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September 28th, 2015, 9:05 pm

Amazing, Fel should train all the cats in the neighborhood to be her unholy army of the night!

September 28th, 2015, 9:10 pm

What... a really useless ability. LOL

Like, even if you understand cat, you can't make them do jack shit.

September 28th, 2015, 9:56 pm

@The T.C.: You can if it's completely in their own interest, requires little excess energy on their part, and benefits them more.

September 28th, 2015, 10:32 pm

Dramatic scene is dramatic.

September 28th, 2015, 10:49 pm

Old Blood welcomes Old Blood

@The T.C.: Have you ever read "The Farseer Trilogy"? Something like that happens in there. The main character can send his thoughts to animals but, they ignore him unless he wins their trust or at least picks their interest. He becomes, bros for life, with a badass wolf so, is not that useless.

September 28th, 2015, 11:04 pm

@The T.C.

Army of Cat spies, they maybe can't do much normally but if you gain their interest and affection they'll spy for you.

September 28th, 2015, 11:41 pm

@McCat: Krosp I can do that, but since all cats have terrible attention spans it's worthless.

September 29th, 2015, 1:42 am

No way a cat can't fit through these holes. On the other hand they can't form coherent sentences like that either, so just continue ( :
Fel's Probably asleep anyway. Still magnitudes better than a boring slaughter. We already had one too many.

September 29th, 2015, 3:18 am

Well, judging by the first panel, it does indeed look like "cat speak" has a body language component, perhaps even verbal (hissing). However, it must be partly telepathic or something because I can't imagine that "trash can" can be communicated with body language. Seems hard to believe cats would even understand the concept, unless it's a human translation for "place for stuff I don't want" or something.

September 29th, 2015, 3:22 am

@Blck Pete:
" No way a cat can't fit through these holes. "

I suspect Kenno drew it like that because it's much easier to do and allows a better view of the cat. So in my mind those holes are smaller. Clothes baskets usually have a finer mesh, anyway.

September 29th, 2015, 4:00 am

now I wanna see mugger raise a raccoon army

September 29th, 2015, 5:03 am

I love how in the last panel it portrays her mind being blown!

September 29th, 2015, 9:17 am

Motivation

Yeah, I was thinking of Krosp's complaint about cats too. I suspect that cats are intelligent enough to do most of the things that dogs do but there is the issue of motivation.

Dogs are the descendants of pack animals, they have a social structure and tend to look to their alpha for direction. If you can convince them that you're their alpha (or a high ranking member of the pack) they will follow you.

Cats tend to be more individualistic and would be harder to convince them to work for you. Such work would probably require adequate reward. I'm sure that Fel could develop a decent spy network if she was willing to feed an army of feral cats and she didn't ask them to do anything dangerous.

September 29th, 2015, 9:58 am

Unholy Army of Catgirls

@Frostmane: Coming right up...
https://youtu.be/PeKTF5A9Wzo?t=8

September 29th, 2015, 1:29 pm

Again, by the same logic, humans should be able to instinctively communicate with chimpanzees on a similar level. But we don't.

September 29th, 2015, 3:29 pm

@Heliotroph: That logic is mostly invalid--while there are certain overlapping physical similarities, we as humans are indeed a fundamentally separate species and could be compared to angler-fish trying to hold a conversation with piranhas.

Fel is clearly using expressive convection, something we can do with apes if we TEACH THEM, but not something said ape would know outright from our standpoint because that kind of convection does not work both ways.

Now, science-fiction has presented numerous -species fusion- theories that portray what's going on here: a fusion species retaining both intended and unintended comprehension skills as given form in nature. Fel was educated in the human language because quite naturally it's expensive and wasteful to have made super-soldiers that can't understand your orders, but you don't teach a cat how to talk to other cats--bio-language (expressive convection) is something you can't simply 'erase' from fusion-beings without the proper advancement in xenomorphics.

September 29th, 2015, 3:37 pm

@CinnamonSalve: But it's something that a tiger-human hybrid could do with a domestic housecat? That logic is invalid as well.

...Or are you misunderstanding my point, that this is a bit of a stretch even for the comic?

HOW DARE I NOT TAKE EVERYTHING IN THE COMIC AS REASONABLE AND LOGICAL!

September 29th, 2015, 3:52 pm

@Frostmane: Train . . . cats. *snerk*

September 29th, 2015, 4:39 pm

Fel's no dummy!

Fel's not likely going to have any more success training cats than humans do. However, being able to talk to them gives her a profound advantage in negotiating a good situation for her and them. Imagine, cats serving as happy and eager informants for freshly provided leftovers and table scraps. Imagine the hilarity if Mugger discovers she can do the same with Raccoons. Now those guys have oppose-able thumbs.

September 29th, 2015, 7:26 pm

A sealed can of tuna...

...and a humanoid being that knows how to open it?

It's all 'bout business, bring Intel, receive bacon - or in this particular contract:
Tuna.

Feed & shelter the stray and homeless, the more paws there are to build a new order, the better.

September 29th, 2015, 8:01 pm

Never mind the why and wherefore.

@Heliotroph: I'm not sure that this strip is THAT concerned about logic and reason. The hybrids' abilities seem to have more in common with comic book superheroes than anything you could see from hard science fiction. Fel runs around outside in broad daylight (as a delivery courier) and doesn't get spotted. Mugger also mans the Erobox counter. How much stranger is the idea of Fel speaking "Cat" than any of the above.

Actually, the point where this strip gets "real" is in the interpersonal relationships. The "trial" between Mugger and Alpha, the different ways various hybrids feel about humans and Deniz. The way Mugger blew up at Deniz and got him to see the doc. Some things like that feel real. The rest is just entertainingly awesome.

September 29th, 2015, 9:03 pm

@Darwinskeeper: I've already given my reasons why it is several times over so I'm not going to bother any longer. Hopefully this will just be a 'funny' aside rather than a major plot point.

September 29th, 2015, 9:58 pm

The Powar!

She now has the power to CONTROL THE WORLD!!! can you imagine the possibility's??!

September 29th, 2015, 10:32 pm

@Frostmane: Do you really think it would work any better for her than it did for Chen?

September 29th, 2015, 11:09 pm

Seriously?!

I'm hoping this is just a funny side comic too. I didn't initially come here for a super hero comic, but I don't think it's a bad direction for the comic to take. Even if Fel never runs off moonlighting. As I typed before though, I didn't come here for a super hero comic - I could maybe believe Fel understanding motivations, or the intentions of the cat. Something more like a feeling, rather than straight up translations.

September 30th, 2015, 4:03 am

Perhaps Fel is mostly just a cat empath?

Some believe those are speech bubbles around the cat. Some believe it must be telepathy. Is one any more believable than the other? Could both be correct? Neither?

Maybe Fel is just extremely empathic with cats (and visa versa, so the cat could kind of understand her) and those are the words she is INTERPRETING, based on body language, context and what she knows and is trying to communicate? Perhaps, in trying to think of what the cat is thinking, she instinctively knows whether she's correct or not? Remember Lt. Deanna Troi on the bridge in TNG? As an empath and very minor telepath, she was able to give some very valuable intuition and advice to Picard.

Perhaps that's a poor comparison. And I'm not sure where Star Trek fits on the "Moh's scale of sci-fi hardness" as I've never heard that phrase before. But I can't imagine the franchise not having a somewhat respectable score. I doubt many fans questioned the "sci-fi hardness" of a Betazoid's telepathy. Perhaps because they're aliens and, thus, given some leeway in terms of fantastic ability?

While we're at it, let's consider other sci-fi classics. Star Wars had The Force and other pseudo-mystical elements. And Buck Rogers featured telepathic and telekinetic species and outright mysticism (even seemingly mystical artifacts) on several occasions. Babylon 5, too, and they had human telepaths. {President Sheridan died on Z'ha'dum and was brought back to life. Babylon 5–The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark (2007) featured demonic possession and seemed to validate religion.} Firefly has a lot of loyal fans, despite River being a powerful telepath.

And don't even get me started on all the religious overtones in Battlestar Galactica. The remake was ridiculous. Cylons as electric ANGELS seemingly sent by God to punish and reform the pagan humans? The Twelve Tribes of Israel, vs. the Colonial 12 tribes of humanity, including a lost tribe (Earth)? Well, I suppose that makes at least as much sense as the convoluted and metaphysical plots in The Lost.

September 30th, 2015, 9:55 am

KABOOM!!

Fel = Mind blown. Pretty sure the explosion could be heard from Al's workplace heh.

September 30th, 2015, 1:44 pm

That first panel reminds me of this: http://i.imgur.com/JCBcQjG.png

September 30th, 2015, 7:21 pm

To be honest

@Spikes: The last frame could also be that she has a bit of LSD on the fur...

October 1st, 2015, 4:50 pm

Amazing webcomic. Thank you for your art.

October 1st, 2015, 6:59 pm

@xpacetrue: It just doesn't seem to fit in my mind. Like why hasn't she discovered this sooner? Wouldn't she have encountered other cats, even before meeting Al? Then again, I suppose I would be fine with her, new ability if only she wasn't just now discovering it. This sudden discovery, really, pisses me off more than suddenly talking to cats.

October 2nd, 2015, 5:32 am

I would guess the girls were prevented from having pets before and also told it was a waste of time. Al did not have a pet nor felt the need as Fel became his everything. This is probably the first time Fel has had more than a passing encounter with animals.

October 3rd, 2015, 7:04 am

@m2iCodeJockey: Love the last panel - Cue episode #36 and the 60's psychedelic music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2VNFpiGWo&list=RDUN2VNFpiGWo

October 3rd, 2015, 8:38 am

@Velocat:

*Al comes in front door

Al: "I'm back hon-"
*Al's POV: Fel sitting at table, palms flat, mouth wide open, eyes dilated

*Fel's POV: (Amboy Dukes) eye contact with cat under the basket, room turns psychedelic

*Al's POV: Fel's eyebrows raise, eyes dilate further

*Fel's POV: (Amboy Dukes) cat starts to do the cha-cha

*Al's POV: drool leaks from the edge of Fel's mouth

*Fel's POV: (Amboy Dukes) cat now has a guitar and a mic

*Al's POV: Al wipes the edge of Fel's mouth, gently closes her jaw

*Al kisses Fel's temple then, sits on the couch, turns on TV

*40 minutes later
Fel: "WAID-AH-MINNUTT!!!"
Al: "Hey, how did-"
Fel: "Accidental exposure! Unintentional ingestion."
Al: "Oh."

*Al spins, only sees Fel's tail exit the front door

*Fel, back at the alley

*Fel reaches under the burgundy wagon, un-tapes a packet

Fel: "Shee-yit...!!" * (O_O) *

October 3rd, 2015, 4:54 pm

@m2iCodeJockey: ROFLMAO! Nice!

October 4th, 2015, 2:39 pm

Moh's Scale of SF Hardness

@xpacetrue: Moh's Scale of SF Hardness takes the Moh's scale of hardness we learned of in Earth Science and applies it to the concept of how Hard (or based in reality) a science fiction story is.

An extremely hard story would be like one of Arthur Clarke's stories (like 2001 a space oddessy, if you left out the monoliths). Everything about the human space travel in that film from the trip to the moon in the beginning to the Discovery's voyage was possible with science as we currently understand it. There were no faster than light drives, no artificial gravity or anything like that.

The more elements a story has that are not explained by scientific theory, the softer it is. An extreme case of soft sci-fi is "Futerama" in which the laws of physics seem to be modified to fit the plot. "Star Trek" seems to be a middling example in that it has a lot of soft elements, like Warp Drive, artificial gravity, tractor beams and the teleporter that can reassemble a living being with no change to his thoughts or feelings. Still, a lot of the science, like Warp Drive does have a basis in theoretical physics and they were careful to set up rules as to how some of the pseudotech works.

"Star Wars" is much softer than "Star Trek" in that it adds the whole Jedi thing (The Force & Lightsabers) on top of the usual space opera softness (Hyperdrive, artificial gravity ect...). On top of all that, the design of most of the vehicles in that series would make any engineer or pilot say "huh?"

I'm not criticizing these series. I honestly love "Futurama", "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" and can life with the lapses from Hard Science.

October 4th, 2015, 4:01 pm

@Darwinskeeper:

I feel people try to fit stories in a binary definition of Sci-fi vs Fantasy when, really, each story is an analog balance between a few things, at once.

When one tries to put too much realistic information in a story that's established mostly as fantasy, it softens the story. Same thing when someone has a mostly sci-fi story, with rigid, defined mechanisms and, all-of-a-sudden, Commander Shepard is immune to mind control and people are being zapped to nonexistence with no ash or vapor...

SW would be an example of the other; Midichlorians weakened the fantasy and the SW galaxy losing knowledge of them in less than 25 years created a pile more problems added on top of "Your father wanted you to have this, when you were old enough..."

However, as I type this, my GF is reading and asked another example, which I think fits THIS context more:
Superman's ability to fly is questioned less than his super-strength or x-ray vision.
Superman catches a 747 by its nose-cone, weakest part, and THAT is what pulls you right out of the movie...

October 4th, 2015, 9:14 pm

@The T.C.: I dunno, I trained my roommate's cat to jump thru a hoop. Two of mine knows high five. And all four of my cats sit on command. It just takes time, trust, patience, and treats/motivation. Understanding when they want to train and when they are done. Knowing a cat's body basic body language, all this helps to train your cat properly. It can be done!

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