Comic 1203 - Mercy

5th Jul 2015, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (24 votes)
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Haegan2005 5th Jul 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Always a scary thing when max makes a promise that is NOT conducive to your survival!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

Well .. it was only one little arm !
But Irene is having none of it!
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply

this time it wont be just a discussion.. trust me.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

Ofcourse not .. THIS discussion will also have tea & crumpets!
Haegan2005 6th Jul 2015, 4:41 PM edit delete reply

Count me in!

Dragonrider 5th Jul 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Deal with Decimus. Not a pleasant prospect...for Decimus and anyone supporting him. However; the elephant in the room, SFB's protocols that start when he dies. Also there might be a waiting,take a number, line to kill SFB, Dolly, Max, Mariko,Tee Dee, probably Ada, and the rest of the Willie Wonka crew from New Troy. Also in line Calliope still will not be surprised to see Callie, Breaker and crew show up with CentCom's Black Angles in tow.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
It hasn't yet been explained what Maxus means by 'deal' here. Sure, it's possible Maxus is talking about taking a page out of Decimus' book and is just gonna whack the jackoff who started this current mess. There's something to be said for that as a partial solution to the crisis: Tolerating Decimus' murderous and otherwise vile urges and plots to date has only lead to more problems. Plus, with a quick change of head of state and an escort back for Lynn they can beg New Troy for help with the ensuing disaster (which could reasonably be less problematic than the aftermath of the war Decimus is trying to start). I would hope he has a better solution to the situation than that, but sometimes you have to recognize a lost cause and just work on limiting the damage: Do you really see this crisis ending with Decimus Aquila Livius remaining the Imperator of Nova Roma? How do you think that transfer of power was going to happen?
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

Hrmm ... interestingly, I think that dealing with Decimus would very much depend on the person, not everyone wants to kill him, nor even deal with him - But I think neither would hold back from killing him, if they have to make that decision.

Dolly : Dolly doesn't really care, as long as she gets Lynn out of there, she don't mind going through or around Decimus, whichever is the safest route. Though she might consider it safest in the long run if he should .. cease to exist.

Maxus : Likes Justice, and would probably rather jail him, and then put him on eternal sewer cleaning duty. It would benefit Roma.

Mariko : Mariko has a personal grudge going on here, and she would definately like to kill Decimus ... no judge, no court, just a bit of personal terror, followed up with a knife through the spinal cord. Sure, he might take a while to die, and she would be fine with that.

TeeDee : TeeDee would only like to blow Decimus head off about as much as she would like to blow his personal guard away. That said, she would really, really, REALLY, like to blow away the Praetorian Guard! With as big a gun as possible. LIKE .. RIGHT NOW!!

Ada : Doesn't actually want to kill anyone, but she understands that sometimes you need to put down a rabid dog before it harms the children. With a penetrating needle to the base the skull .. quick, quiet ... no pain, no fuss.

Calliope : Would probably just feed him to the lawyers.

Breaker : I have no idea what Breaker would do with Decimus. Then again, neither does Decimus, and it might be best that way.

CentComm : Rather than waste resources, she would just drop him off in a very irradiated area and let him die a "natural" death.

Tokyo Rose : Something about <REDACTED> vanilla fudge <REDACTED> with a rusty spoon <REDACTED> up his <REDACTED> like Willy Wonka on bad fucking acid! ... AND THEN <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> <REDACTED> !! ... oh god, why did I read that? Now my eyes are bleeding.
Dragonrider 6th Jul 2015, 8:30 AM edit delete reply

Basically agree with all except, Calliope, now that one would skin him alive, inch at a time ensuring he stays alive to "enjoy" every second of the process, when the skin is gone she would keep him alive and give him daily salt water baths while keeping him on a vibrating bed of Barb Wire.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply

yes unforuntatly .. Max cant just kill him. and very few people know what and how the contingency actually work.

So Max has to be a bit careful on how he proceeds.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
If your world actually finds a way to get Decimus out of power without that contingency going off that would be surprising: If his contingency was designed adequately at all it would still go off if he were locked in a faraday cage unable to transmit for a set period of time.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply

And *that* is why they need a fully functioning AIS to help them disable the contingencies.

And I don't think Calliope is that bloodthirsty, besides .. LAWYERS!! Lawyers are pretty gruesome in and off themselves.
Haegan2005 6th Jul 2015, 5:00 PM edit delete reply

(Shiver) Lawyers...
Pirtnac 6th Jul 2015, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
The one thing I'm worried about is the resident AIS might be nuttier than squirrel poo after his ordeal. Plugging him in to the city might well be part of the contingency.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

Well, considering that he tends to become less nutty when he has some humans to interact with, getting him plugged back in to the city might be just the kind of cure he needs, hundreds of thousands of people to interact with, an AIS' dream come true.
T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Orr he could snap from the sudden isolation removal and BLAM! go full Skynet on Roma
Dragonrider 7th Jul 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply

Remember what she told Cent in the event Lynn was harmed, nothing lives in Nova Roma.
Stormwind13 5th Jul 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

O.o I didn't see THAT coming! Figured Maxus would abandon Hrist & get Irene headed to safety. Not turning her into a guardian.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply

It's pretty sneaky actually, as long as noone can counterdemand her orders, she is entirely loyal.

And all the cassians tends to be "I will do my duty until death!" 'n' stuff.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply

Yep Hrist is perfectly happy to follow Maxus.. then again so are a lot of people. Even Kali respects him.
jamie59 5th Jul 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Lion? Maxus is the top of any food chain.
velvetsanity 5th Jul 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

Drekhead forgot a very important adage: Do not meddle in the affairs of a dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Aurora 5th Jul 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
^So true.
Haegan2005 5th Jul 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Some dragons prefer A-1 sauce. :D

So do puppies I bet!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

Puppies like many sauces, they like to experiment, and live life to the fullest.

Especially when that life includes yummy food. :)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

Yes he is! And yes Max is certainly a dragon. and Deck is squarely in his targets.
velvetsanity 6th Jul 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, but I think Max will need something more than ketchup, because drekhead is just that big of a pile of shit. He'll need to bring a full set of spices and seasonings to cover up *that* flavor
T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
*Rubs chin in thought* I might be able to take him on....
Mark_L_A 5th Jul 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

Did Irene just Adopt Hrist?
Tokyo Rose 6th Jul 2015, 3:14 AM edit delete reply

Not so much. It's just that Irene is a very gentle person at heart and hates to see others suffer. She'd have asked Maxus to kill Hrist just as easily, if Hrist was still trying to fight.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

So basically, if pain is not needed, then Irene will have none of it ?
Mark_L_A 6th Jul 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

So Irene's Mercy is little to no pain even if violence MUST be used.

The "Better t'were done quickly" train of thought.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

Yeah like Rose said.. Irene hates seeing anything in pain.. even simulated pain.
The Old Scribe 5th Jul 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

Speaking of His Imperial Douchebag, I wonder what he's up to? He must figure the Cassians are in the process of eliminating his enemies and is relaxing in his sanctum with a goblet of wine and a good book about torture. Won't he be surprised when Big Max comes a'knockin' on his chamber door.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
If he were sane? He'd be watching camera feeds and listening to comm channels of the operations that he's ordered and the general traffic waiting for the right time to break out the champagne. He might not even be that limited degree of sane, so who knows how many he's had to drink already and what else he's up to in the meanwhile?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

Deck is being a busy little bee trying to make sure everything goes off perfectly .. hes trying to wipe out far more than Max.. he wants all opposition to his rule crushed. SO there are more than one targets to this little spree.
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
The pawns don't matter if you get the king, I'd imagine he's re-routing reinforcements to get Maxus from some of his lower-priority assassinations right now: Even while so insane as to be stupid you'd think he would concentrate on the prime threat.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

Pawns, unattended to, sometimes reach a critical place and turn into Queens.
Queens can be very dangerous, even to a King.

On a sidenote, we don't know if Maxus is the main threat either, there could be other more dangerous threats about. Setorius for one.
anonymous coward 7th Jul 2015, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
One doesn't get to be a century old by being hasty, although it may just be that he's had an attack aimed at himself as well, since he did speak up about the hazards of foreign policy being a health matter.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

Worse, he has made it clear that he could protect Acantha from anyone who might want to harm her. And that would have included both Decimus and his Cassians as well.

While that might not be a declaration of hostility, it is definately flaunting his power in the face of everyone else.
Draginbeard 5th Jul 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

I do like Max's gut instincts here. Do not trust the murder-bot sent to kill me.
Hornet 6th Jul 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Thankfully she's a bot, and can therefore be trusted much further than a biological.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

but hey if he can get the murder bot on HIS side hes fine with that. He sees Hist as a dangerous weapon.. a gun in itself isnt evil. nor is a sword. its the hands that direct it that make it good or evil.
mjkj 6th Jul 2015, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

So true, Cent.
Draginbeard 6th Jul 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but like any weapon, there is the risk of it being taken away. In the case of a programmable weapon, you might never know it switched sides until its too late.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

To be fair, not a lot of people around would have both the rank and the inclination to counter Maxus' orders.

And Maxus is aiming for the worst one of them, so that guy will be too busy to do anything about it. All in all, I think it's a fairly safe move.
Hornet 7th Jul 2015, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Silent coms and directive "Protect Irene" with the benefit of a isolated location, Yeah, no bodies living long enough to get close enough to give a counter order.
Lukkai 7th Jul 2015, 7:43 AM edit delete reply

If I'm getting this right, it would basically need either Acantha, Decimus or Kali to countermand those orders and directives. Which they'd have to do in person, due to the disabled comm.

Now, Acantha I'm not worried about what orders she might give anyway. And if Kali (given she's under orders from the Douchebag formerly known as Prince) or Decimus were in direct presence of Irene, a reprogrammed Hrist would probably be the least of her worries.
HeSerpenty 6th Jul 2015, 1:22 AM edit delete reply

I just love the way that Irene and Lord General fellow talk to each other <3-- I love it so very much.
"Little Flower"... Eeee so cute! :D
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

yeah .. I loved the exchange here. Max got the "LOOK" and obeyed her :D LOL! He really does love Her more than words.. as She does him :D
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

He loves him ?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

Fixed damn it .. LOL!~
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:22 AM edit delete reply

Aw, and just as things were getting really interesting. :)
T1-G3R2501 6th Jul 2015, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
HAHA What a change of pace. Poor Irene's trying to be all compassionate and such and those two are casually talking about further dismemberment.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

Well .. dismemberment isnt a totally disarming subject to Hrist. ( wow i really did that didnt i )
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

Hah, yeah, there's the opportunity for some fun dialogue here.

Maxus : "It's just an itty bitty arm"
Irene : "No!"
Maxus : "But.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "My Lady, it won't hurt if he.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "But.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "I don't think she will let us do it, Lord General."
Maxus : "Indeed."
Hrist : "I suspect it will be difficult to convince her, unless..."
Irene : "No!"
Maxus : "I think you are correct."
Hrist : "But, it's only one little arm."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "Won't hurt if.."
Irene : "No!"
Hrist : "Maybe a leg instead?"
Irene : "NO!!!"
Hrist : "Hrm."
Maxus : "You have a twisted sense of humor, Hrist."
Hrist : "Hee he he he he." >:)
T1-G3R2501 6th Jul 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Been spamming the next button on the comic. WANT THE NEXT PAGE SO BAD!!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 2:30 PM edit delete reply

The trick is to follow many webcomics, then the cravings aren't so bad. :)
mjkj 6th Jul 2015, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

*lol* great one, Sheela
Shoddi 6th Jul 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
I've got to hand it to you, Cent - you really have your finger on the pulse of the readers. I thought I should point that out.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 1:53 AM edit delete reply

The dynamic duo is a very active component of the comment section, and the comic is better off for it. :)
T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Heh... I expect Rose to lay claims to the Batman of the Dynamic Duo label
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

Nah, she's the Joker. >_<
Greenwood Goat 6th Jul 2015, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
Hehe, Maxus is the sort of guy who does what is necessary using the materials at hand, isn't he?

Maxus: Your imperial highness, given the current situation, I deem it wise to deploy this cassian to your closest personal attendance, and our best medical aid to preserve your life!

Decimus: Max- *UCK*


Kali: So you force-fed him Malati's left leg - until her knee was resting against the back of his throat - and then got Setorius to keep him alive?

Maxus: Indeed. Our imperator is alive and perfectly safe, with his inseparable cassian guard-

Setorius: -Although in quite considerable pain: the procedures I had to perform to in order to save his life were quite invasive, and while the good general was able to paralyse him to prevent his struggles from impeding my efforts, we were unable to risk an anaesthetic.

Kali: Why didn't you just remove Malati's leg?!

Setorius: Maxus was quite clear that Prince Decimus was not to be deprived of his close guard for any reason, and one often has to work around large foreign objects - indeed, it is the action of a novice or layman to make removal of such objects their immediate priority-

Kali: But you've left him there, incapacitated, with an android jammed in his mouth!

Maxus: You acknowledge he is incapacited? Good! Do you concur, High Priest?

Setorius: Of course - Prince Decimus is definitely and absolutely incapacitated.

Maxus: *activates video on nearby comm screen* And so power is assumed by Princess Acantha, as Imperial Regent, for the duration of his incapacity. Your highness...

Acantha (on screen): My general. You must take all steps to ensure that our reign is secure. Furthermore, I hereby decree that Lynn Taylor of New Troy is to be given her liberty, and ambassadorial status with immediate effect. Send word to New Troy that this is so. And, regarding the loyal and faithful cassian Malati, no effort is to be spared in attempting to restore her...

Much later...

Malati: (thinks) ...i'm..conscious... I can see... Where am I... what...??? Either the best techs in the three cities got together and restored my net against all odds... or there's an assassin droid heaven and I'm in it... which seems more likely, as I'm wearing Deck as my left boot... he doesn't seem at all happy there... perhaps if I wiggle my toes...

Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 7:13 AM edit delete reply

*wiggles all toes vigerously*

Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

hahahah ok I like this one Goat :D
Lukkai 6th Jul 2015, 7:46 PM edit delete reply

" I'm wearing Deck as my left boot..."

Priceless! :D
mjkj 6th Jul 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

xpacetrue 6th Jul 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

We don't know the finer details of New Rome laws, so it would help us readers to understand what options Maxus has available.

Decimus gave Kali the order to have her Cassians assassinate Maxus, on charges of treason, without a trial or support of the Senate. This was clearly illegal. But what consequences could Decimus face if this was brought to light?

At this point, if Maxus killed Decimus for this treachery, would Maxus be charged with treason or murder by the Senate?

But what if Decimus started shooting at Maxus the moment he saw him? Is self-defense reason enough?

Maxus could confront Decimus in person and bellow a demand for his arrest. Decimus would be shocked that he's alive and, scared for his safety, he'd try to kill him himself...

Just a thought.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

Have to remember that the cassians are not particularly lawful.
They were not put in place by the senate, but rather by a Livius, and thus they are technically loyal only to that bloodline.
That said, the previus imperators used them primarily in service of the city-state, and their moral and ethics tends to reflect this.

The Senate is technically the ones with all the power, and Maxus is the military arm of the Senate.
However, the senate has been undermined by people with power, people with money, and ofcourse by Decimus.

Frankly, if Maxus ripped Decimus apart on live television, most of the Senate probably wouldn't even blink an eye.
The problem with Decimus is that he has some "unspecified contingencies" in place, should something happen to him.
I'm thinking nuclear bombs, or something to that affect - So if he gets killed, the whole city-state dies.

The actual killing of Decimus is not a top priority, dismantling his contingencies on the other hand!
And what can tamper with a tamper proof device ?
Why hello thar Aeneas, did you just get better?

Isn't that such a coincidence? :)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 7:55 AM edit delete reply

In simple form .. he who wins makes the laws. If Max had died . then frankly it would be boo hoo and deck could say anything he wanted. burn the evidence and spin it however he wanted. Sadly for deck .. Maxus does not die to easyly.

Also deck crossed another far more personal line. he endangered Irene. there is nothing in this world that will forgive that.
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

History is written by the victors.
Pirtnac 6th Jul 2015, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Which means in this case, it is written by the Maxes.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 1:54 AM edit delete reply

Only if he wins.
One battle does not decide the outcome of the war.
There are still many battles to be fought in this war.
chk 6th Jul 2015, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

Why for did you change your avatar to Galina Centcomm?

(Mostly I don't have anything to say today. I just want to vote.)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 8:28 AM edit delete reply

ehh just felt it was time for a change.. :D and thats fine .. Glad your here CHK
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Knowing the internet? So that when someone asks to see her (Galina's) tits she can respond, "She's underage you pedo!"
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

Oh my!

.. can we see her ankles then ?
chk 6th Jul 2015, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

Uhhhhhhh . . . What?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

its ok . I didn't understand eather >_>
velvetsanity 6th Jul 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

In certain ultra conservative cultures, being able to see a woman's ankles is considered scandalously skimpy clothing. I don't remember which cultures, specifically, offhand. Quakers/Mennonites, perhaps? Perhaps Orthodox Jews? I'm admittedly guessing.

Is that the angle you were going for, Sheela? Or are you Just referring to the fact that those are the bits that are closest to your little puppy dog eye level? *skritchies*
anonymous coward 7th Jul 2015, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I can explain that:
It is known in some parts of the internet for particularly misogynist/bored people to demand, "Tits or GTFO!" in order to request the display of node images and/or video.
Galina's got the body of someone that isn't eighteen yet if I'm remembering those details from Luna Star correctly. As a representation of someone who 'is, or appears to be underage' that would actually be illegal to comply with in many legal jurisdictions. Informing those who make such requests of this and declining to fulfill it would be a fair response.

....Actually, serious question: How much does that kind of sexual harassment happen in Comicfury?
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 2:04 AM edit delete reply

Velvet is correct.

Heck, if you go far enough back, it used to be that we all ran around naked, and that wasn't amoral. Then religion stuck it's collective noses into it, and during the dark ages, it would be considered scandalous if the woman wasn't completely covered, even the ankles were considered very sexual.

Ofcourse, the muslims still use that interpretation of "modesty", what with their burka's and whatnot. But this used to be a thing for Christianity as well.

AS for the whole "Tits or get the fuck out" deal, it is actually a little more complicated than most people think, but here is an excellent explanation on the matter.
Centcomm 7th Jul 2015, 6:56 AM edit delete reply

That person should be burned at the stake as a vapid idiot. launches a ICBM at the location. and sends a hit squad to finish the pieces.
Lukkai 7th Jul 2015, 8:02 AM edit delete reply

You know, after reading it twice...

It's obviously a message from 4chan. You could pretty much tell even without the graphics giving it away.
But there is actually a kernel of wisdom in there, though I'm not sure whether the writer intended that.
That being that it doesn't really matter what your gender is. That this does not play into whether you're an interesting and/or intelligent person or not.

That's the one little thing one can take out of that text, really worth remembering and following.
Lukkai 7th Jul 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

Some muslims, not the muslims actually.

There's not really a thing like the latter, just as there isn't for Christianity. Or Judaism. Or Buddhism, for that matter.

The Qur'an calls for modest clothing, but is not really specific as to how that should look like exactly.
Wearing a burka or even a niqab in public in Central Europe however would seem to be in violation of that rule, as it's basically a big loud scream for attention in these places. You could just as well run around in the nude. That would be similarily flashy.
chk 7th Jul 2015, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

I still don't get what the coward's comment has to do with Centcomm changing her avatar or the price of cumquats in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

@Centcomm : What person? The one I linked to? I don't think he/she was particularly vapid, but rather misogynistic and extremely jaded. But who better to explain what they think of the whole "Tits or GTFO" deal, than the people who actually use it ?

@Lukkai : Yes, some muslim, not all - My bad, I didn't catch that one. I was merely using it as a pointer that morals and practices changes a lot across the different cultures, even during the same time and age. But then, there's a large amount of subcultures mixed in with ... well, any religion actually. I'm thinking the burka is more a cultural phenomonom than anything, though it is obviously rooted in religion.

As for the 4chan guy, he does have a point. Women, espcially good looking young women, do get a "bonus" when it comes to socialising, but also in a lot of other situations. And the basis for that, has it's roots in procreation, no doubt about that. Wether it's because of the sexual act, or because of their higher fertility rate, or even because of their peceived better looks, is unimportant.
Once that bit is removed, all people become equal in plain text communication.
And not everyone likes that, and when they complain about it, someone else is sure to put them down, because they like that new feeling of power they just got.
anonymous coward 7th Jul 2015, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
It was a joke about how terrible people interacting on the internet can be, if you don't understand it consider yourself blessed.
KarToon12 6th Jul 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply

He should add an additional directive; pack some Lunchables for Irene if she so declares it. The ones with cheese and crackers, and pepperoni slices! Gotta' have some packed lunches ready in case they have to blow this popsicle stand in a hurry. XD
anonymous coward 6th Jul 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
The last Lunchables(TM) were made centuries ago in this world, and it's a good thing too: Those are a salt overdose (hypertension-->cardiac episode) death waiting to happen. Plus Hrist can't exactly get up and about like this; you wouldn't make her drag her halfway-bisected body along the kitchen floor with one arm, would you?
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

I'm sure she would give it a try.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

I like the way you think Kartoon !

As for lunchables .. they are proably a hot black market item in New Troy . MMMM salt. .. MM spices!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:23 AM edit delete reply

Hotwings .. salty, spicy and fatty ... oh yeah, those are blackmarket stuff too. :)
ProfEtheric 6th Jul 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

Aw yeah. Go Maxus, go!
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

I know right? things only heat up from here! :D
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

Well duh, TeeDee is riding in on an attack drone, isn't she ?
Thundarl 6th Jul 2015, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
As Tobey Keith had song in a song, "the fit is about to hit the shan!"
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

at high speed with maximum splatter.
Phil 6th Jul 2015, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
As a computer scientist, his orders, REALLY REALLY BOTHER ME! UGH!

1. he told hrist to disable the com. but didnt tell her to KEEP it disabled.

2. he gave his other directives in the wrong order. Stay in room FIRST, obey verbal orders SECOND. Otherwise, she can and will probably order her to follow her out of the room.
Boo, predictable plot is predictable.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

Except shes not a computer.. Second its fiction .. not real life. Shes a sentient Machine.. she kinda knows what he means. and can infer from his statements what he wants her to do. as for predictable plot .. fine. whatever. cant please all the people LOL!

(( isnt surprised that a complaint came in as a guest comment ))
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 11:29 AM edit delete reply

I'm kinda surprised that guests can put a username up without anything like (guest) after it.

Kinda looks like an ordinary user at first glance.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply

NO Icon thats the best way and also when you hover over the name it gives the website here on the comic.

.. also they cant edit comments after they make them .. I can only delete them. didnt seem harsh enough to delete .. now what rose says when she sees it .. im gonna just duck and cover.
DLKmusic 6th Jul 2015, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
I'm actually on as "guest" while I'm at work, cause I can't log into unauthorized sites, even if I can view them. (fair policy in my opinion, but it's still a pain sometimes)

I'm kind of glad that I can still use my moniker here, even if I can't edit my posts.

Regarding our Guest, Phil, he's entitled to his opinion, but as far as Hrist's orders from Maxus, she has already made it clear that she would be glad to accept his orders, so I don't see her turning on the comm without his permission, and she will do everything she can to protect Irene while in the safe room (and probably do a lot to keep her calm and less worried about Maxus in the process). She is after all, a fully functional artificially intelligent being.

(p.s. I will vote as soon as I get home from work)
Tokyo Rose 7th Jul 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

As Cent noted, Hrist isn't a computer, and can make inferences and extrapolations on her own.

1) No, he didn't tell her to keep the com disabled... but she's not inclined to re-enable it on her own.

2) What makes you think Irene would spontaneously decide to take a walk, with or without an android that, at this point, could only travel by lying on a shop creeper and propelling herself along with her one functional arm?

As for "predictable plot"... the actual point is that people enjoy how we're telling it, and it sure seems like at least a few people do. If you want to read a story that defies narrative convention (in ways that leave the reader reeling, confused, and angry, more often than not), George R. R. Martin is your guy, not me.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply

Well, if someone were to set the city on fire (yes TeeDee, we are looking at you), the room might become a bit too hot for Irene, at that point going for a walk would be a good idea - And it would be good if she could tell Hrist to come along then.

So it would have been smart if Maxus had told Hrist that Irene's orders trumps the "staying in the room" order.

Though to be fair, I'm thinking Hrist could probably convince her inhibitor that protecting Irene would have higher priority than staying in a room.
Mark_L_A 7th Jul 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

Predictable? Maybe, but it is VERY ENJOYABLE this predictability. Pus, you and Cent have some Turns and Zingers in there which make not quite so Predictable as some people would claim.

I personally enjoy the story, the artwork and the conversations in the Comments.

So I give DataChasers AND Luna-Star each 10/10 PLUS I give extra Kudo points for having me actually writing Fan Fiction about the DataChasers/Luna-Star universe.
T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I'd want to see that. Hrist crawling on the floor on a shop creeper. Rifle propped between her legs and she somehow still manages to kick major ass.
HiFranc 6th Jul 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

Decimus has made another tactical error without realising. Dolly had been pegged for further investigation/monitoring. How can that happen when the people required to to do that are tied up on his illegal orders?
Centcomm 6th Jul 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

YUP! thats exactly right.
velvetsanity 6th Jul 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

What do you expect? Drekhead has proven time and again that he's a walking, bellowing pile of blunder feces. (Ooh, question! If a murderturd were confronted with a choice of meal between a person, an android, a person in armor, and a blunder, would the blunder be its meal of choice?)
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Whichever is nearest it's mouth gets eaten first, and after that, whichever is second closest.

*pushes Decimus nearer* :D
DLKmusic 6th Jul 2015, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
@Velvet: the answer is... "yes"
DLKmusic 7th Jul 2015, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Let me rephrase that. If any/all of them are close enough to eat, then any/all of them are dinner.

Murderturds are non-discriminatory predators, and will eat anyone regardless of race, gender, or relative sanity.
There have been cases though where an android shorting out while being digested did cause heartburn, so a wise Murdurturd will always carry android-seltzer, just in case.
Tokyo Rose 7th Jul 2015, 12:22 AM edit delete reply

Note: Scythe lizards have never heard of Buridan's Ass (which they would probably eat, in any case). If placed at an exactly equal distance from a person, an android, a person in armor, and a blunder, it would eat whatever it saw first.

(Blind scythe lizards would just eat whatever their nose happens to be pointed at first, except that under normal circumstances, a blind scythe lizard has already been eaten by a sighted scythe lizard.)
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

Unless ofcourse the two Scythe Lizards were in a very dark cave, in which case the strongest one would win.

Not to mention that if you put a Murderturd in a "Buriden's Ass" situation, it would probably try to eat the ground first, and then the food and water would come in completely random order afterwards - Indecisive they are not.
cattservant 6th Jul 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Kyle best get off the train
and start splicing the
telegraph wires!
Sheela 6th Jul 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Much morse code will be needed to get the train rolling.
velvetsanity 6th Jul 2015, 6:43 PM edit delete reply

.... --- --- .-. .- -.-- / ..-. --- .-. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. .
Lukkai 6th Jul 2015, 7:51 PM edit delete reply

Bastard. XD

And I don't think that's the kind of code Sheela meant.
velvetsanity 7th Jul 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

It's the only kind of morse code I know of
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

Indeed, though the message would probably be something else than "hooray for morse code" ! >_<
velvetsanity 7th Jul 2015, 3:49 PM edit delete reply

Rashala 6th Jul 2015, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

MEh.. I prefer Tedde's plan to plant her Boot Up deci's Butt an inch at at ime and force him to sing Jpop songs and every mess up push it further up
T1-G3R2501 6th Jul 2015, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of a concert I went to where the singer drank every time he got one of his songs wrong. Granted he was playing the songs he wrote then never touched.
Lukkai 6th Jul 2015, 7:52 PM edit delete reply

Sounds like he would be increasingly making mistakes the further down in the concert he was.
Tokyo Rose 7th Jul 2015, 12:23 AM edit delete reply


Mission accomplished, I'd say.
Lukkai 7th Jul 2015, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

He actually played better as the night went on, purposefully fucking up to get a drink now and then.


Yes mission still accomplished indeed
DLKmusic 6th Jul 2015, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

Call me an optimist, but I see Max coming back after a gruesome campaign against Decimus victorious, only to find Irene and Hrist in the safe room, in pajamas, playing cards, drinking, and talking about boys.
Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 6:47 AM edit delete reply

That would actually be pretty funny.

A Cassian, corrupted, by Irene !
DLKmusic 7th Jul 2015, 3:12 PM edit delete reply

And of course, the first step to corrupting a Cassian? Make brownies!
Skweeee 6th Jul 2015, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

Ack!! Jeepers, I'm so sorry. I'm getting the characters mixed up. Just realized it now.

I'll go back and review. I am not too bright.
Centcomm 8th Jul 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

its fine Skweee and you are a brilliant Artist so just hush :D and keep commenting :D always happy to see you comment!
Kitty 6th Jul 2015, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Not even going to speculate, just gonna go pop some popcorn, grab a cold drink, sit back and watch the fun. :)
T1-G3R2501 7th Jul 2015, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
I'll get the Lawn chairs
Lukkai 6th Jul 2015, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

"Respectfully, Lord General, it is a very loud alarm."

Brilliant! I absolutely love that line! :D
Centcomm 8th Jul 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

hehe thats all rose :D I loved it too!
mjkj 6th Jul 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply


...and yayyy for Hrist to survive :)

I hope he will really deal with douchie now...

PS: Like the new Avatar, Cent...

Sheela 7th Jul 2015, 6:48 AM edit delete reply

Too bad Malati didn't survive, I liked her humor.
Centcomm 8th Jul 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

Oh .. this is going to get very very ugly!
Cal 7th Jul 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
As if it hadn't been proven enough already, Irene shows more metal (and mettle) than anyone would be inclined to grant her based on assumption alone. Hrist and the entire assassin team have been (forgiveme) disarmed, and here's Irene standing up to the dude who pretty much put paid to all the attackers' accounts, in order to protect the incapacitated Hrist.

I wish I was somebody else right now, somebody not... married, not madly in love with a beautiful woman who can kill me with her pinky.
Centcomm 8th Jul 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

yes and think .. she changed Maxus's mind with a LOOK! not a word .. just a LOOK! muhahah do not mess with Irene .. she could guilt a Murderturd into apologizing ..
antrik 13th Oct 2016, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
This is so cute... The big scary gladiator carrying the helpless little friendly death dispenser in his arms... ;-)
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