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Webcomic: Impure Blood

Impure Blood is a fantasy webcomic featuring Roan, an enslaved gladiator known as The Abomination, who is not entirely human and is given a chance to escape by joining a quest. Caspian, who masterminds Roan's escape, is in conflict with most of the powers that be in their world, including his own father. Meanwhile, Caspian's servants Dara and Elnor have agendas of their own. In a world where humans have supplanted a magical race known as the Ancients, can there a place for those who are part human and part Ancient, or are they forever cursed — or blessed — by their Impure Blood?

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  • Action Girl: If there are people to be saved, Dara dives in (at least once with a literal dive) and damn the consequences.
  • After Action Patch Up: The group does this in the submarine, after fleeing the city.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Second hand. Crossbreeds with ancient blood on their father's side inherit psychic powers. Those with ancient blood on their mother's side inherit enormous size and strength. Those who inherit ancient blood from both parents inherit both.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Shows up on one of the pit fighters Roan dispatches in the first few pages.
  • Blue Blood: Caspian, presumably along with the rest of the Watchers. Dara, who has the bluest blood of all.
  • Blood Magic: Ancient blood powers most of the setting's Magitech gadgets. A villain appears to have the ability to teleport by dripping blood on the ground.
  • Cue the Sun: Roan, naturally, escapes just in time for the sunrise time limit.
  • The Dandy: Caspian, who is almost never seen without his top hat, vest, coat and cane, even in a desert.
  • Dark Action Girl: Elnor, of the amoral assassin variety, in contrast to Dara's action girl. Ironically, Elnor is the blonde one.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Roan's mother was murdered when he was enslaved.
  • Decapitated Army: A golem army that literally falls to pieces when their leader quits the scene.
  • Deep Sleep: Roan, after his rescue.
  • Disappeared Dad: Dara's reason for joining the quest.
  • Dirty Coward: Most of the Watchers, Mithlin especially
  • Divided We Fall: Caspian tries this argument on the other Watchers, it doesn't get him much.
  • Doomed Hometown: Twin Pass gets completely wiped out shortly after the cast moves on.
  • Dramatic Wind: And lots of long hair and capes to take advantage of it
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Roan, all the time.
  • Dynamic Entry: Dara boards a sinking boat by jumping out of a zeppelin, sliding down the mast until she can catch a loose halyard and swinging down to the deck.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Can't get much more embarrassing than "The Abomination", especially when you've done nothing to deserve it.
  • Fruit Cart: Played straight as Roan's last obstacle during his escape.
  • Gambit Pileup: Caspian and Dara are not the only ones seeking the last Ancient, and some of the Watchers are working at cross purposes. Elnor has her own agenda, as do the smugglers, the Regent, the Rebellion and The Big Bad. All of them are set collide in Eldendore on the princess' 18th Birthday.
  • The Gambling Addict: Those who do not pay up their debts may find themselves in the games.
  • Genki Girl: Mac
  • Gentle Giant: Roan, despite all the horror that's been inflicted upon him.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Roan, half human and half ancient. Dara is too. Others they meet along the way have lesser proportions of ancient ancestry
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Elnor. It sometimes interferes with her duties as Dara's bodyguard, not that Dara needs much guarding.
  • Here There Were Dragons: both figuratively and literally as the Ancients all seemed to have some draconic features
  • High-Class Glass: Caspian
  • I Gave My Word: Roan swears on the blood of the Ancients, and Dara's not letting him forget it any time soon.
    • Elnor is bound by unbreakable contract to guard Dara, not that Dara needs it.
  • I Have No Son: Caspian's father disowns him.
  • In Harm's Way: They all have different motives, but they all go more-or-less willingly
  • In the Blood: Roan was condemned for his ancient ancestry, not for any crime he actually committed
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Roan firmly believes this due to his tragic backstory
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mac just can't get it through her head that all of her fangirling over Roan's past as a "Warrior for Justice" just rubs more salt into his wounds.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Caspian initially makes a point of referring to Roan this way. He gets better as Roan earns his respect.
  • It's All About Me: Caspian, at least until he meets antagonists that are even more self-centered. The rest of the Watchers are even worse.
  • I Warned You: Caspian tried to tell the Watchers, but they just wouldn't listen.
  • Just in Time: Roan makes it through the city gates just as the sun comes up.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Roan. Given his backstory, can you blame him?
  • Knife Nut: Elnor carries enough throwing knives to take out a whole birthday party's worth of city guardsman.
  • Last of His Kind: The point of the quest. Caspian and Dara (who, like Roan, is a half-blood) are searching for the last pure Ancient.
  • Leader Dara is the true leader of the group. Caspian doesn't like it.
  • Leg Cling: Mac to Roan — then, it's in the middle of the fight, and they are after her, not him — she's trying to hide.
  • Leonine Contract: Here.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Elnor holds off the guard and Dara takes care of the gatekeepers while Roan makes for the gate.
  • Little Stowaway: Mac stows aboard Mithlin's zeppelin on the way back to Turien, though she's not little so much as immature.
  • The Load: Mac, almost to Just Eat Gilligan levels.
  • Loophole Abuse: Elnor arranges with Caspian's father to get herself and Dara wounded as a way out of her contract. We later learn that this specifically won't get her out of her contract, so what's her game?
  • The Lost Woods: Where Roan was born
  • Made a Slave: Roan's backstory. He wasn't born in captivity, and he did not volunteer for his lot in life.
    • Caspian "bought" Dara and Elnor at a pirate auction, though it's really hard to imagine either of them being captured by pirates unless they wanted to be.
  • The Medic: Elnor, believe it or not.
  • Messy Hair: Elnor again, and it always covers one eye.
  • The Mole: Elnor is sending secret messages to Caspian's father Oglosto
  • Mugging the Monster: Attacking Caspian is unwise.
  • Mundane Utility: Dara uses her powers to end an argument by "convincing" the other party.
  • Mysterious Past: Roan and Dara. Neither of them like to talk about it.
  • The Nose Knows: Roan smells Dara's approach.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Roan is hardly the remorseless killer "The Abomination" implies.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Watchers can't agree on any course of action, which led Caspian to strike out on his own.
  • Odd-Shaped Panel: used for action scenes.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As if Roan's incredible bulk didn't make him stand out enough already, he has to spend some time walking around in this.
    • Lampshaded later when another part-ancient tells him that most people are willing to ignore such differences and get along if you just give them an excuse.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: All Ancient-based technology is gradually failing.
  • Pink Elephants: Escaping through the city, they pass a drunk who may have seen something that wasn't there.
  • Plausible Deniability: Caspian's objective in using Dara and Elnor to engineer Roan's escape.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Roan collapses after he makes it out the gate.
  • Power Glows: Especially when it's Dara's eyes.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Right Then. Four for me, eight for you?"
  • Precursors: The Ancients.
  • Professional Killer: Elnor is an assassin, though she's currently contracted as Dara's bodyguard. She finds this tedious as Dara is an Extraordinarily Empowered Girl raised by warrior monks and doesn't need much guarding.
  • The Promise: See I Gave My Word above.
  • Psychic Powers: Dara has them, although the full extent of them isn't yet known.
  • The Quest: Caspian and Dara are trying to find the last pure Ancient, albeit for different reasons. The others are just hired muscle (Elnor), highjacked muscle (Roan) and a Fangirl (Mac) along for the ride.
  • Sword Cane: Caspian, in keeping with his noble dandy persona

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