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Webcomic: Off-White

"In every kind exists two guardians - a white and a black spirit which not only keep the balance in their own species but also in the whole world by fulfilling tasks given to them at the beginning of time."

OFF-WHITE is a fantasy webcomic by Anna Podedworna and Katarzyna Redesiuk. The world in which the story takes place is a mixture of interpreted Norse Mythology and original ideas. The comic revolves around a pack of wolves led by their alpha to meet a mysterious sage, who will decide the destiny of the youngest member of the group, Iki.

In this world, among all living beings is a White Spirit and a Black Spirit. Their purpose is to keep the balance between the other spirits of their species. The humans of this world have lost their White Spirit and are now seeking the wolves' as a replacement, after trying various other animals, which all ended in failure. Albert and Seven are the agents sent to track the wolves and capture the White Spirit wolf.

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Tropes:

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Hati goes from a hellish red masked form to something more normal and less fierce for Iki.
  • After The End Of Human Society As We Know It. Usual for most stories with this trope, the focus is not on the remnants of humanity (though they do play a part) but on the wolves, the "brother species" of humans.
  • Animalistic Animals: The physique of wolves (and other animals) in the comic is displayed in a realistic way.
  • Animal Talk: This is subverted. Birds don't talk, or at least, not the same language as wolves, normally. Iki is shocked when he can understand Hati's raven friends/servants.
  • Anyone Can Die: Pups and main characters are not immune to death in this comic.
  • Art Evolution: And how! Just compare this and this.
  • Art Shift:
  • Artistic License - Biology
    • A conversation between Othala and Raigho seems to suggests that a female leading a pack is unusual. In reality, a wolf pack has two leaders (called alphas), and the female alpha is more likely to be dominate over the male alpha than vice versa.
    • The pack is shown hunting a bull elk. This is (possible but) unlikely because wolves, like most predators, usually target the sick, the young, the weak and anything else less hard to catch then a healthy adult antlered animal.
    • Iki and a raven has Occult Blue Eyes, while another raven has Red Eyes, mostly note  unnatural colors for those animals. This is intentional, it indicates the color of their spirits.
    • Raigho goes on a tangent on how filthy and disgusting ravens are. Considering how often ravens and wolves interact, and even play together, this can come across as a bit jarring. Of course, this is part of his Suspiciously Specific Denial.
    • In the world of Off-White, humans normally can't have blue eyes at all. This is necessary for the plot to work, because White Spirits are indicated by their blue eyes. If humans could have blue eyes in this comic, they would have no way of knowing that the human White Spirit is gone, something that drives much of the plot.
  • Badass:
    • Sköll has been fighting for the last 300 years.
    • Hati.
    • The snow leopard.
  • Bizarre Seasons: The winter has lasted for over three centuries for as yet unrevealed reason.
  • Body Swap: The humans want to transfer the white spirit wolf's spirit into a human body to bring back the balance that was lost when the human white spirit disappeared. It must be a wolf because the only thing they have to go by is an old legend that pairs wolves and man together as being created at the same time.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick / Imagine Spot: Things that Seven wants include pretty shoes, comic books, frag grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher.
  • Cain and Abel: Sköll and Hati.
  • Came Back Wrong: At least according to Skoll's rant, resurrecting Raigho would result in him being an abomination.
  • Creation Myth: Elaborated in the prologue.
  • Creepy Crows: Ravens are the minions of the dark wolf spirit.
  • Easter Egg:
    • There is a hidden page. We won't give away how to find it, in respect of the the authors wishes, but we can give a hint: Try clicking around the wolves on the main page on thewebsite of the comic.
    • Before Hati appeared in the comic, if you clicked a certain area a picture would appear of him with the words "coming soon."
  • Elemental Powers: The White Snow Leopard Spirit summoned a storm on a whim.
  • Endangered Species: There are no more baby humans being born because of the human white spirit's death. The comic implies this may also lead to the fading away of good, because she was the guardian of good, and the extinction of wolves, because they are a brother species.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The premise of the whole comic is that the balance of all things has been upset and thus everything is slowly going down the drain.
  • Eye Scream Raigho.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Gebo and Kaya both stumble upon this.
  • Fantastic Racism: A snow leopard refers to humans as "wretched apes." Also some of the humans really don't like wolves.
  • Finger Wag: Albert does this with both hands at some hunters that were threatening him and Seven.
  • First Name Basis: Iki with his adoptive mother.
  • Foreshadowing: The cover for "Chapter VI – Fangs of Steel" is of a wolf skull being pierced by broken sword blades, two of which are going through the eye sockets. It's probably not a coincidence that a important character loses a eye in this chapter.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's not a villain, but the tragic death of most of her litter is at least partly to blame for Jera's attitude.
  • Glowing Eyes: All the Black/White Spirits.
  • God In Wolven From: Iki is actually the mortal from of Sköll, the white wolf spirit.
  • Good Colours, Evil Colours: Subverted. The black and white spirits are not inherently good or evil, and are not always completely white or black (Iki, the white spirit wolf, is off white, and the white spirit raven is black feathered).
  • Gorn: Feeding wolves don't have the best of table manners.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The dark wolf spirit Hati is trying to save the world, but he's willing to kill (or at least threaten to kill) Sköll/Iki's innocent pack mates to do so. Meanwhile, the white wolf spirit Sköll wants the world to die, but the world is going to get rotten anyway because the guardian of good died so goodness is dying with her.
  • Hellhound: The form Hati takes on in the realm he takes Iki to evokes this. His more normal looking form might fit as well.
  • Howl of Sorrow: The wolves do this after Gebo's old pack is killed.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Gebo, upon seeing a human with a gun on a horse, interprets this as a two headed elk with a voice like thunder.
  • Identical Stranger: A wolf pelt that looks like Iki except with orange eyes.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Wolf pups die from exposure during a harsh winter as well as from hunters' bullets. Also lampshaded:
    Albert: "They even killed the puppies. How could they kill something that cute?"
    Seven: "Are you kidding me? Cute? So What? Is cuteness of something a good enough reason not to kill it?"
  • Interspecies Friendship: Hati and the two ravens. One raven even sacrifices himself for Hati.
  • Largely Normal Animals: The wolves talk and reason very similarly to how humans would, but in regards of their motivations, instincts and sophistication (or lack thereof) they are still depicted mostly quite close to what one would expect of real wolves.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The self imposed kind. Iki forgot his life as Sköll, it took a encounter with his brother Hati for him to remember.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The black and white human spirits are this.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • The white spirit snow leopard is very...malevolently territorial at the very least.
    • The wolf Sköll, a white spirit, wants the world to "die in darkness."
  • The Load: Iki is a Big Eater that is bad at hunting, is clumsy, and slow.
  • Locked in a Freezer: The snow leopard caused an avalanche or something that trapped the sledders in.
  • Mood Whiplash: It abruptly gos from a shocking and sad scene of a entire pack deadto a humorous scene with Seven. Not that long after we have the Narm of Kaya's magnificent eyelashes immediately followed by Kaya finding her entire pack dead. On deviantart, this is make worse by the author posting a Self Parodying Take That Me image right under the page.
  • Multiple Head Case: The black and white spirit dragons/wyverns/whatever they are are joined at the sides.
  • My Beloved Smother: Jera towards Isa while crossing over towards Wicked Stepmother with Iki.
  • Nightmare Face: The last panel of 263 has Skoll putting on the scariest Slasher Smile seen in the series when a grieving Jera pleads with him to bring Raigho back to life. Commentators below even photoshopped it onto a pic of Smile Dog.
  • Noble Wolf:
    • The wolf Jera is a firm believer in this trope. This is played for comedy.
    • The wolves in this comic are portrayed as flawed, but intimately good, for the most part.
  • Norse Mythology: Some of the story is based on Norse myths. For instance the white and black wolf spirits are Sköll and Hati and the Ravens are named Hugin and Munin.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Iki, Munin and the white snow leopard spirit.
  • Our Souls Are Different: All spirits are shades of gray, except that each species has a single White Spirit and Black Spirit to keep the balance between the other spirits. The White and Black Spirits at least can be Reincarnated and even the bugs have souls.
  • Panthera Awesome/Cats Are Mean : A snow leopard causes trouble for a group of sledders, looking awesome and badass while doing so.
  • Prophetic Names The white spirit wolf Sköll, whose name means "Treachery," betrays his brother Hati.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party /Eat the Dog/What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The sledders had to resort to eating the dogs. Considering in this world the dogs are intelligent (although they can't communicate with humans)...
  • Reincarnation: The White and Black Spirits can be reincarnated, but apparently they also can die a final death, one in which they don't rejuvenate. Apparently being eaten alive is one way for this to happen, going by what Sköll said.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The entire pack from chapter 2. Yes, even the puppies.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Sköll and his brother Hati are at least over 300 years old.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The black spirits from have red eyes and Tron Lines. The evil part is frequently averted, however.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Fehu, Jera and more derive from the old Runic alphabet.
  • Roar Before Beating: The wolves are shown growling at an elk before killing it.
  • Seldom Seen Species: The pack is shown hunting a chamois. This might be the one and only time you'll ever see one in any fiction whatsoever.
  • Taking the Bullet: Munin does this for Hati.
  • Savage Wolves:
    • Raigho eventually reveal himself to be one of these. He just keeps attacking Seven for a stupid reason, even after she gorges out his eye.
    • Jera is probably one of these, considering her volatile temper.
  • Saving the World: The attempt to do something about the cosmic imbalance created by the loss of the human White Spirit.
  • Scenery Porn: Lots of really gorgeous landscape backgrounds.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrinking Violet: Gebo, the white wolf.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Downplayed: Kaya slept through the slaughtering of her pack.
  • Slasher Smile: Skoll puts on a particularly nightmarish grin when he agrees to resurrect Raigho, even if he comes out an abomination, so he and his pack can continue playing happy family before the end of the world.
  • Sterility Plague: No human babies have been born in the last 3 years.
  • Stern Chase: The pack is being chased by humans.
  • Straw Nihilist: Sköll is the "fuck the world, it's rotten anyway" variant.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Unlike most other examples of this trope, the Super-Persistent Predator is a main character, though we probably aren't supposed to sympathize with his actions. Said character, the wolf Raigho, doesn't stop attacking the human Seven after he misunderstands and thinks she is impersonating a god like figure. Even after she gorges out his eye.
  • Superpowered Morally Grey Side: Iki's true self Sköll wants the world to "die in darkness."
  • Sweat Drop: Raigho, in response to Iki's Growling Gut.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Kaya, the female wolf Iki takes a liking to, has eyelashes. Very ugly eyelashes. Even the co-author doesn't like them. Thankfully they are only visible in closeups.
    • These have since been removed.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Black Spirits. While they are not inherently evil, they certainly can be sinister and menacing.
  • Walking the Earth
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Said word for word by Seven's father.

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