The outer world knew it as year 855 of the Blue Age.But the nomads knew it unnumbered, in the midst of an age of river and grass with no beginning:the year Vattu was born.
Set in the world of Overside
is the story of the eponymous member of a tribe of nomad hunter-gatherers whose lives are disrupted by forces of change. The story follows Vattu as she is taken to a foreign society, and gradually accumulates other characters — a struggling artist, a member of a secret society, a young apprentice in an alchemical enclave, and many more.
So far the webcomic consists of two books, with two more expected to come.Book One
develops Vattu's origins in her tribe of those marked in white, with the various struggles that can exist in that context. By the end of the chapter, she has been sold into slavery to the imperialistic Sahtans. Later, it introduces the War-Man and intersperses flashbacks to his story between segments of Vattu being taken to Sahta. Over the course of the chapter Vattu and the War Man become friends, get separated, and then are reunited.Book Two
introduces a whole host of new characters, and the select stories of denizens from varying classes are explored. Having escaped servitude at a Sahtan house, Vattu now steals and hides to live, receiving further martial training in secret from the War Man and encountering many other residents of the city.Book Three
begins with a shift of focus upon the Emperor Arrius, and shows hints of the history behind the empire and how the present world has come to be.
Vattu creator Evan Dahm has also completed the webcomics Rice Boy
and Order of Tales
, all of which are set in Overside.
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