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 sisterAngelika, 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 the following tropes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angelo, the leader of "Angelo's Kids" seen in this comic here. He seems to be a more traditional evil overlord, but is still extremely attentive to his husband's happiness. Woe betide any who make Brian unhappy.
The group fight a mimic in the Rosoro Underground Highway.
And then a more powerful one, a pandorino, in the Magicant Castle.
The Chosen One: Julie. The pendant only reacts to her. Revealed to be played with as it turns out Julie was the third person The Palm Tree Ghost chose to do this quest. She wouldn't talk about what happened in regard to the first two.
Deal with the Devil: A Glabrezu (though not explicitly called that) has made one with Maxo the Sun Cleric. Maxo hasn't stated what he wants yet, but the pact seems to have been made.
Death Is Cheap: Played with. Due to being a D&D-based webcomic, bringing people back from the dead only costs them a character level and diamonds. Word Of God says that the House Rules for Manjulias makes death even cheaper there than standard D&D, because when he ran it as an actual campaign with players, they kept dying. When someone runs out of Cosmic Lifestrand however, they can't be brought back with mortal magic. The soul is also required, so if it's trapped somewhere else it also won't work.
Demoted to Extra: Umbria in Book 2. She was the main character of the "B Plot" in the first volume. In the second volume, Umbria was retrieved by The Empire and voluntold to come up with their musical anthem. Most of her storylines have been (for the most part) comic relief.
Paula: I exercise my right from Emperor Angelo Souballo to discipline you upside the head for "being an annoying twerp."
Dungeon Bypass: Discussed and then averted. When Julie's group tackle the dungeon where they think the first Magicant Piece is, they decide to explore the whole thing instead of using magical flight to reach the tower pedestals.
Umbria: When you're going through the land of winter, you gotta be prepared for anything. (they see a bunch of undead headed towards them) Kergak: Even the zombie apocalypse? Umbria:Especially the zombie apocalypse.
Expo Speak: Julie, almost compulsively (at least in the beginning).
Glamour Failure: A subtle and not-so-subtle example in strip #548. The subtle one was one of the Angelo Kids having yellow fangs for teeth, and the blatant one was the "gnome" Trevoricus was talking to. The creature was insanely tall and lanky for a gnome.
Apparently utilized by Trevoricus (as the below is not normally possible in standard D&D rules).
Elves: GAAAHH!! YOU CAN'T MAKE A POTION OF LIGHTNING BOLT! Trevoricus: My potion-making skills beg to differ!
In D&D 3.5 Edition, Polymorph lasts 1 minute per caster level. Emperor Brian Souballo states In-Universe that Manjulias doesn't follow that rule.
Normally, a Resurrection spell requires a piece of the target's body from at the time they were killed. But in Our Little Adventure, there is no such prerequisite, and as such, it is possible to preserve a drop of blood from someone living just in case.
I Take Offense to That Last One: After Angelo breaks Umbria's petrification spell, she immediately jumps to the conclusion that Angelo wants to punish her. The first three things she mention are pretty legit reasons for punishment, but the one knocking Angelo's uniform choice was probably the one that got Angelo so annoyed with her.
Lenny: S-stay back. I've got a magic shield and I-I'm not afraid to use it...
Jerkass: Rocky all the way. Angelika straddles the line into Jerk with a Heart of Gold just because she genuinely cares about Julie, despite mocking her at pretty much every turn.
Just Toying with Them: Coumadin does this to Julie and her friends in the first battle they have with him. Angelika would have been killed from this fight, but Coumadin spared her. He did steal some money and magical gear from her to help fund the extraplanar help he called for the real battle.
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.
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.
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."
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.
We get another example of the trope, mixed in with This Is Gonna Suck with Umbria/Zaedalkaah. She escapes Randi and Peganone only to collide into the horse of a Paladin who is also on the hunt for her.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.