"Shar, wake up... Wake up... Please..." said a sad mother's voice as she woke up to an
invasion. She started to cry as she held her Shy Guy son in her arms.
"Report to the King. Tell him the invasion is going smoothly," said a warrior's
voice, tasting victory.
"Alright, this was a sudden invasion so we need to act fast. Our lives, the
lives of our families, and the lives of our civilization are at stake. LET'S
Many things happened that night.
The Great Mushroom War
Open Mind: Part 1
By Shadow Yoshi
Prologue, 679 years ago...
"Mommy... wh-where are y-you?" said Shar, a Shy Guy.
Shar's mother answered, "Honey, I'm right here. I've been here." Sharma was a
kind woman, very quiet and reserved. She had her own ways of thinking,
outwitting many of her kind.
Immediately a strange creature in warrior armor barged in through the door.
"SHARMA!" he said.
"No, they're here," Sharma mumbled to herself. "Alright. I'm coming," Sharma
said in a regular tone.
"You! You, you baby! Get over there and sit in the corner!"
Shar Guy started, "But, but—"
"NOW!" The warrior yelled as they took Sharma away.
Shar Guy, who wasn't a baby, more of three years, sat in the corner and wept for
his mother. That was the last anybody would see her. For a very long time, if
Shamo was a grown Shy Guy; ambitious, spontaneous, and ready to take action. His
family had lived in the forest for many generations, Shamo knew every nook and
cranny there was to know. He had a few rough times during his childhood, his
father was always off fighting and his mother was left to care for the five
children. Shamo had almost grown up with more help from his two older siblings,
his mother had to work around the forest much of the time his father was absent.
This was Shar's father, leading an attack against invaders. Unfortunately they
were no match for the threat ahead. More important was their leader, king of Shy
Guy Forest, the Shy King; immediate shelter for him was traditionally a top
priority during invasions and other catastrophic events. Leading the Shy Guy
Forest for thousands of years led his ancestors to be highly respected among the
civilization; no less was expected for him. The makeshift Shy Guy Forest Army
was doing all they could to stop the invasion, but the threat was too big: an
army of Koopas...known as Armakoopas, was leading the invasion. They had come in
through Shy Guy Lake, adjacent to the forest.
The Shy Guys fell to the Armakoopas; Shamo managed to escape and staggered back
to his home, finding his son in the corner and his wife gone. Having no time for
emotions, Shamo took Shar, traumatized, to the Shy King and led them both away.
Sharma was nowhere to be found.
"Shy Guy Forest is no more," the King said as they ran away. They were now
"Shar, are you okay? Please, speak to me son!" Shamo said, sprinting with his
child in his arms.
"Mommy... She's gone," Shar moaned.
"She's wha—oh... oh, my Sharma," Shar's father said as he realized what had
happened. He stopped began to weep for his beloved wife.
"Oh, Shamo, I'm so sorry," the King said, trying as best he could to comfort
"HAHAHA! WE HAVE WON!" shouted the leader of the Armakoopas. They got on board
their ships and set sail for home and for their leader, awaiting the praise they
would receive for taking Shy Guy Forest.
But this was far from over. The Armakoopas were under the impression everybody
in Shy Guy Forest was either dead or under close watch of the occupying koopa
Emperor Koopa was sitting on his throne, waiting patiently for the invaders to
Evil, but patient.
Half an hour later, the invaders arrived at the docks by the emperor's castle.
They were successful.
"Shy Guy Forest is now official property of the Koopa Reign," said the leader as
Emperor Koopa greeted them with a smile on his face. "Good," he said, "This was
an important step in our process of conquering the Mushroom Planet. From there,
we can conquer areas around there. It is all piecing together. I am very proud
of you all. You deserve some well-earned rest."
"On second thought, Koopa!" he called; a servant hastily appeared in the throne
room. "Please fetch me some water, I am very parched."
"Yes, your highness," said the servant. He brought the emperor some water, and
Emperor Koopa smiled.
"Thank you." He drank the water, and as he finished another servant hastily ran
and bowed in front of his leader.
"Messenger! What brings you here on this fine day of...conquership?" said the
"Your highness, I have received a letter from the Mushroom Confederation in the
"Interesting. Please read it to me."
The messenger cleared his throat.
It has come to our understanding that you have directed your Armakoopas and
taken Shy Guy Forest. We are close allies with the forest and shall act on any
destruction of their territory. We have taken the surviving residents into
refuge in our Confederation. Your actions against the forest have been taken as
an act of great crime; as a result we have officially declared war on the Koopa
The Mushroom Confederation
"Hm..." the emperor said.
"Should we respond? Take action?" the messenger said.
"I'll tell you when I make a decision. Don't be alarmed, all you should worry
about is delivering messages."
"Understood, your honor."
"Wonderful," Emperor Koopa said with a smile.
Evil, but patient.
Shar, Shamo, and the King were walking down an empty dirt road when they found a
shelter. They knocked on the door, two toads and a goomba were living there and
a toad answered.
"Hello," said Shamo, "I am Shamo. We are former residents of Shy Guy
Forest—well, this forest, but you're on the outskirts, so—never mind. Shy Guy
Forest is now property of the dreaded Koopa Reign and we need a shelter. Would
you be so kind to—"
"Come right in," said the toad, a warm smile on his face. "Thank you," said
Shamo. "Yes, it is much appreciated," said Shy King. "And this is Shar, he's
Shamo's son." Shar waved politely, trying to keep a smile despite the dried
tears and emotional pain.
"I am Toadar Fungi," said the toad. Another toad walked in. "I am Toadora Toad.
Welcome to our home," she said. The goomba stood up on its stubby feet and said,
"Hi! I am Goomboro. I am a close friend."
"Make yourself at home," Toadar said. "Thank you so very much," said the Shy
"I have made some Mushroom Tea. Would you care for any?" asked Toadora.
"Actually," said Shamo, "I would love one. Thank you."
"We heard the invasion an hour ago. What happened?" asked Toadar.
"I'll tell you," said Shamo. "It all happened so fast..."
"Sharma, wake up. I heard something," said Shamo.
"Oh, what is it now?" Sharma asked, waking up.
"I don't know, but it sounded like...eh. You go by Shar's room and make sure
he's okay. I am going to go out by the lake."
Shamo went out to the lake, and saw something he'd only seen in his worst
A mass of orange lights crept up Shamo's line of sight like the flickering of a
candle. He knew immediately the forest was about to be under viscious attack. As
the first fiery cannonball made its way to the lake Shamo knew it could only be
"They must have come in through the river," said Shamo as he started racing back
to his home. He then rethought. "What if—no, why would I be a coward? We need to
He did just that. However, by the time he was finished the Armakoopas were on
shore attacking the nearest village.
The leader of the Armakoopas approached Shamo and his makeshift army he put
together. "I will make a deal with you. YOU!" He pointed to Shamo. "You shall
give me your wife and all of your children and we will occupy this forest and
not harm anybody who doesn't go against us. Or, you can play the hard way and we
will kill all you measly Shy Guys."
"I'd rather die," said Shamo.
"WAIT!" said a voice. It was Sharma. "Take me, but please don't harm these
villages or this forest."
"Very well," said the leader. "Go back to your house and we will take you when
we are ready. GO!"
"Sharma, why..." said Shamo, not given much of any time to think. Hot tears began
to run down his face.
"I'm doing this to protect us," said Sharma intently, as if there was some sort
of ulterior motive to doing such a thing.
This was when Shamo had enough. He ordered his army, and they attacked. They
were no match.
Sharma said goodbye to her son, Shar.
Sharma and the Armakoopas were soon gone.
"That's horrible. I am so sorry," said Goomboro.
"Is there anything we could do for you?" Toadora asked.
"No, no..." Shamo said. "We're alright."
"We'd best be on our way. I presume we'll be heading for the Mushroom
Confederation to seek refuge," the Shy King said.
"Well..." Shamo said, "It would be more prudent to take a different way. I'm sure
Armakoopas are guarding the main way to the Mushroom Confederation, it would be
better if we could go through Goomba Plains. It's slightly longer, but it's
worth it compared to the almost definite doom we'd be facing traveling straight
"I lived there," chimed in Goomboro. "Wonderful place, Goombas are kind despite
having left the Mushroom Confederation. I'm sure they're not enemies."
Not enemies yet. Not turned into the creatures one would know today,
psychologically impaired as if their decisions are made for them. No, not yet.
To be continued.
2010-2012 Shadow Yoshi
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