Webcomic: The Mansion of E
The Mansion of E
is a daily fantasy webcomic created by Robert Cook, AKA Troper Geoduck
. The eponymous structure is a large cactus-shaped edifice mysteriously perched on the side of a high cliff overlooking a Specific Ocean, surrounded by a ruin-strewn forest. Underneath is the "Basement", a collection of caverns and tunnels and such, going deep into the earth. The strip painstakingly details the activities of the Mansion/Forest/Basement's many and diverse inhabitants; including a few Humans, who technically own the entire place. The plot is set in motion by the sudden arrival on the scene of the wandering heroine Rosemary Ripley, who sets off a long series of events disrupting the established order.
The strip is currently hosted by Comic Genesis
. There's also a fan-run wiki
Contains Examples Of:
- Abandoned Area: Numerous examples in the Basement.
- Action Dress Rip
- Action Girl: Rosemary
- Aerith and Bob: Humans have 'normal' names. Everyone else..
- After the End: See below under The Magic Goes Away.
- Apothecary Alligator: Rhid has a crocogator hanging from the ceiling in his chemical workshop.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Sylvester and Mortimer are nice enough. Some of their ancestors, on the other hand..
- Art Evolution: Color is eventually added.
- Art Shift: Silhouettes are used to depict memories/flashbacks/speculations.
- Author Avatar: Sylvester. Sorta.
- Beat Panel
- The Bechdel Test: Occasionally passes.
- Berserk Button: Crud the Gnoll has a couple.
- Big Labyrinthine Building / Bizarrchitecture / Building of Adventure: The Mansion and the Basement.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The Motihauls.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes
- Cartoon Juggling: Rosemary engages in it a couple of times.
- Cephalothorax: The Gobules
- Chekhov's Gun
- Cow Tools
- Crapsack World: The SubShafts
- Cross Over: A character from the (now-defunct) webcomic Sandwich World came for a visit.
- Cryptic Background Reference: It's a big world...
- Cryptic Conversation
- Cthulhumanoid: The Ichyoids.
- Cyclops: The Eyebolts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Chunner the Gnoll, among others.
- Double Weapon: Rosemary's new "Can Opener".
- The Dreaded: The Woman of Mystery tends to provoke this reaction, as do the demons Chauncy and Edgar.
- The Faceless: Mr. Hand. Digger Odel wears so much protective gear he is essentially this. The Boogiemen and Ichyoids start out like this.
- Fictional Document: Lots of book titles.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Actually a plot-point.
- Four Lines, All Waiting
- Frogs and Toads: Frowgler the Horned Frog, plus the Motihauls are a race of bipedal amphibians.
- Gambit Pileup
- The Ghost: Skibble, plus the entire race of Sneeches; it eventually turns out the latter have left the Basement entirely.
- Government Agency of Fiction
- Hammerspace / Bag of Holding
- Happily Married: Amos and Nellie, Comshaw and Camora.
- Heli Critter: The Helipaths
- Humans Are Cthulhu: At least as far as the Basement-dwellers are concerned.
- Impoverished Patrician: Sylvester, essentially, though he is slowly digging the family out of its financial hole.
- Insistent Terminology: "Crazy" Rhid!
- Insufferable Genius: Rufus can display this tendency.
- Interspecies Friendship: Sprocket the Gnoll and Flange the Helipath, among others.
- The Jester: This world calls them Weirdos.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
- The Jeeves / Servile Snarker: Hector the robot.
- Kudzu Plot: maybe..
- Lazy Artist
- Lightning Gun: Powered by an attached backpack.
- Lizard Folk: The Troglodytes and the Saurs.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The cast page features 30+ nearly completely major characters.
- Loads and Loads of Races: Features, among others, Humans, Gnolls, Nomes, Ghasts, Oozes, Wyrms (large and small), Troglodytes, Saurs, Motihauls, Ichyoids, Helipaths, Gobules, Pales, Jibjibs, Spyders, Robots, Killer Trees and Talking Rocks.
- Love at First Sight: Mortimer and Yasmine.
- Mad Bomber: Crazy Rhid, shading into Psycho for Hire.
- Mad Scientist: Sylvester's ancestor Ludwig.
- Meaningful Name: Many character names are actually obscure English words.
- The Magic Went Away: And not gradually, either.
- Missing Mom: Vezza the Nome's, among others.
- Motor Mouth: Fizmo the Nome.
- Neck Lift: Happens to various Gnolls; they are small and light enough it's not an automatic sign of super-strengh.
- Nice Hat: Rosemary's helmet. The forest Nomes also have a great appreciation for these.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Rosemary has had this problem.
- No Name Given: The Woman of Mystery AKA the Scary Lady. Eventually revealed to be Myrrh.
- Not Afraid to Die: Crud the Gnoll.
- Not Good with People: Rufus has this problem sometimes.
- Oh Crap: Crazy Rhid when Wrawa the Trog calls his bluff.
- Only Six Faces: The Gnolls; they all have different hairstyles.
- People Puppets / Puppeteer Parasite: Fixits do it by attaching themselves to people's heads. And they look like hats..
- The Place
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Basement may be this, if the Subshafts do indeed have an important purpose.
- Ret Gone: The possible fate of everyone who ever messed with the time twistpoint. Because despite its long-standing mysteriousness, nobody has ever messed with the time twistpoint.
- Science Fantasy
- Shirtless Scene: Mortimer spends an extended period in this state.
- Shout-Out: Infocom, Terry Pratchett, Kim Possible, H.P. Lovecraft, P. G. Wodehouse, Dwarf Fortress, Dungeons & Dragons..
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Most of the Forest Nomes are named after spells from the Zork series. Many of the Motihauls working in Sidestep Hall are named after shopkeepers from NetHack.
- The Slow Path: The Woman of Mystery and her interactions with Frowgler the Horned Frog.
- Sphere Eyes
- Sticks to the Back: An explicit technique used by Comshaw and Agorn the Gnolls.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Hector the robot has various hands he switches between.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
- They Called Me Mad!: Sylvester's scientist-ancestor Ludwig.
- Third Person Flashback: All flashbacks are shown with all characters blackened out with, sometimes with vague background. At one point, the author stated that it is possible that person doing flashback may have misremembered or imagines what have happened then. Example.
- Time for Plan B: Invoked by Rosemary after meeting some angry Ghasts.
- Timey-Wimey Ball
- Tunnel King: "Digger" Odel
- Unsound Effect
- Unusual Euphemism: Zark! Fratz! Bowb!
- Upper-Class Twit: Sylvester and Mortimer are both well-meaning variants on this.
- The Voiceless: The Pales, with the exception of Zpeaker.
- Webcomic Time: Ten years. Less than two days.
- Weirdness Magnet: Mortimer. He and his family are well aware of it. It is eventually revealed that he is an unknowing wizard.
- Wing Dinglish: The Ichyoid pidgin language.
- Zeppelins from Another World: If only in flashbacks and memories.