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About Leif & Thorn

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Sparkly fantasy dramedy with magic, bilingual shenanigans, lots of queer characters, and the occasional dragon.

A team of Knights are summoned to the capitol city of Ceannis, to guard the embassy of neighboring Sønheim. Thorn is the leader of the knights. Leif prunes the embassy’s rose trees. Both jobs end up being weirder, more complicated, and more hazardous than they look.

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

Keep checking this page for new Important Worldbuilding Information, including 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

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

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Characters

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c-leif Leif: Gardener and general-purpose lowest-tier servant at the Embassy of Sønheim. Has no idea his name is a pun in Ceannic.

Ethnicity: Sønska
Affiliation: Sønheim Embassy
Sign: Craobh-ròs (the Rose Tree)
Language: Sønska, Sønheim Sign
Special skills: Hedge trimming, flower arrangement, putting self in excessive danger

c-thorn Sir Thorn Estragon: Knight and national hero, being rewarded with some nice uneventful guard duty. Has a therapeutic soulbond with his cat, Tiernan.

Ethnicity: Iúilic
Affiliation: Knight of Ceannis (Order of the Chalice)
Sign: Adharcach (the Horn)
Languages: Ceannic, passable Sønska
Special skills: Stabbing, parrying, thrusting, no not that kind of thrusting, draws a heartsword (type: broadsword), killed a dragon that one time

Thorn’s team | At the embassy | Thorn’s family | Magical folks | Miners | Others from Ceannis | Others from Sønheim | Others from elsewhere

Thorn’s team

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Juniper Sel: Sardonic second in command. Backsword.
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Violet Dupont: Low-key. Big reader. Broadsword.
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Birch Baker: Big cuddly marshmallow. Rapier.
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Rowan Muscade: Brilliant, flirty, easily annoyed. Saber.
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Holly Cerise: Teenage magician in training. Domain: stars.
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Peach Pescher-Argyros: Semi-retired since the dragon. Saber.

At the embassy

cs-beringar Ambassador Beringar: head diplomat from Sønheim to Ceannis.
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Sven Nibelungsen: Culture Minister, single dad to twin girls.
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Ragnild: Strong-willed, protective 10-year-old. Has a pet ferret, Ketil.
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Iona: The quieter twin, but no less determined. Has a floating chair.
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Katya: Housekeeper and general-purpose servant.
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Captain Sigrún: High-ranking guard with wings.
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Manager Ludolf: Estate coordinator. Leif’s supervisor.
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Elisa: Kitchen attendant and general-purpose servant.
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Torsten: Kitchen attendant and general-purpose servant.

Thorn’s family

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Tansy Lavande: Sister. The well-adjusted one.
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Larch Lavande: Brother-in-law. Can’t out-wrestle Thorn.
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Hyacinth: Niece, 15. Very concerned about social justice.
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Hawthorn: Nephew, 10. Likes things to be in order.

Clover Estragon: Mom #1. Former military. Deceased.

Plum Estragon: Mom #2. Former teacher. Alive, retired.

Magical girls (…boys, men, women, etc)

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Magnolia Persil: Minister of Prophecy. Domain: fire.
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Ivy Muscade: Squeeful teen magical girl. Domain: water.
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M. Cornoullier: Serious government crisis manager. Domain: water.
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Ebony Muscade: State Dept liaison to Sønheim. Domain: nature.
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Laceleaf’s stalker: Generally terrible person. Domain: water.
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Bramble: Miner, EMPHATIC SPEAKER. Domain: fire.

Non-magical miners

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Anise Persil: Gem miner, don’cha know. Birch’s sweetheart.
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Cress: Miner, would-be lawyer, anger issues.
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Gil Dumas: Miner, very high-strung.
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Manager Marjolaine: Mine shift leader. Nice mustache.
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Pine Dulac: Miner, soft-spoken, has wings.
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Patrik Gagarr: Mine consultant, one leg short.
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Arnulf: Mine consultant, big on charts.

Others from Ceannis

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Olive Romarin: President of Ceannis. Everybody’s boss.
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Florian: Cute bar guy. Unfortunate beliefs in aura pseudoscience.
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Geranium Sureau: Knight, ranked above Thorn. Scimitar.
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Secret Agent D.: Undercover vampire hunter. Axe.
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Sugar Pommier: Science teacher of Hyacinth’s.
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Angelica: Elegant goth teenager. Hyacinth’s friend.
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Blackthorn: Morose goth teenager. Hyacinth’s friend.
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Laceleaf: Fish-loving aquarium tour guide.
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Bennet Amande: Extremely important broadcast journalist.
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Hedge and Grassie: Legendary comediennes. Happily married.
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A man-in-black type: Who? I don’t remember her.

Others from Sønheim

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Lady Stanczia: Vampire royalty. Almost 1000 years old. Good taste.
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Lord Imri: Stanczia’s partner. Fancies himself a writer.
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Astrid Rødlund: Bestselling author of the Holger Saga. Good with kids.

Others from…other

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Mata Kaihanga: Tamaputian engineer, Pato’s husband. Chatty and optimistic.
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Pato Kaihanga: Tamaputian engineer, Mata’s husband. Silent and tech-savvy.

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