You know the saying. 'If you love someone, throw them in a well, and if they drown, they were never yours to begin with'.
―Ash Graven

Ash Graven is an extremely powerful Serepentian woman with telekinetic powers who joins the Team Squad from Season 2 onward. Ash's dark powers first emerged after she was forced to watch the snake god Werthrent devour her sister, Harp Graven, during a sacrificial ceremony. In a fit of despair and rage, Ash's powers were activated in a powerful energy blast, which inadvertently killed her parents. Following the traumatic experience, Ash ran away from her home, where she met her new family, her brother Fox, and her adoptive father Clarence. Known for her quirky and odd personality, Ash is ultimately a very strong and useful addition to the Team Squad.

Biography

Ash originated from the planet Serpentis, to which she was going to be sacrificed to a snake-like god named Werthrent along with her sister. She only found this out once her biological father told her. Watching her sister getting eaten by Werthrent, with no way to stop it, triggered something inside of her, which was her power. After blowing an attack at her parents, killing them, she made a run for it, to which Fox spots her, stopping the repair of Clarence's ship. Clarence gets mad until he spots Ash running toward them, and probably witnessed the attack. Somewhere along the line, she gets adopted by Clarence and starts her new life with her new family. Sadly, she was never truly able to get over the trauma, and it probably is the cause of her personality. Ash and her family "appropriate" Gary, Little Cato and H.U.E. after finding them in a space dump, although after winning the race of Toro Regatta, everyone decides to leave in Clarence's ship, the Crimson Light, in search of the Dimensional Keys.

In "The Grand Surrender", the Crimson Light's crew realizes that the second Dimensional Key was at Ash's homeworld after H.U.E. took note of her tattoo. Despite feeling intimidated by the thought of returning to Serepentis, Ash relents upon realizing that she could get her sister back. Ash confronts Werthrent and demands that he free her sister. Werthrent instead eats her and the rest of the Crimson Light, revealing the truth about the horrible destiny of those who sacrifice to the snake. Realizing that Werthrent's heart was the Dimensional Key, they removed it and the pocket dimension began to fall apart. Before they escaped, Ash reunites with her sister only to realize that she had long lost her mind, becoming a mindless zombie enslaved to Werthrent. Acknowledging that her sister was long gone, Ash escapes the pocket dimension with Little Cato, and Werthrent is killed. After regretting what happened, Nightfall tells her that maybe she did not obtain her powers to save her sister, but rather something much greater in the future and that she will be incredible when she does.

Later on in the series, after nobody gave praise to Clarence, he called Ash and Fox ungrateful and disowned them. After Clarence betraying everyone and stealing the Dimensional Keys they had, Fox finds him and tries to reason with him, just to make Clarence leaving Fox to die. Fox nevertheless manages to use his last forces to alert his sister, who returns and puts him in recovery. However, given the lack of materials to save him, KVN decides to sacrifice his tritanium falanger to save Fox's life. Ash ends up disappointed to discover that his father betrayed them and very grateful to KVN.

As the crew reaches Inner Space in order to free Bolo, an Avocato possessed by Invictus takes on the entire crew of the Crimson Light (including Ash). As Avocato begins to strangle his son, Ash, with inspiration from the very recent sacrifice of Nightfall, uses her powers in a massive blast that forces Invictus out of Avocato's body, finally freeing him. She later goes along the rest of the crew into Final Space.

Appearance

Ash has light blue skin, pink eyes, and long pink hair that entirely covers her nonexistent right eye. She wears a black, body glove-like garment with black, fingerless gloves, a gray cowl with purple vertical lines and matching skirt with a simple purple snakehead on the front, gray gauntlets with purple screens on her forearms, pink leggings, gray boots with purple knee pads, a pink snake armband on her upper right arm, an amulet with a pentagon-shaped gem around her neck, and a magenta choker. She has a tattoo of one of the dimensional keys on her left arm.

Personality

Ash's rather odd and creepy and can come off as standoffish and possessive at times. Despite this, she has a warm side she shows it mostly to Fox, Little Cato, and she shows it to the rest of the crew at a few points. When she is using her powers, she often loses herself in motivating anger and can get rather trigger happy.

Powers and Abilities

Ash has been shown to have Dark Energy-like powers that give her Pyrokinesis, Levitation, and Telekinesis. When her powers are active, she is surrounded by a purple aura and the white of her eye turns black. However, she does not have full control over her abilities and needs to be triggered by something (such as thoughts about going to prom with her old crush, Jordan Hammerstein) in order to use them. In "The Grand Surrender", the origin of her powers are revealed. She gained them after watching her sister Harp get eaten by their home planet's snake god. She used her powers to escape but accidentally killed her parents in the process. It is eventually revealed in "One of Us" that Ash's powers were bestowed upon by Invictus, although it is still unknown in what way Invictus did this.

Relationships

Little Cato - Close Friend

Ash acts slightly possessive of Little Cato and initially treated him more as a pet than a person, but she eventually grew out of this and does act nice to him a lot of the time. As for Little Cato, although he is weirded out by her sometimes, and sometimes scared, he is shown to care about her, as any friend would.

Gary - Former Friend

Ash acts indifferent about Gary, at first, bickering a lot with him, but over time, she has warmed up to him, and even lavished praise upon him during the Team Squad's Carnivolo dinner, calling him "Warmhearted". Gary eventually grew to like Ash in return, commonly encouraging her to be a better version of herself.

However, Gary and Ash's friendship was damaged greatly when Gary made the decision to leave Fox behind so that the whole Team Squad could escape from Lord Commander and Invictus, resulting in Fox being taken by Invictus. Later, when Gary told Ash that they barely survived even after Fox was left behind, Ash snapped at him for calling them a "team", and yet still making the decision to leave Fox behind.

This all comes to a head when she witnesses Gary kill Fox, not knowing that his arm was possessed by Invictus. Thinking Gary is to blame for Fox's death, she leaves the crew to spend some time alone. After meeting Evra, Ash heads back to the ship. There, while she doesn't forgive Gary just yet, she does start to tell him more about Fox, indicating that their friendship is starting to rebuild.

Clarence - Adoptive Father (Formerly)

Clarence is a father figure to Ash. She is shown to be very obedient to his commands but gets uncomfortable with his jokes and perverted tendencies every now and then. Later on, he disowns both her and her siblings for not giving him any lavish praise. After he leaves her brother for dead, Ash also disowns her father mentally, not wanting anything to do with him.

Fox - Adoptive Older Brother

Of anyone she has interacted with, Ash is shown to be easily the closest with her adoptive older brother, Fox. Fox is usually very supportive of his younger sibling, such as when he wished her luck on Serepentis, and he is shown to be very protective of her, getting very defensive when he mentions they are adopted, as well as threatening to kill Little Cato if he let anything bad happen to Ash in "The Descent Into Darkness". When Fox was left for dead by Clarence, Ash immediately abandoned Gary, Nightfall, and Little Cato to come to his aid. In addition, Fox is the only person who is allowed to refer to Ash with the nickname "Ashy", whereas not even Little Cato, a very close friend of Ash, is allowed to call her that. In "One of Us", Ash was devastated when Fox was forced to be left behind by the Team Squad and possessed by Invictus, and beforehand demanded that Fox not be left behind. In "Change is Gonna Come", Ash was willing to confront Invictus itself in order to get Fox back, and expressed horror and disbelief when Invictus told her that Gary would kill Fox.

Nightfall - Possible mother figure

Although acting snappy with her a couple of times, Nightfall acts rather motherly around Ash, and while Ash originally rejected her advances in "The Grand Surrender", it is hinted she eventually comes around to her. After Nightfall sacrifices herself, Ash recalls the time she told her she would be good for something in the future. This causes Ash to go into a frenzy of power, freeing Avocato from his possession.

Mooncake - Friend

Mooncake is shown acting very friendly towards Ash, such as when he cuddled with her before she told her backstory. Other than the few instances shown, not much can really be pieced together about their relationship.

Harp- Younger Sister

Harp is Ash's biological sister; Ash is shown to care for Harp very much she wanted to save Harp even though Harp was gone/broken.

KVN- Friend

Ash never really showed a reaction other than some minor annoyance, until he sacrificed his insanity chip to save Fox, Ash gave him a big hug and is shown to feel extremely grateful. Instances afterwards seem to show a relationship of neutrality towards KVN.

Avocato - Friend

Originally freeing him from Invictus's grasp, Ash and Avocato grew friendly with one another after Season 2. Being a part of Avocato's group, Ash and Avocato collaborate and cooperate multiple times, like putting the trapped robot out of his misery, and fighting off hoards of zombies. Even when Avocato's crew gets trapped by Lord Commander and Avocato's past was forcibly revealed, she stated for him not to feel guilty, as he was manipulated. He responds with how he still was the one that killed them, manipulated or not.

Quinn Ergon - Friend

Not much is known about Quinn and Ash's relationship, but it is implied that they are friendly with one another, as Ash expressed concern upon learning about the Final Space disease and how it was affecting Quinn. Despite the fear of using her powers after learning they came from Invictus, Ash uses them to save Quinn when she nearly fell into the black hole.

Quotes and Catchphrases

  • "Eat flames, you dipwads! Bathe in my punishing fire!"
  • "You can call me Ash, Ms. Graven, or Ma'am but NOT Ashy!"
  • "Good? My brother is still missing. Or have you forgotten?"
  • "If you must know, Invictus and I... are working things out."
  • "You have a comment? Tell me to my face."
  • "You don't have to be scared of me."
  • "He seemed pretty alive to me..."
  • "Invictus also inhabited Gary, and Avocato, and you! And all of YOU are alive!"
  • "I want my brother's body."
  • MORE COMING SOON


Trivia

  • She is voiced by Ashly Burch, best known for her role as Chloe Price from the video game Life is Strange.
    • According to FX supervisor Ryan Adams, Ash was originally going to be voice by Kate Micucci, but she was recasted in favor of Ashly Burch.
  • She likes Little Cato and is a little obsessed with him.
    • In "The Toro Regatta", she admits it by accident.
    • In "The Happy Place", she made him jump with her and say she likes his fur.
    • She is hinted to have a doll made of Little Cato's hair.
    • Despite this, Olan Rogers has confirmed that Little Cato and Ash will never have any romantic relationship, as they are meant to be seen as family. [2]
  • It is strongly implied that Ash is bisexual. She mentions having a crush on a young man named Jordan Hammerstein, but later she develops a close relationship with Evra that's laden with romantic undertones. While Evra is a genderless being, when asked what form Ash wants them to take, they take on a distinctly female form which Ash grows attached to.
  • Ash had a birth defect where she only has one eye which is her left eye, until "Change is Gonna Come" where Invictus gave her two eyes.
  • Her name means "sculpted ash".
  • In "The Descent Into Darkness", it is revealed that Ash does not like being called "Ashy", although she allows Fox to call her that.
  • She owns a collection of spleens, and said that if Gary had died she would've taken his heart.
  • In the Final Thoughts for "The Grand Surrender", Anne Farrell, the writer of the episode, claimed that Ash was 16-17 years old. [3] However, in a Discord AMA, series creator Olan Rogers stated that Ash was in her late teens, putting Ash's age around 18 or 19 years.

References

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