10th Mar 2020, 10:45 PM
Do science and apologize to the house

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Do science and apologize to the house
A great deal of experimentation follows.

Cici successfully crushes a beer can; individual objects brought into the house are not indestructible.

Kate successfully scratches the side of the stove with her knife; objects simply plugged in to the house are not indestructible, either.

...Which means your computer is not indestructible.

Cici successfully manages to chip off a little from the exterior of your house. So, the outside isn't indestructible.

"So the..." Kate takes a long drag of maybe her fourth level, "the invincible zone starts somewhere inside the house. Like, if we started drilling from the outside, we'd hit a section where it just... stops."

"What's really spooky," Cici remarks, "is that you don't have a porch light! There's not even a place for a porch light."

Somehow, the revelation that the house's exterior can be damaged just makes you more uncomfortable.

Like it's wearing the skin of a regular house.

Like if you tore all the siding off, the house's true form would be revealed.

Kate double-confirms by lighting some of your grass on fire (it gets put out quickly).

Cici, in an act that further warps the already bent crowbar, confirms that the floor is also immune to damage.

You successfully mark on the wall with a pen. Just a tiny line, out of the way where no one will see it.

So, that works.

And, finally, for the grand finale--

you and Kate (using a screwdriver that Kate has and Cici doesn't want to ask about) undo the front door from its hinges. Cici helps you carry it out to the front yard, where Kate successfully cuts a small knick into its surface. On the edge, where it won't stand out.

So: once separated from the house, the door is no longer granted the properties of the house.

You return the door to its original place, and re-fix it to the frame.

You also change your mind about apologizing to the house.

"House," you begin, looking up at the ceiling, "if this experience has been painful or offensive I am very sorry. We're just trying to understand you. I don't even know if you can hear this or not."

"Probably the right attitude," comments Kate. "I, uh, noticed something while we were messing with the door."

. . . ?

Kate... visibly hesitates.

She holds up her hand, still sporting the cut from earlier. She's been half-assed putting pressure on it with a handful of her shirt, which is, luckily, also red. ...Not quite the same shade of red, but

your train of thought is derailed as she lightly prods at the wound, drawing more blood

and then slaps her hand on the wall.

You and Cici stare, both quite confused, as she withdraws her hand

and the blood she smeared on the wall begins to disappear.

...Not just disappear. It's like the blood is dispersing into the wall.

"You know," Cici says, "if you guys wanna sleep at my place again I'm sure Bebe won't mind--"

"We should probably not feed the house any more blood," you say aloud in a far more casual tone than you were originally planning.

You have heard ... at least multiple stories of corpses getting dumped in rivers, or bodies being left out in the wilderness, and a tiger or an alligator or something subsequently developing a taste for human blood.

The house doesn't seem to ... react, to the blood. At least.

It just keeps being a house.

Doing what houses do.

You really have no reason to believe the house is alive, let alone possessing animal-like intelligence.

You also don't know that it doesn't.

"So," Kate begins, "possible motives for bad guys to want the house. 1.) Something inside the dream itself."

"Wait, hold on," Cici interjects, "who're the bad guys?"

"I dunno," Kate replies, "Mayor Parsons? Mondol? That uh, one cop nobody likes."

Kate, with some help from Cici, has figured out more about the house in a matter of hours than you have in four days of living in it.

"Officer Johnson?," Cici clarifies.

Kate smiles. "Yeah. He would be a Johnson. Dude's a dick."

In general, Kate seems... better.

Than you.

At this whole... mystery solving thing.

"I don't like him," Cici adds, shaking her head, "but I can't see him hatching a plot to steal the house."

"No," Kate agrees, "he definitely has the dead, hateful gaze of a man with zero ambition, but he's a massive asshole so I'm including him for completion's sake. 2.) The house is invincible, this pretty well speaks for itself, and 3.) The house is also, perhaps, a vampire?"

"Just because it drinks blood doesn't mean it's a vampire," Cici points out. "The house could be a sponge! Or like, a giant flea. There's a type of finch that drinks blood!"

You shake your head. "There being a giant sponge or unkillable flea hidden under the walls is infinitely worse than it being a vampire. ...Is there really a blood drinking finch?"

"Yeah!," Cici exclaims. "The vampire ground finch. They're tiny, but they have sharp beaks, and they drink blood from... uh... other birds."

Kate squints. And smirks. "What kind of birds were those again, Cici?"

Cici sighs. "I didn't think about it until I said it."

Kate squints harder. "Ciciiii--"

"Boobies. Okay? Nazca and blue-footed BOOBIES."

You loudly snort struggling not to laugh. "Like, exclusively?" Boobies is, in itself, less funny than Cici's nervousness about saying it. She blurted out tiddies earlier with no problem and yet

"AsfarasIknowyes," blurts out Cici. "Yeah, it's all... boobies."

"It's alllll boobies, baby," chuckles Kate. "NOTHIN' BUT BOOBIES" she shouts with volume but little enthusiasm (almost exclusively, you think, for the echo).



While giggling like kids at the idea that THE HOUSE JUST WANTS BOOBIES, MAN, the three of you spend some time searching for hidden panels, switches, buttons, or other out of place oddness. You notice Cici being careful not to pull her shirt in certain ways. More pizza is consumed. You meet back up in the living room at about 10:45 pm.

"New theory," Kate begins... only to then shrug, and grab another beer from the floor. "Anybody know any magic words? Open says me? Sabbra cadabra?"

You shake your head. "If it's not The First Lie or I Have A Right To Know, then I'm out."

Cici also shrugs, and also grabs another beer. "Maybe there's just... not a secret passage in the spooky house?"

"No," you say firmly. "The walls wouldn't be bullshit magic walls if there wasn't something to hide. I just have no idea how to open... whatever it is. Not being able to get into the walls OR floor just makes me more convinced there's something here. ...Something even the federal agents maybe couldn't get to."


There's a very long pause


before Cici speaks up.

"Maybe it's in the dream?"

You and Kate both turn to look at her. Cici shrugs. "Like, maybe there's a switch or something in the dream that opens up a door in here. I don't know!"

"That's..." hmm. "That's not a bad idea."

"That's better than what we have otherwise," Kate remarks, "which is a big ol' goose egg."

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10th Mar 2020, 11:13 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
aight then. Videogame rotation for the sake of seeing if powers are given to others through the same means if nothing else..... Though now that I'm thinking about it someone should probably pull an all nighter.
Observation of those asleep stuff, you know?
10th Mar 2020, 11:15 PM
Anotherdamntimeclone
Well it seems we have done all the searching and testing we can, it might be time to test multiplayer dreaming.
10th Mar 2020, 11:18 PM
It's pretty late, we should brief our friends on what they can expect in the dungeon, that game mechanics are present but it's very real, and we should see what sorts of things count as taking with us into the dream. Do objects laid on the bed count? A shirt tied to our arm and another item? A shirt tying two people together?
Gather up the things we think we'd want, and head in. No sense letting it get too too late here.
10th Mar 2020, 11:24 PM
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10th Mar 2020, 11:18 PM
Fishbulb
If real world keys work in the dream, do dream keys work in the real world?
12th Mar 2020, 2:46 PM
so far we can't bring dream items out with us
10th Mar 2020, 11:27 PM
Snervalton
Is any one else concerned that if Cici leaves to go get her sleeping bags she won't come back? I mean, the mayor seems to have been planning something for tonight and might change that to kidnapping Cici if there's an opportunity to do so.
11th Mar 2020, 12:07 AM
Cici bent a crowbar with a one-handed swing. Any attempt at a kidnapping would probably involve major property damage.
11th Mar 2020, 7:10 AM
Snervalton
I doubt that even an genetically beefed-up person like Cici could win against an entire squad of police. I'm sure that the state in this world is well-equipped to deal with individuals like her. Not to mention what unexpected tricks a vampire might have in store for her...
11th Mar 2020, 1:16 AM
A switch in the dream activating something in the real world would be REALLY video-game-logic, so I bet it's true!

We should probably start preparing to do the dream thing now. We might as well tag along with Cici to grab her sleeping bags and a shirt that isn't tearing at the seams. Field trip! Now we know that if anyone tries to intrude while we're gone, the house might just eat them lol
11th Mar 2020, 8:13 AM
Snervalton
The spooky house may not operate on video game logic. It might just be creating dreams for Plaire that are a reflection of her psyche and she just happens to be a gamer. That being said, what happens in dreams actually could affect the real-life house. Maybe that triangle-with-a-circle-in-it symbol on the dungeon map is one such switch?
11th Mar 2020, 8:45 AM
Frission
I suggest we apply some proper first aid to those that require it. Shirts aren't exactly sterile bandages.
11th Mar 2020, 2:47 PM
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11th Mar 2020, 10:00 AM
I think we should take the anxiety pill, plaire had some self conscious issues mid chapter there which i really don't want her to think more, it'll help
11th Mar 2020, 10:18 AM
Maybe test the multiplayer dream now? Also, I might be looking too into this but do you think it's possible that the house has something to do with Mine? After all, this is the same universe or maybe I'm looking too much into this and she's gone.
11th Mar 2020, 10:19 AM
Hari_Seldon
1. Get a few days supply of anxiety pills from Kate
2. Make sure Kate and Cici have played a video game
3. Tell Kate and Cici the dream door code
4. Tell Kate and Cici try to stay alive in the dream because dying too many times might kill you
EDIT: 5. Read the brochure. If you go to the journal and hover your mouse over the brochure you might notice accents added making it look all spooky.
11th Mar 2020, 11:04 PM
11th Mar 2020, 6:12 PM
So apparently the alt text on the brochure in out inventory is whackrd out now.

The Mayor's secretary gave us that thing. We should... Probably get rid of it. Outside the house.
11th Mar 2020, 10:05 PM
Disagree we should inspect it maybe ask Kate if she has a blacklight or something if it looks ordinary and see if there is anything hidden on it, it may be something important we could use
12th Mar 2020, 9:56 AM
What does it say? My tablet won't show me.
12th Mar 2020, 9:40 AM
For all your eldritch reading needs, there's always https://github.kdex.de/unzalgo/
12th Mar 2020, 1:02 AM
Morgenstern
it's gonna be late but voting is still open
16th Mar 2020, 2:28 AM
The house is a Red.