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

Smoke Fur And Stone stretches from exotic flying cities to the demon-haunted depths of magical oceans. This series of short comics and spin-offs (which includes Smoke Fur And Stone, Aspects and Backwater Siren) share a fictional universe. One of the SFS spin-offs was awarded a Shortbox grant in 2020. The creator has since removed the bulk of comics from the website and is focusing on a soft reboot called Iron Nail Afternoon.

Smoke Fur And Stone contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Age-Gap Romance: Caliban and Skoll. Caliban is in his early-mid 20s and Skoll is about 42. What makes it interesting is that Caliban is the one actively pursuing the romance despite Skoll's misgivings.
  • Back Story: Nearly every character has one and because it's a Crapsack World, they're normally tragic. Smiling Chuck lost his first lover in the war and it obviously scarred him deeply. Caliban grew up in the dreaded Deadfall mines.
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  • Badass Beard: Chuck's occasional beard and always present Carpet of Virility enforce his role as a comic's badass. Vinegar Tom also sports a mighty impressive beard.
  • Beast Man: The entire Skin species falls under this trope. 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. With Caliban? Don't insult his best friend/love interest Skoll.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Gray is definitely one of these.
  • Body Horror: The Deadfall miners are horribly deformed thanks to the magical energy in the mines. Some of their faces are completely eaten away.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Chuck is deeply shaken (to the point that he stutters) when he encounters a siren bearing a deep resemblance to his long-dead lover.
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  • Cast Fullof Gay: The comics focus on the lives and loves of queer supernatural beings. The main protagonists consist of Smiling Chuck and Whithers (a same-sex couple), Caliban (bisexual or possibly just Skoll-sexual) and Skoll/Skollina (who changes gender by shedding their skin.)
  • Comical Nap Drool: Skoll sleeping on Caliban's shoulder. It would be a cute scene apart from Skoll's loud snoring and visible drool. Of course, a smitten Caliban still thinks Skoll looks like a "sleeping angel."
  • 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 survive.
  • D-Cup Distress: When in female form, Skoll is very buxom, especially considering her height. But she doesn't see this as a blessing because it draws unwanted attention and harassment from some of her male colleagues.
  • Gender Bender: Unlike most of their species, Skoll sheds a skin and emerges as a different gender instead of a werewolf. This isn't a source of angst since the character is fluid, identifying as both male and female.
  • 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.
  • 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 pack rank (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.
  • Morality Pet: Sed and Rachel have several.
  • 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 (by shedding their skins), 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!)
  • Pretty Boy: Rabbit and the Jekkel. Of course, they're Smokes and the entire species consists of pretty vampiric albinos.
  • Rated M for Manly: Chuck sports a Carpet of Virility,a powerful physique and a bad attitude. But underneath, he is quite emotionally vulnerable and secretly craves acceptance, even love.In fact, most of the guys in the comic fall under this trope. Probably because Skins are a rough-and-ready species.
  • The Bear: Chuck. He's burly and hairy with muscles for days.
  • The Napoleon: Despite being tiny (and surrounded by werewolves nearly twice her height), Jordan is extremely aggressive. Averted with female Skoll - even though she's smaller than her colleagues, she's also calm and reassuring.
  • Tom Boy: With her short hair, boyish dress sense and gutter mouth, Jordan falls under this trope.

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