Comic 1703 - Hamster Wheel

30th Jun 2021, 12:00 AM
Hamster Wheel
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Ryu Santos 30th Jun 2021, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Alt text: I vote for all three. In this order.
Fight - In an approved sparring area.
Drink - After said fight is finished.
Bang - All night and keep the rest of the team from getting any sleep.
sigpig 30th Jun 2021, 6:39 AM edit delete reply

Nope.
They go for a beer after ironing things out.
"A" beer turns into several, and shenanigans begin, which leads to drunken fisticuffs.
THEN they decide to take out their frustrations on each other in a completely different, and arguably more enjoyable, manner.

That is, if Ophie has the "fun factory" upgrade...
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
She specifically said she did...and liked it ;)
sigpig 1st Jul 2021, 6:48 AM edit delete reply

This is the THIRD chassis she's "worn" since she was introduced. The "Pauline" ine certainly had the hardware (wetware?) installed, but nothing -specific- was mentioned about THIS one, IIRC.
Oldarmourer 1st Jul 2021, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
It was strongly alluded to that her original frame had the 'playground package' and she used it, I can't see why this one wouldn't, especially since it has a few 'improvements'
sigpig 2nd Jul 2021, 8:07 AM edit delete reply

Taking this in a completely different direction, wouldn't it be the height of douchebaggery to ensure a Cassian has an over-powered sex drive, yet NOT assemble the equipment required? It's something I can see Decimus think up...
Kiddeagle 30th Jun 2021, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
1. Go to out for drinks and end up in a bar fight
2. Klingon mating ritual
3. figure out if 1 or 2 caused the most damage.
jawbone 1st Jul 2021, 9:03 AM edit delete reply

Ahm witchoo. I am certain that it will be productive for the both of them, in all imaginable ways and even a few unimaginable....
mjkj 30th Jun 2021, 12:58 AM edit delete reply

Awwwwww...

such a nice heart to heart there...

...well done, Ophie

(...and of course Cent and Rose, too) 💗
megados 30th Jun 2021, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

I honestly can't speak to the the Alt Text, but I believe that Feelie will be a good asset to the team.

I wonder who will end up being their Tech Specialist.
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Cella's cast entry says she's interested in opening up Deep Blue's storehouse of knowledge...
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Pinky probably still has a bone to pick with Mira for staring her down before...
She'd probably be pretty good at dealing with tech and mech after fixing a lot of old stuff.
robnot 30th Jun 2021, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Mira is a waster,, Pinky can't draft her,..
now if Feely was to mention the two who saved her bacon,, especially since they know how to work on really old tech... that Rome an Troy could come up with a nice enticement package..
megados 30th Jun 2021, 6:22 PM edit delete reply

You might be onto something here @robnot!
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
She'll probably offer that little tidbit of information if she hasn't already or suggest them to Marcus if nobody picked up on it from her debrief, and they know the wastelands well enough to dodge the various gangs too...
Plus they're heavily armed, they could easily be shown that they'd be a logical target for the Goldiebots and we've already seen that the only thing they like better than credits is more credits ;)
They'd fit in perfectly, except they might book it to save their own skins if it gets too nasty.
My only question is..."why did I forget about them ?"
Oldarmourer 2nd Jul 2021, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
for Mira, heavy bribery and then counting on them to be too dead to cash the cheque after they've done their part, isn't an unknown tactic, one I'd expect our 'councillor' to be quite familiar with ;)
A tactic certainly not beyond Pinky's abilities, but the cost wouldn't concern her in the least to begin with, especially if it risked annoying Calliope any more than she already is
Gilrandir 30th Jun 2021, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Kyle owes CentComm a favor, doesn't he? ^_^
megados 30th Jun 2021, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

That's another interesting mention. I don't know how much he knows about older stuff, but one might say Aeneas owes him a favor as well. Without Kyle's ability, Aeneas would still be a gibbering (however eloquent) pile of machinery. Maybe he could help fill any gaps?

:edit: Plus if you get Kyle, do you not also get Tokyo Rose? She couldn't help herself, could she? ;)
Gilrandir 30th Jun 2021, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
I wanted to throw back to Drs. Stone and Zurich (here), but they seem to be archaeologists, not technologists.

A side benefit of this, of course, would be to watch how the various characters get along with Kokishin. ^_^
megados 1st Jul 2021, 4:56 AM edit delete reply

It could be interesting, useful, and entertaining, all at once. Archaeologists often unearth period information/documentation/texts pertaining to various subjects and events, so it's not beyond possibility. Kokishin could be vital to the mission! :D
sigpig 1st Jul 2021, 6:57 AM edit delete reply

They may indeed need archaeologists on this trip.
As for Feelie's rescuers, they -might- be able to offer -some- assistance, but I feel they will be more trouble that they're worth, and they might bug-out if things get too hot.
Also, they may be experts on OLD tech, but probably not ANCIENT tech. For crying out loud, there's an ancient Greek bronze analogue "computer" that was discovered in 1902 and we STILL don't know exactly what it was used for and how it's supposed to work. The thing's about 2200 years old (or so): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism
Oldarmourer 1st Jul 2021, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
They might now know what they've found, but they know all the signs of where to look for things
Oldarmourer 2nd Jul 2021, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
they'd also be a direct pipeline to Tokyo Rose and we know she's going to want to know about this, if she doesn't already, she might even leak a little bit of information through them although she'd be further ahead just telling Pinky directly.
Gilrandir 2nd Jul 2021, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
They might ... but I do not take as a foregone conclusion that no one in the DataChasers universe has any integrity. (I am still holding out hope for Marcus and Maxus. Setorius also seems to possess a nice sense of honor.)

As funded academics, I have to believe that Drs. Stone and Zurich are no strangers to Non-Disclosure Agreements. If they have a long term commitment to Tokyo Rose, then this should be disclosed during contract negotiations -- at which point CentComm and Maxus can decide if they care about information security or not. If they are spies first, and academics only second, then of course they can lie and cheat and steal as the spirit moves them -- but that sort of thing can be bad for the reputation in the long run.
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
re: mouseover text
Gotta test the new frame to it's limits to see what she has to work with ;)
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
In panel #4 that look on her face seems to suggest the 'lusty bunny' mode didn't get completely purged ;)
The lighting softens the mold lines too which makes her look even cuter
Just_IDF 30th Jun 2021, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
I love how she cuts herself off calling Noctis "boss"
Just_IDD 30th Jun 2021, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Oh and 'Bollocks' everyone needs more bollocks detection.

I hope we get to see Ramsey's discussion with Noctis even if it runs a few pages. I wonder if he is going to ask if Ophelia has had the Decimus commands scrubbed.
sigpig 30th Jun 2021, 6:43 AM edit delete reply

And she -barely- caught herself from saying "Bollocks".
megados 30th Jun 2021, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

She is kind of a diamond in the rough isn't she? ;) She's catching herself when she's used to not having to. I think she'll get the hang of it eventually.

Marcus may want to discuss Dr. Silver, and the ensuing kerfuffle.
Oldarmourer 3rd Jul 2021, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
Until the first time she gets right Royally worked up then TeeDee and her can have a little contest ;)
Oldarmourer 30th Jun 2021, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
I like the way Marcus casually says "pick up the rest of the team" as if Ada and TeeDee have been waiting all day for him to draft them again...
Probably right in the middle of Ada's 'romantic getaway weekend' and TeeDee's therapy session with the life sized 'Pinky punching bag'...
Morituri 1st Jul 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Honestly Cent ought to have a dozen dolls whose main purpose is to take astounding amounts of abuse from people she's pissed off. And even look damaged, if that would help them deal with the stress that's impeding their productivity.

Of course, knowing her nature and knowing that the doll in question was made specifically for that purpose by an AIS who won't be inconvenienced in the least by you spending an hour pounding on it would only make some folks more furious.

I think the word for that is "sane."
Gilrandir 2nd Jul 2021, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
However, @Morituri, I think the use of such “abuse dolls” would detract from the image of infallibility and untouchability that CentComm would wish to project.
Rashala 1st Jul 2021, 11:47 PM edit delete reply

Pick up the rest of the team........oooooooooooh boy I forsee an epic balance forming between this cassian and a short foul mouthed person.
Oldarmourer 2nd Jul 2021, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
They're either going to love each other or hate each other, I can't see a middle ground other than "you do your job over there and let me do mine over here" if they don't get along ;)
Deanatay 2nd Jul 2021, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
I see Feelie and TeeDee getting into an epic bar fight, and then becoming best friends after beating the tar out of each other. Classic Gilgamesh/Enkidu story.
knuut 5th Jul 2021, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Maybe not so short now that she's in her new Valkyrie body.
Oldarmourer 6th Jul 2021, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Oh, she's going back in to it ;)
Goldiebots 'neutralize' Androids but not always unarmed humans
She'll be the prefect bait...
knuut 6th Jul 2021, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Risky in the face of unknowns. The 'sprite' body is small but full of combat mods like a re-enforced skeleton and all sorts of self repair stuff. If the Goldiebot sensorium extends even a little bit beyond minimal human (like extended IR sensitivity or chemical receptors in it's grabbers to check for biological compatibility), discrepancies would be detected. The 'Dolly' body would have a much better chance of passing.
Oldarmourer 6th Jul 2021, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
The more bait there is, the more they might think they stumbled onto a bait shop ;)
knuut 6th Jul 2021, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
When I was a kid I caught way more fish with worms than I ever caught with a flashy lure. Ramsey would be better bait than any android.
Oldarmourer 6th Jul 2021, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
sshhh don't tell him !!!!
It looks a lot more natural if it's a surprise
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