Webcomic / Our Little Adventure

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Our Little Adventure is a fantasy webcomic created by Daniel Landolt. It's based on a Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in an original world, using the 3.X edition rules. A young bard named Julie has a dream where she learns she can save the world by finding a pendant which will lead her to the Magicant, a powerful artifact that grants unlimited wishes. She is joined by her fighter husband Lenny on this quest and very shortly after meets her sister Angelika, as well as the rogue she's travelling with. Using information from "The Palm Tree Ghost" she eventually learns how to use the pendant and goes on a quest to collect the pieces of this Magicant artifact. Of course certain events complicate matters, like an evil spirit Julie accidentally released as well as having to deal with an evil empire and followers of a crazy religion.

The comic was inspired by The Order of the Stick's humor and style, but doesn't tell the story with stick figures. The characters are heavily symbolistic in appearance and appear a cross between stick people, paper characters, and noodle people. The comic doesn't take itself too seriously; it is heavy with parody and clichés of RPGs and D&D campaigns. The fourth wall is notoriously weak in spots, and there are some pop culture references here and there.

The comic has been running since Christmas day, 2009 and updated about twice a week on average (including the hiatus). The comic updates every three days, sometimes more often if the creator isn't busy. There are two places the comic can be seen, the first being an official websiteand the second being rogonandi's DeviantArt account. There is an entry for it on The Webcomic List. It's also got its own group on Facebook where people who like it can get news about it and such, such as updates.

It has a Character Sheet, fittingly.


Our Little Adventure provides examples of:

  • Adventure Towns: The first being the little village where they picked up Pauline, and then they went to Everwood, a huge city where they met new NPC friends and Julie picked up the Magicant Pendant. They went back to Huckleton to catch a ferry to North Manjulias. They passed through Starlight Point and went through the Rosoro Underground to reach Llanadario, a "gateway city". Later it's vaguely established they're heading toward Autumnson.
  • Affably Evil: The Cleric of Janusine (a Neutral Evil deity who rules over demons) tries to convert the fallen (but still Lawful Good) Cleric Maxo while he's in a moment of doubt. She is perfectly cheerful and not at all bothered when he turns her down; he, in turn, acknowledges that all Clerics, including him, have a "special requirement" to try and convert other clerics who have strayed from their paths. They part on good terms with no ill-blood between them.
  • Alien Blood: The Zebroan outsider has multicolored, shifting blood.
  • All There in the Manual: On the official website there is information on characters, the cosmology as well as planar diagrams. Reader beware, spoilers everywhere... and Brian even lampshades that at the top of the page.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite
  • Ambition Is Evil: Janusine, the goddess of ambition, is considered neutral evil and is the ruler of demons.
  • And I Must Scream: People killed by a Tlodnal Cleric's death touch have their souls sent to The Lands of Sadness instead of wherever they were supposed to go. The only reason Angelika's soul didn't go there was because she was in a magic circle against evil when the death touch happened.
  • Anyone Can Die: From the character sheets Pauline, Emily, Angelika, Jane, Eva, Joyelle, Zeggriz, Carissa, Toby, Banjamin, and all the Angelo's Kids who fought at Trimbleton. Angelicka and Jane got better though.
  • Are We There Yet?:
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: During his trial, Thomas Stratus is accused of murdering a hundred of people at Silverfronds, doing a lot of damage by cutting the support trees... and selling scrolls with so much flourish that they're almost impossible to decipher.
    Stratus: These charges are ridiculous, and excuse me for making my handwriting look nice!
  • Art Evolution: The characters and backgrounds look much better than when the comic started. Lenny lampshades this in the comic's 100th page. Lampshaded again when the comic gets another background graphic upgrade on the 140th page.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Magicant, in the wrong hands.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Angelika gets turned into a duck during the fight against the Pandorino.
  • Balloonacy: A magic wand allows the party to float up a giant tree thanks to balloons.
  • Balloon Belly: Happens to Norveg after binge eating.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Eland the dryad and Candesco the merfolk. In the latter's case, it also makes impossible for the (all-human) party to discern hisnote  gender.
    Angelika: ... could you at least get into a fighting stance that doesn't show off your... genderless crotch?
  • Batman Gambit: Silverfronds Castle pulls this by letting Sophia and Melchior run around and spy on the Elves. During the big airship battle, the castle pretends to switch sides with the Empire. When the doors open for the Emperors and their elite underlings, he traps them in a demi-plane on Zebro where the castle chucks its "garbage". The Emperors will probably escape this, but by getting locked down they became unavailable to protect the airship which gets destroyed.
  • Beach Episode: Starting with strip #468.
  • Beat Panel: Has a few of them.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Brian and Angelo of the Souballo Empire, and they are married.
  • Big Fancy Castle:
    • Brian and Angelo's castle.
    • Silverfronds Castle, and it can even communicate with those living in it when need be.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Part of the drawing style, except for Elves of course, and for some Eye Takes.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The story arc involving the plan to ruin Thomas Stratus' name is full of it.
    • Various enemy deaths have elements of it, too.
  • Blackout Basement: Many parts of the Rosoro Underground Highway. Julie and/or Angelika have to use the Light spell in order for them to see.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: Brian tells that Exillion has successfully installed himself into the imperial airship's computer and security system.
  • Let no Crisis Go to Waste: When Candesco and Maxo ring the bell of wonder and make everyone invisible, a disguised Sophia uses the invisibility to sneak into the Chancellor's room to kill him and take his place.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Rocky and Angelika.
  • Locked Out of the Fight: Inverted with Julie in the battle with Coumadin. Due to getting magically confused, she flees the battle leaving the rest of her team to fight Coumadin and his wraiths on their own.
  • The Lost Woods: Everwood Forest and the bigger Silverfronds Forest.
  • Made a Slave: The life of a wight.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Played pretty straight, following the D&D spells.
    Julie: If you had ranks in Knowledge: Arcana, you would've known that would happen.
  • Magic Knight: Coumadin the Cleric; lampshaded by Angelika. He's wearing platemail, using a shield and a sword, and adds plenty offensive magic to the mix.
  • Magic Mirror:
    • Brian and Angelo use one to talk to one of their lackeys.
    • Peganone uses one to do her scrying spells.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Julie and her crew were attacked by two Assassin Vines. Later, when retrieving the first Magicant piece, they fight several more Assassin Vines.
  • Medium Awareness: Comes and go, mostly for gags.
    Angelika: How did you get special colored text in your speech balloon like that?
  • Medium Shift Gag: The panel of the submarine emerging from the water is a photography of a real one, invoking the Stock Footage trope.
  • Metagame: Julie sometimes has the tendency to use the tabletop variant of it as one of her bardic powers. Up until recently it's been Hand Waved, but this time she gets punished for it by getting swatted by the Assassin Vine they were fighting immediately after revealing its game resistances.
  • Metaphorically True: The responses Julie gives to Candesco regarding her quest fall into this category; her mom could be stranded in the Lands of Sadness (what appears to be the neutral hell), and the Magicant could do everything Julie would theoretically need to derive a happy ending from that predicament, but Candesco is still unaware that she's searching for the Magicant. Also, she failed to mention the Palm Tree Ghost.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Characters acting under the influence of enchantments have eyes that usually glow yellowish green.
  • Missing Mom: Julie and Angelika's. With great effect on the family.
  • Monster of the Week: Most of the enemy encounters Julie's group face between cities.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Comic #187.
    • The group travelling peacefully along at night while the stars and surroundings are beautiful and serene. They decide to stop in an abandoned barn to camp and find it quite dark in there. Julie uses a light spell to reveal bodies hanging from the rafters. Then the bodies come to life, smile quite evilly at them, and attack them.
  • Mundane Utility: "You're using powerful magic just to steam a bunch of crabs? That is so friggin' sexy."
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Angelika exploits this trope to hide Norveg in her cleavage.
  • Narrator: The Sun and Moon sometimes fall in this role.
  • Nature Lover: A dryad wonders why people who visit her forest lack this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • If Julie hadn't activated the black wand, she wouldn't have a psychotic clone running around now.
    • In #210, Rocky's bluff may have given the Empire an excuse to attack the Elves.
    • Maxo accepting a Wish from an imprisoned demon lets it escape to the material world and reveal itself as a former Demon Lord. Maxo's deity promptly revokes his cleric powers for the Lethally Stupid gamble.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Toby and Johnathan, two of Angelo's Kids, are male examples of this.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • The trio Julie needs to talk to in order to get item she needs are a fantasy take on the original American Idol judges.
    • When Angelo showed his cronies a picture of what Julie might look like, he showed a picture of Idina Menzel. Trevoricus and Jason even lampshade this by talking about some of the works they saw with Idina in them.
  • Nominal Importance: Played with.
  • Noodle People: The drawing style of the comic.
  • The Noseless: Part of the comic's drawing style, though there are a few exceptions. Lampshaded by Julie when an ugly receptionist she dealt with actually has a nose.
  • Not That Kind of Mage: Angelika is a sorceress, not a wizard. Rocky frequently ribs her as useless for not being able to learn spells from scrolls.
  • Oh Crap!:
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Dwarves look as they would in pretty much any other RPG and fantasy piece; beard, armored, etc. They might not speak in the expected Scotish/Irish twinges, but most of the dwarves Julie and the gang have dealt with ARE Soul Brothas.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Elves have larger eyes, as opposed to humans which are smaller dots. Elves also have long ears and hair in all colors of the rainbow, including blue. And see Theme Naming.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Gnomes have the cone hats but they also have yellow skin and pointy tails.
  • Paint It Black: Spoofed when Angelika dons a Cloak of Charisma that immediately gives her a Darker and Edgier look.
    Norveg: ... Oh great. The cloak is cursed and it turned you evil.
    Angelika: I don't feel any eviller.
    Norveg: That doesn't prove anything.
  • Path of Inspiration: Angelo's Kids is a pseudo-religion composed of young adventurer fanatics that do Angelo's bidding.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Part of Angelika's new look starting with #307.
  • Perpetual Frowner:
    • Rocky, especially in the beginning of the comic. He's lightening up a little bit as the story progresses.
    • Joyelle the Erinyes in a more literal way; she says that she lacks the muscles in her face to ever smile.
  • Pillar of Light: When Julie activates the Magicant Pendant.
  • Pimp Duds: Julie obtains the look thanks to a Hat of Diguise.
    Rocky: ...I said your sister dresses like a ho but that doesn't mean you should start pimping her out.
    Norveg: I beat you to that joke when Julie donned the hat in the store.
  • Plot Coupon: The Magicant Pendant.
  • Port Town: Huckleton and Starlight Point.
  • Precious Puppy: A Celestial over the Limited Wish Puppy.
  • The Promise: Angelika tries to get one from Lenny; he asks for one in return.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: Peganone's adventuring outfit is truly truly truly outrageous.
  • Random Events Plot: The story has a main plot that it loosely follows, but many of the smaller aspects of it are random. According to the creator, the subplot involving Angelika's death was completely out of nowhere.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Daytranna's. So long it drags behind on the floor (and collects caltrops).
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Once you join the Soulballo Empire, you can't leave. If you're high value enough, even suicide won't get you out, and you risk a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Rollercoaster Mine: In the Rosoro Underground Highway, the group go on a pretty wild one starting with comic #201.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Lampshaded by many characters, and Umbria's plan to train her orchestra hinges on taking advantage of this trope.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The demon released from the black magic wand. She calls herself Umbria. Her real name is revealed to be "Zaedalkaah".
  • Scenery Gorn:
    • The landscape for BloddenGogga, the chaotic evil hell. Everything there looks twisted and monstrous.
    • The village full of snowmen topped with bloody heads of Humans and Elves.
  • Scenery Porn: The comic looks to be done with a vector graphics program like Adobe Illustrator. This can allow for resizing graphics without losing detail. As a result, some of the city/area Splash Panels that show Everwood, Huckleton, or Brian and Angelo's Castle can get quite detailed and intricate. As the comic progressed, the wilderness landscapes became more and more lush and detailed. Some might consider it a bit busy at times, though...
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Pauline looks much better in a dress and without all the scars. Too bad she's dead.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Averted during a battle between Julie's group and Kayla's group. Kayla is an imperial cleric and spent the battle healing and empowering her groupmates. Rocky complained about Julie telling him (and probably Angelika too) not to attack Kayla. The trope is even lampshaded in that comic's title.
    Rocky: (next page) This wouldn't take nearly as long if someone would let us take out the healer!
    Kayla: I thank her for that.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The whole Eva story arc. Eva failed to find and destroy Umbria/Zaedalkaah, and ended up having A Fate Worse Than Death at the hands of Angelo. This whole mess is all due to Eva not backing down to someone clearly more powerful than her.
  • Shot in the Ass: Rocky in episode #299. He later comments that this bow hits like an elephant gun.
  • Shout-Out: Has so many, it gets its own page.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Julie and Lenny, from times to times.
    Lenny: I love you, my sweetie muffin.
    Julie: I love you too, my snuggle pumpkin.
  • Silent Scenery Panel: Used mostly to show scene changes.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wilma, one of the necromancers the party fights in the ruins of Valium's village, uses a scythe with the frost enchantment.
  • Splash Panel: Seems to be a developing trend whenever Julie's group gets to another city, or Brian and Angelo's castle is shown.
  • Spock Speak:
    • Joyelle the Erinyes. She even has a different font in her speech bubbles to reflect it. And she scolds her underling for daring to use contractions.
    • Candesco the merfolk too, due to Common not being his first language
  • Steampunk: An airship makes them discuss the prospect.
  • Sticks to the Back: Most of the characters' weaponry not concerned by Hammerspace.
  • Sudden Videogame Moment: Moratios' dungeon for beginners is in Super Mario style, complete with Goombas.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Most of the non-humanoid random encounters throw themselves at the group with little concern for their own survival. Sapient encounters often surrender or flee, on the other hand.
  • Take That: A few here and there. The webcomic begins with a pretty big one to some of The Giant's less pleasant fanboys in "The Long Lost Prologue".
  • Taking the Bullet: Rocky is taking the searing light for Emily.
  • Talking Animal: Three so far. This seems to be a trend with wizard/sorcerer familiars, and special mounts.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: A driving force.
  • Talking Is a Free Action
  • Teleportation Sickness: Known in the comic as "Dirty Warping". Due to Merla's fear of a powerful hostile closing in on them, she teleported Lenny, Julie, and herself not-so-nicely to a safer area. She was off target, caused herself and Lenny to get sickened, and caused some minor "scrambling" injuries to all three of them.
  • Terrible Trio: The adventuring group Umbria travelled with for most of the first book. It contained Jason, Trevoricus and herself.
  • Theme Naming: Elves seem to be named after various kinds of prescription drugs, such as...
    • Avinza (the Aeris/Aerith parody character) is a pain reliever.
    • Peganone (the Everwood Idol judge and councilwoman) is an anti-seizure medication.
    • Keppra (the Elven bounty hunter after Umbria/Zaedalkaah) is another anti-seizure medication.
    • Kaletra (the first name of Julie's elf alias) slows the progression of HIV.
    • Terramycin (the prejudiced innkeeper) is an antibiotic.
    • Daytranna (the innkeeper's son and curiosity shop owner) is a patch against ADHD.
    • Tacrine (the half-celestial cleric) is a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
    • Tegretol (the king of Silverfronds) helps regulate Bipolar Disorder and is a seizure medication.
    • Effexor (the first multiclass Psion/Wizard) is the brand name for Venlafaxine, an antidepressant.
    • Coumadin (the caretaker of the first Magicant Piece temple) is a blood thinner.
    • Valium (the ghost elf bard) is... well, the first name of Diazepam.
    • Subverted in the case of the succubus Yo-Lee, who joins Jack's group disguised as a Nightwood elf named "Zamaira Malflower." Zemaira is a drug used for lung maintenance and to treat emphysema.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Norveg (yes, Norveg) drops this to make it very clear that he can now cast the Shocking Grasp touch spell.
  • Tom the Dark Lord:
  • Tranquil Fury: Julie goes into a very unpleasant state when Pauline dies. She went into a Heroic B.S.O.D. for some time afterword, but got mostly better.
  • Trickster God: "The Palm Tree Ghost", a.k.a. Quizmalia, the Lady of Fate and Fortune.
  • The Undead: Julie's group fight them sometimes as random encounters.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Brian and Angelo, the two main villains.
  • Unpredictable Results: There is a bell just outside of the Silverfronds Palace which causes unpredictable magic to happen when rung. The Elves decided to put a sign next to it saying "Ring bell for service."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The sun explodes at the end of every day. Night falls rather quickly. The sun and moon can both talk as well. The characters sometimes comment about this as well.
  • The Usual Adversaries: Most of the "treasureless encounters", such as giant animals like boars or spiders.
  • Wall of Blather: Angelika and Rocky on the second strip.
  • Walls of Text: Julie sometimes when explaining something.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: After finding the first magicant piece, Julie is so lost in her thoughts that she walks straight into a tree several times.
  • Weird Sun / Weird Moon: Both have (photorealistic) faces and personalities, look down on what's happening at ground level, and even snark about the adventurers on occasion. They don't rise and set, but transform into one another in a flash at dawn and dusk.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The death of Pauline.
    • Emily revealing herself to be a monster who works for Angelo.
    • Angelika's death. She gets better.
    • Jordie's parents being revealed to work for Angelo's Kids.
    • Jordie being teleported to the Souballo headquarters, and dominated by Janice.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Stratus gives a rather low-key version of this to Pauline in the afterlife, telling her that she should have gone back when Julie tried to raise her. Her dead family wouldn't have to wait that long for her due to the way time works in the afterlife, and Julie's group could use a competent melee fighter. He caps it off with a reminder that, unlike him, she is of Good alignment.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In the website's original design it was Angelika commenting this at the top of the comic archive page. Now it's Umbria/Zaedalkaah commenting how much the comics suck because she's not in them often enough.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In the prologue.
    Palm Tree Ghost: Ugh. Who writes this drek anyway? It sounds like the beginning of some stilted Lord of the Rings wannabe novel...
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Angelika has a problem with the Sun. Sure it has a face on it, but the others think the fear's quite silly.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Tlodnal, the Tortured Child. Just look at his bio
  • World Shapes: As seen in #134, Our Little Adventure's world, Manjulias, is a flat, rectangular plate.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Lenny asks Julie to hit Angelika for him and complains about the inherent double standard.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Elvish Julie impersonator to Julie herself.
  • You're Insane!: Stratus rejects his former student Brian's offer to join him by telling him that his plan is insane and will cause the deaths of countless innocent people.


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