"Now, if, however unlikely you do have talent, you'll be tapped or selected for a specialised chaw, or sqaudron. There's navigation, tracking, blacksmithing, search and rescue, healing, weather interpretation, colliering, I expect to be placed in the navigation chaw myself... Name's Otulissa, by the way."
—Otulissa to Soren and Gylfie, Legend of the Guardians. to Sor
|Species:||Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)|
|H'rath, Strix Hurthwell|
Siv, Strix Strumajen
Strix Emerilla, Strix Miralda
|Appears in:||The Journey, The Rescue, The Siege, The Shattering, The Burning, The Hatchling, The Outcast, The First Collier, The Coming of Hoole, To Be a King, The Golden Tree, The River of Wind, Exile, The War of the Ember|
|Appears in:||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole|
|Mate of Cleve, very talented|
Otulissa is a female spotted owl, or Strix occidentalis. Otulissa came to the Great Tree as an owlet.
She is a member of the chaw of chaws and is very smart and talented. Because of her seemingly unlimited knowledge, she can be very full of herself and stuck up at times. In Exile she had to have her port, or left eye removed, as it had been severly damaged in the battle with the Striga.
In the film she is Soren's love interest, while in the books her mate is Cleve.
Before the BooksEdit
Otulissa was born in Ambala. When her parents and aunt went out and didn't come back, she claims she 'fell out of the nest' to see if they were there, but Soren doesn't believe this, and thinks that she was trying to fly before she was ready.
Otulissa is introduced at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. At first, Soren and his friends thought she was very snobbish and extremely annoying and loud-mouthed. She was tapped for the colliering and weather interpretation chaws with Soren, Martin and Ruby, much to Soren's horror at first. She really thinks it's an outrage to get tapped for the weather and colliering chaw at first, but then she discovers that Strix Emerilla, a renowned weathertrix and distant relative of Otulissa's. She becomes seemingly happy with her chaw choice after that. She also never complains about being tapped for this chaw again.
After eavesdropping on the Parliament with the band, Otulissa tried to obtain the book Fleckasia and Other Disorders of the Gizzard, which Dewlap had declared spronk. When Dewlap refused, she cursed, "WELL, SPRINK ON YOUR SPRONK!" After that, she, Soren, Glyfie, Twilight, Digger, Martin and Ruby (together, the chaw of chaws) were assigned on a mission to St. Aggie's. But before that, Otulissa was caught by Dewlap reading Fleckasia and Other Disorders of the Gizzard, which Ezylryb had given to her, and given a flint mop. After a while, Otulissa knew that the chaw of chaws would be leaving soon, so she threw a dead ground squirrel in Dewlap's face and flew away.
She later caught up with the chaw of chaws in reaching St. Aggie's. During the mission, Otulissa suspected a Barn Owl name Uklah to be a slipgizzle for the Pure Ones. She later fed false information to Skench about the power of flecks.
During The Siege, Otuslissa was part of the Strix Struma Strikers. She saw Strix Struma being struck down by Nyra, mate of Kludd. In turn, she slashed at Nyra's face, giving her a scar for life. After the battle, when Soren revealed that he saw Nyra before in a dream, Otulissa realized that Soren had starsight and told him so. Then she told him that she had now changed.
Otulissa is seen talking with Digger in the library about what was going to happen to Dewlap and what she was guilty of. She was reading Dowsing and Divining Techniques for Metals and Water.
The chaw of chaws were divided with different missions. Otulissa and Gylfie were to go to the Glauxian Brothers' retreat and get information from a copy of Fleckasia and Other Disorders of the Gizzard.
She also met a handsome spotted owl named Cleve, a prince from the tridents. She had met Cleve when her and Gylfie were on a meditation flight with the owls of the Glauxian Brothers. Otulissa was shocked to find out that Cleve did not believe in war, that he only liked studying medicines and healing.
Otulissa is first mentioned in her Ga'Hoolology class, teaching about the Fire Cycle. She then went to the library to do research on Beyond the Beyond. Nyroc finally learned her name from a massive fire in Silverveil. The scroom of Strix Struma mentioned her as the owl who would teach him about the Ember of Hoole.
Otulissa was directed by Ezylryb to read the third canto of the Fire Cycle, lines 47-99. The last 11 lines of the Fire Cycle gave a prophecy about the new king of Hoole. Strix Struma's scroom had visited her soon after she read the lines. She said that Otulissa needed to help an owl that needed her. She then left for Beyond the Beyond soon after.
Otulissa is first seen making plans to leave for the Beyond the Beyond. After landing on a ridge, she met Gwyndor, who accompanied her in her search for the MacDuncan clan. She was then seen, or rather, heard by Coryn, who had squeezed into a cleft in a cliff. As soon as she pulled Coryn free, she went yeep for the first time in her life, due to the fact that she thought he was Nyra. Gwyndor intercepted her, and together they perched on a shelf beneath the ridge. She was told by Gwyndor that Coryn had fire sight. Otulissa was seen next teaching Coryn how to collier, showing him the "Classic Grank Grip," named for Grank himself. After Coryn retrieved three bonk coals, Gwyndor tried to pay her for the coals, but she rejected it, saying that it was vulgar. At the end of the book, she is seen cheering for Coryn's retrieval of the Ember.
For lying to the "Guardians of the Guardians of the Ember," Otulissa was placed in a "jail" for the majority of the book. When Coryn returned he ordered Bubo to destroy the bars with his strongest hammer and tongs to free Otulissa.
With the help of her student Fritha, she took all of the most important books from the Ga'Hoole tree to Bess at the Palace of Mists to prevent them from being destroyed by the Striga and The Blue Brigade. During the battle with the Striga, she was wounded and had to have her right eye removed to keep her dying from the infection. After her recovery, Cleve admitted that he loved her.
Otulissa is mentioned when Dumpy the Puffin arrives at Otulissa's hanging garden. Otulissa commands the Strix Struma Strikers. On the epilogue she writes about the War of the Ember in The Evening Hoot.
This guide book is "written" and narrated by Otulissa, who is the Ga'Hoology ryb. However, during her closing words, she says that "she was guided by an Other named Kathryn Lasky."
As with A Guide Book to the Great Tree, this book is "written" and narrated by Otulissa. She claims that she did months of research and interviews with other owls to gather the stories included. In the Afterword, Otulissa mentions that she will be raising four owlets in "less than three moon cycles."
In the film adaptation, Otulissa is potrayed as a Short-Eared Owl. She welcomes Soren and Gylfie to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and explains to them that training lasts several years for an owl to become a Guardian and that a Guardian has several functions. She is also seen after Allomere rescues Eglantine and another owlet. She tells Soren that before, she didn't believe his story of the Pure Ones, but she believed him after seeing the rescued owlets. Otulissa also seems to have been flirting in a way with Soren, such as blinking her eyes charmingly and giving him small smiles. During the band's Guardian ceremony, Otulissa is shown smiling and even giggling happily.
Otulissa is a very intelligent and bookish owl. She thinks highly of herself and her ancestors, to the point where many think she is utterly snobbish, which she can be at times. She has a high dislike of anything she considers vulgar, immature, or innapropriate, such as Madame Plonk, Bubo, and wet poop jokes. Despite these, she is truly brilliant, coming up with clever battle strategies. After she was made a Guardian, she mastered each field of the Guardian training, and is considered the most intelligent owl of the great tree. She is also known for her rare, but sudden outbursts of anger and swear words of the owl language. Though she can be very snooty, she can also be very kind and caring. She is also very loyal to her friends and would fight to death protecting them.
However, it is shown on occasion that Otulissa does have a playful side. It is shown that she loves to dance at the Milkberry Harvest Festival. She asked Soren to dance with her in The Rescue, and it is mentioned that she danced with Martin in Exile (and almost squashed him on accident). Also, Otulissa seemed to be trying to flirt with Cleve when they first met in The Burning, though she is usually disdainful of owls that are flirtatious.
- Otulissa is the last character to be shown in the main book series.
- In the film adaption, it is shown that Soren seemed to have a bit of a crush on her, in contrast to the books, where Soren didn't like her when they first met, and thought she was an utter snob.
- In Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Otulissa bares resemblance to a Short-eared Owl, hence the short ear tufts, cream and black front and dark markings, although she is a Spotted Owl in the books.
- In the beginning of the series, she absolutely hated the Ga'Hoolology chaw, but eventually becomes its ryb.
- In Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, the spots around her eyes look like heavily applied black or tannish eye shadow and mascara. However, this may have been done to make her more appealing to Soren.
- In the Lost Tales of Ga'Hoole, it is anounced that Otulissa and Cleve have four eggs and she will be a mother.
- Otulissa is said to have written A Guide Book to the Great Tree.