Comic 1246 - War Dance

1st Oct 2015, 9:00 PM
War Dance
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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anonymous coward 1st Oct 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Well, what's left of Democlus is gonna need a New Troy prosthetic hand if he survives much longer, it looks like.

So, that's a double-bladed staff with cattle-prod power, eh? Seems like it might be difficult to manage something like that without harming yourself, but I guess Nox has a precise set of drills/kata for it.
Centcomm 1st Oct 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

She does. The weapon is a double power sword. The glow and electrical effects are just part of the field effect that is mostly invisible.
Dragonrider 1st Oct 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Uhhh Cent, and I quote,"as for a tap on the shoulder, hehehe I think you will like what happens." For the record I >>>DO NOT<<< like this. Was hoping for Aeneas coming out of the Tram Doors, Dolly and Ceci charging in, or both, Not Democlus being The 300 by himself. Especially on Friday.*Revives Malati sends her to visit Cent and discuss week-end cliff hangers*
Centcomm 1st Oct 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

ah yes.. the dreaded weekend cliff hanger. this fight continues next week and don't worry Demo isn't hurt yet. Most people would have already been dead twice.
CptKerion 2nd Oct 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Looking at that maneuver, I think I see how he gets out.
Also, I don't think HE will be the one who loses a limb.
You see, facing the same direction as him, if he's going down and to the right her kick will miss him and as he does so he can release her power blade and use his own to sever her leg roughly half way up the thigh or in fact where it joins the pelvis.

Looking at the placement of his left arm he may actually turn her movement against her.
Guest 4th Oct 2015, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Wonder if Nox can be knocked off balance. She's pulled off an impressive maneuver, but standing on one leg puts her at a temporary disadvantage, albeit only for a wee bit.
Visvires 1st Oct 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
If you're planning a dramatic comeback, you have the setup. He looks like he's one frame from decapitation.
Centcomm 1st Oct 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

Yep Monday tells the tail as does next Wednesday!
anonymous coward 2nd Oct 2015, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Must... not... be... pedantic... about... grammar... gaaaaaaah!
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Pffted .. I can haz english!
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

joo haz english?
DLKmusic 4th Oct 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
If only people would learn to speel.
Lukkai 4th Oct 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

I think decapitation is saying a bit much, especially considering the armour probably being worth its money. But certainly a bad hit to the head that might be decisive.
The Old Scribe 1st Oct 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

It doesn't appear that Demo's had much experience fighting Cassian's like his boss. That pistol was useless to begin with; he should have concentrated on using his sword to block and damage that shock stick. Noxie's maneuver in the last panel is ,for me anyway, a tad hard to follow. However it's enabled her to take out Demo's sword hand and toss him to the ground with her ankle around his neck. The cavalry better show up soon or he's toast.
anonymous coward 2nd Oct 2015, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
I would describe it as an insane move because you never, never, never take your eyes off your opponent so that you can see what they're going to do before they do it.
Frame one, Nox blocks and deflects blade hand. Frame two, Nox spins to face away from Democlus and begin moving empty left hand towards pistol. Frame three, Nox grips the pistol *behind her where she can't see it* and crunches it in her left hand. Frame four, she flips her right foot backwards, up, and over Democlus' head to beside it on their mutual left side, apparently to try to kick his head down and to the right. Simultaneously in frame four, Nox attacks Democlus' right hand with the blade in it with her electrified, double-bladed staff. Overall effect: Nox must be moving at a speed well beyond anything Democlus can match. If she weren't this set of moves that thrust her vulnerable rear right in front of Democlus would have gotten her spanked, kicked, or worse.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

the pistol was only useless because he couldnt connect with with .. also - I know its hard to see but Demo caught her blade on the down strike as her blade was coming up. She is moving the staff in circular patterns. and she herself is moving in counter circles. Its very very very hard to show in a 2d format. but this fight isnt over by a long shot.
Tango Xray Actual 1st Oct 2015, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Oh this is gonna be painful even to watch....
Centcomm 1st Oct 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

Yes it is.
CptKerion 1st Oct 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
I keep suppressing the urge to ramble on about how I think one could go about taking Nox out.
I have been spending way too much time on it and I think I figured something reliable out, but you'd need some impressive gear yourself to pull it off and you'd likely go down with her.
Centcomm 1st Oct 2015, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Power armor would be helpful. or a orbital strike.. A shotgun bight be useful as well. maybe.. or just fire artillery at her. a lot of it.
DLKmusic 1st Oct 2015, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

I was thinking a "Dead-man's switch" might just work....
CptKerion 2nd Oct 2015, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Do a fission reactor powered suit of power armor, have a dead man's switch tied to a reactor overload bypass system so that if they kill you, you go boom.
An automatic shotgun loading alternating incendiary and AP flechette rounds for you weapon, and a bunch of claymore landmines strapped to your chest, with the blast zone facing her.

Honestly, something like a claymore shooting a ton of thermite and magnesium pellets might be all you need since that would, you know, glass the entire hallway in front of it.

If I were sending a kill team after her I'd send half a dozen power armored men, four packing 8 gauge autoshotguns loading alternating incendiary shells and flechette shells, one with a 65mm recoiless rifle loading an incendiary canister round with what amounts to an Uzi as his secondary weapon, and one guy packing a 25mm autocannon loading alternating HE and incendiary rounds.

First guy in line has a claymore landmine strapped to his chest that he arms the moment she comes into view (best part about claymores is they're so directional that even an unarmored man would only get a few cracked ribs from the recoil of it when doing something like that.)

This is the abridged version.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:58 PM edit delete reply

That certainly would make her life unhappy :D :D
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply

A strong EM-pulse would probably make her pretty unhappy too.
Even if she survived, many little things across her body would give up the ghost, and she'd have to continue without.

It all adds up.
Mark_L_A 3rd Oct 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking that all androids including Cassian's are shielded against EMP effects.

There is a current way now to shield against the effect using MOV's in electronic circuits.

A MOV makes the energy generated by an EMP wave to turn at several right angles. Each angle reduces the effect by half IIRC.

So having several MOV's built into their systems would lessen the effects of EMP on them. Plus the skull is very much like a Faraday cage, so having shielded lines with MOV's built into them would shield a Cassian or any other Android from an EMP Effect.
Mark_L_A 3rd Oct 2015, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

I'm wondering if Democlus' armor has a shield or field that would not block, but disrupt a power sword. It doesn't stop it but it makes it hardER for the sword to cut through.

Otherwise, I'm thinking he's going to get badly injured if not killed.
Lukkai 4th Oct 2015, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

We all know there's two ways to take out an assassin robot. It's so common knowledge that they even made it part of the captain's exam.

Drop a giant rock on her.
Stuff a banana into her exhaust slot.
Lurker 1st Oct 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Have you tested yourself against a Cassian, yet son? HAVE YOU? Have you shit yourself, yet son? HAVE YOU? Have you seen Death's dance, yet son? HAVE YOU?

Highly noble, yes. Highly trained, yes. Highly skilled, yes. Highly armored, yes. Highly armed--well, he was. Wise enough to understand that there are some fights one simply cannot win? Perhaps about to be.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

That first part sounds like Maxus :D
Lukkai 4th Oct 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

Well, he did go into the fight with the full knowledge that he quite likely wouldn't make it. That his prime objective here would not be victory, but simply delaying the pursuers long enough for the princess to escape.
But that doesn't keep him from trying to grab that tiny chance for victory he has.
Centcomm 4th Oct 2015, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

never tell me the odds :D
Haegan2005 1st Oct 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

Reminds me of some fight scenes from Star wars! Very slickly done.

I get the feeling Nox is dragging this out. Savoring the fight.

That may bite her in the tookis...
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply

...... what SORT of tookis ?
Haegan2005 3rd Oct 2015, 9:46 AM edit delete reply

Methinks this is getting dangerous!

puppy tookis? (I actually had to look the word up to make sure i used it right, I like this word!)
Sheela 4th Oct 2015, 3:57 AM edit delete reply

*gasp* - Stop staring at my tookis, you pervert!

Haegan2005 4th Oct 2015, 4:28 AM edit delete reply

anonymous coward 4th Oct 2015, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
But pride never bites you in the tuhkiss, does it? Being confident in your own abilities and the lack of ability of everyone and everything else that may oppose your aims is stupid, because everybody wins all the time without losing or failing at anything, ever. Right?
Also, for those who don't know their Yiddishisms, here's your definition:
Sheela 4th Oct 2015, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

No, but doggies might bite your ankles!
Haegan2005 4th Oct 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply

Or snag only ONE slipper instead of both?
Tokyo Rose 4th Oct 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

While we can all be grateful to Yiddish for not pressing charges when English steals a lot of fun words, the proper spellings tend to be dodgy. "Tuchus" seems to be the most widely-accepted version.

< /pedantic nudnik >
Rashala 1st Oct 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

given speed, location and human anatomy.........
snapped, probally internally decapitared/ dead in 12 secoonds

yeah he's dead
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

I wouldn't count him out yet.
Rashala 2nd Oct 2015, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

well he is either dead or she is gonna pull it and she is gonna sleep with him
CptKerion 2nd Oct 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
If you look at her manuever there if he's already dodging there is an easy way out that leaves her exceedingly vulnerable to a quick counter attack, which with a power weapon like that means she'll be short a limb.
I doubt he's fast enough to pull it but it is there. There is also the possibility that he has some ace up his sleeve, or that Nox has a plasmacaster at her back.
Tango Xray Actual 2nd Oct 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
Considering that her foot appears to be aimed straight for the lower cervical spine and she has all her mass and her enhanced speed behind the blow... I would have to concur with Rashala. The injury to the spinal cord is going to be major even if it is widely-spread blunt force trauma.

Even if she redirects to, say, the shoulder, Dem should be down, maybe out, and in for at least years of shoulder and upper-back, possibly lower back as well, rehab.

Or is there stuff in that red shirt armor you haven't mentioned?
Dragonrider 2nd Oct 2015, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

Don't think she's gonna do that she never had the body mod like Malati. She might fall for TeDee though.
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:23 AM edit delete reply

While she is moving quickly, and he is indeed wearing a redshirt.
She has also put herself in a position where it would be childs play to unsettle her balance.
Centcomm 4th Oct 2015, 8:44 PM edit delete reply

well do remember that this is literally a split second. She will be in a different position by the time he realizes shes off balance.
Timotheus 1st Oct 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

I'll hazard a guess that Nox will disarm him (maybe literally), then ask him where the princesses are. You can't get information from a dead lump (usually) and he may have just impressed her enough to have just earned that much consideration.
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

She doesn't need to ask him, she can just track Lynn's bracelet.
Speedy Marsh 27th Mar 2017, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
The sign on the wall should be a good clue.
mjkj 1st Oct 2015, 11:44 PM edit delete reply

Oh, he has a hard time keeping up - maybe he needs to get out his second sword and starts dual wielding...
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

Duel wielding if you are not used to it can be as dangerous to yourself as your opponent.
Tango Xray Actual 2nd Oct 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Much more so.... since dual wield is effectively a purely offensive technique; it has no defensive mode and is recommended for only the most aggressive and practiced fighters.

But it really is showy and impressive on the field! Kinda like watching a Schwarzenegger/Conan flick.
anonymous coward 4th Oct 2015, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
It can be a surprisingly nifty defensive choice because if you're doing it right you're using offensive feints/deflections/parries to make the opponent unable to attack while setting them up for a good strike.
*cough* Not that I would know.
cattservant 1st Oct 2015, 11:49 PM edit delete reply

Our hero is standing up for himself for the instant!
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

He is at that!
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

Has to stand up for longer than an instant though.
cattservant 1st Oct 2015, 11:54 PM edit delete reply

Every moment of delay
brings new possibilities
into the play.
Stormwind13 2nd Oct 2015, 7:57 AM edit delete reply

That was his whole purpose, catt. Buying time for his Princess. Now whether it is ENOUGH time remains to be seen.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

Even a few moments - is a few more moments than they had before.
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply

Aye, more time to play.
Matt Knab 2nd Oct 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

I think he's handling himself rather admirably, considering.
Guest 2nd Oct 2015, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
Seems like he's nearly standing still, parts of Nox may be breaking the sound barrier considering the supreme awkwardness of how she's disabling and disarming him. This isn't combat, this is Nox dancing through the feeble attempts of someone else trying to defend himself moving at, like, a tenth her speed. I'd call it a touch disrespectful to turn her backside towards Democlus before killing him like this, since that by rights should be lethally risky or at least get her ass literally kicked..
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Nox is moving insanely fast.
sigpig 2nd Oct 2015, 2:22 AM edit delete reply

Oh jeez, Matt, now you've got me picturing an Admiral "handling" himself... lol
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2015, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

He is actually :D
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:26 AM edit delete reply

I think Sigpig meant handling himself in a sexual manner. >_<
chk 2nd Oct 2015, 11:17 AM edit delete reply

"Oh Hell" alright.
Another Anonymous Coward 2nd Oct 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Oooohk, so Democlus never stood a chance unless the exploding barrels took out Nox.

Some many characters could intervene right now to save his butt. Aeneas, or Dolly and Ceci, or Maxus (a remote possibility), or even Noctis ordering a stand down. Possibilities, possibilities, possibilities. Shame I get to know only on Monday.
Sheela 3rd Oct 2015, 9:27 AM edit delete reply

Even Democlus might be able to save himself right about now.

I don't think he's quite out of tricks just yet.
Wolfsbane 3rd Oct 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply

Just in case you need new words for all of these fight scenes...
Centcomm 4th Oct 2015, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

ok that is funny!
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