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''[[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/ Impure Blood]]'' is a fantasy webcomic featuring Roan, a not entirely human enslaved gladiator known as The Abomination, who is given a chance to escape by joining a quest. Caspian, who masterminds Roan's escape, is in conflict with most of the powers that be in their world, including his own father. Meanwhile, Caspian's servants Dara and Elnor have agendas of their own. In a world where humans have supplanted a magical race known as the Ancients, can there a place for those who are part human and part Ancient, or are they forever cursed -- or blessed -- by their ''Impure Blood?''

[[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib001.html Starts here]]

!!Tropes included

* ActionGirl: If there are people to be saved, Dara dives in (at least once with a literal dive) and damn the consequences.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Elnor bursts out laughing after [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-3/page-065/ this quip]] from Roan.
-->'''Elnor''': My head is pounding from the jostling in the carriage.
-->'''Roan''': Is that what they called [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl the ale in Twin Pass]]?
* AfterActionPatchUp: The group does this in the submarine, after fleeing the city.
%%* AlcoholHic
* AmazonChaser: Jaem, towards Dara. A magnificent CrushBlush when he says she shouldn't [[FreakinessShame hide her eyes]] suggests that it could be reciprocated.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Caspian is an inversion. Practically none of his features would look out of place on an African character except for the pale color of his skin. It reminds a thoughtful reader how much a "white is normal" attitude underlies the very concept of the ambiguously brown trope.
%%* AncientTradition
%%* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
* ArtifactOfDoom: Maybe.
* AStormIsComing: Mac sees it, does not believe it.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Mac, at least when it comes [[WrenchWench to technology]].
* BearerOfBadNews: Caspian, to the other watchers. They don't appreciate it.
%%* BeneathSuspicion
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Second hand. Crossbreeds with ancient blood on their father's side inherit psychic powers. Those with ancient blood on their mother's side inherit enormous size and strength. Those who inherit ancient blood from both parents inherit both.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Shows up on one of the pit fighters Roan dispatches in the first few pages.
* BlueBlood: Caspian, presumably along with the rest of the Watchers. [[spoiler: Dara, who has the bluest blood of all.]]
* BloodMagic: Ancient blood powers most of the setting's {{Magitek}} gadgets. A villain appears to have the ability to teleport by dripping blood on the ground.
%%* BookcasePassage
* BotheringByTheBook: Caspian uses his father's own laws against him.
* BoxedCrook: Roan, though he's more of a victim than a crook.
* BreakingTheFellowship: The crew is on the verge of breaking up by the end of chapter 14, as depicted symbolically on [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-14/page-324/ page 324]]:
** Dara has run off and joined up with Auhle
** Kaleb is dead, leaving them in the dark as to what to do next.
** Elnor is torn among her mixed allegiances.
** Roan is openly wondering why ''he'' isn't supporting Auhle. [[spoiler: He's also learned that Elnor's contract has been changed from "protect the princess" to "terminate the princess."]]
** Jaem thinks they have to do ''something'' and is at odds with Roan's "What's in it for me?" attitude.
** Kaspian is frustrated by the whole situation and worried about being overwhelmed
** No one is paying any attention to Mac, who is the only one with a chance of working things out.
* BullyingADragon: At least one of Dara's fellow apprentice monks goes out of his way to torment her.
* TheCaper: Roan's escape
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: During an underwater escape.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Elnor is playing at least three ends against the middle, though it hasn't come to an open break yet.
* CondemnedContestant: Roan wasn't just a gladiator, he was a gladiatorial executioner, forced to fight condemned criminals to the death
* CoolCar: Caspian's dieselpunk caravan, especially in Mac's eyes.
* CoolAirship: Another sign of the vaguely dieselpunk aesthetic.
* CoveredWithScars: Roan
%%* CuttingTheKnot
%%* CrystalBall
* CueTheSun: Roan, naturally, escapes just in time for the sunrise time limit.
%%* {{Cyborg}}
* TheDandy: Caspian, who is almost never seen without his top hat, vest, coat and cane, even in a desert.
* DarkActionGirl: Elnor, of the amoral assassin variety, in contrast to Dara's action girl. Ironically, Elnor is the blonde one.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Roan's mother was murdered when he was enslaved.
* DarkIsEvil: Played straight with the golems, inverted for the BigBad whose pale appearance belies the darkness in his soul.
* DecapitatedArmy: A golem army that literally falls to pieces when their leader quits the scene.
* DeepSleep: Roan, after his rescue.
* DisappearedDad: Dara's reason for joining the quest.
* DirtyCoward: Most of the Watchers, Mithlin especially
* DividedWeFall: Caspian tries this argument on the other Watchers, it doesn't get him much.
* TheDogBitesBack: A subdued version, [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-5/page-114/ but Roan doesn't lift a finger to help Olgosto]].
-->'''Mac''': Aren't we on his side?\\
'''Roan''': He's not on my side.
* DoomedHometown: Twin Pass gets completely wiped out shortly after the cast moves on.
* DramaticWind: And lots of long hair and capes to take advantage of it
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Roan, all the time.
** Dara, after the guy she just saved from a golem sneaks up behind her and bashes her over the head with a pipe.
* DynamicEntry: Dara boards a sinking boat by jumping out of a zeppelin, sliding down the mast until she can catch a loose halyard and swinging down to the deck.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Can't get much more embarrassing than "The Abomination", especially when you've done nothing to deserve it.
%%* EmbarrassingRescue
* EvilLawyerJoke: The section Roan is initially held in includes Gladiators, Murderers, Thieves, Rapists, and Lawyers.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Dara has a few eye tropes going, such as GlowingEyes, and MoodRingEyes that are blue when she's calm, but go RedEyesTakeWarning and SupernaturalGoldEyes given the proper triggers.
* FaceHeelTurn: Dara joins up with Auhle after she's had her fill of rejection.
** Roan fakes one to convince Auhle to reveal the location of his base.
* FanGirl: Mac is Roan's biggest fan.
* FantasticRacism: Against anyone with Ancient blood, hence the title. [[spoiler: ironically, magical potency is directly correlated to the purity of their ancient blood]]
** FantasticSlurs: Can't express fantastic racism without them. Roan's NomDeGuerre counts as a fantastic slur in itself.
%%* {{Flashback}}
%%** FlashbackCut
%%* FlawExploitation
* ForScience: Kaleb Karrigan, who is very interested in the {{Magitek}} applications of Ancient blood, and less so in trivial matters like societal approval and his test subjects' consent.
%%* AFriendInNeed
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Olgosto, by virtue of being something of a snob, even to those he travels with [[BullyingADragon even if he should really know better]].
* FruitCart: Played straight as Roan's last obstacle during his escape.
* GambitPileup: Caspian and Dara are not the only ones seeking the last Ancient, and some of the Watchers are working at cross purposes. Elnor has her own agenda, as do the smugglers, the Regent, the Rebellion and TheBigBad. All of them are set collide in Eldendore in the runup to the princess' 18th Birthday.
* TheGamblingAddict: Those who do not pay up their debts may find themselves in the games.
* GenkiGirl: Mac
* GentleGiant: Roan, despite all the horror that's been inflicted upon him.
%%* GhostShip
* GladiatorGames: Where Roan is held prisoner.
* GlowingEyes: Dara's are hidden behind OpaqueLenses.
* {{Golem}} the BigBad uses an army of them.
* GoodIsNotNice: Don't make Roan angry. Caspian comes across as a smug jerk most of the time.
* GossipyHens: After the escape, the inn is full of talk of it.
%%* GrayRainOfDepression
* GreatEscape: The uprising in Eldendore was supposed to start by freeing all of the part-ancient political prisoners held in the tower. Unfortunately the Rebellion is just a bunch of opportunists who aren't interested in holding up their side of the deal--so our heroes go ahead and spring everyone themselves. (The Rebellion comes to their sense later.)
%%* GrievousBottleyHarm
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In most fights the first opponent Roan gets his hands on usually gets used as a flail.
%%* GrowlingGut
* HalfHumanHybrid: Roan, half human and half ancient. [[spoiler:Dara is too.]] Others they meet along the way have lesser proportions of ancient ancestry. They later learn that a large proportion of humanity actually have some degree of ancient blood.
%%* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Elnor. It sometimes interferes with her duties as Dara's bodyguard, not that Dara needs much guarding.
* HereThereWereDragons: both figuratively and literally as the Ancients all seemed to have some draconic features
* HighClassGlass: Caspian
* HurtingHero: Roan, thanks to being MadeASlave [[spoiler:after his mother was killed]].
* IGaveMyWord: Roan swears on the blood of the Ancients, and Dara's not letting him forget it any time soon.
** Elnor is bound by unbreakable contract to guard Dara, not that Dara needs it.
* IHaveNoSon: Caspian's father disowns him.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Roan is ordered to "throw down your arms", [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-1/page-004/ and he drops the arm]] [[AnArmAndALeg he'd torn from the final combatant he'd killed that day]].
* TheInfiltration: The team infiltrates Auhle's base Roan is sent ahead to clear the way for the others
%%* InfractionDistraction
* InHarmsWay: They all have different motives, but they all go more-or-less willingly
* InTheBlood: Roan was condemned for his ancient ancestry, not for any crime he actually committed
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Roan firmly believes this due to his tragic backstory
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Mac just can't get it through her head that all of her fangirling over Roan's past as a "Warrior for Justice" just rubs more salt into his wounds.
%%* IronicEcho
%%* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow
* ItIsDehumanizing: Caspian initially makes a point of referring to [[HalfHumanHybrid Roan]] as "it". He gets better as Roan earns his respect.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Caspian, at least until he meets antagonists that are even more self-centered. The rest of the Watchers are even worse.
* IWarnedYou: Caspian tried to tell the Watchers, but they just wouldn't listen.
* JustInTime: Roan makes it through the city gates just as the sun comes up.
* KnightInSourArmor: Roan. Given his backstory, can you blame him?
* KnifeNut: Elnor carries enough throwing knives to take out a whole birthday party's worth of city guardsman.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of Dara's powers. If she tells you "forget it" it's not just a figure of speech.
* LastOfHisKind: The point of the quest. Caspian and Dara [[spoiler:(who, like Roan, is a half-blood)]] are searching for the last pure Ancient.
* {{Leader}}: Dara is the true leader of the group. Caspian doesn't like it.
* LegCling: Mac to Roan -- it's in the middle of the fight and they are after her, not him -- she's trying to hide.
* LeonineContract: [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib005.html Here]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: Elnor holds off the guard and Dara takes care of the gatekeepers while Roan makes for the gate.
* LittleStowaway: Mac stows aboard Mithlin's zeppelin on the way back to Turien, though she's not little so much as immature.
* TheLoad: Mac, almost to JustEatGilligan levels. [[spoiler: subverted later when ultimate victory hinges on her problem solving skills.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Elnor arranges with Caspian's father to get herself and Dara wounded as a way out of her contract. [[spoiler: We later learn that this specifically won't get her out of her contract, so what's her game?]]. Unfortunately, her attempt at loopholing the Assassin's Guild ends up backfiring on her.
* TheLostWoods: Where Roan was born
* MadeASlave: Roan's backstory. He wasn't born in captivity, and he did not volunteer for his lot in life.
** Caspian "bought" Dara and Elnor at a pirate auction, though it's really hard to imagine either of them being captured by pirates [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel unless they wanted to be.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Auhle practically glories in "Then let me be evil". Dara is wavering on this after a series of rejections. Her willingness to swear a blood oath to Auhle indicates that Evil is currently winning.
* TheMedic: Elnor, believe it or not.
* MessyHair: Elnor again, and it [[PeekABangs always covers one eye.]]
* TheMole: Elnor is sending secret messages to Caspian's father Oglosto.
* MoodRingEyes: Dara's are blue when she's calm, but go RedEyesTakeWarning and SupernaturalGoldEyes given the proper triggers.
* MuggingTheMonster: Attacking Caspian is unwise.
** Picking a fight with Roan is even more unwise
* MundaneUtility: [[spoiler: Dara uses her powers to end an argument by "convincing" the other party.]]
* MysteriousPast: Roan and Dara. Neither of them like to talk about it.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: the "Montebank King"'s obsession with Ancients (in particular, Roan) allows the members of the Rebellion to escape and regroup.
* TheNoseKnows: Roan smells Dara's approach.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Roan is hardly the remorseless killer "The Abomination" implies.
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Watchers can't agree on any course of action, which led Caspian to strike out on his own. Later we see why: they all insist on talking but none of them ever bothers to listen.
* OddShapedPanel: used for action scenes.
%%* OedipusComplex
%%* OhMyGods
* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: Roan is quite agitated to discover Dara knows Ancient secrets like the blood oath.
* OpaqueLenses: Dara uses them to hide her GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* OutGambitted: Elnor blackmails [[spoiler: the King of Eldendore into altering the terms of her contract - unfortunately, said blackmail [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-11/page-265/ leads to him contracting her to KILL Dara instead of bodyguarding her]].]]
%%* PaintingTheMedium
* PaperThinDisguise: As if Roan's incredible bulk didn't make him stand out enough already, he has to spend some time walking around in [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter005/ib030.html this]].
** Lampshaded later when another part-ancient tells him that most people are willing to ignore such differences and get along if you just give them an excuse.
* PeekABangs: Only one of Elnor's eyes is typically visible at any one time. It's not always the same one, though.
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: All Ancient-based technology is gradually failing.
* PinkElephants: Escaping through the city, they pass a drunk who may have seen something that wasn't there.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Dara is the shortest of the main characters, but she really kicks butt thanks to her training [[spoiler:and her Ancient blood.]]
* PlausibleDeniability: Caspian's objective in using Dara and Elnor to engineer Roan's escape.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Roan collapses after he makes it out the gate.
* PowerGlows: Especially when it's Dara's eyes.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "Right Then. Four for me, eight for you?"
* {{Precursors}}: The Ancients.
%%* PrimalFear
* ProfessionalKiller: Elnor is an assassin, though she's currently contracted as Dara's bodyguard. She finds this tedious as Dara is an ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl raised by warrior monks who doesn't need much guarding.
* ThePromise: See IGaveMyWord above.
* PsychicPowers: Dara has them, although the full extent of them isn't yet known.
* TheQuest: Caspian and Dara are trying to find the last pure Ancient, albeit for different reasons. The others are just hired muscle (Elnor), highjacked muscle (Roan) and a FanGirl (Mac) along for the ride.
%%* RebusBubble
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Dara's MoodRingEyes switch to red when she's angry.
* TheReveal: Dara losing her glasses, revealing her ancient heritage.
* RoyalBlood: or perhaps not, if the last pure Ancient really is [[spoiler: Dara's]] biological father.
* RoyalBrat [[spoiler: Dara's actually a RebelliousPrincess]]
* RunningGag: Roan tearing off Caspian's sleeves. The last time Caspian actually wanted it because it was torn and the flapping was annoying him.
* ScarsAreForever: Roan is heavily scarred. Mac thinks it's cool.
* SchizoTech: Combining Magitek and DieselPunk technology with Victorian aesthetics. The comic advertises itself as SteamPunk, but it's very late steam era (Edwardian vs high Victorian) if that's the case.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Dara is not pleased to learn a circus advertising Ancients is fake.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Caspian's modus operandi wherever and whenever money counts for something.
* SecretLegacy: Dara has at least one, possibly two[[spoiler: RoyalBlood and half Ancient]].
* ServileSnarker: Dara's bodyguard Elnor sarcastically refers to her principal as "princess". [[spoiler: turns out Dara really is a princess.]] Could be considered a form of SarcasticConfession.
* ShamingTheMob: Dara does this to the NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering
* ShoutOut: Early on, to the cabbage merchant from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
%%* ShowSomeLeg
* ShroudedInMyth: Ancients in general and the last pure ancient in specific.
* SoleSurvivor: Mac, of her DoomedHometown
%%* SpeedStripes
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Roan, AKA The Abomination.
* {{Squee}} Mac, for pretty much anything involving Roan or high technology.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Dara's MoodRingEyes turn gold when she's using her powers to "convince" someone.
* SwordCane: Caspian, in keeping with his noble dandy persona
%%* TemptingFate
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne, well, kinda. ThereIsAnother and he is pissed
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: "His name is Roan, and he is no one's pet."
%%* ThinkNothingOfIt
* ThroughHisStomach: Dara and Roan start to bond after she convinces him to go get something to eat.
* TouchOfTheMonster: the Circus Nocturn poster
* TheUnfettered: Kaleb, who was thrown out of the watchers for his experiments on humans.
* UngratefulBastard: The Watchers in general are this towards Roan, but the blond one in particular fits.
** The Eldendorian merchant Dara saves from the Golems, [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-11/page-247/ who bashes her over the head with a pipe as soon as her back is turned]].
*** Eldendore in general takes the FantasticRacism to its logical extreme, [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-12/page-268/ as the King wants Roan imprisoned even after he'd helped the guards]].
%%* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-4/page-093/ Mac does not make for a good lookout]].
* UnwantedAssistance: But not because his help is harmful - the Watchers don't want Roan's help [[FantasticRacism because of what he]] ''is''.
* VaguenessIsComing: One Watcher is particularly fond of it.
%%* VisibleSilence
* WakingUpElsewhere: Dara, after her angstsplosion
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Roan.
* WatchingTroyBurn: Roan acts like he'd be perfectly happy to allow Auhle's forces to destroy Eldendore, though he's trolling for a request and the respect that implies.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The Watchers are a [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-4/page-085/ decidedly fractious group]].
%%* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack
* WhamLine: The implication at [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-16/page-356/ the start of chapter 16]] is that [[spoiler: Auhle is actually a human, and is likely the guinea-pig for the device]].
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Namechecked by Caspian when Jaem proposes the prison break, though it all works out in the end.
* WhatTheHellHero: Roan rightfully [[http://impurebloodwebcomic.com/comic/chapter-4/page-080/ calls out the Watchers Council]] for arguing that he should be locked up minutes after he'd [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished helped fend off an attack on the town]].
-->'''Council member''': I-it's our duty to-\\
'''Roan''': '''To let me fight your battles for you and push me into a cell? That's your duty?'''\\
'''Council member''': Erm... Well, we've sworn to... that is, I mean...
* WhoWillBellTheCat: : [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib078.html You go put him under arrest, then.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Auhle, not that he deigns to get his own hands dirty.
* WrenchWench: Mac, though so far she's been more of a technology fangirl than an actual technician
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: The current king is the King Regent, e.g. the former queen's consort, meaning he is not king in his own right and his claim to the throne comes through the princess. He is trying to rectify this by having herkilled.
** Based on the merchant's reaction it's pretty obvious the populace would consider [[spoiler: Dara]] a wrongful heir based solely on her ancient blood.
%%* YouAreInCommandNow
* YouthfulFreckles: Mac