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Comic 1451 - Moving Along

20th Jan 2017, 12:00 AM
Moving Along
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
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Stormwind13 20th Jan 2017, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Maxus showing human doubts? Wow. He and Noctis really get along well or he wouldn't be able to voice those doubts to her.
Lurker 20th Jan 2017, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Well, she did offer him her head several minutes ago. Also, it was her idea to further the glory of the throne of Roma... All in all, I would say that the regent-in-waiting has every reason to bring Noctis into his inner circle.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

They are.
velvetsanity 20th Jan 2017, 1:07 AM edit delete reply

I think Maxus probably finds it easy to get along with anyone who's intelligent and sane.
megados 20th Jan 2017, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
I believe Noctis knows right from wrong, and Maxus is a good and fair man. They both have similar goals, and I think their mutual trust would be inevitable. Getting to know them over the course of the story so far, I would put my trust in either one, or both of them.
jamie59 20th Jan 2017, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Noctis just boiled down one of the main points of the comic so far.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

She is very good at that.
megados 20th Jan 2017, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Dolly, Lynn, Acantha, Noctis, Ada, Tee Dee:
Take great care.
Be safe.
Godspeed, everyone,
Godspeed.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2017, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

Indeed.
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

This seemingly shows promise for a better tomorrow, key word seemingly. I'm not sure if it might not be a good idea to turn the Cassions over to Aeneas and basically retire them.
Chippewa Ghost 20th Jan 2017, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

Ah, Noctis
Steven-Vincent 20th Jan 2017, 1:18 AM edit delete reply

What is the saying... only sane people question their own sanity, and insane people never do. Something like that. Noctis' comment reminded me of that.
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 1:34 AM edit delete reply

Christopher Moore
“If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them.”
Cal 20th Jan 2017, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
For Christ's good sake, lassies, could you make any more eloquent a statement about the political realities of the United States today or what?

Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

Problem is he doesn't question his decisions. Just flies by the latest whim he has and whoever has currently pissed him off. Chances are he will contradict himself three times in any give 24 hour period unless he is talking about how great Russia and its leader are. How soon will the GRU replace the CIA and FBI?
HiFranc 20th Jan 2017, 3:35 AM edit delete reply

Please don't get me started. However, both your comments remind me that I haven't written my Will yet.
Centcomm 20th Jan 2017, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

Please refrain from any commentary on real life politics. I don't want the arguments and fighting.
chk 20th Jan 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Agreed Centcomm.
Tokyo Rose 20th Jan 2017, 6:53 PM edit delete reply

Yyyyyyeah. Even I don't wanna go there. The last few election cycles have been a game that I call "Who Do I Hate The Least".
megados 21st Jan 2017, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I have strong fgeelings as well, but this should be a place to forget about politics and all that. Centcomm and Tokyo Rose have created a haven here, and I'm glad. While I'm at it, I want to say that this is the only comic I have bothered to comment on, . . . . ever. That should tell you something about how I feel about it. The art, the writing are first rate. I mean that. I guess I haven't made that clear before. I've been reading a long time, but only recently decided to make any comments.

You also have a first-rate community here, and I also want to let you know that it's noticed, and appreciated.

Centcomm, sometimes I worry about you. I can't imagine your workload and just keeping up with all this plus day to day all while trying to recuperate . . . Blows me away.

Rose, your job is not easy. Keeping all the characters, well, in character can't be easy either. Characters people become invested in; they're people you care about, you know?

It's a very immersive tale!

Anyway, I wanted to say this while I had the chance.

PS - Rose, spikey balls of hate can be fun, if you're careful, and, you know, don't leave them on the carpet, in the dark, with bare feet . . . . :)
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

Sorry I obviously have strong feelings and should learn to back it off.
The Old Scribe 20th Jan 2017, 1:54 AM edit delete reply

I was under the impression that the Cassians were originally created to serve as enforcers for the regime; a combination SS/Gestapo/Stasi if you will. Did they perform other functions prior to what was their current role under the late and unlamented Doucheimus?
Mister Black 20th Jan 2017, 2:04 AM edit delete reply

Not so much 'other' functions, as the same function with a lot more discretion. It's the internal security version of the difference between a sniper shot and an Arc Light mission.
Sheela 20th Jan 2017, 3:13 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, and now Maxus will also have to be a bright light for his dark shadows to function well.
Tokyo Rose 20th Jan 2017, 8:41 AM edit delete reply

Their original activities were largely focused on intelligence-gathering and neutralizing serious internal threats to the throne, the city, and the people. Decimus used them to kill people he just didn't like or found annoying or who had the temerity to say "the prince is kind of an asshole".
Sheela 20th Jan 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

Right, though terror does play a part of their role, it was originally meant to be for the purpose of dissuading people from doing crimes, and not as a blunt tool to scare regular people.

Which again leads back to Noctis and Malati's discussion on how the shadows suffer from a dull light.
mjkj 20th Jan 2017, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

Wise words, Noctis...

*lol* @alt text... indeed, Maxus... =P

HiFranc 20th Jan 2017, 3:29 AM edit delete reply

In what way does Noctis mean "right path"? One reading of it could be that he's probably made the right decision or that he has the one of the things necessary to make a good leader.

Then again, remembering how careful one has to be with a statement from Noctis, it could be both.
Rashala 20th Jan 2017, 3:36 AM edit delete reply

Max no trust centycomm. Geeeeee I wonder why *max sarcasm!!!!!*
Gilrandir 20th Jan 2017, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
The trust of the Nova Roman leadership is irrelevant to the continued security and prosperity of New Troy. It's proper and civilized conduct is not. ^_^
Mark_L_A 20th Jan 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply

Noctis is concerned that the Cassians will continue to be used as a battle axe instead of as a scalpel, to precisely remove the infections instead of just destroying anything and everything in the way.

And Maxus is worried that his decisions are the correct ones, or at least the less wrong ones.

ETA: I also just had a thought. To make Dolly's new body, would Calliope have used DNA to create it? If so, who's DNA did she use? some of hers? some of Lynn's? Or a combination of both? Making Dolly an genetic sister/daughter or cousin? thereby making Dolly a "Descendant" of Helios Taylor. and her DNA can then be used on the lock for CentComm.

Another ETA: I wonder what Noctis's opinon of Ada is. She see's Ada is a Troy S&R Medic/Rescue and she is skilled at combat. But all of her concern is for Acantha's wellbeing. How does Noctis feel or think about that?
megados 20th Jan 2017, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
I can only guess as to Noctis' opinion of Ada. Noctis is loyal to the throne of Nova Roma. Acantha, at this time, is the only one left to be heiress to the throne. Right now, Ada is aiding Acantha, and therefore working toward the same ends as Noctis. I don't think Noctis likes or dislikes Ada, but Noctis is intelligent, and pragmatic, and believes that Ada is working toward the same goal. As long as that is the case, Ada will be on Noctis' good side. JMO
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 10:00 AM edit delete reply

@Mark_L_A: ETA????
E=Estimated
T=Time
A=Arrival
????
highly irregular 20th Jan 2017, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Edited To Add
Mark_L_A 20th Jan 2017, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

ETA=Edited To Add
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 1:43 PM edit delete reply

OK thanx that's a new one on me.
robnot 20th Jan 2017, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
also thanks ... new to me three,,, in the military it was always " estimated time arrival "..
Centcomm 20th Jan 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

thats what i thought it meant.
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2017, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

actually we used it as ETAOT, Estimated Time Arrival On Target. Normally about 2 minutes after you heard the loud "Bang".
Mark_L_A 21st Jan 2017, 2:37 AM edit delete reply

When I was in the Army back in the 80's Estimated Time of Arrival was Eta.
Tokyo Rose 20th Jan 2017, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

Noctis views Ada as a professional who possesses the vital element of giving a shit about her clientele. She approves of this viewpoint in moderation.
That one guy 20th Jan 2017, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Noctis strikes me as very nearly pragmatism personified, along with being extremely analytical.

Noctis recognizes Ada as the choice of CentComm and/or Calliope Taylor to attend to any potential medical needs for Lynn with an enormous unknown of what the hell might be going on. So potentially a better trauma medic than she's ever met.

I think she also recognizes the general medical professional's compassion and drive to heal their patient and sees it focused on Acantha. Likely she's also picked up that TeeDee has all the aggression for the pair and that Ada doesn't like harming people, as one of the Cassians' primary duties is evaluating potential threats.

So I suspect her evaluation is, "Very useful to my cause, will not personally be a problem, superiors' attitudes are still unknown, but this is a good bet."

Since she's going to be Acantha's bodyguard in New Troy, she probably also evaluates Ada for her potential to get a message from Acantha to Lynn or Dolly and in worst case a potential for a hostage if needed. I'd be shocked if Noctis were not already planning contingencies in case Calliope is unswayed by Lynn and vengeful towards Acantha or CentComm tries to pull something (I think we the readers have reason to consider Calliope being a problem as unlikely, but likely Noctis does not).
Gilrandir 20th Jan 2017, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
I respectfully disagree, @That one guy, though of course only the creatrices know her character for certain. Logic and pragmatism are not the same thing. Noctis seems far too principled to me to properly be labeled as 'pragmatic' -- though I admit she also appears well-grounded in facts and little prone to the illusions and fancies with which many people typically indulge themselves.

I think, perhaps, 'practical' rather than 'pragmatic' -- though I suppose that could be argued as just splitting semantic hairs.
megados 20th Jan 2017, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Noctis is a sort of complicated person. She's very stoic, and doesn't exactly wear her feelings on her sleeve. She has them, but she seems to be more open with people she trusts, which aren't that many. I think she actually cares quite a bit about the things she believes in. I really do think she has her pragmatic side, though, which she shows more than her other feelings.

You know, the thought occurs, that sometimes I think Noctis sometimes surprises even the creatrixes :D
KarToon12 20th Jan 2017, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

I'm sure you're making the right decision....though you might want to get back in that battle armor. XD
robnot 21st Jan 2017, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
on a side note... @Ada is your shield active,,? "just in case"!
cus a stray round wood really suck ,, Right now.!!
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