The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large

by OpheliaCyanide

Original ONGOING Adventure Comedy Fantasy Anti-Hero Lead Female Lead High Fantasy Magic Male Lead Strong Lead Villainous Lead

Darkos, holy priest of Alerion, the God of Peace and Healing, has just arrived at the castle of the Evil, Dark Sorceress, backed by his trusty, if clumsy, companion, Geela. They fling open the doors to find the place dusty and decrepit.

"Oh dear, this place is showing its age," Geela sighs.

And with those words, everything Darkos knew about his friend is turned on its head. Geela, far from a naive farm girl, is a 70-year-old Dark Mistress, hell-bent on exacting revenge on her ex-husband Barney for cheating on her, trashing her place, and changing the locks.

Geela is everything Darkos has sworn to defeat. A bastion of dastardly deeds. A pinnacle of evil...

...so of course he finds himself tagging along.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Geela's Big Reveal ago
Chapter 2: The Journey to Find Barney ago
Chapter 3: Baleshire on the Plains ago
Chapter 4: Of Hares, Hoods, and Hauntings ago
Chapter 5: Onward to Spirebrook! ago
Chapter 6: A Tour of the Town in Search of One Jane Arlington ago
Chapter 7: We Need to Talk ago
Chapter 8: Now They're Both Screwed ago
Chapter 9: The Time Geela Was Eaten by a Frog ago
Chapter 10: Out of the Frog and Into the Fire ago
Chapter 11: One Does Not Simply Walk Into Knuckle Sandwich ago
Chapter 12: A New Challenger Enters the Ring! (pt 1) ago
Chapter 12: A New Challenger Enters the Ring! (pt 2) ago
Chapter 13: An Evening Befitting Our Noble Hero ago
Chapter 14: Enter Sinistrina (pt 1) ago
Chapter 14: Enter Sinistrina (pt 2) ago
Chapter 15: Showdown Over Haymaker ago
Chapter 16: Smile and Wave, Boys... ago
Chapter 17: ...Just Smile and Wave ago
Chapter 18: Roll For Intimidation ago
Chapter 19: Roll For Deception ago
Chapter 20: How to Make a Good First Impression ago
Chapter 21: How to Make A Bad First Impression ago
Chapter 22: A Quaint Dinner Party in the Garden ago
Chapter 23: The Homecoming King Visits His Cult pt 1 ago
Chapter 23: The Homecoming King Visits His Cult pt 2 ago
Chapter 24: A Blindspot for the Void ago
Chapter 25: Returning to Alerion's Embrace ago
Chapter 26: Mother Knows Best ago
Chapter 27: The Catacombs Most Foul ago
Chapter 28: A Malevolent Force Enters the Crystal Cave ago
Chapter 29: Darkos's Magical Pinkie... Ring ago
Chapter 30: A Path Towards Catharsis ago
Chapter 31: A Delightfully Charming Breakfast ago
Chapter 32: A Deceptive Exchange of Rings ago
Interlude: Geela and Darkos AMA #1 ago
Chapter 33: A Fast-Paced, High-Tension, Hair-Raising Montage ago
Chapter 34: The Impenetrable Celestial City ago
Chapter 35: The Silver Guard ago
Chapter 36: A Lesson on Various Schools of Magic ago
Chapter 37: A Tour of the Town Conducted by One Jane Arlington ago
Chapter 38: An Old Friend, Deep Within the Academy ago

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TheSignPainter
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The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large is a fun fantasy comedy that follows the adventures of Geela and Darkos as they track down Barney and undercover secrets surrounding a certain dark fiend. Darkos is a sheltered holy priest who has a lot to learn about the world and himself, and Geela is an eccentric evil sorceress, with many costume changes and emphasis on appearances. This unlikely duo starts getting closer as they learn about each other’s pasts. These characters are highly entertaining, and you will grow to love them as the story unfolds. The story starts as a satire with a deconstruction of the “hero fighting an evil” trope, but grows into its own, with interesting world-building and fantastic characters.  This story will have you laughing while you try to guess what will happen next.

vren55
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It's Hilarious and Deeper than one thinks.

Reviewed at: Chapter 8: Now They're Both Screwed

 So I'm going to preface this review by first pointing out that I pre-read this story for Ophelia Cyanide and so I am privy to some information that most people don't have. 

Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large is a hilarious and yet touching fantasy comedy series that has a simple premise and then expands it gloriously. Based on the chapters I've pre-read and what's up on Reddit serials, Geela's story is going to be hilarious, more than a little surprising and quite touching when you get down to it.

First off, Ophelia really executes and expands on this initial premise amazingly. You think you're in for the one thing, but turns out you're in for something else that is new, but also lovely.

Moreover, while most of the story is focused on Darkos and Geela, they're relationship dynamic is just amazing to watch and read. It never gets boring. You are waiting for the next time they just interact or meet new people.

What I honestly think is the strongest thing about this story is Ophelia's prose. It's  something to behold as it's very much tongue-in-cheek, and yet it's bloody complex and frankly I find it pretty. 

All in all, you will bust a gut laughing, but also feel rather touched as you watch Geela and her minion go on their quest.

 

Troyd
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The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large is a comedic fantasy about getting revenge on Geela's ex husband Barney.   Darkos, her companion, is a hapless priest who only discovers Geela's true nature after inadvertently helping her break into her homestead - the Omniunous Evil Castle. Every chapter is worthy of a sitcom episode filled with modern references spun to fit the world of Geela & Darkos. If you like to laugh, and like trope breaking fantasy this story is a read for you.

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Deceptively Deep and Decisively Dramatic

Reviewed at: Chapter 8: Now They're Both Screwed

(Note: I'm trying out a new review format instead of the 'one paragraph per section' approach, so sorry if anything sounds clunky!)

The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large (Really wish the author would've named it "The Extramundance Emancipation of Geela, Evil Enchantress at Large" since we find out Geela is in fact an enchantress) is a fun comedic story that likes to put a twist on all the tropes prevalent in its roots.

We get to see right off the bat that things are not as they seem, and the author's prose really helps to drive in this sort of satire. Warning: there is "telling", but it's the absolute best kind of telling. It actively helps the tone and voice of the author, so don't let that turn you away from the story. Grammar-wise, there were a few teeny tiny issues, mostly with capitalization and punctuation, but nothing that detracted from the story.

Also, the character interactions are wonderful. Not going to get into spoilers here, but who knew that seeing a priest find out that his traveling companion was a dark lord and then proceed to stay with her anyways would be so entertaining? Also, the innuendos are not lost on me. Good job making them subtle yet consistent ;)

On top of that, there are twists upon twists upon twists. Every time you think you've got the story pinned down, it shifts to a new direction that leaves you dumbfounded. At first I questioned the logic of opening with a big reveal, but this story clearly has those in abundance. Wonderful job, especially with the 

Spoiler: Spoiler

Overall, if you're looking for a comedic high fantasy that can still press all the dramatic buttons you'd expect out of something more traditional, definitely give this a try! I know that I'm definitely hooked.

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The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large is a hilarious fantasy story with a surprising amount of heart. Following the naïve and sometimes clueless priest Darkos who is helping the mischievous, and yet clumsy “sorceress” Geela take her revenge on her ex-husband Barney. This story will be leaving you laughing and saying “aww” as this unlikely duo travers this goofy world.

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The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela, Evil Sorceress at Large is a fun fantasy comedy that is incredibly exciting and fun!  The story talks about the powerful and incredibly intelligent yet physically weak Geela and her strong yet not so smart sidekick Drakos as they go on a thrilling tail, chasing after her ex-husband.  With many twists and turns, the two become close as they learn more about each other's past and realize that there are more dangerous things going on in this world. Both Geela and Drakos are exciting and full characters.  Geela is a very eccentric, very snappy, but cares a lot for Drakos.  She also comes off as a very genuine character, full of fun and exciting moments.  Drakos is a strong knightlike character, who has healing abilities.  He is not the shiniest armor in the shed, but he is incredibly caring and can heal and protect Geela when she inevitably falls into peril. The story is incredibly fun and exciting.  There are so many hidden jokes in the story that are so fun to find!  (Or look in the comment section to see if someone caught one you didn’t). 

 

This is an incredibly fun story to read!  I would highly suggest it!

Only-A-Mask
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The Extramundane Emancipation of Geela is a comedic fantasy with an interesting twist from the get-go. It's revealed in the first chapter, as well as the serial descriptions, that Geela has been pretending to be an innocent young woman and is actually an evil sorceress which greatly confuses and dumbfounds Darkos, a holy priest and all-around good guy who is supposed to her enemy. Geela takes control of the situation and now she's out to get revenge on her ex while Darkos kinda gets dragged along like a puppy on a leash. Working alongside and tagging along with one of the bad guys is also just a personal favorite trope of mine and I love how it is shown here. Geela and Darkos are practically complete opposites, but their interactions with each other are the core essence of the story. Their dialogue with themselves and with other characters is very witty and the more you read, the more you want to learn more about everyone and everything in this world. It helps that OpheliaCyanide makes it sure that we see the breadcrumbs that'll lead us to future revelations. So if you want an easy to get into fantasy story with plenty of humor in it, this is it!

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Sometimes you just need to have a laugh

Reviewed at: Chapter 24: A Blindspot for the Void

Fantasy as a genre I feel seems to run the gambit of two extremes. Either it's extremely serious to the point it feels very full of itself with the author trying to be the next Tolkien, or it doesn't take itself too serious enough and we end up with power-fantasies with extremely overpowered protagonists, harems, and other flaws I find in a majority of Isekai series. Both examples have good efforts, and a ton of bad ones. I'm happy to see this story find a happy medium. The comedy works with the odd personalities involved, be it Darkos being so naive and sheltered, but meaning only the best; or Geela's excentricities of being the type with the storied history she does.

I've grown quite fond of them and love the littler adventures they bump into in a "Oooh boy, how the duo gonna find their way outta this one?" kind of way. Tis hilarious and good stuff. If I had any small gripe, and this is exceedingly small for a gripe, it's the deconstruction elements didn't have enough reconstruction elements to balance them to avoid the decon coming off as bashing at a few spots. And the constantly changing appearances does make it a smidge tricky to keep track of what certain important characters look like. Still that latter serves the plot in several ways I don't see it as a true flaw.

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Came for the comedy. Stayed for the characters. Consumed by the Void.

Reviewed at: Chapter 30: A Path Towards Catharsis

This story begins with a funny premise: a warrior priest named Darkos fights his way to the evil overlord’s castle, only to discover something very unexpected about his trusted companion: she is none other than the Dark Sorceress Ja’Eel Scilatia, the very foe he had ventured forth to defeat! And, thanks to Darkos, she had finally been delivered to her home, safe and sound. Awkward!

But rather than fight, the odd couple set off on a new adventure as friends. Soon, the two uncover a sinister truth that tears into the very foundation of their identities. As they travel down this rabbit void, the situation quickly escalates, but so too does the bond between our protagonists.

So, come! Join warrior priest Darkos and three-time Miss Potato Princess Jr Pageant winner Geela as they -- ULP!

"You forget yourself, worm."

Mistress!

"I am the Dark Sorceress Ja’Eel Scilatia, Mistress of Void and Lightning."

But how!?

"Fool! No realm is beyond my reach. Now, bring your ramblings to a close. But I warn you: forget yourself again, and I shall consume your pathetic little soul."

Yes Mistress! At once!

Ahem...

So, come! Join Dark Sorceress Ja’Eel Scilatia, Mistress of Void and Lightning, and Her faithful servant, Darkos, as they journey through the realms, destroying all those foolish enough to stand in their way!

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(Warning- very mild indirect spoilers ahead) I started this story looking for a laugh but not expecting much else, to be honest. I had this assumption that our heroine would be amusing but shallow and unable to really support an interesting narrative. But hey, why not try it? 

I'm so glad I did! The first half of my assumption was right- this story is full of laughs. Silly events and witty characters work together to bring good humor again and again. 

The second half of my assumption was flat out wrong. These characters don't just maintain a narrative, they weave more into it in an impressively organic fashion. Behold, fantasy with world building sans infodumps! I say the characters do this, rather than that the author does, because our perspective follows the characters and gives us information as they bring it up. It works very well. 

The greatest virtue of this story (by my reckoning) lies in character interaction between our two MCs. It's common for a writer to say that a a character or a relationship is X or Y adjective and give only sparse evidence that this is the case. Hollywood does it all the time, and it works well enough. What's much harder to find is a writer who shows us what our characters are like, and what they mean to each other. This story excels this fine trait. I love every scene where the two of them interact. They are why I've recommended this story to friends.

 

If I were to look for flaws, the only one that really comes to mind is the style the flashbacks are written in. They are framed such that they could sometimes be first person, as one character is usually explaining them to another, but they instead take on a third person perspective regardless of what initiated the flashback. I found it a little jarring at first. That said, they too are good scenes that contribute, and there aren't too many of them.

 

Overall, this is delightful story with unexpected depth, and I recommend it to you too, dear reader!