Webcomic / Gaia

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Gaia is a fantasy webcomic by Novil and Powree, better known as the creators of Sandra and Woo. The story revolves around a fantasy world called Gaia, where a magical conflict that started at the beginning of the world has lasting repercussions in the present day. In a country called Cania, currently locked in a cold war with one of their neighbors, Midgard, a group of friends are unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a situation that could result in war, or even a threat to life itself.


Gaia contains examples of:

  • Alien Lunch: Ars makes one out of a variety of potion ingredients. Which ends with a small explosion.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Viviana's biggest fear is losing a hand (reasonable for a thief, and probably inspired by this horrific incident from her childhood). A 10% probability that she might lose one of her hands nearly causes her to funk out on the most important heist of her career, and the loss of one of her hands figures prominently in her later nightmare.
  • All There in the Manual: While the characters are introduced normally in the webcomic, the webcomic is accompanied by extra sections explaining the setting.
  • The Alleged Steed: Viviana's horse Casper. Vivi, who is not a bold or skilled rider, values him for his gentleness.
  • Arc Words: "Will you come along?"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ars becomes one when he saves two girls from an assassin during the Red Hall attack.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Bluestream magic is generally blue, and Redstream red.
  • Converse with the Unconscious:
    • Unknown: "Will you come along?"
    • Various People: "hathitw/ lmost anyone. I’m af/ s nothing we can do for him/ sorry. Ilias, can you hear me?/ ase wake up, Ilias. Have you hea/ d? They caught one of these murder/ ers! How’s he doing? No signs of re/ covery. I brought you flowers, I h/ ope you like them. Look who came f/ visit! Give him half a liter o/ vlar dilution. Yesterday/ owing minor reaction/ Wake up!"
    • Ilias: "...Yes, I will. wherever you go..."
  • Expy: Viviana bears more than a passing resemblance to Larissa.
  • Exact Words: Viviana assures Alissa and Ryn that she is not a member of the Shadowdancers...which is not true, but it is accurate, as she is more than just "a" member. She's their leader.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Ryn jumps to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create a Person of Mass Destruction based on decades of newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women and believes Eldor finally succeeded with Lili. Each girl was conceived in the shadow of the Great Tree during the Greendew Spring Festival and subsequently raised in Oakdale. He may be wrong, but...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Lili does appear to have gone over to the dark side under the baleful influence of an ancient magical tome.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Unsurprisingly, Viviana and Ilias end up doing one while Undercover as Lovers.
  • Faking the Dead: Viviana stabs herself in the chest (probably using a fake blood bag) in order to throw an opponent off guard and let her escape.
  • Fanservice: Whether the last panel of this page was or was not fanservice was in debate for a short time until Novil stated that not showing skin at that point would be as stupid as showing skin without reason. note 
    • This page also functions as fanservice, though it's another situation where showing no skin would make no sense in context.
  • Five-Man Band: Lilith, Sandril, Ilias, Ryn and Alissa, with Viviana becoming the Sixth Ranger in "Breaking All Barriers"
  • Foreshadowing: There are a lot of references to various hand and arm tropes involving Vivi. There's her personal interests (gadgets) and chosen career (thief), a nightmare in which losing a hand figures prominently, a childhood incident when she did witness someone losing a hand, an encounter with a villager who has severely injured her forearm with a hedge cutter, and even an These Hands Have (almost) Killed moment after her attempted assassination of Eldor (she actually did managed to kill Sylas, though she doesn't know it.) All of this implies that Vivi's hand or hands will be central to the climax.
  • Gut Punch: That panel. See Wham Episode entry below.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Viviana is so shocked after her My God, What Have I Done? moment Illias has to carry her from the scene.
  • Heroes With Bad Publicity: The Shadowdancers are an intentional case: They cultivate the image of a gang of sneak thieves and cat burglars when they're actually the Illeasar national liberation movement in disguise.
  • Hidden Elf Village: It's only accessible through Magitek portals and they appear to be up to no good.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "Sent back to Gaia" for death, "jump in the void" for "go to hell."
  • Horsing Around: Casper may be gentle but he has his limits, as demonstrated when he spooks and bolts in the forest, dumping Viviana.
  • I Have Your Little Brother: Eldor lures Lili and crew to Oakdale and tricks her into fooling with dangerous barrier magic by hiding her younger brother behind a magical barrier.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sandril is a dick to most people, but he really does love Lili.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: which makes it hard to bear when she viciously shuts him out under the baleful influence of an ancient spellbook.
  • Love Triangle: A semi-platonic Type 7 between Lili, Ilias and Sandril, later broken when Ilias falls for Vivi.
  • Magic Knight: Ryn is a traditional example with two thirds training as a Fighter and one third as a Wizard. Others like Ilias and Sandril may qualify.
  • Magitek: There are cameras, robots, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like lightbulbs, notepads and paper bags that modern people take for granted that a preindustrial society would not be able to manufacture.
  • Meaningful Name: The Red Hall arc.
  • Mind Screw: Viviana is subjected to a nightmarish and increasingly surreal experience when she tries to leave Oakdale, which involves being unhorsed, deafened, lost in the woods, and eventually mutilated after chasing herself through the fog, only to discover when she wakes up the next day that it was All Just a Dream except for the part when she fainted and hit her head on a rock.
    • Viviana is later subjected to another horrific nightmare where her lover is killed and she dreams again of being mutilated, leading the crew to suspect someone is trying to Gas Light her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Viviana after she parries a sword blow with the rainbow knife and the resulting magical backlash dismembers everyone in the room not protected by a magical shield.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bhaal, a Demon God. Seemingly subverted with Lili—her full name is Lilith, but to all appearances she's the nicest person in the comic. At least until we learn she's destined to destroy the world.
  • Narm: Viviana propositions Ilias with a very cheesy Double Entendre. It's not on the YMMV page because it's obviously intended to sound just as corny to Ilias as it does to the readership, making it an In-Universe example of Narm as well.
  • Oh My Gods!: Viviana swears by Bhaal.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Introduces a chapter by a butterfly flight acting as a pan.
  • Primal Scene: Played with. Vivi deploys a sound cancelling device before sex with Ilias—only to find out later it wasn't in working order and everyone in the house heard what they were doing, leading to her coming down to breakfast the next morning with a paper bag over her head.
  • Queen Incognito: Viviana is the presumptive Queen of Illeasar, assuming that province regains its independence from Cania. Double Subverted as she actually bears no royal blood; she's just the leader of the resistance and the daughter of two prominent citizens who were also leaders of the resistance, and she has the professed support of the legitimate heir.
  • Relationship Upgrade: How the Ship Tease between Ilias and Viviana finally culminates in "Breaking All Barriers."
  • Remember the New Guy: After the Red Hall attack Ilias asks his mother about his "other friends" (besides Lili, Sandril, Alissa, and Ryn), and she responds that one is dead and the other moved away—in the lead-up to the attack, however, neither was anywhere to be seen.
  • Schizo Tech: A swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting that somehow manages to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like paper bags, spiral-bound notebooks, light bulbs and modern clothing. There's also hidden Elves who display a science-fiction level of MagiTek Surely a society that can manufacture modern underwire brassieres could also manage firearms or internal combustion engines?
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Viviana is quite the Girly Girl when not on a mission, it appears to be as much misdirection as inclination—Alissa and Ryn certainly never suspected the cute young woman with a yen for pretty dresses and sun hats was the Bad Ass leader of the notorious Shadowdancers.
  • Ship Tease: Ilias and Viviana, who have gone Undercover as Lovers and kissed, as well as other moments.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ryn suspects Vivi has the potential to be a spanner in the works for Eldor's plans because she was also conceived in the shadow of the great tree during Greendew's spring festival.
    • Some of Lilith's actions imply that she may be trying to set up a spanner in the works scenario despite her apparent Face–Heel Turn though it could also be part of a deeper Xanatos Gambit on her or Eldor's part.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For a while Viviana was getting more face time than the supposed main characters, and polls as by far the most popular character among readers.
    • Subverted when Vivi becomes a main character—as she was always intended to be, per Word of God—when she gets trapped with the Five-Man Band in Oakdale.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: A masked man pulls the Hi version on Lilith.
  • Stepford Smiler: The citizens of Oakdale are suffering the effects of years of Eldor's meddling. They seem nice enough, and happy enough until you start asking questions that trigger their conditioning.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Ars will always speak in third-person, future tense. Other imps will also talk this way.
  • Third-Person Person: Imps speak this way.
  • Uncanny Village: Oakdale seems idyllic... until you try to leave. Or start asking questions about the unusual number of girls and young women who have died, gone insane, or gone missing over the years. Then it flips from an Uncanny Village full of StepfordSmilers to a Town with a Dark Secret full of hostile villagers.
  • The Unfettered: Eldor, if what Ryn suspects of him is true: decades (possibly centuries) spent empowering and then murdering girls just to act as prototypes for his ultimate weapon.
  • Wham Episode: The first chapter. The world and the cast are just been introduced to the audience, the plot revolves around the main characters trying to get their fighter and wizard degrees at the local academy. There are no threats nor good reasons to put them on adventure. And then, during the academy's prom night, some masked men teleport themselves right into the prom and start a killing spree among the students and the teachers.
  • Wham Line:
    San de Vertis: In a few weeks’ time, a spell will be cast. A spell that will destroy the world. And Lilith Caillean will cast it!
  • White Magic / Black Magic: The Bluestream is Gaia's magic, while the Redstream is Bhaal's.
  • World Tree: The Great Tree of Greendew is described in the glossary as a massive, divine tree as old as life itself.
  • Wrench Wench: Viviana enjoys building Magitek devices.


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