Comic 1636 - Friend in Sky

3rd Dec 2019, 9:00 PM
Friend in Sky
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 3rd Dec 2019, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Writing "futuristic" slang is tricky. I really, really hope that this is understandable, at least in context.
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lirvilas 3rd Dec 2019, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

That's great writing--yes, it works quite well.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Mirta 4th Dec 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
I like it, the lingo has a very Firefly feel to it and makes perfect sense.
StLOrca 3rd Dec 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

I’m “hearing” Skyla In a Scottish accent. I don’t know why.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

i did hear her with a accent but .. hum Scottish might work
robnot 4th Dec 2019, 6:53 AM edit delete reply comment..
Kiddeagle 4th Dec 2019, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
I was hearing a more Cockney accent.
Dreadder 4th Dec 2019, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

Huh, she "sounds" Aussie to me. But as for the slang itself - great work, it works perfectly.
Sheela 4th Dec 2019, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Also … "boss-widowed", that got a giggle out of me.
Not to mention the "Happy Heart all the way, if it's you askin'" … makes me think she may have a little crush on the old man. 😊
Also, seems like he used to be Lunar, and have moved down to ground.

I'm still thinking the goldies may be androids that didn't want to die, and have gone to extreme ends to stay alive.
megados 3rd Dec 2019, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Yes, I like the style. Nice writing!

So those *are* cyborgs of some sort, from some time ago, as I make it out. Data on them restricted? The 'nest' suggests might be considerably more of them. I have some speculations.

That's basically what I get; could, as always, be wrong. ;)

(Nice to have friends in *high* places.) :D
me 3rd Dec 2019, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
To me the "nest" part sounds like they're SPECULATING that there's probably more than one or two of them. Which is pretty likely since why should anybody go through the trouble to design something like that and then build only one?
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

Evervigilant 4th Dec 2019, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Them being confirmed as cyborgs seems to support the idea that has been floating around that it is blood or some type of fluid the organic components need. Also seems to reinforce the idea that they take meat for spare parts or new conscripts so the kid's parents may be getting parted out or fitted with new golden skins. Seems the ranger doesn't trust the AI. I liked the lingo, I had to read it slowly but it was fairly easy to translate. I took it more for a Luna dialect than just future speak.
megados 6th Dec 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

The lingo sounds like a fairly narrow regional dialect, as in a lesser percentage of the population of Luna. Centcomm mentioned noticing Luna Star, and I'll add interactions in DC. We hadn't heard (read) it until now. So Skyla and maybe some of her friends and/or family, people in her area, speak it, but it seems uncommon for Luna as a whole.

Narrowing it down to cyborgs helps, but leaves questions. Cyborgs is the main choice of a few I had leaned toward at first because of the speech, and later because of the fluids, etc. The question now is: "why"? The tech suggests unusual resources. This isn't everyday hardware. That asks one to consider who could wield such resources? Just a few possibilities there. Luna, Roma, Troy come to mind. Tokyo Rose is a possibility; she can pull strings when necessary. But some of these might also be eliminated. Rose, for example, seems more likely to use unorthodox methods to bypass red tape and get things done, but usually those things are to straighten things out in spite of themselves. Not the sort to randomly destroy and fuck things up, and certainly not to randomly kill.

One by one suspects can be eliminated. CentComm would kill to protect, but barring that, I don't think she'd do so randomly either.

That leaves Luna and Roma. We don't have a lot of info on Luna in this time frame. Most of what we know comes from the time frame of Luna Star, and at that time, there was a Russian presence as well, but that info is stale. I can't think of any reason here either, although they might have capability to manufacture the hardware.

Roma does pose a few questions that raise an eyebrow. We don't know, for instance, the range of projects that Setorius worked on, or with whom. We also don't know whether there were any insidious fail-safes on 'the contingencies', or what exists in the way of well-connected Senate members. Maxus' campaign to clean up connections in the wastes could have ruffled a few feathers, or caused someone to get nervous.
Lurker314 3rd Dec 2019, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Their preferential targeting of meat over an active "significant" threat is the best clue we have, although I don't know what it is. Originally, I thought they were exterminators, but the fact that they left the girl alive nixes that. Could they have been so confident of winning the encounter that they prioritized keeping the resource supplies in reach?

And my interpretation of "significant resistance" as meaning "I am part of a much larger force" seems to be bearing out nicely...
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

wistles innocently
Lurker 3rd Dec 2019, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
And I trust you all enjoyed Thanksgiving as much as I did. Perhaps more, as I have a turkey allergy...
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

i adored the turkey Rose made. it fell apart when you looked at it.
Oldarmourer 4th Dec 2019, 5:40 AM edit delete reply

You're lucky it did...not all do

Mirta 4th Dec 2019, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
What The FUCK is that supposed to be? looks a bit like a face hugger.
Kiddeagle 4th Dec 2019, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
you've heard of a turducken? meet a turfacehuggin
Sheela 5th Dec 2019, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

I have to admit, that facehuggers take a lot of killing … a LOOOT of killing!

They are pretty delicious once you drain their blood .. acid.
Mind you, you have to slow cook them - Or - Sous-Vide them, and then roast themover a jet engine for that crispy flavor. 😁
mjkj 4th Dec 2019, 1:25 AM edit delete reply

Weellll, really mysterious...

...sounds almost like they are a hive...

I hope she can find some more intel on them...

...and maybe they can rescue Cyana's parents before it is too late... =S
Just_IDD 10th Dec 2019, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
It's pretty much a given that its too late for the 'rents. Mommy's don't tell little girl's to not look. She was a good little girl and kept her eyes tight shut until the ranger showed. They totally used her as bait.
oldastronomer 4th Dec 2019, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
OOOOH...!! Wheels inside wheels, dolls nesting inside dolls. There's a lot going on... I wonder, is Tokyo Rose listening in? Is this golem composite a global phenomenon? Cf the Shinedo filler a while back.
Looking forward to future! Many Thanks!
Oldarmourer 4th Dec 2019, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

Very, VERY nice dialogue. Sort of reminiscent of Firefly's "can't stop the signal" scenes yet still original.
This takes jargon and slang to the level I'd expect it to be in the 39th Century but is still quite understandable.
Can you imagine a conversation between a 15th century 'english' speaking character and a really geek-slangy one from today ? Oh wait, I think you did :)
Thracecius 4th Dec 2019, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

"Hast thou taken leave of thine senses, knave?"

"Wot tha fohk yew jibberin' 'bout, slag?"


For what it's worth Rose & Cent, like Evervigilant, I understood the slang, but I did have to slow down my reading a bit to grasp the meaning and also just assumed it was Luna speak. then again, I did read Lunastar and they didn't talk like that, so I don't know why I had that first impression.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 2:29 PM edit delete reply

This does take place a long time after Luna Star and notice that the Luna Ambassador Galatea does not talk like that - its a Luna thing yes like slang.
Tom 4th Dec 2019, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
I think I got the gist but I wouldn't mind a translation.
Some Ed 4th Dec 2019, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Panel 2:
Skyla: Hey, boss! Oh, wait, I don't have a boss, since you died.

Logrin: Skyla, I just took a break, I didn't die.

Skyla: Whatever. You're lost to me, but I'll still help you. What do you need?

Logrin: Information.

Skyla: Something interesting? How tricky will this be?

Logrin: Had a shootout with a cyborg, but it's new tech I'm not familiar with.

Skyla: Just stuff to look fancy? Or maybe just a borg addict?

Panel 3:

Logrin: I tried to break into its data, but I couldn't, despite having my best tools.

Skyla: Are you OK?

Logrin: I'm fine, but only because I'm lucky. Can you ask around about any new threats people have noticed? If you need something from me to make it worth your while, let me know.

Skyla: I still owe you more than I could imagine ever paying back. I'm thrilled to help, since it's you.

Logrin: Ok, I'm sending all the data I have on this.

Panel 4:

Skyla: Give me a moment... Um, wow, that actually looks like *old* stuff. Um, wait, I can't get anywhere on breaking into that either. This must have come from somebody important.

Logrin: Do you have even the foggiest idea of who/where that may have been? Anything you have is better than the nothing I have.

Skyla: Problems come from somewhere. I haven't heard anything though. Do you have any AIS contacts? They may have better intel.

Logrin: I'm really not wanting to ask CentComm, Aeneas, Tokyo Rose, or Deep Blue yet. Can you look a bit more?

Skyla: Ok, I'll keep on this. I'll find something or die trying.

Logrin: I appreciate your assistance, Skyla.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2019, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

Wow..... i LOVE YOU GUYS~!
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2019, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Holy fucking shit, are you a professional slang-to-understandable-language translator or something?! I'm aflutter over here. AFLUTTER I SAY.
Sheela 5th Dec 2019, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

So .. you're Fluttershy ? 😂
robnot 5th Dec 2019, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
..missiles in bound... i just imagined "Rose" as a pony.... roflmao ...
megados 5th Dec 2019, 7:14 AM edit delete reply

*backs off to a safe distance*
DLKmusic 7th Dec 2019, 7:58 PM edit delete reply

I have 0 problems seeing it! I even hear the song!

Rose is a Pony, Apocolypse Pony,
Punishes man for their sins

Sing along if you know the words!
Sheela 8th Dec 2019, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

That was awesome DLKmusic. 😂
DLKmusic 8th Dec 2019, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

would love to take credit for that, Sheela, but I stole it from Robot Chicken!

(that dumb chicken didn't need that joke anyway!)
Sheela 9th Dec 2019, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

Well, ok .. that was pretty entertaining. 😁

I still think Rose is Fluttershy.
megados 10th Dec 2019, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

Well, if Rose was a pony, that'd be the one :D
Tom 5th Dec 2019, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Hey thanks!
Thracecius 5th Dec 2019, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

Well done, Some Ed. It gave me another reason to read the same page. :)
HiFranc 19th Dec 2019, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

The way I see it.

Panel 3:

Logrin: It had some serious shielding - had my heavy caliber gun with me and it took 4!

Skyla: Did it hurt you?

Logrin: Still in one piece but that’s just luck. Can you check records to see if anyone else has encountered them?
HiFranc 20th Dec 2019, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Rashala 5th Dec 2019, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

Me thinks some old hoped dead and buried monster project has awoken from the depths
Morituri 6th Dec 2019, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
My impression is that it's new instances of the creatures made by some old hoped dead and buried monster project.

IOW, I think these are not the original monsters created by that project come out of cryogenic preservation or suspension; these are *new* monsters, messily and horribly created from "available materials" in the very recent past.
Oldarmourer 16th Oct 2021, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
On a reread of this section for goings on a few years down the road that new readers don't need to know about just yet ;)

Just noticed that the orange tattoo/applique on Skyla's face looks very much like a stylized outline of today's Prince Edward Island, which is where Nova Roma is located....
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