[[caption-width-right:312:Left to right: Bandit, Byron, Syr'Nj, Gravedust, Payet, and Frigg.]]

''[[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-1/chapter-1-cover/ Guilded Age]]'' is a HeroicFantasy webcomic, in which six fairly competent adventurers conveniently meet and form a group to make a living of... well... adventuring. It's written by Phil Kahn and Creator/TCampbell, with art by Erica Henderson (Chapters 1 through 7) and John Waltrip (Chapter 8 onward).

The meat of the story deals with our heroes getting hired to do various jobs for the growing human nation of Gastonia. Gastonia is in the middle of a technological revolution, and its rapid border expansion has earned it much ire from the "savage races," as well as older magical societies, like those of the elves. On top of that, each of the six characters has their own issues to deal with, and as a group the multicultural, multiracial band tends to face as much personal conflict as they do political conflict. At least, [[MindScrew that's how it starts...]]

The first six chapters began with a mini adventure taking place [[NextSundayAD sometime]] after the main story arc. WordOfGod says that it was to give the beloved audience the guarantee of a future full of gang-asskicking. The main story arc begins by relating how each of the protagonists met to finally form a party and deliver said asskicking. From the seventh chapter on, however, the storyline has taken on a more linear format.

!!Guilded Age provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Frigg. Syr'Nj, too, although she's not as obviously female.
* AffablyEvil: Iver, Savasi Warlord, doesn't really make much effort to hide how much of a SmugSnake he really is and how clearly he's just using the World's Rebellion to make himself rich, but at least he's charming about it. On the Gastonian side of things, His Grace Iwatani is a ManipulativeBastard extraordinaire playing the cultists and his own allies against each other to advance his own agenda, but at the same time he puts on a friendly and concerned facade to whomever he's speaking to, he's shown nothing short of frank admiration for how well Syr'nj has handled herself [[spoiler:as a member of the Heads of Houses,]] and he's a genuinely doting father to his son, Taro.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Simultaneously played straight and inverted. From the ninth chapter onwards [[spoiler:It is revealed that the characters are actually living in a {{Magitek}} PeopleJars video game described as a cross between Film/TheMatrix and a Kinect. The creator, [[TechnoWizard H.R.]] [[{{Technopath}} Dedalus]] can't get them out, and everything within the game seems to be taking a mind of its own.]]
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls are fairly smart on the whole, have orange skin, and are the leaders of the World's Rebellion. They are possessed of regenerative abilities, and Syr'Nj mentions that troll blood can be used to treat minor wounds.
* AltText:
** All the comics have this, mainly for jokes. For chapter openings, though, it's instead "The one where [something related to the chapter contents]."
** [[spoiler: Then there's [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-34-page-24/ that one page]] with the ominous ''[[NothingIsScarier lack]]'' of AltText...]]
* AnachronicOrder: Each of the first six chapters is divided in two parts: The first one follows the party in one of their many adventures, the other one forms a regular story arc showing the party's meeting and eventual banding together.
* AnachronismStew: Somehow Syr'Nj invented dynamite. [[BuffySpeak And called them "boom sticks."]]
* ArcWords:
-->'''Syr'nj:''' You don't have to see eye to eye to stand shoulder to shoulder.
* ArtEvolution: When the comic's artist changed from Erica Henderson to John Waltrip.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: A common trend with several races of the World's Rebellion, particularly the trolls and the landsharks. [[spoiler:The fact that the ''Savasi'' also believe in this comes to bite Warlord Iver on the ass in a big way in chapter 46.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Gravedust Deserthammer is probably the guiltiest of this, with Frigg even asking him if she can have his name after he dies.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:The entire party during chapter 10.]]
** [[spoiler:Bandit in particular makes an UnexplainedRecovery at the end of chapter 11. She claims not to know how she got better and [[HandWave figures that Harky's blood]] may have had something to do with it. After TheReveal, it's likely that Bandit just respawned like any MMO PC, and that the troll blood explanation was her player staying in character.]]
* BadassBoast: Priestlord Gigundus gets a good one, and [[TheBerserker Byron]] has a pretty good response to it.
-->'''Gigundus:''' I am the Priestlord Gigundus! There is no authority here but mine, elf. My word is the ''blood'' that flows through this world and washes out its disobedience.\\
'''Byron:''' Yeah, well. I'm Byron the Berserker. Mine are the axes that ''thirst'' for blood.
* BandageBabe: Frigg, when held prisoner. It seems to be her underwear though, making it more of a western {{Sarashi}}.
* BagOfHolding: Syr'Nj. [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-4/chapter-4-page-13/ How she got it]] is apparently a NoodleIncident for now.
* BarbarianHero: Frigg. Less in terms of the culture that raised her than her crass & violent attitude.
* TheBerserker: Byron, though it takes a '''lot''' to push his BerserkButton, and pushing it has ''consequences''. BewareTheNiceOnes, indeed.
* BigDamnHeroes: When they find [[spoiler:Penk and Magda trying to stop the otherworldly beast from reaching innocents,]] the Peacemakers decide they can't stand by and watch, so Frigg and Rachel ride WAV's CoolBike down the cliff and [[RammingAlwaysWorks crash into it.]] Could also be considered a VillainousRescue, at least from the Champions' point of view.
* BigNo: Parodied when Payet mourns the loss of his faithful [[Franchise/FinalFantasy bawkbagok]].
--> ''Payet:'' Keirnas! '''NOOOOOOOOOO'''- ''[gasp]'' -'''OOOOOOOOO!!!'''
* BodyHorror: The Ur-Animals. Even [[InHarmonyWithNature wood elves]] are disturbed by them. The most recognizable appears to be a cross between a gorilla and a spider.
* BoisterousBruiser: Frigg.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: End of Chapter 8. Which was also the end of act one.
* BoomerangBigot: [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-8/ This Wood Elf comedian's act]] is used to cast light on Gastonia's racism.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** Payet. He was shocked (but not hammed) and dismayed that the core group was shocked that he saved Byron and after a small confession, he decided to be a better ally [[spoiler: and since he is suppossed to found a basin that would tell him his destiny, this seems to be the flavor of the new chapter]].
** And then there was a much more significant breakdown after [[spoiler: finding the basin and seeing his death.]]
* BuffySpeak: Frigg in general. Highlighted in her daydream during her attempts at diplomacy (without violence) with the gnomes.
--> '''Frigg:''' Sorry Ardaic! I tried my best, but someone accidentally killed them to death.\\
'''Ardaic:''' You're fired. Without you to protect them, your friends with totally die and stuff. And deep down you will know it was your fault, because [[YouSuck you suck at life.]]\\
'''Frigg:''' Well ''shit''.
* ByronicHero: Byron, of course.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Syr'Nj has plant-based names for body parts. Toes = Taproots, Hair = Foliage, etc.
** This is not entirely just a question of nomenclature: she can, for instance, absorb water through her taproots, and is surprised to learn that her human friends cannot.
* ChurchMilitant: Our Lady of the Perpetual Bloodshot Eyeball. Their WeaponOfChoice is a long ruler with a blade fixed to it. May also count as ReligionOfEvil.
* CoitusUninterruptus: To be fair, both Payet and Frigg should know better than to do it ''in the middle'' of a rescue mission, as pointed down by Byron.
* ColourCodedCharacters: Each of the [[spoiler: [[PeopleJars tanks]]]] seem to be a different colour which is associated with one of the main characters.
** Also during the [[spoiler: interviews, several accessories on their person are highlighted to give us an idea of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic their personalities/hobbies]] as well as who they are in the game.]]
** Then there's the enigma of [[spoiler:why Mr. Daedalus' tie is in Bandit's colors - or, more significantly, in the colours of Cultist magic.]]
* TheComicallySerious: '' '''GRAVEDUST''' ''. Seriously. Keynes herself states that she finds his serious facial expressions hilarious. Case in point: [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-11/ The People's Eyebrow]]
* CuttingTheKnot: Frigg rescues kidnapped children. With her mace.
** Frigg tops herself there when she applies this trope [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-21/ to chess]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Payet. He can't quite understand Sky Elves' wisdom but sure knows how to kick pirate ass.
* DanceBattler: Payet and Frigg, in the pirate cave.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gravedust, paradoxically. He's almost completely lacking in humor, so on the rare occasions when he ''does'' crack wise, he does it with such a straight face that it's hard to tell whether he's actually joking or not. [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-6-page-2/ Case in point.]]
* DeathTrap: Some sort of DrowningPit.
* DeepImmersionGaming: Taken to its logical conclusion.
* DeconstructorFleet: A level-headed berserker, a thuggish "crusader," an elven scientist, a dwarven shaman/archer, and an elf mistaken for the chosen one go on adventurers in a setting that paints a harsh and almost historical light on FantasticRacism.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Scenes set [[spoiler: outside the game]] are sepia toned, with a few [[SplashOfColor splashes of color.]] Such as the [[spoiler: PeopleJars and Mr. Daedalus' tie.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Inverted. Gravedust, easily the member of the cast most lacking in comedic ability, ends up having to pretend to be a comedian on a stage. He [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-7-page-17/ tells a mediocre joke]] about misfortune which the audience finds increasingly hilarious as he begins to explain how the joke actually depicts a very tragic situation and questions the audience's mirth.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early chapters had the characters engaging in a load of pop-culture references as casual dialog, Frigg moreso than anyone else, when they weren't all living in a WorldOfSnark. This faded over time as the setting developed into its current and somewhat more serious state.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The beast the cultists let into the world. It appears to be able to destroy people completely, in a way that appears to involve their nature as video game characters.]]
* EnemyMine: When [[spoiler:the corrupting beast attacks the World's Rebellion,]] the Peacemakers join forces with Penk and Magda to fight it.
* EnfantTerrible: [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-4/chapter-4-page-14/ Taro Iwatani]].
%%* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Von Carnaj]] is killed this way by Gravedust.
* FacePalm: When a band of "adventurer's-rights enforcers" sets up their own nation on Gastonian soil, Syr'nj and Field Marshal Ardaic [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-23-page-5/ react in the only possible way.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: End of Chapter 8:
-->'''Syr'nj:''' You all have a choice. Remember that.
* FantasticRacism: Gastonia starts their kids on it [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-8/a-childrens-guide-to-arkerra-part-i/ early]]. [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] are lowest on the ladder, used as slave labor by all sides and seemingly universally considered to be incredibly stupid.
* AFatherToHisMen: Byron. Though he has not yet been officially acknowledged as The Leader, he's usually the team's tactical planner, and he's the one who is most prone to showing concern for the fate of his fellow adventurers. May also qualify as the TeamDad.
%%* FiveManBand:
%%** TheHero: Syr'nj
%%** TheLancer: Bandit (Field Commander)
%%** TheSmartGuy: Gravedust.
%%** TheBigGuy: Frigg and Scipio.
%%** TheChick: E-Merl and Rachael (ActionGirl).
%%** SixthRanger: Byron
* FloatingContinent: The city of Asallah En-Qu'Lara.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Ask an Adventurer comics, in which the characters respond to reader-submitted questions. They often provide interesting information about the Guilded Age universe.
* FreudianExcuse: Every member of the team and some of the villains seems to have one.
* GadgeteerGenius: Gnomes in general, coming up with a myriad of fantastical machines with a heavy ClockPunk influence. Syr'Nj also has a touch of it with her flashbang grenades, but she's mostly a chemist.
* GeniusBruiser: Byron is the core tactician of the group, and often trades the role of leader/diplomat between himself, Syr'nj, and Bandit.
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Bandit is introduced to the comic this way when she nicks Syr'nj's wallet. This event also serves to unite the group (minus Best or Bandit) together for the first time.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Rachel smiles as she is about to be killed by the cultists' monster after saving Frigg from it.]]
* HateSink: Everything Payet does is calculated to make the reader hate him.
* HehHehYouSaidX: In [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-1-page-2/ one of the very first strips]]...
-->'''Gnoll Shaman:''' I am the Mouth of Tectonicus! What makes you think I'd go down easy?
-->'''Frigg:''' Haha...he's a "''mouth''". "''Going down''".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: An employee finds out [[spoiler:about the players trapped in DeepImmersionGaming hidden in the basement. HR]] finds him there and kills him.
* HeroesPreferSwords: None of the core group members use swords as main weapons, but Syr'nj keeps a sword-and-buckler as sidearms. On the other hand, latecomer Scipio uses a sword and shield to great effect.
* HeroicBSOD: Byron gets into a bit of a funk after he [[spoiler: berserks and kills or incapacitates his entire team.]] It's bad enough that he has to be taken out of action for awhile, and begs to be killed so that it will never happen again.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Rachel, with a broken leg, hands a half-conscious Frigg off to Sundar so that they can escape The Beast, allowing it to kill her instead.]]
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: All gnome first names. Bandit's name used to be "Carrier" Keynes back before she became a thief, when she hauled ore from the mines to the smelters.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: Induced by MissedTheCall.
* HumansAreBastards: Gastonia is pretty much a hive of racists out to conquer and plunder the planet in much the same vein as 17th-19th century colonialists. The comic has shown that no one, ''not a single'' race could be considered good or all that nice. Either they are: xenophobic, condescendent, tyrannical, downright genocidial or all of the above. Really, the only reason why Humans are labeled like this (at first), was because they were the only ones shown.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Not so much in the comic itself, but the reader comments thereof will pick a pertinent topic in a given comic and string out every pun possible from it.
* ICallItVera: Bayen and Brayen, Byron's hatchets. Named after [[spoiler: his dead brothers whom he killed while berserk.]]
* IdeaBulb: Lightbulbs not being common in Arkerra, [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-24-page-15/ Frigg's is actually her mace.]]
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted. One of the troll children Penk sends to get his drum gets caught by the [[EldritchAbomination monster.]]]]
* ISeeDeadPeople: Gravedust does.
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-26-page-20/ Scipio]] [[CombatPragmatist doesn't buy it.]]
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Syr'Nj does not see the point in one having toes if one can't pump water with them.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The pirate ship. Designed by a kid, no less.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-3-page-10/ Byron is really good with those axes.]]
* IndulgentFantasySegue: For Frigg [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-16/ this scene]] is bizarrely a PetTheDog moment where we learn she really does care about her companions and [[HiddenDepths isn't as satisfied with being a thug as she acts]].
* InnerMonologue: Byron does this whenever he is alone. Usually it's tactical planning and combat advice, to the point that the AltText has called him "the [[Series/BurnNotice Michael Weston]] of Arkerra."
* InstantSeduction: Payet somehow knows how to do this. It might be because everyone believes he's an Epic Hero.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Payet Best's guitar is both a literal and figurative axe. Penk uses his drum as a weapon with sonic waves strong enough to shatter eardrums. WAV can also use his keytar in combat via MagicMusic, at least against the EldritchAbomination summoned by cultists, since its form is disrupted by rhythmic harmonies.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: The likenesses of the characters from ''Webcomic/HijinksEnsue'' show up in chapter 9.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Payet really, truly believes himself the only one that matters in the group. [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-11/chapter-11-page-15/ So when his destiny is revealed to him...]]
* JerkAss: Payet Best. He even unlocks an achievement for it.
* JerkassHasAPoint: A lot of what [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-38-page-23/ Miyamoto says]] about adventurers is harsh-but-true.
* JiveTurkey: Frigg is basically a [[Website/FourChan /b/tard]] playing a Paladin.
* KilledOffForReal: The cultists' monster seems to be able to do this, since we see [[spoiler:Rachel's player trying to get the Kingdoms of Arkerra tech support to restore her mysteriously deleted character.]]
* KrakenAndLeviathan: An attack on Gastonia involves calling one to the port with a horn that apparently sounds like a kraken mating call. Fortunately, Bandit gets the horn that called it and sends it back out to sea before it can do much damage.
* LastOfHisKind: Gravedust finds out he is [[spoiler:the last remaining Mystic of his people. Their leader killed the rest.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Payet, when fighting the huge pirate.
* LifeEnergy: Gravedust can count enemies through walls by sensing it.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: A single epic spell effectively managed to kill mountains of kobolds as well as unbalance the supply and demand of kobold hides.
--> ''Sundar'': Just because they got ''unbelievable'' mental self-discipline and control powers that would drive an ordinary person insane, they think they're '''better''' than us.
* LogicalWeakness: The Gnomish War Machine is stolen and taken on a rampage through Gnometown. The gnomes defending their town immediately surround it and go for its vulnerable treads to keep it from escaping, while Frigg climbs up the side, bashes open an access hatch, and tears it apart from the inside. While it's a terrifying siege engine capable of doing a lot of damage, its only weapons are its mass and a pair of hammer-arms, and as a result it's not terribly effective at defending itself against footsoldiers, or in a confined area.
* LostInCharacter: Byron, Syr'Nj, Frigg, Gravedust, and Payet are all really [[spoiler: five online gamers who are so immersed in the virtual game they're playing in that they actually think they ''are'' their charcters.]]
* MadeOfIron: Frigg, all the way. Not only is she the party's designated "meatshield", but [[spoiler: after being captured by the Sisters of the Bloodshot Eye and beaten and tortured so badly her face looks like bloody hamburger, she's still talking trash and making jokes.]]
* MartialPacifist: Syr'Nj left her nature-loving, isolationist home to join the military of expansionist Gastonia in hopes of finding a way for Wood Elves and Humans to live in harmony.
* MassOhCrap: After [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-1-page-4/ a highly explosive item ends up in an active volcano by accident]], four of the five heroes present display some rather impressive OhCrap expressions. The fifth, [[TheStoic Gravedust]], sticks with one that seems to say YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe...
* MeaningfulEcho: "You have a choice." Syr'Nj says it first when [[spoiler:trying to calm a berserk Byron.]] He later repeats it to her [[spoiler:to get her to release Graiya's Bough.]]
* MeaningfulName: All of the party. Seriously, how are you supposed not to become a criminal when you're called ''Bandit'' Keynes?
** Word of God says that Bandit is her job title in the recent Q&A
* TheMedic: [[PunnyName Syr'Nj]].
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Played with.
-->'''Sundar:''' ''[getting a shot of truth serum]'' '''SHE'S TORTURING MEEEEEE!''' ''[after the shot takes effect]'' '''ACTUALLY, IT WAS ONLY A MINOR PINCHING SENSAAAAATION!'''
* MissedTheCall: Payet fulfills almost all the requirements of a prophecy made by a mad woman in the town and is declared the "Epic Hero". The real Epic Hero (who fulfils the one requirement Payet missed) shows up after a few days, but the mad woman has a heart attack right after, due to the strain of shouting "THE PROPHECY!" over and over.
* MusicalAssassin: Payet, if you can call fighting with a half-instrument half-axe killing with music.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The final stop on the party's guided tour of the World's Rebellion camp is the "death pit."
* NoodleIncident: The events leading up to the Flooding Prison Incident seem to have turned into this.
* NunsAreSpooky: The Sisters of the Bloodshot Eye are evil nuns that wield rulers with razors on them.
* ObviousPregnancy: Payet leaves behind many women in this condition. JerkAss.
* OhCrap: Harky goes from laughing and mocking the party to panicking and screaming for someone to get him out of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast death pit]] when Byron starts berserking.
* OneHitPolykill: [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-2-page-4/ One arrow, two cultists.]]
* OneManArmy: While a complete douchebag and all around {{jerkass}}, Payet had taken on literally hordes of enemies single-handedly without so much as a split end.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: At first, seemingly played straight by Gravedust. [[LukeNounverber Something-hammer last name?]] Check. Big beard? Check. TheComicallySerious? Check. Standard dwarf.
** However, later we learn that dwarves are desert nomads who have been driven from their mountains. Furthermore, their women are lustful, their children don't respect authority, and, most atypical of all, some of them [[FelonyMisdemeanor DON'T HAVE BEARDS!]]
** Gravedust isn't your typical armored hammer/axe warrior either. He's some kind of shaman/archer who can speak with the dead and ask them to lend their strength to his arrows. However, the impression he gives of much the rest of his race is that of more traditional dwarf warriors.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Sky elves, Winter elves, Shit elves (although that's just the colloquial name) and Wood Elves
** Also, Wood Elves supposedly have root-like feet viewed as awkward by other races (if they know it exists at all).
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: They're very apelike and seem to be viewed as on close to the same level as animals, to the point where even the people rebelling against Gastonia's FantasticRacism treat orcs as slave labor. Whether or not the perception is accurate, however, is still unclear. At the very least, [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-28-page-9/ they're smart enough to comprehend the idea of working hard in exchange for not being beaten.]]
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:The players controlling the main party(minus Bandit, plus Best) are on life support in these.]]
* PlantPerson: Syr'Nj and other Wood Elves.
* PunctuationShaker: Wood Elves fall under the "apostrophe as a universal stand-in for vowels" version.
* ProductDisplacement:
** [[spoiler: The company Daedalus is [=CEO=] of is called [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Hurricane Software]] and their hit [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] is called [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of Arkerra]].]]
** Also with the mention of various [[spoiler:social networking sites such as [[Website/MySpace [=MyFeeds=]]] and [[Website/{{Facebook}} Faceblog.]]]]
** Averted with references to other products such as [[spoiler: Kinect, Film/TheMatrix and Creator/JackKirby.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rachel gets one from Scipio when [[spoiler:she fails to give it her all to protect her friends from her former sisters, resulting in [[DistressedDude E-merl being kidnapped]] and Frigg being poisoned.]]
-->'''Scipio:''' Faith's your strength, but your prayers are lacking muscle lately.[...]Which endangers us all. Didn't know you cared so little about us.\\
'''Rachel:''' I care ''everything'' for you! You are my broth--comrades! You let me do works of good and greatness!\\
'''Scipio:''' And yet we mean no more to you than anyone else.\\
'''Rachel:''' Of course you do!\\
'''Scipio:''' So "loving all others equally" is actually impossible. Sounds good on parchment, but you never practiced that doctrine. Ever. You just made it an excuse when kissing E-merl got too scary. And now he's about to be hunted to death. I can't save him on my own. You love us? [[PrecisionFStrike Fuckin' prove it.]]
* ReligionOfEvil:
** The Countless Limbs are a [[WeAreEverywhere deceptively massive]] cult that worships death and seeks the end of all life. The rank-and-file are kind of lousy and some were forced by their parents to become cultists.
** Our Lady of the Perpetual Bloodshot Eyeball may also count.
* TheReveal: Following the BolivianArmyCliffhanger at the end of Chapter 8, Chapter 9 begins with a shift of focus to Payet, summoned to a new quest. Then the perspective zooms out to reveal a man watching him [[spoiler: on a computer monitor]]. The watcher turns out to be [[spoiler: the [=CEO=] of a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] company]].
* RunningGag: The AltText makes a lot of "But can X see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?" jokes.
* SaveTheVillain: When the Champions are attacked by [[spoiler:the corrupting beast,]] several of the Peacemakers have just tracked it to them. They find themselves up on a cliff overlooking Penk and Magda's attempts to fight it. Sundar is all for leaving them for it, but everyone else insists on intervening. Even Frigg points out that no one deserves that fate.
* SchizoTech: The majority of people use medieval arms and armor, but gnomes employ guns and a lot of ClockPunk-inspired devices that far outstrip the rest of the setting's technology, including autonomous fighters good for war or training, and massive house-sized tanks. Then you have massive dirigibles providing bomber support, Rendar's flying machine and white phosphorous grenades, goblin Hammertanks, and Goblaurence's rocket launcher that he put together out of battlefield scrap. Though, a fair bit of it seems to be {{Magitek}}.
* ScienceHero: Syr'Nj is the party's CombatMedic -- not through traditional holy/nature powers, but through an array of drug-filled needles and good old-fashioned paramedic training. Her goal is to show humans (and her father) that science and nature can work in harmony.
* TheScream: Syr'Nj pulls this twice, once at the end of the side adventure in the first chapter and again in the guest comic linked as ShipTease on [[YMMV/GuildedAge the YMMV page]].
* ScrewYouElves: While supposed an ancient, powerful and all advanced civilization, the Sky Elves where easily cowed by [[AxeCrazy Frigg]] after she had enough of their pretentiousness. Even Syr'Nj told them that it would be better to get in a good relationship with Gastonia before... [[UnusualEuphemism they get diplomatic.]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/GuildedAge Has it's own page]].
* SirSwearsalot: '''[[MeaningfulName Frigg]]'''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Big time, when Payet Best is hailed as a hero in a small town in which he tried to get work. Given the sheer randomness of his origin, he's a surprisingly competent adventurer, not that this makes him any humbler.
* SkyPirate: Aerial Piracy. Couldn't be more proud.
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: [[spoiler: The world of "Kingdoms of Arkerra" seems to be between Level II (Background NPC) and Level III (for the foreground NPC)... unless its a typical '''mmorpg''' which would make them Level I that look like level III.]]
* StartMyOwn: The effectiveness of the Gastonian Peacemakers was not lost on Harky, especially after the miserable defeat in B'ial Vezk, so in response he put forth a call to arms for a team of champions that would serve the World's Rebellion, one member from each race. It worked. Extremely well.
* StealthPun: [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-10-page-22/ In this strip]], the party suggests sending the "best" amoung them first. Payet ''Best'' is part of the group.
* SuperWindowJump: Byron makes a dramatic entrance to draw the attention of the Sisterhood of the Perpetual Bloodshot Eyeball when the party comes to break Frigg out. Apparently Byron is familiar with the move, calling it a "simple yet impressive maneuver" to throw your enemies and build your confidence up. [[spoiler: However, that is merely a diversion which allows the team to sneak in through a side door.]]
* TalkingWeapon: "I swear, not even my own sword appreciates me."
* TitleDrop: In the AltText of [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-12/chapter-12-page-7/ this]] strip.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: "The Five," Byron, Syr'Nj, Gravedust, Frigg, and Payet, may be heading for this as they are the only players of Kingdoms of Arkerra who [[DeepImmersionGaming are so immersed in the game that they believe it's their reality.]] The other player characters are a bit weirded out that "The Big Four" never break character or seem to understand that there is life outside of Arkerra.]]
* TomatoSurprise: The beginning of chapter 9 let us know that [[spoiler: none of the adventures are "real" but its an extremely advanced experiment in virtual simulation for the online Game [[BlandNameProduct "Kingdoms of Arkerra"]] and the adventure group to be volunteers that are incapable of turning it off. HR's comments pose a philosophical question of "what is real?" when he implies Arkerra is indeed a real place, one that he 'found' through the game. He likened it to a sculptor, revealing a statue that was always in the block of marble.]]
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Byron, upon seeing the ruins of Leafport.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Byron, [[spoiler:in the aftermath of ch. 8.]] Complete with bird pecking his head.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: You're my bitches, bitches!
* UnsoundEffect:
** After [[spoiler: Best's fight with Byron]], the "sound effect" for Frigg's shrug was "INDIFFERENCE".
** Earlier, after Bandit proves Byron right: "'''SMUG'''"
** Syr'Nj's smile, after she and her cohorts receive a diplomatic appointment, has the "sound effect" of "KA-PEACE!"
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Payet seemed like a pretty nice kid before a whole town convinced him he was the TheChosenOne and showered him with gifts and easy women.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Twice, once when [[spoiler:Carol]] disposes of a body and once when Frigg is poisoned.
* WeNeedADistraction: Turns out killing the entire crew is an efficient distraction.
* WhamEpisode:
** Chapter 8 [[spoiler:ends in a TotalPartyKill.]]
** And just four pages into Chapter 9, we learn [[spoiler: it's all a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]]...Or is it?]]
** Chapter 25 has [[spoiler:one of HR's employees accidentally find his way into HR's secret lab, people jars and all. HR, who up to this point had mostly been struggling to make any real progress toward his plots, [[NotSoHarmlessVillain murders him in cold blood, cuts off the man's arm, and in a later chapter uses it to fuel a dark ritual]] that puts a copy of himself ''inside Arkerra.'']]
** Chapters 35 and 36. [[spoiler:Rachel is [[DeaderThanDead erased by the corrupter beast]], and Byron is captured and "killed" in a way that reawakens his Berserker Madness worse than ever before. He attacks a nearby cultist village, which the Adventurer's Guild was investigating, and spreads the Madness around. The ensuing carnage ends with the death toll in the dozens, including at the minimum Rabbit, a number of the Kickstarter characters, and Byron himself.]] ''Damn.''
** Chapter 38, page 4. [[spoiler: HR Daedalus, the "creator" of World of Arkerra enters the plane of Arkerra with all of his godlike powers, as the end result of his massive nihilism.]]
** Chapter 39: [[spoiler: Over in the real world, Scipio's player Kaye is murdered by HR's thug.]]
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: "Adventurers?! That's why we can't have evil things!"
* TheWorfEffect: Byron is billed as "the Berserker" and generally treated as the most competent member of the group, but he's usually also the first to go down (one way or another) when things get sufficiently serious.
* YouMeanXmas: Almost every race seems to have its own holiday around the winter solstice.The Gastonians have Axemas, as well as a Passing Day for giving gifts to the poor. The gnomes have (well, had) Spanner's Eve, the trolls have a Tectonicalia (similar to the Saturnalia in Ancient Rome), the Savasi dwarves have an Olympics-like competition, and the gnolls have another gift-giving holiday called Traal. Both the puns and the coincidental timing of the celebrations make perfect sense once it's revealed where Arkerra came from.