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Comic Book: Forgotten Realms

Forgotten Realms was a comic book series, set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting. Published by DC Comics from 1989-1991, it was Spun Off from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic and chronicled the further adventures of the paladin Priam Agrivar, who had debuted in that comic. In this series, he joined the crew of the Realms Master as they hunted down dangerous magical artifacts and got mixed up in other adventures along the way.

The Realms Master crew included:

A seventh crewmember, Jasmine, joined for a short time later in the series, before she left to join the cast of the Spelljammer comic. Had something of a Distant Finale in the short story "Reunification" in Dragon #247 (1998).


This series contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Ishi, Jasmine.
  • Air Vent Escape: Ishi sneaks around the Akri's underground base using the ventilation shafts.
  • The Alcoholic: Agrivar is a recovering alcoholic. Labelas Enoreth restores and magnifies his addiction as a punishment near the end of the series.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The lich Viranton's plan for Jasmine.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The final issue concludes with the crew mourning the loss of the Realms Master, but turning to the future and planning further adventures.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Grimwald, in the Triangles arc.
  • The Big Guy: Minder.
  • Break the Haughty: Vartan's arrogance is well and truly shattered when his own god steals his body and uses it to do terrible things to his friends.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The next-to-last issue is set "behind the scenes" of the series.
  • Broken Pedestal: Vartan's faith in Labelas is rock-solid at first. Though the relationship can never be fully repaired, they do achieve some closure in the final issue.
  • Calling Your Attacks / Translation Convention: Spellcasters say the name of the spells they cast.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Vartan is a subversion, since his casual prejudice results in regular karmic retribution.
  • Character Overlap: Characters established elsewhere in the Forgotten Realms franchise turn up in the early issues, including Alias, Dragonbait, Elminster, Lhaeo, Mourngrym and Shaerl Amcathra, and so forth.
  • Charm Person: In the first arc, the Trope Namer spell is used to get Ishi to try to kill Agrivar. As she explains afterward, it couldn't have made her attack a friend, but she hardly knew Agrivar.
  • Crossover: The Annual featured a crossover between the casts of this comic and the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic.
  • Crossover Ship: In-Universe. Minder and Onyx (from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic), who meet in the Forgotten Realms Annual.
  • Cross Through: A storyline begun in this comic is concluded in the TSR Worlds Annual (which is also a Cross Through storyline for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic, the Dragonlance comic, and the Spelljammer comic). Later, the cast is profoundly affected by fallout from the Time of Troubles, but never get involved in the main action.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Vartan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vartan, though Foxy gets in a few good bits of snark at times as well. They occasionally engage in a bit of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Elves Versus Dwarves: During the Time of Troubles, the elf god Labelas Enoreth battles the avatar of the dwarf god Clangeddin Silverbeard after flagrantly insulting Minder and the entire dwarven pantheon.
  • Emergency Transformation: Minder was dying when Omen transferred her mind into her golem body.
  • Evil Hand: The Hand of Vaprak.
  • Fantastic Drug: The "cheeeese". Works only on halflings for everyone else it looks, smells and tastes like an extremely disgusting cheese, but that's all. Foxy was once addicted to it, and made the mistake of trying it once again during the series...
  • Fever Dream Episode: When Foxy tries "cheeeese" again.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: All the main characters to some degree, but the most powerful example is Foxy and Vartan, who start out really not liking one another, but over the adventures develop a mutual respect and appreciation.
  • God in Human Form: During the Time of Troubles, all the gods descend to Faerun in their weaker avatar forms. Among them is Labelas Enoreth, who takes over Vartan's body. Labelas claims (well after the fact) that the sudden 'confinement' left him temporarily insane.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Ishi whacks the Akri chief with an unconscious Foxilon.
  • Handsome Lech: Vartan.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Ishi's reaction when taunted by Jasmine over Agrivar.
  • Hidden Depths: Within the first two comics we learn that Foxy is (in addition to his various adventuring skills) an experienced midwife.
  • The Hero: Agrivar. After the Avatar crisis he falls out of this role, and is struggling just to remain sober and useful to his friends.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Jasmine's attitude toward heroism.
  • Interspecies Romance: Vartan seems to favor human women. When he becomes an avatar, this predilection influences Labelas in a very dark way.
  • Jerkass: Jasmine, most of the time.
  • Jerkass Gods: The majority of Faerun's gods are presented this way - Labelas Enoreth being the crucial one for the main characters. At the time Labelas invokes the Omniscient Morality License tropes, but in his last appearance in the series he actually does act more in keeping with his Chaotic Good teachings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vartan, though he softens considerably over the first thirteen issues. After his Break the Haughty moment, he becomes The Atoner.
  • Kangaroo Court: Omen's very brief trial in the Triangles arc. (Why the Halruuans decided to send Omen's former romantic rival to act as an unsupervised judge, jury and executioner is never quite made clear.)
  • Lady of War: Ishi, unless you manage to make her angry...
  • The Lancer: Vartan, to Agrivar.
  • The Leader: Omen.
  • Love Triangle: Agrivar, Ishi, and Jasmine.
  • Mad God: Vartan is possessed by his god during the Time of Troubles. The god isn't emotionally able to deal with his sudden exile and 'crippling', with catastrophic results for the crew.
  • Mass Teleportation: The Astrolabe of Nimbral allows the Realms Master to teleport from place to place.
  • Nay-Theist: Vartan develops this philosophy during the crew's recovery from the Avatar crisis. Labelas is willing to keep providing Vartan with miraculous powers, but Vartan refuses to accept them on moral grounds.
    Vartan: I would not accept gifts from a dishonest man. Why would I take them from a god who has proven himself dishonest?
  • Off The Wagon: Happens to Foxy with "cheeeese" and Agrivar with alcohol (although it isn't willingly).
  • Phantom Zone: The Demiplane of Fear, where Omen sends the artifacts they capture. (Not to be confused with the Demiplane of Dread, one hopes.)
  • Possession Burnout: Happens to Labelas Enoreth's hosts, albeit more slowly with Vartan.
  • Power Degeneration: A side effect of being possessed by a god too long.
  • Powers via Possession: Vartan, as Labelas Enoreth's avatar, as well as the other avatars during the Time of Troubles. Even before that, Vartan was able to channel greater power than normal through his connection to Labelas.
  • Satisfied Street Rat: Jasmine.
  • Secretly Dying: Omen.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Foxy all the way
  • Spinoff: This comic was spun off from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic, and subsequently got its own spinoff with the Spelljammer comic. The three comics crossed over a couple of times.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Ishi and Agrivar. They eventually get together in the short story "The Honor of Two Swords" in Dragon #260.
  • Very Special Episode: The issue where Foxy tries "cheeeese" again.
  • Winged Humanoid: Jasmine.
  • With Due Respect: The resolution of Vartan and Labelas' arc in the final issue.