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Terinu webcomic

Australian online science fiction adventure drama (sifi) web comic

Terinu is a science fiction adventure comic, done in black and white India ink in comic page format. It is the story of the title character, a fifteen-year-old alien boy, the last known member of a genetically engineered slave race, who is a pawn in a brewing galactic war.

Melika Softpaw

A beautiful and elegant Vulpine entertainer at Madame Cher’s Cabaret, Melika helped raise Terinu as a young child. A member of the Vulpine farmer nobility, she took her job at the cabaret to pay off her late brother’s gambling debts, which had nearly plunged her sister-in-law's farm into ruin. She is also an accomplished star pilot, having served her mandatory three years in the Vulpine military and actually earning higher honors there than Rufus did.

When the Treona’s crew visited the cabaret, Rufus saved Melika from an attack by an enraged cave lice, which began a low key romantic relationship between the two Vulpine. Despite their mutual attraction, Melika refused Rufus’ offer to travel with them on the Treona.

Later Rufus secretly paid off the Vulpine noblewoman’s debt to her brother’s creditors, which she took as an insult rather than an act of an admirer. Tracking Rufus down on Luna station, she became infected with a Varn designed anti-Vulpine virus that Ardactavian agents had contaminated Rufus with. Mistaken for the virus' plague vector, she nearly became a test subject for the cure, until Rufus contermanded the doctor's order and demanded it be tested on himself first to see if the highly questionable cure worked.

Afterward she aided Rufus, Lance and Vonnie in breaking Leeza out of prison.

Ultimately, Melika is the closest thing to a mother that Terinu ever had, with her regarding him as if he were her own cub.