The theory to focus on here is the possibility that the Tao Trio’s fused entity is Arceus.
That was the conclusion I was implying without trying to state outright.
I respectfully disagree on every level, because if the Tao Trio did originate from Arceus than Arceus doesn’t deserve to be called a god. Also this is the closest thing to a research paper I’ve written in months damn son.
Well… In theory, Arceus isn’t necessarily a god. Especially not in a Christianity sense. In fact, it’s much more likely to call Arceus a powerful Demiurge. I.E. since he emerged spontaneously from the chaos and the world came into being as a side effect of that, its less “divine providence” and more just the fact his overwhelming power overflowed.
…After all, he only had just come into existence… there’s no way that he’d know what he was doing at that point.
I find it highly unlikely that the Original One of the Pokemon world would be caught up in such petty dilemmas over truth and ideals.
Imagine you’ve emerged from the chaos, watched the world form around you… You’re dazed and confused, so you set yourself upon solid ground and help out a developing species.
…You grow close to them… Help them develop… Empathize with them, learn from them…
…And just before you’re wise enough to think for yourself… You find yourself in the middle of a argument between two of your friends… Both of which you agree with, neither of which you want to leave… And yet they are asking you to pick a side.
I think a great and powerful being still trying to understand the world he accidentally created would be very prone to falling into these dilemmas.
You suggest that the Tao Trio and Arceus may “come from the same world.” This I highly doubt. Arceus was born in a mass of chaos and nothingness
It’s possible many beings can emerge from the chaos. It happens all the time. If Arceus can emerge from the Void, so can other great beings.
and then began construction of the world as we know it
This is actually up for debate. The Pokedex isn’t known for its reliability after all, and more reliable sources such as the Sinnoh Library suggest that Arceus didn’t do any of the actual work beyond giving rise to the creation trio.
…As for whether Arceus’ creation of the beings of Time and Space was intentional or accidental is something we’ve only assumed from subtext… Which is often misleading as well.
…This all goes without saying that the lack of “1000 arms” makes the Pokedex questionable.
And do remember… Even if we ignore all this… It’s still possible that Arceus had the mind of a child while shaping the world. For something that powerful it would be no different that a child trying to understand the world by building something out of wooden blocks.
Anyways, an alternate hypothesis perhaps?
What if Arceus had a child? Much like how the game world’s explaination of Mewtwo was that Mew gave birth?
If a new being born of the same fiber as Arceus was born… On one hand, they’d look similar, and on the other, they’d also have the same capability of splitting itself into new legendary Pokemon as well.
It’s also worth noting that the symbolism of the Zekrom/Reshiram duologue does suggest that whatever they split off from also came from nothing as well, just as Arceus did. Since Taoist philosophy which Reshiram and Zekrom come from states that something did emerge from the Void.
…The story I once heard was similar to the whole “Arceus out of an egg” thing. With Yin and Yang being forces trapped inside the egg and escaping when it was broken, creating the world as we know it.
The point is… I was trying to suggest that the result when combined would at least be “similar” to Arceus anyways… And there are plenty of ways that can happen. All the ones that suggest a direct relationship I’ve already mentioned.
…That doesn’t mean there isn’t an indirect relationship through similarity. Much like how two unrelated creatures in real life can perform “Parallel Evolution” and wind up being similar, but technically unrelated.
It’s completely possible this is one of those times.