Comic 1428 - The Major Makes An Impression

25th Dec 2016, 9:00 PM
The Major Makes An Impression
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 27th Dec 2016, 3:41 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Carrie Fisher passed away today.

Yeah, a lot of people have left us in 2016, but Carrie Fisher hits me hard. Princess Leia was a role model without equal to me when I was growing up--she was classy, strong, and courageous without giving up one iota of what made her feminine. She was one of the reasons why I got into reading and watching science fiction, and her loss grieves me personally.

May she have a safe journey to a galaxy far, far away.
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Stormwind13 25th Dec 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Marcus! So much for no banter from him.

Pack the rapists and ship them off to HELL! That was a harsh way to deal with that Blueboy, but deserved.
Chippewa Ghost 25th Dec 2016, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

Head shots: bane of the mortuary trade since 10,000 B.C.
Morituri 27th Dec 2016, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
It is my impression that slings (and head shots) were invented around -30K.

Mortuaries, however, are a relatively recent invention. The earliest I can reliably place death cults is about -10K, so you're probably right.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
For these guys, the morticians will probably add More damage to their faces (free of charge), before they're put on display. Hopefully, the one with no pants and no head will be displayed as-is, with his head beside him on a platter.

They don't deserve to go to the recycling vats, where parts of them would eventually return to society. Their bodies should be dumped in the Wastes, where they'll end up as Murderturd turds.
jamie59 25th Dec 2016, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Girls be real careful when you run. The floor just got real slippery.
Haegan2005 25th Dec 2016, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

I think he has just the right temperament for rapists.
SeanR 25th Dec 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Who's he talking to? There were seven hostiles, but he's already shot them all.
Gilrandir 25th Dec 2016, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, let's count ...

Six bioforms in praetorian armor (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon and eta)
One bioform in Roman army armor (zeta)
One bioform already deceased (so they couldn't go "urrrk")
It might have been the file clerk bioform (who seems nice, so probably not) ...

Leaving only the recreational scolder currently receiving the unwelcome attentions of the (recently dead) sergeant. Ergo, by process of elimination, Marcus popped the head off the working girl. (Get it? "Process of elimination"? ^_^) She says she verbally abuses people for money, so Marcus' banter could reasonably be construed as a harsh evaluation of that as a lifestyle ...

... Okay, so probably not. ^_^ Hey, lacking fingers and toes of her own, obviously Sophie has trouble counting past 'five'. (CentComm did warn that she was a bit simple.) There were obviously seven praetorians, if you count the one hiding inside the working girl. ^_^
Marcus Ramesy 26th Dec 2016, 1:45 AM edit delete reply

the one with his pants down around his ankles is the one that is being talked to before his slow and unpleasant removal from the realm of consciousness and imminent death
Gilrandir 26th Dec 2016, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
So ... if the sergeant is the one Marcus is speaking to, what was his target id? It's also interesting that we don't get a target status update from Sophie in the last panel, supporting the contention that the sergeant was 'down' before ever Marcus lays hands on him. (Which would seem to make the decapitation a little gratuitous.)
Tokyo Rose 26th Dec 2016, 4:01 PM edit delete reply

I remember trying to make sure I had the right number of targets. Even nagged Cent to try to find out how many actual human figures were in the scene, since I was counting the shots that Marcus made; he clearly fires both of his guns in three panels (six), then fires one gun in one panel (seven), and finishes by squeezing the sergeant's head off like a dandelion in one panel (eight). Clearly, I fucked up the count anyway, and will need to make dialogue changes.

(Sofie doesn't give a status update in the last panel because it's taking a while for the sergeant to die.)
Hornet 27th Dec 2016, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Shot seven was a wounding blow.
Tokyo Rose 27th Dec 2016, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

The single shot took out the guy who'd been holding the woman's arms.
Gilrandir 27th Dec 2016, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Just because we are all still having fun puzzling this out, it appears to me that shots delta and zeta are actually both targeting the New Roman Army rapist. At least there doesn't seem to be anyone else in that corner that isn't previously accounted for (excluding the file clerk).

EDIT: If I were angling for a No-Prize, I might suggest that the New Roman soldier might actually have had his adaptive shielding partially in place (since he was threatening the file clerk, but not yet raping her, and because he presumably has minimally better training than the Praetorians), meaning it took two shots to be sure to finish him off quickly (the second shot being the head shot we see as zeta). But I would also suggest (since it has been pointed out that 'down' is not the same as 'dead') that Sophie might want to report the sergeant as 'disabled' after his spine is severed. ^_^
Chippewa Ghost 27th Dec 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply

what is this? analysis of the zapruder film?
Gilrandir 27th Dec 2016, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Just wait until your GM attacks you with a grassy gnoll. ^_^
DLKmusic 25th Dec 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Severing a head from a body with one hand? Marcus, remind me never to get into an arm wrestling match with you!
Timotheus 25th Dec 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

Like TeeDee said before, they were just playing around.
Dragonrider 25th Dec 2016, 10:22 PM edit delete reply

As I said before, ...and to all a Good Night. Elapsed time under one minute Didn't take that long away from the mission profile.
Marcus Ramesy 25th Dec 2016, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

spent more time talking to pencil dick than shooting them.. the first body hasn't even hit the floor by the time the guy in red is shot..

and yes.. crushed his windpipe.. severed carotid artery and crushed and severed spine and spinal cord

as im sure you can guess... I dont take kindly to rapist...
Stormwind13 26th Dec 2016, 8:07 AM edit delete reply

Thimbledick, Marcus. Get with the program. :-D

And that was a good way to deal with him. Not only a rapist, but one that encouraged such activities in their troops. He deserved about as bad an end as could be arranged (the classic is hamstring and breaking the arms of the rapist. Then leaving clubs and knives around for the victims to get creative with).
Marcus Ramesy 26th Dec 2016, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

perhaps.. but I dont have that kind of time... and I am not interested in letting him live to become a threat... its not that I dont trust the civilians to take care of the problem.. but if you want a job done right....
rob 26th Dec 2016, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
im guessing that the first 4 panels all happened at the same time... cuz if you take the talking bubbles separately thats bout 4 sec... you are not that slow..
in real time they heard 1 shot, but this was slowed for every BODY to react ..
mjkj 25th Dec 2016, 10:57 PM edit delete reply

Wow, quickly arrived at eta...

Mark_L_A 25th Dec 2016, 10:58 PM edit delete reply

Make him an object lesson Major.
Visvires 25th Dec 2016, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
He really already did. Don't gangrape in these parts or a Trojan ninja will pop out of hammerspace and slaughter you.
Rashala 26th Dec 2016, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

*watches teedee with a stopwatch and clipboard risking off camera over hi performance an quips and finding another room of eadmen for marcus to.....*

Do it again by more feeling and mayhem!!!!!
BlueSanta 26th Dec 2016, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
Whoever is getting their head removed is wearing blue so it Can't be the Naked Girl! And "target down" doesn't always mean dead.
Stormwind13 26th Dec 2016, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

Kind of my thought too, BlueSanta. Marcus may have merely made sure the Blueboy couldn't respond before getting crushed out of hand (or at least offhand).
HiFranc 26th Dec 2016, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

I thought that everyone in New Rome had already seen cassians?
Stormwind13 26th Dec 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

Probably HiFranc, but not in any detail. The sheep don't gawk at the wolves, so she probably doesn't know all their names or appearances.

Seeing Marcus in his hi-tech armor is probably close enough to trigger that fear. Especially since she has no idea New Troy is visiting right now.
Morituri 27th Dec 2016, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
They wouldn't know any different until the Major slows down enough for them to get a clear look at him.

Keep in mind, he's cyborg'ed to just about the maximum possible extent, has just amped his speed to max, is getting off seven shots in about the time it takes to blink twice, and to imply even more impossible speed, he just 'appeared' out of nowhere when his stealth field came down.
cattservant 26th Dec 2016, 6:05 AM edit delete reply

Virtue is its own reward.
Lee 26th Dec 2016, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Are we sure 30 seconds is enough time to ponder his mistakes? Shame Marcus has a schedule to keep...
Stormwind13 26th Dec 2016, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

He can burn in HELL for all eternity, Lee. That is PLENTY of time to contemplate his (poor) life choices!
Sheela 26th Dec 2016, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy - So many Darwin awards being shared here!

And Marcus as a Cassian ?
I wonder, will he be throwing his underwear at the gladiators too ? :D
Hornet 27th Dec 2016, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Of course not, even if watching female gladiators. Men tend to be much more removed physically then women in such situations.
Gilrandir 27th Dec 2016, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Shortly after Noctis throws hers at a gladiator -- and probably for much the same reason. ^_^
Dragonrider 27th Dec 2016, 3:51 PM edit delete reply

Noctis has the same fun factory upgrades TeeDee has, none. She has already made disparaging remarks about throwing underwear to Gladiators.
Gilrandir 27th Dec 2016, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
That's kind of my point, @Dragonrider. Marcus and Noctis are (IMHO) equally likely to throw their underwear at a gladiator for fun -- i.e., not very damn likely. ^_^ However, they are both logical, ruthless and professional enough to realize that, if in a very disadvantageous position, it would be less desirable to face a gladiator while nearly naked and completely unarmed than it would be to face said gladiator _completely_ naked and armed with a short, smelly garrote. Or possibly a bit of cloth chaff that could be thrown to provide a momentary distraction while maneuvering for a better position.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
No way will he throw his underwear. When guys find a comfortable pair of underwear, we wear them till they fall apart. (If we really like 'em, we might take 'em off once a week to wash them) ;)
Timotheus 27th Dec 2016, 3:24 AM edit delete reply

Ah yes, the old, "When examining hoof prints, rule out horses before looking for zebras." gambit. (For those who don't know of it.)
Stormwind13 27th Dec 2016, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

2016 has not been a good year, Rose. I'm sorry for the loss of Carrie Fisher too.
Gilrandir 27th Dec 2016, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Do we think that the naked chick, out of a sense of gratitude, will offer to verbally abuse Major Ramesy for free, rather than charging him standard rates? ^_^
Morituri 27th Dec 2016, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Speech is pointless when wasted on an enemy both mortally wounded and dishonorable. Just let him bleed out.
Stormwind13 28th Dec 2016, 7:34 AM edit delete reply

Maybe the speech wasn't for Blueboy, Morituri. There were two other people there... and possibly a camera with recording capability. Even without it, the story will get out and grow. Some of the bad guys MIGHT think about the path they are following and choose differently.
Romfire 29th Dec 2016, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
I am sure the "extra" shot was a wounding one to the sarge. Marcus had to be careful not to injure the victim, with her in such close proximity. Energy weapons can conduct through the people they hit, into those they contact. So shot type and placement was probably well calculated before hand.
Gilrandir 29th Dec 2016, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Except why then would Sophie use two different target designators for the same person? As opposed to (for example) ">>> Target Delta Disabled <<<" ... ">>> Target Delta Down <<<"

I don't believe the Praetorian Sergeant gets shot at all -- Marcus appears to rely on his hand attack to take care of him. Marcus also appears to be extremely fast at holstering his left-hand weapon. ^_^
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