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Comic 1299 - Mercy

6th Jul 2015, 12:00 AM
Mercy
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Haegan2005 6th Jul 2015, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Always a scary thing when max makes a promise that is NOT conducive to your survival!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

Well .. it was only one little arm !
But Irene is having none of it!
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:44 AM edit delete reply

this time it wont be just a discussion.. trust me.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

Ofcourse not .. THIS discussion will also have tea & crumpets!
Dragonrider 6th Jul 2015, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Deal with Decimus. Not a pleasant prospect...for Decimus and anyone supporting him. However; the elephant in the room, SFB's protocols that start when he dies. Also there might be a waiting,take a number, line to kill SFB, Dolly, Max, Mariko,Tee Dee, probably Ada, and the rest of the Willie Wonka crew from New Troy. Also in line Calliope still will not be surprised to see Callie, Breaker and crew show up with CentCom's Black Angles in tow.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
It hasn't yet been explained what Maxus means by 'deal' here. Sure, it's possible Maxus is talking about taking a page out of Decimus' book and is just gonna whack the jackoff who started this current mess. There's something to be said for that as a partial solution to the crisis: Tolerating Decimus' murderous and otherwise vile urges and plots to date has only lead to more problems. Plus, with a quick change of head of state and an escort back for Lynn they can beg New Troy for help with the ensuing disaster (which could reasonably be less problematic than the aftermath of the war Decimus is trying to start). I would hope he has a better solution to the situation than that, but sometimes you have to recognize a lost cause and just work on limiting the damage: Do you really see this crisis ending with Decimus Aquila Livius remaining the Imperator of Nova Roma? How do you think that transfer of power was going to happen?
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 10:05 AM edit delete reply

Hrmm ... interestingly, I think that dealing with Decimus would very much depend on the person, not everyone wants to kill him, nor even deal with him - But I think neither would hold back from killing him, if they have to make that decision.


Dolly : Dolly doesn't really care, as long as she gets Lynn out of there, she don't mind going through or around Decimus, whichever is the safest route. Though she might consider it safest in the long run if he should .. cease to exist.

Maxus : Likes Justice, and would probably rather jail him, and then put him on eternal sewer cleaning duty. It would benefit Roma.

Mariko : Mariko has a personal grudge going on here, and she would definately like to kill Decimus ... no judge, no court, just a bit of personal terror, followed up with a knife through the spinal cord. Sure, he might take a while to die, and she would be fine with that.

TeeDee : TeeDee would only like to blow Decimus head off about as much as she would like to blow his personal guard away. That said, she would really, really, REALLY, like to blow away the Praetorian Guard! With as big a gun as possible. LIKE .. RIGHT NOW!!

Ada : Doesn't actually want to kill anyone, but she understands that sometimes you need to put down a rabid dog before it harms the children. With a penetrating needle to the base the skull .. quick, quiet ... no pain, no fuss.

Calliope : Would probably just feed him to the lawyers.

Breaker : I have no idea what Breaker would do with Decimus. Then again, neither does Decimus, and it might be best that way.

CentComm : Rather than waste resources, she would just drop him off in a very irradiated area and let him die a "natural" death.

Tokyo Rose : Something about <REDACTED> vanilla fudge <REDACTED> with a rusty spoon <REDACTED> up his <REDACTED> like Willy Wonka on bad fucking acid! ... AND THEN <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> !! ... oh god, why did I read that? Now my eyes are bleeding.
Dragonrider 6th Jul 2015, 11:30 AM edit delete reply

Basically agree with all except, Calliope, now that one would skin him alive, inch at a time ensuring he stays alive to "enjoy" every second of the process, when the skin is gone she would keep him alive and give him daily salt water baths while keeping him on a vibrating bed of Barb Wire.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply

yes unforuntatly .. Max cant just kill him. and very few people know what and how the contingency actually work.

So Max has to be a bit careful on how he proceeds.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
If your world actually finds a way to get Decimus out of power without that contingency going off that would be surprising: If his contingency was designed adequately at all it would still go off if he were locked in a faraday cage unable to transmit for a set period of time.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 11:53 AM edit delete reply

And *that* is why they need a fully functioning AIS to help them disable the contingencies.

And I don't think Calliope is that bloodthirsty, besides .. LAWYERS!! Lawyers are pretty gruesome in and off themselves.
Stormwind13 6th Jul 2015, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

O.o I didn't see THAT coming! Figured Maxus would abandon Hrist & get Irene headed to safety. Not turning her into a guardian.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

It's pretty sneaky actually, as long as noone can counterdemand her orders, she is entirely loyal.

And all the cassians tends to be "I will do my duty until death!" 'n' stuff.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply

Yep Hrist is perfectly happy to follow Maxus.. then again so are a lot of people. Even Kali respects him.
jamie59 6th Jul 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Lion? Maxus is the top of any food chain.
velvetsanity 6th Jul 2015, 12:32 AM edit delete reply

Drekhead forgot a very important adage: Do not meddle in the affairs of a dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Aurora 6th Jul 2015, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
^So true.
Haegan2005 6th Jul 2015, 1:04 AM edit delete reply

Some dragons prefer A-1 sauce. :D

So do puppies I bet!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:44 AM edit delete reply

Puppies like many sauces, they like to experiment, and live life to the fullest.

Especially when that life includes yummy food. :)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

Yes he is! And yes Max is certainly a dragon. and Deck is squarely in his targets.
Mark_L_A 6th Jul 2015, 1:15 AM edit delete reply

Did Irene just Adopt Hrist?
Tokyo Rose 6th Jul 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply

Not so much. It's just that Irene is a very gentle person at heart and hates to see others suffer. She'd have asked Maxus to kill Hrist just as easily, if Hrist was still trying to fight.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:43 AM edit delete reply

So basically, if pain is not needed, then Irene will have none of it ?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

Yeah like Rose said.. Irene hates seeing anything in pain.. even simulated pain.
The Old Scribe 6th Jul 2015, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

Speaking of His Imperial Douchebag, I wonder what he's up to? He must figure the Cassians are in the process of eliminating his enemies and is relaxing in his sanctum with a goblet of wine and a good book about torture. Won't he be surprised when Big Max comes a'knockin' on his chamber door.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
If he were sane? He'd be watching camera feeds and listening to comm channels of the operations that he's ordered and the general traffic waiting for the right time to break out the champagne. He might not even be that limited degree of sane, so who knows how many he's had to drink already and what else he's up to in the meanwhile?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

Deck is being a busy little bee trying to make sure everything goes off perfectly .. hes trying to wipe out far more than Max.. he wants all opposition to his rule crushed. SO there are more than one targets to this little spree.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
The pawns don't matter if you get the king, I'd imagine he's re-routing reinforcements to get Maxus from some of his lower-priority assassinations right now: Even while so insane as to be stupid you'd think he would concentrate on the prime threat.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

Pawns, unattended to, sometimes reach a critical place and turn into Queens.
Queens can be very dangerous, even to a King.

On a sidenote, we don't know if Maxus is the main threat either, there could be other more dangerous threats about. Setorius for one.
Draginbeard 6th Jul 2015, 2:53 AM edit delete reply

I do like Max's gut instincts here. Do not trust the murder-bot sent to kill me.
Hornet 6th Jul 2015, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Thankfully she's a bot, and can therefore be trusted much further than a biological.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply

but hey if he can get the murder bot on HIS side hes fine with that. He sees Hist as a dangerous weapon.. a gun in itself isnt evil. nor is a sword. its the hands that direct it that make it good or evil.
HeSerpenty 6th Jul 2015, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

I just love the way that Irene and Lord General fellow talk to each other <3-- I love it so very much.
"Little Flower"... Eeee so cute! :D
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

yeah .. I loved the exchange here. Max got the "LOOK" and obeyed her :D LOL! He really does love Her more than words.. as She does him :D
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply

He loves him ?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Fixed damn it .. LOL!~
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Aw, and just as things were getting really interesting. :)
T1-G3R2501 6th Jul 2015, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
HAHA What a change of pace. Poor Irene's trying to be all compassionate and such and those two are casually talking about further dismemberment.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

Well .. dismemberment isnt a totally disarming subject to Hrist. ( wow i really did that didnt i )
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Hah, yeah, there's the opportunity for some fun dialogue here.



Maxus : "It's just an itty bitty arm"
Irene : "No!"
Maxus : "But.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "My Lady, it won't hurt if he.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "But.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "I don't think she will let us do it, Lord General."
Maxus : "Indeed."
Hrist : "I suspect it will be difficult to convince he..."
Irene : "No!"
Maxus : "I think you are correct."
Hrist : "But, it's only one little a.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "Won't hurt if.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "Maybe a leg instead?"
Irene : "NO!!!"
Hrist : "Hrm."
Maxus : "You have a twisted sense of humor, Hrist."
Hrist : "Hee he he he he." >:)
Greenwood Goat 6th Jul 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Hehe, Maxus is the sort of guy who does what is necessary using the materials at hand, isn't he?

Maxus: Your imperial highness, given the current situation, I deem it wise to deploy this cassian to your closest personal attendance, and our best medical aid to preserve your life!

Decimus: Max- *UCK*

Later...

Kali: So you force-fed him Malati's left leg - until her knee was resting against the back of his throat - and then got Setorius to keep him alive?

Maxus: Indeed. Our imperator is alive and perfectly safe, with his inseparable cassian guard-

Setorius: -Although in quite considerable pain: the procedures I had to perform to in order to save his life were quite invasive, and while the good general was able to paralyse him to prevent his struggles from impeding my efforts, we were unable to risk an anaesthetic.

Kali: Why didn't you just remove Malati's leg?!

Setorius: Maxus was quite clear that Prince Decimus was not to be deprived of his close guard for any reason, and one often has to work around large foreign objects - indeed, it is the action of a novice or layman to make removal of such objects their immediate priority-

Kali: But you've left him there, incapacitated, with an android jammed in his mouth!

Maxus: You acknowledge he is incapacited? Good! Do you concur, High Priest?

Setorius: Of course - Prince Decimus is definitely and absolutely incapacitated.

Maxus: *activates video on nearby comm screen* And so power is assumed by Princess Acantha, as Imperial Regent, for the duration of his incapacity. Your highness...

Acantha (on screen): My general. You must take all steps to ensure that our reign is secure. Furthermore, I hereby decree that Lynn Taylor of New Troy is to be given her liberty, and ambassadorial status with immediate effect. Send word to New Troy that this is so. And, regarding the loyal and faithful cassian Malati, no effort is to be spared in attempting to restore her...

Much later...

Malati: (thinks) ...i'm..conscious... I can see... Where am I... what...??? Either the best techs in the three cities got together and restored my net against all odds... or there's an assassin droid heaven and I'm in it... which seems more likely, as I'm wearing Deck as my left boot... he doesn't seem at all happy there... perhaps if I wiggle my toes...

>:=)>
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

*wiggles all toes vigerously*

:D
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

hahahah ok I like this one Goat :D
xpacetrue 6th Jul 2015, 10:02 AM edit delete reply

We don't know the finer details of New Rome laws, so it would help us readers to understand what options Maxus has available.

Decimus gave Kali the order to have her Cassians assassinate Maxus, on charges of treason, without a trial or support of the Senate. This was clearly illegal. But what consequences could Decimus face if this was brought to light?

At this point, if Maxus killed Decimus for this treachery, would Maxus be charged with treason or murder by the Senate?

But what if Decimus started shooting at Maxus the moment he saw him? Is self-defense reason enough?

Maxus could confront Decimus in person and bellow a demand for his arrest. Decimus would be shocked that he's alive and, scared for his safety, he'd try to kill him himself...

Just a thought.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply

Have to remember that the cassians are not particularly lawful.
They were not put in place by the senate, but rather by a Livius, and thus they are technically loyal only to that bloodline.
That said, the previus imperators used them primarily in service of the city-state, and their moral and ethics tends to reflect this.

The Senate is technically the ones with all the power, and Maxus is the military arm of the Senate.
However, the senate has been undermined by people with power, people with money, and ofcourse by Decimus.

Frankly, if Maxus ripped Decimus apart on live television, most of the Senate probably wouldn't even blink an eye.
The problem with Decimus is that he has some "unspecified contingencies" in place, should something happen to him.
I'm thinking nuclear bombs, or something to that affect - So if he gets killed, the whole city-state dies.

The actual killing of Decimus is not a top priority, dismantling his contingencies on the other hand!
And what can tamper with a tamper proof device ?
Why hello thar Aeneas, did you just get better?

Isn't that such a coincidence? :)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

In simple form .. he who wins makes the laws. If Max had died . then frankly it would be boo hoo and deck could say anything he wanted. burn the evidence and spin it however he wanted. Sadly for deck .. Maxus does not die to easyly.

Also deck crossed another far more personal line. he endangered Irene. there is nothing in this world that will forgive that.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

History is written by the victors.
chk 6th Jul 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Why for did you change your avatar to Galina Centcomm?

(Mostly I don't have anything to say today. I just want to vote.)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

ehh just felt it was time for a change.. :D and thats fine .. Glad your here CHK
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Knowing the internet? So that when someone asks to see her (Galina's) tits she can respond, "She's underage you pedo!"
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:15 PM edit delete reply

Oh my!

.. can we see her ankles then ?
KarToon12 6th Jul 2015, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

He should add an additional directive; pack some Lunchables for Irene if she so declares it. The ones with cheese and crackers, and pepperoni slices! Gotta' have some packed lunches ready in case they have to blow this popsicle stand in a hurry. XD
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
The last Lunchables(TM) were made centuries ago in this world, and it's a good thing too: Those are a salt overdose (hypertension-->cardiac episode) death waiting to happen. Plus Hrist can't exactly get up and about like this; you wouldn't make her drag her halfway-bisected body along the kitchen floor with one arm, would you?
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

I'm sure she would give it a try.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 12:15 PM edit delete reply

I like the way you think Kartoon !

As for lunchables .. they are proably a hot black market item in New Troy . MMMM salt. .. MM spices!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

Hotwings .. salty, spicy and fatty ... oh yeah, those are blackmarket stuff too. :)
ProfEtheric 6th Jul 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

Aw yeah. Go Maxus, go!
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

I know right? things only heat up from here! :D
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

Well duh, TeeDee is riding in on an attack drone, isn't she ?
Thundarl 6th Jul 2015, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
As Tobey Keith had song in a song, "the fit is about to hit the shan!"
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 2:09 PM edit delete reply

at high speed with maximum splatter.
Phil 6th Jul 2015, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
As a computer scientist, his orders, REALLY REALLY BOTHER ME! UGH!

1. he told hrist to disable the com. but didnt tell her to KEEP it disabled.

2. he gave his other directives in the wrong order. Stay in room FIRST, obey verbal orders SECOND. Otherwise, she can and will probably order her to follow her out of the room.
Boo, predictable plot is predictable.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

Except shes not a computer.. Second its fiction .. not real life. Shes a sentient Machine.. she kinda knows what he means. and can infer from his statements what he wants her to do. as for predictable plot .. fine. whatever. cant please all the people LOL!

(( isnt surprised that a complaint came in as a guest comment ))
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