- “Though the man in red shall wield formidable powers, one shall stand against him. The man in green shall use the Chaos Heart's power to bring darkness to all.”
- —Count Bleck, Super Paper Mario
The Dark Prognosticus is a book of prophecies that appeared in Super Paper Mario. The author of the book (or if there was such an author) and the source of their knowledge is never revealed in the game. At the beginning of this powerful object is a warning: anyone who has possessed the book has never found happiness. Although the book appears to portend a bleak and unpleasant future, it has many devotees.
Over the course of history, many have fought over the Dark Prognosticus. Garson states during his story on the book that entire countries fell in war over possession of the book, though the fall of these countries was already predicted in the book itself.
Another one of Garson's stories states that the very first Pixl, who came to be known as the Pixl Queen, was created by a magician using knowledge obtained from the Dark Prognosticus. The Pixl Queen somehow came to possess the book by the time of the Pixl Uprising approximately 1000 years after her creation, although what she used it for and when she claimed it are unknown. After defeating the Pixl Queen, the last surviving inheritor of the 12 original Pixls took the Dark Prognosticus from her and hid it to prevent the book from causing further harm. However, the Tribe of Darkness were attributed to having stolen the book after fleeing, purportedly to a castle in an unknown forest. Their motivations for doing so were disputed by the Tribe of Ancients, and an unknown amount of time later, the Tribe of Ancients created the Light Prognosticus to combat it around 1500 years prior to the game's events.
The Tribe of Darkness guarded the book for centuries afterward, until Blumiere unsealed it and became corrupted by its power, upon which he assumed the identity of Count Bleck, the "chosen executor of the Dark Prognosticus". Bleck desired to use this book in order to "destroy all worlds" by fulfilling its prediction that the marriage of two beings fitting Bowser and Peach's description would summon the Chaos Heart and open The Void, the expansion of which would go on destroy the worlds. According to the book, Luigi (simply called the "man in green") is the ideal host for the Chaos Heart as stated by Dimentio before the final battle. The book also describes a figure similar to Dimentio, which led Count Bleck to taking him on as his minion after initially turning him away. However, the book also speaks of a hero that would rise up and attempt to stop the destruction of existence. The Light Prognosticus was written to counter this book, telling the prophecy from a more optimistic view.
After the events of Super Paper Mario, the Dark Prognosticus "faded back into history."
Names in other languages
Kuro no Yogen-sho
|Black Prophecy Book
|Darkness Opus (Ténèbres meaning "Darkness")
|Latin for Prophetic of Darkness