Comic 967 - Ask more questions

Posted on 25th Apr 2018, 2:42 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
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Morgenstern 25th Apr 2018, 2:42 PM edit delete
As you can feel the exhaustion seeping in already, you try to keep it to your most pressing questions.

You ask if looking at your brain situation will have negative consequences.

"As much as we would like to put a price on this question," the tradesmen say, "it is not one we can provide a satisfying answer to. The future is not a certainty, and the repercussions of that act are..." There's a slightly longer pause than you would expect. "...Flexible. The consequences may be as grave as they are significant, or perhaps they will scarcely exist at all. We cannot foresee how well you would handle it."

You ask for the access code to the satellite Lydia's wanting to hijack.

There's a slightly shorter silence. "We must apologize, this is yet one more answer we cannot provide. Access to that satellite is more involved and layered than a single code."

You ask if Thale and his cohorts suspect you of hiding in the old Zone Fifty bunkers.

"We can answer this question in exchange for information. Tell us about your interactions with Nil, the Unthought. We have reason to believe there have been encounters and experiences between the two of you--the likes of which few were privy to."


psychoshen 25th Apr 2018, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
The cost for this seems pretty good, but I'm not sure whether I would want to take this deal. I'm fairly certain that Thale doesn't know where we are, but it would be nice to know for certain.

In the end, the info costs us nothing to give and the peace of mind would be nice.
Leafia_Barrett 25th Apr 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Agree to the trade. Tell them about our time in Macland's mind and the way Nil slowly undid his mind, and tell them of how Nil hides within memories.
GivingTree 25th Apr 2018, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Pay the price, its just information in the end.

Then we can hug our pals, play with the cats, and take some well deserved Jane Time to de-stress and recover from the emotional trauma of being a strike captain whose every command tends to risk the lives of our friends.
Portal In Time 25th Apr 2018, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
I’m thinking some of that chicken dinner as we sit out in Ilworth, watching the stars and enjoying the breeze.
Twyll 25th Apr 2018, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
I think the Tradesmen took our leftovers, so maybe we should do dessert under the stars instead. Homemade ice cream sandwiches? :D
Leafia_Barrett 25th Apr 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
I think they said some of the chicken, not all of it. There should be some left over.
Swagner 25th Apr 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
"Just information" is a dangerous sentiment; there's no way to know whose hands it could fall into or what they could do with it. I'm not saying not to take the deal, but I am saying that info for info trades can't just be accepted out of hand.
Fishbulb 25th Apr 2018, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Information can be more valuable than weapons sometimes. In this case though, it's pretty mundane info that they're looking for, so it makes sense to do the trade.
PurpleKetchup 25th Apr 2018, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, casting that annihilation spell was probably another 'interaction with Nil', so might as well add it to the list.
gUEST 25th Apr 2018, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
The tradesmen acted as intermediary for that interaction. I'm not sure we could tell them anything about that that they don't know already.
Runnava 25th Apr 2018, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
I don't believe the annihilation ritual is the same as the trade ritual. The tradesmen act as an intermediary for the trading ritual, but I don't believe they do so for most of the other magic in our book.
Archon 25th Apr 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
I suppose that confirms/suggests one fear.
We're a bit too attached to the current body, and while that remains the case the brain will be a liability...
Well, dealing with it can be put off for later. Leaving the brain alone remains, until a better solution is devised, the best course of action.
Reiko Lupus 25th Apr 2018, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Let's put the situation of our brain aside and pay the Price. Maybe some god who wants to see us fall is going to arrange a confrontation with Nil... But considering that this is something important that Maybe not will end biting us latter, then the answer to our question IS important.
Blue_Elite 25th Apr 2018, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Just want to throw in we should end the ritual after this.

Looks like armour crafting will have to wait for tomorrow.
Greenstarfish 25th Apr 2018, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Our Encounters with Nil are not limited to the confrontation in McLands mind. There is also the part of removing our own memories to be able to wake McLand again and Nil offering help saving Caius in Exchange for McLands body.

I´m unsure if telling all those things may come back to bite us sometime in the future.
Baron11704 25th Apr 2018, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Something about our brain is incomprehensible, maybe our brain is where our red is? Maybe an infinite space being contained in a finite area will be too complicated for us to understand, and we'll either go "well that's weird" or our mind will quite literally be blown
Terrac 25th Apr 2018, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
In which case it might be a good idea to consider developing the Jane Jr some more. Eventually we might essentially get a body double, which we could transfer our blood(and thus our self) to, and then confirm the damage on our original body.
Terrac 25th Apr 2018, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Especially since its starting to give the feeling that our body is actually currently brain dead, and our blood is the only reason we're still capable of thought. It would explain the confusion of which person we were after the injury, because we "died", and are subconsciously using our blood as a second brain in the meantime. If we confirm this while we're in this state, without another brain for us to be thinking with, we might unintentionally kill ourselves off. So, I propose: Upgrade Baby Jane ==> TEEN JANE
Crestlinger 25th Apr 2018, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
This is actually Important information to tell the tradesmen themselves. Powerful as they are we don't know if Nil can infect them. Expressing concern at this as the tale is told in full is recommended. Also ask if they know of any means to recover deliberately erased memories, Score if we get a 'you already know this' response.
pkrankow 25th Apr 2018, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
This. Tell of our experience. Removing our memory, editing Fuse's and Michelle's memory. All we have of the missing memory is what we wrote.

Tell of Macland. Carpenter as an agent... starting about here

Tell the Tradesmen this is a large quantity of information, and we are thankful of the nature of our interactions.
Guest 25th Apr 2018, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Agreed that telling them about Nil might get some free info about Nil incidentally in response.

Maybe now or later we should ask if/how the Tradesmen can access our own red to make things beyond our current skill.
Loki 25th Apr 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Anything we tell the tradesmen will probably make it back to Nil. Know how we excused him from our brains could be info we don’t want to give up.