Comic 1425 - The Major Does Reconnaissance

20th Dec 2016, 9:00 PM
The Major Does Reconnaissance
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

Author Notes:

Tokyo Rose 20th Dec 2016, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
I'd issue a trigger warning for sexual violence, but since the comments are below the image, it's probably too late. Sorry about that.

And yes, the Praetorians are, in fact, stupid, sick, and evil enough to duck into a side office during an armed invasion of the palace to commit various forms of assault. As has been mentioned, these guys are complete and utter assholes who've been permitted, even encouraged, to indulge their worst impulses. Quite a number of them are walking collections of base instincts and severe personality disorders in a shiny blue candy coating.

(That one guy in red is, distressingly enough, a Praetorian fanboy. There are people in the real world who adore serial killers, too.)
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Chippewa Ghost 20th Dec 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Kill them. Kill them all.


Um, on a much happier note Merry Christmas, Cents and Rose!
Centcomm 20th Dec 2016, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

thank you SO much CG!!! HUGS!
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

A happy and Blessed Solstice to all, a Merry Yule where appropriate.

Now we have the polite out of the way, Would suppose the combat suit is Marcus is he planning on rendezvous the Med Team and wish them Bon Voyage to New Troy?
Marcus Ramesy 20th Dec 2016, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Im in the process of linking up with TeeDe and Ada as well as General Maxis
Centcomm 20th Dec 2016, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

Thanks dragonrider!!
Dragonrider 20th Dec 2016, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

My many,many thanks to you my friend.
Sheela 21st Dec 2016, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

Looks like Marcus has a little detour ahead of him.
jamie59 20th Dec 2016, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

Cent can be really dry. Bet the Major isn't happy with the ride along.
New Rome forces should be getting a big clean up when this is over.
Marcus Ramesy 20th Dec 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

Having her onboard is not a bad thing, she can run simulations and advise on things in the field.. Due to lag time.... all she can do is advise and monitor
Gilrandir 20th Dec 2016, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Marcus gets to show off his dance moves. CentComm gets to be exasperated.
Timotheus 20th Dec 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

"The parties over, it's time to call it a day. They've burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away..."
Suggested theme music for the Pretorians in the very near future.
Visvires 20th Dec 2016, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh, they're going to slow him down. But only enough to perform 7 kills on unsuspecting vermin.
mjkj 20th Dec 2016, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, I guess Marcus is not ignoring the assault...

@alt text: oh... *moves camera*

@Rose's author comment: well, you could always add it to the chapter title...

Rashala 21st Dec 2016, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

I for see these men about to arrive in hades all wondering whf just happened.
Stormwind13 21st Dec 2016, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

Which goes to show how stupid they really are, Rash. I mean jackals screwing around while Lions are hunting and they have to wonder what happened.

Oh and if they are LUCKY Marcus will deal with them. Thinking of what Maxus or Noctis would do to them ::Shudders:: At least if that happened they would KNOW why they were roasting in Hell! Maxus or Noctis would make sure they knew before darkness claimed them.
Sheela 21st Dec 2016, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, there's an awful lot of jackals, and not a lot of Lions.

They *should* be safe.
Luckily, they aren't. :)
Stormwind13 21st Dec 2016, 12:10 PM edit delete reply

I get the feeling that the jackals population will be nose diving toward.extinction as Maxus and the Cassians retake control, Sheela. Lots of human fertilizer to be harvested.
Sheela 21st Dec 2016, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

Some say that the Jackal population in the palace had already had it's size cut down to size, firs' by CeCi & Dolly, then by Miraiko and Julia, and then by Team Kill-it-All.

Others say "it's about time" and "I was almost running out of bodies to experiment on."
In related news, Setorius is paying good money for bodies with little damage to the body - Unfortunately, most of the ones he have recived so far, has been .. chopped up.
Rashala 22nd Dec 2016, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

*rash looks up from finalizing the launch protocols for avenge ceci and Ariana. Or the Christmas teedee invasion.*

Oh yeah I for see blue armor becoming he novaroma red shirt armor excuse me I have vengeance to launch for two fallen beautiful people. And then I need to prepare a state funeral for Kali, an gave deci's ashes in a box so when acantha can get up she can flush then down her rooms toilet!
Mark_L_A 21st Dec 2016, 1:13 AM edit delete reply

Being former army and former law enforcement, all I can say is to shoot them in the nads and let them bleed out.

And to our authoresses, may your holiday season, Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice and New Years be filled with love and good tidings.
Greenwood Goat 21st Dec 2016, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
How many drones has Major Ramesy got? Do they have a self-destruct capability? If so, and he could spare one...


Bald blueb: *!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* *FALSETTO SHRIEK*


Bald blueb: *shriek cuts off* *projectile bleeding and evacuation*

Major Ramesy: +engage voice projection and modulation system. voice profile: Nox+

VPMS: (LAMOD - Nox's voice) Hello meatsacks. All who are about to die, I will enjoy you!

Remaining bluebs and blueb fan: AAAAAAAAAAA! FUGITE! *more rapid evacuation, both types*


So have a Merry Christmas, everyone, and think of praetorians roasting on an open fire!

megados 21st Dec 2016, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
I tend to like simpler solutions.

megados: "Noctis, do you see . . ."
Noctis: "Yes I see it."
Noctis: "Leave the room."
*megados exits, and a low interrupted hum emanates from the room for approximately 15 seconds*
Noctis:"You may enter."
*megados enters, finds Noctis standing within a fine pink mist, and on the floor is a bunch of red stuff with blue bits in it, and in the corner is a naked woman crying.*
megados:"Thank you, Noctis."
Noctis:"You are . . . welcome."
Marcus Ramesy 21st Dec 2016, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

the drones are very small and form a small network to give a full map of the area and let me know where every thing is. their function is av feed, terrain mapping and IFF data.. no exploding drones sadly... but good idea... Ill suggest it to the weapons techs and see if we can get something added to the next version if its even possible taking in consideration weight size requirements..
Gilrandir 21st Dec 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
The weapons tech response is likely to be something along the line of "You want us to take a survivable, reusable, mobile sensor and, by adding a bunch of explosives to it, make it a less survivable, less mobile, non-reusable sensor and mini-munition? As opposed to making, say, an even smaller and lighter, more survivable, more mobile, just-as reusable sensor and then giving you a dedicated munition drone to blow things up with ...?"

"Thank you, Major Ramesy. We will consider your recommendation." ^_^
SeanR 21st Dec 2016, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
That should be easy enough. Just short the power supply.
Power supplies have a lot of energy locked up in them, waiting to be released both deliberately, indiscriminately, and generally in ways that void the manufacturer's warranty.
Lithium-Ion cell-phone batteries.
Superconducting loops.
All you have to do is devise a way to cause all that energy to be released at once. Not a lot of extra mass involved.

I'm guessing those drones pack more Joules than does a cell phone, and I've heard those pack about the same amount of bang for the buck as a hand grenade.

(Think of that the next time you place a hand grenade, I mean a smart phone, against your ear. You know what? Maybe it's time to invest in a Bluetooth headset...)
Sheela 22nd Dec 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Oh yes, lets replace the hand grenade with a smaller hand grenade, and then stuff it into the ear !

That said, yeah, making the power supply unstable should be fairly easy. :)
SeanR 22nd Dec 2016, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Well, there're always Bluetooth collars.
My sister uses one of these.
Oh. Sorry. My mistake. One of these.!4223!3!91216664059!!!g!56970650585!
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
How about nanites? The drones would spray a cloud of them into the room, and as they land on potential targets, they identify unique bio-markers on each, and wait for you to mark each target as friend or foe. When you'd give the go order, they would work their way into the bloodstream, and begin to heal the friendlies and attack the foes.

With this bunch of reprobates, maybe first they'd destroy the optic nerves, and then go for the testicles. They'd then go from one organ to the next, slowly disassembling the body, until they ran out of power, were ordered to quit, or the target blew their own brains out.

I don't know how they'd identify or attack androids, but I'm sure Silver would have plenty of ideas.
Just_IDD 21st Dec 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
I wonder why the red one is participating. That usually isn't the case and I think Maxus might have something to say about it. Although that redone has a lot of blue on his uniform. I don't think he's a red. Also he just terminated a civ who was tied up.
CentComm Actual needs an empathy transplant. Maybe Doc Silver can give her a heart.
antrik 21st Dec 2016, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
I think the author note sufficiently covers the soldier's participation?...

As for Commie: empathy would interfere with her purpose ;-)
rob 21st Dec 2016, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
red did NOT terminate civ (yet),, blue in panel 4 did. it was to civ in grey who was armed.. (( behind blue in center.))
Dragonrider 21st Dec 2016, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

The one in red is not a soldier they are wanna be's who try to spread the Praetorians bad rap to Maxus troops.
Just_IDD 21st Dec 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
I wonder why the red one is participating. That usually isn't the case and I think Maxus might have something to say about it. Although that redone has a lot of blue on his uniform. I don't think he's a red. Also he just terminated a civ who was tied up.
CentComm Actual needs an empathy transplant. Maybe Doc Silver can give her a heart.
Centcomm 22nd Dec 2016, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

They are his buds. Poor life choices?
highly irregular 21st Dec 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
And just when I've forgotten the comic's rated R. Can we get to the shoot off their balls and feed them their own dicks part soon, or will this be dragged out as long as their late mentor's spermwasted life?
Sheela 21st Dec 2016, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

Hmm ... I was gonna keep it simple, and simply feed them their combat rifles, and then pull the trigger ... but ...

I guess we could do that .. thing .. you mentioned ?.
Centcomm 22nd Dec 2016, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

hehe yep we do tend to avoid certain things .. Also Rose hates writing these kind of scenes.
Visvires 22nd Dec 2016, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
*drives up with trailer stacked with boats*

Should I unload these?
Gilrandir 21st Dec 2016, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
This is really out of any of my areas of expertise, and I have a proven track record of being embarrassingly wrong with my predictions about the storyline. So, naturally, I have a couple of predictions to make. ^_^

* - The guy in red dies first.
* - At least one will survive the immediate onslaught to allow Marcus a chance for questions. (Just in case)
* - At least one will not be identifiable by dental records.
* - None of them will be happy about what is about to happen. (Although the victims will be relieved and prefer it to most other alternatives.)
* - The last to die is probably the guy not wearing any pants.
Sheela 21st Dec 2016, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

And then all of them get's buried in the backyard by a little red doggy? :)
Visvires 22nd Dec 2016, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
That's a service that you offer? Why didn't you mention it sooner?
Sheela 23rd Dec 2016, 10:47 AM edit delete reply

TeeDee was keeping me busy!
antrik 21st Dec 2016, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Nice censor-drone ;-)
Gilrandir 21st Dec 2016, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
(To quote @Ryu Santos:) Yes! *fist pump* ^_^
rob 21st Dec 2016, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
happy and blessed solstice to all you an yours
HeSerpenty 21st Dec 2016, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

O lordy just... hopefully someone comes and wipes these guys all out :'D
Matt Knab 21st Dec 2016, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

How much spare ammo do we have?
Morituri 21st Dec 2016, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
There is no such thing as "spare" ammo where rapists are involved.

If there is an effective police and courts, the correct thing to do (hard as it may be) is to let them handle it.

But in a place like Nova Roma in the middle of a revolution, killing them all is nothing less than civic duty.
Morituri 21st Dec 2016, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Considering that Ramsey isn't from around here, it isn't "civic duty" I suppose.

Perhaps more of a "humanitarian imperative."
chk 21st Dec 2016, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

Happy Hibernal Solstice everyone.

It couldn't have come too soon.
That one guy 21st Dec 2016, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
So does the fact that Cent-Comm Actual considers her simple belong on Sophie's cast page entry? Does she get an abstract design like Deep Blue, or a zoom of one of Marcus' augmentations or his armor or something?

(sorry, couldn't resist with yesterday's alt-text)
Tokyo Rose 22nd Dec 2016, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

May you be trapped in an elevator with a lactose-intolerant person of sub-standard hygiene who has recently enjoyed a meal rich in cheese, beans, and cheap beer.
That one guy 22nd Dec 2016, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
I get a second Tuesday this week!? Normally that'd be irritating, but this week it could help me catch up on last minute Christmas shopping.
Morituri 21st Dec 2016, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

I hate them. SO. MUCH. I have dealt with them in too many ways, too many times. People I care for have been hurt so badly.

I have not become a murderer yet. But on at least one occasion that was barely more than an accident. I fervently hope such creatures never enter my life again.

Rapists are the reason why half the human population lives in fear of the other half. Rapists are responsible for so much pain.
Rapists leave ruined lives and emotional difficulties in their wake.

I don't even know if most women begin to understand the kind of visceral rage these guys inspire in most men.
Deoxy 22nd Dec 2016, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
"I don't even know if most women begin to understand the kind of visceral rage these guys inspire in most men."

Of course now - that knowledge would not be beneficial to the cause. In that light, women are publicly told that all men ARE rapists, not that most men HATE rapists - that "knowledge" is FAR more useful to the cause.

And the people doing that telling are only slightly better than the actual rapists they complain about.
HiFranc 22nd Dec 2016, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Given the culture that Decimus inspired, I am not surprised.

As for dealing with them, my solution is to put the feed through to Max and Noctis, and ask for them to deal with. After all, it's their jurisdiction and there's no reason why the clean out can't start now. In fact, it's the perfect time.

{edit} I hope that they send a trauma team to help the victims. As part of the truce, they could have revolutionaries help proper soldiers protect said trauma team.

Also, I hope the church has good psychologists to help those victims recover.
Sheela 22nd Dec 2016, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

They have the BEST psychologists around!

Coincidentally, they also have the best prostitutes around. XD
That one guy 22nd Dec 2016, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
One of them already came down with a nasty case of death in the course of Marcus' observation, with a knife to the throat of another one. Unless Max sends someone quickly (unlikely with as much else as is going on), they'll just be rapists and murderers rather than just rapists if Marcus walks away (which the comic is hinting that he isn't inclined to do, and I'm curious if Cent-Comm has placed "safeguards" within his cybernetics to allow her to override him if he chooses to attempt to help).
Centcomm 22nd Dec 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

at that one guy.

No Cent cant override his cybernetics in Roma..
HiFranc 23rd Dec 2016, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

Rereading (after reading the next page), I thought that he was on board the ship.

« feeling stupid
Centcomm 22nd Dec 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

The Church handles all medical fields even those of the mind and soul :D
Miamistax 22nd Dec 2016, 2:53 PM edit delete reply could've had your title be "Comic 1437 - The Major Does Reconnaissance *TRIGGER WARNING* see comment below" or some such.
Centcomm 22nd Dec 2016, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

Well we do have the general warning on Comic fury and i did my best to cover up the naughty bits with the drones.
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