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A webcomic by SrGrafo, set in the world of the game Rimworld and posted from September 2017 to August 2020. In the author's own words:

"It's a series of comics about the colonists of the game Rimworld. Complex timeline, morals, and ethics explored. JK, it's super simple and family friendly!"

Can be read from the start here.

A video by the author pointing out references and easter eggs is here.

Contains examples of:

  • Always a Bigger Fish: A recurring theme. Even with all his raiders and experience, Tarn is no match for Tynan. Even with all his personal combat prowess, Tynan is nothing compared to the Moth Queen. Even with her powerful cybernetics and control over the most technologically advanced force on the Rimworld, the Moth Queen lives and dies on the whims of the Defiler. And the Defiler himself bends the knees to an unknown and mysterious "him." Either Randy Random or the player themselves.
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  • Anachronic Order: The story's individual strips aren't strictly chronological, with many plotlines taking place before or during others that were published earlier.
  • Animal Motif: All the colonies so far have been named after some kind of bug.
  • Anyone Can Die: And thanks to the non-chronological nature of the story and the nature of the artstyle, you might follow a particular character for several strips before a name makes you realize you already know how their story ends.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: In a setting where Killer Robots roam the land and most people have a pistol at the very least, Tynan's main weapon is a sword.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Tynan and the Huntsmen die, and while the Moths take some losses, they're ultimately not that worse off from how they were before. But the child survives, and both Tynan and Huntsman are satisfied with their deaths because of this.
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  • Body Horror: When Val finally gets his wish to become a cyborg, he's gruesomely fused with a scyther.
  • Cain and Abel: Tynan with his brother, though at the time is was Tynan who was the Abel.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Just about every notable character in the Spiders colony has high quality technological upgrades. The most stand-out exception is Val, who's the only one skilled enough to do the transplants and as a result can't receive any himself.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Most characters have differently colored outlines to distinguish them. Raiders in particular are red.
  • Deuteragonist: Andrew and Tynan are the protagonists of the story, and each other's main antagonist. Though just about every other named character receives at least a strip or two of their own, reinforcing the idea that just about everyone is the Hero of Another Story, though just as often they the villain of someone else's.
  • Enemy Mine: Andrew and Tynan work together to retrieve a resurrector after the child is killed.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Tarn the raider leader, who also happens to be the child's real father.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The small family that appears in a few strips keeps a selection of prisoners chained up outside as their larder.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The Huntsman was a crack shot even before getting an artifical eye.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Resurrector mech serum brings the dead back to life, but they don't retain any of their memories before they died.
  • Last Stand: Tynan and Huntsman against the full force of the Moth colony.
  • Make an Example of Them: What Tynan does to his captain after the latter lies and lets a pair of fugitives escape.
    Captain: Sir... please. Not in front of my kids.
    Tynan: Oh but captain, how else would they learn?
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: At the end of his Last Stand, the camera pans back to reveal Tynan's been fatally impaled.
  • Only in It for the Money: She's in it for more than money, but the Moth Queen is obsessed with silver to the point of brutally murdering an underling who reports that a major source of the stuff has been destroyed.
  • Organ Theft: Like in the original game, harvesting organs from prisoners is a source of income for the most despicable individuals.
  • Power Floats: The man in black whose feet don't touch the ground, implied to be the same "him" that even the Defiler is subservient to.
  • Tranquil Fury: When the Moth Queen pisses him off, the Defiler drops a single word of profanity and forces her to experience being torn apart by his dogs with a smile on his face.
  • Unusual Euphemism: In Rimworld culture, "Glitterworld" seems to have the same connotations as "Heaven" or "afterlife." It's up in the air how much this is a euphemism and how much is cultural drift where stories of a shining utopia came to be viewed as tales of what happens after death compared to the world they live on.
  • You Are in Command Now: The Moth Queen kills a captain, though only realizes it afterwards. She then designates another underling the new captain.

Alternative Title(s): Rim World