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From bottom left to right, Burner Phoenixwing, Electroy Thunderfang, Validor Starwing, Snowfly Starwing, Tori "TJ" Jewelhorn

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Pure Light is a The Legend of Spyro fan comic written and illustrated by Xannador, later taken over by Dragonoficeandfire, and currently drawn by Ruscsi .

The story is set a some decades after the end of Dawn of the Dragon, and the world has gone to hell. One year after Malefor's defeat at the hands of Spyro and Cynder, Spyro turned mad. Grievously wounding Cynder, and resurrecting Malefor, he went about creating an endless army of dark dragons, simple pawns existing only to serve the will of their dark masters, and conquered the shattered remains of the world. Now, only Warfang remains. Protected under a massive forcefield, the City of Dragons have become the last haven from the hellish, darker infested wasteland beyond its walls. Despite General Cynder's heroic efforts in hunting down the Dark Masters, however, hope is in short supply, and the Dark Masters need only sit by and wait for the city to tear itself apart from the inside. Meanwhile, a small group of young dragons have found friendship against all odds...


As mentioned earlier, the comic was originally created by Xannador (now inactive Tumblr). Unfortunately, she decided to leave the project behind to pursue personal interests due to fandom drama. It was then taken over by one of the fandom's biggest contributors, DragonOfIceAndFire. However, he called it quits after just a few pages. The comic is currently in the hands of awesome artist RusCSI (Pure Light Tumblr).

The comic in its entirety can be read on Smackjeeves here.

New updates from chapter 3 page 29 can be read on RusCSI's deviantart.

The Wiki Rule is also in full effect here.

A number of fan comics to the fan comic have been made, and most can be found on the Pure Light fan club on deviantart.


Pure Light contains examples of the following tropes

  • Absurdly Cool City: Warfang, City of Dragons.
  • The Ace: Burner is one of the best fire dragons in generations, and far outclasses his friends, and even Pyreus, the Guardian Apprentice. Unfortunately, since he's third class, his only prospect for the future is becoming a Freedom Flyer.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Ember's got this in spades. Later subverted.
    • Moneybags wasn't exactly a saint to begin with, but in Pure Light, he's even more of a jerk.
  • A God Is You & A God Am I: Spyro, in chapter 5, refers to himself and Malefor as gods.
  • Alien Blood: Darkers have yellow blood.
  • All There in the Manual: The wiki contains a lot of info you wouldn't get from just reading the comic, such as character ages, a timeline, and family trees.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Darkers exist only to kill and obey the Dark Masters. Later subverted when it turns out that they are a sapient species, but subjected to corruption by the Masters.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Eirei is this to his son Korya in the side comic Encounter.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Averted with Vale, who was born without a leg, but Electroy loses his leg to Korfeo later.
  • And I Must Scream: Possibly the fate of Cursed-type darkers' victims. It's unknown if the victims retain consciousness, but they are returned to normal if the darker is killed, unless the statue is damaged.
  • An Ice Person: Vale's element.
  • Art Evolution: Did you hear me say this has been drawn by three artists? The latter two have kept their style pretty consistent (which, in Dragon's case, might be because he only did a couple pages), but during Xannador's run, she changed the style occasionally, generally to find a method to make it faster. The first and half of the second chapters are drawn digitally, while the rest is traditional.
  • Artificial Limbs: Vale's robotic leg.
  • Ascended Fanon: Quite common, due to the creators' habit of canonizing fan works.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Golems are generally pretty big, the one that attacked Warfang in chapter 3 was considered small. Cataclysm, who attacked during Bloody Dawn, was at least twice the height of the Warfang wall.
  • Badass Decay: Malefor, in-universe. He's still one of the most powerful beings in existence, only remotely challenged by Spyro and king Warfang, but the amount of power in his body is so large that it's debilitating.
  • Badass Normal: Assuming dragons are disqualified by virtue of being dragons, we still have Hunter, who's blind in one eye, might be going deaf, and can still pull off no-look kills.
  • Benevolent Precursors: The mythical Empire of Light hasn't been around for over one and a half millennia, but they sound pretty sweet. Subverted, as the empire never actually existed.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Spyro and Malefor.
  • Bizarro Elements: Keeping with the Spyro tradition. Dragon elements are separated into Light Elements, which originate from the progenitor element Pure Light, and Dark Elements, descendent from Pure Darkness. Each of the main four elements are divided into branches of minor elements, which can get pretty weird.
    • On the light end of the spectrum, we have Wind, Tornado, Sound, Hypnosis and Nitrogen from air, Ice and Blood on the water branch, Earthquake, Metal, Stone, Sand and Crystal from Earth, and from fire, Blue Fire, Solar Flare and laser.
    • From the dark end of the spectrum, we have Shadow, Dark Fire and Night Fire from the Fire branch, Dark Wind and Fear from the Air branch, and Dark Ice, Dark Water and Poison from the water branch.
    • A number of elements also cross over between branches, such as Electricity between fire and air, mist and fucking Bubbles from air and water, Nature, Healing and Mud from earth and water, and Lava between earth and fire on the light side, and Smoke from air and fire and Dark Nature between earth and water on the dark end.
    • Not associated with any of the sides, we have Time, Gravity and Convexity.
  • Blow You Away: TJ's element.
  • Body Horror: Quite a bit. Rykos Gemtail's death is... graphic.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It's strongly implied, though not yet proven, that the Dark Masters turn evil not of their own volition (in the case of Spyro, it happened literally overnight), but something is influencing them.
  • Breath Weapon: Naturally, since they're dragons. Though don't ask how the hell Earthquake-breath would work.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Most dragons, with a few exceptions, have scale colors related to their element. This is no guarantee for darkers, though.
  • Crapsack World: Ho boy, is it ever. The last bastion of civilization is held out within the city of Warfang, protected by a wall and a forcefield. The citizens are heavily segregated into classes, with third class being considered sub-dragon. Though it's gotten slightly better with the death of Doucheicus, the police, military and royal guard are still very much corrupt. The city's kind, gentle ruler is too old to rule, and his heir presumptive and regent regularly abuses her power. For how bad it is inside the walls, however, it's nothing compared to outside it. The shattered remnants of the world are slowly drifting further and further apart, making navigation close to impossible. The most powerful beings in existence are actively hastening the process. Everything is infested with darkers, creatures that quite literally only exist to kill.
  • Creating Life: Purple Dragons can create massive constructs called Golems.
    • Creating Life Is Bad: The Dark Masters create Golems for the express purpose of destruction, generally in (futile) attempts to break Warfang.
    • Creating Life Is Awesome: The Shopkeeper believed that there is nothing inherently bad in the creation of Golems, the Dark Masters just use them for bad purposes. He even teaches Vale how to create one.
  • Draconic Abomination: The Dark Masters. Their power seems to grow exponentially with no limit. The amount of power in Malefor's body is enough to debilitate him, and will sooner or later grow large enough to kill him, and he'll take the world with him.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: TJ's original design had feathered wings. It was later decided that these were only for dragons of the Pure Light element. The earlier pages also had a lot more references to other Spyro fan comics.
    • Xannador has stated that she is bad with names, and thus gives her characters silly names to remember them easier. When Dragon took over, he changed the most obvious ones, such as Doucheicus to Incendicus and Dorkus to Pyreus.
  • Elite Mooks: Alpha and Beta darkers.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Shopkeeper's identity is thus far unknown, though he seems to have known Validor previously. He's gotten multiple nicknames in-series, usually "Old fart", but both the creators and the fans refer to him as just the Shopkeeper.
  • Everyone Is Related: The official family trees make some unexpected connections. Validor is related to two guardians (former Crystal guardian and current Healing guardian) and a guardian apprentice. Burner is Cynder's nephew. Electroy is Volteer's grandson. TJ is related to one current Freedom Flyer, one former Freedom Flyer, and one guardian. The royal family tree also reveals that Spyro is Ignitus' son, and Incendicus' nephew.
  • Eye Scream: Terrador was blinded at some point.
  • Fallen Hero: Spyro. Malefor too, if the Guardians are to be believed.
  • Famous Ancestor: Electroy is Volteer's grandson. Goes a bit into Inadequate Inheritor.
  • Fantastic Racism: Dragons generally have it better in Warfang than other species, though there are exceptions (such as Burner, who's a lower class dragon). Half-darkers are executed if their parentage is known, no matter if they lean more toward their dragon or darker half.
  • Fantastic Slurs: "Digger" for third class citizens.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Darkers are generally in a darker shade than most dragons, or have colors less comfortable to the eye. Purple is considered heinous for obvious reasons.
  • Great Offscreen War: Great offscreen battle, anyhow. The Battle of Bloody Dawn marks the largest army gathered by the Dark Masters, and the largest loss of life in Warfang's modern history.
  • Half-Dragon Hybrid: It's possible for darkers and dragons to breed, assuming they are physically compatible. The result is generally killed before hatching, but in the rare case that they survive, they may have elements from either side of the spectrum, and can take more after either their darker or dragon half.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Bubbles was once considered a useless power in-universe. Oh, how wrong they were. The Bubble-element can be both explosive and poisonous. Same with Nitrogen. It starts out harmless, but when the dragon gets better, it can become acidic, and at Guardian-levels, can even breathe liquid or explosive nitrogen.
  • In-Series Nickname: A few. Tori Jewelhorn is called TJ by her friends, since her parents won't let her friends call her Tori. Eirei Darkwing is called the Paper Commander, since he does more paperwork than most other royal guards.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Between the army, under General Cynder, the police during Incendicus' reign as captain, now averted with Eirei Darkwing as captain, and the Royal Guard, under princess Ember.
  • Last Bastion: Warfang is the only known area still densely populated by non-dragons. There do exist some survivors beyond its walls, but they decrease in number every day.
  • The Magic Touch: Medusa has a literal Midas Touch, not that she minds.
  • Magitek: Vale's leg has shades of this, though it leans more toward magic than technology.
  • Meaningful Name: Burner and Electroy.
  • Mooks: Weaker darkers. The standard mooks used by Malefor in Dawn of the Dragon still exist, but they have largely been replaced by Darkers, who are more loyal, require no sustenance, and have no survival instinct.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: If Dark Dragons wasn't enough, the majority of them have such cozy names as Medusa. Poisonbeak. Korfeo. Abbadon. Night Terror. Asphyxia.
    • The golem that lead the siege at Bloody Dawn was named Cataclysm.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Warfang Break-in? All that death and suffering? All the fault of Vale, Burner and TJ.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Spyro and Malefor haven't been seen since Bloody Dawn, 5 years before the comic.
  • Not So Above It All: TJ is usually very calm and collected, sticking to her role as The Heart and Voice of Reason. However, when something inexplicable happens, such as a a building disappearing, she completely breaks down.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Dark Masters, of course. Darkers are also this, possessing no instinct beyond "kill anything that moves."
  • Our Angels Are Different: Depends on wether you want to call them angels (they're basically angels). Light Dragons were a legendary civilization of dragons said to have feathered wings, be always good, and have (more) magical powers.
  • Our Dragons Are Different:
    • Dragons in Pure Light, like the dragons in the franchise they're based on, are separated into different elements that can be considered subspecies. They're also fully sapient, can speak fantasy English, use tools, and have a functioning society. Related species include Lung (like Casi Silverscale) and wyverns.
    • Darkers, or Dark Dragons, are generally roughly draconic, but can in theory look like anything under the sun. They also have elements, but darker variations. They feel no pain, have no survival instinct, doesn't require sustenance, and desire nothing but to serve their dark masters by killing anything that moves. Some of them are intelligent enough to have small side interests, but they never act against their masters' wishes.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Pure Light have mentioned two kinds of giants so far.
    • Gustave was a giant mentioned in Hunter's backstory. Very little is known about him, but he was apparently large enough to keep a Roc as a pet, and so massive that no darker, not even Poisonbeak or Korfeo, could do any notable damage to him. He was petrified by Medusa.
    • Sky Titans are mythical creatures from the golden era, though since the golden era never existed, they might have been just a myth. The Shopkeeper has the tooth of one, which is bigger than an adult dragon.
  • Playing with Fire: Burner's element.
  • Shock and Awe: Electroy's element.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Well, the little shop that isn't there anymore, at least.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Spyro has gone from extraordinarily powerful to near divine in power. Malefor less so, since he's now debilitated by the amount of power inside him.
    • Cynder has managed to keep up with Spyro through all these years.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Electroy is implied to be this. He refuses to actually train as a Guardian, but when he was put in a good position, he was able to kill Korfeo, an alpha darker, with a single breath.

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