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westward_0677 Alpha Colony, dubbed Providence by its settlers, was deposited on a tidal-locked planet by a crippled Westward near the end of her first voyage. There were several challenges: First, the planet was less than ideal for colonization, selected as a last-ditch effort to complete Westward’s mission. Second, it was inadvertently settled 250 years in the past because of an error in Escherspace navigation. Finally, it turned out to be home to a crashed scout vessel with Nazi markings that had laid dormant beneath the planet’s surface until Westward’s radio waves woke it up. Inside was an autonomous mechanism containing the long-dead corpse of its pilot that left a trail of destruction in its wake, nearly crippling Westward and re-engineering one of the colonists into a mechanical monstrosity like itself. As Westward left Alpha Colony behind, Captain Carter ordered the colony’s existence wiped from the records, lost in time and space and hopefully able to avoid using technology that might attract more unwanted attention.

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  • Folarx

    Whoa, waitasecond: Are they using the smoketapussed Dr. Faust (Doctapuss? Faustapuss? Doc Oc?) as an Escherspace processing unit (EPU)?
    That’s clever; but also cold.

    • Yes, but there’s more to Faust than just his unfortunate alien possession. Can anyone make the connection before it’s explained in Friday’s strip? 🙂

      • Folarx

        Of course! Faust once was friends with Grafeneck! So he might have suffered prior expositions to low-level Escherspace fields? That would mean when Rosie met him on her quest for Grafeneck, Faust was not entirely human anymore – nor sane.

        • Folarx

          Which leads me to the eternal question: HOW DID ORIGINAL ROSMARIN* SWAP BODIES WITH THAT WET-STORED REDHEAD?
          Precious must tells us! Pleaaase!

          *) in German, by the way, Rosmarin is soley a herb. Not a name for girls, that would be “Rose-Marie”, but I accept that would be boring. And who cares? She swapped bodies, does not age, travelled through space and time, threatened fellow red-head time traveller with a pendant cross, married the First Man On Mars and faked her death along with every one else on Westward.
          Rosie has pretty much achieved Honey-Badger-Status from where I stand.

          • Ha ha! She didn’t swap bodies, just clothing. She assumed the Gestapo agent’s identity.

            And I must humbly defer to someone who actually knows what they’re talking about regarding the German language. Just be aware that you’ve officially been designated as Westward’s senior Teutonic consultant from here forward. Your services will be invaluable. 😀

          • Folarx

            Oh, she just assumed that Rosmarin-woman’s identity? That was too harmless for me to deduce. 😀

      • bayareajohn

        I would guess that Faust was the wetware tech who engineered the cyborgs for Grafenek. And the people tanks. It fits with his youth serum that Rose needed to get from him way back when..