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194848 No. 194848 ID: 45be60

Okay, shouldn't try to stand up so fast with a head injury. Lesson learned. Lets try that again.
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No. 194852 ID: f83b4e

Breathe slowly and carefully, a blow to the head is serious business.
No. 194855 ID: aeade0

"no rush, the fire is a way off and is going slow"
No. 194857 ID: 355e69

No. 194864 ID: a594b9

If the sight disturbs you, don't look at it.

Where can we go from here?
No. 194872 ID: 45be60
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Lets see... Headache, feels like I'm bleeding. Probably concussed, but alert enough to realize it. There's fire over there, but nothing to spread it this way. Unless there is another explosion I guess. One more reason I need to move. Everything feels wet from condensation anyway. No... make that frost, though it's melting pretty fast in the sun. How cold did it GET here? I can't have been out more than a minute or two, and I'm colder than I ever remember being. Oh god! the others... I think... I may be sick.
No. 194874 ID: a594b9

"Hey, your shoe is behind you. Put it on before we go so you don't trip or hurt your foot."
No. 194886 ID: 701a19

Yes, get your shoe and start walking away.
I see a protest sign there; were you working in the lab, or one of the people protesting it?
No. 194888 ID: c2c011

Start walking away and find some medical help. Head injuries are not something to be trifled with, so get yourself examined as fast as you can.
No. 194890 ID: 701a19

Shoe first.
Areas around explosions are covered in debris, and she needs foot protection to prevent stepping on something and crippling her movement speed.
No. 194896 ID: 71e5ac

Get your shoe and try to get to safety so you can assess the situation. What were you doing before the explosion? Did you cause it?
No. 194899 ID: a594b9

Um, don't forget we are a plant stuck in her head. If she sees a doctor, they're going to pull us out! That could be bad for us.

We need to make another seed and have our new friend plant it so that we have a second body to dive into just in case.
No. 194901 ID: 476456

There appears to be a dismembered arm in the background so you might wanna uh..not ..look too closely at things that may or may not have been talking to you ten minutes ago
No. 194902 ID: 701a19

Naw, we'll just burrow in and become to intimidating for them to remove.

[Attempt to look for signs of concussion or trauma, including internal bleeding, potential aneurysms or clots, and etc. Then attempt whatever fixes we can safely accomplish.]
No. 194922 ID: babce4

Gah, we are flower in someones brain, not a brain surgeon. Maybe acclimation to the fact that sentient plants are embedded in her brain is in order.

Hey, we share your thought space now. We'd like to grow some but lack nutrients. Could you maybe shovel some dirt into your head. Oh wait, that's one of those things that kills humans, right?
No. 194926 ID: c00244

Plant it, nothing. We should use the dandelion strategy for reproduction, only on a more steady basis. Make little tufts that get caught in the wind, with lightweight seeds attached. Disperse as frequently as we can manage while our host moves around. No work for her that way, and at least some of them should land in viable areas.
No. 194927 ID: 701a19

Noninvasive investigation is not harmful, and we can bind breaks and capture bone shards without putting her in any danger. Further, anything we can tell her would help her medical treatment.


@Host: Ok, can you hear us? You're not hallucinating; we're an engineered life-form from the lab. Specifically, the plant-thing that's growing on and in your head. We're going to do our best to help you through this; we're symbiotic, after all.
No. 194975 ID: babce4

How do you know were symbiotic? We were a collection of 30 some plants until recently. One of us was a carnivore. Just being in here might be killing her for all we know.

I miss nutrient rich soil.
No. 195225 ID: 45be60
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Ooookay. Shoe. Right. Not looking around. Looking at my shoe. Not thinking about it. Choosing to believe that voices in my head are my guardian angel and not an indication of injury induced schizophrenia.

Okay angel, lets talk. We were here protesting the unethical and environmentally unsound experiments they carry out here. They deny any wrongdoing of course, but everybody knows. I don't *think* we did this, but we are probably gonna get blamed for it anyway. Green Planet has a reputation for um... energetic protesting, but we don't want anybody to get hurt. Badly. I mean, certainly not US. It was probably one of their terrible experiments backfiring or something.

Now that you know kinda what to look for, that is probably blood you feel collecting around your point of impact. You wonder if you could do anything about it. You are sort of familiar with nutrient distribution systems.
No. 195231 ID: e31d52

Holy cow, we can explode that much?

We can make our girl here fucking plant grenades. Badass.
No. 195232 ID: e31d52


No. 195233 ID: 0b2a05

No. 195235 ID: a594b9

Naw, it wasn't just my explosion that did that. It was a secondary explosion that the first one triggered. They had something flammable in those pipes.
No. 195237 ID: e31d52


No. 195238 ID: a594b9

[Keep the blood from pooling too much; suck it up and redeposit it elsewhere. Grow roots laterally some more so that we can redistribute the blood better. OR maybe we could find where the extra blood is coming from, and build bridges with roots to reconnect those severed veins with the rest of the system. Like, literally making new tubes for the blood to flow through.]

Yeah, it was one of their experiments backfiring. ME, actually. I was trying to escape and... well, I didn't really mean to make an explosion that big.
No. 195244 ID: 701a19

Oh, don't worry, that wasn't you; that was us escaping.
Also? We can prove you haven't gone insane; I think we're located around your ear, so if you reach up you should find us around there. Be gentle, though! We have roots going into your head and we're attempting to treat what appears to be a hemorrhage, so panicking and attempting to pull us out would probably be a REALLY bad idea.

Alright, so, do you have a cell phone? If so, call for an ambulance and start walking towards the nearest road and out of range of any further explosions. Pace yourself, keep your heart rate down, and stay calm. Tell us where you hurt and how, and if anything feels wrong.
No. 195324 ID: 928a6c

Uhh, please don't call for an ambulance. I imagine they'd remove us, which would probably kill us at this point.
No. 195328 ID: 701a19

She needs medical attention, and I'm reasonably certain we can make it so that it's riskier to remove us than leave us alone. For example, we can extend tendrils out to ensconce her skeleton. That would make removal too severe an operation to attempt.

Alternatively we could just ask her to ask the doctor to leave us alone; doctor/patient confidentiality and patient consent are kind of a big deal.
No. 195340 ID: c00244

This sounds like a good growth plan. I'd like to add to it that we should extend roots all around her skull, and possibly begin creating a subtle seed pod somewhere well removed from the site of her injury. If a doctor does decide to remove the flower, I'd like a backup.
No. 195346 ID: 34470e

And it's those explosions that cost me my beautiful flower.
No. 195377 ID: 928a6c

You know she's listening right? Maybe we should ask her if it's ok to start growing. These fleshy types are quite paranoid about their heads.
No. 196694 ID: 45be60
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I THOUGHT WE DISCUSSED HOW I WASN'T LOOKING AT THAT. Ugh.. its the punctured and frozen body of a man who gave me a boost over a fence last week.

Her stomach heaves, and she tries to throw up, but nothing comes out. Once her stomach settles she begins working her way to her feet.
A few of you begin poking around at the blood vessels around your roots. Applying pressure and pulling the wound closed is simple enough, and seems to help for now.

My name is Florence, and I feel okay apart from my throbbing head. A few scrapes and bruises, and really hungry, but nothing unexpected there after what I guess happened.
I guess... it sounds like there is something seriously wrong with my head? I really don't want to go to the hospital though. They will be asking questions, and I am pretty sure the police wanted me for questioning on a couple things even *before* today happened.
No. 196697 ID: 701a19

Then I hope you know a good backalley medic, because you have some rather nasty damage up here and cops are better than caskets.

[Consume pooling blood for nutrition]
No. 196707 ID: 0b2a05

Don't worry, we'll take care of you. With your permission? You're going to have to get something to eat though, unless we can figure out a photosynthesis deal. Is there anywhere you can go?
No. 196714 ID: c5296f

Calling 911 is a good idea whether or not getting medical treatment is. We've kinda got a burning building and a number of other people that are injured or dead. I'd say taking a risk self-preservation wise is worth it on a level of basic empathy.
No. 196721 ID: c2c011

You should probably get some food then. By the way, do you have any information on what they were researching here, anything like say AI nanobots?
No. 196725 ID: a594b9

Florence? How appropriate.

Don't worry about your head too much. We're helping!

[Hmm, can we synthesize painkillers? That would help.]
No. 197572 ID: 45be60
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Not looking at that, not looking at THAT, pretending that isn't there, okay. There were more of us here before, I think probably the others scarpered when things went to hell. So I was left for dead. Real nice, guys. Anyway, I hear sirens already, so help should be here soon, for anybody left.

If you think you can help my head, that's fine with me. I can always go to a clinic later, right? I should have some money on me, to get food, and I can just go back to my apartment I guess. That supposes I can solve the more immediate question of how I am getting out of here. I could run out the gate to the parking lot, but that would mean going by the security station, and it's totally gonna be where those sirens are headed. Or I could try and hop this fence.

Simply processing the pooling blood for nutrition seem infeasible. It is comprised of complicated living material, and your roots lack a digestive system. And it IS pooling inside her skull, though at a slower rate than it would be without your assistance.
No. 197574 ID: 701a19

Hrm... Yea, Flo - can we call you Flo? - you seem to be suffering from some intracranial hemorrhaging, which means you'll be dead within hours and have suffered a bit of brain damage.

Fortunately we've slowed the bleeding, and we're about to start draining the blood. You'll feel some weight shift to outside your head; this is normal.

As far as tactics go? You could jump the fence, although fleeing the scene IS a crime and I can assure you that they have you on video surveillance.
Your best bet is actually to shakily shamble over to the entrance and try to direct help to the explosion site, since medical treatment takes priority over arrests. The fact that the blast is radiating outward is going to suggest it was an accident inside the plant, and the fact that some people are frozen is strong evidence to that effect.

Tell the police what happened as accurately as you can while standing unsteadily, and fail to read anything they show you. If they ask you your name, say "It's Flo-... Flor... Why is it not working?" and start to panic. They'll stick you on an ambulance and send you to a hospital, where escape is going to be both easier and more legal.

Most police won't recognize you, and acting like you've got nothing to hide will keep them from looking at you too closely.

[Grow a storage sack outside her head and drain the blood into that, but let some seep down from the wound so that she will have obvious signs of bleeding.]
[Start creating a digestive system so we can use blood as a source of nutrients.]
No. 197588 ID: a594b9

...if we can't use blood as nutrients, what are we eating right now? Fat? Or are we normally just absorbing the glucose in the blood without eating the blood itself? Yes, that seems most likely.

[drain blood to outside her skull, creating a new, controlled gap for it to seep through if necessary.]
This might hurt a little. Personally I think we should avoid doctors entirely until we have a backup body or something. Hop the fence. You're uninjured aside from your head so as long as you're careful you should manage it.
No. 197607 ID: 701a19

She has suffered brain damage from a head injury, and we don't even classify as meatball surgeons.
She needs a damn doctor.

Besides that? She IS on the security footage, so if she's unaccounted for then they'll know she's guilty of either leaving the scene of a crime or leaving the scene of an accident, and once they have a charge like that they can get a warrant to search her home, car, and whatever else they like. That's a bad thing if she's wanted for questioning.
Heading for the emergency workers will make her less suspicious.

As far as doctors go, we have a few options there. We can make ourselves too dangerous to remove, we can spread ourselves out so that it's too much effort to remove us, we can show intelligence (shaping tendrils into "Please fix my ride" with an arrow pointing to the wound), or we can have Flo refuse to allow the doctors to remove us.

Oh, also:
[Start working on a seal between us and our host to keep out debris and microbes]
[Start work on a neutral layer to prevent rejection]
No. 197610 ID: 732129

Flo, run! The security cameras may have been damaged in the explosion. Jump the fence now and worry about legal action later. There may not even be any.

[Unfold petals and bloom.]
No. 197612 ID: a594b9

If there's any security footage then they'll know she didn't set a bomb or anything. Your argument is inherently flawed. Either they can't track us, or they know we're innocent.
No. 197617 ID: 701a19

That only holds if the distribution of cameras is even and they watch their own walls. They saw her come in, but I'm quite sure they don't have any indemnifying evidence for her.
No. 197654 ID: 4590c4

We might, personally, have a problem if our new host see's a doctor. They're going to check her head. They're going to see us. If we are removed, anything could happen from being kept in a test tube for eternity, to being thrown in an incinerator.
No. 197679 ID: 701a19

Yes, and I've already mentioned several ways we could prevent that.
Do you think they would remove us if we moved our conciousness into tendrils affixed to all her major arteries? Or distributed ourselves across her skeletal structure?
They are going to focus on the immediate issues now, and hold off on other concerns until later. Remember, there were other people caught in that blast as well, and they're going to need to treat all the survivors. They can't waste time on non-emergency treatment.

[Shift our thinking parts into Flo's body, behind her jugular if possible. Keep it painless.]

Flo? Getting you the care you need puts our survival in jeopardy, so we're going to move our important parts somewhere where they can't safely remove us. We're not going to put you in any danger, we just need to discourage doctors from removing us.
No. 198014 ID: 46baaa

Jesus, we can't work with this stuff. Unless you want to lose our host we need to get her to a doctor. We could relieve the pressure I supposed, but I don't think trepanating her is really going to help the situation.

Flo, just go and find medical help. Go to the security station. You are bleeding internally.
No. 198063 ID: 45be60

Not gonna be able to update till we are out of June. Please hold.
No. 198171 ID: a594b9

We don't have any thinking parts. We manifest in the entire plant. I think it has something to do with the chemical we've been treated with.
No. 198229 ID: 0d154c

If we are going to collect and redirect the blood, we're going to need a way to utilize it, rather than waste it. We should develop a digestive section to break down the excess pooling blood into nutrients for us, that will give us something more we can work with to help the girl.

Don't worry, girl, we'll help you.
No. 205716 ID: 45be60
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Oh man, please don't call me Flo. Annoying car insurance ladies aside, I spent four years of high school dealing with "Aunt Flo" jokes. Flora if you insist, but in school I had people call me Gale, for my middle name.

As Florence picks her only slightly wobbly way toward the guard station, you have some difficulty agreeing on how best to proceed yourselves. At the very least though, getting the excess blood out of the wound area seems like a place to start. Structures designed for routing moisture through your core are easily modified to shunt blood out of her head. You set to work making the necessary changes.

The guards are still here, and with an inadequate first-aid kit to boot. Looks like a couple of the survivors stopped for help, but only the *really* injured ones. Considering the scowls we got on the way in, I can't say I'm surprised. I don't want to have to rely on these guys for help. I'm nearly there before the one leaning on the fence notices me. They look pretty worn out.

"Oy! Marco! One more commin out."
The other leans around the corner of the gatehouse to get a look at your host. With a tone of surprise barely registering above the obvious exhaustion, he replies. "Whatsat? 'eres no way she was in there. We checked everybody who was far enough out to have a chance."
Florence contrives to frown and look pathetic at the same time. "I was in there, trust me. Please, my head is killing me. Is there anything left in that kit?"
"Sorry doll, unless you need a splint for a broken finger, we're out. Sounds like help is on the way though. Let me take a look at you."
The second one, Marco apparently, leaves his previous patient applying pressure to a wadded up shirt and guides Florence to lean against the fence. He gives her a businesslike once over, stares into her eyes, checks her wound, but if he notices anything, he doesn't show it.
The first guard is not so reticent though. "Hey... I saw you in'air." His eyes appraise your host with a leer she finds somewhat uncomfortable. "You were tha' red-head lying up by the wall. How'sat? Ever'body else up'air froze. This guy 'ere was crawlin out from way closer, an he's frostbit. Yo're barely even shiverin."
Florence, currently watching Marco's finger track back and forth in front of her nose, mutters "Mutation trait" and the guard seems to accept it with naught but a faint eyebrow quirk and a grunt.

By now the parking lot has several emergency vehicles unloading, (still no ambulances though) so the still unnamed guard forces himself off the gate post, which seemed to be the only thing holding him upright, and walks in their direction, presumably to help triage the few wounded who still remain.

Marco simply informs Florence that "You're a very lucky girl, miss," and advises her to "Stay here" while he goes to check on his other patients. She judges that it will be a while before anyone gets back to her.
No. 205735 ID: 8e2486

well, do you want to stay here or do you want to just move on while we try to put you back together enough that your natural healing can deal with it?
No. 205739 ID: a594b9

Oh, so you're resistant to cold? That's good. That explains your earlier comment about never being cold before.

I'm very glad he didn't see us. I wonder why, though? Try feeling your head; can you tell if we're uncovered? Perhaps you can get a hand mirror to check us out.
No. 205761 ID: 701a19

Fleeing at this point would draw too much attention. The guards don't seem to think the protesters were responsible, so sticking around is probably pretty safe for you.
No. 205775 ID: b6568e

Flora eh? I like that, its a synonym for plants according to what you know. I think since you've been given a clean bill of health by this guy that you should leave. Try not to attract attention. Act casual.

Hah, a plant embedded in the side of your skull is telling you to act casual.
No. 205970 ID: 40cb26

Preventing a blood buildup is a good start, but it needs to heal too. Not a brain surgeon here, but if we can create a localized regenerative effect that might be enough. Can we get more detailed info about her injury? If it would require digging into her brain more we should hold off on that, otherwise the more we know the better. Don't want to be bailing out one part while a blood clot or something is forming elsewhere.

Anyways staying around here is a bad idea, we should get a move on. Unless the situation in your head is beyond our ability to help and critically urgent, of course.
No. 205973 ID: a594b9

I disagree. Following the guard's orders is the least suspicious thing to do.
No. 206063 ID: 40cb26

He won't give a damn if we wander off. But someone might give a damn if they see us embedded in her head. The guard was bad enough, if someone who knows more sees us she's probably going to be in even deeper trouble.
No. 206080 ID: a594b9

If he doesn't give a damn why did he tell her to stay put?
No. 206451 ID: 40cb26

Because that would be the smart thing to do, if the situation were what it seemed. The ambulance is on the way and she could get checked up properly. He's not going to tell us to bugger off, staying put is better than finding us dead outside the compound somewhere. Plus, telling us to stay here keeps us from messing around anywhere else inside the area.

Basically, if he comes back to find we've wandered off he'll think we were foolish, shrug his shoulders and get on with everything else he has to deal with.
No. 207140 ID: 45be60
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In the absence of any broad consensus or compelling arguments, Florence makes her own decision. Uncomfortable remaining near the carnage, and leery of contact with the authorities, she slips away when no one is looking.

It's not that I'm super resistant to cold or anything dramatic like that. My body responds to cold like anybody else, it's just better at it. I can metabolize fat stores pretty fast, generate a lot of extra body warmth. Parents first noticed it when I was like nine. It's actually been pretty nice for keeping my weight under control all these years. Don't need to diet, just don't wear a jacket. Yeah, other mutants wish they were as awesome as me. She gives a weak smirk at the thought.

I tried checking out my head a bit with my fingers, and all I can tell for sure is it stings like hell when I touch anywhere near the area. Gonna have to find a mirror if I want to get a better idea how it looks.

Florence lacks the relevant medical knowledge to fully diagnose a head injury from the inside. Still, you spread your tendrils through the surrounding area, on the lookout for anything else that seems amiss. She seems stable at least. The external wound has scabbed over for the most part, reducing the bleeding to only what you slowly pump out yourselves. It earns her a few strange looks on the street, but she ignores them. Her feet are currently pointed in the general direction of home, but it is a long walk. She is hungry, bleeding, tired, and feeling pretty down about things in general.
No. 207145 ID: d78b61

aww don't feel that way. anything you want us to do for you? well... until we split we can't do much but look in your head and run damage control. probably stings because of our roots, sorry about that. if we knew how to fix it we would. if you look at the chemical formula for things on the...uhhh... internet! yeah. show us the formula for something like endorphins and we can make some.
No. 207164 ID: a594b9

You might want to stop at a cafe, get a bite to eat and visit the restroom to take a look at what your wound looks like. I should warn you, it probably looks bad. We're currently keeping the pressure normalized by seeping out excess blood. So I guess you're dripping a bit, even though the wound's closed. We might also have a pretty flower but I'm not sure if that grew yet. Can't see ourselves very well; your sensory input is overriding ours for the most part.

Hey, tell us more about yourself. What do you do when you're not protesting for Green Planet?
No. 207176 ID: 0b2a05

Do you have food and a mirror at home? What kinds of other mutants are there?
No. 207198 ID: 701a19

You've suffered head trauma.
You need proper medical treatment in order to avoid death.
Until then? Don't eat, drink, or sleep. Particularly sleep.
No. 207208 ID: f47db2

Don't strain yourself, the higher your heart rate the more blood we have to drain.

You really need to see a trustworthy doctor. Maybe you can swear him to secrecy about us? Would that be covered under doctor patient confidentiality?

And for the rest of you in here, we need to come up with a solution or we are going to die too. Maybe we can figure out a way to use these nutrients. If we built fleshy cell walls instead of hard ones we might be able to use this blood.
No. 207632 ID: 45be60
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The blood is already useful to you in that it carries nutrients. You investigate to try and understand more. Her mind knows that glucose is a simple sugar found in the bloodstream, because diabetics need to monitor their glucose levels. Another part of her brain thinks photosynthesis produces fructose or maybe glucose. Or is it sucrose? No that's probably table sugar. But wait, where does THAT come from? Sugar cane? Ugh, this may be a lot more knowledge than you used to have, but it's still pretty spotty in places. Anyway, it seems like the sugar that runs human cells can also supply plant cells with energy, whatever it is.

Okay, okay, I'll stop somewhere an find a mirror at least. That sounds like a good idea. Maybe I don't need medical attention, the guy didn't seem too concerned. I'm sure it's not just because he was worn out and stressed and his eyes were barely focusing. Right?

I am sort of a full time environmental activist I guess? I mean, it's not a sustainable career, but I have some (gradually diminishing) savings. Between that and donations solicited from the public to pay for, um, supplies, I eat okay. There are a lot of group picnics and such to mooch from. Or at least, there were. Jeeze...



So um, kinds of mutants? I dunno, that's kinda a weird question. There's like... all kinds I guess? They say they are as unique as fingerprints, but... fingerprints all look pretty similar to me, y'know? As she continues to explain, you find the relevant facts drifting up to your attention to confirm. Unsurprisingly, she seems better at navigating her own head than you. Some studies estimate that as much as forty percent of the population is technically a mutant, but most mutations are so minor as to be completely undetectable without a full genome indexing. A small minority of the population, somewhere around twelve percent, know they possess abnormal mutation traits, either through simple observation or medical examination. Only about twenty percent of THOSE have any relevance to daily life. Florence is a member of the less than one percent of the population with a genuinely useful trait; in her case, a variably accelerated metabolism. She probably really is the envy of many.
No. 207640 ID: 0b2a05

Florence, you need a way to get nutrients. It's very important since you grow so fast. Do you have enough water? It's great that you want to help things grow too, but you can't neglect yourself!
No. 207644 ID: 547eb6

just use a public restroom on the way too the house to check it. then we need you to go to the internet or library and look up how to treat various head wounds and stuff.
No. 207649 ID: a594b9

Wow, you're really unique. And now you have us, so you're extra, extra special!

I'm sure we'll be able to find some new way for you to make money. Maybe... heh, maybe you could make a garden, and sell US! Thinking, talking, shape-shifting plants must be worth a lot of money, right? Granted I'm not sure exactly how far away we need to be to actually talk to someone. I hope we can do it from several feet away, at least. It would suck if people could only hear us when we are literally in their head.

Are you okay, Florence? If there's something bothering you, you can tell us.
No. 207717 ID: c00244

It would probably be a bad idea to reveal ourselves as intelligent flora before we are much better situated- less vulnerable and with far more locations. Remember that they were pulling us up and presumably killing us whenever we seeded before that explosion; they might well consider us a biohazard. Or just want to keep intelligent plant life from multiplying. Or something.

Point is, caution is important here.
No. 207749 ID: 40cb26

Reading up on basic biomedical knowledge is a good idea as well. Even if you don't quite understand it, we can, and will apply it to help you.
No. 207766 ID: 701a19

Weeeeeell... No, distant communication is not really possible at the moment.
You see, and Flora, you should pay attention to this part too, Flora can 'hear' us because we've burrowed into her brain and made somehow managed to establish direct communication that way.
So no, we can't talk to people from any distance.

Flora, how do you feel to be the host to a symbiotic life form? Besides creeped out, violated, and generally ill at ease?
No. 207769 ID: 36f829

Hey Flora, could you get us a pot and some soil when you get home? I'd like to seed and see if we can move between plant hosts.
No. 207776 ID: 14867c

she can't just PUT us into a pot. we'll make a sub capsule to go in the pot, we can't go in there because we kinda burrowed into her scalp.
No. 207799 ID: c00244

She did just suffer a head injury. She might not be feeling any of those things, possibly due to physical trauma from the concussion or mental shock from having friends violently killed all around her.

Point is, I would not recommend starting "how do you feel" conversations at this time, except for those relating strictly to immediate health problems. Flora needs time to retreat, regroup, and recover both mentally and physically.
No. 207810 ID: 701a19

What makes you think these questions aren't diagnostic? o.0
No. 207924 ID: 36f829

We wouldn't need to be removed to seed. Hell, we've done some complex things, I'm betting with a little work we could fire seeds at high enough speed to embed themselves directly into soil.

These humans have learned about something called hydraulics that uses fluids to apply great pressure. I'm thinking if we could detach ourselves with a little work we could make ourselves ambulatory like the fleshy things are.
No. 208433 ID: 45be60
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Oh man. Angel, you *must* be looking out for me. This looks REALLY bad. I mean, it's mostly scabbed up now, but... So much blood... And its still bleeding a little. No wonder people were staring.

The storefront fast-food restaurant is not an especially sanitary location, but Florence uses a wet paper towel to clean up as best she can. She stays mostly away from the site of the actual injury, because the half-dried blood and tender flesh do not respond kindly to the rough towel, but she explores it closely enough to notice the red-soaked little bud poking out of the center, looking more like a chunk of torn flesh than a green plant at first glance. She starts to freak out a little bit.

That's... not supposed to be there. What is that? That's not right, what is that why is it in my head that shouldn'tbethereIwantitoutohfuckwhat'sgoingon?

The full recollection of the things you have been discussing replay rapidly through her head, including the portions she glossed over or outright ignored the first time around. By the time she has finished that exercise, she is hyper-ventilating and gripping the sides of the sink like the world could flip upsidown any second.

The bathroom door opens behind her.
No. 208434 ID: de58cd

calm down. we do not mean you any harm. even if you can't calm down then at least act like you are in front of whoever just came in.

maybe we can help you get aHEAD in life.
No. 208436 ID: 45be60
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No. 208438 ID: 894f59

[hahahahahahaha, sorry, just trying to lighten the mood, regardless of it being corny or funny to her it will distract her from freaking out.]
No. 208440 ID: c5296f

Totally a weird freaky upsetting situation yeah, but think about it. If you DIDN'T get some funky plant thing stuck in your noggin, you'd just have the gaping head wound, still be unconscious, and they weren't even looking for survivors that far in. So... weird beats dead, right?
No. 208444 ID: a594b9

Please, calm down. I guess... I guess we're smaller than I thought. We're not going to hurt you! We're trying to help.
No. 208445 ID: 445c48

Spoilers we're liars, but we're doing it for mutual benefit. Now turn around and punch whoever walked in on you in the crotch. This should relieve some tension.
No. 208447 ID: 894f59

YOU may be a liar but i honestly want to help gale out.
No. 208448 ID: 445c48

Let me clarify. We lied about being guardian angels. Actually, did we ever say that? I don't think we did. Nevermind then, forget the liar part.
No. 208489 ID: 701a19


Deep breaths.

Don't touch the bud.

We haven't lied to you, Flora.
We are a sentient, sapient, symbiotic life form that has dug into your head. We are that bud. We didn't cause the wound, but we've been treating it to keep you alive.

Take deep breaths.
No. 208500 ID: 36f829

Get it together Flora, people are around. Don't let them know about us yet please.

And we can't really out and out stop the bleeding unless you want pressure to build up in your skull. I think it'd kill you if we stopped draining the blood. At least it's not much.
No. 208666 ID: 716eb0

Remember, head cuts always look worse than they really are because they bleed a lot. But um.. how's your blood pressure? Are you feeling faint or dizzy?
No. 208671 ID: 40cb26

She made an assumption and we let her have it, it's not much better than a lie. Granted, in this case I would have let her think we were the ghost of christmas past if it meant keeping her safe.

I'm sorry for that Gale, but right now we need to protect each other. Neither of us is going to have much luck surviving without the other, so stay calm and take things one step at a time. Right now someone has walked in on you, so be prepared for some story about how broken glass cut against your head.
No. 208674 ID: 701a19

Some of us have been pretty vocal about the truth, you know.
No. 208836 ID: 22f0f6

That's us, there in your head. I am sorry we wound up stuck in you like this, but we need you, and we're trying our best to help you too. Please don't try to pull us out.. please please. Your head wound will only get worse and undo our attempts to help you.
No. 208958 ID: 0b2a05

Calm down Florence, it's us. We can talk all about it after the person behind you leaves.
No. 208970 ID: 732129

Hey Gloria I want a hamburger
No. 210388 ID: 45be60
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Florence fights down the sudden urge to respond with panicked violence and turns to look at the door while trying to appear calm.

"Ma'am? Is everything alright?" It's one of the employees. They probably noticed her coming in all covered in blood.

"Um.. yeah, its... I'm fine, I just needed to... clean up."

"Is that *blood*? Are you *bleeding*?"

Crap. What do I say?
Who's Gloria? This lady? I don't see a nametag.
No. 210389 ID: a594b9

Uh, I don't know who that one was talking about. I think some of us might not be all there.

Just tell her you're okay, it's just a cut and that it looks worse than it is. That should be believable... though honestly I'm starting to worry. We don't want you to run out of blood.
No. 210390 ID: 445c48

"It's just a mutant thing. Pain in the ass. No need to worry though."
No. 210392 ID: f6ab6f

agree, say that you just wanted to wash it up but it is no where near as bad as it looks. we may be able to fix it better when/if you find some thing that says how wounds like this are treated.
No. 210393 ID: a594b9

Hmm, the mutant excuse is tempting. Depending on how often people try it, it could either be very effective or not effective at all. Your call, Flora.
No. 210406 ID: f01998

Hair dye. It's hair dye. You shouldn't have gotten that crappy off brand. People will believe anything outrageous if it's better than what they thought at first.
(Can we start back up with that flower, guys? It'll hide the wound a bit better.)
No. 210408 ID: a594b9

That's true, but we should wait until nobody's looking.
No. 210421 ID: e04f2c

I wonder if we can grow red leaves that will look like her hair. Might be good camo.
No. 210426 ID: 40cb26

Say there was some broken glass, the bleeding already stopped but it's a mess.

Or do this instead if you think it has any chance of working.
No. 210429 ID: c00244

I like this idea... it shouldn't be too hard to imitate the general appearance of hair. And it would go a long way towards looking less horribly suspicious.

That said, leaves are green for a reason- the chemicals that allow energy to be absorbed from sunlight reflect light at a wavelength in the green portion of the visible spectrum. If we want to efficiently get light from the sun, we'll have to have some green. Maybe we can grow a giant leaf over her forehead and claim it's a stylish headband.
No. 210434 ID: 701a19

We can pull sugar from her blood. Not a problem.

Also, earlier I proposed using a sac of some kind to store the blood so it wouldn't get everywhere. Lets revisit that idea and cover it with a decorative flower.
No. 210462 ID: 5a2987

A sac will get full eventually. I think I have a solution, but it's something Flora might not like. Right now we are attached to her skull and channeling out pooling blood, why don't we model a new shoot like a human vein and tap into her existing veins? We could be pumping blood back into her system, it'd prevent the internal bleeding from being harmful, and hey, we'd become a symbiotic organism insted of just a passenger.

Of course, this would probably scare Flora senseless. The only references she has to anything similar to this come from horror movies.
No. 210604 ID: c4c313


...because her immune system would begin attacking your thorn/tendril, causing inflammation. Unless you can form a part of your body that is as nonreactive as surgical steel, it'll probably just hurt her more in the process. Then again, there are plenty of ways foreign organisms can trick an immune system...
No. 210611 ID: 701a19

No, that'd cause blood clots to form.
We'll just hold her various blood transports together until they heal on their own
Meanwhile, we should store her blood until we can digest it. It's the only source of nutrients we've got right now, after all.
No. 210615 ID: a594b9

We can't digest blood. We digest the sugars traveling in the blood. We make Flora's glucose level drop a little, that's it.
No. 210619 ID: 40cb26

Store it where? I really don't think she needs a blood engorged growth sticking out of her head, and we aren't about to take even up more space inside her skull. We slow the bleeding until it stops and she is healed, simple as that.

Storing would be a waste of effort anyways. When we do learn to use it for nutrients we shouldn't need more resources than any other part of her body.
No. 210621 ID: 701a19

I said until. I've been saying over and over that we need to develop the ability to digest this blood. It's going to waste right now, and if we had been storing it like I wanted then we could have gotten a few weeks worth of nutrients out of the stuff that has been running down the side of her head attracting attention.
No. 210626 ID: a594b9

Erm, I was saying we don't NEED to digest it. We're getting a lot more energy from her glucose and O2(CO2?) levels than we were from dirt and solar respiration. There's no reason to get an additional food source when we're bursting with energy as it is.
No. 210628 ID: 45be60
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Don't fuss over me, just go away. Don't draw attention. Nothing going on here. Not fleeing those sirens you heard a few minutes ago...

Telling her it's some mutation trait is only going to raise more questions. They are pretty rare, ones which would come up often enough to be annoying especially so. Besides, first rule of lying is to make your lie at least as plausible as the truth. The guard accepted what I said earlier (to the extent that he cared at all) 'cause how else would I be alive? But there are more likely explanations for this situation.

"What? OH! no! Sorry, sorry, not what it looks like. Inexpert dye job. It's all uneven and some started to run. Awful color too, huh? Eh heh heh. Got wet, starting running down my face. I'll clean it up, promise." Her nervousness chuckle, while completely un-faked, probably helps support her story.

"Oh.. Alright, that's a relief. I'll just send someone in to help clean up."

"No, no, I'll get it, it's fine. I feel bad for the mess."

"Well... maybe I can just send someone in a bit later then, hmmm?" She start to leave, then turns back with an afterthought. "And you're right dear, that color looks awful on you. Too orange to be real."

...This is my natural hair color. ;_;
No. 210629 ID: 5d6a04

awww, don't worry, we like it... well we are a plant, we like bright colors, helps attract insects for pollination.

anyway, just rinse it off a bit but don't scrub, you have a scab and scrubbing would break it.
No. 210641 ID: 40cb26

I true redhead is so rare people forget what it looks like. Anyways ignore her, hurry up and clean off before you have to explain it to anyone else.

...Maybe your hair just doesn't work well against that bright blue shirt? I may be biased, but I suggest changing into something with earth tones.
No. 210643 ID: a594b9

Consider trying some softer paper. Like toilet paper perhaps. I hope they're not out.
No. 210703 ID: 701a19

So, are you a bit calmer now? Not panicking

[Form a seal over the wound, grow a storage sac, and start storing the excess blood already]
No. 210705 ID: c2c28e

[no, god damn. if that thing starts getting full it will be creepy as hell. i say find where the blood is going from and temp seal it.]
No. 210707 ID: 701a19

First, we're already doing that.
Second, since when is tiny sac under her hair less visible than a rivulet of blood?
No. 210708 ID: 5696f7

I like ticks, they are comfy and easy to wear!
No. 210715 ID: e04f2c

It wouldn't be a tiny sack. We don't know how long the internal bleeding will last and it could grow to be a large bulb on the side of her head, and the would attract all the wrong types of attention.

What happens to us when the internal bleeding stops, anyway? It's currently our only source of nutrients.
No. 210716 ID: c00244

Guys, all this discussion of blood is creepy. Let's just let Flora clean up until she doesn't want to continue, then reassess the situation and see what's necessary. We'll probably want to form some sort of scab or seal, but being subtle is the order of the day here. Nothing unsightly or obvious.
No. 210739 ID: 701a19

It would be a tiny sac because we could let the sac drain as needed.

As far as nutrition goes, we can cross that bridge sometime after the bleeding has stopped and our stores are halfway gone - a few days for the bleeding, a month or two for the stores.
No. 210746 ID: a594b9

I don't want to grow a sac, there's a risk of backflow if it gets hit or squeezed.
No. 211004 ID: 45be60
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Is it bad that having to make up lies on the fly apparently calms me down? I'm not sure what that says about me. But, I guess I have a few more minutes anyway, so that's good. Have to clean up the sink too. And bury the towels in the trash so nobody sees them.

This one! Listen to this one please! I am extremely uncomfortable with this line of thought. Mental images of a girl who looks quite a bit like Florence with a balloon sticking out of her ear flash through her mind as she finishes up. Mixed up in with them, there is also a brief image of a small green child-thing with the same condition, except HIS fluid filled balloon has a face drawn on it, and wears a little suit? Very strange.

Does this look okay? It's gonna have to do I think. What next?

[Apparently I was not clear enough about this, so let me clarify for the confused. Your roots are mostly spread through her subdermal tissues, and have access to the blood therein. You can absorb nutrients from this blood as it trickles past, much like the cells for which the nutrients were intended. This plus the meager sunlight your blood-caked leaves get is sufficient for all your current needs. Your taproot extends through a small fissure in her skull into the grey matter below. Based on a later idea, it is currently being employed to prevent blood from pooling in her skull utilizing a modification to the capillary system common to most plant stems. The nutritional gains from this structure are a small fraction of what is available elsewhere. awright?]
No. 211005 ID: 26d6b5

[i knew that was the case, but SOME PEOPLE *cough*seven*cough* seemed to not understand that]

don't worry, more the 50% have to agree on a growth pattern to do it. anyway, once we get a bit bigger you want any particular design for the flow or should we just wing it? everyone would assume it is a nice flower hairclip.
No. 211006 ID: e31d52

Heck, we could even function as a hairclip! We're so nice and handy.
No. 211007 ID: 701a19

The primary purpose of storing the excess blood is so that it's not leaking out everywhere, and the reason I want to use that as a nutrition source is so that it's disposed of covertly and serves some useful purpose.

People want to have a seal or scab over it, but don't want to do anything to drain the seepage that accompanies this kind of trauma? That would end badly.
No. 211012 ID: 445c48

[In b4 two weeks and this becomes sevi quest:The Beginnings]
No. 211014 ID: a594b9

We're already draining it. What we're doing now works fine, no need to embellish it. In fact, I think the blood flow has mostly stopped. I don't see any seepage right now!

Next... Well, how about you show us your apartment?
No. 211041 ID: bb1fcb

We just met her an now you want to see her apartment?

I kid, we should go somewhere more private and talk about our unique situation.
No. 211055 ID: 2fd089

Let's get that flower bloomin'! We gotta let all the other flowers know we're totally available. Pollinate pollinate pollinate~
No. 211074 ID: c00244

Whoa! Let's not. Stay subtle, for Flora's sake; she can manually pollinate us if we need it and we can grow a few seeds for her to plant.

Anyway, that's for later. Flora, perhaps you should head home for now. If nothing else you'll have supplies and a place to rest there; there will likely be official-type people arriving eventually, but you should have some time before that happens.
No. 211236 ID: 5ccac3
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Florence finishes her cleaning and grabs a moist paper towel to dab at the bleeding, ashamed all the while of all the trees she just used. She gives a contrite smile to the lady behind the counter on her way out.

Home huh? Well, I guess that's as good a goal as any. It's kind of a long walk though, unless you have any brilliant ideas. The closest tram station is in the opposite direction, and the bus system in this city is shameful. On the other hand, if there was something else I should be doing along the way, this would be a fine time.

I never really put much stock in fancy hair decorations. Honestly, I keep it pretty simple, like I do everything else. Pretty much shampoo and a brush for me. Why, do you think a hair clip would help?

Crap, I'm still hungry. Should I have grabbed a bite at the fast food joint?
No. 211238 ID: c00244

Eating something wouldn't be a bad idea. You'll need a lot of water, iron, and proteins to recover from the blood loss. That said, fast food is not really the best location for getting that sort of nutrients, and if you drink a lot of pop it can actually impede recovery.
No. 211242 ID: 732129


I really did want a hamburger Gloria.
No. 211249 ID: 40cb26

At that joint? No. But get some food in you next chance you get. Healthier is better, but anything will do for now. You have lost some blood and getting some water in you will help keep you feeling well.
No. 211310 ID: 701a19

Florence, why are you upset over the trees? They lack any mechanism which would allow for sentience.

Or did you mean that you dislike deforestation?
If that's the case then your guilt is misplaced, since the first-world logging industry was the first industry to become sustainable; more than 99% of the paper you use comes from trees that have already been replaced with saplings. The cattle industry is what actually causes most deforestation.
I suppose you could worry about the logging industry's fuel use or water consumption, but that's worrying about the drapes while the house is on fire, ya'know?

We need a disguise, and a hairclip would work. Hiding in plain sight.

Yea, go get some food. Are you a vegetarian? Vegan? Something like that?
If not, then go get a bowl of chili and some bread. High nutritional content and everything you need for the healing process.

[Are we dumping what little O2 we produce into the air, or into Flora?]
No. 211318 ID: c4c991

[at this moment ether is fine, we have so little it would be unnoticeable. maybe once we get a bit bigger we can make it so flora can hold her breath for a hella long time]
No. 211359 ID: a594b9

You should get some food, yes. Stop at the next good place for that. Hmm, you know, walking along the sidewalk is actually a good time for us to grow that flower we've been wanting. Let's try for a daisy.
No. 212083 ID: cf5e15

If we are going to blossom let her pick the flower.

Or we could grow a flower that has petals that look like her hair.
No. 213497 ID: 45be60
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There's that name again. Who is this person?

It's a fair point about the logging industry I guess, and they WERE the natural, unbleached kind of towel. It's just... years of training, you know? Sort of how you know nothing bad happens now if you crush styrofoam cups, but you still think twice about it. I'm sorta sad I missed the days of irresponsible logging though, cause they were such great targets for environmentally justified sabotage. I hear stories from some of the old-timers about putting potatoes in exhaust pipes and the like. Priceless.

Returning what she understands to be useful oxygen to her bloodstream seems like a good idea. So far you have been performing your plant respiration in the same way you always did before, but it is a relatively simple matter to reroute some internal flow and drop your waste gases back into her bloodstream instead.

I'm not a vegetarian. I'm with Green Planet, not PETA. I met a chicken once. Struck me as an animal that deserved to be eaten. I do generally try to avoid mammals, because red meat is supposed to be bad for you, and because it just doesn't seem right eating something in the same... family thing?... that could be... I dunno. Mammals just don't seem like food. I am willing to make an exception for sausage though.

She passes a few coffee shops, and some other places which technically serve food but were still rejected for one reason or another, and eventually finds a place that seems suitable.

Well, This'll do. Pan-asian fusion bakery place. Sounds weird, but they pull it off. Usually a bit too pricey for me, but if I'm just getting the soup, it should be okay.

I have a lot of doubts about this "pretend to be hair" plan I'm hearing about, cause if you don't pull it off perfect, it's going to be even more attention grabbing. The hair decoration thing has potential though. I dunno much about flowers though. Something simple I guess. I like white. Maaaybe purple.

Chapter OP is a really quickly drawn white chrysanthemum. If you wanna look like that, I can go "just as planned" and pretend to know what I'm doing.

Well, that's food taken care of. Long walk home now I guess. Or, hmm, there's a library satellite branch not far from here. Wasn't I supposed to look some stuff up online?
No. 213498 ID: b34742

ah yes, we were wondering if you good look up some info on head injuries. we are kinda winging this. we know you need your blood, but we are not sure how to fix the... artery? yeah artery. not sure what would be the best way to go about it.
No. 213506 ID: 701a19

Lets disguise ourselves as a really quickly drawn white chrysanthemum!
No. 213833 ID: a594b9

Ok sure that sounds good.

Could you also look up some information about plants and flowers and stuff? Oh and I think 'Gloria' is someone that other plantmind made up to try to make some kind of weird joke.
No. 213834 ID: 45be60
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Florence makes her way to the library branch and it's public computer terminals without incident. Ah, delicious information.

"The most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury is called a concussion. The word comes from the Latin concutere which means "to shake violently." blah blah blah okay here we go.

"What Should I Do if I Have a Concussion?
The seriousness of a concussion dictates what kind of treatment you should seek. Most people with concussions fully recover with appropriate treatment. But since a concussion can be serious, safeguarding yourself is important. Here are a few steps to take:

"Seek medical attention. A health care professional can decide how serious the concussion is and whether you require treatment. If you have suffered a grade 1 or grade 2 concussion, wait until symptoms are gone before returning to normal activities. That could take several minutes, hours, days, or even a week.
"If you have sustained a grade 3 concussion, see a doctor immediately for observation and treatment." What's a type three... lets see doo doo doo here.
"In a grade 3 concussion, the person loses consciousness, sometimes just for a few seconds." Okay, that one then. Shit. Where was I? "A doctor will ask how the head injury happened and discuss the symptoms. The doctor may also ask you simple questions such as "Where do you live?" "What is your name?" or "Who is the president?" The doctor asks these questions to evaluate your memory and concentration skills." Well, I think I'm okay there at least.

"The doctor may test your coordination and reflexes, which are both functions of the central nervous system. The doctor may also order a CT scan or an MRI to rule out bleeding or other serious brain injury." Um... bleeding. Right.

"If hospitalization is not required, the doctor will provide instructions for your recovery. Aspirin-free medications may be prescribed and you will be advised to take it easy. Experts recommend follow-up medical attention within 24 to 72 hours if symptoms worsen.

"Importantly, if you have a seizure, immediately see a doctor.

Okay, bleeding, bleeding...
No. 213837 ID: 45be60
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"A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke. It's caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This bleeding kills brain cells." It's probably the same sort of thing anyway, right?

"The Greek root for blood is hemo. blah blah..

"When blood from trauma irritates brain tissues, it causes swelling. This is known as cerebral edema. The pooled blood collects into a mass called a hematoma. These conditions increase pressure on nearby brain tissue, and that reduces vital blood flow and kills brain cells.

"Bleeding can occur inside the brain, between the brain and the membranes that cover it, between the layers of the brain's covering or between the skull and the covering of the brain."

Some stuff about diagnosing them.. Not an issue... okay.

"How Is a Brain Hemorrhage Treated? Once you see a doctor, he or she can determine which part of the brain is affected based on your symptoms.

"Doctors may run a variety of imaging tests, such as a CT scan, which can reveal internal bleeding or blood accumulation, or an MRI. A neurological exam or eye exam, which can show swelling of the optic nerve, may also be performed. Blood tests and a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) may also be needed.

"Treatment for bleeding in the brain depends on the location, cause, and extent of the hemorrhage. Surgery may be needed to alleviate swelling and prevent bleeding. Certain medications may also be prescribed. These include painkillers, corticosteroids, or diuretics to reduce swelling, and anticonvulsants to control seizures. Blood products or intravenous fluids may be administered if needed.

"How well a patient responds to a brain hemorrhage depends on the size of the hemorrhage and the amount of swelling. Some patients recover completely. Possible complications include stroke, loss of brain function, or side effects from medications or treatments. Death is possible, and may quickly occur despite prompt medical treatment."

So... I guess keep it from swelling and let it heal on it's own?
No. 213839 ID: 18169f

okay, we already have everything handled then. good. just need to eat right so blood loss is negated and you will do fine.
No. 213848 ID: 45be60
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Okay, so on to learning about flowers then! Wait, what? Hmm, NOW what is she looking up?

...Oh. Right. Okay, that's fair you guess.

"Usually with schizophrenia, the person's inner world and behavior change notably. Behavior changes might include the following:
Social withdrawal
Depersonalization (intense anxiety and a feeling of being unreal)
Loss of appetite
Loss of hygiene
Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren't there)
The sense of being controlled by outside forces"

It's those last two that really have me worried here. Causes, causes...

"Experts don't know what causes schizophrenia. It may have different causes for different people. In some people, brain chemistry and brain structure are not normal. Family history may play a role. And problems that harm a baby's brain during pregnancy also may help cause it.

"Genetics: Your chance of developing schizophrenia is greater if your parent, brother, or sister has the illness. But most people who have a family member with schizophrenia don't develop it.
Brain chemistry and structure: It's possible that neurotransmitters, which send messages between parts of the brain, don't work the right way in people with schizophrenia.
Pregnancy: Schizophrenia may be related to pregnancy problems that can harm a baby's developing brain and nervous system. These problems include poor nutrition or a viral infection during pregnancy.

"Schizophrenia is not caused by anything you did, by personal weakness or bad choices, or by the way your parents raised you. More research is needed to understand what causes schizophrenia."

...Okay, so at least if I'm crazy, the blow to the head didn't cause it. This could still be damage induced fever-dream though.
No. 213849 ID: 445c48

Shout at the librarians so they install superior web browses that are faster and more secure.
No. 213850 ID: 18169f

ha, think we are insanity. rich.
No. 213852 ID: a594b9

In fact... I wonder, maybe we could be used as a medical tool someday? Imagine, having a plantmind network in hospitals everywhere! We could even do stuff like dig in past sensitive organs carefully and kill hard-to-reach tumors...
No. 213853 ID: a594b9

Huh what? Oh come on, Flora! We're not a mental condition. We can prove it, just you wait until we get that flower blooming. Then you can just point to someone and go "Hey, like my flower?" and they'll go "Yeah it's pretty."

You'll see.
No. 213854 ID: 701a19
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>"Death is possible, and may quickly occur despite prompt medical treatment."
>So... I guess keep it from swelling and let it heal on it's own?

You have clearly suffered serious brain damage if you think those lines belong in sequence.




Sadly, I don't think we can prove that we're not a part of your head. Not to your satisfaction, anyway.

Except, maybe...
[Disguise ourselves as a really quickly drawn white chrysanthemum]
No. 213877 ID: 732129

It's true. De-Nile ain't just a river in Egypt! It's also awesome medicine!

Look, even if this stress and injury did trigger a latent schizophrenia (not likely, by the by), the advice you've gotten has almost all been good advice focused on keeping you alive. Some of the information was irrelevant and wasted your time, but most of it was trying to be helpful.

Go. See. A. Doctor.
No. 213944 ID: 2131c2

I don't think we should.

They'll try to take us out. It will kill us. And maybe you.

The web page said pressure building up is what causes the damage so everything should be fine if we keep draining it.

Blood loss might be an issue. We don't know how long it will bleed. You should look up what foods help your body produce blood (I think it's green vegetables and... red meat).
No. 214015 ID: c4c313
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The only odd thing in her blood different from just your average SPONCH is a high amount of iron. So, maybe look up iron sources?

Sorry for not speaking up earlier. I think we should look like this!
No. 214051 ID: c00244

Preferably, go see a doctor that you can trust and who will keep quiet about this sort of thing if you ask them to. Relatives, old friends, or fellow activists might fit the bill.

The fact is, if you stroll in and see some random person they're probably going to want to cut open your head and pull us out, which isn't cool. Either for us, since we'd get pulled out, or for you, since it would involve having your head sliced open and probably poked around in as they attempt to separate our roots from your gray matter.
No. 214192 ID: 40cb26

>fellow activists
I'd be even more wary about asking them before other friends or family, depending on what their ideas about things are. Getting someone who knows you up in arms about you harboring, or being a freak of nature isn't likely to help matters much.
No. 217579 ID: 45be60
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AAARG! I thought we were done with this.

I don't really have anyone fitting that description. Besides, wouldn't it make more sense to visit someone who wouldn't care if I li- ...Who doesn't have a vested interest in my long term well being? In my limited experience, friends and family don't just let things go when they are worried about you.

YES, damnit. Death is possible with prompt medical treatment if they can't relieve the pressure. The meds are just painkillers and swelling reducers, and the ONLY thing the surgery does is try to relieve the pressure. You lot are telling me that you are relieving the pressure. You are trying to convince me that I'm not crazy, that there really are voices coming from a plant stuck in my head, and that this plant is moving blood around to relieve the pressure. Well, if, AND THIS IS A BIG IF, I'm not crazy, then either you are already taking care of it, or you are lying to me, so which is it? And if I AM crazy I can't trust anything you say about my condition anyway. So I say screw you crazy head voices, I'm going home.
No. 217583 ID: b94e61

We think we are, but aren't sure.
How's progress on that, guys? Maybe we could put it in a berry by the flower if it isnt getting fixed quick enough?
No. 217612 ID: d7c869

some of the consciousnesses can't seem to listen right. they hear one sentence but gloss over another. they heard 'death' and no otther after that.
anyway, yes. we are taking care of it, you have nothing to worry about.
No. 217632 ID: bfa36f

So Flora, what are you going to do now? This isn't exactly a normal situation for humans. I doubt it will be business as usual for you.

Also, just out of curiosity, we know stuff you know now. Do you know what we knew before we were embedded in your skull? Do you know our brief history?
No. 217686 ID: a594b9

You're fine. We're doing our job; no risk of death here. It seems that some of us just don't really understand the risks and are worrying too much.

Schizophrenia is a lot different from this, by the way. Schizophrenic voices are abusive, not supportive.
No. 217748 ID: 644ca1

I like this look, we should look pretty, just like the Lilium hybrid said we should.
No. 217956 ID: 45be60
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She walks for a long time without addressing you directly, still seething a bit with frustration and plain stress. She still thinks steadily though, no amount of ignoring you will stop that. She considers taking an aspirin, because it is a pain killer, and she sort of remembers it being a blood thinner because of those commercials about aspirin if you have a heart attack. But then she remembers something she half noticed from the concussion article about not taking aspirin products. Damnit, her head hurts.

If she had died today, how long would it be before her parents found out? What would they do? Would they have to be nice to eachother at her funeral? Who would get in touch with them? How? Her phone has numbers stored in it. Oh shit, she reaches into her pocket and digs around for a phone. She withdraws it and flips it open. Black. She tries the power button. Nothing. Well that's just great. One more thing she can't afford to fix. Anybody who is good with electronics to mess with it? Not really. Maybe it just needs charged? She should be so lucky.

The park is up ahead. It's only a little bit faster to cut through, but the scenery is nicer. She could use the distraction.
No. 217965 ID: a594b9

...um, are you turning green? How are you feeling, Florence? Aside from the pain, of course. Sorry about that, I'd try to do something if I thought it was possible at all. Tylenol should be perfectly safe, by the way. It's pretty much the only painkiller that's not a blood thinner.

On an unrelated note, our flower's coming along well!
No. 217970 ID: 391c85

Awwwww yeah. Lookit dat. Soon, all the bee-tches will be all up on dat flower. "You want some o' this pollen? Don't worry babe, I'll be gentle."

Think we ought to come up with some way to cheer Flora up, guys? There's all these funky compounds running around in her system, right? Think more of one would cheer her up?
No. 217996 ID: 560fa2

Either She's turning green, or suddenly shading.
No. 218020 ID: e973f4

Not a bad idea, assuming we can figure out which compound does what pretty reliably.

Yeah I'd head for the park and just relax for a bit.
No. 218112 ID: 3234dd

Yay, leaves! Commence energy conversion!

Aspirin is a blood thinner. It increases the risk of stroke and makes it more difficult to stem bloodflow. So, yeah sorry. No aspirin.

The park would be nice. Then we could see some of our floral brethren. If the artist cares to draw it, that is.
No. 218128 ID: c00244

Maybe we should grow ourselves to be easily plucked off and grow back. You know, in case someone tries to pull the flower out of her hair, it would probably be good if our blossom and most of the stem would easily pop off and leave us in stealth mode, rather than yanking on the root systems sunk into Flora's skull. Important to prepare for these things.

While we're at it, we can put some seeds in our flower. Better start preparing to establish new plants. Being stuck exclusively in Flora's skull forever would... probably not be good.
No. 218143 ID: 644ca1

Making the flower easily removable is a good idea. But I find no problem with being stuck in Flora's head. She can move more easily than we can and we will always have nutrients as long as she eats and drinks. But since we can move from plant to plant the seed thing is still a good idea, it gives us more options, let's do it.
No. 218528 ID: 45be60
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Oh WOW. You knew the park was going to be a place with other plants, but this... The city was a wasteland, but not even the lab had this much plant life. It is overwhelming at first. Like being plucked from the desert and dropped into the ocean. You even have a brief moment where you feel you may drown, losing yourselves in the empty sea of green.

You are not surprised to find that the plants around you lack consciousness. They feel empty, like you sometimes experienced in the lab when you looked at a physical plant when it's attention was focused elsewhere. They also feel sluggish, like most unresponsive of those larger, slower entities at the extreme end of the lab.

Even though she is still ignoring your chatter, Florence's thoughts make it clear that she too senses the wealth of greenery, though perhaps not as strongly, It is an unexpected sensation for her, and she staggers slightly, seeking a place to sit down.

...okay, maybe I was a little too quick to dismiss that concussion thing. Dizzy. No, that's not right. My head feels... squeezed.
No. 218530 ID: e31d52

woah so many bros

too many bros

that's what is making you so dizzy, there's so much green here it's almost drowning us and I guess you're feeling it too
No. 218531 ID: a594b9

Can... can we move? Can we spread? Can we make these plants grow like we want them to?

I'm going to try it. Try to take over something small, and fast-growing to experiment.
No. 218566 ID: 47fd9f

may need direct connection to work. try laying on the ground so we can reach the grass.
No. 218567 ID: 644ca1

Let's find a three leaf clover and make it grow an extra leaf.
No. 218700 ID: 586db0

Pff. That's smalltime. FOUR extra leaves. Seven leaf clover! Pollenation yeah, man!
No. 218760 ID: 64c86c

You aren't concussed, it's the greenery. You couldn't sense it before. This stuff isn't like the plants we are used to, but maybe we can do something with them.

How's about we try making some nearby flowers bloom or something. Just to see if we can affect normal vegetation.
No. 218764 ID: 3234dd


Flowers take a while before they're ready to bloom, but it's a good chance we could trigger any that are on the cusp of blooming. Should see results in only hours!
No. 218824 ID: 644ca1

I like how you think, let's do it!
No. 219018 ID: 45be60
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You cast about through your surroundings, and locate the shape you are looking for in the greenery. It is really kind of hard focus on just one with all the others in such close proximity. You find a strong healthy example to play with. Slipping into its form feels... okay, maybe a little different than you are used to, but still pretty familiar. You have to push your way gently inside, the sensation is that there was not a place for you until you made one, but once inside it is snug and comfortable. The sun feels nice on your leaves. You take a moment to just enjoy it.
No. 219022 ID: 45be60
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Grow grow grow! Wheeeeee! It is easy to get lost in the simple joy of growing again in the bright sun and the warm soil.

The clover's internals feel a bit sluggish compared to what you are accustomed to, but it responds to your instructions smoothly enough. Using your new-found sense of time, you estimate you spend about an hour of focused effort coaxing this abnormal growth out of the small specimen without causing any damage

Just as you are finishing up and sitting back to admire your handiwork, you feel a strange pulling sensation. Within moments, before you have time to really ponder the implications, you find yourselves forcibly abandoning the clover and rejoining the flower entwined in Florence's hair. She is walking again, in an area of the park you haven't seen before. You are sure you would have remembered the long hedge she is walking next to. Apparently she decided she was finished sitting and moved off down the path while you were focused elsewhere.
No. 219027 ID: 445c48

Hey, stop, we can do cool stuff! Find a bench, sit, and watch this plant we're going to grow into a smiley face.
No. 219047 ID: a594b9

Well okay Gale, we did some experimentation and it seems that we can manipulate pretty much any plant that's nearby. However it's a little slow... and we get pulled back to you if you move away. We just made a 7-leaf clover!

So the good news is you can make a living off of selling weird-shaped produce. The bad news is we're stuck in your head for the most part... at least until we can make a seed or something for you to plant so we have a second 'true' body to anchor to.

Feeling any better after that rest?
No. 219082 ID: 644ca1

Whoa we made a 7 leaf clover, a 7 leaf clover!
It might be nothing like what some of us did in the lab but pretty cool anyway.
No. 219393 ID: 45be60
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Oh, you're back. Just when I was starting to think I might be sane after all. Then the voices come back and start yelling about old Futurama references. Joy.

I guess I feel better. My head is still buzzing a bit, but it's not as bad. That or I am just getting used to it. Anyway, I figured I should get going, before it gets too late.

...but um... I guess I could spare a minute for my head wound. Something you wanted me to see?
No. 219400 ID: 732129


Turn around, go back down the path, back near where you first entered the park. There should be a patch of clover on your right. In the middle of the patch there is a seven leaf clover. We made it, and it's proof we're really real.
No. 219414 ID: 5ea3ca

making a living out of it should be out of question. its very easily traceable.

but becoming a superhero because of that? we can make poison ivy envious!

im guessing we should check for possible head/brain injury. im pretty sure we did not trespassed the skull, so we should not be able to control/heal any pressure in her brain.

how do you feel if we have some development in analysis of blood or stealthly spreading our roots under your skin?

alternatively, would you like some barkskin, maybe a self made shampoo/body oil?
No. 219422 ID: 6666ca

No need to go back and look at it. When you get home well spend some time messing with your plants. We will make you something nice.
No. 219481 ID: a594b9

Hm? Well if you want to go look at what we made in the park, sure. However, it is in a patch of clover so it might be a little difficult to find... On the other hand, you could also take a look at the flower we made on your head~
No. 220017 ID: 45be60
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What the FUCK?
No. 220018 ID: e31d52

oh god don't panic, don't pull us out please oh god oh goodness please don't panic we thought it would look more normal this way aaaaaaaaaaaaa
No. 220019 ID: 2c53c2

Uh... we hope you like white? Though we can customize the color and shape of our blossom if you wish.

Seriously, thought we'd look better as decor than as a head wound. And we did tell you that we're some kind of crazy mutant bioengineered intelligent flower, right?
No. 220021 ID: 3234dd

Crap don't panic it isn't easily detachable yet; you might rip open your skull if you try to pull out the flower.
No. 220028 ID: eededc

Don't pull us out! We've only been helping you so far! We didn't even realize we were in a living being until we were, erm, already inside you.

Seriously though, you'll only hurt us and yourself. Pulling would be Very Very bad.
No. 220030 ID: 632972

especially the fact that we kinda burrowed into your skull to drain the blood.
No. 220075 ID: 732129

Hey I bet we could make her capable of photosynthesis too!
No. 220086 ID: 45be60
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What. the. hell. Okay, seriously, I need to be made aware of things like this when they happen. You guys were talking about hair clip disguises like two hours ago. That was retarded fast. Flowers don't grow that fast. Nothing grows that fast. What ARE you?

For the rest of the walk home, her thoughts race through possibilities, until eventually she settles on one conclusion. Okay. So. I may still be crazy. I an unprepared to rule that out at this time. However, if that is the case, my delusions are so complete and consistent that NOT acting on them would be just as crazy. So on the off chance that this is all really happening, I'll just go with it. So do you crazy flower voices have a name?
No. 220090 ID: a594b9

Uh... Not really? I guess I could think one up.

Let's see we're kindof attuned to plants, and we have some kindof supernatural phenomenon going...

How about Viridjinni?
No. 220104 ID: 2e881f

Don't have a name. But hey. We're in your head. You got any ideas?
No. 220113 ID: 632972

well, we are super plant created by SCIENCE! we can get away with stuff like that.

and nope, no name yet.
No. 220123 ID: 644ca1

We were many flowers until the lab exploded, I guess maybe some of us had names or something like it. I don't know what we could use as a name for all of us though.
Maybe you have a good idea for what to call us?
No. 220129 ID: 732129

Call me Ishmael.
No. 220131 ID: 2c53c2

Hey, it's name-choosing time? I suggest Verdance.

Yeah, we grow that fast. I would point out that if we grew at normal flower rates, there's no way that we'd have been able to try and fix your wound- it'd have taken days or weeks to manage that kind of growth. We managed it in minutes.

On another note, I'd say we look rather fetching there. Excellent job on the flower, team.
No. 220168 ID: 701a19

You're Flora, so lets complete the inversion; call us Fauna.
No. 220171 ID: 4531bc

Fauna is alright, I prefer the name 'SCIENCE', though
No. 220248 ID: 40cb26

Fauna means animals. That's just silly.

I like this one, seconded.
No. 220249 ID: 969e74


Well she's named Flora (and human=animal), we can be Fauna!
No. 220306 ID: 644ca1

I kinda like this, a bit odd but quite humorous.
No. 220314 ID: b12a7c

Call us freaky-plant-thing-in-my-head.
No. 220323 ID: 40cb26

Ok I know this isn't the thing we're worried about now, but we might as well get it started now before we wish we did later.

First off we need to make sure that our flower is only loosely connected to us, so that if someone or something pulls it off we don't all go with it or leave a big hole. Ideally the underneath should look like a scar or birthmark.

Secondly, we need our flower to produce a small stem pointed behind her ear, so it looks like it could be supported by it on her head. As opposed to, you know, sprouting straight out of her skull. It should be attached to the flower so they both would be removed together.
No. 220331 ID: 2c53c2

Yeah, this was brought up earlier but I'm not sure if it ever got done. If it wasn't, it should be. Important to look ahead for future problems.

Also related to looking ahead, we should probably start making up a few seeds.
No. 220415 ID: 3234dd


You ran that fast. Why couldn't we grow that fast?

As for a name, unfortunately we used to be many plants, which were all (?) lost in the fire, except for one seed, which is now in your head. If you want to name us, you'll have to get us separated back into individual plants. Until then the others can probably think of a good name for the group. I hesitate to suggest Legion.
No. 221686 ID: 45be60
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Heh, okay, a simple 'no' would have been fine. Hey... that guy is staring at me.

A Shady Stranger approaches!

You were unprepared for the attack!

Shady Stranger uses "Hey Miss Have You Got The Time?"

Shady Stranger closes the distance.

No. 221715 ID: 3234dd


Special. You get more XP by using special moves in battul.
No. 221736 ID: a594b9

I don't like this guy's expression... and I don't remember you having a watch. Just say no and keep moving.
No. 221741 ID: 644ca1

Hey did the flytrap learn to spit poison before the lab exploded? If yes, be ready to grow what we need to attack. Else, make the flower easy to remove if we haven't already.
No. 221770 ID: 40cb26

No way even we can change quickly enough to matter here. Maybe we can learn to though...

Anyways just tell him you don't have a watch or anything and keep moving away from him. If he gets any closer be ready to run and defend yourself as needed.

...What's in that "Spec" submenu, anyways?
No. 221795 ID: 0b2a05

Item > cell phone to check the time
No. 221796 ID: a594b9

Oh, I guess that's right, we can use a phone to check the time.

Watch out though, he may be planning to snatch the phone. I guess I'm being a little paranoid but hey look at that guy's face!
No. 221805 ID: 701a19

Unarmed combat is a bad idea. RUN!
No. 221807 ID: b34742

just give him the time.
No. 221915 ID: 716eb0

But cell phone is currently dead.
No. 221960 ID: 3e83e6

Say "Sorry, No."

No. 222094 ID: 45be60
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Florence uses self-pity: dead cellphone.

Nothing happens.

Florence uses escape tech "Sorry, No."

Florence ran away...
But Shady Stranger blocks the way!

Shady Stranger uses "Then How Bout Some Cash?"

Shady Stranger is evolving!
Shady Stranger evolved into Smirking Mugger.

No. 222098 ID: a594b9

Take out your wallet, go "This is all I have.", crumple up your cash and throw it away from you so he goes for the money and you have an escape route. Then run for it!
No. 222099 ID: 97cb33

wait, just a little knife? use a high-kick and smash him in the jam with your foot.
No. 222102 ID: 732129

I can taste the adrenaline in your blood. You're wide awake, and ready fight or to run. Your heart is thumping, and you're evaluating your chances.

He has a grip on that blade appropriate for jabbing but he's not in a proper fighting stance yet. If you're fast enough, and if you can dodge one jab that won't be at full power and speed, you should be able to knock him over with a body check. Then you can stomp on his balls, and leave him incapacitated.
No. 222111 ID: 40cb26

Hmm... can we manipulate fungus? Because he doesn't all that hygenic, let's try to make whatever is growing on him act up really reallybad.

If there isn't an immediate effect just throw some change at his face and run.
No. 222118 ID: 59aff1

how about a sunbeam?

or a hyperbeam?

well ok, stun spore?

uh. leg it. if you can get some sand to trhow at his face, do so.
No. 222192 ID: 701a19

Keep him distracted.

[Make his athletes foot turn necrotic]
No. 222367 ID: 45be60
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rolled 4 = 4

> distract with throwing!
> right inna rocks!

Florence reaches into her pocket and begins to dig. The smirking mugger's smirk broadens as he takes a half step closer, but his grin falls away when she uses the drop in his guard to throw the contents of her pocket (85 cents, a crumpled receipt, and a pen cap) into his face and rush him. He gets a wild slash off on the charging girl before she checks him into the ground. She immediately kicks him in the fork, then with hardly a pause, proceeds to pummel his prone and writhing form, yelling all the while.

"How DARE you! You don't GET to ruin my day any more! You have no idea the kind of day I've had! I almost DIED! And now I'm crazy! And I don't have to put up with your bullshit!"

The man whimpers and rolls, desperately trying to protect his tender areas.

Smirking Mugger called for help!
No. 222368 ID: 40cb26

Great, no matter if he summons hobos or citizens or cops, we don't want to be around that. Get running already!
No. 222369 ID: 97cb33

FLORENCE, CHILL, don't make us figure out how to manufacture sleep agents, cause we will.
No. 222370 ID: 97cb33

and no running. if it's cops then we can explain what happened.
No. 222371 ID: 732129


Unless you're planning on mugging him (turnabout is fair play, after all), you should take this opportunity to leave. Even if you're not going to properly mug him, make sure you grab his knife. He'll be less inclined to try to attack you again without it.

You've been cut on your upper right arm, but it doesn't seem to be bleeding very much yet. It's probably a shallow cut. We can grow some thin root hairs down your shoulder to the wound and pull it shut tight if you want, or you can just go with the traditional bandaging. Up to you.
No. 222372 ID: 97cb33

and don't touch anything until you see who may be coming to help. picking up his knife when it's cops would be a horrible idea.
No. 222373 ID: 732129


We were far enough away from law enforcement that the mugger felt confident in mugging Florence. It's unlikely that the responder, if there is one, will be a cop.

In any case, should Florence need to justify having the knife she can always point out the cut on her arm, and that it was inflicted by Smirker there with that very same knife.
No. 222374 ID: 45be60
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> 4: help arrived!

Florence freezes in mid stomp when a voice calls out from somewhere nearby.

"Oy, Jim?"
"Tac! Get this crazy bitch off me!"

A doorway closes somewhere behind Florence on the narrow side street.
No. 222375 ID: 732129


You really should run, Florence. Grab the knife if you can, and book it.
No. 222386 ID: 2c53c2

This seems like sound advice.
No. 222412 ID: 3234dd

Tac will not give chase. He'll be too busy laughing at Jim for getting beat up by someone two heads shorter than him. If Jim didn't drop the knife, don't grab the knife. Just book it; the way is clear!

...tell him to keep the change.
No. 222414 ID: d3dfb8

Clock him a good one right in the temple.
Then get the fuck out of there.
No. 222415 ID: d3dfb8

[what was 1?
>Help arrived! With a machine gun?]
No. 222429 ID: 644ca1

I think the thug learned not to mess with us, now leg it before his friend puts a cut on your other arm.
No. 222493 ID: bcd983

Start walking off. "He started it! And keep the change, asshole! Maybe you can use it to buy a life!"
No. 222625 ID: 45be60
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Florence ran away...
Got away safely!

Snide commentary and discarded weaponry are ignored in her adrenaline fueled escape. Never stopping to look back, Florence legs it around the corner onto the main street. She sprints all the way to the last crosswalk before her apartment building, where she catches her breath waiting for the light to change, or at least for traffic to clear.

Ohhhh shit. That was close. I'm not cut up too bad, but this shirt is ruined. I don't think anybody followed me though. Damnit... so close to home, I almost made it. I never should have gotten up this morning. I'm glad this stupid day is almost over. Okay, here we are, home sweet shithole.

Florence's apartment building is not in the best of repair, as to be expected with her budget needs. It is a rent controlled high-rise with buzzer entry and a single rickety elevator. Florence does not know if her own buzzer even works. It has certainly never rung. Whether or not the elevator works changes on a weekly basis. This week it is not. Eight flights. Good thing she has such good endurance.

[[Bonus Objective - Guardian Angel: missed]]
No. 222626 ID: 701a19

No, no, no.
You do not get to whine. See here: >>222192

That was a viable and interesting option that you chose to ignore.
Don't blame the lack of interesting results on us when the smartest response by far is blatantly obvious and you decide to ignore the interesting suggestions.

What were you hoping we would do? Spend two hours growing a poison sac in the hopes that he would eat it? Or spend another two hours building a spine launcher so we could administer it at a distance?

Meanwhile, lets work on setting ourselves up to be more capable in the future...
[Start growing to engulf her entire skeleton in protective matter, and provide reserves of plant matter for us to use as a ready source of materials. Begin research on improved wound treatment, and how to thread through her flesh so that we can treat surface wounds and provide a starting point for research into augmenting her body.]
No. 222628 ID: 0b2a05

Get in your apartment.

...Do you have any plants?
No. 222647 ID: 644ca1

Let's be more prepared next time, let's finish developing the poison spit that the flytrap was working on before the explosion.
No. 222649 ID: 97cb33

i second this motion. may as well go all out and make the delivery system retractable. a cannon thing sticking out of a flower is very noticeable.
No. 222658 ID: a594b9

(Maybe we're faster than that. Remember, we didn't even get to see our progress on the flower until like 3 updates after it. I thought we were slow growers too, but it sounds like that isn't the case after all.)

Hey, Flora, let's stand at a mirror for a few minutes. I want to try a few things.
No. 222661 ID: 644ca1

Let's try growing another leaf and see how long it takes to grow.
No. 225263 ID: 45be60
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Florence enters to her dingy but familiar apartment after the long trek up the stairs, unsurprised though vaguely disappointed to find that no magical cleaning fairies came by to tidy the place up in her absence. She guiltily glances at the pitiful excuse for a plant intended to make her cramped, elevated desk feel more friendly, and goes to fill a glass from her sink with cleanish water for the poor thing.

She stands before an antique free-standing mirror, rescued from her grandmother's house after she died, and starts to assess her injuries. Her shirt is, as suspected, terminal. She carefully peels it off and deposits it unceremoniously on the floor. The gash across her torso is not life threatening, but neither is it superficial, and it does sting like hell. It may scar if not handled carefully. The cut on her arm is little more than a nick, the initial contact point of a wild swing intended to do her serious harm.

...I hate this city and everyone in it.
No. 225265 ID: 97cb33

wow, it may just be the popular culture seeping in from your memories but you look pretty hot. and even if that does scar it wouldn't make you any less pretty. if you really want it to seal right though we can try something.
[if she says yes then grow a small seed pod]

and while you may not like some people in here i am sure someone out there is good.
No. 225267 ID: a594b9

Aw, don't feel bad Flora... There's always some bad elements in any city. Let's see now.

[grow some long vines, intended to reach the cuts, and gently hold them shut]

...is that a plant back there behind you?
No. 225272 ID: 3fba9d

Don't worry with our help you can get a great job mutating plants for fun and profit. Then you can move to the country and relax.
No. 225278 ID: 701a19

More than hold them shut, how about we start oozing something like aloe to help the healing process? Heck, lets start sanitizing the wounds and cleaning the debris out of them?

[Do this. Also: Start growing to engulf her entire skeleton in protective matter, and provide reserves of plant matter for us to use as a ready source of materials. Begin research on improved wound treatment, and how to thread through her flesh so that we can extend tendrils out from our bone-wrap to treat surface wounds and provide a starting point for research into augmenting her body.]

Any supporters or opposition to this so far?

[Nurse her plant back to health]
No. 225280 ID: e31d52

Not really supporting crazy plant shit at this point.

Really, you should just soak in a bath or something. We'll... uh. Oh, we can focus on that plant there to give you some privacy, if you like.
No. 225282 ID: 97cb33

[yeah, let's keep the stuff simple and non-invasive right now]
No. 225283 ID: 701a19

[By consensus, delay any alterations to her system]

Hey, Flora? We've been talking about giving your bones a protective coating so they'll be more resilient. We'd like to do a small test to see how well it works and how seamlessly we can do it. It would be maybe a few square centimeters on an undamaged section of your skull, and if it worked there we would do another trial using the same methods to splint and reinforce the damaged bone at the trauma site.
Will you give us approval to go ahead with this?

Also, would you like us to tend to your surface wounds? We can aid the healing process, and should be able to prevent it from scarring too bad. Again, only with your approval.
No. 225285 ID: 732129

Titanium reinforcement of the bones should be enough. I think we could cook up an enzyme to break up titanium oxide and another to replace the calcium in her endoskeleton with titanium. That'd leave her with bones that are mostly unbreakable.

For now what we really need to do is get that cut on her torso sealed. We should be able to grow hair root structures that will serve as active sutures.
No. 225295 ID: 701a19

We're not considering altering her bones, just giving them a protective coating. We're not going to make any changes that we can't completely undo in a reasonably short period of time unless she and we both decide to permanently become some sort of symbiotic or hybrid being, and that's not in the foreseeable future from either side.

So, no, we're not going to be making any changes that would be difficult to reverse.
No. 225297 ID: 644ca1

I think it should be safe to try and figure out that poison spit now. Never know when we might need it.

[Start to develop poison spit hidden in the flower]
No. 225304 ID: 732129


Any process that we use an enzyme to facilitate could be reversed. Furthermore, reinforcing the bones could be done in a permanent fashion that doesn't require any extra work from us. A break, unlikely as it would be, would still mend normally.
No. 225315 ID: 6db541

im startin to get vibes of poison ivy from everyone suggesting changes. lets keep them hidden and nice.

how about this, lets release some sort of symbiotic spore on her bloodstream. they should help clean up the wounds, seal them and maybe change her blood color to a dashing cyan.

since we seem to be living here anyway, lets check that plant status. maybe we can make a little sentry out of it.
No. 225319 ID: e31d52

I've said it once and I'll say it a thousand times.

We do not change anything about her body or anything in it without her express and literal permission.

This is her body we are tampering with, for god's sake, we need full and complete consent or she can (rightly) rip us out and kill us with fire for fucking around with her.

Please. Stick to modifications to our flower!
No. 225337 ID: 644ca1

Ripping us out would be harmful to her too, but I do agree, let's not do crazy experiments to her insides.
No. 225373 ID: 732129

We haven't started any permanent changes to Florence. We're just talking about them right now.

I still think the titanium reinforcement is a winner. It'll take a good deal of energy to do, but since Florence can eat meat she has access to very dense energy sources. It should be fine. The hardest part would be extracting the titanium oxide from her digestive tract before it's passed as waste (which is what normally happens to the small amount of TiO2 that people eat). Oh, and she'd need to eat a supplement of TiO2, but that's hardly worth mentioning. That stuff is so cheap they use it in toothpaste as a whitener.
No. 225410 ID: 991b18


Just so long as we don't completely coat the bones it should be fine, sealing off essential organs is probably a bad idea. In any case we shouldn't go making changes without permission, especially since it's likely to make her tear us out.
No. 225451 ID: 732129

A coating wouldn't be ideal anyway. Reinforcing pins running the length of the bones would be much better. They'd be stronger, and superficial damage to the bones could be handled by her normal immune system.
No. 225463 ID: 701a19

Ideal? No, but it's a change we could easily reverse. We aren't going to make a single hard-to-undo change outside of a permanent arrangement, and we aren't making any non-emergency temporary changes without her informed consent.

This is not open for debate.
No. 225630 ID: fdc6d7

It would be incredibly invasive to do any of these things. Hell, it'd probably hurt like hell.

Maybe we can grow some aloe she could use on her cuts.
No. 225633 ID: 56dc25

Yeah, we can grow aloe. And possibly, if she's willing to let us try it, grow fine thorns/strong vines to use as living needle and thread, to tightly bind her torso slash so that it won't scar- reactive stitches that actively maintain themselves. She'll need to disinfect those injuries, by the way, and it might be wise to avoid swimming or showering in deference to the torso slash's need to heal.

Messing around with her internals at this point is a bad idea. I would definitely want to test our abilities there on some creature that we care less about before attempting to implement them; the risk of catastrophic error is too high and the potential gain not high enough.

On minor more feasible projects, let's spruce up that plant in the corner, and maybe have it start producing some kind of strong, fresh scent. Like lilac. Lilacs are nice.
No. 225639 ID: d3dfb8

Welp, let us see what we can do for your plant there.
No. 225647 ID: f6b553

long vines would actually be a very useful addition, especially if we can get more than one.
No. 225706 ID: d3dfb8

In b4 we change our name to sevi.
No. 227936 ID: 45be60
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Um... I don't think I'm comfortable with all this body modification stuff. I mean, maybe it would be useful, but I don't want to turn into some sort of freak, you know?

After staring at herself in the mirror for a few moments, she turns and digs around in the space next to her dresser to pull out a scale. She steps on and does some quick math.

Man... I think I lost almost ten pounds today. I'm starting to see my ribs. And my bra feels loose. >_< I'm going to have to be eating more than soup and ramen if I wanna get my weight back up. That means money. And I don't think there is much money in the amusingly shaped produce market... Wait, that's stupid. I could EAT the produce MYSELF.
No. 227938 ID: e31d52

That's right! So what sort of produce do you like? Watermelon? Watermelon is simple. Anyway, we can produce stuff for both you and for sale! You're set for life with us!
No. 227939 ID: 97cb33

star a garden on the roof. just make sure you have plenty of dirt and water, we'll spit put a few seeds and in a few days you will have a garden of mega fruits and veggies.
No. 227942 ID: 3fba9d

There is a huge market for custom plant stuff. You keep us full of sunlight and sweet nutrients and we will see what we can do about customizing any plant you bring us.
No. 227952 ID: a594b9

Produce? OK, we'll see what we can do. What kind do you want? We can modify that houseplant to grow you something. Apple? Orange? Tangerine?

[switch over after she gives us instructions]
No. 227961 ID: 732129


Your wound still needs treatment. Will you consent to allowing us to take care of it first? No modifications, nothing freakish beyond a few roots that we'll use to stitch up the wound. When the wound is healed, we'll withdraw them. There shouldn't even be a scar.

Failing that, will you see to dressing the wound?
No. 227978 ID: 45be60
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Kay, leaf is done. Potted plant is processing water happily. It could still use more... um... chemical? Something, supposed to be in the soil, need it to grow. Dangit, it's hard to put names to flavors.
No. 227980 ID: 97cb33

oh, and our readings from your little plant says it just has bad soil.
No. 227990 ID: a594b9

We require more fertilizer!
No. 228000 ID: e31d52

Yes, we need more nutrient-rich soil!
No. 228004 ID: 732129


There's all sorts of chemicals it could be. Does it taste like nitrogen? Phosphorus? Magnesium? Potassium?

Nitrogen's the easiest to fix. A little soil from a successful plant will seed the roots with nitrogen-fixing bacteria so that it can form root nodules. If we spent a little time studying the bacteria I'm sure we could copy their technique for fixing nitrogen and introduce that to the plant directly.

The others require potash, or soaked eggshells, or even a commercial plant food mix.
No. 228005 ID: 97cb33

WE don't, the little plant over there does.
No. 228012 ID: 701a19

So far, the only change on the table is looking into a protective coating for your bones.
This change would:
*Not be externally visible
*Reduce the odds of suffering broken bones
*Enable us to instantly set and splint a broken bone
*Be capable of taking the load off of a bone so it remains fully functional even while healing
*Reduce both the chance and severity of head trauma
*Enable us to treat damage in proximity to bone

My estimates suggest that we should be able to prevent bones from being broken in melee combat as long as the weapons you encounter aren't capable of more point-force than an aluminium baseball bat. I don't know how well it would fare against a lead pipe, and I seriously doubt it would hold up against a sledgehammer.
This is an estimate, not a guarantee; we can't know how well it would work without a trial run.

That's all we're asking for right now; permission to use a square inch or two of your skull for testing.
At the very least so we can develop a better way of treating the broken bone around here; what we're doing now is comparable to holding a vase together with scotch tape. Or bailing wire. It worked fine for an emergency patch job, but now you're in a safe location and we have a chance to focus on doing a proper job.
No. 228021 ID: d3dfb8

Well, if you can get some seeds we can help your plants grow. Then you can have all the fruits/vegetables you can eat!
No. 228022 ID: 732129


Let's get her cut taken care of and her belly full of food before we present her with a formal proposal about upgrades.

The damage from the head trauma will heal as long as we keep the pressure from the pooling blood down. We're already doing that, so we can let the trauma mend normally there.

The chest wound needs attention.
No. 228054 ID: 834469

Shouldn't we be a little worried about her losing so much weight? That's not normal for humans. This might be something to do with all the bleeding, or with us using it for nutrients.
No. 228060 ID: e31d52

Most likely it's a combination of her mutational ability and that.
No. 228136 ID: 28dd01

or the fact she has been starving for quite a while.

is there a means for us to grow a small garden for her? the other options include growing leaves to feed her from inside.
No. 228260 ID: 732129


Leaves... or we could grow chloroplasts in her skin directly. That'd give her a constant source of free sugars. Hm, but it'd also turn her green. And the amount of sugar generated would depend on how much skin she had exposed to the light.

So, basically, she'd be this naked green girl. You know what, let's shelf that as an emergency plan, maybe. Like, desert island scenario.

For now, we should work on getting her fed normally.
No. 228266 ID: 4690a9

i just noticed we could take a stroll and make a lot of fruits from trees in the park.

i would still like to have a private garden to feed her. how about developing our own meat fruit later on?
No. 228269 ID: 4690a9

i dont mean on her, i mean a meat tree.

inb4 sausage fest
No. 228374 ID: ea2a3c


We might be able to place the flavor with the tastes she knows. Phosphorous tastes like bone. Nitrogen tastes like ammonia. Sulfur tastes like rotten eggs. Potassium is not much more than salty.
No. 229090 ID: 45be60
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Oh, heh, no no, it's fine guys. I'm not starving or anything. At least I wasn't before. This is all from today, my body trying to burn enough energy to keep my core temperature up. I do this kind of thing in winter sometimes to keep my girlish figure under control, but I might lose a pound a day that way, and I don't feel more than refreshingly cool. When I woke up, I was really cold, so I guess I found my limit today. Honestly, it was further than I expected.

I figure my cuts just need disinfecting and some dressing. Neosporin and a gauze wrap would be ideal. What I HAVE is about three shots of Everclear and... um... I'm open to suggestions. I am still nursing that headache from before too. I guess I should raid the medicine cabinet and see what I have. Maybe I can find a band-aid or something. It's supposed to be aspirin free, right?

>Nitrogen? Phosphorus? Magnesium? Potassium?
You don't taste with a tongue! Your reference frames are unfortunately entirely incompatible.

Well, you can at least say that what the small plant needs is not something you have detected in her bone. You are processing your supply out of her blood stream, in relatively large quantities compared to the other stuff you need. So, probably what she knows as "ammonia" you guess? Though her mind has no recollection of that or indeed any OTHER nutrient being present in any significant quantity in the human blood stream. Curse her high school science education! Just enough knowledge for you to be aware of your ignorance.
No. 229092 ID: 701a19

So the plant needs iron or nitrogen, then.

But for now, we need to do something about those wounds.
[Grow a vine down to each of her cuts, and begin cleaning and sealing her wounds.]
No. 229093 ID: 97cb33

we cat secrete Aloe and stuff if you want that.
No. 229103 ID: e31d52

Might also want to take a shower or something, too. Or a long relaxing bath. Or something.
No. 229106 ID: a594b9

Everclear is almost pure alcohol. That's a good disinfectant. As for bandages... well, we may be able to help with that. Pick off a leaf of our flower carefully and press it to a cut. We should be able to make little tiny grabby things to hold together the cut, and form a protective covering over it.
No. 229137 ID: e0bc01

How much can we change existing plants structure? We could make that plant grow into a gauze like material usable as bandages.
No. 229172 ID: 881c77

cleaning the wound is priority when treating them. who knows, maybe that bum used to kill rats with that blade
No. 229901 ID: 732129

Clean cotton works remarkably well for keeping bacteria out of wounds. If you have a cotton terry cloth towel, that's nearly as good as gauze for dressing the wound for now.

Use the everclear to disinfect, and then dress the wound with a towel and tape. If you don't want it to scare, you can let us try to help and make stitches, or you can use super glue to seal the wound tightly, or you can go to a clinic.

Honestly you're bleeding very little. I'm quite surprised. Preventing infection and making sure scarring doesn't happen are the primary concerns.
No. 242035 ID: 45be60
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The urge to be helpful is quite strong, but it takes you a moment to come up with a practical idea that seems likely to work. Hmm, naturally occurring velcro structures are a simple enough, and as luck would have it, there's a wildflower among you who was working on some very applicable burs back at the lab. The delicate control practice would probably be good for you too, so you decide to go for it. You advise Florence to use the potent alcohol as she had intended, and inform her that you will try to work on a dressing in the meantime. Slightly confused at what you have planned, she nevertheless agrees and goes to work at her apartment's lone sink.

Meanwhile, you start working on your own task. The new leaf continues to grow, mostly in length, and the underside is thickly covered in fine hairs. Each one gets a tiny barbed hook at the end, sharp enough to catch flesh, but small enough not to pierce deeply and cause further pain.

Okay, that's as good as I think I'm gonna get here. Still about a shot left in the bottle. Now what?

Proceed with plan unchanged? [Y/N]
No. 242036 ID: dc80ab

hmm, extend a small unhooked part from both tips so she has something to grab onto so it wont stick to her fingers, then step her through it. stick it to one side of the gash then gently pull it over and stick the other half to the other side.
No. 242042 ID: 701a19

Now lets proceed.
No. 242043 ID: 1854db

Ideally the hooks should only be on each far edge. It's supposed to work like a clamp instead of a sticky sheet.

The way it works now, it's like a piece of duct tape.
No. 242451 ID: 45be60
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Huh... This is kinda weird, but I guess it works.
After a few experimental pokes, she gives the middle leaf a good tug and plucks it off. Ouch. Well, not really. That didn't really hurt in a physical sense, but the separation was a bit jarring, and there was some psychosomatic expectation of pain. You can no longer feel the leaf directly, but it still echos of nearby plant life, and probably will until it dries out.

Well this is... surprisingly effective actually. I mean it's not going to do for preventing infection, it's just not big enough. But it holds the skin closed nicely, and without the sutures and bullshit. I... I guess... clean cotton? I can sacrifice a sock for a bandage I guess. Oh wait.. duh. I have a recently alcohol disinfected washcloth. Now where did I hide my tape?
No. 242458 ID: 9a7a68

in your desk maybe?
No. 242468 ID: 45be60
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After a brief struggle with a haphazard stack of bric-a-brac, she comes away with a mostly full roll of masking tape that will probably do the job. She settles down in a chair and flips on the television while she fiddles with the rest.

Unfortunately, the rest of the job is soon forgotten in the wake of the distraction that comes next.
"...is being treated for smoke inhalation, and is listed in stable condition.

"Authorities are holding several members of the domestic terrorist group Green Planet in connection with the attack, including cell leader Eric Wallowski. In an online statement one hour ago, an anonymous Green Planet source has publicly denied all responsibility for the attack, and condemned the police for what they claim to be the latest in a long series of discriminatory arrests from peaceful protests."

The stock footage associated with these peaceful protests is not flattering. Florence grimaces.

"A Crey spokesman had this to say."
"The Green Planet has made no secret of its unwavering animosity toward a company dedicated to the betterment of all mankind. That they would stoop to the level of endangering innocent civilians in order to disrupt our work is shocking, but surprising to no one. They are a menace, and those responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

"Once again for those of you just joining us, an explosion this afternoon has destroyed a Crey Industries research facility on the harbor, leaving at least 26 dead and over two hundred wounded, and releasing tons of toxic material into the atmosphere. Fire fighters on scene report that they have contained the flames, but that hazardous chemicals continue to escape and urge local residents to remain indoors. If you experience any unusual symptoms, contact your poison control center immediately at the number listed below."

See? I told you they would blame us for this. That is just wrong. Eric is like the nicest guy you ever met. He wouldn't hurt anybody. I won't stand for this kind of discrimination.
No. 242471 ID: 660aa0

huh, no poisons were anywhere near that place, must be talking about us. need you to get some bags of topsoul and then we pop some seeds into it and we'll grow you some ultra food trees. and if you want we can make some grenade fruits.
No. 242475 ID: 1854db

What do you think we should do?
No. 242480 ID: e40e60

The blast clearly originated from the inside of the building, and therefore was almost definitely caused by a lab accident rather than a bomb. Point this out (preferably over the Internet, trough several proxies) and the company's claim falls apart.
No. 242509 ID: 701a19

What the police are doing right now is SOP - detain the people involved, say nothing at all about the case in order to prevent details from making it to the public and thus making it that much harder for somebody to construct a plausible lie that matches the evidence.

The real blame falls on the people who did such a mindbogglingly bad job of designing the facility, and it was an accident, but we were the ones who triggered it.
Get us near a computer. We'll grow tendrils and things and anonymously post about how it was an inside job and give details on how it happened that the police can verify. If we come out with an account that matches observable evidence - including evidence that the police have not yet discovered - and claim responsibility for it, that will take the heat off your friends.

The public will still 'feel' like you were behind it, of course, since people remember the accusation more than the truth of it.

Alright hivemind! We need a list of all the facts we know about our experiment and the incident. The more exhaustive the list, the better the report I'll write will be.

So far:
The incident was triggered when a specimen of a research project into genetically engineered superpolymorphic plants broke its containment structure and damaged the lighting system. This sparked a fire which subsequently ruptured a cryogenic coolant line. The details between this point and the explosion are as-yet unclear, but we are aware of some details.
The debris pattern is radial away from the building, which precludes the possibility of a protester being responsible; if they were then there would be signs of an inward blast even if there had been a secondary explosion, but no such signs exist.
Following the explosion large quantities of superchilled fluid spilled outside of the structure, resulting in people within an area larger than the blast radius dying of causes which varied from hypothermia to sudden full-body freezing.
The report of a hazardous chemical leak is, at best, an exaggeration. The primary concern is that not all specimens of the experiment have been accounted for, and there is quite a bit of concern over the high risk these plants present.
Simply by way of example? These plants can grow faster than kudzu, regrow from clippings, are hardy enough to survive winter in colder climates, and are capable of developing a resistance herbicide in the same way that bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics.
If it got out and started to spread then not only would it mean heavy government sanctions, but a PR fiasco that could well destroy the company. The poison story is to keep people from walking through the area and potentially getting a clipping stuck to their clothing and spreading it out of the containment area, and soon enough it will be true due to the proverbial 'scorched-earth' policy that will be enacted for containment.
No. 242511 ID: 8fa42f

I really don't see us being able to type on a keyboard. We could grow into keys, but how would we retract from them?

I don't think there's much we can do for green planet at the moment, everyone takes whats said on the internet with a grain of salt anyway.
No. 242512 ID: 09afde

well then we can dictate it to flora.

oh just remembered. the mugger had some athletes foot, a fungus, and we kinda set it on a wild hyper growth pattern, so if it makes you feel any better the jerk who did it will wake up with mushrooms growing out of his feet.
No. 242539 ID: e40e60

Also: We know that the explosion was triggered by a plant filled with what was probably highly compressed methane.
No. 242548 ID: d3dfb8

This. Also if other bits of plants survived and latched onto other people they could probably take control entirely and become walking plant monsters. If this happens we may have to try to develop some super powers for flora so we can go out and combat these terrors! SUPER PLANT WARRIORS GO!
No. 242558 ID: 644ca1

I'm not so sure we should mention us, if they come to take us back to the lab it would likely put Flora in danger.
No. 242697 ID: 701a19

That's why we don't just make a blog post. We send it directly to the police, and tell them that they have a week to seal off the area from everybodyincluding employees, verify our claims, state that Green Planet is no longer believed to be responsible for the attack, and let them go. Further, that if this does not occur then we will be releasing this information to the press in an effort to force their hand, because 'our boss' has no sense of justice or ethics and intends to quote accidentally unquote destroy incriminating evidence, and we wouldn't be able to live with ourself if we let that injustice slide.

Also? Nowhere in my draft did I mention any of the more fantastic abilities we possess.
Every individual trait I mentioned is already fairly common, and combined they make for a completely plausible engineered species. I also never stated that there was any contamination, just that it was a concern.

The goal is to make it appear to be an employee in the midst of a moral crisis trying to do the right thing while applying standard CYA practices.
Oh, and we should use a gmail account so we can read and reply to responses.
No. 242736 ID: 370f77

Walking plant-monsters might have already been discovered among the injured employees. In that case Flora is in a great deal of danger, especially since the mugger might be able to identify her, and he'll be an obvious target with the cloud of spores wafting out of his shoes.
Between that possibility and the certainty of being wanted in connection with the explosion, Flora should really be trying to lay low right now, and I'm not sure staying in her apartment surrounded by meat-trees never before seen on Earth is the right way to do that. The anonymous informant thing is good, but it's not going to work from behind bars.
No. 242745 ID: 701a19

We didn't sense any other sentient plants after the blast so it's likely that there are no others.

Besides that? This is supposed to be manipulating the police into serving our own ends, not the company or the public.
Further, we can easily send the message in such a way as to render the police completely unable to identify the sender. It's easy to submit an anonymous tip where the police won't track you down, and if you know how it's only slightly harder to make the possibility so low it's called 'near zero' as a formality.

Oh, and the mugger won't connect Flora to the fungal infection. Too much of a delay.
No. 257533 ID: 45be60

Okay, so heres the scoop. Drawing computer should be back from the shop soon, expect updates to resume in December.

(I could maybe fake something in the mean time, but I miss having my stylus and drawings and installed programs and I am lazy)
No. 288519 ID: 45be60
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>No poisons present
No offense, but I'm sort of inclined to believe the hazardous chemical claim myself. Everybody knows Crey works with some nasty stuff, it's something we have had demonstrations about in the past. In all honesty, they are usually pretty good about proper storage and disposal these days. I'd like to claim some credit there, but you don't have to be an activist to complain when the fish start walking onto dry land to escape the water. We still have occasional complaints about them even HAVING such chemicals in the first place, because of exactly this sort of situation, but the most support we can reliably muster for that is the fukkin NIMBYs. Probably why this place was down by the docks.

Florence dusts off an outdated laptop with a peeling World Wildlife Fund panda sticker on the back and boots up MS Word to start typing.

Huh, my little desk creeper looks better today. Okay, so we are doing some sort of anonymous pretend-to-be-a-scientist whistle blower thing based on your insider info? Okay, but if it turns out I'm just crazy and making this all up, I'm never listening to you again. So! The explosion came from the inside, caused by an experiment with hyper-accelerated plant growth gone awry, containment is also seeking to cover up evidence of the plants before they get out? That about cover it?

And lets talk more about how we are gonna send it.
No. 288546 ID: 8c73c8

download something that let's you use a proxy so you, and by extension us, can't be tracked down. maybe Tor?
No. 288618 ID: a2efb6

Not too sure about the whole 'reveal the truth' angle, even anonymously. You HAVE been seen on the scene, after all, and they might start questioning witnesses.

If the authorities or Cray Industries know we've survived out here, even if they haven't figured out we're clever schmot plants, they'll try to take us back to the lab and contain us again, probably including you. Don't want that.

Listen, what you have to do to clear the name of your fellows is provide some sort of proof none of you were ever INSIDE the place or had the opportunity to, eeh, "plant" anything there. And hey, it's a science laboratory. There should be footage and records that might prove you are innocent, if they kept it seperate from where their equipment blew up.

Of course, if Cray is sitting on most of the fertile evidence themselves, they probably wouldn't share, letting you wither by trial of media.

Of course, if they don't know we're clever schmot plants, and they don't know you're helping us... maybe we could get our tendrils on that evidence. Might even figure out a way of transferring it electronically... we do seem to be doing nicely enough with brain signals, after all. Oooh, oooh! Maybe we should try a way to connect with a computer? I like getting all over stuff!
No. 288619 ID: a2efb6

Then again you probably don't want us experimenting with and wrecking your laptop. I'd do the sigh thing, but we're pretty much constantly exhaling anyway.

Oooh! Your mobile phone, maybe? It's wrecked anyway, right?
No. 288620 ID: 8c73c8

even if we can connect directly to a computer we are not a all in one decrypter hacker machine. we have no way of getting to the evidence because it is protected. being a smart plant puts us on the same lvl as a person not a super genius able to hack fort-Knox in ten seconds hacker.
No. 288624 ID: 07416a

Yeah, let's nix the hacking angle. What we CAN do is plant an underground creeper from outside their property lines, then grow close enough to get in contact with any surviving plants, then have THEM do the skulduggery.
No. 288625 ID: 8c73c8

oh and just Email it to all news agencies using a brand new email address. with the subject line being "inside info on Crey explosion"
No. 288632 ID: 00d3d5

Yes, use Tor. Unless you include personal information with the email it's functionally impossible to trace down who sent it.
No. 288645 ID: b6ca92


Proxy sounds good. It's not like anyone at the media is gonna bother backtracing you, seeing as, unlike the FBI, they can't do anything with that info.

Sorry to spoil the fun, guys, but we can interact with her brain and communicate because a brain works off of chemically induced electric impulses to alter cellular compounds, eventually translating into something sensible, which we can imitate to communicate by. Computers use pure electrical charges in a series of pulses. This isn't Hollywood. We're more psionic than technologic.
No. 288649 ID: 8c73c8

i did say "even if we could connect" as in we can't and even if we could it wouldn't matter.
No. 288702 ID: 252e1b


Given a copper source and enough time we could probably form some sort of nano-copper rich root system that would interface with a computer network port. We might be able to parasite enough power from the network port to be able to send back useful information. If not, we'd need to generate an electron gradient to make our own electricity, and that's expensive as far as burning sugars. If we were attached to Florence when we did it though, we could parasite the sugars from her.

We'd still need to figure out the protocols involved (trivial given that Florence has internet access and can look up public protocols). If we had access to some of the research data on using DNA as a computing medium, and we learned how to program, I think we could pull off being a l337 h4x0r p14n7.

We're looking at a lot of time invested though.
No. 288726 ID: 644ca1

Sounds awesome, but maybe we should finish our current projects before starting something like that.

Have we made the flower detachable from us yet? Or finished the poison spit? We should fix these first, especially the first one.
No. 288794 ID: 45be60
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Okay, um, ip masking is a thing... Google will help! Lets see, blah blah blah why would you need to... here we go! Random string of numbers from the list, tools, options, advanced, network, settings... stupid thing. Grr. Okay, cancel cancel cancel. scroll scroll... okay, hit manual, enter address, hit okay. I probably could have figured that out. So that was options, advanced, um... settings? yeah. Control V. Wait, Port? um... Oh! That's right, the bit after the colon isn't part of the ip number. aaaand Okay. That wasn't so hard I guess.

So are we back to sending this to the media again, and not the police? It's fine, I should just probably make some minor edits to my document first.

The flower blossom is as readily removable as you can make it without risking it falling off accidentally. There has been insufficient consensus to proceed with plans to recreate the flytrap's digestive acid spitting ability thus far. Would you like to now?
No. 288796 ID: 8c73c8

send it everyone. more people get it the harder it is is cover up.

and not now. let's wait until she got some more food in her system so we don't drain her.
No. 288797 ID: 07416a

I am against creating poison sacs inside a hole in her skull. Focus efforts on increasing the area of her body that we can effect.
No. 288800 ID: 28e94e

Yes, this is a critical step.
No. 289177 ID: 45be60
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Okay, everyone, sure. Better to cover all the bases I guess.

Frustrating hours pass...

Okay, that was one of those easier said than done ideas. Finding contact info for all the regional and national news outlets is not as simple as one would imagine. I suppose that's why media relations is an official job for somebody. Carla I think her name was. But man, the police do NOT want random anonymous emails coming to them. You want to report a crime, you use the damn phone, even for anonymous tips. I did some poking around, think I got a couple valid emails for some higher ups, but I think the real way to do this would be to figure out some contact info for whatever detective is on the case. That's what the TV crime dramas tell me anyway. Not sure how to go about that.

I also took a look at that wikileaks thing, since it was all over the news a while back. But since I don't really have any "official" documents to leak, I don't think they'll be too excited about helping me.

[i]While we're thinking of it, I suppose I should try plugging in my phone, see what happens. And soon bed I think, it's getting late.

[Roll me a D2 for the phone. Low is always better round here.]
No. 289181 ID: 1854db

rolled 1 = 1

How are you feeling? It's been a while.
No. 289184 ID: 8c73c8

sure, bad sounds fine. we'll try to get some seeds ready to spread all over the place when you wake up.
good night.
No. 290046 ID: 45be60
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Okay, the little light came on, that's a good sign. I'll try it in the morning and see if it still makes calls n' junk. Good night, don't do anything crazy over night.

[End of Chapter 1]
No. 290050 ID: 45be60
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[[Bonus Objective - Still Small Voice achieved]]
Get Florence through the day without demonstrating plant powers to anyone.

[[Bonus Objective - The Head of a Pin achieved]]
Keep Florence's floral contamination subtle and under wraps.
No. 290069 ID: 00d3d5

[Spend all night monitoring Flora's condition and taking corrective action as needed.]
No. 290090 ID: 8c73c8

agree. make sure nothing bad happens. even if it makes her pillow have a blood spot.
No. 292243 ID: 45be60

Aww darn it, I was doing so well at keeping the flower on the right side of her head and remembering which pictures were in a mirror, then I messed up the profile pic. HERP
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