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Lobotomy Corporation

by TeeQueue

Part 199: BCP 28 - Snow White's Apple + Clouded Monk

X-394 is a big facility, full of mysterious creatures known as Abnormalities. Many of these Abnormalities can do very bad things if they're handled improperly, and it's vitally important that our agents know just what may happen if they're careless. What's a manager to do?

Episode 28: Snow White's Apple + Clouded Monk

Music: trailer

Hi! I'm Paul! Just your everyday plucky employee of Lobotomy Cobotomy, here today to talk about Snow White's Apple and Clouded Monk! We'll begin with the Apple, if that's okay with you Miss Hod!

Of course it is! I'm glad to see you're feeling better now, Paul.

Of course I am, Miss Hod! These Abnormalities make sense! That Army fellow just made my head all hurty!

Snow White's Apple is a WAW-level Abnormality, taking the form of an apple setting atop a princessly outfit.

It's very regal, and certainly conjures the image of its namesake!

Despite-or maybe because of-its regal bearing, it's a very temperamental Abnormality. Its Qliphoth Counter is only 1, and its Qliphoth Counter can be reduced by either a Normal or Bad work.

So it likes to breach just as much as Abnormalities like King of Greed, right?

That's right, Paul!

So what happens when she breaches?

Upon breaching, Snow White's Apple moves to a random corridor in the facility, and begins to fill it with vines.

Oh! I know what those are! They're those funny videos of cats people post on the internet, right Miss Hod?

Not that kind of vine, Paul! This is the normal kind. While she's growing these vines, she deals Black damage to all employees within them.

That's a lot less fun than cat videos and musical memery, Miss Hod!

Employees who die due to this effect are also impaled upon vines, becoming part of the thicket.

Wowsers! And I thought every rose had its thorn! I guess apples do too, huh?

They sure do, Paul. She'll remain in a hallway until either it's full of vines, or a certain period of time has passed.

What happens then, Miss Hod?

She disappears and reappears in another hallway, just like before.

Wait… is that Talow again? Hasn't he died like three times already?

Oh, Paul! I don't think you're in any position to think too hard about how many times someone dies, right?

Haha, I guess you're right Miss Hod! I've only bitten the big one about sixty or seventy times now, after all!

The Apple will continue its pattern like so, until she's suppressed. Despite her only targeting one hallway at a time, however, it's vital that it be handled as quickly as possible.

Because she can kill so many clerks?

It's not that, Paul-its vines will stick around even after its suppressed.

Oh no! Does that mean more damage?

Thankfully, no. However, it does still slow down our employees who are trying to walk through it.

Undulating underbrush, that looks like a big movement speed penalty, Miss Hod!

The vines are cleared out at the end of the day, but until then they'll remain a hazard that will slow our employees down as they go about their work.

Is there anything else to know, Miss Hod?

Not at all! Snow White's Apple is, thankfully, simple. Unlike our next featured Abnormality…

Oh boy! I smell a segue..!

Clouded Monk, or Honored Monk, is a WAW Abnormality which takes the form of a monk. While in containment, it will heal 15 SP to any agent who completes Insight work with it.

Wow! Between that and the 3 on its counter, it feels much nicer than Snow White's Apple!

I wouldn't be so sure of that, Paul. Like Apple, its counter can go down from Neutral or Bad work results-but also...

Also? Also is never good!

Every time ten employees die in the facility, its counter reduces itself by one! Additionally, should Yin ever enter the hallway its cell is in, its counter will reduce instantly to zero.

Wowsers! Seems like the old man's pretty temperamental after all! So what happens when he's provoked?

Oh, that much is easy to explain!

It becomes a demon.

A demon?!

A demon.

Cripes! That is creepy!

While in this form, the Monk has a few attacks it can select from.

Primarily, it can attack employees with a swipe of its arms.

Hah! That only half killed me! You'll have to do better than that, you silly Abnormality!

Don't you worry about that, Paul. It can also pause in order to charge energy for a moment. When this happens, it's important to be cautious.

Oh man, this is some sort of super attack, isn't it?

Very perceptive! The Monk opens its mouth wide, and charges forward to the end of the hallway or room it's in.

And what happens if it hits someone?

Yowie wowie! I'm a meal!

That's right! It eats the first thing it runs into. This heals it, as well as deals massive damage to the target. When it begins charging, it's vitally important for the Manager to move everyone in front of it either out of the room or behind the Abnormality.

Luckily, it isn't a particularly difficult target for a capable Manager like the one here at Lobotomy Corporation's main branch! As long as he keeps all these tips in mind, no Clouded Monk will be able to stop the sunshine of progress!

You're right, Miss Hod! Hooray for the Manager! Hooray for progress!

Well, that's all the time we have today. Thanks for joining us! And remember…

Knowledge is just pain plus observation! Have a great day!

Music: Aspire

Good evening, future Managers. Should you be watching this in sequence, I am sure you have a number of questions. After all, a return to the standard formula after what seems to be a breach in the status quo is the sort of thing which would attract attention. What happened? Is Paul the same? It's a good question. Angela, the graphics.

The Apple is a very serviceable Justice trainer, with an easy-to-underestimate E.G.O weapon. Don't sleep on it-particularly with the matching E.G.O Gift it becomes a very powerful weapon. I would recommend taking great precautions not to allow her to breach. I have suffered issues before with my system slowing down immensely as a result of her vines-while this did clear out when I ended the day, it made it seem as though the agents were running and working through molasses even at 2x speed.

Overall, I would consider her a solid pick-if temperamental and in need of cautious care.

The Monk, on the other hand… the only statistic it can reliably train on without causing a high risk of QC loss is Insight-and since it recovers an agent's SP after Insight work it is not particularly ideal for that either. So it cannot train.

Its gear is terrible at attacking enemies, and though its suit is acceptable defensively, I would not consider it particularly amazing. So it is not particularly worthwhile for gear.

Finally, it is a breach-prone Abnormality which aims to leave its cell when the facility is already in the middle of crisis and try and slash an agent to death or swallow them whole. Thus, it is also not simple.

It receives a failing grade in all three factors which separate a desirable Abnormality from an undesirable. As such, I cannot ever recommend it. This Monk has become a being which not even it can comprehend, and in doing so it has become something it never wished to be.

...There are times which I wonder if I myself am still what I wished to be. The concept of self is an interesting topic-memories and experiences formulate the base idea of a person. Indeed, a great number of mediums explore the idea of a person without their memories. Should they lose themselves, would they be something else? Are people's natures the same when their experiences are in absentia?

If two people possess the same face, same voice, same memories and same name… could they be said to be different people in the first place?

...It's something I've thought much about, lately. But for now, this old man shall cease his ramblings.

Next time's featured Abnormality…

New Guidelines

Snow White's Apple
Clouded Monk

New Gear

Requirements: Temperance 3

Requirements: Prudence 3

Requirements: Level 3, Temperance 3
*Not affected by Attack Speed

Requirements: Prudence 2, Temperance 2

New Story

Snow White's Apple
Clouded Monk (Part 1)
Clouded Monk (Part 2)
Clouded Monk (Part 3)
Clouded Monk (Part 4)