Comic 1278 - Core Purpose

16th Nov 2015, 12:00 AM
Core Purpose
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 16th Nov 2015, 8:35 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
For those wondering why Cent has apparently vanished off the face of the earth recently as far as the comments section goes, the answer is "Fallout 4". Cent's getting a grace period of one week to play the hell out of it, after which normal operations are scheduled to resume.

(Ben update: Due to one of his meds, which is intended to increase intestinal motility and keep him from getting constipated, he is farting. Silently and treacherously. Like, the kind of farts that would make the Pope question the existence of a loving God. Other than that, he's doing fairly well; oncologist is on Wednesday.)

(Update to Ben update: I suspect that it was not the medication after all. After Ben gets his meds, he gets one small freeze-dried duck liver treat. He managed to steal the bag of treats and ate about a third of it before I caught him at it. Liver is an extremely rich food and high in protein. Within about an hour after Ben farted so atrociously that even HE couldn't stay in the room, he went to the litter box and napalmed it with--shall we say, for the sake of decency--the opposite of constipation.)
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Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

LOL on the sub-text!
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:35 AM edit delete reply

Ofcourse, both statements in the alt-text are true. :D
Wolfsbane 16th Nov 2015, 3:57 AM edit delete reply

Really. I mean, who *doesn't* have a crush on Noctis?
Pirtnac 16th Nov 2015, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
Probably Aurelia.
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

Decimus.

He simply doesn't understand the whole idea about loving others, they should be loving HIM, dammit!
Mark_L_A 16th Nov 2015, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

This shows just how high Maxus is held in regard by his troops.
Dragonrider 16th Nov 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Not really sure who thks guy is however he seems to be an ally
Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 8:42 AM edit delete reply

The sub-text MIGHT hold the answer, Dragonrider. Or the creative (EVIL) duo is just trying to throw us off track, again.
Dragonrider 16th Nov 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

Win10 crash.. Using phone smarter than I am. Can't read alt text.
Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

If you hold on the comic page it displays it (along with a lot of options). :-)
chk 16th Nov 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

I don't remember having seen this guy before either.
Haegan2005 16th Nov 2015, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

Hmm. So twenty squads is about how many men? And this is not the boys in blue, who are probably still moving to reinforce the gates or sweeping for the princess.

Using runners can be bad, it takes men off of the front lines. But if it is the only choice, its what you have to do. The Flip side of course is that the building is of limited size and they probably do not have to go far.
JackOfClubs 16th Nov 2015, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

A squad in NATO military terms is about 8-12 men, so 20 squads would be about 200. However, this is Nova Roma, so the military force structure might be different. The word "squad" comes from Latin "exquadrare" which means "to make a square". So perhaps as few as 4 men might be considered a squad, but I doubt that is what Maxus et al have in mind.
CptKerion 17th Nov 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
I've seen squad, depending on context, nation, etc., refer to anything from 3 (heavy weapons team considered a squad in most times I've seen that few men called a squad.) to 12 (though above 8 tends to start acquiring other terms so far as I've read.)
Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

Doctor Silver apparently has decided to do more than confuse and delay guards. Taking over their own weapons and using them on them. Three squads... Messy.
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:36 AM edit delete reply

Dr Silver has a nasty sense of aggression.

.. and humor .. her humor is nasty too.
TeeDee loves it! :D
DLKmusic 16th Nov 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply

As much as I love Doc Silver, I have a feeling that Noctis and Maxus are about to insure she has a VERY bad day.

And what about poor Charlie? don't forget that she's held up with Doc Silver right now too! (I'm still trying to wrap my brain around Lamod being spoken with a southern accent)
ProfEtheric 16th Nov 2015, 1:13 AM edit delete reply

After so long of torturing us with Douchimus unchecked, you continually bring the awesome! Thank you!
Boren 16th Nov 2015, 1:43 AM edit delete reply

If one unit of the enemies grain is worth 20 of mine, and one bale of the enemies fodder is worth 20 of mine how much are two of the enemies turrets worth?
Visvires 16th Nov 2015, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Three squads, two turrets, two hallways, and metic f-ton of morale.
T1-G3R2501 17th Nov 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Lest us not forget that one poor schmuck that got eaten by the big ol' beastie in the back of the raid team's ship
cattservant 16th Nov 2015, 2:20 AM edit delete reply

The fog is thinning.
Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply

The sun will shine through and vaporize the evil that has lurked in Nova Roma's shadows for so long, catt? :-D
cattservant 17th Nov 2015, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

The fog of war.
T1-G3R2501 17th Nov 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Fog? No that's just someone vaping too much in the audience.
The Old Scribe 16th Nov 2015, 3:15 AM edit delete reply

Well, now, this should be interesting.

Prince Douchebag's bully boys are looking for the Princess and Lynn and fighting back against Centcomm's 'rescue squad' as they're attacking the palace.

Maxus is rallying his people to protect the Princess and Lynn and battling Douchebags bully boys in the process.

Doc Silver, TeeDee and the rest of the gang are looking for Lynn and kicking the ass of who or whatever gets their way.

Dolly, CeCi and the girls are on their way to see the wizard and presumably Kyle's trying to fix said wizard.

Douchebag's doing a Hitler imitation, the remaining Cassians are all over the joint doing whatever, the rebels are joining Centcomm's merry men and the citizens of New Roma are looking for places to hide.

Lots'a loose ends here, folks. Stay tuned.
Wolfsbane 16th Nov 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply

Well put summary, TOS. So difficult to wait two whole days for the next nugget of golden goodness...
mjkj 16th Nov 2015, 4:21 AM edit delete reply

Greatly put, there. Though it seems the Cassians have more of a conscience than the SS had... (which is quite sad)
Timotheus 16th Nov 2015, 4:24 AM edit delete reply

And there's a balrog in the woodpile with a sniper rifle waiting for Doc Silver to show her face at the com center, don't forget that one.
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

Don't forget the sneaky little asian spythat workd for Rose!
She is wearing high tech gadetry and a grudge.
Stormwind13 17th Nov 2015, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Miraiko has her list and is checking it twice, Sheela. Marking them off in their own blood when she finds them.
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 3:37 AM edit delete reply

.... marking it with blood ?

What? And smear her lovely smartphone in blood?
That's kinda weird, innit?
T1-G3R2501 17th Nov 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Silly dog. Blood makes a great paint as it hardly ever comes out.
Stormwind13 17th Nov 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Miraiko is going to make Tokyo Rose get her a NEW phone, Sheela. She has had to work with Nova Roma crap for 5 years! Tokyo Rose SO owes her for that. :-D
mjkj 16th Nov 2015, 4:15 AM edit delete reply

Great one.

*lol* @alt text, nope he surely does not have...

Matt Knab 16th Nov 2015, 5:38 AM edit delete reply

So...we can all start working together now? Maybe?
T1-G3R2501 17th Nov 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
What and not cause more tension Matt? Now where's the Cent/Rose fun in that?
Stever 16th Nov 2015, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

Only the guilty SHOULD fear, but that is so rarely the case.
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, they are often too stupid to fear what they should fear.
JackOfClubs 16th Nov 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same [Rom 13:3 KJV]

That's the ideal, but neither the governors nor the governed live up to it in most cases.
sigpig 16th Nov 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

You two should really publish your works some day. I can assure you that I will definitely buy them!

On the subject of Ben, my heart goes out to you. When you have been owned by a cat for so long, said cat IS family, not a "pet". TR, your "quaint" description of the side-effects of his drug sent me into a giggling fit of such epic proportions, that it almost caused me to spill my tankard of coffee on my laptop... lol

(Yes, in the mornings, [for me at least] the minimum acceptable volume of coffee is a "tankard")...
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

Hrm, well, maybe she needs something to take her mind off of it ?

Here Rose, HAVE SOME CUTE!!
Kittens AND puppies!
CptKerion 16th Nov 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
I have been subjected to such a nature of cat farts.
Repeatedly.
I swear my friend's cat does it on purpose. Whenever you annoy her by moving her off something you need to get to, she farts. She's discovered that she can send everyone gagging out of a room almost at will.
DLKmusic 16th Nov 2015, 5:32 PM edit delete reply

Yes, Rose, there does indeed exist a loving GOD, but his sense of humor can sometimes be considered.... weeeeeeelllll.......
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 3:38 AM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic :

.... but he loves you?
You'd almost think he was talking about Decimus there. He probably cannot handle money either. :D
DLKmusic 17th Nov 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

I was actually referring to Benjamin, Sheela. That the little guy, in spite of the pain AND the drugs, was strong willed enough to find and steal those treats means that he has a strong will to live, and to fight... That's a good thing...

The fact that Rose discovered this by a series of HASMAT warnings shows GOD's sense of humor.

I think that your latest update on Ben is Awesome, Rose.... I'm continuing to pray for him!
Boren 16th Nov 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

Ah Fallout 4 it is all it was promised tp be....
Sheela 16th Nov 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

It was all thing, to all gentlebeings .... except for one thing!

It was NOT cheap.
Like, it was REALLY expensive!
Boren 16th Nov 2015, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

true, but I'm having too much fun with my laser shotgun...that lights people on fire...
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 3:45 AM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, I don't.

I didn't have the money to spare. :(
moizmad 16th Nov 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply

Gotta get you in Top 10 Cent, and get a comment in before this list gets a mile long!
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

She is getting awfully close to the top ten. :)

It's nice to see.
Wolfsbane 17th Nov 2015, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

It is indeed, but it's a whole lotta clicks to get from 12 to 10...

(I'm doing my part! :) )
KittyHodge 16th Nov 2015, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
OMG.

Quintus, honey, I've got a little room waaaay at the far end of the palace. Should be safe, nobody goes there but me. Here's the key. See ya soon!! ;)
Stormwind13 16th Nov 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

LOL Kitty. Take it you APPROVE of Quintus, eh? :-D

Unfortunately, I fear Quintus might be a bit BUSY for the foreseeable future, Kitty. After the unpleasantness is over though, he might take you up on that. :-)
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

He likes kitties then ?

Poor Noctis will be sad to hear that.
hrmm, well, probably not - We are talking about Noctis here.
Visvires 17th Nov 2015, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
After what happened to the comms, she might be kitty'd out.
KittyHodge 18th Nov 2015, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Hell yeah! I like me a little beefcake now and then ;D Maxus is a good guy but not my type. Besides, he's Irene's!

CptKerion 17th Nov 2015, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
and to think I thought the defecation was hitting the rotary oscillator before.
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