Webcomic: Dungeons & Denizens
Dungeons & Denizens
was a webcomic drawn by John Yakimow and written by Graveyard Greg, the author of Carpe Diem
. It was first hosted on Webcomics Nation, then moved to Keenspot
on April 2, 2006, but finally got its own domain name on July 1, 2010. The strip followed the lives of those that work/live in a Dungeons & Dragons
RPG dungeon. The comic ended in early March of 2014, with Min leaving the dungeon.
It can be found here.
- Min, the tech support minotaur and primary character.
- Gazdar, the orcish custodian.
- Leviathann, the demonic landlord.
- Litchvell, the easily angered elven lich manager.
- His daughter, Ravin.
- Zerelda, a rather high-maintenance gorgon.
- Titanic, Zerelda's not particularly bright bodyguard.
- Donna and Diana, a two-headed hellhound, both of whom have a crush on Gazdar.
- Seidistika, a Hag who operates the resident nurse's office (among other things).
- The Demon Prince Yebor, a friend of Leviathann, was added late in the strip.
Dungeons And Denizens provides examples of:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When the dungeon needs a giant monster to fill in for Leviathann, Gazdar puts some Growth Potion in Min's coffee.
- Berserk Button: Don't call the Paladin a Draconian.
- Bland-Name Product: Karma the Vampire Beater.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: From both directions. Skip back two pages and read the comments to get the whole story.
- Consummate Liar: Subverted. Yebor has all the markings of one, but it's pretty easy to see through his lies and he gets all flustered when they're exposed. ◊
- Deadpan Snarker: Gazdar, Yebor.
- Deal with the Devil: Yebor offers Min one of these in his debut appearance.
- Description Cut: Lampshaded and Defied in this strip. When informed that Leviathann is meeting with another demon, Gazdar says they are probably talking about candy and flowers. In the next panel he comments that he expected to be proven humorously wrong.
- Dumb Muscle: Titanic, Guvnor.
- Dungeon Maintenance: The main cast's actual day-to-day job, though they get involved in other misadventures every so often as well.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Combined with Insistent Terminology. The Paladin doesn't like his teammates referring to him by name.
- Fanservice: Lampshaded here.
Gazdar: Gotta appease the gods that might be watching. Some of them like Minotaur beefcake.
- Gentle Giant: Guvnor
- Genre Savvy: Here, Gazdar uses a cliche to find Donna and Diana.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Zerelda
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Played with In this page; It's mostly a case of prisoners not following the normal rules of trying to escape and staying in the area instead.
- Heroic Wannabe: Sir Percival von Fluffypants. To him, the "hard parts" of heroism involve posing and having perfect hair. He uses his guards to do any fighting (not that it makes any difference, as his parents bribed the monsters ahead of time to go easy on him). He meets his well-deserved end when he trashes the room of a pre-adolescent Elegant Gothic Lolita — who happens to be a powerful necromancer with a cruel streak. Percy ends up being sent home in small disposable baggies.
- Holier Than Thou: The Paladin, full stop. He even uses the trope by name when his teammates walk off while he's lecturing them on how much better than them he is.
I wasn't done being holier than thou!
- Inter Continuity Crossover: It's been all but stated outright that Titanic is Angus from Gaming Guardians.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The strip regularly directly addresses user comments, using the conceit that they are messages from the gods.
- A Load of Bull: Min; his brother Snarg; Zerelda's bodyguard Titanic, and Guvnor, a dimwitted adventurer, are all minotaurs.
- Loin Cloth: The dungeon's prison uniform, apparently; also worn by various other characters.
- Magic Pants: subverted (with Lampshade) when Min drinks the Growth Potion — his clothes grow with him, but when it wears off Min is left naked.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Tasteful sheets!
- Naked on Revival: A reoccurring problem for Min (and occasionally Gazdar).
- Naked People Trapped Outside: Chapter 10 features a subplot about Min and Gazdar trying to get back to their rooms while wearing only Modesty Bedsheets.
- Napoleon Complex: Litchvell doesn't like it when the hirelings are taller than he is.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Titanic, but not any of the other minotaurs (Titanic originates from a different comic).
- Our Demons Are Different: Leviathann who is gigantic, and Yebor who is just slightly larger than Min are both red with flaming skulls (though Yebor keeps a normal head, and can grow to the same size as Leviathann as necessary).
- Panthera Awesome: Yebor's Leonals.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Other Six. Immel, a Paladin from an unspecified Draconian-like (but not Draconian) race; a Rakshasa sword-caster; a Gnoll Ranger; Guvnor, a large Barbarian who got separated from his adventuring group and followed the others in the hope that they would eventually lead him back to his friends, and a pair of Gnomes.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Ouches: Leviathann fails his saving throw against one of these.
- RPG Mechanics Verse: Let's see: while heading to the dungeon Min got attacked by adventurers who thought he was a Random Encounter, and Gazdar laments that the random encounter tables aren't what they used to be. Later a group of adventurers built with 4th Edition rules gets their asses kicked by the dungeon because Litchvell has refused to upgrade from 3.5E.
- Shoulders of Doom: The Paladin.
- Shout-Out: To Dr Horribles Singalong Blog.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The Paladin again. Immediately lampshaded
Paladin: I swear by all that is holy and just...we shall return and deliver a heap of comeuppance!
Ranger: "A heap of comeuppance"? That doesn't sound very paladin-like.
Paladin: I'm not much of a dramatic speaker, and I'm tired. Shut up and lets get out of here.
- Stealth Pun: Several times throughout the series Zerelda turns Min to stone. When he gets turned back to normal, he always mentions having the munchies.
- Take That: To D&D 4E.
Litchvell: We withdraw from your thrice-damned Fourth Age!
- Too Stupid To Live: When someone three times your size is holding you in the air with one hand and getting ready to punch you with the other, is your first reaction to call him stupid? If so, congrats, you're the Paladin.
- Training Montage: When Litchvell sends Zerelda on a mission, he has her first report to Seidistika for training. Cue a Training Montage, which is promptly subverted when it's revealed that Seidistka had planned out her training montage in advance and drawn it.
- Unsound Effect: Fling!, Sweep! and BIG OL' SMOOCH! to name a few.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Min, Yebor. Titanic never wears any clothes at all.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Leviathann is incredibly allergic to flowers of any sort.
- Worst Whatever Ever: This is the worst quest I've ever taken.