Rogueport is the hub world and starting point in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It was built by generations of poor folk after the battle between the four heroes and the Shadow Queen. The area was barren and in ruins, so the people built Rogueport over the old city, which is now Rogueport Sewers. Over the centuries, only a handful of people have seen The Thousand-Year Door. Even a thousand years later it still contains a great evil power. Those who live in the sewers fear the area where the Door is.
Mario comes here at the beginning of the game to meet Princess Peach because she found the Magical Map. In Rogueport, there are two item shops. There is an inn and a Chuckola Cola bar, the Lovely Howz of Badges, the Pianta Parlor, and two entrances to the Rogueport Sewers.
The town is divided into five sections, the north side, the west side, the main plaza, the docks, and the east side. Mario will be moving through here constantly throughout the game. He can also find his brother Luigi in the different areas of Rogueport during different chapters.
Rogueport and its surrounding areas are a part of the Mushroom Kingdom.
The majority of the population is considered to be thieving and notorious, fitting the city's name. This is more true in the eastern side of Rogueport. Toads, Bob-ombs, Goombas, Doogans, Craws, Piantas, and Bandits make up the majority of the population.
Rogueport in detail
The docks are starting point of Mario's adventure. Right after arriving, he meets Goombella and gets into a big fight with the X-Nauts and Lord Crump. The workers at the docks are not surprised by struggles in the area and try to warn Mario to keep away from Lord Crump.
Ships are said to regularly anchor at the place. During his adventures in Rogueport, Mario takes Cortez's ship to Keelhaul Key from here. The Black Skull continues to anchor at the site after Chapter 5. People Mario can meet at the docks include Lumpy and Pa-Patch (before Chapter 5). The docks are in their majority are Bob-ombs and some Toads.
The plaza is the market of Rogueport, with the gallows in the center. The place is home to the Toad Bros. Bazaar, an item shop, and the Lovely Howz of Badges, a badge shop, as well as Podley's soda bar with an inn upstairs, and a Toad House. Zess T. has her house on the west side and Charlieton is frequently seen in the streets selling his wares.
The town separates the west side controlled by Don Pianta and the east side ruled by Ishnail. Neither of the opposing parties seem to have a total control over the market place. At the very beginning of the game, as Goombella starts to tell Mario what's going on, two members of the Pianta Syndicate can be seen to ambush and threaten two Robbo Gang members in front of Podley's Place. Several criminals hide in the back of the tall buildings. A Bandit resides in a house behind Podley's place; this is the same Bandit that robs Mario at the beginning of the game. If spoken to, he will give Mario the coins back. McGoomba also resides back here, too. The plaza in its majority is Doogans, Toads, Goombas, and Mousers.
The east side of Rogueport, also called Ishnail's Turf by its inhabitants, is an insecure and run-down place controlled by the Robbo Gang, lead by Ishnail. Bandits roam the streets, and when Mario first enters the area, he immediately gets robbed half his coins. The place is dirty, the houses are in a bad shape. This place is home to Merlon and Professor Frankly. The pipe to the Rogueport Sewers is just outside Professor Frankly's house. The far east part of the east side is guarded by Gus. Mario has to pay him or fight him in order to pass. In that area, there is the Trouble Center, the Robbo Gang's hideout located in a secret backyard, and Admiral Bobbery's house. Several persons like Grifty and Darkly are hiding in corners or on top of buildings.
The west side is a relatively secure area of Rogueport controlled by the Mafia of Don Pianta. Don Pianta's own residence is here behind the item shop. The place is much cleaner than the east side, and there is a fountain as well as a small park. The Pianta family runs the Pianta Parlor and the Westside Goods store in the area. Lucky, who manages the lottery, is also found here. There is a grate which Mario can use to get to the Rogueport Sewers.
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