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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Eric pretty much embodies all of the contradictions inherent in institutionalized slavery - he's a slave trader who appears to be an otherwise decent man who genuinely cares for his slaves, even while he exploits their labor and even uses them for sex. He's a hypocrite, but he can claim (with some justification) that by keeping them, he's protecting them from others far worse. In short, he's a bundle of contradictions, rather like real world people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
    • Mike is an extension of this; is his pseudo-Happiness in Slavery cowardice or pragmatism? As he has lived his whole life among humans, he not only sees humans as his culture, but finds Keidran society to be frighteningly alien;
    I can’t just run out into the wilderness to live among wild Keidran. I have no survival skills. I don’t know Keidran customs or traditions. I can’t even speak the Keidran language very well! I would not survive!
  • Broken Base: Natani's gender and related issues are the source of a constant ongoing war amongst the fandom, with the predominant fields of combat being over which gender pronouns are appropriatenote  and just how accurate the term "transgender" really is in Natani's case. After all, a female having their soul literally broken and a shards of a male's soul plastered into the gaps is very much not the origin for real-life transgender people, and "Youngtani's" comments on liking being seen as a boy whilst not minding being a girl are legitimately ambiguous, especially when one takes into account the misogynistic overtones of wolf keidran culture.
    • The website itself does little to clarify things either, as though his character bio refers to Natani as male, the Archive plot summaries use female pronouns for Natani, and many, many Patron draws use Natani's female body as fanservice.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: King Adelaide is very popular amongst the fandom, mainly because of her Amazonian beauty and reasonable authority figure personality. Also helped by the fact that she’s often requested for sketches.
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    • The group introduced in chapter 18, consisting of Seraphina, Sealenn, and Landen were also very well liked for their designs and surprisingly funny personalities, including a ship tease between Sealenn and Lynn. Many fans even want them to join the main cast.
    • Therie sah van and Daniels have been viewed very favorably by the fandom despite simply being background characters.
    • The western basitins introduced in the epilogue of chapter 19 have gained quite some traction as well.
  • Fanon: The human language being English rather than a Translation Convention.
  • Fridge Horror: Eric keeps all of his slaves under a spell (except for Kathrin) that compels them to obey him. Coupled with the fact that he admitted that he slept with some of the female slaves, we can only conclude that Eric is a rapist. ...Unless they were all released temporarily to choose for themselves like Kathrin, or it was just Kathrin he actually slept with.
    • Eric specifies that he is not having sex with Kathrin because he considers her more a little sister than love interest (bummer for her, since she's one Keidran actually in love with him), but also that he is active with his other female slaves. Considering how terrified Mike was about Eric finding out his apparent Gender Bender situation, the implications are unfortunate.
      • He does, however, admit to having occasionally "fooled around" with her as kids out of curiosity on that same page.
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  • Growing the Beard: From Chapter 7 onwards the comic shows a vast deal of improvement from previous chapters, especially the one directly preceding it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In comic #814, Natani absently notes how glad he is Zen is currently "absent" from his mind and thusly can't tease him about planting The Big Damn Kiss on Keith after what was essentially a mutual love confession. Unfortunately, he doesn't know that the reason for Zen's absence is because his quarry just knocked him out cold and are planning on executing him because it's too dangerous to let him go (They don't).
  • Ho Yay: Keith and Nickolai; Mike and Evals. The latter pair can somewhat be overlooked, considering Mike was (temporarily) cursed to look like a hot girl. Keith and Natani are also this, and it has been commented on by characters in the comic a few times, though Natani is actually female but thinks and acts like a male due to Black Magic. Mike and Evals is making a revival too as Mike blushes when Evals hugs him.
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    • Flora and Kathrin's relationship on the ship and right after was somewhat uncomfortable.
    • Tom has done several sketches pairing an older Maddie and Maeve in an ambiguously romantic relationship, with the two having taken over running Adira's tavern.
  • Nightmare Fuel: We'll let the image speak for itself.
  • Stations of the Canon: Someone (always a guy for some reason) gets BAMF!'d into Mekkan, fights some templars, and meets a keidran girl friend; bonus points if she's a runaway slave.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Keith. To start, at 13 years old he returned home from military school to find his mother murdered by his father, who drunkenly kills himself by falling on Keith's spear, resulting Keith being ostracised to a foreign land, unable to return unless he can complete the Impossible Task of capturing the Grand Templar. He was taken in by Laura, a female fox keidren, and he was about to get married and give up on going home when she gave in to fear and peer pressure, running away the night before their wedding day. Years later it is revealed his mother was murdered by the Intelligence General in an extremely misguided attempt to "save" Keith's father, who chose Suicide by Cop in despair, and Laura was drugged and forced against her will to have sex with someone else. When this is revealed, the Intelligence General kills Laura.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • Raine's magic anti-transformation talismans are slave shackles
    • The argument for locking up the wolves of Edinmire in strip 871 is rather similar to the arguments for Japanese internment camps during World War II. This may even be an Allohistorical Allusion, since the author is Asian-American.

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