Comic 1238 - Priorities

13th Sep 2015, 9:00 PM
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Mark_L_A 13th Sep 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

No it was YOUR PLAN you idiot.

If it fails it is because YOU failed to take all the factors into account.
DLKmusic 13th Sep 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

You don't understand, Mark....

Decimus: "This WOULD have worked perfectly if you had FOLLOWED MY ORDERS, you incompetent fool."

I've worked for people like that, and watched their business go down the drain. I am keeping a small collection handy, that will be used to buy a bottle of Champaign when this guy finally gets his!

If the Girls keep dragging it out, I may be able to buy Dom Perignon!
Rms2000 14th Sep 2015, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Yeah. See, the problem with these guys is that they want to push responsibility onto other people. Responsibility doesn't work that way, though. If the failure of a plan was always supposed to be the fault of the person who proposed it, nobody would ever be able to propose new ideas, and politicians could gain large amounts of wealth by following the plans of 3 year olds who don't understand consequence. Responsibility should rest with those who have the most power and knowledge to stop the plan. Someone without power to stop a bad plan should bring the faults to the attention of someone who can, or they will be partly responsible. Someone with the power to stop the plan is responsible if they are aware of the plan's faults and fail to stop it. Ultimate responsibility always rests with whoever ordered the plan. The most important thing about responsibility is that it is not a binary attribute. one person being responsible does not mean that someone else can't be responsible, too. If a Captain gives an order and his Lieutenant knows it will turn out badly but doesn't report as much, both are responsible, though the Captain is more responsible, since he had more power.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
In my professional capacity I speak to many, many different rich people and managers who act like that. *headdesk*
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Oh he would never see that its HIS fault.

AtDLK we arent trying to drag it out. just telling the story :D
DLKmusic 14th Sep 2015, 12:58 AM edit delete reply

I know, Cent, the Dom Perignon crack was a joke... The story has been worth the wait from day 1.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:00 AM edit delete reply

His nose is SO BIG .. erhh, GRANDIOSE, that he cannot see past it!
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

xpacetrue 13th Sep 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

Prince of the Douchebags sure seems to be losing his cool. I guess losing control of the situation does that to him. That, and he's probably piss'n himself over whether or not his plan to eliminate Maxus will backfire on him.

Question: Why is that guard wearing RED? Is he one of Decimus' loyal lapdogs? Then why is he in red (like Maxus' soldiers) instead of Decimus' blue?
Fairportfan 13th Sep 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Can't lose what you never had.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Why do you think hes so angry ..he knows MAxus WILL be looking for him.

as for why the guy is wearing Gold and red .. you will see :D
Cperka 14th Sep 2015, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
He looks like a Space Marine :D
cattservant 14th Sep 2015, 6:19 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

If someone is attacking you, you get the BEST bodyguard, not the most rabid one.

And Kali + gold star soldiers, *is* the very best he can get.
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

"...And Kali + gold star soldiers, *is* the very best he can get."

Probably. And Kali is very scary, for reasons. But, come to think of it, we've barely seen Kali in combat... right?

There was that one soldier who back-talked to Kali after leaving his post who Kali made an example of. (Kali gave him a chop to the throat, as I recall.) But I think that's it...
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

She is not the best among the cassians, but she still damn dangerous.

Malati could have killed her, with some effort.
But a regular human could not. Also, she is *smart*, loyal and she can be utterly ruthless.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

Thats true.
Dragonrider 13th Sep 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

Nothing like a bit of Douchebagginess to provide comic relief. Maxus head on a Silver Platter? By all the odd gods of the galaxy this idiot hasen't listened when he was told the Palace is under siege.
@xpacetrue, I strongly feel that is the head of Maxus being brought on his living, well armed and armoured torso. Fueled by somewhere around 17 plus years of " I've had enough of your Krap your Ex-Higness I claim the throne as Regent for and acting under orders from Princess Acantha Lydia Livus rightful Ruler of Nova Roma. By those orders Kali Stand Down from Guardian of Decimus Aquila Livius and recall the team dispatched to retrieve The Queen and Miss Taylor.

At least I hope that is what happens.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:43 AM edit delete reply

Sadly max cant give Kali orders.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

And why only a silver platter, surely the prince is worthy of a Golden platter !
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Because twenty-four karat gold is a really soft and ductile metal. A gold platter made of that would deform and possibly even fall apart under the weight of a human head if it weren't so thick it was too heavy to carry. They also wouldn't use gold that isn't 24-karat because then they'd be using gold which isn't 24-karat, which is adulterated gold for peasants.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

Now you go and bring LOGIC into the discussion again!
Decimus is hearing your words, but he's not seeing a Golden Platter, is he now?
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 2:02 PM edit delete reply

drekhead: "golden? GOLDEN?!? How dare you imply that even gold is good enough for my royal personage! I demand his head be brought on a platter made from pure platinum encrusted with natural diamonds!"
Guest 14th Sep 2015, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
You're right. I should have suggested a tray surfaced in cloned Decimus leather, reasoning that since he is obviously the most important and valuable person ever that a tray surfaced with his skin would be the apotheosis.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

Hrm .. well, that went dark pretty quickly.
Lukkai 14th Sep 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply

Also eww...
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

Eww is right...
jamie59 13th Sep 2015, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Kali the douchebag has it's priorities even though they will be his downfall.
Mark_L_A 13th Sep 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

And notice the guard is one of Maxus' SPECIAL Gold Star Troops with the gold trim on his armor.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Well duh, accept only the best, when you need a bodyguard.

No way THAT can go wrong, when Maxus comes calling for retribution. >_<
Hornet 14th Sep 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Wait why hasn't that Red Lobster blasted the the Princeling yet? Seriously Kali's distracted with conversation the prince is distracted with conversation and it would only take a few millimeters of movement and grams of pressure to finish this job.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Because Kali is right there and against all reason she'd be required to react to that threat against the ruling family of Nova Roma more than she's allowed to react to the comparable threat from the ruling family itself.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

Plus, until MAxus says otherwise, he has been charged with protecting the Douchebag.

And he is a professional.
Many guards have done so, over the ages, even though they hated their charge.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 2:04 PM edit delete reply

There's an even better reason, guys. The contingencies.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Do the contingencies continue to matter when Nova Roma's being defeated in a hostile invasion? It might be that their best bet is to serve Decimus' head on a platter and ask for disaster relief. (Okay, they are not actually being invaded by outside forces, but that's a seductive false hope isn't it?)
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:08 PM edit delete reply

The contingencies should still work even if drekhead is dead.

Or, should I say, in PARTICULAR, if he dies.
I suspect he likes the ground scorched, if he cannot have it.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

Agreed, Sheela. I'm fairly certain that the contingencies are such that if they're triggered, even a murder-turd wouldn't want what's left.
XRzer04 13th Sep 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Sigh... People (and apparently robots) just don't TRY hard enough. That's why you have to shout at them. Everybody knows all real accomplishments have somewhere in their mix some asshole going apeshit on a bunch of "little people"...
This man's end will have to be truly be special.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Why? The only thing special about him is how much more authority he's misappropriated than he's competent to discharge, which is itself a depressingly common occurrence in human relations. The true problem is authoritarian hierarchy, which tends to perversely reward people for acting against the interests of the group they exert authoritarian hierarchy over.
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 11:45 PM edit delete reply

anonymous coward wrote:
" The true problem is authoritarian hierarchy, which tends to perversely reward people for acting against the interests of the group they exert authoritarian hierarchy over. "

The true problem is that those with an impairment in ethics are more likely than the average Joe or Jane to seek positions of authority (for selfish reasons). And, without moral qualms, it is far easier for them to obtain and maintain such positions.

Also, I'm reminded of this quote by the Dalai Lama:
"Politicians need religion even more than a hermit in retreat. If a hermit acts out of bad motivation, he harms no one but himself. But if someone who can directly influence the whole of society acts with bad motivation, then a great number of people will be adversely affected."
anonymous coward 15th Sep 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
I assume that for the foreseeable future something close to 10% of the human population is suffering from one of the Cluster B type personality disorders, because that seems to be about what it has been. We don't know if these will become curable conditions either. Assuming we do have such people around we should address the clichéd problem that they gain power and abuse it. What are we gonna do, sew a scarlet letter "A" onto all their clothes?
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

Feed them to murderturds, I think.
DizzasterJuice 13th Sep 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply

It's a good thing that murder-turds hate everything, including other murder-turds, or else we would be over run with murder-turds.
And I really like saying "murder-turds".
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

They are there own population control.
Just_IDD 14th Sep 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Where do more Murder-Turds come from if that is the case? or is it more of a Preying Mantis approach? Sex organs in the mouth? Brings whole new levels of meaning to "Bite me!"
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

It would not surprise me if female murder-turds share the habit of the praying mantis in eating their mate, either during or immediately after. Or do they reproduce without a mate?
Tokyo Rose 16th Sep 2015, 1:21 AM edit delete reply

Scythe lizards, colloquially known as "murder turds", do indeed reproduce sexually. Females claim territories, while males roam around waiting for the one time a year that it's possible to get romantic. The pair build a nest, wherein the female lays ten to fifteen eggs, and the parents take turns guarding the nest and incubating the eggs. A few days before the eggs hatch, the male departs, provided he's quick enough to notice the female's sudden increase in aggressive behavior. If he's not quick enough, he usually winds up being the hatchlings' first meal. The hatchlings fight among themselves until there are only a few survivors out of a given clutch. The more food that the mother drags back for them, the more likely it is that a greater number of hatchlings will grow strong enough to survive. After about six months, the young are able to survive on their own and depart the nest. Females who are blood-related are marginally more tolerant of each other and often stake out adjoining territories.
chk 14th Sep 2015, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

That one made me laugh out loud. Murder-turd, murder-turd. Yeah, that is fun to say.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 2:06 PM edit delete reply

o/' how much is that murder-turd in the window? The one with the slavering jaws o/'
chk 14th Sep 2015, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

Nyuk, nyuk.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

Q : How many murderurds does it take to change a lightbulb?

A : Wait, what ? you were not supposed to eat it?
The Old Scribe 13th Sep 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Pfffft. Typical dictator, it's always someone else's fault when things go south. His palace is being invaded and he's worried about the women. Of course, he has too much confidence in his defenses without realizing they've never been tested against attackers like these. I'm having trouble thinking of a suitable death for this asswipe, but I'm sure I'll come up with one.
Dragonrider 13th Sep 2015, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

Howabout these options:
A. Impalement on the top of the Black Palace.
B. Exile with no supplies in the wastelands.
C. My favorite make him a permanent "guest" of Aeneas living in the room Lynn uses and fed from supplies salvaged from the wrecked stores.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 12:23 AM edit delete reply

All those ends are too good for him, Dragonrider
sigpig 14th Sep 2015, 11:16 AM edit delete reply

I agree. He needs to be taken out by an anonymous bullet ricochet or piece of shrapnel. Nothing like a "noble, glorious, or dramatic" death for Prince Douche-Bag.
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

If those punishments are too good for him, how about using a Soul Toaster on him (ala, Merceneiress webcomic)? It would digitize his brain while vaporizing his body. Then they'd download his brain into a robot body and tweak his mind to be a servant. There are other applications, though. Merceneiress had one (later, two) as an AI to control her ship. A century or so of servitude might make him humble. Probably Douchey's worst nightmare.

Actually, I find the whole concept quite distasteful. Though, the Merceneiress treated hers nice and the AI's (plural) didn't seem too bothered by their new existence.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

hehe im glad hes so hated "D
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

I don't think it's possibly to impale a human on a WHOLE PALACE.

But I think it's worth trying it out, regardless. :)
Dragonrider 14th Sep 2015, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Surprising what a Little creativity by palace slaves and former "attendants" can a complish Sheela.
Hornet 14th Sep 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
I've always been partial to the idea of reducing ones physical capabilities to that of Steven Hawking maybe add in a bit of constant yet varied nerve pain. while leaving the brain unaffected.
Guest 14th Sep 2015, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
How about impalement on a bamboo shoot.
Hornet 14th Sep 2015, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Stake him on his back over a Fire ants nest. Then add one starving rat to subjects belly. Cover Rat with metal bucket, apply blow torch. Wait til trainee passes out. Allow week of recovery. Rinse with fetid water and repeat.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:11 PM edit delete reply


Centcomm, your commenteers are getting bloodthirsty again.
Hornet 15th Sep 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Hey at least I'm leaving him alive, course whether that's a mercy or not is yet to be decided. :P
Lukkai 14th Sep 2015, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

On the matter of having confidence in the defenses of the palace, we should not forget that he himself has actually sabotaged those. And thanks to the communication network failure by Silver's hands quite thoroughly so.
Rashala 13th Sep 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply

How did he survive Childhood?
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

it got far worse in the last few years sense he took over.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

One word ... Hormones.

They often trigger mental illnesses, such as megalomania.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
Lots of others too, schizophrenia being one of the more popularly and clinically recognized ones. You'd think that this far in the future maybe they'd have made some advancements in mental health to treat a case of megalomania/narcissism this obvious and dangerous. Maybe there's Nova Roma legislation involved requiring the Imperator to be a baseline human with no mind-altering technologies implemented in them. Honestly, with this case even thorazine would be an improvement though.
Mark_L_A 14th Sep 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

Let us not forget that Decimus is a man with appetites.

We don't know that some of his appetites may have side effects that damage areas of the brain that are necessary for rational thought and behavior.

I'm of a mind of a certain political leader whose more and more strange and deviant behavior was postulated to be from an untreated STD.

anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
That's a pretty uncommon Syphilis complication if I understand your implication correctly. Dunno if that's beyond possibility, you'd think that if Nova Roma health policy was any good they'd could have gotten rid of syphilis in the population.
Mark_L_A 14th Sep 2015, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

Not as uncommon as you think. Also, we have to remember, this is thousands of years into the future. We do not know just how virii and bacterium have been mutated for weaponological means. There could be a recessive DNA string that was altered in the past through biological weapons that may have become dominant in Decimus. Remember, Acantha is his HALF sister. His father and mother both could have had the damaged recessive gene that due to his grandfather destroying Aeneas links could have been found and treated (Gene Cleansing). That however is an unknowable at this time. It would probably only be found at his autopsy if one is done and by a competent medical establishment (Luna, New Troy or New Sparta)

As for the Syphilis complication, During World War I, over 200,000 German/Austro-Hungarian troops had contracted various STD's through the German Army's own authorized Brothels. Officers had their own brothels separate from the common enlisted. And you know who was a simple Corporal.

I cannot find the article currently, but researchers in the UK examined one of the handkerchiefs that he used after the bombing on July 20, and they found what they believed were traces of Syphilis in the blood. However they could not verify that the sample was not contaminated.

His hatred of some of the world best physicians at the time because of their religion might have been what caused symptoms to have been overlooked. Although according to several of his ministers he had some of the advanced symptoms such as palsy and migraines.
Lukkai 14th Sep 2015, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

I you're talking the guy I think you're talking, he wasn't even a Corporal. Also known to not be interested in brothel visits. But then he already showed disturbing signs at the time of the war anyway. Although at that point only really in his journals.
Mark_L_A 14th Sep 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

You're correct he was a Lance Corporal, basically a Private First Class.

And I'm not saying he DID cat around but he was known to have received at least one blood transfusion. after being wounded by artillery fire in 1916.

sigpig 15th Sep 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

It could be as simple as him eating some bad meat, and contracting Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease: which is what MAY - I say again MAY happen when you eat cattle that have been infected by the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease).
CptKerion 15th Sep 2015, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
the other problem with this certain individual is that he is likely to have been recieving an obscene amount of amphetamines each day. Like, an amount that may kill a person without a tolerance.
I wish I could find that article about it...
Mark_L_A 15th Sep 2015, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

There is still one thing that would put all of this to the wayside.

He could simply be bug nuts crazy.
Stormwind13 15th Sep 2015, 1:42 PM edit delete reply

Well here is an article talking about the drug problem in Nazi Germany, CptK. Drug Policy Of Nazi Germany. And the list under the his "doctor's" information is pretty telling on what his state of mind might have been.
Thundarl 13th Sep 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Hopefully Dolly and CeCi or the other crew will remedy the problem.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

Well to be truthful Dolly does not know all the things thats been going on shes more concerned with bringing Lynn home.
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

My guess is that Dolly doesn't give a rats fart, about Douchebag.

As long as he doesn't get in the way of getting Lynn to safety, she simply don't care.
And if he does .. well .. he can have a BIIIG hug from CeCi.
Stormwind13 14th Sep 2015, 2:09 PM edit delete reply

Actually as the instigator of Lynn's kidnapping, Sheela, Douchimus put himself FIRMLY on Dolly's sh!t list. =O

On page "A Mother's Worst Fear" - (11 May 2007 - Remastered) in the last panel, Dolly thinks to herself, "If someone has harmed her or taken her... I will make them pay. There's no hole deep enough to hide them from me..."

Also on page "I deal with things" - (14 February 2013) in the first panel Dolly is thinking, "Hell, this whole thing should have been simple. Rescue Lynn, kill the person behind this, take out anybody who gets in the way, bring Lynn home."

So I think Dolly DOES care about Douchimus, Sheela. I wouldn't want to be him. Being on Dolly's sh!t list is NOT healthy.
Lukkai 14th Sep 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

True, Stormwind. But Dolly also has her priorities set quite clearly. And Lynn's safety and well-being is way further up than bringing the person responsible for her kidnapping to justice. The latter might have to wait or be canceled, depending on circumstances.
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

Alternatively, she could always come back another day.

For now, Decimus is about as important to Dolly, as a maggot.
And about as attractive, too.
Tango Xray Actual 14th Sep 2015, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Priorities, priorities, priorities....
Guest 14th Sep 2015, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh my! A rant in style! Douche bag style, but still!

This guy is so far gone he is threatening one of the few reasons why he is still in power! Which is rather natural progression I'm afraid.

good job ladies!
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:11 AM edit delete reply

You would be surprised at how often that actually happens, when it comes to megalomaniacs.

In real life, even.
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
*grumbles in perpetually-irritated agreement*
Haegan2005 14th Sep 2015, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

oops, i did not realize i was not logged in
Greenwood Goat 14th Sep 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Will Deck later utter the immortal line...?

Decimus: Kali, DO SOMETHING!

Kali: *shee hee hee hee* +I can't answer you because my vocal equipment has been destroyed, as have my arms and legs.+

Decimus: *shoots her himself*

Kali: *razznfrazznrazzn...* +That was pointless.+

Decimus: AAAAAAA! They've shot me in the hand! Kali! Hold them off! Bite their ankles! Bleed on them! Anything!

Kali: +I would refer you to my previous answer. I can't even say "NI" to them.+

Maxus: Salve, Deck! It's a pleasure to join with your enemies and aid in your destruction. Now, I've never actually tried this before, but I've a mind to break literally every bone in your body, including the ossicles in your ears.

Dr. Silver: You remembered the ossicles! I shouldn't really allow this delay, but this will be worth seeing.

Maxus: Let's start with the jawbone, and the hyoid bone... *crunch* *squrrip!*


Kali: +My Imperator is about to die a gruesome death, and I can't lift a finger to stop it. This is... perversely gratifying. And most people don't even know about the hyoid bone...+

Teedee: Wait...! Wait...! *enters at a run* WAIT! Aaaaagh, you started without me! Well, I'm not sharing any of this with any of you! *sits down next to Kali, shoves a handful of popcorn into Kali's mouth*

Kali: *munches* +Jaw still works. Taste sense at 34%. Buttered. Perfect!+

Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:13 AM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ... good one, Greenwood. :)
Mark_L_A 14th Sep 2015, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

You have some competition now Sheela.
chk 14th Sep 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply

Yay. Deckface is back on the scene, and is his usual logical, straight thinking self.
Stormwind13 14th Sep 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Watch it chk! That level of sarcasm could collapse in upon itself and form a point singularity! =0
anonymous coward 14th Sep 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Do you mean to say that you have less than the utmost respect for the sagacity, levelheadedness and clearsighted-pragmatism of Imperator Decimus?
chk 14th Sep 2015, 9:57 AM edit delete reply

Good point Stormwind. I had not considered the possible astronomic ramifications of such a statement.

Perhaps referring to Deckhead as selfish, egocentric, moronic idiot with the mind of a spoiled child and the power of a murder-turd (heh, murder-turd) could help balance the cosmos.
Lukkai 14th Sep 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Well, the mental density he's showing here is approaching singularity level quality.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

Nah, that comment's nearly as dangerous due to the level of understatement, chk:D
chk 15th Sep 2015, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

CptKerion 14th Sep 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
I find it interesting sitting here and trying to determine what would have happened if Decimus had been genre savvy... and then sorta hit the point where the story kicked off and went "oh" and realized we'd have no story because kidnapping Lynn serves little to no purpose but to draw the ire of incredibly powerful foes.

He's nuts and acts without thinking. He assumes he will be victorious without preparing a fallback. He was utterly unprepared for an attack. He did not maintain firm control of his people through a variety of means (redundant systems. He was in the position to be loved AND feared and just chose REALLY feared... until his weakness was exposed).
You know how I constantly go on about redundant systems? THAT! Right there. That is how he could have survived this mess.

I honestly want to write a treatise on how I would've organized this shit were I Decimus (seeing as how his leadership competence level is somewhere between "sippie cup" and "toaster" I feel that my leadership level of "mildly above refrigerator" qualifies me to speak on the matter. Basically to say I may be incompetent but I am not actively BAD at it) but I have class relatively soon.
A short summary of what I would've done
Instead of Bluebs, make something like the Janissary Corps.
Instead of... well frankly that armor that has done none of them any good, I would've used powered assault armor (if all else fails, WAY bigger power supply can be mounted for the shields) and then used redundant shielding measures (instead of one kind, use two noninterfering kinds).
I would go into details about the exact design of said suits, but I lack the time and... well, a 5 page treatise on power armor isn't something most people want to read.

I would have rendered the Cassians, those who I have near absolute control over, as a figure of public wonder. Make them heroes, and make it abundantly clear they serve me. Perhaps used some of the most friendly ones in a sort of "officer friendly" esque program.
Thusly I have created what amount to superheroes.
Thus they love me and them, but also have them make a thorough example of any who rebel, or for that matter common criminals. That way those who do not obey fear them as well.

The janissaries when not active in military exercises I would task with public works projects, making sure they were seen and visible.

Those two measures will make anyone who rebels the badguys and kill most public support for them. Thusly when the rebels act openly, I'm probably able to get constant tabs on their positions.

I would also have some god damn anti-murder turd measures scattered about, because if one little one was bad, dear god what about a herd of females...

... and this is the short version and still a wall of text.
And I omitted most of my measures.

And assuming I actually captured Lynn (which I really wouldn't). What I would have done would be let the gutter deliver her to me, however I would've instructed the gutter to keep her hidden for at least a week. Then when the gutter delivers her I would have them both brought before me, heard the situation, then drawn my sidearm and ventilated the gutter. At that time I would treat Lynn as an honored guest in my house while I contacted New Troy to inform them that I have her and would like to see her safely returned. I would then send her back with an escort of my most elite men. This would generate an incredibly degree of good will because "hey, the people we thought might be monsters are valiant heroes who have returned our missing child"
Then I would use this opportunity to ingratiate myself with the Taylor family and then proceed with Decimus's plan of cementing an alliance between the houses.
Of course, I couldn't REALLY do that because my conscience would never let me keep up such a deception, but were I a soulless villain without said conscience that what I would have done.
sigpig 14th Sep 2015, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

Cool, but that would have made for a VERY short and incredibly boring comic... lol
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

" ...and realized we'd have no story because kidnapping Lynn serves little to no purpose but to draw the ire of incredibly powerful foes... "

Kidnapping Lynn could have dire consequences - not just for New Troy, but the entire North American continent (if not the whole planet and the entire human race).

Cent-Comm told Cella and Major Ramesy that if the chances to extract Lynn are not good - if it looks like they'd fail - that they are instructed to KILL Lynn as a last resort. Consider all the effort and resources to bring Lynn home... only to end up killing her? That's because Cent can not risk having Lynn remain in Decimus' hands.

As Cent revealed to Cella and Major Ramesy, Decimus does not realize what he already has. Decimus is trying to use Lynn as a bargaining chip to get access to New Troy's military tech, if not their massive stockpiles of weapons and war bots. But Deck doesn't realize Lynn could be used to override Cent-Comm herself.

If it wasn't for the risks Lynn poses to New Troy (and civilization), Cent would not have even tried to rescue her. As much as Cent cares about Calliope and the Taylor family, it would not be worth the risks and potential loss of life.

But, yeah, using Lynn as a 'bargaining chip' with New Troy - hoping to use her to gain access to their military technology and war bots - was a pretty stupid idea. It was based on the assumption that Calliope Taylor was the leader of New Troy who could make this happen.

Granted, Decimus is a fool. Perhaps this mistake could - to some small degree - be the fault of bad intel. But his misogynist views had him believe that, as a woman, Calliope would be weak-willed and quickly agree to a political marriage, particularly with Lynn at his mercy.

This explains why Deck blew his top after Calliope deftly won that verbal sparring match. Things were not going according to his plan at all.

" I would have rendered the Cassians, those who I have near absolute control over, as a figure of public wonder. Make them heroes, and make it abundantly clear they serve me... "

It's already abundantly clear to the public that the Cassians are loyal to Prince Douche and only him. And the Cassians can and do act for the public good, such as the mission where they eliminated the terrorists who held a teacher captive and were setting up explosives for Decimus' visit to the school. That said, I can't recall whether those events are public knowledge or if they kept it under wraps. Regardless, it's pretty clear that was self-serving.

It's IMPOSSIBLE to have the Cassians as heroes to Nova Romans, no matter how hard they tried. That's because most Nova Romans hate and distrust androids. Moreover, their androids are created to be slaves. Also, the citizens are AFRAID of Cassians as Deck's robo-enforcers, just like they're afraid of Decimus himself.

The only way the citizens would not fear Decimus is if he lead his people with wisdom and behaved rationally. But, if that was the case, Deck would have little reason to fear his own people.
CptKerion 14th Sep 2015, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
To your first point. Even if he knew that a particularly sane person would swiftly realize that to do so would render the entire area glassed as a precautionary measure if all efforts otherwise failed, and of course I have little to no doubt that Centcomm has multiple means of foiling such plans, though many likely have considerable collateral.

To the second, I forget which page but it was acknowledged loosely on the page and further evaluated by centcomm that the Cassians weren't always the boogeymen they now are. Under the previous ruler they weren't seen as being nearly so, for lack of a better term, monstrous. Use certain attitudes, publicize that they put down these terrorists here, those drug runners there, and various other examples of scum of the human race.
When you have state controlled media you can spin things however you desire. Key is to spin them as a force of justice to the public, using all kinds of propaganda.
You'll not fool the intellectuals in the community, no way in hell. But let's face it, look around you in the world, to Russia, to Germany, to the United States of America. Intellectuals are outspoken and ignored by the majority of the populace.
and that last point there is EXACTLY what would have been wisest for him to do. The scariest villain isn't one that is hated and feared. The scariest villain is one the people love.
Look to history for the most fearful examples of this. (Tamerlane, various Sultans, many leaders of people's rebellions, Adolf Hitler, and disturbingly in some communities we can see it happening with ISIS even now)

Of course, were he genre savvy and... well, sane he would've been like "There are WAY better methods of doing this than holding her daughter ransom..."
But since he does have the leadership ability of a cabbage and the sanity of well, I honestly don't have a level for it, it is beyond him.
xpacetrue 14th Sep 2015, 8:55 PM edit delete reply

" was acknowledged...[snip] and further evaluated...[snip] the Cassians weren't always the boogeymen they now are. "

Cassians may not have had quite the same repuation they do now. Indeed, Kali used to be quite different.

Yes, things went downhill after Decimus. However, even back in Acantha's grandfather's day, I doubt Cassians were what I would call popular. Androids are androids (i.e., "puppets" to Nova Romans). Spies for the crown are spies for the crown. And propaganda can only do so much.

My points still stand:

a) Kidnapping Lynn may have been a stupid, especially without proper contingencies and planning. But she is important enough that it has certain advantages (and risks). Decimus might have even got what he wanted, had he realized certain things. Regardless, kidnapping Lynn easily serves a purpose. And it makes for a good story that should practically write itself.

b) I doubt even Acantha's father or grandfather could turn the Cassians into "heroes" as such. For one: If anyone were to get any praise it would be the leader(s) who control them. For another: They're like a Gestapo - like state police who spy on everyone and who could kill anyone they're told to kill.

" ...publicize that they put down these terrorists here, those drug runners there, and various other examples of scum of the human race.
When you have state controlled media you can spin things however you desire. Key is to spin them as a force of justice to the public, using all kinds of propaganda. "

Propaganda is a powerful thing. Control of information means you can put the blame on others, hide unpopular facts, and paint yourself and your allies in a rosey color. Propaganda has done wonders for certain dictators. They can even rewrite history. And it's being used today, even by some of the most powerful and populous nations.

But... putting down terrorists here, busting up drug rings there, hunting down murderers... Those are things that are =EXPECTED= of one's police forces, to say nothing of government leaders. Being competent at your job does not automatically make one a hero. It's not often that even police officers or soldiers get a medal or official recognition as "heroes", even though they often deserve it.

Anyway, all it takes is one mistake, one misspoken word, one itchy trigger finger, one dirty cop, one bigot in a position of authority, or one scandal of any sort to ruin the reputation of an entire group. Overnight, years of good work and/or propaganda could be ruined.

" ...look around you in the world, to Russia, to Germany, to the United States of America. Intellectuals are outspoken and ignored by the majority of the populace. "

What I find scary are polls asking questions like:

* Should all citizens be automatically registered to vote at age 18?
* Should participation in elections be mandatory?

Apparently, the majority clearly favors both! Do you know how many kids these days don't even know the names of states, let alone the names of their own state or federal leaders? Do we really want everyone to be forced into participating in elections when many have zero interest in politics and don't have the first clue about the people involved or the issues they're voting on? If they want to vote, that's fine. But even if they don't want to? [Shudders!]

" The scariest villain isn't one that is hated and feared. The scariest villain is one the people love. "

Indeed. This is very true.
sigpig 15th Sep 2015, 8:27 AM edit delete reply

I agree with the majority of your post, except your views about registering to vote. I, for one, see absolutely NO harm in registering to vote, because I can then exercise my right to vote or not. However, I DO draw the line on mandatory voting.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply

You forgot the Prince of Wallachia there, Cpt. Vlad III, aka Vlad Tepes Dracula. Of course, his own subjects considered him 'harsh yet fair' (other than the aristocrats that wanted the status and power he stripped from them) and his reputation for impaling came largely from his treatment of the bodies of Turkish invading armies...and was mostly propaganda distributed primarily in Western Europe. In Eastern Europe he was considered a hero.
CptKerion 14th Sep 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
I would very much like to second that point about voting. It is important to be able to exercise one's right to NOT vote almost as much as it is to exercise the right to vote.

Anyhow, speaking as an American. Someone can do their job and put down a terrorist or leader of a drug ring. It doesn't matter who they are or what they did, they're abruptly a hero. Unquestioningly too. Many deserve that, but sometimes... well, sometimes we don't look at the consequences past it.

Speaking as a college student, I often find that I am in the midst of discussions that, if I didn't know much of what I do, I would go "great idea!" and instead go "this is the rot of our nation, slow, insidious, and yet to the ignorant it is beautiful"

Also, Vlad the Impaler! Completely forgot him.
xpacetrue 15th Sep 2015, 1:13 AM edit delete reply

" Speaking as a college student... "

I think there's something about college that tends to make students look at the world a bit differently.

Speaking of ignorance and ignorant ideas, here's a few quotes I like:

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd." - Bertrand Russell

"The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom." - François-Marie Arouet

"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge." - Elbert Hubbard

"Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it." - Publilius Syrus
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 7:03 PM edit delete reply

Curiously, the dark underground agent, can indeed become a public leader quite successfully ... just look at Vladimir Putin.
KarToon12 14th Sep 2015, 11:34 AM edit delete reply

Judge Dredd in the background there could just shoot him in the head while he's distracted. >:)
Stormwind13 14th Sep 2015, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

If not for the damn CONTINGENCIES, Maxus would have popped off his head for a drinking mug, KatToon! As long as they are in effect, there is little they can do to his Douchiness. Not if they don't want to kill off Nova Roma, along with themselves.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind called it as to why no ones strung up Deck yet
CptKerion 14th Sep 2015, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
but why has no one just wired his jaw shut and fed him through a tube instead?
Tokyo Rose 16th Sep 2015, 1:27 AM edit delete reply

Because Decimus is not a complete idiot. The contingencies will trigger if he dies, but they will ALSO trigger if he fails to actively "check in". That's why doing something like putting him into a medically-induced coma isn't feasible.
Draginbeard 14th Sep 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

The prince makes me think of a version of Tony Stark, who is less intelligent, frighteningly unstable, deeply-tanned, and yet more modest.

Stormwind13 14th Sep 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

Alright Draginbeard... that is VERY weird. :-D
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 2:15 PM edit delete reply

I think Dr. Silver would take offense to having her ancestor (in my head canon) compared in any way to the drekhead that Acantha has the supreme misfortune of being related to.

Not to mention *Tony's* reaction to it
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

deck is no where near as smart as Tony .. :D
Ace 14th Sep 2015, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
I Like the story and art work. Good job.
Someone may have commented, but I got bored reading All of them, so...
Why is Gold and red guard letting his weapon line up with Decimus?
BAD weapon control. OR Decimus should have him flayed or something.
Centcomm 14th Sep 2015, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Thanks - maybe he wants to shoot him :D
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

The contingencies are probably the only reason he *hasn't* shot drekhead yet
Sheela 14th Sep 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

Considering he is an elite soldier, he most likely do NOT have bad weapon cnotrol.

So if his gun is aimed at Decimus, it's because he *wants* it pointed at Decimus. :D
highlander55 14th Sep 2015, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

He might want to shoot but with Kali there he would be dead before pulling the trigger.
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 7:04 PM edit delete reply

Which is probably also why he hasn't pulled the trigger.
kitty 14th Sep 2015, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Decimus: "I didn't say it was your fault, I said I'm blaming you."
Just_IDD 14th Sep 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the extremely poor field of vision and flexibility that this elite soldier's armor provides. He couldn't even see over his shoulders if he could turn his head.
Dem's armor on the other hand is rocking the wide visor and movable neck.

Also the Contingencies Monitor Life signs, why not Trank Dek's ass and stick him someplace with a limitless supply of happy lucidity bordering on vegabibility. It not like the whole place goes up Shizt Creek when Dec falls into a drunken stupor or gets cold clocked with a candlestick.
velvetsanity 14th Sep 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

That leaves me wondering if the purpose of the armor isn't primarily to hide his identity. Could it be Maxus or even Marcus?
CptKerion 14th Sep 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Makes me hope he's Logrin.
Mark_L_A 15th Sep 2015, 2:33 AM edit delete reply

Too small for Maxus to big for Marcus.
Just_IDD 15th Sep 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
I should add that I will gladly repeatedly strike the back of Dekey poo's head with a candlestick
Mark_L_A 15th Sep 2015, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking the helm of the armor has a built in hud and vision systems to allow him to watchh his "own" back.
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 7:05 PM edit delete reply

Ranger Logrin would be an interesting twist.
Centcomm 15th Sep 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

THe troopers armor has a internal HUD that keeps him well aware for him its almost like hes not wearing a helmet at all .
Tokyo Rose 16th Sep 2015, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

As I noted a bit higher up in the comments, Deck has to actively check in as well as continue to have vital signs.
Mark_L_A 15th Sep 2015, 2:40 AM edit delete reply

Ok, Kali's sword has me quandrying. (is that even an word?) I can see the split of the harness going over and around her right shoulder for a right hand draw, with the strap going across her chest and down to I presume to be the foot of her swords scabbard. Are those the only places the harness is secured?

A friend of mine who does really fight with swords/knives/sticks/sais and other assorted implementas, his harness would have an additional point of retention the body so the draw can be effected properly without the sword or any type of blade getting kinked on both the scabbard and the harness. We can't see the lower left of her sword+harness to see how it is mounted.

But that just bugs me right now.

ETA: Now I remember the term he uses, Where is the third point of contact for the scabbard? The harness we see looks like it only has two points of contact when it should have three.
CptKerion 15th Sep 2015, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
there are also measures that can be taken with rigid rods in various places, or velcro on the back.
Hornet 15th Sep 2015, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
If the harness was going to bother me, it'd be how high up towards her throat it crosses her chest. But the whole second panel seems odd, didn't even know that was Kali (looks to small weak and innocent) til I started reading.
Sheela 15th Sep 2015, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

Magnets, man, fucking magnets !

Attached to Kali's metal spine.
mjkj 15th Sep 2015, 3:25 AM edit delete reply

Hurry up, Dolly!!!
Haegan2005 16th Sep 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Cent, i really like kali's hair!
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