Comic 1331 - Shattering

3rd Apr 2016, 9:00 PM
Shattering
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)
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Mark_L_A 3rd Apr 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

OUCH!!
Aurora 3rd Apr 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
This isn't going to end well...
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
I expect that it <u>will</u> end well ... but that there will be some uncomfortable twists and turns before we get to the ending. ^_^
Lukkai 5th Apr 2016, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

(Pst: no < here for the code. Use [ instead.)
Gilrandir 21st Apr 2016, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
testing testing testing
Gilrandir 21st Apr 2016, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, @Lukkai.
Dragonrider 3rd Apr 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Zippity-Doo-Dah, Zippity-Aye.
Oh what a feeling,
Oh what a day.

Da bovine excrement done hit Da Mortar Forkin Fan in cement mixers full. Douchimas Deadman Switch is nothing compared to what might well happen now. Aeneas has access to weapon systems Douchie would wet his pants for with the orbital cannon.

Wanna bet a call goes out for Acantha to get back here to calm him down?
StephenHFoster 3rd Apr 2016, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
I concur. Acantha has the one special characteristic to help Aeneas hold it together.
DLKmusic 3rd Apr 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

note on the alt-text...

As mind blowing as it is, we, your devoted fandom have come to expect the exceptional from the two of you, and you ALWAYS deliver!
StephenHFoster 3rd Apr 2016, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, making chaos look good ain't easy. I see a lot of layers in that madness.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

Aww thank you! :D
Fairportfan 3rd Apr 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

"Sweet fucking shitpickles"?

Wow.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

I thought the exact same thing when I saw that!
Sheela 4th Apr 2016, 9:38 AM edit delete reply

pickling shits, is a time honored artform!
Lukkai 5th Apr 2016, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

It's the moment Rose realises that this is going to hurt.

Lots.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

Yep that it did... :D
xpacetrue 3rd Apr 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

Well, I guess we should be grateful. This is a Monday. At least we weren't left with this as a Friday cliffhanger.
Dragonrider 3rd Apr 2016, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

@xpacetrue: Don't even think that or she will change to another character story, or prolong this for two days to give us that cliffhanger.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

Oh whoops.. looky that! No more pages.. have to take a week off! ..

*Dodges pitchfork* OK OK OK! Geeez..
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

Pitchforks?!?! You WISH it was that easy, CentComm!!! ::Points TeeDee at CentComm with her cannon:: Acquire target and take it out, TeeDee! }:-D~>
mjkj 4th Apr 2016, 11:42 AM edit delete reply

Nooooo, that would result in no more updates at all...
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

CentComm has more dolls, mjkj. She can see the error of her ways before TeeDee finds a truly critical target. :-D
Visvires 5th Apr 2016, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
And she's still dead, officially, so, officially, she didn't take out the doll.
HeSerpenty 3rd Apr 2016, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

OHhhhhhhhhhh Crud O__O
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Yeah pretty much! Not a good day to be rose.
StephenHFoster 3rd Apr 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
If someone can get Aeneas to look in a mirror he might recognize his own mask.
Sheela 4th Apr 2016, 9:39 AM edit delete reply

Ooohh, good one!
ProfEtheric 3rd Apr 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Not. Good.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Nope not good at all...
Wolfsbane 3rd Apr 2016, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

Greaaaat. Now how much damage will Aeneas do to Rose in ripping off her mask? Will we have 2 damaged AIS's instead of one? What will we find under Rose's mask?

And kudos on a super rendering. Love all the Matrix-y type characters - Japanese included! (of course) Top notch story and drawing - this deserves to be higher on the TWC list.
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

That is the question, Wolfsbane. And how much damage is he doing to HIMSELF in the process too? His hardware is failing and pushing that level of power thru it can't be good for it.
mjkj 3rd Apr 2016, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

Outch... poor Rose...

I wonder how she will look like in the next update...

Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 2:59 AM edit delete reply

I'm wondering if she will BE in the next update at all, mjkj! That scream with the asterisk normally means the death or rendering unconscious of the screamer!!!
Sheela 4th Apr 2016, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

And this is when it is revealed that Tokyo Rose is really a demonic chihuahua!

Yes, we are on to you Rose! :)
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply

No, no Sheela... Rose is more a CAT purrsssson. :-D
Haegan2005 4th Apr 2016, 7:43 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, you forgot the rabbit ears on the Chihuahua.
Sheela 5th Apr 2016, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

Rabbit Ears ?

... wtf ? whachuu talkin' 'bout willis?
There's no rabbit ears on my Chihuahua Anatomy chart!
Lukkai 5th Apr 2016, 6:43 PM edit delete reply

Isn't "demonic chihuahua" pretty much a pleonasm?
Sheela 5th Apr 2016, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

Nah, it could be trembling instead of being demonic.
cattservant 3rd Apr 2016, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

The clock strikes midnight.
Cinderella is up to her ass
in pumpkins and mice!
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 3:04 AM edit delete reply

Midnight... and poof, everything changes.
Sheela 5th Apr 2016, 5:42 AM edit delete reply

Make sure not to feed them after midnight ?
Visvires 3rd Apr 2016, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
No profanity in the scream. That's a really bad sign.
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply

Very, VERY bad, Visvires. She got her profanity started before his attack hit. Nothing after that but a scream that appears to be cut off. =O
Greenwood Goat 4th Apr 2016, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
No... I can't feel a sense of worry about this. This is Tokyo Rose we're talking about here. She has all the skillz, and must have multiple redundant backups. I'm sure this will end with her stepping back, snapping her hair back into order and saying something like, "Wow! I haven't had a workout like that in decades! :-)"
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 3:06 AM edit delete reply

I'm not so sure she will snapping back from that Greenwood Goat! The termination of that scream makes me wonder how damaged Tokyo Rose is!
mjkj 4th Apr 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply

Make that centuries, Goat.
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Aeneas is ... awesome! ^_^
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 7:17 AM edit delete reply

Aeneas is acting more like a spoiled brat than awesome (to me). Lashing out at those that are trying to help. Complicating things instead of letting them get better. REALLY complicating things if he actually HURT Rose and she can't complete the repairs.
Dragonrider 4th Apr 2016, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

Considering what has been done to him in the past by the Aurelian, and Rose plus the fact she admitted to him she is lying to him now about some things. I find his response reasonable and measured.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:31 AM edit delete reply

O_O
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
I am with @Dragonrider on this.

Aeneas, who is a past victim of abuse and betrayal, discovers himself the unwilling target of mental surgery, surrounded only by people he does not know or has reason not to trust as he can feel his mind degrading under their (putative) assault. And he still remains coherent and still acts not to obliterate those within reach, but only to expose the truth so that (presumably) he can ensure that whatever action he next takes is honorable. _This_ is the fighting spirit of Nova Roma -- capable of inspiring men like Maxus and Democulus. The fact that the process is painful to Rose may be unfortunate given the actual situation, but from Aeneas' perspective ... awesome courage and honor. After all, we aren't blaming Rose for the fact that the involuntary procedure she is imposing on Aeneas seems to be quite painful to him, are we?

This is a great example, in a subtle, implications-of-implications way, why Rose should have remembered that "an armed society is a polite society" and Aeneas is a warrior. Had she asked, I'm sure CentComm would have explained it to her.

On the flip side, I doubt Rose is in as much trouble as the art makes it appear. You don't get to be the power behind all the thrones of Terra without having some powers and knowing something about self-preservation. Aeneas is, essentially, getting in a 'sucker punch' because Rose isn't trying to defend herself and isn't trying to run away. Although unpleasant, I doubt she is (yet) at any serious risk. It remains only to be seen how badly she might have underestimated Aeneas and whether her assistants can get things restored in a timely fashion.
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Aeneas is throwing a temper tantrum right now. And targeting Rose with it, even though she shouldn't be the target. She is just 'convenient'. To me, that says spoiled brat.

I'm not saying Aeneas doesn't have some justification for being unhappy. Bad things have happened... We really don't know all of Rose's involvement with Aeneas. From earlier comments though we do know Rose was NOT involved in the damage and destruction to Aeneas. She would have prevented it if she had seen it coming.

My thinking is that Rose probably promised early on possibly through a still existing line (at the time) to help him. Then realized because of the extent of the damage she couldn't do it, quickly. Aeneas remembers the (broken) promise and is throwing it back at her now. Blasting her with all his fear and frustration.

Which is ultimately a stupid reaction. Kind of like drowning people lashing out at would be rescuers. Sometimes taking BOTH of their lives in the process.

Remains to be seen what survives out of this. Ordinarily I wouldn't be overly concerned for Rose either, but because of the dire need to reduce lag time, I don't think she put defenses up. She probably is about as vulnerable as she can GET right now... And that is a lot of power he fed into her.
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Your interpretation of Aeneas' actions and mine differ. For one thing, he does not appear to be 'lashing out', he appears to be acting purposely to achieve a specific goal (the unmasking of Tokyo Rose). Your assertion that he should not be doing so is possibly defensible from a position of omniscience, but I don't think it is fair to judge him by that standard.

Consider the following (badly flawed and only approximate) hypothetical:

You wake in your own bed to discover your thinking impaired, strapped down, bleeding from a severe abdominal wound, surrounded by several people wearing masks, one of which is _holding_ a bloody scalpel over you. The only person you might even recognize is known to have unsavory connections and does frequent business with various black and gray markets -- and she's the one holding the knife. Being a trained warrior, you extract your personal defense weapon (where you have it nearby) and ...

A) start trying to gut as many of them as you can before they cut you up for parts?
B) relax because they tell you to trust them, lie back and think of England?
C) capture the immediate threat and attempt (at knifepoint) to compel them to answer truthfully the question "Who are you and what are you doing in my bedroom?" (Add profanities to taste if required. ^_^)

The fact that it may all come out in the end that you are a dialysis patient (which you've known for years) and they have just snuck in to give you a life-improving kidney transplant without your prior knowledge and consent is, of course, of academic interest to the serious student of Ethics -- but the fact that Aeneas, even in his severely compromised mental state, chose C over A (to my mind) speaks only praiseworthy things of his character.
Boren 4th Apr 2016, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

Actually having worked with memory impaired and dementia patents for several years I view this more under that vale.
Aeneas is confused and doesn't understand what is going on so he's lashing out, very much a AI version of biting the nurse who's trying to give you your medicine.
You can't blame him because he truly has no understanding of what's going on all he knows is something, he doesn't know what, isn't right so he blames it on the only other person he sees even though in reality that person is trying to make him better.
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Well you certainly have more applicable experience than I. But Aeneas has been shown to carry on rational conversations with Acantha, and is not (as far as I know) in anyone's custody or committed to anyone's care. I think we can be fairly confident he has no caregiving arrangement in place with any of the parties currently performing 'surgery' on him -- which makes the current arrangement non-consensual with a person capable of giving informed consent.

Also, he isn't lashing out at any of the others (who would undoubtedly be easier targets), he is specifically lashing out at someone who (by his dialogue) he both remembers and has specific reasons to distrust. Not a trusted caregiver whose identity he has misplaced by reason of dementia,

Disclaimer: All of the above is my own, uninformed speculation made in complete absence of any meaningful data from the relevant backstories. As always, our creatrixes will know far better than I what actually is and is not happening here.
Boren 8th Apr 2016, 2:10 PM edit delete reply

As someone who works with the memory impaired I would strenuously disagree with your statement "capable of giving informed consent" and actually many memory care patents are very capable of having a wonderful conversation with you, they just won't remember it five minutes after you leave. It has to so with active memory vs short term memory vs long term memory they are all different parts of the brain and are effected differently.
sigpig 4th Apr 2016, 6:35 AM edit delete reply

And it is revealed that Tokyo Rose is really a cute, widdle, fluffy, bunny wabbit...

(For those who read Looking for Group, you know what I mean by a "bunny"...)
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:42 AM edit delete reply

Vorpel bunny perhaps?
Dragonrider 4th Apr 2016, 7:59 AM edit delete reply

Bun-Bun perhaps?
mjkj 4th Apr 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

I believe Bun-Bun is close...
highlander55 4th Apr 2016, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

More likely Bugs Bunny
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
So, anyone recognize whose face that is on the left edge of the last panel? I don't recall any of the avatars we've seen so far as having blue eyes (except possibly for Kyle, but I don't think that's his hair).
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I suppose it could be Tokyo Rose's face -- but that seems a bit much, even for our creatrixes. ^_^
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 7:31 AM edit delete reply

Im not sure who you mean In the last panel its only Aeneas and Rose.
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

It looks like a pair of eyes behind Aeneas. Covered up by Aeneas' attack, so the body can't be seen. You didn't have Kagami back there at some point, CentComm? Possibly leaving an artifact looking like eyes?
Centcomm 4th Apr 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

Nope she wasn't even in the scene.. its literally JUST Aeneas and Rose.
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

Possibly pareidolia then.
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
About 48% of the way down the left edge of the panel are two bright blue spots that look like eyes to me, under which is a darker spot that looks like a mouth, all framed in a slightly lighter area producing the overall effect (to me) of a face. It may be an unintentional artifact of the chaos ... but it might not have been.
mjkj 4th Apr 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

I see it, the "eyes" are in the black streak that reaches to Aeneas' shoulder, if you zoom in, it is part of the matrix code that is leaking into the panel.

You are right, it looks like a face =)

You could even see it as lion's face (as an animated film lion's face)...

Tokyo Rose 5th Apr 2016, 3:50 AM edit delete reply

I had to go back and stare at that panel for like two minutes before I saw what I think you're referring to. mjkj's got it right: that's a bit of the code effect. Compare it to the second-to-last panel, specifically along the sides--what look like they might be eyes are pale-blue characters on a black background, without the red-tinted overlay visible in other areas of the last panel.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 9:46 AM edit delete reply

... Looks at previous comments made..

I really should know if there was or wasnt anyone else in the scene. I know some times im not perfect but i even went back and checked the scene file.. So there :D
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
I am perfectly willing to believe it to be an instance of pareidolia. (And kudos to @Stormwind13 for using "pareidolia" in a sentence. ^_^) I just thought I'd ask because it _looked_ like a face to me. And that might have had interesting implications for the story to come.
CptKerion 4th Apr 2016, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
I would like to make a shoutout to all IT and tech support people for regularly putting up with this kind of situation.

Admittedly a little less face blasting blargh, a lot more ranting, raving, and insulting the intelligence of the tech support. And more incompetence.
Timotheus 4th Apr 2016, 12:33 PM edit delete reply

Remember, it's all ionized energy bits placed in a dimensional matrix by mathematical formula. None of it is real, only a textual illusion that can fool your senses.
Gilrandir 4th Apr 2016, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
That's actually another fascinating question (to me, at least): What avatar will CentComm (CeCi) present as in cyberspace? There's no reason for it to (necessarily) present as the CeCi doll, and only slightly more reason for it to present as the CentComm LoveDoll(TM). It could present as an abstract design, like Yasakani -- but, if so, as what? Or, if not, as whom?
Stormwind13 4th Apr 2016, 2:39 PM edit delete reply

That is probably more like the Vorpal Bunny... looks cute and cuddly... And is capable of wiping whole squads of cybernetic experts (or in the real world, squads of soldiers).
Visvires 4th Apr 2016, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
Unless one of them is carrying a Holy Nanowire Grenade of Antioch.
chk 4th Apr 2016, 4:06 PM edit delete reply

That's gonna leave a mark.
KarToon12 4th Apr 2016, 6:29 PM edit delete reply

Feel the burn! D:
Morituri 4th Apr 2016, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
I sure hope he calms down a bit before he takes control of Nova Roma's complete infrastructure and weapons systems.

I can't really say he's doing the wrong thing. Yes, it's unfortunate, but lies really are that corrosive and he's in a very vulnerable state.

One the one hand you can think of this as irrational lashing out in fear. But think about this. She is LYING to him, and she holds his life in her hands.

He absolutely cannot afford to be lied to, in any way, by someone who literally holds his life in her hands. And if she's willing to kill him rather than tell him the whole truth, then leaving it to her means he's going to die anyway. It's entirely reasonable for him to strike first.
Morituri 4th Apr 2016, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Rose & Co. really really need to consider what the hell they're doing. There's a protocol to this. When someone is completely vulnerable you have to respect them and their right to the kind of truth they need to make decisions, or you leave them desperate and helpless.

A whole lot of people have gotten killed for not understanding that, even when they have good intentions.
Dragonrider 4th Apr 2016, 11:30 PM edit delete reply

@Morituri: All good points right now what concerns me is he already does have control of the weapons systems, including the ones that I believe Douchie is locked out of. Remember when he was first attacked he killed all human life in a 5K radius of his location and those mobile gun platforms are still operational.
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
There would have been little need for Acantha to leave if he did not have access to some anti-personnel or weapon systems that could be turned on her.
Cherub Laws 5th Apr 2016, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Has anyone considered that Aneas gave his consent prior to them starting but with the memory degradation he has forgotten that.
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
I thought about it, and it might have happened. At least two things suggest against it (IMHO):

1) Aeneas' trust issues with Tokyo Rose would have surfaced during the earlier conversation. Either he wouldn't be remembering her as well, or he would at least have vestigial memory of the agreement. Unless it was a _very_ unlucky (and very specific) memory core failure. Rose would also, in all likelihood, be knowing _not_ to wear a mask at this critical juncture.
2) When Rose is trying to calm him down, she'd very likely have included dialogue to try and remind Aeneas that he had agreed to this prior to the reboot.

However, maybe it did happen. Once again, only the creatrixes know for sure since if it did, it happened 'off-camera'.
kraznor 5th Apr 2016, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Well that's not good looks like TR needs to send in the legion of cuteness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLdgM8VQu7I
Sheela 5th Apr 2016, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

Oh wow, all they need is stormtrooper armor !
CptKerion 5th Apr 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
that is undeniably horrifying...
Dragonrider 5th Apr 2016, 3:36 PM edit delete reply

Pass me ten or twenty gallons of eye bleach. What has been seen cannot be unseen. Someone send them to a Trump Rally, even The Donald will run in fear.
Visvires 5th Apr 2016, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
Well, that's going to visit my nightmares. I'm going to go look at catalogs of wetsuits and heavy boots, so maybe I'll have a chance.
Romfire 5th Apr 2016, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
I am just wondering what an AI looks like without a mask? Zeros and ones?
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
That depends on the mask. Where the mask was ones, the A.I. looks just the same. Where the mask was zeroes, the underlying ones and zeroes of the A.I. can now be seen. ^_^
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Unless where the mask is zeroes the A.I. is unchanged, and where the mask is ones you now see the A.I. revealed. It depends if it is an AND mask or an OR mask.
Guest 5th Apr 2016, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
ah, you beat me to it, Gil.

What about XOR a few times? Then it could be the beginning of an encrypted mask.
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
I am sure Rose would object to the insinuation that her appearance was being filled out with a one-time pad. ^_^
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
I am, however, pleased (though not surprised) that other members of the readership are bit-wise. ^_^
TheSkulker 5th Apr 2016, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

There's something here unsaid that just doesn't make any sense: Why was Aeneas not introduced to TR and company by Acantha while she was still there and why was he not informed of the intent of the upcoming operation?

This blowup is an obvious outcome and TR should have foreseen it coming. Aeneas trusts Acantha and probably would have cooperated with TR & company. Maybe even assisted by monitoring and validating the fixes. And what is Kyle doing? He has been "inside" Aeneas for hours yet remains undetected?

Again, I have to ask what is the rush? Aeneas has been dysfunctional for years. A few hours or days more longer shouldn't make any difference. With Aeneas' cooperation and awareness, his defenses could still be in place, fixes could be incremental and validated before implementation, the risk of mistakes would be minimized and Acantha could possibly not have to leave.

So why surprise Aeneas with a (to him), attack?
mjkj 5th Apr 2016, 7:11 AM edit delete reply

Well, Aeneas did not know that Acantha was there - because he was already in repair mode whitch kyle initiated before they arrived.
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
I don't think Acantha was supposed to make it to Aeneas at all. All of the rescue and extraction plans appear to be focused on finding her in the palace -- as well as the fact that TR was obviously of the opinion that Acantha would not be safe there during the reboot (because she underestimated just how uber Aeneas really is ^_^). So, if you don't expect her to get there at all, you obviously aren't going to delay the start of the operation pending her arrival. And, as @mjkj points out, once you've started you can't really go back for introductions and negotiations.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

WORD OF GOD!

All im going to say is BIG bada Boom.. And Aeneas is one of the only ones that can stop it.. IF hes sane!
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Now _that_ would be cold.

"Acantha, we're sending you back to the palace, not because you'd be in danger during the reboot if you stayed here, but because unless you are there when the contingencies activate, we're concerned Aeneas won't be sufficiently motivated to stop them -- thereby saving all those other people who happen to be the descendants of the ones who originally attacked him. But, because we can't trust you to do the right thing for those people (your people), we're going to lie to you about why we're sending you back."

Not that I am suggesting anything like that is happening, but that would be cold-blooded.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply

The contingency's will destroy the AIS complex too..
Dragonrider 5th Apr 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

To paraphrase TR Oh Shit,Sour Dillpickle Turds.
Tokyo Rose 5th Apr 2016, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

There seems to be an assumption here that the repair work is happening without Aeneas's consent or cooperation, which is absolutely not the case. Tokyo Rose and the Treasures aren't strangers to Aeneas--there was no need to have Acantha "introduce" them, and they explained the situation to him and got repairs underway long before Acantha, Lynn, Dolly, and Ceci ever arrived. Aeneas has been cooperating to the best of his ability so far, but the problem right now is that hardware components are failing under the unavoidably increased load as the data's being backed up, which is causing Aeneas understandable distress--he literally feels parts of his "brain" dying.
Gilrandir 5th Apr 2016, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Well, that was certainly my misunderstanding. Thanks for clearing that up.
Stormwind13 5th Apr 2016, 6:05 PM edit delete reply

Thank you for clearing things up, Rose.
Naldru 5th Apr 2016, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
If Rose is as clever a hacker as the authors state, she would be using a clone of her system to talk to Aeneas and equip it with a honey trap. (A system where you become compromised by attempting to compromise the system.)
Rashala 5th Apr 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

*gets beltl from the croods ready for the next one*


Dun dun duuuunnnnn
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