Webcomic: Quest of Camelittle
Quest of Camelittle is a hand-drawn webcomic series posted on deviantart by QuestofCamelittle that focuses on four adventurers in a comedic fantasy world with swords, magic, monsters, and fourth-wall breaking. The characters are drawn in a chibi art style. The main characters, called The Good Guys, are actually all selfish jerks who will rob any innocent passerby they meet on the road.Summary of Chapters One through Four:
It begins with The Good Guys traveling through the forest after having won the King's Tournament - held by the Human King Duret - to receive their prize money in the city of Camelittle. On the way, they are attacked by Elves, bandits, a psychotic serial killer, etc. Once they arrive in Camelittle, King Duret reveals that his tournaments were just ruses to gather three strong adventurer teams (The Good Guys, The Shadowfighters, and Team Marauder) and bribe them into doing his dirty work. Each team is sent to one of three towns in an effort to kill the series' antagonist, a Black Knight called "Big Bad." The Good Guys come to Clown Town after many shenanigans, and they fight and kill the Clown King of Evil, Giggles. After leaving Clown Town, they traverse the Frostbite Mountains, where they are ambushed by Team Marauder, and Jack adopts a magic wolf puppy he names Black Fang. The Good Guys return to Camelittle, believing they have killed Big Bad, only to find that King Duret has long been pulling the same trick on several adventurers to try to have Big Bad killed. The king's dinner party is crashed by the wicked Snuggie Daemon, who reveals that the real Big Bad is alive and well. King Duret orders the Good Guys be dragged by the Elven King Daigulus to Elfdust City, where it is suspected Big Bad is hiding near. In the treetop city, an angry young Elf named Cidos longs to be promoted in the Elves' annual ceremony of ranking magical competency. The ceremony is interrupted when a powerful Black Knight - the Sloth Knight, a minion of Big Bad - attacks. Cidos flees Elfdust City, then The Good Guys kill the Sloth Knight. Once they flee the city themselves, they are ambushed by their rival team of lady adventurers, The Shadowfighters.Current Discontinuation:
The author says in his DeviantArt journal that there will be no more of the comic posted online past the series' first four chapters. He says the hand-drawn comic serves as a rough draft for something that might come in the future, such as a complete revision in color. All strips have been taken offline and cannot be viewed anywhere.
Quest of Camelittle provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Mariah, definitely.
- All Myths Are True: There are multiple, multiple refrences to many different mythologies: Greek (these are the Human gods, Medusa and centaurs appear), Arthurian (Camelittle parodies Camelot, the Triangular Table, the Skank of the Lake), and even Norse (the Dwarven gods are Thor, Odin, Loki, etc.).Jack: Gaaah! Stupid Zeus, God of Storms! Is it FUNNY to send a blizzard after us?
(he is promptly struck by lightning from the heavens)
Zeus: Yeah, actually it is pretty funny.
- Animal Talk: Firefly and Black Fang frequently enjoy talking with one another. The animals all know what the people are saying, but the people can't understand a word the animals speak.Black Fang: Woof, woof? [SUBTITLES: Firefly, who's this "Sue" they're talking about?]
Firefly: Caw, caw. [He's this sorcerer my master insulted, and now he wants to kill John.]
Black Fang: Woof, woof? [Now, how exactly do the same two sounds translate to everything our subtitles say?]
Firefly: Caw, caw. [Just roll with it, kid.]
- Anti-Hero: Mariah and the rest of the Shadowfighters. Apparently, you have to register to become one.
- Ax-Crazy: Jeriff, both literally and tropewise. His weapon of choice is even an ax.
- Badass: Mariah the samurai, Jack's deadly (and competent) rival.
- Bare Your Midriff: Morgone the sexy witch
- Big Bad: Lampshaded in that the villain calls himself "Big Bad".
- BFS: Bora, an adventurer who is actually heroic, carries one.
- Black Knight: Five Black Knights (Big Bad and his four minions) are set up as the comic's antagonists.
- Blood Lust: Jeriff, most definitely.
- Bound and Gagged: Turk and Creed tie up Jeriff this way.
- Brainless Beauty: Princess Blonde is the epitome of dumb and blonde.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: A few characters are aware that time passes by as pages and chapters.Jeriff: Main antagonist?
Kaye: Y'know, that guy from the first page.
- Butt Monkey: King Duret essentially bribes The Good Guys into being his butt monkeys.
- Canis Latinicus: "Subito", the name of a ninja, is Latin for "suddenly".
- Colour Coded Characters: Seen in the colored character pictures on the author's DeviantArt. Jack has blue eyes and wears a blue jacket. John wears red and has red eyes. Jeriff's color scheme is green, Kaye is gray, Duret is brown, Sophie is pink, and Sue is purple. Morgone dresses in black and white.
- Cool Pet: Black Fang, Jack's size-shifting magic wolf puppy.
- Constructed World: They all live in a comedic fantasy world with a few similarities to the Middle Ages, as per the typical fantasy world with knights and wizards.
- The Ditz: Sophie is a kind but air-headed young Elven girl.Sophie: Anti-Magic Barrier Scroll? What does that do?
Morgone: Well, it's a scroll that casts... an Anti-Magic Barrier.
- Dramatic Irony: The Good Guys are bribed into traveling to Clown Town because they believe Big Bad may be there. What they don't know is that he's relaxing in Darkblood City, which is very close to Clown Town on the map, and having a good laugh while they struggle. At one point, Jack even consideres traveling near Darkblood City, but decides against it.Jack: I don't think that's such a good idea, Kaye... Believe me, we do not want to go anywhere NEAR Darkblood City.
Big Bad: I just love living in Darkblood City!
- Dual Wielding: Jack's twin daggers, Turk's thin blades, and Big Bad's two flaming swords.
- Dumb Blonde: Taken to the extreme with Princess Blonde.
- Dumb Muscle: Jeriff. Just... Jeriff.
- Elemental Powers: Magic is this world seems to be based off of the classical elements, which includes Fire, Water, Light, Darkness, Wind, and Earth magic. Also, the Hippie King Eagle performed Hippie magic during the Snuggie Ambush, so there may be more than just Elemental magic in the world of Camelittle.
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Evil Sorcerer: Sue the light-and-dark-magic-wielding, wannabe evil sorcerer. Big Bad is also said to be a powerful sorcerer as well as a swordsman.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: There are Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Hippies (parodies of Druids), Ninjurai (the ninja and samurai people), odd types of faries and fiends, Medusa, Centaurs, magic wolves, and even monstrous clowns.
- Five-Man Band
- The Good Guys all qualify:
- The Hero — John, the powerful fire wizard;
- The Lancer — Kaye, the standoffish and sarcastic ninja;
- The Big Guy — Jeriff, the violent barbarian;
- The Smart Guy — Jack, the clever but cowardly team leader;
- Firefly and Black Fang serve as the Team Pets.
- The Shadowfighters fit this as well.
- The Hero — Mariah, the beautiful and deadly samurai;
- The Lancer — Halee, the homely girl who befriended Mariah;
- The Big Guy — Morgone, the powerful and sexy witch;
- The Smart Guy — Subito, the intelligent and honorable ninja;
- The Chick — Sophie, the kind but na´ve Elven girl.
- The Good Guys all qualify:
- Five Races
- Humans (Mundane) — the most common people, whom the other races look down upon;
- Elves (Fairy) — an intelligent, magical, and arrogant people;
- Hippies (Cute) — they serve as the comical stand-in for the typical Druids;
- Dwarves (Stout) - classic fantasy Dwarves: short, gruff, and live in the mountains
- Ninjurai (High men) — highly-skilled Humans who separate themselves from other Humans.
- Flat Character: Jeriff is violent. End of story. This is lampshaded by the other characters.
- Four Girl Ensemble: The four girls of the Shadowfighters, Mariah (the mannish, dominant one), Halee (the wise, calm one), Morgone (the sexy, glamourous one), and Sophie (the sweet, naive one)
- Goth: In this universe, goths are a very common monster, similar to goblins or orcs in a standard fantasy world.
- Gratuitous Ninja: Kaye, Subito, and the Ninjurai King Statim. The Ninjurai people are Humans who left the rest of their dishonorable race to live as ninjas and samurai on the island of Katanastan.
- Hidden Elf Village: Elfdust City, home of (you guessed it) the Elves.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Mariah's are piercing blue to match her personality.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The weapon of choice for most every samurai, including Mariah.
- Kill It with Fire: John's quite the pyromaniac with his fire spells.
- Lady of War: Mariah the samurai
- The Middle Ages: The story's setting is quite similar to the Middle Ages, only with magic and monsters.
- Monster Clown: Played straight — the clowns are a kind of monster who live in the horrifying Clown Town.
- Our Demons Are Different: The lesbian party-girl fiends, known as Lesbos.
- Our Elves Are Better: King Daigulus is very full of himself, as are most Elves. Seems to be subverted with the gentle, loving Sophie.
- Our Fairies Are Different: The gay police fairies, known as Gayyas.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: We get an explanation on how they are produced... the Law of Queer Breeding...
- Purple Eyes: Sue's (for the character color pattern, of course; see Colour Coded Characters above) and Morgone's eyes.
- Running Gag: The Good Guys, with their little triangular bodies, have no idea how to separate their legs. Many villains, like Sue, Helga, Turk, and Creed, somehow know how to get their legs apart. The Good Guys desperately want to know how to do so.
- Serial Killer: He originally attacked the Good Guys in Woodland Forest, and now has returned in Elven Forest. King Daigulus names him as The Jester, an insane man who once served as King Duret's court jester.
- Shout-Out: To both The Order of the Stick and The Lord of the Rings when Jack is trying to decide upon a team name.Jack: Well, Jeriff, obviously... we're known as the Order of the Sti— no, that's taken... Um, how's the Fellowship of the R— ah, taken too. Well, then... We're The Good Guys!
- Smoke Out: The Jester actually steals one of Kaye's ninja bombs, then uses the smoke from the explosion to escape.
- Stock Ness Monster: Nessie from Lake Gesundheit.
- Take That: To the multiple differences between the Percy Jackson book The Lightning Thief and the movie.John: Dang, Kaye. It's a shame you blew up Medusa back there... We could have used her head to paraylze a hydra like they did in Percy Jackson.
Kaye: They didn't do that in Percy Jackson.
John: Are you sure?
- Team Pet: Firefly the raven, and now Black Fang the magic wolf.
- Tree Top Town: Elfdust City, as seen on Chapter 02 Page 19. It's all buildings around trees and bridges connecting them.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Protagonists, rather. The Good Guys live and breathe this trope.