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Welcome to my store. Feel free to look at the many wonderful items within these walls. I have food, special goods, and many maps. And if you like to play games, then enter the Scarab Room! Yesss... Oh! And that's the exit...Now, if you find something that you like, then choose that item, and we'll discuss a price. Is that clear? Good! Now hurry up and choose something. Or get out!
—The ShopKeeper

The ShopKeeper, or Shabunga[1], is a supporting character in Star Fox Adventures. He runs the ThornTail Store in ThornTail Hollow on Dinosaur Planet and hosts the Scarab Room minigame located within said store. He is a rude, bad-natured, stone-hearted creature. He is widely considered by fans to be a thief, after stealing various things, such as the Hi-Def Display Device (original owner Star Fox Team), the SnowHorn Artifact (original owner blue old SnowHorn) and Tricky's Ball (original owner Prince Tricky).

Appearance

He appears to be a SharpClaw without legs, this combined with his age and ability to float and teleport makes him seem like a ghost. He has no legs at all and thus, floats like a ghost. He wears purple and gold garments with a plumed cowl and wears a Scarab shaped pendant, which acts like a ticker-tape price tag.

P.D.A Scanner Information

STORE KEEPER - Likes to haggle.

Business roles

Shop

Instead of directly saying how much the item you want costs, he says "You pay this much" and shows the cost of the item in his gadget decorated as a Scarab. This may imply that he either doesn't know the numbers or he is just plain rude. The gadget is used to select the amount you want to pay for the item. If you enter an amount too low, the ShopKeeper will refuse. If you do this three times in a row, he will call you a cheapskate and tell Fox to leave the shop. Curiously, Fox can also over-pay for the items, without any visible benefit.

Scarab Room

In the Scarab Room behind the exit, Fox can gamble with the ShopKeeper for Scarabs, this is entirely optional. This can be a useful tactic to collect Scarabs for steep items, such as the SnowHorn Artifact and the Bafomdad Holder.

The player must first select their number of Scarabs and the ShopKeeper will match it. He will drop the number of Scarabs the player bets into a small dip in the cave along with black Scarabs. The player must run to collect only the green Scarabs within the time limit, for touching a purple one will result in failure. The winner takes all.

Portrayal

The ShopKeeper's dialog was performed by Steven Brand.

Trivia

  • He is one of the few dinosaur characters in the game to not have his tribe specified. 
  • He's the only dinosaur, as well as one of only two natives of the planet, that can speak to Fox without the need of a translator (the other being the WarpStone). Perhaps being a creature of magic he is capable of telepathy, or as a merchant he is fluent in multiple languages.
  • The Shopkeeper is over 200 years old, making him the second oldest character in the game, with the first being the WarpStone.
  • In the original game Dinosaur Planet, the WarpStone warped [Fox] into the Shop. This explains why there is just an "Exit".
  • This also explains why, in the begining of the game, a certian ThornTail says "Have you been to the WarpStone Shop yet?" instead of the "ThornTail Shop".
  • The ShopKeeper resembles Gruntilda, the primary antagonist of Rare's Banjo-Kazooie series. Both the ShopKeeper and Gruntilda are gifted in magic powers, wear purple clothing and have similar negative, foul attitudes towards other characters. Like the ShopKeeper, Gruntilda also had green skin, at least before Banjo-Tooie.

Gallery

References

  1. The official Nintendo Power's Star Fox Adventures player's guide

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