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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."
"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. A live-action Web Series available here: http://www.journey-quest.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.
  • Action Prologue: The story starts with an encounter between the Bard and three Orcs.
  • Arrow Catch: Karn, without breaking a sweat.
  • Badass: King Karn, all the way.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Karn
  • 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: 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:
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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 of a slew of assassins.
  • Incoming Ham:
  • 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.
  • L Is for Dyslexia: The explanation for Perf's miscast magic and ability to retrocast: he's dyslexic.
  • 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.
  • 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 getting 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 hardcase.
  • 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 assasins 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Journey Quest