Russ T. (also referred to as the wise Toad on various occasions) is an intelligent Toad and inhabitant of Toad Town who lives in a house near the entrance to the town. His name is a pun on the word "rusty". In Paper Mario, Mario, if he needs advice, can visit Russ T. at anytime in order to gain some information on various subjects, ranging from game mechanics to legends. He is often found reading his large collection of various books.
During the beginning of the game, Russ T. attends the party at Peach's Castle and can be found talking with Frost T. and will introduce Mario to Frost T. if spoken to and tells Mario that Frost T. comes from the Shiver Region. He was one of the few who escaped from Peach's Castle when Bowser and the Koopa Troop invaded.
According to a Toad inhabitant of Toad Town, Russ T. is quite popular at parties (possibly explaining his presence at Peach's party), due to his large amount of knowledge and trivia. The famous explorer Kolorado is also mentioned to borrow books from Russ T. on occasion, which Russ T. doesn't like, as Kolorado is quite careless with Russ T.'s beloved books.
When Shy Guys invade Toad Town and began to cause havoc, one of them steals Russ T.'s Dictionary, without which, Russ T. can no longer research anything. If Mario finds the Dictionary in the Shy Guy's Toy Box, he can return it to Russ T. and receive a Star Piece as a reward. Additionally, Russ T., once his Dictionary is reclaimed, can also decipher a Mystery Note written in Shy Guy language for Mario; this note, once translated by Russ T., gives a hint about how to access the Red Station in the Shy Guy's Toy Box.
A letter addressed to Russ T. from a curious kid on Lavalava Island can be found in the island's Jade Jungle. Mario and Parakarry can deliver the letter to Russ T. and gain another Star Piece as a reward.
Russ T.'s information
So it is told that far away, at the very top of the sky, there exists a Star Haven, where Stars make their home.
Now, if you will, how about a little timely information on how to operate the controls.
If you go east from the place where Princess Peach's Castle used to be, you'll find a place called Shooting Star Summit.
Message board in Toad Town
There is a message board on the side of Merlon's house that posts news.
Have you seen any Candy Canes? They're those striped objects growing beside Pleasant Path.
In Koopa Village, there lives a selfish village senior named Koopa Koot.
Blocks in Pleasant Path
I remember reading something interesting in a book recently.
Do you know about Fire Bars? You know, those flaming obstacles that spin round and round?
In our fair land, there are several radio stations to listen to.
Have you seen that Chet Rippo character around Toad Town?
? Blocks in Dry Dry Desert
There are tales of long ago, when thieves ruled the far-off land of Dry Dry Desert.
At the edge of Dry Dry Desert, there's a dusty old town called Dry Dry Outpost.
There's a place called Mt. Rugged. Trust me, there is.
Near Toad Town Station, there's supposed to be a Playroom.
Mysterious Treasure Chests
I once read that a so-called Mysterious Treasure Chest lies in Princess Peach's Castle.
You do, of course, know that Forever Forest is east of town.
Star Piece chambers
Throughout the world, I've heard, there are chambers hidden in the ground.
There's a grim guy called Anti-Guy who guards a special treasure chest...
Some enemies will attack the party member who's with you, Mario. Remember, your friends are in the battle, too!
Did you know that when you attack enemies in the field, you'll get in a First Strike during the battle that follows?
You may see symbols above enemies in the battle sequences.
Prices for goods go up and down depending on which shop you go to.
Ever been to Li'l-Oinks Farm, near Toad Town Station?
If you take a Koopa Leaf and Dried Pasta to Ms. Tayce T.,
Do you know of the Yoshis that live on Lavalava Island in the South Ocean?
You know a Koopa called Mr. Kolorado, the famous explorer and archaeologist?
Do you know a giant Koopa called Kent C. Koopa?
There should be a place called Flower Fields hidden somewhere in the world.
It's a known fact that Miss Tayce T. is the best cook around. Everyone says so.
I just heard a rumor... Apparently, there's a shop somewhere under Toad Town.
Profits with hot/cold items
In hot climates, Snowman Dolls seem to sell very well. It makes sense that warm folks want cold goods, right?
Koopa Village folk adore any food that has a bit of Koopa Leaf mixed in it.
Koopatrols and Bony Beetles
According to the vast stores of information I've gathered,
You know a fellow called Goompa in Goomba Village?
In the frozen heights of the north, there's an icy peak named Shiver Mountain.
Book of the Hero
Just the other day, I was fortunate enough to read the most fascinating book. This book said, and I quote...
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