Comic 75 - Page6

Posted on 5th Jan 2014, 11:43 PM in Chapter 4
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MassDet 5th Jan 2014, 11:43 PM edit delete
Well I hope I have successfully caused the poop to hit the fan. Syn is much more than superficially damaged. This is one of the reasons I wanted to have a strong supporting cast though. I didn't want to have a group that just followed along the main character. Mhila is about to show just how strong she can be. Her brother...well I guess at this point he kinda sucks doesn't he.

Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.


cattservant 5th Jan 2014, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Nothing like a fatal or not fatal crisis to sort out your options!
MassDet 7th Jan 2014, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Indeed! I felt I really needed to put my party in real danger this time.
jamie59 6th Jan 2014, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
So raise everyone that thing has killed. that will be eather magnificent or a total disaster.
Syn needs to stay up to repair herself. Stay on line Syn!
MassDet 7th Jan 2014, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
oh good Im glad that I was able to communicate that...I thought I might not have explained it with so few words from Mhila.
Grey Garou 7th Jan 2014, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Grey Garou
Nuts, I was hoping for a larger shot of Syn's wreckage, for extra shock and drama value. I'm kind of surprised at the lack of apparent concern for Syn's condition.

Love the last panel, but the middle one on the left bottom column could have been emphasized more to express the grave danger of her situation. I almost didn't notice her in the foreground in that panel. This sequence might have been expressed in two pages, given the power of both situations (Syn's damage and the threat from the stone creatures). I hope we see some serious magic in the next page.
MassDet 7th Jan 2014, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Too many words!! I think that's the problem with that panel you don't like...I had to shrink it down and you do lose a bit of the threat. As far as making it too pages...this whole issue has so much going on that its already going to be the longest issue. When I was sketching it out I had to make some sacrifices. Ill let you in on a little secret since you're an awesome always commenting fan...the stone dudes are not the major threat of this issue...
MassDet 7th Jan 2014, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
oh yeah and that one panel of Syn damaged took fooooeeeevvvveeerrr to draw...any bigger and I would have thrown my tablet in the trash.
CyberSkull 7th Jan 2014, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Interesting. Her systems management AI lost the connection with her primary intelligence. So they aren't both housed in the same processors then?
MassDet 7th Jan 2014, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Unlike a human Syn's processing is not just located in her brain. She has redundant systems running through her spine as well. So literally you could pull her head off and she wouldn't technically die. To be honest I think I stole that idea from a book...I honestly cant remember now. Too cool of an idea to be mine I think haha.
So here is my thought on it. She was already having conflict with the primary programming vs her new self aware AI. She had tried to rewrite much of it, and in the end tried to partition and isolate the rest of the programming that was conflicting with her. This is why she was just standing a window "not responding". Then comes the giant hammer smash in the middle and it didn't help at all. Obviously the physical damage is a huge problem, though eventually repairable. But the internal conflict was not resolved before the shut down, which is probably going to be a problem.
CyberSkull 8th Jan 2014, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
I also wonder, when her systems initiated the shut down, did they shut everything down or just themselves? Since they couldn't talk to Syn's primary self, did that mean "Syn" couldn't be shut down either?
MassDet 30th Jan 2014, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Dude I think it's awesome that my silly attempt at making a cool comic develops such an existential question.

I want Rogue Programming to be one of those things that allows for individual interpretation. As in another person's answer isn't necessarily wrong.

That being said I'd love to try to answer this one. Syn got knocked the F- out, like coma. Is someone in a coma completely shut off? Or is there some small part of them still there?

There are several issues that Syn has at this point. There is a conflict with her original programming that is telling her to get out of town. That is at conflict with her new consciousness which puts a priority on the relationships she has developed. In the middle of trying to resolve this both voices are interrupted by a very traumatic physical pounding.

As I said, she has redundant programming, so yes she has survived. But how did the interruption affect the internal conflict she was having. Also how did it affect her overall?

Syn is trying to be human, and to be honest that is exactly what is happening to her. I know if I was facing giant stone dudes part of me would be telling me to run away.

I guess the real question for Syn right now is...Can Androids have PTSD?
CyberSkull 31st Jan 2014, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
Broadly speaking, any thinking thing can get PTSD.

It's a question of if they have a stress (or something analogous to it) response.

Since Syn's systems are probably pretty closely modeled after a humans, then she probably has some sort of stress response (overclock CPU, disengage physical governor, lift anti-harm directives) that could have implications with her self optimizing capacities. Her subsystems may decide to leave her processors overclocked (overheating/heat damage), or her governor's off/high (could tear off her own limb or kill a friend with a friendly slap on the back) or leave the harm directives off (everything is an enemy) as a means to optimize the response to threats/stress.
zenla 8th Jan 2014, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Hm I have once heard a theory there is a second brain in our stomach so I guess the less important brains could be scattered in androids too.
MassDet 30th Jan 2014, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
I should stop listening to my stomach brain...