When Constantine appeared on Legends of Tomorrow during “Daddy Darhkest,” he explained that Mallus wanted to posses the six Totems of Zambezi. Amaya and the Legends only knew about five totems: Air, Spirit, Water, Fire and Earth. Zari has the Air Totem, Amaya has the Spirit Totem, Kuasa has the Water Totem, and the location of the other two are unknown, until this episode, titled “The Curse of the Earth Totem”. So let’s break down exactly what is happening with the totems on Legends of Tomorrow, specifically the five we know about.
“The Curse of the Earth Totem”
While Sara was on her date with Ava, the Legends discovered that the Earth Totem was in the possession of the dread pirate Black Beard. Rory convinced a band of pirates that Amaya was a dread pirate queen and that they should all abandon Black Beard to follow her. Rory’s plan worked, and the crew set sail for Grace Island. Black Beard tried to warn Rory and Amaya that the totem — or emerald, as he called it — was cursed. It killed the woman he loved, which is why he buried it on the island.
The Fate of the Spirit Totem
Before commandeering Black Beard’s ship (the Queen Anne’s Revenge) Amaya and Rory were stopped by Damien Darhk. He admitted to stealing the Fire Totem from Detroit and then he stole Amaya’s Spirit Totem. That brought his totem total to three: Fire, Water and Spirit.
When Darhk dug up the Earth Totem from Black Beard’s treasure trove, its possessed the body of Black Beard’s dead wife. His wife knocked Darhk out and tired to strangle his daughter. Amaya tried to help her be free of the burden, but Darhk woke up and knocked her out. Darhk and his daughter almost killed Amaya, but Ray and Nate stormed in with a great Goonies reference.
So, who had the totems at the end of the episode? Darhk still has Water and Fire and Spirit, even though Ray saved Nora’s life to get Spirit back, and the Legends have Air and Earth. If the Legends can find the mysterious sixth totem, they will be on equal footing with Darhk and Mallus.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays on The CW at 8PM.