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Comic 1298 - Law and Orders

3rd Jul 2015, 12:00 AM
Law and Orders
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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Mark_L_A 3rd Jul 2015, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Prince Jerkweed is in B I G trouble now.
T1-G3R2501 3rd Jul 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
This is true Mark. Prince Dipshit there tossed his fail-safes out the window when he pulled this.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:13 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes .. you will see soon just HOW much trouble !
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

He has been in trouble for a long time by now .. ever since he made an enemy of Kali and Maxus ... but his BIG trouble began when he kidnapped Lynn.

That was a major turning point, I'm thinking.
Haegan2005 3rd Jul 2015, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Max has a mind that is above average as the devious duo has already told us. Now we are seeing that mind at work.

The cassians are basically always in communication with each other. Can he use her to feed false information to them? I would not put this past him! Like say, the Cassian raid was successful and they killed him?

He could even use her to get tactical and location information on them to move his own forces to interdict or entrap engaged or unengaged Cassians in order to prevent their effective interference in what is about to happen.

I suspect that Dolly and Nox may be having an eventful discussion shortly!
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply

Noctis already knows Malati and Hrist failed in there mission. so thats not really a viable option. as far as feeding them false info .. Max knows this.
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

So, Noctis knows Malati has fallen then ?

,.. much sad!
DLKmusic 3rd Jul 2015, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

I never thought I would see Hrist look downright meek. Now I wonder what Maxus has in mind.
Haegan2005 3rd Jul 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

Well, July 4th is coming up so probably steak and cheetos. The beer is optional of course.

Sorry, lost my train of thought there!
Max has a source of insider info and someone who may actually tap into the Cassian communications for him. From that he will be able to have an insight into what they are doing that may be the real game changer here. Oh yeah, and the ability to feed false info, though that will really work only once.
DLKmusic 3rd Jul 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

I work a 12 hour shift on the 4th... the closest I'm gonna come to that is microwaved HotDogs and overpriced chips.

The insider info is potentially a game changer, but the question would be can Hrist access that information without being detected by the other Cassians... that could put a little wrinkle in the plan.
velvetsanity 4th Jul 2015, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

I'll be driving all day thanks to my truck breaking down in Pueblo yesterday...
DLKmusic 4th Jul 2015, 9:39 AM edit delete reply

That Sux, Velvet. Stay safe on the roads today.
velvetsanity 4th Jul 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply

Will do. I'll probably make it home between 8 and 9 tonight
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:15 PM edit delete reply

Well crap Velvet .. please be safe on the road!
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

Eh, the 4th has no special meaning here in Denmark, so I simply had a nice uneventful day. :)

Well, the sun tryed to kill us with warmth, but apart from that. XD
ProfEtheric 3rd Jul 2015, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

Ha, ha... Douchimus is fuuuuuu-uuuuuuuuuucked!
Stormwind13 3rd Jul 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

Since he tried to rape Acantha, that is pretty much the case Prof E. :-)
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

Decimus's sins are rapidly piling up.. Karma is a bitch guys :D
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Never liked Karma. It seems very nice on the surface, right up until the point where you have to tell a young kid that, according to Karma, they totally deserved that lethal disease they got.

That said, Decimus could use a bit of bad karma, and Dolly is delivering!
The Old Scribe 3rd Jul 2015, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

It would seem that Prince Douchebag has committed crimes against the state. Since the State is Law, theoretically he could be charged, arrested and imprisoned. He'll either go down fighting with his Praetorian Guard or run like a scared rabbit. It would be poetic justice to let his subjects get ahold of him and tear him into celebratory confetti.
anonymous coward 3rd Jul 2015, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
I wouldn't want to clean up after that party.
Melody_Whyte 3rd Jul 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

Ya know, I really think you oughta start stealing from Fallout 3, Terri. It just seems.. Odd to me, seeing Androids with sparks ANd blood. I'd suggest one or the other, like how Harkness is an Android, but if you kill him, it looks entirely human. Syntheticness.
Cperka 3rd Jul 2015, 2:45 AM edit delete reply

It's not blood though, but kind of servo liquid. Also Hrist might have more fleshy chassis than other Cassians, if I remember correctly.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

Hrist does have more biological parts than others. shes one of the latest of the cassian generations. and all "androids" use a o2 bearing carrier fluid and its dyed red normally.
xpacetrue 4th Jul 2015, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

As Rose pointed out on two pages previous, the sparks are not real:

Quote: "The lightning arcs are a visual representation for the reader's convenience. They don't actually happen from an in-universe perspective."

I guess that makes it similar to annotations like "Bang" or "Biff", or an exclamation point to convey surprise.

The level of thought and detail put into the technology of Datachasers is impressive. Check out the Tech Page.

Correct me if I'm wrong:

See how Ceci looks without skin? Notice the muscles: "syrex fiber muscle, bio compatible". Most require oxygen and have organs for digesting food for nutrients and energy. I do wonder how much electricity an android uses as they do have cybernetic-type eyes and other parts. But aside from combat models with built-in weapons (such as Ceci's plasma caster), I haven't seen evidence to suggest they use a lot. (Teedee, too, had built-in weapons that, apparently, overloaded her old body's power core when she used them?)

That said, New Troy has different models of androids. Dolly's old chassis was a very old model and seemed much, much less organic. But it seems all of them have organic synth-brains. (It was noted, though, that Luna's medical androids have positronic brains.)

The Casians, however, were made by Nova Roma to serve their own needs. As readers, we don't know as much about them.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 2:10 PM edit delete reply

yeah the sparks for the inhibitor are a "reader" effect - in retrospect I should have used a different effect :P as for the tech pages .. I may have to do one on the Cassians soon :D
mjkj 3rd Jul 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply

I hope douchie will meet
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

meet who?
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

.. Mr Popolopolis! :D
cattservant 3rd Jul 2015, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

Time's awastin'!
Stormwind13 3rd Jul 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply

True, catt. Maxus isn't going to take any longer than needed; however, he is going to gather information that will allow him the BEST chance of succeeding on his mission.

There is a time to talk and a time to act. :-)
Lukkai 3rd Jul 2015, 11:55 PM edit delete reply

That's both the seasoned fighter and the sound tactical mind of a capable general showing, really.
He doesn't just blindly charge into things. He'll gather at least the basic necessary information first and try to come up with a plan.
It might put him into action with some delay, but it will save oh so much time later on. And drastically increase his changes of success to boot.
velvetsanity 4th Jul 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

As a certain werewolf likes to say, "there's a time to act, a time to plan, and a time to gather information so you can plan."

Points for anyone who gets the reference! :D
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

NO points for me sadly..
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

Well, it's not the Terry Pratchett werewolf. While she did get "kidnapped" by robbers (from a police bar even), not much planning was done about it. Heck, noone even tried to save the robbers from her!

There might have been some werewolves in the "Something from the Nightside" series too, but I think they got eaten .. by a demonic car.
KarToon12 3rd Jul 2015, 10:17 AM edit delete reply

Well THIS is an interesting turn of events. :)
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

we thought so.. and despite our best efforts Hrist is trying to become a full fledged character :D instead of like a 2d generic bad guy.
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply

Ah, has she started writing her own dialogue ?
Dragonrider 3rd Jul 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply

Dare we hope that our heroines have already made their way to the Tram? Failing that Lynn gets in a lucky shot and pops Nox between the eyes.
Haegan2005 3rd Jul 2015, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

I get the funny feeling that Lynn may know which end to point at someone, but that is really the limit of her knowledge.
anonymous coward 3rd Jul 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Lynn is mostly-human (uncommonly so for a New Troy resident), and likely would not be fast enough to drop Nox even if she did have the markswoman experience to make a hit at the appropriate range.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply

Yep Lynn is pretty much all human what few mods she does arent of significance, namely a Memory chip ( common item its like a internal notebook so you don't forget things. and a Datajack implant to access devices and the info net.. and - However due to who Lynn is Dolly has drilled her in basic self defense , Taser blade, and shes been drilled with small pistols and such. So yes she can arm and fire laser pistols and some projectile weapons. shes a ok shot with a laser pistol.
Just_IDD 3rd Jul 2015, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
@Dragonrider two issues with that, the tram has just been taken by Nigel and his Christmas suit - unless there are multiple cars. Second, Lynn is not carrying the gun...Acantha is. Frankly I'm not sure who I hope to reach them first. I have a sad feeling about the guy in the red suit protecting them.

If Nigel is very very lucky the AI will ID Nigel as the person who attacked the prince before stopping him in ways that three larger caliber holes were not able to accomplish. I mean Lynn still thinks hes a corpsicle in the morgue. The AI can ID him perhaps based on gait and data from the ring. That may be a stretch given that. I suspect that Lynn will pull his bacon fat out of the fire.
DLKmusic 3rd Jul 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

Remember that Kyle is wearing a stealth suit. It is entirely possible that he will get to his destination and start working without Aeneas ever spotting him.

I agree with you about Acantha's personal guard though. I've been seeing vultures flying over his head ever since he got appointed to this post.
Lukkai 3rd Jul 2015, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

I'm wondering now: Could Acantha order a Cassian to spare her guard? At least leave him alive?
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

If Acantha were there and there was not a specific death order then yes. Acantha could countermand the order. However .. Due to Nox's current orders Acantha is a Null command giver until she is under guard. she cant give any commands about herself or Lynn
Tokyo Rose 3rd Jul 2015, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

I'm just wondering what makes you think the AI would kill the person who attacked the prince. :D
DLKmusic 3rd Jul 2015, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

It's my understanding that Aeneas is both insane has a chip on his shoulders about people in general, especially people that enter his "deadzone".

Not that he doesn't have cause, but I don't expect him to welcome anyone with open arms.
velvetsanity 4th Jul 2015, 12:12 AM edit delete reply

Acantha (and now Lynn as well, I think) is Aeneas' only friend in the whole wide world. And they probably told him what drekhead tried to do. So, 'person who tried to attack friend's attempted rapist' = potential ally, if not possible friend. Of course, his control over the defense systems and such is horribly shaky until he can get repairs made...
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

The only people currently "welcome" to Aeneas is Acantha .. and now Lynn .. everyone else is a target at the moment especially if they are armed..
anonymous coward 4th Jul 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Duty; until he's dead or replaced decimal point-head is still nominally someone the Cassians are supposed to protect. If someone that pointed a gun at him, and is supposed to be dead, gets spotted alive and 'up to something' I'd expect there to be a compulsion to do something about that.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Correct protecting the Crown is a core hard coded value. No cassian can lay a hand on the prince. period and have to act to save his sorry ass.
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:35 PM edit delete reply

They might be a bit slow about it though, and gnash their teeth too.

... or count his heartbeats.
Rashala 3rd Jul 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

yep DEci's Screwed...His own Troops Only follow orders cause they are FORCED to once that goes poof they do whatever they wish.



Side question: Are anymore Q and A's planned?
anonymous coward 4th Jul 2015, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I can give you a totally irrelevant and non-sequitur Q&A.

Q: Are anymore Q and A's planned?
A: Yes, those pants really make your ass look fat.

Eh? Eh? Feel free to ask questions, I can promise to answer a completely different question than the one you asked. :)
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

No more Q&A on Dc at the moment .. BUT Luna Star will have a 10 question binge after the comic is over.
Rashala 4th Jul 2015, 5:15 PM edit delete reply

Question one. HEy Centcomm mind if I open the outer ailock door on the airlock I Just shoves Anon Coward here into without a spacesuit...he said he wanted to go out an get some air.
Draginbeard 3rd Jul 2015, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

The prince thought he was untouchable. That kind of pride comes with a really long fall at the end.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

oh you are so.. so right.
Sheela 4th Jul 2015, 4:37 PM edit delete reply

The trick is to not let him fall too far, and make sure he survives the fall. Thus, he can fall again another day, after some time in the regeneration tank ofcourse..

*sage nod*
Haegan2005 4th Jul 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

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Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

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Skweeee 4th Jul 2015, 12:24 AM edit delete reply

I was looking at the reflections in her suit and I started to wonder how your rendering software works. Either way it's a beautiful effect.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:32 PM edit delete reply

I cant say exactly how the tech works but Hrists suit has a high reflectivity level and high specular level its what gives it a plastic shiny look :D if you were to feel it - it would feel kinda soft and slickery .. like vinyl
Mark_L_A 4th Jul 2015, 10:11 AM edit delete reply

Here is a thought. Since H'rist will STILL follow Maxus's orders, would it NOT be possible for him to simply ORDER Nox and Noctis to stand down? After all his attempted Execution was botched, but his authority was NEVER Rescinded. Going by the literal interpretation of the orders, Nox and Noctis cannot trouble themselves with killing a General since it was someone else's job to do so.
DLKmusic 4th Jul 2015, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
That's an interesting twist of legal logic, Mark, and it might work with Noctis, but we don't know enough about NOX to know if it would work with her.

All we really know about her is that she hates Decimus, and she's got a sadistic streak a mile wide.
Centcomm 4th Jul 2015, 1:30 PM edit delete reply

as long as the princes Current orders are unfinished they can not countermand the order period so unless the prince himself OR Kali changes them - everyone is kinda boned .. IF they are unable to finish or complete their orders then they can accept new ones .. it also depends on the priority of the mission in question. Hrist is no longer bound due to her damage.

Pro tip.. Nox may give small children nightmares.
DLKmusic 4th Jul 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Nightmares to small children And Grown Musicians, Cent!
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