Second Empire is a CG webcomic made by Mechmaster with the Daleks from Doctor Who as Protagonists.The story follows that of GeneralXenol of the First Conquest Army. Having ignored the orders of the Golden Emperor to establish an outpost at a swamp-world in favor of invading the more threatening planet of Slepkt IV, he is brought to Skaro for insubordination. At first the Golden Emperor congratulates Xenol for identifying the greater threat, only to chastise him for having failed to secure victory against the Slepktians.Xenol then complains that the reason he hasn't been able to conquer Slepkt is because, while the genetic programming of his Dalek troopers produces excellent soldiers, they lack initiative and have been out-thought by the Slepktians. The Golden Emperor is having none of it and it soom becomes obvious that he cares more about having obedient drones than competent soldiers.This gets Xenol to think with his top scientist Yttral - The Dalek Empire as it stands owes much of its power to other races, who create and mantain much of the Dalek technology. The Daleks slowly but steadily are decaying as their conquered peoples lose skilled laborers and as the genetic programming that the Daleks depend upon is steadily weakening the race by making them overdependent on their casings. Computers do much of Dalek thinking and the race has slipped into complacency, content to obey their machines. Yttral himself is considered insane for actually perfoming research. Original Kaled devices are almost mythical Lost Technology.But the straw that broke the camel's back? New Daleks created on Skaro are no longer being issued names. The computers now only issue alphanumeric strings of code.Xenol, supremely pissed off at this corruption of the Dalek dream, decides it's time to act, and the idea for a Second Dalek Empire is born...It can be found here.Now with a character page
This webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:
Alternate Universe: Although this will become apparent the moment you notice that the Daleks have robotic claws instead of plungers. Though it goes much further than that, as Daleks are content to have slave races, instead of the ferocious xenophobia they usually display.
That was the original design of the Daleks in Doctor Who but they didn't have the budget for claws.
This universe is actually an amalgamation of canon and non-canon sources, such as borrowing heavily from Dalek comics of the 60s.
Xenol, just... Xenol. To elaborate, the first time we see him in combat, he smashes his casing into another Dalek, crushes another's eye-stalk while shooting a third, uses the second Dalek to block blasts from two others, and then kills them both.
Xenol:I am a Black Dalek! I am an avatar of battle! I was born to Exterminate!
Badass Decay: In-universe example: The Imperial Legion was once made from the hardiest, most experienced warriors from the Dalek armies. Now they're bred for the job and haven't fought a single battle in over one hundred years, and use Hollywood Tactics.
Berserk Button: Grexzol is driven to a berserk fury when an enemy hits his Diplomassee toy.
Blind Obedience: What the Golden Emperor wants. He gets it. Just not to him.
Bling of War: General of the Imperial Legion Pturdd. He's not really that much flashier than many of other Daleks, though he does have a very shiny casing with some gold marbling around the mid section, but his gun has an extra power cable that's obviously designed to mimic an aiguillette which combined with his attitude takes him into this trope.
Dalek Septacentum, a.k.a. Agent 700, is naturally fond of these.
Xenol later gets a good one.
Xenol:Blind obedience is not a survival trait.
Brick Joke: The third Dalek of the recurring trio finally gets to drive the transporter when ramming the invading forces.
Butt Monkey: Longbark keeps getting stuck testing Yttral's inventions, whether they be teleportation, sonic specs, or invisible paint.
Canon Welding: Mostly Doctor Who series canon to the TV Century 21 Dalek comic strip but also including pretty much any Dalek-related media seen in the last fifty years. For example, the Golden Emperor comes from the comic strip, but his Imperial Guard are taken directly from the Davros Imperial Dalek faction from the late classic series period, while Xenol's Daleks have the colouring of the Renegade Faction from the same period and his Imperial Casing is the one from "The Evil of the Daleks". Both sides have capabilities taken from the latest series though like independent powered flight and many of the background characters have casings based on alternative designs from the various spin off books of the 1960's. The most obvious example though is the combination of Yarvelling, creator of the Dalek travel machines in TV Century 21 with Davros, creator of the Daleks in the TV series into a single character.
Anzollo:And that is your cunning plan? To fly this gunship along the sensor shadow of a moving Battlesaucer in the middle of a void-charge attack and attach jury rigged mines to its hull without them noticing? The reason that sensor shadow tactic is not included in the Dalek Fleet Battle Manual is because it is impossible. That shadow is barely as wide as this ship. With respect General that is the most insane plan you have come up with since the one where we attack the heart of the Dalek Empire with nothing more that a gunship and thirty commandos. Xenol:Well, apart from the stated objections, what do you think of the plan? Anzollo:I like it. When do we start?
The initial attempt by the First Dalek Empire to exterminate Xenol's rebellion ends in this for the forces of Skaro. Xenol and his warriors wipe out an entire Imperial Legion and their support elements and transport ships almost to the last Dalek. The only survivors are a small group who escape into the local swamp of doom (implied to have been brutally killed there) and the space fleet escort saucers that stayed in orbit. Nobody knows what the hell happened.
Grexzol versus an entire enemy platoon. See, there's a reason seasoned veterans are worth so many times their weight in fresh recruits.
Deadly Decadent Court: Computers have made Daleks complacent and made their commanders think their casings and numbers are the single important issue in battle, rather than strategy and guile. They crave the Second Empire's advances... but not their leaders.
Defensive Feint Trap: Pturrd proves how much of an idiot he is, not by walking, but rather, running into one of these.
Despotism Justifies the Means: The raison d'etre of the Golden Emperor. Since Davros has expressed a desire not to return to hibernation, some... friction is to be expected.
The Skaro Political Intelligence and Espionage corp (SPIE)
Artificial Sub-inteligence System (ASS)
Faraway Extermination And Recon Dalek (FEARED)
INTernal SECurity Tropper (INTSECT). Bonus points for them being Yellow and Black and organised into Sting Teams.
Funny Background Event: A fair few, with Yttral being the usual suspect. Examples include during the briefing scene before the assault on Skaro, Yttral randomly takes the sanitation Dalek's floor polisher and continues to push it around the table for a significant ammount of time, and later while the Second Empire commanders are planning their defences, he seems to be gesturing at Grexnarl about how large one of the screens is totally at random.
Hell, many of the First Empire generals. All of them live by the manual of war, and they have no idea of what to do when faced with an opponent that actually uses creativity or lateral thinking in their attacks.
Grexnarl:I do not have time to deal with this, you have to return to the sub-levels immediately. (Yttral shows him the gleaming Battleclaw) Grxnarl:All right, you have convinced me. How long will it take to fit the upgrades?
Leeroy Jenkins: Grexzol. Unusual in that he's just that skilled to actually pull it off, hitting enemy Daleks far faster than they can respond and in ways they can barely imagine due to them being only a few days old and him being a seasoned veteran.
Lost Technology: Most of the original Kaled technology. Yttral lampshades that while the Daleks are more intelligent, the Kaleds were smarter. He wanted to examine old examples to reverse engineer them, but was denied at every opportunity, despite being the top Dalek scientist in centuries. He's understandably pissed. Add to that there is very little actual research being carried and that the Daleks are almost fully dependent on their slaves and on Davros to create and innovate new technology and you'll understand one of the major flaws of the First Empire.
The Mole: Agent Hexacentum, later Dalek Snelldron.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Let's see, we have Emperor Xenol (who gets called "The Dark Emperor" by the First Empire Daleks), Generals Grexnarl and Aychemex, First Captains Anzollo and Gnerk, Sub-commander Zlonozite, Golden Emperor Xanzathix, Yarvelling Davros, High Marshal Zolfian Kalkaderak... pretty much every name given is this trope. Hell, even the minor characters have pretty scary-sounding names! General Services Dalek Grexzol, anyone? Except for Pturdd.
Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight: A nameless Dalek in a super-strong powerloader threatens Dalek Septacentum with tearing him apart. Septacentum points out that the powerloader does not defend him against ion blasters.
Nuke 'em: The Second Empire Daleks dispense nukes like they're candy.
Painting the Medium: Daleks speak in their usual angular font. Ancient Kaled uses a much fancier script. Other alien races have their own fonts (Mechanoids speak only in bar codes). Davros' text is a slimmer, unbolded version of the Daleks'.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Davros. He's left in a special chamber that slows the degeneration to his ravaged body, though now he's been successfully converted into a more mobile form, the issue of him not wanting to return to his can has already shown up...
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Used by Second Empire troops to blow up their dead units so no technology can be reverse-engineered.
Shout-Out: Lots. Could probably do with its own page, come to think of it.
Super Prototype: Compared to the First Empire units, Second Empire travel machines are considerably more advanced. The First Empire desperately seeks the technology, but to compensate, it has access to larger armies, allowing it to think that there's a chance Zerg Rush is a valid tactic in this case.
Xenol and Pturdd were part of Project Ancestral, an attempt to create a better Dalek commander by reactivating dormant Kaled genes. As a result, Xenol is charismatic, extremely competent leader, but is independent to the point of insubordination; and Pturdd is a merciless and bloodthirsty commander, but also a Jerkass with an ego the size of a planet and a General Failure.
Yttral is part of Project Y, an attempt to create a substitute for Davros. Of the ten Daleks to undergo conversion, only three survived; of those three, one became a vegetable and was Exterminated, the other was brilliant but couldn't forget the trauma of his creation and slowly went insane; Yttral, the third, is arguably one of the greatest Dalek minds, but is erratic and uncontrollable by Dalek standards (by ours, he just comes off as a very eccentric Absent-Minded Professor).
Dalek Storm's casing has the speed, range and firepower of a Combat Hoverbout.
Yttral:It is also very shiny.
Take That: In the Dalek History Vaults, the New Paradigm Daleks are in the section reserved for the Empire's "worst mistakes, preserved for all eternity".
Also parodied with the operating principles of the Baryon Fusion Generator:
Yttral:The underlying scientific principles are well established of course, simple stated... blah blah blah... Meson polarity inversion... blah blah... Boson nullification... blah blah blah... Unstable quark pairs... blah blah blah blah. Grexnarl:I see, so it is quantum, then? This is utterly fascinating, Yttral, I do hope I am not keeping you from anything more important.
Teleporters and Transporters: The Second Empire has successfully introduced Transmat technology. While it's impossible to teleport nonliving matter, Xenol has already noted its potential as a bioweapon distribution system.
Yttral:I am the first Science Dalek to actually do research in over five hundred years and yet they call me mad!
Those Two Guys: Those Three Daleks — the three General Services Daleks who become minor recurring characters. One of them, Grexzol, won't stop talking; the second tries to ignore him ("I am still not listening!"); and the third keeps asking to drive the transporter.
Title Drop: Xenol's dialogue when he tries to convince Xyml to join him is full of Dalek episode titles. ("Genesis of the Daleks", "Remembrance of the Daleks", "The Parting of the Ways"...)
Trademark Favorite Food: Kwalorblmn, for the entire Dalek species. Justified in that it's the only plant that can grow in the radioactive wasteland that is Skaro.
Unusual Euphemism: The word Thal is thrown around a lot. Made funnier by this flashback from Davros:
High Marshal Zolfian: ...may their very name become a curse for ten times ten thousand years.