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The Party and the Riddle Pillar

"Well, it started out as a journey and then it just kinda became this whole different 'quest'. Journey... Quest... JourneyQuest."
(beat)
"Ugh, that's terrible."
Wren (naming her epic)

JourneyQuest: A group of adventurers is sent to claim the Sword of Fighting from the Temple of All Dooms so they can defeat The Wicked Kings. Along the way they manage to slay many orcs and pick up a few followers, even if the party isn't aware they have them. The creators' site is here: http://www.zombieorpheus.com/

The main party includes:
  • Glorion: A human knight with a love for fighting;
  • Perf (or Superfluous to give him his full name): A human wizard, though not a very good one, as even he admits;
  • Carrow: The party's cleric, and source of Deadpan Snarking;
  • Nara: The Elf Chick and also the party's ranger.

This disjointed bunch is secretly followed around by a young bard named Wren, who chronicles their misadventures.


JourneyQuest provides examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Happens a lot, actually. Notably, Perf creating the first sentient corporeal undead and Glorion's accidental solving of The Temple of All Doom's puzzles.
  • Acting for Two: Jeremy Spray portrays both Grellnok the Orc and the voice of the Sword of Fighting.
  • Action Prologue: The story starts with an encounter between the Bard and three Orcs.
  • Arrow Catch: Karn, without breaking a sweat.
  • Artifact of Attraction: Although it's very subtle, the Sword of Fighting appears to be one. Perf can't stand the thing, but as of the end of season 3 every other member of Perf's party has come up with a reason they should have it instead. Of course, half the party was planning to take it for themselves right from the beginning.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Karn.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In Episode 1: "Skald" is the Orcish translation for "Bard", and Skald is the Old Norse translation for "Bard".
  • Blatant Lies: Roderick the gargoyle tells these, not because he has anything to hide, but because as half of a Knights and Knaves puzzle he is magically compelled. To show how Blatant they can get, he tells one character that the time is midnight, when it is obviously midday. The fellow, who has only just met Roderick, instantly catches on that a curse is involved, but Glorion, who has been traveling with Roderick for days and is standing right there, still misses the point. After a while he just starts saying everything sarcastically.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Glorion manages to blend the lust for battle and skills of this with the tactical mind of Lord Error-Prone.
    • The Sword of Fighting as well.
  • Brick Joke: Yes, Perf did keep the stone he used to defeat the orc shaman. No, it didn't help him at all against the bounty huntress.
  • Came Back Wrong: Carrow claims to have his memories and personality intact, but whereas in life he showed compassion and concern for the orcs, after his return from the dead he seems to have no qualms about biting them to death and eating them afterwards... He is slowly realizing this as the second season goes on. His holy symbol burns him, and spells against evil target him too.
  • Cassandra Truth: Perf tells the truth when asked about Glorion by the orcs, but due to Glorion being Glorion the answer makes so little sense they think he's mocking them.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Onwaaaaaard!"
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The Sword of Fighting. Perf can try throwing it away all he wants, it'll be back. "Everywhere!"
  • Creepy Souvenir: Grelnock Skullsplitter likes to collect human ears.
  • Crossover: The genie shows up in the third The Gamers movie.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Wren.
  • Cutting the Knot: This seems to be Glorion's method of working through the Temple.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "Die in the wrathful flames of my wrath!"
    • "And then he sent a vast army of murder elementals! And they kept coming on and on in vast waves of murderness!"
  • Distracting Disambiguation: Of all the things Perf could've done when ambushed by a party of orcs, he decided to correct them on their use of the orcish language. The line he was criticizing was so far into You No Take Candle territory that the other orcs took time out to agree with him.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: The Temple of All Dooms.
  • The Drag-Along: Before the end of the first season, Perf has tried to abandon the quest twice that we have seen.
  • Dungeon Bypass: How Perf and Nara manages to get to the Sword of Fighting without even finding the entrance to the Temple.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: "Really? 'Meat henge'?"
  • Expy:
  • Fantastic Drug: Mixing the fumes from different potions creates a high and hallucinations... along with a lot of unpleasant side effects. Wren does this by accident when she falls on her satchel full of potions; the Dwarf who puts her up until she recovers says she's lucky to be alive after mixing so many.
  • Fantastic Racism: This theme comes up a lot.
    • Mostly, it's Orcs versus humans. A squad of Orcs is tracking the party because of Glorion's Orcish genocide, and they mock human stereotypes when they get the chance.
    Rilk (the Orc, exploiting a potion and speaking the human language): Our laws will keep us safe!
    • A subtler version is in the rejection of a cleric by his own religion only because he has become undead—but not a zombie.
    • In season 3, Daggie the dwarf and Nara the elf hurl insults at one another as a prelude to a bar fight.
  • Funny Background Event: While Perf is discussing with the orc archeologist, Nara and the bounty huntress are fighting in the background.
  • Fur Bikini: Starling's. (There's even a spot in the credits for its creators.)
  • Girls with Moustaches: Daggie the female dwarf sports an impressive beard. Remarkably, there's not a gender-confusion joke in sight, though the beard does come up when she makes out with Perf the male human wizard.
    Daggie: Your beard tickles.
    Perf: So does yours.
  • Glory Seeker: Glorion plays this to the hilt.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Glorion massacring reformed villains.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Sod" and "rut" seem to stand in for much more explicit words. "Rut" is probably a Shout-Out to Firefly. Oddly enough Wren seems to get a pass, and has used such phrases as "shag the tits off a harpy".
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Glorion fits the trope. Carrow says it best: "You killed every single orc to cross our path, and some that were nowhere near our path."
  • I Call It "Vera": "Justice is the name of his axe"
  • Ignored Enemy: King Karn and his wife Starling keep having an argument while fighting off a slew of assassins. Probably why Starling got stabbed, really.
  • Incoming Ham:
    • "FELICITATIONS!!!"
    • "I AM HONOOOOOOR!"
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The Dungeon Master narrating the dungeon is soon pushed into getting drunk as Glorion is plowing through every room.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Everything Glorion says or does, from his statement that "killing equals honor" down to his decision to interpret a riddle literally and subsequently attempt to kill a river with his sword. Much to the exasperation of friends and foes alike, he manages to blindly bludgeon his way through obstacles with surprising efficiency. Usually this is because his very direct and brutal approach, along with his total lack of empathy, allows him to mostly just ignore obstacles designed to defeat traditional heroes.
  • Knights and Knaves: One of the Temple of All Doom's puzzles, with gargoyles. Glorion solves it largely by accident, when he tries to kill one gargoyle by throwing it down the safe path, then notices that it didn't die and decides to follow it in.
  • Language Barrier: Between orcs and humans. Can be circumvented by tongue potions, but when they're out of it, hilarity (or awkwardness) ensues.
  • Large Ham: Several, notably Glorion (OONWWAAARD!!!) and the Wicked King.
  • Leg Cling: King Kharn's wife does variants of this and just lounging at his feet while court is in session. He thinks it's demeaning and that she should have her own throne, but she likes doing it.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": The explanation for Perf's miscast magic and ability to retrocast: he's dyslexic. Oddly, the human language does not have a word for dyslexia, but the Orcish one does, even though other dialogue implies that Orcs have less use for writing then humans do.
  • Magic Misfire: Perf's mode of operation when casting from the book. This turns out to be a very useful talent called Retrocasting, since his failures produce the opposite effect intended. He can invert spells with some effort.
  • The Medic: Carrow.
  • Missed the Call: Nara seems to feel this way about Perf getting the Sword of Fighting.
  • Mundane Solution: Apparently Rock beats Magic. Fantastic little nugget from Perf.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Everything Glorion does. Period.
  • Neck Snap:
    • Done to Carrow. As he's undead, it doesn't stick.
    • Karn to the assassins trying to kill him.
  • No Indoor Voice: Glorion.
  • The Nudifier: A combination of the aforementioned Magic Misfire problem and an attempted Gust of Wind spell. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Obliviously Evil: Glorion.
  • Offhand Backhand: Karn. Assassins. Nuff said.
  • Oh My Gods!: Three times in a row!
  • Our Elves Are Better: Nara.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Few get more different than what Perf did to Carrow. A soul with full memories stuck in a rotting corpse. Though Carrow is not a zombie. He's very clear on that point.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Carrow and Perf, to Nara. Played for Drama in Carrow's case, as he doesn't care anymore about it.
  • Oxymoronic Being: Carrow, the Undead Cleric... of the undead-hating god Vieris.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: King Karn trying to stay incognito. Even the drunks recognize him. And they're very drunk.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Subverted Trope. Yart tries to give Rilk advice on wooing a woman without offending her along these lines, including mutually exclusive things like complimenting her beauty and trying to emphasize that you don't value appearance. When Rilk says that now he's just confused and terrified of saying the wrong thing, Yart announces that that means he's prepared to speak with a woman.
  • Race Fetish: Apparently an Orcish stereotype of humans is that they all think Elf chicks are hot. Nara mentions the same stereotype, and dismisses Perf's interest in her as an example. Of the story's actual interracial attractions (there are several), only Daggie the dwarf's lust for Perf the human might count, since she does mention being turned on by how skinny he is.
  • Revenant Zombie: Carrow, having retained most of his personality and memories, fits this category of The Undead.
  • Running Gag:
    • Wren coughing or choking after drinking a potion.
    • Nara being hit by the bounty huntress' darts and getting high from the drug.
    • King Karn casually dispatching assassins while minding his business.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Perf, as the Sword helpfully points out at every opportunity.
  • Sex Slave: The bards' head mistress makes the purple genie have sex with her.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Even lampshaded by the orcs.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • The riddle pillar.
      Perf: It's a riddle pillar.
      Glorion: And what in valor's name is that?
      Perf: A pillar, with a riddle on it. Hence the term "riddle pillar".
    • The "Vague" spell effects are "kind of hard to nail down". The one time we see it cast it's main impact is causing the targets to argue over what the hell just happened.
  • Shared Universe: Connected to The Gamers franchise via the Hopjockey metasetting (all created by Matt Vancil).
  • Skyward Scream: Glorion, when finding out that Perf had taken the Sword of Fighting before him.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick:
    • The Sword of Fighting for Perf.
    • Roderick the gargoyle for Glorion. Even though he can't tell the truth, his lies can get quite sarcastic.
  • Spiritual Successor: Or Spiritual Side-Story, to The Gamers, which is concurrently in production.
  • Square Race, Round Class: An orc archeologist? Then again, the JourneyQuest orcs seem to be a bit more civilized than average. The first episode also mentions orc bards.
  • Talking to Themself: The Wicked King(s) is (are?) a serious hard case.
  • Talking Weapon: The Sword of Fighting.
  • Temple of Doom: The Temple of All Dooms in fact. Technically not quite accurate, but the Temple of Some Dooms didn't have quite the same punch. The orcs refer to it as the Temple of Select Dooms.
  • Title Drop: Each episode is named after a line delivered by one of the characters in that episode. Wren also drops the main title at the very end of Season 1 when she's trying to think of a good title for her epic. Then she immediately rejects it.
  • Token Non-Human: Nara the elf.
  • Treacherous Quest Giver:
    • The Wicked Kings send the party to destroy the sword, then send several assassins after the party in case one of them turns out to be The Chosen One.
    • Karn assumes that a seer giving him a totally accurate account of the situation and explaining how he can take advantage is doing this to get him out of the country. At least, that's what he wants his backstabbing court to think....
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Season 2 episode 2 has a gathering of villains trying to reject evil this way. Naturally, Glorion stumbles on them and kills them all.
  • Turn Undead: As a cleric, Carrow has this power. Unfortunately, since he became undead, he can affect himself too.
    • He once turns a large group of zombies while wandering though a city of other undead. But then he looks at his holy symbol and accidentally turns himself, running off farther into the horde of undead who don't react in any way.
    • Bonus points for trying to turn Death herself... and accidentally blowing his own arm off in the process.
  • Unusual Euphemism: In his Establishing Character Moment, we hear Tom describe a "private tutoring session" with an undergraduate bard using Purple Prose. In his first meeting with Wren even he is impressed with the originality of her profanity.
  • Whatevermancy: Perf is mockingly referred to as "the lactomancer" for his use of the "conjure milk" spell. He's later called a retromancer when his hidden talent is discovered.

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