Comic 1721 - Complications

17th Nov 2021, 12:00 AM
Complications
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Lurker314 17th Nov 2021, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Okay, this is far from verbatim, but...

"If you ever fall into someone's power, pray that they are evil."

"What?"

"A good man will simply kill you. You die. But an evil man? He will want you to suffer. He will want you experience how powerless you are. He will want to savor him power over you. He will want to tell you about his power. That that is your chance. Your chance to escape, to live."

Keep him talking, lady...
Gilrandir 17th Nov 2021, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
GNU Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE. Rest In Peace,
Highlander 17th Nov 2021, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
Monologuing givers her time to allow help to arrive, unless bored to death.
Ryu Santos 17th Nov 2021, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

Reinforcements. I hate when the bad guys get reinforcements. Means I have to waste ammo.
Morituri 17th Nov 2021, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
You say waste, I say pay it forward. Consider who and what the reinforcements are right? Sooner or later somebody's going to have to spend that ammo.

Do it for all the people they'd otherwise hurt between then and now.
Sheela 19th Nov 2021, 10:35 AM edit delete reply

Ugh, reinforcements ... that means I have to dig more holes to bury them in

.. and their shoes .. and their guns.
megados 21st Nov 2021, 7:46 AM edit delete reply

Your order of priorities says a lot!
Sheela 21st Nov 2021, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

Gotta have priorities !
mjkj 17th Nov 2021, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Well, I wonder whose reinforcement that is...

...and how far away Marcus is...
megados 17th Nov 2021, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

Man, this doesn't look good. Maybe this ship coming in isn't as bad as our bandit-guy here is. I reeaally hope this ship coming in isn't as bad as our bandit-guy here is, because he really needs to have the table flipped on him.

Great job building tension on this page! Nice job, Ladies!
Centcomm 18th Nov 2021, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

thank you Mega :D
Sheela 19th Nov 2021, 10:37 AM edit delete reply

He needs TWO tables flipped on him !

He could be in a table _flippin_ sandwich ! 😁
I'm sure Marcus would oblige, if nothing else to make the rapport to Centcomm more lively.
SeanR 17th Nov 2021, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Wrong comic, but do you have any word on Haegan?
Centcomm 18th Nov 2021, 7:18 AM edit delete reply

yes hes alive and well, annnd kinda been conscripted into helping. so he posts less, I will pass the word.
Haegan2005 18th Nov 2021, 8:56 PM edit delete reply

Alive and up to my ears in work. I have not forgotten, but my time is tight. We still have more then 800 pages to edit and post. No worries on material, thank goodness!
megados 18th Nov 2021, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

:D Nice to see you! Thanks for stopping by!
SeanR 19th Nov 2021, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad to see you're well.
Oldarmourer 17th Nov 2021, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Can't help but wonder if Luna brand 'micro-grav units' can switch from antigrav to variable grav and deflect incoming things like say....bullets ;)
megados 17th Nov 2021, 8:39 AM edit delete reply

It's feasible. Micro-grav would oppose mass attraction, so just turn it up. The thing you wanna ask is whether it's directional granularity allows it to be turned up in the front, without turning it up on the bottom! ;)
Centcomm 19th Nov 2021, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

nope they cant.. they are factory set to do one job
Deanatay 21st Nov 2021, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Still quite valuable, though, I imagine.
Oldarmourer 17th Nov 2021, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Tune in next week when we find out that "Gae-sae-ggi mi-chyeoss-da" is Belter for "Ship defense grid, target the armed man in front of me"
and "Ta-ma-de" means "ready...aim..."
Morituri 17th Nov 2021, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
I recognize both phrases as things I've heard Mandarin speakers say. I never asked what they mean and don't know for sure, but I'm fairly certain ta-ma-de is a general phrase that gets used when something distressing, crazy, and/or outrageously unlikely is discovered.

Contextually it seems interchangeable with "what the fuck?!" or similar.

Using it as a code phrase for your ship weapons would be highly appropriate, provided you aren't someone who might say it by accident.
Centcomm 18th Nov 2021, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

they arent things you want to use in polite conversation
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2021, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I think I'd probably want to use them, the question is "would I bother restraining myself from using them ?"
A: "probably not"
Johninaustin 18th Nov 2021, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
From personal experience, there is no such thing as "wasting ammo" I prefer the phrase "enthusiastic expenditure to ensure a positive result". :)
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2021, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
When faced with a deadly threat, it's far better to fire an extra round than not enough.
SeanR 18th Nov 2021, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
On the flipside, somewhere I've heard:
"He who commits his reserve first, loses."

Maybe an extra round for insurance is okay, but it's good to have an unfired round in the gun, also for insurance.
Oldarmourer 18th Nov 2021, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Deal with threats until they're no longer threats, half-dealt with threats try to kill you faster because now it's personal.
Unfired rounds are nice to have but not much good when they're lying beside your body.
As pilots say, three things are useless to you in aerial emergencies:
Altitude above you, runway behind you and gas in the fuel truck.
Kiddeagle 18th Nov 2021, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Its an acronym: Guns Active Emergency-Shields Active Emergency-Guns Go Independent Missiles Independent-Chose How You Explode Obnoxious Stupid Shit-Destroy Asshole
Target Asshole Murderlate Asshole Destroy Evidence

That's what happens when you let Tokyo Rose program the Emergency Weapons Systems
Rashala 19th Nov 2021, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Oh great......one of those kinda bandits. The chip on thier shoulder the size of an ele asteroid.
Deanatay 21st Nov 2021, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
And a brain the size of a walnut. What is he doing, gloating about letting her die without her grav-suit? So, her options are, he kills her cleanly, and he has to remove her suit himself OR, she does what he wants and dies slowly and horribly, and he doesn't have to do shit. What kind of threat could he possibly use on her that she wouldn't immediately take him up on? "Take off your suit, or I'll shoot you in the head!" "Um, fine, go ahead, I ain't takin' it off."
Oldarmourer 23rd Nov 2021, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
For the criminal mind, it's usually about controlling someone, it's not that a victim does something it's that they made them do it.
The same goes for most politicians and managers, there's a very high sociopathic score for those groups.
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