Comic 1493 - Side Story - Katya 2

23rd May 2017, 9:00 PM
Side Story - Katya 2
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cattservant 23rd May 2017, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

A solitary mourner.
megados 23rd May 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

One sad face.
Haegan2005 24th May 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Yes. One sad face.

It has been said the measure of a man is in whom mourns for him. That makes it get complicated, does it not? Even Deci needed love of some kind. And Katya seems to love him dearly. He must have done something right, at some point. Even while he screwed everything else up.

antrik 24th May 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
You are assuming her love was really deserved... It's not impossible, I guess -- but considering his erratic behaviour in general, I would consider that rather surprising.
HiFranc 15th Jun 2017, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

I suspect that:

* Her mental age may have brought out the nurturing side of him
* The fact that she looks up to him would calm him down a lot of the time, and
* Stockholm Syndrome may apply.
guest1 23rd May 2017, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
so sad... the one true Loyal pet.. :(
megados 23rd May 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Poor Katya, the only soul to mourn Decimus (Dezmis). Ah, Sergia is the slave girl's name. It is odd she knows her name, while Lapaedus is NiceCrow, and Maxus is NiceBigMan. (Maybe she had not interacted with them enough?) I can see where she would know Decimus' name.

Re alt text: Yes, you could say I'm grateful.
cattservant 23rd May 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Sergia is a cat servant. She probably has the most time with Katya.
megados 23rd May 2017, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

That is likely. It's probably her main job. Kindred spirit? ;)
antrik 23rd May 2017, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, it wasn't Sergia's main job to serve food to Katya *specifically*... She is normal kitchen staff; and serving the prince was among her regular duties (see "Illusions...", presently at ; and "Time marches on..", presently at ) -- serving his cat just went along with that...
Stormwind13 24th May 2017, 5:24 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, catt. Sergia PREFERRED to spend time with Katya instead of Douchimus. Playing quietly nearby, available to serve, but out of the way. Plus Sergia was most likely nice to Katya.
megados 24th May 2017, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

Well, Stormwind13, can you blame her? Katya probably treated her better! ;D
Stormwind13 24th May 2017, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

Probably? No, no... for SURE treated her better. I don't think Katya has a mean bone in her body!
antrik 24th May 2017, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
How do you figure?

I'm not saying she has -- I just can't remember any real indication either way thus far...
megados 24th May 2017, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

I see no way possible for Katya to have failed to treat Sergia better than Decimus had. Every time we see Katya throughout the story, she is either not doing much of anything, or being content, requesting some food, and most recently, being sad. Never anything suggesting she is mean.
Centcomm 25th May 2017, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

Katya never Hit Sergia.

And she always smiled at her.
Stormwind13 25th May 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete reply

If Sergia allowed it she probably did more than smile. Kitty pounces and snuggles! :-D

Plus she was a lot CUTER than Douchimus was. :-D
mjkj 23rd May 2017, 10:02 PM edit delete reply

Awwww... poor Katya..., she knows Sergia by her real name...

Timotheus 23rd May 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Well, Kali said the only one who truly loved him just for him was his cat. And she was an excellent judge of character.
antrik 23rd May 2017, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Kali just said he can *trust* his cat... Not exactly the same.
HiFranc 23rd May 2017, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

I take it that this is after Dolly and the others left? Did Dolly mention her to Max?
Tokyo Rose 24th May 2017, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

Yes and yes.
antrik 24th May 2017, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
@Tokyo Rose spoiler!

As for reasons to be hopeful, there is one potential issue I see: even though she didn't understand the political proceedings, her closeness to the prince could still provide some valuable insight for political enemies... I can well imagine Luna willing to sell a dossier on the late prince. Can Logrin be trusted to keep discretion on this matter?...

BTW, I am somewhat surprised about Maxus making this a priority. With the recent events, he still must have a ton of really urgent issues to take care of -- while waiting a day or two wouldn't have seriously hurt the kitty...
Gilrandir 24th May 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Is there any reason to suppose that a day or two has not already passed, @antrik? To quote Katya from the previous page: "Long time wait." And we can see that Maxus has had time to pry himself loose from his Cassian bodyguard (as well as put on a spiffy new outfit). This suggests to me the passage of a reasonable amount of time.
antrik 24th May 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
As far as I can tell, that's actually the exact same outfit Maxus had last time we saw him in the hanger, while the Trojan team was leaving.

"Long time wait" is rather unspecific -- but I very much doubt she was sitting in the corner for a day or two. Also, her next statement is "... noize stop." -- i.e. that's not long after hostilities ceased in the palace.

Last but not least, the fact that Lapaedus arrived with a heavily armed paladin, strongly suggests that things at the palace were still pretty much in uproar.

All in all, I'm pretty positive it's still the same day -- and in fact probably not even very late into it.
antrik 24th May 2017, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
Now I wonder whether Sergia even knew of the situation, or just heard it now when Maxus told Katya...
megados 24th May 2017, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

"... noize stop" followed by "the fact that Lapaedus arrived with a heavily armed paladin" actually suggests to me that the uproar was at an ebb, and this is a security detail, rather than suggesting that things at the palace were still pretty much in uproar.

Just my opinion.
Gilrandir 25th May 2017, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
You may well be right, @antrik. To address your points in order, however ...

That's why they are called 'uniforms'. ^_^

There is another "long time wait" after she pulls the string before food arrives. I agree the phrase is delightfully non-specific, and a three-year-old has very little sense of relative duration.

As you pointed out in your earlier post, things are likely to be unsettled in Nova Roma for a couple of days. It would not surprise me if the clergy all had assigned bodyguards (or were told to move in groups, when unavoidably necessary) until they were settled.
antrik 25th May 2017, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
Sure, it's *possible* he had a change of uniform... I just don't see anything indicating that he definitely has, which was what you claimed.
megados 25th May 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

I didn't really take Gilrandir's statement as having claimed that Maxus had changed apparel. My impression was that he just raised a possibility which you then seemed to agree could exist.
Gilrandir 26th May 2017, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Well, bearing in mind the limitations of Daz 3D, we can see that Maxus' outfit here ("Comic 1452 - Special Delivery") differs from the one he currently wears in three important ways:

* - No gun.
* - No sword
* - New beret

Obviously, therefore, a complete change of uniform. ^_^
megados 26th May 2017, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

Hmm, well it's really only complete if he also changed his underwear, which we cold only hope. >_O
Tokyo Rose 25th May 2017, 3:33 PM edit delete reply


Katya is not what anyone would really call a potential source of political information.
megados 24th May 2017, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

Those are a couple of reasons to be hopeful :)
Sheela 24th May 2017, 6:24 PM edit delete reply

I can totally see Maxus making this a priority, he is known to show empathy, and Katya is in such a strange position, that if he doesn't handle it, it could have pretty serious ramifications.
megados 24th May 2017, 8:16 PM edit delete reply

That's true @Sheela, and he and Dolly exchanged comm channels, Dolly had informed him, and both agreed to help her. Maxus is compassionate, so I can see him making this a priority. He has the Cassians to help with operations, so barring some unforseen difficulty, he should be able to "squeeze her in". :D
Centcomm 25th May 2017, 5:05 PM edit delete reply

Yes Dolly talked to Max about Katya after it became apperent that she was no longer able to move under her own power and she knew the big guy would keep his word.
antrik 24th May 2017, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
I have no doubt that Maxus would *want* to take care of this ASAP -- I'm just somewhat surprised that his duties let him...
Don B. 24th May 2017, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Everything we've seen from Maxus to date would make me very surprised that he wouldn't remember such a vulnerable soul and take steps to ensure her safety from those who would use and abuse her. I'm not surprised Dolly remembered her either. Despite their differences they are guardians by nature.
antrik 23rd May 2017, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
So apparently Katya is in fact more like a dog than a cat: the more her master bosses her around, the more attached she becomes...
HiFranc 24th May 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply

I suspect that it was more that she could see the good in him. Like many people in abusive relationships, she probably saw each incident as a sign that something other than Decimus was wrong.
antrik 24th May 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
Saying this will probably get me burned at a stake: but my impression is that the thought patterns of people staying in abusive relationships do not differ significantly on that score from dogs...
Rashala 23rd May 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Now now I am sure there are others who miss deck.

Mainly the rest of nova Roma who wanted to kill him themselves and now can't
Ebonbolt 24th May 2017, 4:42 AM edit delete reply

And now they can no longer improve their aim...
Hornet 24th May 2017, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Those left of his praetorian guard, and probably the few that made up the higher ranks of the Roma criminal under-belly.
antrik 23rd May 2017, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
I wonder, does Sergia have any other models of dress, or are different colours all the variety she gets?

(Not complaining, though -- it *is* still a very pretty one :-) )
Wolfsbane 24th May 2017, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Let's hope it doesn't get very cold in Nova Roma. That would be tough walking around with only that to keep you warm.
guest1 24th May 2017, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
cold enough for Lynn to catch a cold,, with a jacket...
Fairportfan 24th May 2017, 1:01 AM edit delete reply

Even the nastiest SOB who ever lived my have pets who love him and can't understand why he no longer plays with them.

It hurts to see the dog or the cat constantly looking hopeful when they hear footsteps, or a door opens, and then sagging back down.

And Katya, while perhaps limited in intellect (or perhaps just stunted in development and i hope Deck's got the HOTTEST part of the griddle), is enough smarter than a cat or dog that - like abandoned children everywhere, she can easily form a "Mommy/Daddy/Piece-of-slime-I-was-conditioned-to-love" is gone, is it somehow my fault? Was i naughty? complex.

I fear for the kitten, i really do.
Ebonbolt 24th May 2017, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

Maxus is on the job, & he got the low-down from Dolly (per TR). Very little can stop a pragmatic idealist when he has the resources to see a job through and authority to clear the way.
Sheela 24th May 2017, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

Curiously, this is sort of Truth in Real Life, Adolf Hitler for example, liked dogs.
antrik 24th May 2017, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Many arseholes love dogs... Everyone craves unconditional love -- sub-humans probably just as much as much as "regular" people.
pkrankow 24th May 2017, 6:05 AM edit delete reply

Katya is being portrayed close to a K or 1st grade level. So 5 or 6 mentally, rather advanced for age 3 mentally. Still, very childlike.

megados 24th May 2017, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

I'm not sure I agree. By age 5 or 6, kids are usually using fairly complete sentences. The font used in the narration is used to portray a child-like perspective, not that Katya herself wrote the text. The font itself looks like it could be written by a five-year-old, and I can see where it could lead to that impression.
Stormwind13 24th May 2017, 8:31 AM edit delete reply

The word choice and spelling made me think of a 5 year old too. I see more of the results of children learning to communicate in writing than listening to them.

Either way, Katya is not a complicated individual. No deep plans. She will respond to those she encounters like a small child in a nearly full grown body.
Sheela 24th May 2017, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

It is entirely possible, that by the time Datachasers happens, education has become so good, that a 3 y.o. would have the mental faculties that a 5 y.o. of today.

I don't think that's implausible.
antrik 24th May 2017, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Isn't most education actually considered pretty meaningless before the age of five or thereabouts?...
Sheela 24th May 2017, 6:28 PM edit delete reply

Scholarly / bookwise, yes.
But in general ? No.

They learn many things at that age, and often at astounding speeds.
antrik 24th May 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Some kind of things, sure. But can any kind of education actually accelerate general verbal skills development at this age?...
Ebonbolt 24th May 2017, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

Language is learned best at a young age. If two parents, who speak different native languages, speak only their own language to their child, that child will learn both languages, fluently & without accent (well, same accent as parent), and <i>never mix them up</i>.
antrik 24th May 2017, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
@Ebonbolt no doubt about that (and BTW I'm bi-lingual myself) -- but the question at hand was whether methodical education can speed up the process of learning proper speaking at this age. I have doubts about that -- but if someone with actual knowledge in this area wants to chime in, that would be great :-)
guest 24th May 2017, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
me and my sister ( we live close ) are fluent in 4 languages an conversational in 2 others ,, the niece (age 8 ) is 5/2 she went an learned spanish on her own, cuz all her friends were...
soo now we are learning spanish..
megados 24th May 2017, 8:36 PM edit delete reply

There are many nonverbal people who are very good at other things, yes? There may be things that she CAN learn, given an opportunity. :D
Centcomm 25th May 2017, 5:07 PM edit delete reply

Katya has the Body of a 19 to 22 year old female. She is biologically unable to have children. Her mind is.. Clever. But she has trouble processing Higher things like words or writing. She can speak. She can reason out things at times. but the prince has made sure she is totally dependent on care.
Sheela 25th May 2017, 11:07 PM edit delete reply

Also, some things might come naturally to her.

Like, finding a specific scent, stalking someone, or sleeping on the floor in a sunray.
antrik 24th May 2017, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Kneeling on the stone floor like that can't be healthy...
wright1 24th May 2017, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Maxus is a good choice for telling her about Dec's... departure. He has the compassion and patience, plus experience with her, to impart such news as gently as possible.

The same qualities that make him a good commander would also make him a good counselor, if he ever needs another calling. His community is going to be very appreciative of him going forward.

Well, most of them.
DLKmusic 24th May 2017, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

Amid the emotional maelstrom, I would like to mention something before it gets lost in the shuffle...

The Beret on Maxus is an Awesome touch.
megados 24th May 2017, 1:59 PM edit delete reply

I agree wholeheartedly.
Sheela 24th May 2017, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

On a sidenote, someone should get her a cute onesie pajamas.
It would fit her better than what she's wearing now.
knuut 24th May 2017, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Would that work with her tail?
guest1 24th May 2017, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
a simple mod to the " butt " flap would cure that... but we dont know her potty training,, that might be the best,, with little mess...
ore it could be dikmus liked to show her as eye candy... and yes i think she would be cute in a footie onesie with a tail flap...
KarToon12 24th May 2017, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

I feel more bad that she feels bad that Decimus is gone. If she only knew or understood how bad he actually was.
megados 24th May 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

All she knows is that she has lost a loved one.
Moritturi 24th May 2017, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Maxus dislikes cruelty and unnecessary death, particularly as applied to innocents like Katya. Cruelty or unnecessary death is likely to happen to her if he does not intervene. So he's intervening.

And besides, in the middle of a big damn mess, how often do you get a chance to feel good about yourself or do something genuinely nice for somebody?

She has a sister who misses her, and Katya has no idea Dusty is even still alive. Making way for her to be reunited with her family will not only help protect her from bad things, but also be a significant consolation for the big guy's careworn soul.
megados 24th May 2017, 8:30 PM edit delete reply

Well reasoned, and I agree.
Haegan2005 24th May 2017, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

I have a feeling that max knew how Katya would react to Decimus's death. He had spent a lot of time around them both over the years and had ample time to appraise both their psyches.

Life is going to be stressful for the Kitty as she is going to need to go to a new home. But what kind of home is the question.

For some reason I can't help but feel that Max's lady love is going to get a child. I think that Katya would be very happy with them both.

guest1 24th May 2017, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
i agree with you,, but only till they can git Katya " safely " to Dusty... or reverse that,, they find out that "little" Katya is not or would not be safe " out there"....
megados 24th May 2017, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

@Haegan2005, if I understand, it may be very plausible that Katya might stay with Maxus and Irene, at least short-term. My guess would be that the end goal might be to get her to Dusty (and Logrin) at some point. *edit: guest1 kinda beat me to it. :D
guest1 24th May 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
i third that...
Haegan2005 24th May 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

I had actually forgotten about Dusty. Boy howdy that was a long while back.
The Old Scribe 24th May 2017, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

I feel sorry for the poor little thing. 'Master' is gone and she's alone. So sad. It's as if a dog could talk. A cat on the other hand ... "He's gone? Meh! This affects me how? When's dinner?"

Maxus has to be the ultimate father figure. Just what poor little Katya needs right about now.
guest1 25th May 2017, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
@theoldscribe: ? you must not like cats..?? i works at a shelter ,, and i see all animals doing that.. when my partner passed,, her cat curled up on partners pillow , meowed pitifully,, and died 10 hours later.. her dog could care less,, wens fuud ,, an lived 5 years..
Centcomm 25th May 2017, 5:09 PM edit delete reply

awww i feel bad .. my condolences.
Sheela 25th May 2017, 11:10 PM edit delete reply

It's true, cats have feels.
They just don't show them as blatantly as doggies do.
HeSerpenty 25th May 2017, 1:57 AM edit delete reply

Awwwww poor lil' thing..she doesnt know any better! She dosn't know that this is actually cause for celebration! X'D
Centcomm 25th May 2017, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

Not to her! :D ( just for everyone else! )
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