History Webcomic / Strays

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'''''[[http://www.straysonline.com/index.htm Strays]]''''' is a joint webcomic project by Samantha Whitten and Stacey Pefferkorn, who both share responsibilities in writing and drawing the comic. Meela is a young, orphaned lupian (a race of people with wolf-like features) who is struggling to survive on her own. A chance encounter on less than pleasant terms teams her up with Feral, another lupian who happens to be a mute as well as one of the best mercenaries in the land, and who is not quite so welcoming of her forced company as she would like to believe.


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'''''[[http://www.''[[http://www.straysonline.com/index.htm Strays]]''''' Strays]]'' is a joint webcomic project by Samantha Whitten and Stacey Pefferkorn, who both share responsibilities in writing and drawing the comic. Meela is a young, orphaned lupian (a race of people with wolf-like features) who is struggling to survive on her own. A chance encounter on less than pleasant terms teams her up with Feral, another lupian who happens to be a mute as well as one of the best mercenaries in the land, and who is not quite so welcoming of her forced company as she would like to believe.

10th Sep '15 8:51:51 AM Protectronics
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Korin shows quite a bit of remorse after his aggressively grabbing Avela [[spoiler:accidentally caused her to slip and crack her head on the table.]] Not that it lasts.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Korin shows quite a bit of remorse after his aggressively grabbing Avela [[spoiler:accidentally caused her to slip and crack her head on the table.]] Not that it lasts. Feral also had a brief one when he started choking Meela in reflex after she woke him up, sleeping in the corner like a dog afterwards.
** It's actually the lack of a reaction like this in Feral that makes Meela furious [[spoiler:after she accuses him of killing her father.]] Not that he remembered doing it at all in the first place.
4th Sep '15 4:59:17 PM Octoya
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* LittleBitBeastly: Varying degrees for the animal races, dependent on species. Lupians have tails, for example, while Cervians have just antlers, compared to Vulpians' ears-and-tail. Lyrians are the most human looking out of all the animal races, only distinguished by tattoos on their backs.

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* LittleBitBeastly: Varying degrees for the animal races, dependent on species. species and each individual's preference. Lupians have tails, tails and prefer to have more human ears, for example, while Cervians have just antlers, compared to Vulpians' ears-and-tail. Lyrians are the most human looking out of all the animal races, only distinguished by tattoos on their backs.
4th Sep '15 3:52:32 PM PriceCheck
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* ArtShift: For better or for worse the art very noticeably changes from the start of the comic to the finish, becoming less exaggerated and anime-esque over time. Some fans also pointed out in the comments that the faces became less unique over time as well. This may in part be because of one of the artists suffering from carpal tunnel.

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* ArtShift: ArtEvolution: For better or for worse the art very noticeably changes from the start of the comic to the finish, becoming less exaggerated and anime-esque over time. Some fans also pointed out in the comments that the faces became less unique over time as well. This may in part be because of one of the artists suffering from carpal tunnel.
4th Sep '15 3:49:03 PM Octoya
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* OnceMoreWithClarity: The very start of the comic has Meela's father's killer standing in silhouette and turning to face her, only his teeth visible. In the climax that panel returns, with the grinning face replaced with [[spoiler:Feral's face.]]
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* WhamLine: One when Meela is having another dream and manages to speak to Yuen.
-->'''Meela''': Why do you look like me?
-->'''Yuen''': [[spoiler:*Cue hair and eye color change* I don't.]]
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* FemmeFatale: Piper. She's a beautiful thief who seduces targets for their cash and jewels—[[spoiler:like Holland.]]

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* FemmeFatale: Piper. She's a beautiful thief who seduces targets for their cash and jewels—[[spoiler:like Holland.]]jewels—like ''Holland''.


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* HypocriticalHumor: Piper and Holland, in regards to their previous relationship.
-->'''Piper''': You were using me for sport?! How dare you!
-->'''Holland''': ''You'' were using me for coin.
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* ArtShift: For better or for worse the art very noticeably changes from the start of the comic to the finish, becoming less exaggerated and anime-esque over time. Some fans also pointed out in the comments that the faces became less unique over time as well. This may in part be because of one of the artists suffering from carpal tunnel.



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2009/01/page-78/ Here.]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: During the night, about a fire.
* CinderellaCircumstances
* ConstantlyCurious: Meela towards Feral especially.
* CoveredWithScars: Feral. [[http://www.straysonline.com/2010/01/page-115/ Lots of 'em.]]

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* BulletHolesAndRevelations: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2009/01/page-78/ Here.An interesting one from page 78. Feral is struggling with a man with a shotgun, and there's the sound of a shot and blood dripping between them. On the next page you see that [[spoiler:The gunshot was directed at Feral, and ''missed'', grazing his shoulder. The blood was from Feral stabbing the man with a knife.]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: During the night, about a fire.
* CinderellaCircumstances
night when Meela burns down the house of Feral's first hit, the art is done this way.
* ConstantlyCurious: Meela Meela, towards Feral and his past especially.
* CoveredWithScars: Feral. [[http://www.straysonline.com/2010/01/page-115/ Lots of 'em.]]On his face, on his back, on his throat, on his arms...



* DancesAndBalls: Sets the scene for DressingAsTheEnemy, below.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Meela's dreams about Yuen and Mal.

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* DancesAndBalls: Sets Holland has Feral help him by sneaking into one (Holland himself goes as an uninvited guest) to find incriminating documents on the scene for DressingAsTheEnemy, below.
FantasticRacist Lord Mithrennon.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Meela's dreams about herself, as well as Yuen and Mal.Mal, are shaded in sepia tone; averted for one of them [[spoiler:when she's poisoned]], which shows Yuen in color.



* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Meela does this a lot.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Starting [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/04/page-167/ here]].

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* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Meela does this a lot.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Starting [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/04/page-167/ here]].
lot, dreaming of her own past and an unknown boy's life. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:she has a magical ability that lets her tap into people's memories and dreams, in this case Feral's.]]



* FantasticRacism: Against lupians.
* FemmeFatale: Piper
* FinalSpeech
* {{Flashback}}: Complete with MonochromePast, sepia-tone in this case.
* AFriendInNeed

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* FantasticRacism: Against lupians.
There's some against Lupians, particularly among arrogant Lyrians like Mithrennon. There's also prejudice against demons and anything having to do with them, which turned out very bad for [[spoiler:Meela and her family.]]
* FemmeFatale: Piper
* FinalSpeech
Piper. She's a beautiful thief who seduces targets for their cash and jewels—[[spoiler:like Holland.]]
* {{Flashback}}: Complete with MonochromePast, sepia-tone in this case.
* AFriendInNeed
case, there are multiple flashbacks of Meela and Yuen's past.



* GrayRainOfDepression
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Meela, see MoralityPet.
* HiddenDepths

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* GrayRainOfDepression
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Meela, see MoralityPet.
* HiddenDepths
who has lost all her family and yet still remains chipper and lovable [[spoiler:barring the occasional freak out.]]



* IJustWantToBeNormal
* ImportantHaircut: In the backstory, Meela's brother cut her hair when they went into hiding to disguise her as a boy.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: Kosher's preferred form long-distance communication.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal
IJustWantToBeNormal: Meela wishes that she was more like a normal Lupian with a big clan to stay in, [[spoiler:instead of a demon Lupian with no family.]]
* ImportantHaircut: In the backstory, Meela's brother cut her hair when they went into hiding to disguise her as a boy.
boy. Her hairstyle also changes for good to a less wild-child 'do following her [[spoiler:almost fatal poisoning.]]
* InstantMessengerPigeon: Kosher's preferred form long-distance communication. In a different variant of this trope, Holland makes use of birds to send messages to [[spoiler:Jyaku,]] who knows how to speak bird.



* KlingonPromotion: Played with. Korin takes leadership of Yuen's clan by killing the former leader, he had tried a number of times before, but didn't win until he had outside help.
* LittleBitBeastly: Varying degrees, dependent on... species? Meela and Feral both have tails, for example, compared to Piper's ears-and-tail.
* MagicPants: All the shapeshifting races we've seen so far.
* MissingMom

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* KlingonPromotion: Played with. Korin takes leadership of Yuen's clan by killing the former leader, leader; he had tried a number of times before, but didn't win until he had outside help.
help and a knife. Additionally, given that weapons are not allowed in the fight to begin with and that such is considered cheating, Korin might have taken control of the clan by threatening his rivals rather than being officially accepted.
* LittleBitBeastly: Varying degrees, degrees for the animal races, dependent on... species? Meela and Feral both on species. Lupians have tails, for example, while Cervians have just antlers, compared to Piper's ears-and-tail.
Vulpians' ears-and-tail. Lyrians are the most human looking out of all the animal races, only distinguished by tattoos on their backs.
* MagicPants: All the shapeshifting races we've seen so far.
far will shapeshift in and out of whatever clothes they're wearing.
* MissingMomMissingMom: Meela's mother was a bounty hunter and disappeared after going after a target; her whereabouts are never explained.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Korin went a little too far...
* NeverMyFault: Korin.
* NewFirstComics
* OhCrap: Holland [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/08/page-183/ here]]. There are plenty of other brilliant OhCrap moments all throughout the webcomic, though.
* OddShapedPanel
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They can change at will with a flash of light, are gigantic, and keep distinguishing features such as eye color and scars.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Korin went shows quite a little too far...
bit of remorse after his aggressively grabbing Avela [[spoiler:accidentally caused her to slip and crack her head on the table.]] Not that it lasts.
* NeverMyFault: Korin.
Immediately after [[spoiler:killing Yuen's mother in a show of aggression gone wrong,]] Korin spots the horrified Yuen and yelps that it was all ''his'' fault.
* NewFirstComics
NewFirstComics: In the form of a retcon of one of the earlier parts of the story, the artists had intended the comic to go on longer than it did and set up a plot thread they will now never resolve in the story and so rewrote the entire scene.
* OhCrap: Holland [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/08/page-183/ here]]. Holland, complete with saying the trope by name, when he realizes Feral's been discovered by Mithrennon's guards. There are plenty of other brilliant OhCrap moments all throughout the webcomic, though.
* OddShapedPanel
though.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They can change at will with a flash of light, are gigantic, and keep distinguishing features such as eye color and scars. In this case, the people who can transform into wolves are also part of a series of human-animal species including rabbit-people, bird-people, deer-people, cat-people, and fox-people.



* OverprotectiveDad: That's what promotion to parent gets you, sometimes

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* OverprotectiveDad: That's what promotion to parent gets you, sometimessometimes. Feral will rip anyone apart if they hurt Meela, and even shoves Holland around [[spoiler:when Meela got poisoned during his plan.]]



* PoisonedWeapons: Visrial's specialty.
* PowerGlows: Transformations from between animal and human forms.
* PromotionToParent: Feral.

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* PoisonedWeapons: Visrial's specialty.
specialty, using throwing knives laced with poison.
* PowerGlows: Transformations from between animal and human forms.
forms feature glowing, as do other forms of magic.
* PromotionToParent: Feral.Feral gradually adopts the role of a father to Meela as he goes.



* TheRunaway: Holland was at some point in his childhood, and [[spoiler:Yuen was unfortunately driven to this]].

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* TheRunaway: Holland made a regular habit of sneaking away from home when he was at some point in his childhood, little, especially when he met Feral, and [[spoiler:Yuen was unfortunately driven to this]].this after his parents were killed]].



* SchizoTech / AnachronismStew: It may seem to be around TheMiddleAges, but the clothing styles and materials are fairly modern(ish), plus the existence of firearms and varying degrees of magic.
* SecurityBlanket: Meela clutches her bear in one flashback.

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* SchizoTech / AnachronismStew: It may seem to be around TheMiddleAges, TheMiddleAges judging by the inn early on, but the clothing styles and materials are fairly modern(ish), plus the existence of firearms and varying degrees of magic.
magic. The existence of political systems like councils to aid the royal family also places it in a higher time period equivalent.
* SecurityBlanket: Meela clutches her bear in one flashback. Later on, she makes her wrist bracelet into one, but in a twisted way—her father died right after he passed it down to her brother, who died when he passed it on to her, so she now believes she will die if she loses the bracelet.



* SheCleansUpNicely: Meela.



* TheSpeechless: Feral, thanks to a lovely set of scars over his throat as mentioned above.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/09/page-188/ Holland pulls a bow and arrow pretty much out of thin air and readies it in one smooth motion]].

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* TheSpeechless: Feral, thanks to a lovely set of scars over his throat as mentioned above.
[[spoiler:gained when Mal tore his vocal chords out.]]
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/09/page-188/ Holland pulls can pull a bow and arrow pretty much out of thin air and readies ready it in one smooth motion]].motion.



* SweetPollyOliver: Meela's brother insists that she do this.
* TagAlongKid: Meela.

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* SweetPollyOliver: Meela's brother insists that she do this.
act like a boy so the bounty hunters won't notice them.
* TagAlongKid: Meela.Meela to Feral, after having been this for her brother. She slowly learns to become more independent and able to help herself in Feral's care.



* WolfMan:
** Feral in his wolf form
** [[spoiler: Meela in her demon form.]]
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* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises

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* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrisesWhatHappenedToTheMouse: Piper, one of Feral's targets who helps them out once or twice and then disappears from the story. Kosher, Feral's boss, never shows up after his first appearance (save for in flashback) and never seems to wonder why his bounty hunter has been away so long.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Most spectacularly, Yuen after seeing [[spoiler:his mother get killed.]]



** Actually averted with Feral, who even wanted to [[spoiler:back out of his hit on Meela's father when he discovered he had children. Then evil Mal side of him took over...]]

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** Actually averted with Feral, who even wanted to [[spoiler:back out of his hit on Meela's father when he discovered he had children. Then the evil Mal side of him took over...]]
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* TraumaticHaircut: Meela's brother inflicted one on her in the backstory.

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* TraumaticHaircut: Meela's brother inflicted one on her in the backstory.backstory, so that she would look like a boy and be easier to hide.


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** Actually averted with Feral, who even wanted to [[spoiler:back out of his hit on Meela's father when he discovered he had children. Then evil Mal side of him took over...]]
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