As far as I'm concerged, Yveltal's design and being based around destruction/death(as evidenced by it's so-called signature move Death/Oblivion wing) may be,in part, based on Vultures.It's naked neck and face, very long wings. Maybe there's some extra vulture mythos that might be involved too?
Coincidentally, the other vulture pokemon ,Mandibuzz, is also a dark/flying type.
Some birds(and non-avian dinosaurs) also happen to sport similar headgear as well.
Electric Friend Safari: Luxio, Electabuzz, Pachirisu.
They definitely have some connections to Apollo and Artemis.
I freaking love Clauncher!! About time we had a lobster pokemon!
I'm somewhat not sure on artemis and apollo as their ambiguous roles in life and destruction don't fit the critirea.Everything else fits though, so you might be right.
I think Xerneas' base on a deer and Fairy typing is enough to link it to Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon. GF have already shown us that Fairy has at least some connection to the moon, and Artemis' sacred animal was a deer. I'm not at all sure how Yveltal relates to Apollo though, as he was the God of the sun, poetry, divination etc. Hardly destructive forces...
Yveltal is probably a mix of various Crow/Raven myths, most of which associate Ravens with Prophecy, Punishment, Battle and, weirdly, the Sun. These relations include:
- Babd/Nemain/Morrigan, Celtic Goddesses of War and Death (who might be the same person, or a triple goddess or a quadruple goddess, no one is all that certain) turned into a Raven/Crow, and flew over corpses after battlefields, and also to foretell doom and death to come, and showed up when notable people were going to die.
- Apollo, a Greek god of prophecy (oracle of Delphi is his oracle), of light and enlightenment and later the sun, and he is also well known for striking dead people that pissed off the gods (no, seriously this is a thing he in particular is known for, not like an offhand thing he did like once in an obscure myth, he, and also Artemis sometimes, did it like all the freaking time, it was a main function of his, usually by shooting people with arrows of doom)
- Odin, the Head Norse God of prophecy, war, death, wisdom and magic (and a bunch of other stuff too). He's actually supposed to be the wisest person in the Norse universe. A raven is a major symbol of his and he is usually shown with a raven on each shoulder, one named thought and one named memory, (which represents wisdom coming from consideration and remembrance of lessons from the past and such.)
- Shani, a Hindu God who rides a bird (every on Hindu mythology get's a spiffy mount), is a god of karma, or justice, you might say. Basically he gives you rewards and punishments based on your actions, so he helps the righteous and punishes evil doers, usually by, you know, killing them. Oh, and his brother is the god of death. When he was born, the first thing he saw when he opened his eyes was a solar eclipse, which is also kind of ironic.
It's design might be based on the Yatagarasu, AKA Three-Legged Crow, or Sun Crow, in particular (which had 3 legs, kind of like the 'Y' shaped Yveltal, with it's claw shaped wings and feathers, huh?) which are considered messengers of the Divine that carry out their will, and in one particular tale ten Sun Crows descended to Earth at once and burn it to the ground. Another weird relation to Crows and the sun. They are also symbols or pets of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess, if i remember correctly. I also vaguely remember some story about an archer that shot at the sun and hit a crow or something that might have been a chinese myth. I'm too lazy to look it up, someone else can if they want.
So...Yveltal...the Destruction Pokemon...signature move is Oblivious Wing...seems cut and dry.
It's Talonflame. The full image is this:
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EDIT: I just noticed something else while looking at the official artworks of Fletchling and Talonflame that completely contradicts your claim about the number of tail feathers: They both have 2. Both of them have the exact same number of tail feathers, so that's irrelevant. The middle evolution we haven't seen yet probably also has 2. It also probably has two stripe arrow markings.
Last edited by The_Doctor; 25th July 2013 at 08:26 AM.
Yveltal's design show destruction. The lines under wings represent the cracks of the earth. The color red and black represent flame and destruction. The turf of feather around the neck is like smoke from ruin after bombing. Xerneas' horns, beside DNA helix, could represent the phylogenetic tree, as the diversity of life, its body color of blue and black could represent water and earth, which are essential for life.