Webcomic: Deep Rise

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Deep Rise 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starts off looking like college drama, then spirals into madness.
  • 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It appears to be headed for this.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Trio: MetaSeavori as Kirk, Cheertwit as McCoy and Ramaniculs as Spock.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Humans are considered tasty and nutritious.
  • 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.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Over 25 named non-humans identified by color, hard-to-remember names and eye-configuration.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Square/Cube Law: Averted. The gigantic coral-like Royals look very solid and compact, and are definitively not made from bone and muscle.
  • To Serve Man: Played to it's most horrifying conclusions. Humans aren't just food to the Nobles, their living technology. We get to see a washing machine made out of a person.