Felicia, Sorceress of Katara is a comedic furry fantasy series spanning a number of print comics, short novels, and webcomics by Chuck Melville. They center around the titular sorceress who uses both white and black magic in defiance of both the Magi council and the forces of evil.
Felicia was originally a minor character in the comic Champion of Katara, currently being re-posted online, but she proved to be rather popular in comparison and went on to star in the graphic novel Melari's Wish and a number of novellas. Currently out of print but they can be purchased second-hand, and at least one story, Felicia and the Wrath of the Elder Glops is in e-book format. Though the webcomic is available in print at IndyPlanet.
A short story intended as a preview for an upcoming full-length novel "The Magi Decree" was published in the anthology What Happens Next.
The novel Felicia and the Night of the Basquot was published in 2017.
The latest site for the Felicia webcomic is here.
Includes Examples of:
- The Apprentice: Felicia has two in the webcomic
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Felicia's recurring enemy Count cla di Howler, also her father was a cultist of the Black Flame. Much averted by Lord Frisky, though considered unusual.
- Bag of Holding: In one novellette Felicia keeps a small library worth of books, a bathtub, and the water in her purse.
- In Night of the Basquot she stored her furniture before moving into her tower in a thimble.
- Baleful Polymorph: She turned a number of Dogonian assassins into lemon trees for burning down her garden.
- Bigger on the Inside: Felicia's tower has a few additional dimensions on the interior.
- Black and White Magic: Associated with The Murk and Aln, respectively. Felicia uses both, which is why she is distrusted by other magi.
- Blob Monster: An old Ra Kunan wizard made one out of fruit jello and a lesser demon.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: While fighting a mime's invisible box, Felicia comes across the fourth wall and addresses the readers.
- The Chessmaster: Felicia has her moments, in the webcomic she manipulates the downfall of a slave-trading sect of the Black Flame
- Classical Tongue: Old Kataran, Old Ra Kunan, etc. Often used for magic as the old tomes were written when they were commonly spoken.
- Clown Car: The Cult of the Rubber Nose manages to do a medieval version, with a horse costume.
- Court Mage: Felicia's adoptive brother Flagstaff is employed by the king of Katara, while she prefers to freelance.
- Crystal Ball: Felicia's preferred means of scrying and divination.
- Cult: The Order of the Black Flame, the Cult of the Rubber Nose.
- Cunning Like a Fox
- Curse: The titular "Tailcutter's Curse".
- Dead Artists Are Better: Invoked in "The Cult of the Rubber Nose".
- Enemy Mime: Mime assassins.
- Fantastic Drug: Felicia uses Magikdust from the Black Mines of Fungor to replenish her magic. But it has side effects such as a tendency to bring up old memories.
- Impoverished Patrician: Lord Frisky, his steward is constantly hocking his (and his guests') possessions in order to pay for his extravagant parties.
- Interspecies Romance: Felicia has a number of liaisons with cats, one with a wolf and even one with a mouse (see Size Shifting).
- Knowledge Broker: News is the preferred form of currency in Rodentia.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: In Melari's Wish Melari hires Felicia to find a wishing ring so she can wish for the child she's been trying to have. Instead, she adopts the child of a young slave who died in childbirth.
- Lethal Chef: Benja Bruin, his attempt at soup could be cut with a knife.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Victims of the Tailcutter's Curse resemble the smears left by a flyswatter, except bigger,
- Mage Tower: Felicia, naturally, has one. It's also Bigger on the Inside.
- Magic Knight: Felicia occasionally has reason to don armor and wield a sword, such as in "The Magi Decree" where she becomes a general in the Dogonian army and the Council forbids her from using magic.
- Magical Clown: In the novella "The Cult of the Rubber Nose" the cultists do things like make vicious balloon animals and cram dozens of themselves into a two-person horse costume (cars haven't been invented yet).
- Magical Society: The Order of Light, aka the Unending Circle, aka the Mage's Council. Who don't particularly like Felicia.
- Medieval Stasis: For thousands of years, though there was a 2000 year ice age after Aln left. And Felicia occasionally makes reference to how things like indoor plumbing and automobiles haven't been invented yet. It's also stated that the Apes of Bananaland were once rather technologically advanced, before the Cataclysm when agents of the Murk set off one of their nukes.
- Military Mage: In the short story "The Magi Decree" (published in the anthology What Happens Next) Felicia takes a general's commission in the Dogonian army. Though the Magi Council forbids her from using magic except to counter any used by the enemy, and given her history with them it takes a lot to convince them the enemy is using magic.
- Mouse World: Rodentia, minus the "secret" bit.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Our Dragons Are Different: They tend to be servants of the Murk, such as Felicia's Magikdust dealer Maramanos. Another one was a noblewoman cursed by a wizard to turn into a dragon at night and ravage her estates.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Pass the Popcorn: While a procession of ancient ghosts pass by.
- Physical God: The Murk manifested as a mortal being in order to wreck havoc with the world. When it became clear that the mortals couldn't (or at least wouldn't) defeat him Aln manifested as well, as a mouse. They killed each other and started the 2,000-year ice age.
- Seven Deadly Sins: In "Competition and Rivals" Felicia falls under the influence of a set of artifacts that amplify base desires. Starting with Envy and Pride, followed by Greed, Sloth, Wrath, and Lust.
- Silver Has Mystic Powers: A silver box can contain cursed items, Felicia often wields a silver blade.
- Single Line of Descent: Subverted in The Tailcutter's Curse, Felicia is dismissive of claims of the Wagajop family curse because the records indicate that line died out years ago. Turns out they only bothered to record the male lineage.
- Size Shifting: Felicia uses a spell to shrink to mouse size sometimes.
- Slave Race: Dogonians were enslaved as punishment for letting the Murk loose. When they built Dogonia they launched a crusade to end the practice.
- "Sorcerer's Apprentice" Plot: Ginger from The Dreaded Book of Un stole a bunch of artifacts from her master looking to fast-track her way to power.
- The first arc of the webcomic is titled "The Sorceress'Apprentice" but notably is not an example, Felicia's apprentices are fairly responsible with the magic she teaches them and the plot revolves around her second apprentice's past life.
- Merryweather in the arc starting with "The Message" is shown to have a few accidents during her training, but nothing worse than aggravating and growing Felicia's bees and it's treated as comic relief.
- Teens Are Monsters: Ginger.
- Thieves' Guild: Practically runs Ra Kuna. Stealing is even legal in their nation.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Dreaded Book of Un.
- Truth Serums: "How do you make a mime talk? With sodium pentathol."
- Vain Sorceress: Felicia, naturally. It's implied that she's a few decades Older Than She Looks
- Wizards Live Longer: Felicia gloats to Count cla di Howler on his deathbed that she will personally outlive his family line.
- You Didn't Ask: In "The Dreaded Book of Un" Felicia tells the known history of the book and how they need to find it soon, then Norm the bear ranger says he knows where it is.Felicia: "Why didn't you tell us before that you knew where the Book of Un was hidden?"Norm: "You never said what book it was you was lookin' for, until now."
- Your Mime Makes It Real: In The Cult of the Rubber Nose, Felicia runs into a group of mime assassins who not only use invisible walls to try and stop escapes, but mime things like invisible bows and arrows. She captures one by turning his powers on him and miming a small box around him, then gets him to talk with sodium pentathol.