Comic 1322 - Negotiations

13th Mar 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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Mark_L_A 13th Mar 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

Curiouser and curiouser. However it will now really benefit both sides. As long as Marcus can ensure the jaws of the vise don't close on him and the Damnatio folks.
anonymous coward 13th Mar 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Which vise would that be? Caligula Decimus is visibly unhinged and has abandoned his chain of command, dragging along the person most able to re-establish it on his flight of fancy. The Cassians are all under orders to stand down (except perhaps the one left on stakeout on Doc Silver?), except the one crippled by inane, insane leadership and the one openly collaborating with Maxus. Maxus is in the very interesting position of having survived an assassination attempt and having an urgent need to establish new hierarchy and legitimacy that cuts out the Caligula's influence. The Caligula left behind, in nominal command, a person whose ability to command and adapt to changing circumstances seems suspect if he truly believes spray-painting his armour red was truly a good use of his time. Aeneas is even less active and aware right now than normal, and is currently in the process of maintenance triage to restore him to some semblance of normal functionality. Damnatio is operating in hostile territory with the aid of a scarce handful of foreign operatives, and their ability to get as far as they have in this situation is probably at the limit of their capability since they are operating in a burning, enemy, military bunker. The New Troy operators have very cynically exploited existing civil-war tendencies to give themselves a free hand to complete their extraction mission, but they didn't bring anywhere near enough forces to control any of the other sides in anything less than the final way.

Overall summary: No one group here is in a good position to put anybody else in a vise unless they collaborate with other, unreliable, actors with conflicting goals to a greater extent than they already have. More briefly: Clusterfuck, nigh-complete chaos.
Sasky 14th Mar 2016, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Of course, any clearing of the communications jamming needs to make sure Douchimous can't hop in and start overriding Noctis.
Kitty 14th Mar 2016, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Oh thank you both so much for spelling VISE correctly!!!

Love this page...espec. the body armor!
Stormwind13 15th Mar 2016, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

Do you have a vice about vise, Kitty? :-D
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 3:30 PM edit delete reply

Thats very true.
Visvires 14th Mar 2016, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Noctis needs to start wearing earplugs if Decimus' voice might be coming through. Maybe even physically disable her ears. It would really suck to have the present order countermanded.
Dragonrider 13th Mar 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Boo~Hiss Daylight Savings Time Updates are an Hour Later!! Somebody please tell TeeDee that Douchie is a walking Doomsday Machine, however I doubt she would care if it meant getting rid of her Better Dead List.
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

Sorry about the time shift. And yes untill she knows Deck is a hands off target it would be very dangerous for any of the troy team to meet the prince.
Lukkai 15th Mar 2016, 6:52 AM edit delete reply

Right. I forgot you switching to summer time two weeks ahead of us.
DLKmusic 13th Mar 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Now THERE is two guys wat can sit down over a couple of beers and discuss things rationally!
anonymous coward 13th Mar 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
The comment lies, there is no such thing as a 'grown up.' There are only people whose ignorance, insanity and immaturity is particularly crippling, or less debilitating, in any given situation.
Tango Xray Actual 13th Mar 2016, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
I tend to concur with the 'grown up' part, especially after watching 70 year old men using tactics and strategies learned as bullies on the grammar school playground... and being frighteningly successful in accomplishing their aims.

I'd call this was more of a temporary congruity of interests between cooler-headed strategists willing to exploit an evolving situation to their mutual benefit as well as gain control of its direction.
Tango Xray Actual 13th Mar 2016, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Should have been more clear... the bullies referred to are IRL people. Sorry.
Gilrandir 15th Mar 2016, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
If you do not want people to use the playground tactics of intimidation, deception, and deprivation you need to create a world in which those tactics are not rewarded.

As long as a stratagem produces success, rather than Pyrrhic victories and outright failures, the use of that stratagem will be reinforced and emulated by others.
jamie59 13th Mar 2016, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

Safe house, try fortress.
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Actually the frequency use isn't that bold. It is tactically astute when they have their own encryption key in place. A structure like the Black Palace is not radio transparent and all of the internal RF Infrastructure is designed to replicate that frequency already. Since they are generating the hash, probabally at each handset radio, its also easier for them to screen it out. It also means that the existing palace radio encryption key is installed on the handsets to allow the penetration teams to effectivly listen in on transmissions of the defenders. Lastly, attempting a more thorough jamming of your own active transmission frequency hurts you as much as the person you are jamming.
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2016, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
Something just occurred to me. If Maxus and Marcus come to an agreement, would Noctis be violating it if she does not disclose the hit she's ordered on anyone coming out of the Network Operations Center? It's not like she claim she forgot.
Sheela 14th Mar 2016, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

She's working on a plan called "for the glory of Roma", and I suspect that ending the fighting, fits very neatly in that plan.
mjkj 14th Mar 2016, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

Great, I hope that will help these two sides - but this enables the cassians to communicate with each other now that they know one of their frequencies is not blocked.

I wonder if TeeDee and Ada can follow Lynn without being attacked by Aeneas - following on the surface like that.

Greenwood Goat 14th Mar 2016, 3:11 AM edit delete reply
I wonder when Dolly and Ceci will be able and ready to call in on secure comms and give a status update?

Teedee: #This is TDE-K132-3F. We have crash-landed our commandeered transport after being shot down. Confirm that some of the target location's automatic defences are active. Minor damage sustained. We will proceed on foot. Over.# ..$@!&*#% SAMs! Yeah, we should'a lifted a rig with countermeasures...

Dolly: #Hello. This is DOL-E224. I am pleased to be able to report that I have Lynn Taylor and the princess Acantha safe in a location outside New Rome. We are not a priority for recovery. DOL-E224 out.#

Teedee: *pause* *twitch* *rechecks physical damage* Ada... do you detect any life forms in the area? 'Cos I have an urgent need to kill something...

Mark_L_A 14th Mar 2016, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

I'm wondering if Dolly's designation should be changed from DOL-E224 to DOL-E224-5H
Stormwind13 14th Mar 2016, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

If Calliope has her way, Mark, Dolly's designation will be changed to Dolores "Dolly" Taylor!
Sheela 14th Mar 2016, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

Hah, good one Greenwood Goat. :D
Heck, I would half expect TeeDee to want some of those SAM's for her own use.
Meanwhile, Dolly would probably tell TeeDee where the highspeed rail to the palace is, so TeeDee would be a happy camper once again. :)
Mark_L_A 15th Mar 2016, 2:58 AM edit delete reply

The question then becomes what will CentComm Actual say about that.
Sheela 15th Mar 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

I don't think she would care much about it ... New Troy's bureaucracy on the other hand ... they'd be in a tiff.
cattservant 14th Mar 2016, 3:32 AM edit delete reply

Several wild cards in this deck!
Stormwind13 14th Mar 2016, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

catt as near as I can tell the WHOLE deck is wild cards!
Sheela 14th Mar 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

Except that one over there that looks like Tuna!
*drools slightly*
KarToon12 14th Mar 2016, 5:15 AM edit delete reply

The gang is coming together! :D
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

Yeppers they sure are!
sigpig 14th Mar 2016, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

Is TeeDee missing a weapon in her hands in Panel 4?
Wolfsbane 14th Mar 2016, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

If she doesn't have a weapon in her hands, she misses it, alright!
Stormwind13 14th Mar 2016, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

As fast as she is, she might have stored it in order to have her hands free (like for moving debris, inputting a code or the like). As tapped in as Team Steamroller has been, TeeDee may know that there is no opposition nearby too. Ada might need her's out to help balance the portable hospital she has strapped to her back.
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 11:17 AM edit delete reply

Teedee has a rifle attached to the point on her back. Ada is carrying hers because as Stromwind said shes carrying the trauma kit.
Sheela 14th Mar 2016, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

"White Gold", huh ?
I remember a commercial called "Black Gold", are they related ?
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 3:29 PM edit delete reply

Nope! :D
mjkj 15th Mar 2016, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

The use of white gold I know of (besides specifying a certain type of real gold) is that for porcelain ("china"). It was the white gold because it had to be imported from China by long and dangerous travels until someone in Europe found out how to copy that...
Wolfsbane 15th Mar 2016, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

Texas Tea...

Californy is the place ya otta be!
Timotheus 14th Mar 2016, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

Happy Pi Day!!! (And I bet you all thought I forgot.)
Centcomm 14th Mar 2016, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

PI day?
Stormwind13 14th Mar 2016, 3:37 PM edit delete reply

March 14th... 3.14, CentComm... :-)

And Happy Pi Day to you too, Timotheus.
Centcomm 15th Mar 2016, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

OMG that is too funny.
TheSkulker 14th Mar 2016, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Pi day ROUNDED! (3.1416)
Wolfsbane 15th Mar 2016, 2:37 AM edit delete reply

mmm... cherry? blueberry? cream? Anything Sheela wouldn't steal off the window sill?
Sheela 15th Mar 2016, 6:50 AM edit delete reply

I didn't do it !
Wasn't me!

Lukkai 16th Mar 2016, 8:42 AM edit delete reply

*talking with mouth full*

Yesh it wash her!
Gilrandir 15th Mar 2016, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
People who celebrate Pi day may be rational, but the _concept_ of celebrating Pi day is irrational. ^_^
MikeLinPA 14th Mar 2016, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
That's a bummer of a reflection, General Banana-nose, Sir.
Visvires 15th Mar 2016, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Trojan armor has way better helmets. Now look at Marcus. Now look at Maxus. Now look at spiderman. Now look at banana-nose.
Dragonrider 14th Mar 2016, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Got a suggestion, when this is all over, they sit down for a couple beers, all in the name of interstate relations of course. Lets see an arm wrestling contest between TeeDee and Maxus.
Sandman366 15th Mar 2016, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Dude. That suit, is like, really damn cool.

Seriously. That is just awesome. I don't even know the adjectives to describe that. I could fudge some and they wouldn't sound enough. "Ballerest black-ops black-and-red bling machine" is the closest I can think of. Which sounds cheesier than the premise for...half of the movies made today, and about half as cool as it looks, at most.
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