Comic 1268 - Taking Up The Sword

17th Nov 2015, 9:00 PM
Taking Up The Sword
Average Rating: 5 (25 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 18th Nov 2015, 4:06 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Ben Update - We're back from Ben's visit to the oncologist.

The good news: Ben is generally in good health, in the oncologist's opinion. Spindle-cell tumors in cats are very rare, and odds are reasonably good that the mass in Ben's leg may actually be a synovial cyst, not any form of cancer. To be certain, a biopsy (even an excision biopsy, a full-up removal of the entire mass) can be performed surgically.

The bad news: The cost for the surgical biopsy is in the neighborhood of $2300, which is well outside of our ability to cover at this time.

At the oncologist's suggestion, I am contacting our regular vet to ask if the biopsy can be performed there, which may bring the cost down. If it can't be... well, we'll see.

In general, the situation is not as dire as it could be.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and gestures.
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Stormwind13 17th Nov 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

As the second panel action takes place, Douchimus is shaking on his throne... and he doesn't know why. When those 3 in the second panel show up, he will (briefly) know WHY he was shaking earlier. Then he will cease to be a problem as he is shot and carved up.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

Decimus: Why did it feel like someone just walked over my grave?
jamie59 17th Nov 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

I guess with Teedee there is no penis envy just gun envy.
HiFranc 17th Nov 2015, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

Well, she likes her toys.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

Pretty much!
Mark_L_A 17th Nov 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

I love how Ada is going out of her way to make it so there are as few casualties as possible.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

She really does want to minimize deaths.
DLKmusic 17th Nov 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Remember, TeeDee... Red means stun, Blue means kill... repeat after me now....

Is that Merrick From Serpents of Old standing between Ada and TeeDee? I have no clue who the girl with the Luna Mark Three Four-Oh-Four is...
ProfEtheric 17th Nov 2015, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

I can actually answer that one. That's Jackie Bishop, from pre-reboot (and future current) Autumn Bay (my comic). She's Centcomm's favorite among my characters, and she had this cameo planned from before my reboot. Suffice to say, she's tiny but a badass (for good reason).

I AM wondering what the backstory for her is here...

And @Centy and Rose: Keep up the awesome, ladies! Right now, you are super full of "hell yeah"!
DLKmusic 18th Nov 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Kewl, Prof.... now I have another comic to binge-read!
Stormwind13 19th Nov 2015, 11:19 AM edit delete reply

To which you hear a mad cackle from TeeDee, DLK. And she shoots everything still standing on Nova Roma's side. And TeeDee doesn't DO stunners!

"Let's see you wake up from THIS Motherf♡€☆s!!!" TeeDee howls as she hoses fire into them.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:39 PM edit delete reply

Yeppers that is indeed Merek and Bishop from Serpents of old and Autumn bay. and yea i had this worked out months ago :/ :D
Stever 17th Nov 2015, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

Oh damn, now you made me envision a mall kiosk with novelty keychains made out of their cocks :O
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

LOL! thats all rose!
xpacetrue 17th Nov 2015, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

Hmm... I was wondering what Maxus' big plan was. But taking back the palace from all forces, rebel or otherwise, was not something I had considered.

Maxus is smart and I thought he would prioritize either organizing political support for Acantha to overthrow Dex or find some way to circumvent Dex's contingencies. If you think about it, fighting the rebels works in the Prince's favor. If Maxus' forces fall or get injured in the process, so much the better for the Prince. Anyway, the Prince's blue forces seems to be the rebels' main target.
HiFranc 17th Nov 2015, 10:35 PM edit delete reply

Maybe he will change his plan once he sees how they are acting?

Something that could work in Decimus's favour is that he may notice that his guys are killed and the others are only stunned.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

Maxus wants order back in place. and hes decided its about time to do some major house cleaning.
HiFranc 17th Nov 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

Has Decimus managed to piss off every Cassian? Noctis's assertion implies that.
Timotheus 18th Nov 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

I believe that was established back when it was stated that the only being loyal unto the prince for his own sake was his cat, and we all know what the loyalty of a cat is worth. (They may be fond of you, but don't expect them to give up anything tasty or comfortable for you.)
Hydrargyrum 18th Nov 2015, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

Well, we know there are redacted Cassians, so presumably we'll find out eventually.

(Link future proofing: see comments for the page Mission Control.)
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

.. Umm Yes? Decimus has a way with words :D
Dragonrider 17th Nov 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply

Love the last panel
The Old Scribe 17th Nov 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

Stun the Reds, Kill the Blues, works for me. I'm guessin' Jackie with the Mk.3404 is one of the rebels out to dethrone Prince Douchebag. Said rebels must have raided an Imperial Armory to get that sort of firepower or there are some top flight smugglers about.
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 11:03 PM edit delete reply

Marcus, had Mr. Black smuggle the guns into town.

This is canon, and has been mentioned in the comic.
They even brought some armor for the rebels.
Tokyo Rose 19th Nov 2015, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

Actually, Bishop got her gun through different channels. All of the weapons that Mister Black smuggled in were of New Troy make, not Lunar. There's a very vigorous black market in New Rome.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

The reds aren't really bad guys here they are just responding to a threat.
Wolfsbane 17th Nov 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

Isn't Maxus wasting the battery on that power blade by leaving it on all the time? Where will he plug it in for the recharge?
Sheela 17th Nov 2015, 11:05 PM edit delete reply

I think Centcomm mentioned that they can keep going for a fairly long time.
Several hours, if I remember correctly.
And I think it used the same battery charges, as the army's plasma rifles.
Wolfsbane 18th Nov 2015, 6:38 AM edit delete reply

Energizers? Duracell?
Hornet 18th Nov 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Always Duracell's!
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

Actually the Sword is being fed power via induction from the armor. Hes not wasting any power at all :D
HeSerpenty 17th Nov 2015, 11:45 PM edit delete reply

Ohhhhh ohhhh he's theeere!! EEEee!! I feel like I'm watching an action movie up in here it's so epic and well done....AND TO SEE MY MAN CAMEO IN IT <333
My heart is full <33 *sobs* THANK YOU CENTY <3
CptKerion 18th Nov 2015, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
That reminds me, once this semester winds down I need to catch back up on your comic HeSerpenty.

Funny how a lot of my favorite comics are all linked to the community here on Datachasers.
HeSerpenty 18th Nov 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Aw thank you so much!! That is so cool to me <33.. I hope you enjoy the catching up!

I love this about webcomic communities--- they start kinda intermingling with one another! :D
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

I meant to have a credit on the Authors comment .. but fallout 4 happened and Rose uploaded this. Thank you Serpenty !
mjkj 18th Nov 2015, 1:06 AM edit delete reply

Yayyy. For the princess!!!

*lol* she quickly saw through TeeDee :D

Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete reply

She did so very much!
Fairportfan 18th Nov 2015, 2:22 AM edit delete reply

Two major assemblies of badassery in the same page! Whoo!
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

I think they broke the meter :D
Matt Knab 18th Nov 2015, 3:34 AM edit delete reply

There's always time to admire one another's...weaponry.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Always! :D
Haegan2005 18th Nov 2015, 5:02 AM edit delete reply

Now this pages just has several panels of pure awesomeness! Well done ladies!
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Thank you!
brnthrp1 18th Nov 2015, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Here is a thing I read over the last couple days, not really relevant to current comic events but I think it relates to the story pretty well.
Sheela 18th Nov 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

I think they used that in the webcomic called Questionable Content, when Hanners explained to the others how AI's came to have equal rights.

The scientists even had party hats. :)
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Actually I loved that bit of text .. and you ca find it in DC as a Easter egg "D
chk 18th Nov 2015, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Thank you!
KarToon12 18th Nov 2015, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

They look like they're ready to form the Avengers in that second panel. XD
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes so very much.
cattservant 18th Nov 2015, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

Lots to sort out!
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

lots and lots :D
MST3KFan 18th Nov 2015, 4:10 PM edit delete reply

So many cameos...and lots of guns.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Im going to try to work in more as I can :D
CptKerion 18th Nov 2015, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to add that this comms issue could be resolved if you actually equip your soldiers with independently functional radios. Basically, walkie-talkies on steroids.
That way you can stay in communication if your central systems get knocked out.
It has its shortcomings of course, but it's better than being stuck in the dark and relying on runners.

I love relatively primitive solutions to high tech problems.
Not quite the damn mechanic's stethoscope and a screwdriver yet though.
Mister Black 19th Nov 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

Preemptive disclaimer - I am not speaking 'ex cathedra' here...this is personal speculation based solely on 'open source' material. - End disclaimer.

Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequence.
While it makes perfect sense to us to equip every soldier (and, for that matter, every janitor, window-washer, and dog catcher) with a personal, non-network radio, that attitude is, at least in part, the result of being part of a 20th/21st century liberal (in the classic, rather than the political sense) culture. We readers are accustomed to a world where freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of access to ideas is an assumed and accepted right.

Nova Roma is *none* of those things.
Prince D. (and, for that matter, everyone within line-of-site to him) has grown up in a society where information and ideas are tightly controlled. As the old saying goes, "Knowledge is Power"...and in Nova Roma, nobody likes to share power. Soldiers (and citizens, for that matter) are not expected to back-talk their superiors...their job is to listen, and to obey. To do that, they don't need the kind of communications gear that we take for granted.

From the Nova Roman perspective, a 'hub and spokes' comm system makes perfect sense...those at the top of the org chart can issue orders, which flow down the network. Reports flow back up the network. Since they control the network hub, they have near-perfect operational security with minimal cost and minimal complexity. The fact that their C4I system is so rigid that it will snap if a gnat lands on it isn't a perceived problem, since Nova Roma hasn't faced a military threat in a generation. They've fallen into a trap seen in some computer networks...they've created a 'secure' system that's too inflexible to adapt to change, and that's extremely vulnerable to single-point failure.

Having just met up with the Law of Unintended Consequences, I get the feeling that the Nova Roma authorities (whoever they might be) are about to meet its inevitable follower, the Vertical Learning Curve.
Tokyo Rose 19th Nov 2015, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

Mister Black nailed it.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Mister Black may be speaking not as one of the creators but I agree with him 100%
CptKerion 19th Nov 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
/start frothing rant

Dear authorities of Nova Roma.
You are incompetent.

This entire system lacks functional contingencies. You have no backup plan.

If I were going to hit a system like this as a military invader, square one, bunker buster to the central comm systems, deliver it on a low flying cruise missile followed up with a general long range bombardment of military targets while air and ground forces move in. Your system will be in disarray, you will have no backup system.

Nonidentical redundant systems!
Keep your soldiers in touch with each other, coordinate military efforts, make sure the damn artillery knows where to shoot.

If nothing else give one guy per squad a radio as part of his duty gear.

Fearmongering fuckwits! You have so firmly secured your power that you sent it squirting out the other side like a wet bar of soap! Now you just dropped the soap and we all know what that means.

You incompetents call yourself tyrannical dictators? A stiff wind would knock your regime over!

Even the Imperium of Man has vox casters! And they're more tyrannical than you!

/end frothing rant

It makes perfect sense put in the context of incompetent dictatorial regimes. I'm used to thinking as someone more in the logistics and communication department.
I'm a Safety Management major, the most important thing in all of the is communication. I'm used to thinking about that as a primary thing.
Emergency readiness is essential.
They have none of the above.
craybest 19th Nov 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Love the expressions as always. And the last panel is my favorite
Centcomm 19th Nov 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply

Thank you tons! - I try to do the best i can with expressions they really make or break things in my opinion.
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