That was the risk of my clumsily concocted curse, I suppose: getting stuck with undesirable circumstances and creatures.Ava's Demon
— Wrathia Bellarmina
is a webcomic
, set on distant planets allegedly
1000 years into the future, about a 15 year old girl named Ava Ire. She has the misfortune of being haunted by a demon
named Wrathia Bellarmina, who takes joy in manipulating Ava's actions to make her life as miserable as possible. Only later does Ava learn about Wrathia's true motives, and little does she know how tumultuous her life is to become.
The artwork of each page easily draws the reader into the story, with every page displaying beautifully painted characters and scenery. The comic is played out in "scenes", with each page serving as a frame in the reel of events that unfold. Flash animations accompanied by music sometimes appear.
Currently updates every Monday and Thursday. The first page can be found here
and the author's blog here
. As of late February 2015, the comic consists of fifteen (sixteen in progress) chapters and over 1430 panels.
The character page can be found here.Warning: Spoilers are unmarked. As in literally all of them.
- Alchemy Is Magic: The potion that Wrathia made certainly seems to imply this considering what it does. It binds their soul to the next being that is born in the universe upon the death of the drinker.
- A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: The planet of the school Ava attends does not resemble Earth, and the in-comic year is 3031. Wrathia was originally from a distant galaxy and was in control of "hundreds of galaxies" at the height of her power, which implies interstellar travel is possible.
- Alpha Bitch: Maggie. She crashes Odin's ship, intending for him and Ava to both die in the process. Why? Because Odin insults her. She also throws Ava into a pit of lava. (Granted, it's inside their minds and not physically in real life, but we don't yet know what effect it has on Ava.)
- Although the creator has said that she's got a backstory and isn't quite the bitch she appears to be, so this may be subverted.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Wrathia's race appears to have a variety of different skin colors ranging from her own red/orange to Pedri's purple.
- Ambiguous Time Period: Word of God states that the calendar saying that the year is 3031 in Ava's Demon is not the BCE/CE calender we're familiar with.
- And Then What?: This exchange.
- As You Know: Tuls can't give enough reminders.
- Awesome Art: One of the few exceptions where it's not YMMV.
- Art Evolution: While there was quick evolution between the first and second chapter, compare the soft, slightly hazy look of early chapters to the sharper, more standout colors and lining by later ones, such as chapter 16. Most noticeable between the art of Wrathia in chapter 1 (and her character portrait) compared to later chapters.
- Background Halo: A few. Gil gets one from a conveniently placed TITAN logo here which remains during his conversation with Maggie.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Ava's rather miffed at not having her wish granted.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed:
- Surrendering didn't necessarily guarantee her survival, so Wrathia brewed a cursed wine that would kill her upon consumption, rather than live as a prisoner of TITAN.
- Ava is of the same mindset - she didn't mind death by being impaled on a statue, because it meant that Wrathia hadn't succeeded in one of her suicide attempts. Besides, at least maybe she'd get some pity in death.
- Big "NO!": Odin when he finds out what happened to his ship.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Bound to come up due to the setting. Particularly notable in Gil's flashback when the silent scavengers destroy his homeworld and turn the sea to acid, his muscle tissue is blue, not just his skin.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Assuming that Wrathia's previous husband and Pedri are the same species as Wrathia, the men of her species have three eyes while the women have two.
- Following the assumption above it is also worth noting that Pedri seems to have much longer, more claw-like, fingers than Wrathia in addition to this Pedri is also seen to have fangs when he lifts his mask, while Wrathia is noticeably more human-like.
- Body Horror: Part of what happens when you are stupid enough to make your pact an impossible task.
- Born Unlucky: At the moment Ava was born, the demon Wrathia possessed her and has been bound to her body since then. Because of Wrathia's frustration from being stuck in Ava's frail human body, as well as her refusal to forge a pact, she frequently controls Ava against her will, getting her in constant trouble. This has ruined any possible friendship for Ava, and has recently gotten her expelled from school. There's also the fact that Ava's parents are nowhere to be seen.
- Black Widow: Wrathia has had at least one other husband in the past. The author refuses to say exactly how many.
- Break the Cutie: Poor Ava is constantly tormented by Wrathia, all in an attempt to make her commit suicide. Eventually she snaps.
- Came Back Strong: Ava, as a result of her forming a pact with Wrathia shortly after she died.
- Cessation of Existence: It is all but outright stated by Wrathia that there's no afterlife. Wrathia straight up tells Ava that she won't go anywhere after death and will just dissolve into stardust. That said, souls do exist outside of the body for a short time, or longer if efforts are taken.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A number of Gil's former friends and classmates who briefly appear in his flashback in chapter 5 make their reappearance 11 chapters later in chapter 16, and with it, bring about seemingly slight or larger consequences to the story and background.
- Jerk Ass:
- Wrathia spends most of her time making Ava's life miserable because Ava won't enter a pact with her. The reason she didn't make a pact was because Wrathia never explained what a pact was and refused to speak in sentences longer than a single word prior to Ava's death which is when they finally have a proper conversation.
- Wrathia invokes this with Ava. She used Demonic Possession to make everyone think that Ava's a Jerk Ass.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Tuls and Maggie. Dating is Serious Business.
- When Ava finally drinks the potion given to her by Wrathia. Hoo boy.
- Loser Protagonist: Ava's one former friend thinks she is crazy and hates her guts now. Because of Wrathia's frequent possessions which get Ava into trouble, she is eventually expelled to a "Special Needs" child containment planet.
- Magically Binding Contract: The pacts are a mix of this and deal with the devil. This is why the pacts cannot be defied, because they have a built in deterrent for anyone looking to break the rules although they can be exact-worded a little.
- Making a Splash: Although she hasn't actually used it yet, Nevy can do this. Her associated element is water after all.
- Malevolent Mutilation: The Gates of Paradise RIPS APART whoever's inside of it until they either resemble the template that was created for them or they DIE. All to the tune of disturbingly inappropriate music. It happens to another Follower right in front of Ava. Poor Prudith.
- Meaningful Background Event: Sharp eyed readers can spot Nevy here as she begins to manifest after Gil's rebirth.
- Meaningful Name: All of the character's last names have a meaning to them.
- Meet Cute: Ava and Odin have a second meeting like this. No word yet on what it means for the rest of the comic.
- Mental World: Where demons that make pacts with their hosts reside.
- Mind Screw: The experience of growing up with a demon that no one else can see magically bound to you.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Anyone who has entered a pact, it is a side effect of their being two souls in a single body. An example of this is Ava, who managed to get right back up after being impaled through the chest on a statue after she made a pact with Wrathia.
- Not What It Looks Like: Odin catches Ava looking up Maggie's shirt.
- Odd-Shaped Panel: One panel was split, slantwise, to show two characters at once.
- There are a number of "panels" that are folded, burnt, or otherwise finagled with as one would with a page inside a book. It's unclear if most or any folded etc. panels are supposed to be missing, or making up a "beat" page, though occasionally some are mysterious enough that they MIGHT be implying or foreshadowing something...
- Off Model: Occasionally characters will have 4 fingers instead of 5.
- Our Demons Are Different: Demons in this Webcomic are the ghosts of alien warriors. All of them possess Elemental Powers that seem to match their skin color. Some have horns, some have fangs, some have both.
- Painting the Medium: A great amount of it, from TITAN's followers speaking in a different font, to video updates rather than static panels, and entire updates invoking Interface Screw.
- Playing with Fire: This is Wrathia's associated element, and the power that she gives Ava when they form a pact.
- Power Tattoo: Using the powers gained from a pact causes faint markings to appear on the persons body, the specifics of the marks are usually related to which demon was involved in the pact.
- Rainbow Motif: This is a very colorful cast of characters.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Wrathia is angry her entire body shifts from her usual orange to a much more fearsome red. Ava gets this trait after making her pact with Wrathia.
- Regular Caller: Wrathia, until she decided that she would be better off killing Ava and moving onto another host.
- Religion Is Wrong: Yet another theme of the comic, and it's played to a ludicrous extent. The protagonists are Anti-Heroes themed after the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Big Bad is a Crystal Dragon Jesus God Emperor. Oh, and Wrathia confirms that after you die, you disintegrate into stardust.
- Religious Stereotype: Gil is shaping up to have plenty of these.
- Room Full of Crazy: Tuls' abode has a little bit of this.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Word of God has stated that the various aliens shown are not Human Subspecies and are all a different species. They don't look much different from humans.
- Rules Lawyer: While pacts cannot be defied, or else, the beings negotiating it can twist their words a little.
- Sailor Earth: Wrathia made dozens if not hundreds of soul transferring potions.
- Say My Name: The "I am genuinely surprised to see you," variant.
- Scenery Porn: Gil's home is on a planet with a prominent source of plant life and many errant spirits hanging around in Limbo. Because WOW.
- Seven Deadly Sins: The four demons whose names we know are Wrathia, Nevy, Tuls, and Pedri, and their hosts are, respectively, Ava Ire (which is both a synonym for "anger" in English and derived from the Latin word for wrath, ira), Gil Marverde ("mar" is Spanish for "sea," "verde" is green- Nevy seems to be water-elemental, and the sin of envy is often associated with green), Maggie Lacivi (as in lascivious), and Odin Arrow (sounds like arrogant).
- This is so awesome when you think about it because EACH of the non-demons in the pack ALSO exhibit these sins for instance: Tuls is lust and Maggie is too (look at how fast she started flirting with Gil, is devoted to making her boobs get bigger and has apparently fallen in love SIX times already! She can make fun of Tuls all she wants but that's some lust right there), and Gils coulda picked any profession as a follower but he wanted to be the most reputable social position he could have (and also studied for his exams but became envious of how the other students were doing and didn't mind cheating to have what they had), and though Ava might not seem 'wrathful', we've all seen how if she's pushed hard enough she can give even a super strong alien-queen like Wrathia a run for her money...
- Shout-Out: Ranunculae is another word for "Buttercup" and she's a princess.
- Sinister Scythe: It isn't very prominent but Pedri does have one.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: When Prudith gets her skin and skeleton peeled off like a grape, the notes of a song are written out in midair, but not heard. Turns out the song is Que Sera Sera.
- Speech Impediment: Odin has one in the form of an ever-present stutter.
- Stalker with a Crush: Maggie considers Odin to be this. It is unclear whether he actually has a crush or cares about her for an unknown reason.
- Sugar Bowl: Maggie's Mental World is a fusion of this and The Lost Woods. It's filled with talking flowers and little green pixies that constantly flatter her and make her flower crowns... no matter how much she crushes them with her bare hands.
- Super Empowering: Pacts do this for the living participant regardless of whether it was actually part of the deal or not. Pacts also make the living participant practically immortal due to having two souls in a single body. All of these powers are taken away after the pact is completed unless they are specifically what the person asked for.
- Super Fun Happy Thing of Doom: The Gates of Paradise, as Ava and a rather unfortunate Follower find out, in rather explicit detail.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Wrathia's backstory does evoke a little bit of sympathy for her but most of it is for Pedri and her unhatched child.
- Tears of Joy: Wrathia thinks Ava should weep these over the planet's destruction.
- Tempting Fate: A Follower unknowingly does it here on page 1287. What happens next is horrifying.
- Theme Naming:
- Each of the (living) characters' last names relate to one of the seven deadly sins.
- Odin has a pair of twin sisters named Crow and Raven. Sound familiar?
- The Stoic: Odin Arrow never seems to be fazed by anything, no matter how grim the situation seems. His facial expression is one of perpetual seriousness, and rarely has any emotional outbursts.
- Timed Mission: All pacts are this albeit relaxed ones since the pact members are effectively immortal and they have until circumstances render it impossible to complete.
- Tortured Monster: This is what Ava and Wrathia will become if they do not properly complete their pact.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Ava goes into one after her planet is destroyed.
- Vague Age: Applies to Odin, up until Crow confirms his age to be 18.
- War Refugees: Gil tells Ava that TITAN succors them.
- Wham Episode: When the ship crashes and Ava is impaled on a statue, killing her.
- Wham Shot: Observe.
- When It All Began: The story kicked off when TITAN seized every one of Wrathia's galaxies within a single night and demanded she join him in surrender or he would destroy every last planet and take her and her husband prisoner.