As many of you know, I am one of the few southern folk on the site. This being the case, I am of course taking the brunt of the hurricane with my fellow natives as this article is being conceived. I figured, “Hey, instead of using the storm as an excuse to not write for a week, use it as a bit of inspiration.” So, that is what I shall do.
Now, I’m sitting next to my window as it is being pounded by wind and rain. To get into writing mode, I think about how things would be different were this occurring in the region of Johto (it’s my favorite region, deal with it). If that was the case, there would be a creature whose very existence banked on the fact that its job is to calm storms when they become too vicious. This is of course a vague reference to Lugia, the King of the Sea.
Everyone knows that Lugia is one of the sleekest looking legendary Pokémon. He doesn’t boast the sharp design cue like Groudon, he doesn’t embrace a unique color scheme like Ho-Oh, nor does he adopt a phallic nature like Palkia. He’s very suave, simply colored, and bad ass. In a lot of ways, I believe he was designed to contrast Ho-Oh, or vice versa (I know, obvious statement). But what if he didn’t always look like molted dragon bird? What if he too was covered in multi-toned feathers like Ho-oh at one point in time?
Any fan of Generation 2 knows of Ecruteak City, home of the fourth gym in Johto. Fans should also remember the two towers located in this city, the Bell Tower and the Burned Tower. The Bell Tower is, of course, famous for being the home of Ho-Oh. Once a player had reached a certain point in the game, he/she could have an encounter with the legendary Pokémon as it perched atop the Bell Tower. But, more interesting than the encounter itself are the legends that surround the city.
Apparently, there was a point in time when the Burned Tower was once referred to as the Brass Tower. And this tower was home to its own legendary Pokémon, the Legendary Beasts. These Beasts are Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, an electric type, a fire type, and a water type, respectively. But, there was another. One legendary bird perched at the height of this tower just as Ho-Oh did. And that was Lugia. 150 years before the events of the games, the Brass Tower was burned to a fraction of its original size. In the fire, the three Beasts perished and Lugia was forced to flee. Ho-Oh would later come and restore life to the Beasts and lay them to sleep. But, what if Lugia didn’t escape as easily as we had believed?
What if Lugia had actually been set ablaze and had flown away in panic? From there, Lugia dove into the sea to douse the flames. But it was too late. His coat of feathers had been burned away just as the many floors of the tower had. Having been so brutally scarred by the event, Lugia decided to make his home within the Whirl Islands. From then on, it became the protector of the sea, guiding wayward ships to safety and all that jazz. There is some conflict to the mythology though, some say that Lugia has always lived in the Whirl Islands and others say that he made his home there after the events in Ecruteak.
I find this interesting because it would certainly explain the stark contrast between Ho-Oh and Lugia. It would also explain why Lugia is part Psychic and not part Water type. Regardless of where his origins lie, it is truly an intriguing thing to consider. Just imagine how different the tone of the games would become if Nintendo would embrace this hidden mythology in the Pokémon world.
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