Recently, I have been very interested by Urouge.
For the people who are like, WHO?
A quick reminder:
Urouge, also known as Mad Monk, is a pirate from a sky island and is the captain of the Fallen Monk Pirates. He is one of twelve pirates who are referred to as the "Worst Generation", and prior to the two-year timeskip had a bounty of Beli 108,000,000.
I got interested because of the lack of information of this ''supernova''.
He even had the lowest bounty of them all with ''just'' 108,000,000.
What we all know is he has some sort of ability/devilfruit that makes him bigger. And after the news that he defeated a Sweet commander of Big Mom in Snack. We could conclude that it makes him stronger as well.
Cracker only defeated an exhausted Urouge after his battle with Snack.
Just how strong is Urouge really and what are his goals?
The only trademarks I remembered of him was that Urouge always smiles and that he had wings. And thats it.
So I went on to seek some information and found some interesting stuff that I'd like to share.
Note: I did a lot of copy paste from other sites to make this, and will fill in my own theory at the end.
6 years pior to current storyline Enel and his followers destroyed the homeland called Birka
Birka name is derived from ancient city of moon and there were 3 races of winged people
After their arrival the 1st island they inhabited was Birka sky island. At some point in history, the three races became separated from each other and fell into the individual races. The Birkans settled on a Sky Island apparently named after their former home, Birka. They also appeared to “forget” their origins, although the moon, known to them as the “Fairy Vearth” remained a folk tale amongst their people, believing it to be a place of dreams.
(Birka is based on reallife stuff, just like Oda likes to connect with reallife stuff. Google it)
I think, Urouge is from Birka.
1. Similiarity in wings between Urouge and Enel's priests.
2. He dresses in similar robes to Divine Soldiers underneath the khaki robes he wears (which is also worn by the rest of his crew), which includes the white full-bodied garment with severed sleeves.
3. Their name, Fallen Monk Pirates
Enel tried to destroy the Skypeia as people living in the sky is unnatural, so as God it is his job to keep the natural order. So we can assume he destroyed his homeland for same reasons ,and monks who survived the fall or escaped the island are Urouge and his followers hence named fallen monks pirates.
4. His fear for lighting -After the war at Marineford, he and his crew go to the New World. They followed their Log Pose to a dark and stormy island that was spewing lightning, with no way to have a ship docking there
the raijin island
5. The captain of the White Berets said some fought Enel and his followers in the past but were unsuccessful. Maybe this is/are/where the now known as the fallen monk pirates.
6. The theme of "God" is very important to the Skypiea arc. Enel really believed himself to be a god. This suggests that he did not accept the common religion of Birka. And he made it his goal to destroy everyone in Birka because they believed in it. Notice how Enel took 4 "priests" from Birka and made them part of his army. These priests were likely underlings of Urouge, or on equal terms with Urouge in that same religion.
I say this because Urouge is called a High priest. Enel's 4 priests names also revolve around Buddhist terms. (Ohm, Shura, Satori, Gedatsu). These priests likely abandoned their beliefs and chose to follow Enel because they saw him as the true God.
Like I said before:
Urouge is always seen smiling. Is this because he lives carefree? It's likely that no matter what happens Urouge believes that his God will even the score so he does not fear death. Urouge's devil fruit powers/abilities's and attacks revolve around the theme of "karma". The Mad Monk is on a path that he believes will lead him to power and prepare him for the return of Enel. Where he will battle Enel and return the favor (through karma) for what he did to Birka.
With this information we will skip forward to the future.
A lot of speculation goes around that this is based on Norse mythology. Oda likes to make connections!
The most notable landscape features are the island's steep rough mountains and what appears to be an extremely large tree placed around the center of the island.
The waters around Elbaf were also noted to be dangerous, featuring gigantic fauna such as fish the size of ships and even bigger walruses
You could make a connection between the giant tree and Yggdrasil. With this Norse mythologie, you can connect to this place called Asgard which is said to be the home of the gods such as Odin, Frigg and Thor. This leads me to think that this is the place where Elbaf's royal family resides. We already know of Prince Loki who is the heir to the throne and was meant to be married to Lola.
So to piece this all together..
I'm of the opinion we will see Enel descending/appear to overthrow to throne of Elbaf and claim back his seat above the clouds to be a god! Remember the god Thor who is also said to use lightning and thunder, Enel has the same abilities.
Having established my initial thought I'm going to claim Urouge will be part of the Elbaf arc fighting alongside the SHs to deny Enel's control over the giants' island and his second regime of thunderous tyranny. I came to this conclusion because the 'Mad Monk' seems to have open business with Enel who might have destroyed his home atop the clouds. Also I don't see him enter any other arc yet having little information on him.
I think the Elbaf Arc. will be Urouge his time to shine and eventually become an ally of the Strawhats.
With that said, I think that Urouge is highly underrated and I even dare to say he is on par with Kid, Luffy and Law.
Let me hear what you guys think :
It took me a while to connect all the information I had together and make one big post.