La Quête de l'Oiseau du Temps (The Quest for the Time Bird) is an epic fantasy Franco Belgian Comic by Serge Le Tendre and Régis Loisel. It consists of four books in the main series, plus five in the Prequel cycle.
In immemorial times, the evil god Ramor was banished in a conch. However, as the witch-princess Mara finds out, Ramor is about to break free, and there is no time to renew the spell that binds it to the conch. She send her daughter Pelisse (Roxanna in the English translation) to find her old lover, the retired knight Bragon to retrieve both the conch and the egg of the time-bird, the latter allowing her to stop time so she can bind Ramor again.The story revolves around ageing characters dealing with their past, and stepping down to find peace.
These books provide example of:
- Action Girl: Pelisse
- Ambition Is Evil: Mara, in the main series.
- An Axe to Grind: the most powerful warriors, Bragon and the Rige, use axes.
- Ancient Tomb: in #2 of the main series.
- Artifact of Doom: the book of Gods.
- Artifact Title: The second cycle is a prequel and thus has no quest for the Time-bird.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: the Rige, Bragon, Mara and some other ones.
- Badass Adorable: Pelisse's adorable pet saves the day in #2 of the main series.
- Badass Normal: Bragon, Bulrog, the Rige, ...
- Big Damn Heroes: for example, the Rige in #3 of the prequel.
- Bittersweet Ending: the main series' ending is more bitter than sweet.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: in the prequel. Bragon and Javin quarrel over Bragon's infatuation with Mara, and Javin leaves, but comes back just in time to get killed.
- Cowardly Sidekick: the Stranger, in the main series.
- Deus ex Machina: in fact, it is a god-killer ex machina.
- Exact Time to Failure: Ramor will break free on the night of the next turning season.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Pelisse... distracts a crowd long enough to allow her, Bragon and the stranger to get away.
- Interspecies Romance: Javin seems to have a preference for troll women. The first time he and Bragon (who doesn't prefer troll women) meet, Javin seduces a troll farm girl who was trying to get a reluctant Bragon in bed with her.
- Lovable Coward: the "Stranger", before he Takes A Level In Badass and gets Character Development in tome 4.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pelisse, and her mother Mara in the prequel.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Bragon gets one in the book two of the prequel. Pélisse' pet in the main series.
- Old Master: Bragon to Bulrog, the Rige to Bragon
- Prefers the Illusion: In the ending, it turns out the Action Girl was a kind of holographic projection created by the Small, Annoying Creature. The hero, who had been led to believe she was his daughter, prefers to keep the creature (and therefore his daughter) alive rather than face the fact that her mother manipulated and betrayed him.
- Reckless Sidekick: Javin in the first book of the prequel is even more reckless than teenage Bragon. It gets him killed.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Ramor
- Worthy Opponent: How Bragon and the Rige see each other.