Comic 1599 - Casual Conversation

12th Mar 2019, 9:00 PM
Casual Conversation
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)

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Centcomm 15th Mar 2019, 12:18 AM edit delete
also i hate to ask but any help would be appreciated to get though the month.
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CptKerion 12th Mar 2019, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Something about that Terra-Cotta army seems to quietly terrifying our White Angel here, looking at her eyes in the last panel.
Evervigilant 13th Mar 2019, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
For some reason this makes me wonder if the "thing" that vaporized most of Ophelia and her team was a drone.
Sheela 13th Mar 2019, 6:42 AM edit delete reply

That is, indeed, quite likely.

Noctis is learning an awful lot about Centcomm, and Centcomm gets to intimidate New Rome, once Noctis delivers her report.
And she doesn't even have to lie!

I don't think that Cella is putting Noctis more at ease though, if anything her own terror may be more effective at alarming Noctis, than anything else she could say.

Now, I wonder if there is a White Angel that is a Malati equivalent, for Noctis to play around with. 😁
megados 13th Mar 2019, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

Its certainly possible. We don't know exactly what these drones consist of.

@Sheela, I think Noctis has already found a playmate! XD
Siren 13th Mar 2019, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
If I'm right and the drones are pre-apocalypse tech, someone outside of CentComm's control could have acquired drones from a facility in the wastes and used them on Ophelia's squad.
CptKerion 13th Mar 2019, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
I somewhat doubt that the drones would look like a Protoss with that blue-on-gold color scheme. I wouldn't write it off, but I personally think we're probably dealing with something else. Right now, my money is on Aliens. No evidence to back that up other than "It looks vaguely like a protoss!".
Sheela 14th Mar 2019, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

Actually, gold is an excellent conductor, reflector and heat dissipator.

So if you get shot at with lasers, a shiny gold surface would do quite well, actually. 😃
Ictuan 19th Mar 2019, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
If the shiny gold surface did protect you from a laser shot, you could yell at the attacker "bite my shiny metal ass!"
megados 12th Mar 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Nice (pair of) discussion(s) there. I note that even Cella understands Noctis' reaction to Dr. Silver. I hope Noctis now understands she isn't/wasn't a threat. Meanwhile, Acantha and Lynn have at least a couple of weeks worth of Lost in Translation to catch up on. :D

Great page, Ladies! :)
Guest 12th Mar 2019, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Well, this was certainly worth the wait! Hope you are OK.
mjkj 13th Mar 2019, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Wow, extra long update =D ❤ ♡ Thank you *hugs*

...and I like the two parallel conversions...

well, Noctis learned something new =)

@alt text: indeed ;-)

...hope you are better, Cent... *hugs*
Fnord43 13th Mar 2019, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
I think this is my new favorite page. That pair of conversations is wonderfully juxtaposed.
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2019, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
I don't think CentComm miscalculated with Ceci. There were a few goals.
Primary Goals:
Protect Dolly: accomplished.
Recover Lynn: accomplished.
Remind New Roman military what it is to go against new Troy: accomplished.
Secondary goals:
Infiltrate AI complex: accomplished.
Attempt to overwrite FAILED AI: Failed.

Fortunately that AI spike was able to be shunted through Rose's full technopathy skills into the system that housed the contingencies. That system had a limited connection, otherwise the contingencies would not have been able to execute other systems' processes.

However the AI kernel loaded into the spike would not have been able to execute repairs due to the nature of the damage at the AI complex. It would have been in the same deteriorating state that Aeneas was.
HiFranc 13th Mar 2019, 3:11 AM edit delete reply

Aren’t those drones Top Secret?
megados 13th Mar 2019, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

I'm not sure if their existence was secret, but their extent might have been. Either way, Noctis is getting some good intel.
Oldarmourer 13th Mar 2019, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
or is it that Noctis is being 'given' some Intel...?

Intel ops work on several levels and alluding to things you don't have or inflating their capabilities in order to dissuade an enemy or persuade a potential ally is certainly nothing new, just read the papers and all the gobbledegook about russia's supposed 'mach 8 or 9 missiles' spelling the end of the US's carrier forces...things like that, written for the great unwashed who mostly only have a knowledge of such things from reruns of tv shows, is the objective, make the poeple want or fear something that they don't even know what it is... and from their public statements, refers as well to 'elected' representatives who are also worried about ludicrous things like islands tipping over if you put too many troops there...
HiFranc 13th Mar 2019, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

I remember an earlier conversation that makes it seem more likely that it is a genuine secret:
megados 13th Mar 2019, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

That's an interesting take on it. My thought at the time, was that they were after CentComm herself by way of Lynn's DNA. It had been described that it was the key. Biometric authentication perhaps?
HiFranc 13th Mar 2019, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Only the Taylor family know that’s how it works. That one would definitely be a secret.

It was a simple plan - they knew that CentComm obeys Calliope and they wanted Calliope to give herself up (or CentComm to enslave herself to New Rome for Lynn’s safety).
megados 14th Mar 2019, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

That's right, and in so doing, they wanted to ultimately control CentComm. That makes me think that they likely might have known these weapons existed, even if they were supposed to be secret. Someone believed the legend.
Sheela 13th Mar 2019, 6:56 AM edit delete reply

Nah, I think they were used in war once, but I think it was so long ago that most people consider it a boogey man style story.

Of course, Centcomm has probably upgraded them since then - they may be worse now!
robnot 13th Mar 2019, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
@HiFranc: Top secret. no.. 'my opinion', CentComm wants you to know bout the "mythical army".. that's her trump card, when all else fails.!
but the how , where , or what.. that's classified as : 'Need to Know'. an you don't need to...
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2019, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure if you noticed but once the discussion started going into black angels and other security-related things both of the Androids started using blip speech so their conversation likely took much less time then the simultaneously running one from the young ladies.
HiFranc 13th Mar 2019, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

I did notice that but it was the content that I was thinking about.
Mirta 13th Mar 2019, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
So, who's willing to bet that the robot that ripped through the gutter base and Rome strike force was an old version of those drones?
knuut 13th Mar 2019, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
corollary questions: who activated it, and why?
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2019, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
That thought is what brought me back to comment again.

If Bolo was damaged and inactivated and then somebody found it and started fixing it and turned it on not knowing what it was it would still come up with its old programming. If it were truly a last ditch effort, the fact that its C&C infrastructure is missing would trip operations cases in its program. Based on the history as we know it would act just like Dec's contingencies.

I foresee it needing multiple airstrikes to subdue. And possibly even stacked High Velocity rounds paired with multiple electronic weapons to get through the shield it carries. It probably runs on some sort of nuclear pile to still have energy currently.
Morituri 13th Mar 2019, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Who's willing to bet that Centcomm arranged matters so that an old drone would be activated "accidentally" or "deniably" as part of a clear "error", simply in order to remind the world what they're like.

Can't keep relying on that trump card if nobody still believes how effective it would be if played.
Just_IDD 13th Mar 2019, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
It might be an old drone, but i don't think Cent would have activated it. Such an item would be a hazard for Dolly, Ceci, and the Strike Team. The political ramifications are extreme. She certainly wouldn't have given it to Gutters.

This was a found item, one of the many dangerous things lying around left over from the war. Think of it like a mobile landmine. We're still digging landmines up both of the world wars which took place 100 and 70 years ago respectively. And they're still killing or maiming several hundred people a year.
Siren 13th Mar 2019, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
I suspect some gutter warlord wannabe discovered a forgotten pre-apocalypse facility some leftover drones from the war and sees the Nova Roma's current difficulties as an opportunity to set themselves up as a new player.

Possibly a gutter gang that had been operating under Nova Roma's unofficial sponsorship that has a bone to pick about the recent policy changes.
KarToon12 13th Mar 2019, 12:26 PM edit delete reply

Gotta' love how one conversation is about serious stuff, and the other is about the on-going soap opera. XD
knuut 13th Mar 2019, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Ah, but which is which?
knuut 13th Mar 2019, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
My wife takes her Soaps VERY seriously!
Gilrandir 13th Mar 2019, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Considering the volume and complexity of the data involved in hacking the Nova Roma defensive systems, does bridging the 'air gap' really constitute 'dumb' systems? I would have thought, given advanced IFF and EW capability, that such systems qualified as 'smart' or 'expert'. All how you look at it, I suppose.
HiFranc 13th Mar 2019, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

Rereading the dialogue, I’m struck by how similar the drones are to Terminators.
DLKmusic 14th Mar 2019, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

Terminators, yes! and "They'll be back!"
Thracecius 15th Mar 2019, 10:37 AM edit delete reply

funds on the way, Centcomm. :)
Rashala 18th Mar 2019, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

Mental note if I live long enough to live in new troy and do develop technopathic talents stay off centcomms crap list!
Mirta 18th Mar 2019, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
I really hope that cent and rose allow DC to be used in Fanfiction.
knuut 18th Mar 2019, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Or any of a dozen other threats she might take personally.
lirvilas 27th Mar 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

I, for one, welcome our future Centcomm overlord.
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