Comic 1459 - Four

5th Mar 2017, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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megados 5th Mar 2017, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

Columbina is very cute. Do we know her and Mariposa? I honestly don't recall. Noctis called Mariposa 'sweet'! She DOES notice these things.

It does look like Noctis is one of the four. She has firsthand experience if so. This doesn't bode well. :(

Re: alt text, absolutely no question!
SeanR 5th Mar 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
I think it significant that Noctis uses the past tense in this introduction, so, probably not.
megados 5th Mar 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

True, and it also sounds as if Columbina and Mariposa are no more.
Stormwind13 5th Mar 2017, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

=( Sadly, you are probably right Sean. She doesn't do things like that by accident I think.
Tokyo Rose 5th Mar 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

She called Columbina "sweet", actually :D
megados 6th Mar 2017, 5:26 AM edit delete reply

Yep, Rose, I got the names mixed up! >_<
Lee 6th Mar 2017, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
I suspect Columbina is going to die tragically because of a technopath.

Probably Mariposa too - but Columbina's smile and "sweet" disposition have me 100% sure she's going to die.
jamie59 5th Mar 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Columbima looks to be braking the don't look human rule.
Tokyo Rose 5th Mar 2017, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

It's hard to tell because of the angle that Columbina's head is at, but she has definite "android" eyes. There'll be a clearer look later.
SeanR 5th Mar 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Entirely irrelevant, but is that Tokyo Rose's agent in the background? The one married to the android that gave Kyle a little tip on fitting in in Nova Roma?
Or rather, is that the same model and customization settings as that for Tokyo Rose's agent?
Centcomm 5th Mar 2017, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

That is one of her agents .. but before he had a reason to buck the throne. You may also recognize his companion.
Stormwind13 5th Mar 2017, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

The Lioness of Roma? Laetitia Sapiro?
Centcomm 6th Mar 2017, 11:08 AM edit delete reply

HiFranc 5th Mar 2017, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

I wonder if this was before Nox hated every human?
Stormwind13 5th Mar 2017, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

The last panel has Nox in the background... And she seems to be SMILING, HiFranc! I think you might be onto something!
Timotheus 5th Mar 2017, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

Perhaps this is why Nox was so peeved with the organic life form community.
CptKerion 6th Mar 2017, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Nox smiling is on one hand slightly adorable and on the other slightly terrifying.
Just_IDD 6th Mar 2017, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Don't forget this is Prince Livus! He is the bright light for their shadows. They haven't gotten as jaded as they would after having served under Prince Decimus. This is a flash back probably about 20-40 years. Actually I would say the lady with Rose's Agent looks like the Firebrand female Capitan of the Nova Roma guard. Of course it could be her sister who was killed by strange circumstances as well.
Centcomm 6th Mar 2017, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

It is.
Stormwind13 5th Mar 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

Columbina looks GORGEOUS to me. She looks so human.

And do I see a hint of a smile on Noctis' lips? =O
megados 5th Mar 2017, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

Smile? Noctis? O_O
Stormwind13 6th Mar 2017, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

Noctis IS looking at Columbina, her sister she called sweet. If anything was going to crack a smile on Noctis' face that might be it.
megados 6th Mar 2017, 1:15 PM edit delete reply

Noctis: "I am not smiling . . . you are smiling." :D
antrik 6th Mar 2017, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Maybe it was actually this event prompting Noctis's present demeanour?...
Haegan2005 5th Mar 2017, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

This is from the past, from happier times when the Cassians were working for someone they could respect.
megados 5th Mar 2017, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

It Is! It's like looking through an old photo album!
DLKmusic 5th Mar 2017, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

This does NOT bode well, NO MA'AM! >(

Why do I get the feeling that I'm gonna like Columbina as much as I liked CeCi, and get my heart pulled out of my chest again... Through the back of my neck?
Haegan2005 5th Mar 2017, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

Good forshadowing... ;)
mjkj 6th Mar 2017, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Well, she talks about her in the past - so we will definitely see her meeting her end... =(

megados 6th Mar 2017, 7:16 AM edit delete reply

DLK, the Evil Duo wouldn't do that . . . would they? (0_(0
Stormwind13 6th Mar 2017, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

Gleefully and with malice aforethought, megados!!! :-p
chk 6th Mar 2017, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

Yes. Yes they would and love it.
Centcomm 6th Mar 2017, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

we drink the tears of your sorrow.. it heals us and makes us strong! :D JK
chk 6th Mar 2017, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

Heh. That's a good one.
Gilrandir 6th Mar 2017, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
(This post may get deleted for excessive religiousity, but what the heck ... ^_^)

Apparently the creative team transubstantiates dread and whine into hit points and mana. Is this some dark version of the Mass Effect?
Thomas 6th Mar 2017, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
CC, if that were truly possible George R.R. Martin would be immortal.
DLKmusic 6th Mar 2017, 5:46 PM edit delete reply

@megados: I don't think so, Megados. I'm pretty sure rose wants to pull my heart out through my chest. That way she can look me in the eyes and savor the pain and suffering that she finds there.
Centcomm 6th Mar 2017, 8:41 PM edit delete reply

I do need a new heart .. remember?
DLKmusic 6th Mar 2017, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Well, of course Cent, but you want Mine? it's really not in much better condition than the one you got!

It's kinda like trading up your 79 Chevy Vega for an 83 Chevy Malibu (with more miles)... you can, but WHY????
antrik 6th Mar 2017, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
I very much doubt we will see enough of her to form the same kind of "bond"... But no doubt it will be very sad nevertheless :-(
DLKmusic 6th Mar 2017, 5:55 PM edit delete reply

Good point, Antrik. However, I really like Noctis, and I'm already seeing that she had the same bond with Columbina that Dolly had with CeCi...

The comparison between Noctis/Columbina and Dolly/CeCi gets Exacerbated by the fact that Dolly only knew CeCi for less than two weeks. Noctis knew Columbina for ...Years?

I gotta stop... I'm depressing myself. YOUR FAULT, EVIL DUO!
megados 6th Mar 2017, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

DLK, I'm there with ya man. Noctis, at least, has had some time to come to terms. Maybe somehow, this could be cathartic for her.
Sheela 7th Mar 2017, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Ack Centcomm, don't make heart jokes like that, you're gonna give Rose a heart attack !
Stormwind13 7th Mar 2017, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

Sadly Sheela it isn't a joke. Sounds like there is a good chance Terri will need a heart transplant in a decade or so. :-7
megados 7th Mar 2017, 1:59 PM edit delete reply

Good Karma, Cent! - Best outcomes!
chk 7th Mar 2017, 3:56 PM edit delete reply

Well that sucks. About Terri's heart I mean.
Sheela 8th Mar 2017, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Oh ... I must have missed that bit of news.
mjkj 5th Mar 2017, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Wow, Noctis herself was taken over?

Awww, Columbina looks beautiful - so sad she talks about her in the past...

...and floating hair? Great detail. I hope kyle did not leave anything lying about... that would float around also...

antrik 6th Mar 2017, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Since she said "we were", I thought it was a given that she was one of the four?...

(Also, I don't think any event not involving herself could have been traumatic enough to trigger this kind of violent and probably irrational behaviour she showed towards the "monster"...)
Rashala 6th Mar 2017, 12:22 AM edit delete reply

I am sensing this is how prince douchebag came to be in charge.
Gilrandir 6th Mar 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Well, probably not directly, @Rashala. Were we not told that Decimus killed his father? This might be the original attack that put Acantha's mother in the hospital, giving Decimus the opportunity to overdose her with her pain medication. Or not -- just have to wait & see.
megados 6th Mar 2017, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

Yes, I think all of these are pieces to the puzzle, but we don't know yet, how they fit together.
CptKerion 6th Mar 2017, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Hey guys, I'm gonna make a bet. The major antagonist for the upcoming arc is the cyberpath they're talking about here.
Stormwind13 6th Mar 2017, 6:06 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm CptK, you may be onto something there. Have to wait and see.
Gilrandir 6th Mar 2017, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
In that case, just to be contrarian, I'm going to hypothesize that the cyberpath is actually a mercenary-for-hire henchman brought in by the actual major antagonist (who might not even appear in the flashback). Said merc, by virtue of competency and circumstance, manages to do much more damage than the major antagonist actually expected. ^_^
megados 6th Mar 2017, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

I agree with that assessment, Gil, but I think the damages incurred were intended in some fashion or other. But I do think the cyberpath is a detail in a bigger scenario. I'm not the Storyteller, could be wrong.
CptKerion 6th Mar 2017, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
So maybe that cyberpath could be not the big-bad, but the "Dragon" or something similar to use the trope names.
Thomas 6th Mar 2017, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Is it me or does Columbina look too human for a cassian?
Stormwind13 6th Mar 2017, 8:49 AM edit delete reply

It isn't just you, Thomas.

Rose indicated that her eyes would give her away. Still she doesn't have any of the other telltales that most of the Cassians do. Maybe because she was a bodyguard she was designed to better blend in?

Maybe she survives, but changed her name and demeanor after encountering the cyberpath? I guess we will have to wait and see.
antrik 6th Mar 2017, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Indeed she doesn't stand out *nearly* as much as the other Cassians.

I guess our perception on this might be a bit distorted, since in CGI everyone looks more or less artificial; while in life, her artificial skin and hair etc. would be more obvious... Still, I think from a little distance -- like 10, or perhaps 15 meters -- she could easily be mistaken for human...
Matt Knab 6th Mar 2017, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

I'm a little nervous about where this is going. *gulp*
Sheela 6th Mar 2017, 8:05 PM edit delete reply

Dolly's counterpart.
Timotheus 6th Mar 2017, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

Midge to everyone else's Barbie
rufiangel 7th Mar 2017, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

Is Noctis... smiling there in that first panel? ;v;* *heart swells*
I wonder if Noctis was any different before this event, and if afterwards, she changed a little.
Stormwind13 7th Mar 2017, 8:45 AM edit delete reply

Someone else that sees the tiny (HUGE) smile from Noctis! :-)
megados 7th Mar 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

All right, I'll admit it! That is the biggest emote I've ever seen! For Noctis, she's down right beaming! LOL :D
Gilrandir 7th Mar 2017, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Apparently, when color coordinating his outfit and his bodyguards for today's outing, Prince Valerius was in a black mood. ^_^

Or maybe he had heard Noctis' observations about Imperial shadows, interpreted them too literally, and asked the Cassians to dress the part?

Only the best Cassians are afforded the privilege of guarding the Prince and wearing black, because only the good dye young?
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Yikes! This is gonna be really, really bad. For Noctis to hate cyberpaths so vehemently, and for Nox to want to die, I don't think Columbina and Mariposa are just gonna get killed. I think Noctis and Nox are going be forced to fight them to the death.

Noctis, don't make Ada leak fluid from her eye openings. She needs to be able to see where she's going. Even with pilot upgrades, reentry is not something you want to attempt while blurry-eyed and distracted.
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Just then, a belt and a pink sock float up from behind the seats. Later, they're draped over Ada's shoulder, where they came to rest, when she slowed their descent.

When they meet the others at New Troy hospital, Lynn says, "Hey! Those are mine. I haven't seen them since - " *blushes brightly*

Calliope: "Since when, exactly...?"
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