Comic 1218 - Putting It Together

6th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Putting It Together
Average Rating: 5 (25 votes)

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Centcomm 6th Aug 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete
Okay guys you did what I thought was imposable! here it is 5 days in and we are at position 11 STILL!

You people are amazing!

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Centcomm 6th Aug 2015, 9:25 PM edit delete
Yes I know there was a glitch in page posting .. My apologys ..
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 3:30 PM edit delete
JUST in!

and as a thank you next will DC will update ALL five days of the week as a special thing!
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 8:44 AM edit delete
More New Stuff on the Tech page! Some of it has been used as incentives before but its still cool tech! check it out!

I have some more items planned to update.
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Haegan2005 6th Aug 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Interesting. Just which hunter was picked up? Rose and gang, or Dolly and gang? We also do not know where Mr Black, Connie, Ada and her friend are at.

though I admit, I do not see Connie and Mr. Black actually doing anything. They are not combatants and Connie has the combative skills of a sleeping Chihuahua. Considering what has already happened to her, Mr Black will not leave her alone.
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

Dolly and CeCi seems the obvious choice, though it could be Kyle and Mirako as well.

Or it could be someone we never even expected!
MikeLinPA 7th Aug 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Nicely Done!
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Mike!
cattservant 7th Aug 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply

No one expects 'them'!
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 12:53 PM edit delete reply

Who the Hunter is will be quite obvious in the upcoming pages - so i cant answer that .. but feel free to speculate :D

Its not Black or connie .. Connie is about as combat effective as a Kitten.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

Which is fitting, CentComm. Since Connie is as cute as a kitten. :-D
Haegan2005 7th Aug 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

Lukkai 7th Aug 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Prime suspects at this point, I guess: Ceci, Miraiko. To a lesser extend Dolly, lesser because they would pick up (and have done so at least to some degree) on Ceci first.
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 5:28 AM edit delete reply

Maybe Connie finally gets Mr Black to herself? :D

Could also be someone local, like Maxus or one of Setorious' cronies.
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 6:56 AM edit delete reply

Yep Connie and Black are staying as far away from this mess as possible.
Mark_L_A 6th Aug 2015, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Is that the sound of a door opening to the right of Dr. Sliver?
That one guy 6th Aug 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
I noticed that too. Along with the fact that her shields haven't been up these past two comics. Wonder if it's a gene-enhanced captive she didn't pay attention to shake off the stun and escape or someone coming to respond to the network issues. I'm guessing the second, but the first isn't impossible either.

Doc Silver's personality definitely has concentration tunnel vision and an abundance of pride. Wonder if she has sufficient caution to be watching her back well enough now or not.
Pirtnac 6th Aug 2015, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
See, I think the voice password to the door is "secure" because every time someone says it is, it opens.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

It takes a lot of Power to run the shield and can interact badly with equipment So she has it off right now.
Kitty 7th Aug 2015, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
It's Setorius! He was fascinated by the efficiency of the invasion and decided he simply MUST meet the person in charge...

....Yes, I am obsessed with the idea of Dr. Silver and Setorius...don't judge me <.<
Lukkai 7th Aug 2015, 11:37 PM edit delete reply

Door opens, her shields are down, she's distracted and she just confirmed on comms that she's safe and sound.

Make of that what you will.
kraznor 7th Aug 2015, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
This is not a good time to get back from the toilet
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 5:59 AM edit delete reply

While the good doctor might be tunnelvisioning, I doubt the drones will be doing so as well.
That one guy 7th Aug 2015, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Just depends on how many she ordered to guard and how many she ordered to hack. As I recall, her orbs have some degree of ability for autonomous action, but are not sentient like androids.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

There are 3 of them in the room with her. there are about six guns ready at the drop of a hat.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

Nope it would be a very bad time to come back from the Toilet.
Kitty 7th Aug 2015, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Kraznor, that was hilarious!!
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

Yep thats a door sound :D

Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 5:30 AM edit delete reply

Hrm .. actually, I thought the Orbs *were* sentient?
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 5:55 AM edit delete reply

they are intelligent .. not sentient :D There is a diffrence.
Southern Cross 6th Aug 2015, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I think it WAS a door opening....
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:36 PM edit delete reply

Yep it sure was!
cattservant 6th Aug 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply


Forget to lock the door Doctor?
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:02 AM edit delete reply

Or it *was* locked, but got opened anyways.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:36 PM edit delete reply

She actually didnt lock it.
The Old Scribe 6th Aug 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

Yep, that's a door opening. Lessee now, Doc's a mile from the Black Palace, she's in an area that's been secured, she's surrounded by drone friendlies, this is either an ally or the damndest stealth Cassian ever constructed.

OTH, the Comm Center might have defensive backup in the form of a Cassian or a killer robot in a concealed compartment that was just awakened and is emerging to defend the place.

Tune in on Monday, when we hear Doc Silver say "What the fuck is that?"
DLKmusic 7th Aug 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Cent was clear last page that the good Doc has quite a few drones with her, and they do have very advanced friend/foe routines in them... I'm pretty sure that if something got this far, it's either a friendly, or it's about to die
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply

Stealth you say ?
Oh Mirako, is that you?
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

Remember Cassians can be VERY fast. it could be any number of things actually
Lukkai 7th Aug 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

If it is a Cassian, my money would be on Nisha trying to find cover and having entered the premises another way than the Doc. Therefore possibly not alarmed of the intruder as of yet.
Timotheus 6th Aug 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

Its the "Viper", come to "Vipe" the "Vindows". AKA... The night janitor that always manages to wander into these things at the most inappropriate moments. (Former hospital ER janitor speaking from experience)
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

hehe that one always throws them off :D
Mark_L_A 7th Aug 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

Noctis' longing glance at Malati's desk makes me think they possibly she and Malati have a relationship like Ada and TeeDee in addition to commander/subordinate.
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply

They were definately close friends.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

Noctis and Malati have known each other a very long time. im glad that was obvious what happened.
Kitty 7th Aug 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I noticed that. Thought it was a very effective use of images vs. words.
Tokyo Rose 7th Aug 2015, 3:29 PM edit delete reply

Noctis is the second-oldest Cassian; she sees the rest as her "little sisters". Malati is the very annoying but fun little sister. :D
Lukkai 7th Aug 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

And at this point she might still hope for "just out of order". Yet fearing the worst.
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

Who is the oldest?
Kali ?
Tokyo Rose 8th Aug 2015, 5:58 AM edit delete reply

Kali's considered the oldest, yes.
Dragonrider 7th Aug 2015, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

Hope Doc's shields are reactive she gonna need them. Nox now playing hide and seek with Dolly and Company, Lynn and group, and Maxus looking forward to Ceci dropping her with a plasma bolt.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Her armor is still there .. But the shield takes a few moments to power up fully ..
mjkj 7th Aug 2015, 1:22 AM edit delete reply

Hmm, that swishing sound at the end sounds ominous - especially after doc said she is safe...

...and Noctis has evaluated the situation quite well...

Wolfsbane 7th Aug 2015, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

Noctis has her position for a reason.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Like wolfsbane said .. Noctis isnt just a pretty face :D
Lukkai 7th Aug 2015, 11:43 PM edit delete reply

Though I think we now have actually seen the face of an annoyed Noctis.

At least that's one of the possible interpretations for panel two.
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply

Annoyed .. yes. Not angry.
Lukkai 8th Aug 2015, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

She still manages to stay awfully pretty through it. ;)
Dragonrider 7th Aug 2015, 3:16 AM edit delete reply

BTW is there any truth to the rumor that the dispersed troops have been given orders to search for a Lollipop and an Imperial Douche Bag?
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

Maaaaybe :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply

Those were the same rumors that claimed that Setorius was dating Malati, right ?
Matt Knab 7th Aug 2015, 3:33 AM edit delete reply

Man, as "with it" as they are, still they are NOT prepared.
Man, I didn't even realize you were doing so well on TWC. That's great! I gotta remember to vote every time to keep you there!
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply

We need to do better though!

We fell from 11th to 13th place. :(
chk 7th Aug 2015, 8:40 AM edit delete reply

Got my vote.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

Mine too, chk!

If you like the comic, please vote! :-) Every day! See how high we can get.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

they really were not ready for this kind of cluster bomb .. And thank you - its kinda a surprise to me too - about TWC :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

Eh, gotta get you guys up in the top 10 eventually. :)
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply

that would be cool :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

It may take a while, before it happens though.
The past few months, the average seems to be around 20 or so.

Which is still pretty good. :)
Sheela 9th Aug 2015, 3:36 PM edit delete reply

Back down to Rank 12 ! :)
xpacetrue 7th Aug 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply

Unless they're wearing a stealth suit like Kyle has, I don't understand how anyone can sneak up on Dr. Silver. She's got a small army of small and large drones all around her. And they're top-of-the-line New Troy tech - prototypes, even. Shouldn't they have top-of-the-line sensors? Stuff like infra-red, radar, and life-sign detectors?

Heck, Dr. Silver is in the nerve center with control over all those cameras...
Sheela 7th Aug 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply

Unless the drones thinks they are friends.

Mirako could conceivably walk straight up to her, with Tokyo Roses IFF signal active.
xpacetrue 7th Aug 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Good point. I was just thinking it -might- be Miraiko as she's supposed to be directly involved in these events and we haven't seen her recently.

That said, it could also be someone else. Somehow, I don't think we've seen the last of Logrin and/or Dusty. (IMO, they're too interesting as characters to not resurface.)
That one guy 7th Aug 2015, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
I'd been thinking that Miraiko would likely stay in the palace, as I expected her to rendezvous with Dolly & Ceci, get in Nox's way, or take care of Decimus personally (she did kinda promise Julia that). The more I think of it the more I think Miraiko's trail of bodies is likely to be the other hunter Nox noticed & mentioned.

However, if Doc Silver's tinkering is interfering with Kyle's mission I could see her making a detour to give Doc the info.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, I would have to agree with you there, one. Miraiko should still be in the Palace... cleaning house (which is making a HUGE mess). }:-D~> So she might be the hunter they are detecting.

Of course, it could be CeCi and Dolly. They were getting ready to move. And they will DEFINITELY be hunting! :-D

Haegan2005 7th Aug 2015, 7:48 PM edit delete reply

Considering the attack, The security inside is focused on what is going on outside. Dolly and Ceci really have open season until the bodies pile up enough for the C&C to redirect several squads to stop them.

Of course I do not seem them staying still so the C&C will be attempting to hit a moving target inside a vast structure that they have currently a limited ability to monitor. It is likely the C&C will simply pull troops back to important areas and simply attempt to keep control of the exits and the important areas until troops from the outside can relieve them.

They may also choose to defend internal choke points. We need to remember that there are only a finite number of guards in the palace and they simply cannot be everywhere at once. The fighting at the two gates will be drawing off the immediate reserves and anyone else who is awake now will report and be redirected to new hot points as needed. I do note that we do not know if the troops have garrisons inside the palace or if they have to report from outside.

It is likely that Deci's guard have their garrison inside the palace.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

They also would not shoot a unarmed person.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

they do have lots of sensors and stuff .. you will see. and if anyone has any questions ill answer those then :D
CptKerion 8th Aug 2015, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
The other possibility is that they came from an unobserved direction. I suspect Cassian delivered via the vents, or people coming from inside or underground who are armed for bear.
Tango Xray Actual 7th Aug 2015, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

Thats.. kinda Cryptic :D
xpacetrue 8th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

I suspect this was meant as a correction to Dr. Silver's reply to Marcus in the last panel: "Um, correction, no. It seems it is not secure here..."
Hornet 7th Aug 2015, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
That's just Mister Black coming to see what's going on.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

I don't think Mr. Black has ANY interest in being near this Charlie Foxtrot! :-D He values his hide more than to expose it, or Connie's, to the massive firefight that is in progress.
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 6:38 AM edit delete reply

I agree, Mr Black isn't going to be insidie, unless there's a whole lot of good stuff for him to pilfer .. erhh, I mean, appropiate for future business.

Draginbeard 7th Aug 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply about a rough day at the office!

I dont like most of the Cassians, but I do like Noctis. She has that 'Evil Spock' vibe.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Evil spock.. I like that nick name :D
Wolfsbane 8th Aug 2015, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

Yes, but Evil Spock was never that attractive, either.
Lukkai 8th Aug 2015, 7:41 PM edit delete reply

It's the goatee.
Wolfsbane 8th Aug 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Noctis had a goatee?
Lukkai 9th Aug 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Why don't you ask her yourself? ;)
anonymous coward 7th Aug 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Okay Tokyo Rose, I think I've figured out your move here: When the Nova Roma command starts acting like they know what's going on you pull at least five irons you've been slowly warming in the fires for years and poke them. Kyle trying to get Aeneas working again is one of them, Miraiko assassinating some of the more disgusting people in Nova Roma is two, but what are the other three or more?
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply

spoilers! :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply

Well, there's that virus she's been cultivating in their computer systems for years.

Then there's all that blackmail material she's been gathering for so long.
moizmad 7th Aug 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

Do I have catching up to do!
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Yeppers Glad to have you on board Mo! :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply

There is much to read. :)
Rashala 7th Aug 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

.......I am getting a baaaaaadddd feeling
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

Mark_L_A 7th Aug 2015, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

I am thinking the other hunter, IS Maraiko. She has had the time to get Kyle off on his mission and is now going around killing who she can on her way to lop off the head of this insanity, Decimus the douchiest.
Centcomm 7th Aug 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply

Mirakio does indeed have a list :D but its all local to the Palace.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 6:04 PM edit delete reply

And since the computer center is a mile or two away, that SHOULDN'T be Miraiko. Unless one of her targets got to run over here.

I don't know if Dr. Silver's orbs would recognize Miraiko or not. I mean, they haven't met that I know of. I fear the orbs would try to paste her, if they saw here. She is NOT the cuddly little slave that she has played for years. She is a DANGEROUS foe, with some serious skills I think.
Mark_L_A 7th Aug 2015, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

I was referring to Nox's comment about an hunter in the walls of the palace, not Dr. Silver's mysterious door opening guest. :p
Stormwind13 9th Aug 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply

Ah, damn. Sorry Mark. I got confused on where you were talking about.
Mark_L_A 9th Aug 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

No Issues Storm.
Stormwind13 7th Aug 2015, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

Does anyone else get a vibe out of Noctis in the second panel like she is cussing up a storm inside her head. That pause as things slide even FURTHER out of control just makes me think there is some MAJOR swearing going on inside her. She won't let it out, but that look makes me think she is internalizing some bad things. :-D
highlander55 7th Aug 2015, 7:48 PM edit delete reply

My thought is Noctis knows this may be the end of this little BS dictatorship and just wants her little sisters to be ok even though they must carry out their orders.
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 3:28 AM edit delete reply

Lets just say that Noctis is HOPING some positive changes come out of this. it could go eather way in her eyes
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

OH yes Storm you caught that perfectly :D
Sheela 8th Aug 2015, 6:41 AM edit delete reply

This is Noctis, we're talking about here - She doesn't cuss.
Centcomm 8th Aug 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

No she doesn't ..
DLKmusic 8th Aug 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
My thought from looking at Noctis face when she looked at Malati's desk was that this would be about as close to her eyes tearing up as she could get.

I know, I'm just a sentimental old fool...
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

I wont say what shes thinking right now .. but its not happy thoughts.
CptKerion 8th Aug 2015, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Door just opened.
Here comes either
A. the stormtroopers of incompetence take 2
B. the stormtroopers I would have sent
C. even better, a Cassian.
Wolfsbane 9th Aug 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

D. Bones storming in, muttering under his breath and not watching where he's going, "I don't know why I do favors for that green-blooded computer. Why does he need me at the comm center, anyway? I'm a doctor, dammit, not a call operator!"

(that 'shhhwshhh' sound just brings too many memories, lol)
Stormwind13 9th Aug 2015, 6:59 PM edit delete reply

LOL Wolfbane. That is SOOOOO true.
Rms2000 9th Aug 2015, 12:22 AM edit delete reply

Okay, this is me posting to show off the new avatar Centcomm made me and to say THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU, Centcomm!

And also thanks to the rest of the guys that keep the comic going.

Anyone else who wants to show off a new avatar should reply to this post, that way we can have all the pretty new faces in one place.
Stormwind13 9th Aug 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

Well here is my updated avatar.

Thank you, CentComm. :-)
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

You guys are awesome and your very welcome !! :D
highlander55 9th Aug 2015, 7:43 PM edit delete reply

Here's mine too! Thanks Centcomm
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 8:38 PM edit delete reply

your welcome !
the offer still stands for gold star avatars ! :D
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