Webcomic: The Silver Eye

Apen: Enel, if I were to cross the Deadlands, would you come with me?
Enel: Are you serious?
Apen: No, of course not, don't listen to me when I say things like that.
Enel: Good, because that's the stupidest question I've ever heard.
Chapter 6, page 16
The Silver Eye is a fantasy webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth. It started in 2009, updates Fridays, and has been plotted from start to finish. It tells the tale of a wealthy orphan and a vagrant king who must unite to stop an out of control conqueror. Many other plot threads are woven into this, including that of two families who’ve been in conflict for centuries, a mysteriously masked ruler, and a continent split down the middle by an impassable desert.

Provides examples of:

  • Action Dad: As a father and an excellent fighter, Joshua Shephard is a good example of this.
  • Action Girl: Despite her blindness, Idony has no qualms about using her umbrella against someone.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Blue calls Velvare "Bay"
  • An Axe to Grind: Before Aetius' name was revealed, he was lovingly referred to as "Axe-Man"
  • Art Evolution: Laura Hollingsworth's style changed quite drastically from the beginning of the story.
  • Back from the Dead Velvare was beheaded and chopped into pieces to prevent this. That still wasn't enough to stop Melete from saving him.
  • Bad Liar: The reason why no one—Especially not Velvare and Noah— will tell Enel anything.
  • Birds of a Feather: Chara and Enel are both immature, goofy, and annoying. 'Twas a match made in heaven.
  • Complete Immortality: Melete Dolan cursed herself so that she cannot die.
  • Cool Mask: Velvare rarely goes around in Gallitan without some sort of fancy mask, to the point where he now wears them more because people expect him to than any other reason.
  • Death World: Not only are the Deadlands a difficult desert to cross: They're inhabited by dragons called weavers that will kill almost anyone who enters. No wonder the Cedulans realised it was the perfect place to throw criminals to.
  • Driven to Suicide:Apen Shephard underwent so much tragedy that he lost the will to live and repeatedly tried to kill himself. At age ten, no less.
  • Eye Color Change: As explained by Laura Hollingsworth in this Q&A comic, if a character’s eyes change colour, it is a sign that that person is descended from the Nedarians. This only happens with extreme emotion, though.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Bhatair was beheaded and then chopped into pieces. And although it isn't as drastic, Joshua was assassinated in a library.
    Aetius: Cut him up until he is no longer recognizable as being human. He has to be so dead, not even Blue can save him.
  • Feuding Families: The Hollingsworths and Shephards have been at each other for 800 years.
  • Gene Hunting: What Enel decides to do when he discovers That he isn't really an orphan.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: A Q&A Comics page for each volume is posted on the website where fans can ask specific characters questions to receive one-panel comics with the character answering.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Apen possesses a cursed telescope that can cut through anything and used as a sword during combat. While it hasn't been shown in comic yet, Berlyne uses a bow and arrows.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Enel may not be a professional guard, but we must all be thankful for that, because when tasked with guarding Apen Shephard he falls for his prisoner's persuasions very quickly. Not to mention that he was ordered not to speak to him in the first place. At least he has the excuse that he was only twelve, though.
  • Happily Adopted: Enel and Marcus get along very well, and even though Apen hasn't forgotten the family he was born into, he obviously loves the people who took him in.
  • Headbutting Heroes: While both are likable, Bhatair and Joshua can't stand each other.
  • Hereditary Curse: Known in the story as Walter's Curse. Little is known about it, but it affects only Walter Hollingsworth and his descendants.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Not just once, but twice. After being Driven to Suicide, Apen tries to jump off a bridge, but the Alverados stop him. It is also indicated in a following scene that he was going to slit his wrists before Velvare showed up.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In chapter 10, after many years of silence on the matter, Velvare finally admits to Enel that he isn't actually an orphan, and that he is his father.
  • No Holds Barred Beat-Down: This flashback shows Delaney bleeding on the ground surrounded by soldiers with spears.
  • Offered the Crown: Velvare was offered the crown of Gallitan during their Succession Crisis
  • Orphan's Ordeal: After his father died, Apen Shephard's life went downhill very quickly. Averted in Enel's case, as he has had a rather fortunate life. And he isn't actually an orphan, as much as he might deny it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Bhatair is the only one who doesn't call Melete Dolan "Blue"
  • Plot Device: The title is in fact the name of a telescope called The Silver Eye, which was made by the Nedarians and handed down through the Shephard family.
  • Plucky Girl: Chara is very cheerful and energetic even in unfortunate circumstances, such as the capitol collapsing.
  • Posthumous Character: We see an awful lot of flashbacks from Joshua Shephard's viewpoint considering he was dead from the beginning.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Enel and Apen, with Enel being the red and the more extroverted and emotionally driven one, and Apen being the blue and the more level-headed and emotionally repressive one. Their family colors even match
  • Rightful King Returns: What we presume will happen when Apen Shephard returns to Levant.
  • Runs In The Family: Walter's Curse, apparently.
  • Scary Librarian: Marcus is an interesting variation of this. He is scary, and he is a librarian. Sometimes he's scary while he's being a librarian, such as when he expresses his irritation at orphans come and listen to him while he's reading aloud (to himself). But he can be scary when he's not at work, too—Especially if Apen Shephard is involved.
  • Shout-Out: The comic features many shout-outs to other works as easter eggs in the background, such as one of the characters reading Mockingbird, and numerous references to Lost.
  • Ship Tease: Between Apen and Berlyne a few times, like when Berlyne stares intently into the river to watch him resurface after jumping in, and the Chapter 13 cover where he is looking at the back of her head with a dreamy look in his eyes.
  • Succession Crisis: Gallitan had one when both their King and their Queen died within a week of each other, leaving behind only a newborn son. Cedulan was also in danger of having this, because it had male-only succession laws and (at one point) Joshua Shephard only had daughters.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: There are many flashbacks throughout the comic, but chapter 9 is the only whole chapter flashback so far.