Ozzy Footnotes 12
Leprechauns in Oz
Continuity notes: Dating: This story begins on March 17th.
The Winged Monkeys of Oz
Dating: Internal evidence indicates this story takes place on and around August 21st (Ozma's birthday) and "ninety or so years" since coming to the throne.
Glinda: Glinda is revealed to be the daughter of Gaylette and an unnamed traveler who went to the Great Outside World. Since "The Woozy's Tale" reveals that they are also cousins, this means that Quelala, Gaylette's husband, is also her cousin, a not uncommon circumstance as royals have been known throughout history to have married their first cousins. The unnamed traveler may have been the Elizabethan court magician John Dee. See The History of Glinda the Good in the Appendices for more information.
The Golden Cap: The King of the Winged Monekys delivered this back to Glinda for safekeeping after the events of 1945's Adolf Hitler in Oz.
The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz
Dating: This is being worked on still. The nature of the Tin Woodsman in this tale indicates that this story must take place prior to Forever in Oz. Sweeps spends "many" years as a speechless broom in the Emerald City and stops counting how long she's in the moral lands after 75 years, which indicates that it likely takes place after 1980.
Ozma's adopted mother" Pastoria's wife, Queen Cordia, is at last revealed in this story
Misfits: The story of Dyna's Bear-skin Rug, the phonograph player Victor Columbia Edison (The Patchwork Girl of Oz) and one of the sofa's that made up the body of the flying Gump is revealed. The fate of these three characters has not yet been told, although Victor Columbia Edison later appears in Bungle in Oz (and happily married), and he and the Bear Rug also appear in "The Boundaries of Oz."
The Silver Sorceress of Oz
Continuity notes: The Silver Hammer used by Himself the Elf is revealed to be the property of the Silver Sorceress, who is anxious to get it back.
The Royal Explorers of Oz
One: The Voyage of the Crescent Moon
Two: The Crescent Moon Over Tarara
Three: Terra Obscura
Books 6, 7 and 8 of the Deuterocanonical Oz Books!
Book 1 Story: Arriving at Ix for Queen Zixi's birthday, Jinicky the Red Jinn and King Bud of Noland—who've just met and become friends—try to warn Prince Bobo of Boboland, whose on a diplomatic mission to establish ties with all the countries in and along the Nonestic continent, not to present the queen with the present of a mirror. Haughtily ignoring them, Jinicky transforms the mirror into a portrait. Without revealing her secret, they later explain to him why they did, but he departs, considering marriage to Princess Fluff of Noland.
On the Crescent Moon, Derek and Maria (last seen in The Bashful Baker of Oz) are celebrating a belated honeymoon around the continent with Captain Salt and his crew. The mermen Arko and Orpa (last seen in Shipwrecked in Oz) invite them to a newly-forming coral reef, where they meet up with Cap'n Bill, Trot and their crewmate Tandy. Prince Bobo, aboard the Hippocampus, hails them, explaining his diplomatic quest and his ties with the Gnome King Kaliko (who he says had a toothache during the events of Rinkitink in Oz). Arko and Orpa urge him not to forget the peoples under the water, such as Queen Aquareine and King Anko. At the Red Jinn's palace, the crew say goodbye to Cap'n Bill, Trot, Maria and Derek who are magicked back to Oz.
On their way to Pirate Island to pick up Nikobo, the hippo, they are rejoined by Arko and Orpa. Nikobo informs them that the pirates have been tossing watermelons into the sea, so they taste one. Delicious, they decide to gather as many as they can fit in their stores. The pirates' sentry Sport (last seen in John Dough and the Cherub) alert the pirates, and the ship takes off, escaping a volley of cannonballs.
Prince Bobo visits the Island of Yew to meet with the current Terribus, Lord Nerle and Lady Sesely, the originals being long dead. After telling of his visit to Loland/Hiland, he is rebuffed, as they wish to remain independent, and warn him to leave due to concern over Dawna pirates under the Red Rogue. Bobo attempts to sail back to Hiland, but a storm overtakes the ship, and against the advice of his quartermaster, Bobo presses on, raising the ire of his crew. Dawna pirates board them, take the ship, and throw Bobo and the crew overboard on a raft.
On Jaqueline's Island, Jaqueline (last seen in John Dough and the Cherub) gives Captain Salt a treasure she'd seen buried 60/70 years earlier. It is contents of a jackdaws' nest, including jewels and rare items. As they haul them aboard, Ato notes that Zim Greenleaf (last seen in The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz trilogy) would love to see the watermelons, and wonders that Jaqueline, though visited by orks, Sea Fairies, John Dough, Chick and Mary Marie (last seen in "The Witchcraft of Mary Marie"), would want to live so isolated.
Heading back, Arko and Orpa sense trouble, and soon rescue Chrysalissium (Sally), a Sea Fairy, from pursuing sharks. Aboard the Crescent Moon, she's introduced to the crew: Tandy (Tazandar Tazah), King of Ozamaland, Ato, King of the Octagon Isles, Roger the Read Bird, Nikobo the hippo (and Tandy's guardian) and Captain Salt himself. She's not the only castaway. In the morning they discover Prince Bobo and the ten crewmembers of the hijacked Hippocampus. Since Bobo keeps acting imperiously, however, Tandy keeps pushing back into the water until he speaks respectfully. Salt heads to Thumbumbia (last seen in "The Runaway Shadows") where the crew is sent on a ship heading back to Boboland. They search for Bobo in vain, as he'd gotten himself locked inside a trunk in the hold.
Using the locator spell the Wizard of Oz had given them, they discover his location, and head to the port of Boboland, where they receive a private message from Princess Bebe, his sister, explaining that since they are negotiating a peace treaty with the Growleywogs, it would best if they could keep him longer. So, the Crescent Moon heads to Ozamaland on the continent of Tarara, birthplace of Tandy, which he hasn't visited in 80 years.
Book 2 Story: The Crescent Moon is boarded by an Ork named Zipper and his passenger Princess Truella of Mo (last seen in The Outsiders of Oz and The Magical Monarch of Mo), who were blown off-course by a terrible storm on their way to Boboland to establish diplomatic ties. As they won't return there until after their visit to Tarara, and since Bobo is onboard, they're invited to join them.
A mysterious ghost ship appears and disappears on their way to Rock Island, where Captain Salt has obsessively sought a roc's egg. Zipper expresses dismay that the captain would steal a baby from its mother, but Roger and Tandy admit they've found roc eggs many times, but reported otherwise. At breakfast, Ato explains that they do not eat eggs from birds, but egg-plants from Jaqueline's Island. Similarly, the sausages are really vegetables from the sausage-groves of Quok (from "The Queen of Quok").
After introducing himself to Truella, Bobo is angry to learn what has transpired, and that he won't be going home right away. Tandy, meanwhile, is anxious that he's waited too long to go home, and worries that he's burdened his ally, the sheik Chunum, who he left as steward of the realm.
Two weeks later, they reach the port city of Om, at the southeastern coast of Ozamaland. Escorted to the Otsavom River, the crew change into their royal regalia. Tandy begins remembering more, but when the dignitary Ali be Utsa invites them to a banquet, Salt and the others grow suspicious. Tandy learns that the true name of the land is Ot'Sama, not Ozamaland. On the shores of Movasto, they notice that the people avert their eyes from Truella, who is not covered up like the women of the land. Led to a large tent, soldiers come and take away their weapons. Servers come with food and drink, but they turn out to be the actual rulers of the land, the sheik Tazandar Tazah and his bride Najira ab Alon. Tandy introduces himself and his crew, and explains what happened to him since he left. The sheik explains that such a story is a myth to their people, and that in their land such things are impossible. Tandy is shocked to learn that there is no immorality in Ot'Sama, while Tazandar comes to terms with the idea that Tandy is, in fact, the Lost King. He is actually the grandson of Chunum, who died years ago.
Salt explains that he wants to bring representatives of the native species to Oz, but Tazandar warns him of the Kuray, who has decimated the native Hebtuous (a creeping bird like a Dodo) and Ouatos (a flying reptile like a pterodactyl), but they may yet find some in the Monshera Desert. Tazandar warns Tandy that if the people of this land learn that the legends are true, Nonestica will be overrun, and unlike the outside world, the people need only sail to the continent to do so.
As Tandy and Sally draw closer, the crew search the desert, but find no signs of the vanishing species. Ato begins to feel the effect of the desert's heat, and collapses from exhaustion and exertion. As he cools off in Nikobo's tank, the ship arrives at Jade Lake, and presents the official documents Tazandar had given them. Plotar, the chieftain, introduces his third wife Inanna, who tells them that her grandmother Ma'Kra found a creature that will interest them.
Ma'Kra is a healer and wise woman, and begins to discern that these visitors are more than they let on, particularly as they're shocked and sickened by the sight of the skeletons she has on display. She then shows them a living Kuray, which they watch in horror as it consumes dung, defecates and then consumes its own excrement. She calls it an unnatural creature, tied to a dark enchantment, which arose 20 years ago, and that it should be eradicated. She also privately speaks to Sally, as she knows she is a Sea Fairy, and warns her of a mixed future of great joy and terrible darkness.
After sharing watermelons and other fruits from their stores, the Crescent Moon heads northwest over the desert (he ship is enchanted) to an abandoned outpost. Tandy and Zipper go to reconnoiter and hear a scream. Investigating, they make a grim discovery. A Kuray is eating a hebtuous and its chicks, which it then defiles. Horrified, Zipper attacks and kills. They agree to keep the incident a secret, and wash to get the foul smell off them. They then head for the Dragon's Spine Mountains. After many days of flying to the desert, the crew begin to suffer the effects of heat and privation, and speak to Captain Salt. He grudgingly agrees to turn north at the mountains, and then east back to Nonestica. At the mountains' foothills, Salt again sends Tandy, Zipper and Roger to reconnoiter.
Tandy accidentally falls asleep and receives an incapacitating sunburn. Zipper, injured by the Kuray, has gotten infected. Ato is suffering from heat-stroke, and even the merman and hippo are faring poorly. Captain Salt suggests putting them in the hold, where a gelatinous substance, created by the sorceress Maetta (The Magical Monarch of Mo) preserves things indefinitely. Ato, Tandy, Orpa, Arko and Zipper agree and take a sleeping potion and enter the hold.
When a storm emerges, Captain Salt hauls anchor. The next day, the crew are surprised by a giant wooden woman. She introduces herself as Dorcas (last seen in King Kojo) of Ogowan. When she hears of the injured, she goes off to retrieve a doctor, and returns with the wizard Boglodore (last seen in Captain Salt in Oz). Nikobo and Captain Salt are thrilled to see him again, and he goes about healing the sick crewmembers. Dorcas, meanwhile, befriends the crew, and discusses life in Ogowan, noting that no one grows old or dies there. The crew are thrilled to see to a real fairyland again.
Tandy and the others return to full health. He is happy to see Boglodore again. Boglodore informs the crew that the Hebtuous are extinct, and that they should avoid the oasis on their way to Ogowan. As they approach it, Dorcas informs them that the oasis is an illusion, and that it is actually the vile nest of the Kurays, who she recommends wiping out. This presents an ethical dilemma to the crew, but they decide that since the creature is truly evil, and does nothing but destroy and pollute, it is a necessary evil to destroy them. Sally confirms that a loathsome magic is at the root of them. She creates a bomb that works like Greek fire, and Dorcas and Nikobo go forth stomping Kurays and searching for the heart of the swarm. Dorcas soon finds it, noting also the presence of a parrot in the trees. Captain Salt, Tandy and Bobo enter the area, which is a tomb. It is the burial place of Gehanus Maledictus, the First and Foremost. Nearby, Captain Salt finds an encrusted ring, and pockets it. Zipper arrives with the explosive, which they place in the tomb, where a horde of infant Kurays emerge. The truth is revealed at last: the Kurays were once Hebtuous (or the Ouatos), whose eggs were planted in the dark tomb, and became corrupted and defiled by the evil dying Maledictus. The bomb decimates the tomb, Kurays and oasis. Only the crew and parrot survive.
Captain Salt takes a liking to the parrot, who joins them, but ignores everyone but the captain, much to Roger's chagrin. Salt also begins wearing the ring he found, scratching away at the crusty covering. His personality also changes on the journey to Ogowan, as he becomes sullen and angry, and stays mostly in his cabin with the bird. Tandy and some of the others begin having nightmares as well.
Dorcas leads them over Big Enuf Mountain, past the Black Forest and into the enchanted Ogowan. The crew are happy to meet King Kojo, Pogo, Ketch, the Wise Dog and others, but when Captain Salt emerges, the Wise Dog growls, and Pogo's magic lantern begins to shine red. Noting the disturbance, Kojo hints that they should keep their journey short. Salt picks up the hint and agrees to move on, but Ato requests replenishment of their stores, which Kojo agrees. The crew know that something is wrong, and blame Polly. Dorcas says goodbye and hopes they will return without the parrot. She too notes that something is wrong with the Captain. She leads them into the Rolantic, explaining that the Nonentic follows eastward, followed by the Nonestic.
Book 3 Story: Ozma, Glinda, Ozana (first seen in The Magical Mimics of Oz) and Jenny Jump (first seen in The Wonder City of Oz) join a host of fairies and winged creatures to Noland. Ozga and Files atop Zipper (first seen in The Scarecrow of Oz) join them, along with Parrot-Oxes (last seen in Paradox in Oz) and the Gobbler, the giant green turkey (from Dorothy in the Land of Oz, and likely the result of the Parrot-oxes!), Old King Crow (last seen in Cryptic Conversations in a Cornfield), the Lonesome Duck (first seen in The Magic of Oz), Dorcas and a roc, Pigasus, Gloma (first seen in The Wishing Horse of Oz), Azarine (last seen in Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz), the Opodok, Snif the Iffin (first seen in Jack Pumpkinhead in Oz), Maybe the Miffin (first seen in Maybe the Miffin), Ereol (last seen in Queen Zixi of Ix) and the fairy Marvel (last seen in The Enchanted Island of Yew), Boglodore and the Umbrellaphant.
At the Emerald City, Ozma has left Dorothy in charge, with instructions not to look in on them. Dorothy looks in on the Scarecrow, who is looking up in the sky, where hundreds of birds are flying. Amongst them are Ozma and Glinda.
Aboard the Crescent Moon, Sally keeps trying to send out a distress signal, to no avail, as they're buffeted by the worst storm Salt has ever seen. Salt is back to himself, as the parrot has taken off with the ring. Looking back over the two weeks spent in the storm, Salt reflects on the ring he found and how the parrot would whisper dark things to him. He fell into a black mood, and Polly would encourage stories of his early pirating days, condemning his current crew as weak. Soon, Salt began associating his nightmares to the ring, particularly as Polly kept asking for it over and over, and chipping away at the crust, revealing a pearl. One night, he dreamt of a young boy, Gehanus, lured to evil by the music of the Piper (last seen in The Magic Umbrella of Oz). He was his first victim, and became the First and Foremost of the Phanfasms. His command of the coming Phanfasms was solidified by the ring which could bend their wills to his. But his most trusted sycophants, led by Polimodellano, deceived him. Bringing him to the desert of Ama on the continent of Tarara, they buried him alive in an enchanted sarcophagus deep under the sands where he rotted for centuries before the eggs of the Hebtuous became poisoned by his hatred and evil, and became the Kurays. Awakening from the dark dreams, Salt researches the Phanfasms from the book The Oziad 1910 where he learns that the Waters of Oblivion had erased their memories for a time. One drop erases a year; one cup, decades; more than that, an entire personality and memories.
Unable to sleep, Salt got drunk, while Polly continued plying for the ring, until in a fit of rage, he threw it at the bird, who grabbed it, morphed into humanoid-sized and flew away, revealing himself to be the Phanfasm Polimodellano. To punish them, the Phanfasm causes a storm and sends the Crescent Moon into a dark dimensional rift, where they are now trapped. Ato and Salt notice how Sally doesn't glow anymore, and how the faces of the merman are wrinkled, losing color and scales. Even Truella and Bobo look as if they're growing older, and Salt's rheumatism has returned.
Ato sees a ship, but it turns out to be a haunted ship, upon which stands a winged woman in black; on her right an emaciated man, on her left Death itself. Before her two shrouded figures lay at her feet. A bell rings and they sail away.
Sally tells Tandy the true story of what happened to her when she tried to find and break the Magic Egg hidden deep in the Nonestic in order to give their long-standing friends and allies, the dolphins, eternal life. Her mother, Queen Aquareine won't hear of it, and banishes her, sending sharks and barracudas and squids to prevent her. In the battle that follows, she loses the Egg, and flees for her life, and is saved at last by the Crescent Moon.
Roger and Zipper are sent to find land, but Zipper ends up attacked by a giant tentatoctopus, and barely makes it out alive. Roger informs them that an island is nearby, but the creature is between them. Once again weighing the ethical dilemma of hurting or killing another creature, they agree they must try to survive. A battle ensues and after several volleys to the creature's eye, it finally withdraws back into the depths. Sally says she felt linked to the creature, and could feel its emptiness and hunger. She announces her engagement to Tandy and sings "Somewhere Beyond the Sea," but the creature rises up and grabs her, dragging her body into the ocean. Tandy and the others jump into the waters, although they retrieve her, nothing Arko, Orpah or Truella attempt can save her. Before they can mourn, arrows come flying at them, hitting Nikobo. A horde of boards form the Island come streaming towards them. With their weapons and cannon, they repel the would-be-invaders. Salt hauls one of their boats onboard and discovers a young girl. Ato brings her food. But then the Rainbow and all of his daughters arrive. Polychrome and Polydori confirm that Sally is indeed dead, causing a tremendous wail of grief to rise up. Then the giant sea serpent King Anko arrives, raging and demanding his daughter. The Rainbow King collects his daughter, but Polychrome stays, pleading with Anko, along with Orpa and Arko, not to destroy the Crescent Moon and his daughter's friends.
The island then moves; it has grown atop a giant tortoise, who, fearing Anko, sloughs the island off his back, causing many to drown. Captain Salt vows to save as many as he can, and everyone gets to work on this task. Even Anko assists. Orpa encounters Zipper in the water, pierced by arrows. After their grievous task, Polychrome believes they can help the Crescent Moon escape this shadow dimension, but her father tells her it's not possible. She explains to Bobo that the world has a hold on them and won't let them go. Bobo shows her the compass given him by the Red Jinn, and describes Maetta's magic hold. Poly hopes it will be enough magic to free them. With the help of Anko and Bifrost and all of the Rainbow's daughters, they lift the ship to the portal leading to their own dimension, but they cannot break through. Just then, the spark of Sally emerges, enabling Polychrome to bring the ship across dimensions from Rainworld to their home.
Back near Ogowan, Tandy realizes that Jade Lake in Ot'Sama would be ideal for the Islanders to live, and Polychrome goes off to ask permission of Tazander Tazah. With this in place, they drop off the Islanders at their new home. Ato, however, is upset over the loss of the Island girl, Kayoko, who he had grown to love as a daughter. But to his surprise, she has stowed away in a locker, hoping to stay with Ato and the crew. Past Regos, Coregos, Mount Up, Pingaree and Ev, King Anko departs from them while he confronts his wife, Queen Aquareine. She explains that she had to take drastic actions to stop Sally from breaking the Magic Egg in the Nonestic. Anko reminds her that the other Magic Egg that she threw down a dark hole in centuries past created the evil Rainworld, where she died, but Aquareine defends herself, noting that Zog had already cracked the egg, and she had no choice. Clia, their eldest daughter, begs her father to forgive her mother.
Anko picks up the crew of the Crescent Moon and brings him to where the hundreds of thousands of birds, and numerous fairies are gathered around a large watery pillar whereupon lie the bodies of Sally and Zipper. The fairies join hands and sing the song Sally had become enchanted with, "Somewhere Beyond the Sea," upon which the Hand of the Supreme Maker takes the deceased.
The fairies request stories of Sally's last days from the crew, as Boglodore spies the fairy Arpeté (the goddess the Ot'Sama people pray to) moving through the crowds. Since the enchantments upon the Crescent Moon are gone, Ozma sails them back to Oz, offering them to drink of the Waters of Oblivion if they so choose to forget the painful horrific events of their recent ordeal. Taking them to the Forbidden Fountain, each decides what they will do. They each decide they will not discard their memories. Ozma is pleased and takes them to a secret garden in Oz where the Magic Egg was first broken, and then to a resting place for Billina's chick Dorothy, and for Sally and Zipper.
The epilogue contains a scene from Sally's meeting with Ma'Kra, where it is revealed that Sally is pregnant with twins. To avoid their mother's fate, Ma'Kra gives her a potion, the very last of the potion that has kept her alive, and which will enable the children to live. She sends Sally to deposit the enchanted eggs deep in Jade Lake. She then summons the fairy Arpeté, but though she loves Ma'Kra like a daughter, she refuses to help her, holding Sally accountable for wanting to break a Magic Egg and holding her mother accountable for nearly letting her. Ma'Kra reminds her that it was she who stole the two Magic Eggs intended for Tarara, and gave it to Aquareine for safekeeping, and that it is not the fault of the unborn infants what came to pass. Arpeté agrees to help under the condition that their heritage remain a secret.
Anko: King Anko's full name is Ankormegir; he is a Titan and the eldest of the three Sea Serpents, Inkormegir and Unkormeggir. He is also a brother of the Rainbow King, Bifrost. He is married to Queen Aquareine. Their eldest daughter is Clia (first seen in The Sea Fairies). Sally was their youngest.
Billina: Billina urged Ozma to sterilize the eggs of her and her offspring after a certain number of chicks, concerned that all of Oz would be overrun by chickens. The now-sterile eggs are used as food. Billina's chick Dorothy, who died of the pip, and is buried in Ozma's secret garden, was the last individual to die in Oz. Note that there is an apparent discrepancy in the text as it gives a grand total of 182 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Yet, in The Emerald City of Oz, Billina herself numbers a total of over 386 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with more hatching every day. While it might seem that a zero is missing from that number, the author explained that many of her offspring went off into neighboring fairylands. Given that Billina claims to have 7,000 offspring by the time of The Patchwork Girl of Oz, that is a considerable amount of emigrants to lands that don't eat animals.
Boglodore: The Old Man of the Jungle has managed to preserve his life, as well as the life of the Umbrellephant (though he lies about his being still alive). He reveals a secret to the Sea Fairy Sally that he is really Tandy's godfather.
Captain Salt: Samuel Salt is revealed to be from Dawna on the Island of Yew, where he first became a pirate. He is over 200 years old (page 58). He comes to realize in the course of this story that his mission of colonization is misguided.
Death and Immortality: Salt and his crew are unfamiliar with death. Though they've met Terrybubble and know what a skeleton is, only Captain Salt knows what a tombstone is, having pirated prior to Lurline's enchantment of Oz in 1743. Ev, Ix, Noland, Boboland and nearly all of the Nonestican continent are said to have gradually achieved immortality over time. For Ev, this would have to have been after 1964, when people were still migrating there to escape the immortality of Oz.
Emerald City: The Royal Palace and Emerald City were built around a secret garden, within which lies the very shell of the Magic Egg, which was broken there in the center of Oz, in 1743 (first revealed in The Law of Oz and Other Stories).
Fountain of Oblivion: One drop from the Waters of Oblivion erases a year. One cup erases a decade. More erases an entire personality. When King Oz was given the Waters to drink from Lurline, all of Oz was made to drink of it (first mentioned in The Law of Oz and Other Stories). The text also affirms that Mombi was spared and made to drink of these waters, as told in Oziana #38: "Executive Decisions." It similarly affirms Enilrul's creation of it by virtue of her suicide (in The Witch Queen of Oz).
Mermaids: The story makes a distinction between the mermaids and Sea Fairies of Queen Aquareine. Arko and Orpa are of the line of the merman Orpah (last seen in The Giant Horse of Oz), who guards the giant seahorses who live in the Ozure Isles of Cheeriobed's domain. They are called Pisceans and are of the Sea Serpent Inko (or Inkormegir). The Sea Fairies under Queen Aquareine are under the Sea Serpent King Anko (Ankormegir)
Phanfasms: The very first Phanfasm, summoned by the Piper (last seen in The Magic Umbrella of Oz), was Gehanus Maledictus, the First and Foremost. He was betrayed by his trusted inner circle under the leadership of Polimodellano, buried with an inscription in Aman not to disturb. The Hebtuous eggs which the parents hid in the darkness were poisoned and defiled by the dying spirit of Gehanus, and became the corrupting Kuray, which sought to destroy its predecessor. Polimodellano waited centuries to retrieve the ring that Gehanus wielded, a ring granted him by the Piper, which could bend the rebellious nature of the Phanfasms to him.
Prequels and Sequels: Pirates in Oz, Captain Salt in Oz and Shipwrecked in Oz are the direct predecessors of this trilogy.
Ogowan: (Oh-Go-Wan) is from Ruth Plumly Thompson's King Kojo, effectively bringing that story into canon, and dating it to between 1905 and 1915, as Dorcas says she lived there for 80 or 90 years. This story also definitively places Ogowan and Big Enuf Mountain (from King Kojo) on the northwestern portion of the continent Tarara. Another Thompson place, Way-Up is found on another continent west of Oz (see The Goat Girls of Oz)
Rinkitink in Oz is correctly dated (by Prince Bobo) at exactly 1905 (the time Baum first wrote the original King Rinkitink), noting that it's events weren't made known until a decade later (when Rinkitink in Oz was published).
Roger the Read Bird: Roger doesn't know what kind of bird he is.
Ot'Sama: The people of Ot'Sama appear to be of Middle-Eastern descent, are patriarchal (though that is slowly changing), and worship the goddess Arpete.
Tarara: This is a continent, made up of mainly desert, and split by the Dragon's Spine Mountains, separating Ama (Amaland) and Ot'Sama (Ozamaland). Ogowan and Big Enuf Mountain (from King Kojo) can be found on the northwestern portion, Om on the southeastern. Ogowan is the only enchanted part of the country. As Tandy discovers, it's not as large as Nonestica, as he'd once bragged. The Red Jinn's servant, Alibabble, is from this land. Tarara has little to no magic, and this is because Arpeté, the Desert Fairy who is guardian of the land, had Ma'Kra steal the Magic Eggs from Lurline's Cloudcourt centuries ago, and gave them to Queen Aquareine for safekeeping. As a result, Tarara is like the mundane lands, warring, patriarchal and plagued by death. The current ruler is Tandy's grand-nephew Tazander Tazah (named after him), who is more progressive than past sheiks.
The Hidden Prince of Oz
Book 51 of the Sovereign Sixty and Supreme Seventy-Five, and Gina Wickwar's first published Oz book!
History: The winning entry in the International Wizard of Oz Club's Centennial contest (of which Rachel Cosgrove-Payes had been one of the judges), and deemed official by the Club, The Hidden Prince of Oz was originally titled The Glass Cat of Oz, though that name was changed to avoid confusion with the David Hulan story of the same name. Royal Historian Eloise Jarvis McGraw worked closely with author Gina Wickwar, editing this story.
Story: In a Gillikin cottage, south of Oogaboo, Zeebo the Tinker begins experimenting with magic again after over a century of having abstained from it. The purple poodle Penny and blue parrot Beak are less than happy with his clumsy results, and then with a flash of lightning, Zeebo disappears. Penny thinks they should try to find him, but Beak reminds her what a terrible man he was, concerned only about regaining his powers after the Wicked Witch of the East took it away from him 101 years ago in punishment. The pair suspect he went back to his former home in the Blue Mountain, likely to search for his other magic books, the red, green, yellow and purple ones he hid there after being threatened by a mysterious stranger. So, they determine to go to the Blue Mountain to prevent him causing any more trouble. With their magic saddlebag fill with necessities, they head out.
The next day, after several miles travel, Beak gets frightened by the appearance of a snake, but the colorful creature assures him that she's a harmless feathered boa named Ketzal, who loves to travel and who's from a long line of feathered boas that live nearby and will know where to find the Blue Mountain. Filling her in on the back story, Beak tells Ketzal and Penny that the Wicked Witch blamed Zeebo for making everyone on the Blue Mountain disappear, including the Prince who she wanted to marry. After stripping him of his powers, Zeebo and Beak left the Munchkin Country and set up a home in the Gillikin Country where Penny had been living after escaping a wolf pack. Zeebo has never acknowledged if he in fact made the prince disappear.
In Tucson, meanwhile, a thunderstorm erupts after two months of a dry spell. Lightning strikes the wooden Indian of the Old West Trading Post, bringing him to life and transporting him to Cactus Acres Orphanage, where he meets young Emma Lou, whose surprised but pleased to meet the wooden Indian, who identifies as Chief Thundercloud. He admits he doesn't understand how he came to life, and Emma admits she's been sad because they don't celebrate birthdays in the orphanage and today is her birthday. So, the Chief gives her a glass beaded bracelet from his own wrist. When the director calls for her, she grabs her new friend and wishes to be someplace safe.
In the Emerald City, Bungle the Glass Cat overhears Dorothy call her hard-hearted. Considering that Trot and Jellia have also recently scolded her, she goes to the Wizard's lab to see if he can soften her ruby heart a bit, but as he's in the Munchkin Country with the Tin Woodman collecting plants for magical recipes, she decides it's not worth being sentimental. Soon after, she receives an invitation to the Court of Vitrea, Princess of Silica Valley, to celebrate the dedication of the glass works.
In Silica, Mr. Chips, Royal Keeper of the Glassworks, and his assistant Smithereens, Slivers and Splinters scramble to restore order after Emma Lou and Thundercloud come crashing through their skylight. Unhurt, Emma's thrilled to discover she's in Oz and explains to Thundercloud what that means. They're invited to stay and are brought through corridors of mirrors into a magnificent crystal palace where they're introduced to Princess Vitrea. She's happy to meet them, but when she sees the bracelet Emma wears, she inquires about it. Thundercloud explains that he had it since the time he was carved and it must have been put on him by the carver, though he doesn't know who that is. Mr. Chips confirms that it's the very same bracelet that Vitrea gave the Prince of the Blue Mountain, to whom she was betrothed, but who never returned to her 101 years ago.
The Princess' Uncle Vitriol arrives with his nephew Vitrix. Vitriol thinks Emma must be a magic worker to have arrived in Oz. His nephew disagrees, but Vitriol is more concerned about the glass beads around Emma Lou's wrist. Vitrea hopes the Glass Cat can unravel the mystery when she arrives later that week. Excited to meet Bungle, Emma Lou wishes her there, and suddenly, she appears! After introductions and explanations, Mr. Chips tells Bungle that she was actually made in Silica. This is a surprise to her, as she thought she was made by Dr. Pipt. Mr. Chips brings in Huffin Puffin, the glass blower, who says that he made her himself. She and several other glass animals were purchased by a merchant who then peddled them to housewives in the Great Munchkin Forest. Dr. Pipt bought her and gave her her ruby heart and pink brains, and then brought her to life with the Powder of Life.
Thundercloud tells the Princess that he wishes to seek out the Prince to see if he knows who his maker is; Vitrea agrees that perhaps some misfortune had befallen him, preventing him from returning to her, and decides to go as well. Bungle and Emma Lou also volunteer, and Thundercloud vows to protect them all. Vitriol insists Vitrix must go too. While they make preparations, Bungle sneaks off to spy on Vitriol and overhears him trying to convince his nephew to steal the beads from Emma Lou because they're enchanted. Bungle tells Emma Lou what she discovered, but when she tests the beads, nothing happens. Bungle tells her to keep it safe anyway and departs to tell Vitrea.
Beak, Penny and Ketzel, meanwhile, come across the rainbow splattered in colors all over the meadow. The leprechaun Paddy O'Paint is upset because he was left to paint the rainbow while the Rain King took the Rainbow's daughters on holiday, and on his watch the Rainbow tripped over his 'wet paint' sign. Also, Kelly the leprechaun left him in charge of the pot of gold and that is now missing. The party ask Paddy to join them, which he does in the hopes they'll come across the missing gold. After gathering up the balled up tangles of colors into a haystack, the party depart. Entering a field, they find themselves being pulled by an unknown force, and Beak, Penny and Paddy are then surrounded by large living magnets. Their horseshoe leader, Prince Feric, explains they've been caught in a magnetic field during their war with his sister Princess Dipole, who currently rules the "north pole." The war is only ceremonial, and when the field is turned off, they're friends. The Princess greets them and sends them to the Coconut Grove to eat and fill their saddlebag. Feric and Dipole give the party a Magic Compass to help them navigate their way.
Bungle informs the princess about her uncle's treachery, but she has a hard time believing it. Thundercloud also warns Mr. Chips to keep an eye on Vitriol. He promises to contact Glinda (who he's friend with, but hasn't seen for over a century) if any problems arise.
The next day, the travelers cross the Munchkin countryside and come to a babbling brook. They attempt to cross at the Drawbridge, not realizing it's a literal descriptor, as a giant hand emerges to draw them a bridge. But halfway across, the hand begins erasing the bridge and they jump into a raging river. As Thundercloud floats, they all cling to each other and him, and follow the waters to the Caterwauling Cataracts, which caterwauls, and the Wailing Waterfall, which wails. Finally, they make it to the shore of a brook in the Gillikin Country, where they're met by a living bridge! The Runaway Bridge explains that he ran away from his last river, which hated having a bridge and wouldn't speak to him. The Bridge takes a liking to Thundercloud, but is afraid of spanning the deep ravine. Thundercloud proposes blindfolding him so he won't have to look down. He agrees on the condition he be allowed to go with him until he can find a river that wants him.
The Sawhorse, meanwhile, arrives at Glinda's to invite her to join Ozma at the capital. While she prepares to depart, the Sawhorse reads about the Glass Cat and Prince Cyan in the Great Book of Records. In under four hours, the Sawhorse and Glinda arrive at the Emerald City, and have dinner with Dorothy, Betsy, Trot, Cap'n Bill, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Eureka, Button-Bright, Woot, Jellia and the Shaggy Man. The Sawhorse reveals that Bungle's in Silica.
The next morning, Beak, Penny, Ketzel and Paddy come across a river that blocks their path. The parrot suggests the poodle swim the others across, but the laughing river tosses them out, explaining that it tickles when anyone goes in it. She wishes she had a bridge. Fortuitously, Bungle, Thundercloud, Vitrea, Vitrix, Emma Lou and the Runaway Bridge arrive just then. They discover they're each heading for the Blue Mountain and agree to travel together. Vitrea learns from the parrot that her prince indeed disappeared 101 years ago, almost to the day. What no one understands is why Zeebo would do that. Bidding goodbye to the Runaway Bridge, whose been invited by the ticklish river to bridge her, they set off.
In Silica, Vitriol tricks Mr. Chips into a kiln. Luckily for him, Smithereens happens by. Chips tells him to take the Royal Carrier Pigeon, Venté, to get Glinda's help. Thrilled at the prospect, the young man informs the giant blue pigeon, alights upon his back and flies off. Three hours later, at the palace, they meet Rozlyn, Glinda's top lieutenant and apprentice, who informs him of Glinda's departure, but promises she can make a key to free Chips from the kiln.
The next morning, she feeds the pair and presents him with a key to open all locked doors. Returning to Silica, they free Mr. Chips, and go inform Shivers, Splinters and Huffin Puffin of Vitriol's treachery. Knowing the princess must be told, Venté and Smithereens fly off to find her. On the way, they find Vitriol and track him by means of the Magic Candle he stole from the Crystal Palace. They capture him just as he crashes through the campground of the Tin Woodman and Wizard, and tie him to a tree. Smithereens explains their story, and as Nick and Oscar are also going to the Blue Mountain, they agree to accompany them.
Princess Vitrea's party, meanwhile, have settled for the night. Vitrix debates carrying out his uncle's wishes, and finally decides to sneak into Emma Lou's tent (now that Bungle is in the Princess's tent) and steal the bracelet. But after unsuccessfully wishing himself back to Silica, he returns it (but is seen by Bungle).
The next day, they come to Bonanza Creek in the Munchkin Country, where they meet the gnomish Gold Panners (who are cousins of the Nomes), but take gold from creeks instead of the ground. The other day gold had rained down from the sky, and Paddy knows it from the pot of gold that got lost when the Rainbow fell. The Gold Panners Augie and Mercurio tell them they must first file and make a claim, after which they can pan for the gold. The Inspector hands each of them hundreds of forms to fill out; then after panning through mud to fill up half of Paddy's pot, the gold must be assayed and paid for. Frustrated, Vitrix grabs the gold and goes to leave, but he's blocked by the Panners' pick axes, and the party are arrested. Once in jail, Bungle whispers an idea to Emma Lou, and in a moment they're all outside in a forest.
The morning after Nick informed his party they'd entered the Great Munchkin Forest, where he once lived, they stumble upon his cottage, which he hadn't seen since the time he went to court Nimmie Aimee. The Wizard goes off and finds the plants he needs, and then magically contacting Ozma, he returns to the Emerald City, assured by Nick that he'll escort their new friends from there. A terrible rainstorm breaks out, but they move on. That night, while Nick ruminates on the stars, Vitriol escapes and goes off to find Vitrix in his tent. But Nick, Smithereens and Venté follow him to the camp. While the party is distracted introducing themselves, Vitriol steals into Emma Lou's tent, snatches the bracelet and escapes into the night with his nephew, eventually finding an old forester's cottage where they spend the night. Vitrea is distress to learn of her uncle's treachery. The Sawhorse comes into the camp, extending Ozma's invitation to the Emerald City after they've concluded their business.
The next morning, the forester is visited again by Princess Vitrea's large party. He tells them he was once Prince Cyan's Chief Forester, and that Zeebo was once his sorcerer. The Sawhorse's memory jogged, he informs them that Glinda's Book said the prince was returning to the Blue Mountain, which cheers up Vitrea.
Vitriol and Vitrix, meanwhile, pass into a thicket of butterfly nets, with a sign that warns "no dragon netting." But when Vitriol comes upon a pile of gold he begins filling his pockets, and a swarm of tiny dragons encircle him, telling him to put it back. Picking up a butterfly net, Vitriol angrily captures each Dragon Fly and Snap Dragon. They plead for him to release them and Vitrix protests his uncle's cruelty, but he just walks away. The dragons are grateful, however, that Princess Vitrea's party follows and frees them. The dragons explain about the gold that fell from the sky, and Paddy knows it's the remainder of the treasure. The dragons request that Vitrea send someone to get rid of the butterfly nets and fly-swatter bushes.
Polychrome, meanwhile, requests that she go in search of her father. The Rain King concedes, asking her to check in on a strange man hanging from the Big Dipper requesting to be sent to the Blue Mountain. She finds Zeebo there and brings him to the old palace on the mountain. There they come across Zeebo's old enemy Vitriol and the two begin arguing over the bracelet. When Polychrome and Vitrix ask to take the discussion inside, Vitriol angrily wishes them still, and still they become. Stumbling upon the bracelet's powers, he wishes Zeebo inside the tower, and goes in after him. Yet, he soon realizes that he doesn't actually know the secret and Zeebo, who's locked behind the tower door, refuses to divulge it. He heads then to the root cellar, where he buries the gold he stole, and in so doing, discovers a silver sack containing Zeebo's magic cookbooks, which he takes.
Reaching the summit of the Blue Mountain, Princess Vitrea and her party discover Polychrome and Vitrix frozen before the entrance. Thundercloud carries them in and they follow. Bungle goes off to explore and is caught by Vitriol who grabs him and leaves him tied up in the cellar, while he sneaks to the tower and sleeps there unbeknownst to the others preparing their own sleeping arrangements.
In the morning, Penny awakens, and smelling an unknown scent, follows it up the tower where she stumbles on Vitriol. He puts her in his sack, but she begins barking, arousing Thundercloud and the others who come up and surround him, forcing him to relinquish the dog and bracelet. Beak then recognizes Vitriol from his voice as the mysterious stranger who threatened Zeebo the night before they departed. They search for a key to free Zeebo from behind the locked door, but Smithereens produces the key Rozlyn made for him. Penny and Emma rush to the cellar to save Bungle, whose ear tip and some whiskers had been chipped by Vitriol.
When Nick catches sight of Zeebo, he recognizes him from 101 years ago, just before he was caught in the rainstorm that rusted him. The sorcerer had been arguing with Prince Cyan. Zeebo explains that he did enchant him, not because Vitriol wanted him to, but because the Wicked Witch of the East wanted him destroyed for his refusal to marry her. Something went wrong, however, and though he didn't know what happened to the prince, the witch did, and to ensure Zeebo didn't find out, she took away his magic for 101 years. Bungle and Emma Lou then use the bracelet to restore Polychrome and Vitrix, while Penny and Venté retrieve the gold buried in the cellar. Thundercloud suggests Emma Lou make a wish to bring Prince Cyan there, but her attempts fail.
The Rain King arrives in order to take Paddy to his fallen brother, but Beak asks him if he remembers what happened to Prince Cyan a century earlier, since it was a lightning spell that was used. The Rain King tells him he should try the Purple Book. Zeebo admits he buried them in the cellar, but Penny and Venté confirm they're not there. Smithereens figures out that Zeebo's books are probably hidden in Vitriol's sack and retrieves them. Polychrome, who can read magic, peruses it. Zeebo is then forced to admit that he attempted to send the prince and his people to the Deadly Desert. The Wicked Witch didn't do it herself because she feared the wrath of the Wizard. Yet, because he used the Blue Book of Magic instead of the Purple, the Prince and his people were sent to a desert outside of Oz. Polychrome has her uncle bring about a storm, and utters a spell from the Purple Book.
Instantly the castle is again full of people and Thundercloud is transformed into his true form, Prince Cyan! Vitrea is overjoyed to see him, and he professes his love for her. He explains that it was actually Zeebo's recent spell with the Blue Book that caused the lightning that brought him to life, and Emma Lou's accidental wish with the bracelet, which now only works in the rain, that brought them to Oz. Vitriol is tasked with telling his part, and he grudgingly acknowledges that he planned to stop the prince from marrying his niece and when he learned of the wishing bracelet sought it for himself so he could rule Silica. Zeebo admits that Vitriol blackmailed him because knew that Zeebo had stolen the Magic Books from the Wicked Witch of the East to prevent her from overthrowing the Wizard and the other witches. When the prince was spirited away, the bracelet went with him, infuriating Vitriol, who threatened to tell the Witch of his perfidy. Vitrix is disgusted with his uncle and offers to do anything for Vitrea to make up for his part in things. She asks him to go to the grove of the tiny Dragons for one month and remove the harmful bushes and plant harmless ones. He gladly agrees and even Polychrome offers to help. Following that, he is to return as a Prince of Silica.
Suddenly, Dorothy, the Wizard, Ozma and Glinda pop up amidst the company and congratulate everyone. They'd been watching in the Magic Picture. Prince Cyan then formerly proposes to Princess Vitrea. Glinda brings the old forester, Mr. Chips, Huffin Puffin and the other residents of Silica to the Blue Mountain, where soon they hold a wedding celebration. After it's over, the Wizard asks Beak if he thinks Zeebo is a bad man. The parrot responds that he's bad-tempered, but not bad. Glinda notes that had he not stolen the Wicked Witch's books things could have turned out much worse. Thus, he's allowed to return to his life as a tinker. He asks if Beak and Penny will return with him, and Beak agrees on the condition that he's a lot kinder. Penny, however, won't leave Emma Lou, but she says she'd love to live with both of them and Zeebo, which makes him happy, and he promises once a month they'll visit the Blue Mountain and Vitrea and Cyan, both of whom express their love and admiration for Emma Lou. That night, Ozma decides Vitriol's fate and he disappears.
The next day, Ozma sends the Glass Cat along with the other residents of Silica (except the newly promoted Smithereens who flies aboard Venté) back home, where Huffin Puffin restores her chipped exterior. Ketzal is brought to live with Cyan and Vitrea. Glinda requests the bracelet and magic books for study, and everyone returns home. Back in Arizona, Vitriol finds himself in the form of a wooden Indian.
Bungle the Glass Cat: This is the not the first time Bungle gets offended by remarks made about her, and she leaves the Emerald City as a result. Dorothy insults her, as well, in Bungle and the Magic Lantern of Oz. Bungle's origins are here explained and explored. She was made as a glass animal along with several others in the foundries of Silica by Huffin Puffin, then purchased by a peddler, who sold her to Dr. Pipt's wife. Dr. Pipt gave her the ruby heart and pink brains that she's so proud of, and then brought her to life with the Powder of Life. For more on Bungle the Glass Cat, see her entry in the appendices here.
Dating: While the story was told to the author at the approach of the centennial, and deals with a 101 year old mystery, the mystery itself begins with an enchantment placed by the Wicked Witch of the East in the pre-Dorothean period when the Wizard reigned in Oz. The exact year is established by the fact that the Tin Woodman witnesses the prince's disappearance at Zeebo's hands just prior to rusting. As he was standing rusted for around a year or so before Dorothy found him in late 1898, this places this event some time in 1896 or 1897. As this story must be earlier than 1998, since the Tin Woodman goes through a major transformation in that year (Forever in Oz), The Royal Timeline of Oz places it in 1896. 101 years later brings this story to 1997.
Emma Lou: Emma Lou is the third American child to remain in Oz, but not in the palace. Bucky Jones (Lucky Bucky in Oz) goes on to live with Davey in Lake Quad and Bob-Up and Notta (from The Cowardly Lion of Oz) live in a tent in the outskirts of the city. She is also, along with Bob-Up and Robin Brown (The Hidden Valley of Oz), a child who formerly lived in an orphanage. The reader is never given Emma Lou's last name.
Glinda's Apprentice: For the first time in a long time, Glinda is shown to have an apprentice. Rozlyn is able to perform low-level magic, including making a key that will open locked doors. A 1982 ruling relaxed the prohibition against magic, allowing individuals to petition for a license to use magic, which Rozlyn likely has. Glinda's first apprentice was Jinnicky the Red Jinn, who she taught in 1759 (see "Glinda and the Red Jinn.") The earlier prohibition on magic explains why Glinda had no apprentices until Rozlyn, though why she had none between Jinnicky and the time of the Wizard will be told in a forthcoming story.
Nome Cousins: The Gold Panners are a Nome branch who get their gold from creeks instead of the ground. This is the fourth of the Nome offshoots introduced in Oz. There are the "gnomes" of The Wonder City of Oz, who are unlike Baum (or Thompson's) Nomes, but may be an offshoot, the Rock Nomes of The Witch Queen of Oz, who were cursed by Enilrul, but who appear to have been Nomes, and the Tree Nomes of "Jimmy Bulber in Oz," in Oziana 1974.
Rainbow: A slightly different interpretation is given here of the Rainbow, though it basically harmonizes with the idea presented in other stories, such as The Magic Umbrella of Oz, in that the Rainbow (who is a kind of elemental) is not the same as the rainbow. In the latter story, the Rainbow carries the rainbow on his back and is quite conversant with his daughters and Button-Bright (after Polychrome changes him into a being like them). This idea is certainly possible here, as it describes the Rainbow as "a prime and private potentate," who "rules over the mists and mysteries and magical mathematics." He is said to be generally invisible to ordinary folk, though his daughters see him, and presumably he can make himself visible to anyone if he chooses. In this story, there appears to be more of a connection between the rainbow itself and the Rainbow, as when he trips, he's dependent on others to restore him. The Rain King, also identified in other stories as the Rainbow's brother, is also present here.
Tin Woodman: On page 195, Nick Chopper visits his old home in the Great Munchkin Forest, claiming it's for the first time since he went to visit Nimee Aimee with the Scarecrow and Woot (in The Tin Woodman of Oz), however in that book he doesn't visit his old home, unless it happens off-screen, which might have to be assumed from his dialogue here. He explains that he was rusted for a year before Dorothy found him (p. 190). This is confirmed in Thompson's "The Enchanted Tree of Oz," though it appears to have been just over a year (see "Dating"), and it's certainly possible he lost track of the time while rusted. The reader also learns that he wasn't just chopping down trees prior to rusting. Nick is said to be sad that his former home has fallen into disrepair, and he spends considerable time ruminating in this book, contemplating the stars, how it might be nice to sleep again, and trying to remember what it was like to dream. This sets up the mental state that readers will find him in when he appears shortly after in "The Heart of the Matter," "Reflections" and Forever in Oz.
Wicked Witch of the East: The narrative presents new information regarding this witch, specifically that she had both intended to marry Prince Cyan of the Blue Mountain, and when he refused, sought to have him and his people destroyed, a plan that failed when Zeebo the Magician used the wrong spell book. She also had planned to overthrow not only the Wizard but take control of the other compass witches by means of the power that her five powerful Books of Magic would have given her. These five books each represent a different kind of magic, colored for each region and magic-type, yellow, blue, purple, red and green. By stealing these valuable books from her, Zeebo prevented this from occurring. This explains a) why it took so long for any of the compass witches to obtain enough power to wrest control away from the capital, and b) why it never happened.
Toto of Oz: Wherein Toto Finds Button Bright and the Cookie Giraffe
Dating: Takes place several months after The Hidden Prince of Oz, on August 20th.
Forever in Oz
History: "Lost" novel from Melody Grandy that appeared years after it was first written. Features the child of Chopfyt and Nimmie Aimee.
Continuity notes: Sequel to The Tin Woodman of Oz features major changes to Nick Chopper.
Dating: Internal evidence indicates this story takes place in the fall.
Paradox in Oz
Book #56 in the Sovereign Sixty!
Continuity notes: Forthcoming.
The Borrowing Shop of Oz
Don and Vickie, Co-Rulers of Oz
The Living House of Oz
Book #57 in the Sovereign Sixty
The Living House of Oz is the last of the four primary stories detailing how Ozma's law prohibiting magic in Oz had progressed over the years:
Phanfasms: For a detailed history for the Phanfasms, see Appendix D or click here.
The Great Jinjin Epilogue
History: Originally available through the Yahoo E-groups file for Nonestica, this short wrap-up was written by the author to close up a dangling plot thread for fans. It is now available again exclusively here!
The Emerald Wand of Oz
History: The first in a new trilogy of Oz books by a major publisher and with the approval of the Baum Trust. When Byron Preiss of Harper Collins died, and sales were sluggish (in part due to a less than aggressive marketing campaign), the publisher cancelled the series before the final book was illustrated or published. For a time, this third book remained in limbo, until at last, Pumpernickel Pickle released it in 2014 with illustrations by Kim McFarland
Dating: Story takes place at the beginning of summer.
The Golden Cap: This item is correctly said to be at Glinda's palace. For placement notes see Trouble Under Oz below.
Trouble Under Oz
Dating: Story takes place at the end of summer. Sherwood Smith's new series is clearly written to take place in modern times. However, certain story elements seem to indicate that these stories should be set earlier. The protagonists Dori, Inga and Rik visit the land of Mangaboos and it is clear that the plant creatures have not yet been fully transformed by Zim (as depicted in Melody Grandy's Seven Blue Mountains of Oz, volume 1), which was completed in 1977. In the decades prior to that time, there had been "lengthy and diverse experiments" (SBMv1, p.274) upon the Mangaboos with varying degrees of results. With Trouble's passing references to video games and home videos, the earliest date it and its predecessor The Emerald Wand of Oz could reasonably take place is 1976 (although one could make an argument for 1975.) Nathan Mulac DeHoff points out that the use of cell-phones must date this story later, and indicated that it's more likely that an unaccounted faction of emotionless Mangaboos, ones who'd escaped Zim's experiments, temporarily re-conquered the realm during this period of time. Zim likely returned some years later to correct this situation.
Ruggedo: There is a continuity error which the author makes on page 21 which appears to indicate that no one knew what became of Ruggedo after he drank of the Fountain of Oblivion the second time (which occurred in The Magic of Oz in 1917.) This is completely at odds with Ruggedo's very notable appearances in several of Ruth Plumly Thompson's books, not to mention many of the later additions to the saga. Thus, readers who accept Smith's books must chalk that sentence up to "historian error," a possibility that the author herself admits could occur in the forward to Trouble. Otherwise, the characterization of Kaliko and the appearance of the Phanfasms (see Appendix D for a partial history of that race) are consistent with the stories on the mainline timeline.
Sky Pyrates Over Oz
History: Originally, a lost story, as the publisher cancelled the series before the final book was illustrated or published. For years, this third book was believed vanished, until at last, Pumpernickel Pickle released it in 2014 with illustrations by Kim McFarland
Continuity notes: Forthcoming.
The Emerald Mountain of Oz
Mark E. Haas' third and final Oz story
Continuity notes: Forthcoming.
The UnWinged Monkey of Oz
Continuity notes: Forthcoming.
A Small Adventure in Oz
Continuity notes: This marks the second appearance of the stork (from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) who saved the Scarecrow from the river, and for whom he promised to do a favor. Here, she's named Stella, though in Dennis Anfuso's A Promise Kept in Oz, she's named Herrona. The stork's first re-appearance, post-Baum, occurs in Campbell and Terry's Lavender Bear of Oz.
Bungle of Oz
Story: When Bungle gets offended by some visiting Munchkins who consider her useless because she doesn't catch mice or do anything, she gets depressed until Jellia Jamb informs her that Dr. Pipt and his wife will soon be visiting to discuss some new formula he created. Bungle goes to the Royal Kitchen where Igi, a simple kitchen hand, who sports a mechanical golden hand, plays with her while Jellia puzzles out why he considers himself simple when he comes across as rather philosophical.
Igi suggests that Bungle actually try to catch a mouse. Unsure what she'd do with one if she did, she finds a palace mouse in the Royal Spice Room and chases the irritated creature who runs out the window into Emerald City traffic. Bungle discovers she enjoys chasing the mouse, but as she passes by one cart, a red vial shatters before her, releasing a pink smoke. Impressed by her prowess, Igi carries her back inside the Palace.
Bungle: The Glass Cat several times notes that she's normally indestructible. Prior stories (such as "The Ruby Heart," Bungle and the Magic Lantern of Oz, and The Hidden Prince of Oz), however, reveal that while she's hardy, she can break. Bungle may have gotten reinforced magic from Dr. Pipt in the intervening years after she last shattered (The Hidden Prince of Oz), which would explain why she refers to herself as indestructible.
Dating: The author notes that Dorothy lived in Kansas a hundred years ago, which places this in the early 2000s. Also, as the author notes that the Glass Cat contacted her to tell her story, it likely took place shortly before the story was written.
This story can be read here.
How to Go to the Winkie Convention
Continuity notes: Retcon for the dilemma of the Nome King's puzzling six-hour trip through the underground tunnel in Emerald City of Oz. Also, mention should be made that, as per Ork in Oz, The Shaggy Man of Oz and The Red Jinn of Oz, there are other beings living below ground in the intersecting tunnels and passageways. The latter story assures readers that Ozma only filled up the one tunnel from the Nome Kingdom to the Emerald City, without causing any harm or disturbance to the residents and occupants living in the adjoining tunnels and caverns.
The Giant Chinchilla of Oz
Story: While exploring his attic, Jason discovers an old chest that contains a small furry object and a magic rod of apportation that transports him to Oz. Once there he finds himself in a mirrored room owned by the Mirror Master who wants Jason to help him conquer the Emerald City. With the help of the rod, Jason escapes, but ends up in the clutches of the Two Weevils, who are giant insects that demand he make one of two evil choices, become their servant as a dust mite, or become food and let them suck him dry. With the help of Button-Bright, who has also found his way there, and was made prisoner, the Weevils withdraw for a time. Jason examines the furry object he'd found in the attic, and discovers it to be a chinchilla that grows to giant size. The friendly shy creature is nicknamed Andy by Jason, and as they're searching for a way out, he burrows a tunnel of the Weevil's prison and into a forest.
Finding themselves in the Gillikin country, they take a path to the Spin Doctor, Dr. T. Ruth Twister, D.R.T. (Doctor of Rotational Therapy), who puts them through a therapy that attempts to make them believe they were in the wrong to leave the Weevils. Successful, he contacts the Weevils, but overhearing that, Andy smashes through the room, freeing Jason and Button-Bright from the spell.
Fleeing the Spin Doctor, they take the other path to Stationary City, which is led by a paper trail. The paper breaks, however, and they slide down to an underground community of living stationary, whose king, Ruler Straight Edge the Twelfth, decides to imprison them. Once in jail, they meet a ten-armed talking squid named Harvey, who was an underwater cab driver, and wears plaid trousers. He is prisoner now because they want his ink for their printers. Harvey agrees to show them the secret way he found to escape if they'll take him with them. He explains he's been looking for the meaning of life as he leads them through a dark tunnel, which leads to a metal door and computer. Jason uses the computer to open the door into Multi-Land, where to their surprise they find a modern city in which the residents all multitask all the time, to the point where they often get injured.
Led by one of the Multis named Bit, they enter the building to meet the Mainframe, a sapient computer who knows who they are, and explains to them that he is the creation of the multis. Mainframe asks them to bring a message to Ozma to help the Multis who cannot control their multitasking. Agreeing to do so, Mainframe leads them to an elevator where they can bypass all of the underground kingdoms save the uppermost.
There, they arrive at a giant department store filled with new clothing. They are greeted by a female centaur known as the Clotheshorse, who welcomes them to the Kingdom of Style, and takes them to see the Queen of Style. She discusses fashion with the boys, and explains that she had been a fairy with Queen Lurline before she decided to get into fashion. Horrified by the sight of Harvey's trousers, the Queen has him re-outfitted in nicer clothing. Since they make all these clothes for no one but the models who live there, Button Bright invites her to come and bring her designs to Oz, an idea she likes. She says goodbye and points them to the direction of the Variable Stairs, which she notes has some trick to it.
The stairway proves difficult to navigate, as all perspective of up and down is lost on it, and they get tired and confused. Harvey decides to navigate via air-pressure, which successfully leads them to an alcove where a mosaic tells them what to chant in order to go where they wish. Doing so, they find themselves in the Emerald City. Bumping into the Wogglebug, he explains the current controversy taking place in the courtroom between Ozma, who wants to expand the road of yellow brick, and the preservations who think things should stay as they are.
Dorothy leads them to the Palace, where Ozma is holding court with the Hoztorical Preservation Society of the Munchkin country. After it's over, she greets the newcomers, but is puzzled to see two Jason's. One of them turns out to be the Mirror Master in disguise, and holding up his Prism of Confinement, a mirrored magical device which captures the reflections of all who look upon it. In so doing, Ozma and the court are captured and dissolve into the prism, all but Andy, who as a Chinchilla cannot see his reflection. In fear, he crashes through the room, shattering the prism and freeing everyone. The Wizard gives the Mirror Master a drink from a vial containing the Water of Oblivion and takes him off, while Ozma thanks Andy and Jason for all their help. A celebration follows filled with food, stories of their adventures and fireworks. Ozma later asks them what they'd wish, and Harvey says he'd like to run a taxi-service in Oz to help with transportation. Ozma grants him a Royal Taxi Service. Andy merely wishes to go home, but fears saying goodbye to Andy who cannot go with him. The Wizard, however, notes that as a magic chinchilla, he can grow small as well as big, and he reduces his size. Andy and Jason are thrilled that they can stay together, and Scraps recites aloud a poem for them before they're whisked back by the Rod of Apportation to the time when Jason first left home.
Cars: The story concludes leaving Oz with the potential expansion of the Yellow Brick Roads and a new taxi service, which is a return to the use of cars not seen since 1943's "Revolt of the Scalawagons." It is likely that the Scalawagons are the very cars that Ozma and the Wizard are bringing back into use.
Dating: The story takes place under a week some time in the late '00s.
Underground kingdoms: Several new underground kingdoms are noted beneath the Gillikin country. Beyond Stationary City and the Kingdom of Style, which are depicted in the story, the Mainframe notes communities of living umbrellas, dental hygienists, lighting fixtures, running shoes, and lawn ornaments ruled by unpleasant garden gnomes.
A Murder in Oz
History: Royal Historian Jack Snow's final Oz story, "A Murder in Oz" was first published by The Baum Bugle from 10/58 to 8/61 after Ellery Queen Magazine solicited it, but refused to publish it on the grounds that it wasn't much of a mystery. This interesting, and rather non-traditional mystery of who killed Ozma looks back at the events of Ozma's history in The Marvelous Land of Oz.
Dating: The story begins in October. If it was written and intended to take place in 1955, it implies the date of Dorothy’s birth as 1892. It is placed here by the events of the forthcoming Death Comes to Oz in reconciliation of Tip's history in this story and Melody Grandy's The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz trilogy.
Historian and Prophet: "A Murder in Oz" is the single exception that proves the rule that all stories must take place prior to when they were written. Snow's final Oz story inadvertently provides a prophetic account of an event that was to come sixty years hence.
Tippetarius: Spoilers!! In The Seven Blue Mountains of Oz, Ozma was not only transformed into a boy, but switched into the body of the baby Dinny (Tip) from Lostland, who grew up as the Princess Amalea instead. When Tip is disenchanted back into the original Ozma body/mind, so too is Princess Amalea disenchanted back into Dinny (Tip). The reconciliation of this account with Snow's concept of a spirit of Tip still living inside Ozma's subconscious wanting to come out was initially suggested by Tyler Jones who said: "When Ozma was transformed into a boy (and Dinny into the Princess Amalea), a new persona may have been created in the person of Ozma/Tip. This persona/spirit was submerged, but not eliminated, at the end of The Marvelous Land of Oz when Ozma was restored. Therefore, the Tip that we met in "A Murder in Oz" was not the real Tippetarius, but instead a carbon copy, or a "ghost image... If true, this means that there may also be a ghost image of Amalea around as well."
Sail Away to Oz
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