Comic 1375 - Out Of The Bottle

10th Jul 2016, 9:00 PM
Out Of The Bottle
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

ProfEtheric 10th Jul 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Aha! Yes, clever girl!
Thomas 11th Jul 2016, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
It just doesn't seem right. Someone saying that and not immediately being eaten by raptors.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2016, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

Next panel - a pack of rabid Ceci's devour rose....
Stormwind13 11th Jul 2016, 9:11 AM edit delete reply

:-0 That is CentComm's fault!!!
Sheela 11th Jul 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply

On the bright side, little spikey gets to live a little longer. :)
Visvires 11th Jul 2016, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm suddenly reminded of Andy, from RvB. He'll get to fulfill his life's dream soon enough.
mjkj 10th Jul 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply


...indeed for that Rose needs CeCi's reasoning to be right.

Oh, TR is on fire - or is she charging up her turrets/SLTs?

Great page - and so beautiful...

Great to have our CeCi back...

Thank you Cent and Rose...

Edit: so, that line of CeCi in panel four, is it missing a word? "Is it maybe somewhere this one can go?"

HiFranc 10th Jul 2016, 10:02 PM edit delete reply

I don't see anything wrong with that sentence.
Guest 10th Jul 2016, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
The sentence is grammatically correct. Technically the omitted/implied word is 'thing' but because this is dialogue, as long as the implication is there, it is correct.
Sheela 11th Jul 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

Oh my goodness, you're right ... in Panel 1, Tokyo Rose is charging her Stealth Laser Turrets ! :D
rfaramir 11th Jul 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Purposefully ambiguous, almost for certain.

It could be "this spike" (the obvious choice), which can perhaps be redirected to do good instead of murder.

Or it could be "this body" (of mine--Ceci speaking), as in, she could still dedicate her Black Angel killer self to going after the contingencies with all guns blazing. Possibly self-sacrificially, but please no.
Tahg 11th Jul 2016, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I had assumed the spike as well, and didn't give it another thought really until reading the comments. If she meant herself, the most obvious choice would be to use the word "I", as she has been doing on the rest of the page.

Perhaps somewhat forgotten as it's been several weeks in our time, though probably mere minutes in comic time, this is all taking place in a virtual environemnt. Ceci is, as far as I know, still physically present in Aeneas' control room, and isn't likely going anywhere before this spike is dealt with.
Dragonrider 10th Jul 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Goodbye Ceci We knew You so little and Loved You so much. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten, you will make Mommy proud of her "Daughter".
Edit Note: Just read Centcomm's last post about "We do like Ceci" I hope well enough to make this post wrong.
Visvires 10th Jul 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Quadra kill!
Pirtnac 10th Jul 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Uh oh, someone called it on Friday. The charcoal formerly known as Prince's 1337 script is about to get overwritten by Centcomm's... uh 1337er script. The Palace's systems are about to house an angry AI or extremely nonfunctional data FROM an angry AI. Probably like trying to run HAL9000 on an Arduino. All thanks to Ceci's quick (and totally not a result of Rose's sparkly eye mind powers) thinking.

About the only downside I can see to this is a part of Centcomm is pretty much about to be public. Hopefully she was less careless with it's creation than everything else she sent out recently.
HiFranc 10th Jul 2016, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

If they're stored in the palace systems, that was me.
Visvires 10th Jul 2016, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
The general public will not question why the secret contingencies didn't go off. They can keep a lid on this.
HiFranc 10th Jul 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

True. I never said that it would go public - just that Decimus's bully boys have a lot to fear.
DLKmusic 11th Jul 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

I don't think the general public even knows about the contingencies!
DLKmusic 10th Jul 2016, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

As George Peppard was fond of saying: "I love it when a plan comes together".

You need a virtual cigar in that last frame, Rose!
Stormwind13 11th Jul 2016, 6:04 AM edit delete reply

LOL good one, DLK. :-D

Though Rose doesn't need the cigar. In fact it wouldn't SURVIVE Rose's language! She would start an expletive laced tirade and foosh that cigar would be ASH! :-D
Morituri 10th Jul 2016, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
I love it when I can solve two of my problems by throwing them at each other.
plymayer 10th Jul 2016, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Be careful which ghosts you let out of the closet. They may come after you.
Haegan2005 10th Jul 2016, 11:03 PM edit delete reply

Now I wonder if Rose is being an opportunist or if she was going to use something else on the protocol and this is simply a welcome opportunity to finish this much faster then before.
HeSerpenty 10th Jul 2016, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

Oh's coming! D':
Centcomm 12th Jul 2016, 6:30 PM edit delete reply

something sure is.. and it may or may not spell doom for someone .. :D
Gilrandir 12th Jul 2016, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
This evokes a memory of one of my favorite scenes in film from the biopic "Ghandi", starring Sir Ben Kingsley.

Scene: Two British soldiers are in an elevated position surveying the vast crowd of Indian nationals at a railway station, apparently awaiting the arrival of a railway train. It is apparent that the soldiers are just becoming conscious of the fact that there are _many_ more people in the crowd than they have bullets, should things get unruly.

Soldier 1: "What is all this?"
Soldier 2: "I don't know. The agent got a telegram, and it just said 'He is coming.'"
Soldier 1, exasperated: "Who the hell is 'He'?"
Soldier 2 just shrugs.
Romfire 10th Jul 2016, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
Neat twist.
Timotheus 10th Jul 2016, 11:56 PM edit delete reply

I never envisioned Tokyo Rose as having an "Immaculate Heart" to go with her halo. Aren't we pushing the symbolism a bit?
Tokyo Rose 11th Jul 2016, 2:24 AM edit delete reply

I know Cent's got reasons for presenting the visuals as shown; if I remember right, the "halo" effect denotes that a physical entity is "logged in" (note that Ceci and Tokyo Rose have "halos", but Aeneas and the Treasures don't). I think the electrical effect on Tokyo Rose's chest indicates that she's "supercharged", using her cyberpsi powers thanks to Aeneas granting her full access. Cent, can you step in and give a quick rundown on the design aesthetic here?
Centcomm 11th Jul 2016, 8:44 AM edit delete reply

Yes the Halos indicate a " User " Someone " real " and not a digital construct. Tokyo rose has one , Kyle would have one and So does Ceci.

THe AI's " live " in a digital world and so are 'normal' thus no halo.

THe crackling ball of energy at Roses core is all the data and processing power that is centered on her at the moment. THe same reason why Ceci had glowing hands.

The Angel / Pseudo Angel motif is actually due to Centcomms influence. Cent has a few quirks about that. Also Rose is currently a " Super user " having massive access and power in the system back at her body the vitals are spiking like crazy and shes pushing herself farther than she ever has in her long life.
Stormwind13 11th Jul 2016, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

=O I hope Tokyo Rose survives this. Or could she save everyone but herself?
Timotheus 11th Jul 2016, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

Please don't think I'm "criticizing", It's more of I just noted the similarity of symbology.
Sheela 11th Jul 2016, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

Could always change Tokyo Rose's halo to a burning halo.

And she's totally chargin' her lazors !
Dragonrider 11th Jul 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

The Angel motif is the best thing Centcomm did in this whole cluster. How about keeping the outfit for regular use, supposing Ceci is able to survive the upcoming cyber~holocaust. BTW we know Rose is in using her body who is in with Ceci, Sparked Ceci or Centcomm?
Gilrandir 11th Jul 2016, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
If we're going to keep the outfit, why not take advantage of Cyberspace and cut-and-paste? ^_^

We can have CeCi, Rose, the Treasures, Aeneas, and Kyle all in identical outfits.
DLKmusic 11th Jul 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Kyle and Aeneas in Identical outfits to Ceci's one piece?

Gilrandir 11th Jul 2016, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Then we give them Elvis sideburns to complete the picture. ^_^. Thank you, thank you very much.
Tokyo Rose 12th Jul 2016, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

Imagine how the technicians charged with the maintenance of Tokyo Rose's body are gonna feel when they see what's going on with her vitals. Shit will be lost.
anonymouse voter 12th Jul 2016, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Uh oh, that sounds like foreshadowing. I don't like this shadow of impending doom.
Rashala 11th Jul 2016, 1:02 AM edit delete reply

Ceci you beautiful brilliant *cheek kiss*
cattservant 11th Jul 2016, 1:06 AM edit delete reply

The best laid plans
of AIs and men
oft gang astray...
anonymous vote-stuffer 11th Jul 2016, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 11th Jul 2016, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

LOL awesome.
Naldru 11th Jul 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Is it possible that Tokyo Rose and CentComm are playing the Xanatos Gambit ( Perhaps CeCi can redirect the data spike at the contingency programs that Decimus created.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2016, 8:46 AM edit delete reply

Cent is most assuredly playing a Xanatos Gambit.
randonymous 11th Jul 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Can someone spell out for me what the positive outcome for Cent would be if the contingencies (assuming she knows about them) take place?
Oni-neko 11th Jul 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Fairly sure that Centcomm (the AI) doesn't know about the contingencies. And equally sure that as an old and devious entity, she find a way to benefit from just about any situation.

A quick list of possibilities:

If the city is turned into a disaster zone then it is no longer a threat and can be used as cautionary tale or deterrent to keep others from messing with New Troy.

If the missiles do launch and even a few reach New Troy, probably will be destroyed by her own defense systems; then I'd wager that her city's rulers will panic and turn to her to save them. Which will probably result in them giving her special executive powers and free rein to do whatever she feels is necessary. for however long is necessary.

Even if things went to the deepest of hells and Lynn and her extraction team died, then there would be one less Taylor who could compromise her with that hidden key of Helios'. and since Calliope is unlikely to have another child the Taylor line will probably end when she dies. (assuming there aren't any relations who could become the new heirs and hold that same key that Lynn and her mother do.)

These are just the ones I thought of first, I';m sure that more can be found, given time and effort at looking for them.

I think I've probably written enough for one post anyway. ;)

sigpig 11th Jul 2016, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

TR - I just re-read Friday's comic and read that you underwent a couple of medical procedures yourself. My best thoughts are with you (and Terri of course) for a speedy and permanent recovery.

Visvires 11th Jul 2016, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Or think about your nose itching.
Tokyo Rose 12th Jul 2016, 4:23 AM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 12th Jul 2016, 9:42 AM edit delete reply

Naturally sadistic, Rose? :-D
Gilrandir 12th Jul 2016, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Don't let the nasal sayers bring you down, @Tokyo Rose. It's snot personal, they are simply using running gags to help you discharge your kharmic burdens. Just tell them "Booger off! I care not for what tissues from your mouth. It is something else for which I hanker, chief!"

Then find some accommodating young stud and invite him up to your rooms to examine your itchings. ^_^
Mark_L_A 12th Jul 2016, 8:52 PM edit delete reply

Gil Rose is married to Mr Black. I don't think he would stand for someone other than him seeing her itchings ;)
Gilrandir 12th Jul 2016, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
First, who's to say @Mr. Black _isn't_ a young stud? ^_^ I've certainly never had the pleasure of meeting him in person.

Second, who am I to jump to conclusions about the degree of conventionality they may enjoy in their marital arrangements. Honesty and consensuality are what I consider most important. They, very sensibly, have not invited me to be privy to any details of their arrangements. Absent that, I get to make stuff up. ^_^

Last, @Tokyo Rose presents as a smart girl. I'm sure that, by now, she has the measure of just how much my advice is worth -- as humbling for me as that notion is. ^_^. If I'm very lucky, @Mr. Black got a laugh from it. For more than that, I do not ask. ^_^
Matt Knab 11th Jul 2016, 12:47 PM edit delete reply

Kill the kill programs!
Morituri 11th Jul 2016, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Did Ceci just propose, and Rose endorse, a plan that would put a copy of CentComm in charge of all of Nova Roma's weapons systems?

Maybe marginally better than Ahab and company, in the way that a scorpion that *MIGHT* not sting you is better than a spring-loaded syringe full of poison, but ... Seriously?
DLKmusic 12th Jul 2016, 12:26 AM edit delete reply

IIRC, the really nasty stuff is all under lock and key by Aeneas. The weapons systems built after the attack on Aeneas is much inferior in quality, but is still enough to do some serious damage.

The problem of trying to put this copy of cent in control of all of it at this point though is kinda like trying to load Windows 10 on an old 386. it might be able to accomplish putting a halt to the contingencies, but won't have the processing power needed for a true core AI, and will eventually falter and fail.

been wrong before though, but that's my take on it.
HiFranc 11th Jul 2016, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

I confess that every time I come to this page, I think of this scene.
Guest 12th Jul 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
If you haven't already, Sign up and Nominate Gali for the Dragon Awards!!!!
Wolfsbane 12th Jul 2016, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

Which category and how to list it? I'm not sure I see a category for webcomics.
Mark_L_A 12th Jul 2016, 8:59 PM edit delete reply

I nominated it under Graphic Novel
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 12th Mar 2017, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

Mentally, I'm at the edge of my seat and my chest is tightening and it's like I'm really WATCHING IT HAPPEN...
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