->''We'll go to the one who's helped the mad one. The one who straddles two worlds, but is of neither.''
-->-- '''Gwimbe''', describing Oswald

[[caption-width-right:250:It... actually is kind of like that.]]

[[http://www.theoswaldchronicles.com The Oswald Chronicles]] is a WebComic by J.D. Calderon.

The story centers around Oswald, [[GentlemanAndAScholar scribe and gentlemouse]] that lives in 54th Street and Park Avenue. He enjoys tea, and playing games of chance for candies and cake. That is, when he is not facing {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of one sort or another - or visiting them for tea. He is unique in that he is of both the fae and human worlds.

The first story, [[AnachronicOrder although not the beginning of Oswald's story]], begins when a group of [[TheFairFolk Fae]] steals the hammer of Kalvaitis, stopping him from forging the sun that day and leaving the fae world in [[TheNightThatNeverEnds perpetual darkness]]. A lone kitchen helper from Kalvaitis's castle manages to escape, and heads into the human world to find the only person that can help, Oswald.

The second storyline starts in a time before the first. Diane, Oswald's love interest, heads out on a mysterious errand and leaves her cousin Diadra to look after Oswald. Three {{Mysterious Waif}}s show up, being followed by a monster called [[SpecialPersonNormalName Howard]].

!!Provides examples of:
* BewareTheNiceOnes - You will not like Oswald when he's angry.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: When Oswald is drawing upon ThePowerOfHate to fuel his magic.
* CannibalismSuperpower: Howard, Regis, Baba Yaga, and possibly a few others.
* TheChosenOne - Oswald, apparently.
* CreationMyth - Kalvaitis's life story involves lots and lots of Viking mythology. Apparently, all recent pantheons started with a single band of roving heroes who fought monsters, and most either ascended to godhood by acquiring old world artifacts or just died.
* EatsBabies - Howard [[spoiler: gets it from his father Regi]]
* EldritchAbomination - The mushroom men in The Light That Attracts. [[spoiler: Oswald himself]] is mentioned as having been regarded as a peer by their queen.
* EngagementChallenge - Kalvaitis, challenged to bring back the sun.
* TheFairFolk - Mostly of the Seelie court, including [[LightIsNotGood Malkit]]. In later stories, the Unseelie start showing up.
* FriendToAllChildren: Oswald has a soft spot for children ever since an ill little girl made him her friend. Woe be unto anyone who harms children in his presence, as many, many entities learned first hand. One wonders how the news about this hasn't spread.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Oswald introduces himself as "Scribe and gentlemouse."
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Diadre, full stop. She doesn't look a day over thirty, and acts like a teenage alcoholic to match. Of course, her serial killer sons are dead to her (figuratively and literally) and she's stuck with grandsons who inherited their father's genetic psychopathic tendencies, which tore the sexy romantic streak right out of her but left the hawtness behind.
* HorrorHunger - Part of Literature/BabaYaga's repertoire is inflicting the hunger for guts on other people.
* IAmAHumanitarian - Literature/BabaYaga
* IAmOneOfThoseToo - Kalvaitis's story sounds mysteriously like Marduk's.
* [[JustOneMan Just One Mouse]] - Followed by the recommended smack upside the head of whoever said it.
* KnightTemplar - Malkit
* LightIsNotGood - Malkit is of the Seelie court, which hasn't kept him from severe KnightTemplar antics.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds - In Fallen Gods
* NoIndoorVoice: Beelzebub can't say anything without shouting.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent - Howard, the dragon-esque monster
* OurTrollsAreDifferent - {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s that will turn to stone if exposed to daylight.
* ThePowerOfLove: What usually fuels Oswald's magic, until he finds himself in hell, where there is no love...
** ThePowerOfHate: Though he's loathe to use it, Oswald ''can'' draw upon this to fuel his magic if he has to... In hell, there's '''plenty of hate to go around.'''
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Malkit lost his faith when his mother, a practical saint, was denied entrance to heaven and her soul disintegrated before his eyes. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation However, given what Malkit has done "in the name of god"]], it's possible that (A)[[SinsOfOurFathers Malkit was being punished by proxy for genocide and would serve heaven better as a heretic than the manipulative bastard he has been]], or (B) given how Malkit turned out, his mother wasn't that innocent.
* ShaggyDogStory: Oswald's journey to return a baby angel to his parents. Though the journey itself was productive in saving lives, in the end it turns out that [[spoiler:Clive has always been possessed by a baby demon. While the demon itself was apparently good, as all it influenced Clive to do was kill some very HORRIBLE people, its mother (a cloud of pure darkness) waged war against the angels and mutated people into demons for the sole purpose of getting its baby back. The war against the citadel ends with Clive dying and the baby returned to its mother, which then promptly leaves peacefully and cuts off the wages of the demons so they can't continue fighting]]. The entire war has been waged on a ''misunderstanding''.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Mouse]] - Oswald, with his WaistcoatOfStyle, bow tie and pince-nez glasses.
* TechnicalPacifist - Oswald is on the ActualPacifist edge of this. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Most of the time]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Oswald pulls this when he's about to get violent.
* TranquilFury: Oswald never loses his cool. No matter how enraged he is, he always expresses it very, very calmly. Doesn't make him any less dangerous.
* UltimateBlacksmith - Kalvaitis, who forges the sun each night