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Inevitable Treachery in Chapter IV: Deep in Oceania
6th Aug 2017, 2:00 AM
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6th Aug 2017, 2:00 AM

The Ignis member with the big wheels on his shoulders is codenamed Buer, and we've seen his integrity on display before;

Lamar's own treatment of his "hired help" isn't exactly gentle;

When dealing with contracted employees, even when compensating them substantially, is it better to have them fear you or love you? In the case of contracted killers, is the latter even possible? And does being a super-genius give your difficulty assuming anyone else is competent enough to betray you?

6th Aug 2017, 2:30 AM

Per Machiavelli: 1) fear you; 2) no; 3) it should not.

Per me: 1) with my contracted employees (who are not contracted to kill anyone) I start with fear and work my way back from there--"you're probably not going to be around here very long if you (example of bad behavior)" followed by "(example of good behavior that they did recently) so pretty much I'm sure I'll never have to worry about that"; 2) yes, see just about every anime about mercenaries, there's always one who falls in love with their boss/subcontractor; 3) humans are supposed to have empathy for a reason, friggin' use it.

Glad that I agree with ol' Saint Nick on at least one of those answers...

edit: lulz for the alt text

6th Aug 2017, 2:40 AM

It's all about what your aims are:
If the goal foremost political, then it's better to rally a group of fanatics. People who are willing to take time off to fight, and are willing to die for the cause. If the goals are economic nature, then one should keep there employees in mind.

6th Aug 2017, 5:29 AM

SHIT! (If I say, "You get what you pay for," is that really fucked-up?) :)
Well, that's nowhere near as fucked-up with what he shouted in the second-to-last panel. Great dialogue!

6th Aug 2017, 3:53 PM

Ah, took me a second to realize he wasn't addressing KA's group, but rather the Ignis group. I was so caught up on the text, guess I should look at the comic part too :D

So he joined Ignis to only become a mole that would gut them from the inside out, but looks like he wasn't able to turn many people...maybe joining KA's team again and doing things the old fashion direct way would work best!

6th Aug 2017, 7:51 PM

Man that's tough, I guess think fear is nice but coming across as at least a fair and decent human being is good for "trust". I don't know I think in Lamar's case you have to accept that you're dealing with fire, high risk, high reward sort of thing. Don't know if any principal or value can apply to every single instance of this situation.

6th Aug 2017, 8:56 PM

Also worth noting that when you gain allies via ideology, they're less likely to care about things like civilian casualties, than if you pay them extra to act in accordance with your values

6th Aug 2017, 9:39 PM

Very good point as well!

7th Aug 2017, 1:03 PM

They did ping that one light in his armor. Any significance to that?

8th Aug 2017, 10:42 PM

actually none in particular; the device shot at Lamar's armor was meant to just read as disrupting the entire system

10th Aug 2017, 7:15 PM

I'm nominating these guys for Most Successful Starscream. Like, holy geez. Didn't take them very long to overthrow him, did it? I kind of like that they're actually competent and able to gain the advantage, instead of the usual bumbling henchmen who take their leader's abuse without question and can't do anything on their own.

17th Aug 2017, 1:30 AM

1. Personally, I've always gone for "love me". People seem less likely to bail on that.

2. "One of the problems with running a criminal conspiracy is that there’s no real way to avoid trust issues with your co-workers. If you steal with a guy, he knows you’re a thief. If you kill with him, he knows you’re a killer." - Michael Weston, Burn Notice 2.12, "Seek and Destroy"

3. There are sometimes things that go along with being a super-genius that might make it hard to relate, and possibly underestimate your underlings...

23rd Jul 2019, 12:39 AM

Yeah, I don't think Lamarr has a lot of regular human interaction experience. He might've thought that high pay means high loyalty. That only goes so far.

24th Jul 2019, 11:59 PM

These days of fragmented interests and fragile egos, people don’t stick around long less theres some sort of consistent and significant transaction. Monetary or otherwise.

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