Comic 1478 - Party Cent

18th Apr 2017, 9:00 PM
Party Cent
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Centcomm 20th Apr 2017, 12:33 PM edit delete
If any kind souls have extra cash to throw - i would deeply appreciate it! :D
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cattservant 18th Apr 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Hot Water!

[going to need her back scrubbed]
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

Snow Girl + Hot Water = Ice Breaker ?
cattservant 20th Apr 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

Could be...
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

So long as she doesn't melt away!
Gilrandir 18th Apr 2017, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
So, for Ada, with her biological add-ons and more nuanced physical senses, the hot shower can be a pleasant and rewarding experience in its own right, correct? While for Noctis, with her all-plastic and all-business sensor suite, it's the equivalent of going through a car wash (inside the car -- aware of what's going on, but somewhat removed from it) to get rid of the grime, dirt and dust?

The splash effects are nice. It might have been an interesting (though trivial) detail to show some steam clouds around Ada, to show she's using warm water (because it matters), while Noctis is just using cold because it's more efficient to not bother adjusting the temperature (and it doesn't really matter to her).
megados 18th Apr 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

I could be wrong, but I thought that they both had similar skin and sensation. Ada has add-ons beyond that, but I thought their skin was similar, with similar tactile acuity.
cattservant 18th Apr 2017, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Ada's 'add-ons' are perhaps better described as 'add-ins'...
megados 18th Apr 2017, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

cattservant 18th Apr 2017, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

touchable indeed
Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

Very touchable.

And Noctis has bio plast skin I think, just like TeeDee, while Ada's skin is fully organic. It also have a lot more nerve endings than what Noctis has.
Remember when Dolly got her upgrade ? She also had to combat a flood of new chemical data from her new body.

That said, I do think that Noctis is "tactile enough" to enjoy things like a nice bath, it's just not quite on the same level.
Gilrandir 18th Apr 2017, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
The creatrices have never quantified the relative experiences. I certainly hope it is at least worth whatever the corresponding difference in cost for the biologics, else why bother?
megados 19th Apr 2017, 7:11 AM edit delete reply

Sheela, I am somewhat confused, as I thought Dolly had higher-end body and options than either TeeDee or Ada, and that Ada had more optional add-ons, but TeeDee had the better frame. I also don't know how much a person could mix-and-match bodies with skin types, etc. We need to be able to look at a catalog. Also, they are all New Troy androids, and Noctis isn't. Are there additional differences there too?
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Most all of the New Troy Andriods follow a " similar " build internally. Dolly has without a doubt the most " advanced " body. But Teedee and Ada have more durable ones. And Ada has a bio package that TD doesnt. IE Ada can have sex and enjoy it. TD cant and wouldnt enjoy it anyway. But she does have surface detail so she looks like she has nipples and a genital area. Noctis is a barbie doll . period .. i know they dont show up well but she also has seams. i should have made them more significant.
Gilrandir 19th Apr 2017, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Leaving aside sex (which everyone on the InterNet seems to be obsessed with -- go figure! ^_^), what other activities are Dolly and Ada equipped to enjoy that leave TeeDee and Noctis unmoved? Chocolate creme eggs? Hot tub soaks? Scented candles and diaphanous silk scarves? Escher drawings? Louis Armstrong and New Orleans Jazz?
velvetsanity 19th Apr 2017, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

@Gilrandir of course everyone on the internet is obsessed. It's what the internet is for, after all. :D
mjkj 19th Apr 2017, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

Well, Cent, they are clearly seen in the last panel... the second to last panel they can be seen also - but one needs to look for them...

megados 19th Apr 2017, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

Thanks, @Centcomm. That clears some stuff up for me. So Noctis' different skin has different sensation qualities too?

Yep, @mjkj, once I know to look, (I am presently on a tablet, so I magnify it), there they are! Nice detail @Centcomm! I don't necessarily think you should have done anything differently, once I see them they look "right".
Gilrandir 19th Apr 2017, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
Had you chosen, you might have had the blood gravitate to the seams slightly, as fluids will tend to collect in small depressions and crevices -- giving you an excuse to use the red (or brown, if the blood is old enough) coloration to accentuate the seams even more. But it might have been a lot of extra work for not much payoff, and I think what you have here is just fine.
megados 19th Apr 2017, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

That is a good idea, Gilrandir. It would fit in now, too, as she washes, it would tend to do just that! It would be extra work though, yeah.
Ictuan 19th Apr 2017, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Given Noctis' late boss Decimus's personality, I'm surprised he didn't make sure all the Cassian's were anatomically complete. It just seems like something a "megalomaniacal, delusional sadist" dictator would do.
Gilrandir 19th Apr 2017, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Just my opinions, @Ictuan, but I imagine there were at least two factors discouraging that.

1) Decimus was presented as being at least reasonably politically astute before his final descent into madness and politically astute people aren't generally going to waste too much time and effort brutalizing and terrorizing the one class of people of whose loyalty they are assured when they could be terrorizing and brutalizing other people to ensure they are more loyal. (Yes, I know, but that's often the way these people think. ^_^)

2) Even the ruler of a powerful and populous city-state has to face the dilemma of Guns or Lube. (Technically, "Guns or Butter", but we know where you were going with this. ^_^) If you're building tanks and warbots as fast as you can, there's less money left over for expensive bio-upgrade kits. Especially since you won't even be using them yourself owing to your own sadistic tendencies and the unfortunate built-in pain-control circuitry of the Cassian MACCS. Better to splurge on more conventional slaves and a finer quality of vintage for the dining table.

Of course, I may be completely mistaken. Budget, in particular, is easy to overlook in a science fictional setting, since it is harder to know what is cheap and easy with advanced technology and what is not.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
@Ictuan most (all?) of the Cassians were created before Prince Headcase grabbed the throne. Since the origin of the Cassians is a mystery, we don't know whether he even *could* furnish them with new bodies if he wanted.
Ictuan 20th Apr 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir & @antrik,
Very good points.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir warm water probably makes sense even if you don't feel it, as it's more effective at cleaning most kinds of dirt.

I agree though that some steam would be a nice touch :-)
Timotheus 19th Apr 2017, 3:09 AM edit delete reply

Oh absolutely warm water, the effectiveness of soaps to remove organic materials is highly temperature sensitive. Most car washes run at least some warm water cycles to initially clean the vehicle.
(I used to have to wash out a lot of organic chemistry glassware, heat, agitation, solvents, and physical pressure.)
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

While Dolly is the most advanced organic android right now, doesn't mean that she would be that far ahead in *all* areas.

For example, we know she has a skeleton that stand up do fairly close inspection, and internal organs that at least "look" human too.

But with regular 4E androids, the skin could easily be just as complex as the one Dolly has, but the frame be something simple, like a titanium alloy frame - After all, if the only thing with high density feedback is the skin, then the synthbrain that receives the data doesn't have to be nearly as complex as the synth brain that has to handle both the skin, the "skeleton with bone marrow functions" and internal organs all at the same time.

By limitíng the number of high density feedbacks, you lover the requirements quite drastically too.

As for the even simpler bio-plast skin, it could still have a good deal of feed back, but just less than the human equivalent skins.

And thus, a bath might feel quite nice for a regular "low feedback" android too - It becomes a balance between what you "feel" as pleasant, and what you "perceive" as pleasant.

Just because TeeDee don't have 400 pressure sensors per square inch of skin, doesn't mean that her meagre, lets say, 40 sensor per square inch don't feel nice when submerged in a nice hot tub. :)

There may be fewer sensors, but they still sense the same favorable input, so she may still come to the same conclusion "this is nice".

Also, TeeDee still like hugs from Ada!
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
I would assume the "skeleton with bone marrow functions" would be controlled by the M.A.C.C.S. (equivalent of spine), rather than needing input from the "higher brain"...
megados 20th Apr 2017, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

That makes sense, Sheela. Cool! :)

edit: @antrik. I can only guess that the MACCS contains autonomic body function control, and a certain amount of motor-memory equivalent to the human counterpart, and a synthbrain itself is tailored to the body it's paired with. It would contain an "unwritten area" where the persona of its inhabitant will be placed. That's basically what I gather from available information.
Gilrandir 20th Apr 2017, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Who doesn't like Ada hugs? ^_^

As to your point about enjoying things with decreased sensitivity -- your point is well taken. To take things to ridiculous extremes, you could (if you chose) just build one single pleasure nerve and get just as intense a pleasurable sensation from stimulating that one nerve as the model 5 prototype gets from stimulating its millions of nerves. ... However that type of design has other implications and may not be the best choice for other reasons. ^_^

There is, however, in my opinion, a qualitative difference between "That feels ... okay." and "Ah! This is wonderful. I really needed this." You'll note I wasn't talking about the differences between the model 5 and the model 4, but the differences between the model 4 and the model 3. And I didn't say there was anything a model 3 couldn't appreciate just as much as a model 4. I was asking if there was anything a model 3 couldn't appreciate as much as a model 4, relevant to the question of "So why bother spending extra for a model 4 upgrade, anyway?"

Given the general superiority of metal over flesh, it is arguable we should be calling it a "model 4 downgrade" anyway. It would be a "model 1 upgrade". ^_^
mjkj 20th Apr 2017, 10:27 AM edit delete reply

@Gil: I think a model 4a does feel less than a model 3d - so it depends also on the subcategory...
Gilrandir 20th Apr 2017, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
You might well be right, @mjkj. Certainly there could be limited production special designs with practically any specialized capability the creatrices wanted. I don't recall any canon reason for that to be the case, though. Going to the tech pages again, we see that even a 3E is mostly metal, with only a few selected "touch pads" (though, of course, that says nothing about the sensitivity of sight, hearing, smell, taste, or even touch inherent in that model's equipment, even including the metal -- which may well be special nano-metal that is strong, flexible, yielding, sensitive and warm to the touch. ^_^). While the 4B is given a full flesh covering, implying a greater range of sensation.

That suggests an interesting professional "niche" for androids in New Troy. A collective or club of model 3 androids could pool their resources to hire a single model 4 companion android as their 'taster'. They expose the taster to fine food, sensual experiences, pleasant circumstances, then have the companion format those memories for download and all share what none of them could individually afford. ^_^
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

@antrik :
The M.A.C.C.S. is what the inhibitor controls, when it needs to do it's work. It can do stuff like turn off pain, which Dolly *could NOT*, so I don't think she has one.

@Gilrandir :
When TeeDee was reloaded in the Sprite body, she mentioned that she tasted food "more" and she had to deal with stuff like .. freezing her itty bitty titties off, which annoyed her a great deal.

Also, we haven't seen any touch-addicted androids yet, but the creatrixes claim they exist. So that could be a down side as well.

So I guess taste and touch are areas where you get quantative differences.
Gilrandir 20th Apr 2017, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Which only means, @Sheela, that her Sprite/Striker chassis had upgraded sensitivity from her previous model 3 chassis. We still don't have definitive data about whether there are any model 3's that have more sensitivity than selected model 4's.

For what it's worth, I do think Dolly has a MACCS (though I admit I have no canon source -- it's just an impression). There are lots of real-world tech reasons why I think it likely, even though she did lack complete pain control, but it's even less likely to be of general interest than my normal meaningless and aimless wandering about irrelevant and distracting trivia. ^_^
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
@Sheela the fact that Calliope didn't implement the pain sensor lock-out, doesn't necessarily mean there is no M.A.C.C.S....

I say, she just wanted her to suffer like "real" humans ;-)
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 11:03 PM edit delete reply

That makes no sense Antrik ... why have a crippled M.A.C.C.S. ?

I think the reason why she cannot turn off her pain, is because she doesn't have a programmable M.A.C.C.S., instead she has something more akin to a true nervous system, that is integrated so tightly between her brain & body, that it cannot be manipulated with.

Which would also mean that an inhibitor would do nothing against her. :)
antrik 24th Apr 2017, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
The M.A.C.C.S. *is* what provides the integration between the body and the brain. That was Kotko's big breakthrough in creating Galina. (Well, at least one of the breakthroughs...)

I wouldn't say that a more autonomous M.A.C.C.S. that can't be consciously programmed, is "crippling" any more than the other features of this body, that make her more human-like at the price of inconvenience...
megados 18th Apr 2017, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Noctis had gotten considerably more blood on her than I would have imagined. I was hoping to hear more of Ada's anecdote. CentComm's reaction, etc., but it looks like Noctis did get Ada feeling better!

Re alt text: I try to be nice! :)

LOL Snow Girl

Nice FX and dialog once again! Kudos! Lighthearted upbeat feeling on this page! :)
Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

We will be nice! :D

Well .. ok .. Naughty & Nice. >_<
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
@megados I would actually be more interested in seeing Noctis's reaction to hearing the story :-)
megados 19th Apr 2017, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

I suppose that if we get the rest of the story, we would also get Noctis' reaction. :)
HeSerpenty 18th Apr 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Haha awww they are bonding! <33333
Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

Ada WILL be your friend! >_<
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Yes I agree with Sheela here. Ada has friendship at +100!
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

I'm not even sure if Ada is aware of it.
She just that kind of girl.
Thormation 18th Apr 2017, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

OMG, a female nipple in panel 5! What will the advertisers say? For the love of all that's holy, won't someone please think of the poor advertisers?!
cattservant 18th Apr 2017, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

No eggs though.
megados 18th Apr 2017, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

. . . yet.
The Sunny Side of Life 18th Apr 2017, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
What, you think we're going to crack and hatch some foul plan to pepper the comments with some salty puns?
Wolfsbane 18th Apr 2017, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

If you did, the yolk would be on you.
Tokyo Rose 19th Apr 2017, 4:59 AM edit delete reply

antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
So much for being nice ;-)
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

Rose .. nice? are you daft?
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
That was in response to the puns, not to Rosie's reaction. (Notice the timestamp.) Not my fault your comment section doesn't properly show threading ;-)
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

lalverson 19th Apr 2017, 7:05 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

And for once, I didn't start it ! XD

That said, comparing this shower, with the one Lynn got when she arrived in Nova Roma ... yeah, there's a significant difference!
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
You mean the shower that officially didn't happen, just like the ovary theft?... ;-)
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Oh, she doesn't get a shower anymore ?
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Nope. Was supposed to get one after the treatment. But that didn't go too well... Even without malfunctioning auto-docs ;-)
antrik 24th Apr 2017, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
Ironically, it turns out that the shower facilities are, in fact, identical (minus colour choices) to those Lynn used at the Black Palace at a later date :-)

(See "The Worst Option", presently at )
junoro 18th Apr 2017, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

What a nice conversation! ...And a GREAT mental image of what they did to one of Cent Comm's dolls. I REALLY want to see that one!
mjkj 18th Apr 2017, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

Wow, Noctis, where did all the blood come from? When was the last time you showered? That looks like more than just Acantha's blood...

*lol* Snow Girl... so fitting... (edit: new name for Noctis... - ...hmmm, would that be Puella Nivis?)

@alt text: yes, please...?

Edit: What I wonder though is how was Ada able to remove her armor faster than Noctis her clothes?

Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

Maybe simply shorten it to Nivis ?

Also how endearing is it that Ada is already trying on new nicknames for Noctis ? :D
And Ada is a master at undressing ! XD
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I guess Ada has a lot more opportunity to practice undressing ;-)
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
@mjkj she sliced up a bunch of blue shits, remember? She has had this blood stain on her cheek ever since -- and apparently a lot more blood in other places...
Gilrandir 19th Apr 2017, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Possibly Virgo Nivis?

Alas, poor Quintus. He'll never get to hear this nickname, and even if he did, he'll never get the chance to use the dialogue he would yearn for ...

.... "That Snowlady, that's my wife!" ^_^
megados 19th Apr 2017, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

LOL Gilrandir! I wonder if she would let Quintus get away with a remark like that.

Actually Snowlady might be a better term, since she's not all that girly.
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Adas has quick releases and Noctis was looking for a place to put her still while Ada just let the stuff hit the floor.

and most of it is Acantha's but more belonged to her targets.
mjkj 19th Apr 2017, 1:21 PM edit delete reply

Ah, thank you, Cent =)
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
@Centcomm really? I thought they stopped the bleeding long before entering the Dart...
megados 19th Apr 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply

They had it mostly stopped, yes, but Noctis still had blood on her from earlier starting here, when she had to get through Canoi's men. This is the first chance she had for a shower since then.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Yes, that was my understanding -- see earlier comment. I am surprised that apparently most is actually from Acantha, not from those guys.
megados 19th Apr 2017, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

OK, I see it, yes. 51% to 49% ratio? But it was probably wicking all over the place in the material of her body suit.
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

Virgo Nivis ?
Virgin Snow ?

.... nnnnoooooooooooo.
velvetsanity 20th Apr 2017, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

Nonono, you're all wrong. It should be Noctis Nivis. (Assuming 'Noctis' has a meaning related to 'nocturne' or night, that would make her full name 'Night Snow', which I think would be a very appropriate name for her.)
megados 20th Apr 2017, 10:18 AM edit delete reply

Perfect, @velvetsanity! :)
Mark_L_A 18th Apr 2017, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

So is Noctis/Snowgirl going to let her hair all the way down to wash it? I actually have to say, I've been wondering just how long her hair is.

Also I think with the way Ada is treating her, Noctis is going to going to seriously re-evaluate Nova Illium's threat index.

Ada is treating her like a new found friend, who truly cares both about her patients and everyone else.

As for the story, Ada was telling, can we get it finished and as a Vote Incentive?
mjkj 18th Apr 2017, 10:22 PM edit delete reply

Great idea - but maybe first as a patreon incentive, then as a vote incentive, and then it should be archived somehow...
Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

Yeah but, we're talking about Ada here!
And Ada *will* be your friend!

Oh, and yes please on the vote incentive 'n' stuff.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Why vote incentive? Since it's already canon, I'm sure it can be worked right into the main story.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
As for Illium's threat level, that's determined pretty much exclusively by Cent-Comm; so Ada's behaviour probably will have little effect on the evaluation. Commie's behaviour appears to prove her to be exactly as dangerous as Noctis expected her to be...
Sevian 18th Apr 2017, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Mental images abound here..

Ehm, I'm referring to the Cent doll of course!

You are a bit due for some new vote bait.
DLKmusic 18th Apr 2017, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

RE Alt text!

I'm being Really really nice!!! Honest I am...

Uhm, which story are we talking about? playing dress-up with one of Cent-Comm's dolls, or Noctis rolling around in a slaughter house?
mjkj 18th Apr 2017, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

I thought both?

But I guess that depends on nobody egging Rose and Cent on... ;)

sigpig 19th Apr 2017, 7:45 PM edit delete reply

Well, you can't write Nova Roma without "ova"...
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Bah! I was waiting to bring up that obvious pun at an opportune occasion -- and now you beat me to it :-)
Sheela 18th Apr 2017, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

I wonder what sort of clothes they will scrounge up for Noctis while her dress is at the cleaners ?
Gilrandir 18th Apr 2017, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
We know they have kitty scrubs available. ^_^
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Kitty scrubs? That would be... Something. But no substitute for a pink lacy dress and bows in her hair!
DLKmusic 18th Apr 2017, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

Do you think TeeDee will get mad when she sees Noctis in her Levis and her "I'm NOT a Meatbag" t-shirt?
Gilrandir 18th Apr 2017, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Not as mad as she would get when she gets to 3C a few hours from now and finds her locker empty. ^_^
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
You mean the locker with all her favourite guns?...
megados 19th Apr 2017, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

I don't think Noctis has any interest in TeeDee's guns. High speed ninja melee is her forte.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Oh, she'd just hide them, to screw with her. TeeDee hasn't been very nice to her...
megados 20th Apr 2017, 7:30 AM edit delete reply

To be fair, she wasn't very nice to TeeDee, either.
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
But TeeDee started it! ;-)
megados 20th Apr 2017, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

That is true, but I kinda thought Noctis already paid that back. :D
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Calliopes old plastic dress that she wore while upgrading Dolly ? XD

Even Noctis would be disturbed by that.
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
LOL... I'm not sure whether that's more punishment to the wearer, or the onlookers ;-)
Wolfsbane 20th Apr 2017, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

Actually, megados, I think she might be interested in Chekhov's guns...
megados 20th Apr 2017, 2:17 PM edit delete reply

It is interesting. :) TeeDee's guns can't really be Chekhov's guns because we know she has guns, and uses them. :D For guns found in TeeDee's locker to be Chekhov's guns, they would have to have been planted there unbeknownst to TeeDee.
Greenwood Goat 19th Apr 2017, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
I'm always nice. Unusual sometimes, but nice. And it sounds like there would be plenty of story for the artist to play with - that recounting did cut off with a "So then..." and a break of a few minutes. What more could there have been? And surely Cent must have found them out...

Ada: ...and she decided that turnabout was fair play, and got quite creative. One day it was all tails and cutie marks - I was Twilight Sparkle, complete with unihorn and purple hair, Teedee was Rainbow Dash complete with wings - the next, we were all Steven Universe characters - Cent actually joined in as Yellow Diamond, and I think Teedee really got into roleplaying Jasper. Sweary Jasper, anyway...

Noctis does look like a (blood-smeared) Barbie doll. Still, it should make her easy to clothe.

Noctis: Tennis outfit... no. Beach outfit... no. Business outfit... maybe. Ski outfit... practical. ......

Ada: That's a cheerleader outfit... I'd guess that's a "no"... and I don't know what that vinyl punk outfit is doing there... or this ninja outfit-

Noctis: Yes. *takes costume* These throwing stars might be plastic, but in my hands...

Ada: o_O

HiFranc 19th Apr 2017, 2:26 AM edit delete reply

She would have known at the time because she has sensors everywhere.
HiFranc 19th Apr 2017, 2:18 AM edit delete reply

I don't get the snow girl reference.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
Don't worry -- neither does Noctis, apparently :-)
velvetsanity 19th Apr 2017, 4:32 AM edit delete reply

Her complexion :P
Thomas 19th Apr 2017, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Don't over think it. She has white skin and white hair.
Speedy Marsh 19th Apr 2017, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
She doesn't have to be a snow girl...
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

She may be referring to the "Sad girl in snow" trope.
Wolfsbane 20th Apr 2017, 1:20 PM edit delete reply

There's no business like snow business....
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
They got silly after having drinks? I thought only Dolly's prototype body was "advanced" enough to be affected that way by substances...
Tokyo Rose 19th Apr 2017, 5:03 AM edit delete reply

Androids with sufficient biological installations can get a buzz on. However, they can also un-drunkify themselves* pretty much at a moment's notice.

* "sober up" is a phrase that failed to occur to me until after I hit "post". Go me. In fact, me, go to fucking sleep, it's five in the morning.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Hey, you got to invent a new word -- consider it a bonus :-)
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

un-drunkify !

I couldn't help but read the "UN" like when the guy in Idiocracy gets to see the "time-masheen" in walmart. :D
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
I'm surprised at Ada mentioning a slaughterhouse, considering that they do not seem to have this kind of stuff in Troy...
Timotheus 19th Apr 2017, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

I'm sure they have children's books about them for educational purposes. (Dick and Jane visit the stock yards)
DLKmusic 19th Apr 2017, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Dick and Jane at the stockyards? so when they see the inside of the slaughter house...

See Jane Gag...
Gag, Jane! Gag!
Tokyo Rose 19th Apr 2017, 5:04 AM edit delete reply

Ada's been outside New Troy pretty frequently; other places do have such facilities.
chk 19th Apr 2017, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

She's been to the Wastes. I'm sure she's seen all manner of butchery.
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 8:25 AM edit delete reply

That's horrible DLKmusic ... but also funny. XD
Thomas 19th Apr 2017, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
So just out of curiosity. Is Noctis rendered without nipples because she doesn't have them or just because there's just THAT much blood on her?
Centcomm 19th Apr 2017, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

She doesnt have them. :D
guest1 19th Apr 2017, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
@Thomas: just in case your new.. Noctis is like a live action Barbie,, has the look but no fun park.. ore as one other sed "smooth round the bend."
highlander55 19th Apr 2017, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

So if your fighting Noctis there is no chance to give her a nipple twist. Bummer! That would have been an interesting reaction to see from her.
DLKmusic 19th Apr 2017, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

I might be interested in seeing the reaction to the poor soul who tries to give Noctis a nipple twist though.... I can always use a good laugh!
Tokyo Rose 20th Apr 2017, 5:09 AM edit delete reply

It would go kind of like this.

Opponent: *boob honk*

Noctis: *stare*

Opponent: *double boob honk*

(horrible wet cracking noises)

Noctis (over screams): Leave the arms you have lost. They are mine now.
megados 20th Apr 2017, 7:27 AM edit delete reply


Noctis: "Stop doing that."
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Noctis would simply "nipple twist" back at them!

... they may loose their nipples though.
Centcomm 20th Apr 2017, 3:46 PM edit delete reply

omg .. i can see this.. I couldnt do it justice though..
megados 20th Apr 2017, 5:36 PM edit delete reply

Don't sell yourself short, @Centcomm! ;)
Gilrandir 20th Apr 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
That's what @Tokyo Rose does: she paints pictures with words. You, @CentComm, paint pictures with pictures.

(Aeneas paints pictures with pixels, Noctis paints pictures with blood ... Each of us finds ways to express ourselves. ^_^)
chk 19th Apr 2017, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

I'm nice.

(I'm also 'New Troy Access Theta Blue' if you want to illustrate a few days in the shower)
Speedy Marsh 19th Apr 2017, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Cute story, Ada, but I'm afraid you just turned Cent's doll in the S&R break room into Chekhov's gun. Or rather, Noctis' gun.

Ada thinks she's making a friend, but she's actually leaking sensitive, if not classified intel to a representative of an enemy state. Her trusting nature makes her great for S&R, but it kinda makes her suck at being a diplomat.

Ada is gonna feel more rotten than a murderturd turd, if Noctis and/or Aeneas end up using that doll against New Troy.

Cent might consider this story an act of treason, and not just 'cause of the party hat and makeup.
megados 19th Apr 2017, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

Eh? You lost me. Talking about dressing up a CentComm doll is sensitive information? Other than that, I think the whole world knows she is used to being called a villain. The knowledge that she keeps a doll in the S&R break room doesn't seem like something that would be classified. I think anything they talk about is pretty much guaranteed to be overheard by CentComm, anyway.
HiFranc 19th Apr 2017, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

I have to agree with Megados - the information is not sensitive. She's sayi a lot but not giving way much. Trust me, if you want to keep secrets and not seem rude, you just talk about other things. Similarly, if you want to make a connection without revealing secrets, talk about the fun things in your life.
Tokyo Rose 20th Apr 2017, 5:14 AM edit delete reply

Mentioning that Cent-Comm has a doll stored in the S&R break room is like mentioning that there's an intercom panel in the S&R break room. The average city A.I.S. keeps a number of dolls stowed in various places, since one never knows when one will need to have a "physical" presence in one location or another. There's really no way to use one of Cent's dolls against New Troy in any way, since all they are is basically a robot body with a sel-cast receiver unit built in. They're not combat models and contain no vital data or exploitable technology.
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
In fact it's Ada who is trying to gain some valuable intel: "Is you suit made of anything really special?" ;-)
mjkj 19th Apr 2017, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

@side story "Party Cent"

I guess that was Cent's version of having fun:

- since she knew they decorated her doll
- she tried to act as if she did not
- she tried to be so oblivious that everybody was hard pressed not to laugh
- (and that is what she tried to achieve - for the others to not be able to keep a straight face...)

lalverson 19th Apr 2017, 4:29 PM edit delete reply

I love the "Snowgirl" nickname it fits. and I would indeed like to see what Cent in the S&R party looked like.
Haegan2005 19th Apr 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

okay Rose and Terri

What do I need to do to get that rendered and written out? Even a still shot of what centcomm's doll looked like would be well worth something!
Gilrandir 19th Apr 2017, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
I cannot speak for anyone or on behalf of anyone, @Haegan2005. And I have no idea if this applies to you or not, but non-Patreon subscribers wishing to be extra nice may want to consider becoming Patreon subscribers. If you are already a Patreon subscriber, please understand that no slight or offense is intended -- the creators have that list, not I.
Haegan2005 19th Apr 2017, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

Very elegantly stated!

dougwarner59 19th Apr 2017, 5:22 PM edit delete reply

this is a really well done comic; I wish I had more time to go back and read the inter thing;
DLKmusic 20th Apr 2017, 3:06 AM edit delete reply

Welcome to the club, dougwarner59! Pull up a chair, we got Pizza and beer... SHEELA, GET AWAY FOR THE PIZZA!
Sheela 20th Apr 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply

guest1 20th Apr 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
give Sheela my pizza,,, in have more.!! ? i think i still haz pizza in the freezer.!??
chk 20th Apr 2017, 12:50 PM edit delete reply

It is well worth taking the time to read from the beginning. Best webcomic ever.
chk 20th Apr 2017, 12:54 PM edit delete reply

It's well worth the time to bop over to 'Luna Star' and read it too.
megados 20th Apr 2017, 5:31 PM edit delete reply

chk is correct X2!
knuut 20th Apr 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Read 'Luna Star' first. It's really a useful prologue to this comic
Combat Medic Z 20th Apr 2017, 8:19 PM edit delete reply

Agreed! It's well worth the time to read both Luna Star and Datachasers from the beginning.
antrik 19th Apr 2017, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
I find it a little ironic, after "everyone" lusted for this scene, that nobody comments on how hot Ada looks in panel 4 ;-)
lalverson 19th Apr 2017, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

I'm attempting to channel what's left of my "gentlemanly" behavior. (She does look smoking hot!)
Combat Medic Z 20th Apr 2017, 8:22 PM edit delete reply

Ada looks hot in panel 4, and I'll gladly volunteer to wash her back.
KarToon12 19th Apr 2017, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

So what happened when Cent inevitably walked past a mirror and discovered her "make over"?
Rashala 20th Apr 2017, 12:20 AM edit delete reply

I'd comment but seems I was beat to the punch also I promised teedee to lay off her lack of experience poo poking of stuff in exchange for not doing time what she had planned to do to decimus in a previous q&a
antrik 20th Apr 2017, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Uh... I think you might want to revisit this comment when sober ;-)
megados 20th Apr 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply

Gee, I thought we were being nice. :/
antrik 24th Apr 2017, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
Oh oops, I thought we were only supposed to be nice to the creators?... ;-)

On a more serious note, I hope this didn't come across as offensive? It was intended as a friendly jab -- in fact, offering an excuse for the garbled comment ;-)

(Can you figure out what he was trying to say? I sure can't...)
Phil 20th Apr 2017, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Giving her nicknames....
I sense something developing...
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