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is a webcomic by Félix Lavallée, which started in 2005 and is ongoing, with updates every Friday. It's a
Low Fantasy Sitcom
featuring the (mis)adventures of three college roommates, who have to deal with landlord dragons, vindictive halfling mages, impossibly large dungeons, and a whole host of other
Dungeons & Dragons
-esque characters and situations.
The three main characters are:
Nitrine, an unusually intelligent (read: about as smart as an average human) goblin girl with green hair. Loves inventing things with dubious purposes. Later learned to make clones of herself (or anything she wanted) using her imagination. Marelle, the Team Mom, who is addicted to learning and has been studying at the university for a very long time. Has Unusual Ears, making her look suspiciously like a Cat Girl, but try telling her that. Zintiel, a sociopathic High Elf. Not strictly a student, but tags along with Nitrine and Marelle when she's bored. Surprisingly strong, and a dab hand with apocalyptic magic. Was due to be married to an Elven prince but ran away on their wedding day. Is apparently old friends with Nitrine. Flaky Pastry
may be found
Examples: Alt Text: Starting from strip 92. Amazonian Beauty: Zintiel. Ancient Artifact: The Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device. And Now For Something Completely Different: The "Croissant's Corner" strips, where Series Mascot Croissant presents extra info on the Flaky-verse, interviews with the characters, (mostly) non-canonical nonsense, and other manners of filler. Also, the 100 milestone comics. With the exception of the first one, they're A Day in the Limelight for various side characters. Anti-Magic: The Cavernball stadium. Anything That Moves: Nitrine. Artifact of Death: Again, the Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device. Though it's unclear if using it would cause someone to die, what it does certainly sounds like it would cause death, and not just that of the user. Ax-Crazy: Zintiel, so much. Prism, too, but only when her true prime directive, "Rainbow Love Child", is activated. Badass Bookworm: The neighbour. Be Careful What You Wish For Berserk Button: Never call Marelle a cat-girl. Beware the Nice Ones: Mona Theist, of the Sisters of Holy Retribution. Beyond the Impossible: In a world full of magic, things still generally follow the laws of physics. Unless you're Zintiel, anyway. She has no respect for gravity or Euclidean Geometry. BFS: Sister Mona carries one around with her in a guitar case. Bi the Way: Nitrine Marelle and Zintiel, as they don't show obvious attraction to women at first, but are married in one of the later story arcs, which takes place 400 years into the future, so they may not hold those orientations in the present.) Blinding Bangs: Tracy Ace. Bring My Brown Pants: Tares could have benefited from wearing some darker clothes here. Brought Down to Badass: Zintiel's Chaos powers are blocked while she's inside the Cavernball dome. Cat Girl: Marelle, though she insists that she is not one, and gets annoyed when people suggest it. Chekhov's Gunman: The penguin thief was the indirect cause of a whole story arc, as explained in the commentary on that page. Cheshire Cat Grin: Pretty much Zintiel's default expression. If she's not wearing one, she's either asleep or something has gone wrong. Church Militant: It's not really clear if Sister Mona Theist is this or a Badass Preacher. Given she belongs to the "Sisters of Holy Retribution", and considers it appropriate behavior to go around swinging a BFS at "evil doers", it's probably Church Militant. Cleavage Window: Nitrine's super-suit has one. Clingy Jealous Girl: Morgana. Cloudcuckoolander: Tracy Ace, the university professor. Comically Missing the Point: Something terrible, indeed. Cover Innocent Eyes And Ears: Mona turns a little boy around before she draws her sword against Zintiel. Crossdresser: Leslie, a very androgynous male, who is often mistaken for a girl. This might have something to do with his part-time job as a barmaid. Cute Little Fangs: Nitrine. Cute Monster Girl: Nitrine, a female goblin, looks like a short, cute woman with green hair and lips. The male goblins are classic goblin ugly. A Day in the Limelight: Most of the 100 milestone comics are this. Disproportionate Retribution: Mona attacks Zintiel with a sword for stealing a kid's ice cream cone. The Dreaded: Zintiel has garnered a bit of a reputation... Dungeon Crawling: The trio had to do a supposedly 100-floor dungeon crawl to retrieve a MacGuffin in the earliest story arc. Emperor Scientist: Future Marelle uses her knowledge of just about everything to take over. The Everyman: Kurt. His relationship with Nitrine is said to be his one oddity. Well that, and he's kind of short at only five foot four. Evil Chancellor / Smug Snake: The goblin Vizier Reptilis is an archetypical example of both of these. Evil Counterpart: The "Rivalkyries" arc revolves around this. Prism is the counterpart to Marelle, Morgana is Nitrine's, and Mona is the Good Counterpart to Zintiel. Eye Scream: Nitrine defeats a troll by shooting it in the eye. Fake-Out Make-Out: "I should hide my face or something." note Fantastic Caste System: Of a sort, the Four Main Biznesses of Gobhood: Rigging, Digging, Filching, and Whacking. Flat "What.": Probably the only reasonable response to Damian's "secret technique." Also the response from Nitrine and Marelle in learning about Zintiel's fiancee, Prince Camambar. Foreshadowing: Mona's Wall of Text in the background of this comic reveals her Church Militant background, although we don't get to see it until she turns up again over a hundred pages later. Pay close attention to this page. The final stab actually hits, as evidenced by the 'twinge!' and the red spot on Marelle's back in panel 6. This was a hint to her immortality. Funetik Aksent: Most goblins. This is a good example. Funny Background Event: Here Future Me Scares Me: Future Marelle seems to have turned to the dark side. Gadgeteer Genius: Nitrine. A Glass in the Hand: Hey, what did that orange ever do to you?! Happiness in Slavery: Nitrine's maybe-cousins would rather work for her as her slaves then not. Not because she's any nicer to them, but because she's away from home so often, so they get a nearly year-round vacation. Hero of Another Story: Leslie and Daran, here. But we do eventually get to see how that turned out in strip 500 Heroic Albino: The neighbour. Heroic BSOD: Nitrine gets stuck in one when she's given a conscience against her will. Eventually, though, she learns how to live with it. Immortality: Marelle. I Kiss Your Hand: Arlen to Marelle. Innocent Innuendo: #90 It Amused Me: The reason Zintiel does nearly anything. For example, at one point she fights Mona, who abandons the fight to save people from a collapsing building. Zintiel then starts rescuing people, too... as a competition to see who rescues more. Jerk Jock: Gabriel Keet: Damian Knight Templar: Mona Theist: When Lawful Good attacks. Konami Code: Oddly enough, it's the only way to stop Prism from going on a mass murder spree anytime somebody says "Rainbow Love Child". Lost Technology: Goblins apparently used to be a highly advanced civilization, they built things like the Cavernball stadium. Low Fantasy: The world is a lot like ours, except that it's populated by races straight out of a D&D sourcebook. Loveable Sex Maniac: Nitrine is not only bisexual, but will flirt with just about anything and anyone she thinks looks good. Luke, I Am Your Father: Who would have guessed that the neighbour is Daran's father?? MacGuffin: The Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device, whose owner would not retrieve it himself and would rather sacrifice a bunch of treasure-happy dough-heads to the Dungeon Crawler on the off chance that they would find it and bring it back to him. He does this because it's too unstable to use magic directly on (so he couldn't just teleport it to himself) and he's too lazy to get it himself it's very dangerous for someone to touch it. Meaningful Name: Mona Theist and her sister Polly. Me's a Crowd: Nitrine Mid-Battle Tea Break: Here. Multicolored Hair: Zintiel's purple-and-orange Prehensile Hair. Mysterious Waif: Daran seems to be one. Nice Guy: Kurt. Unfortunately, it doesn't do him much good. No Name Given: The neighbour. Our Vampires Are Different: Moirganae. Justified, since she's a product of the imagination. Overly Long Name: The girls' landlord's full name is Sir Manfred Adalbert Portrind of Frownshire the Twenty-fifth. Perception Filter: Daran, as a side effect of her situation. Portal Network: The Elfgates (which, despite the name, was built by some race preceding the elves) are apparently a common method of travel from one universe to another, as featured here. Prehensile Hair: Zintiel. Even when it's cut off. The Professor: Nitrine, whose inventions are frequently nonsensical and often deadly. Prophecy Twist: The April Fools' Day strip. Everything it claimed actually had some truth to it. Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Zintiel's "punch in the face" method of solving problems does not work on Prism. Punny Name: Sister Mona Theist. Not to be confused with her sister, Polly. Rapunzel Hair: Zintiel had this until it got cut off in a fight. Really 700 Years Old: Zintiel is about two hundred, in the time travel arc she doesn't look much older four centuries later, while Marelle doesn't appear any older. Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Prism's kill-mode is activated, she closes one eye and the other is seen to turn red. Repetitive Name: Kurt's boss, according to the cast page. Ridiculous Future Inflation: While in the future, Nitrine buys some sort of food items that cost fifty trillion, two hundred sixteen thousand, nine hundred forty three, and eighty one cents. Fortunately the cashier just assumes it'll be deducted from her CredPass as she leaves. The Rival: Prism to Marelle, Mona to Zintiel, and Morgana to Nitrine. Series Mascot: Croissant, a character who acts as a host for the comic. She shows up occasionally to present extra material. Shout-Out: Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Omega Murder Blast obliterates the terrain in a substantial area around the target, but doesn't harm anyone other than the person it's centered on—after all, it's a single-target spell. Slap-Slap-Kiss: Nitrine and Morgana. Snake Oil Salesman: One was encountered during the dungeon crawl. The Sociopath: It's revealed that Nitrine, as a goblin, literally lacks a conscience. Zintiel, in contrast, has a conscience but ignores it. Statuesque Stunner: Zintiel. Team Mom: Marelle Terrible Interviewees Montage: Nitrine and Marelle's search for a roommate at the start of the comic. Trigger Phrase: Don't say "Rainbow Love Child" in front of Prism if you value your life. Try to Fit That on a Business Card: Apparently elven nobles, that is to say almost all of their species, tend to have a lot of titles. Unusual Ears: Almost all of the cast, except for the humans. Upgrade Artifact: Nitrine uses the Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device to solve the problem of her belt requiring phenomenal amounts of energy to function for just thirty seconds. Wall of Blather: Mona's interview. Wall of Weapons: Zintiel's wardrobe of weaponry. Webcomic Time: Lampshaded here. Wrench Wench: Nitrine, as well as possibly future-Marelle. You Gotta Have Blue Hair Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Zintiel drives home how nasty what Kurt did to Nitrine really was.