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Web Comic / Tamberlane

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Tamberlane is a webcomic by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

In a World of Funny Animals, bat waitress Belfry Baker finds an abandoned, furless baby and decides to raise it herself. There's just a problem with that: She's the town klutz.

The comic can be found here or on its' mirror here.


  • Adult Fear: Belfry panics when Tamberlane goes missing.
  • And Beast Grew Proud: The founders of Silver Sage rose up against humanity and carved out a home free from human tyranny, but centuries later, their edicts went from guidelines to absolute laws that promote blind nationalism, isolationism, and fear of individuality and discovery.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: All the furry characters fall under one of these tropes, and some don't even wear clothes at all.
  • Berserk Button: Due to her backstory Belfry reviles parents who abandon their children and it's why she's so dead set on taking it Tamberlane when it seems like she's been abandoned by her parents.
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  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Milo has a cat sized moth as a Shoulder Pet.
  • Cats Are Mean: Piper, at least at first.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: It's subtle due to their pacifism, but Silver Sage has a darker side of xenophobia, aspects of totalitarianism, and cultural/technological stagnation.
  • Character Title: The name of the story’s important Token Human.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The comic has a soft and cartoony artstyle; but though the world it takes place in is peaceful, as mentioned before it is still suffering from some serious cases of xenophobia and a hatred of individuality.
  • Furry Confusion: Apparently, non-sapient pet cats still exist in this community of Funny Animals.
    • There are also cart horses.
  • Human Like Foot Anatomy: Inverted. Belfry and the other bats seen have digitigrade legs while real bats have plantigrade legs.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Tamberlane is unlike anything the residents of Silver Sage have ever seen. Some think she might be deformed or a mutant, Oakwood has difficulty determining her diet and even the more well traveled researcher Milo can't even figure out her genus, postulating that she might be some kind of ursine after ruling out rodent.
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  • Interspecies Adoption: Belfry, a bat who might be part squirrel, was adopted by a badger and a deer, then she herself adopted that strange furless kit.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Belfry and Avery chastise Piper for attacking Cur, but thoroughly agree Cur is a bullying troublemaker.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Oakewood, a very grumpy and cynical old man who is also extremely kind. There's a fine example of his sour-coated good advice beginning on this page.
    • Piper has also developed into this after a few years, she retains her rebellious and mischievous nature but also becomes ferociously protective of Tamberlane.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Lot of people for a small town.
  • The Klutz: Belfry.
  • Mama Bear: Though she hasn’t had much of a chance to demonstrate it in full, Belfry has still already shown that she will pull out all the stops to protect Tamberlane.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Most of the characters have traits of various animals. For instance, Belfry has a fluffy, raccoon-like tail despite the fact she is a bat. She also thinks she's part squirrel.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Schoolteacher Callie reports her assistant Jentzen to the council for trying to talk about the outside world which puts him at risk due to the xenophobic laws of the Silver Sage.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Downplayed. Most females don’t have breasts, but grow them to nurse children. Played more straight with those who are constantly taking care of children, like Nora, who tend to have full breasts 24/7.
  • Papa Wolf: Don’t mock Tamberlane in Oakewood’s presence unless you want a verbal and possibly physical beat down.
  • Persona Non Grata: Exile seems to be a common way of punishing those who break the Edicts.
  • Propaganda Piece: Belfry reads Tamberlane a story about a mole who's father goes abroad for medical purposes and comes back a tainted monster and is made a hero when he drives him off and helps write the laws forbidding the citizens from speaking of it, the story even had the message that it's better to die at home than "be selfish" and go abroad for treatment. The story ends up being much darker than Belfry remembers it being.
  • Serious Business: Thanks to the cultural xenophobia, the people Silver Sage speak talk about abroad like it's some kind of eldritch hellscape and its against the law to even teach about it in school.
  • Time Skip: Chapter 4 takes place a few years later, with Tamberlane now an elementary school student.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Briar sports a pretty impressive one here. Even her forelock turns red.
  • Token Human: Tamberlane.


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