Grifty is a mysterious minstrel that hangs out on a roof in east Rogueport in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, who bears a resemblance to Moustafa from Paper Mario. Over the course of the game, the player can pay him 5 coins to have him recite bits and pieces of the Legend of the Four Heroes. This tale helps to explain the roots of the 1000 year-old evil that destroyed the area currently known as Rogueport, as well as some other minor bits regarding other characters, like Cortez, Hooktail, and the Great Tree's origin.
Each tale is listed in the order in which they can be found on Grifty's list. The grammar may not be exactly as it was in the game due to the differences in format (the tales in the game, like all of its dialogue, are separated in word bubbles, but here they can be written together as actual passages).
The Fearsome Demon
Ages ago, a city flourished here in peace in splendor. …But it was destroyed in a single day by a demon from the dark beyond. Historians claim a great calamity befell the city, but nay… 'twas a demon. The city sank below ground, and one-quarter of the old city became the demon's den. This demon put fear into the hearts of all men and sent out minions to take the land. And its den, its palace, grew rich with the treasures stolen from all over the world.
The Crystal Stars
In order to increase its already formidable power… The demon created Crystal Stars to hold the essence of the heavens. One of these stars was placed in each country to exert the demon's influence. One of the castles built to contain these stars still stands near Petal Meadows.
Dragons and Dungeons
The demon built a dungeon near its palace and filled it with terrifying monsters… All those who fell into disfavor were thrown into this dungeon to rot… Yea, and the demon also had three dragon pets: Hooktail, Gloomtail, and Bonetail. These dragons flew across the land, spreading fear and sorrow over all. Even now, the mere mention of a dragon is enough to give some the terrors…
The Hero Who Arose
One day, there came a hero who could vanquish the fell demon. The young Toad from Petal Meadows was strong of arm, but shy of voice… All those around the boy teased him endlessly about the way he spoke. But when the demon cast his fearful gaze across the lands and reached out… The young Toad used his strength and honor to defend his people. And he became a hero to all, despite his odd voice.
The Wise Goomba
There was a wise Goomba from Boggly Woods gifted in knowledge of the world. When beasts rose to take the woods, this knowledge helped the people fight them. And this Goomba, who knew the way that every monster would attack… She began to think of a way to banish all monsters from the land…
The Stalwart Koopa
A Koopa who traveled the world alone learned of the darkness covering the land… He went alone wherever evil dwelt, and banished it with shell and sheer bravado. The monsters grew to fear this scar-riddled Koopa who thwarted them at every turn. But the brave Koopa was finally taken in a trap set for him by the monsters. But then, a Boo who fought with the monsters came and used her magic to free him. The brave Koopa's spirit had melted the heart of the cold Boo lass…
The Four Heroes
The Boo used her powerful magic to learn more about the evil they faced… "We cannot destroy this darkness alone," she decided, her face a grim mask. "We need the Toad hero of Petal Meadows and the wise Goomba of Boggly Woods." The Boo's magic drew the four heroes together to send the demon from the world. And so, the four heroes finally set out for the Palace of Shadow…
The Duel With the Demon
The power of the world-devouring demon was greater than any could imagine… But the wise Goomba soon realized that this was the power of the Crystal Stars… She thought of a way to take the stars and use them against the demon. She told the other heroes her plan and set it in motion, banishing their fears. The Boo's magic and the Toad's strength created a gap in the demon's defenses… At that moment, the brave Koopa seized the stars… And succeeded in badly damaging the demon…
The Demon Sealed Within
But even the brave Koopa's stroke was not enough to end the demon's reign… The wise Goomba thought of another use for the Crystal Stars in that dire hour… She suggested sealing the demon forever with the Crystal Stars. All agreed. The heroes matched their strengths with the power of the Crystal Stars… And they successfully sealed the demon's soul within the deepest part of the palace. Together, they made it so that only all seven stars could break the seal…
The Demon's Curse
The four heroes thought they had sealed away the demon and all of its powers… But the demon used a tiny opening before the seal was complete to curse them all. While holding the Crystal Stars, they'd feel nothing, but when they let them go… A black box would appear to seal their souls within. The four heroes traveled the world, scattering the stars so the seal would remain. But the last four stars each carried the curse, which claimed each hero…
The Great Tree and Punies
The hiding places of many of the Crystal Stars have now faded into legend. But some say that the wise Goomba hid one in the Great Tree. At that time, many monsters wandered in the nearby Boggly Woods. The tiny Punies were always tormented by their fierce appetites, it was said. Pitying them, the Goomba hollowed out the Great Tree for the Punies to live in. The Punies were so grateful that they swore to protect the Crystal Star there…
The Boo Heroine's Last Days
The Pirate King Cortez
The Koopa hero went to a southern isle to hide his star where none would find it. But the Koopa was so tired from his journey that the pirate Cortez stole it easily. In that very instant, the Koopa was trapped in an inescapable chest. But Cortez did not realize the power of the star and lost it among his treasures…
The Toad Hero's Final Days
The strong Toad held his star and continued his arduous journey. But eventually the miles took their toll upon him, and he collapsed. A traveling healer happened by and saved his life… But the Toad knew his fate was to be trapped in the box when the star was gone… So he asked this healer to hide the star in a secret place known to no one…
All Becomes Legend
After the demon was sealed within the Palace of Shadow… Many refused to come near that place of terror. But as the years passed, entire generations forgot… And the penniless and the immoral began to congregate in this once-barren place… This place soon became a populous harbor, the town of Rogueport… And some even began to say that the underground city held a legendary treasure. But they were unaware that the demon slept beneath them still…
The Magical Map
The heroes knew that the seal might not last forever… And they sought to make the Crystal Stars available to one who might need them… So, before going to their individual dooms, they made a map to all the stars. And to prevent an evil force from misusing this map… They placed it in a box that could only be opened by the pure of heart.
- "That guy's name is Grifty. He's a laid-back rooftop minstrel-type guy. He tends to know all of the stories that get passed around Rogueport's streets. For a couple coins, he'll tell you one... and you never know, it might help on our travels."
Names in other languages
|French||Baladin||Medieval word referring to a wandering entertainer|
|German||Walthervon||Referring to the medieval German poet 'Walther von der Vogelweide'|
- It is possible that Grifty's tales are completely made up, given that the English word grift refers to someone who obtains money through frauds, swindles and several other hoaxes. However, this meaning is not present in other localizations.