Monday, April 27, 2015

More on the Oddball Trilogy

             Hi guys! So I noticed that there are at times some confusion with the Oddball trilogy and who the characters are, and so forth. So I thought I'd try to clarify some things. You know, if that would help.

Here goes nothing.

Oddball is the main character of the trilogy. But I also refer to the books/trilogy as "Oddball," because I have no creativity when titles are concerned. But normally I'll refer to Oddball the books as:

Oddball the First

Oddball the Sequel

Oddball at Last

You know, to keep it less disorienting. . .Normally.

Also, the Oddball foursome who are the four key characters in Oddball the trilogy. They happen to be (with their own Beautiful People post):

Oddball (no brainer there, huh?) His BP post.  He gets his own song post too.

           Rocky (his friend and Postal Traveler partner) His BP post.  
                                   
Skyler (Rocky's girlfriend) Her BP post.

Peril/ Lucky Peril (she'll answer to anything :P)  Her BP post.

Of the four of them, only Skyler is not a POV character (I don't know why, it just turned that way). She might have a standalone later. I don't know yet.

Here's a post that features a song for each of them.

Their ages are still in debate. At the beginning, they were around 15-17ish years. But they've a lot of backstory (like deep, bad, and full backstory) and I sometimes wonder if they really could've lived all that in such a short time span (they could, I mean, more fantastic things have happened in books before). So I might up their age to 17-19ish. But the jury's still out so, we shall see.

Also a little about the Border. Oddball is a halfbreed from the Border of Bal and Od (you probably know this, but I'm covering all my bases. . . okay just the main ones). The Border is different from any other place in the world. The climate has extreme seasons, and it's always raining. It's very muddy, almost swampy. The ecosystem is unique in that most of the plants and animals there, only live there and no where else in the world.

For instance there are prackles. That look something like this:



I drew this sketch years ago. I wanted to do another for you guys, but I don't have a lot of time.



There are also sludge trees which happen to be ginormous. In the Border there's actually an airport that has been built in a cluster of trees. They just lobbed away the top branches and built a platform (it isn't exactly a work of genius, but it's out of the prackles' reach).


I just drew this, and I should've made it darker. Oddball's in there for a scale, but Oddball is also taller than most people. Oh, and if you can see that little sliver on the right branch, that's a tree otter. Bleh, it's been forever since I've drawn.



Oh, yeah. Bal and Od are hostile enemies, so Oddball is used to being hunted, lonely, and just looked down on.

It's not much but I hope this helps. Later I might talk about Oddball's parents.

So what do you guys think? Once upon a long time ago, each of the characters wrote a post for me. I could dig those up if you'd like? Or I could just have them do another?

14 comments:

  1. Awesome post. I read the beautiful people post for Oddball, he seems like a really intriguing character. I like it when cool things happen to people in unfortunate situations. It'll be fun to know his full backstory :)

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    1. Thanks! I like Oddball too. He's one of my favorites.

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  2. Also I totally forgot but I tagged you for something on my blog. :)

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    1. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

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  3. Amazing work!
    I've always liked your Oddball posts!
    Make them do another post please :D *puppy dog eyes* xD
    Love the sketches :)

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  4. I love the sketches! I wish I could draw.

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    1. Thanks! I'm a little out of practice. *shrugs* It's fun anyhow.

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  5. This was an awesome post, love the pictures. Yes always yes to character post. I really like this story. :)

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    1. Thanks! :)

      I'm glad everybody likes the idea if character posts. They're my favorite.

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  6. Yes to more character posts! You know I am always up for Oddball.

    How have I missed the existence of this Lucky character?? I will be checking out her BP post presently.

    The Border is a very interesting-sounding place. I read your opening scene post and I really have a picture of it: the grey mud, the prackles, the humidity, the huge trees. Also. Please explain about tree otters!

    My question is this: is it a fantasy or a dystopia or what? I thought it was fantasy (didn't you mention dragons at some point?) but now you say it has an airport ... please explain. Is it fantasy wherein aeroplanes and dragons coexist? Because that would be cool. "Hello, this is your captain speaking, please keep your seatbelts fastened while the signs are illuminated. Cabin crew will be coming round with drinks and snacks shortly, and please remember that this is a non-smoking flight. We're anticipating a mainly smooth journey with a little turbulence, oh, and a fly-by with a herd of Norwegian Ridgebacks!"

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    1. Yes, the tree otter. A lot of the small animals in the Border can climb trees. So the tree otter, is really just an average river otter with the ability to climb. That and they don't like bandit monkeys. Kind of like dogs don't like raccoons (bandit monkeys are monkeys with a raccoon mentality, and the facial markings).

      Yes! There are dragons. :) It is fantasy. People fly mostly on dragons, large birds, other flying beasts, etc. The airport is really just a place where the pilots (people who fly, uh, flying beasts) take the exports and. . . export them or bring in new imports. Also, since they fly mostly animals, the airport is also a large facility akin to a stable. But there are some kingdoms that are experimenting with flying machines. Most of the kingdoms aren't very advanced. They don't have electricity, or if so that's about as far as their technology goes. But some are very well developed, Bal and Od being some of them. But the Border itself is crudely under developed in comparison.

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    2. This makes sense ... to escape from the prackles, right? Bandit monkeys is a good name.

      DRAGONS! I understand now. That is very interesting. I don't think I've ever read a high fantasy with electricity -- I've been thinking about it a lot recently, as I am planning for some sort of high fantasy world with non-magical technology, as normally doesn't exist. So, do Bal and Od have aeroplanes/similar?

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    3. Yes! To escape the prackles. :D I'm so excited someone is understanding the world of Oddball!

      You should totally do it! I also thought it would be cool and new-ish twist. Think of the possibilities! As for the aeroplanes, Od is working on a flying machine (I'm not sure if that will actually be addressed in the trilogy besides maybe just a passing mention).

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