain't much of a thinker, but I'm tryin'. I keep goin' back to... Edison, right? Didn't like water or fire. I keep wonderin' if it just hurt, or maybe... y'know, tha extinguisher spray, it scrambled her. Like she couldn't be in tha same place as tha spray. I don't want Faraday to get hurt, but... maybe there's a way to squeeze her. That make any sense? I ain't sayin' we light the whole bunker on fire, I'm jus'... I dunno. She can't focus on bein' smaller, maybe there's a way to make her be smaller. You put enough pressure on coal, it turns into a diamond. ...I think. S'what I heard, anyway. I'll keep thinkin' about it."

You mentally check on Michelle. She's got the ritual ready, and Dr. Finch has returned to assist her. They have assembled a huge pile of cheap handguns of various models in a ritual circle, as well as candles and herbs.

Michelle clutches the book, somewhat nervously reading out the words. She doesn't seem too confident in her ritualistic chant, but the smoke from the candles begins to thicken and twist. Soon, it forms a shroud over the guns, hiding them entirely...

...and as Michelle finishes saying the words from the book, the smoke begins to clear, fading into the air.

"...Holy shit," Fuse remarks.


Michelle hesitates, staring at what lies in the circle now. She finally puts the book down, stepping forward to pick up what definitely looks like some sort of minigun or gatling gun.

"Hm," Dr. Finch begins. "...You were hoping for another Stratemeyer, weren't you?"

Michelle shakes her head, looking over the gun she did get. "Ohhh no, this is perfectly fine. I don't even..." she stops, still wide eyed and grinning like she just opened a present. "It looks like an E1M2, but it's lighter...? It's a lot lighter. It's got a drum, which is different, too... s'posed to be a belt feed, gotta be a custom model."

She opens up a panel in the gun, and stops again. She stares. She blinks slowly. It takes a little shaking, a little work with her fingernails, but she carefully slips one of the bullets out of the gun.

"...Little bitty bullets. What the hell."

"Is that a problem?," Fuse asks.

"Uhhh it's weird," Michelle comments. "It uses... oh, it uses the same rounds most of the handguns used." Michelle shrugs, laughing a little. "They gave us a bigger, faster version o' what we gave 'em. It ain't gonna hit like a regular E1M2, but if it fires at about the same speed I'll bet I don't care. Yeah, this ritual kicks ass. We need to do this to cars."


Hambone 14th Apr 2018, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
So Caius is thinking something along the lines of a shrinking (wait for it) ... Faraday Cage... Perhaps some type of electromagnetic sieve.
Swagner 14th Apr 2018, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I was about to suggest the same thing!
37212513 14th Apr 2018, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
So, yeah... I'm still worried a house may uproot and attack the Thale Energy building... but hopefully I'm just paranoid on that front.

Logically, the gun we got makes sense, for 3+ reasons.
1: Same ammo, no hunting down strange and unexpected ammo possibilities.
2: Small rounds fired fast? Might not be AP, but smaller rounds tend to do better against meat and other soft materials at medium-close range. This is ideal for anything short of military grade opposition.
3: Light weight? Mobility! Great firepower that wont slow us down.
Question: Did Michelle do it right? or did she get a type of fuse items spell instead? The difference is important.

As for something to add to the situation, I have something for Fuse. He has been described as more psychic than he realizes. Could this extend to probable futures as well as past distortions? He should test this idea, cards, digital or physical, might be the best bet. If he does have ANY foresight skill, and he uses it cautiously, he can increase the odds of success for his code trap for the hackers.
psychoshen 14th Apr 2018, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Consult with Finch, but I think Caius has a good idea. Get some elctromagnetic shielding, and maybe we can sweep each room in the bunker until Faraday is in a smaller space. Maybe when her essence is closer together (more dense) she can pull herself together the rest of the way.

Also, if Fuse is needing more computing power to brute force those door codes, this seems like a good way. Computing power and price don't scale linearly, but if we can get a bunch of clunky computers on the cheap, it seems like we can come out ahead with a better computer.
PurpleKetchup 14th Apr 2018, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
The canisters were made to contain them, so we might be able to build something out of Tesla's.
Warp 14th Apr 2018, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
We need to try this ritual on plushies. Get a bunch of adorable plushies from the store, see what kind of cotton filled cuddle buddy we get out of it.
Blue_Elite 14th Apr 2018, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
We'd get a giant fair prize.
Hambone 14th Apr 2018, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Chimera plushie!!!
PurpleKetchup 14th Apr 2018, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
Wait, we used lots of guns to make this one - were they all the same caliber ? Also if it feeds at normal minigun rates, this is the biggest jamming hazard made gun ever.
Might want to check it out before using it in the field.

It just occurred to me that the martian mineshaft is probably where the rest of Red!Lasker is. Almost guaranteed, really.
Not sure if it's best left alone until we can deal with the frozen part, or if we should check if it's not slowly reconstructing itself from the bits Jane's mom left behind...
In which case it's probably safer to send something unblooded. Camera on the minecart ?
Golnor 17th Apr 2018, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Bit late here, but I want to share knowledge.

Normal man-portable guns that are full or semi-auto such as assault rifles or pistols (not revolvers) are gas operated, in which the explosive force of the bullet (as well as some springs) is used to eject the old shell and cycle a new bullet into place. This means that if a bullet fails to fire properly or something gets caught somewhere it shouldn't, the gun will stop working until the jam is cleared, usually by manually working the action. Miniguns, in which we refer to the style of guns that have multiple barrels that spin, are mechanically operated, have an outside power source that constantly works the gun's action. Therefore, if a bullet fails to fire properly, it will be ejected from the gun with the expended ammunition.
Blue_Elite 14th Apr 2018, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if we used this ritual on the rats if we'd get a mega-rat like in Howler's apartment. Not that a suggest doing it, but it's a thought. >_>

At least if it uses pistol ammo it'll be cheap to restock.

Thought: Break into Howler's apartment again. Disassemble his computer (keep the parts intact). Bring the parts back here and use this ritual with our current computer (after making backups of course). If there's any, "Price," for using the ritual, our computer should make up the difference and we'd get a supercomputer out of the deal.
AE-86 14th Apr 2018, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
One problem could be it's too advanced for us to understand but not likely if we got say a futuristic computer it would probably have a user friendly interface.
AE-86 14th Apr 2018, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
It should be easier to use because ever since computers were first made they have continuously gotten easier to use.
pkrankow 14th Apr 2018, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
Hope it has an index on the seer for single and burst fire. A few seconds of full auto is all there is.

Cleantex and write out everything about the master bunker list. Maybe we have door codes already.
Mochi 14th Apr 2018, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
there is no master list. jane knows how manu bunkers there are to find. the tradesmen did not give us any access codes. they explicitly said that there was no list of codes ever made.
pkrankow 14th Apr 2018, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Water is a conductor under certain conditions. Salt water more than fresh, and pure water is practically an insulator except under very high emf (voltages)

If we set up a mist spray we need to waterproof (cover with plastic sheeting) critical systems first. A spray bottle (windex type) with local ground water will prove the concept if it affects Telsa. Add some salt, epsom or table or both, and see if there is more effect. A plant irrigation system with a pump will create a continuous spray for as long as needed.
LytharWolfe 14th Apr 2018, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
An E1M2? Really, Morgenstern? A DOOM reference?

I like it. Also, Caius trying to figure out how to help Faraday is mildly adorable.
Ablaze 14th Apr 2018, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
I think a version of this ritual may be what thale is trying to do. He's going to blood everyone and then convert every person in the city into one ultimate thale, possibly reviving himself. The fact that his thralls cannot say his name feels like something he traded away for some very important intel.
Crestlinger 14th Apr 2018, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Time to test out the shiny new trade. Oh look we have a ghost town and all Kinds of junk targets, bring ear protection.
Archon 14th Apr 2018, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Curious. I wonder what would happen if we traded two or more golems/homunculi/any mix of the two. Or mixed in various tools/weapons/electrical components with the golem/homunculus.
Something to consider for the future, anyways.
AE-86 14th Apr 2018, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we should get a bunch of different scanners and nightvizsion goggles and maybe trade it into a all in one scanner then hook it up to fuses visor and get a few more visors to trade with it to compact it if needed but if Fuze's visor has sentimental value just buy another vizor.
Leafia_Barrett 14th Apr 2018, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Ask Dr. Finch what he thinks of Caius's idea - I think it sounds reasonable enough.

If we have enough materials to make a big-ass circle, then why hesitate? Let's go blend some cars!
Baron11704 14th Apr 2018, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
We GOTTA do this on cars! Hahaha this is really cool
Madd 14th Apr 2018, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
I suggest we take some pistols, a bunch of laser pointers, and a shotgun, then do the ritual with them.

Edit, if we don't have anymore pistols just use shotguns.

Write down everything we learned from the Tradesmen.

Talk to Dr. Finch about Caius's idea.

And do it on the junk cars.
PurpleKetchup 14th Apr 2018, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
I have a hunch this ritual will not actually fix the junked cars... but just turn them into a wrecked, really expensive car with lots of nifty (still wrecked) options.
Still worth trying, though !
pkrankow 14th Apr 2018, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
AE-86 14th Apr 2018, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
5 low quality items for 1 better quality item so it might be a rundown high end model. And at the least we could sell the parts.