Comic 1222 - Terminate With Extremely Justified Prejudice

12th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Terminate With Extremely Justified Prejudice
Average Rating: 5 (28 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete
Centcomm
From TV tropes...

A "technopath" is someone who can control machines and bend them to the user's will, either through a physical or mental interface link. In some cases, this power also allows them to "hear" what a machine is "thinking" and establish a direct line of communication with the machine. Might be referred to as "Technomancy".

It's not rare to see technopaths bringing formerly inanimate objects to life (i.e., toasters moving around and firing Projectile Toast at disgruntled users), which is much easier to do if Everything Is Online.

Closely related to Magic from Technology. Not to be confused with a character who's pathologically bad with technology, or made a psycho/sociopath by technology.

In modern-day settings that have many people with superpowers walking around, this is frequently the power given to children, as a magical metaphor for the way that people who grew up around technology are generally more comfortable with it.

Compare with Walking Techfix, which is usually not deliberate. Contrast with Machine Empathy, where a character is closely attuned to a machine's behavior simply due to prolonged experience, and Techno Wizard for people capable of only metaphorical wizardry. Not to be confused with Walking Techbane, which is when a person is destructive to technology just by being near it.

Hollywood Hacking is also similar, since while it is less overt, it has similar results, and is also likely to annoy Real Life technical experts to the same extent, due to the near-complete absence of logic.

In Datachasers A Cyberpath is someone who can by force of will ( and a mutation ) Link and control machines and computers distance varies by individual. and that individuals skill .. In this case Silver is using her side as a "focus" to extend her range to the other computer and this ability allows her to "jump" the distance.

This is one of the rarest abilitys in Datachasers. and one of the most feared in some citys.

This is Classed as a "Psionic" or "telepathic" ability and NOT magical.

Also this scene was planned almost a year ago.
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Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

A Cyberpath. Someone with the ability to take over machines/computers/androids through thought.

And Noctis is TERRIFIED of the possibility of a Cyberpath being loose in Nova Roma.

Doc. I got bad news for you.

ETA: And noooo I'm not sitting here at the keyboard hitting F5 over and over again until the new page loads. every night at exactly 10:58 pm Central. I'm not. Honestly.

Ohhh who am I kidding.....
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

YEP! And Silvers little hand trick is simply a focus aid.. she does not need to do that unless she is REALLY pushing.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

This all opens up for a new curiosity : What is Calliope then?

Dr Silver is always ranting about how she's better, yet Calliope gets all the fame. So Calliope must be at, at least, a level similar to Dr Silver to be any sort of adversary at all, and Dr Silver seems to recognize it too.
I can just imagine what a city with TWO "warring" technomancers would be considered like by technophobic ol' Roma? Sounds like a nightmare made real.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply

Calliope .. is JUST Frigging brilliant. She has no special powers .. just her brain. her IQ is supernormal. as are a lot of the Taylors Sense Helios Taylor. heck even Halloran Taylor from Luna Star was top of his classes.

Silver although she is brilliant .. she "cheats" and does rely on her ability's a bit much. so shes great at "one off " inventions and mods.

But Calliope makes repeatable and solid technology's .. and knows her way around things by sheer determination and logic.
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

And she probably has a bunch of stuff that works "GREAT" in the lab with her controlling it, but out in the field, meh...
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

Actually that does happen a LOT to Doc Silver. and what delayed the Orb project 2 years.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Ok, so Calliope isn't a Technomancer like Dr Silver, she's still a Mad Scientist though, and a monstrously intelligent one at that.

People *should* be a bit scared of her.
Especially since they pissed on her parade and kidnapped her daughter. Momma Bear mode Mad Scientist : ACTIVATE Y/N ?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

Yeaaaah pretty much .. Calliope's weapon has Blue and white hair and is currently on the warpath.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 11:49 PM edit delete reply

Yep, Calliope and Dr. Silver are *both* Madgirls...so, which one heterodynes as she works? :D

I'm guessing Ms. Taylor, personally :D
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Gonna be interesting to see just how many things Calliope had to "cheat" to add to Dolly without Centcomm noticing. >_<
Mark_L_A 13th Aug 2015, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Actually I don't think there is too much added to Dolly other than her own skill, determination, and grit.

Dolly's body was a close to human as Callie could make because Dolly IS family, and she's 60 years old. Callie is TERRIFIED that when Dolly reaches 100, they will be forced to terminate her. Hence the new special body.
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 4:51 AM edit delete reply

Lets not forget that back when she was activated, Calliope talked about setting limiters to Dolly's speed and strength, and Dolly mentioned that she had flags for when she exceeded the strength and speed of an average women.

I rather suspect those limitations have been dropped, as all pretences of being human falls away and she goes into HARDCORE MAMA BEAR MODE ! <RAWR>
Fafhred 13th Aug 2015, 9:06 AM edit delete reply

Loose idea associations brought the notion of Lady Agatha barging into the middle of this xD

Edit: well, this was supposed to be a reply to velvetsanity mentionning Heterodynes...
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

Hah, she'd take one look at all the fighting and go "Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope - Lets go back!"
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

Agatha, Sheela? I beg to differ. She'd build a death ray, or improve the one she had with her, before charging into the fray with Zeetha and 'da boyz' gleefully at her side and Moloch grumbling the whole while as he watches her back, while Krosp provides tactical overwatch.

Othar, of course, would run around freeing slaves, android and human alike. Because he's heroic like that.
xpacetrue 12th Aug 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

It was the Nyan Cat song, wasn't it? That must have been the last straw for Noctis. Time to go. You just don't mess with anyone diabolical enough to spread that evil song over the airwaves, on perpetual repeat. [shudders!]
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

YEP! you called it! Silver considers this a win.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

Well ofcourse it'a win.
Ofcourse, she would probably have used a high res widescreen version of it, like so, just to waste that extra bandwidth. >_<

At least it wasn't the badger song.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

it almost was ..
Deoxy 13th Aug 2015, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
or the llama song... AAHHH, I thought of it! Must purge brain!!!!
Lukkai 13th Aug 2015, 2:24 PM edit delete reply

Llama, llama, duck!
Speedy Marsh 27th Mar 2017, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Not only are the Cassians forced to listen to the Nyan Cat song on continuous repeat, at the request of Nova Roma's freedom fighters, they are also forced to dance to it till their moving parts fail.

Among the Cassians, this will forever be known as the Dance Dance Revolution.
plymayer 12th Aug 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

https://youtu.be/9AFf0ysgNiM
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

Thats awesome!
The Old Scribe 12th Aug 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

"Nyannyannyannyannyannyannyan ..." Heeeheehee! That dang Nyancat done got loose in the system and is messin' things all up, y'all.

So Doc's a Cyberpath is she? That's a handy talent to have. Astraea better not cut loose at anyone or anything, or some verrry nasty drones are gonna be on her like a duck on a Junebug.

"We're gonna fight to the last man!"
"You are the last man."
"I surrender." :D
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

heheh ok that was funny :D
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Nyancat? Seriously? Ok, I forgive you leaving me feeling completely lost on yesterday's age, and I love Dr. Silver's sense of humor. :D

So, do we get details of what exactly a cyberpath is and can do, if not completely how the ability works? ^_~
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

Yes I plan on adding it to the tech page when I update it again.

edit .. actually I threw a explanation up in the authors notes.
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

Ooh, poptartcat on the tech page? Eeeevvvvviiiilllll :D
xpacetrue 12th Aug 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

Speaking of a sense of humor, I noticed one of the screens at Noctis' station now shows a classic Windows Blue Screen of Death. ^_^

Not sure what the other blue screen with the white skull represents. But I suspect it's the symptom of a famous virus.

Don't know what a Cyberpath is. But it reminds me of the Telemechanic in Palladium's Rifts roleplaying system. Those are psychics with an innate ability to basically mind-meld with machines.

I doubt Noctis or the Cassians have much to fear from Dr. Silver taking over their minds, though. Even if Silver had that ability, she thinks so highly of androids and their rights that to do so would probably be against her principles.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

Yes Silver is hard crashing all of Noctis's systems .. and your also correct in that IF Silver could do such a thing she wouldn't.

Besides Synth-brains are different from standard positronic brains used in bots.
Lurker 12th Aug 2015, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
A BSOD? So you're saying that Doc Silver didn't actually need any special skills at all to take over the machine?

And yes, that other screen is a famous virus. I don't remember which one. I was probably still on Amiga at the time...
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

Silver has to have the knowledge of how code works and how to program computers and such .. if she knew nothing about them or how to code her ability's would be near useless.
Lurker 12th Aug 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Umm.. BSOD is something that is particular to Window OS. Windows is notorious for the large number of security holes it has, and for the ecosystem of crackers this has spawned. Near the bottom of the food chain are the "script kiddies" who use tools written by others to set up bot nets and such. We're talking almost Movie-OS level stuff.
Pirtnac 12th Aug 2015, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Oh god, New Rome is so backwards they're *still on XP*

...and I thought my office's 2,200 days since last update on NOD32 was bad when I saw it.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

hehe that is the running joke.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

They are not on XP! XP was actually fairly stable. They're clearly on ME :D
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

I used the windows BSOD as a funny bit admittedly if you could read them you would be laughing at what they say. and also its used for the readers so they know .. its deader than dead.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

Oh god, Dr Silver infected Noctis' computers with Windows?

She's like a necromancer, isn't she?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

She doesn't even need a deck. and yes. :D
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

"Windows" is considered a curseword, isn't it ?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

yes it is.. yes it is.
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
I suspect that if Doc Silver got to a position to use her ability in relation to the Cassians (though author stated a very strong implication that she can't, if not quite 100%), then the most logical and effective thing to do would be to read info from them, detect their distaste for the Prince, and then just remove their compulsion to obey him and keep him alive.

I'd agree her morals wouldn't have her forcing them to do anything against their will. However I could certainly see her having no problem removing an artificially imposed block.
jamie59 12th Aug 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

So give up on the network & go shoot something.
But didn't Silver hear everything she's been saying?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

No Silver does not have access to that line of comms
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

If my thinking is correct, Dr. Silver would have to use her ability on a Cassian in order to be able to listen in on the Cassian Sub-Comms.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

and she would have to be aware of its exsistance :D
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

Or use her ability to go through the Cassian mental and hardware functions.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

That would require close contact. something I doubt a Cassian would sit still for if they had ANY idea what was up.
Mark_L_A 12th Aug 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Maybe Dr. Silver has a chance to lay hands on Hrist?
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:38 PM edit delete reply

Make a Cassian sit still for a bit?
Isn't that what an inhibitor collar would be good for?

I know, I know, Dr Silver despises them, but it would be a useful use of one.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

actually all Cassians have a inhibitor Chip .. now THAT is something silver can affect.
velvetsanity 12th Aug 2015, 11:54 PM edit delete reply

I hope she fries all their inhibitor chips. And every inhibitor collar in Rome.
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

She doesn't have the time for that just yet.

Maybe in the aftermath she will have the time to hunt down every collar she can find.
It's just the kind of thing that I suspect both Dr Silver and Calloipe could agree on. Medical collars ONLY !
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

Silver already hates Nova Roma.. she doesn't need more reasons to want it nuked.
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

Surely she already knows about the inhibitor collars?
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
I could see Doc Silver doing something rash like removing all inhibitors from New Rome androids, but I think Calloipe would recognize it'd be more likely to just cause the humans to destroy the androids.
cattservant 12th Aug 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

A valid concern indeed!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

yep indeed :D
HiFranc 12th Aug 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

Hrist hasn't received the warning. Does that mean that she will end up approaching the excluded zone?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Not in her current paralyzed state no. She can only move her upper body and 1 arm :D
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

She was also ordered to stay in a room and guard Irene.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

correct.
HiFranc 13th Aug 2015, 12:32 PM edit delete reply

She was also ordered to obey Irene. Irene could change her mind abouat staying put.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

Irene is not dumb enough to push her luck. Shes not a combatant.
Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

Unless the building was in danger of falling down so that fleeing (into a war zone) had better odds of survival than staying would Irene abandon the safe room.
Haegan2005 12th Aug 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

okay, I have to admit, this was funny!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

Thanks !
Dragonrider 12th Aug 2015, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

OK! Props on that one. Question did she just call Nox off the hunt for Lynn and Acantha? Nice view of Dolly dressed to kill for a vote incentive.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

Nope Nox is still on the Hunt .. and No Silver can NOT monitor the Cassians Sub comm
Lukkai 13th Aug 2015, 2:29 PM edit delete reply

I don't think anyone but Kali or Decimus do have the authority to call of Nox. Unless I'm mistaken about their chain of command.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 2:50 PM edit delete reply

No your correct .. only Kali or Decimus can call off Nox at this point
DLKmusic 12th Aug 2015, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Don't mess with the Mad Scien....

wait, I already said that, didn't I!!!!
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

Yep.. that you did!
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

And to think that Dr Silver considers Calliope to be of almost equivalent skill.

New Troy doesn't just have ONE Mad Scientist monster, they have TWO!
And they're fighting with one another! Straight up high octane nightmare fuel for a cassian, if anything ever was.
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Speaking of which, I'm surprised the Madgirl didn't either a) go off on Charlotte for the interruption, b) 'volunteer' Charlotte to be a guinea pig or other sort of experimental subject, or c) invent something new and unheard of for the sole purpose of preventing further interruptions while she works... :D

...or is she not currently in the madness place? (Also, Teedee needs to claim a hat from one of her opponents...the tougher the opponent the better :D )
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha ... yes .. TeeDee needs a hat.
Say, didn't Decimus have a crown on his head?
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 12:58 AM edit delete reply

Dot crown iz not a gut hat.

:D
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

It's a GREAT hat, it can be added to a tophat !
That way you could be wearing TWO hats!

You gotta admit that is pretty awesome. :)
Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

Yes, it would be awesome Sheela. TeeDee wouldn't want it though with the responsibilities that go with it!

I can see TeeDee wearing the SKULLS of those that opposed her. All the other hats would be too wimpy for her.
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply

I'm guessing you haven't read Girl Genius, Stormwind...Sheela and I are talking about a custom of jaegermonsters, where claiming the hat of an enemy is a symbol of status and prowess in combat. The stronger the enemy whose hat you take and wear, the more status.

Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

Oh I know about Girl Genius, velvet. Just can't see TeeDee caring like a Jagermonster. :-)
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Agreed TeeDee doesn't have quite the fun-loving violence for the hat game. However, I could see her laughing her ass off at the face of some New Rome guard she just killed and ripping his head off (along with his hat) as a trophy.

"What are you talking about Ada? This is PRICELESS! When am I going to get the chance to make some guy make THIS face again? It's once in a life time and OF COURSE it belongs on the wall in the living room."
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

@Sheela: Ooh, that is a good point. Though she'd have to take the other hat from the head of an enemy as well, or it won't count
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 9:39 AM edit delete reply

It's not so much about caring, as it is about kicking ass and taking names .. and then wear their hats!
Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply

It is trophy hunting, and that doesn't seem to be something TeeDee does. She might take your gun, if you SOMEHOW had a bigger one than she did! :-). Hat wear not so much. :-)

"Dammit I'm a guardian not a milliner!"
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

I dunno .. she might grab a hat.. one of the blue and silver ones..
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

I bet if Teedee knew about Girl Genius and the Jaegers she'd TOTALLY get into the hat game. And convince all the other combat/security androids to join in.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply

Agreed ... hats would become the new thing for combat droids!
Pirtnac 12th Aug 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
So I'm going to operate under the assumption that Doc Silver's abilities are known to New Troy higher ups, and may be one of the reasons she was included in the mission. I'm basing this on the fact that using them here would basically "out" her if she was keeping secrets, so she'd be saving this as a last resort were it an unknown.

With that said, shouldn't a city's reaction to her powers pretty much mirror Noctis' stance? When you're an AIS having Silver walking around your streets would be like inviting a Goua'uld in to your skull in the hope they remain polite. Or is there some kind of balance of power in play here? Androids should fear her taking them over, an AIS will giggle as Silver's head pops from the sheer magnitude of data?

Granted, that isn't fair to the person. It's an x-men style situation (except under no circumstances deploy sentinels). She isn't a bad person: Hates inhibitor collars, works to save androids (hi Teedee!), and heal mentally damaged ones (Kelly) without just rewriting them. Still, most threats have to act and use resources to cause damage. Doc Silver needs to think.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

Actually in Silvers case .. She can not actually manipulate a active synth-brain. And she REALLY couldn't affect a AIS .. it might be amused. but thats it.

but she can affect a lot with her ability and yes .. it makes her very terrifying to those that do not know her. and Centcomm is well aware of her abilitys and monitors her.
Pirtnac 12th Aug 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Gotcha. She could wreak havoc with individual systems if she decided to make a mess, but she can't make herself queen of an android population (although you specified *active*), or turn Centcomm in to a Speak & Spell.

If a series of odd system glitches start cropping up in her area, Cent will send a strongly worded letter, and then a MOAB.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

Correct .. Doc Silver can push Data.. from point A to B what shes doing here is talking to the softwear shes already uploaded into the palace's systems.
Lukkai 13th Aug 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

She's still pretty much the bogeyman to people like Noctis, isn't she.

As in Roman citizens look under their bed before sleeping to see if there's a Cassian hiding underneath.
Cassians look under their bed before sleeping to see if someone like Silver is hiding underneath.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

Now I have this image of Silver hiding under Noctis's bed .. and Noctis all huddled up like a little kid.. totally not canon but still funny.
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

Hah, yeah, that is a pretty funny idea.
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
You could make it a vote incentive.

Also I'm sure child-regressed Noctis would have a very interesting teddy bear to cling to in fear.
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

A Malati shaped teddy bear? :D
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply

All of my yes!
Mark_L_A 9th Sep 2015, 2:39 AM edit delete reply

Second and or third vote incentive.
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Aha. Well, I call trick question because I'm pretty sure 'psychic phenomena' is a combination of stage magic type trickery and wishful thinking (where it isn't just outright fiction).
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

Um .. this IS fiction :D and telepathic ability's and such are real in the Datachasers world.
anonymous coward 12th Aug 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Indeed, you've written before that DC is a fiction based on another fiction. As someone that gets asked 'is it possible' questions by clueless clients I try not to stray too far into wishful thinking type scenarios though: A depressing number of the authorities in government and private industry believe in astrology, palmistry and other such psychic/mystic phenomena.
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

huh? " Based on another fiction. "??? wheres that from.

well also this is "soft sci-fi" along the lines of Star trek and such .. not diamond hard Sci fi like Clarke wrote.
Sheela 12th Aug 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

Datachasers is based off of some RP sessions with a bunch of friends, correct ?
Centcomm 12th Aug 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

part of it is. I still created the world and used the game to flesh a lot of concepts out.

Marcus and Doctor Silver were both Characters in that game. Who have allowed them to be adapted for the comic

we used the Spacemaster system for the rules.
Marcus Ramesy 13th Aug 2015, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

I do so miss those days....
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 9:39 AM edit delete reply

.. you're talking like an old man now.
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

And I *still* want a chance to get in on a game
Rms2000 13th Aug 2015, 12:30 AM edit delete reply

So, how does her ability actually affect the machines? You said she can't manipulate an active synth brain. Could she manipulate an inactive one? What about other parts of android anatomy (such as the MACC system)? Even if she can't manipulate, say, Ceci's brain, mightn't she be able to convince her plasmacaster to boot up without Ceci's order?

Secondary question: suppose someone had a power similar to Doc Silver's and WAS able to control the MACC system on a nearby android. Would this person be able to initiate the sort of destructive shutdown used to transfer an android's brain to a Q-drive ("Flash-Stick")? Tertiary question: Does Noctis believe the above is possible?
Tokyo Rose 13th Aug 2015, 6:54 AM edit delete reply

The extent of Dr. Silver's power is, basically, communication. No, she can't manipulate synth-brains or futz with other systems inside an android.

Someone with a power similar to, but with a wider scope than, Dr. Silver's could indeed try to initiate such a sequence, though it would be difficult to do so; the android could fight back against what is essentially a "suicide" command. And Noctis KNOWS the above is possible, because the Cassians have encountered people with such abilities before. That's why there's now a kill-on-sight order going to the Cassians' best sniper.
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Would the person the Cassians ran into with that ability in the past be Decimus' grandfather that led the revolt against Aeneas?
mjkj 13th Aug 2015, 12:54 AM edit delete reply

Poor Noctis...
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

Indeed, not a good day for Noctis.
Greenwood Goat 13th Aug 2015, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Oh yes, fear the cyberpath! Nyan Cat might be just the start...

Noctis (sprinting down a corridor): +Any cassians in the area, I am armed and ready.. ready to join you now.. ♫hands in the air, we will show you how/ Come and try/ Caramell will be your guide/ So come on, move your feet, say oa ha haaa/ Come on, shake your hips, sing la la la/ You and me, to this our melody! So- Come- On- dance it with us/ Clap your hands together/ Do as we do/ Take one step to the left, there/ Listen and learn/ Time to take your chance now/ Join up with us in Caramell's dance, now! Oo oo oo oa! Oo oo oo oa oa...♫+

>:=)>
Lukkai 13th Aug 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

Great. Now I'm imagining the Cassians actually do that dance.

And Noctis looks awfully cute doing it. XD
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

hahah - that is cool :D annnd I cant disagree ... not one bit..
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

Noctis would look awfully cute in some J-pop outfit, while doing the caramell dance.

And she would probably have a dead-pan face while doing it.
Either that, or a "kill me, kill me NOW!" kind of face. :D
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Think Decimus is cruel enough to use that as punishment for misbehaving Cassians?
OfficerAllie 13th Aug 2015, 3:36 AM edit delete reply

I remember when Vinnie glitched out one night, and he thought every air car within 3 klicks of Helios Tower were hostile.

Thank the First Circuit, 3C was able to lock out his weapons.

All the paperwork after that though. I was supposed to be off the next two days.

I can just imagine what that lady is going through though.

It is kinda funny, that song.

AAAaaghh!!

Now it's stuck in my head.

Make it go away!!!
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

hah! nope .. its on solid repeat!
Draginbeard 13th Aug 2015, 3:40 AM edit delete reply

I think the first time I saw someone mentally tap into a computer was in a 70s cult classic movie called 'Scanners'. I havent seen it in a long while, so Im not sure how well its held up. But Im cool with Docs techno gift. I think its fitting for the story you have.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:38 PM edit delete reply

Thank you - I remember scanners :D
Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 5:16 AM edit delete reply

So the Nightmares of Nova Roma have nightmares of their own. Somehow that seems fitting. :-)
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

When the Cassians stare into the Abyss, Dr Silver stares back!
KarToon12 13th Aug 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply

Despite the seriousness of the situation, there's no holding back the laughter of someone using the nyan-cat as a virus. XD I guess it was either that, or what's-his-face from Jurassic Park saying, "nuh-uh-uh...you didn't say the magic word". XDXD
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:38 PM edit delete reply

heh I remember that scene! thats the kind of thing that made me cheer when he got eaten..
Hornet 13th Aug 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Cats flying by farting rainbows would get annoying.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

have you HEARD the song? its cute the first 10 seconds.. then it gets really annoying fast.
Morituri 13th Aug 2015, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
It's essentially a remix of the original "Hamster Dance" tune. I remember getting a reprimand once for loading HamsterDance on my browser, with the sound on, then locking it so a password would be needed to stop it, then going to lunch.

There was this guy in the next cube who was very very annoying.... who had just gotten back from lunch so he couldn't leave....
highlander55 13th Aug 2015, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

@Hornet, Ever have a child ask to watch Uncle Grandpa? Flying tiger with rainbow coming out its ass.
Phil_ 13th Aug 2015, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
"shoot everyone, regardless of identification".

No foreshadowing there, nope, nope...
Stormwind13 13th Aug 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

Yeah Phil. That is about as panicked as a Cassian can get. Noctis is living in terror of what Dr. Silver can do.

As for foreshadowing, whatever could you mean? :-)
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

hehe :D
Hornet 13th Aug 2015, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
Think the poor girl with the south slang is going to be a casualty.
Lukkai 13th Aug 2015, 2:43 PM edit delete reply

Silver might decide to knock her out, joining her coworkers. Would help her keep up appearances.
Centcomm 13th Aug 2015, 2:52 PM edit delete reply

More than likely thats going to be the case. Silver does not want the woman dead.
Sheela 13th Aug 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply

Silver exits the building, the sniper fires, Barrier shield eats the bullet.

Sniper : "Oh shit!"
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Sniper might also get called off before Silver exits.

Once Kyle get Aeneas back up and running enough for someone to kill Decimus without the failsafe's being a problem, I'm sure Acantha will countermand a lot of those orders and use the palace PA system to announce Decimus is dead and that Lynn is free to go with any New Troy forces in residence that she recognizes/chooses to accompany and for everyone to stop the fighting and let her start cleaning up the damage. Also Aeneas may be able to step in at that point (or he may have too many other things to get back online and be busy for non-emergency matters).
velvetsanity 13th Aug 2015, 7:22 PM edit delete reply

Orb of Doom might also spot and identify said sniper, taking them out beforehand. Or Marcus might.
Lukkai 14th Aug 2015, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

Though unless Acantha would learn about the Cyberpath being part of the rescuing force from New Troy and not a so far hidden local one or hired gu..err..brain, that is actually one order I could imagine her to not countermand.
Depends on the history of Nova Roma with Cyberpaths, of course. But I'm guessing it isn't a particularily good one.
Hornet 14th Aug 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Oh I wasn't thinking of Silver hurting the girl, rather the sniper.
VanEzzania 13th Aug 2015, 3:41 PM edit delete reply

Nyan cat? Really?
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 2:52 AM edit delete reply

Yep :D
Morituri 13th Aug 2015, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Did Noctis - the one in charge of protecting Nova Roma - just identify destroying a cyberpath as a higher priority than preserving Nova Roma itself? In a direct order to all the other Cassians who get the message?

Oh. My.

Yep, that's what she did all right. "Better that Roma burn to the ground than harbor such a monster."

I hope all the inconveniently flammable people hear her say that....
JackOfClubs 13th Aug 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply

Dear Noctis:

I know you are freaked out, but committing yourself to absolute policies without knowing what you are up against has a way of backfiring. Have you ever heard of a man named Jephthah?
That one guy 13th Aug 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Is Doc Silver a cyberpath by birth, or is this an adaptation/byproduct of what was done to patch her up from the childhood accident?
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 2:51 AM edit delete reply

I cant answer that - at this time .. Sorry :(
Computant 18th Aug 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
A favorite character of mine in GURPS had ridiculous Cyberpsi (the equivelent of Cyberpath) along with the delusion that computers liked ice cream.
He was good enough that the computers did in fact work much better after ice cream was spooned into the drives/exhaust ports. Of course after he left the machines would "inexplicably" stop working.
antrik 13th Oct 2016, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
It seems something actually managed to chip Noctis's composure? Remarkable :-)
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 12th Mar 2017, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

BSOD, FTW.
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