What a rowdy bar. People dancing on tables. People almost sucking one another’s faces off in public. This is obviously no place for a hero of the likes of Lark! He must be resting, or helping some injured woman in a room, or perhaps he’s mourning the passing of his Guardian into the Strife.. Yeah. That sounds about right?

Speaking of strife! It’s time for another turmoil-filled…

Hasera and Lark Review:

Nahast Lands of Strife

Kick-ass women? Check? Possible pillow-fight action? Maybe-check. Two girls who have the hots for each other? Mega check. Oh, right. I have to actually talk about this stuff, don’t I? Fine. These log spheres are stupid. Can’t just go back and re-do it all. Hrmm… Okay. Here we go.

Nahast is a story that takes place in a neutral-esque plane. It follows some hot sword-wielding chick named Tzelan as she tries to recruit other hot chicks to be part of her band of ‘Hawk Maidens’. It sounds pretty cool when you say it out loud. Hawk Maiden… Course, you could always just say Hot Maidens – Now that would be right up my alley.

Anyhow, where was I? Right. So, students are acquired and the mysteries of the plane about Tze and her recruits begins to slowly be revealed. Most of the guys are terrible. Like, they couldn’t give a real insult if they tried. As well, for some reason, they also think women warriors can’t fight. Obviously they’ve never seen Jenny with her axe, or Gurtie after seven mugs of stout. I tell you, that dwarf has a mean left hook.

The art starts a little non-descript. Very run-of-the-mill, but it improves itself great over time. The chicks are all pretty hot. Not too sure on their age, so I’m gonna just leave it at that as to avoid any legal fees or fines. There’s a lot of political maneuvering and behind-the-scene information dumps that happen throughout the story, often times in an attempt to glaze over the parts of the story that would be otherwise slow – good choice, if I do say so myself – I’d much prefer to see the action scenes that this comic produces.

All in all, hot chicks in armour, a whole bunch of emotional back and forths with some descent reveals so far. Also, one fox Cursed named Yanti that I think would be great to hang out with. How he doesn’t have his own story yet is beyond me. It’s a good read, just be prepared for political chatter and positioning in between all the sweet fighting.

Nahast: Lands of Strife starts off on a rather shaky foot when it comes to the dialogue. Luckily, that quickly slides away into a more fluid style of writing. There are still some strange mixes of proper wording and enunciation versus slang and jargon. Perhaps the people use slang in Nahast in order to speak more commonly to folk? I don’t know.

The story follows Tzelan, a swordmaster of the Hawk Maidens – a respected and very well known group of women who apparently kick a lot of butt. Why some people keep picking a fight with Tze is a little beyond me. That would be like some stupid civilian deciding to take on a Champion in an arm wrestling competition. Even a Savage warrior can’t beat a novice Champion, what with their training and all. Either way, Tze recruits a bunch of women (some off screen, which confused me a little) and forms her own sect of the Hawk Maidens.

Some strange Cursed harpies talk about a prophecy, there’s a bad Cursed snake and crooked politics are everywhere. There’s a lot going on in the story and a lot going on with the characters. While the story may follow Tzelan, it’s as much about her as it is her Hawk Maiden apprentices.

While most of them get a good deal of development, I don’t really want to go into detail about it because, at the heart of it, the story is really about them and their trials. What I would love to see if Tzelan and Xu’re finally admit that they like each other and go on a date or something – maybe that would get Tzelan to lighten up a bit? Maybe they could hold hands and take a walk on the beach and then kiss and roll into the incoming tide and then… Uh… Sorry, my mind kinda slipped away on me there.

The art of Nahast is pretty good in the later pages. At the beginning, it looked a little unrefined with some anatomy issues, but those are cleared up quite well over the course of the story. The only one who seems to have the anatomy issues near the end is that perverted Cursed fox Yanti – but I guess that makes sense, considering he can change his form at will.

I’d recommend this story to anyone who wanted to feel like the plane they were reading about was really well crafted and feels lived in, with characters who have their own aspirations, goals and tragic backstories. Give it a read, I’m sure most people would enjoy this one.

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