Comic 1413 - Transportation

22nd Nov 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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Morituri 22nd Nov 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Inhibitors are illegal as hell in New Troy.

Noctis has a functioning Nova Roma inhibitor stuck in her head.

Wonder whether the law will insist on disabling it, and what merry hell might follow if they do.
Tokyo Rose 23rd Nov 2016, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

True, inhibitors are very illegal in New Troy, but it'd be hard for New Troy to do anything about the one in Noctis's head. For one thing, under New Troy law, she cannot be compelled to submit to invasive surgery. For another, New Rome has jurisdiction over her, not New Troy. For a third, she'd be there as a bodyguard to a head of state. It's a very sticky situation, all things considered.
Centcomm 23rd Nov 2016, 4:57 AM edit delete reply

and a bit pointless as no one in New Troy can ( "Legally" access it. )
Stormwind13 23rd Nov 2016, 5:47 AM edit delete reply

Actually on the page Ghost (29 August 2012), Kelly is wearing a 'medical restraint' which looks very much like an inhibitor. So apparently there are already differing levels of legal here.

Plus as a guard to a 'visiting' head of state, she probably has some level of diplomatic immunity. Even without a specific treaty between the city states. Once Dolly and especially Lynn get involved any problems will vanish.
Tokyo Rose 24th Nov 2016, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

There are, indeed, different levels of legality. In the real world, it's not legal for somebody to restrain or imprison someone else, but the police are empowered to do so. In New Troy, inhibitors are not legal for a common citizen to use on an android, but officers of the law and of the court can employ them as needed to ensure public safety.
chk 23rd Nov 2016, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

It is kind of an emergency.
megados 23rd Nov 2016, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Either way I don't think that's a problem. Noctis is level headed, and even if the inhibitor is removed/disabled, her priority is Acantha's well-being. She is not about to jeopardize that by doing a wood-chipper impression in New Troy.
Gilrandir 23rd Nov 2016, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Noctis' inhibitor actually failed years ago (bored to death) and she just hasn't gotten around to having it repaired yet.
Dragonrider 22nd Nov 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

KRAP Atta medical facilities with Julia as Doctor.
Tokyo Rose 23rd Nov 2016, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

As Noctis noted a few pages back, Julia's location is not presently known.
Dragonrider 23rd Nov 2016, 12:30 PM edit delete reply

As Miraiko no longer has to kill Prince Douchieness Rose has no need of her to continue search for Lynn, Acantha it seems logical Mirako has been sent to get Julia to Acantha's location sooner rather than later.
Pirtnac 23rd Nov 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
I think she had a list of targets of opportunity to remove in the chaos, not a primary target of Prince Burnt Toast. If I had to guess, she is thinning out Dec's supporters to weaken his political position.

Granted, while his physical position may currently be "dirt on industrial flooring" ridding the city of his now-former supporters would probably still be a good idea. I doubt she'll be getting pulled from that. Also, as her cover is already more burnt than the Prince, Rose probably wants her leaving the area quietly and bringing her in front of all of these VIPs wouldn't help that.

Hell, Rose is probably only talking to them all now because of Dolly & party knowing she was doing anything at all. Showing another agent beyond Kyle, especially one currently covered in bits of Dukes, Earls, and Counts would probably start kick off a witch hunt.
Dragonrider 23rd Nov 2016, 8:16 PM edit delete reply

Miriako made it clear , Her target was the safety of Acantha, the safety and release of Lynn Taylor, the assassination of Douchebag if necessary to complete one and two. She added on her own the safety and escape of her Lover Julia Willis. She was a one person S&R team with assassination as a secondary objective only because hopefully the rescue could be done without activating Douchie's protocols and ending the world.
No one knows she was set to assassinate anyone and will assume she was hiding with Julia so the encounter will only be "by fortuitous chance" Max and Noctis may think otherwise but aren't going to kick good fortune in the teeth.

BTW isn't it about time for Lynn to blurt out Douche Bags secret name bestowed by Acantha?
Gilrandir 22nd Nov 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
A rendezvous and transshipment would seem to be the time-optimized solution, though not necessarily the safest option. Get Acantha moving toward New Troy ASAP, while the Arrow is prepped and launched, find the safest possible spot for both ships to land and move Acantha to the Arrow, then go the rest of the way in the fastest available ship. However, I gather safe landing spots are few and far between.

Of course, if New Rome had an Arrow-equivalent, they might be able to get that loaded and going in a reasonable amount of time.
Sheela 23rd Nov 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

I agree, the two ships in combinations, would likely be the fastest way to transport Acantha.

Seems to me, that Joleet is in an interesting position right about now.
Gilrandir 23rd Nov 2016, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
Of course, those of us who vote know the likely ship that will be sent for Acantha. ^_^ (Hint: It does not look like an Arrow to me.)
Sheela 24th Nov 2016, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

And then ... much shipping occurs. XD
Haegan2005 22nd Nov 2016, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

I am betting that New Rome has fast air ships and they may even be troop transports or courier types. Failing that an Arrow can meet them halfway.
antrik 22nd Nov 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Well, there is Kyle's "racer"... Though that would barely fit Acantha, Noctis and Ada I guess; so Lynn, Dolly etc. (or even Kyle himself) probably wouldn't be in on the party.

I wonder what kind of vehicle Mr. Black's friends waiting nearby have at their disposal?
Gilrandir 22nd Nov 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
If they figure at all, I expect it will be as escort duty for when the interceptors try to shoot Acantha down.
antrik 22nd Nov 2016, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
I a bit puzzled about Nocis's look in Panel 6. Is she guessing that "Silver" must be the "monster"?...
Tokyo Rose 23rd Nov 2016, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Nice catch.
Dragonrider 22nd Nov 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply

Maxus has a super speed racer at his disposal however would not hold enough people. Dollys Super wagon, Julia as MD and Atta Med Facilities.
cattservant 22nd Nov 2016, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

Timotheus 22nd Nov 2016, 11:05 PM edit delete reply

Do Acantha's motorcycle equivalents come with side cars? Bet those would be fast enough. (with wind screens for the patient)
Tokyo Rose 23rd Nov 2016, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Transporting a critically injured patient through extremely dangerous terrain awash in armed hostiles, aggressive wildlife, sudden storms, and other environmental hazards on the equivalent of a motorbike (with no armor, shielding, or weapons, and minimal inertial compensation) may not be a great idea. Just sayin'. :D
Timotheus 23rd Nov 2016, 3:30 AM edit delete reply

I would think that would be right up Teedee's alley (not to mention Tokyo Rose's)

(I just realized that this would be the most logical solution in an action movie or manga. With all of your objections being involved in the process during the successful journey. Checkov's gun)
Just_IDD 24th Nov 2016, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Didn't Acantha's jumper have seats for pilot + 6, Three rows of 2? Lay down 3 seats on one side as a bed for Acantha. That also keeps the forces acting on Acantha in line with her spine.
The others sit in this order Noctis at the head in front, Ada at the torso with access to the patient's core, and Lynn at the feet/rear mostly out of the way.

That vehicle already has native Roma IFF & Callsign. It should be passed by their air traffic control with zero issue. Its already know to be a privileged Vehicle and may not even need to file any flight plan with atc to begin with.
Tokyo Rose 24th Nov 2016, 9:00 PM edit delete reply

That little puddlejumper has an extremely limited maximum altitude and speed (I think Cent can quote exact numbers), as well as nothing in the way of armor or weaponry. It's not appropriate for the purpose.
Fairportfan 22nd Nov 2016, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

One hopes Cont Comm (in story) understands the concept "If-you-don't-do-what-I-want-RIGHT-NOW-I-will-take-such-actions-as-will-cause-you-damned-amazement".

If not, i am sure Dolly can clarify it for her.
Dragonrider 22nd Nov 2016, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

No just have Rose send Ceci and the three treasures to visit.
Sheela 23rd Nov 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

CeCi be dead.
mjkj 23rd Nov 2016, 12:53 AM edit delete reply

I just hope they will find a way to get Acantha there asap...
mjkj 23rd Nov 2016, 5:42 AM edit delete reply

Ugh, Acantha definitely needs a good hair wash to get all that blood off...
Stormwind13 23rd Nov 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply

While true mjkj, Acantha needs to have that hole in her heart fixed MORE! The cosmetic of washing the blood from her hair can WAIT until the larger problem is fixed.
Gilrandir 23rd Nov 2016, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Even at Mach 3.3, f you're doing the surgery in New Troy, you've got time to make Acantha look presentable along the way. I'm sure she'd appreciate being prettied up so as to make a good impression on the operating room staff when she reaches the medical facility. ^_^ (She is still a teenage girl, right? ^_^)
HiFranc 23rd Nov 2016, 2:14 AM edit delete reply

How fast is Max's ship?
Centcomm 23rd Nov 2016, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

His big hammer head? Its not as fast as they need.
Stormwind13 23rd Nov 2016, 5:25 AM edit delete reply

That was a battlewagon, HiFranc. Appeared to be built for firepower not raw speed.
highly irregular 23rd Nov 2016, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 23rd Nov 2016, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Yep we are finally back up to 3 updates a week :D
mjkj 23rd Nov 2016, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

Great =)

Thank you, Cent. *hugs*

CptKerion 23rd Nov 2016, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Take Dolly's ship meet New Troy's S&R ship on the way.
Gilrandir 23rd Nov 2016, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
And, while they're at it, they should probably be requesting two Arrows. I'm a bit surprised Maxus or Noctis hasn't pointed it out, but (per the tech page) an Arrow has a 2+2 personnel capacity. Since anything coming from New Troy will (of necessity) be piloted, that leads to some interesting logistics dilemmas.

Even if the original crew turns it over to Ada and TeeDee, that leaves only room for Acantha and Noctis in the back. (See my earlier post about how guarding a head of state in a foreign capital is more than a one-person job.) So, in theory, you'd want at least one other Arrow to transport two other members of the guard detail in escort, leaving Dolly, Lynn, the old crew, and the rest of Marcus' team to make their way back to New Troy at a slower, more sedate pace. More would be better, but the operation is already over budget, and CentComm isn't made of credits, you know. ^_^
Sheela 23rd Nov 2016, 10:59 PM edit delete reply

Actually, Centcomm is totally made out of credits ... at least in TeeDee's mind. :)
Stormwind13 24th Nov 2016, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

That makes Cent$, Sheela. :-D
Sheela 24th Nov 2016, 4:48 PM edit delete reply

mjkj 24th Nov 2016, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Woah, rank 4... O_O
DLKmusic 24th Nov 2016, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

I noticed! I was afraid to say anything though for fear of Jinxing it!
chk 24th Nov 2016, 8:28 AM edit delete reply

It's the highest I've seen it.

Congratulations to both of you.
Stormwind13 24th Nov 2016, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

I saw Data Chasers at #1 when TWC reset the month early. Managed to stay there for most of the night and pestered Marcus about it since at the end of the month, DC had been #1 and he was in for a date with Doctor Silver. :-D

Was denied, since it was a system's mistake. This time though, he is really and truly STUCK. :-D
Sheela 24th Nov 2016, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

Ha ha, yeah .. this time around we got it to #5 the hard way, no way he gets to sneak out of that one ... not even with an advanced stealth suit.

Which reminds me ... GET DOWN FROM THE RAFTERS MARCUS! ... jeez.
Gilrandir 24th Nov 2016, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Whereas now I'm just going to take a moment to imagine @Tokyo Rose composing and sending a blatant, over-the-top letter of braggadocio to Phil and Kaja Foglio rubbing their face in the fact that Data Chasers is out-polling Girl Genius and offering to send them writing tips to help revive their moribund little webcomic. ^_^

I suppose, @Tokyo Rose, that if you are too busy (what with the holidays and all) that I could draft something suitable and send it on your behalf? ^_^

Mmmmmm. I can feel the hatred flowing through you. ^_^
Tokyo Rose 24th Nov 2016, 8:58 PM edit delete reply

I would never in a million years go bragging at Phil and Kaja Foglio. I respect them and their work too much, and in fact the idea that we're outstripping their ranking (however temporarily) leaves me literally shaking and shocked.
Gilrandir 24th Nov 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Nah, I didn't figure you for the braggadocious type. But, in all seriousness, I do think you and @Centcomm have a right to be justly proud of what you have accomplished here. Well done.
Sheela 25th Nov 2016, 3:17 AM edit delete reply

The shakening is happening !
Mark_L_A 24th Nov 2016, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

First Cent/Terri I"m glad you are doing much better.

Second, I too think the 2 vehicle option would work best unless they can find Julia and an untorched facility.

Third, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Now I have to go start cooking for me and the kids.
Matt Knab 24th Nov 2016, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

As a secretary myself, I can appreciate the logistical realities of getting things done, no matter the best of intentions.
Dragonrider 24th Nov 2016, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

3 To Go
Rashala 6th Dec 2016, 1:04 AM edit delete reply

Oh come on nova Roma has gotta have some high speed transport tech... I mean deck was madder than Nero, but even he would have den a need to get large numbers of troops places fast.
Tokyo Rose 6th Dec 2016, 1:20 AM edit delete reply

Not fast enough, for one thing. For another, those types of transports aren't kept at the palace...
Rashala 7th Dec 2016, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Point taken.

Buuuuuuuuut new troy prolly has some ultra secret super speed craft in hidden develop or deployment on the nr border juuuust in case the tried something......and right now sending that to exfil the might save a layer of skin on centy's butt right now
Speedy Marsh 5th Apr 2017, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
What about Breaker's bar? They could get Acantha there fast, and a New Troy S&R team can meet them there. At the same time, they can dispatch a MASH unit, with all the equipment of a regular hospital. Centcomm should have the very best Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals, since meatbag warriors have the annoying tendency to spring leaks.

Hopefully Centcomm considers repairing human soldiers an efficient use of resources, instead of considering them disposable... Um... well... it was a good idea, while it lasted.

Another possibly, if Aeneas gets fixed soon, he could 3D print a lot of the equipment they wold need. There could be a whole hospital near the center of Aeneas' complex. Before he killed every living thing in a 5 mile radius, the center of his complex would have been the last holdout, when things went to hell. A place to do trauma surgery would be an absolute necessity. The equipment might be a few decades old, but it would've been built to last. Also, some equipment that they're using to repair Aeneas could be repurposed for use on humans, if there was, you know, someone connected to like every database in the world, and who has top quality minds all over the place, who could Macguyver solutions for all kinds of problems.

No matter where they're gonna go, they first need to tell every medic in Nova Roma to check their dying patients for possible organ compatibility with Acantha, and to keep those patients on life support, if they die.

Ada or Tokyo Rose could tell Noctis what meds and other fluids and junk they'll need, and she could send teams of Cassians to raid the burning medical centers to get the supplies.
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