Comic 1671 - Strange Minds Think Alike

18th Nov 2020, 12:00 AM
Strange Minds Think Alike
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Lurker314 18th Nov 2020, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
So, for the second time, we have what, on the surface, is an incredibly unlikely coincidence of action which is oh-so useful to the plot our plotting pair is plotting.

First was that *REALLY SECRET* tunnel that apparently _everybody_ decided to use. Now, a shuttle from NR to NT that just _happens_ to carry two important characters.

But what's really cool to me about it, is that both of these _apparent_ convenient coincidences really are not so incredibly unlikely.

For the tunnels, everyone making use of them had a really good reason to know about them--and in a potentially world-ending scenario, a good reason to use them. Here, we have a soon-to-be-opened trade route that up until _just_ now has had approximately 0 direct trade. There is a good chance that they are on the first direct shuttle.

At least, that's how I see it...

I continue to love your work, btw. Thanks! A lot.
Just_IDD 18th Nov 2020, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
What gets me is how non-casian that Ophie looks I thought they were supposed to be easily identified.

I'm betting she knows who Kyle is roughly and her presence is a Roman set to watch for his unusual return. Kyle's route back to places would have been with that stealth suit and a trip back through the palace. I don't think he would have been capable of a 100 klick hike from the dmz -- overland. Lynn was openly talking about Kyle's ship around Noctis. Actually that is a minor plot hole that just occurred to me.

Why was Kyle's ship in the Black Palace hanger with the Navarro? Presumably he wouldn't have landed there, left and then needed to sneak back in since the hanger was connected to the same tunnels as the tram which was lightly guarded?
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2020, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
If I remember correctly, and I'd have to go back and reread to be sure...
Kyle arrived in his ship then 'disappeared into the crowd' to get his pre-arranged job at the palace.
He didn't know about the 'secret tunnel' (nobody did, that's why it's called a 'secret' tunnel ;) ) so he couldn't take it.
Lynn mentioned the ship around Noctis but that doesn't matter much since she ended up riding in it with Ada and Acantha.
Kyle wasn't in much of a position to sneak back through the tunnel, stealthed or otherwise since he was hooked up to Aeneas
Once Aeneas was repaired and douchey wasn't, there wasn't much need for him to hide anyway
He quite propbably has a very good standing with the current Nova Roman regime for his work in putting them in power
I'm surprised he doesn't have a contingent of Cassians escorting him to ensure his safety
Aeneas may well need more repairs in the future and protecting a valuable asset is most wise
Of course, Feelie might be doing double duty in that respect and probably is, Cassians are in short supply right now.

Glad to see things back to as close to normal as they can get, don't overuse those hands !!!
Love TR's voiceovers as always, now if I could just get the voices in my head to agree on something...anything !!
megados 18th Nov 2020, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

. . . "Cassians are in short supply right now."

I don't think we've been told the full number of the Cassian ranks. I had imagined it to be >20, but I also felt I might be underestimating too.
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2020, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Seems to me there was a hudred or so ? I forget where that was hinted at though.
In any post-revolution society, the need for control increases, especially given what we've seen of the Senate
Add to that combat losses and forays into the wastes such as Feelie was on and there might be a shortage
megados 18th Nov 2020, 9:25 AM edit delete reply

There haven't been a huge number of on-camera losses, but we don't know what all happened off-camera. Losses and need for control maybe somewhat offset by there not being routine Douchimus assassination, revenge, and craziness missions, too, though.
Some Ed 18th Nov 2020, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
I had the impression it was around a hundred or so when they were first made. But since then, there's been some attrition. Exactly how much isn't clear, but it probably accelerated a lot under Douchimus.
robnot 18th Nov 2020, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Kyle hiding,,, like Lynn , no one wants everybody knowing Kyle has Aeneas's codes.. And New Rome thinks he is dead.. only Dolly , Lynn , an Acantha know for sure.. Maxus an Noctis may know, (ill have to go back an read..) ..
Kyle's ship,, he had to get there somehow.. an since everyone thinks he is dead, why not use it... AND since he has Rose an Aeneas,, a cover story getting out would be no problem.!!
Sheela 18th Nov 2020, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

Probably not a whole lot of ships going between Nova Roma and New Troy, so not really that strange that they are on the same ship.

And Ophelia may have gotten the "less distinct" cassian-looks packet, seeing as they may have planned to send her to New Troy before they swapped her over.
DLKmusic 20th Nov 2020, 12:33 PM edit delete reply

After looking at her face during the De-briefing, she has a distinct seam for her faceplate. As far as I can tell, it just doesn't show very well in this lighting.
mjkj 21st Nov 2020, 11:51 AM edit delete reply

if you zoom in you can see the seams in her face...

...and you can also see her glowy eyes...

so, she is easily identifiable as an android (maybe even as cassian)...
HiFranc 18th Nov 2020, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

And I’m sure Rose gave him a good cover story to catch that one.
mjkj 18th Nov 2020, 2:08 AM edit delete reply

So, Kyle is finished with Aeneas and on the way to visit Lynn and Ophie hitching a ride...

I wonder how these two will click...

I hope you both are doing well, Cent and Rose...
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2020, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Feelie is going to use Kyle to 'test drive' her new body...
That will lead to a traumatic and tearful yet strangely entertaining breakup between Kyle and Lynn...
Leaving Lynn free to pursue her dream of piloting a starship and Kyle to open a used Android repair shop
Someguy 18th Nov 2020, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Let the Feelie, Kyle shipping commence! We could even call it Kylie.
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2020, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
beats the heck out of 'Feekyl"...I'll show myself out, no need to push...
megados 18th Nov 2020, 6:11 AM edit delete reply

So Kyle will have Rose "in his head" forever? That is a two edged sword if I ever heard of one!

Feelie is good at breaking the ice, it seems. Interesting to see more of this segment!

Great page Cent and Rose!
Marcus Ramesy 20th Nov 2020, 4:28 PM edit delete reply

it could always be worse.
megados 20th Nov 2020, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

Oh, there's nothing so bad that you can't make it worse! ;)
Oldarmourer 20th Nov 2020, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
Oh hush, you all knew it was coming...
Morituri 18th Nov 2020, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Feelie: Flirt? (Romance or Friendship, options open)
Kyle: Okay... but I already have a girlfiend, romance is out.
Feelie: Okay, that's fine. Intel on New Troy?

First off, I really admire the way Feelie did this. It was sensitive. Nuanced even. Lots of possibilities, lots of care not to upset or offend.

I also admire the immediate loyal-boyfriend clue drop from Kyle. Lots of guys wouldn't have done that. Not even out of any desire to cheat, but just because it's pleasant talking to someone and that clue drop drives many away. He not only dropped the clue but he also made it seem entirely natural. IOW, he did it without throwing the maybe-flirt opening back in her face with a shovelful of insult.

Her comment about the shuttle smelling like feet is disconcerting. Can she hear the conversation with Rose? Even just his end of it? If so then right now she's on a hair trigger and doing all of this with her mind intensely trying to sort out intel, contingencies, scenarios, and threat levels.

But beyond that.... Since she's the one with who actively approached, everything depends on her intentions. Feelie sincere about romance? Feelie sincere about friendship? On orders to approach Kyle, or just felt like it? Assigned to protect Acantha, watch Kyle, or both (seems like if she has either order it will wind up being both. But Nova Roma may not have that intel yet)?

Maybe Nova Roma has a reason to try to recruit Kyle? Remember Maxus saying they were behind the eight-ball for the manufacture of android brains. Kyle would go a long way to ameliorate that.
DLKmusic 18th Nov 2020, 7:04 PM edit delete reply

#Morituri: Re the comment about the feet...

Maybe the shuttle really does smell like someone left a pair of smelly socks under one of the seats! that was actually my thought when Feelie said it!
megados 18th Nov 2020, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

Certain kinds of cheese will also leave a similar impression. Maybe somebody has a stash.
lalverson 18th Nov 2020, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
Almost seems a page is missing. we went from a debrief to here. I haz a lost...
knuut 18th Nov 2020, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Debrief page ends with a fade to vague .......
In movies, on TV and apparently in comics that signals a deliberate break in continuity.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2020, 9:32 AM edit delete reply

yes the debrief page was the last one.
Sheela 19th Nov 2020, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

Ooohh .. Kyle.
Can we kill him again ? 😁
Rashala 20th Nov 2020, 12:08 AM edit delete reply


No bad shee,a bad....*waves newspaper* bad sheela, none of that!
Oldarmourer 20th Nov 2020, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Sic' 'Em...good girl !!!
knuut 20th Nov 2020, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Considering that he still has most of Rose's 'improvements', he might be very difficult to kill. However, those same improvements should make him a durable and really tasty chew toy.
Oldarmourer 20th Nov 2020, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
He might even survive being buried in the backyard long enough to start liking it....
DLKmusic 21st Nov 2020, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

Play nice, Kiddies... I can't tell you how many times I've seen kid's Kyle's age that will blame everything and everyone but themselves when they screw up.
Kyle's owning it and trying to figure out how to not do it again.... I say give him a break, at least until the next time he really screws up.
Oldarmourer 22nd Nov 2020, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Call it 'continued reinforcement'...the boy won't stay dead anyway
Just_IDD 23rd Nov 2020, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Excuse me, sir, it looks like you have a hole in your headđé, I'm in favor of keeping an open mind, but that's going a wee bit far.
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