Tale of the Unknown Toad Chapter 2-It Takes a Thief Kane: Well, that moss guy was strange. He-wait! What do you have right there? That’s an honorary membership to the Thieves’ Guild! Where did you get that? Mycele: Some bandits attacked me, and I got the card from them when I beat them. Kane: I think you should immediately go back to the place you got that card. (Meanwhile… at the mysterious room… the bandits are talking to a fox with a ponytail wearing a cape and several belts, and possibly 5 o’ clock shadow, obviously the one depicted on the Thieves’ Guild wall.) Griffin: You what?!? Bandits: Well…um…Mr. Griffin w-we sorta gave him a membership card. Griffin: Argh! Griffy! Griff T.! Get over here! (A female fox and a toad with a headband and ponytail, both wearing cloaks, show up.) Griff T.: Yes? Griffin: Both a’ you get Grifty and find the person who has this card! I need to have… a chat with him. Griffy: Of course! (They speed off. Back at the fortress front…) Kane: Wait! Before you go… I think we should see Don Pianta. We don’t want him to fall to the Mario Mafia like the Robbos. If both join, the whole town will be under Mario’s control. Mycele: Okay! But how do we see him? Kane: Don’t spread this around, but you have to buy a dried shroom, then a dizzy dial. When the owner asks you your favorite color, you say yellow. (They travel over to the middle part, and when they get to the entrance to the west side, a squishing sound is heard.) Zess T.: Hey! Stop right there. You squished my contact lens! I expect you to buy a replacement, and you won’t be entering the west side until you do! (They obey, and retrieve the lens.) Zess T.: That’s better, stompy. Now, since you were kind enough to buy the contact I’ll- Mycele: But you made me- Zess T.: SHH! AS I WAS SAYING! I’ll cook something for you anytime you want. BUT! You have to get the ingredients. Mycele: Okayyy…. (They continue. They go to Westside Goods, do as Kane said, and make it to Don Pianta’s “office.”) Don Pianta: SO! What business couldja possibly have wit’ da Don? Vinnie: I think he- Don Pianta: QUIET! I asked da question! Mycele: We want to warn you not to ally yourselves with the Mario Mafia. They- Don Pianta: HEY! Nobody warns da Don. And dey already offered us a membership. It seemed very convincin’! He offered us 1/3 of da profit he’s makin’! Mycele: WHAT!?! That’s the same deal he offered to the Robbos. He can’t honestly expect to pay you that price, he’d only have 1/3 of the money himse- Don Pianta: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?!?!??!?!?!? HE said he would take care of da Robbos, not join up wit em! AUGH! I will neva accept that offa! Mycele: Okay, now we head to the Thieves’ Guild. Grifty: Unless the Thieves’ Guild heads to you first! (A battle sequence starts in Don Pianta’s room. Mycele and the partner, but I’ll use Kane, vs. Grifty, with 15 HP, 3 attack, and 0 defense, Griffy, with 10 HP, 2 Attack, and 1 defense, and Griff T., with 12 HP, 2 Attack, and 1 defense. Griffy can heal, Griff T. can charge up for an unblockable super attack, and Grifty can call everybody together to do a 6 power hit every 3 turns. Eventually they should fall, if Mycele has leveled up properly.) Grifty: *huff huff* Nice… now I see why you got that honorary membership. But, nevertheless, I have a job to do. *throws a smoke bomb* Mycele: Ahh! That’s not fair. Griff T.: We’re thieves buddy, get used to it. (They awake at the Thieves’ Guild room.) Griffin: Ah! You’re awake! I am the humble leader of the Thieves’ Guild! I heard reports that you are very strong. Defeating the bandits alone was enough to grant you membership, but then you defeat my three top soldiers. Very nice. I wish to test you with the Thieves’ trial. If you pass, I will vow not to join the Mario Mafia. Even though the deal is enticing. They promised me 1/3 of the profits! Mycele: *sigh* I suppose I’ll do it. Griffin: Good. Grifty will accompany you. Grifty: *sigh* Fine… (Grifty joined your party! Grifty’s abilities: A Primer. Grifty can use his Flying Squirrel technique with his cloak to carry him and Mycele over air currents. He can also use this in battle to attack distant enemies. He also can use his smoke bomb technique to distract enemies to distract enemies for a certain amount of turns, depending on how you time it.) (Kane goes into Mycele’s….pocket and Grifty replaces him.) Griffin: HEY! Wait a minute! Don’t rush to your doom. Don’t you know you can have two partners out at once? You can use the control pad to align them the way you want. You can even hold down X to use their abilities in order! You can choose your “prime” partner to be the one that goes into battle with you. Also, if your partner happens to get the first strike, that will be the one that goes into battle, regardless if it is prime or not. Mycele: Wow, that’s useful. Umm, Griffin, I recently met a guy named Might Moss, and he supposedly taught me how to use a…erm…MIGHT move called Mushroom Cloud. But I haven’t been able to do it… Griffin: Oh! A MIGHT move? These are secret moves upheld by the MIGHT TOAD alliance. They are by toads, for toads! But you need 2 MIGHT gauges to use Mushroom Cloud, and MIGHT Moss only gave you one! I’ll power up your gauge so you can use it. *powers up gauge* (Your gauge increased to 2!) Griffin: Okay, now get in there! I have a life too, you know… Griff T. (to himself): Since when? (They run into the pipe.) Bandits: So, uhhh….if you thought he deserved a membership after all, then why did you punish us? Griffin: Because… I don’t like you. Bandits:… (At the Thieves Trial…) Grifty: Okay, here we are. This temple requires you to use all of your skills, and possibly ones you didn’t think you had. It is a merciless trial… Mycele: Great. (The bandits attacked ME, so why do I have to do this? This is going to be a pain… I’m gonna try to run away.) (He turns around, and the pipe explodes before his eyes.) Mycele:… (Mycele and Grifty (plus whatever other partner you have at the moment) make progress in the temple. They use the joint partner move, which includes things like Grifty riding air currents while Kane drops bombs on the ground without falling, which is required for some puzzles. Mycele uses his jumping smash to jump off a ledge and smash through a block that is blocking a lower passageway that is not touching the floor. Like this: *=Path of Mycele ^=wall #=block _=ground ___________**** ^ * ^ * ^_____ * ## ##*** ##_____ Or something like that. I’m sure you get the point, but I’m not an expert. I just thought that if I couldn’t explain it, I’d do my best to show it. But it really is my first time doing something like that. I couldn’t use arrows, by the way, because my formatting went all crazy. Anyway, back to the story. The enemies range from Thief Grunts, which are foxes that throw 4 rapid-fire knives, each doing 1 damage, more bandits, Guild Bandits, which are like bandits, except they are purple, have 7 HP, do 3 damage, and steal your smash, spore, item, or MIGHT commands, if you don’t guard, and sometimes Thief Mages, which cast 4 damage from a distance, and can sometimes make you or your partner dizzy. None have any defense. After navigating through the puzzles, you make it to a door, where Thief Guards are waiting, and attack you. They each have 10 HP, 5 attack, and 1 defense. Their attack is a hassle, but they are not too hard. Once you defeat him they step aside.) Guard: Go ahead, there’s a bigger surprise waiting for you in there. *snickers* Guard: ! We’re not allowed to tell him that! Guard:…whoops. Well, anyway, since I told you, you might as well use that save block before you go in there. (After saving, and possibly healing, you enter the doorway. There is a big chest in the center. You open it. Eves come out of the darkness of the chest and stare at you, while arms come out and flail around. A battle sequence starts… In this battle, the “Chest Trial” monster has 20 HP, 6 attack, and 2 defense. This battle is tough because of the defense and attack, but after the chest does the chest smash attack, it is held up by its arms and can be easily knocked over with a slam attack. It stays on its back for two turns and has 0 defense and cannot attack. It can also use an arm flail attack, where it flails its arms wildly, and does 2 damage three times. It should fall after a while.) Chest Trial: YOU HAVE DEFEATED ME FAIR AND SQUARE, SO I SHOULD GIVE YOU THE TREASURE!!! BUT!!! YOU HAVE TO ENDURE THE CHEST TRIAL FIRST!!! I WILL PICK 4 CHESTS AND NUMBER THEM 1, 2, 3, 4. I WILL THEN SHUFFLE THEM AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PICK THE CHESTS IN ORDER!!! IF YOU FAIL MORE THAN 3 TIMES, YOU WILL HAVE TO BATTLE MINI-CHESTS, SO I SUGGEST YOU GET IT RIGHT!!! START NOW!!! (It picks up the chests and numbers them. When he starts shuffling, the numbers disappear. Then he throws the chests to the four corners of the room. If you happen to get it wrong three times, you have to face Mini-Chests, but they are not too hard with 5 HP, 2 attack, and 1 defense. It shouldn’t take that long to finish the chest trial.) Chest Trial: YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE TO ACTUALLY BEAT MY TRIAL! YOU MORE THAN DESERVE THE TREASURE CONTAINED IN THIS CHEST!!! (A fan like thing floats out of the chest, and Mycele grabs it.) You got the Spore Floater! (Suddenly, the screen turns plaid, and a toad with pigtails walks up to Mycele.) Toadette: Sorry! I was on vacation during the first power-up, but I’m here now! Heyyyyy…. You’re kinda cute… *giggle* OH! Anyway… to use the Spore Floater, hold down A, rotate until you can see your fan spinning, then release and tilt in the direction you want to go. You can use this to cross short gaps, while also spreading spores around. *giggle* Well, I’ll seeya next time... *giggle* Mycele: OK…wow. Grifty: Looks like you’ve got a girlfriend… *smirk* You’ll definitely want to get as many power-ups as possible…HA HA HA HA HA!!! Mycele: Let’s keep moving. (There is a Power Rush P badge in this room past the big treasure chest, and a key to unlock a new door. This unlocks a new door, which gives you a Grey Key, which lets you unlock a door that’s across a gap you have to cross with your Spore Floater. After crossing a few gaps, crossing air currents, and hitting mid-air switches, you eventually get to a big door labeled FINAL CHALLENGE.) Grifty: Okay, this is definitely the last thing you have to do. Make sure you’re prepared for this. There’s a save block over there, and a heart block, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. (They enter the doorway, and use Grifty’s ability to fly up a current coming out of a grate, and he floats up to a platform. Griffin is waiting for him, along with Griff T. and Griffy.) Griffin: I knew you’d make it through the trial! Well, the final test is defeating me! It wasn’t that hard to figure out though… Ah well… let’s get on with it! (The battle sequence starts. Griff T. and Griffy are exactly the same, and Griffin has 25 HP, 4 attack, and 0 defense. When he pulls his cloak over him, he’s invincible, so be wary. Attack his cronies, or heal yourself, while he’s doing this. Of course, Griffy won’t hesitate to heal his HP, and Griff T. can give him a defense boost by 2 for two turns. After you defeat them, he reveals some important info.) Griffin: *claps* Very good! You are a full-fledged member of the Thieves’ Guild now! Feel free to go to our underground café, Herb T.’s, or try the Pit of 100 Trials! Also, the Mario Mafia is supposedly heading to Glitzville, the floating coliseum, to gain the respect of many fans. He’s the current champion, with Prince Mush behind, then the Great Gonzales Junior Gang, then Rawk Hawk, and a bunch of other people. I only watch the top matches. Anyways, I happen to have a Blimp Ticket if you wanna go there. You received the Blimp Ticket! Griffin: Just give it to the Cheep Cheep who runs the blimp in the Rogueport Station. Oh, and go through the doorway behind me. There’s a surprise waiting for you. (Mycele runs through the doorway.) ???: HELLO! I AM THE SECOND BROTHER OF THE MIGHT TOAD ALLIANCE! I’M GLAD YOU CAME!!! NOW YOU WILL LEARN A VERY USEFUL MOVE FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY…. MIGHT MOLD!!! Mycele: Umm… MIGHT Mold: This technique will be very useful!! Your MIGHT gauge increases for one more bar, just enough to use this technique!! It is Healing Spore!! When you activate it, simply move around and hit the blocks to build up your power!! You don’t know what’s on the blocks, but they differ a little!! The best way to master these techniques is to experience them in battle!! Bye!! (The floor opens up and they appear in the giant room.) Griffin: Nice job down there! But if you want to stop Mario, you should leave immediately! Grifty: Griffin… helping Mycele has made me realize that there is a lot out there in life, and I want to experience it all! I want to follow him on his quest. Griffin: Well… sure! I was expecting it anyways… Grifty: Okay! Mycele, you better provide me with a lot of experiences! I might run back if you don’t. Mycele: That’s pretty much a given… So Mycele found a new ally, a new ability, another new ability, and got a fancy fan… and possibly a new girlfriend. But is he ready for the challenges that await him in the Glitz Pit?
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