Comic 700 - Being Civil...

25th Nov 2012, 9:00 PM
Being Civil...
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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mushroomisland 25th Nov 2012, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

"at this time" ...Like the uncanny silence before a giant bloody storm...
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:51 AM edit delete reply

yup things are about to start moving... :D
cattservant 25th Nov 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Degree of civility
Directly proportional
To the momentary
Level of common interest
And the rank of the parties involved.
Rashala 25th Nov 2012, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

ooooooooowwwweeeeeeee ooooooooo and the creepy keeps coming
cattservant 25th Nov 2012, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

Is it possible that Malati is just being literal*, and the threat perceived by the others is based on Cassian reputation?

*(She certainly has a different psychological outlook from everyone else present.)
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

they are NOT human. yes her outlook is very diffrent - she looks at humans as insects or rodents. she has no wish to bed them be firends with them, she has no more care of them than you would give a cow going to slaughter.

** At best they are "interesting" but thats all.
cattservant 26th Nov 2012, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

They are a very small and (in their own opinion*) superior subset of Nova Roman Society.

*(You could make a case for Aurelian's inherent mistrust and rigid control of the Cassian Androids.)
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 8:26 AM edit delete reply

exactly.. thats the best discription. they are NOT like New Troy Andriods.
cattservant 26th Nov 2012, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

That would come from New Troy having a somewhat dominating AI in charge, I imagine.
If I remember correctly New Sparta has a more human-centric civil government and is somewhere between New Troy and Nova Roma in android relations.
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:51 AM edit delete reply

the cassian has a skill with creepyness...
Rashala 26th Nov 2012, 3:41 PM edit delete reply


Hell they are assembled form 100% Creepy parts by creepy engineers who graduated top of thier classes from Creepy Tech!
velvetsanity 16th May 2017, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

*gasp* you mean...they were...but that' can't seriously expect me to believe...I thought Von Rijn died without heirs!!!
dpallee 25th Nov 2012, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

Are we about to lay witness to a 'civil' war?
cattservant 25th Nov 2012, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

A courteous confrontation confounds contentious conspirators!
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

*whistles innocently"
Draginbeard 25th Nov 2012, 10:48 PM edit delete reply

curious to know if Cassian is wearing body armor, or is that a skin enhancement?

I see a power shift coming very soon now. These are the moments before the storm.
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:54 AM edit delete reply

its a reenforced armorweave suit, considered light body armor. so yes :D her skin has the consistancey of tough plastic.
Death2Bravo 26th Nov 2012, 1:18 AM edit delete reply

When you just have to mention how civil you're all being, you know it's about to get nasty. Real nasty.
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 4:54 AM edit delete reply

hehe exactly...
LooeyQ 26th Nov 2012, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

Are you sure you want to be civil,, ive seen cilvilians get quite rowdy when put together in a big group!
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 8:27 AM edit delete reply

hahah- tomorrow things are gonna get intresting :D we have hit the brink people !
Dragonrider 26th Nov 2012, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

One might assume that Maxus and Kali have moved to a state of readiness consistent with the escalating threat level. This would assume a Company size strike force of Cassians and Pratoriens who can work in sync and are prepared to hold open a safe passage for the current mixed guard detachment that will attempt to move the three ladies to a safe haven. While Princey-Poo shows up with a heretofore unknown Military Arm of his own. Curiouser and Curiouser said Alice to the White Rabbit.
Dragonrider 26th Nov 2012, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

Something been bugging me, may have been covered and I missed it. How did those Mercs know Lynn would be making the trip, where she would be to have the intercept and transport ready. Something smells rotten at home. Also how did they know she would not have a Guardian model Android with her as pilot and body guard?
I smell a spy and Boyfriend is coming up as a highly suspect item as is the Tokyo Rose avatar.
Centcomm 26th Nov 2012, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

heh funny about that .. isnt it .
Tokyo Rose 27th Nov 2012, 12:34 AM edit delete reply

One does have to wonder upon what you're basing suspicion for either of your candidates . . .
velvetsanity 14th Apr 2013, 6:27 AM edit delete reply

It's a grand conspiracy between CentComm, Tokyo Rose, Kali, and Maxus to get Aeneas fixed and drekhead removed. :D

So far, everything's going exactly according to plan (and ahead of schedule, even!), with the notable exceptions of drekhead's attempt on Acantha and the surprise reveal of Dolly's upgrade.

Plots within plots, plans within plans, schemes within schemes, as CentComm seems fond of saying. Though the plot (as I'm currently envisioning it) isn't *nearly* as deep and layered (yet) as this one Shadowrun game I played in for several years...

*wanders off to the next page, whistling old Deep Purple tunes*
Centcomm 14th Apr 2013, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

I played shadowrun ... Also a fan of Nuromancer by william gibson
velvetsanity 14th Apr 2013, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

Mmhmm. Shadowrun's my favorite game system.

I loved Neuromancer. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, too.
Centcomm 14th Apr 2013, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

both very good books .. re-reading Nuromancer now :D
Oldarmourer 18th Jun 2019, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
starting with "My Woman from Tokyo" ? ;)
Stormwind13 22nd Jun 2013, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

Dragonrider - You need to ask who had knowledge of Lynn's travel plans in time to get a team together and in place to act.
To me, there are only two people that had the opportunity. CentComm and Calliope Taylor. She contacted Kyle just at lift off, an hour later she was attacked. NOT a lot of time to set something up, especially if you wanted to CAPTURE not kill the target.
Calliope and (presumably CentComm when Calliope contacted her to clear it) had the better part of a day to get something in place (over 8 hours anyhow).
I can't see Calliope putting her daughter in that level of danger no matter HOW important an end goal was.
CentComm, I can see doing it in a heartbeat, if the end goal was important enough.
Now what that end goal MIGHT be, I can't say, but I think the most likely 'informer' for starting this mess was CentComm herself.
Centcomm 22nd Jun 2013, 10:11 AM edit delete reply

there are explainations but Ill go ahead and clear two suspects. Calli had nothing to do with her daughters disapperarance. and Cent-comm would also have not allowed Lynns trip ( had she been informed ) Calli overroad Cent and Lynn was gone before she could stop her. remember the people that picked Lynn up were Mercs. and litteraly hired on the fly.
Stormwind13 22nd Jun 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply

Too many pieces in place for me to believe that it was totally on the fly. You don't get that much equipment in place that fast. 8 hours would be rushing it, an hour... Sorry, no way in HE**. Not for an operation that important.
Just the travel time would do you in. I mean, it was an hour plus from New Rome and they were what 20 minutes from where Lynn was intercepted.
There may be a player we (the readers) don't know about, but to me, it looked like the communication links were minimal until the last second. Even DOLLY didn't know until then from the sound of it.
I would call foul if that was done in less than an hour with a remote turret, multiple vehicles and the assorted pieces needed to capture and restrain someone.
Centcomm 22nd Jun 2013, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

I will say that the "plan" had been in place long before Lynn decided to jump the gun as it were. they were expecting her to leave a day or two later. however comms are not always perfect. and Lynn was flying for more than 3 hours ( the time will be corrected in the rewrite ) the moble turret is a quick drop and set up. as well as the restraints. Gavin had most of his own equipment as did Dari. gutters try to be prepared to move quickly and take advantage of the situation.

there ARE other possablitys.. and Dari and Gavin are only two of the gutters on the Princes payroll.
Stormwind13 22nd Jun 2013, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

Okay, if the time scale is off then I might be okay. I know the equipment is all mobile, but with the information I had 1 hour just was NOT enough to move those pieces.
And keeping gutters like that on payroll and pre-positioned would be difficult for too long. 48 hours, doable, 168 hours (one week)... more problematic.
They seem the kind that could get into trouble in that amount of time without something to keep them occupied. And no, I wouldn't trust their discipline for that long for a mission that important.
Still have to wonder though at the communications as there didn't seem to be much length to the links. There didn't seem to be a lot of people involved in the process where it could be intercepted.
Stormwind13 23rd Jun 2013, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

I guess part of my thinking was from the comic of page 244 [] where CentComm was hoping they would forgive her if they found out what was really going on. WHAT had gone on that needed her to be thinking that? Up to that point, it was just Lynn's kidnapping... Sure sounded shady to me at least.
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2013, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

As to regards of that piticular line. yes cent IS up to something. but Lynns Kidnapping isnt it. her plots are at odds with Roma to say the least.
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