Comic 1433 - Vengeful

5th Jan 2017, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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Stormwind13 5th Jan 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply


I didn't think she was hiding... THAT under her skin! =O
Sheela 7th Jan 2017, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, gotta admit, that as a bit of a surprise.
Dragonrider 5th Jan 2017, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

OK is Miraiko an android? Does Julia know about this alter ego? Julia can't know about this, she ask how scans didn't even show one of the mods.
WTF Just happened here? This is a whole new back and side story!!!!Bet Miraiko doesn't want Julia to ever see her like this as it would traumatize the one she loves. No wonder she told Julia to wait out of sight. Wait one if she is an android then she can't love as we know it. Unless The Tokyo Terror is much farther advanced that she has let on in androids.
mjkj 6th Jan 2017, 2:50 AM edit delete reply

No, Miraiko is not an android - she, like Marcus, is enhanced...
Gilrandir 6th Jan 2017, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
At what point does one cease being 'enhanced', and become 'uploaded'? Or, given the predisposition of this story universe to metal, shall we say 'transcendent'?

Lacking proper technical specs, we can't really say what Miraiko is. And that information, of course, is unlikely to be available any time soon.

I thought Maxus had bought Irene the finest in medical care? Instead of getting that weak-sauce medical mesh, why didn't she get one of these cool new refits, instead?
Speedy 6th Apr 2017, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
The surgeries to do these upgrades probably would have killed Irene. Also, she seemed like the kind of person who wants to stay as human as possible. Wearing a suit is one thing. Changing what you are is a whole 'nuther ballgame. One that some people choose not to play.
Gilrandir 6th Apr 2017, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
It has seemed to me that one of the fundamental themes of DataChasers has been that who you are is a lot less dependent on what you are than many might assert. As far as Irene surviving the surgeries, since her mind and brain seem unimpaired, I'm sure that more transformative surgeries could have been accomplished, even if it needed to be done progressively on a longer timeframe.

Of course, since Irene comes from Nova Roma, her views on what constitutes "humanity" may well be more conservative than others. Especially when it comes to preserving her own humanity. The creatrices consider Miraiko fully human, so it isn't clear to me why Irene might consider an equivalent set of supportive medical modifications to make her any less so.
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

Miraiko is not a android. She is human.
CptKerion 6th Jan 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
nanoreactive skinweave is my guess.
Centcomm 3rd Nov 2017, 3:33 PM edit delete reply

Yes thats a good word for it. "D
robnot 5th Jan 2017, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
well... Rose did say Miraiko was up to the task,,, but yeah, THAT was not expected.!
Just_IDD 5th Jan 2017, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, red eyes, Full Metal Jacket. Is Miraiko the Terminator? Is Skynet just around the corner?
Actually, scratch that. She's of Luna make, probably her being constantly in the med-center helped disguising any emissions she made. Probably powered by the same powercell that Dolly is using. That explains partially how she knew of the hatchet man's secret. Rose did the techno babbling that lets her appear normal. Miraiko and Rose were hacking the cameras and leaving messages for Dolly to track down. Wow this is a deep rabbit hole.
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:56 AM edit delete reply

Her enhancements are all Shinado created.
SeanR 6th Jan 2017, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Skynet 4 is down the hall, getting rebuilt.
Skynet 2 is back at New Troy, being chastised for her involvement in nearly deleting Skynet 4, and basically refusing to be the death of all humans.
Skynet 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 are back at Tokyo, rebuilding Skynet 4...

Sheela 7th Jan 2017, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

Meanwhile, Skynet 5.0 is pissed that her knee is busted up.
cattservant 5th Jan 2017, 10:31 PM edit delete reply

Be careful when you turn over rocks!
Stormwind13 6th Jan 2017, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

The cute little Dragon might be hiding under there, catt. Ready (and oh so ABLE) to strip all the flesh from your bones! =0
Dragonrider 6th Jan 2017, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

Do NOT meddle in the affairs of Dragons,
YOU are crunchy and taste good with Ketchup.
Ryu Santos 7th Jan 2017, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

I prefer mayo myself.
The Old Scribe 5th Jan 2017, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
Darn! I was hoping for pictures. Oh well. So is Miraiko a cyborg, an android, a Borg, what? I bet those nanowires slice and dice flesh rather neatly. I guess the slave master is bloody cold cuts by now. I wonder what the slave girls he captured think of all this? When they aren't cheering, that is.

On a side note: Wha' hoppen to my avatar?
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:57 AM edit delete reply

your logged in as a guest and Shes a cyborg. :D
Tokyo Rose 6th Jan 2017, 7:52 PM edit delete reply

One slave girl and one slave boy, actually.
Morfos 5th Jan 2017, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
...And not a single tootsie-pop jokes. I do note that answer was "three" too.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
"How many nanowire licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie-rolling-slop?"

"Ah-one... ah-two... ah-three..."

"Three licks to get to the center of a tootsie-rolling-slop!"
Guest 5th Jan 2017, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
Did her boobs droop when she entered terminator mode?
Mark_L_A 5th Jan 2017, 11:42 PM edit delete reply

Thinking logically about your comment it's possible her breasts were what "stored" her "Enhancements". And she already admitted to being "Cybered" up to Julia.

However, thinking about it, Miraiko MIGHT be Shinedo's version of a Black Angel using DNA from the Yukimura family to build them.
SeanR 6th Jan 2017, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
We've already met Shinendo's verions of black and white angels.
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:57 AM edit delete reply

rfaramir 6th Jan 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Look at her shoulder level. It also 'droops', so it's the camera position changing upwards or her body lowering due to perhaps her crouching a little as she gets ready for action.
Gilrandir 6th Jan 2017, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
No, she's actually getting shorter as the magic nanobots suck the stored metal out of her bones for deposition over her skin. ^_^ (Just kidding ... we know that armor made out of raw materials that come from nowhere is better than actual armor, and conservation of mass is just a millstone used to annoy science fiction storytellers. ^_^)
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
She's not adding or removing anything. Before, her skin was on top. Now, the metal is. The only thing that's left her prior volume is a bunch of nanowires. And those are long but very, very thin.
Gilrandir 7th Jan 2017, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Except that, in ordinary mode you would want it in the form of low-density higher volume structures. Possibly even in organic chemicals with lower specific gravities, to avoid having it be detectible to even the simplest x-ray, sonogram, or magnetometer scan. Once you deploy it as armor, it (presumably) needs a much more dense structure than living flesh if it is to offer any kind of protection above that of living flesh. So, mass may be unchanged, but volume would still decrease.
Rashala 6th Jan 2017, 12:34 AM edit delete reply

Remind me to stay on her good side...........

*resumes glaring at centcomm and sharpening an emp bayonet*
HiFranc 6th Jan 2017, 12:59 AM edit delete reply

I have another theory. I think that she is what the nanobots are slowly turning Kyle into - a very cybered up human.
Dragonrider 6th Jan 2017, 3:57 AM edit delete reply

Yeah the problem is that would make Wesley Crusher eeerrr Kyle damn near unkillable.
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

All of the nanos in Kyle are gone. They migrated to the AIS to repair it.
Dragonrider 6th Jan 2017, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

You mean if he gets shot again he dies dead? *Looks for ambush spot gets .50 cal Barrett rifle out mounts scope.*
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Quantum immortality. It won't work, as far as you'll be able to tell.
Gilrandir 6th Jan 2017, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Heisenberg's Ensign?
rob 6th Jan 2017, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
hands you 3 mags of hyper kinetic smart rounds an 1 mag of emp rounds..
Rashala 8th Jan 2017, 1:23 AM edit delete reply

%wayyyyy ahead of dragon rider Rash pops him in both knees with a anti-material rifle%

Lynn's had enough heart ache now be good or next time I use VATS!
Sheela 8th Jan 2017, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

*hears about Kyle's vulnerability*
*looks too excited for her own good*

CptKerion 8th Jan 2017, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Excuse me here, nothing to worry about, just retrieving my powered assault armor from storage to survive the upcoming rounds of explosions and crossfire.
Timotheus 6th Jan 2017, 2:28 AM edit delete reply

I'm going to speculate that that's an outer body shell she just generated from stored nanites, hence the reason she didn't feel the need to wear any visible armor. She's still emotionally and mentally a human, but physically she's sort of like a T-2000 on the surface. Very useful for a spy. (It looks like her facial features have become more generic, narrower nose, smaller mouth.)
Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:54 AM edit delete reply

your correct it is a outer shell. and yes she does have a " Layer " of nanoswarms in her body.
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Which doubles as a disguise. Very nice for undercover work.
Gilrandir 6th Jan 2017, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
See ... this gives the lie to the author's blatant misdirection that Miraiko's mods all came from Shinedo. Her magic nanomachines redid her hair! Obviously they are from Paris! ^_^
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I don't think that's a Paris style. Also, who do we know with red eyes?
Dragonrider 6th Jan 2017, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Scarier, sneakier, smarter, and more prone to profanity.
Gilrandir 7th Jan 2017, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Tokyo Rose has red irises in white eyeballs, not the red-on-red "Eyes of the Ibad" look that Miraiko is currently sporting.
Stormwind13 7th Jan 2017, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Kali on Fear factor from 8 November 2012. When she went into combat mode to 'dispose' of Durandis for being stupid and mouthy.

Rose always shows red eyes; however, Ada's eyes went there when she went into combat mode (One Chance from 4 December 2015) as well as TeeDee (several times, Fatal Distraction on 15 May 2007 being the first time <redone pages> I think). Even Kelly went there (Clockwork revenge. from 15 July 2007, it should be replaced at some point).
Gilrandir 7th Jan 2017, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Your reasearch is excellent, as always, @Stormwind13. However, a couple of points possibly worth mentioning:

1) All of the examples you cite are androids, while we are told Miraiko is human.
2) All of the examples that you provided show the iris turning red while the eyeball remains white. A possible counter example is Kali, whose eyes actually started glowing so much it was difficult for me to see if the eyeball changed color, but it did not appear to me that it did.

I like the notion that the red eye flash is actually a safety feature triggered when an android is contemplating actions contrary to their preprogrammed restraints, to provide a warning to any humans in a position to observe. Sadly, this is not consistent with the canon, and still wouldn't be relevant to Miraiko. If there is anything to the change in Miraiko's eyes (beyond purely artistic effect) it should be different from the 'rage indicators' common to the androids. (Possibly a design legacy from the Mk I days when they weren't adept at all the fine neuromuscular controls required for realistic human-like expressions, so they gave androids 'mood eyes' to compensate for what would otherwise be a lack of expressive ability. ^_^)

Maybe Tokyo Rose's doll's eye color is just telling us that Tokyo Rose is pissed off all the time! ^_^
Gilrandir 7th Jan 2017, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Weird and Random Thought:

Does the creative team (and their close associates) ever run a pool in which they gamble on which of the comment board crawlers will be the first to correctly pick up on some subtle nuance? And, if so, am I responsible for the person(s) betting on me winning or losing money, overall? ^_^
Timotheus 8th Jan 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

What's shown is an outer shell covering her body, hence the eyes are probably the result of a translucent lens covering her normal eyes.
Gilrandir 8th Jan 2017, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Having it be some kind or eye protection makes sense -- although why it would be red, is a bit of a mystery. The rest of her armor isn't even red -- if it were, it might suggest that the bio-armor chemistry is such that red is easier to make from the raw materials on hand. But, the body armor appears to be (more or less) colorless metal, yet the eyeshades (if that's what they are) are tinted.

This is just my opinion, but in the middle of pitched combat (which is presumably for what the armored form is intended) does not seem the best time to be looking at the world through Rose-colored glasses. ^_^
CptKerion 8th Jan 2017, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
My guess behind the red is a mixture of psychological warfare and light filtering. Most of the stuff that really gets you from things like flashbangs is in the upper half of the visible spectrum if I'm remembering right.
Gilrandir 8th Jan 2017, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
My favorite theory about the red is that it is blood because, if you look at how fast the metal molecules appear to be transported by waves and waves of nanomachines traveling through Miraiko's flesh, the hydrosonic shockwaves of the transport should be shattering capillaries left and right -- but that isn't really in the spirit of the narrative, so I'll discard that as a hypothesis. ^_^
mjkj 6th Jan 2017, 2:48 AM edit delete reply

Wow, go, Miraiko...

...and nice censoring by changing to Julia...

*lol* @ alt text...

Centcomm 6th Jan 2017, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

LOL thanks.
Greenwood Goat 6th Jan 2017, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
Now that's just plain inconsiderate. I'm sure Miraiko would have been able to work with the lights off, and the two captives didn't need to see what she's doing. Plus, knowing what you can do to someone with active nanowires, she could have hustled Sykes (possibly minus a few tendons) into the toilet and then let most of the blood and meat slurry fall directly into the pan, leaving less mess for someone else to clear up.

Maybe, maybe she found something to drape over the cages before she really got to work. Something that wasn't part of Sykes...

Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Well, lets face it. After all this, the janitorial staff is quitting. Clean up will be done by specialists. And the Object Lesson will remain.
SeanR 6th Jan 2017, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Maybe they'll offer the surviving blue shells the option of biological waste disposal or a fast court marshal followed by a faster execution. (Possibly following a not so fast emasculation, in a few cases.)
Stormwind13 6th Jan 2017, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

Clean up will be done by The Specialist, Visvires? I'm not sure Rose will appreciate that; however, it does seem somewhat appropriate! }:-D~>
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Not "The Specialist" just "specialists." Plural and lowercase, no article. There are people in the real world who make a living cleaning up the mess after unattended deaths, crime scenes, and nasty accidents. If Rome doesn't have any now, it will shortly.
Stormwind13 7th Jan 2017, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

I still think it would be funny to hand Tokyo Rose a mop and a bucket. :-D
Visvires 8th Jan 2017, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Oh, yes. Particularly when she reanimates all the dead technology to operate the mops and buckets. A high tech, macabre, sorcerer's apprentice moment.
Timotheus 8th Jan 2017, 11:33 AM edit delete reply

"...There's a man with a mop over there, telling me, I've got to beware. It's time to stop children, what's that sound? Somebody's turned a wet-vac on..."
chk 6th Jan 2017, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

Seriously Ouch!
Steven-Vincent 6th Jan 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply

That looks just a tad painful.
kraznor 6th Jan 2017, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Is Miraiko a shikome ?
Tokyo Rose 6th Jan 2017, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Nope. Shikome are androids.
Sleel 6th Jan 2017, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

Oh my YES! Sorry. Part of me would cringe if I was there. But a much, much larger part of me is also vengeful and would ..... savour this. It's why I think certain types of crimes should be punished by a method of execution that visits on the miscreant a commensurate level of suffering as they've inflicted on their victims. Condensed misery as it were.
First. You inject them with drugs meant to help prevent them from suddenly dying from shock. Then you flay them. Wholly, including the eyelids. To keep their eyeballs from drying out, a pair of fluid filled goggles, like swimming goggles. Then you mist them with lemon juice, and seal that in with a layer of honey. Heated honey, so it's like a glaze. THEN you stake them out on an ant hill with their head clamped in place so they can't thrash it around. And thanks to their lack of eyelids, they have no choice but to watch on CCTV as the ants eat them to death.

It's what I think terrorists and child murderers and molesters should be subjected to. All the misery they inflict should be returned to them. And the misery they inflict is upon more then just their 'primary' victim.
From the sounds of this page. This guy is gonna get a scaled down version of that.
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
I've got these boats. Slow awful end. Less sophistication required. Still uses honey and flesh eating insects.
Meska 6th Jan 2017, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh... the boats.

Takes a while... keep feeding the milk and honey so He is not hungry or thirsty. But It takes a toll on those that feed him. I suggest a computer regulated feeding tube and fluid management system be added but leave the rest of the "Boat" the same.
Stormwind13 7th Jan 2017, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Ah yes... Scaphism. Humans are VERY inventive in ways of doing each other in. :-p
rob 6th Jan 2017, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
add a drop or two of Capsicum oil ( not to much ) too really up the burn in the lemon juice....
Ryu Santos 8th Jan 2017, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

Forget the lemon juice completely and go with ghost pepper puree mixed with a few teaspoons of salt. All the pain and suffering you would need for live flayed human surprise just like grandma Tiamat used to serve.
CptKerion 8th Jan 2017, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
I believe in being better than those you bring justice on. If you are to kill someone, kill them quickly and efficiently, waste not time, effort, or the moral high ground to inflict suffering.
"if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you're going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat.

They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar.

So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word." - Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms.
Deoxy 6th Jan 2017, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
She could have done that to him in the beginning, but that would have blown her cover.

She LET him mistreat her for the sake of the mission. That's hard core.

This does explain how she was able to deal with the multiple squads of soldiers - strength enhancements only go so far.
Stormwind13 6th Jan 2017, 2:54 PM edit delete reply

She had to establish that she was 'harmless' so that she wouldn't be perceived as a threat. Like she said, she needed to be invisible. And that is slaves in Nova Roma.
Gilrandir 6th Jan 2017, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
One of the disappointments in this sequence is that, even though we have seen it in the background, we are much less likely to see Chekhov's Dildo in use. (Disclaimer: I'm not really disappointed, I just wanted use the phrase "Chekov's Dildo". ^_^)
Visvires 6th Jan 2017, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
She can still plant it on the body, after. Like a bow on a present, just a little late for the Christmas season.
WitUnderPressure 6th Jan 2017, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

This is going to end with a pile of ground meat, isn't it?
Stormwind13 6th Jan 2017, 10:32 AM edit delete reply

Matt Knab 6th Jan 2017, 2:46 PM edit delete reply

This reminds me of those commercials about tootsie pops...
Stormwind13 6th Jan 2017, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

Somehow, I doubt that Miraiko sounds like the Wise Old Owl. :-D
Haegan2005 6th Jan 2017, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

I was expecting many things.

This was not one of them! (not that I disapprove mind you.)
Dragonrider 6th Jan 2017, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

We are 244 votes from number 10. The ability to vote 10 times a day if you have 10 incentives to vote for is ridiculous. If you register at Top Web you can go in unregistered and vote using the ID thing, then sign in and vote a second time using the registered ID you have.
KarToon12 6th Jan 2017, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

How many whips does it take to get to the center of an asshole?

The world may never know...
Dragonrider 7th Jan 2017, 12:24 AM edit delete reply

@KarToon12: I believe that Morfos established the correct number was three.
Coolhand77 7th Jan 2017, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Why do I suddenly see a scene from Deadpool in my head
'Agent creepy' - "This is not going to end well for me.."
Wade - "This is not going to end well for you..."
Gilrandir 7th Jan 2017, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
At least we have the excitement of watching Miraiko and Julia's escape go down to the wire. Miraiko gets to engage in several cutting remarks, Master Sykes gets to examine his life's deeds though a different flense, Julia is reminded about certain aspects of Miraiko's character and that she's greater ("cheese grater") than most.

What is a little disappointing is that, for all who thought Miraiko was a righteous bird, she is revealed to be a spool pigeon. ^_^
Dragonrider 7th Jan 2017, 11:13 AM edit delete reply

I am sure Master Sykes is discovering that into each life a little brain must fall, and he is please one of his former students has returned to show him what she learned in her post graduate work.
Ryu Santos 8th Jan 2017, 12:28 PM edit delete reply

I believe it's more like post grudge-uate hurt.
Mark_L_A 8th Jan 2017, 2:30 AM edit delete reply

I really want to get a bunch of amateur actors, prop people and videographers together, and to try to turn DataChasers into a YouTube Series.

With Terri and Krissy as overall directors, since if "I" did it, I'd use the EXACT same script the Cent and Rose have already given us.
Stormwind13 8th Jan 2017, 8:15 AM edit delete reply

You probably could do it Mark. I mean, there are far less 'professorial' efforts out there. Of course, you would probably have to have them altogether in one place to get it to work right.
Sheela 8th Jan 2017, 2:17 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but if you did, then Tokyo Rose would try to hack Centcomm's voice module, and you'd end up with something like this.

You were warned!
Mark_L_A 8th Jan 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Sheela that is scary as h***
xpacetrue 9th Jan 2017, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

Sure, you could try to put something together with amateur actors, props and so forth. But, as the saying goes, "You get out what you put in." Namely, amateur actors and a really cheap budget. That's how it will look: cheap.

To do something like Datachasers - or any sci-fi or fantasy story - any real justice on a shoestring budget, the only real solution is budget 3D animation or "machinima" software.

I'm just saying: If you're serious about this, I'd recommend getting with the 21'st century and checking out the likes of iClone and Moviestorm.

(I realize that software like DAZ Studio and Poser can do animation. But unless you have access to an expensive render farm, we're typically talking DAYS to render a few minutes of animation. Wouldn't it be much better to render lengthy animation in realtime or near-realtime?)

Further: Instead of having a support crew and actors on-site, all you need are voice actors. And they can contribute online from home. Also, it's not too hard to find decent, free voice acting talent if you know where to look.
Mark_L_A 11th Jan 2017, 12:07 PM edit delete reply

The problem is learning how to do it and $$ to buy the models, programs and everything else.

If I had the funds I"d buy the necessary programs and models and have my 4 sons work on it as they have the skill and the better inclinations to do so.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
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