Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oz Character of the Month: The Woozy

The last two months, I've been somewhat accidentally posting character stats for Adventures in Oz. In December, I posted stats for Santa (in homage to something Wizards of the Coast did a number of years ago for D&D). Then in January, I tried to encourage you all to make characters of your own for Adventures in Oz, and wound up writing up the Tin Soldier.

This month, I'm doing it intentionally. If it goes over well, I may even make this a regular feature of the blog.
Name: The Woozy
First Appearance: The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Template: Large Animal
Size: 4

Athletics: 4
Awareness: 3
Brains: 1
Presence: 2 (Eyes that flash fire)
Sneaking: 2
Wits: 2

Traits: Crafted, No Arms

Friends List

Ojo the Lucky

Description: The Woozy is a curious creature that seems to be made of blue building blocks. He used to think he had a fierce growl, but later discovered that he was mistaken. His hide is remarkably tough and his eyes flash real (not artificial) fire when he is angry. The easiest way to make him angry is to shout "Krizzle-kroo!" because he has no idea what it means. His favorite food is honeybees. This got him into some trouble with some Munchkin beekeepers who were quite upset at having their bees eaten. So they built a fence and trapped the Woozy within it.

He would have been there forever if it wasn't for Ojo (then "the Unlucky") discovering him and helping him get free from his cage. In exchange for this freedom, Ojo demanded the three hairs on the Woozy's tail to save his Unc Nunkie, who had been petrified in marble. Since the hairs refused to come out of his impervious hide, Ojo offered to take the Woozy as a traveling companion. When the party arrived in the Emerald City, the Woozy chose to remain there while Ojo gathered the other magical ingredients needed to reverse Unc Nunkie's spell.

(I realize that the Woozy does not fit the typical definition of a Crafted character. I gave him that trait to represent his impenetrable hide.)


bombasticus said...

I guess I am what you might call a Scraps-Woozy "shipper" but I was kind of shocked to see she wasn't on his friendslist. They pal around so much in the later books. Oh well. Anyway, great site and I'll have to pick up the product.

Doug Wall said...

My current focus is on the Baum books, where the Woozy is a fairly minor character. So it was really a toss-up between Scraps and Ojo to be the Woozy's starting friend. The thing that tipped it for me was that "lucky" is a pretty useful idea to have in your bag of tricks.

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