#1 faba hater
- Jan 11, 2022
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to start off with my thoughts on the lillie is nihilego theory, yes it of course turned out to absolutely not be the case (and i am actually kind of glad for that, maybe it's just me but lillie kinda comes off as autistic-coded to me so having her be a possibly-not-even-sentient alien thing would be um. not good), but if you look back at what we knew back then? it does kinda make sense. infact, there is an entire aspect to nihilego that was seemingly scrapped and i have no idea what the significance was. on the now-defunct (but still viewable on the wayback machine) sun/moon website, there are little blurbs about some of the ultra beasts. nihilego's states that its body is composed of a glass-like substance, standard enough, and then notes that "it's constantly changing shapes, never settling on one." i'll touch more on the old website in a bit, so just keep that in mind for now. i believe we did have the infamous bit of nihilego supposedly having been seen acting like a young girl at this point, which took literally like 5 and a half years to be acknowledged beyond a dex entry. this one might be just me but the way lillie was described also feels a bit weird in hindsight, specifically describing her as mysterious as opposed to simply having a mysterious past or something like that. subtle wording choices and change a lot, i suppose.
so, back to the website. buzzwole and pheromosa also have scrapped aspects, buzzwole's implying it used its.. whatever its mouth thing is called to attack, and pheromosa's definitely leaning more into the "beauty" aspect of it, true to the codename, and possibly true to the phero- part of the name aswell. admittedly, i'm kinda glad that pheromosa thing was scrapped for the most part (and before you bring up meowth, i'm like 99% sure he was just Like That). speaking of codenames actually, another interesting tidbit about nihilego- aside from it's codename, UB-01 symbiote, there is no mention of it being a parasite whatsoever. the mascot legendaries also have an odd little thing about them, with the website making special note of their radiant sun and full moon forms. however, in the final games, these are only seen when they use their signature moves. odd, isn't it?
in general, i really do think the sun/moon we thought we were getting before aether and ultra beasts got revealed feels.. super fucking different from the one we got. i don't mean this in a bad way, but it feels weird. solgaleo and lunala's relative un-noteworthyness in the plot and lore (going by usum it very much seems like the two are Just regular old ultra beasts, and in sun/moon it almost feels like nihilego and cosmog are the big notable pokemon, even if cosmog does evolve into solgaleo and lunala), the sudden shift into alien conspiracies, in general the sheer contrast of the island challenge and the actual plot, it feels odd. i'm sure they were planning this direction from the start or atleast from very early on, but still, i look back on those early days and i feel an almost melancholy of some sort. definitely some kind of feeling, for sure. i dunno, sun/moon was a big part of my life and i hope you guys here are as eager to talk about it as i am.