I really miss those crisp fall mornings, when you wake up and look outside and the leaves are dancing in the wind. There’s something about it, knowing that its cool outside, but being overwhelmed with a sense of warmth & coziness. The way the leaves crunch under your feet as you walk home. That grey-almost gloomy, but welcoming sky, just before an autumn rain. The way every room, smells of pumpkin or baked goods. The creepy movies on tv. It’s almost as if we enter an entirely different culture, with the way things around us shift in those autumn months. Oh, how I miss you, fall.
Depending on the location of the Moss Rocks required to trigger evolution in an Eevee, a Leafeon can develop into many diverse forms.
Thistle Leafeon: A larger variation of the Standard Leafeon. While no Leafeon could be considered aggressive, this subspecies is most likely to stand it’s ground when threatened. Attacking it without careful consideration will lead to prickly consequences for those involved. It’s most commonly found in dry flat-lands, and tend to arise in areas where agriculture is beginning to encroach on nature.
Fern Leafeon: Very similar in size to Standard Leafeons. This sub-species is found most commonly in tropical to sub-tropical environments. They are particularly gentle and playful by nature, and their pelts and leafy features are soft and pleasant to touch.
Cherry Blossom Leafeon: (Also known as Sakura Leafeons.) A beautiful subspecies which is commonly used by trainers in contests. They are very sensitive to the seasons and changes in weather. Though they have a pink hue to their pelts year round, their coats are most vibrant during Spring. After this season passes, these Leafeons will shed their coats and grow a new one. They are usually found in undisturbed, highland forests.
Japanese Maple Leafeon: Another subspecies which is sensitive to seasonal change. Though they retain a reddish hue to their pelts year-round, their coats become most vibrant in colour during autumn months. After this season passes, these Leafeon will shed their coats and grow a new one. They are usually found in undisturbed, lowland forests.
Water Lily Leafeon: An aquatic variation of Leafeon. They arise when the Moss Rock used for evolution is partly submerged in water. They require regular contact with water, and enjoy swimming in ponds and shallow pools immensely. Their paddle like tails allow them to move with some speed in water.
Marimo Leafeon: A very rare variation. Marimo Leafeons only occur when a Moss Rock used for evolution is completely submerged in water. They are smaller than Standard Leafeons. While not exactly difficult to care for, travelling with one can be difficult, as removing them from water for long periods can impact on their health. They are good swimmers, and excellent divers, with a fondness for collecting items at the bottoms of ponds.
I’ve seen a bunch of people doing these and I wanted to give it a swing! I was motivated to try this out by this post in particular.
Nobunaga: Ares. Ἄρης, Árēs. Choosing for Nobu was really hard. But I chose Ares because usually, in most routes and even in his own, Nobunaga is described as ruthless, cold, merciless, and even MC is scared of him at first. Ares is the god of war, bloodshed, and violence, but don’t take me wrong. I chose him because, for example, Homer described him as moody in the Iliad. And, let’s be honest, Nobunaga is extremely moody and cute. Mars, Ares’ Roman counterpart, fits Nobunaga better since he was the difnified ancestor of the Roman people more than just that destructive and selfish god.
Mitsuhide: Hestia. Ἑστία, Hestía. She is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home and the state. Hestia reminded me of Mitsuhide because, just like him, she is described as a perfectionist. Mitsuhide is pretty much the mom friend, and Hestia is the goddess of family. It is said that she was chief of the goddesses among all mortals, and that reminds me of how Mitsuhide is called the perfect samurai in so many moments.
Yukimura: Kratos. Κράτος, Krátos. He is not really a god, but more like an spirit. Kratos represents strenght, might, power and sovereign rule. I chose him for Yukimura because, just like Kratos, he has a strong sense of responsibility and he thinks strength is everything.
ᾍδης, Hádēs. Saizo is known as the Lord Assasin, but deep down he is actually warm and caring. Hades is pretty much the same. God of the underworld and the dead. From fear of pronouncing his name, greeks started calling him Pluto. His consort was Persephone, who ended up being more feared by men than Hades himself. The story of Hades and Persephone has a lot of versions, but the most known says that Persephone used to live far away, with her mother Demeter, and she was often courted by the Olympian gods. Hades tricked her and got Persephone to visit the Underworld, and married her. The myth explains the four seasons: Persephone would spend 6 months with her mother and 6 months with her husband; 3 months of summer, 3 months of autumn, 3 months of winter and 3 months of spring. One of the versions says that Hades fell in love the moment he saw her and that’s why he wanted her to visit the Underworld, and that sounds like the time Saizo and MC met.
Masamune: Hephaestus. Ἥφαιστος, Hḗphaistos. One of the versions of the myth of Hephaestus reminds me a lot of Masamune. The myth says he was Hera’s parthenogenous (asexual reproduction) child. Hera wanted to have a kid on her own, just like Zeus had Athena. But, since she didn’t want in any way Zeus’ help, the myth says that Hephaestus was born with disability. He was rejected by his mother because of his deformity and thrown off of Mount Olympus. I don’t think there’s much more to add. He’s the god of fire, metalworking and crafts.
Kojuro: Hermes. Ἑρμῆς, Hērmēs. This one was hard too. In one of the past events, Masamune said that Kojuro was really interested in foreign cultures and in what was on the other side of the ocean, so I think Hermes would fit him very well. Hermes is the God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language and writing. Kojuro used to manage most of meetings instead of Masamune because he was better at convincing people than his lord was. He is also a poet; MC found a book in his room full of his tanka. He writes a diary too. Hermes is the messenger of gods, and Kojuro is pretty much the messenger of the Date Clan.
Hideyoshi: Metis. Μῆτις, Mē̂tis. She is not actually a “goddess”. Metis is a titaness (the generation before the Olympian Gods) but she is still considered a deity. She was also an Oceanid (sea nymph). Titaness of good counsel, advice, planning, cunning, craftiness, and wisdom. I chose Metis because in most routes I’ve read, Hideyoshi always tries to comfort MC and give her advice, and that’s probably why he got friendzoned in Inuchiyo’s route. Funny thing, Metis is Athena’s mother. No wonder why Mitsun worships Hideyoshi so much. Also, the myth says that her powers were similar to the trickster powers of Prometheus.
Inuchiyo: Poseidon. Ποσειδῶν, Poseidōn. Inuchiyo has a spear, and Poseidon a trident. He is the god of the sea, rivers, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Homer described him as spoiled and moody, also capricious and destructive. Poseidon was very protective of those he loved, and so he had hard punishments for those who dared hurt his people/family. Toshiie is also moody and he wants to protect who he loves the most.
Mitsunari: Athena. Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnâ. Ironic since well, you know, Saki. But anyway. I chose Athena because Mitsunari is not only a nerd and bookworm, he is also extremely good in strategy. Athena is the goddess of reason, wisdom, intelligence, skill, peace, warfare, battle strategy and handicrafts. Mitsunari is incredible protective and ruthless when it comes to Hideyoshi, and according to the myth, Athena was a special patron of Odysseus too. She protected him in all his way back home from the Trojan War.
Ieyasu: Artemis. Ἄρτεμις, Ártemis. I chose Artemis because, just like Apollo, she’s the goddess of archery. Specifically, she’s the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth and plague. So, let’s ignore the “young girls and childbirth” part. Artemis became associated with bows and arrows, and her most appreciated attribute is her hunting spears.
Kenshin: Apollo. Ἀπόλλων, Apóllōn. Kenshin is always described as beautiful and he talks often about how much he likes beautiful stuff. Kenshin usually says there’s no harm in keeping and admiring the beauty of things. Apollo is the god of music, arts, the sun, light, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy, poetry, manly beauty and archery. He is described as young, beautiful and athletic. In the myth, Apollo is also described as cruel, destructive and merciless, and that’s pretty much Kenshin in war.
Shingen: Dionysus. Διόνυσος, Diónysos. I focused on Shingen’s talent for enjoying things and how easily is for his retainers to entertain themselves. Dionysus is the god of wine, fruitfulness, parties, festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness and ecstasy. Shingen loves sake, and drinking, and Dionysus was a big part of Greek culture precisely because of wine. Wine was one of the main reasons why the cult of Dionysus was so practiced: its focus was the unrestrained consumption. Also, Dionysus is described as exceptionally attractive. Just like Shingen, Dionysus wasn’t only attractive and a good drinker, he was also strong and fierce. Homer wrote a hymn about him, that said how Dionysus, disguised as a mortal, a few sailors spotted him and believed he was a prince, so they tried to kidnap him. Dionysus turned into a fierce lion and unleashed a bear on board, killing those he came into contact with.