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Three dysfunctional adventurers - a shady psion, a rebellious pirate, and a distrustful con artist - are forced to work together when the new king tasks them to reclaim the castle town of Oganthir after a long and bloody civil war. Viewed as disposable by the powers that be, and each dealing with their own troubled history, cooperation is anything but easy. But with an entire city now counting on them for leadership, they'll have to figure out how to trust each other and face their demons if they want to survive.

The Broken Ones is webcomic of the Standard Fantasy Setting/Role-playing Game Verse bent by Kaetana that can be found on Tapas.


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The Broken Ones contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Bree is a more than capable fighter. As she herself says,
    Bree: Ye think I’d never been in a bar brawl before? Feh.
  • Adventure-Friendly World: The world is still involved with the tail-end of a long war, and the protagonists are given a task by the new king to bring order to a hostile location.
  • Animal Eyes: Raul’s eyes have slit pupils like a cat or snake.
  • Attention Whore: Regardless of the actions he takes, Raul thrives from the attention it gives him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Azrael leads the attack for the final major conflict of the war fully armored and armed, and quickly promotes herself from General to King in a night.
  • Badass Bookworm: Rowan expresses knowledge of magical runes while observing them, which is outside of the purview of his wild talents.
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  • Barrier Warrior: Rowan uses his wild talent to shield him from harm with a force barrier.
  • Berserk Button: At least with Raul, Bree often has a short fuse.
  • Cloth Fu: During the fight with the orc Chieftess, Raul uses his cloak to put her at an extreme disadvantage by blinding her with it.
  • Compulsive Liar: Raul constantly tells absurd lies that are blatantly untrue.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Bree stuns a golem with a lightning attack from behind before it can land a killing blow. Also, after Rowan and Bree are in grave danger, Raul literally leaps into the battle onto the enemies back.
  • Covered with Scars: Rowan’s arms are covered in scars.
  • Dandere: Rowan is quiet and introverted, but Bree makes him smile by being polite and friendly.
  • Dressed to Plunder: Bree is first introduced with a pirate themed outfit, complete with tricorn hat, thigh-high boots, sash belt, and a captain’s longcoat.
  • Dual Wielding: Raul always uses twin daggers.
  • Facepalm: Rowan does this when Bree and Raul start arguing again after the fight with the golem.
  • Flashback Nightmare: The story begins with Rowan having a nightmare about when he was experimented on as a child by a mysterious figure.
  • Funetik Aksent: Bree’s accent is written out phonetically to convey it clearly.
    Bree: It was gonna attack us nae matter what we did, you feckin’ idiot!
  • Glowing Eyes: Rowan’s eyes do this whenever he uses his psionic powers.
  • Heroic Fantasy: High magic, strange technology, swords, daggers, psionics, elves, gnomes, orcs, and plenty of action.
  • Hungry Weapon: The sword one of the antagonists uses literally drinks from its victims, its veins glowing red with siphoned power.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Raul uses his daggers as tools for disassembling a golem’s arm and eye while the other protagonists fight it.
  • Instant Death Stab: Rowan is quick and lethal with his knife attacks during combat, targeting the head and neck of his opponents.
  • The Lancer: Bree, a brash and energetic protagonist, is the first character to get Rowan, an introverted and shady character, to begin opening up socially, getting him to smile as well.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: A mechanical spider acts as a surveillance device for an unknown entity.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Even though they don’t know each other, being sealed in a room with a golem trying to kill them forces the group to work together to take it down.
  • Mood Ring Eyes: Bree’s eye color changes with her emotional state.
  • No Poker Face: Rowan is unable to lie when confronted about his wild talents, and becomes visibly flustered.
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike the main protagonists, Marjorie is calm and logical in all situations she is involved with, even and especially during an actual conversation with Raul.
  • Pirate Girl: Bree is Captain of her own ship, is first shown with her crew, and shows a liking for the expected fashion of a pirate/ship captain.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Rowan’s wild talents are deadly, concussive, and dynamic while he is shy and introverted.
  • Power Trio: A shady psion, a rebellious pirate, and a distrustful con artist are the main protagonists.
  • Privateer: Bree reveals in the story that she is in fact a legal privateer through Azrael.
  • Reverse Grip: Rowan adopts both a normal and reverse grip with his knife, depending on what tactics are needed in combat.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Rowan always has his purple scarf that flows in the wind as he inflicts lethal blows to his enemies.
  • Shock and Awe: Bree primarily uses lightning magic attacks on her foes.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Rowan uses his psionic powers to guide his thrown dagger at enemies.
  • Wake-Up Call: After Raul finally sees consequences for his antagonistic behavior when the rest of the party ditches him, Marjorie challenges him that he'll need to reconsider his actions if he truly wants to become a Lord, encouraging him to give the party a reason to trust him.

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