Comic 1034 - The invitation...

24th Jun 2014, 9:00 PM
The invitation...
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)

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Centcomm 24th Jun 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete
Centcomm
If you are feeling generous - I could certainly use a few coins in the tip jar.. meds are coming up. >_<
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jamie59 24th Jun 2014, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

Dangerous game you play Acantha.
Centcomm 24th Jun 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes.. and she has a strong idea :D
cattservant 24th Jun 2014, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

In a dangerous arena
in a dangerous city-state
in a dangerous world...
Centcomm 24th Jun 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

I think that puts it succinctly...
cattservant 24th Jun 2014, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

"succinctly"

Well the offer does 'smell'...
Sheela 25th Jun 2014, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

The offer smells because the Prince smells.



SOME SAY : That the Prince smells of Murder Turd, because Rose got her hands on some Murder Turd glands, and then she "accidentally" sprayed some of it on Prince Douchebag.

OTHERS SAY : It was a good thing she was wearing a full gimp suit while handling those glands, or she could have ended up smelling bad too!

All we know is, she's NOT the Stig, but she is the Stig's secret lover !
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

LOL good one :D
Sheela 25th Jun 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

So secret, that she doesn't even know it herself !!
It even took the Stig by surprise!
But then, she *was* wearing a strapon. XD
velvetsanity 25th Jun 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

10 points for Top Gear reference, +5 bonus points for linking Rose to the Stig
Sheela 25th Jun 2014, 12:31 PM edit delete reply

Well, why do you think he's always running away so fast ?

You can say a lot about Tokyo Rose, but she's good at motivating people. :D
Tokyo Rose 25th Jun 2014, 3:04 PM edit delete reply

+100 points for making me laugh so hard I scared the cats!
Rashala 25th Jun 2014, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

RAshala Approves of this post!
Sheela 26th Jun 2014, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

Oh my .. poor cats!
plymayer 24th Jun 2014, 10:19 PM edit delete reply

Pulling the tiger's tail.

Might be better to throw him meat from time to time.
Sheela 25th Jun 2014, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

As long as it's rotten meat covered in murder turd gland juices, I'm all for that. :)
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 11:56 AM edit delete reply

but does Acantha really want to encourage him?
Hydrargyrum 25th Jun 2014, 6:26 PM edit delete reply

@plymayer: That choice depends on the balance of power in Nova Rome---which Cent and Rose know rather more about than we do---but if you go back a ways there's a discussion between Maxus and Kali about moving against Total Psycho Dickhead before Acantha attains her majority and can legally assume the throne (starts on page 806). A few pages later Maxus arguably tells Lynn she's correct Total Psycho Dickhead needs to be murdered. It's unclear if he says that within Kali's earshot (most likely not, though Kali does say she won't betray Maxus a little earlier). It's also unclear the extent to which Acantha may be in on what seems to be high treason and a coup plot (I would tend to guess less rather than more but maybe all that'll happen is Rose'll laugh at me :). But in the middle of all that Kali reminds Maxus things may get worse. I suspect that's what's Cent's getting at in the above question.

Keep in mind Lynn's capture increases risks in Nova Rome considerably. New Troy's own balance of power rests on a nuclear armed military AI who's apparently chosen both not to disarm and to accept the risks of deferring to Lynn's rather fragile mother who's just coming out of 10+ years of chronic depression. It's unclear just how much Total Psycho Dickhead knows about those fault lines and how able he is to exploit them. It's also unclear at what point Cent-Comm would choose not to follow Calliope's directives if something more happens or is thought to happen to Lynn. One possibility is Cent-Comm's caution in handling Calliope is because Cent-Comm can't disobey.

What does seem clear is Maxus is deadly serious when he comments New Rome needs Nova Troy's friendship rather than enmity (page 808). Essentially what Total Psycho Dickhead is asking for here is return of the pawn he's gambiting to try to checkmate Cent-Comm. If he gets too ticked off he'll likely try to regain her by force. At which point, well, refer to Rose's quote of Random Guard below if something goes wrong.

Page 808 is also really interesting as it mentions neither Cent-Comm or Deep Blue are responding to Maxus and unnamed others. Cent brings that up again lower in this page's comments (which I think is technically a spoiler even though it's not hard to infer---Rose, if you could refrain from killing her it'd be appreciated). It's something I've been wondering about for some time. Nova Rome is not well known to New Troy but it's improbable Cent-Comm wouldn't follow up on the leads created by factions within Nova Rome trying to get in touch. So Cent-Comm may be running a clandestine gambit of her own. Or the conspirators' messages may be getting blocked on either the Nova Rome or New Troy end of things. Or perhaps Cent-Comm's responses are blocked.

I'll just note what seems to be an elite cyberespionage AI which calls itself Tokyo Rose has recently installed a second operative in Nova Rome and leave it at that. :)
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 6:38 PM edit delete reply

I cant confirm or deny anything thats here but i will say NICE post!
Hydrargyrum 25th Jun 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply

More than I was expecting. I am most honoured. :)

I've something of an apology, though. I'm having quite the difficulty coming up with questions to send off to centcomm01@gmail.com which are both interesting and answerable without giving away half the plot. Plus I'm starting a vacation tomorrow and will be offline for some time. Bad reader, no biscuit. Toodles!
plymayer 25th Jun 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

I will go back and reread those parts.
Hydrargyrum 25th Jun 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

Certainly worth it IMO; it is, I think, one of the more pivotal sequences in the script so far. Check out the comments for page 802 while you're at it.

(Also, I think page 795 comments is where attack pickles come from. That might be more important.)
Centcomm 26th Jun 2014, 2:02 AM edit delete reply

aww we will miss you ! hope you have fun !
Attack pickles???
Sheela 26th Jun 2014, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

I've always wondered why officials from New Rome had any trouble at all, contacting officials in New Troy - After all, Luna Comm had *no problem* in delivering Prince Douchebags message that he had captured Lynn, and Irene even have a Luna Comm node at her house.

If there is any lack of communication between the two cities, it is because the people in charge *wants* it that way.
Hydrargyrum 26th Jun 2014, 10:58 AM edit delete reply

@Sheela: You should hit up page 802 too. Quite some discussion there about who might or might not be allowing what.

@Cent: Aww, thanks. I'll do my best. This fine website has captured your musings on attack pickles for posterity here. There might be a good plot angle with Tulip.
mjkj 25th Jun 2014, 12:32 AM edit delete reply

Woah, you show him, Acantha.

*hugs*


@alt text: what is odd? that invitation? More like the whole situation...

So, what are douchebag's intentions? Is this something like a "wedding" or just normal supper?

...at least they can run into Leo that way...



Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

The prince "asking" is the odd part :D
mjkj 25th Jun 2014, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

Ah, now that you mention it - so true...
Stormwind13 25th Jun 2014, 3:06 AM edit delete reply

Is that device the messenger is wearing feeding information back to someone, I wonder? Would it be to Kali, Maxus or Douchebag, if it is?

I notice how close to the messenger Lexine is staying. Almost like she doesn't trust him to stay polite. :-D
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

its actually a assistant to hekp the messenger not forget the message. :D
Antonious 25th Jun 2014, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

In other words a teleprompter.Google Glass style. Could even be the GG of the future.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Well Lexie is also Irenes Bodyguard so i hope shes alert :D
Stormwind13 26th Jun 2014, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, I remember Lexine's extra function CentComm. Lexine is taking it VERY seriously, which is what you want out of a bodyguard.

I'll see your messenger wearing combat gear (that looks like a flak vest with ammo pouches to me) and raise you a killer android nurse! :-D I'm doubting he got any standard weapons into the building with Lexine on the job, but he might still have a non-standard weapon secreted upon his person. :-)
Hornet 25th Jun 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Actually if Lynns no longer going to blow up and with Acantha can apparently go anywhere, why haven't they gone back to New Troy yet? Deci's may follow them but Cent's Battle drones would flatten him.
Sheela 25th Jun 2014, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

Because Acantha likes New Rome, it just needs a bit of cleaning out, and it'll be ... a "nice" place again.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

well for one the mods to Lynns bracelet are a secret also Acantha and Max would really like to arrange a chat with Cent-comm Also were Lynn to actually bolt it is doubtful they could make it out of Roma's borders and then Lynn would probably wind up as a "guest" in the detention area..
Tokyo Rose 25th Jun 2014, 3:05 PM edit delete reply

Or shot dead.

Random Guard: "Did I just accidentally a war?"
Sheela 26th Jun 2014, 4:50 AM edit delete reply

If that happened, Rose, he'd be at the local bar, bragging about it !

"Hey guys, didja hear ? I started a war !"
"Awesome man!"
"Duuuude"
DizzasterJuice 25th Jun 2014, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

I kind of fell out of love lust with Acantha when she farted on page 1113, but the more she runs around in bathing suits and PJ's the more I start to like her again. =)
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

hehe wait till you see her in a dress :D
Stormwind13 25th Jun 2014, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

Dizz, you do realize that page 1113 is a partial repeat of page 1110, except Rose decided to have a LITTLE more fun with it? :-D
DizzasterJuice 25th Jun 2014, 7:03 PM edit delete reply

Yeah I know, and Centcomm knows I'm just joking around. I have a very silly sense of humor, evidenced by one of my comics. :P
Centcomm 26th Jun 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply

yep I know DJ - its all good :D
Stormwind13 26th Jun 2014, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

Kind of hoped/figured that was the case Dizz, but just was CHECKING. :-D
Johninaustin 25th Jun 2014, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Just a thought, since Maxus and Irene are an item, what about Arianna? I'd like to see more of her character.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2014, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

We will actually see more of Arianna :D
KarToon12 25th Jun 2014, 7:58 PM edit delete reply

I have oodles of noodles nearly every day. I don't think pie for breakfast is going to kill her. XD
Centcomm 26th Jun 2014, 2:04 AM edit delete reply

gods i know about noodles .. I have eaten Ramen so much i can only eat it like once a week or it makes me sick .. I mean REALLY sick.
Hydrargyrum 26th Jun 2014, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

This is a tricky point of policy. As someone who started training as a wee 'un and became the family pie baker when my grandmother retired (in her 80s she announced 65 years of cooking was enough and she wasn't going to do it any more) it's my stance fruit pie for breakfast is perfectly acceptable. IF the pie was served and mostly eaten the previous day. Knocking down such leftovers before others in the community fall prey to temptation is a noble act of altruistic self-sacrifice. Especially if you're the cook. ;)

Given Acantha's current circumstances if I were Irene I'd break the Pie Consumption Rules too. But for dessert pies Lynn basically has the right of it here. Morning consumption of fresh baked ones is just asking for all kinds of trouble. Now, if it were a savoury pie that's entirely different...
Stormwind13 26th Jun 2014, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

I think Acantha gets a pass for the time being. After nearly being raped/killed by her brother, I would say she has earned the right to eat Pie anytime she wants for the next several months. After that, sanity and rules of Pi should return. :-D
Centcomm 26th Jun 2014, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

Rule of Pi LOL :D
Hydrargyrum 26th Jun 2014, 10:48 PM edit delete reply

There are interesting underlying questions here. To what extent have Irene and Maxus become Acantha's parents? And what's the nature the parenting aspects of their guardianship? Presumably Acantha is closely watched for any sign Total Psycho Dickhead syndrome might be heritable. Or, as Maxus touches on a few hundred pages back, "contagious" in the sense Decimus's behavior is hazardous to the mental health of those around him.

Not much can be inferred from two speech bubbles about eating peaches, I think. But Irene's four words are a surprisingly thought provoking mix of support and chastisement. Excellent dialogue as always. Over and out.
Mark_L_A 13th Aug 2015, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

I'm a Royal and can do ANYTHING I WANT, as long as Irene says it's okay.

:D
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