"In an magical future earth, a team of heroes for hire were sent to deal with a problem that no one else could stop. Today, these individuals make their living as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... Team Thistle."
Begun in 2013 by Meg Syverud, Daughter of the Lilies tells the story of a plant mage named Thistle and her adventuring friends Orrig the friendly orc, Lyra, the smart Alec elf archer, and the part orc human Brent. "Team Thistle" as the fans call them, run around a future earth inhabited by magical creatures (sort of like Shannara, only a bit more advanced culture wise) righting wrongs and helping people who need them, usually for a fee, but also for the sake of a job well done.
These characters, despite their differences are a makeshift family, with innocent Thistle serving as the lynchpin for their personalities. Each of the characters sees Thistle a little differently. Lyra sees her as like a little sister type, Orrig as something of a daughter, and Brent is in love with her, because she is one of the few women since his mother who see him as something other than a monster.
The Author states explicitly that this comic is about healing from various mental health disorders and wounds. For instance, Thistle could represent people with body dysmorphic disorder, and Brent clearly has anger issues. One part of the current story arc deals with the burden of guilt a parent has carried for a long time. More serious disorders are represented by the "drath", evil creatures of darkness that feed off of guilt and insecurities, the more the character carries, the stronger the monster.
Now I think would be a good time to discuss the spirituality of Daughter of the Lilies. Ms. Syverud is a Christian, and weaves her beliefs into each page. (Her colorist is a Mormon, so despite what I'm about to reveal about the current arc, do not be alarmed) If you hover your cursor arrow over the comic pages you'll find a caption for the page. Sometimes this is some silly statement about the page, but occasionally, they are Bible references about what is going on in the scene.
In this scene, Meg cites Hebrews 1: 13-14 "Moreover, to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Aren’t they all merely spirits who serve, sent out to help those whom God will deliver?"(Complete Jewish Bible) This identifies this creature as an angel or a seraphim.
More of Meg's Christian worldview comes out later in the comic. In a very important story arc, a minor character deals with his guilt over his son's death (implied to be caused by some side effect of the young man's homosexual leanings. Whether from disease, suicide, or murder, it is never revealed. The focus is on the guilt the father carries). With the help of a wizard named Master Wu the, father deals with his pain and is freed from the monster's grasp. At no time does Meg imply that homosexuality is OK, (some could read the father's statements that way, but I do not agree with that reading) she is dealing with the pain a parent feels after feeling they failed a child.
Daughter of the Lilies is about a troop of fighting adventurers, and as such has a good deal of fairly graphic fantasy violence. It is really no worse than Lord of the Rings in the level of violence. There is also some implied swearing, but this is scribbled out, and is clearly stated in the author's notes to be non-offensive curse word alternatives. But then there's this:
These are rough people, so they sometimes do... rough things. This is however as tasteless as the swearing gets, and it's ALWAYS covered up. Meg further states that she will never show anything offensive.
Daughter of the Lilies is a wonderful comic, full of swashbuckling action, humor, heart, and written from a Christian worldview. Yes, it can be violent, but it also is full of good things to delight the 13 and up reader. Discernment is necessary at all times, even with Christian produced media, so if it is your personal conviction that Daughter of the Lilies is inappropriate in any way, please by all means, don't read it. But if you love this kind of fantasy adventure stuff, give it a chance!
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