Princess Tasmania was the daughter of the platypus King Anatinus of
Misty Island. This furry maiden, with webbed forepaws, was about the
same size and weight as a medium-sized dog, with large brown eyes. At
the castle, Princess Tasmania was arrayed in high platypus fashion,
commonly in a fine robe of palest pink.
beloved by her people, she
had been given a prophecy that there would be a young man that when
Tasmania kissed him, that he would turn into an enchanted platypus
(Simon the Postman was verified as not being this one). As a
princess, Tasmania was accustomed to having everything her way. Thus
she had plenty of excuses for continually travelling to Festeron, such
as being bored on Misty Island without something to read, or that the
view was so much better at Festeron than at her home. However, almost
all of these expeditions resulted in some tragedy that would have taken
her life had it not been for a savior, usually dressed in a postman's
was twice rescued by a heroic employee of
the Festeron Postal Service in 1157 GUE. This hero, also responsible
for the defeat of Gladys, saved Tasmania firstly after she had
fallen in a pit that had been intentionally covered by on the
Festeronian shore of the Western Sea. The postal worker saved her by
wishing for rain, the downpour quickly filling the narrow pit and
allowing her to gracefully swim out. As a reward, the furry princess
drew an "X" in the sand, showing her savior where one of the
platypuses' silver whistles had been secretly hidden. Then she departed
for her home across the sea. When the postal worker visited the Misty
Island via the silver whistle to be rewarded by her father Anatinus
with a wizard's hat.
same postal worker, when sneaking into Gladys' tower found Tasmania
chained to the floor of the vestibule (she was not a very smart
platypus). Before she could be set free, Mr. Crisp, a henchmen of The
Evil One captured the both of them. The platypus was clamped into one
of Gladys' diabolical torture machines. The postal worker distracted
Crisp by handing him a note from Violet Voss. The madman quickly left
giving opportunity for the postal worker to release Tasmania from the
torture machine. Blowing a silver whistle she returned to the Misty
Island. The story of the rescue of
Tasmania will live in platypus legend forever.
predecessor was the one who saved the princess from the trap in the
church tower. Sneed himself had rescued her at least a couple times,
once saving her from the trap in the open grave in the Festeron
Cemetery (it had been during one of those periods in which she insisted
upon taking solitary walks because it got so boring on the Misty
Island). He was the one to comment about platypi, "How soon they
When Simon found her first, she had been sunning
herself on the Festeron beach (she claimed those late afternoon rays
were especially good for a healthy coat of fur), and then Witchville
instantly appeared, bringing with it enough spring-loaded traps to fill
the entire beach. Sneed triggered the rest of the traps with a
dead branch while Simon used the Kitchen Wonder’s Trap Neutralizer
function to remove the trap from Tasmania. The princess had wished
she could have given Simon some reward, like a magic whistle to receive
her father’s aid in times of crisis. Unfortunately, the royal stockroom
was completely out of them. They had been back-ordered for months.
Instead she showed Simon had to activate the Kitchen Wonder’s whistle
attachment. Simon travelled to the Misty Island to ask for her father's
help; the platypuses would assist in due time.
night, Simon found Princess Tasmania hanging from the ceiling by one
foot that had been caught in a thick rope noose. Gloria caught Tasmania
when the trap was released. Violet Voss planned to put both Tasmania
and Simon into the automatic stamper. The platypus tried to gain
freedom by biting Gloria. In reprisal Mr. Crisp clamped her beak with a
handful of rubber bands. It was here that Sneed once again appeared
semi-transparent. He took the Kitchen Wonder from Simon’s pocket, using
it to unlock his handcuffs. Because of Gloria’s protests for Tasmania
to be saved (it was much too cruel to torture a poor dumb creature),
the evil couple decided to stamp Simon first, but not without
gratifying their romantic desires. During this intermission, Simon took
Tasmania from Gloria, then forcibly demanded the girl to come with him.
Simon, Gloria, Tasmania, and Sneed made their way out of the library.
It was not until The Evil One appeared outside the library that
Tasmania freed herself from the rubber band muzzle and taking the
Kitchen Wonder from Simon, blew its whistle attachment. Simon, Sneed
and Tasmania were brought to Anatinus' palace. Hoping to fulfill the
prophecy of a human turning into a platypus, Tasmania dared to kiss
Simon. There was no effect; Simon was not the one. King Anatinus blew
the whistle, sending Simon and Sneed back to Witchville so that they
could further search for the stone.
For the third time that
night, Simon again encountered Tasmania, this time tied up with an
immense amount of rope in the bell tower of the church. He freed her
once again. After Gladys had been defeated, Tasmania, in love with
Simon, inquired of the sisters if they might be able to make him into a
platypus. Whether serious or in jest, they simply told her that they
would work on it. Now that their task had been finished, all of the
platypuses left for the Misty Island by the toot of their whistles.
Tasmania regretted never learning a foreign language.
She always greatly admired the oboe, with its deeply resonant tone.