Chapter 11, Page 44

April 22nd, 2016, 8:34 am

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E Hines (Guest) April 22nd, 2016, 8:57 am
Sounds like she's got her own time anomaly plan. Talk about playing a long game. Or a short game, bridging...time.

Eric Hines
Merceneiress April 22nd, 2016, 7:09 pm
@E HInes: indeed she is a woman with infinite patience with a clear endgame so if it's a long game that will get her to her ultimate goal, she'll take it
Dragonrider April 22nd, 2016, 12:49 pm
Inyerestinger and interestinger said Alice to the White Rabbit as she moved cautiously further down the time warp hole.

Edit note: Bitchy does look nice in the incentive pic. What would she say if she knew a bunch of fan boys were drooling over her? Also, any chance of getting an incentive on the dark haired probie cutie?
Merceneiress April 22nd, 2016, 7:10 pm
@Dragonrider: haha. I don't think she'd like it one bit! Ok working on next incentive with the rookie...
Guesticus (Guest) April 23rd, 2016, 5:23 am
@Dragonrider: You had me thinking there was a new invotive :(

Of course Adult Tirin is working on a long term plan: that plan involves removing that time arsehole that has forced her to act as his personal assassin

Sounds like the green guy is going to get a mind wipe, hope the female rookie is just being cautiously sensible and not callously cold-blooded (would hate to hate another cutie :( )
Guesticus (Guest) April 23rd, 2016, 5:24 am
Just wondering: who determines who is a 'time anomaly'?
Dragonrider April 23rd, 2016, 7:25 am
@Guesticus: The sole remaining Slorn, unless one of the anomalies he had removed was the one that killed off all their race but him.
Merceneiress April 23rd, 2016, 7:59 am
@Dragonrider and @Guesticus: Yes, you are right. The Slorn determines who are anomalies. In this timeline there are multiple Slorn still. The one that was a factor in killing off their race was Flin. But in this timeline, he has been eliminated.

The female rookie is being sensible. You'll see what happens to the green guy...
xpacetrue April 24th, 2016, 2:03 am
I can't tell for sure whether or not Tirin Prime is being sarcastic in the bottom panel.

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Q: How does a Time Enforcer decide whether to recruit an anomaly to join their ranks (after training) or whether to eliminate them?

I would think a lot of it has to do whether or not an anomaly has skills or talents that would make them suitable. And another large part would be an indication that they are likely to accept the offer.

For instance someone in the military or law enforcement would probably have the skills/talent for such a job. And, with military at least, they'd likely have the stomach for it. Just my thinking...

Obviously, Time Enforcers can't recruit every anomaly. It would swell their ranks to the point where they couldn't support all of them and there wouldn't be much work for each Enforcer to do.

Though, I have to wonder why the Slorn couldn't set up something like a pocket dimension or similar to send anomalies to live out the rest of their lives isolated from the rest of the Universe. (Maybe ship them into a black hole?) In perfect isolation, they shouldn't be detrimental to the proper flow of history.

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I find it a bit jarring or out of place how the drone has "S3" on it's 'forehead' and "EYE-02", yet it is communicating in a clearly alien language. (Or, is it communicating in an alien language as a form of encryption - because Tirin Prime told it to in order to thwart eavesdropping?)

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I think that female rookie would make for a pretty good vote incentive. She's probably much less likely to rip my head off merely for looking at her. Also, she's cute.
Merceneiress April 24th, 2016, 10:36 pm
@xpacetrue: Your comments are always so well thought out!

To answer your questions/comments:
1. I liked that --- you can interpret it as literal or sarcastic --- we don't know enough yet about her plans to figure that out.

2. You are right. If an enforcer thinks the anomaly will make a good enforcer, they will recruit them, but that hinges on whether the anomaly will accept (the alternative is death). Yes, military experience or other potential special skills desired would prompt the offer for recruitment, but this is rare.

This is kind of like a pocket dimension --- as will be explained on the next page, they are not allowed to mingle or interact with anyone (except other enforcers). Violation of this rule has consequences (actually just one consequence, death).

3. Regarding EYE-02. You're right on the money (dang it!)

4. Haha. Yeah, much less likely than the current incentive to rip your head off. However, give her a few months as a Time Enforcer. She may not be as likeable. Ok. I am working on the incentive for her --- first I gotta give her a name. Was thinking Abby for some reason.
xpacetrue April 25th, 2016, 12:42 am
I would -assume- that if a Time Enforcer goes rogue, that the Slorn would respond by sending -multiple- Enforcers after the rogue - the number depending on how dangerous they believe him or her to be. It would probably take more than one because a) it pays to be cautious since a Time Enforcer knows a lot about the Slorn's operations and they have dangerous abilities like time freeze, b) they could do a lot of damage to the timestream, and c) their armor makes them invulnerable to most weapons. (I'm assuming the Slorn has weapons to penetrate their own armor or at least immobilize any target.)

Of course, I could be wrong. The Slorn -may- have a very easy way to deal with rogues, such as an explosive implant in the head. (Though, that -might- necessitate sending someone to clean up.)
Guesticus (Guest) April 25th, 2016, 2:06 am
Can't remember (have a _very_ bad memory, early-onset Alzheimer's due to surviving multiple Strokes), but was it ever explained what _causes_ a Time Anomaly?

Well, we kinda know why Dad is one (PeeTee went back and saved him), but is that the same with others? They should be dead but somehow they are not? And again, is it that piece of Slorn who determines whether they should have died?
xpacetrue April 25th, 2016, 5:01 am
@Guesticus:

I don't think the Slorn considers Tirin's dad an anomaly. Otherwise, he'd be dead. The way I understand it:

An anomaly is whoever is responsible for causing a deviation from the 'proper' flow of history.

Technically, dad -should- have died. But then, Flynn was the one who killed him. And Flynn royally f****d up the whole universe by killing off the Slorn and using their time travel tech. So the Last Slorn sent Tirin back in time to kill Flynn, to stop that mess.

Since a Slorn sent Tirin back in time to eliminate Flynn and since he f'd up the universe, it's safe to say Flynn was considered an anomaly.

And because Flynn was an anomaly that got eliminated before he killed Tirin's dad, her dad's continued survival is -not- an anomaly. (Not -yet-, anyway. The Slorn could still find a reason to consider him an anomaly.)

Also, it was explained that the Slorn always -assume- that whatever actions other Slorn do in the future or alternate timeline was/would be the right thing to do, without knowing why. So when the Last Slorn sent Tirin back to kill Flynn, the Slorn in the present timeline/reality assume it was necessary. They don't question it.

But the very act of sending Tirin back to change the past automatically turned her into an anomaly. Tirin would've been eliminated as an anomaly, but she agreed to be an Enforcer.
Merceneiress April 25th, 2016, 8:52 am
@xpacetrue: Absolutely! I couldn't have explained it better myself!! Regarding what happens if an enforcer goes rogue or breaks the rules -- you'll get a sense of what happens in the next page...
xpacetrue April 25th, 2016, 9:09 pm
As for why misalignments occur:
You may want to check out the entry for "Etrusillion" on his Cast page. To wit:

" Natural cataclysms such as supernova can cause misalignments in time, which can then lead to chaos, war, poverty, and anarchy. Cumulative misalignment can ultimately be incompatible with meaningful life. "

I guess the job of Enforcers and the Slorn to keep time in alignment is a constant balancing act. They can eliminate one anomaly, but then several other anomalies pop up. Perhaps it's a bit like herding cats? Or, maybe it's more like Whack-A-Mole?
Guesticus (Guest) April 26th, 2016, 10:09 am
@xpacetrue: sign me up for a long game of Whack-A-Slorn!!!
Merceneiress April 26th, 2016, 8:42 pm
@Guesticus: Haha! You got it!
Merceneiress April 26th, 2016, 8:43 pm
@xpacetrue: I like the herding cats analogy. Whack-a-Mole definitely. Like Guesticus says, will Tirin be able to play Whack-A-Slorn --- that is the question.
Anonymouth (Guest) May 20th, 2019, 4:30 am
@Merceneiress: Would she even want to play Whack-a-Slorn? I mean, I know she's got widely varied tastes, but I'd think whacking a Slorn would be like the marriage ending tryst on The Orville. xp

Oh... that's not the kind of whacking y'all meant. ;) Either way, messy!
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