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May 2015

Chapter 6: Page 19 – Meditation

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Happy Monday! I’m tired (my son wakes me up too early!) so I can’t think of any witty words to write here.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to make witty comments or something.

Oh wait I remembered 1 thing. We’ll probably do like a week off in between chapters. I’m thinking of doing some sort of scavenger hunt/sweepstakes. What sort of prizes would you like offered?

  • Yujo Hi-Jump Coyote

    Darn, it would be hilarious if the next page starts with Tenzin saying, “Yeah, nothing’s happening” or something to that effect.

    • DrCrazy102

      “I forgot how to exit Milam, better go back to the Temple while I’m in Milam, to relearn Milam, so I’m learning Milam to exit Milam while I’m in Milam.” Milam-ception

      • You found me out! We never leave the inside of Tenzin’s mind ever! >:D

        Man that would get boring. We’ve been in here long enough, don’t you think? ;)

        • the readers from the Russian site certainly think so. but man they are evil!

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            They are picky, and upset over Viktor.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Of course we are. I, on one hand, had to completely drop reading for what, like, half a year? Just couldn’t.

            Considering Honza’s question, Smrtbot is ok, but too generic and most of the weapons we have are named in a very silly pattern, you know? Our Heavy Flamethrower System, 220mm 30-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis is called Buratino, which is a Russian Pinocchio, for gog sake.

            Here’s a little popular Russian text, that describes our army’s pattern of naming and thinking:

            <<There's a feeling that our military equipment developers and army generals are slightly mocking their foreign counterparts. I mean their art of creating names. Listen here: In Germany there is a tank "Leopard." Israel – "Merkava" (war chariot). America has "Abrams" tank, France "Leclerc", both in honor of the famous generals. And we have – T-72B "Slingshot". In honor of the slingshot. It is not clear why, but it is clear that the OIO could be born only here.

            Or, for example, the Americans create and call their self-propelled howitzer "Paladin". And the British called theirs "Archer". All is logical. Then you have our guys approach and say hey, look here. Here we have self-propelled howitzers 2S1 "Carnation" and 2C3 "Acacia", self-propelled mortar 2S4 "Tulip" and the long-range self-propelled gun 2S5 "Hyacinth" and 2S7 "Pion", capable of firing nuclear shells. Please, enjoy the bouquet.

            Americans create and call their anti-tank guided missile "Dragon". And another called "Shillelagh" (baton). Everything is logical. Then our approach and say, but take a look at this. That anti-tank missiles 9M14M "Baby" 9M123 "Chrysanthemum" and anti-tank missile "Metis" (Mestizo) with night sight "Mulatto." And just to f**k with you a little more, we have a missile system called "Edge" (Kromka, as in edge of something sharp, but not the blade)

            And just to get you thinking, we have a heavy support combat vehicle tanks that are called "Frame" (Ramka, as in picture frame).

            And to get your noggin spinning, the newest missile complex coastal defense we call "Ball." (as in dance party, not the sphere)

            And to get a stupid smile formed on your face – here's our world's most powerful 30-barrel-propelled flamethrower called TOS-1 "Pinocchio."

            And to send you straight in a madhouse today – our grenade launcher GP-30 is called "Obuvka." Which is russian slang for baby shoes, basically.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Of course we are. I, on one hand, had to completely drop reading for what, like, half a year? Just couldn’t.

            Considering Honza’s question, Smrtbot is ok, but too generic and most of the weapons we have are named in a very silly pattern, you know? Our Heavy Flamethrower System, 220mm

            30-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis is called Buratino, which is a Russian Pinocchio, for gog sake.

            Here’s a little popular Russian text, that describes our army’s pattern of naming and thinking:

            <<There's a feeling that our military equipment developers and army generals are slightly mocking their foreign counterparts. I mean their art of creating names. Listen here:

            In Germany there is a tank "Leopard." Israel – "Merkava" (war chariot). America has "Abrams" tank, France "Leclerc", both in honor of the famous generals. And we have – T-72B

            "Slingshot". In honor of the slingshot. It is not clear why, but it is clear that the OIO could be born only here.

            Or, for example, the Americans create and call their self-propelled howitzer "Paladin". And the British called theirs "Archer". All is logical. Then you have our guys

            approach and say hey, look here. Here we have self-propelled howitzers 2S1 "Carnation" and 2C3 "Acacia", self-propelled mortar 2S4 "Tulip" and the long-range self-propelled

            gun 2S5 "Hyacinth" and 2S7 "Pion", capable of firing nuclear shells. Please, enjoy the bouquet.

            Americans create and call their anti-tank guided missile "Dragon". And another called "Shillelagh" (baton). Everything is logical. Then our approach and say, but take a look

            at this. That anti-tank missiles 9M14M "Baby" 9M123 "Chrysanthemum" and anti-tank missile "Metis" (Mestizo) with night sight "Mulatto." And just to f**k with you a little

            more, we have a missile system called "Edge" (Kromka, as in edge of something sharp, but not the blade)

            And just to get you thinking, we have a heavy support combat vehicle tanks that are called "Frame" (Ramka, as in picture frame).

            And to get your noggin spinning, the newest missile complex coastal defense we call "Ball." (as in dance party, not the sphere)

            And to get a stupid smile formed on your face – here's our world's most powerful 30-barrel-propelled flamethrower called TOS-1 "Pinocchio."

            And to send you straight in a madhouse today – our grenade launcher GP-30 is called "Obuvka." Which is russian slang for baby shoes, basically.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Of course we are. I, on one hand, had to completely drop reading for what, like, half a year? Just couldn’t.

            Considering Honza’s question, Smrtbot is ok, but too generic and most of the weapons we have are named in a very silly pattern, you know? Our Heavy Flamethrower System, 220mm

            30-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis is called Buratino, which is a Russian Pinocchio, for gog sake.

            Here’s a little popular Russian text, that describes our army’s pattern of naming and thinking:

            «There’s a feeling that our military equipment developers and army generals are slightly mocking their foreign counterparts. I mean their art of creating names. Listen here:

            In Germany there is a tank “Leopard.” Israel – “Merkava” (war chariot). America has “Abrams” tank, France “Leclerc”, both in honor of the famous generals. And we have – T-72B

            “Slingshot”. In honor of the slingshot. It is not clear why, but it is clear that the OIO could be born only here.

            Or, for example, the Americans create and call their self-propelled howitzer “Paladin”. And the British called theirs “Archer”. All is logical. Then you have our guys

            approach and say hey, look here. Here we have self-propelled howitzers 2S1 “Carnation” and 2C3 “Acacia”, self-propelled mortar 2S4 “Tulip” and the long-range self-propelled

            gun 2S5 “Hyacinth” and 2S7 “Pion”, capable of firing nuclear shells. Please, enjoy the bouquet.

            Americans create and call their anti-tank guided missile “Dragon”. And another called “Shillelagh” (baton). Everything is logical. Then our approach and say, but take a look

            at this. That anti-tank missiles 9M14M “Baby” 9M123 “Chrysanthemum” and anti-tank missile “Metis” (Mestizo) with night sight “Mulatto.” And just to f**k with you a little

            more, we have a missile system called “Edge” (Kromka, as in edge of something sharp, but not the blade)

            And just to get you thinking, we have a heavy support combat vehicle tanks that are called “Frame” (Ramka, as in picture frame).

            And to get your noggin spinning, the newest missile complex coastal defense we call “Ball.” (as in dance party, not the sphere)

            And to get a stupid smile formed on your face – here’s our world’s most powerful 30-barrel-propelled flamethrower called TOS-1 “Pinocchio.”

            And to send you straight in a madhouse today – our grenade launcher GP-30 is called “Obuvka.” Which is russian slang for baby shoes, basically.

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            I always thought the French named their aircraft after flatulence: mirage, typhoon, mystere “mystery”.

            The Russian naming convention actually makes sense to me.
            But I always had an odd sense of humor anyway.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Second part was omitted, sorry, post too long:
            That last one gets even me, a familiar person, dizzy.

            And if that is not enough, then there is an automatic 82-mm mortar 2B9 “Cornflower”, the company commander mortar 2B14 “Tray” 2S12 mortar “Sled”, the system of active wired protection “Cactus” (5000 volts on the wire), an intercontinental ballistic missile “Courier “with nuclear warheads, intercontinental ballistic missile RT-23 UTTKh “Good Boy” with ten nuclear warheads, nuclear submarine Project 705 “Lira”, artillery fire control system “Skit”, artillery radar detecting and targeting system “Zoo”, Container Rocket Management System “Phantasmagoria”, self-propelled gun “Capacitor” and a grenade launcher 7P24 “Foundling”.

            Speaking of french, they owe us a couple Mistrahls or whatever the name, a helicarrier. My guess is that they will be renamed something funny too. Maybe, they will become Narwahls.

            Yeah, we’re ok with the names of our guns so as I said, the Russians wouldn’t name the robot kinda like “Terminator” or “Eradicator” it will most probably be called a Turnip or a Tincan, until there are more, then the Tincan will be the class and they will be named after different vegetables. Or, anyways, something like that.

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            Maybe they’ll make light of the armored side panels the robot has his arms mounted to.
            Resembles bread slices.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Yep. There’s a little bit of resemblance. However, the people who served may have an even better understanding of the dao of a russian warrior, but until then, he will be simply known as Butterbrot

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            Death toast, if translated.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Nah, not the Death toast or the Toast of Death, just Toast. Russian words are hella long and we’re lazy, you’d get tired of calling him “Butterbrot smerti” every time and just call him “Buter” anyways.

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            Turnip inspector, because when he’s done with you, you’re inspecting turnips below ground?

          • Lone troll

            I think that you have lost the point. Tenzin and Co are not in contact with the Rulers, so they cant have knowledge of the official designation.
            Amberlight needs a nickname, short enough to be spelled in second or two and yet it should be self-explanatory. So, some unlucky guy during city fight could warn other before being slain.
            And that nickname should be given by Minervan personnel, presumably of Aegis branch.

          • Demetri Ermak

            In that case I’d call him “Skromnik” as in “Modest man” because he’s so keen in staying out of sight.

          • Exactly. The name “deathbot” stuck with us as we call it that way when talking about the script and here in the comments, So we thought: it would also stick with the people of Minerva, right?

          • Amberlight

            When they pick on stuff it means that they care:D

          • Right now they care about the flashback/dream sequence ending and getting back to the real world and exploding stuff :D

            I loved seeing all their brainstorming for a Deathbot name. Did you decide what you like best?

          • Amberlight

            I’m having a hard time with that and I’m glad that I started thinking in advance. Some names are just too long (you can’t say “deathbot” in Russian. You’ll have to say “death bot”, and that’s 2 words already) others are albeit fitting have strong references, like “terminator”. So… brain hurtz.

          • So the “Smertobot” one (or however you romanicize that word) is no good?

            I trust you all to come up with something. Really, just something catchy that Jane would have said as a joke but then it caught on. It’s not the OFFICIAL name that Minerva calls it.

          • Honza Prchal

            Amberlight, I’ve a question. I know Smrtbot isn’t technically right, but it is intuitively obvious in at least four Western Slavic languages. Is Russian insufficiently influenced by Germanic laguages (English included) for that to work? If so, how about something like robotovi koncitel (robotic ender, as in ender of worlds), or a Romanization of your choice?

          • Demetri Ermak

            Hey Honza. I tried answering your question in a response to Matt. We have a very… Unique way of naming stuff. So it will most probably be something a little bit absurd. So the horrible death machine known as DeathBot or Terminator or Ender or such will be most probably known like, ehhh, for example, Turnip, because it’s head is shaped like a turnip. Even if it’s not really shaped like turnip.

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            True.
            There was also the joke about the LAGG3 being an acronym for “the varnished guaranteed coffin”.

          • Honza Prchal

            Thank you Mr. Ermak. You got me thinking, that our friend the deathbot, well, he’s kind of skinny, almost bony looking, so why not koschei, like the bad deathless guy from the fairy-tales?
            If not that, perhaps a play on mashinfir, the old German and Russian imperial army term for machine-gun? Mashinvrah, or mashinkat(soft mark) for machine murerer or machine executionaer/cutter?

          • Demetri Ermak

            Koschei is an awesome name, I think. Nobody also really knows how to kill him. I think it’s a great name for the deathbot. +1.
            Machinfir is also a great name, but for something more siege-like or anyways, straight on.

          • Honza Prchal

            Thanks, Demetri. You’re not false (a Russian history joke)! It is always nice to run into a kindred spirit.

          • NickDA

            They are awesomely technical, forcing us to think through things a bit more, with less “hand waving” generalizations :D

          • Honza Prchal

            Try being Russian for awhile … You might understand a bit. Their nicest neighbors are all the varied Caucasians, Siberian tribals, and Poles, and they’re all epically tough customers. Then there are Scandinavians, Balts, various flavours of Turkics, various flavours of Mongols (trivia of note, more Russian princes were ethnic Mongols than any other nationality, though essentially none were ever boyars) Arabs, Greeks, German commercial/crusading interests, Chinese, Koreans and other Northeast Aisans (Manchu, Jurchens …), and the Japanese … an the peoples who have faded away or moved on, in p[art Bulagars, Magyars, Alans, Scythians, arguably the Cossacks, …
            Wondering why Russians are the way they are is like asking why Koreans are stubborn. … because they’re still around … for good or ill. I’m more impressed Ukrainians are still around and relatively pleasant to deal with.

        • Matt [in Middletown]

          And thus a merger was proposed, they joined, becoming JaneZin!
          In their armored mechasuit, they flatten deathbots by the dozen!
          “Uh, Jane? If I’m still asleep in here, who is driving and doing the, uh, biological things?”
          “I dunno, I have to ask the narrator.”
          *unified scream of terror, camera zooms in on a cat on the keyboard.*

    • Dusty Coyote

      You. I like your name. We should hang out.

  • Professor Fate

    Oh, one more thing, you lost an arm and a leg, but we’re working on that.

    • Maarten Spreij

      Srsly, she forgot to mention that little detail?
      Nor is *he* like “Wait.. injured, blood loss, neuronal damage? Care to elaborate on that?”

      • “Um…too big words for tired Cronk brain. Just do what she wants to make stop big words talking.”

        Also, no one said Jane wasn’t a manipulative little sneaker ;)

        EDIT: But honestly, I’m just trying to keep these scenes from dragging on and on with pages of them talking :D

        • Matt [in Middletown]

          Cronk, pull the lever!
          *click*
          Wrong leveeeeeer!

          • NickDA

            Why do we even have that lever!

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            *small holographic monstrosity chewing on Jane’s coattail.

          • Demetri Ermak

            Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives… [laughs] …I’ll smash it with a hammer! It’s brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!

            Or, to save on postage, I’ll just poison him with this.

            God I love that one.

        • Delta-v

          Yeah, let’s get to the part where Tenzin learns the full extent of his predicament and instinctively tries to kick Dr. Chandan–with his missing leg. :)

        • Maarten Spreij

          > But honestly, I’m just trying to keep these scenes from dragging on and on

          Fair enough :-)

  • Delta-v

    So, the poor guy will be waking from a nightmare to something even worse. O.o

    I wonder if he’ll ever trust Jane again.

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Panel 2: skeptical Tenzin is skeptical.

    • NickDA

      Frickin awesome facial expressions @SebasP:disqus… you are a beast!

      • You tagged the wrong Seba. I edited it for you :P

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        Yup.
        You know what this means?
        .
        .
        I’ll distract him while you bolt the escapes.
        / kidding

  • My money’s on him still being seriously messed up when he wakes up, conscious or not. They still have their work cut out for them.

    • What you don’t think he’s going to wake up, don some super armor, and destroy all the bad guys, all on the first day? ;)

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        Wake up, don a leg and an arm, and eat something better than nutrient paste.
        Then have a long talk with the latrine.
        And a shower.

    • Neil Kapit

      I don’t think Tenzin’s ever not going to be messed up, but then, can you say that about anyone? At least he’s pointed his baggage at the right targets

  • Dusty Coyote

    DONT GO INTO THE LIGHT!

    • Matt [in Middletown]

      *KzzRT!*
      OW!

  • DeNitro

    Nothing like the smell of burning invaders in the morning…

    • Matt [in Middletown]

      Smells like….BBQ cookout.

  • Neil Kapit

    It’s good that he’s coming back to reality. It won’t be so good when he comes back to a body that’s missing more than a few parts…

    • Voduxe

      Eh. I remember a story. A soldier in vietnam (can’t remember the name) was told he’d never walk again after severe injuries to his left knee. For three weeks, this stubborn bastard went out and worked on walking, then running, and was finally discharged. He would become one of the most well known green berets in american military history. Point is, this guy is just as stubborn, if not more so, and their tech is awesome. Good combo for a winning team.

      • Neil Kapit

        It’s true, but just shrugging off the amount of pain (both chronic and acute) required to adjust to a disability, much less “overcome” it (something that not everybody has the chance to do), is a deep disservice to the person’s experience.

  • Demetri Ermak

    And I just caught up again with Tenzin. Oh god it was a long time, droogans.

    • Welcome back :D Always glad to see your awesome comments :)

  • Dusty Coyote

    I wonder how close I can get to him before he opens his eyes and freaks out.

    • Matt [in Middletown]

      -said the cameraman.
      Or Jane in line with one of her new “pranks and Jokes” that she mentioned a page or three back.
      LOL!

      • “you’re finally awake Tenzin!! the battle costed you…

        … An arm and a leg! LOL haha”

        ( and her humor setting was set to 0% )

        • Matt [in Middletown]

          She sets up a virtual toll bridge in his head that he comes to in an attempt to wake up…

    • I wonder how close can I get to him before the readers notice my crappy inking :P

      • Dusty Coyote

        Closer! Come Closer!

        WoW has ruined me.

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    In side note, playing World of Tanks.
    I stink, actual uniformed experience doesn’t apply.

  • Aww, really adorable partner-hand-holding thing there, if I may say so! <3

  • Citrus Reaper

    Time to kick in some face.