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    You know, if we knew how many of those six nodes Petey actually needs to run his generator, we'd have a much better idea of how bad the situation is.
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    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary X: The Mundivore, or, "Eat it"

    He needs all of them--he was already running at a power deficit to the Pa'anuri core generator when he had all six operational, due to the Andromeda galaxy having a much larger core than the Milky Way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windscion View Post
    You know, if we knew how many of those six nodes Petey actually needs to run his generator, we'd have a much better idea of how bad the situation is.
    Ah well, think happy thoughts. That's sure to work.
    He needs more than six to win, absent other factors. He was already losing with a fully intact generator before the invasion even started - his forces in Andromeda had been wiped out and he barely had enough available power to send one ship (the Toughs). Losing even one of the nodes is, while not apocalyptic, not good. Every node he loses reduces his already strained resources. What isn't clear is whether or not he will cease to be able to offer effective resistance after losing n nodes. He's clearly still able to fight with only five remaining.

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    It kind of bothers me that the space fairies fly ships similar to the headquarters of the attorney drone collective. I figured that one image might have been one of the reasons those guys were phased out.

    On the other hand it kind of excites me that the space fairies fly ships similar to the headquarters of the attorney drone collective. Does that mean they could finally be brought back as well? Give us one more silly "lawyers getting eaten" joke, just one.
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    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary X: The Mundivore, or, "Eat it"

    You know? I didn't realize I wanted 'Cosmic Dark Matter Entity Schlock eats the attorney drone collective head quarters and earns the remaining bounty in one go with associated payroll callback joke' before you said that but now....

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    You know? I didn't realize I wanted 'Cosmic Dark Matter Entity Schlock eats the attorney drone collective head quarters and earns the remaining bounty in one go with associated payroll callback joke' before you said that but now....
    They can't do that anymore though, as they sold off the bounty rights to that rent-a-cop mercenary organization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeTess View Post
    They can't do that anymore though, as they sold off the bounty rights to that rent-a-cop mercenary organization.
    Which might well be part of Schlock's current chain of command...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeTess View Post
    They can't do that anymore though, as they sold off the bounty rights to that rent-a-cop mercenary organization.
    I'm aware but as they say you always want what you can't have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Cardew View Post
    "First responders" doesn't refer to military personal, it's typically for people who respond to emergencies most commonly accidents and natural disasters, but also terrorism.
    The *term* "first responder" is as you say, but the *words* "first responder" do not. They're quite descriptive of something that, in the context of the comic's referenced protocol, could easily mean -only- military personnel. And given that this is a work of fiction set in space, you really shouldn't be enforcing the term definition on this.

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    I just noticed.

    In the "Asteroids" game panel, the "score" is the date of the comic.

    https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2020-05-03

    So given the score, yes, it looks like we're winning :-)
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    Okay, /now/ where is Schlock? 7 June 2020 update.

    * Neolithic circuitry
    * 0011100010101100 sequence

    Which imply infosphere.

    * Mini(?) Pa'anuri
    * Some whole, some partly chewed.

    which imply the Dark Matter layer.

    And,
    * Schlock looks like meatspace Schlock

    Plus the knobby wire which the Pa'anuri use to link to the Barry realm, but that is probably part of the Pa'anuri ship teraport mechanism.
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    I read it as that he's mentally inside the pa'anuri reincarnation machine after having teraported with it, and unexpectedly all the pa'anuri he ate to gain all that mass are in there as well.

    That may put some practical limitations on how many times he can repeat this performance.
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    Schlock is in a virtual space. He gets to eat them again I guess?
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    This seems to be leading towards schlock getting to try all the points of his moral compass out on the same people. In order.
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    Lets see.
    Ate them - check
    Kill them? These haven't been killed yet, have they?
    Make friends with them? ... Not sure how.
    Take a bath in them? ... ummm...
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    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary X: The Mundivore, or, "Eat it"

    .. The Paanuri have a node on the central regulator station for their core generator, don't they.

    Or I guess less dramatically on their own Hypergun station - wouldn't be enough to win the war, unlike destroying the Andromeda core generator, but it would remove Andromeda's ability to provide fire support to their Milky Way expedition.
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    Someone's going to have to use the word "missed" very soon...
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    .. The Paanuri have a node on the central regulator station for their core generator, don't they.

    Or I guess less dramatically on their own Hypergun station - wouldn't be enough to win the war, unlike destroying the Andromeda core generator, but it would remove Andromeda's ability to provide fire support to their Milky Way expedition.
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    The downside of a hyperspace death ray: it can hit anything.

    I was going to say that it can hit itself, but I'm actually not sure of that. Do the hyperspace entrance and exit point have to lie on a straight line with entrance before exit?
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    Uncertain. However, I doubt it's as simple as the gun firing at itself. What it *might* do, though, is destroy the controller for the Pa'anuri core generator or something like that--it ain't going to be firing much without power, after all.

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    I can't believe how much I'd missed the Toughs actually doing stuff and us actually seeing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    Uncertain. However, I doubt it's as simple as the gun firing at itself. What it *might* do, though, is destroy the controller for the Pa'anuri core generator or something like that--it ain't going to be firing much without power, after all.
    Or it may be that simple.

    Power would most likely have redundants. But the gun itself...
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    Pretty explosion, there.

    Let's see, the shot took out the Pa'anuri gunner, half of the gun, and the end of the incoming stream of energy that powered it. Mission complete, and while this doesn't win the war all by itself, it is a rather large part of what's needed.
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    Pretty explosion, there.

    Let's see, the shot took out the Pa'anuri gunner, half of the gun, and the end of the incoming stream of energy that powered it. Mission complete, and while this doesn't win the war all by itself, it is a rather large part of what's needed.
    I dunno... I'm expecting a pulled out shot where it also destabilizes the generator, too. I know it's long odds, but that's the way it's heading.
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    Or the Pa'anuri have another gun.
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    Or the Pa'anuri have another gun.
    This one was the size of a solar system, I seriously doubt they have a backup--although, as my previous comment proved, I'm obviously not the best at guessing this! However, in this case the note "The most powerful (and longest ranged) weapon for 12 million light years in any direction" certainly implies this is the only one they have, and since that's not an in-universe comment but something added by the author, it would not be a great move if he proves that to be untrue at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    This one was the size of a solar system, I seriously doubt they have a backup--although, as my previous comment proved, I'm obviously not the best at guessing this! However, in this case the note "The most powerful (and longest ranged) weapon for 12 million light years in any direction" certainly implies this is the only one they have, and since that's not an in-universe comment but something added by the author, it would not be a great move if he proves that to be untrue at some point.
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    It would still be a little weird if you have a strategic weapon that is the linchpin of your entire war effort, and you don't at least think about building a backup. The backup just needs to be a little smaller than the main weapon for the statement to be true. I agree it suggests that there isn't anything close in size though.

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