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Bailey & Scarlet

"Will I be able to kill him this time?"
Scarlet Maynard
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Whispers in the Wind is an ongoing webcomic mixing adventure and drama in a world of pirates.

It is a peaceful life with its ups and down Scarlet and her family lead in Omiryn. But everything changes when pirates attack the town and when Bailey the captain comes knocking at her door, she recognizes him and runs away from the man. As morning rises, she realises not only she has lost her husband in the attack but Evan her eldest left with Bailey whom she reveals to be the boy's father. Having nothing left to lose, she sets on a quest to get her son back and face the demons of her past. But she has one more thing to protect: her daughter Robin, who can't stand being left behind and manage to go with Scarlet.

The story follow two parts: the voyage of these two women where the dark past of Scarlet will unfold little by little and the adventures of the pirate crew where Bailey will do everything he can to make Evan see things his way. Because he knows that with Evan on his side, Scarlet will come to him...

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Whispers in the Wind provides examples of:

  • Action Mom: Scarlet spent her youth on the sea with her father the Admiral Maynard and she has survived many battles since then. But the biggest challenge she will to face is probably to be able to protect her children from the dangers of the sea.
  • Animesque: This webcomic, all in B/W with screen tones and the layout is an example of manga-style comic mixed with European influence.
  • Badass Crew: Starting chapter 6, the story focuses on the pirate crew of the Petrel. Years of experience at sea, living and fighting side by side, they know and trust each others, follow their captain to death and beyond and will not hesitate to destroy anything in their path.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For most of the comic, Scarlet is a Damsel in Distress, until the moment when she must save her daughter Robin from being raped and killed by pirates. Then she remembers her past as a badass Action Girl, and just goes Mama Bear on those pirates.
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  • Dual Wielding: Scarlet, after she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Feminism: In the sexist world of sailors, women must prove themselves stronger than anyone. Scarlet or Lieutenant Thomas are a good exemple of this, unlike Robin who is clearly not sailor material.
  • The Golden Age of Piracy: The background story, some character designs, names and ships depicts an idea of the life in the Caribbean during the Golden Age with sometimes mixing elements from a different time (Robin's oval glasses, Bailey's ascot tie...) Scarlet and Bailey share the same names as a Navy lieutenant who really existed and the infamous pirate he killed, Blackbeard.
  • Not Safe for Work: There are violence/rape/murder speeches and some graphic pages.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Scarlet, a.k.a. "The Squall".
  • Parents as People: The focus is clearly made on the parents (Bailey and Scarlet) and their qualities and flaws as parents.
  • Pirate: Plundering, drinking and swashbuckling. A pirate's life for me indeed.
  • Pirate Girl: In chapter 7, a few members of the pirate crew are revealed. Among them is Charlie, only woman in a crew of men.
  • Shōnen: Evan is a typical shonen character, fun, careless and sometimes a bit stupid.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Ye can't be havin' a pyrate story without som' pyrate talk, can ye?
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: Life on a ship is hard, it's even harder when you're a pirate. To be strong is to secure your survival.

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