Hector: That picture could be anyone. Unrelated, we should probably leave town as soon as possible.
Basri is a young, optimistic elf who wants to be a wizard but isn't particularly good at it. His uncle Hector is an older, cynical human warrior who considers it his job to protect Basri, which he mostly does by taking advantage of everyone else who crosses his path. On their journey, they encounter dangerous demonoids, an elven warrior with a connection to Basri, a punny stump, an Axe-Crazy fish-girl, and more.
Elf and Warrior is known for mixing every type of comedy with suddenly dead-serious moments. The main story is about Basri, but flashbacks reveal how his parents got together, side stories follow people he encountered briefly, and there is even a running sideplot in the demonoid realm.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When Basri becomes famous for his singing, he quickly turns into a spoiled jerk. At his the talent competition, he realizes he's gone too far and performs his terrible magic instead, giving up on singing entirely.
- Artifact of Doom: Gilly gets an enchanted axe that turns her into a mindless creature of destruction bent only on feeding the axe with blood. So not that different from how she was already, but now she talks less. Eventually Gillbert gets the axe, and explains the reason it rendered her mindless was because she wasn't killing enough. He is killing enough, and enters into a symbiotic relationship with the axe.
- Beautiful Singing Voice: Basri, surprisingly, despite being terrible at everything else, is a great singer. He quickly becomes famous throughout town, and Hector uses this to get rich. He gives it up to go back to trying to be a wizard.
- The Corruption:
- All the various "monster" races are a result of ordinary animals and people being mutated due to exposure to magical energies long ago. By the time of the story, the magical energies have faded, but the monsters created remain, and have built their own civilizations in the area.
- Anyone trapped in the demonoid realm loses all their memories and is slowly transformed into a demonoid.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: The Pugglies, being dogs, mostly punish crimes by calling criminals "bad dog!" Some of the worst crimes get them whacked with a rolled-up newspaper, which they consider horrifying and disproportionate.Basri: Didn't you try to execute Stump?
Pugleen: He burned down three orphanages.
- The Cynic: Hector believes life sucks, the world sucks, and being good will just get you killed. He constantly tries to pound this lesson into Basri's skull, with little success. Likely has something to do with believing that being good got Basri's father (Hector's brother) killed.
- Double-Meaning Title: While the title can obviously refer to Basri (elf) and his uncle Hector (warrior), it also refers to Basri's mother (elf) and father (warrior).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Gilly is an Axe-Crazy criminal who hates everyone and especially the pampered life she left behind, but even she is horrified when she finds out that Gillbert murdered her parents in a misguided attempt to "free" her.
- Fighting for a Homeland: Played with. The elves are fighting to retake their ancestral homeland from the monsters who have claimed it. Except the elves abandoned their homeland after they caused a magical cataclysm that rendered it uninhabitable; the "monsters" are the descendants of various people and animals who couldn't leave, and were mutated as a result. Now that the magical side effects have dissipated enough for the elves to move back in, they showed up and told the monsters to get out. When the monsters refused, the elves started killing them.
- Identity Amnesia: People trapped in the demonoid realm start with all their memories gone, and it only gets worse from there. The entire world seems designed from the ground up to force people to do the worst in order to survive, giving up more of themselves in the process.
- Pungeon Master: Stump just cannot stop making puns about him being an animate log. Even the judges at his execution can't help giggling.