Jake Wyatt’s story of the Third Sword began in 2012, when he was working on another story’s character design, and one of his sketches evolved into a character that he thought needed her own story. In the months that followed, he produced three test pages of the girl walking through the eponymous Necropolis battling unnamed horrors. And in May 2013, he began publishing serialised pages of the comic, starting with a prologue detailing the thousand-year-old lore of Hyberia, the mythical landscape of Necropolis.
Necropolis follows the tale of its unnamed protagonist, a young girl from the Hinterlands. After she witnesses the destruction of her village at the hands of bandits, she sells her soul to a trader of the Night Market in exchange for a sword of unimaginable power and exacts revenge on the said bandits. Wielding her sword, she gains the reputation of a hired killer, slaying outlaws for money until a pair of imperial wardens pay her a visit.
The published comic is still at an early stage, but Jake has already fully mapped out its course. Of the existing and future storylines, he says, “The first big arc is probably about 300 pages, and can stand on its own. There’s a bunch of middle adventures I’d like to tell after that, and then another 150-300 page story to wrap it all up.” He works with his wife Kathryn, who helps with the writing and sometimes with the comics’ colouring process. Each page takes about eight to sixteen hours to finish, and they’re published online at the rate of at least two pages a month. Jake thinks he might take the next year off to work full-time on the first arc.
While the tale of a young girl with a sword in a medieval setting is recurrent enough in pop culture, Necropolis‘ art and detailed plotlines set it apart. Jake says he’s already planned out the lore from a thousand years before the main storyline, along with present timelines and story arcs. It might take a few years, but Jake implied that Necropolis‘ current mysteries would eventually be explained in later chapters. For now, it appears the Third Sword will transition from one hero stage to another: by Chapter Two she’s reached her training stage, and at some point we’ll see her in her older teenage version.
There’s little else to write about, but Necropolis promises to entertain, especially if you favour fantasy webcomics. The creators intend to release the finished comic in print some day, but until then you can read it in its webcomic form.