Comic 1172 - Acantha's Resolve

26th Apr 2015, 9:00 PM
Acantha's Resolve
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

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Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 9:00 PM edit delete
Page - Boom!
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ProfEtheric 26th Apr 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Aww... I about cried. Seriously.
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

I felt bad doing the shots too .. trust me .. you have to invest to get the emotions across
ProfEtheric 26th Apr 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

You seriously do. I find myself making the same faces my characters do when they're happy, or sad, or pissed off. Those around me look at me funny. :)
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

hehe Rose actually says lines out loud -- from what i understand its pretty amusing :D
Sheela 28th Apr 2015, 4:52 PM edit delete reply

With some of the lines that TeeDee sprouts, that would be hilarious to watch. :D
HiFranc 26th Apr 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Who's Arianna? Have I forgotten someone?
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

Arianna is Maxus's slave girl
mjkj 27th Apr 2015, 12:55 AM edit delete reply

Arianna is Maxus' slave
Sheela 28th Apr 2015, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

People have a hard time rembering her, even when she appears as a pony.
HiFranc 26th Apr 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

I hope that, whoever she stays with, someone warns Acantha about the contingencies that her half brother has implemented.
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Acantha knows about them .. very well she just doesn't know how to stop them
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 4:47 AM edit delete reply

Back when Lynn stopped Douchimus from raping Acantha, she stopped Lynn from attacking him again because of the contingencies. Think it was on page The Lioness or the next page.

Edit: My bad, it was Knight of Swords from 19 October 2012, a couple pages in FRONT of the The Lioness.
HiFranc 27th Apr 2015, 5:37 PM edit delete reply

Thank you for the pointer. I see.
XRzer04 26th Apr 2015, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Lynn is going to have to pull herself together. This is getting truly dangerous now and the worst thing she can do is withdraw and become dead weight to be dragged around.
HiFranc 26th Apr 2015, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

If she's anything like her mother, it would be to easy for her to wallow. I think that Acantha would be able to help her deal with the situation.
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

yeah .. She is going to have to pull her self together :D
Outlaw 26th Apr 2015, 9:42 PM edit delete reply

Just caught back up. Great stuff...

I can't imagine the atmosphere in the room is great right now, ya know?
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply

nope its pretty depressing actually
Haegan2005 26th Apr 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Well done guys! And Lynn is getting ready to apologize to her friend. This is good ladies!
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply

:D HUGS Lynn..
Dragonrider 26th Apr 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

Though that the boom stick had been given to Max, and hope they can move before the Cassians get to them.
Centcomm 26th Apr 2015, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

Nope Irene actually told them to keep it out of Max's sight .. its also invisible to scanners and no one would dare physically search Acantha ..
mjkj 27th Apr 2015, 1:01 AM edit delete reply

Wow, good that she apologized...

I hope they can get the contingencies taken care of soon...

*hugs Lynn*

Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

wait for it ! :D
Timotheus 27th Apr 2015, 1:28 AM edit delete reply

"Something's happenin' here, what it is ain't exactly clear. There's a girl with a gun over there, tellin' me, I gotta beware..."
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

"I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound <click of safety coming off>
Everybody look what's going down..."

Very well done, Tim! Fits the situation quite well.
velvetsanity 27th Apr 2015, 5:35 AM edit delete reply

o/' there's battle lines bein' drawn, nobody survived if everybody's gone...young girl's speakin' her mind, getting so much assistance, from behind...

It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound, everybody look what's goin' down o/'

Keep it going, let's get the whole song in! :D
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

oh yessss Good song :D
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 4:57 AM edit delete reply

Very well done page, CentComm! You can feel the pain, the despair in the room.

Tough times for both the girls. Douchimus made a bad decision pissing them off.

Yay! Lynn let's her sister know that she didn't mean her harsh words. I'm pretty sure Acantha already knew it though.
velvetsanity 27th Apr 2015, 5:40 AM edit delete reply

Even so, Stormwind, it's always helpful to hear it, and it's a good sign for Lynn's state of mind
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Acantha did .. she pretty much forgave Lynn instantly ..
cattservant 27th Apr 2015, 5:55 AM edit delete reply

trouble ahead,
trouble behind...
Sheela 28th Apr 2015, 5:21 PM edit delete reply

Trouble, thy name is TeeDee!
megados 12th Jun 2017, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

. . . and you know that notion just crossed my mind
KarToon12 27th Apr 2015, 6:42 AM edit delete reply

Aw, I'm sure Acantha knows Lynn was just saying those things in the heat of the moment.
Lukkai 27th Apr 2015, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I'm pretty sure she meant some of it!
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

She was.. there are people in Roma She would not like to see hurt.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

I was originally thinking of this one: "Oh, I see a wo(man) at the back as a matter of fact Her (His) eyes are as red as the sun And the girl in the corner let no one ignore her Cause she thinks she's the passionate one..."
for the end of the dinner scene & the start of this one. I think Tim's captures this one perfectly though.
Shoddi 27th Apr 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Team Kill-em-All in the back said "Everyone Attack!!", and it turned into a Palace Blitz.

CeCe & Dolly in the corner said "Everyone's a Goner!", and it turned into a Palace Blitz. Palace Blitz! Palace Blitz!
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 3:19 PM edit delete reply

LOL Shoddi. Well done. :-D
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

I know this song :D
Cal 27th Apr 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
So I know I was late to this party, but holy smokes did I get here just in time for the tension to amp. up. all. the. way.

You have got a stupefyingly jaw-dropping talent for evoking emotion with facial expressions, Cent, and that can be downright heinous to pull off with modeling tools. Color me jealous.
Centcomm 27th Apr 2015, 2:09 PM edit delete reply

Thank you .. it can be rather difficult with some of the models :D I do adore the V4 :D
xpacetrue 27th Apr 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

I had not thought seeing a character die off in a webcomic like this would have this much impact (on me or others). I'm still reeling.

Granted, he was rather important to the story - he had an important role to fulfill and was the romantic interest and VIP of the main protagonist. It was a pretty big shock because everyone thought they knew the direction the story was going and because, it seemed, nobody thought it would end this way (until we saw Kyle in the same room as Douchebag). We assumed the story needed Kyle to fix the AIS and to, eventually, contribute to Lynn's happy ending.

I can see literary reasons why this was a good move. For one, surprise - to keep things interesting instead of predictable. Though, I don't see that either Lynn or Acantha needed any more reason to hate on Dick, er... Deck and move against him. Brutal assault, attempted rape/incest and enslaving your one friend, among other heinous acts, should be enough - esp. if they find out what Deck ordered the Cassians to carry out as we speak.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

Only the first of the deaths, xpacetrue. I fear there is a LOT more blood to flow. They aren't going to kill off everyone, but way more than I'm happy with, I think. Possibly as many as half. I don't think there are too many that are totally 'safe'. So get ready for a VERY rough ride.
Tokyo Rose 27th Apr 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

xpacetrue 27th Apr 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

Hmm... TR, do you play Dwarf Fortress?
xpacetrue 27th Apr 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply

If Kyle's death has taught us anything is that the authors consider anyone fair game. But I hope you're wrong. I can see how killing off -some- of the cast could have useful literary purpose. But half?! Personally, I look to entertainment for a momentary escape from reality. National and local news is depressing enough that many don't watch. It's one reason why I don't like the horror genre - almost everyone gets killed by the end.

It may seem cliche, sappy, cheesy or even predictable to -some- people, but I like happy endings. Though, I'll agree that -sometimes- the journey is more important than the destination.

If it ends badly for the protagonists you risk alienating the viewers/readers along the way. In such a case, even being the most brilliant work of fiction ever written may not be enough. Many viewers/readers invest themselves in the characters - putting themselves in their shoes. So why have them go through a lot more hardship, anguish and grief than is really necessary to tell the story? I've quit more than a few webcomics simply because I didn't like the direction a plot twist led.
CptKerion 27th Apr 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Blood for the blood god, skulls for the skull throne!
It's a WH40k Khorne thing.
I would play if I were willing to throw a couple thousand dollars down the loo to get a solid imperial guard division (shadowsword pattern baneblades are expensive)
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

Actually I have a WH40K army or 3 .. but now .. its far too expensive a hobby to play anymore ..
anonymous coward 28th Apr 2015, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
Three dimensional-printing even with just polymers-only printers may be able to help you with that problem. Just look up appropriate, open-conent, models and get someone to print them for you. Should be cheaper than buying Gutting Wallets figures.
Mister Black 28th Apr 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply

If you think the Shadowsword and Baneblade (and the Stormlord) are expensive (they are...I have 6), try getting a troop-heavy / mechanized infantry IG force set up under the current rules. You can *easily* have 200+ figures on the table, plus artillery support.
Lukkai 28th Apr 2015, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Not just 40K actually. Warhammer Fantasy as well (and that one is actually older).

I still fondly remember my truegor warrior from our WHF rpg chaos campaign. When we stopped the campaign for lack of ideas by the gm, he was a four-armed khornegor chieftain with a fellowship of several thousand. Good times...

I don't have any WH40K army of more than a few thousand points actually. But I own Eldar, Birds of Prey (my own Space Marines order), a few Space Wolves, Imperial Guard and Tau.

And with Imperial Guard, I actually found an infantry based army with a good amount of mechanised troops and Hellhounds to be rather effective in many a fight. And usually a surprise to your opponent, who usually expected either Basiliscs with a bit of a screen and/or a Leman Russ rush.
Turns out most opponents do have a problem bringing enough firepower to destroy big infantry armies. And enough "flashlights" can actually become quite effective in killing off even tougher enemies.
Mister Black 28th Apr 2015, 8:11 AM edit delete reply

I'm fond of happy endings myself *glares at CW's "Arrow"*...but the sad truth is that most happy endings come at a price, and it's usually not paid in gold, gems or other low-value currency.
Stormwind13 28th Apr 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

Not all treasure is in gold, Mr. Black. Some of the most precious can't be held in your hands even.
Mister Black 30th Apr 2015, 3:49 PM edit delete reply

Trust me, I've read the classics.
"There is an old song which asserts that "the best things in life are free". Not true! Utterly false! This was the tragic fallacy which brought on the decadence and collapse of the democracies of the twentieth century; those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted… and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears. … I fancy that the poet who wrote that song meant to imply that the best things in life must be purchased other than with money — which is true — just as the literal meaning of his words is false. The best things in life are beyond money; their price is agony and sweat and devotion . . . and the price demanded for the most precious of all things in life is life itself — ultimate cost for perfect value."

Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.),
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2015, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

And that's why I stopped reading George R. R. Martin, who seems to take active delight in building up the reader's attachment to a character only to murder said character horribly. Like a nasty older brother who intentionally breaks your favorite toys. >(
Sheela 28th Apr 2015, 5:38 PM edit delete reply

Heh, I once read s story about a pair of twin brothers and a girl (the love interest), where after they went through all sorts of stuff, the girl suddenly gets up in the middle of the night, and stabs them to death with a kitchenknife, while they sleep.
And I was all like :

... "WTF, mate?"
Rashala 27th Apr 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

I wanan see the DEci backed ina corner people about to do massive bodily harm to him and he orders Kali do your duty protect me. And she asks "Are any of you going to damage or otherwise destroy the thone "they all say Nope just this Dumba$$* And Kali grins ansd says to deci Sorry your highness my prime duty is to protect the throne and as theyare not threatening it I cannot intervene.
xpacetrue 27th Apr 2015, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

That would be a pretty sweet twist.

Whatever happens, facts need to come out so Douchbag completely looses face and public support. Granted, it sounds like there aren't many who like him now and most of his support seems to have been bought. But anyone who ends Douche at this point - even Acantha or Maxus - would not be immune.

Though, I wonder now if the story finds an interesting way to resolve that. Perhaps, fleeing for his life, he takes risks and ends up in an honest accident? Or maybe he takes the coward's way out?

Edit: Heh. I wonder if Dari, the Gutter who kidnapped Lynn on Deck's orders and later had a price put on her head by Deck and brought before him... I wonder what she would do to him now if given the chance?
Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

If she could get away with it she would shoot him in the face.. She has no love for the prince .. or anyone else.
velvetsanity 28th Apr 2015, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

Kali hates everyone? :(
velvetsanity 28th Apr 2015, 6:58 PM edit delete reply

I suspect 99% of drekhead's "support" is really more along the lines of "we have to make sure the contingencies don't kill us all" than anything else. Aside from the sadistic torturous psychopaths, anyway. he probably has their loyalty. ("As long as he's in power, I can indulge myself. If he goes away, that might change")
HiFranc 28th Apr 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Something happens to make people think that Decimus has died, Max is appointed regent to make sure the legal niceties are observed. Before Decimus is found alive, Kali and the Cassians are reprogrammed to be loyal to the city (not the person who runs it).

Decimus is then found alive and he doesn't realise that a change in Kali's loyalty has been made.
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