Comic 1793 - Old Age and Treachery

22nd Mar 2023, 12:00 AM
Old Age and Treachery
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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mjkj 22nd Mar 2023, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Nice toy, indeed - poor Ophie got no shot in, though?

@alt text: *lol*
Centcomm 22nd Mar 2023, 4:17 AM edit delete reply

Old Fsrt 22nd Mar 2023, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Think I commented a couple ago that his souped up ray gun had more punch than Ophelia had.Cent Com may want to recruit him as a weapons designer, Just to stay on top of the food chain.This guy is the definition of a loose cannon you want to lash down tightly, and NOT get on his bad side.
Lurker314 22nd Mar 2023, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
My Deus Ex reaction was: "Quick! Grab it!"

What? Nerd? Me?

:D :D :D
Centcomm 22nd Mar 2023, 4:23 AM edit delete reply

what the landmine?
Ryu Santos 22nd Mar 2023, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
Well, that seems to have shocked someone's memory back to what they were briefly. To bad none survived.
Just_IDD 22nd Mar 2023, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

I think the black one may still be alive, the Goldie foot soldiers all seemed to have had their ticket's punched.

I want them to take the black one to a room full of reapers. Then the reapers and the goldies can whittle each other down. This will help Centcom too since it wont be wasting resources. Think of it as selective disarmament (dismemberment).
plymayer 22nd Mar 2023, 6:15 AM edit delete reply

I'm not sure about keeping any part of them. Could be traps or trackers or anything nasty. Best to dissolve anything left in acid.
megados 22nd Mar 2023, 6:26 AM edit delete reply

I think they are savvy enough to check.
robnot 22nd Mar 2023, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
it's not dead.. immobile , but not dead..
there are 5 'ghosties' ,, one for each of the "goldies"..
megados 22nd Mar 2023, 8:10 AM edit delete reply

I kinda *thought* that, (I didn't want to say it) because he was going down and saying he couldn't feel his legs, etc. It looks like when the outer 'suit' was deactivated, some kind of mind control was broken, too.
Centcomm 22nd Mar 2023, 12:34 PM edit delete reply

yes 5 sad ghost icons.
Rigor 22nd Mar 2023, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

The NT markings on the S&R jet might have given that away already.
sigpig 22nd Mar 2023, 6:48 AM edit delete reply

My immediate thought was the "We don't serve their kind here" from "A New Hope" with the "chirp" on the device.

Highly-directed EMP-blast?
robnot 22nd Mar 2023, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
i don't think EMP.. most of the equipment has to be shielded.. unless it is slug thrower, the others give off an EMP when fired..
also they look military.. so they would have some EMP proofing.
Centcomm 22nd Mar 2023, 12:34 PM edit delete reply

Sonics. not EMP
Thracecius 22nd Mar 2023, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

Not only are they apparently cyborgs, but the goldies also appear to have the ability to transfer personalities or transplant brains while retaining full functionality, ala Ghost in the Shell? The dialogue implies a number of possibilities, none of which fail to revolt me. Whoever created these things obviously had no moral or ethical objections to modifying people in very unnatural ways.

Who wants to bet that the little girl Skeeter was trying to protect, many pages ago, is in one of these things in some way?
Centcomm 22nd Mar 2023, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

the girl is safely at Logrins.
Just_IDD 22nd Mar 2023, 3:23 PM edit delete reply

The girl was unsuitable because she was too young. That is why she was left as bait to lure in other adults. Fortunately Logrin was more fortified than the disabled unit left behind. Of course the water plant needs to be operated for everyone remaining's survival so its likely the Goldie's will be monitoring the place for signs of activity.

Presumably this other place is key infrastructure of a different sort.

The Goldies definitely won the Knobell prize for their activities here. Another side effect of them being taken out by him is that the goldies don't know what kind of firepower our erstwhile companions are packing. its best to keep them in the dark about that for as long as possible.
Gilrandir 22nd Mar 2023, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
Why is it that Mr. Knobell gets the 'old age and treachery' label, while the harvesters are equated with 'youth and exuberance'? Aren't the harvesters in their 'golden years'? ^_^
megados 22nd Mar 2023, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

😆 👍
Deanatay 22nd Mar 2023, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
More body dysmorphic comments from the Goldies when they're badly damaged. Sounds like the original brains are there, but not in control.

Also, Knobell proves you CAN be an old, bold gunslinger - if you cheat!
megados 22nd Mar 2023, 8:09 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, it seems like whatever component flesh parts there are, are being mind controlled in some way. Despite being gold and shiny, these goldies are inherently hideous.

Reinhold Knobell did not cheat; he is simply resourceful.
Rashala 22nd Mar 2023, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

Okay I like this old guys prep level
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