Comic 943 - See how the ritual went

Posted on 17th Apr 2018, 4:13 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
See how the ritual went

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Morgenstern 17th Apr 2018, 4:13 PM edit delete
You say hello to the fleeting, ghostly visage of Caius, and head into the lab.

Rather than using a painted circle, the astral projection ritual seems to employ some sort of powder sprinkled on the floor. You greet everyone, and ask how it's going.

"It's going as well as it can, I should think," Dr. Finch states. "Though, Caius seems to have trouble manifesting physically for more than a second or so. We have confirmed he does still exist when not manifested... he's just not visible, or audible, to us."

Michelle holds up the electric gun that was found in Bunker E. "The ghost gun gets warmer when Caius is nearby."

You check on Caius mentally--but you can only perceive through his physical body, it seems, and even that is far more limited than normal. Most of his brain activities are just... out, as though he were asleep. His body also feels... empty, somehow, in a way you can't quite describe.

You start to tell everyone about the new bunker, explaining that a talking statue of a tradesman was there... and he called it Bunker X.

Fuse gives a slight arm pump.

...And that Bunker X is some sort of multi-stage challenge gauntlet, with prizes at the end of each floor.

"Oh, hell yeah," Fuse says with a more vigorous arm pump.

Michelle starts laughing. "Seriously?"

Fuse shrugs. "That shit's like straight out of a video game. I am 100% down for clearing the Optional Hardmode Dungeon and getting bad ass end game weapons."

There's a slight pause. Fuse reels it in a bit, suppressing his goofy grin and lowering his voice. "...I mean, when we don't have anything more important to do. We need to focus on the tunnels and helping Faraday, first."

The faint voice of Caius comes calling, as if it were a message carried on the wind. "...Nerd..."


Archon 17th Apr 2018, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Even beyond the veil, Caius can still find a nerd.

Anyways, ask Caius what its like being a ghost. Has he tried making things float or other ghostly antics?
Twyll 17th Apr 2018, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, can he do the paralysis attack that Edison could do? That's a ghostly antic that could turn out very useful!
Swagner 17th Apr 2018, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Maybe now he can fulfil his dream of punching a ghost!

On a side note, if Caius is currently setting off the ghost gun, would other effects applicable to ghosts apply to him, too? Not saying we should (it's probably very dangerous), but could he get crazy lightning-ghost powers?
pkrankow 17th Apr 2018, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Fuse is awesome.

Caius too.
PurpleKetchup 17th Apr 2018, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Come on, Fuse. We totally need a save point before entering that mess.
fellow 17th Apr 2018, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
If we want insurance we could see if we could purchase some empty lab meat in southden. We have that soul switching spell now, and while no one on the team is gonna want to inhabit some random tube body it's better than them dying.

I do think we should first get more info on the challenges though. Such as, do we get any information up front, and did the entities on our side agree to the exact challengers we're getting?
skybirds15 17th Apr 2018, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Hell yeah, fuse. Also, you can't leave each floor after entering until cleared, and you can't get reinforcements until done. Also, deadly cause certain magic aliens want to kill us, but rewards cause certain magic aliens like us. Also the boundary between realities is weaker in that bunker which seems exploitable somehow.
pkrankow 17th Apr 2018, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
It is by the floor. Party is defined when they enter. The floor is completed, they may leave.

Different party may them enter.

What I am unsure of is will the difficulty be geared to the party, or is it more or less fixed...
Blue_Elite 17th Apr 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
They say, if you listen carefully in these hallowed halls, that you can hear the gentle ghost-jock still identify the bane of its existence: The nerd.

We wanted to test ghost-to-ghost interactions AND try the spell ourself. We should see about doing the astral projection while Caius is in it too so we can see if we can ghost-hug a ghost.
Just make it very brief. We don't want to tucker ourself out completely before operation, "Rat Race," begins.
Guest 7th Dec 2018, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
O.K, I'm trying not to post until I've caught up, to "preserve" the original dialogue of the comments, but THIS page had me sniggering uncontrollably. Thank you Caius. :-)