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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.


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Abaddon, the ruler of the Nightmare Realm.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 turn other creatures into mermaids via a kiss.
  • 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
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Paddington is a dance instructor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Sacred Hospitality
  • 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 a flying wooden ship.
  • Some Call Me Tim
  • Street Urchin
  • 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
  • Subject 101
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Youngest Child Wins

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