Sunday, August 19, 2012
Villainy and Blackguards Incorporated #45: Dark Dorthy
Villains and Blackguards Incorporated (VABI) is an organization found on Earth 32aa which has dedicated itself to protecting the interest of those of differently enabled morality and enhanced humanity. They take care of legal expenses and investments. It has become a very successful organization and is considering spreading to other Earths. In case they do here are some of it's members.
Once upon a time a magical being was travelling between dimensions. She was resting here on Earth 32aa when she heard someone crying. She floated over and saw a young girl huddled in an alley crying. Her heart was touched and she asked the girl what was wrong.
"The world sucks," said the young girl. "There's no one to help or protect me," and she turned around and her eyes grew huge as she saw that the lady before her was floating in the air and held a strange glowing wand. "Wow," she exclaimed, "you are like the good witch in the 'Wizard of Oz!'"
The woman nodded having had this happen before. People without magic try to rationalize her into whatever belief structure they had. "Yes," she said kindly, "you can consider me a good witch. Is there some way I can help you?"
"Can you take me to Oz?" Asked the young girl.
"I'm afraid not," the Good Witch said shaking her head. She didn't mention she didn't know anything about this Oz or even if it really existed.
"I wish I could go there. Then I could find friends. There was the Scarecrow who was made of straw and awfully smart. There was the Tin Woodsman who was made of metal and had his trusty ax. There was also the Lion who was King of the Beasts. If I had those as friends no one would ever hurt me."
"Sometimes my dear we have to protect ourselves. If you could pick one of these friends who would it be?"
The girl just shook her head and said she couldn't decide.
"Well that makes it rather difficult, but I shall try my very best." The Good Witch waved her wand and said several words of might. The results were better than even she could hope for and the young girl was amazed as she tried on one form after another. The Good Witch felt very happy that she could help this girl and when the girl now in her lion form came her paws extended the Good Witch opened her own arms to hug the child.
Unfortunately, they weren't ever in Kansas. Nor was that Dorthy anything like the Dorthy in the books. Some would say it was environment, some would say that she was just born bad, but Dorthy Vickers was as mean as a rattlesnake and had about as much compassion. In one move she killed the Good Witch and took her wand. Since then Dark Dorthy as she called herself has been involved in everything from bank theft to murder.
She never could get the hang of the magic wand. The wand worked on the principle of the Golden Rule and since she stole the magic and often used it for evil purposes it would often as not boomerang on her. For example, in a last ditch effort to escape the Authorities once she pointed the wand at a police car hoping to blow it up. The car instead turned to carmel and that actually kept the police from series injuries as they were slowed as the pushed through the gooey mess. As for Dorthy she had to hide for three months because she was constantly crying chocolate tears. Still, it's a powerful magic item so Dorthy keeps it just in case.
Dorthy's main power is she is able to take on three other different forms based on the main characters of the Oz books. As the scarecrow she finds herself able to think better and move very fast. She has self taught herself parkour and it was easy since as she is made of straw she can safely fall from nearly any height. After a few early accidents she's also doused herself with flame retardant. As the Tin Man (well woman) she's made of metal and has an incredibly sharp ax. As the Lioness she is a beast of great power and deadly claws and bite. She can slip from form to form almost instantly and is a deadly hand to hand combatant.
She has recently posted on VABI forums asking for help in understanding occult sciences. Since the story of her origin has been passed around it is understandable that there has been a lack luster reply so far.