I created Murph World back in 1981, as a setting for Dungeons & Dragons. Unfortunately, the rules weren’t robust enough to support the kind of setting and characters I wanted to create. It was a “demented Dungeons & Dragons concept album”, to quote a Playboy review of some obscure heavy metal work.
I set it aside until the late Eighties, when I got the itch to write fiction again. I didn’t refine it until a few years later, on a walk to the library during the early Nineties. That’s when I described the three major characters of the setting and began to write about them. They were Yorkirk of Mullin’bone, his sidekick Meteor Mellow and their friend Orange Zunigia. I was inspired to do it in part because I read Cerebus by Dave Sim and he created those kinds of characters.
I didn’t get back to them again until early April of last year. I had learned that of the death of someone who attempted to be my writing mentor on AOL, author A.C. Crispin. She tried her best to teach me how to write according to her methods, and failed. I already had a voice and a methodology. They were just like nothing she’d ever seen before. To get to the point, I was feeling low, so I decided to pick up my spirits and honor her memory by revising and expanding Murph World one more time.
This particular post is about one of the supporting characters, the Acolyte and Ward of Bishop Turpin of the Tine, the major religious figure in the setting. Her name is Flossy. Flossy the Sexually Explicit Cat Girl. I blame Douglas Adams for that one. There is irony in her name. She is not sexually explicit in any way. She is charismatic. People respond to her as if she were sexually explicit.