Wurr is a webcomic by Finnish artist Papermonkey, uploaded on deviantART.The story opens with what looks to be a stereotypical plot—the dogs who live out in the world are good, and the hideous mutated hellhounds that live within the crater are evil. The jealous hellhounds envy the beautiful lands of the dogs, and a war breaks out. The righteous dogs triumph over the wicked hellhounds, and seal them away within the crater. However...The real story begins with a pack of hellhounds, who are gathered by their leader Iacar to be told they're being evicted. Driven from their territory by another pack leader, Pyramos, they are forced to find new territory elsewhere- beyond the craggy borders of the crater. The comic follows the pack as they leave their home behind and venture out into the alien world of the dogs.Notable for its nicely rendered art, and the artist's attention to anatomy and realistic (barring Rule of Cool) mutations with the hellhounds, along with the incredibly detailed backstory of the world. The first volume of the comic is now in print, unfortunately only in Finnish.
Alien Sky: The sky in the Crater is covered in dark smoggy clouds. For the hellhounds, the normal blue sky is the alien one.
Alternate Universe: Where the story takes place. The world is inhabited by intelligent dogs in a rough equivalent of the Copper Age, and humans (and thus the types of dogs they breed) have never existed.
Art Shift: The comic's introduction and certain other scenes are drawn in a simpler style, reminiscent of cave drawings.
Ax-Crazy: Niftynose, who starts a fight in the middle of a (fairly) rational discussion by shooting lightning from his nose.
Awesome, but Impractical: The badgerjaws look really nice, and it is true that the dogs in the story have a wider range of motion in their legs than normal dogs, but realistically they still wouldn't be very effective weapons. In order to do any damage with them, the dogs would have to all but jump on top of their enemies. The fact that they face backwards also means that the wielder would likely savage his own chest and stomach on them accidentally in combat.
The Berserker: Certain hellhounds suffer from a thing called "panic madness": when they get scared enough, they completely flip out and start attacking everything nearby, regardless of friend or foe. One example is Arramos, the gateguard.
Big "NO!": Hafmar lets one loose when Iralbe informs them that Pyramos will take their territory.
Body Horror: The hellhounds have been exposed to mutating Black Touch for generations, resulting in strange mutations such as extra limbs, eyes, too many teeth, strange skeletal structures, and countless other strange features.
The most mutated ones are called deepblooded and are forbidden to breed. Even more grotesque are the cliffhounds, who live on the outer slopes of the Crater and guard it against intrusion.
Conjoined Twins: In a weird sort of way- the Gateguard's mutation started as this, with a Cerberus-like conglomeration of three heads, and got worse from there. One of the cliffhounds also seems to be this way, with a second "body" emerging from the first's back like a rider.
Despite all of Crippled's weaknesses, he has excellent sonar-like hearing.
Iralbe's heat vision.
Dr. Jerk: What little we see of Iralbe senior indicates him to be this.
Don't Try This at Home/Do Not Attempt: Poked fun at in the author's comments- "Warning, do not attempt to rob mutant chicken nests. It should only be attempted by trained professionals, idiots, or Surama."
Also present in some of the extra drawings Papermonkey has on her deviantART. One of the Old Ones (sort of the head council of the Crater) has curved horns that grow towards his eyes. At some point in his past, his left eye was pierced by one of his own horns; the other horn was broken off before the same thing could happen to his right eye.
Other hellhounds also have extra eyes in other places, such as on their legs (one dead hellhound is identified this way). Eyes not near the head tend to be non-functional due to lack of an optic nerve.
Shock and Awe: Niftynose's mutation allowed him to draw electricity in and send out lightning bolts through the horn on his nose.
Shown Their Work: The amount of detail put into realistic anatomy and mutations is really quite incredible. At one point, the artist spends several paragraphs explaining that dog teeth are generally dull and meant to crush windpipes and major arteries, not cause huge blood splatters.