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thing1
16th Oct 2014, 9:59 AM

gee, he's smarter than she is.

how'd she get on the team with an attitude like that?

what's she good f-- oh... right.

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stormbringer77
16th Oct 2014, 11:54 AM

Yeah,she may not be as smart as Lt. Gummy Bear,but she's better to look at than him.Do you think she knows how to use those weapons?

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 12:24 PM

The problem with Earth's Counter Piracy Forces is that they spend most of their adult lives in stasis while traveling from conflict to conflict. So while she might look like she's in her mid 20's she has the life experiences of an 18 year old. But most of those first 18 years were spent in military training so she knows what she's doing.
Vyrkola on the other hand comes from a race who's entire society is based on war as evidenced by their superior military technology. Stealth tech and more later on.
She sees him as cynical while he views her as naive.

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Basic Military Tactics

Ollathair
16th Oct 2014, 2:47 PM

Dizza,
Being an ex, military instructor, this is infantry 101.
Check out the neighbourhood.
As for the Mouthy Chick, women don't make good field soldiers today for very simple reasons.
Principally, in modern combat at the very sharp edge, above average strength and endurance is a must.
The next is field hygiene and body protection.
Sad to say, men are tougher and can suffer more physical harm and have fewer hygiene problems than than women.
However, negate those and other reasons and you have suddenly increased your talent pool considerably.
So, this begs the question is they have been DNA enhanced, or just even tweaked a little, to perform better.
This would include resistance to common viral issues, the suspension of certain bodily functions, particularly in women and a degree of bone, muscle and tissue enhancement.
Certainly not Hulk style, but well within Elite athlete capacity.
think of it as Military DNA enhancement for the Buck Rogers generation.
So, we have two senior field officers and one apparent Senior NCO.
As a senior NCO, or Non Commissioned Officer, she would have technical talents to suit the team, but not necessarily advanced combat or field skills.
There was a team to back her up that had those.
This guys however, are allegedly trained to a very high level, that being Commando status.
Then remember, Commissioned Officers always have better field training than grunts and in general, N.C.O's.
One of them, Lt. Gummy bear, may well have far more training in General and special Infantry tactics than the Standard or Enhanced Counter Piracy forces.
So, what is Ms Rude Mouths team talent?
Also, could they do with some Commando grunt muscle, or will their trained special combat Smarts and High Tech Combat Kit help save the day?
Only time will tell.

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 3:29 PM

The equalizing factor here is the armor. It's a powered exoskeleton, making women just as strong. I'm eventually going to add some external servos like I did on my android power armor to make it more obvious. Also if you notice the crotch area on the armor there's something going on there that would explain the biological issues.

Chief Gamble does come off as mouthy and disrespectful... but there is a hint about their relationship in frame 5.

There are a few other incorrect things that a military person might pick up on like the fact that she's wearing earrings in combat or the insignia on their hats.
I'll go into the military aspects in depth in the next book but for now just know that this branch of the military is very different from the military on Earth.

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moizmad
16th Oct 2014, 3:34 PM

Hey, Shit Brick is fading away?

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 3:37 PM

Shhhh! He's hunting wabbits.

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Skweeee
16th Oct 2014, 7:16 PM

Don't agree with Basic Military Tactics. America's military is the most powerful army to walk the face of the Earth. However that being said, everything it does is not always best. I've been on 7 different operational tours overseas, been shot at blown up and shot back. I've also instructed recruits in our Battle School in Wainwright for 3 years. Speaking from experience, women make just as fine soldiers. I've fought along side with them under fire on my two tours in Afghanistan. They're fine. The difference with the Canadian Army, is we don't impose separated standards for the different genders. There's only one standard; to fight effectively in combat, with our individual weapons and field tests aimed solely to that end.

Don't really want to start an argument, cause my fav guys to work with overseas are the Americans. I just had to state my piece out of loyalty to my female siblings in arms who've had my back in combat. Whom I've trusted more than any civie, and have watched these girls give up as much of their soul as any soldier through out history has been asked to do.

I just assumed that this organization depicted did not fall into American military organizational model, which is what I assumed with Diz's crew here.
I just made the assumption that they're all well trained, and passed whatever requirements needed to fulfill their roles.

We've had to deal with many dudes who were paranoid about everything and everyone when we were outside the wire. These guys always in the end had to be removed. Too unstable and lacking the true maturity required to behave as a professional under pressure.

Great page BTW.

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 11:12 PM

Very well said and thanks.
Most of the women in this story are strong characters that are not dependent on some man to take care of them... with the exception of Mirrame, but in her case it's an act just to use them.

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jamie59
16th Oct 2014, 8:20 PM

That's her version of sweet talking!?!

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 11:13 PM

You're close.

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Kitty
16th Oct 2014, 10:18 PM

One more point: Women have incredible endurance. Men are more built for short bursts of speed and strength, women for the longer haul. Remember that when the US space program was first getting started, they considered training women as astronauts because they were on average lighter than men, and weight mattered very much in the early space vehicles. The women in those days who underwent training performed better than the men. The reason they dropped women from the program was they couldn't get it past the hot-shot pilot jocks, and because they believed that America would freak out if women were killed in the very dangerous early space shots. Also don't forget the women who disguised themselves as men and joined their country's army (not only US but in other countries as well). No one realized they were men until they were injured or otherwise discovered by accident - not because they couldn't perform as soldiers.

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DizzasterJuice
16th Oct 2014, 11:24 PM

Good points. There is a huge difference between a woman trying to swing a broadsword in medieval times and a woman soldier of the future in powered exo-armor firing a rifle.
In this story though, Neela, Liri and Eloma are deadly efficient with their weapons. The only time we see a difference in the sexes is during the Angurad when the men take the ships out of the path of the storm and the women run the city - Page 48

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Kitty
16th Oct 2014, 10:21 PM

Oh - one more point. Women learned long ago how to use various herbal concoctions to dry up the menstrual flow. There are surgical solutions as well. I'm sure that a civilization with the level of tech shown here would have come up with a way to stop or indefinitely postpone the monthly flow. And there are ways to deal with the rest of the plumbing problems, too.

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Skweeee
16th Oct 2014, 10:41 PM

Good point Kitty! I've served overseas with females fighting as infantry and combat engineers in actual combat.
The differences between the genders are there. The differences are not significant enough to build an argument on who is better suited to be a soldier though. As far as the logistics of looking after menstrual cycles, we already have the technology; tampons and pads. Girls will carry enough to to look after themselves. Not once during my tours overseas did 'girl issues' become a problem. Again, I'm chiming in out of loyalty to my fellow female Canadian Soldiers.

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