Comic 1626 - Inspection

24th Sep 2019, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)

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Centcomm 24th Sep 2019, 9:21 PM edit delete
if anyone is feeling super happy - i could use a little help till the end of the month.- bills and food. yay.. and well someone likes kids.
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megados 24th Sep 2019, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

That's . . . unexpected. Cyana seems to be in the clear for now. I don't see Braden or Olina though.

He seems to have some small compassion, telling her to be good. Hopefully she won't have to do so alone.

Discussing whether to take her or not would indicate that they likely are after biological parts.
Just_IDD 24th Sep 2019, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
yes, she's broken. and evidently too smalL for whatever biological needs they have...the "be good" is very ducking creepy.

unless they put her into some sort of healing pod, she isn't going to make it. They are stripping the base and taking her parents. Unless logrin or another ranger stumble on them or they miss a community check call no one will know something happened.
Just_IDD 24th Sep 2019, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
I mention that because the radio antenna was shot off the dwelling. I hope she gets rescued and remembers the logo everyone has been talking about.
Evervigilant 25th Sep 2019, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
Yes, it seems more likely they are after biological parts. As for Cyana's ultimate fate, I'm still hoping Skeeter is still going to play a part. He's been disabled according to the creepers. I"m hoping that doesn't mean destroyed and he can download into a functioning mechanical and be of some assistance to poor Cyana. Her parents look like they may be future members of creep squad or at least spare "parts" for the current members. *shudder*
Tom 28th Sep 2019, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
The head pat makes it even creepier Just_IDD so very very creepy.
mjkj 25th Sep 2019, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

poor Cyana... least she survived until now...

@alt text: so true...
Sheela 25th Sep 2019, 4:11 AM edit delete reply

They seem to act like an amalgam of personalities.
Wether they are networked up, or have multiple personalities (Either by being schizophrenic, or having multiple personalities downloaded into one brain), is still up in the air.

I seem to remember the good Doctor Silver talking about personality collapses at some point. Or was that Dolly ? Maybe progressive ego collapse ? I can't really remember.
But it would make for an interesting thought, what do you do with those combat robots that fail in such a manner ?

And how far would they go in order to survive ?
Get your crazy speculations on ! 😁
robnot 25th Sep 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
i wood say you might have guessed it Sheela..
IF we go with the "old" military experiment ,, somehow failed..
they would have been networked "so they know what each is doing.." but still have own personality ..
an im guessing here,, then at base they have a control brain,, or a over riding "control program" (orders) .. that downloads (reprograms) each new "recruit",, an when they go on missions.. (( going back to "Jordan an Ivy" on 'zombie' ing a brain with 'Feelie'. .. this is (probably) what happens if the brain is still sentient..!)
an on a side note.. my time in the military,, i knew/know, a 'few' gungho weird kiddies' who "WOULD" have signed up for this.!!
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

Yea you would be surprised what some people will do when thier backs are against the wall.
megados 25th Sep 2019, 12:45 PM edit delete reply

I think they're in a do or die situation, survival mode. They wiped the gutters (scum), but here they seem to be more discerning.
Sheela 26th Sep 2019, 12:24 AM edit delete reply

"Survivors" of the robot battles, huh ?
An interesting idea.
Phoebe 25th Sep 2019, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
"Throw back for later". "Eat some food little fish, grow to a size where you are going to be useful." Jeez...

Hopefully Skitter can send for help.

I'm still not clear if her parents are going under the "Take" or "kill" category, but I suspect the former, which for me sounds worse right now...
Oldarmourer 25th Sep 2019, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Apparently, they're still operating under post-apocalyptic obama 'catch and release' protocols
megados 25th Sep 2019, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

At least they're not locking them in a concentration camp. ;)
Deoxy 25th Sep 2019, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
That was also Obama.
robnot 25th Sep 2019, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
@Deoxy: No.. that was the USA in general.. going back to when the US was formed... Native American's, Ellis island, Filipino's, Japanese,, ETC..
an IF you want to get Official ,, it was Bill Clinton in 1996...
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:40 AM edit delete reply

Please No political commentary of real world please. I hate deleting comments.
megados 25th Sep 2019, 12:46 PM edit delete reply

My apologies Cent.
robnot 26th Sep 2019, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
SeanR 25th Sep 2019, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Skeeter is damaged, but cognizant.
The Enterprise is glitched, but whole, and probably has a decent lifting capacity.
Cyana is damaged, but very possibly light enough to ride on top of a toy.
...Driven by Skeeter.
megados 25th Sep 2019, 12:48 PM edit delete reply

Oldarmourer 25th Sep 2019, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
With functioning photon torpedoes...didn't see SKEETER's cooking off when he got hit ;)
Johninaustin 25th Sep 2019, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Sean has a pretty good idea there. Self evac to Logrims. Skeeter would have a database of all the surrounding settlements.

Please no politics, nothing destroys a comic faster than political BS. That sort of excrement belongs on Facebook.
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:41 AM edit delete reply

agreed - discuss Datachasers politics till the cows come home but leave the real world out of this.
robnot 26th Sep 2019, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Thracecius 26th Sep 2019, 10:24 AM edit delete reply

Thank you, Centcomm. I'd hate to have to stop reading the comments section when I enjoy it almost* as much as the comic itself.

So, these are some weird droids/cyborgs you've got going here, Centcomm. I'm definitely interested in seeing what their story is, but I hope it doesn't come at the expense of the poor girl. She's in no condition to help herself if her spine is broken, and unless Skeeter can self repair, I don't see much hope that either of them will survive this encounter. I hope the area is patrolled by some regional authority and they rescue Cyana.

*For an indeterminate value that varies widely between pages. Some comment threads are more interesting or entertaining than others. ;)
megados 26th Sep 2019, 10:58 AM edit delete reply

It has always been (for as long as I can remember) a basic tenet that political comments were taboo in the comments section. I usually deflect (or try to) comments that have political overtones, which I unsuccessfully tried doing here. It had the unintended consequences of generating more political comments. I would rather not have political discussions or innuendo here either, since they're almost unavoidable everywhere else these days. So, again, my apologies. I screwed up.

I, too, am worried for Cyana. She has some sort of spinal trauma, and hopefully it's not permanent.

Skeeter's condition is completely unknown. He could be anywhere in a range from almost fine, to completely toast.

Also unknown, are Braden and Olina. They were knocked down and shot, but it's not known if they were merely stunned or were killed, still there or taken away.

I remain hopeful.
Thracecius 27th Sep 2019, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

For my part, megados, I definitely hold no ill will towards you or anyone else who posts in the comments, but I appreciate you posting an apology to everyone. You and Oldarmourer post the most interesting tangentially related (or off-topic) posts, so I wouldn't want to miss them. :)

That being said, I can certainly understand the impulse to respond to politically related posts, and I have done it occasionally myself elsewhere, but mostly it is a futile gesture, particularly in the heavily trafficked and partisan comments of comics like Grrl Power. It's a fun comic, and there are some great posts there from people with knowledge of science, law, engineering, etc, but from time to time I just have to skip reading them because of politics, which is a shame.
Sheela 28th Sep 2019, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

I once peed on a politician, does that count?
megados 28th Sep 2019, 4:45 AM edit delete reply

Good doggie.

*pats Sheela on the head and sets down a plate of tuna*
Johninaustin 25th Sep 2019, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Just noticed in the first frame, there are at least two types. A command unit and subordinate infiltration units?
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

sigpig 25th Sep 2019, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

I'm getting a Fred Saberhagen "Berserker" vibe here...
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

Not sure they count as Berzerkers .. :P
sigpig 26th Sep 2019, 8:31 AM edit delete reply

You're right, I was thinking of the "Mindslavers" in that universe.
KarToon12 25th Sep 2019, 10:36 AM edit delete reply

Kid's pretty brave to stand her ground and try to talk to them.
Centcomm 25th Sep 2019, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

She really is.
Guest 25th Sep 2019, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
To me it sounds like the blue thingy is evaluating it's options:

1. Possible reaction: take her. Rejected because she's "broken" and "too small".

2. Possible reaction: kill her. Reject. She's no threat right now, and she might be useful later ("throw back for later")

3. Possible reaction: "Be good" to her. Whatever that might mean in their rather twisted logic.

If this is what's happening they're probably supposed to be some sort of A.I. rather than a living being.
Less advanced robots in other Sci-Fi stories tend to have monologues like this.
Morituri 25th Sep 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Well, with SKEETER and Cyana both immobile, and the antenna tower shot down, my only question is, does the Enterprise toy have enough battery power to get to Logrin's?

Almost definitely not with Cyana riding it, and almost definitely it doesn't have the capacity for SKEETER to load more than a tiny control program into, but ... if it can carry a cry for help, that would be ... better than dying without being able to call for help.

And IIRC Logrin has access to at least some advanced medical facilities.

No matter how you slice it, this is really, seriously, not a good day to be Cyana.
Rashala 25th Sep 2019, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Oh lovely. She's too young to harvest parts from, but her parents just right.....I see a lot of therapy and anger towards machines in her future, no morals on these things just practicality and cold logic.........yeah the all need to be blown up
Rigor 27th Sep 2019, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Thus begins the origin story of Cyana, avenger of the wastelands. Insert “growing-up-and-combat-training” montage here. She can ride a hover-cycle with a rebuilt Skeeter as her sidekick, and wear a helmet made from a certain blue-eyed robot’s head. Who was that masked girl?
DriverEd 26th Sep 2019, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if Cyana might be a [technopath](

"These are the droids that are looking for you..."
DriverEd 26th Sep 2019, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
OK, I meant "Cyberpath" and "These aren't the droids..." Sheesh -- I can't type!
Sheela 26th Sep 2019, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

Still Cyana being a Cyberpath would be an interesting plot twist.
megados 26th Sep 2019, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

That would cause a problem for Noctis.
Thracecius 27th Sep 2019, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

If Noctis doesn't know about Cyana then it's not likely to be a problem. That being said, unless these rogues are androids, I really doubt she could do much to them, even if she is a cyberpath; she's severely injured and just a kid who couldn't possibly have enough mastery of the ability to do much harm.

Come to think of it though, I really don't understand how the whole cyberpath ability works, so maybe it's like "The Force" and there are those who are more powerful than the ones we've already seen mentioned. What I do know is that I'm glad it's not a major element of the story though, because I rather prefer the hard sci-fi angle.
megados 27th Sep 2019, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

I really didn't give a lot of thought as to how cyberpathy works, I more or less took it as a given. My take on it is that a cyberpath can generate some form of electromagnetic emission. I have no idea whether it takes training or practice, but I'd guess yes.

I surmise that this is taking place *somewhere* near New Rome, since Ophelia was patrolling the surrounding wastes. Now, Noctis is the head of investigations, and probably enjoys a bit more latitude, now that she is princeps. If Cyana has this ability, and does not use it, Noctis would probably not find out, but if she were to do so, in proximity to New Rome, it might become known, and I think Noctis would make the effort to obtain more facts. She does, after all, consider cyberpathy to be a grave threat.

I have no clue as to whether or how Cyana's injury would affect that kind of ability.
robnot 28th Sep 2019, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
IF you want a understanding of "Cyberpath."..
i wood say read "Anne McCaffrey"'s 'To Ride Pegasus.' an the follow up books, including tower an hive series...
megados 28th Sep 2019, 10:05 AM edit delete reply

Interesting . . . Have to check it out sometime.
Centcomm 27th Sep 2019, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

Ill go ahead and say this much. Cyana isnt a Cyberpath :D
megados 27th Sep 2019, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

Oh, good. That saves us from trying to figure out what Noctis would do about it. :D
Centcomm 27th Sep 2019, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

robnot 28th Sep 2019, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
..Yet.. jus saying, it's how most supers get their powers, "a traumatic life altering event..."!! an she has to get around some how.... :)
Guest 28th Sep 2019, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
She's not turning into The Joker is she?
robnot 28th Sep 2019, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
joker,, no
more like a "Black Canary."
robnot 30th Sep 2019, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
ok,, now we get to see how TWC mucks with everybody.. today is the last day of the month, an the top 10 have pretty much held the same spot half the month...,. so tomorrow all bets are off on where any will be...
an like a nother comic (will not name.),, vote early.. an vote often... :[
megados 30th Sep 2019, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

TBH, I don't think it's TWC that does it. Consider that the votes reset at midnight. The first comic to get a vote is automatically in first place, even if it's a comic usually ranked over 500. What happens is, that at first there are few votes, and it only takes a couple of votes to change the rankings, and later on, there is more of a spread, and it takes more votes to change the rankings of the top ones. That's how it seems to me. :D

*edit: I forgot to say, yes, by all means, Vote!
robnot 1st Oct 2019, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
no... i have been tracking TWC since Jan. and yes, day to day, they may do it that way,, but the first of the month , NO..
i follow over a 100 comics, an vote over 30..
an way back in April, a little known comic got the top spot,, an i looked at the numbers, it had half the votes of number two... (an not the first Vote.)
megados 1st Oct 2019, 8:28 AM edit delete reply

I admit I don't pay that much attention to it; I just go vote. I'll have to take your word for it. (So far, your word's good with me.)
Question 1st Oct 2019, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
Do you think this is what was started back on page 810 to 815?
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