@typical_demigod Yep nothing happened. Hally is totally fun and normal and not going to kill you or cause psychological trauma. Nope! :)
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The enigmatic town of Hally NY
"Sometimes things just appear in Hally. They're rather friendly at times." - Helena Helom (The Ossium)
Hally New York is a town based in northern new york, near the North Woods. The Ossium takes place in the 70s right around the time of the Vietnam war, just after the Cold War scare and the residents of Hally are still reeling from the aftermath. Hally was created as a place for the families of the scientists working on experimental weapons technology for the US government.
Sometime around 1956 one of their experiments went wrong, killing majority and injuring the rest. While evacuation was performed not all of their bodies were recovered. Their families received a letter from the President and a half-priced coupon for the Victoria street diner. Despite their grief, no one complained about the coupons. Victoria's has the best blackberry pie. Their slogan is "good enough to forget about your close family members recent and (probably) horrific death!"
Alba Roche moves to Hally just after she dropped out of college. Her brother went missing just a few months before and the trail stopped cold at Hally. So she decided to move there to find more clues about her brother's disappearance.
When she arrives she doesn't have a place to stay so she checks into the local bed and breakfast The Sunshine Inn. That's where Hally's true plurality begins. One of my favorite aspects of Hally is the peculiar townsfolk. The innkeeper, Mr. Crozak is a nice man. A very name man. So nice it leaves you feeling vaguely uncomfortable. Paired with his tendency to not blink and pale blue eyes, well it's rather unnerving. But our darling protagonist isn't one to let such things scare her. Maybe she should. Desensitizing yourself to a place such as Hally can be dangerous.*
*Authors Note: When I was creating Hally and its townsfolk I essentially decided to shove all the creepy goosebumps books and every book similar in a blender and then shove it in a quirky small town jello mold and stick it in the fridge for a couple hours. So. Freaky shit.
RE: Worldbuilding Respond, Answer, Ask (April Edition)
So what kind of experiments are roaming the backwoods? And did they come from the underground city? And lastly, how many people don't know about the underground city? I feel that I may be underestimating the size of this town while wondering how everyone doesn't know about it at and agree that it is A Thing at this point XD
So for your first question, I don't actually know. They won't find out about it this early and so far there's been no reason to bring it up. My bad :/ I do however know that they came from the underground city. The Underground city (Known as Ossium) was used as a base for experimental weapons technology back in the early 50s at the beginning of the Cold War. Sometime in 1956, there was an incident with one of their experiments, killing the majority of the scientists there and almost fatally injuring the rest. Not all of their bodies were recovered and the Ossium has remained untouched since. Citizens of Hally all know of the Ossium but either don't believe its real or do and are called insane. Hally is a tourist attraction town, sort of like Point Pleasent West Virginia (the town where Mothman allegedly lives).
There are several characters on which the book focuses on, Specifically Alba Roche Hallys' newest resident. Others like Dr. Ashley Lienna and Jack Glass are long time Hally residents and were involved in the Ossium.
So. You know. Typical not all is as it seems town. Or is it?
RE: Worldbuilding Respond, Answer, Ask (April Edition)
Q: Is there something in your world/story that makes you proud to think about?
Yep. I'm proud of the way I set up the town of Hally. Its set up like a northern New York town, quaint and beautiful with a (literal) underground full of criminal activity. Given that its set in the early 70s I had some struggles figuring out how they would have created this underground city, but I eventually settled on a group of determined individuals with connections to loaded pockets.
The name itself was a struggle as well. I had names such as Wisteria, Wallace, or maybe even Victoria but out of the blue, I thought of Hallyville. While I eventually changed it to just Hally (which was a small issue as I had to go back and re-write a couple chapters with the new name) I couldn't let go of the other names. So I compromised and made them important streets in the story.
I tried really hard, and I'm still trying, not to let Hally fall into the category of "sleepy town, but wait! There's more!" and I'm proud of my efforts. We have a whole underground city under a small town, characters who either work, have knowledge of, or are called paranoid freaks due to said underground city and a handful of experiments roaming the backwoods.
But really please ask me questions I love talking about Hally, and here's a question (or two) for you, Q: How does your world shape your story?/Q: How do aspects of your world surprise even you?
RE: Character Respond, Answer, Ask (April Edition)
Dani: "Pranking." >.>
Lena: "The future leader of this clan, ladies and gents." Laughs
Dani: "Hey, pranking teaches useful skills. Like 'how to get away with crimes' and 'lying through your teeth about committing said crimes'."
Lena: Ponders this "Actually, you have a point."
Dani: "Damn right I do."
I agree those are very valuable skills to possess.
Q: Would you play a game with someone if you know they're much better at it than you?
Lienna:thinks for a couple of seconds Yes. Definitely yes. If I know they're better I'll want the opportunity to show them up and therefore become the best. And even if I don't then I'll keep trying
Alba: No. I already have such bad anxiety about doing things I'm good at, let alone something where I'd have no chance
Lienna: Yeah I get that. Although, maybe that'll be your newest "good thing", why waste an oppertunity
Alba: Anxiety. Possible panic attacks. Humiliation, fail-
Lienna: Ok yeah yeah we get it that's a no from you Bob
Alba: slight pause My names Alba, Annie you should know this by now
Q: Would you take the chance to achieve your dreams if someone close to you loses the chance to do so forever?
RE: Preventing the "I'm not done yet" roadblock
Yeah, I agree. One thing I've done in the past is whenever I wrote a full-fledged story, og fanfic etc, I always left it so that while another follow up could be possible. It wasn't necessary or expected. More a pleasant surprise. I absolutely hate ending a book with a cliffhanger or making it open-ended in such a way where I would have no choice but to continue. It puts pressure on me in an area where I'm supposed to have control.
Clean it out
I know your ideas can cause general havoc on your mind and can show up in your writing so I propose a solution; Write out all the random things you'd never put in your finished work and see what others think
A way to both get it out there so it doesn't drive you crazy, and get some positive feedback on those more outlandish ideas
RE: Character Respond, Answer, Ask (March Edition)
Titans are both an alien race and a universal ranking if that makes sense? The first titans were the strongest, smartest and over best the universe had to offer; they all settled together and eventually created the species Titan