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Comic 1592 - Trashed

16th May 2018, 12:00 AM
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Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)
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megados 16th May 2018, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
LOL psycho Auto-da-fé kid! That made me think of Sid Phillips, the neighbor kid in Toy Story. I'm surprised that term survived the centuries after the great war. XD (Ophelia could just go look at her body, something we humans can't do)

Re: alt text, yes, I can see the similarity! I wonder how Malati would react in this situation! :D This storylet has some great potential!

Centcomm, I knew you could do it! Kudos! (Great writer boot application, Rose!)
Haegan2005 16th May 2018, 1:14 AM edit delete reply

What happened in Rome lately?

I thought they opened some KFC's? ;)
HiFranc 16th May 2018, 3:30 AM edit delete reply

In that case the Romans had better abandon all hope. :P
megados 16th May 2018, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
In that case they probably already have. >_<
HiFranc 16th May 2018, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

Isn’t a lot of the story classified?
oldastronomer 16th May 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
It probably was, except that a Senator spilled some beans regarding the death of Decimus/Kali, and I suspect that Gen Maxus Valerus had to issue some sort of narrative statement to try to squash some of the more alarmist rumours spreading around, not to mention daily bulletins on Princess Acantha's health.
mjkj 16th May 2018, 4:11 AM edit delete reply

Wow, I still wonder who sent that killbot...
oldastronomer 16th May 2018, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
My Money is still on some overlap of <bolo-berserker-leftover_from_the_past_wars> that the gutters disturbed. Even CentComm is going to have perturbations about this one!
Bullwinkle 16th May 2018, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
It could be Sparta trying to play Rome and Troy off against each other or testing some thing they found
antrik 16th May 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Considering that Troy and Sparta seem to be rather friendly with each other in general, I don't think they would risk this sort of play...
Sheela 17th May 2018, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

Or it could be that they finally found me in the story !

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I'm a mech doggy!! XD
I buried the bodies in the backyard!
Centcomm 21st May 2018, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

heheh mech doggy
Sheela 21st May 2018, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

I pee jetfuel on gutters, and light them up with hidden laser! >_<
HeSerpenty 16th May 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply

MAN i'm so behind. Forgive me Centy! Looking forward to getting back into it again! Looking great as usual! <3
Centcomm 21st May 2018, 5:05 PM edit delete reply

its all good! :D
Gilrandir 16th May 2018, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Just out of curiosity: Why is Ophelia referring to the squad she was with as "her men"?
velvetsanity 16th May 2018, 7:59 PM edit delete reply

“Call me queen, worm!” *whipcrack*

ROFL. Obviously, it’s because she was the OIC of the Squad (officer in charge), which makes them her responsibility, aka “hers”.
Gilrandir 16th May 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
@velvetsanity, that is the obvious answer, but we have been told that Cassians have an independent and separate chain of command from the rest of Nova Roma's military forces. If we assume those were Maxus' (and his subordinates) men, then Cassians (including Ophelia) should be neither giving nor receiving orders, just exchanging politely worded 'suggestions'. As far as I know, that is.
megados 16th May 2018, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Since Decimus' and possibly more importantly, Kali's demise, the chains of command would seem to have been, at least temporarily, blurred. Since then, Noctis has been elevated to princeps, and has agreed to cooperation with Maxus. In his discussion with Tennyo, (acting princeps in Noctis' absence) it was agreed that Cassians would be assigned to gutter details. Although the military and Cassian chains of command are usually separate, they are now cooperating entities at this time. As it appears they are not sending high ranking military officers on gutter details, the Cassians (who might be considered to be a combination of high security, and Black Ops) would seem to be the highest ranking people on these details. I could be wrong, but under the circumstances, it makes sense to me that Ophelia might be in charge.
Gilrandir 17th May 2018, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
And, @megados, if that is the reason (that Nova Roma Defense Forces are now being placed under the authority of Cassian officers), that would be interesting to know. That opens up the can of worms of what happens when Defense Force Generals start giving orders to Cassian company commanders. Or are we just assuming we have gutted the Defense Force military staff completely, issued rifles to all the brass and put them in the field under Cassian command?

During the scenes leading up to the firefight with the mystery opponent, I didn't get the impression that Ophelia gave Charlie orders or vice versa. As I commented at the time, it seemed much more like having an intelligence specialist embedded with a motorized platoon of regular troops, each having their own, independent, command structure. But my impressions are irrelevant. I was curious if there was some other explanation.
DLKmusic 17th May 2018, 2:49 AM edit delete reply

Just a thought on this one, Gil. She was stuck out here ihe wastelands, probably as a trainer for the troops, well before the "peaceful and orderly change of regime" in New Rome (please say that with tongue in cheek). Whether she was in command or not is irrelevant. She had bonded with these troops, and felt responsible for them.
Sheela 17th May 2018, 6:38 AM edit delete reply

It's also a possibility that Cassians have a sort of "force majure" sort of deal going on, where in case of unusual situations, they get elevated in rank, so they can order others around more effectively - ie. not have an argument about who is in charge, and why.

Not an uncommon thing to do in the military/police institutions.
If war breaks out, a military officer and a police officer are not of the same rank anymore - But outside of the warzone, they are technically the same again.

Also, special agencies, such as CIA, FBI and DEA also have special cases, where they "rise in rank" to make them more effective.

I would think the same applied to Cassians.
That said, Feelie seemed pretty chummy with those guys.
So it was probably a mix between being their commander, and being their friend.

And that's without going into the very special cases of Maxim #2, #3 and #69:

2) A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn't know what's going on.
3) An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.
69) Sometimes rank is a function of firepower.

From The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, of course.
megados 17th May 2018, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir, it's a good question. It seems to distill down to whether there's a set static hierarchy under conditions such as this, or it's nebulous, being determined by immediate factors on the ground, rather as Sheela suggests. (I suspect the latter, but, again, I could be wrong)

I can see it being possible also, given different circumstances, having high ranking military commanders issuing orders to Cassians.

It might be as simple as Maxus saying to Charlie, "For this exercise, Ophelia will be your commanding officer.", or Tennyo saying to Ophelia "For this exercise, Charlie will be your commanding officer." In either case, the correct response is "Understood."
Rashala 17th May 2018, 3:29 AM edit delete reply

And like that.....we have a new player on the board.......
Ebonbolt 21st May 2018, 10:42 PM edit delete reply

…and possibly a new section of board in play.
required 17th May 2018, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
What if a bot wants to be a hermaphrodite? You see, they don't have the limitations of humans....
antrik 17th May 2018, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
Bots do not have desires. You might be thinking of Androids here?
Sheela 18th May 2018, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

I reckon that since androids are molded after the human mind, they will have both a sexual orientation, and a gender as well. Other things such as size and skin color may be part of it too.

And I suspect that if an android gets reloaded into a body that is too different from the androids dispositions, it may end up with body dysmorphia, which can end up with all sorts of mental disorders. Or reload-trauma, which is kinda what happened to TeeDee.

I would however, imagine that some things would be more common for androids, than humans. Such as, for example, being asexual and androgynous, is fairly uncommon for humans, but since androids don't have sexual genitalia from the beginning, it may be way more common.


As for Hermaphrodite, that would be a very unusual thing to happen, as a Hermaphrodite Human starts with a physical condition, due to a chromosome disorder - And since Android are created, I suspect that chromosome disorders would be extremely rare, and since it's really only their brain and some supporting biological parts that support their brain that even has chromosomes, I doubt they even have chromosomes for genitalia - So they wouldn't even be able to have disorders of sexual development.

Really, the only "sexual parts" they have, would be in their mind.
Y'know, such as their orientation.
Centcomm 21st May 2018, 5:05 PM edit delete reply

YOu pretty much nailed it .. i have nothing more to add.
Sheela 21st May 2018, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Allright, now to make sure that it sticks !
*brings out hammer*

Don't move, Centcomm … this will only hurt a little bit! XD
Siren 20th May 2018, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
What is Auto-da-fé and would I regret looking it up.
megados 20th May 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Short, fairly nondescript answer: it involves the burning of heretics by the Spanish Inquisition. I don't think you'd regret looking it up, as there is probably very little graphic material from that time. :D
Boren 20th May 2018, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

*slams brakes both feet!* Hold it! Cent.... is that a pip boy on her wrist...?
kraznor 21st May 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
nope a wrist strap for their version of the iPhone

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matone-Forearm-Rotatable-Wristband-Adjustable/dp/B0734LQ4M1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526891638&sr=8-1&keywords=wrist+strap+for+iphone&dpID=51b1UMjWhIL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
highlander55 21st May 2018, 12:46 PM edit delete reply

I just looked that up, says: Seller does not deliver to United States. Go figure!
Centcomm 21st May 2018, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

Mayyybe "::D
Ebonbolt 21st May 2018, 10:47 PM edit delete reply

Of note: I have been informed (by a rather involved fan) that there are designs available (in this era) for "pipboy" rigs for iPhones & similar devices. Make of that what you will…
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