>Previous threads:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Mushroom+Kingdom+QuestWelcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Mushroom Kingdom Quest. In this adventure you'll take the roles of a colorful cast of charactars and be thrust into thy wild world of the Mario games, where you'll go on incredible adventures from the welcoming gates of Toad Town to the dreary Wiggler Woods to the magma-streaked mountains of World 8 to among the stars in the Comet Observatory.When we left off, Leo, Sal and Lily were stationed in the tropical World 4 castle awaiting Mario and Luigi's arrival, Tanoomba and the gang were hiding out on their commandeered Comet Observatory, and sergeants Blueford and Yelmont Toad had taken a pipe road to Yoshi's Island to explore the climate change.>You hop down the pipe, hurtling through the cramped and otherworldly darkness inside. You and Yelmont have passed through pipes like this before, so you're used to them.>You open your eyes and step off the pipe, and peer down from a steep cliff. You appear to be on the southern side of Yoshi's Island. The jungle doesn't look like it did when you last saw it. No, the ground is cracked and dry, the plants are dead, and the air inside it is full of dark violet haze.>Metal towers spindle skyward from the jungle, crackling with electricity.>You have a bad feeling about this.There are many different places on the island you can see from your cliffside post that strike your fancy. There's a clearing in the forest where you see shadowy figures slowly constructing a stone building, there is a large, crackling metal antenna on top of a mountain peak, and in the center of the island, the long-dormant volcano belches smoke.>Stone building>Tower>Volcano>I'm going home
Stone Tower, lets see who these shadowy figures are.
>>29611565>VolcanoThis looks bad, man.
Rolled 6>>29611565Can we go check up on the Kong's?
Rolled 20>>29611612NO! Bad roller! That type of roll is for wolf quest!
>>29611565>VolcanoThat's where the final boss is. We speedrun now.
Rolled 3>>29611646Ok, I accept your apology, roller.
>>29611646All of the wolves are dead now. Way to go.
Rolled 85>>29611565>TowerThat definitely doesn't look natural. Check it out.
>>29611599>>29611651"I have a really bad feeling about that volcano..." you mutter, pointing toward the smoking peak. Yelmont squints."Yeah. That's probably the cause of the tremors, but hasn't that volcano been dormant for years?""That's what Toadsworth is worried about, I'm sure," you say, following a path down the cliff. It's a short, but dangerous walk to the volcano, and the uphill drag tired you out.Beneath the lip of the volcano is a pit of fiery magma. To the side, you see a large metal pipe going into the lava, and a generator pumping molten stone off to some other location in the island. Looking into the pit, you can see some moving, churning metal rods pushing in and out of the mountain's sides."I don't think this is natural..." Yelmont observes.>Follow the pipes>Go to the stone building>Go to the metal tower>"I'm going home."
Follow the pipe.
>>29611875long as we're here, might as well follow them pipes...
did we bring any power-ups with us?
Rolled 5>>29611875Sounds like some sort of magmatic pumping facility.
>>29611930"Let's follow these pipes," you tell Yelmont.The two of you walk from the volcano's fringe down the dry mountain, following the pipes through a straight wilted forest path down the island slope. You brush away a thick dead branch, and you can see through a clearing that the pipes lead to that half-made stone building you'd seen before."I don't like this," says Yelmont, "it's got Bowser written all over it!"You head through the clearing, walking on dead grass. As the building comes into view, you notice something about the builders. They're all skeletons! They all work mindlessly and without purpose as they put the building stones of the fort in place."These guys seem hostile. Should we try to sneak in?" asks Yelmont in a hushed tone.>Sneak in like a sneaky-sneak>Break in like an action hero>Walk in and ask to see the foreman. No need for violence or deception.>Go somewhere else>Go home and report to Toadsworth>(Other)
>>29612003No, you didn't.Unless Yelmont's coffee counts. And all it really does is make him a little more alert.
>>29612096I'm not aware of Bowser having an all-undead builders' corps.>Sneak in like a sneaky-sneakDon't antagonize the numbers game.
>>29612096Skeleton whats? Are we talking Dry Boneses, Dry Yoshies, Dry Kongs, Dry Guys, or some other type of skeletonized being?
Rolled 2>>29612096Go to the tower
>>29612251we're AT the tower.
>>29612206(All types of crazy skeletons, dawg.)>>29612197"Follow my lead. These guys look hostile, and if we break in then we might not be able to discover their intent."Yelmont shrugs. "Sounds good to me. The question is, how?">Stealth>Disguises>(Other)
>Sneak in like a sneaky-sneak
>>29612317If we tear our flesh off we'll look like Dry Toads!But seriously, stealth. Also chug that coffee, perception is good.
>>29612317>StealthYou can't exactly disguise yourself as a skeleton.
>>29612317>Stealthwe Metal Gear Solid now
>>29612317>StealthTime for the full Solid Toad routine(likely with cardboard box)
>>29612383>>29612397>>29612475You tell Yelmont to follow your lead as you crouch behind the pipe and sneak forward. The skeletal creatures aren't close enough to notice you."I'm not so sure this is Bowser... I mean, last time I checked he didn't hire skeletal Shy Guys, or Yoshis, or, uh, monkeys for that matter." Yelmont whispers.Looking around, you can see that it does look pretty strange. Skeletal monkeys leap through the trees, Shy Guys with tattered coats and broken masks put cement between the stones, and the huge, empty shell of a Chain Chomp's mouth hangs open as it drags a block of stone on the end of its chain.You make it past the guards, and come to the end of the pipes. The pipes cut through the wall next to a heavy metal door. You notice that it's unlocked as you and Sal open it up and walk through.Inside the wall, there is a rusty iron dome with an open door. On the top of the dome, there's a skylight. And at the place where the pipes go into the ground, there's a manhole.>Go inside the front door>Go inside the window>Go underground>(Other)
>>29612624Underground... let's see just what it is these pipes are powering.
>>29612624>SalWrong companion.>Go underground
>>29612624>Go undergroundHey Boo, were you planning on updating the twitter at some point?
>>29612753Yeah, I should probably do that. It'll mainly just be posts regarding when a new chapter goes up.>>29612742"How to Not Fuck Everything Up"A book I've never read.>>29612669You open up the manhole, and climb down a short ladder into a hot, newly-excavated tunnel. The pipes remain parallel, and you follow them until they reach up into the dome.Looking up, you notice that the ceiling of the tunnel is a grate that looks onto the dome. You see that the lava is pouring into a tank next to a large steel machine.From the tunnel, you can make out a Dry Bones facing the opposite wall, which is covered in cages full of strange creatures from around the island. It rattles with anger, its chatter seeming incredibly angry.>Sneak up (Roll for Sneakitude)>Go home and report to Toadsworth>(Other)
>>29612883>Sneak up (Roll for Sneakitude)Might be the ringleader.
>>29612096>sneak in like a sneaky-sneakWait... Darryl Bones. It can't be coincidence.
Rolled 14>>29612883>Sneak up
Rolled 19>>29612918Forgot the roll
Rolled 14>>29613043"Clatter clack rustle... rattle click!">[My future ain't gonna be decided by seven little white lotto balls... it's gonna be decided by two big skeleton balls.]>>29612918>>29613098>>29613142You quietly ascend the ladder and push the grate covering aside. The Dry Bones continues rattling in anger at the beasts in the cages. As you get out, your stomach churns when a large frog in a cage notices you. It croaks, trying to snap you up from behind the bars.Thinking quickly, you duck underneath an overturned cardboard box before the Dry Bones can see you. You peer through a hole, and once it turns back you sneak forward. From your new vantage point, you can see a few more things in the dome. A large, circular metal pad stands in the corner in front of a wall covered in papers, and a shower-sized chamber connected to a host of wires and pipes.>Examine the cages>Examine the lava machine>Examine the chamber>Examine the pad>Make like a banana and split>(Other)
>>29613256>Examine the lava machine>Examine the chamber
>>29613256What about the papers? Do they look like an evil plan?
>>29613361You lift the box, squat-walking to the machine. The lava pumps into a large glass tank to its right, which pumps back into the machine. The device itself is a huge, imposing box of gears and tubes, with three meters. One is labelled "Input", the second "Output", the third "Heat".The side of the machine opposite to the tank is covered in wires, which snake all around the dome. Some even exit the dome through the skylight, and you can see them on tall wooden posts like telephone wires.You move to the chamber. It's got wires leading from the machine and from the pad. Inside are all manner of horrible devices: shackles, lasers, liquid pumps, blades on metal arms, and what looks like a chemical vent from the top.>>29613398You're careful not to let the Dry Bones see you as you scurry to the wall of papers behind the pad. Most of them are star charts and blueprints, but one strikes you as odd. A map of the Comet Observatory.>Examine the cages>Get outta there>(Other)
>>29613587>Examine the cagesPromptly skedaddle afterwards.
>>29613256>Examine the cagesI bets we're gonna find DK imprisoned here
>>29613672>>29613737You quietly move behind the Dry Bones at the cages, and you squint at the caged animals. There are five large pens, each with creatures inside. The first is the large frog that immediately noticed you. The second is a strange, hairy white gelatinous creature with an exposed heart. In the third cage are three Yoshi, all of them green. In the fourth is... Donkey Kong? He's completely chained up to keep him from escaping. And in the last cage is a rather angry-looking Piranha Plant in a pot.The Dry Bones himself is a strange sight to behold. You can see, as he screams at the caged creatures, that his left arm has been replaced with one made entirely of metal and ending in two snapping iron claws. His sharp steel jaw is in a constant snarl, snapping up and down from the bolts on his head. And three of his ribs are missing.>Get outta there>Try to free the creatures>(Other)
Rolled 13>>29613935>strange, hairy white gelatinous creature with an exposed heartJesus Christ>FREE DK
>>29613935Shit, whatever happened to our bro Tanoomba and his colorful bunch?Whatevs>FREE DK
>>29613935>Try to free the creaturesPriority goes to Sir Kong himself. Tell him to keep quiet while we work.
>>29614008Free DK?Fuck that! Free Sluggy!
>>29614067Oh shit, those guys. I remember now.
>>29614060Tanoomba, Spectro and Rob are chillin' with the Bob-Omb commune on the Comet Observatory. We'll be seeing them in this episode.>>29614008>>29614062>>29614067You attempt to slide past in the darkness, but the Dry Bones has all the cages in his sights.>ATTACK! (Roll 1d20 and describe your action)>"Nevermind.">(Other)
Rolled 2>>29614136>ATTACK! (Roll 1d20 and describe your action)Fortune favors the bold. Yelmont runs interference with a tackle while we smash DK's lock.
Rolled 8>>29614136Smack the top-half of that sucker's skull away and ninja-free DK. And if there's time, free the rest of the guys too.By the way, I can understand DK, but why haven't they skeletonized the frog and stuff?
>>29614185>>29614192You guys want to roll again? I'll let you do it, because that's no way to start a battle out.(Also, keep your pants on! That's coming.)
Rolled 10>>29614276The favor is appreciated, especially for the two baddest Toads in the kingdom.
Rolled 19>>29614276Roll for freedom
Rolled 17>>29614276Fine>Jump on his head
Rolled 19>>29614288THIS MOMENT, DONG WILL BE EXPANDED>Grab the Dry Bones and toss him into the lava
>>29614331>FIGHT: DARRYL BONES!>Darryl's HP: 25!>Blueford's HP: 15!>Yelmont's HP: 15!You throw the box over your head,jump up in the air and crash atop the Dry Bones' head. You expect him to fall to pieces like a normal Dry Bones, but instead he simply shakes, the metal supports throughout his body holding him together.>Darryl takes 3 damage! Current HP: 22!He turns around with a glare, and snaps his jaw.>ATTACK! (Roll and describe your action!)Rolling for Darryl!
Rolled 14, 15 = 29>>29614632Forgot to roll... rolling for Darryl and Yelmont.
Rolled 13>>29614632Schoolyard special! Yelmont gets behind him and bends over, while Blueford pushes him over!
Rolled 1>>29614710Jump on his head again.
Rolled 10, 13 = 23>>29614847"Yelmont!" you shout. "Schoolyard special!"Your partner in crime leaps out of the tunnel and as you crouch behind the Dry Bones he runs toward you. However, the skeleton takes notice. He kicks you in the gut, and his claw punches at Yelmont.>You take 2 damage! Current HP: 13!>Yelmont takes 3 damage! Current HP: 12!
Rolled 16>>29614924Tag Team Bowser Maneuver (Someone come up with a better name)Simple, grab the Dry bones, swing him to Yelmont, have Yelmont swing him back to you, you swing him back to Yelmont, until enough momentum is gained to throw him against a wall for high/moderate damage.
>>29614924Forgot:>Attack! (Roll and describe action!)My previous rolls count for Darryl and Yelmont.
>>29615086Use this one >>29615015
Rolled 18, 15 = 33>>29614946"Double headbutt in three, two, one!" you shout to Yelmont. You get back up off the ground and prepare to slam.But Yelmont is a little to fast, and his head strikes the Dry Bones' before yours does, sending the skeleton's head toward yours. You cringe at the growing headache.The Dry Bones rattles in pain before punching you in the face again with his claw.>Darryl takes 3 damage! Current HP: 19!>You take 2 damage! Current HP: 11!>Attack! (Roll and describe)Rolling for Darryl and Yelmont.
Rolled 6>>29615189We'll get it next time. Double Head-Stomp!
Rolled 7>>29615189Jump on Darryls head!
Rolled 19>>29615189What >>29615015 said: a tandem Giant Swing.
>>29615249Boo use this one please?I'm hoping against hope...
Rolled 12, 7 = 19Darryl and Yelmont are rolling high tonight!>>29615211>>29615228"Yelmont! Double head stomp, you're on top! Three, two, one!"Yelmont jumps into the air, and you leap underneath him to grab his legs. The two of you spin downwards, but Darryl sees you, and knocks you aside with an angry rattle.Yelmont's legs still connect with his face, though.>You take 2 damage! Current HP: 9!>Darryl takes 4 damage! Current HP: 15!>Yelmont's current HP: 12!Roll and describe.Rolling for Darryl and Yelmont.
Rolled 8, 18 = 26>>29615282I'll do it in the next turn.But only because you asked so nicely.
Rolled 5, 3 = 8>>29615354You grab Darryl by the legs, and begin spinning him around at a quick pace. The creatures in the cages cheer you on as Yelmont grabs his hands and you let go. Yelmont spins, and you then grab his legs. The Dry Bones is gaining momentum rapidly as you hand him off.Finally, you decide to let him go, and he flies into the wall. A few of his bolts come loose.>Darryl takes 6 damage! Current HP: 9!The skeleton looks at his bolts on the ground, and he's furious. He glares at you and shrieks, grabbing a large metal pipe in his claw and running toward you.>Attack! (roll and describe)Rolling for Darryl and Yelmont.
Rolled 16, 20 = 36>>29615636Grab Yelmont and clobber Darryl with him, like a hammer. A high-risk move!Rolling double for Stylish! bonus
Rolled 13>>29615636DODGE! Then, ground stomp his ass
Rolled 10>>29615636Alright, large metal pipe...Dodge and counter.
Rolled 13>>29615722Changing vote to >>29615707
Rolled 19>>29615707As the Dry Bones comes dashing toward you, you grab Yelmont by the legs."Hey, what are you---WAH!"Darryl slams the rusty pipe down... right on Yelmont's face. You lose your grip and send them flying. Yelmont collapses on the ground in agony.>Darryl takes 4 damage! Current HP: 5!>Yelmont takes 12 damage! Current HP: 0! Yelmont has passed out on the ground!The Dry Bones shakes his head and reaches for his pipe. He holds it this time in his skeletal hand, and holds his claw in the air and snaps it open and closed, making a powerful, sharp clack each time it closes.He comes running at you again.>Attack! (Roll and describe)Rolling for Darryl.
Rolled 3>>29615852Grab his pipe in your hands like a kung-fu master, like that crusty old guy in Toad Town taught you to. Then punch him several times. ATATATATATATATA
Rolled 16>>29615852Try to make him smash Kong's cage!
Rolled 6>>29615852Dodge that pipe and crack him in the eyesocket.
Rolled 13>>29615852This is a tactical action!Feel the anger at your comrade's fall and pump up your DEF.
Rolled 10>>29615913Your eyes narrow as the Dry Bones comes back at you."You are already dead." You say calmly in a low voice. When he reaches you, you grab at his pipe. The pipe slams into your hand, causing immense pain. He snaps at your belly with his other hand, making you cringe in agony. With a final action he knocks you aside with the pipe.>You take 6 damage! current HP: 3!
Rolled 12>>29615944Can people vote for me? Please?
Rolled 4>>29615980Stand in front of Kong's cage, and make Darryl smash it!
Rolled 3>>29615980"I... Is this the end...?" You have a flashback to one of the times you saw Princess Peach waving from her balcony. This fills you with determination. HP restored by [roll difference]!
Rolled 17>>29615999You struggle to stand up as Darryl comes at you again. When you can finally get up, you lift your leg and extend your foot in a kick, sending him back.>Darryl takes 2 points of damage! Current HP: 3!>Attack! (Roll and describe!)
Rolled 14>>29616075A punch combo, followed by another dropkick!
Rolled 10>>29616075Remember all those times as a kid you sat up early watching F-Zero Falcon Densetsu. Channel the memories of your childhood hero. Take one step back and wind up your fist for a FALCOWN PAWWWWWNCH!
Rolled 12>>29616075Stand in front of the Kong cage! And let Ironjaw smash it!
Rolled 15>>29616133Please dice, do you have no mercy?
Rolled 20>>29616116The end seems near to you as Darryl comes running toward you once more. You shed a single tear, your life about to end in slow motion.Everything fades to white.+ + +You are young Blueford Toad, hired to keep Her Highness safe in the millennial Melee Tournament. Strange contestants from all around the world (and worlds beyond) hand shown up to compete for glory. You, however, are hiding beneath Her Majesty's dress, doing a job that you're trying to convince yourself is not weird.The princess reaches for you, and the light stings your eyes when she holds you in front of her. You see a man in a blue suit, with a red motorcycle helmet. His fist is covered in searing flame as he barrels toward you."FALCON PAWNCH!"+ + +No... not today. You stand up one last time with a glare at the skeletal villain before you and grit your teeth. You wind back your fist and squint, your brow furrowing."Falcon... PUNCH!"You attempt to hit him, but the pipe hits your hand again.>You take 1 damage! Current HP: 2!>Attack! (Roll and describe)Rolling for Darryl
Rolled 5>>29616294Oh, FUCK.
Rolled 18>>29616294oh for fuck's sakeIn a last bid for movie-martial-arts-mastery, remember that time Bruce T. royally kicked butt. Stand your ground and floor the skeleton with a one-inch punch.
Rolled 3>>29616294JUST LET OUT DK!
Rolled 10>>29616294This is what happens when you intentionally knock out your partner.Find another pipe and crack him.
>>29616366THIS IS HAPPENING NOWTHIS IS THE TIME
Rolled 11>>29616294FINAL DESTINATION! INITIATE GRAPPLE INTO LAVA!
Rolled 6>>29616366I vote for this.
Rolled 4WHY DID NONE OF YOU GUYS WANT TO LET OUT DK?!?! I'm gonna punch my screen at this rate, hoping it kills Ironjaw Darryl.
Rolled 12WHYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! DICE!!! ARE!!!!!EVILLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!
WHAT STUPID FAGGOT THOUGHT USING YELMONT AS A WEAPON WAS A GOOD IDEA???You killed us.
>>29616366You glare at him as you cringe from the pain. His iron jaw seems to grin at you."Bring it on..." you spit.He drops the pipe and runs at you armed with only his claw. He reaches you, and as he gives you a final punch to the side of the head, you let out a quick, short punch to his chest.His ribs splinter and crack and fall on the ground. Darryl is sent skidding back in his lab.There is an intense silence with the two of you staring each other down.You fall to the ground. The Dry Bones rattles and walks over with a limp, and drags you over to the chamber. He opens it up, slumps you inside, and slams the glass door shut. There's a mechanical whirring, presumably many little locks going into place.The Dry Bones grabs a piece of paper and scribbles something on it. He then slams it against the chamber door."Be back in a second. Don't you go anywhere!"He heads toward the pad and taps at the keyboard. All you can see is a flash of light before you black out.+ + +The stars slowly drift by as the observatory floats through space. You sit on the rim, watching the roped-on pieces bob in space, no longer connected to the power sources that kept them running.You are Tanoomba, a raccoon-tailed goomba with the ability to shapeshift.>Check on Rob>Check on Spectro>Check on John-Omb>Take a walk around the observatory
>>29616647Eventually, Darryl isn't even going to be a dry bones. We've destroyed so many parts of him he's more metal than bone.>Take a walk around the observatoryWe need to contemplate things... we must decide if this is what we really want.
>>29616647>Take a walk around the observatory
>Take a walk around the observatoryI need to be alone...
>>29616647So that makes at least two fights that protagonists have lost by the skin of their teeth.
>>29616647>Check on John-Omb"So, you guys figuring this place out?"
>>29616741Darryl has a ton of HP and a lot of grit. I have a feeling he's becoming slowly more malicious and insane the more we break him.
>>29616685>>29616695You decide to take a walk. You stand up from the white-bricked path near the Garden and move around. Most of the Bob-Omb commune is in the kitchen for lunchtime, so you're effectively alone on the ship. You walk around the lower level with a sigh.There are no Luma left. John-Omb had already taken out all the ones that you and Darryl missed.You begin to think.>"This was a terrible mistake...">"I wonder how Leo and Sal are.">"Where is Spectro?">"What's for lunch?">(Other)
>>29616741It keeps happening without the opponent even getting a roll. This has "unwinnable fight" written all over it.
>>29616825"I wonder how Leo and Sal are."
>>29616825>"This was a terrible mistake..."You'd think Tanoomba would tell the difference between mischief and genocide by now.
>>29616825"Is this what victory is supposed to feel like? IS this who I am?"
Rolled 3>>29616825>"What's Darryl doing?"
>>29616825"What happened with Spectro? I don't think I've seen him since I got here..."
>>29616851Bowser tried to take over a lot of things in the past, including this starship.Tanoomba would be understandably shocked that atrocity might be the best way to get what you want.And now we come at a crossroads. Should Tanoomba become the villain, or become the hero?Either way, he needs to stab Darryl in the back. It's only the smartest thing to do.
>>29616825>"I wonder how Leo and Sal are."We are a villain, are we not?
>>29616825>What's for lunch?"
>>29617039I don't know. Are we? If we are... why are we following that mad corpse Darryl anyway? He clearly considers us a means to an end. We might as well bump him off before he does it to us.If we aren't, we need to stop him anyway.No matter what, the dry bones needs to go.
>>29616838What? I can't have Darryl dying so early on.>>29616849"I wonder how Leo and Sal are." you think aloud. You miss the two. In a weird way, they're the reason you're even here right now. Maybe if you ever got back to the Mushroom Kingdom, you'd meet back up with them.>>29616851>>29616853You frown, and shake your head as you look upon the stardust-strewn carnage you've caused. "This was a terrible mistake... is this what victory is supposed to feel like? Is THIS who I am?">>29616902There's an oily laugh as your good pal Spectro appears out of nowhere from behind you. "O' course it is, Tanny! Is there nothin' better than the spoils of a well-fought battle?"You glare at him. "What well-fought battle? We came in here with a gun that shoots death and killed a bunch of squeaking baby stars and their princess mom!"Spectro rolls his eyes in a huff. "Look, Tanny, let me tell you somethin'. We Boos have a little thing about not tellin' about the stories of our lives, seein' as our lives are... well... over. But let me tell ya. I was a nice little kid like you, truly. I'd always say please, thank you, and have a nice day. But that wasn't gettin' me nowhere. So I started spittin' on people shoes, stealin' candy from nice ol' Mr. Goomp's shop, and you know how it felt? Good! An' I've never looked back!"You just look at him."What I'm sayin' is, Tanny... don't look back. You took those little Luma out like a devil. And I won't have any of this 'remorse' hullabaloo! Oh, and go tell Rob that it's dinnertime."He disappears without another word.>Continue your solitary walk>Look for Rob>Go to dinner>(Other)
>>29617092I'm fine with dropping Darryl, but suddenly becoming a hero is out of the question.
>>29617039>>29617092We WORK for the biggest villain in the setting, and honestly, he's kind of a goofball at times.Not every Koopa works in the Koopa Troop, mind you.
>>29617119>Look for Rob
>>29617119>Look for Rob>Ponder further action
>>29617119Look for a phone. Tell Bowser we got a new base he can have.
>>29617183... or do we?He didn't do any of this. He's nothing more than an incompetent buffoon. A failure. And now look what WE have done!We don't need him anymore. Working for him destines us for more failure.
>>29617224Fuck you, Bowser's the shit and best boss
>>29617156>>29617162>>29617175You decide that you have nothing better to do than look for Rob. You briefly search the lower decks and see he's not there. You decide to walk up to the balcony."Maybe he's in the bedr---ROB! WHAT THE---"Rob is sitting in the pile of stardust that was once Rosalina, his cap screwed off as he shovels it inside him. His eyes are glowing with otherworldly light.>Stop him>Let curiosity take over
>>29617271>Stop himIf we don't, all of this would have been for nothing.
>>29617271>Stop himYou don't literally eat the mother of the stars, you dingus!
>>29617271>Let curiosity take overIs princess dust a drug, can we try it?
>>29617271>ROB! What the *mushroom kingdom equivalent of a swear word* are you DOING?!?
>>29617271"Don't shovel too much off that dust in you, Rob, or you may reincarnate as Rosalina"
>>29617298This is it. The power we need to rule the cosmos.Let rise the King of the Stars
>>29617259He doesn't need to murder star-kids to get anywhere, for one.For two, all we've done is skeleton-izing an island for the heck of it and pissing off a goddess. At least Bowser had a plan about it.
>>29617271>Stop himThe only thing that kept us from being reduced to a fluffy-tailed carpet stain last time was the most-certainly-insane and most-likely-more-evil-than-bowser Dry Bones with the gun that shoots death. If Rosalina reincarnates in the body of our Bob-Omb Buddy then she's gonna go supernova on our butts.
>>29617271Let curiosity rule
>>29617391>He doesn't need to murder star-kids to get anywhere, for one.He's gotten nowhere in years. He has a castle and a bunch of miserable, worthless troops that can be vanquished by a head-stomp. Whoop-dee-shit. He's had them since he first encountered Mario.He's doomed to stagnation, and stagnation means death. We will share in his fate if we remain at his side. We must take what is ours: The Galaxy.
Rolled 20>>29617271STAHP!!! Roll to pull him away!
>>29617411It's already a foregone conclusion that Rosalina is coming back. It's just a matter of hoping she's merciful enough that she won't launch Tanoomba into a local black hole.
Rolled 17>>29617465THANK THE DICE!
>>29617289>>29617294>>29617303>>29617310"ROB! What is wrong with you? Stop that!" you shout, running toward him.He glares at you with eyes shining ever brighter. "SILENCE, THOU WORM! Canst thou not see that I am doing something here?"You're taken aback. "Rob, since when can you talk?""Pish posh! Surely, I have always been able to speak!""No, you haven't! All you did was fizzle!""Your jests do not entertain me. What have you come here for?""Well, first of all to stop you from... whatever THAT is, and second, it's dinnertime."Rob stands up in the stardust. "Magnificent. Dinnertime with the barbaric fools in the commune, and that insufferable, slimy Spectro. Oh joy."He waddles down the steps.Downstairs, you can see the teleporter flash, and Darryl step off. He looks different than you last saw him, with an iron arm and jaw and all of his ribs gone, leaving a cavity in his chest.You run downstairs to meet him."Pete's sake, Darryl. What happened to you?""Clack rustle, clatter. Clock click rattle, clack.">[No time to talk, Tanoomba. I have a Toad in my lab, and I need some Star Power to use in an experiment on him.]>"Uh, yeah, sure. The Core's right over there.">"...No, Darryl. I won't stand for this.">"More of your experiments? Now this I gotta see.">(Other)
>>29617526>"...No, Darryl. I won't stand for this."Did all that time undead rot your brain (or what's left of it)? You're making too many enemies, and I'm not gonna take the fall for any of it.
>>29617526>(Other)"Hold on, now. You already dried Yoshi's Island. How far are you going to take this, Darryl? When will you stop?
>>29617526>"More of your experiments? Now this I gotta see."
>>29617526>Okay... Just so you know though, Rob-Omb ate most of Rosalina's remains and now he's glowing... and talking... Like he's some kinda royalty.
>>29617566All we wanted was a place to hide out from the Mushroom police after we busted out of jail. Now we're accessory to a kooky part-cybernetic Dry Bones and his crusade against all life.The train's gotta stop somewhere.
Rolled 6>>29617526"But what happened to you?! What have you been doing, anyways? Oh, and watch out for Rob-Omb, I found him eating the princess's remains. think you should test him, because he was able to talk. He couldn't before." Better to let the madmen run against each other then to plot away by themselves.
>>29617457Not getting anywhere isn't a bad thing when your initial position is KING. He's done everything from kidnapping the princess to destroying the entire Universe in the past, and he still maintains his royal position. On top of that, he's rich as hell (just look at all those castles and his neon city in Mario Kart) and strong as hell. The only thing stopping him from just ruling everything is the Mario bros., and unless this crazy genocide-scheme leads to us doing the impossible and kicking reason to the curb by actually beating those two, we might as well just go right back to Bowser.
>>29617698Or overthrow him once and for all, making ourselves the rightful King.
>>29617698Plus, last I checked, Bowser actually LIKES fighting the Mario Bros. I think he said it himself in Galaxy that he was forever glad he picked those two as his rivals.>>29617734Get out of here, Darryl. You're not Tanoomba.
>>29617734>Overthrow a huge dragon-turtle who's one of the few barely-even matches for Mario>And we're a goomba with a tanooki-tailI'd love to hear your plan, buddy.
>>29617586"Okay, just so you know, Rob---""Clack?">[Who?]"The mute Bob-Omb. He ate most of Rosalina's remains and now he's glowing, and talking like he's some kind of royalty."He puts his claw to his metal chin."Clock... rustle rattle clatter.">[Interesting... I'll have to get the rest.]>>29617566"Did all that time undead rot your brain (or what's left of it)? You're making too many enemies, and I'm not gonna take the fall for any of it."Darryl is silent for a moment. The yellow orbs in his eyes narrow into slits. "Clatter rustle clock. Rattle, clack!" He says, pushing past you.>[I've got bigger fish to fry right now, so I'll ignore that. Out of my way!]He pulls out what appears to be a megaphone with a vacuum bag attached to the back, and walks toward the Observatory Core. He flips the switch on the megaphone and there's a loud sucking sound. You see the bag fill with glowing, raw Star Power energy.He then walks up the steps, borrows a jar from the kitchen, and gathers what's left of Rosalina.He scowls at you as he walks back. "Rattle clack clickety... clack rustle. Clack rattle click.">[You know, this new experiment could be pretty monumental... I'll let you come if you want to see. But I don't want any more of your moral nonsense. Don't even pretend that's who you are.]>"...fine, I'll come.">"No. Go do it yourself, I'm staying here.">"I won't let you!" (Enter combat)>(Other)
>>29617659Darryl Bones's Wild Ride never ends!
>>29617814"You got a phone around here?>Phone Bowser
>>29617814>"...fine, I'll come."
>>29617814>"No. Go do it yourself, I'm staying here."We still have quite a lot of thinking to do.
>>29617848Awwww shiiiit! do this
>>29617848>>29617873Just to remind you, Darryl hates Bowser for firing him. If he even SUSPECTS we're handing the place over, he'll gobsmack us out into the vacuum of space.Just look for a phone ourselves.
>>29617848Man, imagine Darryl blasting Bowser with the Dry Beam. He'd only be making things worse for himself.
>>29617952Yeah, that didn't work out so well last time Bowser went dry.
>>29617814>"No. Go do it yourself, I'm staying here."While he's off doing whatever horrible thing he has planned, we see if we can use the observatory telescope to find a new place to haul our little fluffy-tailed rump to... Perhaps we can turn into a little UFO and fly down.
Rolled 11>>29617814"I'm not being moral, I'm being SANE. If you get the entire planet against you, I'm not helping. You know something? My race is probably one of the only ones that are resistant to your machine. I transformed into the BONE HYDRA. And look, not a single showing bone. I could just transform into a dry bones, and just walk right through your death beam. No fuss, no muss. And I'm not the only one of my race. 'Why is this relevant?' you may ask. Because, you need to get it into that skull of yours that you aren't invincible. You're INSANE, very big difference. I'm not falling down because of your insanity, I'm going to fall because of MY insanity." And end scene.
>>29617814>"...fine, I'll come."but stay wary. Let's see what he's going to do to that toad.>>29617912This is a good point. If things start going downhill, calling him can be our backup.
>>29617848"Rattle rustle clack. Clickety rustle, clock!">[I've got on back at the lab. You should see the lab by the way, I've got the stupid natives wrapped around my finger! Of course, they don't have minds anymore...]>>29617852You sigh."Fine, I'll come."Darryl claps once. "Clack! Click clack!">[Attagirl! Now head on down to the teleporter.]You warp back to Darryl's lab, and you can see it's really grown since you were last here. Five cages are filled with all manner of creatures. In one of the cages is a passed-outyellow Toad surrounded by Yoshi, one of them licking him and another sitting on him.Darryl directs your attention to the glass chamber as he walks up to it. Inside is a passed-out blue Toad. "Rattle?" he asks, emptying the Star Power into a tube next to the chamber.>[Look familiar?]Your eyes widen. "Holy... is that Sergeant Blueford?"Darryl nods. "Clock clatter, rattle.">[For the next thirty seconds, it is.]He casually hits a big red button with his clenched fist.>Keep watching>Look away>(Other)
Rolled 1>>29618090"Can I ask him about his will first? I've always wondered who exactly he's leaving it all to."
>>29618090>Attagirl!... What? I was not aware of this. Why did you not tell us??
>>29617698Ya know, after the second or third time Bowser stole Peach, I'm surprised Mario didn't install a new king or something. Despite his strength, Bowser is easily defeated by Mario time and time again.
>>29618138He's making fun of you, dingus.
>>29618090>Keep watchingDis rabbit hole, mang.>>29618138I think that's just Darryl being sarcastic.
>>29618090Wince, but keep looking. Morbid curiosity demands it.
>>29618090>Look awayDear god, we ARE Darth Vader. I don't want to see that again, though. The Yoshi being turned was horrifying.
>>29618136Yeah, this. Buy some time. For... something, I dunno. Last supper and last phonecall.
>>29618243He already hit the button. It's a little late to stall.
>>29618210Poof into something with hands we can shield our eyes with, then peek between our fingers.
Rolled 18>>29618259Scientists, mad or not, always have a fail safe.
Rolled 17>>29618090Kick Darryl's head off of him and call a 911 on Bowser real quick.
>>29618290>Scientists: the more mad, the less likely to have a fail-safeI fixed that for you.
Rolled 5>>29618337Eh, why do you think ALL villains in EVERY story have failsafes? And this is a story kingdom.
>>29618162>>29618210You keep your eyes on the chamber. The Toad inside is asleep on the ground, looking to be in pain. He's not awoken as the chamber shakes, and the ducts on the sides fill with what looks like a liquid version of the Entropy Blaster's shots.The Toad finally awakens with a yelp when a long, flexible tube shoots out of the ceiling and fires right into his chest. He looks in abject horror out at you, and Darryl smiles and waves. The Toad is about up to his knees in Entropy now. The tube from the ceiling begins to drip Star Power, leaking the glimmering substance into the Toad's body. Through the soundproof glass, you can hear his screams. Darryl bobs with them like they're music.The Toad struggles to swim in the Entropy, and when it reaches the ceiling, all you can see are his hands. Soon, the imprints dissolve. After thirty seconds, Darryl shuts the machine off.The Entropy drains through the bottom and Darryl opens the door. You feel like you're going to vomit when the once-Toad slithers out.It has become a gray, formless blob, its only expression an anguished, wide-mouthed face. Pieces of the Toad still remain, with a half-melted hand sticking out above its left eye, a fragment of the Toad cap sticking out from its midsection, and a single eye floating in the goop on its side.>"What is WRONG with you, Darryl?">"Oh, wow... that's great! Can I use a phone?">"I'lljustbegoingbacktotheObservatorythanksbye"
Rolled 3>>29618477"Umm, what the *bleep* is that?!"
>>29618477>"What is WRONG with you, Darryl?"
>>29618477Yipes>Use dat phone and call in the Bowser trainSure, we might face a demotion, but DAMN
>>29618385I wouldn't call those fail-safes so much as self-destructs.Actually, now that I think about it, some of them do have proper ones. Guess it just seems that way.
>>29618477Darryl confirmed for most horrifying motherfucker of the year.
>>29618477>"Oh, wow... that's great! Can I use a phone?"Yep, time to bail.
>>29618477NOPE NOPE NOPEThis is too heavy.>"Oh, wow... that's great! Can I use a phone?"
>>29618477"I'lljutbegoingbacktotheObservatorythanksbye">Once back at observatory, turn into spaceship and get as far away from this StarSpirit-Forsaken Place as goomba-ily possible.
Rolled 20>>29618580Yeah, maybe we can go to the starfox galaxy and transform into a raccoon.
>>29618626I hear Animal Crossing is lovely this time of year.
Rolled 10>>29618477Oh man oh jez. How were we ever friend with is guy?>"Oh, wow... that's great! Can I use a phone?"rolling to nope outta there and not puke.
>>29618578>>29618553>>29618541"Oh, wow... that's great! Can I use a phone?""Clack. Rattle rustle." he says nonchalantly, toying with his new creation.>[Go ahead. It's in the other room.]You waddle to Darryl's other room as quickly as you can, and grab the phone. You dial Bowser's number."You're the Dry Bones that blew up the mechanic shop! I thought I told Kamek to put you on the blacklist!" he says, having read Caller ID."No sir, it's me. Tanoomba. I went on a mission with Commanders Sal and Leo?""Oh. Yeah, you don't sound like that dang Dry Bones. What do you want?">Beg for your job back>Ask for him to get you out of here>Tell him about the Comet Observatory... and beg for your job back>(Other)
>>29618718>Tell him about the Comet Observatory... and beg for your job backHe fired us? We got imprisoned during a job. Why would he fire us?
>>29618718>Ask for him to get you out of hereIt's not like we actually lost our job with Bowser; we just had to find our way back. Unfortunately, Darryl dragged us off-track, and we kinda need help to get back to familiar soil.
>>29618718"I think I may have helped the Dry Bones accomplish his dreams of world domination. He's got this death ray thingy and we raided the Comet Observatory and, uh, converted all the lumas into star power. I didn't realize he was bonkers. Oh, also, he's got Donkey Kong."
Rolled 6>>29618718>Ask for him to get you out of here>Tell him about the Comet Observatory... and beg for your job back"I fucked up. I fucked up BADDDDD. But I managed to get control of the observatory! Could I have my job and a ride home back for it?"
Rolled 13>>29618718>explain the situation in a slightly alarmed voice.>>Tell him about the Comet ObservatoryIf we play it right, he might want it for himself. Since when were we fired? I though we just disappeared for a while.
>>29618789"And he did stuff to a Toad that would make even YOU cringe in horror!"
>>29618789It's important to emphasize that he's got DK. For some reason, I think he and Bowser might be on amiable grounds.
>>29618760(To be fair, you've been MIA for almost a week.)>>29618802"Alright, I REALLY screwed up! I've been involved with Darryl, the Dry Bones that blew up the garage, and... he has some big plans. But remember that Comet Observatory you tried to take over a few years ago? We managed to take control of that for you, and cleared out all the Luma!"There's a long, tangible silence. "So... if I go out there, you'll give me control of the Comet Observatory?""That's right." you say."Stay on the Observatory for now. I'll have Kamek with you tomorrow to make sure you're not a liar. I think we still have the charts for the Observatory somewhere...""Thank you so much, your Radness.""You better."Click.You nervously walk back through to the other room, and are accosted by the revolting ooze. Darryl looks at you, void of all emotion and arms behind his back."Clack rustle clatter... rattle clockity clacker click rustle.">[This machine doesn't just make things like that, you know... with Star Power and clever configuration, it can do anything I want. Tanoomba, if you double-cross me, you'll be WISHING you looked like Blueford here. Understand? You live in a world that I control, that I built, that I stole, and the only exit from it is through MY house. So go back to the Observatory and have a good night while I study Rosalina's remains. If you're a good little mushroom, I might be able to forget about all your 'good guy, sympathetic' nonsense."The horrible blob lets go of you and Darryl pushes you onto the pad. Without another word, he sends you back to the Observatory.>Go to dinner>Go to bed>Look for Spectro>Look for Rob>(Other)
>>29619100DK is probably the only other being on the planet who could reasonably match Bowser when it comes to raw strength. Otherwise, Bowser's not really fussed much with DK, mostly because DK minds his own business unless something directly threatens him, his family or his island and anything on it.
>>29619148>Go to dinnerJesus, we need some food. Haven't eaten all day.And we're in deep shit.
>>29619148>Go to dinnerSmall comforts.
>>29619148>Look for RobLet's see how the stardust's treating him.
>>29619148I know we ain't the hero type, but when this all hits the fan, we may wind up with the short end of the stick. If no one has a better idea, we might look into reviving Rosalina. For now though:>Go to bed
>>29619355or rather:>Go to dinner.If Rob's not there, look for him.
>>29619235>>29619280You trudge over to the Kitchen, entering the noise of a lively dinner. There are maybe twenty-five Bob-Ombs left alive after the battle, if not less. John sits at the head of the table drinking soup.>>29619320Rob sits across from you. He looks less than amused."Oh, it's you again. How did the meeting with the metalhead go, child?" His voice is snooty and aloof."Stop talking like that, Rob. I'm really getting worried about you.""Hmph. As if your tiny mushroom brain has the power to comprehend 'worry'."Rob's fine, if not a bit of a jerk. You drink your soup, ignoring his further shots at your intelligence. Spectro's nowhere to be seen. He probably went to bed.>Talk to John-Omb>Look for Spectro>Go to bed
>>29619421>Go to bedTo hell with everyone here.Er, I mean, to the lava zone.
>>29619421>>Talk to John-OmbI want his opinion before we hit the proverbial hay.
>>29619421>talk to john-ombwe just promised the observatory to Bowser. After letting the Bomb-Ombs have it.
>>29619421Let's look for Spectro. Because he's cool.
>>29619512You roll your eyes and get out of your seat, and move over to where John-Omb sits."Well hey there, buddy. Haven't seen you all day! Where've you been?">Tell him about Darryl>Don't alarm him>(Other)
>>29619604>Tell him about DarrylDude's gone bonkers, moreso than usual.
>>29619604>Tell him about Darryl"Darryl's taking this plan of his way too far. I honestly don't know where he'll stop."
>>29619604>>Tell him about DarrylJust on a "watch your back around him" sorta way.
>>29619604>Tell him about Darryl"Listen, uh, the bone guy has kinda gone evil. Like, you-wouldn't-believe-how-evil. I think we should discuss how you guys should blow him up."
>>29619626>>29619681>>29619692>>29619709"John, I was with Darryl back at his lab, and... he's gone off the deep end. You know those two Toads that helped Mario and Luigi on those missions? Well, he's kidnapped them. And he used stolen Star Power from the Observatory to turn him into... oh, I can't even describe it."He looks at you, taking a sip of soup as his last soup dribbles out the half-welded cracks in him. "Sounds pretty bad. But how are we supposed to get rid of him? Ask politely?"You shake your head. "We have to think of SOMETHING! He's going to kill us all! I think he might try to kill everyone in the world!"John looks at you with some measure of disbelief. "Get some sleep, friend. The fella's weird, but I'm sure that he's not that kind of evil."You groan and walk outside the Kitchen.>Go to sleep>Find Spectro
>>29619808He's an agent. We gotta snoop around the observatory more and find more info. Maybe we can extort all the power he's generating.
>>29619808>Go to sleep
>>29619808>Find SpectroHe's probably not gonna care, but let's see what he's up to anyway. Wait, do Boos even sleep?
>>29619843Of course they don't.
>>29619842You walk back to the Garden and climb up the ladder that hangs ever-so-precariously over the endless void of space. Walking inside, you sigh with exhaustion when you see your comfortable bedroll on the ground. After all you've seen today, you're definitely ready to turn in.You climb under the sleeping bag and place your head on the thin pillow.You hear a little noise while you try to sleep. You get up and investigate, and you can see that it's a little shivering in the pots behind the Garden dome.You pull the pots away to reveal a tiny baby Luma, cowering from your visage."C'mon, friend. There's no need to cry," you whisper. You sit down next to it and put the little star in your lap."No need to cry."+ + +To be continued in chapter 8 of Mushroom Kingdom Quest.
>>29619962Next chapter tomorrow, guys.See you then, thanks for reading! Sorry if I kept you up!
>>29619962These feels. why must you give us these feels?Oh wait. This baby star is our shot at redemption!
>>29619962Shit nigga. Today's quest was based
>>29620015>redemptionWe're still a villain, but we aren't the 'all will be ash and death' kind.
Rolled 9>>29619962This Luna is either Rosalina, or a test by her, right?
>>29620051We still have standards.
Hey Boo, since Darryl's amassing quite a few enemies here, have you considered letting us pick which character's gonna do the final fight?
>>29620068>implying he's planning that far ahead
>>29620068I've had a lot of ideas about that, and my answer is _________________________________________maybe.In all seriousness, though, you're nowhere near the final fight. Unless you hop off my railroad in a very serious way, you've got a long way to go.
Hey guys, what's going to happen to the Bob Omb Commune when Bowser comes up to claim the Observatory?
>>29620119Hop OFF the railroad, you say??How interesting..
>>29620146Bad stuff.Or good stuff, maybe.>>29620059Nah man. You're thinking too much into this.>>29620020Thanks, man.
>>29620059Pretty sure it's just Rosalina's baby Luma that always hangs around her like a familiar in the games.
>>29620119/tg/ quest players are extremely predictable, so I assume everything is going as you predicted it to.
>>29620240Honestly?You guys always surprise me. I've gotten quite a few suggestions to kill Lily. In fact, I thought you guys would've picked any of the other Safehouse options.
>>29620294Only quest griefers want to kill Lily. They're the same people who want to blow up the Earth in saiyan quest.
Rolled 4>>29620294So, what would have happened if we went to the other safe houses?
Is it bad that I kind of like Darryl Bones?I mean, he was just a random dry bones scientist that got fired by bowser and kicked out onto the streets. Now he's taken down Rosalina and the Lumas, bonified all of Yoshi Island and defeated Blueford and Yelmont as well as the Motherfucking King of the Jungle Donkey Kong.This guys has become a huge warlord in like a week and he's managed to beat everyone who's challenged him personally. To top it all off, he's modified his undead body with machinery and basically turned himself into an Undead Cyborg.Darryl Bones is pretty Badass if you ask me.
>>29620539I like him too. But this is /tg/ so we can't be truly evil.
>>29620539The only reason he's gotten that far is because of his entropy gun and his magitechnical use of necromantic energy. We don't know where he got that tech and how he got control of that volatile energy.Without his entropy gadgets, Darryl would've been pasted by now.
>>29620294thanks for running.
>>29620595Yeah I guess>>29620607Well I suppose that's right. I always thought that he invented that crap himself though. Wasn't he a part of Bowser's RaD corps or something?
>>29620690We don't know where he's from, only that Bowser kicked him out.
>>29619962;_;thats so sadso i'm gonna sa we should totally have the redeeming goomba while we still have our koopa and co with lily as the usual bowser flunkies whoa re trying to self promote and get higher and beat marios ass and stuff.but jesus christ this guy.