Comic 1496 - Side Story - Katya 4

15th Jun 2017, 9:00 PM
Side Story - Katya 4
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
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knuut 15th Jun 2017, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
A smiley cliffhanger??? that's a new one.
Sheela 15th Jun 2017, 11:37 PM edit delete reply

B-but ... cliff's are scary !!

Luckily, Katya has Bearfriend with her, so she aint scared!
Bearfriend *SO* brave! :)
Centcomm 18th Jun 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

hehe i think the ending might suprise you
megados 15th Jun 2017, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

YelloScary! Now that's cute! (Hrist, correct? Glad to see her!) Katya's happiness is contagious. Bearfriend is indeed a cool customer!

Panel 4, nice view of the wastes. It's a big adventure!
antrik 15th Jun 2017, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Pretty background indeed. I wonder whether this might be from Atacama?...
All the Pickles 17th Jun 2017, 9:43 AM edit delete reply

I could swear I've seen that while driving across Arizona or New Mexico.
Centcomm 18th Jun 2017, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

Yes that is Hrist. Shes repaired and back to her duty's. And much happier
megados 18th Jun 2017, 10:18 AM edit delete reply

Glad to hear it. Most if not all of the Cassians are, or will soon be happier, it seems. Katya is the only one who wasn't happy about ol' Dezmis, and she has forgotten about it already! :D
HiFranc 15th Jun 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

I take it that the guy wouldn't be nearly as talkative to Katya if another cassian was there?

Given how much cats rely on their sense of smell, it must be weird for her not to be able to smell a person's emotion.
Sheela 15th Jun 2017, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

I don't think there's anyone who could stop him from being talkative.
Considering his rank and ability, he would be quite confident in himself.

And yeah, Katya is probably weirded out by things like Robots and Androids with no smell ... but who knows, maybe they make odd whirring noises when happy?
HiFranc 16th Jun 2017, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

If that's Quintus then I suspect having Noctis around would distract him some. ;-)
Morituri 15th Jun 2017, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
"Scaries" -- what an apropos name for the Cassians, given the way Deck used them. I hope that Acantha gives them a chance to earn some other epithet.

I see that Hrist has been rearmed. And, yes, is smiling. Something Noctis still hasn't gotten the hang of.

An innocent (who is also a security risk) is being removed from the place where she has been a victim and well on her way to being someone else's concern where the someone else could actually care about her and treat her fairly. What's not to smile about?
antrik 15th Jun 2017, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I think Hrist probably likes the experience of being on a peaceful mission, quite possibly for the first time in her life...

Though at the peril of sinking in a storm of @Tokyo Rose's missiles, I'm wondering whether she might be enjoying the company of a certain hunky intelligence specialist too ;-)
Morituri 15th Jun 2017, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Um... Touchy subject given her mental development, but ... probably? She's in a healthy female body in good working order, has enough sex hormones to produce boobs, and probably has all of those normal instincts.

But aside from issues of meaningful consent due to mental development, meaningful consent due to slavery, etc, she's got about fifty kinds of NOPE written all over her from the perspective of anybody who's not a child molester.

It's a tough problem to deal with - even those who are not mentally adult, have real sexual impulses when they are adults and sexual perceptions/behavior, which tend to freak the rest of us out because of all the NOPE.
antrik 15th Jun 2017, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
I was talking about Hrist.

(That's obviously assuming she got "the upgrade" -- which we actually don't know yet, as far as I'm aware...)
Morituri 16th Jun 2017, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Hrist shows the plastic-y seams at her face and joints, so I don't think that's biological skin. And if it's not, then she probably didn't get other biological bits (or the desire to use them) either. To be honest, I hadn't even considered that you might be talking about her because she's in a different category.
megados 16th Jun 2017, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

None of the Cassians have "the upgrade" as far as I can recall. That isn't their function. Some of them have some surface detail, though, if I'm remembering right.
antrik 16th Jun 2017, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
Malati at least did "go for a bio-upgrade" (in her own words) -- see "Similarities", presently at
megados 16th Jun 2017, 5:17 PM edit delete reply

Ah yes, you're right! Maybe some others had also; it's unclear.*

*It's not really discussed, except where it's relevant to the story, as in your example. For the most part, I don't think it is really emphasized, mostly having no bearing on the story, except where it's pertinant.
dpallee 15th Jun 2017, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

love the craft. Great job.
antrik 15th Jun 2017, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Maxus is sending a Cassian *and* his intel guy? I think this mission might have a secondary goal of learning more about our shady "ranger" friend...
Sheela 15th Jun 2017, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, it does seem like a bit of overkill.
On the other hand, it may be that Maxus felt that he needed someone to keep an eye on Hrist, until he's sure she's not still in "kill Maxus" mode.
Seeing it from that view, it makes sense to send Hrist out of town, away from her original target.
And what a perfect mission for it, almost like it was tailor made for something like that.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2017, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

Possibly antrik. Also possible that Logrin's isn't their final destination. Could Maxus be sending them to Noctis to ensure Acantha's continued health?

There was an indication that more support would be heading to New Troy as soon as Maxus could arrange it. This might be Maxus killing two birds with one stone (again). :-)

As for Hrist and her trustworthiness, Sheela, I think Maxus is already sure of that. He entrusted Hrist with Irene's life after all. I think rather this is more Maxus' way of letting Hrist know that he isn't holding the past against her.

Quintus might be along because of all the mistrust of machines in Nova Roma. He can be the human element of mission. Plus Maxus trusts him which is critical for a mission like this.
megados 16th Jun 2017, 7:12 AM edit delete reply

That's pretty plausible, @Stormwind.

And yeah, I agree about Hrist. Maxus knows she was compelled to follow orders, and once she was incapacitated, and released from those orders, she was relieved and concerned about her own fate. Maxus was merciful, and she won't forget that.
Rashala 15th Jun 2017, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Course the cassian is smiling she ain't gotta work for douchimus anymore I'm surprised the entire corp is not out having one hell of a party about it!.......after burial for their fallen of course.......and erecting a giant statue of Kali labeled empire savior!
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2017, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

Cassians may be waiting on that Rash. One Noctis isn't around (not that she parties) and two, Acantha isn't available either. Since I kinda expect the Cassians to show their loyalty first, party second I think they will hold off on the celebration.
velvetsanity 16th Jun 2017, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

You forgot three: they lost the one most likely to arrange such a party (Malati) :(
megados 16th Jun 2017, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

Quite right, @velvetsanity, quite right. :(
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2017, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

Noctis will arrange it in her honor, velvet. Noctis might not be the life of the party, but she will ensure EVERYONE remembers those that have fallen. As well as getting whatever emotional release the survivors need.
velvetsanity 17th Jun 2017, 6:06 PM edit delete reply

Good point
sigpig 16th Jun 2017, 10:16 AM edit delete reply

Who else would invite the gladiators?
Rashala 17th Jun 2017, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

And the statue!
Sheela 18th Jun 2017, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

Will the statue be able to fling underwear at the Gladiators ?
Combat Medic Z 18th Jun 2017, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

Malati was a dangerous psycho...

Yet I do miss her. I feel we could have been good friends. In a sick way.
mjkj 16th Jun 2017, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

Great one =D

I really like how Katya names things...

...and yeah, it is great she has BearFriend =) I like him/her, too...

YelloScary for the Cassian - ...and a happy one at that...

cattservant 16th Jun 2017, 2:10 AM edit delete reply

Things are moving!
Just_IDD 16th Jun 2017, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Things are always moving. You can either move with them, move out of the way, or get run over by them. The first two choices are the best usually.
lalverson 16th Jun 2017, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

I wonder about the thing on Katya's neck. Not a collar but looks like a shiny necklace/transceiver?
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2017, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

I think that's just a decoration on the top she's wearing, like a brooch.
CptKerion 16th Jun 2017, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
"Yellowscary" made me giggle, and then her comment on the smiling yellowscary made me squee at the adorableness.
KarToon12 16th Jun 2017, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

Hands raised if "Bearfriend" should get his own mini-series too. XD
Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2017, 12:12 AM edit delete reply

oh for fuck's sake
Sheela 17th Jun 2017, 5:16 AM edit delete reply

Quick Rose, Bearfriend is about to be shipped !
Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2017, 3:30 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 18th Jun 2017, 3:23 AM edit delete reply

Oh noes Rose, they managed to ship both Bearfriend *AND* Katya !
Darn those creatrixes of the comic!
Shoot 'em, shoot 'em I say!
.. with missiles.
Gilrandir 19th Jun 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Er ... excuse me? I'm sure I couldn't say why (judicial restraining order), but I now have all these torpedoes on my lawn circling about truculently and apparently looking to blow up at someone. Also, they keep muttering things like "'NiceBigMan' refers to his height!", "Katya is not in any 'Ranger Danger'", and "Do not refer to it as 'Bare Friend'!"

Any chance we could slide those torpedoes smoothly back into their tubes ... repeatedly .. just sort of in ... then out ... then back in again ... excuse me, they're looking at me now and I have to go do ... something. ^_^
antrik 20th Jun 2017, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
LOL... I can't decide whether to call this "disturbingly brilliant", or "brilliantly disturbing"... But there is definitely some "disturbing" and some "brilliant" in it ;-)
Gilrandir 20th Jun 2017, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Also, probably, some 'disturbed'. ^_^
Centcomm 17th Jun 2017, 11:58 AM edit delete reply

hahahha! if you want one Kartoon .. make one! :D
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2017, 6:34 AM edit delete reply

But Katya might get scared without brave Bearfriend there, KarToon. :-D

I wonder if Bearfriend could wander and return, like the garden gnome? :-D
megados 17th Jun 2017, 6:42 AM edit delete reply

No one said Katya would have to be without Bearfriend. The series would have to have Katya narrating, and participating!
Mark_L_A 16th Jun 2017, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

Hrist is repaired and "Smiling"? what will New Rome come to next?
antrik 17th Jun 2017, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
How about: Aurelia will become ambassador or foreign affairs minister ;-)
Sheela 17th Jun 2017, 5:17 AM edit delete reply

Gotta give it to the New Rome techies, they repaired Hrist quickly!
Centcomm 17th Jun 2017, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

Shes got modular parts..
Sheela 17th Jun 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Even so, she was quite the mess.
megados 18th Jun 2017, 9:38 AM edit delete reply

Chances are, if it's a modular system, replacements are off-the-shelf, and parts don't need to be manufactured. Turnaround times would be pretty quick.
Centcomm 18th Jun 2017, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

it was given a priority due to her protecting Irene.
chk 17th Jun 2017, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

Up to No.17 on TWC. Not top ten, but climbing.
Romfire 18th Jun 2017, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if the reason two high level people are attending to this mission is because it will be seen as a show of good faith towards their (hopefully) new friends in New Troy. After all, it was Dolly who requested it and she has friends in the highest of places.
megados 18th Jun 2017, 8:55 PM edit delete reply

I suppose you could say that. Dolly had promised Dusty that she would try to find and rescue Katya. She became incapacitated in her skirmish with Kali, and was no longer able to complete her promise. Dolly's word is her bond, so she communicated her intentions to Maxus, who is also a man of his word. I assume Maxus assigned high level people to ensure that it gets carried out.
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