Comic 63 - The Sons of Martha

14th May 2007, 2:50 AM
The Sons of Martha
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)

Author Notes:

Tokyo Rose 22nd Sep 2015, 11:21 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Kipling was inspired by the biblical story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 to write "The Sons of Martha". He later adapted his own work as part of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, performed by graduates of Canadian engineering programs. Made sense for it to be further adapted into the Church of the First Circuit.
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Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2015, 6:34 PM edit delete reply

Missiles are slightly less precise, less pinpoint than the original laser turret. Still since the bad guys didn't know what was coming, having more makes some sense.
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

Dunno about androids, but for humans, it can be very distracting to be reciting prayers during combat.

On the other hand, it can be good for morale, so it's a case of gaining on the swings what you loose on the roundabout.
betonhaus 14th Oct 2020, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
I'd say it actually helps. It acts as a controlled breathing exercise and the recitation has a calming effect to help keep the person focused and not panicking. That may just be enough to make the difference in a critical moment
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

I'm still waiting to hear Ada just flat out SWEAR!

I'm waiting for her to get Soooooooooo upset she launches and F bomb tirade that makes even TeeDee blush.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 2:13 PM edit delete reply

Ada probably wouldn't use swear words, instead I think she would do "swear" in the same manner as the Epic Stephen Fry rant, it has to be one of the best rants I have ever heard.

I particularly liked the bit that went :
"Your every utterance is like the slithering hiss of a fat maggot in the putrid guts of a decomposing rat."

Not a single swear word in that, and yet it is utterly foul - I love it! :)
Jack Simth 12th Jan 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Pretty edits. Makes me glad I'm going through the archives again.
DLKmusic 16th Jan 2016, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
That is some VERY well done poetry, Rose, well done!

If you ever feel you need a filler page in the future, you could always post that prayer in verse, with a still of Ada (or even Doc Silver) praying in the background.

Again, well done!
DLKmusic 17th Jan 2016, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

OK, now that I've read the authors notes by Rose, and know this isn't an original poem, I still stand by my comments.

Rose, you are a good enough writer that I really did believe that "Sons of Martha" was your work, and I stand by my opinion of your writing.
megados 29th Apr 2017, 2:06 PM edit delete reply

Oldarmourer 11th Jun 2019, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Thirded and sealed.
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