Comic 1263 - Aftermath

8th Nov 2015, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 8th Nov 2015, 11:25 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
I got some severely shitty news on Friday. My cat Benjamin, whose health has been kind of rocky during the past couple months, now may have a spindle-cell tumor in his hind leg. Cent's offered to put up a donation link and my explanation of the situation. Our buffer is on the low side, but I will do my level best to keep pages coming for you folks, though Cent and I may take a short sabbatical in the near future.

Sorry in advance.

UPDATE: Ben now has an appointment with the oncologist on November 18. It should say something that I'm not even sure he'll make it that long.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2015, 11:51 PM edit delete
This is a direct donate to Rose.

Button was broken so please use the regular one and make a note on it that this is for her kitty please, Ill shift the funds
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Stormwind13 8th Nov 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Argh... A scene change!

And we get to see the aftermath of the fight in the room though someone did some clean up (the guards aren't littering the floor any more).

The janitorial staff is going to hate EVERYTHING for awhile after getting that job. But they won't have to deal with this room for awhile. I mean the palace is STILL under attack, so they should be in secure locations hiding out. Can't have your cleaning staff becoming casualties after all.
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 6:26 AM edit delete reply

Heh, can you imagine it ?
Janitor : "Hey guys, can you move the fighting a bit, I need to sweep this floor."
Soldier : "Oh, I'm very sorry, we'll just get out of your way."
Janiitor : "Damn right you are ... punks. AND STOP LITTERING SHELLCASINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE!!"
HiFranc 8th Nov 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

I wonder what Noctis makes of her sister's death.
jamie59 8th Nov 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

How does Noctis handle grief?
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

She might not feel a whole lotta grief to begin with.
Makes it easy to handle then.
ProfEtheric 8th Nov 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

It is sad that we had to lose these Cassians... but to make a "let's get rid of Douchimus" omelette without breaking a few Cassian eggs... :'(
Dragonrider 8th Nov 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

@Stormwind13: You expected to see the conclusion of the Tram scenario? Foolish Boy no cake for you.

Now the question is will Hirst be able to stop Noctis before she grabs Irene for a hostage? Of course she knows where the safe room is and how to open it.
DLKmusic 8th Nov 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

Actually, I was expecting a cut scene to Maxus. Although this particular shift is suitably depressing
Dragonrider 8th Nov 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

I'm still waiting for an appearance by our Dynamic Duo from Search and Rescue, Ada and TeeDee, By now TeeDee must be having a short circuit because she can't use her cannon to hose down all of Nova Roma.
Stormwind13 9th Nov 2015, 5:19 AM edit delete reply

Expected? Not with the EVIL duo running things, Dragonrider! Unreasonable HOPE at best. Definitely no cake though. :-7
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply

*pulls up in a panel van with "free candy" written on the side*

Did someone mention... Cake ? :D
highlander55 9th Nov 2015, 8:13 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela.. Reading your comment I had an image of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang dancing down the street hawking his lollipops.
velvetsanity 9th Nov 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply

It's extremely unlikely that Noctis intends to take Irene hostage. She's seeking to learn the results of the attack on Maxus, and likely hoping to inform him and any remaining Cassians of their new orders (Noctis is in charge and explicitly ordered to enact her plan 'for the glory of the throne' :D )

(Page title: Status Report - currently page 1301 until next batch of reboot pages is uploaded)
Mark_L_A 8th Nov 2015, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

I'm wondering if Noctis might take the time to try to see if Malati is recoverable or at least remove her body somewhere else so no one disturbs her or is disrespectful to her.
Visvires 8th Nov 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm still holding out some hope for a recovery. All that talk about "spoilers" and "destroyed" vs deceased.

Either way, I think closure is imminent.
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

Oh, so it's crazy theory time then ?


*Noctis watches Malati's body for a while and then speaks up*
Noctis : "Allright Malati, you can stop playing dead now."
Malati : "Dangit, how did you know?"
Noctis : "You've talked about how you have moved your brain into your breasts for the last two months, how could I miss it?"
Malati : "Ahh, he he he ... well I also told you that the Gladiators love me for my brains."
Noctis : "You said they loved you for your perky breasts."
Malati : "Yeah, exactly - My brains are perky!"
Malati : "But you gotta admit - It's a pretty neat trick, isn't it ? They totally fell for it!"
Noctis : "... *sigh* ... under those specific conditions, I do agree to the cleverness of this method."
Malati : "Yeah, yeah ... soooo, uhmm ... it does have one problem."
Noctis : "And what would that be?"
Malati : "Well, all the muscles in my neck are gone."
Noctis : "Hmm, try and stand up."
*Malati stands up, her head lolling to one side*
Malati : "Tell me like it is, be brutal!"
Noctis : "You look like a zombie."
Malati : "Awesome!" :D
Malati : "Now I just need to shamble around and call for brains."
Noctis : "That ... wouldn't work, they would just shoot you some more."
Malati : "C'mon Noctis, if we use a bit of make up on you, you would make a fine zombie too!"
Noctis : "As I said, acting like zombies, won't make things easier on us."
Malati : "Aw, c'mon Noctis !"
Malati : "Don't let the anti-fun particles get to you."
Noctis : "But .. I ... "
Malati : "C'mon Noctis, do the zombie shamble with me!"
Noctis : "But .."
Noctis : *sigh* ... I can't believe I'm doing this."
Malati : "Woohoo!"

*five minutes later*
*Noctis & Malati shambles down a corridor*

Noctis : *sigh* ... Braains.
Noctis : "BRAAAIINS"
Malati : "LIVER!"
Noctis : "Liver?"
Malati : "A varied diet is important."
Noctis : "Hrm ... LIIVEERR"
Noctis : "Wait, what? Brains?"
Malati : "Yeah, I just remembered that liver tastes bad, so we're back to brains again."
Noctis : "Oh, ok then."

chk 9th Nov 2015, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

Shouldn't that be "breeeeeeaaaasts?"
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 4:08 PM edit delete reply

Yes, well, when doing the Zombie Shamble, Malati goes oldschool !

Besides, if she was going for all the female brains .. erhh ... breasts, things would be pretty hilarious too. :)
highlander55 9th Nov 2015, 8:17 PM edit delete reply

Just maybe Malati stabbed herself where it disconnects the brain from the body. Fuse the damaged wires and yipee skipee time!

edit* CRAP, Read farther down and Storm stated she is a goner.
CptKerion 8th Nov 2015, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Hammerfall, Glory to the Brave

It's heart wrenching to just see her there with her blade still in her neck.
Like, I am crying a little.

It makes you wonder, can Cassians grieve?
Visvires 8th Nov 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
If the blade wasn't in her neck, Noctis wouldn't know that she went out on her own terms, choosing death rather than allowing herself to be used by someone she hated to kill people she respected.
CptKerion 9th Nov 2015, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
It's heart-wrenching in general, but like that, it is just so much more so.

That she had to make that choice just makes it worse.

I cry at movies, I freely admit this. I cried when Throrin Oakenshield died, I cried for Bing-Bong, I cried for Fili and Kili.
But for comics or novels? I don't usually cry.
This made me cry. There is a true excellence in the craft of these two fine ladies that makes me wish I weren't a broke college student so I could afford to support them.
The Old Scribe 8th Nov 2015, 10:35 PM edit delete reply

Pax, Malati. Death before dishonor. Not being truly 'alive', do Cassians have emotions as we know them? They have highly complex artificial brains, but I cannot imagine they were programmed to feel sorrow, rage or compassion. Nox was very businesslike, almost philosophical, in dispatching her foe, yet there was no anger directed toward him. Possibly however, the Cassians 'brains' were created in such a way as to 'evolve' and develop new synapses and reactions copied from the humans around them. It's certainly something to bear watching.
Dragonrider 8th Nov 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply

Some at least can enjoy some human feelings, reread Malati's comments about wanting to have a quickie with Dolly and/or Ceci.
HiFranc 8th Nov 2015, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

And how she felt about Gladiators, their comments about Decimus's rule and Malati's complaints about Nocitis not being "fun".

{edit} And "my civilians".
DLKmusic 9th Nov 2015, 2:44 PM edit delete reply

at the very least, Malati has exhibited all 3 of those emotions before she killed herself... Rage when she was told to kill Maxus, compassion towards the school principal when she rescued him, and sorrow over the loss of her former prince.

She had also exhibited excitement, lust, boredom and a host of other VERY human emotions that are not typically things you associate with a "terminator".

Thank GOD she didn't have an Austrian accent though, that would have been WAY over the top!
Tango Xray Actual 9th Nov 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
TR - So very sorry to hear about your Kitty. Here's hoping that he will recover.
Tokyo Rose 9th Nov 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply

Thanks. Benjamin is his name.
Dragonrider 9th Nov 2015, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

TR I understand the pain of pet health. Couple years back went through it with mine. Will keep you and Benjamin in my thoughts and prayers.
Tokyo Rose 9th Nov 2015, 2:30 AM edit delete reply

It's very appreciated.
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 4:09 PM edit delete reply

On a sidenote : How old is the kitty ?
Tokyo Rose 9th Nov 2015, 5:17 PM edit delete reply


He is 12 years old (birthdate 6/25/03). My husband and I first saw him and put in a down payment on him during our honeymoon in August, and the breeder let us take him home in late September. He's our baby boy in every way but actual birth.
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

Ah, he's an old one then.
Wether by disease or old age, his life is about to come to an end.

I know it's harsh, but then, life isn't always fair.

Still, all of my sympathy for your situation, I've been in it more than once. And I hope all goes well. :)
And yeah, a pet gotten on a honeymoon and 12 years old ... that one is definitly a member of the family.
Tokyo Rose 9th Nov 2015, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

He's not exactly a young'un, no, but he's had good health and the best care we can give him all his life. It hurts more than I can articulate to know that what's happening to him now is something that we can't make go away. We can try to manage it and make him as comfortable as possible, but right now, watching him trying to walk around with that back leg giving out on him, I can't stop crying.
Sheela 9th Nov 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

I know. Big feelings like that are difficult to articulate.

Oldest cat I have had was 14½ years old, and it was quite obvious that she was on her way out for the last year or two.
It will happen to your human friends eventually too. The males usually leave first. It hurts.
DLKmusic 9th Nov 2015, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

I'm so sorry to hear about Benjamin, Rose. I know it's kind of a wierd request, but could you post some pics of him on a separate page so that all of us cat lovers can see who we are praying for!
mjkj 9th Nov 2015, 1:40 AM edit delete reply


Analytical Noctis - ...and Malati, you are being missed... =(

@alt text: so true...

Matt Knab 9th Nov 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

Just remove the blade and hit her reboot button. SHE'LL BE FINE.
Stormwind13 9th Nov 2015, 5:22 AM edit delete reply

Not from what was said in other comments Matt.
T1-G3R2501 9th Nov 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Storm's Right.
Ya gotta smack her upside the head as well. Might need the reimage disk but hey we'll figure it out
Stormwind13 9th Nov 2015, 3:44 PM edit delete reply

Back on The Star (Upright) [1 July 2015], CentComm said "The feed back blasting back though her from fighting the inhibitor and then driving her blade th(r)ough her MACCS blew her neural net."

I think Malati is done for, and there is nothing to recover.
Stormwind13 9th Nov 2015, 5:24 AM edit delete reply

Sorry to hear about Benjamin, Rose. I hope it isn't as bad as it sounds.

Have strength.
Tokyo Rose 9th Nov 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

I'm trying to hope so too, but I'm really, really terrified.
Stormwind13 9th Nov 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Stever 9th Nov 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

Good luck with your kitty D:

That would be one room I wouldn't want to walk into without a chip clip on my nose.
KarToon12 9th Nov 2015, 8:36 PM edit delete reply

I'm really sorry about your cat. :( <3
cattservant 9th Nov 2015, 8:56 PM edit delete reply

The hole in the ocean where the ship went down...
CptKerion 9th Nov 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
You have my condolences, after my next paycheck I'll hopefully be able to give some. Being a poor college student isn't fun.

So on the comic, I just noticed Noctis' sword. It doesn't look like the same powerswords we've been seeing. Monomolecular crystalline edge or something? Or more of a forcefield based thing to a similar effect? Or something else?
Centcomm 9th Nov 2015, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

Her blade is made of artificial Crystal it also also capable of carrying a power charge :D
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