M USHROOM KINGDO MA peaceful monarchy, the Mushroom Kingdom is ran by the compassionate Princess Peach. Its residents--the fungal Toad race--are adventurous but mostly pacifistic, and the kingdom lacks a proper army. Instead, it’s typically defended by two former plumbers named Mario and Luigi. The Mushroom Kingdom, in its own world, had fairly unusual architecture and physics--with many land masses simply floating of their own accord, suspended in the air. This property has translated somewhat to the amalgam world post-Collide, with great continents and islands seeming to ignore gravity outright. The Mushroom Kingdom has mostly been fragmented by the Great Collide, with small chunks of township or just independent homes being scattered all across the new world.TOADSToads are, by far, the dominant species of the former Mushroom Kingdom. Generally, they’re an optimistic and fun-loving people, sometimes curious but more often fearful of danger. They don’t worry much, tending to trust in their government and whoever has taken on the role of their protector--they’re fairly aware that taller, stronger species are more capable than they are. They’re fairly innovative when they want to be, but their intelligence is rarely applied outside of recreation; they have incredibly advanced technology in the fields of entertainment, television, go-karting, and other hobbies, but live somewhat primitively otherwise. Most Toads live in big, mushroom-shaped houses, and are fond of finding and collecting things. Toads still value the gold coins of their old kingdom, but may be willing to trade or barter for interesting trinkets if one wishes to do business with them.MUSHROOMSThere are, of course, some fairly unique mushrooms growing in the places that were once the Mushroom Kingdom. There are mushrooms that double the size of those that consume them, and mushrooms that shrink the eater, as well. There are mushrooms that heal damage and mend wounds, and mushrooms that are incredibly toxic. There’s mushrooms that can briefly turn you into a ghost, mushrooms that make you run faster, and even mushrooms that can bring you back to life after you’ve eaten one. There’s other kinds of odd and magical flora, as well--flowers that let you conjure fireballs or that double as functional boomerangs, cherries that can create temporary clones of anyone who eats them, and leaves that give you the power of a mythical Tanooki. The bizarre and useful resources native to the Mushroom Kingdom can instill a desire to protect what it has in the new world… or to take it over, and hoard its resources for oneself.PIPESAnother strange holdover from the world the Toads originated from, the Mushroom Kingdom was home to large, hollow pipes. These pipes have magical transportive properties, with the ends of any given tube rarely being connected by a coherent middle; the entrance to a pipe simply “warps” the traveler to its exit. Because the pipes work this way, they often appear--at first glance--to lead nowhere in particular, with pipes that run directly into a wall or blank space secretly connecting to faraway locations. No one fully understands the origins of these pipes; in fact, some pipes spontaneously appear or disappear overnight, while others have been in the same spot for centuries. Since these pipes could lead literally anywhere, and are often filled with strange monsters of their own, those that mapped and explored these pipes--that is, plumbers--were often considered to be brave warriors or adventurers in their own right. Warp pipes still exist in the world of the Great Collide, forming passages between land masses or entrances to secret places. They can be incredibly useful shortcuts for those that are aware of them.