Comic 1154 - The Fool (Upright)

19th Mar 2015, 9:00 PM
The Fool (Upright)
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)
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Dragonrider 19th Mar 2015, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

Many of the characters are present, where is Lady Blue and her pink "Daughter"?
Guest 19th Mar 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Tokyo Rose 20th Mar 2015, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

They weren't invited to this shindig.
Sheela 20th Mar 2015, 5:41 AM edit delete reply

Lack of invitation would stop them from .. what, exactly ?

Never stopped Dolly before, methinks. :)
Pirtnac 20th Mar 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, and Lynn's boyfriend is listening to Decimus rant about enslaving her. If he was on a hair trigger about starting a fight in the streets over someone slapping a girl, I'd be extremely concerned about why his eyes are dead locked on where I estimate Douche's seat at the table is.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

Yep Kyle is looking right at the prince :D
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2015, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Of course, he's also hearing everyone else in the room rebutting the prince's ideas.

Well, everyone that has a certain degree of authority by way of position or bloodline.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

Yes but Dolly doesnt even know about this dinner party :D
Sheela 20th Mar 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete reply

True, lack of knowledge is more likely to stop Dolly, than a lacking invitation.
Haegan2005 19th Mar 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Oh my, the flocks do gather... Somehow I sense the roller coaster is nearing the top of its first climb?
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:18 PM edit delete reply

yep and wait for the down rush!
Skweeee 22nd Mar 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

Roller coaster analogy; couldn't have said it better myself.
ProfEtheric 19th Mar 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Gah! This is torture! We know things are in motion, but not exactly, and the antici... pation is excruciating!!!!!

I'm just going to freeze myself until the next update...
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

hehe Monday it is !
cattservant 19th Mar 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

Just try!
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

Dongaria 19th Mar 2015, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

We got some Dune level plots going here.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:22 PM edit delete reply

wheels within Wheels :D
mjkj 19th Mar 2015, 10:42 PM edit delete reply

So, Leo shows up the first time and already douchie is threatening Lynn.

I wonder if she recognized him - or if she just thinks he looks familiar...

Kali, you should tell Acantha and Maxus...

PS: Congratulations on the (temporary) 1250th strip :D

Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:22 PM edit delete reply

Your questions will be answrered on Monday about her recognizing him :D
Timotheus 19th Mar 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

I do like how Kali is looking for loop holes as well.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:22 PM edit delete reply

Yep that she is!
megados 11th Jun 2017, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

Well, Kali, you can hope. . .
Draginbeard 19th Mar 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

Oh good, a dinner conversation that includes politics and religion. What could posdibly go wrong?
rfaramir 20th Mar 2015, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Anti-politics being the only safe form of conversation in this area…

Nuclear war -> "a serious public health emergency"

This is why government should never be charged with paying for your healthcare. *Anything* becomes a possible influence on your health, and therefore *everything* becomes a cause for controlling your behavior a little more for 'health reasons'.
Tokyo Rose 21st Mar 2015, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

The only role the government should play in health care is safety regulation. In this case, though, Setorius is countering Decimus's bluster with sarcastic literalism. The Church of Genetic Purity is a health care system above and beyond anything else.

There have been times when bureaucrats started making noises at Setorius about, say, cutting the research budget or raising prices for care to generate tax revenue and just letting less-able citizens die if they can't pay the higher costs. Let's just say that Setorius is not the person you want to make those noises at.
sigpig 26th Jul 2015, 12:03 PM edit delete reply

I am Canadian, and I beg to differ.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:23 PM edit delete reply

hehe yeah anytime those are brought up things can go very badly !
velvetsanity 19th Mar 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

Kyle is in the same room as Lynn! Red alert! Raise shields! All hands, brace for impact!
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:23 PM edit delete reply

oh yes .. so very very much!
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2015, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, that is my read on it too velvet. Kyle is in the same room with Lynn and the a$$hat that kidnapped her. Oh, this could end VERY badly. Wonder if Dolly will have anyone TO rescue. :-P
mjkj 21st Mar 2015, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm, there was a certain patreon update covering that...
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
You mean: "Grab the popcorn! Get your sunglasses! Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the show!" right?
velvetsanity 23rd Mar 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

No, I mean "Raise shields! Red alert! An entire Romulan fleet just decloaked off the port bow!"
Lukkai 23rd Mar 2015, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
Good! That's where I ordered them!
DLKmusic 19th Mar 2015, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

What happened to "Creepier than a bag full of scorpions"???? The more we see of Setorus, the more I like him! I OBJECT!!!!

Seriously, I gotta agree with Dongara. Frank Herbert would be proud!
p.s. this time I DID doublecheck!
Sheela 20th Mar 2015, 5:44 AM edit delete reply

I particularly like his stubbornness.
Setorius is *not* about to back down from a snotty nosed little brat that procaims himself Imperator.

So far, I like Setorius. :)
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

hehe trust me - he can be creepy.. :D

thanks for the compliment both me and Rose are fond of plot heavy storys :D
Greenwood Goat 20th Mar 2015, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
Decimus: *splutter* As your imperator, I say that it is your duty to bobble your heads in servile agreement! I'm smarter than you... and more handsome!

Kali (stepping into the room): *sigh* Once again, you have attained a level of hubris sufficient to threaten the safety of New Rome as a whole. Gentlemen, I give you five minutes to correct this. No permanent damage. *folds arms* The ladies may leave if they wish...

Acantha: Not a chance! *puts arms around Lynn*

Lynn: *hugs back*

Maxus: *cracks knuckles*

Setorius: General, I believe we could make this a learning experience. You are familiar with nerve strikes, I take it? Are you familiar with all the nerve strikes - and the most painful and debilitating combination in which they can be delivered?

Maxus: I'm always ready to learn, Archpriest... especially by doing!

Setorius: Very well. I believe we will have enough time. And I will grade your performance. Now watch closely...

Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

Setorius isnt a fisticuffs man :D he prefers to work with words :D
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2015, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

Yes and some of those words could be, "MAGNIFICUS, get him!" ::Pointing at Douchebag::
Greenwood Goat 22nd Mar 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
So, actually...

Setorius: As it happens, I have made an extensive study of the human nervous system, and have, I believe, discovered the most painful and debilitating way in which it can be stimulated using just the bare hands. But I would rather that you just open your ears and mind to our counsel, my imperator.

Decimus: V-very well... )-:

Kali: *ahem* I too have a complete knowledge of the human nervous system, and I also have devised what I consider to be the most painful and debilitating way in which it can be stimulated using my - admittedly stronger - hands. I would be very interested to see your method, and then have you practice mine and compare it to your own, archpriest. :-)

Decimus: D-: ...I'll be good.

XRzer04 20th Mar 2015, 4:30 AM edit delete reply

Picturing Maxus re-enacting a scene from Predator- Waving a bloody spine around (with Decimus's head still attached) and raging at the night.
Throughout most of Teh Interwebz, I find the comments sections of just about everything to be about on par with a public bathroom wall inside a bus station.
With this comic, I find the comments are almost as entertaining as the story itself.
This comic attracts Smart People!
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 21st Mar 2015, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

Lies, we are not that smart !

We just pretend to be. :)
DLKmusic 22nd Mar 2015, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Whatcha talkin 'bout, Sheela! We is too that smart and know lots... and stuff...
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
We don't just know stuff and so. We know more! Like... things, you know? Smart things!

We even read! Like books and such!
Guest 22nd Mar 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
YEAH!!! I even have a book I'm reading! So far, he doesn't like them on a train, and he doesn't like them on a plane....

I gotta go back and finish it! I wanna see how THIS bad boy turns out!
Karyl 20th Mar 2015, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Personally I think for the best comics/web graphic novels there arises over time a cadre/cohort? group?? whatever of folk who bring all their considerable intellect and appreciation for the work of the creators into play as informed discourse-and that's much more worthy than FB time to me. :D
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 21st Mar 2015, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

Ah, facebook ... I spend zero time there, nowadays.

Lukkai 22nd Mar 2015, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I'm still living completely without Facebook and most such networks anyway. It's a nice living, I tell you.
Sheela 22nd Mar 2015, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

Ah, I remember the days without the pocket terrorist, also known as a cellphone!
Thomas 20th Mar 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Somehow I get the feeling that "Leo" is into redheads pretty slave girl.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

Well dont forget .. Lynn is actually a blond :D and Kyle has seen her with several hair colors :D
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2015, 5:17 PM edit delete reply

"Leo" is into Lynn, forget the hair colour, Thomas.
Lukkai 22nd Mar 2015, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
And sometimes he forgets about the "to"?

Sorry, couldn't resist. The thought appeared and wanted out the moment I read that first part of the sentence.
KarToon12 20th Mar 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Sorry. The dude with the blue hair is taken.

Seriously Lynn, turn around! LOOK! :D
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

I know RIGHT! :D
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

DON'T turn around and look. Go take 2 years of acting classes, THEN you can turn around and look, Lynn. Otherwise, you are likely to get BOTH of you in trouble.
Hornet 20th Mar 2015, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
If the doc was smart he would have cut of Deci's arms and legs along time ago. And most importantly removed his tongue with the lower jaw. As he could get away with making it all look perfectly, medically legit.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

LOL that would be awesome :D
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Hornet. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. If he knew back then what he knows now... the problem would have been addressed differently.
Sheela 21st Mar 2015, 8:28 PM edit delete reply

Hrmmm .... prince .. doctor .. tongue ...

Setorius : "Ah! Prince Decimus, I wanted to talk with you."
Decimus : "Make it quick, I am busy."
Setorius : "Not so busy that you cannot talk about your own health, I suppose ?"
Decimus : "My health ? What's wrong with my health?"
Setorius : "Well, mostly nothing .. but .."
Decimus : " .. but ?"
Setorius : "We found a retro-cancer knot that is extremely dangerous, it spreads very fast and can destroy your heart, effectively killing you."
Decimus : "WHAT? Killing me ?"
Setorius : "Yes, a most unfortunate sideffect if it reaches stage two."
Decimus : "Isn't there a cure for it?"
Setorius : "No, not exactly."
Decimus : "What do you mean by 'not exactly' ?"
Setorius : "Well, this variant does not respond to medication, nor chemotherapy. But.."
Decimus : "but ?"
Setorius : "But the good old fashioned method of cutting it away, plus some of the meat around it, should still work."
Setorius : "Provided we do it quickly, before it goes into it's second and more virulent stage."
Decimus : "Ah, very good, I knew I could count on you."
Setorius : "So you wish to have the operation then ?"
Decimus : "OFCOURSE I DO!"
Decimus : "What kind of harebrained question is that ?"
Setorius : "Very well, we shall cut it away then, luckily it's in a spot that is non-lethal to cut away at."
Decimus : "Oh ... OH ... good ... that's .. good."
Setorius : "Please stand still while I administer this sleeping serum."
Decimus : "Erhh .. where is the knot exactly ?"
Setorius : "It is in your tongue, your Highness."
Decimus : "What ?!"
Setorius : "Don't worry, cutting it off, is perfectly secure."
Decimus : "B-But withou my tonnggu...phhffh...."


Setorius : "Sleep well, Highness, we will wake you up once we have cut off that pesky tongue!"
Kali : " ... I wish I had come up with that idea."
Setorius : "Would you like to do the cutting ?"
Kali : "Can I ?"
Setorius : "Sure, it's the simplest thing in the world, why, you're almost overqualified for this."
Kali : "Faaanntastic! I'm in."

The Old Scribe 20th Mar 2015, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Hah! We have a regular Greek chorus telling Prince Douchebag that messing with Lynn is a no-no, yet he blunders on in true megalomaniacal style. 'None are so blind as those who will not see'. IMO the assemblage should have a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who puts His Royal Nuttiness in a jar of alcohol for future analysis of what passes for his brain.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

Yeah the prince just isn't listening is he :D
Boren 20th Mar 2015, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
"A situation that may lead to having all of our patients die in a nuclear firestorm would certainly constitute a serious public health emergency"
I laughed much harder then I should have at that line...
Timotheus 20th Mar 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

As true a statement of bureaucratic opinion as one could ask for. Very believable.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

well it was funny!
Kitty 20th Mar 2015, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Pssst, guys! Guys! Ladies! Kali's just given a clue to the possibilities inherent in literal interpretation of the laws protecting Decimus!

This is going to get verr-ry interesting, or should I say, even more so, come Monday... :D
Rashala 20th Mar 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply

Sooo MAxius COULD kill h im and order kali to stand down?

what about the failsafes would that order transfer them to her?
Tokyo Rose 21st Mar 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, Maxus can't order Kali to stand down if he's just popped Decimus's head off like a bottle cap, and the contingencies would still engage even if Acantha was quick enough to stop Kali.
Hornet 22nd Mar 2015, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Yeah that's why I'm such a supporter of non-lethal/non-mentally disturbing dismemberment. Leaves all the important bits while removing his ability to do damage to others.
Guest 22nd Mar 2015, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Noo... Maxus is a general. Decimus is Imperator. And the Cassians serve the Imperator directly, not as part of Maxus' command.

If Maxus were to kill Decimus, that would be regicide. If Decimus were dead, however, Acantha (as I understand it) would be Imperator, and the Imperator does have the authority to order the Cassians to stand down.
Sheela 22nd Mar 2015, 5:46 PM edit delete reply

The unnamed Guest seems to have the gist of it.
Kitty 22nd Mar 2015, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
That was my point about Kali's remark.
Kitty 22nd Mar 2015, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
I think I'll stop trying to figure out a way for someone to bump off Decimus and survive. We know there are people in the Black Palace who are willing to die if it saves Lynn. There are certainly people who are willing to die to remove Decimus and place Acantha on the throne. We can't assume that everyone we've come to know and love is going to survive to the end of the story.

Just sayin'.
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