Not much is recorded about the creation or growth of legendary Stygian other than one simple beginning: It all begins with a nightmare not their own, and within it, the Nightmare Tree, waiting.
Legendary Stygian are Stygian fully infused with a branch of the Nightmare Tree. This gives them strength over a domain of nightmares, known as their tree "branch". This theme could be nearly anything, from
flames, to darkness, to twilight and even nightmares about dragonflies or butterflies. While this does not make them the
definitive source of the nightmares, legendary Stygian of that branch automatically
are drawn to, and generate/influence themselves, nightmares of their theme. For instance, a legendary of stars invading a nightmare may accidentally influence the nightmare to also have the theme of the endless expanse of stars, though there is only ever one legendary of a single branch influence.
In addition to legendary traits (all legendary Stygian must at LEAST have one legendary trait), legendary Stygian can be broken into certain types. Some are locked through events (IC events), others are available with the blessings of the tree.
While there are minor apeparance differences for each type, the most important difference is the lore behind each legendary type, as their origins become quite different.
COMMONLY ASKED LEGENDARY STYGIAN QUESTIONS:
Q: I have a Stygian legendary - can I change it to another subspecies?
A: Check out the Divine job class legendary skills that all legendary Stygian get! This is the only case where a legendary subspecies can be swapped.
Q: Can a legendary I own change branches?
A: Sadly, once they pick a branch, they are bound to it. How you want to explore that branch's theming is up to you: even if its something as straightforward as "love" it doesn't mean it has to be ONLY good love, and can be aspects of it, like the resentment of love, the result of bad love, etc etc.
Q: How do I get a legendary?
A: Short answer, sales, events, auctions, but if you'd like the free and guaranteeed ARPG route, check out the LEGENDARY ASCENSION QUESTLINE above!
Q: How come I cant get __ legendary subspecies anymore?
Long answer short: lore reasons. All legendary Stygian subspecies have different (though optional) storylines, and thus originate from different events. While there will be special occassions to upgrade Stygian (or sales, etc for example), almost all
lore related legendaries (such as Elder, Celestial, etc), will be tied to a lore related event or mini-event.
Q: Can legendary branches overlap?
They cannot, though the options for branches are as infinite as the rays of the sun (or really, the english..language... dictionary). If you're curious which ones are taken, why not view the legendaries masterslist here!
We do not reserve, or guarantee any legendary branches: backup themes are recommended as well.
Q: Does having a legendary Stygian mean I won the internet?
Well, you'll always win the internet no matter what you have. Legendary Stygian have great lore tie-ins but are not a "must" of this ARPG by any means. Other than having a lore tie-in and SLIGHTLY
better stats, it is more what you want to get out of your characters and your Stygian. Do some of them have a reason to inherit a greater purpose and responsibility? Do some bow out of it? Do they fit a certain theme or
idea you want to give them? These are all questions that can be explored in the legendary ascension questline (see link above).
Q: I own a legendary Stygian! Do I NEED to know all the lore dedicated to its subspecies?
While the read is recommended just for information fun, you dont need to ADHERE 100% to everything written below. For example if you decide your cursed Stygian is not good at disgusing themselves, that's fine too. Stygian lore and your character is however you want to create it in their nightmare, and the below information just gives you more options on how you want to accomplish lore bits, IF you are interested. If you just like the Stygian for the art, that's a beautiful goal too.
Q: Why are legendaries so hard to get?
Because the Silph Co CEO only gave you one masterball.