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The Cast, trying Brennan's patience yet again.

A tabletop adventure show on CollegeHumor's spin-off site, Dropout. Dimension 20 is hosted by Brennan Lee Mulligan and the cast is mostly made up of past and present CollegeHumor cast members. Dimension 20 quickly proved to be a fan favorite, and a second season featuring the same cast but a different setting and campaign was put into production before the first season finished airing as well as a 6-episode sidequest.

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Seasons and casts

    Season 1, Fantasy High 
Follows a group of misfit students at Aguefort Adventuring Academy, a high school for heroes in a strangely suburban area of a traditional high fantasy realm. Thrust together under the most Breakfast Club of circumstances, they very quickly get embroiled in a mystery that it seems like adults should probably be handling. And things just spiral from there.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Adaine Abernant, high-elf wizard
  • Lou Wilson as Fabian Seacaster, half-elven fighter
  • Ally Beardsley as Kristen Applebees, human cleric
  • Zac Oyama as Gorgug Thistlespring, half-orc barbarian
  • Emily Axford as Fig Faeth, wood-elf/tiefling bard
  • Brian Murphy as Riz Gukgak, goblin rogue

    Season 2, Escape from the Bloodkeep 
Follows the lieutenants of Zaul’nazh, the Lord of Shadows and their adventures at the afformentioned Bloodkeep. The final push towards conquering the world of Man has gone awry, and our team of villains must sort out what has gone wrong while trying to survive.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Amy Vorphal as Efink Murderdeath, high elf cleric and Far-Seer of the Lands of Midnight
  • Mike Trapp as Sokhbarr, Kashai ranger and Master of Beasts
  • Erika Ishii as Lillith, drider druid and Mother of Spiders
  • Matthew Mercer as Kraz-Thun, Pactwraith warlock and King of the Vinguri
  • Ify Nwadiwe as Markus St. Vincent, human rogue and Captain of the Forgotten Fleet
  • Rekha Shankar as Maggie, tiefling barbarian and Daughter of Darkness

    Season 3, The Unsleeping City 
Takes place in a fantasy version of New York where magic is hidden from the waking world. Six residents of NYC have come together to fix the upset that has come between the realm of the waking and the unsleeping world.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Misty Moore, fairy bard
  • Lou Wilson as Kingston Brown, human cleric
  • Ally Beardsley as Pete the Plug, human sorcerer
  • Zac Oyama as Ricky Matsui, human paladin
  • Emily Axford as Sofia Bicicleta, human monk
  • Brian Murphy as Kugrash, ratfolk druid

    Season 4, Tiny Heist 
Follows the tiny denizens of the little world in your own backyard. The land of littlefolk and fairies isn't as friendly as it seems, and our heroes are out to snatch a big score from this world's most influential crime boss. Features the McElroy family from The Adventure Zone as players.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Griffin McElroy as Bean, Moocher monk
  • Travis McElroy as Car-go Jones, Car-Mo-Bot rogue
  • Justin McElroy as Rick Diggins, Click-O rogue
  • Clint McElroy as Boomer Coleptra, beetle fighter
  • Jessica Ross as Agnes, fairy bard
  • Lily Du as TI-83, tik-tek mechanic

    Season 5, A Crown of Candy 
Follows the royal family of Candia in the continent of Calorum, where political machinations threaten the food-themed land's uneasy peace.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Princess Ruby Rocks, red licorice Rogue
  • Lou Wilson as King Amethar of House Rocks, rock candy Barbarian (Storm Herald)
  • Ally Beardsley as Liam Whilhemina of House Jawbreaker, peppermint Ranger
  • Zac Oyama as Chancellor Lapin Cadbury, chocolate bunny Warlock (Celestial)
  • Emily Axford as Princess Jet Rocks, black licorice Rogue
  • Brian Murphy as Sir Theobold Gumbar, gummy bear Fighter (Eldritch Knight)

    Season 6, Pirates of Leviathan 
Takes place in the floating pirate settlement of Leviathan within the oceans of Spire. It's here we follow a motley crew of buccaneers as they adventure through the briny deep.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Carlos Luna as Cheese, forest gnome wizard
  • Krystina Arielle as Barbarella Sasparilla Gainglynn, aasimar bard/cleric
  • Aabria Iyengar as Myrtle, merfolk cleric
  • B. David Walters as Marcid, bugbear ranger
  • Marisha Ray as Sunny, aaracokra paladin
  • Matthew Mercer as Jack, ratfolk barbarian

    Season 7, The Unsleeping City: Chapter II 
Takes place three years after the initial events of The Unsleeping City as the Dream Team, joined by two new faces, reunites to confront the unfettered capitalism presented by the massive media corporation Gladiator as it threatens both the dreaming and waking worlds.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Iga Lisowski, human warlock
  • Lou Wilson as Kingston Brown, human cleric
  • Ally Beardsley as Pete Conlan, human sorcerer
  • Zac Oyama as Ricky Matsui, human paladin
  • Emily Axford as Sofia Lee, human monk
  • Brian Murphy as Cody "Night Angel" Walsh, human paladin

Dimension 20 contains examples of:

    Fantasy High 

  • The Ace: Fabian Seacaster generally comes out on top whenever he is asked to do physical feats.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Doctor Asha (an adult) believes he is in a relationship with Doctor Keller (an adult), but she is just a disguised Fig (a teenager).
  • Badass Family: The Gukgaks. Riz is a private investigator with lots of potential, Sklonda is a police detective and Pok was a secret government agent.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Gorgug kisses Ragh in an effort to convince him that there are other fish in the sea.
    • Fig and Ayda have one in "Crustaceans and Crushes"
  • Boats into Buildings: Fabian lives in a giant dry-docked ship, since his father is a semi-retired pirate captain.
  • Break Them by Talking: Kalvaxus tries this on the gang during the prom battle while using his draconic fear inducing abilities and he's able to get Fig and Adaine to turn tail by calling them unlovable and worthless, respectively.
  • Brick Joke: Bill Seacaster offhandedly says that when he dies he will leap into Hell and kill the Devil himself. After dying, he not only goes to Hell, he turns Kalvaxus into a hellish, fire-breathing pirate ship and sets off to conquer all the Nine Hells.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Biz Glitterdew wants to be a suave smooth-talker that seduces all the women he's attracted to, but he is just a nerdy A.V. Club President whose predatory advances repulses others.
  • Chekhov's Armory: Episode 15 contains a prophecy which ties a lot of unresolved plot hooks together, including the tiny detail of restoring Prom King and Queen from the very first episode.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The party gains a pocket watch that stops time when they defeat Aelwyn, but they don't use the item until the final battle when Arthur Aguefort returns to life and tells Kristen to use it. According to Brennan Lee Mulligan, he was "mortified" during the final battle while the characters were having their asses kicked, as he had no way of reminding the players that Kristen had the watch until Kristen rolled a Nat 20, allowing him to create a plot excuse to remind Kristen of the watch in the form of Arthur Aguefort.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Principal Aguefort's speech in the first episode mentions the strongest magic in the world being chronomancy - the watch that stops time is what saves the day.
  • Closet Key: Tracker kisses Kristen when they first meet at a nightclub, which causes Kristen to acknowledge her attraction towards other women.
  • Cool Bike: The Hangman is a living demonic bike that can drive itself and give dating advice to his master.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The season 1 finale against Kalvaxus is one twofold. Despite their best efforts and the intervention of both Jawbone and Gorthalax, the entire party is wiped out, with everyone left unconscious and bleeding out on the ground while barely getting him to half health. Kristen, however, turns the tide with a natural 20 on a DM approved "chance" roll (after previously becoming stable yet unconscious by successfully completing her death saving throws) bringing her back to consciousness after a short sidetrack to Heaven where she creates a new diety and allowing her to bring the party back and use Aguefort's pocket watch to give everyone 12 hours to rest up and prepare. With everyone at full health and with all their spells back, the second half of the battle is more of a massacre than a fight.
  • Dawn of an Era: Kalvaxus returns, the sun god Sol falls from the heavens, with "Yes!" the new god to replace him.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally: Kristen dies and goes to Heaven for the second time during the final battle where she gets to enter the Void, has her answers about the universe answered, creates a new God called "Yes!" and returns to life with Arthur Aguefort in tow, and turns the tide of the fight.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: The Abernants like using this a lot whenever they get into trouble with the law.
  • Dumb Muscle: Most of the orc and half-orc characters don't show much intelligence, but do deal a lot of damage to their surroundings.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vice Principal Goldenhoard, aka Kalvaxus, the BBEG of the entire campaign, reacts to Penelope being clocked in the face by Fabian with "Jesus Christ! No, no, no!"
  • Eyes Always Averted: Both Zelda and Gorgug have difficulty looking at each other when conversing.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Fabian after he loses one eye in a fight at his house.
  • Fake Defector: Riz pretends to join the conspiracy, but he immediately pulls a gun on the person inviting him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Implied with Adaine's parents, outright stated with Kristen's.
  • Feghoot: In an unusual non-literary example, two of the Fantasy High one-shots are feghoots: One involving a Beholder with a magical enchantment in her eye that makes her appear as a beautiful woman - thus, "beauty is in the eye of the Beholder" - and two, five evil spirits known as the Fouls turn up at a party and try to ruin it for everyone, making them, of course, "party Fouls".
  • First Episode Resurrection: Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, but are almost immediately resurrected in the most insane way possible.
  • Five Races: Elmsville's population consist of several different species living in uneasy harmony with each other.
  • Freak Out: Barbarians have the ability "Rage" where they go into a hard-to-kill state.
  • Genre Deconstruction: The campaign frequently subverts, plays with, and otherwise lampoons common tropes of the fantasy adventure genre. Arthur Aguefort especially enjoys Lampshade Hanging during his speeches about what it means to be an adventurer, ie, "a mentally deranged psychopath committing violence on a whim... with no consequences."
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: When Ragh Barkrock kisses Gorgug, everyone but Fabian (and Gorgug) wants to stick around to see what happens next.
  • Happily Adopted: Everyone thinks the Thistlespring family is amazing except for Gorgug.
  • He's Back: Arthur Aguefort returns to life in the final battle against Kalvaxus, however he instantly gets possessed as is unable to help in the battle.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The oft-mentioned KVX bank is actually a front for Kalvaxus' wealth, allowing him to have his "glittering hoard" right in the heart of Solace.
  • Hollywood Psych: Jawbone turns into a miraculous guidance school councilor despite having hit rock bottom in drug-dealing right before getting the job.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Lampshaded
  • Hot for Student: Fig has a consistent streak of trying to seduce adults into having sexual relations with her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Gorthalax the Insatiable and Sklonda Gukgak wind up together.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Tracker kisses Kristen's hand when they first introduce themselves.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Episode 9 reveals that Shellford - the aloof turtle member of the A/V Club - is this.
    Adaine: You know, kindness begets kindness, Shellford.
    Shellford: (Mentally) How could I ever be kind to somebody when I've never been kind to myself? (Aloud) Alright, fuckin' doinks! I'm happy.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: After defeating Biz, Riz gets so angry that Penny has been taken that he points a gun at him and gives him five seconds to answer his questions. When Biz hesitates, Riz blows off one of his fingers, then blows off a second. Subverted when it's revealed that Biz had false memories implanted, Riz apologises and sews the fingers back on.
  • Knight Templar: Coach Daybreak is a heavy believer in the Church of Sol. He is later revealed to be the leader of the radicalized terrorist cult: The Harvestmen.
  • Lady Drunk: Hallariel Seacaster is always seen with a drink in hand.
  • Lecherous Licking: Aelwyn does this towards Fabian after their initial meeting.
  • Likes Older Men: Fig flirts with three characters in the series: Dr. Asha, an adult dwarf, Vice Principal Goldenhoard, an adult dragonborn, and Hillariel Seacaster, Fabian's mom.
  • Magitek: Everyday items in the real world have magical equivalents in Elmsville. Crystals, for example, can function as both cell phones and go-pros.
  • Mighty Glacier: Gorgug was the only one who could handle any of the railway golem's attacks.
  • Murder-Suicide: Arthur Aguefort kills Mr. Gibbons and then himself, firstly to save the lives of Gorgug and Kristen, and secondly as part of an insane gambit involving Sol, the Sun God and an ancient prophecy.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Biz uses this as the reason why he imprisons the women he is attracted to.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Adaine finally bests her sister and has her arrested for attempted murder...which leads to war being declared on Solace within the day for imprisoning a diplomat's child.
  • No Social Skills: Before joining the group, Gorgug didn't have many friends.
  • Only Sane Man: Federal Agent Angela Worrel shows up and is shocked and appalled that the town is fine with the party going rogue (so to speak) and killing people because they're in adventuring school and that's what adventurers do.
    • Lawful Stupid: Then again, they broke the law while trying to stop Daybreak from ending the world and Johnny Spells from kidnapping more girls.
  • Orc Raised by Elves: Gorgug was raised by a pair of loving gnomes.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Anguin Abernant distinctly points out that Gilear Faeth is a wood elf.
  • Pair the Spares: Most of the single parental figures in the story wind up with each other.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • While the party isn't afraid to kill anyone, Kristen does revive any students who got manipulated into doing the conspiracy's dirty work. Notably, the only two that they leave dead are Penelope and Dayne, the two unrepentant masterminds.
    • Biz is very nearly on the recieving end of this also, and is only saved when Adaine realizes he's also been manipulated.
  • Police Are Useless: Comically so, as all but Riz's mom are utterly inept, to the point of misplacing evidence within the precinct.
  • The Power of Rock: The basis of Fig's bardic magic. More specifically used to free Gorthalax from his imprisonment.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "You fucking cunt!"
    • "Fuck! You! Dawg!"
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: Although the prophecy seemed ominous, Aguefort offers a different interpretation that is a lot more mundane, much to Adaine's chagrin.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Principal Aguefort gives a speech to the incoming freshman that truly stuns every character listening.
  • Reality Ensues: Episode 15 starts off with everyone being arrested for the litany of crimes they've committed while thwarting the season's villains.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Adaine tells Biz the exact reasons why his flirting and cocky attitude will never get him the respect that he wants.
  • Recovered Addict: After William Seacaster's death and Fabian's scolding, Hallariel decides to stop drinking and start training her son in the art of fencing.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Fig is part-demon, and as a result she's an exceptionally talented bass player. Her father, Gorthalax the Insatiable, is also a fuckin' sick guitarist, at least according to Brennan.
  • Rousing Speech: Kristen's uses of her skill "Inspiring Speech" often inspires her friends in unintended ways.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Gorgug constantly suspects anyone to be his dad.
    • Fig's ability "Bardic Inspiration" manifests in the form of her winking towards someone. This makes everyone affected sexually confused.
    • Fig playing the bassline to "Longview" by Green Day for a magical or charm effect.
    • "Hi, intrepid heroes!"
    • Adaine's Identify spell manifests as an effete-voiced automated assistant, who always starts their pronouncements with, "Ah, yes, the _____" and ends them with "This has been another use of the Identify spell."
  • Running Gagged: The running gag of Gorgug asking people if they're his dad is finally ended when Gorgug actually meets his dad. In the first episode of the second season Murph makes a joke relating to it when Gorgug rolls badly, and Brennan responds "We concluded this bit in the final episode of the last season!"
  • Sacred First Kiss: Kristen basically takes everyone's first kiss when she outs herself for the second time and tells them to go to therapy if they feel disturbed by her actions.
  • Sequel Hook: The first campaign ends with Arthur Aguefort asking if the kids remembered to lock his office door... because the crown of the Nightmare King seems to be missing.
    • Happens again at the end of the second campaign. This time, Riz accidentally summons the Night Yorb by speaking its name aloud, causing a pillar of darkness to explode from his chest into the sky, turning it instantly from day to night. A voice proclaims there shall be "an age of darkness, forevermore!" and suddenly Principal Aguefort appears, asking if Riz has given thought about his junior year project...
  • Shout-Out: It should have its own page.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Adaine and Aelwyn constantly bicker and cast magic spells on one another. It accelerates into a Cain and Abel relationship.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Adaine, Gorgug, and Kristen have difficulty in speaking with others, especially those who they are attracted to.
  • Stress Vomit: Riz always barfs whenever he finds clues relating to his missing babysitter.
  • Twice Shy: Gorgug and Zelda.
    Ally: It's like watching Michael Cera talk to another Michael Cera.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: One of Bill Seacaster's ex-crewmembers is a tornado.
  • The Un Twist: In the penultimate episode, Murph says that he thought Vice Principal Goldenhoard was mean so that meant he was a good guy.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story seems to take place in an anachronistic 1960s city with all of their technology powered by mystical means.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: All of the main characters attend the Aguefort Adventuring Academy, where they learn the skills in exacting violence on their adversaries.
  • We Can Rule Together: Riz is offered this by Biz Glitterdew, but he immediately rejects the offer by pulling a gun on the fairy.
  • Wham Episode: This campaign is built on several revelations
    • When Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, Principal Aguefort performs a murder-suicide with Guidance Councilor Gibbons in order to revive the player characters.
    • Aelwyn is a part of the palimpsest conspiracy.
    • The penultimate episode of the campaign hits us with the twin reveals that Principal Goldenhoard has been arc baddie Kalvaxus this whole time and that Adaine became the elven oracle when the original one died the day before the campaign started.
  • Wham Line: In the penultimate episode...
    [examining a school payroll roster]
    Riz: Hey guys... there's no dragonborn on here.
    Kristen: What?
    Riz: Vice Principal Goldenhoard isn't on here.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Basrar is a djinn who can only grant wishes relating to ice-cream.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
  • World's Best Warrior: Bill Seacaster refers to his wife, Hallariel, as the greatest fencer in the world , much to Fabian's surprise.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The entire gang, including heavy hitters Gorgug and Fabian, don't hold back against Penelope during the final battle, even though they don't feel great about it.
  • Would Hurt a Child / Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. The adventurers are willing to fight skateboarding middle schoolers to find clues about the conspiracy, but they are relieved with word of their survival.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: When Johnny Spells dies, Fig takes his jacket and Fabian tames his demonic motorbike.

    Escape from the Bloodkeep 

  • Affectionate Parody: Of The Lord of the Rings
  • Affably Evil: All the player characters, as well as some of the side characters, are generally incredibly nice and supportive to each other.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Maggie and Leiland are arguing over whose fault it is that Zaul'nazh has been irrevocably punted back to the realm of nightmares, she shuts him up with "where's the crown, Leiland?" (To add insult to injury, everyone else agrees with her.)
  • Artistic License – Physics: Acknowledged when Maggie uses a combination of Lilith's Reverse Gravity spell, her magic locket which allows her to jump higher, and a chain wrapped around an elf to swing into the air and kill Kasara. The players and Brennan acknowledge that with real physics it probably wouldn't be possible even with magic to help...but it's D&D, and since her rolls succeed, who cares, it's awesome.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: All the player characters refer to themselves as evil.
  • Civilized Animal: John Feathers, and the eagles in general. Society does not typically recognize them as such, though.
  • Dark Mistress: Maggie, who is Zaul'nazh's girlfriend.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: One of the main things that draws people to Zaul'nazh's forces is the fact that absolutely anyone is welcome, especially the grotesque monsters of the world and people outcast from elsewhere. Sokhbarr, Lilith, and Markus at least all decide to usher in the age of a new Dark Lord because it's their only opportunity to carve a place for themselves and/or the creatures they protect in the world.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Leiland thinks child labor is wrong, and Sokhbarr actually calls him out on this.
    • Both Maggie and Leiland agree that Zaul'nazh is terrible for objectifying Maggie and Leiland.
  • Enemy Civil War: Brennan's original plan was to set all the player characters against each other. When this doesn't work out, he sets one up anyway with the players fighting Olag, the remaining Vinguri, and Hobbert and Frod.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family
  • Evil Overlord: Zaul'nazh, Lord of Shadows
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The Bloodkeep, being a giant obsidian tower of doom. (Maggie's adjoining tower is red and much prettier.)
  • Expy: Most of the NPCs and some of the PCs are very obviously based on characters from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Family Values Villain: Lilith and her spider children.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Sokhbarr is this, with J'er'em'ih and the lava mog.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sokhbarr, especially towards monsters.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Galfast Hamhead's weapon of choice.
  • Implausible Deniability: The crew's brief attempt to pretend that everything is fine after Zaul'nazh bites it and that he's just having "a sneeze". Lilith even lampshades it, pointing out that the entire zombie army just collapsed all at once, so obviously something is wrong.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Leiland, towards Zaul'nazh.
  • Mind Screw: Everything that J'er'em'ih does. Even Sokhbarr doesn't get all of it.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In Bloodlines and Lifelines, Brennan describes all of the player characters as being united, plus J'er'em'ih and Old Pickering.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Efink Murderdeath. She gave herself this name.
  • Off the Rails: According to Word of God, the final encounter was going to be the Player Characters fighting each other to become the new Dark Lord. They wound up becoming such Fire-Forged Friends that Brennan had to improvise a different encounter.
  • Overlord Jr.: Maggie's baby, Leiland Jr.
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: J'er'em'ih.
  • Sky Pirate: Markus, who comes from an entire kingdom based on this concept.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Lilith is one, complete with constant wine-drinking.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: They might be the bad guys but between being Affably Evil, a number of Pet the Dog moments and the fact that several members of the Forces of Light are jerks you will find yourself rooting for them
  • Team Spirit: GO TEAM SPIDER!
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Maggie, Daughter of Darkness. Also, the Vinguri, who all have normal-sounding names, though they were renamed by Zaul'nazh.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Old Pickering, after his incompetence contributes to the destruction of the Siren.
  • The Power of Friendship: Where Efink gets her powers after her spirits leave her.
    • Turns into an Ignored Aesop when she abandons that and decides to become the avatar of Evil's power in the world, infusing her with nigh-limitless divinitory powers.
  • The Unpronounceable: The full name of the Scary Volcano.
  • Villain Protagonist: A whole team of them, as this is an evil campaign
  • Villains Out Shopping: Maggie takes John Feathers to the Market of Spines to buy a hat, and discuss another shopping trip at the end of Episode 5.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 5, "Bloodlines and Lifelines" in which Maggie gives birth, the party swears fealty to her child and then do a Hazy Feel Turn from Evil to "a different sort of evil" blowing Brennan's plans for a battle royale Evil Civil War out of the water
  • We ARE Struggling Together: In the first episode, the team is reeling from Zaul'nazh's death and haven't entirely bonded yet, so they spend a lot of time bickering and blaming each other. Also, Markus tries to convince the treasurer that the Lord of Shadows ordered the entire treasury moved to the Siren, which leads to another argument because the others think he's trying to cut and run (he's not, he just wants to make sure he gets paid).
  • Whole Plot Reference: It's practically The Lord of the Rings, but the bad guy's side.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: All the PCs reassure Leiland of this when he's feeling useless.

    The Unsleeping City 
  • Ambiguously Human: Stephen Sondheim.
  • Badass Normal: Sofia Bicicleta/Lee, who even before learning about the magic of the city stabs a troll in both eyes with her stilettos via Flurry of Blows.
  • Balloonacy: The party have to climb several balloons from the Macy's Day Parade in order to defeat several monstrous clowns. No, not people in makeup, but real clowns.
  • Batter Up!: Esther Sinclair weilds a silver baseball bat as her Arcane Focus to great effect.
  • Big Applesauce: It all takes place in New York City.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Ricky Matsui's noble steed Ox, a dalmatian whom the party are extremely protective of (especially Sofia).
  • The Chosen One: The Chosen Two, actually. Known as the Vox Fantasma and the Vox Populi, each act as the representative of the two sides of New York, the Sleeping World and the Waking World respectively. There have been many Voxes throughout New York's history but the campaign has the first occurrence where a Vox Fantasma and Vox Populi exist at the same time.
    • The Vox Fantasma is the envoy for the Dreaming World, and their power is derived from the dreams, wishes and nightmares of New York's people and the creatures that live in Nod, the Dream Realm and Sixth Borough. Pete is the current Vox Fantasma.
    • The Vox Populi is the voice of the Waking World and their power comes from the city itself and the people that are unaware of the magical world that exists. Kingston is the current Vox Populi.
    • There is a legend about a chosen one for the Order of the Concrete Fist, meant to be chosen at the top of the Empire State Building. Dale tried to become the chosen one by having The Chooser of The One choose him, to no avail. Sophia remembers that nothing in the Order of the Concrete Fist tells you who the chooser is, and realizes that's because the chosen one is whoever reaches the peak of the building and chooses themself.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: To the outside world, the defence of New York is, according to Ricky's sister, "some thing at Clinton Hill."
  • Crazy-Prepared: One particular miniature in Times Squaremageddon, namely Stephen Sondheim dual-wielding broadswords. That's a full custom 3D-printed and painted figurine just in case the party managed to summon both Sondheim and Santa and have them interact.
  • Down the Drain: The party enters the New York sewers in order to rescuse Em, the statue of Bethesda fountain, from the Rat King.
  • Dream Land: Nod, the Sixth Borough of New York City is described as a combination of this and Magical Land. It is shown as a surreal realm of endless night where the sky has more stars than darkness, and any rain or snow falls upwards out of the ground. The borough is home to a plethora of bizarre creatures like unicorns, a woman who lives in the moon, chimerical angel-bird-monkeys and is ruled by Nod, the Grey Orphan and Monarch of the Sleeping World.
  • Eye Scream: When Sofia drives a bunch of trolls away from a bachelorette party, she uses Flurry of Blows to jam her stilettos into a particularly unlucky troll's eyes. It doesn't kill him, but it freaks the trolls out enough that they book it.
  • Joisey: In Chapter II, several devils from New Jersey (including the Jersey Devil himself) try to get into New York via the Lincoln Tunnel. They are all huge jerks who Juul toxic smoke. Furthermore, Kingston's attack shorts out at the start of combat due to New Jersey's influence.
  • Masquerade: Most of New York has no idea about the magical world that co-exists with their own.
  • Monumental Battle: Both the first and final battles take place in Times Square, and the battle with Moses occurs in the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pete is a drug addicted and drug dealing cowboy sorcerer chosen one.
  • Noodle Incident: Kingston and Misty often refer to a mummy that they fought several decades before the campaign started, which Kingston now keeps in an obsidian ankh underneath the salad bowl on the top of his fridge.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Esther and Sofia immediately notice Ricky struggling to be his usual happy self when Cody is given the Questing Blade over Ricky.
  • Phantom Zone: Nod/the Sixth Borough serves as this, especially during the crowded subway battle in Chapter II.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Kingston Brown gets one in during the Stock Exchange fight: "You come for my family, you come for my friends, I will fucking drop you".
  • Running Gag: Because Sofia lives in Staten Island (which is a ferry ride away from most of New York), despite the fact that she's happy to have guests over, almost no one takes her up on it.
  • Take That!: If you can't tell Brennan Lee Mulligan doesn't like SantaCon the first time it comes up (it sure says something that the normal drunk humans dressed as Santa are perfect cover for messed up magic Santa clones), you will definitely know by the end of SantaCon Mutant Melee, which is exactly what it sounds like and features some of the most horrific minis ever used in the show.
    • The haunted subway train in Chapter II is similarly a very obvious dig at several types of annoying subway passengers.
    • Gladiator is a clear stand-in for Amazon, and the gentrification of New York is explored in detail throughout Chapter II.
  • Traintop Battle: During the Subway Battle in Chapter II, Sofia and a Frankenstein's monster end up atop one of the carriages.
  • Urban Fantasy: There really is magic happening within NYC.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Pete and the rest of the group are able to speak to Nod, who they constantly refer to as "grey baby", much to the Monarch of the Sixth Borough's chagrin.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Misty/Rowan pulls an odd twist of this on the American Dream itself. She rejects the temptation it offers and severely weakens Robert Moses's attempt to make it manifest in his image by telling it, with conviction, that it doesn't need a physical body to be "real" - it already is in the minds of the people who dream of it.

    Tiny Heist 
  • And I Must Scream: Rick's backstory involves the fact that he was trapped behind a car seat for two years, in the dark, unable to move, able to hear, and subjected to endless arguments between two children who he has grown to hate. It was not pleasant, and was traumatizing enough that he's willing to die rather than get the love of a human child.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Inverted; it's not the person in question who doesn't want to talk about it, it's the people who hear the answer. In his Man About Town body, Rick has little to no filter, and when one of Ruthie the Shell's assistants asks him what it's like to be a toy without a human child to love him during a poker game, he explains his entire tragic And I Must Scream backstory, visibly disturbing basically everyone within earshot. Ruthie breaks in and asks everyone to keep table chatter to a minimum.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Only toys with faces can come alive, so Felix Flick carries around a cigarette lighter to burn the faces off toys who displease him. The only reason it doesn't happen to Car-Go is that Felix's moll Minetta begs him not to.
    • Special mention goes to Felix's demise. After being forced and bound into the seats of Car-Go's vehicle form, he is subjected to the unfortunate reality of being crushed to death via transformation sequence. Much rejoicing was had.
  • Delayed Explosion: After being established in Episode 4, the bomb that TI plants in Car-Go's chest and its associated detonator get tossed around and stolen by several characters throughout most of Episode 5. Eventually, Rick gets ahold of it and hurls it at Felix, surrounded by a swarm of goons... and it bounces harmlessly off his head. Nothing happens until the next round, when TI attacks the swarm of goons with a flamethrower.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Not the characters, since they can all eat things that would be wildly bad for humans (if they do eat), but their players. Agnes orders shrimp at the Lunch Pail, and then all the players immediately realize what kind of shrimp a restaurant that serves solely human trash is going to have.
  • Interspecies Romance: Appears to be quite common in the setting, with Garbanzo Buglass the beetle and Agnes the fairy lightly flirting, Felix the steward dating Minetta the music box figurine and The Incredible Dantes, the turtle, aggressively flirting with pretty much everyone.
  • Mouse World: The entire campaign takes place in a suburban backyard.
  • Stylistic Suck: In-universe, the only scripts Boomer can find (that he didn't write himself) are horrible assignments from a play-writing class Dylan's mom teaches. Which explains why nobody comes to see him.

    A Crown of Candy 
  • Anthropomorphic Food: A good portion of Calorum are people that are sentient foodstuffs, with several denizens of Candia being literal desserts or sweets that have faces and limbs on them. Special mention goes to King Amethar's right hand Lord Calroy Cruller, a slice of cake whose demeanor is so grounded Zac had to remind himself he was imagining a talking piece of cake with arms and legs.
  • Corrupt Church: The Bulbian Church reveals itself to be this, having plotted the assassination of King Amethar, unseat him from his position as king and using its influence to declare war on the nation of Candia.
  • Crapsaccharine World: A colorful and whimsical world of food with Game of Thrones-esque politics and passing references to a bloody conflict known as the Great Ravening War that occurred two decades before the campaign's start.
  • Darker and Edgier: To the point that Brennan on Dimension 20's official Twitter account had to warn people that the campaign would be darker in tone than previous campaigns and that characters would not be getting Plot Armor. Of course, this isn't surprising considering that it's inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, which is itself a Darker and Edgier take on High Fantasy.
  • Level Ate: Calorum is a world where the populace and surrounding landscape are made of food. The six concordant kingdoms of Calorum are divided into the various groups within the food pyramid: Candia (where all the protagonists hail from), Fructera, Vegetania, Ceresia, the Dairy Islands and the Meat Lands.
  • The Reveal: Episode 5, "Lapin's Big Day" ends with three bombshell revelations, all in quick succession:
    • King Amethar had a secret marriage to a woman from the Dairy Islands, which was not recognized by the Bulbian Church nor properly annulled.
    • His first marriage means that his second marriage to Queen Caramelinda is illegitimate and Amethar has no rightful claim to the throne. His children Jet and Ruby are also illegitimate bastards and have no claim to the throne.
    • The Pontifex of the Bulbian Church strips all three royals of land and official title, and since Amethar, Jet and Ruby are no longer royalty the title of Candia's ruler goes to the next in line - Duke Joren Jawbreaker - whose family stands in defiance of the Condordant Empire and the Bulbian Church. This leads to the Concordant Empire declaring war on Candia.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever King Amethar talks with someone who he fought with in the Great Ravening War, the conservation somehow always circles around to the fact that they've seen each other shit and piss in the trenches in an attempt to get honest with them.
  • Wham Episode: Again, the reveals of Episode 5 significantly alter the course of the story, with the other five kingdoms declaring war on Candia and their former royal family being forced to go on the run.
  • X Meets Y: This season is Game of Thrones meets Candyland.

    Pirates Of Leviathan 
  • City of Adventure: What else would you expect of a city that's basically a giant floatilla full of pirates?
  • Mundane Utility: A rare evil version. The villains of the campaign want to use a divine artifact in order to sink the city... so they can collect the insurance money.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The city consists of galleons slapped together by pirates with no sense of civil engineering. It's a miracle the city is still floating.
  • Not-So-Safe Harbor: This is Leviathan in a nutshell. How safe it is depends on how comfortable you are with everybody being a pirate.
  • Spin-Off: A direct spinoff to Fantasy High: Sophomore Year.

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