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Not Another D&D Podcast (shortened to NADDPOD) is another D&D podcast, this time an Actual Play from the mind of College Humor alumnus Brian "Daddy Murph" Murphy. He is joined by Jake Hurwitz, Emily Axford, and Caldwell Tanner, who all play a delightful and memorable host of characters in Brian's worlds.

The podcast also features a number of side quests and one-shots, notably "The Trinyvale Adventures" with Caldwell as Dungeon Master a.k.a. "Duncle" and "The Mavrus Chronicles," which uses the Bahumia setting but has Emily taking the reins as DM.

Campaigns and Casts

     The Bahumia Campaign 
  • Described as "the campaign after the campaign," the story initially dealt with the consequences of the actions of three Legendary Heroes who defeated Asmodeus and saved the world of Bahumia. Their adventures left ripples throughout Bahumia, starting cults, creating an underground drug market, and leaving a power vacuum in Hell that was begging to be filled.
  • This campaign follows the adventuring group collectively known as the Band of Boobs as they set off to clean up this mess. The main party also includes several NPCs: Moonshine's opossum, Paw Paw, and the bumbling Balnor the Brave and occasionally the Crick Elf sharpshooter Ol'Cobb.

The cast for the Bahumia campaign includes:

  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Hardwon Surefoot, Pride of the Dwarfanage and Bastard of the Mountain
  • Emily Axford as Moonshine Cybin, Crick elf druid and Fungal Queen
  • Caldwell Tanner as Beverly Toegold V, Green Teen and a very good boy

The first campaign has currently lead the party through the following chapters:

It also provides examples of the following tropes

  • Action Girl: Moonshine definitely counts. There's also Alanis and Thiala of the Legendary Heroes, Egwene Kindleaf, Meemaw Jolene, Jaina Bronzebeard, and Ginny and Rosa of the Knights of Penance.
  • The Alleged Car: Hardwon inherits an airship and is shocked by how rundown and old it really is.
    • Later, the Band of Boobs ride an even worse airship built by mad tinkerer goblins at the Autumn Court. It starts to crash almost immediately.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted and Played for Laughs as gnomes are treated this way by the Band of Boobs after a few bad encounters, but ultimately there are many examples of normal or even heroic gnomes.
  • Always Second Best: Marabelle's Start of Darkness began with her jealousy of her sister, Jolene.
  • Anachronism Stew: Burger sliders and toilets exist, but so does feudalism. Normally when an anachronism comes up, it's for a one-off gag, like the Dwarven Daddies watching Netflix in the hammer.
  • An Asskicking Crickmas: The Holiday special which involves a Grinch plot and carnivorous gnomes.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: When Hardwon is vampirized by Scarlett Montgomery in the Shadowfell, Jake plays as Jvelin, a cheery and inexplicably Kiwi-accented dwarf revenant barbarian, for the next several episodes.
  • Another Dimension: The Elemental Chaos, the Feywild, Shadowfell, the Astral Plane, Hell, and Elysium.
  • Arc Words:
    • "The Jamboreen is super cancelled."
    • "Somethin's amiss at the Crick."
    • "They're gonna thwack the gash."
  • Arranged Marriage: Gemma Bronzebeard of Irondeep to Gerard Coldane of Frostwind.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Elias Stormborn the First. With a choice between running for safety with his wife and child, and staying to face an inevitable Bolivian Army Ending against the Chosen, he elects to stay, because a follower of Kord never runs from a fight.
  • Artifact of Doom: The party collects a few of them. One of the most dangerous is Ilsed's notebook, which offers great power at a terrible price and corrupted Moonshine's aunt.
    • The Hellfire Crown, which gives the wearer control over the Nine Hells but inevitably turns them evil.
    • The Sword of Pestilence, formerly wielded by the titular Horseman of the Apocalypse. As a Paladin, Bev is immune to disease...but he carelessly hands the blade off to someone who isn't, and through him, Pestilence is able to infect and control nearly everyone in Gladeholm.
  • The Atoner: Erdan the high elf wizard was formerly a friend of Moonshine's father. Out of Fantastic Racism, he convinced Jolene to abandon their relationship and return to the Crick, not knowing she was already pregnant with Moonshine (something he hadn't even believed possible). When he meets Moonshine, he profusely apologizes and offers to help any way he can.
  • Badass Crew: The Bastards of None, a group of humans living in the Shadowfell. Each of them was sacrificed as a child by someone trying to gain power. They're making the best of it now.
  • Badass in Distress: Ulfgar, one of the legendary heroes and the most powerful physical fighter in the world, suffers this twice: once when Thiala mind-controls him, and again when he gets trapped inside a magical gem.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Moonshine has the ability to spew deadly fungal spores at her enemies and if she lands a KO with this move she can choose to reanimate their corpse as an undead servant. It doesn't happen that often, and Emily is bummed about that. After Hardwon is turned into a vampire thrall by Scarlet Montgomery, Moonshine becomes disgusted with this power and swears off using it.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Our heroes are silly, but capable.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Thiala and Akarot. They're at war with each other, but a victory for either would spell catastrophe for Bahumia.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: As inhabitants of the Living Woods.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Beverly kisses his friend and fellow Green Teen, Erlin, during a tense moment. It grants them enough spiritual power to cast a spell that would ordinarily have been impossible at their level, sending all the Green Knights and Green Teens to the Feywild.
    • Hardwon meets Gemma after dozens of episodes alluding to her. They share a kiss. She is then assassinated.
    • A third, subverted example comes during the Band's fight against Queen Ezra. Hardwon attempts to invoke True Love's Kiss on Moonshine after she gets her heart frozen by the Queen's magic. Because of the rather unpleasant situation it took place in, and their general (lack of) emotional maturity, it doesn't get brought up much after and they awkwardly pretend it never happened.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Hardwon stands over 6 feet tall though slightly shorter after becoming a half-elf, Moonshine is lean, if top-heavy, and Beverly is a halfling, and a young one at that.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As noted in the first year wrap-up episode, most of the chapters don't end great for our heroes.
  • Body Horror: Inevitably the fate of victims of the Horseman of Pestilence.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The player characters and NPCs frequently reference the nature of the podcast, out of universe knowledge, and game mechanics. There really is no effort made to avoid this.
  • Break Them by Talking: The preferred fighting style of Queen Ezra of the Unseelie. When the Boobs confront her, she hits each of them with a devastating personal revelation, aiming to make them give up and turn to ice.
  • Breather Episode: The "On the Road Again" episodes.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Hardwon: "Watch this."
    • Moonshine: "Something ain't right." "Watch a bitch call lightning!"
    • Beverly: "Calloo callay!" "Yippy skippy!"
    • Ol' Cobb: "Keepin' it light."
    • Jvelin: "I'm quite upset!"
  • Broken Pedestal: As a teen with a tendency to idolize his heroes, Bev faces several. First, Thiala, who he had a poster of in his bedroom, starts trying to conquer the world. Then he learns that his father, Beverly IV, made a deal with Akarot to save the Green Knights.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Dark consequences of the legendary heroes' actions and revelations about character backstories create more serious context for jokes, but the jokes never go away.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Bev has a crush on his fellow Green Teen, Erlin. They get together later in the campaign.
  • The Clan: The Bronzebeards are a dwarven clan that has seen better days.
  • Climax Boss: Almost every arc ends with one, and there are usually a few in the middle as well, like the Grizzly Prince and Alasdair Montgomery.
  • Continuity Porn: The Hellfire Chronicles arc is essentially a Boss Rush of former antagonists coming back to haunt them, now with infernal power behind them.
  • The Corrupter: Akarot.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The Spring Court is a relaxing hot-tub party palace, but every inhabitant is magically enslaved except the Grizzly Prince himself.
  • Crapsack World: The Shadowfell. The village of Grimhawk is a crapsack 'within a crapsack.' Say it with me: "This town is bad!"
  • Crazy Enough to Work: A lot of their plans come off like this, and Murph puts a high DC, accordingly.
  • Creepy Child: Several of the Montgomery children, complete with unsettling dolls.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Balnor may come off as a bumbling, awkward Sixth Ranger, but he's a fully capable fighter when push comes to shove. Alanis reveals that in other timelines, the Band of Boobs wiped without Balnor to assist them, and she personally sent him back in time to aid them, with her reasoning being that he's competent enough to help them out of a jam, but not so strong that he would stunt their growth as heroes—or, worse, attract the attention of Thiala.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The Boobs meet a helpful one in the Summer Court.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Boobs take this tack whenever possible, and their willingness to spare defeated enemies has won them many useful allies.
  • Dirty Coward: Galad Rosell talks a big game when he has the upper hand, but the second the situation turns on him, he resorts to offering sexual favors for mercy.
  • The Dreaded: Marabelle, She Who Has No Hospitality.
  • Evil Is Petty: Professor Duttle not only brainwashed Stunkbug, but also implanted false memories of him eating shit on the regular "because it was funny."
    • Galad Rosell offers to suck Hardwon's dick when he's about to be killed for the first time. When the Boobs encounter him again in the Shadowfell, he denies that he ever said that, only to immediately offer to suck every dick in the room when the battle turns against him.
  • Failure Knight: Balnor. He initially refused to work with Alanis because he had a good life with his wife and son. When the Wolves killed his family, he realized he had nothing left, and took Alanis up on her offer.
  • Fantastic Drug: R.Cane, which grants temporary magical abilities to the user, with a risk of catastrophic failure. This risk gets higher with repeated usage. It's also highly addictive.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Appliance: The party is given a "speaking stone" by Red - effectively a fantasy Comm Link. Throughout the campaign the players jokingly use it in ways that sugggest it's like a smartphone with features such as taking photos, playing music and accessing social media.
  • Flanderization: In a Tropes Are Not Bad example, many characters start off rather simple, only to be slowly iterated on and exaggerated until they develop more a personality.
    • Hardwon starts as a fairly standard Straight Man until Jake develops more confidence in D&D and learns to exaggerate his negative qualities for the sake of humor.
    • Balnor began as a generic heroic knight figure until the crew caught on to his simple but loving nature and accepted him as the group dad.
    • Meemaw was a very maternal figure without much characterization until we learned about her wild and dirty side.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Deadeye. He acknowledges that the gods exist — it's hard not to in a world that plays by D&D rules — but rejects that they have anything to do with worldly events, preferring to attribute good and evil to the actions of individual people.
  • Fungus Humongous: Moonshine has the ability to become a "Fungal Entity."
  • Great Offscreen War: The Giant Wars are mentioned early on, which several Toegolds have been said to have fought and died in. It isn't until Episode 30 that we meet a giant refugee and learn the war wasn't as black-and-white as it was first presented.
    • Played for Laughs in the Feywild arc, when the Boobs recklessly unleash dozens of trolls on a pursuing army of fairies. Murph humorously narrates the horrible ensuing massacre and succession wars among the new "Troll Kings" while the party enjoys a rest in the beautiful feywild scenery.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Every time the gang brings in a friend to play a character for a few episodes. Since they're all College Humor cast members or alumni, they have a lot of talented friends.
  • Hate Sink: Denny Pebblepot, the Green Teen scoutmaster who gets his whole troupe kidnapped by bullywugs and immediately washes his hands of all responsibility. The Boobs meet a few other members of the Pebblepot family, all of whom suck just as much.
  • A Hell of a Time: Played With. The Nine Hells are dangerous planes populated by tormented and evil souls, but they're also filled with appealing activities like demolition derbies and lavish casinos. When Penteghost is installed by Moonshine as the ruler of the underworld, he cuts off the hells past the upper, less threatening levels, and the party rechristens them "The One Hells".
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Downplayed—the Crick folk seem to be mostly friendly and well-adjusted, but their idea of disciplining rowdy children is to throw them in the "time out bag".
    Moonshine: I had my first kiss in a time-out bag!
  • Honorary Daddy: Beverly adopts fathers quite frequently. Aside from his biological dad, he has Hardwon, Balnor, Fire Daddy, and others.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The classic four (War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death) appear in the final arc as major villains.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • Hardwon's axe is named after his ex, Gemma.
    • Galad Rosell's greatsword is named Rosaline, though we don't know if it's named after anyone.
    • Galad also gifts a sword to Beverly which he names after his scoutmasters, Hardshine.
    • Hardwon trades Gemma for the mythical King's Hammer, and renames it the Queen's hammer in tribute to her.
    • Beverly eventually trades up to a +3 Holy Avenger and names it Birdslayer. “Birds” being what our heroes call Thiala’s angels.
    • After becoming Dark Lord of Shadowfell, Galad wields a sword called Soulsucker that sucks out people's souls. Once Lydia Stormborn becomes Dark Lord and inherits it, she mentions she'll have to think of a new name. Bev and Moonshine suggest using a baby names book, but for swords.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: The Boobs and Tonathan agonize over whether to kill the Watcher to keep his power out of Thiala's hands. They eventually decide to go for it.
  • Laughably Evil: Its a recurring theme that the villains are introduced and shown to be threatening and dangerous only to be razzed into being laughable. The fact that this isn't possible with Thiala is one of the indicators of how dangerous she is.
  • Loose Canon: The live shows take place at ambiguous times, and several of them are explicitly non-canon.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Somewhat subverted, as the world moves on even without the intervention of the main group.
  • Malicious Misnaming: A downplayed example with Pendeghost, who the Boobs refer to as "Pendergreens" note  so exclusively that eventually even Murph picks it up. Over time, it becomes less teasing and more affectionate.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Boobs' somewhat lackadaisical approach to problem solving occasionally comes back around to bite them. This is most notable in Episode 98, where it's revealed that not only did Beverly's mishandling of Pestilence's sword allow it to infect Erdan and use him as a puppet to take over everyone in Gladeholm, but that the army of trolls the party released by picking flowers in the Feywild has been marshaled by the Horseman of War into a raid on Hell.
  • Odd Friendship: Pendeghost, the Lord of Darkness, is imprisoned inside a mystical gem by the party after they defeat him, but the Boobs grow to like him. Moonshine in particular becomes quite close to him, and feels personally responsible for his welfare when she's forced by circumstance to entrust the Hellfire Crown to him.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted with the many Peetrees down at the Crick.
  • One-Winged Angel: The characters face King Ludwig Bronzebeard transformed into a Mithril Dragon due to cursed armor.
  • Opposites Attract:
    • Hardwon's parents. Elias was a sky pirate, and Lydia was a member of the Chosen. She fell for him because he taught her how to enjoy life by breaking the rules.
    • Moonshine's parents. It doesn't get much more opposite than a Crick and a High Elf.
    • Bev's parents avert this trope completely. They're a normal suburban couple, one of whom just happens to be a magical knight in service to a god of nature.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Ilsed was a necromancer who attempted to conquer Bahumia in the name of Asmodeus, before being stopped by the Legendary Heroes. After the death of Asmodeus, he arises to the throne of the Nine Hells.
  • People Puppets: Akarot does most of his business through a horde of living puppets.
  • Physical God: The Watcher, Melora, Thiala, and the Golden Lady are the only gods left on the Material Plane.
  • The Plague: Crick Rot
  • Posthumous Character: Hardwon's parents. One of them comes back. Also, Ilsed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The party meets several. Special mention goes to Jovyre, the Autumn Princess capably managing a mixed-race court, and of course to Jolene the Green.
  • Red Baron: Several badass nicknames abound, from the Lady Snake to the Pale Prince.
  • The Role Player: The three are pretty good at making decisions in character. Special mention goes to Jake, as this is his first time playing DnD.
  • Running Gag:
    • "ONE BIG BED"
    • Balnor watching the bags.
    • Beverly's obsession with looting teeth.
    • Beverly's unsettlingly flat ass.
    • Moonshine's general repulsiveness despite her "fertile figure" and hospitable personality.
    • Moonshine being unable to work any serious magic without being naked. Conversely, Bev being a never-nude.
    • Moonshine and Hardwon being an absolutely horrible influence on Beverly.
    • Hardwon constantly trying to look and seem cool, usually without success.
    • Beverly constantly acquiring new parental figures, and Moonshine collecting fiancees.
    • Beverly referring to any plan the team makes as "Operation [adjective] Lad."
    • The greeting of choice among Frostwind Dwarves: "Fuck you, I love you, eat a rat."
    • The group's intense hatred for gnomes, their friend Tonathan notwithstanding.
    • Brian reciting the podcast's website and Twitter handle led to the cast picking up on the "POD" at the end of it and singing "Youth of a Nation", by P.O.D., which in turn led to Brian changing his read to "That's N-A-D-D-P-O-D, don't sing yet..."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After telling him "I'm proud of you," Rust's uncle father runs out of of the fight with Heurog and uses Wall of Stone to seal the entrance.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: A shorter arc takes the Boobs to Smuggler's Bounty, a pirate-themed casino island full of minigames. Subverted when they meet some henchmen who claim to have captured Ulfgar, dragging the main plot back into focus.
  • Spot the Imposter:
    • In A Faerie Tale, the Boobs play a game where they must identify who among them has been replaced by a witch and kill them. Moonshine immediately outs Balnor as the witch when she says his favourite food is chicken.
    • At the beginning of The Shadowfell Saga, the Boobs wake up to two Hardwons. The smell of sulfur gives away the imposter and they defeat it to reveal it to be shapeshifting mist creature.
  • The Starscream: Ilsed is alluded to have been this to Asmodeus. He takes over as lord of the Nine Hells after the latter's defeat.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: During the attack on Galaderon, a guard named Matthias saves Hardwon and Ol' Cobb with a well-timed natural 20. The crew immediately nicknames him "Matty Big Crits" and builds him up as the ultimate badass. Later, Matthias joins a pickup team with Ulfgar and Jaina and immediately proves to be by far the weakest link, forcing him to remind everybody that he's a random guard who got lucky one time.
  • Time Skip: The Green Knights and Green Teens who escaped to the Feywild age 25 years while only a few weeks pass on the material plane. By the time Bev reunites with Derlin and Cran, they've grown up, gotten married, and had two kids together.
  • Token Minority: Tonathan is the only gnome who is aligned with our heroes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Balnor loves tuna so much that his companions instantly know they're facing an imposter when "Balnor" claims chicken is his favorite food.
    • The only thing Hardwon loves more than R.Cane is Martha Toegold's sticky buns.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Between episodes 45 and 70, Hardwon goes through one that would make Fitz Chivalry Farseer tremble. In short order, he watches his basically official girlfriend die in his arms, learns he inadvertently condemned his mother to imprisonment in the Shadowfell, fails to get laid in the Feywild, gets turned into a vampire spawn by Scarlet Montgomery, gets locked in a wine cellar by his friends while they figure out how to save him, gets rejected by the Queenshammer, has to listen to the Bastards of None razzing him for the whole voyage to Ember Heaven, gets turned into a boot, and learns that his father died because he was more interested in his Last Stand than his family. It only begins turning around when the Boobs defeat Dark Lord Galad, install Lydia as Queen of the Shadowfell, and resurrect Hardwon in a half-elf's body.
  • Trial by Combat: Bev goes up against a champion called The Crag to prove his father's innocence. He loses.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Moonshine gets multiple: first, Marabelle heavily hints that she *created* Moonshine with her fungal powers, and that she wasn't Jolene's child at all. In true Crick Elf fashion, Moonshine refuses when asked if she wants the truth. Later, however, we get it anyway, on top of another revelation: Moonshine is Jolene's kid... with a high elf. This is, of course, more horrifying a possibility to Moonshine than the first.
  • Uptown Girl: Gemma Bronzebeard, princess of Irondeep, fell in love with Hardwon Surefoot, an orphan with no fortune who isn't even a real dwarf.
  • You Are in Command Now: When the gang kills the Watcher, Uku places Tonathan Tinkle in charge of the late god's monastic order, before perishing himself in the tower's collapse.

     The Trinyvale Adventures 
  • Welcome friends, to the table and a campaign led by dungeon master (a.k.a. "Duncle") Caldwell. Dive into Trinyvale, a world "where magic is as common as water, treasure lurks in every cavern and crystals are goddamn everywhere. It is a true adventurer's paradise."
  • This bonus campaign follows the adventures of Retrieval Team #22, a trio of adventurers who search for relics called the Ginnarak Crystals on behalf of a mysterious figure known only as the Benefactor. Along the way, team 22 uncovers the mystery of these crystals' origins as well as a greater conspiracy concerning the gods who watch over this strange cube-shaped world.

The cast for the Trinyvale Adventures includes:

  • Caldwell Tanner as the Dungeon Master
  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as Jens Lyndelle, elven sword dancer and lover of money and fame
  • Emily Axford as Onyx Lumiere, moonfolk warlock and big Trinstagram influencer
  • Jake Hurwitz as Nyack of the Rana'For, half-elven ranger of the jungle and half-brother (or "half-stranger") to Jens

     The Mavrus Chronicles 
  • Welcome back to Bahumia, but instead of the Band of Boobs it's time for some Bon Frere behavior! Set a few years before the events of the main Bahumia campaign, we follow returning character Mavrus the Unskooled along with his crew of boys crashing the small seaside town of Salty Peaks in their quest to have the best summer ever.
  • Just as the boys (later referred to by the unwanted moniker of the Bon Freres) are about to participate in an epic drinking tournament Carl, the fifth member of their crew, disappears without a trace. The Bon Freres head off in search of Carl, embroiling themselves in an underwater adventure and discover a greater mystery involving disappearing tourists, mermaids and a bird that looks exactly like Henry Cavill.

The cast for the Mavrus Chronicles includes:

  • Emily Axford as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Tread Nevers, tiefling bard and pop punk aficionado
  • Caldwell Tanner as Hungry Dave, dragonborn disc golfer and eater of all things nasty
  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as Cormac Darkstout (a.k.a. Mac, Son of Mumford), dwarven hipster cleric and brewer of the hoppiest microbrews this side of Irondeep
  • Zac Oyama as Mavrus the Unskooled, tiefling sorcerer and leader of the Bon Freres

     The Eldermourne Campaign 
  • This time it's the "campaign after the campaign after the campaign" and here we enter the dark fairytale world of Eldermourne. Eldermourne is a place where you're just as likely to run into sprites as much as undead horrors, where shadows mix with whimsical magic. Created by a god known only as the Elder, this world feels the effects of an ages-old conflict between the Elder's two younger siblings, the Reaper and the Trickster.
  • This campaign follows a trio of adventurers who meet in the crime-ridden town of Thornkirk on the heels of a terrifying Horror who has left a swath of bodies cut clean in half wherever they go, a Horror that shares a connection with each of our fledgling heroes.

The cast for the Eldermourne campaign includes:

  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Henry Hogfish, human Echo Knight and part-time pugilist
  • Emily Axford as Fia Boginya, a book lover and the hedge witch on the edge of town
  • Caldwell Tanner as Zirk Vervain, frazzled elven coroner in training and talented alchemist

     The Ba-Two-Mia Campaign 
  • The third full campaign returns to Bahumia, 200 years after the adventures of the Band of Boobs. The intervening years have seen rapid Magitek development across the Five Kingdoms, which are tilting towards war after decades of uneasy peace. The legendary heroes of the past are missing in action, and new adventurers must rise to meet the challenges facing the land.
  • This campaign follows three low-ranking mageknights from the city of Ezry, who go on the run seeking freedom from the MegaCorp known as Mothership and soon find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that spans the continent.

The cast for the second Bahumia campaign includes:

  • Brian "Murph" Murphy as the Dungeon Master
  • Jake Hurwitz as Calder Kilde, half-giant fighter from the Frigid North who doesn't know his own size
  • Emily Axford as Calliope Petrichor, eladrin bard on the rebound from a breakup
  • Caldwell Tanner as Solum "Sol" Bufo, bullywug monk and former sidekick to a Boy Wizard

This campaign provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Apart from Calliope herself, there's Beatrix Netherin, and Jazzler of Team Tection.
  • Almighty Janitor: Duck Team are officially lowly D-Class knights, but they're exceptionally skilled, and are only so underranked becaus they don't fit well into Mothership's stringent requirements and flunked their assessments: Sol fights with his gauntlets and no armor, instead of the traditional Knightly Sword and Shield; Calliope had an emotional outburst during her test and badly injured her Jerkass proctor; and Calder, who possesses great physical strength and endurance as well as a natural affinity for cold magic, was failed for being unable to light a campfire magically (even as he insisted upon his ability to do it the old-fashioned way). However, it's also noted that other D- and C-class personnel, who are mostly total idiots or petty bullies, regard Calder, Sol, and Calliope as terrifyingly competent.
  • Colony Drop: Beatrix's revenge plot involves dropping Mothership, a gargantuan airship, on top of the city of Ezry. The party is able to persuade her to be less indiscriminate in her wrath, and she takes pains to spare some of the more innocent employees and crew members, but the falling wreckage still causes substantial damage to Ezry.
  • Distant Sequel: Zig-Zagged. The campaign takes place two centuries after the original Bahumia campaign, which means the political situation on Bahumia has changed quite radically in the intervening years; notably, the entire city of Gladeholm is no longer on the Prime Material Plane. However, many of the important figures of the first campaign are still present, because they're Legendary in the Sequel or just plain Long-Lived, so it often doesn't feel too distant from the original.
  • The Fair Folk: Calliope is an Eladrin, a type of elf that hails from the Feywild and are known for having emotions so powerful they physically change one's appearance. Other Fey appear as well, and most of them hew closely to this trope: they're wondrous and beautiful, but also wild, dangerous, and untrustworthy.
  • False Flag Operation: Glen's plan to bring war to the Crick involves staging a series of these on the various Dragon Elf factions of the Living Wood.
  • Gambit Pileup: The Living Wood, inhabited by various squabbling factions of elves and dragons, is a rat's nest of conpiracies and power plays. When the Blues, Greens, and Whites— who all have their own agendas— call a secret moot to discuss declaring open war on the Deep Folk and the Crick Elves, Beatrix sets the place on fire and the meeting turns into a disorganized free-for-all. This, however, is exactly what Glen wanted all along: the inhabitants of the Living Wood wiping each other out, so that he can assume control of the Crick Elves and crush the survivors.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: Sol and his roommate Albin serve as a Deconstruction of this trope. While at Mothership's Launchpad Academy, the duo had a series of thrilling adventures and starred in their own book series. However, by adulthood, they're both working in menial jobs (Sol is a lowly D-Class knight, and Albin enchants toilet paper) and Calder points out that they "peaked at twelve". It's later revealed that their experience was not unique: every student is told that they are The Chosen One and paired up with a nonhuman "buddy", every duo gets their own (essentially copy-and-pasted) book series, and the adventures themselves are simulations, powered by a mix of illusion magic and psionics.
  • Magitek: Ezry has gone from Steampunk back in the Boobs' day to this, with almost every aspect of civic society (employment, transit, mass entertainment) being heavily influenced by advanced magic. Irondeep has also made technological strides, to the point where even a disorganized group of wildcat miners can field chainswords, gatling guns, and Warforged Brutes in battle.
  • MegaCorp: The corporation known as Mothership dominates the city of Ezry, and they manufacture everything from low-end consumer goods and kitschy chain restaurants to cutting-edge scientific and military hardware. Murph explicitly compares them to a cross between Kirkland and Northrop Grumman.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Calder's test to become a higher-ranked knight involves lighting a campfire. Although he's got no aptitude for fire magic, he points out that he's perfectly able to light a fire with a flint and steel.
  • Super-Soldier: The best of Ezry's knights are the brand-new S-class, who are magically implanted with combat ability as well as arcane power. They're also implanted with Manchurian Agent programming, which Duck Team only finds out when they're "promoted" to S-class. However, their Brainwashing is interrupted by Beatrix Netherin, the only survivor from the first batch of S-class knights, who went rogue and later becomes the party's ally.
  • Team Pet: Callie adopts (or rather, is adopted by) a very unusual duck who the party treats as their mascot and eventually names Foster. As it turns out, he's a spirit from the Beastlands who serves as Callie's Familiar and has an array of convenient New Powers as the Plot Demands.