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'''''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/comics/tales-of-the-questor/ Tales of the Questor]]''''' is a webcomic by one [[Creator/RalphHayesJr Ralph Hayes (RH) Junior]]. It tells the tale of Quentyn, a young anthropomorphic raccoon (or "Rac Cona Daimh" or "Racconan" but who are we kidding?) who spends his days with adventure books and daydreams. When the traditional ritual where young kits choose their career for life approaches, young Quentyn shocks everyone and becomes the local laughing stock as he declares his desire to become a Questor - a type of noble hero-for-hire whose like hasn't been around for ages, and who are practically nothing but adventure book fluff. But, it turns out there are legal requirements to have one when someone offers. So begins Quentyn's own adventure - he's now an official Questor and it's up to him to do what a Questor must, even if it means having to face great dangers and things he's never had to encounter during his young, sheltered life -- and practical exile as he's tasked with a gigantic quest that requires him to head into the lands of humans.

[=TotQ=] borders between a humoristic adventure comic and a more dramatic story about Quentyn's maturing and the problems he faces due to still being a young boy, with stronger emphasis on the serious side as it has progressed. The comic is also notable for its writer's tendency to convey his religious and political views through it, though these traits have decreased over time and transferred into other mediums. At its best, the comic works its themes into an imaginative fantasy allegory, much like Creator/CSLewis' ''{{Narnia}}'' novels, and it constructs a deep world that helps alleviate these problems.

Pretty well on the Idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

Has a SpinOff comic: ''QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger''.

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0670/ The philosophy of Rosad the Monster-maker and his followers]].
* AchievementsInIgnorance: The creation of Wildcard was accomplished by three youngsters who had gotten themselves [[DrunkenMaster drunk]] in celebration of Quentyn's becoming a Questor. Once sober, [[WhatDidIDoLastNight none of them had the slightest idea how they did it]]. Neither did certified experts, at least until they break out the [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic "Deep Runic Scanner"]] - and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0230/ discover]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal fractal patterns]] for the first time in their universe.
** In the following page, it's revealed that they "invented" eight new runes. Those are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_gate logic gates,]] with the implications thereof explained in the page after that.
** According to WordOfGod, alcohol doesn't affect Racconans in exactly the same way as ([[ImmuneToDrugs most]]) humans. There's a point where they get smarter but lose all inhibitions - {{Drunken Master}}y.
*** So alcohol turns Racconans into [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Sparks?]]
** On a far less DeusExMachina note, Quentyn's [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0043/ elfshot pistol]]; a {{Magitek}} [[AutomaticCrossbows Automatic Crossbow]] which normally has "a hundred shots. Take a day or more to recharge, though..." Except his ''[[MoreDakka fires all one hundred at once.]]'' Turns out [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0376/ its regulator had been broken off]], which a friend of his WrenchWench childhood friend thought was a slick trick - and that he was lucky it didn't [[ExplosiveOverclocking blow up in his hands.]] He then mods it so it won't, then adds a replaceable clip and [[SwissArmyGun settings to control rounds fired and spread]].
*** Hayes seems fond of this trope. Arlen was just trying to clean up a toxic village, and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0573/ getting repeated browbeatings]] from {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s over the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bio-engineered plants]] he's designed for that purpose. He comes up with a pseudo-scam to get a permit; his uncle owns most of said toxic village, but though he can't actually ''profit'' from the tainted land, he can claim the deeds as the "undisclosed assets" of [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0576/ a company to which the bureaucrats would grant said permit]]. He's even able to get permits for other biologists doing odd research. Then the bureaucrats discover the LoopholeAbuse, and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem change the laws]] to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0583/ have the plants destroyed]]. But [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0585/ on the day the cops come to torch the fields]], ''[[CueTheSun the sun rises]] on [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0586/ a field full of bushes]] bearing [[GrowsOnTrees berries of pure]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium aluminium]].''[[hottip:*: That's Aluminum for you American Tropers]] Read about the stuff on ThatOtherWiki and you'll realize that '''he just became the richest racconan on Aerith.'''
**** And it turns out [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0588/ some of them]] don't just process it into metal, but ''[[UpToEleven crystalize]]'' it. Look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corundum Corundum]].
* AdultFear: The arc [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0161/ "Hunter of Shadows."]] Imagine that your child has been suffering from [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0168/ inexplicable night terrors]]-- unable to sleep for fear of monstrous creatures creeping out of the shadows at night to get him. Then one stormy night you come running to his room to find out that his terrors are [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0192/ REAL-- and are crawling up onto his bed after him....]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted.
* AfterActionHealingDrama: Second encounter with the wraiths
* AfterActionPatchup: first encounter with the wraiths.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Quentyn's initial treatment by his villagers after his career announcement. Subverted later on.
* AlternateLandmarkHistory: A human visitor thinks that the many stonehenges in Antillia must be some kind of temple or burial shrine. He's later embarrased to learn that they're actually used as [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0045/ glorified incinerators.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattleField: 'Looking' for lux, especially in the Seven Villages, usually involves a flashy rainbow-colored background.
* AnimatedArmor: Pelinor's master's armor was this. When he died in it, the squire claimed it was haunted by his ghost. What actually happened is still unclear, but ''something'' is in there.
* AntiMagic: There are small cheap rods that soak up magic like a sponge but burn out quickly, rat-wights that eat magic and use it to duplicate, and dragons are completely immune.
** Also, granite is lux-proof, so granite stonehenges are used as containment fields for artifact tests and similarly violent magical tasks.
* AuthorAppeal: RH Junior really likes his anthropomorphic raccoons. Though it has to be said not to the point of fetish. In a certain D&D game RH was playing, his character, starting out as a Gnome Rogue, eventually got polymorphed into an anthropomorphic raccoon. From that point on, things that happened in the D&D campaign made it into the comic and vice versa (the Elf Shot pistol started out as a Magic Missile crossbow in the D&D campaign). Which leads us to:
** AuthorAvatar: Quentyn is not quite a direct avatar of RH, but after the above mentioned changes in his D&D character, Quentyn became more like the character, who in turn was more like the 'real' RH than Quentyn originally was.
* AuthorFilibuster: RH Junior's completely unrelated rant comics in-between the early run of the comic.
** No longer in effect once the site was moved to a new location.
* [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning Awesome Moment Of]] {{Knighting}}: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0034/ Painfully subverted.]]
* BackgroundMagicField: Lux. It's emitted by all living things, but in a twist, it can also be mechanically generated (the Luxfont, located in the central village, is very clearly the magical equivalent of a hydroelectric plant).
* BadassBoast: See image at the top of the page. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0310/ And that's only the first half of it.]]
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0597/ Given motivation]], [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0598/ he does have a knack for it]].
** This almost seems to be the standard response to threats for Ralph's protagonists.
* BadassCreed: Quentyn, [[spoiler:during the fight with the rat king.]]
-->The lord is my shepherd;
-->I shall not want.
-->He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
-->he leadeth me beside the still waters.
-->He restoreth my soul;
-->He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-->Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
-->I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,
-->thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-->Thou preparedst a table for me in the presence of mine enemies;
-->thou anointest my head with oil;
-->my cup runneth over.
-->Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
-->and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
** This is the [[Literature/TheBible 23 Psalm.]]
* BadassNormal: The farmer's son. [[spoiler: He not only enters ''and escapes'' Tir Na Nogh in a nearly-impossible yet completely successful rescue mission '''''without a moment's hesitation''''', but he takes on an Unseleighe Sidhe armed with nothing but '''''pies''''' and '''''lives to tell about it.''''']] This trope does not do his deeds justice.
** Quentyn as well. He's for all intents and purposes only an "amateur" lux user, his most common use of magic is from magic items (most of which are half-broken and only work when and how they want). On top of that, he's a three-foot tall adolescent raccoon-person. And yet his periodically-repeated (and ever-growing) BadassBoast is still entirely true.
* BadDreams: Nessie has them.
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Elder Gilder. In private, he says that Quentyn is the only one besides himself who takes the role of Questor seriously, and acknowledges that he's a rather good one. He just thinks that the existence of the position is in itself dangerous.
** As some crooked political schemers later proved, he was right.
*** And the very next day, Quentyn proved himself so worthy of the title that Gilder holds ''pretty much the grandest festival the village has ever seen in Quentyn's honor.''
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Some Racconans and other non-human races don't use shoes at all, but many do much of the time. It varies from individual to individual. Quentyn uses shoes most of the time, especially in more recent parts of the comic.
* BeatPanel: "[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0679/ Caught]] '''you''' at home, didn't I?" [...] "Got any macaroons?"
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[DanceTropeDance Ralph has fun with this one.]]
** Zigzagged with Quentyn's wishes: Quentyn IS very careful, but later thinks he wished for the wrong things, and ''then'' learns that he's mistaken in his second-guessing.
** Played straight with Rahan. He wishes that he could get a real good look at Quentyn's face after a prank involving tar and feathering goes off. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0334/ He does, right after the prank goes hilariously amiss.]] Quentyn, who has overheard Rahan, even lampshades that.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: One of the theories off why humans cannot accept 'Lux energies' and kept calling it magic (which they think is evil)
** Or more specifically, belief in the Universal Church's tenets, after all both the author and the hero are rather devout "protestants".
* BerserkButton: Understandably, considering his size and AllOfTheOtherReindeer status, you do not mess with children around Quentyn. You especially do not trap a 10-something scared little girl in a cage - and then ''hold that cage underwater.''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Quentyn is one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet, right up until you hit a ''BerserkButton''. "You shouldn't have made her cry" indeed.
** Also, whether you're [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0311/ the leader of a gang of thieves]] or [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0598/ the ruler of a duchy]], do ''not'' look down your nose at him. He's fully aware of just how much of a badass he is, and he's ''not'' afraid to inform you of the fact in spectacular fashion. [[spoiler: Even if he ''is'' going to hyperventilate and/or puke from the stress as soon as you're out of sight/earshot.]]
* BigBad: While we only hear about this creature from a story, and it's existence is only the theory of a mad scientist, the ''Patronum Monstrum'', a creature believed to be the origin of all of the evil monsters in the world, creating monsters for the sole pleasure of inflicting pain on all other beings, would certainly qualify, [[ShroudedInMyth if it exists.]]
* BilingualBonus: Luft is German for "air".
* [[RedSkyTakeWarning Black Sky Take Warning]]: [[OhCrap Oh]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0501/ crap.]] Also {{Foreshadowing}}.
* BlaseBoast: Quentyn's father can be one [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0077/ evil old goat]].
* BlessedWithSuck: The young Duke's realization upon seeing that his castle is literally flooded with treasure.
--->''We are going to be up to our eyelids in gold-crazed trouble.''
* BodyguardCrush: Nessie to Quentyn after he saved her from three Gragum cultists.
* BotheringByTheBook: ''Quentyn'', of all people, pulls this on hostile politicians: A covenant clause means a contract will be passed someone's successor--in this case, Quentyn of Freeman Downs, who is considered the successor of Quentyn of Ridgedale. The clause ''must'', by Racconan law, specify a number of generations--but if it doesn't, limitation protocols restricts it to ''one'', which means it won't apply to Quentyn of Freeman Down's successor, something that the Expansionist Party overlooked. Quentyn, armed with this knowledge, goes out to fulfill the contract or die trying.
* BoxedCrook: The squire
* BrickJoke: Artimeus mentions a scholar [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0600/ that found]] the Racconans, though he doesn't believe him, we now have [[http://www.rhjunior.com/comics/the-journals-of-ennias-longscript/ a few]] pages from his journal.
** Not entirely--these {{filler}} pages were taken from the Tales Of The Questor CD, and were from a longer storyline on the CD. The pages were drawn long before the strip mentioning the journal.
* BringNewsBack: Trying to bring back news of the dragon's rampage.
* [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu Broke Your Arm Stabbing A Dragon]]
* ABoyAndHisX: A girl and her swamp dragon.
-->''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0133/ Oi fink Oi'll call 'im Oggy]]''
* CelestialDeadline
* CelticMythology: Pops up from time to time as an apparent influence for the setting.
* CharacterFilibuster: A [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0330/ few in-world strips]] are essentially giant blocks of text, with political meaning both within and without the comic.
* CheapGoldCoins: Averted. The seven villages are poor in metals, to the point that it's becoming a major political issue. Also, racconan money consists of beads and rings, rather than coins, with the only coins in the setting being human coins found in old treasure troves. This leads to a gold coin being more money than most racconans see in a lifetime.
* ChekhovsGunman: Linneaus the Priest, who might be a lost boy in another story's one hope.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Quentyn
* CircleOfStandingStones: The [[FunnyAnimal Racconan]] homeland of Antillia is littered with stonehenges, which were built essentially as magical incinerators. The ring of [[AntiMagic lux-proof]] granite acts as a containment field when destroying dangerous or unstable artifacts, as well as spell testing and other violent magical tasks.
* ColdBloodedTorture: To Nessie.
* ColdIron: Apparently that's a mistranslation. It's ''magnetic'' iron you want.[[note]]Two easily-confused characters in the old scrolls, meaning respectively "house of the north wind" (cold) and "house of the north star" (north, where a magnetic compass points)[[/note]]
* ColossusClimb: With a dragon. One twice as big as the one Quentyn was prepared to face.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: used [[InUniverse in-story]] when Quentyn's "proof" that the human coins were fake turned out to be a research failure on his part, but it fooled the bad guy (who didn't know any better) anyway.
* CoolOldGuy: The Eldest.
** And to an insanely greater extent, Quentyn's father. The fact that he effortlessly combines Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]] ''repeatedly'' throughout the comic cements this trope as an understatement for him.
* CoolSword: Wildcard
* CorruptChurch: The Universal Church is strongly hinted to be this, if not an outright ReligionOfEvil. Subverted in the arc after the dragon hunt, where Quentyn's party is receiving sanctuary with a monastic community. The monks avoid the group as much as possible and generally act awkwardly suspicious despite their generosity and kindness, but [[spoiler:suspicion of strange guests [[ProperlyParanoid isn't unwarranted]] when your monastery is actually a secret sanctuary for [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent peaceful werewolves.]]]]
* CrossMeltingAura: Fae [[MonsterLord lords]] are tougher than the regular {{mooks}}.
* CrushBlush: Quentyn, while flubbing an apology for what he did while drunk.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church of the Sojourner fits Christianity with a stag strapped on the side, while the Universal Church aims more for pointing out some of the more misguided and superstitious results religion can lead to, without being actually evil.
** They were a lot worse in the back-story.
*** It was [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0646/ recently]] revealed that they once suffered terribly from ''several'' religions, not just Hayes' thinly-disguised fantasy version of the early Catholic Church.
** An odd comparison as in the middle ages, white stags were considered ominous creatures and several saint stories from the time involve them. Its thematically appropriate.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: [[strike:"Cold"]] Magnetic iron and rowan wood.
* DoingInTheWizard: After over a hundred comics of treating Lux as just the Racconans' technical term for their medieval-era world's ''Force Magic'' version of FunctionalMagic, complete with constant uses of terms like "spells," "magic," and "wizard," the author devoted a [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0105/ text-heavy side arc]] to explaining that the force that looked like magic, acted like magic, sparkled like magic, was treated like magic, and frequently ''called'' magic wasn't ''really'' magic. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0427/ Another side arc]], much later in the comic's run, went further and showed the [[DownerEnding tragic]] [[{{Deconstruction}} consequences]] of Racconans referring to their magic-like powers as magic, implying that they weren't even going to use magic-related terminology anymore.
** AsYouKnow
** CultureClash / [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic Sufficiently Advanced Raccoons]] / ClarkesThirdLaw: While the raccoons had a deep understanding of Lux, humans believed it was powers of the supernatural, and wasn't able to comprehend when Racconans tried to explain it... so ([[AscendedFanon in-universe]]) a group of Racconans adopted words like "magic" and "wizard" to [[CargoCult pose themselves as supernatural beings]]. The raccoon leaders and the clergy were... not amused, but the terminology stuck.
** GetTheeToANunnery
* DeadpanSnarker: Artimeus is [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0605/ quite]] good at this.
* DescriptionCut: At least twice so far.
** In Fenwyck:
-->'''Duke Fenwyck:''' The Racconans of folklore are a ''bartering people.'' It is simply ''their way'' to postpone any binding decision 'til a night's sleep and a good breakfast. I assure you, he knew every word he was going to say tomorrow before he even left the room.\
[''Later, in their room'']\
'''Quentyn:''' I have ''no idea'' what to say to him tomorrow! I mean, what on earth do you ''charge'' for slaying a ''dragon?''
** And in Grymalkin:
-->'''Duke Grymalkin:''' Well, any such scholarly querying will have to wait -- this morning he took his men "to see where the dragon attacked." No doubt he is using some ''arcane Racconan art'' to divine the nature of the beast he pursues...\
[''cut to Quentyn, holding a book and a quill'']\
'''Quentyn:''' Okay ... so what did it look like?
* DrunkenMaster: Between them Quentyn, Kestrel, and Fen created Wildcard, a weapon whose intricacies stumped the best minds around, out of a enchanting-practice sword while completely drunk.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Quentyn says it all [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0612/ here.]]
* DumbassHasAPoint: Squidge isn't exactly intelligent but he's still [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0359/ the one who finds a solution]] no one else noticed.
** The Junior Questors are attempting to distract a suspected cultist... by knocking on his door and trying to sell cookies to him. The suspect points out all the problems with this (they're kids selling cookies in the single most dangerous part of town and that it's very strange that they would try selling cookies at this time of night). They respond that they managed to get ''him'' to answer the door, so it must be working to some degree. The suspect acquiesces, and asks if they have macaroons.
* DungeonPunk: The Seven Villages, especially Sanctuary City. Not so much the rest of the world due to the Universal Church banning magic.
** Though technically luxcraft is a science, it just looks like magic.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''. On any given adventure Quentyn winds up [[{{Determinator}} dragging himself by sheer will to victory]] half dead and humiliated, with no one having believed he could have gotten even halfway to where he is. Fortunately, the author is really good about rewarding him for his hard work afterwards.
* EldritchAbomination: While not as immune to being [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punched out]] as your average world-ending horror, the [[spoiler:rat-king]] is an absurdly powerful and remarkably intelligent being with only one goal: to feed. Within the comic it's demonstrated as wanting and able to destroy and consume anything and everything with lux. WordOfGod says that includes pretty much anything alive.
** Actually, the [[spoiler:shadow rats]] produced by the [[spoiler:rat-king]] are ephemeral and sustain their existence by consuming Lux. The [[spoiler:rat-king]] itself is a flesh and blood creature that needs actual food to survive... and sends out the [[spoiler:shadow-rats]] as drones to fetch food back to itself.
** Also subverted when Quentyn fights a "Chooley", a swamp kraken that isn't nearly as tough as it looks.
* {{EMP}}: Quentyn once built a magical version (involving a keg of salt and copper tubing left under the Luxfont for a few days) in order to neutralize the [[GangBangers Royals' and Redcaps']] magical weaponry and the magical suppressors surrounding Wildcard.
* EmpathicWeapon: Wildcard
* EpicFail: Rahan tries to tar and feather Quentyn as a prank. Squidge gets in on the act and completely turns the tables.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Quentyn blows an Expansionist conspiracy to ''hell and gone'' when he takes up his predecessor's ImpossibleTask rather than let his hometown be repossessed.
-->''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0371/ I've found schemers and plotters are rarely able to cope with simple things like honor and courage.]]''
* ExactWords: An important point in the Wild Hunt arc. Black Tom is trapped and cannot warn the prince or free himself thanks to careful pre-planning on the prince's part. The Selieghe Absinthe also denies seeing Quentyn's track - while he hides in a pond not two feet away. Best used [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0523/ here]]and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0544/ here]]
** This is also the reason why Latin is used when communicating with the Fae, especially when it involves a boon: Latin, being a dead language, never changes. This means that any wish made in Latin can never be prone to LoopholeAbuse due to language changes over time. Thus, a boon made in Latin is permanent, while one made in any other language is only good for a few centuries at best, and that's provided there's not a loophole in it due to slang terms or semantics.
** Also, the hunt is over only when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0509/ the cock crows the dawn]]--[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0515/ AND ONLY WHEN the cock crows the dawn]]. To the Prince's horror, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0523/ a rooster does indeed crow the dawn,]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0524/ and the duke will swear to it before the Fae court.]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0545/ Turns out there was one rooster the Prince missed]] [[spoiler: by not taking nicknames into account...]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Quentyn's [[TheQuest quest]] is to bring back a bunch of lost artifacts to fulfill an old contract, otherwise the land his hometown sits on will be repossessed. He has little hope of bringing back all the artifacts before he dies, but if he dies trying, the debt ends with him, and his ultimate goal is fulfilled.
* FakeActionPrologue
* FanVid: The comics' first major story arc is powerfully summarized in an awesome fan video that is, unfortunately, no longer available.
* FantasticRacism: Due to their history, many Racoonans and Humans have very low opinions of each other's species. The human bigots are convinced that the Racoonan are members of the Unseleigh court and/or followers of demons while many Racoonans, especially those sympathetic of the Expansionist Party, regard humans as little more than dangerous animals so stealing their land and risking war with them is of no moral significance to them.
* FantasyGunControl: Partially subverted, in that we see a Racconan guard captain use [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0063/ a shotgun]] in an early story arc, but aside from Quentyn's [[{{Mana}} lux]]-shooting {{Magitek}} [[AutomaticCrossbows Automatic Crossbow]], and a quick bit with a homeowner firing up through his roof at Quentyn(mistaken for a thief), we never see another firearm. Somewhat justified, since the Racconans have few metal resources and no trade ties.
** Also justified because of their inherent physical limitations, as explained [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0010/ here]]. The long and short of it is that they're still at the flintlock stage of development, so until they invent cased ammunition, any gun big enough to actually ''hurt'' something bigger than they are (which is just about anything) will send any Racconan without StoutStrength [[LawOfInverseRecoil flying backwards from recoil]]. Most of the fuzzballs aren't even big or strong enough to ''carry'' a {{BFG}} the size of a human rifle.
** And also, they can fire lightning from their hands and don't really need guns in normal situations. It's like they come with a built-in gun. "There's no such thing as an unarmed Racconan."
* FictionalPoliticalParty: Antillia has a more relaxed approach to politics than the American two-party system; parties form around political goals and dissolve after those goals are met, instead of pursuing goals and garnering support over generations - the Rac Cona Daimh hate the very ''idea'' of generational power gathering in such a manner. {{Exposition}}; all seven {{Hidden Elf Village}}s are currently in a downturn; though the were built in a fertile and wealthy area, they've been cooped up in it for over a ''century'', and are [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0248/ starting to feel the crunch in recycling metals and such.]] This has led to the rise of [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0249/ two particularly powerful parties]]; the Open Traders, who want to begin carefully trading [[{{Magitek}} Luxtech]] with nearby kingdoms for more minerals, and the Expansionists, who just want to ''steal'' land from nearby kingdoms.
* {{Filler}}: Used occasionally to take the edge off the periodic ScheduleSlip. Particularly frustrating when the climax of the Dragon storyline is intercut with a human scholar's travel-log into The Seven Villages, three or four pages at a time per page of the main storyline.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0498/ Just lost a chicken]][[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0515/ or two...]][[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0522/ Not a problem whatsoever...]]
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0542/ This]] implies that [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0541/ this]] will [[SequelHook result in trouble in a future adventure]] of QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger.
*** And [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0051/ the possibility]] of "an emergency shortcut through Tir Na Nog" implies that that could happen at any time.
* ForegoneConclusion: Narration is always first person by Quentyn, looking back on the events of the story. You don't know how long after it is, and what condition he's in at that point, but you know he lives at least long enough to record the story in his journal.
* FridgeHorror: The Duke experiences this in-universe ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0478/ here.]]''
-->'''Servant girl''': ''I... Can only imagine what is running through your mind, Your Grace...''
-->'''Duke of Fenwyck''': ''At the moment? That time you told me there was a '''monster''' under my bed when I was '''ten.'''''
* FriendToAllChildren: There all along, but especially prevalent in Quentyn's attitude towards Marsha; he's completely aware that she's too young to be responsible for her actions, and is very sweet towards her even as she pulls his whiskers and twists his tail.
* FromBadToWorse: The entire dragon arc has been a big BreakTheHaughty arc for an overly-confident Quentyn. It starts with the duke's hired swords abandoning them in the middle of the night. Then [[spoiler:Sam left too]]. Then [[spoiler:Pelinor refuses to follow him into the dragon's lair]]. Then [[spoiler:it turns out they've tracked down the wrong dragon--this one is ''bigger'']]. [[HopeSpot Oh, but]] [[spoiler:Sam and Pelinor come back! And they kill the dragon]]! But [[spoiler:Ember was maimed in the process, and they have to put her down]]. And then it turns out [[spoiler:there ''were'' two dragons, and when a dragon smells a dead dragon, it goes into a berserker rage. The younger one starts burning the countryside with no one able to stop it]]. And then, to top it all off, [[spoiler:the duke's personal priest comes back, admonishes him for working with "witch-rats," and all but announces the start of a holy crusade to bring the region back under the church's control--especially the neighboring duchy]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0354/ this strip.]]
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0664/ And here.]]
* FurryComic
* FunetikAksent: If you can't tell what the hell the swamp dwelling Racconans are saying, try sounding it out.
* GangOfHats: Various street gangs.
* AGodAmI: Ralph Hayes [[DanceTropeDance plays this one like a fiddle.]] Here's how it plays out:
** The Gragum Shaman plays this one straight
** Completely and soul-touchingly inverted in Brother Linnaeus' arc, when the Gragum chief asks Quentyn if ''he'' is [[spoiler:God]]...then asks why [[spoiler:God]] seems to have abandoned the Gragum. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0118/ Quentyn's "letter delivery"]] for them is especially touching.
** Later on, invoked ''twice'' by Quentyn during his BadassBoasts, as he refers the Gragum Shaman's claim in both of them.
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0670/ Also the philosophy of Rosad the Monster-maker and his followers]].
* GodGuise: Non-Rac Cona Daimh [[{{Mana}} lux]] users tend to end up with their own cargo cult, even if some of them don't have much power.
** Actually, WordOfGod (and now the comic) states that human lux-users, while extremely rare, are far more powerful than Rac Cona Daimh. The opposite is true for the Rac Cona Daimh, where [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0120/ the inability to see or use lux is so rare that it's considered a disability]]. The widespread use of lux among the Rac Cona Daimh means that they understand it well and have been able to develop most of their technology to incorporate it. So while the Rac Cona Daimh [[WeakButSkilled may not be nearly as powerful as human wizards, they are much more proficient and knowledgeable in their use of lux and lux-based technology]].
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0632/ Recommended procedure]] for dealing with dragons.
* GoneHorriblyWrong[=/=]GoneHorriblyRight: Hard to tell which, but he succeeded in killing one dragon. The problem is that there were ''two'', and the other one goes berserk at finding the corpse of the first.
* GoodShepherd: Linnaeus
* GroinAttack: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0278/ Sometimes necessary when you are a questor.]]
* HappilyMarried: His parents.
* HearingVoices: Colin, apparently
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Quentyn believes this to be the only option after inadvertently releasing (and, if he doesn't succeed, feeding and reenergizing) [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0211/ the Rat King.]] Nothing at this venture is going to save him, and if it gets loose the entirety of Antillia will be next on its menu, so he has to [[TakingYouWithMe make sure it dies with him.]]]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: the fey prince, after he [[spoiler: calls the Wild Hunt on Quentyn, who is protected by two separate ancient boons (One on the Racconans in general, one bestowed by the white stag), and ends up being forced to give Quentyn three wishes, and he ends up losing all his wealth of debts owed to him and, ironically, being forever barred from hunting the mortal plane]].
* HonestJohnsDealership: Merchant Max. You mustn't deal him with while you're drunk, but his goods are reasonably decent quality and his advice to Quentyn of how to talk turkey in the Human Lands is on the money.
* HonorBeforeReason: At times, but ''not'' when he takes on the quest to retrieve the artifacts. If he takes the quest, he may never see home again. If he doesn't, he won't have a home to go back to.
* HumansAreWarriors: see [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0489/ here]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: They look like creepy, newborn rats. Eugh. However, their hair can sometimes look nice; too bad it doesn't cover enough for a proper pelt.
* IdiotBall: Duke Grymalkin's sage was told to deliver ''every'' bit of information, fact or fake, to him. He ''almost'' comes through on this...[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0600/ but immediately dismisses the one account that holds any truth]] without bothering to go into any more detail on it.
* IGaveMyWord: When asked whether he really meant what he said about becoming a questor.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: When the Unseileighe's spy raven was attempting to flee the castle, none of the guards came even close to hitting it.
** Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0459/ chambermaids have better aim than trained guards]].
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: Quentyn's malfunctioning Elf Shot pistol - which fires off its entire magazine in one giant burst, although it is later fixed.
** Also, the distress flare he uses to swat off [[spoiler: a dragon]] attacking his luftship. The folks below literally ooo and ahh at the pretty lights in the sky.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: Averted bigtime. Quentyn sends a message via sparrow to his parents, but seconds after he sends it, it gets eaten by a hawk. The message does eventually arrive... [[spoiler:via the White Stag... which talks]].
** Averted again when a bird refuses to go out into cold weather.
* InstantKnots: The entire ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0263/ point]]'' of a "[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0043/ Glimmer Rope]]".
* JackieRobinsonStory: Subverted with Kestral in that the Engineering faculty head and male students were tired of having to encourage getting more females into the demanding Comprehensive course, only to have practically all the females drop out. Once Kestral proves she's seriously going to see her education through, they begin to accept her.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Sometimes seeming to beat the Call to the punch.
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted (see KarmicJackpot).
* KarmicJackpot: The Fae Lord sets a hunt for Quentyn, who [[spoiler: a) won, b) just happens to be of a protected race AND c) is personally blessed by a being honored by the Fae, making the challenge a huge no-no ''twice over'']]. He ends up getting triple the normal punishment: [[ThreeWishes three boons]] for Quentyn to choose.
** The result: [[HumiliationConga "Oh, CURSE you, Racconan!"]]
* KidHero: Quentyn's a youngster when he becomes a Questor. This is used against the Archivist's Guild later on.
* KillItWithFire: A simple Lux application by our hero can turn a simple candle flame into an impressive shortranged flamethrower attack.
* KnightErrant: Quentyn is one and viewed as such by outsiders. Double's as bilingual bonus as in certain parts of France, Questor was in fact exactly what you would call certain types of knights or Chancellors of a court, particularly in Brittany.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Quentyn's first time seeing a cow.
* LickedByTheDog: The monastery dog approves of Quentyn.
* TheLostWoods: Where the squire says they can take refuge
* MageKiller: The rat-wights eat lux, which in racoonan society is extremely dangerous. Then there are dragons, who were clearly built to fight lux users. They're immune to all magic, but they are able to sense it and really, really ''hate'' it.
* {{Mana}}: By Any Other Name, in this case, Lux.
** Based on the [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0107/ professor's explanation]] , it's closest to 'qi'/'ki'/'chi', as mastered by martial artists.
* TheMarvelousDeer: Shows up to give advice and blessings.
* MeaningfulName: Wildcard.
* MercyKill: Quentyn must do this to the mortally-wounded Ember.
* TheMissionary: Linnaeus
* MoodWhiplash: First Quentyn and his friends suffer [[DarkestHour defeat, bereavement and injury]]. Then they realize their failure has had wider consequences than they suspected, and they have to go on the run because they're afraid the victims will blame them. Elsewhere, events are unfolding that seem to prove their fears entirely justified. And then without warning the scene shifts to... ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0649/ this]]'' strip.
* MorphWeapon: Wildcard can add this to it's [[ComboPlatterPowers long list of abilities]]
* MustMakeAmends: Delivering the letter to God
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0271/ Admit it]], [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0272/ you laughed]], YouBastard. Poor Quentyn.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: His impressive heroics eventually changes that.
* NeverLand: The elves, with an [[ExactWords unpleasant twist]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Quentyn and the [[spoiler:second dragon]].
* OhCrap: Done a number of times, but most prominently by [[spoiler: the Princeling]] when he finds out that, the moment he [[spoiler: called the Wild Hunt on the "hairy little mortal", whose race and mystical cowlick made him taboo for such twice over]], he completely and irrefutably '''''screwed''''' himself.
-->It can't be...[[spoiler: I waited ''decades''...I made sure you were ''all'' long gone...]]'''''WHY ARE YOU HERE???'''''
** And here's one from Quentyn. Beware, spoilers:
-->[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0627/ Oh Lord. Oh Lord. We had tracked down]] [[spoiler: the wrong dragon.]]
** Earlier, Quentyn facing the Rat King and its horde of shadow wights.
--> Did you ever know you were going to die?
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: It is unwise, when assuring a girl that she looks like a girl, to mention her hips.
* OpenTheDoorAndSeeAllThePeople: Quentyn Quinn gets this. The second time, he's in his pajamas. The first time, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny pajamas would have been an improvement.]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: Or at least they ''were''...
* PerpetualStorm: The [[FunnyAnimal Racconan]] homeland of [[HiddenElfVillage Antillia]] is protected by a giant dome of magically stilled air. The eastmost portion of the dome (the windward side) always has a giant thunderstorm boiling up around it as damp ground-level air is forced upward.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Yeah, Quentyn, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0310/ Son of Quinn]], the [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0598/ Questor of Freeman Downs]], is an unrelenting BadAss who can deliver the most {{Badass Boast}}s with the greatest of ease. It's just that afterward, he always [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0311/ realizes that he also happens to be a teenager who can bite off more than (he thinks) he can chew with the greatest of ease.]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0599/ At least the second time he didn't throw up.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Using SymbolSwearing, of course, but [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0066/ it does show up when Quentyn remembers the water-activated dynamite in his pocket]]--while he's ''underwater''.
* {{Precursors}}: The Lemurians.
* PrettyButterflies: Wildcard produces them once.
* {{Pride}}: After all of Quentyn's spectacular victories, it's only natural that he is feeling unstoppable, and he pays a heavy price for that hubris in the Dragon story.
* PyrrhicVictory: The dragon is dead! And Quentyn's arm is broken, the head is way too big to haul back as a trophy, and poor, poor Ember... (look up at MercyKill). As Quentyn puts it:
--> It was the bleakest, emptiest victory of my life.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0310/ NEVER threaten Quentyn's friends and family. Ever.]]
** Currently worrying the readers, as [[spoiler:[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0695/ monks really aren't supposed to have them...]] ]]
* RescueRomance: Nessie is convinced she will have one.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Quentyn says that human coins are forged because the heads are facing to the right instead of the left. He's wrong, [[ConvictionByCounterfactualClue as the heads can face either way]]. [[spoiler:He's absolutely right about the coins being forged, though.]]
* RuleOfThree: the fae lord is asked three times about each boon, which is the point at which they take effect.
* RulesLawyer: Pretty much all of the Fae, and identified [[RulesLawyer as such]], though the Seleighe and the Unseleighe are specifically mentioned.
* ScheduleSlip: The strip has gone through periods of this. Then in late 2012 Hayes switched to an "updates happen when I get X amount of donations" model.
* ServantRace: The Fae.
* TheShadowKnows: This reveals werewolves.
* ShapeshifterBaggage: Specifically averted with bogeymen. No matter what form they take, they retain their original (minuscule) strength and mass, to the point that a bogey taking on a really big form essentially becomes a cloud of blue gas.
** Played ruthlessly straight with [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0469/ spriggans]]...[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0470/ they hit really hard]].
* ShootTheDog: Quentyn having to [[spoiler: put down Ember, after a dragon attack left him mortally injured.]]
* ShoutOut: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0555/ The title of the first human nation Quentyn befriends?]] [[Literature/TheMouseThatRoared The Duchy of Fenwyck!]]
** "...[[Memes/TheLegendOfZelda it's dangerous to go alone.]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0621/ Take this.]]"
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0219/ One to]] Film/MenInBlack.
** What do you say to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0664/ a dragon training dummy]]? "[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Fus ro dah!]]"
* ShroudedInMyth: the dragon. Within days of its appearance.
** FridgeHorror: Unless each account of it is correct, which could only mean one thing: Dragons. ''Plural.''
*** [[strike: Except for]] ''Especially'' the sock stealing one...
*** [[OhCrap Oh]] ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0627/ crap.]]''
* SkunkStripe: Quentyn's white lock.
* SmoochOfVictory: Quentyn's not quite expecting it.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Without his realizing it, Quentyn's accepting the artifact quest to save his village thwarts the people who wanted to use the situation for political gain.
** Subverted in that Quentyn is hardly TheFool. He knows what he's doing, he's just unaware of the full consequences.
*** If anyone's TheFool here, it's the people he's being the Spanner to. The one thing they failed to account for in their plans: Someone doing what was honorable, just, and right.
** Squidge is one as well. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0333/ A very deliberate one.]]
* SpinOff: QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger
* {{Squick}} (InUniverse): The kids that were captured by the Fae made the mistake of asking the mirror-fairy where babies came from. Their reaction was... well, as expected of children.
* StillGotIt: Squidge, being a bogeyman, was despondant because he thought he wasn't scary anymore [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0185/ (his intended victim thought he was cute)]]. In the Rat King Arc, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0202/ he successfully scared off a bunch of rat wights by appearing as a monstrous cat]], [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0203/ which delighted him to no end.]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0333/ Then he used his powers to turn Rahan's prank completely upside down.]]
* StressVomit: When an arrested [[GangBangers gang leader]] threaten's [[TheHero Quentyn's]] family, Quentyn breaks his nose, gives him [[BadassBoast a long list]] of reasons not to try, and stomps out...[[PostVictoryCollapse and then promptly vomits into a trash can]] as soon as he's out of sight
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Racconan wizards are basically university academics.
* SummonToHand: Quentyn is told that his bond with Wildcard will eventually let him do this.
** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0303/ And it does]].
* SymbolSwearing: Has occurred twice thus far.
** Once when Quentyn [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0066/ remembered]], after being tossed into the marsh, the water-activated dynamite in his pocket.
** Once when the Junior Questor gang gets trapped on a roof by a livid Beitherite, who in this case is [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0682/ the one doing the swearing]].
* TakeAThirdOption: More than once - in fact, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0555/ for many quandries, "hire a questor" is the best alternative]], as [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0242/ Quentyn himself has noted]].
* TheBully: Rahan
* TheQuest: Quentyn agrees to go to an seemingly impossible grand quest to save his town from being repossessed.
* TheFairFolk
* ThickerThanWater
* ThievingMagpie: A fay lord collects like a magpie.
* ThreeWishes: Quentyn's reward after the Wild Hunt. Which he uses to [[HumiliationConga great effect]] against the Princeling Dolan.
* ThroughHisStomach: The advantages of a woman's touch
* TooFastToStop: Quentyn's speed-enhancing boots.
** Sadly destroyed during the Wild Hunt when their heat buildup completely incinerated them.
*** It appears, however, that he's managed to either repair them, or craft a new pair, as he's seen using their wall-scaling trick later on to [[spoiler: run up the neck of a ''dragon.'']]
**** [[WordOfGod]] says that the enchantment, er, Lux circuitry, resides in the buckles rather than the easily-damaged leather. As long as the buckles survive, all he needs is a new pair of boots.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Quentyn teaches the Duke of Fenwyck how to fight the [[TheFairFolk Fae]], and he likewise distributes the weapons and tactics to his subjects.
* TreasureRoom: After Quentyn has everything the fae lord took unjustly given to the Duke.
** Note that the exact words are important. He MEANT "Everything the Fae lord took from the duchy." He GOT "Everything the Fae lord took."
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Kestrel
** Also Maid Ellen, at least until [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0559/ this happened.]]
* UnpredictableResults: Quentyn's magic sword, Wildcard, which can go from invincible to useless between attacks. Noteworthy in its tendency toward the useless side when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0092/ it would be funny]]. If Quentyn's life is in danger, however, [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0069/ the results can be reeeeeeeeeally ugly]], and even an [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0523/ apparently "silly" effect]] can turn out to be exactly the sort of vital delaying distraction needed to ensure Quentyn's survival. This may be justified by being an EmpathicWeapon.
* UnreliableExpositor: Pelinor claims that ever since his master died in his AnimatedArmor, its been whispering and murmuring to itself, and occasionally moving. Quentyn, as one might expect, doesn't believe him. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0624/ Turns out he wasn't telling the whole truth]].
* UnsuspectinglySoused: It wasn't blackberry sherry, it was [[GargleBlaster blackberry BRANDY]].
* VariantChess: A four-player variant with the same social role as poker.
* WeakButSkilled: The Racconnan race in general; two-foot tall "[[{{Mana}} Lux]]"-wielding furries in a HighFantasy world of elves, dwarves, orges, etc... but their lack of power has led them to [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic Analyze Magic Sufficiently]] to put them "[[IncrediblyLamePun head and shoulders]]" above the rest - the only SteamPunk civilization on a world stuck in TheDungAges.
** Quentyn in particular; Despite extensive studies he's a "black ribbon" Lux user - just one step above no power at all. He's clever enough to scrape through school through rote memorization - but not brilliant enough to be a scholar or engineer. He's strong, fast, tough and well trained - but short even for a racconan his age. Put another way: he knows ''lots'' of [[MundaneUtility subtle low-power spells]], he's great at MacGyvering both tech '''and''' magic, and he's a CombatPragmatist. In short, '''''he's a pretty darn good [[AnAdventurerIsYou Questor]]'''''.
** The Racconnans are also this way to human Lux users: while a human may have enough power to level a forest, it's like "a Neanderthal with a club verses you with a crossbow."
* WeNeedADistraction: Stumble on the mad scientist's lair, with his experimental animals just when you need a distraction.
* WhamEpisode: ''Old Secrets'' story arc.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: As a rule, Quentyn tries to avoid getting involved in politics on principle, but inevitably finds himself neck deep in the regional politics wherever he goes.
* WithDueRespect
* TheWildHunt
* WithThisHerring: Averted. When preparing for The Big Quest, Quentyn gets all the equipment he needs, and more. He tends to prepare for his minor quests, albeit from his own saved money, and had significant physical and scientific training.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Due to a childhood prank, he's afraid of ''jellies''.
** Mind, he was tricked into believing they could ''dissolve living flesh.'' Ever seen ''Film/TheBlob''?
* WhatTheHellHero: Quentyn to ''himself'' in the aftermath of his encounter with the Gragum--pretty much an inverted TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WorldOfNoGrandparents: The average Racoonan lifespan is 250 years, yet it has been nearly a hundred years since the last Questor went beyond the mistwall, yet we see nobody in the story who knew him personally, nor any of his family members. Possibly justified in that the red plague killed alot of the older Racoonans. There is some inconsistency though in that the current Elders of Freeman downs were 'no more then kits' when the plague hit, which means the Eldest of them has to be at least under 100 years old yet looks ancient, so it is possible the racoonans were just lying to the human scholar when he asked how long they lived.
** Word of God, they do live 250 years. The Elders of Freeman Downs are, in Racconan years, middle aged, but due to their rank cultivate white hair and beards. The High Eldest is the oldest Racconan in all of Antillia, is twice as old as any of the Elders of Freeman Downs, and one of the few survivors of the plague.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Shaman. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0125/ Oh, my, yes, they would hurt a child.]]
* WrenchWench: Kestrel
* WretchedHive: The Tumbledowns
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0078/ Racconans ''looove'' their "Luftships".]]
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