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this actually makes a lot of sense, and also explains why he'd want to marry the princess so that his line would be able to usurp the Mushroom Throne from house Toadstool.

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Alright it's all starting to make sense now, the Mushroom Kingdom is not in fact a Kingdom, it's an empire. Ruled by an emperor, Peach's father, King Toadstool. Emperor Toadstool rules over all the lesser kings and queens that govern their own lands, Bowser's father, Morton Koopa, First of His Name, King of the Koopalands and the Dinosaur Isles, is his vassal. The emperor is widely known to be ineffective and bad at his job, the taxes are heavy for exorbitant construction projects across the Mushroom Kingdom, including a massive arcane pipe network connecting seemingly insignificant locations to one another. The Double King Morton the First sees an opportunity to strike out for independence, and seeing the opportunity as well, the sitting Duke of the Goombas forge an alliance with Morton the First and join the war for independence.

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The war takes a heavy toll on the land, once prosperous trade routes are reduced to ruins, local peasants and counts seize the opportunity and crime likewise flourishes. Random bricks from catastrophic destruction are sometimes all that remain of once great fortresses, and yet more are constructed during this time. The initial successes produced in the war begin to falter, and the combined forces of the empire turn the tide against the rebels. The Yoshis sign a seperate peace deal with the Mushroom Kingdom, giving them independence but calling them in to fight as allies with the empire against the Koopas. With rebellion among their own ranks and seeing his defeat at hand, many of the Koopa Troop begin to surrender to imperial forces. The war quickly reaches far into Koopa territory...

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Morton the First produced an heir at some point during this time, but he eventually loses the war, and it costs him his life.

Chancellor Kammy Koopa, regent for the infant Bowser Koopa, reluctantly signs a peace deal with the Mushroom Throne.

Bowser is left practically orphaned with no memory of his father, and Emperor Toadstool remains on the throne. Years later, princess Peach is also born. Their rivalry simmers to this day.

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The Mushroom Empire is a vast and unwieldy thing. Its economy is doing fairly, however it has a hard time defending its own lands. When faced with threats, it prefers to hire adventurers or mercenaries, or send a small number of knights to deal with it. Fielding large armies is not something it is terribly interested in since the civil war, but the Koopa Kingdom remains unruly, as do many local lords. The Duke of Stardust Fields is in open rebellion against the throne, and virtually nothing is done about other rouge baronies across the land. The far off town of Rougeport remains under the competing control of local gangs and crime syndicates, and in these places far from Castle Toadstool, the reach of the Mushroom Kingdom is barely felt at all. It is a time of peace, but it is only really held together because of Bowser's preference to stage elaborate plots and procure arcane objects of power rather than directly secede as his father tried and failed to do.

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Everybody who's interested in joining this deep dive down the rabbit hole of marioverse lore or in playing in the campaign I'm designing with help, can DM me! I have discord links for anybody interested :BoostOK:

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the world map is done.

honestly this achievement is evidence that I've already spent far too much time on this project but at this point the wind in my sails pushes me onward. momentum alone carries me deeper into this quagmire.

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a truly insane amount of work went into this map for NO good reason. I am compelled by forces I can barely begin to comprehend.

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quarantine day 146: I've just completed the mapping phase of my D&D 5 marioverse conversion. a truly obsessive amount of work still lies ahead of me, and there are surely dozens of crackpot theories out there that I still need to chew through. my purpose in life has never been more clear.

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What happened here? What did the old empire that is now known as Crumbleden once look like? When did it fall? Why?

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y'ever think about how the afterlife of the mario universe is a glitchy world called the Underwhere because I haven't been able stop thinking about it since I learned it

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Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I made a spinning globe version of the worldmap

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when I wake up I say, "here we go!" and then fall out of bed

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The more I learn about the greater Mushroom Kingdom the darker it seems. Technology exists all over the world but many parts of the MK are still very rural and backwater when some parts are booming metropolitan regions. Those booming regions are mostly the way they are due to mineral extraction based economies, revolving around diamonds and gold most namely, but a good portion of their economies is surely the export of mushrooms and other agricultural and pharmaceutical exports. The heavy industrialization and mining probably only happened in the last 20 to 40 years as well as a result of the war. While some regions were left completely decimated in both population and infrastructure, others were thriving far from the core region...

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The result is increasingly distant and powerful vassal lords seeing their own gambit for independence, tired of paying taxes levied for the benefit of the core regions alone. Peach Beach surely wouldn't even have existed without that influx of taxes, and it is a gross misuse of funds when so many other towns and villages have never really recovered from the war.

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Hell, Wario, just some lowborn with a gold mine, managed to buy up land of his own. Could it be that Peach was using that money to pay back her infirm father's debts, or is it to line her own pockets in secret while the peasantry is none the wiser?

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In fact the royal family themselves appear to be descended from humans from what is now the Metro Kingdom, perhaps they're even decended from Hylian explorers, or conquerors, in any case they seem to occupy a powerful and wealthy class above your average Toad or Shyfolk, or especially Goombas. And it is only upon their labor does that gold mine keep making money, Wario. It is only upon the labor of the peasants in the fields do the mushrooms keep a-growing

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There are gargantuan class divides in the Mushroom Kingdom, and likely those divides are also geographic. Many areas, most areas, of the continent are poor and backwater, but some coastal cities, far from the effects of the old civil war and are thriving based on mineral and agricultural exports, and in return the ruling class gets wealthier and gets to play with the latest technologies from far away lands. Even Bowser is a participant in some of their decadence.

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However, in spite of this, Peach is well beloved by the populous and hated by most of her vassals. She's a populist leader who throws festivals and makes herself seem as generous and kind as possible. It is quite possible that there hasn't been a public execution since her becoming acting monarch. She prefers to win over the hearts and minds of her subjects, not necessarily her vassals alone. Bowser by contrast, who openly goes by the title His Vileness, rules through fear, brutally punishing all dissidents. Even in spite of this I think many will be attracted to Bowser's cause regardless, because his cause is independence FROM the ineffective and perhaps even straight up corrupt reign of the Toadstools

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time to put my starry wizard hat on and make some spells 🍄 ☄️ ⭐ 🔮

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the first session begins tomorrow!!! It's a soft start session, a session -1 if you will, so if you're interested in still joining the mariodon campaign then lemme know ✅

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Alright so this diagram is a little less cluttered and I'm a bit more satisfied with it.

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note: inverted power moons would be called Shadow Moons, or Woons.

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Inverted Shine Sprites would be Shadow Sprites, or Zprites

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also there was an error in the original diagram, the cobalt star spirit never existed that also conveniently solves a bit of a consistency problem.

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Alright so there's a new theory I've cooked up: The Mario world is running out of fossil fuels after over a thousand years of intermittently burning it.

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There ARE examples of oil companies in the Mushroom Kingdom to this day, for example, Fire Flower Oil (subsidiary of the Fire Flower Corporation), Bullet Oil, and Luigi Oil to name a few.

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And in Paper Mario: TTYD we get this line from a crow we're eavesdropping in on. This isn't a matter of oil just getting expensive, it's running out. Being entirely depleted. And not just oil either, fossil fuels in general are very scarce, and becoming even more so over time. Fire Flower based biofuels have begun to step in to take their place for cars and karts, but the overall energy industry is very bad.

"Power isn't cheap"

It's economic to burn torches for lighting in many places. It's far more economic to get electricity for charging a battery by running on a treadmill to generate electricity than it is to hook up to the grid and just use that.

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In the ending of the chapter on New Donk City, (spoilers if you haven't played Odyssey yet), A Traditional Festival!, you participate in a festival commemorating the city's founding, and there are LOADS of flaming oil barrels, clearly labeled "OIL" everywhere. The city is still expanding, but now, its power comes (mostly) from a machine which drains Power Moons of their energy.

This I believe is a recent change, the founding of the city was built on oil exploitation, not unlike say, Los Angeles, however now it's all depleted and in order to maintain the constant and still explosive growth of the metropolis (marked by girders everywhere, constant construction going on), they've switched to a greener, if still somewhat unsavory alternative power source, Power Moons.

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We also know that technologically very advanced civilizations used to exist on the Mushroom Continent. King Shroomses ruled over some ancient toadish civilization centered on what is now the vast Dry Dry Desert, and it appears to have made its vast riches through oil. Throughout time, technology has waxed and waned, and this has been true for at least two thousand years.

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The end result of all this leads me to the conclusion that the mushroom world has simply depleted its oil reserves, in very developed regions, such as the industrialized and militarized Koopa Kingdom, geothermal magma power has taken the place of fossil fuels, and in the Metro Kingdom, draining Power Sprites has become the predominant method for generating electricity. In more rural areas, manually producing power via treadmills is the only option for recharging appliances. Some regions still rely upon fossil fuels though, especially in the relatively backwards greater Mushroom Kingdom. No matter your method for getting electricity, it won't come cheap.

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honestly some of the "fan" material I've seen on this journey does make me question why I'm doing any of this at all. some of it really does make my eyes bleed.

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most of it is very good though. some of it. some of it is stuff I will never force you all to go through.

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also, somebody please, who IS this MAN!?!? Bowser's emo brother doesn't deserve to go without a name

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best name I've found on the internet for him is Ceroar. which is fine. I can't fault it. sure, might as well go with that, that's the first google result, may as well

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I just want to step back and recognize for a moment that in the span of 22 days I've gone from knowing practically nothing about the mario universe to knowing far, far more than anybody rightfully should

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Are Chomps born or built?

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Evidence for being born: SM Sunshine's Chomplets, which are presumably puppy versions of chomps. Evidence for being constructs: Chompworks Galaxy in SM Galaxy 2

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my ideas are slowly gaining traction among the community of marioverse scholars. this simultaneously a great accomplishment and new low.

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wait, Mario was HATCHED? and he already had gloves, and pants??? good god I really have dug too far

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are humans grown from seeds? is that a seed, or an egg? does this mean humans are plants? I have so many questions

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"a shooting star falls to earth right in front of the couple. It turns out to be a giant peach that had fallen from the heavens, and it then splits in half to reveal a young boy inside. The two Hammer Brothers decided to adopt the baby, naming him Mario"

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Mario was hatched from a peach that fell from the sky. canon.

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@starwall what the fuck, this guy is a real mario character? i saw him in some porn once in 2008 and figured he was made up for that

@OchotonidKnight @starwall is that the Lost Levels speedrunning community's name for him? Am I remembering that right?

@a_bun @starwall That you are. Literally picked that up the other day from watching Kosmic's all-day mainline Mario marathon.

@OchotonidKnight @a_bun Doug doesn't seem like an all too unlikely name for a Koopa prince, however it would be weird to name one twin Douglas and the other Bowser

@starwall @OchotonidKnight I only just realized it's a riff on Doug Bowser, the Nintendo of America president

@OchotonidKnight @starwall I picked it up recently too! I can't remember what event it was, but I think Big Jon was commentating.

@starwall the stars have cursed you for your hubris and your work is never finished

@ItsMorgan @starwall the myth of sisyphus except you're pushing a thwomp up a hill

@starwall theyre totally natural. theu only look like ball and chains by coincidence, theyre just weirdly shaped dogs

@starwall raw cosmic energy ripped from the ether and cruelly bound in solid form, raging against the world that has imprisoned them so until the day they may finally return to their natural freedom

@starwall (I *might* be channeling a bit of the Bartimaeus trilogy here)

@starwall is it a chomp building factory or a chomp harvesting factory

not grim re: extremely grim 

@starwall have you seen the awful games done quick run of that game where miss peaches wanted to turn dogs into cat food

@starwall ...I don't think I've heard the term "pwned" for months, if not years

@starseeker @starwall the last, like, 3 times i've heard it

it was all in my own head

when i was tempted to reference this xkcd for various reasons xkcd.com/166/

@starwall Hm

Unsure what the proper response word to this is

is it "congratulations" or "condolences"??

@starwall 1) that's a peach, 2) who the hell was yoshi carting around if that wasn't mario in yoshi's island

@starwall this flies in the face of the widely accepted stork theory of mariogenesis

@starwall i do not know how to react to this knowledge and i think my teeth are tingling

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