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.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Ryn comes to the conclusion that Eldor has spent decades trying to create one based on newspaper accounts of the deaths and disappearances of girls and young women and suspects he finally succeeded with Lili.
  • 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"
  • Gut Punch : That panel. See Wham Episode entry below.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "Sent back to Gaia" for death, "jump in the void" for "go to hell."
  • Horsing Around: Caspar 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.
  • 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, who has two thirds training as a Fighter, and one third as a Wizard. Others like Ilias and Sandril may qualify.
  • Magitek: There are cameras, sophisticated security systems, etc, all of which run on magic, plus a lot of mundane items like paper bags that modern people take for granted that a pre-industrial society would not be able to manufacture.
  • Meaningful Name: The Red Hall arc.
  • Mind Screw: When Viviana is lost in the woods, the resulting scene is very creepy. First she hears a strange sound that grows so loud that she's deafened, then she wanders around trying to find her way out. She eventually sees a figure through a bank of fog that turns out to be herself after she gives chase, causing her to faint and hit her head on a rock. Then a portal opens and she's attacked and mutilated by monstrous creatures, only to wake up next morning to find that she can hear again and stumble out of the woods.
    • Viviana is later subjected to another horrific nightmare where she again dreams of being mutilated, leading the crew to suspect someone is trying to Gas Light her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 after the attack—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, electricity and modern clothing and fabrics. 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?
  • Ship Tease: Ilias and Viviana, who have gone Undercover as Lovers and kissed, as well as other moments.
  • 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 beomes 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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