[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from bottom right: Terinu, Gwen, Leeza, Melika, Rufus and Lance.]]

->''"I hope you're watching this Varn, 'cause you'd better get this through your green ugly skull... '''You don't own me!'''''
-->-- [[http://www.terinu.com/ ''Terinu'', Chapter Six]]

''[[http://www.terinu.com/ Terinu]]'' is a black and white, full page {{web comic}} written by Australian native Peta Hewitt, featuring the title character, an alien boy whose race, the Ferin, were genetically engineered to serve as power sources for the Varn Dominion. Five hundred years ago they were wiped out as the races rebelled against the Dominion's control. Now the Dominion is hunting him down to recover their source of power and take the galaxy back, the space pirate who raised him wants to hunt him down to use him as her personal assassin and the Galactic Sapiens Alliance wants him either dead or dissected.

It's nice to be wanted.

An intricately plotted and well drawn and written comic series, set in six chapter arcs in a standard comic book format, mimicking the original dead tree editions.

!!Main Characters:

'''Terinu''': Our Hero, a fifteen year-old alien boy with an understandably touchy temper and severe trust issues after being abused half his life.

'''Leeza Blake''': A civilian starship engineer and daughter of the Fleet Admiral Erwin Blake. Her mom was StuffedInTheFridge sometime before the story began. Currently she's Terinu's legal guardian.

'''Ru Ofanius "Rufus" Brushtail''': A [[FunnyAnimal vulpine]] star fighter pilot/mercenary/hidden noble. In other words a born swashbuckler.

'''Gwendolyn Freeman''': Leeza's fifteen year old cousin and a [[HollywoodHacking cyberglider]]. Bounces between being irritated at Terinu and worrying for his safety.

'''Matt Townsend''': Terinu's best friend in the universe.

'''Lance Freeman''': A SpaceMarine demolitions expert and cousin to Leeza and Gwen. Tended to bump heads with Terinu at first, but has since mellowed towards the boy.

'''Melika Softpaw''': Terinu's foster mother and his [[MamaBear fiercest protector]] after Matt.

'''The Varn Gene Mage''': Eight foot tall, green skinned, horned creator of Terinu's race. Tends to be AffablyEvil when he isn't directly threatened.

'''General Oryon Gisko''': Leader of the Galapados Warriors, a genetically engineered race created by the Gene Mage to match human aggressiveness. A nice iguana when he's not on the job.

'''Lady Mavra Chan''': Self-styled SpacePirate noble, with an emphasis on the "Pirate" over the "Noble".

'''"Brutal" Brooks''': Chan's second-in-command with all of her bad traits and none of her limited charm.

'''Princess Titalia''': An Ardactavian (read: bug race) princess, currently plotting the overthrow of her mother, using Gwen as her pawn.

'''Admiral Erwin Blake''': Chief of the United Systems Alliance fleet and determined to hunt down and kill Terinu to preserve the Alliance's safety. This makes for rather awkward relations with his daughter Leeza.

!!This comic provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: Combined with NakedFirstImpression. Terinu asks, and is given permission by Rufus, to climb a tree that happens to include Gwen's house in its rather large branches. Unfortunately for him, Gwen had chosen that particular moment to be sunbathing on the deck of her house, outdoors, and naked. His retort that he was raised in a cabaret and had seen women in even more compromising positions and Gwen was nothing special [[GroinAttack did not go well for him.]]
* AffablyEvil: The Gene Mage.
* AllThereInTheManual: It's not actually required to understand the comic, but a run through the site's Almanac helps explain some of the universe's politics that underlie the characters' actions.
* AMillionIsAStatistic:
** When tens of thousands of Vulpine are at risk from a deadly virus, we only really see the first two victims, Rufus and Melika.
** However, when the [[spoiler: Human Federation's genocide of the Ferin]] is revealed, Leeza is properly horrified. It doesn't hurt that when she makes the discovery, we see an obscured autopsy photo of one of the victims.
* BareYourMidriff: Gwen is particularly guilty of this, though pretty much every female in the main cast shows a little belly in the gallery pics.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: And so can Teri thanks to his race's rather extreme modifications courtesy of the Varn Gene Mage. Well, not exactly ''breathe'', but survive for a long time.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Teri and Gwen fit this to a T.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever call Terinu a pirate, or insult Rufus' beloved starfighter.
* BigBadDuumvirate: The Varn Gene Mage, Titalia.
* BigDamnHeroes: Melika, [[http://terinu.com/home/index/673 backed up by a team of Badass Furries]] comes to rescue Terinu from Admiral Blake's minions in the most awesome way possible.
* BleachedUnderpants: Mild example. ''Terinu'' was intended from the start to be a PG-13 comic, but Hewitt has occasionally dabbled in racier pics of the characters, usually of Matt/Terinu or Rufus/Melika.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Leeza did this after discovering what happened to Terinu's race. It ended badly.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Practically every character with the exception of Galapados mooks is unique in some way.
* ChildSoldiers: Terinu was trained from the age of nine to be an assassin by Mavra Chan. His best friend Matt was sold at age eleven by his own father to the same pirate to serve aboard her ship.
* CrapsackWorld: The supposed good guys' government practices indentured servitude of criminals, selling them to biological research companies as test subjects, space pirates run rampant through the universe and Terinu's best bet for safety is with the BigBad.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Terinu has this one in spades. Being the last member of your race and raised by a psychotic space pirate will do that to you.
* DistressedDude: Terinu, frequently, given his status as both the hero ''and'' the LivingMacGuffin.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Terinu especially, given the structure of his feet, but Ninetta has no excuse.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Gwen's introduction to cybergliding by her "feral boyfriend" Cyeman plays out almost exactly [[http://terinu.com/home/index/426 like a young girl about to be deflowered by an older man.]]
-->'''Gwen''': (laying in bed clutching a teddy bear) "Will it hurt?"
-->'''Cyeman''': "Not at all." (sticks an interface jack into her port.)
* TheDragon: The Gene Mage has Gisko, and Mavra Chan has her first officer "Brutal" Brooks.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The Gene Mage, who helped in the original invasion of Earth and is at least partly responsible for the death of about a billion humans, is notably pissed to discover Titalia left Gwen and a gravely injured Terinu in a cell without food or water for a week.
** Meanwhile Gisko has reservations about the Varn Dominion allying itself with PsychoForHire Mavra Chan, immediately after she helps them massacre her fellow SpacePirates.
* EveryoneIsBisexual: Or at least [[spoiler: all the ferin are. It's part of their ''design''.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: Titalia used this tactic ''twice'', in major GambitRoulette fashion. First, she unleashes a vulpine specific genetically-engineered lethal virus intended to force the vulpine race to return to Ardactivian slavery or face extinction by spreading the illness through a third party. When this is thwarted by Terinu and Gwen, who not only took the cure data literally out of Titalia's hands but broadcast it to the Alliance before being ''recaptured,'' Titalia then goes with her "backup plan" of [[spoiler: murdering her mother and framing the Alliance for it by forcing Gwen into a cyber-suit to shut down Ardactivan border defenses while human agents are nearby. This works like a charm due to the fact that Admiral Blake's black ops squad is foolishly tresspassing in Ardactivan territory while trying to exterminate Terinu.]]
* FantasticCasteSystem: The Vulpine skirt this, dividing themselves into Farmer Lord (the Rulers), Military (the Fighters) and Commoner (everybody else). Fortunately there's some give to the system, with Commoners able to marry up into the Farmer Lord class, usually by gaining recognition during their mandantory military service.
* FantasticRacism: There are some notable entries. The Varn to pretty much everyone Non-varn with the possible exception of the Ardactavians. The humans to the Ferin. The space pirates, particularly Mavra Chan's group, to everyone non-pirate. The Ardactavians, particularly Titalia, to everyone mamalian to the point she's FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence, and thinks her people are entitled to enslave or exterminate them all, anything less means the Ardactavians are groveling and begging for scraps.
* FanDisservice: Seeing Gwen in her {{Fetish Fuel}} exotic dancer outfit, in front of two very ''tall'' aliens who make her look ten instead of fifteen years old.
* FanService: Terinu getting naked or half-naked (usually against his will), shirtless furries and Gwen in her Exotic Dancer Barbie costume (but see above). Not to mention the December 2008 calandar image, with all the girls in bikinis on the beach (in the LandDownunder).
* FromBadToWorse: Text stories set a hundred years in the story's future have the ferin race rediscovered and integrated into Vulpine society, with Terinu as their leader [[spoiler: but he's desperately lonely and there are uncounted thousands of ferin living as slaves, being considered non-sentient pets outside Vulpine space.]]
* GenocideBackfire: The reson why Terinu is still around, possibly combined with HiddenElfVillage.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Viscount Ru-Ofanius "Rufus" Brushtail, a Vulpine (anthro fox) {{Ace Pilot}} who slums as a mercenary just for fun.
* GroinAttack: Several times. Terinu suffered this at least twice. Once is when he accidentally catches Gwen naked, and another is when Mavra Chan catches up to him, and decides to make an example of him.
* HappilyAdopted: Terinu by Melika, at least until Mavra Chan tore him away from her to be RaisedByOrcs, er, Space Pirates.
* HappinessInSlavery: The Ferin were gene-gineered to be happy servitors to the Varn.
* HasTwoMommies: Four really. His biological mother whomever she may be, Mavra Chan, Melika and Leeza. The latter two are the only ones likely to cooperate in raising him though.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Teri and Matt spent half their lives as the abused slaves of a insane pirate warlord, with Matt stealing food to keep Terinu healthy and at one point cuddling with him in bed after Teri's powers were traumatically activated. WordOfGod has stated "They'd both rather be dead than see the other hurt."
* HumansAreBastards: [[spoiler:Especially after committing genocide against the Ferin]] and then trying hunt Terinu down to [[spoiler: finish the job.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: At least five other races spent over a thousand years as slaves of the Varn Dominion, but after trying to conquer humanity the Dominion fell in less than a hundred years.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: [[spoiler: Matt for Terinu]] according to the WordOfGay.
* ImColdSoCold: Subverted. When the title character is badly wounded, he starts feeling ''warmer'' as he slips into shock, since his body is losing the ability regulate temperature correctly. The comic's author is a nurse, so this counts as a case of ShownTheirWork.
* InterspeciesRomance: Terinu is falling for Gwen, a human girl his own age and possibly [[spoiler:Matt in the past.]] In a canon text story by Peta, a human girl also apparently has a long running affair and eventually becomes engaged to a vulpine.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Depending on the circumstances, either Terinu himself or his nemesis Lance.
* KnightTemplar: Admiral Blake, and the Varn Gene Mage.
* LapPillow: A rare male/female inversion, when Leeza falls asleep in Rufus' lap while they're sharing a cell. Doubly cute for letting her use his tail as a blanket.
* LastOfHisKind: Terinu is the only Ferin seen outside of flashbacks. But as the Gene Mage notes upon finding him, "Where there is one [[ThereIsAnother there must be others]]."
* MadeASlave: Teri's childhood friend, Matt, who was indentured to Mavra Chan when he was ''eight'' to pay for his father's drinking induced debts. It says something about how sucktacular his family's life was that this was an ''improvement''.
* MamaBear: His foster mother, Melika, a Vulpine female who took responsibility for raising him as a baby, having just met him less than five minutes before, just because she thought it was right. Later she helps steal a fighter and stages a jail break to help rescue him, culminating in her confronting a squad of SpaceMarines intent on killing him.
-->'''Melika:''' Harm my cub and I'll paint this chamber with your entrails!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dream Stalker, Brutal Brooks, Fenris Storm.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Gene Mage never corrected the Ferin's built in dyslexia when he uplifted them, as a security measure when they served the Dominion.
* PeopleJars: Happens a lot, between Ferin power cells, Galapados gestation tubes and Princess Titalia's non-sentient breeding clones.
* PettingZooPeople: The Vulpine.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Terinu's entire ''race'' was genetically engineered for this purpose, and to ''enjoy it.''
* PowerPerversionPotential: The main character has the body of an acrobat and a seven foot long prehensile tail. Fans can work with that...
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: General Gisko, leader of the Galapagos, who even in defeat is respectful of his enemies.
* PunchClockVillain: Gisko again, given his upset about being called away while his wife is pregnant.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: That would be the Varn, yes.
* ServantRace: Terinu's reason for existence. The Ferin were designed to serve the Varn as a genetically "pure" race of servants.
* ShoutOut: Mavra Chan is named for Mavra Chang, a mercenary and pirate from Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/WellWorld'' series.
* SlaveRace: Everyone who served the Varn Dominion, except the Varn themselves.
* SonOfAWhore: Terinu, in the "Raised in a whorehouse" variety. Except it was a cabaret. A really [[SarcasmMode high class]] cabaret.
* SpaceFighter: Rufus' beloved Swift Wing model fighter, the ''White Knight''. It has laser cannons and missiles, and WordOfGod states is about forty years old, but regularly takes out Galapados [[MookMobile mook mobiles.]]
* SpacePirates: Mavra Chan is definitely one, albeit of modern Somali type rather than the more romantic Yo-Ho-Ho sort.
* StalkerWithACrush: The Gene Mage arguably, in regards to Terinu's whole race. Then again he did design them.
* TautologicalTemplar: The Varn race, as a whole. They are all so utterly convinced that, thinking they're descended from gods, they are invariably good people, so ''everything'' they do is good, regardless of the consequences. Enslaving entire sentient species, completely destroying life-bearing planets, slaughtering innocents in the '''billions''', is simply the unavoidable price of "improving" the lives of their victims, and taking a species able to generate bio-electricity, and making them sentient ''before'' reducing them to living batteries for their technology, and treating them as pets, is universally considered by them as improving the lot in life of said species. When Gwen gets a face to face chat with the Gene Mage, she not only chews him out for it but adamantly ''suggests'' that maybe all the sentient species the Varn have brutalized, especially humanity, might actually have a better chance of finding enlightenment on their own merits, instead of being rounded up and forcefully enslaved into it. The Gene Mage's reaction is equal parts disgust and fury that this pitiably ignorant UngratefulBitch just doesn't understand the Varn's "noble intentions" and never will.
* TechnologyUplift: The Varn used this as their justification for conquering most of the sentient species in known space. When they tried this on humanity, who was already more advanced than most of the Varn's previous clients, we fought back and incited rebellions among the other races.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Despite a nightmarishly abusive childhood bearing obvious consesquences on his psyche, no one has taken Teri into therapy yet (not that they've really had ''time'').
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: A rare villainous example, when Mavra Chan [[spoiler: spears Leeza]].
* TrainingFromHell: What most of Terinu's time with Mavra Chan consisted of.
* UnclePennybags: Rufus, who at one point pays off a debt Melika had been laboring to get rid of for ten years.
* {{Understatement}}: "Princess Titalia is not having a good day". On that page, [[http://www.terinu.com/Home/index/37 she is screaming for her underling's head.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: The Varn designed this in the Ferin race as a whole, on the genetic level. No matter what Admiral Blake and his crew did in the rebellion against the Varn, they could ''never'' get a Ferin to betray their Varn masters. While it has thinned over time, to the point that Ferin no longer consider Varn "masters" by default, a Ferin, like Terinu is genitically compelled to obey the orders of anyone he considers his "master."
* UpliftedAnimal: Ferin were uplifted from a non-sentient alien animal that had the ability to produce bioelectricity. And it's implied that Galapados were engineered from Galapagos marine iguanas.
* WaveMotionGun: Subverted in the first story arc, as the weapon belongs to the Dominion and used by the Varn Gene Mage to test Terinu's abilities and crack open a Creo asteroid colony. It's implied that they once had even bigger cannon, used to bombard the Earth when they invaded it 500 years ago.
* WhamEpisode: When Leeza confronts her father about [[spoiler: the secret that Humanity committed genocide against the Ferin.]]
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: With indentured criminals no less.
* WouldHurtAChild: Mavra and Brutal Brooks, most definitely, and Titalia is not far behind.