This is a little idea that I had a long time ago when I had played through Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It was originally going to be a bit on the short side, but it ended up being a bit longer than I thought. It's mainly about what happened a thousand years ago with the Shadow Queen and stuff, with some of my ideas added in, too!

There are OCs in this story, so if you aren't fond of them, it's best for you to not read this. ...Or you can read it anyway. Your choice. :P

I don't own the ideas of the four heroes nor do I own some of the other characters you might recognize. The only characters I DO own are the ones you have no clue about. So… Here we go!

Chapter 1: Welcome Back, Princess Lilia!

Nazuchi was just like every normal thirteen year old. Once you become the age of thirteen, you would go out to become an apprentice. His parents sent him down to the town of Tagel, one of the nicest towns to settle in. The castle even had a king that respected his people. Nazuchi was pleased to become an apprentice in fighting. He wished to become a strong warrior, and the only one who was willing to take him was a swordsman named Lighten.

Nazuchi was a light green spherical-shaped creature with small arms with brown leather gloves and short, green legs with leather boots. His eyes were a bright yellow and had blonde hair. Many people liked to call him Blondie due to being the only blonde person in the town.

His mentor, Lighten was a spherical shape just like Nazuchi, but he wore a silver mask to hide his face for reasons not even Nazuchi knew. His pauldrons and boots were a golden color, and his cape was even gold as well. He was practicing with his apprentice on how to use a sword. They were using wooden ones to prevent injury.

"Yes, that's good, Nazuchi! Keep your eyes steady!" Lighten was blocking Nazuchi's attacks in a training room. There was nothing around except for a door and a couple of weapons used for training.

Nazuchi's blonde hair was a little long, and stuff would often get in it like some gum that he was chewing on. When he blew a bubble, it ended up popping and getting in his hair.

"Aw, man! Not again!" Nazuchi groaned as he began to pick the gum off his hair, making Lighten pause.

"Pay attention, my apprentice!" Lighten demanded. "Your mother and father sent you here for a reason! This is not the time for picking at your hair, Blondie! You can do that when we're done with training!"

"Sorry, sir… I just don't want this gum in my hair. My hair is so light, and if people see me with this gum in my hair, they're probably going to laugh at me! I'm proud of my blondeness, dang it!"

"It is fine if you're proud of your hair. It does make you stand out more, though..." Lighten shrugged as he raised his wooden sword up. "Now let's get back to our training."

They began to train a little longer for about ten more minutes until they heard a knock at their door.

"Hold on a second. Let me get the door." Lighten walked out of the room and to the front door. He saw a Toad in silver armor holding a sword. He took out an invitation and gave it to him.

"King Braze has invited you to his castle," the Toad Guard informed. "It seems like he has something special to tell some people such as you. Your apprentice is invited to the castle too!"

"Hmmm…" Lighten read the letter and slowly nodded to the knight. "So you want us to be there right now? Though we are busy with some training at the moment, we can make it."

"Great! I'll go tell King Braze at this moment!" the Toad Guard walked off to the big castle in the background. Lighten closed the door and walked back into the training room with his gold cape wrapped around.

"Nazuchi! Today's training is over." Lighten declared. "We've been invited to the castle by King Braze. He never said why he wants us to come, but it's the king's orders, and we're going."

"We need to go to the king's castle? !" Nazuchi guffawed. "I can't go with my hair having gum in it!"

"Very well, if you want me to get rid of that gum, then I shall use Galaxia to do it for you," Lighten grabbed his golden hilt, and as energy surrounded it, it made a golden sword with two spikes on the sides. He held the sword up, which began to glow. He placed the sword on Nazuchi's hair, and all the gum began to disappear. After that, he put his sword away.

"You can thank me later. For now, we must go." Lighten walked over to the front door and pulled a green hat from the hangar. It looked like a floppy hat with a little gold diamond pompom on the tip.

"A hat? What for?" Nazuchi asked.

"It's a little hot out there, so put this on your head. It can probably fit, so don't worry." his mentor tossed it to him, who put it on his head. Truth be told, he didn't care if his blonde hair was showing. He sometimes got sick of being called "Blondie" anyway.

"Thanks, sir! I'm so not looking forward to this…" Nazuchi sighed as he followed his master to the castle, where the guards let them through. The place was absolutely gorgeous, having a nice gray floor that was polished. It looks like the people here did a good job at cleaning the place up.

"This way, Nazuchi!" Lighten escorted him to the big room straight ahead. Only people at a high rank such as Lighten could go through there. There, they found the king standing up over by his throne. Nazuchi and Lighten went to the other upper-class knights and began to listen to King Braze. A bunch of Toads, Goombas, and Koopa peasants were a little further back, sitting in their chairs.

The king was wearing a very nice royal red robe and had a long beard. His crown was two feet long in width, and he was holding a golden staff. He represented someone that was more human-like than any of the other species, but technically, he wasn't human. In fact, he resembled Nazuchi's kind of species.

"I am pleased to see you people make it!" King Braze smiled. "Yes, I'm very pleased… Why did I being you all here? Why… I would like to introduce you to my daughter! Princess Lilia!"

As all the knights began to kneel down, Nazuchi was left confused and looked around.

"Kneel down," Lighten whispered, making Nazuchi quietly gasp and kneel down. He kept his head down like all of the other Toad knights in armor. Lighten was next to a big guy name Joe. He was a big guy and was one of his best friends.

"Don't mess up, Nazuchi... Don't mess up..." Nazuchi thought as this bothered him. He knew he had to keep his head hung low, but with the footsteps coming his way, he couldn't resist looking up to see who walked over to him.

At this point, his face turned pink as he gasped.

Whom he saw in front of him was a beautiful thirteen year old girl with long, beautiful blonde hair with a pink and hot pink dress. She was wearing white gloves, and her crown had purple diamonds around. Her necklace were also purple diamonds, which was very valuable. She didn't really have makeup on her, but she had pink lips, if that was anything important. She also resembled Nazuchi's species as well, although her skin was peach rather than Nazuchi's light green.

"She's... She's beautiful!"

When Lilia looked down at the knights kneeling down, she noticed Nazuchi gazing at her and her beautiful pink eyes. She smiled and blushed at him as well, noticing his expression.

"Ah ha ha ha ha! Well, now! It looks like somebody has just fallen in love now, has he?"

Nazuchi stopped blushing and turned to see a strange jester float up. His mask was part black and part lavender, having a yellow eye on the black side and a black one on the lavender side. His hat was purple, with a little blue added to it. He had hands, but no arms. Only his hands, legs and feet were black and were glowing white.

"Excuse me? Who are you?" Lilia asked as the jester grabbed her hand and bowed to her.

"Why, I'm a jester, as you can see! …Or rather, I am the master of dimensions, pleaser of crowds! You may call me…Dimentio!" Dimentio introduced. "I am your father's faithful servant!"

"Lilia? Were you all right before?" King Braze asked. "You looked like you were taking a look at one of Lighten's apprentices."

"Sorry, Father!" Lilia apologized as she instantly turned to her father. "I, uh…dozed off a little! Sorry! …Is this clown yours, though?"

"Of course! Dimentio's new here. He recently came here a week ago, and he's a great entertainer! To my surprised, he was excited when he heard of your arrival!"

"Yes! Of course! I can do MANY tricks…with magic! Observe!" Dimentio snapped his fingers and made a rose appear. "Here you go, my dear! This is for you!"

"Oh, thank you..."

He gave it to the princess, and when she looked at it, it turned into a flower that squirted water in Nazuchi's face. He wiped the water off his face and growled at Dimentio. Lighten told him to let it go, so he did just that while sighing.

"Ah, your anger! It's like a beaver chomping on a tree! I can almost feel it inside of you!" Dimentio cackled, which made Nazuchi angrier, but he knew it was best to let it go. Lilia looked at Nazuchi again before hearing his father's voice.

"Yes, my lovely daughter, Princess Lilia, has come here after a great tragedy happened with her mother," King Braze explained. "I was willing to take her here, and now she'll be spending her life here until she is a queen! So, treat her with the same respect you treat me."

Everyone understood and nodded. Nazuchi nodded too, blushing while looking at Lilia. He couldn't keep his eyes off of her. Dimentio couldn't help but smirk at him for falling for the princess.

"Now, then! We shall feast until the night is over! Come, my knights! Let us celebrate my daughter's return with a feast!" the king walked out of the room, and Lilia followed him. All of the knights, which included Lighten and Nazuchi, followed them first. Dimentio even followed, but the thing was that he wasn't invited. They found a big, long table with some candles and plates. A door was up ahead and that led to a kitchen.

"My loyal chefs! Make some grub for my knights, the princess and myself!" King Braze ordered as he clapped his hands together. A Cheep Cheep chef nodded and waddled into the kitchen with his other Cheep Cheep chefs.

The king and his daughter sat at the end of the table, while Nazuchi and Lighten sat far from the two. "Now, Lilia… You may have the honor of choosing which knight can sit by you. Who would my suggestion be? Well, Lighten, of course!"

Lilia sat down on her royal chair and looked at Lighten, who had his cape wrapped around himself. Then she looked at Nazuchi, who blushed when she looked at him. She smiled at him and turned to his father.

"Father… How about him?" Lilia suggested as she pointed to Nazuchi, who dropped his mouth. Lighten helped lift it up. The warrior felt like his apprentice was going to faint. Thankfully he didn't because he looked like he was nervous.

"Me?" Nazuchi asked as he slowly pointed to himself.

"Of course."

"Well... Uh... You see... I... I think I might need to use the restroom."

"Then go to the restroom," King Braze suggested. "You have my permission."

"...No, I don't think it's that," Nazuchi made his way over to the chair next to Lilia and sat next to her. If there was one thing he was bad at, it was talking to girls. He was sure Lilia was much better with boys.

"I should sit with Nazuchi. I want to make sure he's all right…" Lighten thought as he sat next to Nazuchi. His buffy friend sat next to him.

"Say, Lighten! Tell that story about the time you kicked that clown out of your house!" Joe suggested. "Man, it was HILARIOUS!"

"Very well," Lighten sighed. "So I was sitting down on my chair, watching the fire with my cup of coffee… That clown suddenly appears in my house and asks if I need entertainment. I said no, but he kept pestering me about it…and then I was forced to kick him out with my own golden boot. He didn't take it too well. So then I..."

"BAH HA HA HA HA!" Joe laughed stupidly as he began to bang on the table, which made everyone gawk at him.

"Joe! Don't do that! You'll break the table, for goodness sake!" Lighten snapped.

"Oh, sorry... My bad."

Everyone heard the kitchen doors open and the Koopa chefs brought out some food. It looked like baked potatoes were put on the table and also a big chicken with legs.

"Ah! Food!" Joe grabbed a leg off the chicken and began to scarf it down. Nazuchi grabbed the potatoes and decided to eat them instead. Lilia even got potatoes too and smiled at Nazuchi.

"Hey, Nazuchi…" Lilia whispered, making Nazuchi stop. "How have things been around here?"

"Uhhh... Well, they've been fine for the most part." Nazuchi answered, unsure of what else to say. "Why do you ask?"

"Listen… There's something I need to talk to you about. It's really important. Can you meet me up at my room? I can't take no for an answer."

"Ummmm... OK, I guess I have no choice..."

Lilia was about to ask her father to be excused, but then a Koopatrol charged into the room.

"Your Majesty!" the Koopa cried. "Four travelers! They have come here to see you!"

"What?! Four travelers? What do they want?" King Braze asked.

"They said something about wanting to rest from their long journey. Permission to bring them in?"

"Go right ahead," the king nodded as the Koopa opened the door. A Toad with red polka-dots on his cap, a blue shirt, and white pants was the first to walk in. He was the youngest traveler, being fifteen years old. Though… He was not the best with using money and tended to act like he was the coolest.

The next person following up was a Koopa with a scar on his cheek. He was holding a big sword and was in black clothing. He definitely was the scariest-looking of the four travelers. He was only nineteen years old too!

A purple Boo came following next. She was wearing a witch's hat that was bent down a little and was holding a staff that allowed her to use magic. She was wearing purple eye shadow too. She seemed cold-hearted and would be best not to speak to her. She was twenty one years old.

The last one was a fifty-five year old Goomba with a red hat and gray hair. There wasn't much to her except the monocle, and everyone knows that monocles are cool. She's the wisest of the travelers, being much older.

"Hello, king of…whatever you're the king of! We would love it if you were to let us stay here for the night! My name is Toadburt, and this is Koopo, Bonnie, and Goombi." Toadburt introduced. "Of course, I'm the one with the coolest voice, so I'll do the talking!"

"Ugh… We're so screwed." Bonnie thought, face palming.

"Well, I suppose I can give you a room," King Braze declared. "Then it's settled! You four may join us if you wish! Where have you come from anyway?"

"Why, I came from Petal Meadows, and Goombi here came from Boggly Woods! As for the other two… I have no idea where the heck they came from!" Toadburt got bonked by the hilt of Koopo's big sword.

"I come from a gloomy place called Twilight Town," Bonnie said.

"My home is wherever," Koopo stated.

"Ummm… Father? May I be excused for a minute?" Lilia asked as she stood up.

"Of course you may, Lilia! Don't take too long!" King Braze told his daughter. She walked past Nazuchi, giving him a wink as a little reminder. When she finally left, the blonde boy looked over at his master.

"Ummm… Lighten? Could I be excused to go to the restroom?" Nazuchi asked

"You wish to go to the restroom? You said you didn't have to go a second ago..." Lighten trailed.

"Well... It came back."

"Well, if you gotta go, you gotta go," his mentor shrugged as Nazuchi got up and trotted out of the room. Toadburt watched him go and looked at Lighten.

"Is that your kid, shorty?" Toadburt asked.

"Shorty?" Lighten gawked. "...Er, I mean, yes. That is my apprentice."

"Oh... He doesn't look all that- Whoa… That's one cool cape! I gotta get me one of those things! How much coins do I have?" Toadburt took out his wallet and saw a puff of smoke come out.

"You spent all of our money riding a Wiggler," Koopa explained. "I'd say it was a complete waste of money…"

"Hold on… You spent ALL of our money?! Toadburt! You don't spend all of our money without mentioning!" Goombi scolded.

"Relax, my fellow travelers! For I have saved some money! Yes! I have a little secret wallet just in case someone tries to rob me!" Toadburt checked his other pocket, but he found nothing.

"Figures," Bonnie groaned.

"Uh oh… I think I left it at home!" Toadburt gulped, the three others giving him a glare before he zipped over to the king. "Say, Your Majesty… How about those rooms we can have? …And that daughter of yours too… I think she'd be interested in me! Just look at these moves!"

Toadburt struck a pose, which looked rather stupid.

"We're not making a good first impression..." Koopo sighed.

"Honestly, why aren't any chicks digging THIS good-looking Toad? Your honor! I'll gladly take Lilia as my wife! You certainly won't regret it!"

"Well… I'll think about it…" King Braze trailed.

"Excuse me, Your Majesty..." Dimentio interrupted, floating over to him. "There's something you might want to know about."

"Hmmmm? Do tell." the king replied, with Dimentio whispering in secret. The look of curiosity turned to that of anger. "What?!"

"Oh, yes! I'll even show you!"

Lilia's room-

Nazuchi followed Lilia all the way up the stairs and to a room that was light blue, with the ground being pink and also having portraits of herself. He had never been in a girl's room before. Especially not a princess's.

"This room is really pretty… That's something I'll admit." Nazuchi smiled, his face flushing red. "So... Why did you bring me here?"

"Listen, please. I have a reason to be talking with you here." Lilia explained. "I had a feeling you would be the only one to believe me."

"Huh? Believe you about what?"

Lilia walked over to her bed and sat on it. She let Nazuchi take a seat too. "Well, there's a reason why I'm here and not at my mother's castle. You see… My mother's castle was destroyed by a dark queen who showed up out of nowhere…"

"A dark queen? Who is she?"

"Well, I don't know! She called herself the Shadow Queen, and her evil minions helped destroy the castle. My mother wasn't lucky to make it, but I was saved by…a brown hedgehog. I was lucky to get out of there… His speed… It was amazing."

"A hedgehog? Odd… So, if that Shadow Queen destroyed your mother's castle… Is it possible she'll be coming…"

"Yes, she's going to be coming here. I told my father, but he refused to believe me. It's like he treats me as a child! This is why I don't like being a princess!"

"You don't? But why?"

"Being a princess feels boring, and you're put under a lot of pressure. Plus, you sometimes get married to people you don't even like. I wish I had a choice in choosing someone..."

"Er... Yeah... That'd be good for you..." Nazuchi trailed, his face flushing red again. "So... Who would you...choose?"

Lilia had noticed Nazuchi's face, and her face had instantly flushed red as well. "...Er, let's get back on topic. It's too soon to pick. I may have an idea... But I'd have to know him a little more first."

Nazuchi's face instantly got redder.

"Listen... My father doesn't believe me when I told him... Do you?"

"Well... I guess so."

"Thanks," Lilia smiled, giving him a hug. "Look, maybe you can help me... You see, the Shadow Queen is invincible, but I heard that there may be a way to stop her. I think it's possible that you need-"

Suddenly, the door burst open, and behind the door was King Braze and Dimentio.

"L-Lilia? Wh-What are you doing with him?!" King Braze gaped, noticing Lilia still hugging Nazuchi.

"Father?!" Lilia shrieked, letting him go. "Why did you barge into my room? You know you can't do that!"

"Uhhh... What she said!" Nazuchi added.

"Thank you very much for telling me that these two were up in my daughter's room, Dimentio," King Braze thanked.

"Ah ha ha ha ha! It's not a problem, my king!" Dimentio cackled. "I simply HAD to show what your daughter was doing with Lighten's apprentice! See? I was right! Something's going on between the two!"

"Dimentio, would you mind escorting Nazuchi out of here? He is no longer welcome here…"

"As you wish. Come now, Blondie! Chop chop!" Dimentio said while snapping his fingers at his last sentence.

"Wait… So YOU were stalking us this whole time? You… Were you purposely trying to get me out of this castle?" Nazuchi gaped as Dimentio raised his hands and summoned a box around Nazuchi.

"Hmmm… Maybe, maybe not. But, time will tell on that! As for now… Ciao!" Dimentio snapped his fingers and Nazuchi was teleported out of the room.

"Father! What were you doing?!" Lilia asked. "I was telling him something important!"

"Lilia, you should know that Nazuchi is not a royal boy!" King Braze explained. "He may be the apprentice of Lighten, one of my best warriors, but he is not exactly one I'd consider worthy. Besides, I might have an idea on who you'll be marrying. You may come in!"

"Did somebody call the 'Super-Awesome-Toad'?" Toadburt asked as he zipped into the room and saw Lilia, giving her a flirty look. "Well, hello there, beautiful! Why am I calling you beautiful? Well, the name 'beautiful' is right on you! I'm gonna be yer new husband! Yup! And yer goin' to LOVE me!"

"Wait, WHAT?!" Lilia gawked. "Father, isn't it too soon for this discussion?!"

"Truth be told, I do believe so... But after much consideration, I think you are ready to at least know who you might be marrying. As for Nazuchi... He is forbidden to see you again!"


"There will be no buts!"

Lilia hung her head low as she looked away from her father.

Outside of town-

The sky seemed rather peaceful…until a red portal appeared and a gray ship that had a red visor came out and hovered down onto the ground. This was rather odd, considering that there were never any futuristic things around this world.

A hole appeared from the top of the ship, and a woman in a gray power suit came out. Her right arm had an arm gun that could fire blasts of energy out, and the pauldrons were covered in spikes. She also wore a jetpack that could help her fly around.

"So… This is the place, huh? Well, this is a rather interesting world to find those monsters. It certainly is a lot different than my world..." the woman named Mars trailed. "I should be on guard. Anything could show up at this point…"

Mars had her gun ready and carefully walked around the plains. All she saw was a hedgehog covered in brown fur and straight quills, who was running away from the town.

"Hmmm… I better check who that is…" Mars began to rush on ahead to see who that hedgehog could possibly be. Unfortunately, she didn't notice darkness that was coming toward the town.

As you can see, some of these characters are a little similar to some other characters... Well, that's because they're meant to be ancestors. I won't tell who is an ancestor to who. That's up to you to find out on your own!

As for Nazuchi... His name kind of means "mysterious alien person" in Japanese, since he looks kind of odd for his species. This may not exactly be GREAT...but I'll admit it has some cool stuff to it! But the REAL action starts next chapter.

As for the four heroes... Admittedly, I didn't know that Toadburt was really what he was in the stories told by that one person in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door... But I might've found a way around it. ...And what is Dimentio doing in this? I'd rather not answer that yet... Not much else I can say at this moment. I hope you enjoyed this first chapter!