Chapter 11 - "Sanctuary"
Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:46 AM
"Curse you, Trip! CURSE YOU!" sirrobin47
"God is a comedian playing to an audience afraid to laugh." Voltaire
"It's four in the morning, and I've still got Trip breathing down my neck." Azalea
"Trip... you are the most sadistic bugger we have ever had the displeasure of being allied with." Tyris
"Yes, Trip and Trippette are breaking the laws of this universe again. Not that doing so is anything unusual..."Kinda Chang
Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:51 AM
Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:11 PM
MrsFrith - you are correct (I'm not sure if I mentioned it to Frith once.) For the backstory, I imagine them to have been inoperable conjoined twins, who only had one functioning heart between them. They would have had to have been old enough to show usable talent. The Angels have only a few chances to pick people, so they can be very choosy about their recruits. Someone freed from a crippling or terminal medical condition (Therese and Willa both come to mind) would have much reason to be thankful and loyal - and faking their "death" would be easier. But there are no shortage of young people with fatal conditions. The ever-pragmatic Angels would consider a life saved to be a positive in their choice, but it would not outweigh the requirements that they be intelligent, accomplished and mentally flexible. No doubt it saddens them every time they reflect upon the fact that for every person they end up saving from an early death, millions die because they do not have full knowledge of and control over the nanite technology.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:25 PM
MrsFrith - you are correct (I'm not sure if I mentioned it to Frith once.)
I don't think Frith ever mentioned it. I was just running through recent strips to get a more continuous feel for what was going on, and reflected on how unlikely totally identical Angels would be unless they started out as identical twins. But if they were twins, it would be rather unlikely that both were fully qualified to be Angels (either by the talents or the ease of removing them from their old life).
Their metamorphosis would be interesting to see, though. Would the nanites separate them, or just develop them to the point where they could be separated by a really good sword? Would they first be a functional conjoined Angel? (How conjoined were they?) Or would the nanites get them apart before they knew what was going to happen? (That could be rather frightening).
Posted 03 January 2011 - 11:49 AM
I'm wondering how the government is going to "neither confirm nor deny" military bases in highly populated areas.
I'm also wondering what other governments are doing due to this apparent mutual threat. That, however, is beyond the range of THIS story. But it is fun showing how Joe Citizen gets to deal with the effects of the Angel's existence - & Doug the Trucker is eminently suitable for being Joe Citizen in this story. (& yes, he is based on a real person)
I suspect that we'll be seeing him again sometime.
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