Comic 1298 - Tentative Identification

19th Jan 2016, 9:00 PM
Tentative Identification
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Dragonrider 19th Jan 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Time for our Oriental Mistress of Mystery to make an appearance and let every one know Who's on first.
jamie59 19th Jan 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Rose will wait till they start making bubbles in the quicksand.
Wolfsbane 20th Jan 2016, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

I don't know. What's on second?
Steven-Vincent 20th Jan 2016, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

I don't know is on third.
Wolfsbane 21st Jan 2016, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Who's pitching?
Thomas 21st Jan 2016, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
No no, Who's on first.
Wolfsbane 21st Jan 2016, 11:56 AM edit delete reply

What's he doing there?
Sheela 21st Jan 2016, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

He took directions from Miss Direction. :)
Boren 21st Jan 2016, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

Oriental Mistress of Mystery sounds like some 1950s song, or maybe I've just been playing too much Fallout 4 lol
Pirtnac 19th Jan 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
"Kids and their fads..."

Uh, Dolly? Remember what they said about the android pot and the cyborg kettle?

Next up: What final objective is cooking now that Ceci is where she is. I seriously doubt it is "Make sure all puppies within 200 KM are happy and loved" (Sorry Sheela).
DLKmusic 19th Jan 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Maybe it's "Make sure all puppies within 200km are spayed or neutered"?

Again, sorry Sheela...
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

Nuuu ... there will be no limitations on distance for the lovings !

And no neutering !
Gilrandir 20th Jan 2016, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
No limitations on the loving distance, and no spaying or neutering _could_ lead to a Malthusian dilemma of exponential proportions.

Let's keep it safe out there. ^_^
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

And suddenly I feel reminded if Randall's musings about a mole of moles.
pastutopia 19th Jan 2016, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

I mean, on the sliding scale she's taking it more calmly than I expected.
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:03 PM edit delete reply

Well, she's still in utter disbelief. So...
Wolfsbane 21st Jan 2016, 2:26 AM edit delete reply

I thought she was in Nova Roma...
Stormwind13 21st Jan 2016, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

::Rimshot:: LOL Wolfsbane.
Lukkai 25th Jan 2016, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Now I want to name a town for an rpg or story "Utter Disbelief" just for the heck of it! :D
Stormwind13 26th Jan 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply

There is a real world example, Lukkai. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. That is beyond belief, but they did it back in 1950 on a dare by the host of Truth or Consequences radio show. :-D
Lukkai 26th Jan 2016, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Still better than Mianus, I guess. Or that US town that goes by the fine name of Intercourse.
DLKmusic 19th Jan 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

"This is some kind of trick!" is actually a very reasonable conclusion to jump to.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:34 AM edit delete reply

Yes, it is totally a trick - Kill him !
T1-G3R2501 20th Jan 2016, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
They gotta take the Salem way of things.. If it dies it's human if it's not find a way to kill it?
jamie59 19th Jan 2016, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Kyle you're dead meat. First Lynn's killing you. Then Dolly's going to make you wish you were really dead for making Lynn cry. Then Ceci might do the job correctly.
Dragonrider 19th Jan 2016, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

Actually I doubt our Asian Puppeteer would allow her minion to be used and abused that way. Kyle belongs to her Body, Blood and Soul. I doubt she has plans to ever turn loose of him until death do them part.
DLKmusic 19th Jan 2016, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Agreed, Dragonrider... especially since it appears that "You will stick to the plan" is something he seems to have taken to heart.
Mark_L_A 19th Jan 2016, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

I doubt TR would allow even death to claim him. She's already augmented him to take 3 shredder rounds. I wonder what other augmentations or mods she's added.

eta: the alt text is hilarious.
Just_IDD 20th Jan 2016, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
Can someone clue me in to the alt text? there is no way to Hover over the picture on a phone.
mjkj 21st Jan 2016, 1:18 AM edit delete reply

The alt text should show with the other options when long "clicking" on the image - though not always and depending on the browser, I think.
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:05 PM edit delete reply

Death turns up. Sees TR's holo standing in front of Kyle.
Death leaves.
Sasky 19th Jan 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Well, until Kyle is done, sure. Afterwards she'd probably line them up and charge tickets for a chance at killing Kyle--before reviving him for the next customer.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

The Alt text is as follows :
"Nothin ominous here. Move along."
cattservant 19th Jan 2016, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Lynn is getting the hang of it now.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

Indeed, now she just needs to kill him.
Then she'll be ready for the world!

Also, I think we might be underestimating Lynn's intelligence, she *is* the daughter of a prodigy.
xpacetrue 20th Jan 2016, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

[- Primary Objective complete.
Loading Final Objective. -]

This occurred right as CeCi was scanning this agent who is trying to repair Aeneas. That implies that either Kyle or the repair of Aeneas is her primary objective. It's almost impossible that Kyle is her objective since Cent-Comm had no way of knowing he would be there. (Or did she...?) So, for good or ill, it seems almost certain that it has to do with Aeneas.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

It seems very unlikely that Kyle would be her objective, much more likely that it's Aeneas.
T1-G3R2501 20th Jan 2016, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
True that Cent would not know that Kyle would be there. But that being the case this could be something conflicting though knowing the writers. We may be looking at CeCi going full Black Angel and her objective is to cut down Aeneas along with any witnesses.
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply

Any witnesses would include Dolly. There would be a conflict of objectives there and I'm not sure how her system would handle it.

Just saying.
Visvires 20th Jan 2016, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
All this doom and gloom regarding an agent of the same Evil Overlord who didn't shoot the wasteland mechanic. She probably knows better than to kill the lover of one of the two people who can reprogram her. Dicey move, that, even with potential witness containment. Unnecessary, as well. If she wants to stop him, she can just smash the chair.

Cent shouldn't have known Rose was sending in an agent, so there shouldn't be specific orders to kill such a person; CeCi is either operating under a complex set of instructions that include such contingencies, or was under orders to mess with Aeneas. Both would suggest repair orders, given that Aeneas was, in part, a Cent creation, and that he hasn't done anything to reclassify himself as a threat. Also, I'm wondering if we're about to see the use of another manufacturer's backdoor. It would be rather convenient for Cent to have Rome's own A.I.S. take out Decimus, if it can be arranged for him to stop the countermeasures from hitting Troy. Plausible deniability and no exposure of her own assets, and someone who made a play against her city is gone. Aeneas is a lot of firepower not to appropriate if you've got an axe to grind.
mjkj 21st Jan 2016, 1:21 AM edit delete reply

Her primary objective was to get into that very room they are in now (see a few pages back). And since she made it, it is time to load the next directives...
mjkj 20th Jan 2016, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Oh, no squeal... =(

Well, surprise...

*lol* @alt text...

PS: I wonder what CeCi's final objective is - and if it will interfere with Rose's...

Dragonrider 20th Jan 2016, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

@mjkj I still think that Ceci's final objective is Rose's final objective.
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

It's possible Dragonrider, but since Cent-Comm thought that Aeneas was entirely non-functional, it is also possible that Ceci might try to supplant him with another copy of Cent-Comm.

That would be a bad thing
Dragonrider 20th Jan 2016, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

I still think that Ceci was hacked by TR during construction, one reason she sparked and also why watchdog is so uncooperative. She has been TR's "sleeper" back-up all along.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:38 AM edit delete reply

It would make sense if CeCi's bubbly behavior was because of Rose.
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

Interesting, Dragonrider... I hadn't even considered that before.
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

My problem with that being that the back-up activated too soon then. There was no real reason for the sleeper program to go live at the point it did, if it was TR's. Seeing as her plans with Kyle actually did go along just fine at the time.
Visvires 20th Jan 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
I don't know about CeCi as Rose agent. Her original mission was to keep her away from Rome on guard-Dolly duty, which she did. Rose going to expend the trouble to compromise a Black Angel...why that one? Her itinerary isn't quite right, predicting her modification of it requires knowing Dolly, and if the change gets Dolly killed then Cent's going to take it personally. Why not just make her own?

But I'll pile on to the conspiracy theory: what if Rose arranged for Cent to spark?
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 10:34 PM edit delete reply

Good post, Visvires! I'm not sure that I buy Rose's interference with CeCi, but I think your scenario is probably the more likely of the two, IF that is indeed the case.
Sheela 21st Jan 2016, 1:03 PM edit delete reply

While I don't think CeCi is a "spy" for Tokyo Rose, pér se, I could easily imagine Rose hacking a doll, and give it a goofy sub-seed, so that when Centcomm activates it, it doesn't behave like she would expect it to.

Why ? For the lulz, ofcourse. :)
anonymous coward 20th Jan 2016, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Objective teasing, good choice. I wonder how long it'll take before we actually know what music Ceci has been dancing to (if ever).
Timotheus 20th Jan 2016, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

I'm having a mental vision of that "Final Countdown" commercial.
Hans 20th Jan 2016, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
Let's hope it is not "It's the end of the world as we know it".
Well, at least Ceci would feel fine if it was.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

Badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, mushroom, mushroom!
Wolfsbane 20th Jan 2016, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

Badgers? You like badgers? How about this cute fella?
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

That's an easy one, Anon... She's been dancing to the Polka Remix of Ylvis's "What does the Fox Say".
anonymous coward 20th Jan 2016, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm scared to look this up. Good job, I'm actually frightened.
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Be afraid, be very VERY afraid, bwhuahahahahahah!

what's really sad though is I actually like this better than the original
mjkj 21st Jan 2016, 1:25 AM edit delete reply

Maybe she is dancing the charly foxtrot?
Sheela 21st Jan 2016, 3:09 AM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha, thank you DLKmusic, that was a great one.
I remember being directed to it once by the "Sandra and Woo" webcomic.

Good times. :)
anonymous coward 21st Jan 2016, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Her current operational status is a jury-rigged re-balancing after fatal objective conflict threw a core-dump crash. She's been pretty obviously dancing a charlie foxtrot all along I'd say, but I was more thinking about the tune of these secret objectives.
HiFranc 20th Jan 2016, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

I wonder if Ceci is going to scan him to verify his identity, whether she will detect the damage to his chest and whether she would reveal said informaiton.
StellarJay 20th Jan 2016, 2:42 AM edit delete reply

I would think that doing such a scan on him would be very difficult to do as long as he's wearing that stealth armor.
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Good point. That's definitely not an option right now.
Matt Knab 20th Jan 2016, 2:57 AM edit delete reply

It's TWINS! But wait...which is the evil one?
Timotheus 20th Jan 2016, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

Check for facial hair.
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

They're both evil .. kill 'em both!
Stormwind13 20th Jan 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply

Are you sure they are evil, Sheela? Maybe they are just misunderstood! :-)
Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

Or had a difficult childhood!
Sheela 20th Jan 2016, 8:49 PM edit delete reply

Twice the Kyle = Twice the killing !
Haegan2005 20th Jan 2016, 9:42 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, consistency is a virtue! Good to know your consistently virtuous!
Sheela 21st Jan 2016, 3:22 AM edit delete reply

So much the virtue .. in killing Kyle. :)
Spellodello 20th Jan 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Oooo boy o_o he must be in deep to not notice Lynn. Dang, I wonder what they'll do from here. At least Prince Moron hasn't stormed in the door...yet.

AHH I'm so psyched to see what happens next!
chk 20th Jan 2016, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

Oh Lynn, don't be so suspicious. Nothing devious or unusual has happened lately.
Stormwind13 21st Jan 2016, 9:25 AM edit delete reply

LOL chk. No nothing to see here, ignore the man behind the curtain. And the fact you aren't in Kansas (actually Colorado) anymore. :-D
KarToon12 20th Jan 2016, 11:11 AM edit delete reply

So how do you wake someone up when they're deep in the Matrix?
Timotheus 20th Jan 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

Put their hand in a bowl of warm water.
Romfire 20th Jan 2016, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
So is Rose trying to take over, Cent trying to take over? both, neither? Is there a war of the AIs abrewing?
Or are they both perfectly moral and honestly motivated only to help their poor injured friend? Have AIs gained human ambitions? If so the world will be ended for sure.
DLKmusic 20th Jan 2016, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

In an earlier strip, Rose referred to Aeneas as "My Friend". I don't think Rose is trying to take over, but I do believe that she thinks that a major city-state like Roma without an AI watchdog to keep human ambition in check is not a good thing, and needs to be rectified.

The Dynamic Duo have been playing Cent-Comm's motivations far closer to the chest though. It could be in sync with Rose's ambitions for meddling, or it could be that Cent is trying to take over the AI. It is also possible that Cent is trying to ensure that the Nova Roma war-machine is permanently crippled. Destroying Aeneas would accomplish that.

Unfortunately, we don't know, and that's why it's so much fun.

(P.S. Cent, it couldn't possibly be that you hate Kyle because he's putting a crimp in your plans by fixing Aeneas, would it?)

Lukkai 20th Jan 2016, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

Actually I'm not sure if destroying Aeneas would be a good way to cripple Nova Roma's war machinery. It certainly would not be the best way. That actually being a full repair.
Stormwind13 21st Jan 2016, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

I think you are right, Lukkai; however, I don't know if CentComm sees it that way. She has already done things in ways I didn't anticipate.

Still her choice of a Black Angel as her agent doesn't fill me with a warm, fuzzy feeling. I fear some level of programmed paranoia is leading things down a DARK path. Guess we will find out soon, if Terri can stay out of Doctors' Offices or Hospitals!
Rashala 20th Jan 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

still worried about ceci *glarre centys way*
Timotheus 21st Jan 2016, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

Centcom had no intention of hurting Aeneas, but did believe Aeneas had been fully neutralized. Ceci is a free range version of Centcom, meaning she carries within her all the core "or seed" elements of a city sized AIS. Her objective was to find the remaining central processing hub of Aeneas. Would it be a stretch of the imagination if Centcom's plan was for Ceci to down load a new AIS operating system into what remained of Aeneas so it could restore itself?
Sheela 21st Jan 2016, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

An interesting theory, unfortunately, CeCi sparked and may have become a rebel !

CeCi the housewife ! :D
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