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“Hmm... What do you think you're doing? This is Forever Forest... The path ahead of here is extremely dangerous. Didn't you know that? You'd better go back... --Um-Kay. So that's your story. You're invited to Boo's Mansion. You may pass then. If you want to get through this forest, you'll have to pay really close attention to your surroundings. If you chose the wrong paths, you'll end up back at the forest edge before you know it. The areas around the correct paths will always look slightly different from the others. Watch carefully for clues. For example, in this area, take a good look at the inner trees as you walk around. In one of them, you'll spot strange, glowing eyes. The exit near that tree is the path you want to take. These clues will be different in other parts of the forest. Watch the inner forest very, very carefully as you go.”
Oaklie is a bizarre, small, leaf covered and bearded inhabitant of Forever Forest. Not much is known about this mysterious, enigmatic character, though he appears to act as a guard in Forever Forest, instructing those who have business in it through the place, and sending those who shouldn't be there to the nearby Toad Town.
In Paper Mario, Oaklie appears to Mario after a he travels through Forever Forest a bit and warns him not to go any further, while blocking one of the forest gates. When Mario tells Oaklie that he has business at Boo's Mansion, Oaklie will let him pass, though not before giving some instructions to him about keeping his eyes open in the forest. After giving Mario this advice, Oaklie will hop off, going deeper into Forever Forest. Later, in another part of Forever Forest, Oaklie can once again be found in a small clearing. Like before, Oaklie will tell Mario to keep his eyes open and to watch his surroundings. He is never seen anywhere else in the forest.
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