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The denizens of the ancient Mushroom Kingdom are facing a grave existential threat. They've sent a distress call across time and space to anyone who will hear! We must travel back in time and help them!
Ancient Mushroom Kingdom is a checkpoint in Bibliotheca Arcana. There are four difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, Hard and Hell.
"Are you the powerful, but non-mushroom Envoy of Gaia who the queen spoke about? I didn't expect that you really, truly were as the queen said. Non-mushroom, that is." Piero seems happy.
"Our illustrious kingdom was created by the seven famed Mushroom Immortals in the primordial forest. One day, they ran into... encountered... confronted... a female creature who was not a mushroom. It's said that creature's name was Wendini, and that she lived with the Mushroom Immortals for quite some time. Then one day, the great Mushroom Immortal ancestors suddenly became very powerful, took over the entire fungus world, and established the mighty Mushroom Kingdom." Piero lets out a sigh.
"I never thought... never expected... never anticipated... that after the Mushroom Kingdom was established..." Just when it seems like Piero is going to say something else, a magical energy seems to electrify the surrounding air. Then Piero vanishes before your very eyes!
"You really... truly... veritably are as powerful as the queen said! I never thought there'd be such a powerful species outside of the Mushroom Kingdom." Piero lets out a sigh.
"Our illustrious kingdom was created by the seven famed Mushroom Immortals in the primordial forest. They took over the world of fungus and established the kingdom. "I never thought... never expected... never anticipated... that after the Mushroom Kingdom was established..." Chinopi is prepping his forces to battle with the world outside of the Spore. What's more, he's destroyed the statue of the sacred Wendini in the temple! He says it's wrong to venerate non-mushrooms..." Piero is enraged.
"I remember that time... that day... that moment when Chinopi started his revolt. The entire world was turned upside down. If you looked out into the sky, all you could see was black! Everyone thought that this must be due to Chinopi destroying the statue of Wendini." Piero is enraged.
"The queen says it has nothing to do with Chinopi. She says that she seems to have... appears to have... probably saw a description of that type of sky in a book before. The queen says it is a global disaster. Something called 'Iron...'" Just when it seems like Piero is going to say something else, a magical energy seems to electrify the surrounding air. Then Piero vanishes before your very eyes!
"It's you..! I recollect... recall... remember you! You are an Envoy of Gaia! I remember that the queen seems to have... appears to have... must have mentioned an Envoy of Gaia to me. Our world has encountered a powerful... unmatched... terrifying demon called the 'Iron Pot!'" Piero's face is contorted in a rictus of terror.
"The queen says it's a scourge that can't be fought. That is why the queen led everyone away from our homeland. The queen says if... provided that... hypothetically we ran into an Envoy of Gaia, Wendini would not be far away." Piero seems happy.
"We must keep moving towards that distant plane of spacetime populated by our kind. Perhaps... maybe... possibly one day we will encounter the esteemed Wendini who helped our ancestors. If we find her, perhaps she can help us regain the glory of the Mushroom Kingdom. See you again Envoy of Gaia. I also hope that you don't run into that nightmarish monster, 'Iron Pot.'" Piero's body gradually fades away. A tiny spore appears in front of you and then disappears into thin air.
"Another ten thousand years have passed! The world outside my Spore is a strange one... The mushrooms outside aren't like me, the all-powerful Mushroom KING. Those weaklings allowed your pathetic species to control the world!" Chinopi looks at you with contempt.
"After ten thousand years... no more Mr. Nice Mushroom King! Playtime's over! Let's see what you creatures from outside the Spore can do!" Chinopi charges at you in a blazing fury.
"No! That's impossible! How could I, the all-powerful Mushroom King, lose to the likes of you?!" Chinopi gradually fades and then disappears entirely.
"Hello, esteemed Envoy of Gaia. I am all that remains of the Spore's willpower." A watery blue mushroom takes shape in front of you.
"Our kingdom lies on a distant plane of shattered spacetime. On that plane, we are headed for destruction." Chinoli seems pained to be saying this.
"I used the last of our energy to take the ideas, history, and culture of the Mushroom Kingdom, encase them in spores, and send them hurtling through time and space. After what's felt like an eternity, I felt the aura of the mushroom people through the cracks in spacetime. I've wanted to make contact with the creatures outside the spores, but I had no idea that the Mushroom King desired to conquer the outside world." Chinoli sounds frustrated.
"Now that you've defeated him, I think I can speak for all members of this spore this spore when I say that the people of the Mushroom Kingdom extend their deepest gratitude." Chinoli does a backwards somersault to express her gratitude.
"I also have a small request. Can you show me your world? I'm curious to know what the world outside the spore is like. I will leave when the time comes. Please..." Chinoli's pleasant voice gradually fades from your ear.