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Even some Gods and other cosmic powers in the mess.

A 42-issue animesque Brazilian comic written by Marcelo Cassaro with art by Erica Awano, set in a medieval fantasy world called Arton, based on the TabletopRPG Tormenta (meaning both "Storm" and "Torment" in Portuguese and named after an interdimensional storm that corrupts and destroys whatever it appears on and stays there), originally published in the RPG magazine Dragão Brasil. The series also spawned various spinoffs and drama cds.

Arguably the most successful non child-oriented Brazilian comic book, the series is infamous for its outrageous anime references and a combination of fantasy and horror elements with screwball action-comedy.

After losing his place in the pantheon of Arton due to a conspiracy that could exterminate all gods, Sszzass the God of Betrayal and serpents was presumably killed and forever forgotten. In reality he was exiled and extremely weakened. To recover his divine status, he plots a very intricate plan during decades involving various heroes and events.


Taking central part in this plan there are innocent Raised by Wolves druid Lisandra, redheaded idiot hero Sandro Galtran, stripperiffic cloudcuckoolander elven mage Niele, insanely grumpy dwarf-troglodyte Tork, The Paladin, a legendary fallen hero and his twenty Rubies of Virtue, indestructible magical gems forged by each one of the twenty most powerful gods of Arton and currently scattered all over the world.


This series contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Every single main character (and some not so main) got an special issue with one-shot stories featuring them.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Dragon-Kings are so insanely titanic and monstrous they can kill just by being seen, yet Beluhga the Queen of White Dragons appear as an extremely beautiful woman in an elegant dress and an ice coronet, and Sckhar the King of Red Dragons as a slender, handsome hedheaded elf.
  • An Ice Person: Beluhga, the queen of the white dragons epitomizes this trope. Her mere presence was enough to turn a region the size of China into a glacial desert.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Lisandra and Sandro get married, but Lisandra is exiled and condemned to never leave the site where was the town she viciously destroyed during her outbreak, turning the place into a forest to pray for the people she killed. Sandro retires from his days as an adventurer thief to stay with his wife. Niele, who was killed in a point and received a temporary life, enough to come back and help her friends, get back to Wynna's realm. And, except for Sckhar, the other villains basically got everything they wanted.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Broke by two of Sckhar's concubines who wonder if a lot of things they already know keeps being repeated just for the reader's sake.
  • Breath Weapon: Most dragons seem to have one.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Niele in every spell she (tries) to cast.
    • MOERU MOERU!!!
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Loriane. She'll lose her unicorn if she ever have sex. She becomes kinda miffed about the rule after meet Sandro, though...
  • Chick Magnet:
    • The Paladin, thanks to his feats. He's too much of a Knight Templar to even enjoy that, though.
    • Sandro. While his thing with Lisandra have to be built/pushed in the comic, Sandro's charisma earns him the attention of some good ladies (and others not so good). Niele, despite all her support to Sandro and Lisandra, is very clingy with the thief. Loriane, the half-elf, is supportive to Sandro as his coach and fellow gladiator and is quite smitten by his bumbling and yet earnest nature. Anne K., apparently. And then, there's Sandro's gunslinger childhood friend, Savanna, in an special issue, who discovers he's married and tries to kill Lisandra...
  • City of Adventure: Malpetrim, Valkaria, Triumphus, Vectora.
    • It's a whole World of Adventure (10% of the population is composed of adventurers). Even then, Malpetrim is considered the city of adventure in the setting.
  • Cool Ship: A pirate ship with butterfly wings, no less.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As some characters do take notice, mainly Loriane, Sandro is a terrible thief, but a surprisingly good warrior, hindered only by his own stubbornness and panic. It's also part of the reason why Loriane took a shine on him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The fate of the villagers brutally murdered and turned into inhuman monstrosities by Lisandra.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Tarso the king of dracoliches resumes the trope, showing himself as a cute, friendly and good-natured little skeleton with a love for ice cream.
    • Tenebra, the Goddess of Darkness and patron of all undead is a genuine gentle person who cares for her loved ones.
      • Zigzagged in the case of Tenebra: She may be very sweet towards the cute (which goes hand in hand with having Protection as one of her domains), but she is still very much neutral. A few stories show you do NOT want to cross her.
  • Deal with the Devil: Niele does this without knowing the consequences by acquiring Sszzass' Eye.
  • Death Is Cheap:
  • Designated Love Interest: invoked Played with. Lisandra thinks all she does is because she loves The Paladin, but she doesn't grasp how wrong she is until be too late. Lisandra is that to Sandro in some extension too, because Niele basically forces the trope onto them.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: The Paladin.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Lucky Luigi wears one. Leon knocks it off his head after a heated argument with him in Chapter 33.
  • Eye Scream: Upon realizing that she was forever imprisoned because of Sckhar, Beluhga becomes a little pissed and gouges one of his eyes off.
  • Floating Continent: Vectora, the "Sky City".
  • Fun Personified:
    • Niele lives for the sake of bringing happiness and smiles to every person she meets. Although she acts like that partially to cover her own insecurities and the guilt she feels for being the (not so) responsible for Lenórienn's destruction as later revealed, the series shows that she already was Fun Personified even after those events.
    • Wynna the Goddess of Magic don't just share the same wardrobe of Niele. Those two arguably are the most positive and cheerful characters of the show. Moreover, Wynna is the most open goddess to mortals.
  • Gag Boobs:
    • Niele is known for having huge breasts, this is often used in scenes, Example.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Niele is usually giving Shout Outs to pop culture (mainly to Pokémon), or contemporary stuff (she once talked about a griffin landing as if it was an airliner). It tends to utterly confuse Lisandra.
  • Green Thumb: Lisandra shows how this power can be devastating when given to an unstable yandere.
  • Guardian Undead Dragon and Guardian Goddess of the Night: Tarso and Tenebra, to Petra.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Lisandra's mother was a dryad.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Aspis
  • Hero Killer: The Chameleon kills Niele in Chapter 19 while disguised as Sandro.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Practically what Sandro is while trying to be a thief.
  • Hypocrite: Khalmyr, god of justice, saw fit to punish a Lawful Good woman for the crime of another.
  • Ice Queen: Beluhga is a more literal example of this trope. Her personality traits are more of a Sugar-and-Ice Personality or a Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Holy Avenger itself.
  • Idiot Hero: Sandro, and his father Leon Galtran to an extent.
  • Idol Singer: Niele has an army of devoted fans in Malpetrim.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • Sandro. His kailash (actually, his dad's) works like a sling stone, but can act as a boomerang, bolas, net and mace. Much probably have other functions that Sandro doesn't know. It was revealed in a flashback that Leon also used the kailash as retractable sword. Leon takes back the weapon when his son quits from the adventurer's life.
    • Tork. His scythe is actually made from the arm of Deenar, the evil Sea Elf who seeks vengeance for that.
  • Little Miss Badass: Anne K.
  • Lethal Chef: Petra is the Ur-Example.
  • Love Redeems
  • Love Makes You Crazy: And how!
  • Musical Assassin: Lucky Luigi.
  • No Social Skills: Lisandra. Being Raised by Wolves and by a mercenary without contact to civilization does this to one person.
  • Older than They Look: It's a given for elves, half-elves and other magic folks. For example, Lorianne is a 55 years old half-elf, but she looks in her late teens. Sandro saw her by the first time at the Coliseum when he was six and, 10 years after, he does meet her in person and she looks exactly the same.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Lisandra
  • Playing with Fire: Sckhar, The Moóck, and, sometimes, Niele.
  • Reference Overdosed: Saint Seiya, Street Fighter, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Inuyasha and many, many others. Along with Monica's Gang, this comic became notorious for being very excessive and on-the-nose with its references to pop culture. Freaking Koto appears as the tournament's host and interacts with the characters!
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Raised by Wolves: Lisandra. Literally, for at last 10 years until Tork come along, anyway.
  • Royal Bastard: Prince Mitkov Yudennach III of Yuden.
  • Screw You, Elves!: And how. The setting BEGINS with their city destroyed and taken over by goblins and bugbears due to their arrogance. Pride cometh before a fall.
  • Ship Tease:
  • Shrinking Violet: Poor Petra had a lot of bad stuff happening to her life that practically destroyed her self-confidence. She gets better towards the end of the series.
  • Sinister Scythe: A troglodyte character wields one.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • Niele and Wynna.
    • Lampshaded by Sandro when he meets Niele:
    Sandro: We're not in such a hurry, you can finish getting dressed. What, you're already dressed?!
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Niele loves this trope.
  • The Dreaded: Master Arsenal is a frequent source of nightmares for the majority of people in Arton, and he is just one of many. Thwor Ironfist, Vectorius, Schkar, The Paladin, Nekapeth, Gwen Haggenfar, Black Skull and Niele herself enlarges the list.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: James K. Incompetent crew. Then again, he was looking for a place to bury a loot in the beginning of the series...
  • The Fair Folk: Pondsmânia is an entire country occupied by all kinds of fae creatures, from butterfly-winged sprites to powerful otherworldly beings.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Oh, boy, Sandro. It's hard even start to describe. He in fact dies and is revived at least three times, but for reasons not related to his dumbness, though.
  • Tsundere: Hilariously enough, Captain James K. is a huge tsundere for Niele. He is a type A (being very tsun tsun towards her most of the time).
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 19, where The Chameleon murders Niele while disguised as Sandro, kicking off a Clear My Name subplot for the thief.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Paladin's selfish, arrogant and ambitious behavior was a hint that something wasn't right with him.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Queen Beluhga, to the core.
  • Wizarding School: The Arcane Academy.
  • Yandere: Lisandra does not welcome slanderous filth about The Paladin. Because he is important! He is her hero! And she loves him! She will do everything to recover his precious rubies, and Heaven helps those who cross her path while she gets more and more powerful and emotionally unstable...
    • Toned down, but the yandere side is still there after she and Sandro are happilly married. She doesn't take well how close friends her husband and Savanna are...
    • Savanna herself is that to Sandro, to the point of try to blame Lisandra for a forged crime, only to end her marriage with Sandro. It doesn't work.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: