About the story
When the dark sorcerers of the land of Inikis were defeated in the Battle of Souls, their country was broken off from the continent and their evil was sealed away. Nine hundred years later, the seal is deteriorating, the magics to maintain it have long since passed from memory, and the sorcerers have had nine centuries to prepare their revenge…
His home thrown into chaos, the young heir of Tamuran must carry a message far through the wilds of his country if he is to have any hope of saving his kingdom and his people. But though the sorcerers’ power is rapidly consuming all the land, the heir soon finds that the legacy of his own ancestors may be just as deadly as any Inikan magic, and even his chosen protectors must face problems of their own…
About the comic
Tamuran is adapted from a chat roleplay written by H. A. “Chezhnian” Kennedy, Eren Fitzgerald, and Tressyem, which started in August 2008 and is still ongoing. The world and story belong to Chezhnian, characters belong to their respective creators and are used with permission. The script for the comic version is adapted and edited by Chezhnian and Eren. The art is done mainly by Eren, with assistance and design work by Chezhnian. They self-publish Tamuran under the imprint Three Dragon Press.
Tamuran updates on Tuesdays and Fridays. It is rated (roughly) MA-16 for violence and language.
The pages are drawn in traditional media? How do you make them?
The planning stages actually start out digitally. First the comic is storyboarded a chapter at a time in Manga Studio. Panel borders and any necessary perspective guidelines are added in Manga Studio, and sometimes 3D-modeling is used to create background sets (for example, if a scene is taking place in a room with furniture whose placement needs to stay consistent, Eren builds a simple model of the room to use as a guide for the final linework). Then the layouts are printed out and transferred onto Bristol board, then penciled, inked, and shaded (graphite for normal pages, Copic marker and watercolor/ink washes for flashbacks and narrated scenes). Dialogue and most sound effects are added in Photoshop, along with final cleanup work.
How does the whole Tu Naul Morphus thing work? What about their telepathic ability?
Young Tu Naul who were born with the ability to shapeshift are paired with “mortal” companions (inhabitants of the ordinary material plane, usually human), to be the mortal’s guardian/helper for the duration of the mortal’s life, however long that may be. It’s like a “Grand Tour” or study abroad for the Morphus, letting him or her learn about life on the mortal plane, and also a sort of Tu Naul community service. During that time, the Morphus is bound in the one animal form that best suits the mortal companion’s path in life. When the companion dies, the binding is broken and the Morphus is free to change shape at will again, and they may seek passage back to the Tu Naul realm if or when they so choose. Morphyx also have short-range telepathic powers – they have a permanent link to their bound companion that is always open so long as they are within a few miles of one another, but can also open a temporary ‘channel’ to communicate with other people (one person at a time).
What is Talather? Is he a Morphus?
Talather isn’t a Morphus, just a special sort of highly intelligent (and talkative) raven. Silver ravens were originally bred by wizards with the intent of creating more intelligent familiars a very long time ago. Some escaped, and now a number of them exist in the wild. Talather’s magical heritage gives him a little bit of an empathic bond with Nashua that lets him locate Nashua over long distances, but he’s not a true familiar.
Why doesn’t Kip’s cat form have a tail?
Kip’s cat form is a tailless breed, like a Manx cat. It’s just her personal choice – she likes being a tailless cat because she feels it’s more unique than turning into a breed with a tail.
Is this a yaoi comic?
We’ve been asked this question a lot. The short answer is: no, not really. There will not be any graphic sexual content in the comic, and the story’s not meant to be a romance, though character relationships, romantic and otherwise (mostly otherwise), play a big role in shaping the plot. That said, as the story progresses the cast will include characters whose orientations fall all over the LGB* spectrum, and some of the significant romantic relationships in the story are non-straight. So if LGBT-friendly stories are not your cup of tea, this may not be the comic for you.
Since the story was created collaboratively, who writes which characters?
Chezhnian is the main storyteller, and she writes most of the characters.
Eren writes Varony and a few characters who will show up later in the story, and contributes to brainstorming and script editing.Tressyem/Chandrey created Kip and wrote her up to a point. She has since signed Kip over for us to continue writing and developing her character.