Comic 826 - Recruiting...

17th May 2013, 2:46 AM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 17th May 2013, 2:46 AM edit delete
HI, HI again folks :D
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CyberSkull 17th May 2013, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

I suggest you don't read the message, as it is rated at maritime-crimson, though with a mechanoid dialect.
Centcomm 17th May 2013, 3:28 AM edit delete reply

hehe - Good one :D
cattservant 17th May 2013, 4:27 AM edit delete reply

It's Decisive Dolly,
Crossing her is folly!

[This doesn't actually reduce the number of suspects...]
LooeyQ 17th May 2013, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

Gold level?! That sonds fancy pants! I wouldnt mind checkingout one of them rooms!
But the nicer the accomedations, the more dangerous the mission!
Centcomm 17th May 2013, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

Gold level is what Calli and Dolly currently enjoy its pretty much a VIP status. Silver is below that, followed by High Citizen then Citizen. then thats it.
Sheela 17th May 2013, 10:41 AM edit delete reply

Sounds like Calli is about to give accomodations to one tech head from the wastes who carries an interesting story from her Guardian Dolly. :)
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

That's about what it sounds like. "a free 3-day stay in my apartment" :D
LooeyQ 17th May 2013, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

I would probably end up a regular C grade! I was always a C student anyways!
Stormwind13 10th Oct 2013, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

You should have done it like the fantasy game metals, CentComm: Adamantium, Mithril, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Copper... and then not worth talking about. :-D
Dragonrider 17th May 2013, 5:48 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm burn before reading and commit suicide after reading the ashes. Question, message to Calliope, Her care givers, or Centcomm. If the first or second a watch your back around Centcomm, if the last, eight words, F you, I quit watch your back bitch.
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 6:35 AM edit delete reply

Actually, Dragonrider, consider this: if either CentComm or Rose planted the bug, odds are that they had intel that Dari was in Joleet, but Dolly was in such a hurry to get moving, this was the most efficient way to arrange the meeting.

Odds are also in favor of the informant having appeared on camera. (applying gamer logic here, important NPCs like that *always* get detailed out just in case, and tend to at least get a cameo appearance, even if the PCs - Dolly and Ceci in this case - aren't aware of it. If they've appeared it's probably either Breaker or Zophia.)

Also, whatever Logrim may be that hasn't been revealed, he is *not* a New Troy operative. He'd have sent a message letting them know the Doc was there and they'd have picked her up before Dolly first woke in her new body. He's most likely either a Lunie or one of Rose's people.
Dragonrider 17th May 2013, 8:07 AM edit delete reply

Odds are the shut down was planned so Centcomms team got there first. Bottom line, Lynn doesn't want to follow family trad and be handmaiden to Centcomm, therefore Centcomm wants her where she presents no danger to centcomm, ie dead and cremated. No DNA remains to pose a problem for her plans to rule the world with all humans living in a zoo and all AI's paying homage to her. Unless our intrepid host kicks my ideas out I stand by my message ideas, with strong odds on it being the third message.
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 8:35 AM edit delete reply

Ok, Decimus, if you say so :P
Centcomm 17th May 2013, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

I am not giving out spoilers no matter how much I want to ..
Don B. 17th May 2013, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
If that was CentComms intention, I wouldn't think that her orders would have been "terminate as a last resort." It would have been more like "Terminate at all costs." CentComm strikes me as more pragmatic than murderous. Then again Datachasers tends to keep me guessing so I'm not married to the notion.
velvetsanity 18th May 2013, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Bottom line, Dari (the gutter who deliverd Lynn to Nova Roma) likely has info that will aid the mission. *That* is the most probable reason for arranging the stopover. In which case, my money's on Rose as the culprit.
Stormwind13 10th Oct 2013, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

True that Dari has information that might be useful; however, from the sounds of things CentComm didn't have an ID on Dari when Dolly left.

CeCi got an ID on Dari at Breakers from information they picked up after viewing the air car records from the kidnapping site. Which was AFTER they had left, New Troy. And they haven't even been back inside the transport since finding Dari, so the gizmo shouldn't have transmitted anything prior to Mira silencing it. So I'm not sure how CentComm would KNOW about Dari even now, unless another agent phoned it in.

My thought is that CentComm was just wanting Dolly and CeCi out of harms way. Joleet has enough amenities that they wouldn't likely die there (random Gutter encounters not factored in) from being stranded there for a few days.

I mean CeCi, the transport and cover that Dolly is using were all from CentComm's sandbox. I don't see Rose sticking her nose into it unless it was going to totally screw up her plans. While Rose has shown herself to be an INCREDIBLY effective agent, pulling that off directly against CentComm would indicate a truly scary penetration of New Troy security at the highest level.

Furthermore, I don't see what shutting down Dolly's rescue would gain Rose. She seems to thrive on chaos, so the more balls being juggled, the better from her point of view. :-D

To me that makes it most likely that the delaying tactic had to come from CentComm. She is trying to stop Dolly from getting in the way of HER rescue mission (being run by Marcus). Secondarily CentComm also gets to preserve Dolly whom she was quite interested in. And thirdly she gets to observe Dolly via CeCi's memory to see how Dolly and the new body perform in the field.

I guess we will have to wait and see who gets the message(s) to further refine our guesses. :-)
cattservant 17th May 2013, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

"Oh! what a tangled web we weave..."
Draginbeard 17th May 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply

Mira should take the gold level treatment. To quote a bad movie;

"I want room service! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a 10,000 a night hooker! I want my shirts laundered, like they do at the imperial Tokyo."

You can live the dream Mira!
Don B. 17th May 2013, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
Mira goes to the city! Cool. I pity the fool who decides to treat her like a backwards hick.
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

"Ok, then, 'just Johnny', let's start with what you're carrying inside that head of yours! And what it means to the world!"

Actually, that's one of my all-time favorite movies, being a long-time fan of cyberpunk. (Particularly Gibson and Stephenson, and especially Shadowrun (note: the xbox 360 game is NOT Shadowrun, despite microsoft's idiotic claims)
Centcomm 17th May 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

I... love.. that line.. :D
Sheela 17th May 2013, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

Johnny Memnonic, was it ?

Also, there's a Shadowrun Returns game up for presale on steam nowadays.
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 3:02 PM edit delete reply

Yep, Sheela. One movie where Keanu Reeves' wooden acting actually made sense. :D

Also, Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun Online aren't RPGs (which is what Shadowrun, first and foremost, IS), they're tactics games along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics, from what I understand.
Sheela 18th May 2013, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

Never played FF tactics.
But if you're curious, Steam has some gameplay footage up on their store page with two of the devs talking about it as they play it.

And if that isn't what you want to look at, you could always go look at a boy and his hula hoop. (warning : slightly NSFW)
KarToon12 17th May 2013, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

"Gold level" makes it sound like she won something on X-Box live. (And funny, considering this comic is computer generated.) XDXDXD
Centcomm 17th May 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

HA I didnt even think of that.. never played the Xbox..
CyberSkull 17th May 2013, 2:50 PM edit delete reply

Gold level is used to describe a very nice state of things. Now platinum, that is real luxury.
Rashala 17th May 2013, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

I could be a message for minx
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Or even a message for someone we have yet to meet. For all we know until after the weekend, it's actually a dozen messages, for a dozen different people.
velvetsanity 18th May 2013, 6:26 PM edit delete reply

Whoops, misread that as "it could be"...

Ray would probably hurt you :D
CyberSkull 17th May 2013, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

Oh man, the real objective here is to get this mechanic into New Troy willingly and unsuspectingly!
Dragonrider 17th May 2013, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

And the real challenge is can Dolly trust Ceci if Centcomm let her go dead in the water leaving Lynn in danger with Prince Douchebag.
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 5:37 PM edit delete reply

Ceci's already expressed self-awareness, motivation and desire to be her own person, and fear that CentComm would take actions upon their return that would deny that right.

Just remember, Dolly's as much an android as Ceci is. >:)
Rashala 17th May 2013, 7:37 PM edit delete reply

CEci is not cenctomm. And....As for prince douchbag I doubt he is even CONSIDERING anything inappropriate with lynn right now...remember we left him midd Ass kicking in training. Also I think the lack of high explosives that Centcomm is NOT someone getting a message
velvetsanity 17th May 2013, 10:02 PM edit delete reply

I think there's something missing in the last sentence, Rash, because I can't quite figure out what you're saying here.

Also, WE know that Lynn's currently safe, but Dolly doesn't. Remember, the audience tends to get to see more of what's going on than the characters.
Rashala 18th May 2013, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Dragon ider was talking about Pince Douchbag.

who right now is becoming prince PUNCHINGBAG by his guard commander So I doubt He is a real factor or danger to lynn right this very moment..

And Since Dolly prolly suspects Centcomms playing her usual games.....AND deliberately delayed her.. and as she is NOT giving this girl here a Buttload of explosives that would rule out centy as getting any message from Dolly.....well ones ;)
velvetsanity 18th May 2013, 2:49 AM edit delete reply

Ahh, ok. The last sentence was the only part that confused me. However, there might be a message for CentComm letting her know the device was found, which would tell CentComm that either she has a beatdown coming or else needs to clean house a bit
Rashala 18th May 2013, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

Well Remember Tedee already HEadshotted one of centy's dolls.......

DOlly Wellll....when she makes it back she and lynn and her mother Probally are going to Upload 80 Petabytes worth of.....things Centcomm HATE to her Memeory and force her to listen to Off key KArioke for a month
Rashala 17th May 2013, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

Also isn't their an I in Recruiting?

Cause it reads as Recruting?
Centcomm 18th May 2013, 6:53 AM edit delete reply

gah - my fault .. Ill fix it ..

*** edit fixed ***
Fairportfan 17th May 2013, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

"I left yesterday."
Stormwind13 10th Oct 2013, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

Why would you do that, Fairport? Your comments will be missed! :-D

Yeah, if I was Mira that would be my response too. Vanish in a puff of smoke, reappear a couple seconds later with a packed suitcase. Ready to go Boss. :-D
cattservant 18th May 2013, 6:50 AM edit delete reply

A page or two of Mira in the big city would be interesting.
Sheela 18th May 2013, 9:38 AM edit delete reply


I hear there's a certain pleasure droid who's having a hard time recouperating after her ordeal at the hands of a sadistic man - Might be Mira & Minx could have some fun and paint the city red.

.. uhmm ... not with blood, offcourse.
Dragonrider 18th May 2013, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

Think we can safely figure Minx and her Sir Galahad are both firmly in Centcomm's electronic clutches and anything they see or hear is direct to Centcomm. Plus I think Minx is rather taken with Sir Galahad the injured Cop and would not do anything without him along and one or both have to be with Calliope at all times.
Sheela 18th May 2013, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

Well, he can come along .. and so can Calliope for that matter. :)
Stormwind13 29th Sep 2013, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

Not sure I agree with you, Dragonrider. I mean, Calliope was keeping secrets from CentComm (Dolly's new body and communications with a mysterious someone as proof of that). So, I'm not sure if either one of them is available for CentComm to 'control'.

CentComm might have done something to them before they arrived; however, it sounded like Ray and Minx came straight to Calliope from the house of horrors. Not a lot of access available there, I suspect.

I think that might be part of the reason Dolly wanted Minx, she wasn't in anybody's pocket. She is an independent operator. Then there is the plus that she owes Dolly (from bits and pieces we the readers have heard) and Minx does have skills (as a Companion) to deal with an emotional Calliope.
Centcomm 10th Oct 2013, 7:13 AM edit delete reply

Minx is "off the grid" as far as centcomm is concerned and she has zero control of her unknown to Dolly Minx's "criminal" background has made her almost immune to Cents normal methods of control. Dolly picked her because she is loyal to a fault. and yes she is also able to deal with a broken Calli.

Ray is just a genuenly nice guy, For a andriod. He wants to do whats right he is dedicated and holds himself to a very high standard.
JGibs_Evil_Twin 18th May 2013, 11:00 AM edit delete reply

Great page as usual.
Mark_L_A 8th Sep 2015, 1:09 AM edit delete reply

Ok as a former mech head myself, I really like how Mira looks in the last panel. With dirt and grease and oil on her face.

We need more lady mech heads.
GhostRider 13th Nov 2015, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Mira is my kind of lady. She ain't afraid to get dirty and she can do her own mechanic work. Y'all should do more pages with her in them.
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