StoryKiowa Chahko is a banished member of the Dreibak Dragon tribe who has been cursed by the Dragon's Fang. The infamous curse of Dragon's Fang is known to have cause a major disaster to the Dreibak clan and to other clans that have fallen by this curse. Set out to journey alone at the age of 11, Kiowa must search for fifteen scattered items across the Great Land in order to lift the curse and return home to the mother whom he has just became acquainted with. Now fifteen years later, Kiowa was only able to collect a small portion of scattered items, realizing this was not an easy task. The curse behind him grows weary and unable to contain itself within his body. Along his journey, Kiowa meets an Elf girl, named Kelsey, who has decided to help Kiowa search for the remaining scattered items across the Great Land. Together they journey to find the items and along their way, they unfold many secrets of their past and the world's history...
PrologueIf you were wondering the art style changes, the Prologue was done in 2002 as a short arc story submission for Tokyopop RSOM. The prologue is the only chapter read LEFT to RIGHT. Chapter 1 and 2 started in 2004 and is read Right to LEFT. So after two years, my styles have improved and hopefully my panel pacing got better than before. So don't let the prologue stop you from reading it XD;;
The Revision Prologue, a future project that will be in print format, will take a slightly different turn from the original and all the chapters will be based on the revision rather than on the original. It will also contain story background for our main characters, Kiowa and Kelsey, that will not appear in the online chapters.
Name Origin: When coming up with the name, I was looking for the meaning to relate to the character. But Kiowa is actually the name of a Native American nation [wiki] pronouced "Kye-oh-wa". For this story, however, his name will be pronounced "Kee-oh-wa". I also chose Chahko for a reason, that I can't seem to find right now T_T;;
Kelsey, an outcasted city elf of Tierria City, has lived by herself for most of her life. She is told by the Peacemaker to stay in the "cage" and keep the peace in the city. As a strong pacifist, there are things she will not tolerate and will even get very violent. However being isolated, Kelsey is afraid to get close to others. She does not understand why she must be isolated, but comply with the Peacemakers' order.
Personality: Very outspoken when needed, Kelsey will not hold back her words. She is stubborn in heart and will not tolerate the way things are. She is physically very strong, but is also emotionally unstable and confused.
Family Background: Kelsey's was brought up by the Peacemakers, but her parents existence is unknown at the moment. The story unfolds these mysteries.
Trika Clan [BIRD]
Chief Chiwe is the first female chief of the Trika clan. Her father before her was the previous chief. 13 years ago, she stumbled upon a boy who fell from the sky. She decided to take care of him seeing that he did not know how to fly properly. Chief Chiwe hold one of the 15 items that Kiowa needs, "The Feather from the Bird God". When Kiowa returned, she knew he would try to take it and takes advantage of the situation by setting up a competition between her grandson Tobire and her former student Kiowa. She is very sneaky and loves to set up contests.
Chiwe have lived for many years and have experienced the event of the devastating war 100 years ago loosing her wing and arm. Her past may unlock mysteries from Kiowa's family past.
One of the last remaining "birds" of the Trika clan, Tobire sees only the good things in life. Raised well by his people, Tobire hardly see the darkside of the world. Tobire is faithful to his people and when he became a warrior, he vowed to protect them. Although he may look young and playful, Tobire is actually one of the strongest warrior of the Trika clan.
Personality: Cheerful and sneaky, Tobire always have a smile on his face. But because of his innocent heart, he get frustrated by the negative things in life that others experienced.
Family Background: He is the grandson of Chief Chiwe. His aunt, Tori, takes care of Tobire and his younger brother after the death of his parents. As the few remaining born with wings, Tobire lives seperately from his little brother, Yetae.
Tobire's aunt is the youngest daughter of Chief Chiwe and sister of Tobire's late mother. Tori is like a mother to Tobire and raised him after his parents' death. She is in love with Kein, the son of the Rufgheu's chief. She is also a childhood friend of Kiowa and Kein while Kiowa was training under Chief Chiwe. She is easy going and friendly, but has a hint of maturity as well.
Tobire's younger brother and one of the first generation of the Trika's human born members. In contrast to his older brother, Yetae is more mature for his age. He is upset at Tobire for a particular reason...
The notable bird with one eye covered. Although he looks young, he appeared in the Alliane War at the time of Chiwe's youth.
Rufgheu Clan [WOLF]
The playful son of the Rufgheu's chief. He is a childhood love of Tori and also known Kiowa at the time. He adores and love the Hercanises pack.
*The Bird and Dragon clan are cousin race. The Dragon clan diminished into the human race and so their eyes appear normal, while the Bird clan was able to retain that "reptile-like" eyes.
How DF came aboutOriginally, "Divine Fang" was created by the Charmed Sisters [sushi, gem2niki, munchicookie] for the Tokyopop RSOM Competition Fall 2002; but we didn't win. I posted on the web and asked people if they would like to see the story continue. After much replies, I decided to continue the story in Summer 2004. Divine Fang was heavily influenced by Lord of the Rings, when the first movie came out. So I wanted to do something fantasy and have elves. But at the same time, I wanted something with wings and ribbons flying down. I was also inspired by Suikoden III character design of Native People clothings. So the whole story was based on visuals. Over time, I added more to the story and decided "Divine Fang is the Beginning World of my whole original works. "My Everleaf" is another original that will closely follow the same time period, if I ever have a chance to work on it. "Divine Fang" will also be my test subject for improving my manga skills.
Disclaimer: "Divine Fang" is entirely fictional and is not based on any history. Resemblance of story, tribes, people, name etc are coincidental.