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Webcomic: Draconia Chronicles
Draconia Chronicles is a webcomic by Donnie Sturges and Danny Valentini. Found here. Currently hosted on The Katbox.

The story centers on a centuries-long war between two anthropomorphic races. They are the Dragons of the Dragonlands, led by Queen Oscura, and the Tigers of the Tiger Territories, led by Princess Kiriad. A unique element of the story is that only the females of the two races are anthropomorphic. The males look like average tigers and standard fantasy dragons.

The story shows the warriors and leaders from both sides of the war. There is clear dissension with the ranks of both races as individuals and factions fight for power and influence. Recent events hint that there might be other races working against both the Dragons and the Tigers and new alliances will need to be formed if both races are to survive.

  • Action Girl: nearly every named adult character, with the exception of Ghislain and Roh-the two named male characters.
  • All There in the Manual: The 2002-2005 calendars have a huge amount of backstory, including how Kilani came to raise to Chuki/ Lumina for six years-and indeed how her egg ended up in tiger territory in the first place, Sombrana's exile, the start of Kess and Kilani's feud, and how Kess, Riah, and Shie got captured.
    • There is also yearly calendars released afterward, which explain and introduce new characters before they're added to the comic.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Dragons have colors appropriate to their castes. Fire dragons are shades of red, Earth dragons yellow, Water dragons blue, Lightning dragons purple, and Light dragons can be nearly any color, though mostly greens or light-color variations.
  • Amazonian Beauty - Mainly the Tiger girls, who are shown to be taller and physically stronger than most Dragons. Among the tigers are "Big Cats" who are noticeably much larger and very muscular compared to other Tigers. Though there are a few examples of this among the Dragons as well.
  • A Mother to Her Women: Casual racism aside, Lady Red is shown to be very caring and considerate to the Royal Guard.
  • Amplifier Artifact: One dragon has a gauntlet that enhances her magic. She attempts to use it during a thunderstorm, misses, and drops a mountainside on her head
  • An Axe to Grind: Next to scythes, battle axes are the most commonly-seen weapon.
  • Animated Actors: Shows up in Filler strips every so often.
  • Anyone Can Die - Its a story about a war, what do you expect? The volcano eruption in chapter 2 alone has brought the body count well into the hundreds, if not the thousands.
  • April Fools' Day - 2013 had Xhianil, Briella, Rula and Niasha auditioning for Rascals, a fellow Katbox comic.
  • Artistic License - Biology: Dragons are reptilian, but they have hair, they sweat, and they have boobs (but that's handwaved as hypertrophied pectoral muscles-which are still not strong enough to allow a humanoid to fly, but that's another trope).
  • Ascended Extra: Scyde (Kiriad's Second-In-Command) and Eone (Current leader of the Earth Dragon brood) started out in the calendars as "The tiger off to the side" and "E-1" (short for Earth One).
  • Ascended Fangirl: In-Universe, Saph. An earth dragon who absolutely worships General Red and is conscripted into her personal squadron.
  • Badass Pacifist - Kilani. advocates peace between the races, Friend to All Living Things, master infiltrator and rescuer.
  • Baths Are Fun: A calendar scene (narrated by Kess) mentions that she, Riah and Shie ended up playing in a hotspring after Sombrana pulled a Get Back Here Boss.
    • Similarly, an early scene features Scyde's group bathing in a hot-spring. Justified in that IRL tigers are one of the few cats that can stand getting wet.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy - While the dragons are technically nude all the time, they have no visible nipples (justified that they are reptilian) nor genitalia, which by Word of God and shown in more erotic works Danny V has done, is covered up by a section of skin that can be pushed aside.
  • Battle in the Rain: Averts the "no-one ever slips" part. The treacherous footing makes for the occasional turn of the tide. It also overlaps with Mud Wrestling a little. Rain also reduces the dragon's magic attacks to point-blank.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The spell Gaia casts when fertilizing her egg is written in reallife runic. It's a good-will and protection spell.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism - While the Dragons and Tigers females that are most prominently featured are anthropomorphic, the males of their respective races are actual full feral formed Dragons and Tigers.
  • Blank White Eyes: Dragons when using powerful magic. Flashbacks also give enemy characters these.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Zurina's death.
  • Break the Cutie: Kilani seems to have become a Death Seeker due to what Kess said to her.
  • Burning with Anger: Ennek when finally pushed too far
  • Canon Foreigner: The lightswords only show up in the calendars so far.
  • Censor Box: In this case, a patch of mushrooms in one panel, a slug in another. Conveniently placed tails and speech bubbles are another favorite. And, of all things a panel gutter!
  • Cerebus Syndrome - Started has a fairly lighthearted High Fantasy adventure comic, but ever since the end of chapter 1, its become progressively more dark, bleak and tragic.
  • The Chessmaster: A Fox woman named "Shaleigh" manipulating both sides, on the behalf of a shadowy third side called "the conclave".
  • Comfort Food: Riah's favorite food is burnt-outside-raw-inside lamprey. Her sister feeds it to her trying to coax some words out of her post Eye Scream, and she later reveals that's why she actually began speaking again.
  • Convection Schmonvection - Averted. During Ch2 the volcano near the Dragons capital city erupts. The Dragons city is threatened by superheated rocks falling on it and a massive river of lava. Meanwhile the wind currents of the world blow most of the ash and toxic fumes into the Tiger Territories. The Dragons, despite knowing elemental magic, are shown being effected by the heat.
  • Corpse Land: The Khalira, an ancient battleground inside a cave system, is full of skeletons, both dragon and tiger.
  • Crapsack World: The lands seen outside the Dragon Kingdom and Tiger Territories are, with few exceptions, blasted, barren, and lifeless.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Both the Dragon Kingdom and the Tiger Territories, to an extent. The Kingdom gives off a Crystal Spires and Togas vibe, but the Queen is of questionable morals and sanity and banished her entire Royal Guard (the Lightning Dragons) and her top adviser (Sombrana) seemingly on a whim. Each Dragon caste is strictly racially segregated, with the Light Dragons on top, and the Earth Dragons on the very bottom. And then a volcano erupts right in the middle of the Kingdom's capitol, killing thousands, and the Queen and her new royal guard are desperately struggling to cover up the worst of the damage. As for the Territories, the inexperience and general naivete of Princess Kiraid has lead to infighting amongst several tribes, and the ash from the aforementioned volcano eruption has destroyed a lot of the Tigers' farmland as well as killing a large percentage of their children and breeding stock.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Gaia is decapitated, despite surrendering, and already having been tortured along the way
  • Cycle of Revenge: One of the things keeping the war going. Kess and Chiara, for example, each have lost their mothers to the war, and engage in raiding. Kess even points out how pretty much every combatant on both sides has a personal stake in the war at this point.
  • Dark Fantasy: Of the "Society is in the toilet, none of the races can get along or see their so-called 'allies' are about to stab them in the back, and there's constant, unceasing warfare, atrocity, and bloodshed, with potential to Earn Your Happy Ending" sort of dark.
  • Dead Girl On Display: Tiger camps have dragon skulls on poles. Dragons, in turn, have tiger pelts on their walls. The dragon queen's throne also appears to have a number of human skulls on it...
  • Dead Hand Shot: A favorite.
  • Death Glare: Riah fixes Shie with one when she says she has pretty eyes-Riah having lost one.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: an inverse gender dynamic also inverts Men Are the Expendable Gender, and kids are apparently fair game. there is also no concept of "civilian" or "enemy noncombatant". POW's are only taken to inflict further indignities on them. Getting away from the Rules of Warfare and into cultural norms, Fire Dragons apparently start smoking in school, and nobody minds this (a teacher says "smoke if you got 'em.)
  • Distinguishing Mark: Most tigers are orange-and-black, of one of two different shades; the royal family, however, are white tigers.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kiraid's usually too busy having sex with Shaleigh to do much in the way of princessing.
  • The Drag-Along: Eone and Meta after Red conscripts them.
  • The Dragon: (Wark wark!) Red to Oscura
    • Scyde to Kiraid.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her - Gaia. Good lord, Gaia.
    • Raz's Pack
  • Elemental Absorption: Dragons are immune to the elements they represent, but within certain restrictions. Fire dragons are immune to both fire and smoke, for example, but not if the heat comes from, oh, say lava instead of straight-up fire, and chemical fog (sewer gas to be exact) irritates their eyes as well as the next girl's; and lightning dragons zap each other as an affectionate gesture.
  • Elemental Powers - The main advantage the Dragons have in the war against the Tigers , besides the fact that they can fly, is that they can use elemental magic.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Xhianil gets called "Piggy" due to her pink coloration.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: When the death of Raz and Mabel's entire tribe is callously dismissed, Raz tearfully regards a doll she found.
  • The Empire: the dragons.
  • Enemy Civil War: Not quite yet, but it's stated that Sombrana will attempt a coup sometime in the future; with Electra's help.
  • Everyone Is Bi: The Ancient Greek version, where members of one's own sex are for sexual comfort, while the opposite sex is for reproduction.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: Princess Kiraid. It's stated she won't take the title of "Queen" until she feels she's earned it.
  • Extreme Doormat - Kilani makes no attempt to justify her caring for Lumina, instead allowing Kess to both abuse her and destroy her reputation.
  • Eye Scream: Riah.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Done by Elektra to Gaia after the latter smokes her over the head with a rock in an attempt to escape.
  • Fantastic Caste System - The Dragon Kingdom is separated like this. Light Dragons are the nobility (owing to Oscura being one), Fire Dragons are warriors and the Royal Guard, Water Dragons seem to be seers and mages, and the Earth Dragons are typically artisans and builders who are under intense scrutiny due to Gaia's "crimes".
  • Fantastic Racism - Inevitable, really. At one point, a Dragon finds it "cute" how Tigers actually have names.
    "Its almost like they think they're people!"
  • Fantastic Slurs: "fleatraps" towards tigers, "scalebacks" towards dragons.
  • Fictional Sport: "Fireball"
  • Forever War - The two races have been fighting each other for centuries-long enough to have cave paintings of it-and no longer remember the cause of the war. At this point the main reasons for fighting are vengeance and pride.
  • Freudian Excuse - Why is Kess such a racist bitch? Because dragons murdered her mother.
  • From Bad to Worse - Chapter three, so far, has been nothing but this for all involved. Red, arguably the Only Sane Woman of the Dragons, is humiliated and loses a great deal of Oscura's respect due to unintentionally allowing several political prisoners to escape and now has to hunt them back down or face severe consequences, Kilani's connection to Lumina is exposed and she's about two steps away from being forced into exile or worse, and the volcano eruption has been shown to have effectively crippled the Dragon Kingdom, a fact that Oscura is desperately trying (and failing) to cover up.
  • Gender Rarity Value: Rare Sex Worshipped variant. Tiger males reside in a peaceful enclave known as "The Sanctuary" where nothing more strenuous than breeding occurs. Dragon males, in turn, are so rare that only the queen can speak to one (among other things).
  • Genius Bruiser: According to Shie's bio, she's the tactician of the group, and a fierce fighter.
    • Scyde as well. She seems to be the physically strongest of the Tigers seen thus far, and proves it during her fight with Elektra. She also seems to be The Strategist of the Tigers.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Ranges from sisterly affection to barely-censored knobbing.
  • Go-Go Enslavement - As show in the calendar series, March-April 2002, when the Tiger Princess Kiriad is captured and enslaved by the Dragon Queen Oscura, she's shown in chains and a bikini with the queen holding her on a leash.
  • God Save Us from the Queen! - Oscura isn't exactly evil (no one here is, except maybe Shaleigh but that's another story), but she's shown to be short-sighted, vindictive and an all around pain to work with, perhaps best shown when she cares more about, and thus directs more resources towards capturing a single tiger then she does about the volcano that just wiped out half her kingdom. Also, the Tiger Princess Kiriad, while not very developed yet, is shown to be viewed as incompetent by a few of the tiger higher ups.
  • Grey and Gray Morality - Initially, the Dragons were the ones portrayed villainously, but as the plot goes on both sides are shown to have both their good and bad individuals, and the Tigers themselves start to get some immoral blemishes on their record, such as Kess' horrific treatment of Kilani after learning of her connection to Lumina and Princess Kiriad's advisor, Aika casually dismissing the deaths of Mabel's entire tribe because they were "unimportant".
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Gaia's head is thrown at another dragon.
  • Groin Attack: Scyde claws Elektra`s inner thighs during their fight scene.
  • Harmony Versus Discipline: Tigers are Harmonious, living off the land, in tents, and with a relatively high female-to-male ratio. Dragons are Disciplined, living in a permanent city, segregated by breed-based castes, their population levels are decided based on how useful their magic is in combat, they're trained not to let their emotions dictate their actions, and only one male present.
  • Hates Being Touched: Kess has a phobia about being touched on her shoulders, and violently lashes out when someone-usually the hapless Ennek-does.
  • Heroic BSOD - Kilani has a major one once she realizes just how badly she's screwed up.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A Running Gag has a random non-fire dragon fangirl out when she sees Red.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard- During the fight between Scyde's group and the Lightning Dragons, one of the dragons tries to kill Scyde by using her magic gauntlet to cause an avalanche. She ends up crushing herself instead.
  • Horned Humanoid: Dragons
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place - The Khalira, a cave system that is feared by both sides due to a cataclysmic battle having taken place there. Naturally, the caves that Kilani leads the freed prisoners to is the Khalira.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Scythes are a favorite among tigers. In an early strip this backfires, one character gets eviscerated with her own jatalangnote .
  • Improvised Weapon: a lute is used as a club at one point.
  • Infant Immortality - Completely averted. When poisonous ash from the volcano eruption spreads into the Tiger Territories, the majority of the deaths are children.
  • Jerkass - Kess has been becoming more and more like that, best exemplified when she bitches at Kilani for refusing to murder a child in cold blood.
  • Jerkass Realization - Kess finally seems to realize what a bitch she's been to Kilani after the latter's Heroic BSOD.
  • Lady Land: Justified, considering the dragon males are altogether absent (having left in protest of the war except for the queen's mate) and tiger males are barely sentient.
  • Laser Blade: The Zhirite weapons are said to be able to project lightblades.
    • One spell Sombrana knows involves making a Hard Light dagger.
  • Limit Break: Dragons can "Surge" when their lives are in danger, however, it takes a lot out of them.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Saph, one of the Earth Dragons Red brings along when she intends to raid the Khalira. She's disappointed when Meta tells them the tigers have since left.
  • Loveable Sex Maniacs: The twins Rula and Naisha.
  • Lovable Coward: Briella. Although rather justified, considering she's outnumbered 7-1, and only barely escapes with her life.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Kilani in the September-October 2002 calendar uses hers to deflect Red's fire breath.
  • MacGuffin: Two: For the tigers, a powerful Zhirite artifact called the "Zhirite Claw", for the dragons, a device cryptically referred to as the "Obsidian Egg."
  • Magick
  • Magic Skirt: Averted, there's rather frequent upskirts, and Aika looses her shirt during the first fight scene.
  • Mama Bear - Deconstructed. Oscura is hellbent on personally punishing Kilani for "kidnapping" her daughter... even to the point that she's willing to waste war resources just to track her down.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Completely Inverted. There's been 4 female deaths on-screen, all of which are fairly brutal (in order of appearance: evisceration, Buried Alive, electrocution, and decapitation), approximately 200-1000 off-screen mixed-sex deaths (killed by volcanic eruption), and two on-screen male deaths (clogged lungs).
  • Merchandise-Driven: Downplayed, but if you want the whole story, you've got to buy the calendars. However, the comic can still be enjoyed very well without them.
  • Mood Whiplash - Quite common.
  • Morality Pet - Lumina is essentially this to Oscura.
  • Motor Mouth - Kess. Dear god, Kess.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kilani, after being informed Kess thinks of her as a traitor.
    • Chiara has a flashback to her torturing Riah by ruining her left eye. She nearly has a heart attack. Especially significant since they're on opposite sides of a war fuelled by abject racial hatred.
  • My Little Phony: My Little Dracony: Togetherness is Magical, which is immensely popular despite being intended for dragonlings; so much so that it's implied that even P.O.W.'s are allowed to watch it (although it's stated to be anti-tiger propaganda rather than a 30-minute toy commercial)-and they like it too(!).
  • Nipple and Dimed: Although a teensy portion of areola can be seen on occasion, and uncensored versions of strips are available on FurAffinity and deviantART.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries - The Dragons "breasts". Word of God labels them as "flight muscles". Though several art pieces have said otherwise.
  • Noodle Incident - Its still unclear what exactly the Lightning Dragons and Sombrana did to make Oscura boot them out of the Kingdom's capitol, though both Briella and Red have referred to it as "The Incident".
  • Not So Different: Kess and Chiara. Both lost a loved one (Kess her mother, and Chiara her mother and girlfriend) in the war, and as a result their grief and rage turned both of them into ruthless raiders.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: Gaia's death (summary execution of a POW).
    • Invoked: Kess is pissed that her sister didn't murder Princess Lumina as a hatchling.
  • Odd-Shaped Panel: Taken Up to Eleven. It may be easier to list the pages that don't have this...
  • Off Screen Teleportation: Shaleigh takes this to an art form, able to go from Oscura's castle to Kiraid's campsite in the same hour-it's a two-day journey on foot from either capital to the valley that forms the border.
    • One strip shows her disappearing into a shadow on the wall.
  • Only Sane Woman - Red and Eone on the Dragon side, Kilani on the Tiger side.
  • Off with His Head! - How Gaia is killed. Complete with a Splash of Color.
  • Oh My Gods!
  • One-Gender Race - Only one male Dragon has been seen so far.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • Our Nudity Is Different: Dragons don't have overt sexual characteristics, and the closest they get to clothing is tattoos or a beadwork collar/choker dealie. Justified, since as cold-blooded creatures they'd want to maximize their surface area in contact with sunlight.
  • Panty Fighter: Characters wear Sarashi or bikini tops and loincloths when they wear anything at all. According to Word of God, the tiger's "clothing" is actually for utility, rather than modesty; rather like wearing combat webbing and nothing else.
  • Pardon My Klingon: "spawn of a dritch" is a popular one...
    • "We're scaled" is used in the same context as "we're screwed".
    • Rather jarringly; "whore" goes unchanged.
  • People Jars: The dragon city control room has a tiger male and female in a pair of jars.
  • Population Control: Queen Oscura controls access to the "elixir" used to fertilize eggs. Attempting to steal some and have a child without permission is punishable by exile.
  • Posthumous Character: Flare.
  • Power Nullifier - Zhirite is a metal that the Tigers mine and that all their weapons are forged from. It negates the Dragons magical abilities though it is only effective at close range.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: Earth Dragons used to be bloody terrors on the battlefield until they decided their abilities were too destructive and decided to stay in the city and work peacefully there instead.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: it's not quite clear who won the Battle of the Khalira; as there seems to be roughly an equal number of dragon and tiger skeletons. Both sides are scared shitless of the place.
  • The Quiet One - Shie and her sister Riah. Shie can be heard neurotically mumbling "stop it" whenever Kess yells at Kilani, but is otherwise pretty quiet. Riah has said all of one word throughout the entire Khalira story arc, although she recently began talking again.
  • Raised by Orcs: Princess Lumina was raised by Kilani for six years. In fact, her Tiger name, "Chuki", means "Gift from my enemy." Fits the "raised by a rival species whose maternal instincts were showing" part; although Kilani had her best interests in mind.
  • Redemption Quest - Chapter 1 has Oscura instructing Elektra to both escort Gaia to her exile and recover an artifact, promising to lift the exile on the Lightning Dragons (of which Elektra is the leader of) if she succeeds. A run in and subsequent fight with Scyde and her team causes Elektra to fail both objectives.
  • The Resenter - Briella really dislikes how Sombrana was exiled and that the (in her mind) elegant and intelligent Light Dragons have been replaced by the (again, in her mind) brutish Fire Dragons as the Queen's main advisors.
    • On the Tiger side, quite a few people, Mabel in particular, don't consider Kiriad a "true" leader due to her inexperience and indecisiveness, and instead look to Scyde (the closest woman the Tigers have to a military leader) for leadership.
  • Running Gag:
    • Rula, Naisha, and Kenzi teasing Ennek for being touchy about sex (then we get her backstory and it stops being funny).
    • Saph squeeing over Lady Red.
  • Sanity Slippage - Queen Oscura after her daughter's egg went missing.
    • Briella, following her ordeal in the Khalira.
  • Schizo Tech: Dragons apparently have TV- complete with expies of Hello Kitty and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, whilst tigers are still at the "Metal is feakin' sweet!" stage.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior! - Mabel makes an art form out of this.
  • Shout-Out: to Star Wars A New Hope
    Kess: This is some rescue
    Kilani: Maybe you'd like to get back in your cell?
  • Sinister Scythe: As stated before, a favorite among tigers.
  • Speech Impediment: Kenzi has a lisp, due to breaking a tooth.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge - Gaia again.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon
  • Tragic Keepsake: Raz's doll.
  • The Unintelligible: Tiger males communicate in grunts and snarls. The females can understand them, the readers can't.
  • Webcomic Time: IRL timespan is nine years. In-universe timespan? Four to Five days.
  • Wiki Rule: here
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: An In-Universe example in regards to the aforementioned MLP expy. Upon watching an episode in which a tigress is killed, Red states "I'm all for shameless propaganda against tigers but isn't this a little much for a kids show?"
  • Winged Humanoid: The Dragon Females
  • Woman Scorned: The reason for Ennek's sexual hang-ups.
  • Worthy Opponent: According to RazorFox, Scyde and Elektra consider each other this.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Shie, Ennek and Riah.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kiriad's is vibrantly purple.
    • Inyx' is fluorescent green.
  • Your Favorite: Shie brings Riah a lamprey, cooked burnt-outside-raw-inside in an attempt to coax some words out of her.
  • Zerg Rush: Tigers outnumber dragons 2-1.

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