A Dungeons & Dragons-based webcomic that stands out from many like it in that it follows an evil group. An evil group who knows they are evil and glory in it. An evil group who knows it, glories in it, and are total Badasses too.In fact, the story begins with a knight named Gort discovering that when making a Deal with the Devil, usually you aren't going to get away with a double-cross. Not one to take death lying down, he rapidly returns Like a Badass out of Hell. Gathering up his True Companions (the ones he hasn't killed yet), he embarks on his quest for invincibility. Too bad several members of his group have their own motivations. Not to mention the Evil Twin (which would be good in this case). Add in Gort's old rival returning Like A Badass Out Of Heaven and you begin to get an idea of the plot.The second major arc is about the war against "The Worm Lord", who starts as a disturbing rumor before becoming a tangible enemy.Well written and well drawn, with a quality that increases with time. You can see the starting page here. It is now finished.The artist has since started another webcomic, Widdershins.
This webcomic contains examples of:
Affably Evil: The whole cast has their moments, but notably Garganon - the polite, respectful, cultured, tea-loving Ancient Red Dragon.
Body Double: A less-than-friendly version, Komiyan in the latest chapter is hinted to be a priestess of Baal under a magical disguise, while the real Komi is held prisoner in the ruins of his hometown. "He" even tells this as his story of what's happened to him in the past few weeks alongside the others, but Mink, Jill, and Casper think he's just making it up (and Gort, predictably, doesn't care).
Actually, "he" only tells the others that he pretty much just went to Ilnarsis and came back, making Casper complain that there was no adventure. The part actually narrated by Komi is just a standard narration that isn't part of what the fake Komi tells the others at that point.
Bond Villain Stupidity: At one point, Casper is suspended over a vat of molten glass and is being lowered into that vat by a chain around his wrists. Not only does the villian put Casper in this ridiculous death trap, he actually leaves him there without posting so much as a mook to make sure the chains did their job. (This could be Casper embellishing a bit.)
Book Ends: A character is resurrected to serve a demon lord.
Cain and Abel: Gort and Tyr, respectively. Ironically, as children it was the opposite.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Surprisingly enough, Gort. After doing the typical evil thing of raising up an army and being defeated by the hero Leon, twice. He decides that next time, whilst his army has once again been crushed and the hero comes to defeat him personally, he'd bring his allies the duel and get one to stab Leon in the back when Leon was distracted with facing his nemesis. (Read: Monologuing)
Deadpan Snarker: Casper, Jill, Lenore, Lyam, and even Komi in the more recent strips.
Devil in Plain Sight: Aside from the paladins and their allies most people in Darken don't seem to mind or avoid the Villain Protagonists in any way. Most noticeable in Falloakes, where a Wizardess scans Komi, Michaelus, Casper, and Gort for magic before a race, and the evil magic radiating off Gort is nearly enough to blind her; his only consequence is being barred from participating in the race.
Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: After defeating Baal, Gort and Komi turn against Meph and as a direct consequence become ruler of the seventh hell and his disciple respectively.
Healing Factor: The Regalia grants this to Komi instead of Hellfire. Having near-immunity to wounds does wonders for Komi's self-confidence.
Heel-Face Turn: No, not the villain protagonist... Which means that they are turning against him. It predictably ends badly.
Hellfire: Gort's weapon of choice. Particularly awesome when he turns it against Garganon, a dragon!
Garganon: You burned me!?
Human Sacrifice: One hundred and one Drow Elves — the last being the priest himself, killed by Komiyan - are sacrificed to Mephistopheles to save their city from a rampaging worm. His response? Enter Gort.
Our Elves Are Better: Drow in Darken are Devil-worshipers with no apparent division between the genders, rather than matriarchial female-chauvinist Spider-worshipers. The first chapter even has a male priest making sacrifices. Also, surface elves are all but extinct.
Schedule Slip: Although originally updating three times a week, it now updates weekly.
Squishy Wizard: Zathras is introduced being harassed by wild dogs and has to be saved by Komi. He makes a point of staying far, far out of melee while with the party - going so far as to spend the entire Metal Hydra fight up on a ledge, well out of attack range, casting spells.
Sssssnake Talk: Unusually subverted with Jade and the other Yuan-Ti. However, when Casper starts having nightmares about her she DOES elongate her Ssssss'essssss... possibly for creep factor and possibly as a hint that It Was All Just A Dream.
Talking Is a Free Action: Normally played straight, but awesomely subverted in the last duel between Gort and living Leon - he's about to give a "Good Shall Triumph" speech when Casper stabs him in the back, complete with pure snark:
True Companions: For a party composed of a hellfire-wielding warlord, a devil-worshipping dark elf, an amoral thief, a treacherous Black Widow, and the high priestess of a God of Evil, they're remarkably loyal to one another. Jill in particular has had multiple opportunities to betray the party for her own profit, and in each case merely double-crossed the one making the offer.
It left. It was an intelligent item that forces people to do some soul-searching, which for someone like Casper is definitely a curse. Once he was done it disappeared (see his empty hand in bed afterward), probably off to find some other sap - er, poor soul to advise.
Wild Card: Jill. And sometimes the rest of the party.