Webcomic / The Dreamland Chronicles

The Dreamland Chronicles is an entirely computer-generated, three-dimensional webcomic with over sixteen hundred pages and counting. The Dreamland Chronicles is almost entirely suitable for all ages, with no outstanding adult themes.

As a child, Alexander had adventures every night in Dreamland with his mythically-inclined friends, flying across Dreamland. One 'day' in Dreamland, Alex found an ancient temple housing a magic sword, which practically leaps into his hand. A talking dragon assaults the young boy, and he wakes up with a strange sword necklace.

College-bound Alexander, dreamless since that fateful night, thinks that he was just having normal dreams until he suddenly returned to Dreamland one night; he had fallen asleep with the sword necklace his mother sent him. Returning to find his friends now adults, he finds Dreamland in dire need of a hero, ruled by the tyrannical dragon who had been guarding that sword years ago...

Less clichéd than it sounds.

For technical reasons, as of chapter 21, the comic switched to being traditionally produced (drawn by a guest artist as opposed to rendered).


Tropes

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Sword of Kings can cut though anything, including solid stone.
  • Action Girl: Nastajia can do a lot of damage with a bow and arrow.
  • Alien Blood: Most of the non-humanoids have green blood.
  • Always Save the Girl:
    • When Nicodemus asks Alex to fend off the half of Abaddon's army invading Dreamland, he would rather save Nastajia so that she could reunite with her parents alive and well, much to Nicodemus' grave dismay after all his troubles to side with Alex. Defied when Alex prompts the dragon to fix it instead and he doesóby undoing the very spell he put to ensure Arthur's descendants never get into Dreamland and restoring Daniel's ability to both dream and enter Dreamland at the expense of Alex's.
    • Later, when he asks Niviene if her ability to pass objects between worlds via the magic looking glass could be used for people, she states that sending something that big through would be far too dangerous. He does it anyway, pulling her through to Earth away from Abaddon and pushing himself into Dreamland, resulting in a massive magical explosion. It luckily turns out for the best since it takes out half of Abaddon's army and Alex is saved from dying by Excalibur's scabbard, but doesn't change the fact that he did it out of reckless devotion to Nastajia. He then proceeds to ask the King of Dwarves to invade the most heavily fortified part of the Nightmare Realm with no plan, little magic, a damaged ship, and a badly wounded crew.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Dreamer is said to be human, but he is far larger than it is possible for a human to be.
  • Annoying Arrows: In the Arthur flashback, Percival is knocked down by an arrow... And gets back up again, shrugging it off and remarking, "I'm fine, my king. 'Tis but a scratch." Though the arrow seemed to barely penetrate his skin, and wasn't anywhere near any vital organs. Of course, he has an impressive build, so it helps.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism - Nicole is very skeptical of Dreamland, even when faced with proof she supplied.
  • Art Evolution: While it was always look good, thanks to the advancement of computers it has gone from from this to this. I mean, come on dude. That's just going over the top. Attention to detail indeed. Ultimately however, when the final arc was made, the technology used for the previous chapters was out of date and proved very difficult to upgrade. As a result, the final arc uses cartoon style instead of 3D CGI.
  • The Atoner
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Happens on both sides, with the four rulers Alexander (King of Dreamland), Nicodemus (Evil Dragon King), Nastajia (Queen of the Elves) and the dwarves' King Bognok all being the most skilled fighters.
  • BFS: Alexander has one to complement the whole chosen one thing he has going.
  • Blade Brake: Alex does this, leaving a good 50-foot slice in the Big Bad castle.
  • Big Bad: Nicodemus starts out as this, but turns out to have been an Unwitting Pawn of the real Big Bad, Gilgamesh, the ruler of the Nightmare Realm and usually referred to by Abaddon as The Dreamer.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes Alex about Dreamland at first. Dan comes around early one, only because Alex is his brother. Nicole only does after discovering that Alex is dreaming about her childhood friend Felicity.
  • Cannot Dream: Dan, even though he may be the real Chosen One.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Dan to Nicole in later chapters. They eventually become a couple. To a lesser extent, Felicity to Alex, but he's already involved with Nastajia.
  • Cat Folk: Felicity, who is also a cat burgular.
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Children Are Innocent: The main reason it's easier for children to fly in Dreamland. You only have to believe, but adults are by nature jaded and know they can't fly.
  • Chosen One: Alexander's basic role in the story. Although, it was meant for his brother Dan. Niviene, the Lady of the Lake believes in that too along with the other descendants of King Arthur.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Comes with the Elven armor Alex receives.
  • Comes Great Responsibility
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Seems to be the case with Felicity, who was already a thieving street rat as a kid. Subverted with Nastajia; finding her parents becomes a major plot point.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: When Felicity is injured and loses the will to recover, Alex does quite a bit of this. So does Nicole, via a letter.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Young Alex wanders into a cave, finds a cool new sword, and... is accosted by a dragon.
  • Curse
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: First with Nastajia, and later Dan achieves this with Nicole.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Somehow, Nicomedus, all this time, was under the impression that King Arthur was still alive, despite 400 years ruling Dreamland. When the Sword of Kings tells him otherwise, along with the fact that Alex is Arthur's successor to the throne, able to enter Dreamland through a loophole in the rules, the dragon doesn't take it well. Nicodemus actually had reason to believe this, as Arthur had been trapped in a state between life and death for centuries. But when Alex drew the Sword of Kings from the stone, Arthur passed on.
  • Divided We Fall
  • Dream Land: Obviously.
  • Dumb Is Good: Poor Nicole. Alex goes braindead every time he sleeps, and wakes up in perfect health afterwards. He even claims to have vivid, recurring dreams. The characters treat her desire to study this incredible phenomenon from a scientific or medical perspective as entirely unreasonable. Her mean attitude towards their belief in Dreamland helps, but they joke about her like she's a nutjob and wants Alex "labotomized" [sic].
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Downplayed. The rivalry is political, not racial— the Dwarves always side with the king of Dreamland, even though the Elves know the current king to be a traitor. Both view each other as traitors, but once Nastajia convinces King Bognok he's wrong, they get along.
  • Empathic Weapon: Alex's sword, The Sword Of Kings. It was created to record the lives of the kings, that their successors may learn from them. Thus it is sentient to provide Alex with the information about former kings.
  • Enemy Mine: When Nicodemus learns of Abbadon's plans to invade Dreamland, he offers a truce with Alexander to protect Dreamland.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Nastajia, the Elvin princess-turned-queen.
  • Evil Chancellor - Nicodemus, draconic ruler of all Dreamland, used to be one of these.
    • While he comes off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist in the Arthur flashback, he evidently has been keeping things from Arthur before his betrayal - before reading Merlin's letter, he hadn't told him something as important as how fragile the peace between Dreamland and Nightmare Realm really is.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Excalibur: Excalibur is a separate sword from the Sword of Kings, and naturally, King Arthur once owned both. As in the legend, the sword and its scabbard have powerful magical qualities, such as preventing the owner from dying of wounds. After the Sword of Kings rejects Alex due to his more suitable brother finally being available, Alex takes Excalibur for himself.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: When Abaddon exclaims bewilderment at Dan's Nigh-Invulnerability, Dan gives a Badass Boast, explaining that thanks to lucid dreaming, his dream form is invulnerable. Abaddon later points out that his physical body is vulnerable, resulting in an Oh Crap! from Dan.
  • False Friend
  • Famed In-Story: Alex finds he's this when he returns to Dreamland as an adult.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Pretty much the essence of Dreamland, including centaurs, elves, rock giants, merpeople, pixies, dwarves, etcetera.
  • Flaw Exploitation
  • A Friend in Need
  • Gentle Giant: Paddington
  • Good Old Ways
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Happily Ever After
  • Healing Vat: The first king, an ancient human, has been preserved in one of these for over three thousand years.
  • Hive Mind: Abaddon is actually a collective of different Nightmare Realm beasts, sharing a single mind.
  • Honorary Uncle
  • Hostage Situation
  • Humans Are Bastards: Nicodemus and several of his followers believe this is the case. Seeing as Nicodemus worked personally with several of the worst people humanity has to offer, he's speaking from experience.
  • Humans Are Special: Before Nicodemus came into power, only a human adult (always a prominent figure from human history) could rule Dreamland.
  • Hero: Alex, in spades. As the comic goes on he becomes more responsible and thoughtful.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Whether on purpose or out of stupidity, Abbadon gives Daniel information about it's true master, the Dreamer, even as it denies telling him anything.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Dan is trained in lucid dreaming techniques. As a result, he is able to conjure a suite of armor, not that he really needs it.
  • Immortality Seeker: The main objective of the real Big Bad, known as the Dreamer and the first king. He was the first human to cross over into Dreamland and asked Abbadon for immortality. Abbadon was able to give it to him, but not the kind he hoped for since it left him locked in a Healing Vat. Unsurprisingly the first king is revealed to be the original immortality seeker, Gilgamesh.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: When ordered to go into the Nightmare Realm by Alex with no plan, little magic, a damaged ship, and a badly wounded crew, the dwarf king asks if there's any ale left.
  • Instant Expert: Daniel once he is able to enter Dreamland, tying to his intellect and extensive research into Dreamland beforehand.
  • It's Personal
  • It Was a Gift
  • Kick the Dog
  • Kill It with Fire: This is basically what Nicodemus does.
  • King Arthur: Alex's ancestor, who not only ruled Camelot (in the 14th century, surprisingly), but Dreamland as well, having used Astoria as a template for Camelot, and was the king who was betrayed by Nicodemus.
  • King in the Mountain
  • Kraken and Leviathan: In chapter 6, the heroes sneak into a Kraken's cave while it's away to find one of the tablets... Surprise, surprise, the Kraken shows up.
    • They encounter even more sea monsters when searching for the Lady of the Lake in chapter 17.
  • Last of Her Kind: Felicity is the last Tigrin known to still exist, the rest of them having been wiped out by the Wraiths of the Nightmare Realm.
  • Like a Son to Me
  • Loveable Rogue: Felicity
  • Made a Slave
  • Malicious Slander
  • Master of Illusion: Abaddon is said to be one of these, and it has used this power to taunt Alexander with illusions of Nastajia.
  • The Medic
  • Meganekko - Nicole. Glasses aren't so large, but she follows every other aspect.
  • More Hero Than Thou
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: The Dwarves always side with the king of Dreamland. At first.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Nicole again. Also Dan.
  • Never Found the Body: Nicodemis is severely wounded in the fight for the capital and sinks beneath the waters. Naturally, he turns up again later in the Nightmare Realm. This is immediately lampshaded, with Alex and Nastajia discussing how obvious it is that Nicodemus survived.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Dan is trained in lucid dreaming techniques and thus has total control over his dream form. As a result, his dream form cannot be damaged by anything Abaddon can throw at him.
  • No Immortal Inertia: The effects of the Sibu Issahir Amelu revert a short time after losing it. Niviene, who used it to keep herself alive for centuries, starts aging rapidly as a result.
  • The Nose Knows
  • Not a Game
  • Not Now, Kiddo
  • Odd-Shaped Panel
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same
  • Our Elves Are Better
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The mermaids of Naroobi have blue and purple skin, and can temporarily turn other creatures into mermaids via a kiss. Mermaids can go above the surface, but have to remain immersed in water to survive.
  • Painting the Medium: Nicodemus' dialogue is written in a yellow word balloon with red outline and text.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nastajia's parents disappeared searching for the tablets with Dreamland's true history recorded on them.
  • Pirate: Yep. Whole crew of 'em. With Airships.
  • Plot Coupon: The tablets. Quickly derailed when Nicodemus destroys the last one.
  • Powered Armor: Alex wears a magical version.
  • Power Glows
  • Power of Friendship
  • Power Nullifier
  • The Promise
  • Really 700 Years Old: Niviene, the Lady of the Lake, has lived far longer than mermaids are normally able. She was rumored to have become The Ageless thanks to the magic she learned from Merlin. In actuality, she owes it to the Sibu Issahir Amelu, the plant stolen from Gilgamesh in his quest for immortality.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Paddington is a dance instructor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Sacred Hospitality
  • Saying Too Much: The wraiths of the Nightmare Realm who destroyed nearly all of the Tigrin indulge in some Evil Gloating, telling the golems trying to protect the last one that they are invulnerable so long as they are wrapped in shadows. Guess what the golems do next.
  • Scars Are Forever
  • Shining City
  • Shown Their Work - The author knows his dreams.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang - Alexander and Dan
  • Sky Pirate: Pirates from the Nightmare Realm get around in flying wooden ships. They go about Dreamland kidnapping children and selling them to Abbadon.
  • Some Call Me "Tim"
  • Street Urchin: Felicity grew up in the streets of Astoria and knows nothing of her origins.
  • Subject 101
  • Super Strength: One of Dan's abilities in Dreamland.
  • Take Over the World: The Dreamer's main objective is to become immortal and rule all worlds.
  • Tell Me About My Parents
  • Title Drop: Alex's brother wrote up his stories as The Dreamland Chronicles.
    "I remember these! You called them my Dreamland Chronicles! Ha ha!"
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs
  • Thicker Than Water
  • Treacherous Advisor: Nicodemus in the past. Notable in that actually told his liege he would betray him, though only if he kept trying to bring more humans to Dreamland.
  • True Companions
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Dan, Alex, and Nicole. Starts off with the two brothers and then Nicole gets introduced a few chapters in.
  • Unhand Them, Villain!
  • Unwitting Pawn: Nicodemus was tricked into believing that the humans had attempted to invade. He felt that he was protecting Dreamland from humanity and from war with the Nightmare Realm by siding with Abbadon. But in actuality, he fell right into Abbadon's hands.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend
  • Villainous Breakdown: Nicodemus completely loses his composure when the Sword of Kings tells him to his face that Arthur is long dead and Alex is his successor, as well as the fact that Alex is not a first born of his generation, finding a loophole in one of Dreamland's rules and undermining the dragon's claim to the throne.
  • Warts and All: When Nicodemus tells Dan he is mortally wounded and does not expect to outlast the day, Dan promises that history will remember both the good dragon and the bad.
  • Weakened by the Light: The wraiths appear to be among the most powerful of the Nightmare Realm's forces. But they can be rendered vulnerable by ordinary sunlight.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the flashback to Arthur's time, both Arthur and Nicodemus seem like this. Arthur just wants to show his enemies the peace in Dreamland to demonstrate they can make their own utopia, however, he knows all to well this could cause a war with the Nightmare Realm, but he at least demonstrates an attack of conscience, being forced to make a choice between potentially seeing Camelot fall and potentially causing a war in Dreamland. His eventual decision to go through with the plan comes with a heavy I Did What I Had to Do vibe. Nicodemus is firmly stuck on making sure the latter does not happen at any cost, ultimately betraying Arthur. While neither are fully in the right, Arthur is a lot more sympathetic, being idealistic and actually considering his options while Nicodemus is fully convinced that Arthur's plan will not work anyway as he thinks Humans Are Bastards by nature. It's later revealed that Ramesses II had attempted a plan much the same as Arthur's which ended in disaster, making Nicodemus' position more understandable...but Nicodemus had been deceived by Abbadon as to why it had been a disaster.
  • We Will Meet Again
  • What Is Evil?
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Nastajia, natch.
  • You Are Not Alone
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Nicodemus to Alex upon declaring he would put the entirety of Dreamland at the mercy of the Nightmare horde just for Nastajia.
  • Youngest Child Wins

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