Part 4: Comet 4:23
Something I want to emphasize is that Jesus does not like you as a player. Not only was all the examination from the last two updates needed to progress, but, had we only taken the biosensor, we couldn't use the switch. Trying to do so would just make Fojii tell us "Use the switch".
We have to search the Biosensor, after we've taken it, to be able to turn on this switch, and searching it is only an option in the Captain's office two floors above us even though we're dragging it around. After we flip this switch, we have to go back upstairs. Despite all of this being necessary, we can't actually use the biosensor until another update's worth of events.
In case you can't tell, this isn't all too clear, and there's quite a bit we'll have to take on faith. Yes, we were told about the freeze ray, but for everything else we'll have to use a guide.
Matthew 7:13-14 posted:
13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
That switch, as mentioned, was to turn on the biosensor, which we aren't going to actually use. Back with the thermal d evice, we have to search the small and narrow VntShft twice with that switch on until we find life and horror (finally) occurs. Are you ready for this horror? It's pretty horrific. Survival horror at its finest. Be prepared.
What a distressing situation! This would be especially scary if we didn't have the right weapon, which is quite possible; the game doesn't actually care which we grabbed in the armory. Had we the Heat Ray or the other two Heat Rays, we would have to think fast on our feet as is laid out below. Please watch this video if you think you can handle the fear:
Thankfully, the LORD has guaranteed eternal life and death scenes are really hard to code . We have less to fear that we think we do. After all, as Jesus said:
Luke 12:4 posted:
4 I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
Let's do what we actually did last time: grab the Freeze Ray. After all, it's clearly the weapon that Deutschlandmann wants us to use, and now we can tackle that scene as intended:
By running away. I'm sure your on the edge(s) of your seats.
We need to search the floor in the printer room to use the gun we needed to enter the printer room, taking the enepack out of the laser gun here (not from the guns on the armory floor, 神 forbid) and arming ourselves for that "fight". Stopping by again...
We can freeze it. Just imagine if we weren't prepared!
If we try to run when we do have an enepack'd freeze ray, Fojii asks "Are you a warrior? Let's try fighting!" After all:
Proverbs 28:1 posted:
1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
And then after it's frozen we flee. Faith's more important than acts
Now that our hearts have stopped racing, it's time to consider our goal. I could report back to the Corona, since I now know exactly what's going on and that we successfully looked at some life. At the very least, I could get a second opinion re: should I keep looking around?
Proverbs 26 posted:
11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
On the other hand, that does sound a lot like Hayao, and they drew all these rooms so [Japanese Word meaning Damn] if they're not seeing use.
In the Engine Room (F4) we bump into the monster again, assuming we escaped with the freeze ray and triggered the flag. Our options are the same as before, and again we have to freeze it and escape. They've somehow made battles with aliens a step down in engrossing design from when we distributed cards.
Hebrews 5:11-6:1 posted:
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.
12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of Gods word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
6:1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.
Hebrews 10:1 posted:
1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are comingnot the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Right! Hayao is being a baby about this and less mature than 3 XL hamburgers man. We need to move beyond running in circles. Time to do the same thing a slightly different way!
The monster has changed by becoming more open to temperature, relocating here because it was warm for one sentence back when. Searching the ceiling begins the grand showdown of dread, which is what I call selecting things from menus to make it sound far less banal. I have not been invited to restaurants for quite a few weeks.
Bigger than before!
Hey, it's dangerous!
So, this valve..
Turn it and liquid oxygen comes out.
No! That'll make the room dangerously cold!
What ARE you?
That slowed it down.
I think one's enough!
This is a lie. We fire it once more, and if we fire a third time then this happens:
Enepack's out, it won't fire now!
You fired it twice now. Enepack's empty?
I need a new pack or I can't..
No! It's not over yet!
1 Peter 3:9 posted:
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Sadly, the experimental enepack design fell short of traditional magazines in the "Actually useful for weaponry" tests, so we may have to try something else. Time for a baptism.
Hoo-rah. That was the visual representation of liquid oxygen entering a room, and the monster ran away because it wasn't ready for holy rites at -183˚C. Now, ready to be angry at a game?
A bit of its body fell.
Shut the valve better leave.
Yes, I'm fine. You'll freeze
Fojii.. Isn't it odd?
Looks normal. But it is kind of warm.
Liquid oxygen tends to be, indeed. But examining the valve just reminds us "That'll make the room dangerously cold!", so this clearly didn't update, and maybe we should look somewhere else.
It was astounding!
A bit scary, too.
Deuteronomy 21:11 posted:
11 If you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.
>Search By Pipe
Hm Let's go look for Eline.
Nope, we can't interact with the piece that fell, at all, until we trigger more ridiculous flags. Now armed with even less of a goal and finding our meek forgiveness-ing put to the test, we need to recall the most crucial clue of all:
Revelation 12 posted:
1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.
4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
I won't belabor the explanation; we're going to the Machine Room and meeting Eline.
Poor machines, serving functions that might have been different from other machines'. We won't ever know what you did, as nothing is done on this screen except letting us see that some pixels were carefully arranged. This is by far my favorite room.
I've been surprisingly lax about not derailing my own explanations this update, and I feel bad about just writing sentences easy for humans to read. In order to remedy this, here are some possible things that sign says:
1. No Fimger! A poorly outsourced and thus mangled warning that the giant metal glove (left picture: thumb to the left and non-index fingers center) is incomplete and thus not to be worn.
2. No-Fi Mger!, representing the alarmingly terrible quality of all extant recordings of Armenian pop sensation Mger. A shame.
3. No Film GER!, warning against flash photography with a growl to make it more threatening, along the lines of "Rawr! The Floor's Wet! Hiss!", but which was widely perceived as a non-grammatical call to avoid filming Granular Ectoplasmic Reticula and confused more than clarified the point.
4. No Filling Me In On Canadian Soldier Francis Alexander Caron Scrimger!, from a series of posters showing disinterest in Victoria Cross recipients which many felt was run into the ground.
Can we rest a while?
Comm cut out. I came to investigate.
I was so scared I hid. I was in the other room when it appeared.
If I understand this correctly, during the "science" part of this fiction, Kaiser was piloting the ship, Balkas was failing to look at a flask, and Bellini was studying his visage while ostensibly monitoring the scene. Eline was in the other room? What is Eline's function on this ship?
Seriously. She's ostensibly a mathematician, but they have robots to help with Sudoku and I'd hope they'd have worked out, say, trajectories before the launch from Earth. Furthermore, because Japan, Eline is 17. Even if she were a savant for her age, what would her math skills entail? Knowing what an integral is?
What's more likely is that "Mathematics" was a thin pretense to justify taking her on, and the crew were more concerned about the area under her curves.
Because they want to have sex with her.
He told me to run. I was scared to death, and I ran here.
I saw it before, but it changed forms.
And it actually enters rooms.
It's so scary.
Ignoring that we knew that from the email and it very much didn't change form, apparently aliens are generally vampires (or notably courteous, I guess). I love having this discussion broken across fifty "Speak"s.
It's OK now. I'll track it down.
But, this monster truly is nasty. It's also living so a biosensor should find it.
Do you have one?
Yes, I do.
Better use it
I was going to make fun of her for not thinking we'd considered this, but given our protagonist she's probably safe. Note that, assuming Eline's not a zombie, we would have found her had we actually used the sensor we had to set up and not use. Dammit, Hayao. Why aren't we playing as Soviet Galaxy Man?
Are you injured?
My ankle's sprained, nothing bad.
Is Huyler alive?
Unfortunately, he was attacked Of the crew, only you live.
Best go to ship 2.
Look at Eline, not at me!
Fojii, Hayao's only friend, is trying to guide us through efforts to talk to a woman. It fails to work.
Let's return to ship 2.
But only one can..
You go on the Sirius. I'll follow on the Inaduma soon. You should see Dr. Hoka.
Let's clarify the story with these ships. The collective we started off on the Jesus, which housed the Corona and Comet. The Corona itself housed the Sirius, which we used to reach Comet (not comet) as it came from the comet (not Comet), and the Comet that went to the comet (etc) housed Inaduma Serve Da Super Beach Volley.
Put another way, Yo Dawg, I heard you liked overplayed memes, so I put an overplayed meme in this explanation of ships so I can explain that, because you like ships, they put a ship in your ship, in your ship:
Hope that's clear.
Oh, this synthesizer..
The thing came and I dropped it. Thanks.
To the airlock, then.
No biosensor signals.
Come after, OK?
Sirius prepped OK. Ignition
Despite bing directly told to do this, we can't head back until beating the monster. Thankfully, since Hayao's burnt more calories today than in the last several weeks, we can do it without leaving the room. I want to reiterate that all the exploration in updates 2 and 3 was required to make all this work, and that we're killing the monster offscreen. I wonder if there's something about all this in the Quran
Using this isn't doing much.
Stop it, what if something comes? We need a card anyway
Can't we detach it then?
Cut it off now!
Just for fun, though, let's visit the warehouse. We don't need to, but this is a thorough LP.
No place to hide. Is i t looking for food and water?
Best not to thing of i t as an animal.
Truly nobody's here.
That treats it as more than an animal!
The room detaching mechanism was put in the airlock rather than, say, where the crewmembers work, but it does let us keep a good distance from monsters who suddenly act like they're shy. The first time we do this there's no indication of which we have to press, so we just choose three randomly until we're blatantly told the answer since puzzles are hard.
Why would you set up this system? It's like making a weird password -- say, "smcoe9rbyis278" -- such that you can't remember it in a period of high stress, but then writing it on a post-it note next to your screen. Maybe it's a "safeguard" from something, but if you only have four people I'd hope you wouldn't space-live with some dick who'd think "I'll just launch the kitchen! For fun!" Maybe it's just so the colorblind can't save the ship.
A clear visualization of what occurred.
For some reason, we have to contact Gingrich before the game lets us escape, though there's very little to tell him now since everything's fine.
Apparently the body just dissolved.
Now to contact. Come in, this is the Comet.
What? You thought contact was down? You thought something prevented us from calling the Comet (not Bolide) before sending Hayao? You've put far too much faith in this game.
Captain, Hayao here. Maybe Warrior Hayao.
Roger. Return soon. Oh, Carson's here.
It's Carson. You said a part fell off the beast? Can you bring it for my research?
I don't think we mentioned that, since last time we spoke you were mentioning data and mugs. Do they even know what the warrior comment was about or do they just think we're one-person space LARPing and trying to be as cool as Space Newt? It's probably true.
That is indeed my name.
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Could the monster's remains reach here?
Let's take this back to Carson.
That screenshot above isn't from after I took it; the piece of the monster isn't here by the time I have to get it, and when it was here I couldn't interact. This is probably the clunkiest setup and interface I've ever seen in a game.
Back in the airlock, Fojii calls into question our taking this gun. Let's swap it with a flamethrower, or something, since we clearly don't need this anymore.
Alas, it would be Bette R to plainly show our hand. The game actually does a reasonably impressive job of pretending to end here, but this is a pretty obvious clue that we;re only half done. Believe it or not, there are still three more updates to go.
Let's go to ship 2
Inaduma prepped OK.
This has not been the half I'm LPing the game to show off.