Hooray! My second koopalings fanfic! This works the same way as Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It shows the 'villains' from a new perspective. Was Ludwig von Koopa's family truly villainous? It all depends on how you see it.

By the way, I do not own the koopalings, nor do I own CosmicKitten89's characters, Wolfgang and Sofia von Koopa. Thank you for letting me use them! ^^

This is beginning mostly starts off where CosmicKitten89's story, Born to Be King, ended.

Also, I'm sorry if there are any incorrect tenses. This is the first time I've ever used present tense for a story and I'm still getting used to it.

Part 1

The Beginning


I'll embrace life as it is! Pains, pleasures, I shall embrace it all! thinks a newborn hatchling. He looks up at his mother, whose dark blue hair is thick and unkempt. She smiles at her new son. "My son." she says quietly, holding him close to her body. "Mut-ter?" he says, trying to copy his mother's perfect speech. "Not bad, considering his father was an idiot." says his grandmother.

"He'll be a prodigy for sure," says his great uncle, Wolfgang, on her other side.

"A musical prodigy, I hope." replies his mother.

"Forget music, he'll be a scientific prodigy!" says Wolfgang.

"How about an everything prodigy?" the grandmother suggests.

The group laughs, and the hatchling looks at them in wonder. "Prod-gy?" says the incredibly young hatchling. Wolfgang pets the boy's short blue hair with one wrinkly finger. His mother beams with pride. "He's already talking." she says.

"What's his name, Sofia?" asks his great uncle.

Sofia looks at her son, studying every detail of his appearance. "Ludwig." she answers, eyes closed. "Ludwig von Koopa."

This was kind of short, but the next chapter is longer.