Comic 983 - Cold Terror....

3rd Feb 2014, 12:00 AM
Cold Terror....
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Centcomm
(( for those of you following along ... remember Cent has a DEEP understanding of human nature. and she has learned that madmen often desire power and will use that power however they can. ))
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 5:15 PM edit delete
Centcomm
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Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete reply

I wanna hear the message Dolly sent, I still have a feeling Mama Taylor gonna rally the troops and throw her own attack.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

oh she will do something .. trust me ...
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 1:07 AM edit delete reply

Well, lets not forget that Dolly is about as non-standard as they come, she is still a player in the game.

Heck, knowing Calliope's mastery of nano-weapons, Dolly might be filled to the brim with interesting little nano-gadgets that can do a bit of .. A & U. :)
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:44 PM edit delete reply

Dolly may indeed have a few surprises :D
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 9:00 PM edit delete reply

Aha, I thought so.

And where as Lynn carried a bracelet as an emitter, Dolly could have it engineered straight into her very bones. The enemy would never find them!
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:44 PM edit delete reply

you forget scanners :D
Stormwind13 3rd Feb 2014, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

And Calliope didn't rip CentComm a new one (yet). :-D

Not that I really expect her to. I think Calliope truly does understand where CentComm is coming from here. Not happy, but understanding.

Reminds me of the way a lot of families act when they try to protect one another. Very well done projecting that Rose. :-)
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

hey I helped ! :) hehe and yes as much as Calli doesnt like what cent has or has not done.. she understands why.
Stormwind13 3rd Feb 2014, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

Your artwork, the look on Calliope's face and the need of understanding in CentComm is wonderful. The expression were great, CentComm.

Just didn't want Rose hunting me down for not acknowledging her. :-D
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

Well, as much as she understands her, and forgive her for that matter, it's still going to be somewhat difficult to believe Centcomm again, without checking and double checking every single fact.

But they'll get there, eventually.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 2:17 AM edit delete reply

again.. where has she lied? she may have withheld information but she has not actually lied to calliope .. and that line makes all the diffrence to her. ( cent )

and calliope also understands that logic as well..
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 12:31 PM edit delete reply

Omission of important fact is a sort of lying too. When it all comes down to it, it's basically all about a breach of trust.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

it is.. but shes been fairly honest with Calliope so far.
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

True enough, but even so a breach of trust takes some time to get over.

Still, not the end of the world, unless Douchebag gets his hands on some superpowerful weapons.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

exactly .. Calliope understands why cent is doing what shes doing ,.. and as she said she may not be happy but she understands..
mjkj 3rd Feb 2014, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

Wow, poor CentComm...

She really is traumatized...

*joins the hug*
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

maybe tramatized is too strong as her emotions are not quite the same as a human.. but she has a LOT of guilt about her time as a war machine.
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 1:10 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but doesn't she get bored without the chaos of war ?

... I may have alluded to this before.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 2:16 AM edit delete reply

boredom isnt really a concept Cent understands as her mind is constantly doing things all the time ...
jamie59 3rd Feb 2014, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Now the computer mommy. You're really pushing around our view of Centcomm.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

*bow* Ill take that as a compliment :D
cattservant 3rd Feb 2014, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

The Taylor-CentComm symbiosis.
The Taylor Family is CentCom Actual's link to the Human world.

[Her (It's) conscience, perhaps would be a better description.]
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 1:19 AM edit delete reply

Not conscience as such, the AIS has its own set of guidelines that would include a conscience though not as clear defined as we have. It is Artificial Intelligence, however the emphasis here is Artificial, it is still a logic based entity that lacks many of the social mores acquired by the independent units such as Dolly and now Ceci. It is those same social mores that require human interaction in order for it to act as a responsible and moral adult. Without the human interaction as we have seen it is amoral and logic driven with the self protection mode fully engaged. The current situation is not going to be resolved without bloodshed, tears and loss, while we as the empathetic readers will not like some or all of the loss it is unavoidable. I've been fairly snarky about points in the plot however when our hostess plotted it she didn't spare readers feelings if they choose to become vicariously involved in the action. I'm fairly certain she did it with research on AI systems both factual and from popular SciFi Novels. She put her ducks in a row and then enlisted a wordsmith to flesh out the details. As a result we sit up till Gods and Goddesses know when to comment and debate. Again well done to those who plot, write, wordsmith this drama.
cattservant 3rd Feb 2014, 1:34 AM edit delete reply

Hooray
for our
A&A!
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

Actually Centcomm incorperates a lot of fictonal and a smattering of real life research ( all done though interwebs so take that as you will .. and Mister Blacks constant and informative speculation on it .. that got filtred though the fertile minds me and Rose have and bang .. we have our resedent pink haired AIS. it is sometimes very hard to sit here and watch readers leap to conclusions and simply nod my head. BUT i REALLY enjoy the speculation none the less.. it is amazing how close and how WAY off the mark some readers are.

Touching on a point made by Sheela Cent does not lie to Calliope .. she may not divulge all the facts at once. but when put on the spot she will not lie to her. nor will she ever hurt her.

Cent may not be perfect.. but she does have her " I will not cross THIS line... " moments..
cattservant 3rd Feb 2014, 4:08 AM edit delete reply

"Grandma's on the roof..."
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

As was said before, I think by Rash, the best lie is the exact truth with omission of certain critical facts.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

hehe - nice ava Dragonrider :D
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

Thank you have another I would like to use but this 90x90 doesn't show it well needs the full 125x125
MirrorField 4th Feb 2014, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I suspect it is matter of hardwired deep programming inside CentComm. As in CentComm is *incapable* of straight-out disobeying Taylor line. She can fudge with details, omit information and so on, but she simply *cannot* disobey certain commands or straight-out lie to the Taylor heirs...
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 6:09 AM edit delete reply

more .. or . less correct. and there is a fairly strong tie there as well personally for Centcomm .. and if you are wondering about how AIS systems can form attachments .. Look at Acantha and Aneaes...
Rashala 3rd Feb 2014, 1:16 AM edit delete reply

WEapons of MAss Destruction and death,,,.......Probally the original stains of the orginal Viral outbreak...even ones that were....incurable that were wiped out....
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm adjusts halo.. ( shes got a lot of skeletons in her closet.. )
VanEzzania 3rd Feb 2014, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

The feels.... ;__;
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, especially in the third panel !
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

I know right!
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Well, you should - you made it ! >_<
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

LOL !
Johninaustin 3rd Feb 2014, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Being your typical guy, I wanna see what's in the vault. [:)]
Marcus Ramesy 3rd Feb 2014, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

wonderous things... things beyond comprehension, things to turn your brain to goo, things to turn the planet to mush, things to .... ...
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

things to ... smoke salmon ?
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

Can they make s'mores and clean blood stains off rugs before CSI gets there?
WinterJay 3rd Feb 2014, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Looking at these comments, the first words I saw were "mush" ... "salmon"... and "s'mores".... I might be hungry xD

Oh Dragonrider, I like your new pic :)
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

im hungry too damn it..
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

Thanx
KarToon12 3rd Feb 2014, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

At long last, we get some answers as to why Lynn was kidnapped.
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:47 PM edit delete reply

right ??! things should start making a bit more sense from here on in...
velvetsanity 4th Feb 2014, 8:35 PM edit delete reply

I thought we knew why Lynn when drekhead sent his demands to NT via LunaCom? Or do you mean now finally *Calli* knows why Lynn was kidnapped?
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 8:52 PM edit delete reply

its all going to start falling into place .. or should :D
highlander55 3rd Feb 2014, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

Hypothetically- If something happened to Lynn and Calli as well as the city of New Troy if Douche Bag does get his robot warriors active. Does Cent Comm have the programming to go psychotic as if the loss would be to much?
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 8:47 PM edit delete reply

ooooh good question.. :D
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Well, there is always the possibility of Centcomm going HAL 9K, but it's relatively doubtful, I suspect she's try something else first.

Like, say, dismantling all the stuff in the Vault, so douchebag would no longer have anything to aim for.
highlander55 3rd Feb 2014, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

Remember Sheela, His fore-father took New Rome IA apart with a small and dedicated army(?)and he could do the same with Cent Comm before she could defend herself. Especially if they were suicidal minions given orders by the Exalted one.
Dragonrider 3rd Feb 2014, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Highlander, Nova Roma hated their AI and Aeneas didn't have the sophistication Evil-1 has doubt Douchie could even get started because everyone would be out to stop him Merc's, Mew Sparta, Tokyo Rose and the Asian Sphere of Influence as well as all the other powers, remember he has another underground City State on his border that would strongly resist cross border intrusions. To Quote Justicar Admin Frey "Ahta is not New Rome, nor will it ever be". Have a feeling that little City State might give Douchie a bit more heartburn than he has anti-acids for.
Tokyo Rose 3rd Feb 2014, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

I'm . . . a little uncertain how you got the notion that New Rome hated Aeneas. Aurelian Livius hated Aeneas because his aggressive, expansionist ambitions required the use of the military elements over which Aeneas had exclusive control, but the general population was very fond of him; Aeneas was quite friendly and sympathetic, and an excellent caretaker for the city.

The whole thing went kind of like this.

Prince Aurelian (furiously jerking off all over a copy of Guns & Ammo): "Grrr, I am a total cockhole and have big aggressive expansionist ambitions. Give me all the big guns and shit so I can go expansionist up everybody's ass."
Aeneas (standing in a flowery meadow next to a unicorn and holding a basket of kittens): "That wouldn't be very nice at all! You shouldn't do that!"
Prince Aurelian (chewing up a handful of nails covered with habanero sauce): "Grrr! Playing nice is for pussies! I'm going to go rage-fuck the nearest townships and you're going to give me the guns and shit!"
Aeneas (hugging a puppy that's hugging a teddy bear that's hugging another, smaller puppy): "No, no, I won't let you do that."
Prince Aurelian (drinking gun oil and pissing napalm while waving a big axe): "GRRRR I KEEL YOU"
Aeneas (posing winsomely on a satin-draped bed): "EEK!" (gets axe in head)
Centcomm 3rd Feb 2014, 11:10 PM edit delete reply

*Spits gatoraid all over the desk laughing .. >_< *

that was... graphic ... keeps giggling..
Sheela 3rd Feb 2014, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

Oh ... my...

Rose, that was beautiful! :D
Stormwind13 4th Feb 2014, 12:26 AM edit delete reply

Um... yeah. That was... something alright Rose... :-D
mjkj 4th Feb 2014, 8:34 AM edit delete reply

That might make a great vote incentive...
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 1:32 PM edit delete reply

haahha - speaking of vote incentive .. going to be a new one up soon..
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply

ROFLMBFAO!!!!ROFLMBFAO Again!!!! I meant the ruling population of Nova Roma. BTW in the first line was that supposed to be cuckold?
Tokyo Rose 4th Feb 2014, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Nah. Aurelian's wife didn't screw around on him :D
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Wait a minute Douchie fell far from the tree are you sure the jester wasn't a frequent visitor?
Tokyo Rose 5th Feb 2014, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

Prince Douchebag definitely has his granddad's aggression and arrogance. The outright psychosis probably came from his mother. (Yes, he actually had a mother. Contrary to popular belief, he was not hatched by a scythe lizard, nor did he spontaneously generate from a pile of discarded tampons and used condoms bound for a nuclear incinerator.)
velvetsanity 4th Feb 2014, 8:38 PM edit delete reply

Wow. Just, wow. LOL! I love it!

That said, why am I not in the least surprised at your depiction of it, Rose? :D
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

because shes our spiky ball of hate?
velvetsanity 5th Feb 2014, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

Now now, hate is a rather strong word. Plus, I think slightly inaccurate. After all, she has a sense of humor.

Perhaps 'spiky ball of snark' would be more accurate?
Rashala 3rd Feb 2014, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

Til everyones home and Cecis home safe and FREE NO HUGS FOR CENTY!!!
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

awwww.. *feels bad now *
mjkj 4th Feb 2014, 8:38 AM edit delete reply

Awwww...

Poor CentComm (*sneaks in secret hugs*)

Well, Rash, that is a bit rash...

I believe CentComm could get everybody home by this time next week - but then the comic is over and cut rather short. I am far more interested in the long version that will take some more years to be finished and then some new plots...

...and I believe a little hug now and then will make that more possible ;)
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

smiles even if this arc ended next week.. ive got more storys to tell with this bunch .. so have no fear there :D
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

*Hugs Evil-1* NOW go rescue Lynn kick the hell out of Douchebag and end this once and for all. *Just to keep up the visual images Rose started* We want to attend Mira and Vinnies Wedding without worrying about idiots. Actually lets make Douchie a Flower Girl for the wedding, we can have the Cat Girl Twins with whips driving him dressed in a Pink Tutu down the aisle strewing flower petals. Meanwhile outside we see Ceci, Dolly, Acantha, Lynn and Aeneas busily decorating the APC with Wedding Boquets, Just Married Signs and attaching strings of empty cans. Also Rotter is standing off to the side looking uncomfortable in White Tie and Tails as he prepares to give away the Bride.
velvetsanity 4th Feb 2014, 8:40 PM edit delete reply

Looking uncomfortable? Only in those rare moments when he's not bitching and moaning at every being within earshot about the whole situation.
Rashala 4th Feb 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

I am NOT hugging CEnty til CEci and DOlly and all are back and intact *ANd ceci is FREE!!!* And I am not gonna change my stance!


PS. After reading the above Rose mental imagery....I really think we should sell al ive feed into her brain as a TV network we'd make a fortune
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:22 PM edit delete reply

we so would... SO much money!
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

A Tokyo Rose chanel would be instantly banned in all 51 US states for being Socialist Propaganda!

And for being one long, continious censoring *beeep* tone.
Don B. 3rd Feb 2014, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Amazing what hearing the other side of the story can do for your perception of a character. I'm a lot more sympathetic towards CebtComm now. Considering the scale of death and destruction she is talking about here I can understand her motivations. Still not happy with some decisions made, but that is a fate I would wish on no-one. CentComm's (and everyone elses for that matter) worst nightmare is knocking on the door.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

exactly cent here is inbetween a rock and a hard place on a lot of things..
mjkj 4th Feb 2014, 8:39 AM edit delete reply

...and obviously has also a fire and a frying pan close by...
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

that too..
Stormwind13 4th Feb 2014, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

Standing on the frying pan... with the fire underneath boxed in by the rock and hard place, mjkj. Yeah, CentComm (the character) is NOT in a comfortable position for sure. CentComm the artist might or might not be in a comfortable position, but we KNOW she is EVIL. :-)
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Comfort is a relitive thing.. >_<
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 5:29 PM edit delete reply

Besides, fire and frying pans aren't quite so intimidating when you're made out of steel. XD
antrik 10th Oct 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Uh? Ever seen steel (partially) melted in a common campfire? No? Well, I have.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

new voting incentiive up today at top webcomics! enjoy ! ( link at bottom of page )
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 7:45 PM edit delete reply

Nice incentive however I was hoping for a purple dragon transformation from our first sparked android.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 8:50 PM edit delete reply

sorry to disappoint ... :D
cattservant 4th Feb 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

What!
No "Pretty Magical Robodragon Amy"?

[Whiiine!]
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

awww sorry >_<
cattservant 5th Feb 2014, 2:54 PM edit delete reply

Oh Well...
THIS will have to do.
notStanley 31st Dec 2015, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
re: lies

Think I first heard this from Lazuras Long.

There are three ways to lie;

1 Tell a complete un-truth. Easy at first, but have to remember who you told what. You get caught when they start comparing notes.

2 Tell a truth, but not all of them. Still complicated if telling different portions to different people.

3 Tell the whole truth, but so badly they are convinced you are lying.
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