Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equanimity, Stuck, and Obstruction

Those who know Oz only from the MGM movie can be forgiven in thinking this might be Glinda -- in fact, this is Ozma, the true sovereign of Oz... and, as outlined in the second book in the series, The Marvelous Land of Oz, she has a remarkable history. To this day, she may be the only subject of a sex-change in any children's book... for you see, when the Wizard was installed in the Emerald City, Ozma was kidnapped by the witch Mombi; who erased her memory and turned her into a boy to use as a slave. As Tip, the runaway, he created Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse and brought them both to life with the magical powder he stole from Mombi. Only later was his true identity discovered; Glinda turned him back into a girl and with her memories restored Ozma was re-installed to the throne of Oz. She is the best and kindest of all rulers, but prone to sometimes excessive caution... especially when L. Frank Baum got tired of writing about the Land of Oz!

The way is shut! What adventurers within or without the land of Oz do not run into a barred gate from time to time!

The Scarecrow's very flexibility makes him more vulnerable to calamitous situations than most. Fire is not his only enemy! Water is equally as bad for him, and physical barriers can cause him an alarming amount of trouble. Have you never felt like this? I have...

I hope you like these three new card designs.

-- Freder.