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Webcomic / Slack Wyrm

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Slack Wyrm is a Webcomic started in 2016 by Australian children's author, Joshua Wright.

The series stars the Lazy Dragon Ferragus Slackwyrm, an apathetic red dragon who has no treasure because he can't be bothered collecting it. Throughout the series he deals with self-approval issues, living up to preconceptions of being a mighty Wyrm, paying his loyal minions, roasting a few annoying peasants, and, most importantly, getting a good nap.

He's not alone as the comic has a large supporting cast. Including his definitely not lazy sister, a murderous crow, a horny old wizard, an elder god wannabe, a half-crazed Duchess, a skateboarding chicken, all manner of monsters, and (of course) a corpse.

While it started out as more of the simple joke a day comic, like Peanuts or Garfield, it slowly evolved into having complex interconnecting adventures that spanned multiple comics and introduced many new supporting characters. Although primary a web series there have been four books published, each a compilation of the series into vague story arcs.


Slack Wyrm provides examples of:

  • Adorable Evil Minions: Ferragus has a staff of monsters to maintain his fortress, however very few of them are actually in any way threatening.
  • Animal Lover: Ferragus seems to really like animals and, provided they fill out the correct forms, will burn any human alive that looks the wrong way at a deer.
  • Ax-Crazy: Gretch. Doris also shows signs of being not entirely there.
  • Basilisk and Cockatrice: A short backstory of a cockatrice is detailed, showing how it was born from a normal chicken egg. After being taunted, shunned, and attacked by people for being ugly a kind dragon turns up and gives it turn around and burn those people to a crisp.
  • Black Knight: Lord EdgeGod who was once the edgiest badass alive. After being killed by Ferragus he was resurrected in an unholy ritual. He is determined to recapture his lost edginess, and prove himself a master of chaos once again.
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  • Breath Weapon: Dragons, naturally, spew fire from their mouths. And other orifices if the need arises.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Noted in this comic Where the chicken in charge of baking a dragon-sized black forest cake is forcing them to pull the cake up a volcano to bake the cake. She says "..the Lava only hurts you if it touches you."
  • Creepy Crows: Otho's by far the most sadistic character in the comic and due to Ferragus' laziness, probably tied with or just as greedy as Hildegard, willing to get people killed without a second thought if it profits him somehow or if he's just feeling bored. That being said, since he's just a regular-sized crow who's able to talk, most of his methods to do so boil down to telling passing peasants "there's candy in that bottomless pit" and laughing at them when they keep falling for it or hiring other monsters as his muscle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The usual result of fighting Ferragus.
  • Deus ex Machina: Invoked with The Deus Ex Box. A magical box that will solve all your problems in a vague and unsatisfying way. In this case, it helped Ferragus pay off his debts (without him knowing), removed his sister from keep (something he was previously unware of), and raised Lord EdgeGod's edginess level to 99%.
  • Dragon Hoard: One of the defining features of Ferragus is his lack of dragon horde. He's often mocked for having nothing in comparison to his sister Hildegard Gretchwyrm who rests upon a massive mount of gold. Eventually Ferragus does get something to add to his "horde", a magical self-perpetuating cake.
    • Hildegard's horde ended up in Ferragus' lair after the latter used the Deus Ex Box. As Ferragus was not there and the monsters that guard it are not paid for their jobs, they distributed most of it among themselves, leaving a small part for Ferragus… that went to pay his debts. All without the dragon's knowledge.
  • Dragons Prefer Princesses: Discussed; Duchess Doris isn't taken captive because she is "only" a Duchess.
  • Dragon Rider: Defied by both Ferragus and Hildegard: When he's temporarily unable to use his giant flying bubble-spitting goldfish and he needs to follow Ferragus, he makes Zizok travel in an oversized pet carrier instead of on his back on the justification that he's "not Zizok's beast, Zizok is his", and Hildegard forces a village of peasants to build a giant dragon saddle so that they can "all travel in style" which she means that she'll use it as a litter and force the villagers to carry her around.
    • Ferragus was willing to make an exception to this once for Lizardman when they were planning to make a heist together, but it turns out Lizardman has his own private fighter jet.
    • Hildegard allows a mind-controlled Lord Edgegod to ride her. The chicken admits that it looks quite badass.
  • The Dragonslayer: Sir Corpse was one before he, well, failed to kill Ferragus and became a corpse. Several other would-be knights attempt to be this over the course of the comic with very little success.
  • Dragons Versus Knights: Naturally pops up from time to time.
  • Eats Babies: Sharon and Clair Goblin have been shown eating a baby sandwich. Ferragus himself tricks kids into thinking his mouth is a magical cave.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Barrabhu is occasionally caught summoning elder gods in private in his room.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Sir Corpse. He claims that there's no afterlife, so he's not going anywhere, even if his ancestors claims he's an asshole and has said he's pissing off God that way.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Parodied with Duchess Doris who at first appears with a host of friendly woodland animals. However, she soon uses them to figure out potential traps.
  • Giant Flyer: Both dragons are massive, towering over almost every other character. Flying, however, is no issue.
  • Human Sacrifice: The volcano god, Eurpto, demands this when the magic Black Forest cake is baked. Ferragus also gets offered a female offering but is turned off by the implications.
  • Husky Russkie: Viktor the warg follows the archetype to a tee, complete with wearing an ushanka and brewing his own vodka.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: EdgeGod's armory consists of mostly oversized and impossible-to-wield weaponry, along with some more esoteric ones, such as a giant shuriken flying ninja surfboard, a double-bladed giant berserker sword, a 9+ boxing glove, and a genuine Bengal tiger.
  • Lazy Dragon: Ferragus will happily sleep through getting attacked and is quite content to watch the days fly by without moving an inch. However, someone will always come along and interrupt his quiet life and persuade him to come on a quest.
  • Medieval Morons: The human inhabitants of the comic are rarely depicted as being smart.
  • Middle-Management Mook: Quite literally. Part of the comic deals with the "office" politics of the Wyrm's lair. Linda the slime being promoted to HR is a minor plot point.
  • Mushroom Samba: Hildegard starts to freak out after eating the hippy, after throwing up her outlook on life has changed and the last we saw of her she was worried about "vegetable rights".
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Ferragus Slackwyrm is a lazy, uncaring, European red dragon — er, fire drake. His sister Hildegard Gretchwyrm, while broadly similar, is much more serpentine in appearance, has golden scales and horns, and rules over a city whose citizens she forces to worship her. According to Ferragus, only other dragons are allowed to know or use a dragon's first name.
  • Our Hydras Are Different: Minor antagonist is a four-headed Hydra that has similar powers as Ferragus. Notably baking a cake using a Hydra egg grants the cake a self-regenerating property.
  • Our Sphinxes Are Different: The titular dragon's castle is home to a sphinx among its other fantasy creatures, who resembles a winged lion with human hair, ears, and a beard and whose riddles are thinly veiled attempts to sort out his highly depressing life.
  • Religion of Evil: Or at least what the founders of the Dragon Cult that placed Ferragus at the head thought it would be. However, given the nature of the lazy dragon, it quickly devolved into making snacks.
  • Riddle of the Sphinx: Parodied when Duchess Doris ends up caged as prisoner of a sphinx, that gives her meaningless riddles. She frees herself by smashing the sphinx's head with a mace (it gets better) and giving it an unexpected reply.
  • Riddling Sphinx: Rene the Sphinx is in the habit of imprisoning people who can't answer his riddles and not letting them go until they get one right, although his "riddles" tend to be fewer mental challenges and more direct questions about why his wife left him or why you only realize you were happy when you become unhappy.
  • Round Hippie Shades: Old Man Moog, holistic sorcerer and part-time yoga instructor, is sporting a pink set of these.
  • Schizo Tech: Even though the setting looks medieval and magical things are everywhere, everyone uses modern technology whenever the plot demands it.
  • Spiked Blood: Old Man Moog has enough drugs in his system to send Gretch tripping balls after eating him, and after puking him back up (undigested) she's still stoned out of her mind.
  • Trap Door: A classic one set up just in front of the Wyrm's front door. Many an adventurer has fallen afoul of this trap, with the help of Otho's guidance.
  • The Undead: Sir Corpse.
  • Vicious Vac: The Demon Lord Baal was inexplicably summoned as a vacuum cleaner. He still isn't a push-over though, able to suck up dragon fire and unable to be squashed, as such Ferragus gives up the cult when he attempts to take over.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dragons are shown to be able to transform into various creatures. Gretch turns into an old lady selling explosive shuttlecocks and into the Old Man Moog. Ferragus meanwhile turns into a younger dragon so he can go on the water slides.
  • Wall of Weapons: After EdgeGod's weapon was sucked dry of its "edgyness" he consults Otho on what will be his next weapon, revealing a large wall of Impossibly Cool Weapons before settling on the Mystery Box.
  • Wizard Classic: Zizok is a very wise, foolish man with a lot of time on his hands. He knows all the spells and has been on many adventures. He likes the ladies and interacting with inter-dimensional horrors.
  • Wizard Duel: Ferragus and the Hydra "battle" by attempting to manipulate creatures into a deadly fight. However, they both manage to pick well-meaning pacifists that want to talk over their issues. In the end, they resort to picking them up and manually attacking the other's avatars.