Webcomic / Will Save World For Gold
Will Save World For Gold
is a Web Comic
which takes place in a RPG-Mechanics Verse
based on the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons
It centers around a dysfunctional adventuring party consisting of the psychopathic eladrin warlord
Ardon, who is joined by Odivallus, a down on his luck human sorceror, Ell, a kind-hearted human paladin, Peanut, a brain-damaged kobold with a knack for disarming traps, and 7F-45, a snarky warforged who joins the party out of a desire to witness Ardon's messy death firsthand. The comic follows a distinct storyline while at the same time mocking various roleplaying game tropes.
Tropes found in this webcomic:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The warning right above each strip on the webpage reads "WARNING: The following comic contains violence, foul language, nudity, and 4th edition D&D jokes. Some readers may find it offensive."
- Bribe Backfire: Cannot Bribe the one legged badass.
Captain Yusan NOTHING is as valuable as my ship. My ship is my lady. My ship is my home. My ship... is freedom.
- Berserk Button: Never prove Fortyfive wrong. The results are not pretty.
- Odivallus can get pretty jealous where Ell is concerned. Especially after finding Ardon in her room.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Ardon's descriptions of Eladrin culture suggest that he may suffer from this more than Sociopathy. Of course, it is Ardon talking, so maybe not.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Ardon found a strange brew in a cauldron, which he thinks might be poison, alive, or both. It turns out to be where all of the intelligence sapped by the magical stupidity curse being spread around ends up in.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Ardon tends to do this quite a bit. He's also apparently watched cartoons before.
- Subverted by the fact that D&D mechanics are actually the physics of the world, so a lot of things that seem like breaking the fourth wall is actually normal for the inhabitants.
- Creator Cameo: An extra resembling the author can occasionally be seen in the background, looking out of everything from inn windows to locked tool sheds.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fortyfive, mainly directed towards Ardon.
- Death Trap: Either Dungeon, but especially the Goblin Dungeon.
- All the dungeons that party goes through actually, even the basement of an old man.
- Deus ex Machina: Peanut's coincidential capture and movement to the same building as Ardon is captive in, and then moved to the same room, and left with a dagger, and able to function efficiently based on verbal commands and so on...
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Referenced during the 2012 Christmas Special
- Doomed Hometown: Odivallus's Village
- Double Vision: Wise Woman's Apprentice in Odivallus's Dream, Conspicuously similar looking to a party member...
- Duct Tape for Everything: Ardon uses Universal Solvent for everything non-combat related. He'd be a spokesperson for it if he didn't have a monopoly on the stuff.
- Dysfunction Junction: Ardon's relationships with... the entire party. Mostly centred around his attempts to command them.
Ardon Fine, I don't need your cooperation. I can MAKE you attack. Commander's Strike!
Fortyfive Commander's Strike is not a compulsion. I am free to choose not to attack.
Ardon I was hoping you didn't know that.
Ell You are the WORST party!
- Eaten Alive: Gilam after a Heroic Sacrifice, the creature devouring him voices regret due to his taste, a twist on Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth.
- Emotional Blackmail: Never forget your niece's ninetieth birthday.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one knows Peanut's real name, but they just call him Peanut because the bar patrons named him that.
- Everything's Better with Cows: A famous actress is assaulted by these bovines, and the group fights them, despite their low expectations
- Five-Man Band: The party isn't actually a Five-Man Band; however, the characters do still fit into the some of the tropes associated with the five man band.
- Flipping the Bird: Ardon expresses his displeasure with Fortyfive's latest bit of spiteful noncooperation on 12/11/2012.
- Flat "What.": Torrin reacts this way when Ardon gets over his fear of spiders.
- Foe Romance Subtext: "You are my hunter's Quarry" scene in Comic 504
- From Bad to Worse: Gold Elite Ooze creatures to... A Dragon, also the BigBad
- Funny Background Event: Frequently. Notably Ardon and Fortyfive trying to pick out a weapon for Peanut.
Ardon: What do you think? Dagger?
Fortyfive: I believe there is a good chance he is proficient. However, I also suspect giving him a sharp metal object will have negative repercussions.
Fortyfive: You should learn to listen to me.
- Genre Savvy: Used a lot and, at several points, subverted.
- Handicapped Badass: Captain Yusan
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Ardon, who basically wants fame and fortune without being too picky about how he gets it.
- Hybrid Monster: Owlbear, Ardon's Guardian Animal spirit. This is due to his mother being the Lady of the Owls, and his father being the Lord of the Bears.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: NOBODY talks like that to a member of Ardon's party except HIM!
- I Call It "Vera": Ardon's Various Loot, Named based on use.
Ardon Lord Chopington... Sir Stabsworth... Deflecto... Ooh, somebody's wallet. I'm gonna name YOU Identity Thefticus.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Fortyfive believes that he has logically predicted the exact time (in D&D combat rounds, no less) when Ardon will die. Naturally, he's wrong.
- Improbable Weapon User: Though Applied to Magic. Behold the power of FUNK!
- Infodump: Subverted with "One Hour Later" Time Skip
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Odivallus is interrupted constantly when he seems to be trying to make such declarations for much of the first few episodes.
- Kraken: Professional Ship Sinker
- It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Dragonborn will hold the rope for everyone, and then jump down after... Logical plan Ardon.
- Land of Faerie: See trope page for more details on the Feywild, the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition plane that Ardon and a number of other characters come from.
- This comic does deviate from how the Feywild is typically described in the way that Ardon always makes off-hand comments about modern technology that they have in the Feywild, such as toasters.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Invoked by Breynia
Breynia: That's just a stupid fish pun and not a real thing, right?
- Lethal Joke Character: Peanut. Despite living in a catatonic state, he is capable of miraculous feats when thrown into the fray. Does not qualify as Weak, but Skilled, since Peanut rarely acts of his own accord.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Breynia's Minions
- Munchkin: A pivotal part of Ardon's personality.
- The Lost Lenore: Revealed during Odivallus's flashback backstory.
- Mysterious Past: Ardon's refusual to go into real detail about his past.
Ell First you just made excuses no to tell us anything, then you started feeding us outrageous lies.
Odivallus THEN you just started telling us to go fuck ourselves whenever we brought it up.
- Nominal Importance: Invoked by Ardon.
Odivallus: Almost half of our party members don't even have names.
Ardon: We shall refer to them as the expendable half.
- Only Sane Man: Initially shared by Odivallus and Ell, but starts getting passed between the other party members in later arcs.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The "Mysterious" character that saves Ardon.
- Pooled Funds: Subverted when Ardon tries to swim in treasure.
- Precision F-Strike: Ardon's reaction to the group going out to watch a play.
Ardon: What the FUCK are we watching?
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Breynia
- Rat Stomp: Subverted by having an easy looking level one quest cause some trouble for our early heroes in their quest for the old man Quest Giver's life savings.
- Revenge Before Reason: Ardon
Fortyfive: We could have retrieved the Crown of Ackuul Rah. It's power is legendary and its monetary value immense.
Ardon: Yes, but this quest involves killing something that I have a personal grudge against.
Fortyfive: Ah, I see. So the suitability of a given task is determined solely by your own erratic pettiness.
- Torrin is so thoroughly obsessed with murdering his brother that he will willingly allow a soul eater to devour him and everyone he loves if it means Ardon dies. Also, he murdered ten thousand people as a practice run.
- Subverted Trope: As mentioned before, the comic likes to pull a fast one on you with a Genre Savvy setup.
- Summoning Ritual: Invoked by Breynia, Marine Diplomacy Classes come in handy.
- Talking Is a Free Action: During combat, characters are tied to a very strict D&D ruleset of turns and cannot so much as move without it being their turn. Talking and strategizing is always available though.
- Tempting Fate: Invoked by Chandea in the Pyramid Dungeon, and Ardon throughout.
Ardon: Ahh. The warm, fuzzy feeling of being completely safe.
- Title Drop: Odivallus's sign in the first comic.
- The Exile: Odivallus
Hunter: IF YOU SET FOOT IN THIS VILLAGE AGAIN, I'LL KILL YOU!
- The Glomp: Preformed by the Wise Woman's Apprentice on Flashback Odivallus
- The Lost Lenore: Odivallus's Backstory via Flashbacks
- The Rival: Ardon vs. Chandea
- The Unintelligible: Peanut
- The Wonka: Ardon, the leader who runs the show with his unconventional and dangerous plans to further his goals. Examples of this can be seen in the numerous ways he leads his half of the party during the Pyramid dungeon. Ardon is often the foil in this capacity to Only Sane Man Odivallus
- Treasure Room: Both Dungeons have one
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Odivallus's dream flashbacks.
- Trouble from the Past: Breynia and her employers for Ardon
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Go get 'em Odivallus! (His main attack is like a magic version mostly this, though when combined with sea sickness...)
- Unreliable Narrator: Ardon's retelling of the party leadership swap competition. In general, the party often assumes him to be this, as well.
Fortyfive I call bullshit on everything you've ever said or done.
- Walking Disaster Area: None of the Ship Captains want to transport adventurers for this reason.
Harbor Bartender Nope. Every ship in recorded history that's ever sailed from here with adventurers on board has come back missing men, if it came back at all.
- Wham Episode: You'd think there would be wards against epic-level overlords teleporting into towns and zapping random civilians. Nope.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: The message of the play the group ends up watching.
- What Measure Is A Non-Eladrin: This is generally how Ardon feels about anyone else "under his command" (or anyone really), particularly Fortyfive (a Warforged) and Peanut (a kobold).
- Weak, but Skilled: Ardon, often admitting it as an excuse to not jump directly into the fray.
Odivallus: And what will YOU do?
Ardon:: I'm pretty much a walking bag of bonuses for the rest of the party. I help us win just by being around.
Odivallus: That sounds an awful lot like doing nothing.
Ardon: It'll probably LOOK like doing nothing, too, but now you know better, don't you?
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Ardon is this 90% of the time. The remaining 10% is him being a Genius Ditz.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Invoked by Chandea
Ardon:Huh. You roll a lot of crits when you're angry.