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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 Imagine two scythes stuck together in an "S" pattern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"