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About Leif & Thorn

A cross-cultural romance with comedy, drama, magic, worldbuilding, and bilingual shenanigans.

Leif is a gardener in thrall to a mysterious debt, serving his native Sønheim at a foreign embassy. Thorn is a Knight of Ceannis who got severely burned while dragonslaying, and was rewarded with a cushy job guarding the embassy gates. (“Cushy” if you discount the smugglers, monsters, vampire aristocrats, industrial accidents, and slow-brewing ethical disasters….)

Thorn doesn’t speak Leif’s language too well at first — but as they get to know each other, he finds a lot of reasons to learn.

Updates seven days a week: six strips, plus Saturday bonus art.

Page may be periodically updated with new Important Worldbuilding Information, such as tipping cultures, distribution of language families, wonders of the ancient world, and the in-universe record for largest cheese sculpture.

About the languages

In-universe languages are represented by different fonts in the comic, and different colors in the transcripts.

Ceannic (Ceanska) is in the font My Fair Cody. Sønska (Sønheic) is in Ale and Wenches BB. (Animal thoughts/vocalizations are in ArtBrush.)

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Reference strips


Your artist is Erin Ptah, also found on Deviantart, Tumblr, Twitter, a personal blog, and Patreon.

Want to commission and/or support me? Here’s how.

All caught up on Leif & Thorn, and looking for something else to read? Start with But I’m A Cat Person. (Then browse the recommendations.)

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