9th Aug 2022, 4:04 AM

Tend to matters upstairs

Tend to matters upstairs
You check the timestamps.

The lilin burst occurred around 11:27 pm.

It's currently 12:52 am.

You really have no reason to believe lilins would even linger in the surrounding environment rather than decaying immediately. They do behave more like light phantons than heavy phantons, if you understand correctly.

You return your cell phone to your inventory.

Inventory

1 x BEC lighter ("Oh Crab It's Summer" variation)
3 x packs of cigarettes ("Cobra Menthol Silver 100s")
1 x small sized medical container (Level; half full)
1 x keyring (house, car, ritual room)
1 x cell phone
6 x "burner" phones
1 x steak knife, clean
1 x steak knife, unclean
1 x modified Ezquerra M9
12 x black pens
1 x makeup kit
3 x USB drives (empty)
1 x USB drive (labelled "BAD")
5 x red candles
8 x teal candles
4 x orange candles
6 x white candles
15 x chartreuse candles
1 x scented candle ("Tranquil Retreat")
1 x bag of red dirt
1 x Solomon's Sinister Ring
1 x Crimson notebook
1 x Gold notebook
1 x Black notebook



The explosion could just be a distraction. It could also be a side effect of something much bigger.

Being timed with the snowstorm can't be a coincidence.

You've yet to ascertain what, but something feels off about all of this.

For now, you return to the office.






You can already hear the grumbling from down the hall.

How does this always happen when something important comes up? If nothing of note was occurring you would have zero visitors. One explosion goes off, though, and suddenly everyone is rushing toward the mayor's office.





OH GOOD. YES. WONDERFUL.

"Is there something I can help you all with? ♥"

"Roads are icy," says the man in front.

"That's handled by a ♪variety♪ of local businesses," you reply. "The mayor's office has already contacted ♪all of them♪ and negotiated adequate compensation for rescheduling around the snowstorm. I've personally stayed in touch with all of them, and as far as I've been updated everyone's got full crews out there doing their ♪darndest♪."

"...But the roads are still icy," says the man. You fantasize about suplexing him through your desk.

"Yes ♥ there's probably going to be some ice on the roads for a while!"

"But what's the mayor gonna do about it?"

"And my pipes are frozen," the second man adds. You could kill him. You could snap his neck with your bare hands and he has no idea.

"That's... ♪really not♪ within the purview of the mayor's office-"

"What about the internet bein' down?," asks the woman in the back. "The mayor doesn't wanna deal with that, either?"

"Where IS the mayor on this fine morning?," asks a deep voice from near the door. You hadn't even noticed him at-

Oh. It's HIM. ♥ DELIGHTFUL. ♥ THIS MONSTROUS, GAPING ASSHOLE.

He's just putting his phone up. Probably noticed it works and the rest could be deduced by an animal.

"She's out ♥ doing ♪mayor things.♪ ...Which doesn't include the plumbing, the internet or the de-icing of roads, I'm afraid."

"What sort of mayor things?," the fucking pig by the door inquires anew. "C'mon, Ms. Walsh... we all pay taxes here."

"Yeah!," the man in front agrees. "What's she out there doing?"

"♪Trying to control the weather itself♪," you inform the crowd, already beginning to physically usher them toward the door with your hands. "But also investigating a teensy weensy anomaly I'll no doubt have to call someone else for! Could it be a blown transformer? A ruptured water main? ♪The Devil?♪ I'm sure Mayor Parsons would ♥ absolutely love to field your follow-up questions at the next city council meeting, but I'm afraid there's not much the mayor's office can provide you currently thank you and good night~! ♫"

Three out the door. Shut and locked.

You turn to the last visitor standing.





"To what do I owe the pleasure, Police Chief Caldwell? ♥"

He smiles, wryly, all but begging you to punch him in the face.

"I'd like to talk a little business with your boss."

"I'm afraid all vendor negotiations are currently being handled through the secretary. ♪That's me.♪"

"I don't talk to the dog," he says simply. "I talk to the handler."

Apropos, as you were just thinking about biting his throat out.

He continues, mistaking your silence for... well, no one can really say for certain what he mistook it for. A donut seems likely. "Let me be clear here, Ms. Walsh: I know what you are... and I know damn well how to deal with something like you. Got a pretty good idea what Ms. Parsons is, too. I know you think you're smart just because..." A jaw can easily produce enough force. It should very much be possible- but if such is the case, why haven't you heard about more people biting throats out? By the same token, though, what is it that's kept you from trying it sooner? You've doubtless bitten into worse things than a human throat. Is it the psychological factor? ...Is it the taste? Do throats have a particular taste? If one's already grown accustomed to the taste of blood then you don't really see- ...ah. Cleanup. Ye scourge, ye bane of banes. ...If you were to do it somewhere else- "Are you even listening to me, Ms. Walsh?'

"Sorry~!," you confess. "I got a little distracted ♥ the snow's really picking up out there!"

The chief of police inhales deeply, and then exhales slowly.

"If you see Parsons, you let her know I came by."

"Gee, I sure hope I see her! She kinda works here, teehee~"

He unlocks the door and begins to step out, shaking his head. He pauses only to turn back halfway, adding, "I'm trying to help you ladies. You understand that, right? This doesn't have to be hard, Ms. Walsh- we could make it real, real easy."

You smile the biggest, fakest, shittiest smile you're capable of tolerating. "We certainly could but I don't think you'd survive. ♪ Goodnight, Mr. Caldwell~♫"

You shut the door firmly behind him.

You lock the door.

You post a sign in the window.

You walk away.

You give it five seconds.

You have a good scream.


He will die. You will not breathe your last breath until you've made sure Caldwell's breathed his. If everything else fails then murdering that soulless son of a bitch is going to be your silver medal and no one is going to stop you.

He will pay.

He'll pay for everything he's done.




You just have to be patient. ♥


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9th Aug 2022, 4:29 AM
Morgenstern
Hopefully this page loads right because I had a hell of a time getting it up there

edit: anybody who caught the update early might need to refresh, as it's real possible you have the straight up wrong images. It was that good of a time. It should all be straight now though
9th Aug 2022, 5:08 AM
Take the scented candle to a place where you can relax and light it. Breathe in and out a few times. Reflect on what the chief thinks you and Parsons are versus what you actually are. Think about what it is he thinks he can help you with. Contemplate what's stopping you and Parsons from just obliterating the police department wholesale. Imagine how much fun it would be to do so regardless.
9th Aug 2022, 5:59 AM
Snervalton
+1. Also, review and update your notebooks.
9th Aug 2022, 6:18 AM
9th Aug 2022, 7:09 AM
PurpleKetchup
Labelling ~1AM as a 'fine morning' makes me think that was a jab at their nocturnal schedules. Or he's the kind to make 'technically correct' jokes.
We'll see.
9th Aug 2022, 7:39 AM
+1 also might want to look into who will probably replace Caldwell and who we could probably get to replace him that might be easier to deal with . . .in all likelihood its going to be someone in Mondol's pocket but maybe we could get someone easier tobe around that condescending A$$hat
9th Aug 2022, 8:32 AM
Limrix
+1, also note how much time you just spent dealing with these fine people.
9th Aug 2022, 12:05 PM
+1 And include rminations on what we are and what our capabilities are.
9th Aug 2022, 2:47 PM
What better way to relax than ruminating on the destruction of your enemies? +1
9th Aug 2022, 5:09 AM
Alex
I relate to her, maybe we can start following her as a choir and convincing her to become a rabid dog
9th Aug 2022, 10:10 AM
Zophah
-1. manipulating her to destructive tendencies would not be a good thing.
9th Aug 2022, 5:27 AM
Momerath
What Smileyfax said, then go downstairs and work on the lilin burst.
9th Aug 2022, 5:37 AM
Momerath
Okay, it was 10:43 pm right after the library let us out of the weird dimension (https://mda.thecomicseries.com/comics/211/). I don't see any mention of the time after that.

So 11:27 pm could have been when Plaire and Kate got the frog ghost to chill out, or sealing the miasmatic wound. Or anything else in that time period, up to when Plaire passed out. (Although that last is less likely, depending on how long it took the choir to decide what to do.)
9th Aug 2022, 6:19 AM
undeadDreamer
It's almost certainly the calm wave.
9th Aug 2022, 6:21 AM
undeadDreamer
Make plans to murder him while stewing on what exactly is so despicable about this man.
9th Aug 2022, 7:34 AM
+1 also I believe its "Review" Plans not Make them also maybe Check Where the Mayor is, and see if we need to tell her about what is going on with the um Constituency
9th Aug 2022, 7:35 AM
9th Aug 2022, 6:51 AM
PurpleKetchup
I got the impression while reading #218 (since she mentions seeing Cherry drive 'erratically' around), and it's basically confirmed here - mayor Parson's already close to the old library, checking on the event.
That might be important info to convey once we bounce back.

Also, Temperance's inner voice is everything but. I wonder if she picked her current pseudonym out of sheer irony?
Love the outburst.
Anyway, ponder the inadequacies of throatripping and come up with a slicker, much better plan for murdering a scummy chief of police. There's a bunch of tropes to subvert if you want it done right.
9th Aug 2022, 6:57 AM
Momerath
I thought they were monitoring the bus network electronically.
9th Aug 2022, 7:12 AM
PurpleKetchup
That would work... but then right afterwards she points out how "[t]he snow is making it increasingly difficult to see, and the shifting barometric pressure is hindering [her] other senses."
She's out there, dealing single-handedly with all the mutant wildlife we hid from thanks to Cherry.
9th Aug 2022, 12:36 PM
pkrankow
Body disposal and scene cleaning are the hard parts.
9th Aug 2022, 2:45 PM
I would argue that Temperance is incredibly apropos. If she didn't have as ironclad of a will as she does, I suspect that this town would have a much lower population.
9th Aug 2022, 7:39 AM
. . .do we have to go back to Plaire?
9th Aug 2022, 8:01 AM
PurpleKetchup
(A great way to solve that dilemna is for them to find mutual ground and start working together.)
9th Aug 2022, 10:14 AM
Zophah
Plaire is the current Human Survival Instinct and will be our best option for saving the world, so we must return to her at some point.
9th Aug 2022, 10:44 AM
Snervalton
Haunt Butterfly, who orchestrated this little jump, said this would just be a quick half-hour jaunt to help even the playing field.
9th Aug 2022, 7:40 AM
pkrankow
Review and update notes
Consult map showing sensors, library, and Mondol as to why triangulation doesn't work. (Are the sensors in a line and library/ mondol equal distance away?)
Sensors need reset and repaired anyways.
9th Aug 2022, 9:06 AM
Gingerbread Conductor
You need a good vent. Review, update, and annotate your ENEMIES LIST. (Nemesis notes?)
9th Aug 2022, 10:48 AM
Ah, customer service. I was expecting the complaints to be at least somewhat relevant, but “why isn’t the mayor personally doing my plumbing” definitely isn’t that. Mrs. Contextual has proved that she’s a master of her craft in dealing with them responsibly and efficiently, murderous urges aside.

While we’re in such a pissed off state, why not reminisce on why exactly we hate Caldwell so much? And wring out a curtain or something while we’re at it. That should get some of that rage out of our system, and help us focus on whatever’s happening with that lilin burst.
9th Aug 2022, 11:50 AM
Looking at the inventory I can only envy the depth of her pockets. I, as a male, am ashamed that the overall space of all my twenty-something pockets can't fit as much shit as Walsh has right now.

Also may be a good idea to relieve some rage. Tearing paper has a satisfying sound...
9th Aug 2022, 10:54 PM
Cheshire777
Sigh... even cargo pants can only go so far. I may need to start casually wearing a tool belt around.
9th Aug 2022, 12:01 PM
Swagner
I like the cut of her jib!
9th Aug 2022, 3:07 PM
BJBlack
An Ezquerra M9 sounds like a firearm... but why no spare ammunition in your inventory? You rely on melee attacks except for enemies that are mildly annoying to get close to?

Actually, that inventory is so much to unpack I could spend an entire post commenting on it, but I'll leave it there.

Except, Solomon Ring.



"Could it be ... ♪The Devil?♪"

Well, Kate is involved...



Caldwell thinks he's qualified to talk to handlers instead of dogs, but I'm not yet convinced that he himself is anything more than the alpha hound of Mondol's little pack. Tell him to send his own handler, next time.

Seeing as Temperance is willing to indulge in murderous fantasies at the very slightest of inconveniences, I'm not committing to backing her up on the murder even of him; not yet. Her drive for revenge could be some other hilariously petty offense she's internalized. Like, he took the last deviled egg (that she wanted) at the City Employee Potluck Dinner four months ago, or some shit.
9th Aug 2022, 3:31 PM
PurpleKetchup
She strikes me as less whimsical than that. Too wise to develop such a grudge over trivial matters.

Now that I think about it again, that handler/dog imagery Caldwell uses sounds like he sees Temperance as the werewolf bodyguard of vampire Parsons, a classic arrangement for some authors. Probably not the first time anyone came up with that theory, I'm guessing (I don't hang in Discord).
9th Aug 2022, 6:02 PM
Guest
Yeah her inventory is scary, lmao, definitely should be looking into more closely.
9th Aug 2022, 3:16 PM
There is something familiar...

Is she familiar?

Glasses?
9th Aug 2022, 4:50 PM
Frission
Omai, I suddenly have a renewed respect for Temperance and her real-person-if-a-bit-homicidal-inner-monologue, she's clearly channeling the same spirit animal as I do~ xD

*headpats and hugs for Temperance, you got this, whatever 'this' is!*
9th Aug 2022, 5:40 PM
Cuttlefish
For a few years, I worked customer service for a power company - in NZ, the power companies are just retailers and the actual teams which maintain the lines/infrastructure are completely separate and unrelated organisations we had extremely limited ability to contact. "You fantasize about suplexing him through your desk." Big mood for that particular job haha
9th Aug 2022, 6:20 PM
Guest
Okay, few things to unpack here, no pun intended.

Her inventory is scary, lmao, in both size and content. I want pockets like that.

First off, the med kit seems to have seen use. Wonder if the unclean steak knife is related?

Incidentally, are the steak knives for... "Steak"? Self-defence, ritual? What about the gun? Modified and, as noted by someone else, no extra ammo.

She's got keys to a ritual room, a whole lotta candles, and a few other sketchy things that may be related. Bag of red dirt? Is the Solomon's Sinister Ring also related, or does that have power on its own?

She's got a whole bunch of burner phones. Does she perhaps have a bunch of shady contacts? Are the various notes related? Certainly seems to be keeping track of a lot.

What's on the USB labelled "BAD"?

Moving on, provided she's not lying, apparently the mayor's out there "trying to control the weather itself". Could mean Parsons isn't your average vampire. Alternatively, somebody else thought "The Devil" comment meant Kate, but might be literal? Vampires are considered monsters and they have a ritual room that possibly uses a lot of candles.

That final comment is also interesting, and we should probably take note of that since it's bolded. The Police Chief appears to have done something worth killing him over. Is that related to his seeming knowledge of the identity of Parsons/Temperance? If we were to search his pockets, would we find silver bullets?
9th Aug 2022, 7:11 PM
Yoshigalxy
patience, is a virtue

chaos, on the other hand, is delightful

why not embrace both?

become the spectator to everything around you, and watch it all decay
9th Aug 2022, 10:13 PM
Momerath
-1 to watching it all decay. I feel decidedly counter-entropic about my desired outcomes for this story.
9th Aug 2022, 10:56 PM
Cheshire777
Amusing as that would be... -1.