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Add together one cozy little sea town, one ordinary high school student, one not-so-ordinary talking Chao, a giant pencil, really bad jokes, and an endless war against the forces of primal creation:It's Shadow Chao Adventures, a pencil-and-paper comic by RedSavant. Originally a spinoff/fancomic of Sonic the Hedgehog, it's since branched off into jokes about Azeroth, Halo, and many other subjects. In more recent strips, the strip's overarching plot has taken a much more dramatic turn (for one, there is an overarching plot now) with the introduction of the Border, the Carbon Sea, and the implications of being fictional.In-universe, Carbon is fluid Phlebotinum. Only two elements can bind it to any other shape: wood, to make it solid and contain it, and words, to reshape it. Everything fictional — characters and settings — are made of Carbon, and everything fictional is bound by words. The more words, and the higher quality of words, a construct is given determine its strength, stability and freedom within the work. Established fictional works are like islands floating in the Carbon Sea — the reservoir of all creative energy in the universe. Because Carbon is inherently unstable, though, and always seeks to rejoin the Sea, Carbon is very dangerous to fictional constructs; the comic's main plot details Matt and Shadow's attempts to stem the Eldritch Carbon Abominations trying to destroy their home.
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