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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:19 am 
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Retcon or misinformation? The technology Schlock evolved from was not at all intended to be weapons related. Before gaining sentience, the amorphs were essentially data storage devices, and not even military data, just general life memories. While one could be forgiven for assuming that Schlock was designed as a living weapon, that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Usually when this sort of thing comes up in a comic, it's a retcon. Characters are very rarely ever deliberately wrong about established facts unless the dramatic irony is made VERY clear from the get go. I would really hate to see all of Schlocks backstory retconned like that though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:35 am 
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It may be more detail that we've had to date. The sapient computer storage might have been modified as weapons technology. We don't know where amorphs acquired their extraordinary immune systems, for example.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:07 am 
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John Dallman wrote:
It may be more detail that we've had to date. The sapient computer storage might have been modified as weapons technology. We don't know where amorphs acquired their extraordinary immune systems, for example.



It wasn't even sapient, it was just pseudorganic memory storage. Regular old hard drives that became motile after millions of years.

Their immune systems could just be their own error-correction systems having found a new purpose.

Vog's people did say they did some tweaking when they found the Proto-amorphs roaming around. Made the eye trees and the like.

I think the old guy is just a misinformed bigot.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:23 am 
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sotanaht wrote:
Usually when this sort of thing comes up in a comic, it's a retcon.

Well, since it's never happened that way in the 18 1/2 years of this comic, I feel it's safe to say this is misinformation.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:10 am 
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evileeyore wrote:
sotanaht wrote:
Usually when this sort of thing comes up in a comic, it's a retcon.

Well, since it's never happened that way in the 18 1/2 years of this comic, I feel it's safe to say this is misinformation.

Kathleen Mirali Tagon's middle name may have been retcon.

But this is probably just a dumb professor who's wrong about a good number of things. Will see tomorrow if he's corrected angrily or not.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:50 pm 
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I'm..... actually more surprised he's met 4 of them. I mean with him having a TV show for all intents and purposes they aren't as unknown as they used to be, but there's still not that many of them out there....

Wait. How many Shafters Shifters are there?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:52 pm 
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Reaver225 wrote:
evileeyore wrote:
sotanaht wrote:
Usually when this sort of thing comes up in a comic, it's a retcon.

Well, since it's never happened that way in the 18 1/2 years of this comic, I feel it's safe to say this is misinformation.

Kathleen Mirali Tagon's middle name may have been retcon.

Right, I'd forgotten that one. So... once in 18 years.


Daniel the Broc wrote:
Wait. How many Shafters Shifters are there?

I want to say three.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:11 pm 
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evileeyore wrote:
Reaver225 wrote:
evileeyore wrote:
Well, since it's never happened that way in the 18 1/2 years of this comic, I feel it's safe to say this is misinformation.

Kathleen Mirali Tagon's middle name may have been retcon.

Right, I'd forgotten that one. So... once in 18 years.


While it isn't "this sort of thing" there was at least one other retcon, the Great Retcon.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:25 am 
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I sort of feel like The Great Retcon falls into a different category than most usual retcons, since it was done to avoid a potential lawsuit rather than to unsnarl things in canon.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:19 pm 
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evileeyore wrote:
Reaver225 wrote:
evileeyore wrote:
Well, since it's never happened that way in the 18 1/2 years of this comic, I feel it's safe to say this is misinformation.

Kathleen Mirali Tagon's middle name may have been retcon.

Right, I'd forgotten that one. So... once in 18 years.


Daniel the Broc wrote:
Wait. How many Shafters Shifters are there?

I want to say three.


My memory is also three.

In fact, I can easily see Sahfter's Shifters lying to the professor and claiming to be evolved from weapons tech.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:16 pm 
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keybounce wrote:
evileeyore wrote:
Daniel the Broc wrote:
Wait. How many Shafters Shifters are there?

I want to say three.


My memory is also three.

In fact, I can easily see Sahfter's Shifters lying to the professor and claiming to be evolved from weapons tech.


I can't. I gather from Schlock, from earlier in the same storyline, that Amorphs might have an...issue, with lying.
Now, Shafter I could see claiming that.

Tall tales to sell books.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-05

The problem with lying.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-22

Shafters Shifters and Lunasby.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-08-30

On the other hand...
"You know, for the horses."
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-06
Although, he might well look forward to downing his weight in cheveline.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:54 am 
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Sean wrote:
keybounce wrote:

My memory is also three.

In fact, I can easily see Sahfter's Shifters lying to the professor and claiming to be evolved from weapons tech.


I can't. I gather from Schlock, from earlier in the same storyline, that Amorphs might have an...issue, with lying.
Now, Shafter I could see claiming that.

Tall tales to sell books.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-05

The problem with lying.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-22

Shafters Shifters and Lunasby.
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-08-30

On the other hand...
"You know, for the horses."
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-06
Although, he might well look forward to downing his weight in cheveline.


Schlock's fine with lying verbally. It's putting lies INTO AMORPH BISCUITS that he finds disgusting. Which, as an evolved ancient memory storage device, makes perfect sense.


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