Gen V Project #23: The Ruler of the Underworld...Yomigale!
by, 18th March 2010 at 08:43 PM (348 Views)
The golden winged bird of the sun...
The silver winged dragon of the storms...
The luminescent avian of the moon...
The three of them watch over our world...
But there is another...
#618 - YOMIGALE
Japanese Name: ヨミゲイル
Classification: Underworld Pokemon
Weight: 1465 lbs.
Etymology: Like most legendaries, its name is basically the same in both versions. It is a combination of "yomi", the name of the underworld in Japanese mythology, a "gale", referring to its flying characteristics. It is also a pun on "yomigaeru", which means to be revived.
Design: Its general design is a very ghastly looking vulture. Its head is skeletal, with empty eye sockets with bright glowing lights inside that represents its eyes. Its main body is composed of black feathers that are seem to resemble a creepy black mist as opposed to having a solid form. Bones run down its chest that resemble a rib-cage. It has gigantic black wings with spiked bones sticking out of the ends, and tiny white lights, spirits, circle around its wings when it takes flight. It has a long black tail similar to Ho-Oh, except the end of the feathers are curvy and resemble scrolls. Finally, its large feet are very skeletal and sharp. Overall, it's basically a giant black skeleton vulture...quite fitting, since it rules the Underworld.
Origin: In Pokemon Iron and Bronze, the first generation post-Arceus introduction, the pantheon of Legendary Pokemon have been slightly retooled so that they are all integrated together in a slightly more sensible legend.
According to Sotama legend, there were once two Mew who were created by Arceus, instilled with the power to create thinking, living, Pokemon. The Lake Trio gave their power to the two Mew's, explaining their resemblance to the latter. The two Mew's gave birth to most Pokemon (bar a few up the upper tier Legendaries), thus why it has the DNA of every known Pokemon. I assume Legendaries don't have their DNA widely available, so I don't count them as "known" exactly. The love between the two Mew's created the sun, and from the sun emerged the Pokemon Ho-Oh. The power the Mew's exerted as they created the rest of the Pokemon manifested in strong winds, and from those winds emerged the Pokemon Lugia. And when the Mew's slept after a day of creating, their dreams created the moon and from it emerged Cresselia (it is said that their bad dreams resulted in Darkrai as well), the final member of three legendary avian Pokemon. The phoenix, the water dragon, and the swan. One day, however, one of the Mew's died and fell down into the ground. The other Mew wept for days and days, resulting in a strange mist overtaking the land and seeping into the ground where its fallen comrade lay. This created the Underworld, the final resting place for Pokemon, and the dead Mew was reborn as not Mew, but rather Yomigale. Technically, the Mew we know is the "male", while Yomigale, although genderless in-game, is the "female". Mew was frightened by its friends horrid new form, and thus ran from it.
Anyway, the story's kind of based on the Izanami/Izanagi legend, with Ho-Oh, Lugia, Cresselia, and Yomigale being a quartet of bird-like Pokemon corresponding to Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukuyomi, and Izanami. Mew, in a way, is somewhat Izanagi.
Yomigale is the ruler of the Underworld, known as Yomi in Japan, a strange underground world that mischievous Pokemon inhabit. When Pokemon and people pass away, their spirits travel down to the Underworld and are integrated into Yomigale's body, their final resting place. Yomigale is said to fly over the world during the darkest nights, the only time it can travel outside of its lair, and spreads the souls across the land in order to give it new life. Thus, Pokemon and people never really die...they become part of nature. Ho-Oh, however, on occasion will interfere and instead restore brave souls in new forms, such as with the beasts. I don't think this is too heavy for a Pokemon game...it's rather fluffy I'd say.
The impure souls are purged of all darkness, which manifest in strange, mischievous Pokemon (such as Abbarm and Costelleg) that wander the Underworld. On one occasion, due to a massive influx of evil when Pokemon were used for warfare purposes, a incredibly evil creature was born and terrorized Sotama, escaping out of a hole located near present-day Bucklerbay. With it emerged the less evil, but quite mischievous, Underworld Pokemon who helped terrorize the land for quite some time until the Three Legendary heroes sealed the evil creature away in a mystical object. The hole leading to the Underworld was then permanently sealed thanks to the power of three ancient monks, sacrificing themselves and turning into mountains. These mountains are still around in modern day, and the valley between them is said to be on top of the Underworld. To prevent the inhabitants from escaping once more, their are three Pokemon who are said to watch over the valley from atop each mountain, each one containing the soul of one of the monks. This, along with the Legendary Heroes being infused in a mirror and a tree (Hanyamira and Byusword), was once more Ho-Oh's doing.
Yomigale, who during the invasion of the Underworld Pokemon was injured by the evil creature and unable to do anything, was sealed along with the rest of the Pokemon, a fate it gladly accepted. It can no only emerge once a year, on the darkest night, to take one flight across the world and plant the souls.
Basically, Yomigale is like a Death God (although it is benevolent like Hades, as opposed to evil like the Devil) and is based on a vulture, a creature who, like Yomigale, "eats" the dead. It has a pretty deep back story for a Pokemon game, but I don't think it is too far out there. It's a rather simple legend, and in-game it is treated as a myth and told through Pokedex entries, books, and NPCs. Its myth kind of combines a few Underworld myths, its fate being akin to Persephone in Greek myth, so it's not super deep.
Gameplay: First off, Yomigale is the lone Event Pokemon. The Event to obtain him will be chronicled later on.
It is actually, in terms of stats, the "little Legendary" despite being quite big, equal in power to Mew, Celebi, and Jirachi. This is because, beneath the large exterior, it was once a Mew itself. It learns mostly Dark, Ghost, and Flying moves, but it is also capable of learning Sacred Fire, Aeroblast, and Lunar Dance because of its relation to Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Cresselia.
Its unique ability, Revival (Yomigaeru ヨミゲエル To Revive) is quite amazing, but pretty much makes Yomigale banned from tournaments. When it dies, you can revive one party Pokemon with full health. This is the only Pokemon with a move that revives a fallen team mate, and reflects the story of Yomigale.
As for Mew, it can only see its former friend once a year. The reason Mew flits around the sky still to this day is because it patiently awaits the darkest night of each year so it can meet with Yomigale, now accepting its friend once more after its sacrifice.
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