Comic 1465 - Here To Help

19th Mar 2017, 9:00 PM
Here To Help
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete
Centcomm
Heres my daily prod for donations. Sorry. Ill need well over 1000.00 total for the system * and being able to eat and survive and all that too...

UPDATE its down to 800.00 now :D Thank you guys very much!
UPdate.. 700.00 thank you !!! HUGS!
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Visvires 19th Mar 2017, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Someone didn't properly file a flight plan?
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

Ada did :D
Sheela 21st Mar 2017, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but did the epiphytes ?
Visvires 21st Mar 2017, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
It really doesn't matter. Ada forgetting to file it means the other craft doesn't know she is out there...and will thus fully expect to be able to fly through her current path.
Sheela 21st Mar 2017, 12:32 PM edit delete reply

But ... Ada did *not* forget to file her flightpath.
Visvires 21st Mar 2017, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Oh, oops. I added a negative in there.
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
And the epiphyte invasion begins ... ^_^

If you ever meet an epiphyte named "Kudzu", be afraid ... be very afraid. ^_^
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

gets out the weed killer .. gotcha covered. :D
CptKerion 21st Mar 2017, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Someone order a 55 gallon drum of defoliant?
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
This sounds like a job for... Agent Orange!!!
jamie59 19th Mar 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Seedpod on Mars. Is some Tera-forming going on?
DLKmusic 19th Mar 2017, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

I think "Seedpod" is the name of the shuttle.
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
"Seedpod Four", I suspect, @DLKmusic. Implying the existence of "Seedpod One", "Seedpod Two", and "Seedpod Three".
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

Seedpod is a very generic term for a shuttle.
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 4:52 AM edit delete reply

An Epiphyte shuttle too.
Fafhred 21st Mar 2017, 4:49 AM edit delete reply

My thought as well
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
By the way ... are they all out of plasma? I would have expected there to be a rather huge glowing trail behind the Dart if they were still venting.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2017, 12:53 AM edit delete reply

The engines are super heating air from the atmo ...
megados 19th Mar 2017, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

That Dart doesn't look too healthy! Starting to vent a lot more than plasma!

Epiphytes coming to the party? This is interesting!

The view of the Dart, and the ones around Mars are cool! (I'm a sucker for views of space!)
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
The shuttle is in orbit around Mars. Even given unprecedented levels of tech, it would seem unlikely (to me) that they will be directly intervening in the matter of the Dart's arrival at New Troy in any way.
All the Pickles 19th Mar 2017, 10:34 PM edit delete reply

Probably not, but remember this is the race who accidentally killed people with psionic emissions from beyond Jupiter, after towing their ship with a black hole.
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
I concede the point, @All the Pickles. In all probability from their current location they could affect the situation involving the Dart by making it worse. ^_^ I don't think they will, or would want to, though.
antrik 21st Mar 2017, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Interesting point. Ever since it has been mentioned that the Cassians "cheat" with their technology, my assumption was that they contain some foreign or even alien technology. I haven't considered the Epiphytes thus far -- but considering how far ahead the Epiphytes are compared to humans, it certainly would explain a lot...
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

I think you will like Wednesdays update :D Oh.. did i mention SCENE CHANGE!
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 5:03 AM edit delete reply

Trying to keep actions... current, CentComm? So who is coming to the party now?

I agree that the Epiphytes aren't likely to want to make the situation worse; however, since Douchimus tried to destroy as much of North America as he could the Epiphytes might have noticed. Coming down to 'discuss' matters with the children in order to not have to rebuild Earth AGAIN. :-P
Gilrandir 20th Mar 2017, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
But they're not coming down to Earth, they're coming down to Mars.

Epiphytes: unbelievable powers of mind and body, awesome levels of technology, galaxy-spanning alliance of hundreds of worlds ...

... terrible direction sense? (I don't think so. ^_^)

("Excuse us ... Antares? Sorry ... we rang the bell one stop too soon. We actually wanted to get off at the next planet in. Can we get back on without having to pay the fare again?" ^_^)
megados 20th Mar 2017, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

Ahaha, no, I wasn't thinking that the Epiphytes were going to have anything to do with the Dart. I meant it in a much broader sense. I'm glad to be seeing more of them in the story!

@Centcomm, I await the scene change, then. :D
The Old Scribe 19th Mar 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

Putting the Dart through a Degaussing coil should get rid of that pesky electromagnetic field providing it doesn't fry some microprocessors before that happens. That's not a healthy looking exhaust either. Must have scorched some tube linings.
xpacetrue 19th Mar 2017, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

You talk as if you've worked on engines like that before.

Are these really advanced ion engines, plasma engines, or something our modern science hasn't even dreamed up, yet?
Sheela 21st Mar 2017, 12:33 PM edit delete reply

I thought they were standard Chrysler Turbo Encabulator engines ?

Haven't everyone worked on those once or twice ?
Like, degreasing one while hanging upsidedown in a harness ?
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Or possibly just find a raincloud to fly through? ^_^
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

sounds good to me! :D
megados 20th Mar 2017, 6:40 AM edit delete reply

@Gilrandir, with that arcing going on, do you really want to get it wet? 0_0

@xpacetrue, We were told that it's some sort of ion drive (fusion power source?) along with mass reduction (antigrav+inertial-dampning) tech. TheOldScribe is correct in that a degaussing coil should reduce or eliminate the magnetic build up. It's a technique used today to demagnetize tools, CRTs, magnetic tape, or almost anything that has an undesired magnetic field.
Gilrandir 20th Mar 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
@megados, sure. It's a surface charge -- the equivalent of a lot of static electricity. There's a reason why static electricity tends to be a problem only in low-humidity environments. Plus, extra moisture in the air should speed cooling and help with the thermal problems. I'm not suggesting they try flying through a rain storm -- though I'm sure the creatrices have considered that as an extra wrinkle, should they desire the ratchet the tension up even further ^_^ -- but a gentle humidity gradient should provide a relatively high-resistance path for the surface charge to bleed through, allowing the excess to be safely discharged.

(Disclaimer: I am neither a pilot, nor a meteorologist. I do know that airplanes, thunderclouds, and lightning strikes do not always play together harmoniously -- but my understanding is that this more often applies to more extreme conditions than I am suggesting and that ordinary equipment deals quite well with ordinary conditions. Since the craft is equipped with 'emitters', logic suggests that a favorable environment will let them do their job just fine.)
megados 20th Mar 2017, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

@Gilrandir, I'm not sure I agree that it's just static. Static could strike the arc, yes, but if it is on the emitters, it's backed up by the output of the reactor. I don't think that arcing is part of the intended operation. It would just be inefficient, and Francine probably wouldn't have commented on it. Think Heliarc welder. Low current high voltage to 'encourage' the arc, then a high current power supply provides the 'oomph'. I kinda naturally don't wanna get water on it. Just my 2¢.

*e: For clarity, the cooling effect would be desirable, and properly functioning emitters should be fine in a wet environment, but arcing ≠ proper function.
Guest 20th Mar 2017, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
once upon a time I remember having to run a grounded brush over the complete surface of jet canopies or risk one heckuva shock from static discharge if you touched a spot that got missed and I remember seeing a fellow tech get pitched across the hangar floor when he touched a radome that somehow wasn't bonded properly...and yes you can get tossed, although not very far, if your muscles stiffen the right way from a shock..it's sort of falling over with an assist...I'd be very careful of something with electric arcs visibly jumping all over it
oldarmourer 20th Mar 2017, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duiuYnWGdlQ&ytb
Timotheus 20th Mar 2017, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

I'm reminded of the sparkler engines on the Flash Gorden Rockets of the old black and white movie serials. Now that's technology!
Guest 21st Mar 2017, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
And after all these years, we're still relying on 'sparkler engines'! :D
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 7:34 AM edit delete reply

is it sad that i remember those too..
megados 21st Mar 2017, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

Not sad at all, Centcomm! In fact, your image just went up a notch!
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 2:32 PM edit delete reply

hehe thanks. I guess its a good thing being over 40..
megados 21st Mar 2017, 4:41 PM edit delete reply

LOL, some days, yes, other days, not so much . . . :D (from my experience)
Gilrandir 21st Mar 2017, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
I can see the occasional influence of the science fiction classics of the past on the present DataChasers. ...

For example, since Buck Rogers was mentioned, it is apparent that much of Dolly's design was inspired by Twiki. ^_^
megados 21st Mar 2017, 7:45 PM edit delete reply

You're right, Gilrandir! There is a wide range there. The concepts are shaped and molded into something unique though, not just pasted in. Like all science fiction, Datachasers incorporates ideas common to some other stories, but gives them its own twist.

*covers Dolly's ears* Dolly does NOT need to hear that right now! :D
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 7:53 PM edit delete reply

Not intentionally. I am curious how you arrived at that :D
Gilrandir 21st Mar 2017, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Buck Rogers was mentioned, @Centcomm. After that, it was obvious -- Twiki's an android, Dolly's an android. Twiki has arms and legs, Dolly has arms and legs. Twiki is a little more than knee-high. Dolly has little more than a knee and is high. Twiki can easily pass as human, ... oh. Wait. ...

Ok, maybe it falls apart about there. ^_^
Timotheus 23rd Mar 2017, 2:27 AM edit delete reply

I would guess it refers to the original helmet like hair style and the naming motif followed by the androids.
antrik 21st Mar 2017, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
@megados with that arcing *already* going on, I don't see how moisture could make anything worse...
Sheela 22nd Mar 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

*also covers Dolly's ears*
Guys!!! ... how rude !!
There there, Dolly.
Doggy is here with you now.


On a sidenote, I still think that it's the Turbo Encabulator that's on fire.
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Rose didn't upgrade it to a Quantum Encabulator? Well, I suppose Kyle can't handle superposed encabulations.
xpacetrue 19th Mar 2017, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

So... humans never did colonize Mars?

Or, at least, they never tried to terraform it?
Visvires 19th Mar 2017, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Got sidetracked trying to colonize Earth. Doomsday reset, and all.
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
The fact of a transport ship being in orbit around Mars implies that someone did colonize Mars. (Or at least planted an outpost there.) Cargo and passenger transports are unlikely to go places where there are no customers. Alternatively, maybe it's the Epiphytes that have a well established presence there and they are the customers the "Antares" is servicing.
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:35 PM edit delete reply

Yes Mars is colonized but that can take century's to terraform .. its mostly domed citys and towns with underground complexes.
Timotheus 19th Mar 2017, 11:24 PM edit delete reply

We were too busy martianforming the earth. But we did a good job of it.
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
They gave up on colonizing Mars, when there was a Total Recall of all their terraforming equipment.
Sleel 19th Mar 2017, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

This may be cruel eld creeping up on me but....wait, what? The planty ppl? Did I forget a tie in here?
All the Pickles 19th Mar 2017, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

I don't think we've seen how this ties in yet.
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 10:57 PM edit delete reply

this is the tie in :D and yes we foreshadowed the events a while back :D
Timotheus 19th Mar 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply

"How about an apple dearie?"
mjkj 20th Mar 2017, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

CeCi's (*sniffs*) encounter with Tulip starts here (at the moment) datachasers.thecomicseries.com/comics/788

the apple scene is here datachasers.thecomicseries.com/comics/792 and here datachasers.thecomicseries.com/comics/793...

cattservant 20th Mar 2017, 1:24 AM edit delete reply

Foreshadows: Comic 1462
All the Pickles 20th Mar 2017, 1:32 AM edit delete reply

As much as I love 1462, I don't see much foreshadowing going on.
Centcomm 20th Mar 2017, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

Nope wasn't there.
cattservant 20th Mar 2017, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Oh well, a nice page any way...
CptKerion 21st Mar 2017, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
I don't remember what page or scene but I remember someone mentioning something about Martian colonies and some trouble or some such there... trouble of the mundane nature, but still hazardous given the distance of Mars from Terra.
cattservant 19th Mar 2017, 10:58 PM edit delete reply

And now for something completely different...
Centcomm 19th Mar 2017, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

Yuppers!
megados 20th Mar 2017, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

Monty Python on Mars?
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Completely different, but somehow related catt. Now to find out HOW it relates. :-)
Sheela 21st Mar 2017, 6:48 AM edit delete reply

... how not to be seen.
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 7:35 AM edit delete reply

Or the giant foot. splat!
Sheela 21st Mar 2017, 12:36 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes, mustn't forget the giant foot.
megados 21st Mar 2017, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

Beware the giant foot!
*keeps glancing up and listening to the theme*
Oh! Sheela, with a giant foot, comes a giant shoe!
Sheela 22nd Mar 2017, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

Where, where ?!
mjkj 19th Mar 2017, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

Well, Ada, you have my vote of confidence...

Oh, is that Tulip?

HiFranc 20th Mar 2017, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

I think that you're right about it being Tulip.
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

I got the feeling that Tulip was anchored to her garden behind Breaker's, mjkj. It is obviously an Epiphyte; however, I would be surprised if Tulip was out by Mars.
Tokyo Rose 20th Mar 2017, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

Nope, not Tulip; she's busy doing soil testing in her garden at Breaker's. :D
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

So we have a NEW Epiphyte to enjoy. Yay! :-)
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 2:31 PM edit delete reply

Yeppers!
HiFranc 20th Mar 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete reply

Francine? Does Ada know her? Or did she just look her up?
Centcomm 20th Mar 2017, 12:52 AM edit delete reply

She knows her.

Fran is a member of Mil-Sec. Shes a fully tricked combat android.

Sigh punctuation.. i fail at it.
Greenwood Goat 20th Mar 2017, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
Mouseover text: "Androids can opt to look not very human. Combat androids prefer function over form."

Francine: Plus, it does reduce the amount of fan attention I get.

Vinnie: CAUTION - "REDUCE" DOES NOT EQUATE TO "ELIMINATE".

Mira: You're soooooooooo right! *glomp* ♥

>:=)>
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 4:50 AM edit delete reply

LOL GG. You are SO right! :-D
chk 20th Mar 2017, 8:46 AM edit delete reply

So starts a new plotline?
Stormwind13 20th Mar 2017, 10:12 AM edit delete reply

Possibly chk. Though there are still several matters not resolved. Would be just like the EVIL duo to jump away and make us wonder FOREVER what exactly went on. :-p
megados 20th Mar 2017, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

Why yes, Stormwind13, that's about EXACTLY what it's like! :D
chk 21st Mar 2017, 7:55 AM edit delete reply

Yep.
Speedy Marsh 9th Apr 2017, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry. The Dart will land sometime around March 2027. ;)
antrik 21st Mar 2017, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Is that shuttle made of stitched felt?... ;-)

On a more serious note, I'm surprised it takes such a diametrically different design approach from the geometric ones first seen by Galina. Design approaches certainly change over time; but those used by Terrans and Lunars do not seem to have changed too fundamentally, in spite of the major technological advances (especially among Lunars); while my understanding of the Epiphytes was that in their current situation they neither have the means nor the inclination for a lot of further innovation?...
Centcomm 21st Mar 2017, 11:47 PM edit delete reply

The Geometric ones were actually robotic scouts and ROVs.
Sheela 22nd Mar 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Also, once you add atmosphere to the mix, most designs tend to converge towards the same changes, mostly depending on what sort of speed you want to go through the atmosphere.

Otherwise they burn up like an asteroid.
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