The White Mother, called the Ancient Mother in the North American releases, is a legendary, age-old creature spoken of in myths passed down through generations amongst the people of Paoul. She appears in both Endless Ocean and Endless Ocean: Blue World.
"This is the white whale spoken of in ancient legends of Manoa Lai. With a body even bigger than that of a blue whale, it is the most massive animal on earth. The beautiful, unblemished white skin has inspired many with a sense of the sublime or divine. She can be seen at the Great Drop-Off.
By external appearance, this animal strongly resembles a blue whale, yet the DNA is slightly different. This suggests that the Ancient Mother is a completely new species. The white colouring seems to be normal for this species, but because it was so recently discovered, little to nothing else is known about its feeding, mating, or living habits.
Ancient legends passed down through generations say that this whale is the protector of the seas around Manoa Lai. All Pelagoans hear these legends from cradle to grave, but as the whale had never been seen by human eyes, it was regarded as an object of faith by some or a fiction by others."
"A new species of baleen whale discovered a few years ago in the Manoa Lai Sea of Paoul, South Pacific, attracting attention from all over the world. There is little known about its ecology and behavior, although your recent discovery shows that it migrates from the South Pacific to the North Pole and back again. Its scientific name is also yet to be decided.
[Twilight of the Sacred Mother]
This whale, known as the sacred and loving White Mother, has been worshipped as the origin of all life in Paoul since ancient times. Searching for her, harming her or hunting for her were seen as blasphemy. But since she was confirmed to really exist these beliefs started to fade away. Souvenir shops in Paoul's capital have already started marketing White Mother merchandise."
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In Endless Ocean, the White Mother is the sole focus of the main storyline. In order to discover her, the player must have filled in a great deal of the overworld map, explored all of the caverns in the Abyss, analyzed all of the stone tablets in the ruins of Mo'ia Atoll, and explored all of the Great Aqua Cave.
After a certain number of the necessary exploration requirements have been met, the player will receive an email about Katherine and her odd behavior from Douglas Banner, who suggests going to Green Garden to get a hint about her past. The player will subsequently find Patrick's Pocket Watch - Patrick being Katherine's deceased father. The pocket watch prompts Katherine to reminisce about her and her father's past, and thus she reveals her reason for being out at sea despite her fear of the water: her need to discover the White Mother and thus fulfill her father's mission to prove himself to the scientific community.
She asks the player to help her in her mission, and requests that they have at least one encyclopedia entry for each of the four large whale species that frequents the region: the Humpback Whale, the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Blue Whale, and the Sperm Whale. This is done in order to gather information about migratory habits and hopefully find a route the White Mother may commonly take in her trips around the region.
After this is done, Katherine suggests going to the Abyss with a dolphin partner to see if they could help the player find any signs of the Mother. When the player does as she suggests, the player's dolphin partner does indeed find a biological sample of something similar to a Blue Whale, but after sending it off to a lab and waiting for a day or two, the results show that it's different enough to warrant significant interest. This news spurs Katherine into action, and she asks for the player's help in setting up five motion-detecting devices around the region. The locations include the Abyss (closer to the surface), the Southern edge of the Great Drop-Off, the Northern edge of the Great Drop-Off, near Rock Bluff, and in the Green Garden.
After these are placed (and the player avoids a grim fate via kelp), Katherine says simply to wait until an email notification is received about the motion sensors detecting something larger than a Blue Whale (which is what the biological sample suggested the size of the source animal would be). Once this notification is received, the player must go to the location the email says motion was sensed at - the detector at the Northern edge of the Great Drop-Off. There, the White Mother appears.
After the player finds her the first time, she can then be seen in only four months out of the year - July, October, January, and April.
After the end of the main plot, the Whale Ornament will wash up on the beach of Nineball Island only after the player has completed all of the entries for the dolphins and whales section of the Marine Encyclopedia. Once the Ornament has been discovered, the player is directed to the North Coast of Canada, where the White Mother can then be found patrolling the Ice Mosaic area.
The White Mother behaves just as any regular whale would, patrolling the Northern area of the Great Drop-Off. The player can gain her favor most strongly by using the Sea Whistle in her presence, though offering her food and petting her also work.
Endless Ocean: Blue World
In this game, she simply patrols a wide swathe of territory that encompasses the Ice Mosaic area, with no particularly odd behavior quirks. Her trivia info can be gathered if the player uses the Sea Whistle in her presence, as is common amongst the cetaceans in Blue World.
- There is some confusion as to how many White Mothers there really are. It is strongly insinuated that there is only one in Endless Ocean, considering her nearly legendary status, but additional White Mothers can be placed in the Aquarium after the player has completely and utterly filled out every single entry in their Marine Encyclopedia, which suggests that she is simply the first of a new, exceedingly rare species of whale.
- In early screenshots of Endless Ocean: Blue World, a pod of large white whales can be seen; these may have been White Mothers, but it is also possible that they were simply early versions of the Singing Dragons.
- The White Mother is shrouded in myth and mystery, and some fragments of these older myths can be garnered from information found in other locations than just her encyclopedia information. Information from other creatures in Endless Ocean states that she had at least six sons - one of which is suggested to be Magu Tapa.
- This creature seems to stand in contrast to the Black Harbinger. The Mother is all white, where the Harbinger is all black. The legends surrounding the Mother all pertain to protection and life, whereas the legends surrounding the Harbinger all pertain to sorrow, death, and the afterlife. It has been suggested by players, however, that the Harbinger isn't necessarily evil - just the necessary contrast of death to the White Mother's life.
- Criticisms have arisen concerning the depiction of the White Mother, specifically her size; it has been said that she isn't nearly as big as she should be, considering that she's supposed to be larger than a Blue Whale (which have also been criticized for being too small). Additionally, it's been noted by other players that it seems a little silly to be able to put more than one White Mother in the Aquarium, seeing as it's strongly suggested that she's one-of-a-kind, a beast of myth. However, if she is just the first one discovered of a new species, having more than one specimen is perfectly feasible, if unlikely.
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