Golden Age of Adventurers is a light-hearted Fantasy webcomic situated on ComicGenesis.Wannabe adventurer Ciria gets her first quest - to fetch four runaways from the local Old Folk's Home. The reward is great and the job seems easy enough - What could possibly go wrong?Well, as it turns out, the four escaped characters are a gang of adventuring veterans, having quested together for 40 years. They are, however willing to go along peacefully - provided that Ciria lets them finish their current adventure first...The Cast
Ai Yah - This monk can be counted on to provide moral guidance, make literature references and be the Straight Man to the other, zanier characters.
Hook Horsebane - sarcastic Dwarven war veteran with multiple prosthetics and a mercenary attitude. Enjoys arguing with Ai.
This webcomic provides examples of:
All Genes Are Codominant: Averted in Ben's case. He is a half-elf, but has a full beard, because his Y chromosome was inherited from his human father. It is stated that his sister look more elf-like, though.
Bare-Fisted Monk: Ai fits the trope, and was indeed very helpful when escaping unequipped from a dungeon.
This seems to be one of the author's favourite tropes to use. There are loads of these, some even used as plot devices. The zombie gardener was another one, though that one was a bit more predictable. The mysteriously clean adventurer's bar was another example.
Celibate Hero: Ai is determined to avoid sinful behaviour. Which is why his negotiations with some prostitutes for a back massage are amusing...
Prostitute"Would it help if I undressed more?"
Ai:"Heaven forbid. And I mean that literally."
Chew Toy: Stony loses his bar regularly. Subverted in that he has adapted to the inevitable, and receives monetary compensation for the various disasters.
Stony:"Eh, at least I never have to clean the place".
Cloud Cuckoolander: Ben regularly talks to his staff, and sometimes make weird statements (which may nonetheless turn out to be correct).
Divine Intervention: The Gang's Divine Patron gives a discrete nudge to things from time to time.
Exposed to the Elements: Ai Yah normally goes about in a loincloth. For a holidays strip, while the rest of the Gang had donned thick winter outfits, he's geared up, too - in a vest, shorts and sandals...
Elves VS Dwarves: Played straight; at any rate, Dwarves don't seem to care too much for Elves, while the latter are being more graceful about it.
Fat and Skinny: The thin, cynical Orc scout Tikker and his inexperienced nephew Kogg, a burly Orc/Ogre crossbreed, fit the trope perfectly.
Ben:Look, these beginner books aren't for ME, all right?
Cashier:OF COURSE they aren't, sir.
Ben:It's for, well, an apprentice of mine.
Ben:I just wouldn't want you to think...
Cashier:I understand perfectly, sir. Feel free to reaffirm your hipness status by purchasing a complex tome of thaumaturgy...
Just Between You and Me: Kazprok, main antagonist in the first chapter, captures the Gang and promptly gives them a lecture - complete with zombie-held blackboard — about his current Evil Plan. After voting on it, the Gang gives his plan the grade "You'll never get away with this!". It is stated that the TOP grade is "You FIEND!"
Mauve Shirt: Several Orcs have been named, and given some panel time.
Side Quest: Averted by Nimble. When Elondaro suggests that the Gang perform a small quest for him to gain his trust, Nimble responds by showing official documentation that they are, in fact, trustworthy.
Elondaro:Oh well, I was only gonna have them weed my garden, anyway...
Subverted in that he got the phrase wrong - the librarian later implies that most everyone does, and that she directs anyone speaking cryptically to the room with the portal, just in case they're NOT a random loonie.
Sword and Sorcerer: Ben and Hook used to be mercenaries together, before the gang formed, and when Ben was more reliable.
Tempting Fate: Usually played straight, but subverted in this strip when Ciria says "It's good to know that Mom and Dad are safe from the bad guys I get to face". Cue panel of parents with some of said dangers — having soundly beaten them up. Hey, even irony can only do so much...
Hook: "I've killed several werewolves, raiders by the dozen, orcs by the hundreds... and ONE time I try to ride this STUPID piece of @#¤%-ing burger-meat... @#¤% bards and their DAMNED alliterations... "
Since we never hear his original last name, one may assume it was even worse...
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ben's zanyness is a direct result of knowing too much magic (especially, his favored school, Chaos magic). It has been stated that magic can overwrite your brain, which is why students memorize all those gestures and words, to make casting harder, or at least something you don't do in your sleep.
Ciria: Is loonyness really an INESCAPABLE consequence of doing magic?
Hook: Consequence? I always figured it was a REQUIREMENT.