The Challenges of Zona
is a webcomic by J.E. Draft, begun in 2005. It is a sequel to an earlier work, The Three Challenges of Zona
. Despite the title, the viewpoint character is a second-rate busker called Mentl, who finds a Great Big Book of Everything
and is transported to a fantasy world where he discovers both the love of the title character and the ability to cast magic through his music. He then becomes convinced that Zona only loves him because he inadvertantly enchanted her, goes back home, and Zona is left to carry on alone while Mentl gets drunk and farts around back on earth.
After which the viewpoint splits into many.
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This webcomic contains examples of:
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Urrts
- Amazonian Beauty: Zona.
- Amazon Chaser: Mentl
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted with the Erogenians, with the exception, so far, of Jerk Jock Pontagar. The Kivalians are a more mixed bag. Prince Maldik is The Caligula, Queen Yanora is a Magnificent Bitch, but Count Tethik is definitely one of the good guys.
- Badass Gay: Count Tethik, as shown here.
- Badass Princess: Zona and Tula, natch.
- Bash Sisters: Zona and Tula. Carshik and Brantik probably qualify as well.
- Battle Couple: Ipola and Zonn and, of course, Zona and Mentl.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch Ginsha. Just don't. No, really. Well, we warned him...
- Trying to bully Mentl or endangering Zona in front of him is also a bad idea.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Yatta-Ta thinks Zona is this. Boy is he wrong!
- Big Bad: Shuach, God of Fire
- Big Bad Wannabe: Maldik
- Bi the Way: Word of God is that the Erogenians as a culture practice "situational bisexuality".
- Blood Knight: Yatta-Ta is a parody of this.
- Break the Cutie: Done inadvertantly to Ginsha by Mentl
- Bullying a Dragon: Even A Gentle Giant like Keltan has his limits
- Cool Old Guy: Vito
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Church of Thrasu in Kivallia.
- The Dragon: Gruach
- Eccentric Mentor: Vito
- Fanservice: My Gods, the fan service, both male and female.
- Fish out of Water: Mentl, although he's adapted fairly quickly and fairly well.
- Functional Magic: Theurgy, Mentl's music magic (which may be unique to him) and Item Magic. Hinted that Vito uses Rules Magic but we haven't actually seen him in operation.
- Genius Ditz: Yatta-ta, while a buffoon in most cases has proven to be an excellent swordsman.
- Gentle Giant: Keltan and Liri, especially Liri when it comes to the "gentle" part of the trope.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Ginsha is half Urtt. Many members of the Snake Clan have varying degrees of Urtt blood.
- Heroic BSOD: Mentl has one after he becomes convinced that Zona only loves him because he inadvertently enchanted her
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why Mentl goes back to our world.
- Large Ham: Yatta-ta
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Initially the focus was on Mentl, Zona an Tula but now ther are more viewpoint characters han youcan shake a stick at.
- Music Magic
- Musical Assassin: Mentl.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The ruling family of Kivallia bears an awfully strong resemblance to the Plantagents. Maldik (Prince John), Yanora (Eleanor of Acquitaine) and the absent Gudik (Richard the Lion Hearted).
- The Obi-Wan: Vito
- Our Giants Are Bigger
- Prince Charmless: Pontagar
- Maldik too. Unlike Pontagar, he's shown shades of realizing he's an abhorrent little tool. Whether or not he'll act on that insight is left to be seen. So far however Pontigar, unlike Mentl, is merely obnoxious, not evil.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Erogenians
- The Power of Rock: Mentl tends to channel his powers through impromptu spells, which are actually the lyrics of favorite rock songs. He accidentally cast a love charm over every lady in a ballroom by singing The Troggs' "Love Is All Around Me", and threw fireballs at an opponent with a chorus of Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire". Also, a future version of Mentl, joined by his and Zona's future teenage daughter used The Beatles' "Get Back" as a time-travel spell.
- Power Trio: Mentl with his powers barely under control is definitely the Id and Tula is the mediative Super Ego. Zona might seem an odd choice for the Ego but except when she's in the middle of battle qualifies. Pontagar, Carshik and Brantik may also form a similar group in which case Pontagar is definitely the Id.
- Psycho for Hire: Morcai, yeh?
- Religion Is Magic: Tula gets her powers from the Moon and Earth goddesses, while Gruach gets his from Shuach.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Big Bad's Mooks are a race of Lizard Folk called the Urrt.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Tula and Zona are both princesses of Erogenia as is Pontagar. Queen Yanora does more to run her kingdom than her son, the nominal ruler, who to be fair, is busy running a war.
- Stealth Pun: 'Morcai' is a variation on 'Mordecai', which means 'little man'... and he is obviously on the short side. (this may have been unintentional)
- Straight Gay: Count Tethik.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Zona, Tula and Mentl form a trio version of this.
- Training Montage: In a recent arc, Zona and Tula travel to Earth to reunite with Mentl. At one point he reveals that his mother's death (evidentally at the hands of evil mages from Erogonia) propmted him to take several levels in badass, training himself not only in magic but in krav maga and firearms.
- Trapped in Another World
- The Usual Adversaries: The Urrts.