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Backup redundancy. Hopefully, he's got some in another facility too...
Timing. Hope that wasn't actually one of the controls for the core. I think it was "just" one of the cities, which is of course horrible, but most likely everyone had backups. Losing control of the core could mean the entire galaxy gets wiped out.
Also, looks like the UNS finally managed to figure out how to block Petey at the worst possible time. I thought all the secret spy UNS assholes were dead, and the ones left were much more open to sharing information? Why does Shoemaker-Levy even exist?
Well, it was a fun ride, Andy, but I hope you like your new digs. As well as any other named characters that will be revealed to have retired to Uuplech.
For the next chapter... we're going to see the long guns really come into play, aren't we?
And we go into a Prologue about how Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs on Earth.
It's an interesting variant, because technically it wasn't phlebotinum—it was a perfectly natural result of a minor unnatural effect.
Definitely didn't see the "intelligent dinosaurs" plot point coming.
So, these guys.
They are 4 times older than the ancient Oafan's civilization. Or rather, 4 times as far into the past, and are finding ruins of a civilization one step behind them as well. Okay I don't remember how ancient the All-Star is so leeets rewind... Their flashback to the attempt at mass rapture for the galaxy is dated 3600 millions of years ago. Well, this wasn't them. And they're orders of magnitude further back.
Hmm... and I seem to remember a similar point being made in the comic's present day as well. History keeps repeating, and not in a good way for baryonic life.
And now the Oafans.
It does keep repeating, but as Petey said, civilization always ends in a different way. Sometimes it's the DAMEs, sometimes it's the long-guns, sometimes it's a self-replicating murder fleet. As far as we know, there isn't a single specific event that keeps happening to kill everyone off.
Also there are a number of survivors like the All-Star, they're just very good at hiding—presumably because of the long-gun.
Oafans also were technically good at hiding, except their AI gone nutty. Though All-Star has them beat by two orders of magnitude, yes.
Current civilization however, has engaged in a crisis that would have irrevocably wiped out the entire galaxy, including allll those hideouts if it went off. So the stakes have gone up.
Edited by Adannor on Jul 27th 2018 at 6:58:51 PM
Fridge Horror: What if the stakes haven't gone up? We certainly know that the stakes haven't always been quite this high... but who's to say that there haven't been galactic wipeouts before? Sure, maybe we have evidence that this particular iteration of the Milky Way hasn't had one of those in a bit (since we have stuff like the All-Star and the Iafans around), but that doesn't mean that there never was a previous galactic wipeout that destroyed even the dregs and survivors of previous iterations.
In simpler terms, we know from evidence that there were civilization resets going back to point N. However, for all we know, point N was the last galactic wipeout, and there might be civilizations prior to point N, possibly even all the way back to point A, that we've lost all evidence of.
In this case, things haven't necessarily gotten worse. We're just starting to realize just how bad the situation was in the first place.
In the universe the comic takes place, nobody has previously blew up Milky Way as hard as the core generator did it. In theory there could have been a different precursor universe in which it happened, but it's not the universe we're watching here.
"Literally Big Goddamn Bang" is unmatched.
There could be another galaxy that's had a total reset. In fact, it could have been a galaxy that was a precursor to the Milky Way (presuming that somehow someone was able to use the scraps of said precursor galaxy to make the Milky Way). It just strikes me that even something at definitive as the galactic wipeout that was averted with time travel might not be as one-off as one might hope.
There would be no "scraps" after the core reactor explosion. There would be a sparkling brand new universe forming there. And it's a one-off thing, you either get it under control or you wave your galaxy bye-bye. Not the civs inhabiting it, not a million planets or stars from its billions, all of them get erased.
Stop underestimating the bloody big bang.
Edited by Adannor on Jul 27th 2018 at 9:27:46 PM
If you think I'm underestimating the big bang, you're not paying attention to what I'm actually focusing on.
Eina-Afa. So if I'm understanding correctly, Iafa was originally a flesh oafa, and in fact was the librarian who they later resurrected. When he moved into Eina-Afa he left his body behind (which got resurrected without the memories of planning to move into the Eina-Afa mindframe), realized that the DAMEs were coming, and killed everyone off. Whether that was actually necessary or not is a little unclear.
Yeah, same here. Well, more like the AI being a merger of Mnelalae and Yaeyoefui, when they joined in their decision to hide everybody.
Update. Petey's Galhub cities are missing. He's presumably taking the route of ancient civilizations and hiding from the DAMEs, though in his case hopefully he'd leave some explanation behind. And have a plan to eventually fight back instead of just sitting in the middle of nowhere twiddling his thumbs.
I feel like LOTA's teraport system to export cities could become relevant.
And not yet, but we do have a presumptuous Pete.
Petey probably had better ones given that he built those cities from scratch rather than fitting a preteraport station with them.
The stars in that last panel are a lot more sparse, so they're definitely out of the galactic core. I wonder... did he take them all the way to Andromeda? Are the Toughs finally going to be involved in that fight?
Oh, and the fact that Petey had to hit them with something before teraporting them tells me he disabled their TAD, meaning he's not doing his punch through anything teraports. He's clearly conserving power.
Update. Forgiveness and permission.
I know Howard doesn't want to get into "house building" so to speak, but I'd be really interested in seeing more about the daily life in the Plenipotent Dominion. Is it normal for Petey to talk to every single citizen individually?
I imagine it isn't normal, but "panicked evacuation to save billions of lives" isn't normal, either.
As far as doing things without permission, saving their lives is a pretty big one for what is, comparatively, a very small inconvenience.
Maybe he's not apologizing for the teraport. Maybe he's apologizing for forcing them to give up all advanced technology because the DaMEs can track anything with an annie-plant.
Petey you can just tell him. He was at Zoojack, he knows what "enemy is shooting your annie plants" means.
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