A message from Professor H.M. Wogglebug, T.E.
Taken from the introduction of "The Black Rainbow of Oz" -
We live in a time of great turmoil.
As I meditate on this proclamation while walled up in the parlors of the great Emerald City, the world beyond my window ebbs in the corrosive energy of uncertainty, a notion inspired by the dramatic series of events that began to transpire in themonths following the great attack of the Nightmare.
The marvelous land of Oz was not prepared for this upheaval in values. Not when the Dusktree came. Not when the beast within its roots inflicted chaos in the West. Not when it tormented the fragile minds of three young girls from the human lands. And certainly not when its remains, however miniscule, became the ammo for a cascade of histories that forever changed the course of our civilized order.
It was from this ominous passage in which Mombi the Malicious rose to nefarious legend, having set the stage for a plot that would cast a shadow of impenetrable discord. I was one of countless onlookers who was present when the terrible might of the Black Rainbow first broke out, and so I remained right up into its inevitable creation and ensuing aftermath, a keen observer as to what would come from it, lest its terrible nature be forgotten by future generations as it had been by ours.
The events of those weeks were of such great urgency that it is astounding one could formulate a concise narrative on the matter, much less record all key details down to their simplest strokes. Yet wherever I go in Oz, be it to study the events of the past or to suggest the possibilities of the future, my inkwell is rarely far from my eager grasp. And in those days on the cusp of the Rainbow’s creation, my hands drew nervously from that well until it ran dry.
I have painstakingly reconstructed the entirety of this story for a greater sake: to not only record the encounters for posterity, but to rally the young of the outside world to our cause. Enigmatic rumors persist of great watchers who have relayed the stories of the country to those who are stirred by them, but both the Nightmare and the Rainbow have created further clout – they have blurred the shroud between worlds that allows outsiders to observe the history with clarity. Now the task falls to those on the inside to keep the stories moving. If they go unnoticed, Oz loses much of the resource it depends on so preciously: the purity and innocence of childlike enthusiasm.
Now is the moment when the scholarly minds must set aside their neutrality and cosign to the cause of our collective endurance. I only hope that the following pages reach young outsiders in time to avert a much greater conflict.
-Professor H.M.Wogglebug, T.E
"The Black Rainbow of Oz" arrives this friday in Paperback and Digital on Amazon.com!