Kubera Leez is a happy-go-lucky girl who has never left her isolated village for all of her life. Everything changes on her 16th birthday when the village is destroyed, and she gets taken in by the unfriendly mage Asha.A fantasy/action Korean Webtoon about the ordeals and destiny of a girl with the name of a God. Names of deities and elements of Hindu Mythology were borrowed to create a distinctive and original fantasy setting. It is being serialized here in Korean. The author's blog is routinely updated with new information about the world and the characters; it contains major spoilers for those who have not caught up with the story yet.Has a characters page that need a lot more Wiki Magic.
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The Ace: Asha — on the surface, at least. In reality, it may have involved a Deal with the Devil. It certainly includes a hefty price tag, one that is expected to inevitably destroy everyone close to her. But she is willing to go through with it anyway. For revenge.
Actually, I Am Him: While wandering around looking for the Priestess of Chaos (to kill her and take down the barrier), Gandharva is taken in by Teo Rakan, a wealthy young Quarter who slowly becomes the only human he has ever sympathized with. Then he asks who the Priestess is, and she casually says she's sitting right in front of him.
All There in the Manual: The author's blog gives a few more background details that aren't necessary for fully understanding the series, such as the birth attributes of minor characters, more details on gods mentioned offhand, and so on.
Anti-Magic: The Chaos Clan's trademark. Look into their eyes, and all your magic shuts off like a light. The stronger ones can even permanently seal individual transcendentals. Human Chaos magic users used to be able to dabble in this sort of thing, but with the disappearance of the goddess Kali, the Chaos attribute no longer exists. Or does it? Teo is shown to have used Chaos silent magic in her fight against Pingara (final chapter in Enmity arc), alarming Sagara, who claims that it should be impossible.
Bad Future: Every vision of Leez' future so far has implied this, showing her alone in a vast wasteland; one of the earliest Foresights we get of her future is her telling someone that she would have been happier if she died as a child.
Bifauxnen: Asha. When she was younger and wore short hair and boy's clothes, it was understandable. But she is still constantly mistaken for male even when she has longer hair and a skirt. Ran just thought she was a male trendsetter.
Big Badass Bird of Prey: Maruna is the biggest example in the series, but other members of the Garuda Clan also count. The occasional Half-Garuda can manifest wings, but these are very rare.
Bishonen Line: Upani start out as entirely-inhuman monsters, but gain the ability to turn human as they age and grow more powerful; the more powerful Rakshasa and Nastika are born with a human form, which means that the ability to turn human is a sign that a Sura is extremely powerful. It's averted, however, in that they need to transform into more inhuman One-Winged Angel forms to use their full power.
Black Hole Belly: Yuta. Special mention goes to Season 2 Chapter 9, where he seems to absorb vaporized blood.
Amplifier Artifact: Although it serves as a Power Limiter, it also lets you raise your strength beyond normal by expending Vigor, and also vastly increases your divine affinity simply by wearing it, to the point of allowing someone who was otherwise utterly without magical skill to serve as the Priest of Earth.
Auto-Revive: Regeneration will bring you back from the dead if you die, though this expands all your vigor.
Attack Reflector: Counterattack can reflect transcendental attacks if you can pay vigor proportional to their power.
Razor Sharp Hand: Perforating Hit allows you to cut people in half with your unarmed attacks.
Razor Wind: Some users managed to use Perforating Hit like this.
And finally, Pushforce allows you to send everything and everyone nearby flying away from you.
Cosmic Chess Game: It is heavily implied that quite a few major players have manipulated both people and events across the plot for their own ends.
Crapsack World: You have immortal gods on one side, powerful sura on the other, and poor humans caught in the middle. Whole worlds have been destroyed by their feuds.
Creator Cameo: The author's Currygom character (an orange, curry-colored bear) makes multiple appearances in random roles. See here for a glimpse at every appearance during season 1.
Cryptic Conversation: Anything related to Asha's backstory or ultimate goals, the Power of Name, or Ananta's death is discussed entirely in these terms, even in situations where everyone present knows exactly what's going on. Enforced with Asha; her discussion with Yuta implies that there are things she's physically unable to talk about for whatever reason, though Yuta says he's smart enough to fill in the blanks. Even then, we miss the important parts of the conversation, preventing us from doing the same.
Curtains Match the Window: Most of the main characters. Leez has teal hair and green eyes; Asha has light gray-blue hair and blue-gray eyes. Word of Godsays most humans have matching hair and eye colors.
Even pointed out in-story: when Maruna briefly snatches Agwen in a failed attempt to use her as a hostage against her father, he notes that her hair and eye colors are different so she was probably a Quarter and therefore should be Kasak's daughter. Except Kasak is a dragon and the dulled emotions of their sura race seem to mean anger is dominant over things like love, concern, and worry.
Disappeared Dad: Rao Leez. When Leez was growing up, her mother constantly told her that her dad was still alive out there somewhere. Last time he was seen was on a refugee ship, crying over how he'd never be able to hold his daughter. He mysteriously disappeared on the way to his destination.
Divine Parentage: Yuta's mother is (was?) the goddess Kali. Taraka is just a simulacrum she left behind to provide some stability to her child's life and to protect him from anyone who didn't want to risk letting Kali's "masterpiece" grow into a threat. Not without good reason, given Kali's off-screen record of destruction as the goddess of chaos.
Dramatic Irony: When Teo looks up information on Gandharva, the book goes on for ages about a lot of meaningless statistics and history which have no relevance to the plot; it also mentions, in a footnote, that Gandharva has a daughter who is so weak and unimportant that even her name is not recorded. Of course, since in the present day all of Gandharva's actions are centered around the hope that she might be alive, the reader knows that Gandharva's daughter is in fact the single most important part of his biography.
Dual Age Modes: Gods and Nastika (top sura) can change their apparent age at will.
Fanboy/Fangirl: In-universe example. Asha collects them like stamps wherever she goes, whether she wants to or not. Brillith has a few herself (Agni pretended to be one when he was caught in the Temple). It's hinted that any Priest/ess or top-grade magician gets a following, possibly even Claus.
Fantastic Racism: Against "Halves", half-sura half-human creatures. The "Quarters", who are only about 25% sura, are treated as equals by humans. It's eventually revealed that the reason for it is because Halves are affected by the mindset of the leader of the sura tribe they are born from, to the point that it can totally override their personality in extreme situations. During the Cataclysm, every single Half went on a horrifically murderous rampage as a result.
Then again during another attack during the story. Sagara intentionally baits Gandharva about his daughter, causing the Gandharva Halfs to rampage during the attack on Kalibloom.
First Kiss: Between Yuta & Leez except it quickly goes south when Yuta ends up eating her face, quite *literally*. Fortunately the Golden Knight auto-revives her from death but it's still nightmare inducing, including for Yuta who is immediately horrified by what he's done.
Fisher King: The mood of the king or queen of a Sura tribe affects both Halves and lesser Sura, so a weak or emotional king can cause widespread devastation simply by being king. In N0, this contributed to worldwide catastrophe as every Half went berserk, which contributes to much of the racism against Halves today.
The Neutral Bow was shown in Season 1 chapter 64, more than forty chapters (and nearly a year and half in real-life serialization) before it was introduced in the story.
Way back in the very first chapter, someone mentions how they were disappointed that Rao Leez's only child was a daughter, since they thought it meant the world missed out on another great warrior, but was satisfied when they saw Kubera Leez's great strength. A copy of Rao Leez's book is also shown within the first few panels. Just how great and famous a warrior Leez's father was, though, isn't revealed for over a hundred chapters.
All of the gods have a power called insight, which allows them to read human minds and see their future. Almost every time Leez meets a god, they have some insight about her future, foreshadowing the overall plot; most of these, unfortunately, are of what seems to be a Bad Future.
Functional Magic: The magic that humans use is power borrowed from the gods. Apparently they used to be able to borrow power from sura, but that stopped after the Cataclysm, when many of the rules changed.
Future Badass: What brief hints we've gotten of Leez's future is she's going to become a force to be reckoned with; they include visions of her fighting massive hordes of Sura alone, and threatening to kill a god if he doesn't leave her alone.
Girliness Upgrade: Surprisingly, Asha, before the series began. She used to be much more of a tomboy.
Gravity Master: "Mister" (the god Kubera) and, by extension, anybody using transcendental magic related to the domain of Kubera or just of the element "Earth". Slightly more justified than most examples, seeing as he does seem to actually manipulate the density, resistance, regeneration and mass of localised physical bodies, rather than "gravity", as such. The Required Secondary Powers of Made of Iron is the whole point to the Hoti Kubera spell, as well. It's useful should you accidentally flatten yourself or launch yourself into orbit when using other spells.
Hard Head: Ran Sairofe. Falling rocks break when they make contact with his head.
Healing Factor: One of the easier transcendentals the user of the Golden Knight has access to allows the wearer to recover from mortal damage (provided that they have vigor at time of injury).
Heroic BSOD: Yuta, after he realized that the sura who destroyed Leez's village was his half-brother Maruna. Also after he realises that Gandharva has taken sura form in the human realm, something that should be impossible. He'd been tempted to eat him earlier.
Heroic Sacrifice: Early in the second season, Yuta lets himself get caught by the Hide of Bondage to protect Leez.
Hindu Mythology: Though it seems it is more Vedic than Hindu - ultimately, those two mythologies share a whole lot anyway, so it's the same difference.
Yuta, as well as any other Chaos Clan sura. They're known for eating anything and everything, preferably alive.
Any sura who is not a Nastika can suffer from this if they've been using their transcendentals a lot. The only way for them to regain vigour quickly is to eat sentient beings big and powerful enough for a boost, as, unlike the Nastika, lesser sura don't automatically regain vigour just by resting.
Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: The Crescent Gate transcendental, which Kasak uses for fast movement, apparently involves traveling through a realm controlled by the Chaos clan of Sura, making it potentially very dangerous.
An Ice Person: Gandharva, along with anything to do with water. His rival and Asktika counterpart Varuna is the opposite, preferring water but being fully capable of using ice as well when the situation arises.
Inept Mage: Ran, since he has a tendency to do magic without running through the necessary calculations first.
Immortality: Comes in several different flavors for the sura and the gods.
Any poor human soul who has ever struck it "lucky" with a sura or a god. Or even a Half or a Quarter, for that matter. Currygom has made it more than clear that these age gaps very rarely end well, with broken hearts for everybody involved. Ran's parents are an excellent example, as are Kasak's.
Agni and Brillith are slowly and awkwardly moving in this direction, against Agni's better judgement.
Leez doesn't seem to be aware that Yuta is interested in her, which would inevitably lead to this. If he can keep control of himself, that is. Also, it might not be quite as mayfly-like as he might think it, all things considered.
Mana: In addition to the limit of vigor, magic users are limited to a certain number of uses of each spell per day. They start at one per day, with higher amounts if their birth attributes match, and can increase their max daily usage by repeatedly practicing the spell.
This becomes important when Ran needs to heal a test administrator to unlock a temple door. Since he doesn't have any matching attributes and he hadn't been inclined to practice it because it's a difficult spell, he had just one shot to revive the test administrator. It doesn't work, much to Leez's misfortune.
Meaningful Name: The Arc Words "the Power of the Name" make it clear that for some characters, their name is more than just a name.
Unpronounceable Alias: When Leez met Gandharva. "Ketergent": a fine name for a bathroom cleaner that whacks limescale, that.
Moral Myopia: Most people in this series, whatever their race, have some form of this going on to a degree. Whether it's Grey and Gray MoralityBlue and Orange Morality, they'll probably also have some degree of "if it's me, it's OK" layered on top. Even the lighter, fluffier Leez is not immune to irrational (only partly justified) sura-hate. Riche, however, takes things to extremes: everything and anything is fine and justifiable, just as long as she, her money and her possessions come out OK... and, she makes a small profit on the side, of course.
Morphic Resonance: Sura in human form (and Halves) have a part of their body that retain sura characteristics.
My Beloved Smother: Taraka to Yuta, who also says his love for Leez is a form of twisted, suppressed hunger.
Not Growing Up Sucks: Ask any Half or Quarter with a pureblood human parent that they end up watching die in fast-forward from their perspective.
Despite being on opposite sides of the God/Nastika divide and the elemental divide, Gandharva and Agni wouldn't mind just hanging out instead.
Agni later manages to forge an alliance with Kasak, which he insists on referring to as "Team God-nim and Dragonny." Agni is pretty much just a bro waiting for a Bromance.
Older than They Look: Quarters and Halves age much slower than ordinary humans; Halves, due to their increased sura blood, age at one-quarter human rate, while Quarters age at one-half.
One-Winged Angel: Nastika and Rakshasa have the power to transform into incredibly powerful (and usually giant-sized) inhuman forms for combat. In the modern era, Nastika, despite being more powerful in theory, are normally unable to transform in the human realm.
Only Mostly Dead: Preserving the body of a human who has recently died (preferably in ice) so that their deaths may be reversed with Hoti Visnu is the only revealed method (so far) of bringing back the dead short of asking Yama nicely (or beating the crap out of him if you have the muscle for it).
Painting the Medium: When the magicians cast spells, the spells are in colored speech bubbles and different fonts to indicate they do something. A spell that didn't work will appear in regular white speech bubbles, so we know it's just a someone attempting (and failing) to cast a spell.
Most traditionally, there is Divine Affinity (measuring a human's ability to call on divine power, and therefore their skill as a magician) and Transcendental value (measuring inherent supernatural power used to activate Transcendental attacks, either innately or via artifacts). Sura, Halves, and some Quarters have a Divine Affinity of 0 (as does Leez, for unknown reasons.) Meters exist capable of measuring exact values for either, although some are flawed or limited and can therefore give inaccurate values.
Magicians are also ranked using a test, using letter values going up to AA; these ratings don't always reflect a magician's true capabilities, either because of mistakes in the test or because they simply weren't trying. Also, a portion of the magician ranking test can only be taken if you have a triple birth attribute, meaning a large majority of the population aren't even allowed to try for AA (due to safety concerns relating to the backlash from maintaining city barriers). Asha is an example of how the ranking system can be misleading because, despite being only A+(+) rank she was able to change the attributes of Atera's barrier, something not normally considered possible. She is implied to be actually better than the elite AA magicians, of which there are only 4 in the world.
Sura are ranked according to their generation and their stage of development within that generation.
Gods are apparently ranked according to their enlightenment, with 5th Zen gods being the highest (aside from Primeval Gods, which are actually a different order of being entirely.) However, only 5th Zen gods have had more than momentary appearances in the comic so far, so this rating rarely matters.
Fighter's guilds apparently also rank fighters in orders of strength, although this hasn't gotten more than an offhand mention.
Our Mages Are Different: It seems like people can simply be trained to use magic, as long as they get the proper schooling in the magical theory and necessary calculations. However, their natural divine affinity affects how much they'll be able to accomplish with their spells, along with the birth attribute multiplier, so there is definitely still a luck component involved.
Yuta's eyes can nullify any Transcendental techniques in the range of his vision.
The Chaos barrier is also this, disabling all offensive Transcendentals within its range. In fact, Anti-Magic is Chaos' whole area of expertise. Alongside a lesser boost in physical shielding for the not-so-easy to use human Magics based on it.
Power Limiter: The Golden Knight bracelet Leez ends up with is a combination of this and an Upgrade Artifact; when it's turned off, it drains her strength (though she's still noticeably stronger than a normal human), but when it's activated, it enhances it.
Really 700 Years Old: Deities and high-ranking sura maintain a youthful appearance despite generally being centuries old at the low end. Yuta, who looks 12-13 years old, is at least three hundred, while his elder half-brother Maruna is more than a thousand years old but looks like a late-teen. The fact that the nastika adults treat him like a child says much about how old they are. In general among high-ranking sura your developmental stage seems to be considered more important than your age in years; it's also what determines how physically old you appear.
What motivates both Asha and Leez. It remains to be seen whether their goals will be achieved, and how.
One of the futures Agni sees when using Insight on Leez implies that she will eventually decide that there was never really anything for her to seek revenge for in the first place — though she doesn't seem at all happy about it. Although it's unknown if that future will actually come about.
Scary Teeth: Yuta. The first hint of his ...unusual... dental structure appears in Chapter 56. It's a little bit difficult to make out, but he has rows and rows of sharp teeth. You can see this a bit more clearly in Season 2 Chapter 31.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Asha has such good connections that she can literally murder people who she finds morally offensive and have it written off as a magical accident. Later on, this extends to threatening to murder one of the only four AA ranked magicians in the world, one of the most important people on the planet, while calmly stating that her connections will let her get away with it. Though in fairness, he had just put a murder curse on her friend, so that would have helped justify it in the eyes of the law.
Riche. Dear gods, Riche: she just oozes self-congratulatory slime, even after Yuta casually breaks out of her torture chamber basement, destroying multiple god-level items in the process (a feat that is supposed to be impossible).
Claude is... a debatable case. Doing what he did to Leez wasn't particularly nice. Or well thought out.
Sagara is probably an example herself (as well as a literal example). Time will tell, however, since her plans haven't quite blown up in her face yet.
Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Taraka says that unlike other sura, the Chaos Clan instinctively attack strong prey while they are weak for some reason. She claims that this is the real reason Yuta is interested in Leez; he subconsciously understands she's going to be an unspeakably powerful Future Badass, and wants to eat her NOW, before she gets strong. Worryingly, this gets semi-confirmation when he later spots Gandharva in circumstances that could mimic what she described: Only his epic self-control meant he didn't act on it.
The Faceless: Done in several ways. Characters are shown as their full silhouettes long before they are properly introduced within the story. Panels that tell a story within the story usually feature the characters with their faces in shadow. Minor characters are often drawn with their eyes hidden under their bangs multiple times before they are truly introduced to the audience. Future and past visions depict the characters from the back. Then there's Haas Rehn, who is drawn as a blue stick figure in most of his appearances.
The god Kubera has her beat, though. Agni, who has known him for millions of years, isn't sure he's ever smiled. He, too, has moments where he shows emotion, though.
Every dragon and dragon-half is this way, since dragons have almost no emotions... although some of them show one emotion very strongly, such as Taksaka's anger.
Stepford Smiler: Leez. Despite her outward ditziness and cheer, she's actually a Broken Bird after what happened to her village. Gods are generally the only ones who can notice.
Tempting Fate: Sagara can't catch a break with this. First she confidently says that no matter how angry he is at her, Gandharva isn't a threat because he can't take sura form in the human world. Cue her second in command asking if she's sure about that, as she points to the giant sura-form Gandhavra looming right behind her. Then, apparently having not learned her lesson, she says that it's fine, Gandharva is certainly too weak to use any of his unique transcendentals, which he immediately proceeds to do.
Kubera and Curry Mushrooms. Agni and persimmons (preferably homemade and flash-dried).
The author, Currygom and curry.
Training The Gift Of Magic: The vocal component of spells are pretty simple, really just Hoti/Bhavati [insert name of god here]. However, getting them to work requires calculation and seeing the form of the spell. Hence why an untrained human like Leez couldn't get Hoti Kubera to work just by shouting the words. She'd never even seen the spell in action, much less understand the calculations behind it.
Unequal Pairing: As romantic as it might sound, when a human or Quarter falls in love with either an Astika a Nastika or any form of sura (or visa versa), they're not equal by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it often sucks for both. Keep in mind that, although all superior sura have humanoid forms, they are actually more like Cuthulu. Take the good ship Gandharva/Teo: The smallest sura-form he's ever been seen in is the size of a mountain (as in Olympus Mons, not Everest), while she's normal-sized.
Unskilled, but Strong: Leez has never been to school and didn't study magic, but her punches can send a grown man flying, and she can break walls in her sleep. It is mentioned several times that her full strength will easily kill a normal person, but she has been lucky so far that everyone she's been with have been tough enough to handle it.
Unusual Ears: Seen on some halves and human-form sura. Elwin has bunny ears, Shuri has fox ears, Maruna has ...feathery flappy ear..thingies?
Vagueness Is Coming: Every Insight into Leez' future is like this, revealing a Bad Future where she suffers some fate horrible enough to wish that she had died instead, but without the slightest detail on what happened. In one of them, Future!Leez is taunting a god for his inability to have foreseen what was really important.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: The higher-ranked sura are capable of shapeshifting between their sura and humanoid forms. Some "Halves" are also capable of transforming to a sura form.
Well, This Is Not That Trope: Maruna's flashback of Shakuntala has young-Maruna angrily declaring that he wishes he could skip past the boring parts of growing up, and Shakuntala, who he was implied to have a childhood crush on, warning him that he may wish he could have these moments back when he's an adult. Then the flashback ends, and adult-Maruna thinks... that the time he spent with her is not the time he wishes he could return to.