The Lord of the Mountain: From Life to Death to Life
Hey partygang, felt this old headcanon deserved its own thread.
Hyrule Compendium has this to say about the Lord of the Mountain:
This noble creature watches over all animals that make their homes in the forest. Legends say this holy creature is a reincarnation of a sage that died on the lands it now protects. It has an acute awareness of its surroundings, so it seldom appears before people. It's sometimes known by its other name, Satori.
In this thread I aim to look at the early life of Satori the sage, how he died and what his new form signifies.
To just get the real world meanings out of the way first:
Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term referring to a state of enlightenment.
Furthermore, it's the name of a Japanese folklore monster (Yokai) living on mountains, who can read minds. The way to escape them is to clear one's mind, going into a zenlike, enlightened state.
Lastly, the name might be a reference to Satoru Iwata, who passed away before the game was completed.
Great Farmer Satori
Satori Mountain is the greatest treasure trove of plant-based food in the entire game.
- Swift Carrots (the only place these grow in the wild)
- Endura Carrots (far more than any other location)
- A tree that is surrounded by every single type of mushroom. All growing side-by-side, biomes be damned.
- An apple orchard containing a whooping 157 apples. Activate stasis view here and it's like looking at the stars.
- The only non-jungle place where Hearty Durian trees grow.
- The only cherry blossom tree in the entire game safe for the Great Deku Tree himself.
- 27 spicy peppers in one location - not the highest amount, but unusually high for an area that isn't in a cold or warm biome.
- The highest amount of Silent Princess flowers in one area.
- The largest cluster of Hyrule herbs.
- Mighty Bananas
- Palm Fruit
- Fortified Pumpkin
- Cool Safflina
Proof that a great deal of these plants were cultivated by someone comes from looking at the discarded equipment around the mountain; a farming hoe, two pitchforks and a woodcutter's axe. The only other places you'll typically find these items are stables and villages.
As Satori is stated to be the protector of forest animals, a great deal of animals can be found here as well. This was likely what drew Quince, a hunter by trade who had a traumatizing run-in with Satori.
I'm going by an object map here, and some of the numbers don't make sense to me, so with that in mind:
- 133 Mountain Goats. Let me just repeat that; one hundred and thirty ridiculous three goats on a single mountain. For comparison, there seem to be a total of 181 Mountain Goats in the entire game.
- 20 Islander Hawks, making up almost half of the entire population of hawks in the game as well.
- 17 blue winged herons, and 35 red winged ones. Again, I'm not sure if the object map is telling me lies as I've seen these guys all over, but supposedly that's a very substantial chunk of all herons in the game as well.
- Seemingly every Hearty Lizard that is not covered by a rock, and pretty much all of the Hightail Lizards as well.
- Almost every Wood Pigeon and a fifth of all Rainbow Pigeons.
- A great deal of Summerfly and Winterwing Butterflies
- Almost all squirrels (this is where my doubt of the map accuracy reaches peak levels as I distinctly recall seeing these in virtually every tree, yet they appear almost nowhere on the map)
- Nearly half of all Bright-Chested Ducks in the game.
- Easily the greatest amount of Blupees by far, as the Lord of the Mountain is clearly ruler of Blupees.
- Last but not least, a whopping 141 Mountain Crows. The only other place these spawn is in the Lost Woods, and in far lower numbers.
Crows are also globally known as black-plumed carrion eaters, which often makes them associated with death. And there's plenty of that going around these parts...
The Skeleton War
All around the base of the mountain, a great deal of Stal- enemies can be found. A mixture of Stalizalfos, Stalmoblins, Stalkoblins, Stalhorses and a lone Stalnox. Stals of every kind, many of them not popping out of the ground but rather laying low during the day as a pile of bones that assembles itself at night. The developers WANTED you to take note of these.
Now, with the bloodmoon going around reviving every one of Ganon's soldiers, it always confused me how only some foes take on an undead appearance.
This would be headcanon territory, but personally I believe this means these monsters had the misfortune to die and severely decompose long before the blood moon revival ceremony started, explaining their only-partial resurrection.
I propose that, a long while before the events of BotW and the first blood moon, a modest army of monsters were trying to scale the mountain and defeat Satori.
You may have ventured up the mountain on days you could not find Satori. In which case, you're likely to have met this nasty fellow:
A lone Stalizalfos carrying a Strengthened Lizal Bow with Shock Arrows is located right underneath the cherry blossom tree, at a perfect distance to fire its arrows straight at the location where the Lord of the Mountain appears. Even if the Stalizalfos would miss their shot, they would hit the pond that Satori is standing in and electrocute him.
This Stalizalfos is noteworthy because it is the only enemy spawning at this altitude of the mountain by a long shot.
Taking that into account, we now know the extremely likely cause of Satori's death, a very rough timeframe and even the culprit!
Satori likely died by electrocution through the powerful shock arrows of a lone Lizalfos that managed to best the steep mountain, several years before the first bloodmoon.
Ceremony of Magic Money
It is a well-documented fact that in Breath of the Wild, the patron deities of the land gain power through tribute. Tribute of the cold hard cash kind.
You want your horse to be less, well, dead? First you gotta pony up some dough, pun intended, as these buddies simply cannot leave their flowerbuds without the power of payment.
The Great Fairies claim that after the Calamity, people would no longer bring offerings. This is what caused the Great Fairies' decline of power. While they were barely holding on by a thread, Link shows up with fat pockets and restores them to their former glory.
Suppose Satori the Sage, or Satori the Lord of the Mountain, had the same dietary requirements? As a patron saint to animals and agriculture living in solitude on a mountain, you're probably not going to get the moolah required from any humans.
Luckily, humans aren't the only cashcows around.
The Blupees are inexplicably connected to the Lord of the Mountain. Satori's general appearance highly mirrors them. Every so often, they have a meeting.
My idea is that this meeting is to offer their Rupee power to the protector of the forest animals, and through this power, Satori was resurrected as the Lord of the Mountain and kept up his strength for all these years.
In Conclusion (TL;DR)
Satori was a mountain sage and an amazing farmer. He died during a war long ago and was shot by a Lizalfos in the exact spot he spawns now. Through Rupee tribute, gifted by his Blupee congregation, he has returned to life in his current form.
Did I miss something? Let me know!
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