Comic 976 - Cella's assessment...

6th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM
Cella's assessment...
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM edit delete
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Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 7:21 AM edit delete
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Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Sunstone is in effect it would seem no sel~casts from Helios Towers and our little "White-Angel" seems to have a dark side also.
*Oh what tangled webs we weave,
When first we practice to Deceive*
Marmion by Walter Scott
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Sunstone actually never went into effect.. Cella just cancled .. and shes paid to have a dark side :D
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Seems like Cella is a believer of "omission of details is not lying" way of thinking.
I'd disagree, and Calliope would probably too.

Besides, if Calliope is about to make a decision that would start a war, Centcomm do have the option of telling her "no", even if Centcomm cannot directly disobey her orders, nothing stops her from speaking the truth. And that could rattle even Calliope enough to make her come up with a better plan.
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

Wait why does Evil-1 in effect pay herself? what do her Droids and Dollls need? The have everything at their fingertips, housing would be provided as I'm sure she doesn't want someone getting their hands on one somehow food would be provided and transportation. They aren't part of the system because they are direct from Evil-1 they are the system.
Tokyo Rose 6th Feb 2014, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

"Paid" is used metaphorically in this case. White Angels have customized personalities, as noted in the tech entry; Cella was designed for her role.
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

OK makes sense. Thanks
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Quick poll on who you would like to see added to the Data Chaser’s cast page:

Agamemmon (AI for Sparta)

My top 3 would be Mira, Connie and Ray in that order.

Oh but be aware that voting in this poll might get you murdered in your sleep by Tokyo Rose. Who would have to CREATE the entries. :-D
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

I agree with your top three, though I'm not sure we'll see Mira again once the message is delivered. Also, we'll *probably* see more of Connie than we will of Ray. I think she already has more screen time than him. Though seeing how things play out with him and Minx will make an excellent side story. Unless they get more airtime once Calli gets in motion. Then it'd be a great subplot within the main story :D
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Big err Deep Blue is for Sparta.
My Choices
(Not in order) and that's all right my Dragonnets patrol 24/7 even TR ain't gettin past them they have centuries of experience shutting down ninja wannbe's..
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Forgot about Breaker, thanks Dragonrider. I'm going to go edit my list. :-)
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Hrm .. I can't even remember who Malati is ?
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

She's what I call the Dryad, the Green forest Fairy.
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

and thats Tulip the Epiphyte.. At Breakers?
Breaker is also a person :D
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

That was what I was asking for a profile on someone who will become, IMNeverHO a "person of interest" as the story unfolds.
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

Malati is the name of the Cassian in Nova Roma..
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

The one with the sense of humor
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

The Nova Roma android with a sense of humor, Sheela. I thought she was interesting... if I didn't mess up her name. :-)
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Agamemmon is also new sparta . hes the Military AIS there.. Deep Blue is infomation and actually isnt based in New sparta ( eventhough he was accessed there.. )
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 1:02 AM edit delete reply

Hrmm ... ok, Malati is someone I would like to see more of. If nothing else than to see how indivicual the kassians are allowed to be, and their limitations. They do after all seem to be run fairly stricly controlled by Kali, but at the same time it seems Kali approves of them being .. quirky. :D

Another character I doubt we've seen the last of is Logrin the Ranger, but then he also already have a cast profile. Rotter would be another I'd like to know more of, even though he probably won't appear any more in the comic. He's an oddity and that makes him interesting.

Which in turn leads me to the 'Archpriest of the Church of Purity', (actually he's a non-believer, but noone got the balls to tell him to leave his post or something like that?), Setorius Akinan, who does have an entry on the cast page, but we haven't actually seen him in the comic yet.
He has great potential, partly because while he would probably be great at keeping a secret, I'm thinking he'd hate to have to do it - After all, why would HE have to conform to *any* stupid convention like that ?
He seems to be the kind of person who doesn't like limitations, such as "you're supposed to grow old" ... "oh to heck with that." - I mean, if someone told him a secret and told him to keep it a secret, he'd probably just tell the bloody secret to anyone nearby just to be free of his limitations.

- He serves himself, and science, and noone else. -

And yes, he *will* wrestle a Scythe Lizard to prove how serious he is .. and probably win the match too, he has after all been enhanching his body for the last 60 years.
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 12:59 AM edit delete reply

Ok, my votes in order:

Cella oh,just saw she already has an entry

Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

You forgot another Very Major Player up and coming. Arianna, Maxus's love interest who he is sending to Luna or possibly to New Troy depending how the next sets of pages work out.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply

Actually Arianna is a slave.. Maxus cares for her but more like a child than a girlfriend..
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

And what does she think of their relationship ?
Would she rather it be a girlfriends love than a childs love ?
Tokyo Rose 7th Feb 2014, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

No, Arianna has no romantic designs on Maxus. She's quite happy with the parent/child dynamic. :D
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 7:04 PM edit delete reply

Damn, I was with Dragonrider and Sheela. I got the feeling that Maxus might care for Arianna more than he wanted to let on. And she wasn't adverse to that either. :-p

Shows what we know... or could it be that the EVIL authoress wants us to THINK that? Not above misleading us, I think. :-)
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Now we know the truth of Krystal...she's just an IntSec doll... :P
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

yep. that she was! ( remmeber dolls are not even full robots being remotely piloted )
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

Then why did she have a thought balloon that said she was enjoying seeing Mira chew out the other Droid/Doll at Customs Point of Entry and why did she get snarky and deliberately mispronounce the other ones name to Harpy, and if she was a doll controlled by Evil-1 why was she surprised that Evil-1 was in residence at Helios Towers??
cattservant 7th Feb 2014, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Because Cella is a superior being.
[And because CentComm is a more superior being
and doesn't tell her every little thing!]
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:22 AM edit delete reply

Because cella has a scarcastic wit of her own.. and her own personality .. and she does like "playing her role"
cattservant 6th Feb 2014, 10:47 PM edit delete reply

No wonder she wasn't too impressed with Mira the human!
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

I think the most interesting part would be why didn't she know Centcomm had a doll in Helios tower.
Guest 7th Feb 2014, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
Because it was a little detail that she didn't *need* to be aware of beforehand?
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:22 AM edit delete reply

correct.. Cent kind of sprang that on Cella AKA Krystal and Mira..
velvetsanity 7th Feb 2014, 10:37 AM edit delete reply

Blah. Wasn't logged in for some reason...
jamie59 6th Feb 2014, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Easy to forget Cent can do an almost unlimited number of differant things at the same time
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

yes it is.. she can split her attention in millions of directions at a time.
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Methinks Cella may be underestimating Calli, and what resources Calli can put her hands on personally that Evil-1 and Crew could not touch. It really wouldn't surprise me if Helios Towers isn't equipped to handle a revolution on its own if necessary and if Central Command and Control is unaware of the Mil Spec resources the Taylors have at hand. I think Evil-1 better remember her orders to come clean because Calli is going to know if she is being lead through the maze again.
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

please note cents comment... " I will not Lie to her. " Cent is basicly saying she flat out will not keep Calliope in the dark.. period.
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

Its damn well about time, but what about some of her "free thinking A-1's such as Cella they seem to have quite a bit of latitude in how they interpret and carry out their orders.
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

you will see :D *grins*
cattservant 6th Feb 2014, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

Attitudes both Human and Android will be tested!
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

Wouldn't be surprising if Centcomm has a backdoor of sorts into her freethinking android-selfes, just in case one goes HAL-9K or something like that.

though she probably wouldn't use such a backdoor for something trivial, it would probably have to be something damn important for her to even consider violating even one of her own dolls.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

They have a kill switch.. thats the only "back door" of a sorts.. Dolls have a small self destruct locatied near the Positronic matrix.
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 4:05 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

Though I thought it would be more of a "soft kill" switch, so she could talk to them after getting them to a safe place and investigate *why* they went HAL-9K in the first place.
Rashala 6th Feb 2014, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

Weeeelllp Rash is bored (not by storybut by IRL) soooooo When Rashy bored rashy gets artistic Enjoy

Eternal Guardian, walker of light.

Essence of Nothing and of All.

Heart of steel and of flesh and blood, Alone and yet surrounded.

Ancient beyond years yet still a child,

Dark storms in their wake, but reaching for that golden dawn.

Angels of Light and Dark, dance to it's tune, Yet light and dark in their nature not their true color show.

Protecting its mother yet still seeking her embrace...

Only a blunt and direct one ever put it in it's place.

The everlasting briar, Paired against the single Rose...Its truth only what the Scarred one knows.

Giver of life, bringer of death and yet Seeking neither.

We poor mortals Left guessin what it plots, what it plans

And yet in the End we all find ourselves drawn along in its wake,,

Silent Watchers of the story....Spun for us

by the Sneaky Pink Haired one.
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 1:09 AM edit delete reply

I think bored Rash is quite epic.

That realy is deep.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

wow ... really nice Rash.. the Ballad of Datachasers :D
Rashala 7th Feb 2014, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

More the ballad of Pinky aka evil 1 aka You *points at person above him comment wise*
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

Color me impressed, Rash. Very well done.
Antonious 8th Feb 2014, 12:55 PM edit delete reply

Outstanding. I would say that is good enough to allow an apprentice Bard walk the tables to the Journeyman's table.

Kudos to any who know where walking the tables is a phrase from. ;)
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply

Dragonriders (actually Dragonsinger series) of Pern by the late great Anne McCaffrey, Antonious.
Chris D 3rd Oct 2015, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Boredom often does call for much philosophical waxing. Wax on, wax off.. wax on, wax off..
cattservant 6th Feb 2014, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

Cella is part of the 'briar hedge'.
[I expect androids are somewhat conservative by nature and like things well programmed.
They probably don't care much for redundancy either!]
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 1:06 AM edit delete reply

Oh,great twist.

I wonder what happened to Krystal now that Cella has disconnected from her...

*hugs Mira and Krystal*
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

She's on auto-return.
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 1:18 AM edit delete reply

Ah, true. But is there anything left, like her excusing herself or the like?
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 2:06 AM edit delete reply

Standard bot protocols, I'm guessing, including a protocol for good behavior combined with some short term memory so she doesn't accidentally create some sort of faux pas.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

The doll has a small positronic matrix designed for "automatic" situations that dont require intelligence like vehicle drive brains.."D
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 4:08 PM edit delete reply

Ah, I suspected something like that.

What if the doll run into someone else that thinks they know her and approaches her ?

Can she react well enough until Centcomm can recover remote control of her ?
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

Cella already did that before the doll left.
dakyri 7th Feb 2014, 4:02 AM edit delete reply

Nice twist! So Cella is Krystal ... can everyone please take back all the hugs for the INTSEC doll now? I think we should designate her as 'Evil-0' ... glad that her hobbies include history and shopping, but it doesn't say what she likes shopping for ;)
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 5:28 AM edit delete reply

Well, I rather opt for a nice AI andro-brain to incorporate her permanently - or her sparking self-awareness-independence like Ceci did...
cattservant 7th Feb 2014, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

But Krystal doesn't exist.
She is a sophisticated 'dress'* to be worn as necessary.
Any personality displayed is that of the 'wearer'.

*(Or where's WALDO?)
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 8:09 AM edit delete reply

Cat do you really wanna find Waldo in this mess?
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

Well sadly the Dolls dont have enough hardware or software to actually "spark" Black Angels have a full Synth-brain like regular andriods . thus she can "spark" while dolls can not.
Marcus Ramesy 7th Feb 2014, 10:02 AM edit delete reply

the spark is suposed to be impossible, but.. as we have seen.. it can happn....
velvetsanity 7th Feb 2014, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

Ceci was a black angel, not a doll. I'm sure the hardware and software in black angels is orders of magnitude more complex than that of dolls...
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 10:48 AM edit delete reply

They are indeed.. :D
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 3:19 PM edit delete reply

Yesterday, CeCi sparked... Tomorrow, Marcus' toaster sparks... Then his coffee-maker! :-D
mjkj 7th Feb 2014, 3:46 PM edit delete reply

*lol* great one, Storm :)
Tokyo Rose 7th Feb 2014, 4:36 PM edit delete reply

Rashala 7th Feb 2014, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

The day the TOILET sparks...yeah that's when I am just gonna go.......far.....away...
Marcus Ramesy 7th Feb 2014, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

if my household appliances become self aware... i will send them to Dr. Silver for further study... it is much eaiser to donate them to science, and let the lab girls/boys deal with it...
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2014, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

Except you would be outnumbered and they would probably vote to donate YOU to Setorius Axinian for further study. I mean, EVERYTHING around you is sparking you MUST have some 'magical' talent worthy of study. :-D
Marcus Ramesy 8th Feb 2014, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

possible .. but unless the household objects grow some form of local motion... I think I will be fine.. if they move to try to harm me.. they then have gone H9k and I am fully in my right sand responsibility to terminate them ....... with very extreme prejudices... there may be a smoking creator in the milsec district where my apartment once was.... and it may be a quarantine zone for the next 2 weeks while clean up crews work around the clock to clean up the.... "disaster" .... but the city will be safe from the weaponized toaster, and the atomic blender..
Marcus Ramesy 8th Feb 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

centcom: you blew up half the milsec distric..
marcus: the toaster moved
centcom: it fell off the counter
marcus: he was coming at me with intent.
centcom: you used a fusion bomb!!
marcus: he was still twitching after I shot him 36 times..
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

LOL Marcus. :-D

Yeah Marcus but the Roomba is in on it too. :-D It is SUPPOSED to move.
Marcus Ramesy 8th Feb 2014, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

what the hell is a roomba?
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2014, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

Are you serious? You've never heard of a

I was thinking of a jumbo sized one, that could suck you up and carry you off to be experimented on. :-D
Sheela 9th Feb 2014, 2:22 AM edit delete reply

Roomba's are mechanized kitten disposal units ... obviously!

You should know this Marcus!
mjkj 9th Feb 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

*lol* nice :D
Marcus Ramesy 9th Feb 2014, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

we call them maids... and we pay them.. :P

mjkj 9th Feb 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

Great :D
KarToon12 7th Feb 2014, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

Cue more lying then.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 10:32 AM edit delete reply

From Cent or Cella?
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

Cella might try it, but Calliope pretty much pinned CentComm down with her last order. I don't think CentComm can, nor wants to lie to Calliope now.
Johninaustin 7th Feb 2014, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
I'm voting for Connie and Ray. (I really self-identify with Ray, and I'm hoping Connie runs over her former boss with something really large.) Please note I'm serious enough to send a bribe. Go get a pizza. :)
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 10:32 AM edit delete reply

hehe its not a bad idea.. or chinese .. GOD I want won ton soup.. that shit is excellent!
Antonious 8th Feb 2014, 12:59 PM edit delete reply

I like peanut sesame chicken and hot and sour soup.
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

Instead of doing something constructive been rereading. Vinnie has been double dipping, it appears he's standing guard in front of Aeneas's door as well as at the Helios towers, somebody got some 'splainin to do here.
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 2:04 PM edit delete reply

Those were Reapers.. mass produced all though out the wars.. Vinne is a mech designed in the last 50 years.. ( DC timeline )
Tokyo Rose 7th Feb 2014, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

On a meta note, we can't build our own custom models, so we're limited to what's already available on the figure market for DAZ Studio. Le Artiste is also quite selective; there have been a few figures that looked pretty awesome, but were so poorly optimized or so limited in posability that they just weren't usable.
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

Cannot build the models ?
Do not have the time to build the models ?
velvetsanity 8th Feb 2014, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

Building 3d models is a specialized skill. I think it's likely they just don't have the time/mindset to learn it.
Rashala 8th Feb 2014, 8:11 PM edit delete reply

REAPERS?!?!?!? where ? *pulls on Kinetic Armor and Cerberus HArrier Assault rifle and spins around looking for something to shoot* Where Are the REapers!??! I'll kick their giant AI spaceship butts back to darkspace....
Tokyo Rose 9th Feb 2014, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Cent's been trying to learn, using 3D Studio Max, and has been able to make some very simple props, last I checked. Building fully articulated figures and props, though, is indeed a specialized skill that neither of us has been able to master.
Draginbeard 7th Feb 2014, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

This is such a sinister page....plots within plots
Centcomm 7th Feb 2014, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

hehe thats us onion plotters :D
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

Orange you glad you got that out now?
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

Pulls out the Vollrath 501N Redco Onion Slicer with 11 blades, we will get thru this rotten onion. :-D And INTO CentComm! Mwahahahahahaha! :-)
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

Hey wouldn't it be more fun to use that in Dead Man Walking #1
Stormwind13 7th Feb 2014, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

Hey, it is big enough and stout enough it can do double duty. CentComm is just where it can be used right now. Then will have to load it up to get over to Douchebag to feed him into it. :-D
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

I was thinking just enough to make him want to fit into a Pink Tutu and have him dance for the entertainment of the court and his personal set of bully boy guards.
Sheela 7th Feb 2014, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Oh great, now I'm thinking about Shreck and Donkey having the onion discussion.
Dragonrider 7th Feb 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

Hey I'm just trying to find a way for you to use that Pink Tutu somewhere that will provide the greatest good.
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2014, 8:59 PM edit delete reply

No Dragonrider, I think you were trying to permanently scar peoples' minds... Douchebag in a PINK Tutu? :-p Just thinking about that image makes me queasy. :-)
Dragonrider 9th Feb 2014, 8:28 AM edit delete reply

AH; but think of the benefits of him dancing for his Bully Boys in the Tutu in their barracks.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2014, 2:06 PM edit delete reply

New Page tonight !
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2014, 2:28 PM edit delete reply

Yay! :-)

Watches clock (too cold to do too much else :-p)
Dragonrider 9th Feb 2014, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

TWC playing hide the vote button ahain
Centcomm 9th Feb 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

seems its back for me .. :D
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2014, 7:42 PM edit delete reply

Not on the computer here. Haven't shut down and restarted everything though.
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