MYSTERY ISLAND - There are people in Neopia who are widely known to everyone.
There is Sloth, Fyora, Jeran, Edna, me (what??? I can dream, can’t I?) and the
Snowager, just to name a few. But what about the other pets? There are also quite
a few characters in Neopia that are really cool, but no one even knows who they
are. One of these pets is Tawnia the Island Uni.
I didn’t even know who Tawnia was until I happened to run across an article
about her in the Neopedia. I read the article, and found at that Tawnia is actually
really cool, so I thought that I would go find her and see if I could get an
So I set off, yellow lined notebook in one hand, and mechanical pencil in the
other (see how cheap I am?). Tawnia lives on Mystery Island, which is pretty
far from my home in war-ridden Meridell, so I find a boat that will take me
all that way, and think of some good questions to ask Tawnia when I get to Mystery
Sometime later, I finally reach Mystery Island. I clutch my notebook, with
all of my questions scribbled in it, tightly in my hand and tuck my pencil behind
my ear as I step off the boat onto the sandy shores of Mystery Island. According
to the Neopedia article, Tawnia lives in the jungle, so I ask a couple of people
if they know the way to her house, really hoping I won’t be getting one of those
‘I Got Lost on Mystery Isle’ Souvenir Magnets. (Trust me, my pets would think
it hilarious to get me one.) After asking a few people who had absolutely no
idea (more tourists), I ran into an Island Chomby who told me that Tawnia was,
as a matter of fact, out on the beach, collecting treasures.
I smiled. “Great!” I said, running off to talk to Tawnia. When I caught up
with her, she was putting some shells in her bag. I asked if she’d be willing
to give an interview, and she readily agreed. (Cool and nice!) So I walked around
the beach with Tawnia, and she answered all my questions. But before I tell
you how the interview went, here’s some background information on Tawnia.
Tawnia was an average Island Uni (though not vain at all) for the most part.
She normally would collect shells and other treasures she found along the beach
to sell at the Trading Post for money. One day, she found a mysterious wooden
mask in the sand, and a strange Techo offered her 33,214 Neopoints for it! Tawnia
immediately accepted the offer. She wasn’t a rich Uni, and money like that could
support her for a long time! That night, a horrible hurricane thrashed about
Mystery Island. Tawnia went to Techo Mountain and a masked figure attacked her!
It was the Techo, and he wearing the mask she had sold him. The two of them
fell to the ground, and both were knocked out. The hurricane immediately stopped,
and Tawnia woke up in Jhuidah’s hut. Jhuidah told her that she had saved all
of Mystery Island from the horrible hurricane!
Now that you know why Tawnia is so important, here is the interview!
Me: So, I’m betting that you are a lot more careful about things you
find on the beach after that last little fiasco!
Tawnia: Oh, yes. I always check with Jhuidah if I find anything suspicious.
You never can be too careful, you know!
Me: Yeah… *cough* worrywart *cough*
Tawnia: What was that?
Me: Oh, nothing. So, what was the most interesting thing you ever found
on the beach?
Tawnia: Well, that mask, I guess I would say.
Me: Oh, yeah… Well, what advice would you give to other treasure-gatherers?
Tawnia: Well, always make sure you know what it is you’re dealing with.
Don’t sell something off to some stranger before you even know what it is or
what it’s worth.
Me: Yeah, always get as much money out of someone as you can!
Tawnia: *Gives me a strange look*
Me: Ahem. That’s a very interesting shell you have there. What would
you say that one is worth, about?
Tawnia: This one, about twenty-five Neopoints. The prices don’t just
depend on what kind of shells you have, but the size, what condit--
Me: Ooh, look! Shiny! *Grabs something out of the sand* Isn’t it pretty?
Tawnia: Um, yes…
Me: What do you think it is?!?!
Tawnia [annoyed]: It’s a bottle of blue sand.
Me: Oh, I guess it is… *tosses the bottle behind her shoulder, hitting
a Kau squarely on the head* Anyway, what’s the best part about living on Mystery
Tawnia: Well, it’s easy to find stuff to sell, and then I can sell them
at the Trading Post, which is right near by, so it’s pretty easy to earn money.
Plus, the island is really pretty.
Kau: Hey, you just hit me on the head!
Me: Yeah, so?
Kau: Well, it sure isn’t very nice! *glowers at me*
Me: Hey, are you the Kau they wrote the book about?
Kau and Tawnia: What?!
Me: You know, that book, The Angry Kau!
Kau: No, I am not that Kau!
Me: Well, you sure look angry!
Kau: BECAUSE YOU HIT ME ON THE HEAD WITH A BOTTLE OF SAND!!!
Me: I did?
Me: Okay, I’m really sorry, okay?
Kau: Yeah, yeah… *walks off*
Me: He was a little weird, wasn’t he?
Me: Well, I guess that’s all the questions I have. Thanks for letting
me interview you!
Tawnia: No problem.
So I got back on another boat, and headed back to my home in Meridell, so I
could type up my lovely interview for the Neopian Times, hoping it was good
enough to get in. (If you are, in fact, reading this in the Neopian Times right
now, then by some miracle, Snowflake actually though my writing was good enough
to get in, so, YAY! If you aren’t reading this, well, then what’s the point
of writing this part, because you aren’t even reading it anyway!)
*Author’s Note: No Kaus were harmed in the writing of this article, though
that one I hit on the head while doing research for this article was… Don’t
worry, he wasn’t injured badly, and I repaid him. I let him keep the bottle