Comic 721 - Declaration of Protection

18th Dec 2012, 9:00 PM
Declaration of Protection
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Rashala 18th Dec 2012, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

5 bucks say max still has that hand....Bronzed and uses it as a backscratcher After tearing it and the arm it was attached too off teh guy
vaslittlecrow 18th Dec 2012, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

That visual just caused my brain to explode. *Cannot unsee*
Centcomm 18th Dec 2012, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

heh the truth is worse than you think .. :D
for the asshat that pushed that line.
Rashala 18th Dec 2012, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

PLEASE tell me we see :)
Centcomm 18th Dec 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

yes you will :D
wright1 19th Dec 2012, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
No money from me, but I bet Maxus also has a favorite somewhat macabre drinking vessel from the same incident...
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

hahah - wait. what? ewwww :P
velvetsanity 16th May 2017, 8:12 PM edit delete reply

"We shall drink from the skulls of our enemies"
Draginbeard 18th Dec 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Oh boy, Max really should have given the beating and left it at that. But its clear Max has had enough of the prince and his behavior.

Unfortunately Dec now has no choice but try to have Max eliminated as soon as possible. Not saying it will work, but now its matter of royal pride, and paranoia. Men in power, especially those with delusions of grandeur do not take well to being corrected.

This is going to get all kinds of ugly before its over!

Really nice job on this page!!
Centcomm 18th Dec 2012, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

hes actually being very careful in his phraseing. hes implying a lot. and taking actions he knows he legaly can under roma law. Acantha is a bit tricky. on that hes pushing it. and yes .. the fuse is burning.. but how long is it.

* edited LOL
Fairportfan 19th Dec 2012, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Minor grammatical twitch - if you mean Maximus, he is "implying".
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

If the situation has that much time to fester...
Mister Black 19th Dec 2012, 5:04 AM edit delete reply

You should probably insert the phrase "try to" in place of the word "and" in "Dec now has no choice but to try to have Max eliminated...". After all, it's just been conclusively proven that he can't do the job himself, his troops answer to the man who just used him for origami practice, and his chief assassin....errr...trouble shooter is siding with Max.

If Dec has the political savvy of a gnat (notice that I didn't mention anything about intelligence or moral fortitude?), he'll realize that he's about one atomic width from a coup, and start cutting a deal.
Draginbeard 19th Dec 2012, 9:51 AM edit delete reply

The troops may answer to Max, but that doesn't mean Max is untouchable. Dec has proven that he knows how to have people that get in his way eliminated. (His own father for instance) and Max gave away an important trigger in this scene. It just remains to be seen if Dec will exploit it.

Max wont be an easy target, but I see Dec as a schemer, and he does have the resources to get what he wants.

Dec wouldn't have been in power this long without knowing whom to pay off.

Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:42 AM edit delete reply

you are correct Max knows full well what kind of can of flesh devouring worms hes opening , what hes after to accomplish is to "put the fear of max" in decs little head. he feels he can take the heat a LOT better than Acantha. Lynn gets the benny simply by proximity. :P
Draginbeard 19th Dec 2012, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

I would agree if Max were dealing with someone who was both sane and rational, but l see Dec as a man slipping into madness, that makes him more dangerous by far. Max is trying a half measure (a term lm shamelessly stealing from Breaking Bad here) in order to snap the Prince back from the edge, which l hope works, but after seeing that scene with the slave... l think its too late for that now.

As with anyone, Dec thinks of himself as the hero of his own story
He has a twisted mind, and a cold heart, which makes him an excellent. Villain.

There is so much at stake, and so many elements on a collision course, I am on edge waiting to see how this is going to play out!!
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 3:41 PM edit delete reply

YES YES YES !! you are dead on !
oh and would you belive we have a few more balls to put in play? or rather to see if we can resolve some balls! :D
CyberSkull 18th Dec 2012, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

"You can still see his stain on the wall over there. Very stubborn, we haven't figured out how to get it out yet."
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:42 AM edit delete reply

try bleach and acid it might work :P
CyberSkull 19th Dec 2012, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

Funny thing about that. The whole thing happened before the room was finished, and before janitorial could get to it, a construction crew came along with the painter bot and applied the KarbonKoat to it.

Acid and bleach just can't get through a nano-diamond coating.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

Court politics have just ascended several degrees of intensity.
Maxus is dropping a big rock in the Imperial koi pond and anyone standing around the edge is going to get wet feet!
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

yep cant wait to see whats next!
Death2Bravo 19th Dec 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply

I seem to recall reading Julius Caesar having a similar discussion with one of his commanders. Nova Roma, old Rome how things just do not change.
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

you know I wonder, if deck read those old data plates.
Dragonrider 19th Dec 2012, 6:49 AM edit delete reply

I will say this for Decimus he hasn't puked up his booze, yet. I also agree, Decimus will, later in the morning, complete the plot for Maximus's assassination, Maximus needs to send all the people he holds dear to safe keeping, however his slave wouldn't leave him if a gun were at her head. Excellent action series these past few pages.
BTW what do CentComm's spies tell her of the situation in Nova Roma.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

Kali is probably only just now finishing code checking Lynn's messages.
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

two things I can safely point out - one Deck is not a wimp, nor is he a coward. he prefers to have the cards in his hand first. as for Cent-Comms "spys" Im afraid the only one known is Mister Black and you guys know as much as I do.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 11:53 AM edit delete reply

Yes, what did lead to all the AIs except TR essentially abandoning Aeneas and writing off Nova Roma and all that genetic potential?
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

Actually that will be covered :P the reasons have been given already during the story - albet in a sideways manner...
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

I think one underlying factor is AI lifespan.
They tend to get 'seduced' by their hobbies.
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

very true! so very true. people often forget immortality can be a curse rather than a blessing.
Dragonrider 19th Dec 2012, 1:21 PM edit delete reply

Afraid I would respectfully disagree with the author, as presented Decimus is a craven coward, a drunkem fop and is only capable of acting against those who he knows are incapable of defending themselves, the serving girl who he threatened to whip to death, his younger step-sister the cat-girl/pet and probable sex-toy, the Doctor most definitely a wimp and a wuss. Now there may be a side you have not shown us, so far all we have seen is an incompetent, drunken, megalomaniac who has pretensions of adequacy.
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

I am curious where incompetent comes in. he did after all arrange the kidnapping on his own - he is physicly in great shape. and yes he prefers targets that cant fight back. he has abilititys in planning and and creating plots and other such - he is also extreamly skilled and logisitcs one of the main reasons Romas military is so well organized - a lot of Sociopathic people are also increadibly detail oriented. by all rights Maxus is breaking the plan - by not acting according to his normal stand back and watch. deck has now found the "line" with Maxus.

also if deck wasnt able to keep the senate happy or at least most of them. he might be removed. what you are seeing is not his "public" face.
Dragonrider 19th Dec 2012, 6:37 PM edit delete reply

incompetent adj. 1) referring to a person who is not able to manage his/her affairs due to mental deficiency (lack of I.Q., deterioration, illness or psychosis) or sometimes physical disability. Being incompetent can be the basis for appointment of a guardian or conservator (after a hearing in which the party who may be found to be incompetent has been interviewed by a court investigator and is present and/or represented by an attorney) to handle his/her person and/or affairs (often called "estate"). 2) in criminal law, the inability to understand the nature of a trial. In these cases defendant is usually institutionalized until such time as he/she regains sanity and can be tried.

I would say Decimus fits both 1 and 2 to a "T"
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 6:49 PM edit delete reply

hmmm... yes he does have a mental illness.. and yes he fully belives he is in the right. so two fits as well - fine :P

However- he does have intelligence and cunning. and is a dangerous person. just not in a stand up fight against someone like Maxus.
Tokyo Rose 21st Dec 2012, 4:58 PM edit delete reply

Actually, the first definition doesn't really fit. He IS capable of managing his affairs. He just chooses to delegate those tasks. It gives him more time to scheme and plan and punish the servants for accidentally putting his coffee table three centimeters out of position after doing the floors.
mushroomisland 19th Dec 2012, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

I really love this page. Awesome angles. And....I think by now Dec should know he ain't the boss.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 10:31 AM edit delete reply

His ego has impacted his common sense and survival ducts!
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

yup you are so right!
wright1 19th Dec 2012, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Great action sequence, agreed. Not an easy thing to pull off with 3d rendering.

Yes, I think even Decimus knows his authority is compromised; that has its good and bad aspects. The immediate threat (actual and implied) as delivered by Max will keep him in line in the short term. But he has some skill as a schemer, and is unbalanced to boot; Maxus (and by implication everyone who stands with him) is a threat / challenge that Decimus *cannot* ignore.

Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

yep, lets hope Max isnt writing checks he cant cash.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 11:56 AM edit delete reply

Got to maneuver the pieces at least until Acantha reaches majority.
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

your welcome - And thats Max's plan. :D
Kuratenshi 19th Dec 2012, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

"I shall tell you a story about the last man who raised a hand against a woman in my keeping..." in INTERPRETIVE DANCE!!!!

For anyone with that image now stuck in their head... please don't hurt me.
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

"He's a lumberjack,
And he's OK..."
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

the thought of maxus in a tutu scares the holy living hell out of me .... >_<
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Indulge yourself in a bit of catharsis,
and make us a vote incentive
O Artistic One!
Centcomm 19th Dec 2012, 12:26 PM edit delete reply

hahah - uh yeah new incentive is planned , just been busy as hell :P
cattservant 19th Dec 2012, 12:32 PM edit delete reply

Of course,
If two tutus are too much to deal with,
there is that lovely Nova Roman bath you could employ while it's still holding water...
velvetsanity 25th Mar 2013, 6:04 PM edit delete reply

Said interpretive dance shall be performed upon drekhead's skull in order that he receive the maximum benefit.
KarToon12 19th Dec 2012, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

Go Maxus! :D
GhostRider 28th Oct 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
"Are you not entertained?" *looks awkwardly around* nobody? Cent? Rose?

I'm gonna go hunt down some evil now.
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