Comic 983 - Catching the pass....

23rd Feb 2014, 9:35 PM
Catching the pass....
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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Centcomm 23rd Feb 2014, 9:35 PM edit delete
sorry for late update!!!
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cattservant 23rd Feb 2014, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

The underground is on the street!
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:16 AM edit delete reply

Underground Streets ?

Intriguing! :)
Dragonrider 23rd Feb 2014, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

OK it was a message drop from Rose. Kinda anti climatic when all is said and done.
cattservant 23rd Feb 2014, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

Plotlogic is a plimiter!
Tokyo Rose 23rd Feb 2014, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Hey, it was fun watching half the commenters say "She just picked his pocket" and the other half say "She just dropped something off" :D
Reiko 23rd Feb 2014, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

I was surprised at how quickly they all jumped on the pickpocket idea, myself.

A number of them seem to be rather paranoid and cynical. ;)
cattservant 23rd Feb 2014, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

Long term readers.
We're conditioned.
Fairportfan 23rd Feb 2014, 10:35 PM edit delete reply

A number of us have seen human nature up close.
Sheela 24th Feb 2014, 6:49 AM edit delete reply

The rest of us has seen Centcomm & Tokyo Rose. :D
Stormwind13 24th Feb 2014, 1:16 PM edit delete reply

LOL Sheela. Well said. I was reading thru the comments and thinking pretty much that and there you went and said it. :-D
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:11 AM edit delete reply

looks up from her comp// whu what .. who me?? wait a min I didnt do it! :D
Dragonrider 24th Feb 2014, 10:11 AM edit delete reply

Just because you're paranoid and cynical doesn't mean they really aren't out to get you.
KarToon12 24th Feb 2014, 2:02 PM edit delete reply

See? Not everyone in this universe is bad. XD
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:15 AM edit delete reply

no they arent actually.. also MOST of the people in nova roma are just like you and me. living day to day and going to work or play. the customs and launguage may be diffrent - they have children and wives and all the wonderful things others have .. the slice of the population that is "evil" is all based on perspective. remember a LOT of Nova romans hold the machines responceable for a LOT of things. Horrible things. its something that is getting glossed over..
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

I seem to remember a newsreport in Lunar Star comic where a certain C3 AIS launched drone attacks on the area where Nova Roma is today.

Nova Roma citizens have good reason to both fear and loathe that particular AIS.
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

and that fear and loathing extends a great deal to the other machine intelligences. good or bad..
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:14 AM edit delete reply

Well, that extension may or may not be reasonable ... we don't know if any of the other AIS' attacked like 3C did. It is certainly a possibility that they did. And I doubt Tokyo Rose's imaginary hands are completely free of innocent blood either.

Even Deep Blue may have a few skeletons in the closet ... for study, offcourse.
Tokyo Rose 25th Feb 2014, 4:08 PM edit delete reply

A lot of the war efforts were directed by, or at least managed by, AI systems. Deep Blue's always been all about information, but that can be just as bad or worse than controlling weapons directly.

As for innocent blood on hands . . . hm, "drenched" lacks a certain flair. Does "ensanguined" or "encarmined" sound more poetic? Also, strike out "on hands" and substitute "to the shoulders".
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

Im not sure that Rose was tossing Nukes.. or calling for "Scorched earth" tactics .. Rose always seemed far more surgical..
Tokyo Rose 25th Feb 2014, 4:04 PM edit delete reply

To be (sort of) fair, New Rome didn't exist at that point in time . . .
Sheela 26th Feb 2014, 10:24 AM edit delete reply

No, New Rome was created by the few survivors of the so called "surgical strikes" that a certain rampaging AIS went on.

Drenched to such a degree that all her dolls since then have been unable to wear any other color than red - As a tribute to the torrential streams of blood that ran trough the streets whereever she walked, with red eyes blazing in the night and people hiding ineffectively from her, as she ripped trough the darkest of night, a horrible monster in her own right.

Less than one in thousand survived that night.
As a horrible unfeeling monster stalked the streets.
Whispers were heard here and there ...

.... Akai Bara !!
jamie59 23rd Feb 2014, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

LOL! Rose's inside girl. Why do I feel she's part of a small army.
velvetsanity 23rd Feb 2014, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Because Rose is involved?
Stormwind13 24th Feb 2014, 1:15 PM edit delete reply

Small army, jamie? No, no... Rose probably has about half the planet in her pocket to some degree. :-D
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

beware the roses thorns they are everywhere.
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:00 AM edit delete reply

... that would make Tokyo Rose the "Rose Bud" ? And "Rose Bud" is slang for ... *looks up in the urban dictionary* ... oh!

...ewww! o.O
Tokyo Rose 25th Feb 2014, 4:09 PM edit delete reply

Okay, just delete THAT slang entry from your brain thanks gawd dammit internet . . .
highlander55 25th Feb 2014, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Sheela- NOT!! I had to look that up in the Urban dictionary. <washing out eyes with high pressure hose>
cattservant 25th Feb 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply

And the scythe lizards nest under them too.
Sheela 26th Feb 2014, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

HE hee he he he he he ...

.. and they thought doggies couldn't be evil. :D
I even managed to squick out Rose !
mjkj 23rd Feb 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Ah, Reiko *is* a contact from Rose :)

So, I guess no pickpocketing has commenced...

So, I am wondering how she will be freed from her master (if he is not part of the ruse)? (and hopefully soon)

toaster 23rd Feb 2014, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Master, or fellow member of Rose's underground and also playing a role, you guys need to stop taking things at face value.
cattservant 23rd Feb 2014, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

Or who is actually in charge...
Stormwind13 24th Feb 2014, 9:05 AM edit delete reply

Very good point, toaster. He is either a member of Rose's group, or fairly unobservant. :-) I mean, Reiko wasn't exactly subtle there. And 'Master' didn't respond at all.

So either he is a really good actor or he is an unobservant a$$hole. In the latter case, I fear for his continued existance. If he is the former then he'll probably get rescued along with Reiko when things heat up in Nova Roma.
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

Reiko 23rd Feb 2014, 11:47 PM edit delete reply

If anyone is interested, the original images I used for my avatar images can be found on DeviantArt
mjkj 24th Feb 2014, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

Ah, it is you, Velvet, you are Reiko, nice :)
Sheela 24th Feb 2014, 6:50 AM edit delete reply

Ah, so it is Velvetsanity hiding behind that face ... interesting.
velvetsanity 24th Feb 2014, 7:49 AM edit delete reply


I created Reiko with Cent's help as an RPG character in the hopes I could get a chance to play in a game (assuming I could convince her to run one--which she's been doing since she moved, without any convincing needed), in the process helping Cent figure out rules for creating android characters (primarily providing motivation).

I've also been providing Cent with any and every daz and poser item I could get my hands on, both to help recover from computer problems and to provide additional materials for putting together comic pages.

Cent mentioned a possible cameo to me a while back; when she did, I suggested a far, far less significant appearance that had zero impact on the story: someone who simply knows someone, and was visiting or bumping into an acquaintance (additional setting/background fluff, basically). Then she throws this at me out of nowhere O_o
Stormwind13 24th Feb 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

Very good job, velvet. I really like the look of the character there. :-) For all you've done for the comic (and I thank you for that too) you deserved a cameo. :-)

Kind of sad though that we probably won't get to see more of Reiko. I liked what we had seen of her. :-)
velvetsanity 24th Feb 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Thanks, though I did make a minor error or two when designing her look in Daz, but didn't catch it until I was making the second avatar image. (I made her eyes slightly larger than intended)

We'll see. I don't really have any more information on what the evil duo (Cent and Rose) may or may not have planned than anyone else does.
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

Yep Rieko here is playing a "part" for pay. a lot of pay :D
velvetsanity 25th Feb 2014, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Okay, okay, I admit. I *have* been filled in on exactly what Reiko knows. :P
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

She knows *so* much her hair turned BLUE ! :D
Rashala 24th Feb 2014, 12:26 AM edit delete reply

I have a feeling Karma is REALLY gonna stink for that guy.
mjkj 24th Feb 2014, 4:56 AM edit delete reply

If he does not fake it...
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

maaaybe keep reading :D
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

He's a Karma-chameleon ?
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

highlander55 25th Feb 2014, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

All he needs is the funky hat!
XRzer04 24th Feb 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
I think he's Gotta be in on it, too. Not even with a money bribe would I trust anyone outside the con with a sensitive drop like this.
This guy's gotta be a sympathizer at least, if not an active plotter. I think a chance at stopping the madness would be enough to make at least Some Nova Roman citizens take the chance
mjkj 24th Feb 2014, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

I believe you are right.

First Reiko says she will make it up to Ky...Leo, and then without any further making up she tells her master they will be on their way - so I believe he must be part of the ruse...
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:30 AM edit delete reply

you are so very very correct.. not all romans belive in the prince Acantha has a lot of supporters as well. there is a dividing line forming .. thats good and bad..
Dragonrider 24th Feb 2014, 10:17 AM edit delete reply

Another thought, it seems that Rose probably provided Calli the basic info to make Dolly what if she has more than a few "Dolly's" around and this guy is one of them?
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:30 AM edit delete reply

I can answer this.. There is only ONE model 5 period .. Dolly is the first and only one period. :D
Sheela 25th Feb 2014, 11:11 AM edit delete reply

Even if Rose added a few things here and there, I think Calliope is sufficiently advanced enough in her designs that she's a few years, if not decades, ahead of the pack .. including Tokyo Rose.

Calliope is, after all, a certified genius.
highlander55 25th Feb 2014, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

And I cannot wait for Lynn to meet the new Dolly! Total disbelief and mind shock.
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

oh it will be awesome .. trust me!
Draginbeard 24th Feb 2014, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

Ahhh, OK, operating right under this 'masters' nose. I didn't see that coming. Very Nice!
Centcomm 25th Feb 2014, 8:31 AM edit delete reply

*bows* thats the idea. if we can pass one under the readers and make them go WHOA then we have done our job well :D
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