They did not come from any old stories. They were not legends, not yet. Nor did they exist to form part people’s superstitions. They were simply there.
They were called, “pikmins.” Such a cute name for something that appears cute just as well. These pikmins loved moss and anything green. They were predominantly colored blue, yellow, and red. A rock-pikmin, on the other hand, carried the shade and roughness of a non-living rock.
What do they eat?
They don’t eat the way humans do. Their mouths are assigned to show a smile or sad expression. Instead, they take nutrition by feeding their head-plant. See that moist leaf atop the yellow pikmin’s head? Or that white flower atop the red and blue pikmin? How about the purple flora atop the rock-pikmin?
Yes, those flowers and leaves take in sunlight and rainwater. They also find nutrients in the soil, which is practically seeped by tiny invisible globules located at the sole or their webbed feet. But like humans, pikmins also have a favorite food – the red raspberry!
What do they do?
Unlike the proverbial fairy, pikmins don’t have a particular function or role in the ecosystem (save as consumers, too). They love to look around, though. They do that an often lot and are capable of concentrating hard at their subject for long periods of time.
See that rock-pikmin? It has been there for two days straight! Unfortunately, knowledge about the subject of its intense attention has not been disclosed.
What happens when other living things are about?
They’re fine around insects, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds. But they aren’t into humans. They consider the former categories friends, the latter foes. But they won’t hurt, though.
They don’t possess any powerful spell, nor are they equipped with poison or spikes. Pikmins, however, were blessed to possess the highest level of camouflage. Firstly, they possess plants atop their heads. Stalling with the nearest plants, pikmins could change their colors to blend with these plants.
That’s chameleon-like talent, but wait? There’s more: they could actually dissolve themselves and lose their colors to become what – dew! This is why their corporeal body resembles that of a drop of liquid!
Will they never appear in front of a human?
The thing is they are curious beings (as most living creatures are). But this curiosity has limits and that limit starts with the letter H. Humans. You got it.
But humans will continue to see them – only in a form not so foreign in their eyes. Pikmins are dews that dripped and clung on blades of leaves.
What remains a mystery is the sequence of their coming. Were they originally dews that later took form and became cute, little Pikmins? Or were they Pikmins who became dews? Is their transformation a form of curse or punishment?
I’m afraid we will not know. Perhaps, just not yet.
This tale is an attempt at pinning down the origins of the Pikmins.