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General Protection Fault: Scylla and Charybdis

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[Comic for Wednesday, December 24, 2014]


[[Trish, Patty, and Dexter are with Colonel Barker in a chamber on a Physaric "ship", discussing with him his reference to "Scylla and Charybdis". Colonel Barker is continuing his background tale.]]
Colonel: It was only a matter of time before these warring factions would arrive. My covert agents reported their first encounter within months. No doubt it was looking for its missing colleague.

Colonel: [narrating off-panel, we see a Physaric controlling a dog outside a fence surrounding a U.S. Army base.] We spent the better part of the next decade monitoring their progress, from this species' earliest scouting missions to their adversary's increased activity in our solar system.

Colonel: [narrating, we see two Grey science drones examining a terrified human strapped to a table.] It was obvious both sides wished to remain invisible to the other, a situation we hoped to encourage. The less they knew about each other's movements, the less likely open conflict would erupt.

Colonel: [narrating, we see him looking at a file containing pictures of both types of aliens.] During that time, I gathered every scrap of data I could on our future adversaries, trying in vain to find a weakness to use against them. The alternate, obviously, was undesirable.

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