Comic 979 - Secrets and blackmail..

13th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM
Secrets and blackmail..
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cattservant 13th Feb 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

That should be sufficiently motivating...
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

She certainly hopes so .. :D
Dragonrider 13th Feb 2014, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Blackmail, such an ugly word but such an efficient incentive to stellar performances. Wheels within wheels, a riddle, wrapped in a puzzle and packaged within a conundrum.
cattservant 13th Feb 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Ribbed or extra-sensitive?
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

its simply a matter of providing the right incentive .. :D
Stormwind13 13th Feb 2014, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Deep hooks in him Miraiko has. :-)

And apparently Luna can be VERY scary. Even Nova Roma apparently doesn't want to piss them off. :-)
cattservant 13th Feb 2014, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Orbital Defense Cannons.
jamie59 13th Feb 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Droping rocks (iron) is easier & more effective.
Hans 13th Feb 2014, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
But much harder to target.
Falanin 14th Feb 2014, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Not at all! With the correct MATH you can hit any point on earth with a rock from Lunar orbit.

You'd have to do similar math to get your hypothetical cannon into the correct orbit to hit your target, anyway.
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 3:33 PM edit delete reply

Plus with Kinetic strikes you can announce at Latitude so and so and Longitude such and such at 08:39:15 this morning you will receive a little package from your friendly neighborhood green cheese salesman. With a carefully calculated weight they are damn near impossible to hit with missiles and only the luckiest air to air shot would get it, again due to size.

Fpr more info on howkineticweapons work check the link.
Stormwind13 14th Feb 2014, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

Well you don't have to be as worried about precision with a rock either. If you want, you can target a building, or a bigger rock for the city, or an even bigger rock for the state... or a honking BIG rock for the continent. :-D
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

Actually Stormwinf its not size but speed that determines the destructiveness of the kinetic missile. The only place size plays in is to be sure you start with one that will have a 50lb payload and at the right velocity the shockwave and heat will level your target.
Stormwind13 14th Feb 2014, 7:08 PM edit delete reply

Sorry Dragonrider. I wasn't thinking of just the little loads. :-D I was thinking of asteroids. Put a small pusher engine on it to steer it and let gravity do your work for you. :-)
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 8:32 PM edit delete reply

Understand toss an asteroid in at several million lbs you don't need speed the damn thing is a size queen. I was thinking a railgun throwing rocks from Luna a metal band around the rock to make use of the mag induction coils for initial launch and guidance throw it fast enough and it bores straight in on target.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Oh yes.. they can be ..
jamie59 13th Feb 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

Careful blackmail can turn & bite back.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

She well knows shes skating a thin ice game.
Stormwind13 14th Feb 2014, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

And yet she doesn't seem too bothered by this fact. Miraiko seems to be confident that she is in control of the situation. Now whether she is in FACT in control, remains to be seen. :-D
mjkj 16th Feb 2014, 3:58 PM edit delete reply

No, Miraiko knows she is not in control - but she also knows that Tokyo Rose is in control* and has her covered - and that _is_ reassuring...

* Erm, make that is mostly in control...
Dragonrider 13th Feb 2014, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

@jamie59 the nice thing about blackmail in a closed system such as Nova Roma once you start to bite back,you find out exactly what the term Deadmans Switch means.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

heheh exactly..
Draginbeard 13th Feb 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Blackmail is a very dangerous business. I see it as a game of patience and ruthless action. All it takes is a single mistake to set that house of cards on fire.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:08 AM edit delete reply

bingo :D
Sheela 14th Feb 2014, 6:39 PM edit delete reply

i dunno.

i tend to prefer flamethrowers, but that may just be me. :)
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 8:35 PM edit delete reply

But with a flame thrower you have a burnt offering for the Church but no salvageable organs.
Sheela 15th Feb 2014, 3:42 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, but all the cards are well and properly burned. :)
Centcomm 15th Feb 2014, 2:02 PM edit delete reply

Clense with FIRE!!
KarToon12 13th Feb 2014, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

For some reason, the design of this guy reminds me of Frozone from The Incredibles.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:08 AM edit delete reply

HAHHA ok now that you mention it .. I agree :D
XRzer04 14th Feb 2014, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

He looks like Morpheus to me
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:08 AM edit delete reply

ehh maybe a bit .. I wasnt going for any piticular likeness :D
mjkj 14th Feb 2014, 12:50 AM edit delete reply

Wow, a whole new site from Miraiko...

I wonder why he killed that little Luna girl - and who was she?

*hugs Miraiko*
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

Probably erotic asphyxiation, or refusal to participate in same.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:09 AM edit delete reply

or something like that.. :D
Sheela 14th Feb 2014, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, he got angry with her when she didn't want to strangle him so he could get his rocks off.

... he took it .. badly.
Centcomm 14th Feb 2014, 10:09 AM edit delete reply

ahhh the mysteries of life.. :D
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

I love this site it brings out the worst in everybody.
Stormwind13 14th Feb 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

I don't know if it was an 'accident' or not. Miraiko used the word, SPITE. Sounds like he tried to rough her up (probably when she didn't do what he wanted) and wound up killing her. :-p

Wonder what kind of hatchet-man he is though. The original meaning, someone that used an axe in the military (probably not :-D). An assassin, that is possible... or someone that handles the unpleasant tasks of a business (typically firings and the like).

I could see him in either of the latter two roles. The fact he hasn't tried to rub out Miraiko though means either he knows he is outclassed or he is in the unpleasant side of management.
Tokyo Rose 14th Feb 2014, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

It was intended more in the latter sense. It was the best shorthand I could come up with for "the guy who gets all the good test subjects and research materials for Setorius, does exactly what he's told without qualm or comment, and disposes of various messes". This is the dude who's got the right connections and leverage to apply pressure to acquire something or make something go away. The same things that make him valuable to Setorius make him valuable to anyone else who gets sufficient leverage against him. He's usually careful to avoid doing anything that someone else might be able to use as leverage, but mistakes happen.
Stormwind13 14th Feb 2014, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

Thank you for the clarification, Rose.

A good person for Miraiko (and you too, by extension? :-D) to get her hooks into. Probably even better than Setorius, as he operates out of the limelight more. Probably doesn't get the scrutiny that his boss does.
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

Probably those who know him and what he does fear him more than Setorius. He can make people disappear in the middle of the night. His boss has channels to go through, just like in Soviet Russia Beria was feared and respected but his NKVD Bully Boys in civilian clothes scared the unholy pee ouut o people. They were the ones who knocked open the door at night. In Soviet Russia Door knocks on YOU!!!
Sheela 14th Feb 2014, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

... meanwhile in todays Russia.

Just look how scared he is ! :D
Dragonrider 14th Feb 2014, 8:21 PM edit delete reply

In Soviet Russia Hay Bale YOU!!
Centcomm 15th Feb 2014, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

faceplams !
Rashala 15th Feb 2014, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

*joins Centy in a facepalm then grabs a large blunt object and beats Dragonrider AND marcus Into heaps over that stupid joke!!
Sheela 16th Feb 2014, 9:41 AM edit delete reply


Awesome, not only did I get away with it, but Dragonrider and Marcus paid for it.

Dragonrider 16th Feb 2014, 8:48 PM edit delete reply

*Sends favorite Dragon to sit on Sheela* When Dragon comes to visit you are guest chair.
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