Webcomic: Black Tapestries

Black Tapestries is a long running webcomic about a world called Raekarta which is home to Humans, and a race of anthro-animals called Kaetif. The story stares Lorelei, an immortal werefox who likely already wants to kill you. The story mostly details the conflicts between Humans and Kaetif, the various attempts of the Order to capture Lorelei, and how series antagonist Issac is involved.

The comic is written and drawn by Jakkal. It was started in 2002, though it was abandoned in 2007. It was going to be started up again in 2008, but after a couple filler pages the comic was again abandoned. In February of 2010 Jakkal announced a possible reboot of the comic, and again on July 11th, 2011. However that promise went unfulfilled as well.

Near the end of 2012, Jakkal posted a link to http://www.blacktapestries.com/. By January 2013 the entirety of the Black Tapestries comic, sans the 2008 fillers, was transferred from the Comic Genesis site. But she spent the remainder of that year adding on to the Realm of Kaerwyn timeline, producing three new issues of material centered around an Orderguard named Endiymon and Niixa, a xarax'il, (raccoon-ish cave dweller), forced to work together against a mysterious woman in white and her amassed werewolf army.

Finally, beginning February of 2014, in the midst of the fifth issue, Winds of Change, Jakkal began adding pages to issue #19 Factions. She has stated clearly that during the 7 year hiatus, there would be noticeable tweaks and adjustments to the story. Black Tapestries now updates roughly every week with no set day.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Magic Knight: The Templar Order.
  • Mighty Whitey: As the only prisoner who knows how the artstones work, it's up to Lorelei the half-human to save the kaetif trapped in The Ring.
    • Issac becomes the leader of the new kaetif resistance movement, even though he wasn't born a kaetif. It's possible most of the kaetif aren't aware of this fact.
  • Mind Rape: Issac and the Orderguard sure love messing around in Lorelei's dreams.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both of Lorelei's forms gain quite a lot of male attention. This is made fun of out of universe.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Upon hearing she will spend the rest of her days as a fox kaetif, Lorelei's first intent is to commit suicide. Issac prevents this by making her immortal just like himself.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: All Tristan was guilty of was wanting to help an unconscious fox kaetif, and he ends up a homeless fugitive for his trouble. Too bad that kaetif happened to be the infamous Lorelei and he's harboring her. When he asks why this happened to him Lorelei cites this trope word for word.
  • Not So Different: Red says this to Lorelei after it is revealed he is another human turned kaetif.
  • Obsession Song: Aggessive Type. Issac recites William Blake's "The Tiger", in reference to Lorelei's defiance against his approaches. If that isn't disturbing enough, he does this right before arranging for her to be captured and thrown into The Ring.
  • Orphaned Series: The comic hasn't been updated since 2008, though there are promises of a reboot. However, this has changed - the reboot fell through, and instead it was continued. Both side comics, The Realm of Kaerwyn and Crimson Fury: Legend of the Red Wolf, have met the same fate as well.
    • The Realm of Kaerwyn returned in November 2013 and is picking up the pace with regular, often daily updates.
  • Playing Both Sides: Red works as a double agent for the Order, using his appearance as a kaetif to obtain information on Issac's plans, then misleading or flat-out lying to the Order when he thinks it may give him an advantage.
  • Rape as Drama: Lorelei is raped for about 3 months when she is a prisoner at the Kaetif arena in attempts to get stronger children. They only eventually stop when they determine she's incapable of bearing children.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: During one of the earlier chapters, Drakko has to cease production of the comic to evacuate ahead of a hurricane. About ten chapters later, both Theropos and Creedmore are preparing to be hit by a hurricane, too.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lorelei is spoonfed several of these during the course of the story, by Issac, by Dane, by Devin, by Red. They're usually something to do with her stubbornness.
  • Reliable Traitor: Red turns out to be this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Lorelei after she frees herself from the Kaetif arena. Also, Issac after The Order kills his wife
  • Shipper on Deck: Red.
  • Shout-Out: What's that? Tristan fell down a well?
  • Sliding Scaleof Free Will Vs Fate: Discussed by Nolokari and Talaris.
  • The Sociopath: It's harder to find a drifter who DOESN'T like to cut things up.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Issac (not Isaac).
  • Start of Darkness: Chapter 9 for Issac.
  • Stock Phrase: "Holy mother of fuck!"
  • Take a Third Option: Talaris does this to prevent a Second Human-Kaetif War.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Issac calls the main protagonist 'My dear' so often that she panics once when Tristan says 'My dear lord' while scaling a mountain.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Devin. Allowed to stay so Lorelei can learn The Art from him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Lorelei is stopped several times during her story and asked if she is embellishing events to make them more dramatic.
  • Unsound Effect: *Other disgusting eating noises here* was used once when Lorelei was really hungry.
    • Happens again with *Whinny. Other pissed off horse noises* when some Orderguards scare Dakotah.
    • And again with *Enter unintelligible string of expletives* when a puppy Baleful Polymorph:who is Dane under a curse bites her tail.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Issac.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Dane Quanel and Lorelei the Drifter. They Do, sort of. During an inter-dimensional mind swap incident.
  • Windows to the Soul: No matter what the various characters change into, the one thing that never changes is their eyes.