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Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
a daily fantasy comic
by Rich Morris, following the lives and (mis)adventures of the
monsters of the Black Mountain, and their interactions with the rest of the world. As the comic went on, more and more characters got added to the cast, and now plenty of "good" humans and other characters living outside of Black Mountain get their own arcs as well.
Notable for its sense of humour, sketch-like yet very nice artwork, and complex character development and interaction.
A word of warning for those who browse
at work (you slackers) — it has some
elements, mostly casual nudity.
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Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic provides examples of the following tropes: Action Mom: Mrs Bloodhand is by far the best fighter around. Affably Evil Agony of the Feet: Yes, it can happen even to a god. Always Chaotic Evil: Actually, Lawful Evil. It's parodied in the school mini-arc when a young gnoll gets scolded by the teacher for being good in class. Amazon Brigade: Bound to show up any time the drow get angry... or bored... or just feel like killing and maiming some people. Anyone Can Die: Very apparent, especially in the Lost Valley arc, with a couple characters, including a half-brother to one of the main character's love interest being offed fairly early into the storyline. Anything That Moves: Charlotte Arbitrary Skepticism: " My place is haunted by 16 ghosts and they all say there n'aint no vampires!" Armor-Piercing Question: From Arachne to Lewstrom of all people.
Arachne: Must feel good, doesn't it? After all these centuries,] to finally have what you've always wanted. I mean, it is, right? What you've always wanted. To be king of the dead. Supreme ruler of all... That's why you became a lich, right? Arranged Marriage: Multiple instances, including Glon and his wives. Art Shift: Twice. Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Satyrs, and Cadugan's deertaur friend Buck. Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Both Gren and Bob and Clover and Eric. Bag of Kidnapping: Clover was caught this way once. Barred from the Afterlife The gods of Man and the gods of Orc couldn't agree on who should claim Glon the half-orc, and he convinced them to send him back to life so he could determine which of his two heritages was his "true" one. Glon's dying human father asked to be buried with three grave coins, instead of the usual two. This means that he was technically denied a proper burial, and therefore has an excuse to stick around as a ghost. Being Evil Sucks: Lewie never wanted to be evil, and he is cursed for that with bad luck. The rest of the cast, however... Berserk Button: Several characters have these: Do not harm, attempt to harm or insult Glon in front of his mother; Do not harm, attempt to harm or insult any member of Glon's family where he can hear you; Do not steal from Arachne; Do not mess with Gren, it upsets Bob the Beholder; Do not sacrifice scorpii blood to Lolth!!! She really doesn't like the taste. Beware the Nice Ones: Bob is, all things considered, a fairly nice guy for an evil creature, and rarely causes much trouble beyond satisfying his own libido. That said, you still shouldn't forget on of the cardinal rules of adventuring: Never, ever, under any circumstances, piss off a beholder! Big Damn Heroes / Villainous Rescue: Lewie, of all people, saves everyone from Jone. Black Comedy: Inevitable when the main protagonists in a comedy strip are bad guys; there's a lot of humor derived from situations that would in real life be anything but funny. Still, the trope isn't nearly as omnipresent as you might think. Boring Invincible Hero: Rich must have a crush on Maula Bloodhand. When she shows up, the fight's over. Brick Joke: In 2009's April Fools strip, Arachne steals a time-traveling car for a few moments. A year later, we find out what she figured would happen. But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Arachne had troubles remembering princess Dewcup. Her brother Glitterbranch had to get more specific, too. Call Back: This strip contains one in each of its 8 panels... in 8 of its 9 lines. Justified as it is a contest of bards, and bard...ing, aside of musical talent, is also a matter of spreading news with new songs. Thus each contestant presents a recent song of fairly recent exciting tales... Experienced first-hand by the cast of the comic of course. The Cameo The Captain: Captain Safana Casting Couch: Wolf has absolutely no problem with the concept of sleeping your way up. It's how he got the position he has. Character Development The Chosen One: The high wizard of Northrealm places an axe in a stone to find who will be the next king. He is horrified to learn that it is To cover up his folly, Captaing Fang who manages to pull the axe from the stone. he brainwashes Runt into thinking he's the one who pulled the axe out instead. Cloudcuckoolander Cap'n Fang. "My sandbox is crunchy." Most kobolds seem to have some of these traits, though none as bad as Fang. Coincidental Dodge: Princess Goldie escapes a crossbow bolt by leaning to pet a squirrel. Comedic Sociopathy: Well, most of the protaonists are members of canonically "evil" races, so... Comedic Underwear Exposure: Here, although underwear tends to be a rarity in this comic (for both men and women). Comic Trio: Chimera manages to be this all by himself. The lion head is the leader, the dragon head is the idiot, and the goat head is the complainer. Could Have Avoided This Plot: Demonstrated in this strip, where the bard's polite request to a monster succeeds after her quest companions get killed when attacking the beast. Cuddle Bug: Cuddles, the Cloaker. Dark and Troubled Past: And one that Lewstrom had almost forgotten. Defeat by Modesty: Here. Dem Bones: King Lewie and his minions. Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Queen Hyeesha let's the plan slip. Did They or Didn't They?: Wolf and Glon. No. Seriously. Did You Just Have Sex?: The entire crew could see it. Didn't Think This Through: A vampire tries to turn a cyclops, but didn't take into account just how much blood he had. Disney Creatures of the Farce: Princess Goldie, as a parody of Princess Classic, was bound to have such a moment. Distracted by the Sexy: Tends to happen a lot to Charlotte and Arachne... as well as quite a few other characters. The Ditz: Charlotte, and also Lolth. Does Not Like Men: Arachne, along with most other drow, publicly professes to look down on men and treat them as dirt. In private, though, she has a slightly different opinion. The Drunken Sailor: Cap'n Corona of the " Crown Jewel" keeps himself constantly so drunk he mentally matches Fang. Early-Bird Cameo: The Royal Family of Umbril showed up as C-listers in Turg's Saga, over a thousand strips prior to Reflections In The Sand. Elfeminate: Only the drow are on the safe side. Even the Guys Want Him: Apparently, Thomas the Bard is quite popular. Evil Is Hammy: Even Lewie's ring thought so. Expy: " Me? A vampire? Inconceivable! Face Palm: Throughout the comic. Captain Fang is the main inspirator. Fanservice: Lots and lots of it; for both genders. The Fool: Fang apparently haven't a slightest idea what he's doing, but is ludicrously lucky, so usually he wins — and even when not, still manages to survive unharmed. Full-Frontal Assault: Charlotte, given that she was walked in on post-coitus. Fun with Acronyms: Glon is accepted into The Stunties and Halfbreeds Infantry Team. Gender Bender: Which leads, in the case of Cadugan, to Attractive Bent-Gender. Gender Equals Breed Averted with Clover and Eric's son, who is all halfling even though he has a human dad. See Half-Human Hybrid for an explanation. Gender Flip: The one year anniversary strip is a Gender Flip of the first strip. Well, except for the ending. And here is a gender flip of Little Red Riding Hood... also with a twist ending. Genius Ditz: Bob isn't terribly bright and is easily Distracted by the Sexy, but he's a very competent fighter, especially where Gren is involved. It's not entirely clear whether Captain Fang is this or just incredibly lucky, but he manages to do pretty well for himself all the same. Genre Savvy: Several goblins notice the Disney Princess Expy attracting wildlife while spontaneously bursting into song. Rather than stop her, they pick off the animals for easy food. Go-Go Enslavement: Seems to be standard for Drow Males, or slaves of the drow in general. Clothes are a privilege. Groin Attack: Used here, threatened here and here. Half-Human Hybrid: Most notably Glon and Jone, but also Cadugan and Taidor. Also Clover and Eric's son. Clover and Eric's son doesn't count, he's just a halfling. In YAFGC universe there are several groups of species that can interbreed and the offspring will be a fullblooded member of one of them. These incude human/halfling, goblin/hobgoblin, hobgoblin/bugbear, gnoll/flind and others. The author will write pages and pages of details about the subject if asked. Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: All but name-dropped here. Heel Realization: Hell of a thing for a self-admitted evil character, but Lewstrom finally remembered why he wanted to become a Lich in the first place... and realized he had been manipulated by Kala for all this time. Suffice it to say, he doesn't take it well. Here There Be Dragons: Here there be " a deadly labyrinth filled with creatures most foul" Heroism Incentive: In strip 1950 (NSFW), the halflings traveling with the Elf maiden aren't too happy about diving into the ocean... until they see the topless Sea-Elves waving to them. His and Hers: A pair of Orcs do it with their swords. Homage: See Art Shift. Hoist by His Own Petard: The same crystal that allowed Kala to manifest was also used to bring Lolth into the world, and after Lewie realized she had manipulated him, Kala no longer had Lewie's faith to protect her from Lolth's predations. Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Turg and the Sphinx. Turg is the Skitty in this case, oddly enough. He lampshades it in response to Glon's understandable befuddlement: Glon: But she's... so... and you're... If you ever wanted to... how would you...??? Turg: There is magic in our world, Glon. Anything is possible. And in this strip, we see exactly how it works. And the Sphinx is pregnant — daawwwww. Hot Drow Teacher: Miss Steatoda Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Though Eric isn't particularly huge for a human, he's twice as tall as Clover. Human Mail: Charlotte, after one too many millstone moments, is packed into a wooden crate and shipped off as a slave. Hypocritical Humor: Arachne hates when people's prejudice stands in the way of love. If It's You, It's Okay: Seems to be how Lucas views his relationship with Cadugan. When his father ( 's ghost) is shocked that Lucas is sleeping with a man, he explains — "You want to know if I like boys. I don't know. I like that boy." Ignored Epiphany: Charlotte in this strip. Charlotte: Even trying to sate my old hungers, I couldn't shake my feelings for Lotharia. And then the obvious solution hit me! Lucas: Release the sacrifices and confess your true feelings to Lotharia? Charlotte: No! Carnal excess! More sacrifices! Improvised Weapon: Gadgia decapitates several Gi-Ants with a CLOAK. Gadgia: A true orc is never unarmed. Incredibly Lame Pun: Only 2 strips in, and we get a beauty of a pun. Insult Backfire: Wolf have a good answer to the questions about the place of a male warrior in a matriarchy. Interspecies Romance: To the point where it's easier to count the exceptions to this trope than the ones that play it straight. Hell, the comic started out with a romance between a goblin and a beholder. Jaw Drop: Bob, here. Lewie, quite literally, here. Jeanne d'Archétype: Jone Half-Orc is an ultimately harshly deconstructed version. Kick the Dog: Just in case you started to think of Jone as a (relatively) innocent bystander in her "army's" slaughter, there's this. Literal Genie: The genie in the Arabian Nights Days story arc. Not out of malice, though, but extreme stupidity. Loads and Loads of Characters: Even the cast of Black Mountain would count, then you have two kingdoms, a barony, the bards, the pirates, the desert cities, and now we've added a handful of Nordic-esque dragon slayers to the list. So much they have an own forum section just for that, with one topic per character... and the overview spawns several pages. Lovable Sex Maniac: Most of the evil characters, and a fair few of the good ones. It'd probably be quicker listing all the characters who didn have some traits of this. Love at First Punch: Lady Adwen and Sir Catianus are rather... evenly... matched. Mama Bear: Never mess around with Glon if his mother is even theoretically able to see it, and don't insult him either. Same with threatening to make Jone into a prostitute. Man, I Feel Like a Woman : This strip. Marshmallow Hell Masochism Tango: Glon , a fact nearly killed Arachne which turns her on. Meaningful Name: The Drow tend to have names related to spiders: Anancy , Arachne note , Charlotte note , and Wolf note . note Misplaced Sorrow: When Meegs loses her apprentice, she's apparently inconsolable. Because... Meegs: (thinking) By the gods!!! Now I have to go through that damned apprentice audition process again!! Minion with an F in Evil: Charlotte, actually "a little bit evil", but who is mainly The Ditz. The Mirror Shows Your True Self: The Mirror of True Reflection. Monochromatic Eyes Monster Adventurers Monster Town: Black Mountain. Mouth of Sauron: The annoying, insane kobold who follows Jone around, as Jone herself is either mute or simply refuses to speak to anybody. Multiple Head Case: Multipe Cases — the Chimera, a couple of ettins, but worst of all this hydra. My Death Is Just the Beginning: Duke Owen Grayfort convinces the goddess Ch'thier to let him have one final conversation with his sons, Glon and Lucas. In order to ensure he can continue to help Lucas in the afterlife, he tells Lucas to bury him with three coins instead of the traditional two, and proceeds to tell Ch'thier that the third coins made for an "improper burial," and therefore grounds for a haunting! My Friends... and Zoidberg: Implied in this strip. Nay-Theist: The Drow and the Orcs reject their respective patron gods in the wake of their war. Noodle Incident: That Bawdy Song about "the lady and the sausagemaker". All we know is that it's extremely Intercourse with You. Not So Different: Arachna has a rather dim view on "good" folk. Broch is even less optimistic than that. Not-So-Harmless Villain: Lewie the Lich, who turns out to be a Knight of Cerebus. And managed to pull this the second time, on his return. Charlotte, once she gets a taste of real power in the Lost Valley arc. Now or Never Kiss: Lucas and Cadugan share a passionate clinch while being charged by Jone. Nude Nature Dance: Several characters run into some satyrs and nymphs in the woods, and get caught up dancing with them. When Gren decides to take a break, she is surprised to find that she's naked. Oh Crap: A suitably epic one for comic 1200. Omnicidal Maniac: Jone. The fact that her first victims are men (and jerkass) make the women thinking she's a defender of their cause. One Head Taller: Lucas is taller than Cadugan. Its not so much an implication that Lucas is more dominant, but works considering that Lucas has greater rank than Cadugan. Our Monsters Are Different Out with a Bang: The last tenant in Gren & Bob's new lair got into the Harpy cave and died of exhaustion. Outdoor Bath Peeping: The very first page. Panty Shot: Here — note that this is the only time Gren actually underwear. has Pirate Girl: Giovanna The Power of Love: The one thing all of the characters can agree on, good or evil, is that you should protect your loved ones. Although the evil characters try not to show it. Princess Classic: lampshaded, and possibly harpooned, in "The DinSea Princess" sequence, starting here. Princess Dewcup also starts out with echoes of this model. Put on a Bus: Turg the Minotaur. Rescue Romance: Went both ways in regards to Clover and King Eric. Right Through His Pants: Played straight in this strip, but averted everywhere else. Right for the Wrong Reasons: Lucas is right about Cadugan's jealousy. We find out later that he's wrong about who Cadugan was jealous of. Rightful King Returns Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Jone's dealing with the townsfolk that treated her and her mom like crap. Rules Lawyer: Owen and his family, apparently, are quite good at it. Running Gag: Clover the Halfling getting recaptured, stripped naked, and put in a little cage. Seashell Bra: Mi wears shell top, shell bottom and shell ornament. Of course, as a gen, she's small enough to pull that with normal sized shells. Sexy Coat Flashing Shame If Something Happened: Aside from citing the trope's function in the name, it also hangs a heavy lampshade on it with the last "suggestion". She Is All Grown Up: Sittica Charlotte, who was somewhat of a midget drow, seems to have acquired some more womanly proportions. Later explained as a likely side effect of the magic in the valley. Puberty has been generous to King Runtherd. Schedule Slip: Lampshaded here Shout-Out: Mostly to other fantasy works, such as , but also to other pop culture, like Lord of the Rings Tremors . And more recently . See also the Cameos, above. Dungeon Keeper Adina sings the intro song to Disney's Aladdin, here. Possibly Bleach here? To The Muppet Show, of all things. One of the numerous sounds produced by the singing of Hu-Hu's people is "Gally-ohh! Hoop! Hoop!" Skewed Priorities: Most halflings know what they want... Slap-Slap-Kiss: Lucas and Cadugan start out bickering a lot and infuriating each other, but, inevitably, end up together. Lady Adwen and Sir Catianus Slept Through the Apocalypse: Chimera missed the excitment about Lewie and his rings. Smug Snake: The noble who tries to force Jone's mother into prostitution, as well as Kurassa the sorcerer, who literally never stops smirking. Something That Begins with "Boring" Stealth Pun: Why she's called "Jone Half-Orc" becomes far more clear once she gains some followers. Straight Gay: Cadugan Strip Poker: Here. Stupid Evil: Princess Dewcup trying to join the drow got a thing or two mixed up. Take That: The dumbest member of the tribe in Valejo? Gor. Talkative Loon: Fang This Is the Part Where...: A satyr needs an explanation on what to do when faced with a beholder. This Means War!: Declared verbatim by Eddie here. Too Kinky to Torture: Torturing a Drow involves sticking them in a cage and refusing to torture them. Tranquil Fury: You coming?. Troll Bridge Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Both the Fox and the werewolves retelling the history of the kingdom of Shallmar at the same time. Unspoken Plan Guarantee: A long-time running gag comes to fruition. Virgin Sacrifice: Young Wolf narrowly escaped this. Walking Shirtless Scene: Wolf, Clover, Charlotte, Glon... a lot of characters wind up either partly or entirely naked for extended periods, making an Archive Binge a somewhat NSFW endeavor. Weaksauce Weakness: Cyclops' lack of depth perception can lead to some Epic Fail moments. What the Hell, Hero?: Meri-Tai scolding Caudigan and The Fox for trying to rescue Lucas from the werewolves by themselves. Then she calls Caudigan on his refusal to call on the king for help , reminding him that Lucas is one of those royals he hates and mistrusts. Woman Scorned: Charlotte. Would Hit a Girl: "Women may rule here, but braggarts always go down." Wrong Genre Savvy: Princess Goldie thinks she's in a fairy tale rather than a high fantasy setting. Yaoi Fangirl: Apparently, this is why Queen Hyeesha has a harem. You and What Army?