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Lokomo

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Lokomo
Lokomo.png
The Lokomo performing together with Link and Princess Zelda
Game(s)Spirit Tracks
Habitat(s)Sanctuaries
Notable Member(s)Anjean
Byrne
Gage
Steem
Carben
Embrose
Rael

The Lokomo is a tribe from Spirit Tracks. They are servants to the Spirits of Good, with their sole role being to protect the land, the Spirit Tracks, and the temples scattered throughout Hyrule.[1] Most importantly, however, the Lokomos protect the land from the Demon King, Malladus, by making sure that his prison and locks, the Tower of Spirits and the Spirit Tracks respectively, stay intact at all times to prevent the Demon King's escape. They were originally sent by the Spirits to Hyrule to continue their work of watching over the land for them, and as such, they are considered the guardians of the five realms.[2]

The Lokomos play a vital role in Spirit Tracks since they are the only ones who can help restore both the Spirit Tracks and the Tower of Spirits.

Characteristics and attributes

All members of the Lokomo have pointy ears, a characteristic they share with Hylians. The Lokomo, with the exception of Byrne, are usually seen riding a sort of small vehicle that bears the symbol of the Spirits.

When a Lokomo dies, they do not disappear entirely. Instead, they take on the shape of a small ball of light that represents their spirit. After this, it will take several years for the Lokomo to return to life in a new form; however, once they are reborn with a new body, they will have no memory of past events.[3] This is similar to the concept of reincarnation.

One Lokomo resides in each of the five realms in the land, and they can always be found in their respective sanctuaries. They are:

Anjean, one of the two members of the Lokomo who does not reside in a sanctuary, is the guardian of the Tower of Spirits and is thus in charge of making sure Malladus does not escape from his prison.[8]

Most Lokomos possess sacred instruments that, when played, have the ability to generate enough energy that powers the Spirit Tracks; however, to do this, special melodies known as the Lokomo Songs must first be performed.[9] These songs are duets that require two sacred instruments to function properly and, once the Lokomo Song is performed, it will help restore the Rail Map's energy, which in turn also restores the missing Spirit Tracks that lead to the each realm's temple.[10]

The Lokomos also seem to have longer life spans than normal humans, as Anjean was already the guardian of the Tower of Spirits by the time Tetra and her pirate crew arrived in Hyrule 100 years prior to the events of Spirit Tracks,[11] and Byrne, who had "a century to train", maintains the appearance of a young man despite his apparent age.[12]

History

Prior to the events in Spirit Tracks, the Spirits of Good bestowed upon the Lokomos a weapon known as the Lokomo Sword, which is a sword filled with sacred energy used by the Spirits.[13] Moreover, they entrusted the Lokomos with taking care of the Spirit Train, which was to be kept in the center of the Tower of Spirits.[14]

The Lokomos departing to the heavens

By the time the events of the game start to take place, the Spirit Tracks have begun to disappear due to Chancellor Cole's plan to free Malladus from his prison. He succeeds in stealing Princess Zelda's body, which is to be used as a vessel for the Demon King. Zelda, with the help of Link, travels to the Tower of Spirits to meet Anjean, who is the one that can help give Zelda clues on how to retrieve her body. After Anjean explains to them the current situation of the Spirit Tracks, she charges Link and Zelda with the task of restoring the Spirit Tracks to the Tower of Spirits to fortify Malladus's prison. As such, Link and Zelda travel across Hyrule with the Spirit Train that was lent to them by Anjean, meeting the Lokomo guardians of each realm in order to restore the Spirit Tracks, the chains that bind Malladus. With Anjean's Spirit Flute, Link performs a number of duets with the Lokomos and their sacred instruments as it is the only way to restore the tracks to the temples.[15] Link must continue to repeat this process until all the five temples' rails are restored to the Tower of Spirits.

It is with the aid of Byrne, a Lokomo who turned against his people and his beliefs because the Spirits of Good would not grant him any more power,[16] that Link and Zelda find the Compass of Light and manage to make their way into the Dark Realm, where Malladus, Cole, and the Demon Train have escaped. In the final battle against Malladus, Princess Zelda sings a duet with Link and his Spirit Flute, weakening the Demon King and revealing a weak spot on his back. When Malladus is finally slain using the Lokomo Sword and the Bow of Light, Anjean and the rest of the Lokomos depart towards the heavens since their protection is no longer needed, entrusting Link and Zelda to watch over the land in their stead.[17]

Trivia

  • The name of the tribe is a pun on the word "locomotive," which is another word for "train." Lokomo was also the name of a Finnish steam locomotive and railroad equipment manufacturing company.[18]
  • Also, each of the Lokomo's names are similar sounding to words related to trains.
  • The colors of the glowing orbs the Lokomo turn into at the end of the game match the colors of the Shrine Maidens who turn into glowing orb fairies when freed their crystals in Four Swords Adventures.
  • Hyrule Historia reveals designs for an unused sixth Lokomo, said to represent Shadow.[19]

Gallery

References

  1. "Indeed. We are called the Lokomos. We are servants of the spirits. They have entrusted us with protecting the temples and the Spirit Tracks." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "The spirits sent us here to continue their work! That you would try to resurrect the Demon King... It's unfathomable to me." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  3. "Yes, but there should be no regrets. He wouldn't have had it any other way. Besides, our kind are the servants of the spirits. We don't disappear that easily. The spirit is persistent, my dear. Byrne may not have any memory of these events, but years from now, he'll return in a new form." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  4. "My name's Steem. I am indeed the guardian of the Snow Realm." — Steem (Spirit Tracks)
  5. "Let me reintroduce myself. I am Carben, guardian of the Ocean Realm." — Carben (Spirit Tracks)
  6. "My name is Embrose, and I am indeed this realm's guardian." — Embrose (Spirit Tracks)
  7. "Call me Rael; it's my name! I am the guardian of the Sand Realm!" — Rael (Spirit Tracks)
  8. "Well, I wouldn't put it exactly that way. But I do watch over the Tower of Spirits. My name is Anjean. [...] Right now, my strength maintains his shackles, but it's only a matter of time until they're broken." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  9. "By playing our sacred instruments... We generate energy that powers the Spirit Tracks." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  10. "To restore the tracks that disappeared, you need to know a special song. This Lokomo Song is a duet that requires two sacred instruments. My cello and your Spirit Flute should do the trick! With both instruments playing the song... We can restore the rail map's energy!" — Gage (Spirit Tracks)
  11. "Yes, I knew one of your ancestors. I met her when she had just arrived here." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  12. "I...I couldn't best Byrne. I have to admit, he has grown very strong. Of course, he's had a century to train. And he's always had the drive to succeed." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  13. "Before you go, please take this, [Link]. I think you're the one who is meant to use it. This Lokomo Sword was a gift from one of the spirits. As such, it is filled with sacred energy. It has felled many evil creatures in its lifetime. Until now, only the spirits have wielded this blade..." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  14. "This, my dear, is the spirits' train. They entrusted us with its keeping." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  15. "Indeed. We are called the Lokomos. We are servants of the spirits. They have entrusted us with protecting the temples and the Spirit Tracks. By playing our sacred instruments... We generate energy that powers the Spirit Tracks. The Spirit Flute you hold is one of them." — Anjean's in-game dialogue after retrieving the first rail-map. (Spirit Tracks)
  16. "Tell me, Master... When you realize that your wish will never be granted, what do you do then? The answer was clear... Become even more powerful than the spirits themselves! And the only being more powerful is Malladus!" — Byrne (Spirit Tracks)
  17. "But our protection is no longer needed. Even without the spirits' guidance, you will do well. So I think I will return to the heavens... In the company of my old friend Byrne. Please watch over this land, my dear. And, [Link]... You must help her. Good-bye... And thank you. Thank you both." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
  18. Lokomo, Wikipedia.
  19. "The Sage of Shadow [...] doesn't appear in the game." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 212)
TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ロコモ族 (賢者) Lokomo Tribe (Sages)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Trenebundo
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Lokomo
French Republic FrenchEU Locomo
Canada FrenchCA Lokomo
Italian Republic Italian Locomotribu