Oberwalz is the fictional home to an array of characters, created by Ryan Speck, from novels, stories, and TV scripts. The area of Oberwalz County is filled with small, strangely-named suburbs, surrounding the county seat of Oberwalz. Where exactly the county and city of Oberwalz lie is unknown and it likely never will be (though it's often been said that it lies on the border to the East of Ohio and West of Tennessee).
Oberwalz was founded in the 1860's by miners who, coming upon this area, found it rich with catheters and decided to settle down and reap the harvest of those medical devices. Named after one of its most prosperous early miners, Oberwalz began as a mining camp around Mt. Oberwalz, later moving over to the West side of the East Oberwalz River to the fertile and more flat plain lying between the rivers, its stone significantly less hard than Mt. Oberwalz. Growing quickly out of the late 1800's with the formation of the various Oberwalz catheter mining organizations, the town picked up financially and boomed, growing frantically for several decades before economically petering off a hitting hard times in the 1950's. Stagnating for several years before picking up in the modern white collar business world, Oberwalz teetered back from the brink of economic death, growing toward a strong resurgence, though far from being a force to be reckoned with.
Important Oberwalz Denizens
Oberwalz has a variety of important inhabitants. Some of these are:
- Bernardo Walterhaus, self-proclaimed "world's greatest detective", asylum escapee, and adventurer, always lucking his way into the solutions to cases; attended by his Chinese driver and manservant Ching Dic-Tofon.
- Mopper Rod and Larry Gusto, the only survivors of a nebulous incident at the Annual Oberwalz Police Detective's Dinner and the last remaining detectives of the ((Oberwalz Police Department)).
- Clevel Sanchez, new trainee detective, working under Mopper and Gusto, fresh from Northrut, full of idealism and youthful stupidity.
- Studge Pulatso, Chief of Police for the Oberwalz Police Department.
- Marty Drexell, former college paper reporter for Oberwalz University Of Fineness and writer for various magazines, always seeming to stumble into trouble.
Oberwalz, the county seat of Oberwalz County government, lies between the banks of two rivers, the East Oberwalz and the West Oberwalz. The West and East each emit their own creeks, Osgood Creek and Nibluk Creek, respectively, which end in small lakes, Lake Shunt and Lake Shoehorn, again repsectively. To the east of the East Oberwalz River, immediately to the south of State Highway 96 and Balmy, is Mt. Oberwalz, formerly the center of the Catheter Mines until their move to the area near downtown. Oberwalz is a city of roughly one million people, being spread out over an area of forty square miles.
The city is drawn into quarters by its highway system, State Highway 96 bisecting the city into north and south halves and State Highway 15 and State Route 8145 not quite joining at Highway 96, in the center of the city.
The area surrounding the intersection of the three major highways is the area denoted as "downtown Oberwalz". The quarters the city is split into outside of this area each have their own identity and focus on a different area of development.
- The southeast quarter of the city is mainly made up of low-income neighborhoods and is, historically, the poorest area of the city. On its most southeastern outskirts, it is surrounded by shoddy industrial areas, warehouse complexes, and shipping facilities that do business through the Franz Kafka Memorial Airport, sitting at the most southeastern outskirts of the city limits. Neighborhoods include South End and Little Cuba. It is also the home of Pricinct 14a of the Oberwalz Police Department and the majority of Steuben Avenue, a street mythically impossible to navigate.
- The southwest sector of the city was initially comprised of more affluent homes, but, after the exodus of the wealthy to Shutterset East, it became the domain of the middle class neighborhoods for the city and the majority of the city's populace. Neighborhoods include Squason and Foyl.
- The northeast quarter is made up of the majority of the big business of the city, the skyline full of skyscrapers, and is home to all headquarters of major local corporations such as The Archipelligo Consolidated Industries United Corporation Company, Inc. (located in Archipelligo Tower). Further out of the city center, the northeast side breaks out into expensive shopping, commercial business, high-priced homes, and Mount St. Holy Oak Private College And Finishing Academy, Oberwalz. Neighborhoods include Tropewood and Cherry Vine Groveland.
- The northwest remainder of the city is made up almost entirely of industrial area, including power stations, factories, manufacturing, warehousing, and the modern Catheter Mines.
- Fafnir Van Spellingbee, governor of the unnamed state in which Oberwalz County is located
- Mayor Dell Moosegarten, mayor of the city of Oberwalz up through the exploits of The Big Rusty Lie, afterwards charged of crimes and stripped of office
- Mayor Walton Smilkis, Moosegarten's not much more friendly replacement in the wake of the Mayor's Office Scandal
- The Oberwalz Police Department, Precinct 14a being of note for being the home of Mopper, Gusto, and Sanchez
- Mt. Oberwalz
- Catheter Mines
- The Lombardo Institute For The Mentally Sub-Standard
- Franz Kafka Memorial Airport
- Mount St. Holy Oak Private College And Finishing Academy, Oberwalz
- Archipelligo Tower
- Morty's Drip & Dry
- The Left Car Gas 'N' Go & Pub
- P. Gregory's Frame Your Shit!
- Finely Beveled Furnishing
- Not-Just-A-Haircut Barbershop
- The Chong Dynasty All-You-Can-Eat
- Discount Crack Emporium
- Lucky Joe's Barbershop
- Lenny's House O' Chops
- Shadey 8 Motel
- Taco Jack's
- McMacintyre Plaza
- Taco Cabeza
- MacHaggarty's Women's Clothiers & Equestrian Supply Depot
Surrounding Cities and Suburbs
- Left Car
- Shutterset East
- Loose Head
Tales Taking Place In Oberwalz
- The Black Smoking Gun Of Temptation
- The Big Rusty Lie
- The Collective Subconscious Puts Out The Hit
- No Good At All
- The World's Worst Rickshaw Accident
- Uncle Pete Spares No Expense
- Marty Drexell: Witness To The Endtimes in "Genetic Material"
- Marty Drexell: Witness To The Endtimes in "4 Of One, Half A Dozen Of Another"
- Marty Drexell: Witness To The Endtimes in "Boozed Up And Rioting"
- Blofly Sings The Blues
- The Thin Blue Grime