Webcomic / 6 Gun Mage

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(front to back) Kylie, Gwyneth, and Zeits

Gwyneth: Sometimes itís not the prize so much as the chase.
Kylie: Thatís something that people say when theyíve never had to chase. Itís like rich people saying money doesnít make you happy. You could have what you want chase or not. Thatís the only reason the chase is fun for you. When you have to chase, itís not a game. Itís not fun.

6 Gun Mage is a Weird Western by Chris Hazelton of Misfile. It stars Kylie, a gunmage who has to keep her powers secret because she's on the run from the Circle and gets a job as a hired gun.


Six Gun Mage contains examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Geofry didn't know that gunmages can't use repeaters without killing themselves due to Cast from Hit Points, so he created a repeater that somehow doesn't have that limitation.
    • It's possible that's got more to do with Kylie than the repeater itself, though. Perhaps she is more than "just" a gunmage?
    • Recent chapters confirm that there's way more to Kylie than meets the eye.
  • Action Girl: Kylie, Nessa, Wyst, probably all the girls in the Penny Gun.
  • Aerith and Bob: Names like Kylie, Gwyneth, Wyst, and Zeits.
  • Alien Sky: There are at least two moons.
  • Animesque
  • Bare Your Midriff: Kylie, ever so much. Even her military uniform.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy =/= Unskilled, but Strong: Amazingly, Kylie's both, and she lampshades it. She did not do well in Gunmage academy because she was bored, and the fact that all her instructors thought the best way to educate her was just to yell orders at her, until she became Geofry's apprentice, and he got her to do what he wanted by making it fun for her, even testing experimental gun-mage weapons. On the other hand, even though she's only mastered very few gun-mage techniques, she is one of the most powerful gun-mages in the story, capable of using weapons, and enduring things that would leave most other gun-mages comatose or dead.
  • The Blacksmith: Geofry.
  • Cast From Hitpoints: How gunmage powers work, allegedly.
  • Child Soldiers: Orphans who show potential to be gunmages are recruited young to begin their training.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Repeaters for gun-mages, as they Cast From Hitpoints, and using up too much mana too quickly will leave them dead. Or at least that was the theory...
  • Defeat by Modesty: Attempted by Zeits on Kylie. It doesn't work.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The main character is a mage. Who uses a six-gun.
  • Expressive Ears: Gwyneth's elven heritage has given her ears that twitch at the sign of profit.
  • Fantastic Slur: Calling an elven sharpshooter a "Knife-eared bitch" turns out to be a bad plan.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Ever so thoroughly averted. Civilians aren't supposed to have semi or full auto weapons though - get caught with one and the cops can kill you on sight.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Geofry invents a repeater gun-mages can use (or at least a repeater Kylie can use).
  • The Gunslinger: Zeits, Kylie, probably most the rest of the cast.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Gwyneth has elven blood.
  • Homing Projectile: One of Kylie's powers.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Gwyneth has a hot spring in her basement.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In Kylie's case it's justified as, well, magic; Zeits, however, is just "absolutely fucking fantastic!"
  • Love Triangle: Kylie has the hots for Zeits. Zeits is as oblivious to this as he is still completely in love with Gwyneth. Gwyneth thinks getting back together with Zeits is a bad idea (something she can't seem to get through to Zeits) and tries to push him towards Kylie. Eventually, Sierra has enough of the drama and tells them to Get a Room!. And she doesn't care which of them use it.
  • Magi Babble: explains why gun-mages can't use repeaters, until Geofry invents one they can use.
  • The Magocracy: The exact role of the Circle in the government hasn't been revealed yet, but at the very least they're obviously very powerful.
  • Mugging the Monster: Three train robbers might have gotten away with it, too, if when she told them she didn't have any money one of them hadn't suggested that they bend her over the seat and--.
  • Pointy Ears: Gwyneth, on account of some amount of elven ancestry.
  • Posthumous Character: Geofry
  • Punch a Wall: It hurts.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kylie delivers one to a pair of train-robbers-turned-kidnappers.
    That's a bad bluff. You kill the hostage, and you lose your cover. Then I can shoot you both no problem. You should be pointing that gun at me, I'm the threat. Besides, what if I'm a really good shot? Maybe I can hit you behind the kid. Maybe I'm fast enough to do it twice before you get off a shot. Maybe I'm even a jerk who doesn't care about the hostage. Maybe I'm a gambler. Simple fact is, you shouldn't be betting on a wildcard. Or just maybe...
    *kills them both with one shot*
  • Retired Badass: Colonel Renault would appear to be one.
  • Schizo Tech: Assault rifles and modern semi-automatic pistols are quite common, but steam power is used for transportation. Of course, steam engines are kind of required for the whole Steam Punk thing.
  • Screw You, Elves!: They're extinct.
  • Shown Their Work: Every firearm depicted in the story is a real weapon. Every one of them. Even Kylie's magical Hand Cannon is a Mateba Autorevolver. The magical effects may not be real, but the weapons sure are. Also, proficient gunslingers, like Zeits, hold their guns correctly while amateurs like Simon in chapter 2, do not, and have realistic consequences happen to them as a result.
  • Slasher Smile: Max Zeits aka Dulahan Cas gets a terrifying one here
  • Steam Punk; Of The Western variety.
  • Strawman Political: Paradise Point, where the main characters find themselves as of Chapter 31, is a thorough deconstruction of the grand premise behind strict gun control. To the author's credit, there's a great deal of Truth in Television behind his narrative.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: One of Kylie's gun-related powers.
  • Teen Genius: Doctor Jasper Calloway, the Client Of The Week on Chapter Three, invented a new, more efficient steam engine called the Florange.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: A rather insightful justification for it;
    Jericho: It is the intrinsic nature of societies to march inexorably towards totalitarianism. Every so often, it is the duty of those who love freedom to turn back that clock, even at the cost of their own lives.
  • This Cannot Be!: One of the Circle Mages gets a nice, large, flow-through ventilation system in his torso thanks to a very pissed off Kylie, and he refuses to believe it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The old priest who protected the kid seer is warned by Kylie that the Circle plans to cut the boy open and put a Circle member in his brain. He starts boasting to a Circle member that even if such a thing was true, he would easily tell the difference between an evil mage and a boy he raised from birth and would act appropriately. Guess what her response is.
  • The Un-Smile: Wyst fails at smiling.
  • Villain Ball: Things would have gone much better for The Circle if they had simply asked Geofry to bring in Kylie to demonstrate the weapon, rather than hunting him down and killing him before her eyes so that she would run and they would have to hunt her down as well, and then try to bring in a very angry, bitter, determined, and creative gun-mage alive.
  • Weird West: The title of the comic is "Six Gun Mage"—what do you think?
  • Your Head Asplode: A circle mage does this to a member of The Right Arm right next to Kylie, trying to demoralize her.
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