The History on Mystery (Island)
MYSTERY ISLAND - Do you ever wonder how Mystery Island was started, and all of
the things that have led up to today, in Year 7? Well, now you can find out! An
ancient tome has been recovered and translated, and it's a record of all the many
things that have happened since the discovery of the island itself. If you're
ready, scroll down now and find out all the things that our mystical island has
had to endure...
ARRIVAL ON THE ISLAND
Way out to sea in the world of Neopia, there is none other than Mystery Island.
Its origins are a mystery (for all we know, it could’ve fallen out of the sky
or appeared in the ocean by a collection of fallen rocks from a volcanic blast),
but its people certainly are not. They sailed to the island from afar after
living in a jungle not far from Neopia Central when they had been run out by
a strange creature now known only as 'the Shadow that chased away the islanders.'
When the Neopets had hopped into the boat and gone out to sea, after a few
days they began to starve, as they hadn't brought any kind of provisions from
the mainland in their great haste to escape alive. Just when they thought they
were about to die from hunger and thirst, a large shape formed on the horizon,
acting as a stimulant for the people.
'An island! An island!' they shouted in glee, although the language they actually
used is now lost. 'Food! Water! Shelter!'
As quick as they could, they directed their boats towards the formless shape
and spun their Kougra paws and their Techo Claws so that they looked like wheels.
In two days, they had finally reached the sandy shores of the mysterious island
and collapsed upon the sand. Looking up, the helpless adventurers saw that the
bushes near the sand were teeming with strange red berries that looked like
cherries (they are Krakuberries) and the trees were so basically loaded with
strange banana-like fruit with green stripes (Zeenanas) and large blue fruits
with brown spots (Chokatos) among other different kinds of fruits. Eyes almost
crying in happiness, they grabbed at the exotic foods and began to eat as many
as they could fit into their hungry, dry mouths at once.
That night, the Techos made grass skirts for the new islanders to wear. They
lit a great bonfire using some trees the Kougras had clawed down and they danced
the night away. Jhuidah the Island Faerie, the Techo Master, the Tiki Tack Man,
the Tiki Tour Guide, and the Island Mystic - of course, they weren't ALWAYS
island related but had strong mystical powers - the five old elders of the jungle
from where they came from, declared that the island was to be their new home
and that they would call it 'Mystery Island', as no one knew anything about
it, except that it had saved their lives.
DESTRUCTION OF GERAPTIKU
Many years had passed, and the living styles of the Islanders grew. Their population
had increased and they now expanded over the entire island. Some new species
of Neopets had also arrived and settled on the island, graciously welcomed by
the old elders. Mystery Island's first few centuries were peaceful and prosperous;
they had discovered more kinds of fruit and had almost covered all four corners
of the island, including a marketplace to the west, native shops towards the
south, and a great city in the East.
Around the time when Geraptiku had disappeared, things on the island started
to get rowdy. Some of the people started to protest about how things were run.
Harassed, the five elders went north to investigate on the disappearance of
the Geraptiku... people-who-lived-there.
Upon arrival, observations were made that suggested they had been run out of
their homes just recently: half coloured, half finished paintings were on cloths
that were attached to bamboo sticks and a petpet shop towards the north still
contained strange, alien little creatures with food remaining in their troughs.
None of them bothered to check the Deserted Tomb on the outskirts of the city
('It was too... errr… dark!' said the Tiki Tack Man in their report) but the
Tiki Tour Guide found a strange note squashed under a large pile of skulls near
'GERAPTIKU IS NOT SAFE WE HAVE ESCAPED,' read Jhuidah, the only one among them
who was expert at deciphering both messy writing and the ancient language. 'I
can't read this next word, but whatever it is, it's coming,'
'So a big blotch of oil paints is going to kill us all, is it?' said the Techo
Master, with a hint of amusement in his voice.
'I don't-' began the Island Faerie, but she was interrupted by a large rumbling
sound. Slowly, all five of them turned towards the Deserted Tomb which they
had ignored until now. Gigantic, black shapes began descending the steps and
approaching them with great haste.
Screaming with terror, the five elders all piled into the Tiki Tour Guide's
Carriage and he pulled them, as quick as his feet could go, out of the ruins
and into the night. The next morning, when they had presented their report to
the Islanders, they left out the shapes that had come out of the Tomb and told
a lie, so that it made it sound like they just vanished. The islanders were
all content with the lie that they had been given (they forgot it anyway, why
else does everyone now say no one knows why Geraptiku is abandoned?) and peace
returned to the island.
CREATION OF TECHO MOUNTAIN
Shortly after the 1,000th year celebration of the island, the islanders closest
to the heart of the Island awoke to find a gigantic mountain that had simply
appeared overnight. Hurriedly, some islanders and the immortal Five Elders ran
to the center to find that the mountain was carved in the shape of a great Techo.
They barely had any time to marvel at the great carving skills of the sculptor
when they noticed a great mass of pitch-black smoke spewing out of the top of
the mountain and covering the mountain in shadow. A great beast, apparently
made out of fire, emerged from it and set fire to the trees around it. Horrified,
the elders combined their strengths, and banished the great beast into the bowels
of the Volcano and sealed the top.
The smoke was blown away by the wind and the islanders all cheered, until flames
jumped up from the inside of the Techo's Mouth, and a figure wearing a strange
mask appeared. They couldn't see any of its features, because it was only visible
for less than a second before turning around and running into the Volcano. Four
of the elders started to chase the strange Neopet, but the Island Mystic's words
rang out into their heads.
'There is no point of going inside,' he said in a booming voice. 'We would
get burned to a crisp!'
The elders first looked as if they wanted to punch the Mystic and pursue the
person who had caused their troubles, but eventually saw the urgency in these
words. So instead of chasing the masked person, they used their magic to close
the Techo's mouth, eyes, and nose, so that whatever was trapped inside the mountain
could never get out again, even if it did open again a couple thousands years
DISCOVERY OF GADGADSBOGEN
A couple of centuries after the Techo Mountain Incident, the Islanders began
to notice a definite change in the strange fruits that grew on Mystery Island.
Sometimes, some fruits would just disappear, to be replaced by strange new ones.
This had only just recently started happening, but the elders couldn't care
less, saying, 'It's natural; you probably just ate them all.'
They decided that they needed some kind of new festival to celebrate this strange
change in their foods (or perhaps they were just bored). Running in large groups
around the Island, a Techo and Kougra, followed by about a dozen of their friends
each, collected the remainder of some disappearing fruits, which included TeaLeefs,
Pango Chutes, Tigersquashes, and certain types of Juppies and stored them away
in their huts.
When new fruits sprang from the trees, they gathered some of them (Tigerfruit,
Bludberry, and Tigermelons) and presented them to the Elders. Holding up a TeaLeef
in one hand and a Tigerfruit in the other, the brave Techo called, 'Look carefully,
oh wise Island Mystic! The fruit I hold in my right hand (the TeaLeef) can no
longer be found on this Island! Search the shops and trees as closely as you
may, but you will find that they have all disappeared!'
'What?!' shouted the Island Mystic in the same booming voice he had used during
the Techo Mountain fiasco. 'You have stolen and eaten my people's foods?!?'
'No!' said the Kougra, grabbing a Tigerfruit and shoving it under the Mystic's
nose. 'Can you not see? This fruit is new; it has replaced the old. We must
have some kind of warning of this, every year!'
'Hmmm,' said Jhuidah, who had been lurking near the doorway. 'I have noticed
this change too, though I have decided to be impassive. This has also happened
last year, during this time: the Month of Running. Every third month of the
year, the fruit trees must change their roots and start growing new fruits to
replace the old!'
'But it's so boring!' said the Tiki Tack Man, who had just walked in.
'All you do is celebrate fruit, the thing that gives us both water and food
- big whoop! We should make it more special somehow!'
'Leave that to us,' said the Techo, his eyes sparkling.
The Kougra joined his friend. 'We'll think of ways,' he said with a smirk.
In a matter of days, several booths had been set up near the northeast shore.
They were extremely strange; there was a gigantic screen which had a bulging
number of fruits in a large basket with a small trapdoor at the top. A fair
way away a Neopet could stand in front of a counter with a bamboo joystick and
lever. As the trapdoor opened, three fruits fell out, all perfectly arranged
in a line. When they moved the joystick, a hidden string would move, enabling
the Neopet to control the movement of the fruits, while the lever could change
the way the fruits fell by using string also. Some of the fruits could manipulate
the other fruits, and the objective was to control the fruits from stacking
up so high that they reached the basket until they won the game.
The elders had a look at the game, and thought it was a brilliant idea. 'A
very good job,' said the Techo Master to the Kougra, and he beamed.
The next week, the elders called all the Islanders towards Techo Mountain and
told everyone, 'Let it be known that every year, during the beginning of this
month and lasting till the very end, we will have Gadgadsbogen, a festival to
celebrate the old fruits of our beloved island and the growth of the new ones!'
The Neopets all cheered, and as they did, several large baskets of preserved
fruits from the year before came crashing down upon them all. Infuriated and
covered with Tigersquash, everyone grabbed a Pango Chute and threw them as hard
as they could towards another Neopet. Soon, the air was thick with flying food
and young pets, and the elders stared impassively at the crowd that was roaring
with joy and dismay. 'MY HAIR!!! NOTHING GETS OUT SLUGROOT!!!' rang out from
'There's nothing left to do now,' said the Tiki Tour Guide. 'Except join in!'
MUMBO PANGO AND THE MARAQUANS
1,500 years had passed, and a great wind swept from the North. Some new species
of Neopets knew that there was a great underwater settlement to the North, and
it wasn't long before Pteris and Unis arrived, screeching, 'Maraqua has been
In the matter of a week, many things from the remains had washed up on shore:
helpless but adorable little Maraquan Petpets near the Northwest Shore, strange
new foods, and Kois, Flotsams and Jetsams that were badly injured.
'We must help these people!' declared the Techo Master in a meeting later.
The other elders all agreed with him, which was a rare moment.
In just a few days, a small island had been civilized for living just off the
shores of the Northwest Coast, and a Kougra had graciously volunteered to nurture
the petpets and then sell them. Some of the foods, like Fish Heads and Crab
Burgers, had been added to the stock of a new Tropical Foods shop that had been
opened at the southwest corner of the Island, while some of the injured Neopets
were nursed back to health and are now living around the beaches. Many weeks
later, a Maraquan Flotsam Chef that had been found on the shores was enlisted
to feed the great Mumbo Pango, and a new Quest game was started.
Things began to settle back to normal once more on Mystery Island, when all
of a sudden the great Mumbo Pango requested that thirteen human 'elders of Neopia'
were to be brought to the Island at once. The Kitchen Chef had apparently taken
a nice, long vacation and Mumbo Pango was beginning to get hungry! He decided
to have the Islanders and the rest of Neopia vote on who was going to be fed
to Mumbo Pango, and the last remaining person received the privilege to walk
away unscathed, and the Neopian game ‘Sacrificers’ started.
A few weeks later, Pop Tart won, and shortly after that Mumbo Pango presented
her with five gigantic crates of mystical totems carved to look like various
species of Neopets.
'Take these back to Neopia Central,' he commanded her. 'Give them to certain
pets that look worthy enough to come to my Island. They will need three of these
to access the hidden harbor and be able to sail here to enjoy this great island!'
2,000 years passed after the discovery of Mystery Island, and it is still wonderful,
with lush forests and glorious fruits growing on every piece of vegetation you
And you thought it would last?
Of course, in modern day Neopia, the need for tribes and what-not was, well,
no longer needed and the five elders just became regular Islanders, though the
descendants of the original Islanders knew that they possessed great powers
that were demonstrated when a terrible plot happened.
The Volcano which they had sealed so many years ago was somehow opened once
more, but no one realized this yet. The Shaman kidnapped Jhuidah the Island
Faerie, closing down the Trading Post entirely and disabling the proper use
of the Mystery Island Cooking Pot. Stuffing her in a bowl mainly used for petpets
at the Rock Pool Petpet Shop, there she stayed for many hours until the Neopians
found out the secrets of the Tabogo Potion and used it to free the Island Faerie.
She found a note that looked as if it was going to a superior. When questioned
further, Jhuidah had remembered that she had forgotten to remember a very important
word that was relevant to all this, and this word had disappeared from all of
Neopia at the time: OF!
The Tiki Tack Man, another elder, then just vanished without a trace. When
he returned, he was, well – blue. Fetch players were in luck: during a certain
quest someone found a Magic Tiki Tack mask, which they gave to the cursed superior.
He instantly changed back to mahogany and says that a shaman was inside the
volcano and that he was going to unleash unspeakable terror upon the island
– again. Could this be the figure that had appeared about a thousand years ago?
We don’t know, but he also gives us BEAST, another hidden word.
Next, when we thought that things were going to settle back to normal, the
great Island Mystic went missing – think of all the frantic girls that needed
to know whether Colby Eyrie wanted to take them to the NeoSchool dance! He returned
shortly after, saying that he knew nothing of his capture but remembering the
word AWAKEN. The islanders were mystified: OF, BEAST, AWAKEN… it sounded like
there was something bad going on!
As things slowly grew more hectic, the Techo Master went missing (you can imagine
the uproar that would happen on the Battledome boards if that happened again
and they were all a second away from a 200 strength boost or something like
that) and Techo Mountain became open for the public. Brave Neopets climbed up
its slopes towards the mouth and investigated the area, but they found nothing.
A great voice was soon heard from within: ‘WHAT’S THE CODEWORD?’
Naturally, nobody knew, and nobody could open the Techo’s Mouth to discover
exactly what was inside. Just when all hope was to be forsaken, a beach on the
western shore became open to all Neopians, and pets went storming inside, frantically
seeing if anything special was there. However, there was nothing upon the sand,
so they simply left it. However, at certain times during the minute and hour,
there were reports of seeing certain letters on the sandy shores: HYAKLOB. When
pronounced before the Techo’s Mouth, it opened, and there was the Techo Master.
Fight him with karate moves and he would break free from the stone and give
you yet another word: MAGMA.
At the height of panic (basically, when the volcano started spewing smoke once
more), the Tiki Tour Guide, the last of the elders, went missing! Goodness knows
how he turned up in that shop, and all you had to do was send a Tabogo Potion
to its owner – strange, isn’t it? He also had a word: ANCIENT.
By going inside the volcano and saying ANCIENTBEASTOFMAGMAAWAKEN, a gigantic
Moltenore (could it be THE beast?) sprang out of the lava and got rid of that
evil Fire Faerie that was blocking your way. You run forwards and find the Shaman,
an extremely ugly charcoal-black Kyrii holding a large staff. Running towards
the Island Mystic, you receive four new sayings, which eventually lead to the
incantation to get rid of the Shaman: BEGONEEVILSHAMANOFDARKNESS.
With a puff of smoke and a load SNAP noise, the Shaman disappears. The
five elders appear in the Volcano out of nowhere, ready to congratulate the
person who has managed to free Mystery Island of the evil curse, and that person
MYSTERY ISLAND TODAY
Today, during Present Year 7 (about 2,000 years after the discovery of Mystery
Island itself), Mystery Island has changed in many ways. The elders, seeing
no purpose in taking any warning in anything bad that could happen to the island
anytime soon, created many things such as the Trading Post, the Tombola, Tiki
Tack Tours, the Training School, and the Island Arena. Gadgadsgame was revamped
and added to the official Neopian Games Room, Geraptiku was foolishly re-opened
to the general public, people could now visit Mystery Island for free, you could
get your fortune told by the Island Mystic, and more shops were set up on the
island, including ones owned by people.
However, it is said that if you go traveling along the Endless Plains between
the Haunted Woods and Neopia Central, among the occasional once tropical-looking
(but now withered and tiny) trees, you could see just a flicker of the shadow
that started all of the above in the first place...
DISCLAIMER: None of this probably never happened. For all I know, Mystery
Island could've just sprang out of the ocean filled with fruits and Neopets,
or they're all ALIENS bent on destroying us all. I have tweaked the times when
some of the non-fictional events happened so that you can understand the article
better, but most of it is all fictional, so don't believe anything I tell you!
Except that. And that. And... oh, whatever. Also, the end of the Volcano Mystery
Part is supposed to be like that. There’s a gigantic smudge there... yeah. *runs*
Thanks to lizardkitty101 for all your help! :D