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Webcomic / Sarilho

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Sarilho means knot, entanglement or a twist.

An alien gets shot in the face four times and for some reason that starts a war.

A Ancient satellite falls into enemy territory. The Kirchhoff brothers, Mikhail and Nikita, are dispatched along with a small team of soldiers to collect the remains of this relic, thought to be in space for over five hundred years. But did not consider that, just beyond the edge of the empire, their enemies would be interested on that technology as well…

As they arrive on the location, they quickly realise that the satellite is the least of their problems. Turns out an unknown, extraterrestrial artifact has crashed alongside it. And the thing thinks.

O Sarilho[1] means knot, entanglement, or a twist. It also means trouble. It is a story of war, conflict, and facing the unknown.

General Tropes:

  • Ancient Astronauts: Well, an ancient satellite crashing down starts the story off. But the thing inside it could fit this trope.
  • Assimilation Plot: Judging by maps, The Mediterranean Empire has already conquered most of the continent the story takes place on.
  • Artificial Limbs: Filipa has a prosthetic leg after an incident in chapter 3.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The entire comic is presented in both Portuguese and English versions, but often documents, posters and other pieces of background media are in something that resembles Italian.
  • Blue Blood: Strongly suggested to be the case of the Vera Italica Houses.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Shizuka Nakamura. Not once has she been seen dressing up her part, but Nikita vouches for her skills as an augur.
  • Child Soldiers: Mikhail and Nikita were sold into the military at a very young age.
  • Color Codedfor Your Convenience: The Régula II Divison wear bright red, white and gold uniforms. The Lusitanians wear more dark earth colored tones, possibly to blend in more with the surrounding forests. The different Lusitanian Schools, however, sport different colors according to speciality and these can be spotted in the Lusitanian outfits, although in small amounts.
  • Conlang: At least the written language of the Mediterranean Empire. The spoken languages seem to be fairly close to their modern counterparts, though.
  • Conscription: Heavily implied to be the case for most Meditans, except for the cases in which people are effectively bought by the military.
  • Deus Est Machina: The Gods the Meditas refer to are apparently this, with the augurs effectively acting as their priests through some sort of psychic link.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Now crashlanded in AROUCA!
  • Everybody Smokes: the augurs.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Lusitanians. They call the Meditas Spaniards often, to the point of considering kicking them back into Spain.
  • Fingore: Victor's deslusos all sport nine fingers, just like him. He also orders them to bite the fingers off people they may capture, as they do with Daria. Eurico and Estanislau seem to share his taste for the practice, as they cut several of the Foreigner's fingers during the torture scene. They grow back.
  • Fictional Political Party: Two political parties are named on the Meditan Empire, the Efficientists and the Expansionists. Not much is known about them, except that members of the Corvo House are usually Expansionists. If Franq's words are anything to go by, the Efficientists are the reason there has been a peace treaty between the Meditan Empire and Lusitania.
  • Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: The Meditans are not afraid to be spotted in battle, apparently.
  • Hit So Hard, the Calendar Felt It: Something drastic happened 508 years before the story starts, enough for the Meditans to have changed their calendars. The Lusitanians don't seem to give it the same importance and continued to count the years as usual, so by the time the story starts they are in the year AD 2805.
  • In-Series Nickname: Shizuka is nicknamed Shizamura. She hates it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: They're soldiers.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted. Both sides of the conflict seem to employ people of all genders and they seem to fall in similar numbers.
  • Master Computer: Árgon and Xénon.
  • Mind over Matter: Seems that a lot of people in this world have some sort of Psychic Powers, although their usage seems to be very contained.
  • Multiethnic Name: Common in the Mediterranean Empire.
  • One-Way Visor: It sure is nice when the meditans put up their helmets and their faces are no longer visible and they're all wearing the same uniform...
  • Painting the Medium: the webcomic's site design often changes in particular scenes, with the comic's pages (or elements of these) taking the entire screen. The Foreigner's speech bubbles, whenever it speaks telepathically, are also represented different.
  • Playing with Fire: Pyrokinesis is associated with augurism.
  • Prescience by Analysis: How augurs see the future. That's not future sight, that's... Probability! [2]
  • Real-Place Background: several locations along the Douro valley are mentioned by either their real names or bastardized versions of these. Nonetheless, there's a certain level of Istanbul (Not Constantinople) going on.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: The Mediterranean Empire's main endeavour is to recover and understand ancient technology, which looks somewhat modern.
  • Schizo Tech: some people use normal guns and there's these guys with Microwave Guns.
  • Straight Gay: Neither Nikita nor Steffano seem to fall into any obvious gay stereotypes.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: According to the Extras, Talents have a genetic component to them, so they tend to run in families.
  • The Empath: The Lusitanians in general and Fausta in particular. The Foreigner seems to be able to do it too.
  • The Empire: A Mediterranean Empire.
  • The Future: According to the Lusitanian timeframe, the story takes place in the 28th century.
  • Unspecified Apocalypse: Something happened to the modern world, but the details aren't shown. Judging by the maps, this was either accompanied/caused by a raise in the sea levels.

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    Chapter one 
  • Elite Mooks: We're told as early as chapter one that Nikita is very good at leading a team.
  • Happinessin Slavery: Well kinda. Despite being sold to the empire and having no choice in what he does with his life, Nikita violently denies being a slave when the subject is ever brought up. He does say that Mikhail's totally fine with his situation though.
  • Because I'm Good At It: How Nikita justifies his commitment to the army.

    Chapter two 

    Chapter three 

    Chapter four 

    Chapter five