Comic 1559 - Interfacing

3rd Apr 2018, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
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megados 3rd Apr 2018, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Well despite what the A/N Alt Text says, not quite as bad as I might have expected, so there's that. :/

Still, though, poor Ophelia :( She does need some help here.

If her new 'friends' can keep from being too greedy . . .
Glendale 3rd Apr 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Having a Cassian owe you one could be extremely valuable.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2018, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

A/N ?
megados 4th Apr 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Gah! I meant Alt Text. >_< Thanks, Centcomm!

@Glendale, it sure would be interesting!
mjkj 3rd Apr 2018, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Poor Ophie... =S
Centcomm 4th Apr 2018, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

She does have fans yay!
Sheela 9th Apr 2018, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

Yes, yes she does. :)
Greenwood Goat 4th Apr 2018, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Ophelia: What do y-you get?? F-first dibs on the intel on wha-wha-what took *vvvf* out m-my squad, and *click* trashed the gu-gutter base *garble*fore we ar-rived. Q-quite valuab-ble, consid-d-d-dering the popopopopossibilililititittityyy that it could track me... Ha-how far are we from the d-discovery site?

Jordan: Thirty clicks, give or take. Should be enough...

Ivy: ...I'll get the second scanner up, and we'll do a full, phased sweep. I'm not buying anything yet, but who- or what -ever turned over that base had a heavy tactical-class beam weapon with them.

Jordan: Okay, you've got our attention. What else can you offer?

Ophelia: Pri- *vzt* -ority recognition cccodes for contacting Nova Ro-ma, for asssssssistance or extraction-


Tennyo: -your lives and limbs intact, your base of operations unransacked, the hazard you turned up in the Wastes dealt with, the suggestion that you might unlawfully convert a New Rome cassian to wasteland robot-fighting well forgotten, the satisfaction of aiding the great city-state of New Rome... I'd say you've come out ahead here!

Jordan & Ivy: ... :-(

Tennyo: Oh, fine - you big babies... that crippled scythe lizard with the missing legs that you surely noticed on the way in - it's yours. It's probably fairly dehydrated by now and we haven't got around to dealing with it-

Jordan: Ladybot, what are we supposed to do with a freaking- *mmmph*

Ivy: Throw in an NBC hazard suit with respirator, a case of percussion grenades and a launcher, and we'll shake on it, ma'am. (to Jordan) Pardner, its glands'll be full, and I've been wanting to try my hand at murder-turd scent refining for a while now. I'll do the extracting, you just 'cuss it round the head with the grenades, keep it quiet.

Jordan: *mmmah!* -don't do that to me! ...And you'd better not stink out the freaking workshop... :-P

Centcomm 4th Apr 2018, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

hah! awesome!
megados 4th Apr 2018, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

LOL, pretty good, though I have to wonder if Tennyo would be so amenable to her conditions being challenged.
Sheela 6th Apr 2018, 6:24 AM edit delete reply

She's a comm-droid, right ?
I think it would be part and parcel of her function/job.
Frankly, I don't think she would mind, as long as the results are satisfactory.
Just_IDD 4th Apr 2018, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
So do the Cavs Ian's have spare chassis in Nova Roma and the ability to swap into them? If so she could give them this one and use their temporary to get to one of her own and give their temporary back and give them a reward for reactivating her. It would be a hefty reward but she is also a primary security officer for a nation state and they would be helping her to report which could lead to lucrative contracts. Not Everyone likes being upgraded by Luna and their love of Chrome. I actually wonder who built the chassis originally. Nova Roma would not have trusted new Troy to do the work.
megados 4th Apr 2018, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

It does make one wonder. They must have access to some high-end tech and personnel involved in android creation. It wouldn't seem as though body swapping would be commonplace, or a simple matter. It's possible that there are entities out in the wastes, such as former techs, or "android engineers without borders" or something, I suppose.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2018, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

There are some things about a Android that are 'plug and play ' provided they know what they are doing and the body and brain are compatible. The Maccs system makes that possible.
megados 6th Apr 2018, 6:18 AM edit delete reply

Ah, OK, I see!
Oldarmourer 4th Apr 2018, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
at least we can see she's eating well...
Don B. 4th Apr 2018, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
What do you get? How about not getting killed by a Cassian or her friends for dicking around with said Cassian. They may or may not be grateful but they certainly would be pissed if you did something other than assist her and I, for one wouldn't risk it.
Eve Z. 4th Apr 2018, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

wait, she's a mecha but also has organs?
how does that work? o.o

i hope they give her a new body.
megados 4th Apr 2018, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

The best way to start off, would be to visit the Tech Page. That will give you an overview of the androids in the DC universe. :)

There are a number of models, and as they have been refined, they migrate away from electromechanical, toward synthetic biological.
Eve Z. 7th Apr 2018, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

I had the feeling Cassians were different than the regular droids. From what I've seen CeCi was almost entirely organic.

I knew Dolly's first body was pretty much mechanical since she didn't need food, but her new body kind of does... yet she's the most advanced model.
But do these other less-advanced droids NEED food at all?
megados 7th Apr 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete reply

From memory and as I understand it, I think you are pretty much correct; it has been stated that the Nova Roma androids don't really conform to the New Troy standards. The Cassians have been said to be akin to a late model 3, possibly early 4, but have many varied modifications and specializations.

As to the need for food intake, again I think you have it right; the more biological components one has, the more intake would be needed to supplement other power needs, and provide sustenance to the biological aspects. I'm not at all sure whether the earliest ones require food intake.

It has been left a little nebulous, I think, to allow for some room in storytelling, but not detrimentally so. Additionally, I could be very wrong. :D

*edit* I wanted to add, that this (and, to an extent, Luna Star) is one of very few stories I know of, that contain elements of the developmental aspects of androids, without that being the main theme. Almost everywhere else, androids are pretty much already fully developed. It's an interesting aspect, that adds something to the tale.
Siren 4th Apr 2018, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Siren 4th Apr 2018, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Excellent sfx, Cent.

She's in pretty good shape, all things considered. Better shape than TeeDee and other Androids who've blown up. Good thing too, since I'm not sure any of the Cassians would trust our friendly Technopath to bring than back from the brink.
Hells Dragonfly 4th Apr 2018, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
"Pah! Tis' but a scratch. A flesh wound. Tis' naught to a Cassian warrior."

"If you, in fact, had any flesh. I think it would be a tad more serious than that, though."

"Well then, how serious is it?"

"Are you familiar with the party game called 'Twister'?"

"I am aware of it, yes."

"Now imagine you were playing it with a Murderturd."

"That bad, huh?"

Sheela 6th Apr 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

I never imagined Murderturds to be demons at "Twister". :D
Morituri 5th Apr 2018, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Twister is a nice game, but those mats with the colored dots on them are just too small for a game with four or more adults.

That's one of the reasons why a bunch of our friends now have white flannel pajamas with large colorful polka-dots.

Makes the game more fun in other ways too. :-)
velvetsanity 6th Apr 2018, 3:51 PM edit delete reply

Hold on a sec, let me take some notes...

“Replace twister board with polka dotted flannel pajamas...”
Just_IDD 5th Apr 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Let's see what do you get...

How about freedom of an entire life of not looking over your shoulder wondering if somebody is going to find this chassis. And if they were to report you to the Nova Roma Pricepts whom we directly serve?

On the plus side in addition to some kind of reward you may pick up a contract for my rehabilitation. All of this would be voided by preventing my expedient report.
megados 5th Apr 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

"What do we get?", seems a perfectly logical question at this point. Ophelia was unable to respond coherently that she is a Cassian, so while Jordan and Ivy have probably heard of Cassians, (operating around Nova Roma it's likely) they may or may not know who they are, and are probably yet unaware that Ophelia is one. There is potential for a wee misunderstanding. :D

For now, Ophelia is kind of at their mercy, since she's not really able to do much at the moment.
antrik 5th Apr 2018, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
Someone's lost her bravado :-P
required 5th Apr 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Given how all of Cent-Comm and Tokyo Rose uses 3D female models for all of the characters....

Skillful eyes could still see that the models are modified for male characters, but they're not made of 3D male models.
antrik 6th Apr 2018, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
While I have to concede that this guy's shoulder looks rather girly, I don't know what gives you the strange idea that all characters use female models...
robnot 6th Apr 2018, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
umm,, jus askin.. why do you think one of them is male.???
and if you go to DAZ,, they DON'T use modded male models ...
required 6th Apr 2018, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
At robnot's "why do you think one of them is male?".

Sorry, my comment was about the entire comic in general, not this particular page.
antrik 11th Apr 2018, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
@robnot for some reason I assumed that Jordan is a male name... Oh well.
robnot 6th Apr 2018, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
hehe .. i wonder what Marcus thinks that you think that he is a Female modded avatar...
required 6th Apr 2018, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I am certain that "By Staff and Sword" clearly uses 3D Female Models.

It is the "pectoral muscle" shape that gives this point of view. The pecs are a bit too rounded to be pecs.
required 6th Apr 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
In the 90's, there are not many skillful pixel artist, so too many characters look male-like. For example, Baldur's Gate's female characters have too wide shoulders. When artist does not fully study anatomy and proportions, they will get the art wrong. However, many take the lazy route and draws one gender model and modify it to the other gender.
Yes, in some art assets, most 3D female models started as modified 3D male models. However, when sufficient modifications are made, those models are reclassified as such "3D female models" instead of "modified 3D male models". In other art assets, it started the other way around. All models starts as 3D female models, and the male models are modified from them. However, if insufficient skills are used, then they look like "modified 3D female models" instead of "3D male models".
Given how "By Staff and Sword" was an earlier work, I will say that it is visible that the models are 3D female models. The 3D male models still has minor flaws that takes skills to find them. The more this comic series evolves, the less those flaws will be visible.
Basically, the 3D male models from these comics started as modified 3D female models, and still has minor flaws, but those flaws are getting less and less indicating that their skills have improved by a large factor.
I think it is the "bishounen" mentality that keeps these flaws present. There are many bishounen in these comics.
megados 6th Apr 2018, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

I don't know what you're saying exactly; I have had no trouble distinguishing the male from the female characters. I admit to some confusion from what you're saying, because I don't see how characters from Baldur's Gate apply here. Centcomm uses DAZ studio which has models for both male and female characters. No need to make one from the other.
required 6th Apr 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
at megados

Maybe what I'm saying is only relevant to "By Staff and Sword"
robnot 6th Apr 2018, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
.. yeah what he said ..
what Megados said is what i was trying to say ,,, but words fail me.!!
required 7th Apr 2018, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
By Staff and Sword: Clearly 3D Female Models.

Luna Star: Some of the male characters' pecs are a bit too round, so it is questionable.

Datachaser: 3D Male Models.
required 7th Apr 2018, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
It's the pattern above.

By Staff and Sword: The shoulder and hips are proper, but they still have breast. Those are hidden with good angle and remove shading.

Luna Star: The pecs are too round for some character. Looks like gynecomastia.

Data Chaster: The models are completely male.

In other words: If we take it as if it is "chronologically", the Male Models are converted from Female Models, and it was until Data Chaster that the Models are clearly separated.
Centcomm 9th Apr 2018, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

Um.. no.

i use Victoria and Micheal they are totally separate meshes the only "unimesh " figure i use is Luna star, and thats for Galina. the rest are all male AND female. sorry to burst yer bubble there tex. Not a no prize! but thanks!
Rashala 5th Apr 2018, 11:43 PM edit delete reply

Well could have been worse its a human body amalgum. Not a well my little pony plushie one 😝
Centcomm 9th Apr 2018, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

just.. wait :SD
Mark_L_A 6th Apr 2018, 1:27 PM edit delete reply

You guys get a Cassian "Friend" who night through friendship and loyalty help you out in the future when you might urgently need it.
robnot 7th Apr 2018, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
hehe Cassian friend - as long as it don't interfere with mission/New Rome policy , (might bend a few rules.!!) move what they can to help,"a friend."
megados 7th Apr 2018, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

Also, as long as they don't get too greedy and blow the deal! :D
The Outlaw Otaku 8th Apr 2018, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Finally caught up! Amazing work.
Sheela 9th Apr 2018, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

Welcome to now, now.
The Outlaw Otaku 9th Apr 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, i thoroughly enjoyed binging this series. The characters, story, world are believable and engaging.
The Outlaw Otaku 9th Apr 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, i thoroughly enjoyed binging this series. The characters, story, world are believable and engaging.
Centcomm 10th Apr 2018, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

yay welcome to the fold!
robnot 10th Apr 2018, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
? but wen will then be Now..??
megados 10th Apr 2018, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Then is now,
Now and then.
Wonder how
To find out when.

~Burma Shave

Welcome The Outlaw Otaku
robnot 10th Apr 2018, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
but wen will then be now.?


robnot 10th Apr 2018, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
welcome :)
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