So, today I ended up getting sucked into The Wizard of Oz, and I had a realization: Glenda could be seen as incredibly manipulative.
Follow me on this. So, once the Gale House comes crashing out of the sky, one of Glenda’s threats is killed. The Wicked Witch of the East is destroyed, and there’s one less witch in the land of Oz. Glenda’s plot to install herself as supreme magical force in the land of Oz is one step closer to completion at the start of our story, at least from the Oz-ian point of view. There is never a “Witch of the South” named, only hinted at by dint of the existence of the other Cardinal directions, but since she’s never named, we can assume she doesn’t exist.
Next, the pilot of said house (Dorothy Gale), who could be considered a murderer, is bestowed with the Ruby Slippers, a seemingly powerful pair of magical shoes. At least, that’s the impression the Wicked Witch of the West (AKA WWotW) gives us. She wants the slippers as they will give her power. Glenda shows up immediately after the death of WWotE, and uses her magic to shift the slippers to Dorothy’s feet, making Dorothy her catspaw to defeating the WWotW (by way of the Wizard, to whom Glenda sends Dorothy).
Glenda succeeds in eliminating the Wizard of Oz himself, knowing that the Wizard can transport Dorothy back to her home, but only by leaving Oz himself. And Glenda no doubt believes that the Wizard will send Dorothy after the WWotW, a known threat to him, thus the reason she sends Dorothy to him in the first place.
Only once the WWotW and the Wizard are eliminated does Glenda appear to teach Dorothy how to use the power of the slippers to return herself home. In doing so, Glenda removes the final challenger to Glenda’s power. Once that happens, Glenda is left as the most powerful magician in all of the Land of Oz.
Simply coincidence? I don’t think so… but wouldn’t that make a great plotline for an RPG?
Spent the day playing Torchlight 1. So, yeah…
I hope all my readers have had a good Thanksgiving. I suppose I should list what I’m thankful for, if for no other reason than to force myself to think about it.
I’m thankful I have a job, not matter how anemic it is. The past two years, I had no job, and last year, I had no unemployment left me. At least I have a little something coming in this year.
I’m thankful for the roof over my head and the food in my belly, but especially the home. If my father hadn’t died, I’d likely be homeless right now. We wouldn’t have been able to keep up with rent.
I’m thankful for that handful of you who read this blog. Thanks for coming back and reading my ramblings.
And finally, I’m thankful for my friends. They keep my spirits up, and keep me in touch with reality. They give me the love that keeps us going. I’m thankful for the new friends I’ve made this year, as well as for the old friends who are still part of my life.
That’s all for tonight. Two more days of NaBloPoMo to go. Thanks for reading.
Long day. Very tired.
Drove around Fresno and North Valley (Los Banos). Total of about 35 hours this week. However, budget may mean we have little work for December. Sucks.
Did some tinkering withe old army lists. Considering the way I built the lists, I think they maybe be of little use, considering each army has the same basic components, and they favor Fighter/Warrior sorts. My tinkering may have done me no more good than to point out a flaw.
I can barely keep my eyes open, so I’m signing off.