Comic 1365 - Angel Of The Storm

16th Jun 2016, 9:00 PM
Angel Of The Storm
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 16th Jun 2016, 9:14 PM edit delete
im at the con in denver so i cant do links...

the mask was made by Dizzasterjuice of Whiteout

Ceci's Digital angel design by Vousrein of Missing dream here on Comic Fury.. She made a sketch based on how Ceci would look in her universe and i ran with it. Shes allowed me to use the design so give her props!!!
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Mark_L_A 16th Jun 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Okay, now I'm royally confoozled.

ETA: and Hashmallim translates to Angel or Electricity.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

its actually the title of the page...
sigpig 17th Jun 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

My coffee-deprived brain read "Hashmallim Protocol" as "Marshmallow Protocol". The latter of which seems to me to be a protocol name dreamed up by the CiCi we all love and miss...
Wolfsbane 17th Jun 2016, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

Dragonrider 16th Jun 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

OK What The Friggin Hell Is Ceci Doing?

NOTE: You are so far past evil no words can describe it, you are sentenced to a life plus 100 years of daily cliff hangers.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

heheh... ok.
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2016, 5:49 AM edit delete reply

One, that isn't CeCi. That is whatever CentComm over wrote CeCi with.

Two, the Artist and Wordsmith of the comic should be cursed to live in REALLY interesting times for their EVIL! (I've been calling them the EVIL duo for a reason)
Dragonrider 17th Jun 2016, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

Motion Seconded. All in favor signify by show of hands...The AYES have it. Motion Carried by 100% majority, sentence established. Let it be so, curse the being that tries to change the will of this Court with a like fate. Executioner Do Your Duty!
Court Adjourned*Raps Gavel*
Sheela 17th Jun 2016, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

Methinks CeCi is activating a trojan horse, or a virus.
antrik 15th Oct 2016, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Heh, a TROJAN horse... How fitting.
mjkj 16th Jun 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Oh, CeCi is an angel???

What is the Hashmallim (הַשְׁמָלִּים) protokoll???

@alt text: indeed, it sounds very ominous...

Centcomm 16th Jun 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

spoilers!! lol...
mjkj 16th Jun 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Awwwww, what a pity. So, that was what she was up to when they recalled TR and Aeneas...

Edit: does CeCi have a new white tattoo?

PS: have fun at the con..

Wolfsbane 17th Jun 2016, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

My assumption is that it is a ח and not a ה which would make the word חשמלים. (often the ח is represented by an H although the sound is more of a CH, hence the confusion.) Same basic translation, though - electricity (alhough I've not seen it in the plural like that. Meh - artistic license.) So I assume that she's going to zap something big.
mjkj 17th Jun 2016, 3:18 AM edit delete reply

You are correct it is חַשְׁמַל ...

stupid english does not have the ch sound of ח ...

I was wondering why I could not get a translation from google with that - I forgot english transcribes the ח as h also... (though usually with a . underneath)...

Sheela 17th Jun 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

ooOOohhh ... an EMP pulse to take out the contingencies ?

Might be harmful to Aeneas too.
Wolfsbane 17th Jun 2016, 11:15 AM edit delete reply is a pretty good translation site. I think it often is much more accurate than Google and can compensate for alternate forms of words. There's also if you need the English.
mjkj 17th Jun 2016, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

Thank you, Wolfsbane.
DLKmusic 16th Jun 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Ok, so now we know everything about what Ceci is doing, except for what the HELL is she doing?
Dragonrider 16th Jun 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic: From the page title and the sword she is fashioning I would say she is about to take out the infrastructure that controls the Armaggedon Option, unless of course, Centcomm decided to have her wreck everything so she could ensure Nova Roma,and Aeneas are never a world power again, while Rose is forever removed from her path to world domination.
mjkj 16th Jun 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

I do not know about that - but I guess she might remove Aeneas access to dangerous weapons, control etc. and reroutes it to CentComm...

...effectively crippling him and in endeffect preventing Aeneas to stop the contingencies...

Gilrandir 16th Jun 2016, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
It doesn't look to me like a sword --- more like a crystal, which (in a cyberspace context) could be basically ANYTHING. If it does end up manifesting as an instrumentality, I'd guess a staff or spear. But I'm currently hypothesizing something communications related, which (in cyberspace) will probably end up manifesting as a portal.

CeCi professed ignorance that Aeneas was active, but damaged. Therefore it would make sense that her initiative would be something intended to deal with a dead (or persistently vegetative) A.I.S., rather than a hostile or rogue A.I.S. I'm just going to have to school myself to patience and wait to see what it will be.
Timotheus 16th Jun 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

"Let me take you down, 'cause we're going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real. And nothing to get hung about.."

Or would you prefer "Ceci in the Sky With Diamonds"

Stormwind13 17th Jun 2016, 6:40 AM edit delete reply

Lol Tim. Those would work. :-)

I was thinking of Eve Of Destruction myself.
Gilrandir 17th Jun 2016, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Not Darkangel by VNV Nation?
The Old Scribe 16th Jun 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

Well, CeCi IS a Death Angel, after all. The question remains what is the Hashmallim Protocol? It must be some form of formatting or programming that affects the Doomsday Devices, possibly neutralizing or redirecting them?
Timotheus 16th Jun 2016, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

I'd go a few steps further down that road. Angel of Death, Electric/Angel Protocol, Centcom's mole to solve everything, she's positioned herself to be at the center of all communications and power links through Aenae's network and also inside Nova Roma's system. I would suspect an EMP or equivalent pulse that will fry all electronic and automated systems in the city. Individual systems might survive because they're sparked but old fashioned robotics and that level AI will all be toast. Including Aenaes and a lot of innocent people. It would probably wipe out the contingencies as well.
Dragonrider 16th Jun 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

Good suggestion, nowhere has it been said Cent wasn't as evil as her creators.
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2016, 5:56 AM edit delete reply

Actually CentComm (in the comic) isn't evil just terminally practical, Dragonrider. She ruthlessly plays percentages and tries to protect the most people she can while doing it, in my opinion.
Sheela 17th Jun 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Well, Centcomm was made for war, so it probably colors her choices ... ie. she will choose weapons as a useful solution.
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail Sheela?
Nystran 19th Jun 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
I have a hammer, but I've no idea what "nail Sheela" looks like...
Gilrandir 19th Jun 2016, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Tutorial images for that may be found in Folder 201.
highlander55 18th Jun 2016, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

Check out one of the Hashmallim definition here:
Wolfsbane 18th Jun 2016, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

ah, very interesting, @highlander. I hadn't thought of that angle. Great. Now a whole new set of possibilities to work out. (maybe it would just be easier to just wait for the comics to come out? nah.)
Sheela 19th Jun 2016, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm got a hammer, and she's not afraid to use it!
HiFranc 16th Jun 2016, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

It looks to me like she's about to kill Aeneas.
Fairportfan 16th Jun 2016, 11:03 PM edit delete reply

One interprets the final panel as saying that Rose is a wee bit ticked with Cent...
Sheela 19th Jun 2016, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

No way! :D
Sevian 16th Jun 2016, 11:59 PM edit delete reply

Still creeped out by TR's new digs.

Welcome to Denver!
howard 17th Jun 2016, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
ya its a tad creepy with the robot body but no more then the living doll avatar she usually wares. I wonder if she realizes this is the first time she has spoken to someone with her own face in centuries.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2016, 6:59 AM edit delete reply

Ill be at the Sharaton :)
Matt Knab 17th Jun 2016, 3:17 AM edit delete reply

sigpig 17th Jun 2016, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

CiCi uses Eye of Sauron!

It's super-effective!
Visvires 17th Jun 2016, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
CeCi has seen the face. RIP
dougwarner59 17th Jun 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply

the real question is, "Why the fuck wouldn't she?"...I like saying the word "fuck" because it is a magical word that makes normal people go insane.
Dragonrider 17th Jun 2016, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

It is a word from Medieval times, an acronym meaning; Fornication Under Consent of King.
Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2016, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

*puts on black-and-white-striped shirt, blows whistle, makes ridiculously complicated hand gestures* False etymology! Ten-yard penalty!
Gilrandir 17th Jun 2016, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
*looks innocently at @Tokyo Rose*

"But what do insects have to with anything?"
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2016, 4:52 PM edit delete reply

good question, Gilrandir... Maybe the insects are nothing but a bunch of annoying $#&*ers?
Anonymouth 3rd Apr 2017, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2016, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

Edit: @ Dragonrider, NOT @stormwind:

I thought it was "Fornication under Censorship of the King". Carved into the stocks where the fornicators were sentenced to.

of course, either way, the meaning was clear, lol!
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2016, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

What do *I* have to do with this conversation, DLK? :-D
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2016, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

It's been a long day, my brain is oatmeal... Just add brown sugar and cinnamon and it's ready....
KarToon12 17th Jun 2016, 5:35 PM edit delete reply

Ceci's become the phantom of the opera. XD
Speedy Marsh 3rd Apr 2017, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
The Phantom of the Operating System.
Meska 17th Jun 2016, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
So...if that is a virus to take out the computers controlling the weapons... it will be lobotomizing anything that is connected to the systems...anything and ANYONE.

If CeCi also has an EMP device installed inside her body, then she could take out far more. Say bye to... well anyone not shielded. Potentially Dolly, the medics, any android...oh and most of what is keeping the Queen alive.

That may be why the shape of the thing between her hands. from above and below.
highlander55 18th Jun 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

@Meska.. Could that also lobotomize Dr Silver if she is linked telepathically?
Sheela 19th Jun 2016, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

I don't think it would lobotomize her but it would probably hurt.

Also, a lot of military hardware is shielded against EMP, and androids have synthetic brains, so they would survive too, though some of their implants might not be happy.
Mark_L_A 18th Jun 2016, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

Thinking about this logically.

CeCi was there when Acantha explained the "Contingencies" While supporting Rose, Kyle and the Treasures, she was probably looking for any evidence of them while working.

I "Think" she found part of them and is using what is in her "Arsenal" to deactivate them.

Rose not knowing about them is making an assumption that Centcomm is doing "Something"

I wonder if while CeCi was in the system, she "Called Home" and Centcomm squirted her some new programming to help her with the "Contingencies".

Tokyo Rose 18th Jun 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply

Small note: Tokyo Rose definitely knows about the contingencies.
CptKerion 18th Jun 2016, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
I think NotCeCi is activating them.
Or rather, the ones to wipe out the local area.
Sheela 19th Jun 2016, 3:56 AM edit delete reply

One thing is "knowing" about them, another thing is to "do" something about them.

... sooo ... the million dollar question then becomes : Has she ?
CptKerion 18th Jun 2016, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
I did some digging about the meaning of the word Hashmallim.
You know, with a protocol like that in context it seems in universe Centcomm fancies herself a god. I suspect she will soon be corrected about this error.
Rose will rather swiftly see to that.
Visvires 19th Jun 2016, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Or it's keeping with the same theme as "Black Angel."
Speedy Marsh 3rd Apr 2017, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Luddites rejoice! Nova Roma is about to become as technologically advanced as ancient Rome. (maybe)
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