Grifty's Tales FAQ by Ivix

Updated: 01/09/05 | Printable Version

The Tales of Grifty
2004 by Ivix (Greg Zwaagstra)

                                    ~==~Table of Contents~==~

1. Introduction
2. Important Notice
3. Grifty's Tales:
             3.1: The Fearsome Demon
             3.2: The Crystal Stars
             3.3: Dragons and Dungeons
             3.4: The Hero Who Arose
             3.5: The Wise Goomba
             3.6: The Stalwart Koopa
             3.7: The Four Heroes
             3.8: The Duel With the Demon
             3.9: The Demon Sealed Within
             3.10: The Demon's Curse
             3.11: The Great Tree and Punies
             3.12: The Boo Heroine's Last Days
             3.13: The Pirate King Cortez
             3.14: The Demon Sealed Within
             3.15: All Becomes Legend 
             3.16: The Magical Map
4. Thank You


On the east side of the town of Rogueport, there is a man standing on a roof.  
His name is  Grifty, and to paraphrase Goombella's description, he is a 
rooftop-minstrel kind of guy.  For the small fee of five coins, he will spin 
you a tale.  They are all stories heard on the streets of Rogueport about the 
history of the city and the world in general.  There are quite a few tales 
and to hear them all could cost a fair amount of coins.  Fear not, for I have 
spent the coins for you! Listed below, are the exact accounts of the tales 
Grifty told me, word for word.  I made a transcript of the stories he told me 
and posted them here for you to read, to learn, and to enjoy.

This is the first guide I have made, and I pray that it will delight you, 
as you delve deeper into the history of Rogueport and the evil that befell 
it a thousand years ago.


                          ~==~Important Notice~==~

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is the intellectual property of Nintendo 
and Intelligent Systems.  This guide is the intellectual property of me, Greg 
Zwaagstra.  This guide can be reproduced in whole or in part on  If you wish to have this guide or any part on your website 
or in any other form, you may by simply by asking my permission and giving me 
credit.  You may contact me through e-mail at the following address:


                            ~==~Grifty's Tales~==~

3.1 The Fearsome Demon

Ages ago, a city flourished here in peace in splendor, but it was destroyed in 
a single day by a demon from the dark beyond.  Historians claim a great 
calamity befell the city, but nay... 'twas a demon.  The city sank below 
ground, and one-quarter of the old city became the demon's den. This demon 
put fear into the hearts of all men and sent out minions to take the land.  
And its den, its palace, grew rich with the treasures stolen from all 
over the world.

3.2 The Crystal Stars

In order to increase its already formidable power the demon created Crystal 
Stars to hold the essence of the heavens.  One of these stars was placed 
in each country to exert the demon's influence.  One of the castles built 
to contain these stars still stands near Petal Meadows.

3.3 Dragons and Dungeons

The demon built a dungeon near its palace and filled it with terrifying 
monsters.  All those who fell into disfavor were thrown into this dungeon to 
rot.  Yea, and the demon also had three dragon pets: Hooktail, Gloomtail, 
and Bonetail.  These dragons flew across the land, spreading fear and sorrow 
over all.  Even now, the mere mention of a dragon is enough to give some 
the terrors...

3.4 The Hero Who Arose

One day, there came a hero who could vanquish the fell demon. The young Toad 
from Petal Meadows was strong of arm, but shy of voice.  All those around 
the boy teased him endlessly about the way he spoke.  But when the demon 
cast his fearful gaze across the lands and reached out, the young Toad used 
and strength and honor to defend his people and he became a hero to all, 
despite his odd voice.

3.5 The Wise Goomba

There was a wise Goomba from Boggly Woods gifted in knowledge of the world.  
When beasts rose to take the woods, this knowledge helped the people fight 
them.  And the Goomba, who knew the way that every monster would attack, 
she began to think of a way to banish all monsters from the land...

3.6 The Stalwart Koopa

A Koopa who travelled the world alone learned of the darkness covering the 
land.  He went alone wherever evil dwelt and banished it with shell and 
sheer bravado.  The monsters grew to fear this scar-riddled Koopa who 
thwarted them at every turn.  But the brave Koopa was finally taken in 
a trap set for him by the monsters.  But then, a Boo who fought with the 
monsters came and used her magic to free him.  The brave Koopa's spirit 
melted the heart of the cold Boo lass...

3.7 The Four Heroes

The Boo used her powerful magic to learn more aobut the evil they
faced.  "We cannot destroy this darkness alone" she decided, her face
a grim mask.  "We need the Toad hero of Petal Meadows and the wise
Goomba of Boggly Woods." The Boo's magic drew the four heroes together
to send the demon from the world.  And so, the four heroes finally set out
to the Palace of Shadow...

3.8 The Duel With the Demon

The power of the world-devouring demon was more powerful than any could
imagine but the wise Goomba soon realized that this was the power of
the Crystal Stars.  She thought of a way to take the stars and use them
against the demon.  She told the other heroes her plan and set it in
motion, the brave Koopa seized the stars and succeeded in badly damaging
the demon...

3.9 The Demon Sealed Within

But even the brave Koopa's stroke was not enough to end the demon's
reign.  The Wise Goomba thought of another use for the Crystal Stars
in that dire hour.  She suggested sealing the demon forever with the
Crystal Stars.  All agreed.  The heroes matched their strengths with
the power of the Crystal Stars and they successfully sealed the
demon's soul within the deepest part of the palace. Together they
made it out so that only all seven stars could break the seal...

3.10 The Demon's Curse

The four heroes thought they had sealed away the demon and all of
its power, but the demon used a tiny opening before the seal was complete
to curse them all.  While holding the Crystal Stars, they felt nothing, but
when they let them go a black box would appear to seal their souls within. The
four heroes travelled the world, scattering the stars so the seal would remain.
But the last four stars each carried the curse, which claimed each hero...

3.11 The Great Tree and Punies

The hiding places of many of the crystal stars have now faded into legend but
some say that the wise Goomba hid one in the Great Tree.  At that time, many
monsters wandered in the nearby Boggly Woods.  The tiny Punies were always
tormented by their fierce appetites, it was said.  Pitying them, the Goomba
hollowed out the Great Tree for the Punies to live in.  The Punies were so
grateful they swore to protect the Crystal Star there...

3.12 The Boo Heroine's Last Days

Once the Boo heroine hid her star in a steeple, she was trapped in the nearby
town.  Some say the Crystal Star lies in that steeple still.

3.13 The Pirate King Cortez

The Koopa hero went to a southern isle to hide his star where none would find 
it.  But the Koopa was so tired from his journey that the pirate Cortez stole 
it easily.  In that very instant, the Koopa was trapped in an inescapaple chest.
But Cortez did not realize the power of the star and lost it among his 

3.14 The Toad Hero's Final Days

The strong Toad held his star and continued his arduous journey.  But eventually
the miles took their toll upon him and he collapsed.  A travelling healer 
happened by and saved his life but the Toad knew his fate was to be trapped in 
the box when the star was gone.  So he asked the healer to hide the star in a 
secret place known to no one...

3.15 All Becomes Legend

After the demon was sealed within the Palace of Shadow, many refused to come 
near that place of terror.  But as the years passed, entire generations 
forgot and the penniless and the immoral began to congregate in this 
once-barren place.  This place soon became a populous harbor, the town of 
Rogueport, and some even began to say that the underground city held a 
legendary treasure.  But they were unaware the demon slept beneath 
them still...

3.16 The Magical Map

The heroes knew the seal might not last forever and they sought to make the 
Crystal Stars available to one who might need them.  So, before going to 
their individual dooms, they made a map to all the stars.  And to prevent 
an evil force from misusing this map they placed it in a box that could 
only be opened by the pure of heart.


                                  ~==~Thank You~==~

A special thanks goes out to Intelligent Systems and Nintendo for making such 
a fantastic game. Also, I would like to thank the American localization team for
their excellent job.  I have never before experienced so many genuinely funny 
lines in a video game.  

Second, thanks go to those of you who took the time to read this guide.  
I hope you enjoyed it!

Lastly, a very special thanks goes out to Grifty himself.  Without him, this 
guide would never have  been created and nobody would know the true, in-depth 
story to the demon beneath Rogueport, the Crystal Stars, and all of the good 
people involved in sealing away the demon.  Also, it taught why you come 
across those spirits in the black chests to gain abilities/curses.  I 
wonder, why are they so evil and stupid when they were supposed to be so 
good and wise?  I suppose that comes with being locked away in a chest 
for a thousand years.

                                                                     - Ivix
2004 by Ivix (Greg Zwaagstra)