Comic 735 - A cookie...

3rd Jan 2013, 9:00 PM
A cookie...
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Can't faze Ms. Taylor with technology!
(Acantha is a very old soul.)
The story is reaching genuinely literary levels in this arc.
The depth of emotion and the intricacy of the plot are becoming positively synergistic!
You and Ms. Rose should consider a novelization in at least three volumes.

ranger_brianna_new 3rd Jan 2013, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

If I had money, I'd buy it. :P

Though if it was online, I must day, I'd DEFINITELY read it. ;)
cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

Last year I read a trilogy that told the same story from three very different view points.
It was quite informative how widely variant the same action could be.
Fairportfan 3rd Jan 2013, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

Try Kurosawa's film Rashomon for the same story told from several viewpoints, including the ghost of one of the characters.
cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

Reality is in the eye of the perceiver!
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

@ Fairportfan
makes a note to check that out :D
Jamey Sharp 12th Jan 2013, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

+1 for Rashomon, or for "In a Grove" by Akutagawa, the story that the film is based on.
Centcomm 12th Jan 2013, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

oh awesome thank you!
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

@ cattservant
isnt it though?
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

hehe thanks Ranger I love entertaining you guys.
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:25 PM edit delete reply

@ cattservant
thank you ! Actually im wondering if it would be longer as a novel. and the knife has yet begun to twist :D
cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

A chapter to a volume for each character arc.
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

hahaha thats funny :D
plymayer 3rd Jan 2013, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

He was not completely dead inside yet.
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

nope apperntly she touched something.
dpallee 3rd Jan 2013, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

...for the want of a cookie....
cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Tastier than a horseshoe nail...
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

yep .. all for a cookie and a crumb
Draginbeard 3rd Jan 2013, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

That SD-70 is very sinister looking. In fact the whole atmosphere down here has a House of Usher feel to it.

I would not be at all stunned if a Vincent Price look alike was sitting at the control console!
cattservant 3rd Jan 2013, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Pay no attention to that man behind the shroud!
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

cue music in 10...
Dragonrider 4th Jan 2013, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

Weapon Shops of Isher by A.E. Van Vogt more like it.
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

Ah, classical literature!
"The right to buy weapons is the right to be free".
Anything one can think of, someone else has thought a lot more about!
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

interesting link - :D I havent heard of that one.
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Ah good evening fair artiste!

Let me recommend some classic 'classical' literature.
E.E. 'Doc' Smith's Lensman Series is the original space opera! It is an amazing story.
Centcomm 5th Jan 2013, 1:06 AM edit delete reply

good book! and yes it is - I have a fondness for the classics.
cattservant 5th Jan 2013, 1:32 AM edit delete reply

Another important author well worth reading is H. Beam Piper.
Especially the Little Fuzzy novels.
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

I'm a fan of James H. Schmitz myself. He was well ahead of his time (though some of the dialogue is dated).

If you can find the Agents of Vega, read that. The Telzey books are very interesting too. And of course there is The Witches of Karres. Another is A Tale Of Two Clocks (or Legacy, which is easier to find).

Baen reprinted a lot of this back around 2000, so it is possible to find them without a lot of trouble.
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

RE: Links
Try this.
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 10:27 AM edit delete reply

Thank you cat. :-)
Rashala 3rd Jan 2013, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

Even the Doctor himself in his tardis...Is unable to resist Comforting a Crying child......and we all should be greatful for that
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

yep remember she was 12 when she first came here...and shes 16 now closing on 17.
lalverson 3rd Jan 2013, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Very interesting. Sounds like her first arrival was kinda like a slap in the face when someone is out of control. Maybe hearing her story gave him a reference as to his own anger and he determined her anger and pain was somehow greater than his and he was at least in her case kinda shocked back into protecting as he was designed. Or something like that. Well done panel and solid lighting and dialog.
Centcomm 3rd Jan 2013, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

thank you and yes you are reading it correctly :D
Tokyo Rose 4th Jan 2013, 12:32 AM edit delete reply

Okay, look, if you're going to read my mind, you'd better be prepared for some of the landmines in there... ;D
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 12:54 AM edit delete reply

Should we move forward on hands and knees with a bayonet or use a mine flail?
Death2Bravo 4th Jan 2013, 4:09 AM edit delete reply

A mine flail won't fit are you going to try to drive a Sherman tank down that passageway? Wait why is everyone looking at me? I drove tanks in the army but this is different.
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 12:18 PM edit delete reply

heheh rumble :D
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 8:34 PM edit delete reply

I took TR to be referring to her own inner landscapes...
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

Would it be a mine flail, or a MIND flail for Tokyo Rose? :-D

And who knows what would fit into the mindscape of Tokyo Rose, Death2Bravo. I mean, she seems to have broad horizons to me. :-D
Oldarmourer 18th Jun 2019, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
for TR ? a 'giant viper' giant vipers
Dragonrider 4th Jan 2013, 8:30 AM edit delete reply

The more hardware Lynn identifies the more likely Aeneas is to decide she might make a good addition to his nonexistent staff and put her to work repairing some of the breaks in his logic circuitry. Or he might get PO'd at her for indicating his firmware, software and hardware are obsolete.
Krulle 4th Jan 2013, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Me thinks, Aeneas is smart enough to give her a try, and wait what she does offer or do. With all the weaponry available to him, he can still react before anything dangerous can happen. Plus, he trusts Acantha, and therefore will give it all the benefit of doubt. He knows he could use any help.

And me thinks, Aeneas knows he is outdated, hardware wise. Therefore, he will take the comment as it is, not happily, but yeah. Her comment is a clue that she might be a valuable asset in identifying possibly solutions and she might be a great help when transferring into new hardware,....

BTW: Thanks for the great comic, again!
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 12:19 PM edit delete reply

I guess Lynn needs to watch what she says huh? although most AI tech is old. its manufacture and use is very limited. AI electronics aer much diffrent than that used by "robots" and other smart hardware.
KarToon12 4th Jan 2013, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

Poor Acantha....:(
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

yup. poor kid has had a nasty life. dispite her current depressing line of talk she has had some good things in her life. here and there.
Dragonrider 4th Jan 2013, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

Does she have any friends in her age group or is Lynn the first? Somehow I do see her as a central figure in a youth movement that is not revolutionary, but is not government and Empire friendly.
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 12:54 PM edit delete reply

without giving spoilers. Her Brother has assured that Acantha has NO peers that arent terrified to speak to her. he has taken steps to cut her off from pretty much anyone her own age. Lynn is the first "teen" and Lynn is bearly a teen being 18 Acantha has been able to talk to and share things with. the only other person she interacts with on a regular basis is Miraiko ( being 22 ) but her "caste" prevents much socialising. and shes from a diffrent culture as well. Lynn may be from a diffrent city but the basic culture is the same for both girls.
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

That could actually be a mistake on his part.
By assuring Acantha has few if any social ties, he puts her in a position to easily 'cut the crap' right off just as soon as she has a viable opportunity to do so.
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 5:38 PM edit delete reply

you wouldnt belive how possesive the Prince is.
cattservant 4th Jan 2013, 8:31 PM edit delete reply

I believe Decimus Livius is so busy organizing the fuzzy monkeys that he doesn't even see the tree, let alone the forest!
Dragonrider 4th Jan 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

It seems that when Acantha came here when she was 12 she may have been trying to do a suicide thing, she had to know that she probably wouldn't live through the experience. Second point since Decimus has isolated her so efficiently it would seem to this poor judge of plot lines, that he had been planning the events of last evening for sometime. Just waiting for Acantha to mature enough to carry a child full term and probably die, an assisted death, of childbirth complications.
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

and we have a winner! excellent judge of whats going on here . although now... Acanthas outlook is a "bit" more positive thankfully. she no longer wishes to die.
Dragonrider 5th Jan 2013, 4:50 AM edit delete reply

GOLLY GEE WHIZ an answer that says the little bald fat guy was right for a change.*Runs and gets a cookie*
Centcomm 5th Jan 2013, 9:25 AM edit delete reply

offers him several choices :D, Acantha really, never, ever thought Deck would cross that line. and tryed to aviod bad situations.
Dragonrider 5th Jan 2013, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Oatmeal Raisin please, afraid Acantha was living in a fools paradise. She knew he was so far off the deep end that nothing would save him and ancient Rome had plenty of examples of Brothers taking Sisters as consorts/mistresses/breeding factories. She was hoping against reality that she could escape before he made that move.
Centcomm 5th Jan 2013, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

Cantha may be living in Roma but her knowlage of ancient rome is from movies and romaticised novels. history ( that far back ) was never her strong point. if it was even avalable. she did know her brother was off but he had left her alone in her room up untill now. before this point he ( deck ) allowed her a "safe spot" so he knew where she was. the game has now changed. A LOT.
Speedy Marsh 2nd Nov 2016, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
I didn't expect Deck to sink that low. I expected him to have Lynn's eggs harvested, then fertilized with his "Imperial Grade Semen", and then implanted into Acantha. That way, the next generation of Livius would be born with Taylor DNA, and Lynn might never know what had happened.

Sure we would consider that abhorrent, but in their world, it's not that different than letting the A.I.s make reproductive choices for you.

It would also eliminate the genetic risks of incest, while still using his sister as a royal baby factory. He might've even been able to get Acantha to agree to be the surrogate mother to his and Lynn's baby. Heck, Lynn might've agreed to donate some eggs, if Taylor DNA is what's needed to get Nova Roma's A.I. to cooperate.

His parents didn't do a very good job of teaching him to say "please"
cattservant 5th Jan 2013, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

Sometimes living well is the best revenge!
Centcomm 5th Jan 2013, 9:25 AM edit delete reply

Kuratenshi 4th Jan 2013, 6:25 PM edit delete reply

I'm seeing an inverse parody of the "What would you do for a klondike bar" commercials.

"Would you walk unarmed into a major defense base controlled by an insane AI with a personal grudge against your bloodline!?" "HEEEEEEELL NO. It can HAVE the damn cookie!"
Centcomm 4th Jan 2013, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

ok that cracked me up ., nice work!
mushroomisland 10th Jan 2013, 1:52 PM edit delete reply

So I'm thinking now this is good guy - gone weirdo
xpacetrue 13th Apr 2014, 2:29 PM edit delete reply

Wow! You've really outdone yourself on this page! It evokes such STRONG emotions, even with Acantha just casually recounting the tale, without a single rendered tear to emphasize. Which is why this is one of my favorite parts of the story.

I can imagine a 12 year old Acantha weeping bitterly, oblivious to the danger of the place, while a confused Aeneas doll watches. And the cookie thing was a nice touch.

After relating her story, I can also imagine Acantha choking out the words, "Why? How could he do that?!" She's all alone now. And a sypathetic Aeneas could relate all too well to her situation.

And then, when Aeneas hugged her... she must have been really touched by the gesture and bawled her little eyes out. Blew her mind, indeed!
Centcomm 13th Apr 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

Acantha is really underplaying how upset she really was .. And she was utterly taken by surprise how gentle Aeneas was..
xpacetrue 13th Apr 2014, 6:32 PM edit delete reply

Wouldn't this make for a nice voting incentive? Any chance we might some day get to see a distraught 12 year old Acantha being hugged by Aeneas?
Centcomm 13th Apr 2014, 6:46 PM edit delete reply

thats actually a fantastic idea... thank you :D
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