artofmrhades asked: Baby Ludwig is absolutely adorable! I want to hug him. Also, how fast do the Koopalings grow? I'm wondering if they age like reptilians, perhaps they'd end up outliving the Mario Brothers?
(Okay, this was from the “ask me questions about BTWP and I’ll answer with art and walls of text” thing back in early September. I wanted very much to do art but the planets are just not aligning, so you just get walls of text, because I’ve been sitting on these answers for a while. I PROMISE RELATED ART AT A LATER DATE.)
Ludwig is very adorable. Despite their newborn versus adult size, Koopas grow pretty slowly - but just up to a point. In the original line up, all of the Koopalings are the rough equivalent of preteens / teenagers / young adults (depending on who it is), and at this stage they aren’t very big in comparison to Mario, who’s a pretty average-sized guy (for reference, Iggy and Ludwig again, Big Mario is 5’5” in these two sheets). Up until approx. 18 years of age, growth is pretty incremental regardless of species; young are vulnerable to all sorts of threats and mortality is pretty high almost entirely regardless of parenting. Outside of other Koopas (cannibalism, mmm!), Toads are the biggest threats to Koopalings, since at this point they’re matched in size or the Toads are actually bigger than they are. Toads target Koopalings whenever they can for multiple reasons, one being food, another being a threat reduction strategy, since adult Koopas, King Koopa species especially, are a real problem.
After that point though, Koopas go through a rapid series of growth spurts that will drive them to their adult size (generally twice or more their teenage size; Iggy shoots from 5’8” to 14’6”, for instance) in a small handful of years. After that they level off growth-wise almost entirely and their metabolism drops.
If they lived hassle-free lives (ha), they absolutely could outlive the Mario Brothers, and probably by a fair stretch, too. Some Koopas can live pretty long lives, Kamek is over 100, and Bowser is… probably sitting somewhere between 50 and 80.
misterghostie asked: Ahh yes, October the month of spoops- I mean spooks. I'm so pumped!! How about you friend?
I am AMPED, my friend! October is the best, all the horror movies are out on sale and there are bad ghost jokes all over my dash. Bring on all of the gore and body horror!
You’re probably right. I mean, most of them are either random names, or just suspicious-looking - the latest one was “bunnykiss#####” which I’m pretty sure is not the screen name of a living, breathing being. It’s unfortunate that all the irritating spam bots from MSN days have finally begun to make the electric leap to Skype. Thanks, Microsoft.