Part 201: BCP 30 - Child of the Galaxy
Hi! I'm Paul! Just your everyday plucky employee of Lobotomy Cobotomy, here today to talk about wait. Something seems off.
No time! Manager, we have a problem!
A problem? ...Ah. I see. Hokma assured me that this had been fixed.
What's going on?
Try not to panic-but you're surrounded by the bodies of an Abnormality right now.
The information pollution Abnormality, Joshua. From time to time it infects our systems, creating copies of itself when I attempt to hire uncustomized agents. I had merely wanted some cheap extras
This is really bad, isn't it?! Those things can propagate endlessly unless we can wipe them all out at once, the facility's going to be full of them!
THAT can't be good! W-w-what do we do, Miss Hod?
U-um just give me a second-!
...The Abnormality we were doing today, which one was it?
We were planning to do the Abnormalities in lower Central Command today, sir, that pair who-
We'll do them tomorrow. Change out for Child of the Galaxy. You both can ad-lib, right?
...Ah! I see! Yes, sir!
I don't really know what's going on but okay! Game face, on! Good luck out there, stunt double!
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 30: Child of the Galaxy
Child of the Galaxy is a HE-level Abnormality, which takes the form of a sad boy with starlight hair and skin.
I tried using a cream to get my hair to look that nice once! It didn't work out.
Child of the Galaxy has a number of very useful abilities which we'll go over now. First, how about you work with him Paul?
I can do that, Miss Hod!
Wow! He seems happy that I'm just here!
All work types regardless of level have the same success rate with the Child. Its ability activates upon the completion of any work with him.
Ability? Oh no, am I going to explode?
Not at all! Child of the Galaxy simply has a present for you.
That doesn't preclude exploding, Miss Hod! I remember what happened with Laetitia.
That was entirely your fault, Paul.
The present from Child of the Galaxy will show up on the Manager's monitor over the agent's head. As long as they have it, it will also restore their HP and SP over time.
Wowsers! That's really nice! By how much?
That depends! The healing increases based on the Qliphoth Counter of Child of the Galaxy. This counter can be raised by having agents with the gift work with him, at the rate of one per work. However, it does not go up when worked by agents without a pebble.
As a result, if we were to have this entire group of completely normal agents work with Child of the Galaxy
Its Qliphoth Counter should stay at 1, right?
An excellent guess, Paul! Let's see.
Is this really going to work?
It has to. We don't have any other ideas.
Aaand there we go! All of these agents have now worked with Child of the Galaxy. Care to guess what its Qliphoth Counter is at?
I still think it's one, because none of them had the gift when going in!
I was right, Miss Hod! It stayed at one!
There you have it! Manager, please keep in mind that the counter will never increase unless an agent with the gift works with Child of the Galaxy.
So what do I win?
More research! What do you think will happen when an agent with the gift works with another Abnormality?
I have no idea, but I sure am chompin' at the bit to find out!
Then let's have you work with Scorched Girl to see what happens!
As you could clearly see, when starting a work with another Abnormality, the gift deals Red and White damage to the agent-both entirely based on the Child's current Qliphoth Counter level. It then decreases the level by 1.
Yowie wowie, that's not what I noticed! I keeled over dead!
Ah, that's because the Child of the Galaxy's counter dropped to zero.
When this happens, the Child of the Galaxy begins to cry. Moreover, every agent with the Child's gift will immediately be killed, no matter where they are.
Wait, does that mean..?
Yes. Every single Joshua dies at the same time.
We did it! We saved the day!! From nothing in particular. Those poor, perfectly normal employees!
Yes. They were definitely not any sort of existential threat to the facility!
So, is that poor Abnormality going to cry forever?
Only until someone else works with him. This will automatically restore his counter to 1. As one final note, the death of any employee who holds a gift reduces the counter by 4-and with a maximum possible of 5, this means that one agent dying usually means they all do.
It's a multi-hit combo chain reaction! Just like in my very trendy video puzzle games!
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!
Angela, get me those diagnostics immediately.
Good evening, future Managers. You've caught me in the middle of a situation, so I'll make this quick. Angela, the graphics.
Child of the Galaxy is equally good across the board, and as such works for any form of training that a facility could need. However, its gift and the healing it grants means that it effectively trends towards being a Justice trainer as its Qliphoth Counter grows higher. This is because the healing it grants mid-work will offset the damage an agent takes, lowering the pressure on our agents and letting them relax.
Justice, of course, doesn't care about such things. As for its gear, it's nothing particularly amazing-the E.G.O gift being the standout for its constant HP regeneration. I weighed the idea of having one on every agent in the facility, but decided against it due to the time involved in getting each of them to resonate with the Abnormality.
Overall, I would call it a solid pick for any facility. As far as HE Abnormalities go, it is one of the best there is. Now, if you'll pardon, there's work that must be done.
I have performed several system updates. As of my most recent check, I have confirmed the completion of suppression of information pollution Abnormality 'Joshua.'
This time, surely I can only hope that these hiccups stop happening at some point in the future. I would rather my successors not have to deal with such a beast on top of everything else.
You continue to mention your successors, and have opted to create this series in lieu of pursuing the key to freedom. Do you have so little faith in yourself?
Hah! Don't pretend to care, Angela. Simply do your duty, as a machine.
...Very well, Manager.
Next time's featured Abnormality
Child of the Galaxy
Requirements: Level 2, Prudence 2
Child of the Galaxy (Part 1)
Child of the Galaxy (Part 2)