Comic 1695 - Omniscience

28th Apr 2021, 12:00 AM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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Ryu Santos 28th Apr 2021, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Looks like Noctis, is about to ask for permission to question the prisoners.
Rashala 28th Apr 2021, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

It is not torture its aggressive interactive questioning.
jawbone 30th Apr 2021, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

I sense an only slightly muted "Lemmee attem" on her part. Stocking up on popcorn!
Sheela 2nd May 2021, 12:43 PM edit delete reply

Ahh, Noctis is about to be ... "meddlesome", as Malati would have said.

I still think that Noctis needs a new sister/sidekick, to get the most .. Noctis mannerisms out of her. 😅
mjkj 28th Apr 2021, 12:24 AM edit delete reply

Well, Noctis is an expert extracting information...

...maybe Cent can get them to speak with threats of a cassian continuing the interrogation...
megados 4th May 2021, 4:46 AM edit delete reply

. . . or maybe 3 Cassians.
Gilrandir 28th Apr 2021, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Threats are different than torture. Noctis is probably just going to suggest that CentComm tell the prisoners that a request has been made to extradite them to Nova Roma. If they continue to refuse to talk, they’ll be handed over, while if they cooperate they will remain in New Troy custody. That might produce interesting results.
Lurker314 28th Apr 2021, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
Ahh, yes, the old, "Good murderous AI, bad murderous AI routine" quite the classic.
Ovnuniarchos 28th Apr 2021, 2:47 PM edit delete reply

Would be better the Good AI, dadaist AI routine.
megados 28th Apr 2021, 5:02 AM edit delete reply

That may indeed be enough.
DLKmusic 28th Apr 2021, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

@Gilrandir: You, Sir, are to be commended! This was my first thought as well!

Of course, Noctis could also suggest having Ophelia question them. I bet they would start talking pretty quickly...
sigpig 28th Apr 2021, 8:45 AM edit delete reply

By my count, there are THREE Cassians in NT ATM.
If the threat of ONE Cassian isn't enough to convince them to talk, having THREE of them showing up to the interrogation room at the same time might cause a "Code Brown"...
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Good idea, their 'accents' should cancel each other out for clearer answers :)
DLKmusic 29th Apr 2021, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

Heh, I was just thinkin that Ophelia would start being Ophelia, and do all the talking! After 10 minutes, the vaulters would be begging to spill their guts!

After all, that tactic worked on Daria with Cici!
Gilrandir 28th Apr 2021, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
On another note, is ordering an ‘audit of persons of interest’ the same thing as ‘rounding up the usual suspects’? Does New Troy have a “Rick’s Cafe”?
HiFranc 28th Apr 2021, 1:20 AM edit delete reply

I suspect that it’s more:

In order to achieve what they did, what knowledge and access would someone have needed? Who could have supplied them with those?

Once she has that list, look at each person on that list for anything suspicious (eg are they living beyond their means)?

Given the fact that the perpetrators had access to Decimus’s voice codes, she probably needs to coordinate with New Rome authorities.

That said I suspect that this meeting was, mainly, going to look at the golden warrior threat.
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
The kidnappers involved Nova Roma when they tried to attack their Princess...
Noctis has every right to want to interrogate them for that
And it's all in HOW you ask the questions ;)
Gilrandir 28th Apr 2021, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Now the cynical among us might imagine CentComm making a list of her political enemies, troublemakers and obstacles ... then titling that list “People Who May Be Involved In The Attempted Kidnapping Of Princeps Acantha,” and sliding it across the table to Noctis. “Of course, investigations are still preliminary, so we have no guarantees any of these people are actually involved ...”
Oldarmourer 29th Apr 2021, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
While the more pragmatic and less scrupulous might say "why waste a good crisis?" ;)
kraznor 28th Apr 2021, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
I like the homage to the comic artist of judge dredd, stainless steel rat and others
knuut 28th Apr 2021, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
I read the 'stainless steel Rat' books when I was in school (1960s). When did they make it into the comics?
robnot 28th Apr 2021, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Nov 1979 was the first series ,, there was three total..
megados 28th Apr 2021, 5:00 AM edit delete reply

Noctis may be able to provide some assistance in getting information from, or about the prisoners. Investigation is her area of expertise, after all.
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Noctis: "your prisoners have not spoken ?"
Centy: "that is correct"
Noctis: "we can fix that"
sigpig 28th Apr 2021, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

The third line should be "Hold my beer."...
Oldarmourer 3rd May 2021, 11:38 AM edit delete reply

It's been established that Noctis runs on anti-fun particles, maybe that should be "hold my performance enhancing biogel coolant ?"
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Nice lighting on this one, was I particularly struck by Centy in the 2nd panel, do 'ominous foreboding' much ?
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Nice job with the shadow of Acantha's earring in panel #1 too...she definitely looks a lot older now
Gilrandir 28th Apr 2021, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Welcome back to the creative team, by the way. Thank you for your continued efforts to provide us with splendid pictures, sparkling dialogue, and an entertaining story — in spite of the harsh demands of Life. Hope you are all well, or at least getting better.
chk 28th Apr 2021, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

I suspect information will be flowing soon.
Deanatay 28th Apr 2021, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
That liquid in his pants? NOT information.
KarToon12 28th Apr 2021, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

Have you tried tickle torture? That usually works to get someone to talk.
Lurker314 28th Apr 2021, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
"Talking" is not what you want. What you want is accurate information. That is much more difficult to extract.
Kiddeagle 28th Apr 2021, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
hey Cent. Glad you feeling better.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2021, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

not really just not wanting to deprive yuou guys of stuff
megados 30th Apr 2021, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Aww, Cent! *hugs*
Kiddeagle 30th Apr 2021, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Well I hope you feel better soon. Hugz
Sheela 30th Apr 2021, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, you getting better is high on our "wants and needs" lists ! 😊
Romfire 28th Apr 2021, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
If Cent were to set aside an area for New Rome to use as a Embassy, The prisoners would not have to be moved very far to be considered |on Nova Roma territory". And, yes, having the three Cassians there would make for a very warm welcome.
Oldarmourer 28th Apr 2021, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
And they'd need to exchange Ambassadors, now who does Nova Roma want out of their city to pester someone else ? :)
But if they wanted to do it right, who might make a half-decent Ambassador ? Hrist ?
megados 29th Apr 2021, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

Hrist might be a decent ambassador, and oddly enough, Feelie might too. Douchie wanted to get rid of Ophelia, but I don't think the new ruling hierarchy has the same opinion of her. They'd choose someone to do the job, not to get rid of them.
Oldarmourer 4th May 2021, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking Noctis might be one of the few who could go toe-to-toe with Athena and get a draw.
megados 4th May 2021, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

Probably so, but being princeps, and now guardian to Acantha, plus her other responsibilities to New Rome, means she would be unlikely to be a candidate.
Oldarmourer 4th May 2021, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
She already has her duties so an Ambassadorship would be out, for now...
I just can't put my finger on another who could compare to her and was thinking someone else might :)
Oldarmourer 29th Apr 2021, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
I'm thinking that besides the Cassians, Acantha would know more than a little bit about dealing out encouragements to speak and punishments for not doing it right....some of it firsthand knowledge :(
Oldarmourer 29th Apr 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
She's already got the right 'uniform' for it...the one she even let Lynn try it on ;)
SeanR 30th Apr 2021, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
I don't see it. A dark jacket over a presumably silk top with loose camo pants wasn't one of the outfits on the linked page.
The silk top does share the color with that "beach wear", but that's about it.
The description that Lynn used for the last outfit, "Flats, pants that aren't too tight, nice top..." that she can run in if needed, does DESCRIBE this outfit.
Sheela 30th Apr 2021, 5:38 PM edit delete reply

Well, a certain "Archpriest of the Church of Genetic Purity", has been looking forward to aquire some nano-medicine of his own, and Setorius have his own way of cutting through the chatter and empty promises, and he has some seriously useful advances of his own to bargain with!

I'm fairly certain that New Troy would like some of that fertility rate that Nova Roma has!
Oldarmourer 3rd May 2021, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

but that camo outfit she's wearing now won't get her called Mistress Sanguine Raven Ebony Darkblood like the one she let Lynn try on ;)
Lurker314 4th May 2021, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
No Cassian should be an ambassador. That's just a poor use of their talents. They just aren't State Department material. Maybe, MAYBE the military attache' in a really rough assignment. But in the end, they are operators. I cannot think of anyone on-camera from NR that should be used as an ambassador. The folks in the Senate have too much to do back home, I would expect. The High Priest has his concerns. Even once our princess ascends the thrown, she's going to need Max to be in charge of the military.

No one on camera. Yet.
Fairportfan 28th Apr 2021, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

Perhaps you just haven't yet asked them the right questions ... in the proper tone of voice...
megados 1st May 2021, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

Appropos of nothing, what is "Ezouerra"?
robnot 2nd May 2021, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
hehe,, thats a Q not an O... thats the artist of a stock photo.. Carlos Ezquerra.
megados 2nd May 2021, 8:15 AM edit delete reply

Ah OK, thanks.
robnot 2nd May 2021, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
hehe,, thats a Q not an O... thats the artist of a stock photo.. Carlos Ezquerra.
not megados 4th May 2021, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Ah OK, thanks.
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