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Everything is better when it's glowy... right?

After getting kidnapped and dragged halfway across the world, a scaredy-cat named Vector finds himself a long, long way from home. Now, with the help of a short-tempered bounty hunter, a happy-go-lucky cartographer, and many more unlikely friends, he has to try to make it home in one piece.

Castoff is a fantasy adventure webcomic by Star that began in 2015 and currently updates on Mondays and Fridays.


Castoff contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Arianna, a Bounty Hunter and a seasoned fighter.
  • Adorkable: Vector, who's well-read and sweet, but Not Good with People due to bad past experiences and having been a shut-in for most of his life. Also, Frankie, a lovely, cheerful, friendly guy who has all that geographical knowledge down pat, at the same time being a complete Cloudcuckoolander who walks into trees.
  • Bait the Dog: Arianna is one of the very few strangers to treat Vector nicely, only to turn right around, break into his house the following night, and kidnap him. She's none too gentle about it either.
  • Barrier Warrior: Arianna makes magic shields both in combat and to huddle under while it rains.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Arianna flat out says she's not a good person.
  • Break the Cutie: Not two chapters in and the world already seems dead set on breaking Vector.
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  • The Captain: Zera is the captain of the Alverian royal guard.
  • Cute Bookworm: Vector, of the Moe, wanna hug him and take him home with me sort.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Arianna was actually after something hidden in the castle and pretended to be bringing a dangerous criminal to turn in, because she had no other way of getting there. It didn't work, partly because of things unforeseen.
  • Fantastic Racism: The rude cart driver casually mentions "those damn elves" having been driven out of the forest to make room for a magi ore mine.
  • Genki Guy: Frankie. Where do we start about Frankie? He cheerfully runs ahead of the party and into the forest, pets snakes, teaches Vector his native language (represented by scratchy runes) and befriends people with incredibly bouncy enthusiasm.
  • Glowing Eyes: Vector's eyes are constantly aglow, but they glow even more intensely when his power is unleashed. They also appear to have an unsettling effect on the majority of people who look into them - the exceptions are a robot and a probable revenant. Also applies to Arianna, however hers fall more under...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Arianna's eyes glow when she uses her magic, and if she's about to use magic that usually means someone's in for a bad time.
  • In a Single Bound: Observe the elf jump and shatter Arianna's shield.
  • Happily Adopted: Ms. Jacobs isn't Vector's birth mother, but they clearly love each other as much as any blood-related parent and child would.
  • Hard Light: Arianna's magical shields, including the fan-dubbed Shame Cube, appear to be made of this. [1]
  • Healing Magic Is the Hardest: Actually, it's non-existent in this universe. Arianna has a cleaning spell she can use for wounds, but then they have to be bandaged.
  • Hot-Blooded: Arianna leaps, then thinks.
  • Hulking Out: Vector's Freak Out! is a magical one - he releases enough energy to scorch a stone wall and transport himself and Arianna really, really far. Onto another continent, in fact.
  • Kill It with Water: Frankie has a phobia to the point that not only he Cannot Cross Running Water, but won't even touch wet clothes. It is thoroughly justified.
  • Instant Runes: Examples of this are seen everywhere, from the prologue to Arianna's sigil, which the wiki says is an indicator of a creative mage.
  • The Insomniac: Zera has been under a lot of stress lately, which gives him trouble sleeping. Sonja, his second in command, worries about this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure Arianna beat up and kidnapped Vector, but she also wasn't so keen on leaving him to die, both at the fortress, and in the woods. And she did apologise and offer to take him back.
  • Magic Missile Storm: Arianna's primary offensive spell.
  • Magic Knight: Zera and at least some of his people, as evidenced by the magical armour.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Rough, tough Arianna to scaredy Vector.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Arianna seems to have a moment of this when she realises Vector will be put to death.
  • The Navigator: Arianna isn't so great with maps, which is why they need the help of Frankie, who is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Vector was living a peaceful life and not bothering anyone with his existence until Arianna came along and not only made life harder for him, but also for herself.
  • Oh, Crap!: Arianna's is state-of-the-art. You can hear the dominoes in her head toppling.
  • Painting the Medium: When Frankie has him repeat phrases in his language, Vector's font is noticeably wobbly, compared to the native speaker.
  • Pointy Ears: Elves. And Vector, who (probably?) isn't an elf.
  • Power Crystal: All mages in the setting wear these (as necklaces, far as we've seen). It acts as either the source, or an enhancer for magical powers, also a bag of holding, a communication device and collapsible armour (in Zera's case). The crystal's colour matches the mage's aura, but (even though Frankie asks) we don't yet know whether the crystal changes for the mage or one has to find a crystal that's already right for them. Ah, and the size seems directly proportional to how much raw power the mage has.
  • Power Glows: Vector's entire being glows like the sun when he explodes with power. Also gives off heat - it burns Arianna's hand.
  • Pungeon Master: Terran. Groan.
  • Red Is Violent: Arianna the Action Girl battle mage has red aura, red magi gem and wears a red top. Note - Zera claims that Arianna he knew had pink aura.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If Arianna's eyes start glowing red, she's probably about to kick your ass with magic.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Frankie is one, trying to pass as a human and nearly succeeding. Apart from being a Younger Than They Look Cloudcuckoolander who shrugs off snake bites and Cannot Cross Running Water.
  • Shrinking Violet: Vector. A scar on his back hints at a Dark and Troubled Past being the cause, although being a walking Supernatural Fear Inducer probably doesn't earn him many friends. Note that he reaches out pretty quickly to the two people immune ot this effect.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Vector. Not only gold, but glowing.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Frankie, when splashed with water, "sparks" - in this state, he's not as much evil as unthinking killer robot.
  • Taking the Bullet: Frankie, for Arianna, here.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Vector doesn't want to team up with his kidnapper, but he also doesn't want to die alone in the woods. Also, Arianna is rather suspicious of Frankie, even though he's been nothing but nice to her.
  • Tracking Spell: These work the better, the more information you have on the person you're tracking - if you know them really well, you can't miss them. But! They don't work on the dead, which is how Zera knows Arianna is not who she claims to be. Unless she is The Revenant... or it's a Ship Of Theseus problem and Arianna simply changed so much during the fifteen years Zera hasn't seen her that she's literally a different person than who he used to know.