Bowser took his seat in the conference room. In the room was Lugwig, his finance Karma, his twin brother Jazzman, as well as the other six Koopalings. They had just got through Mortons infamous speech about speeches and everyone was just waking up.
Daddy-o, Jazzman said to Morton, You could talk people to sleep with stuff like that.
Like he just didnt
Wendy muttered to herself.
Morton heard and retaliated, Well, Ill have you know that I was very ignored when I was younger, and now I speak like this to grab-
Roy, who was sitting next to Morton, gave the blabbermouth a punch in the mouth.
Bowser spoke up. Great idea, Jazzman!
Jazzman was confused. Bowser rarely liked to use ideas he came up with, even if a Mushroomer could pull it off on its own and itll work. He must have been desperate. What idea?
Talking people to sleep, of course! Well give it to the whole Mushroom Kingdom, and while everyones snoozing
Well apprehend the princess! Lugwig finished, Brilliant deduction, King Dad!
Lugwig said great idea! Lemmy translated.
OK, Bowser said, now wheres the megaphone?
Its in the garden, Roy said, unless someone found it.
All right, Bowser concluded, Lets get going!
The ten Koopas ran into the front lawn, but the second they stepped outside, a dark shadow moved across the courtyard.
Whats going on? What is that thing? Isnt it dark enough already? The Koopas were all confused.
Karma was the first to look up. Look!
Flying above the castle was a large doomship. It was painted a bright orange, but on the side was painted a picture of a purple mushroom with, instead of spots on its cap, a white skull and crossbones. Lugwig noticed there were five hatches on the bottom. Four of them were in pairs of two, and the two pairs and last lone one were evenly spaced between the bow and stern.
Suddenly, the lone hatch, which was closest to the stern, popped open, and a long pole extended. Jazzman first pointed out that the end of the pole had a mechanical hand, where it was attached by the wrist, but most of the Koopas were more interested in the fact that a figure was riding on the hand.
The figure was definitely human like Mario and Luigi, but he appeared to be only about fifteen. He wore a black shirt, black sweatpants, and white shoes. As the hand reached the ground, they noticed his shirt front was decaled with the same mushroom as on the doomship, along with the words Game Over below it.
Who are you, and whats your business at the castle of Koopa? Bowser demanded.
So youre Bowser
the figure spoke.
DONT CALL ME THAT!
Sorry, but Im afraid that it sounds better then King Koopa. Heck, youre not even a king.
Bowser was so angry, he would shoot flames should he opened his mouth. So Lugwig and Jazzman stepped forward.
Yo, daddy-o, Jazzman asked, what are you called by the cats around here?
My tourist name may be supercomputer276, but you can call me Yosie.
I know you looked familiar! Lemmy cried.
Nice to be recognized, isnt it? Now my business. I want your entire kingdom.
No probability of that event, my acquaintance! Lugwig replied.
No chance, buddy! Lemmy translated.
You think? Yosie replied with almost as much cunning hidden in his voice as Lugwig, Chance favors only the prepared mind, and Im happy to say that my mind is quite prepared enough.
Suddenly, the two hatches closest to the bow of the doomship opened, and two more mechanical hands came out. These, however, wore giant red gloves, they were attached to tubes instead of poles, and one held a bomb which it tossed into the air above the ten Koopas.
Bowser was too scared to be angry at Yosie now. Everyone, cover! he shouted.
The bomb exploded in the air high above the Koopas, but tons of smoke poured into the courtyard.
A Smoke Screen! Iggy coughed. Everyone else had run away from his current position, so he pulled out his wand and willed it to glow brightly, bright enough to purge the surrounding smoke. When enough Koopas gathered together and the smoke had settled a bit, Bowser took roll. Two were missing.
Wheres Wendy? he asked.
And whered Karma hop off to? Jazzman asked.
HHHEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!! The two girls screams came from the air. They looked up in time to see them being pulled into the two hatches the red hands came from, by the red hands. Yosie and his hand were almost halfway up.
Give back Wendy! Bowser shouted.
Liberate Karma this instant! Lugwig joined in.
The girls or the kingdom, Bowser, Yosie shouted down, You get one, and I get the other. Have your pick ready by the time Im back. The hand had fully disappeared into the hatch from whence it came and the cover closed. The ship began to blast off.
As it left, Bowser and the seven Koopas watched as the doomship left, but Larry caught something the others missed: the stern of the boat bore, in purple letters, G. O. S. Starstruck.
Yosie stopped the hand when it was even with the doomships deck. He took a deep breath and stepped off. As soon as he did, the hand pulled up into the SubShip above and its hatch closed.
Well, time to greet the passengers, he thought. He proceeded to the bow, to where SubShip 1 was docked.
On the way, he passed SubShip 2, which housed the dangerous MegaCannon. Yosie rarely trusted any minion he had with this cannon, as it housed enough power to cause half a nuclear explosion. But business before pleasure. That was what life was. He proceeded.
As he approached SubShip 1, he saw what he wanted. Karma and Wendy were being suspended in midair by the Red Glove Grabbers while a Hammer Bro. searched them for dangerous technology. The Hammer Bro. was like others, except that his armor was coal black and the back of his shell bore the purple mushroom.
Report, Yosie said when the Hammer Bro. finished.
The Hammer Bro. showed Yosie two things: a purple-tipped magic wand, and a gold compact.
Give those back! Wendy demanded.
Give me the wand, Yosie ordered like heard nothing, and throw the compact overboard.
NNOOOOOOOOO!!! Wendy screamed. She couldnt stand being without her makeup. Nevertheless, the Hammer Bro. did as he was bid. Karma could tell Wendys blood was starting to boil. Yosie turned to leave.
Im going to throw a tantrum right now until you give me a new compact! Wendy screamed.
Girl, Ive got a little brother worse then you. Besides, where youre going, you one can hear you scream. Karma was worried until Yosie concluded, Put them in the SubShip!
The Red Glove Grabbers pulled into their hatches in SubShip 1, taking the girls with them. When the hatches closed, Yosie moved to the Starstrucks bow and took a deep breath.
Ahh, he said to himself, it feels good to be evil.
Peach was bored. While she hated when Bowser attacked, she felt bored after two months of no contact. She sat in her throne, bored out of her wits. Bored, bored, bored- Hey, Im starting to sound like Morton, arent I?
And speaking of Morton, Peach noticed that the windows were covered in a strange shadow.
Suddenly, a grey mechanical hand burst through the huge skylight in the ceiling. It was suspended on a pole, and riding on it was a young fifteen-year-old boy wearing a black shirt, black sweatshirt, and white shoes. The front of the shirt bore a purple mushroom with a skull and crossbones on its cap and below the mushroom the words Game Over.
The grey hand touched down on the marble floor, and the boy hoped off.
Princess Peach, I presume? he said.
Yes, what do you want? Peach cautiously replied.
Just a little cruise to the far end of the Mushroom Kingdom where I could throw you into nothingness and take over the Mushroom Worlds.
GUARDS! Peach cried.
Too late. The Red Glove Grabbers moved in from the center of the doomship. One grabbed Peach. When Toad came in, the other Red Glove Grabber grabbed him and they both retracted into the doomship, along with the extendo-hand Yosie had gotten back on.
Mario and Luigi entered, but the airship was just leaving.
Mommamia! Mario cried, Bowser must have-a kidnapped the princess again!
Lets get-a after him! Luigi cried.
No offensives besides bodily combat on these two, the Hammer Bro. reported to Yosie after searching Peach and Toad. He had a bloody nose because when attempting to look up Peachs dress, she gave him a well-aimed and well-deserved kick.
Good, Yosie commanded, Stuff them in SubShip 2. When youre done, get the one known as Karma from SubShip 1, bound her tightly but not cutting off the circulation, and bring her to my cabin. Yosie left, leaving a very confused Hammer Bro. Why would the captain want to see that creature? Deciding it was none of his business, he made his way to the bow, picking up some strong lengthy pieces of rope on the way.
There was nothing Karma could do. Wendy was sobbing in the corner since the Red Glove Grabbers deposited them in this room, spilling tears over the loss of her compact. Also, every time he tried to comfort her, she swatted her away like a pesky fly.
Karma couldnt see what Wendy was so fussy about. The yoshi-koopa hybrid was a free spirit and had no need for makeup
until she Met Lugwig. Her stomach, responding to the Metbond, was starting to cramp, but not as badly as when they first encountered each other.
Her thoughts were interrupted when the hatch in the ceiling opened and the same black-shelled Hammer Bro. that searched her dropped in.
Which one of you is known as Karma? the Hammer Bro. asked both Koopas.
I am, Karma replied, Why?
The captain wants a word with you in his cabin. He pulled out the rope strands. Now, this is just to make sure you dont try anything. Im only going to tighten your hands a bit. He slowly approached, but by the same token, she slowly moved back. However, Karmas ticket-to-ride expired first when, due to the smallness of the chamber, she backed into the wall.
Now, I dont want trouble. I dont want to give you what Im named after.
Karma sighed, and after finding out she could get probably get some answers from the captain, she held out her arms for the Hammer Bro. to tie.
Yosie watched as the computer continued to scan Wendys wand. With all the data together, it wouldnt be just Koopas and Kings with wands.
He heard the cabin door open and turn around to see the Hammer Bro. escort Karma in. Yosie was slightly startled at first, but he realized that after you get over the shock of seeing someone half Yoshi, half purple-shelled Koopa, you could spot her beauty quite well.
Karma spoke. What do you want?
Well, Yosie replied as calmly as possible, I quite obviously wanted to speak to you.
Well, Im pretty good at talking back.
Kid, youve got the spunk Ive been trying to find since I arrived on Pilt. Youve got the slenderness, the style, the attitude, and
He formed a rectangle with his hands like when people think of photographs and centered Karmas face.
the looks that can kill. He put his hands down. Kid, Im willing to put you in a high rank in the Game Over!
Karma was not expecting this. She was hoping hed spill his plan by now, but all Yosie wanted was to put her in his ranks! But she worked with it.
The Game Over? she asked.
The secret society of computer-generated minions. Led by yours truly. Our insignia: he pointed at his shirt. the Poison Mushroom. As it kills the body, we kill the government of whole planets, take over, move on to another dimension, and do it all over again.
Karma gave a quick gasp. These guys were killers, conquerors, Vikings, plundering and looting until there was nothing left to loot!
Why would I want to join you? Karma asked defiantly. She was trying to get him taken aback, lower his defenses, and get in what she could while the Hammer Bro. wasnt clobbering her.
However, it didnt work at all. In fact, he only got tougher to crack, like a nut with an insta-repair shell. One reason in three words: He leaned close. I
Yosie pulled back and moved to the Hammer Bro.
Take her back to the SubShip with her sister-in-law. If she wants to change her mind, my offer still stands. He then returned to the computer.
The Hammer Bro. led Karma out. How did he know she wasnt one of Bowsers kids besides the obvious? Hey, isnt that Wendys wand on that computer?
The cabin door closed in her face.
Bowser and the Koopalings raced through the Mushroom Kingdom, which was the direction the G. O. S. Starstruck was headed in when it left Castle Koopa.
Only one Koopaling wasnt going as fast as he could. Lugwig was duly worried about Karma, but he was beginning to feel very unwell. His Metbond with Karma acted up whenever he or she were far away or denied they Met. The slightly increasing pain meant they were barely making progress. Kamek was also with the Koopas, despite the fact he preferred solitude, but was justified by the fact he was surrogate father to Bowser and most of the Koopalings, including Wendy and Karma.
Suddenly, as they rounded the next hill, they ran into a very familiar pair.
Mario and Luigi! Iggy shouted.
What to you want? Bowser demanded.
The princess back-a, obviously, Mario replied.
WHAT?! Bowser shouted, You mean someone else kidnapped the princess again?!
Bowser still hadnt gotten over the memories of Grodus and the X-Nauts, barging in on his style.
You-a mean you didnt take-a the princess? Luigi asked.
No, Morton replied, we were chasing a doomship that took Wendy and Karma thats orange with a purple mushroom on the side with red mechanical hands oh yeah hands are really useful are they not because we can pick things up and put things down and-
Roy punched most of Mortons teeth out.
Were on-a the same side AGAIN? Mario half-asked, half-shouted.
You bet you are!
They all looked up. The Starstruck was hovering high above them, and a short distance down and lowering on the extendo-hand was
Yosie! Bowser was outraged. What did you do with Wendy?
And Karma! Lugwig shouted. Most of his pains had strangely receded.
Dont you worry, Yosie said in an ominous way, Theyre all just fine
The other four hatches opened to reveal Wendy, Karma, Toad, and Peach, struggling against the grip of the Red Glove Grabbers.
Wendy! Karma! Princess! Toad! Bowser, Lugwig, Mario, and Luigi shouted at once.
Heres the deal: Yosie continued, Ill keep them safe for up to seven days. You have until that time to surrender your territory, and Ill return the correct two.
If I do, could I have the princess instead of Karma? Bowser asked.
FATHER! Lugwig shouted.
All right, all right, never mind.
One week, and one week only, Yosie finished, but after that
he made the slashing motion across his throat. The hand rose up into the doomship and the Red Glove Grabbers pulled their hostages in as well. Then the ship began to leave.
Return to the castle and get the doomships. The Marios can come along too, just this once, Bowser shouted, Im not going the leave that maniac with my daughter!
Karma entered the captains cabin shortly after the threat to the two kingdoms. Once again, the black Hammer Bro. escorted her in and her hands were tied together.
Glad to see you accepted the same invitation again, Yosie said.
Karma knew she had to be careful. He was a boy of his word, but if she went to extremes
what would happen to Lugwig if she was killed?
Still want me to join your ranks?
Well, the offer still stands until the end of the week, but I called you in for a different purpose.
Please let him spill the beans, please let him tell me his plan, Karma was willing.
It concerns the magic wands.
Darn. Whats it take to crack this guy?
Ive finished scanning Wendys wand into the computer and duplicated it.
Dupli-WHAT?! From what Karma knew, magic wands could only be made pure new, not cloned.
Dup-li-ca-ted. I made an exact copy of the wand, but I added my own touch.
And that is
What else? A Poison Mushroom. Yosie picked up the new wand off the computer in the back, but Karma noticed something about the tip. Instead of being solid purple like Wendys, it was split into four quarters of colors: white, black, orange, and purple.
The G. O. Wand: the most powerful wand in the multiverse. Ive already tested it magically; Ive still got the dead minions to prove it.
Karma was on her guard. Then what do you need me for?
Simple. I need someone to test it on
physically! With that, he swung the G. O. Wand like a baseball bat and hit Karma in the nose, which every good Mushroomer knows is a Yoshis most sensitive spot. Karma was instantly rendered unconscious and collapsed on the cabin floor.
Seems to be good working order. Yosie teased. He turned to the Hammer Bro. Take her down to the lab, and see what the Ph.D. can do about that Metbond.
Bowser, Mario, Luigi, the six Koopalings, Jazzman, and Kamek were in the control room for the doomship hanger, planning out the chase of the Starstruck. The Koopa King worked quickly, as the farther Karma got away, the more Lugwig would be in pain, and he needed Lugwigs great mind more then ever.
Each Koopaling will obviously take his own ship. Mario, Luigi, youre coming with me on Wendys. Jazzman, Kamek, go with Lugwig. Kamek, Ill need regular reports of Lugwigs condition.
Suddenly, Lugwigs face met the table with a sharp BONK! Kamek helped him back up as he recovered.
Ohh, my head
What-a happened? Luigi asked.
Kamek was settling for short sentences. Sudden loss of conscious. Had to be the Metbond. Karma must have been knocked out.
Suddenly, Lugwig began to double over with pain.
Oh, no! Kamek half-panicked, Hes feeling pain from the bond. Someones trying to mettle with it!
We have no time to lose! Bowser announced, standing up, Were casting off