The Inner Zone is a mythical place that lies behind OZ‘s invisible walls. The only people who can confirm its existence are Oscar (Godween) and the Deaths. In reality, IZ is a space that connects other universes with each other, so Oscar ended up in another world.
The “exit” to IZ is described by Oscar as “a hole in the sky” that couldn’t be reached by the existing technology in-universe (the blimp Oscar travelled on was a doll).
*The weird naming is vaguely explained in-universe as something that was proposed by some scholars who assumed that IZ can be reached through a portal of sorts (which a hole in the sky technically is), thus existing inside OZ, and so everyone got used to it. In reality, OZ is named OZ because it’s Oz and I couldn’t come up with something more clever.
The Outer Zone consists of five countries:
Their capitals are Amethyst City, Topaz City, Sapphire City, Emerald City and Ruby City.
The Outer Zone is surrounded by invisible barrier. Nobody knows what lies beyond that, some believe it’s a mythical land of IZ.
The Black Brick Road crosses all five countries.
A circus from the Ruby City that’s said to be responsible for some local murders.
Sharky and the twins come from it. Little Oscar voices his desire to join it once, but quickly gets disillusioned.
A toy factory in the Amethyst City, located next to the Motley Horde. Some of the Motley Horde kids help there as a part of their punishment. In particular, young Bastille and Ruggedo really love sorting out the toy leftovers, trying to find details for their dolls.
Later Bastille and Ruggedo use the factory as a vehicle for secretly spreading their war weapons, disguised as toys. Those toys especially help in Pepper‘s destructive conquest.
Motley Horde is a reformatory located in the Violet Country next to the Wicked Thicket. It is surrounded by sharp rocks and the aforementioned thicket that’s feared by locals for being Deaths‘ favourite vacation spot. The only road to the Amethyst City is heavily guarded.
Motley Horde is administrated by Iustas McDowell and guarded by major Marwed. His wife, Deirbhile McDowell, looks after the Tower – a group of kids that require special attention for one reason or another.
Important Tower kids:
- Witches: Bastille, Pepper, Ferret, Ichor. They grew up in the Tower;
- Cedric Snowbank – son of the local sponsor, placed in the Tower by his father’s request for being an absolute dunce;
- Jinjur Hoyden – major’s granddaughter who’s simultaneously a guard and an inmate for her rebellious nature;
- Ruggedo – one of the last surviving Nomes, thus dangerous by default;
- Sharky – a weird kid raised by sharks. Speaks an unknown language and can be very destructive;
- the Flux twins – former acrobats from the Notta Bit Moore’s circus, surprising sociopaths;
- Oscar Diggs – just a random nobody that managed to persuade Mrs. McDowell that he belongs in the Tower in order to get closer to the Witches.