Comic 687 - Fear factor...

7th Nov 2012, 9:00 PM
Fear factor...
Average Rating: 4.89 (19 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 7:26 AM edit delete

also a
the following people
are "offical" Datachasers personas these are real people useing names of charcters they can be considered "official" for the most part.

Marcus - good friend created "Marcus Ramseys"
Mister Black - ( creator of the "Mister Black" charcter, and Roses Husband is also a LONG time friend of 20 plus years had a hand in the political structure of Datachasers!
So feel free to ask them questions as well - they know as much about the universe as us for the most part.
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mushroomisland 7th Nov 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

...I knew it. You're all gonna die. YOU'RE ALL GONNA DIE. You were created by the comic author in the first place to die as a sacrifice as a mere plot device and for the sake of extra opportunity to farther characterize a more important (than you, at least!) character, Kali. They wrote this out even before they even modeled you, man. Too bad, huh.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:22 AM edit delete reply

Red guard 01 : Damn it .. I should have known...

Drandis: Uuurgh...
Draginbeard 7th Nov 2012, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Huh, should have kept his mouth shut. I stand corrected, l figured at worst the pair would be arrested, and face some form of review before punishment was met out.

I was thinking Kali would be more subtle in her actions. But now I'm wondering if she has a glitch in her personality, possibly a power struggle between two distinct persona's. One cold and calculating, the other prone to violent outbursts.

This brings up a couple of things Im eager to find out about.

First, why did the pair return after given strict instructions not to unless summoned?

Secondly, with her reputation being what it is, as a specialist in the secret police, (which is rarely a secret because they want you to fear them) and a mythical terror, why did dumb shit mouth off?

He had to know if she didn't kill him on the spot, she could, and would get him later.

The royals really need to screen their guards better.

Yes, I yell at my monitor right before someone does something really stupid... It never works.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

Kali was GOING to just lecture , talk.
Roma has a very dim view of Andriods in general thinking of them as robots or slaves. Kali has NEVER liked this attatude but can do little about it. EXCEPT when a idiot shoots his mouth off.

they returned because they "figured" the prince has had time to do whatever he was going to .. ( they arent idiots and the princes abnormal tastes are fairly common knowlage.. )
Guard 01 ( the one not dead yet.. ) felt guilty.

because the idiot honestly thought Kali COULD NOT harm a human. unless the prince authorized it ..

( see above )

the prince basicly wants 2 things loyalty to roma and Loyalty to him.

again you are seeing Roma Android Prejidous in action...

Draginbeard 8th Nov 2012, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

Ok, l knew l was missing something, you haven't done anything without good reason so far, the thing l like best in this comic is how deep the story goes. Its always character first, action second. =)
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 7:20 AM edit delete reply

and please feel free to call us on it. sometimes I "have" to answer in a sideways or refuse to answer because it would spoil things .. But eather me or Rose , or even marcus or Mister Black will try to answer questions

yep thats our watchword .. sometimes things may happen that make you go WTF? but rest assured we aer plotting weeks ahead. and almost all these people are very worked out . note how large the cast page is .. every person no matter how much or little "screen time" has a back story even if its ( loyal to roma / hates andriods / agressive nature / not the smartest apple of the bunch )
Draginbeard 8th Nov 2012, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

I have this crazy 'Y' chromosome. If it doesnt make sense to me, l will chase it down until l get my answer. Im pretty invested in this story, so l may bug you from time to time about things that make me go WTF? I will try not to get too empassioned about it.... =P
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 8:08 AM edit delete reply

Feel free to bug me anytime - unless its a spoiler ( and im trying to be more upfront about that ) Ill answer the question eather from the charcters perspective or the overview perspective . your the kind of reader we cater too those that injoy a deep story with lots of subplots.
GeekPrime 17th Nov 2012, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

Wait wait - Cent, isn't the "loyalty to roma and Loyalty to him" part backwards? Any megalomaniac worth his salt wants "Loyalty to Him", capital H intended, first!
Some Ed 2nd Jun 2017, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
But as even his half sister pointed out, Decimus isn't really good with people. His style of leadership erodes actual loyalty and replaces it with fear, which will eventually lead to a revolt at such a point when revolt becomes less frightening than continuing to serve the madman.
plymayer 7th Nov 2012, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

yeppers! owch is a good way to put it!
cattservant 7th Nov 2012, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

No Asimovian disciples around here!*

*(More like a Darwinian devotee...)

{Kali Smiles!!!}
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:28 AM edit delete reply

Kali is a full beliver in the Darwin principle
Rashala 8th Nov 2012, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Okay Sooo I was off...Right guy gets blow to neck Left guy gets spindled.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

hehe hehe we shall see !
Katie Wolfe 8th Nov 2012, 1:57 AM edit delete reply

lol - Runch!
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

Sleel 8th Nov 2012, 2:58 AM edit delete reply

May not be shirts, but they are wearing red. So.... crunch. Not sure why surprise. Her sheet says utterly merciless and the terror of New Rome. Not much terror in being put up before a review board. Tho this would be a New Rome board so maybe a little pucker clenching would be involved.
Draginbeard 8th Nov 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

Exactly, why would you mouth off to someone with that kind of reputation? It would get you killed that much faster.

I get why she would kill the guy, l just want to see how this is going to play out. Violence and murder like this is never done lightly.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

I also wish to point out .. under all that Kali is flat out angry and has no outlet. smart or not .. he gave her one. normally she would have ignored the slur or dealt with it later .. not this time.
GeekPrime 17th Nov 2012, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

That makes her VERY human.
Me likey.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

Yep Kali IS the 3rd most powerful person in roma so yeah they are getting there review.
Marcus Ramesy 8th Nov 2012, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

I woudl also like to point out that.. they are after all palace guards, wich in most cases is a Prime posistion for any person and can tend to raise the ego above ones station.. ie. "I work for the prince.. you cant touch me" kinda attitude.
creamygnome 8th Nov 2012, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

hehe I take it you approve :D
LooeyQ 8th Nov 2012, 6:52 AM edit delete reply

BAM! Right in the necktacles!
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

oh yeah. I that last panel was very hard. technicly speaking .. action shots always are - making them look realistic and enjoyable = hopfully I conveyed her speed. ( and no her hair should sitting low shes not moving very far in any direction its mostly her torso and arm that moves ..
LooeyQ 8th Nov 2012, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

Yeah I thought it looked great! Like she made the move super fast, only moving the muscles required for the execution of the move!
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 12:01 PM edit delete reply

YAY! thats exactly what I wanted. Oh and if anyone mentions why didnt he use his gun .. well she took that away from him.
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 7:43 AM edit delete reply

That was a smooth sideways pun!
I bet Durandis's nickname was 'Lightning'.
Lightning Rand (Rod)!

You're so subtle!

KarToon12 8th Nov 2012, 8:06 AM edit delete reply

And here I thought they'd be in the clear. But she makes a good point too. And now they're dead. XD
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply

Kali has LOTS of good points .. at the tips of her fingers .. in her cabnet in her room .. and sometimes hidden on her person!
wright1 8th Nov 2012, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, from what's been shown / discussed it looks like an unfortunate combination of unquestioning obedience to the prince and egotism from having an elite position. Being an anti-android bigot just greased the specific wheel now delivering their severance, literally.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

Kali actually dispises bigotry in any form.
this is know as "object lesson 101"

Also Life is a lot cheaper in Roma due to a very decent fertility rate.
Marcus Ramesy 8th Nov 2012, 10:09 AM edit delete reply

WAIT!!!!! im official??? oh shit...
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 10:12 AM edit delete reply

hahah deal.. marcus.
Marcus Ramesy 8th Nov 2012, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

oh.. im dealing... *walks down to the armory*
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

Now, you're from the Government and you are here to help us... >^00^<!
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 1:13 PM edit delete reply

yes he is .. yes.. he is !
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

P.B.I.H. (?)
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

huh? ok im confused!
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 2:02 PM edit delete reply

(Oops. Vague old passages of hot gasses here on the Mountain this afternoon...)

PBIH is an old Acronymian sayings that roughly translates as, "Interpersonal karma tends to equalize over time."
Marcus Ramesy 8th Nov 2012, 2:07 PM edit delete reply

and.. I have access to heavy weapons and extremely volatile explosives.
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

The karmal tides are stirred by many gravities they say...
Rashala 8th Nov 2012, 2:50 PM edit delete reply

Marcus TD already beat you to the punch in blasting one of Centcomms dolls

But if you wanna shove all those explosives under deci's royal toilet set to go off the next time he takes a dump .......

SET UP CAMERAS and we can sell it on pay per view

"Live. the ROYAL FLUSH"
cattservant 8th Nov 2012, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Just be sure the cameras are deployed outside the blast radius...
Speedy Marsh 31st Oct 2016, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Except for one CANdid camera, with a view from below.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

facepalms X 10 >_<
Tokamada 8th Nov 2012, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Why is it any time there is a security guard in red they die horribly? lol
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

its the roddenberry principal.. XD
Speedy Marsh 31st Oct 2016, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
The red 'n bury principle?
Hornet 8th Nov 2012, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Even if they failed to alert their superior (orders cut along time ago - secondary objectives have a tendancy to be overlooked), the returning without a summons shows their basic stupidity.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply

YUP.. yes it does :D
jas 8th Nov 2012, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

See?? Even SHE's saying he should be afraid-! (it would have been funny if she added "Be VERY afraid!" but I understand why you didn't.) Her eyes even went all evil!

Mr. Idiot Guard, don't make her angry. You wouldn't LIKE her when she's angry. Oh. Now you can't like much of anything...can you? XD
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 1:12 PM edit delete reply

it would have been funny .. hehe yes but not quite the vibe we wanted , still chuckling about that though
McHozers 8th Nov 2012, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

"Clockwork p*ssy?" I understand that was the title Anthony Burgess originally wanted for his novel...

...but the editors thought it wasn't "commercial enough" bah...
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

heheh - its a rather derogitory phrase even more so than most use. normally its just clockwork or clockwork person. "doll" or even yes .. "clockwork doll"
Dragonrider 8th Nov 2012, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

Quote the Mistress of Mayhem"the prince basicly wants 2 things loyalty to roma and Loyalty to him." I think you reversed the correct order of his desires did you not? Kali should return to standard state of watchfulness her blood lust has been sated, however the living guard would be well advised to remember that dead men tell no tales. As soon as this tour of duty ends he would be well advised to haul ass for the deep-deep-deep wastelands because he may find that he is assigned to clean the waste extraction pools for the lower levels of Nova Roma.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 8:57 PM edit delete reply

I wasnt really thinking of what came first :D and yes mister guard is proably going to be on her "watched list" for a while..
GeekPrime 17th Nov 2012, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

Gr. Beat me to the punch on the loyalty order :)
CyberSkull 8th Nov 2012, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Or, he would be afraid if you didn't go for the instakill.
Centcomm 8th Nov 2012, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

probably :D
CyberSkull 12th Nov 2012, 5:23 AM edit delete reply

The meatslow brain needs a few seconds to process impending death.
TMDgraphics 16th Nov 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply

I usually dont read 3-d comics but I think Im gonna like this one.
Centcomm 16th Nov 2012, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

welcome aboard ! you know I hear that a lot :D enjoy the ride - theres a "recap" page in the archives.. proably going to have Rose and me make another soon..
TMDgraphics 16th Nov 2012, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

Oh really? Thats cool! Ive never seen a recap page! Thatll make it a little easier. I might think about implementing one of those myself. Thanks! :)
Centcomm 16th Nov 2012, 11:20 AM edit delete reply

your welcome ! hope to see your comments in the future :D
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