Skylanders and the Bible Part 2: Daystar Temple and Sheep

Skylanders Intro

*Note: It is important to read Skylanders and the Bible Part 1: Idols before continuing.

*Note: Pictures and images are taken from Spyro Wiki and YouTube unless otherwise noted.

In the 3DS version of Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure there is a mission called Daystar Temple. One of the objectives is to destroy sacred sheep statues littered around the temple. The statues are cursed…Whenever you destroy a sheep statue, your character turns into a real sheep.

Throughout the Bible, Christians are often compared to sheep:

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:25-27)

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3)

In Galatians it says that Christians are free from the curse:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:13)

In Revelation it calls Jesus the “bright and morning star:”

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)

2 Peter makes things even clearer by specifically calling Jesus the Day Star.

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star [Jesus] arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19)

Jesus says he will make Christians “a pillar in the temple of my God” at the end:

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3:12)

Here’s how this all connects:

Jesus is the bright and morning star, this lines up with Daystar. Jesus said Christians would be pillars in the temple of my God, this lines up with Temple. Finally, Christians are sheep and told they will ultimately be a pillar, lining up with the sheep statues found around the temple.

Players are told to go into Daystar Temple (the temple of my God), and destroy the sheep statues (Christian pillars):

Attack

They call sheep cursed (when in reality we are free from the curse). The transformation:

Transformation

However, this is not the only representation of sheep in the Skylanders series:

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In the original Spyro series (which Skylanders is an offshoot of), shepherds are enemies that are actively being killed by the player:

Shepherd from Spyro Wiki

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15)

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. [Jesus]” (1 Peter 2:25)

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,” (Hebrews 13:20)

In Skylanders, there are no longer shepherds. However, the sheep now follow certain characters. A quote from the article The 27 Hidden Secrets of Skylanders:

Sheep love Boomer and Drill Sergeant and flock to them every chance they get.

Drill Sergeant and Sheep

And a stranger will they [the sheep] not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5)

Boomer:

Boomer Toy from Spyro Wiki

Drill Sergeant:

Giants Drill Sergeant Toy from Spyro Wiki

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep [Jesus]. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” (John 10:1-4)

In verse one, it says the person who enters that is not the shepherd is “a thief and a robber.” Here is what Jesus says of the thief later on in the same chapter:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Keep that in mind when reading the information below:

Boomer especially enjoys killing sheep by blowing them up. Some quotes:

As a young troll, Boomer loved to blow things up — particularly sheep.

As a young troll, Boomer liked nothing better than big bangs and blowing things up. His favorite target of all was sheep, which he loved to blast sky-high.

“The army actually seemed to take all this war seriously. So Boomer scampered merrily to find some sheep instead. The Troll General erupted with anger when he heard that Boomer was gone. He needed his demolitions expert to blow up a dam and flood the village below. But Boomer had overheard the General’s plans and intended to intervene.

So, while his former squad mates destroyed the dam, Boomer began throwing sticks of dynamite at a nearby flock of sheep. The sheep hurtled through the air and into the oncoming torrent of water where their thick wool began to soak it all up. By the time the water reached the first village house, the deluge had become a dribble. When Master Eon heard that Boomer had rescued an entire village, he signed him up quick-smart. Now, Boomer’s explosive skills are used only to terminate evil (and still occasionally sheep, although he’ll deny it if you ask him).”

Spyro Wiki: “While in the Ruins, Drill Sergeant’s Auto-Blaster and Terrafin’s Minisharks (with the homing upgrade) will automatically target sheep, as though they were enemies. Double Trouble’s doubles will also attack sheep.

Terrafin and Double Trouble:

Terrafin Toy from Spyro WikiGiants Double Trouble Toy from Spyro Wiki

In Skylanders, sheep are located in a place called Perilous Pastures:

Perilous Pastures pic from Spyro Wiki

The pasture God puts his sheep in:

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)

I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 34:14-15)

Hugo, an important and helpful ally in the game, HATES sheep. A couple quotes and pictures:

“A note from Hugo says, “Sheep are among the most feared creatures in Skylands. Those Mabu having fallen asleep while counting large herds of sheep, often discover their belongings missing when they wake up. When questioned of course, the sheep never admit to have taken anything.”

Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining [stealing], but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (Titus 2:9-10)

“A note from Hugo says “While everybody fears large destructive tornadoes, smaller friendlier ones are quite popular in Skylands. Mabu come from all over to throw unwanted items into small tornadoes – things like garbage, tax and farms and when possible, sheep.

Hugo's Sheep Tirade 1

Hugo 2

Hugo's Sheep Tirade 4Hugo's Sheep Tirade 5

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” (1 John 3:13)

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

He that hateth me hateth my Father also.” (John 15:19-23)

In the upcoming book, Skylanders: Spyro versus the Mega Monsters, Kaos uses magic on sheep in order to improve his evil image:

Spyro Wiki: “Kaos arrived after claiming he was renouncing his evil ways to battle evildoers, and used his magic staff to banish the sheep.

In the 3DS version of Skylanders, you can use sheep as bombs to defeat the boss Vathek:

Sheep Being Used for Bomb

The character Trigger Happy is depicted blasting a sheep in The Beginning trailer:

Trigger Happy and Blasted Sheep

His toy form:

Trigger Happy Toy from Spyro Wiki

There is also a minigame in Skylanders Giants which involves shooting sheep suspended by balloons with a gun turret.

Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Psalm 44:22)

And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9)

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

In contrast:

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11)

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About Nelson

Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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4 Responses to Skylanders and the Bible Part 2: Daystar Temple and Sheep

  1. batman says:

    this so f****** fake. you guys are probably from another game company to make activision look bad. Its just a game for kids.

  2. julie says:

    I agree this game brought demonic imps in our home. We are going to get the game out of our home.

  3. Eric says:

    You do realize that sheep don’t always HAVE to represent Christians, do you?

    • Hi Eric, thanks for commenting!

      Of course, sheep don’t ALWAYS have to represent Christians in media–it’s the context that counts.

      I hope a second look at the article shows that there is enough evidence and context that the sheep in Daystar Temple can indeed be seen as corresponding with the Christians described in Revelation.

      Thanks again for dropping by!

      Your Friend,
      Nelson

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