is an Urban Fantasy Webcomic
currently hosted on ComicFury
. It chronicles the story of a young Asraan
named Mayy who, along with her multispecies friends
, seeks to know the truth about the ring she wears around her neck
and why she was left to be raised in the human world.
Currently updated every Friday.
Zelfia provides examples of
- Arc Words: "And she shall bear witness to the End."
- Art Evolution: The comic has gone from this to this to this.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mayy is not the task-oriented type.
- Author Appeal: The author has blatantly admitted that Mayy's visual design, from her bleached bangs down to her combat boots, is "basically all my visual fetishes all rolled into one."
- Badass Longcoat: Que'v has one when it's not his wings
- Bi the Way: Mayy has shown signs that she might be bisexual (especially when drunk). The author hasn't given a definite answer either way.
- Big Damn Heroes: Que'v's entrance in comic #78. It's even called out by name in the comic's title.
- Blatant Lies: During the one-year recap: "After a night spent on board where I totally didn't snore..."
- Boisterous Bruiser: Tork
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mayy has elements of this
- The Cameo: Hoggle from Labyrinth and Link from The Legend of Zelda appear in the background of Comic #113
- Chekhov's Gunman: Dremen has shown up a few times in portraits and alongside other seemingly-random Eternals before he was ever mentioned by name.
- City of Adventure: New Angeles
- Clip Show: Comics 172-174 feature art from previous comics interspersed with Mayy's running commentary.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: An Asraan's "aural trail" will indicate what type they are. Mayy, a Wood Sprite, has a green trail. Jun, being a Water Sprite vampire, has a blue one. We've also seen orange and pink trails.
- Continuity Nod: Will almost always be pointed out in The Rant or the Alt Text.
- Cryptic Background Reference: The Contact Wars, the Gates Beyond, and to a lesser extent, the Zelfia itself.
- Den of Iniquity: The Runner
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: So far, the series has included Elvens, Asraans, Demons, a Demon/Human hybrid, a minotaur, several made-up species, and vampires.
- Fantasy Pantheon: Que'v has sworn by the Gods, Jun swears by the Goddess, and the Elvens seem to worship "Sky." Whether that's the name of a deity or if they worship the actual sky has not been explored.
- Mayy has also said "Oh my god" once or twice, but generally in a figure-of-speech type of way.
- Fourth Wall Psych: Mayy's apparent fourth-wall-breaking recap of the first year's worth of comic turns out to be her explaining her situation to Dremen.
- Game Face: Jun has one. So does Cloud in the flashforwards.
- The Ghost: We've never actually seen a Galen.
- The Glomp: Que'v gives one to Mayy in Comic #83. The Alt Text assures us that it's a baddass glomp.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Que'v.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Mayy's a fairy who loves the bottle.
- Hulk Speak: Minotaurs don't use pronouns, which can lead to this.
- Humans Are Special: They're the only race without an Eternal. Their realm is also where Mayy was hidden for most of her life.
- Hypothetical Casting: The characters all have "canon" voice actors:
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Que'v gives this speech to Cloud.
- In Medias Res: We have yet to see how Que'v and Mayy met, or really anything from before she crossed over.
- Insistent Terminology: Cloud and Raven are Elvens. A relatively minor running gag consists of Mayy calling them "elfs," someone immediately correcting her, and Mayy either not noticing or not caring.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Zel-FI-a. Not ZEL-fia. "Mayy" is still pronounced normally, though.
- Line-of-Sight Name: The Asraan inscription on Mayy's ring looks a LOT like the English letters M-A-Y-Y.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Mayy is a literal example of all four.
- Milestone Celebration: Comics 50, 100, and 200 both feature full-color flashforwards. So far only the Lisman from comic #50 has shown up in the "present day" comics.
- So has the "linking" hand configuration from #100, albeit being used by a different character.
- Apryl from #200 doesn't make her "present day" debut until thirteen comics later.
- My Nayme Is: Mayy Storm.
- "The second Y is silent."
- Our Vampires Are Different: Apparently water sprites aren't immune to vampirism.
- Pop Cultural Osmosis Failure: On both sides.
- Reality Ensues: Mayy's birth mother leaves her infant daughter on the doorstep of a human florist... who promptly calls Child Protective Services and puts her into the foster care system.
- Scars Are Forever: Mayy gets bitten by a vampire at one point in the story. The wound heals, but she's left with two puncture marks on her neck.
- Secondary Character Title: Asraan legend notwithstanding, the actual character of Zelfia has not yet appeared beyond the flashforwards
- Semper Fi: Averted. The author is an active-duty United States Marine, but you'd never know it from the comic alone.
- Ship Tease: Originally Mayy/Cloud, now leaning towards Mayy/Que'v.
- Sigil Spam: Dremen puts his leaf symbol everywhere.
- Splash of Color: Color in the comic denotes magic.
- Shout-Out: A whole slew, usually from Mayy herself
- Theme Naming: The Asraans: Mayy, Jun, and Juli.
- Lampshaded when Mayy asks aloud if the next Asraan she meets is going to be named "Aughust." True to form, almost a month later, we meet Augustine.
- Finally averted with Dremen...
- ...And resumed with Apryl.
- There Is No Such Thing as Notability: The only reason THIS page exists.
- Translator Microbes: New Angeles comes with a citywide translation casting spell. Outside the city, you need a personal casting.
- Unsound Effect: A small sampling includes "TRAVERSE!" "LAND!" and "CRACKLE OMINOUSLY!" These have largely been discarded in later comics.
- Webcomic Time: In almost two years of real-world time, less than three days of comic time has been chronicled.
- Wingdinglish: The various graffiti on the walls are usually important omens for upcoming events in the comic. Other times they're just shoutouts.
- Also the Asraan, Elvish, and Niketh languages.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Played With. Mayy isn't actually FROM the human world, but it's where she was raised since infancy. After crossing over to New Angeles, she can't go back.
- Cloud and Raven, meanwhile, are Elvens in exile, being able to physically return home, but unable to do so politically.