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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.


[[http://www.straysonline.com/2007/11/volume-1/ Starts here]]
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!!Tropes used:
* AffectionatePickpocket: Piper is very... friendly.
* BandageMummy: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2010/11/page-152/ Not quite full-on Mummy, but still quite a lot there.]]
* BeneathSuspicion
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Liohnel Mithrennon, a Lyrian, presumably turns into one.
* BlowGun: Feral starts putting one together, before the Tag Along Kid botches his assassination job.
* BlowYouAway: [[http://www.straysonline.com/2009/08/page-102/ Piper shows us how it's done.]]
* BountyHunter: Feral.
* 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.]]
* CunningLikeAFox: Piper. Holland, too.
* DancesAndBalls: Sets the scene for DressingAsTheEnemy, below.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Meela's dreams about Yuen and Mal.
* DisappearedDad: Meela's father was killed before the story begins.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Meela does this a lot.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Starting [[http://www.straysonline.com/2011/04/page-167/ here]].
* DueToTheDead: Meela burned the house of one of Feral's hits in effigy.
* EyesOfGold: Among [[CuteLittleFangs other]] [[LittleBitBeastly Lupian]] features, Meela has amber eyes.
* FantasticRacism: Against lupians.
* FemmeFatale: Piper
* FinalSpeech
* {{Flashback}}: Complete with MonochromePast, sepia-tone in this case.
* AFriendInNeed
* FunctionalMagic: Feral was able to cause phantom pain by stabbing someone's shadow ([[http://www.straysonline.com/2009/01/page-77/ #77]]), and of course see the entry for BlowYouAway.
* GrayRainOfDepression
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Meela, see MoralityPet.
* HiddenDepths
* HomeSweetHome: Meela, in the back story, really wanted to go home.
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* ImportantHaircut
* InstantMessengerPigeon: Kosher's preferred form long-distance communication.
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler: ''Prince Holland!'']]
* 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
* MoralityPet: Meela's definitely this for Feral, who is a hardened bounty hunter.
* 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.
* OverlyLongName: That's [[spoiler:Prince]] Holland ''Perdicus Lathalinethetul'' to you!
* OverprotectiveDad: That's what promotion to parent gets you, sometimes
* PinkIsForSissies: Meela is not a fan of Holland's taste in dresses.
* PleaseWakeUp
* PoisonedWeapons: Visrial's specialty.
* PowerGlows: Transformations from between animal and human forms.
* PromotionToParent: Feral.
* RoyalBlood: [[spoiler:Holland]].
* TheRunaway: Holland was at some point in his childhood, and [[spoiler:Yuen was unfortunately driven to this]].
* ScarsAreForever: Feral has many scars, most visibly over his right eye; the rest, including the severe scarring on his throat, are usually covered by his clothes.
* 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.
* ShapeShifting: All of the 'animal' races seem capable of changing between two forms with some practice or being taught. So far, we've seen Feral as a wolf, Piper as a fox, and Holland as a swan.
** Visrial's panther form is also shown, along with Meela's wolf form after she learned how to do it.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Meela.
* SilentSnarker: Feral. He has to be to put up with Meela's antics.
* 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]].
* StalkerWithACrush
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Splendidly [[AvertedTrope averted]] by Avela, who punches Korin in the face for even trying this on her. [[spoiler: Doesn't save her in the end, though]]
* SweetPollyOliver: Meela's brother insists that she do this.
* TagAlongKid: Meela.
* TomatoSurprise: Despite what Meela has assumed by dreaming herself as Yuen, [[spoiler: Yuen actually looks a lot more like a certain bounty hunter than he does like her]].
* TraumaticHaircut: Meela's brother inflicted one on her in the backstory.
* {{Trickster}}: Piper. Holland shows some traces of it too... he certainly knows more than he lets on, and isn't afraid to bend the truth or lie a little sometimes.
* UnsoundEffect: Several, usually involving Feral, along with hand gestures.
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/03/page-34/ Rejected!]]
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/04/page-47/ Shove!]]
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/05/page-50/ Glance. Smile <3.]]
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/05/page-53/ Denied!]]
** '''[[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/10/page-66/ GLARE]]''
** ''[[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/10/page-68/ Smug grin]]''
** [[http://www.straysonline.com/2008/11/page-70/ Eye roll. Shake shake.]]
* VisibleSilence
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises
* WouldHurtAChild: Visrial. Most of the others would, too, if they had to. Piper so far is the only one who seemingly wouldn't hurt a child, which is shocking to say the least.
* WolfMan:
** Feral in his wolf form
** [[spoiler: Meela in her demon form]]

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