Comic 1315 - IFF

25th Feb 2016, 9:00 PM
IFF
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)
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Haegan2005 25th Feb 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Seriously no. I do not want to THAT guy!
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

Witch one.. Three of them died on this page :D Oh right the one who got stabbed in the heart and had his arm punctured to the bone.
jamie59 25th Feb 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

How's she dodging the blood?
NinjaYacdan 25th Feb 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Raw sexual might.
Just_IDD 25th Feb 2016, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
She may be coated in a Teflon like substance. Maybe that old nursery rhyme is true...

"I'm rubber you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!"
Just_IDD 25th Feb 2016, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
he is currently saying *SPLORT*
Speedy Marsh 31st Mar 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
She's coated with Brain-X®. It's like Rain-X®, but it makes blood and grey matter roll off.
Petercat 26th Feb 2016, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
Her suite absorbs all organics and uses them as nutrients for her organic parts and as raw materials for the rest of her.
Maybe?
Sheela 26th Feb 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Suit ? what suit ?
That is her skin, and yes, it does drink blood quite happily.
That is why Noctis is so pale, she's secretly not a real cassian, but a vampire!
I'm not sure if being a vampire makes her less, or more, terrifying.
anonymous coward 26th Feb 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Cue tasteless joke about female vampires and 'that time of the month' that I can't be bothered to actually write.
Lukkai 26th Feb 2016, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

Well, she's got blood on her hands now.

Literally.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

Actually she hasn't avoided all of it .. its just impossible to see on her black body suit and the few blood drops on her face and hair.
Sheela 27th Feb 2016, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

Nuuuu ... Vampire skin suit ! :D
anonymous coward 28th Feb 2016, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
It's official, we've hit Marvel Comics level of ideas now....
Boren 28th Feb 2016, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

much like how the Mord Sith would wear red leather...
Sheela 28th Feb 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

Ah yes, the Mord Sith.
I've often thought of the Cassians as the techno variant of the Mord Sith.
They essentially fulfill the same role for their masters and I could totally see Malati feeding Chipmunks. XD
DLKmusic 25th Feb 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

I just realized what Noctis's porcelain face is reminding me of, especially now.

CHUCKY!!!!!

kinda brings a whole new level of creepy to her! are y'all scared yet?
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

That doll like creepiness is her mantel its a core part of her design :D
Speedy Marsh 31st Mar 2017, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
She's as creepy as Chatty Cathy, and now only she can pull her string.

(The Charmin' Chatty is Ceci, and CentComm crammed all 5 records into her)

https://youtu.be/o-zk8dAGx2U
The Old Scribe 25th Feb 2016, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

Hah! The attack drones IFF won't let it fire on Cassian's; not that it would do any good. The good Captain will probably shoot his own squad members if they do try to give up. Besides, I don't think 'surrender' is recognized by Noctis' programming. Not shooting at her might work though.

Next: Captain Dicksnack's head on the floor.
Sasky 25th Feb 2016, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Most likely they have IFF because there was a high number of 'friendly fire' deaths by the blue goons.
Lukkai 26th Feb 2016, 10:33 PM edit delete reply

They might get shot by the captain, they might get sliced by Noctis, they might get shot by the rebels or the regular army.

But given the choice between "dying anyway" and "just maybe might survive this"...
Yeah, I'd probably drop my weapons, shout "I surrender!" and quickly walk down the corridor with my hands behind my head, if I were in their position. At least if I'd have gotten enough time to think about it.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

Noctis can make her own decisions Remember aside from the inhibitor Cassians are as fully sparked as New Troy Androids.
HiFranc 27th Feb 2016, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

I'm confused -- it says it can't fire because of the IFF signature but it was firing at her on the previous page.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply

It was firing at the people Behind her. It can no longer see them well enough and Noctis is constantly in its fire line.
Sheela 28th Feb 2016, 5:57 AM edit delete reply

Poor drone, it is so confused! :D
Lukkai 28th Feb 2016, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

Also it constantly gets ordered to shoot at Noctis, thus overriding any previous orders or the will to shoot at the others. And since it cannot shoot Noctis, it's basically caught in a rather unproductive loop right now.
Dragonrider 25th Feb 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Don't think surrender is in Noctis's agenda tonight. Looks more like;
One, Two Three, Four
Gut this guy,
Then kill some more.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

Yeah.. Pretty much :D
anonymous coward 25th Feb 2016, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Surrender is greatly undervalued as a response to unprofitable adversity. It's a commendable show of rational intelligence to value their lives ahead of the questionable goals of Caligula 2: Fuckup Moar in employing them. Of course, it's worth asking whether or not these folks have outstanding cases for capital punishment as a result of their deeds, and what sort of capital punishment awaits the guilty currently protected by Decimus' favour. I could well see a sizable fraction of the blueshell number having better odds at besting Noctis in a fight than making it through a fair and just trial with an existence worth keeping.
Timotheus 26th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete reply

On the other hand, there is the notable difference between "little" and "none" when assessing chances. Dropping weapons and laying on the floor with your arms spread wide does make you much less of a target and more likely to be overlooked initially.

And I voted.
sigpig 26th Feb 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

My guess is that Noctis will assure that there will be no trial, as he punishment is "summary" in nature...
Sheela 26th Feb 2016, 4:24 PM edit delete reply

Alternatively, she simply accepts their surrender .. and turn them over to Maxus.

She does not have time to handle them any more than that.
anonymous coward 26th Feb 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Summary execution as a punishment would be a mistake. The political reality in Nova Roma got to where it is with open civil war because of a prince who treated due process of the law as an obstacle to his aims.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

Remember one of the reasons Maxus is doing this is to end Decimus's flagrant disregard for the rights of his people. Also Max warned him what would happen if the people are pissed off enough .. Doubtful he remembers more than the beating at Maxus's hands though.
mjkj 25th Feb 2016, 11:42 PM edit delete reply

Woah, great :)

..I love that droid and his error message... =D

Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

hehe thanks!
cattservant 26th Feb 2016, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

Discretion is the better part of valor, they say.
JackOfClubs 26th Feb 2016, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

If these guys had either discretion or valor, they would not be wearing the blue uniforms.
Sheela 26th Feb 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

You don't know that, there are some people out there in truly horrifying roles, simply because they were starving.
Much like Nazi's I'm guessing not all bluebies are bad people ... just enough of them, to really make the group a bad one.
velvetsanity 26th Feb 2016, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

You're forgetting the fact that drekhead hired them for his goon squad *because* they're bloodthirsty amoral shitstains, Sheela
Lukkai 26th Feb 2016, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

However there might be different levels even among those. Some might be shitstains just clean or small enough to let go.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

Yep in this case its more pants filling terror.
DLKmusic 27th Feb 2016, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
I would think that if ever there was a time for an epiphany on how badly you screwed up your life, this would be it!
Sheela 27th Feb 2016, 8:20 PM edit delete reply

True.

And you'd be surprised at what people will agree to do if they are starving, even to act like complete shitstains.
Visvires 27th Feb 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Those people are wearing red shells.
Sheela 28th Feb 2016, 6:09 AM edit delete reply

No, no, THOSE guys are wearing BLUE shells, the good guys are wearing RED shells ... y'know, like in RED vs. BLUE ?

But maybe if we cook the blue ones, they'll turn red like lobsters. :)
KarToon12 26th Feb 2016, 8:23 AM edit delete reply

That last line is gold. XD
Sheela 26th Feb 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, he's ready to take his chances, he is.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

hehe thank you :D
Matt Knab 26th Feb 2016, 9:59 AM edit delete reply

Probable death is preferable to certain death any day!
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:48 PM edit delete reply

Oh yeah .. mercy of the court and all.. But do you think Noctis HAS mercy?
Lukkai 28th Feb 2016, 7:33 PM edit delete reply

Mercy, probably not.

Efficiency on the other hand... No need to kill non-combatants as far as they know. And they hope to become just that by surrendering.
Gilrandir 26th Feb 2016, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
For true amusement, Noctis could commandeer the drone, identify the blueberries as rebels (after all, they fired on a Cassian) and really let the captain see what "friend or foe" software can do.

On the other hand, it is possible that the blueberries return fire might hit the droid -- which would be an unneeded expense when the time comes to fill out her after-action report. So it's probably better that she just handle them all personally.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 1:48 PM edit delete reply

Much less paperwork :D
Sheela 27th Feb 2016, 8:21 PM edit delete reply

Ah, but paperwork is easy to handle, you just let the murderturd eat it. :)
JackOfClubs 26th Feb 2016, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

And this, kids, is why we don't want "Smart Guns" in life or death situations.
anonymous coward 26th Feb 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
I don't know, it seems to be working out very well for Nova Roma in general and Noctis in particular. Not every person who can point a weapon should be allowed to do so whenever, wherever and however they want.
Kitty 26th Feb 2016, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Better a smart gun than a stupid shooter.
velvetsanity 26th Feb 2016, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

Considering things like changing circumstances and betrayals and such, the primary thing a 'smart gun' needs to be smart about is 'are you authorized to use me?' And even that's iffy
anonymous coward 27th Feb 2016, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
Two words: Friendly fire.
If the breakdown of hierarchy and allegiance in a situation is so problematic that command is unable to update and enforce IFF and authorization lists effectively... you should be running for the hills instead of making a target of yourself by trying to shoot somebody. If your organization no longer functions as an organization your responsibilities are 'regroup' and 'survive.' You shouldn't try to do more than that without fresh orders because soldiers in the trenches cannot possibly gather together enough information to form an accurate strategic view of what their goals and targets should be. Without that understanding, such disorganized forces may be wasting effort and supplies fighting each other, forces that they can't win against, forces it would be counterproductive to fight, or even just spreading out their effort too thinly on too many valid targets at once. The fog of war kills.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Drones are technically robots with decision making ability they often have hard coded IFF systems the Cassians are illegal targets for a number of reasons.

Noctis can pretty much ignore the drone who is probably the only one that could actually hit her.
Steven-Vincent 26th Feb 2016, 6:40 PM edit delete reply

I like how she just has this bored expression on her face. She's not even pissed, just all in a day's work.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes. Shes so very bored of this LOL!
Lukkai 26th Feb 2016, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Daayum, that girl is fast
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Thats the hardest thing to portray in a medium like this. Blink and its over.
Lukkai 26th Feb 2016, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

And Canoi's day just went from "I'm gonna add the sister to my collection!" to "I'm going to be added to someone's collection!"
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

It went down so fast hes getting elevator sickness !
TheSkulker 27th Feb 2016, 5:42 AM edit delete reply

I think Noctis is just mentally torturing Canoi - leaving him for last. He can see that she is invincible, deadly and is approaching fast. Unless he is abysmally stupid (a real probability), he is seeing his forthcoming doom and lowering his center of gravity into his pants.
Stormwind13 27th Feb 2016, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

Actually Canoi is bravely leading from the rear. As far in the rear as he can, and still yell orders to his animals. Which means Noctis had to work her way to Canoi.

As a bonus that means he gets to have the extra time to see her coming. Enjoy your last moments polluting the world, a$$hole.
Lukkai 28th Feb 2016, 7:37 PM edit delete reply

To be fair: Leading from the rear is the sensible choice in the majority of occasions.
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 3:08 PM edit delete reply

We shall see what happens to captain can here :D
Sheela 28th Feb 2016, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha ... " lowering his center of gravity into his pants." ... brilliant ! :D
TheD-Wrek 27th Feb 2016, 9:34 AM edit delete reply

All this violence!!! XD

...

I love it. X)
Centcomm 27th Feb 2016, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Yep so very violent :D its going to stay that way for a bit :D
Speedy Marsh 31st Mar 2017, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
She could give each of them a detonation cord necklace, tied to a rebel's life signs. If they don't keep the rebel they're paired to alive, their head would pop off like a lego minifig's.

Surely Decimus has something like that in his toy box.

She'd be giving them a chance to redeem themselves, a bit, before they're tried for their crimes.
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