Dreams that are Forgotten make their way to the Dreamscape in different ways; some of them simply find themselves in a part of the Dreamscape that corresponds to their nature, others have described it as a sensation of falling though darkness. Other events that can result in a Dream being Forgotten include, but are not limited to: the Dreamer’s death, or blocking of memories and thoughts via medication or psychological trauma.
CottonFluff Hollow is a place within the Dreamscape. While Cottonfluff Hollow is primarily populated by childhood Dreams, the idle daydreams of older folk live out their days in this world as well.
Glossary of terms:
Dream: a character, setting, or item that a Dreamer thinks of, for any amount of time. Many Dreams are formed in brief flashes of inspiration and quickly Forgotten.
Dreamer: any entity capable of flights of fancy. As of this writing, The World of CottonFluff Hollow deals primarily, if not exclusively with humans as Dreamers, but the concept of nonhuman Dreamers is possible.
Dreamtime: The period of time that a Dream spends linked to the consciousness of its Dreamer. While this might not be a continuous period for the Dreamer, who might revisit the same concept or idea several times over the course of several years, or even a lifetime in some cases, the Dream experiences their Dreamtime as an unbroken interval.
Forgotten: the state that a Dream enters once the person who originally thought of said dream stops thinking about it- not just actively thinking about it, but thinking about the Dream at all. All Forgotten Dreams eventually find their way to the Dreamscape.
The cast of the comic is as follows (Listed in order of appearance):
Amaranth: Amaranth is older than she looks; she has been Forgotten for longer than she really cares to admit. She was one of the first dreams to come to live in CottonFluff Hollow, and she acts as a mentor to newly arrived childhood fancies. Her house on the top of the hill is larger than it looks in order to accommodate the fluctuating number of Dreams who may be staying with her and her sister on any given day. She has a particular concern for Cuddles and his difficulties with adjusting to being Forgotten.
Cuddles: The “poster child” for The World of CottonFluff Hollow, Cuddles is having some difficulty adjusting to the fact that his Dreamer, a dark-haired little girl, could have Forgotten him. Part of this separation anxiety stems from the fact that remaining in CottonFluff Hollow means that reminders of childhood (and subsequently his Dreamer,) continually surround him. With no other ready recourse, he has decided to leave CottonFluff Hollow, and go Away for a while, but not Far Away.
Percival “Percy” Hoppington: Although his Forgetting is fresher than Cuddles’, Percy has been enjoying his Forgotten status immensely, seeing it as another big adventure to go on. Easygoing and affable, the blue-and-white bunny likes to see everyone having a good time, sometimes whether they like it or not.
Amaranth (Referred to in text as “Amaranth’ ” for the sake of differentiation): Amaranth’ is technically not Amaranth’s sister- strictly speaking, they are two purple dragons who share morphological similarities… and of course, a Dreamer. That having been said, the two of them share a certain kinship and appreciate each other’s differences… to a point. Where Amaranth is kind and sympathetic, Amaranth’ is a bit jaded; this comes in part from her Dreamtime, which was more like real life than Amaranth’s. She has a more sarcastic attitude, and often expects the worst of people.
Ladybug: Ladybug enjoys cooking and taking care of others, and staying with Amaranth has given her the chance to do both, in spades. In addition, she is best friends with Theo(dore). No one’s really sure why everyone keeps finishing her sentences for her…
Theodore Tortoise: Theodore is a stickler for proper grammar. Slow, reliable, and very polite, he and Ladybug can often be found in each other’s company.
Roy: Roy always has a plan. Or a map, or a schematic, or something along those lines. He is the “king of all he surveys,” or at least he was in his Dreamtime, so he likes to stay on top of things.
Stan: Stan doesn’t say much. This is probably because he’s a giraffe. But he’s got keen observational skills.
Kitty: Kitty came to Amaranth’s house a long time ago, like many cats before her, real and imagined; she just sort of… stayed. While not nearly as old as Amaranth, she has seen a number of Dreams come and go from the house on the hill, and seems to more enjoy the company than anything else.
Red Ninja Guard (RNG): The Red Ninja Guard is the equivalent of an “extra” in terms of his Dreamtime; quickly dreamt up, and Forgotten almost as fast. As a result, his focus is rather narrow; he is chiefly concerned with, well, guarding things, and defeating the folk who might want to interact with them.
Head Ninja: Leader of all the ninjas in CottonFluff Hollow (there are more than you think; they are just good at hiding), the Head Ninja performs a task similar to Amaranth’s, but he only mentors ninjas and similar Dreams.