Ottopia: The Origin Story
Assemble your rafts, Otters!
Otto is the first official citizen of the Otter Kingdom. Each Otto is an ERC721 NFT with unique traits and attributes. These NFTs are not only irresistibly cute, but they also happen to be the main characters of OtterClam’s first adventure game — Ottopia.
By combining both DeFi and NFT elements, we have created a unique, group-adventure game that gives your Genesis Collection Otto NFTs even more utility. By owning an Otto NFT from the Genesis Collection, you’re eligible to play Ottopia. Your Otto, Cleo, or Lottie will also act as your personal governance token, which allows you to vote on any Otto-related proposals submitted in the Otter DAO.
In today’s article, however, we’d like to share with you the story of the original discovery of the Otter Kingdom on Ottopia, a floating island-kingdom in the Otterverse. Don’t worry, the details and mechanics at work behind the scenes of Ottopia will be discussed in a future article.
Most Otters living in the Otter Kingdom today don’t remember their lives as humans. Those who do remember, wish they didn’t. The end of the world was just as harrowing and tragic as most predicted. Sea levels rose, and many nations were swallowed up entirely by the rising tides. Once temperate climates became uninhabitable. Food became scarce, and as sea levels rose, clean water became almost impossible to find.
Survivors searched desperately for a place to live. They searched for a hero. Soon, objective descriptions of real events gave way to extravagant stories of valor. Though most of the names and faces within each tale changed to captivate the storyteller’s audience, there were two details that never altered.
The first detail would seem irrelevant were it not so consistent. The odd fellow’s name at the heart of every story was always “Otto.” The second detail? This Otto character always disappears suddenly into a hazy shadow of swirling particles.
Legend has it that Otto was a cryptographer-physicist who had created a simple device capable of deciphering an array of previously unknown, extraterrestrial signals. As the story goes, this same device could then arrange these particles affected by the signal into wormholes — a portal of sorts — large enough for a human to enter. Where did they lead? No one really knows. The stories about what lies on the other side of the portal are as strange as they are numerous.
Those who knew Otto and reportedly saw this spectacle, have since died. They described him as obsessed, quirky, and strangely optimistic — an eccentric fellow to say the least. Their stories had the strange effect of leaving listeners feeling both despondent and hopeful. They desperately needed the Otto legend to be true, but could it be that he really found a way to escape his inevitable demise? Did he really find a portal to a better place? A utopia?
Well, not exactly…
Otto’s portal discovery transported him to a bizarre planet where anyone who passed through the wormhole created by his device became Otters. Although the planet there was as wild and undisturbed as the deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest back on earth, it had everything Otto needed to be able to survive.
Clams as well as other small, river-dwelling species suitable for an otter’s nourishment were abundant. Occasionally on his journey, he would see the shell of a clam shimmer, as if it were coated in gold or silver. He once saw a single clam shell dusted in diamonds that would’ve been worth millions back home.
As confused as Otto was about his new surroundings, he was even more confused by the unusual signal he was receiving from the device he brought from the other side. It was leading him somewhere, but…where???
After following the signal through the vibrant, colorful jungle, along a river full of sparkling clams, Otto arrives at a scene stranger than anything he had seen or even read about back on earth. The signal he had been following, which seemed to follow the path of the river perfectly, suddenly became much stronger.
Soon, Otto saw the trees begin to clear and as the sky opened up, he saw something that defied all comprehension. The water somehow began to separate from the riverbed, upwards towards the sky. Once the clearing widened even more, he saw the river leading to what could only be described as…a floating island.
He had no idea what else was on the island, but it was clearly the source of the beautiful river he had been following through the jungle, providing him clean water and more clams than he could ever eat. Otto realized the only way to access the floating island was by swimming against the current, upstream to the island’s entrance.
Before embarking, Otto realizes in a moment of clarity, that in case something happens to him, he must first try to let others know about this paradise in the sky and this bizarre, beautiful land he had found. Once he returns to the portal deep in the heart of the jungle, he picks up a single cracked clam from the river’s edge, and on the inside, sketches a map that leads to the floating island along with a brief message: “Follow Clam River.”
Too scared to go back through the portal himself, he immediately tosses the shell, together with the device, directly into the portal. Back on earth, in one of the few remaining forests, the shell lands on the ground beside the portal-generating device, undiscovered for years — until now.
This marks the beginning of your mission to find Ottopia — the paradise island in the sky.
We hope you’ll join us on our mission to find Ottopia using your new NFT from the Otto Genesis Collection. Stay tuned for more information!
See you downstream, Otters.