Chapter 11, Page 11

September 7th, 2015, 2:01 am

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Jamie59 September 7th, 2015, 9:59 am
Shoot up & bypass adolescence.
Merceneiress September 8th, 2015, 4:36 pm
@Jamie59: Yup, a futuristic speed ball for knowledge.

@Dragonrider: Dang it! I'm gonna have to rewrite the next page now...

@xpacetrue: Indeed, her curiosity could be her downfall, in addition to her lack of patience and impulsive nature.
Dragonrider September 9th, 2015, 9:36 am
@Merceneiress: Sorry about that.
Dragonrider September 7th, 2015, 1:31 pm
*Takes injection~Two Hours later~* Damn Billy there is a major headache. No, No don't worry about it. I'm really sorry, you were a good friend but since you listened; listened to even part of the recording when I warned you not to. Well, its kinda your fault* *TIRIN~NO~PLEASE! Put The Gun Down...ARRRGGGHHHH.* Goodbye Billy, you were a good friend, now you're just one of those kids who disappeared for no known reason. Best get back home I need Dad's workshop more than ever now. Soul Toaster sounds like a handy gadget to carry around.*
xpacetrue September 7th, 2015, 8:55 pm
Foolishness What can Tirin learn by injecting those memories that she couldn't by just watching them like TV or video files? She'd learn lots of skills and gain a lifetime of experience, sure. But at what cost?

It seems Tirin is about to loose her childhood - her innocence. Something she won't be able to understand, much less appreciate, until it is gone. On top of that, she'll gain a lifetime of painful memories and regrets.

Poor little Tirin, about to open Pandora's Box. I'm reminded of the yarn about curiosity and cats.
Guesticus (Guest) September 9th, 2015, 6:39 am
Damn, he's a snoopy little snot, isn't he? Guess Lil Tirin will be using that gun on him for reals soon?

xpacetrue: well, originally she lost her 'innocence' around the same time (remember, Tirin went back to the time just before her father was murdered) only difference now, is she will have the experience without the trauma
xpacetrue September 9th, 2015, 8:32 am
@Guesticus:
"...only difference now, is she will have the experience without the trauma"

The memories she's about to get should include her father being murdered. Granted, her father is still alive. But the memory should feel like her own. There are other memories, too, like her new friends being murdered - for which she blames herself.

Tirin 1 felt it was "worth it" to be enslaved to the temporal agent job because she not only saved her father, but gained a "do-over", sparing a young Tirin from her tragic life. Seems like Tirin 2 is going to embrace that tragic life, making Tirin 1's sacrifice somewhat moot.
Karyl (Guest) September 9th, 2015, 7:32 pm
I am DELIGHTED to see this posting again! Wow, feels like my birthday :)
Merceneiress September 13th, 2015, 2:43 am
@Karyl: Glad you found Merceneiress and hope you enjoy reading the new stuff. I am flattered that you compared this with having a birthday! Thank you so much!
unicornfrog September 9th, 2015, 8:58 pm
Cheer up everybody!! Maybe this won't all be so bad? Perhaps, maybe she'll remember it all as a movie, but have the common sense to disassociate herself, as her own person.
That being said...I'm unsure if the device carries actual memories, or just an audio diary that Tirin 1 prepared specifically for her younger self.
She MUST have known what she was doing, otherwise most of it would be traumatizing. Not to mention....how do you explain sex to your younger self about people you probably won't meet now?
I'm saying, let's trust the author that it all works out somehow. Maybe I'm totally wrong and it's a trainwreck, but we're all here for a reason, you know? The story has us gripped and we're intent to see it out to the end.
I will remain the forever optimist, though. ^_^
xpacetrue September 10th, 2015, 12:42 pm
unicornfrog wrote:

" Maybe this won't all be so bad? Perhaps, maybe she'll remember it all as a movie, but have the common sense to disassociate herself... "

Maybe. We don't know. But Billy suggested it would be similar to the "algebra nanos", which suggests it would be a direct download of information.

" I'm unsure if the device carries actual memories, or just an audio diary that Tirin 1 prepared specifically for her younger self.
She MUST have known what she was doing, otherwise... "


I'm almost certain that Tirin 1 did not intentionally leave that memory device behind for Tirin 2. She most certainly did not start using the device with this in mind. It's one of those gadgets that her father invented. And there are several strategic reasons why it would be useful to her line of work. It would be similar to having photographic memory, allowing her to recall long sequences of numbers and complex data in detail, perpetually. And her boss had a similar device implanted in his brain so he retained important information in a way that it could not be tortured out of him.

I think Tirin 1 dropping it and Tirin 2 finding it was luck or a conspiracy of fate.

" I'm saying, let's trust the author that it all works out somehow. "

You're right. We don't know. And we should trust the author it works out for the best. But even if it was merely videos, I can't help but feel sorry for Tirin 2. It's not a story for children. And for her it hits close to home.
unicornfrog September 10th, 2015, 4:57 pm
@xpacetrue:

Okay....that was not how I saw it at all....I wonder what it really means?

On this page
http://www.merceneiress.com/comics/2157009/chapter-10-page-43/

When she says "A little invention of mine, a lifedrive....everything you want to know about me."

I thought that meant she specially prepared it for them, in case the worst should happen.
Did anybody else see it that way?
xpacetrue September 10th, 2015, 7:19 pm
unicornfrog wrote:

" On this page
http://www.merceneiress.com/comics/2157009/chapter-10-page-43/ "

When she says "A little invention of mine, a lifedrive....everything you want to know about me." I thought that meant she specially prepared it for them, in case the worst should happen. "


Actually, that page (43) and the next page (44) proves my point.

In some ways, the Neurodrive and Lifedrive are like keeping a diary. And many people keep a diary for various reasons.

Remember this page?
http://www.merceneiress.com/comics/2157003/chapter-10-page-37/

Tirin's father caught a mysterious woman, with a gun and a dead government agent, interogating his daughter (Tirin 2). This is near their house in the middle of the wilderness, at that.

And how about this page?
http://www.merceneiress.com/comics/2157007/chapter-10-page-41/

Tirin 1 tells this whopper of a tale how she is a time traveller who just stopped Flinn from murdering him and ruining the universe (and her life). Then she reveals that she's his daughter. He has a gun pointed at her because he does not believe her. So, what does she do? She hands him undeniable evidence that she is his daughter and that she's telling the truth.

I'm saying that is why she handed him her LifeDrive. She handed the drive to her father, not Tirin the Younger. And I doubt she wanted either of them to download the memories into their brain.

Then the Time Enforcer interupted and forced Tirin 1 to make a choice. Of course, the Time Enforcer did not know about the LifeDrive or that a dangerous device was dropped in the confusion, near an unconscious Tirin 2.

Tirin 1 was winging the whole thing because she did not plan on travelling back in time to save her father. Not until that last surviving Slorn sprung this 'mission to save the Universe' on her. (Actually, as I recall, Tirin and her friends doubted time travel was even possible - at first.) And Tirin did not find out she would be sent to right before her father was killed until after the Slorn gave her this mission.

And then there's this page:
http://www.merceneiress.com/comics/2157010/chapter-10-page-44/

Tirin 1: Just don't let her become what I've become.
Tirin's Dad: And that is?
Tirin 1: An assassin, dad.

If Tirin 2 downloads Tirin 1's memories, I think there's a good chance she will follow in Tirin 1's footsteps. Maybe she won't become the assassin she was, but she'd probably do a lot of killing to prevent the same or similar events from happening again. Maybe even try to stop the Emperor's insatiable thirst for power.

Not that that's a bad thing. But, as I said, it will have consequences for Tirin the innocent child. It's not what Tirin 1 wanted, either.
Merceneiress September 10th, 2015, 7:38 pm
@xpacetrue and @unicornfrog: this is great! I did want to leave it up to the reader to think about this one --- @xpacetrue's explanation is correct -- she revealed it to her dad as a way to help convince him who she was, but not expecting to be whisked away by a time enforcer. To the reader, she drops it as she tries to attack the time enforcer. So to the reader, she drops it unintentionally not expecting little Tirin to find it. But @unicornfrog, let's just say you must be a mind reader -- you are always predicting the future of my plot (dang it!) --- what I mean is you raise the question of perhaps an ulterior motive of Tirin 1. Knowing she would become a slave to Etrusillion as a time enforcer, did she kind of hope little Tirin would find it? Selfishly, yes? Certainly she must have remembered that she dropped it, but she didn't go back to retrieve it and just kept quiet? *Sigh* time to rewrite the script a little...(but not much heh heh)...
unicornfrog September 10th, 2015, 9:30 pm
@Merceneiress:

*bumps fist* we totally get each other. Brilliant minds think alike >^_^<
Merceneiress September 13th, 2015, 2:44 am
@unicornfrog: Bumps fist back --- absolutely!!!
xpacetrue September 10th, 2015, 8:27 pm
I just wish little Tirin would think about what she's about to do and wait until she's older. 16, at the very least. Or maybe talk it over with her dad. Of course, he would never allow it. He'd probably destroy the thing after learning about it. Could she talk it over with Billy?
Merceneiress September 13th, 2015, 2:44 am
@xpacetrue: You're right about what Dad would do. Don't worry though --- she hasn't injected it yet...
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