Webcomic / Deep Rise

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Deep Rise mirror is a Science- Xenofiction Interactive Comic written and drawn by Nighzmarquls aka. Morgan J. Heacock.

The story initially follows a trio of young Nobles, a race of biologically immortal beings who entertain an underground civilization, consisting of cities built around ancient, sleeping, gigantic corals, known as Royals, with infrastructure mainly consisting of, among other kinds, human-based BioTech.

Plot: One figurative morning MetaSeavori of House Quoriaka runs in the hallways and meets Ramaniculs Machinartisan and MetaSeavori discovers that theyMeta have much greater desire for — shall we say — intimate companionship and proliferation of their House, than what is considered culturally appropriate. TheyMeta then get into various inconsequential shenanigans with theirMeta room-mate Cheertwit and after a meal of Plains Ape they both head out in search of Rama. Rama, they find taking a shower after decommissioning a malfunctioning washing machine which was very dear to Cheertwit, and before Cheertwit tears themRama in half, MetaSeavori defuses the situation by almost sexually assaulting themRama instead. After a brief consideration they decide to leave the city for the surface world.

It then slowly develops into a mix of Attack on Titan and Pacific Rim.

Deep Rise builds upon a long running idea-complex of the Deep Noble Civilization, built by Nighzmarquls over the years. It draws inspiration from Orion's Arm and is a very complete setting.


Deep Rise provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: MetaSeavori casually throws her laundry on the living Washing Machine's head. The washing machine cannot see its favorite cloth (which it thinks is alive, a sentiment that may be true in this universe), causing it to think that the cloth has disappeared or died, causing it to commit suicide. Whoops.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Nobles don't have genders at all. The readership is scattered on their headcannons and use of pronouns.
  • And I Must Scream: Servitors are macrofauna of the surface, captured, vivisected and rebuilt. Much of what we humans would use mechanical devices and computers for, the Nobles prefer an organic solution. Some of them retain a bit of their former minds.
  • Atomic Hate: What the Royals tend to do to things they want dead.
  • Anyone Can Die: Invoked by the Royals when they play a game with the readers. Cheertwit's father, best friend, and The Merchant die.
  • Black Box: The artifacts that the Royals drop upon death. These things are worth billions, as each is capable of powering a space ship for centuries. They also contain the secret to creating Royal Armor.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Royals.
    [Puppies] are adorable and should be squashed into jelly so they can be fully appreciated.
  • Body Horror: Surgery is a common skill among Nobles. Hoppi in particular is a bioengineering virtuoso who primarily uses the freshest Human resources. And animals. At the same time.
  • Cerebus Syndrome:
    • Act I is about Deep Ones with College Drama and RPG Adventures.
    • Act II is about Enslavement, Pillaging, and the horror of war.
    • Act III is about politics, industrial devastation, and Kaiju. No matter how many titanic Royals are killed, they always have reserves. It escalates badly.
    • Act IV goes into full-blown Cosmic Horror Story as the true might of the Royals is slowly revealed panning out from Earth to a galactic scale. Massive casualties ensue from constant nuclear strikes on colonies and the Nobles end up running away with their strongest warrior failing and even captured by the unfazed Royals.
    • Act V concludes the series with the Cabin Fever of immortals trapped on a space dinghy with nothing to do but watch funny television from a species that is light-years away and slowly dying. The final battle is subverted by the final boss calling out the readers for their part in all this, and the main character shunts the audience out of the story, leaving the main ending unfinished and unknown. Despite the "Happy Ending" epilogue, that star dimming does not bode well.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Makes heavy use of colors, both for conversation, and going so far as to color pronouns to clarify to whom these refer.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The Royals are so incomprehensible and massive that the Nobles are the good guys. Then in Act IV the royals pop up on alien planets and the Nobles meet the Royals' space fleet. The Nobles have been fighting toenails compared to the Royal Horde. And it's implied that there's something bigger out there.
  • Darkest Hour: Act IV ends with the survivors of the Arkship fleeing in the equivalent of a space dinghy and Dartu failing to destroy the Royal fleet with everything she had. The signalers in act V also lose their civilization to "HER", a hive mind whose true motives are left unknown.
  • Death Seeker: Dartu goes on escalating suicide missions against the royals for a noble death, but it just mocks her and captures her on their final fight.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: The King and Eurayle. One's an immortal human king, the other's a Noble who thinks she's human. To be fair, they're both horrible self-righteous people who like to cause death and suffering to those that slighted them but also have a strong sense of duty to protect humanity from the giant rampaging monsters that could snuff out civilization without blinking.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The epilogue features a former noble terraforming Earth after the Royals have left the barren planet to chase MetaSeavori's Arkship. The fact that there is any life on the surface of Earth implies that the Royals' plans for Omnicide are screwed beyond all reason. Also, the Royals end their interactions with the readers on peaceful terms.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Nobles build their cities around huge sleeping things that emit a steady stream of heat, radiation and other useful things.
    • Some of the Nobles themselves get so old as to qualify.
  • Fantastic Racism: Nobles believe themselves superior to all other forms of life other than the Royals. This goes to the point that they'll sometimes try to... improve other species through mutilation and mutation.
  • Foreshadowing: The Royals (and at the end, "HER") are the only ones with Medium Awareness.
    • There is always a command prompt, no matter how small, always asking the audience with enthusiasm about the latest topic to suggest about. Now realize that the command prompt is almost always the same color (or Grey. Or Light blue near the end) as the Royals' name-color, which is Bold.
    • The Attack Element requests peace. No Royal ever requests a truce with the Nobles. Turns out she's the archrival of the Royals.
  • Freudian Trio: MetaSeavori as Kirk, Cheertwit as McCoy and Ramaniculs as Spock.
  • Gainax Ending: The Hive Mind Collective of Equestria (from another webcomic) assimilates an entire race of sentient lizards with sexist issues, MetaSeavori and the survivors are transformed into a Royal by The Philosopher, the two forces combine and explode into a sea of black tentacles, and in the center MetaSeavori and "HER" stare at the readers and tell them to fuck off. The epilogue does little to explain any of this, and the antagonists of the story conclude on peaceful terms with the readers.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Every faction in the series has serious issues and their own reasons for why they do what they do:
    • Underground: Blue and Orange Morality and a racist lack of empathy give rise to a surprisingly civilized society of hard-working bioengineers. Who chop up peoples' bodies and minds to become their food and machines.
    • MetaSeavori: Wanted to start a big family and become scientist adventurers. End up conquering the Earth and decimating the face of the planet to help humanity survive the onslaught of the titanic and sociopathic Royals.
    • Humanity: Desire the power of immortality and enslaving the poor. The Immortal King himself ends up regretting it as the masses willingly mutate themselves into superhuman industry workers and pollute the planet to Matrix levels.
    • Signalers: Extermely sexist quadrupedal lizards trying to get by on their planet, their wars are brutal but they're good mothers.
    • Attack Element: Wishes for eternal peace and happiness upon as many people as possible, and can deliver salvation instantly. Too bad her intrusion into various civilizations causes them to panic and kill each other; she's responsible for the deaths of billions.
    • Royals: Extreme Blue and Orange Morality and desire the destruction of all life, as is the will of the Pattern that they are subservient to. They are ultimately friendly towards the readers and respect their wishes (with some insults and laughter).
  • Hermaphrodite: The Nobles are capable of siring, giving birth, or infesting other humans into Nobles.
  • Hive Mind: "Her", an entity made from the minds of the Signalers. She's actually a cameo appearance from another webcomic.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Humans are considered tasty and nutritious.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: MetaSeavori's kids learn to murder soldiers and eat gunpowder at the age of two. Dartu has to raise the little demons so she teaches them how to fight. This works.
  • It's All About Me: Nobles have this attitude towards themselves as a race. At best everyone else is inferior and unimportant compared to Nobles, at worst their tools to be used/eaten or enemies to be wiped out.
  • Human Resources: They're used for food and "servitors". Cheertwit's "tablet" servitor "Scribblebrite" used to be a little kid.
  • Lack of Empathy: Nobles rarely if ever, feel or display empathy towards beings of other races, due to feeling that they are superior to all other life. Subverted with Cheertwit, who was raised around Servitors and saw them as friends.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Over 25 named non-humans identified by color, hard-to-remember names and eye-configuration.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Zig-Zags between this and Cosmic Horror Story.
  • Mad Scientist: Both of MetaSeavori's firstborn kids. Z'troh develops artillery, N'uah develops rockets. They blow themselves up every morning.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Dartu is made from a little girl, her grandmother, and the family dog.
  • Meat Moss: Taken to the logical extreme in the form of Flesh Fields.
  • Mercy Kill: In a civilization of immortals, this is more often than not the way to go.
  • Mind Hive: The Nobles themselves have between 10 and 20 neural centres for each individual, collectively referred to as "Congress". Also, representative of the readers' suggestions.
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: 5 - Hard as diamonds. Almost everything is considered possible in principle by modern science.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The names given to the Royals by the Nobles. Examples include: Tender Hater who Lashes at us With Kindness, The Drinker of Earth Dispenser of Mirth, Merciful Majesty, They Who Protect Us of The Unknowable Minuet.
  • No Sell: One of the Royals directly laughs at the readers and the Nobles when their first nuke misses by a long shot.
    You missed.
  • Organic Technology: Every bit of technology more advanced than an abbacus or a lighter is alive and skin-coloured.
  • Organ Autonomy: Nobles have multiple nerve clusters that have some individual consciousness. At one point Cheertwit severs an arm so it can deliver a "surprise".
  • Petting Zoo People: Dartu, and any other Beastmen that Hoppi created from combining man with animal.
  • Reality Ensues: MetaSeavori spends most of Act V watching television from another planet, fascinated with the culture of the Signalers and their Sexist issues and Internet. They spend so much time watching that their kids hate them and their friends and mate have shunned them due to 812 counts of negligent homicide. The few who are still their friends think that this was preferable to going insane with Cabin Fever.
  • The Reveal: MetaSeavori might be the main character, but the client and practically "player character" of the story... is none other than the Royals. The people in Real Life that were trying to help the Nobles have been inadvertently assisting the Royals fulfill their goals; their color text is black, they constantly asked the readers for help and the readers answered. Unfortunately for the Royals, the final boss "SHE" had Medium Awareness. MetaSeavori is so angered by this that they break all ties with the suggesters, leaving the readers unable to witness or influence MetaSeavori's final decisions.
  • Society of Immortals: The Nobles are biologically immortal.
  • Starfish Aliens: Much of the Nobles physiology is inspired by real life starfish.
  • Shout-Out: Everything from Care Bears, over Homestuck, to Monty Python. Both in dialogue and in visuals.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Hoppi. Unfortunately for them, the constant pestering from their kids and grandkids drives them to lobotomize themselves.
  • Square/Cube Law: Averted. The gigantic coral-like Royals look very solid and compact, and are definitively not made from bone and muscle.
  • Take That: Tender Hater Who Lashes Us With Kindness decides to "do the windy thing" to an in-universe Homestuck fan (a Noble who plays John Egbert) for kicks - who was sitting on a ledge over blue lava. They feel that they have done a service to all of existence.
  • Timed Mission: One of the Royals decides to play a game with the readers; for every 3.5 in-universe years that they don't kill him, the other royals put one of the fan-favorites on the "kill with extreme prejudice and humorously unmerciful imagination" list. They're somewhat impressed that it took less than 14 years.
  • To Serve Man: Played to it's most horrifying conclusions. Humans aren't just food to the Nobles, they're living technology. We get to see a washing machine made out of a person.
  • Was Once a Man: The Philosopher and Dartu. Eurayle is an inversion. They learn to live with their new bodies, but life takes its toll. By the end, Dartu regains her humanity, but is captured by the Royals and left to go insane.

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