Started in 2002, ''[[http://nahast.spiderforest.com/index.php Nahast: Lands of Strife]]'' is a [[FantasyWebcomics Fantasy Webcomic]] by Alejandro Melchor which follows the story of a newly-created cadre of an order of female fighters called "Hawk Maidens". Despite the best efforts of their teacher, Derrexi Tzelan, the group garners little initial support from the people of the city of Beldatz. Worse, they end up caught in a power struggle between the factions in the city, at least one of which is determined to destroy them outright. Though the odds are stacked against them, the Hawk Maidens must pull together to protect each other and carve out a niche for themselves within the city.
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!! This work provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Half the cast.
* AloofAlly: Master Quitzam.
* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetMaster: [[spoiler:Lord Oskardi Matsidari]]
* BadassBoast: Xiang. [[http://nahast.spiderforest.com/archive.php?comic_id=272 "NOTHING moves a dwarf!"]]
* BadassPreacher: Larriki the birdfolk monk, who at one point defeated several thugs without a scratch while [[ConservationofNinjitsu by himself]] and on the ground.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The hawk is the sacred animal of Zuze'en, goddess of the dawn, and the Hawk's Talon fighting style and the Hawk Maidens fighting order are both named for it. Also, the hawkfolk can be pretty fearsome.
* BladeOnAStick: The WeaponOfChoice for Hawk Maidens.
* BloodKnight: Thunder the warrior spirit.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Behari's {{Psychopomp}} thinks that killing her is more merciful alternative to letting her live. Given how messed up Behari's life is, she may be right.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: On a couple of characters, including Xu're. The fact that he's an exile implies that it's normal for people from his native land.
* BrownNote: Draconic can drive people mad if they don't learn it correctly.
* TheChessMaster: Lady Beltzane Matsidari.
* CynicalMentor: Master Quitzam, the old wizard living in the lighthouse fort decides to become one when the Hawk Maidens move in.
* DanceBattler: Inverted, as the dances are based on the fighting style.
* EvilMatriarch: Lady Beltzane Matsidari.
* [[RapeAsBackStory Forced Prostitution as Backstory]]: Behari.
* FunnyAnimal: The Skrii'qek, also known as birdfolk.
* GoodShepherd: Larriki, priest of Zuze'en.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Subverted. The city guards leave Derrexi's cell unlocked and her possessions with plain view as a gesture of respect.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Niriko. in addition to having the ears that identify her as a half-elf she also has blonde hair in part of the world where the only natural blondes are elves, so she is doubly identified and as such is subject FantasticRacism
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Derrexi.
* LadyOfWar: Derrexi is the eldest daughter of a powerful noble family.
* LanguageOfMagic: Draconic.
* {{Mayincatec}}: There are traces of Mesoamerican culture here and there.
* MagicStaff: Jakitza inherits one from her CynicalMentor, but immediately converts it to a magical BladeOnAStick.
* MissingMom: Niriko.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: The governor of Beldatz.]]
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* OurElvesAreBetter: Wood elves, sea elves, probably other elves.
** The sea elves that we see are a pretty decent bunch. The wood elves we see are [[SubvertedTrope murderous racists]] that would give the [[Franchise/HarryPotter Death Eaters]] a run for their money.
* PettingZooPeople: The Quetzerri, fox people who can turn into humans. [[MorphicResonance They cannot, however, hide their tails.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: Niriko becomes convinced that Behari is planning on betraying the hawk maidens after partially hearing a conversation. Most of the readership found this development rather bizarre as Behari had [[TakingTheBullet taken a poisonous arrow]] for Niriko not long before.
* PowerGlows: Magic staves in particular.
* PowerLimiter: The Hawk Radiance Seal.
* PowerTattoo: Moonshade shadow tattoos.
* PowersViaPossession: [[http://nahast.spiderforest.com/archive.php?comic_id=153 Xu're and Thunder are capable of pulling this off.]]
* {{Psychopomp}}: Every soul has a Death Guide that exists solely to protect it in the afterlife.
* ScaledUp: Xis'veki the sorcerer, although he's [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm a snake that turns into a human]] [[InvertedTrope rather than the other way around.]]
* ScheduleSlip: The comic updates "somewhat weekly", but months can pass between updates.
** May be an OrphanedSeries at this point.
* TheSmartGuy: Jakitza Egoski. [[spoiler: Alias the Scroll Troll.]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Jakitza may or may not actually play chess, [[http://nahast.spiderforest.com/archive.php?comic_id=330 but it apparently looks like she does.]]
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Jakitza.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Derrexi indulges in this a couple of times.
* SpiritAdvisor: Thunder to Xu're.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Tzie and Eclipse.]]
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Arrow]]: [[http://nahast.spiderforest.com/archive.php?comic_id=231 Behari.]]
* TheHermit: Master Quitzam, the old wizard up at the lighthouse.
* WarriorPoet: Derrexi, on occasion.
* YouAreNotAlone: Said multiple times, most notably to Behari.
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