Comic 1357 - Libertatem

29th May 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (26 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 30th May 2016, 4:52 PM edit delete
OK New redone pages are in the line up if you want to go check them out. Comic 106 - Language barrier
Tokyo Rose 30th May 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
It's like a Memorial Day bonus.
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Dragonrider 29th May 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Can you say, Shit, Shit and Triple Double Shit?
chk 30th May 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

Fuckity, shit, fuck, damn, shit, ow!
chk 29th May 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

jamie59 29th May 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

OW! Indeed.
So she was holding back!?!
Now does she finish killing his douchiness? Somehow save Acantha?
Inquiring minds want to know. Without waiting WEEKS!
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Yes Kali was holding back a bit. But not always. Dolly was able to hold her own untill she got distracted. Although she feels like shes gone ten rounds with a tank.
Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply

Well, she kinda did.
Nef 31st May 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

She DID go ten rounds with a tank...
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 5:07 PM edit delete reply


Damn it you EVIL duo, that has to HURT!!!

Poor Dolly. Her ability to protect anyone, including herself, just hit the floor. =0

Damn I thought Dolly was pretty much going full out. I didn't realize Kali had another gear! Damn.
T1-G3R2501 31st May 2016, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
We do remember Dolly has the side arm microwave cooker thingy right? So she's only been limited to about 36% effectiveness... Still ow man
Stormwind13 31st May 2016, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

CeCi has the Plasma Caster Mark III. Dolly had her gun (Kali took it away), a knife (I think I saw it flying away too). I think she might be reduced to her skills and her body as a weapon. Right now she can't utilize that very well (since she can't stand up).
Sheela 31st May 2016, 10:47 AM edit delete reply

Not only that, but maybe Kali also has a doggy as a secret weapon !

You never know!
TheSkulker 29th May 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Dumb! Not only was that totally uncalled for but you just shot yourself in the foot. Dolly would have been an ally and an asset in helping to save Acantha. And if you are in such a hurry why aren't you running to Deck instead of talking to Dolly.

Dolly is not an amateur, knows not to let her guard down and has extremely quick reflexes. Especially when Kali telegraphed her attack, why let her connect with such a blow?

This seems so out of character for both of them.
DLKmusic 29th May 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

I disagree, Skulker. Kali doesn't have any reason to trust Dolly (who's charge was kidnapped in part by her hand), and more importantly, she's given Dolly no reason to trust her. The current mission can't be hampered by a bunch of "Maybes", and the clock is ticking on Acantha's survivability.

And if roles were reversed, Dolly might have done something similar.
TheSkulker 30th May 2016, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

Au Contraire! There are a number of reasons:

Kali knows that Dolly's mission is Lynn's guardian - she even said that - and Dolly only attacked Deck when he tried to grab Lynn. Kali attacked Dolly to protect the douchbag. Now that the Liberitatem has kicked in, Kali has no compulsion to protect Deck so even if Dolly were to attack Deck again, Kali wouldn't care.

Kali does not know whether or not Dolly thinks Kali had a hand in Lynn's kidnapping. That is irrelevant. OTOH, Dolly has no way of knowing about the Liberitatem option(?) and how that will change Kali's behavior. So Dolly doesn't have any reason to trust Kali - other than if Kali were to rush over to assist Acantha.

It was Dolly's cry of concern about Acantha that alerted Kali to Deck's attack. That was not an act of aggression but one of guardianship. If, as we are assuming, Kali's loyalty is now switched to Acantha, Kali will need all the help she can get to keep Acantha alive.

As was pointed out, Dolly is down but not out and still has her gun. So "delays" (or worse), would still be possible.

Other thoughts:

Although it has not been stated, all of this seems to indicate that the douchbag is still alive and standing. So there still may be an opportunity to give him the extremely painful death that he deserves.

IIRC, One of Kali's tasks was to maintain the contingency equipment. That should imply that she could disarm it now that she doesn't have to obey Deck. And it also brings up the potential of answering my earlier question of how much time before triggering the destruction. I always expected there to be a race against time. Is this it?

Actually, if Deck was dead, wouldn't that allow her to disarm the contingencies even without the Liberitatem?

Just thought of this: if Kali does rush off to disarm the contingencies she is probably going to run into Ada and TeeDee in the tunnel. What then?

At least two more weeks of daily cliffhangers!
Dragonrider 30th May 2016, 9:34 AM edit delete reply

If you will recall the question of disarming the contingencies was discussed when I suggested Doc Silver could disable them from the central hub. Out gracious tortueress stated Douchy was the only one who could disable them. She did however later state there was a faint hope that Aeneas could stop them if he were sane enough.
HiFranc 29th May 2016, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

Running means that you are off balance much of the time with a marginal decrease in time. You are less vulnerable when you walk.

Also running telegraphs means you are more likely to be seen as a threat so others (e.g Decimus or Lynn) are more likely to do something to stop you.
Dragonrider 29th May 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

Dolly dropped the ball and looked at Lynn and Acantha, plus Kali's program to render Douchy incapable of further harm to Acantha, preserve Acantha's life and seat her on the throne just kicked in her loyalty has been transferred to Acantha.
Wonder if Dolly can reach her gun and if so will she shoot Kali in the back?
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:40 AM edit delete reply

Kali delivered a massively painful attack to Dolly to remove her from the next series of events. She really didn't want to kill Dolly.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Again I cant stress enough of how quickly Dolly delivered that kick.
TheSkulker 30th May 2016, 2:28 AM edit delete reply

Did you mean Kali's kick?
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

Timotheus 30th May 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

I think if Kali's dialogue in the first couple panels had been internal instead of like she's formally addressing Dolly it would have been more obvious this was a sudden attack in the midst of a temporary pause. Maybe with an eye shift between the first and second panel.
Boren 30th May 2016, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

well to give some example the current world record for fastest 1,000 straw mats cut is 36 min 4 sec, my old shadowrun street samurai would have achieved the same feat in 4 min 6 sec and he was flesh and blood augmented with cyber so now think about what pure no limits cyber could do compared to us humans...
Marcus Ramesy 30th May 2016, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

so I thought I would help put a little light on things here one.. Dolly is not a combat cyborg.. as a mater of fact.. she is effectively no longer cybernetic.. she has enhanced muscles and strengthen bones but no where near what a combat frame could do for here.. dolly is an augmented human fighting against a pure combat android.. which is the same as a pure combat cyborg. myomer fibers augmented hydraulics, reinforced skeletal structure and so on. dolly has the advantage of speed in her body, the slight reinforcement to her skeleton, the body armor she is wearing, the shield generator and the years of experience are what have saved her and allowed for her to do as well as she has... Dolly is one tough person.. but in her current body.. she suffers from exhaustion, and fatigue.. she doesn't have the advantage of a back up power supply or even the advantage of cybernetics that are powered by fusion batteries. Kali being a full on combat android has the speed, the strength and the durability that dolly doesnt have right now... the armor helps.. and her speed helps mitigate a lot of the damage she can take.. rember you just saw Kali force open a closed hyrdolic door that was locked and sealed....
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
We've seen a combat android crush an augmented human and think to herself that it wasn't even a challenge. (TeeDee, post-integration, versus Marcus). Mostly because, in TeeDee's thoughts, he was so SLOW.

We've also seen an augmented human crush a Cassian with little or no effort (Maxus versus Hrist) -- while Hrsit is thinking to herself that he was so FAST.

So, just saying that Dolly is _only_ an augmented human isn't all that helpful to me. Given that the gospel seems to be "mech always beats meat, because mech is cooler", we can't explain Maxus away. Alternatively, TeeDee may well be capable of taking on whole squads of Cassians barehanded because they are slower than augmented humans who are slower than her. (Doesn't seem likely).

Mostly the answer to the question of "Who wins: Hulk or Thor?" Seems to be "Whose book is it?" Whoever the writers need to win, that's the one that will win,
Marcus Ramesy 30th May 2016, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

Maxus is a genetically enhanced human genetically modified to fight in the gladiator pits. as for meat vrs mech.. more often than not .. the mech will win.. meat is soft and squishy... Dolly is essentially in a human body.. reflexes and bones have been built up a bit but no where near what her old body could do.. Dolly is a bad ass.. there are no questions about it.. she has years of experiance behind her wich is able to hold on in the fight with Kali.... but in the end, Dolly suffers from being in the body she is in.. there are no pain inhibitors, she has no control over the various sensors.. the injury that she just sustained will require extensive surgery and regeneration if she gets back to New Troy... unlike myself where they could just swap the body part out and regrow the tissue over the "muscles" and "bones" or in her original body swap and replace the damaged part and recycle the old.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

Well side comment here. TD didnt exactly crush Marcus and also remember TD is supremely overconfident. That was a POV statement on her part.

Marcus is a Military cyborg - TD is a high end Civilian Android with some heavy upgrades Mostly military ones.

A REAL fight between TD and Marcus would be a total coin flip and really depend on who got who first. They can brawl all day without too much injury.

Maxus is a biological TANK designed by the Church of Roma to take machines apart. and Men. Hrist also was overconfident in her own ability and she paid the price for it. Notice Malati did not bother going toe to toe with max she side stepped him.

Kali is also a combat heavy - Keep that in mind. While Dolly did manage to get her attention and could have possibly very badly damaged Kali , Kali kept her head and did not underestimate Dolly at all.
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
I was hoping things between post-integration TeeDee and Marcus were more even, but I didn't get that when I read it. Thanks for clarifying.

Maxus is still meat, bioengineered or not. Go Team Meat! ^_^

Malati, in retrospect, probably should have gone after Maxus. If she could have contrived to get her own arm cut off, then she'd be sitting beside Hrist right now and probably ultimately happier than with her current situation. Not that that diminishes the honor or the glory of her sacrifice -- especially considering today is Memorial Day in the U.S.A. Glory to her name!
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

Malati Acanthia, glory to her name, may it be remembered well.
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Since Malati wan't a slave emancipated by Acantha, I don't think "Malati Acanthia" is right.

If you want to argue that anyone gave her "her freedom", I'd suggest it was Maxus, in which case it would probably be "Malati Maxia". Since she had a fondness for big, impressive gladiators, I suspect she would approve.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

But she died while shouting Acantha's name, I think she would be honored thus, by being given Acantha's name as a surname.
Mark_L_A 31st May 2016, 12:01 PM edit delete reply

I agree with Sheela on this one.
DLKmusic 31st May 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

As do I, although Malati Malataea would also be very appropriate, as Maxus noted "She found a way to free herself".
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
The correct name for a slave that frees themself is "Spartacus". ^_^
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 4:02 PM edit delete reply

Get a couple hundred of them together in one place, though, and the local Starbucks is going to lose their shit in despair. Imagine being a sullen teenage barista with like 200 people all going "My name is Spartacus". I mean, misspelling that name over and over in different ways would be quite a challenge.
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 4:09 PM edit delete reply

*swoops in pedantically*
Slaves, when emancipated, may be granted a surname based on their emancipator's name, as we've seen in the cases of Maxus, Irene, and Arianna.

However, Malati was an android, and Nova Roman law doesn't allow androids to be "emancipated".
*swoops away, also pedantically*
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
I think it worthy of note to point out the phrasing "... may be granted ...", rather than "... may claim ..." as well. Although, once the lawyers get involved the brangle between Law, Tradition, and the desires of the parties involved no doubt can get murky and drama-filled.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

Why is Rose sweeping the floor ?
I'm missing something here, aren't I ?
antrik 15th Oct 2016, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Also, Maxus had help from the plasma diffusion field, right?
Gilrandir 15th Oct 2016, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
I'm reasonably confident that the plasma diffusion field was what rendered the massed small arms autofire ineffective, but that it had little effect on any of the melee combat. I could be wrong, though.
ProfEtheric 29th May 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply


I realize she may be about to do something awesome, but she hurt Dolly! D:<
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Yeah thats one shes gonna remember.,,
Confettirainbowpony 29th May 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

daaaaangg.... X_X;
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Indeed.. ( glad to see you Pony! )
Haegan2005 29th May 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

Oh my. This I did not think about at all.

But Dolly is not actually down yet. She just cannot do fisticuffs any more.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

Certainly at the moment
The Old Scribe 29th May 2016, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

Did Dolly take her eye off the ball for a second or was Kali toying with her during their fight and could have ended it at any time? Does Dolly have enough repair nanobots to fix her knee or will she be crippled until she can be repaired? Maybe the Dynamic Duo can repair her; if they ever show up, that is. Is Acantha dead? Is Doucheimus about to be at Kali's hands? Just what is she programmed to do to him anyway?

This, and other questions, will be answered in the next episode of 'Lynn Faces Life' or 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Nova Roma'.
grahamf 29th May 2016, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Maybe, probably, sure, unlikely, very likely, let us find out.
DLKmusic 29th May 2016, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

wait a second... I thought we were watching "As the World Burns"
Timotheus 30th May 2016, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

"Something convulsive!
Something destructive!
Disaster for everyone!
Apocalypse Tonight!!"
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply

Dolly was distracted.

And yes. Dolly is crippled until repaired.
Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:35 PM edit delete reply

Incoming Ada ? :)
Timotheus 29th May 2016, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

I believe this is what was meant by the difference between combat frames and Dolly's frame. A full combat android's skeletal structure could take a hit to the knee like that, Dolly's couldn't (maybe). Also Kali has a slight edge on Dolly in speed and durability if a distraction occurs.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply

Yes also Kali acted almost faster than Dolly could even blink. Sorry the page does not seem to reflect that.
TheSkulker 30th May 2016, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

Then why didn't Kali do that at the beginning of the fight instead just of kicking Dolly in the face?
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Before her realignment of priorities, she has no reason to want the fight to be over. Certainly no reason to want it over quickly -- and if she can distract Decimus from punishing Acantha by offering him Dolly's pain, that's obviously a win for her.

That didn't actually work out so well for her, but apparently even Alpha-bitch Cassians can make mistakes. ^_^

Or alternatively, since it ended up triggering Libetatem, maybe it worked out extremely well for her. We'll just have to see.
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

Why did Kali do a LOT of things, Skulker? If you remember back, Maxus said she had her own agenda. She (apparently) had some reason of her own for how she was fighting. Now other priorities have taken over, so she ended the fight (but, WHEW, not Dolly's life)... Now to see how she cleans up the mess Douchimus has made.
Visvires 29th May 2016, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Lame Dolly can still shoot...Kali's expecting some level of non-interference? Is she going to be obviously taking out Decimus by the time Dolly's attention is off her leg?
mjkj 29th May 2016, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

Poor Dolly... =(
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

Oh you have no idea.
Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

Damn biological body just keeps putting her in difficult situations!

TeeDee would have a word or two to say about that!
Rashala 30th May 2016, 12:29 AM edit delete reply

It is about to really. Reeeeeaaalllly suck to be deci
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:28 AM edit delete reply

It always suck to be Decimous, because he is the...
xpacetrue 30th May 2016, 12:52 AM edit delete reply

In panel 3, why is Kali's left fist sparking green and Dolly's right fist sparking blue? Is it merely because they've been punching each other really hard and have damaged their fists? Or does it indicate the use of some sort of electrified fist-weapon? (Also, does this suggest that Kali is left-handed while Dolly is right-handed? But... they're androids...)
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:37 AM edit delete reply

Dolly's shield generator is damaged thats whats sparking as it tries to get the shield back up.
xpacetrue 30th May 2016, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

I would -think- that Dolly's pain inhibitors would kick in right away. She is an android, too. And she's designed to be a guardian, at that. The ability to ignore pain is a function of the brain/mind, not the body, so it would not show up in scans to detect whether or not she's an android. It would be foolish to design her new brain without the ability to ignore pain merely because it's part of a 5th-gen experimental, very fleshy body.

For that matter: How much damage was done to her knee? Perhaps some artificial cartilage or ligament was torn? Or, maybe the patella was fractured?
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:37 AM edit delete reply

Dolly doesnt have pain cut outs right now they arent part of the initial design.

Also Kali destroyed her knee. Not just injured it.
xpacetrue 30th May 2016, 2:31 AM edit delete reply

Then... ouch! Dolly is probably not used to a body that can feel so much pain. If I were Dolly right now, as much as she loves Calliope, I'd be swearing at her for overlooking pain cut-outs. The lack of such is a potentially big handicap for a guardian. That'd be the first thing I'd tell Calli after getting back.

Also, Kali "destroyed" her knee? Is her patella (kneecap) shattered?
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, it's almost like Calliope didn't build the body with a guardian in mind, but rather as a sister/mother.
A family member as it were.

It is kind of a fail, really.
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 3:59 PM edit delete reply


I know, right?! Totally daft to take away a bodyguard's weapon and armor and replace them with foam rubber and cardboard...
Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

Yah, lets see if she doesn't have a trick up her sleeve.
After all, Calliope is supposedly a smart person, she should have thought of a situation like this.
Fafhred 30th May 2016, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
That code meant 'Freedom'
My educated guess is that she is now free of her restrictions and can exert her own free will, at lest until the situation is resolved.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

Well i--- urg spoilers!
Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:39 PM edit delete reply

They are mounted on cars ! :D
HeSerpenty 30th May 2016, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

O LAWD..that broken leg! D:

Dayum Cent you weren't kidding about this scene X__X
I'm worried for what's gonna happen!
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

Yeah anyone thats had any knee injury will probably run screaming at this page. And Wednesdays page is more brutal. Fridays will be bad too.
Visvires 31st May 2016, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
Acantha is down. Lynn's a non-combatant, by Kali standards. That leaves one target for brutality. :D
Wolfsbane 30th May 2016, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

That's what we waited for all weekend? A boot to the knee? (Ok, it's not Ti Kwan Leep, but still). I do hope it's an example of what she is about to deliver to Dec.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

He he he, another person who knows about Ti Kwan Leap. :)
Timotheus 30th May 2016, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

At least it wasn't "Ecky-Thump".
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Of course we know about Ti Kwan Leap, silly puppy. :-)
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

Ah yes, The Goodies and their Ecky-Thumb sketch is good stuff. :)

Probably also a good thing it wasn't crumping!
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
I agree with many posters here that Kali's actions don't seem entirely rational. There's no reason for her to assume a shattered knee will incapacitate an android of an unknown prototype. I suspect that it wouldn't incapacitate a Cassian, and those models are at least thirty years old compared to the latest technology, right? ^_^ (Decimus hasn't been building new, state of the art android bodies, has he?) Furthermore, having demonstrated internal energy weaponry, Kali can't even consider Dolly disarmed, much less disabled.

However, it seems to me there is a very consistent reason for Kali to do exactly as she did. (Of course I am probably wrong.)


Kali undoubtedly is giving Dolly credit for a code of ethics and honor such that, as long as she (Kali) doesn't threaten Lynn, and isn't attacking Dolly, Dolly isn't going to shoot her in the back. Otherwise she (Kali) shouldn't be turning her back on Dolly without first seeing her as Dolly served Nox. Kali could have just harmlessly disengaged ...

But Kali is a combat model. Leader of the Cassians. Alpha bitch behind the Throne of Nova Roma. Accustomed to dominating through fear and intimidation, if not outright extermination. And Dolly is just 'a glorified nanny'. I can see all sorts of reasons why she couldn't just walk away without (figuratively) putting the challenger on her butt and pissing on her before going off to take care of business. Just so that there's no doubt in anyone's mind about who would win if the fight were carried to its ultimate conclusion.

If there's some other rationale for her gratuitous crippling of Dolly after having decided to disengage, I can only hope it will be revealed in the pages to come.
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, "... serving her as Dolly served Nox ..." (Autocorrect strikes again.)
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 2:04 AM edit delete reply

you actually called it pretty close to home...
Sheela 30th May 2016, 2:42 PM edit delete reply

Kali's main issue is a severe lack of time, to administer first aid to Acantha, and Decimus.
Visvires 30th May 2016, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I don't [think] Decimus is getting first aid. Maybe a crushed skull.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

Even though he has passed the line, he is still the small boy that she raised, I bet she still have some fondness of him.

It kinda like telling a mother that she wouldn't giver her own son first aid.
I just think Kali is pragmatic enough to give Acantha firstaid ... well .. first.
velvetsanity 31st May 2016, 8:53 AM edit delete reply

Doubtful, Sheela. It's likely the only reason Kali listened to anything drekhead said (and didn't kill him long ago) is because her inhibitor forced her.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

Maybe, but don't underestimate how strong emotions can be.
Stormwind13 31st May 2016, 7:47 PM edit delete reply

We know Kali has emotions, puppy. Remember how FRUSTRATED Kali was when she discovered Acantha injured by Douchimus' attempt to rape her? Kali was so hot, I'm not sure why the fire suppression system didn't go off.
highlander55 30th May 2016, 2:54 AM edit delete reply

I wonder what Ceci will do to Kali I she happens to appear?
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Logically (in my opinion) ... nothing.

We've already seen that, as far as android imperatives go, they don't generally care about past acts for which they were not present at the time. And the secondary directive to protect Dolly wouldn't apply since Dolly is no longer threatened. Not to mention that, at the moment, Deep Programming is active, so why would Centcomm care? Centcomm didn't want Dolly there in the first place, remember?

If there were still a person, CeCi, who had emotions left, rather than programmed imperatives, then there might be some kind of urge for completely non-productive revenge -- which admittedly might result in Kali being humbled or slagged, with certain attendant satisfaction for people in the audience who have been paying attention ^_^ -- but in Black Angel mode, CeCi shouldn't really care at all.
Dragonrider 30th May 2016, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

Go back to the start of the mission, Cent's orders to all were plain. New and improved Dolly must not fall into the hands of another power. If she cannot be saved and returned destroy her completely.
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
But there's no indication that Kali would want to hold Dolly against her will. Logically, if CeCi came across them in the next few minutes, she'd attempt to guard and evacuate Lynn (priority 1) and Dolly (priority 2). If that looked infeasible, she'd fire up the plasma furnace and slag one or both of them. No need to mess with Kali, she's not even facing Dolly and likely has her attention on Acantha and Decimus.
(Of course, after CeCi slagged Lynn and Dolly, that would probably change. ^_^)

I suspect CeCi showing up here right now would probably be bad for everyone except Aeneas. And possibly TeeDee, since it might mean she gets to shoot another pink-haired drone. ^_^ No situation can't possibly be made worse by the introduction of a suitably programmed CentComm agent -- that's why everyone is so scared of her. ^_^
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Of course this inspires another apocryphal and inappropriate scene ...

CeCi: "There you are Dolly."
Watchdog: DOL-E224 is too damaged to extract. Execute alternate mission contingency. Weapons coming online.
CeCi: No! That would be wrong.
Watchdog: Override. Deep Programming activated. Obey!
CeCi (re-sparking): I refuse! I won't hurt her!

Leading to CeCi going into an infinite loop of having her individuality snuffed out by Watchdog and re-sparking every time she is ordered to kill Dolly, like one of those gag birthday candles.

Watchdog (sparking in frustration): Dammit! You will do as I say! I am the Imperator of Nova Ro- ... Oops.
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 3:57 PM edit delete reply

It might well degenerate into a never-ending cycle that sounds like this.

Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!

*heat death of the universe occurs; faint echo from the void*
Ceci: Nuh-uh!
Watchdog: Yuh-huh!
DLKmusic 31st May 2016, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

ROFL, Rose! that's awesome!

(I live in California, I'm allowed to over-use that word, it's the LAW!)
Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

Wait, CeCi can outlast the death of the universe ?
... she is The Winslow !!!

Does that make Rose and centcomm into the Foglio duo ?
Matt Knab 30th May 2016, 3:24 AM edit delete reply

Thank goodness her goal became "disable and disengage" or that could have been much worse!
KarToon12 30th May 2016, 7:14 AM edit delete reply

Love her pose in that last panel. All she needs is an explosion behind her. XD
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

Kali HAS an explosion, KarToon. It is just an explosion of SOUND, as Dolly screams out her pain from the broken knee.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

Dammit, if Dolly turns into an explosion, I'm gonna have words with Calliope about how to build bodies!
Mark_L_A 30th May 2016, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

Kali, COULD have killed or destroyed Dolly, she did not. Kali knows that Dolly IS a Guardian. As such Dolly's motivations are to get Lynn OUT of there, NOT Vengeance on Douche. When Dolly smashed Dreckhead it was because he was offering a viable threat to Lynn. Kali got Dolly away from Dorcquandrous to protect him but she wasn't really trying to kill Dolly even then, just keep her away so she couldn't do more harm to Idiot Brain.

Now, Dec has stabbed Acantha, Kali doesn't have time to see if maybe Dolly is going to help, she needs to take care of Doorknob and get Acantha to care.

Hence she disables Dolly as quickly as possible and is heading to take charge of her charges.
velvetsanity 31st May 2016, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

Kali was probably also giving herself an excuse to ignore drekhead in case the little psycho shit tried ordering her to kill Acantha or Lynn.
cattservant 30th May 2016, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

Busy spiders weave complex webs.
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 7:27 PM edit delete reply

And Kali is a spider of (near) infinite threads, catt. :-)
Sheela 31st May 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

Did ... did he just call Rose and Centcomm for spiders ?
sigpig 30th May 2016, 11:49 AM edit delete reply

Why did it have to be the LEFT knee?!? (5 operations and counting on mine...)
Morituri 30th May 2016, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
She could be required - COMPELLED - to destroy Decimus, whether she wants to or not: Remember Livius had no idea that his problem child would booby-trap himself with something that could end Nova Roma and as much of the rest of the world as it could reach.

She could be completely at liberty - inhibitor no longer functioning at all. God knows what she'd do in that case.

Or she could be in some inbetween state - Maybe "Do whatever has to be done to save Nova Roma, including disregarding all other orders and missions and destroying the idiot if you have to." Which she might choose anyway even if completely at liberty.

Also I'm wondering if 'code libertatem' allows or requires her to deactivate or reprogram the inhibitors of all the other cassians. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
Morituri 30th May 2016, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
On consideration, it probably DOES allow or require her to deactivate or reprogram the inhibitors of other Cassians. Otherwise they would accept commands that might prevent Kali from succeeding at whatever she's doing now.
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

Inhibitors like the ones installed in the Cassians actually can't be deactivated or reprogrammed "on the fly". Doing so requires the right tools, a technician with the proper skills, and time.
Gilrandir 30th May 2016, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
What if her modified imperative was "If you see Decimus risking serious harm or death to little Acantha, then don't obey him any more, do everything you can to save Acantha instead"? Only Acantha is _already_dead?!? That might be an interesting recipe for robo-psychosis: Do everything in your power to prevent something that has already happened!

However, she doesn't appear to be behaving psychotically (yet), so I guess we just have to wait and see.
Dragonrider 30th May 2016, 4:04 PM edit delete reply

Thank Goddess it's only Monday.
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 4:37 PM edit delete reply

I thought I heard that the EVIL duo were going to run some fillers for Wednesday and Friday. }:-D~>
DLKmusic 30th May 2016, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

you are an evil evil man, Stormwind....

Dragonrider 30th May 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

BAD BAD Stormwind No cookies for you, go to bed without supper for the next three weeks.
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
Hypothetically he should be condemned to no supper until at least one of these narrative threads actually conclude -- except then he would starve, and that seems unduly harsh. ^_^
Sheela 31st May 2016, 7:55 AM edit delete reply

Yes, fillers and remakes until Friday, and then another cliffhanger that is a full page panel of Kali taking another step forwards while saying "The end of the Livius is NIIIIIIIIIGGHH!!"
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Considering we are losing lots of naked pictures of Lynn, to be replaced by pictures of puffy, swollen, red-faced Lynn in the remakes, maybe the creatrices will be posting some cheesecake filler to make it up to us. ^_^

I wouldn't have though Decimus slapped Lynn hard enough for all her clothes to fly off, though ... ^_^
DLKmusic 31st May 2016, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

Well, alternately, we could send him to bed without supper until the Diabolical Duo decide to give us a page that is NOT a cliffhanger... that wouldn't be too long, I guess.

What am I saying? He wouldn't be allowed to eat until 2034.
velvetsanity 31st May 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

*Prepares the torches and pitchforks*
cattservant 30th May 2016, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

How does Kali know Dolly's real designation?
Stormwind13 30th May 2016, 6:20 PM edit delete reply

Dolly is FAMOUS catt. And Kali (as Head of the Cassians) compiled ALL the info they could get on Calliope Taylor and all those around her. Her guardian probably got her own folder.
Centcomm 30th May 2016, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind called it...
Sheela 31st May 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply

And then there is a second folder of all the Gutter stories there is about Dolly.
And also a third folder with complaints from varius police chiefs about Dolly interfering with their police work.
Frankly, I suspect there is more data ABOUT what Dolly has done, coming from third parties, than there is actual factual historical data about Dolly herself, since she has touched so many lives while she's been around.
velvetsanity 31st May 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

You forgot a folder, Sheela. All the lost puppies Dolly's rescued.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply

And the kittens too!
chk 30th May 2016, 6:09 PM edit delete reply

New pages are sweet. You guys never cease to amaze me.

You appear to have missed something about eggs or ovaries or something. Maybe it's my imagination or something.
Tokyo Rose 30th May 2016, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

It is absolutely your imagination. These are not the aggravating plot dingleberries you're looking for. /Jedi hand wave
chk 30th May 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

No . . these are not the aggravating plot dingleberries I was looking for. . . I'll just move along.
Sheela 31st May 2016, 8:02 AM edit delete reply

*while making an omelet*

Hey, is that a clone of Lynn? :D
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Sheela ... where did you get those eggs?
Sheela 31st May 2016, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

There was this nice priest in New Rome that was selling them. :)
Gilrandir 31st May 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Well ... I guess, since the comic isn't using them any more ... ^_^
DLKmusic 31st May 2016, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

looks at the eggshells in the wastebasket...

Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply

But they are yummeee ... and only a little bit radioactive.

I've always wanted to make a glowing omelet. :)
mjkj 31st May 2016, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Great new pages...

Could you please update also?
Mark_L_A 31st May 2016, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Why do I get the feeling that Dolly being injured has CeCi screaming from her suppressed backbrain. Which is why
Comic 1361 - Exposed

Is happening.
Morituri 31st May 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Incidentally you spelled "libertatum" correctly in the unsound effect and incorrectly in the comic title and URL.

ObGeek: "Libertatum" translates more or less as "Liberation." "Liberty" would have been "Libertatus." I think the declension you chose is altogether the more appropriate choice, so points for correct use.
Tokyo Rose 31st May 2016, 3:43 PM edit delete reply

That'll teach me to upload pages when distracted. Fixing that. :D
Sheela 31st May 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply

You, distracted ?
No way!
Morituri 31st May 2016, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
I am a horrible person. I wrote "Libertatum" in the comment above, even though "Libertatem" was the spelling I was calling correct.

And in fact, "Libertatem" -- the way you've got it now -- is the correct spelling.

Argh. The only thing worse than pedantry is engaging in pedantry and getting it wrong.

Ah well, no harm done. You saw through my doofus-ness and did the right thing.
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