Comic 1589 - No.

11th Dec 2018, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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lirvilas 11th Dec 2018, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

The funny thing is, it's not like Noctis is casually dismissing any of this... she's going all the way down the fault trees, and the branches and sequels always end in "you'll regret this tomorrow".
Haegan2005 11th Dec 2018, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Lol! I agree that that is likely what is happening.
megados 11th Dec 2018, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Noctis does follow the thread possibilities to their logical ends, but I think she's less concerned with what Acantha might regret, and more about what would diminish her as the intended ruler of New Rome, and the effects that might have. True, Acantha's possible regrets play a role, but my guess would be that she takes the wellbeing of New Rome into greater account.
StLOrca 11th Dec 2018, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

This is a perfect description of what she’s doing.
Sheela 12th Dec 2018, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

Nothing like having an Empress with a tramp stamp. 😄
K 13th Dec 2018, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
You're the last one I'd expect to have an issue with a tramp. :)
Sheela 13th Dec 2018, 3:12 AM edit delete reply

Oh, *I* don't mind .. but all the nobs back in Nova Roma, they have another opinion.

Trust me, I have experience with stuff like this !
Speedy Marsh 21st Feb 2019, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Acantha's tramp stamp:

"I left my ♥ in New Troy city."
megados 11th Dec 2018, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

Acantha might have an idea of how Dorothy must have felt upon her initial arrival at the Emerald City in Oz. :D
Sevian 11th Dec 2018, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

At least she's already seen the wizard for a heart.
Sheela 12th Dec 2018, 7:48 AM edit delete reply

I wonder what happens she gets herself some ruby red slippers and after clicking her heels thrice, she gets … "carried away" ? >_<
megados 12th Dec 2018, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Ah, a conundrum. Would she return to New Rome, or end up in Kansas? :D
Sheela 13th Dec 2018, 3:13 AM edit delete reply

… or a night club ?
megados 13th Dec 2018, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

A night club in Kansas?
robnot 13th Dec 2018, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
in a night club called Kansas...
with Toto playing....
Just_IDD 11th Dec 2018, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
I think Lynn and Acantha are having fun at Noctis' expense here. Acantha is doing it to relieve stress.

This suggesting crazy things is exactly what she was doing in New Rome when Lynn was freaked out. Admittedly she does crazy things but she thinks it through first. I don't think she actually wants to have body art done right now, but pushing the crazy button can be fun if you don't abuse it.

Also I seem to remember that Lynn is 18 and that Acantha is 16, so possibly without parental or Guardian consent, she can't get the tattoos and body art anyways.
Hans 12th Dec 2018, 3:41 AM edit delete reply
Well, she is empress. That overrides age in many legislations.
Just_IĐD 12th Dec 2018, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
No, she isn't! Μaximus is the Regent, ruling in her place for the next 2 years until she reaches the Age of Majority. She is still a princess, but not the Queen.
robnot 13th Dec 2018, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
hehe in my state. the law states that a Parent or Guardian (Notis) has to be present... not consent just present...
Oldarmourer 11th Dec 2018, 9:59 PM edit delete reply "I don't have to look for a job, I'm Empress and don't need anyone's permission anyway" whole face tattoos or nose, tongue, cheek, chin,eyebrow and 'other' piercings ? Noctis the meanie ;)
Korvys 12th Dec 2018, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
DLKmusic 12th Dec 2018, 1:07 AM edit delete reply

Acantha, Listen to your Moth... errr... Listen to your Cassian!
mjkj 12th Dec 2018, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

Wow, poor, poor Cassian... =P

...and now the shopping commences... ;-)
Sheela 12th Dec 2018, 8:01 AM edit delete reply

And the girls will use her as a dress up doll ... we may have discussed the opportunity to dress up Noctis once or twice before. XD
megados 12th Dec 2018, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

Noctis is attractive, and she could pull off lots of 'looks', but I think her answer would be - - No.
DLKmusic 12th Dec 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply

And... Poor Noctis gets to carry all the bags...

been there, Noctis, Done that... I feel your pain!
SeanR 12th Dec 2018, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Heck, no. You do not make your bodyguard carry the bags. If you need someone to carry your bags, you get a porter. Porters aren't going to jump between you and a threat, so it doesn't matter of they're tied down by carrying a bunch of stuff.

Have them delivered. They'll show up day after tomorrow, after Security goes over every piece with a fine toothed comb, possibly including disassembling everything to look for malicious components..
Sheela 13th Dec 2018, 3:14 AM edit delete reply

As long as Centcomm doesn't say "no" to the girls dressing up Noctis, I think we're good. :)
megados 15th Dec 2018, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

CentComm probably wouldn't say no, she would likely defer to Noctis' wishes on that subject.
highlander55 12th Dec 2018, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

This may be too early to think about, I've been wondering for a while now on how a suitor would be handled for Acantha in the future. Gotta keep the blood line going just like in New Troy. (just thinking ahead)
knuut 12th Dec 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
Are we dealing with non-sequential time streams here? Three days seems awfully short for Maxus to get the Waster intel, mount a military expedition, Ophelia gets shot apart, salvaged, reconstructed and returned to New Rome.
megados 12th Dec 2018, 9:21 AM edit delete reply

A lot of the sequences in DC are concurrent.
knuut 12th Dec 2018, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps I misspoke. 'Non-concurrent' would seem a better term for my intended meaning.
Oldarmourer 12th Dec 2018, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Time can be a fluid thing, three days have elapsed from the time Acantha fled the city to now, not bad for a heart transplant recovery.

Feelie's story could be just starting, in progress, yet to begin or even over if it had been started seperately from the events in the city and prior to the few hours the rebellion/rescue took. Flicking back and forth between storylines doesn't have to be linear or concurrent, it's just the things happening to a group of people that may or may not be referenced to another group or even affect them at the time. To me, the way time works in an expansive, multi-threaded story like this is like the description of how FTL works in a lot of sci-fi stories. "IJD"... "It Just Does" ;)
Sheela 13th Dec 2018, 3:16 AM edit delete reply

Don't forget that Maxus is a busy person … he even had to deal with kat and Brave Bear Friend !

… *so* brave !
robnot 13th Dec 2018, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
,, you have my upvote.!
oldastronomer 13th Dec 2018, 4:12 AM edit delete reply
Recalling all the clues in recent pages...
Ophelia had been banished some weeks/months? previous to the Lynn kidnapping because of a tapestry fire/bad smell episode in the Black Palace. She was already out in the wastes with Scorpion group in training when the kidnapping/raid on New Rome took place. Maxus spent about 2-3 days sorting out Katya's situation, coping with the Senate, putting out fires, and organising a probe into a suitable gutter target - then Scorpion group's untimely demise at the hands of the berserker/bolo figure.
Simultaneously with this latter sequence, Acantha is flown to New Troy, has heart surgery (and there's more of that to come when she gets her new organic heart), recovers (from 1st Op), and goes shopping with Lynn, Athena and Noctis. I reckon that about this time Ophelia is being put into a Commander Pauline chassis by Jordan and Ivy. In a couple of days, Jordan and Ivy, flush with credits, will be SHOPPING in a New Troy swap mart, but probably not in platinum sector... I don't think they will meet Lynn/Acantha/Noctis/Athena today.
But I wouldn't put it past CC and TR to do something delicious like that!! Once again I commend the artists/authors for a rich and complex and subtle world.
oldastronomer 13th Dec 2018, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Thinking about it... Katya's situation would take quite a few days to sort out, and would need Dolly's input to get the right coords for a repaired Hrist (with Quintus) to get Katya reunited with Dusty. Mind you, a repaired Hrist collected Ophelia about a day after the doomed Scorpion group raid, so New Troy has decent Cassian repair facilities that were probably NOT affected by the Lynn raid.
robnot 13th Dec 2018, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
?? did you mean "New Rome."? ..
and Katya's time line:: day/morning right after fight. she is informed of "master" gone way.. Big man's nice lady, helps with new clothes an she gits go out shots.. "sleep " .. day two.. she is flown to sister...
oldastronomer 13th Dec 2018, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Yes, Nova Roma... I need more coffee!!
robnot 14th Dec 2018, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
yep ,, dived the archive ,, Katya story , 5 pages,, 1505/6 ,-, 1516-1518.. covers two days..
sooo that means Hirst was repaired/body swapped in about 24 hours...
KarToon12 13th Dec 2018, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

Aw, come on....Bart Simpson got a tattoo for Christmas that one time!
Jack_Simth 13th Dec 2018, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
"It's easy to forget" that "it has only been three days". She's leaning a little on the fourth wall, there (which is fine). For the viewers, it's easy to forget that it's only been three days for a few reasons:
1) It's taken MUCH longer real time due to the nature of the medium.
2) Given the timeskips involved in surgery and things, it's the statement itself that's actually establishing the specific time frame (seriously: Try coming to the conclusion of "three days" since the correction of the gene error empirically without the statement based on stuff that's happened on screen).
Rashala 14th Dec 2018, 12:54 AM edit delete reply

Yeah only a few days and already the murderturds has hit the fan near nova Roma. Also I bet dolly and noctis have a lot in common now. Dealing with hormonal teenage girl and saying no a lot........

Also side question where is kyle?
robnot 14th Dec 2018, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
"Also side question where is kyle?"
since it's only been 3 days.. i wood say still working on/with Aenaeas.. (have to look up name..)
cuz swapping body parts ( heart, knee, body x3) is easy.. rebuilding the Brain so as not to kill everybody.. gonna take a few days.!!!
robnot 14th Dec 2018, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Aeneas.. ok looked..
more ,, furgot more,, an in , gonna take a few MORE days..
parts = heart , duh, Princess..
knee , Dolly
body , Hirst , Teecee , an Feelie
Romfire 15th Dec 2018, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
I think that Noctis's core programing would kick in and force her to decapitate anyone approaching the princess with even so much as a tattoo needle.
Just_IDD 18th Dec 2018, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
Well since they have subdermal injection capability through regular medical devices I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to modify one of those to basically ink print an instant dermal tattoo. Basically a wand with a line of injectors that gets waved across the tattoo site. A computer feeds the correct colors of ink to the various injectors based on the colors and the time over a plot of skin. Automate the manual part and let the artist create the art.
Oldarmourer 19th Dec 2018, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
and given the tech, probably make moving images that changed colour with the wearer's mood or could even be 'turned off' much like an LCD array...come to think of it, they'd probably have those instead and the nano-tech already shown could dissolve or redefine them as desired...I'm surprised Lynn doesn't have an implanted tri-D screen with her favourite soap opera on constant play ;)
Speedy Marsh 21st Feb 2019, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
An array of nanites with OLEDs. You could binge your shows on your own Tele-tubby or your own boob-tube.
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