Comic 975 - Reaching out...

15th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM
Reaching out...
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)

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Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Centcomm
( when you have no farther to fall... )
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cattservant 15th Jan 2014, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Oh my!
There's a Protocol for that!
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:08 PM edit delete reply

yes there is :D
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 7:55 PM edit delete reply

Dolly was very thourough when she last upgraded the Taylors security system. :D

Heck, you could say she's almost a spiritual part of it.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Only comment I have is... DAMN! :-D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:08 PM edit delete reply

yup !
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

Angry momma bear is pissed!

No hugs or brownies for Centcomm !
... well, maybe brownies - BUT DEFINATELY NO HUGS!
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

hehe.. :D
cattservant 15th Jan 2014, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

But notice even the revitalized 'Ma' Taylor is keeping 'the lizard' between her and it's anal glands!
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:08 PM edit delete reply

but of course :D
Vivocateur 15th Jan 2014, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

That's more like it!
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

hehe about time eh?
jamie59 15th Jan 2014, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

I predict one very pissed pink haired bitch !
cattservant 15th Jan 2014, 12:36 AM edit delete reply

If Ms. Taylor activates the Sel-Cast Jamming Units, Cent-Comm 3 is going to be quite limp!
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

Or she goes independent like Ceci did...

(or shorter: she goes Ceci) :p
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

::Image of the exterior of Helios Tower. Pink haired dolls appear and began encircling the tower just outside the sel-cast denial zone. Eyes burning in anger the dolls stare at the tower, but are unable to receive information from or alter events inside the tower now::
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

Note... Cali has not actually activated anything yet.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 7:10 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm... I thought that last command set pulled away the combat drones from CentComm's control. At least the way I'm reading seemed to indicate that CentComm can't give them any MORE commands.

I guess I was mistaken, reading too much into it, because I thought she had activated the Sel-Cast denial screen. I guess she just has them turned on, but not actually projecting, yet. I do see that Calliope didn't sever her links to the city, but she prepped that to go off if she breaths hard.

I think I'm not the only one that thought more had already gone on than actually had, from some of the comments here. :-D Tell Rose, BAD (evil) entity, no cookies for her for teasing the commenters (Great job on the dialogue making us all jump a moment before we should have)! :-D

I think we are at DEFCON 2, and Calliope is ready, almost EAGER, to go to 1! :-)
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:02 PM edit delete reply

Agreed. Looks to me she told the security matrix to prepare all defenses and have them on standby.
And, yes, she locked the combat drones down - They are HER combat drones after all.

In fact, I'm kinda surprised that Centcomm didn't bring her own drones, ah well, she's gotten complacent from years of pushing Calliope around. A bit sloppy.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

Actually the Combat drone lock down is on Codeword just like the rest. it hasnt happened yet.. Sorry if that was not clear in the dialouge :P
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:50 PM edit delete reply

Still, Centcomm clearly expected that Calliope's drones were as good as her own.

Now Centcomm can no longer order them around because they will only respond to Calliope.

Minor mistake that.
Maybe even a major mistake.
Stormwind13 16th Jan 2014, 6:27 PM edit delete reply

See what I originally read it as (and apparently wasn't alone in that) is that she was calling up security protocols and GIVING the password to activate them.

Apparently what Calliope was doing though is calling up the protocols and ASSIGNING the activation words. I never expected her to do that, seems like she should have already had them ready to activate. In a lot of security situations the time you have to react can be quite small.
velvetsanity 15th Jan 2014, 12:45 AM edit delete reply

Oh good, Mira's going to be alright...whew
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

Unless CentComm got the fire command off before Calliope locked her out. Or unless any of the combat units have their communication links cut so they can't receive new commands, velvet.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

The combat drones are still dangerous to Mira. it all depends on what the current order set is. >_<
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

Well, as long as she only drools on them, she'll be allright. :)
Dragonrider 15th Jan 2014, 12:55 AM edit delete reply

Well Calli, you just made the decision, congratulations!! Now Evil-1 eat frustration...Bitch.
BTW, Cali that was one hell of a double brass bound pair you grew. Good on you. Now Mira and message plus the other message will get to Calli intact.
velvetsanity 15th Jan 2014, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

She didn't grow them, she already had them. She just needed to find them again...
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

sometimes that is the hardest.. finding what you lost.
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

As mentioned preciously, nothing more dangerous than a cornered momma bear with a cub in danger.

She WILL attack you if she deems it necesary.
Doesn't matter how big you are at that moment.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, you got that right Sheela. Size has NOTHING to do with it. The Momma goes, threat to cub, REMOVE said threat. Momma bear will charge into certain death to protect its cub, and is very likely to do a LOT of damage before she dies.

Calliope has a big advantage over the Momma bear though, she has a BRAIN which makes her immensely more dangerous!
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

Yuup.

which is why I have repeatedly mentioned that smart people are more dangerous.
Draginbeard 15th Jan 2014, 1:09 AM edit delete reply

Nice to see her snap out of it and turn to!
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

ohhh wait for it.. cali has a few more surprises in her..
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

Oh my - That Fallon boy had a bad influence on her, didn't he ?
What a naughty, naughty boy.

Well .. naughty, naughty DEAD boy .. but still. :D
CyberSkull 15th Jan 2014, 1:43 AM edit delete reply

Good firewalls make for good neighbors.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

oh so very true
Rashala 15th Jan 2014, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

Meanwhile back at her Main core Centy is slapping her cyber forehead going* Helios Darn it* And Somewhere Tokyo rose is watching and falling over laughing As Centys doll gets her strings cut*
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 7:39 AM edit delete reply

*lol*

Yeah, you are probably right there, Rashala :)
velvetsanity 15th Jan 2014, 10:21 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, Rose probably *is* laughing her ass off. :D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

oh you will be very happy at what happens I think..
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:07 PM edit delete reply

Gotta say, this DOES sound like something Rose would enjoy watching.
JacobJSebastian 15th Jan 2014, 3:45 AM edit delete reply

I used to say: "You can't fall off the floor." Then I found out the earth can open up and eat you. The amazing thing about life is that it is NEVER so bad that it can't be worse.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

true...
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:13 PM edit delete reply

Seems like Calliope decided that the floor belongs to her, and it's time to tell the world that it's hers, dammit.
And anyone who steps upon the floor better be damned well ready to face her wrath if they anger her.

OH BEHAVE !!
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

Wow O_O Calliope is going all out (or is that all in?) - Go Caliope!

Evil-1_CentComm I fear you get either independent or shut down - *lol*

I wonder what Mira is doing when she sees CentComm shut down - or getting confused and the drones not reacting to her anymore *grins*

*hugs Mira and Caliope*
velvetsanity 15th Jan 2014, 10:23 AM edit delete reply

*Mira sees the puppet drop and the drones go silent and motionless, waits, after a minute or two runs out of patience and lights up like a kid in a candy store as she strips the reapers down to bare components* :D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:12 PM edit delete reply

Well remember the Sel cast Jammers are "powered" not activated.
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:15 PM edit delete reply

Still ... any opportunity to get to the juicy parts of those sexy drones should be savored. :)
Dragonrider 15th Jan 2014, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

*As Mira realizes what has happened she begins screaming, "Vinnie, Vinnie what did they do to you? Don't worry Vinnie I'll save you."*
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:13 PM edit delete reply

hehe "Vinne" and the "Reapers" are not puppets. they are full on Robots. but they fall under the perview of commands.
KarToon12 15th Jan 2014, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

Time to show Cent-Comm what for! :D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:13 PM edit delete reply

indeed .. right?
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

More like "Taking back what is MINE !"

*kicks douchebag in the balls so hard he can sing Ave Maria in falsetto*

Give. Daughter. Back. NOW!
Johninaustin 15th Jan 2014, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
I wonder what happened to our aspiring Shakespeare fan out at the entrance?
cattservant 15th Jan 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply

Hopefully she's keeping a low profile
And a clean nose!
Dragonrider 15th Jan 2014, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

The Horatius Protocol and the Dolly Protocol took care of that she's locked in stasis as are all Evil-1's avatars in and around Helios Towers.

P.S. Wanna bet Krystal is singing, Oh what a beautiful Morning, Oh what a beautiful day in between fits of giggling and High-5's with Mira.
Tokyo Rose 16th Jan 2014, 4:38 AM edit delete reply

Note that the "Dolly Six-Six-Zeta" protocol caused the system to ask Calli to specify options, which she proceeded to do. It's the overall security program, not a separate thing.

Also, keep in mind that Officer Allie is an independent android; she is not a combat drone or a Cent-Comm "doll".
Sheela 16th Jan 2014, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

So, Dolly really is part of the tower security.
Stormwind13 16th Jan 2014, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

Dolly is THE GUARDIAN of the Taylor family. In the past, now and ALWAYS. :-) So yes Sheela she is tied into ALL of the security features surrounding the Taylors.
Sheela 16th Jan 2014, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

No, no, Dolly have a limited lifespan, if I understand it right, so she won't be forever.
However, that was not what I was alluding to.


I was thinking that the Tower Defense (I see what you did there btw) is an integral part of dolly, and she is an integral part of it.
Which begs the question, will Dolly now get a million text messages trough Luna-Comm that the tower Defenses are coming online ?

Heck, if Dolly can connect remotely to the helious tower, then Centcomm might suddenly face two angry momma bears. XD
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:13 PM edit delete reply

Shes still there guarding the roof :D
OfficerAllie 12th Sep 2015, 5:50 AM edit delete reply

Those commands are only for the Drones and Doll systems. I'm an android. It wouldn't affect me.

Ms. Taylor might, well, probably does have something that could over ride my autonomous system. However it wouldn't do anything to me outside of the building. It might to Officer Ray or to Minx, but I don't think Ms. Taylor would do that without letting either of them knowing about it before hand.
jas 15th Jan 2014, 1:52 PM edit delete reply

And this is why Dr. Taylor rocks!

The giant is no longer sleeping...
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

DAMN right.. it has awakened.. and certain people may have a LOT to fear from her.
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:17 PM edit delete reply

Only if they anger her ... only if they anger her.

... Prince Douchebag ?
Yeah, he's in trouble now.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

Douche Bag needs to hope his own people kill him off. If Calliope comes to do the job, it will be something so horrific that it is whispered about for millennium to come. :-D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:39 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes.. the story is about to "heat up" as it were.. Any one remember what Liam Neeson's charcter said to the kidnappers in "Taken" ( chuckles softly ) She may not be physicly imposeing but she has her ways.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 8:42 PM edit delete reply

"...If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." Was that the piece you were thinking of, CentComm? :-D
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

That would be the one. :D and sadly Mister prince has not ONE but TWO Mama bears coming after him,...
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Max is a Momma bear? :-D

No, I know what you mean... and stupid is going to be in a WORLD of hurt I think. If he's lucky, Max will get to him first. If Dolly or Calliope get to him... It will NOT be pretty.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

Max is the "PAPA Bear" :D one has to be female to be a mama bear
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

Or a female bear that has been living on steroids since a cub.
LurkerAbove 15th Jan 2014, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
It looks like the rotary device is getting up to speed...
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

oh you have NO idea how much..
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 7:12 PM edit delete reply

I think it is up to speed Luker and a large brown mass is on its way toward it now. Things could get VERY messy, very soon.
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:24 PM edit delete reply

/monocle
/tophat


Indeed, it does seem that *some* fecal matter might be about to make both high speed and violent physical contact with the currently selected, electric-magnetic powered oscillating air current distribution device - Which stand on a rotary foot, offcourse.
This could be highly degatory to the structural integrity of both the fecal matter and the rotary vane unit on the oscillating air current distribution device and may also cause quite a mess on the nearby onlookers.

*sips tea*
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:36 PM edit delete reply

BUHAHAH! Awesome Sheela !
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

Thank you, thank you.

I had to corect like .. a million a bazillion grammar errors ... but I like the result. :)
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

I do too..
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

While writing it, I was thinking of Aeneas in a tophat, monocle and blue chrome mask spouting that line while sipping tea.

Pretty hilarious. :)
velvetsanity 15th Jan 2014, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Ooh, even in 3827 Mazda's still using rotary engines? Yay! (j/k, I know which rotary device you're referring to ^_~)
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

Actually, the further we get in development, the more likely that the rotary engines will be more prevalent as they are very compact and quite powerful.

The main issues of them right now, is wear and tear on the main seals of the rotary unit.
velvetsanity 16th Jan 2014, 12:47 AM edit delete reply

Actually, the primary issue currently is emissions. Well, and fuel economy.
antrik 10th Oct 2016, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Well, the problems (which go beyond wear and tear BTW) seem pretty much inherent to the Wankler design. While a few decades ago there might have been hope to find workarounds, at this point it looks pretty much failed for good.

BTW, I doubt internal combustion engines of *any* kind will survive this century.
Don B. 15th Jan 2014, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
And here we go. Hmm...y'know, I never noticed that scar on Calliope's left cheek before. So much for being observant.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

yes she got that from when Fallon died. the doctors in New troy could have removed it but she refused. the scar really underplays how badly Calli was actually hurt ( more messy than deadly ) still very minimal compared to the nature of her injury.
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

Well, it is on the REDONE early pages. I don't see any sign of it here though (one of the original pages). I think it got added in as CentComm improved her art. :-)

And I totally could see Calliope keeping it. The visible scar to go with the TRUE scars that are inside, in her heart.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

it was on the original pages just very poorly done. >_<
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 8:28 PM edit delete reply

Sorry, can't see it on the pages I've still got that show that cheek. Shows you have improved your art though. :-)
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

no in the old art pages it came out as flat and isnt really noticeable..
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, CentCom, did I miss something - or did you not want to post some pictures from the con???

*looks confused...*


<quote="CentComm, 13th Jan 2014, 1:07 AM">
Okay con page SHOULD be up by tomorrow ( so it doesnt interuppt the story.. :D
</quote>
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

The Pics are also on the Blog at Datachasers now ( blog button at the very top :D )
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 6:47 PM edit delete reply

Danke, Stopp den Bus. Somehow I had skipped that without seeing it...
:'(
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

NO I just havent gotten all the links and thank yous done .. IM going to wind up putting it on the blog probably >_<
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

I know - I failed been working on other stuff >_<
mjkj 15th Jan 2014, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

Awwww...

Do not worry, CentComm, I was just curious if I had missed it...

...and obviously I had...

*sighs*
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

Sorry didnt mean to confuse anyone >_< HUGS for MJ
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:31 PM edit delete reply

No fail, no fail ... no fail.

*scuttles away*
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

LOLOLOL
mjkj 16th Jan 2014, 3:45 AM edit delete reply

Thanks *returns hugs*
Antonious 15th Jan 2014, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

The Calli Battlewagon has gone from the verge of being mothballed to fully crewed General Quarters. Mains coming online, auxiliaries at full power,damage control on standby, sensors - passive and active engaged, weapons going hot standby.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 8:19 PM edit delete reply

oh yes... very much so..
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

Oh good, now she just need General Panic and Miss Directions to turn the other players attention somewhere else so she can move freely.

Heh .. I wonder how many times Miss Direction has been part of the story by now ? Hmmm, better ask a certain ranger who has a cat-lady about that.
Dragonrider 15th Jan 2014, 8:42 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela how many time has Miss Direction been part of the plot? No more than twice per page...so far.
Centcomm 15th Jan 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

*whistles and throws a shiny out to distract the readers .. * LOL
Sheela 15th Jan 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Ooooh, shiny!

*pounces*
Mister Black 16th Jan 2014, 4:16 AM edit delete reply

Miss Direction? She works for me...and I make it a habit to never discuss what my employees are up to...
Sheela 16th Jan 2014, 4:36 AM edit delete reply

Why am I not surprised ? :D
Centcomm 16th Jan 2014, 7:17 AM edit delete reply

So THATS where she went :D
Stormwind13 15th Jan 2014, 8:34 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure Antonious, I think damage control got tossed out the airlock. I don't think Calliope is going to worry about PERSONAL damage, at least not until Lynn is back safe. I don't care how big she is (or isn't), I think Calliope could do a good job as a berserker... And is working up the mood for it right now.
velvetsanity 16th Jan 2014, 12:54 AM edit delete reply

Blood is burning, vision turning red...soon begins the battle...
o/` soul's full of thunder heart's of steel o/`
Antonious 16th Jan 2014, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

Thank you SO, SO, much for that awesome link Velvet.
Hornet 16th Jan 2014, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
If this goes the way it's headed I'm going to love seeing Cent reminded that she's still a servant.
Thomas 19th Apr 2014, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
Two things, One: this page made me grin in that shit's about to go down way. Two: I started hearing eye of the tiger when reading this page.
StephenHFoster 29th Mar 2016, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
"Sunstone"? Do you, by chance refer to the safeword in a lesbian, BDSM romance?
Centcomm 29th Mar 2016, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

Yes I do actually :D
antrik 10th Oct 2016, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
She caught on fast :-)
Zimriel 18th Aug 2017, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
The lizard by the scythes, and the murder turd by the ... clean end... oh wait.
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