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"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Adventure Island and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Liberty, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars -- Hyrule, with its pointy-eared women and towers of octorok-haunted mystery, Sosaria with its chivalry, Charlock that bordered the pastoral lands of Alefgard, Castlevania with its shadow-guarded tombs, Makaimura whose knights wore lance and armor and boxers. But the proudest kingdom of the world was the Mushroom Kingdom, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Mario the Plumber, black-haired, sullen-eyed, shell in hand, a coin-thief, a box-basher, a goomba-slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the game under his booted feet."
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)12:52 No.2776664
"I don't expect you to believe me. No one ever does, 'scept the boys down at the Union hall. We know...we all know. Every plumber in the city who's ever had to go down under the streets has either seen one, or is just waiting for his first sighting. Hell, I shouldn't be telling you this...we ain't supposed to talk about it. Union rules. But who can you tell who'd believe it?

The Pipes are down there.

Oh, real funny asshole. I ain't talking about no steel or plastic pipes, or even the old lead ones we sometimes gotta replace. The Pipes were down there when they started diggin' the sewers. No one knows who, what, when, or why - none of that stuff - all we knows is where.

They're green, and shiney - even though they gotta be older than even the whole damn country. The green is the ain't no paint - we tried scrapin' them once, but we can't even scratch the damn things. No, it ain't no corrosion! I been a plumber for thirty years, you think I don't know what a corroded pipe looks like?

Anyway, if you're lucky, you'll only see a small one. About as big around as your arm, maybe smaller. Cold air always blowing out of them, like a soft breeze.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)12:53 No.2776667
If you're unlucky, you'll see one of the big ones. One big enough for a grown man - even one with a belly like mine - to crawl through, no problem. Some go up and down, coming out of the floor or ceiling to hang open in the middle of the room. Some come out of a wall sideways, like a tunnel. Doesn't really matter, though. No one wants to find one of the big ones, however it runs.

Because sometimes things come out of them, that's why! Bigass turtles - mean, too. Or these crab-lookin' things. All kinds of crazy shit.

Stop laughin', I'm serious here! I saw one of the turtles, once, and it was as tall as I am! Mario was the first to get everyone to believe it. He and his brother found six pipes, all together, and got attacked by a whole pack of the things. They fought for hours, but finally managed to kill 'em all. We laughed at them both, too, until they hauled in a shell.

Since then more people have seen the things from The Pipes. Union policy these days is that if you find one of The Pipes on a job - don't matter what size, you come right back and report it. The Union sees you get paid more, and that you don't go back down alone. That's how the mob got in with the Union, but hey - we needed protection, y'know?
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)12:54 No.2776671

What's that? Oh, I don't know where Mario is these days. He came back up one day, saying he found one of the big ones, and that he swore he'd heard some dame yelling for help in it. He thought maybe one of the things had grabbed one of the crazies that live down under the city. No one wanted nothing to do with no kidnappers from The Pipes. So he marched right back down there - we followed along, since some of our 'friends' went with him - and damn if he didn't walk right into that hole, head held some sorta hero, or something.

Well, after we yelled after him for a couple of minutes without no answer, Luigi - that's Mario's brother - went a running after him before anyone could get ahold of him. Last we heard of either of the brothers was Luigi yellin', "Maaaariiiioooo! Maaaaariiioooo!" like he was a zillion miles away.

And that, my friend, is why the Union sent me over here. We gotta talk about what you're paying our boy Antonio, because guess what you got down in your sub-basement?"
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)12:54 No.2776675
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Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:02 No.2776713
Mario fanart/fic always seems grimdark as fuck. Did you write that? Good stuff.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:05 No.2776722
"Seven times I've faced this thing. Seven times I've dumped it into burning lava. It hasn't killed it yet. I think...I think it swims away, down in that red-hot rock.

It's a giant lizard, like godzilla, only spikier. I think it can talk, but it hasn't said anything to me yet. They say its name is Bowser, and it's the king of these turtles.

(God, the turtles! Some of them have wings! Nothing that big should fly, nothing!)

At first it only jumped up and down, trying to crush me under a ton of scaly meat and shell. Then it started breathing fire. Now hammers are flying out of its head!

(I don't know what to think anymore. It's like a goddamn cartoon, only I feel the heat and the hammers chip away at the brickwork behind me...)

Each time, I found one of the Mushroom Folk. They tell me this is their kingdom. They tell me that monster has Peach...the princess, I one of the forts. But none of them know which one. I haven't been right yet...

...but there's only one left.

(I have to find her. I dream about her, now...if I sleep. I have to find her. It's like this whole crazy pushing me to save her. I can't think of anything else...)

I think I've heard Luigi a few times. I haven't seen him. We haven't met up...but I think I've heard him behind me. But I can't stop and wait for him...

(She's waiting for me.)
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:05 No.2776724
I hope it's just wishful thinking. Wait...that doesn't make sense. What I mean is, I hope that I don't wish for Luigi to be here. This's fucked up. I've barely slept since I've gotten here...I've been underwater for hours without breathing...I keep taking fort after fort after castle...I haven't had anything to eat but mushrooms and flowers. Sometimes they make be big. Sometimes they let me throw fire from my hands.

I grabbed a big star once...a big, glowing, bouncing star...that's when a turtle the size of my truck, wearing a helmet and throwing hammers, came out of nowhere and dropped on top of me. He must have weighed half a ton, at least.

(He had hammers, too. Is that something about these Koopa turtles? Why hammers? They're tack hammers, for chrissake, not even those old hammers knights and shit used to have!)

He died, not me.

(I don't understand any of this. I don't need to. I just need to save her.)

Now there's only one castle left. There's nowhere else for the monster to run. There's no other castles for her to be in.

(It has her. I have to save her.)

I have to kill it.

I'm coming, Peach."
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:05 No.2776725
>crab-lookin' things
Uh... What?
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:06 No.2776730
I got cold and shivery from reading these...
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:06 No.2776734
Does wishing I'd written it count? Because if so, then yes.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:08 No.2776742
The first Mario Bros. game (not Super Mario Bros.) had turtles and butterflies in the sewers coming out of pipes.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:08 No.2776748
Also crabs.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:10 No.2776751

Sidesteppers. From the original Mario Bros, not Super Mario Bros.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:10 No.2776753
Oh yeah, I forgot about that...
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:12 No.2776764
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O HAI GUYZ, what's going on in this thread?

Seriously, though, grimdark Mario is always fun. And the movie, though campy, is also fairly grimdark if you think about it.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:15 No.2776781
I absolutely loved the grimdark Union rules fluff at the start of the thread.
>> Zombie King 10/10/08(Fri)13:18 No.2776795
Grimdark Mario is damn awesome. But thinking about warp pipes, eating or holding items that effect your physicality, and weird but familiar creatures makes want to see a little more Alice in Wonderland worked into it.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:20 No.2776807
This is awesome.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:24 No.2776834


>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:55 No.2776965
"We were completely suprised when the Koopa King rose up. We always knew he was a threat, but somehow he enlisted the Goomba tribes into his forces without us knowing. Suddenly, his army covered the span of the horizon and marched out of the hills en masse. Bullet Bill bombardment rocked the foundations of our fortresses, and one by one, our castles fell in a cascade too fast to belive.

My father underestimated Bowser, and now he is dead for it.

I languish in my own dungeon, because Bowser knows that he who controls the crown controls the Mushroom Kingdom, but only those of royal blood have that power. He needs me.

My father was not just the king, he was the kingdom, by ancient bond and pact.

My father is dead.

The rule falls to me.

So King Koopa keeps me here - for now, as my father before me, we are one and the same, my homeland and I. By controlling me here in the darkness below my greatest citadel, he controls all the Mushroom Kingdom.

Or so he thinks.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:56 No.2776969
Bowser is strong and vicious, mighty and irresolute...but he is not wise. Though the sages amongst the Koopa are great in the arts of dark sorcery, they are not keepers of lore. There are enchantments in my land that the Koopa King is unaware of, and which are now mine to use.

I have asked the land to bring me my Hero. Not some mere brave adventurer, but the man or woman that best suits my plight and that of the kingdom. The pipes laid by the ancients have heard my plea and sought throughout all the lands that the Warp Zones touch. My land obeys me, and has found the Chosen One of my rule.

The pipes have brought him here, and the Kingdom aids him. All the weapons of my land obey his will. I feel the fire flowers bloom and the mushrooms of power appear once more. I feel the urgency of his mind as the will of us both, my domain and I, call him to me, to my aid.

He answers readily, not merely because of the enchantment, but because he would have done so anyway.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)13:56 No.2776972
So I sit in the gloom, patient. All the while, I feel a bright beacon of hope...a blazing star of valor, draw ever closer to this place, the heart of the darkness cast over my lands. Soon the hero shall face King Koopa here, where there is no where else for him to run.

Then I and the kingdom shall be free again.

What surprises me that there is a second, dimmer light, following the first. Not the Hero of my Realm, but so very nearly the same. This one is not compelled to me, but to follow the aid him. His devotion is as strong as the Hero's, but more the kinship of comrades then the compulsion to greatness. He is Loyalty to the Hero's Valor.

Has my Hero brought a Squire?

The legends have never spoken of such a thing happening before.

What might this mean for the future of the Mushroom Kingdom?"
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)14:15 No.2777075
Copypasta from old grimdark mario thread:

(At the front of the hall, the doors slam open. An undead skeleton topples down the steps, splaying out at the bottom to clearly reveal the crushed skull. The massive figure seated at the dining table looks up to the entrance.)
B: So. You've come.
M: You thought your paltry defenses would stop me, monster?
B: Monster? I who have kept my honor, who stood by and watched as those under my charge were slaughtered without mercy?
M: You will pay for abducting the princess. Your reign ends here.
(Bowser sweeps the table aside with one crashing swipe of his arm.)
B: And who are you to challenge my sovereignty, human? What has that princess offered you, an outsider, that you might fall to her will as readily as those servile Toads?
M: What has become of her?
B: My subjects brought word of your deeds to me again and again. My most loyal of subjects, the best of Koopas- crushed. Even as you struck down my child did I stay my hand, for I had given my word that she would come to no harm, and I have kept it.
M: Say what you will, fiend. You have brought this fate upon yourself.
B: Enough! The gods have made me as I am to lead the Koopas to glory, not so that I might simper at the will of some fair-haired maiden. It is you who shall meet your fate this day!
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)14:17 No.2777094
And a prequel, while I'm at it:

B: So it is true. You intend to seek him out.
(Bowser Jr. continues to don pieces of armor for several moments before replying.)
J: You speak as though there can be any other option.
B: Do not do this, my child. You know how many have fallen at his hand-
J: Precisely why I must now meet him on the field of battle. My blood allows no less.
B: Would that I could hear such proud words in times less cruel! You bring such pride to us all, boy, but think of the cost. Would you deny your art? Truly it is your murals that give our castles their soul-
J: I have painted of grand deeds enough, I think. I do not go alone, father. Wario will stand beside me-
B: He is a human, boy, and a brigand among brigands at that.
J: His selfish nature serves my purposes. I can handle him.
B: Again I beg you. Think of the future of our people-
J: What comes first, father? To rule the Koopas, or to be one worthy of that title? Do you really expect me to believe that your actions in my place would be any different?
B (quietly): I would know that I go to my death.
(Bowser Jr. silently meets his father's gaze).
B: Oh, my child. In my desperation I deny the truth even as it lies plain before my face. Forgive my insult; you are no boy, but a man. And you are everything I could ever hope for in a son.
(The two embrace tightly.)
J: And I in a father. Farewell.
>> Inquisitor Synbios !TUyewbhdRo 10/10/08(Fri)14:22 No.2777124
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)14:34 No.2777180
I don't know, as cool as this is it still can't make me not hate Bowser Jr.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)15:00 No.2777325
Bump for win
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)15:06 No.2777360
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>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)15:24 No.2777472
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jawsome thread
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)21:49 No.2779516
>Makaimura whose knights wore lance and armor and boxers
Fuck yeah, Ghosts 'n' Goblins!
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)22:00 No.2779546
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Grimdark Mario?
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)22:01 No.2779548

Goddamn, I remember this. It was awesome. There is nothing I want more from Nintendo than for them to make a game like this. Or even better, hand out the license for somebody to make a roleplay system. I'll be forced to homebrew it.

So... What would /tg/ think to be the best system to run this in?
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)22:20 No.2779615

My words echoed in a mocking chorus. It was so dark. Brooklyn couldn't have been that far behind me. The worst part was that the pipe was straight.

What had he been thinking? If it was anyone else I would have turned back, gone to get a crew of firemen or something.

But he was my brother.

I walked further into the stagnant black, my footfalls echoing back at my face with each step.

Suddenly something that might ave been a scream. A shout?

"Mario!" I yelled back. The dead silence afterward put fear into my heart. I could feel the dark, round space crushing me, the unknown things that dwelt in the darkness regarding me like a lion looks at his quarry.

Every part of my body wanted to turn back.

But Mario was my brother.

I walked cautiously into the darkness, each step increasing the tense anxiety in my heart, until I finally broke into a full on run. The cool air from the pipe rushed at my face, and I ran forward, feeling the darkness close in on me.

Suddenly, the ground was gone beneath my feet. I was beside myself with terror, for just a split second, before I hit something full-force and fell into both the pit and unconsciousness.
>> Anonymous 10/10/08(Fri)22:26 No.2779631
Savage Worlds. There's a Mario conversion for it, anyway:
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)01:17 No.2780579
Also, bump.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)02:02 No.2780865
I found this browsing the forums one day:

(I know, I know, non-/tg/ fanfiction. Just read it, it's good).
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)02:24 No.2781056
Wow, that actually is pretty damn good.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)02:26 No.2781068
Because throwing fireballs and rescuing princesses from dragons isn't /tg/ related?
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)02:27 No.2781073
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)02:29 No.2781083
I smirked. Excellent point.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)03:02 No.2781341

Mario is about running around a hostile world trying to grab money, do drugs, and get with a woman.

It's far too realistic and gritty a setting for me. I prefer lighter fantasy fare.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)05:08 No.2781982
Bumping because this thread has potential
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)12:43 No.2783141
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moar 8-bit opera plz
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)12:57 No.2783189
>moar 8-bit opera plz

No one was left who could remember how it had happened,how the world had fallen under darkness.
At least no one who would do anything.
No one who would oppose the robots.
No one who would challenge their power,
or so Dr. Wily believed...
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)12:57 No.2783192
Twenty Floors above the dark streets of the city, Dr. Light lived in a run-down tenement.
An eccentric and brilliant man.
Light was a loner, a thinker, a man of ideas.
Ideas forbidden in Wily's society.
The society for which he worked.
The society in which he lived.
The society that he would set free.
And so Light worked, far into the night, when the watchful eyes of Wily's robots weren't upon him.
He'd set his skillful hands to the task of creating a device to bring about a change, to create a machine to bring freedom, to create a man to save the world.
Twelve years Light worked and on a cold night in the year 200X, Protoman was born.
A perfet man, an unbeatable machine, hell-bent on destroying every evil standing between man and freedom, built for one purpose, to destroy Wily's army of evil robots. Ready, willing, prepared to fight
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:00 No.2783204
SPOILERS: Protoman is Megaman's version of a fallen paladin.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:07 No.2783239

>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:07 No.2783241
And as the smoke cleared.
Wiley rose above the countless robots remaining. Protoman was wounded, low on energy, struggling to remain standing as Wily ordered the final attack.
The death of Protoman.

The crowd had gathered there to watch him fall, to watch their hopes destroyed.
They watched them beat him, they watched them break him, they watched his last defense deployed.
There was not a man among them who would let himself be heard.
But from the crowd, from the collective fear, arose these broken words:
We are the dead
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:16 No.2783274
The Drizzt of Megaman
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:29 No.2783318

Fucking Shit...


NO, there are no words to describe how awesome that was!!
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)13:58 No.2783450
/r/ the copypasta about the Star Children
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)14:25 No.2783546
This was a Hellsing page. Does anyone remember what chapter and page number it was?
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)15:10 No.2783712
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)16:00 No.2783914

This shit is godly.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)16:09 No.2783944

The next big order of business is a note on the protagonists of the Mario universe. I'll start by referring people to; but what I really want to focus on is what the Mario series tells us about Mario and Luigi.

Here's the thing about these twin brothers: The events of Super Mario World 2 are canon in that *before they were born*, the two brothers had an adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi was snatched up by Kamek, and baby Mario had to get the Yoshis to go rescue his brother.

Now, Luigi was rescued and the brothers were able to proceed on to the real world- though their past experience makes it possible to call them back to the Mushroom World, they have no conscious memories of this first experience by the time this occurs. Still, the incident shapes their relationship and respective personalities from the very beginning.

Mario's experience was to witness an incredible series of battles in the care of the Mushroom kingdom's bravest and most valorous warrior race. Luigi, meanwhile, was a helpless prisoner/test subject for the Mushroom World's foremost master of dark magic- his prebirth experience was a traumatic ordeal, to say the least.

Now, think about how this shapes a child. Even at a very young age, when something distressing occurs to these twin brothers, what happens? Luigi would naturally shy away, while his brother would be much less fearful and much more inclined to play the role of protector (in an imitation of his own 'pre-birth' parental figures). From the very beginning, Mario naturally steps forward to play the role of the hero, leaving his brother to hid in his shadow. And that in turn means that Mario is the one to face the challenges, unwittingly denying his brother chances to grow and develop into his own.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)16:11 No.2783952

You could almost imagine the mushroom kingdom, as portrayed in the games and so on, as the brother's childhood recommendations of what they now think was an imaginary world they invented together. So it would come as quite a shock when they return to the "real" mushroom kingdom, with Mario quickly identifying himself as the sixth of the prophesied Star Children with his newfound ability to throw fire.

Say that things start to play out in classic fashion. Mario meets the Princess and so on, Koopas kidnap her, Mario volunteers to go to her rescue. Luigi, not being a mighty prophesied hero and not having any eagerness to throw himself into danger, stays behind.

Then things get derailed into Luigi's Mansion territory- Mario gets tricked and captured, and can't escape without outside assistance. It's worth noting that this is a crucial milestone for the "king of second bananas", as a certain SSBB sequence referred to him. Luigi's been in danger plenty of times, he can put up a fight (if not a good one). But this is different- with his brother in jeopardy, Luigi willingly seeks out danger in order to confront it.
>> Anonymous 10/11/08(Sat)18:51 No.2784578

>The confetti on the ground was beautiful. It was such a simple existence. Luigi was scared.

God. Damn.
>> Anonymous 10/12/08(Sun)00:33 No.2786333
Has there ever been any attempt to GRIMDARK Mario Is Missing?

SOMETHING good has to have come out of that game.
>> Anonymous 10/12/08(Sun)01:51 No.2786942
This thread needs the epic Mario/Donkey Kong /v/ crossover thread pics, but I don't have them.
>> Anonymous 10/12/08(Sun)01:57 No.2786974

Fuck that, how about GRIMDARK Mario's Time Machine?
>> Anonymous 10/12/08(Sun)01:58 No.2786985
WEEGEE.png ?