The first ongoing campaign of which was posted in 2017 and is called Welcome to the Show and is posted on DRWolf001's channel. Josh Scorcher is the Dungeon Master of the game as well as the player for the character of Jeminya and other Non-Player Characters. The other characters are played by Dr Wolf (channel host), Finn The Pony, Voice Of Reason, Sweetie Bloom, Lightning Bliss, Eliyora and Lunacorva. The campaign also once included a character played by ToonKriticY2K, who was written out from Episode 66 onwards due to certain events.
The setting is the fantasy realm of Alatastica where the playable characters find their way through many challenging encounters and conflicts both physical and emotional. There is Oin Lightbringer, a dwarven cleric, played by Dr Wolf; Ivan Windstrummer, a gnome bard, played by Finn the Pony; Jalerom Tanlaial, a half-elf rogue, played by Voice of Reason; Rose Emeraldsong, a human druid, played by Sweetie Bloom; Amber Hawthorn, a dragon fighter, played by Lightning Bliss; and Faerthurin, an elven sorcerer, played by Eliyora. Kross Dalgo, a saurian ranger, played by Toon Kritic was originally part of the party, but due to certain real life events, Toon was banned from the project and Josh the Dungeon Master informed the audience that Kross would be written out of the story once all parts Toon took part in had been posted. In season 3, Ravvas Arkanen, a Drow Warblade/Crusader played by Lunacorva joins the party. The party also has three animal companions played in part by the Dungeon Master and the players they belong to. They are Lucid the raven, familiar to Faethurin; Shiloh the riding dog, companion to Rose; and Jaylen the golden viper, companion to Kross.
The playlist of the series so far can be found here. A collection of fan art for the series can be found here. Lunacorva has also created the characters in Dynasty Warriors, see here. (Beware spoilers for Jeminya and Simula)
On 2017-07-15, a second campaign named, "The Curse of Strahd" has started airing on Josh's channel. It stars Silver Quill, KeychiFiM, GoldenFox, KeyframeProductions, BritishNinja, AeonOfDreams and William Grubb.
On 2018-03-04, a third campaign named, "Tyranny of Dragons" has started airing on Josh's channel. It stars Josh's brother, jerethbane, That Creepy Reading, Rabbid Luigi, LewToons, and Midnight Sonata.
Welcome to the Show contains examples of:
- The Ace: "Jeminya points to Amber. 'Dragon.'"
- Advancing Boss of Doom: The Balor in the labyrinth.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Subverted with the archeologist they meet in episode 43. While he has the appearance of one, he states that he does not have the skills or physique for adventuring.
- Adventure Towns: The party often stops at these to rest between missions.
- The Alcoholic: Vurdok Vineblight, the Optimar noble that Oin impersonates, is apparently a notorious drunkard. Given hes related to Vorgrin Vineblight, a wanted criminal whos curse killed his (Vorgrins) mother in child-birth, there may be a more tragic explanation for this.
- All-Loving Hero: "'I have half a mind to call you a meanie.' [...] That's as angry as my character's going to get." -Finn The Pony as and about his character, Ivan.
- All Men Are Perverts / All Women Are Lustful: Which Josh exploits to hilarious effect. See Eating The Eye Candy below.
- Ancient Tomb: The party explores one of these in the Galgari Jungle.
- Anyone Can Die: Jeminyas death makes it clear that NO-ONE is safe. Your hit points reach minus ten, youre done.
- Apologetic Attacker: Amber apologises quite a lot while fighting Sazaan.
- Armour-Piercing Question: Oin gives one to Kross during their talk in episode 18.Kross: I know exactly whats going on and nothing is going to come of it. These are just games. Im very much aware of what (Simula) is planning."Oin: And how exactly are you going to stop that from happening, when you cant control yourself?''
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The pixies in episode 43. Despite the party agreeing to leave, the fact that they don't instantly dissapear makes the pixies impatient, and they teleport the party to opposite ends of the Earth.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: I Stand Alone (Instrumental) plays during the Balors appearences.
- Badbutt: Eliyora mentions this trope word for word in reference to Amber. Though it was more of a case of Gosh Dang It to Heck!,
- Bad Dreams: The characters suffer from this repeatedly at the hands of The Warden.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Faerthurin is teasing Amber about her feelings for Ivan.Amber: "May I remind you that I am a big! Scary! Firebreathing dragon, and- He is kind of cute though."
- Barrier-Busting Blow: The mummy in episode 44 smashes through a wall to attack the party.
- Batman Gambit: Josh (through Simula) pulls one in the tunnels underneath Directian. He put an invisible wall over a fake gap, knowing that Toon would likely try to show off his incredibly high jump check. Toon fell for it, literally.
- Battle Couple: Jalerom and Faerthurin, as well as Amber and Ivan.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Josh blames the increasingly dangerous traps in his dungeons on Dr Wolf wanting more of a challenge.
- Behind the Black: The party completely fails to notice an enormous carriage until Josh's narration points it out, despite Jalerom apparently being so close to it he could literally have Frenched the horse.
- Big Damn Heroes: Oin ATTEMPTS to do this for Faethurin and Kross when The Warden is Mind Raping them in their dreams, but... see Negated Moment of Awesome below.
- Rose succeeds in this, bursting through the door to a temple while wildshaped as a freaking T-Rex and one-shotting the villain the group was fighting.
- Big Sister Instinct: Faerthurin starts displaying this towards Amber in Episode 43.
- Bonding Over Abusive Parents: Jalerom and Faerthurin.
- Bishie Sparkles: Faerthurin is described as seeing Jalerom this way during episode 44.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Pixies in this setting have a rather "twisted" sense of morality. They see nothing wrong with teleporting people across the world out of sheer impatience.
- Book Worm: Faerthurin: "Boooooooook~" Party: "And she's gone." "Fae! Fae! Focus, Fae!"
- Bread and Circuses: Simula uses the Gladiator Games to keep her people (and herself) entertained with violence.
- Breath Weapon: "You show it your gaping maw and torch it!"
- Cain and Abel: Jeminya's twin sister Simula plans to throw the world into war. Jeminya rallies forces to oppose her.
- Campfire Character Exploration: The characters share their backstories with each other during one of these.
- Cannibal Tribe: The fire elves are a rare positive portrayal, as their cannibalism comes not from savagery, but a religious belief that no meat should be left to spoil. Then again, if their elves, is eating human meat really cannibalism? What about half-elf? What about dragon meat?
- Cliffhanger: Episode 38 ends on one, with the party finding a near dead Simula crucified to a tree.
- Topped by Episode 69, which ends with Simula revealing that Arkoth was loyal to her all along and her joining the group was an elaborate ruse, killing the child inside her, then completing the ritual to unleash the Abyssal Plains. Oh, and Jalorums dead.
- Episode 71 ends with Jeminya getting dragged off to hell.
- Episode 109 ends with Ravvas stabbing Faerthurin in the back during the battle with Lolth.
- Close-Knit Community: Gatless Town is a place where everyone seems to know everyone.
- Cold Equation: Oin lectures Jeminya that as queen, she is going to need to do this.
- Combat and Support: The team has all the ingredients you need for a balanced party.
- Smacky, Hurty Ouchy: Jeminya, Amber, Oin and Rose are the primary fighters of the group via the method of face-stabbing (Jeminya), face-biting (Amber), face-punching (Oin) and face-biting-by-proxy (Rose)
- "Ah, ya stole my lungs!" Jalerom and Kross are the two tracking and stealth experts of the game, along with the ability to do concentrated damage to single targets, while lacking the stamina for prolonged melee combat against multiple foes.
- The Butler: Oin, Jeminya are the walking band-aids of the team, while Oin and Ivan also provide a wide selection of buffs and debuffs at the sir or madamn's conveniance.
- "Oh God, Everything's on fire!!": Faethurin is a wizard. Which means by the time of Season Two, she's basically a walking nuke dispenser with features. Be afraid.
- Combat Tentacles: The Kraken and The Night Twist both fight with these.
- Cool vs. Awesome: Episode 35. As Toon puts it:Okay, so you have a giant dwarf, a golden dragon, and a teifling paladin on a pegasus, fighting a Kraken!!
- Cosmopolitan Council: The party meets with one of these in the Selania forest and Jeminya is able to succesfully petition for their aid in taking back her kingdom in exchange for the party killing "The Shadow" that has been murdering people in the town.
- Crapsaccharine World: Sabaton seems like a quiet, friendly, pleasant kingdom to live in. Except Some shadow is going around killing people at night, the guards are completely inattentive, Happiness Is Mandatory and the king has spent nearly two decades under the control of a powerful fae creature.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Any female character played by Josh.
- Crush Blush: Fae has this in episode 44 when she stares at Jalerom for a bit too long.
- Crush Filter: Fae starts to notice a certain... glow about Jalerom.
- Curbstomp Battle: The party at level 14 vs a random group of bandits The party wins.
- Curb-Stomp Cushion: Amber and Oin vs Sazaan, a fully grown dragon with decades, if not centuries of experience, and Zeadrel, his equally powerful wife who is princess of a Proud Warrior Race. Although he and Zeadrel get a few good hits in, the battle is overwhelmingly in Oin and Ambers favour.
- The Cutie: Ivan is the cinnamon roll of the group. Protect him.
- Darkest Hour: The Labyrinth ends with Jeminya dead, having sacrificed herself to save Amber and the group facing down a Balor that at their current level would almost certainly be a Curbstomp Battle.
- Debate and Switch: The Test of Resolve seems to be a test of what one is willing to sacrifice for their cause as Rose is forced to either kill Shiloh, or lose the fire elves needed support in the war, but not only is it resolved by Rose shooting herself, the whole thing turns out to be a False Crucible.
- Demonic Possession: Played with. The Glimmercloak seems to be parasitically controlling some undead creature as a host body.
- Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Despite the fact that Mirid Port is in no condition to help Jeminya take back her throne and wouldnt be for several years even if they helped restore it, the party still takes a massive detour from their kingdom saving mission to go wandering through the monster infested Salania forest to find and explore a highly dangerous labyrinth that may or may not even exist. All to clear the name of the father of some random bartender theyd known for less than a day. Clearly, prioritisation is NOT their strong suit.
- Dying Town: Mirid Port has suffered a drastic shrinking of both its economy and population since the town's local hero was disgraced as a liar.
- Dynamic Entry: The Balor enters the Labyrinth by smashing through the enormous double doors while heavy metal music plays on the soundtrack, grabbing an enormous chest, and hurling it at the party.
- Earth All Along: A VERY downplayed example. The party originally believes that the desert town they find themselves in is on the other side of the world. However, it is later revealed that it is actually only a few days travel from their home country of Alatastica.
- Eating the Eye Candy: The heroes (and their players) are rather appreciative of a Mr and Ms Fanservice that they meet while shopping. In Toonkritic's case, he gets to enjoy both.
- Elemental Rivalry: Amber, the golden dragon (fire) vs. The Kraken (water).
- Emotion Bomb: The Allip in Episode 44 has the power to hypnotise it's victims with thoughts of revenge.
- Empire with a Dark Secret: Sabaton. See Crapsaccharine World above.
- Endless Corridor: The party encounters one in the labyrinth.
- The Epic: The story checks all the boxes.
- Epic Fail: Kross and Jalerom fail so often and thoroughly that after they do so they expect a stern lecture from Oin or worse.
- Faerthurin has colossaly bad luck in episode 44.
- Eureka Moment: Jalerom has one in episode 44 when he realises he needs to light up the incense in the tomb.
- Everyone Can See It: Faerthurin lampshades in episode 43 that Amber's feelings for Ivan aren't exactly subtle. Amber counters that the same could be said for Rin's feelings for Jalerom.
- Evil Plan: Simulas is to break into the Abyss and release an army of demons into the world.
- Exact Words: Josh never said that Amber would drown if they dont get her out of the ocean, he said she would die. Which is true. If they hadnt pulled her out of the water, she would have eventually sank out of their reach to the bottom of the ocean where she would have been crushed to death by the sheer water pressure.
- Eye Scream: The giant in the Test of Alacrity suffers this, thanks to Kross.
- Facepalm: In episode 40, Ivan is teleported to the elemental Plane of Shadows, and the party panics trying to find a way to rescue him, despite the fact that he can just Shadow Walk out. Despite Josh dropping numerous, increasingly obvious and obviously frustrated hints Mostly through Simula, the party doesnt seem to figure it out. Finally, Ivan decides to check his spell list... only to use the wrong spell! You can actually hear Joshs hand hitting his face at this exact moment.
- Fascists' Bed Time: The village they visit in Selania is under a strict curfew. The "Fascist" part is subverted however, as the fact that there's some "Shadow" going around murdering people at night means the town has a very good reason for imposing this curfew.
- False Crucible: Faerthurin and Roses tests in the Fire Elves trials
- Fighting Your Friend: The party is forced to do this against Jeminya during the Season One finale
- Also Jalerom after Arkoth brings him back as an undead.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Subverted, as even after fighting together, the team still spends time at each others throats. Its only after they sit down and actively decide to start working as a proper team that they finally start to become True Companions.
- Foreign Queasine: Subverted. While the food served in the desert town in episode 43 looks unappealing, the characters actually quite enjoy it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The team actually divides rather neatly into these roles.
- Sanguine: Amber, Ivan
- Choleric: Jeminya, Kross
- Melancholic: Faethurin, Oin
- Phlegmatic: Jalerom, Rose
- Frameup: Simula frames the party for the murder of the Optimar queen and her guards.
- Friend to All Living Things: Rose is the "animal talker".
- Gambler's Fallacy: Josh lampshades in Episode 43 that the players are falling for this by trying to "get the bad rolls out early"
- Gladiator Games: The adventure itself begins with the player characters being captured and forced to compete in the Directian arena against various opponents, including Jeminya, who covertly assists the player characters in escaping.
- Good Is Not Soft: The Druid who empowers Shiloh is kind and patient, but that doesn't stop her from calling out Rose on her coddling of Shiloh."Sister, I see that you have finally untucked your tail from between your legs."(...)"It is good that you love your companion sister, but keep in mind: Not many care about that. Protect each other by fighting with each other, and don't let your love, and your fear, for him, deny him his true nature."
- Good Is Not Soft: The party becomes this by Season 2. Technical Pacifist's they may be, but Beware the Nice Ones fully applies.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: The party often struggles to understand Simulas motives.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The team consists of Anti-Heroes alongside Ideal Heroes, but they are all united in stopping Simula.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Enforced by Dr Wolf as he doesn't want swearing on his channel.
- Green Around the Gills: Faerthurin gets rather seasick on Amartas ship.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Jalerom is a melee fighter who needs to get in close to deal damage, while Faerthurin is a squishy wizard who fights from afar. Also inverted with Amber and Ivan, given that she's a close-combat bruier and Ivan uses support abilities from a distance with his music.
- Happiness Is Mandatory: Everyone smiles in Sabaton. Whether they want to or not.
- Heads or Tails?: "Sometimes I'm a good luck charm, sometimes I'm a bad luck charm." -Toon Kritic about his character of Kross
- Hell on Earth: What Simula intends to create.
- Heroes Gone Fishing: The party spends a fair amount of time shopping for supplies in towns or resting in taverns.
- Hero Looking for Group: Jeminya recruits the group to help her take back her throne.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jeminya sacrifices herself to save Amber in "The Labyrinth". She gets better.
- Hidden Elf Village: Optimar is an isolationist and xenophobic dwarven city.
- The fire elves are a straighter example.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Kross sports a pair of sideburns. They are even prominent enough to earn him the nickname "Sideburns" from one of the patrons at the Sabaton tavern.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The party notices that Jeminya does not spit out the piece of flesh she tore out of the bandit leaders throat.
- Kross is implied to have cooked and eaten the corpse of Simula's assassin, but it was never outright confirmed.
- The fire elves eat all meat. Even humanoid.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Rather frequent. Complete with the expected Lame Pun Reaction
- Innocuously Important Episode: Episode 21, "The Labyrinth," initially comes across as mere filler and a side quest from the main events of the story. In fact, Jeminya's death at the hands of the Baalor set in motion the events for the entirety of season 3.
- Insult Backfire: Amber refers to Simula as "The wrong hands". Far from being offended, she actually seems rather proud of the description.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Faerthurin has high intelligence but low charisma.
- Involuntary Group Split: Happens in episode 43, thanks to some impatient Pixies.
- I Should Write a Book About This: Jalerom begins to take notes of the journey the group is taking.
- The Juggernaut: The Night Twist has an insane amount of hit points.
- Jump Scare: Whenever Phantasmal Killer is used. Considering that Phantasmal Killer causes heart attacks from fright .
- Jungle Japes: The Galgari jungle.
- Just a Stupid Accent: One of the shopkeepers in Sabaton has a thick Indian accent.
- Just Eat Gilligan: The amount of time it takes the party to rrealsie that Ivan can just Shadow Walk out of the Plane of Shadows is mind-boggling.
- Kraken and Leviathan: The party fights an enormous Kraken in episode 35. Its even the thumbnail art.
- The Klutz: Amber can be clumsy to disastrous (and humorous) results.
- La Résistance: Effectively what the party is against usurper queen Simula.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Eliyora starts to wonder if her string of Nat 1's in Episode 44 is Karma for having teased Toon about HIS bad luck in previous episodes.
- Last of Its Kind: Jaylen, animal companion to Kross, is stated to be the last golden viper in the world.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Apparently, he's a legenday figure in this setting.
- This gets a Call-Back in Episode 43.
- Leader Wannabe: Kross tries to take control and give orders but is met with opposition from the group.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Faerthurin and Kross. Lampshaded by Amarta, who actually asks if the two of them are married.
- Literal Genie: Because the Well of Heironeous was created by a lawful deity, people need to be very careful in how they word their wishes.
- The Lost Woods: The deeper parts of the Salania forest.
- Luminescent Blush: Lampshaded by Jeminya."Goodness, (Faerthurin), you're turning almost as red as me"
- Made a Slave: The Succubi in Gatless town. See What the Hell, Hero? below.
- Magical Abortion: In episode 69, "The Dead Hope," Simula casts teleport on her baby, saying that it outlived its usefulness.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyones reaction to the Balors appearance.
- The Medic: Oin is the primary healer of the group.
- Medieval European Fantasy: Takes place in Alatastica. Like many Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, this setting is reminiscent of Tolkien's Middle Earth and things akin to it.
- Merchant City: Gatless Town is a bustling trading hub.
- Mighty Glacier: The Night Twist tree is ludicrously tough and has a very high attack rating, but due to being literally rooted to the spot, its somewhat lacking in mobility.
- Mission from God: It turns out their quest to stop Simula has some rather high ranking support.
- Misfit Mobilization Moment: The party realizes after the fight in the labyrinth nearly split them apart that they need to start acting like a team and not a band of bickering baboons. The fight against the Night Twist is the first instance of them showing real teamwork and coordination together.
- Monster Is A Mummy: Valnarie the succubus. See What the Hell, Hero? below.
- Monster of the Week: The series adopts this formula after the party escapes from the arena.
- Mood Whiplash: The rather solemn tone and moment of Kross and Oin's conversation post-nightmare is broken by Jeminya suddenly yelling at them to go to sleep.
- On the flipside, The epic and exciting mood of the Kraken battle swiftly turns grim when Amber faints from the stress of maintaining her berserk form and nearly sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
- Mook Horror Show: The Test of Guile. As Jalerom calmly and brutally slaughters the troll guards one by one like something out of a slasher movie.
- Mouthful of Pi: The owner of the Salania Forest Checkpoint reels off dozens of digits of pi to calculate the fee for staying the night.
- Mugging the Monster: Those bandits really regretted picking a fight with the party.
- Multi Shot: As the story progresses, Kross learns to shoot two arrows in one turn.
- Mummy The party encounters one in episode 44.
- Munchkin: Deconstructed in Chapter 31: The Truth. Simply killing creatures because of "Roll Initiative" came back to bite the party by Jeminya becoming enraged by their "murderhobo" attitudes towards most encounters and losing her trust in her safety around them.
- Mundane Utility: Faerthurin uses the powerful Teleport spell to get Amber out of a grapple check.
- The Need for Mead: Ivan often performs at these taverns.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Happens to Oin twice as a pair of bad rolls leads to his attempt at a Big Damn Heroes moment in the dream world falling flat on it's face.
- Downplayed in the second example, as he IS able to recover from his original failure and rescue Kross. It's just not as glamorous as he would have liked.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe"Let's hope Amber doesn't fall on anyone again.""It was ONE TIME! ONE! Time!"
- No-one is ever going to let Kross forget his numerous moments of bad luck either.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: An unavoidable consequence of the games nature as characters will learn new abilities has they level up due to the rules.. However, from an In-Universe perspective, since we never actually see the characters do any kind of training or developing of their abilities before suddenly pulling out a fancy new technique that has never been seen before, it looks like theyve all been putting max ranks into the Search (Own Rectum) skill.
- No One Gets Left Behind: The party makes this explicit when Ivan gets trapped in the Plane of Shadows
- No Sympathy: Simula's response to Faerthurin calling her out on everything she put the party through? "Get over it."
- Not a Game: Kross uses this line after Jeminya is killed by the Balor. Rose doesnt take it well.Kross: This isnt a game anymore.Rose: It was NEVER a game, Kross!
- Not So Above It All: Even The DM eventually becomes a Shipper on Deck for the series two Official Couples
- Not So Different: The Warden uses this during Kross's nightmare. Pointing out that the both of them enjoy the power they have over others. He's... Not exactly wrong.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Averted. The council is actually perfectly willing to help Jeminya once they know she's telling them the truth.
- Oh, Crap!: When Faethurin hears that her father knows where she is, it's the first time we hear her gasp in fear.
- Fae, Jalerom, Rose and Jeminya react this way when they realise they don't have the protection of heroes feast (Which saved Amber's life a day before.)
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lampshaded by Eliyora in episode 43."Since when is Fae comforting?"
- Opening Narration: Each session begins with one from Josh.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: The Water Elves are basically merpeople in everything but name.
- Papa Wolf: Oin is a stern father figure to the group, especially to Kross and Jalerom.
- Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, the party becomes so paranoid of traps whenever they're in a dungeon that they point blank refuse to go five feet without making a trap check.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Faethurin uses Crushing Despair on Aymer with the express intention of making him feel everything he made her feel
- Person as Verb:Jeminya: "Sometimes you just have to Leeroy Jenkin's it."
- Port Town: Mirid Port.
- Power Fist: "Imma punch it!"
- Pragmatic Hero: Both Oin and Kross are this. They are probably the two most secretive members of the party and the ones most willing to cross moral lines to get the job done (Kross showing his willingness to kill Punch Clock Villains without hesitation, and Oin making it clear under no uncertain terms that he will happily abandon Jalerom and Kross to their fates should they ever become a liability).
- As a rogue, Jalerom can be quite ruthless when the situation calls. As shown in the Trial of Guile.
- Precision F-Strike: When Josh tells the party to Roll initiative against the Balor.Voice of Reason: Youve gotta be f(bleep!)ing- aaaggh!
- Predecessor Villain: The Old Regiment. A tyrannical group that ruled Directian before Jeminyas father overthrew them.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Fire Elves.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:Faerthurin: Out! Of! My! WAY!!
- Quicksand Sucks: Discussed and Defied in episode 43. Jalerom is worried about quicksand in the desert, but Faerthurin and Rose point out that not only do you actually need a lot of moisture to get quicksand, but that many times quicksand is actually harmless and one can actually float safely in it.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The entire group.
- Badass Crew: By the time of Season Two, theyve upgraded to this.
- Ray of Hope Ending: Season One ends this way, the Optimar queen is dead, the party was almost shattered, the authorities think theyre responsible for her murder, their chances of getting Optimar on their side have been completely dashed, and now theyre on the run. But there are still other lands to visit, The Gods themselves have been revealed to be on their side, and their bond as True Companions is stronger than ever.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Jeminya of course, as well as most members of the council in Selania.
- The constable in Gatless Town is one as well.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Rose uses her healing spells to harm the mummy in the desert tomb.
- Rightful King Returns: The partys goal is to restore Queen Jeminya to her rightful place on the throne.
- Rules Lawyer: The Gods have all learnt to do this, using Exact Words, Metaphorically True and From a Certain Point of View to get around God's Hands Are Tied.
- Running Gag: Whenever someone in the group says something embarrassing or private, someone replies: Well edit it out. They never, ever do.
- Run or Die: The Balor in Heironeouss labyrinth.
- Saying Too Much: The shopkeeper in the desert town does this when she let's slip that there is a nearby port town that could take the party back home. Despite the fact that information on how to return to Alatastica was exactly what Arden was offering in exchange for investigating an ancient tomb, and now he has nothing to offer them. Fortunately, the party agrees to help him anyway.
- Ship Tease: Between Kross and Jeminya, as well as Ivan and Amber, and Fae and JT.
- Show Within a Show: In-Universe dialogue between several of the analysists during their reviews has implied that this campaign is ALSO being run and played by their fictional persona's in the MLP Analysis verse.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Quite a vicious one from Jeminya. See What the Hell, Hero? below.
- The Savage South: The Fire Elves island.
- Season Finale: Episodes 30-32 form the three part finale to Season One.
- Shock and Awe: A lightning trap is encountered in the Galgari temple. Set up by Aymer.
- Shoot the Dog: The Fire Elves force Rose to do this to Shiloh or lose Jeminya her army in the Test of Resolve. Not only does Rose Take a Third Option by shooting herself, but the whole thing turns out to be a False Crucible.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Jalerom vs. an Allip. Jalerom wins.
- The Smart Guy: Faerthurin is the database of information for the group. "Faerthurin, roll a knowledge check" is a common phrase in the campaign.
- Smug Super: Confidence borders on grandstanding. Especially for characters such as Kross.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Lucid often throws quips at the party and other creatures. This gets him into trouble, especially when the Will-O'-Wisp almost kills him.
- The Sneaky Guy: Jalerom is the rogue and he takes trap checking very seriously.
- The Social Expert: Ivan is thrust forward for any social interactions the group encounters.
- Spontaneous Choreography: Invoked by the Cheshire Cat before their battle to the tune of "I'm Odd."
- Spot the Imposter: Surprisingly, NOT with Jeminya and Simula, but rather with Oin and a mirror clone.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Faerthurin and Jalerom spend a long time coming up with increasingly elaborate and dangerous ways to light a mundane torch (including the use of fireball and lightning bolt spells), until Rose points out that not only can she just cast a basic "light" spell, but most of them can see in the dark anyway.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: The party bickering over what to do with the wishing well drives Jeminya into this. Considering that shed just been revived from the dead, and was suffering a massive Heroic BSoD as a result, her reaction is quite understandable.Will you all stop bickering like children. You all want the same thing. I understand what Kross is trying to do. He wanted to present proof so that it would vindicate Seolics father, and probably bring people back. Thats one thing, yes. And you, Faerthurin, you wanted the exact same thing, you wanted to wish for prosperity. So if you would all stop bickering like children, and calmly talk to each other, and understand each other!! Then we wouldnt still have to be! IN THIS HELLISH! DEATH TRAP!!!!
- Support Party Member: Oin, Rose, and Ivan are the primary support players of the group.
- Super Reflexes: By the second season, the characters are at a level where they (Or characters on par with them) can consistently react to explosions, blasts, magical lightning, and similar, which would put their reaction speed around the Hypersonic, or Mach 10 level.
- Team Chef: Thanks to his Heroes Feast spell, Oin is the one in charge of feeding the group.
- Team Dad: Oin takes care of the group in a "tough but fair" demeanor.
- Team Pet: Shiloh, Jaylen, and Lucid are the pets of the group.
- Technical Pacifist: The party as a whole (with the exception of Jalerom and Kross) become this in Season Two after Jeminya and Rose call them out on needlessly killing enemies.
- Technicolor Fire: The incense in the desert tomb produces a blue flame when lit.
- Teethclenched Teamwork: The party may work with each other, but they certainly dont like trust or respect each other and are constantly bickering. This is Deconstructed as this in-fighting nearly splits the entire party apart. They realise they need to stop being at each others throats and start acting like a team. By the time of Season Two, theyve upgraded to True Companions.
- Tele-Frag: Discussed by Jeminya, who points out in episode 43 that Fae should have a clear picture of where the rest of the party is before she accidentally teleports them into a wall.
- Temple of Doom: The party encounters one of these in the jungle during Episode 27.
- In Episode 44, Faerthurin, Jalerom, Jeminya & Rose all explore one in the desert.
- Tempting Fate: The group constantly saying I hope a Kraken doesnt show up, leads to.. A Kraken showing up. Lampshaded constantly.
- The Hypnotoad: The Night Twist tree can control peoples minds to make them willing food sources.
- The Trickster: The Cheshire Cat is as mad as... well a Cheshire Cat. He plays tricks on the people of Sabaton, the party, himself, and his own minions to no discernible purpose.
- The Unintelligible: The pixies in episode 43 are rather hard to understand due to their high pitched voices.
- Third-Act Misunderstanding: Played with in the Season One Finale. Rather than the party shunning the secret keeper, they are actually perfectly willing to accept Jeminya. Instead, the conflict ironically stems from the secret keeper lashing out at the party in fear that they would turn on her for her secret, as well as other incidents that had compounded this mistrust.
- Thirsty Desert: Faerthurin, Jaleorm, Rose and Jeminya end up here thanks to some pixies in episode 43.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Krosss reaction to finding himself in one of The Wardens nightmares.(*resigned sigh*) Okay. Guess its my turn now.
- Those Two Guys: Jalerom and Kross.
- Too Dumb to Live: The trolls during the Test of Guile.
- Took a Level in Badass: The team goes from a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, to a Badass Crew over the course of Season One.
- Trapped with Monster Plot: The party finds themselves trapped in a labyrinth with a Balor hunting them down.
- True Companions: The party has become this by the time of Season Two.
- Twerp Sweating: Parodied and Subverted in episode 52. Amber's father Varaugh tries to do this with Ivan, but the latter is such an Adorkable Nice Guy that Varaugh can't bring himself to keep up the act for more than a minute."Curses! how does anybody stay mad at you?"
- Two Lines, No Waiting / Trapped by Mountain Lions: While the main number of the party are on a quest in Episode 10, Ivan/Finn and Amber/Bliss have a small sub-plot in the chat window as Ivan tries to persuade Amber to sleep. While not really plot-relevant, we do learn some more about both characters.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, the party has this reaction to Sabaton. Finding the guards' smiles to be unnervingly creepy.
- Untrusting Community: Optimar is isolationist and xenophobic.
- Unusual Euphemism: Lightning Bliss lets out one of these when she learns that Her character can breathe underwater, and the post Kraken fight panic was over nothing.SON OF A BASKET EATING BULLDOG!!
- The Usurper: Simula has deposed Jeminya from her crown.
- Values Dissonance: An In-Universe example when Bayleen wants to keep travelling with the party. While some are understandably against bringing a child into dangerous situations, other characters who experienced similar trials at a young age, or lived in a harsher environment or culture see nothing wrong with the idea.
- It should also be noted that in the middle ages (Which is the time period this series is based on), you were considered to be a legal adult at ten. Which is how old Bayleen is.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Even after they become True Companions, the party still enjoys playfully ribbing each other. This applies to the players as well.
- Wardens Are Evil: The Warden delights in torturing the party both with the shock collars in the arena and through psychological torment, even in their dreams.
- Welcome to Corneria: Lampshaded by Jalerom who notes that the guards in Sabaton have exactly the same greeting dialogue as the guards in Gatless Town.
- Wham Episode:
- Episode 31, with The Reveal that Jeminya is actually a teifling.
- Episode 39 Simula has been usurped and raped by The Warden, leaving her pregnant and forcing her to join the party.
- Wham Line:Councillor (To Fae'): "Your father contacted me."
- Pretty much all of Jeminyas What the Hell, Hero? speech.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Invoked in universe, as the party is told a story about the first time a werewolf put on trial WASN'T instantly deemed guilty by a Kangaroo Court.
- This is also a big part of Jeminya and Roses What the Hell, Hero? speeches. See the trope below for more information.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
You keep this up, and youre going to get all of us killed. Do you hear me? All of us. Killed.
- Oin calls out Kross for his constant lies.
Jeminya: You killed her."Rose: Her?Jeminya: Remember the succubi? We thought they were slaves? Guess what?! They were actually slaves. They were starving. They needed to siphon energy from you all, else they would die. That man we followed? He was delirious, because he was drunk of their energy. They were his prisoners, ever think of that!? Oh, no, no. You didnt care. I did though! I tried to knock them out, because Im not so prejudiced as to immediately assume the worst in someone I hadnt met! I was able to it for one of them, but YOU (points to Jalerom) You had to take your crossbow and impale Valnarie in the head!
- And of course theres Jeminyas vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the party.
Oh yes Jalerom. Thats the name of a life you took. Valnarie. That night, the constable and I actually looked into her, oh, not that any of you cared enough to follow up on the investigation. She had a family. Her husbands name? Malio. They even have two children, adopted of course, because they didnt want to have their loved ones live with this dirty blood. They wanted to live normal lives, free from prejudice and hate. But did you care? Nope! They were just demons! Just Evil things that deserved to be smote by the righteous adventurers"! And now weve left two children without a loving mother, and left the father to pick up the pieces. Congratulations. Heroes
Ivan: Excuse me! I never tried to kill. I never implemented a first strike! I always tried to make peace with the enemy if possible!Jeminya: (Laughs) You see!? THAT! That is a perfect little microcosm of precisely why I dont believe you! ANY of you! How quick you are to point the fingers at your friends and throw them under the carriage, Ivan! How quick you are, to throw the blame at everyone but yourselves, you MISERABLE! SELFISH! CRETINS!!!
- And when Ivan tries to defend himself, she fires at him.
How! DARE! You! Do you know how many animals I have watched this group slaughter!? How may I have helped slaughter!? Did you care about them? Have you seen the flesh, of the- the- young that they have consumed, that I have consumed with them? I know what its like to watch them not care! About creatures that arent like them, I know this!
- This of course provokes Rose into one of her own.
But Im still here! Because I still believe in our cause. And that in the end, its best for everyone. No matter how many times I have seen lives taken, I have taken them myself! I may not know much of your kind Jeminya, but you dont know anything of mine! Did you care about the minotaur I had to Mercy Kill because of what you people had done to it!? Did you care about the snakes!? Or the spiders!? Or, even the dog!? All of these animals, these beasts, Ive watched killed, by this group. I know what its like. But Im still here.
- Jalerom has a much gentler and supportive version to the party. See "World of Cardboard" Speech below.
- When Trees Attack: The Night Twist is a sentient killer tree. And that is far more terrifying than it sounds.
- William Telling: Faerthurin does this to Jeminya with her dagger as an intimidation tactic.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech:
Kross: Amber, do you have anything you want to say?Amber: Oh, just something Amarta said to me thats getting under my scales.Kross: What?Amber: That I dont know who I am. Im not sure what Im doing, all I know is that I wanna protect this group. And Im not sure that Im doing that to my fullest potential.
- Amber has one on Amartas boat that leads to her Taking A Level In Badass in the following episodes.
I have secrets about my past. Secrets Im too weak to be forthcoming about. And upon the labyrinth, Ive learned that One of the secrets has Damned my soul. I know this because, when I died, I was I know this, because when I died, I was Not where I wanted to end up. This, has caused me to doubt my convictions. Ive always striven to be compassionate and kind and and just, and now Im beginning to think Whats the point of it all? If.. what happens to me in the end is eternal damnation? Was I simply Not good enough? I always hoped that maybe, if I were good enough maybe I could fight my fate. That Redemption were possible. That, maybe my God would show mercy.
- Earlier, theres Jeminyas speech to Oin.
Oh OH! (She chuckles). Thats the catch, isnt it? I see it now. I see how selfish Ive been. Thinking I could be good enough, so that I could reap a claim off of a God. It sounds so silly, now that I think about it. Looking at me, talking about My God as if I own him. Like the same way I would talk about my boots. Like Im owed something from a God to whom I have staked a claim. (chuckles) How childishly arrogant of me.
I could stop now It would be so easy. To turn on everything I believe. To hurt others for my own amusement.To make my time on this Earth as pleasurable as possible before suffering forever. But even now I dont think I can do that. Kindness, compassion, justice, goodness. I believe in these things because... Theyre worth believing in. Maybe, if I can help save others, lead them to paradises, I think that would be a life well spent. And, if I still must Suffer, for all time in the end So be it.
Now that I have everyones attention: This is about our journey into that labyrinth. That was That was not a victory. We barely made it out by the skin of our teeth and we almost lost the reason for our quest. And look, I understand tensions were high because the creature we faced was out of our league and the only thing we could do was run and hide. Even taking too much of a precaution, which, normally I would have been for, backfired greatly. And even after getting away, we came to blows with each other over the smallest details. We were working well before this. But we need to be an effective team and have each others backs when times are good, and when things become difficult. If the tiniest flaw can break this fellowship, were not as strong as we believe we are. And to top it off, we still have Simulas forces on our backs, plus Faerthurins fathers also apparently after us. And since death is possible after our last encounter, it only proves were not ready to take Simula head on. As you can see, this is kind of why Im a little on edge and trying not to crack under pressure.
- In the same episode, Jalerom gives one to the entire party, combined with a gentle What the Hell, Hero?.
Now, I need to speak to each of you individually.
Listen, you need to communicate more clearly and honestly. Time was of the essence dealing with those wishes, and you wasted time when all you needed to do was choose your words more carefully. You are a captain. Youve lead people into battle. You should have learned to be tactful and concise during that time. Also, the uh compulsive lying? Please. I need that to stop.
You and your bird have been so vindictive to Kross since day one, and this has to stop. We need each other right now. I know youre rightly suspicious of people, but thats something we cant afford. I dont think Simula cares for your trust issues all that much.
We appreciate that youve been watching over us, especially from The Warden. But this condescension you have with the rest of us isnt helping. You keep lecturing us over the tiniest missteps, and thats going to bring down morale. We dont demand perfection from you, stop demanding perfection from us. Its only going to make us make more mistakes.
Look, I know you get scared easily, but we cant afford that anymore. Like it or not, that got our mission killed, and were lucky the wishing well was there when it was. Youre a dragon, for Erevans sake. What would other dragons think if they saw you cowering like you did?
I know you try to make the situation better, but sometimes, push comes to shove and you need to act accordingly. Sometimes there is no third option where everyone skips along into the land of sunshine and rainbows. Faffing about and letting others suffer No, scratch that, I didnt mean to say that.
Im sorry you had to hear that. Youve dealt with enough stress and trauma to last several lifetimes. Something Ive not, and hope never to experience again on our travels.
(To the whole group)
This is not what I wanted to do, berate everyone on their mistakes when Ive made plenty of mistakes in the past. Ive wasted valuable time with my inefficiencies in certain skills, and my misplaced curiosity. This is not a side I wanted to show to anyone. One trait of my fathers I wish I hadnt received, bottling up emotions till the jar cracks. ...We should be arriving at Galgari soon."
- World Half Full: At the start of the story, Directian is under the control of an usurper sociopath whos right hand man tortures innocent people in the arena, Sabaton is a Crapsaccharine World where Happiness Is Mandatory, Mirid Port has fallen into disrepair and is close to death, Gatless Town is preyed on by slavers, the Galgari Elves are plagued by a Nightmare Beast, Lefythr is being attacked by some "Shadow" and Optimar is isolationist and xenophobic. Through their efforts though, the heroes make all these places better. Except for the last one.
- World of Snark: It's a campaign run by Josh Scorcher, with Bronalysists as players. You knew this would be a thing.
- You Didn't Ask: Joshs given reason for not telling the party that Amber can breathe underwater
- You Wake Up in a Room: How the story begins.