Since my Switch has been effectively commandeered by my husband, who is super-immersed in Fire Emblem: Three Houses (read: I won’t see the Switch till probably next summer), I’ve been digging into older Zelda games. The one I’m working on right now is Ocarina of Time (with the Master Quest) on the GameCube. Although, I have to say, I’m sorely missing the N64 version for the easier controls and the Fire Temple’s original soundtrack.
Even though I’ve been making like Reggie and playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf a lot lately, I picked up my Zelda quest and ventured into my very favorite temple last week – The Forest Temple. Nestled safely in the remote recesses of the Lost Woods, the Forest Temple is an ancient abandoned castle that still mirrors the days of yore in Hyrule… just with more Skulltulas, baddies, and four snickering little ghosts affectionately known as the Poe Sisters.
Joelle, Beth, Amy, and Meg are the four sister spirits haunting the Forest Temple, aside from Phantom Ganon, that is. As Link approaches the Grand Hall in the main room, the sisters appear and remove flames in red, blue, green, and purple, disappearing into separate areas of the temple. I don’t know about you, but I’m always left feeling a little extra chilly and instantly missing the warmth of the candlelight as soon as they vanish.
So, who are these Poe Sisters? I don’t have all the answers, but I can offer a little bit of nerdy insight, especially in their names and color associations. See what you think!
What’s in a Name?
If you didn’t know already, the Poe Sisters were named after the sisters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women. It’s a classic work of literature that follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – as they navigate through life and the restrictive society they live in. These ghosts carry torches in different colors, but I feel like the hue they guard is nothing coincidental.
Named after Josephine, Joelle (a.k.a Jo) bears the red-orange torch and haunts the west corridor. Her fiery temperament and stubborn, willful personality is perfect for the energetic and passionate red flame she holds. Boyish and headstrong, Jo is close with her sister Beth, who is her complete opposite. They balance each other, which may be why they were chosen as the two Poes that are defeated in the same manner – by drawing them out of their paintings with an arrow and fighting them in the lower level.
Beth, who haunts the east corridor, is the bearer of the blue flame, and I think it fits perfectly with the character she represents. She is quiet, kind, shy, and sweet, often known as the “angel in the house.” A musically inclined girl, Beth is very calming, a quality that is often represented in the color blue. Personally, Beth is my favorite Poe… and yes, it’s because it’s my favorite color.
I always wondered a few silly things about this Poe. First, I was always curious why the designers chose to hide Amy in a puzzle. Secondly, I questioned why she had to be green. I wanted her to be purple… mostly because that’s my best friend Amy’s favorite color, honestly (silly, I know). Well, I think I have a fitting explanation for the first question.
The youngest sister, Amy is the artist of the family and has been shown early on to be selfish and materialistic. As she grows, however, she works hard to achieve what she wants in life. The puzzle is a great representation of this character since 1.) it’s a work of art that you need to piece together, and 2.) you need to work hard and hustle if you want to draw her out before the timer runs out.
As for the color she holds, Amy starts out with a lack of experience (i.e. being “green” or a novice in her field), but green can also represent growth, adventure, and aspiration.
Meg is the eldest sister and watches over her siblings. After Link defeats the three, Meg can be seen crying in the center of the main room, perhaps mourning their defeat, until Link approaches her. The sister in the novel is nostalgic for the times when the family had money and enjoys luxury and nice things. Purple is often seen as the color of royalty, and Meg appears as the most feminine and regal of the bunch. Her ornate headpiece is bedecked in dazzling rubies that glimmer in the firelight.
Regarding her different fighting style, Meg winds up having twins in the novel. Perhaps her “splitting” in the game in trying to trick you reflects this? Like I said, I’m not an expert, but it does seem to correlate.
So there you have it, a slightly in-depth look at the mysterious Poe Sisters. What do you think? Which one is your favorite? I’d like to hear from you in the comments! ^_^