CHAPTER 2: The Search of the Stars
Bowser and Morton walked down the castle hallway. Both were silent from anticipation. For the strangest of reasons, the Koopa family still hadnt used their technique of talking the Mushroom Kingdom to sleep since they came up with it months ago. This was mostly due to the Game Over Invasion and the events mentioned in the Prologue, but finally, they were ready. Morton held the megaphone needed to project his voice across the enemy territory and rock everyone to dreamland.
However, it shall be derailed once again. As they passed the front door, they saw a note pinned to it. It was folded in half.
Morton, go see what that says, Bowser said.
Morton made his way over and pulled the note off the door, unfold it, and read it to himself.
Gack ack ack ack ack! it read, Soon, I shall be invincible, and there wont be a thing you can do! Stay out of my affairs or youll daughter-in-law will suffer the consequences! At the bottom was a crude but decent sketch of Karma and a stamp of a Poison Mushroom.
D- D- DAD! Morton stammered. Bowser hurried over, snatched the note, and quickly read it.
YOSIE! he growled loudly, crumpling the note in his claw.
Whatd we do, King Dad? Karmas been, has, just got swiped, kidnapped, abducted, spirited awa-
What will we do? Bowser interrupted, WHAT WILL WE DO? Absolutely nothing.
Just what I said, well do nothing. About time we got her out of the house.
But last time-
Was because I cared about Ludwig. Keep your big mouth shut about this, Big Mouth, or Ill throw you in the dungeon for life. Bowser left with the note, leaving Morton standing right in front of the door.
The balloon materialized in a fruited plain in which Mt. Majesty, the Game Over hideaway, looked over, in all its purple
With expert skill, Spike landed the balloon, and he, Yosie, and Doopliss came out and hit the ground. At least, Doopliss did. Spike and Yosie floated.
Well, I think that went rather well, Yosie said.
You still havent told us the bulk of your plan, Doopliss said, I know we need the kid for the GOM1, but are you still going to offer her third-in-command status considering what shell be when were done with her?
We can always find someone else, mind you.
No, for GOM1. Now lets get back to base.
They deflated the balloon, hid it in a safe spot, and made their way towards Mt. Majesty.
Ludwig strained as he tightened a stubborn bolt on his newest creation, at location
There! This device will check the status of my Metbond
He turned the machine on and it exploded.
Oh, DAD, am I forever doomed to repeat this horrible disaster? he cried.
He decided to have a talk with Karma. After all, they were starting to like each other a bit more since the events of the Game Over. However, as he left his room, he ran into Morton, who was just entering.
BUMP! They fell on the floor.
Sibling, what was the cause of that you charging into my personal quarters like that?
Morton was bug-eyed, freaked out, and heavily shaking. W-W-W-Well
B-b-b-but Dad s-s-said n-not to t-t-t-tell anyone
This is much unlike you. What is the cause? I have a right to know!
What about Karma?
Morton couldnt hold it in.
I CONFESS, ADMIT, GIVE OFF! KARMA HAS BEEN ABDUCTED, STOLEN, KIDNAPPED FROM OUR CASTLE, KEEP, HOME BY SUPERCOMPUTER276!
He fainted from lack of breath.
Worried, Ludwig left Morton gasping on the floor and began searching the entire castle, finding no trace of Karma.
Bowser, however, heard Morton, and found the big-mouthed Koopa in Ludwigs front door.
MORTON, YOU MORON! he roared, NOW LUDWIG WILL INSIST WE DO SOMETHING!
Glad I got it off my chest, however, Morton gasped.
At that moment, Ludwig rounded the corner.
King Dad, Karma is not on the premises! We must take action!
Well take no action whatsoever! Its about time that piece of filth got out of my house.
Shes half-Yoshi, for DADs sake!
I dont care! Once again, Ludwigs anger surpassed his desire to use long, complicated, hard-to-spell words.
All right. All right! Bowser yielded, Well try to find her.
Bravo! Ludwig cried, We shall commence this investigation by reviewing the footage taken by the observation units.
Wait, dont tell me
well start with the security cameras.
Thats what I said!
Come on, Morton. Bowser picked the out-of-breath Koopaling off the floor and put him on his feet. Youre coming along.
Cause I still want this to be a secret. Now lets go!
The trio of terror arrived at Mt. Majesty through the ground level tunnel.
Yosie pulled a megaphone out of his cloud. G. O. Commandos!! he called through it, SOUND OFF!
Doopliss and Spike got in line with five more figures that arrived. As Yosie floated by, they gave roll call.
Dicer was a Boomerang Bro with a gray shell. He was very special since he was different from the other Commandos: he was the only one made by Yosie via computer code, like most of the army.
Commandos, which one of youse know about my plan?
All seven raised their hand or made an affirmative gesture.
They all put their hands down and stopped the gestures.
I thought not.
Come on, boss, Dicer said with a slight British accent, Whats the job?
Yosie turned around.
Fine. Ill tell you. You all know about the GOM1?
They all nodded.
The Life Drainer! they said in unison.
We know we need life for it to work, Bombette said, but you never told us what else.
Well, I am now. Yosie passed out lists to all of the Commandos. They all read the same thing.
Seven Star Spirits (in card form)
Seven Crystal Stars
Seven Magic Wands
Seven Young Souls*
Blood of an Immortal
Chunk of a Dark Spirit
*Young souls shall be:
The Commandos pocketed the lists and nodded.
Right. Get the G. O. S. Volcano prepped and as many fighters as you can. Were storming Star Haven!
Ludwig ran through the security footage in the castles system. It followed Karma from her room to the front door when she stopped. She opened the door and outside was a Lakitu. He couldnt tell much due to the black and white tape, but he could tell that for some reason, the Lakitu had a full head of hair. The Lakitu in question pulled Karma outside.
A few mintues passed, the Lakitu reentered the house. He pulled a pencil and a piece of paper out of his cloud, wrote something on it, pulled out a stamp and stamped the bottom of the paper. He put the stamp and pencil away, and pinned the paper, now folded in half, to the door before passing through the portal himself.
We better observe the courtyard recording, he said to Morton and Bowser, who were in the room with him.
Ludwig started to rewind the tape and then he synchronized the timeline of it with that of the one over the front courtyard. By synchronized, I mean when the two tapes played, they show exactly the same moment.
When the Lakitu pulled Karma out, they had a conversation before the Lakitu started to drag Karma off the grounds, out of the cameras viewing range. Ludwig was slightly relieved to see Karma had put up a decent fight. A few moments passed after they left before the Lakitu reappeared and reentered the castle. He wrote the note, left, and once again exited the grounds.
I have a bad feeling about that Lakitu
Bowser said, Ludwig, youre on your own. He started to leave.
Id said Id try. I couldnt care less about her anyway. The Koopa King left.
Ludwig watched for a moment before printing out a shot of the security footage with most of the strange cloud-riders body in view.
Come on, Morton. It will do better for the case if the two of us inquire the castle sentries.
We ask the guards about the Lakitu?
Exactly! They left the security booth.
CHAPTER 3: Star Haven Storm
Eldstar gazed around the chamber. The remaining Star Spirits were at their posts, the Star Rod in the center of the rounded chamber, and everything more peaceful then a Bowser-free summer in Toad Town.
Boy, was it getting boring. The only things that broke the never ending silence were stars coming into the Star Sanctuary with the wishes of Pilts residents below. The only other organic life form in the building was a Star Kid named Twink, who had been an apprentice Star Spirit since the fiasco with Bowser and the Star Rod. His post was a crystal half the size of the regular ones, in between Eldstar and the one on his left, Mamar.
Boy, Eldstars bored mind thought, I wish something would happen
Suddenly, the entire building began to quake. Everyone noticed.
I was thinking along the lines of something positive
Without warning, a Bombshell Bill burst through the ceiling and hit the floor. No one was hurt, but more Bombshells were appearing, and the hole effect started to eat up the roof.
Honorable Star Spirit! Twink asked as he flew over, Whats going on?!
The roof gave way and crashed to the floor around the Star Rod, revealing a lava red doomship in the dark sky above.
Is this Bowsers doing again? Misstar thought out loud.
A voice pierced the night air in response.
Bowser? Oh no. Its something much worse
Bombshell Bill Blasters were mounted on the sides of the doomship, and they continued to rain the gold bullets through the ceiling, caving in smaller parts of the roof.
G. O. Commandos! the voice said, ATTACK!
G. O. Commandos? Eldstar thought, The Game Over must be attacking again! One of Peachs recent wishes was that this wouldnt happen. Another G. O. invasion, of course. She never really thought of the Star Sanctuarys roof caving in.
A rope extended from the bottom of the ship and Doopliss, Susan, Bombette, Lord Crump, General Guy, and Dicer began to slide down. Yosie and Spike used their clouds to float down.
The Commandos took their positions surrounding the pedestal that held the Star Rod while Yosie investigated it.
That was almost too easy! Getting the next set of objects will be a piece of cake.
Itll be stale cake if you dont tell us what business you have here! Twink sassed.
Twink, keep your temper
Aww, look, Yosie teased, The old man is lecturing the baby. Now I will take what I require and be on my way.
He moved his cloud into position approximately ten feet from the Star Rod.
Breathe in, breathe in, breathe in
Lakitus have a psychic connection with their cloud, so the cloud began to pull in air.
Breathe fire out, breathe fire out, breathe fire out
Suddenly, the cloud exhaled a huge jet of burning blue flames. The only damage was the top of Crumps, Dooplisss, and Spikes head got singed; Bombettes fuse was lit and she exploded; and the crystal cover surrounding the Star Rod melted away. It was the last of these three effects that Yosie targeted for.
The Star Rod! Twink gasped as Yosie snatched it up.
Gack ack! Yosie laughed, Now what did Bowser do? Oh yeah. He did this!
He waved the Star Rod and sent out a wave of yellow. However, the Star Sprits remained pretty much unaffected.
Apparently thats not it
perhaps its this!
Another wave of yellow, but nothing.
Boss, hurry it up
Dicer warned, Theyre looking angry
GOT IT! This is the Star Rod, so Ive got to wish for it! He thought hard about the Star Spirits trapped in cards. And with that
BAM! Its done!
Another wave of yellow, and this time it got the job done. The Spirits spun for a bit before being captured in cards and drifting to the floor.
Third times the charm. Yosie stuffed the Star Rod in his cloud and pulled out the G. O. Wand. Magical Magnet! he cried. The seven Spirit cards flew into his outstretched hand.
Seven Spirit Stud, he joked as he made sure they were all there. Lets blow this joint. The rope descended from the G. O. S. Volcano. Yosie and Spike flew up while the rest climbed from the almost deserted chamber.
I say almost because Twink had hidden behind his crystal perch since a few seconds before the firing of the first wave. He emerged as soon as the Volcano was out of sight.
The honorable Star Spirits! he gasped, Ive got to tell someone! Mario! Peach! Maybe Luigi even!!
He quickly flew away.