- JA Campbell & Rebecca McFarland Kyle
Welcome to the Neutral and Boring Zone
(which is how we like it)
Tucked away in the mountains where only the most adventuresome (and perhaps mad) people are brave enough to
tread, there is a town called Neutral Zone and Boring. Official State records call the place “Neutral Zone.” Those few
who see the name buried as it is amidst far larger cities and towns, suspect it is inhabited by science fiction fans or
some other breed or latent crazies. No one knows why the incorporation papers were altered, perhaps some clerk got
tired or typing, or they only had so many spaces on the computer form? The town clerk isn’t willing to correct the
error. They figure the less outside attention they receive, the better off they are.
Of course, the town’s had other names. Originally, it was called after a geographical feature, then after a prominent
settler, and finally after an agricultural product.
But that was before the Dark Ladies came.
First, Elise created her mountain fortress. The town speculated she was fleeing a jilted lover. With long raven hair and
striking green eyes, and skin that defied her age, she certainly had the looks. Whatever the reason, she hadn’t felt the
need to inform anyone.
Hagatha built hers shortly after. Though they were the same age, her hair had turned a striking white. She was a tall
angular woman, more striking than Elise’s classic beauty. Elise had witnessed the magical accident that had
precipitated that. She set up her fortress on the opposite side of the mountain valley. After she accidentally reanimated
the town’s graveyard early in her stay, they speculated that she was running from an angry priest or mob. Because, of
course, no one came to Neutral just because they wanted to.