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"We don't look like people normally. You give us our faces."

The monsters didn't just lose the war. They lost everything. Now a ragtag group of gods and monsters are trying to rebuild their lives on the Coven Island. There's only one problem - the island is already occupied...

Smoke, Fur And Stone: Depths contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Valjo. She's rugged, muscular and imposing. When first introduced, she's even wearing war paint.
  • Back Story: Smiling Chuck lost his first lover in the war and it obviously scarred him deeply.
  • Badass Beard: Chuck's occasional beard and always present Carpet of Virility enforce his role as a comic's badass.
  • Beast Man: Chuck and Valjo both fall under this trope (although Valjo is female.) They have slit pupils, digitigrade legs and possess abnormal resilience, strength and agility.
  • Berserk Button: With Chuck? Just about everything. His response to nearly every situation is violence. He probably wasn't hugged enough as a child.
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  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Chuck is deeply shaken (to the point that he stutters) when he encounters another siren bearing a deep resemblance to his long-dead lover.
  • Crapsack World: First the world was wrecked by a decades of occult warfare between Oldbloods and humans. Once the war ended, occult technology from the war allowed humans to turn magic into an industry. And the remaining supernatural races are too busy fighting among themselves to put a stop to this.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Coven Island is largely occupied by Skins, Smokes and creatures that go bump in the night but at the end of the day, they're just people trying to find a homeland.
  • Fantastic Racism: The real racial tension is between humans and Oldbloods and various supernatural races.
  • Healing Factor: After tangling with a Lovecraftian horror, a bloody, unconscious Chuck washes up on an abandoned island. A few hours later and he's good as new.
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  • Heroes Want Redheads: Chuck's first boyfriend was a redhead and when various sirens appear to Chuck, they look - surprise, surprise - like lithe, redheaded males. Whithers is also a redhead. Word of God even states that this creative choice is a nod to Wolverine's obsession with redheads since that character is one of the prototype beastmen in comics.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A rare male example with Chuck and Whithers. Chuck is about 7 ft tall and Whither's barely reaches his shoulder. How they have sex is anyone’s guess.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: Skins have their own language, one that humans find challenging to speak. This is because the human throat can't get the sub-vocalizations right. "Smiling Chuck" is a human bastardization of Chuck's Skin name (which most humans find unpronounceable.)
  • Island Base: The entire comic is set on a series of islands, many of which are home to fortified bases.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Whithers. Like all sirens in the series, he can adopt different forms. And he's quick to exploit this to get what he wants. People find it hard to say no to someone who looks like their first love.
  • Odd Friendship: Whithers is a Pretty Boy siren who can be coldly manipulative when it comes to getting what he wants and Chuck is a hulking werewolf who views life as a barfight.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: In the comic, they’re called Skins and they look less like wolves and more like an mixture of different animals. They also seem to change shape at will, not according to the moon. Silver does kill them though.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Unlike traditional vampires, Smokes can walk in sunlight and they feed on the breath of the dying, not blood. Blood is just an aphrodisiac - they drink it during sex. Smokes can also turn to smoke (duh!)
  • Rated M for Manly: Chuck sports a Carpetof Virility,a powerful physique and a bad attitude. But underneath, he is quite emotionally vulnerable and secretly craves acceptance, even love.

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