Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The Teal Mask – Ogerpon And The Loyal Three, Explained

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The Teal Mask – Ogerpon And The Loyal Three, Explained

Pokemon has always loved portraying aspects of the culture each region is built around, from the society of the region itself to the Pokemon found within it. The first four generations were based around Japan, taking various elements from the area, most prominently in Legends: Arceus.

Though Scarlet & Violet take place in the obviously Spanish-inspired region of Paldea, the Teal Mask DLC takes place in Kitakami, a smaller region deeply tied to Japan. Ogerpon and the Loyal Three are further emblematic of this, pulling heavily from national folklore.

The Tale Passed Down In Kitakami

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet The Teal Mask Photo Of History Landmark with Kieran and player posing in front of it

When you step off the plane and onto the land of Kitakami, you are immediately hit with the visually distinct design compared to Paldea. The area is flatter, made more of hills than mountains, all centred around Oni Mountain.

Pushing harder into the cultural aspect of the region, your first formal task in Kitakami is to investigate the local history and folklore by means of finding tourism placards that detail the history of the area.

The biggest part of this history is the tale of Ogerpon, and how she was driven back into her secluded cave by the brave acts of a young boy and his three animal companions, a dog, monkey, and pheasant.

Each placard tells you more of the tale — how Ogerpon came down from the mountains to harass and steal from the people of Kitakami, how a young boy and three loyal animals battled them away and stole her powerful masks, and how this trio came to be protectors of the village. It’s an enticing tale and one that very conveniently brings in a lot of tourism to Kitakami.

During the DLC, you are paired with Kieran, a student from Blueberry Academy and native of Kitakami, who has an obsession with Ogerpon.

He is convinced Ogerpon is innocent and shown to be much more cruelly treated than she deserved to be and questions why this is.

In many ways, Kieran himself mirrors the tale of Ogerpon, feeling belittled and forced to lash out for not being respected.

Inspiration Behind Ogerpon And The Loyal Three

An image of Momotaro and his three animals fighiting, and Ogerpon cowering after losing her mask, left to right

To better understand Ogerpon, the Loyal Three, and their history in the land of Kitakami, it is equally important to know about Momotaro, the Peach Boy, an important folk tale in Japanese history.

There are plenty of variations to the story of Momotaro, just like any old tale, but the core premise always remains the same. In it, a young boy is born to an already elderly couple, and grows up to be inhumanely strong for his age.

After maturing somewhat, he leaves on a journey to slay the Oni that has been harassing his home, and encounters three animals along the way — a dog, monkey, and pheasant.

Already, the parallels to Ogerpon and the Loyal Three of Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti are obvious.

Pokemon Violet Teal Mask Backstory Cutscene featuring Ogerpon and their companion

Of particular note is that, in most renditions of Momotaro, the animals must be convinced to join Momotaro by offering them his own food in exchange for their help. There is very rarely an altruistic giving of their support.

Like how the Loyal Three became a revered symbol for Kitakami, the same can be said of Momotaro for Japan. In real-life terms though, Momotaro has a darker history, one that may have been an inspiration for the treatment of Ogerpon, and the general twisting of actual history.

Though Momotaro is an older story, it became a very major story to teach morals during the Meiji period of Japan, a point when Japan had engaged in many imperial pursuits throughout Asia.

It became common at this point to portray Momotaro as a nationalist soldier, and for the Oni to become a metaphor for any enemy of Japan. In time, any specific acts of the Oni were forgotten, with them simply becoming whatever evil was most beneficial to portray at the time.

This is an extreme use of the story, but one that was government-sponsored. Within The Teal Mask, the tale of Ogerpon undergoes a similar revision, with Ogerpon simply having always been evil, and the Loyal Three randomly appearing to take her down without any real reason.

But, it served to Kitakami’s benefit, with a massive amount of tourism and festivals generated by the tale.

The Misportrayal Of Ogerpon And The Revival Of The Loyal Three

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet The Loyal Three standing together at Loyalty Plaza after being revived

The meta-historical use of Momotaro is just as integral to understanding Ogerpon and the Loyal Three as the text of the tale itself.

Much of Carmine’s character in the Teal Mask takes from this more xenophobic use of Momotaro, with her unconsciously following the tale passed down in Kitakami, and calling anyone who steps foot in her home an outsider, regardless of intentions.

On the flip side of this, Kieran is radicalised by the tale, lashing out and turning away from anyone who could help him because of the mountain of lives built around him his whole life.

As we see as the story progresses, Ogerpon herself wanted to live peacefully in Kitamaki, having travelled from far away with an unidentified friend of hers.

Pokemon Violet Terastal Teal Mask on Ogerpon during battle

Yet, this simple act of her being foreign to the people of Kitakami led to her and her friend being ostracised and forced to live outside the town. The masks she wears were created by a friendly villager, not tools of evil, so she and her friend could walk among them peacefully.

In a distinct twist from the story recorded in Kitakami, Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti were simply passing animals who took an interest in the masks of Ogerpon and her friend.

They were shiny and new and something they wanted, so they very simply took them. Ogerpon’s friend resisted this, and is implied to have been killed by the trio just so they could steal the masks for themselves.

Ogerpon went into a fury from this, attacking the Loyal Three to try to retrieve the masks that were stolen from her, and the villages witnessing this saw it as Ogerpon trying to wreak havoc and steal from innocent animals, and so they hunted her from the village.

No matter what was said by the friendly villager who made these masks in the first place, he was not believed. And so their own hatred of outsiders became willing ignorance because it served them better than to change their minds.

It is not until the acts of the DLC, with the revival of the Loyal Three and Ogerpon’s reclamation of her masks and Kieran’s willingness to share the truth that the opinions of the townsfolk, and even Carmine herself, came to change.

However, reality is hard to accept in practical terms, and in the post-game story of the DLC, the statue of the Loyal Three may be rebuilt to preserve Kitakami’s tourism industry. An act seen by the Caretaker as much more important than justice for Ogerpon.

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