was a comic book series, set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms
setting. Published by DC Comics from 1989-1991, it featured 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
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
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.
- 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.
- Calling Your Attacks: Spellcasters say the name of the spells they cast.
- Character Overlap: The first arc includes Alias and Dragonbait, from the Realms novel Azure Bonds; the second arc includes prominent Realms character Elminster.
- 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.
- Elves Versus Dwarves: During the Time of Troubles, the elf god Labelas Enoreth battles the avatar of the dwarf god Clanggendin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Hero: Agrivar. He largely falls out of this role after Labelas Enoreth magnifies his alcoholism.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Jasmine's attitude toward heroism.
- Interspecies Romance: Vartan seems to favor human women.
- Jerkass: Jasmine, most of the time.
- Jerkass Gods: Labelas Enoreth. Although he later regrets his actions.
- Kangaroo Court: Omen's very brief trial in the Triangles arc.
- 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: Labelas Enoreth becomes this during the Time of Troubles, with catastrophic results for the crew.
- Mass Teleportation: The Astrolabe of Nimbral allows the Realms Master to teleport from place to place.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Vartan abandons the worship of Labelas Enoreth in the wake of his actions during the Time of Troubles. Labelas attempts to regain his favor by granting the Realms Master crew one wish each, but it isn't until each refuses, and Labelas realizes he can't fix things so easily, that Vartan begins to respect him again.