Comic 1223 - Tagalong

13th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)
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Haegan2005 13th Aug 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

I like Acantha's explanation in the last panel. Pretty accurate as well come to think of it.

makes me wonder why arianna is running around trying to find the princess?
HiFranc 13th Aug 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Because, before he was attacked, Max sent her. He's on his way now to protect them from Nox.
Haegan2005 13th Aug 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

Unless Nox is further away then I thought, this group is going to end up dealing with her for a few pages before Max can possibly arrive. Nox is already on the trail. Max is only just starting. This could get... interesting!

Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

Frankly, if Acantha could get out of the palace, it would leave Maxus free to do as he pleases, that would be a great thing for him!
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply

Arianna was told to assist Acantha and Lynn :D
T1-G3R2501 14th Aug 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
So we arent going to touch the fact that Nox knew that the princess was not in her room?
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:42 AM edit delete reply

Lynns bracelet.. thats how.
Tokyo Rose 14th Aug 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply


Keep in mind that events are happening simultaneously--this is why the sequences are being timestamped. At 0405, Nox has not yet reached the guest suite. When she does, she'll search it, determine the girls aren't there, and begin tracking Lynn's bracelet.
Dragonrider 13th Aug 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

Did TR's plans just get sidelined by male hormones again? BTW any chance Staff and Sword will return from Hiatus?
chk 14th Aug 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply

Yeah - Staff & Sword
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

ill see what I can do! :D
The Old Scribe 13th Aug 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Run for it, ladies! Democlus better stay sharp, though. There's a killer Cassian on their trail and it ain't gonna be pretty when she catches up. Dolly and CeCi better get a wiggle on if they wanna prevent bloodshed.
Wolfsbane 14th Aug 2015, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

Dolly and Ceci always have a very nice wiggle on...
Stormwind13 14th Aug 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply

Very true Wolfbane. :-)
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:24 AM edit delete reply

It's kinda CeCi's speciality to have a good wiggle on. >_<
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

Yep the clock is ticking for the girls ..
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

The clock goes :
*wiggle* *wiggle* *wiggle* :D
highlander55 14th Aug 2015, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela.. Don't forget the *jiggle* *jiggle* *jiggle* too!
Haegan2005 14th Aug 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply

It is a very effective timer. (Nods solemnly).
Wolfsbane 14th Aug 2015, 10:42 PM edit delete reply

Wiggle? I'll show you wiggle (SFW):
jamie59 13th Aug 2015, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Will Arianna be able to keep up. I thought she is sick.
HiFranc 13th Aug 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

From what I recall it's a genetic condition whose symptoms only show in later life.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply

Also, it was a mental faculty illness, if I understood it correctly?
It would not stop her legs from working ... probably.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

Hifranc called it .. her disease doesn't affect her that strongly yet she does get seizures. But she takes medications to help but she is able for the most part to live normally.
Pirtnac 13th Aug 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Is it my imagination, or did Arianna gain a gun belt since the last time we saw her?
Mark_L_A 13th Aug 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

Nope I zoomed in it looks more like a purse or a sporran belt . Acantha however DOES have a pistol on her belt.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

Its just a regular old wide fashion belt. Arianna along with most slaves are barred from carrying weapons ( unless trained for it. ) or in special cases. ie with express permission. Arianna is a administrator .. not a gun slinger.
Timotheus 14th Aug 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

And this wouldn't be a special case situation?
(Not that I'm saying she should be carrying a gun, just that if the current outbreak of riots, explosions, assassinations, rebellions, invasions, and general unpleasantness wouldn't justify Max authorizing her for a side arm I don't know what would.)
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 12:08 PM edit delete reply

IF Max had known the prince was going psycho crazy and that assassins were knocking on his door he would have armed her up. But normally a Slave carrying a unauthorized weapon is subject to heavy punishment.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

Heck, if Maxus has known about the assasination attempt, he would have armed HIMSELF up, and the assasination attempt by Malati and Hrist would have been a short attempt indeed.

Not that it was a long one as it were. >_<
Tokyo Rose 14th Aug 2015, 3:07 PM edit delete reply


Arianna left Maxus's suite more than ten minutes before 0400. He had no idea that there was about to be any riots, explosions, assassinations, etc, and so there was no reason to kit her out.

(And since there wasn't any reason to hurry, Arianna took her time heading for the guest suite. When shit started happening, she picked up speed, and that's why she's meeting them now.)
Timotheus 14th Aug 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

Oh, I figured all of the above. My comment was more of an observational one that if she WAS armed it would be logical.
plymayer 13th Aug 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
cattservant 13th Aug 2015, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

Hope she's wearing sensible shoes.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply

She knows how to run in high heels?
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

Shes wearing 6 inch heeled boots. they couldn't be even classed as sensible.. and she does actually know how to move very quickly wearing them.
Pirtnac 14th Aug 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
If you've got to be a slave, it might as well be to fashion!
Mark_L_A 14th Aug 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

I guess she wanted to be tall enough to look Democlus in the eyes.
Mark_L_A 13th Aug 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

And Democlus shows why he was promoted. Instant decision protect the primary and as many secondaries as necessary and get the OUT of the line of fire as quickly as possible.

I just hope he doesn't pay for his dedication with his life. I really hope he and Arianna can get their happy ending.

Also I think Nox will have something to give her pause now. Remember she is to remove Aantha and Lynn and leave no witnesses. However Democlus' Armor, weapons and skills will force her to take a more measured approach unless she wants to just blast him and Arianna at the outset. And his armor probably would allow him to survive long enough to possibly inflict crippling or disabling damage on her before he goes down.

So this throws a monkey wrench in the plans.
HiFranc 13th Aug 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply

Don't forget what Hrist said about Nox -- her orders are to keep Acantha and Lynn alive. She hates humans so much that she would willingly blast anybody else away. In short, she makes TeeDee (whilst she was still suffering from reload trauma) look restrained.
Tokyo Rose 14th Aug 2015, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Nox's orders are to take Lynn and Acantha alive. Anybody else is collateral damage. Nox LOVES collateral damage.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:28 AM edit delete reply

Alas, Democlus is in a fancy redshirt suit ... his death shall be spectacular.
HiFranc 14th Aug 2015, 12:30 PM edit delete reply

Horrible thought: It sounds like Nox and Decimus are made for one another.
Tokyo Rose 14th Aug 2015, 3:10 PM edit delete reply


Normally one might agree, but Nox is the one who counts Decimus's heartbeats; she hates humans with a holy passion, but she reserves her greatest loathing for Decimus himself. She IS the one that usually gets sent when you absolutely, positively have to kill everybody in the room, though--men, women, children, the elderly, the sick, everybody.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

yeah this is where Democelus takes a level in bassass.
Just_IDD 14th Aug 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Bassass? sounds fishy to me.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

oh for.. sheeesh .. stupid fingers... gah.. i meant to say "Bad-Ass" *eyeroll* :D
Lukkai 14th Aug 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

Bassass sounds mightily cool though. We need opportunities to use it!
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 8:36 PM edit delete reply

... bassass ?
Draginbeard 13th Aug 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Awww everyone is so paranoid over the prince and his - ahem - mood disorders, when really he just wants to be loved. I promise, if everyone would just submit to his will, they would all receive his love in return. Even if it kills them.
Stormwind13 14th Aug 2015, 5:35 AM edit delete reply

Just because we are paranoid DOESN'T mean Douchimus isn't out to get us!
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, if people could just be his slaves, everything would be great forever!

Nothing like a bit of honesty to lighten the mood. :D
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

Prince : LOVE ME !!

Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 2:29 PM edit delete reply

Aw, your image doesn't appear.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply

There.. different one :D
Pirtnac 14th Aug 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Oh god. The price is Fluttershy as taken over by Nightmare Moon.

It all makes sense!
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

doesnt it ? :D
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 8:37 PM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha ... ok, that is hilarious. :D
mjkj 14th Aug 2015, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Hmm, how did she find them so fast? I hope Dolly and CeCi will find them before Nox...

*lol* @alt text :D

Stormwind13 14th Aug 2015, 5:33 AM edit delete reply

I think that Arianna just ran into them, mjkj. Probably because her path from Maxus' suite to Acantha's suite intersect quite a bit. Acantha wants to get into the bowels of the palace and Maxus' suite seems to be most of the way downstairs. At least judging from the safe room he put Irene in.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

They have to take a path that happened to cross Arianna's ..
Haegan2005 14th Aug 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply

I thought that Dolly was tracking Lynn?
Lukkai 14th Aug 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

That too.
DLKmusic 14th Aug 2015, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

I'm hiding in the background. I plan on shooting down any vultures that get too close.

Please tell me these aren't mutant ninja vultures?
Stormwind13 14th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

No mutant vultures, DLK. The murderturd ate them. ::pointing to the beast lurking behind him::
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

*sits prettily behind DLKmusic*
*wags her tail*

Monster? What monster? There's no monster *here* ! :D
Haegan2005 14th Aug 2015, 5:26 PM edit delete reply


That was scary cute. REALLY scary Cute.

Like in Adorable Sheela Cute.

I had my slippers here just a moment ago?
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 8:41 PM edit delete reply

*looks adorably innocent*

By the way, did you know that murderturd tastes bad?
*licks mouth* It's almost like I provide a service here.
Haegan2005 14th Aug 2015, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, it is like eating the cake so that no one else has to suffer horrifically from eating it...

Say, is that my A1 Sauce? It seems to go well with everything...
Sheela 17th Aug 2015, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

It went great with the cake .. and the murderturd. :)
Haegan2005 17th Aug 2015, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

Cperka 14th Aug 2015, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

Hehe, people gunning for Drekhead... Little does she know, eh?
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

yep .. just wait!
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

While it sort of makes sense, she should also come to the conclusion that anyone gunning for Drekhead, is quite likely to be people from New Troy, and thus interested in Lynn as well.

Still, that just means getting the hell out of dodge even more important - They might not be willing to talk first, and shoot later.
anonymous coward 16th Aug 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Is that really so likely? New Troy hasn't exactly been strongly involved in Nova Roma politics in a while (except the events of this comic) it seems.
Lukkai 14th Aug 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Well, she's at least partly right.
Matt Knab 14th Aug 2015, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

Getting out of dodge sounds like a great idea right now...
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

So very very much a good Idea!
Johninaustin 14th Aug 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
I HATE not being able to see updates daily.( I go offshore a lot) You ladies are pushing along pretty fast these days.

Just a thought, have ya'll considered a "Queen Acantha" story line after this one concludes? I'm really starting to like her character.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

Hrm, queen, huh ?

How about, Queen TeeDee?
I think it has a nice ring to it. :)
Stormwind13 14th Aug 2015, 7:57 AM edit delete reply

She has to survive this mess first, Sheela. Not a given with the EVIL duo running things!

For that matter, Acantha's survival is NOT assured with CentComm and Rose in charge! :-P
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

Well after this week updates go back to normal.. unless we cross another milestone.
Sheela 14th Aug 2015, 2:30 PM edit delete reply

We're still in a pretty good webcomic list ranking btw .,.. it's nice seeing it at rank 12 for so long. :)
Centcomm 14th Aug 2015, 2:47 PM edit delete reply

yepppers ! I can deal with 12 :D
Haegan2005 14th Aug 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

Keeping Voting guys!
Timotheus 15th Aug 2015, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

I'm voting! I'm voting! In between Japanese schoolgirls driving tanks and fighting zombie outbreaks and the Japanese Self Defense Force invading a fantasy realm to slay dragons and rescue cat girls. (I watch a lot of Crunchyroll)
Sheela 17th Aug 2015, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

JSDF invading a fantasy realm?

... the heck?
Lukkai 14th Aug 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Let's just hope there isn't a maximum allowed party size. Or that it's high enough. I wouldn't like to have to boot anyone from this group.
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