The Legend of Blah Blah: The Garo
12 Nov 2009 — by hinoseijin
Ah, the Garo. A one time enemy from Majora’s Mask. So little is known about them. It doesn’t really help that all the ones we meet are dead. The most we can learn from interacting with them is their fighting style and a small part of their beliefs. “To die without leaving a corpse…That is the way of us Garo.” The rest we can only infer from quotes given by Pamela’s father. “They’re the shells of spies from an enemy nation sent to investigate Ikana.” “Although they are said to be shells, Garos are still ninja and they will not show themselves in front of people.” Even Pamela (maybe; Tacheon from the fourms wasn’t sure when I asked him for some clarification) has a bit to add: “If you hang around here, you’ll get eaten by a spooky Garo!” However, if this was indeed Pamela who said it, then we can probably ignore it as exaggeration. Of course, if you want, you can use it as evidence that the Garo are cannibals, but, as always, your mileage may vary.
So, with all of these holes to fill in, any writer wishing to use the Garo as a live people have nearly complete artistic license to come up with whatever they want without worry too much about breaking canon. (At least until Nintendo decides to come back to Termina and show us some living Garo, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon, unfortunately.) I have my own (of course, otherwise we’d be discussing something else this month), and, as you can never have too many disclaimers, you are free to either accept it or create your own version of them.
My Garo are a race of humans similar to the Sheikah (well, at least mine, which will be a future article), sans magic. Hair color ranges from black to various shades of purple and grey, as do eye color with the addition of reds. Females range from four feet to four feet six inches in height while males can reach up to five feet; being short makes them easier to hide without magic. They are pale of skin and sensitive to the sun, being quick to burn if their skin is exposed; as such, they are used to wearing cloaks even on the hottest of days. Garo warriors rely on stealth first and foremost to dispatch foes, but failing that, they depend on speed and agility to dodge blows and strike vital areas. The Garo cremate their dead as they believe that burning the body releases the soul; burying a body of their own race is considered an insult and reserved for the worst criminals. Warrior or not, several Garo will carry something with which to incinerate their body in the event of capture and escape is impossible. Warriors wear a special cloth over their mouth and nose that serves a dual purpose. It filters against dangerous gases, and it disguises their voices. Several have psychokinetic (read, not magic) abilities that help them become masters of stealth without relying too much on camouflage and other tricks.
That takes care of November. Come December I’ll discuss the Gorons. So until then, have a happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and don’t forget to preorder your copy of Spirit Tracks.