Webcomic / Earthsong

A young woman (later) named Willow awakens to find herself on a mystical world with no memories of her former life. She soon discovers that not only are the residents of this world fantastical creatures of ancient lore, but the planet itself is alive and conscious... and in grave danger! Caught in the middle of a terrible struggle, Willow must come to terms with a harsh reality not of her own choosing.

Available to read here.


Earthsong contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: All the women in the story to some capacity, minus Earthsong and Willow, due to the story taking place in a time of war. Fighting in the war is essentially the choice that all the soulstone children face upon their arrival to Earthsong - if they don't wish to, they are sent home with no questions asked.
  • All Myths Are True: Actually attempts to justify the existence of all myths in the first place. After a resident of Earthsong is sent back home, they receive an imperfect mindwipe of all the time they spent there. It works well enough, but they tend to still see flashes of memories, maybe not often or vivid enough to think that they actually saw these creatures, but enough that they can translate the images and basic traits into stories, passed down through the ages.
  • All Planets Are Earthlike: Strictly, the other way around. We never see aliens from non-Earthlike planets because planets have to make themselves Earthlike should they wish to support life. And Gaia, one of the three Alpha Planets, is Earth.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Nanashi, having channeled the power of the Sidera/stars, can use a number of species' Soulstone abilities.
  • And I Must Scream: The human that works with Beluosus uses his telepathic ability to line up Earthsong's fighters to allow Beluosus to rip their soulstones out of his chest.
  • Amazon Brigade: Haven's Guard, with the exception of Zaebos (and technically the numerous species that have only one gender, although they all tend to have pretty feminine characteristics). Zaebos theorizes that, due to the link between the power of Soulstones and a planet's Eve, the shards are drawn to women most of the time.
  • Animesque
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the Mandragora, especially Tristram. They are kept against their will and fear for their lives. Beluosus constantly lies to them to ensure their compliance, and in the end, eats their Soulstones.
  • Art Evolution
  • The Atoner: Tristram is this by default even when he's on Beluosus' side of the conflict because his remnant is literally of him sucking the life of an innocent victim. There's another layer of this once he joins Haven's Guard.
    • Tengu falls into this once we find out her remnant, which was previously believed to be that of her promotion to general, is actually of her being court martialed and sentenced to death for a crime she doesn't remember. She begs Nanashi to allow her to die on Earthsong's surface as a hero since she has only has another death waiting for her back home.
  • Axe Crazy: Skogul certainly comes off this way.
  • Badass Bookworm: Zaebos.
  • Badass Normal: Not any more, but Nanashi started out as this, hitting a god in the head with a stick. She was even able to stop Beluosus from absorbing her Soulstone through sheer willpower.
  • Berserk Button / Beware the Nice Ones: Earthsong. Do NOT threaten her Eve.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Willow turns out to have the very power that can destroy Beluosus.
    • Zaebos lets loose the full extent of his pyromantic ability when Morgan threatens a wounded K'Thonya.
  • Blow You Away: Skogul.
  • Body to Jewel: Soulstones are crystalized parts of sentient planets.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Zaebos, about K'Thonya.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Nanashi subtly uses what turns out to be the soulstone power of Gaia's children, humans: telepathy and mind control. She considers it cowardly and avoids it, but when Beluosus recruits a human, it's shown to be devastatingly powerful.
  • Cute Bruiser: Alyss is a villainous example.
  • Cute Little Fangs: K'Thonya, Felucca, Neuria, Tristram...the list goes on.
  • Damsel in Distress: Willow. Understandable, since at the beginning of the story, she's literally a few minutes old.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tengu.
  • Dirty Coward: Many of the characters' interpretation of Tristram - the Mandragora don't trust him because he refuses to actively fight, and Nanashi doesn't trust anyone that used to be a Mandragora. Even the entry that Willow reads of him in the Mangrimoire apparently states outright that he avoids fights and is a coward.
  • Elemental Powers: Zaebos, Skogul, Tengu, K'Thonya and Tristram.
  • Exploring the Evil Lair: Subverted. Willow tries to do this, and Tristram doesn't exactly stop her, but does point out that she could easily get lost and starve in the maze of caves that is his hideout, so she decides to stay put for when help arrives.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: For those with soulstones that didn't live ideal lives on their homeworld, being sent home is this.
    • It is eventually revealed that Beluosus consumes the soulstones of those who refuse to fight for him (and later on, even his own soldiers) to sustain himself on Earthsong. The process is essentially Beluosus ripping their soulstones from their still living bodies.
    • Tristram is outright threatened with the prospect of being sent home - the practices of his world disgusts him and his remnant is entirely about how his world's practices caused him to kill another and go against everything he believes in and fights for.
    • Skogul reveals that Alyss' remnant was of her being beaten to death by people on her planet who owned her as a slave and that Nanashi has just sent her back to that reality.
    • Tengu, due to her remnant being of her being court-martialed and sentenced to death - she was going to die either way, but she asks Nanashi to allow her to die on Earthsong's surface, where she is a hero.
  • First Kiss: K'Thonya's remnant.
  • Fish out of Water: Everyone who arrives on Earthsong in general, Willow, as the point-of-view character, in particular.
  • For the Evulz: Neuria
  • Fur Against Fang: Downplayed, but vampire Tristram does not want anything to do with his werewolf stalker Neuria. Also averts the usual "werewolves are strength, vampires are speed" aspect of this trope, as Neuria is the one with Super Speed instead (while Tristram has Healing Hands).
  • Genius Loci: Earthsong. All planets, in actual fact. And stars.
  • Genki Girl: Felucca.
  • Glowing Eyes: Whenever a planet's avatar (ie: Earthsong) uses their powers or a given planet's child uses their soulstone power, their eyes are glowing. Nanashi's eyes also glow when she's using the power of the Sidera. Or in one case, using her native power of telepathy.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Due to being a fairy, Tengu getting hit by an arrow results in her near complete bisection.
  • Handsome Lech: Jormand.
  • Healing Hands: Tristram. The Soulstone powers of the vampire race drain energy, but can also be put to this use.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Being incapacitated and knowing that she's a core part of Beluosus' plan in some way due to her connection to the Sidera, Nanashi goads Skogul into taking her revenge, resulting in her killing Nanashi.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Beluosus has suffered this twice at the hands of his Eves; unsurprising, given that the same powers he needs them to use to turn him into a star could also be used to destroy him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Drives Nanashi's style of fighting as well as her way of life. This ultimately leads to her downfall in the long run: Her soulstone's ability is telepathy but she refuses to use it actively in a fight because it involves taking away someone's ability to choose. Her lack of use of this power ultimately causes her to fall to another human, whose ability is strengthened due to constant use by Beluosus.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: It's implied that Ulkurz eats the bodies of casualties in the fights between Haven's Guard and the Mangragora.
    • The Spinster does manage to chomp on Ulkurz... only to spit him out because he tasted disgusting.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Spinster and Nanashi, resulting in their deaths. Anyone Nanashi stabs with the Sideran swords are as well, but this results in them being sent back to their home world to resume their lives rather than dying.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Zaebos is the only male member of Haven's Guard.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Neuria loves that Tristram's ability literally sucks the life out of people (even if there's really no actual carnage involved and Tristram himself is very uncomfortable actually using this power).
  • Invisibility: Nanashi.
  • Intangible Man: Ulkurz.
  • Jerk Ass: Most of the Mandragoras, so far. Morgan and Ulkurz stand out in particular.
    • Nanashi is a heroic version. She dutifully serves Earthsong, but tends to treat people and their feelings with contempt and doesn't care about 'a little girl's feelings' when Willow finds out they were lying to her. Gwendolyn as well for calling Willow 'as dangerous as a ball of fluff and half as useful'.
  • Killed Off for Real: Morgan, Ulkurz, Tengu, The Spinster, Nanashi, and whoever else Beluosus ate to maintain his existence.
  • Knight Templar: Nanashi's top priority is the safety of Earthsong, and she will go to extremes to ensure her safety. However, she refused to ever use her mind control abilities.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: All newcomers to Earthsong.
  • Life Energy
  • Limited Wardrobe: Apparently, most of the guard have multiple identical sets of clothing. Explained as Nanashi having been generally disapproving of such 'diversions' before Willow helps her start to lighten up.
  • Longing Look: Jormand seems to have a thing for Neuria.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Haven's Guard are absolutely stumped as to what species Willow is and what her powers are. Their solution to this is to 'assign' Felucca to Willow to keep her distracted, and then secretly hold meetings behind her back to figure out what she is, if she's a threat, and if she has any use to them, rather than help Willow figure out who she is. Understandably, Willow doesn't take it well when she finds out.
  • Meaningful Name: Virtually everyone has a meaningful name, based on the namer's (Nanashi, a Japanese meaningful name in itself) assessment of their character or species.
  • Mind over Matter: Nanashi.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Soulstones
  • More Than Mind Control: Gwendolyn falls prey to Beluosus' human's telepathy, not because she lacked the willpower to resist him, but because she was so mentally exhausted from fighting a war that kept her away from her newborn child whom she remembers from her remnant.
  • Motor Mouth: Felucca.
  • Neutral No Longer: The Spinster that makes the clothes for Willow's ball sides himself with Earthsong and the rest of Haven's Guard due to his new attachment to Willow.
  • New First Comics: The Redux, covering 20 pages.
  • No Biological Sex: Tengu, along with the rest of her species.
  • Noodle Incident: "If such is not the case, I will have no qualms about informing Nanashi just WHO was responsible for the 'noodle incident.'"
  • Older Than They Look: People don't age on Earthsong, so nearly everyone fits here. The most obvious example is Alyss, who looks about ten.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Each race is based on some mythical creature, so the list is huge, including dragons, elves, faeries, demons, gorgons, harpies, goblins, giants, all the way up to Hindu gods. (Case in point: Alyss is a prepubescent giant...meaning that she's stuck at less than half her ten-foot adult height.)
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Tristram's species.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Neuria's species.
  • Parental Favoritism: Earthsong to Willow, her Eve and real daughter. Nanashi is quickly being shunted to the side.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Gwen.
  • Personality Powers: In spades.
  • Petting Zoo People: Most look like variations on humans, but several are humanoid-animal hybrids, including Skogul and Oliblish's children.
  • Playing with Fire: Zaebos.
  • Prehensile Hair: K'Thonya, whose race inspired the Medusa myth on Earth.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Felucca.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Let. Her. GO!"
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: From a giant humanoid spider, no less.
  • Put on a Bus: Any character who is sent back to their lives on their home planet by Earthsong or Nanashi is permanently removed from the story, as they have no way of returning to Earthsong's planet (and they may not even remember their lives there anyway).
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Poor, poor Richard. The character, killed off (well, sent home, but near enough) within the first 25 pages, was designed after a co-worker of the creator, who wanted to feature in the comic.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Tengu, The Spinster, and Nanashi all die (DIE, not sent home) in quick succession to show just how serious it is that Beluosus has a human under his control.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Neuria and Jormund ditch Beluosus once they realize he consumed Morgan and Ulkurz to sustain himself.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Where does the rest of Felucca come from when she goes all dragony?
  • Shock and Awe: Tengu.
  • Shout-Out: Felucca is based off the characters of Gargoyles.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Beluosus's firstborn, Quelyn, threw a planet-sized one when he was rejected from the role of Stonekeeper due to already having created an Eve, making her 'superfluous'.
  • Super Mode: Felucca's power.
  • Super Senses: Gwen's power (specifically, sight).
  • Super Speed: Neuria.
  • Team Shot: We get two.
  • Telepathy: The long-speculated-on human Soulstone power, recently confirmed. Also an ability of Spinster's race, but to a lesser extent.
  • The One Guy: Zaebos.
  • Time Travel: So, people are zapped away from their own planets to Earthsong in the present, then they are given the opportunity to stay on Earthsong for hundreds of years without aging, then when/if they decide to go home they get sent back in time to the instant they left, presumably because the Planet/God would get lonely if everyone ran home as soon as possible because their loved ones (who they can't actually remember, they just have to assume that they have some) think that they've vanished off the face of the earth (which would be true in this case, but still...)
  • Translator Microbes: Being on Earthsong allows her to psychically translate all speech into a common language. However, writing remains in the writer's original language, but the Translator Microbes allow it to be read by all as long as someone's there who understands it.
  • Tuckerization: See Sacrificial Lamb.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Sidera.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Felucca.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Willow has a moment of righteous calling-out on Haven's Guard for holding secret meetings behind her back where they callously assumed she was either a spy, a possible threat (or was too pathetic to be a threat) or maybe a useful tool for them to use.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Zaebos is concerned that whatever he may pursue with K'Thonya may fall under this, as it is widely known among everyone in Haven's Guard that K'Thonya's remnant is of her first kiss.


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