to Hyrule, a land of peace and joy. All is quiet and serene until a Gerudo army,
led by the evil Ganondorf, comes and attacks Hyrule Castle Town for some unknown
reason. After the battle, Link investigates the matter further, trying to
decipher the reason behind the attack. He finally discovers that the only thing
that was stolen from the castle was a tattered old book from Impa's room. Link,
then decides to interrogate Impa on the subject and is told that it was a book
of Sheika Legends that had told of a once powerful warship that had far more
power than the Triforce itself and the ability to recreate the gods!
Link then surmises
that Ganondorf must be after the ship, but the trick is that no one knows where
it is... not even the Sheika. In addition, the script written within its
tattered pages is indecipherable as no one could crack its ancient language.
Link realizes that he cannot do this on his own and requires the help of his
friends. Together, with Skull Kid, Saria, Mido, Darunia, Ruto, Zelda, Impa,
Rauru, Nabooru, Ivani, Reuben, Stali and Nazori, they must travel back 500 years
when the ship was created to see were it was buried and stop Ganondorf before he
makes the biggest mistake in his illustrious career.
Chapter One: Unknown Reasons
Hylian Date: Djinuary 12, 50 A.D. Goron Date: Good Rock Dawn Near End Zoran Date:
Aztekah Vespers Ending Cycle
Zelda awoke from her elaborate canopy bed. Her bed
covers clung to her sweaty appendages. Her eyes were blood-shot from lack
of sleep, as it had been hours past midnight. The sounds of combat echoed
in her ears, depriving her of sleep for fear that Hyrule might be taken
at any given moment. She sat up in bed and threw off her bed covers and
began rocking back and forth cradling her bunched up legs within her arms.
She sat there waiting...waiting... waiting...waiting for the awful message
to be told to her... the message that would say: "the kingdom is doomed."
She waited patiently rocking back and forth. Her
heart stopped when she heard the doorknob suddenly turn and the door flew
open. Zelda was expecting a guard to appear in the doorway to tell her
that dreaded message and was to escort her from the castle. She felt as
if she was a failure. Like... she was not fit to be princess of Hyrule.
The door slowly creaked open; Zelda braced herself. "Zelda?" asked a familiar
voice, "are you yet awake?" Zelda opened one eye to see her caretaker,
Impa, in the doorway. Zelda lifted her head and started to cry.
"Oh, my friend," she said, "I have failed this kingdom
and I will surely die for it." Impa looked at Zelda in an awkward fashion.
She strolled over towards Zelda's bedside.
"You did not fail anyone," said Impa, "you are not
responsible for war, your highness." Zelda calmly shook her head and wandered
over towards her bedroom window. She looked out upon the courtyard where
she had met Link for the first time.
"Yes, I have," replied Zelda, "I could have done
something to avert this catastrophe that has befallen our beloved kingdom.
I am part of the Royal Family and it is my responsibility in a sense."
The battle, which was now ensuing just outside the gate of Hyrule Castle
Town, had been raging since earlier that day. No one had expected Ganondorf
to break his alliance with the King of Hyrule so suddenly and lead an attack
force of Gerudo thieves to their door. No one had expected the Gerudos
to actually have the upper hand in the battle and reduce the Hylian military
to a mere army of two hundred seventy-eight. Now it was too late for everyone.
It was too late to prepare for war. Ganondorf caught the Hylians with their
guard down and was going to make them pay for it.
Zelda sat back down upon her mattress and buried
her face in her hands and started to weep. Impa walked toward Zelda slowly
and sat next to her to comfort her at this dreaded time. Hyrule was finished
and Ganondorf would soon break down the city walls and burn the city to
the ground. Hyrule's only means of salvation was if they would at least
survive until morning, for the Goron and Zora armies were coming to aid
their periled allies. However, what was the chance of that? Hyrule's only
army was being diminished rapidly and their skulls were being mounted on
wooden pikes. Zelda knew, that if they ever caught her, she would suffer
the same fate. Zelda wept bitterly into the darkness without any hope of
her kingdom's survival.
She suddenly stopped crying and turned her attention
to the turning doorknob. The door began opening slowly to reveal, none
other than, Link, the Hero of Time and savior of Hyrule! Zelda jumped from
her bed suddenly towards the forest boy and hugged him hard. Link gave
out a loud grunt as he cringed his face in pain. "Oh," said Zelda jumping
back, "did I hurt you?"
"No," replied Link clutching his side, "I am injured."
Zelda seized Link's hand and removed it from his side to reveal the end
of an arrow sticking out of a bloody patch of flesh. She could see that
the entire arrow had gone into him and the end of it was just barely above
"What happened?" Zelda asked him in concern.
"I was riding through the forces to get to the castle
and I guess I got a little careless," answered Link cringing his face in
sheer pain. Impa walked over toward Link and moved Zelda aside to examine
"It looks like it went in deep," surmised Impa running
her fingers onto the feather of the arrow's tail. She then seized the arrow
by the end and twisted it. The movement was so sudden that Link yelped
in writhing torment. Impa then pulled the entire arrow free from Link's
body and Link began to bleed uncontrollably. It began to run all over Impa's
fingers like a waterfall onto land. "Hurry!" she yelled towards Zelda,
"get a cloth!" Zelda jumped to her feet in a panic and raced over to her
mirror table to grab her large white towel that she used to remove any
smudges. She then hurried toward Impa's waiting, bloody hand and gave her
the white towel. Impa pressed it against Link's side to stop the loss of
blood. Zelda bit her nails furiously as she saw Link's face turn pale.
Link began to breathe slower and could not feel anything as he felt his
body temperature drop. His eyesight was going and he could no longer make
out the objects in front of him.
Zelda shuddered a bit and then asked Link, "How
many soldiers were left on the battle field?"
Link coughed up a pint of blood and gargled the
word: "three". Zelda gasped and held her hands up onto her face. The soldiers
were gone; Link was dying; Zelda could no longer take it. She turned away
from Link, who was dying, and Impa, who was trying to heal Link and wept.
Impa took out a long, spiky leaf from her pocket and broke it open allowing
its steaming ooze to run freely outside of its skin. She then took her
ooze-covered fingers and ran them over Link's wound. Link felt like someone
had just poured boiling acid into his intestines, but in reality the blood
ceased to run out of his wound and his skin began to sew itself together.
Link could feel his strength returning and his eyesight began to come back
into focus and his temperature returned to normal.
Impa wiped her hands off on her pants and exclaimed,
"That should do it." Link rose slowly from the ground and found that his
legs were still weak from lack of blood. He rubbed his sore head and turned
"Thanks, but what was that you used?" he asked her.
"It is a petal from the Shadow Flower. It only cures
those who are just seconds from death," replied Impa tossing out the remains
of the now empty petal. Zelda turned slowly around to see what all of the
talking was about.
"Link!" she shouted, "you are alive!"
She rushed toward Link with open arms and was about
to hug him when Link held up his right hand and exclaimed, "Do NOT hug
me." Zelda halted and looked at Link's bloodstained tunic.
"But how?" she asked. Link pointed toward Impa and
she gave Zelda a bow.
"But now the time for talk is over," said Link returning
to his more serious demeanor, "I request that I borrow what remains of
your troops and attack the Gerudo army head on."
Zelda looked appalled. "Link, you are not serious
about going back out there are you?" she asked in anguish. "You are weak!
You need to rest!" Link just shook his head at Zelda's request and refused
to give up his. The two of them argued over this for a while. Link saying
that Zelda was just wasting his time here instead of on the battlefield
and Zelda pointing out that Link was far too weak to fight. It ended when
Link stated that he was all that was left of their defense and that if
he did not go it would still end the same way. Zelda could no longer argue
with Link's noble decision. She knew that he was right. Therefore, she
thought a bit and after awhile finally gave in to Link's request. Link
bowed to her and assured her that he would not fail in his assignment.
Moreover, with that, Link turned and left the billet.
Link stepped onto the stone street of Hyrule Castle
Town with only two castle guards behind him. He stared head on at the gate
of the city as it suddenly exploded with catapult fire. The Gerudos all
stood looking into the city, but none dared to enter. They parted down
the center to make way for a mighty warrior astride a black Gerudo stallion.
His armor was that of thick metal and leather clanking swaying with his
horse's every movement. A gigantic steel helmet with a steer's horns upon
it was set upon the warrior's ghastly head. The horse's nostrils flared
and its eyes blazed as hot coals. A trail of smoke and fire was left wherever
he strode. His personage was that of Satan himself.
Link knew exactly who this demonic figure was. He
was the same one who had begun the imprisoning war in the future. He was
the one who brought so much misery to Hyrule repeatedly. His name was Ganondorf
Dragmire: King of the Gerudo Thieves. The great warrior laughed his slow,
sinister laugh as he removed his helmet to reveal his horrid face. His
long nose jutted out from his face like a knife. His skin was a sickly
mixture between green and brown like the color of warm vomit. His red hair
was swept back off his bald forehead leaving room for the Gerudo Crystal
to be inserted in his skull. His red eyes were like those of red suns in
the distance. Ganondorf looked toward Link and his small band with hatred
in his eyes. He turned his head towards his own soldiers and said to them,
"I do not care what you do to this pitiful excuse for a city, but just
get me what I want!"
With that, the Gerudo onslaught rushed inward onto
the open streets like an unstoppable force. Link raised his sword and shouted
at Ganondorf, "Surrender, Ganondorf, this is your last chance!"
Ganondorf rolled his eyes skyward and said unto
Link, "Oh no, it is Link, the Pipsqueak of Time, come to stop us, whatever
shall I do?" Ganondorf then laughed cruelly and the remaining Hylian soldiers
began to question Link's leadership capabilities. Ganondorf reared his
horse towards the right and said, "Allow me to introduce to you the fate
that has befallen all of the soldiers of Hyrule!" Ganondorf clapped his
hands together and the Gerudos made way for Link and the remaining two
soldiers to see what Ganondorf had been speaking of. Beyond the ruined
drawbridge there, in many rows were lines of wooden pikes with the skinned
skulls topping them. Among these pikes were rugged crosses that supported
the decapitated bodies of the soldiers. The ground below was steeped in
their blood. "Are you prepared to join them?" asked Ganondorf sinisterly.
One soldier behind Link dropped his spear and ran
for his life. Ganondorf turned toward one of his archers and made a notion
with his fingers that meant to fire. The Gerudo smiled and drew an arrow
from her leather quiver. She mounted it upon her bow and drew the drawstring
back. She released and the arrow shot through the air with deadly accuracy;
it hit the fleeing soldier in the back of his neck and its point proceeded
out through his windpipe and out the front. Link and the remaining soldier
became nervous as they saw their only comrade fall. "One down, brat," said
Ganondorf crossing his arms triumphantly, "two to go."
A nearby Gerudo warrior asked Ganondorf, "Sir, shall
we take them?"
"No," replied the Gerudo King, "leave them to me.
You and the others storm the castle and get me that parchment!" Ganondorf
looked toward Link and the one soldier knowing that their lives were his
to take. He had waited so long for this day and it had finally arrived.
He had slain all but one of the Hylian military, he had Hyrule Castle Town
in his possession, and the key to his life long dream of world domination
was about to fall to his possession. He cared no longer for the Sacred
Triangle that he had so long yearned for. He would finally have something
far greater than anyone could possibly imagine. He no longer cared if Zelda
escaped his grasp with the Ocarina of Time any more. It would all become
his in little time anyway with his newfound weapon.
Link drew out the Great Fairy's Sword. This sword
was the strongest sword of Termina, however, its power is limited outside
of its own world. It was made of silver for the blade with an emerald filling
etched with designs of black roses. The sword itself was twice as long
as Link was! The soldier behind Link wondered if Link could actually hold
it like he does. "What is that?" asked Ganondorf readying his crossbow,
"that must be the sissiest looking sword that I have ever seen!" Link raised
the sword above his head as Ganondorf raised his crossbow to his face.
Link closed his eyes tightly and began to pray that he could just do it,
just this once. He prayed that he could destroy a moving projectile before
it hit him. Simultaneously, without opening his eyes, Link quickly lowered
his sword just as Ganondorf fired his arrow of evil. The enchanted blade
that Link was using had caught the arrow in mid air and split it vertically
in the center. The two remaining halves flew by Link on both his sides
and struck down two of Ganondorf's soldiers.
Ganondorf was astounded, enough as to even drop
his crossbow clattering to the ground. For a while, Ganondorf was surprised,
surprised that the best shot that he has ever had at Link in years was
foiled to something impossible! This single act was all Link had to get
at Ganondorf while he was distracted. Link lunged at Ganondorf with his
Kokiri Sword in an attempt to cleave the Gerudo King's head down the center.
Closer and closer Link came, but Ganondorf had wavered a bit in his saddle
at the last minute and Link flew past him into the ground. Ganondorf, with
his senses back, turned his stallion around to face Link. He smiled evilly
and drew out his gnarled Gerudo sword. "Nice try, kid," said Ganondorf.
He pulled on his horse's reigns and made the stallion
race towards Link at full speed. Ganondorf was intending to run him over
or lob off Link's head with his sword when he passed. Link tried to move
out of the way, but something held him back. His leg had been broken in
his fall and the pain was so great that Link could not stand let alone
move out of Ganondorf's way. Ever closer, Ganondorf came. He would not
stop. He would not give Link another chance at his vulnerable cranium.
Link started searching frantically in his leather pouch for something that
would stop Ganondorf dead in his tracks. Ganondorf was now closing the
distance between them rapidly. In mere moments, Link would be joining the
other soldiers who have died trying to protect Hyrule from the Gerudo invasion.
Then, something happened, just before Link would
be crushed to a pulp (or headless if you prefer), the remaining soldier
of Hyrule jumped at Link and knocked them both out of Ganondorf's way.
The two of them rolled along the ground for a few meters and stopped. Link
looked up, he saw Ganondorf stopping his horse to turn around and try to
flatten Link once more. Link looked at the soldier who had just saved his
life. The soldier was still breathing; he was just unconscious now. Link
knew that the soldier had just bought him some more time. Quickly, he reached
into his leather pouch and retrieved his Hero's Bow and the mythical Ice
Ganondorf was not wasting any time any longer; he
was now traveling at a speed that not even Epona could reach. His stallion's
nostrils flared up; its eyes were wide. Its great mane swept back in the
rushing wind. Link aimed his magic arrow for the ground in front of the
Ganondorf's horse and released it. Link had wanted to only hit the ground
and make Ganondorf slip and break his neck on the ice, but his arrow hit
the horse's legs freezing the horse into a solid figure. Ganondorf was
appalled by his unfortunate turn of events as he slid forward off the horse
and went flying into the air. His stallion shattered upon the ground into
millions of tiny pieces as its rider flew through a closed window of a
Hylian house. The force of Ganondorf's effects on the inside of the dwelling
shook its foundations making the entire house collapse inward. A distasteful
odor arose from the wreckage and it swept down the streets.
Link crawled slowly over to the house to make assurance
that Ganondorf was indeed dead. Link, upon coming to it, held his nose
as the horrid smell of Lon Lon manure entered his nostrils telling him
that this house was actually a fertilizer storage cabin. As Link cast his
gaze upon the wreck, he noticed a hand shoot up out of the rubble. It was
Ganondorf; the Gerudo King had actually survived it! Slowly, Ganondorf
pulled himself from the debris and muck and shouted at the top of his lungs:
"$#! ^!!!!!" Link slightly chuckled to himself and thought, You are
covered in what you said! Ganondorf slipped and slid all over the gung
as he fought to stand up. "I am going to MURDER that BRAT!!!!!!!!!" shouted
Ganondorf before he slipped once more onto his face getting a good mouthful
Meanwhile, at Hyrule Castle, the Gerudos huddled
around the now defenseless fortress like a carrion feeder over a dead carcass.
For the moment, they just remained outside banging their shields together,
gnashing their swords in disdain, and slunk like snakes about the outer
premises of the castle. They did not enter for they were waiting for the
Zelda looked, once more, from her bedroom window.
She looked out upon the courtyard and wondered if Link was all right, that
he was unharmed, that he would be marching up the pathway, at that very
moment, come into the castle, and tell stories of grandeur of the terrible
battle that he had just won. Zelda waited, but he never came. She heard
her caretaker, Impa, bustling about the room as if in a fury. Zelda turned
around slowly to see what she was doing.
Impa reached up toward the plaque between the pictures
of Mario, Yoshi, and Bowser and above Zelda's bed. Her hand fell upon one
of the Katana that were hanging in cross-like pattern on the metallic shield
of the plaque and closed it over the sword's black hilt. "Impa," Zelda
inquired, "what are you doing?"
The Sheikah woman pulled the blade free from its
displayed confines and brandished it three times in the air. Impa put the
curved blade into an empty scabbard at her side and said unto Zelda, "Stay
here, I have a bad feeling about this." With that said, Impa turned her
attention to the wooden door of Zelda's chamber and walked toward it. Zelda,
knowing Impa's intuition, stumbled over to her bed and crumpled onto it.
As she huddled her head under one of the gold-laced feather pillows she
wept hot, bitter tears.
Impa glided silently within the shadows of the darkened
hallways. Sheikahs were normally good at hiding and were friends of the
shadow. Not even the most skilled of hunters could hear their nimble feet
race through even water. As she came to the main entrance hall, she stopped
and hid behind a shadow upon the upper levels of the room. The main gate
was wide open! The gate was a heavy, old birch wood door that had rusty
hinges that fastened it to the castle's stone walls. How could it have
opened without any sound at all? Impa's left pointed ear twitched with
the sound of silent footsteps within the smaller halls above her. She immediately
jumped from the railing of her perch and grabbed a royal banner that loosely
hung from the ceiling. Its fabric was woven with the symbol of the Triforce
upon a blue tapestry. Its ropes were strong enough to bear its own weight
The Sheikah then began to climb it as a spider would.
Quickly and silently, she ascended from her previous floor level towards
the up most. As she came to her destination, she leaped from the banner
and onto the wooden railing of the stone pathway and began to sprint down
the hallway as fast she could. However, her sprint was more like flying
across the floor. In the middle of the hall, Impa heard a din of crashing
pottery coming from the kitchen billets. She then took a right and came
to its outer doorframe and slowly peered inside. The chamber was dark and
empty. Not a soul stirred as it was, as it seemed, that all was how it
had been left when the castle chefs had hung up their utensils for the
night. Save for the shattered pottery upon the floor nearest the center
counter top, all was undisturbed.
Impa slowly entered the billet, looking about in
various places from the pantry to under the tables. Nothing. No one was
there. Impa scratched her head in bewilderment and was about ready to leave
when she heard a heavy, metallic footstep behind her. Impa began to sweat
as she realized that someone was, indeed, in the room with her. She did
not bother to turn around as she slowly put her hand upon the hilt of her
Katana and drew it out of its leather scabbard. Only when her sword was
fully out of its sheath did she turn to face her enemy. The faint light
of the moon from the window barely reflected off the creature's thick,
steel armor. Its heavy axe was visible and showed brightly revealing that
this creature was none other than a Gerudo Iron Knuckle! Impa's heart skipped
a beat. How could this walking automaton escape her ears? How could she
have overlooked it? Iron Knuckles were so massive and made a loud noise
when they took a step; how could it have deluded her? Iron Knuckles were
the spirits of long dead Gerudo Kings trapped within heavy armor. Their
armor symbolized their unfinished business in the mortal realm, keeping
them restrained to the physical world. They were very sloth some and carried
around heavy battle-axes. The axes also symbolized their hatred and contempt
for the world as they try to alleviate their torment and sorrow upon others.
Impa turned to run from it, as she knew that the
Iron Knuckle would be too much for her to handle within such a small confine,
and the door to the hallway closed shut before her with iron bars. The
Iron Knuckle laughed silently to itself and then said in an unmanly voice,
"I knew you would come after us. You left Zelda vulnerable." Impa was stunned.
Not only had she realized that this Iron Knuckle had lured her here to
this billet, but it had spoken in a girl's voice! A closer look at her
enemy revealed that it was generally smaller than most Iron Knuckles and
that it was a bit thinner too.
"Who are you?" asked Impa in a panic, "and how did
you get in here without making a sound?"
The Iron Knuckle, since Impa was not going to use
this information against her, began saying, "I used a prototype copy of
the Hover Boots to get here. I took them off when I needed to make a noise
that you would draw much attention to. The rest was easy. Now, Zelda's
defenseless and so is the Triforce."
Impa, in fury, flew toward her foe with her Katana
above her head and shouted, "YOU WILL NOT HAVE THEM TONIGHT, DEMON!" The
Iron Knuckle raised its axe above its head horizontally and let Impa's
Katana collide with its wooden handle. The force of the collision knocked
Impa to the floor on her back cracking her skull upon the stone floor.
The Iron Knuckle walked slowly over toward Impa's lifeless body and poked
it with the spiked head of its axe. After the Iron Knuckle was sure that
Impa was unconscious, she was going to make sure that she would not get
up again. Slowly, she raised her heavy axe above her helmeted head and
brought it down. Sure, that it would hit Impa on the throat and decapitate
her. She would use Impa's head as a trophy to hang on her wall back at
the Desert Colossus.
As the axe came swiftly nearer toward Impa's imminent
doom, the Sheikah rolled out of the deadly weapon's path, letting it cut
into the floor and jamming itself. The Iron Knuckle groaned as she essayed
to lift her weapon from the floor. It was to no avail, try as she might,
she could not lift her axe. Impa jumped to her feet and saw the predicament
that her foe was in and that the back of her neck was exposed. She then
jumped toward the enemy, bringing her sword down on her bare flesh, knocking
her to the floor. Impa walked toward the breathless corpse that was once
her opponent and bent over to it. With her hands, she grabbed a hold of
the helmet's horns and hoisted the helmet from the Iron Knuckle's head
to reveal its identity. It was none other than the infamous Nabooru, Ganondorf's
second-in-command! She was wanted in several countries for her awful deeds
and many have placed a large sum of money for her arrest. She was not dead
as Impa could hear her breathing. The Sheikah warrior did not believe in
revenge so she would let Nabooru live and would have arrested the next
morning. Impa searched Nabooru's armor to find a small button on the palm
of Nabooru's right hand and pressed it to let the iron bars retreat from
Link was hoisted onto a wooden cross that was in
the middle of Hyrule Castle Town Market. He looked down toward a grinning,
gung-covered Ganondorf who was straightening Link's prison. "Ah, Link,"
Ganondorf finally said, "How does it feel to be crucified like Jesus Christ?"
the scummy Gerudo King chortled at the spectacle that he had waited so
long for: having the upper hand over Link.
Link thought for a moment and then replied, "Hmmm,
you have tried beheading me, drowning me, trapping me, aging me, even vaporizing
me. I have to admit, you have never tried to crucify me. This is a new
one. Sorry, Ganondorf," Link said looking toward the horizon, "the sun
is rising!" Ganondorf felt like his rib cage was going to burst with the
effort needed to suppress his laughter.
"SO WHAT," the Gerudo King announced, "Hyrule has
not lasted until morning and if so, where are the Goron and Zoran armies
that were supposed to come to its aid?" Ganondorf fell to the ground under
the weight of his goofahs.
As Ganondorf laughed hysterically, Link rolled his
eyes skyward as if to say: "Do not speak too soon, Ganondork." After Ganondorf
got control over his laughter, he stood erect and looked up at his fallen
archenemy with triumph in his eyes. He raised his jagged sword and plunged
it into Link's right knee causing it to spurt blood.
"This is for my horse, you &^$^^&)!" he
said through his teeth as Link gave a groan of pain. He then twisted it
and drew it across Link's knee, letting a crimson river begin to pour down
his leg and into his boot. Now that Link was finally helpless, Ganondorf
decided to toy with him awhile as he jabbed his sword slightly into Link's
side and tore across his abdomen.
As Ganondorf was about to stick his sword up Link's
nose, a Gerudo came tearing down the street holding a book above her head
saying, "We have it! We have it! Let us go before the armies arrive!" Ganondorf
gave a disappointed look and sheathed his bloodied sword. He then stepped
away from Link without taking his eyes off him. He did not take his eyes
off Link until he had left the conurbation.
Chapter Two: The Lone Ranger
Hylian Date: Djinuary 13, 50 A.D. B.C. Goron Date: Good Rock Lunar Near End Zoran
Date: Aztekah Prime Ending Cycle
Link was alone, strapped to a rugged timber cross
that was filling his back with inch long splinters out in the middle of
the Hyrule Castle Town Market and hemorrhage. Not a soul in prospect. All
was silent as he hung there. The sun slowly crept up into the heavens and
soon covered the streets of Hyrule Castle Town in early morning crimson
radiance. Link wondered if anybody would notice him as he gradually drifted
off into a deep slumber. Eventually, he was awakened by the tramps of many
feet marching across the unruffled marble road. His vision leisurely came
back into focus just in time to see the marching bodies halt in their pace
and turn toward him. He could see an estimated hundred or so creatures
standing about him in straight ranks. Many were dark skinned and had rough,
rugged exteriors. These creatures were Gorons. Gorons are no taller than
a full-grown man and their skin is a dark brown in color. Their skin was
a lot thicker than a normal elf's and their backs were covered in stony
spikes that protruded outward and would become rougher and jagged with
growth. Their daily diet mainly consisted of rocks and stones and they,
the Gorons, had the strength of a hundred men. They all lived in an underground
city in Death Mountain, serving under their Big Brother, as they would
so name their leader. Upon further inspection, Link could see several other
creatures. Zora, he believed. Zora were an aquatic race and much thinner
and faster than that of the hulking Gorons. They were adequate fighters
and swimmers, as they resembled a cross between an elf and a fish. They
all lived in a place secluded from the rest of the world called Zora's
Domain where they all served under a great bloated angler as their sovereign.
Out of this entire unlikely mob came a great Goron
whose beard flowed from his chin all the way down to his toes. His muscles
rippled on his two-tree trunk like arms that stretched out longer than
his body. His weathered face suggested that this Goron was by far experienced
than all of the other Gorons and his eyes sparkled with the prowess of
age. The mighty Goron walked over toward Link and looked him in the eye
with disapproval. Link blinked at his hoary gigantic head that was now
scowling over him like an angry father to an unruly son. The Goron than
broke into a smile and shouted, "Hey! Sworn Brother! What are you doing
strapped to this hunk of drift wood?"
Link stammered trying to get his voice back, "I-I
was ambushed by Ganondorf and his Gerudo soldiers. The-they tied me here
and overran the town." Link knew this Goron; the two of them were good
friends. This Goron was the leader of the Goron tribe and his name was
Darunia. He was a strong and mighty leader and, although he did not look
like it, he loved to dance. Darunia beat his chest with his two Lon Lon
sized hands to express his joy of finding his sworn brother (sworn brothers
were what Gorons called their friends). He then reached forward and tore
the ropes that bound Link to the cross and let him tumble to the ground.
Darunia then reached down and grabbed Link up into his mighty arms and
gave him a huge bear hug. Link felt as if every bone in his body was going
to snap like toothpicks between two anvils. The great Goron then let Link
onto the ground and scratched his head as Link fought for air. Link then
looked around and saw everyone looking at him as if he were a fugitive
A horrible voice then entered Link's pointy ears
as he got up onto his feet, "OH NO, LINK! YOU ARE HURT!!!" Darunia gave
a face that read: "Why did she have to come along?" Link looked as to where
the horrid voice had come from to see a young Zora girl pushing through
the crowd of people in a frantic effort to get to him. Her name was Ruto,
the bratty princess of the Zora. Her voice sounded as if her throat was
made of wet rubber. Her eyes, unlike the male Zora, which were black, were
blue like the ocean. She had a very selfish nature and she never took no
for an answer. She also believed that Link was in love with her. Link was
glad that he was not that crazy to like her.
She ran over to him with heavy tears in her eyes
and sat down next to him, wrapping her arms around him. Link gave a face
that looked like he was going to throw up at any given moment. Ruto's silvery
scales felt abrasive and wintry and she reeked of deceased fish. Link pulled
himself away from her and she gave him a hurt look. Then Darunia finally
asked, "Well, we came for a war and I do not see any Gerudos around here.
Where did they go?" Link did not answer; he sagged his head and closed
his eyes. Darunia understood immediately. "We are too late?" Link turned
and began to walk away in a sort of flaccid fashion from his friends. The
soldiers parted to make a path for him as he slowly trudged toward Hyrule
"I am sorry," said Link, "I could have prevented
all of this. They left hours ago." Darunia narrowed his eyes and looked
toward the climbing sun.
Link took one last look at the castle and saw that
it was still standing. He breathed a heavy sigh. He was about ready to
head back home when he heard a voice calling him. He halted his trek and
turned to see who was calling his name. He squinted his eyes in the morning
sun and held his hand over his forehead to get a better view of the area
before him. As he observed the ruined gatehouse that had held a barrier
to him back in the old days, he could see a girl running toward him. This
girl was none other than the princess Zelda of Hyrule. She ran over to
him weeping. "Link," she cried, "we did not win, did we?" Link shook his
head slowly telling her that the war was lost to them as well as Hyrule
Castle Town. Zelda looked away from him and stated, "They did not even
bother to take the Triforce or me." Link then gave a shocked expression.
did not? Link thought to himself repeatedly. Why not? They won!
They had it all in their hands and they just left the prizes that they
so sought after... BEHIND? It did not make any sense. It baffled the
both of them.
Link crossed his arms and looked toward the ground.
He then gave the nerve to ask what they did take. Zelda gave Link an absurd
expression. "They took an old tattered book from Impa's chambers," she
replied. Link could remember that a Gerudo had run down the street holding
an old book high above her head. Link could almost laugh.
"They come. They conquer. But only for a stupid
old book?" said Link in a smirk. "What for? Is Ganondorf going to start
his own public library?"
"No," said another voice from behind Link. Link
turned to see Impa and was startled. He instantly fell backwards and wished
that Sheikahs would not use their appearing-out-of-nowhere trick. "It was
an old book of Sheikah Legends," said Impa pretending that she did not
notice Link falling over. Zelda scratched her head as Link got back up
onto his feet.
"What for?" asked Zelda.
Impa closed her eyes and began, "Many centuries
ago, there lived an ancient kingdom of Sheikahs on an unknown continent
far from Hyrule. They had built the most volatile force known to man. More
powerful than even the Triforce. It is said that it had the power to recreate
the gods. It had the strength to crush even the highest mountains down
to the ground. They had called this vessel Carrion's Hand as it was built
from the corpses of their fallen enemies. With this ship alone, they were
the most potent empire in the entire world and nothing could stop them.
However, after a few years, the craft was a magnet to evil and it drew
legions of evil demons to it. Eventually, the Sheikahs had to bury it and
put a guardian around it to slay any who even came close to this vessel.
No one knows where it may be at this particular time not even their descendants
as they have written the entire manuscript of its journals in an ancient
writing that has not been used or remembered for years. The only key to
cracking its code is known only as the Lens of Truth which was an ancient
Sheikah artifact that had been a long time possession of the Shadow Emperor,
the Sheikah leader."
Link looked into his leather pouch and pulled from
it the Lens of Truth and showed it to Impa. The Lens of Truth was an awkward
magnifying glass that had a red strip that ran down the center of it to
resemble that of an eye. It had three transparent spikes at its top and
purple handle. It was also known as the Eye of Truth and it had the power
to see things that were hidden to the eye alone. Impa was taken aback.
She had not known that Link had possessed the ancient artifact that had
so long deluded her. "Link," she finally exclaimed, "with this you can
see past illsusions and it will unviel the ancient writing to the spoken
language of today. Guard it well, my friend, for Ganondorf may wish to
pry it from you."
Link nodded and stuck the ancient artifact back
into his pouch. He then remembered that he was supposed to be in bed at
that very moment! If one of his friends saw that he was not in it, then
they would surmise that he was off adventuring once again! Link bid a quick
farewell to his friends and hopped aboard his horse, Epona, from Lon Lon
Ranch. Epona was a strong young horse with a hoary mane. Her fine red fur
was that of a fire and she was the sleekest and fastest horse in all of
Hyrule. She had once belonged to Malon, the daughter of Talon who was the
owner of Lon Lon Ranch itself. Link knew that Saria, his best friend, would
be angrier with him than she already was if he was not home. Saria was
a green-haired Kokiri girl. She had known Link since they were toddlers
and had been friends for a long time. Unfortunately, their friendship came
to an untimely end when Saria and he had gotten into a gruelling argument
just a week before and she has barely spoken to him since then. Link so
wanted to patch his friendship with her, but she refused to listen to him.
Link feared that he would never speak to her again. The argument had been
over him leaving the forest many times for adventures and leaving Saria
behind. She had finally gotten fed up with him and decided that it was
best not to see each other for a while until they deemed it time to start
Link raced against the clock as the sun climbed
yet higher into the sky as Link quickly shortened the distance between
him and his bed. The horse's hooves trodded quickly through the dew-covered
grass of Hyrule Fields in an effort to beat the clock home before anyone
would awaken from their beds. He had finally reached the small ravine that
led to the Lost Woods, the barrier to his hometown, Kokiri Forest. He quickly
lept from his horse's back and sprinted across the wooden bridge toward
his hometown. Kokiri Forest was a small isolated village consisting of
a child-like race called the Kokiri. It was centered in a small clearing
in the mysterious Lost Woods. Its sky was always filled with floating balls
of light that would sometimes collide and blow themselves into sparkling
dust. The houses were made of tree trunks and the largest of these belonged
to that of Mido, the "big boss of the Kokiri." Mido was an arrogant, juvenile
delinquent. He was not very bright, no; he was, in fact, quite dimwitted.
His stature was that of a duck or frog and he spoke with an annoying nasal
voice. He was also very lethargic and had everyone do his responsibilities
for him. He believes, in addition, that everyone loves him and that he
is a very striking young man. His jokes would not make any sense and people
usually pretended not to hear him. Mido also had affectionate feelings
for Saria, but she tends to ignore him since he is always being mean toward
others, especially Link.
Kokiri were a bit of a deminuitive race, as they
never grow old beyond the age of thirteen. They were characterized by the
green within their ears and that they always had a fairy about them. This,
of course, was what set Link apart from them. First, Link did not have
green within the hollow of his ears and he never had a fairy to call his
own. Nevertheless, Link was accepted by the Kokiri as one of them and not
much else (although Mido never wanted to; he was out voted). However, on
one of his adventures, Link learned the truth about his origin because
he was not a Kokiri at all. He was, in fact, a Hylian! However, that is
a whole other story altogether. As he entered the silent realm of the woodfolk,
he decided to creep along quietly toward his house as not to wake anyone
from their restful slumber. The very moment, unfortunately, that he stepped
foot within the meadow, he was shaken by a sudden voice that sounded of
wind chimes. "Hello, Link, you naughty, naughty boy, " it said, "sneaking
off again? Tsk, tsk, you are very rotten indeed." As the voice had finished
its sentence, a ball of blue light with dipteran wings flew down in front
of Link's face. The voice had belonged to this one ball of light whose
name was Navi, a fairy. This fairy had accompanied Link on his first adventure
to find the three Spiritual Stones of Hyrule, but that, too, is another
story. Fairies were mainly women and there light was so bright that no
one could actually see as to what they looked like. The male fairies, however,
had an inverted color; having their dark colors on the inside of their
light and their lighter colors around them.
"Go away, Navi, and not a word to anyone or I will
personally clip your wings," replied Link in an irritated voice. Navi's
blue light slowly turned into a bright red color.
"Do not talk to me with that tone of voice, mister!"
Link gave a panicked look and said, "Be silent!
The others might hear you!" Link stuck his left index finger to his mouth
and made a shushing noise.
"Afraid are we?" Navi said with pride, "For all
of this secrecy, you would deserve it! No wonder Saria is angry with you."
Link shook his head and swiped his right hand at Navi in an attempt to
shoo her away. Link then limbered over to his tree house ladder and began
to climb it. Unfortunately, the pain in his knee refused him further upward
and his left leg slipped. He caught himself before he could descend and
he then began to climb upward once more. As he entered, he did not even
bother to take his shoes off. He dropped his pouch and sword to the floor,
forgetting the pain in his knee and chest. He then jumped from the doorway
across the floor and into his bed. Navi then flew in to check on him and
noticed that he was fast asleep. Apparently, he had dozed off in mid-air
before he had even touched the sand bag mattress. Navi smiled to herself
and decided not to bother him further as she silently flew out of the open
Link slowly opened his blood-shot eyes to the sound
of clanking metal. He looked about his dark room to see where the noise
had come from. He could barely make out the shape of a small scarecrow-like
body with a wide-brimmed, tattered hat rummaging around in Link's cupboards.
Link sat erect in fear. A burglar? HERE? In my HOUSE? He thought to himself.
His face dripped in sweat and he looked toward the shape to see a small
flying ball of white light. Link slowly climbed out of bed and stepped
across the wooden floor at the same speed. The floorboards creaked slightly
under Link's light weight. Link came ever nearer to the creature so he
could actually touch it with his bare hands. However, he did not touch
him, no; he clubbed him. The creature groaned at Link's attempt to knock
it unconscoius and it turned quickly. Link could see its glowing eyes in
the dark and the white ball of light revealed that it was none other than
the Skull Kid of Termina with... Link's leather pouch and other miscellaneous
items found about his abode. Skull Kids were the result of what would happen
to non-elven folk if they had dared to enter Lost Woods (i.e: humans).
Skull Kids were mischevious and theivish and this Skull Kid was no exception.
He had stolen an evilly powered mask in the past and had brought misery
to the land of Termina as he tried to smash it with its own moon. Link,
however, beat the evil mask and saved all of Termina. When the two of them
had last seen each other, they had departed as friends. What was he doing
in Link's house with his things?
The Skull Kid looked down at his gunnysack filled
with Link's things and quickly hid it behind his back as if to look innocent.
"You have two seconds to brighten my mood," Link exclaimed with a groggy
tone. The Skull Kid thought a bit and scratched his wooden head. He then
concluded and reached up toward Link's head.
He then seized the long green Kokiri hat from Link's
head and shouted, "Yoip! Souvenir!" The Skull Kid switched his own tattered
hat with Link's and then somersaulted from Link's billet, over Link's porch,
down the tree, and onto his back with a sickening thud. Link looked down
from his tree house door to see the Skull Kid lying on the ground in a
swastika form. Tatl, his vociferous fairy, floated above him and started
telling her friend to get up. Link ascended down his ladder toward the
fallen would-be theif in hopes that he could get his stuff back from him.
As he descended, he took the liberty of removing the Skull Kid's sou'wester
from his own head and pitched it over to his left. After doing this, he
dropped from the ladder and landed next to the unconscoius brigand where
he then began to see if he was badly injured.
Link bent over the Skull Kid and moved his right
hand toward his own hat that was now a set the Skull Kid's head. At that
moment, however, the Skull Kid's right eye opened slightly and he waited
until Link came within range. As Link wrested the fedora from the bandit,
Skull Kid, then, extended his left leg and jabbed his foot between Link's
legs. Immediately, Link dropped the hat as Tatl began saying, "That's my
boy, Skull Kid! Show him who is boss around here!" Link's eye pupil shrank
to the size of a period as the eyes themselves opened wide. He gagged and
began to curse and swear at the Skull Kid for his foul act. Finally, with
a long intake of air, Link collapsed to the ground and exhaled. The Skull
Kid beamed as he bent over to seize Link's sou'wester once again.
"Mine," the Skull Kid replied haughtily as he set
the cap back upon his woodenhead. Before Link could get back up onto his
feet, Skull Kid, with his fairy, began to somersault through Kokiri Forest
laughing like circus clowns with a good joke.
Link gasped for air as he fought to his feet and
finally breathed out: "I am going to get you!" Link began to limp toward
the direction of the Skull Kid's exit. He did not get far when he had bumped
into one of the twins. Lori was her name. She was the lethargic of the
two while her sister, Kori, slaved away to get things done. She wore a
white handkercheif over her red bangs of hair and her personality was not
very good, according to her sister. She, however, spent her time writing
letters to a young boy in Kakariko Village who liked to hang around graveyards.
No one knows why or how they even have gotten to know each other in the
first place since Kokiri are not allowed to leave the forest or their lives
might end. That is, however, what Mido says anyway. The other sister was
Kori and she was her sister's exact opposite, except for their appearance,
in every way. She was a hard laborer and was always the one who had to
do everything around the house without assistance. She did not have time
to waste writing irrelevant letters to a mysterious someone who did not
even live in the forest in the first place.
Link pushed himself off the ground to hear Lori
say,"Hey! Watch where you are going!"
Link shook the dirt from his head and began, "Do
not curtail my progress! That Skull Kid is getting away!"
Lori nodded and then pointed downward toward her
leathery boots, which were covered in a plastic solution. "You mean the
same Skull Kid that glued me to this spot?" Link was taken aback but agreed
anyway. "If it will help to get even with the lousy toothpick, he last
headed for Saria's house." Link gasped. If the Skull Kid did anything to
harm Saria, then she might not want to talk to him ever again! He did not
want to lose her friendship, as she was the best friend that he had ever
had. As Link came to Saria's house, he looked around for any sign of the
scummy troll named: Skull Kid. He was now beginning to fear that Skull
Kid was already within the confines of Saria's abode. Link suddenly noticed
a rusted bucket of water on the top of Saria's partially opened door and
a laughing noise told him that the Skull Kid was dancing atop the roof.
The Skull Kid chuckled as he jumped back and forth on the top and stood
on one finger. Link hated the Skull Kid. If something terrible were to
happen, he would never forgive him for that. Never. As of this moment,
Link considered his "friendship" with the Skull Kid to be terminated.
Link sprinted forward to seize the bucket of water
before Saria would open the door. The brass door handle twitched. Closer he came
with the wind pulling back his hair and stinging his eyes. The door opened
slowly. Link dove for the door. The bucket began to tumble. Link flew through
the air. The Skull Kid laughed at Link's petty attempt. The contents of the
bucket spilled out over Saria's head as Link slid in front of her feet. Link
looked up at Saria with a face of strain and helplessness. Saria did not stir;
she just stood in the doorway with an iron bucket over her face. Link slowly got
up onto his feet and, with his index finger and thumb, slightly raised the
bucket. He could barely see Saria's glowing blue eyes under the bucket. Saria
narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms. Link searched his mind for something to