Roleplay / Warrens Of Oric The Awesome

Dariush: "Uh, what? We started out as a simple stick figure in some sort of a top-down parody of oldschool dungeon crawlers. Now we're in a graphic sideview sprawling open-ended RPG kind of thing with characters, deep story, sociopaths and murder, occasional flash animations and danceoffs. How is this even remotely consistent?"

Your name is Ciro. You have traveled for some time from your land, the Kingdom of Haria, to the dungeon you now stand in: the Warrens of Oric the Awesome. You do not know who Oric the Awesome is, but if he's so awesome, he probably has awesome loot, too!

An illustrated suggestion adventure started by Freeformschooler on the Bay 12 forums. It mixes inspiration from classic dungeon crawling and other retro video games with an ever-evolving storyline and a respectable host of side characters. May be found here.

This game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Acid Pool: Riltia falls in, Al throws Wilford in for no reason.
  • Action Girl: Riltia, Ciro, about half the cast.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Lampshaded.
    • Attempts at bargaining with shopkeepers revealed their eyebrows give them a massive boost in difficulty during such rolls.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "The Six Sinister Siblings of Oric the Awesome."
  • Affably Evil: Oric the Awesome. It's not clear whether he's actually kind-hearted or doesn't see the need to interfere until DL 4.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of dungeon crawlers (sometimes).
  • Air Vent Escape: Involuntary example when Proxxy drops Ciro and Riltia to the Underside.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Briefly, Yaos was mistaken for a woman.
  • Antagonist Title: Named after the setting, which is named after the villain.
  • Art Shift: The art style has not only become more refined, but switches between top-down and sideways perspectives (depending on if the current update is in the Underside or the Warrens proper).
  • Ascended Extra: Al, Cherish, and arguably Riltia and Slog (both of whom took on far greater importance than their original statuses would have indicated).
  • Back from the Dead: Al, Ciro. Appropriately, each was brought back by the other—Al by Ciro's use of Oversoul, Ciro by...some kind of machine? Also Riltia, although it's complex in her case. Slog is BACK! Due to shenanigans.
  • Blade on a Stick: A spear is Riltia's weapon of choice.
  • Bloodless Carnage: A very creepy example with Betweenford. The Warrens of Oric normally isn't shy to show blood or mutilated corpses, but when Betweenford is stabbed or cut, he doesn't bleed and hardly seems to notice.
  • Blood Magic: Ciro's blood magic seems to be a more literal interpretation, as it takes actual blood from her body and turns it into various items. More uses may exist but have not been discovered.
  • Boastful Rap: An amazing one between Riltia and Betweenford. Ciro tries this and is ignored.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Fairly common. For instance, when Al tries to bribe Wilford with Cherish:
    "I think you would have had to roll 25 on that one, dude."
    • Aside from a few characters commenting on game mechanics, the forumgoers seem to exist in the Warrens universe as spirits of some kind, and can be summoned in special "spirit duels" or by certain traps. Polydectes connects these spirits with the influence said forumgoers have over the game here.
  • Bribe Backfire: Ciro tries to pay a Giant Spider to leave him alone. It takes the gold and attacks him anyway.
  • Brick Joke: Several.
    • Ciro attempts to check Al's items Al replies:
    "Whoa, back up buddy. Buy me a drink before you start touching MY stuff."
    • Later on Al has this conversation with Cherish:
    Al: "Heh. Cherish, didja already forget what I told you about touching my stuff?"
    Cherish: "Was it something about alcohol?"
  • Call-Back: A quest-giving angel statue like the one near the start of the Warrens was found later on. It reacted... interestingly to Riltia having been killed and still being with Ciro.
  • Came Back Wrong: Well, "came back different." When Al brought Ciro back to life, he became a female Blood Mage.
    • Riltia is a more classical example, but she got better.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: And how! T Wo Ot A went from a light (in rules and tone) dungeon-crawler-parody to a plot-driven, dark adventurey game. The "official" turning point is probably when Riltia died and turned into an Illborn.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ciro started as a "Practical Fighter". This rarely came up.
    • The Outer Slicer, despite not even being targeted by Ciro or his allies, leaves to get reinforcements rather than fight them. However, it is unclear if this is due to pragmatism or just not wanting to deal with the insanity of the group.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Al. For instance, why does he keep kicking Cherish away from stuff?
  • Convection Schmonvection: Dungeon level 1 has a room surrounded by lava. No one finds this odd.
  • Creepy Doll: When Al, Riltia were captured and Slog was slain, Ciro made puppets of the crew to help her stay sane. The first were simple, but later puppets were increasingly creepy.
  • Critical Hit: If you roll a 20. Ciro's "WHACK" ability guarantees this.
  • Curse Cut Short: "YOU LITTLE BIIiiiitttccc..."
  • Cutting the Knot: Attempted several times with a door over lava. Eventually, stabbing the door works. Kinda.
    Riltia: "I think this dungeon hates us."
  • Death Is Cheap: So far 3 main characters have been brought back from the dead. Minor characters haven't had such luck.
  • Destined Bystander: Al.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Al destroyed one of Proxxy's searchbots. Proxxy sent Al a bomb which was powerful enough to disable power in the Warrens!
  • The Ditz: Riltia
  • Dungeon Crawling: The driving force of the game, especially at the start. Of course, later on it gets a little complicated.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors‎: Subverted. Elemental damage boosts are based on what the target is made from. So instead of Ice beating Fire, Ice deals double damage to Magical foes (like Wisps).
  • Five-Man Band:
  • From Bad to Worse: Using Grass Knot on a leak causes the leak to turn into a big hole and a giant metallic monster to fall through the hole!
  • Funny Background Event: While Ciro and Cherish attempt to climb up on a ledge, A.W. calmly picks up Goombella and walks offscreen without them noticing.
  • Giant Spider: The first monster Ciro encounters in the Warrens.
  • Gender Bender: Ciro. Though not actually aware of it at first, when Riltia points it out, she freaks out.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Al and some of the players.
    Dermonster: Dammit man are you trying to decrease the chance of yuri shennannigans!?
  • Good Bad Bugs: Using corpses as storage.note 
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Very common due to the nature of the game. Examples include Cool crab, Yaos, PX-39, and Slog.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Mili, Al (temporarily)
  • Heel–Face Turn: Riltia, although it's questionable how much of a "Heel" she was.
    • Proxxy joins the team after the events of Chapter 2.
    • Possibly also invoked by the Illborn Exchange.
  • Hero Killer: The searchbots.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords/Epic Flail/Improvised Weapon/Mix-and-Match Weapon: The SWORDFLAILCHAINLAMP
  • Heroic Mime: Ciro, at first. Then, he realizes he's talking to Al.
  • Idiot Scroll: Early on, Ciro read a scroll which made him... less intelligent.
    GreatWyrmGold: "Only an idiot would eat it, but we've been temporarily rendered an idiot, so yes."
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: SOP. An extreme example is when Mili got killed, Al claimed her house! (Which the players promptly attempted to sell.)
    • This is not limited to just their stuff either as a corpse is a pretty handy storage device.
  • Improvised Weapon: Ciro attacked a giant spider with his bandana. Surprisingly, it worked.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Al
  • Killed Off for Real: Yaos, and several minor characters. No longer Slog
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Ciro, of course. Sometimes even in the middle of combat!
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Involuntary example when Al and Riltia fall through a trapdoor.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Ciro the OK starts with one of these. Ciro the Reborn bloodshapes a new one after remembering her identity.
  • Meaningful Name: Cherish, whom Al cherishes.
  • Medium Awareness: Arguable example in that people seem to understand when you're looking at their items' menus and are capable of stopping you from doing so.
    • More definite examples inevitably crop up with whichever character is currently being controlled.
  • Mega Crossover: Sort of.
  • Minus World: Implied when the players took a ladder and put it down in a shop, but never really confirmed.
  • The Multiverse: Mega Man implies this to be how the Arena battles - and possible even mercenaries like Slog and Goom-bess - end up in the Warrens.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Six Sinister Siblings of Oric the Awesome."
  • No Hero Discount: The vendors here just hate Ciro. Possibly justified, in that Ciro isn't trying to save the world or anything like that, as far as the shopkeepers or Ciro himself is aware.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Skyship Serabella. It's a bit lacking in the "ominous" department with Ecco at the helm.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Possibly Betweenford.
  • Our Souls Are Different: The Soul Stars. For one thing, they produce Soul Charge, which grants limited narrative control.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: While Al is the only (known) vampire in the story so far, he does act rather differently than most vampires, and seems to lack many of their typical powers. He is also a druid.
  • Parental Substitute: Al is like an adoptive father to Cherish.
  • Portable Hole: The ladder works like this. Riltia and Ciro use it to access a Void Between the Worlds.
  • Put on a Bus: Cherish joined Proxxy and the story moved elsewhere. The Bus Came Back, however; Ciro found her and got her to rejoin the party!
  • Relationship Values: Shipping grid calibration achieved.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: All the angels, especially Betweenford.
  • Schizo Tech: From various mechanical monsters to Proxxy, many high-tech elements exist; aside from these, however, the setting seems mostly like standard fantasy fare.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Oric and Ciro.
  • Second Hour Superpower: The Astral Influx was not found for a fair amount of time.
  • Ship Tease: Al and Ciro when they met for the third time. Much to the readers' frustration.
  • Shout-Out: freeformschooler quoted a comment from Luigi Quest, another of his games, when Mili was killed:
    Darvi: "OH NO MURDER."
  • Spikes of Doom: Ciro steps on a weight-triggered spike trap almost as soon as he enters the warrens.
  • Soul Jar: The soul stars.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The polar eye can reveal almost anything about a person, if you have the proper clearance.
  • Sword Beam: The clot cutter can shoot lazers
  • Tagalong Kid: Cherish, at first.
  • Tempting Fate: Relatively common, rarely serious. An example from the first page:
    Xantalos: "Go through the door. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?!"
  • The One Guy: The only non-females to have been in the party have been Al, Slog (probably a hermaphrodite), and Ciro before he came back to life. Lampshaded by one player:
    GreatWyrmGold: "[Al]'ll probably make some joke about a harem, and he wouldn't be particularly incorrect. Although he may be heavily injured."
  • The Wiki Rule: Here
  • Time Bomb: Sent to Al in the mail by Proxxy.
    • Yaos counts due to the self destructive nature of his/her Soul Star.
  • Use Your Head: Ciro the OK headbutts things often. It works well against spiders, not so well against slimes.
  • Vendor Trash: The spider leg is described as such. A merchant refuses to buy other spider bits. Other items, such as the dead metal monster, may also count as they were promptly sold and had no other apparent use.
  • Void Between the Worlds: Empty space not in use my the random room generation. Ciro and Rilta fight Betweenford there.
  • Wham Episode: A multi-update one started when Al met Wilford outside the Greens and continued until Cherish met Proxxy.
    • A double whammy comes when Rilitia—Ciro's first ally—leaves the party and, two updates later, Ciro asserts herself.
  • White Mage: Cherish. Slog took on this role briefly when he had access to a healing ability. Cleri the mercenary also counts, even though she never joined the party.